I found an area in which “Democratic” socialist Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and I agree completely. She tweeted, “Somewhere along the line, people in positions of influence decided that Flint water, Bronx air, or poor schools WEREN’T acceptable for their children, but could be accepted for someone else’s. And I will never think that is a reasonable compromise to make. So #CallMeRadical.”
Actually, considering that she just slammed the leaders of Flint and the Bronx (all Democrats for decades – the voters in the Bronx are so far left, they elected her to Congress!) and elitist politicians who would leave poor children trapped in crumbling public schools while they send their own kids to private schools like Sidwell Friends, I am tempted to give her the hashtag #Didn’tKnowIWasARepublican.”
Adventures in Double Standards, Part II:
1. James Comey repeatedly claims he can’t recall anything about one of the most important decisions of his tenure as FBI Director.
Democrats: “Quit badgering the witness! He’s a fine, honest public servant being attacked for political reasons!”
2. The President’s son and son-in-law tell Congress they don’t remember some details of a brief meeting during the heat of the campaign.
Democrats: “Perjury! Felony!! Prosecute!!! PRISON!!!!”
Must be nice to have two sets of moral standards, so you’ve got one handy for every occasion.
Unlike many Republicans, I’ve tried not to leap on every slip of the tongue made by “Democratic” socialist Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Even though she’s attacked me, I’ve tried to cut her some slack and not swung at every easy slow pitch. I understand that politicians can get tired and fumble their words, and I don’t make a federal case out of it. Unfortunately, she keeps insisting on literally making federal cases out of fumbled thoughts. So when she starts talking about amending the Constitution based on misquotes, I feel I have to speak up.
She recently joked to Politico that she might force Republicans to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment by running for President at 29 on the basis that the Constitutional age minimum of 35 refers only to “he” being 35. As the linked blog notes, the Constitution doesn’t say “he.” It says “any person.”
Again, I’m not pointing this out to attack her but to defend her. Those who claim she’s outside the mainstream of the Democratic Party should note that she’s talking about changing the Constitution when she hasn’t even read it. I’d say that puts her solidly within the mainstream of the modern Democratic Party.
From the “Perpetually-Offended Liberals Ruin Everything” Desk: University of Oklahoma junior Kyler Murray is an amazing athlete. He’s already been signed by the Oakland A’s to play Major League Baseball, and in his likely final season of college football as a quarterback, he just won the Heisman Trophy, the highest honor in college football.
So how did USA Today sports reporter Scott Gleeson react to this young black man’s great accomplishments? By digging into Murray’s Twitter feed and finding several old tweets in which he used a gay slur to mock his friends…when he was 15 years old. Gleeson not only blew that up into the day's big story, insuring that it overshadowed Gleeson’s triumph, he also tarred the school’s staff by stressing that as of press time, Gleeson had yet to delete the tweets and the coaches had not responded to his messages. Gee, maybe they were preoccupied with other things – like celebrating that their quarterback just won the Heisman Trophy – and didn’t notice a voice mail from a whiny USA Today reporter who obviously has too much time on his hands and a giant chip on his shoulder.
Lest you think I’m being unfair, Gleeson has a history of writing about LGBTQ issues in sports, so apparently, his first reaction to any good news for any sports figure is to rifle through their old tweets, looking for some whiff of homophobia to dig up, like a dog digging through a garbage pile to find a rotting old bone.
He’s hardly alone: as John Ekdahl recalled on Twitter, when Donte Divincenzo was named Outstanding Player of the Final Four, USA Today’s immediate reaction was to scour his Twitter feed until they found a tweet in which he’d used the “N-word.” Divincenzo claimed he didn’t even remember writing it. Which is understandable, considering it was a quote from a rap lyric he allegedly tweeted when he was 14 years old.
In all these cases, the news outlets phrase it as “old tweets resurfaced,” making it sound as if they bobbed up and called attention to themselves all by their lonesome. No, these reporters deliberately went hunting for them, hoping to find something with which to destroy what should be the best day of a young person’s life, to shame them and force them to grovel and apologize for some non-PC thing they did when they were dumb kids.
Gleeson got what he wanted: negative publicity that tainted Murray’s victory, and Murray publicly apologizing and deleting a few tweets he’d probably long forgotten about.
But he also got something he didn’t expect: overwhelming and well-deserved fury, mockery and derision on the Internet for being such a small-minded, unforgiving, zealous killjoy.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending these tweets. But they were written years ago by people who were just kids at the time. If we could dig through these reporters’ teenage years, do you think we’d find nothing but a bunch of candidates for sainthood? We in the older generation had the luxury of laughing at threats about the “permanent record.” But today, social media encourages young people to post embarrassing things when they don’t understand that they’ll never go away and will haunt them the rest of their lives. Don’t kids today have enough to contend with in the future without constantly having to worry about someone digging what they said in the distant past and throwing it in their faces? If anyone should apologize, it’s reporters like Gleeson and the creators of these social media platforms.
At least when these athletes typed those offensive words on the Internet, they were only adolescents who didn’t mean to harm others and simply didn’t know any better. What’s USA Today’s excuse?
In case you’re still trying to make sense of Twitter’s “community standards,” good luck with this: The @USSArizona account’s tweeting of coverage of Pearl Harbor Day scored it a brief restriction and a content “warning” placed on its tweets. Meanwhile, all sorts of threatening leftist hate speech is allowed to remain there, along with a video of Louis Farrakhan chanting “Death to America” in Farsi during a trip to Iran.
Read the full story at the link, and see some of the inspiring, moving and in-no-way offensive tweets from the @USSArizona commemorators. I’d leak directly to Twitter, but I want to make sure they’ll still be there when you click.
Must-See Video: The pre-game prayer by military Chaplain Col. Matthew Pawlikowski at this year’s Army-Navy football game will make you stand up and cheer more than any NFL game since Colin Kaepernick took his first knee.
That game’s rendition of the National Anthem will also give you goosebumps.
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s arena tour is turning into “This Is Spinal Tap II,” with seas of empty seats, ticket prices slashed as low as $7, and some organizers throwing in the towel and canceling. In a last-ditch effort to put keisters in seats, promoters are now offering half-price tickets on Groupon, the discount coupon site where you can get bargains on things like massages and pretzels (makes sense: “Come see Bill and Hill massage the truth and twist it like a pretzel!”) I wonder if you can get a Groupon for half off the $7 seats? This is what happens when you can no longer peddle influence at the merchandise table.
If it’s any consolation for the Clintons, there was a time when the Beatles toured the US and tickets cost only $5.75. But that was in 1966, and they actually sold out Shea Stadium. And at least they were honest enough to sing, “Money (That’s What I Want.)”