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Today's newsletter includes:
- Big tech food fight
- Defining a “woman”
- Inconvenient Truths
- And more…
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And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
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Disney expands operations into countries that outlaw homosexuality even as they attack their opponents for not being woke enough
There’s a rule of thumb that wealth in a family tends to last three generations. The first generation is smart and hard-working (or creative, or ruthless) and builds a fortune. The second generation sees its parents working and struggling, and is taught how to build wealth, so they often increase the fortune. The third generation knows nothing but wealth and privilege, and grows up resentful of the success that made their lives so easy. That makes them the perfect target for leftists who persuade them to fund political agendas that previous, wiser generations wouldn’t have given a dime to.
That brings us to this story about Abigail Disney, great niece of Walt and granddaughter of his brother and business partner, Roy Disney. Heiress to a fortune reported to be over $100 million, Abigail Disney is also a prominent social justice activist, maker of leftwing documentaries and funding source for various causes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail_Disney)
Abigail Disney hit the news by launching a multi-part Twitter rant against journalist Christopher Rufo, who released the shocking leaked footage of a Disney Zoom meeting in which top executives openly boasted of their efforts to inject as much LGBTQ propaganda into children’s cartoons as possible. As you can read at this link…
Abigail Disney is quite incensed that what she characterizes as “rightwing” fascists dare to challenge the values pushed by Disney. She curiously seems to think that we’re the ones who are threatening people and calling folks names. She called on corporations to stop funding the “right wing” (And which big businesses are those? Twitter? Google? Microsoft? Apple? Disney?...) She claims that we are the “minority,” even though polls show a clear majority of Floridians, including Democrats, support barring schools from injecting sex and gender messages into kindergarten through third grade classes. She always gloated that corporations like Disney have the power to crush impertinent upstarts like Rufo, who dares to expose the truth about them. (Wait, I thought we were the ones who threatened people?...)
It’s valuable to read not because you learn anything from her, Heaven forbid, but because it gives you such a window into the utterly warped world view of someone who was born into so much money and privilege, and who lives in such a cast iron bubble of leftist ideology. It’s almost like reading the latest news from Bizarro World.
If you have a little time to kill and would enjoy watching someone reset this Twitter thread back to reality tweet by tweet, check out Brad Slager’s fisking of it at Redstate.com.
Incidentally, it’s a bit strange to see Abigail depicting Disney as the icon of virtue that we must all obey considering that as recently as 2020, she was blasting the company herself for allegedly giving their CEO obscene pay while underpaying park employees so badly that they were eating out of dumpsters. She said, "Disney has turned a pretty profit on the idea that families are a kind of magic, that love is important, that imaginations matter. That's why it turns your stomach a little bit when I tell you that Cinderella might be sleeping in her car." I actually agree with her: their CEO should be sleeping in his car. And the way he's running the company, he might be soon.
But then, I guess if Disney’s current ideas about indoctrinating our children with inappropriate sexual messages turn our stomachs, we’re not allowed to say so. If we wanted that kind of privilege, we should’ve picked our own parents more carefully and chosen richer ones.
Related: While Disney Corp is attacking Florida for not being woke enough, the company just announced an expansion of Disney Plus into a number of new areas, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen. All them outlaw homosexuality by law, with punishments ranging from fines and imprisonment to chemical castration to the death penalty.
Big tech food fight
Perhaps signaling that he does intend to take over Twitter and return it to being a neutral platform for free speech, Elon Musk has purchased 73.5 million shares of Twitter stock, or 9.2% of the company.
However, if Musk does buy Twitter, don’t expect the other leftist Big Tech giants to let him get away with restoring free speech without a fight (remember what they did to Parler?) Revolver has a timely warning of what lies ahead if Musk dares to try to break their power to censor speech they don’t like.
This is why bringing out of control tech billionaires to heel can’t be left up to a few patriotic rich guys or start-up competitors. It’s going to take Congressional action to put teeth into the laws they’re currently flouting and that the Democrats are letting them flout because it’s to their advantage politically. That’s going to take a big Congressional Republican majority – possibly a veto-proof one. So keep working and voting to make that happen.
Related: Former Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey admitted he is “partially to blame” for the destruction of the Internet and now regrets it.
Defining a “woman”
Meet the members of the Biden Administration who are huge supporters of women’s rights and women’s health, but somehow can’t define what a “woman” is.
SLAPGATE UPDATE, GRAMMY NOTE
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)
I really wish we could stop talking about this because I’m as sick of it as you are, but there have been a few more twists to the “Will Smith goes berserk at the Oscars” story. First, Smith resigned from the Academy. They were already meeting to discuss punishment, which could have included expulsion, so this could just be a “You can’t fire me, I quit!” move. Smith issued a statement acknowledging that his actions were “shocking, painful and inexcusable.”
That might be easier to swallow if the other new twist wasn’t that footage of the Oscars from different vantage points appears to show that his wife Jada was laughing as he walked back from slapping Chris Rock, that co-host Amy Schumer later joked about it (“Did anything happen while I was away?”) and Smith guffawed at that, and he was later taped after his tearful, contrite acceptance speech dancing at an after-party and shaking his Oscar like a maraca. So he really did deserve that award for Best Actor. But considering Schumer also claims she’s taking a month off to recover from the trauma of the same incident that she was joking about before everyone in the theater realized how badly it came off to us normal people, Smith is only the tip of the Hollywood hypocrisy iceberg.
Also, last night, CBS aired the Grammy Awards from Las Vegas (full disclosure: my wife and fellow writer Laura Ainsworth is also a recording artist and Grammy voter: https://shop.bandwear.com/collections/laura-ainsworth-shop)
Maybe because of the tanking ratings, or the sense that Americans are fed up with woke celebrity hypocrites, the Grammy Awards were a little better this year than in recent years. The emphasis was more on music than politics, the virtue-signaling was turned down a bit, and the major political statement was a message from Ukrainian President Zelensky with a musical salute to Ukraine and an appeal to help the refugees.
They continued the unfortunate trend of putting performers on stage during the “In Memoriam” segment, often pushing the departed honorees so far into the background that you couldn’t see them (and I don’t understand why the drummer for the Foo Fighters got a special segment while Mike Nesmith got two seconds), but at least the Steven Sondheim songs were superbly performed. And while there were the usual classless moments and too much stuff that I personally might not technically consider to be “music,” there were also more examples than in recent years of actual musical talent and diverse styles, from the ‘70s funk of Silk Sonic to Lady Gaga’s salute to Tony Bennett to Jon Batiste’s New Orleans jazz-infused R&B.
Finally, congratulations to our friends who won and were nominated in the type of indie label categories that feature the best music being made today, so naturally, they’re shunted off to the untelevised afternoon ceremony.
Quote of the Day
From Kevin Downey Jr. at PJ Media: “Biden is cool with kids deciding to have their (male genitalia) surgically removed, yet one must be 18 to buy firecrackers, lest he blow off a finger.”
While President Biden is ordering his second release of oil from America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to try to temporarily lower gas prices that he’s been inflating since the day he took office, PJ Media’s Cameron Arcand reminds us that this is hardly the only shortsighted decision Democrats have made on this subject.
In a subscriber-only article, Arcand notes that Trump tried to top off the SPR in March, 2020, by buying 77 million barrels of crude when prices were low. Democrats blocked it, then put out a press release attacking Trump for wanting to give a “$3 billion bailout to big oil.”
Now, they’re using that exact same petroleum reserve as a tool to try to artificially lower gas prices before an election. They don’t seem to care about the “strategic” part: we maintain that reserve in case of national emergencies, like wars or natural disasters that might disrupt the flow of oil. They’re not only using it for cheap political advantage, they’re using it up. The entire SPR holds 568 million barrels of oil, and Biden just announced that he plans to release 180 million, at a time when Russia’s war and the sanctions have disrupted the oil market and made supplies unstable. As George W. Bush might say, he is not good at strategery.
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