Today’s round-up of what happens when liberals run your local government:
In California, a number of parents are threatening to remove their children from public schools after the state School Board approved a new, 700-plus-page document on sex education. Critics complain that the guidelines call for teaching young children about gender identity, LGBT relationships and other inappropriate topics that are “sexually explicit, offensive, reckless and immoral” and that border on pornography. Schools are not mandated to use the curricula. Not yet, at least. More details at the link.
New York’s Democratic State Senate just passed a bill to allow felons to serve on juries. I’m sure this will be hailed as great news by all guilty defendants. The bill applies only to felons who have completed their sentences, so I guess that unlike voting, serving on juries is something Democrats think felons shouldn’t be allowed to do from their prison cells. Not yet, at least. But give them, I’d say…two years.
Finally, in Denver, a vote to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms (“magic” mushrooms) seemed to be losing narrowly until a wave of late votes (possibly from people who originally mistook a tree for the polling place) swung it in favor. The vote has yet to be certified. Opponents say Colorado already has enough problems with legalized pot, and decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms will only make it worse and more dangerous for children and teens. Proponents say the mushrooms have medicinal benefits for cancer patients, but we heard that about pot, and you know how well it worked restricting legalized pot only to those with a “prescription” (nudge-nudge, wink-wink.)
Another argument in favor is that when you see what’s happening in places that that have elected solidly leftist governments, like California, New York and Denver, it’s hard to imagine that the voters could make any worse choices even if they were tripping on psychedelic mushrooms.
I wrote yesterday about “Late Night” host Seth Meyers’ rather condescending attempt to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar from Meghan McCain’s perfectly justified criticism. But I didn’t dissect it as completely and in as much detail as does David Harsanyi at The Federalist.
I confess I have little patience for late night comics lecturing us that we must be very careful in choosing our words before we criticize a public figure who makes blatantly anti-Semitic comments because that might inspire some crazy third party to threaten her. I try always to be careful in choosing my words when criticizing someone: I keep it to the point at hand, and I try not to launch vicious personal attacks or use vile words or cruel name-calling. Can liberal late night comics say the same about the way they talk about Republicans, who, every night, are falsely tarred as racists and neo-Nazis?
And speaking of choosing words very carefully, Omar did not, as Meyers claims, apologize for her offensive comments. She tweeted some meaningless words that sounded like an apology, but when asked whether she was admitting she said something anti-Semitic, she replied, “Absolutely not. I apologized for the way that my words made people feel.” It was one of those classic “I’m sorry if you were offended” non-apology apologies.
Rep. Steve Scalise was nearly shot to death by a deranged leftist while practicing for a charity baseball game. President Trump receives death threats all the time. My own daughter has to have bodyguards just for doing her job. Have any of these real and serious consequences caused late night “comedians” to take a long, hard look in the mirror and say, “Maybe I should choose my words a little more carefully”? If so, I haven't heard. But then, who watches anymore?
David Harsanyi also has an article worth reading in the New York Post, about how, as the charges against President Trump and his people have shrunk (from treasonous collusion with Russia to obstruction to contempt for not letting them see 100% of a report that they declined to read when they were offered the chance to see 99.9% of it), the shouting, outrage and hysteria have gotten louder and louder. It raises the phrase “Much Ado About Nothing” to new heights.
I heard a great term recently by “Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams that describes this well: the “Hoax Funnel.” He was talking about the fake quote on Charlottesville, where leftists kept accusing President Trump of saying there were “fine people” among the white supremacists, even though he specifically excluded and condemned them at the time he said it. The debunking has gone on so long now that people who believed in the original hoax are finally being forced to grudgingly give up believing that. But they can’t bring themselves just to admit they were wrong, so they move to believing in a smaller, more limited accusation; and when that falls apart, something even smaller. Thus the “funnel” shape: big at the top but gradually getting smaller.
It’s a very useful analogy. You can read more about it at the link, which is a lengthy but thought-provoking read for any rare remaining fans of logic. As you read it, think of the House Democrats going from “Russian Collusion” down to “possible intent to obstruct” down to “contempt for not showing us the unredacted report,” screaming even louder with each reduction in seriousness, and try not to imagine them swirling down a funnel and, hopefully, soon, down the drain.
Sure, there’s no immigration crisis on the border. Okay, so it turns out that 1% of the entire populations of Guatemala and Honduras have entered the US just since September alone. But hey, that means 99% of them are still in Central America, right? So no problem!
This has been another episode of “Think Like A ‘Progressive!’”
A reminder that my friend and regular “Huckabee” show contributor, comedienne Chonda Pierce, has a wonderful new movie in theaters this week only, via Fathom Events (and I don’t say it’s wonderful just because I’m in it, too.) It’s called “Unashamed,” and it includes her hilarious stand-up comedy as well as her moving and inspirational account of coping with the death of her husband and interviews with others who lived their Christian faith unashamed, even in times of personal tragedy or attacks from secular society. Today is your last chance to catch it, and believe me, you will love it. You can watch the trailer and find a theater near you at this link:
A famous chef from Peru was detained at the Los Angeles airport after Customs found 40 piranha fish in his luggage. He should’ve tried the Yakov Smirnoff defense: “In Peru, dinner eats you!”
In honor of Mothers’ Day on Sunday, and in honor of all the recent efforts to change hearts and minds and end abortion, here is something that I know will brighten your day. You’ll want to share it with everyone, especially your mom.
This is a heartwarming video for a beautiful new pro-life song called “Dear Mom.” It’s by Paul Lubanski, and it was passed along to me by “Huckabee” writer Laura Ainsworth after Paul shared it with her via her Facebook fan page. Like having children, this video might make you cry at certain times, but I’m sure it will also make you smile a lot.