The University of Montana held a Martin Luther King Day essay-writing contest open to all students, and the winners were white. The judging was blind with the entrants’ races not known, but the only students who chose to enter were white. Predictable response: fury and “OUTRAGE!” on the Internet.
Gosh, can you imagine how outraged the Rev. King would’ve been to know that someday, in his name, young Americans would be judged by the content of their essays rather than the color of their skin?! Oh, wait a minute
During the Super Bowl pregame show on Fox, President Trump gave an exclusive interview to Sean Hannity and in typical fashion, shared exactly what he thinks about various issues and political rivals. He talked about the radical left taking over the Democratic Party and how Nancy Pelosi is a “very confused, very nervous woman” who probably didn’t want impeachment, but she lost control. He also gave some quick takes on other people, such as Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders (“Well, I think he’s a communist…You could say ‘socialist.’”) Those who would protest that Bernie isn’t a communist should inform his campaign workers that they’re not fighting to bring gulags to America.
Ironically, the Trump comment that got the angriest response was his flippant riff about how Michael Bloomberg is short, which is fine, but he heard that Bloomberg wants a box to stand on during the debates, and that’s not fair. This ribbing seemed to infuriate Bloomberg, who responded that Trump lies constantly (Is it really lying to call Mike Bloomberg “short”?) I can tell you that if he’s too thin-skinned to take that, he shouldn’t be in presidential politics. Imagine if he had to stand up to what gets hurled at Trump every day!
By the way, speaking of lying, Bloomberg paid a reported $11 million for a Super Bowl commercial focused on pushing gun control that wildly misrepresented the facts (some might call that “lying.”) Jacob Sullum at Reason.com breaks it down…
In short, the ad claims that 2900 children die from gun violence every year in America. It doesn’t say that by “children,” Bloomberg means anyone up to age 19, which includes a lot of gang members who shot each other or were shot by police. The “child” that the ad centers around was actually 20 when he was killed, in a “gang-related” altercation in a Houston park. If you lower the cut-off age for “children” just two years to 17, the number of fatalities drops by about half. Factor out teen suicides, and it drops by 73%.
The ad’s call for background checks for all gun purchases and making “straw purchases” a federal crime are about laws that are already on the books. And the implication that we’re facing a rising epidemic of gun violence isn’t true, either. According to Pew Research, there were 4.6 gun murders per 100,000 Americans in 2017, down from 7.1 in 1974. There were also 7.3 crimes using guns per 1,000 people in 1993, plummeting to 1.1 per 1,000 in 2015.
The death of any young person is a terrible tragedy, but it appears obvious that it would be more effective to take action to counter teen suicide and gang activity than to impose more expensive, government-bloating gun control laws that infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens and that have never been proven to make any difference whenever they have been tried.
Bloomberg spent about $180,000 a word to air that ad, but I place far more value on the words of a real authority on guns, Jack Wilson, the firearms trainer and volunteer security guard who stopped the would-be mass shooter at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, in six seconds with one shot. Wilson told “Fox & Friends” that “had we operated by (Mr. Bloomberg’s) standards or his wishes, the carnage would have been significantly greater because the individual still had, after the shooting, still had seven live rounds in his gun and three more in his pocket. Even though the police department did arrive in roughly two minutes from the time the first call went in, by that time, you know, the carnage would have been much, much worse."
The whole reason we developed the Western system of criminal justice that balances protecting the rights of the victim with respecting the rights of the accused is because people do bad things to other people…and one of the bad things they sometimes do is lie. That’s why, as important as the “MeToo” movement was in encouraging women to speak up against sexual abuse, it quickly went off the rails when its proponents started declaring that men shouldn’t enjoy due process rights, that we should “believe all women” without question, and therefore any accusation was tantamount to a guilty verdict
Over the weekend, there was some shocking proof of how unjust such an overreaction can be. One of the most famous early targets of MeToo activists was Johnny Depp, who was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Depp claimed he was actually the victim, but nobody believed him. He was vilified, and it reportedly contributed to him being dropped from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series, while Heard’s Hollywood career got a boost.
But as Megan Fox at PJ Media reports, over the weekend, someone posted online an alleged recording of a private conversation between Heard and Depp in which she berates him for leaving when she started throwing pots and pans, and admits to slapping and hitting him but insists it’s okay because she didn’t punch him: "You didn't get punched. You got hit...but you're fine. I did not hurt you." There’s more at the link:
The stunning recording quickly went viral with many commenters suddenly taking Depp’s side. If he was indeed the victim of not only domestic abuse but career-damaging lies, let’s hope this helps set things right. But more than that, let’s hope it provides a much-needed reminder that regardless of gender, anyone can lie, anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, and everyone deserves the protections of due process, including the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The news that Rush Limbaugh disclosed at the end of his radio show Monday that he has advanced lung cancer was heartbreaking. Rush singlehandedly saved AM radio in the late 1980’s by introducing a type of talk radio unique and entertaining. His dominance of the medium has lasted for over 30 years, which in itself is a stunning run of leading the pack and creating most of it. Those who know him personally speak of his kindness and decency. His critics would not likely affirm that, but Rush has always used his bombastic on-air personality to build his audience and exploit the often hilarious double standards of the left.
Rush plans to try to continue doing his show while taking treatment. We all pray that the treatments will work and he will continue, but there’s no doubt that his imprint on our political culture will remain as a force of nature
Predictably, many on the left celebrated the news of Limbaugh’s illness on line, demonstrating that the distance, anonymity and bubble culture of the Internet have bred all traces of human decency out of their souls. But I was grateful to see that other liberals who are totally at odds with Rush’s politics expressed sympathy for a fellow human fighting a terrible disease and scolded their political fellows for their lack of class and humanity.
One prominent Democrat who risked the ire of rabid leftist Presidential primary voters was Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who tweeted this message to Rush:
“I and my family send our love and best wishes to you and your loved ones at this difficult moment in your life. May your hearts and minds be filled with and strengthened by God’s love.”
Rep. Gabbard again proved that she is a class act regardless of whether you agree with her politics, which she already proved to me by agreeing to be my guest on “Huckabee” on TBN.
One other thing I’d like to point out: one of the liberals who tried to justify the nasty comments about Rush’s cancer was Alex Cole of Newsitics.com, who snarked that he’d give Rush Limbaugh “the same compassion the right did with RBG dealing with cancer.” All right, here’s what I wrote in this newsletter on December 21, 2018:
“It was revealed that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday to remove two cancerous growths from her lung. The surgery was reportedly a success, and she is said to be resting comfortably. I wish her a speedy and painless recovery and hope you will remember her in your prayers.”
I assume this means that Alex Cole will also now ask his readers to remember Rush in their prayers.
CNN’s Brian Stelter showed why his show’s name “Reliable Sources” is so oxymoronic (emphasis on “moronic”) by “fact-checking” President Trump’s joke about Mike Bloomberg requesting a box to stand on during the Democratic debate.
He should’ve known that was a joke. Bloomberg is spending so much money that the Democrats will just change the debate rules for him and make all the other candidates stand in holes.