Wait, you’re telling me that the left-leaning “fact checker” used by Facebook and Google fudges facts to make it appear that leftists are right about something they’re clearly wrong about? If I told you I was surprised, I’d have to award myself Four Pinocchios.
Virginia’s West Point High School board voted 5-0 to fire French teacher Peter Vlaming for committing the unpardonable thought crime of referring to a biological female student as “she.”
Of course, it’s more complicated than that, although not any more rational. The student “identifies” as male, so Vlaming was accused of “misgendering” him or xir or whatever pronoun…the student prefers. But Vlaming denies any animosity: he says that as a devout Christian, his religious beliefs bar him from referring to a female as a male, so he simply didn’t use any pronouns in addressing the student. But he did refer to…the student on one occasion as “she,” which…the student (wow, a world without pronouns gets tiresome!) claims made…the student feel “singled out,” creating a “hostile learning environment for...the student. Vlaming claims it was a one-time slip of the tongue (as if anyone would ever refer to a biological female as “she” for any reason other than hate and malice!)
Making it even more like an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” the school has no specific policy on gender preference pronoun use, which means the board voted unanimously to fire him for violating a policy that doesn’t exist.
I’m happy to report that numerous parents and teachers are taking Vlaming’s side (funny how…the student…claims to feel so threatened by being singled out for attention, yet has turned a one-syllable slip of the tongue in a high school classroom into a national news story.) I’m also happy to note that Vlaming has engaged an attorney, who cited a policy that actually is written down. It’s known as the First Amendment, and it certifies that free speech and the right to practice your religious faith without fear of reprisal outweighs the government’s power to tell you which pronouns to use.
Hillary Clinton’s email server is like a dead skunk she keeps burying in the back yard and thinking it’s buried forever, but then some overzealous bloodhound keeps digging it up and dropping right back on her doorstep again.
Hate to keep belaboring the point, but yes, it turns out you can drill your way out of an energy shortage. This news is definitely going to make the holiday season less merry for OPEC.
MONOLOGUE Dec 8 2018
I’ve finally figured out how to make the media say really nice things about Republicans. After watching the glowing and may I add, the deserved tributes to our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush from the media this week, and remembering the kind and effusive praise they also lavished on Senator John McCain after his death, I realize that the one way to get the press speaking with adoration toward a Republican is for that Republican to either die or say something really nasty about the current President. For those who thought that former President Bush had a cozy and sweet relationship with the press during his long and storied career, think again. He was deemed insincere for taking the Vice Presidency after being harshly critical of Ronald Reagan’s economic plans; he once threw Newsweek reporters off of Air Force One after they treated him pretty much like they treat the current President and for that matter, like they’ve treated every other Republican President in my lifetime. He exchanged heated and terse comments with a number of reporters, including Dan Rather of CBS. He was called wimpish by the media, despite the fact that he was a true, honest to God war hero, having been shot down during a mission as a young Naval aviator, and was rescued by a US Submarine before the Japanese got to him. He was gracious, thoughtful, and diplomatic to be sure, but there wasn’t much wimpish about him. He was tough political pro, and he built an impressive coalition of countries to stop Saddam Hussein’s brutal invasion of Kuwait. He was an effective leader in legislation, though not given nearly the credit he deserves for some real legacy items, among them the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. His management of the post cold war realignment in the former Soviet Union and Europe is greatly under-appreciated in that when brutal communist governments collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down, the world did not degenerate into a world war or even civil war within the various countries who moved from dictatorship to freedom. Sure, the press spoke of some of those things this week, but do your own research and go back and see how the media treated the 41st President when he was alive and in office or even running for office. Don’t get me wrong—I’m glad the media spent this past week remembering this leader’s legacy of leadership and statesmanship. But for them to pretend that they have always treated him with even a hint of that respect is just plain laughable. One of the reasons the news media is held in such contempt by many of us is not just their blatant and unabashed bias, but because of their shameless hypocrisy in moments like these. I’ve been reminded this week not to be very concerned if the media scorches me or other conservatives for our beliefs. One day, when I die, they might even be forced to say something nice. But I’m also reminded that if we are to take them seriously, they need to start acting like objective observers detached from their own opinions and personal views and tell the story straight and honestly. In the meantime, when it comes to President George Herbert Walker Bush, they finally got it right this week, even though he had to die for them to tell it.
Insightful reader comment (excerpted here) from Ann, who, incidentally, knows her French history:
CNN only showed the part of Macron's speech when he insisted that patriotism and nationalism are opposites. His people want nationalism just like the people who voted for Trump, I think. They do need a course in anger management, but did you see the police hitting the protesters? There's nothing wrong with nationalism and it's not the opposite of patriotism, maybe just more economic than emotional. I finally heard a part of Macron's speech which was nice, but, since that part didn't include barbed arrows shot at Trump, CNN hardly showed it at all. I can easily say ‘enemy of the people’ to journalists who choose the part of the speech which will cause revolution, whether it's in the USA or France.
Friday, President Trump confirmed that he’s picked State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as our UN Ambassador, and William Barr to fill the empty space created by both the departure and the presence of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Both seem to be solid choices, and it will be interesting to see how the liberal media manage to slime them, considering Nauert is herself a former journalist and Barr already served as Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush, whom they’ve just spent the past week demanding that Trump emulate.
The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strossel made a great point: you can tell Barr must be a pretty good choice for Attorney General based on how many Democrats immediately started demanding that he recuse himself from anything important.