Radical protesters heckle Ted Cruz
Welcome to the club my daughter endured, Ted: Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife had to leave a restaurant in DC last night after being confronted by a loud leftist protest group attacking him over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. Details are at the link. The group has the typically misleading and self-glorifying name of “Stop Racism DC” and claims that it fights “Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.” But I guess that having found no Nazis or Klansmen in a high-end DC eatery, they were forced to bravely attack a Republican Senator of Cuban ancestry and his wife.
Well, I’m certain THAT convinced Cruz that they had a rational and persuasive argument for opposing Kavanaugh.
Tip of the helmet
A tip of the helmet to recent NFL retiree Matt Forte of the Bears and the Jets for doing something all too rare in today’s divisive political atmosphere: taking the time to see an issue from the other person’s perspective. While Forte has never joined in the anti-cop kneeling protests, he has been close enough to the issue via his teammates that he decided to see what it’s like to be a cop. So he went for a ride-along in a police car with some cops in one of America’s most violence-plagued cities, Chicago.
You can read about what he learned at the link, as he witnessed firsthand the police officers going about their extremely dangerous jobs with seriousness and professionalism, and very little appreciation from the public. I couldn’t help thinking while reading this that it would be even more enlightening for Colin Kaepernick if he spent a little more time riding along in a police car and a little less time being held up as a role model in Nike ads.
Box office catastrophe
What a surprise it must be for Hollywood to learn that audiences won’t pay good money for unhinged anti-Trump propaganda like Michael Moore's latest film when they can get the same for free all over the media. Bonus: Moore has threatened to move to Canada after releasing this movie because of the danger of Trump persecuting him (which I'm sure is at the top of the President's priority list.)
Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard that promise before from a lot of celebrities. But they never seem to make good on it. That’s yet another way in which America is getting the short end of the stick in trade with Canada. Maybe President Trump can renegotiate NAFTA so that we agree to take their exports if they’ll take our leftist celebrities.
In an emotional interview last night with his wife Ashley at his side, Judge Brett Kavanaugh told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that he strongly denies all the last minute, “totally false and outrageous” charges of sexual impropriety against him, that he will not withdraw from the Supreme Court nomination, and that he has faith in God and the fairness of the American people.
Kavanaugh said he’s already denied these allegations to the Senate under penalty of perjury, adding, "I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise. I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone." Ashley backed him fully, saying, "I know Brett. I've known him for 17 years. He's decent, he's kind, he's good. I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett."
Kavanaugh said, "All I'm asking for is fairness and that I be heard in this process." Unfortunately, as we’ve already learned from Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, both of those things no longer apply if you are a man accused of a sex offense. You’re just supposed to shut up and admit it, even if you’re innocent. It’s apparently the Democrats' new standard of justice, replacing the old fashioned “rule of law” and “due process” that must be thrown out because they were invented by old, dead, white guys. Something for all men or any woman who loves any man to remember when voting in November.
Kavanaugh also offered up two defenses that I’d wager the Democrats howling for his head never saw coming: First, he actually kept a meticulous calendar of his high school and college years and still has it. It shows that he was away on vacation or busy with other things such as study, sports and church activities during most of the times that his accusers allege he was drunkenly partying.
And he also said that he was a virgin until well after college, and he never had sex with anyone or even close during that time. That’s something I’m certain his Democratic haters never counted on, because it's so far outside their frame of reference: a religious man openly declaring that he was a virgin until well into adulthood.
The left has spent decades swinging a pickax at the foundations of traditional Christian morality. They’ve attacked and ridiculed outdated notions such as charity, modesty, sobriety, self-discipline and respect for the Biblical definition of marriage. They’ve insisted that you can’t stop teenagers from having sex, so you should just give them free condoms. They’ve driven religious expression off campuses and undermined discipline by parents and teachers until they’re expected to be the kids’ “friends” and let them do whatever they want rather than “stifle” them. They’ve argued that it’s somehow empowering for girls to encourage them to binge-drink and have casual sex like drunken frat boys, and anyone who suggests that might be a bad idea is assailed as a “rape victim shamer.”
Then, having corrupted and demoralized youth culture, they seek to pull a 180 and destroy a Republican SCOTUS nominee by suddenly turning into Puritans and accusing him of the same behavior in school that they encouraged and fostered for decades – only to discover that thanks to his strong religious faith, he didn’t fall for their siren song and isn’t ashamed to admit it. It must be shocking for them to comprehend that they weren’t able to corrupt the one person they have worked so hard to attack for being corrupted.
What happens when the media needs a scandal...
Even though they’ve now gone completely off the rails, there were early signs of this politics-as-severe-mental-disorder trend of the left years ago. When I was running for President in 2007, I thought all the vitriolic, divisive campaign ads were detracting from the Christmas season. So I tried to counter it by making a cheerful, non-political TV ad in which I simply told viewers that I didn’t blame them if they were sick of politics, and suggested that everyone put all that aside and concentrate on what the season is really about: Christ’s birth and being with family and friends. I then wished them a Merry Christmas from me and my campaign staff (you can still see it on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/8xn7uSHtkuA )
I thought you couldn’t get less controversial than that, but even back then, there was a huge uproar about the ad from the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself.) Not so much because I actually said the words “Merry Christmas” (today, I imagine I’d be pilloried in the public square for “triggering” non-Christmasy snowflakes), but because of the den set in the background. As I spoke, the camera panned sideways to reveal the Christmas tree behind me, and briefly showed a set of bookshelves that consisted of vertical and horizontal boards crossing at right angles (Incredible, huh? There’d never been such an unusual bookshelf before!) And the edges of two boards crossing at right angles looked like…anyone? Bueller?...a Cross!
The leftwing media went ballistic over my alleged attempt to use “subliminal messaging” to burn the image of a Cross into viewers’ eyes and brainwash them to advance my evil plan to turn America into a Baptist theocracy! News flash, “Party of Science”: “subliminal advertising” is junk science, just like misrepresenting polygraphs as lie detectors (that’s why they’re not admissible in court.) The truth (I’d say “the God’s honest truth,” but that would probably trigger them, too) is that the ad was shot very quickly with no subliminal images ever discussed. I didn’t even notice the alleged “Cross” myself until the media turned it into a scandal. And by the way, even if I had deliberately included the image of a Cross in a Christmas message, how would that be scandalous? But the media needed a scandal to throw at me, so this had to do, no matter how ridiculous it was. Sound like recent history -- like, say, the past week?
At the risk of sounding Pollyannish, I’ll once again quote Pollyanna: If you only go looking for the bad in people, you will surely find it. That doesn’t mean everyone really is bad; it’s just a homespun definition of the psychological term “confirmation bias.” If you assume that everyone who disagrees with you on a political issue is a sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic deplorable, then that’s all you’ll see when you look at them; and it will continually feed your rage and alienation until you turn into the kind of nasty, raving, partisan lunatic who now gets commentator contracts on MSNBC and CNN. It is, to quote another classic, “Inherit the Wind,” a “worm’s-eye view.”
If you don’t want to have a worm’s eye view of your fellow humans – or come across to the people around you as a political worm – then maybe stop spending 24/7 rolling around in dirt.
With all the other news last week, I didn’t get around to this, but it should not be allowed to get buried: Tucker Carlson of Fox News obtained an internal email chain in which Google employees discussed how to use the tech giant’s search results to steer users toward pro-leftist sites and anti-Trump sites.
You can watch the story at the link. Naturally, the same Google bosses who were recently seen on video trying to hold back their tears over Hillary’s loss deny that their search results are biased. Why, this was just some employees talking as, you know, employees do. But it is interesting how Google executives went ballistic and fired one conservative employee simply for pointing out that the monolithic, bullying, overly-PC culture of the company was intimidating to some workers; yet their attitude here is so nonchalant, and all the people involved in this discussion are apparently still working there.
As Carlson aptly noted, if you ran a bank and discovered that a group of your employees had been discussing how to rob it, would you just dismiss that as meaningless water cooler chitchat irrelevant to how they do their jobs, or would you fire them before they robbed the bank?