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Well-Deserved Blowback

June 11, 2021

New York Times editorial board member and MSNBC contributor Mara Gay sparked well-deserved blowback by saying that during a weekend trip to Long Island, she saw “dozens of American flags,” which was “just disturbing.” She apparently assumes those are owned by Trump supporters (admittedly, probably a safe bet), and claims they were sending a message: "This is my country…not your country. I own this." She went on to regurgitate more liberal buzzwords, including, of course, “whiteness.”

https://www.foxnews.com/media/msnbc-analyst-disturbing-dozens-american-flags-flown-pickup-trucks-trump-supporters

Well, I assume those Long Islanders do own their own flags, and the poles, yards and pickup trucks they’re mounted to. But I think the “It’s not your country” message came right out of her own paranoid noggin. She should be counting her lucky stars that when she goes out into the country where she lives, the flags she sees are American flags. They’re flown by the kind of people who join the military and fight to protect all our rights. That includes the First Amendment, which gives the New York Times editorial board the right to badmouth America, insult the flag, and make fools of themselves in print every day.

On that subject, as Townhall.com columnist Mike LaChance reminds us, Ms Gay is the same New York Times writer who once said that the $500 million wasted by Mike Bloomberg on his presidential run could have been divided up to give every American $1 million. It was actually closer to one dollar. But at the rate he's spending money, Joe Biden might hit that mark.

https://www.thewrap.com/brian-williams-mara-gay-get-dragged-for-bad-on-air-math-about-bloomberg-campaign-spending/


Botched Assignment

June 10, 2021

How badly has Vice President Kamala Harris botched her first big assignment, to clean up the disaster President Biden created on the border? Let me count the ways…

(1.) As of today, she’s had the assignment for 78 days and has yet to even visit the border…(2.) When asked about that by a reporter, she laughed oddly and said she hadn’t visited Europe either, as if she’s in charge of keeping Frenchmen from swimming across the Atlantic to enter New Jersey illegally…(3.) She went to Guatemala and was greeted by protesters with signs reading “Trump won,” “Go home” and “Guatemala is pro-life”…(4.) She claimed the root causes of illegal immigration were climate change and hostility to LGBTQ people…(5.) The President of Guatemala personally contradicted her by telling “Face the Nation” that the cause of the surge was Biden undoing Trump’s border security policies.

And now, to make it an even half dozen: she’s done such a lousy job that even the Biden White House is letting it be known that they are frustrated, perplexed and “not thrilled” with her inexplicably incompetent performance.

https://www.westernjournal.com/kamala-harris-foreign-trip-disaster-even-biden-admin-perplexed-report/

At this rate, she really needs to up her game if she ever hopes to take over the job of being President from Jill Biden.

Interesting Op-Ed

June 10, 2021

There’s a very interesting op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by First Things editor R.R. Reno. It’s at the link, but behind a paywall. So if you’re not a subscriber, I’ll just recap the major points.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-i-stopped-hiring-ivy-league-graduates-11623103004

It’s called “Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates.” This is hardly shocking if you’ve been keeping up with all the horror stories coming out of these elite schools lately about leftist administrators and faculty indoctrinating students with socialism, Critical Race Theory and anti-Americanism, and campuses being run by mobs of leftist cry-bully students who want to silence and punish anyone who expresses a “painful” and “problematic” opinion that differs from theirs.

But many parents still dream of their kids going to Harvard or Yale because they’re coasting on their rapidly crumbling reputations for excellence. They think that Ivy League sheepskin will mean a lifetime of prosperous employment, so they pony up the outrageous tuition. But according to Reno, your kids might be better off spending a fraction as much to attend a state college.

He says he’s found that many recent Ivy League grads who apply for jobs with his company fall into one of three categories: (1.) Oversensitive, thin-skinned narcissists who make inflammatory accusations at the drop of a hat; (2.) Those so cowed by fear of accusations of racism or some other offense that they remain silent if there’s any risk in speaking up; or (3.) Those who actually have the gumption to fight back, mostly conservatives, but who are so used to having to fight that they seem to have PTSD and have developed a habit of aggressive counterpunching.

None of those traits are helpful as part of a team that has to deal with the real world. The Ivies used to train students to be leaders. Now, they may still attract top level students, but they coddle and encourage the dysfunctional ones while attacking and abusing the normal ones. For all the money students pay to go there, the schools don’t add value, they reduce it.

Reno suggests that students who want to learn how to be leaders and prosper in the real world attend schools such as Hillsdale College, Thomas Aquinas College, Wyoming Catholic College and the University of Dallas, as well as large state schools and their satellite campuses. He says their students are more likely to get good educations, to learn to accept the authority of those with more experience, and not to be deformed by toxic political correctness.

And I would add, don’t worry about all the Ivy Leaguers who are unfit to work in the real world. I’m sure they’ll find lucrative jobs in politics or the media.

Obama Defends CRT

June 10, 2021

Democrats are so worried about the public waking up to the threat of Critical Race Theory in schools and demanding an end to it that they trotted out former President Barack Obama to poo-poo their concerns. In his patented condescending fashion, Obama dismissed parents who are upset that their kids are being taught toxic, divisive, racist hate-mongering by claiming that it’s just “right-wing media” like Fox News (the favorite bogey man of the left) “stoking the fear and resentment of a white population that is witnessing a changing America.”

https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/06/democrats-enlist-obama-to-defend-critical-race-theory/

First of all, I think people are right to fear anyone who wants to change America into a Marxist dystopia where people are judged entirely by their skin color. And if America’s white population are paranoid racists who fear a changing America, then who elected him President twice? It wasn’t blacks, they’re only about 13% of the population.

In fact, even his supporters in deep blue places such as Manhattan and New Jersey are standing up against CRT, not out of irrational fear but out of perfectly rational fear. I refuse to believe that the majority of Americans of any race want to see the “changing America” that the racist, Marxist radicals pushing CRT want to impose on us.

But take heart: the fact that the Democrats feel the need to employ Obama giving us one of his “I’m so disappointed in you” lectures is a great sign that they’re the ones who are afraid. And when power-mad politicians are afraid of the people, that’s a good thing.

For those who despair that America is lost and it’s too late to save her, some proof that you can fight back and win…

After Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that she would not grant interviews to white reporters, the Daily Caller and Judicial Watch sued her for unconstitutional racial discrimination. A federal judge has now ordered Lightfoot to file a sworn declaration clarifying her interview policy. I’d say she’d better make it good, because the policy already seems pretty clear, and pretty clearly racist.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2021/06/08/judge-orders-chicago-mayor-to-clarify-her-racist-interview-policy-n1452873

Her attorneys argued that the document isn’t necessary because the policy is no longer in effect. Wait, so if you declare you’ve now stopped acting like a racist, everything’s copacetic and we can just move on from there? I don’t think that argument would fly with Mayor Lightfoot’s fellow liberals these days.

Tuesday, a judge ordered the reinstatement of a Leesburg, Virginia, high school PE teacher who was suspended for refusing to use students’ “preferred pronouns.” He told a school board meeting that he is a committed Christian who believes you cannot change the sex you were born into and that transgender treatments for minors are child abuse. He said forcing him to endorse transgenderism not only violates his religious conscience but forces him to lie to his students.

https://www.westernjournal.com/judge-rules-favor-teacher-suspended-refusing-use-transgender-pronouns/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

The judge ruled that his statement was protected free speech and the school couldn’t prove it caused any significant disruption to school operations. The school’s attorney claimed they had to suspend him because they feared backlash from parents. I’m curious to know if they actually polled the parents to find out how many agree with him.

Eight Minneapolis residents are suing the City Council for causing a spike in violent crime by defunding the police and failing to do their duty to provide a minimal level of policing to guarantee public safety. With the city’s leftist alleged leaders refusing to lead, citizens had no choice but to step up and do it themselves.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/minneapolis-residents-sue-city-council-police

On their behalf, community activist Cathy Spann said, “We are here, together in unison, to say enough is enough. I am here today to say it is about all of us coming together to make a difference to stop the gun violence that is in our city -- downtown, south, north. We are stopping it. We are no longer asking for a plan. We are the plan."

Meanwhile, business owners in Baltimore have their own plan for dealing with the destruction wrought by their leftist, anti-police City Council. Since the government refuses to do its job of ensuring public safety, the businesses are refusing to pay their taxes to fund the useless government. It's being described as the "Baltimore Tea Party," only the "T" they're throwing overboard stands for "taxes."

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/06/08/baltimore-tea-party-business-refuse-to-pay-taxes-as-public-safety-crashes-n1453121

The San Antonio city council member who spearheaded the attempt to block Chick-fil-A from the city airport, accusing them of being a “symbol of hate” for donating to Christian charities, lost his seat in Saturday’s run-off. It’s not clear whether the winner will be any better or if that issue played a major role, but either way, he’s off the city council. And thanks to him, Texas now has a new state law barring religious discrimination in government contracts, and the state Supreme Court is reviewing a lawsuit against San Antonio filed under it. So his term on the City Council actually did accomplish something good, even if it was completely inadvertent.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/06/07/architect-of-chick-fil-a-ban-loses-san-antonio-city-council-seat-n1452570

Biden's Economy

June 10, 2021

Are They Really That Dumb Or Do They Think We Are? President Biden (oh, let’s be real: his staffers) put out a tweet and a Washington Post article, both under his name, bragging that in his first four months in office, his American Rescue Plan and his vaccination strategy have “created” over 2 million jobs, far more than Reagan or Trump created in their first four months, and the economy is “growing” faster than any time in the past 40 years.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/454126/

Hoo-boy! Where to start?!

Well, first of all, let’s note that Reagan and Trump didn’t inherit a booming economy that was reopening after a pandemic lockdown. They inherited moribund economies created by the policies of, respectively, Jimmy Carter and Obama/Biden. So naturally, it took a while to get the rusty engine of job creation up and running again.

Secondly, at the risk of quoting Obama, “Joe, you didn’t build that!” The jobs now being “created” were actually created under Trump and are simply bouncing back. They only went away because states mostly run by Democrats managed to stretch “two weeks to flatten the curve” into a yearlong-plus forced economic shutdown.

Fortunately, they can’t keep that up any longer because of the vaccines (also created and distributed under Trump) that Biden is also taking credit for. In fact, the jobs might be coming back even faster if Biden’s American Rescue Plan weren’t paying people more to stay unemployed than to work. Many of those 2 million jobs Biden is taking credit for were only “created” because red states rescinded that policy, which Biden wants to continue until September and other Democrats want to continue to the end of time.

In short, Biden taking credit for “creating” those jobs is like someone demanding the “Lifeguard of the Year” award because he stopped holding someone head-down in the toilet.

Roger Kimball at the Spectator has more on this and other Biden Administration fantasies and illusions, and how the media will credulously cover them, all expressed most amusingly at the link:

https://spectatorworld.com/topic/joe-biden-summer-vacation-g7-europe-trip/

This is a good example of why, when you are entrusted with power, you shouldn’t squander that trust for political reasons. It undermines your ability to take principled stands when people know your own principles are less than solid:

https://www.westernjournal.com/even-putin-calling-biden-hypocritical-prosecution-jan-6-protesters/

President Biden, on behalf of the US, joined with the European Union in condemning the arrest of dissident blogger Roman Protasevich, who had for months supported and encouraged protests of Belarus’ autocratic leader, Alexandr Lukashenko. After his arrest, Protasevich appeared on TV to recant his previous views and voice support and praise for Lukashenko, leading many to believe he’d been tortured or coerced. Of course, Biden was right to condemn his arrest.

But that gave Russian President Vladimir Putin an opening to remind the world that Biden’s DOJ is prosecuting everyone who entered the Capitol on January 6th, even those not accused of doing anything violent. Putin said, “These are not looters or thieves, these people came with political requests,” and Biden is trying to jail them for protesting what they believed to be corrupt actions by the government. And as the linked story reminds us, the government has used social media and other surveillance state methods to track down those people and jail them, while letting leftist protesters who actually did commit violence and vandalism of government property go free.

I’m from the “two wrongs don’t make a right” school, so I’m not going to dismiss what happened in Belarus or let the violent Capitol protesters off the hook. But Biden did hand Putin the stick to whack him with through his and his party’s own hypocritical double standard on anti-government protests (great when we protest the other side, treason and insurrection when they protest us.) I want our President to be able to take firm moral stands in the world, but first, he has to behave in a way that gives him a leg to stand on.

I told you about the New York City psychiatrist who spoke to the Yale School of Medicine and declared all white people irredeemably racist, said they “make my blood boil” and are “out of their minds,” and that she fantasies about "unloading a revolver into the head of any White person" who gets in her way. That understandably brought backlash against Yale for hosting her. They’re trying to distance themselves from her comments, while she’s just laughing off the criticism (I’m not a psychiatrist but I understand that inappropriate laughter is also a sign of mental illness, just like uncontrollable rage.)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-professor-slams-nyc-psychiatrist-shooting-white-people-unfit-practice-medicine

She should know that among her critics is Dr. Carol Swain, who is both African-American and a retired Princeton professor. Dr. Swain called her comments outrageous and hate-filled, as well as ridiculous, unprofessional, un-American and “probably illegal,” and declared her unfit to practice medicine. Yes, I’d say that’s pretty spot-on.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Dr. Swain has stood up to crazed leftists trying to divide Americans and spread racial hatred. Here she is on “Huckabee” on TBN from 2017, talking about attacks on her for that very reason.

https://youtu.be/u6uFftj7VC4