Fredo Says Stop

 

We tend to think that when people oppose evil, they oppose it for noble or altruistic purposes.  We think they oppose evil because the first principle of ethics is to do good and avoid evil.  As rational beings who have a Jeffersonian view of men, we believe that people are basically good and that those who oppose evil are basically good.  Usually, that’s true.  Sometimes, however, it isn’t.

All it takes to dispossess one of the view that people who oppose political violence are good is about 20 minutes of CNN, apparently.  On Tuesday, Fredo, Lemon, and company decided, much to the horror of ardent leftists, that all that violence in Portland, Chicago, Seattle, and of all places, Kenosha, Wisconsin, might need to be called out.  CNN needed to go on record opposing the violence.

Stop the presses.  Check the core temperature in Hell.  Make sure you’re not watching an SNL re-run.  CNN on the record against violence, evil, and looting?  Say it isn’t so Ethel!

In the dark comedy The Good Place, the character Tahani Al-Jamil, who was a wealthy British socialite with philanthropic good works, finds herself in the Good Place, believing she actually belongs there, based on her many noble good works.  It isn’t until the closing scenes of the first season that we learn that the Good Place … isn’t.  It is really a novel way to torture souls in the Bad Place, and that Tahani earned her way there not with her works, but because her motivation in performing those works was self-serving.

I had to laugh and think about that today when Fredo and company were seen complaining about the violence not because it’s wrong to burn down businesses because cops completely unrelated to those businesses may have killed a man in an unjustifiable manner.   (Note: that it now appears the shooting was justified because he was going for a knife in the car.)

People like Fredo and Lemon don’t oppose violence because burning down a furniture store that was a family’s life work is wrong.  They don’t oppose it because 87 days of rioting in Portland (with thugs viciously assaulting good Samaritans trying to help a robbery victim) exposes the banality of evil. They don’t oppose it because looting a Saks Fifth Avenue doesn’t show that Black Lives Matter.  They don’t oppose it because innocent people are hurt, and lives and livelihoods are lost.  Those would be good reasons.

No, they oppose it because it is converting Democrats into Republicans and threatening to re-elect Donald Trump.  These hapless propagandists (I refuse to call them “journalists” because journalists have ethics) are trying to squeeze the toothpaste back in the tube because they realize that normal people (those who don’t live in east coast glasshouses or sip soy lattes on the west coast) are alarmed for their personal safety and realize they can do something about that with their vote.  Fredo has seen the focus groups.  Lemon has seen the polling.  Both doubtless listened in to C-Span after the first night of the Republican Convention and learned that people really are “walking away” because the Democrat party left them.  And a big reason they left them is the “defund the police” scam.

CNN has effectively become self-parody.  When it started, CNN was about bringing you all the news, all the time. Its headline news channel was everything you needed to know in 30 minutes. It provided a service, usually without a lot of editorializing and just a few annoying infomercials (but wait!  That’s not all you get! …).  But somewhere along the line, that train left the tracks.  CNN began to serve the interests of the Democratic Party.  The principles of balanced reporting, fairness, and accuracy initially suffered.  Then, with the Trump election, every single principle of journalistic integrity was thrown right out the window in an effort to push hoaxes and hobble the Trump presidency.  No one at CNN cared if the Russia Hoax was true.  They just cared that they could report it as if it was. None of them believed it; all of them reported it.

I studied journalism in school.  I once thought I might like to do that work.  But a tour in the Army convinced me that the medical field was my calling, and spending time with hospital administrators convinced me we needed better lawyers.  But one thing I remember clearly from journalism classes is that you are supposed to report both sides, you’re supposed to stick to the truth, and you’re supposed to be neutral unless you’re either an opinion writer or an entertainer.  These rules have now been so thoroughly shredded by the news media in general (CNN, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, Fox News, and OANN all push an agenda, sometimes at the expense of truth) that there’s no putting that genie back in the bottle.  News today is driven by mouse clicks, and those are driven by sensationalism.

So, pardon me if I laugh at the numbskulls who’ve scattered a bunch of fire-wielding anarchists through major US cities like BBs on a tile floor and who now are tripping over themselves because the Summer of Mayhem is now serving to illustrate how feckless Democrat leadership in these cities is.

There is a reason to oppose the evil of rioting and lawlessness.  There is a reason to oppose evil in every form.  That reason is that humanity and morality demand that we call out and denounce evil.  It isn’t because it’s temporarily unhelpful to our cause.

I pity today’s “journalists.”  They are doomed to an existence completely devoid of respect.

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  1. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    They’ve gone full thought-leader. 

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  2. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    I wonder why President Trump has called these people ‘fake news’ from his first day in office.

    Here’s another example involving a Cuomo and Democrats. According to Cuomo and the Democrats the Governor did a wonderful job handling the virus pandemic in New York (even though the number of deaths and the death rate per million population indicates otherwise). While lauding Cuomo’s work in New York, even though that performance was as bad as it gets, the Democrats like to charge the President with doing a bad job. Now there will be an inquiry by the DoJ into New York handling of Nursing Home Covid cases and Democrats are objecting. Why would they do that if the performance was great?

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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Anthony L. DeWitt: I refuse to call them “journalists” because journalists have ethics

    Theoretically.

    That’s not fair. It’s just that 95% of journalists give the rest a bad name.

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  4. WI Con Member
    WI Con
    @WICon

    I’ll be very curious to see:

    A) the degree to which AOC, the ‘Squad’or Berrnie and the Congressional Black Caucus can effect the behavior of their shock troops.

    B) the degree that Blue State governors and mayors have been hamstringing local law enforcement. If the unleash the law dogs and they’re too effective, the Berrnie Bros and Black Dead Enders won’t support Dems. If they aren’t effective at stopping mayhem, those Suburban Soccer Moms will look to the GOP for security.

    This is a nice pickle these scum have gotten themselves in to.

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  5. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    Percival (View Comment):

    Anthony L. DeWitt: I refuse to call them “journalists” because journalists have ethics

    Theoretically.

    That’s not fair. It’s just that 95% of journalists give the rest a bad name.

    I think your percentage is a little low, by about four points.

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  6. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    WI Con (View Comment):

    I’ll be very curious to see:

    A) the degree to which AOC, the ‘Squad’or Berrnie and the Congressional Black Caucus can effect the behavior of their shock troops.

    B) the degree that Blue State governors and mayors have been hamstringing local law enforcement. If the unleash the law dogs and they’re too effective, the Berrnie Bros and Black Dead Enders won’t support Dems. If they aren’t effective at stopping mayhem, those Suburban Soccer Moms will look to the GOP for security.

    This is a nice pickle these scum have gotten themselves in to.

    Rioting is fun, burning buildings is exciting, and looting is lucrative. The rioters are the ones who have been unleashed – given a previously unknown freedom along with legitimacy, even celebrity. They are themselves a fire – they may have been started from without, and even had their flames fanned, but they are going to burn on and reignite until people make a serious effort to put them out. 

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  7. Anthony L. DeWitt Coolidge
    Anthony L. DeWitt
    @AnthonyDeWitt

    Percival (View Comment):

    Anthony L. DeWitt: I refuse to call them “journalists” because journalists have ethics

    Theoretically.

    That’s not fair. It’s just that 95% of journalists give the rest a bad name.

    Excellent point.

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  8. Anthony L. DeWitt Coolidge
    Anthony L. DeWitt
    @AnthonyDeWitt

    WI Con (View Comment):

    I’ll be very curious to see:

    A) the degree to which AOC, the ‘Squad’or Berrnie and the Congressional Black Caucus can effect the behavior of their shock troops.

    B) the degree that Blue State governors and mayors have been hamstringing local law enforcement. If the unleash the law dogs and they’re too effective, the Berrnie Bros and Black Dead Enders won’t support Dems. If they aren’t effective at stopping mayhem, those Suburban Soccer Moms will look to the GOP for security.

    This is a nice pickle these scum have gotten themselves in to.

    You should take this and run with it in a post.  It’s an excellent analysis!

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  9. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    WI Con (View Comment):

    I’ll be very curious to see:

    A) the degree to which AOC, the ‘Squad’or Berrnie and the Congressional Black Caucus can effect the behavior of their shock troops.

    B) the degree that Blue State governors and mayors have been hamstringing local law enforcement. If the unleash the law dogs and they’re too effective, the Berrnie Bros and Black Dead Enders won’t support Dems. If they aren’t effective at stopping mayhem, those Suburban Soccer Moms will look to the GOP for security.

    Maybe if they get enough cops get killed in the process everybody (almost) can go home happy. 

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  10. David Foster Member
    David Foster
    @DavidFoster

    CNN is a subsidiary of AT&T.

    The question needs to be asked:  Why is AT&T supporting or at least allowing CNN’s radical and toxic behavior?

    –Do they believe this is the most profitable possible positioning for the network?…Seems unlikely.
    –Is CNN such a small part of the AT&T corporate picture that it’s just not worthy of senior management attention?
    –Are they afraid of some kind of retaliation if they ‘interfere’ with CNN’s behavior?

    …or, do the attitudes expressed by CNN in its programming reflect accurately the corporate political beliefs of AT&T and its top executives?

     

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  11. Columbo Member
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    @Columbo

    And Don Lemon begs Biden to stand up to a podium. Flop sweat! :-D

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  12. Columbo Member
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    @Columbo

    Columbo (View Comment):

    And Don Lemon begs Biden to stand up to a podium. Flop sweat! :-D

    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/514116-cnns-don-lemon-calls-on-biden-to-stand-at-a-podium-in-addressing-violence

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  13. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Columbo (View Comment):

    And Don Lemon begs Biden to stand up to a podium. Flop sweat! :-D

    It’s lose-lose; if Biden says ‘stop’ and they don’t, he is powerless, but if he says ‘stop’ and they do, he let it go on for months. 

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer demagogue. 

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  14. Columbo Member
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    @Columbo

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    And Don Lemon begs Biden to stand up to a podium. Flop sweat! :-D

    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/514116-cnns-don-lemon-calls-on-biden-to-stand-at-a-podium-in-addressing-violence

    Wimp Lemon will walk it back in 3 …. 2….. 1 days/hoursminutes.

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  15. carcat74 Member
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    @carcat74

    WI Con (View Comment):

    I’ll be very curious to see:

    A) the degree to which AOC, the ‘Squad’or Berrnie and the Congressional Black Caucus can effect the behavior of their shock troops.

    B) the degree that Blue State governors and mayors have been hamstringing local law enforcement. If the unleash the law dogs and they’re too effective, the Berrnie Bros and Black Dead Enders won’t support Dems. If they aren’t effective at stopping mayhem, those Suburban Soccer Moms will look to the GOP for security.

    This is a nice pickle these scum have gotten themselves in to.

    Really, does Fredo think the mobs will stop rioting and pillaging BECAUSE HE SAID SO?

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  16. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    carcat74 (View Comment):

    WI Con (View Comment):

    I’ll be very curious to see:

    A) the degree to which AOC, the ‘Squad’or Berrnie and the Congressional Black Caucus can effect the behavior of their shock troops.

    B) the degree that Blue State governors and mayors have been hamstringing local law enforcement. If the unleash the law dogs and they’re too effective, the Berrnie Bros and Black Dead Enders won’t support Dems. If they aren’t effective at stopping mayhem, those Suburban Soccer Moms will look to the GOP for security.

    This is a nice pickle these scum have gotten themselves in to.

    Really, does Fredo think the mobs will stop rioting and pillaging BECAUSE HE SAID SO?

    That is how the Moral Authority of the Democratic Party (stop laughing) works.

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  17. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    Percival (View Comment):

    carcat74 (View Comment):

    WI Con (View Comment):

    I’ll be very curious to see:

    A) the degree to which AOC, the ‘Squad’or Berrnie and the Congressional Black Caucus can effect the behavior of their shock troops.

    B) the degree that Blue State governors and mayors have been hamstringing local law enforcement. If the unleash the law dogs and they’re too effective, the Berrnie Bros and Black Dead Enders won’t support Dems. If they aren’t effective at stopping mayhem, those Suburban Soccer Moms will look to the GOP for security.

    This is a nice pickle these scum have gotten themselves in to.

    Really, does Fredo think the mobs will stop rioting and pillaging BECAUSE HE SAID SO?

    That is how the Moral Authority of the Democratic Party (stop laughing) works.

    And they think they are the masters who control the plantation. Just ask Massa Joe.

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  18. CarolJoy, Thread Hijacker Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Thread Hijacker
    @CarolJoy

    I cannot find the link right now but someone on social media had posted a local Kenosha news item that police were called in to check out a van and several sedans meeting  outside of that city and the vehicles were examined and were  found to have incendiery devices. None of the drivers or passengers were allowed to proceed into Kenosha.

    On edit: our own James Gawron is now writing about this and his article is here: https://ricochet.com/796882/follow-the-money-3/

    These extreme events are obviously happening through a coordinated effort, and that would be a great way for Pres Trump to state that this is an insurrection. (which it is.) While he and the DOJ get to the bottom of who and what  is behind this, the military should be brought in the next time some group of “peaceful protesters” even looks at a city cop funny.

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  19. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    CarolJoy, Thread Hijacker (View Comment):

    I cannot find the link right now but someone on social media had posted a local Kenosha news item that police were called in to check out a van and several sedans meeting outside of that city and the vehicles were examined and were found to have incendiery devices. None of the drivers or passengers were allowed to proceed into Kenosha.

    On edit: our own James Gawron is now writing about this and his article is here: https://ricochet.com/796882/follow-the-money-3/

    These extreme events are obviously happening through a coordinated effort, and that would be a great way for Pres Trump to state that this is an insurrection. (which it is.) While he and the DOJ get to the bottom of who and what is behind this, the military should be brought in the next time some group of “peaceful protesters” even looks at a city cop funny.

    There appears to be organization behind all this rioting and looting, the politicians avoiding law enforcement and calling for defunding the police, and several elected prosecuting attorneys financed by one George Soros. I don’t know much about Soros but I think he may be a duel citizen (which should not be allowed) and I mostly see in the news that he is not physically present in the United States but is very involved in financing political activity here, and his objectives are well known. I saw recently that some sort of restrictions were to be placed on Soros activity here, anyone current on Soros can help out here. I don’t really try to keep up with such a dirty character.

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  20. Housebroken Thatcher
    Housebroken
    @Chuckles

    Anthony L. DeWitt: But one thing I remember clearly from journalism classes is that you are supposed to report both sides, you’re supposed to stick to the truth, and you’re supposed to be neutral unless you’re either an opinion writer or an entertainer.

    Just curious – while I’m pretty sure I know the answer, is there anybody here that can actually confirm whether or not that’s still taught?  

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  21. Anthony L. DeWitt Coolidge
    Anthony L. DeWitt
    @AnthonyDeWitt

    Housebroken (View Comment):

    Anthony L. DeWitt: But one thing I remember clearly from journalism classes is that you are supposed to report both sides, you’re supposed to stick to the truth, and you’re supposed to be neutral unless you’re either an opinion writer or an entertainer.

    Just curious – while I’m pretty sure I know the answer, is there anybody here that can actually confirm whether or not that’s still taught?

    Boy, is that a GREAT question or what?

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