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More year-end awards today!  Jim and Greg embark on the second half of their six-episode saga known as the 2021 Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, they offer up their selections for the best political idea, worst political idea, and boldest political tactics for the year. For the first two categories, their selections are derived from the same big stories but each has a different focus. But they choose completely different issues when it comes to boldest tactics.

 

On Thursday, Jim and Greg will welcome their first-ever guest into the 3 Martini Lunch. Don’t miss it! Today, join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that President Biden is withdrawing his Marxist nominee to be Comptroller of the Currency. They also fume as the Biden Administration is more than a week late in issuing a report detailing who exactly got evacuated from Afghanistan and what the vetting process was like. And they pound the table as at least one school in the Los Angeles Unified School District allegedly vaccinated students and told them not to tell their parents.

 

Jim and Greg stand up and cheer for Women’s Tennis Association President Steve Simon and numerous players for publicly demanding that China prove that longtime tennis star Peng Shuai is alive and well and their her allegations of rape against a former high-ranking communist party official be seriously investigated. And they cheer Simon for willing to lose a billion dollars by pulling our of events in China if his concerns are not addressed quickly. They also cringe as the House of Representatives passes the bloated, deficit-growing spending bill known as Build Back Better, but they take a bit of solace in knowing this version likely won’t become law. And they fire back at an MSNBC columnist for telling parents that making demands about school policy and the curriculum is like telling a surgeon how to operate on your child.

Join Jim and Greg as they dissect DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas telling lawmakers Vice President Harris really isn’t involved on major immigration policy decisions like “Remain in Mexico” or the proper role of ICE. They also fume at Attorney General Merrick Garland and the FBI after a whistleblower reveals that the counterterrorism division was involved in tracking parents for alleged threats towards school officials. And they discuss when Democrats will get transparent about President Biden’s health after a new poll shows huge swings in the number of people who don’t think Biden is in good health or mentally up to the job.

 

Jim Geraghty is back! Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the National School Board Association no longer accusing parents of being domestic terrorists but they still have a lot of questions. They also wince as evidence piles up that an economy that should be in a robust recovery is slowing down and possibly headed into a recession. And they get a kick out of Terry McAuliffe saying Stacey Abrams was the real winner of the 2018 Georgia governor’s race after falsely accusing Glenn Youngkin for months of disputing the 2020 election results.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome news of a new COVID treatment that greatly improves a patient’s chance of staying out of the hospital. They also shake their heads as evidence emerges that Democratic leaders have been lying for months about Sen. Joe Manchin offering no specific changes he would make to the reconciliation bill. And they fire away as Education Sec. Miguel Cardona says parents are getting upset at school board meetings because “their guys didn’t win” last year.

Join Jim and Greg as they are glad to see Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe admit that Democrats don’t think parents should be able to tell schools what to teach their kids. Eroding parental rights is a growing movement on the left and Republican Glenn Youngkin is making McAuliffe pay for it in this year’s governor’s race. They also enjoy watching Democrats fight over their obscene spending agenda and which bloated bill must be passed first. And they roll their eyes as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says President Biden ignores press questions because sometimes reporters ask about subjects he doesn’t want to talk about.

 

Join Jim and Greg cheer Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for giving parents the power to decide whether their kids will wear masks to school in the coming weeks and shudder as Washington, D.C, allows kids as young as 11 years old to make a decision on getting the vaccine without telling their parents. They also fire back as CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky admits there is discussion in the Biden administration about issuing a federal mandate to vaccine all Americans. And they chronicle the obvious mask mandate hypocrisy of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Just a Little More Teacher Stuff

 

I know I write about teaching a lot. It’s because it was my job for a long time. Fun things happened. I don’t know if I told this story before, but I’d like to share it.

Until I became a teacher, I didn’t realize that there were people who found the environment of a classroom to be very, very uncomfortable. And I’m talking about adults here. I guess I didn’t know because I’d always loved going to school as a child, and I had been an active volunteer in my own children’s classrooms when they were young. Also, I worked as a teacher’s aide for a couple of years. So, I’m comfortable at school…which is why I chose “teacher” when I was looking for a career to do when I finally returned to college to finish it, once and for all.

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1.) My dad taught me that when you’re in the bathroom and someone knocks, the proper response is to heartily intone, “BUSY!”  2.) We learned from our mom that the apex of contentment was sitting on a bamboo couch in the evening with a book and a giant bowl of popcorn.  Preview Open

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Subconsciously, we know that no one knows everything.  Despite this knowledge, we tend to expect this of the people we look up to most, whether it’s our parents, teachers, or the other adults in our lives.  We create this idea that they are flawless superheroes, as though they never grapple with much of anything, except […]

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Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the US Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety

 

Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety“In America we say if anyone gets hurt, we will ban it for everyone everywhere for all time. And before we know it, everything is banned.” — Professor Jonathan Haidt

It’s a common refrain: We have bubble-wrapped the world. Americans in particular are obsessed with “safety.” The simplest way to get any law passed in America, be it a zoning law or a sweeping reform of the intelligence community, is to invoke a simple sentence: “A kid might get hurt.”

Almost no one is opposed to reasonable efforts at making the world a safer place. But the operating word here is “reasonable.” Banning lawn darts, for example, rather than just telling people that they can be dangerous when used by unsupervised children, is a perfect example of a craving for safety gone too far.

Emily Zanotti is back 6 weeks after having twins—and she’s got a little feedback on all the advice she was given before giving birth. Kelly Maher and Bethany Mandel join to share the hacks they couldn’t Mom without… and the advice they never actually took.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see pathetic levels of voter enthusiasm among Democrats in Texas and Georgia and they dissect the substantial personal debt afflicting the party’s nominee for governor in Georgia.  They also fire back as California Rep. Eric Swalwell argues for a ban on military-style semiautomatic rifles, a buyback program aimed at those who own such weapons, and criminal prosecution for anyone subsequently caught with one.  And they shake their heads over the 30-year-old man who took his parents to court for insisting he move out of their house.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have fun with three different headlines, starting with the news that Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott will run for U.S. Senate this year, possibly giving Republicans their best chance of winning that race.  They also scratch their heads as Twitter CEO and supposed free speech champion Jack Dorsey describes a Medium article as a “great read” after it calls for all of America to follow the progressive path of California, says that conservatism must be thoroughly defeated, and labels Republicans as “bad guys on the wrong side of history.”  And they fume after former First Lady Michelle Obama likens the presidencies of her husband and Donald Trump to parenting children.  They also get a kick out of Mrs. Obama saying we shouldn’t look to make someone president just because they give a good speech.

The Call

 

Well, I made “the call” today. It’s the phone call most children dread having to make: “Hello, I want to set up an appointment to tour your facility.” The “facility” in question is an assisted living facility for my mother.

She moved into our house a little over a year after we adopted our three daughters what seems like eons ago. She had sold her house in Morehead City, NC, and had built a self-sufficient wing onto our house — bedroom, kitchen, living room, two-and-a-half baths. Her reasoning? “I don’t want to live a seven-hour drive away from my new grandchildren!” ‘Nuff said.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for aggressively rolling back burdensome federal regulations.  They also wince at new Census Bureau data showing more Americans aged 18-34 live with their parents than with a spouse, a major shift from 40 years ago.  And they brace themselves for Barack Obama’s first public appearance since Inauguration Day and discuss how active Obama is likely to be in policy debates.

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Next Friday, November 25th, my parents will celebrate their 50th anniversary.  In those 50 years, they have been rewarded with 3 children, 8 grandkids, and 4 great-grandkids.   Next week, for the first time in a very long time, our entire family will come together to celebrate my parents.  So let me tell you a […]

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