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Faced with the need to Do Something! about rising COVID cases, Maine governor Janet Mills has indeed done something: On Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills issued a new executive order requiring people to wear face coverings in public regardless of the ability to maintain physical distancing. . . . The order requires people to wear a […]
Voters can be unwise, hidebound, prejudiced. Sometimes they fail to discern their own good and even vote for the opposite. Progressivism, by contrast, holds that it has discerned the people’s true interest and redefines democracy as what the people would vote for if only they were smart enough to know their own good. –Michael Anton, in The Stakes
In this quotation, Michael Anton gave one of the most astute descriptions of the Left’s beliefs about the Right. It would be funny if it wasn’t true about them.
For many months I have been trying to be patient, objective and optimistic about the future of our country. I’ve tried to collect as much information as I can to balance the outrageous actions of the FBI and DOJ over the last three years with the efforts that are in progress to get to the truth. The latest report of the FISC appointing David Kris to review the FBI’s changes to their surveillance process reflects the near impossibility of the truth making any difference.
We have seen every level of government, House representatives and department heads complicit in one of the most devastating abuses of power ever seen in government. We also know that John Durham may be our last hope to identify the illegal and unethical activities that have dominated the attacks against the office of the President. But will the truth make any difference?
I ask this question after reading Unsk’s informative post about the David Kris appointment. After a detailed report from IG Horowitz exposing the violations, abuses, and possibly illegal actions related to FISC applications, the FISC selected a man who was at the very least connected to these processes. Mollie Hemingway explains the Court’s pathetic reasoning:
There are so many stupid things about today’s Ask Amy column. Preview Open
Dang, I thought this was easily the stupidest story I was going to read today: A feminist rabbi just wrote a book about how gender inequality and “rape culture” came about because God slut-shamed Eve in the Garden of Eden, or something.
I want you to think about this. Here is a young, beautiful, intelligent, naked woman living in a state of Grace. She’s hungry, so she does the most natural thing in the world and eats a piece of fruit. For following her instincts, trusting herself, and nourishing her body, she is punished. Her punishment? She will never again feel safe in her nakedness. She will never again love her body. She will never again know her body as a place of sacred sovereignty….
The founding myth of Judeo-Christian religion, the story of Eve, granted generations of men permission to violate women. It teaches us that women are liars and sinners. Even if “She” is telling the truth, she deserved it. God told her not to eat that apple, or wear that skirt, or go out after dark, or be pretty, or desirous, or in that bar or on that street or in that car or born a girl.
So we have some very devastating and major catastrophic events thrown at the earth we live on. People across the world scramble to find ways to help those whose lives are literally underwater due to Harvey, Irma and now the 8.0 earthquake that last night hit off the Pacific coast of Mexico/Guatemala. Preview Open
As you grow old, there are all sorts of things you can do to maintain the “pretty and cute” parts of your identity. But you can’t fix stupid. Stupid is forever. Preview Open
When you are dead, you don’t know you are dead. It is difficult only for others. It is the same when you are stupid. ― Unknown Preview Open
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I was planning to share another King quote on this day in his honor, but after all the progress that America has made in moving toward his dream, lately we have taken some steps backward.
I don’t want to leave it there, though, so here’s the other quote:
I’m going to paraphrase this because I’d rather not directly quote something where I do not have permission. The Right is hypocritical when it attacks campus safe spaces as being anti-free-speech, because it also condemns the Dartmouth protestors who held their protest in the campus library. If safe spaces are such a bad idea, why […]
Saw this circulating and can’t stop laughing: Preview Open
Dresden, New York is completely cut off, partly by Seneca Lake and partly by the railroads tracks. You can’t leave Dresden by road without crossing the tracks, whether it’s past the cemetery on the north side of town, down Main Street going west, or near the south side, where the electric power plant used to […]
Kids can be incredibly stupid, at least based on my own experiences. I am amazed at the stuff I survived as a child, the self-inflicted accidents and near-misses, the many times when I flirted with death and walked away just with minor injuries and a tetanus shot. I could have been just another statistic in […]
I have a peculiar area of expertise: I know a lot about death. Well, more precisely, I know more than the average person about bereavement, especially sudden, violent bereavement. I have come by this through my own losses, dedicated study, and, especially, through nearly 15 years of experience as a law enforcement chaplain. Law enforcement officers often have the sad duty of performing what is known as “death notification,” and it is one they gladly hand off to the chaplain whenever possible. It is one of the subjects I teach at our academy.
A few years ago, I began to receive invitations from members of the medical profession who wished to learn more about death notification. The first time the state’s chapter of the American Academy of Surgeons asked me to address their meeting, I was puzzled. After all, these were doctors: highly educated professionals that must regularly (if reluctantly) come face-to-face with death. “Don’t you know more about this than I do?” I asked.
Apparently not. So I went and spoke about the very early stages of bereavement: the first seconds, minutes, hours after news of a loved one’s decease has been transmitted. And as the assembled surgeons nodded, took notes, and intelligently asked what seemed to me pretty basic questions, I kept thinking how can you not know this?
When I saw that John Kerry confronted members of Code Pink for opposing the U.S. taking action against ISIS, I found myself in the rare position of wanting to root for him. But then he said this: “I respect the right of Code Pink to protest and to use that right,” he said. “But you […]
In Sonoma County in Northern California, a plastic bag ban went into effect Monday. My wife and I usually have cloth bags in the car now, but on occasion we forget to bring them into the store. You can, of course, pay in most places for paper or cloth bags. Already seeing people trying to […]
Longtime readers are well aware that I do not take Matthew Yglesias seriously as a thinker. Yglesias is one of the sources of inspiration — if not the source — for Yousefzadeh’s Law, which states that “[t]here is no meritocracy in the field of punditry.” (Alternately, one may use the Peter Principle to explain Yglesias’s rise in the punditry world.)
Today, Yglesias gives us yet another reason to wonder whether his entire career in punditry has just been one long attempt to troll the planet. He advocates — dear God, I really don’t believe this! — abolishing all time zones, and having all of us run on Greenwich Mean Time.
Why is this necessary? Yglesias voxsplains in the excerpt below: