Sunday, June 20, 2021

Defund NPR and CRT

This morning I was on the road and heard this tripe on NPR: "Understanding The Republican Opposition To Critical Race Theory."  Short summary: we're all a bunch of backward hicks for opposing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and - gosh darn it - we just don't understand it:
SPRUNT: You'll also hear some Republican lawmakers and media outlets say, you know, this theory is unpatriotic. It tells white people that they're racist, you know, just for being white, when, of course, the actual theory itself is about institutions, not individuals.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Right. It's about the systems that are in play and how that has actually created more difficulties for Black and brown people.
Oh, heavens no, we're not attacking white people, just systemic racism.  Ben Shapiro has several videos where he asks the question: "What system?  What institution?"  But there's never an answer.  "Systemic racism" exists as a Schrodinger's Cat of social systems, both existing yet unprovable.

But remember: we're the uneducated rubes in this morality play, duped by those puppet masters at Fox News.

Noah Rothman has an article in Commentary saying the backlash against CRT is real and it's spectacular (excerpt on Instapundit):
The idea that conservatives did anything more than notice this mania is laughable. The legislative efforts on the local level, some of which flirt with violating civic and constitutional propriety, deserve skepticism because this reckoning is entirely organic. Right-wing overreach threatens that emerging consensus. But Republicans should take heart in how Democrats are trying to convince themselves that none of this is real, and no serious person questions the validity of CRT’s sudden ubiquity. They’ll never see it coming.
Americans are a tolerant group and they'll put up with a lot of stuff they don't necessarily agree with.  That is, until you get to their kids.  Then, brother, the gloves are off. 

Also: defund NPR.  Enough is enough.

Virtue signalling is a hell of a drug

Meanwhile, here in the Pioneer Valley, the Amherst-Northampton nexus of white liberals is up to their old tricks: "A price tag on trauma? Amherst weighs Black reparations."

I'm quite sure this effort is going nowhere fast since nobody - from Cori Bush to Ta-Nahesi Coates - has ever been able to articulate a plan for reparations.  Even the aggrieved former professor in the MSN story shrugs his shoulders and suggests they rename an office for him.

Related - Legal Insurrection: "Eleven U.S. Mayors Call For Paying Reparations In Their Cities" - "But have no idea how the money will be paid."  

Friday, June 18, 2021

Putin wins again

I'm sure Sleepy Joe gave Putin a real tongue-lashing before caving in.  Hot Air: "White House temporarily halts $100 million weapons sale to Ukraine."  

Even if this was planned or simply standard policy, why make this move less than a week after meeting with Putin?  C'mon, man!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

He ain't getting any younger

Jim Treacher: "Joe Biden Is Too Old to Be President - We all know it"

Here's your "when you've lost CNN" moment: "CNN’s Jeff Zeleny says he’s never seen a president so protected by his aides as Joe Biden."  That explains why Dementia Joe has had a grand total of (checks notes) one formal press conference.

This was the end result of his blow-up at Kaitlin Collins: "Biden Gets No Pudding Cup Today As Punishment For Taking A Question."  

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Leave Sleepy Joe alone!

This tweet is a near-perfect encapsulation of media bias:  

Commenting is back on

Wow, my buddy Roger asked about commenting and, honestly, I wasn't aware it was turned off.  I had an...incident some time ago and I think my caretaker must have turned off comments.

Anyway, have at it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

But good intentions, part 2

Reason: "Study Finds Biden's American Jobs Plan Would Result in Fewer American Jobs - It’s a jobs plan that isn’t about jobs, and an infrastructure plan that isn’t about infrastructure." 

At least we'll have plenty of inflation

Monday, June 14, 2021

But good intentions

The Corner summarizes a study comparing the behavior of businesses in California and Texas with regard to minimum wage workers: "Unintended Consequences of a Minimum-Wage Hike."
Interestingly, as the minimum wage crept up in California relative to Texas, stores in the Golden State did not measurably reduce the number of employee hours they paid for. What they did, instead, was to spread those hours around: hire more workers, but have each employee work fewer hours.

What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, as the authors note, “workers have to work at least 20 hours per week on average to be eligible for retirement benefits and work at least 30 hours per week for employer-sponsored health insurance based on the [Affordable Care Act].” They estimate that stores can save roughly a quarter of the cost of the higher wages simply by getting out of contributing to these benefits.
In addition, the reduced hours per employee were more erratic as businesses tried to hold workers below the benefit threshold. 

Full docket

Volokh Conspiracy: "SCOTUS will decide 18 cases in the next two weeks" - "Trump is out of office. Justice Barrett replaced Justice Ginsburg. And there is an actual presidential commission considering Court Packing. And almost every outstanding case will turn right. Red June lies ahead."  

Sunday, June 13, 2021

You done messed up, Tom Hanks

Did you think you could escape the Wokeness Apocalypse?  Wrong, Forrest Gump; it's never enough.

Sleepy media for Sleepy Joe

Washington Examiner: "Most of the media will sleep through the Biden years." - "No wonder Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald calls the legacy media “stenographers for the state.” Press coverage of Biden isn’t just soft. It’s the least critical of any president in the past three decades, according to a study by nonpartisan think tank Pew Research Center."

I can think of a couple reasons for this aside from the media's typical bias.  Tapioca Brains can barely perform his minimal duties before Jill needs to lead him away by the elbow.  It's cruel to criticize a man who doesn't know what's going on half the time.  So the media calls a lid.

Extra - Twitchy: "Joe Biden's presser is just a hot mess."  "120 days," he growled, then fled.

Only ten?

Michael Goodwin: "My Top 10 media lies."  

Friday, June 11, 2021

Je suis Charlie

Reason: "The World Loves Free Speech—Except When They're Offended" - "Americans oppose restrictions, but report feeling less free to speak about political matters."