…to introduce this as a bill in the legislature. Any legislature.
If you’re in the Minnesota legislature, I’ll donate to your campaign.
I truly, truly implore you.
…to introduce this as a bill in the legislature. Any legislature.
If you’re in the Minnesota legislature, I’ll donate to your campaign.
I truly, truly implore you.
I caught some of Morning Joe from my hotel room before I left for the airport. The caption for one discussion was “Were They Radicalized?” I keep seeing stories asking this question as if it’s some great mystery we may never get to the bottom of. The media and the Democratic party are working very, very, hard to pound the wet clay of San Bernardino into a story about runaway gun violence in America.
Just curious: What discrete piece of info are we waiting for to get a definitive answer to that question? Because I thought it might be the thousands of rounds of ammo, the remote-control-car-bombs, the decision to abandon their six-month-old daughter, the contacts with terror suspects and, oh yeah, the murder of 14 people. But hey, that’s just me.
I used to think PJ O’Rourke was being hyperbolic when he said J-school students were the ones too dumb to get into Education.
Muggeridge’s Law is in full effect, obviously.
Still, amid the japing about our dimbulb journalistic “elite”, there’s a serious issue. The people are being actively disinformed:
Right now the media and the Democratic party are working very, very, hard to pound the wet clay of San Bernardino into a story about runaway gun violence in America. Bogus stats about there being a mass shooting on average once a day streak across the media firmament like so much St. Elmo’s Fire. The fact that gun violence has been in a decades-long decline doesn’t count for much. Poor Charlie Cooke is running around like the last artillery officer on a 19th-century British warship, trying to return fire from each cannon station.
Cook is doing his usual great job. But he’s far from alone on the, er, gun deck.
From the beginning of the planning for the useless monument to the “wisdom” of our sitting government that the Met Council is pleased to call the Green Line, I accepted a few things as givens.
I accepted that the traffic, never pleasant on University Avenue, was going to turn into a Sisyphean ordeal.
I accepted that businesses more than a block or two from the stops, and businesses that depended on people making impulsive left turns for roughly half of their business, were going to have trouble. Didn’t like it, but what are you gonna do?
I accepted that the parts of University Avenue that weren’t gentrified into ridiculousness would become even more blighted than they were.
I even accepted that the entire thing was a mammoth exercise in picking winners and losers – the stores, constituents and ethnic groups that were more favored by the city came out better than those that were not. It was a great thing for DFL-voting fans of “high density” living along the corridor – white, middle class, middle-aged, professional. It was an OK thing for people who owned, or could obtain, or could afford to continue, businesses within easy and convenient walking distance of the stops.
All I asked – well, not all I asked, but the big favor to which I supplicated the demons of urban “progress” – was, whatever else you eff up, at least leave the Russian Tea House alone.
The Russian Tea House, a little hole in the wall at University at Fairview that sells the best piroshki, vareniki, borscht and other Russian goodies anywhere in town, is taking it in the shorts, naturally; the train from hell, which has blocked off all left turns that used to lead to the little restaurant, has slashed traffic to the store so badly, they’re down to one day a week:
“The first day they started ripping things out, a quarter of my customers went away. For the three years, I shut down for the whole summer,” he said. “All during construction, business was really bad. Now that the Green Line is open, there are no left hand turns, no parking in the street. The regular busses still stop, and if you’re behind the busses, you stop every block. We’re next to Wendy’s and their business is down 25 percent.”
“We’re opened only on Fridays now because during the week, no one comes. We’re two and a half blocks from a station. No one comes off the light rail to come here. No one will want to walk from there in the winter.”
The stupid is rolling over StPaul in waves.
Dumb: a couple of Iowa men, visiting Boston for the “World Pokémon Championships”, post a threat to social media, and are busted in notoriously anti-gun Boston with a car full of firearms and ammunition.
Dumber: the Boston police’s response:
Boston Police characterized the take down of the Pokemon subjects as a win for counter-terrorism.
Questions about the episode were referred to assistant chiefs Dwight Schrute and Cliff Clavin.
To: Roland Windsor, Dementee
From: Mitch Berg, uppity present
You, a former staffer for Jimmy Carter, recently wrote:
“Republicans and conservatives are the enemy. They are expendable. They will be targets in the Revolution when it comes” writes Roland Windsor Vincent, in a recent post on his blog, Army Of The Revolution.
The entry, entitled “Protect Animals And The Environment. Shoot Republicans“, centers around animal rights and how “active Republican and conservatives voters are enabling the Animal Holocaust” and “If we were to start shooting Republicans, we would likely not harm a single friend of animals or the environment.”
Oh, I know you’re a pathetic, probably mentally ill old man, raving at the demons you see around you and racking up a long list of Berg’s Seventh Law violations on the way. But on the left, you have all sorts of fans, so while you’re a side show, the rest of the circus clowns in your crowd are just a little too easily impressed by that kind of talk.
But anyway – make your first shot count, you muzzy-headed, walrus-faced disgrace to humanity. You won’t get a second.
That is all.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Ordered a couple of magazines for my Combat Commander. Didn’t like them, wanted to return. My usual shipper is the UPS Store on Lexington but no, their franchise agreement says they can’t ship guns or gun parts which they interpret broadly to protect their franchise. Fair enough, they gave me directions to the UPS hub in Minneapolis where I found this sign.
Guy at the counter confirmed they can ship magazines – even loaded ones, if I declare it – but no, I can’t carry my pistol on my belt while I drop off the gun parts I’m returning. He was perfectly nice about it, that’s just the company policy. The logic of higher management escapes me.
It reminds me of all the companies I’ve worked for that put “Workplace Violence Policy” chapters in their employee manuals. The “policy” invariably involves forbidding guns on company property – which, perforce, means barring the law-abiding from defending themselves against, well, workplace violence.
I got a high, hanging change-up for you here.
Please see to it.
That is all.
Over the last year, former Gov. Jesse Ventura went to court against the estate of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, claiming – successfully, in court – that Kyle’s statements about him defamed him in the eyes of veterans. Especially SEALs, of which Ventura is a former member.
And then Ventura, rose to fame pretending to throw people around a ring, said (emphasis added)?:
“A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can’t have honor if you’re a liar. There is no honor in lying,” Ventura told The Associated Press from his winter home in Baja California, Mexico. He also noted that the movie isn’t playing there.
Ventura also dismissed the movie as propaganda because it conveys the false idea that Iraq had something to do with the 9/11 attacks. “It’s as authentic as ‘Dirty Harry,’” he said, referring to fictional movie series starring Clint Eastwood, the director of “American Sniper”
or perhaps it’s as authentic as professional wrestling.
So Ventura just spent $1 million trying to rebuild his reputation among veterans – and then he says this?
Who’s he going to sue now?
To the more deranged parts of the American left, everything is evidence for their narrative.
For example – whether temperatures rise or fall, it’s all evidence of man-made global warming.
And a couple of New York police get killed by an apparently deranged man angered, according to his social media postings, by the Brown and Garner killings?
Why naturally – it’s the guns’ fault.
No, really – there’s a crisis not to be wasted here, for the Left. To Big Left, this is yet another chance to warm over gun control.
As if more laws would have saved those two cops.
To: Michelle Obama, FLOTUS
From: Mitch Berg, Commoner
I – 6’5″ white guy – get asked by short people between three and five times a year to help someone get something off of the top shelf at Target, Walmart, or any other grocery store.
Heretofore, I’ve always been happy to oblige.
You’ve taken the scales for my eyes. Please give me a civil rights department contact; clearly, litigation is in order.
That is all.
To: Students of Harvard Law School
From: Mitch Berg, Angry Dean
Re: Test Schedules
Dear Most Annoying Students in the World,
Starting at 8AM Monday morning, please line up in the front hall of the administration building in alphabetical order. You will all be issued refund checks. Because clearly we at HarvLaw have failed you as an institution.
The evidence – you all know that term, right? – is right here:
Those Harvard students have produced an open letter, in which they demand that their examinations be delayed. “Like many across the country,” its authors claim, students “are traumatized” and “visibly distressed” — to the extent that there is now a “palpable anguish looming over campus.”
I hope I’m long dead before I have people from big law firms writing me, chocking back their outrage at his institution for turning out such a vacuous pack of hamsters and calling them not only “lawyers”, but “Harvard Law School Grads”.
The “national crisis” that has been provoked by the cases of Garner and Brown, they argue, has left them with no choice but to “stand for justice rather than sit and prepare for exams.” And, like their brethren at Columbia, they contend that their “being asked to prepare for and take our exams in this moment” amounts to their “being asked to perform incredible acts of disassociation” — requests, which taken together, have led them “to question our place in this school community and the legal community at large.”
I can’t wait to see you vacuous children of boundless class privilege try that on a client in the real world; claim the violence inherent in the system makes it impossible for you to come into the office and work on your cases. But at least you won’t “question your place in the legal community at large”, because by that point you’ll be transferring to the “fast food community”.
The bottom line? That students must be given “the opportunity to reschedule their exams in good faith and at their own discretion.”
And in good faith, I, your dean, will allow you and your faith and discretion to move your exams to any time another law school will let you, provided you get admitted.
Pick up your checks. You haven’t failed. I have.
That is all.
Well, if I have anything to say about it, they have.
Because this particular episode may be the most parity worthy bit of leftist prattle I’ve ever seen.
Darius Rucker – African-American country western singer and onetime member of “Hootie and the Blowfish” – saying the seasonal classic “White Christmas” on NBC broadcast last night.
In the reaction was the kind of thing you do found in parody, 15 short, yet much smarter, years ago.
What was it that PJ O’Rourke said? “Life is full of irony, when you’re stupid”?
The DFL has a long, filthy history of dropping hit pieces in the closing hours of campaigns that would make people who care about petty annoyances like “right and wrong” and ‘truth” puke up their skulls. Classic example – this piece from 2010, which tried to whip up ingorant anti-Arab sentiment against King Banaian – who happens to be of Armenian descent.
But the people who do Democrat “Farmer” Labor Party hit pieces don’t bother with right and wrong. Their ends justify their means.
I cited this piece, dropped against Stacey Stout in House District 43B, on the show over the weekend. I called it “Evil”.
Uh oh. An abusive guy (are there any other kind in the DFL’s world? Other than Pajama Boy, I mean?)
This ad proves that the DFL is counting on finding a plurality of incurious cretins. And in 43A, it apparently worked.
Let’s go through this point by point:
Stout, like most people who don’t see “people with swastika armbands” as a government model to emulate, opposed a DFL proposal to take guns away from people accused, as opposed to convicted, of domestic abuse.
The “Gun Show Loophole” is a fraud; every gun show I’m aware of requires an NICS background check, and require a police-issued “Permits to Purchase” to buy a gun. The bill the DFL refers to would have required people to transfer all firearms via a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer. That means if you’re handing a gun down to your kid, or lending a shotgun to your friend for duck season. This does nothing but raise the price of firearms (FFLs don’t work for free) and create a paper trail for every gun – the same trail that police departments in Connecticut and New York are trying to use to confiscate firearms.
As to her opposing a background check for “assault weapons?” That was a proposal that would have added a second, utterly redundant background check for buying such weapons.
Stout made the right call in all three cases – if “following the law and the Constitution” is what you care about, which for the Democrat party it is not.
Taking those stances, in favor of the law-abiding citizens’ civil liberties, and turning them into “support for rape and domestic abuse?”
If you’re a DFL official, you might want to steer clear of me today.
And if you voted for Peter Fischer over this ad? Sorry for all the two-syllable words.
Kevin Williamson’s piece, “Five Reasons You’re Too Dumb To Vote“, concludes with a plea to those that Lena Dunham – producer of HBO’s insipid “Girls” – would inveigle into voting for the reasons Ms. Dunham gives:
I would like to suggest, as gently as I can, that if you are voting as an act of self-gratification, if you do not understand the role that voting in fact plays in a constitutional republic, and if you need Lena Dunham to tell you why and how you should be voting — you should not vote. If you get your politics from actors and your news from television comedians — you should not vote. There’s no shame in it, your vote is statistically unlikely to affect the outcome of an election, and there are many much more meaningful ways to serve your country and your fellow man: Volunteer at a homeless shelter; join the Marine Corps; become a nun; start a business.
And maybe think about acting like men and women rather than boys and Girls.
What? You want me to add commentary to Kevin Williamson? No – do us both a favor and just read the whole piece.
SCENE: The Admiralty, London, May, 1940. Winston CHURCHILL is poring over a map in the Admiralty’s operation’s center, looking over the deteriorating situation in France. He is joined by Admiral Nigel FRIEDEN, head of the Royal Navy’s public health wing.
CHURCHILL: It is clear that we are going to have to evacuate the British Army from France. In addition to a maximum effort by the Royal Navy, we’ll need thousands of civilian boats to help get the troops off the beaches and evacuate them from the Nazis.
FRIEDEN: I’m afraid that’s a bad idea, sir.
CHURCHILL: Why do you say that?
FRIEDEN: If we evacuate the Army, it will just make the occupation worse in England. Also, we’ll have to use the fleet to evacuate Germans from England, too, then.
CHURCHILL: That makes no sense.
FRIEDEN: I’m an expert.
NEXT SCENE: The US Air Force base at Wiesbaden, West Germany, June, 1948. General Lucius CLAY, commander of US Military Government in occupied West Germany, is looking at a map of the Eastern Zone. Ominously, red Soviet stars sit astride the three road/rail routes supplying West Berlin; the Soviets have just instituted a blockade, trying to starve West Berlin into the Soviet sphere. Clay looks pensive. He is joined at the map table by Brigadier (one-star) General Maximilian FRIEDEN, head of his public health corps.
CLAY: Blockade, schmockade. We will need to start the greatest airlift in history to keep Berlin supplied. It will show Stalin that we’re serious about
FRIEDEN: We can’t, General.
CLAY: What the hell?
FRIEDEN: If we bring food, medicine and coal to Berlin, it’ll just make the hunger, disease and cold worse. Also, for every load of supplies we bring in, we’ll have to bring a plane-load of Soviet spies and commandos back.
CLAY: Whose army do you serve?
SCENE: April 1975. As the North Vietnamese Army overruns Saigon’s last line of defenses, US Marine Brigadier General Richard CAREY is discussing the upcoming evacuation of Americans and certain Vietnamese from Saigon. Artillery is heard in the distance, as CAREY makes the final plans to remove the last Americans, and as many Vietnamese as possible, from the Embassy compound . He is addressing a group of officers, including State Department public health attache T. Morton FRIEDEN.
CAREY: And so we’ll bring in the helicopters from the aircraft carriers. We’ll get the last of the Marines out by 1800 hours.
FRIEDEN: General, that’s a bad idea. Evacuating Marines will only make them more subject to Communist rule. And for every helicopter full of Marines you remove, you’ll need to bring one full of Vietnamese back from the ships.
CAREY: (Stands, slack-jawed).
CDC director Thomas Frieden is telling us that wejust can’tstop all flights coming in from West Africa, because…:
It’ll Make the Epidemic Worse: Because ancient tribal burial rituals, lack of information about handling infections, and superstitions about healthcare workers aren’t bad enough; dispersing the epidemic all around the world must be ten times better!
If we stop air travel, we won’t be able to bring supplies: That’s only true if all flights from West Africa are on disposable aircraft, or are kamikaze flights. Planes can fly in the other direction. Hopefully to drop off supplies and trained well-equipped healthcare workers. And return empty, until the crisis eases.
I imagine Mr. Frieden knows this. But judging by the last round of elections, it’s a lot for a plurality of Amerians to understand…
UPDATE: You think I’m selling Dr. Friedman short?
It only looks like one of my parodies.
The lefty media has been giggling like schoolgirls over this story – a Texas waitress, who got not one but two $2000 tips from Rush Limbaugh – and gave the money to a pro-infanticide group:
“That was like blood money to me,’ Tierce told The Dallas Morning News.
Tierce was the former executive director at the Texas Equal Access Fund, which provides money to women who can’t afford to get abortions.
She was the “executive director” of a nonprofit that provided infanticide to poor women, AND a waitress?
Tierce said it felt right to her to give the money to the TEA Fund.
‘It felt like laundering the money in a good way,’ she told the newspaper.
‘He’s such an obvious target for any feminist or sane person.
Yeah, Ms. Tierce seems pretty sane to me.
The part that I get the chuckle over? Ms. Tierce, and the media bobbleheads who’ve been reporting the story, keep saying that Ms. Tierce “gave Limbaugh’s money” to the infanticide charity.
When Limbaugh left the tip – of his own free will, mind you, not as part of some “living wage” wealth transfer – it became her money.
She gave her own money to her own group.
This story isn’t “Man bites dog”. It isn’t even “dog sniffs dog”. It’s “Deeply morally ugly woman gives her own money to a group she used to run, while taking a snotty, stupid swipe at someone who has the temerity to “share the wealth” of his own free will, rather than at government gunpoint”.
Why does the DFL hate the First Amendment?
Trackers – interns for various campaigns and groups filming footage of politicians giving speeches and doing other public appearances – have been a fixture of Minnesota political life for at least a decade now. Most politicians – and by “most” I mean “everyone I’ve encountered, from every party, so far” – accepts that with good grace, and tries not to say something stupid.
Apparently “good grace” is beyond DFL Rep. Paul Rosethal, from District 49B in Edina:
“You’re in the Edina City Hall. You’re not allowed to be here without their permission to film. So I’d appreciate your leaving,” Rosenthal said in an exchange posted on YouTube.
“It doesn’t matter. It’s a public building” replied [photographer Ethan] Hellier.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Rosenthal, moving in front of the camera.
Clever, Mr. Rosenthal.
At least, compared to representative Ron Erhardt, from District 498, who seems to be going more and more Tony Soprano as he gets older (With emphasis gleefully added):
Rep. Ron Erhardt, a Democrat, took a different approach.
“Do you know what would happen to that thing if we dropped it? Probably wouldn’t work very well. Now would you back off please?” Erhardt said.
At least he isn’t threatening to blow Mr. Helier’s head off.
Dear Edina – these are the thugs you sent to StPaul in 2012. Let’s shoot for better this time, okay?
A volunteer for Mary Franson’s opponent posted this on Facebook the other day:
It’d be interesting to know if Jay Sieling, the DFL candidate for which the woman above volunteers, endorses the tacit threat of violence against Representative Franson.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
911 operator tells victim to “put the gun down” DURING home invasion robbery.
I love the woman’s response. Go Grandma!!
I’m sure the rules governing 911 operators are written to prevent any lawsuits from happening. And in this case, that’s a crying shame.
Chris Kluwe potentially kicks open a Pandora’s Box.
Given Chris Kluwe’s love of role-playing board games, it shouldn’t surprise that his latest actions have more angles than 23-sided dice.
On Tuesday, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was demanding that the team, through the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P, release the six-month independent investigation into Kluwe’s allegations that he was let go due to his gay marriage activism. By Friday night, Kluwe (or at least his attorneys) might have wished the Vikings had kept the findings to themselves.
The 29-page summary of the investigation (pdf warning on the link) was notable for two things: 1) proving Kluwe’s story that current Special Teams coach Mike Priefer did indeed make his “nuke the gays” comment; 2) proving little else. Instead, the investigation brought to light an incident of Kluwe mocking the Jerry Sandusky trial and generally negatively commented on Kluwe’s final years as a Viking:
The record does not support the claim that the Vikings released Kluwe because of his activism on behalf of marriage equality, but instead because of his declining punting performance in 2012 and potentially because of the distraction caused by Kluwe’s activism, as opposed to the substance of such.
Throughout the independent investigation, interviewees characterized Kluwe in similar
ways: someone who is highly intelligent, reads a lot, a prankster or jokester, comfortable with the media and seems to enjoy attention. [Vikings kicker Blair] Walsh stated that Kluwe spent much of his free time in the locker room doing interviews. Walsh also said that Kluwe “loves the attention,” “was focused on everything but football,” and wanted to be in the spotlight.
The fallout was sadly predictable.
The perpetually indignant community – Kluwe’s political base – expressed outrage (outrage!) that the Patron Saint of Punting was a “hypocrite” for engaging in the same sort of outrageously inappropriate locker room behavior that Kluwe supposedly was fighting against by his threatened lawsuit. While many former media supporters were throwing Kluwe under the bus, the man at the center of the report took to twitter to vent, sparing even with gay marriage supporters and potentially getting the Vikings (and maybe himself) deeper into the dark waters of legal action:
Oooh, shall we talk about the time two very well known Vikings players were caught in a compromising situation with an underage girl?
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 19, 2014
Color me unimpressed with the outrage over Kluwe’s Sandusky jokes. In the pantheon of vulgar Kluwe behavior/comments, his exposed butt cheeks aren’t even as crass as most of his Deadspin articles. But Kluwe’s accusation that he (and presumably, the Vikings) knew about statutory rape and did nothing is a world away from Kluwe’s STD shots at Mankato or calling NFL lockout opponents “assh*le f**kwits.” Kluwe is potentially an accomplice in this (alleged) crime at worst. At best, he kept silent about actions against minors, but the words of a hot-headed, idiotic Special Teams coach were somehow his personal Rubicon…after he was fired.
Kluwe’s defenders, like ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio, are trying to poke holes in the investigation’s conclusions over the Vikings’ assessment on Kluwe’s punting abilities, setting the stage for Kluwe’s threatened lawsuit that he was dismissed for his beliefs, not his on-field actions. Despite all the vitriol, the merits of any potential Kluwe lawsuit are few and far between, and minus a heretofore undiscovered “smoking gun” document or testimony, a legal Trojan Horse for the entire NFL should Kluwe prevail.
NFL history, and Minnesota Vikings’ history, is replete with older veterans being replaced for players deemed to have a larger upside who can be signed for less money. In the last several seasons, the Vikings alone have cut ties with still capable players like kicker Ryan Longwell or defensive end Jared Allen. These moves aren’t always right or popular (SITD argued against the Allen move months ago) or consistent across franchises. Denver’s punter, Britton Colquitt, is the highest paid punter in the NFL, earning $3.9 million a year for a 46.1 yards per punt average. Chris Kluwe was making $1.5 million, due to increase to over $2 million, for a career average of 44.4 yards per punt. Jeff Locke kicked an average of 44.2 yards for roughly $400,000 for the Vikings in 2013. Is any of that logical? By NFL standards, for better or worse, yes.
If Chris Kluwe can convince a jury that a $1.5 million punter with the league’s 22nd best average cannot be cut for a younger, cheaper option because said player is outspoken, then the NFL’s entire collective bargaining agreement will be up for grabs. In a league with an openly gay 7th round draft pick who isn’t assured of making the team, what will stop current and future NFL players from adopting controversial political/social causes if they believe doing so will complicate their release? Will the next Tim Tebow decide that his Christianity, not his throwing motion, was the motivating factor in his cutting, and sue his former employer?
A Kluwe victory (again, barring new evidence) means a more political NFL – an outcome that can only hurt the most popular sporting brand in the country.
Slow Joe Biden, in an interview with gun-owning gun-control advocate John Walsh:
“‘John, every one of them [is scared of the left’s boogeyman, the NRA],’” the vice president replied, according to Walsh. “‘Because the NRA will run a tea-bagger against you. . . . They’ll put 5 million bucks against you.’”
As they should.
It’s one of the reasons I’m a member.
Word is starting to leak out; a number of GOP politicians are flirting with supporting the idea of the National Popular Vote.
Let me be blunt: This idea must be stomped, and stomped some more, until the convulsions stop.
This is an utterly wretched idea, favored by liberal plutocrats with deep pockets to give the nation’s population centers a stranglehold on presidential (and eventually, all) politics.
The National Popular Vote means that presidential candidates will not, ever, need to campaign in flyover land. They need only to play to the coasts.
It completely guts the “protection of minority states” that the Electoral College has given this nation, to its immense benefit.
Need a reason to oppose it? Here are seven to start with, all of them worthy of a rhetorical death sentence.
The campaign to institute it has been sneaky, under the radar, and not a little bit sleazy. The supporters are clearly trying to gull a mass of low-information voters (swaying them with talk of “majority rule”) without fully airing out the consequences.
It’s even sucked in a number of Republicans who should know better. I’m not naming names. But it’s going to happen, sooner or later.
Republicans: I, for one, will support an NPV supporter about the same time I support a gun controller. You support NPV? We’re going to have a pointed conversation.
This shall not pass.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Wendy Davis is running for Governor of Texas. She’s been trying to play the victim card – grew up poor, lived in a trailer house, worked her way through college and law school, husband left her – but it’s not working.
Turns out she lived in a trailer for about three months, her husband put her through college and Harvard Law School and she divorced him (and he got custody of the kids in a state like Texas, which tells you a lot about her).
Latest thing – she complains that her opponent doesn’t understand what it’s like to overcome adversity. He hasn’t walked a mile in her shoes. And now that she’s a candidate, he’s running scared.
The guy’s in a wheelchair.
Reminds me of the other runners complaining that Oscar Pistorius had an unfair advantage because hisaluminum legs didn’t tire. Excuse Me, The Man Has No Blinking Legs! And YOU think YOU are the victim here? Unbelievable.
For Harvard-lawyer Wendy Davis to play the Victim card against a man in a wheelchair, leaves me with just one question: Why do Democrats hate cripples?
In a year when the two most prominent Harvard Law grads are Ryan “Uncle Tom” Winkler and Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis, I think HarvLaw needs to work on its PR.
Chris Christie – who has stared down mobsters and the New Jersey teachers union, pardon the redundancy, and who issued a denial of knowledge last week of his staff’s alleged shenanigans that is tailor-made to backfire if he does happen to be lying – has come under attack by…
…Gail Collins of the NYTimes.
A woman who recently argued against her colleagues’ sending their good-for-nothing kids who’d been camping in their parents’ basements since graduating from Bard College with degrees in Victimization Studies to North Dakota to earn their keep in the oil fields because of the forty minute lines at McDonalds.
I’m not actually going to ask you to read Gail Collins.
Merely to note that the fact that Gail Collins has written about Chris Christie should be treated as a point for the defense.
Sort of like Nick Coleman. Only at least Nick Coleman isn’t at the Times.
For better or worse – and I think it’s largely “better” – I’ve tried to keep a high level of cultural literacy, not only about the US but around the world. At most, I’m a jack of many cultural trades, and goodness knows a master of none, but I do try.
One positive upshot is that I know – again, for better or worse – that different cultures see things differently than we do, sometimes for reasons that may baffle us, but that make perfect sense to them for reasons that, again, baffle us.
Downside? You find out that many foreigners are just as stupid as many Americans are.
Earlier this week Chris Lane, an Australian baseball player going to college in Oklahoma was murdered by a couple of teenagers; the teenagers were reputedly bored and looking for something to do, and murdering Lane apparently scratched that itch for them.
And in a burst of non-sequitur worthy of Heather Martens or Jim Backstrom, Tim Fischer – a former Austrialian deputy Prime Minister and a prime mover in the disarmament of Australians during their spasm of gun control in the nineties – has urged a boycott of the US by Ozzy tourists:
“Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice,” Fischer said.
“This is the bitter harvest and legacy of the policies of the NRA that even blocked background checks for people buying guns at gunshows.
Fischer is toking from the same bong that Jim Backstrom and Heather Martens are bogarting:
Fischer keeps dragging on the bong:
“I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers (but) it’s a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA,” Fischer continued.
“There is a gun for almost every American.”
And yet the crime rate plummets.
And yet the crime rate is lowest in the places with the most guns in the hands of the law-abiding, and highest where that right is the most abridged.
Oh, make no mistake; there are parts of the US I don’t advocate Ozzy tourists coming to. Places where the culture has been so degraded by the devaluation of family, of social institutions, and cultures that glorify violence and devalue human life – which describes Moonshine Holler, Kentucky and Meth Circle, Suburbia as much as Crack Boulevard in Detroit.
The NRA didn’t bring us any of those, Mr. Fischer.