I’m From The Government And I’m Here To Help

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

We changed the formula for Oxycontin to prevent addicts using it.  So they switched to heroin.  Now they’re dying in droves, which means the problem is solving itself.  I’m having trouble seeing the problem.

Joe Doakes

Enh, not if it’s one of my relatives.

But it never fails amaze me that government never, ever figures out the whole “unintended consequenes” thing.

This Is What “90% Of Minnesotans” Looks Like

After the Strib released their  propaganda poll earlier in the week, the Bloomberg-funded anti-gun criminal-safety clicque swung into gear.

As anti-gun mean girl  Erin Maye Quade (DFL Apple Valley)  staged a faux “sit in” for the cameras, “Protect” MN put out a call to action to get people down to the Capitol to support the DFLers’ little “spontaneous” tantrum,

And here’s what they did:

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“Protect” Minnesota calls in the fury! Photo courtesy Brent Armsden.

Simple fact about these polls – when you ask people who don’t know the issue a hopelessly broad question, most will say “yes” because doing something sounds better than doing nothing.

Right?

But broad questions and “Um, maybes” don’t translate into action on election day.

Or on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon:

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Photo courtesy Brent Armsden.

Now, gun rights advocates aren’t big protesters.  But hopefully we all make an exception Saturday.  The state’s gun rights groups are joining forces to hold a rally on the south steps of the Capitol.

I’m pre-recording a show so I can be there.  Hope you can make it too.

Details here.

 

California Vs. The First Amendment

The California state assembly is weighing a bill that would ban engaging in any “…transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”

Which would ban “conversion therapy”, certainly.

it’s also band the Bible and any other work of Christian orthodoxy – both selling and buying.

David French:

This is extraordinarily radical. Christian orthodoxy is simple — regardless of a person’s desires (their “orientation”), the standard of right conduct is crystal clear. Sex is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. When it comes to “gender expression,” there is no difference between “sex” and “gender,” and the Christian response to gender dysphoria is compassion and treatment, not indulgence and surgical mutilation.

And whatever you believe, on either side, this is a complete trashing of the First Amendment.

Y’know – the one that supposedly even liberals found sacrosanct…

The Star Tribune: Fake News, Fake Data

The headline:   OUR POLL SHOWS MINNESOTANS SUPPORT GUN CONTROL!

Carefully hidden:  According to a little over 600 phone calls, of which nearly 2/3 were conducted in the Metro area.  

My read:  the Strib is switching into full-blown campaign mode, meaning “pimping the DFL’s line no matter what damage it does to what little credibility they may still have among their painstakingly ignorant base, and the DFL’s painstakingly ignorant base (pardon the redundancy”

Everything That’s Old And Stale Is New And Stale Again

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Ban bullets so criminals can’t kill people with them.

Brilliant.  And let’s ban ink and paper, so people can’t commit hate speech.  Because ink and paper aren’t speech, so they’re not protected, right?

Liberals, endlessly rediscovering yesterday’s ideas.

Joe doakes

Of course, ink and paper are only speech when it’s a newspaper doing the writing.

No, that’s not habitual conservative kvetching.  It’s a SCOM ruling.  Which is finally up for appeal.

Other Peoples’ Priorities

It’s entirely possible there has never been a better entertainment/media decision made in the history of entertainment/media then Roseanne Barr’s decision to reboot her classic, eponymous sitcom. After two decades, Roseanne is back, bigger (accounting for the shrinking TV audience, especially) and in many ways better than ever after deciding to swim against Hollywood’s oppressively leftist, bicoastal current and do the unthinkable – acknowledge the millions of people in this country who are in real life a lot like the TV show’s fictional family.

The show’s pro Trump attitude has made it a lightning rod among leftists in Hollywood – which is another way to say it’s made of a lightning rod in Hollywood. Its success, on the other hand, has pretty much immunize it for most of that criticism.

On a recent show, Rosanna and “Dan” – her long time husband, played by John Goodman ~ passed out on the couch and “missed all the shows about black and Asian families’ – Blackish and Just Off the Boat, about a couple of, wait for it, hard-working families who happen to be black-ish and asian-ish. Roseanne quips “They’re just like us. There, now you’re all caught up.”

Now, if you’re like me – well, you don’t watch Roseanne, or any other television, so you didn’t see it. But the quip strikes me as saying “there about other families dealing with the cards life has dealt them, same as us.”. Which is not a bad observation, near as I can tell.

But then, racism isn’t where I earn my living, either.

I’m not sure that it’s where Kelvin Yu earns his living, either. He is a comic, actor, and writer on the series Bob’s Burgers (which, for the record, I really don’t care for at all). He took umbrage at the quote, deeming it dismissive of the minority experience:

After a two-decade hiatus, “Roseanne” has suddenly returned in glorious HD for a reason. Its astronomical ratings — over 18 million viewers watched the series the night it had its premiere — proclaims not only the show’s enduring resonance, but also a restitution of something lost (or at least something passed). In this era of capital-D Diversity, numbers like that indicate an unequivocal hunger (dare I say nostalgia) for stories about families like the Conners, who live blue-collar, paycheck-to-paycheck lives; fighting, laughing, and loving in the earnest heartland (read: white working class) of America. Not unlike the results of the 2016 presidential election, the #MakeAmericaWatchRoseanneAgain movement is a beacon in the night, illuminating a once-abandoned subsection of the country with a spotlight of validation. As if it were saying: “I see you. You matter.”

Which is why it’s so galling that a show celebrating ostensibly marginalized Americans would consider shows about even more marginalized Americans a punch line, tossed off between two yawns and a meh, followed by a roomful of people laughing.

Mr Yu:  From the perspective of people (of all races) who are focusing on what actually matters – economic survival, raising families, the kinds of things most of Hollywood either doesn’t worry about or has contempt for – I suspect the virtue-signaling is lost.

Play Progressive Games, Win Progressive Prizes

Dario Anselmo is the lone Republican representing Edina.

Now, considering the Democrats that run in Edina these days – Anselmo beat Ron Erhardt, after all – it might be fair to say that of the options available, Anselmo passes the Buckley test (the most conservative candidate who can win) under the circumstances.

But as we’ve noted in the past, Anselmo is a prominent turncoat on the gun issue.  He’s one of few Republicans found at Moms Want Action events; the sole gloss of “bipartisanship” in the extreme-left gun control movement.

But if he’d hoped that his accomodationalism would buy him any favor from Big Gun Grab (a wholliy owned subsidiary of Big Left?)

Well, what do you think?

For Anselmo, a bitter lesson was learned this week when, after months of supporting limits to Second Amendment rights in order to curry favor with far left gun control advocates “Moms Demand Action,” his opponent, Heather Edelson, was effectively endorsed. Heather wears pearls; you can’t say she doesn’t know Edina. But this endorsement puts paid to the idea that if Republicans only find the illusory “common ground” with the other side, they will be rewarded for their efforts.

Moms Demand Action is part of “Everytown for Gun Safety,” a radical gun control group largely financed by Michael Bloomberg.

So he danced with the devil, and didn’t even get his thirteen pieces of silver, apparently.

Anselmo was frequently the lone Republican at Moms’ rallies at the State Capitol. This garnered him the approval of Democrats in the media like Lori Sturdevant but at the cost of discouraging his base, for which one could be forgiven in thinking Anselmo believes he doesn’t need.

Having contempt for the people who put you there – even if you don’t really know that – is a bad, bad plan.

Question: wonder if Lori Sturdevant will castigate the Action Moms for their lack of bipartisanship?

For All You Long Betters

Yet another friend of the blog writes:

I read speculation that soon, all states will be divided into blue urban areas and red rural areas. But, I think the Democrats are losing more voters than that. Today on the 5, I heard a couple black passengers talking about “those damn liberals, who just take and take” and continued on, blaming liberals for the bad, expensive bus service we now have in the Twin Cities. I smiled. I can be an optimist at times.

Lincoln once said you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.  I have to think at least some portion of the left’s big ethnic and social plantation is going to figure it out someday.

Another Idea Whose Time Has Come

Planned parenthood is giving Disney some writing advice:

And if your goal is to indoctrinate children, that will be a perfectly fine idea.

Although if you want to sell tickets in the parts of the Merica where people actually have children, probably not so much.

I’ve got a few suggestions, though:

  • We could do a version of Beauty and the Beast where Belle is a competition three gun shooter who befriends the Beast – a handsome guy who majored in women’s studies, has been thoroughly cowed by campus feminism, and needs to be brought out of his shell.
  • Perhaps reboot of Cinderella, where the heroine is a plucky young National Review reader who is constantly tormented by her social justice warrior stepsisters?
  • Maybe a version of Aladdin, where Jasmine is the spoiled daughter of a liberal K St. lobbyist who encounters a plucky young ex-paratrooper entrepreneur who turns her world upside down?

The possibilities are completely endless.

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Join me from 1-3PM today on the NARN!

Today on the show:

  • California Versus The First Amendment
  • Ed Morrissey talking about next week’s visit by Larry Elder, Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager
  • Eighth District congressional candidate Pete Stauber.  

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Good Gal With Gun Meets Scumbag Lawyer

Woman who saved the life of a cop who was losing a fight with a meth-head…

As the situation grew increasingly dire, Jaehnen, a concerned female neighbor, raced to the officer’s aid.

“It was at that time that a female… nearby saw what was taking place, and decided that she needed to take action to come to the assistance of that officer,” Sgt. Wheeles told WLWT.

“The female fired one shot from a personally owned firearm at Holland, striking him in the torso,” police said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jaehnen and her mother, who had originally placed the 911 call, then began performing CPR on the wounded attacker, APD Sergeant William Halbig told Blue Lives Matter.

…is being sued by the meth-head’s family:

Despite the circumstances of the incident, Holland’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jaehnen, Officer Powell, and the DNR on Feb. 15.

If the woman – the hero – is so much as inconvenienced by this sham civil trial, legal heads should roll.

 

Looks Like Progressivism Is A Mental Disorder

New Yorker columnist applies the PC test to the new Chik-Fil-A outlets in New Orc City.

Ben Shapiro:

But the mere whiff of Jesus means that New York must cast out Chick-fil-A like a leper, and that those who refuse to do so have succumbed to the blasphemous entreaties of the Midianites. “When a location opened in a Queens mall, in 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a boycott. No such controversy greeted the opening of this newest outpost. Chick-fil-A’s success here is a marketing coup. Its expansion raises questions about what we expect from our fast food, and to what extent a corporation can join a community,” Piepenring rants.

And insultingly, Chick-fil-A seeks to build community, using the word in its marketing, he complains. “This emphasis on community, especially in the misguided nod to 9/11, suggests an ulterior motive. The restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with the words ‘to glorify God,’ and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant, which has the ersatz homespun ambiance of a megachurch.”

If you want to see proof positive of the irreconcilability of the differences between Blue State “elites” and actual humans, read the whole thing.

But you probably needn’t go that far.

Opportunity Knocks

To: Hollywood, the major media, the opinion-making classes, the educational/industrial complex
From:  Mitch Berg, obstreporous peasant.
Re:   Want to do some good?

Millennials know nothing about the Holocaust:

Twenty-two percent of millennials in the poll said they haven’t heard of the Holocaust or are not sure whether they’ve heard of it — twice the percentage of U.S. adults as a whole who said the same.

The study, conducted by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, interviewed 1,350 American adults in February and recruited by telephone and an online non-probability sample.

Asked to identify what Auschwitz is, 41 percent of respondents and 66 percent of millennials could not come up with a correct response identifying it as a concentration camp or extermination camp. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says that at least 1.3 million people were deported to the camp, run by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland, from 1940 to 1945, and 1.1 million of them were killed. It was the largest concentration camp among many built by the Nazis during their campaign to wipe out the Jews and other groups.

But lest you think its just malfeasance and sloth:

Respondents indicated much more awareness of modern-day bias against Jews, with 68 percent saying anti-Semitism is present in America today, and 51 percent saying there are “many” or “a great deal of” neo-Nazis in the United States today.

So a majority “know” a non-existent factoid that is entirely a figment of propaganda intended to gull the hysterical, but a tiny fraction know why those people might conceivably matter.

So, media and entertainment industries – perhaps we could make with a  little of the “never again” in between comic book remakes and endless FBI “investigations”?

Just a suggestion.

That is all.

Virtue-Stomping

Dick’s Sporting Goods has earned the ire of 2nd Amendment human rights activists, over and over.

In 2013, they publicly announced they were out of the “assault weapon” business after the Newtown shooting (where a deranged boy killed his mother to get her AR15).

They apparently slowly retrenched, because they publicly did it again after the Parkland shooting.

Nothing like conviction.

But now, they want to take it to the next level…

…of virtue-signaling stupidity:

After announcing policies that most gun owners saw as alienating, Dick’s Sporting Goods said it will go one step further and destroy its remaining inventory of firearms dubbed “assault weapons.”

A spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the remaining inventory at the retailer’s Field & Streams stores will be destroyed and then recycled.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change,” she said. “We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”

I’m sure the shareholders will be thrilled.

Let’s Call Things What They Are

It’s time to start calling the current wave of lilywhite, urban-progressive-privilege-sotted gun mania what it is.

Bigotry.

As Jon Caldara at the D-Post does:

Boulder City Council is on the verge of passing a sweeping anti-gun ordinance, laughably called an assault weapons ban. So loosely written, this ordinance would ban the first gun I ever owned, a simple .22 caliber rifle, the same type most farm boys get on their twelfth birthday. Its sin? It can be fitted with a pistol-grip or a folding stock.

I understand the fear and bigotry coming from City Council. I used to be like that myself. In younger days I was a proud member of Handgun Control Inc., now called the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence…

The Anti-Defamation League and The Gay and Lesbian Fund sponsors a program plastered throughout Boulder schools call “No Place For Hate.” They ask students to make a resolution of respect: “I will seek to gain understanding of those who are different from myself.”

But Boulder’s council has done nothing to understand the culture and values of gun owners and little to understand much more than the cosmetic aspects of guns.

Boulder has become a place for hate.

Read the whole thing.

And then go forth and call a spade a spade.

The Only Rule Of Academic Club Is “Never Talk About Academic Club”

A university student is under investigation for blowing the whistle on a hack “professor” who believes conservative students are “evil” – her words – and is acting on the belief:

Siena College student Zack Butler is currently under investigation for allegedly violating the school’s code of conduct and could face punishments as severe as expulsion.

His crime? Posting copies of an email sent March 20 by philosophy professor Jennifer McErlean to an alumnus expressing her resentment toward conservative students and a free speech event they’re set to host next week, a Turning Point USA conference called “Let Freedom Ring” that will feature a variety of prominent conservative movers and shakers.

In the email, McErlean decried conservative students as “evil,” noting she quit a civil discourse committee because working with conservative students was making her “miserable,” according to a copy of the email obtained by The College Fix.

She also let the alumnus know that her quitting this committee has freed her up to protest the “Let Freedom Ring” event.

Sounds like she could fit in at any college or university in the Twin Cities.

However, Mr. Butler is my hero for the day:

Two days after the email was sent, Butler and a friend posted around 600 copies of the email around campus.

“As a conservative student, I was bothered not only by the email but also the response, or lack there of, by the administration and felt something had to be done,” Butler said in a Facebook post. He added their goal wasn’t to offend anyone or to gain attention, but simply to “keep the dialogue going.”

Mr. Butler still has that idealism that comes with youth.

Of course, Big Left wants no “dialogue” – on academia any more than on guns, abortion, the welfare state, political correctness, or anything else.  They want a monologue; they talk, and you sit, handcuffed to the chair, and listen.  Gagged, if need be.

One Day At The Met Council, 1996

SCENE:  The Metropolitan Council, meeting at their downtown office.  It is 1996.  

Members Rick Blickson, Sandra Tostenson, Mark Skjellerud, Andy Blotzer and Audrey Vreeland are in committee meeting with Edgar Folkenflick and Eliza Vanderprimp, representatives from “Transit Works”, a consulting company pushing rail mass transit with metro areas.  

BLICKSON:  We are meeting here today to discuss “Transit Works” proposal that the Twin Cities spend $700 million on a light rail line.  Any questions or comments for the consultants?

TOSTENSON:   Yes.  So just to make sure – the proposed train would be able to run better than buses in the sort of inclement or icy weather that’s so common around here?

FOLKENFLICK:  No – light rail trains are no more robust in their handling in snow and ice than a bus, and may in fact me more vulnerable to route blockage in snowy conditions than buses.

SKJELLERUD: OK.  But the train is more reliable in general?  It can react to stoppages and other irregularities better than buses?

FOLKENFLICK:  That’s incorrect.  While a bus can merely detour around an obstacle, a train is entirely at the mercy of whatever is on the track.

BLOTZER: Er…OK.  But in terms of major incidents…

FOLKENFLICK:  …any major incident will require hours to clear, and enough heavy equipment to widen the Panama Canal, maneuvering on busy city streets, thus taking hours to clear any mishaps.

VREELAND:  So…er, Mr. Folkenflick, Ms. Vanderprimp – why would anyone buy something so seemingly ill-conceived?

VANDERPRIMP:  New York.  Boston.  San Franciso.  Washington DC…

BLICKSON:  We’ll take two!

And SCENE

 

They Eat Their Own

To the Jesse Ferguson – former campaing spokesbot for the Smartest Woman Ever – the Syria bombing is the fault of…

Susan Sarandon:

Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson blamed actress and political activist Susan Sarandon for Friday night’s strike on Syria.

Sarandon, who ultimately supported Jill Stein for president in 2016, was roundly criticized for helping “throw the election to Trump.” Clinton herself addressed the possibility in her book, “What Happened.”

And when I say “eat their own”, I mean “treat their own apostates like they treat their conservative enemies, when they are ordered to”:

Sarandon, who revealed that she had faced threats of death and rape from Clinton supporters following the 2016 election, said in a 2017 interview that she believed America would already be at war if Clinton had won the election. “I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”

I wouldn’t doubt it.

What is this world coming to, that I’m feeling sympathy for Susan Sarandon, who would no doubt cheer if people like me were eaten by wild dogs (after we’re disarmed)?

The Second Bull Run Of The Second American Civil War

The Atlantic hired, and then fired, Kevin Williamson – perhaps America’s best political journalist, and one of the best interviewees I’ve ever had in a decade and a half of doing the NARN.

Andrew McCarthy has thoughts on the subject.

My thoughts?

I’ve observed for years that one of the greatest side-effects of Urban Progressive Privilege is a complete inability to “debate” anyone who’s not part of their club – because they have no concept of cognitive dissonance when it comes to politics or any area of life touched by politics (and politics touches every area of their life.

Differ with an blind date’s politics?  Ghost ’em!

Differ with a fellow student’s politics?  Shame them!

Disagree with a co-workers’s politics?  Slander, ostracize and try to destroy them!