Plus: A rough week for Biden. Trans swimmers face off. And reasons to be optimistic.
“The chief executive of Mozilla Corporation, which runs the Firefox web browser, came out strongly this week against the open internet. “We need more than deplatforming,” Mitchell Baker wrote”
Wow I was rewarded GREATLY for looking up Mitchell Baker. She has a degree in literally Chinese Studies from literally Berkeley and she is a lawyer. On top of that she looks like she runs an orphanage in the early 1900s.
I can’t think of a more perfect encapsulation of the dumbass retrograde society that we live in.
I so look forward to these Friday recaps full of reality, humor and some positivity! I’m also SO DONE with Covid
A few observations: first, HR1 is not a "voting rights bill." It does the exact opposite, and its purpose is the acquisition and permanent ownership of power thru transfer of voting oversight (unconstitutionally) from the states to the federal government - thereby conferring complete control to a government entity that enjoys an 11% approval rating. Maybe Herr Pelosi can get some more "work" so's she can look like Ceaușescu instead of Michael Jackson and complete the transition.
Second, it is dizzying to be constantly trying to remember whether a "trans man" is a man who's been hormonally/surgically altered or is a woman who's had that treatment. Ditto "trans woman." I would submit that neither term is correct; what you have is, well, a postoperative man or woman - nothing more - and it is the height of lunacy to suggest that arrogant medicos can change anything that nature locked down hundreds of millions of years ago. And I would advise women, whose sports are being systematically destroyed by these opportunistic men, to stop worrying about offending someone's delicate sensibilities and DO SOMETHING. At one time, men would have done what men have always done - defend and protect women - and would have taken care of this problem, but after decades of being under feminist attack ourselves, sorry girls - you're on your own.
"Kamala Harris said: “It is time for us to do what we have been doing and that time is every day.”
Harris has completed her Jedi-president training, and is now ready to replace Biden.
"Big picture economically, America is the richest large country in the world on a per capita basis."
Doesn't matter one bit to the left because the wealth is not distributed exactly equally. Idiotic Keynesian doctrine has blinded more than half the country to the fact that something must be produced before it can be "distributed", and without incentives it doesn't get produced. They basically don't understand humanity, and set rules based on how they WISH people behaved, rather than how they actually do.
Also: "...American liberals operate with a scarcity mindset and need to switch to an Abundance Agenda." This is exactly backwards. The left actually thinks material abundance happens of its own accord, and financial incentives are unnecessary to get people to produce. Human history says the exact opposite. Its a scarcity mindset that gets people off their butts and working. If people believe the golden goose will always and everywhere be producing without a profit motive, that's the beginning of the end for capitalism.
Is there a recording of the round table discussion with the three doctors?
Meantime, the White House is issuing directives to social media companies to “curb the spread of misinformation.”
I hate the 1930s analogies usually but, given that there were no companies in the Soviet Union, what other authoritarian state does this remind you of? And they called Trump a dictator.....
I applaud the highlighting of toxic pessimism. It's well known that catastrophizing feeds on itself.
When one takes a long view, whether from 1619, 1776, or whenever one's family first came to America, our country in 2022 is a wonderful miracle. Vast room for improvement? Of course. But that's always been the case and always will be the case.
Item Three! The ongoing saga of Lia Thomas delivers a reminder that the crazy-quilt world of transgender ideology is, ahem, pregnant with untapped comic potential. Now let me get this, er, straight. Thomas, a man competing in women's swimming, lost to a woman competing as a man in women's swimming. No doubt the latter realizes that his chances of successfully competing against actual men range from exceedingly slim to zero. So she helicopters in to rain on Lia Thomas's parade. Can you say Hulu Original? No, of course you can't. How DARE anyone laugh aloud at the idiocy to which women's sports are being reduced by this zany cult of gender? But, you know, I do believe I hear a chorus of discreet snickering.
Seriously, though, if there's a reason not to laugh at this nonsensical situation, it's because of the pain and humiliation that's being inflicted on so many young woman in the name of—what, exactly? And where are the feminists? They used to be fierce and in all our faces. Now, it seems, they're too frightened of the Twitter mob to do their job.
If you've ever been poor, you know that the cost of food is not the problem. Actually, calories in the USA are far cheaper now than they were in our grandparents' time:
The problem for the working poor in the USA is the cost of housing.
THAT is something to riot about.
I find everyday Americans and everyday life here to be a far better and more harmonious than the America Is a Dumpster Fire portrayed so grimly by the commentariat and media. A few hours online and the country feels like rot and doom. I turn it off, go out and about and talk to people, have a meal at a restaurant, all that, and it feels like the America I always known and liked. People are friendly, industrious, cheerful despite the Covid monster, and willing to lend a hand.
Yes, we have problems that need fixing, and our political system is a true mess. But civil war just around the corner? We're gone to hell and never coming back? Americans are walking talking Haters of Everything They See? Not in my experience.
To that end, I'm going to try very hard from today on to not be a snarky* asshole here. It's fun sometimes, but ultimately unproductive. Day one, here I go . . .
*Some are gonna get it because they just beg for it. But most of the folks here are well-intentioned, even if I disagree, so I will try my best to be more nice.
For this liberal Pope to make these statements has me questioning if he connects his ideological leanings to the actual malady he criticized? Because woke cancel culture derives from Critical Theory which derives from the work of 1970s French and German collectivists upset about the failures of collectivism and determined to come up with a framework of excuse.
And related to this, does the Pope understand that cancel culture is also supported by the global Western corporate media and the globalist Great Reset Liberal New World Order project as needed to break down and destroy the American middle class... with a goal of transforming the world into a 2-class economic system where the elites control everything for the good of the people beneath them? That seems to be the very system that this Pope supports.
I tend to believe that he does know these things, but instead of shifting in his view that a free and independent people in free and independent democratic capitalist systems serves the human condition better than does a collectivist style system (that have been responsible for hundreds of millions of dead people over history), he is just doing what the good collectivists always do... pull off their destructive consequences as singularities disconnected from their ideology.
The problem in this case is that many of us have made the connection and will not allow that deflection. Cancel culture is 100% owned by Democrats and Democrats are 100% vested in making the free West into another failed experiment in collectivist governance.
My oldest daughter is a student at U Chicago. We get the parent email about the Covid protocols. It all seems beyond overboard. She at least is living off campus and has more flexibility than the kids in the dorms.
Beware of the Pope, Bari. He likes to support one side, then undermine that side. Not a nice man.
I’m an optimist, too, Nellie, and I couldn’t be surer of anything that, overall, things are getting much much better—materially. Economic trends are all to the good. The problem for a lot of those who say we’re in a civil war, though, is that they are situated on the lower bend of those trends and have no sense they’ll ever be on the upswing. Now, these folks might need to make changes they don’t want to make (i.e., move, like their ancestors did), but what happened to all the re-training I remember Bill Clinton promising during the debates on NAFTA, when he acknowledged there would be job losses but claimed there would be retraining programs to help those who lost that hand because of the cards they drew in life. (Meanwhile, notice that Mexico is not only not the current point of departure for the immigrants who have been swarming the border. Mexico has since become our administrative border go-between, which Biden has cynically and politically been trying to stop.) For these folks, what they see is a culture that no longer sees Americans, but identity groups who despise them, nastily egged on by the president. Sure, presidents have always had their favorites, but only since Obama have we seen their social biases expressed so discordantly. This is no way to live, much less run a country. Cultural separation seems inevitable, but I suspect it will look more like the cultural assimilation of Judges than the destruction recounted in Joshua.
Love your TGIFs, Nellie!