Wednesday, May 12, 2021

MSNBC's Joy Reid is more incendiary than anything on Fox News and sometimes flat-out nutty

Washington Examiner  "For all the media’s talk these past few years about dangerous rhetoric, disinformation, and so-called hate speech, it’s amazing MSNBC’s Joy Reid is given a free pass by her peers and colleagues.

"She is probably the meanest, most venomous person on television. She is also a font of misinformation (and sometimes disinformation). But Reid’s bomb-throwing and conspiracy theory-mongering serve the “correct” causes, so our otherwise extremism-obsessed media don't consider her a threat to our core democracy. (Unlike, say, conservative satire group the Babylon Bee.)

"On Tuesday, the MSNBC host accused Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is of Cuban descent, of being a race traitor for his efforts to amend the authoritarian monstrosity known as the For the People Act.

"Reid also accused Republicans of trying to enact new-age Jim Crow laws to ban minorities from voting." . . .

A Black Lives Matter Activist Pulling A Gun On Bystanders Should Be The Last Straw For This Destructive Group

 To see real change, Americans must stop listening to leftist demagogues and corrupt organizations like Black Lives Matter.

The Federalist  . . . "Whatever the answers to these questions might be, it should be clear by now that the involvement of Black Lives Matter activists will only exacerbate the problem. After a year of protests and so much media coverage, the official organization Black Lives Matter has mostly succeeded in enriching its highest-ranking members while spreading division and hate in the communities where they organize. The residents of Plano and other communities should take heed and stop enabling them in any way.

"Some will object, saying that Black Lives Matter has brought much-needed awareness to the problem of racist law enforcement policies. If it wasn’t for the Black Lives Matter movement, the story goes, most Americans wouldn’t know how so many police departments and other public institutions systematically target and murder poor black Americans, routinely depriving them of justice. Except this isn’t true.

"As writers like Heather Mac Donald have repeatedly demonstrated, “This charge of systemic police bias was wrong during the Obama years and remains so today.” While there might be individual instances of racism in law enforcement, it cannot justifiably be classified as “systemic” or even “widespread.”

"This is why organizations like Black Lives Matter and its supportive activists and writers have to rely on specific, individual examples of what they can construe as racism instead of real statistics. Even in these cases, the charges of wrongdoing and bigotry are often debatable. Nevertheless, media outlets will do their utmost to present one side and not the other, turning each tragedy into the next political controversy

"Thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds took to the streets last year in Frisco, Texas — the most suburban of suburbs — to march in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter slogan. Although some people worried the protests would transform into rioting, thankfully, the march remained peaceful. Unfortunately, it also proved to be rather pointless.

"Less than a year later, Black Lives Matter activists took to the streets in a neighboring suburb of Plano, Texas to protest the death of Marvin David Scott III, a black man in his mid-20s who recently died in police custody. This time, however, there wasn’t nearly the same level of support from the community. Instead, Plano police were thrust into a tense scene of protesters blocking traffic at a busy intersection." . . .

National Review: Cornell Professor Warns ‘Anti-Racism’ Training Mandate Will Exacerbate ‘Toxic’ Campus Environment  . . . “There is so much critical race theory and anti-racism, activism, programs, administrative personnel,” he added. “The campus is awash in this stuff. If students want to go and participate in that voluntarily, fine. But I don’t think that should be forced on people. I think when you are forcing it on people, you’re now engaging in coercion, not education.'” . . .

The Texan Who Confronted BLM Who Were Illegally Shutting Down Traffic Has Received Charges, While The BLM Mob Who Pulled A Gun On Him Did Not And Now We Know Why

Texas Residents At Breaking Point: Citizens angry with BLM protesters blocking traffic.

The three faces of the Republican Party

  Patricia McCarthy  "The 1957 film, The Three Faces of Eve, was about dissociative personality disorder, then known as multiple personality syndrome.  It was a hard film based on an actual case of a woman who suffered from the condition.

"It is not much of a leap to describe the Republican Party as currently constituted as suffering from the same malady.  There are the true small-government, liberty-loving constitutionalists like Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, Tom Cotton, Matt Gaetz, Ron Johnson, Josh Hawley, Elise Stefanik, Steve Scalise, Rand Paul, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, and John Kennedy.

Then there are the squishes, who are afraid of their own shadows when it comes to fighting the Democrats — the elected officials who are there only to hold power, not to exercise it for their constituents. Those would be Kevin McCarthy and his go-along to get-along bunch, the Pelosi-ites like Rob Portman, Lindsey Graham who bends with the prevailing winds of the day.  Most of the Republicans fall into this category.

"Then there are the never-Trumpers: Mitch McConnell, Romney, Ben Sasse, Adam Kinzinger, Pat Toomey, John Katko, Jamie Beutler, Dan Newhouse, David Valadao, Peter Meijer, Tom Rice, Fred Upton, Anthony Gonzalez, Richard Burr, Susan Collins (of course), Bill Cassidy, and Lisa Murkowski, along with the execrable Liz Cheney, the left's new favorite congressperson.

"No doubt about it, the Republican Party is suffering from multiple personality disorder. " . . .

America under Joe Biden

Trump Blasts Biden For Middle East Violence   . . . "“When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency,” Trump said in a statement. “Because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked. Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies. America must always stand with Israel and make clear that the Palestinians must end the violence, terror, and rocket attacks, and make clear that the U.S. will always strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself." . . .
"Trump also blasted the Democratic Party’s solidarity with Ilhan Omar, who called Israel’s defending itself from Hamas’s attacks as “terrorism.” . . .

It's True, Joe Biden Was the First President to Cut God Out of the National Day of Prayer   . . . "Even Barack Obama — who famously omitted any mention of Jesus Christ from his message about the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas — didn’t do this." . . .

Welcome Back, Carter?  "But, as the Gipper said:

Freedom is a fragile thing and it's never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. And those in world history who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.

Trumpism vs. Bidenism "Madison pointed out that membership in the House of Representatives is not to be a matter of  wealth, class, or society status.  He wrote that the rich no more than the poor will be members, and then, after stating "not the learned more than the ignorant," added: "not the haughty heirs of distinguished names, more than the humble sons of obscure and unpropitious fortune."  In current context, it is, arguably, fair to infer that Madison would say that Liz Cheney, as a daughter of a vice president, has no more right to chair of the House Republican conference than, say, Elise Stefanik, whose name 'til now could not have been considered a household word.  Indeed, it is fair to ask: would Liz have reached the House of Representatives, much less the third rank, if her name were Haney instead of Cheney?" . . .

Biden’s Administration Choices Are A Disgrace – Including Rachel Levine

“Honestly, there were some days where in a 12-hour shift there would be 10 to 15 people that would die. That was just hard as a nurse to watch day in and day out.”

 Charles "Sam" Faddis  "In the Biden administration everything is driven by identity politics. The nominee for Interior Secretary is someone who supports an anti-American North Korean front group and is supported by the Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA). All that matters, though, is that she is Native American.

"The new Treasury Secretary is completely compromised by the same financiers and Wall Street firms she is now expected to control and regulate. Never mind. She is female.

"So, it is with Rachel Levine, Biden’s choice for Assistant Health Secretary. Levine, as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, presided over a COVID-19 nursing home debacle in Pennsylvania perhaps only second to that in New York State. Levine has very problematic views about gender transition related surgery and hormone treatment for minors. No big deal. Levine is transgender. That is all that counts.

"Let’s pretend, though, for a moment that we actually consider a person’s qualifications for a job to be of interest. Let’s assume, just for the sake of argument, that maybe we want to know something about the character of a nominee before accepting them for a senior position in the federal government. How does Levine stack up then?" . . .