Boston Globe op-ed suggests restaurant waitstaff ‘tamper’ with Republicans’ food | TheBlaze

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The Boston Globe is under fire after publishing an opinion piece suggesting that restaurant waitstaff tamper with Republicans’ – particularly President Trump staffers’ – food.

Source: Boston Globe op-ed suggests restaurant waitstaff ‘tamper’ with Republicans’ food – TheBlaze

Bastard.

I’m sorry, not sorry, for the language. It is, however, both accurate and warranted.

I also apologize for posting a second political post in one day, during a time when I said I’d do my best to avoid such posts, but the opinion piece to which the Blaze article refers is completely over the top! In fact, I’m so angry I can hardly think straight, much less write coherently.

First, read the linked article, if you haven’t already, for the details. Then here are my thoughts:

First off, this individual (who I will not dignify by naming) is absolute and complete scum of the earth. The fact that he would write such a piece for publication is more than ample evidence of that. And the Boston Globe, despite its efforts to weasel out of the situation, is complicit, for its lack of “editorial oversight” in the first place. What, in God’s name, where they thinking, to allow that to appear in print?

Quite aside from the ethical, health-related, and just plain disgusting-ness elements of this reprehensible screed, how could anyone, on any side of the political aisle, possibly think that tampering with food as an act of political terrorism is in any way acceptable, or in any way beneficial to their or anyone’s cause – or, for that matter, to our culture, society, and even economy?

While everyone knows that there are sometimes questionable practices in restaurants, and sometimes questionable food makes it out to the table, the entire restaurant culture of this (or any) country is founded on the assumption that such incidents are rare, and usually limited to “greasy spoon” types of establishments.

If people are going to have to start thinking – even when they go out to a nice dinner at a nice restaurant – “Well, gee, what if my waiter overhears a comment I make to a table companion, or doesn’t like my choice of hat, and decides I’m of a political persuasion he or she doesn’t like, so s/he decides to spit (or worse) on my food, as a result?” What’s that going to do to people’s willingness to go out to dinner?

The level and variety of stupidities embodied in the described opinion piece are so many and so epic that it just beggars description. AND – this is the crowning irony – this is from someone who considers conservatives to be haters. Let that sink in for a minute. This guy doesn’t like the President, so he considers that it’s perfectly okay to p___ in the food of those who do, and in fact stated that people who do so would “be serving America” (though he later, and completely unconvincingly, walked that back).

But that’s okay. Being on the other side of the political aisle is not.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is real. And I am coming increasingly – if reluctantly – to agree with the assertion that today’s “liberalism” (which is a far cry from classical liberalism) is a flat-out, full-blown mental illness.

As I said:

Bastard.

Sick, disgusting, brain-damaged bastard.

But I still wouldn’t p____ in his food, because I have standards.

Even for scum like him.

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Knife crime: Tony Blair says police losing knife crime battle – BBC News

Tony Blair

The former prime minister says “the emergency” means he is more worried about his own children.

Source: Knife crime: Tony Blair says police losing knife crime battle – BBC News

One more, since I’m posting anyway…

Many years ago, I wrote what was supposed to be a satirical piece for the local newspaper about a future “National Club Association” (the NCA) protesting a proposed ban on cudgels – the idea being, first they ban guns, then knives, and eventually clubs as well. Now that concept doesn’t look so satirical. The UK really is banning knives!

And of course, what doesn’t get mentioned is who are actually engaging in these knife-fights, slashings, stabbings, etc.: I feel fairly safe in presuming that it is not, for the most part, descendants of those who won the Battle of Britain in WW II, or the Battle of Agincourt, in 1415… The UK has chosen, on its own or by acceding to EU mandates, to take in many outsiders whose values and culture are inimical to Britons; as ye sew, so shall ye reap. In any case:

The Paleoconservatives, who posted this on Facebook, accurately commented:

“The progressive left simply wants control. Gun control, and if they get that, then knife control. They want to control your words, your faith, your children. Once, the best of the left were at least classical liberals, supporting freedoms, but these days they will make you accept their definition of progress – whether you like it or not.”

What is true in the UK, is also true here. The Left – I will not call them “liberals,” except ironically – wants one thing and one thing only: power. Control. The political heirs of the Jacobins of Revolutionary France, and Cromwell’s Puritans in the English Civil War, they want to impose their idea of the ideal society – a warped, twisted secular version of the Kingdom of God, a God in which they no longer even claim to believe – on everyone else. And they will stop at nothing to get it.

As the traditional Order for Compline puts it, quoting 1 Peter 5:8,

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, firm in your faith.”

R.I.P. Russiagate. Here’s What We Learned | Bloomberg Opinion

 

 

Source: R.I.P. Russiagate. Here’s What We Learned

My apologies for once again inserting a political post into Lent.

But I did say that I’d make exceptions for significant incidents, and I’d say that the conclusion of the Mueller investigation – a two-year muck-raking expedition foisted on the American public square by Democrats and their fellow-travelers on the left side of the political aisle in an attempt to bring down the President, which has now ended without finding any evidence whatsoever of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign – is a significant incident.

“People who pushed the conspiracy theory are already busy telling their audiences that Trump still isn’t out of legal trouble. None of the legalistic niggling, however, will change the basic fact: A thorough, hard-hitting two-year investigation by a team that can’t be accused of being Trump sympathizers has found no proof of a conspiracy that has dominated U.S. airwaves since before Trump got elected. After this, any further political use of Russiagate can, and will, be deflected with an eye-roll.”

The author of this piece clearly has no love for Trump (unsurprisingly, for a Bloomberg contributor), but that makes it even more of an indictment of the Democrats’ absurdity in pursuing this misguided strategy:

“Democrats have clearly shot themselves in the foot. Instead of wasting their time on Russiagate, they could have focused more clearly on issues such as inequality, health care, the opioid epidemic, climate change. They have a chance to run a more meaningful campaign now that Mueller’s done – but the mistake will hang over them just as the Iraq war still hangs over the Republicans.”

It’s interestingly ironic – and it would be amusingly ironic, if not for the huge and lengthy expenditure of time, energy, and cash, not to mention the further polarization of American politics, resulting from this political fishing expedition – that many of the same people who accused (not entirely without justification) the likes of Breitbart and Alex Jones with promoting conspiracy theories have themselves been… promoting a conspiracy theory. “The pot calling the kettle black,” as my mother would have said.

Not cool, kids. Go to your rooms. No supper for you!

The list of bogus ‘hate crimes’ in Trump era is long | New York Post

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail following his release.

In the wake of the arrest of actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with staging his own racist and homophobic attack, here are just some of the other crimes that have been given prominent play by the media since the 2016 election.

Source: The list of bogus ‘hate crimes’ in Trump era is long

Left-wing pundits and protesters have been quick to blame any crime against racial or religious minorities here in the US, since 2016, on what one CNN analyst called “The election of President Donald Trump [which] lifted the rock under which much of the hatred had hidden, allowing it to squirm out into the light.”

But is that a fair assessment, or is it just another example of what has been called (accurately, in my view) “Trump Derangement Syndrome”? While it is entirely possible that there are some racists, homophobes, and other bigots who have felt emboldened by the election of President Trump, this article demonstrates that Smollett’s case is far from unique – with the mainstream media serving as a willing, even eager, accomplice.

Journalistic objectivity and pursuit of the truth behind the story seem to have gone out the window, when the dominant narrative seems better served by simply “rounding up the usual suspects.” I am reminded of a poster that used to hang in my father’s home office: “My mind’s made up, don’t confuse me with the facts!”

The difference is, he was joking…

A Teaching & Proclamation on Abortion | Anglican Province of America

Image result for Anglican Joint SynodsThe Bishops of the Anglican Joint Synods Churches released the following statement on the matter of abortion.

Source: A Teaching & Proclamation on Abortion | Anglican Province of America

The Bishops of the Anglican Joint Synods – often known as the “G4” or “Group of Four” Continuing Anglican Churches – has released an official statement on the subject of abortion, here linked from the website of the Anglican Province of America, one of the G4 jurisdictions.

It notes, inter alia, that

“In Virginia, where [legislation similar to that passed by New York] has been proposed [though thankfully not passed], the current governor has made statements that appear to endorse the notion that babies who survive late-term abortions could be left to die.

“Such sentiments reveal how far removed the pro-abortion movement is from the values expressed in a document penned by another governor of Virginia, one which asserts that all humans are ‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,’ and ‘that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’

“A society founded on these principles cannot support legalized abortion. If the right to life is unalienable, it belongs to the individual alone, and cannot unjustly be taken away. Moreover, the right to life possesses a logical priority in that all other rights flow from the individual’s status as a living being.

“Curtailing the right to life undermines the principles of natural law and threatens the very fabric of our democracy.”

Amen.

The Covington Catholic Kids Take the Gloves Off | The American Conservative

Their lawsuit seeks to teach the media a lesson it will never forget.

Source: The Covington Catholic Kids Take the Gloves Off | The American Conservative

Lawyers for Nick Sandmann, the student at the center of the controversy wherein, following the March for Life on January 18th, Native American activist Nathan Phillips marched into the midst of a group of Covington Catholic High School students waiting for a bus and proceeded to drum and chant within inches of the face of Mr. Sandmann, have filed a suit on his behalf (at the bequest of his parents), seeking $250 million from Washington Post, one of the media outlets that published erroneous and defamatory accounts of the incident.

The lawsuit, according to NPR, is “seeking $50 million in compensation for the alleged damage done, while the remaining $200 million in punitive damages would be aimed at punishing the newspaper company.” The amount was chosen to mirror the amount that billionaire Jeff Bezos paid for the Post in 2013, and is clearly and unequivocally chosen to send a message: not only to the Washington Post, but to other media outlets which have become increasingly prone to substitute partisan politics for objective reporting.

The NPR article notes that “In their complaint, the Sandmanns say they are asking a federal district court in Kentucky to help them ‘teach the Post a lesson it will never forget.'” They likely have an uphill battle to make this stick, and it is doubtful that, even if the suit is successful, they will get the full $250 million, but I hope it is successful, nonetheless. Winning this suit, regardless of amount, would sent a message that needs to be sent.

Most of my readers will recall this incident, in which an adult male, Mr. Phillips, clearly attempted to intimidate a group of high school students, who were doing nothing more offensive that singing school-spirit songs while waiting for their bus. The only “offense” of Mr. Sandmann, at the epicenter of the controversy, was in refusing to be intimidated or moved, standing his ground with an enigmatic smile while Mr. Phillips quite literally got in his face.

And, oh yes, I almost forgot: he and many of his classmates had committed the unpardonable sin of wearing a “MAGA” hat.

We live in an era where support of the President – or even of America – is sufficient to justify, in the minds of the Left, all sorts of punishment, from being kicked or heckled out of eating establishments, to having eggs thrown in their faces, to having protesters actually gather and demonstrate outside their homes.

The Covington kids received death threats, and it was even suggested that their school should be burned down, with the students inside – all this by the tolerant, diversity-celebrating, committed-to-coexistence Left, for whom “love trumps hate.”

Yeah, and if you believe that’s an example of love trumping hate, I’ve got some ocean-front property in Arizona I’m willing to sell you, cheap.

In any case, the suit being filed on Nicholas Sandmann’s behalf is clearly intended to send a message, not just to the Washington Post, but to all those who think they can get away with attacking, misrepresenting, and defaming people simply because they support the President. As the post I linked at the beginning of this entry notes,

“Sandmann’s attorneys accuse the Post of ‘wrongfully placing the anti-Trump, anti-Catholic, and [pro-choice] agenda over the harm its False and Defamatory Accusations caused to Nicholas’ and of ignoring ‘contrary information in favor of its pre-conceived false narrative against President Trump and his supporters.’ Sandmann’s name might be at the top of the complaint, but the attorneys who authored it clearly imagine their lawsuit is carrying the banner for every single victim of anti-MAGA discrimination.”

The author goes on to note that

“the complaint’s bellicose and overtly partisan language, as well as its reliance on the right-wing persecution complex, made me uneasy. So I decided to re-read the Post‘s first story on the Sandmann-Phillips incident. After all, it couldn’t be that bad.

“Oh, but it was. Even the headline—“Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him”—was false… the article degenerates into something akin to the murder of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, as people and groups come forward one by one to sink their knives into Sandmann…

“From the sheer scale of this pile-on, you’d think Sandmann had shot up a school.”

If this is the kind of love that trumps hate, I think we could do with a little less of it, personally. Kudos to Nick Sandmann, his parents, and their attorneys for standing up to Leftist vitriol and pressure. I hope this suit succeeds. This is a lesson the Left – and I include the vast majority of the mainstream media in that category – needs to be taught. Whether they will actually learn it, even if the suit is successful, being of course another story…

Maybe we need a new slogan: “Make Media Sane Again.”

College Illiteracy is Growing | Intellectual Takeout

College Illiteracy is Growing

For a number of years, it was assumed that public education was swimming along, efficiently educating children of all ages. More recently, the products coming out of public schools have caused a troubling concern to leap into the minds of adults: are schools dumbing down the content they teach to students?

Source: College Illiteracy is Growing | Intellectual Takeout

I have been observing this trend for years, now, from both inside and outside public schools and academia. The author, Annie Holmquist, writes,

“One could cast blame in many directions to attempt to explain why students are not intellectually prepared for college. But is it possible that the main reason stems from the fact that schools are simply not set up to train students to think for themselves?”

A good question. And one to which I suspect I know the answer…

I would also add, society is teaching students that they ought to be able to get anything they want without much effort, intellectual or otherwise!