Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Rightwingers Say the Darnedest Things

"I've decided to "identify" as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my "values" and I'll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games. Ain't America great?"

That was Mike Huckabee's contribution to the conversation this week. Also this week, Fox launched a new show attempting humor. It's embarrassing to watch.

See, this is the problem with conservative humor. I am pretty sure that someone who calls themselves a comedian can book a gig, with a little understanding of the biz, regardless of their political leaning. I don't think agents or venue owners ask you what party you belong to. If you can fill the house, if people will buy tickets and maybe dinner and/or a few drinks, it doesn't matter what you talk about in your act. Controversy is actually a plus, somebody who can make good jokes about something sensitive can do well in comedy.

And yet ... there are no conservative comedians. Yeah, Dennis Miller can spew a stream of impressive-sounding verbiage in a condescending tone of voice, but that's as close as they get. If you haven't seen him, find the Russian propaganda site RT and check him out, he's got a show there. I don't recommend this Fox trainwreck, which I doubt will last. Conservative humor is not humor, it is usually a form of bullying or mocking.

Huckabee put "identify" in quotes, indicating that it is not really a thing. Conservatives think everybody has an identity except themselves. Huckabee for instance does not see himself as "identifying" as a white person, because everybody he associates with is white. He doesn't have to think about it, it's a given, normal people are white, as far as he knows. He doesn't have to "identify" as heterosexual because everybody he knows is straight -- as far as he knows. This is why rightwingers think everybody else is engaging in "identity politics," and not them.

People do identify as something. We live in social units and we know which social units we are part of and which ones we are not part of. We don't decide to "identify" with a group. And yet that is Huckabee's "joke." (By the way, I am enjoying this gratuitous misapplication of quotations marks through my text, following and satirizing his "lead.") Somebody does not decide to identify as Chinese. If your family came from China, or if you came from China, you identify as Chinese. You might not say it that way, you might say "I am Chinese," it's the same thing. That's how it works. You can argue about whether it really matters where somebody's family is from, but basically every single person can tell you what ethnic group they identify with, even if it's some poorly-defined racial category like "white" or "Black" or there is more than one group -- you don't just have one identity. You can be Chinese and American, too. And gay, or straight. You know what kind of person you are.

The dig, "identify" in quotes, is understood by Huckabee's readers as mockery of gay and transgender people. The "joke" is that gay and trans people "choose" to have a gender "identity" or sexual "orientation" that someone like Huckabee doesn't "understand." But identifying does not mean you decide to be something, it means you are something. A trans man does not decide to be a man, he is someone who knows he is a man, the same as other men know what they are. You don't decide to identify as straight or gay, you might choose to conceal the truth but you know who you are.

Huckabee's statement not only reveals that he 1.does not have a sense of humor and 2.doesn't understand what identity is, but by publishing this idiotic comment on Twitter he is announcing that he is coming out as someone who actually identifies as an ignorant person.

The previous president cultivated hatred for Asians, in particular the Chinese, partly to blame them for his failure with the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, America is seeing a wave of random racist violence against Asian people. Many of us would like to see people walking safely on the street and do not think you should have to live in fear because your ancestors came from a certain continent. So we are looking out for our Asian neighbors. Huckabee seems to think this is some kind of special treatment, companies are giving Chinese people special deals, treating them special. Really, we are just looking out for people who are vulnerable through no fault of their own. If a Chinese company is engaging in unfair business practices, then they will be dealt with; Chinese spies will be prosecuted. But your average Asian person walking down the street should feel safe and should know we've got their back.

Huckabee puts "values" in quotes too, and I have to admit I do not know what that's about. I had thought that Republicans claimed "values" as one of their own advertising slogans, remember when they used to call themselves "values voters?" I guess they've canceled that.

And he ends his tweet with "Ain't America great?" The strangeness of this is bottomless. Yes, actually America is pretty great. When somebody is treated unfairly here, Americans rally around them and protect them. We do not like for people to be beaten up on the street simply because they have Asian features, or African features, or do not seem to fit neatly into a simple two-by-two sexual-identity category schema. First of all he sets up a ridiculous proposition, that by claiming to "identify" as Chinese he will be treated differently, which wouldn't happen, partly because he is not Chinese and partly because Chinese people don't get any special treatment. And then says ain't we great? America is supposed to be ironically great for giving Chinese people like him special deals on tennis shoes and baseball tickets.

This is why there are no conservative comedians. This is what they consider to be "funny." Of course part of the joke is that people like me will take the time to respond to it, aka "owning the libs," but I don't care, I think the world deserves to be taken seriously. I do not want my society to degenerate into a bunch of rude people making nihilistic attempts at irony and then laughing because somebody takes it seriously. Irony is fine, it has its place, but you have to know what you believe before you can make fun of it, and I do not believe there is any coherent belief system behind these idiotic words of Huckabee's. What do Huckabee and today's conservatives stand for? Nothing. They stand for white people's values being applied indiscriminately to everyone, not because they are superior values but because they don't know any better.

[Note, 4/9: Fox News' "comedy" show has already been canceled, after three episodes.]


Anonymous the king of 2021 said...

"Huckabee for instance does not see himself as "identifying" as a white person, because everybody he associates with is white. He doesn't have to think about it, it's a given, normal people are white, as far as he knows. He doesn't have to "identify" as heterosexual because everybody he knows is straight -- as far as he knows."

Huckabee's statement doesn't make any sense but that probably means it's taken out of context. Truth is, no one "identifies" as their race but they do "identify" as homosexual or transgender.

Anyway, the first part of the statement above is false. Like everyone in America, Huckabee knows people of all races, colors, and creeds. It's hard to believe he doesn't know homosexuals, but it's possible, he not being from a major metropolitan area.

It's a concern that some people have victimized Asian people but it isn't as widespread as the media is portraying the situation. Asian people have been assimilated into our society for decades. I've never seen any bias against them.

The truth is race relations are much better in America than most parts of the world. But, racism is a winner for Dems so they ad their media accomplices do all they can to exacerbate racial division.

Which brings us to Georgia. If you want some real humor, listen to some Dem attempts to defend the notion that Georgia's election laws are racist. The new law stacks up well against laws in New York and Colorado, where baseball has moved the All-Star game. confronted with that, Dems say it's racist because there was no proven voter fraud in 2020. So, in other words, because Dems won in Georgia, no laws can be strengthened lest their chances go down. Even in Maryland, politicians are not allowed to pass out food and water to people in line to vote. But, how does that prevent non-whites from voting? Similarly, why is 17 days not enough time for early voting? How does that suppress non-white votes? Most Americans agree that people should have to show ID to vote, but to Dems, that is a racist position. Anyway, right now, corporate America is voting for Dems. Makes you wonder why Dems despise them so.

btw, 44% of new cases of COVID are currently in five states: Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. Cases are plummeting in Texas, land of the full baseball stadiums, and California. You may notice there is no evidence for the efficacy of lockdown restrictions. It doesn't seem to matter for health purposes, although it does for the economic prospects of the working class.

Of course deaths are down everywhere. That's because most people over 75 have now been vaccinated. But why is Biden resisting calls to increase the vaccine allotment to the five states that account for most new cases. It would make a huge difference. If it was Trump doing that, you'd hear uproar in the media.

April 07, 2021 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Not funny said...

"politicians are not allowed to pass out food and water to people in line to vote"


What's that a bad GOP joke?

Maybe MD law says that (you made the claim, let see the proof), but Georgia law doesn't say anything about "politicians" passing out water to people in line.

Arresting a duly elected legislator who wanted to witness the signing of this racist Georgia voter bill into law was another bad GOP joke.

That matter has been closed.

ATLANTA (AP) — A district attorney in Atlanta said Wednesday that she will not pursue charges against a Georgia state lawmaker who was arrested during a protest of the state’s sweeping new election law.

“After reviewing all of the evidence, I have decided to close this matter,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in an emailed statement. “It will not be presented to a grand jury for consideration of indictment, and it is now closed.”

Rep. Park Cannon, a Democrat from Atlanta, was arrested March 25 after she knocked on the door to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s office while he was on live television speaking about the voting bill he had just signed into law. Police charged her with obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly. She was released from jail later that evening.

“While some of Representative Cannon’s colleagues and the police officers involved may have found her behavior annoying, such sentiment does not justify a presentment to a grand jury of the allegations in the arrest warrants or any other felony charges,” Willis said.

Informed of the district attorney’s decision by The Associated Press, Cannon’s attorney, Gerald Griggs, said, “We are appreciative of the decision of the district attorney after we provided witnesses to her and we plan to speak publicly very soon about our next steps.”

The Republican-backed rewrite of Georgia’s election rules adds a new photo ID requirement to vote absentee by mail, gives the State Election Board new powers to intervene in county election offices and to remove and replace local election officials, prohibits people from giving water and snacks to people waiting in line , and makes some changes to early voting, among other things...

April 07, 2021 2:18 PM  
Anonymous the king of 2021 said...


What's that a bad GOP joke?

Maybe MD law says that (you made the claim, let see the proof), but Georgia law doesn't say anything about "politicians" passing out water to people in line."

I've been voting in Maryland for years

all partisan activity is disallowed within a certain distance

of course, I have talked to candidates after voting but they are always the prescribed distance from voters in line, just like they will be in Georgia

btw, in Georgia, election officials can provide water

and people can bring it themselves

"Arresting a duly elected legislator who wanted to witness the signing of this racist Georgia voter bill into law was another bad GOP joke."

she wanted to attend an event she wasn't invited to, bang on the door to make sure she could provide a disruption, and refused to follow the direction of police officers

the governor can invite anyone he wants to the signing ceremony

someone spreading lies and conspiracy theories would likely not get an invitation

"That matter has been closed."

of course it is

that's how things like this usually work in America

are you from America?

April 07, 2021 3:27 PM  
Anonymous GRIFTING 101 -- How to finance an interest-free loan said...

The National Republican Congressional Committee is using threatening language to push Republicans into making repeat monthly donations.

The NRCC, which raises money for House Republicans, warns donors against unchecking this prechecked box:

"We need to know we haven't lost you to the Radical Left. If you UNCHCK this box, we will have to tell Trump you're a DEFECTOR & sided with the Dems. CHECK this box and we can win back the House and get Trump to run in 2024."

The text appears on the WinRed fundraising platform. The NRCC directly links to the page from its website.

Donors who fail to uncheck the box — including those who haven’t even noticed it — will have money removed from their accounts each month.

The Trump campaign used a similar fundraising tactic for the 2020 election, The New York Times reported over the weekend. The outcry from tricked Trump donors resulted in 530,000 refunds, but the scheme nevertheless allowed the ex-president’s failed campaign the use of what amounted to an interest-free loan, according to the paper.

April 08, 2021 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Some miracle said...

One year ago today:

TRUMP: "If we can stay substantially under 100,000 [American deaths] -- which was the original projection -- I think we did a very good job."


2:07 PM · Apr 8, 2021 ·Twitter Web App

Aaron Rupar

It's remarkable to revisit these clips and see that as late as last April 8 mask-wearing in public was still the exception to the norm. I see one reporter in the whole press room with a mask.

April 08, 2021 8:16 PM  
Anonymous shocking blues said...

"It's remarkable to revisit these clips and see that as late as last April 8 mask-wearing in public was still the exception to the norm. I see one reporter in the whole press room with a mask."

everywhere I go, everyone is wearing a mask

but glad you scour the planet and find someone is isn't

btw, in California, you can vote Dem or you can vote trans but you can't vote both:

Transgender rights activist and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner and her political advisers are gathering at her Malibu home next week to discuss her potential candidacy in the upcoming California gubernatorial recall election.

The meeting comes as Jenner, a 71-year-old Olympic gold-medal decathlete and Republican activist who for years appeared on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” explores whether to enter the race.

April 08, 2021 9:19 PM  
Anonymous you caught me smilin', again said...

With just 15 words, Joe Manchin ended the possibility that Joe Biden's first term would live up to the hopes that liberals had for it on everything from gun control to voting rights to even, possibly, the size and scope of the President's $2 trillion infrastructure bill.

"There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster," wrote the West Virginia Democratic senator in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday night.

Which is pretty dang airtight when it comes to pledges. And which means, assuming Manchin sticks to it, that Democrats do not have the 50 votes they would need to change the Senate rules to eliminate the legislative filibuster. Which, in turn, means that the idea of passing meaningful gun control legislation or moving forward on the election reform bill passed by the House are simply not possible.

But, it's more than that too. While the big headline of the Manchin op-ed is his opposition to ending the filibuster, he also makes clear that he disapproves of using "reconciliation" -- a budget tool that allows bills to be passed with a simple majority -- for things not directly tied to the budget, which very much includes Biden's infrastructure bill.

"We should all be alarmed at how the budget reconciliation process is being used by both parties to stifle debate around the major issues facing our country today," wrote Manchin, adding: "I simply do not believe budget reconciliation should replace regular order in the Senate. How is that good for the future of this nation? Senate Democrats must avoid the temptation to abandon our Republican colleagues on important national issues. Republicans, however, have a responsibility to stop saying no, and participate in finding real compromise with Democrats."

Which is a very big deal. Especially when you consider that Senate Republicans -- led by Mitch McConnell -- have offered very little reason to believe they will come to the negotiating table with Biden.

"I'm going to fight them every step of the way, because I think this is the wrong prescription for America," McConnell has said of the $2 trillion package.

If McConnell can keep his side in line, as he has thus far -- and Manchin continues to oppose using reconciliation to pass the infrastructure bill -- then the legislation will stall. And in order to restart it, Biden (and Senate Democrats) will have to make major compromises -- read: cuts -- to the size of the proposal in order to get the 60 votes it would need to end filibuster and bring the measure to a final vote.

April 09, 2021 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Matt Gaetz, Joel Greenberg Venmo trail suggests ‘sugar daddy’ activity said...

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz is facing a money trail that further ties him to disgraced former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg and allegations of sex trafficking.

Gaetz reportedly used the payment app Venmo to send Greenberg $900, split between two transactions late at night in May 2018, according to The Daily Beast. The next morning, the publication reports Greenberg used the same app to send three young women various amounts of money, totaling $900.

In one of the transactions to Greenberg, Gaetz labeled the payment, “Test,” but in the other, he reportedly wrote “hit up” and then the nickname of one of the young women. The Daily Beast did not use the nickname in its reporting because the girl had only just turned 18 less than six months before the Venmo transaction.

When Greenberg sent the same amount he received from Gaetz to the three women, he listed them as being for “school” in two of the transactions and for “tuition” in the other, The Daily Beast reported.

The latest comes as Gaetz is reportedly, according to The New York Times, under federal investigation into his involvement with Greenberg and sex trafficking. Greenberg has already been federally indicted on 33 counts, including sex trafficking a 17-year old. Court documents also reportedly say he was “engaged in ‘sugar daddy’ relationships,” which occur when one party pays sums of money in return for a relationship, usually between an older man and a younger women.

Greenberg is now seeking a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

The Daily Beast wrote that Gaetz and Greenberg were connected through Venmo to one of the girls, the newly turned 18-year old.

Neither Gaetz nor Greenberg’s Venmo transactions are public, but The Daily Beast wrote that they obtained records through a source. Those records also showed both embattled men were connected on Venmo to at least one other woman, which also showed Greenberg paid her “several thousand dollars” using a government-issued credit card.

While Greenberg has been charged with crimes, Gaetz has not. Both men deny any wrongdoing. Gaetz has confirmed there is an investigation, but claims the accusations are false, and motivated by what he called an extortion attempt. In an op-ed to the conservative Washington Examiner last week, following initial reporting on the investigation, Gaetz wrote that he had “never, ever paid women for sex.”

April 09, 2021 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Dems always lose in the mong-run by badly overplaying their hand said...

What happened to baseball (or any sport for that matter) being a fun escape, a light distraction from our everyday lives?

America’s national pastime is now embroiled in partisan nastiness, thanks to a woke company and a chorus of media propagandists…

Major League Baseball (MLB) announced last Friday that it would move the All-Star Game from its planned location in Atlanta this summer. The league is doing this to punish the state of Georgia for the passage of “The Election Integrity Act of 2021.”

That’s right, one of the biggest professional sports leagues in America is punishing an entire state for passing a constitutional, utterly reasonable bill that clarifies some voting procedures. Many of the SB 202 adjustments have been welcomed by local election officials who were overwhelmed by the last election’s record turnout and an unprecedented shift toward mail-in voting.

A state law that codifies many additional access provisions and is almost certain to increase voting across the board – while also making fraud more difficult – is being described as “restrictive” and “racist.”

The usual activists and chattering classes are hailing MLB’s actions as a victory for voting rights and social justice. They’re treating the mobilization of MLB and other mega-corporations like Delta and Coca-Cola against the Georgia GOP as though it’s all part of a great moral crusade to “protect our democracy” and “stop voter suppression.”

Unfortunately, that’s a fanciful narrative that relies on the misrepresentation of what the Georgia law actually does. But the lies come from the very top on this one…

While the media pretends Joe Biden is a straight shooter, the Georgia voting bill is an excellent case study in what a lying fraud the 46th president really is.

Biden’s comments on the Georgia law aren’t just unfair… they’re reckless. He has accused Republicans in the state of enacting “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” Come on, not even Biden can be this dumb… He’s misrepresenting the facts of the law, and purposefully so. Here’s an example of the president’s malarkey on Georgia’s “voter integrity act” from last week:

"It’s an atrocity, the idea, you want any indication that… it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency, they pass a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote… you don’t need anything else to know that… this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting… you can’t provide water for people about to vote, give me a break. "

An “atrocity?” First of all, the notion that providing food and drink to people waiting in line to vote is some sacred Democratic norm is absurd. Nobody is dying of thirst or hunger at the polling booth because they had to wait a bit to vote. It’s Georgia, not the Sahara desert.

But more to the point, what Biden is claiming isn’t even accurate. SB 202 specifically allows for polling places to provide self-service water to people waiting to vote. It also states that any organization or individual may provide food and drink to voters as long as they are 150 feet from the polling place.

April 10, 2021 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Dems always lose in the long-run by badly overplaying their hand said...

The law isn’t trying to stop Americans from having a snack… It’s just meant to prevent active electioneering in voting lines by people who are offering a cheeseburger while giving a nod and a wink to “vote for the right candidate.”

This point, a minor and wholly appropriate limitation on the provision of snacks in voting lines, is supposedly among the most egregious offenses in SB 202. What a joke. Senator Chuck Schumer, among other dishonest Democrats, has been hammering the talking points on this for weeks anyway.

And national media outlets have been covering the Georgia law with breathless moral indignation without ever telling their audience the truth… The law is actually fine, fair, and will make elections in Georgia function better.

So in response to the drumbeat of all this propaganda, MLB decided to pull an All-Star Game from a Democrat-controlled city in a state where Democrats just won two Senate seats and voted for Biden. It’s estimated this could cost the Atlanta area $100 million in lost revenues.

Adding to the ridiculousness of this whole situation is the fact that the All-Star Game has been moved from Atlanta to Denver in protest of Georgia’s new voting laws, yet Colorado has similar stringent voting rules.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was also scratching his head on this…

Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting including two optional Sundays, Colorado has 15… So what I’m being told, they also have a photo ID requirement. So it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

In order to get some favorable press from the New York Times and CNN, MLB has punished thousands of people struggling through the pandemic to make a living who had nothing to with this law but were looking forward to making some money for their labor.

But wokeness means never having to apologize for hurting restaurant owners and workers, hoteliers, stadium employees, and the vendors selling t-shirts with players’ names on them. The guy walking around selling popcorn for just above minimum wage will lose out, but MLB grandees like Commissioner Robert Manfred get to virtue signal… and that’s what matters most to the woke mafia.

The hypocrisy is pretty thick on this one… If Manfred believes relocating the All-Star Game demonstrates MLB’s “opposition to U.S. voter restrictions,” why just pull one baseball game from Georgia? What about the Atlanta Falcons seasons or all the Braves games?

Senator Marco Rubio is also calling bullsh**… Rubio sent a letter to Manfred asking if he would be relinquishing his personal membership to the Augusta National Golf Club since the club was also located in Georgia. (I think we all know the answer to that one.)

The bigger question now is what will be done in response to this absurd MLB overreach. In the era of cancel culture, corporate political pressure only seems to go one way: against Republicans. It’s long past time for half the country to recognize that boycotts can’t be a weapon that only one side uses.

That means people who believe in the right for states to set their own election laws and combat fraud should think twice before buying Yankees tickets or switching on the Marlins game. Otherwise, this odious trend of woke, inc. will only get worse.

April 10, 2021 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Michigan is almost as big a blue state disaster as NY & NJ said...

Outbreaks are ripping through workplaces, restaurants, churches and family weddings. Hospitals are overwhelmed with patients. Officials are reporting more than 7,000 new infections each day, a sevenfold increase from late February. And Michigan is home to nine of the 10 metro areas with the country’s highest recent case rates.

April 10, 2021 11:14 AM  
Anonymous global warming debunked for good said...

Joe Biden has put a presidential imprimatur on climate change being an existential threat, and he doesn’t mean in the Jean-Paul Sartre sense of man’s search for meaning in an uncomforting universe.

He means the end of humanity, a claim nowhere found in climate science.

This is odd because the real news today is elsewhere. Its movement may be ocean-liner-like, the news may be five years old before the New York Times notices it, but the climate community has been backing away from a worst-case scenario peddled to the public for years as “business as usual.”

A drumroll moment was Zeke Hausfather and Glen Peter’s 2020 article in the journal Nature partly headlined: “Stop using the worst-case scenario for climate warming as the most likely outcome.”

This followed the 2017 paper by Justin Ritchie and Hadi Dowlatabadi asking why climate scenarios posit implausible increases in coal burning a century from now. And I could go on. Roger Pielke Jr. and colleagues show how the RCP 8.5 scenario was born to give modelers a high-emissions scenario to play with, and how it came to be embraced despite being at odds with every real-world indicator concerning the expected course of future emissions.

In a simple model of the world, authority figures say absurd and false things, and the media calls them out. The reverse happened this time, with the climate crowd reacting to the media’s botched coverage of the Fourth National Climate Assessment in 2018, itself a strained compilation of extreme worst-case scenarios that still couldn’t deliver the desired global meltdown.

Even David Wallace-Wells, the author of 2019’s climate-crisis book “The Uninhabitable Earth,” was moved to call on fellow activists to revise their advocacy “in a less alarmist direction.”

To this day, the print edition of the New York Times has never mentioned RCP 8.5, the unsupported emissions scenario on which so many of its climate jeremiads rest.

The Washington Post has used it twice, once to say it portended a climate disaster and more recently to suggest its falling out of favor didn’t mean the climate wasn’t headed for disaster.

How did we get from reality to Greta Thunberg, Joe Biden and a Bloomberg columnist who says Exxon “threatens the continuation of human life on earth”? Decades ago, casual theorizing suggested global warming might cause the oceans to stop circulating and North America to freeze over, giving rise to the 2004 cinematic and scientific disaster of a movie known as “The Day After Tomorrow.”

Al Gore touted the same scenario but later dropped it, and climate catastrophism has had to survive ever since without scientific underpinning.

The strain of holding realism at bay is starting to tell. John Kerry, the new climate czar, recently blurted out that the Biden green agenda will have no effect on climate unless countries like China and India join, which they already declared they won’t.

April 14, 2021 12:44 PM  
Anonymous global warming debunked for good said...

A bigger moment of truth will come with a book by Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist and chief scientist of the Obama Energy Department, demonstrating what the science—the plain, recognized, consensus science—says about climate change: It won’t be catastrophic. It’s unlikely to be influenced in a major way by policy actions. The costs will be large in relation to everything except the future, richer economy that will easily pay for them.

Let’s turn to a nearby letter from Tom Gjelten that breezes past the substance of his own NPR report as well as my criticism of it: his failure to tell listeners that 40% of U.S. refugee slots in 2020 went unclaimed because of the pandemic. Mr. Gjelten’s real focus is to defend a bureaucratic trope. His “refugees” are people under the care of friendly governments and aid groups whom the U.S. agrees to resettle, when the vast majority who seek succor in the U.S. nowadays are those he calls “asylees,” tens of thousands fleeing violence in our own hemisphere who show up directly at our border with only the U.S. accepting any responsibility for them.

His pet refugee program, known as USRAP, admitted just 801 people in 2019 from all of South and Central America, when more than 250,000 were known to have fled Honduras alone. It boggles Mr. Gjelten’s bureaucratic sense of propriety that I use the term refugees for people who are, you know, refugees. And the parody continues: Catherine Rampell, in the Washington Post, now accuses Mr. Biden of being the “most anti-refugee president in history” even as he adds to a 600,000-plus backlog of people admitted while their claims of persecution are being vetted.

There are terms that apply—reification fallacy, equivocation fallacy—for a journalism that loses sight of the world and plain meanings in its quest to situate itself among prefab talking points. Let this process run away with itself, and that’s how you get a climate journalism more founded in fantasy than in science, with Joe Biden feeling the need to blather about the end of the world

April 14, 2021 12:44 PM  
Anonymous AP News said...

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — With coronavirus shots now in the arms of nearly half of American adults, the parts of the U.S. that are excelling and those that are struggling with vaccinations are starting to look like the nation’s political map: deeply divided between red and blue states.

Out in front is New Hampshire, where 65% of the population age 18 and older has received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following close behind are New Mexico, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts at 55% or greater. All have a history of voting Democratic and supported President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

Meanwhile, at the bottom are five states where fewer than 40% have rolled up their sleeves for a shot. Four of them — Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee — lean Republican and voted for Donald Trump last fall. The fifth is Georgia, which has a Republican governor and supported GOP presidential candidates for nearly three decades before narrowly backing Biden.

The emerging pattern: Americans in blue states that lean Democratic appear to be getting vaccinated at more robust rates, while those in red Republican states seem to be more hesitant.

“We can draw a conclusion that red states and voters that voted for Trump are going to be more difficult to vaccinate because we have real good survey data to support that,” said Dr. Howard Forman, a professor of public health and management at the Yale School of Medicine.

A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in late March found that 36% of Republicans said they will probably or definitely not get vaccinated, compared with 12% of Democrats. Similarly, a third of rural Americans said they were leaning against getting shots, while fewer than a fourth of people living in cities and suburbs shared that hesitancy...

April 16, 2021 8:28 AM  
Anonymous the gay agenda is totalitarian said...

that's fascinating, AP News

according to the Washington Post this morning, 33 states are hot spots including the entire Rust Belt, from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, et al

meanwhile, cases and hospitalizations are plummeting in the Deep South, Texas and the Plain States

so, the vaccinations are great but the blue states seem to be missing something

maybe it's personal responsibility as they lean too much on the government and the incompetent Fauci

btw, The Washington Post is owned by the guy who has more money off the pandemic than anyone else

he's a big-time Dem

forget about taxing him, let's talk anti-trust action

April 16, 2021 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Ignorance is bliss said...

When testing for COVID 19 drops, so do cases.

COVID-19 testing has dropped to its lowest point in Texas since last fall.

During the winter storm that left millions of Texans without access to electricity or water, testing rates dipped below 50,000 tests per day on average for the first time since September.

Testing levels rebounded after the winter storm, but the number of tests reported in March is still significantly lower than during December, January and February, at the peak of the pandemic in Texas.

April 16, 2021 3:04 PM  
Anonymous the gay agenda is totalitarian said...

"during December, January and February, at the peak of the pandemic in Texas"

the pandemic peaked everywhere in January and February

let me get this straight, you think the Washington Post, owned by the guy who has more money off the pandemic than anyone, is wrong and that the Rust Belt is just testing more than the South and the pandemic is no worse in Michigan than Texas?

just want to gauge your level of reality denial

"ignorance is bliss"....LOL!

April 16, 2021 5:15 PM  
Anonymous To the presidential grifter fan said...

My info came from the non-profit Texas Tribune after you cited the WaPo like it was gospel.

Guess about my thoughts all you want if you think it'll help.

April 16, 2021 6:54 PM  
Anonymous the gay agenda is totalitarian said...

oh, I needn't make guesses

you've given your position clearly

my question was simply an expression of amazement that anyone could be so ignorant

but I guess your chosen handle so it all

"ignorance is bliss"

at least you take your commitment to the idea seriously

April 17, 2021 6:20 AM  
Anonymous Ignorance is bliss in Texas said...

The ignorance of states like Texas reopening for business while decreasing testing for COVID is astounding.

Texas is currently testing at its lowest rate since last fall, whereas Michigan's COVID testing has been steady.

Of course a state's COVID rate will appear to have gone down when that state reduces testing for it.

A person with COVID symptoms might be more likely to get tested than an asymptomatic carrier.

Studies show that at least 40-to-50% of people who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms.



April 17, 2021 12:46 PM  
Anonymous the gay agenda is totalitarian said...

thanks for sharing, Ignorance

the experts say that testing doesn't account for the difference betwixt Texas and Michigan

do you disagree?

"btw, that's a yes-or-no question"

April 17, 2021 5:36 PM  
Anonymous BIDEN IS HOW OLD?!?!?!?!?!?!? said...


April 17, 2021 5:40 PM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

hypocrisy alert:

she voted to impeach Donald Trump

California Representative Maxine Waters joined protesters in Minnesota as demonstrations entered a seventh night on Saturday after the death of Daunte Wright.

Waters told the protesters at Brooklyn Center that she will fight for justice on their behalf and urged them to 'to get more confrontational' - just one day after protests descended into violence

April 18, 2021 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Happy 31st Anniversary, domestic terrorists said...

The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, on Wednesday, April 19, 1995, perpetrated by anti-government extremists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

Anti-government extremists perpetrated an attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence reports Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021

April 19, 2021 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Pussy Peepers: Florida House Passes Bill Requiring 'Disputed' Girls To Have Genital Inspections Before Playing Sports said...

A Florida House bill was passed last week that bans transgender girls from playing girls sports and provides for inspections of "disputed" athletes before they can play.

The proposed HB 1475 was passed by the Republican-controlled Florida House, with the bill now going to the state Senate.

The bill, called the "Fairness in Women's Sports Act" passed the House on a near party line of 77-40 vote. One Democrat, Representative James Bush of Miami, voted with the Republicans to pass the measure.

Critics of the bill say it is bigoted and unnecessary. The Florida High School Athletic Association, the NCAA and the IOC already have policies for trans students to play on high school, college teams and Olympic teams. No documented problems have ever arisen and trans girls and women are not dominating their sports despite it being a primary argument against trans equality.

House bill sponsor, Republican Kaylee Tuck of Lake Placid, Florida, doesn't think these longstanding rules put in place by athletic experts go far enough. She argued her bill doesn't ban trans girls from participating in sports but instead forces them to play on teams based on their "biological gender."

The idea of a set-in-stone biological sex that someone is born with, and determined by unsound science is one that oversimplifies what gender is in humans. Experts have repeatedly called for bad science to not be used to justify bigotry.

To try and account for this, Rep. Tuck's bill requires an examination of disputed athletes to verify their sex based on one or more of the following:

-The student's reproductive anatomy/visible genitals
-The student's genetic makeup
-The student's normal endogenously produced testosterone levels

It's important to note all three of these tests could produce different conclusions in the same individual. Many cisgender girls with conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome could also be banned based on these metrics.

Back in 2017, a cisgender girl was barred from playing in a soccer tournament because officials thought she looked "like a boy" despite documentation proving she was a cisgender girl.

With the new Florida GOP anti-trans bill, those same officials could now demand to see the girl's genitals as proof. The cisgender girl was only 8 years old.

It's an incredibly invasive testing standard that's not clearly defined, and far above and beyond what a standard physical would call for.

Many other states have anti-trans bills, with the topic of trans athletes becoming a wedge issue the Republicans are using to try and scare parents. Republican Senator Rand Paul scare mongered people by speaking of "hulking six-foot-four guys" playing on girls teams.

The NCAA doesn't seem worried, however, and in a statement said they planned to not hold championships in any state that does not provide an environment free of discrimination. This will come to a head, as there are several championship events planned in Florida later this year.

But the most affected of all in this are trans girls being discriminated against. Almost all the GOP sponsored bills don't provide restrictions for trans boys playing on boys' or girls' teams.

The bill has been heavily criticized for targeting trans girls and forcing anyone suspected of being a trans girl or woman to get an invasive, traumatizing examination.

Democratic Representative Anna Eskamani said:

"Sports have become another avenue to attack the rights of trans people."

"And those efforts have caused incredible harm to trans youth, who, like all kids, especially in the middle of a pandemic, deserve compassion and support."

Many called on people to listen to trans women about the discrimination they face.

The Florida House bill will be debated with the Senate's SB 2012, a similar proposal, but one that gives circumstances in which a trans woman could play for the women's team, technically making it less stringent.

April 19, 2021 8:16 PM  

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