Sometimes, a candidate gets a virtually priceless endorsement. It’s one that comes from a person who is so widely respected that, when he speaks well of a candidate, the same people who respect the endorser will automatically respect the endorsee. That’s what Ted Cruz got. Check it out:
As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve spent a bit of the past two days doing housecleaning at my site: I’ve upgraded the comments feature (for the better, I hope) and I’ve rebooted the “read more” feature so that posts are truncated, requiring less vertical scrolling, but can easily be expanded and contracted without having to leave the home page. I’ve also done housecleaning in my house, with a much-needed pantry clear-out. Now, I’m cleaning out my inbox, ’cause there’s a lot of stuff in there that’s interesting. Who says spring cleaning can only take place in spring?
So, if you’re interested in this portmanteau post, click “read more” and you’ll see it unfold before you.
I meant to post this last week, but I thought I’d get it in before tonight, when there’s a new episode of Dancing With The Stars. Sadie Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame, claims never to have danced before appearing on DWTS. If that’s true, all I can say is that she’s a natural and utterly charming. She’s helped, too, by Mark Ballas’s delightful choreography:
Oh, and for those familiar with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire and the dance called “The Carlton,” Alfonso Ribeiro, who originated the dance, comes back with it on DWTS. I should add here that he’s my favorite kind of performer: hard-working, incredibly good, professional, optimistic, and gracious:
Those of you who don’t watch Dancing With The Stars might not know this, but one of the contestants is 17-year-old Sadie Robertson, of the Duck Dynasty family. She is an absolute delight as a dancer. Although she’s never danced before, she turns out to be a natural, from the tips of her fingers to her always well-placed toes. Although the judges didn’t agree, I thought she turned in the best performance last night:
And I was sad to see ” target=”_blank”>Randy Couture get sent home. I knew he wasn’t going to last, because he’s not a good dancer, but there was something appealing about him. In addition to his good looks, I like that he served his country for six years (retiring with the rank of sergeant) and that he’s a kick-ass fighter.
Is the global warming tipping point nearing? It will inevitably happen, but far too late to save the billions of dollars wasted, the lives lost in revolutions it fomented (e.g., Egypt’s tumultuous years were caused, in significant part, by rising food prices attributed to shortages as Egypt’s food was diverted to America’s biofuel), and the generation of children raised in apocalyptic fear.
My bet is that New York’s going to revert to savagery very quickly under Mayor de Blasio, and I have no sympathy for the more than 70% of New Yorkers who voted for him. I have the deepest sympathy for the small remainder who are about to face Progressive Armageddon. The Clintons, however, are banking on the hard-Left’s success in New York.
Speaking of de Blasio, he’s auditioning for the role of “bad guy” in a remake of Bless the Beasts and Children, since his first policy initiative means killing off animals (in this case, horses).
It’s Obama versus the Church, with Obama claiming to know more about Church doctrine than the Church does itself. Hubris plays out in interesting ways.
The disaster that is America’s adoption system. The dreadful numbers — hundreds of thousands of children languishing in foster care — are directly attributable to the Democrat’s racial agenda, which bars adoption “miscegenation” (meaning that whites are barred from adopting non-whites).
Lebanon is getting sucked into Syria’s civil war. Expect human casualties on a massive, hitherto unseen-in-the-Middle-East scale. Obama will wring his hands and then side with whichever strongman he can find to give him cover. Currently, those strong men reside in Moscow and Tehran. This will not end well — although it may give Israel something of a respite as Muslims take a break from trying to kill Jews — ultimately these internecine battles between Sunni and Shia spill over all sorts of borders.
I’m with Jonathan Last: 2014 will be the year Obama’s chickens come home to roost. Or as another Illinois politician once said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
Keith Koffler is always interesting, so I enjoyed his analysis of the Duck Dynasty versus GLAAD match-up.
And if you were wondering where Bloomberg played Nanny in New York, here’s the list.
If Phil Robertson continues his refusal to bow down to the gods of political correctness, Lee Habeeb will have explained why:
It had never happened before. When big, powerful TV executives ask a star to apologize for what they deem inappropriate comments or behavior, the star simply complies. A team of publicists is assembled, the star does the obligatory apology tour for the press and promises never to do or say what he did or said again. Ever.
But the TV gods never met a man like Phil Robertson. Or his family. When they decided to place the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan on a non-suspension suspension for his comments to a GQ magazine writer about homosexuality, the executives at A&E created a problem.
Because this family believes in a bigger God. The same God that roughly 70 percent of Americans believe in. The Robertsons take their faith seriously, and one of the more important elements of that faith involves putting no god before theirs. Not even the suits at the big network.
Read the rest (and all of it is worth reading) here.
I don’t know about you, but I am entranced by the notion of someone who won’t be bullied into apologizing for something he believes. Social bullying has never appealed to me. And if you want to see how bad that bullying is, you can see that GLAAD makes old Joe McCarthy look like an amateur.
UPDATE: A&E caved. Let’s hope other conservatives will learn to stick to their guns.
Piers Morgan makes money in America, but doesn’t understand America. Following the Duck Dynasty explosion, Morgan tweeted out that the First Amendment “shouldn’t protect vile bigots” like Phil Robertson.
Au contraire, Piers. Putting aside the fact that this is not a First Amendment kerfuffle (A&E is not the government), Robertson’s speech is precisely the type that gets First Amendment protection. Popular speech doesn’t need any protection. To the extent speech needs protection, it’s unpopular speech that is covered under the First Amendment.
There are limitations, insofar as the Supreme Court has given the government leave to act against speech intended to create imminent acts of violence or that are blatant falsehoods against private citizens. Otherwise, though, in America you’re allowed to say things that other people don’t like or with which they disagree. Free speech and guns are each citizen’s primary bulwark against despotic government.
Roger Simon is a little wrong when he talks about A&E’s decision to fire Phil Robertson violating the First Amendment. Only government can violate the First Amendment. Having said that, Simon is right about everything else, insofar as it boils down to this: What we are seeing is the ascendency of the thought police who, through coercion, lies, threats, and economic pressure are stifling speech, thought, and religion in America. Just because it’s not the government doing it doesn’t mean it’s not a bad, a very bad, thing, and that’s true whether or not you agree with Robertson’s statements.
Funnily enough, the media wasn’t bent out of shape at all back in the day when Al Sharpton called someone “a faggot” on air. It’s not just the stifling political correctness, it’s the hypocrisy.
Incidentally, just as an aside here, Robertson was mostly quoting from the Bible. Are the PC brigade, aided and abetted by the American media, now saying that all Biblical references are homophobic and must be banned.
A surprising source supports Robertson: Harvey Levin, a gay, Jewish editor at TMZ who, to his great credit, fully understands what’s going on and is honest enough to admit it. I doubt Levin and I are on the same page about many things, but today I admire him.
Claudia Rosett talks about the incredible dislocation that comes with being thrown off her insurance, including the problem of finding a new doctor. What I haven’t seen anyone talk about is the disastrous burden being placed on doctors as they lose their old patients and, in one fell swoop, have to deal with dozens to hundreds of new patients. The office work on new patients is overwhelming: collecting medical history, doing the first (always long) exam, creating brand new files, dealing with new insurance claims, etc. This is going to bury doctors and it’s going to lead to wait times that make Cuba and Britain look good.
Two on Obamacare: Obama is no longer even hiding the fact that his illegal ukases are intended to help Democrats hide before the next election. There is some humor to be derived from his desperate flailing. His latest illegal directive is that the people who got kicked off of insurance they like are now allowed to purchase “catastrophic insurance,” which gives them less coverage for more money. That’s bad enough, but there’s a funny part to it: Obama claims he has the right to issue this rule because the law gives him power to issue emergency rules for man-caused disasters — and in this case, the man-caused disaster is Obamacare itself!
1. A&E is not a government entity and is within its rights to make insanely stupid, bigoted decisions.
2. Phil Robertson doesn’t need A&E but, judging by his show’s popularity, A&E needs him.
3. GLAAD is a fascist organization. A friend of mine who was watching CNN caught a GLAAD advocate said that the world is changing and Robertson needs to “…get in line.” In other words, my friend accurately notes, GLAAD is saying that Robertson is guilty of thought crimes. How very Orwellian.
4. As others have noted, and contrary to the Drudge headline, Robertson did not go on a “rant,” nor did he compare homosexuality to bestiality. What he said was (1) that, physically and emotionally, the homosexual act makes no sense to him; (2) that the Bible characterizes homosexual acts as a sin, as it does several other sexual behaviors, including adultery; and (3) that, while he’s bewildered by homosexual acts, it’s God’s responsibility, not his, to decide whether and what consequences sinful acts deserve.
5. Nobody knows what the contract is with the other members of the Robertson clan, so it’s still up in the air whether they will be allowed to leave or to speak of Robertson’s beliefs when they start filming next year’s season. (This year’s episodes are already filmed.) It’s also unknown whether, contract or not, the other members will nevertheless stage a walk-out or something.
6. You can boycott A&E if you want, but they’ll never know unless you’re a Nielson household. The better thing to do is to boycott companies that advertise on A&E. Indeed, the best thing to do is to copy GLAAD and other “queer rights” organizations, and to make the advertisers completely miserable. Remember — always follow the money.
7. It amazes me that our “first gay president” hasn’t yet waded in this matter. It is, after all, the only issue that seems to stiffen his backbone.
8. One wonders if there are enough people left in America who care enough to push back against these attacks on speech and faith. I know there are people who care, of course. I’m just wondering whether there are still enough of them, and they are exercised enough, and powerful enough, to make a difference.
For more on this, I recommend Noisy Room’s take.