Just As Long As You’re Not Paying Attention

Dear fellow Americans, particularly you on the left, but certainly not excluding my righty-tighties — hello. Recently I was forced to think (terrible practice, I know) when I saw during the DNC convention broadcast the song “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten sung by a gaggle of celebrities and the song “Confident” by Demi Lovato in celebration of the nomination of the first woman to run as a candidate for the office of President (that is, of course, as long as you don’t count Victoria Woodhull in the election of 1872. Though, to be fair, it’s understandable that no one thought to remember her since…you know…she’s a woman! [See, it’s funny ’cause it’s sexist eh-he eh-he])

GIF cred to Reddit user Badmonkey001

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What Happens When Hacks are Hacked?

In quite a surprising turn of events, Wikileaks recently released emails from an unspecified source related to the DNC, some of which contained some very embarrassing statements by the DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, regarding the once unyielding, now establishment kowtowing, Bernie Sanders. Upon further investigation by a private security firm, CrowdStrike, it was found that Russian hackers were suspected of having infiltrated and having gained access to DNC emails among other information and by the time the DNC was warned of this threat in April, the Russians were believed to have had access for nearly a year.

Despite this, and to no real surprise, the convention has done their best to completely detach the issue from their candidate’s name, despite the fact that such sly tactics are exactly what the public has been decrying for the past twenty-four hours with regards to evidence in the emails that similar tactics were used to slant the nomination toward Hillary and from Bernie. Read More

Shameless Anecdote As Non-Argument

I listened to a podcast recently by Dead Reckoning Radio which discussed the recent police shootings which I am sure my readers (all two of you) will have at least caught wind of if you’re not already sloshing around in the coverage of weekly shootings like the rest of us. The discussion of the shooting begins somewhere around the 50th minute, but after about 9 minutes, Dr. Mattson makes a comment on the Philando Castile shooting during the cast that I wrestled with before finally disagreeing with:

I am a white male. What are the odds that I get shot six times in that scenario? The Black Lives Matter crowd, as extreme as they can be, painting a picture of “cops are all racist and out to kill black people,” but that’s the element of truth here (that Dr. Mattson wouldn’t be shot at a traffic stop because he’s white and not black) and that’s the cultural problem we have to face. There is zero chance that a cop shoots me six times when I inform him that I’m carrying concealed when he pulls me over in the car. Zero chance. This guy’s dead. It really did happen. What is going on here?

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Like Comparing Apples and Sodomy…I mean, “Oranges!”

*This* is an article I read last night about NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and his banning of “conversion therapy” for homosexual persons, which was identified as a notably religious, notably Christian, practice. I get that if a therapy is ineffective or harmful either as a whole or simply in the way it is executed, it probably should be stopped. But, Governor Cuomo made a very stirring statement:

“We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”

Obviously, I was peeved enough about the insinuating nature of that statement to write my thoughts on it, my incredibly long-winded thoughts. Read More

On Incorrect Declarations of Incorrectitude

So, today, Ben Carson said something rather reasonable and people dog-piled him as though it was a serious gaff. He compared abortion to slavery. There was fun poked at his now repeated use of “the holocaust” and “slavery” to make extreme comparisons to certain modern institutions. I can neither affirm nor deny the aptness of those individual comparisons, but pointing out the fact that they are being made, no matter how often, does not seem to address that aptness either.

No, thankfully, there was no issue with Carson’s racial privilege stepping over its bounds. The issue was with the comparison itself being untrue and unreasonable, as I can attest to people being quick to point out on Facebook’s news feed, with many a misquote of the original transcript placed inappropriately within quotations: Read More

Trying to Understand Media Motivations

I will now try to show the similarities between two ongoing news topics, the Planned Parenthood videos and the County Clerk Kim Davis story, and the differences in their coverage. All that follows is how I imagine the major media outlets and loyal talking point parroters  are approaching both topics as well as their reasoning. There will be snark. Oh yes, there will be snark. Perhaps it’s needed.

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Planned Parenthood: It seems like it would be bad form to report on videos where undercover persons tried to get members of a potentially questionable organization to admit to things in private that they would never say in public, but actually believe. That seems like bad reporting, and we’re not comfortable with that sort of thing. Read More

Moral Tests

This is a letter to Bishop Jackson and a group by the name of Ministers Taking a Stand, written by the director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Kim Sajet, regarding their request that a bust of Margret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, be removed from the Struggle for Justice gallery because of Sanger’s involvement in the eugenics movement and her racist motivations for that involvement.

The letter is not long, but allow me to quote the portions that contain the argument used to defend the Smithsonian’s polite refusal to remove the bust as requested:  Read More

Dragon Suits v. Cooking Dishes

Two days ago, the U.S. Senate saw roughly an even split along party lines regarding the continuation of Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Two Democratic senators voted to continue with defunding, while one Republican voted against defunding, and Senator Lindsey Graham — whose after-the-fact claims of continued support for the defunding should be disregarded lest he provide a better excuse for his absence, considering the committed attendance of his Republican presidential-competitors (Rubio, Cruz, and Paul) — was the only senator to not vote. Every other senator voted along their party line, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. It could be very easy for conservatives to look at the voting roll and grumble about Democrats not voting their conscience, but rather voting spinelessly with their party. However, what we need to realize is that, for the most part, Republicans voted along party lines as well. We have no real view into which senators were voting with their consciences handy. The split between the expected camps was much too clean for that to be true. This is because the voting topic was the wrong one and much too simple. Read More

Hanger Wielding Warriors (of Social Justice, that is)

I recently read in a book by Douglas Wilson a quote that I thought reasonable, but for which I couldn’t think of a specific example in real life by which to remember it:

Feminists demand that women receive equal treatment with the men, and nobody is ever more surprised than feminists whenever it happens. Feminists don’t need to be told that they despise men. They generally know that, and even when they don’t, they’ve certainly heard it before. What they haven’t heard very much is how much they despise women.

This seems provocative, sure. It’s meant to be. But, this week, I’ve found that you do not have to look far for an example of this very thing: Read More