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on celebrity pronouncements

May 12, 2017

One of the clearest signs of degraded thinking ability in our society today is the weight given to viewpoints solely on the basis of the popularity and fame of the person who holds them. The current illustration is Jimmy Kimmel on healthcare financing. People are reduced to tears and fears that infants will be abandoned to die if the Republican Congress makes changes to Obamacare, simply on the basis that Kimmel told an emotional story about his own son’s health problems at birth, and claimed that the proposed changes in the AHCA would leave newborns like his vulnerable to not receiving care.

His few minutes of a personal anecdote unfortunately affects the thinking of Americans far more than any factual, reasoned, evidence-based discussions of the issues. The worship of celebrities and their feelings about issues makes genuine solutions far harder to achieve, as Philip Klein describes in this column, “Jimmy Kimmel is everything that’s wrong with America’s healthcare debate.

be careful what you wish for

June 5, 2016

I think it’s important to note that resistance to the Leftist agenda once took a rather different form than what we’re seeing now behind Donald Trump. A lot of people got involved in what were loosely combined as Tea Party groups to voice their displeasure with the encroachment of State power through taxes and regulations. They were despised and demeaned by the arbiters of culture and taste, who wished they would shut up and go back home and be quiet about their concerns. At this point they largely have.

Those cultured despisers of the people populating Tea Party gatherings now find themselves confronting a strain of opposition far less principled and completely unwilling to dialogue and discuss, and rather than a loose collection of concerned groups the opposition is now focused on following a single figure who has hardened opposition and resistance to any rapprochement. It may be a long, hot summer.

I wonder if the Ruling Class might wish they could have the Tea Party back and perhaps genuinely address some of their concerns. The Tea Party was far less partisan and thus would have been far more likely to find ways to work together. Alas.

Orwell was very prescient

May 22, 2015

“You understand, of course, that this is not about getting equal treatment. The lesbian couple received that. This is about demonizing a point of view, and driving those who hold it out of the public square. Just so we’re clear about that.”

Rod Dreher in The American Conservative

on Olbermann’s demise

November 5, 2010

The funniest line comes from the Other McCain:

“What truly shocked me? Finding out that NBC has an “ethics policy”!”

On conservatives and the Tea Party movement

November 3, 2009

The theme of a coming GOP crackup because of a purge by conservatives seems a bit mixed up. Juan Williams points out that Bob McDonnell focused on “bread and butter” issues, not social ones. Charlie Crist in Florida, though, is trying to save his campaign for the GOP primary by focusing on being pro-life, pro-gun, etc. But the Tea Party leaders are gunning for him mainly for his support of the $800B Porkulus bill and embrace of President Obama. Dede Scozzafava was objectionable to conservatives b/c of her support for EFCA and PelosiCare. It’s small government that’s going to be the driving issue, in my opinion.

When in Rome . . .

July 10, 2009

This is the requisite comment on the photo of the President apparently admiring the view in Italy. Seeing the video as a whole vastly diminishes the extent to which he looks like a gawker, so it’s much ado about pretty close to nothing. It’s nearly impossible for a normal man not to have his attention drawn by an attractive young woman, so there’s likely a little bit of story to this story, but very little.

But Drudge on the other hand has this marvelous play on themes on his frontpage:


SECOND STIMULUS PACKAGE!

 

Well played, sir, well played.

It really should be this simple

October 19, 2008

From the Hot Air open thread last night, the view from Ireland:

“…Here in Ireland, can’t figure out why you people are even bothering to hold an election in the States.
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On one side:
you have a pants wearing female lawyer, married to another lawyer who can’t seem to keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary against a lawyer, who goes to the wrong church, who is married to yet another lawyer, who doesn’t even like the country her husband wants to run!
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Now…On the other side:
you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with the appropriate ‘Mc’ terminology, married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship!!

A couple more suggestions for keeping it simple from Vanderleun.