27 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-14-23

  1. Frenchie the grifting clown’s no good, horrible, very bad day.

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  2. Meanwhile, here in MN, my electric heat is currently shut off for four hours as per our agreement with the electric company. It is barely above zero outside. The reason they shut it off is because the system will go over peak, which causes a big jump in prices for the local company. It should be quite interesting when all our snowblowers, lawnmowers, vehicles etc. are all run by electricity. (There are already warnings of rolling blackouts.) It should be interesting when the residents of large apartment buildings have to all plug their cars in for the night. It should be interesting when the government requires the companies to shut off anyone who doesn’t toe the line, like some countries already do. All, but the latter, may in time be feasible, but the time is not now no matter how much some people want to pretend.

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  3. Hmm, I wonder if the state authorities would think it would be okay to try to make my granddaughter have Celiac disease, since she wanted it? Then there is the woman who said her daughter wanted to be autistic like her brother. I suppose she could experiment on ways to cause that. Then there are the children that claim to be animals of all sorts. I am talking toddlers here. That is how they are. Ask any preschool teacher. To assume they are knowledgeable enough to decide they are the opposite sex is beyond belief. I feel like Alice in Wonderland. Certainly, I can see the truth Paul wrote in the beginning of Romans. Those who refuse to listen to God will go so much further than we can even imagine. The blind truly are blind.

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  4. And God is providentially at work through and via all of this, though we may not (cannot) understand the reasons or where it is all headed.

    Pray, breathe.

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  5. It has come out that Tucker Carlson hates Trump, thinks he was a bad president, and wanted reporters fired for reporting facts that Fox News viewers would find offensive. Instead of hurting him, his followers seem to love him even more, with one writer comparing him to Edward R. Murrow.

    Confirmation bias.


  6. Good piece on what’s happened to our ability to engage in free speech — based on the students who shouted down speakers at Stanford Law School.

    When basic respect disappears
    The intolerance of the liberal campus


    (And I’d add this is seen on both sides of the aisle these days.)


    ~ Last week, Stanford Law School managed to secure an unenviable position in the rapidly growing cancel culture Hall of Shame when the school’s conservative Federalist Society chapter had the temerity to invite Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Kyle Duncan to speak on campus.

    For daring to expose the school community to the dangerous opinions of a sitting federal judge, the Federalist Society members were subjected to harassment and abuse, but that was nothing compared to the response that awaited Judge Duncan himself. Angry protesters shouted obscenities at him so relentlessly that he soon abandoned any attempt to deliver his prepared lecture on recent issues in constitutional law. Worse still, the school’s DEI Dean, Trisha Steinbach, tasked with restoring order, instead sought to affirm and comfort the already coddled students in the “pain” and “harm” they felt from Judge Duncan’s presence….

    … Judge Duncan and other legal scholars expressed shock that these aspiring lawyers had no idea of how to engage in patient rational disagreement, but why would they? They’ve been formed by algorithms designed to feed them material they already like and agree with, and trained to respond to obnoxious ideas by scrolling past, tapping “Mute” or “Block,” or else ranting cathartically at a faceless opponent whose feelings could be ignored. They’ve been habituated to consume information through feeds of 15-second videos, not the 1,500-word rational arguments that are the attorney’s daily fare.

    At the same time, there is plenty of blame to go around. One cannot entirely blame these students for their fragility, their instinctive search for “safe spaces.” After all, they have grown up in a world without boundaries, a world in which public and private, work and leisure, home and school have blurred together into one cacophonous cloud of ever-flowing information, opinion, and “self-expression.”

    We may mock them for being thin-skinned, but most were never given the chance to develop coping mechanisms and respect. From the perspective of many students shouting obscenities during Judge Duncan’s lecture at Stanford, they were not shutting down free speech, but engaging in it. This bizarre approach was apparently ratified by the DEI Dean Steinbach, who said afterward that the disruption was “exactly what the freedom of speech was meant to look like—messy.”

    James Madison certainly would have been taken aback to hear that this is what he had in mind with the First Amendment. After all, as legal analyst David Lat, writing last year about a similar incident at Yale, pointed out: “The entire point of free speech is undermined if we can’t listen to one another, even if technically we all get to ‘speak.’” A cacophony of everyone yelling everything everywhere all at once may mean that everyone is enjoying their freedom to speak, but it also means that no one is. Speech—like everything else in this finite world—can only exist within boundaries.

    As we’ve rushed headlong into an unbounded world in recent decades, and raised an entire generation within it, we can hardly be surprised that they no longer possess the basic skills of waiting, listening, reasoning, and indeed co-existing that a free society could once take for granted. ~

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  7. And why should we care if Tucker dislikes Trump? I would believe it would give more credence to his airing the Jan 6 truthful video causing the left to gnash their teeth. If his hate of Trump is so deep perhaps he would want the world to continue to believe the leftist narrative that Trump caused it and he should be hung and sundown……

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  8. Kathaleena @10:28: “… I can see the truth Paul wrote in the beginning of Romans.”

    That reminded me of the “God gave them over” passage in 1:24-25 and how that is how his judgement can be seen in allowing us to “go our own way.” That is true in our individual lives as we go against God. But also connect that to sins of a nation, whether abortion, euthanasia, or deciding to rewrite God’s very created order …

    Just a snippet from a transcript of a commentary on that passage by Dr. Ligon Duncan:

    ~ … It is perfectly possible that God can visit his judgment through natural calamity. … (or) when we see a Columbine High School … Often times, we look at one another and we ask, is this God’s judgement upon us as a nation because we have turned our back on Him? In this passage, the apostle Paul says something absolutely shocking. He says, though those things are true, Paul says, God’s judgment against sin is universally and pervasively seen in sin itself. That is, that sin unchecked is in itself God’s judgement against sin. ~

    I do wonder if God has given the nation over to our own desires and so we are now on that road that is bringing God’s judgement essentially with it.

    We just don’t always recognize it because we think we are doing what makes us happy or fulfilled or … fill in the blank.

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  9. Tucker: “our side” likes him too much, I guess, to hold him up to an impartial standard we require of others?

    Carlson is not a reporter, he is a partisan commentator who has found a well-paid niche in what is a ‘prime time’ TV lineup.

    His well publicized private comments ridiculing Trump — whom he’s lavished praise on for the past several years — was a transparent example of plain hypocrisy.

    When the camera and microphone is off … very telling.

    From the conservative commentator once known as Allahpundit:

    ~ … Shortly before Tuesday night’s show aired, the latest court documents from Dominion Voting Systems were revealed. From NBC News:

    Carlson, one of Fox News’ top hosts, made it clear on Jan. 4, 2021, that he was getting fed up with Trump. In a text exchange with an unknown person, Carlson said: “We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait.”

    “I hate him passionately. I blew up at Peter Navarro today in frustration,” he added, referring to the former Trump administration official. “I actually like Peter. But I can’t handle much more of this.”

    He wrote in another text message: “That’s the last four years. We’re all pretending we’ve got a lot to show for it, because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest. But come on. There isn’t really an upside to Trump.”

    Tucker has never been a Renfield to Donald Trump the way Sean Hannity has, but it would surely surprise members of his audience to know that he hated Trump “passionately” during the post-election “Stop the Steal” period and saw no “upside” to him.

    For the rest of us, it was surreal to watch him minimize the insurrection last night on television while news of his contempt for the man who inspired it was breaking simultaneously across non-conservative media outlets. It advertised in an unusually stark way that Tucker takes an instrumentalist approach to his platform: He says what he says not because it’s true or even because he thinks it’s true but because saying it will achieve a political end he values. ~

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  10. As for Jan. 6, most of us watched it on live-feed as it unfolded. We know what we saw. I interviewed our congress member by phone as she was taking shelter with aides in her locked office.

    I guess Carlson’s “sightseers” didn’t look or sound so innocent in the moment.


  11. NJ – I was referring to the kinds of things mentioned in DJ’s post at 6:26. Despite his hypocrisy, he is not only being favorably compared to Edward R. Murrow, but deemed to be better than Murrow (as a post contended yesterday) – as if he is a hero standing for the truth in the face of opposition. Rather, he is giving his viewers exactly what they want, and doing it for ratings.


  12. Even I have said similar things about Trump. .wondering if there is an up side to his presidency. He’s a frustrating person and can bring out the worst in people sometimes . But I would still support him for president over ANY of the McConnell/Romney/Paul Ryan/Pence type Republicans. Now DeSantis? He may be the real deal…if he and Trump don’t kill each other in the primaries.

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  13. Tucker gives voice to a lot of people. He still speaks to a fairly diverse group of people on both sides of the aisle. But if someone wants to judge him, be my guest. He’s a big boy I think.

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  14. Haha, well, he kind of gave “voice” to me when the microphone was finally turned off. I’ll give him that. lol

    Will the real Tucker Carlson ….

    It will be interesting to see how Fox navigates this whole episode. I predict the more serious and news division (different from the money-making opinion guys) will take a hit with their better folks leaving (if they have any conscience and standards).


  15. Part of the importance of the Epiphany day video (otherwise known as j6) is that it gives context and evidence for some of the political prisoners being held without bail. They have right to the evidence the government has that may help their cases.

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  16. Hypocrisy is widespread in politics, no question.

    Where it’s found, it should be fairly called out.

    The Jan. 6 committee was almost entirely a one-sided spectacle which damaged any legitimacy it may have had on a bi-partisan level.

    Most of us paid little attention to it.

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  17. Conservatives, who are deeply divided and have been for several years now, clearly have an uphill battle in the 2024 election.

    A divided party does not bode well, and it appears that’s what the GOP is starting out with. I doubt that can be mended anytime soon. One can guess the likely result of that.


  18. Debra – I’m sorry if you think that I am judging Carlson. I am just baffled by how some people seem to be ignoring all of that, and some seem to be doubling down on their support for him. I keep thinking that if a CNN commentator was found to hate Biden and his policies, but touted them on-air nonetheless to keep the viewers happy and the ratings up, he would be called out for sure.


  19. Kizzie, it’s not a problem. I can appreciate that you are trying to assess his motives, and think you have done so. There’s nothing wrong with that. We all do it. It’s how we decide who we trust and who we don’t. I didn’t mean to imply that what you’re doing is in any way invalid. It’s not. Sharing information and discussing why we think as we do is actually helpful.

    It may seem confusing, but it’s the positions Tucker takes rather than some kind of Trump-love. If it comes out that he’s still a secret die-hard libertarian, I’ll cut him loose myself. That would make him untrustworthy to me. ;—)

    (By the way, Tucker has actually apologized on air for some of the things he supported years ago as a libertarian.)

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  20. I wonder if there is any candidate (on the GOP side) that can be nominated and have enough support — even if it’s the begrudging, “lesser of two evils” type of support — to win a general election in ’24?

    You see something of the same migration on the left — Democrats who eschew the centrist section of their party in favor of those who are more leftist (Sanders, etc.).

    I have heard it suggested that we now, in effect, have 4 “parties” operating — far left, far right, classical liberals and classical conservatives. So both parties are somewhat fractured in this environment.

    That’ll make for an interesting election season, especially during the primaries. (I’m still skeptical that Biden will run for another 4-year term.)

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  21. I think DeSantis could win in a general, and perhaps be more likely to win than Trump if Trump endorses him. I can’t remember where I read it, but Trump was asked if he would support the Republican nominee if it were someone else. He said it would depend on who got the nomination. I think he would support DeSantis. There would be a lot of screaming, crying and caterwauling in general, but I think in the end Trump would support someone who’s positions are close to his. And their issues and positions seem to be close, as far as I can tell.

    On the Democrat side, I just heard Robert Kennedy, Jr. say he was thinking about a run for President. I don’t know how serious he is, but….

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