Troubling Things about the Las Vegas Shooting

This headline probably already generated a half-dozen ideas in your mind, with one or two standing out from the rest. If you started a list, you could probably come up with a full dozen or more things about the Las Vegas mass shooting that are troubling.

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Thoughts on the Advancement of Civilization

All advancement of civilization, society, and culture depends on the consolidation of knowledge (cognition, apprehension, tuition), insight (*re*-cognition, understanding, comprehension, intuition), and skill (wisdom, application).

 

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In the category of “I love it when the same people shower praise on immigrants and then turn around and assume they’re stupid” . . .

The hysteria surrounding vaccines and scheduled vaccinations is well-documented. The term “fever-pitch” comes to mind after reading this article.

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In the categories of “sad day for America” and “@CNN gets the tone of this article right” . . .

The sun is setting on one of the great Southern cities.

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In the category of “this is why @realDonaldTrump is winning” . . .

This is the kind of logical goop that actually hands the win to Donald Trump. Camila Mendoza says good manners don’t apply anymore. Isn’t that exactly what the Trump followers were saying throughout the campaign? Didn’t they say that the other politicians and media personalities no longer deserved to be treated with so-called good manners because they had lost that high ground long ago? Isn’t that exactly what many in the mainstream media—and many other Trump opponents—argued against? And now you’re handing that over to him?

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In the categories of “seriously, people?!” and “seriously, people” . . .

I actually know people who argue that black people are incapable of racism because they don’t have the ‘institutional power’ to oppress those of another skin color.

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In the category of “Dan Rather’s entire career was a ‘real and present threat’ to our system” . . .

Dan Rather reacts to White House media ban, calling the move a “real and present threat to our democracy”

For all who excused Mr. Trump’s rhetoric in the campaign as just talk, the reckoning has come. I hope it isn’t true, but I fear Mr. Trump is nearing or perhaps already beyond any hope of redemption.

Sadly, Dan Rather has shown that, journalistically speaking, he himself may be beyond any hope of redemption. I pray to God—for Rather’s sake—I’m wrong.

In the category of “now that you’ve heard my pleas for rationality, don’t forget the battle rages” . . .

Straightforward From Here To The Left’s Fascist, Maybe Violent, Endgame

Kurt Schlichter reminds us that there is a battle, and it is intense.

We know where the leftists want it to end, with us silenced and subservient forever, toiling to pay taxes for them to redistribute to their clients as they pick at, poke at and torment us. You look at the things Trump stands for and all of them are about lifting the yoke off of us—cutting taxes, slashing regulations, guaranteeing the Second Amendment, protecting our religious liberty, and safeguarding us from terrorists and illegals. But everything liberals want, everything Hillary ran on, is about clamping the yoke ever tighter around our necks—raising taxes, issuing more regulations, disarming us, limiting our religious freedom, and putting us at risk from terrorists and alien criminals. The whole leftist platform is about putting us down and keeping us down.

In the category of “so do we have a problem with company reps taking a political stand—or not?” . . .

The obvious question is merely one of consistent application of principles, which unfortunately, most in the politically correct camp do not seem to have beyond their underlying religious principle: if it is politically correct, we hold these things to be self-evident.

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In the category of “well, what do you know? I agree with @oreillyfactor about something” . . .

Bill O'Reilly: The swamp fights back

It’s not against the law for anyone to talk with any Russian. General Flynn had no power other than being a private citizen, when the call with the Russian ambassador to took place. In order for him to have committed a crime, he would have had to attempt to formally attempt to undermine the Obama administration’s Russian policy. So Sharpton is full of it, as always.

Now, there is a report Thursday that says General Flynn may have lied to the FBI. And we've mentioned that. If it’s true, that is a crime. So, we'll see. . . .

When President Trump first mentioned draining the swamp in Washington, I don't believe he understood how extensive the problem really is.

In the category of “@theHill is all serious and supports assertions by citing Twitter users” . . .

Social media users troll Trump over Sweden incident

Trump did not elaborate, but some social media users pointed to a Fox News report on Friday that showed alleged violence by refugees in Sweden.

Social media users quickly responded to Trump’s comments, using the hashtags #LastNightInSweden and #SwedenIncident to mock the president.

Ooh, boy, those are some serious sources you got there, The Hill. That’s some pretty profound insight from some well-researched experts. I’m impressed—and completely convinced. The recitation of pertinent facts is overwhelming.

In the category of “@SenJohnMcCain ‬insinuates @realDonaldTrump is a burgeoning dictator then pretends he didn’t” . . .

One of the problems with politicians today (and throughout history) is duplicity. They say one thing but the context of their actions over time show they mean another. Or they have unequal weights and measures, handing out inconsistent justice. Or they show favoritism, granting favors based on personal preference or—worse—on what they think they will get in return. McCain is a first-class politician in this sense. He is consistently duplicitous. You see it, right? You hear it? Oh, the press is terrible, but I don’t want you to hate me so I’m going to say nice stuff to you, too. And I’m going to say part of what I really believe but then I’m going to walk it back all the way because I’m scared of you and I want you to be nice to me and I care more about myself than I do about the people of my state who elected me and about the American people at large and really I just want people to elect me again so that I can keep up this posh job with its high pay and with all its power, because, boy, I especially don’t want to lose the power. Wow! I really don’t want to lose that. So I’ll say or do whatever I have to say or do to make sure I don’t lose my money and power and if that means one moment waggling my finger at you like a school marm and then the next moment kissing up to you, so be it.

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In the category of “Chris Long (@joel9one) gives a clinic in dealing with online critics” . . .

Chris Long ripped into people criticizing him for not going to the White House

I already linked to Chris Long’s brilliant takedown of someone telling him he must stand in solidarity with his dark-skinned teammates who are boycotting the visit to the U.S. White House, because of its current resident.

He is back at it, dealing this time with some folks now upset with him for his decision to not visit the White House with his teammates who are making the visit. And his responses to critics on Twitter are just as brilliant as his previous response. It’s best if you read it for yourself.

In the category of “outstanding article by @meyers_laura about @Beyonce, babies, and life” . . .

Of course it’s tempting to stomp your foot, wag your finger and say, “I told you so!” in an angsty booze-inspired Facebook status. But this will not make your niece stop calling everyone a Nazi, and it will not change her stance on abortion. You’re her “literally Hitler” uncle. You’re not Beyoncé. It’s just time to accept that and change strategy.

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In the category of “look, Ma, I can read minds!” . . .

What Neil Gorsuch Was Trying to Tell America When He Criticized Trump

In criticizing the man who appointed him, Gorsuch took an unprecedented step. Knowing that his words—calling Trump’s attack “demoralizing and disheartening”—would almost certainly be reported to the press, the judge’s response demonstrates courage.

In the category of “seriously, people, @ThomasEWoods is on a roll, and you should be listening” . . .

In the category of “@TheRock’s response is better than @StephenCurry30’s, but it still misses the point” . . .

Now, Dwayne Johnson, unlike Stephen Curry, doesn’t call Trump an ass. So his response is better than Curry’s in that respect. But isn’t the CEO inherently a spokesperson for the company itself at a deeper level than one of the celebrities that company sponsors? (You notice that’s a rhetorical question again, right?) Yet Dwayne Johnson speaks as if he has authority to speak on behalf of the entire company. He says he doesn’t, but then he does it anyway.

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In the category of “best article I’ve seen so far addressing this threat to free speech” . . .

Pats’ Chris Long responds to call for him to stand up against Donald Trump

Chuck Modiano, a writer for the New York Daily News, wrote an open letter to Chris Long, a player for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. It’s an offensive letter in all the worst ways. It’s whiny. It’s insulting. It’s coercive. It’s manipulative. It’s logically fallacious. It’s inconsistent. It’s hypocritical. It’s smug. It’s anti–free-speech. It’s classic guilt-trip bullying. Chris Long’s response, on the other hand, is simply classic.

 
Oh Chuck. Planned on skipping, hadn’t been asked. Don’t need an open letter explaining my own words to me. Not *joining* anyone. My call. https://t.co/XWo9x2XT40
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 9, 2017

And Vincent Frank, writing for Sportsnaut.com, has a refreshing take on the entire question of sports stars standing up for what they believe, including—at times—avoiding a celebratory trip to the White House because of the current occupant of said house.

 
Yes, Long ‘announced’ that he will likely be the fourth member of the Patriots to avoid meeting President Trump. That’s not the big story here. . . .

“Instead, it’s that a columnist would go as far to pretty much tell someone else what to do. Is that a signal those in opposition of this administration want to send? We’re surely okay with freedom of speech and the right to self-determination as long as it fits into what we believe to be right.

“Long did a tremendous job pushing back against that while maintaining his own individuality here. Let’s hope other players follow suit at a time when those in the professional sports world are being asked to talk about stuff outside of their own profession.
— Vincent Frank

Whether someone chooses to go to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory—or chooses to not go—is a matter of personal conviction (or at least it should be). Let’s not make out to be more than it is, whether we agree or disagree with someone’s choice.

In the category of “somebody gets it right about @SenJohnMcCain” . . .

McCain’s Horrible Foreign Policy Judgment

In other words, McCain hasn’t just been wrong about Iraq. He has been stubbornly, willfully deluded about both of the biggest foreign policy blunders of the last fifty years. Like the mythology surrounding the “surge” itself, the fantasy that the U.S. had the Vietnam and Iraq wars won is what people feel compelled to believe because accepting the alternative is too unpleasant. Pretending that the U.S. “won” in Iraq or believing that the “surge” wasn’t a failure on its own terms might provide some necessary political cover for war supporters that don’t want to admit that they endorsed a disastrous policy, but we shouldn’t take it seriously as a description of what happened. Maybe Hirsh’s profile is supposed to make us think that McCain isn’t the reflexive, unthinking interventionist that we know him to be, but it just confirms that his judgment can’t be trusted.