Quotes From The Weekend

On how she would address the destruction of property and monuments:

“People will do what they do.”

–Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

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Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who goes by the nickname “AOC’ on the recent spike in crime in New York:
“People need to feed their child”….maybe need to “shoplift some bread.”

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“I think we’re missing the point. We need police reform, we need prison reform. … My concern is turning this into a circus instead of trying to do some good stuff.

What the country really needs is “good cops out there policing the bad cops.”

Pointing out that while the US is a divided country, people don’t want to turn on sports and hear a bunch of arguments…”sports used to be a place where fans could go get away from reality.”

–Charles Barkley, former NBA star and TV commentator

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“Don’t overlook things that need to be fixed. But don’t overlook blessings either. Don’t think that everything is terrible. I promise you that if you visited some other countries it would make you thankful for what we have. It’s not all good. But it’s not all bad either.”

–Tony Dungy, first black head coach to win a Super Bowl

(sharing a little late, as he posted this on Twitter on July 4)

 

Thought Police Attack Free Speech (Again)

In the continuing attempt by some to stifle free speech, several players and officials in the WNBA (the Women’s National Basketball Assoc.) have asked the league to remove an owner. Why? Because the co-owner of the Dream, Kelly Loeffler, has said that they league should not be supporting political causes and so should not be giving money to Black Lives Matter.

That’s it. People are saying that a business owner, in this case a team co-owner, should have her business taken away because she expressed her opinion. That’s pretty much it. She spoke out and had an opinion that is different than some. To these people, it’s not enough to disagree with what Loeffler said, she should pay financially for having an opinion.

We continue to see assaults on free speech and it is increasingly disturbing. People should be free to have an opinion and to express it, even if it’s an unpopular one. To suggest that someone should literally pay for expressing their opinion is very concerning.

 Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler

Civility Isn’t A Bad Word

John F. Kennedy once said “So let us begin anew-remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness.”

We need to be reminded of that again.

Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson Monday night was talking about a controversial statement made by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) about taking down some public monuments. Carlson summarized his comments by saying that Duckworth “hates America”.

Sen. Duckworth responded the next day to the comments, and then on his show last night Carlson went further and called her “a coward” because she wouldn’t go on his show.

There are no doubt some people in public life who hate America (you can’t help but wonder why they don’t move, but that’s another story). But for the most part, people who have differing views don’t hate the country they just have other ideas about how to make it better. Sometimes, no doubt, the ideas are a bit crazy but most of the time it’s not because they hate the country.

For those that may not be familiar with Sen. Duckworth’s career and background, Sen. Duckworth is a veteran that saw combat in Iraq, and lost both legs when the helicopter she was flying was hit by an enemy rocket propelled grenade.

I find it pretty hard to believe that someone like that is a coward, and hates the country that she gave both legs to fight for.

Mr. Carlson, until you have flown into combat serving your country, and come close to making the ultimate sacrifice to do that, you probably should be a lot more careful in your choice of words.

SCOTUS Rules That Government Can’t Tell Parents Which Schools They Have To Choose

The Supreme Court ruled last week that government funds can be used to pay tuition and schools run by religious groups.

Some people don’t understand that and claim that the government is funding religious schools. No, the government is funding education, and then not telling you where you have to use the funds. You can use them anywhere that gives a child an education, even if it’s a religiously based school.

 

 

WHO Changes Its Story (Again)

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to flounder and lose what little credibility it  has left. It’s been under fire for the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and for helping China cover up the outbreak originally. China delayed reporting the outbreak and by doing so, helped cause the spread and subsequent lock downs worldwide. WHO also agreed with China as late as mid-January, and said that the virus could not be spread between humans.

Most recently, WHO stumbled when it released a statement saying that masks did not significantly stop the spread of the virus. The very next day, they changed their position again and said that they hadn’t changed from their original position on wearing masks.

And now WHO has gone back and changed its explanation of how it found out about the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China. It had said that Chinese authorities alerted them to the outbreak but WHO has changed its story, and now says that staff at its offices in China found out through internet reports.

So which is it? Was China forthcoming and cooperative or did they not even tell the World Health Organization there was an outbreak? We don’t know. We probably won’t ever know, because the World Health Organization changes what it says routinely. How are we ever to trust its competence and know that our money is well spent?

UN Human Rights Group Supports China’s Crackdown On Human Rights

The United Nations Human Rights Commission, of which China recently became a member (which should tell you enough right there) debated a new law passed by China reinforcing its rule over Hong Kong, a law that has formed the basis of the communist regime’s latest crackdown on the people of Hong Kong.

The law criminalizes anti-government movements, and targets pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong who have demonstrated against Beijing’s assaults on freedoms in the territory — which is supposed to be ruled on the principle of “one country, two systems.” based on a treaty with Great Britain which gave Hong Kong back to China some years ago.

After the debate 52 counties, lead by China and Cuba, came out in the support of the new law. Opposing it were Great Britain and 25 other countries.

(One more reason why we shouldn’t rely on international organizations to take moral stands.)

 

 

Tearing Down A Monument To A Black Abolitionist

“Protesters” yesterday tore down another monument. In the latest incident, the victim was a monument to Frederick Douglas. You may remember him from your history class:  born into slavery, he escaped and became an abolitionist and famous orator. Mostly self-taught, he also wrote several books and became a living refutation of the argument of slave owners that enslaved individuals did not have the intellect to function by themselves much less rise to be prominent members of society. During the Civil War, Douglas also recruited for the 54th Massachusetts regiment in which his son served and which was the first black regiment in action. (Of course, the 54th Mass regiment was in the news recently, as well, as recently ‘protesters’ in Massachusetts also tore down a monument honoring them because….well, other than a low IQ that does not appear to reach double digits, we aren’t really sure why they did that either). Continue reading “Tearing Down A Monument To A Black Abolitionist”

Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Like July 4–How Surprising

Colin Kaepernick this weekend called Independence Day a “celebration of white supremacy” and ‘rejects’ it. Ok, so…I guess no hot dogs and apple pie for Kaepernick then? Continue reading “Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Like July 4–How Surprising”