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One of Rolling Stones women shaping the future Democratic cover stars: Ilhan Omar, of course

Rolling Stone still has a fondness for bigots, criminals and liars, it seems. First the Boston Bomber, then the "Jackie" fraud at UVA and now the bigoted Democrat Congress Critter.

"Just a brief look-in on a major American magazine “normalizing bigotry,” as Seth Mandel says of Omar’s inclusion. RS couldn’t find one other “fresh face” among the dozens of Democratic women elected to the House in November to promote besides a Jew-baiter?

Also, what did poor Jahana Hayes do to be included among this rogues’ gallery? If the theme is “freshmen who hate Israel,” Rashida Tlaib obviously should have been featured instead.

Can’t fault RS for including Ocasio-Cortez, who’s a bona fide superstar for better or worse. (Plus, her enthusiasm about Jeremy Corbyn checks the anti-Israel box.) But if all they’re trying to do is show that the new Dem class includes more women and minorities in the past, they had other reps they could have featured: Ayanna Pressley, Lauren Underwood (who’s five years younger than Omar), Deb Haaland, Sharice Davids, Sylvia Garcia, Xochitl Torres Small, etc. If they wanted to be really daring they could have tossed a white woman into the mix like Mikie Sherrill, who’s touted as a rising star. They wanted Omar, I assume, because her hijab is arresting shorthand for the point they trying to make about ethnic and gender diversity within the caucus — so arresting that she can say pretty much anything and it won’t cost her their good graces. Which is the same way the Democratic leadership views her, not coincidentally.

But let’s be fair. The theme is “Women Shaping the Future” and there’s no question that Omar’s hostility to Israel more accurately represents the Democratic base than Pelosi’s pro-Israel views. Rolling Stone may be making a trenchant point about the party’s direction by including Omar. Just not the one they intended to."
Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Feb 28, 2019, 07:21 AM (1 replies)

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 06:55 AM (0 replies)

Chick-fil-A receives key city approval, inches closer to Boston opening

'This story makes me smile'....................

"City zoning officials cleared a key hurdle for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A’s first foray into Boston, meaning you could soon “Eat Mor Chikin.”

The Zoning Board of Appeals gave approval for the Georgia-based chicken sandwich chain to begin work at the former Boloco location on Boylston Street with plans to open by next year. Chick-fil-A will need approval from the city Licensing Board before it can open.

“We can confirm that 569 Boylston St. was approved by the city’s zoning board yesterday,” said Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Amanda Hannah in a statement to the Herald. “We hope to serve the Back Bay neighborhood in 2020.”

In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy drew ire of political activists with his public opposition to same-sex marriage. Around the same time, Chick-fil-A was looking at locations in Boston, but Mayor Thomas M. Menino publicly rebuked Cathy in a letter to the company, saying, “There is no place for your company” in Boston."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:56 AM (15 replies)

Why I'm still talking about Covington

Again, pre-emptive apologies to Shoe for using ANOTHER blog which he has not cleared ahead of time.

"A week after the media meltdown over Covington, it's not surprising that some people are starting to say eh, this is old news; people have apologized, so why not give it a rest?

You could give various responses about the larger significance of the debacle, that some people haven't adequately recanted, etc.

But I want to add something, which is that this feels personal because it could so easily happen to any of us. The encounter was so mundane that you have to wonder what other non-events will be used to try to destroy you or me. It happened to be video-recorded not because it mattered, but because that's just so easy with 2019 technology.

I didn't have to worry about that when I was 16, but I can't help thinking: what would it have been like if this had happened to me when I was 16? Are some people not having that thought because they see him as the Other, and consequently lack empathy for him?

I also think about what will happen if I ever have a kid. Would my 16-year-old always stay on the right side of the face police? Or might he occasionally be awkward at that age? What if he had some kind of a mental or physical disability that caused him to have facial expressions or body movements that people took the wrong way? (I say "he" because so much of the vituperation that's been directed at the Covington kids has been explicitly based on their gender.)"

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Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Jan 28, 2019, 09:17 PM (1 replies)

Nathan Phillips, character assassin: what even his critics seem to be ignoring about him

Another good take on our favorite "Freon Ranger" and the degree to which the media was willing to overlook his lies and push his version of the incident in spite of video evidence to the contrary.

"Nathan Phillips is fast wearing out his more-than-15-minutes of fame. But before he goes off our radar screen—and the next ramped-up Twitter brouhaha comes our way—I must point out something I think is important but which has been almost totally ignored even by the right and by the defenders of the Covington students.

I’ve read an awful lot about the Covington incident and Phillips’ role in it. Left and right are in profound disagreement, of course, about most of it. But there is one “narrative” about which many on both left and right seem to agree, and that is that people initially came to conclusions based on the first short video, and that the left hated Sandmann and the other boys based on people’s perceptions of that video, amplified by discussions on social media and in the press.

So even if you think the Covington teens were innocent and the rage against them obscene, you tend to think that rage was a reaction to the first video and the press and all the other viewers and tweeters who were similarly rage-filled.

The role of Phillips himself was (and still is) felt by the right to be the following: that he purposely stirred up the initial face-to-face confrontation, that he lied about his military service, lied when he stated the boys had said “build the wall,” lied when he said they had approached and surrounded him, and that he also omitted the details of the racial and other slurs the boys (and the Native Americans) had endured coming from the Black Israelites. And the media gave Phillips a forum for repeating those influential lies. "

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jan 26, 2019, 08:06 PM (7 replies)

Nathan Phillips is a liar, not a victim

Poor Freon Ranger. His lies are coming back to bite him.

"Days after Nathan Phillips’ story of his confrontation with a group of students in Washington was thoroughly discredited, many on the left are still rallying behind him, pretending he was somehow a victim.

This, even after both the New York Times and the Washington Post had to publish not just “clarifications” about the incident itself, but even corrections of his claim to be a Vietnam, or “Vietnam times,” veteran. (Turns out he was a stateside refrigerator technician, and frequently AWOL.)

It also turns out Phillips made nearly identical allegations against a few college students four years ago.

Yet the instant a single video of this incident hit Twitter, journalists jumped to uncritically accept Phillips’ account of how a mob of MAGA-hat-wearing white teens surrounded and taunted him. After all, the image exploited reporters’ preconceptions: Here was an aged Native American surrounded by a pack of smirking pro-Trump teens.

But full videos of the incident soon showed he was lying: He was the one who confronted the students, unprovoked, beating a drum just inches from their faces."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jan 26, 2019, 10:17 AM (2 replies)

Democrats Ducking Vote on Rejecting Anti-Semitism

Interesting article.

"Democratic leaders are remaining quiet about a new congressional measure that rejects anti-Semitism and chides a new class of Democratic congressional members for the open embrace of notorious anti-Semites and anti-Israel causes, according to the leading Republican author of that new measure.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.), one of just two Jewish Republicans in Congress, has introduced a new congressional resolution in the House that categorically rejects anti-Semitism in all its forms and calls out some newly elected Democratic members who have ridden a popular wave into Congress on the backs of anti-Semitic leaders and causes, Zeldin told the Washington Free Beacon in a wide-ranging interview.

While a similar House resolution condemning white supremacy sailed to a nearly unanimous vote several weeks ago, Zeldin's amendment, focused directly on anti-Semitism, has put Democratic leaders in a precarious position as they are forced to reject the views of popular new freshman colleagues.

"It's up to the Democrats to decide whether or not they are actually going to confront this head on," Zeldin told the Free Beacon. "I'm wiling to work with any Democratic colleague on any idea he or she has to crush anti-Semitism in any form. But I can't do that for them."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jan 26, 2019, 10:02 AM (14 replies)

The Level of Violent Imagery Directed Against Covington High Boys Is Dangerous and Wrong

Again, pre-emptive apologies to Shoe, for using a blog site which he has not already approved.

"The incident at the Lincoln Memorial involving a group of boys from Covington High has become a national Rorschach Test. Some see a group of privileged white teens taunting a Native American with a peace drum. Others see a group of school kids who did little to nothing wrong.

People are entitled to disagree, but what is completely unacceptable is the level of violent imagery directed at kids by adults. The respected journalist Reza Aslan tweeted “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?” A writer for Saturday Night Live offered oral sex for anyone who managed to punch one of the kids in the face. Trevor Noah let these school kids know that not only did “everyone” want to punch these boys out, but he did too. The list goes on and on.

The violent rhetoric escalated, as violent rhetoric tends to do. The entertainment news website Vulture had to fire a writer after he wrote “I just want these people to die. Simple as that. Every single one of them.” The school had to be temporarily closed as a result of death threats.

These are adults talking about harming children! It can’t be excused as a joke. It can’t be explained away as “the heat of moment.” Many threats and much abuse takes place in the heat of the moment. High tempers are no excuse."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jan 26, 2019, 09:32 AM (18 replies)

"Covington and the politics of aggressive standing"

Interesting article. Pre-emptive apologies to "Shoe" for linking to a blog of which he does not personally approve. Prolly just another "right wing shock-jock".

"The starting point for this post was one of NBC’s Savannah Guthrie’s remarks to Nick Sandmann in her recent interview with the teenager:

'There’s something aggressive about standing there. Standing your ground. You both stood your ground. '

Both? Actually, Nathan Phillips didn’t stand his grand. Guthrie’s remark is typical of the more subtle ways in which the MSM has distorted the story (there are more overt ways as well). Phillips voluntarily walked up to Sandmann and got a few inches from him, beating a drum. That’s moving towards someone to invade that person’s space, both physical and aural.

The person whose space is invaded then has a choice of what to do. What are the choices? Let’s see.

Sandmann chose to stay put and smile, facing Phillips. It was an evil, disrespectful smirk, loaded with white-boy privilege and racist bile screams the Twitter mob. "

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Jan 25, 2019, 08:09 AM (7 replies)

The Sheriff, the Sheriff's Son, and the 'Coward of Broward'

Interesting read. Not definitive, but it does make one go 'hmmmmmmmmmmm'.

"Parents of children gunned down in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year have never understood two actions taken by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: his refusal to fire a campus-based deputy who failed to enter the school during the rampage that took 17 lives, and his continued defense of controversial Obama-era school policies that allowed the  accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to avoid arrest and a police record and thereby purchase the murder weapon.

Some now think they have found the answer in a single incident that occurred in 2014. A police report shows that’s when Israel's then-17-year-old son, Brett, was accused of participating in a sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas  High School.

The case was investigated by Scot Peterson -- the armed deputy who took cover while children and staff were shot last February. Using the Obama-era guidelines, Peterson’s recommendation helped his boss’s son receive just a three-day suspension.

“Everyone in this county is wondering why Peterson was allowed to retire so quickly and take his pension,” said local attorney Alex Arreaza, who represents victims of the school tragedy. “Normally deputies  would not be allowed to retire under those circumstances, but in this case, Peterson was allowed to. This report gives a plausible reason,” he said. "

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Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Jan 3, 2019, 08:12 PM (5 replies)
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