Spring is in the air, Easter weekend is here, and the Boston Red Sox have learned that getting rid of your proven closer leads to horrible results.
Some things never change.
Speaking of not changing—Morning Joe, the The New York Times, and the President are all hitting the Masters Tournament this week over the issue of admitting women to the Augusta National Golf Club. I’m not a big golf guy myself, but I say every day that the more the media decide to go after the Masters Tournament, the more popular it will become.
The most powerful person is the world is one who doesn’t give a damn what other people think.
Rush said on his show recently that both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are members of Augusta; he mentioned that Gates lobbied hard to get in. I wonder if the left will be going after these men to quit the club.
Another unchanging topic is the attempt to gin up a boycott of Rush. Although the entire issue had died to the point that even The Washington Post admitted that the boycott had been unsuccessful, Arby’s announced on Twitter this week that it would be dropping Limbaugh’s show. As you can guess, since Rush has over 200,000 followers on Twitter, the Arby’s folks instantly got an earful over this, and they took the rather foolish step of blocking conservative customers who complained.
How fortunate for Arby’s that they have a monopoly on fast food—so conservatives have no other choices. Oh, wait . . .
What our friends on the left forget is what polls show: they are a distinct minority compared with conservatives. Glenn Reynolds suggests that we respond in kind. If we were to do this, many of the companies that so generously fund the left would not like that at all.
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The left’s the entire “War on Women” meme also continues unchanging throughout MSNBC and the left. On MSNBC Andrea Mitchel hilariously proclaimed that “women would rather talk about economic issues.”
Yes Andrea, women are thinking about the economy, but you would rather not—because that conversation doesn’t help Obama. That’s why you’d rather talk about caterpillars. It’s not quite as stupid as the “rats” business a few years ago, but it’s up there.
Jonah Goldberg tweeted the following:
Back to caterpillars again, I guess.
Another unchanging truth is the media willingness to ignore an actual war on woman that is taking place within Islam, and that war has a body count:
Pamela Geller and company have been talking about and fighting against honor killings for years; for this, Pam has been insulted repeatedly and faced death threats. She has been subjected to all kinds of calumny, but eventually reality bleeds out into public awareness.
I am glad that CBS News is finally covering the increase in Islamic “honor” violence and murder in the United States. It is unfortunate that they did not mention the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killing being held in Dearborn, Michigan on the anniversary of Jessica’s death, April 29th. The enemedia marginalizes our work and our reputations, but years later is forced to address the very things we have been working on for years. This is a pattern.
It is also unfortunate that CBS did not mention the Aqsa Parvez Grove of Trees in memory of victims of Honor Killings worldwide. The first memorial of its kind. Or our taxi-top ad campaign designed to increase awareness of honor killing victims in the US.
The media is loathe to give our work the imprimatur of legitimacy, but the fact is, we are marginalized because this is the work we do.
That the fight against evil is a lonely one is another truth that has not changed over the course of human history.
Likewise, the tactics of the left do not change. Four months ago the very tolerant mainstream media were harshly critical about any interjection of Mitt Romney’s religion into the campaign. Yet now that it is extremely likely Governor Romney will be the GOP standard-bearer, what do we see?
“Let’s be honest, this is the core of who Mitt Romney is,” he said. “He was a missionary in France for two years. He has been a bishop in the church, which, in the Mormon church, is effectively like a a priest. Philanthropically, he’s made huge contributions. He’s had a big impact on the church. And yet he doesn’t talk about it. It’s the core of who he is, and yet he doesn’t feel like it’s safe to talk about.”
As Stacy McCain puts it:
Maybe you have never done any research into the history of Mormonism. Maybe you have no idea how much material there is to work with. Maybe you are unaware of how many ex-Mormons and other critics of Mormonism have already gotten in touch with national news producers and reporters, eager to help them with “research” for all those in-depth feature articles and multi-part series about the LDS church.
If you don’t know any of that stuff, you can be forgiven for thinking that any negative media focus on Mitt Romney’s religion would automatically be seen as unfair and bigoted by independent voters. But just wait and see: If Romney actually does win the Republican nomination, and if it ever appears that Mitt poses a serious threat to Obama’s re-election, then the gloves will come off and you will be disabused of your naïveté.
It not right, but given the choice between this and running on the President’s record, the media will somehow manage to force themselves to justify it.
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Another unchanging truth is the left’s reaction to defeat; Joe Fein of Valley of the Shadow admonishes them here:
When Democrats lose, that’s not a coup; that just means you lost this year’s elections. Don’t blame it on the Koch brothers, Halliburton or anyone else; sometimes the voters don’t like you. The Republicans spent 40 years in the wilderness until Election 1994 (Congressional elections, not Presidential ones) — not one Republican thought of changing the rules or the constitution.
And the shortcuts aren’t confined to what happens after an election:
Please be aware that leftists have taken to committing identity theft to impersonate me in comments sections of blogs, and are using a fraudulent email that looks similar to my public email address to make it look as if I am saying horrible offensive things in an attempt to destroy my reputation, apparently because I did well in a recent contest for political bloggers; they have been doing this to the winner of the contest, The Lonely Conservative, as well. If you see something that appears to have come from me but is totally out of character for me to say, know that it is in all likelihood, NOT ME, but a leftist troll who thinks a campaign of personal destruction against a person who is fighting serious and potentially fatal illness is a good and proper thing to do.
As I’ve said before:
You see, as we haven’t achieved their level of enlightenment, we certainly can’t expect to be treated as people, let alone equals.
That’s not changing anytime soon.
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I was watching some classic television on the MeTV network, which runs the old Daniel Boone series on weekdays. An oddity of the series is that the episodes are not presented in a strictly chronological way: one week you’ll have an episode with Daniel Boone and his son conspiring with Ben Franklin before the revolution; two weeks later, the United States will be an independent country, having trouble with Spain. During the 20-year span of history in which the show takes place—from the 1770s to the 1790s—Boone’s son Israel, played by Darby Hinton, remains a child, despite the fact that the real Israel Boone would die at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782.
At least that lack of change can be attributed to artistic license and a limited television budget.
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Finally, this was Holy Week—culminating in the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil: the holiest days in Christianity. The redemptive sacrifice of Christ’s crucifixion remains unchanged over the centuries, as does the opportunity for anyone who wishes to take advantage to do so. No media scoffing, pundit ridicule, or nonsensical challenges will change that fact.
You only have to choose to ask for it.
May you and yours have a Happy Easter.
Update: A rare Under the Fedora Instalanche, thanks Glenn, My Under the Fedora column appears twice a week here at the Conservatory and at the Minority Report