We live in interesting times.
Tucker Carlson, one-time conservative wunderkind turned Fox News contributor and Daily Caller founder, defends science against its being politicized by the Left:
The term denier…is in fact in its use anti-science. People committed to the scientific method would never use the term denier. That’s the kind of language religious people use. You have a cataclysm, you are defending against all comers. Science is welcoming and open-minded.
You tell them, Tucker: there is no such thing as “settled science,” and anyone who says otherwise is confusing open-minded science with religious dogmatism. Gravity, relativity, evolution, the heliocentric model of the universe, and both the boiling point and freezing point of water: all unsettled, open to question, and just a matter of opinion.
Ann Coulter, perennial nominee for “Worst Person in the World,” speaks stupid to power:
We have the worst intelligence collecting in the world. Worse than Burkina Faso, it's worse than Walmart's intelligence, because the Democrats decided to destroy the CIA after Watergate.
No wonder the President-elect doesn’t want to be bothered with daily intelligence briefings; he’d be better off to bring in the smart guys from Walmart and Burkina Faso. Kudos to Ms. Coulter for pointing out how inept our post-Watergate intelligence agencies have been; it’s just a shame she didn’t realize that before she supported both Iraq wars and our invasion of Afghanistan.
Self-confessed non-journalist Sean Hannity (“I never claimed to be a journalist”) reluctantly informs us that journalism is dead and so the President-elect should by-pass the traditional media:
Journalism’s dead. I honestly could see Trump saying, “We don't need a White House press office anymore. We don’t need” -- He hasn't named a press secretary. Why? Why go out there, the dog-and-phony-pony show? Where you have a bunch of Hillary Clinton supporters in the media, a bunch of propagandists, a bunch of people that colluded with the Clinton campaign, why sit there every day and take their inane, idiotic, combative questions every day?
Let not your heart be troubled: I know of no one more qualified than Sean Hannity to recognize inane, idiotic, and combative questions when he sees or hears them.
Alex Jones, who has been praised by the President-elect as “amazing” and “a nice guy,” lets us know the depths of evil we dodged by rejecting Hillary Clinton:
“When I think about all the children Hillary Clinton has personally murdered and chopped up and raped, I have zero fear standing up against her,” Jones said in a YouTube video posted on Nov. 4. “Yeah, you heard me right. Hillary Clinton has personally murdered children. I just can’t hold back the truth anymore.”
That last sentence suggests that Alex Jones had known for some time about Ms. Clinton’s history of murdering, chopping up, and raping children; but for some reason he refrained from mentioning it until November 4. Perhaps he was too busy explaining how the Sandy Hook school massacre was a phony “false flag” operation designed to enable confiscation of firearms; or perhaps he just got too caught up in documenting how the demonically sulfuric-smelling President Obama is constantly swarmed by flies; or perhaps it was “Pizza-gate” that demanded his attention: whatever it was, even Alex Jones has only so much time to uncover for us the perfidies of Satan and his minions!
Republicans hate Big Government, right? Well, maybe not so much:
Oklahoma passed a law requiring all public restrooms to feature a sign that reads “There are many public and private agencies willing and able to help you carry your child to term and assist you and your child after your child is born, whether you choose to keep your child or to place him or her for adoption. The State of Oklahoma strongly urges you to contact them if you are pregnant.”
I’m not sure why Oklahoma legislators think that public restrooms are the best places for women to make decisions about pregnancy; but then, I’ve never been to Oklahoma, so what do I know?
And finally, in the interests of balance, Thomas Geoghegan, writing at the left-wing In These Times, thinks that the best response to losing an election is to exacerbate national divisions and let the chips fall where they may:
Instead of trying to bridge the divide in our country, in other words, the Democrats should now widen it. Rather than trying to overcome our differences, we should accentuate them…to commit to a “house divided.” To accentuate the divide, all or some of the Democratic states could enter an “interstate compact,” much as states now do for sharing of resources. This interstate compact, though, would be a quasi-constitution—a model for what the whole country should have. The Clinton states should elect delegates to do this compact-making. It is time to press for a country that operates under two different kinds of constitutions, and see which of them prevails.
I can’t see anything that could possibly go wrong with that. It’s not as if we’ve ever tried to have two different kinds of constitutions operating at the same time…