Big money … The crazies really do come out on Friday the 13th. Take for example the folks at Politico, who tweeted, “NRA got more money from Russia-linked sources than earlier reported.” Whoa! I remember reading yesterday that people were blowing out of proportion the amount of money that “Russia” gave the NRA. So I thought maybe this was something new? Nope.
In the article, Politico shows that contrary to earlier reports of a single NRA life membership – $1500 cost – bought by a Russian national, the total amount people who live in Russia, including American citizens, gave to the NRA is a whopping, astronomical, $2,512.82. Yes, that’s right: two thousand, five hundred twelve dollars and eighty-two cents. Let’s match that with the title Politico tweeted. Kind of a letdown. But remember, most people don’t click links, and Politico is looking to drive a narrative wholly unsupported by the facts with that title and tweet.
Pai stands up for the First Amendment … Progressives love civil liberties, except, of course, the civil liberties of political opponents. You’ll remember that Sinclair Broadcasting recently had local anchors read a promo that attacked bias and fake news. Several Democratic senators asked the FCC to investigate the matter and to review the company’s broadcast licenses. That isn’t going to happen. FCC chairman Ajit Pai forcefully responded to the senators, saying, “I can hardly think of an action more chilling of free speech than the federal government investigating a broadcast station because of disagreement with its news coverage.” Good for Pai.
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Perfect harmony … Two journalists social justice warriors at USA Today are out with a list of the “20 politically incorrect songs that would be wildly controversial today.” It’s a laughable list. But perhaps the most hilarious of the songs listed is “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Why? Here’s what the authors said:
McCartney and Wonder meant well with their hyper-literal interpretation of race relations. But their message of “people are the same, there’s good and bad in everyone, so let’s just get along” would be interpreted as hilariously naïve by the more woke factions of today’s cultural discourse.
There’s a term for these two authors: “fun sponge.” I’m glad I only have about 30-40 years left on this Earth. I cringe at what it will become with this generation in charge.
Krugman gonna Krugman … NYT columnist Paul Krugman is out with the hottest of hot takes on Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement. The piece, entitled, “The Paul Ryan story: From flimflam to fascism,” is a ridiculous take on Ryan. Look, conservatives have lots of reasons to be upset with Ryan for not standing for his supposed principles. This is just more pablum from one of America’s wrongest political commentators. It even has Ryan as an enabler of Trump’s slide into authoritarianism. These folks really believe that.
One of the things I miss most about Massachusetts is Patriots Day weekend. The Monday closest to April 19 has been Patriots Day in Massachusetts for ages. That’s when we celebrate the men who answered the call to defend their weapons cache from British soldiers. Part of the celebration is the Boston Marathon and a morning Red Sox game. Celebrating Patriots Day in Massachusetts should be on your bucket list. Start out with the dawn re-enactment of the battle of Lexington, go to the Sox game, and then finish by watching the non-elite runners make their way through Kenmore Square. You won’t be disappointed.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.