Patterico's Pontifications


What A Difference A Day Makes: LONE WARRIOR! to LONE RANGER!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:27 pm

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During an interview with Fox News, the LONE WARRIOR! was asked whether he thought mask-wearing should be federally mandated. (As a reminder, the president has refused to wear a mask, claiming that he would appear weak to world leaders if he wore one, and that he doesn’t need to wear one because those around him are regularly tested for Covid. He has also publicly mocked elected officials for wearing them.) Here is the pertinent part of the exchange:

Trump replied that he didn’t think a mandatory order was necessary because “many places” in the country feature people living “very long distances” from each other. Then the president… claimed he was “all for masks.”

“I think masks are good,” he stated, prompting the Fox host to press whether he’d wear one.

“I would—I have. I mean, people have seen me wearing one,” a rambling Trump responded. “If I’m in a group of people where we’re not, you know, ten feet away but usually I’m not in that position and everyone’s tested because I’m the president, they get tested before they see me but if I were in a tight situation with people, I would absolutely.”

Burman, meanwhile, asked whether the public would see the president wear one at some point. The only instance of the president having been spotted with a face mask occurred during a May trip to a Ford plant, where Trump briefly donned a mask away from the press in a back area while viewing some classic cars.

“I mean, I have no problem. Actually, I had a mask on,” Trump said, referencing the Ford plant moment. “I sort of like the way I looked, OK? I thought it was OK. It was a dark black mask and I thought it looked OK. Looked like the Lone Ranger. But no, I have no problem with that. I think—if people feel good about it they should do it.”

Ah, I never thought about the vanity angle of wearing a mask. Silly me. When deciding whether to wear a mask in public, I weighed out nonsense factors like scientific evidence suggesting that wearing a mask could help reduce the spread of infection and common sense telling me that a barrier could limit the spread of droplets and sprays that could contain germs. Heck, I even went so far as to ask myself what it would cost me to wear one for the sake of others. And the answer was, absolutely nothing! But now, thanks to the Lone Ranger himself, I find out that all I really needed to consider when making the decision, was whether I looked hot in the mask, and felt good wearing it.


The Latest Victim of Cancel Culture

Filed under: General — JVW @ 5:05 pm

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Is now office furniture:

A desk once used by Woodrow Wilson has been removed from the office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as the former president falls out of favor over his ‘racist’ policies.

Murphy confirmed the news Tuesday – just one day after Princeton University stripped Wilson’s name from its public affairs school, saying the 28th president’s ‘racism was significant and consequential even by the standards of his own time.’

In an interview with CNN, Murphy claimed he hadn’t pondered the significance of using Wilson’s old desk until he was called out on Twitter after sharing a snap of the antique piece of furniture.

The Twitter exchange mentioned above began when Governor Murphy’s political team apparently convinced his Twitter account to post one of the most performative (thanks, by the way, to the BLM folks who have quite rightly tagged so much of woke white grandstanding with that very apt adjective, but now BLM should take a long look in the mirror) pictures of the entire George Floyd situation:

Who in the world told the governor that this picture would make him look like anything other than an exploitative dope? I want so badly to believe this was a bad decision by a bunch of smarmy political operatives as I insinuated above, but I have to consider the possibility that Gov. Murphy came up with this humdinger of an idea all on his own.

In any case, it’s only a goddammed desk, governor. And I am sure the desk is sorry that it ever let the wretched villain Woodrow Wilson make use of it.


Richmond Mayor Uses Emergency Powers To Remove Confederate Statues From City Land

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:35 pm

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Happening now:

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Wednesday ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city land, saying he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racial injustice.

Work crews began removing a statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson early Wednesday afternoon. Flatbed trucks and other equipment were also spotted at several other Confederate monuments along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue.

Another famous statue on city land is that of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had previously ordered the most prominent statue along the avenue, that of Gen. Robert E. Lee, which sits on state land. The removal has been stalled pending the resolution of a lawsuit from at least two people who oppose its removal.

Stoney said he was also moving quickly because protesters have already toppled several Confederate monuments and is concerned that people could be hurt trying to take down the gigantic statues.

A new state law has granted cities the power to make said decisions.

Just this morning, President Trump warned protesters about taking down statues:

On Sunday, Trump was asked about recent efforts to remove Confederate statues and monuments. His resistance to the removal of them was based on history, heritage…and art:

You don’t want to take away our heritage and history and the beauty, in many cases, the beauty, the artistic beauty. Some of the sculptures and some of this work is some of the great — you can go to France, you can go anywhere in the world and you will never see more magnificent work. And that’s a factor. It’s not the biggest factor but it’s a factor.


Fighting the System from Within, Academic Style

Filed under: General — JVW @ 8:45 am

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Today in fascinating Twitter threads. I’m attaching screen-shots to make this easier to read, but you can go here for the entire story.

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It’s gratifying to know that people like The Science Femme exist.


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