All of the 32 comments posted thus far on last week’s blog were about the “Liberal Women’s March” that was intentionally and erroneously labeled by its organizers a “Women’s March.”
One of the comments was neutral, 14 disagreed with my remarks with two of them resorting to name-calling, while 17 agreed, a number I find interesting as most folks who agree with a topic rarely comment. On the other hand folks that do disagree are more inclined to express their discontent and, with the exception of a couple, all were polite, humorous, and offered facts and reasons for their adversarial stance.
Another thing I found unusual about the comments is that only those who agreed with me mentioned my observations on the plight of children born to unwed mothers as an issue worth pursuing. All of the disagreeing readers ignored it despite the fact that single motherhood may be the most important and unreported social problem in America, eclipsing crime, drugs, poverty, education, homelessness and welfare because it drives all of those ills.
Only one letter writer, J. Effingham Bellweather, (an alias perhaps?) did articulately comment on the Pro-Life march that followed the “Women’s March” in D.C. concluding his remarks by saying: “Attendees don’t march against something as much as they march as an affirmation and celebration of the basic truth that a child’s birth is always a triumph,” a statement I can’t argue with as long as that child is raised in a two-person household. Mr. Bellweather went on to question the reason women were marching at all in the so-called Women’s March saying: “…. what on earth was that mob of crazies in D.C. so angry about? Women hold 60% of personal wealth, 51% of stocks in the U.S, and live longer. And, they own most of the shoes.” If you haven’t done so read last week’s comments as they are entertaining and in many cases informative on both sides.
Despite what the national and local lady organizers claim, the “liberal” marchers didn’t speak for women across the country. Instead they spoke for liberal anti-Trump women across the country and the march was by no means inclusive as the marchers actively discounted pro-life feminists among others.
The “liberal women marchers” believe it is very important to have a “choice” when it comes to killing babies but not so important when it comes to what you think of global warming because you are supposed to be 100 percent in the tank with them on that topic.
At the D.C. Women’s March Michael Moore encouraged attendees to join Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro Choice America, or a climate change organization —hardly an ideologically diverse set of groups.
In fact march organizers gave a public heave-ho to the anti-abortion group, New Wave Feminists, telling that organization it was not welcome. Well, I guess that makes sense when abortion mill Planned Parenthood is one of the chief sponsors of their event.
But why weren’t prominent non-liberal women who were also outspoken against Trump invited to speak, such as S.E. Cupp, Ana Navarro, Condoleezza Rice, or Mindy Finn? Why was there only room for individuals of one political persuasion like Moore, Elizabeth Warren, Van Jones, Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Madonna and Ashley Judd who all displayed their visceral loathing, fear and incomprehension when talking about the Trump Administration?
The Hollywood celebrities that appeared don’t know any facts, but are perfectly content to speak out on a national stage because they know they’ll never be challenged. And as Ashley Judd and Madonna demonstrated, you can be literally insane, but because they’re celebrities their fawning liberal audience and the media declare them geniuses. The profane tone and general nastiness of the speakers made it appear as though this was a march of unhinged liberal women.
And if it was an inclusive march as the organizers claim where were the conservative or moderate voices on same-sex marriage, abortion, tax rates, gun issues, college funding, among others? I think that even the most conservative gal would agree that Trump’s vile comments about women are objectionable but I doubt they would have expressed that disagreement by wearing vulgar pink knit hats, clutching X-rated signs and spouting crude, nutty comments uttered by their liberal sisters.
It should be noted that the some 700-800 Fernandina Beach marchers were well behaved, orderly and refrained from the scatological rhetoric of their D.C. counterparts. But I didn’t see or hear any conservative messages from that group of ladies either. Were they excluded, not invited or just didn’t show up?
A liberal anti-Trump march is fine. But it should have been advertised as such, not labeled an all inclusive women’s event that it clearly was not. The march turned out to be a form of collective grief counseling and group therapy for women who voted for Hillary Clinton. Many of the women in D.C. flew there because they had already purchased airline tickets to what they were convinced was going to be a Hillary Clinton inauguration.
The Cato Institute’s Emily Ekins wrote in The Federalist that she would have liked to attend the Women’s March in Washington, but didn’t feel welcome because of the march’s overarching political agenda. “The organizers were not inclusive and sought to only include women who share their economic, cultural, and social policy views,” she said.
The Wall Street Journal’s Cori O’Connor wrote “These are not women’s marches. They are progressive marches. They are anti-Trump marches. But no group could represent the diversity of 50% of the population (53% of white women voted for Donald Trump, for crying out loud), and the organizers are wrong to claim to speak for Double X Americans, and the media is irresponsible in going along with the conceit.”
As a straight white guy am I the only demographic that doesn’t have some organization marching on my behalf? Oh well, I guess I don’t need no stinkin’ marchers.
Pulling Public Radio’s Financial Plug: The National Endowment for the Arts, which includes National Public Radio (NPR) is one of the targets of President Donald Trump who is aiming to slash government spending across the board, with numerous public services in the crosshairs including the Democrat Party’s tax payer funded propaganda arm, NPR.
The departments of Justice, State, Energy, Transportation, EPA, and Commerce are others targeted for massive budget cuts, with some programs under their jurisdiction slated entirely for elimination. Certain projects overseen by the Commerce and Energy agencies would also be transferred to other bureaus.
Meanwhile, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting—which funds, among other things, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)—would be privatized at long last. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.
And speaking of NPR I was listening with amusement the other day to Jacksonville’s WJCT (89.9 FM) as an All Things Considered interviewer (interrogator) frustrated with the answers provided by the Iowa attorney general worked herself into a tizzy and emphatically demanded to know when he would follow the lead of the Washington State DA and file suit against the Trump administration for its temporary ban on immigrants. Since Trump was elected NPR “news” broadcasters — convinced that Hillary Clinton should now be in the White House — have dropped all pretense of being objective and have shifted full throttle into a constant state of outrage that reverts to a Monty Python sketch when a guest cites actual facts that don’t fit their agenda.
I’m enjoying their misery but won’t miss this group of whiners, so if others want to listen to or watch that piffle, don’t ask me to help pay for it.
Things I Didn’t Know: Steven Vogel, a longtime professor of biology at Duke University who passed away in 2015, wrote some fascinating books and I would have enjoyed auditing any of his classes. He educated with interesting topics that included the following facts: To offset evaporation losses an ordinary corn plant pumps a gallon of water a day up from the soil; the human muscle compares favorably with combustion engines converting about 20-30% of the energy they consume into useful work; and a draft horse on level ground can pull a 4,000 pound wagon load, but on a grade of just 6% that capacity falls to just 90 pounds. Want to know why? Then check out the late professor’s book, Why the Wheel is Round. I would have enjoyed high school and college biology a lot more if I had instructors as entertaining as Professor Vogel.
Modern Day Luddites: Irrational and emotional environmental radicals who attack fossil fuel extracting technologies with the same crazed lunacy that the 19th century Luddites destroyed machinery in the cotton and wool industries are beside themselves with anger and frustration as President Trump embraces our country’s energy abundance making it a priority. Imagine if these modern day Luddites had convinced the Clinton administration to ignore or abandon the Internet revolution with the same demented fury they attack fracking.
Semper Fi Department: If you’ve got 12 bucks and a couple of hours to spare then mark February 21 on your calendar as you’ll get an earful of first-hand history and meet one of the most fascinating people to ever occupy space on this island. Calvin (Cal) Atwood, U.S. Marine, educator, poet and raconteur is the featured speaker at the European-American Business Club’s Tuesday, February 21 meeting at the Amelia River Gold Club (4477 Buccaneer Trail). The 6-8 p.m. session includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar and is open to the public. I wrote about Cal in this blog May 9, 2014 following lunch and a couple of beers at the Florida House’s Leddy’s Porch and have been friends with this gentleman ever since. Cal is a witty and entertaining 91-year-old, who doesn’t need glasses, sports a head-full of white hair, and was a 20-year-old Marine Corps Corporal in February and March 1945 when he fought on Iwo Jima and saw the flag raised on Mt. Suribachi before being wounded and evacuated after experiencing the loss – dead or wounded – of 95 percent of his company. Following the war, the high school dropout pursued an education with an intensity that earned him an undergraduate degree from Lawrence University and a masters from Columbia prior to taking teaching and administrative positions at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey, Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at Emory University in Atlanta. In addition he is an accomplished poet with works appearing The New York Times, Leatherneck Magazine, International Poetry Review, The Texas Quarterly, The Crucible, Southern Poetry Review, The Golden Horn, Tar Heel Magazine, and Pembroke Magazine. He has also served as President of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the Georgia State Poetry Society. RSVP for this fascinating talk by this fascinating man by going to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking Of Speakers: I suffered a stroke in August 2013 and as a result I joined a group that meets monthly at the island’s Baptist Medical Center featuring a variety of guest speakers. The informational sessions headed up by Dr. Barbara Browning, are open to anyone interested in seeking information on how to prevent stroke to gaining advice from each other. Next Thursday’s meeting should be of interest to anyone as Dr. Ricardo Hanel MD, PhD, Director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Surgery at the Baptist Neurological Institute, will speak and be available for questions. The session will be held in the ground floor meeting room of BMC beginning at 1 p.m.
Drinking Dining & Dancing: If you’re movie fan and enjoy gourmet food and great wines too, then mark Sunday, February 26 on your calendar as the local Rendezvous Film Festival folks will host the 2017 Oscars at Luca’s (614 Centre Street) starting at 6:30 p.m. This is more than just an evening of watching the Oscar presentations as you and your friends will be treated to a three course meal, Champagne, door prizes, and have access to a cash bar. Proceeds go to this year’s Rendezvous Film Festival, Sept 21-23rd. Cost of the $75 per person, $125 for couples event entitles guests to a three-course dinner that includes a starter of antipasto medley, thin-crust Maghertia pizza, or house salad; a main course selection of one of the following: steak frites (12oz grilled rib-eye, rosemary fries, and mixed greens); Mediterranean seared salmon served with arugula and white bean pesto salad; shrimp Diavolo sautéed in spicy white wine and tomato sauce with fettuccine; chicken Marsala, tender chicken breasts and mushrooms in a fragrant wine sauce; or Thai coconut shrimp with yellow curry, rice, raisins, coconut, and scallions. Deserts selections are Nutella chocolate mousse; key lime pie; or baby cannoli. The dress is semi-formal. If your ‘e interested go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rff-2017-oscars-dinner-and-fundraiser-tickets-31394745529. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a quick meal and sip a cheap beer on Tuesdays, check out Halftime Sports Bar & Grill where you’ll get two buck drafts and domestic bottles, eight dollar pitchers and $10 buckets. Last Tuesday’s special was two chicken or beef quesadillas with a side for just eight bucks. It’s worth it and even though there a sports drought until baseball season, you can watch some obscure golf tournament, bicycle racing, bass fishing or mumbley-peg on one of their 15 large screen TVs.