This edition of Retroactive: This Week in Ordinary Times: A piece on the #GSK killer that has earned praise from the true crime genre, a new series on #Education gets started with establishing fact from fiction, how modern protests of classic art misses the point, #culturewar and #fakenews are nothing new, and a great piece about one man’s vision for his city, and how we can tackle tough issues like #housing and urban development practically.
Like the paper barons of old, the real purpose of the online culture war is not the cause the true believers are fighting for. The real end-goal is the perpetual money machine that eternal aggrievement and outrage feeds.
True, Hillary Clinton received roughly 2.9 million more votes that Trump. But she didn’t get the most votes either.
Nobody did. Nobody also won the electoral college in a landslide.
While you where sleeping, the UK did some shuffling in the government lead by Prime Minster Theresa May. Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary among a growing immigration scandal, with communities secretary Sajid Javid elevated to the post.
What the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner lacked in sitting presidents and celebrities, it more than made up for in controversy, centered around headlining comedian Michelle Wolf:
#IndependentBookstoreDay is upon. After a week in which Amazon, a main force is the decline of bookstores announced their quarterly profits, the independent-minded bibliophiles now have their day. Or at least, one day.
This edition of Retroactive: This Week in Ordinary Times: Twitter as a positive thing, Conservatives needing work on their messaging, a harsh critique of Tennessee’s General Assembly, Trumpism and Reagan’s GOP, and a new staff writer for Ordinary Times introduces herself.
The question now is, what conservative outlets will remain open to criticizing the President, despite the dollars to be made in not doing so? What market, if any, is there for a loyal opposition from the right to the President and his hardcore followers?
Conservatives especially would do well to remember that a core principle of their alleged beliefs is personal accountability. If conservatives or anyone else hope to attract people to hearing them out, a fully developed sense of handling unfairness in a constructive way is key.
This past week, at Ordinary Times:The Magic of Ben Shapiro; When Schools Get Political, What Should Teachers Do?; By a thousand cuts; Yes Hannity Cohen is in fact your lawyer and you should be glad; Letter to younger myself #1: The anti-gay rights amendment; National School Walkout Day, 19 years after Columbine
There is of course a generation gap here; record stores being an alien concept to anyone born after big box retailers and the now dominance of digital and streaming. But in turning Record Store Day into a de-facto social event, old school shopping merges with the latest of social media trends. This development is not unlike how the record store used to be.
De-escalation is a welcomed thing, but suddenly getting all you desire from a long-term foe should be accepted cautiously.
Well, look who’s back. Former NYC Mayor and long-time Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani has joined President Trumps legal team. Additionally, Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin is also joining the Trump legal team.
Almost immediately, a fresh front was opened in the perpetual war between free speech and outrage.
Tax Day 2018 always brings out the cries of “Taxation is Theft!” from many, especially our friends in the libertarian contingent. But is it, and where are the lines between taxation is theft, taxation with representation, and oppressive forced funding of tyrannical government?