It's a writing-avoidance day:
Brad Warner, my favorite living Zen Master, has a good article on his blog today. Here's what I think is the best part:
So please forgive me if I’m not liking and sharing all the things you think I ought to be liking and sharing. I’ve grown too cynical about the media to do that.
I’m trying not to become similarly cynical about life itself. And the only way to do that, that I can come up with is to leave those problems the media wants me to freak out about aside and focus instead on what’s right in front of me. Being hyper-aware of problems I can do nothing to solve never brought me any joy, nor did it ever make the slightest difference in those problems.
There are a lot of things Brad says that you might disagree with, but he's a smart guy and this is a good article.
Darn it, Sean Hannity.
Sean Hannity has already blamed Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for the Annapolis shooting. While her calls for harassment are horrible, they constantly stopped short of advocating outright violence.
Sorry, Sean, but this is reprehensible. We need to return to civility, and Maxine Waters deserves to be condemned over her comments, but not blamed for violence when she didn't incite violence. She was also specific over whom she wanted protesters to harass: members of Trump's cabinet.
Maybe her comments helped unravel civility, and maybe this shooting is politically motivated, but your attack is beyond the pale.
Within seconds of learning Thursday about a shooting inside the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, Fox News host Sean Hannity laid blame at the feet of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.
“It's so sad that there are so many sick, demented, and evil people in this world,” Hannity told his radio listeners, in a clip first reported by Media Matters. “It really is sad. You know imagine you go to work and this is what you're dealing with today, some crazy person comes in... and I’m not turning this into a gun debate, I know that’s where the media will be in 30 seconds from now. That’s not it.”
“You know, as I’ve always said, I mean honestly—I’ve been saying now for days that something horrible was going to happen because of the rhetoric. Really, Maxine?” he asked, referring to Waters.
“You want people to create—‘call your friends, get in their faces,’ and Obama said that too. ‘Get in their faces, call them out, call your friends, get protesters, follow them into restaurants and shopping malls,’ and wherever else she said.”
I think there's an answer for the "stolen from Merrick Garland" crowd: tell them we're getting back the seat stolen from Robert Bork.
More Trump blaming.
Here are three more egregious tweets. To be clear and fair, it is utterly despicable that a few no-name alt-right people are celebrating this tragedy. I condemn them even more harshly than these people. That said, blaming Trump before the shooter's motive is known remains despicable.