I watch sports to get away from the real world in general, and politics in particular. I believe most people feel the same way.
Which is why ESPN’s “Tuesday Morning Quarterback,” Gregg Easterbrook, grates on my every nerve. Guys like him are one of the reasons “apolitical,” “independent,” and “low-information” all mean “Democrat” in today’s political discourse.
For instance, from today’s column:
The more is known about DNA, the more race appears to be a social construct: that black and white people are no more different than blondes and brunettes.
This is not even remotely true. The more we know about DNA, the more racial differences appear both real and intractable. See pretty much any of the main Dark Enlightenment sites. Unlike Easterbrook, they are scientifically literate, and back up their assertions with links to credible evidence. The book TMQ gushes over, however, is “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America, by Jacqueline Jones, a highly regarded University of Texas historian.” Let’s google her CV, shall we?
Yep: MacArthur grant,
Taft Prize in Labor History; Spruill Prize in Southern Women’s History; Brown Publication Prize in Black Women’s History; Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer; plus research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Council.
In other words, she’s won all the Liberal Prizes for Distinguished Contributions to Leftism. Her other books include such highly scientific tomes as Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to The Present, The Dispossessed: America’s Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present, and Soldiers of Light and Love: Northern Teachers and Georgia Blacks, 1865-1873. Let’s face it, gang: If the Brown Publication Prize n Black Women’s History doesn’t qualify you to dissect the mysteries of the human genome, nothing does.
From last week’s column:
The scientific consensus on artificial global warming is now strong. Probably climate change is not causing hurricanes (this year’s season was quiet), typhoons or tornados. But slow-moving sea-level rise, and threats to agriculture, seem disturbingly real.
Except that, like the hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes, none of that other stuff is happening either. And would that be the same “scientific consensus” that is now struggling so mightily (and hilariously) to explain fifteen years of “pause” in “global warming”? Or is it the one that’s freaking out about the upcoming global cooling? It’s so hard to keep all these scientific consensuses straight, even without the rock solid peer review process.
From his November 12 column:
Only a government-protected monopoly can behave in this manner. The USPS should lose its monopoly, and learn to compete. Companies that compete make their boxes fit their slots, and don’t drive away from business.
Thanks to the yeoman efforts of loyal reader Gary, I won’t claim this is more proof that cognitive dissonance is bullshit (besides, I already did). But I will point out that bitching about the cavalier disregard of logic, economics, and customer service characteristic of government monopolies is the kind of situation where a huge ObamaCare fanboi like Easterbrook should at least theoretically feel some discomfort in his frontal lobes. But he doesn’t, because he writes stupid shit like this in every single column.
And the list goes on and on. Liberals gonna be liberals, yo — injecting their drearily dogmatic politics into everyfuckinthing is the only way to make their souls feel less hollow. Not even football is safe from the relentless drumbeat of partisan stupidity.