Hysterical Headlines (Funny or Absurd) for February 26th
Bottom Line: These are the daily doses of nonsense in the media and my hot takes on them...
Excerpt: The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby group under pressure from a boycott movement following a Feb. 14 high school shooting.
Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United airlines on Saturday morning might look trivial: The end of flight discounts to the NRA's annual convention, which few outside the gun rights organization likely knew existed before they became boycott targets.
"Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website," the airline announced on Twitter.
"United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website," United said on Twitter.
Hot Take: It's frankly outrageous that organized interest groups on the left have led cowardly politically minded companies down a primrose path. Remove the names and the issues for a moment for the purpose of evaluation. Did the organization in question bear any specific responsibility with regard to the shooting in Parkland? The answer is no and for those so driven by hatred for the NRA that they can't see straight - had the NRA done anything wrong they'd have officials behind bars right now too.
So, you have a horrific attack occur and an unrelated group to the attack gets targeted by those with a political agenda and the companies cave? That's a dangerous precedent and one that potentially will come back to bite (as it probably should).
The Democrat's memo
Due to the priority of evaluating the governor's comprehensive reform plan announced on Friday I've not yet broken out the statements of fact to go side-by-side with the Nunes memo but the initial read on the memo is a bunch of carefully positioned statements that don't necessarily dispute, ultimately, the claims in the Nunes memo. For example, the memo stated that the FISA requests didn't rely on any "salacious" information from the Steele dossier. Now some have attempted to suggest that it shows that the dossier wasn't a key cog in the puzzle but that's not what it says at all. Salacious is an adjective that's subjective. If the dossier was fraudulently constructed, bought and paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign and presented to the court without any of that information it doesn't change the narrative at all. In other words, there's a weak effort to weasel one's way through this scandal and then there's whatever the hell the Democrats were attempting to do here. More to come...