Good morning, and happy Friday. Yesterday’s quote was PolitiFact’s belated correction on the lab-leak hypothesis. Today Lockheed pushes white guilt; USA Today bows to linguistic intolerance; and cicadas are the talk of the town.
I’ve lost four women’s state championship titles, two all-New England awards, and numerous other spots on the podium to male runners. I was bumped to third place in the 55-meter dash in 2019, behind two male runners. With every loss, it gets harder and harder to try again.
Lockheed Martin is the country’s largest defense contractor, raking in more than $65,400,000,000 in revenues during fiscal year 2020. Coca-Cola is the largest soft-drink manufacturer in the United States, earning just over half—$35 billion—of what Lockheed made. So it makes perfect sense that the training employees at two American greats would look somewhat similar. Last month, Coke backed off its explicitly racist Be Less White campaign after immense blowback—America won’t tolerate this kind of progressive racism. Lockheed picked up where Coke left off with its White Men’s Caucus, a Maoist struggle session designed to make top corporate officials feel ashamed of their race. This time is less likely to root out that sort of bigotry, however. The simple fact is that it is government bureaucrats—not individual consumers—purchase Lockheed’s products. Switching to new suppliers will not happen overnight.
USA Today published Chelsea Mitchell’s op-ed chiding Connecticut’s state laws allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports. Mitchell was a former high school track star that is currently wrapped up in legal battles with her home state. But she made one editorial judgment that had the paper up in arms: she referred to biological males as such in her piece, which has been reproduced by the Alliance Defending Freedom. Afraid of upsetting the woke mafia, USA Today apologized: “This column has been updated to reflect USA TODAY’s standards and style guidelines. We regret that hurtful language was used.” If the editors really cared about implementing this kind of double-speak, they would have caught it the first time—alas, they did not.
It’s tough to surf the web these days and not hear incessant discussion about the all-too-noisy cicada, Brood X chief among them. Brood X is the largest group of cicadas (12 in all) that crop up every 17 years. The last time these were seen was 2004, primarily in the Eastern United States. They burrowed, bred, and developed underground since then, and are surfacing now—right on schedule. Their 6-week lifespan will feel like an eternity, but that, I suppose, is just life.