Interesting observation

I blogged about two things yesterday: the Davis toad and guns.

Now, granted the gun article was what I considered to be interesting media treatment of a hoplophobe in an apocalyptic environment, but I thought it was relevant, considering what a huge following “The Walking Dead” and its companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead” have. I find the media’s and the entertainment industries portrayal of a complete societal breakdown and its effects on numerous types of people (including those who refuse to acknowledge what’s happening, those who hate guns, those who are willing to victimize others, etc.) fascinating.

Politics is downstream from culture, and I think it’s vital that we understand how popular culture eventually impacts policy, as well as the political views of the public writ large.

And yet, the most heated discussion is taking place on a much more micro level. It’s Kim Davis that is getting all the press. It’s Kim Davis that’s getting all the hits on this blog. It’s the Kim Davis issue that’s getting the debate and the conversation.

Maybe the Davis issue is also a cultural one and deserves the debate. But she’s one person. One intransigent zealot, whose only claim to fame is the refusal to do her job, and brief imprisonment for contempt of court. And yet, she is the one that is causing contention in people who are otherwise allies on the majority of issues.

I don’t know about you guys, but I find this interesting. While this case will eventually have implications nationwide, I find social issues to be generally less critical to the survival of the republic. And frankly, had this case not been littering every news report, my Facebook timeline, my Twitter feed, and every other website I visit, I doubt I would have given it the time of day.

Maybe it’s just me, but Kim Davis just never interested me all that much. And yet, even though I published both posts around the same time of day, the Davis post is the one with scores of comments, while the post I, personally, find more interesting is barely getting a glance.

What I really hate about the Davis issue is that it has become so contentious, it’s causing a rift between people who generally otherwise are allies. There are some good, intelligent comments in response to that entry, but at the same time, I’m frustrated that someone whose only claim to fame is using the cover of religion to discriminate against people at least some of whom ostensibly put her in power and pay her salary, is causing said split when there are bigger, more important issues we face as a country.

The economy.

Resurgent Russia.

ISIL and terrorism writ large.

Soaring debt levels.

Possible government shutdown without a continuing resolution to keep the doors open, so to speak.

And never forget, we still have troops in Afghanistan. We still have service members dying in the war against terror. We still have security issues with which we must deal. But here we are… discussing Kim Davis. At least a good chunk of my distaste for this woman comes from this fact. It’s a micro issue in a world where macro problems are, by definition, much more significant.

Anyway, if anyone has a good analysis of the reason why this Davis woman is so much more interesting to discuss than issues such as gun control, foreign policy, national security, etc., please let me know. I’d love to get some insight.

Because, frankly, I’m a bit flummoxed.

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  1. Once our individual freedoms are trampled on by the unelected, non accountable what remedies are available to those who value freedom? This is at the heart of the threat facing Americans today. To ignore it, is to aid it.

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  2. At its core, the Kim Davis issue is about sex, and we are completely hung up on sex.

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  3. The question we should ask is, “What is it the media doesn’t want us to notice behind the Kin Davis smokescreen?” Don’t believe in coincidences myself…

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  4. As I .. but it does demonstrate what executing your 1st Amendment right from a position of power can do. There will be debate, legislation .. then we can all live in peace and focus on greater issues

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  5. Here are some interesting questions related to this post. Why this woman in this place to launch this media event? Is it possible that this was the right place to impugn a deeply religious person? And isn’t Kentucky a place that is perceived to be loaded with lowly educated, redneck like people? Why didn’t the media jump on any of the judges refusing to perform marriages for same-sex couples?

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    1. Or was it a well orchestrated plan by the religious right, to find and promote a ‘martyr’…..knowing that their dire predictions and breathless prognostications of the fire and brimstone raining on America after Obergefell weren’t going to come to fruition?

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    2. Yes. The religious right worked collaboratively with the Lamestream Media to further their Apocalyptic Emanations ™ alive by making a martyr of a county clerk in Kentucky. I’m guessing the executives of the Trinity Broadcasting Network flew to NBC and CNN to coordinate their efforts? And the way the media has covered this has been so favorable to the Christian faith…in fact, I’ve seen far more Christian media figures on TV talking about her than LGBT Nazis decrying her attempt to cram her religion down the throats of those innocent Kentucky citizens who just couldn’t go anywhere else to get their marriage license…making martyrs of them. Yep. A valid conspiracy indeed!

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    3. Makes at least as much sense as the opposing conspiracy theory. One side lost their court fight…thus one side has impetus to try foolish tactics. “lame stream”, “Nazi’s”….really? Am i talking with Sarah Palin?

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    4. ….those innocent Kentucky citizens who just couldn’t go anywhere else to get their marriage license…

      So you’re OK with driving to another jurisdiction in order to obtain your concealed carry permit….to accommodate the religious [or anti-gun] beliefs of the government agent in your county? Interesting.

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    5. “Makes at least as much sense as the opposing conspiracy theory.”

      Not even close.

      “lame stream”, “Nazi’s”….really? Am i talking with Sarah Palin?”

      Why? Do you have a problem with talking with Sarah Palin? Or maybe just can’t interpret how those terms are so aptly used to represent their respective groups?

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    6. Your opinions are respectfully noted. I have a problem with the intellectual immaturity of a Sarah Palin. If you are forced to rely on pejoratives to make an argument, is it really worth making?

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  6. Nicki – I think the answer is pretty clear. NOTHING should be more important to us than to sit idly by and watch our precious Constitution shredded daily by “opinions” from unelected, bear majorities of the SCOTUS. The conservatives on the court KNOW that this issue isn’t within the purview of SCOTUS. “”The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.” ~ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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    1. Bravo!

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  7. Anyway, if anyone has a good analysis of the reason why this Davis woman is so much more interesting to discuss than issues such as gun control, foreign policy, national security, etc., please let me know.

    The Kim Davis issue represents a fundamental discourse in the level of civil liberty that we as the citizenry wish to hold for ourselves…..and how much we -writ large – are willing to allow to our fellow citizens. This is ultimately why Libertarianism doesn’t get off the gerund at the national level….too many of us really want special privileges for ourselves….but enforced ‘values’ on others.

    Plus a good debate on gun control requires someone from the gun control cabal to be present. Though I don’t keep tabs daily….I haven’t seen any of that endangered species prowling your comments section.

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  8. “So you’re OK with driving to another jurisdiction in order to obtain your concealed carry permit….to accommodate the religious [or anti-gun] beliefs of the government agent in your county? Interesting.”

    In the first place, I’m hearing that the people who applied for the licenses in KY were from California. Not sure if that’s true. Second, I’m wondering if you’ve ever heard of the logical fallacy known as ad hoc ergo proctor hoc. Might want to refresh yourself on it before you try to apply this case to me personally. Not to mention how incredibly silly it is since I live in Connecticut, where such a situation is a rather commonplace occurrence…and how people with concealed carry permits navigate this very problem all the time without ONE person going to jail or one CBS reporter investigating it.

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  9. “If you are forced to rely on pejoratives to make an argument, is it really worth making?”

    We are on the webpage of Nicki Kenyon…and you choose to ask that rhetorical question…TO ME?
    🙂

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    1. Touche. I simply find a comparison to Nazi’s to be over employed and of no intellectual value for a reasonable discussion.

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    2. HEEEEEYYYYYYY! I resemble that remark!

      LOL

      Besides, my use of pejoratives underscores – not replaces – my assessments.

      Fucker. :-p

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    3. I agree that “Nazi” is used too much and in the wrong circumstances. In the case of those in the LGBT community intent on using the police power of government to defeat their idealogical opponents, it is an apt adjective. And yes, I would equally apply it to those who would use the government’s power to force their idealogical opponents under the boot of governmental power from religious perspectives.

      Tyranny comes in many costumes. I despise the tyranny, regardless.

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  10. I just went to dictionary.com to look up the word “perjorative”. This is what I saw:

    “See Kenyon, Nicki…”
    🙂

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    1. Oh, did I mention, bite me?😉

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    2. Just sitting here with my popcorn.🙂

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      1. Heh. Jim and I have known each other for years. He spent much time with infantry guys, so my language bothers him not. He pretty much expects it from me, and I like shocking people when they see me telling a priest to eat me! LOL!!

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    3. Then speaking as an Infantry guy……I judge him to be good people.

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      1. Jim? Yeah… For a fucking priest! *ducks and runs*

        In all seriousness, Jim is definitely good people. Great people, I might add. That’s why this Davis thing bothers me as well. Instead of just quietly taking action and leaving her post if she couldn’t perform her duties any longer, she made a circus out of it and succeeded in placing a wedge between allies.

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  11. You ask why people are hung up on the issue of Davis? I think its because they can make an easy judgement on it, all the while feeling self righteous as they know they are right according to their values.

    The bigger issues relating to constitutional rights, issues of politics, debt, and so on are incredibly complicated and it much harder to be right (except for the constitution) and even harder to be sure there aren’t unintended consequences which blow back hard on people who are stuck in their current situation if and when changes occur.

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  12. The timing of this is oddly coincidental with other religion-oriented emotional disturbances. It gets attention, not because it’s more important that what is going on in the rest of the world, but because a self-righteous attention warthog found an opportunity to – well, ‘make a statement’, although I don’t know exactly what she’s trying to say.

    I believe we will be seeing a lot more of this kind of thing over the next 2.5 years. Lots of it. It has less to do with the Constitution, which gets lopsided claims of priority from both sides of the political spectrum, than it does with making loud noises to get attention by the self-righteous and the perpetually outraged, and it comes from both directions. The worst side of it is the heinous behavior of ISIS. Have you noticed how that has really faded from the news? I guess the graphic photos weren’t disturbing enough people any more. Now it’s the tidal waves of Middle Eastern refugees, mostly military-age men, washing into Europe, but before long that will pall, just as has the destruction in Ukraine. How much do we hear about that? Or about the insertion of 1500 Russia troops, equipment and supplies into Syria? How much is that going to ramp up into real warfare? Will we be directly involved in it? Sorry, it’s just not entertaining enough. And who wants to talk abut a 14-year-old war, anyway?

    I’m just thinking that Davis has more entertainment value for the media than anything else. I know that comes off as cynical, but she could have quit her job if she really was so offended, or just gone ahead and done it under protest. Instead, she got the spotlight and some cell time in the county lockup. It’s entertainment, and the media feeds right into it. While Davis’s behavior is only mildly stubborn, the more fanatical elements of various religious persuasions are not too far behind her, and we will see more of it until the end of December 2019.

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  13. I blame the media for this. We all Know the media is biased to the left, so just look at all those other things you mentioned. They all shed a bad light on the democrats if they were being talked about. On the other hand Kim can be considered a religious right wing nut job that can be used to paint all conservatives in bad light by holding her up as a representative of all conservatives. She is the perfect distraction to take everyone’s eyes off the real issues. The left focus on her and her religious buddies, Idiots on the right decide to dance right to the tune and support her just because the left is against her. That gives the left plenty of easy targets to pick from making the right look bad and therefore the left look good, while at the same time avoid talking about the actual important things that would make the left look bad.

    No different from a few years ago when every one was talking about Chris Christy and the scandal of weather or not he knew some bride was going to be closed, while at the same time that California State Senator (Yee I think it was)
    was arrested for planning on smuggling guns and RPG’s though the Triad leader Shrimp Boy to MILF terrorists. Three days after his arrest I searched for his name on CNN and the only articles I found about him was from years earlier trying to ban violent video games. At the same time they had another article that day on the front page of there website on CC and the stupid bridge despite being like two week old news by that point.

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    1. Wouldn’t be at all surprised…especially given that Ms Davis is a life-long registered Democrat and the “offended” couple when they asked for that marriage license weren’t residents of that county–or the State of Kentucky! They had to travel to a remote county in a neighboring State to get their “license?”

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    2. I could also point out every time the there is news about Anti Vaccine it’s always spun about being the it being the religious right that’s doing it, despite some of the biggest groups of people not vaccinating there kids are Californian’s from very liberal middle class communities.

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  14. Gay marriage, like flag burning, is a distraction issue that anyone can have a strong opinion on without much thought, knowledge, or insight. Thus it generates lots of commentary. Real problems like Islam, socialism, and nuclear treaties require much heavier mental calisthenics, and thus generate less verbal diarrhea.

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