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[Today’s run: 3.4 miles]

There is a another big empty kerfuffle on the internet.

Over the weekend there was the annual March For Life, an anti-abortion parade and speeches in Washington D.C., which the regular media generally ignores, choosing instead to punch-up the Women’s March which is more in line with their politics. Some high school boys from a place in Kentucky were in town for the anti-abortion event, then were videoed near the Lincoln Memorial interacting with other people in the area including some apparently professional demonstrators from two other groups. Since they were pro-life white boys from Kentucky wearing MAGA hats, obviously they were the bad guys.

On the old westerns the good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black hats.

It always seemed kind of strange to me that inner city gang members would be all upset about someone in the local school wearing red or blue or whatever color had been appropriated by the street gangs of the area. The news story would be how someone killed them for wearing the wrong color.

But here we have that same thing happening on a national level. If you wear the wrong hat and your video hits on a slow news day, you will be the bad guy. People will find your address and send you death threats and make you explain yourself and then ignore your explanation.

Hopefully, after being afflicted with 10-Minutes-of-Hate they will be forgotten and can settle back into a quiet life.

Update: This piece by Caitlin Flanagan on The Atlantic website hits it out of the park. Well worth reading.

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