1. Still angry... Here are some prime comments from Ann Althouse’s blog (she posted on DeNiro before 6 AM, beating me to it.) I should have posted last night; it might have let me get some sleep:
I think the Democrats have just found their 2020 Presidential Candidate…and his campaign slogan. Speaking as a Republican I am quaking in my boots…
Well, no more Robert DeNiro movies or shows for us then. The magic of the screen, the verisimilitude, is shattered. You can no longer look at the actor playing a character and forget that he HATES you in real life. He has no longer any status as Actor since he decided to play on the Political Stage. Why can’t they just STFU? Are you an entertainer [actor/singer] or are you a Politician? Pick one. Choose wisely.
I’ve been around people in the arts, including actors, most of my life, and there are two things I’ve found that are true about them: (1) except for their craft and whatever arts they’re involved in, they tend to be fairly uneducated, and woefully ignorant about history and economics; and (2), although they see themselves as free spirits and rebels, they’re usually brainwashed tools of the “liberal” Hive, and fall in lockstep like so many Eloi when the Hive calls. The whole evening, from what I saw, was one big anti-Trump rally. Strangest to me were the Gays who were reacting as if Trump were loading them onto box cars and shipping them off to death camps. And yet as members of the Hive, almost certainly falling into line with the Hive’s goal of a bigger and more powerful State. Bad news, artistes: if you think you can have full freedom of expression where the State is omnipotent, think again. Maybe actually open a history book every once in a while.
On my way down to NYC today with my wife. I thought we might try to see a play if I can get some cheap tickets. Last night she was watching the Tonys in our hotel room. I was reading about the history of disease but could not avoid seeing/hearing some of it. I was reminded why THEATRE!!! has no interest at all for me. What a bunch of pretentious dreck. I’ve always liked Robert DeNiro as an actor. But FUCK HIM!!! as a person.
In 1936, the New Yorker ran a cartoon about some old rich white people. We know they’re elites because there is a butler hovering in the background. The caption: “Come along. We’re going to the Trans-Lux to hiss Roosevelt.” Our betters didn’t use the f-word so often in those days.
I’m calling my shot: Trump wins 40 states. My liberal friends seem resigned to the fact that he will get reelected, that is unless, how did one guy put it, “overwhelming evidence is presented.” They take it for granted that Trump must be guilty of something. He simply has to be. Trump’s ascendance to the presidency is an offense against their worldview. Its rather amusing because Trump isn’t really all that conservative. Hell, Bernie Sanders campaigned on controlling illegal immigration and reworking trade agreements in order to improve job prospects for Americans. I don’t bring that up with my liberal friends though. I just ignore their comments about Trump and change the subject. They probably think I can’t refute them, but I just don’t want to piss them off.
Life imitates “A Fish Called Wanda”:
Archie: You are a vulgarian, aren’t you?
Otto: You’re the vulgarian, you fuck!
2. Lesson: If you are going to be unethical, make sure it’s on behalf of a media-endorsed cause. Petaluma High School in Petaluma, California, cut off valedictorian Lulabel Seitz’s, microphone when she went off-script and began talking about school sexual assaults, specifically her own alleged assault, halfway through her speech to her graduating class.
Seitz told reporters she decided to talk about being assaulted even though administrators told her to not mention it during her speech. “They made all these rules to prevent me from speaking,” Seitz told ABC News. “So I decided to use the opportunity to bring it up.”
Despite how the episode is being spun in the news media, the school was right, she was wrong. The valedictory speech is not an open-ended opportunity for a student to settle scores and air grievances.
3. Now THAT doesn’t fit the “narrative”…from reader Jim Kelly (thanks, Jim!) comes a pit bull story that will never get widespread news media attention:
A mother in Stockton, California, says her 8-month-old pit bull is a “hero pup” for saving her and her baby’s lives last week when a fire broke out in another unit of her four-plex. Sasha the puppy and 7-month-old Masailah have a special bond, their mom, Nana Chai, told KCRA. “She’s in her bed every day,” Chai told the station. “They take baths together and everything.” So it’s no wonder that Sasha went straight for Masailah as soon as she felt heat coming through their door just before midnight on Sunday. …The pit bull alerted her owner that something was wrong first by barking and yelping, before any of Nana’s human senses detected that anything was wrong….
[Nana] rushed to Masailah’s room, but Sasha had beaten her there. The dog was trying to carry her out of bed and to safety — by Masailah’s diaper….
Of course, this is all part of Sasha’s diabolical scheme to kill them both once she has their trust completely. Now watch Sasha become a Golden Retriever in future news reporting…
Actor Andrew Garfield won “Best Actor in a Play” at the Tony Awards, for his performance in “Angels in America.” Garfield took the opportunity to get a dig in at Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who just won the Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
“We are all sacred and we all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked,” Garfield quipped.
….So many LGBT activists and well-meaning Americans think bakers like Phillips refuse to serve same-sex weddings because they have an animus against gay people. This is far from the case — Phillips gladly served gay people at his bakery, and even in the act of refusing a same-sex wedding cake for the two gay men who came to request it, he immediately offered to sell them anything else in his shop. Phillips’s case, and those like it, are about free speech, not discrimination against gay people…Garfield’s pot shot at Phillips only solidifies the argument that Phillips was engaged in discrimination, not free speech. It is important for Americans to understand that this is wrong.
It’s not wrong. If you refuse to treat a citizen differently than how you would treat any other citizen because of his or her race, religion, gender or sexual proclivities, that’s discrimination by definition. The baker’s position was that his discrimination was legal, but it was still discrimination. The reason for discrimination—in Jack Phillips’ case, that his religion believes gay people marrying is a sin—doesn’t make it less discriminatory. It may make it legal.
Moreover, Phillips didn’t win his case; the Colorado commission lost it by ruling against him based on a bias against his religious beliefs.
“We are all sacred and we all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked” is a perfectly accurate, Golden Rule-based assessment of what was wrong with Phillips’ conduct.