Weekends, unfortunately, are only a rumor when you run a business out of your home…but I’m still HAPPY!
1. “To Kill A Mockingbird” ethics. I asked an old friend and talented director to give me her review of the controversial “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Broadway (previously discussed here, and here…). What I was most interested in was whether the new version (by “The West Wing” auteur and liberal political advocate Adam Sorkin) actually meets the contractual requirement insisted upon by Harper Lee’s estate, that “the Play shall not derogate or depart in any manner from the spirit of the Novel nor alter its characters.” Well, I knew it would not be; Sorkin and the producer held out for being able to make a “woke” “Mockingbird” reflecting “current sensibilities,” and Lee’s greedy relatives wanted the money more than they cared about what Harper Lee might have wanted, like preserving the integrity of her novel.
Sure enough, my friend reported that the play was full of anachronisms and felt nothing like a story set in a small Southern town in the 1930’s. Most jarring of all, she said, was the oft repeated message that the racially prejudiced individuals in the town were “bad people.” This is the exact opposite of what Atticus Finch tells his daughter in the novel.
2. The GDP. Today the New York Times had the good and unexpected GDP news on its front page, so I’ll retract yesterday’s criticism of the Times for burying that important news, and evidence of some Trump success. Instapundit pulled out this LA Times article from 2017. It begins,
With the political world deeply focused on the question of whether the Trump administration comprises a gang of Russian pawns, less attention has been devoted to more mundane questions, such as what ever happened to Trump’s economic policy?As it happens, economists are keeping their eye on that ball, and their conclusion is that it’s in a bad way. More specifically, they recognize that Trump’s policy is aimed heavily at achieving annual economic growth of more than 3%. During the presidential campaign, Trump promised growth of 3.5% a year, and sometimes even 4%. There’s no disagreement that a sustained growth rate of this magnitude would be a significant achievement. Over the past decade, the economy has grown at an average of about 2% a year. The Congressional Budget Office forecasts an annual average of about 1.9% well into the next decade..Making up the difference from 2% to more than 3% looks like a pipe dream..
Of course, the pipe dream was that the President was a Russian stooge.
3. The mad California culture experiment continues…From CBS:
The California State Senate voted to ban schools and principals from suspending students for “willful defiance” of teachers, staff, and administrators. The Senate approved SB 419 Monday by a vote of 30-8. It moves to the Assembly next.
A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last legislative session.
Under the new version (Senate Bill 419), students in grades 4-8 wouldn’t be suspended for disrupting school activities or willfully defying school authorities, including teachers and staff. The bill would also ban schools from suspending students in grades 9-12 for the same thing until January 1, 2025. The law would apply to both public and charter schools.
This is why the Electoral College is crucial. California is our most populous state, and it has adopted a series of toxic and destructive cultural beliefs that make it a potentially crippling virus within the United States. As the population of the Golden State moves father and farther away from core American values, it is a matter of survival for the nation to isolate California dreaming as effectively as possible. It may prove impossible to save Oregon and Washington; those states have to fend for themselves.
If you have to read to the end of the article to figure out why this law is deemed necessary by California progressives, you really haven’t been paying attention for, oh, the last 30 years.
4. Joe Biden always gets me thinking of plagiarism…since he is the only politician in memory who was ever proven to have plagiarized an entire speech, and not from Cicero or some other forgotten source, but from a still active public figure. Most younger voters don’t know this about the man who just said that he would return ethics to the Presidency, but they will learn.
Not that it will make any difference…and the question is moot anyway. Joe will not be the nominee. Trust me on this.
But I digress: my plagiarism concern involves the Ray Conniff ditty above, which was also used in a Kent cigarette commercial (To a smoker…it’s a Kent!). I was watching “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and reminded once more how much John Williams’ “Indiana Jones Theme” resembles the hit Sixties song by Paul Parnes and Paul Evans. I have read about song plagiarism claims a lot less convincing that resulted in cash settlements. I wonder if there was one here, confidential of course. Here’s Indy’s theme, so you can compare…
5. Impeachment Plan K is not looking good…Plan K, in case you didn’t study for the quiz, is that Trump violated election laws by paying off old sex-partners who were threatening to extort him. It’s a bad theory anyway, but worse because a great deal of weight has been placed on Trump’s ex-fixer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to violating election laws at Trump’s behest. Even before the latest news, it should have been obvious that Cohen has to be the worst possible witness for any prosecution to rely upon. He may be the most untrustworthy, dishonest, incompetent, and dumb lawyer alive. Now, Cohen is contradicting the sworn statements he made in court as part of his sentencing, saying that the charges were lies. Cohen told actor Tom Arnold last month that he is not guilty of the crimes that he told the court that he committed, and Arnold—this should be a Godzialla-style horror film: “Slimeball vs. Mega-Slimeball”—surreptitiously taped him. [Pointer: Res Ipsa Loquitur]