1. I’ve been trying to find away to fit Reps. Ocasio-Cortez. Tlaib and Omar into a parody of Abraham, Martin and John. “AOC, Omar and Tlaib” almost works... An investigation by Minnesota’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board into Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has determined she violated campaign finance laws dating back to when she served a single term in the State House of Representatives from 2016-2018. The report also reveals that Omar filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 with Ahmed Hirsi, even though she was married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi from 2009-2017.
Let me know if you hear about this from any mainstream media outlet.
2. Individually, there are a lot of wonderful, funny, brilliant and admirable theater people. As a group, however, it is a cowardly, biased, intellectually lazy herd with the political sophistication of third graders.
I wrote on Facebook about the Ethics Alarms post on D.C.’s Studio Theater cancelling a production that reveals the text messages between the “FBI Lovebirds” who dished about how the Deep State would sabotage Donald Trump. The majority of my more than 400 Facebook friends are involved in theater. None of them commented on the issue. The apparent reasons are apathy, hypocrisy, or fear of being labelled a “Trump supporter” because they don’t applaud active censorship of the truth when it is inconvenient to the plots of “the resistance.” I don’t care which it is: the response is disgraceful…and typical.
Hollywood writer Christian Toto contacted 14 theaters across the country to ask their response to Studio’s actions. None of them responded. Among the fourteen were New Neighborhood and Slightly Altered States, theatrical groups which took part in the dramatic readings of the Mueller Report (the attending of which is a reliable indication of late stage Trump Derangement–I presume the theaters will follow up with readings of the phone book). Christian Toto writes,
“Imagine if unseen forces threatened violence against that Mueller Report reading, an event framed as critical of President Trump. Does anyone think those same 14 theatre groups would have remained silent?”
Should I ask my Facebook friends?
3. The “Do Something” lawsuit. Twenty one Oregon teenagers filed a lawsuit in 2015 arguing that the failure of government leaders to combat climate change violates their constitutional right to a clean environment. It was delayed while the Supreme Court considered an emergency request from the Obama administration to kill it. Last year, the court refused to grant the Trump administration’s plea to stop the case before trial, and sent it back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
The Trump administration’s lawyers, like the Obama administration’s lawyers earlier, are that “there is no fundamental constitutional right to a ‘stable climate system.’ ”
Wow. You really have to argue that?
The suit is an attempted end-around democratic processes. It never should have proceeded this far, and the courts that allowed it to do so are allowing themselves to be used as tools of an attempted interest group dictatorship.
4. I’m unimpressed. Alan Turing, regarded as the inventor of the modern computer and artificial intelligence, whose work was instrumental in allowing the the Allies to break the Nazi Enigma Code , never received the honor of an obituary in the New York Times. The reason was that Turing was gay, and was ostracized by the British government while the extent of his contributions to science and the victory over Germany in WWII had not been revealed to the public. He died, a suicide, in 1954.
Subsequently, Turning’s immense importance was eventually publicized in articles, books, TV shows and movies, including the Academy Award nominated “The Imitation Game.” So finally the Times generously provided, 65 years late, an obituary this week.
It’s not a remedy to a wrong; obituaries are news. We know Turing’s dead. The Times is just engaging in more virtue signalling. Turing was gay and on the autistic spectrum—isn’t the Times terrific to give him such a send-off?
Maybe the Times, once it comes to its senses and realizes that pimping for one political party and actively working to undermine a President by slanting its reporting will publish fair and objective news stories about the Mueller report and the unethical conduct of Democrats during the last three years—in 2082.
That will make everything all right. Retroactively, of course.
In related news, the New York Police Department apologized yesterday for its brutal handling of the Stonewall riots, 50 years ago.
5. And here’s a story that unites so many themes today! A group called Super Happy Fun America has chosen LGBTQ Pride Month, that’s this month, in case your’re not up to speed, o organize a “straight pride” parade in Boston August, in the manner of Boston’s “LGTB Pride” parade, which either has happened or will. (I don’t keep track of parades.) Apparently this effort is being criticized. Here’s a poll:
6. I always applaud creativity:
- I have been persuaded that reusable cloth bags are unsanitary, use more energy in cleaning than plastic bags, and are generally “woke” environmental nonsense.
- I would revel in carrying the bags pictured, which are obviously intended as humorous. The device doesn’t accomplish what it purports to.
- I strongly suspect that the market knows the words on the bag won’t work, and that it is a publicity stunt exploiting environmental concerns rather than addressing them. This would be dishonest and unethical.
- If the market were serious, it would force shoppers to carry bags with such logos as..
—Keep Women naked, pregnant , and in the kitchen
—Make Men responsible: castrate them all.
—The Third Reich will rise!
and, of course,…
Make America Great Again