1. Talk about a newspaper column that is exactly the opposite of the truth! The Times had an essay in its “Review” section this Sunday with a title that gave me a shock: “Want to Be Less Racist? Move to Hawaii”
The headline would have been more accurate if it read, “Want to live in the only state with lawful and open racial discrimination? Move to Hawaii!” Hawaii gives special benefits to residents with full or partial Native Hawaiian ancestry. There is a special Hawaiian registry program which verifies an individual’s Native Hawaiian ancestry, so the favored race can receive such goodies that are unavailable to other racial groups as buying land for a home at only $1 a year, low-interest loans, and admission for their children to the elite Kamehameha Schools.
Anecdotally, I can also state that the only time in my life that I felt I was the target of racial epithets was in college, when the Hawaiian contingent frequently derided me and my white room mates as “howlies,” a disparaging Island term reserved for anyone who is not a native Hawaiian. I will always remember my 6’5″ roommate Dave ending the practice by saying to the two main offenders, “If I ever hear that word from any of you again, I promise that I will shove you, Howie, directly up Reggie’s ass, head first. Are we clear on that?”
Dave never bluffed, and seldom joked. That was the last time we were called “howlies.”
2. Nike is not just scum, but cowardly, sniveling scum. Nike Inc. cancelled a U.S.A.-themed sneaker featuring the Betsy Ross American flag because Head NFL Kneeler Colin Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, told company officials that he and others felt that the historic flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery.
The Air Max 1 USA had been designed for release in celebration of the July Fourth holiday, and scheduled to go on sale this week. The heel of the shoe featured a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle, the original flag created during the American Revolution and known as the Betsy Ross flag.
Wow! How racist can you get!
After shipping the shoes to retailers, Nike asked for them to be returned. “Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” a Nike spokeswoman said.
Everyone else is free to do what they want, but I wouldn’t have a Nike product in my home.
4. Monkey Ethics. It’s a small thing, indeed a small furry thing, but Hollywood has been trying to undermine the public’s basic understanding of monkey evolution and biology for decades, and there’s no excuse for it. I learned in grade school that Old World monkeys, in Africa and Asia, are tail-less, while New World monkeys, in Central and South America, have prehensile tails, a definite upgrade. So why, in the Dustin Hoffman thriller “Outbreak,”are we repeatedly told that the tail-possessing Capuchin monkey that causes a hemorrhagic fever outbreak in the U.S. was captured in Africa? For that matter, why is the same South American species hanging around Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” when Indy is in Egypt?
The reason appears to be that Capuchin monkeys are cute and much, much easier to train that any African type. Thus its OK to make audiences ignorant.
5. Superb concise summary of the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck from Victor David Hanson:
“We are now in the fourth year of an anti-Trump mania, and about reaching the point of caricature. The Left should have learned something after the failed celebrity appeal to undermine the Electoral College, the initial articles of impeachment, the empty invocations of the Logan Act, the Emoluments Clause, and the 25th Amendment, the 22-month, $35 million Mueller investigation deflation, the periodic silly ‘bombshell’ announcements of perennially wrong and comical Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the pathetic palace coup attempt of Andrew McCabe, the assassination chic from the likes of Madonna, Snoop Dogg, or Kathy Griffin, or the deification of the slimy prophet Michael Avenatti. Not at all.”
6. And now for something completely stupid. Today on our local Northern Virginia cable channel, the chattering heads were in intense debate over the tale of a wife who was frustrated with her failure to lose weight until her loving husband surreptitiously replaced a Size 10 tag on one of her garments with a Size 6. She was thrilled—this is called confirmation bias—and though her husband only intended for the switcheroo to be a one-time thing, he repeated the hoax more than once.
Now she has realized what he was doing—she found some old clothes she couldn’t fit into with missing tags, and the jig was up—-and is furious. “Is that fair?,” viewers were asked this morning. After all, the husband deceived her out of love!
The scenario reminded me of “Mean Girls,” when Cady (Lindsay Lohan) sabotages the high school’s Queen Bee Regina by tricking her into eating “Swedish nutrition bars” as a diet snack, when the bar were really high caloric meal substitutes that make her gain weight.
Post script: “Mean Girls” was 15 years ago, and Lindsay Lohan was a teen, gorgeous, and had the brightest future imaginable. Now she’s an ex-patriot, trafficking in reality shows and desperation. She marked her 33rd birthday with a nude selfie. Sic transit gloria.