Everything is seemingly spinning out of control!
1. For example, this stupid controversy, and surprisingly, it involves the Kardashian family. Kylie Jenner, Kim’s half-sister, is, as you may know, a “social media influencer,” which means companies pay her millions to use Instagram to promote their brands or products to the mouth-breathing idiots who follow this fatuous and useless celebrity.
Kylie recently issued a post featuring this photo of herself nude in a huge straw hat…
which rankled another “influencer,” Amanda Ensing—how can someone get paid to influence people when I’ve never heard of them?— who accused Jenner of stealing her pose. Ensling has more than one million followers on both YouTube and Instagram, where she posts her outfits, makeup looks, travel experiences, and hairstyles, and had previously appeared on Instagram like this…
She implied that Jenner had engaged inInstagram pose plagiarism, or something. (There’s no such thing.) The ever-articulate half-Kardashian lashed back, in words reminiscent of Dryden or Wilde in high form,
“from the words of Kim K ur not on my mood board but i did get my inspo off Pinterest”
This exchange justified breathless accounts in People, The Daily Beast, Cosmo, E!, Us, and dozens of other websites, as well as celebrity cable shows, spreading the false impression that what these semi-literate narcissists say or do matters, thus increasing their ability to make our young trivial and even dumber that our schools make them.
Apparently Pierre Auguste Renoir isn’t active on social media, or he might have complained to both “influencers.”
2. From Minnesota, a very different kind of stupid: In an epic example of woke virtue-signaling because Nationalism Bad, the city council for St. Louis Park in Minnesota decided to end the practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at its meetings—you know, to be more “inclusive,” which means to pander to members who don’t care that much for the United Sates of America. Then they were shocked to discover that a very vocal majority of constituents found the move offensive, so the city council members did a complete 180, said, “Never mind!” and reversed themselves unanimously,though complaining bitterly and implying that Deplorables made them do it. Integrity! Principle over expediency!
But this is Rep. Ilhan Omar’s district, which elected an anti-American bigot to Congress, probably because the majority of normal citizens weren’t paying attention. No wonder the council members are confused.
Protestor Marni Hockenberg said she regarded the council’s anti-Pledge decisionas another freedom “being taken away from us bit by bit.” “Why take that right away from other Americans who are really proud to be united and indivisible in one nation?” she said. “I think the Pledge of Allegiance celebrates our diversity, that we’re all united.”
I don’t know what “right” she’s talking about, but she’s in the correct ballpark.
3. The King’s Pass, again. Former NBA star Chuck “The Rifleman” Person avoided prison time after pleading guilty to taking bribes as an NCAA coach to steer student-athletes to a financial adviser. How did he avoid jail time? The judge, U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska, said that he was such a good guy that he deserved leniency. You see, he had given so much money to charity that he was broke.
Note to judge: Good guys don’t commit felonies to line their own pockets.
Person, a former assistant basketball coach at Auburn University, was one of four coaches who were nabbed in yet another NCAA scandal, this one involving Marty Blazer, a former financial adviser turned government witness who gave Person $91,500 in illegal loans. The judge allowed Person to avoid the sentencing guidelines’ recommended prison sentence because he was generous to family members, buying them houses, cars and homes, and purchased school uniforms and computers for his high school in Alabama, and a softball complex for kids in the town of Laverne, Alabama.
Note to judge 2: The gangsters of the Twenties and Thirties also were known for their generosity to the “little people.” Jeffrey Epstein, the child predator who received a lenient plea deal from ex-Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, costing the latter his job, contributed many millions to various worthy causes and institutions. Funny, nobody has concluded from his generosity that he was too good to jail.
“In my view, these crimes came about because of Mr. Person’s acts of charity,” Judge Preska said. So Person just has to pay back the bribes he received, and do 200 hours of community service mentoring underprivileged kids at a facility in Georgia.
“The worst thing you have to say is that you were charitable to a fault,” she told Person, who wiped tears from his face repeatedly. “Keep up the good work.”
No, the worst thing was that he betrayed the trust of students, his employer, the NCAA and his sport. “Keep up the good work”????? KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK????
“No purpose would be served by incarceration,” Preska added. No purpose other than upholding the law, that is.
4. Orwellian speech control I Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) this week introduced H.R. 3776, a bill to prohibit federal agencies from using the word “alien” to refer to foreign nationals. Castro is the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and 13 of the 16 cosponsors are members of the caucus as well. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also cosponsored the legislation. What a surprise.
“Words matter. It’s vital that we respect the dignity of immigrants fleeing violence and prosecution in our language,” Castro said in a press release on the bill. “The words ‘alien’ and ‘illegal alien’ work to demonize and dehumanize the migrant community. They should have no place in our government’s description of human beings.”
Non-citizen human beings who deliberately break U.S. laws to cross our borders are illegal aliens, and a law preventing us from saying so doesn’t change reality, any more than “War is Peace” did in “1984.”
5. Orwellian speech control 2…Colorado State University has an “Inclusive Language Guide for students. Among the word and phrases disapproved:
That’s about half. You can see the whole list here, if you have the stomach for it.