The old Simon and Garfunkle song accurately describes when I woke up this morning…
1. I think that settles it. I’m going to flush myself down the toilet...Yesterday, an educated, adult woman of my acquaintance told her Facebook friends about her terrible treatment by Alamo Rental Cars. When a FBF responded with a refeence to Santa Anna, she replied, “???” Yes, she had no idea what “Alamo” referred to. This speaks to a catastrophic failure of the American education system.
On the bright side, ignorant citizens are the target audience of many of the highest polling Democratic candidates for President.
2. Ethics Hero: Whoopi Goldberg? On ABC’s “The View,” a show that relentlessly lowers the IQ of anyone who watches it for more than 5 minutes, co-host Whoopi Goldberg began the first show of the new season to condemn efforts in actors in Hollywood to blacklist conservatives and Trump supporters, a practice encouraged by tweets from “Will and Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack over the weekend. After some back and forth with the assorted idiots who share the panel with her, Whoopi said,
Listen, last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves. This is not a good idea, okay? Your idea of who you don’t want to work with is your personal business. Do not encourage people to print out lists because the next list that comes out, your name will be on and then people will be coming after you. No one — nobody — we had something called a blacklist and a lot of really good people were accused of stuff. Nobody cared whether it was true or not. They were accused. And they lost their right to work. You don’t have the right in this country. People can vote for who they want to. That is one of the great rights of this country. You don’t have to like it, but we don’t — we don’t go after people because we don’t like who they voted for. We don’t go after them that way. We can talk about issues and stuff but we don’t print out lists, and I’m sure you guys misspoke when you said that because you — it sounded like a good idea. Think about it. Read about it. Remember what the blacklist actually meant to people, and don’t encourage anyone, anyone to do it!
I wonder how many people who don’t know about the Alamo know about the blacklist?
3. Just a reminder that the news media was never trustworthy. The Washington Post, ironically, revealed that this iconic photo from the Great Depression, intended to convey courage, hope, and American industriousness while being represented as a candid shot..
…was in fact staged, and the casual workers eating lunch while being suspended thousands of feet above the city may not even have been too far from a safe landing place.
4. Good. A 9-4 decision last week by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned earlier rulings to hold that travelers can sue the government over misconduct by federal airport screeners, because the agents often act like law enforcement officers, such as when when engage in invasive searches. A district court and a three-judge panel had previously ruled that TSA officers are only screeners who inspect passengers and bags.
5. Hey! I never thought of that! Protecting a the Bill of Rights can make you a terrorist! The reliably absurd San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution yesterday declaring the National Rifle Association as a “domestic terrorist organization.” The creed says that the U.S. is “plagued by an epidemic of gun violence,” and accuses the NRA of using “its considerable wealth and organization strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.”
“All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association’s influence,” the resolution says, parading the Board’s ignorance in all directions. [Pointer: Steve Witherspoon]
* A New York Times headline in the prescient science fiction novel, “IQ 83,” in which a virus begins reducing the intelligence of Americans to idiot levels. The scientist responsible for the virus’s escape from his lab must try to find a cure before he becomes too stupid.