These trustworthy scones are divine!
1. First, the important stuff: peanut butter ethics. Now Jif, the peanut butter, has joined the detestable ranks of consumer products that deliberately evoke the vulgarity “fuckin'” in its advertising. Booking.com was the first company chided here for this particular offense against minimal civility, when I wrote,
Ethics dictates that one communicates with respect for anyone within hearing distance, and unless ugly words serve a material purpose, using them is not the mark of a good citizen, a good neighbor, or a trustworthy human being. Nor is spouting vulgarity witty, and unless you are 11, and employing obvious code words that sound like curses, epithets and obscenities isn’t especially funny either, since we pretty much exhausted the possibilities at summer camp. I have no idea why anyone would want to recast the culture as a place where professionals curse like sailors and the words “fuck” and “cocksucker” are as likely to issue from a debutante’s lips as those of a hip hop artist, but that seems to be the objective now. … TV stations happily accept money from advertisers using code words for “ass” (Verizon), alluding to sexual intercourse (Reese’s), and evoking the word “shit” (K-Mart and DraftKings).
Booking.com no longer uses this device, but Jif now pronounces itself “Jif’n good!” Fortunately, this peanut butter aficionado regards Jiff as the least of the national brands and varieties (1. Skippy Natural 2. Skippy regular, 3. Peter Pan crunchy 4. Peter Pan smooth…and Jif, bringing up the rear.
Now I won’t even buy this peanut smutter when it’s on sale.
2. Apparently the mainstream media AND the Democrats are determined to dash what’s left of their rotting credibility to smithereens with this last ditch impeachment push:
- Today’s “Japanese Bombs Pearl Harbor” size headline across the New York Times print edition: TRUMP ASKED FOR ‘FAVOR’ IN CALL, MEMO SHOWS.” Again, this would be really funny if it wasn’t so destructive.
- Showing unprecedented lack of respect for the office of President (and proving beyond any doubt that no American who wants fair and objective reporting on politics should tune into MSNBC), the network’s Nicole Wallace cut off the audio at President’s first news conference since House Democrats opened a formal impeachment inquiry,, saying, “We hate to do this, really, but the president isn’t telling the truth.”
- In Congress, on TV, Rep. Adam Schiff read into the record his “paraphrase” of the transcript of the President’s phone call to the Ukraine President. Sample:
“I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good, I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it, on this and on that, I’m going to put you in touch with people.”
“Is he just making this up?” Committee member Mile Turner (R-Ohio) asked. Indeed he was. Althouse’s commenters are having a field day on this. Ann’s readership is ideologically mixed, but you couldn’t tell that from the utter contempt Schiff’s stunt inspired.
3. Ah, if this drunk lawyer was only as quick on his feet as Bill Fallon! In Ohio, lawyer Brian Joseph Halligan has been suspended for two years (with 18 months stayed) after he was accused of showing up for a client’s felony trial smelling of alcohol and refusing to submit to a breath-alcohol test. His story was reminiscent of a story about fabled, if unethical, attorney William Fallon, I recounted here in 2016. A high-functioning alcoholic who eventually died when his liver gave out in his forties, Fallon started one trial so plastered that everyone in the courtroom could smell the fumes. “Is it possible,” the judge said, “that the court smells liquor on counsel?” Fallon smiled, and bowed deeply. “If Your Honor’s sense of justice is as keen as your sense of smell,” he said, “then my client need have no fear in this court!” The onlookers and jury applauded furiously, and the judge, smiling, waved him on to continue. He probably won the case, too.
4. Because raising kids to be confused about their gender is so good for them and society, Mattel is aiming to be “more inclusive” with a new line of gender-neutral dolls introduced this week, aimed at kids who identify as gender fluid, and don’t identify as having a fixed gender like male or female.
I am confident that this irresponsible pandering and virtue-signaling exercise will be about as successful as “Growing-up Skpper,” Barbie’s short-lived little sister who grew taller and sprouted boobs when you twisted her arm around. But hey, it might be really successful and significantly increase the number of gender reassignment surgeries and the number of individuals who insist on being called “they”!
5. Acts 4 and 5 of this ridiculous, depressing story [Pointer: Arthur in Maine]:
- Act Four: Aaron Calvin, the creep Iowa Register reporter who went looking for dirt in reluctant public figure Carson King’s twitter account, resulting in his newspaper publishing racist tweets from when the 24-year-old was a teen, apparently had not heard the old saw about glass houses. Someone went fishing in Calvin’s social media accounts, and found this, among other ugly statements:
Now the Register is investigating him.
- Act Five: Yesterday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, would be “Carson King Day.”
In Act 6, President Trump asks the president of the Ukraine to investigate King as a favor.