Personally, I’d prefer the Baby Shark Dance.
I have been in the Las Vegas airport for more than an hour now, and the only music continuously playing has been Wayne Newton, circa 1965. You know, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” and “Danke Schoen.” No wonder Millennials think we’re lame.
Las Vegas is depressing. Everywhere you go, there are lonely, aging, shabbily-dressed people sitting around looking lost, or chain smoking while they roboticly lose their money at garishly flashing gambling machines. It occured to me that the same addiction processes might be at work here as hwatever causes people today to stare at their smart phones rather than interact with the people around them. I saw a lot of that in Vegas too.
Today is my wedding anniversary, and I’m spending most of it in airplanes and airports. We chose November 23, changing the date by one day, because I didn’t want our anniversary to coincide with JFK’s assassination. ( Then my father, perverse as always, chose to die on my birthday…). Yesterday I had dinner with seven lively, intelligent people ranging in age from 25 to 45, and asked them if they knew the significance of the date, November 22. None did.
1. What IS this? The band Coldplay made news yesterday when it announced that it would no longer tour because of climate change. Presumably they are trying to avoid the hypocrite label being affixed to celebrity climate hysterics whose carbon footprint is approximately that of whole towns, as they jet around the world to tell everyone that they are doomed. Or were they just sick of touring, which is, I say mid-ethics tour, no fun after the novelty wears off, and wanted virtue points through grandstanding? This we do know: whether Coldplay tours or just hangs out in recording studios will have no impact on climate change whatsoever. I assume they know that.
2. Virginia counties are discussing becoming “gun sanctuaries,“ in anticipation of the Democrat majority legislature and governor enacting gun-hostile legislation. Whether it is guns or illegal aliens, this is a dangerous and unethical trend. States, cities and counties must not be able to just defy the law. There needs to be a set of legal penalties established for this conduct.
3. More from the Old Dominion State! Historical airbrushing and statue-toppling continues in Charlottesville, which proved that it’s not just Robert E. Lee and Confederate generals that it wants erased from history. The City Council voted to remove a statue depicting Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea, their Shoshone interpreter, because the latter isn’t represented in a posture that activists approve of.
The statue is being erased not because it depicts Lewis and Clark, but because Sacagawea isn’t standing like Wonder Woman, or something. Critics say it shows the Native American teenager “cowering and recoiling.” This, my friends, is confirmation bias. Emma George, who counts the interpreter among her ancestors, says, “I can say for myself, it did bring shame. It made me feel sadness and worthlessness, and that’s not how I was brought up,” Apparently she was brought up to be irrationally triggered by artworks, and to take statues personally. I recommend consulting with a psychiatrist. It’s not the statue’s fault.
The woman was relatively low-level member of the expedition whose reputation has been absurdly inflated solely because of her gender and race. Had a white man performed exactly the same function, he would be a historical trivia point at most. The statue doesn’t give Sacagawea (apparently the “j” in the name’s spelling is now politically incorrect) sufficient status in comparison with her bosses, so the “woke” would rather have no representation of her at all.