Or so it seems, anyway. Have people already started ignoring life for Thanksgiving? Or am I being punished for not being able to squeeze enough posts out while driving, flying, typing in crowds and moving in and out of various abodes while trying to work? To make it worse, there was a lot going on that required some time and solitude to research and analyze, and I just didn’t have it. I also managed to make myself sick. Tuesday and Wednesday had the worst non-holiday mid-week traffic of 2019, and Saturday had the lowest number of visits for that day in three years.
Well, as Andy Kinkaid, my late, cynic-philosopher college roommate, a ruined Vietnam veteran, used to respond several times each day to every argument, disappointment, tragedy, catastrophe, and piece of bad news as he smiled and retreated to his darkened room to get stoned, “Fuck it, right?“
1. Apparently there is a copyright battle over the obnoxious catch-phrase “OK, Boomer!,” the viral dismissive insult being hurled at Baby Boomers who dare to question the wisdom, passion, and hive-mind beliefs of Gen. Z-ers and Millenials. It looks like all such efforts to “own” the phrase are doomed, because it has rapidly become so ubiquitous as a put-down so quickly that nobody can prove it originated with them.
Has it occurred to any of the smug little snots brushing aside their elders that this is nothing but a personal ad hominem attack without substance, no more fair or valid, and just as rude and bigoted, as “Shut up, bitch,” “Go home to your mother, Pee-Wee,” or “Get a job, Pedro”? As a Baby Boomer, I think we ought to agree on a standard retort to “OK, Boomer” of equal substance and wit, and I hereby nominate “Keep flailing, Dumb-Ass!”
2. Speaking of Millennials, a New York Times social columnist informs me that they have decreed that on-line the term “OK” or “Okay” is now considered rude, and the proper term is “k-k,” which sound to me like a Klan chapter short of members, or someone with a stutter. Just because you want to create ugly and pointless new conventions to metaphorically mark your cyber-territory doesn’t mean I have to assent.
And no, I never have and never will use LOL or LMAO. They’ll have to shoot me first.
3. Unethical bathrooms. I was on an American Airlines plane model that appeared to be new while flying from Phoenix to D.C., and it was incredibly small. I would estimate that more than 10% of the passengers couldn’t possibly fit in it. The toilet paper was pressing against by shoulder, giving me the choice of dislocating my left arm or somehow reaching all the way across my body with my right. The only way to turn around while standing to use the sink was to plaster both arms to my side, and slowly rotate. As for aspiring Mile High Club members, forget it. An Andersonville prisoner couldn’t squeeze in there with Twiggy. (“WHO?” ask the Millennials…)
Surely the FAA can’t think those things are adequate, necessary or safe.
4. Yet another segue…Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader who is widely expected to bury whatever impeachment articles the berserk Democrats pass, is married to Trump’s Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao. Isn’t that a conflict of interest? I know it pales in comparison to some of the other conflicts we tolerate in Congress, but I still think in a matter as important as impeachment, attention must be paid.
This impeachment might just kill impeachments for all time, especially when paired with the Clinton fiasco. The public should have trust and faith in the process: the House holds a bi-partisan investigation of instances of at least arguably clear examples of serious Presidential misconduct that don’t require one’s brain imitating a Cirque du Soleil contortionist to conclude meet the “high crimes and misdemeanors” standard. Then, after a House vote that doesn’t expose the effort as a thinly veiled partisan coup, the Senate holds a genuine, fair, transparent trial on the charges, and Senators are allowed to vote their consciences.
Clinton’s impeachment trial was blatantly rigged, because neither party in the Senate wanted any part of it. A second rigged trial risks delegitimizing a necessary Constitutional process, when it isn’t abused.
5. “Survivor”= Bizarro World. From People:
Survivor: Island of the Idols contestants Elizabeth Beisel and Missy Byrd are apologizing after this week’s highly controversial episode, in which they admitted to exaggerating allegations of “inappropriate touching” from fellow contestant Dan Spilo. In a statement posted on Twitter Thursday, Beisel, 27, apologized to “Survivor viewers, past players, family and friends…After watching the episode, my eyes were opened to a completely different truth, and I received an abundance of information that I was entirely unaware of while playing the game,” she wrote. “I had no idea the severity of the situation.”
Beisel then apologized to contestant Kellee Kim, who was the first person to express concern about Spilo allegedly being too touchy and violating her personal space on the show, even after making multiple requests for him to stop.
“I was sick to my stomach watching the episode and seeing how much pain you were in,” Beisel wrote. “I wholeheartedly apologize to you for using your accusations against Dan for gameplay.”
The Times tries to explain,
Early in Wednesday’s episode, Ms. Kim and Ms. Byrd bonded over what they described as unwanted physical contact by Mr. Spilo, such as his brushing aside Ms. Kim’s hair despite her having asked him to stop touching her, and putting his arm on Ms. Byrd as she tried to sleep. In a confessional, Ms. Kim then tearfully described how she felt upon realizing that other women had similar experiences: “This isn’t just one person, it’s a pattern,” she said.
Ms. Kim said that, despite her genuine discomfort with Mr. Spilo’s actions, she would not let it cloud her judgment. She said,…she could use Mr. Spilo as a “decoy” vote while targeting Ms. Byrd. Meanwhile, Ms. Byrd conspired with Ms. Beisel to play up their discomfort with Mr. Spilo in conversations with others while instead secretly targeting Ms. Kim.
In the end, a majority of the contestants voted to kick Ms. Kim off the island, while the rest cast their votes for Mr. Spilo, who remained. Later, after he was confronted by another female contestant who had heard the accusations, Mr. Spilo sought out Ms. Byrd and Ms. Beisel, who both played down what they had said.
“Dan, the only thing that we can say to that is that if we truly, truly felt that, did we not have the power to vote you out tonight?” Ms. Byrd said.
“I have never felt uncomfortable,” Ms. Beisel said separately, in a confessional.
In a tribal council discussion at the end of the show, Mr. Spilo offered an apology while Ms. Kim, who had already been voted off, sat nearby.
“My personal feeling is if anyone ever felt for a second uncomfortable about anything I’ve ever done, I’m horrified about that and I’m terribly sorry,” he said.
I detest “Survivor.” If the game wasn’t being secretly manipulated by the writers and producers, it might be an educational exercise in situational ethics and how people interact in a competition where usual ethical standards are suspended. But it is manipulated, so watching it is a waste of time. However, there is no reason why a competition where stealing, lying, betrayal and cheating are all permitted shouldn’t shrug off the women manipulating a sexual harassment scenario. To have any integrity at all, and “anything goes” game must not suddenly decide that some violating some ethical principles is unacceptable after the fact.
On Bizarro World, where they eat the plates and throw away the food, applying Earth ethics makes no sense. A game like “Survivor” can’t jump back and forth between “anything goes” and #MeToo sensitivity without becoming incomprehensible.
6. What’s the appropriate punishment for this? TMZ reports that NBA super-star LeBron James was leaving restaurant in Oklahoma City when fans approached and asked him for autographs. Before borading a waiting SUV, James, class act and role model for young African Americans everywhere who regard him as a hero, lifted his leg and intentionally farted in their general direction, and did so with sufficient gusto that it was picked by a cell phone camera’s audio from the other side of the parking lot.
Baseball players have been suspended for calling another player a “fag” on the field. Former Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was suspended for months for being verbally abusive to his wife. On January 15, 2003, NBA star Rasheed Wallace confronted and threatened a referee in the parking lot after the ref had given him a technical foul during a game….but the player didn’t try to fart on him.
I’d say this is serious misconduct, juvenile as it is, and as arguably the biggest star in pro basketball, James’ should be reprimanded, fined enough to hurt (meaning seven figures) and suspended long enough to burden his team.
He won’t be, of course. Nowhere is the King’s Pass more powerful than in professional sports.