ARRGH! WE’RE DOOMED! DOOMED!
Just kidding. I’m sure I’ve mentioned Barry McGwire’s hilariously overwrought rendition of P.F. Sloan’s silly lyrics before. Everyone should listen to this song every few months or so to remind them that we were pronounced doomed 55 years ago, yet here we are. The lack of historical perspective and general knowledge about the real world of geopolitics is driving so much of the over-heated laments we are hearing and reading—I think laughing is a better response that rolling one’s eyes, but I’m open to being convinced otherwise. Yes, sometimes leaders and countries have to draw red lines, and it is always best if the world believes them when they do. It never believed Barack Obama.
1. Fake news, headline-style...Yesterday, the New York Times headline, in bold, “this is really important!!!” point type, told us that Trump’s military advisers were “stunned” at his decision to kill Iran’s head terrorist. Oh, no! His decision was surprise? Tt came out of the blue? They had recommended against it? Well, no. The story under that intentionally misleading headline says that the President was presented with several options, and the pros and cons of all were discussed. They expected him to choose one of the other options, that’s all. “Stunned” carried negative implications that the facts didn’t warrant, so naturally that’s what the Times editors chose. All the better to undermine trust in the President.
2. Not all celebrities are America-hating dolts:
3. For the record...I don’t think George Lopez’s remark upon hearing Iran’s 80 million dollar bounty on Trump’s life (“We’ll do it for half!”) is a true threat, and the Secret Service should leave him alone. It’s just a cheap, hateful, pandering joke any thug on the street could have made. Unfortunately, I’m sure the President will tweet about it.
4. KABOOM! The first item in this week’s “Social Q’s,” the advice column by Phillip Galanes, made my head explode. A woman asked him the proper way to respond to this:
Three friends gave her a gift card on her birthday. When she tried to use it, there was no balance on the card, though she had never taken it out of her wallet. The friend who purchased the card had gone back to the store with her receipt and had it reissued so she could use it to buy a dress for herself!
I have no idea what I’d do. The crime—that was a theft— made no sense; it was bound to be discovered. It’s not like she took the gift money to buy medicine for her sick child. It’s just a horrible thing to do to anybody, but especially a friend.The larcenous friend has to be confronted—the question is, can she be forgiven? Should she be forgiven? She certainly can never be trusted again.
This sounds like something George or Elaine would do on “Seinfeld.”
5. More reasons I’m glad my son decided that college was a waste of money. The College Reform reports that a student at Rutgers University was told by his professor that he should not use Bible quotes in academic papers, because, the professor argued, quoting Christian scripture was unnecessary to explain Christian beliefs and could be offensive to a Muslim or Jewish person. Later the student asked to meet with the professor to discuss the episode, which resulted in his losing a half-grade. His recording of this conversation (presumably without the professor’s consent–unethical!),the professor is heard to remind the student of the “separation of church and state”while noting that the Bible “may not be for everyone.” The professor added, “I think for instance this wouldn’t work for a Muslim or Jewish person.”
The professor–her name is Professor Kathe Sandler— is too ignorant to teach.
I was thinking about the Bible over the weekend, when I had occasion to see the original “Time Machine” film, starring Rod Taylor. (Did you know he turned down an offer to be the first James Bond? He would have been a good one.) At the end of the film, the professor has boarded his invention to return to the post-apocalyptic future, to help the Eloi rebuild civilization. Three books are missing from his library, and his friend, played by Alan Young (Mr. Ed’s owner on TV) wonders which three books he took. (This twist is original to the screenplay. It’s not in H.G. Welles novel.)
I think the first two books are obvious: The Complete Works of Shakespeare, and the Bible. (I assume the third would have to be an up-to-date book about basic science or mathematics.) For a college professor not to recognize the Bible’s importance as literature, and to think that the separation of church and state would prevent a student from quoting it in a paper (How?), is irrefutable proof of bias, incompetence, and intellectual bankruptcy. And she teaches at Rutgers!
6. I knew this all seemed familiar! New blogger on the scene Andrew Davis recalled when Ronald Reagan decided it was time to retaliate against a Middle East evil-doer:
This entire episode is reminiscent of the showdown between Ronald Reagan and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. In the mid-eighties Gaddafi’s goons blew up a night club in Berlin, injuring hundreds and killing a Marine. Reagan retaliated swiftly, dropping sixty tons of explosives on targets across Libya, including Gaddafi’s own home. The usual suspects hit him with the same barrage they’re hitting Trump with today. Maniac, bloodthirsty, senile etc. Gaddafi targeted us with terror attacks, and Reagan blew his house up the next day, killing a member of his family. There was no war. Gaddafi was an American lapdog for the next twenty-five years until, in her infinite wisdom, Secretary Clinton organized his ouster.
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