That hilarious novelty song, a big hit in the same year Kennedy was shot, is now too politically incorrect to play in the U.S. Is it also song non grata Down Under?
1. Unethical Headline of the Day. From the Washington Freebeacon, a conservative news site: Dem Megadonor, Gun-Control Activist Harvey Weinstein Convicted on Rape Charges. This unethical device is used a lot now, though seldom this flagrantly. It’s Cognitive Dissonance Scale gamesmanship, attempting to smear positions that the headline-writer opposes by linking them to conduct that they have no relationship to. There is no logical reason why gun control or the Democrats should be implicated in a headline to Weinstein’s rape conviction. I’m not even sure the connection belongs in the news story at all.
2. Gee, I wonder why the President doesn’t trust his intelligence specialists. The Russian collusion conspiracy theory flared up again among the Trump Deranged after Shelby Pierson, the official in the intelligence community charged with election security, apparently botched her briefing to Congress.
Three national security officials told CNN that the briefer falsely (wrongly, mistakenly) said that Russia was planning to help Trump win re-election:
The US intelligence community has assessed that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and has separately assessed that Russia views Trump as a leader they can work with. But the US does not have evidence that Russia’s interference this cycle is aimed at reelecting Trump, the officials said. “The intelligence doesn’t say that,” one senior national security official told CNN. “A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that. It’s more that they understand the President is someone they can work with, he’s a dealmaker.”
Since this comes from CNN, otherwise known as Bash The President Central, it cannot be dismissed as administration spin. My Facebook Friends reacted to the original story with utter glee, gloating that they knew Russia viewed Trump as a Russian asset.
If Trump fired her, and I wouldn’t blame him, he’ll be accused of a “purge.”
3. What’s happened to Australia’s sense of humor? Enfield Memorial Park, an Australian cemetery, removed the headstone on the grave of of Peter “Pete” Robert Bridge (April 1, 1986 – April 7, 2019) without informing the deceased’s family. The reason? His grave marker featured a photo of Bridge telling the world off as his final gesture for posterity:
When Arthur Bridge, the deceased’s father, was informed by a friend that the stone has been removed, he immediately contacted cemetery staff and was told there had been complaints about the photograph.
Boy, I would have thought a raised middle finger to the cosmos would be regarded as the most Australian thing imaginable. In the U.S., epitaphs like this one…
…are not forbidden. Cheeky epitaphs are a welcome change from the solemn bare bones (sorry) variety. My dad would have loved to have a snarky comment on his headstone, but such is not permitted in Arlington National Cemetery, and being laid to rest there was more important to him than giving an amusing or defiant sign-off. Dad was especially fond of Winston Churchill’s message, “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”
I have many favorites, including this classic…
… but I think my new favorite is actor Jack Lemmon’s gravestone:
Regarding Peter Bridge’s “up yours” photo, count me in with the argument on the family’s Change.org petition, which says in part,
“…the picture of Peter is so small, you’d have to be standing right in front of it to even see it properly. If his picture did offend someone, why is it anyone’s problem but theirs? That is our son’s personal resting space.”
4. This is a wild story and has a happy ending, but I don’t understand it at all. A weird NHL rule requires the home team to have a designated emergency goalie available in case either team loses both of their goalies during a game. For a recent game, the Toronto Maple Leafs, apparently not taking the rule very seriously, had designated David Ayres, a Toronto Zamboni driver.
When Carolina Hurricanes goalie James Reimer went down with an injury, to be quickly followed to the bench by Carolina backup Petr Mrazek, Ayres, who had been watching the game in Scotiabank Arena with his wife, was told to suit up, because he was going into the net. Ayers went on to make eight saves in helping his team- for-a-day to a 6-3 victory over the Leafs. He received a standing ovation from the 19,414 fans in the arena and was doused in celebratory beers by players on the Hurricanes.
Wasn’t this a looming conflict of interest? I guarantee that if a Fenway Park groundskeeper was brought into a game as an emergency relief pitcher for the Yankees and he struck out the Sox in the ninth inning, he wouldn’t get an ovation. He would have to leave the city in the dead of night, wearing a mask.