I’m blotto, my friends.
It’s been a long day. But I still have some items to review in my waning moments of clarity…
1. Again, movie Bowdlerizing. Why does this keep happening? I know it was routine in the Sixties to bleep and cut vulgar words out of movies on TV, but even then it was a practice that marred films great and small, ruined the directors’ and the screenwriters’ craft, and warped character, humor and intensity. Now, when Congress members spit out charming epithets like “motherfucker” at will, the sensitivity to tender ears makes no sense at all. Why don’t studios and directors stand up for the integrity of their work? All the “Forget you!” exclamations are bad enough, but sometimes memorable exchanges are lost to dumb Puritanism.
Last night I watched the end of “Stand By Me” before I went to bed. In the climactic scene where Ace and his gang of hoods tries to take the dead body from the four 12-year-old protagonists, young Gordie LaChance (Played by a pre-“Star Trek” Wil Wheaton) points a revolver at the gang leader ( Kiefer Sutherland). When Ace accuses Gordy of bluffing, the mild-mannered kid cocks the gun and says, with chilling intensity, “Suck my fat one, you cheap dimestore hood.” That line was excised completely, as was the humorous retort by Chris (River Phoenix) after the gang retreats, “Suck my fat one? Who told you you had a fat one, LaChance?” To which Gordie replies, “Biggest one in four counties.”
2. More on Schumer… I’m desperate to find a full transcript of Schumer’s Senate remarks today defending himself against Mitch McConnell’s absolutely fair and accurate condemnation of Schumer’s threatening rant against the two Supreme Court justices yesterday. I heard it live this morning, and I thought, “Wow! This may be the most impressive array of non-stop rationalizations to try to excuse the inexcusable that I’ve ever heard!”
I know this: it culminated in #64, Yoo’s Rationalization or “It isn’t what it is, ” when the Senator said, “Of course, I did not intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court, and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise.” Of course! It’s a gross distortion to imply that Schumer meant what the clear meaning of his words conveyed, rather than something that his words didn’t suggest at all.
Yoo’s Rationalization or “It isn’t what it is” turns up everywhere, and has since time began. A mother swears that her serial killer son “is a good boy,” so she doesn’t have to face that fact that he’s not. It is denial, it is lying, but it is lying to convince oneself, because the truth is unbearable, or inconvenient. It is asserting that the obvious is the opposite of what it is, hoping that enough people will be deluded, confused or corrupted to follow a fraudulent argument while convincing yourself as well.
But there are so, so many others!
3. Is a puzzlement! The question conservative pundits have been asking is a legitimate one, and deserves an answer, preferably from Hillary Clinton. If Michael Bloomberg’s 500 million dollars in marketing and attack ads couldn’t get him any more than a single primary victory in American Samoa, how is it that silly Russian social media disinformation somehow won the 2016 election for Donald Trump?
4. This is nice...Melonnie Hicks, director of the Pioneer City Museum in Sweetwater, Texas, posted this on Facebook as Super Tuesday dawned: “I hope every single one of you pieces of shit that votes republican, dies today.” The museum’s board of directors scheduled an emergency meeting as a result of the statement. Hicks reportedly apologized and deleted the tweet.
Should she be fired? If course she should. She’s deranged. Her judgment is wretched; she can no longer be trusted.
5. I suppose I have to say something about Elizabeth Warren dropping out, but it’s not going to be pleasant. She was, as readers here know, the Ethics Alarms pick as the most unethical of the Democratic candidates, a distinction she earned by repeatedly lying about her personal history and making statements aimed at the ignorant that she knew, knew were absurd as a lawyer and scholar. It was fairly nauseating to read so many once intelligent Facebook friends bemoaning her demise today. Was it really just because she is a woman? How disheartening that anyone can convince themselves that such self-evident nonsense is true. Here’s a whole article pushing that false premise. Warren didn’t fail because there is a bias against women as leaders, (though there is ). Warren lost because she is a cynical demagogue and a phony, and didn’t hide either nearly well enough.