1. Idiotic movie ethics. Last night I watched “Five-Headed Shark Attack,” hoping to discover a new all-time bad horror movie. First, it wasn’t that terrible, meaning that it was a total waste of time. Mainly, however, the title was a shark bait-and-switch. The preview (and the posters) said the shark had 5 heads and was shaped like a starfish. No, it had four heads, and looked exactly like a Disney cartoon character’s glove.
Late in the movie, we saw that the monster’s tail had a mouth (once we saw it gobble a foot that slipped by the four heads), but it had no eyes, guided the shark like a tail, and no character in the film ever saw it, so the creature was never once called a “Five-Headed Shark.” My wife and I had an argument over my contention that just because a tail has teeth, that doesn’t make it a head.
2. I think we can fairly conclude now how serious progressives and Democrats are about standing up for women and fighting against sexual assault and harassment: They’re not . #MeToo and #TimesUp are clearly political weapons to be used against conservatives, Republicans and abortion opponents, real or otherwise, and certain groups, like black Democrats, are immune, even from adverse opinion.
Nice. A lot of women are going to suffer because of this, and they can blame their own alleged advocates.
In Maryland, right next door to Virginia where African-American Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax is still in office despite having been credibly accused of rape and sexual assault , Democrat Kweisi Mfume easily won a special election yesterday to finish the term of the late Elijah Cummings, retaking a Maryland congressional seat he held for five terms before leaving to lead the NAACP. Mifune had to leave the NAACP after it was revealed that he dated one staffer while its president, and another alleged she had been sexually harassed by him and was passed over for a promotion after she rejected his advances, according to the Baltimore Sun. She then threatened to sue the organization, so the NAACP paid her a $100,000 hush money payment in 2004 to avoid the lawsuit. This was the sort of scandal that drove Bill O’Reilly off Fox News.
Never mind. Democrats—that includes the mainstream news media—don’t care, and their voters don’t care. They only get outraged when the harasser is someone they want driven from office.
In yesterday’s NBC News story about Kwami’s win, there was no mention of the NAACP scandal at all—it might make people think about Joe Biden.
3. Speaking of Joe:
A former neighbor and a former colleague came forward this week confirming that Reade told them about the incident back in the 1990s. This is already more confirmation than Dr. Blasey-Ford had regarding the alleged teenage attack by Brett Kavanaugh at a party nobody could remember. Lynda LaCasse, Reade’s former neighbor, said that Reade told about the alleged assault back in 1995 or 1996. “This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it. I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse said. “And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do….I remember saying that she needed to file a police report.”
The other witness, Lorraine Sanchez, worked with Reade in a California state senator’s office in the mid-1990s and said that she recalls Reade complaining about being sexually harassed by Joe Biden and was fired after raising concerns about it.
- Hillary Clinton endorsed Joe Biden yesterday . Remember this tweet? I wrote about it at the time:
It must have been a typo (Hillary’s staff stealth edited the tweet off her website later): she meant to write that the men the women accuse should be believed and supported, like Joe and Bill. What a feminist icon she is!
- But there is a hope, maybe. I listed Alyssa Milano as one of the #MeToo leaders who didn’t have the integrity to apply to Biden the same standards they were so self-righteous about in 2018 and 2019. Yesterday, after being criticized by Reade for hypocrisy, Milano tweeted, “I’m aware of the new developments in Tara Reade’s accusation against Joe Biden. I want Tara, like every other survivor, to have the space to be heard and seen without being used as fodder. I hear and see you, Tara. #MeToo.” It’s pretty mealy-mouthed, but its better than the rest of her Hollywood feminists have done. Another Hollywood actress of considerably more repute, Susan Sarandon, also signaled her support for Reade by linking to a story from the Intercept on the credibility of Reade’s accusation that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. Sarandon’s motives are suspect, because she’s a supporter of Bernie Sanders, who is presumably lying in wait to see if the Democrats decide that a sexual harasser who is also senile may not be the best choice to win back the White House.
4. Fear-mongering, straight up. Here was the major headline in the Times on Monday: “Gasping for Breaths The Size Of A Tablespoon.” The story described in harrowing detail the struggles of a 49-year-old man, “A healthy and athletic lawyer,” as he struggled to survive the Wuhan virus. It not only was pure sensationalism, the story and its placement was, I think, a clear example, of the Times trying to tamp down public pressure to re-open the economy. That isn’t a news story, it’s a feature, and its placement is one of the many ways the news media uses its power to manipulatepublic opinion.
The lawyer lived, incidentally, but you had to read the whole, grisly article to find that out.
5. In the same issue, the Times had the utter gall to run a story headlined, “Once Upon A Time, National Trauma Was An Occasion To Unify.”
Why yes, “once upon a time,” like before this President was elected, the Times and other news sources didn’t view such traumas as opportunities to attack, blame, and undermine the President while supporting a partisan effort to a crisis for political gain.