It would be well to consider the fate of that ultimate Sixties folk-pop group the Mamas and Papas, as we watch today’s idealistic anarchists make fools of themselves. By mid-way through their four-year run (during which they sold 40 million recordings), the group was self-destructing with inter-and extra-group sexual affairs and stage appearances where one or more of the group was too drunk or stoned to perform. The group kept breaking up and re-assembling, and fell apart for good in 1969. Mama Cass died of heart failure at the age of 34, after battling heroin addiction and other substance abuse. John Phillips, the creative leader of the group, also was a heroin addict and had emotional and substance abuse problems that he managed to pass on to his daughter, actress Mackenzie Phillips. In her memoir, “High on Arrival,” she wrote that she had a long-term sexual relationship with her father. Papa John also died of heart failure, when he was 66. Tenor Denny Doherty’s solo career flopped after the group ended. He was an alcoholic, but stayed sober for the final decades of his life. An acting career also failed; he finally got a gig as the “Harbormaster,” hosting a kids TV show that was a flagrant rip-off of “Thomas the Tank Engine,” but starring a talking tugboat. Doherty was 67 when he died from an aneurysm.
Michelle Phillips is the lone survivor of the group. She avoided substance abuse problems and after divorcing Phillips, whom she wed at 18, went on to a moderately successful acting career.
As today, these people who aspired to inspire lacked the wisdom, common sense, self-discipline, character, values or perspective to be trusted with their chosen mission.
1. Speaking of...When asked how it was that a statue of Vladimir Lenin was still standing in Seattle when protesters had toppled those of Ulysses S. Grant and others, the Human Rights Campaign’s Charlotte Clymer said, among her reasons, that “Lenin was not a slave-owner, you Confederate apologist fucks.”
To which National Review writer David Harsanyi responded with the obligatory, “Lenin created tens of millions of slaves.”
In related news, a 2015 video of an interview with Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors shows her saying, “We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular, we’re trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories…”
Several of the tenets seen on the BLM website are redolent of Karl. Do all these companies and pandering celebrities giving lip service to the group, attaching #BlackLivesMatter to their tweets and proclaiming support, know what they are supporting? I think it’s pretty obvious that they don’t. They are signaling their virtue by ostentatiously endorsing the most simple-minded and deceptive interpretation of the slogan, as if there is anyone who believes black lives don’t matter. I bet the vast majority have never visited the BLM website and read its agitprop.
That, needless to say, is as dumb as it is irresponsible.
2. Him too. In a recent post I mentioned a friend who ridiculed my assertion in 2015 that the mania to erase the statues and other memorials of important but flawed historical figures would eventually spread to the Founders. And here’s what the insufferable host of the HBO series “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” said in 2017, after playing a video in which the President asked, “This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”…
“I’ll tell you where it stops. Somewhere! Any time someone asks, where does it stop, the answers’ always f*cking somewhere. You might let your kid have Twizzlers, but not inject black tar heroin. You don’t just go, ‘Well, after the Twizzlers, where does it stop?'”
Right as usual, you insufferable jerk. It looks like the President of the United States understands his country and its Angry Left just a little bit better than you do. (A British subject, Oliver finally became a US citizen last year.) So do I.
3. A foreign language Niggardly Principle dilemma! This could have been handled with more delicacy, I think. Matthew Hubbard, a professor in the Laney Community College mathematics department, repeatedly asked a student, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen, to “Anglicize” her name because it “sounds like an insult in English.” In response, Ms. Nguyen told the professor that his request “feels discriminatory” and that she would file a complaint with the school’s Title IX office if he could not call her by her given name. “I understand you are offended, but you need to understand your name is an offensive sound in my language,” Professor Hubbard replied. “I repeat my request.”
The student’s name is pronounced “Fuck.”
Hubbard has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
“While our mission has been bold and unrelenting, we also recognize that our college and its community is a reflection of broader society, and we must actively fight ignorance with education,” the president of the college said. “We do not tolerate racism, discrimination or oppression of any kind.”
Question: If the proper pronunciation of a student’s name was “Nigger,” would the professors’ request still have resulted in an investigation?