Good morning, I guess.
It is clear, if it wasn’t already, that everything hinges on whether the American public is as stupid and inattentive as those seeking to manipulate it think it is.
1. Mobs? What mobs? I just listed to CNN’s health expert, Dr. Gupta, list the reasons there has been a surge in Wuhan virus cases. Notably absent from his list were the mass, no social distancing demonstrations/protests/riots that began two weeks ago as a prominent part of the George Floyd Ethics Train Wreck. These, as you may recall, were largely supported by the health experts (though I don’t have a record of Gupta being among them) as they apparently decided that Black Lives Matter matters more than all the black lives that would be put in danger by ignoring the safety measures we shut down the country to install.
I also have yet to read a single news story about the new cases of the virus that highlights the completely predictable effect of the mobs, which are still roaming, as a factor in the so-called “surge,” though I can’t check everything.
Is the news media really certain that if they don’t report this connection, it will never occur to most of the public? I’m already reading accusations that opening up the states is “racist” because of the evidence that African-Americans have contracted the virus and died from it at a higher rate than the rest of the public. By that logic, encouraging the mobs of George Floyd protesters was also racist.
To re-phrase Wilford Brimley from his great scene in “Absence of Malice”: “American Public, are you that dumb?” So far, it seems so.
2. Speaking of stupid…MSNBC is really and truly planning on promoting Joy Reid to replace Chris Matthews as the host of its 7 PM prime time news and opinion program. Check out Reid’s Ethics Alarms dossier, which is far from complete. She’s openly biased, dishonest, irresponsible, and incompetent. She should have been fired years ago.
3. Meanwhile, representing “the stupid party”: Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert yesterday kept banging on his desk during a House Judiciary Committee hearing as Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general , tried to testify. Gohmert said that Ayer had used up his allotted time. “I can’t hear this witness,” Democratic Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson said, as Gohmert refused to stop the distracting noise. “Well, he’s way beyond his time, and if there are no rules when people can talk, there’s no rules about when you can make noise,” Gohmert responded. “Either we have rules or we don’t.”
When the tapping didn’t stop the testimony, Gohmert stood up and made loud farting noises. OK, that’s not true. It might as well be, though. There’s no rule against that, either.
4. “I want to wake up in a city that doesn’t think…” New York City has adopted Washington D.C.’s approval of graffiti as a legitimate expression of official policy. Well, of course it did. A “Black Lives Matter” street mural will be painted outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, according to a statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s office. “The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City. He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter,” Julia Arredondo, the mayor’s spokeswoman, said yesterday. She also said that a chorus of volunteers would be recruited to scream “Trump is a poopoo head!” from across the street between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm, seven days a week.
OK, OK, again, that’s not true. It would represent no less of a deterioration of respectable government conduct, however. Since there appears to be no depths to which the New York city mayor won’t stoop, I wouldn’t be so sure the chorus won’t be announced next week.
5. ARGH! The stupid! It burns! It burns! Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said yesterday, “Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training — the training was there. Chauvin knew what he was doing. The officers knew what was happening — one intentionally caused it and the others failed to prevent it. This was murder — it wasn’t a lack of training.”
I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a conspiracy somewhere to make it impossible for Chauvin to get a fair trial so we can have more riots. That would be giving the ignoramuses like Arradondo and Nancy Pelosi the benefit of the doubt, and assuming that they know what they are doing.
6. The lesson: The George Floyd Freakout is making African Americans paranoid. Maybe that’s the idea.
The fake news was that a racist redneck NASCAR fan had retaliated against the organizations new Freakout-triggered Confederate flag ban by placing a noose in the garage of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver.The story was marked as one more symptom of the nation’s systemic racism. Then 15 FBI agents investigated, and reported that the “noose” was actually a garage door pull that had been at Talladega since October 2019, long before Wallace was ever assigned that garage bay. Wallace wasn’t the one who found the “noose” and only accepted what his team told him, but instead of saying, “Oopsie! Never mind!” he decided to insist that the rope was a racist message, which had to mean that it magically planted last year by someone who had psychically discerned that NASCAR’s only black driver would eventually get assigned tha tbay. Wallace told Don Lemon, who will believe anything if it suggests that racism is afoot, “From the evidence that we have…it’s a straight-up noose’.” Uh, the evidence is what the FBI investigation reported, Bubba. If Don Lemon wasn’t a hack, he would have raised that critical point.
Instead, Wallace is left looking, well, dumb and desperate. At Talladega, NASCAR made a ridiculous display of virtue-signaling and pandering, with drivers and team members pushing Wallace’s car to the front of the field before the race commenced, and having the infield grass painted with #IStandWithBubba, all for a non-existent racial threat. Then Bubba finished 14th.
He was embarrassed when the truth came out, and, of course, Facts Don’t Matter.