The theme from “Rocky” topped the charts on July 2, 1977. Remember that Apollo Creed won the fight, so maybe “Rocky” won’t be banned as racist.
1. Stop making me defend Alyssa Milano! Not that I don’t enjoy watching the obnoxiously woke being hoisted by their own petards, but the has-been actress turned Twitter scold is being accused of appearing in blackface because of this:
Alyssa is irate, tweeting at the “gotcha!” critics, “Hey, assholes! The picture is me parodying Jersey Shore and Snookie’s (cq) tan. Snookie’s tan (she is a sweetheart by the way) is worthy of parodying as is Trump’s ‘tan.'”
“Snookie,” in case you have a life and never watched “Jersey Shore,” is Italian, not black.
Milano’s defense is solid, except that her woke allies seem to regard dark make-up as blackface when it suits their needs. Wasn’t the dark make-up that prompted the Washington Post to get a D.C. woman fired for her 2018 Halloween Party costume satirizing Megyn Kelly? What are the rules here?
2. What will it take for CNN to finally admit that Chris Cuomo is an idiot and an embarrassment to the network, his profession, and homo sapiens, and fire him? In the latest episode of “I Love Fredo,” the CNN anchor accused St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey, who used his guns to confront a mob of George Floyd protesters who had broken through an iron gate to access his private property, the “face of white resistance” to the Black Lives Matter movement. McCloskey responded,
First of all, that’s a completely ridiculous statement. I am not the face of anything opposing the Black Lives Matters movement. I was a person scared for my life, who was protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood. I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate. I didn’t care what color they were. I didn’t care what their motivation was. I was frightened. I was assaulted and I was in imminent fear that they would run me over, kill me, burn my house.
Why wouldn’t he think that, based on what we have seen in the last couple of week?
Then Cuomo argued—he’s also a lawyer you know—that the McCloskeys committed wrongdoing by “pointing a loaded weapon at a group of people who were walking past. They did not go up your steps. They didn’t go to your house. They didn’t touch you, they didn’t try to enter your home or do anything to your kids, but you say you were assaulted.” But it was a mob. A mob advancing on one’s home is inherently a threat.
Prof. Turley has an extensive analysis of that issue here. In one of his equivocating moods, Turley concludes, to the extent I can decypher his overly careful discussion, that a conviction on the facts of the case would be a long-shot at best.
I’m more concerned about Cuomo echoing the popular extortion that if you are not supportive of Black Lives Matter, you’re a white racist. Black Lives Matter is a racist, crypto-Marxist, retrograde, hate-peddling group seeding insurrection that has seized on the George Floyd death to press its anti-American agenda, and many African Americans have figured this out as well. It is not appropriate or ethical for Chris Cuomo to use his position at CNN to promote BLM’s propaganda.
3. To be fair, it is possible to find a law professor somewhere who holds just about any ridiculous opinion you can imagine. Take Richard Albert, a professor of law and government at the University of Texas-Austin. He says that the Constitution has to be rewritten because “its gendered and racist words stand in the way of true reconciliation in this divided country and have no place in any modern society.” This reasoning, taken to its logical extension, would wipe out most literature and popular music, not to mention jurisprudence, written before 1970. The Constitution has the advantage that almost nobody reads it, not even the Bill of Rights. Either Albert’s proposition is a stealth effort to junk the funding documents, he’s so woke that he’s completely addled, or he’s grandstanding and virtue-signaling. If it’s the latter, and I think it is, then this stunt is irresponsible. Some people will take it seriously.
4. Wait, what? What’s going on here? An ABC News report about the National Parks devolved into lunatic race-baiting. “America’s national parks face existential crisis over race,” it asserted because those “premier outdoor spaces…remain overwhelmingly white.” ABC noted with horror that the National Park Service statistics according to the latest 10-year survey show that “23% of people who visited the nation’s 419 national parks were people of color, and 77% were white. But “minorities make up 42% of the U.S. population.” More alarming to ABC still was a study that showed “twice as many black and Hispanic Americans said they don’t know what to do in national parks than whites.” Joel Pannell, associate director of the Sierra Club told ABC, “The outdoors and public lands suffer from the same systemic racism that the rest of our society does.”
So the new theory is that any activity that doesn’t break down into representative demographic groups demonstrates systemic racism? Doesn’t that mean that the audiences at Tyler Perry movies prove that the movies are racist? How does the racial composition of National Parks visitors endanger the parks? Wait, are BLM and the George Floyd mob going to demand that we tear down El Capitan along with Mount Rushmore? Is this a call for some kind of camping and vacation affirmative action?
“Throughout human history, three caste systems have stood out….India…Nazi Germany …the United States.”
She really wrote that, and a Times editor let it go to print. Here is the whole paragraph:
Throughout human history, three caste systems have stood out. The lingering, millenniums-long caste system of India. The tragically accelerated, chilling and officially vanquished caste system of Nazi Germany. And the shape-shifting, unspoken, race-based caste pyramid in the United States. Each version relied on stigmatizing those deemed inferior to justify the dehumanization necessary to keep the lowest-ranked people at the bottom and to rationalize the protocols of enforcement. A caste system endures because it is often justified as divine will, originating from sacred text or the presumed laws of nature, reinforced throughout the culture and passed down through the generations.
This is fake world history, and anti-American propaganda. It is not surprising that the Times includes a link to its discredited “1619 Project.” If Wilkerson really believes what she wrote, then she is stunningly ignorant of world history. Let’s ignore the fact that the United States does not have a “caste system” by any accurate definition of the word. All of Europe did, particularly France, England and Russia. Japan did. Rome did. An astute commenter on Instapundit points out, accurately…
None of the three entities mentioned have anything to do with each other in regards to a “caste system”. India can certainly be said to have an “enduring caste system”, as it has persisted for thousands of years. Trying to put Nazi Germany into the conversation is just the imbeciles’ way of trying to paint whatever one is comparing Nazi Germany to as evil. The NSDAP was in control of Germany for 12 years, so the adjective “enduring” applies to nothing in regards to that state. In addition, there was not a “caste system” in Nazi Germany. There was virulent anti-Semitism. Now, there was some classifications within the “Jewish” category, depending on how many of your grandparents were Jewish, but the vast majority of German population was considered to be of the “Volksgemeinschaft”, which is the exact opposite of a caste system. And there has never been any type of “caste system” in the USA. There has been racial discrimination in the past, but that is not a caste system. Even in the darkest days of the Democrat Party’s Jim Crow policies, there were black people who could succeed and achieve middle class or higher status. Maybe there is some sort of caste system/ nepotism involved in the newsrooms of the NYT and the rest of the MSM, but the country as a whole doesn’t have this problem. Could a member of the “untouchable” caste ever become President of India? It’s a ridiculous question. Yet we had a black man elected President of the USA twice. Morons.
But lying, divisive, dangerous morons.