For historical and quirky reasons, “The Egg” is my favorite song from “1776.” The number takes place on July 3, as the Continental Congress debates Jefferson’s handiwork, and Tom, Ben Franklin and John Adams sit outside, hesitant to witness the rhetorical carnage they know is coming. I played the role of Adams in several musical reviews, a part I would have loved to have tackled on-stage in a full production, but I am about 7 inches too tall.
Some productions cut this number, which is both bad history and bad theater. (The number to cut is “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men,” a cheap shot at conservatives, and a lousy song.)
1. And I will say, “None of your business, officer!” A new Virginia law, the Community Policing Act that took effect this week, requires police officers to ask individuals pulled over during traffic stops for their race, ethnicity, and gender. I very much doubt that the law will withstand a legal challenge. The change is part of the Governor Ralph “Call me Michael Jackson” Northam regime of enacting every oppressive progressive agenda item he can get away with. This one is aimed at eliminating “bias-based profiling,” and requires officers to record the driver’s race, ethnicity, age, and sex while conducting traffic stops.
Like so many other misguided approaches to fixing “systemic racism,” this one attempts to protect the rights of African-Americans by infringing on the rights of everyone else. If I am pressed to answer the question by an officer, I will answer that I identify as Asian and female. I urge my fellow Virginians to do likewise.
2. Wuhan virus ethics train wreck update:
- The World Health Organization has updated its official timeline of the coronavirus outbreak to make clear that China did not self-report the existence of the virus to WHO in December as it had previously claimed. The new timeline now states that WHO made two separate requests to Chinese officials for more information. They finally got a response three days later. But the initial version of the timeline, saying China proactively notified WHO, was repeated by news sources like CNN.
Rep. Michael McCaul, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, produced an interim congressional report last month revealing that WHO director general Adhanom parroted China’s claim about self-reporting the virus: “Director General Tedros actively engaged in an effort to defend the CCP’s leadership from criticism, negatively impacting the world’s understanding of the virus and hampering the global response effort,” the report concluded.
- This is the latest step in the ongoing disinformation campaign to convince the public that the socialdistancingd-iscarding and substantially mask-less George Floyd demonstrations/riots/statue-toppling parties across the country had nothing to do with the spike in Wuhan virus cases. Mayor de Blasio’s NYC government has instructed the city’s contact tracing program not to ask those who’ve tested positive whether they’ve taken part in the demonstrations.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe while respecting individual privacy,” said a de Blasio spokeswoman.
Let’s see how and when the mainstream news media reports this: The Henry Ford Health System study indicates the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine DOES helps lower the death rate of COVID-19 patients. Officials with the Michigan health system said the study of 2,541 patients found the drug “significantly” decreased the death rate of patients involved in the analysis. 13% of those treated with hydroxychloroquine died while 26% of those who were not treated perished.
If this holds, it is more moral luck. President Trump was irresponsible to hype the chemical before data was available. On the other hand, the pundits, journalists and Trump foes who mocked the drug, also without sufficient evidence other than the fact that Trump endorsing it had to mean it was worthless, have some backtracking to do if they have any sense of fairness or decency. For the most part, they don’t.
3. From the “Facts Don’t Matter” files: The Intercept reports that “at least one highly dedicated Wikipedia user has been scrubbing controversial aspects of Kamala Harris’s “tough-on-crime” record from her Wikipedia page—her decision not to prosecute Steve Mnuchin for mortgage fraud-related crimes, her strong support of prosecutors in Orange County who engaged in rampant misconduct, and other tidbits — such as her previous assertion that “it is not progressive to be soft on crime” — that could prove unflattering to Harris as the public first gets to know her on the national stage. The edits, according to the page history, have elicited strong pushback from Wikipedia’s volunteer editor brigade, and have drawn the page into controversy, though it’s a fight the pro-Harris editor is currently winning. ”
The objective, obviously, is to make it more difficult for the public, especially police and criminal justice-hating progressives, to discover that Harris, as a prosecutor, was an enthusiastic contributor to “over-incarceration.” The whole idea that Harris is a front-runner to be Joe’s VP, and the eventual President when and if his faculties decline to the point where he thinks he is a dog-faced pony soldier seems bizarre to me, and one more indication that Democrats are delusional.
Senator Harris proved herself to have little appeal as a presidential candidate in the nomination process. She was a weak debater distinguished by fecklessness and equivocation, so she’s the favorite for VP?
This is what happens when the dedication to group identity over ability and merit takes over. By limiting Biden’s choice by gender and color, he literally has no good options.
Well, it’s his party.
4. I have worse to write about, but this is especially silly. Wizards of the Coast, the company owns Dungeons and Dragons, has announced that the game will be changed so that none of the races in the game will be classified as “inherently evil,” except white people. No, I’m kidding, not even them.
See, categorizing Orcs, for example, the evil race in the Lord of the Rings books, perpetuates racism. Just assuming that Vampires, Warlocks or Demons are bad—in a role-playing fantasy game!—is profiling and bigotry. I’m not kidding this time, unfortunately.