The song is from one of my favorite Broadway cast albums. The show (which I directed in college) is something of a mess, but the songs are terrific. Anthony Newley was a talented songwriter (with writing partner Leslie Bricusse) and a triple threat performer who was just a little bit too intense for some people. Among his best known songs with Bricusse are “The Candyman,” “Feelin’ Good” (from “Greasepaint,”) “Gonna Build A Mountain” and “What Kind of Fool Am I?” (from “Stop the World, I Want To Get Off.” “On a Wonderful Day” is sung on the album by Cyril Richard, whom older readers will remember as the definitive Captain Hook, menacing Mary Martin in the live TV versions of “Peter Pan.”
1. This is wonderfully hilarious. Brian Stelter strikes again. From his CNN show yesterday:
STELTER: “When you see entire media companies essentially exist to tear down Joe Biden, is there an equivalent of that on the left, tearing down Trump?”
GUEST: “There really isn’t.”
Do any CNN viewers really believe this? How much gaslighting can a CNN talking head get away with?
2. Res Ipsa Loquitur. Running a small business trying to struggle through the lockdown when our main income is from live presentations, my wife and I are finding cash flow tougher than ever. Today we were alerted by the USPS that a large check we have been waiting for was delivered two days ago. (It wasn’t.) A few weeks back, we received what looked like an important letter addressed to someone in Spokane, Washington. Yet I will be encouraging voter suppression if I suggest that mail-in ballots are a disastrous idea.
It’s interesting: the same people who insist that the United States is out of step if it doesn’t emulate “other developed nations” in such matters as government health care and banning capital punishment are oddly silent about the overwhelming hostility to voting by mail in Europe. Paul Bedard points out,
Most developed countries, especially in Europe, ban mail-in voting to fight vast fraud and vote buying that had threatened the integrity of their elections, according to an exhaustive review of voting rules and histories in over 30 major nations. In the European Union, 63% have put a ban on mailing in ballots except for citizens living overseas. Another 22% have imposed a ban even for those overseas. And most of those that allow mail-in ballots require some form of photo ID to get one, according to the report from the Crime Prevention Research Center shared with Secrets. “These countries have learned the hard way about what happens when mail-in ballots aren’t secured. They have also discovered how hard it is to detect vote buying when both those buying and selling the votes have an incentive to hide the exchange,” said author John R. Lott, the center’s president.
Meanwhile, we don’t have to rely on Europe’s example to figure out this is a terrible and dangerous idea. From NBC:
More than 1 in 5 mail-in ballots were rejected in New York City during the state primary June 23, the city’s certified election results revealed this week. City election officials rejected 84,000 ballots — 21 percent of all those received by election officials. More than 403,000 ballots were returned to election officials, according to city data, but only about 319,000 absentee ballots were counted, the certified results showed… The U.S. Postal Service, unused to the deluge of prepaid mailers, reportedly left postmarks off ballots, leaving thousands of them to be rejected because it was unclear they were sent on time.
If I were conspiracy-minded, I’d suspect that Democrats want chaos in the November election–all the better to reject the results and take to the streets.
3. Orwellian language is here! (As if you didn’t know.) I saw a TV ad for Descovy, an anti-HIV infection drug, on TV last night in prime time. Among its warnings and disclaimers: “Discovy should not be taken by people assigned female at birth.”
Wait, what? Am I to understand that the mere act of assigning a baby’s gender puts that individual at risk as an adult? Amazing! The power of words and documents!
The warning is nonsense. If the individual is really biologically male, it doesn’t place him at any extra risk if someone says he is female. What the ad really wants to communicate is “Discovy should not be taken by current males who were born female.” That is apparently politically correct somehow, so instead the marketers opted for gibberish.
Incidentally, the ad is full of gay and trans stereotypes, so nobody will mistake its market. Are such stereotypes OK now? Only in drug ads? Are all those actor really gay or trans? Do they have to be?
Just tell us the rules…
4. Good! Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta police officer who was charged with murder after fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks during an attempted DUI arrest outside a Wendy’s, has sued the city’s mayor and acting police chief, saying his firing was illegal, which it probably was.
You must remember the incident (from June); Ethics Alarms had quite a lot of discussion about it.
Brooks was intoxicated and asleep in his car, blocking access to Wendy’s drive-in lane. When the officers attempted to arrest Brooks, he resisted (of course), wrestled Brosnan’s taser away from him, and began running. Video shows that as Brooks attempted to flee, he turned around and attempted to fire the taser at Officer Rolfe, who responded by firing three rounds from his gun at Brooks, killing him.
Riots started immediately, and Atlanta’s craven Black Lives Matter obeisant Mayor Keisha Lane Bottoms (D) and interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant fired Rolfe next day. Rolfe’s suit says he was acting within the scope of his position and the law, and that his termination illegal.
I am almost certain that he will win. I am absolutely certain that he will not be convicted (giving the BLM mobs an ideal excuse to riot). I am completely certain that Rolfe was only fired and charged because of the ascendant George Floyd demonstartions. Many independent legal experts, seeing the video, have opined that Rolfe did nothing wrong.
The lawsuit claims Rolfe “has suffered irreparable injury to his personal and professional reputation as a result of his unlawful dismissal” and that he has “become a public spectacle and object of ridicule,” adding that “his unlawful termination was unnecessarily public and has attracted national media attention.” He is seeking to be reinstated to his old position at the department with full back pay.