In the 1945 drama “The Lost Weekend,” Ray Milland (above) played alcoholic Don Birnam, and won the Oscar for Best Actor. The film also won the Oscar for Best Picture. Have you ever seen it? The film is virtually never shown on TV. Milland is another one of the once major Hollywood stars who are almost completely forgotten today, a fascinating group that includes Claire Trevor, Fredric March, Irene Dunne, John Garfield, and Norma Shearer, among others. If their major works were in black and white, they weren’t lucky enough to star in a film regarded as a classic, and they didn’t have a popular TV show when their movie career waned, the culture just forgets about them….and loses as a result. How many non-film nerd Americans under the age of 40 could recognize any of those actors, never mind all of them?
1. Nothing to see here: move along! Yesterday it was reported that the Democratic Party purchased the Antifa.com domain, and that clicks on the link went directly to the Biden campaign site. I checked: it did. Then, by 5:30 pm, the Biden redirect was eliminated. Res ipsa loquitur!
UPDATE: I’m putting an official question mark on this one. It is true that the Antifa.com went to Biden’s site, but that could have been a partisan dirty trick. Of course, if true, this is the kind of story that the mainstream media would bury. If it was a set-up, it’s the kind of story the right-leaning media would credulously report as proof of Democratic de facto embrace of violence.
Trustworthy, objective journalists would be nice…
2. The vise tightens...Yesterday I noted that colleges and universities were increasingly cancelling their acceptances of students based on revelations of their past social media posts. In one case, Liberty Woodley, 17, the 2020 valedictorian of her high school class in Cape Coral, Florida., had accepted an offer to attend the University of Florida. Then a self-righteous and vicious actress and “influencer” named Skai Jackson last month asked her more than 500,000 Twitter followers to send her screenshots of “hateful” social media posts, so she could wrck lives and inflict pain on strangers. Someone sent in one of Woodley’s old Instagram posts in which she wrote when she was 16.
“I really try so hard not to be a racist person, but I most definitely am, there’s no denying it,” it said. Based on that, her acceptance was revoked.
In an interview with The Gainesville Sun, Liberty explained that had written the post out of anger at a time when she was being constantly bullied by some black classmates. “I am not racist at all, and I am not full of hate,” she said. Well, there’s a Catch-22 for you! Oprah Winfrey and others are haranguing whites to admit their inherent racism as a first step to addressing “systemic racism,” but if they do what is asked, it means they are hateful and must be cancelled.
What do you want to bet that Liberty will vote for all Democrats in November?
3. Dear Anonymous: Congratulations! You have been completely brainwashed. In Roxanne Gay’s “Business Friend” advice column, an inquirer asks if she should feel guilty for accepting a summer job because she might be taking a job away from someone who is older and needs the income more than she does. Gay gives the right answer, marred though it is by the obligatory cheap shot at the Trump administration:
I am genuinely moved by the consideration in your question, especially given the staggering number of unemployed Americans. If more people were this considerate, the world might be a different place. Go ahead and get whatever summer job you want. You are not taking anyone else’s job.
The job you find is your job. You may not have people to support — though there are many undergraduates who do indeed have significant obligations — but you do still need money for tuition or books or a new tattoo or a trip to Cabo.
There are more job seekers than jobs, but that is not your problem to solve. This, ideally, is why we have elected leaders. The state of the economy is their responsibility, one they are presently, and shamefully, shirking. I commend you for showing more leadership than those who govern us.
It continues to be amazing to me that the same people simultaneously say that the U.S. pandemic infections are the result of the government being NOT more assertive (and authoritarian) about executing lockdowns and other other measures, and blame the Trump Administration for the state of the economy. The two arguments are mutually exclusive, and when they are wielded in tandem, you know that you are either witnessing dishonesty or stupidity…or the individual works for the New York Times, and has a quota of Trump-bashing to meet.
4. Now THIS is Level Five Trump Derangement! I find the NeverTrump cabal pretty revolting. These are mostly elitist snobs whose revulsion at Trump’s middle class attitudes, speech and origins justify, in their petty minds, supporting a party’s whose current policy agenda violates everything their careers were built on opposing. Bill Kristol and George Will are the most disappointing of these hypocrites whose conduct and words since the election amount to nothing better than a prolonged hissy fit. Krstol is worse, since he seems to think his absence of integrity is cute or amusing as he pubically makes statements that he would have ridiculed in Democrats has said them during the Bush Administration. After Harris was added to the ticket, Kristol tweeted,
The first tweet is irredeemably dumb and disingenuous: by that logic, there should never be debates when a President is running for re-election. I would have thought if Kristol wanted to propose a legitimate argument as Democrats try to find a way to weasel out of the debates (there isn’t one), he could have come up with one better than that.
Oh! We see in the second tweet that Kristol was semi-joking, whatever that means. (It usually means that someone means what they said but reserve the option to say, “I was just kidding!” when someone points out that it was idiotic.) We also see that his IQ or entregrity, or both, declined in the interim between two tweets. Truman and Eisenhowever didn’t debate those men because 1) There weren’t any Presidential debates until 1960 and 2) McCarthy and Welch weren’t Presidential candidates.
Moreover, nobody’s suggesting that Obama should debate Trump.
If this is what Trump Derangement does to alleged intellectuals, the nation is facing a tragic mental health crisis.