I filled in a gap in my history knowledge today, one I’m embarrassed to have had for so long. I remember being creeped out the first time I heard John Hinckley crooning the song he dedicated to Jodie Foster on her answering machine at Yale. “Ohhh Jodie! Ohhh Jodie! My love will turn you on!” All these years, I thought Hinckley had composed that song in his sick infatuation. Today, almost 40 years later, I found out that he just ripped off a John Lennon song called “Oh Yoko,” which I heard for the first time on the Beatles Channel on Sirius-XM. Am I the only one who didn’t know that? My ignorance is my fault: I would no more listen to anything extolling Yoko than I would voluntarily groove on “William Shatner’s Greatest Hits.”
And what was it about Beatles compositions that inspired aspiring killers?
1. Yes, this seems rather irresponsible...Here’s a trailer for an upcoming Netflix series:
Over at The American Conservative, columnist Rod Dreher is disgusted, with good reason. He writes in part,
“Twerking their way to stardom. Eleven years old….These are little girls, and this Netflix show has the acting like strippers as a way of finding their way to liberation. What is wrong with these Netflix people? Do they not have children? Do they think our daughters are only valuable insofar as they can cosplay as sluts who are sexually available to men? ….There is nothing politicians can do about this…I hope sometime this fall a Senate committee calls Netflix CEO Reed Hastings] to Capitol Hill and forces him to talk about how proud he is that he has 11 year olds twerking on his degenerate network.”
2. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is not an ethical principle. Yesterday President Trump offered praise for the right-wing conspiracy theory-mongers QAnon because they “like me very much” and “love our country.”
I suppose that’s true enough, but the group is either made up of wackos or liars, and complimenting them comes perilously close to doing for real what his fact-challenged foes falsely accuse him of doing when they claim he said the Charlottesville white supremacists were “fine people.” QAnon spreads rumors that there is a secret conspiracy run by political elites, business leaders and Hollywood celebrities who are also pedophiles and working against Trump. Facebook and Twitter have banned its posts.
“Well I don’t know much about the movement, other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate,” Trump said during a White House briefing. “These are people that don’t like seeing what’s going on in places like Portland, Chicago and New York and other cities and states. … I’ve heard these are people that love our country and they just don’t like seeing it.”
To think that the United States avoiding a take-over by Leftist, racist, anti-American totalitarians depends on this guy. What sick Master of the Universe writes this junk? Does He think it’s funny? It’s not funny.
3. I’m confused. Wasn’t it obvious that Bill de Blasio was an incompetent, arrogant ideologue when he first ran for mayor? Wasn’t it even more obvious by the time he ran for re-election? Now that his city is falling apart in chunks, do the fools who voted for him really expect any sympathy? Here’s the New York City’s socialist mayor’s latest:
The publication The City reported that Chirlane McCray, de Blasio’s wife, nearly doubled her staff at City Hall while she prepares to run for Brooklyn borough president. Meanwhile, her husband threatens to cut 22,000 jobs due to revenue shortfalls. McCray’s new hires at taxpayer expense include a $150,000-a-year senior adviser who was hired during a hiring freeze, and a $70,000 videographer whose “work for McCray includes a ‘Baking with the First Lady’ feature.”
How could this be more unethical? For the mayor, allowing his wife to spend city funds like this is the epitome of an appearance of impropriety, as well as a conflict of interest. Nonetheless, de Blasio defended the indefensible, telling reporters that critics do not “take into account the work that’s being done.” McCray is not a city employee, yet has a 14-person team that costs NYC $2 million annually.
The New York Post notes that de Blasio defended his wife”despite his insistence that there’s not enough money in city coffers to maintain parks or pick up trash.”
4. I told you Goodyear was lying! In newly released audio posted by Topeka’s WIBW-TV an unidentified Goodyear instructor can be heard telling employees that they are permitted to express their views on social justice or inequity matters on their clothes, as long as the sentiments support Black Lives Matter or LGBTQ issues.
“Some people may wish to express their views on social justice or inequity or equity issues such as black lives matter or LGBTQ pride on their face coverings, shirts or wristbands,” the instructor can be heard telling employees. “That will be deemed approved because it applies with a zero-tolerance stance. However, if any associate wears all, blue, white lives matter shirts or face coverings, that will be not appropriate…. We all work together to make tires, that’s what we do. That’s what we get paid to do. So, let’s continue to do that and do the right thing and keep this place what it has always been, a good place to work.”
Earlier this week, Goodyear had denied that reports of the company instructing employees in such a policy were accurate.