I know the current Democratic Party and its agents, the mainstream media, are immune from self-awareness, but I would think pious reflections on the bravery of the heroes of 9/11 would be so flamingly insincere coming from them that they would just explode from internal and irresolvable inconsistency.
1. Then there’s the NFL…The current demonstrations by NFL players on the field, resuming yesterday as the pro foot ball season “kicked off,” and the leagues’ pandering to them, are, I read in the Times, due to the “killing of George Floyd” and the “shooting of Jacob Blake, and are meant to address “systemic racism” and “police brutality.” However, there is still no evidence that the death of Floyd was a result of racism, and increasing evidence that Officer Chauvin’s admittedly brutal treatment didn’t kill him. As for Blake, he was not profiled or singled out for his race, but confronted because he was threatening a black woman whom he had previously raped and assaulted. Although the investigation isn’t complete, there is a significant chance that no “police brutality” will be found to have occurred in Blake’s shooting.
Meanwhile, David Bernstein identified the following people who were killed as a result of the Black Lives Matter/ antifa riots and looting:
1. Javar Harrell
2. Dave Patrick Underwood
3. Chris Beaty
4. Dorian Murrell
5. Italia Kelly
6. Marquis M. Tousant
7. Marvin Francois
8. John Tiggs
9. Jose Gutierrez
10. Victor Cazares Jr.
11. David Dorn
12. Horace Lorenzo Anderson
13. Tyler Gerth
14. Antonio Mays Jr.
15. Secoriea Turner
16. Jessica Doty Whitaker
17. Aaron Danielson
I don’t call it “The Great Stupid” for nothing.
2. NFL, Part 2. Last night, the 20% crowd at the NFL opener between the Chiefs and the Texans booed either the Texans’ decision to skip the National Anthem (they weren’t sure what to do, we are told), or the nauseating, grandstanding, “moment of unity” that had all of the players locking arms like they were going to plat “Red Rover” rather than football, or both. Good for the Kansas City fans. I don’t want to see the House of Representatives play football in the Capitol, and I don’t care to see NFL players making political statements on the gridiron.
3. The second most significant ethics-related event that took place on this date was the arrest of Fatty Arbuckle, a silent-film comedian at the height of his fame, for the rape and murder of aspiring actress Virginia Rappe. He was acquitted after a sensational trial, but just as the “Naked Gun” movies never seemed quite as funny after O.J. was revealed to be a murderer, Arbuckle’s career as popular comic actor was finished. He died, ruined, twelve years after his acquittal. Notable:
- He was the first entertainment celebrity tried for such a serious crime, though John Wilkes Booth would have been, had he lived long enough. His acquittal after two mistrials began a pattern: juries find it hard to reconcile a celebrity’s image with vile deeds, cognitive dissonance at its most powerful.
- It appears, and appeared at the time, that the politically ambitious San Francisco district attorney was determined to prosecute Arbuckle, even though his star witness was unreliable, with criminal record of her own. Several other witnesses later claimed that the prosecution had intimidated them lying to convict Arbuckle.
- As with O.J., no individual responsible for the murder was ever apprehended, named or suspected after the trial. Arbuckle had the good taste not to swear to hunt for the killer, however.
- Fatty Arbuckle, once the equal of Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton as a silent film innovator and box office draw, was, in today’s parlance, cancelled. No studio would hire him. He is now more famous for his involvement in the murder (there were two Broadway musicals about it, and a movie) than for his contribution to film.
4. Wow! Jake Tapper did actual journalism while interviewing Joe Biden! From the transcript:
TAPPER: Doesn’t he deserve some credit for that? It’s better, USMCA is better than NAFTA.
BIDEN: It is better than NAFTA. But look at what the overall trade policy has been, even with NAFTA ? We now have this gigantic deficit in trade with Mexico. Not because NAFTA wasn’t made better, because overall trade policy and how he deals with it made everything worse.
TAPPER: I guess my only point is: I’m a blue-collar guy sitting in Macomb County, Michigan, if I were that person.
TAPPER: I’m sitting here listening to your pitch and I’m thinking, “I like what he has to sell but he’s part of the establishment that has been selling my jobs down the river. He supported NAFTA, he supported Most Favored Nation status for China and Trump renegotiated NAFTA and Obama and Biden didn’t.”
BIDEN: I’ll tell you what we did do. We inherited the greatest recession short of a depression….
- I wonder how often any journalist will challenge Biden like this, and follow up on weak response.
- Note that despite Tapper’s prodding, Biden won’t give Trump credit. Those are the rules: Trump is to be blamed for everything bad, and must never be praised when his policies work out. Doesn’t the unfairness of that begin to register after a while?
- In that exchange, Biden doesn’t seem any slower or more addled than he always was, perhaps boding well for the debates.
- Biden’s “Look over there! The Aurora Borealis!” response at the end is hilarious.