That’s the late, great, Vito Scotti as “Pasta.” He played Italians in drama, comedies, stage plays, movies and TV shows, but he also played Mexicans and other ethicities when required. Was he in “The Godfather”? Of course he was. “Columbo”? Sure. Did he drop in on “Gilligan’s Island,” “I Love Lucy,” and “The Addams Family.” Absolutely. He was on “Batman” twice as one of The Penguin’s henchmen.
And he really was a professional caliber chef. “Andy’s Gang,” meanwhile, was completely chaotic, just as kids like it. No educational value, no political indoctrination, just lots of running jokes and nonsense.
I had a rubber “Froggie the Gremlin” bath toy. “Twang your magic twanger” was a catch phrase for years after “Andy’s Gang” went of the air.
1. Professional incompetence. One almost certain casualty of the lock-down will be live theater, in part because the people who run it, on average, just aren’t very smart. I have been reading about how New York theaters are or will be streaming plays. Morons.
Theater that isn’t shown in a theater with people sharing the experience isn’t theater, it’s crude TV. The problem has always been to get people into a theater to experience what is so dynamic and unique about a live performance. If the theater community promotes video versions of theatrical performances as a viable substitute, and that’s exactly what it’s doing, they have surrendered.
Well, at least we’ve probably seen the end of $500 Broadway tickets.
2. Maybe they’ll appreciate Citizens United now. Showtime is featuring an anti-Trump screed disguised as a movie called “The Comey Rule.” I wonder if those who, like all the Democratic candidates for President during the primaries that played to the crowd by promising to get the Citizens United case reversed (as if they could), understand its significance. They condemned the SCOTUS ruling upholding the First Amendment, and Showtime’s bit of campaign agitprop is exactly what the overturned campaign contribution law would have allowed the government to ban.
Since the film at the center of the original case, however, was a conservative attack on Hilary Clinton, Democrats were (are?) all for censorship.
3. Watch a Big Lie grow before your very eyes! Nothing President Trump has said or done suggest that he would not surrender power if he loses the election in November. Individuals within the Axis of Unethical Conduct has been claiming otherwise for more than a year, however. I originally assumed that this smear was just an extension of Big Lie #3: “Trump Is A Fascist/Hitler/Dictator/Monster,” but now it’s clear that it’s distinct. Remember, the point of big lies is make the target deny them, thus giving the lie the legitimacy of being worth arguing about. So far, the President has been unwilling to play, and he’s consistently said, “We’ll see what happens,” meaning, except to those in the iron grip of anti-Trump confirmation bias, “It’s a moot point, since I’m not going to lose, and I’m not going to speculate about losing.”
“Moot” isn’t in the President’s vocabulary, unfortunately.
Here’s Veteran CNN Hack Wolf Blitzer doing his bit to push Big Lie #10 while interviewing General McMaster: “If the President were to lose the election on Nov. 3rd. If he were to refuse to concede — what role would the U.S. military have to play in that type of scenario?”
No other President has been subjected to that kind of outrageous speculation.
4. Let’s see how repulsive the Democrats are willing to make themselves in a desperate effort to derail the President’s Supreme Court nomination. Then we’ll see how many non-deranged citizens will hear a little bell go off in their heads and realize, “Wow! These people really are without scruples, shame or decency! I don’t care how big a creep Trump is, we can’t give power to a party like this!”
All signs point to this confirmation process making the dirt heaped on Brett Kavanaugh look like a delightful dusting of newly fallen snow:
- Judiciary Committee member Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said earlier this week of Judge Amy Coney Barrett,
“Look, it wasn’t her religious views — it’s anybody’s views that they bring to their decision-making. So they keep telling us that none of the things they wrote or said yesterday should infringe on their decision, but how can we be assured that they can be objective? … Why should we say you get a lifetime appointment so that you can reflect your ideological agenda in your decision-making?”
An ideological agenda? You mean what Justice Ginsburg apologetically stood for from the moment she was confirmed?
- Politico reports that a whispering campaign may be underway against Senator Feinstein, at 87, the oldest member of the Senate and the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats, the story says, “privately fear” Feinstein isn’t up to the task of leading successful opposition to the Republican Party’s effort to conform the President’s nomination.
Too old, you know. Ah, ageism. This from the party whose candidate for President is a 77-year-old man showing signs of dementia.
- Hey! How about this? Can they manufacture an interracial adoption scandal? Come on, Facebook Borg, let’s come up with something!