Finally! Back on schedule! I was beginning to have trouble coming up with new names for non-warm-ups that got posted in the afternoon or later…
1. President Joe Biden fell a couple times boarding Air Force One. The video has led many wags to ask if this would prompt Saturday Night Live to give him the Gerald Ford treatment. Those of a certain age recall the running gag in the immortal first season of the now creaky weekend satire show, where then-President Ford was portrayed as a slapstick klutz on nearly every episode.
Of course it won’t, for several reasons, some ethical, some not. SNL is now almost exclusively a partisan vehicle for humor-based propaganda, and after 8 years of seldom daring to target President Obama and four of mocking President Trump, repetitiously and badly, a return to past standards of equal opportunity mockery is unlikely. Biden is a Democrat. Also, in the case of Ford, the gag was just a gag: Ford was a fit former athlete who just had a couple of well-publicized stumbles. Representing him as a clumsy boob was only silly. Biden, in contrast, has been falling apart mentally and physically before our eyes, and is 78 years old. In his case, such ridicule would not just seem cruel, it would be cruel. Biden’s decline is also scary, as the awful Kamala Harris sits cackling in the wings. There is nothing funny about the whole situation.
2. Speaking of the least democratically-chosen President-in-waiting since Gerald Ford, Harris, in one of her many idiotic statements while trying (and failing) to get nominated for President on her merits, admitted to past illegal marijuana use and advocated it, saying, “I have [smoked marijuana]. And I inhaled. I did inhale. I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.” Heroin and child rape also give quite a few people joy, but never mind: Harris had the right skin-tone and chromosomes, and that’s all that matters, apparently. In light of her confession, this story is incomprehensible:
“Dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use, frustrating staffers who were pleased by initial indications from the Biden administration that recreational use of cannabis would not be immediately disqualifying for would-be personnel, according to three people familiar with the situation….The policy has even affected staffers whose marijuana use was exclusive to one of the 14 states—and the District of Columbia—where cannabis is legal. Sources familiar with the matter also said a number of young staffers were either put on probation or canned because they revealed past marijuana use in an official document they filled out as part of the lengthy background check for a position in the Biden White House. In some cases, staffers were informally told by transition higher-ups ahead of formally joining the administration that they would likely overlook some past marijuana use, only to be asked later to resign.
“There were one-on-one calls with individual affected staffers—rather, ex-staffers,” one former White House staffer affected by the policy told The Daily Beast. “I was asked to resign.”
As long-time readers here know, I am unalterably opposed to legalizing pot. However, I am equally opposed to political parties and Presidential candidates employing bait and switch tactics on young, gullible voters and supporters. Moreover, for the White House to do this after Biden’s previous partner and the last Democratic White House occupant openly declared his own history as a stoner, and with Harris safely installed in her job while extolling the “joy” of getting high, is hypocrisy squared.
3. That’s funny, I thought Sports Illustrated was supposed to be about sports. Admittedly, when discussing the magazine’s shameless annual swimsuit issue, the sports connection is already attenuated, but this is pure politics and nothing but:
That’s Leyna Bloom, who is “making history as the first transgender woman of color to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.” I wonder when we’ll be seeing the first non-binery, differently-abled model, or the first male drag queen who identifies as female being presented as winter SI eye candy?
“I’m representing Filipina, I’m representing Black, I am representing people who have been immigrants. For them, I’m a vessel of change,” she said in a statement.
I think she left out the part where she’s representing men who have been castrated and have had extensive plastic surgery and hormone treatments to look yummy in a one-piece…
4. And while we are on the topic of “vessels of change” and sports, Beth Stelzer, a female powerlifter, has founded of Save Women’s Sports, an organization dedicated to protecting the right of every woman and girl to compete on a level playing field. That objective has been placed in peril by President Joe Biden’s recent executive order making it easier for former males to compete in women’s sports.
In a podcast, Stelzer…
..says in part,
“What [Biden’s] order did was erase the sex-based protections that women have fought so hard to have. In sports, that boils down to Title IX, and we have not even had that for 50 years….we’re saying that anyone is allowed to self-identify into the female category, and we all know it is not fair for males to compete against females. We just seem to have turned this into some kind of partisan issue when it’s just basically common sense, and it’s sad to see that.”
She also points out that her sport in particular gives trans females an advantage. “There are differences, and it is not fair for males to compete against females,” she says. ” There’s an overall 10% advantages, but in my sport, the male advantage is 64%.”