1 Shut up or be funny. For some reason, the fact that Monday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers’ included a gratuitous and facile lecture by the host about gun control legislation was plastered all over the progressive news media as if he had begun speaking in tongues or channeling the ghost of Emily Dickinson. I hate to be a spoil sport, but who cares what Seth Myers thinks about gun control? He’s a comedian and a comedy writer, and has been nothing but since college. Again, he has no brief to lecture anyone on that topic: he has his job to be funny, and the show he hosts is, theoretically at least, a comedy show. Did Julia Child ever lecture her PBS audience about U.S. nuclear policy while explaining how to cook an omelette? No. Did Walter Cronkite ever break into knock-knock jokes during The CBS Evening News? Never. Did Andy Williams ever pause in the middle of “Moon River” to deliver his analysis of a Presidential campaign? Absolutely not.
Myers has a right to his opinion, as sophomoric and echo chamber-nourished as it may be (he was pimping for “common sense gun laws,” which is what people say when they have no idea what laws will stop the criminal use of guns, but want us to “do something”), but it is arrogant and presumptuous to perform a bait and switch on his audience, which doesn’t come to his show for public policy wisdom. If they do, he has an ethical obligation to make it clear that they shouldn’t. As far as I can tell, Myers knows zilch about law, guns, government, or the Constitution, yet he presumes to use a vehicle awarded to him only because of an alleged gift for topical humor (personally, I don’t see it) for political advocacy.
Be funny, get educated, run for office, or shut up, Seth. And incidentally, there are not mass shootings “three or four times a week” and never have been. In a single atypical week, there were two mass shootings, and no Constitutional gun laws are likely to have stopped either of them.
2. Why wouldn’t this criminal act not be a) stopped by police and b) the object of arrests and prosecutions? About 200 Black Lives Matters protesters marched to a Wegman’s in Rochester, New York, prompting it to lock down with an estimated 100 customers still inside the building. They were able to escape pretty quickly (it is still false imprisonment, a felony), and the store closed down. What was the anti-white racist activist’s group justification this time? After all, Wegman’s is a grocery store. It was the one-year anniversary of the death of Daniel Prud, the 41-year-old black man who died in police custody after being placed in a “spit mask.”
BLM is looking for another artificial example of police brutality and racism since there aren’t enough legitimate ones to serve their purpose and to excuse “mostly peaceful” riots. Prude is even a lamer excuse to cry racism than the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Mike Brown or George Floyd, but as we have learned, Facts Don’t Matter. Rochester police physically restrained Prud on March 23, 2020 because he was walking and ranting naked in the city’s streets after taking PCP. Any white citizen doing the same would be treated similarly as a danger to himself and others. Prud began spitting at officers while resisting arrest, so they put a spit hood over his head after he began spitting. While Prude was face down on the pavement, he stopped breathing. PCP will do that. A grand jury refused to charge the officers, and if Prude had been white, nobody would have blinked an eye.
BLM deserves sympathy, perhaps, but no respect. It is a hate organization built on false narratives and lies.
3. Can someone please explain what I’m missing, because I’m clearly missing something.
Police in New Lenox, an unincorporated village southwest of Chicago, arrested and charged Justyn Giarraputo, an idiot, with a hate crime after he allegedly made a Nazi salute and shouted “White power!” several times at a family in a Walgreen’s parking lot.
Was the First Amendment amended with a jackass exception? Did a SCOTUS ruling come down that I overlooked? Last I checked, making a Nazi salute in public was protected speech, though unquestionably rude. It might even be “fighting words,” but a hate crime? The same is true of shouting “white power.” The First Amendment protects it. At least, I thought so….
4. Res Ipsa Loquitur. Two Democratic Senators have demanded a ban on the appointments of whites, however qualified and regardless of their views, to Joe Biden’s Cabinet. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), issued statements to that effect yesterday.
Duckworth told reporters, “I am a ‘no’ vote, on the floor, on all non-diversity nominees… I will vote for racial minorities and LGBTQ but anybody else, I’m not voting for.” Hirono, my personal choice as the winner in the closely contested “Dumbest Senator of Either Party” race, said, “We would like to have a commitment from the White House that there be more diversity representation in the Cabinet and in senior White House positions and until that happens I will be joining her in voting on non-diversity nominees.”
It took a pandemic, a cheating news media and lot of lies to put the Democrats in power despite their loony and anti-democratic conduct since 2016, so apparently they think ratcheting up the crazy will work again. Good plan!