The Water Cooler- June 19th, 2018 - Open Thread - The Culture Wars

Hello again from Redstate’s Water Cooler- our daily open thread where on Tuesday’s we bring you the best and brightest from the culture wars.

Jackass of the Week


Hands down, the winner this week is actor Robert DeNiro who had not one, but two well-publicized, profanity-laced anti-Trump diatribes.  Before he got on the stage at the Tony Awards, he addressed a high school graduation with these encouraging words:

So what about the truth? What does the truth even mean today? I mean, if you’re Donald Trump it doesn’t mean anything. If you’re cowardly Republican enablers in Congress you don’t let the truth stand in the way of pathetically clinging to power.  Our country is led by a president who believes he can make up his own truth. And we have a word for that — bulls*it. He’s a congenital liar. A mean-spirited, soulless, amoral, abusive con-artist son of a bitch. F**k Donald Trump. And I say this, cause I am not political, but I am now. You guys are the future.

Apparently this was his warm up audition for his Tony Awards tirade.  Pathetic.

Communism is Great Because, You Know…Like…Cuba

So at Santa Clara University a conservative group set up a table and passed out fliers and planted 1,000 flags in the ground representing 20th century victims of socialism and communism.  This did not sit well with some snowflakes who threw fliers, almost toppled a table and tore flags out of the ground. Said one such offended student:

Cuba has done great.  They have like 99 percent literacy, they have f**king their own health brigades.

If one reads that statement as is, it leads one to wonder what exactly those health brigades are doing.  Are they doing the expletive or is it being done to them? But, whatever…like, you know…Cuba…


It’s Now Official: Berkeley Declares a Climate Change Emergency

As if there are not more pressing municipal issues, the city council of Berkeley, California declared not a national emergency, but are apparently speaking for the entire world when they declared a climate change emergency.  Among their proposed solutions are the total elimination of fossil fuel use and mandatory population control. As for the latter, I suggest the members of the Berkeley City Council lead by example.

Good God!  She’s Still Around

Apparently triggered by people telling her to be careful not to fall into manholes, the walruslike Lena Dunham recently tweeted: “I’d honestly rather fall into one million manholes than have one single dude tell me to watch my step.”  Speaking on behalf of all “dudes,” no problem.

They’re Armed and They’re Fabulous

After the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida where a Muslim gunman targeted gays, that community has reacted in a strange manner- they have begun to arm themselves.  Spurred by a group called the Pink Pistols, the group has experienced such growth that some now call them the “gay NRA.” Says Jeff Bloovman, registered nurse, firearms instructor, member of the Pink Pistols, and member of the gay community: “Gays that are armed and trained don’t get bashed and killed.”  Amen, brother.

CNN Doubles Down on Stupid

Chris Cuomo whose only journalistic credentials extend to his last name was recently given a prime time slot on CNN much to the dismay, it is rumored, of Jake Tapper.  Regardless, the show debuted to dismal ratings although he did have the highest for any CNN show, which is not saying much. When Rachel Maddow beats you in the ratings, you know things are not going well.  Expect this one to be in the crapper by September.


Netflix Meets George Orwell

The streaming giant Netflix recently adopted a set of rules for employees in which they took a page from Orwell’s Junior Sex League in 1984.  Among the forbidden actions are lingering hugs, asking someone for their phone number unless they have given permission, absolutely no flirting, and my favorite- looking at each other for more than five seconds.  Employees are encouraged to rat out fellow employees should they see any of these transgressions.  Yikes!  Seriously?  Five Seconds?

That’s it for this week.  Join us again next Tuesday for another edition of that horror/comedy movie known as the Culture Wars.


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