Diary

Gypsies and a New Rosa Parks: The Culture Wars, Feb. 6, 2018

Well, the memo has been released and the State of the Union address has been delivered.  Welcome to your weekly ingestion of that seething cesspool known as the culture wars.  This week’s edition is brought to you by Alka-Seltzer.  “Plop…plop…fizz…fizz…oh, what a relief it is…”

Don’t Forget About Those Pesky Screenshots

Jonathan Tasini is a Bernie Sanders surrogate and frequent guest on CNN.  In response to a recent train crash (carrying GOP Congressmen and their families) with a car on the tracks that left one dead, Tasini Tweeted out this:

Wow, btwn train full of Goopers hitting truck and this (Trey Gowdy’s announced retirement), God is working hard today to clean up the stink

When it was pointed out that the Tweet was in poor taste, he immediately deleted the offensive message.  Of course, being the liberal goober he is, several people saved a screenshot of the Tweet for the sake of posterity.

Smarmy “Conservatives”

There are so many these days, but this week we’ll concentrate on David Brooks, a columnist who passes as a conservative at the New York Times.  Brooks views the recent immigration debate in terms of envy and resentment.  After noting that NYC and Silicon Valley are magnets for immigrants, he also states they are thriving.  Conversely, non-magnets for immigrants are dysfunctional and drug addicted (upper Midwest, rural New England, Appalachia- a lot of territory).  Says Brooks about this phenomena:

You’d react negatively, too, if confronted with people who are better versions of what you wish you were yourself…

He leaves aside the fact that immigrants may settle in places that are already thriving, not made that way by immigrants.  It should also be noted that some of the most immigrant-heavy states suffer some of the worst poverty in the country.  But, what’s a few slurs when there’s an agenda to be advanced?

A Possible Future Hillary Clinton?

Democrats seem to be pushing the next Hillary Clinton in New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand.  Recently, she made this interesting observation while appearing on The View:

I think a lot of President Trump’s rhetoric is racist. Let’s be very clear. When someone uses the phrase chain migration, it is intentional in trying to demonize families, literally trying to demonize families and make it a racist slur. It is not right.

So, in one fell swoop, Gillibrand has identified a racist dog whistle term: “chain migration.”  If this is the best the Democrats can do, then 2020 should be a cakewalk.

The Death of Chief Wahoo

In sad news, Chief Wahoo, the mascot of the Cleveland Indians, is being retired next year.  Why 2019 and not now?  The reason is simple: Cleveland is hosting the All-Star game in 2019 and we would not want the likes of ESPN and Sports Illustrated running stories on the allegedly racist logo.  There is no word yet as to whether the Cleveland baseball team will be changing their name from the offensive “Indians” to the Cleveland Indigenous Peoples of America Wiped Out by Genocide at the Hands of White People.

But, hey…why stop there?  In fact, Max Kellerman over at ESPN’s First Take is taking on that rascally, pugnacious leprechaun logo of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Although noting that a vast majority of those of Irish descent do not find it offensive, the fact that a small minority do is justification for jettisoning the logo.

May I be the first to suggest a new one: a bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey superimposed over an outline of a potato.

The Case of the Segregated Hair Care Products

With some tears and noted ambulance-chaser Gloria Allred by her side, Essie Grundy is lamenting the fact her local Wal-Mart locks up black hair care products.  Said the distraught customer:

It was something I had to stand up for. I would like the glass to go down, and for things to go back to the way it was, where it’s not segregated and everything is where everyone can get what they need.

That’s right, folks: Essie Grundy is the Rosa Parks of hair care products.  Considering that after liquor stores and Pampers, wigs are the most sought-after products when looting occurs by blacks and hair care products being shoplifted at this particular Wal-Mart, it seems their solution was justified.  Allred is demanding a $4,000 settlement for this injustice.

A Gypsy Just Can’t Catch a Break These Days

Ithaca High School in New York had to cancel their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame after the school had the audacity to cast a white girl in the role of Esmerelda, a French Roma gypsy.  The casting led to a student walk-out and a list of demands from offended students:

STOP rehearsals for ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ STOP the racist and openly stated policy of ‘color blind’ casting in the ICSD… STOP ignoring and denying that you have created, a white-centered program run by white adults for the benefit of white children. White children should also be educated about interrupting these practices of White supremacy.

Other students demanded “conscious casting” (short for casting minorities in the roles of white characters) while still more slammed the teachers for “whitewashing” the character thus perpetuating the myth of the “white savior stereotype.”

Seems these kids get a nice, healthy dose of social justice indoctrination and not enough grammar education, but I digress.  There is no word yet on whether the all minority production of The Birth of a Nation will be performed in the spring.

Where Do They Come Up With This Stuff?

Mark Ruffalo recently weighed in on the #MeToo hysteria sweeping the nation and especially Hollywood.  Said the goofy looking thespian and activist:

When you’re privileged, you have a voice, and right now men are privileged. They have a privilege over women. That’s just the way it is. So we have to make a space inside of our privilege, a safe space for women to speak up.

When any man has to start talking about “privilege” and “safe spaces,” its time to question one’s manhood.  It seems the super-sensitive Ruffalo has his head in the sand.  Women don’t have a voice?  Geez…don’t tell Linda Sarsour, Cher and Ashley Judd that as the over one million harpies at the Women’s March clearly had a voice.  Celebrity women don’t have a voice?  What friggin’ world does this “guy” live in?

Mr. Ruffalo needs to find another bulldozer to block on the plains of North Dakota.  Note to Ruffalo: playing the sensitive, woke, feminist man only works for Aziz Ansara when getting into a woman’s pants, so back off.

That’s it for this week.  Join me again next week as we wade through the sh*thole known as THE CULTURE WARS.