These days, the left loves to brand everyone they disagree with as a “white supremacist.” That must be losing its power to shock. Now, the next phase: a leftist history professor from Rutgers went on a Facebook rant about how he hates white people and wants white people restricted from his neighborhood because he was apparently upset about some white children at his favorite restaurant, the Harlem Shake diner. Here’s the twist: he’s a white people himself. He wrote, “I officially resign from my race,” and demanded that all white people be banned from his favorite restaurant, even though it would mean he’d be banning himself, too. He's actually racist against himself.
Okay, if your mind isn’t reeling from that, here’s twist #2: the owners of the restaurant are very upset that he dragged them into his self-hating, anti-white rant. They’re demanding that he remove their name from the post because they’re proud to have a diverse staff, customers and owners (it’s owned by two women, one white and one African-American, who somehow manage to be partners without hating each other or themselves.) But they actually do want to ban one white person: they told the professor that “we ask that you get your burgers somewhere else” because they don’t tolerate racism like his.
I don’t know what else to add to this, other than a note for parents: the cost of in-state tuition and fees to send your kid to Rutgers for a year to get indoctrinated into this guy’s twisted mindset is $32,191. On the bright side, it's cheaper than the average tuition and fees of $52,234 to attend an Ivy League college. But at those universities, your kids might be taught by professors who are even bigger racist, leftist clowns.
In the classic ‘60s film “The Graduate,” someone whispers to young Benjamin some career advice for a successful future: “One word…Plastics.” In the ‘80s, the word might have been “Computers.” Today, it might be two words: “Trade school.”
Very sad news today, with the second shocking suicide of a prominent person within days. First, it was fashion icon Kate Spade. Now comes news that Emmy-winning CNN food and travel commentator Anthony Bourdain has taken his own life at 61. A friend found him unresponsive in his hotel room this morning. So far, few details are known about could have caused Bourdain to do this. Let's all remember his family and his daughter in our prayers.
As the linked story about Bourdain’s life and career notes, the CDC just released a report yesterday showing that suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the US, with 25 states showing an increase in suicides of over 30% since 1999.
Like school shootings, this is another disturbing trend of modern society that defies easy explanation. There are common roots to both the shootings and teenage suicides that cry out for more attention, such as bullying, depression, alienation and other mental health issues (many of the shooters commit suicide when the police show up, having apparently planned it as their final act.) But our actions must be focused on the right areas to do any good. We have to convince those who are suffering and think that nobody cares that all life is precious and it isn't necessary to apply a permanent solution to what could be a temporary problem.
Back in the days when “Saturday Night Live” was funny, they used to do sketches about a character named “Debbie Downer.” No matter what upbeat news anyone around her shared, she would always find a way to turn it into something horrible and depressing. She would follow this by putting on a pained expression as a sad trombone went, “Wuh-wuh-wuuuuh!” Depressingly, you can’t find Debbie Downer on “SNL” anymore, but you can still catch her on C-SPAN. Except she now goes by the name of “Nancy Pelosi.”
When the GOP tax cut passed and dozens of corporations were announcing that they would share it with their workers through raises, increased benefits and bonuses of $1000 or more, Nancy took to the podium to dismiss the bill as a “tax scam” that only benefited the evil rich and to scoff that the raises and bonuses were mere “crumbs.” “Wuh-wuh-wuuuuh!” (To channel Jeff Foxworthy, if you think a thousand bucks is a “crumb,” then you just might be the evil rich yourself).
Next came word that unemployment, including black and Latino unemployment, were dropping to levels so low, their likes hadn’t been seen in decades. Nancy's response: she moaned that those numbers “mean little” to the American people, who are still suffering from stagnant wages. “Wuh-wuh-wuuuuh!” (Hate to bring this up, but the problem of stagnant wages implies that they haven't gone up in a long time, so doesn't that mean they would have been stagnant when Democrats like her were in charge? Incidentally, the newest numbers show jobless claims at the lowest level in 44 years and black unemployment at the lowest level since 1972.)
This week, Negative Nancy has a new dirge: Never mind the unemployment rate, we have to make wages rise so that we can restore consumer confidence. But wait: it was just reported that consumer confidence is at an 18-year high. “Wuh-wuh-wuuuuh!” (I should point out that government doesn’t make wages rise, other than by hiking the minimum wage too high and killing jobs. Wages rise when employers have to compete to find and keep good workers, and for the first time ever, the number of job openings was surpassed than the number of job seekers. “Wuh-wuh-wuuuuh!”)
While this is like an old “SNL” sketch, it’s also like a new “SNL” sketch in that it’s so biased it’s not funny. I like to believe that Americans want to vote for something, not just against. They want to hear some optimism, that our best days are ahead of us, not behind us; and we don’t have to accept low growth and stagnation as “the new normal.” And if things are going well under your opponent, then don’t try to badmouth good news and depress us, tell us how you can make them even better. But since the only economic plan we’ve heard from the Democrats so far has been to raise taxes back up to make them “fair” again, maybe badmouthing good news is all they’ve got.
This may be what Trump meant when he said America would do so much winning, we’d get tired of winning. Nancy Pelosi must be really sick of Americans doing all that winning. It's very bad for her business. Well, look on the bright side, Rep. Pelosi: at least you created one job…for a sad trombone player.
In breaking news, a team of physicists, astronomers and mathematicians at MIT has completed a study of the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters that finds it to be the bureaucratic equivalent of a Black Hole for documents. They have proved their hypothesis that the DOJ contains, deep below ground, a mysterious gravitational pull so powerful that documents cannot escape it.
Their incredible findings, certainly worthy of the Nobel Prize for Physics, give new meaning to the term “political science” and explain much of what is observed today in the bowels of the Department of Justice. What appears to be stonewalling isn’t stonewalling at all, but rather an exciting natural phenomenon that has even top scientists scratching their heads. It’s amazing: the Inspector General can send over a 500-page report for internal review before it’s supposed to be turned over to congressional oversight committees, and it never gets to Congress. Key documents relating to the FBI’s “Russia” investigation promised to legislators on Thursday appear to have been swallowed whole and cannot be detected even with the most advanced technology.
Oddly, a few members of Congress such as Trey Gowdy and Paul Ryan have expressed confidence in the DOJ and FBI, even without seeing these important documents. They seem oddly accepting of the use of spies (“confidential human sources”) within a presidential campaign, something that would be met with outrage by normal humans. Scientists have not yet been able to explain this, however, saying it falls more into the realm of science fiction, like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
In related news just reported by The New York Times, the DOJ is getting serious about tracking down leaks of classified information, even confiscating journalists’ email and phone records. This has already resulted in the arrest of a former staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, former Army intelligence analyst James A. Wolfe, who allegedly lied to the FBI about providing sensitive information to reporters. Yes, it’s important to plug such leaks, but going about it this way would seem to be a gross violation of the First Amendment freedom of speech and the press. Also, the intense gravitational pull exerted by the DOJ’s Black Hole means that if reporters have to turn over their cell phones, they will surely never see them again.
But back to the documents. Although the DOJ had promised lawmakers access on Thursday morning to key documents from the FBI’s “Russia” probe, those materials apparently fell into the Black Hole just hours before, because officials issued a press release to reporters shortly after midnight calling for a delay. (Members of Congress were reportedly not even notified.) It said they’ll meet only with a select group of legislators to “discuss the matter,” and they want to reschedule the briefing to coincide with opening day of the North Korea summit in Singapore. That way, no matter what happens concerning the documents, no one will be paying attention.
DOJ officials are insisting the documents were physically present at a briefing held on May 24, but no members of Congress actually saw them, so at this point it appears they have been sucked into the Black Hole. Incidentally, it was after this meeting that Trey Gowdy began talking strangely, so perhaps that is when he was taken over by a pod person. The research team had no comment on that and would need a sizable research grant to study it.
Scientists warn that any documents not sucked into the Black Hole are likely to be covered with mysterious, monolithic black bars. Sometimes entire pages of information are blacked out. The cause of these bars is not known; they resemble the black bars used for redaction done by intelligence officials for national security purposes, but national security is not known to be an issue here. They remain a mystery.