Must-Read Column: In his inimitable way, Mark Steyn fills in the gaps in the story of the London Bridge knife attacker, and the details are stunning. Like the fact that one of the victims he killed had been an activist for a program called "Learning Together" that promoted letting convicted terrorists like him out of prison early and that had been the reason he was allowed to travel to Cambridge. He’d even donated to a charity fun run that raised money to buy a laptop for the jihadist who stabbed him to death. And now, his father is most concerned that people will use his son’s murder “to further an agenda of hate.”
Neither Mark nor I want to criticize a grieving father, but it’s not “hate” to oppose insane policies that allow convicted terrorists to get out of prison early so they can go around killing people. Even when their victims include people who were wrongheaded enough to think it’s a good idea to let terrorists out of prison so they can go around killing people.
That’s an agenda of common sense and basic self-preservation, not "hate."
How far left has the Democratic Party moved? First, Barack Obama was mocked for warning against nominating an unelectable radical and described by the Washington Post as a “conservative,” and now, Maxine Waters is being slammed by the AOC types for being too moderate. I’ll let you pick your jaw up off the floor and then repeat that: they think MAXINE WATERS is too moderate!
On the bright side, at this rate, maybe they’ll soon move so far to the left that they’ll think Karl Marx is a capitalist and stop reading him.
Poor Joe Biden is taking flak for a lot of things, but a couple of recent hits I think are a little unfair. For instance, playfully biting at his wife’s fingers while she was speaking. Hey, if she’s okay with it, who are we to argue? As long as he restricts it to his spouse, that is. He’d better not try chomping on Trump’s digits during the debate.
(Okay, with the leg hair story, he’s on his own)
And now, Joe’s getting the “Okay, Boomer” eye roll for his new campaign slogan: “No Malarkey!” Critics say the word “malarkey” is one of those age “tells” that make him sound old and creaky, like saying, “23-Skidoo.” Granted, when you create a campaign slogan with words that are too old even for me, that’s stinking old! But warning, Gen Y’ers who are mocking Biden: someday, all those videos of you speaking in current hipster or rap slang will still be on the Internet, and your own kids will be cringing in humiliation at your lameness, or whatever word they’ll be using for “lame” then.
Besides, Joe likes the word “malarkey” and uses it a lot. Some claim it has Irish roots, and Joe likes to play up his Irish heritage. So I wrote a limerick in honor of it:
There once was a man named Biden
And in Iowa, on a bus he was ridin’.
He thought Trump was too snarky,
So he said, “No malarkey!”
Now all of his voters are hidin’.
Last night, I appeared on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News to discuss these stories (sorry, in this clip the poem was edited for time):
To those who claim that saying “malarkey” makes Joe Biden sound un-hep, I say, “Gag me with a spoon!” Horsefeathers to those wisenheimers! I’m totally copacetic with “Malarkey.” In fact, I think it’s the cat’s pajamas. Any L-7’s who disagree can put an egg in their shoe and beat it.
Once again, leftists have gone so far around the bend, they’re meeting themselves coming back around the other way.
After spending years posing as the foes of all types of discrimination, we’re seeing stories like these: the Baltimore Museum of Art sold off works by male artists to buy art by women and minorities, and announced that it will only acquire works by female artists in 2020.
And a group of Notre Dame students is demanding that reading materials written by white, male scholars be cut to “eliminate the violence of only privileging white scholarship.”
Stories like these are, of course, textbook examples of sexism and racism: judging the value of people’s art or scholarly research by their gender or race.
Fortunately, the same people who are doing it have also given their critics the perfect weapon to refute them: as previously noted, the UCU, the British union of university lecturers, is demanding that anyone should be allowed to “identify” as anything they want, which means that a white, straight, able-bodied male can claim to be a disabled black lesbian and nobody should be allowed to question it.
So there’s your solution, if you’re a white male scholar or artist. When leftists demand that you be shut out of museums and universities because they only accept the works of females and minorities, tell them that you identify as a black woman. If they then try to claim that you are obviously not a black woman, call them bigots and transphobes. It will make their heads explode.