Mort Drucker, RIP
Mort Drucker, the incredible caricaturist who drew the MAD Magazine movie and TV parodies for decades, has died at home in Woodbury, New York, at 91. Performers used to say that they knew they'd finally made it when Mort Drucker parodied them. He also drew comic books, news magazine covers and movie posters, like the iconic poster for “American Graffiti” that included his renditions of all the characters.
Comic Relief! A “moist-talker” sounds like a character from an old “Seinfeld” rerun, but it’s actually the threat that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is helping to save us from.
FULL SOCIALISM EXPERIENCE
A number of far-left showbiz celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo, John Cusack and Alyssa Milano are wailing on social media about how angry, devastated and powerless they feel because Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Presidential race. Sarah Silverman even compared him to Mr. Rogers, which is appropriate only in that both had their greatest appeal to people with pre-school mentalities.
So here’s a modest proposal. If all these celebrities really want to experience the wonders of socialism, they don’t need Bernie. First, since the median US salary is around $47,000 a year, take everything you make over 47 grand and send it to Washington. That takes care of “income inequality.” Then, go down to the supermarket and look at the empty toilet paper shelves. On the way home, try to get arrested for daring to leave your house without government permission.
There you go: the full socialism experience!
Like so much of what you see in "Democratic socialist" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter posts, her latest is dead wrong, and this time, it doesn’t even involve math. She claimed that 10 million layoffs during the temporary pandemic shutdown means 10 million people are going without health care, which is “a human right,” and “this crisis is showing us is that this is only a rich society for a very small amount of people. And it is a brutal, barbarian society for the vast majority of working-class Americans.”
Wow, for a totally unqualified ex-bartender who’s now making $174,000 a year as a member of Congress, she sure doesn’t think much of the ability of working class people to get ahead in America. There’s so much wrong in that one paragraph that I could write an entire essay debunking it. But let’s keep this short and just hit the high (or low) points:
1. People who are fired or laid off might lose their insurance, but that doesn’t mean they’ll go without health care. Most will be eligible for Medicaid or other assistance. Insurance and health care are not the same thing. Confusing the two was part of the bogus argument for Obamacare.
2. I’ve explained the difference between a right (granted by God) and a privilege (provided by other people) before. School children used to be able to understand it. Now, Congress members don't.
3. Since roughly 110 million Americans are considered to be “working class,” 10 million are not “the vast majority.” Sorry, I did have to include a little math.
4. Far from America being a “brutal, barbarian society,” this crisis is showing us just how kind, selfless, charitable and supportive of each other Americans are. President Trump seems to be working 24/7 to fight this disease while shepherding a massive relief bill to help those affected by it. Small businesses up to our biggest corporations are finding ways to help, from retooling factories for making masks and ventilators to delivering free pizzas and sandwiches to health care workers and elderly shut-ins.
Truckers, grocery clerks, delivery drivers and others are working overtime and putting their own health at risk to insure their fellow Americans have the supplies they need. Those who can’t help directly are still going above and beyond to show appreciation for those who do. And of course, our health care workers are genuine American heroes.
Does that look like a “brutal, barbarian society” to you? Do you know what this crisis is showing to be truly brutal and barbarian? Socialized medicine…
…and of course, the most brutal and barbarian of all: the communist government of China, where everything is “socialized.”
THURSDAY FAKE NEWS ROUND-UP
Thursday Fake News Round-up: While responsible leaders are busy trying to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus, House Democrats like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are already shouting “What did Trump know and when did he know it?!” as they climb back on their broken impeachment hobby horse. This is based on leftwing media claims that President Trump was warned in advance that the disease was coming and did nothing until it was too late.
(On a side note: thousands of such speculative reports are generated every year in Washington. One warned that Japan might attack Pearl Harbor. Another warned that Osama bin Laden was planning a terrorist attack in 2001. You can claim with 20/20 hindsight that FDR and George W. Bush “did nothing,” but are Presidents supposed to take drastic action on every potential threat? Or do we expect them to have ESP and know which ones are real in advance?)
But it turns out that isn’t even relevant in this case. One story is that White House trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote a memo in January warning of the virus coming and Trump ignored it. At this link (starting around the 3:00 mark), Navarro himself debunks that. He says his memo was just an anthat President Trump was warned in advance that the disease was coming and did nothing until it was too late.
(On a side note: thousands of such speculative reports are generated every year in Washington. One warned that Japan might attack Pearl Harbor. Another warned that Osama bin Laden was planning a terrorist attack in 2001. You can claim with 20/20 hindsight that FDR and George W. Bush “did nothing,” but are Presidents supposed to take drastic action on every possible threat? Or do we expect them to have ESP?)
It turns out that isn’t even relevant in this case. One story is that White House trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote a memo in January warning of the virus coming and Trump ignored it. At this link (starting around the 3:00 mark), Navarro himself debunks that.
He says his memo was just an analysis comparing the costs blocking travel from China with doing nothing if the virus came here. He also says the memo wasn’t sent to Trump, only to NSC staffers. Trump took it on himself to block travel from China just days later without even having seen the memo, which Navarro praises as one of the best Presidential decisions ever, and one for which Trump’s critics called him a racist and xenophobe.
In a related story, the Pentagon normally doesn’t comment on specific intelligence matters, but they felt that a false story by ABC news had to be corrected. ABC claimed there was an intelligence assessment in November warning of a rapidly-spreading virus in China that endangered troops in the region, that the White House was briefed several times on it, and, of course, Trump ignored it. Orange man BAD!!
A Pentagon official said that, in fact, there was no such intelligence assessment. Trump wasn’t briefed on the situation until January, and even then, it wasn’t presented as a “dire warning.”
So the answer to “what did Trump know and when did he know it?” is that he knew something bad was happening in January, and he very quickly blocked travel from China to head it off, something for which he was attacked by the same people now attacking him for not doing it sooner than he knew about it.
As for the question of “What do Trump’s critics know?,” the answer, as always, is “not very much that's true.”
I guess it must be getting close to summer because even the fake news is starting to go into reruns.
Must-See Video! With people staying at home and leaving the streets deserted, wild animals are getting bold enough to start venturing into cities again. Check out the various critters wandering empty city streets and sidewalks, including mountain goats, wild pigs and deer. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, an alligator was caught on video wandering around a shopping center, possibly looking for his relatives in the window of a luggage store.
Note to all the liberals who demonize hunters: this is what happens when the natural order is upset. You should thank us hunters. Without us, wild animals might take over, as in “Planet of the Apes.” I’m personally helping to save the Earth from becoming the “Planet of the Ducks.”
Fun read, for those who like their humor hard-edged and pointed: Kurt Schlichter is back with a column on how the pandemic has made what liberals used to claim were actual problems look even dumber in retrospect. And they always looked pretty dumb to anybody with a brain.