Must-See Video: This is someone that has suddenly starting circling on the Internet. Prepare to be astounded:
That’s “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong in 2012, doing a then-popular but little-remembered character called “The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party." No, it was not “Democratic” Socialist media darling, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, although if your glasses are a little dirty, that would be an easy mistake to make. Just part her hair in the middle, add redder lipstick and more nonsensical blather about economics and you’ve got the sharpest political impersonation “SNL” has offered in years. Strong could become a superstar off of this, the way Tina Fey did with her skewering of Sarah Palin.
However, I seriously doubt that will ever happen, because “SNL” would never go after a liberal politician the way they do Republicans such as Palin or Trump, no matter how worthy of satire the liberal might be. Also, I doubt Ms. Strong would agree to do it. She would likely fear that while viciously satirizing Republicans boosted the careers of Fey and Alec Baldwin, daring to mock the foibles of AOC would likely make her the object of widespread hate and threats from Twitter mobs and get her blacklisted in liberal Hollywood.
She is still in the cast, so if “SNL” doesn’t immediately start doing sketches featuring her as AOC leading her followers on searches for Mitch McConnell in the wrong building or spouting civics malapropisms while making Ramen noodles on Facebook, then we’ll know that either Ms Strong refused to commit career suicide or “SNL” is now just another one-sided propaganda tool of the left, like CNN.
Although if it will encourage them to be funny and even-handed again, then they should know that it might not just be Republicans who would laugh at sketches like that:
Here’s a reality check for those who say President Trump has “accomplished nothing,” and who base that on the laughable claim that he inherited the booming Obama economy.
Longtime NBC anchor Tom Brokaw backtracked and apologized after he faced one of those daily Twitter outrage storms, this time over some comments he made about immigration on “Meet The Press.” In one, he said he’d spoken to people who are unsure of whether they want “brown grand-babies.” He also said, “I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation.”
You can imagine the howls of “Racism!” and “Xenophobia!” that elicited on anti-social media! I can see how someone could be offended by his artless phraseology in saying “brown grand-babies,” but it was something he claimed others had told him (I’d personally question that), and he was using it as an example of racism. His critics also failed to quote his full remarks to put his “assimilation” comment in context:
“That’s one of the things that I’ve been saying for a long time, that they ought not to be codified in their communities but make sure that all of their kids are learning to speak English and they feel comfortable in the communities. And that’s going to take outreach on both sides, frankly.”
For years, it was taken for granted that when immigrants came to America, they would try to learn English and assimilate to American culture, just as an American who moved to Italy would try to learn Italian. It was especially important to American immigrants that their children learn to speak English because they saw it as opening the door to greater options in life and a better shot at the American dream. I still hear that sentiment from many immigrant parents when I travel around the country. It’s about the least controversial idea I can imagine (in a predominantly English-speaking country, it would be an advantage to know English). It’s just common sense that used to be taken for granted by everyone, especially immigrants.
Unfortunately for Tom Brokaw, these days, common sense is becoming a language that nobody knows how to speak anymore.
The “chief diversity officer” at a university in St. Louis, Missouri, is planning a workshop on racism that only white people will be allowed to attend. Sounds as if the “diversity officer” needs a seminar on what the word "racism" means.
This is yet another example of one of life’s undeniable truths: Sooner or later, fanatics become the thing they claim to hate.
The billionaire CEO of Starbucks (who hasn’t been doing a bang-up job lately even of running a coffeehouse chain) is mulling an independent “progressive” run for President, which is giving Democrats the jitters because they figure it would pull votes away from whatever over-caffeinated leftist fanatic they nominate.
As if the man who launched the “Tenta,” a 31-ounce cup of coffee, cares that he’s giving anyone the jitters!
Best Tweet of the Week: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s response to Stephanie Kelton’s insane claim that no one “makes” a billion dollars, they just “take” it from their workers or “strip it” by using patents and other protections of properties they own or created.
After you stop laughing at Tabeb’s takedown of that ridiculous economic illiteracy, look at Kelton’s bio and your laughter will turn to shudders: “Prof. of Economics & Public Policy at Stony Brook University” and former “Chief Economist for the Dems on U.S. Senate Budget Committee.”
It’s Better To Be “Morally Right” Than Factually Accurate: The popular narrative is that the “Return Marches” that have been going in Gaza are grassroots uprisings for Palestinian rights, and Israeli troops are brutally slaughtering innocent protesters.
Well, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Information Center just completed an exhaustive study into the backgrounds of all 187 Palestinians killed between the beginning of the riots last March and January 16. Turns out 150 of the fatalities (about 80%) were determined to be affiliated with terrorist organizations, including 96 belonging to or affiliated with Hamas. Forty-five (about a quarter of all the fatalities) were operatives of Hamas’ military wing.
The study’s conclusion is that the violence against Israeli troops at the border is not a “popular” uprising but is orchestrated by Hamas and other terrorist groups and overwhelmingly involves their operatives. Also, it shows that the Israeli Defense Forces do not indiscriminately fire into crowds of innocent demonstrators but target terrorists who deliberately come to the front lines and attack them.
I don’t know why that should come as news to anyone, but apparently, for some it is, so I’m glad to be able to share it.
Excellent point from Mollie Hemingway about the free pass the media give to those on the left, who can spit out vicious lies and slanders against Catholic schoolboys one day, then announce their presidential runs based on equality and tolerance for all the next.
Roger Kimball on how the outrageous treatment of the Covington Catholic School students might mark a turning point at which public revulsion over the arrogant, hypocritical political correctness of the elites (including even some conservatives who rushed to virtue-signal by condemning the boys before they knew the full story) reaches critical mass and forces a reconsideration of our tolerance for the poison of political correctness and identity politics.
Let’s all hope and pray that is true. But either way, I’d like it on the record that I was expressing revulsion over the poisonous, hypocritical PC self-righteousness of arrogant elites when it wasn’t cool.
Just in case you’re tired of feeling shocked by the news, here is the least-surprising story of the day:
When you hear that the partial government shutdown cost more than the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for a border wall, someone will now likely counter that according to a new Congressional Budget Office report, the shutdown “only” cost $3 billion. You can tell them that the CBO doesn’t factor in all the indirect costs, and that even they admit the economy produced $11 billion less than it would have, but they assume $8 billion of that was just “deferred” and will be made up for by future growth.
Of course, you could also argue that if we factor in all the costs of continuing to have a porous border -- enforcement, deportation, drug intervention, services to illegal immigrants, etc. -- the cost might be far higher.
Or even if we grant the CBO its lowball cost figure, Trump probably would have been willing to take $3 billion for the wall and end the shutdown, but Nancy Pelosi would have said no to that, too.