All right, I have to say it. A line has been crossed, and this cannot stand.
It was crossed by a strange woman we had mercifully never heard of before, Nina Jankowicz, and it’s not the line you’re thinking of, the one that has to do with trashing the First Amendment, although she (along with the horrid administration that hired her) has crossed that one, too.
No, the line she crossed was in creating that truly terrifying Julie Andrews-style song parody of “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious.” As someone who is, myself, a song parodist who has performed her share of Julie Andrews song parodies, and who has deep respect for Julie Andrews, I simply can’t abide a song associated with her being used as an anthem in praise of government power. The words that come to mind upon hearing this (bleep) are not long at all; in fact, most of them have just four letters.
On the other hand, one thing about this parody is eerily appropriate: It’s a song that was sung by a NANNY. Now we have the GOVERNMENT expecting to be our nanny, telling us what to believe as fact and how to talk to each other about it –- if we’re allowed to talk about it at all. We have to follow nanny's rules and behave. We have to tidy up the nursery. We’ve had elements of the “nanny state” for a long time, increasingly so, but this board is the absolute worst to come along.
As I'd like to think Mary Poppins herself might express it, the idea of having the government as our nanny is “practically putrid in every way.” There’s no amount of sugar that will help this medicine go down.
So let's tell them to go fly a kite.
As for my own parodies, most of them have been recorded for radio stations that could then claim “intellectual property” rights in perpetuity, so unfortunately I can’t share them here. But it has even been said that if Julie Andrews and 'Weird' Al Yankovich had a child, it would be me. I take that as high praise. And I don’t enjoy seeing Weird Al’s name sullied by being mentioned in the same breath as Jankowicz’s. Because their last names are similar, some have even jested that she might be related to him. I’m a huge fan of Weird Al –- even got to meet and talk with him –- and I’m sure he’s the last person who would want his name associated with government censorship.
You’ve probably seen the Jankowicz parody because it’s been played over and over –- even by FOX News, perhaps to scare the life out of those of us who care about free speech. (It worked.) I’m not going to link to it here because it might cause side effects: nausea, vomiting, headache, high blood pressure, stroke, night terrors. It’s not that she can’t sing; she sings well and obviously has done some musical theatre, which she should definitely go back to, fancy degrees or not. No, the horrifying part is the ferocity of her zealousness, which comes through in every note and facial expression.
I’m a little concerned right now that so much focus is on Jankowicz that the discussion will become about HER, as opposed to the very existence of the (shudder) “Disinformation Governance Board.” Perhaps in talking about her now, I’m actually contributing to that. So I’ll make it clear: it’s not enough to get a different director for this board; the whole thing must be scrapped immediately, and anyone who was trying to sneak it in has got to go.
Since I do love to write parody lyrics, I thought it would be fun to write some alternate lyrics myself to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" that told the REAL story of what the government is trying to do with its assault on so-called “disinformation.” In case you want to sing along, I’ve put the downbeats in capital letters. Here we go!
Laura Ainsworth c 2022
THAT’S our way to take control and MON-itor the nation
WE are here to moderate your EV-ry conversation
We’ll SEE that you’re afraid to speak a-BOUT Election fraud
Don’t TALK of Hunter’s laptop, that is CER-tainly outlawed
Don’t QUIB-ble when we say to get a-NOTH-er booster shot
You’re NOT advised to criticize, ‘cause THIS is what we’ve got:
IF you're a conservative, we'll BLOCK communication
WHEN you contradict us, you’ll be FA-cing litigation!
Just TRAV-el all around the world and YOU will plainly see
That WHAT we do is modeled on the MOD-ern CCP
In OR-well’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, it’s WHAT they had to do
So HERE’S a Min-is-try Of Truth for TWEN-ty twenty-two!
WE have been awaiting this with SUCH anticipation
WHAT we do to language will re-MIND you of castration
Alejandro Mayorkas, head of the Department of Homeland Security, went on the Sunday shows to try to minimize the power of his new board, the “Disinformation Governance Board,” and the woman chosen to head it, Nina Jankowicz. She had, in her words, “let the cat out of the bag” about what she would be doing, and he’d apparently chosen to get ahead of the story by mentioning it to a congressional committee. Free speech advocates were shocked.
So on Sunday, he went on CNN to do damage control, saying that Jankowicz was “eminently qualified” and “a renowned expert in the field of disinformation.” He told Dana Bash that “the board does not have operational ability or authority.”
He went on FOX News Sunday to say that he had no reservations about Jankowicz’s objectivity. “There are people in the department who have a diverse range of views and they’re incredibly dedicated to mission,” he said. “We’re not the opinion police.”
Never mind that this woman has already revealed herself to be a crazed political hack. Talk about being incredibly dedicated to mission! To cite just one of numerous examples, this “renowned expert” believed the Hunter Biden laptop story was disinformation, either from Russia or “a Trump campaign product.” The fact that someone like her was chosen for that job tells us all we need to know.
To downplay this, Jankowicz has reportedly removed her TikTok account from public view.
As for Mayorkas, when he defends the board and Jankowicz, remember that this is the same man who, as head of Homeland Security, maintains that the border is under control. He told outrageous lies about the condition of the border in his testimony last week. The truth about the border is the opposite of what he said, so when he claims his new board is not the opinion police...well, there's good reason to believe the opposite is true. He has destroyed whatever credibility he might have had, and NOTHING he says about this board –- or anything else –- can be believed.
Ironically, he himself is a fountain of disinformation.
Mayorkas also said he could have picked someone from either side of the aisle to head this board. Two problems with that:
1) He didn’t.
2) A real conservative wouldn’t TAKE the job of running a government “disinformation” board.
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05/03/2022 11:50 PM
You win! Your version of Supercalifrag… is a superior parody. As a retired College Journalism instructor I would have loved to have someone with your level of creativity and humor. Weird Al should be proud of your addition to “The Great American Conservative Songbook!”
05/03/2022 04:31 PM
Evil is as evil does. Read your Constitution lady then explain to the masses why you hate it and our Country so.
05/03/2022 11:05 AM
This "DGB" must be immediately defunded, or struck down as unconstitutional, which of course it is. The American people have had all the tyrannical crap out of this "democrat" regime that we're going to take. So, if I state that "Global Warming" is a hoax, which it is, just what does Jerkowitz intend to do about it? TRY to "arrest" me for being a "domestic terrorist?" (And why else put this DGB under Homeland Security?) Hm? After arresting patriotic Americans and putting them into a democrat-controlled gulag for attending a Trump rally, it wouldn't surprise me. So, I'll say it: Global Warming is a FRAUD (at least, the man-made part is). Want to try to arrest me? It seems Jerkowitz is so focused on destroying the First Amendment that she forgot about the Second Amendment, because I'm not going anywhere!
05/03/2022 10:39 AM
Big fan of Huckabee but have never read an article of yours before.
(I don't know why). This article is very good and I agree with you.
Hope to see it published in a big media platform if it isn't already.
05/03/2022 06:42 AM
Love your parody! It is spot on and so true, that now, you'll probably end up getting a visit from the FBI now, as they may be thinking that they found another 'insurrectionist', but hey, since the Biden Admin. is so great for the USA, and that the Hunter Laptop story is just 'disinformation', they are sent out and about to harass lawful and truthful Americans to try and keep a lid on what they (the FBI) are really doing, squelching free speech. And I will probably get a visit too, because I will be watching '2000 Mules' this weekend, but only by virtual premiere because New York State will not allow any theaters to show that Conservative movie within the borders of New York State, because it is a Corrupt Democrat governed led Blue State, and Freedom of Speech is just another 'Russian Disinformation' concept in the Communist State of New York. It is truly interesting that the Blue States and its Democrats who lead them and now the Fed. gov. that was invaded and stolen by a coup of anti-American Marxists, are acting just like Putin invading Ukraine. And they are helping Ukraine, but not their own nation. The millions of dollars Biden et al are sending to Ukraine, are what they have stolen from their own citizens. Biden et al are just as deranged as Putin is.
05/03/2022 02:13 AM
Love the song! Well done!
05/03/2022 12:33 AM
Your song is brilliant!
Truest words are said I jest!
05/02/2022 11:49 PM
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05/02/2022 11:04 PM
The parody is fantastic thank you so much please make a video and put it out for many to pick up and play to combat the silly idiot with her misinformation jargon.
05/02/2022 10:36 PM
Love your parody!!