Category Archives: McCarthy

Frankenfreude

I, like many others, have been enjoying the torment and embarrassment of “Senator” Al Franken. There are few more disgusting and reprehensible people than he and he deserves every atom discomfort afflicting him. Please, Minnesotans, don’t vote for this guy next time.

Having said that, it has to be said that the reaction to the picture of him “sexually assaulting” or “sexually harassing” super-sexy Leeann Tweeden is overdone. It’s obviously a joke, whether Tweeden was in on it or not. A poor joke, yes; a bad idea for a joke, yep; but an attempt at humor. It helps to remember that Franken was at the time, a comedian. Obviously not a very good one.

He stinks at two jobs – comedian and senator.

Which brings me to a second thought. In our new, hyperpuritan* atmosphere the late, great Benny Hill would likely be Public Enemy #1. His leering, bald-faced, though impotent, sexual innuendo is clearly verboten these days. Plus, the various dolls prancing about on his show would be considered persona non grata with our modern self-appointed feminist-driven cultural commissars.

Along that same line I expect that Plautus, handfuls of Elizabethan and Restoration Comedy playwrights, along with innumerable French scribes, not to mention packs of more modern stage authors who tossed around sex just to shock, would seem to be destined for the new bonfires of vanities.

I’ll wind up on another point, this one on the current slaughter of various Hollywood and TV bulls. Here’s a typical story we’re hearing pert near every day. Something dawned on me as I read this piece.

This producer, now being read out of Hollywood’s more respectable environs (snort!), may not be so willing to simply go away.

It’s possible that a lot of these mighty entertainment titans aren’t going to go quietly into exile or retirement. They could easily start their own production companies and compete against the hypocritical pansies that fired them… Hollywood isn’t the monolithic, closely controlled business it used to be and new IP distribution models like Amazon, Netflix, etc., will allow them to bypass the PC gatekeepers and feed straight to an audience.

Content is desperately needed to feed the insatiable fires of consumers, especially youth. Many of these accused are very good at program and movie making. Short of pedophilia, necrophilia or murder, a lot of potential viewers are willing to look the other way in return for a little entertainment.

*By “hyperpuritan” I mean no disrespect to the original Puritans, a complicated but sincere people who are treated unjustly by pop history (and a number of professional historians as well).

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Thought Police for the Police

The rapid descent into the politically correct maelstrom continues.

First for your dark pleasure is this PC spasm concerning country music singer Blake Shelton (who’s already on PC commissars watch list for transgressions). A small handful of mild tweets from more than five years ago are dug up and PC libtard “social media mavens” go on the warpath (OMG! They’ll squeal, I can’t believe he insulted Native Americans [not that they ever went on the warpath because they were peace-loving…]). These people need to get a life or a shooting war will start and I don’t think any of them has a gun.

Then there’s this disturbing story about PC indoctrination that the Loretta Lynch’s Dept. of Just-Us wants to foist upon the police departments of the nation.

This is pure Orwell. The term “thought crime” is in play here. This isn’t about weeding out KKK members or some overt racist, this is about supposedly being able to divine the deepest subconscious thoughts of human beings.

Does anyone doubt that these witchsmeller pursuivants will discover hidden “implicit racism” in the souls of policemen? Naturally, the less they find the more they know is buried deeply in those warped psyches so they’ll need increased funding and more power.

They’ll also have the power to ruin people’s careers and lives.

Of course, besides trying to create Cultural Revolution chaos and an ever-changing capriciousness that is redefined constantly and only they know what it is, there is the whole “racket” angle.

Who will be these indoctrinators… I mean… attitude adjustment consultants? Why none other than the same people who run these rackets everywhere else — people with useless “area studies or feel-good studies degrees, highly-compensated government and corporate consultants who just happen to be Democratic party activists.

As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

Using Sports for Propaganda

I caught part of Purdue’s drubbing of Rutgers in basketball on Martin Luther King Day on the Big Ten Network. One of the “traditional” practices of MLK Day sports events is the patronizing exercise of reciting uplifting hagiographies of famous black people during breaks.

It may have been Kevin Kugler that was calling the game when the play-by-play man went into the story of Paul Robeson, a Rutgers alum. Not surprisingly he listed Robeson’s extraordinary talents — athlete, scholar, actor, singer and activist.

Then he went into a sugar-coating of Robeson’s political activities, described simply as “taking an interest in civil rights” that was brutally curtailed by blacklisting in the “McCarthy era.”

It’s a little bit more complicated than that. Robeson had mental problems, which manifested themselves later in life. That he had been treated occasionally badly early in life was not questionable but Robeson took everything very personally and was incapable of overcoming confrontations or slights. Combining a hefty personal arrogance and inability to compromise Robeson ping-ponged around intellectually and geographically for years, eventually developing a hatred for the United States and naive love for Marxism. The Soviet Union and its minions (notably East Germany) used him like a mason uses a trowel. He didn’t resist and became marginalized and insignificant, even to many left-leaning Americans. It was a sad waste of great talents.

Robeson’s life is too complicated to be condensed into a 60-second squib written by a PR flack at an American university. It’s sad that viewers were treated to disinformation, with the predictable attack on the “McCarthy era” and hagiographic treatment of someone who was no angel.