If anyone asks, the Squire is
German Bohemian and Scots-Irish
(and 1,024th Pabst Blue Ribbon)
Bless our Wisconsin Public Radio friend Joy Cardin, now retired. Madison is looking at 9 inches of snow tonight and Tuesday (02-12-19). “In an unprecedented move, all Madison streets to get salt in advance of snowstorm,” The Capital Times reports.
Joy comments: “Must be a mayoral primary coming up.” As Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day would say, “BING!”
The wages of identity politics
CNN is fixated on labeling Donald Trump (boldface, not blackface) a racist for picking on poor ol’ Elizabeth Warren (boldface, not paleface). See how he capitalized the word “TRAIL” as in “campaign trail.” He must have meant, “Trail of Tears”? Democratic party founder Andrew Jackson’s infamous exile of the Cherokees to Oklahoma. He’s not fooling CNN!
Anything to take the heat off the red-faced (sorry) Democrats in Virginia’s executive branch. The New York Times thoughtfully provides a list of racist bastards who have appeared publicly in blackface. Those include:
Desi Arnaz, Fred Astaire, Dan Aykroyd, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll (from “Amos ‘n’ Andy”), Ethel Barrymore, Milton Berle, Jimmy Cagney, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby, Billy Crystal, Ted Danson, Marion Davies, Robert Downey Jr., Judy Garland, Alec Guinness, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Benny Hill, Bob Hope, Boris Karloff, Buster Keaton, Hedy Lamarr, Janet Leigh, Harold Lloyd, Sophia Loren, Myrna Loy, the Marx Brothers, David Niven, Laurence Olivier, Will Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, Grace Slick, Spencer Tracy, Shirley Temple, John Wayne, Mae West, Gene Wilder, and the Three Stooges.
Please, not Shemp, too! Wait a minute! Where’s that Klan rider Fredric March?
“If one were looking for a historical case study in celebrating blackface, well, one could proceed straight to the White House of Woodrow Wilson,” the NY Times reports. And poor Sammy Davis Jr. He was a child actor who once in the 1930s (wrap your head around this) “was a black child portraying a white man portraying a stereotypical black person.”
Meanwhile, freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is mea culpa-ing all over the place for for tweets condemned by both parties as anti-Semitic.
Then there is “Beto” O’Rourke, as Irish as Bailey’s Cream, standing at The Wall in El Paso to confront the Terrible Trump. “Forget the Alamo!”
Kamala Harris is confronting accusations that she is not authentically black.
Sen. Kamala Harris directly confronted critics Monday who have questioned her black heritage, her record incarcerating minorities as a prosecutor and her decision to marry a white man.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club hosts DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God that aired Monday, the show’s hosts asked the California Democrat to address a series of derogatory memes that have circulated on social media. One of the hosts cited a meme that said Harris is “not African-American” because her parents were immigrants born in India and Jamaica and she spent her high school years in Canada.
A week ago, Madison school board candidate Ananda Mirilli kvetched to a liberal Madison audience that she did not see enough people “who look like me.” (How many twin sisters does the lady have?) Then again, Ms. Mirilli does that for a living. She is “equity consultant” for Tony Evers old shop.
Add that to Madison mayoral candidate Toriana Pettaway’s condemnation of the city clerk’s office for perpetrating “white supremacist B.S.” for insisting that 200 valid signatures on one’s nominating petition means 200 — not 199. Talk about disparate impact!
The New York Times is wearing sack cloth and ashes for allow MEN! to write more letters to the editor than women. (Yes, they counted.) Typical is this scolding: “We are underrepresented in your pages, and in politics, technology, finance and mathematics. These traditionally male spaces are where our achievements count the most, and where we are least welcome.”
So the Times is performing outreach to get more women’s letters. Seriously.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: High school in Canada! The Great White North?! BING!