A Very Brief Thought On the Shooting in Wisconsin

So a 17-year old wannabe cop from Illinois named Kyle Rittenhouse crosses the state line into Wisconsin, and opens fire at a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters, killing two people and seriously injuring a third.

In my opinion, the key event that led to the election of Donald Trump as President was the Sandy Hook Massacre of 2012. The conspiracy theories that immediately followed were essentially a statement by conservatives that seizing power was more important than truth, that reality, even the gruesome reality of a maniac charging into a grade school and massacring innocent children, didn’t matter. Liberals, in turn, who if you remember controlled the White House in 2012, backed down from the obvious responsibility to dismantle the large stockpiles of weapons in the hands of right wing extremists. Now it’s too late, not only for sensible gun control but for truth itself. Even as right wing extremists murder Black Lives Matter protesters in the streets, the Democrats consider the idea that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris should stand for anything except not being Donald Trump as childish indulgence and irresponsible white privilege.

Some future history book will probably have a chapter titled:

“The Presidential Election of 2020: A Commitment to Lies Versus a Commitment to Nothing.”

 

The Elites Seem to Disagree

I have to admit that I had no idea where Mali was before I Googled it, so I’m hardly qualified to speak about the question of whether their government was overthrown by evil Russians or by good Americans in order to bring “freedom.”

But check back with me next week. I’m entirely sure I’ll have a very strong opinion on the issue and a good deal of confidence in my belief that whoever disagrees with me is the embodiment of evil.

RIP Linda Manz

Linda Manz, who is not well-known by the general public but who is a household name among cinephiles, has died at age 58.

Linda Manz, known for her performances in films like Days of Heaven and Out of the Blue has died. She was 58.

The actress died on Friday after a battle with lung cancer and pneumonia, her family said on a GoFundMe page established by her son Michael Guthrie.

https://people.com/movies/actress-linda-manz-dead-at-58/

I suppose she’s best known for her role in Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven but I’ll always associate her with Phillip Kaufman’s criminally neglected masterpiece The Wanderers, a movie I must have watched 100 times on HBO as a kid. She played “Pee Wee,” the President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bronx gang The Fordham Baldies (a gang these days that would probably have me as a member).

I can watch this scene over and over again and never stop laughing or admiring the way Kaufman deftly films a chase scene that walks the razors edge between comedy and the childhood fear of being pursued by a gang of bullies. Manz only has a few lines but the arrogant way she delivers them just defines how it feels to have the toughest guy on the block as your insurance policy. “You better watch your mouth kid.”

Congratulations Kamala Harris

If you sincerely campaign for the UBI bill you introduced last month with Bernie and Senator Markey I’ll gladly vote for you.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Ed Markey (D-MA) on Friday introduced the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act, legislation that provides a monthly $2,000 check to those struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. As rent comes due and bills continue to pile up, Americans desperately need assistance to financially survive this crisis.

https://www.harris.senate.gov/news/press-releases/harris-sanders-markey-introduce-bill-to-provide-monthly-2000-payments-during-the-covid-19-crisis-

The only way we’re going to bring Covid-19 under control is to make it possible for people to stay home and social distance. That means putting money in their pockets. I hope you follow up on your proposal when you actually have the power to make it happen.