Monday, March 11, 2019

Silly Stuff

Sometimes it’s worth it to note little things that just point out the fact that humans have the capacity to be amazingly silly and make you wonder if this is where Darwin thought we were heading.

First up is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who is supposed to be the GOP and therefore the Trump administration’s point man on what’s going on in Venezuela.  And why not?  He’s Hispanic, he allegedly speaks Spanish, and so by their logic he should be the one to interpret for us gringos what’s really going on there.

Per his Twitter feed, Mr. Rubio is outraged that a German dam was sabotaged causing the massive power failure in Caracas and putting lives at risk.  Except that Germán Dam is a journalist in Venezuela who was covering the story.  (“Germán” is the Spanish spelling of the name “Herman.”)

Okay, thanks Mr. Point-man.

And then there’s Tucker Carlson, defender of all that is white and right in America, going after women for being, well, women.

Between 2006 and 2011, Tucker Carlson spent approximately an hour a week calling in to Bubba the Love Sponge, a popular shock jock radio program where he spoke with the hosts about a variety of cultural and political topics in sometimes-vulgar terms. During those conversations, Carlson diminished the actions of Warren Jeffs, then on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list for his involvement in arranging illegal marriages between adults and underage girls, talked about sex and young girls, and defended statutory rape.

Carlson, who was hired by Fox News in 2009, also used sexist language to talk about women, including then-co-workers at NBC and public figures. He referred to Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis Stewart as “cunty,” called journalist Arianna Huffington a “pig,” and labeled Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.” He also said that women enjoy being told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told” and that they are “extremely primitive.”

Anywhere else in the real world, he’d be hung out to dry and fired.  But since he works for Fox News, he’ll probably be promoted to White House Director of Communications.