MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan pressed 2020 presidential candidate Bill Weld on Monday after he mentioned execution as a consequence for President Donald Trump’s alleged treason. Weld responded again by noting that “the only penalty for treason is death,” doubling down on his thought that Trump needs “to be carted off to save us all.”“We have treason,” Weld said after Jordan noted she wanted to continue to see what he meant with his rhetoric. “We can go right for the hoop.” Have hoops replaced lethal injection, or did Weld-former governor of Massachusetts-confuse layups with being laid low? Progress is “not my President” to “dump the electoral college” to “MAGA hat crime” to “death to the President.” Welcome to the new banana republic of the
United States of Amerika. Achtung!
“Over the weekend, nearly 250 people hiked up to what remains of Pizol glacier to mourn its melting due to climate change, according to CNN (the BBC said the number was in the ‘dozens’). Many hikers—a predominantly white group —wore all black to mourn the ‘death’ of the Pizol glacier in the Swiss Alps. Some even wore veils. The glacier’s remains sit at an altitude of 8,850 ft., near the borders of Liechtenstein and Austria. The mourners declared it dead at their ceremony on Sunday. At the ceremony, somber speeches were to be delivered by a chaplain and scientists (?) and a wreath was to be laid in remembrance of the glacier.” A follow-up report said that the black outfits shed on the glacier by the mourners who got overheated in the glare at that altitude further hastened the glacier’s demise.
At the University of North Carolina Charlotte, an event called “White Consciousness Conversations for Students” was sponsored by the school’s IEE—for the tragically sleepy among you, that’s the taxpayer-funded institution’s Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement. The fascinating marketing brochure said: “Understanding the meaning and implications of whiteness and engaging in anti-racist practice is crucial in creating racial equity. This space is for all undergraduate and graduate students at UNC Charlotte who are interested in engaging in conversations to assist in their understanding of how racism is perpetuated individually, culturally, and systemically. This space is intended to be group-based, meaning we would love for participants to attend all sessions. Join in conversation with IEE staff as we work toward racial equity.” Just scintillating! Unfortunately for the IEE, of the roughly 30,000 students at UNC, only 9 showed up. CNN reported that all 30,000 students showed up but there was only room for 9 in the telephone booth.
Recently, a young Iowan named Carson King went viral after being photographed at a football game while holding up a sign “Busch Light supply needs replenished,” and giving his Venmo address for donations. When buckets of beer money began to pour in, King, 24, decided to donate the funds, minus the cost of one case of Busch, to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Anheuser-Busch and Venmo got into the act and also pledged money to the hospital, which has raised more than $1.1 million in the viral fundraiser. You’ve heard the aphorism “no good deed goes unpunished?” The feel-good story prompted editors of the Des Moines Register to send reporter Aaron Calvin to meet King for a profile. And during the journalist’s “routine research”, Calvin stumbled on 2012 tweets when King, then 16, seemed to mock black women and the Holocaust. King expressed shock over the tweets and apologized for them. Busch Light parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev said it will sever ties with King, although the company will still match his pledge to the children’s hospital. Routine research? What prompted Calvin to delve into 7 year old tweets? You don’t stumble upon 7 year old tweets. How were they relevant to his gift to the hospital? Modern “journalism?” Slow news day? “Public’s right to know?”
But here’s where it gets interesting. Some keen-eyed Internet sleuths decided to do their own routine background check on Aaron Calvin, the Des Moines Register reporter who wrote the story. Here are some of HIS tweets: 1- They’d rather give me the “nigger please” award, I’d rather have the “I got the cheese award.” Tell it like it is Kanye. 2- Too many of these nigger bitch made nowadays. Don’t pardon my french. 3- @gloomycutie, @benewavvy dude craisins are gay as hell I’m sorry that’s just the reality fo the situation. (this was regarding a gay “wedding”). If there are any typo’s, misspellings or nonsensical words, they are in the tweets. Then there was a new one today from Mr. Calvin: “Hey just wanted to say that I have deleted previous tweets that have been inappropriate or insensitive. I apologize for not holding myself to the same high standards as the Register holds others.” This “reporter” appears close to functionally illiterate, if that tortured last sentence and his tweets are any indication. “Inappropriate, insensitive?” Which of those is “nigger bitch”? My translation of his lame pseudo-apology: I am a hypocrite, but I have dutifully deleted the incriminating tweets on penalty of being fired, at least I got in one final shot at my employer, who is even more hypocritical than me or I.