Moore and More

In this Aug. 8, 2016 file photo, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks to the media during a news conference in Montgomery, Ala.

By Al Perrotta Published on November 13, 2017

Funny thing happens to me as I get close to a much-needed vacation. The noggin can’t keep focused on any one topic and wanders into weird crevices of thought.

With that in mind, let’s look at a few stories making noise the past few days.

Roy Moore

I’ll let everyone else argue over whether Roy Moore should withdraw. Clearly, if he engaged in unlawful business with a minor, even if it was during the Carter Administration, he should exit the race. Equally clear, anyone who doesn’t think this was a well-orchestrated, deliberately timed, and likely financed hit job by the Post and the Swamp Creatures is a few croutons short of a stuffing. A plague on both houses. Unless either wants to come over and help pack.

What I’m wondering about is how long before there is pressure on oldies stations to remove all the classic pop odes to romancing teen girls. “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “16 Candles,” “Teen Angel,” “Young Girl,” just to start. Sam Cooke crooned, “She was only 16, only 16, and I loved her so. She was too young to fall in love and I was too young to know.” How soon before there are calls to kick Sam from the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame? I’m also wondering how this story has blown up like an ISIS bunker, yet there didn’t seem to be all that much noise in May when Miley Cyrus said Katy Perry’s hit “I Kissed a Girl” was about her. That song came out in 2008. Cyrus would have been all of 16. We’ll see what happens in 40 years when Perry runs for Congress as a Republican.

Meanwhile, the Destroy-the-Opposition Brigade ( aka Media Matters, a fully owned subsidiary of Soros Inc), is again trying to get Sean Hannity fired from Fox News while attacking his advertisers. Hannity’s crime? Daring to offer Moore the chance to answer for himself. (Which Moore didn’t do too well.) Hannity also said if the allegations against Moore are true, it is despicable. But the Brigade stiff arms such facts in its bull rush to crush its enemies. I use the word bull deliberately.

Megyn Kelly

Speaking of cable news, if I am CNN should I ring up NBC and ask if they want to cut their losses on their big Megyn Kelly deal? She fits in over there as well as Mike Tyson would fit in a BBC period drama. She’d give CNN a much needed boost. Plus, unlike Jim Acosta, Brian Stelter and increasingly Jake Tapper, she can challenge Trump without sounding like a whiny second-grader.

California NAACP Wants to Eliminate “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Did you know the National Anthem is racist? No one else did either, but that’s what the California NAACP now claims. Let’s remember what the song is about. An invading Army, after burning much of our capital city, moves on to pound Baltimore’s Ft. McHenry. All night the shelling continued, but Baltimore hung tough. And in the morning, Old Glory was still there. The fort had not fallen. A lawyer watching the bombardment, amazed at America’s ability to withstand such an onslaught, decided to write about it. Grab the melody of an Irish drinking song, and there you have it.

That’s racist? Here’s an idea. Instead of creating a false racist narrative, why don’t you deal with the fact that homelessness is exploding in your state and all along the West Coast, according to a new report by the Associated Press. Funny how the more progressive those states get, and the more asinine their protests get, the worse things get for the people living there. (It’s also funny the AP would describe the economy as “booming.” It never seems to do so when doing economic articles on Trump. But I digress.)

On the other hand, maybe the California NAACP has a point. We should find a National Anthem that everyone can sing. Come to think of it, we should have retired the song after Whitney Houston sang it at the Super Bowl. Nobody was ever going to sing it better, so why even try? Retire it like Jackie Robinson’s number. I suggest the California NAACP folks take another look at Whitney. That’s not racist. That’s America at its finest.

 

 

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught

A college professor wondered in a New York Times editorial Saturday whether his young children could ever become friends with white kids. Ekow N. Yankah, a professor at Yeshiva University, said, “I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.” Naturally, he blamed Trump for his bigotry. I hear what he’s saying and I don’t look towards the White House. I look towards the South Pacific. I hear the words of Rogers and Hammerstein:

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught

Judging from the statements, I’d say the professor is carefully teaching his kids.

 

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  • Linda

    There are several hit songs from the old days that wouldn’t stand up to scrutiny today. Rod Stewarts “Tonight’s the Night”, The Beatles “Run for Your Life”, the Rolling Stones “Under My Thumb” are three examples. That does not mean we are wimps today, it means the attitudes towards young women back then were dangerously wrong.

    • Dean Bruckner

      “Oh what a night…” by Franky Vali and the Four Seasons had a catchy tune but vile lyrics.
      “Baby let me take you home tonight” by Boston, again a catchy tune but evil lyrics
      “Afternoon delight” plain evil lyrics.

      • Tom Rath

        For pure comedy, nothing can beat the time a couple of gospel singers did a cover of “One Toke Over The Line” on The Lawrence Welk Show.

    • jgmusgrove

      Remember the kerflulfle G.W. Bush got for having “My Sharona,” the 1979 song by the Knack that Joe Levy, a deputy managing editor at Rolling Stone in charge of music coverage, cheerfully branded “suggestive if not outright filthy” on his ipod?

  • Wayne Cook

    Al, I wonder how many Christians helped those underage pop songs get to the top ten????

    Probably the same number who railed at me for working NFL games on Sundays.

    • Andrew Mason

      Perhaps those songs were seen in a more innocent light in times past?

  • Dean Bruckner

    Thanks, Al! God gave Whitney Houston an amazing gift. Great to watch again.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Pop tunes aside, does anyone really believe the likes of the WAPO & their idealogical cohorts are concerned w/sexual impropriety ?! Were that the case “depends on what if means” William J Clinton wouldn’t be the poster boy for the politically correct crowd that has dominated the Washington political scene to this very day. When it comes right down to it scripture sums up well the real motivation behind the WAPO’s “hit piece”.
    ” The love of money is the root of all evil”. Sure it seems like a stretch to connect sexual abuse w/the love of money. Perhaps so, but the reporting of dubious accusations by disingenuous reporting , not so much. A lot is riding on this election. A Moore victory will cause further damage to both the Republican establishment elites & the Democratic race baiting resistance. Some would suggest irreparable damage. Bottom line these agendas produce huge profits for their advocates in power. Perhaps an w/an impending lawsuit leveled against the WAPO , the near certain Roy Moore election victory & the rise of both American nationalism & the resurgence of “Reagan conservatism” theres a new tune topping the charts. For conservatives, w/a few contextual adjustments theres always that teen tune by the made for T.V. pop group The Monkees “I’m a believer. The other side? Well seems like “Alabama Blues” written & sung by J.B. Lenoir an early 20th century blues man may fit the bill …

  • Hmmm…

    Unfortunately, the scribblings in the high school year book by a 30 something public counselor are more than most of us can take, after several more true confessions. I have to echo what some have said: the accusers are credible and the defenses are not. Better cut it off now and set all this aside. It’s tawdry and, despite the good things done, this factor and the halting half-denials just need to go away. It’s a clearing the deck time in the U.S., and it ain’t all bad. I just don’t like what I heard from him, bottom line on my take. Yuck.

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