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Various & Sundry Things This Side of John Podesta and Other Crawfish

I offer the following bloviations and utterances in lieu of a coherent column, seeing as though very little of our national affairs is transpiring in any coherent fashion…

There is a concerted effort on the part of the cultural Marxist crowd to insure everybody’s morale is degraded to the point where we’re all at each other’s throats, forever. What brings this observation on is the fresh complaint about the ever-present “Magical Negro” in TV and film

One trope in filmmaking that is sure to draw scorn from culturally aware critics is the “Magical Negro” a black character whose sole purpose is to help the white protagonist.

From Whoopi Goldberg’s psychic Oda Mae Brown in “Ghost” (1990) to Chief Gus Mancuso, played by Laurence Fishburne, in 2016’s “Passengers,” it is a relatively new device with roots deep in the traditions of American storytelling.

The latest production to come under the spotlight is ABC’s forthcoming dramedy “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” which was previewed on Sunday as part of the summer press tour hosted by the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles.

Starring Jason Ritter, “Kevin” follows a self-absorbed loser who is given a chance at redemption by a celestial guide played by African American actress Kimberly Hebert Gregory.

The term “Magical Negro” was coined by Spike Lee in 2001, in demeaning and accusing as Uncle Toms those black actors who took on such roles. For some reason Lee’s attack persists.

First there was howling about a lack of positive black characters in movies and TV, so along came the “Magical Negro” trope, in which blacks are portrayed as wise, sage advisors working for the forces of good. And now there’s howling about that.

So, what? The Matrix movies are racist? Passengers is racist? The Legend of Bagger Vance is racist? Any movie in which blacks and whites are cooperating and the black character is not the lead is racist?

You’re not ending racism by making complaints like this. You’re perpetuating and deepening it by making people exasperated.

Spike Lee, by the way, is an a-hole. What color he is makes zero difference. If he was blue or purple, or even a nice shade of tea rose, he’d still be an a-hole.

Speaking of a-holes, Lena Dunham. Why is she still a thing, again? And what will make her go away?

And furthermore when it comes to a-holes – I’ll shed a tear for Colin Kaepernick’s poor luck in finding an NFL team willing to pay him millions of dollars to be a backup quarterback the very minute Tim Tebow is signed… and not one moment sooner.

As a Louisianan, I find this hilarious

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the invasive red swamp crayfish, also known as Louisiana crayfish, in Sunset Lake in Vicksburg on the state’s west side and a retention pond off Haggerty Road in Novi.

Two separate landowners reported the crayfish at Sunset Lake to the DNR on July 13, and the agency surveyed the site the next day and found several crayfish in the grass of a local park and in shallow areas of the lake’s west side, according to a DNR news release.

The agency removed 111 specimens from a retention pond in Novi on Monday after a child captured one in a dip net.

The two reports were the first live detections of red swamp crayfish in Michigan, according to the DNR.

First of all, they’re called “crawfish,” not “crayfish.” Second of all, if you don’t see this as a tremendous blessing, there is something distinctly wrong with you. An invasion of Louisiana crawfish to wipe out the indigenous strains is akin to having Wal-Mart rolling in and putting Sears out of business – almost nobody complained about that, and for a good reason. These suckers are bigger and tastier than the wimpy little critters they’re muscling out of Michigan’s retention ponds.

Michigan has a Republican governor, after all, and Louisiana has a Democrat in charge. It’s foreseeable that humans aren’t alone in migrating accordingly.

It doesn’t appear there is any valid rebuttal to the contention that a “racist” or “white supremacist,” or if you’d prefer, an “anti-Semite,” is simply someone who wins an argument with the modern Left.

Stephen Miller, who last Wednesday treated Jim Acosta in a fashion not dissimilar to that visited upon the Lannister army by Daenerys and her dragon Sunday night, is the latest example.

Everybody knows what “cosmopolitan bias” means, and it doesn’t mean The Jews. It refers to the snooty, foppish and thoroughly illogical burblings of cloistered Beltway denizens like Glenn Thrush and Jim Acosta, who see any effort at reining in immigration levels or attempting to improve the economic qualifications of those who do come to this country as sinister white supremacy at work. Everyone outside that bubble understands what Miller said and who Acosta and Thrush are.

And they’re more than a little irritated at the constant name-calling and accusations of bad faith.

The Death Wish remake which will be out in November, starring Bruce Willis, is destined to be a huge hit. Huge. I know this because the “cosmopolitan bias” crowd wet themselves over the trailer, which was released last week. Virtually every time the leftist activists disguised as movie critics declare a film to be “fascist” or “racist” or otherwise objectionable, commercial success is sure to follow.

And Eli Roth is perfect to take on the Death Wish franchise. What Roth did to the environmental movement in The Green Inferno was one of the cruelest and most entertaining denigrations in modern memory; one imagines what he’ll do to Black Lives Matter with Death Wish might be one for the ages.

Finally, there is this — about which I confess to mixed feelings.

On one hand, I like that John Podesta is unhappy about the results of last year’s election. That’s a great indication those results were the correct ones, as very little which would make John Podesta happy can be said to serve the greater good.

But on the other hand, John Podesta losing sleep is not a benign phenomenon, and I’m not comfortable thinking about what Podesta might be doing at night instead of sleeping. I don’t think any of us really should be.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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