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Comedy’s Trump-era failure and other commentary

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From the left: Comedy’s Trump-era Failure

Saturday Night Live bungled a golden chance for sharp satire in the Trump years, notes Chapo Trap House’s Matt Christman at The Drift, offering only drab finger-wagging and “apocalyptic moralism.” Right after Election Day 2016, it gave us a lame open of “Kate McKinnon sitting at a piano, in Hillary’s white pantsuit and hair helmet, singing ‘Hallelujah,’ ” a bleak harbinger for four years of sketches about supposed savior Robert Mueller and Alec Baldwin “draining anything funny out of the world-historically hilarious figure he was attempting to lampoon” in his Trump impression. It was four years of a “comedy-adjacent gloss on every MSNBC fantasy of Russian collusion and eventual comeuppance.” 

Libertarian: Times’ Tech Writers Push Censorship

At Reason, Robbie Soave slams blatant New York Times’ misreporting on a Silicon Valley blogger. Times’ Tech reporter Cade Metz had already harassed the then-psuedonymous clinical psychiatrist by saying he’d be revealing his real name, which prompted “Scott Alexander” to change jobs and self-reveal as Scott Siskind. And the story Metz published Saturday was “a lazy hit piece that actively misleads readers, giving them the false impression that Siskind is at the center of a stealth plot to infiltrate Silicon Valley and pollute it with noxious far-right ideas.” Yet “Metz does not even begin to prove” his false accusation that Siskind offered a “freewheeling haven for white supremacists,” and wrongly paints the shrink as holding extremist views on race and IQ and on gender and work aptitudes. It seems “the Times simply wants to tarnish every view that exists outside its own narrow purview, perhaps because the Times has appointed itself the gatekeeper of the unsayable.”

From the right: Unconstitutional Election ‘Reform’

Democrats’ House Resolution 1 would “federalize the rules of . . . presidential elections,” which is clearly unconstitutional, David B. Rivkin Jr. and Jason Snead explain at The Wall Street Journal. It plainly defies the Electors Clause, which pointedly lets Congress choose only the day states choose electors and when the Electoral College meets, but “gives state legislatures plenary power over the manner of selecting presidential electors.” The Founders in 1787 purposely chose to “avoid the president’s selection by Congress” to ensure the chief executive’s independence.

Conservative: Bill Gates’ Climate Hysteria

Microsoft gazillionaire Bill Gates recently called climate change “the toughest challenge humanity has ever faced,” warning that wealthy nations “must get to zero carbon emissions by 2050 or the world is basically kaput,” reports National Review’s David Harsanyi. But while Gates admits that decarbonization won’t be cheap, “he still relies heavily on fearmongering and dire predictions to make those costs appear palatable.” Fossil fuels have improved our lives “in incalculable ways,” even as the state of the earth has been “improving in almost every quantifiable way,” so “unless some completely new technology emerges, it will take a fascistic technocracy to win this conflict.” Gates must explain why “intentionally creating great economic hardship for America and upturning modernity every year” for three decades is truly necessary, as that’s “the only way we get to zero carbon emissions in 30 years.”

Energy beat: Learn From Texas

The Lone Star State’s experience with wind turbines — half of which were “unable to generate electricity because of ice on their blades” amid a recent brutal winter storm— is a “cautionary tale for the northeast,” warns Jonathan Lesser at City Journal. Resulting electric shortages forced rolling blackouts, leaving millions without power amid the cold. Yet “the northeast intends to become heavily reliant on offshore wind.” Its leaders think batteries can provide backup, yet building enough storage to supply just New York with four hours of power during a nor’easter “would cost hundreds of billions of dollars.” No matter: Expect wind advocates to ignore the warnings and “march confidently into a future of sky-high electricity rates — and rolling blackouts.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s reckoning a sour ending for a transformative prime minister

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Benjamin Netanyahu showed the opposite of grace as he exited from power on Sunday.

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Letters to the Editor — June 14, 2021

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Letters to the Editor — June 14, 2021

The Issue: The discussion of law and order at last week’s Democratic debate for mayor.

If any one of these five candidates becomes mayor, it will be the continuation of the de Blasio era (“Crime focus of Dem debate,” June 11).

Many of them are in favor of defunding the Police Department, which is why there is so much crime, and shootings are rising every day.

The people of this city had better wake up when they go to vote. Haven’t we had enough of this? When will it stop? These candidates will not put an end to all this.

Rob Johann

Queens

Thinking that a Republican candidate could not win the mayoral race in New York, I switched my party to Democrat so I could vote.

After listening to all the Democratic candidates during the debate last week, I want to immediately switch my party back to Republican and vote for Curtis Sliwa.

He is our only hope to live in a city that values law and order. He won’t cave to these left-wing zealots who will further destroy our city and our quality of life.

We need a mayor who can bring back the tourists, help our economy and ensure a better life for all of us.

We cannot let the city go into further decline with any of these Democratic candidates. Please, wake up and vote for someone who will lift all of us up.

Susan Green

Manhattan

The fact that Andrew Yang is slipping in the polls is the only good news in the mayoral race.

Eric Adams is talking about crime, while Yang thinks the biggest issues for the city are AI and climate change.

If Yang wins, people will be dreaming of “the good old days” under Mayor de Blasio, formerly thought to be the bottom of the barrel.

Andrew Delaney

Miami, Fla.

I am not impressed by any of the Democratic candidates for mayor of New York City.

What each of them is proposing will cause further crime, divisiveness and decay, raise taxes, make life more miserable for residents and visitors and drive more families out of the city.

What does it take to get through to the New York voter? How bad does it have to get before they abandon a party that is becoming more idiotic with every election cycle?

Take a look at cities and states that have been doing well under Republican leadership and consider voting Republican.

D.M. Diana

Greeley, Pa.

Even Adams is falling for it. He said the “solution” to city violent crime is to reach out to youth and improve mental-health services.

These chic answers are a guarantee that innocent New Yorkers will continue to be murdered, raped, thrown onto subway tracks and maimed.

Get the violent off the streets first. Whether they are criminal or mentally ill, sort that out afterward. Get them away from the rest of us first.

Paul O’Keefe

Union City, NJ

I generally agree with The Post’s endorsements, but I am baffled by its support of Adams for mayor.

His stance on the NYPD changes at his convenience. One day he’s anti-cop and a fierce critic of the NYPD (even though he was employed by the NYPD), and then he switches and comes across as pro-police.

Can New Yorkers elect a mayor who lacks common sense and leadership skills? His suggestion last summer to New Yorkers to settle disputes about illegal fireworks on their own and not call the police was deadly. Shatavia Walls, 33, died as a result.

Adams lacks the moral compass and common sense required to be a winning mayor. The people of New York deserve better.

Susan Berger

Brooklyn

Want to weigh in on today’s stories? Send your thoughts (along with your full name and city of residence) to [email protected]. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, length, accuracy and style.

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Maya Wiley can’t contain her contempt for cops

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Maya Wiley again proved what a disaster she’d be as mayor last week, by refusing to commit to not disarming cops.

At the debate, WCBS’s Marcia Kramer pushed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s former legal adviser on what she thought of state Attorney General Letitia James’ suggestion to mandate that law-enforcers use force only as a last resort. Wiley dodged: “Safety is job one, and I’m going to keep New Yorkers safe when I’m mayor.”

So Kramer asked if she’d take guns away from the NYPD, and Wiley dropped her bomb: “I am not prepared to make that decision in a debate.”

Huh? What decision is there to make? It’d be absurd to disarm the city’s cops at any time, let alone one when the bad guys are firing their weapons at an ever-higher rate. Yet Wiley’s refusal to commit is an announcement that she finds the idea attractive.

Not that it’s a real surprise: Wiley is a police-hater who demonized NYPD officers in a campaign ad in which she claimed cops don’t think she and other black New Yorkers “deserve to breathe.”

In reality, the NYPD’s work has saved tens of thousands of black lives in recent decades, by bringing the murder rate to historic lows — though it’s now starting to inch back up because Wiley and her fans imagine that police violence is now the greater threat. Literally: She’s vowed to slash the NYPD’s budget because “trauma” from dealing with cops is a bigger problem than crime.

In reality, most minority New Yorkers want more cops in their neighborhoods, though of course they want the police to do their jobs as politely as possible. Then too, the force itself is now majority-minority.

All of which is why Eric Adams wisely made fighting crime the signature issue of his campaign and why he leads in the polls. But a large and fractured field plus the advent of ranked-choice voting could let a loon like Wiley sneak into the Democratic nomination and likely victory in the fall — unless all sane New Yorkers make sure to leave her entirely off their ballots and choose only pro-public-safety candidates.

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