Monday, May 22, 2017

Ariana Grande Performs "Right There"

We are all Ariana Grande fans — Ariana Grande 'in hysterics' as death toll grows to 19 amid suspected terrorist attack at her Manchester concert. May God rest the souls of the deceased and heal the injured.

Actually, we are not all fans of Ariana Grande, who "was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Catholicism during the reign of Pope Benedict XVI, citing opposition to the church's stance on homosexuality." Still, we need to defend her right to make a killing selling crappy music, the rights of young girls to waste their money buying it and attending her concerts without being targeted with nail bombs, and her right to abandon Catholicism for whatever spurious, ill-informed, reason and not be executed for apostasy. In short, we need to defend our way of life. (By the way, she's Italian not Latina, if that even makes any sense.)

We need to move beyond the silly sentiments of the "we are all" and "nous sommes tous" statements to cold resolve to, as our president said just yesterday, "Drive. Them. Out" — Here's the full transcript of Trump's speech to Middle East leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Speaking of the speech, while I am not happy that our president chose as his first foreign visit two of the most odious regimes on this earth (he should have gone to Russia), I was impressed by the grand theater of speaking to the leaders of 50 Muslim nations and visiting the Wailing Wall, if only for the confusion such moves will sow among his domestic enemies.

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