The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 28 – Caesar and Me

Former child star Jackie Cooper plays Jonathan West, an Irish immigrant who has a very unsuccessful career as a ventriloquist.  Caesar, his dummy is, of course, alive.  He berates Jonathan because of his failure and threatens to abandon him.  Having pawned his last valuables and owing the rent to his landlady Mrs. Cudahy, Jonathan and Caesar go on one last audition at a local nightclub.  But the audition is a bomb and now Jonathan is desperate.  Caesar mocks Jonathan and tells him that he is going to have to become a thief if he wants to avoid being evicted.  Caesar talks him through breaking into the local deli and stealing enough money for the rent.

But Mrs. Cudahy has a young niece Susan who dislikes Jonathan and suspects that something strange is going on with Caesar.  She eavesdrops on them talking together in their room and tries to figure out how Caesar seems to be talking.

Now Caesar tells Jonathan they need to get more money and relates a plan to rob the nightclub that they auditioned at.  Jonathan doesn’t want to do it but Caesar is adamant and they go to the club at midnight.  While escaping with the money they are caught by the night watchman but they convince him that they were there waiting for the boss.  He had seen them at the audition and believes their story so he lets them go.  That night Jonathan bewails his new career as a thief and Susan hears them talking about the robbery through the door.

The next day news of the robbery reaches Susan and she immediately calls the police to report Jonathan.  The police show up at Jonathan’s door and they tell him he’s been identified by the night watchman.  Jonathan confesses and is taken away by the police.  Susan watches Jonathan being taken away but then Caesar speaks to her.  He tells her that he knows where the stolen money is and if she will get the money and take him along he’ll show her around New York City.  She says she wants to but says her Aunt will stop her.  Caesar tells her that she can get rid of her Aunt (sounding like murder).

Regular readers of these Twilight Zone reviews know how I feel about living dummies.  But seeing how close we are to the end of the series and knowing this is the last dummy story I won’t go on and on.  The story is sort of melodramatic and Jackie Cooper plays the character as a pathetic figure.  The story is thin.  C+.

The Kavanaugh Tactic

The New York Times has confirmed by deed what they recently stated in words.  They have said that they will not allow even handed journalistic procedures to stand in the way of defeating President Trump and his agenda.  Brother, was that an understatement.

Printing the Kavanaugh hit piece as they did, with the disqualifying fact removed from the story that the alleged victim denied any knowledge of the event, puts to rest any doubts about whether the New York Times is a newspaper.  It’s a newspaper only in the sense that Soviet-era Pravda was a newspaper.  The Times records the propaganda of the Progressive Establishment and if any news finds its way into its pages assume an accident was responsible.

But, let’s be clear about what the New York Times and other entities on the Left are trying to do with this Kavanaugh nonsense.  They talk about impeachment but they know that without a large majority in the Senate conviction is more or less impossible.

What they actually want to accomplish is create the appearance of a conflict of interest so that Justice Kavanaugh will be under pressure to recuse himself on cases involving women and sexual politics.  It’s smart and ugly.  It also shouldn’t be allowed to succeed.  This is no different from what they did with Justice Thomas back during the Anita Hill travesty.  All of this “a woman has to be believed” nonsense is patently formulated to disadvantage men.  There is no reason to accept any of it and only a fool would agree to the limitations it introduces to the American legal process.  We can assume that from now on any man who comes up for Senate approval will be put through this same kind of charade.  We might as well get through these next few cases and harden ourselves to shrugging off this process as just another case of fake news that we have to endure.

Hopefully, this will piss off Kavanaugh so much that he’ll take a special satisfaction in voting against any of the positions that the feminists hold near and dear.  Justice Thomas can show him the ropes on that one.  And when RBG’s successor is sworn in next spring hopefully it’ll be someone equally unacceptable to the screeching harridans of the left.

 

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 27 – Sounds and Silences

Roswell Flemington is the owner of a company that makes model ships.  He’s a former sailor who shouts and rings bells and plays records of naval battles at sound levels high enough to shake the plaster from the ceiling.  He constantly harangues his employees in nautical terms and at full volume to run a taut ship (in a manner of speaking).  Next we meet Mrs. Flemington just as she is telling her husband that after twenty years of noise, she is leaving him to escape the insanity.

Roswell embraces her departure but as she leaves, he suddenly becomes hypersensitive to sound.  Even a dripping faucet becomes as loud as a gong.  Roswell goes to his doctor but the medical man declares his ears perfectly normal.  He sarcastically recommends a psychiatrist and after running out of other options that is where Roswell goes.  The psychiatrist attributes Flemington’s problem to an anxiety problem associated with his mother’s dislike of noise when he was a child and the transference of this anxiety to his relationship with his wife.  The psychiatrist convinces him that the malady is completely psychosomatic and once Flemington believes him the problem goes away.

When Roswell gets home, he finds his wife preparing to leave and just for spite he tells her that he has discovered that he can shut out his wife’s voice from his mind merely by willing it.  He attempts it and finds it true.  In the final scene he decides to celebrate by playing one of his recordings of a naval bombardment at full volume.  But although we can see the furniture shaking from the sound Roswell can hear nothing.  He has permanently shut himself off from sound completely.

Roswell is played by John McGiver, a well-known character actor of the time with a very distinctive voice.  He and Penny Singleton (who was the voice of George Jetson’s wife Jane, among other things) who plays his wife Lydia give the material everything they’ve got.  But let’s face it.  This is not much of a plot to work with.  There are some comical moments so I’ll be kind and say B-.

 

Arizona Supreme Court Protects Small Business from LGBTQ Coercion

A small business in Phoenix just won a first amendment case against a Phoenix Arizona ordinance that would have forced them to provide artwork for a same-sex marriage that they object to on religious grounds.

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/461621-arizona-supreme-court-rules-local-business-can-refuse-to-make-wedding

After the success of the Supreme Court rulings in Colorado and Washington it looks like some small sliver of sanity is returning to First Amendment legislation.

Hopefully enough precedent will build up to give SCOTUS the guts to make a more sweeping decision against this sort of thing in general.