1. I wonder when and if the LGTBQ community will ever grow up. I had an annoying exchange yesterday when a Facebook friend began whining that President Trump hadn’t done or said anything to honor Gay Pride Day, proving again that he was the spawn of Satan. A friend of that friend then added, to the usual flood of “likes”—all you hve to do is insult the President to get likes— that for him to honor Gay Pride Day would be like Hitler observing ceremonies for Holocaust victims. Of course, nobody had the integrity or the decency to point out what an idiotic comment that was, so I did. When will people stop making me defend Donald Trump? He is the first and only President to enter office fully accepting same sex marriage (unlike Obama and Clinton) and the unending slur that he is hostile to gays is the product of two factors: fearmongering (He was going to put gays in camps!) and bigotry (If he’s a Republican, he must hate gays.) One response to my rejoinder was someone posting this NBC story as a “rebuttal.” The sum total of the anti-gay actions of the Trump administration, according to this alleged indictment? Here’s the description:
“For many LGBTQ Americans, the early days of Trump’s Republican administration have been fear-inducing. A series of Cabinet appointments have been roundly criticized by LGBTQ advocacy groups. An early draft of a reported executive order legalizing broad discrimination against LGBTQ people threw the community into a panic. The dismantling of Obama-era protections through executive orders came with the simple stroke of a pen.”
This is modern day fake-news journalism at its most obvious. All the paragraph says is…
...Many LGBTQ Americans are afraid (which is a feeling that does not prove there is anything to be afraid of)
…Cabinet appointments have been criticized, which doesn’t mean that the appointees are anti–gay, and doesn’t prove that anything they might do will be anti-gay—not to mention that every Trump Cabinet appointment was criticized by every segment of the Democratic collective as a matter of strategy and principle.
…There was an early! draft! of a reported! executive order! ARRRRRRGGHHHHHHHH!!!! We’re DOOOOOOOOMED!!!!
….The “dismantling of Obama-era protections,” which was, in truth, ONE order, and that order involves trangender bathroom policy, which one need have no bias against gays or trangendered citizens to object to as excessive and wrong-headed. I, for example, have no bias against any individuals the LGBTQ alphabet soup stands for, but believe that making a huge majority uncomfortable so a tiny minority won’t be uncomfortable is bad ethics and bad social policy, and if you call me anti-gay for that, you’re a jerk.
Oh…and the article quotes GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis as she sounds so foolish that it makes my ears bleed:
“One hundred days of Trump translates into 100 days of erasure for the LGBTQ communit. From the Census exclusion, to rescinding Obama’s guidance for trans youth in schools, and lack of any LGBTQ mentions on the White House website, he has spent the early days of his administration trying to remove us from the very fabric of this country, and we must resist.”
Erases? Because there isn’t a pandering page for gays on the website? Who reads the White House website?
I was going to point out to my friends that the LGBTQ community needs to catch up on political realities. It was entirely on the Clinton bandwagon; contributed only to that campaign, and did nothing but excoriate Trump throughout. After the election, it engaged in fact-free fearmongering and slander. It has made no effort to open a dialogue with Trump, broadcasting the fact that, as that reply on my friend’s post said, the community regards him as the equivalent of a mass-murderer because…well, just because.
Meanwhile, a group of pro-Trump gays were banned from a North Carolina gay pride parade….and the gay community is indignant they get no signs of love from Trump? Why should he make a big deal about Gay Pride day? I’m hetero-sexual and there are no salutes to that from the White House. I’m a Greek-American: the White House never has made a big deal about any Greek holidays. Why is that? It is because hetero-sexuals and Greek-Americans aren’t monolithic voting bloc worth pandering to, and there are many, many other Presidential priorities. If the LGBTQ community wants attention from Trump, it can give him some respect and the hope of eventual support. That’s how politics works and always has worked.
I didn’t point this out however, because it would be upsetting nice people to no purpose. The gay community is thoroughly irrational right now. It doesn’t want to be practical, or fair. It just wants to add its voice to the primal screams of its political allies.
2. The “Unethical Incoherent And Sinister Quote of the Year”came yesterday from Carl Bernstein, who said-–on CNN’s “New Day”, appropriately—
“We have never been in a malignant presidency like this before. It calls on our leaders, it calls on our journalists to do a different kind of reporting, a different kind of dealing with this presidency and the president.”
He didn’t explain what was “malignant” about the presidency, since being on CNN he just assumed that everyone knew, because on CNN they have essentially called it that before it began. Nor did the hosts of “New Day” ask the has-been Watergate hero (I like Dustin Hoffman better) what the hell he was referring to, because they are lazy, partisan hacks. Since this came on the heels of Trump’s mean, stupid and entirely self-destructive tweets about Morning Joe and Mika, I have to assume that by “malignant” Bernstein either means “ugly,’ which is not what the word means, or “pursues different policies than Democrats like Bernstein want,” in which case he should say so. Enforcing immigration laws, not pretending that there isn’t a Muslim terrorism threat, bucking the teachers unions, cutting regulations and pulling out of a symbolic climate change accord is not malignant. Bernstein was abusing his position and sowing fear, hate and misinformation. If you use that word, back it up, or don’t use it.
He also didn’t explain what “different kind of journalism” means. Since he was on CNN and “New Day,” I can only assume that he is endorsing CNN-style journalism, meaning the dishonest, biased, partisan, unethical kind.
3. Here is the first Morning Warm-Up Kaboom, from ethics issue scout Pennagain;
A Japanese budget airline has apologized to a passenger in a wheelchair who was made to board a recent flight by crawling up a staircase using only his hands.The incident took place on June 5, as Hideto Kijima was preparing to return to Osaka from a trip to Amami Oshima island. His time on the southern Japanese island had been fantastic, he wrote in a Facebook post…However, the return flight would be a decidedly less accommodating experience for Kijima, who lost the use of his legs in a rugby accident when he was 17 and who now heads the nonprofit Japan Accessible Tourism Center in Toyonaka, Osaka …
At Amami Airport, there were only steps leading up to the plane from the tarmac – and staff for Vanilla Air Inc. told him it was against their company policy for him to be carried up the boarding ramp in his wheelchair….
A. Boy, I knew rugby was rough, but I didn’t know it was THAT rough…
B. File this under “when ethics alarms don’t ring.” They watched a legless man drag himself up steps, and not one person thought, “This is horrible! I don’t care what the policy is, I’m helping the guy!” This is culture—bad culture. I strongly believe this could not happen in the United States.
C. It is also an example of an employee following a policy in a situation where any idiot should be able to figure out that the company will be wounded, perhaps fatally, by the result. Guesses: Will the employees who allowed this to happen be praised by their employer, or punished?
D. This story will finally prompt me to post the rationalization “It’s policy!” on the Rationalizations list.
UPDATE: More on this story (also courtesy of Pennagain):
“Vanilla Air is a low-cost carrier founded in 2011 that is owned by All Nippon Airways, Japan’s largest airline. On its website, Vanilla Air says it does offer a special chair called an “Assist Stretcher” for passengers in wheelchairs to use while boarding and deplaning at airports that lack boarding bridges. However, those passengers must fill out a form and fax it to the airline at least five business days before their departure, the website says.At a news conference Wednesday, Kijima said he had traveled to more than 200 airports at 160 countries around the world, and that people had helped him deplane even when there was no special equipment, the Japan Times reported.”
Here is my harsh take: an airline with such miserable judgment and such rigid and cruel employees can possible be trustworthy for travel. Put it out of business.