Good morning, crew!
1. Say please..…. A group of “Dreamers” blocked an entrance to Disneyland yesterday, as part of a protest demanding a Congressional OK for DACA. I am willing to accept the will of Congress and the President if somehow the illegal immigrants who were brought here as children and never took the initiative to become compliant with the law get a break via DACA. However, they are supplicants. The US has no obligation to accommodate their predicament. I don’t want any demands from them, and the more they demand, the less I am inclined to be sympathetic to their plight.
Ask nicely. Say please. Their sense of entitlement is redolent of the attitudes of the advocates of the usual, everyday, garden variety illegal immigrants. How dare the country we entered illegally enforce the law? If the “Dreamers” want to ask for a compassionate exception, I’ll listen, just as I’ll consider the pleas of panhandlers and homeless veterans. But don’t you dare tell me I have to give you a handout. And as non-citizens, “the “Dreamers” have no basis to protest anything.
2. Is it news yet? If you had no inkling that the FBI somehow “lost” thousands of text messages sent between those lovebirds, FBI counterintelligence expert Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, at the exact point where their conversations and expressed desire to “stop” President Trump may have been especially interesting, you are not alone. There is an internal Justice Department investigation about the communications that went on during the extramarital affair, in part because both were involved in the Mueller investigation into whether there is some way that Democrats can find a legitimate reason to impeach President Trump. Strzok also helped lead the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server—also now under renewed scrutiny, since more evidence suggests that it might have been rigged; did you know that?— and was initially involved in Special Counsel Mueller’s inquiry into Russia’s 2016 election meddling. Strzok was kicked off the task force after Mueller learned that there was smoking text message evidence that he detested the President, and Strzok and Page had texted about the need for an “insurance policy” against Trump being elected, creating a prima facie case that the investigation included supposed objective seekers of truth who had a political agenda. Page, Strzok’s secret squeeze, was also on Mueller’s team before returning to the FBI. That makes two potential anti-Trump moles.
Nothing suspicious there!.
Back to the original question: did you know about any of this? For several days, only the so-called “conservative news media” covered it at all. The Associated Press and CNN online are finally doing so, but whether a supposedly informed citizen would be aware of developments depends on which sources he or she follows.
All three broadcast networks initially ignored the reports at the beginning of the week while Fox was making them a lead story. CBS finally broke the embargo yesterday morning, with NBC briefly mentioning the story last night. ABC, which had deemed Minnie Mouse’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more newsworthy, has yet to mention any of the text messages mystery. The coverage is still overwhelmingly coming from the conservative end of the news media spectrum. When the mainstream media does this, the effect, and I believe the intended effect, is to undermine reporting of developments antithetical to the partisan interests of journalists while simultaneously sending the message that the “conservatives” are once again hyperventilating about a “nothingburger.”
Look: this may yet prove to be a “nothingburger.” It is still news. The same news organizations that have instantly reported every action by the Mueller investigation as if it presaged the imminent arrest of the President for treason have concluded that none of the above is worth telling the public about. Even Sen. Ron Johnson’s statement on Fox News yesterday that there was an FBI informant corroborating reports concerning the existence of an FBI “secret society” working to undermine President Trump has been buried. Johnson told Fox News’ Bret Baier, “What this is all about is further evidence of corruption, more than bias, but corruption at the highest levels of the FBI.”
Did you know about that? And isn’t it great about Minnie?
3. And the answer is… I promised last night that I would hold my answer to yesterday’s Ethics Quiz until there were 20 comments to the post.
I woke up to exactly 20 comments (Including a Comment of the Day), so here, briefly, is my answer to whether “NCIS” is sending a responsible message by extolling a 17-year old who takes responsibility for shoplifting actually performed by her habitual shoplifting friend, so her friend’s college prospects won’t be destroyed by another arrest.
No. It’s a terrible ethics message, because:
- The girl lied to interfere with law enforcement.
- Her father is head of NCIS, a law enforcement agency. The head of a law enforcement agency is proud of his daughter for obstructing justice. Great.
- Endorsing the daughter’s conduct supports the unethical “no snitches” mentality that has been a scourge of the inner cities. Recent articles have attributed the exploding murder rate in Baltimore and Chicago to that destructive cultural norm. This is especially irresponsible because the NCIS character lying for her friend is black.
- Layla’s friend is a repeat larcenist, and shouldn’t be admitted to college. The message that everyone has a right to a college education is destructive liberal trope. How is allowing a student to get admitted to college under false pretenses an admirable objective?
- The conduct being promoted is anti-police, anti-rule of law, and anti-law enforcement. The mean police are ready to ruin some girls life when all she did is steal—again.
- If the girlfriend was worthy of such a sacrifice, she wouldn’t let her friend make it.
- The daughter smugly games the system, calculating the cost and benefits of falsely admitting to a crime according to her status as a minor. Good citizens follow the law because good citizens follow the law. The NCIS message is “sometimes it’s worth breaking the law, of the benefits outweigh the consequences.”