1 Responsible parties nominate responsible candidates 1. In Chicago, a permanently Democratic district has no serious Republican candidates, so Holocaust-denier Arthur Jones, a whack-job who has run in this district seven times, is poised to get the nomination. “To me the Holocaust is what I said it is: It’s an international extortion racket,” Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times. Nice. Anticipating the attacks on the Republican Party if he is its representative in the election this fall, Ann Althouse writes, “Should this be used against the Republican Party? Sure, if you’re into taking whatever comes your way and incorporating it into ruthless propaganda for your party. Ironically, that would be Naziish.”
Wrong. I don’t know where the idea came from that a political party organization is obligated to act like a potted plant, but it isn’t. A party’s obligation is to the public, democracy, and the ideals the party and the nation represents. It does not and should not allow a candidate who doesn’t meet minimal standards of competence and responsibility to use the party to achieve political power. Let such people run on their own, or start a Holocaust Denial Party, or National Nut Ball Party, or the Green Party (Kidding!), or something. . A responsible party vets its candidates, and tells those who don’t stand for basic American values or who are unqualified that they don’t get to use the party for their ends by default.
If you check back, this was the Ethics Alarms position on Donald Trump. The Republicans shouldn’t have allowed him to run for the nomination, and even after he did, his conduct in the debates and elsewhere justified its refusing to nominate him at the convention. They don’t deserve to be called Nazis for nominating him, but they don’t deserve an ethics pass, either. The fact that he won is irrelevant.
2. Responsible parties nominate responsible candidates 2. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill), also from Chicago, reacted to the controversy over the Congressional Black Caucus conspiring with a journalist to bury a photo of Barack Obama smiling with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at a CBC meeting in 2005 by telling the press that Farrakhan was an “outstanding human being.” Outstanding or not, Farrakhan is openly anti-Semitic and anti-white, blaming Jews for the 9-11 attacks, saying white people “deserve to die” and calling Adolf Hitler as a “very great man.” Davis, who has been in Congress for 20 years, told the Daily Caller, “I don’t regard Louis Farrakhan as an aberration or anything, I regard him as an outstanding human being who commands a following of individuals who are learned and articulate and he plays a big role in the lives of thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of people.” When asked about Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic comments, Davis said that many people in politics have a history of inflammatory comments.
You know, like Davis.
3. New Ways To Be Unethical Dept. A company named Devumi has made millions by selling Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, journalists, businesses and anyone who sees a benefit in looking more popular and influential than they are. This is lying to the public by definition, and Devumi is facilitating fraud. It has an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, each sold repeatedly, and has sent more than 200 million imaginary Twitter followers into cyberspace.
A New York Times report identified some of the many “reality television stars, professional athletes, comedians, TED speakers, pastors, models,” and even journalists who deceive the public by buying fake followers, or having their their employees, agents, public relations companies, family members or friends do it for them.
Actor John Leguizamo, the computer billionaire Michael Dell, Ray Lewis, the football commentator and former NFL linebacker, Kathy Ireland, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Akbar Gbajabiamila, host of the show “American Ninja Warrior,” Hillary Rosen, a Democrat consultant who worked for the Clinton campaign, Richard Roeper, a nationally known film critic, Twitter board member Martha Lane Fox, Fox Business Network Elizabeth MacDonald, and others were identified by the Times, including actress Deirdre Lovejoy, who explained, “Everyone does it.”
Liars and frauds all.
4. What’s the matter with this? Nothing, that’s what. Citing a 2015 news item that I missed, conservative blogger Stephen Green bemoaned the state of society.Consumerist covered the story, among others:
“A barbershop in Pennsylvania has been fined $750 for refusing to cut a woman’s hair. Barbiere of Washington County is aimed at the upscale gentleman’s market, offering clients a complimentary cocktail or a cold beer with their haircut.But owner John Interval ran into trouble with authorities when staff refused to cut a woman’s hair in his establishment. Diamond Pecjak filed an action with the state’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs after the incident.”
No barbershops for men, no beauty salons for women. Little boys and little girls in identical jumpers playing identical gender-free games with gender-free toys. A round hole for every peg. No men, no women, only wankers — Human-Units with no individuality beyond the happy chores of a life where everything not compulsory is forbidden.
This is classic Conservative Derangement Syndrome. If a woman wants the exact same product or service being offered to men by an establishment, she should absolutely be accommodated. Pecjak’s complaint was valid, as was the fine. Especially in light of the absurd variance between the prices charged by barbers and hair dressers, I don’t know why more women don’t use barbers.