This is perplexing. I have a backlog of ethics stories and issues that I feel are better mentioned in the Warm-Up format, then that post run long, and the items in my basket of deplorable often get superseded by new issues, and are never seen here at all. The collective approach saves amazing amounts of time, so if I have to post each of the leftovers individually, that will preclude doing the work necessary on potentially more significant issues.
Well, today, at least, I’m posting on some of the morning issues that didn’t make the cut.
And this is why Royals used to avoid marrying commoners.
What an Ethics Dunce, and worse, soon-to-be Royal father-in-law Thomas Markle is! Your daughter is unexpectedly in the middle of a world event (not that it should be that), and she is approaching the most exciting day of her life. One of your two duties is to be on hand to walk her down the aisle, and your other duty is not to screw things up for her and embarrass her. Markle couldn’t do either, because, it is evident, he is a low-life, the real equivalent of Eliza Doolittle’s father in “My Fair Lady,” who after years of neglect has to try to cash in on his daughter’s good fortune.
The father of the soon-to-be royal bride couldn’t resist cashing in, doing several photoshoots with a paparazzi agency ahead of the wedding. The news reports of this provoked a negative reaction, predictably, except Tommy Boy was too greedy or dumb to predict it, and now he says that he will not attend because he does not want to embarrass Meghan or the royal family.
Are there really people who think this is legitimate criticism?
I suppose there are, but wow. A politically active genealogist named Jennifer Mendelsohn—she’s an idiot, by the way—spends her time digging into the ancestry of critics of illegal immigration and illegal immigrants to prove they are hypocrites, or something. Her latest target is Fox News’s Tomi Lahren (I am not a fan) and Mendelsahn really seems to think she has uncovered a “gotcha!,” tweeting…
Except the 1930 census says Tomi’s 3x great-grandmother had been here for 41 years and still spoke German. Her 2nd great-grandmother had been here for 10 yrs. Spoke no English. Her great-grandfather’s 1895 baptism from MN? Recorded in Norwegian…But as long as people like Lahren continue to push a specious agenda that suggests today’s immigrants are somehow wholly different from previous ones, I’ll keep showing just how alike they really are.
I really do think the wretched quality of thought here is more characteristic of most illegal immigration activists than people are willing to admit. I’m sure you can do this analysis yourself, but…
- Illegal immigrants are not the same as legal immigrants. That what was once legal is no longer doesn’t make what the legal immigrants did in 1900 wrong, or what illegal immigrants doing now right.
- There is nothing hypocritical about a citizen with immigrants in their lineage condemning illegal immigration. Indeed, there would be nothing wrong with someone with illegal immigrants in their family doing the same. If my great, great grandfather was a pirate, I can still oppose piracy. If I exist because my great-grandmother was raped, there is nothing wrong with my opposing rapists.
- Did I mention that Mendelsohn is an idiot?
Just wanted to make sure.
Best rejoinder to her tweet: “Now do Elizabeth Warren!”
It’s so much easier to blame the NRA, the Second Amendment, President Trump and Republicans, though!
From the Sun-Sentinel:
The Broward school district’s repeated, emphatic — and it turns out, false — statements that Nikolas Cruz had not been in a controversial disciplinary program fit a pattern of an institution on the defensive and under siege.
Facing significant legal and political exposure over the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the district has tried to keep information from the public and put out untrue and misleading statements, frustrating parents who say this is the time for maximum transparency.
The district is fighting in court against the release of school surveillance video. It flatly refused to issue any records regarding the shooting to the news media, in a possible violation of the state’s open-records law. Superintendent Robert Runcie has blocked critics, including parents, from his Twitter account. More than two months after the shooting, a Broward Sheriff’s detective told a state commission on school safety that he was still waiting for the district to provide all of Cruz’s disciplinary records.
Meanwhile, the Astroturfed Children’s Army’s false narrative that the shooting could have “easily” been prevented by stricter gun laws is still being injected into the public’s mind via demonstrations, interviews, news features and Democratic propaganda.
Finally, Let’s thank Seattle for being a willing guinea pig for bad socialist ideas!
Yesterday the Seattle City Council passed an “employee head tax,” which imposes a $275 a year surtax for employees at companies making more than $20 million a year. The tax is designed to raise about $47 million a year for homelessness and affordable housing services. It has been nicknamed the “Amazon tax” because about $20 million expected to come from Jeff Bezos’s baby.
This is how you lose companies and jobs while increasing homelessness. When the vote was pending, Amazon said through a spokesmen, “I can confirm that pending the outcome of the head-tax vote by City Council, Amazon has paused all construction planning on our Block 18 project in downtown Seattle and is evaluating options to sublease all space in our recently leased Rainier Square building.” never mind. Socialism is all about what should work, not what actually does. And yes, it is irresponsible to pass laws that violate Economics 101, but the hard-left City Council has a flat learning curve. A Seattle Times op-ed earlier this month pointed out that in the past two years the city has increased spending on housing and homelessness by 50%, and homelessness has risen 37%.