1. Too soon? On June 6, “Active Shooter” will be released. The video game allows players to take part in a simulated school shooting scenario, assuming the role of either the shooter, a SWAT team member, or a student trying to survive. the simulation’s developer is Rival Games, and it be sold on the Steam online store. Naturally, the game is being condemned, and there are even calls to ban it.
I see nothing unethical about the game at all. Depending on how well it is constructed, I can even see some benefits of it. A simulation on-line makes more sense that silly active shooter drills in schools, which only increase student anxiety and create the illusion that such an event is more likely than it is.
Promotion for Active Shooter has a disclaimer stating: “Please do not take any of this seriously. This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable). Thank you.” This is a CYA message, of course. The company is considering removing the option of playing the shooter; I think this would be wise.
Yes, of course the game is offensive and upsetting to many, especially those whose family members and friends were involved in these tragedies. They definitely shouldn’t buy the game. But let’s take a poll:
2. Pantsgate. In what must be the longest running stupid legal ethics story ever, the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility is recommending a 90-day suspension for former judge Roy Pearson Jr., who sued his dry cleaners for $67 million for allegedly losing his pants in 2005. I wrote about this crazy story on the old Ethics Scoreboard, which is currently off line, but will be back soon, I swear.
Pearson first sought $1,150 as compensation for his lost Hickey-Freeman pants, but when the dry cleaners refused to pay, he escalated his litigation, finally reaching what the board called “the absurd” $67 million claim. The board, like an earlier hearing committee, found that Pearson violated ethics rules barring frivolous claims (Rule 3.1) and serious interference with the administration of justice (Rule 8.4). The board disagreed with the hearing committee’s lenient recommendation of a stayed suspension.
Ninety days isn’t enough either. I don’t think someone who would abuse the system like that can be trusted with a law license. He embarrassed the profession; his judgment is warped, and his ethics alarms are busted. I’d kick him out of the D.C. Bar.
Let’s take another poll!
3. A dangerous game. TBS late-night one-note comic (all anti-Trump, all the time) Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump “feckless cunt” last night at the end of her weekly program “Full Frontal.” I assume this was taped before the Roseanne scandal, but one has to wonder if the Left is trying to lose all future elections by not only advocating and enforcing double standards, but rubbing the public’s face in them. Having Joy Reid, of all people, appear on a panel discussing unacceptable conduct by media figures online is another example. The lack of self-awareness is staggering. Reid’s strategy for avoiding accountability for politically incorrect online activity was to lie about it, and it worked. Roseanne didn’t have the acumen to claim that her Twitter account was hacked.
The Left had a good hand to play against President Trump, and could not be playing it more incompetently. This is pure hubris.
4. Awwww... Last night, Alan Dershowitz appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to complain about being struck from his liberal friends’ dinner party lists because he has had the integrity to call out unethical and illegal tactics employed by the Justice Department and FBI against President Trump and his associates. I’m not kidding: this was the announced theme of the segment. The former Harvard law prof. said that he was treated better when he was on the O.J. Simpson defense team. He also told Carlson, “There are no civil libertarians on the Left any more.”
I’ll invite you to dinner, Professor.