1. Why is Alex Rodriguez on the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcasting team? I’m watching the game (Boston at Houston), and I’m wondering, “There weren’t any ex-players who weren’t suspended for a full season for cheating with PED’s (banned performance enhancing drugs)? There aren’t any ex-players who didn’t repeatedly lie to fans and sportswriters, and generally behave like a loathsome creep both on and off the field?”
Rodriguez will be up for membership in the Hall of Fame shortly, and he falls so short of the minimal requirements of the museum’s character clause that if it were a contest between A-Rod and Barry Bonds, Bonds would win in a landslide, and his election would provoke a major protest among living Hall members.
What kind of values does employing Rodriguez convey to kid viewing the game? What does it say about ESPN’s values, or Disney’s, its parent? Why does Major League Baseball allow a sociopath like A-Rod to represent the game on television?
2. And you thought Trump was a raging narcissist…Maureen Dowd has a damning column about Barack Obama that she muffles with equivocation, perhaps out of fear that Times readers can’t handle the truth, just like they can’t handle the results of Presidential elections. Some excerpts…
Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, Rhodes writes in his new book, “The World as It Is,” Obama asked his aides, “What if we were wrong?”But in his next breath, the president made it clear that what he meant was: What if we were wrong in being so right? What if we were too good for these people? “Maybe we pushed too far,” the president continued. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”
This from the most tribe-obsessed, intentionally divisive U.S. President in memory.
“Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early,” Obama mused to aides. We just weren’t ready for his amazing awesomeness.
Ack. Gag. Obama was a largely incompetent President and ineffectual leader, and yet he accepts no accountability whatsoever. His failures were everyone else’s fault. Yecchh. The man’s character is as offensive as Trump’s, just different.
“I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should have seen it coming,” Rhodes writes about the “darkness” that enveloped him when he saw the electoral map turn red. “Because when you distilled it, stripped out the racism and misogyny, we’d run against Hillary eight years ago with the same message Trump had used: She’s part of a corrupt establishment that can’t be trusted to change.”
Bad time to figure that out.
Ya think? Especially since Obama ‘s administration was corrupt itself, as Hillary’s prominent role in it amply demonstrated.
Obama did not like persuading people to do what they didn’t want to do. And that is the definition of politics. He wanted them simply to do what he had ascertained to be right. President Obama could be deliberative, reticent and cautious to a fault, which spurred an appetite for a more impulsive, visceral, hurly-burly successor.
Translation: Obama was weak, and Americans prefer strong Presidents. He paved the way for Trump. And he doesn’t understand at all, because his courtiers and the suck-up news media would only tell him that he was wonderful…for eight years.
How much better a job might he have done in those years if he had recognized that he wasn’t perfect,and the journalistic establishment wasn’t so invested in reinforcing his own high opinion of his performance?
3. When ethics fails, the law steps in..stupidly, in this instance. Reacting to this horrible incident from last year, where a group of teens mocked a drowning man from the beach, Florida state Senator Debbie Mayfield has introduced a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to fail to provide reasonable assistance to an endangered person…a duty to rescue law. I have written about why this is unworkable, unenforceable and irrational in several previous posts, and if I have the time, I’ll try to add some links later. What is reasonable for lifeguard in his 20s may not be reasonable for a former lifeguard in his 40s who has a heart condition. What caused the outrage in the 2017 incident was that the bystanders actively mocked the drowning man. That’ however, is free speech.
In some ways, this misconceived effort to legislate courage, compassion and responsibility is the product of the same statist delusion that drives restrictive gun legislation—the belief that every human flaw can be fixed with the right law. It is also, like the current push to pass a wave of regulations in response to school shootings that would do nothing to stop school shootings, a “Do something!” response to feelings of futility.
Pass a law requiring schools to teach ethics, Senator.
4. Another kind of fake news. Yesterday, as the North Korean talks returned from the (what the Times had pronounced as) dead, and as May’s job report exceeded all expectations, the New York Times and its pundits reported both as if the President of the United States deserved no credit for either. In the Times’ front section ravie review of the jobs report, Trump was not mentioned. Not only that, but Bret Stephens wrote this, and no Times editor felt the responsibility to keep him, and the Times, from embarrassing itself with such inexcusable bias…
“The spirit that really hovers over this White House is Herbert Hoover’s.”
That’s right: on the same day in which President Trump was found to preside over an economy that, in the Times’ own words,
“So in an era of geopolitical risks and potential trade wars, the thing to take away from the May numbers is that the United States economy just keeps humming along at a steady pace, putting more people to work and at gradually higher wages.“
…the New York Times tells its readers that he resembles Herbert Hoover, who was held responsible for The Great Depression.