Just flew to Florida on pressing business. Ethics knows no obstacles…
1. From the “The Ends Justify The Means” Files, Democratic section: Led by Sen. Cory Booker, Democrats are releasing confidential documents willy-nilly, in breach of Senate rules. The Washington Post calls this “civil disobedience.” Elected officials aren’t allowed to engage in civil disobedience, because their duties include maintaining civil order and the Rule of Law. This isn’t civil disobedience. This is Democrat Senators violating rules when they think it’s to their advantage to do so. Chuch Schumer, whose reputation and level of public trust should be in freefall for anyone paying attention, tweeted,
“I stand w/ Judiciary Committee Democrats who are well within their rights to release these very important documents that a former Kavanaugh deputy designed as “committee confidential.”
This is apparently another convenient Democratic Party rule change: restrictions don’t count if Democrats don’t like the official who has the power to issue them.
2. This is pure bigotry and discrimination. Why isn’t that obvious? Why isn’t the news media pointing it out? From the LA Times:
Twentieth Century Fox was just days away from locking picture on “The Predator” when an urgent note came in: Delete the scene featuring Steven Wilder Striegel. Striegel, 47, didn’t have a big role in his longtime friend Shane Black’s reboot of the sci-fi thriller — just a three-page scene shared with actress Olivia Munn.But last month, Munn learned that Striegel is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in 2010 after facing allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the internet. When Munn shared the information with Fox on Aug. 15, studio executives quickly decided to excise him from the movie.
This reminds me of the scene in “Ship of Fools” when a passenger is exiled from the captain’s table on a German ship because a Nazi complains that he is Jewish.
There were no children on the set of the film, and Striegel has served his punishment. He has as much right to make a living, and to be in a movie when he is cast, as any other citizen. Munn’s act was gratuitous cruelty, and Fox responding to it this way is an endorsement of bigotry with a big scoop of cowardice on top.
I know some registered sex offenders. One of them is a good friend, and a terrific human being in all respects that I have observed. I would cast him in a play I was directing, and in fact have. If an actress objected, or anyone else, my response would be the same as it would to a performer who complained that he or she had discovered that my friend was part black, Muslim, or a transsexual.
3. No, Dominoes still doesn’t get it. Domino’s Pizza, Russian branch, offered idiots and desperate people free pizza for life if they got the brand’s logo tattooed “in a prominent place” on their body. When I read that the company cancelled the promotion before it ran the announced two months,.I thought it was an example of the ethics alarms kicking in a bit late, but at least kicking in. Paying people to mutilate themselves for a big company’s marketing scheme is like paying drunks to dance for the crowd’s amusement, paying poor teens for blow-jobs, paying dwarves to be human bowling balls, and all the other many ways people who have lots of money can abuse their power by exploiting those who don’t. I just don’t learn: I thought Dominoes execs suddenly woke up, slapped their foreheads, and exclaimed, “What were we thinking? Paying people to be our human billboards for life? That’s revolting!”
No, Dominoes ended the promotion early because it was getting too expensive. After only five days, its social media was flooded with supplicants displaying their Domino’s tattoos.