1. A plug. The computer rescue service GuruAid is why I couldn’t get a Warm-Up post up yesterday: about four different technicians spend from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm helping me fix a serious malfunction in my old Dell PC, so I wouldn’t have to lose Windows 7 forever. It wreaked havoc with my day and schedule, but the computer finally starts immediately without black-outs, red screens, blue screens, warning, check points, sudden freezes and other distractions.
2. Yeah, why waste time on all of this “values” stuff? The Texas Board of Education will decide in the coming months whether to accept the recommendations of a working group to end state requirements that the heroism of the Alamo’s defenders be taught to seventh graders in a required history course, as as study of William Barrett Travis’s iconic letter written before the final Mexican siege that killed all of the approximately 200 defenders, including Travis. The letter ends, “I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country — Victory or Death.”
The group of educators and historians, tasked with streamlining social-studies standards, felt that teaching about “heroic” acts at the Alamo was “value-loaded,” and eliminating them from the curriculum, along with the significance of such Alamo figures as Davy Crockett and James Bowie would save 90 minutes.
You know, I don’t think I’m even going to bother explaining what’s wrong and alarming about this, except to note that if you wonder why our rising generations don’t understand what has been great about America, or why being a nation founded on values and ideals is important, this episode ought to enlighten you.
3. Beach ethics. Here is an interesting article about how to maximize ethical conduct at the beach.
4. More reasons to detest Alex Rodriguez. I forced myself to watch last night’s Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN because the Red Sox were playing the World Champion Astros, but the broadcast trio is incompetent and distracting, while defiling the game by including as the “color man” Alex Rodriguez, a twice punished steroid cheat and the only baseball star to be banned from baseball for the equivalent of a whole season. As full disclosure, let me be clear that I detest everything about “A-Rod,” including his nasal voice, and if someone put a gun to my head and forced me to decide whether he or Barry Bonds would get admitted to the Hall of Fame, I might just pick Barry. Or shout “Go ahead and shoot!”
Last night, among his many gaffes and offenses, Rodriguez launched into a bizarre monologue about how Red Sox manager Alex Cora was “only” being paid $800,000, and what an indignity and injustice this was. I know this is hard for you, Alex, being only motivated by greed and egomania, but most fans don’t care what the players are being paid, much less what managers make. The relative salaries of the personnel don’t enhance the game, don’t affect the outcome on the field, and for most normal people like me, who never made $800,000 in three years, much less half of one, the implication that one should be filled with outrage because a rookie manager isn’t being paid millions before he has proven himself is offensive. Of course, Alex Rodriguez might see it differently, since he was paid 27.5 million dollars his final season to do virtually nothing but serve as an embarrassment to the New York Yankees.
5. Along with the Alamo—let’s remember the Democrats’ unprecedented unethical conduct at the Kavanaugh hearings. In addition to coordinating disruptions at the opening of the hearings, then encouraging the ridiculous white supremacist conspiracy freak-out, along with Senator Cory Booker’s “I am Spartacus” claim to be releasing confidential emails when he wasn’t, we had Kamala Harris imitating Harry Reid and Joe McCarthy
Former prosecutor Harris asked Kavanaugh, “Have you discussed [Robert S.] Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Kasowitz Benson Torres, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s personal lawyer?…Be sure about your answer, sir.”
Oooh! She had a smoking gun! It was a perjury trap! Wrote an LA Times columnist, “Like most people watching, I assumed Harris was about to confront Kavanaugh with evidence that there had been such a potentially problematic conversation, and name the lawyer with whom Kavanaugh supposedly communicated. But there was no big reveal.” CNN quoted Harris as saying that “I have a good reason to believe there was a conversation” and that her question was based on “pretty reliable” evidence. She never provided it, though.
In the law alluding to evidence as if one has it to present when one does not in fact have it (or it doesn’t exist) is an ethical breach, known informally as “the phantom document” trick. It was a favorite of “Tailgunner Joe” when he wanted to tar people as Commies without any actual evidence.
Harris, like Booker, is considered a serious contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
My personal candidate for low point was when the Desperate Democrats exploited children who weren’t old enough to vote, don’t have a clue about what a Supreme Court justice does, and who generally served no purpose but to be sock puppets for pre-programmed sentiments that were intellectually dishonest, emotional and false. Parkland shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond said “I am very concerned since learning Brett Kavanaugh’s views on guns, and how he would strike down any assault weapons ban.” Of course, that is not a useful, fair or informed description of the judge’s views, except to mislead, and to do so in a package that can’t be assailed, as it should, as being unqualified to make such assertions at a serious hearing. Then she said, “Like many of my brothers and sisters of color, I am not comforted by deputies with handguns, let alone assault rifles.”
This was irrelevant to the hearing, but as Dean Wormer would say to Chuck and his minions, “Shameless, desperate and dishonest is no way to go through life, son.” Next a a 15-year-old asthma sufferer warned that if Kavanaugh is confirmed it would mean “more air pollution, more asthma attacks, and more premature deaths for the millions of Americans unfortunate enough to be afflicted with asthma like me.” Oh-oh. The kid has been possessed by the spirit of Ted Kennedy!
Not content with these ugly tactics, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) followed the kiddies with a solemn warning to the children that they’re up against powerful and terrifying “forces” in the Republican Party who want to hurt them. Oh-oh.Sheldon Whitehouse has been possessed by the spirit of Ted Kennedy!
Regardless of political agendas, loyalties or beliefs, no ethical and responsible citizen should cast one more vote for this apparently values-free party until it reforms. Anyone who watched the Kavanaugh hearings fiasco and thought, “Right on! Go get him!” is too far gone to be a good citizen any more.
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“Regardless of political agendas, loyalties or beliefs, no ethical and responsible citizen should cast one more vote for this apparently values-free party until it reforms. Anyone who watched the Kavanaugh hearings fiasco and thought, “Right on! Go get him!” is too far gone to be a good citizen any more.”
Glad someone said it. I had a few paragraphs on this topic ready to go a few posts back but for some reason stayed my hand from the enter key.
#3 That freaking Great. People want to maximize ethical conduct at the beach but they don’t give a damn about ethics in the rest of their lives.
I read as a a pretty practical introduction of utilitarianism vs. deontology.
But I mostly default to virtue ethics anyway. 🙂
5). I managed to kill a few brain cells watching the attempted inquisition and was well aware that some of the more prominent Democrats were lawyers. But Kavanaugh is in another league – a baseball comparison? Rookie league versus MLB. Anyways – they being lawyers is similar to me taking a first aid course and then claiming to be a neurosurgeon.
Isn’t that something? I mean, one could note that even though they’re lawyers, they’re also politicians, and well aware that they’re under the scrutiny of cameras, so the argument is there that they’re trying to dumb themselves down to appeal to the lowest common denominator. That’s not particularly ethical, but I could at least respect the strategy… That is, if they weren’t so bloody inept at it.
Why is it that every time a politician tries one of these tactics, they end up sounding like a robotic lizard person attempting human speech?
Truly this is amazing that Texas educators would want to get rid of teaching about the heroic last stand at the Alamo. Of course this is coming from the leftist “I am offended” crowd. Hopefully Ted Cruz will have something to say about these knuckleheads in the upcoming election.
These are blue city progressives who despise exceptionalism in any form. No heroes. No morals. No ethics. Just raw naked power as a means to self gratification.
Many have moved here from blue states where they have already destroyed the unique heritage kids should be taught, just as they destroyed the economy, the freedom, and the jobs.
That is to say…California. Reckon those folks will ever wake up?
Top of the list. (I have seen a disturbing number of Kali license plates around San Antonio the past month)
Blue states that have (or are) wrecked themselves, and deporting the insanity to red states: (order not important)
1 Peepul’s Republik of Kali
2 New York
3 New Jersey
Honorable Mention to: Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico, who have suffered ‘The Locust Effect’ already.
Guru aid looks sketchy as hell for the love of God get a proper local tech guy
Looks are deceiving.
For once, an India based tech operation that is All-Indian, and doesn’t pretend otherwise!
Just for the record, the Texas Board Of Education is unlikely to take this. The ‘suggestion’ is being opposed by the Daughters Of The Texas Revolution, who actually run the Alamo for the Stat Of Texas.
USED to run the Alamo, you mean. No longer.
What happened? I thought that deal was ‘in perpetuity’.
It was taken from them (and past time, too) as they were allowing the historical sites and artifacts to decay due to lack of money and mismanagement. The DRT was investigated after a 2010 complaint that they had failed to properly maintain the Alamo in good order and repair, mismanaged state funds, and for breach of fiduciary duty.
Gov Perry signed a law in 2011 transferring the Alamo from the DRT to the Texas General Land Office, which went into effect in 2015. 
My observation from the sidelines is that the DRT ran out of passion for the project some decades ago, and started using state funding for devious purposes, although I don’t think anyone was prosecuted for that.
I also believe that the Alamo today (I have been twice in the past two years) is better than ever before. My basis for that assertion is 4 decades of visits, beginning when my grade school bussed us into San Antonio every year for a field trip teaching Texas History. My kids were exposed by daddy with day trips.
Thanks, slick. I did not hear about that, but, yeah, it was long overdue.
NOTE: The DRT still has political power in Texas, despite losing control of a major icon, and thus their opinion matters in relation to Texas History education.
The Kavanaugh ‘hearings’ are just one more moronic desperation move by the defrocked liberals. I am getting sick of it, and afraid of it. I am registered as an independent, but now am willing to vote for any Republican just to protest the Democrats’ poor-loser, will-go-to-any-length ‘opposition.’
Re Texas schools and the Alamo: In Virginia we are busy renaming every school, highway, or institution that is named for any Confederate (and national, before the Civil War) personage. Soon they’ll be going after the Founders who were slave holders, men of their time, and important to the intellectual revolution that created the United States. Will George Mason (a Virginian who wrote the Bill of Rights and insisted that it be appended to the Constitution) be a victim? I assume the University will survive, but beyond that, I don’t know. This is erasing history. As Americans we seem to be very good at it, and maybe there should be a ‘resistance’ against this.
Perhaps we should also negate SCOTUS majority and precedent setting opinions written by Justices who were members of groups now considered to be hate or offensive groups. Or even better (worse), wrote in common parlance of the time now viewed as hate speech, micro-aggressive and / or offensive.
Join the fun, undo, rewrite and re-contextualize history.
Isn’t that what this is really all about…entirely undoing America.
E2 wrote, “This is erasing history.”
This is a phrase that I’m becoming very disenchanted with, I’m thinking that our use of the phrase is wrong and we need to change how we talk about what’s happening so we can focus on what’s really happening. The patterns are clear. Extreme Progressives and social justice warriors are not trying to erase history, they are actively trying to demonize everything and everyone in our history in what’s become a transparent effort to systematically destroy the very core that built the United States of America – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
There seems to be a very similar pattern of unethical rationalizations that are at the core of the extreme Progressive and social justice warrior movement within the USA. These people are actively demonizing as evil the people in history that shaped the core of the USA and actively demonize anyone that tries to hold on to the historical core of the USA. When they convince the masses that these people are literally evil then they can in-turn push for absolute reversal of anything these evil people have done because (here’s the core of their rationalizations) anything and everything an evil person does or creates is evil and evil must be destroyed. It will come down to; there were evil people that supported the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights therefore those documents are evil and must be destroyed/reversed, that’s not erasing history, that’s literally using history to demonizing itself to force social change in the present, because without that evil history there is nothing to demonize and therefore nothing to force change.
Barack Obama was being a visionary pushing the USA in the direction I mentioned above when he said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama was pushing for major change in the social structure of the United States and his actions in that direction were clearly successful. I think in the years to some it will become clear that Barack Obama was a catalyst lighting the fires of insurrection and the destruction of the core the build the USA.
This is the slow and willful destruction of the United States of America from within that people in history have warned about. The very core that built the United States of America is under “attack” and until we acknowledge this as the reality it is the trend towards the destruction of the core that built the USA will not slow or change, it will grow.