Sunday Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 10/14/18…Stretching the Truth: Fake Accusations, Fake Supreme Court News, Fake Fake Doctors

Good Morning!

1.Who Could Have Predicted That Black Men Would Identify With Brett Kavanaugh?,cont. From the New York Times yesterday:

A white woman who called police after claiming that a young black boy touched her behind in a Brooklyn deli drew a storm of ridicule and criticism on social media, and late Friday she made a public apology to the child.

Critics characterized the incident as the latest example of a hypersensitive white person calling the police to report black people for dubious reasons. Many detractors imputed racist motives to the woman, Teresa Klein.

She was quickly labeled “Cornerstore Caroline” by Jason Littlejohn, 37, a lifelong Flatbush resident who recorded the commotion Wednesday outside the Sahara Deli Market on Albemarle Road. Littlejohn’s Facebook recording of the incident had been viewed 4 million times by Friday evening.

“I was just sexually assaulted by a child,” Klein is heard saying on the video as she was on the phone with the police. The boy, who is about 9, and another child burst into tears outside the store as bystanders confronted Klein about the incident. “The son grabbed my ass and she decided to yell at me,” Klein continued in the video, referring to his mother. The video was first reported by The New York Post.

I just don’t think the Left thought through this “believe all women who claim to be victims” bit. And I’m still confused about the rules. You have to believe a white woman who accuses a white high school kid of sexual assault if she remembers it 30 years later, but you don’t have to believe a white woman who accuses an even younger kid immediately, if he’s black? Does it matter if she’s black? If the accused was a white high school kid, then would everyone have to believe her?

2. Newton’s Third Law! From the Huffington Post: 

Minutes after an event at a Manhattan Republican club meant to celebrate violence against leftists, attendees belonging to a proto-fascist, pro-Trump street gang reportedly pummeled three people on the sidewalk in Manhattan’s Upper East Side while shouting homophobic slurs.

Footage posted online by video journalist Sandi Bachom shows a group of men who appear to be Proud Boys — a misogynistic and anti-Muslim fraternity known for committing acts of political violence across the country — kicking and punching three apparent anti-fascist protesters as they lay prone on the sidewalk.

“Do you feel brave now, faggot?” one of the attackers yelled, according to Bachom and another journalist, photographer Shay Horse. Another video shows multiple attackers yelling “faggot.”

HuffPo, being smear-meisters, calls the group “Pro-Trump” in its headline. I don’t recall any news source calling the antifa a “pro-Obama group” when it was running amuck punching people on Inauguration Day. Speaking of the antifa,  here’s a tweet from a Portland journalist from October 8:

This is the type of street anarchy that routinely happens where I live. Here is video from 6 Oct showing Antifa directing traffic in downtown & threatening people who don’t obey with violence. Mayor , who really runs this town?

The difference is that I don’t recall hearing any Republican leaders calling for right-wing mobs to harass and beat up people. Do you?

3. No, Debbie, that’s not what a “fake doctor” is. Here’s GOP House seat that deserves a “blue wave”: Republican U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko’s orgainization  has been putting up campaign signs calling her Democratic opponent, Hiral Tipirneni  a “fake doctor.”  Why?  Dr. Tipirneni  now works as an advocate instead of practicing medicine, as she did when she was  an emergency room physician. That doesn’t mean her medical degree and license are invalid, however. Doctors don’t have to be healing people to stay doctors, just as lawyers don’t have to practice law to be lawyers. Are all the lawyers in Congress “fake lawyers”? Are  Barack and Michelle Obama, and Bill and Hillary Clinton all fake lawyers? Am I?  Is Howard Dean a “fake doctor”? Was novelist Michael Crighton?

After  ARMPAC, the Arizona Medical Political Action Committee, which had endorsed her, met with Lesko and said they viewed the “campaign signs as an insult to the medical profession, discounting the education and training required of physicians to become licensed and credentialed,” she agreed to take down the misleading signs.

Lesko, however, is a genuine, bona fide, untrustworthy hack.

4. Now I’m going to check and see how many of my lawyer Facebook Left-wing echo-chamber friends fell for this one…

A single tweet described a SCOTUS decision this way, and was re-tweeted over 17,000 times:

From overlawyered:

1. Brakebill was not Justice Kavanaugh’s first ruling. If you so much as glance at the Court’s opinion, it’s hard to miss its second sentence: “JUSTICE KAVANAUGH took no part in the consideration or decision of this application.”

2. There is no indication that the vote was 5 to 4. Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer did not join the dissent.*

3. Justice Ginsburg’s dissent contains no language even remotely like that put within quotation marks here. Her tone is technical rather than indignant, and she does not challenge anyone’s motives as illegitimate.

4. The Court did not issue a decision upholding the laws. It was a denial of an application to vacate a stay, not a ruling on the merits.

And we haven’t even gotten to the merits! Three and a half days after posting, its author has not seen fit to correct any of his errors.

Ugh. This is one more reason nobody should care about polls showing that “the public” opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “The public” knows zip about the Court, its function, how it works, the justices, its history or the law, and what they think they know isn’t true.

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29 responses to “Sunday Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 10/14/18…Stretching the Truth: Fake Accusations, Fake Supreme Court News, Fake Fake Doctors

  1. #4 I got unfriended and blocked yesterday by one of my very long time Liberal friends for pointing out that that Brian Bloomer comment he shared was fake news, I even quoted the first paragraph of the opinion “The application to vacate the stay entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on September 24, 2018, presented to JUSTICE GORSUCH and by him referred to the Court, is denied. JUSTICE KAVANAUGH took no part in the consideration or decision of this application.” and provided the link to the document. His reply was to call me a “fucking retarded liar” and said the “document was doctored by Republicans to protect their child rapist poster child Kavanaugh” and then he sent me a really, really nasty goodbye personal message calling me every name in the book. He’s damn lucky he lives nearly a thousand miles away, but I did ask him if he wanted to meet me halfway to “discuss” it further, he hasn’t replied to that question.

    I know; how dare I invade his sheltered echo chamber with real facts.

    One good thing came out of this, I won’t be seeing any of his propaganda bull shit anymore.

  2. Neil Dorr

    Jack,
    Your point about the Proud Boys being called “Pro-Trump” is well taken. However, Antifa isn’t by any stretch “pro-Obama.” They’re largely anarchy-socialists who generally oppose the state. The majority of them don’t vote or actively involve themselves in the political process outside of street theater. They’re also predominately white and middle class. Thus, calling them pro-anything would be a misnomer.

    • Misunderstanding here: I wasn’t saying they were “pro-Obama,” but that calling the Proud Boys pro-T was as wrong as calling the antifa pro-O. We don’t disagree.

      • Also in everything I’ve ever seen, most Proud Boy actions have been defensive in nature. I’ll be interested to see if any of the followup on this and if it’s another “stop fighting back!” incident.

  3. Still Spartan

    Who the f*** calls the police on a 9 year-old kid, regardless of race or gender?

  4. Keith Walker

    #3 – exact same thing is happening in west Michigan. The GOP candidate is calling out the Democrat because he uses “Doctor” and “emergency room physician” in his ads even though he is no longer practicing. He was indeed an emergency room doctor, too. Not sure if we should read anything into the fact that both doctors are democrats called out by republicans, or if it’s just a coincidence.

  5. adimagejim

    Most Democrats have given Republican opponents plenty of real points of differentiation to highlight. Making specious claims against your opponent is unethical and unnecessary. Shame on them for doing so.

  6. Rusty Rebar

    #1 is actually very illustrative of an important point.

    If you watch the video you will see that the lady is bent over the counter while a mother and her two kids walk past. The backpack of first kid to walk past brushes into the lady bent across the counter.

    As far as she knew, she did get touched, and she rightful thought she had been touched. At the same time, the kid did not intentionally touch her, and probably had no idea that his backpack touched her. In point of fact they were both correct, she was touched, and the kid had no idea that this had happened. This is why we need to understand the context of these situations, and we cannot just go throwing people under the bus because one person has the impression that they were assaulted. They may rightfully have that impression, but that does not mean they are correct in the assessment. She was demonstrably touched, but she was in no way assaulted.

  7. Michael R.

    I have been trying to figure out who is supposed to be believed currently. I put in a scale.
    Victimhood scale: Larger victimhood status = believed
    Victimhood Group
    100,000 Bill and Hillary Clinton
    10,000 transgender liberals
    1,000 rich white, liberal women
    700 Muslims
    600 “Undocumented residents”
    500 Black Democrats
    400 Hispanic US citizens if Democrat
    350 rich white male liberals
    300 white liberal women
    200 white male liberals
    100 Asian Democrats
    -50,0000 Republicans (except black Republicans)
    -100,000 black Republican traitors (eg Kanye West)
    -500,000 Satan
    -1,000,000 Donald Trump

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