1 A Big Lie is born! The fact that Tom Arnold married Rosanne Barr tells me all I need to know about his intelligence and judgment, though it did get him a single good movie role in “True Lies,” which I never could completely enjoy because the her husband’s abuse of Jamie Lee Curtis’s character seemed so cruel and offensive, but was still played for laughs. That movie is decades old, but Arnold is still holing on to shred of celebrity by being a full-time President Trump troll, thus getting him the love and fealty of thousands of like-minded Twitter users. 250,000 of them.
Last week, he tweeted that “80% of gun owners shoot themselves or members of their own families.” His tweet was shared all over social media, and not entirely by those who used it to demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt that Arnold is a moron. Thus it will believed by many Americans, quoted by the anti-gun addled, and generally make Americans even dumber on this topic than they already are.
2. When will they ever learn? Or un-learn? The University of Montana is now featured as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE) “Speech Code of the Month.” It earned the honor by declaring in its Student Code of Conduct’s ‘Statement of Responsibility’ that all members of the campus community “have the personal responsibility to promote an atmosphere of civility,” and that discussions “should never become mean, nasty or vindictive.”
Of course, since the administrators of a committed left-biased institution will decide what is “mean” or “uncivil,” both subjective standards, you can guess whose speech will be chilled by this.
When did freedom of expression stop being a liberal value? Presumably it began when progressives stopped being able to defend their most extreme conduct, positions and beliefs…
3. Camille Paglia, Democratic truth teller. Which makes her the equivalent of a snail-darter or a blind dolphin…Iconoclast Camille Paglia has a wonderful interview at the American Spectator. As always, the feminist, iconoclast essayist pulls no punches, and refused to parrot conventional wisdom (Pointer: Other Bill). A highlight, on the Democratic field for 2020:
“Screechy Elizabeth Warren has never had a snowball’s chance in hell to appeal beyond upper-middle-class professionals of her glossy stripe. Kirsten Gillibrand is a wobbly mediocrity. Cory Booker has all the gravitas of a cork. Andrew Cuomo is a yapping puppy with a long, muddy bullyboy tail. Both Bernie Sanders (for whom I voted in the 2016 primaries) and Joe Biden (who would have won the election had Obama not cut him off at the knees) are way too old and creaky.
To win in the nation’s broad midsection, the Democratic nominee will need to project steadiness, substance, and warmth. I’ve been looking at Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois and Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. As for Hillary, she’s pretty much damaged goods, but her perpetual, sniping, pity-me tour shows no signs of abating. She still has a rabidly loyal following, but it’s hard to imagine her winning the nomination again, with her iron grip on the Democratic National Committee now gone. Still, it’s in her best interest to keep the speculation fires burning. Given how thoroughly she has already sabotaged the rising candidates by hogging the media spotlight, I suspect she wants Trump to win again. I don’t see our stumbling, hacking, shop-worn Evita yielding the spotlight willingly to any younger gal.”
4. Speaking of 2020, Joe Biden says he’s the most qualified person to be President. Besides the obvious—he is, you know, dumb as a brick, though I would have voted for him over Trump—Biden is also 76, and would be 78 by the time of the 2020 election. (Bernie is a year older.) Nobody that old is qualified to be President, and anyone that age who runs has proven that he or she is too irresponsible to be trusted.
He also swims in the nude, and has forced his female Secret Service agents to watch. This is per se sexual harassment, the creation of a hostile work environment. I doubt any male candidate can escape #MeToo anbushes and win the Democratic nomination, but Biden is especially vulnerable. [See https://ethicsalarms.com/2018/06/14/morning-ethics-warm-up-6-14-18-derangement/#more-44978, Item #4]
5. Even a stopped clock is right two times a day—or is it? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected US House representative who would be a good match for Tom Arnold in Scrabble, criticized her future colleagues in Congress for paying their low-level staffers salaries below the “living wage” and for employing unpaid interns.In general, unpaid Congressional interns are exploited, and the allowing them to volunteer creates an unfair bias toward interns from wealthy families, who can afford to work without a paycheck. So Ocasio-Cortez is half-right, which for her constitutes a good day. But as with her (and much of her party’s) mad embrace of a 15 dollar minimum wage, the likely result of requiring paid internships is to reduce opportunities and employment, in this instance the number of young, aspiring graduates who have the opportunity to gain experience on the Hill. There are ethiacl trade-offs to consider, but smug ideologues like Ocasio-Cortez are usually incapable of considering them.
6. The Fredo Principle.
Fredo Corleone: ” I’m smart! Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!” Smart people don’t tell you how smart they are. As I wrote here,
“Yes, I frequently pointed out last year that Candidate Trump was an idiot, and explained why I reached that conclusion. The signature significance sign was that he kept saying how smart he was. Smart people don’t do that, because it is a per se stupid thing to do, and because if they are really smart, they shouldn’t have to proclaim it. Fredo, the brain-damaged Corleone brother, is the one who protests that he’s smart….
[I]diots with power and influence are dangerous. It is ethical to point out the idiots before they can do real damage, and to try to create clear standards of idiocy so the public can return the practice of spotting the obvious ones and persuading them to stick to tasks they are able to do, if not exactly competently, harmlessly.
This brings us to Senator Maizie Hirono, who recently told an interviewer,
“I’ve been saying it at all of our Senate Democratic retreats, that we need to speak to the heart not in a manipulative way, not in a way that brings forth everybody’s fears and resentments but truly to speak to the hearts so that people know that we’re actually on their side. But we have a really hard time doing that and one of the reasons it was told to me at one of our retreats was that we Democrats know so much, that is true. And we have kind of have to tell everyone how smart we are and so we have a tendency to be very left brain.”
During the Kavanaugh hearings, Hiromo said that the fact that Kavanaugh was conservative was all she needed to determine that he was lying. She’s smart! In a CNN interview, she said,
“Guess who’s perpetuating all these kinds of actions? It’s the men in this country. I just want to say to the men of this country — just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”
She’s an anti-male bigot—you know, smart! Hiromo also adopted the legally and logically inert argument that President Trump couldn’t legitimately appoint a Supreme Court Justice because he’s “under suspicion” of criminal activity. Wow, how smart can you get?