(Though any day that begins with the legal gossip scandal-sheet website Above the Law sending me a “media inquiry” as they dig for dirt is not a good day.)
1. In brief. Well I have now received the appellant’s brief in a certain lingering law suit regarding Ethics Alarms. What fun. Anyone who wants to read it is welcome; those who have dealt with pro se submissions will immediately recognize the syndrome, lawyers may be amused, and non-lawyers may be edified. I expect to knock out the reply brief today, which won’t have to be more than a few pages. It’s not like I have better things to do or anything…
2. Speaking of cases that should have been thrown out of court…Reason reports:
In June, an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy pulled Dejuante Franklin over in front of a gas station for a traffic violation. While handing Franklin his ticket, NWA’s “Fuck tha Police” began to play in the background. As it turns out, James Webb, who did not know Franklin, witnessed the stop. He decided on his own accord to turn the song up louder before walking into the gas station store. When he exited, the officer slapped him with a ticket for misdemeanor noise violation, citing that Webb played the song at an “extremely high volume.”
It took 9 minutes of deliberation for a jury to bring in a verdict of not guilty. This was an obvious attempted end-around the First Amendment by the officer, and the judge shouldn’t have let it get to a jury at all.
3. And speaking of abusing First Amendment rights…as well as “A Nation of Assholes,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe’s” co-host and wife-to-be (don’t get me started on THAT) Mika Brzezinski, called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “butt-boy” during yesterday’s show. Why not? After all, CBS lets its on-air personalities call the President a “cock-holster.” Mika wouldn’t have had her filters down, of course, if the culture around MSNBC wasn’t rife with such hate, but she realized mid-show that this wasn’t exactly professional or civil news reporting, and babbled an apology. Too late!
An ethical, professional news station would suspend her, but this is MSNBC, and there are no ethical, professional news stations.
4. Meanwhile, speaking of media bias and unprofessional reporting...A New York Times “fact check” on the contentious meeting among Trump, Pence, Pelosi and Schumer had this amusing note:
“Mr. Trump has long charged that Democrats want open borders, slinging accusations at a higher clip in the waning days of the midterm elections campaign in November. Democrats do not want open borders, evidenced in part by border security legislation that Democrats have supported. What Democrats do not want is Mr. Trump’s costly border wall.”
Oh, that’s a fact, is it? No, Democrats, at least a great many of them, DO want open borders, evidenced in part by their wilful refusal to distinguish between illegal immigrants and legal immigrants, their insistence on signalling through their support for “Dreamers” that bringing children across the border illegally is a virtuous act, their position that illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. as longs as they don’t break any more laws, their constant demonization of necessary border enforcement efforts, and their proposals to abolish ICE.
5. And speaking of stories you must have seen this coming, especially since I predicted it in May... The Boy Scouts are about to declare bankruptcy–you know, like Sears and Toys R Us. A May Ethics Alarms post called “Farewell to the Boy Scouts” asserted that it’s capitulation to political correctness by opening its ranks to girls would be the end of the institution, which, I explained saved my father’s life and molded his exemplary character. But as they say, “Get woke, go broke.”
The abandonment of its core mission of teaching boys to be virtuous men was strike three. The legally unavoidable decision to allow openly gay men to be scoutmasters was guranteed to hurt membership and did, and then the Scouts were shown to have buried episodes of child abuse and molestation, like the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the new progressive Big Lie has been that men are a blight on civilization, so “manly virtues” is now regarded as an oxymoron.
I’ll be giving an ethics presentation to my favorite Boy Scout Troop in the spring. As I explained in that May post, I owe BSA. I have also been so impressed with the members of the troop, who are smart, civil, gutsy…oh, why not..trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly courteous, kind, obedient, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
6. While speaking of going woke and broke...(and stupid)…This would be a KABOOM but I have a theme going. Sports Illustrated recruited Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to present the magazine’s Inspiration of the Year Award to former gymnast Rachael Denhollander, who was among those who exposed the serial sexual predator Larry Nasser, causing some deserving dominoes to fall as well. Not only was this an unfair, absurd and slanderous innuendo toward Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh, suggesting that he is a serial predator, but it also injects partisan politics into what is supposed to be a sports show. Ford, meanwhile, eliminated any lingering doubts that she is a publicity-seeking hack by saying,
“I am in awe of you, and I will always be inspired by you. In stepping forward, you took a huge risk, and you galvanized future generations to come forward even when the odds are seemingly stacked against you. The lasting lesson is what we all have the power to create real change, and we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by the acts of others.”
Others have noted that the little girl voice she used in her Senate testimony was nowhere in evidence.
Ford was not chosen for having any sort of meaningful affiliation with the award recipient…Ford was not chosen for any professional or personal achievements. Ford was chosen because she claimed she was sexually abused by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a claim that she came nowhere close to proving. Sexual assault is obviously a serious matter. But by trotting Ford out as some sort of celebrity abuse victim, the magazine has devalued its Inspiration of the Year trophy and the reason for its awarding far below what the subject matter deserves. Ford may as well have introduced herself in the video by saying, “Hi, I’m Christine Blasey Ford. You may remember me from the time I told Congress I was raped.” That may seem silly, but it’s 100 percent why Ford was chosen…
I wish I still subscribed to SI, so I could cancel my subscription.