At least, that’s what I’ll be saying later today, as I arrive in the Texas capital to give my country music ethics seminar, sung by the remarkable Mike Messer, to a group of over a thousand corporate lawyers. It’s certainly better than lying around coughing, which is what I’ve been doing lately.
1. Update: Facebook still won’t accept Ethics Alarms links. This is seriously depressing me. I can’t get Facebook to respond or explain, and so far WordPress hasn’t been any help either. In the past, posts here have attracted tens of thousands of Facebook shares; most got at least a couple. Now there are none. This affects traffic, it affects everything. On one level, I’m tempted just to leave Facebook entirely. It’s not a very pleasant place these days, and the company is despicable. That doesn’t solve the problem though. After all the work and time I have spent trying to develop the blog, watching its readership and circulation go backwards is infuriating. I also don’t know how paranoid I should be about all of this.
2. State of the Union notes. The speech is always political theater, and largely irrelevant unless it is botched or something weird happens, like “You lie!” or Obama attacking the Supreme Court. I find it amazing that so many pundits couldn’t keep their cognitive dissonance in check, and give some semblance of an honest, if grudging, analysis of what one would have to call an excellent performance—and that’s all the SOTU speech is, a performance— by Donald Trump standards, and a wise performance from a Presidential perspective. At a time of near maximum divisiveness, the speech was upbeat, optimistic, and patriotic. You have to really, really hate the man to condemn that speech….and that’s how most of journalists and pundits feel. I especially liked Salon’s “Donald Trump 2019: Same lying racist he was last year.” CNN’s Van Jones was also self-indicting, saying, “I saw this as a psychotically incoherent speech with cookies and dog poop. He tries to put together in the same speech these warm, kind things about humanitarianism and caring about children, and at the same time he is demonizing people who are immigrants in a way that was appalling.” On the other side of the wacko divide, Ann Coulter called the speech “sappy” and was upset because Trump didn’t talk more about the wall. Is there anyone other than Coulter than wants him to talk more about the wall? We need a special confirmation bias clinic for these people. Also:
- Speaking of theater, singing “Happy Birthday” to the synagogue massacre survivor was terrific touch. Funny comment on the web: “Worst Nazi President ever!”
- Who convinced female legislators that dressing the same sends anything but the message that they still think they are in high school, or the Congress is a sorority? Personally, I was embarrassed for them.
- Here’s typical “objective reporting,” a “Fact check” from NPR:
How is that a fact check? It is NPR making a partisan point. The President just stated a fact and that it was a positive development.
- I don’t care what Nancy Pelosi was reading during the President’s speech: it was disrespectful and rude. I’m sure her “resistance” supporters would have been happy to see her sticking her tongue out and crossing her eyes while the President was speaking too, but there is no excuse for this. I refuse to believe that Democrats acting like assholes wins more votes than it loses, but obviously Pelosi et al. disagree.
3. Should a rehabilitated murderer be allowed to be a lawyer? I was tempted to write a full post about the odd story in the Times about a Tulane law grad who raises the question, but I don’t have much to say, other than “No.” Apparently murderers have been admitted at least a couple of times; one I know of was ultimately disbarred. I could argue that murder has less relevance to honesty and integrity than some other crimes lawyer have committed before being admitted. Georgetown Law Center has a law professor who served time for multiple bank robberies, for example. Depending on the circumstance surrounding the murder, I might trust the murderer over the robber.
4. “Rent” spent. I just learned that Fox’s “live” performance of the musical rent wasn’t live, because a lead actor broke a bone right before the scheduled telecast, and, incredibly, there was no understudy. Fox showed a taped dress rehearsal in place of the live performance, except for the last scene. This is stunningly unprofessional; it is standard practice to have an understudy ready for such contingencies, which are completely predictable in theater. It shows how little Fox is committed to the product and the art. The network just wanted ratings, and as cheaply as possible.
5. I can’t let this pass. The Washington Post released this, her registration card for the State Bar of Texas:
Warren has denied that she ever attempted to use her claims of Native American heritage to gain any advantage in employment or career advancement, or that she ever claimed to be a “person of color.”
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JACK IS IN TEXAS!
Time to close the borders after his plane lands… we now have everything we need to become an independent nation.
(Back later to comment on the content of the blog, which I have not read yet)
Actually have considered buying a cheap lot in Texarkana to be let in should your very slight jest actually happen.
Try West Texas ranch land. Still cheap should you need an faux address.
”Try West Texas ranch land.”
Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (2017 Best Supporting Actor nominee Jeff Bridges in Hell Or High Water):
God I love West Texas!”
“God I love West Texas!”
…bring sunscreen and water…
”…bring sunscreen and water…” (bold mine)
The water will be in solid (cube) form, to keep the Lone Star iced!
I’m gonna regret saying this…you LIKE Armadillo Piss?
I was a Pearl (Three X’s Stand For Texas!) man when I was down there, but I see it’s now brewed by Miller and their San Antonio facility’s closed.
Lone star is Bud lite filter through a horse
Wolfcamp Field out in the Permian Basin is starting to get a mite expensive, though.
A mere speck of land drowning in an ocean of worthless pasture land.
Anywhere that takes 15 acres to feed a cow (and where they burn the thorns off cactus to water cattle) is close enough to desert for me.
I have worked cattle, hunted, and so on in West Texas. Everything either bites, stings, or pokes holes in you.
Do they still allow country music in Austin? I half-expect it to be banned as ‘insensitive’ by the trendyites that inhabit the town.
Don’t think I haven’t worried about this. By the way, I wore my huge black Stetson on the trip, which we use in the program. I was literally the only one wearing a cowboy hat in either the Dallas airport or Austin.
Did you fly into DFW or Love? You want to see Stetson’s, try West Texas, South Texas and the Hill Country.
You won’t see any rock formations from Monument Valley, either, no matter what Hollywood insisted was ‘Texan landscape’ in the 1950s..
I see this often: folks visit Texas and ask where all the cowboys are. If you are in the city, you won’t find them: they are rural, where the… cows… are.
Visit Ballinger, or Brady, or Kerrville and Stetsons will be prominent.
They do. The Armadillo is gone, I think, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been up there, but all forms of music are appreciated in Austin.
Keep Austin Weird is the motto
No trouble doin’ that as long as UT is there.
There was a great sandwich shop called Antones when I was down there in spring summer of 1976 & summer of 1977; still around?
Nope, this one.
I think I got my wires crossed. I was based out of Houston, and I think a pal was talking about getting a franchise in Austin.
GREAT sammies, though.
And seeing’s as we’re heading toward the Who’s Got The Best Brats For Memorial Day back-n-forth, if you’re EVER near Pence, WI stop by Reinerios Italian Sausage LLC.
Ask “Rhino” (a 4th generation sausage maker) for his signature, bratesque Salaminis.
You’ll never go back to the regular kind!
Schlovachek’s is my home town brand. Czech Bakeries and brat makers dominate Snook, Texas in my youth
Like you never knew there was a Pence, WI, I never knew there was a Snook, TX, slick.
And the ONLY business that pops up on google maps…?
Employs around 50 people (few of them from the Slovacek family, either… they have their pride after the sell out), making it the largest employment category that does not involve feeding a cow. Highest gasoline in the area, too… only gas station for miles.
Why is she registering in Texas? She’s from Oklahoma, and I guarantee we don’t want her here.
She worked in Texas at Houston and UT, d_d. From her wiki page:
Warren started her academic career as a lecturer at Rutgers University, Newark School of Law (1977–78). She moved to the University of Houston Law Center (1978–83), where she became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1980, and obtained tenure in 1981. She taught at the University of Texas School of Law as visiting associate professor in 1981, and returned as a full professor two years later (staying 1983–87). In addition, she was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan (1985) and research associate at the Population Research Center of the University of Texas at
Is the right place to recall the old saying: “Those who can, do; and those who can’t, teach.” [I do not intend in any way to demean our trusted host with this item.]
It appears that there is not a lot of actual lawyering in that wiki.
For the bar. She was a Texas lawyer, also a NJ lawyer.
1. Trump’s speechwriters and publicity team foresaw the criticism they’d get, and preemptively made it look ridiculous. No value judgments here, but the craft is impressive.
4. I didn’t realize the whole performance except the finale was the dress rehearsal: I’d thought it was mostly live with some dress rehearsal scenes spliced in. I feel much less charitable toward Roger now. Before I assumed he was performing on pain meds.
1 should be 2, but that point isn’t irrelevant to 1.
1. Facebook is run by biased, ignorant, capricious children. Accepting whatever they want and rejecting whatever they don’t want.
As a marketing professional, they have accepted campaigns in one month and rejected the same exact campaign one month later. Why? No answer, because they don’t need to answer us.
The revenue gained from advertising is a tiny fraction of the money being made by selling user data. Any question or argument puts the individual requesting rationale on their pay-no-mind list.
2. Anyone to the right of AOC speaking on public policy is now instantaneously one of the -ists and to be hated, shamed or otherwise threatened or ruined by the resistance, media, never Trumpers and Democrats.
How long can this go on? Compromise within a social contract requires each side to listen and consider the other. Definitely not going to happen in the current environment. If anyone to the right of AOC is immediately castigated and demonized by the parties mentioned above, avoiding open conflict in the future is difficult to imagine.
2- Was it just me, or did SanFranNan look like she was sucking on a whole lemon when Trump was talking about the wall?
You’d think that someone that knows they’re in the money shot would be a tad more cautious, or at the very least cognizant, of how their countenance/facial expressions appear.
Say what you want about Pence, but the guy is about as collected-n-photogenic as one could be.
3- Senator Warren gots some ‘splainin’ to do! Sheesh! How can anyone, and I mean ANYONE, with a basal sense of self-awareness, and a functioning mirror, be that self-delusional?
She was absolutely aware that she was on camera, and that sourpuss mugging was intentional. Pelosi is under the hilariously mistaken impression that she can out-asshole Donald Trump. This is, of course, impossible, because Donald Trump isn’t an asshole as a side effect of being a politician with a bad personality. He is a professional asshole. His entire career and persona has been built on that foundation. You’re not going to beat him in a being-an-asshole contest. Can’t be done.
Pelosi knows her “resistance” base expects this of her, and enjoys watching her do this, but it is an ineffective weapon against this guy. Taking the high road would do so much more to bring middle-of-the-roaders to her side, but she can’t help throwing that red meat to the 15% or so of far-left moonbats and die-hard Trump haters who eat it up.
Very well stated. I especially liked the “professional asshole” part. Nicely done.
Here is an article worth writing about.
And here is the money comment.
Link to the article.
Thanks! I’m often amazed at how much bad logic and misinformation writers can pack into one article. This is a fine example.
Fixed that for him.
I do not that he blames these murders on white conservatives. I am thinking that for the spokeshole and perhaps much of the rank-and-file, hostility to private gun ownerrship is rooted in hostility to white, male Americans.
These people hate white male Americans because they perceive that these people personify the values they hate (much like why the Nazis hated the Judenvolk. Private gun ownership is what they perceive to be a white, male trait.
That is why the stereotypical caricuture of a gun nut is not a stereotypical black gangbanger.
Americans literally did walk around carrying guns. Less than 100 years ago you could be 12 and buy a Tommy gun through mail-order. No background check. Amazingly no one tried to massacre their classmates. As long as they can keep lying and framing modern sociopathy as a gun problem, they avoid responsibility for the social maladies they themselves caused.
The main point of gun control is that you can’t form a Communist of fascist society in a culture where people commonly own their own, effective, firearms. No gun control measure I have seen for 20 years addresses gun crime. They are all focused on law-abiding citizens. The authorities don’t even charge criminals caught illegally with guns. Gun wielding criminals are a tool used by totalitarians to force you to give up your rights. Look at England. Their crime rate has only increased as they have effectively banned firearms ownership. They also effectively extinguished any liberty Britons had. Career criminals typically serve minimal sentences in Britain, but those who try to defend themselves or speak out against the government are targeted for aggressive penalties.
Chicago suburb requiring residents to turn in their legally owned guns
Chicago authorities ignore gun possession by dangerous felon
Chicago gun control advocates want guns for them, not for you
British sentence for beating your wife, pouring bleach down her throat, and ordering her to kill herself
British Sentence for self-defense
This fits in with an exchange I had on another blog.
Sam I Am:
And my reply.
The level of intelligence shown by the commentariat on this anti-gun screed is reminiscent of what an AOC fan club meeting must be like.
I wish I could comment without registering.
Where was this article, and who wrote it?
Wow – that, went downhill fast….
A second order quotation:-
I remember a minor point that was made when I was taught about “The Merchant of Venice”, that Shakespeare was actually wrong on the law. If the law authorises something, e.g. a pound of flesh, then it implicitly authorises anything necessary to that, e.g. as much blood as getting the pound of flesh takes.
In the same vein (if you’ll pardon the expression), if the only practical way for people to bear arms is for other people to sell guns, then yes, authorising the former implicitly authorises the latter. This only fails to hold if there are other realistic pathways that get to the same result, e.g. one day printing guns may be practical enough. (Oh, and you can’t bar path A on the grounds that path B works, then bar path B on the grounds that path A works – the joint effect is used as the test.)
2. A screamer of a headline from the always lucid and incisive Sally Kohn: “Donald Trump pretends to be presidential during State of the Union to con the nation.” Hilarious.
5. That is literally cultural appropriation. This is far worse than a white kid wearing dreadlocks or dressing up as Zorro for Halloween.
Excellent and irrefutable point, A.M.
1. Facebook has decided to be evil. They are exactly everything progressives say they are against. The faster they lose ANY content and users (read “data revenue sources”) to another platform, leaving them with only echo chamber rantings, the faster they go out of business.
The more monolithic the data they sell, the less value it has.
2. Anything Trump says must be wrong. Anything Trump does is wrong, or out of wrong motivations. Anyone supporting Trump is evil.
There. I bracketed all of the comment the press made.
3. I have no opinion on who should be a lawyer, other than we should assign such by lottery: like politicians, anyone who volunteers should not have the position. (Just kidding… there are good ones like in anything else. Lawyers, that is. Politicians I am not so sure about, as I have never met one I would trust to babysit my grandkids… but they must exist, right?)
4. Fox is about making money. Anything else must be viewed through that lens.
5. Anyone surprised the Warren abused the system to gain advantage? She still is, after all.
#2 Back on November 20, 2018 I wrote that “I don’t think we are done seeing Stacey Abrams for the foreseeable future. I expect to see her being trotted out and promoted nationally in/on far left leaning media outlets.”, “Seriously, I think the political left has way too much invested in promoting Stacey Abrams to let her fade into obscurity.”
Well guess who the Democrats put in front of the cameras to give the rebuttal speech after Trumps State of the Union speech?
I’ve also heard that Democrats are trying to get Abrams to run for Congress.
You made a sound criticism of Tucker Carlson sometime back was enlightening to me.
But why do you see Ann Couter as being ‘among the wackos’?
I agree with Jack’s interpretation of Ann Coulter. I’ve always enjoyed her energy and comments but of late she’s sounding like a one trick pony.
She’s rejecting attempts by the President to work with Congress (read: Democrats) on this shutdown v. border wall issue. Now she’s calling him soft for trying to unify the country.
I was reading more about her here.
Having listened to her talks (YouTube), I am pretty certain that she is a crypto white-nationalist. More or less like Pat Buchanan. And I tend to these positions myself. Simply put: the super-majority must reclaim its overall power and increase itself demographically. If it does not do this, all is lost. (And I think I can define what I mean by *lost*).
But what I have just said, unless I am mistaken, has placed me outside the pale. It is a form of radicalism or extremism that is not permitted. It is illegal thought.
There is no presidency that could ‘call for disunity’, and since the SOTU address is ‘political theater’, calls for unity can only be seen in that unreal context (it seems to me). It is a rhetorical strategy and nothing more.
What if, Mr Golden, what if the unity that is spoken about and longed for is not possible? It is an up-front question. I am curious what you think.
(Myself, I am uncertain. But what I do know is that to agree to the *terms of America* as defined in the present dispensation must mean and can only mean surrendering to the liberal-progressive current).
Maybe everything you wrote is true. However, remember she used to date Bill Maher, for whatever that is worth.
I tried to find some reference on the Wiki page to such an *unnatural union* but found nothing. I think that might be a rumor without substance.
It’s worth a double “ick.”
Oh, I’m sure I’ve written about Ann’s shtick here before. Someone recently wrote about how Donald Trump is a professional asshole. So is Ann. She is a political performance artist whose job is to infuriate people. As a pundit, she’d rather make a joke than make a serious point. She’s a lawyer, but there’s nothing in her resume to indicate that she has any actual expertise or experience that would lead someone to take her seriously. I don’t think she expects to be taken seriously. She does expect a pay check.
After 9-11, she wrote that that the US needed to take over these Muslim countries and convert them to Christianity. It was a JOKE! Signature significance for a professional asshole.
Do come to Houston! M y wife’s chili will knock out any flu bug running around, wreaking havoc on your immune system.
I now have in-laws in Houston. I’ll get there eventually!
Please do. If you come during baseball season, I will take to Minute Maid Park for an Astros game. You will like the stadium.
Eager to add Enron to the 13 stadiums and parks I have visited.
I’m paranoid I had something to do with the Facebook blocking, because I shared some of your posts in a group with some people who were convinced Hillary Clinton was a paragon of virtue, and they used confirmation bias to reject the evidence because it didn’t support their conclusion. If they were misguided enough, they may have tried to get it censored. On the other hand, that may have happened with somebody else’s share.
I’d still like to get Ethics Alarms to become more influential, so I think it’s worth looking into affiliation with nonpartisan movements.
Thanks. I’m considering some options. I think I have to do something.
And thanks for returning to the wars here—I’ve missed you.
I’ve checked my Facebook history for the Ethics Alarms links I’ve posted in the past, and their is ONE still up on my timeline; the December 23rd “Importance of Christmas” post.
The rest have been marked “This violates our Community Standards and only you can see it.”