It would be a good afternoon if EVERYTHING WASN’T SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL!!!!
1. For the record, it appears that Facebook blocking Ethics Alarms posts has cost the site about 30% of its traffic. Mission accomplished, Thought Control Activists!
2. Did I call this, or what? In October of 2017 I wrote about another example of tyranny by the disabled, when the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave Paul McGann, who can neither see not hear, a chance to show that movie theaters must provide him with a “tactile interpreter” under the ADA.
No word yet on how Paul is faring, but last October I wrote about yet another example, as described in the New York Times:
…Eight suits have been filed in federal court in Manhattan over the past two weeks, most recently against Hofstra University on Long Island on Oct. 4. In each case, lawyers for Emanuel Delacruz, who is blind, charged that the college’s website is inaccessible to their plaintiff and therefore in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The filings are part of a growing number of actions involving accessibility and the internet.….Since January 2015, at least 751 lawsuits have been filed over the issue. The vast majority have focused on retailers and restaurants, according to a legal blog that tracks such suits… another website, which includes not only lawsuits but also government investigations into web or technological accessibility, lists 37 schools that have been accused of noncompliance with disability law.
I wrote, in part,
Next? Law suits against art museums for not having audio descriptions of every work exhibited. Law suits against sports stadiums, alleging that the ADA mandates play-by-play being blasted from the ballpark speakers. Then, I suppose, lawsuits against the world for not making being blind a pleasure.
“On Dec. 13, a blind Manhattan resident named Henry Tucker filed federal lawsuits against 10 art galleries, saying their websites were not accessible to people who could not see. The galleries’ names included Adam Baumgold Fine Art, Adelson, Agora, Albertz Benda and Acquavella. The next day, Mr. Tucker and his attorneys moved on to the B’s.”
3. Apparently American conservatives have always been Nazis! I watched the 1972 film adaptation of the musical “1776” yesterday, when TCM ran it as part of its run-up to the Oscars. For the first time I watched all of “Cool, Cool Considerate Men,” a number I detest and would cut from the show if I were directing the stage show. The number wasn’t included in the movie’s original release, which was a blessing, but the chorus number, the Act I finale on stage, is in the DVD versions and the one TCM ran. The number is true hackery, musically, historically and politically. The song falsely portrays the more nuanced Declaration signers as reactionaries (no one who signed was a reactionary), lumps very different individuals with widely divergent political philosophies as rigid “conservatives” in 1970’s terms, and, in a final insult, actually climaxes with the “conservatives” goose-stepping! That’s right: James Wilson, Lymon Hall, Edward Rutledge, Robert Livingston (who co-drafted the Declaration!) and John Dickenson, among others, patriots and heroes all, are compared to Nazis because they are (in the script) self-declared conservatives.
Meanwhile, on multiple blogs and websites around the web, theater and movie nerds write about how clever the number is.
4. Here’s the thing about brave gender activists: some of them are even brave enough to speak the truth. Martina Navratilova has earned Ethics Hero status by stating what everyone knows to be true but denies because of political correctness mandates and fear of being crucified by social media mobs. The gay tennis athlete icon entered the fray regarding trans athletes competing as women when she tweeted in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”
Then, in an op-ed in the Sunday Times, Navratilova wrote that she had promised to research the issue before saying more. She wrote, “Well, I’ve now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened. To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires.“It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”
Now she is being attacked by LGBT activists as “transphobic.” Meanwhile, in Connecticut, Andraya Yearwood, a s from Cromwell High School, and Terry Miller, boy-now-female a boy from Bloomfield High School, took the top two spots in the women’s 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships, with Miller setting a record of 6.95 seconds, and Yearwood finishing in 6.95 seconds. The third place winner, a biological female, finished in 7.23 seconds. Last year, Miller and Yearwood finished in the top two spots for the state’s 100-meter state outdoor championships. Miller also won the 300-meter state indoor championship this season.
Yup! Sounds fair to me!
Boy, what a bigot that Martina Navratilova has turned into!