Honestly now, how can anyone get depressed about ethical the state of a world with Buddy Mercury in it?
1. Yes, I know that this is just a has-been ex-child star with an inflated concept of her own wisdom and authority, but it’s significant anyway. Alyssa Milano, 46, late of “Who’s the Boss” and “Charmed,” tried to promote a female sex strike against men to protest recent anti-abortion bills in several states. This stunningly stupid idea–but classical!—was rightly attacked from both the Left and Right, but it is worthy of note for one reason: it illustrates how progressives are increasingly favoring boycotts, force, intimidation, violence and bullying as the mean of achieving their policy objectives, and abandoning reasoning, elections and law. This attitude suggests a growing hostility to democracy, and that is worrysome.
When the Lysistrata-inspired #SexStrike that she declared would deny men sex “until we get bodily autonomy back” (think about that for a minute) protest fell flat, Milano threw a self-reported tantrum on Twitter and pivoted to an appeal to emotion that omitted the legal and ethical realities. The new object of her outrage was a CBS report about an 11-year-old rape victim who couldn’t get an abortion under Ohio’s yet-to-be-signed fetal heartbeat bill. Milano, like all abortion rights absolutists but especially loudly, appears to be incapable of perceiving or admitting that anti-abortion legislation is not an expression of hostility to women at all. Right or wrong, it is based on a sincere and ethically defensible (under reciprocity and Kantian ethics) argument that a human life, even a nascent one, must have priority in the utilitarian balancing involved when a pregnancy is unwanted by the mother.
2. Speaking of res ipsa loquitur, I don’t think I have to comment on this one: From the New York Post:
A Georgetown student whose dad paid $400,000 to get his son into the elite college as a sham tennis recruit is suing the university for planning to oust him — saying they should have known he was a fake. Adam Semprevivo says he wasn’t part of the shady deal, for which his dad has pleaded guilty and faces jail time, and put the blame squarely on college officials who failed to catch his bogus application. “Despite the fact that these misrepresentations could have been easily verified and debunked before Georgetown formally admitted Semprevivo in April 2016, no one at Georgetown did so,” reads the lawsuit filed Wednesday in DC federal court. The student also points out the records he provided to the school show his athletic experience was far from the tennis court. “In fact, Semprevivo’s high-school transcripts, on their face, reflect that Semprevivo’s athletic endeavor of choice was basketball and that he received credit for his participation on the basketball team.”
The university promptly announced its intention to expel him hours after the suit was filed.
3. When Ethics Alarms Don’t Ring...The students at the McFadden School of Excellence in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, were taught the Nazi salute in their social studies class as part of a “Living History” program. One student was even dressed up as Hitler so the kids would have someone to salute. Naturally, the tykes took to heiling just like the Hitler Youth did. They loved it. They heiled each other in the halls! The heiled each other in the playground! What could go wrong? Who says the schools don’t teach history in the U.S?
One student, an 11-year old girl, was upset at being told to give a Nazi salute and said so. She was allowed to explain her objections in front of the class, then instructed by teachers to “not address it again.” The student, however, continued to dissent, and after being tipped off that her classmates were going to aim a mass salute at her, she complained to another teacher, who intervened and told students that giving the Nazi salute was wrong, the spoilsport.
The “Living History” project was still ongoing, however, and despite that outlier anti-Nazi teacher’s instructions, the kids’ arms were back in the air during the project’s rehearsal, with students enthusiastically returning the Sieg Heil after the Kid Hitler signed off with his own. At this point, the anti-Nazi young lady shouted at her classmates to “stop it” and “put your hands down.” She was removed from the class for being “disrespectful with her tone and body language to teachers.” The teachers apparently prefer respectful body language like, say,Nazi salutes.
Her father revealed all of this on Twitter, so the school district issued one of those “we do not condone what we condoned and never would do such a thing” emails to assure parents to that “we do not condone any type of symbolism or actions that can [be] interpreted as hate-filled or insensitive.,” and that The McFadden School of Excellence will cease having a student portray Hitler and will “find alternative means of covering the fifth-grade history standard.”
That should be a challenge: finding other ways to teach history to fifth graders besides training them to behave like Nazis.
4. If you have a hard time understanding how #2 or #3 could happen, you’ll love this one. The Oklahoma Bar Association is filing a disciplinary complaint against attorney Mark Bailey because he gave them a check with human fecal matter smeared on it. According to the complaint, Bailey brought a refund check to O.B.A. for a previous client, and insisted it be given directly to a specific General Counsel staff member. Bailey has had run-ins with the Bar before, like when he was accused of deliberately running down a woman with his truck. (This is unethical for a lawyer. For anyone, really…)
The check had a “pinched indentation and there was a brown, damp smear across its front.” Test results confirmed the substance on the check was fecal matter. Bailey denies that the poo was deliberately put on the check. (Think about that for a while),
Meanwhile, I’m searching the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct for the provision prohibiting lawyers from distributing shit-smeared checks.
So far, nothing.