1. Boycott/extortion update! Let’s see if Georgia has as much guts and principle as Alabama, and tells Disney to go fly a kite.
Hugh Culverhouse, Jr., the University of Alabama’s largest donor, called for a boycott of Alabama , both the University and the state , because of Alabama’s defiant, anti-Roe abortion ban, recently signed into law. The university’s law school was renamed Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law last September 2018 after the Florida businessman pledged $26.5 million to the university. In response to Culverhouse’s boycott call, University of Alabama System Chancellor Finis St. John recommended to the Board of Trustees that it return the $21.5 million the law school it has actually received from Culverhouse, and restore the name to “The University of Alabama School of Law.”
Good. That’s exactly how states should respond to attempted extortion by individuals and corporations to control their lawmaking and bend the state to their wills rather than the decisions of voters. The whole story is at TaxProf Blog.
2. Nah! A reverend like, say, Martin Luther King would never engage in the kinds of sordid acts his biographer claims! They are men of God!
Bobby J. Blackburn, the pastor of Elevate Church in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, was arrested this week and charged with the prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor to commit a sex act. Blackburn is also the owner of Giovanni’s, a pizza restaurant in Prestonsburg. A girl who worked there showed a police sergeant images of an iMessage conversation she had with Blackburn in which he asked the minor to engage in a “threesome” with him and another girl, also a minor. He also made other sexually explicit requests.
Rev. Bobby tried to weasel out of his mess by bringing a third young woman to the police station and having her claim that she sent the incriminating messages from his phone. It didn’t work: under questioning, she admitted that she was lying and that Blackburn ordered her to make the false claim under threat of losing her job.
I hear he’s one heck of a pastor, though!
3. And I hear this guy is a great and godly teacher… Michael Comeau taught at Waller Elementary School in Bossier City for six years, and received the prestigious Milken education award, which comes with a $25,000 prize, as one of the best teachers in the nation. He was honored for transforming “low-achieving students” into “high-achieving learners.” and for his commitment to struggling students. His star continued to rise, and he became the principal at Holy Family Catholic school in Port Allen, Louisiana.
Then, when Comeau was accompanying some of his students on a school-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C., he succumbed to the charms of the big city. D.C. officers were dispatched about 2:20 a.m. yesterday to Archibald’s Gentlemen’s Club—it’s a strip joint on K Street, or so I’ve heard—-following a complaint about “an intoxicated man refusing to pay his bill.” The principal was standing in the street refusing to move, so police arrested him for public intoxication and possession of an open container of alcohol. He also had his service dog with him, and at the strip club as well. Comeau was lucky he wasn’t charged with endangering the morals of a canine.
Principal Comeau submitted his resignation to the school, and also resigned from his role as a reserve officer at the Brusly Police Department Friday morning.
I think it’s fair to call this a case of malfunctioning ethics alarms, don’t you? Boy, people get into Washington, D.C. and suddenly lose all sense of right and wrong…
Personal note: I had a law school room mate who frequented Archibald’s. Based on what he told me (and the Archibald’s talent he hired for my bachelor’s party), it isn’t worth losing your job over.
4. Now, don’t get me wrong: there are ethical teachers too...like this teacher…
…Megan Parson, a fourth-grade teacher at Hays Elementary School in Rockwall, Texas. Seeing a tornado in the distance, she sprung into action, leaving her classroom, ditching her high-heeled shoes, and running down the street in the driving rain to warn the parents picking up their children to come into the school for shelter, as she shouted, “A tornado is coming! A tornado is coming!” So quickly did she act that she only realized mid-dash that she was still wearing the red kimono and fake mustache she had put on during the class party to celebrate the end of the school year.
As it turned out, the tornado never reached the school. Her Paul Revere-like instincts are ethical and admirable. One lesson , however, that should be absorbed from the episode: if you are going to sound the alarm, best not to look like a wacko when doing it.
If Paul had been riding a pantomime horse and had broccoli stuck in his ears, we might be part of the United Kingdom still…
5. Ethics Estoppel 101: Conservative author Dinesh D’Sousa tweeted this yesterday:
Not that Dineesh is wrong, it’s just that if the President of the United States pardoned you for your 2012 felony conviction after which you were sentenced to eight months in a halfway house, , five years probation, and a $30,000 fine, perhaps you’re not the ideal person to be complaining about miscreants getting special treatment.
6. Back to our ethical educators…No, on second thought I think I’m going to devote a separate post to the school principal who plagiarized a speech that actor Ashton Kutcher gave at the 2013 Kid’s Choice Awards. Coming right up!