I have a special reason for being a devotee of D-Day: I may be here because my father missed it. He was supposed to be in the invasion, but as an observer, not a combatant. Dad never explained how he got that plum assignment, but before he had the honor, an idiot in his company blew part of my father’s foot apart while playing with a hand grenade nearby. (You’ll be happy to hear that said idiot advanced human evolution by blowing himself up in the process.) Thus Jack Sr. was in an army hospital on June 6, and had to wait for the Battle of the Bulge to be part of an iconic W.W. II conflict.
1. Somehow, I don’t think this is the society they thought they were fighting for…
Boy, what a prude.
I just saw another of the increasingly common TV ads where evoking a vulgar word is used for humorous value. One of the cell phone networks includes an exclamation of “Holy shirt!” (Get it? HAR!) when a father’s gray attire suddenly explodes into color as soon as the family upgrades its network. “What the Shirt” is also a trendy shirt company.
In a culture where casual public vulgarity is treated as normal and even clever, it is no surprise that alleged professionals often have no functioning ethics alarms regarding their language, or any sense of respect, etiquette, gentility or decorum. After all, when a newly elected Congresswoman thinks it’s appropriate to shout “We’re going to impeach the motherfucker!” and suffers no adverse consequences, what do we expect?
2. Somehow, I don’t think this is the society they thought they were fighting for…wait, didn’t I just write that?
Sueretta Emke complained that she was dining with her family at a Golden Corral in Erie, Pennsylvania, when the manager told her that her attire was inappropriate and that some customers had complained. Asked Emke said the manager couldn’t answer when she was asked what was so inappropriate about her outfit. It was a mystery!
For some reason the phrase “res ipsa loquitur” keeps coming to mind.
Call me crazy, but I doubt that if Ms. Emke’s croptop and Daisy Dukes had fit her more like this…
…anyone would have complained, or even if someone had, that the manager would have ejected her. She was being fat-shamed. On the other hand, even at a Golden Corral, diners should have enough respect for others to adopt at least minimum standards of appropriate attire. On the OTHER hand—Did you know that Edward Albee wrote a play called “The Man With Three Arms? It was not a success—unless restaurants have stated, publicized and displayed dress codes, it is unfair to arbitrarily discriminate against the unattractive exhibitionist and slobs while allowing the attractive ones to dine unmolested.
3. Somehow, I don’t think this is the society they thought they …Funny, I just had the weirdest feeling of déjà vu!
At John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary in St. Paul, a little girl was getting ready to go outside and play when she placed her backpack on the floor and heard a loud thunk. The 8-year-old student opened the bag, and found a handgun She immediately told her teacher.
The principal secured the gun, which was loaded. The child told police she didn’t know how the gun got into her backpack, and she was released to her mother, who is the owner of the gun.
The letter sent to the girl’s parents said that “there are consequences for students in situations like this.” Observations:
- Why is the girl being sent back to a home where the mother allowed a loaded gun to end up in her daughter’s backpack? If that wasn’t child endangerment, what is?
- Surely the school isn’t going to punish the student under some “no tolerance” rule. Are they?
- Speaking of sensible gun reforms: this is how gun tragedies happen. A gun owner who is this negligent should have her license to own a gun suspended, the weapon confiscated, and her right to own any other gun similarly suspended.
- As I have written here before, there should also be strict liability for gun owners, and if a child is killed or wounded because a gun is not properly secured, the owner ought to be held criminally liable.
4. But they WERE fighting for flag, country, motherhood, apple pie, and, of course, baseball, and its strange ethics…
The Hartford Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of the Rockies, were on the verge of tossing a combined no-hitter (that means more than one pitcher was involved) against the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Affiliate of the Yankees. Facing a 3-0 loss as well as the ignominy of being no-hit, the Thunder’s Matt Lipka broke up the no-hitter with a perfect bunt with one out in the 9th. The next two batters went out quietly, and as the teams began to leave the field, a fight broke out because some of the Yard Goats shouted nasty words at Lipka.
You see, it is an unwritten rule of baseball that bunting late in a game to wreck a no-hitter is unethical and poor sportsmanship. The theory is that a no-hitter is such a great personal and professional achievement that the opposition should respect the effort and not seek to ruin it with a “cheap hit.”
This “rule” has always been badly reasoned at best in the Major Leagues, and makes no sense at all in the context of a Double A, minor league game, and especially this game:
- A combined no-hitter is not a major individual accomplishment. The Major League rules don’t even recognize combined no-nos as no-hitters at all.
- The score was only 3-0. One out three-run rallies are not unusual at all, including in the 9th. The Thunder needed baserunners, and Lipka was trying to help win the game, as he should have.
- Minor leaguers are auditioning for the majors. As Bill Baer pointed out at NBC Sports,
“Lipka has been in the minor leagues for a decade. Making it to the major leagues, even for just a cup of coffee, would be huge for him. Beyond realizing a lifelong dream, Lipka would get better pay (prorated) and benefits, including health insurance. Will that bunt likely be the deciding factor for the Yankees? Probably not. But there’s a non-zero chance it could, which means Lipka takes that bunt hit every day of the week and twice on Sunday — no-hit bid be damned.”
- Bunting for a hit isn’t cheap, it’s just another way to reach base safely. Few players can bunt well, and the skill is becoming more useful that it has been in decades, because of the widespread use of shifts (where the defense aligns its fielders mostly on one side of the diamond, where a player’s spray charts indicate he is most likely to hit the ball.
The no-bunt rule has always been weenie-ism, not ethics. This is the United States of America, and our “national pastime” should stand for trying to win right down to the last out, until the last dog dies, and the fat lady sings, hopefully not in a croptop and Daisy Dukes.