Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 6/12/2019: Sorry, An All “Bad Left” Post. Just The Way It Worked Out, I Swear….

Good morning…

A good and long, LONG-time friend whom I forced to abuse his legs through years of bruising choreography comes home from knee replacement surgery today, and I’m feeling guilty. So I need to watch Gene, Donald and Debbie hoof it up, even if you don’t…

1.  This is New York Times punditry. Over the weekend, Bret Stephens, the Trump-loathing token conservative on the Times op-ed team, wrote of the Presient’s generally well-received remarks on D-Day that “he didn’t mean the words he mouthed.” How does Stephens know what the President does and doesn’t mean? It’s the biased news media Catch-22: If the President says something outrageous, they criticize him. If he says something admirable, he doesn’t really mean it.

2. Why is John Dean a witness in the Democrat’s faux-impeachment hearings?  He has no direct knowledge of anything that occurred in the Trump Administration. He’s a disbarred lawyer who has made his living accusing other Presidents—all Republicans—of impeachable offenses.

His appearance as the very first witness to testify signals that this is not a serious inquiry.

3. Lock him up! It will be interesting to see just how far fading Democratic Presidential hopefuls will go as they try to out-pander each other to appeal to the extreme Left. Kamala Harris, for example,  says that if she’s elected president, her administration’s Department of Justice would  pursue criminal obstruction of justice charges against a former President Donald Trump. This is an ominous endorsement of criminalizing politics, which would be one more slippery slope to the totalitarianism so many progressives ween to hunger for (assuming that they are in charge.)

4. The anti-free speech party. Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation into law last week banning free speech zones on publicly-funded state campuses. House Bill 498, sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Fridy, requires that outdoor areas of publicly-funded Alabama campuses are public forums, thus eliminating the Orwellian “free speech zones” used on some campuses (and not just in Alabama.)

“The institution shall not create free speech zones or other designated outdoor areas of campus in order to limit or prohibit protected expressive activities,” the law requires. The measure also states that any public college or university in the state cannot deny benefits to student organizations based on their “sincerely held beliefs.”

See? Not every law Alabama passes is unconstitutional!

The bill does not protect speech that “substantially disrupts” the institution or “materially and substantially disrupt[s] the rights of others to engage in or listen to expressive activity.” That’s a useful distinction, although Berkeley-style student censors and the administrators whose strings they pull have been successful in arguing that any non-woke speech is disruptive, because it makes students feel “unsafe.”

Democrat state Rep. Juandalynn Givan objected to the part of the bill that gives student groups the right to invite any speaker to campus.Since the only speakers who are blocked from speaking are “alt-right,” she argued, the  bill supports “white supremacists” and is “designed to protect individuals that are racist.”

All whites, conservatives, Republicans and critics of the policies of the Obama administration, as well as climate change skeptics, those who believe that Harvard shouldn’t discriminate against Asian-Americans, supporters of President Trump and advocates of enforcing immigration and drug laws are racists, according to typical progressive rhetoric.

5. Apparently Virginia Democrats see the state as a #MeToo-free zone. Not only has the Justin Fairfax, the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, managed to keep his job despite two sexual assault allegations, Joe Morrissey defeated incumbent Sen. Rosalyn Dance in yesterday’s state primary. Morrissey was jailed four years ago following sex scandal involving a teenager, who Morrissey later married. He denied wrongdoing but entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence for a conviction. I’d say they did: The evidence against him included text messages from the alleged victim sent to her friend saying, “OMG so much I have to tell you but the most important thing is!!! I just fucked my boss tonight in our office on the desk and on the floor.” Morrissey’s friend was prepared to testify that  he had received a text from Morrissey saying, “Hey, buddy I just fucked  her on my conference table and again on the floor for good measure!”  Morrissey then sent that same friend a nude photo of the young woman, hence the child porn charge. Morrissey had more than a dozen nude or semi-nude photos of his receptionist on his iPhone.

#MeToo? Hello?

Hey, it’s no big deal. Voter Melvin Washington said he picked Morrissey because  he understands the district’s neighborhoods. Melvin’s  not bothered by Morrissey’s “private” conduct (which was workplace harassment, as well as statutory rape. Details, details…)

“People try to blow things up more than what it is,” he said. “Ain’t none of us perfect.”

How true. How true.

16 thoughts on “Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 6/12/2019: Sorry, An All “Bad Left” Post. Just The Way It Worked Out, I Swear….

      • Hah! Well, it’s not a good look for the South. He sounds like a character on a “Dukes of Hazard” episode. Boss Hogg’s buddy in the state legislature brought in to leer at Daisy for an episode. He’d probably at least end up in a dunk tank in that script. Reality appears to be worse than fiction.

  1. Since the only speakers who are blocked from speaking are “alt-right,” she argued, the bill supports “white supremacists” and is “designed to protect individuals that are racist.”

    I wonder how she came to the conclusion that only the alt-right speakers are being blocked.

  2. #3
    “the totalitarianism so many progressives ween to hunger for”

    “ween”…huh, awesome word, (to strive, love, want…). I think I can be forgiven for initialy assuming it was a typo, but it led me down an etymology hole where I learned that it is a cognate for the Dutch, “waan”, meaning delusion. A truer word was never spoken.

  3. 1. NYT

    Biased, vengeful, TDS-crazed idjits, all of them.

    2. John Dean

    “Republicans” who lambaste other Republicans are the only ones the Democrats want to hear from. Why should they listen to the other side when they have determined that nothing they say will help them achieve their ends?

    Besides, guys like this enable Democrats to claim “bipartisan” criticism of Trump, his policies and his administration. That’s worth something to them and their media enablers, who can solemnly invoke “bipartisan” dissent toward the targets of their machinations.

    And of course it’s not serious, it is Kabuki theater.

    3. Lock him up

    Kamala Harris is not a serious person, or presidential candidate, and her comments on this subject prove it beyond any doubt at all.

    What DOJ in history has gone back and prosecuted a defendant after a previous DOJ administration has determined that there was insufficient evidence to support it? I’ve never heard of such.

    Talk about norm-busting! Trump would approve, I’m sure, if it was anyone other than him.

    4. Free speech

    Since the only speakers who are blocked from speaking are “alt-right,” [Democrat state Rep. Juandalynn Givan] argued, the bill supports “white supremacists” and is “designed to protect individuals that are racist.”

    Of course, she gets to define who is “alt-right” and who is “racist,” and since the Democrats have declared anyone who did not vote for Hillary to be both of those things, her definition would exclude everyone to the right of Che Guevara’s ghost.

    Free speech for me, but not for thee, it seems. First they came for white supremacists, but I did not speak out — because I was not a white supremacist…

    ? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you — where would you hide, Givan, the laws all being flat?

    5. Virginia dems

    When #MeToo becomes too inconvenient, it becomes #MeWho? Virginia Democrats will not care, it was never anything other than a tool to punish those they did not agree with, anyway. It got a little out of hand early on, but they’re getting a grip on it now.

    • 5. Exactly. As I have previously asserted, this is what will be done to bury any MLK issues as well. “Nothing to see here. Just move along[.org].” Presto chango! Shazaam!

    • 2. Worse than theater, a show trial. Show me the man, I’ll show you the crime. But John Dean? That’s just pathetic. He was awful in 1974. A rat’s rat. And now they’re bringing him out of hibernation?

  4. Related to the video-and to I think yesterday’s post about fat persons on television-

    Anyone else nostalgic to go back to the days when the movie stars were unreasonably talented and reasonably attractive instead of today’s unreasonably attractive and semi-talented stars?

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