Saturday Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 7/6/2019: Of Nike, MAGA Hats, Plays, Principals And All Manner Of Idiocy

Good morning.

Commemorating one week without our Rugby, who shrugged off his canine coil Saturday last. It has been a weird and lachrymose seven days, full of reflex attempts to call him, look for him, start to out out food, and more. Worsts of all have been the chance encounters with our neighbors and his admirers, which have ended in everyone involved getting choked up. This is all exhausting, and not conducive at all to adequate focus on other matters.

1. The rest of the story...Marshae Jones, the woman who got her unborn child killed by starting a fistfight with a co-worker, will not be charged for the death of the fetus in the Alabama case I wrote about here.  I thought that would be the result. In the Ethics Alarms reader poll, over 50% felt that she should be charged:

2. Grandstanding idiot alert! Arizona Governor Doug Ducey received applause among those who do not appreciate gratuitous America-bashing and wokeness-groveling  when  he reacted to  Nike’s decision to pull its “Betsy Ross flag” sneakers (because Colin Kaepernick objected) by announcing that he would no longer support state incentives for the company to build  a plant in the Grand Canyon State. Two days later, Ducey arrived  at a 4th of July party wearing Nikes.

I wonder how he managed to forget to wear his Colin Kaepernick tee shirt?

3. Harry Truman’s best quote comes to mind. That would be, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Two British playwrights, Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley, have accused actor Idris Elba of misappropriating their work on  “Tree,” a play they worked on with Elba for several years. “Tree” will have its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival this month, but the aggrieved playwrights will not be at the premiere,

They complain that their role in the play’s development has been erased, and that their work is not being properly acknowledged. Elba and and the play’s director say Allen-Martin and  Henley withdrew from the project, and that the show that has evolved no longer reflects their work.

“This whole process has been terribly upsetting, and we’ve felt terrified about speaking out…People need to be better, especially people who inspire others,” the pair wrote  on Medium.

That last sentence is the truth, and the crux of the problem. It doesn’t matter if the eventual play was substantially or completely different from the version the two writers worked on with Elba. They were still instrumental in its development. Basic fairness and decency demand that they receive both acknowledgement and, if the show is a success, some kind of financial recognition as well.

I speak from bitter experience. I have been an active collaborator on more than one theatrical project that went on without me to some degree of acclaim with my contributions still much in evidence. In all but one of these cases, since I did not condition my contributions on compensation of contractual terms (this is my fault, my wife insists) , I was essentially screwed over by the remaining creative team. When I have been in charge of the final project, however, I have always, if anything, bestowed excessive rewards and recognition upon my creative partners, because that is how these matters are ethically handled.

4. Why I ended up homeschooling my son, Reason #4,768. William Latson, the principal of  Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida, was asked by the mother of a student how the school prioritized Holocaust education in its history curriculum.  Latson told her,regarding the history curriculum.,“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened. We advertise it to the 10th grade parents as [there] are some who don’t want their children to participate and we have to allow them the ability to decline.”  The principal explained in an email that Holocaust education is “to be introduced but not forced upon individuals, as we all have the same right but not all the same beliefs.”

More from Latson:

“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened and you have your thoughts but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs so they will react differently, my thoughts or beliefs have nothing to do with this because I am a public servant. I have the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school…I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”

The mother’s position was succinctly stated: “The Holocaust is a factual, historical event. It is not a right or a belief.”

After predictable flack from various sources, the principal apologized. “I’m sorry that I’m not competent to oversee the education of children” is not a sufficient remedy here, however.

5.  Good.  And yes, T.J. Helmstetter is an asshole. On the evening of July 4 T.J. Helmstetter, a public relations contractor who previously worked for the Democratic National Committee,  went to Hill Country Barbecue Market, a D.C. area restaurant.  There he saw a diner wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, and told him, “We don’t tolerate racism in this city.” The MAGA cap wearer’s female companion stood up and jabbed T.J. with her finger, prompting Helmstetter to respond, “Get your fucking hands off of me or something like that,” according to his tweet.

Hill Country manager then ordered Helmstetter to leave. Helmstetter  walked outside and called a Hill Country manager to complaint, but got no support; the manager backed the staff.   Next, Helmstetter whined on Twitter that Hill Country “chose to protect the Nazi’s right but not mine” to dine at the restaurant.

He really wrote this.

Who are these people? How did they get like this? By what weird process did Helmstetter come to think that he has the same right to harass and insult a diner at a restaurant because he doesn’t agree with the diner’s support of the President of the United States that the diner has to wear his cap?  At last count, this progressive fascist’s self-righteous tweet has about 2,300 likes, meaning there are at least that many arrogant,abusive, un-American assholes like him out there ready to pounce.

The Washington Post writes,  “Critics said Hill Country made the right call; they considered Helmstetter the aggressor and the intolerant one.”  What? In what hyper-partisan Bizarro World ethics hell is throwing out a customer who accosts a stranger  just trying to enjoy dinner not the right call?

40 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 7/6/2019: Of Nike, MAGA Hats, Plays, Principals And All Manner Of Idiocy

  1. Dog deaths get harder to recover from as we get older. You’re posting at a manic rate. Take some time off. I remember the Dean of my law school telling us in first year legal ethics, “Successful lawyers take vacations.” I’m not saying it’s causation, correlation would be sufficient.

    • OB. I concur. However we all have different ways to process grief. So Jack, what ever works for you I support. Just know that many of us know exactly that sense of loss.

      • Agreed, Chris. When my mother died, I had a banker client who sent me a bunch of loans to document to keep me busy so I’d feel better. I got the work done, but believe me, it didn’t help.

        The smartest guy in my college class, by a long shot (he was two years younger than the rest of us) used to quote somebody (whose name I can’t recall) who famously said, “Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.”

          • Of course, earlier in our forty years of dog ownership (excluding childhood dogs), we’d get over losing a dog by… going out and … getting another one!

            • That psychology doesn’t work here. It took us a ridiculously long tome to stop thinking of Rugby as a poor copy of his predecessor, the clever, mercurial, witty and dynamic Jack, Dickens. It was more than a couple years before we realized that Rugby was no replacement, he was a completely different personality, sweeter, more communicative. a Beta but not a patsy. I don’t ever want to make a dog feel like he or she is a placeholder again; the obvious option of a different breed or mix is not attractive one one has had the Jack Russell experience (except for giant breeds, which are too short-lived). I think we’ll eventually get another dog, but it will take a while.

              • Oh, there is that. No two dogs are alike. I’m not saying they are replacable, merely that new pets, unlike humans, can be acquired when one dies. Which can be comforting. For the foreseeable future, Mrs. OB and I are off dogs. I had no interest in going out an diving into another one to feel better this time. Remember the Sam Kinison routine about dogs along the lines of: “Oh, dogs are great. They’re wonderful. You love them and they love you. And then, [patented Sam Kinison one minute long, loud, primal scream] THEY DIE!” And getting a new one is not being disloyal to a deceased one.

                • No, it’s not…but, right now, I expect the Marshalls still want Rugby.

                  And a replacement dog won’t be Rugby.

                  The familiarity of having a dog that’s trained, house-broken, reasonably predictable and whose personality you know well is part of that. I miss Lucky every day. I miss knowing he will greet me at the door more excitedly than anyone else in the house. I miss him scratching at the patio doors because he has to go outside. I miss him scratching at the patio doors pretending he has to go outside so that I will get up off my chair, giving him the chance to run to it, jump on it and hope that I’ve left cookie crumbs on the computer desk. I miss the feeding time at 4:30 and the way he’d start whining at 3 PM because he was hungry now!

                  I miss the familiarity of that particular dog.

                  When I am able to handle getting a dog that will not be Lucky, then the time will be right. It’ll be fair to all of us, even the new dog.

    • I’m still having “reflex attempts/thoughts” (some right now, matter-a-fact) and it’s been nearly 6 months, but I know my Good Golden Girl would have preferred that I miss her something powerful; she’s getting her wish.

      FWIW, I was able to assimilate the death of my FIL (whom I’ve mentioned ​here a time or two) with less difficulty than I’ve had with the loss of Hurley.

    • Distractions worked for me after Lucky died. The week anniversary was hard, though, and I still have some bittersweet moments two months out.

  2. 4) So the historical fact of the Holocaust “is open to interpretation”, but their views on human sexuality and gender is not and must be pushed on children. Is that right?

    5) A while back there was discussion on the internet if it was OK to punch a Nazi, and many people thought it was perfectly fine. Now it’s OK to define anyone you disagree with as a Nazi. I’m sure many that believed the former also do the latter, a dangerous combination (I guess that’s basically antifa in a nutshell).

  3. My husband has taught about the Holocaust to homeschooled and private-schooled 6th graders for decades. (His aunt was sent to Auschwitz when she was 13 and thankfully survived to tell her personal story)
    As part of their education, after months of historical preparation, the students join him on his personal tours of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    On one visit he overheard a public school teacher – in an effort to comfort a sobbing high school girl – tell her “There there dear, just remember this never really happened.”
    He pulled that teacher aside and asked her what she was doing…to which she responded, “I’m just telling her what she needs to hear in order for her to feel better.”
    Through gritted teeth, he explained to her that understanding the Holocaust requires being properly prepared before going to such museums, and the subject is very much real and NOT supposed to be comfortable. She was offended at his statement.
    Just like those who claim every word, person or action they disagree with is “fascist” or declare that trying to manage the massive influx of illegal immigrants on the border equals setting up “concentration camps” neither this teacher nor subsequently her students, will ever grasp the reality of the Holocaust.

    • What reality? For 40+ years we were told horror stories of soap and lampshades made from Jews until 1990 when the Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust authorities, said no, it’s not true, it was just war propaganda. So be careful, because history changes and what makes one person a Holocaust revisionist one day can make you one the next.

  4. 2. Ducey has the instincts of a true politician — shoot off his sanctimonious mouth and blow off his foot. Too bad he missed the Nikes.

    4. Not everyone believes vaccines prevent the spread of disease, but it is the truth.

    Not everyone believes that the earth is round, but again, it’s the truth.

    Not everyone believes in the moon landing. It happened also.

    But the truth is that virtually nobody except virulently anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli, or just plain stupid people believe the holocaust didn’t happen. My wife, who spend the first 12 years of her life being raised in Germany, got to see the wages of that particular horror first-hand as a young child.

    You see, the Germans know it happened, too. And their collective guilt compelled them to do what we’d call child abuse in America these days — require grammar school children to visit the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Dachau so that they, too, might learn the lessons of history so they don’t repeat them.

    There’s nothing quite like the first-hand experience of the gas chambers, the mass graves, and ovens, and that only a couple of decades removed from the real thing. My wife was profoundly changed, and to this day cannot describe her experience without bitter tears, and her childhood guilt and horror.

    Yeah, Mr. Principle, the Holocaust was a thing. That’s the truth.

  5. Re: #3, my chylt (sic) is in theater in Chicago, and I do worry about IP developed that may be ripped off. A very talented young person in all aspects, writing, acting, or directing (seriously, notwithstanding I’m the old man…), but contracts in “up and coming” productions seems like it might rankle. Most artists are starving, and/but those that have the ability to get paid for it should be fairly compensated.

    Jack, any practical advice?

    Re: #4, the brain rot caused by the left is astounding (the denial or erasure of history IS a leftist tactic.); I’d never have thought that anybody with half a brain could deny it, and it is BEYOND disgrace that an educator, no less, would espouse such crap. But that principal was in turn taught by some past teacher of his to think that way. I do worry about the future of this nation.

  6. From the Yahoo article on the mother’s incident with the school principal, re: The Holocaust.

    Latson was answering the mother’s question on how that portion of WWII history was prioritized — the school holds annual Holocaust assemblies and focused one-day lessons for 10th graders. “We advertise it to the 10th grade parents as [there] are some who don’t want their children to participate and we have to allow them the ability to decline,” warned Latson in the email.

    That mother, who did not want the newspaper to publish her name, reportedly told Latson, “The Holocaust is a factual, historical event. It is not a right or a belief.”

    The Holocaust has come to serve very specific, and very strange, purposes in the Postwar era. These purposes can be exposed, examined, and talked about. That is, it is possible to do so. However, it is not allowed that this be done. Therefore, with this one primary example, one has a prototype of unthinkable thought, thoughtcrime, and the very essence of ‘PC Thinking’.

    One always has to include a statement like the following (which is what I think and is thus my ‘belief’, my ‘understanding’): Millions of Jews were killed in the course of the war. The number has, even according to those responsible to tally the numbers officially, has varied. But the number seems to be certainly over 4 million. Now, I did not just rely on what my own culture has told me, and I did (up to a point) research the standard sources to see how their information was gathered and presented. Even one who has been accused of ‘Holocaust denial’ (David Irving) has more or less given the same numbers. So far so good.

    The ‘Holocaust denial’ in which I personally participate is that I am ‘virtually certain’ (certain enough that I ‘don not believe in it’) that there were no mass gas chambers. That is, of an industrial scale, designed by German engineers and architects, and which functioned at a mass scale for the purpose of killing either Jews or other prisoners.

    Bit note: to ‘deny’ this — that is, to assert what I have just asserted — is definitely thoughtcrime in the US (in the precise Orwellian sense), and is illegal and punishable in Europe. Say that out-loud, go to jail.

    Now, the parents of those kids who according to the principal of the school ‘don’t want their children to participate’ may have any number of varying reasons. Some of those might well be ‘bad’ reasons (unreasonable ones) but some might well be very good ones. I would support any Gentile parent who did not wish to have their child subjected to the Holocaust Indoctrination, but I would state my reasons quite differently than the school principal. Unfortunately, it is not at all a simple topic. And complex topics, when they involve ‘deconstruction’ of complex narratives, tend to frighten people: the entire topic is better left alone. Best to go no where near it. Gentiles understand this at a somatic level!

    However, the principal insisted, “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened and you have your thoughts but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs so they will react differently, my thoughts or beliefs have nothing to do with this because I am a public servant. I have the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school…”

    He added, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.” Latson says his philosophy remains the same for slavery.

    The mother (and another parent) met with Latson and administrators, challenging them on supposed lessons that her child claimed weren’t being taught, reported The Palm Beach Post. “I came out of there feeling so much worse,” the mother told the paper. “How do you pick and choose history?”

    The mother asked that students read the memoir Night by Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel and for Holocaust assemblies for all grade levels. Since, the school has implanted the reading material but not the assemblies.

    This is reporting that has been taken (I assume) out of context. These statements are the stuff of ‘fake news’ and also ‘click-bait’. They are sensationalized and, in that, serve a purpose.

    If one is going to employ, shall we say, Elie Weisel’s Night as if it is a historical document, what about The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski?

    [Norman] Finkelstein describes two known frauds [in The Holocaust Industry, his critical book on the function of an aspect of the Holocaust narrative in our present], that of The Painted Bird by Polish writer Jerzy Kosinski and Fragments by Binjamin Wilkomirski, and how they were defended by people even after they had been exposed. He identifies some of these people as members of the “Holocaust Industry”, and notes that they also support each other. Elie Wiesel supported Kosinski; Israel Gutman and Daniel Goldhagen (see below) supported Wilkomirski; Wiesel and Gutman support Goldhagen.

    Note, that they also support each other.

    What I have just done, right here, now, in this post, is to have committed significant thoughtcrime. What is worse is that I have suggested that revision of *all of this* is needed. The core reason? To dismantle just one of the deeper narratives that express PC Thinking and the necessary self-suppression it requires. If it is done *genuinely* and *responsibly* in just one area, it can be done in many other required areas.

    Now, in the present, some of the ‘narratives’ are being questioned. The reason this is happening is varied. It can be expressed in a list.

    • It’s not a thought-crime, Alizia. It’s just stupid. The data and photographic evidence is overwhelming. Four million is a deliberate under-estimate. Virtually all reliable sources estimate 5-6 Jews, and more than twice that number of other groups. We know there were gas chambers; we know other methods were used as well. The eagerness to quibble over how Jews were murdered is itself damning.

      I hate to break it to you, but Jerzy Kosinski was a novelist, not a historian. I wouldn’t cite Herman Wouk as an authority, even though his history was extremely well-researched.

      • Obviously, I don’t myself get into any ‘debate’ on this topic. The ideas I presented in my post have importance and they can be examined and considered. My important assertion is that the old antipathies have surfaced again with a definite force. In order to understand these it is best not to rely on *surface* interpretations but to go deeper.

        [PS: I do not think Weisel was a trained historian. He is essentially a religiously-trained man who then learned journalism.]

    • With all due respect, Alizia, comments like these cause me to dismiss your other comments as irrelevant or nonsensical. You want to quibble over numbers. Was it 4 million? 4.2 million? It is pointless. And that such a comment is clothed in “I know a deeper secret but I won’t tell you because you are too afraid to hear the truth” is silly argumentation. If you have facts to back up your point, then put your money where your keyboard is. Holocaust Industry? Give me a break.

      The point of Jack’s post wasn’t about Holocaust Denial as much as it was about some weak-kneed school principal who did not have the leadership quality necessary to tell objecting parents to stick their objections in their respective ears.

      This is a sore spot with me. I have known survivors. Cleveland, OH, had a large survivor population when I grew up. I listened to their stories. They told me the horrors they endured. It was pure evil.

      Additionally, my son’s middle/junior high school 8th grade class goes to Washington, DC. His class’s trip was to include a visit to the Holocaust Museum as it was/is part of the history curriculum. That visit was changed to a visit to the Black History Museum because an African American couple objected on the grounds that slavery is more relevant to US history. I responded that genocide makes slavery possible, not the other way around. The principal cowered to pressure and changed the visit to the AHM. It was cowardly and unprofessional.


      • With all due respect, Alizia, comments like these cause me to dismiss your other comments as irrelevant or nonsensical.

        Oh Heavens, how well I do understand! Since I first appeared here I have dealt one after the other with people who had no experience at all in what I was talking about, and for whom ‘it was all new’. And who attack me as if I am insane or evil. I think you notice that I just keep on trying to communicate the points I think important?

        We live in a *constructed present*, a series of woven narratives, and when I refer to the Postwar Era and the ‘Self’ in which certain views of the world have constellated (and the opposing current that now is coming forward to challenge this), I offer substantial ideas that you and anyone else can work with, benefit from. It is not my concern and it cannot be my concern, you must understand, if ‘this is all new for you’. Despite what your TeeVee tells you, your National Narratives and ‘the tenets of Americanism’, you are in no way the center of the universe. What that means is that just because you have a certain view of the World it does not follow that it is right, correct nor even accurate.

        What I am trying to indicate, and I will only be able to suggest it, not to prove it to you, is that we must become aware of the climate in which we now live and this juncture where ‘certainties’ are falling apart and a structure of faith in certain narratives that have become established in the self, are weakening. And because of this the present becomes chaotic. If you want to see and understand how this is occurring, then perhaps my orientation may have importance for you. But if you don’t then stay with: “…comments like these cause me to dismiss your other comments as irrelevant or nonsensical”.

        “I know a deeper secret but I won’t tell you because you are too afraid to hear the truth” is silly argumentation.

        Well, I have a few things to say about that, and it would be a continuation of what I just wrote, above. Since you are unaware of Norman Finklestein’s book The Holocaust Industry, and since you seem also to be unaware of the general criticism of that industry among Jews and in Jewish culture, and certainly in Israel, the onus is on you to become informed. Not to ask that someone stop referencing what you seem to consider ‘secret knowledge’!

        As to ‘deeper secrets’ there are a number of them and I would have no problem going into them except that a Blog like this is not the place for it. It is not set up for extended conversations. One of the most important aspects about the Holocaust and its ‘function’ in our present is as an emblem of ‘ontological malevolence’. It is as such that it shows its religious and as I say its metaphysical function. I assure you that there is a great deal that could be said about this that has very relevant bearing on our present. But unfortunatley . . . there is no one home to hear it! Just recently you asked me an important question. I answered your question in depth and you had no response whatever! It is called ‘dynamic silence’. And it is a problem that you have. (That is a you-plural). You hear certain ideas that just don’t fit into your conceptions and to deal with them you shut them out. You then look at the person saying those things with the eyes of an offended ox! This all fits together.

        The point of Jack’s post wasn’t about Holocaust Denial . . .

        Everything that Jack writes about and all ethics and ethical questions and problems take place within a larger context. It is my goal — my calling if you wish — to see the larger context and to speak about what I see. Our relation to the Holocaust Narrative has high relevance as the entire idea, as an aspect of metaphysics, has extreme bearing on attitudes operative in our present. Did that just go over your head? If so, I sincerely apologize. But it is not my concern all that you may not be able to understand. And you should never ask that someone dumb-down their message to your level of comprehension.

        I listened to their stories. They told me the horrors they endured. It was pure evil.

        That this is so has no bearing at all on anything I wrote nor any idea I communicated. Yet for you it seems to function as a negation or a counter-point. Read what I wrote with more attention.

        The principal cowered to pressure and changed the visit to the AHM. It was cowardly and unprofessional.

        What I notice is the complete absurdity of there being an issue about which museum of Ontological Malevolence you are obligated to send your (white) children to. That is, to what Guilt Conditioning and Guilt Monument you as a member of the Majority Demographic must send your children to there bow down in front of and plead both complicity and then forgiveness.

        But you had never thought about it in that way now did you? But wait. Just because you never have, and perhaps never will, I yet wish to point out to you that we do and we are.

        Jonathan Bowden:

        I was in Miami about this time last year, and there are enormous memorials to the Shoah in Miami. Enormous memorials! The hand in the center of Miami with the bodies falling from it—which is the Shoah memorial—is as big as a quarter of Trafalgar Square and is a place of worship, sort of reverse worship. It’s not just a tourist icon and something that’s been stuck there. It is a symbol of ontological malevolence in our times before which all must kneel. All know the presence of malevolence and death when they see this. And there’s another memorial which we don’t see actually, which is actually somewhere else, I think down near the beach, with twisted figures and sort of nautical names on a black sort of plinth, which is rather like the memorial to the Vietnam Dead in Washington, DC. And these exist for a purpose. That sort of philo-Semitism and self-hatred is virtually semi-religious.

        It’s interesting that it’s so acute in a Protestant society, like the contemporary United States, but maybe it’s been concretized in that society, but it exists elsewhere, everywhere. It exists in the minds of the people who defeated Germany. They are responsible as well. It’s left national borders and it’s become sort of cosmic, and it’s what I call the cloud: It’s the cloud that appears: the cloud of knowing rather than unknowing to readapt to sort of idealistic religious text. And it falls upon virtually all Caucasians and to a certain extent certain other groups just outside us like a pall. It falls upon us like a miasma, like a sort of moral hectoring and semi-plague. It’s only when it’s corrosively dealt with that we will revive, because if we remain beholden to this . . .

        I would say that it is in relation to that cloud that many of us have begun to work. Our work is one of analysis and examination — that is, breaking apart the ‘constructed narratives’ and seeing what their function is. I try to alert you to this (to a movement in ideas) because if you understand this material better, you will better understand the chaos and the conflict that is beginning to show itself and to play out on the screen of the world. That you just don’t understand is not my problem! It is your problem. Rectify it!

      • Jonathan Bowden further says:

        After the war a few figures: A. J. P. Taylor—yes and no; David Irving—yes; Maurice Cowling—yes; Professor Charmley—yes, a few people, most of them historians, not all, have said these things, but no politician will say them. No politician will say them. And yet everything about this society has been semi-blitzed and destroyed as a result of the choices that were made then, and the morality that’s been erected upon the nature of the choices that were both made and not made then.

        We who have been exposed to some seminal ideas then go forward with developing and communicating those ideas. I hope, Mr Burger, that you will regard me seriously as a threat. I am working day and night in these areas. I have been for over 5 years now. I’d like to tell you how I conceive of myself, that is, what my role is and why I see it as important. But I do not want you to cease seeing me as a threat.

        Renovation and restructuring of metaphysical views. Renovation of the Self. And activism in regard to this. That’s what it is about.

        • He has been “…assigned to a different location…”. Unless that means ‘home’, yhey are covering his sorry ass.

          • I read the article. Sound a LOT like the school district figured this would blow over, and their unwritten policy of Holocaust denial would go unchallenged while they worked to undermine a law they disagree with.

            They attempted to make the principal mouth some platitudes, go visit a museum ‘to personally learn’ and expand the teaching at his school. When they discovered that the public still cared enough to protest, they moved him to another position as a sop to that outrage. The thought pattern seems to have been ‘oh, we cannot get away with this progressive policy yet: time to go back underground.’

  7. Doug Ducey is a pro-business governor. I can’t believe he just didn’t keep his mouth shut and let the Nike plant in Phoenix go forward with the million or so bucks in State concessions that had been put on the table. I thought he was smarter than that. He’s doing a pretty darned good job.

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