Or rather, “yecchhh!”
1. Ben Carson doesn’t think women’s shelters should admit men identifying as women. Obviously, he must be destroyed. Has there ever been a tiny minority that has triggered so many gotchas and excessive controversies like trans citizens?
Let me stipulate that Ben Carson has no business being Secretary of HUD, as he is completely unqualified and possessed of narrow brilliance in an unrelated area and crippling dufus-ness in all others, so this goes in the “Stop Making Me Defend Ben Carson” files.
Nonetheless, the current outrage over remarks he made in a closed-door meeting with roughly 50 HUD staffers at the agency’s San Francisco office are contrived, and blatant virtue-signaling to the hyper-sensitive Democratic base.
Let me also stipulate that Carson is an idiot for not being able to figure out that in any group of San Francisco residents there would be several just looking for a “Ben Carson is an anti-trans bigot” smoking gun.
Carson wrote in an all-staff email that he
“…made reference to the fact that I had heard from many women’s groups about the difficulty they were having with women’s shelters because sometimes men would claim to be women, and that HUD’s policy required the shelter to accept—without question—the word of whoever came in, regardless of what their manifested physical characteristics appeared to be.This made many of the women feel unsafe, and one of the groups described a situation to me in which ‘big hairy men’ would come in and have to be accepted into the women’s shelter even though it made the women in the facility very uncomfortable,. My point was that we have to permit policies that take into consideration the rights of everybody, including those women.”
This was relayed to the media by a few enraged staffers as Carson referring to trans individuals as “big hairy men,” as well as representing insufficiently supportive sentiments towards the transgender community. “The sentiment conveyed was these were not women, and they should not be housed in single-sex shelters — like we shouldn’t force people to accept transgender people in this context because it makes other people uncomfortable,” one staffer told the Washington Post.
To the contrary, what Carson was referencing is a legitimate concern. Having recently been served at McDonalds by someone who certainly appeared to be a big hairy man wearing a beard, a woman’s wig and a bra, I understand the problem, and it is a problem—not at McDonalds, but surely in a women’s shelter. Because Carson acknowledged reality, Julián Castro, a former HUD secretary and a 2020 Democratic candidate for President, said Carson’s comments “normalize violence” against transgender people. Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats piled on.
2. Immunity again, bad judges again, KABOOM! again. Where do these judges come from?
The Fresno Police Department carried out a raid on Micah Jessop and Brittan Ashjian, who were suspected of operating illegal gambling machines, though no charges were ever brought. After the search, officers provided both men with a ledger stating that the police had seized $50,000. Jessop and Ashjian allege that the officers really took $151,380 in cash and $125,000 in rare coins, pocketing $226,380 in what was outright robbery.
Are you ready?
The famously liberal U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Fresno police are protected by qualified immunity and cannot be sued for recovery of the funds. The unanimous panel—you can’t blame this one on Trump’s judicial appointments— said that “the City Officers ought to have recognized that the alleged theft was morally wrong,” but the officers lacked “clear notice that it violated the Fourth Amendment’—that is, police officers don’t have enough information to understand that robbing people is a violation of their constitutional rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. Reason has more details. [Pointer: Red Pill Ethics]
3. This is signature significance for something terrible; I just don’t have the words yet. In August, conservative activist Scott Presler led a group to pitiful West Baltimore for a volunteer clean-up operation. Then he did the same in the depths of Newark and Virginia Beach, Virginia. This weekend, Presler and some 200 volunteers removed an estimated 50 tons of garbage from inner city Los Angeles. So far, there has been no coverage of the clean-up efforts from the local media, but at least it hasn’t produced anything like The Baltimore Sun did in response to Presler’s efforts in its home town. The Charm City paper condemned the clean-up for”reinforc[ing] the tired image that the poor people in this city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods.”
What IS that?
4. Update: It looks as if, as I had hoped, the provocative and profound Mrs. Q. will soon be joining Ethics Alarms as regular correspondent, columnist, or something in that realm. More to come…
5. Why do the UN members permit a 16 year-old girl to appear before them and insult everyone in the room…and then applaud the insults? Here’s what climate change Apocalypse mouthpiece Greta Thunberg said to the delegates yesterday,
“This is all wrong.I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you come to us young people for hope. How dare you. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you! ”You say you hear us and understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that,” she added. “Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.”
Well, she was right that she shouldn’t be up there. The fatuous members applauded as if they had heard a teen recite “Paul Revere’s Ride,” which would have been a more applause-worthy achievement than a rant about how “people are dying” and “mass extinction.”
Instapundit has been full of fair and accurate assessments of this ongoing stunt lately. Here are some highlights:
- Glenn Reynolds: “…when an emotionally disturbed sixteen-year-old is the spokesperson for your movement, maybe it’s not really about science. Poor kid — she’s just a younger, more vulnerable Cindy Sheehan, and like Sheehan will be discarded as soon as she’s no longer of use. In the meantime, her moral theatrics have grown tedious.
- Scott Adams: https://www.scottadamssays.com/2019/09/23/a-message-for-children-about-climate-change/(Read the whole thing)
- Victory Girls: “Malena Ernman and Svante Thunberg – you have failed your daughter in almost every way imaginable. My pity for her is laced with my contempt for you. You allowed an impressionable young girl with autism and depression to work herself into an obsessive state over something she cannot control.”
All true, all true.