Saturday Ethics Warm-Up, 9/28/2019: The Search For Inspiration

I need inspiration today…

1. No, this isn’t it…The Idiot Air Traveler. At a certain point, extreme stupidity is unethical. In China, a Xiamen Airlines passenger opened the emergency exit door of the aircraft as the plane was preparing to take off because she  felt the cabin was “too stuffy” and wanted “a breath of fresh air.”  She was arrested, and the incident caused the flight to be delayed an hour. How stupid and ignorant does someone have to be to do this? Wouldn’t you say this is signature significance indicating idiocy? Would you hire someone who did this even once? Allow her to take care of your children? Trust her with sharp objects? Allow her to buy a ticket for another plane trip?

2. Nor this.. New York City intentionally violates the Constitution. It is now against the law in New York City to threaten to call  immigration authorities on someone or refer to them as an “illegal alien” when “motivated by hate.”  A 29-page directive released by City Hall’s Commission on Human Rights announces fines of up to $250,000 per offense for, among other things, “the use of certain language, including ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegals,’ with the intent to demean, humiliate, or offend a person.”  Mocking people because of their accents or grasp of English is also a crime now in the Big Apple. So is threatening to call ICE.

“In the face of increasingly hostile national rhetoric, we will do everything in our power to make sure our treasured immigrant communities are able to live with dignity and respect, free of harassment and bias,” said Carmelyn Malalis, the agency’s commissioner.

Maybe the whole set of new regulations isn’t unconstitutional, but the ones focused on “hate speech” certainly are. The city is simply declaring its contempt for the First Amendment with this stunt.

3. I guess this is kind of inspiring...When it pays to be trans. The old Saturday Evening Post used to have a feature called “The Perfect Squelch,” regaling its readers with a witty comeback or rejoinder that left an adversary defeated and demoralized. It wouldn’t have printed this one, but I can’t imagine a better example of the genre. This is Faye Kinley…

…a British lass who was visually assaulted by a creep she had met briefly who, unsolicited, sent her a “dick-pic” via Facebook with the original line, “Hey girl, you are so sexy.!” What the jerk did not know is that Faye was born biologically male and is currently transitioning to full womanhood, but is not quite all the way there.

So she answered the dick-pic with one of her own…a much more impressive one. Perfect. Would that all assholes could be so easily punished.

4.  This inspires ME, because I flagged Move-On.org as partisan, dishonest phonies right from the start…In 1998 the advocacy group was allegedly founded to urge Congress to “move on” from impeachment and address “pressing issues facing the nation.”  This is Move-On today:

Belonging to this group has always been smoking gun evidence of a lack of integrity, intelligence, or civic literacy. It’s like belonging to the Westboro Baptist Church, the North American Man-Boy Love Association, or the Alec Baldwin Fan Club. I suspect some long-time friends of being supporters of Move-On, but I haven’t asked about it because they’re nice people, and I don’t want to lose 90% of my respect for them.

5. Speaking of the Westboro Baptists, this is inspiring…Olathe, Kansas is considering an LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance. (I find it amazing that it is taking so long to universally prohibit employment and public accommodations discrimination based on sexual orientation.) A12-year-old boy being raised by a lesbian couple spoke during the public comments,  saying in part, “I just don’t understand why if I’m with my mothers and we decide to go to a restaurant to eat, that we can be denied access and have to eat somewhere else.” The Westboro Baptist Church, aka “Phelpsians,”  decided to harass  child—remember, “God Hates Fags” is their gospel—and  announced that they would be protesting outside his school the next day.

When the diminished remains of the hate group  arrived at Frontier Trail Middle School, they were faced with a much larger group of counter-protesters from the community. They did have some support though: Satan and Thanos, the genocidal warlord of the Marvel Comic Book Universe (for you culturally illiterate out there), on hand there to cheer the Phelpsians on.

Satan, of course, plans on meeting all of the members in due course.

18 thoughts on “Saturday Ethics Warm-Up, 9/28/2019: The Search For Inspiration

  1. I talked to a man with the VFW today. He told me if I ever needed to go to a VA hospital for anything to go to them and they would help me free of charge. I appreciate that there are good people in the work.

    Keep hoping Jack.

  2. Regarding the Xiamen Air passenger, just remember there are still people who have never flown before. That said, that’s why air crew are on hand, to prevent just such behavior!

    • I’m sure that would have been comforting to the people sucked out into the air if she had done that in flight. The door says not to open it; the pre-flight instructions caution against it, and among the millions of first time flyers world wide, this is sufficientlt rare that its news when it happens. A passenger on a flight bound for Pakistan caused a seven-hour delay three months ago after she opened an emergency exit before the plane took off from Manchester, England, reportedly mistaking it for a bathroom door. Last year, on a flight from San Francisco to Boise, a traveler in the first-class section tried to open the emergency exit door, shouting “I am God!”

      She had an excuse, though: she was nuts.

      • Aircraft doors can’t be opened once the cabin is pressurized. Even a few PSI of air pressure exerts thousands of pounds of force outward on the door, and the doors are designed to open inward. A dumbass or lunatic can yank on the handle all day long, and won’t get the door open in-flight, unless they’re the Hulk. The most they will accomplish is to motivate the other passengers to tackle and restrain them…

  3. 2. New York City knows this anti-free speech law is unconstitutional. They figure they can terrorize you into silence anyway because litigating your rights will eat up years of your life and bankrupt you. Their gun laws have been unconstitutional for years but they’ve been enforcing them anyway. The law has been challenged in court, but when the city was on the verge of losing this year, they just repealed the old unconstitutional law and passed a new unconstitutional law to start the litigation clock ticking again. Want to fight for your gun rights? You’ll do it from a jail cell.

  4. Nothing in the daily ethics review today about impeachment today? I’ll give you something:

    I started to write a comment yesterday explaining that the “whistleblower complaint” should have been tossed in the trash from the beginning, because the regulations specifically state that a complaint will be deemed “not credible” and will not be passed on to Congress unless it is based upon first-hand knowledge, not hearsay. The comment got too complicated, so I deleted it.

    Then today, I read this:

    Federal records show that the intelligence community secretly revised the formal whistleblower complaint form in August 2019 to eliminate the requirement of direct, first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing. “The internal properties of the newly revised ‘Disclosure of Urgent Concern’ form, which the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) requires to be submitted under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA), show that the document was uploaded on September 24, 2019, at 4:25 p.m., just days before the anti-Trump complaint was declassified and released to the public. The markings on the document state that it was revised in August 2019, but no specific date of revision is disclosed.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/27/intel-community-secretly-gutted-requirement-of-first-hand-whistleblower-knowledge/

    Another point about the timing: The document was uploaded just HOURS after the General Counsel of the Office of Legal Counsel of the Director of National Intelligence issued his written opinion that the “whistleblower complaint” did not need to be forwarded to Congress. Was the change in the complaint form kept secret from the legal department until after they had issued their opinion?

    • So to summarize the cast of characters who promoted this whistleblower complaint before it became public:

      1. The anonymous CIA whistleblower;
      2. The intelligence operatives who leaked the information to her that her complaint describes;
      3. The team of lawyers who drafted the complaint (with footnotes and legalistic language and references) for the whistleblower;
      4. The team of CIA insiders who changed Form 401 to remove the language that provided that the complaint was not credible because it was not based on first-hand knowledge;
      5. The whistleblower’s lawyer, Andrew Bacaj, the partisan Clinton insider who actually wrote the CIA’s original internal rules on whistleblowing (including the original Form 401?);
      6. Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, who decided that the complaint was “credible,” which he could not have done if Form 401 had not been changed, and forwarded it to the Director of National Intelligence for action;
      7. Joseph McGuire, the DNI, who testified in front of Congress that the complaint was credible;
      8. Adam Schiff, foaming-at-the-mouth Trump hater, who was tweeting about the whistleblower complaint weeks before it became public knowledge;
      9. Adam Schiff’s staff; plus
      10. God only knows who else.

      Yet all they managed to produce was this absurd damp squib about Trump’s perfectly lawful and appropriate telephone conversation.

      BTW, I have now read the legal opinion stating that the complaint did not need to be forwarded to Congress. I think that they must have been referring to the language of the Form 401, because the opinion does not rely on any determination that the complaint was not credible but instead on a determination that it was not “intelligence-related.” Of course, that doesn’t mean that they knew the form had been recently altered.

  5. 2. Nor this.. New York City intentionally violates the Constitution. It is now against the law in New York City to threaten to call immigration authorities on someone or refer to them as an “illegal alien” when “motivated by hate.” A 29-page directive released by City Hall’s Commission on Human Rights announces fines of up to $250,000 per offense for, among other things, “the use of certain language, including ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegals,’ with the intent to demean, humiliate, or offend a person.” Mocking people because of their accents or grasp of English is also a crime now in the Big Apple. So is threatening to call ICE.

    “In the face of increasingly hostile national rhetoric, we will do everything in our power to make sure our treasured immigrant communities are able to live with dignity and respect, free of harassment and bias,” said Carmelyn Malalis, the agency’s commissioner.

    Maybe the whole set of new regulations isn’t unconstitutional, but the ones focused on “hate speech” certainly are. The city is simply declaring its contempt for the First Amendment with this stunt.

    It seems that NYC has the same regard for civil rights as the Jim Crow south.

    • Query : is a threat to call ICE the equivalent of SWATing? Given the number of US citizens that ICE has detained in the past, with the resultant loss of liberty and employment, and in a few cases, ejection from the US?

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49092606

      Such a threat would not be all that credible to someone of Irish ancestry, yet could be a very credible threat indeed to a Puerto Rican. To name two ethnic groups commonly encountered in NYC.

      I won’t go into whether the danger is more apparent than real in NYC as opposed to certain parts of Florida, where the level of incompetence is indubitably high. Just that the fear is there, even if in NYC it may not have a firm basis.

  6. #1- I’ve heard that blowing the slide on an aircraft costs over $100k to get it re-packed and re-installed.

    If an employee does it by accident, every airline considers that grounds for immediate termination. Part of that is the risk of deployment into a jetway or catering truck that could injure or kill though.

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