1. World Series ethics observations:
- It was little noticed, but Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole did something admirable and unusual last night on the way to dominating Washington Nationals hitters and leading his team to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. At one point in the game, Nationals first-baseman Ryan Zimmerman laid off a tantalizing pitch just off the plate with two strikes on him. Cole could be seen saluting the batter and saying “Good take!” It is rare to see a baseball player acknowledge an adversary’s skill on the field.
I wouldn’t mind seeing such gestures more often.
- The President not only attended the game last night, but stayed unusually long for a dignitary, who usually go to baseball games to be seen more than to watch. Trump stayed until the 8th inning, when much of the discouraged Nats fandom was streaming to the exits. I wrote last week that I hoped he would subject himself to the fans’ ugliness, and they responded as we knew they would, loudly jeering and chanting “Lock him up!” It was a black eye for Washington, D.C., not President Trump.
2. This is who and what they are, and denying it is becoming increasingly difficult. John Legend has co-written a bowdlerized version of Frank Loesser’s duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” that jettisons the recently controversial banter in the lyrics in which the hormonally-charged Lothario tries to persuade a hesitant date to stay over for the night. Legend replaces them with woke, certifiably god-awful lyrics like these:
Her: “What will my friends think…?
Him: I think they should rejoice…
Her: If I have one more drink?
Him: It’s your body and your choice!
These people will be re-writing “Huckleberry Finn,” changing the plots of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and Rogers and Hammerstein musicals, and cleansing the lyrics of “Satisfaction” if we give them the chance, all to promote “Goodthink.”
I hereby express contrition for once referring to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” as “date-rapey.” That was unfair and irresponsible, but it was also back in 2015 before Harvey Weinstein handed the totalitarian Left an excuse to topple the metaphorical statues of 20th Century culture that don’t conform in lockstep with #MeToo ideology. I still don’t like the song much, but from now on I’ll be singing along with Dean or Steve or Frank or whoever else’s version is playing just to foil the attempts to ban the song (also here) for not sufficiently pleasing the feminists and militant progressives who demand a signed and notarized consent form for a woman to prove she wasn’t sexually assaulted when kissed by her boyfriend.
3. Remember, Donald Trump has destroyed the civility of our political discourse!
In a an interview for ‘Pod Save The World,’ a podcast hosted by former Obama staffers Tommy Vietor and Ben Rhodes, former U.N Ambassador and National Security Advisor Susan Rice referred to Senator Lindsey Graham as ” a piece of shit.” Twice.
While we’re on the topic of lies the enablers of the assault on the Presidency engage in, I encountered one of the worst again today, as a friend and lawyer who considers himself reasonable and unbiased actually attempted to minimize the booing of President Trump at the World Series by saying that Trump has been no more roughly treated than other recent Presidents. He even had the guts to include Barack Obama in that assertion.
I know pointing out that a rodeo clown lost his job for wearing a rubber Obama mask while clowning is now a right-wing website cliche, but a rodeo clown lost his job for wearing an Obama mask.
The other common lie of the “resistance” enablers is, of course, that there’s no mainstream media bias.
4. Want to see something REALLY unethical? Kelly Renee Turner has been arrested in connection with the 2017 death of 7-year-old Olivia Gant, her daughter. Turner had raised nearly $23,000 on a GoFundMe page after writing that her daughter suffered from autism, seizure disorder, and cancer, among other health problems. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and DaVita Inc., a Denver-based dialysis company, helped Olivia dress up as “Bat Princess” to fulfill the girl’s “bucket list.”
Olivia died of an neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy leading to intestinal failure, her mother said, but investigators found no evidence of it. They believe the girl was a victim of a mother with Munchausen by proxy syndrome, in which a caretaker exaggerates or induces illness in a child for attention and sympathy.
Turner is now being charged with first-degree murder, child abuse, theft, charitable fraud, attempt to influence a public servant and second-degree forgery.