Good morning, everybody!
Good morning, Mick!
It’s disturbing how things get planted in my head: I couldn’t get the Rolling Stones out of it after someone commented, in reaction to an observation that we had another anti-Trump freakout looming when Justice Ginsberg dies, to the effect that she was the Keith Richards of the Supreme Court. Okay, but she has to leave us sometime, as do we all, and I would bet that she cannot last another four years. I don’t even like to think about how low Democrats, the “resistance” and the news media will go to try to block the confirmation of a conservative replacement, or the hysteria that will follow.
1. The Lesson: organizations tend to act to protect themselves, not the victims of their misconduct. The Boy Scouts of America may face bankruptcy as lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by leaders and volunteers proliferate. The crisis is greatly aggravated by the loosening statutes of limitations across the country. The District of Columbia eliminated the statute of limitations that restricted the time for sexual abuse survivors to pursue civil litigation, and created a two-year window for survivors under the age of 40 to file suit regardless of the date of the incident. Accordingly, Abused in Scouting filed suit in Washington, D.C., on behalf of eight men who say they were victimized as boys by Scout leaders and volunteers. The same process is going on in California, where similar suits are underway by 14 plaintiffs. California’s Assembly Bill 218 just kicked in on January 1, like D.C.’s law allowing victims of child sexual assault to file suit until age 40 and opening a three-year window for those abused as children to sue for past incidents. Many more states have or soon will follow suit.
This appears to be ready to follow the awful path of the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal, with similar evidence of cover-ups. The BSOA are a lot smaller than the Church, but they also have far less money to pay in multi-million dollar court settlements. It didn’t take a lot of imagination to see this coming, and the Scouts were already in trouble, with a blurring mission, falling membership and gender issues.
The Boy Scouts saved my father’s life, as I’ve related on Ethics Alarms elsewhere. I’m glad he didn’t live to see this.
2. No, better late than never doesn’t begin to cover this. I have written two posts about the persecution of murder suspect Curtis Flowers, To refresh your recollections, here’s a snippet from a 2018 post:
After 22 years of trials, mistrials and reversals, Flowers has faced juries six times for the same crime. He has been on death row since the first conviction, and the most recent one is being appealed. Many believe he is innocent. I think it can be stipulated that this has been a badly botched prosecution, whether Flowers is innocent or not. There is no limit on how many times someone can be tried for the same crime, as long as the trials end in mistrials or convictions. The Flowers case suggests that we need a limit. If the system can’t get a conviction properly after a reasonable number of attempts—I don’t know what a reasonable number is, but I am confident that it is less than six—then the accused should go free. So far, Flowers has been in prison for over two decades without being convicted. That’s wrong.
Now, at long last, Doug Evans, the obsessed and incompetent prosecutor (he may also be a racist, since he is white and Flowers is black, and yes, this is Mississippi, but Hanlon’s Razor applies has voluntarily recused himself from future involvement in Flowers’ case. This probably means that there will not be a seventh trial, and that Flowers, who is currently free on bail, will go free. Then I would like to see Evans lose his job and law license.
3. Somebody please set this arrogant twerp up with Greta Thunberg and maybe they’ll get hitched and move to Europe...The news media, Virginia’s governor and the antigun-mad social media mob thoroughly disgraced themselves over the Second Amendment rally yesterday, smearing law abiding Americans who sought to signal their disapproval of Virginia’s onrushing attempt to strip away Second Amendment rights in the state. Especially vocal was self-righteous gun ignoramus David Hogg, now a Harvard student (Update: my diploma is still turned to the wall), who demonstrated why his admission was ridiculous (surely there are a few thousand Asian-American students who are better qualified?) by tweeting out one dumb and dishonest attack on the demonstrators after another, like:
- “VA is in a state of emergency because white supremacists and nazi’s are using their 2nd amendment rights to shutdown the 1st amendment rights of students, veterans, and clergy.”
True, Hogg was only aping the fake news being issued all day by CNN, MSNBC and others, but the rally was not made up of “white supremacists and Nazis” (there’s no apostrophe in “Nazis,” you idiot), but just normal, patriotic, democracy-loving, tax-paying citizens of all races who want to continue to benefit from the Bill of Rights. The “emergency” was a revolting effort by Governor Northam to pretend that a large group of Second Amendment supporters would be violent. Then there was this:
- “17 y/o Trayvon Martin was shot on his way to get some skittles. Yet there are thousands of white men able to march around openly caring assault weapons on Capitol grounds. This is not about self-defense it’s about the enforcement of white supremacy.”
Where to begin? Hogg is recycling the completely false narrative that has been thoroughly debunked in every respect. How much more false information can you pack into 12 words? Martin was shot in self-defense after jumping a smaller man and while trying to bang his head into pulp. Then Hogg really starts lying. The demonstrators were neither all male nor all white. They were not carrying “assault weapons,” but then poor David has never learned anything about the subject of his rants. And “white supremacy” had nothing to do with the event.
Other than that, good job, David. That kind of accuracy is worth at least a B+ where you’re going to school.