Not thrilled to be up before Virginia’s sunrise, but looking forward to it…
1. It’s sad what happens to Ethics Alarms expatriates...One upon a time, uber-progressive blogger/cartoonist Barry Deutsch, aka Ampersand, was one of the most prolific, open-minded, articulate and reasonable commenters here. Then Barry banned himself because he didn’t like my pointing out that his blog is an echo chamber, after he censored my comment there noting that his SJW throng’s position on the Trayvon Martin-Zimmerman affair was intellectually dishonest. So Barry retreated to his self-made bubble. I check in on him now and then, and that admirable open-mindedness has disappeared in the marinade of relentlessly woke and intolerant fans.
Here’s how bad it is for Barry: this what he wrote on his “Alas! A Blog”recently: “Conservatives are against all immigrants (or at least all non-white immigrants), not just unauthorized immigrants.”
Tragic. Barry Deutsch now believes that anyone who disagrees with his far left world view is a racist. The Ampersand who followed Ethics Alarms would never think such a thing, much less publish it.
2. The trouble with billionaires. The class warfare being fomented by Bernie Sanders and others for a cynical and destructive power grab is an old formula that, when it works, always brings chaos in its wake. Throughout history, it has succeeded more often than basic economics and common sense would dictate in part because so many of the ultra-rich persist in being jerks. Does being a jerk make one more inclined to get rich, or does becoming extremely rich have a tendency to make one a toxic jerk?
That’s a question for the ages, but the behavior of people like billionaires Peter Nygard and Louis Bacon make things easier for class warfare demagogues like Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, just as it did for Lenin and Robespierre before them. This story, about their absurd and costly feud, illustrates how extreme wealth can permit one’s ethics alarms, not to mention sense of proportion, go dead.
From the Times:
The Bahamian pleasure palace featured a faux Mayan temple, sculptures of smoke-breathing snakes and a disco with a stripper pole. The owner, Peter Nygard, a Canadian fashion executive, showed off his estate on TV shows like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and threw loud beachfront parties, reveling in the company of teenage girls and young women. Next door, Louis Bacon, an American hedge fund billionaire, presided over an airy retreat with a lawn for croquet. Mr. Bacon preferred hunting alone with a bow and arrow to attending wild parties, and if mentioned at all in the press, was typically described as buttoned-up.
The neighbors had little in common except for extreme wealth and a driveway. But when Mr. Nygard wasn’t allowed to rebuild after a fire, he blamed Mr. Bacon. Since then, the two have been embroiled in an epic battle, spending tens of millions of dollars and filing at least 25 lawsuits in five jurisdictions. Mr. Nygard, 78, has spread stories accusing Mr. Bacon of being an insider trader, murderer and member of the Ku Klux Klan. Mr. Bacon, 63, has accused Mr. Nygard of plotting to kill him.
Read the whole thing.
3. An ethics lesson from…The Village People?: In the music business, one way you signal your virtue is to throw a fit when any Republican, and especially the President of the United States, plays your music at a rally or other political event, which in most cases constitutes “fair use.” The contrived argument when performers like Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen issue their snotty protests is that they don’t want anyone to think they personally endorse the candidate involved. In reality, they just want to take a cheap shot at conservatives, who, as Barry will tell you, are all the spawn of Hell.
Standing for a more reasonable and ethical approach, in contrast, are The Village People. After the Trump Deranged began pounding on them to object to the Trump’s recent use of “Macho Man,” the group issued a statement that said in part,
With the latest use of “Macho Man” in India, we are being inundated and can no longer remain silent. Since our music is not being used for a specific endorsement, the President’s use is “perfect[ly]” legal. He has remained respectful in his use of our songs and has not crossed the line; if he or any other candidate were to use any of our songs in a manner that would suggest our endorsement, or in a promotional advertisement, that would cross the line.Like millions of Village People fans worldwide, the President and his supporters have shown a genuine like for our music. Our music is all-inclusive and certainly everyone is entitled to do the YMCA dance, regardless of their political affiliation.
4. Well this is certainly depressing:
What is wrong with someone who is impressed with Bernie Sanders, or a doddering fool who says on national TV that half the population has been slaughtered with guns?
In the first case, I would suggest utter ignorance and ideological, anti-American indoctrination. In the second, utter desperation.
And for that matter, what does it say about Democrats that 25% of them were impressed with the dead fish performance of Mike Bloomberg? How can anyone, even the Billionaires Fan Club, be impressed with that? Is the Democratic Party crawling with aficionados of “My Mother the Car” reruns, bad frozen pizza, the movie “Cats,” Moxie and Milli Vanilli?
Here’s a conservative website that has been running a useful series on just how extreme Sanders is.
5. Finally, today’s incompetence on the job note. In Jacksonville Florida, Carlos Mattei got into a dispute with a security guard at a Walmart after the security guard told him he wasn’t eligible to park in a handicapped spot. The security guard insisted that Mattei’s disabled driver tag was fake. This is Carlos:
Sources: News4 Jacksonville,