Ethics Quote Of The Month: Ann Althouse

Ann Althouse cited this item from the Capital Times:

“Several Madison alders are sponsoring the resolution creating the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Murals and Crossings Art Pilot Program, which would install LGBTQ+ inclusive rainbow flag markings… at pedestrian crossings on the Capital City Trail and near the Capitol Square…. ‘…It would be a reminder to residents who see it that the LGBTQ community is an important part of the fabric of Madison, especially given that we have a lesbian mayor and many other queer people in positions of power’.”

This prompted her Ethical Quote of the Month:

“Why should the street be painted to remind us of who’s in a position of power? I would not paint anything political on the street. Let the street be a street. It doesn’t need to talk to us, especially not to nudge us about what we should believe or value.”

Why indeed.

This is why the Carly Simon song came to mind, but with slightly altered lyrics:

We can never know about the days to come
But the right side of history
Is clear.. wondering if you’re on board with me
Or just going through the motions now

Indoctrination, indoctrination
Is making me woke
I’m in the right crowd now

And I tell you how easy it feels to be so good
How right to have the mob around
But I, I rehearsed these words just late last night
When I was thinking about how washed your brain could be.

Indoctrination, indoctrination
Is keeping me safe,
Safe from the antifa..

And tomorrow we might not be agreeing
That would mean that we cannot associate
So let us program your brain for good
Repeat this phrase, ‘cause we’ll tell you what to think
We’ll tell you what to think
And stay right here, ‘cause we’ll tell you what to think.

We’ll tell you what to think.
We’ll tell you what to think.
We’ll tell you what to think.
We’ll tell you what to think…

25 thoughts on “Ethics Quote Of The Month: Ann Althouse

  1. “Several Madison alders are sponsoring the resolution creating the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Murals and Crossings Art Pilot Program, which would install LGBTQ+ inclusive rainbow flag markings… at pedestrian crossings on the Capital City Trail and near the Capitol Square…. ‘…It would be a reminder to residents who see it that the LGBTQ community is an important part of the fabric of Madison, especially given that we have a lesbian mayor and many other queer people in positions of power’.”

    Yup, this is the kind of lunacy that drives me nuts about the area I live.

    By the way; Madison, WI’s Cap Times publication is Madison’s Progressive Voice, they’ve always been so far left that they’ve completely fallen over the edge of reality. Also, the site that hosts their progressive poison in the Madison area is Madison.com which stripped registered users and subscribers from being able to comment on their articles a few years ago so now the “progressive Voice” ideological publication bubble wouldn’t be infected by any opposition. The pompous asses at the Cap Times are rhetorical cowards that appear to regard anyone that opposes their rhetoric as ignorant rubes that must be silenced.

    As for Althouse’s ethical comment…

    ““Why should the street be painted to remind us of who’s in a position of power? I would not paint anything political on the street. Let the street be a street. It doesn’t need to talk to us, especially not to nudge us about what we should believe or value.”

    Good luck getting this kind of logic through the thick skulls of virtue signaling progressives in Madison. I’m sure when it comes down to arguments presented at a public hearing at the Madison Common Counsel, anyone that presents a logical argument, like Althouse’s, opposing these virtue signalling proposals will be immediately smeared as a bigot because that’s what progressives do, they attack the person presenting the arguments not the arguments and then they will present their virtue signaling argument that will be full of unethical rationalizations.

    Madison is a progressive bubble surrounded by reality.

    • “Good luck getting this kind of logic through the thick skulls of virtue signaling progressives in Madison.”
      No need to try; I’m sure they understand exactly what they’re doing.

  2. My wife and I call it the rainbow mafia. Interestingly often the people who insist on such displays are straight folks trying to be woke. In our neighborhood the only people who have rainbow signs in their yards, etc. are straights. Including ourselves, none of the gays do. Go figure.

    • Yecch! Must be hard to resist the temptation to say “Oh for Christ’s sake, would you give it a rest? Maybe thou doth protest too much?”

      • “ ‘Oh for Christ’s sake, would you give it a rest? Maybe thou doth protest too much?’ ”

        With most, not all, Lefties, you’re dealing with a baked in need for a certain stimulus to ramp up those wildly addictive endorphins.

        And they aren’t confined to yard flags. You have your Gosh I’m Nice bumper stickers, your Look At Me wrist bands, and your I’m Dialed In lapel ribbons; none of which should be confused with actual constructive, meaningful effort.

  3. On the subject of Anticipation…there an over/under on how much OB will enjoy reminding me that the 77 Square Miles Surrounded By A Sea Of Reality just so happens to be where I CHOOSE to reside?

    • How has Madison not been straightened out with both Herr Gotchberg and Zoltar in residence? Maybe EA’s Texas Rangers can be dispatched to Wesconsin as reinforcements?

      • “How has Madison not been straightened out with both Herr Gotchberg and Zoltar in residence?”

        Bill & Melinda Gates build hospitals for the needy, The Gotch & Zoltar Speaks! do what they can…

        Zoltar fled to the ‘burbs long ago; still, the occasional, but regrettably infrequent Zoltar Zinger! always manages to zero in on its target; clueless, smugly sanctimonious, Hempen Homepsun clad career Lefties.

        Don’t count on any kind of consistent volleys from that Gotch feller; he has a price on his scalp and rotates between safe-houses.

        And bear in mind this is where the Plastic Pink Flamigo is the City’s Official Bird, where the bike paths get plowed before most city streets, and Madison’s Bassett Street (where I survived a hedonistic, bacchanalian Junior year in 77-78) came within one slim, stinkin’ CommonSenseLess Council vote of being renamed Ho Chi Minh Trail in 1970.

        I honestly believe Madison actively searches out big, steaming piles of excreta into which it may leap with both feet from on high.

        • The mind boggles. Is Madison some sort of inevitable counterbalance to the rest of The Dairy State’s inescapable rationality driven by needing milk the herd twice every day of one’s life and otherwise find a way to make enough money to buy beer? Is Madison still populated and run by refugees from Brooklyn?

          • “The mind boggles.”

            Tell me about it; mutual pal, fellow traveler, and bon mot purveyor extraordinaire Good Dog Happy Man refers to Steve’s Progressive Bubble as, aptly, the Tofu Curtain.

            ” Is Madison some sort of inevitable counterbalance to the rest of The Dairy State’s inescapable rationality driven by needing milk the herd twice every day of one’s life and otherwise find a way to make enough money to buy beer?”

            Some farms milk three times a day and there are no shortage of brandy drinkers.

            “Is Madison still populated and run by refugees from Brooklyn?”

            Worse, FAR worse; by their evil, coddled, INDOCTRICATED (sic) spawn!

            And Steve, if I ever participate in FacePlant (after which someone will need to go down to hell and spread rock salt around where it froze over!), my profile will read annoying festering infection

        • “….came within one slim, stinkin’ CommonSenseLess Council vote of being renamed Ho Chi Minh Trail in 1970.”

          Seriously?!?

      • Other Bill wrote, “How has Madison not been straightened out with both Herr Gotchberg and Zoltar in residence?”

        Probably because both Herr Gotchberg and Zoltar are just two of a very limited minority of annoying festering infections in an otherwise pure progressive bubble.

        By the way; not everyone in the Madison metropolitan area lives within the City of Madison, some live in surrounding communities and cannot vote in Madison. That said; there are a fair amount of those residing outside of the Madison progressive bubble that choose to stick their noses into Madison’s affairs because the shit that happens in Madison usually overflows into the surrounding communities if those surrounding communities ignore what’s going on in Madison. Some don’t want Madison’s progressive bubble to expand into the reality that currently contains it, but virtue signaling progressives are like termites that are constantly trying to eat their way into the next piece of lumber, they’re on a mission to consume everything one small bite at a time.

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