Stir crazy yet?
I have discovered, in my ongoing efforts to get traffic here back to 2016 levels, before Facebook banned the blog and The Great Exodus Of The Trump Deranged, that daily visits are 20% higher if I get a post up before 8 am. This has often caused me to get out of bed at 4 am or earlier to hit the keyboard. Today I couldn’t do it: I was so anxious last night about all the looming cancellations of my ethics programs that I barely got any sleep. Sure enough, I’m down about 400 visits compared to yesterday.
There are remarkably few comments on the saga. Well, I thought it was interesting. I also must confess that the post was in part for beloved long-time commenter Lucky, who I hope is still following the blog. Paige is his type.
I have concluded that a large number of my Facebook Friends block my posts from their feeds, because they’d rather read the daily wave of anti-Trump columns from the likes of Paul Krugman, Jennifer Rubin, and Michelle Goldberg without any unsettling clarifications from me. I have never unfriended anyone who didn’t personally insult me, but I’d unfriend someone for that. It reminds me of the “Black Mirror” episode where you can block someone in real life, and then they can’t see you, communicate with you, and vice versa.
I’m procrastinating finishing Part III of the Wuhan Virus ethics series. It covers politics and the news media, and the content makes me so angry I can’t see straight. Increasingly I’ve been wanting to write like Kurt Schlichter, the novelist/conservative gadfly, who writes things like,
“But the battle is really for the shriveled heart of the Democrat Party, and no one better represents the yin and the yang of that dying collection of power-hungry elitists and grasping greedos than the doddering socialist Sanders and that Biden guy who should by all rights be chasing that damn know-it-all squirrel around the park.”
I can write like that, I have written like that in the past, and I enjoy writing like that, but its not ethical. Schlichter recently wrote that a snarling Hillary Clinton would pop out of Joe Biden’s chest at the Democratic National Convention like in “Alien.” What a great image…
1. Do you feel like you are being conditioned and brain washed against your will? In addition to Hollywood’s efforts to change the race or gender of every white male hero of yore, TV commercials are now giving sex changes and race overhauls to iconic characters in ads. “Mikey” in a new Life cereal commercial is a little girl. “Jake from State Farm” is now a black guy. I really don’t care who plays “Mikey” or “Jake from State Farm.” I do object to intrusive woke propaganda.
I’m waiting for Tony the Tiger to show up as a black panther and for a new Jolly Green Giantess…
…who goes “Hee Hee Hee!”
2. From the “What’s wrong with people like this and why shouldn’t we shun them?” files:
Tatyana Hargrove was arrested last November in Bakersfield, California for rubbing a hamburger bun on the floor of the McDonald’s where she was working and then spitting in it before handing it over to be served to a uniformed police officer using the drive-thru. She also shouted, “Black lives matter” and “Fuck the pigs!” during the incident.
Heck yeah she should have a guaranteed income…
The investigating officer testified that Hargrove admitted to the insults because she knew the burger was going to be served to a police officer. Hargrove claimed to be the victim of police brutality in a lawsuit filed against the Bakersfield Police Department in 2017. The suit went to a trial but the jury found for the defendant.
The officer did not become ill from eating the tainted burger, so the case now hangs on whether it was technically poisoned, as the felony charge requires.
This is the kind of charge that activists—and the Obama administration–think should be withheld from potential landlords and employers. I’d love to have someone defend that position as it relates to Hargrove. I wouldn’t trust her to feed a goldfish.
3. Another example of double standard blindness...among the stories cited with approval by the Facebook Borg were reports on a law review article, authored by District Court Judge Lynn Adelman denouncing Chief Justice Roberts and what Adelman called “raw ideological bias” on the Supreme Court. I weighed in on some of the resulting posts, pointing out that this was classic “my judicial activism is ethical but your judicial activism isn’t” hypocrisy, and that from a judge such unfettered partisan attacks are violations of the judicial ethics codes. My reward was being told yet again that I was repeating Fox News talking points.
I was pleased, therefore, to see Professor Turley devoting an article to Adelman’s unprofessional outburst. Turley wrote in part,
Adelman makes a better case of bias against himself than he does Chief Justice John Roberts…Adelman attacks the five conservative justices as that “hard right majority” that has now been “actively participating in undermining American democracy.”
Conversely, the voting bloc of four liberal justices on the Supreme Court appears to be a masterpiece of righteousness to Adelman. He just cannot accept that the conservative majority holds opposing but principled views on issues ranging from immigration to campaign finance to voting rights. Instead, Adelman accuses the conservative majority of diminishing the rights of “ordinary Americans” while responding “only to the wishes of a relatively small number of powerful corporations and individuals”…As I wrote long ago, Donald Trump seems to have a knack for bringing out the worst in people, a technique that has paid off for him. When he leveled unrelenting and unfair attacks on the media, some journalists proceeded to fulfill that stereotype with what is openly biased hostile reporting. The same appears true with judges such as Adelman, who are undermining the judiciary with screeds against conservatives on the Supreme Court and in Congress. Once untethered from any notion of judicial restraint, Adelman vents about how Republicans remind him of all “those fervent defenders of slavery who pushed the South into the Civil War.”
In the current political distemper, such departures from judicial decorum are celebrated. The liberal group Demand Justice has asked the House to call Adelman to testify… to allow Adelman to attack conservatives and Republicans to show the “increasingly partisan” and “biased nature” of the court system…
It is the death of irony in our society in this day and age. A federal judge attacks conservatives while denouncing partisanship and is celebrated as an oracle of judicial integrity.