Started this one at precisely 12:00. Finished at exactly 1:30 pm.
An administrative note: I don’t censor comments by the regulars, but I’m going to be more aggressive in sending off-site notes of displeasure when homophobic, sexist and gratuitous ad hominem insults turn up. (Note: it is always acceptable to refer to someone as an idiot who has written something idiotic, if you explain why it’s idiotic.) We’ve never had a problem here with racist language (in part because I keep spamming comments from the Chimpmania mob), and I will continue to allow wide latitude regarding comments that are self-indicting (making fun of Hillary’s legs, for example, is a jerk move). But while no forum where intelligent participants exercise sharp critical judgment on lazy assertions and knee-jerk positions will ever be “safe,” no one who comes here should ever feel personally attacked or denigrated. I need to do a better job making sure of that. All assistance will be appreciated.
1. Wuhan Virus jerk update:
- This (Pointer: valkygrrl):
I assume everyone now knows that O.J. is a stone-cold sociopath, but it’s considerate of him to keep reminding us. At least he didn’t say that he was furious that the Wuhan Virus restrictions on travel were impeding his search for Nicole and Ron’s killer.
- “You know: morons!” Jennifer Rubin, the completely Trump Deranged NeverTrump conservative whose constant eruptions of hate and anger regularly embarrass the Washington Post, recently wrote that more Republicans than Democrats would die in the pandemic because the former slavishly follow Fox News. Uh, no. If she’s right, it will be pure demographics. The Millennials appears to be, like all of its predecessors at a similar age, dumb as bricks. CBS reports that the kids are flocking to Florida for Spring Break, while posting and saying things like this from Brady Sluder, spring breaker from Ohio and moron: ,”If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying. We’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”
This does explain the intellectual basis for Bernie Sanders’ support, however.
2. My Part III dilemma. I admit to procrastinating in my efforts to complete Pandemic Ethics Observations Part III : Journalism And Politics (Part I is here; and this is Part II) because a) reviewing the material makes me angry and b) the volume of material keeps increasing. For example, The Washington Post has apparently decided that any rant-in-print claiming that President Trump is responsible for the spread of the virus in the U.S. and is endangering us all by his continued existence , against all logic and fact, must be given prominent placement on its op-ed pages. Here, for example, is a screed by a member of the Weld for President team, issued hours before the candidate ceased campaigning. As far as I can see, these things have no function except to give Trump Deranged members of the Facebook Borg something to post because they lack the wit and skill to make their own arguments.
Then there is this, yet another attack article by Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George.. [Aside: If I were the President, I’d tell Conway that she can either muzzle hubby or resign. There are limits to how much a spouse can be allowed to undermine a husband or wife’s job, and those limits were passed by George Conway long ago. Conway’s only basis for the attention he receives is who he’s married to and her prominent role in the Trump Administration. One way or another, this is his wife’s problem to solve.]
Ann Althouse wrote of George’s latest today: “I’m blogging this solely to say I’m not putting up with this kind of bullshit anymore. We’re coming together, we’re fighting a great worldwide battle. Ask yourself, before you hit “publish”: Am I helping? These people like George T. Conway III who are doing their same old routine in our new, painful circumstance do not deserve to be read. Ask yourself before you read something: Is this helping? And don’t click on that link.”
It isn’t just now, though. The efforts to tear down the President have been destructive from the beginning. They’ve never helped, and they weren’t intended to. Their purpose has always been to promote failure and chaos.
3. “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!” During CNN primary night coverage this week, liberal political commentator Alexandra Rojas was on a panel hosted Anderson Cooper, chief political analyst Gloria Borger, former Obama aide and senior political commentator David Axelrod, and former governor of Virginia and CNN contributor Terry McAuliffe. (Note the political diversity). As results showed Joe Biden thrashing Sanders, Rojas said,
“What I think that means right now is that millennials, we want Donald Trump to be defeated too. I think there is nobody here that does not want Donald Trump to be defeated.”
Nobody on the panel corrected her.
The surprise is not what Rojas said, but that the group was honest enough not to pretend otherwise. How much more evidence will it take to make Democrats and progressives dig deep, find their integrity, and admit the obvious?
4. Contribution Ethics: a) All 30 Major League baseball clubs have established $1 million funds to cover the lost wages of their game day and event staffs during the league-wide shutdown.
b) Mike Bloomberg can spend his money any way he wants, but we can make certain judgments about him based on his choices. Americans are at risk, but Bloomberg has pledged 40 million dollars to international efforts, while the memory of his wasting 500 million on trying to buy the Democratic nomination is still fresh in everyone’s minds.
5. Now THIS is a quick-thinking lawyer! Texas defense lawyer Michael Mowla convinced a Texas appeals court to delay the execution of his condemned client John William Hummel this week by arguing that gathering so many people could create a risk of exposure to the Wuhan virus. In his supplemental motion for a stay,Mowla lawyerpointed out that executions involve a substantial number of people including correctional officers, a spiritual adviser, family members of the inmate and the victims, attorneys, prison officials, physicians, witnesses and journalists. “Gathering all these people in one location presents a substantial risk of transmission of COVID-19/Coronavirus if anyone is infected,” he wrote.
“In light of the current health crisis and the enormous resources needed to address the execution,” the Court ruled, and the execution was stayed for 60 days.
Hummel fatally stabbed his pregnant wife, killed his father-in-law with a baseball bat, and evidence indicates that he also killed his 5-year-old daughter with the bat.
Now his lawyer will have another two months to dream up another way to save him.