1. Mask ethics:
- Utah’s Mindy Vincent is raising money for charity by selling her personally designed, hand-made masks decorated with penises and scrotums.
See, when someone complains, she tells them they must be too close to her. Heck, why not decorate a mask with accident photos, abortion pics and fellatio snapshots?
- Michigan State Senator Dale Zorn, a Republican, was photographed wearing a mask with a Confederate flag design. I’d say the First Niggardly Principle applies: people are irrationally emotional about the flag, which is part of our history, still included in a couple of state flags, and a bold design, but there are less inflammatory design options. One has to wonder if someone deliberately displaying the flag is making a political statement, and since many of the possible statements are repulsive and divisive, it seems the ethical move is to choose another design. Like penises.
Zorn, however, not only wore the mask, he denied that it was the Confederate flag, using a Clintonian argument ( it was more similar to the Kentucky or Tennessee flags, he said), then issued this apology:
- I don’t know about you, but I’m thoroughly sick of conflicting information about the value of facemasks. This expert, for example, says they may make you sick.
Maybe that explains this confounding photo, from a recent flight into New York’s LaGuardia airport…
2. Trump’s face-saving tactic is a half-truth. In the wake of the latest fiasco, the President is going to limit the daily Wuhan virus press updates, and this is his explanation:
What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately. They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!
He’s right about the media, which is why the White House briefings were suspended before the pandemic. But the President is leaving out half the reason: he is over-exposed, not playing on a field he’s qualified to play on, and stumbles like the “Are we exploring using disinfectant as medicine?” followed by “I was just kidding!” are reckless self-inflicted wounds in a Presidential campaign. Trump needs less exposure, not more, and apparently someone persuaded him to cut back. Good.
I will never get used to the President of the United States using juvenile, hackneyed insults like “lamestream media.”
3. Oh, look! A sighting of Resistance Plan D! You know, I used to love Mike Barnacle when he was the Boston version of Mike Royko and wrote funny, often perceptive columns about local events and characters. Then he got fired for representing fake conversations and fictional people as real, and moved to New York. He ended up playing Ed McMahon to Morning Joe, which has to be degrading. MSNBC dissolves the dignity, integrity and brains of those it employs, so yesterday Mike face-planted when he called for the removal of President Donald Trump under the 25th Amendment because of his ill-considered riff on disinfectants and ultraviolet light. Right Mike, making a dumb off-the-cuff statement on TV means the President is disabled. Good theory. It is nice to see that oldie-but-goodie, Plan D, being waved again.
Somebody please explain to Mike that his argument is exactly as dumb from a legal and Constitutional perspective as the President’s brainstorm was from a medical one. However, saying something this stupid does show a disqualifying disability for a pundit, even on MSNBC.
4. Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias! Can someone explain this other than by calling it outright propaganda and disinformation?
Maybe this was an tweet from two months ago that somehow got recycled. Someone in Lansing doesn’t admire the Governor’s skills, as some in the legislature were trying to limit her emergency powers last week. Saturday Night Live joined in mocking her widely derided pandemic measures, which have made Whitmer the face of the frightening overreach being exercised by mayors and governors as “safety precautions.”
5. Now rolling out of the station, The Tara Reade-Joe Biden Ethics Train Wreck. Or maybe it’s the Joe Biden Nomination Ethics Train Wreck, which in my view started rolling as soon as a serial sexual harasser who was slowly shedding marbles announced his candidacy. The news media is on board, the Democratic Party has its own car, and Joe’s family is supplying snacks. It remains to be seen if #METOO and the party’s feminist base will debase themselves by riding along to the bitter end.
There is persuasive corroboration of Reade’s claims, we learned last week. Eventually, even the disgraceful mainstream news media won’t be able to bury the story. Meanwhile, The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to every Democratic Senator for comments regarding Reade’s allegations that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 when she worked for him in his U.S. Senate office. After 24 hours, not one responded. That tells us that the party hasn’t been able to come up with a strategy or even talking points yet.
It’s ethics zugswang.