“May The Forthe be with you!”
As Daffy Duck would thay…
1. Following a familiar unethical pattern...Eva Murry’s allegation about Joe Biden making a remark about her breasts at a political even when she was 14 seems to have been decisively debunked. Biden’s schedule shows he didn’t attend the event, and the chair at the time confirms he wasn’t there.
What would possess someone like Murry to be so vocal and self-righteous about something that didn’t happen? As with the Kavanaugh mess, subsequent fake stories undermine the main one. Even though they have nothing to do with each other, Murry’s fiction, if Biden really didn’t attend the event, increases cynicism about Tara Reade’s account.
2. What a surprise…Harvard’s dedication to feminism stops at the bank vault. Harvard, while it was violating the constitutional rights of male students by punishing them if they belonged to men-only clubs off-campus, was also giving aid and comfort to convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. The regime of first female Harvard President Drew Faust was full of dubious and virtue-signaling measures to ensure the esteemed university was sufficiently woke, including discriminating against one ethnic group (Asian-Americans) to elevate another ethnic group (African-Americans). Yet when it came to its attitude toward an infamous sexual predator, what mattered to Faust and Friends was, you guessed it, money.
Epstein, who was provided his own office at the school following his 2008 sweetheart plea deal that incredibly allowed him a quick release from prison to continue his <cough!> hobby, visited the campus more than 40 times between 2010 and 2018 often accompanied by young women who acted as his assistants, according to a report on the Harvard-Epstein alliance released last week. Apparently Epstein’s primary value to Harvard was connecting academics and scholars with financiers, VIPs and other sources of contributions, including Wall Street wheeler-dealer Leon Black, the founder and chief executive officer of Apollo Global Management Inc., one of the world’s largest private equity funds. Epstein also provided access to his pal Bill Clinton and retail billionaire Leslie Wexner.
3. Proposition: it is unethical for companies to hire public contact employees who cannot speak clear, understandable English. I just listened to my poor wife have to repeatedly ask an ATT representative to spell out his sentences because his accent made him otherwise incomprehensible. Being competent at communicating with Americans must be a job requirement, and making it so is not xenophobic or discriminatory. It is essential, and basic respect for customers. My wife’s hearing is fine. I have had the same experience she just had, many times. There is no excuse for it.
4. Of course. Thousands of foreign workers, including many living overseas, are receiving stimulus checks designated for U.S. residents due to an “unforeseen glitch” that funneled taxpayer dollars to other countries, according to tax consultants and the recipients themselves. This kind of thing isn’t an exception, and “kind of thing” means “the government screws up a basic job to an outrageous extent.”
Any adult of reasonable intelligence realizes this after a minimal period of autonomy in his or her life. Yes, it would be just wonderful if governments were reliable, competent and trustworthy enough to justify giving them ever-expanding control over our lives. But they aren’t, they never have been, and they are never going to be. If you want to understand one reason this is true, re-watch “Jurassic Park.” It’s basic chaos theory: the bigger and more complicated a system gets, like a government, the more certain it is to break down. Then there is the fact—these aren’t ideological assertions but undeniable observations–that a critical number of government employees, including elected officials, are neither competent, virtuous, or smart. To be convinced of that, listen to a debate over literally anything in a state legislature. Finally, accept the fact that most “public servants”—not all, but enough to cripple the system—are in government not to serve the public but to benefit themselves, their families, their egos, or their bank accounts.
Our government can’t even be trusted to handle the core responsibilities that governments have to perform— maintaining infrastructure, public education, law enforcement, courts, collecting taxes, national defense, ensuring the safety of food, products, drugs and the workplace, upholding the Bill of Rights—yet we keep hearing impassioned demands that we should give governments even more control over our lives. Are these people lying, or not paying attention? I suppose Hanlon’s Razor applies.
6. Now THIS is corruption. Of course, the tweet is also from Gloria Allred’s ethics-challenged lawyer daughter, but still…
I got a similar sentiment from a previously intelligent Facebook friend. Principles that are shed like a snake’s skin when it is expedient are not principles at all. This is a neon-bright endorsement of “the ends justify the means,” and Trump Derangement.