Quick Notes, And An Open Forum

Before opening discussion up to the floor (I’ve got a bunch of deadlines to meet today), a couple of brief notes:

  • Ed Whelan nicely shreds a ridiculous letter from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse that I was going to take on myself before I saw his excellent job.
  • Earlier I wrote about the case of Aimee Stephens, now pending in the Supreme Court, whose employer fired her because she was transitioning to female and used the pretense that she was refusing to wear gender-appropriate garb. She just died before any ruling, but I assume this won’t render her case, or the issue, moot.
  • I will be writing about the ethical significance regarding the release of the “unmasking” list as soon as I figure it out. At very least, the list seems to show that several Obama officials, notably Joe Biden, have been lying.

And now, you’re on your own.

54 thoughts on “Quick Notes, And An Open Forum

  1. [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQSYdAX_9JY ]

    As people make efforts to interpret their world, the medium through which they communicate seems to be in a process of controlling what they think. If I understand the *narrative* that is expressed here (by the Corbett Report), and I am not saying that I agree with it just that I note that this interpretation is there, it is being put out there, but if it is true, it points in the direction of levels of control that supersede in some senses the limits of what has been imaginable.

    But is the narrative true, or false, or somewhere in-between?

  2. What do Supreme Court Justices and Movie Icons With Dangerous Hobbies have in common?

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/harrison-ford-runway-incident-sparks-faa-probe-1292425

    Neither know when to quit.

    I’ve watched Harrison Ford in fllms since I was a kid. I’m sure he’s a great guy. By all accounts, he’s helped rescue people in the past with his flying skills. Those skills, however, must be diminishing. He will be 78 this year. The incident above is not his first near miss.

    If he doesn’t give up his license, the FAA should revoke it as it should anyone in his ’70s who’s had the same incidents. But he’s a movie star and it’s possible he will be allowed to keep it because, as Donald Trump has been vilified for pointing out, rich and famous people are allowed to get away with things no one else can. Eventually, Ford’s luck will run out and he will be in a crash. Hopefully, it won’t prove fatal.

    It’s irresponsible for someone with diminished capacity (who, say for instance, sometimes falls asleep on the job. Looking at you, RBG) to keep holding on to that very influential job or dangerous hobby when it’s clear they aren’t able to do it anymore.

    • A.M. I enjoyed your comment. I was a military pilot for 32 years. I retired at age 55 as required by Air Force regulations. It’s astounding to me that Ford is still flying at age 77.

      I take issue with Ford’s “rep” claiming that there was never any danger in crossing an active runway. Anytime an aircraft crosses or lands on an active runway without clearance is tempting fate/luck.

      I agree that someday Fords luck will run out. Hopefully only he will be the one who suffers for his cavalier approach to flying.

      Supe

    • From “History of the World, Part I:”
      Count De Monet – Sir, the peasants are revolting!
      King Louis – You said it. They stink on ice.

        • Hilarious!

          When my wife confronts me about the fact I am a lazy, good for nothing, excuse filled, malcontent…I remind her these are the qualities which parenting me from having better wife. (Lou Holtz)

          • Heh! This could go downhill quickly….that said;

            One guy: “My wife is an angel.”

            Next guy: “You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.”
            *********************************************
            A woman tells her programmer husband: “We’re out of bread. Please go the grocery store and buy one. And if they’ve got eggs, get six.”

            He returns with six loaves of bread.

            She: “Why did you buy 6 loaves of bread?”

            He: “They had eggs.”

          • There is a Monty Python skit where a dominated, hectored husband confronts his wife (Terry Jones, in drag), asking, “What happened to that sweet, caring, loving woman I married? I miss her. Where di she go?” His haridan wife shrieks back, “You divorced her and married me!”

    • Gotta love Wisconsin politics since Act 10 of 2011; get this…

      A lefty breaks Wisconsin law by extending the Stay at Home order, Republicans knows that lefty broke Wisconsin law, Republicans take lefty to court because lefty broke Wisconsin law, the court agrees that left broke Wisconsin law and reverses the illegal extension of the Stay at Home order, lefty smears Republicans for killing people with COVID-19.

      I wonder what unethical lefty hack came up with this unethical diabolical plan to smear Republicans?

      Lefty in Wisconsin has their head shoved so far up their ass that they may never see the light of reality ever again.

      • WI Righty: “Give me freedom, or give me death!”
        WI Lefty: “I hope you get Covid and die, it’s what you deserve for not falling into lockstep with Herr Evers!”

      • Above I wrote,

        A lefty breaks Wisconsin law by extending the Stay at Home order, Republicans knows that lefty broke Wisconsin law, Republicans take lefty to court because lefty broke Wisconsin law, the court agrees that left broke Wisconsin law and reverses the illegal extension of the Stay at Home order, lefty smears Republicans for killing people with COVID-19.

        Here’s a decent example of politics in Madison , Wisconsin I quote in part…

        “The conservatives on the court can cloak themselves in all the high use of legal parlance they desire. But there is no rational explanation for the ruling other than crass politics. The lack of mature leadership from the court now allows for chaos to ensue.”

        Wisconsin Court Ruling: Partisan Politics vs. Health Of Citizenry

        Did you happen to catch that blatant progressive spin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court deems the the method that the State of Wisconsin used to extend the Safer at Home order as illegal and lefty calls that “legal parlance” and “crass politics”. This is the kind of open propaganda lunacy we face in the Madison Wisconsin area.

        Some other related headlines of interest from our local newspaper are…
        Plain Talk: Wisconsin let politics get in the way of public health

        Vote out reckless right-wing justices — William Bauer

        Capital W: Wisconsin Supreme Court turns state into regulatory quilt because freedom

        Plain Talk: Our bought-and-paid-for Supreme Court has no shame

        None of these say a word about the fact that extending the order in the manner in which they did was actually illegal! Progressives do not give a shit about the rule of law when it stops them from their goals.

    • Kristine Hillmer, president of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, said she is pleased the state’s restaurants now have more certainty. But she cautioned that restaurants will need to remain closed if their county orders it. In counties that allow restaurants to open, Hillmer said they need to be careful about how they re-open, and should take necessary precautions to build confidence with their customers.

      “We still know there’s a virus out there,” Hillmer said. “If it traces back to a restaurant, there’s no immunity from lawsuits if they are not being careful.”

      Well, there you have it. Right in black in white. People are terrified of dying and business owners are terrified of being sued. I’ve been told such cases are very difficult to prove in court but I read a few weeks ago that 700 lawsuits have been filed nationally against nursing homes for negligence in the (purported) COVID deaths of their residents. I’m beginning to think we need to open up the economy but keep lawyers and the courts shut down as non-essential.

      How did Wesconsin get such a knee jerk lefty former superintendent of schools as its governor? Did the cheeseheads sleep through the election?

        • But The Dairy State has had a long standing love affair with progressivism, non? La Follette and those guys were pretty far left. Just seems incongruous with milking cows and churning butter and making cheese. Not to mention pig farming and making sausage. And watching the Pack.

          • Outside of the more populated counties (Dane, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Portage, Brown, & LaCrosse), there are a lot of VERY</i traditional hard heads; had my share as clients.

            And you know better than to sell WESconsin short.

            Fun Facts: America’s Dairyland is responsible for 98 % of U.S. ginseng production and 10 % of the world’s supply, and Eau Claire is the horseradish capital of the world.

            • All that ginseng and sedentary obesity in the same state? I guess it gets shipped out to California and the locals never touch the stuff?

          • Ironic to say Walker put up roadblocks to voting.

            Evers tried to change the date for primary voting and did change the date for the 7th District, boxes of ballots (about 30k) were never sent out to absentee voters, and all but 5 voting places were closed in Milwaukee. And all that was just for the primaries. Pretty substantial roadblocks, no?

            • Disingenuous much?

              Evers faced with a pandemic and the country shutting down tried to reschedule and then when prevented tired to give people move time to send in ballots and when prevented held an election with the few poll workers he could manage to get to risk themselves.

              And for all that, if you check back here on Ethicsalarms you’ll read he was criticized for even so allowing the primary to go forward at all–Criticized by right-wingers mind. So it was bad to have the primary and it was bad to try to postpone it?

              This is what happens, two months ago people were agreeing to stay home. There’s nothing the American right hates more than seeing both sides of the aisle agree about anything. And before you could blink, they transformed it into a culture war issue.

              • Since Evers issued the safer at home order on March 12, and it was initially issued until April 24th, one would assume he was aware of the order at that time. And yet, he didn’t make earlier plans for voting, or changing voting dates.
                People were willing to be poll workers, we had volunteers all over the place.
                It takes special skills to blame the American right when a Democratic governor fails to plan, boggles the entire thing, and fails the people who elected him.
                To be completely upfront, I think he’s a spineless weasel, didn’t vote for him, and if he gets recalled, I’ll have a party. But, I did initially support safer at home, until his overreach and whiny behavior. I never once criticized him for allowing voting, I have always criticized him for trying to stop it.

                • Since Evers issued the safer at home order on March 12, and it was initially issued until April 24th, one would assume he was aware of the order at that time. And yet, he didn’t make earlier plans for voting or changing voting dates.

                  He ordered an all mail-in primary with a May 26’th deadline in mid-March. The Republican’s fought to prevent it, he tried to extend the mail-in deadline while still allowing the in-person vote, the Republicans fought to prevent it.
                  Is your complaint really that he issued the stay at home order first? When you have all the time in the world to plan, please do so. When you don’t have time, deal with the most immediate problem, and go from there. I would expect in the future more states will have a shut-down handbook prepared. Live and learn.

                  People were willing to be poll workers, we had volunteers all over the place.

                  If you require it, I can link you to articles citing the lack of poll workers. Can you provide citation for these willing and rejected poll workers?

                  It takes special skills to blame the American right when a Democratic governor fails to plan, boggles the entire thing, and fails the people who elected him.

                  I know who prevented an all-mail in election, I know who prevented extra time for mail-in ballots to be sent. I know who prevented a delay.
                  I get it, delaying elections is not good, I wouldn’t support trying to delay the November election. Everyone has the time to switch to mail-in or failing that, have enough absentee ballots printed out for what is sure to be hugely increased demand this year. They have time to extend early-voting if not doing all mail-in, they have time to buy protection for poll workers and figure out how to deal with lines and machine spacing if not doing all mail-in.
                  Evers didn’t have the time and did have a Republican statehouse determined to thwart everything he tried. So yes, I blame the right-winters.

                  To be completely upfront, I think he’s a spineless weasel…
                  …But, I did initially support safer at home, until his overreach and whiny behavior.

                  I submit that you were always going to decide he has some fault which justifies doing what you already wanted to do.

                    • Disagree with whatever he happens to do or not do. The whiney comment is a dead giveaway.

                    • Unless he’s actually whiny…which he is. You know nothing about me personally, and have made assumptions. Both of my parents are in the high risk category for Covid-19. I absolutely supported Evers inital safer at home order. It made sense. Stay safe, wait until more info could be gathered, don’t burden the health system.

                      Evers extension was arbitrary, poorly planned, and he openly admitted he didn’t have the legal authority to do so. He tried a run around the legal system, failed, and then whined about the Republican party and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

                      I don’t have a lot of patience for a leader who admits on television that he doesn’t have the legal authority to do something, then does it anyway (because he didn’t get his way), and then blames others when his actions are deemed unconstitutional.

                  • Bottom line: he didn’t have the power to delay the election on his own, and tried to do it anyway. That’s part of what the case was about, not whether it was a good idea to delay the election, or whether SCOTUS agreed with the policy. Then it was (typically) misrepresented in news reports, and of course, nobody bothered to follow the case procedurally. I covered this, remember? Mostly I covered Prof. Turley’s debunking of the “narrative.” He pointed out that SCOTUS wasn’t even reviewing what the media reported it was:

                    The issue in Republican National Committee v. Democratic National Committee was not whether an election would be held this week in Wisconsin. … the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ late executive order postponing in-person voting in Tuesday’s elections — specifically postponing the state’s presidential primary and hundreds of local elections. Evers’ took the unilateral action after he was refused his request by a special legislative session…. Evers previously admitted that “my hands are tied” in ordering a delay of the election and the legislature would have to do so. It then proceeded to refuse to do so. Evers then declared that he had the authority after all….Much of the coverage has suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court was deciding on the holding of the election. It was not. Indeed, the appeal was not only narrower but also conflicted. The federal appeal only deals with the counting of absentee ballots postmarked after April 7, 2020 election. However, the deadline for clerks to receive the ballots had already been extended from Tuesday, April 7, to Monday, April 13. Thus, the only question was whether absentee ballots could be mailed and postmarked after election day. The District Court ordered that people could vote after the election day so long as the ballots were received by April 13th — thus they could be postmarked after April 7th. However, the Democrats never asked for that relief in their motion. The district court not only went beyond the motion but ordered that no results of the election be announced pending the arrival of the late votes. This amounted to an extraordinary level of judicial intervention into an election on the very eve of that election. The majority of the Court balked at the action and reversed the district court.

                    What I find remarkable is that so many people can get so indignant and obnoxious about an opinion they haven’t even read and don’t understand

              • valkygrrl,
                It sounds a bit like your trying to rationalize Governor Evers actions.

                1. Governor Evers did everything he could to postpone a rather heated Wisconsin Supreme Court election and with his 11th hour move canceling/postponing the election, the Governor broke the law and he got nailed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for it. The Governor clearly stated days before his illegal action that he couldn’t legally cancel/postpone the election by himself and yet he intentionally broke the law and canceled/postponed it anyway. If someone starts a recall petition based on this illegal action of the Governor, I’ll sign it without reservation. Governor Evers willfully chose to take actions that he knew were illegal and yet he did it anyway in hopes that his 11th hour move would not give the Republicans time to get his illegal action overturned in time to reinstate the election. If nothing else the Legislature should severely censure Governor Evers for him knowingly breaking the law.

                2. Governor Evers threw massive confusion at the State of Wisconsin as to whether the election was going to happen or not, including the 11th hour move the day before the election. I know people that saw the 5pm news in Madison, WI and that news said the election the following day was canceled and the election was postponed until a later date, they didn’t see the 10pm news that said the election was back on and they woke up the next day thinking the election was canceled and didn’t find out until the 5pm evening news that the election was back on and had to rush to get to the polls to vote before they closed. We do not know how many voters did not vote because of the confusion that was intentionally created by Governor Evers, yes Governor Evers actions likely caused voters to not show up at the polls. Yes, confusion about whether the election is happening or not is a roadblock. Yes having many fewer polling places, regardless of the reasons why, was a road block. We’ll never know how many or if the election would have turned out differently without all the confusion and roadblocks. Regardless of the confusion and roadblocks, the election is over, there was a winner and there was a loser, it’s done. Since the more Liberal candidate won the heated election, the Liberals are quite happy to employ the ends justifies the means and other rationalizations to all the roadblocks.

                3. Extending the Stay at Home order in the manner in which they did was illegal, the Republicans new it was illegal, the Republicans challenged the illegal action in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the order to extend the Stay at Home order was struck down as illegal.

                It’s interesting how those whose ideological views reside left of center seem to rationalize the illegal actions of left leaning politicians that are trying to get their way regardless of the legality of their actions and then when the Republicans nail them for their illegal actions the left smears the Republicans for not letting them get away with their illegal activity.

                • “We do not know how many voters did not vote because of the confusion that was intentionally created by Governor Evers, yes Governor Evers actions likely caused voters to not show up at the polls.”

                  Evers, with the racist help of Mayor Tommy Barrett, suppressed the vote FULL STOP!

        • Paul W Schlecht wrote, “IMO, Walker’s heart wasn’t in it, he sure didn’t give it his best shot; I don’t recall ever seeing such a lackluster campaign by an incumbent!”

          I completely agree.

          • I never understood how someone like Walker was elected in the first place. I thought, based on his speeches and statements, that he would be a strong contender for the GOP nomination in 2016—if fact, among friends, I bet on him to prevail—until I saw him in a debate. The man had no energy, no charisma, none of the qualities a political leader usually has to have, especially in the electronic age. He made Paul Ryan seem dynamic.

            • Jack wrote, “The man had no energy, no charisma, none of the qualities a political leader usually has to have, especially in the electronic age. He made Paul Ryan seem dynamic.”

              I agree.

              I honestly think he was burnt out by the time the debates rolled around. He had already been through a pile of years of going through a toned down version of what President Trump is going through with all the attacks from the left and once he truly got on the national stage with all that goes with it and all the media attacks, I think it wore him down to a dull android presentation of just repeating talking point after talking point; it wasn’t good.

      • Evers ran on the legalize weed and teacher’s unions ticket. Walker ran on the might as well stay Governor since I didn’t make President ticket.

        Turns out, Wisconsin has a lot of potheads.

  3. On the Emmett Sullivan requests for amicus briefs.

    Let me see if I get this,straight. Sullivan does not want to give “leave” to the DOJ to drop the case because Flynn lied to the court about his guilt after being beaten into submission economically by former DOJ officials for a non- crime which is the reason the DOJ is now saying that the acts were prosecutorial misconduct.

    These amicus briefs do not merely address why the guilty plea must stand but also now a perjury charge for his statements about not being coerced to plead guilty at a plea hearing.

    Sounds like Torquemada putting an accused jew who confesses to believe in Jesus Christ back on the rack for laughs.

    • One truly does have to resort to the black legend for comparison. Consider if he’s left to maintain his initial plea by this legal fiction. They’d claim his subsequent plea of innocence was another perjury and pin him on two opposite procedural crimes during a trial for committing an imaginary procedural crime. They could decide that the initial charge isn’t a real crime, and claim he perjured himself by pleading guilty in the first place in that additional regard, making it an even four offenses!

      The illusion of the rule of law is taking a grand public beating. I suppose the question on everyone’s mind is when it becomes acceptable to merely brawl in a federal courtroom. Trial by combat is less of a farce than this; I’ll supply the first irrefutable argument. No doubt there are eight more.

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