1. Least surprising ethics revelation of the day: Kanye West is an asshole. After posting this,
..sending the news media into a frenzy, setting off speculation about how much of the crucial black vote his candidacy might siphon off from Joe Biden, exciting all of those who inexplicably take the man seriously after ample evidence over the years that he is emotionally unstable, West has decided a mere eleven days later that he doesn’t want to run after all. His organization had hired 180 people who trusted him.
If there is a more irresponsible celebrity alive, I don’t want to know about him.
2. He’s suffered enough, I guess. Juan Rodriguez, whose infant twins died in the Bronx last summer after he left them in an overheated car while he went to work avoided punsihment after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges last month. He was initially charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after being arrested in the deaths of the 1-year-old twins, Luna and Phoenix. Rodriguez had pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment in the case.
“These babies suffered horribly and we owed them a thorough investigation,” the DA said in a statement. “This was a tragic, unfortunate incident.”
Yeah, I’ve always thought that cooking your babies to death is unfortunate.
Rodriguez was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge. His lawyer, Joey Jackson, said that the plea deal was a “just and appropriate resolution” to the case and that his client had agreed to it “so that he can move on with his life and get this behind him.” If he can really get this behind him, he should have been sent to prison.
My position on these cases is laid out here.
I also wrote about the related topic of police arresting parents who have left their children in locked and hot cars, here.
How can a parent be charged when they lock their children in a hot car and the children are rescued before they die, when parents who kill their children that way are told that they have “suffered enough”?
3. Good. The federal government finally carried out an execution after a 17-year moratorium, executing Daniel Lewis Lee by lethal injection. He and an accomplice had murdered an Arkansas family as part of a plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. Don’t ask me to explain.
In 1996, Lee and his pal overpowered and incapacitated gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and their 8-year-old daughter, Sarah. After finding $50,000 in cash , guns, and ammunition in the house, they shot each of the three with a stun gun, placed plastic bags over their heads, sealed the bags with duct tape, and let them suffocate. Then they took the victims to the Illinois Bayou, where they taped rocks to them and threw each family member into the swamp.
Lee’s execution had been opposed and delayed by the victims’ relatives, who should have had no input into the decision whatsoever. Criminal justice is to protect society and the rule of law, not a service to family members. As always, the just execution prompted the usual blather from lawyers and death penalty opponents. For example, one of Lee’s lawyers, Ruth Friedman, said it was “beyond shameful that the government, in the end, carried out this execution in haste.”
Lee was sentenced more than 20 years ago. You know—haste.
4. Tales of the Freakout. Am I wrong, or is it the progressives who appear to be losing their minds? Why is that?
- Idiotic tweet of the week:
- After Republican Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn described (correctly) the Black Lives Matter as an organization run by “trained Marxists,” Democratic strategist and former National Field Director for the Democratic National Committee Adam Parkhomenko tweeted back: “You are inbred racist trash. Please fuck off.” Inbred! That’s racist talk if I ever heard it. Meanwhile, ESPN suspends employees who tweet “fuck” at senators, but if the Senator is Republican, the Democratic Party is just fine with it.
Today’s challenge #1: find me a story about a Republican or conservative staffer who has tweeted “Fuck off!” or “Fuck you!” at a Senator.
- Jeremiah Cota, director of strategic initiatives for AZ Trump Victory, tweeted that he was walking by a store wearing a Trump face mask, and the manager screamed ‘Fuck Donald Trump” at him. He asked if he misheard her and she said no, because ” that’s how I feel.” Cota tagged the store, Bath & Body Works, saying the company was guilty of “poor customer service,” and specified the location. Bath & Body Works sent Cota its “deepest apologies,” adding that “We absolutely do not condone these actions as all customers should be treated with respect.”
The manager was fired. My question: what kind of derangement leads someone to think that kind of conduct would ever be considered appropriate?
Today’s challenge #2: Find me a story about a store manager or other employee who has shouted “Fuck Biden/Pelosi/Obama/Schumer at a passerby wearing Democratic Party-promoting items.