1. I don’t understand this behavior at all. Who are being more irrational and anti-social, the fanatic mask police, or the renegade maskless? Clearly the latter. Take this story, for example :near El Paso, Texas, customers retaliated after they were asked to put their face masks on inside Dapper Doughnuts at the Fountains at Farah. Surveillance footage shows an unmasked couple arguing with Dapper Doughnut staff, then throwing a box of doughnuts at the woman for asking them to comply with the City of El Paso’s mandate that anyone over the age of two must wear face masks inside public buildings or public outdoors spaces if social distancing is not an option. Sure, I think it’s quite possible that we’ll eventually learn that the whole mask fiasco was hooey, but, 1) if it makes others feel safer, fine, and 2) a business has every right to require them. There is no ethical argument for not wearing masks around others in public, and absolutely no excuse for throwing tantrums over it.
Yet I am reading about this kind of incident virtually every day.
In the silliness above, the people who snapped like twigs in the wind demanded a refund—for the doughnuts they threw away?—and when that demand was refused, they stole the change mug.
2. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clip of someone saying, “Hopeless! Hopeless!” Polls on the Presidential race have now reached maximum absurdity. In the same day, last week, I saw one poll showing Trump behind Biden by 12 points, and another one with him within two. When the “science” is that unreliable, it’s time to stop feauring polls as “news.” You might as well interview psychic. The news sources, naturally, treat whichever poll they want to be true, as true.
However, until Joe Biden comes out of hiding, gets questioned routinely by interviews not tossing softballs, and picks a Vice-President, no poll relating to him has even passing credibility. He is essentially that always popular candidate called “anyone other than Trump” at the moment, even though whoever he chooses as VP will be a) presumed to be the real Presidential candidate by much of the electorate, since about half think he’s one or two ticks from wearing his shoes on his face, and the other half will come around once they see him trying to speak without a teleprompter. Did you read about Joe saying that most people don’t distinguish between Asian nationalities? If Dr. Seuss were alive, he’d write a kids book called, “Oh, the Gaffes You Will See!” and b) will immediately alienate a significant group of voters.
The fact that Biden hasn’t picked anyone yet points up his dilemma. It appears that he is down to four: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, California Rep. Karen Bass of the Congressional Black Caucus. In other words, he’s doomed. Biden has to pick a woman, thus eliminating any strong candidates for the job at all. Warren and Duckworth are impossible: if Joe picks one of them, look for the duck to appear on his head a day or do later. With mobs roaming the countryside tearing down statues , burning buildings, and demanding a new standard where Black Lives Get The Job No Matter What, the Democratic Party will offer an all-white ticket? Oh, pleasepleasepleaseplease! Joe is already the #1 Hypocrisy candidate in history, appealing to the Democratic #MeToo base despite being a flagrant sexual harasser. Now he’s going to run for President claiming he’s all for Black Lives Matter More Than You Damn Whities!—I am getting that name right, aren’t I?—while giving his black supporters two whites to vote for? The theory, see, is because Joe was Barack Obama’s Sancho Panza, he’s as good as black. Oh, I’m sure that’s right. Do it, Joe. Choose a white woman–especially a really old one who pretended to be a Native American for most of her career. The base will love it. Really. I wouldn’t lie to you.
That leaves Harris, who is a gaffe machine herself, slept her way to power, and made her bones being tough on crime, especially black men, or Bass, whom nobody has heard of, but who is a typical Congressional Black Caucus race-baiter and Trump-basher. She now chairs the CBC, a racist institution to begin with, and has absolutely no qualifications to be President. She has not even been a notable legislator. But she has made headlines praising Fidel Castro…and there goes the Cuban-American vote!
3. The relentless Great Stupid: Madison (Wisconsin) West High School emailed parents and students that as “part of our collective work towards being an anti-racist school community,” the school was launching “virtual discussion spaces” for staff and students to talk together about “the pain our community is feeling at this present moment and make concrete plans in moving forward together.”
However, the “anti-racist school” explained that it is segregating the discussion by race.
We will conduct this work in affinity groups to maximize the level of emotional safety and security to do this work properly. Please join the Zoom space where you most closely identify: White students: Friday, July 10, from 1-2 PM (link to Zoom) Students of color: Every Friday (beginning 7/3), from 1-2 PM (link to Zoom)
Recipients were directed to contact the administration with questions, but the voice mail recording for the school’s principal and author of the email, Karen Boran, states that the phone messages will not be checked by her assistant “for several weeks.”
OK, you’ll have to help me out on which Ethics Alarms movie clip to use for this one, Should I use Inigo Montoya’s famous question…
or Sidney Wang’s mocking praise?
Let’s poll it!
4. But life is still full of inspiring surprises! Witness the amazing redemption of Daniel Bard. He was a flame-throwing reliever of great promise with the Boston Red Sox. At 26, with nearly three seasons as an almost unhittable set-up man, soon to graduate to closer and all the millions that role would mean, he suddenly began losing the ability to throw the ball over the plate. His collapse in the final weeks of 2011, the same season that had seen him set a Red Sox team record with 25 consecutive scoreless appearances, cost his team a play-off slot, and his control got worse the next season. He had the dreaded Steve Blass Disease, named after a Pirates ace and Cy Young Award runner-up [That’s a correction: I originally wrote that Blass won the award (in 1971). I apologize to winner Steve Carlton and his fans.] whose control left him in his prime, destroying his career and nearly his sanity. There is no known cure. Like Blass, Bard returned to the minors in a desperate effort to regain his control and his confidence. Like Blass, he only got worse. We saw box scores from successively lower leagues showing Bard walking four batters, hitting three, and throwing multiple wild pitches in a single inning. The Red Sox released him, and he went from team to team for four years, finally quitting in 2017, again like Blass, when the frustration became too much.
Bard was working as a player mentor and mental skills coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks last year when something clicked. He decided to try pitching one last time at the advanced age of 35, and made the Colorado Rockies’ opening day roster this season. Still throwing in the high 90s just like when he was a young stud, Bard pitched 1⅓ scoreless innings in relief as the Rockies beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Saturday. Daniel Bard got the win, his first since May of 2011. “He said three words: ‘That was fun,'” Colorado manager Bud Black said after the game.
What a wonderful story!
And I have a perfect clip for this one…