Let’s Get The Week Off To A Positive Start With Encouraging Ethics Stories! Like…Oh. Never Mind…(Part 2)

Part I is here.

Still trying to empty my “annoying ethics notes” in-box. Bear with me…

4. It’s called “not caving to peer pressure.” Remember when that was a good thing? In the 75% black NBA—that means black supremacy, right?—any white player who doesn’t grovel before that Black Lives Matter idol, which has its name emblazoned on the NBA courts—is asking to have his home firebombed. Thus the only player with the guts and integrity to stand for the National Anthem—not standing is the position of the Democratic Party, remember—is black. Orlando Magic forward, Jonathan Issac,  became the first NBA player to demonstrate proper respect for the symbol of the nation that my father risked his life for, as the NBA resumed its season after a 20-week hiatus. All the other players and coaches from both teams, as well as referees, “took a knee” during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, as the 22-year-old not only stood, but was not wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt.

Here was a typical reaction on social media:

Got that? Not caving to the mob is weak, and Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.

5. And while we’re on the topic of the National Anthem, I refuse to believe a majority of Americans will vote for the side that encourages this insanity. Last month, The USSSA Pride and Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, two independent professional softball teams that feature some of the top players in the world, began a seven-game series in Melbourne, Fla., facing little competition from other live sports. However, after the organization’s  general manager tweeted  to President Trump during the game that the teams were standing during the national anthem, all the players quit, vowing never to play for the organization again.

6. In case you wondered, the New York Times is still romanticizing and sentimentalizing illegal immigration.  So is Netflix. In its new documentary “Immigration Nation”—that gets an immediate ding from me, because it’s about illegal immigration, a crime, not immigration, an honorable, essential process—

Part of that effect comes from seeing agents push the boundaries of legality — most strikingly, how they routinely enter apartments when “invited” by cowed, uncomprehending immigrants, in a way that’s surprisingly similar to what you’d see in a TV cop drama. (Maybe that’s where they learned it.) Once inside the home of the target, probably an immigrant accused of a crime, they frequently find “collaterals,” additional people who can be rounded up simply because they’re undocumented.

That last clause is a classic. It’s not “simply because they are undocumented,” it is entirely because they are in the country illegally, violating our borders and laws, and if they left on their own, the wouldn’t have to be “rounded up.” Here’s another quote from the review,

But the real impact of the show’s early episodes isn’t the outrage you may feel over the thuggish tactics. It’s the wearying, demoralizing depiction of a self-perpetuating bureaucracy, one that churns through the lives of people it takes little notice of — as if your trip to the D.M.V. meant not just standing in an endless line, but then being shackled and put on a plane to Central America.

The lives of illegal immigrants are not the concern of ICE—they are the responsibility of their own countries. “Self-perpetuating bureaucracy” is meaningless pejorative rhetoric: what perpetuates  ICE is the continued breaching of our borders, encouraged and enabled by people like Hale. and, incidentally, the late John Lewis.

7. Here’s a revealing article that will blow your mindThese Girls Are Leading Black Lives Matter Protests.

The Times interviews several self-involved, self-righteous, passionate and completely ignorant young women who demonstrate that they are motivated entirely by free-flowing emotion without any concern for reality. Of course, the Times reporter feeds their narcissism, never challenging their certitude. If you wonder why so much of the George Floyd Freakout looks like it was organized by children, here is your answer: it is.

“’I think that educating people is essential to movement building,” said Ms. Chandler, who is also active in the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led climate justice organization,'” says the piece. Chandler is not talking about education, but indoctrination. She appears to lack basic critical thinking skills, like all of the young women interviewed.

“Climate justice is racial justice. Black Lives Matter isn’t just about eliminating police brutality. It’s about dismantling all systems that endanger Black people,” says Briana. She just regurgitates slogans and cant. She couldn’t explain what “climate justice” is, or how the goals of the Green New Deal would affect the economic status of blacks, or any of the scientific evidence. She just knows she is right.

Brianna goes on: “It’s the idea that Black women have to say things nicely, or they have to say things using standard English, or that they’re ignorant if they speak using African-American vernacular English. I think what the world gets wrong is that the anger of Black women isn’t valid — and it is. It’s more valid than I think any white person can comprehend.”

No, they are naive and foolish to speak using ungrammatical dialects, because they cannot be understood, and because they create the rebuttable presumption that they are uneducated. Moreover, “anger” is not a substitute for reason. It impedes reason. Your anger may be valid, but the conclusions you reach based on anger may not be.

Here’s Brianna again:

I will say that sometimes the more popular elder activists are reformist. And I think that my generation is kind of calling for abolition rather than reform. Like, we don’t just want to give police body cameras. We want to get rid of the police because we don’t feel like they’re making anyone safer. We don’t feel like they’re making our neighborhoods better.

You don’t feel like that because you have no idea what you’re talking about.  Crime and violence in major cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York have exploded since the George Floyd Freakout, because police are standing down, or because they have been forced to minimize law enforcement. Feelings aren’t facts. Most adults, not all, but most, come to learn that.

 

13 thoughts on “Let’s Get The Week Off To A Positive Start With Encouraging Ethics Stories! Like…Oh. Never Mind…(Part 2)

    • Today the popular claim is white America is systematically racist against all non-whites.

      “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. ” Adolf Hitler

      The Oxford dictionary defines racism thusly: NOUN

      1Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.
      1.1The belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.

      The 2019 U.S. Census Bureau Estimate:
      Non-Hispanic white 63.4%
      Hispanic and Latino (of any race) 15.3%
      Black or African Americans 13.4%
      Asian 5.9%

      Given the above demographics explain if the US is systemically racist. Explain if the US is systemically racist.
      How did Obama get elected twice?
      How the vast majority of the NFL and NBA is composed of very highly compensated black athletes?
      How from 1865 through 2006: 3 constitutional amendments and 17 major laws were passed in the US. https://history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/BAIC/Historical-Data/Constitutional-Amendments-and-Legislation/

      Regarding the NY Times article. Before, the internet and social media, the impact of a village idiot was typically confined to their village and immediate countryside. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Today, the reach of an individual idiot has grown to be regional if not national or global in scope. To make matters worse the internet allows multiple village idiots to share absurdities and even compete with one another for recognition. More disturbing than the reach of an individual village idiot is the realization that the education systems around the world have abandoned teaching students how to think and replaced it with lessons in what to think. This education shift has resulted in producing numerous villages, states, and even nations worth of idiots. I can think of no other explanation for AOC’s popularity, DeBlasio’s multiple terms in office, the NY Times and Washington Post’s continued existence, and the continued reelection of the vast majority of nonperforming incumbent politicians.

      • Tom P wrote, “Today the popular claim is white America is systematically racist against all non-whites.”

        I have seen no evidence to support the claims that systemic anti-non-white racism exists but the cult of social justice warriors believe it with their whole heart, mind and soul and there’s nothing you can say to change their minds.

        Tom P wrote, “Before, the internet and social media, the impact of a village idiot was typically confined to their village and immediate countryside. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Today, the reach of an individual idiot has grown to be regional if not national or global in scope. To make matters worse the internet allows multiple village idiots to share absurdities and even compete with one another for recognition. More disturbing than the reach of an individual village idiot is the realization that the education systems around the world have abandoned teaching students how to think and replaced it with lessons in what to think. This education shift has resulted in producing numerous villages, states, and even nations worth of idiots.”

        I’ve been blogging about stupid people for over a year now…

        “When you have one stupid person ranting in public it’s easy for the public to shrug it off and explain it away to others as “it’s just a wacko”, but what happens when that wacko’s rantings become mainstream and there are hordes of stupid people publicly parroting the same irrational emotionally driven nonsense, shutting down public meetings, blocking roadways, wrecking businesses, destroying property and making the public feel unsafe to use their fundamental right to free speech and speak their mind.”

        Apathy Fertilizes A Breeding Ground For Stupidity

        “What I’m seeing is that there are hive minded stupid people, aka 21st century social justice warriors, that are trying to justify their virtue signaling and weaponized free speech and anti-social behaviors by employing nearly every unethical rationalization on this list. They’re clearly obsessed with their new found power to manipulate society with intimidation and they are employing the unethical and immoral tactic at will and unopposed. If you don’t fall in line with the hive you’ll be considered a pariah and you will be attacked using all forms of media, you’ll be smeared in public places by irrational social justice warriors virtue signalling at the top of their lungs and bullying businesses into abusing the rights of people to live in peace and in some cases physically assault that which they oppose. It doesn’t matter one bit if the perceived opposition to the stupid people is factually correct, if someone or something appears to be opposing the righteousness of the hive in any way they’ll be attacked. The hive appears to consider itself to be infallible and perfect and they must squash all semblance of opposition and annihilate that which they think is imperfect. This all sounds to me like a the hive is trying to brainwash the public and if you take the time to look around at how society is changing you’ll see that people are in fear of these stupid people and the intimidation tactics are working.”

        Hordes of Anti-Social “Stupid” People Stomp Civility Into Submission!

        “Wake up people; the Constitution of the United States of America is actively being bastardized and stripped of its power by progressives and their political arm of brainwashed social justice warriors. What makes the United States of America the United States of America is actively being demonized and sent to the burning fires of hell. These people hate the United States of America and all it stands for. I can only guess that their end goal is to completely dissolve the United States and install a totalitarian government.”

        Ignorance or Societal Brainwashing?

        If we don’t want to live under rules created by stupid people then we need to set aside our apathy for society and politics, stand up for intelligent truths and do something about what’s happening!

  1. 4. As I recall, he said he is a Christian and we’re all created in God’s image and he only kneels for The Lord. He’d probably been okay if he were a Muslim and had said he only kneels for Allah.

  2. I’m rarely without some form of patriotic or pro-emergency services lapel pin, be it a flag, a “343” or whatever. I do have one that is the US flag crossed with the Blue Lives Matter flag, A co-worker recently proffered me a Black Lives Matter one, and suggested it was time for me to put the others into storage for a while. I’m also one of the few Italian-Americans in this office, and I’ve been told it’s time for me to use my “privilege” to right old wrongs, by convincing “my people” to “clear Columbus out of the suburbs.” The thought is that it’s one thing for big liberal cities to do it, though not all have (New York is still holding out). It’s quite another for the suburbs where a lot of the Italians who bought homes and moved out of Newark went (and still are) to do it. So they need one of their own to convince them. These people really expect me to start reaching out to the municipal officials and Italian-American organizations in southern Bergen, northern Essex and western Hudson counties and convincing them to make the change. “They’ll listen to you,” I’ve been told. “Once you people are convinced to get on the right side of history the rest will follow.” Essentially I’m supposed to be a messenger from “enlightenment.”

    I really do think there is a sea change coming with regard to patriotism and the way it is expressed. When I go to the traditional patriotic events I go to (airshows are big there), it’s always the 40 and over crowd who uncover during the invocation and stand for the national anthem. The younger folks, such few as there are at these events (usually family members of these older folks), could care less, and when the announcer tries to fire up the crowd with patriotic or pro-military rhetoric, are the ones rolling their eyes. I think that after a full year without patriotic gatherings or events, there’s a good chance that, when the virus is finally beaten (and it will be) that a lot of people will just walk away from those events once and for all. Traditional patriotism became hated during the 1960s and had to take a hiatus during the hangover that was the 1970s, before a revival under Reagan. I think it’s headed for the same cycle here, only worse. At this point I’m not just a square for being a traditional patriot. Every time I stand for the national anthem, every time I salute the flag, every time I say something supporting the police or the military or anything conservative, I’m saying to the black and brown and gay people “you don’t matter.” If I do that, I deserve the anger you speak of.

    This is where we’re headed if people don’t realize what the hell’s going on and say “no, this is going too far.”

  3. Jack: “Self-perpetuating bureaucracy” is meaningless pejorative rhetoric:

    Call me cynical, but when I read “Self-perpetuating bureaucracy” I thought, “God, is that redundant, if not tautological.” But, maybe there are people out there that really believe that some bureaucracies don’t have self-perpetuation as a secondary goal; you know, Morons.

    -Jut

  4. Re: No;. 4; “Bust the Busters, screw the Feeders. Make the Kneelers feel the Way I Feel.”

    (Paraphrased from Max Webster Band’s “Battle Scar”)

    Call me a Philistine, but I tend to stop reading, listening, considering, or even thinking about anything that starts with “Wow. Bra, . . . .” To my Philistinian ways, it is signature significance of laziness and vapid thinking and simply doesn’t interest me at any level whatsoever.

    I find it simply fascinating that Jonathan Isaac had to answer questions at his post-game press conference about his decisions. I don’t know him. I don’t follow basketball with any sort of regularity to be conversant about the current status of the game (I just found out that the NBA took a few months’ hiatus as a result of COVID. Who knew?) but last night I watched the last 2 minutes of the Houston Rockets – Milwaukee Bucks game and noticed that the game was supposedly in Houston. I didn’t recognize the venue, only to learn that they played at someplace other than Houston’s Toyota Center for some reason I am not sure I follow, but hey . . . I did see Black Lives Matter emblazened on the floor, and players’ jerseys all had the same last name: “Black Lives Matter”. I didn’t realize that family was so big! Wow. Perhaps the NBA knows its fan base very well and this is acceptable. MLB and the NFL may not have that same following. I suspect many fans might walk away from the sports as a result of having a political slogan shoved down their throats.

    jvb

  5. “a self-perpetuating bureaucracy, one that churns through the lives of people it takes little notice of”

    Leftists like Hale are always calling for more government, but complain when they get it. Hey, Mike, an unfeeling, self-perpetuating bureaucracy that destroys everything it touches is *exactly* what “more government” looks like.

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