I don’t recall any time in history, even the Sixties, when so many people, including those in elected position, behaved so stupidly with no apparent shame or self-awareness. This indeed is The Great Stupid. I could write post after post on just these episodes. But that would be, you know, stupid. So here are some brief notes acknowledging the phenomenon.
- Apparently actor Ryan Reynolds and his wife, rather less distinguished actress Blake Lively, are awash with guilt and remorse because they held their 2012 wedding at a former plantation in South Carolina. “[The wedding locale is] something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for,” Reynolds says. “It’s impossible to reconcile. What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy.”
So we’re cancelling places, now? We are supposed to shun areas where people were cruel, or where crimes occurred, or people with now-unacceptable values lived? How idiotic can we get? Reynold and Lively, apparently infected with irresponsible and irrational ideas spread by fanatics and hysterics, are now trying to spread them elsewhere.
My wife and I had a marvelous honeymoon at a lovely Virginia inn on the site of a converted plantation. I have no remorse about that at all. We stayed in the caretaker’s out-building, now converted into a lovely romantic cottage. My family celebrated Thanksgiving at Mount Vernon; I guess by the Ryan-Lively Standard that means I’m endorsing slavery. Nobody should live in Salem. Nobody should vacation in the former Confederate states. Or Germany. Or Japan. Or the nations from the former Soviet Union.
Stupid Rating (1-10): 9
- Just a week after a Starbucks employee was arrested for spitting in the coffee of a police officer, Vincent J. Sessler, 25, has been arrested for the same disgusting conduct at a Chicago Dunkin Donuts. The victim, an Illinois State Trooper, spotted the spit when he opened the coffee to let it cool. A surveillance camera caught Sessler in the act.
By what possible logic does it make sense, or is it fair, or can it be justified to treat another human being like that because of his occupation, based on the conduct of another member of the same profession in another state? That’s the essence of mindless bigotry. These idiots think they are opposing bigotry by being bigots?
Stupid Rating (1-10): 10.
You can’t be more stupid than this, right?
- Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser allowed rioters to spray paint their slogans all over the city. Then she commissioned her own graffiti, “Black Lives Matter,” which was painted in huge block letters on a DC street. Nor did she see anything amiss when BLM protesters then added “Defund the Police.” There were no arrests for any of this.
Then not-so-woke protesters used chalk to write “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” on the sidewalk, and were promptly arrested. This took place outside a Planned Parenthood facility. The two chalk-artists were arrested and charged with defacing public or private property.
Now, I’m not a First Amendment specialist, but it seems to me if a city government allows vandalism it agrees with, and arrests protesters who engage in milder vandalism when the message isn’t approved by the mayor, that’s chilling free speech. Boy, wouldn’t it be great if there was a non-profit, non-partisan organization that could be counted on to make this point in a courtroom?
Stupid Rating (1-10): I’ll say 5.
The middling score is only because Bowser knows her race-obsessed, mostly black citizens will tolerate it, and that the Washington Post is too partisan and biased to slam her the way she deserves.
On the other hand, Democratic officials seem to think there’s no longer any reason to hide their affection for totalitarian methods. I think this sort of arrogance will eventually run into Lincoln’s observation that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
- Jason Whitlock, one of the sharpest of American sportswriters, examined the recently leaked video showing the entire George Floyd incident, from his initial arrest to his death. And what a surprise! Whitlock, an African American, concludes that race had nothing to do with the tragedy, which, I am compelled to point out, Ethics Alarms concluded before the new video evidence. Whitlock writes,
The behavior of the police officers seems appropriate and restrained given Floyd’s level of resistance and bizarre conduct. The footage reasonably explains how and why Floyd wound up on the ground with multiple officers restraining him.
The video does not justify officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. But it does offer context why Chauvin would be reluctant to believe Floyd’s “I can’t breathe” cries. Nearly every word out of Floyd’s mouth was a desperate lie.
Here are the takeaways from the footage:
Floyd’s behavior escalated a routine arrest into a possible abuse of force.
The George Floyd case is not a race crime. No rational person can watch that footage and conclude the police were motivated by Floyd’s black race.
It’s going to be virtually impossible to convict former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao of any crime.
It will be equally difficult to convict Chauvin of murder.
Being a sportswriter, Whitlock goes on to ridicule the NBA, the NFL, and Major League Baseball, which…
… chose to drape themselves in Black Lives Matter symbols and view all negative encounters between black people and white people as examples of white supremacy. Life is far more complicated than the race-baiting that gets retweeted and liked over Twitter. What happened to George Floyd is more complicated than the substance-less assertion that Derek Chauvin acted out of racial animus. Chauvin abused his power. His defense lawyers will argue he was baited into abusing his power by Floyd.
Adam Silver, Roger Goodell and Rob Manfred… have been played and used by anarchists and communists who are using opportunists to promote an American race war.
But that’s just the pro sports leagues. Corporate America, and dozens of cities, and journalists and elected official have been played as well. Millions of dollars have been lost in phony protests, and Americans have been injured and killed in crimes because the police have been prevented from protecting them. Professors, public officials and business executives have lost their careers for not mouthing the mandated sentiments dictated by those “opportunists.”
And all because an incident that had nothing to do with race or racism was allowed to represent something it wasn’t.
Stupid Rating (1-10): No number can do this justice.
This is historically, tragically, operatically stupid. World War I stupid. The only thing stupider that I can think of right now is for us to refuse to call it what it is.