1 . Boy, the Pope must hate the U.S. media. ‘Did you hear that four people say the President called our soldiers “losers”? It’s true! They really say that!’
Pope Francis called gossiping a “plague worse than COVID” and risks dividing the Catholic Church. The devil, he says, is the “biggest gossiper.” who is seeking to divide the church with his lies.
Francis was discussing a Gospel passage about the need to correct others privately when they do something wrong. The Catholic hierarchy calls this the “fraternal correction” of priests and bishops to correct them when they err without airing problems in public. You know; like when they sexually abuse children. “Gossip” apparently means “talking about things the Church is trying to cover-up.”
Got it, Your Holiness!
2. Proposition: It’s unethical to buy your dog’s food at the Dollar Store. Sunshine Mills Inc., an Alabama-based pet food company, issued a recall of its dog food this week due to the levels of Aflatoxin, a toxic mold by-product with the potential of making dogs sick, according to a Food and Drug Administration news release. The products recalled are FAMILY PET Meaty Cuts, Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavors; HEARTLAND FARMS Grilled Favorites Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavor; and HAPPY LIFE Butcher’s Choice Dog Food. All are sold exclusively at Dollar General and Family Dollar stores.
I wonder if they sell baby food?
3. Let’s play “Whimsically Charming , Rock Stupid or Unethical”! UK hubby Adrian Shaw was sent out by his wife, Deborah, to purchase a garden gnome, to “tidy” the garden, But Adrian had an inspiration, Knowing that his wife loved “Jreassic Park,” he decided to buy an 11 foot long model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex that cost nearly $2000 and required another $750 or so to install it.
Then he set the T-Rex up in their garden, like, uh, a garden gnome:
Adrian says he assumed his wife would be delighted. Unfortunately, she first saw the model in the dark, at night, when she put out the dog for a loo break. Adrian realized his mistake when he heard the screaming.
My dad would have been tempted to pull a stunt like that. Tempted.
4. Well, let’s think about this...The Rockwood School District’s Pond Elementary School in Missouri received a complaint from a parent when “Ron’s Big Mission,”was read to a second-grade class. The book is based on the life of Astronaut Ron McNair, an African American astronaut and a member of the doomed 1986 Challenger crew, and tells the tale of his fight to get a library card as a child growing up in segregated South Carolina in the 1950s.
After hearing it read to her 7-year-old during an online video chat, the parent urged other parents to “preview what we are letting the kids see on there.” The statement was posted in a Facebook group for Concerned Parents of the Rockwood School District.
In defiance of the complaint, Pond Elementary School principal Carlos Diaz-Granados will read the book to the entire student body via Zoom next week.
- This being reported as a brave school opposing a racist parent. She’s certainly an inarticulate parent. Is the second grade too early to be indoctrinating kids about how racist the United States is? I don’t know, but I also don’t think it’s an illegitimate question. I also am certain that “previewing what we are letting the kids see on there.” is absolutely necessary for all parents, since public schools, their teachers and administrators are not trustworthy, and getting less so by the day.
- Reading the book to the whole school is flagrant virtue signaling by the principal, and a waste of education time for the older students.
- The question is, if an African American parent complained about a book celebrating John Glenn’s life as furthering a white supremacy narrative, would the principal have reacted the same way? It’s not even a question, is it? The book would have been pulled from the curriculum, and the School District would have issued an apology. Does anyone doubt this?
5. Ethics Hero: J. K. Rowling! Right or wrong, Harry Potter’s creator has integrity and the courage of her convictions. J. K. Rowling joined the LGBTQ “Most Hated” list—especially the T’s—when she retweeted an op-ed that used the phrase “people who menstruate” for “women.” Rowling objected, saying that “erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.” She was immediately branded a bigot and transphobic, of course.
After the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization’s president, Kerry Kennedy , said that Rowling’s assertion that sex is assigned at birth “diminished the identity of trans and non-binary people,” Rowling didn’t grovel, or apologize, or deperately calculate what would be safest for her book and movie royalties. Instead, she took to her website, and wrote that Kennedy “incorrectly implied that I was transphobic” and announced that she was returning the prestigious Ripple of Hope Award Kennedy’s organization gave her last year.
“I feel I have no option but to return the Ripple of Hope Award bestowed upon me last year,” she wrote. “I am deeply saddened that RFKHR has felt compelled to adopt this stance, but no award or honour, no matter my admiration for the person for whom it was named, means so much to me that I would forfeit the right to follow the dictates of my own conscience.”