Does anyone else find it remarkable that Democratic Party leaders aren’t the least concerned with how reasonable Americans might react to them talking like mobsters and thugs? Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi seemed to say that they might impeach the President if he nominates a judge to replace Justice Ginsburg. I suppose it’s comforting that the party is finally being open about the fact that it now regards impeachment as a pure partisan weapon, but how do you you threaten impeachment if a President fulfills his constitutional duties? For that matter, how can Democrats scream that the late Justice’s “dying wish” must be respected when it would require contradicting her statement about final year SCOTUS nominations: “The President is elected for four years, not three. So the powers that he has in year three continues into year four… and that’s how it should be”?
Well, it’s a rhetorical question, of course. Democrats have abandoned any pretense of consistency and integrity in their destructive anti-Trump mania. I thought this arch tweet was on point, but incomplete:
The list is much longer.
1. Love it. Princeton, engaged in BLM suck-up grandstanding, confessed that systemic racism is embedded there, so the Department of Education asked if Princeton doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, as must be the case to continue recieveing federal funding. The Education Department’s demand for an explanation got full huminahumina treatment in the statement Princeton issued in response. The excuse is that they aren’t at fault for the racism, since “everybody’s been doing it,” and at least Princeton acknowledges the problem.
2. Now THIS is an unethical lawyer! Dallas lawyer, Temani Me’Chelle Adams, was suspended from practicing before the Northern District of Texas for six months, and was lucky it wasn’t more. A panel of three judges ordered the federal court suspension of the criminal defense lawyer after a federal magistrate judge concluded she lied about sending text messages to a drug defendant during an intimate relationship before his arrest. The decision is here.
The judicial panel cited evidence of Adams’ dishonesty about the texting and her violation of a court order to stop communicating with a another defendant. Adams also tried to avoid direct answers during a hearing held for her to show cause why she shouldn’t be sanctioned for the misconduct.
She “has seemingly been unwilling to answer material questions directly and candidly, and we have found some of Ms. Adams’ answers to be intentionally obtuse and disingenuous,” the panel said in its opinion. “We think it likely” [that those actions] were calculated: the product of an intelligent mind, but one that lacks a fully functioning ethical compass.”
No kidding. Read the whole story here.
3. This was left out of yesterday’s notes: On September 20, 1777, near Paoli, Pennsylvania, British General Charles Grey ordered his approximately 5,000 British soldiers to attack a small regiment of Colonist troops, commanded by General Anthony Wayne, while they were sleeping. In what was called the Paoli Massacre, Grey ordered his troops to use only bayonets or swords to kill the sleeping Americans, stabbing them to death as they slept. The British soldiers apparently took no prisoners during the attack, stabbing or setting fire to those who woke up and tried to surrender. Nearly 200 Americans were killed or wounded.
We tend to think of the Revolutionary War as courtly and civilized compared to what came later, but that was not always the case.
4. Baseball Ethics: In case you were wondering, everything that happens in this miserable, shortened, weird, fake crowd noise season with seven inning games and offensive extra-inning rules this season will count in the record books. Baseball acknowledges that different factors, rule changes and other developments make comparing performances across seasons, decades and generations different and even unfair, but it decided long ago that what happens happens, and as one writer put it, “There’s no crying in baseball, and no asterisks either.”
Did you know that there is not now nor has ever been an asterisk attached to Roger Maris’s 61 home run record (since broken) in which he passed Babe Ruth’s iconic record of 60 using a longer season than Babe had in 1927? That imaginary asterisk has been referred to constantly through the years, but it was never more than hypothetical.