This is applicable to so many aspects of today I don’t have space to list them. Prime among them are the apparent re-runs of the George Floyd riots in various cities, this time tied to the death of Breonna Taylor and the fact that the cops who didn’t murder her weren’t charged with murder. Hmmm…are these more stupid than the St. George riots, less stupid, or exactly as stupid?
1. I wonder…has the NFL killed more innocent black men than police over the years? Gale Sayers, the legendary Chicago Bears running back, died this week from “complications of dementia,” almost certainly meaning he was another victim of CTE suffered from playing what a friend calls “Concussionball.”
Well, as much as NFL fans might resent having players pollute entertainment with half-baked politicsal grandstanding, you can bet they would rather watch meaningless kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner” than forfeit the fun of watching human beings destroy their brains for cash.
2. This guy isn’t helping...Officer John Goulart, Jr., reported that at a shopping center in Pineville, La, Goulart was shot once in the leg and anotherbullet hit the back door of his patrol car. However, investigators determined that Goulart fired those shots, including the one that hit him in the leg, himself. Now he’s under arrest. [Pointer: valkygrrl]
3. Well, now we know what the penalty is for attempted cannibalism. 23-year-old Joaquin, Texas resident Alexander Nathan Barter, aka the “Dark Web Cannibal”, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison after his plot to murder, have post-mortem sex with and then eat a teenage girl was foiled. Barter pleaded guilty to child exploitation charges in December of 2019, then this week received his sentence, which also included permanent supervision following his release from prison when he’s 63 years-old.
In October of 2018, Barter posted an web ad that read “I’d like to try necrophilia and cannibalism, and see how it feels to take a life. If you’d be willing to let me kill you, are in the US (preferably in the south) and can travel by car, contact me.” An undercover officer saw the disturbing ad and contacted Barter, pretending to be the father of a yummy 13-year-old girl in Florida. Barter repeatedly told the officer in messages that he wanted to rape, kill, and eat the child . Officers arrested Barter at the pre-arranged meeting place where the aspiring cannibal expected to get his lunch date. Federal Agent Mark Dawson told reporters, “In my 23-year-career in law enforcement, this is among the most morally depraved and appalling criminal conspiracies that I have come across. Without the quick and decisive actions of special agents from HSI Cocoa Beach and HSI Beaumont, this disturbed predator would still be out there looking for potential victims to carry out his sick and demented fantasies.”
4. I’m shocked—shocked!—that so-called “kinder capitalism” is a crock! Decades ago I was involved in research and various studies at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce regarding what was called “corporate responsibility” then, and “kinder capitalism” today. The studies were always filled with exalted references to “stakeholders” and other jargon from consultants. My conclusion at the time was that corporations flogging the theme of their dedication to the good of society were engaged in what we now know as virtue signalling, and it was almost always a deceitful PR ploy. This observation became a conviction when I worked as an ethics consultant for a well-known tobacco company that gave large grants to cancer research organizations. The current rush to endorse fad movements like pandemic isolation and Black Lives Matter are just the current manifestation of the same phenomenon. Corporations serve society best when they do what they are designed to do, which is to provide necessary goods and services of quality and reliability at fair and affordable prices, and to employ as many people as possible while making money for investors and stockholders. Charitable contributions are always appreciated.
Now a new study by a consulting firm concludes that so-called “stakeholder capitalism” is mostly talk, which hardly required a study to discern. The New York Times sums up the findings:
The Business Roundtable’s statement of a purpose of a corporation, released last year, was touted by prominent executives as a landmark in the evolution of corporate governance. But its signatories have done no better than other companies in protecting jobs, labor rights and workplace safety during the pandemic, while failing to distinguish themselves in pursuit of racial and gender equality, according to the study.
5. Fake News! How many people realize it? The New York Times headline, “Republican Inquiry Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Biden,“ is false. Not misleading, not ambiguous. False. Get a few paragraphs into the article and you will see that…
….financial records obtained by the senators…showed Hunter Biden receiving large sums of money — sometimes as large as seven figures — from foreigners in China, Russia and elsewhere while his father was in office.
Elsewhere, the Times states,
[The report] was also filled with details that emphasized the unseemly appearance created by the younger Mr. Biden’s involvement with Burisma, given his father’s position. Section 8 of the report was entitled “HUNTER BIDEN: A SECRET SERVICE PROTECTEE WHILE ON BURISMA’S BOARD.”
And yet the article adopts the defensive position of Democrats, who
…accused Republicans of cherry-picking their findings. All 10 witnesses interviewed by investigators, they noted, had testified that neither Mr. Biden nor anyone else had altered American policy because of his son. “Every witness stated that Hunter Biden and his associates had no role in the formulation of U.S. policy, that Hunter Biden’s role did not influence U.S. foreign policy decisions, and that Vice President Biden carried out U.S. foreign policy in the interest of the United States,” the Democrats wrote.
How does anyone know that? Biden had responsibilities regarding U.S. policies toward nations and entities that were financing his son. That’s a textbook conflict of interest, and the unaddressed existence conflicts of interest (and their automatic byproduct, “the appearance of impropriety”) constitute wrongdoing by public officials and government officers. The President and Vice President are immune from punishment for such wrongdoing under government ethics regulations, but that doesn’t mean ithe conduct isn’t wrong.
Biden was obligated to recuse himself from any matters involving his son and his son’s influence peddling.He didn’t. The Times spin is pure misrepresentation and a pro-Biden cover-up.