Saturday Ethics Bits and Pieces, 10/24/2020: Sushi And Coyotes

1. Another day, another police shooting where the black victim entirely brought his fate upon himself, resulting in, of course, another protest. This time the episode was in San Bernardino, California. An officer was dispatched at 11:16 p.m. in response a 911 call about a man jumping on cars in a parking lot. He’s “really drunk and he’s waving around a gun…and he’s just going crazy,” the caller told the police dispatcher. She described him as a black man with a white shirt and black shorts.

As soon as police learned he was black, they might as well have replied, “Sorry. He’s your problem.”

Body camera video shows the officer approaching Matthew Bender, who fits the description by the 911 caller. The police officer pulls out his gun and tells Bender, “Let me see your hands.” Bender  raises his hands briefly and then puts them back on his side, walking away from the officer and telling the cop, “Man, I’m going to the store.” The officer holsters his gun away and attempts to apprehend Bender, who tells him, “Don’t touch me!” The police officer wrestles Bender to the ground and tells him, “Stop fighting, dude.” Bender is seen on video reaching for an item in his waistband that appears to be a handgun.  As both men get up from the ground, and the officer draws his weapon and fires four shots at Bender, which proved fatal. A loaded, unregistered pistol was found on the suspect, who had a criminal record going back 17 years, , with arrests attempted murder, false imprisonment, domestic violence, theft and possession of narcotics. Shortly after the incident was reported, demonstrators shouting, “Abolish the police!” “Defund the police!” and “Fuck the police!” took to the streets, blocking  an intersection and attacking vehicles.

The policy the demonstrators in these episodes want is one where the police are defenseless, arrests are impossible, and black skin ensures immunity from law enforcement. This is neither just, fair, nor rational.

2. Give hate a chance. Hate is in, as you know: the Democrats are depending on it, and little else, to bring them victory next month. A website called BestLife developed a formula for determining the “most hated states,”  ranked from least hated to most hated. Who hates a state? I’ve been in 48 of them plus the District, and I like some more than others, but hating a state seems pathological to me. I assume the calculations preceded the George Floyd Freakout, because Washington, Oregon and Minnesota come out far too positively in light of their behavior since June. And why is Oklahoma the fourth most hated state?

3. I hereby declare this much less serious than masturbating on camera during a Zoom meeting. The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that it had obtained two photos that showed San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood posing next to a naked woman lying on a table whose body is partly covered by flowers,  leaves, and…. Sushi. Hood was not in uniform. Now the episode, which apparently occurred during another firefighter’s birthday party, is under review.

City Manager Erik Walsh told the media, “We all have to be aware that our actions outside of the workplace — good, bad or otherwise — reflect on the organization we represent.”


Hood, who has been fire chief since 2007, offered a lousy apology, saying “I certainly didn’t intend to offend anyone, and if I did, I sincerely apologize.” He doesn’t get it. The issue isn’t “offending” anyone. The issue is whether a key leader in the community whose judgment and values must be trusted by the public undermines his effectiveness and engenders distrust by being photographed eating sushi off of naked women.

4. When I heard the President word “coyotes”, I immediately thought, “I wonder how many knee-jerk Trump-haters will make asses of themselves over this.” The answer was, “quite a lot.” David Hogg, who is on a path to have his credibility completely destroyed before he’s 25, took offense, writing, “Imagine calling the immigrant parents that bring their children to the United States for a better life ‘Coyotes.'” A bunch are listed here, like “I’ve seen a lot of coyotes here in SoCal but I’ve never seen one carrying a kid.” Dar’shun Kendrick, a Democratic state representative from Georgia, tweeted,

“Did @realDonaldTrump just say 545 kids they can’t find their parents for came over through “cartels and coyotes”?! How the hell does a coyote bring a whole human across the border?! Lord—–stop talking.”

No, the President wasn’t calling  Mexicans animals.

I do wonder if he used the word just to trap the Deranged. That would be unethical.

35 thoughts on “Saturday Ethics Bits and Pieces, 10/24/2020: Sushi And Coyotes

  1. 1. “The policy the demonstrators in these episodes want is one where the police are defenseless, arrests are impossible, and black skin ensures immunity from law enforcement.” Yup. You’ve hit the nail right on the head. A lot of them want either black separatism or black supremacy.

    2. NJ tops the list, which is kinda surprising, since a lot of people just think of us as pass-through country between Philadelphia and NYC. Still, given the rudeness and level of corruption (mayors and other public officials constantly going to jail, every governor since Thomas Keane a slimeball), I can see why. I’ve been to 19 states plus DC, although some only briefly. I’d just as soon never go to Massachusetts again, too corrupt. I will never set foot in Maine again, because I am still VERY angry at someone there. I used to like Virginia, but since the Democrats got complete control and Richmond went nuts I think I will keep my distance. I used to like NYC, but that’s before DeBlasio flushed it down the toilet this year. I plan to steer well clear of that place probably until at least 2022.

    3. 4. Idiot and idiots.

    • Hating New Jersey is the only natural response to visiting it. I’ve driven in New Jersey without an EZ-Pass on the Garden State Parkway. Ever since my friend in that state moved to Ohio, I will never voluntarily set foot in New Jersey again.

      As for why Oklahoma is the fourth most hated state, I assume it because Texas makes up 10% of the population.

        • I got a New York one, after a couple years of driving to New Jersey without one and cursing the state. I once got in a toll snafu back in 2015 that actually required writing to the Honorable Chris Christie to resolve.

          The NY one only debits funds after you use a toll road. I made my whole family get them, after I lent my brother mine and I forgot to retrieve it before going to NJ.

      • I don’t hate Oklahoma. But I do hate how the university of that state’s name obtains well over 50 percent of its football talent from Texas, and calls its team the “Sooners.” Rustlers, is more like it. Or Impostors. And that’s American football I’m talking about. I don’t know, but I would not be surprised if the school also has more than 50 percent of its futbol rosters composed of recruits from Texas, too.

    • “I can see why. I’ve been to 19 states plus DC, although some only briefly.”

      You expressed not being particularly happy about missing your trip to the EAA in WESconsin last summer; America’s Dairyland remain off your no-fly zone?

      • We shall see. American Airlines so badly muffed the flight there AND the flight back in 2019 (delays, last-minute cancellations, missed connections, rude staff) that if I go again I think I’ll only fly as far as Chicago and rent a car to drive the remaining 175 miles (which is about a morning or an afternoon), or maybe take more than a week and spend some time in Chicago first. A college friend is a captain in the CFD and said he and his wife would be glad to show me the place. The problem with EAA is it also overlaps with the UK Royal International Air Tattoo, the biggest all-military airshow in the world, which I would like to visit again (went in 2018). It’s a little repetitious in some ways (a lot of countries use the same aircraft and how many Typhoon or Viper or Hornet demos can you watch?), but very unique in others (Eastern bloc aircraft, European teams that almost never come to the US, and sometimes princes).

  2. Apparently many of those 545 kids (485) were in fact transported into the United States by someone other than a parent. The parents were contacted in their home country and they did not want the kids repatriated. Even those who might have been deported NEVER demanded their children be returned. So, the permanent separation of children from the parents results from parental behavior and not Trump or the INS or CBP.

  3. Many of the parents of those 485 children most likely hope that a new Democrat administration will allow them to be processed as “dreamers”, let them stay in the US, and then let parents legally come here to care for them.

    • In that case, the parents are just putting the child at great risk, leaving them to the whims of fate and strangers, in the hopes the parents can benefit from it. I suspect in many of the cases, the parents sold the children to the smugglers. The smugglers use the children to ease border crossings because families were just released into the US with a court date. If you sell your child to the cartels, you can’t have the child returned to you. The cartel owns that child.

  4. 1. I am sure – at least 99.67% sure – that a social worker would have de-escalated this rapidly and probably offered the perp a gift card for the King Tut liquors stores as part of the process.

    • The King Tut Liquor Store. Thanks Rick, I’m glad I’m not the only one who blinked at that. Is it unethical to name a liquor store after a guy whose corpse, or at least his coffin, is exposed to strangers in a museum? Discuss. 25 Pts.

      • Well, Bill, we might as well start the ball rolling on this one. The Ted Kennedy Bridge? Maybe the Andrew Cuomo Nursing Home? Or the Jerry Nadler Men’s fashion Store?

        • Have they renamed that bridge yet? The bridge that was called the Edmund Pettus Bridge? Is it the John R. Lewis Bridge yet?

    • I watched the video of the shooting. Looks bad. Let’s bust some stuff.

      There was an embedded news reporting for LA Channel 4, which I watched, as well. I am curious. Do reporters get training in the way they relate stories? Every TV newscaster or reporter has the same sing-song cadence and inflections to their presentations. It makes me crazy (. . . erm . . . crazier?). They begin with a salutation (“That’s right, Bill . . .”) and proceed to tell us the story, with a bteathless, staccato delivery, accelerating to an apex, and then evening out to the closing, ending with “we’ll keep you posted, Bill.” Bill responds with, “Thanks for that report, Kristen. And in other news, a long-lost dog walked all the way from Idaho to reunite with her family here in Santa Monica. Story after the break.”


      • JVB, you might have answered your own question. The on-the-air talkers, since they truly are that consistent from one to the other in the pattern of their reporting, as well as in their tone, cadence, inflections, etc., then it’s safe to at least suspect that somewhere, somehow, they are trained; “schooled;” socially engineered with amazing, factory-precision practice; threatened within an inch of their lives, or otherwise knowingly or unknowingly coerced, duped, bribed, or whatever, into doing exactly as you describe (which is exactly as I see and hear them, too).

  5. Loved the Dave Clark Five clip. Did not recall their precise choreography. Dave Clark’s drumming is impressive. Very tight, and great lyrics. I was just recently remembering the lyrics in thinking about a character in a piece I’m working on saying to a guy, “So she dumped you. Big deal. Girls do it all the time.” I think “Bits and Pieces” counters that pretty well. Funny how the ethics of pop songs had such a subtle but lasting impression on young kids trying to grow up at the time. Or at least moi.

    • I heard Ringo talking on the Beatles Channel about how Lennon told him after one session that he sounded like Dave Clark, and Ringo said he knew exactly what that meant: driving the song with heavy drums. Clarke is a great interview himself. It’s amazing to think that for a brief moment, the Five and the Fab Four were considered rivals and equivalents.

      • They evidently appeared on Ed Sullivan, Beatles first then DC5. They, DC5 were the second wave of the British Invasion. Their Wiki article hardly mentioned “Bits and Pieces.” Had forgotten about “Glad All Over” and “Everybody Get Together Now.” From Wiki: “They made 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show – more than any British Invasion group.” The dubbed Sullivan Show appearances are hilarious. How could they play their instruments and sing while bopping all over the minimalist sets like cartoon characters. We were such dolts.

          • Only tangentially related to this discussion: I feel so all alone, now that Jerry Jeff Walker has died. I’m a “crossover” kind of “musical gastronome,” I guess. Beatles, DC5, Zeppelin, Run DMC, Moody Blues, JJW and so many more genres, groups, and artists. God, I hate cancer. Maybe someday, I’ll be a little like a line in one of Jerry Jeff’s songs, “He’s 68 and drinkin’ in a honky-tonk.”

          • I’ve read that most musical acts on Sullivan were performed live, but rock bands in particular we sometimes an exception. Could be several reasons for that…difficulty in properly micing the instruments, tendency to agree to drop “questionable” lyrics, then not doing it. Apparently DC5 requested using recordings because they didn’t trust the TV audio crew to mix correctly. Even so, there’s a video of a glitch with several seconds’ loss of their audio that makes it obvious it’s not live. Thankfully, the show ended in 1971, and Sullivan never had to host Rush 😉

            There are other little Easter eggs in various old recordings for different bands….Guitarist and baseman swapping and pretending to play the other’s instrument, playing on the wrong side of a capo, etc.

  6. 1. As soon as police learned he was black, they might as well have replied, “Sorry. He’s your problem.”

    Roger that. Why did he have to get killed? As one fine citizen is quoted as saying, “He probably had a gun to protect himself from the police!” And besides, all he was doing was jumping on cars. What’s the big deal. Like George Floyd was just trying to pass a bad fake twenty. Are either of those capital offences? Can’t we all just get along? And besides, he’d evidently only been charged with various crimes and not convicted.

    • I’m beginning to think these incidents are going to just become so common there will be a little rioting and then people will say, “Ho hum,” and forget about them. “Yeah, right. Black Lives Matter. Sure. Whatever.”

  7. “hating a state seem pathological to me.”

    Same here. Just found out that a Milwaukee dwelling SIL doesn’t want to go to the closest ocean beach (Gulf Shores, AL) because it happens to be in a Red State.

    You have to think that there must exist at least some Lefties in the 65.3 % white/not Hispanic or Latino population, let alone the 34.7 % minority and 51.7 % X-Chromosomal Unit demographics.

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