Ever have one of those days that just starts at an insane pace and never stops? The entire ProEthics staff (well, all two of us) is having such a day. If I can get four posts up, I will consider it a success.
1. Well, I did it. For the first time since before my 11th birthday, I didn’t watch a moment of the World Series. This wasn’t because the Red Sox weren’t there: I didn’t watch a singe Boston game after the team was allowed to boycott a scheduled game because man charged with rape, breaking the law by returning to harass his alleged victim, who placed a cop in a headlock, had a knife and may have been reaching for gun was shot by police. Is Jacob Blake the most ridiculous Black Lives Matter martyr of them all? It’s close: there is George Floyd, of course, a career criminal who make have overdosed on fentanyl, and the Wendy’s snoozer, Rayshard Brooks, who was shot while trying to shoot an officer’s own taser back at him. Then we have Ricardo Munez, who is seen via bodycam charging an officer brandishing a butcher knife. All of these shootings caused rioting. Hell, let’s poll it; I’m curious.
I don’t know if I’ll ever return to caring about a sport that chose to side with these people and against law enforcement and common sense, just because they were afraid of sparking the ire of their millionaire employees. If that doesn’t worry baseball executives, it should. I am, or was, among the .001% of most loyal, passionate, committed and active baseball fans. If the sport alienated someone like me, it’s in big trouble.
In baseball-related ethics news, Dodgers star Justin Turner ran out on the field to celebrate with his team, and generally ignored all of the mandates for safety even though he had just tested positive for the Wuhan virus. He was asked to leave, and refused.
2. If I decide to vote for President Trump—and I have not at this time—it will be because of the news media. Today I heard the media’s escalating refusal to report the news fairly referred to a virtual coup, and my reaction is, “what do you mean, “virtual?” This has been an attempted soft coup since 2016, but the adamant refusal of journalists to report the Biden family scandal and the revelation that “Anonymous” was promoted by the New York Times as a “senior” whistleblower when he was just a low level schlub, combined with the resignation of Glenn Greenwald, hardly a Trump booster, and the fake negative spin given to any news that should reflect well on the President…like this…
has me close to the brink. (Pointer Althouse for the screenshot).
If we allow these arrogant and unethical journalists to tilt an election by controlling what we see and hear like the IM Force in a bad “Mission Impossible” scheme, we will be slaves of propaganda. The Axis of Unethical Conduct must fail, or their power will strangle the republic.
3. This was a case study in how villains and cowards are rotting the culture. The Girl Scouts of America tweeted out a non-partisan, completely innocent salute to the women who have served as SCOTUS Justices,
and pulled it because of asshole tweets like these…
They are teaching girls to be intimidated and to be dominated and dictated to by bad and stupid people—who are, I must again point out, exactly the people who will be enabled by Democratic victories next week.
4. If Jonathan Turley is going to vote for Biden, he’s going to have to fight through some massive cognitive dissonance. His latest hit on the Trump Derangement in his own field was his column this morning in the Hill explaining the utter stupidity of fellow law professor Norm Ornstein to impeach Amy Coney Barrett if she does recuse herself from any election challenge before the Court. A demand for such recusal was filed yesterday in the Supreme Court. As Turley makes clear, this is partisan madness.
“Recusal under these circumstances would create a dangerous precedent for future nominees who are pressured to recuse solely to influence the outcome of pending or expected cases,” he writes. “There is not a single case in history where such a recusal of the justice has occurred under this type of flimsy claim. Barrett has no personal, professional, or financial interest in pending election cases.”
The new standard is “Orange Man Bad.” Academics are only slightly behind journalists in their revelation of a total integrity deficit during the 2016 Post Election Train Wreck.