1. Ay Caramba! Does anyone think that former Playboy model Eva Marie has a legitimate complaint because she was kicked off a Southwest flight along with her seven-year-old son for wearing this outfit on board?
I don’t. She said she was “humiliated and embarrassed” when a Southwest Airlines flight attendant told her she couldn’t board looking like that. I don’t believe it for a second. She was seeking publicity. “When they threatened to remove me off the plane if I didn’t have a change of clothes, I felt completely humiliated, embarrassed and highly offended,” the Instagram influencer said of the incident. “I’m an A list member for SWA and have a credit card with the airline and I have perks that allow any person traveling with me to fly free because of my high status with the airline. So even as being a loyal customer with them, I felt like the other women on the plane were judging me based on my attire and they were saying my breasts are too large,” she added. “Well, that’s something I can’t help.”
No, you shameless jerk, they were judging you because you won’t observe even minimal social conventions, like not going out in public looking like a stripper mid-routine. If she is a “high status” member of the airline, then she is presumably aware that it has a dress code. It is overwhelmingly likely that she pulled this as a stunt to gain Instagram users to “influence,” and exploited Southwest to do so.
The airline would be fair and reasonable to ban her from flying.
2. Moral luck, rationalization and the early morning phone call. My oldest and best friend called my office at 5:30 am on a Sunday to inquire about a piece of attire he had left in my car a couple of weeks earlier. By sheerest luck, a bout of insomnia had me in my office, working on Ethics Alarms. But that was pure luck: I don’t get up that early, and he knows it. Typically, a phone call coming in at such a weird hour frightens me, since I assume it is an emergency if it isn’t a wrong number. Indeed, I picked up the phone after recognizing his number and said, “What’s wrong?”
My wife, who heard the phone ring from the bedroom and was similarly alarmed rebuked me for not reprimanding my friend. “That’s outrageous! You don’t call someone on a Sunday at that hour for something so trivial!” she said. True, I argued, but as it was, it didn’t inconvenience me at all. He drove over, picked up the item as I handed it to him through his car window, and all was easy and pleasant.
Unfortunately for me, my wife reads Ethics Alarms, and pointed out that the fact that the call didn’t awaken and alarm me was moral luck, and that I was applying Consequentialism (#3) as well as “No Harm, No Foul” (#8) from the Rationalizations list. When I said that my friend deserved more generous treatment after our long relationship, she countered with Rationalization #10, The King’s Pass, Ethics Accounting (#21), Yoo’s Rationalization (#64) , and #59, “I’m All Right With It.”
3. NOW some election-related news….We have another hanging chad situation in Arizona, it appears. Morons—or Democratic schemers— running some of the polling places in heavily GOP precincts gave voters Sharpie pens to fill in their ballots, and those pens’ marks don’t register with the voting machines.
4. At least Portland voters aren’t as unethical and incompetent as they might be. At one point, the weak, antifa and Black Lives Matter-pandering Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was behind in double digits—wait, never mind, those were polls, and thus as reliable as a Ouija board. Anyway, Portland voters last night soundly defeated his challenger, Sarah Innarone, who is pro-riot and pro-antifa, as well as being a Communist. She recently wore a skirt honoring, among other murderers, Mao, the worst mass murderer of them all.
Portland voters are still incompetent and irresponsible to allow an inept leader like Wheeler to only have an un-American totalitarian like Innarone as an alternative to his continuing in office.
5. More good news: Maybe California isn’t completely irredeemable either! Last night, California voters rejected Proposition 16, which would have repealed the state’s ban on affirmative action policies including the the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in university admissions, public employment and contracting.