For the record, I believe that Dean Martin’s is the definitive version of this holiday favorite. It’s the perfect vehicle for his inimitable style, which always makes me smile. I miss Dean; indeed I miss all of the great singers whose Christmas offerings come up on the Sirius-XM “Christmas Traditions” channel, because they are all dead, every one of them. In one short trip, I heard Bing, Dean, Rosemary Clooney, Burl Ives, Nat King Cole, and Karen Carpenter. All gone. Christmas songs shouldn’t make you sad.
1. No, “doctor” doesn’t mean “teacher.” The disingenuous nonsense defenders of Jill Biden and anyone else who insists of being called “Dr.” because they have a doctorate is stunning, and the hypocrisy is hilarious. When the pompous one was a Trump White House aide, the biased media mocked him. Now that the insecure title-wielder is a Democrat, the rules are different. Got it.
One particularly off-base defender of the non-medical “Dr.” in the comments writes, “Doctor means teacher.” No, it obviously doesn’t, or all teachers would be called “doctor.” My best high school teacher, Miss Rounds, who taught Latin, actually had a PhD but never asked her students to call her “Dr.,” because, you see, that would be stupid. Funny: none of the lists of synonyms for “doctor” include “teacher,” and none of the lists of synonyms for “teacher” include “doctor.”
But mirable dictu! The embarrassingly Orwellian Miriam Webster Dictionary, as it showed in this episode, has as its #1 general definition of “doctor” is “a learned or authoritative teacher.” I thought it had changed the definition to cover for Jill, just as it had changed a definition to follow the Democratic narrative in October (and as Dictionary.com did this very month). But no, Commenter Phlinn found that Miriam Webster has its outlier definition at least since January, hence this correction.
Now, if only on-line dictionaries were trustworthy and didn’t pull their partisan games, I wouldn’t suspect them. But they do, I am, and I am not wrong to be.
2. Re: The Parkland shooting, a law vs. ethics lesson. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Atlanta ruled last week that 15 survivors of the 2018 mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, cannot sue school officials and law enforcement for failing to protect them in a December. 11 opinion. The suit had alleged that the response to the shooting was so incompetent that it violated the students’ constitutional rights.
You will recall the school security officer cringing outside as shots were being fired. The suit claimed that the security guard allowed alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz to enter the school before the shooting began, despite recognizing him as potentially dangerous. The suit also said the police officer in charge of school security did not enter the building to try to stop the shooting, allowing Cruz to murder 17 people while injuring 17 others.
The 11th Circuit ruled that the students couldn’t sue because they weren’t in the custodial care of the defendants as defined in cases of incarceration or other involuntary confinement. The presence of armed school-safety officers on the grounds, “whether by itself or in combination with truancy and compulsory attendance laws, does not restrain students’ freedom to act in a way that is comparable to incarceration or institutional confinement,” the appeals court said. When there is no custodial relationship, conduct by a public official doesn’t rise to the level of a substantive due process violation unless the act is arbitrary or “shocks the conscience.” Because the Parkland shooting “called for split-second judgments,”an official’s conduct doesn’t shock the conscience unless it stems from a “purpose to cause harm.”
3. Why is Cleveland dumping its “Indians” nickname? This isn’t a case like the Washington Redskins, currently without a name, which were saddled with an admittedly problematical moniker though neither Native Americans nor football fans seemed to mind it. But as David Marcus points out at The Federalist,
“The term “Indian” to indicate a Native American is not even remotely racist. Just to cite just one example, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is named what it is named precisely because American Indian is the term preferred by many Native Americans.”
In fact, the only reason to change the Cleveland baseball team’s name is to capitulate to progressive bullying that stems from a need to project its power. American sports team names honor the characteristics of what the name refers to, and yes, that even applied to the Redskins. This is all about groveling and virtue signaling, but ironically, the ultimate losers will be Indians, or, if you prefer, Native Americans. Writes Marcus, correctly,
“If we have now reached the point where the word “Indians” cannot appear on a baseball jersey, then clearly everyone from teachers to content creators will have to tread very carefully in engaging the subject. The upshot may very well be that many people don’t think its worth the risk, and just avoid the subject…at its best, the example of the American Indian has imbued the American psyche with a respect for this land that is unique in the Western world. That is a legacy that we should continue to cherish and we can’t do that if people are afraid to even utter the word “Indian.”
Ultimately this is always the problem with the concept of cultural appropriation. When told often enough that one is misusing or should not be engaging with aspects of a culture many inevitably throw up their hands and just say, “Fine, then I’ll ignore it.” In this particular case that would be a terrible result for the very concept of what being an American is.
This decision by the brass of Cleveland’s ball club does the country a great disservice….Now they will have to settle on a new name, one that causes no controversy, one that embraces our new culturally segregated reality.
He concludes, “I’m sure the search for a new name will be exhaustive and exhausting, but I’ll throw out an idea. The Cleveland Cowards has a nice and truthful ring to it.”
4. Well, that’s the end of THAT skull…The University of Texas at Austin J-School announced The Dan Rather Medal for News & Guts. No, I wouldn’t kid you; it really did.
Well to be fair, I guess it takes a lot of guts to use fabricated evidence and a forged document to try to influence a Presidential election when you are a supposedly trustworthy news anchor.
5. Annnnd there goes what was left of that skull: San Francisco Unified School District will be renaming the Abraham Lincoln High School, because, you see, Lincoln “did not demonstrate that ‘black lives mattered to him.’ These are the people who are teaching our children. If you let them, you will deserve what you get.
I would move out of the state rather than allow my child to be taught be people that ignorant and politically warped.