Evening Ethics Night-Cap, 1/18/2021: What A Terrible Bunch Of People!

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1. Wow. Now that’s a sex scandal even in France! Olivier Duhamel, a prominent French political scientist, radio show host and television commentator has quit his media and university posts after being accused of committing incest with his teenage stepson more than 30 years ago. His resignations included the Sciences Po university, where Duhamel, now 70, headed the body overseeing the renowned Paris institution. A book called “La Familia Grande,” just published and written by one of his stepchildren, revealed that Duhamel abused her twin brother beginning when he was 14. The brother told the news media, “I confirm that what my sister has written about the actions of Olivier Duhamel toward me is correct.”

Addressing her step-father directly in the book, Camille Kouchner wrote: “I am going to explain to you who sound off on the radio, you who offer the gift of your analysis to students, and strut about on TV stages. I am going to explain that you could, at least, have said sorry.”

Now there is a #MeToo-style incest movement in France, #Metooinceste, with over 20,000 tweets so far posted on accounts of people who say they had been sexually abused as children by adult family members.

2. This would be pretty embarrassing, if only the news media had the integrity to point it out. DC AG Karl Racine pronounced himself outraged that anyone would compare the Black Lives Matter riots to the Capitol riot. Last week, Racine called comparisons (accompanied by accusations of double standards and hypocrisy), “shocking and outrageous.”

Right. The BLM riots resulted in at least 8 dead, hundreds of wounded officers, and over $2 billion in damages. The D.C. installment of the riots attacked the White House and injured 150 officers. 60 members of the Secret Service’s Uniformed Division were injured holding off the mob while President Trump and his family were taken to a bunker. 65 Park Police officers were wounded and 11 had to be hospitalized, as compared to the January 6 toll of 60 Capitol Police and 58 D.C. cops injured.

One difference is that Democrats and the media accused police of violently assaulting “peaceful protesters” instead of condemning the BLM mob whose members threw bricks, bottles, fireworks, and bodily fluids at law enforcement officers. The BLM rioters set the White House gatehouse and the Church of the Presidents on fire. D.C. Democrats responded by demanding law enforcement leave and naming a plaza “Black Lives Matter.”

Racine, one of those D.C. Democrats, is sticking to the narrative, saying,

“The attempt to equate what occurred on the Capitol to BLM protest is shocking and outrageous, particularly when one counters that with a visual image of the manner in which the president of the United States protected the White House against BLM protesters.”

3. The Washington Post really thought this op-ed was worthy of publishing, because the writer is an associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, so her analysis must be worth reading. It’s not. Once again, we are presented with an academic whose exposure to gullible and trusting students is education malpractice. The key quote:

One of the organizers of the “Stop the Steal” movement is Ali Alexander, a Trump supporter who identifies as Black and Arab. The chairman of the neo-fascist Proud Boys is Enrique Tarrio, a Latino raised in Miami’s Little Havana who identifies as Afro-Cuban …What are we to make of Tarrio — and, more broadly, of Latino voters inspired by Trump? And what are we to make of unmistakably White mob violence that also includes non-White participants? I call this phenomenon multiracial whiteness — the promise that they, too, can lay claim to the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination….

Rooted in America’s ugly history of white supremacy, indigenous dispossession and anti-blackness, multiracial whiteness is an ideology invested in the unequal distribution of land, wealth, power and privilege — a form of hierarchy in which the standing of one section of the population is premised on the debasement of others. Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.

4 . Leaving me speechless… Today Hillary Clinton said that President Donald Trump’s phone records should be checked to see if he called Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Capitol riot. This follows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggesting in a podcast interview that Trump may have been coordinating with Putin during the riot.  “I would love to see his phone records, to see whether he was talking to Putin the day that the insurgents invaded our capitol,” Clinton said.

So poisoned with pathological hate are most Democrats that they can’t even detect the point where their leaders have crossed the line into lunacy. This is a problem.

5. Gall exemplified… Police say a carjacker in Beaverton, Oregon returned a 4-year-old child to her mother after realizing the kid was in the back seat. Then the thief scolded the mother for leaving the kid alone in the car, even threatening to call the police on her for child endangerment. Then he decided to hell with it, and drove off in her car, without the child.

The mother deserved the tongue-lashing, as she had left the car running with the child in the backseat while she went inside a store to buy a couple of items. The thief happened to walk by, realized the car was running, and took advantage of the opportunity, only to have to make a U-turn in the parking lot, to return the child.

Here once again is ethics estoppel. The car thief was right, but he is the last person to lecture the mother. It’s like an arsonist lecturing a home owner about not having working fire alarms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Evening Ethics Night-Cap, 1/18/2021: What A Terrible Bunch Of People!

  1. 4. I saw one of those printed signs that’s made to look as if it is hand made. It was posted in a front yard in Phoenix and probably distributed by the local Democrat party. It said, “Questioning an election is Treason!”

    So what does that make being a self-proclaimed member of “The Resistance?” Weren’t French Resistance members traitors against … the Vichy government? I think so. What is wrong with these people? They’ve lost their minds.

  2. There is a long blank block after the end of #5 between “working fire alarms.” and “[get ready]”. Should I be able to see something there? On the side bar archive list (as kind of a relative measure) it goes all the way from October 2018 to October 2011.

    I’m using Firefox but see the same in Edge.

    • Sigh.

      No, it’s all there. Nothing’s missing.

      I know people are sick of me explaining how this or that is due to WprdPress’s stupid “block” system, but this was 100% due to the block system. The metadata in one of the quotes produced a block I had never seen before, and it got in the way of writing. I couldn’t get rid of it–I trie everything I could think of. If that kind of thing happens early in a post, I just start over an delete the draft, but this one was half done. One delightful feature of the %&^^#!@ block system is that you can’t just highlight and copy a whole page or post in draft, you can only do one paragraph (block) at a time. I figured re-doing the post would cost me 30 minutes, and I don’t have 30 minutes to spend (and my hourly rate is 360 an hour). So I just moved the weird block as far away from the text as I could, finished the post, and checked to see if there was anything funky once I posted it. There wasn’t, except that blank space.

  3. And now they are ‘deputizing’ the military to get around the Posse Comitatus Act. You might say they can use the military as police in this instance, but if so, why deputize them? If you deputize them, aren’t you violating the act, because if you can just deputize the entire US Army, the act has no purpose? It is kind of like saying that spending bills can originate in the Senate if you gut an unrelated House Bill and pretend it was presented in the House first. That would negate a portion of the Constitution and no court would allow that, right?

  4. (3) This is not new. When I was in college, the minority student groups demanded that they be allowed to decide which students got to be considered their repective races. So, the Black Student Union would vet candidates and decide who was allowed to be listed as black, etc. They claimed this was necessary to prevent the ‘wrong’ type of people from getting the privileges of being a minority.

    Joe Biden didn’t come up with “If you don’t vote for me, you ain’t Black”, that is something all Democrats have known for a long time.

  5. One difference is that Democrats and the media accused police of violently assaulting “peaceful protesters” instead of condemning the BLM mob whose members threw bricks, bottles, fireworks, and bodily fluids at law enforcement officers. The BLM rioters set the White House gatehouse and the Church of the Presidents on fire. D.C. Democrats responded by demanding law enforcement leave and naming a plaza “Black Lives Matter.”

    I remember what you wrote.

    https://ethicsalarms.com/2021/01/06/ethics-observations-on-the-pro-trump-rioting-at-the-capitol/

    First and foremost, anyone who did not condemn all of the George Floyd/Jacob Blake/Breonna Taylor/ Black Lives Matters rioting that took place this summer and fall is ethically estopped from criticizing this episode.

    That means I can, and will, condemn it as stupid, useless, self-destructive and anti-democratic violence, but most Democrats, progressives and media pundits cannot.

    (emphasis in original)
    It is astonishing and outrageous that it was necessary for you to write this.

    So poisoned with pathological hate are most Democrats that they can’t even detect the point where their leaders have crossed the line into lunacy. This is a problem.

    Their whole Russian collusion and “Russia hacked the election” meme undermined their credibility to complain about people denying the legitimacy of the 2016 election.

  6. 1. I can only sneer at this. I guess some things are too effed-up even for the French, and there are effed up families in every corner of this world. This one just hit the news because it was a public figure abusing his teen stepson, and not the creepy single uncle giving his niece a more-than familial hug that set her intuition alarms ringing or the not-as-out-of-it-as-he-pretends to be grandfather touching his granddaughter in the wrong place and then saying it was a harmless accident.

    2. Unfortunately that’s another big lie and double standard that has taken root. You can point out the differences until you’re blue in the face, but the other side will just say that 93% of the BLM protests were peaceful, and those that got out of hand were due to white supremacist agitators stirring up trouble. As far as the left is concerned going forward, Trump gassed peaceful protestors and his people stormed the Capitol at his request, but Portland and Chicago and Seattle never happened, or they are greatly exaggerated. Anyone who says otherwise is a racist and a traitor so SHHHHHH!

    3. This is just another variation on Obama’s dividing of this nation into monoliths. Originally the idea was white men bad, everyone else good. Now the idea is that anyone who isn’t a white male becomes as bad as one by not toeing the progressive line. I seem to remember the Bolsheviks saying the same kind of thing about anyone who said that anyone who said maybe they should slow down or not be so destructive.

    4. When you have all the power, and you are determined to ruin someone, nothing is over the line as long as you can convince enough people to hate that person you are determined to ruin, or at least to think that person’s destruction would be a positive thing. I seem to remember a certain chancellor doing that with not just one person, but a whole race of people.

    5. Oregon has become the new California.

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