Valentine’s Day Ethics Warm-Up: “Ya Gotta Love Ethics!”


I’m going to see if I can get through this entire post without mentioning yesterday’s acquittal of Donald Trump. There’s a whole other post around the corner for that. Let’s see.

I was sorely tempted to post the simple word “Good!” to my Facebook feed, but resisted the temptation. All it would have accomplished was to trigger some genuinely, or at least formerly, nice and reasonable people….who have nonetheless been smug, abusive, irrational, nasty, obsessed, hateful and harmful to the culture and society since November 2016. And as much as the Duke in “McClintock!” is an inspiration…

…I won’t. At least, not right now.

1, And the audacious hypocrisy continues! To a ridiculous and childish extent, too. Here’s Dr. Jill Biden’s kindergarten-style, “do as we say not as we do,” signaling-virtue-while-not-actually-engaging-in-it White House lawn display.

Biden diaplay

How nauseating.

2. I’d make this an ethics poll, but WordPress had screwed up the polling function, and I’d make it an Ethics Quiz, accept that I have made up my mind about the answer. Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland police officer who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, has been playing on a semi-pro football team, the Cleveland Warriors. Some are trying to force the team to kick him off because, they say, he is a racist, and thus any team that includes him is racist.

You must remember Rice. He was an adult-size black child playing with an air-soft pistol without its mandated orange tip in a park, and wearing winter clothes. Someone had called 911 to report someone brandishing a weapon and pointing it at passers-by. The caller told the 911 operator that the gun was probably a toy , but it should be checked out. Loehmann was one of two officers who responded after the dispatcher left out the caller’s detail about the likely toy gun. Violating all policies and protocol, Loemann shot Rice dead withing second of arriving at the scene. He should never have been hired, records show: in his previous law enforcement job, he had proven fearful and trigger-happy. Loehmann was fired and the city paid civil damages to Rice’s family, but a grand jury determined that Rice’s death resulted from a perfect storm of mistakes and bad decisions. He was not charged.

Activists and supporters of Rice’s family have expressed outrage over the former officer’s presence on the Warriors, which is part of the National Public Safety Football League, which was originally started for law enforcement employees. Loehmann is currently appealing his firing in state court. His lawyer says that the harassment of his client and the team amounts to persecution.

“Every time he does something now in his life, there’s going to be someone picketing?” Hilow asked. “There’s never been criminal charges against him. Whether people agree or disagree, that’s the reality of the situation.”

Indeed, though there is no evidence that the former officer is a racist, because he is white, he is being tarred as one. That’s bigotry. Randy Knight, an African American player on the Warriors who has agitated for the team to fire Loehmann, was fired instead for “disrupting the team.”

A former African American player who now serves as an assistant coach says that he was uncomfortable when he learned about Loehmann’s involvement in the Rice shooting, but that whenhe talked to the former officer about it, he found him to be sincere and sorry. “I got to know Tim personally,” said the former player, “He was remorseful. He was apologetic.”

And that should be sufficient for him to continue to have the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

3. What??? A male lawyer hired female staff because of their appearance? I’m shocked—shocked! Former Jacksonville, Florida public defender (an elected position) Matt Shirk has been suspended from practice, in part because he hired, fired and fraternized <cough!> with three women, finding one by looking at pictures of her on social media then telling his chief investigator to track her down and hire her. Two of the women were employees at Whisky River, a Hooters-style restaurant and nightclub. Shirk took the women out for lunch, drank with them in the office and messaged them about showering together. In one message, he sent an e-greeting that said, “I think if we had sex there would be very minimal awkwardness afterwards.” Shirk and the women have maintained that they didn’t have sexual relations.

When his wife found out about the hires, she destroyed his cell phone and confronted him in the office to demand one of the women resign. Shirk ultimately fired all three women. “Respondent terminated them from employment at the Public Defender’s Office for the private benefit of himself, his wife and their marriage,” the disciplinary judgment states. But while this sequence was part of the reason he was investigated and suspended, it wasn’t all of it. he built a private shower in his office with taxpayer money and served alcohol in a city building. He misused staff and funds for personal gain, may have illegally deleted records, and in one case revealed confidential information about a former child client for a documentary.He also didn’t bother to show up for the hearing on the various charges, raising this question: why was he only suspended for six months?

4. Sooner or later, the truth comes out even when the news media buries it. While the news media was pushing the false but useful narrative that President Trump had literally killed people as the pandemic raged, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo actually killed people by sending infected seniors into the state’s nursing homes, all while journalists chose to cheer his TV press conferences on the virus and hold him up as the epitome of responsible leadership. CNN allowed Cuomo’s own brother to do hard-hitting interviews with him—Kidding!—and the governor received an Emmy “in recognition of his leadership.” Cuomo even profited from a bestselling novel—represented as non-fiction— called “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Then, last week, the New York Post broke the story that Melissa DeRosa, one of the governor’s top aides, had admitted that Cuomo’s administration had deliberately under-reported the number of nursing home deaths from Wuhan by 40% to avoid an investigation.

This conduct is impeachable. Let’s see if the Democrats have the integrity to do anything.

5 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Ethics Warm-Up: “Ya Gotta Love Ethics!”

  1. Then, last week, the New York Post broke the story that Melissa DeRosa, one of the governor’s top aides, had admitted that Cuomo’s administration had deliberately under-reported the number of nursing home deaths from Wuhan by 40% to avoid an investigation.

    Someone wants Cuomo damaged during primary season, which starts in four months.

  2. 4. Jack, Jack, Jack. They buried the death numbers fearning a TRUMP DOJ investigation. Come on. That’s okay! TRUMP! Now Biden’s in office, there won’t be an investigation and everything’s fine. Capice?

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