I spent a half-hour searching for ethics stories that made me feel good. All I found was more sources of gloom and depression. I have a headache, and no matter how many times I play, “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart!,” it doesn’t male me want to laugh, gambol and frolic….
1. Normally the baseball season’s impending approach would cheer me up, as it has for more than 50 years (and that’s another damn thing—I can’t possibly be that old), and this time, nothing. It’s like I’m dead inside. The twin curses of the Boston Red Sox pandering to Black Lives Matter and the team’s rehiring of a proven, and as far as I can see, unrepentant cheater as manager have apparent sucked all of the joy out of what has been a lifetime passion. Now I’m bothered more by the flaws that once I would have shrugged off, like this one: Ian Desmond, a 35-year-old outfielder with the Colorado Rockies, has “opted out” of playing for the second straight season.
“For now, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2021 season,” Desmond wrote on Instagram. “My desire to be with my family is greater than my desire to go back and play baseball under these circumstances. I’m going to continue to train and watch how things unfold.” Between the two seasons, the player has now walked away from a combined $13.56 million. He was owed $8 million this year and was set to make $5.56 million of his prorated $15 million salary last season, though the Rockies have a $2 million buyout for 2022.
Desmond, 35, hit .255 with 20 homers in 140 games in 2019. He’s not special. Yet he has made so much money in a slightly above average career that he can afford to toss away millions of dollars. An industry that pays its workers so much that they have no financial incentive to work makes no sense, and any team that would keep a player like Desmond, whose attitude is, “Eh, I don’t feel like playing baseball…maybe later,” is foolish. He’s healthy, relatively young, and his risks of serious health problems from the Wuhan virus are slim: my grocery store clerks face greater risks by far. Yechhh.
2. Slippery Slope Warning! The slippery slope is both a phenomenon and a fallacy, as when someone objects to something benign by arguing that it creates a theoretical slippery slope that is not benign. Of late however, the assault of the Woke has made slippery sloping a national pastime, particularly involving slopes that lead governments to dictate all manner of conduct that should be none of its damn business.
For example, in California, good little brain-washers Evan Low and Cristina Garcia introduced Assembly Bill 1084 to require gender neutral retail departments. The bill would add Part 2.57 (commencing with Section 55.7) to Division 1 of the Civil Code, to be titled “Gender Neutral Retail Departments.” The bill would enact a regulation based on “legislative findings” that there are unjustified differences in similar products traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys. Thus the bill, on the theory that it will be easier on the consumer if similar items are displayed closer to one another in one, undivided area of the retail sales floor, mandates eliminating gender distinctions in clothing sales. In addition, keeping similar items that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys separated incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate, the bill claims/
Ah! Illegal implication. Can’t have that!
I would assume that even an idiot could see that this is government indoctrination and has zero to do with serving consumers. If a retail company chooses to market clothing as unisex, they should go for it, but it is not the role of government to dictate how merchandise is displayed.
California is a contagious carrier of terrible and infectious ideas. The other states should be wearing big masks…
3. Stevie Wonder says he is moving to Ghana. Bye! His reasoning is less than compelling. “I don’t want to see my children’s children’s children have to say, ‘Oh please like me. Please respect me, please know that I am important, please value me.’ What is that?,” he told Oprah Winfrey. That’s what nobody has to say if they are likable, independent, ethical, productive and socialized.
Stevey is rich, so this is simply the equivalent of retreating to a tropical island for him, and presuming that his children will be provided with enough of his money that they won’t have to endure, like normal Ghanians, a society where the average citizen makes less than 3,000 a year. Good plan.
(I’m adding this to the Ethics Alarms clips group.)
The comments on Twitter, mostly from African Americans, are revealing and depressing. How much propaganda and false narratives does an African-American have to absorb to make him or her really think life is better in Ghana? Yet…
- “We are all here wanting the same thing, and if we could all pack up and leave, there’s a lot of Americans that would go.’
- “Most of us are tired of the Struggles in AMERICA, a nation where we continue trying to fight just to be given the Equality that we deserve.”
That one calls for another clip. Equality?
- “I cannot blame him, seeing what has happened to Black people in the U.S; this place were suppose to call home could care less about us.”
- “Stevie articulated how I’ve felt living in America most of my life.”
4. I hate clickbait. Any website that says one thing in a link and delivers something else is dead to me, forever. If everyone adhered to this rule, the deceptive, insulting online practice would stop. Today a “sponsored” link said, “These are the shows Netflix has cancelled” and had a picture from “Ozark,” an entertaining and dark series that the Marshalls like. But when I clicked, the screen read “These are the shows Netflix has cancelled (or renewed)” and I was stuck in one of those traffic stats-inflating slide shows. Dead last after 25 clicks was “Ozark”—which has been renewed.
5. We have descended into some kind of Hell world where Steve Doocy’s son is the saving grace of journalism. (This is Glenn Reynold’s running gag line, but I couldn’t resist.) White House press secretary Jen Psaki is dim, dishonest and inept. That’s settled, and the job seems way, way over her head, much as it defeated Sean Spicer. (Worse, people have started picking up her annoying catch phrase “circle around”—if I ever use that, someone hit me from behind with a brick.)
Biden’s administration reopened the temporary Influx Care Facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to care for children who arrive at the border unaccompanied by a parent. The facility is capable of holding roughly 700 children. The same site was closed in July 2019 Democrats and the news media kept referencing its function as keeping “kids in cages.”
During Tuesday’s press briefing, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, (who has his job due to pure nepotism, as his father Steve is one of the stars of “Fox and Friends,” and Peter has always seemed like a cub reporter for a college rag), asked Psaki why the Biden administration was reopening the facility that had been condemned just a couple of years ago.
Psaki babbled that the policy of the Biden administration is “not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border,’ and explained that pandemic protocols have reduced the capacity at existing facilities to hold migrant children, so this facility was reopened to accommodate the overflow.
But, Doocy reminded Psak, in the summer of 2019, when the prior administration operated this facility, then-candidate Biden accused President Trump of keeping kids in cages and Kamala Harris said the Trump administration was keeping “babies in cages” and committing a “human rights abuse.”
“How is this any different?” Doocy asked.
Well, it isn’t. Democrats and the news media didn’t care why the facility were being used; they just focused on the fact that children were there. Whether the reason was justifiable of not, the facility was criticized purely on the basis of its operation, not its purpose. So, naturally, all Psaki could do was try to draw a distinction based on the reason “kids were in cages.” Uh-uh. The previous criticism was absolute: if children are being held at the facility, it is per se inhuman. Jen?
“Let me be clear here, one, there’s a pandemic going on. I’m sure you’re not suggesting that we have children right next to each other in ways that are not COVID safe, are you?” she asked Doocy.
“I’m suggesting that Kamala Harris said that putting people in this facility was ‘a human rights abuse committed by the United States government’ and Joe Biden said, ‘Under Trump there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages.’ Now it’s not under Trump, it’s under Biden,” Doocy said.
Exactly. Same facility. Same conditions for its detainees. Yet Psaki still claimed, “This is not kids being kept in cages.” This is a Jumbo. If the children in the facility were “kids in cages” under Trump, then the children in the facility are “kids in cages under Biden. Doocy was right.
Gee, wouldn’t it have been nice if a reporter from somewhere other than Fox News grilled Psaki on this point?