Ethics Dessert, 3/12/2021: Goodbye “Jimmies”

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1. Have you been following the Taylor Lorenz affair? Let me see if I can bring you up to date without spending more time than is justified, since she is, all things considered, trivial. She is a New York Times culture and tech reporter who has botched things up enough to be fired under previous standards of journalism (which now has no standards.) She has been repeatedly caught fabricating claims about public figure: in the last six weeks she twice publicly lied about Netscape founder Marc Andreessen: once claiming she overheard him he used the word “retarded” in a Clubhouse room (he hadn’t, but so what if he had?) and later accusing him of plotting with a white nationalist to attack her, which also didn’t happen. She also often uses her platform with the Times to attack private citizens by accusing them of harboring non-acceptable beliefs. Last week, she took to Twitter on National Women’s Day to claim victim status, writing on Twitter,

“For international women’s day please consider supporting women enduring online harassment….it is not an exaggeration to say that the harassment and smear campaign I have had to endure over the past year has destroyed my life…No one should have to go through this.”

This, in turn, triggered Tucker Carlson, in his Fox News show, to refer to Lorenz in a segment on how powerful people like Meghan Markle got away with playing victim. He mocked Lorenz’s tweets in light of her position as a star reporter for the Times when much of the nation is out of work. “Lots of people are suffering right now,” Carlson said. “But no one is suffering more than Taylor Lorenz.”

The Times, incredibly, accused Carlson in a public statement of unleashing “a wave of harassment and vitriol” at “a talented New York Times journalist,” and concluded with, “Journalists should be able to do their jobs without facing harassment.”

That’s right: journalists should be immune from criticism, and if the journalist is a woman, criticism equals “harassment.”

Over at substack, Glenn Greenwald writes,

In order to shield themselves from the same scrutiny and accountability every other powerful public figure receives, [mainstream media journalists are] resuscitating the most discredited and antiquated myths about who is strong and weak, who requires protection and special considerations and who does not. No discussion of this tactic would be complete without noting its strong ideological component: its weaponization for partisan aims. Say whatever you’d like about journalists like Laura Ingraham or Mollie Hemingway or Briahna Joy Gray or political figures such as Kellyanne Conway, Susan Collins or Kirstjen Nielsen. Have at it: the sky’s the limit. Let it all fly without the slightest concern for accusations of misogyny, which, rest easy, will not be forthcoming no matter how crude or misogynistic the attacks are…This transparent tactic is part-and-parcel of the increasingly ideological exploitation of identity politics to shield the neoliberal order and its guardians from popular critique.

Bingo.

2. Oooh…Bill Cosby must be getting worried! A seventh harassment accuser has stepped up against Governor Cuomo. In other news, both Democratic U.S. Senators, Schumer and Gillibrand, have called for him to resign. Today, Cuomo responded by saying,

“There are facts, and then there are opinions, and I’ve always separated the two. Politicians who don’t know a single fact, but yet form a conclusion and an opinion, are in my opinion, reckless, and dangerous. The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes a position without knowing any facts or substance That, my friends, is politics at its worst. Politicians take positions for all sorts of reasons, including political expediency and bowing to pressure. But people know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth.”

Imagine: a prominent member of the Democratic Party actually uttered those words, after all of the false and groundless claims his party made against President Trump over the past four years. In addition to the hypocrisy, these awful people have such disrespect for the public, and assume Americans have the memories of dementia patients. The tragedy is that they aren’t far wrong.

3. “…then they came for chocolate sauce and whipped cream…” I just learned today that Brigham’s ice cream, a New England tradition, has changed the name of its iconic chocolate sprinkles, known as “jimmies” in New England for more than a century, to “sprinkles.” Why? Oh, someone claimed that “jimmies” was a racist name, with no evidence whatsoever. Based on “Jim Crow,” you know. That’s all it took.

These claims of racism in the culture are getting more and more attenuated and contrived, have you noticed? And these companies, and so many Americans, are such disgraceful, pathetic cowards, so easily bullied and cowed, allowing the culture to be trashed and scarred to advance totalitarian conformity.

In fact, the sprinkles were probably named “jimmies” after an employee named Jim in the early 20th century came up with the sprinkles idea. Never mind. Facts don’t matter. All that matters is avoiding conflict and acknowledging who’s in charge.

24 thoughts on “Ethics Dessert, 3/12/2021: Goodbye “Jimmies”

  1. Ugh this is ridiculous!!! i LOVE jimmies!! wtf is wrong with these people???

    I just shake my head most days, but i’ve been on a media diet, just had too much.

    Then we have Biden’s FEAR SELLING “speech” the other night. like WHAT ON EARTH is wrong with him?????

    He looks as if he’s aged 10 years in a month and seems like he’s 100, and feeble. I can NOT believe he was elected and the BULL of his speech was so divisive and here’s my prediction.

    I think he is setting us up to NOT get together on July 4th with “a small group” – by the contents of his speech and the insanity of “opening” when the “vaccine” does NOT prevent catching OR spreading…. and the mindless idiots who don’t dig deeper than “Google” to find out what the “vaccine” does… (prevents symptoms, that’s it) I think he/they are trying to make us think it works, make us have hope then… somehow.. cases will go UP and more will die and they will blame those who have NOT gotten the “vaccine.” i REALLY think this is what they will do next.

    I HOPE i am wrong. But, after the first week of the “task force meetings” and what they media was doing with the endless mask questions, I told my husband,… “something is up, it’s as if they WANT to make us wear masks for some reason, htey aren’t listening to Fauci say they don’t work, and keep asking over and over… it’s as if they want us to wear them… maybe they want to politicize them? something is up, i can see it. ” He noticed that too, because no matter how many times Dr. F, and Birx said that masks were NOT good, the media kept asking, one after another as if they had an agenda. and BINGO, a month later, we were having the “recommended” and then THEY started making them issues daily on their shows, pushing them. I see this with the Vaccine too. and i So hope I am wrong.

    Biden is always carrying his mask, using it when ALONE in a room and making sure we SEE it, I truly think they are up to something with this vaccine. they KNOW many people will NOT get it. They KNOW this virus will pass (as all corona viruses do) though our country in 2 years) and they WANT to keep controlling us. They also ordered 900 million doses… do the math… they know 65% have said they will not take it… something is not adding up.

    I think something is gonna happen where the “non compliant” are gonna be blamed for the “more deaths” that will come again. They will again report what they want us to believe. His speech was full of illogical, shaming and a perfect set up.

    And, While many are rushing to get their shot, despite crappy testing and an “emergency use ONLY” authorization, many want to wait to SEE what happens since real tests were not done. Even 50% of Trump supporters will NOT take it. (so much for them believing everything he says huh?)

    Anyway, trying to make sense of what is happening in our world is not easy, and in some ways Jack, it’s truly unbelievable how much has been destroyed with NO SCIENCE, and how our economy, millions of businesses, etc have been forever ruined because of the lies tied to this pandemic.

    I am sending you a 200 page dossier written by a man who was just an expert witness for a state (forgot which one, but east coast) that is being sued for it’s “emergency lockdown” when legally it didn’t meet the requirements. This man said this will most likely happen in many more states as most did the same. (have lockdowns and states of emergency with no legal reason they could do so)

    i think you will like this document and it’s been presented to the AG and to every member of the Senate. I hope you will read it!!

    Gosh I hope I didn’t ramble too much, I know this won’t be a comment of the day, nor do I try for that, but I do hope it’s understandable.

    btw, I still read, and hope you won’t take the lower readership you mention personally. I know many are just “tired” of it all and taking a news break. I don’t read as much but I WILL BE BACK!!! 🙂 YOU are a voice of reason, period. I would NEVER stop reading or sharing ever!!

  2. Jimmies, a racist term? Absolutely! Contrived? Nah!
    There are a substantial number of Whites who have not yet been convinced that they are racist. Some of them use racist terms, perhaps unknowingly, but always insensitively. Therefore, it is necessary to highlight such usage so they will understand their racism and work to become anti-racist.
    This really is nothing new. Years ago, the early 1970s, actually, when the Department of Defense was training me to be an instructor for one of their service schools, I was taught that it would be wrong to use the term ‘blackball’ because it had a negative connotation and the association of ‘black’ with that negativity was demeaning to African-Americans. (At the time, we were still trying to grasp the changes from ‘Negro’ to ‘colored people’ to ‘African-American’, and now ‘Black’ was in contention for the favored term). (Don’t ask my views on ‘persons of color’ vs ‘colored people’.)
    Okay, ‘blackball’, I got that.
    But, we also were told not to use the term ‘blackboard’ for the large slate, inevitably black, in the front of the classroom. I never did get the negative association there. Never mind. I could learn to say ‘chalkboard’. (Don’t ask my views on the more common ‘whiteboards’ in use nowadays.)
    So, blacklisting the term ‘Jimmies’, no matter the origin, is logical and good. Our language usage must be as pure as the driven snow lest we get a black mark in our wokeness ledger.
    /s

  3. Cuomo is done. Schumer and Gillibrand held out longer than I thought they would. Lest anyone get excited about this politically, do you reckon that Cuomo will be replaced by a more moderate, less totalitarian type of Democrat? Stipulating of course, that Cuomo is a scumbag and needs to go.

  4. #3 I suppose the question remains – Is it ethical to stand by and watch people and companies be bullied into submission by the woke minority? If not, what are we not challenging this type of thinking? Can it be said we are enabling such tactics when we acquiesce to their demands?

  5. !Sarcasm warning!
    Jimmy was my childhood nickname, still used by close family and childhood friends, but I guess I will have to change. I had no idea I was being racist for all those years. I wonder if there is offense to be found in my middle name: Blake? Does it sound too much like like “black,” which I’m not? Is is cultural appropriation for a white guy to be using such a name? I had better warn my old buddy Todd Black, who is so pale his nickname is “Snowman.”
    Seriously now, this is all so disgustingly, maddeningly silly and juvenile, I have to wonder why serious people (you know, grownups) everywhere don’t just say “Enough!” Are we really that “lazy, cowardly, or stupid,” as Jack said? I pray not.
    I and many others I know opted out long ago. We will, I guess, go down with our politically incorrect ship if need be, but with heads (and knees) unbowed to the mob. You’ll not find any audience for critical race theory hucksterism in my neck of the woods.
    Even a few people (or corporations, or schools) standing up to bullies encourages others to stand as well. The mob is power-drunk right now, but I have faith that they can be sobered up by stubborn resistance, truth, unity and ethical behavior.
    I am heartened by Peter Wood”s book “1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.” It is a detailed and profound repudiation of the 1619 project and an enthusiastic defense of the real foundations of our nation.

  6. !Sarcasm warning!
    Jimmy was my childhood nickname, still used by close family and childhood friends, but I guess I will have to change. I had no idea I was being racist for all those years. I wonder if there is offense to be found in my middle name: Blake? Does it sound too much like like “black,” which I’m not? Is is cultural appropriation for a white guy to be using such a name? I had better warn my old buddy Todd Black, who is so pale his nickname is “Snowman.”
    Seriously now, this is all so disgustingly, maddeningly silly and juvenile, I have to wonder why serious people (you know, grownups) everywhere don’t just say “Enough!” Are we really that “lazy, cowardly, or stupid,” as Jack said? I pray not.
    I and many others I know opted out long ago. We will, I guess, go down with our politically incorrect ship if need be, but with heads (and knees) unbowed to the mob. You’ll not find any audience for critical race theory hucksterism in my neck of the woods.
    Even a few people (or corporations, or schools) standing up to bullies encourages others to stand as well. The mob is power-drunk right now, but I have faith that they can be sobered up by stubborn resistance, truth, unity and ethical behavior.
    I am heartened by Peter Wood”s book “1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.” It is a detailed and profound repudiation of the 1619 project and an enthusiastic defense of the real foundations of our nation.

  7. How close is “Jiminy” to being racist? As a child, I learned a few good life lessons from Jiminy Cricket. If it turns out he was a racist, I will likely be implicated and expected to give an apology on Twitter while shedding some genuine tears.

    I won’t do it.

    I can’t tell you how many times in recent months I’ve quoted that statement from the Bible…”thinking themselves to be wise, they became fools…”

    • “I can’t tell you how many times in recent months”

      The meme used to be, “‘1984’ was a warning, not an instruction manual! ~ George Orwell”

      I’ve since replaced that one with, “But ‘Idiocracy’ said we still had 500 more years … “

  8. Tucker Carlson seems to have hacked off the military. Carlson has questioned and ridiculed recent decisions relating to the U.S. military and its preparedness. The Space Force head responded, in uniform and on the force’s official Twitter site:

    That can’t be good.

    jvb

  9. Oh yeah, whitey is up to no good again. Now, they’re supposed to have been cannibalizing black folks, supposedly represented by an ice cream topping. No, that can’t be serious. Or else, next thing, vanilla (rhyming with gorilla) will be off menu. Then someone would realize women could subsist wholly on chocolate, men on an after dinner liqueur. The dessert course would be decimated, reduced to smelly French cheeses and sour grapes. And who knows what would become of the cherry on top!

    • Apologies to Jack (the lead in to the jimmie subject) and Frank in Spokane for not paying enough attention. I was too absorbed in the tragic situation of the cherry.

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