Saturday Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 3/20/2021: Trans Swimsuit Models And Powerlifters, And The Purge Of The Stoners

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Finally! Back on schedule! I was beginning to have trouble coming up with new names for non-warm-ups that got posted in the afternoon or later…

1. President Joe Biden fell a couple times boarding Air Force One. The video has led many wags to ask if this would prompt Saturday Night Live to give him the Gerald Ford treatment. Those of a certain age recall the running gag in the immortal first season of the now creaky weekend satire show, where then-President Ford was portrayed as a slapstick klutz on nearly every episode.

Of course it won’t, for several reasons, some ethical, some not. SNL is now almost exclusively a partisan vehicle for humor-based propaganda, and after 8 years of seldom daring to target President Obama and four of mocking President Trump, repetitiously and badly, a return to past standards of equal opportunity mockery is unlikely. Biden is a Democrat. Also, in the case of Ford, the gag was just a gag: Ford was a fit former athlete who just had a couple of well-publicized stumbles. Representing him as a clumsy boob was only silly. Biden, in contrast, has been falling apart mentally and physically before our eyes, and is 78 years old. In his case, such ridicule would not just seem cruel, it would be cruel. Biden’s decline is also scary, as the awful Kamala Harris sits cackling in the wings. There is nothing funny about the whole situation.

2. Speaking of the least democratically-chosen President-in-waiting since Gerald Ford, Harris, in one of her many idiotic statements while trying (and failing) to get nominated for President on her merits, admitted to past illegal marijuana use and advocated it, saying, “I have [smoked marijuana]. And I inhaled. I did inhale. I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.” Heroin and child rape also give quite a few people joy, but never mind: Harris had the right skin-tone and chromosomes, and that’s all that matters, apparently. In light of her confession, this story is incomprehensible:

“Dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use, frustrating staffers who were pleased by initial indications from the Biden administration that recreational use of cannabis would not be immediately disqualifying for would-be personnel, according to three people familiar with the situation….The policy has even affected staffers whose marijuana use was exclusive to one of the 14 states—and the District of Columbia—where cannabis is legal. Sources familiar with the matter also said a number of young staffers were either put on probation or canned because they revealed past marijuana use in an official document they filled out as part of the lengthy background check for a position in the Biden White House. In some cases, staffers were informally told by transition higher-ups ahead of formally joining the administration that they would likely overlook some past marijuana use, only to be asked later to resign.

“There were one-on-one calls with individual affected staffers—rather, ex-staffers,” one former White House staffer affected by the policy told The Daily Beast. “I was asked to resign.

As long-time readers here know, I am unalterably opposed to legalizing pot. However, I am equally opposed to political parties and Presidential candidates employing bait and switch tactics on young, gullible voters and supporters. Moreover, for the White House to do this after Biden’s previous partner and the last Democratic White House occupant openly declared his own history as a stoner, and with Harris safely installed in her job while extolling the “joy” of getting high, is hypocrisy squared.

3. That’s funny, I thought Sports Illustrated was supposed to be about sports. Admittedly, when discussing the magazine’s shameless annual swimsuit issue, the sports connection is already attenuated, but this is pure politics and nothing but:

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That’s Leyna Bloom, who is “making history as the first transgender woman of color to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.” I wonder when we’ll be seeing the first non-binery, differently-abled model, or the first male drag queen who identifies as female being presented as winter SI eye candy?

“I’m representing Filipina, I’m representing Black, I am representing people who have been immigrants. For them, I’m a vessel of change,” she said in a statement.

Oh.

I think she left out the part where she’s representing men who have been castrated and have had extensive plastic surgery and hormone treatments to look yummy in a one-piece…

4. And while we are on the topic of “vessels of change” and sports, Beth Stelzer, a female powerlifter, has founded of Save Women’s Sports, an organization dedicated to protecting the right of every woman and girl to compete on a level playing field. That objective has been placed in peril by President Joe Biden’s recent executive order making it easier for former males to compete in women’s sports.

In a podcast, Stelzer…

Powerlifter

..says in part,

“What [Biden’s] order did was erase the sex-based protections that women have fought so hard to have. In sports, that boils down to Title IX, and we have not even had that for 50 years….we’re saying that anyone is allowed to self-identify into the female category, and we all know it is not fair for males to compete against females. We just seem to have turned this into some kind of partisan issue when it’s just basically common sense, and it’s sad to see that.”

She also points out that her sport in particular gives trans females an advantage. “There are differences, and it is not fair for males to compete against females,” she says. ” There’s an overall 10% advantages, but in my sport, the male advantage is 64%.”

13 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 3/20/2021: Trans Swimsuit Models And Powerlifters, And The Purge Of The Stoners

  1. 1. No, it’s not funny at all. It makes me angry. His family, his friends, his party should be ashamed of themselves for putting him through this. Even Putin recognizes that the President is in cognitive decline; hence his challenge for a live debate. Without a teleprompter, Putin knows, Biden is nearly helpless.

    I am resolving to be better about praying for the President’s health and well being…and that they keep Harris as far away from him as possible.

    2. This is what they do to get elected. That’s why there’s no massive student loan forgiveness, why there are “kids in cages” again and why Gitmo is still operating. The difference between campaign statements and reality is a huge chasm for the Democrats who often find that either their goals are inhibited by those statements or their statements are inhibited by their goals.

    Or it’s just a case of “Do as I say, not as I do”…aka…”Liberty for me, but not for thee” as our friend oft puts it. It’s the Democrats. They have no problem exercising privileges they actively prevent citizens from enjoying.

    3. ““I’m representing Filipina, I’m representing Black, I am representing people who have been immigrants. For them, I’m a vessel of change,” she said in a statement.

    Sweetie, you only represent yourself. It would be interesting to ask those identity groups you’ve mentioned if they want you to advocating for them.

    4. Good for her. We need facts (and science) on this side of the debate. And some good old common sense.

    • Re #1: when thinking about the many ways Biden managed to get elected (the pandemic, the news media, dubious voting processes)never forget that Trump botched the first debate by acting like a jerk and not just letting Joe talk, or try to, and gave up debate #2 because it would be remote. Expectations were lowered so much for Biden that he appeared relatively able. It should have, and would have, been easy to use the debates to show voters just how diminished Biden was, and Trump didn’t have the discipline (and the competent advice) to do it.

      • You are absolutely correct. Trump botched the debate and we should be angry at him for not doing what should have been obvious (and is obvious to Vladimir Putin). But, in the end, if Joe Biden knew he was declining, he was irresponsible for running in the first place and anyone who encouraged or pressured him to stay in the race deserves our scorn. This is a terribly taxing job and he is falling to pieces not only before our eyes, but before the eyes of the entire world. They should all be ashamed of themselves for doing this to the country.

      • President Trump made numerous mistakes in the campaign, and you highlighted was is easily the biggest…that first debate. Most reasonable people knew that now-President Biden could only talk himself into destruction and disaster, so then-President Trump should have simply given his opponent 95% of the speaking time, then used his 5% with “Here, I’ll save you, Mr. Biden” responses. It’s pretty much what his Vice President had done four years earlier when debating Tim Kaine, and it worked like magic.

        But President Trump ALWAYS had to have the last word.

        Anyways…

      • You nailed it, Jack.
        I was never “not” going to vote for Trump. Be he nailed his own coffin shut by such a pathetic, unprofessional, lack-of-leadership showing in that debate. He wasted his greatest opportunity to show how he was the better choice.

  2. Jack
    You forgot about the promise to shake the money tree for uninformed.

    There is no white privilege but there is an expectation of privileges among a majority of Americans who believe they are entitled to something. Promises of opportunity fall on deaf ears when promises of cash payments or equivalents are offered by the opposition

  3. “I’m so old that I remember when SNL was funny…” Guilty, as charged.
    However, a colleague recently sent a link to a very atypical (and funny) SNL skit from 2019.

  4. She also points out that her sport in particular gives trans females an advantage. “There are differences, and it is not fair for males to compete against females,” she says. ” There’s an overall 10% advantages, but in my sport, the male advantage is 64%.”

    If sex is a characteristic based upon substantial physical characteristics, then segregating sports teams based on sex has a rational relationship to a legitimate public interest, and may even satisfy strict scrutiny as required in many state constitutions.

    But if sex is just one’s personal identity, independent of the nature of one’s reproductive organs, then there is no reason to segregate sports teams on the basis of sex at all.. Certainly no more so than segregating sports teams between Mormons and Scientologists, or between Halo cosplayers and Star Wars cosplayers.

    • This causes a problem, then. If sex characteristics have a substantial physical characteristic, enough to warrant separation for sports, why doesn’t it warrant separation for military jobs, firefighters, etc? You can’t logically have one without the other. If you want the physical rules eliminated for women in the military and for jobs like firefighting so that more women can be included, it is difficult to justify having segregated sports. Are sports results more important than battlefield effectiveness or saving people’s lives?

      https://dailycaller.com/2019/08/28/female-rangers-us-army-ranger-school/

      Yes, it is the Daily Caller, but no one else seemingly will publish uncomfortable info. I have seen other people in forums complaining that Ranger school eliminated the hand-to-hand combat day because too many women were getting injured.

  5. #1: They’re claiming a gust of wind is responsible for Biden’s stumbles. I’m not sure how being so feeble you’re blown over by a breeze is better than repeatedly tripping.

    #4: https://youtu.be/wxDaiyREBPw Southpark, woke woman athlete meets trans.

  6. #3. Sorry trans folks. SI Swimsuit competition is one woman’s sport a biological male has zero chance of ever winning …ever.

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