I attended my first Zoom memorial service today. Ethics tip, if you are considering doing this for a loved one: set an end time and stick to it, for God’s sake. This event today was to honor a great presence in my childhood and a friend of both my parents, and I was grateful for the chance to pay my respects. I don’t even begrudge the fact that her one child who has a serious stutter carried the duty of the eulogy, But as we got to the dreaded open mic for the assembled to share memories of the departed, one ancient attendee after another droned on with no discipline or relevance, often just trading niceties with others present and generally repeating what had already been said.
One more tip: if you had never even met the person being memorialized, shut up. One guy went on and on about how he always hoped to meet her, “but we were never invited to her house.”
I bailed when we hit the one hour, 15 minute mark and I saw no sign of a conclusion.
1. I don’t understand this at all. The Biden administration is restricting press access to the mess at the boarder. How can the news media allow it to get away with that? Is there anything the Democrats dishonestly accused the Trump administration of doing that they aren’t happily attempting to do themselves? I just know I’m going to get sick of the mantra, “Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden…”—in fact, I’m sick of it all ready,
Until I get a better suggestion, I’m just going to abbreviate it as IIPTDXTTNMIAFB. It has a ring to it…
2. Oh, fine…just what we need...shadow social media for ex-Presidents. Since his outrageous and purely partisan ejection from the existing social media, the former Tweeter-in-Chief has been planning to launch his own platform. If he does, I will be duty bound to support the effort because he shouldn’t have to do this, and if he can wound Twitter, good. It deserves it. But this is not healthy. What should happen is for social media to stop trying to manipulate public discourse while favoring progressive disinformation over conservative misinformation.
3. Best stupid cancel culture story EVER! The Great Stupid continues to entertain, if you can get past the urge to throw yourself into the nearest wolf pit. Alexi McCammond, the rising reporter at Axios who had been tapped to become the editor at Teen Vogue, found her past tweets that were termed “racist” being circulated among Teen Vogue staff, which demanded her “cancellation.” (Were the tweets racist? Does it matter? I’m not going ti check: there is only so much time I’m willing to devote to that ridiculous, Marxist, intersectionality-besotted rag.) “Following the Atlanta shooting that left eight dead, six of them Asian American,” I’m reading, “McCammond and Teen Vogue parted ways.” What did a sex-crazed lunatic shooting up a massage parlor have to do with the old tweets of a Teen Vogue editor?
But that’s not the great part of the story. This is: Christine Davitt. the senior Teen Vogue staffer who posted a letter attacking McCammond for her past tweets, used versions of “nigger” in her own tweets 10 years ago!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! What a moron! See?
And this IS exactly what “judge not lest ye be judged means”….
4. Res Ipsa Loquitur? Kylie Jenner, one of the useless Kardashians who has made mega-millions for being famous—no, really because her half-sisters are famous— and is a “social media influencer” for the gullible, ignorant and immature, was so confident in her unjustified fan worship that the 23-year-old took to Instagram to urge her financially-strapped fans to donate to Samuel Rauda’s GoFundMe page, as his family looks for assistance in paying for his medical expenses. Rauda is Kylie’s beloved make-up artist. Gee, I wish I could afford my own make-up artist!
Kylie wrote, in a classic of self-awareness deficit: “May God watch over you and protect you @makeupbysamuel everyone take a moment to say a prayer for Sam who got into an accident this past weekend. And swipe up to visit his families go fund me.”
His family is asking for $120,000; generous Kylie, who has no financial worries other than when her favorite eye shadow has a price hike, contributed all of $5000 while asking her teen fans to help foot the bill, which she could pay all by herself from pocket change.
5. Now THIS is an Ethics Hero! Reggie Jones was a Jones Beach (on Long Island) lifeguard for an incredible 64 summers. He died on January 30 at age 93. Reggie began his lifeguard career at Jones Beach as a teenager in 1944, then continued the job every summer there and at other beaches until 2009, when he finally failed the qualifying swim time at the age of 80.
It is estimated that he rescued more than 1,000 swimmers.
Here’s Reggie in 2000, when he was 73: