1. Speaking of useless awards shows: Here are the winners of the NAACP Image Awards, presented by Black Entertainment Television, which raises questions all by itself. Now someone explain to me how such awards are helpful, productive, and justified in the United States of America in 2021. As hard as I try, I cannot think of any words but hypocrisy, apartheid, and double standards.
I’d really appreciate an argument from an African-American reader.
2. An ethical firing at USA Today. After Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa shot up a supermarket in Boulder, Hemal Jehaveri, who held the Orwellian post of “Race and Inclusion Editor,” proved her qualifications by tweeting “It’s always an angry white man, always.” This did not go over well, for several reasons.
First, “it” isn’t “always” a white man. Second, this particular shooting appears to be based on religious and ethnic hate, not race. Third, for a “race and inclusion” editor to announce racial bias of her own on social media would seem to be immediately disqualifying. Fourth, as a journalist, she needs to be trusted, and not tweet out false information on a whim.
Fifth, she’s a biased idiot.
She was fired. Good. Now she’s claiming that her firing was race-based:
“I wish I were more surprised by it, but I’m not. Some part of me has been waiting for this to happen because I can’t do the work I do and write the columns I write without invoking the ire and anger of alt-right Twitter. There is always the threat that tweets which challenge white supremacy will be weaponized by bad faith actors. I had always hoped that when that moment inevitably came, USA TODAY would stand by me and my track record of speaking the truth about systemic racism. That, obviously, did not happen.”
She goes on to accuse the staff of “micro-aggressions” and “outright racist remarks.” Of course she does. If you buy a one-trick pony, you should expect just one trick.
3. I guess this is “ick” rather than ethics, but…Ick. A company called CamSoda labs has a new product called “Grubuzz.” As the company’s website explains, the device “harnesses the power of Internet-connected sex toys – aka teledildonics – and sends clitoral vibrations to people as their takeout food from a national chain or local favorite is being prepared and ultimately delivered….The frequency of vibrations increase through the food delivery process. So, for example, the vibration frequency starts slowly when someone’s order is received by the restaurant and progressively increases when the driver leaves the restaurant with the order, drives closer to their residence, arrives at their door, etc.”
I guess buying this wonder is a good use for your stimulus check…
4.What’s this? New York City does something right? When was the last time that happened?
Last week, the New York City Council voted to end qualified immunity for police officers. Mayor Bill de Blasio has indicated that he will sign the measure into law. The legal doctrine of qualified immunity makes it unreasonably difficult to sue government officials who engage in egregious misconduct. Reason notes that “qualified immunity has shielded two cops who stole $225,000 while executing a search warrant, a cop who shot a 10-year-old, a cop who ruined a man’s car during a bogus drug search, a prison guard who hid while an escaped inmate raped a nurse, two cops who sicced a police dog on a surrendered suspect, a cop who caused lasting damage to a man he apprehended by kneeing him in the eye 20 to 30 times, and a cop who shot a 15-year-old, among others.”
The soon-to-be law will allow victims of police misconduct in the big Apple to sue officers under local statutes, but qualified immunity remains in place at the federal level.
5. Gee, what video clip is called for to lead this story? How about the old stand-by…
I don’t understand this at all.
Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith, the owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, announced on Twitter last week,
“In light of @krispykreme giving free donuts for receiving the CVD shot, here at @TheAtilisGym we are giving out free memberships to all who don’t get vaccinated…We believe in health — the real way — exercise, good diet, plenty of Vitamin D, Zinc, and an environment to de-stress.”
Ironically, I am stressed by the knowledge that I am surrounded by people who lack responsibility and the sense God gave a meercat, and who make the task of existence a daily peril for the rest of us.
I wonder if these people will be getting free gym memberships…