That’s the April 18, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake as portrayed in the 1936 Clark Gable-Spencer Tracy-Jeanette McDonald classic “San Francisco.” Jennette had just finished singing “San Francisco,” the song, and then all hell broke loose. The scene is evidence of some outrageous unethical behavior by the director, W.S. Van Dyke, wanted the crowd to react spontaneously, so without their knowledge or consent, he had the nightclub set built on giant foundation that would start shaking violently at the push of a button. They thought a real earthquake had hit, and many of those terrified expressions are genuine.
Of course, the best ethics story on an April 18 was memorably told—I should know: I memorized it!— by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,—
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm.”
So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
And imagine: All for slavery! Paul’s fellow midnight rider, who never gets proper credit, was William Dawes. He rode through my home town, Menotomy, Mass., now Arlington.
1. Bill Maher is shocked—shocked!—that his fellow Democrats believe mainstream media propaganda about the Wuhan virus. On his HBO mostly anti-conservative bitchfest, the comedian, sort of, expressed outrage that according to a Gallup survey, Democrats flunked the question of how likely it was for someone who had the virus needed to be hospitalized. Just 10% gave the correct answer—less than 5%. 41% of Democrats believe more than 50% of those infected would need to be hospitalized.
Really Bill? That’s a surprise? Your pals in the mainstream media hyped the virus mercilessly—they still are doing hit. Ethics Alarms has followed that story. You’re the one who said on your show that it would be worth crashing the economy to get Trump out of office, and that’s what the pandemic hysteria helped accomplish. You should be thrilled: it worked!
Bill also professed to be upset that that the same survey shows that Democrats greatly over-estimate how dangerous the Wuhan virus is for children. Why, Bill thinks this could be why the majority of schools systems that have remain closed are in Democratic Party-controlled cities and states!
Ya think, asshole????
2. Speaking of Democratic-controlled cities: the buzz coming out of Chicago is that Mayor Lori Lightfoot will resign tomorrow. No, not because she was caught spending $281.5 million in federal pandemic relief money to pay for Chicago Police Department personnel costs; not because she has been one of the prime pandemic hypocrites, violating her own safety orders; not because she has been a shameless Black Lives Matter shill in a city where blacks kill blacks daily in horrific numbers. Lightfoot is reportedly resigning after being caught cheating on her same-sex spouse with another woman at a hotel on the city’s dime. The woman Lightfoot was having an affair with, the story goes, had a boyfriend who was arrested for possession of a weapon and demanded Lightfoot “take care” of it ‘or else.’ This led to the mayor’s much larger “husband” finding out about the affair and physically battering Lightfoot. Police responded to a domestic dispute at Lightfoot’s home, where the couple’s daughter who told them, “My moms are fighting!”
Classy! Stay tuned.
3. Our brilliant, adaptable teachers...Kate Pollard, a senior music lecturer at the University of Nevada-Reno,wrote about her “anti-racist journey” in music education for Nevada Today, the school’s news outlet. Virtue-signaling so hard it hurts to read her blubbering, Kate, who was a middle school teacher in the late 1990s, writes that she didn’t “think I even knew what these songs were about, and I am fairly certain that none of my middle school students asked about their historical context.” However, when she “learned what authenticity and appropriateness meant in the mid-2000s,” she began to dive into “culturally relevant pedagogy.” Now that Pollard has had “many conversations and read a lot of literature on anti-racist curriculum and appropriation,” she says she has come to understand that many of the songs she taught as a middle school teacher “are not appropriate and even potentially harmful to certain peoples.”
One example of her dubious reasoning ability and squish-brained receptivity to woke nonsense is her conclusion that—wait for it!—“Jingle Bells” is a racist song. Pollard claims that “Jingle Bells” is problematic because she read that “slave owners used to put bells on slaves to keep track of them, which the jingle bells are referencing.” Oh, they are, are they? How many slaves went riding in “one horse open sleighs”? What was this, an double-secret slavery-referencing song? Pollard reveal herself as incapable of scholarship, common sense and critical thinking, so desperate to appear politically correct that she can’t even see how ridiculous her conclusions are. By her logic, every Christmas song referencing bells can be called “harmful.”
The real harm comes from having such weak and easily warped minds employed in the critical job of scholarship and teaching.
4. Sure there’s protection, Chuck—you just don’t have the character to use it. Chuck Lorre, the Hollywood sitcom writer and producer responsible for such hits as “Two and a Half Men.” “The Big Bang Theory.” “Mom,”“Grace Under Fire,”“Dharma and Greg,” “Young Sheldon” and “The Kominsky Method,” presumes to editorialize at the end of his shows with his so-called vanity cards. Here is his latest:
Lorre is a coward, a weenie, and a collaborator with the progressive censors and the ascendant totalitarians. To paraphrase Walt Kelly in “Pogo,” ” He has met the assholes, and they are him.”