The good news is that I’m back at the keyboard, though at a ridiculous hour. The bad news is that I’m here because I’m out of pain-killers, and my mouth is killing me. [UPDATE: I started this post at 3 am, couldn’t continue, and now it’s after noon. I’m clearly a weenie. I’m pretty sure my father endured worse pain than I am dealing with all through his life and repeatedly after his foot got blown up in the war, and he never complained once…]
Yesterday marks a great moment in ethics, and my plan was to mention it on time. On that date, April 24 in 1863, Francis Lieber, a Prussian immigrant whose three sons served in the Civil War, created what became General Orders No. 100. Reflecting his many writings on the topic, it was a code of conduct for Federal soldiers and officers when dealing with Confederate prisoners and civilians. The code was subsequently borrowed or adapted by many European nations, including influencing the Geneva Convention. Unique when it was written, Lieber’s code was the product of a committee of four generals and Lieber, who were tasked by Union General Halleck to draft rules of ethical combat. The the 157 articles established regulations and standards for the treatment of prisoners, exchanges, flags of truce, and much more. The document was written almost entirely by Lieber, and there was nothing like it.
1. President Biden does the ethical thing that President after President didn’t have the guts to do…He finally authorized referring to the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian genocide as “genocide.”
Good. Any President since 1916 (that’s Woodrow Wilson through Trump) could have made official the historical reality, but keeping our Turkish allies happy by enabling their long denial was deemed more pragmatic. Of course what the Ottoman Empire did to its Armenians was genocide. An estimated 800,000 to 1.2 million Armenian men, women, children, elderly and ill Armenians were marched to the Syrian desert in 1915 and 1916, with many thousands killed on the way. There they were placed in concentration camps. After another wave of massacres in 1916, only 200,000 of those deported survived. Many of these were forcibly converted to Islam and integrated into Muslim households. Still more massacres and ethnic cleansings of Armenian survivors were carried out by the Turkish nationalist movement after World War I. Naturally, the Armenians’ property was confiscated in the process. The genocide reduced the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire by an estimated 90%
2. And yet, ironically, the same administration refuses to use the word “crisis” to describe the current illegal immigration mess at the Mexican border, a crisis entirely created by Biden’s implicit invitation to aliens to break our laws and eventually benefit from doing so. Thus Politico, part of the Left’s propaganda and disinformation apparatus, sent out a memo to staff telling them not to use the term “crisis,” and to “avoid referring to the present situation as a crisis, although we may quote others using that language while providing context. While the sharp increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors is a problem for border officials, a political challenge for the Biden administration and a dire situation for many migrants who make the journey, it does not fit the dictionary definition of a crisis. If using the word ‘crisis,’ we need to ask of what and to whom.”
The situation indeed fits the dictionary definition of “crisis.” Politico also doesn’t seem to be troubled at all that it and every other news source referred to a similar but far less massive wave of children showing up at the border when Trump was President as a “crisis.”
3. And this is why nobody can trust the news media. Are President Biden’s first hundred days a success or failure with the American people? I have read several news items stating that he’s doing, as Tony the Tiger would say, “GRRRRRRRRRRRREAT!” NBC crowed, “Poll: At 100 days, Biden’s approval remains strong. Can the honeymoon last?”
That’s strange: over at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, we are told,
President Joe Biden earned one of the lowest approval ratings among presidents in the modern era during his first 100 days in office, according to a new poll. The ABC News/Washington Post poll, conducted April 18 to April 21, found that Biden’s approval rating stands at a paltry 52%, far below expectations that Democrats had for the new president they predicted would be a mostly unifying figure. In fact, Biden’s approval rating is “lower than any president at 100 days in office since 1945,” according to ABC News. Only Gerald Ford, who was publicly damaged by his decision to pardon Richard Nixon, and Donald Trump had lower approval ratings for their first 100 days in the White House….Overall, the average approval rating for the 14 presidents from Harry Truman to Biden for their first 100 days in office is 66%, meaning Biden is 14% below the average.
This tells me that the AUC successfully destroyed the healthy and patriotic tradition of U.S. citizens uniting behind a newly elected President whether they voted for him or not, by setting out to de-legitimize President Trump and subjecting him to insults and contempt from the moment he was elected. This, as I warned at the time, will permanently weaken the office while dividing the nation. Even with the news media refusing to criticize Biden or even report serious missteps and gaffes, his approval consists only of those who voted for him in November. That’s not a ‘honeymoon.”
4. Now comes the revenge against those who dared to try to give Derek Chauvin a fair trial. Maryland is going after Dr. David Fowler, its former chief medical examiner who testified for the defense. Fowler, called as an expert, testified that he would have classified George Floyd’s death as “undetermined” rather than homicide. He said that he believed that Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease and perhaps from carbon monoxide from vehicle exhaust. Well, clearly having an opinion that inconveniences the metaphorical lynch mob determined to destroy the ex-cop cannot be tolerated, so hundreds of woke doctors signed a letter to Maryland’s attorney general calling for an independent review of all those who died while in police custody during the 17 years Fowler served as chief medical examiner. The doctors objected to the “undetermined” classification, claiming it falls outside standard practices and conventions regarding in-custody deaths.
So Attorney General Brian Frosh and Gov. Larry Hogan have ordered a formal review. Will this chill the willingness of future experts to testify in the defense of future unpopular defendants? Of course it will, and I believe that is the intent.