Well, here I am trying to write a post in bed. This never works our well, but it’s this or nothing. I have clients waiting, my dog is mad at me for not walking him on a gorgeous day, and I wish I could just soldier through it all. I can’t, though, and feel like an utter failure. I’ve in pain in more than one location, a lower back strain being the latest addition, I’m in the midst of an allergy attack, and all the drugs have made me nauseous and dizzy. But ethics waits for no one, and it certainly isn’t going to wait for the likes of me.
1. This is what “systemic racism” propaganda produces…an op-ed by a civil engineering student from the University of California, Los Angeles, written for the the College Fix documents some of his discussion with the woke-infected on campus. He says he recently took part in an online debate about “systemic racism” during which some UCLA students complained that automatic soap dispensers are racist. One student said the dispensers “don’t see her hands” because of her dark skin. Another student claimed that the dispensers force “black and brown” people to show their palms, “the only light areas of the skin,” before the liquid soap comes out.
Both students are delusional, but this is how the current “racist America all the time everywhere” makes gullible and insecure blacks paranoid and miserable.
2. Blame Mitch McConnell for the “court packing” rationalizations. Last week, a Georgetown law student—poor bastard— confronted Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) when he accused Democrats of making a “power grab.””You didn’t see Republicans, when we had control of the Senate, try to rig the game. You didn’t see us try to pack the court,” he said. The law student protested, “How is court packing any different than what the Republicans did in 2016 and 2020?”
“We filled vacancies, that’s not packing the court,” Cruz insisted, as the law student insisted there was no difference between what Republicans refusing to consider President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Justice Scalia, did and what Democrats are now trying to do by expanding the court. “They’re doing something that’s allowed under the Constitution,” the student countered. “It’s not an obstruction to the rule of law if it’s in the law.”
Ugh. Mitch McConnell’s unethical—not illegal—gambit to bury the Garland nomination under a contrived election year rule may have worked, but Republicans will be suffering for it for generations—and they deserve to. No, what the GOP did wasn’t “court packing,” which has had a specific, well-understood meaning since FDR tried it. But the laws student is already adept at the progressive craft of redefining words and concepts to meet whatever goal they are seeking to justify at the moment.
On the other hand, Cruz and the Republicans are ethically estopped from accusing the Democrats of trying to manipulate the ideological balance of the Court using technically legal means that are nonetheless an abuse of power and breach of the understandings and traditions that allow the government to function. That’s exactly what Senator McConnell did in 2016. It wasn’t “court packing,” but it was just as wrong, though on a lesser scale.
After the student posted the exchange on social media, Georgetown Law Center professor Josh Chafetz video, praised him. “One of my students came across Ted Cruz’s anti-Court-packing press conference and naturally gave him hell,” Chafetz wrote.
If that’s the level of logical precision the student is being trained to apply to the law at GULC, and apparently it is, he is going to have serious problems.
3. Oh, fine: Now we have affirmative action in rating old movies. Turner Classic Movies has been teaming up with Fandago to present limited big screen engagements around the country of classic films most Americans have never seen in a theater. Big movies, acclaimed movies, immortal movies…like “Ben-Hur,” “Psycho,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and…”La Bamba”? There is only one reason the 1987 biopic about a minor Fifties rock star whose major claim to fame is that he died in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly would rate a special showing, and that’s because TCM was worried about being called “racist” because its featured classics didn’t include enough stories about “people of color.” “La Bamba‘s” not a bad movie, but nobody, including critics at the time the movie was released, ever thought it was a great movie that needs a big screen presentation to fully appreciate its brilliance. TCM and Fandango are pandering, and embarrassingly obvious about it.
4. Ethics Heroes: Chadwick Boseman’s family. It would have been so easy for the family of the late Chadwick Boseman to attribute his stunning upset loss in the Best Actor category at the 2021 Oscars to “systemic racism.” The voters gave the award instead to 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins, even as the awards show had rigged the show as a celebration of Boseman and “artists of color.” But the actor’s family did not exploit the situation, saying in an interview that Hopkins was deserving, and that Boseman likened the Oscar race to a political campaign.
Good for them.