1. Priorities! Major League Baseball has placed Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway on its ineligible list through at least the 2022 season, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced. The league made the decision after investigating Callaway for sexual sexual harassment allegations reaching back several years, with several female sporstwriters among the alelged victims. The Angels fired Callaway this afternoon. Opines a major baseball news site: “Callaway is facing a year-plus ban, and it seems hard to believe any MLB team will hire him when he’s eligible to return.”
Alex Cora was suspended and fired as manager by the Boston Red Sox after a one-year suspension, then immediately hired back by the team. All he did was play a major role in devising a cheating scheme for one team, the Houston Astros, that extended through the play-offs and World Series, then oversaw a second team, Boston, that was found to have engaged in cheating, though less extensively, the next season. Cora’s cheating scheme with Astros was unprecedented, and cost two other professionals their jobs and the Astros millions in fines,while seriously scarring the integrity of the game. The conduct Callaway engaged in has been routine among professional athletes for decades, though in his case it was apparently 1) a bit more extreme than the norm and 2) “unwelcome.” After all, he was just a coach. So far, nobody has accused a player making more than $10 million a year of making sexual advances that were “unwelcome.’
2. Ick or Ethics? There is something unsettling about the news media, social media and more cheering the former actress Ellen Page’s graphic announcement of her sexual reassignment surgery as if it is a major achievement and something everyone should aspire to. Now Elliot Page, the former Oscar nominated actress announced last year that non-she was “non-binery,” provoking mass airbrushing of her online biographies to make it seem like a non-woman starred in “Juno” as the pregnant teen, which is simply untrue. This week, Page, who not too long ago looked like this,
gave us this new photo,
Proving that she has 1) had her breasts removed, 2) probably undergone hormone treatments, and 3) been doing a lot of crunches. For this, the news media reacted as if she had cured cancer. “Elliot Page shares joyful ‘first swim trunks’ photo,” read the headline at CNN. “Elliot Page Shirtless Picture Has Fans Delighted at ‘Trans Joy’ on Display,” reported Newsweek. “Elliot Page proudly shows off first swim in trunks following top surgery,” wrote Cosmopolitan. And on, and on. If the cultural objective is to convince the typical users of Instagram—you know, morons—that gender confusion and transsexual surgery is just the neatest thing ever, this is how you achieve it.
Page’s Instagram post has attracted about 3 million “likes” so far.
3. But he can forget about being a pitching coach for the Angels! Actor Kevin Spacey, one of the earliest victims of the Harvey Weinstein Ethics Train Wreck, has been signed to act in an Italian movie starring Vanessa Redgrave. It’s the first new job he will have had in four years. Asked about the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against Spacey, one of th film’s producers, Louis Nero, replied, “I only know that he is a good actor. That’s it.”
Spacey sealed his career collapse by angering the gay community, aka about 50% of Hollywood, by trying to appeal to gay solidarity after denying his sexual orientation for decades. So far, none of the accusations against Spacey have been proven in court. But never mind: the mob wants him cancelled.
Fun Facts: Joe Biden has also been accused of sexual assault and there is more evidence of his sexual harassment habit than there is anything tangible impugning Spacey. He was elected President of the United States with the near universal support of the same people who have blacklisted the former “House of Cards” star.
I feel a song coming on…
4. And stranger still….The Huffington Post’s White House correspondent apparently really thinks, or wants others to believe, that the mostly inconsequential 300 fool riot at the Capitol on January 6 was worse than the attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.
This is how far the journalism profession has been allowed to drift from responsible reporting and punditry.