Ethics Catch-Up, 6/10/2021 (But I Keep Falling Further Behind!)

Hamster wheel

That’s not me, by the way. I would never wear a shirt like that…

1. Not substantiated, but worth mentioning: Fulton County, Georgia, poll manager Suzi Voyles says that when she sorted through a stack of mail-in ballots last November, she noticed strange uniformity in the markings on ballots favoring Joe. Biden. All the absentee votes contained perfectly filled-in ovals for Biden, except that each of the darkened bubbles featured an identical white space inside them in the shape of a tiny crescent, indicating they had been marked with toner ink instead of a pen or pencil. All of these ballots were printed on different stock paper than the others she handled as part of a statewide hand recount of the 2020 Presidential election, and none were folded or creased, as mail-in ballots usually are. To her, the Biden votes looked like they’d been duplicated by a copying machine. At least three other poll workers observed the same thing in stacks of absentee ballots for Biden they handled, have joined Voyles in swearing under penalty of perjury that they something was—is—seriously amiss. A state judge has ordered that all of the 147,000 mail-in ballots counted in Fulton be unsealed to allow a closer inspection of the Biden ballots for evidence of counterfeiting. Observations:

  • Why is this only happening now, rather than before the results were certified?
  • Even if the audit show that Trump “won” Georgia, indeed even if similar audits show that he should have won the election, nothing will change as far as the current government is concerned. You can’t unring that bell. Congratulate the Democrats: it worked!
  • Even the Georgia audit alone, if it turned up sufficient counterfeit ballots, would still force some accountability on the news media and progressive pundits, who have rather too vigorously insisted that the election was as pure as the driven snow.
  • So far, the mainstream media has ignored this story, and will continue to if it comes to nothing. Right now, it’s officially just more conservative conspiracy theory.
  • I am certain that there are many in authority who believe that even if there was widespread fraud in 2020, it shouldn’t be revealed because that knowledge would cause civil unrest. I almost feel that way myself, except that Democrats and news media have been shouting from the rafters that complaints about the loose controls on mail-in ballots are fanciful, and that Trump is “lying” when he says the election was stolen. Now the truth has to be determined, so that highly dubious narrative doesn’t prevent essential reforms.
  • If the Xeroxed ballot accusation turns out to be legitimate, things will get ugly. At that point, maybe they have to.

2. Accountability Ethics, Baseball Division. The last two nights, the Houston Astros were booed lustily in Boston by fans indignant about that team’s cheating in 2017, including during a close play-off series with the Red Sox on the way to the Astros’ World Championship. There’s a disconnect here: the primary villain in the cheating scandal is the current Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, who engineered the sign-stealing scheme the team used to help it’s hitters all season. Cora, of course, hasn’t bee jeered at all. Alex said that the booing of his former team made him uncomfortable. Good! He told the press after the game in part,

“Tough to hear it. Because at the end, I was part of that. I was part of the 2017 Astros, and I was part of the whole sign-stealing situation and them being booed and screamed at … I was part of that, too. I know there’s a lot of people in this town who are fans of the Boston Red Sox that don’t agree that I’m the manager [Note: Like me…] There’s others that yeah, they’re OK with it and others, they’re just happy that we have this [winning] record. But that was something I was wondering for a while — how people were going to treat them — because at the end, we were part of it. [Clarification: Not “part of it,” Alex. You were the instigator of it.] Me and [current Red Sox player] Marwin [Gonzalez] were part of that, and it was a tough one last night. When I got home, I thought about it. I was like, ‘Wow.’ It was tough. It was a tough night.”

Not tough enough. I also liked how he threw his own player under the metaphorical bus. Most Boston fans had forgotten that Gonzales, now with the Sox , was one of the Astros’ sign-stealing cheats. I’m sure he was happy to hear his manager remind everyone in his new city.

3. I have sympathy for Ellie Kemper, but in the end, she’s just another prostrating weenie. There was some discussion in the Open Forum of the plight of Ellie Kemper, a relatively obscure TV actress who has been mercilessly attacked by the social media Wokeness Police. The actress and comedian from “The Office” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was branded a “KKK Queen” by the (reliably despicable) Daily Beast and on social media based on nothing, a debutante ball in St. Louis that Kemper attended as a teenager over 20 years ago. Then Twitter—which is evil, and if you are still on it, you’re an accomplice—put the gossip on their “What’s happening” sidebar of trending topics. The event she attended while just out of high school, The Veiled Prophet ball, is an old St. Louis tradition. The ball was initiated in 1878 by a Confederate veteran, but neither he nor the ball had any link to the Klan. It now survives, stripped of some traditional plantation silliness, as a Fourth of July party. Ellie did nothing wrong when she was 19 but groveled anyway, begging for forgiveness from nobody she owes an apology to for a crime she didn’t commit.

She posted this to her Instagram account:

Hi guys – when I was 19 years old, I decided to participate in a debutante ball in my hometown. The century-old organization that hosted the debutante ball had an unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist past. I was not aware of this history at the time, but ignorance is no excuse. I was old enough to have educated myself before getting involved. I unequivocally deplore, denounce, and reject white supremacy. At the same time, I acknowledge that because of my race and my privilege, I am the beneficiary of a system that has dispensed unequal justice and unequal rewards.There is a very natural temptation, when you become the subject of internet criticism, to tell yourself that your detractors are getting it all wrong. But at some point last week, I realized that a lot of the forces behind the criticism are forces that I’ve spent my life supporting and agreeing with.I believe strongly in the values of kindness, integrity, and inclusiveness. I try to live my life in accordance with those values. If my experience is an indication that organizations and institutions that fall short of these beliefs should be held to account, then I have to see this experience in a positive light.I want to apologize to the people I’ve disappointed, and I promise that moving forward I will listen, continue to educate myself, and use my privilege in support of the better society I think we’re capable of becoming.

Translation: She loves Big Brother.

If only I watched something she was in so I could boycott her. Until Americans make certain that celebrities and other grovelers suffer for siding with the censors and totalitarians like this, the anti-democracy, pro-racist forces now threatening the culture and our basic liberties will grow stronger.

I’m sorry you don’t have the character to be an American, Ellie, but to hell with you. You’re a disgrace to your country.

14 thoughts on “Ethics Catch-Up, 6/10/2021 (But I Keep Falling Further Behind!)

  1. Re #1,
    “If the Xeroxed ballot accusation turns out to be legitimate, things will get ugly. At that point, maybe they have to.”

    I’ve thought this for quite a while, sometimes at odds with the well reasoned arguments about maintaining the “larger process ” (best way I can think of it, not necessarily the best description).

    For example, Hillary’s violation of 18 USC regarding classified. Notwithstanding Trump’s “throw her in jail” campaign rhetoric, she should’ve been charged. I sat in refresh meetings with directors and company presidents of billion dollar organizations about that. No matter how or why it “leaks” you’re getting charged, and LITERALLY everybody is told that.

    Politics taking precedence over law is how we got the Chauvin verdict, and maintaining “civility” lest the Democrats do the same or worse was always a false choice – they do it anyway (and Republicans always roll over – that whole wretched play is how we got Trump to begin with…).

    I fear it’s to late to begin the process, but, best time to plant a tree….

  2. It seems our elections are becoming like in some corrupt South American dictatorship where there may be two or more candidates for a high office, but the winning candidate is a foregone conclusion. Where you can’t have a fair and honest election people take to the street and even the military can’t prevent the inevitable.

  3. “If the Xeroxed ballot accusation turns out to be legitimate, things will get ugly. At that point, maybe they have to.”

    I commented shortly after the election in some post here on forensically indistinguisable ballots. That it should be able to easily identify mass copied or produced ballots but I thought if someone was mass producing ballots they would have considered that. Of course, these people that wanted Trump out would do anything, even blatenlty cheat, to oust Trump. I think in my comment I asked the question – why can’t they examine all the mail in ballots for uniqueness – or something along those lines.

    I’m sure other commenters here had similar thoughts. I thought if they mass produced ballots, rather than duplicating them on a printer/copier they would have had teams of people filling out ballots at breakneck speed.

  4. 1. You left out that whole part about the place being under 24 hour guard, the police leaving, and then a break in occurring. That isn’t suspicious.

    • If Republicans were pulling these sorts of stunts, there’d be a George Clooney or Ben Affleck or Tom Cruise movie in pre-production right now.

  5. Why doesn’t Ellie Kemper tell the people she’s disappointed to get thicker skin, put their big girl panties on (or big boy, or big xe, or whatever) and get over it? I think she’d earn a lot more respect that way, and the elevated opprobrium would be worth it.

    I guess it’s because, as you say, she’s a weenie, and apparently weenies are a dime a dozen these days. She worries more about acceptance than freedom. She will prostitute her closely-held beliefs (although I truly doubt she has any) to avoid a hit to her fame and career.

    I guess that’s fine, but do we really have a whole country of weenies? Is anyone in Hollywood not of advanced age or washed up capable of standing up to the woke mob? Is this representative of the rest of us?

    God, I hope not. But I fear the worst.

    About the Georgia recount — I can’t wait for the left to start demanding the DOJ get involved and stop it, just like in the Arizona recount. It is as inevitable as the sunrise.

    And honestly, I am praying for huge discrepancies, not because it will benefit Trump or the GOP or even me, but because it will create the opportunity for a real examination of ballot security, and I can’t but imagine that every state, now suddenly suspect, will have to follow suit. The shortcomings in the last election that we know of are so profound that if major fraud isn’t discovered, perhaps we really are just that good at elections (or, alternatively, election fraud). You’d have to at least consider that if everything winds up hunky-dory.

  6. “Ethics Catch-Up, 6/10/2021 (But I Keep Falling Further Behind!)”

    Remember; you’re only “behind” around here based on on the predefined expectations that you’ve created for yourself. There’s truly only so much awake time in a day and I’m guessing your typing skills won’t ever reach 1000 w.p.m..

    Stop and smell the roses once in a while.

    I just purchased this as my alternate cruising bike to get me out of my shell and into the wind more often.

    There’s lots to do but enjoy life.

  7. 2. I have a relative who is still getting off by ragging on the “cheaters” (Astros) as if they’re still doing everything now as they did in 2017. Amusing more than annoying. Just another reflection of toxicity owned by fools who’ve fallen for The Great Stupid. Perfectly conditioned person to accept future election results in this country without a sigh or head-shake.

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