[back to where we were before I was so rudely interrupted…by life, ironically enough…]
3. Baseball Ethics: Sticky stuff update! Baseball’s sudden emergency crack-down on pitchers using various versions of glue on the ball to make it go faster and be curvier caught its first cheater today: Seattle Mariners left-hander Héctor Santiago was ejected from today’s game against the White Sox by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after a between-innings foreign substance inspection. Santiago’s glove was confiscated. If the glove indeed shows the presence of a forbidden substance, the pitcher will be subject to a ten-day suspension under the terms of Major League Baseball’s new enforcement of the prohibition against ball doctoring. There is some skepitcism that the test will prove Santiago guilty, since it is believed that nobody could be so stupid as to try to keep using “sticky stuff” this week, knowing that they will be checked. On the other hand, Gerrit Cole, the 2019 Cy Young winner who has been widely suspected of being a “sticky stuff” addict, apparently went cold turkey. Today, against the Red Sox, his pitches were spinning much slower than usual, and he got clobbered, giving up 6 runs, 8 hits and 3 homer in just five innings. A coincidence, I’m sure…
4. Tales of The Great Stupid: Apparently the mainstream news media decided that this was just too embarrassing and might hurt the cause of mad wokism…because so far, it has managed to ignore it. A National Archives’ task force on racism determined that the structure, which houses the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights demonstrates “structural racism,” portraying the Founding Fathers and other “white men” too positively, since it “lauds wealthy White men in the nation’s founding while marginalizing BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and other People of Color], women, and other communities.” The report also calls for “trigger warnings” to be put in place with historical content to “forewarn audiences of content that may cause intense physiological and psychological symptoms.” Cassie Smedile, executive director of conservative group America Rising, called the report “the radical Left’s latest attempt to sow division and rewrite our history.” No, it’s the latest example of the progressive mainstream as it has metastasized to reject the idea of the United States of America. Blame Obama, who appointed National Archivist David Ferriero in 2009, and the Senate, which confirmed him, and President Trump, who didn’t have the foresight to fire him. He assembled and commissioned the task force, meaning he knew exactly what he would get. Ferriero claimed the task force was necessary in light of George Floyd’s death last year, the report notes. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense: an example of local police misconduct in Minneapolis without any demonstrable racial motive or animus mandates another trashing of Jefferson, Madison, Washington and the rest. [Pointer: A.S.]
5. Sorry, but this is how the world works, kid...Bryce Dershem, the valedictorian at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, New Jersey, had his microphone cut off during his speech when he deliberately veered from the text that had been approved by the school. When he began to talk about his LGBTQ issues and mental health struggles, the school’s principal grabbed Dersham’ speech as the mic was turned off, crumpled it, and pointed to the text that they had agreed on previously, telling him to deliver that and nothing else. Naturally the student is being styled as a hero and the principal a villain, but teenage narcissists do not have a license to hijack what is a ceremony for all student and make it about them. School administrators have explained in a statement that students are guided by the principal through the speech writing process and all speeches are approved beforehand….as they should be. Once a student begins going rogue, his mic should be shut off. There should also be other penalties
Dershem complains that during the staff writing process, he was told the speech was not his “therapy session” and all mentions of his gay identity and mental health struggles were removed. If he did not want to agree to that, he should have passed on being valedictorian. Agreeing to give one speech and delivering another is unethical, and it doesn’t matter whether he was going to rant about a coming Apocalypse, climate change, or deliver undying prose equal to the Gettysburg address. He’s the ethics villain here, not the principal.
6. And explain this to Gwen Berry, too…Gwen Berry, a U.S. hammer thrower who had qualified for her second U.S. Olympic team during the current Olympic team trials, ostentatiously turned away from the American flag as the National Anthem played as she received her bronze medal on the podium with the two athletes who beat her .
“The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has,” the grandstanding jerk explained. “My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports. I’m here to represent those … who died due to systemic racism. That’s the important part. That’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here today.”
Then she should be pulled off the team. The Olympics are not her personal political platform, nor is she entitled to represent the United States with the intent of embarrassing it should she have the opportunity. [Pointer: johnburger2013]