Sunday Ethics Notes, 9/29/2021, And Does Ethics Analysis That Nobody Reads In The Forest Make Any Difference?

Tree falls no sound

Don’t mind me, it’s just that I’ve been feeling like I’m wasting my time lately….

1. Please stop sending me links to whatever perpetually disgusting and hypocritical HBO comic Bill Maher has said because he appears to be courageously buck woke cant and the boring partisan spin of almost every other TV comedian. Now he’s criticizing progressives because he’s smart enough to figure out (though they haven’t) that they completely beclowned themselves by hitching their credibility to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The King of Smug isn’t nearly as smart as he thinks he is, but he’s smart enough to see that the smarter rats will soon be fleeing the sinking ship. It doesn’t matter: Maher was one of the most vicious hate-mongers against President Trump and Republicans; he also advocated wrecking the economy to get rid of a President he didn’t like. Maher isn’t really a brave iconoclast, he just plays one on TV. I doubt that he has any principles that he wouldn’t discard without blinking, if it brought him some publicity and lengthened his already inexplicably long career as a public asshole.

2. Now, that doesn’t mean that Bill’s assessment isn’t correct for once, just that he aided and abetted those who stuck the country with Joe and Kamala and is therefore ethically estopped from flip-flopping now. Every single institution and individual who was part of this reckless, cynical and transparently irresponsible fiasco should be mocked, shamed, harangued and humiliated until death, especially the voters. Charles Cooke, a conservative NeverTrumper with the similarly Trump-bashing National Review, has written a very accurate essay on exactly what Democrats did, “that, in a desperate attempt to remove President Trump from office, the Democrats tailored themselves a straitjacket from which they will struggle mightily to escape.” They also stuck the United States and its citizens with a President and a Vice-President they knew were unfit for office so the party could gain power, placing the nation and its welfare at risk. Just like Bill Maher stating that wrecking the economy and putting Americans out of work was “worth it” if it resulted in Trump’s defeat, the Democrats (and the news media, but I repeat myself) decided it was worth it to place the nation’s fate for four years in the hands of what Cooke calls, in an understatement, “a pair of losers.” And they knew that was what they were doing. It is one of the worst betrayals of trust any American political party has ever engaged in.

3. Tales of the Double Standard! Tampa Police Officer Delvin White’s bodycam footage showed that the had used the word “nigger” on several occasions during 2020, at least once during an exchange with a black teen during an arrest. So Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan fired White for “violations of policy that prohibit discriminatory conduct.” Now White has been reinstated, after he explained that he merely used it as a way of expressing “culture and experiences among the African-American community.” Tampa’s Civil Service Board last weeky decided that the termination was not appropriate for the infraction, voting 3-0 to reinstate the officer effective immediately. “I do not want to see the city lose an employee like that who obviously does his job above and beyond,” one board member said, “a difficult job, let’s face it, in very difficult circumstances. It’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

Please alert me when a white officer fired for employing the same epithet is reinstated using that reasoning.

I wonder if the board also told the officer that he was allowed to shoot unarmed white rioters too?

4. Yes, because it was unconstitutional, and the Biden Administration did it anyway…The U.S. Supreme Court last week blocked the latest federal ban on evictions agreeing that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority by imposing the moratorium during the pandemic. Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, apparently because they have no shame or integrity. This should have been a 9-0 opinion

The unsigned eight-page majority opinion said it would be different if Congress had authorized the CDC’s actions, but they hadn’t. “Instead, the CDC has imposed a nationwide moratorium on evictions in reliance on a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination….It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the CDC the sweeping authority that it asserts.”

Credulity, but not the ability of the progressive wing of the Courts to ignore basic legal principles to appeal to the touchy-feely woke. Justice Breyer strained himself in his dissent pretending that the motive behind the eviction ban was based on health rather than typical progressive redistribution of wealth policies and class warfare. Breyer said it isn’t “demonstrably” clear that the CDC lacks the authority to issue an eviction moratorium that is “substantially more tailored” than its earlier nationwide moratorium, because the Public Health Service Act’s first sentence permits regulations needed to prevent the introduction, transmission and spread of communicable diseases. The eviction moratorium wasn’t to relieve financial pressures on tenants (while increasing them on landlords), like the recent college loan relief announced by Biden, but only to keep people from moving around and spreading the virus. Who believes that? Do you?

What was the first matter paid liar Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, cited in reaction to the opinion? “As a result of this ruling, families will face the painful impact of evictions.”

5. Do we applaud Spike Lee for taking Truther garbage out of his documentary, or mock him for having it there in the first place? Spike Lee has a new documentary project on HBO titled “NYC Epicenters: 9/11 – 2021 ½.” The documentary is an 8-hour-long collection of interviews that look at some of the similarities between 9/11 and the Wuhan virus pandemic. The last episode included interviews with a 9/11 truther group called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth….you know, morons. Lee said when asked about it,

“The amount of heat that it takes to make steel melt, that temperature’s not reached. And then the juxtaposition of the way Building 7 fell to the ground — when you put it next to other building collapses that were demolitions, it’s like you’re looking at the same thing. But people going to make up their own mind. My approach is put the information in the movie and let people decide for themselves. I respect the intelligence of the audience.”

Not if he included that thoroughly rebutted and discredited nonsense, you don’t. Spike can be a brilliant artist, but whenever he holds forth on matters of politics, history, law—well, anything, really, it becomes obvious that like so many in his field, he’s deficient in critical thinking and not well-educated enough to say a lot of the things he says. Apparently the criticism of his Truther embrace came from some people he didn’t have contempt for—you know, blacks and progressives—because he has now removed all references to the conspiracy theories from his documentary.

To answer my original question for myself, I choose “mock him for having the segment in the film in the first place.” Anyone who believes that the Bush Administration would deliberately kill 3000 Americans, and bomb the Pentagon is an America-hating paranoid, and anyone who believes a conspiracy like that could be hidden for 20 years is too biased ignorant to pay attention to.

25 thoughts on “Sunday Ethics Notes, 9/29/2021, And Does Ethics Analysis That Nobody Reads In The Forest Make Any Difference?

  1. I have been reading most of your posts that I am alerted to through email since I discovered your sight a few months ago. Normally the initial interest fades, but not with your posts. Thank you for the time you put into these posts and for your insights. I don’t think they exist elsewhere.

    May Christ our Lord continue to bless you with courage and discernment.

    Matthew Segel

  2. Wow, still no comments after a couple hours; however, I’m 100% positive that you’re not wasting your time. I’ve said it before, I’m not one of the big commentors of substance here but I really appreciate all the post and the superb commentary here.

    5) Well, I’m not a mechanical, civil or structural engineer but I do have 2 Masters (EE and CS). Every time I hear these demolition or false flag theories it aggrivates me. Over the years I’ve learned to ignore them but I use to get really mad when these stories would surface. I saw all the events unfold on live TV – not that that proves anything but now I just dismiss these theories of false flags and controlled demolitions. When you destroy several floors of a building and they “pancake”, what do you think is going to happen. There are massive forces at work there. How about the Florida condo collapse? Was that also a controlled demolition? My frustration lies in the fact that I lack the expertise to debunk these theories but you can certainly find them online. I mean, you said it best in conclusion, “Anyone who believes that the Bush Administration would deliberately kill 3000 Americans, and bomb the Pentagon is an America-hating paranoid, and anyone who believes a conspiracy like that could be hidden for 20 years is too biased ignorant to pay attention to.”

    • You don’t need to be a mechanical engineer or an expert on material science to debunk such BS claims. You simply need to be objective without a desire to paint your political adversary as so evil they will sacrifice citizens to achieve an objective.

    • All Jack’s readers are taking August off and vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard with the Obamas and the Amalfi Coast with various models. Or Door County. Right Paulie and Steve?

      • Whoa Nellie. Paulie has surfaced. He’s not on Martha’s Vineyard or loitering along the Amalfi Coast. He’s on the Wesconsin Riviera! He’s gone full Yooper. Door County, Schmor County. No wonder he’s been so quiet.

  3. I’ve actually always liked Bill Maher, although agreed he’s snarky and an ass and took his comedy too far many times. (I didn’t watch much comedy the last 10 years, alas children and Maher’s language don’t mix) I also like Shrek so… we’ll just have to not recommend films to each other, I think. (I suggest bottle shock if you haven’t seen it.) lol.
    Anywhoos. As Ben Shapiro says often… two things can be true at once… Joe Biden AND Donald Trump were rotten picks for President. I admit Trump did way better than I expected and Biden has done far, far worse, but the fact remains they’re terrible picks and Maher had every right to torment him, which would’ve been on par for his comedy style and while I don’t always agree with his attitudes, he has consistently been a cynical ass and the fact that his party critiques him and he is also getting shunned on campuses is likely something to note . The “AUC” was the really awful part of the last 4 years. So while Maher doesn’t get a pass or hero status for taking a stance against his own party views, I still say good… and I hope more Dems in the entertainment sphere step up.

  4. “As a result of this ruling, families will face the painful impact of evictions.”

    Well, they did have the option of the much less painful impact of paying their rent, but they chose to go another way. Actions, as the saying goes, do have consequences.

    The latest move is landlords asking for six months or more rent up front when renting to a new tenant.
    Who, other than the idiots who supported the moratorium policy, couldn’t see that coming?

  5. 1. I read every post.
    2. By the time I have something to add, someone else has already offered the perspective.
    3. I generally practice in loving my neighbors by not forcing them to read my writing.
    4. Jack, you do great service. Even if a bit toothy at times, stuff needs to be communicated.

  6. I appreciate the posts you make every day, Jack. They help give me more perspective and give some good foods for thought. Helping others with ethics issues, regardless of the amount of people, is not an useless endeavor.

  7. 1. Maher was one of the most vicious hate-mongers against President Trump and Republicans; he also advocated wrecking the economy to get rid of a President he didn’t like.

    It’s funny how quickly we forget how much we dislike people when they unexpectedly criticize the other side. It’s like their character only matters when they disagree with us.

    2. Trust no longer matters to the Democrats. They are sure they can buy enough votes with other people’s money. But that’s not enough for them — they are quite happy to throw out any rule, including the rule of law, to remain in power.

    We think we have seen their worst, but trust me, we haven’t even seen the half of it. Wait until they become a little more desperate. If you think they are going quietly into the minority, well, let’s just say I suspect those are bygone days.

    3. Please alert me when a white officer fired for employing the same epithet is reinstated using that reasoning.

    You and I will be dead, buried, and long forgotten before that happens in America, assuming it survives us (and I’m not sanguine about that).

    I wonder if the board also told the officer that he was allowed to shoot unarmed white rioters too?

    You mean that wasn’t implied? I certainly took the point.

    4. Associate Justice Breyer’s defense was among the most unsound arguments I have seen in years. It was so proforma and legally bankrupt that I’m sure he offered it only because he is near retirement, and didn’t want one of the others on the left wing to have to be saddled with it for decades.

    “As a result of this ruling, families will face the painful impact of evictions.”

    As if paying the rent was always optional, or something. “Down the landlords! Up the deadbeats!”

    5. Do we applaud Spike Lee for taking Truther garbage out of his documentary, or mock him for having it there in the first place?

    Embrace the healing power of “and.”

    • It’s funny how quickly we forget how much we dislike people when they unexpectedly criticize the other side. It’s like their character only matters when they disagree with us.”

      I can laugh at some of George Takei’s humor without agreeing with him. I think Christopher Hitchens was a bully, a hater, and generally an unhappy guy who drank himself to death, although I did appreciate him taking George Galloway apart. I think Richard Dawkins’ scientific stuff is pretty good, even though I loathe his atheist rants. Take what you can use and leave the rest.

      BTW, Breyer will never let it be known he’s thinking about retiring, at least not publicly. He better hurry up and do it, though, or next year the Senate will flip and McConnell will turn off the judicial pipeline.

  8. Read daily, comment occasionally. If I don’t it’s because I have nothing to add beyond a “GRAAWK, I agree!” I try not to be a parrot.

    You do good work. It’s needed. It’s valuable.

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