1. Ethics Alarms gets to criticize “Let’s go, Brandon” as an uncivil, gutter taunt that should not be wielded against the President of the United States. CNN doesn’t. This appears to have become ethics estoppel day, with EA noting the absurdity of mainstream media journalists like Greg Sargent and and Rachel Maddow whining about Fox News providing aid to Republican candidates. The same principle should mute CNN hypocrites like John Berman and Briana Keilar tut-tutting over the coded “Fuck Joe Biden” chant. CNN was silent when Congresswoman and “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib called President Trump a “motherfucker,” didn’t find it newsworthy when Robert de Niro used similar language before celebrity audiences in multiple venues, and didn’t express worries about the state of political discourse when Kathy Griffin posed with a model of Trump’s severed head. Now, however, they are offended because”their” President is the target. Journalists aren’t supposed to consider one President as more “theirs” than another, and the same principles of respect and civility should apply to each POTUS equally.
2. Speaking of civility, during a Supreme Court argument yesterday, the issue was whether elected bodies can censure their members for incivility or other inappropriate rhetoric or expressive speech without violating the First Amendment.Are censures, which are formal reprimands and a kind of punishment, a form of free speech or a threat to it? The case was brought by David Wilson, a former elected trustee of the Houston Community College System. Wilson sued the system’s board, orchestrated robocalls and hired private investigators to look into whether another trustee had lied about where she lived. In 2018, Wilson’s fellow board members had enough of his criticism and censured him. “The board finds that Mr. Wilson’s conduct was not only inappropriate, but reprehensible, and such conduct warrants disciplinary action,” the resolution said. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowed the case to proceed, ruling last year that punishing an elected official for his speech might breach the Constitution.
3. My guess? No jury will convict him. In a stunning example of life imitating art, or more specifically Liam Neeson movies, 60-year-old John Eisenman is under arrest in Spokane and charged with murdering 19-year-old Andrew Sorenson, whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of an abandoned car. The evidence indicates that Eisenman rescued his daughter from a prostitution ring a year ago, just like in “Taken.” After obtaining information indicating that Sorenson was the one who sold her to the traffickers, Eisenman located Sorenson, bound him, placed him in the trunk, and hit Sorenson over the head multiple times with a cinder block. Then the infuriated father stabbed him repeatedly until he was very dead.
Eisenman has no previous criminal record, and is being held on a million dollar bail.
4. Not to re-open a sensitive topic, but…the now World Series Champion Braves placed utilityman Ehire Adrianza on the postseason paternity list and had to replace him prior to Game 6, which the Braves won. Adrianza, though not a regular, was a valuable piece for Atlanta, a switch-hitter who had many key pinch hits during the season. He has a union-bargained right to his paternity leave, which probably took him out of the Series entirely. His absence weakened the team at the most crucial moment of the entire season. Adrianza did not have to abandon his team mates; he chose to. It is just moral luck that the Braves won anyway, and that his talents were not needed.
I am very curious as to whether his services will be retained by the team after this. If I were the manager of general manager, he’d be playing somewhere else next Spring.