November, September, same difference…
Well, yesterday’s “Moby-Dick” reflections were supposed to be the intro to a warm-up that never was; it got too long and ate the post, just like Moby (or Mocha) would have. So here is what was supposed to follow, with a few updates…
1. This was almost an ethics quiz, but I’m pretty certain about the answer. Peloton has blocked users of its website from displaying hashtags reading “Let’s go Brandon” in their personal profiles.The company says the phrase violates their guidelines. The question is, does it? “Hateful, offensive, or obscene speech is strictly forbidden on the Peloton Service,” the company’s guidelines say. “This includes any leaderboard names, locations, profile pictures, Tags or any other User Content that promotes, relates to, or condones lack of respect, discrimination, or violence of any kind against individuals or groups based on [the usual list]… or political affiliation.”
Since “Let’s go Brandon!” is code for “Fuck Joe Biden,” it is “Fuck Joe Biden” just like “SOS” means “Help!” That certainly is somewhere in “hateful , offensive, or obscene” whether some people find it funny or not. [Pointer: JutGory]
2. The cliche for this is “kabuki theater.” The sham of the Glasgow climate change summit was highlighted at the very end, when China and India, among the world’s biggest burners of coal, raised last-minute objections to language in the unenforceable pact pledging a “phase out” of coal and demanded that it be changed to “phase down,” whatever that means. Since their only option was to accept this crucial weakening of the terms or not to have an agreement they could wave to claim “progress,” the change was accepted. COP26 President Alok Sharma said he was “deeply sorry” for the let-down. “I understand the deep disappointment. It’s also vital we protect this package,” Sharma said. Without China and India’s full commitment and supportive action, the goals of the climate change reforms can’t be met, making the sacrifices, if really made, by the United States and other nations virtue signaling without purpose….you know, like the Biden administration shutting down pipelines.
3. Jonathan Turley finally weighed in on the Rittenhouse trial, criticizing prosecutors for “overcharging,” as we have already discussed here and also charging based on public opinion rather than sound prosecutorial principles. The latter is an ethics violation. but one that many prosecutors have engaged in to pander to protesters, journalists, pundits, race-baiters and Black Lives Matter going back to the Zimmerman-Martin mess.
4. More on Rittenhouse…Ann Althouse, a law professor whose comments on Turley’s analysis might be enlightening, mentioned Turley’s post and then spent the rest of her blog entry obsessing over his use of the phrase “walk the cat back.” Althouse’s strained efforts to show her detachment from matters of some seriousness and importance to her readers, the nation, the culture, the society and the law in her quest to radiate “fierce neutrality” becomes arrogant and insulting at this level.
A 17-year-old teen is being used as a political football while his future hangs in the balance, and Althouse is concerned with the linguistic distinction between walking back and walking backward? What kind of priorities is that?
5. And Saturday Night Live weighs in...For some reason, the New York Times thinks that SNL is of such cultural importance that it devoted a full-half page to its show over the weekend. No news day could be THAT slow. And here is what Weekend Update co-host Michael Che said about Rittenhouse:
Legal experts are saying that Kyle Rittenhouse crying on the stand as he described how he shot his victims will help him with the jury. Man, is there a White Tears Law School that I don’t know about? I notice that every time y’all get in trouble, you start crying, and everything just works out for you, whether you’re trying to beat a murder charge or trying to be a Supreme Court justice (as he showed a picture of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.)
That was called a “joke of the week” by the Times. Yeah, race-based mockery and stereotyping while slandering a kid and a Supreme Court Justice is always comedy gold.
6. Expect a lot more of this excuse in coming months…CNN reported that Vice President Kamala Harris’s allies and supporters are suggesting that the Biden administration is sexist and racist for not doing “more” to defend Harris publicly while her popularity continues to fall. What exactly are they supposed to do? She’s a dud. About all the administration could do is accuse Harris’s critics of being sexist and racist, which is always Harris’s default position when she gets the reactions she deserves.
“She’s perceived to be in such a weak position that top Democrats in and outside of Washington have begun to speculate privately, asking each other why the White House has allowed her to become so hobbled in the public consciousness, at least as they see it,” the report said. “Republicans and right-wing media turned Harris into a political target from the moment she was picked for the ticket. And implicit racism and sexism have been constant.”
When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Harris’s failure was a certainty from the moment Biden was cornered into selecting her as his VP.