Head Cold Ethics Headings, 1/18/2022: Bad Leaders, Bad Followers, Bad Quotes, Bad Fans

I’m sick. I have been for four days now, and I’m no better than was, arguably worse. I hate being sick, in part because I’m not used to it; I don’t get the flu, and lately, I seldom get colds often either—maybe every three of four years. This is a really bad head cold; on the plus side, it looks as if it’s not heading into my chest. If you think my typing is terrible when I’m healthy, you wouldn’t believe how bad it is when I’m sneezing every other letter and over-dosing on Dayquil.

I only mention it because this has been costing Ethics Alarms about a post a day, leading to the current back-up.

1. This is not a promising sign at all…In the Big Apple, mentally ill homeless man Simon Martial pushed 40-year-old consultant Michelle Go in front of an oncoming subway train, than ranted about being God. Crime has been rising on the subways of New York like everywhere else around the city, and the reaction of new mayor Eric Adams to Go’s murder was to tell reporters, “New Yorkers are safe on the subway system. I think it’s about 1.7 percent of the crimes in New York City that occur on the subway system. Think about that for a moment. What we must do is remove the perception of fear.”

Wow, that’s both “It isn’t what it is” (Rationalization #64) AND Authentic Frontier Gibberish. What the heck is “the perception of fear?” And how do you claim that the subways are “safe” after a woman dies there because a man pushes her into a subway train for no reason whatsoever?

2. Paul Begala can top THAT quote….On CNN, the ageless Clinton hack said, “I think the problem for the Democrats right now is not that they have bad leaders. They have bad followers.” Bad leaders make bad followers, and good followers don’t accept bad leaders, or if they do, they quickly get corrupted and become bad followers. Paul Begala followed both Clintons. He’s a living rebuttal to his own statement.3. Heck, one of those bad leaders can top that...Nancy Pelosi managed to both assert the ridiculous and make listeners stupid by saying yesterday, referring to Martin Luther King, “Imagine, 36-years-old, [he] left this Earth in such a way that he has a monument on the Mall along with Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson….All of them with tears in their eyes for the departure from our democracy that is happening right now unless the truth is acknowledged and this legislation is passed.”

Yikes. First, Pelosi seems to be saying that King’s assassination is the reason he has a memorial. It isn’t. Second, her party’s core doesn’t respect Washington, Jefferson or Lincoln—the first two were slave-holders, and the third was a racist. If it were up to them, all of their memorials and monuments would be torn down Worst of all, if any of those men would have favored early voting, mail-in ballots and ballot harvesting, they would have said so and tried to institute them. All three were wise enough to see that none of those “improvements” were either desirable or necessary, much less weeping for.

The “X iconic individual would have felt Y if they were alive today” is one of the most insulting and self-evidently idiotic of all rhetorical devices. Democratic leaders’ followers may not be as bad as Begala says, but the leaders sure think they are stupid to make arguments like Pelosi’s.

4. “Nah, the Left isn’t trending to totalitarianism!” In Maine, Dr. Meryl Ness has had her license to practice medicine revoked for many good reasons. She also has been ordered to undergo “psychiatric examination” for “spreading misinformation.” That’s creepy: sending dissidents to asylums for spreading “misinformation” was a favorite tactic of the Leonid Breshnev-led Soviet Union. We saw hints of this strategy earlier when Yale University psychiatrist Bandy Lee declared that President Trump was mentally ill based on his insufficiently progressive statements and policies, and made the rounds of the Trump Deranged news media claiming that he should he removed by the 25th Amendment. Yale fired her in 2020.

5. Speak for yourself, Kurt. Kurt Streeter, the African-American sports pundit who uses his New York Times column as a social justice platform where sports is an afterthought, issued a piece asking why fans (like him) continued to follow the NFL, since (as Ethics Alarms has pointed out repeatedly), it has no ethics and only cares about money.

“The N.F.L. does not care about your concerns, ” he writes.  “It does not care if you think the most recent purge of Black head coaches is proof the league’s vow to end racism is a sham. It does not care if you think the league is too “woke” or caught up in virtue signaling. It does not care if you’ve had enough of the debilitating injuries and the beloved players shellshocked by the game’s inherent brutality. The N.F.L. does not care because it does not have to….The owners of the league’s 32 teams, overwhelmingly white, conservative and male, are plenty content with the status quo — so long as we keep watching. Why can’t we turn away?”

Who’s “we”? I went this entire season without watching a second of a single NFL game, and decided that the NFL was a malign presence in the culture years ago. It was easy: I don’t like watching human being destroy their brains. The other stuff is secondary. I don’t even have to reach the NFL sucking up to Black Lives Matter. I have values, and I work hard to be consistent in applying them. It isn’t that the NFL “doesn’t care”—its fans don’t care.

Streeter,  as usual, includes his typical woke absurdities in his column. The NFL pushed for teams to hire black head coaches, and then, when most of those coaches didn’t succeed, the teams fired them. It was no race-based “purge,” it was business as usual, and the predictable result when jobs are filled by affirmative action rather than color-blind merit. Did the NFL “vow to end racism”? That would have been foolish. And how would keeping black head coaches in their jobs even when a white coach performing similarly would be fired help “end racism”?

Streeter concludes his essay by by admitting that even though he and his son know all about what the NFL is doing to its players heads and futures, they still watch the games together. Here’s the real question: why should anyone care what Kurt Streeter thinks?

12 thoughts on “Head Cold Ethics Headings, 1/18/2022: Bad Leaders, Bad Followers, Bad Quotes, Bad Fans

  1. Honestly, they do really think their followers are stupid, are glad of it and hope they stay that way because the party has done its level best to ensure it. It’s shameful, but this is where we are.

  2. 4–From a 03/12/2020 LTE our local paper didn’t deem worthy of print:

    Despite never evaluating him, Yale University’s Dr. Bandy X. Lee has strongly asserted that President Trump is unfit to hold the highest elective office in the world.

    Under the same circumstances (in absentia), Lee, a far left political activist, now deems it UNETHICAL to comment on someone’s apparent diminished mental state.

    What changed? In this case, the subject happens to be democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

    Liberal media bias? There ain’t no stinkin’ liberal media bias!

  3. Who is more depressing: Begala or Pelosi? Both are so engaged in lies and agitprop it’s hard to decide. At least I can choose who’s most dangerous: Pelosi, don’t you think? If only because she has a constituency, and luckily, Begala has… nothing. (At least I hope.)

  4. 5. Yo, Kurt. When you going to limit black players in all professional sports to thirteen percent of players? You know, so professional sports will “look like America.” What percentage of head coaches need to be black? Thirteen or a percentage equal to the percentage of black players in the league? Be careful what you wish for, asshole.

  5. 1. They’re going to have to put barriers and gates in subway stations. But anyway, she was Asian American. Who cares? Can you imagine the reaction if a white guy pushed a black woman, or worse, a white guy, onto the tracks and to her death? Or if a white guy murdered a black salesclerk in the LA furniture store? Man, the news is so selective these days. White people and Asian people are simply expendable these days. They pretty much have it coming to them.

  6. #2 Isn’t Paul living proof, rather than rebuttal? He followed the bad leadership of the Clintons, and himself became corrupted?

    #3 In Pelosi’s limited defense, she did not say King got his memorial because he was assassinated. Rather, that when he died at a young age, he was already worthy of a monument on the Mall.

    “Imagine, 36-years-old, [he] left this Earth in such a way that he has a monument on the Mall along with Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson

    “left this Earth in such a way” – he already had lasting accomplishments worthy of national gratitude.

    All of them with tears in their eyes for the departure from our democracy that is happening right now unless the truth is acknowledged and this legislation is passed.”

    This part I thoroughly concur is shameless hackery.

  7. #1 is also a logical fallacy.

    Comparing crimes on the subway to total crimes in the city DOES nothing to inform a reader about *actual* safety on the subway. It doesn’t even tell anyone anything about safety on the subway *relative* to the rest of the city – even though it seemingly does. It is extra deceptive. Super high crime rates overall would make the subway look “safe” using this fallacy.

    To know safety relative to the rest of the city, we would need to know what kinds of crimes form that 1.7% AND we’d need to know crime categorization as well.

    To inform a reader about *actual* safety on the subway, we’d need to compare criminal “interaction” on the subway to total “interactions” on the subway – that is, we’d need to normalize the crimes to the rate of subway usage. If it turns out to be a miniscule number, then the Mayor’s comment that crime is really low on the subway would actually be very true and not necessarily problematic. Because it could turn out that crime is low just more publicized than it has in the past – which leads to a perception of increased crime.

    But that still isn’t the final answer on safety – if the quantity of crime is within a reasonably expected level for a reasonably acceptable level of security measures (and yes, there can be a point where there is too much from the state) – that still doesn’t mean that certain crimes occurring that could have been 100% avoidable shouldn’t be treated as a problem. Some instances are indicative of a solvable problem even if inside a statistic of “reasonable acceptable” levels of crime.

    Does the homeless, mentally ill man fall in that category? Very likely.

    Summarizing –

    The Mayor needs to indicate crime rates *within* the subway system as a percentage of subway usage, not crime rates *within* the overall crime situation of the city.

    The individual crime in question could have been mitigated even if some level of crime is expected.

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