“Ethics Dunce” Doesn’t Quite Do New York Mayor Eric Adams Justice

Help. I need a new designation. Long ago, I began using Ethics Dunce to describe individuals whose ethics alarms failed to work when they were most needed, resulting in clearly unethical and indefensible conduct. Later, EA began using the label “Fick,” after the recently departed Leroy Fick, to describe someone who was unethical and defiant about it. Since the American Left began going, as Bill Maher said recently with unusual perspicacity, “mental,” “Ethics Dunce” has seemed increasingly inadequate.

Many of the assertions and actions we have seen aren’t the result of malfunctioning ethics alarms, they arise from a deliberate attempt to redefine what is right while abusing power, position and influence to do so. “Dunce” is too mild; dunces can’t help themselves. The new breed are nascent totalitarians: should I add “Totalitarian of the Month”?

It’s a good thing I didn’t bother to reassemble my head yesterday, or this would have undone all my hard work:

New York City public school cafeterias are going vegan-only on Fridays under a new policy from famously health-conscious Mayor Adams, who has touted the benefits of a vegan diet.

City school cafeterias were already completely “meatless” on Mondays and Fridays, thanks in part to a vegetarian school food pilot program launched by Adams while he was Brooklyn borough president.

But the shift to vegan-only Fridays — which starts this week — will take plant-based eating to another level in city schools, knocking dairy-based vegetarian mainstays like mac and cheese, pizza and mozzarella sticks off the menu.

“Plant-based options in schools means healthy eating and healthy living, and improving the quality of life for thousands of New York City students,” said Adams. “Plant-based meals are delicious and nutritious, which is why I previously called for vegetarian and vegan options in schools. I’m thrilled to see that all students will now have access to healthy foods that will prevent debilitating health conditions.”

Are New York City parents really going to meekly accept this?

This isn’t education, it is, again, indoctrination. Nor was Adams elected to give him leave to force his own health and diet beliefs on children. Veganism is an extremist cult, fine for adults to engage in for themselves, unethical (and dangerous) for inflicting on children, infants and pets. (Yes, many cats have been killed this way.)

On the Tufts Medical Center website’s page about Vegan diets, Tufts Medical Center Registered Dietitian Alicia Romano, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, whom I believe we can all accept knows more about human nutrition than Adams, who never graduated from a four year college and whose career includes no stops in anything remotely related to health, has a more informed view.  In response to the question, “Is there anyone who should NOT be vegan? “, her immediate answer is “Growing children should not be on a vegan diet due to lack of essential vitamins, minerals and proteins needed for these growing bodies. Other individual considerations should be discussed with your health professional before starting a diet or lifestyle change.”

Growing children—you mean like K-12 students?

Well, it’s only one meal a week, right? So a single mandated all edible bugs  lunch a week would similarly be acceptable, if the Mayor liked to eat bugs.

New York is one of those states, like California, Oregon and Washington, where The Great Stupid is epidemic. Thus the Daily News was able to find health “experts” who applaud the Mayor’s dictates. Nicholas Freudenberg for example,  a professor of public health and director of CUNY’s Urban Food Policy Institute, pointed to the environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption. Yes, forcing kids to eat meatless meals one day a week will slow climate change.

My favorite part of the story, however, is this at the end:

“Milk, which is required to be served under federal USDA guidelines, will still be offered.”

Then it’s not a vegan meal.

Isn’t the Great Stupid fun, as long as you can resist jumping off a bridge?

 

18 thoughts on ““Ethics Dunce” Doesn’t Quite Do New York Mayor Eric Adams Justice

  1. Jack asked, “should I add “Totalitarian of the Month”?”

    Yes, but it shouldn’t be used until you’ve had a full months worth of “Totalitarian of the Day” awards have been passed out so you can pick from that list. It’s so easy for one totalitarian to out totalitarian another totalitarian, so choosing a “Totalitarian of the Month” early in the month will be futile because that “Totalitarian of the Month” will likely be out totalitarian’ed by another totalitarian. Fear not, there will be plenty of “Totalitarian’s of the Day” to choose from for the “Totalitarian of the Month” award. 😉

  2. “I’m thrilled to see that all students will now have access to healthy foods that will prevent debilitating health conditions.”

    Have access to? It sounds optional, but, of course, it is not.

    Whatever is not mandatory is forbidden.
    Whatever is not forbidden is mandatory.

    -Jut

  3. “But the shift to vegan-only Fridays — which starts this week — will take plant-based eating to another level in city schools, knocking dairy-based vegetarian mainstays like mac and cheese, pizza and mozzarella sticks off the menu.”

    It would be poetic justice if every single student in the entire school district brought their lunch from home on those vegan only days and the vegan stuff got dumped in the trash can.

    • Given that anywhere from 27% to 53% of school lunches are already just thrown out, tossing the vegan meals would not represent a very big increase in waste, to be perfectly honest…

      • When I worked in the school, students were required to take a fruit and vegetable.

        Suddenly, student’s started giving their teachers an apple again each deay.

      • Ryan Harkins wrote, “Given that anywhere from 27% to 53% of school lunches are already just thrown out, tossing the vegan meals would not represent a very big increase in waste, to be perfectly honest…”

        That may be true but it’s completely irrelevant to my point that if every single student in the entire school district brought their lunch from home on those vegan only lunch days to protest the vegan only food day and absolutely no one got hot lunch from school on those days, that kind of protest would send a very clear message to the administration.

        P.S. If they’re actually throwing that amount of food away every day, why don’t they set up a way to distribute that food to homeless hungry people instead of throwing it away?

        • Steve, you know as well as I do that the actual consumption of the lunches isn’t the point. It is the fact that the lunch offered is vegan. So my thinking is that even if all those vegan lunches go to waste, it will either be buried in the statistic of lunches wasted in general, or it will be brushed aside because the politician has done the right thing, and the hoi polloi just has to follow suit. And I think that would be the case even if you could plaster on NYT headlines that 98% of those vegan lunches were wasted.

          Since the government is so organized and efficient at offering school lunches, I can only wonder what the program would be like that would take the food students refused to eat and distribute it among the homeless…

  4. Not nearly enough attention was paid to Michelle Obama’s under-the-radar school lunch overhaul, which was a Communist-tier failure. Basically the lunches were so meager and disgusting that entire student bodies just tossed them into the trash and brought chips and other snacks instead. Millions of dollars and tons of food wasted. Trump quietly reversed this disaster and the media mostly just whined that he happened to have done this on Michelle’s birthday and he’s just so mean.

    • This is true. Our son reported that, when students were forced to take a mandatory vegetable with their meals, said vegetable portions were left on the return trays heading back to the kitchen at his school on a daily basis.

  5. Bill Gates approves of bug lunches! This reminds me of the movie “Snowpiercer”, which I watched not too long ago. Also, bug lunches would still be better than vegan lunches, since it will be rich in protein. Just saying. Not sure how Soylent Green would compare though!

    What’s the over-under of when Eric Adams reaches Bill de Blasio levels of corruption, incompetence, malice and stupidity? Now I’m not saying he isn’t all those things already, we just haven’t seen it yet in his administration.

  6. Jack,

    I think you’re already in the habit of using the term “Ethics Villain” to describe someone who is being actively hostile to ethics in general. I think that term works well, especially in the context of corruption and/or abuse of “power, position and influence ” It also conjures up the appropriate level of mustache-twirling, tie-a-lady-to-the-railroad-tracks imagery.

    Maybe it’s time to officially define the term and add it to the list alongside Dunce and Fick.

    –Dwayne

  7. “Whittmer Of The Day”

    After Petty Tyrant and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whittmer, who used Covid restrictions to ban the sale of Garden Seeds (among a whole lot of other things), had her restrictions thrown out by her state Supreme Court, and threw a tantrum and called her court racist because they wouldn’t let her play with all her toys.

    • I spelled Whitmer’s name incorrectly. I choose to assert that I did so on purpose, because she doesn’t deserve the correct spelling of her name, even though that is not actually true.

      Also “Whitmer of the Week” has better alliteration.

      Alternately, we could just call it “Pulling a Gretchen”

  8. New York City public school cafeterias are going vegan-only on Fridays under a new policy from famously health-conscious Mayor Adams, who has touted the benefits of a vegan diet.

    So this idiot Adams thinks he’s a nutritionist now? I thought he was a politician nee police officer.

    Parents should start sending protein with their kids on “meatless” days. If only the citizens of New York had functioning brains, that is. Alas, they clearly left them on the “woke” band wagon.

    Are New York City parents really going to meekly accept this?

    Apparently, yes. Worse, it appears Adams believes is more informed than the physician you cited with no less than 4 credentials listed after her name. I wonder how many health-related credentials Adams has? I’m willing to bet none, but I am confident in “not that many.

    “Milk, which is required to be served under federal USDA guidelines, will still be offered.”

    Heh. So this proves beyond any doubt that this entire affair was an exercise in virtue-signalling.

  9. Another legitimate reason to support school choice. I was educated in the NYC School system when its focus was on education not indoctrination. I was a mild monitor, who distributed milk to the classrooms when the teacher doled out cookies provided by parents. As the song goes
    “Those were the days my friend
    We thought they’d never end
    We’d sing and dance forever and a day
    We’d live the life we choose
    We’d fight and never lose
    Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

  10. ” Many of the assertions and actions we have seen aren’t the result of malfunctioning ethics alarms, they arise from a deliberate attempt to redefine what is right while abusing power, position and influence to do so. ”

    Doesn’t this align with your usage of Ethics Villain?

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