The legal ethics Zoom seminar today went well, thanks…except that there were multiple technical breakdowns. And where I would normally have dozens of back-and-forth interactions with attendees is a live seminar, I had exactly one in three hours in this one. Remote training, to be blunt, sucks, just like remote court proceedings suck and remote public school sucks. More genteel characterizations are not sufficiently accurate or derogatory.
1. Why anyone pays attention to Tucker Carlson when he says things this foolish, I have no clue. Carlson, in his rants this week, questioned why American leaders were vilifying Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, adding, “Not a single Republican leader has stood up to point out how insane all of this is and how completely divorced it is from anything that American voters actually care about…It might be worth asking yourself, since it is getting pretty serious: What is this really about? Why do I hate Putin so much? Has he shipped every middle-class job in my town to Russia? But Joe Biden likes Ukraine, so Putin bad, war good.”
Well gee, Tucker, I think Americans care about stopping international outlaws, not letting bullies prevail, opposing invasions of peaceful nations, and citizens of other countries being killed by ruthless dictators. That’s for a start. Why wouldn’t any normal American (Tucker is clearly not normal) hate Putin (let’s say distrust, disrespect, and detest)? He’s a liar, a murderer, a despot and a dictator. What is it that Carlson finds appealing? Putin is bad, and would be bad if he had Russia invading any sovereign nation.
2. As the ABA’s recent unhinged woke edicts show, lawyers are going nuts…but I didn’t expect this: a rash of naked lawyer sightings. First, the Butler (Ohio) County Bar Association recommended an indefinite suspension of an attorney for a series of public indecency incidents that included driving while nude. Just a couple of weeks later this month, police arrested 49-year-old lawyer Kelly Elizabeth Elkins of Treasure Island, Florida, after an incident that began when the manager of the Beach Lounge refused to serve Elkins any more liquor because she was already “drunk as a skunk.” She then walked into the restroom and emerged “completely naked.” She then refused to leave.
This is considered unprofessional conduct suggesting that she may not be fit to practice law, though not necessarily. Lawyers drink more than any other professionals, and all bar associations have special programs that help such practitioners instead of disciplining them.
3. This doesn’t help. “Anonymous,” the arrogant, outlaw, vigilante cyber-thugs, declared ‘cyber war’ against Vladimir Putin and the Russian government in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The group claims it has disabled several websites of the government, the Kremlin, the Duma, and the Ministry of Defense, and to have taken down the website of Kremlin-backed TV channel Russia today, which broadcasts in Britain.
These people are dangerous, and could get us into a war. Joe Biden may bot be much, but he’s the one we elected to deal which such problems, not a bunch of cocky teenage hackers.
4. Speaking of cyber-jerks, Bloomberg reports that some of the most-viewed videos on Facebook’s gaming channel today were clips purporting to be of military action taking place in Ukraine. They were “watched by more than 110,000 people and shared more than 25,000 times,” before they were taken down by Facebook. Twitter has removed similar videos. Why were they taken down? They were really out-takes from “ArmA III,” a video game that can fool the casual observer.
5. Polls (yecchh). Biden’s latest ratings from Gallup:
- Overall job: 41% approve, 55% disapprove
- Economy: 37% approve, 62% disapprove
- Response to the coronavirus: 47% approve, 52% disapprove
- Foreign affairs: 40% approve, 56% disapprove
- The situation with Russia: 36% approve, 55% disapprove
What exactly is it that the 41% approve of? It isn’t ethical citizenship to be a blindly partisan zombie. In related news, Approximately 69% of Russians now say they approve of Putin, compared to the 61% who approved of him in August 2021, according to Russian polling agency the Levada Center. Only 29% of Russians disapprove of Putin, down from 37% in August 2021.
Who knows what the real numbers are? Our polls are skewed by political bias; imagine what a Russian polling group is capable of. I would not be surprised, however, if the numbers accurately reflect that a majority of the public in Russia approve of Putin. Russia’s culture is an ethics wreck, and the people are so used to being dominated by oppressive leaders that they only feel safe that way.They had a chance in the Nineties to make a real run at democracy, and instead they allowed a KGB veteran to take over. They are accountable for what Putin does.