I’m jubilant! Major League Baseball and the Player’s Union agreed on a new Basic Agreement, ending the team owners’ lockout and guaranteeing that there will be a 2022 season. The terms of the agreement are irrelevant to ethics; the fact that the two adverse parties managed to come to a compromise is ethics news only to this extent: When thing are rotten—and they are—that’s when baseball, the most American and idealistic of sports (and like America, an entity that struggles to rise to its ideals) , is most needed and appreciated. It is why FDR urged baseball to keep playing during World War II. Baseball also keeps Ethics Alarms in good supply of issues that easily transfer to other aspects of society.
Whew. That was a close one!
1. Yet another dumb Russian “sanction” that hurts nobody involved with the invasion! First I learned that the famous Russian Tea Room in Manhattan was the target of a boycott, though its founders were from Ukraine, and it is, you know, run by Americans. Then this news arrived: The American Kennel Club announced,
The American Kennel Club is opposed to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine. In solidarity with the Ukrainian people, effective immediately, judges from the Russian Federation will not be approved to judge at AKC sanctioned events. Additionally, new requests for imported dog registrations (AKC Foreign Registration) from the Russian Kennel Federation will be denied effective immediately. We continue to explore options to provide assistance to the Ukrainian people and their pets during this crisis.
I would say “This is getting ridiculous!” but it got ridiculous some time ago. [Pointer: Mrs. Q]
2. Georgetown Law Center suspended a professor who criticized using racial and gender discrimination to pick SCOTUS nominees, but the University let this U.S. hating fanatic speak to on campus.
Professor Eddie Glaude, the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, told Georgetown students that white supremacy has distorted democracy in America to such an extent that the only remedy is to tear the whole structure down and start over.
Yeah, that’s a real serious proposal.
“How many times has France been refounded,” Glaude asked rhetorically. “How much does the United States want to emulate France?” I ask, also rhetorically? More of his crypto-Marxist fantasy:
“At every moment when a new America seems to be about to be born, the umbilical cord of white supremacy is wrapped around the baby’s neck, choking the life out of it. And in some ways we have to be better midwives… America is more than an idea, it’s a fight with bodies left in the wake…So Lincoln can save the union and can shatter slavery, but he still believes that white men are superior to black men, that white women are superior to black women..”
Lincoln died in 1865. He also didn’t know about continental drift, DNA, and nuclear energy, the ignorant fool. More…
“They elected Nixon twice. The response to half of Dr. King’s head being blown off was Nixon — twice…Reagan is elected 15 years after the passage of the voting rights act to undo it all…[Mitch] McConnell doesn’t believe … in a multiracial democracy at all. But I would also argue that Joe Manchin doesn’t believe in it.”
Got it. This guy isn’t a scholar, he’s a tunnel-visioned partisan activist. Professors like this don’t teach, they indoctrinate. Hwoever, it’s fine and appropriate for Georgetown and any college to expose their students to demogogues like Gluade, provided it also allows speakers from the other end of the spectrum. Most of the time, however, they don’t.
3. I don’t understand this at all, but I know it’s stupid and insulting..USA Today felt it was necessary to fact-check the Babylon Bee’s satirical story and assure readers, “There is no evidence Biden said he plans to sell Alaska.” The Bee’s headline was “Biden Sells Alaska Back To Russia So We Can Start Drilling For Oil There Again.” Anyone who didn’t get the joke is too dumb to comprehend satire, but then I can’t imagine why anyone with more than a 6th grade education would read USA Today.
4. I find this amusing...A new hard right news aggregator, the D.C. Enquirer, prefaces its “news” reporting with this disclaimer: “Note: This article may contain commentary reflecting the author’s opinion.” I think all news stories today need that disclaimer, but it’s hardly necessary on this site. For example, here’s how a DCE “news story” about polling on Biden’s energy policies begins:
More bad news for President Joe Biden: most likely voters want Former President Donald Trump’s energy policy back! After all, President Trump’s energy policies were broadly popular with the American public. More importantly, they protected both the interests of America and our closest allies. On the other hand, President Biden’s policies only favor the yearnings of a few far-left environmentalists — and even then, it is doubtful that cutting US oil production is a net benefit for the environment. America wants Donald Trump back. Perhaps in 2024, we will get our wish. Until then, we have to make sure to elect and support strong conservatives who will hold Biden and his cronies accountable.
No opinion there!
5. And I find this depressing. A Quinnipac poll on public attitudes regarding the Ukraine invasion included a final question about how Americans would react if the U.S. were invaded like Ukraine has been. These results surprised me; maybe they shouldn’t have:
It’s a little hard to read, so here’s the good and bad news. The good: 75% of men say they would stay and fight. 68% of Republicans. 57% of Independents. 61% of Hispanics (more than whites, at 57%). 57% of those between 35 and 49, and 62% of those between 50 and 64. (I still find those numbers low, but at least it’s a majority.)
On the disheartening side, a majority of these groups voted for
Women: 47% over only 43% who say they would stay and fight.
Blacks: 59% would leave rather than fight.
Democrats: Only 40% said that they would stay and resist.
What does this tell us?