Lazy Afternoon Ethics Daydreams, 3/11/2022: A Big Lie Oldie, Dildo Lessons In High School, And More

The slow-onset of warmer weather always puts me in mind of Pat Boone, who long ago gave us two classic warm weather love songs, “April Love” and “Love Letters in the Sand.” So many people and memories make me feel old these days; I resent it, because one really is as old as one feels, and I usually feel like I’m 12. Wrinkled child stars from my distant memories make me feel old; photographs make me feel old (which is why I don’t own a camera); worst of all are old friends who act old, or who always complain about the indignities of age. Pat Boone, however, is something else. He’s a lot older than me, 87, and hosts a once-a-week show on the Sirius Fifties Channel. Each installment includes recordings from Pat’s era, including some of his hits, but also many others, with Boone’s commentary and reminiscences. He’s a superb disc-jockey, conversational, articulate, glib, informative and funny: I know how much time and effort it takes to prepare an hour like that. Unlike so many singers and actors of his generation, Pat’s voice is as clear and mellifluous as always; his energy is high, his enthusiasm for his topic is delightful, and there is always a smile in his demeanor. Pat Boone is an inspiration: if that’s what results from clean living, he’s also a great role model. Pat’s going strong when he’s old enough to be my father.

And he makes me feel young.

1. Is a warning enough for a teacher like this? Anacortes High School teacher Casey Anderson has a tissue dispenser shaped like a cat, and the tissues are pulled from the cat’s ceramic butt (the appropriateness of this object is a separate question). Asked by one student how she refilled the supply of tissues, she said, “I turn down the lights, then put on some soft music and use a LOT of vaseline…”Then she retrieved a big container of petroleum jelly she had in her closet and placed it right by the “cat.” Somehow, parents had a problem with this.

The school district issued a statement saying that it had conducted an investigation and “formally reprimanded the teacher. This behavior is unacceptable and not tolerated by the district. We received several complaints from parents. The formal reprimand becomes part of an employee’s personnel file. We’re working with the employee to ensure that professional standards are met in the future.” Anderson is also the “Gay and Sexualities Alliance” adviser at the Washington high school, though the episode would be exactly as inappropriate whatever her role or personal orientation.

Parents need to trust teachers, and that means trusting their judgment and ethics alarms. Is it reasonable to trust a teacher who behaves like that even once?

2. Every bit of useless and trivial news prevents some genuine news from being reported. On HLN yesterday, a segment about a Ukrainian man who says his Russian-based father doesn’t believe Russia has invaded was repeated once an hour for four hours, almost 40 minutes worth. The necessary information is that news from the outside world is being cut off from Russians, especially older citizens with no access to the internet. Why is a single clueless old man worthy of such relentless coverage?

3. How about “Expiration Culture”? The amount of financial and cultural damage Colin Kaepernick managed to do with his half-baked keeling stunt is incalculable; if Ethics Alarms ever assembles its Hall of Ethics Villains and Corrupters, he’ll be in the very first class. Having squeezed every bit of celebrity and cash out of his incoherent grandstanding, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who was near washed-up when he started protesting the National Anthem, shared a video on social media last week of him working out on a field, presumably so he can still claim that he would be signed by an NFL team if he were not “blackballed.” Do you know how many pro football players have returned to the NFL after five years off? I bet you can guess.

Kaepernick stretched Andy Warhol’s proverbial 15 minutes of fame to record lengths, but the public should be spared having to hear or read about him again unless he does something truly newsworthy, like become a serial killer. [Pointer: Steve-O-in-NJ]

4. A comeback for Big Lie #1! The furious efforts by the mainstream news media and Democrats to somehow neutralize Donald Trump before 2024 continues with special urgency, since Joe Biden appears to be a lame duck, and his Vice-President is even lamer. Hey, I’m rooting for the smear campaign, as long as they don’t tear up the Constitution and democracy in the process, while also hoping they understand that I can’t let their worst abuses pass unpunished.

The special propaganda weapon of the Democrats, the New York Times, has even resuscitated Big Lie #1 from the Ethics Alarms Big Lies of the Resistance List, the one BL I assumed had become moot…because it has.

That is “Trump is just a reality TV star,” an assertion that makes no sense after four years serving as President of the United States. Never mind: I’ve seen three separate uses of #1 in the last 10 days, culminating in Maureen Dowd’s snotty column (all of her columns are snotty) even by her low standards, “Zelensky and Trump: Two Performers, One Hero.” Not all of her columns are so deliberately dishonest as to include a sentence like this, though:

Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky both played leaders on TV shows and then became leaders in real life.

That’s a lie. Donald Trump was a long time public figure before his popular TV competition show “The Apprentice” debuted in 2004, and made him, briefly, a TV star. More to the point, Trump became President of The Trump Group, a multinational real estate corporation in 1971, more than three decades before “The Apprentice.” I hate to break it to Maureen, but being president of a billion dollar business involved in real estate development, hotels, casinos, sports and media while employing many thousands of employees and contractors is a leadership position, and in fact one not without value in preparing for elected office. It was because Trump was already famous —and successful— as a real business leader that he was starred in “The Apprentice,” which he used as branding for his other businesses. Incredibly, she never mentions his actual career at all, because that would interfere with her false premise.

Dowd’s column is really disgraceful, a moldy collection of ad hominem attacks and smears that are years old and never were fair to begin with. Trump was “Putin’s poodle,” she says—how odd that Putin never invaded anyplace while his “poodle” was in charge! “Courage was an alien concept to this spoiled brat; he has always been a bully who let other people do the fighting for him,” she says. It takes more courage to subject oneself to the character assassination and vicious attacks a President, especially a Republican President, has to face than shoveling out Dowd’s venom to barking seals. “He sicced a mob on the Capitol.” Lie. Trump “inverted revered American ideals.” Sure, Maureen. He “soiled the image of his country and reshaped it around his grievances and inadequacies.”   Do you have any actual facts to cite, or are you just going to spew insults?

This isn’t news from Dowd, but it’s also not fit to print.

 

9 thoughts on “Lazy Afternoon Ethics Daydreams, 3/11/2022: A Big Lie Oldie, Dildo Lessons In High School, And More

  1. Re: Boone’s Preamble.

    I have to admit that Boone’s “In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy” was pretty good, even enlisting some top notch hard rock and metal performers for assistance (Ronnie James Dio, Blackmore, Sheila E and Dweezil Zappa come to mind.)

    jvb

  2. Any repercussions against sexualized lessons, jokes, and behaviors around kids is going to disproportionately fall upon teachers and influencers in the LGBT community (for reasons we’re all in collective denial about.) That is the angle they are eventually going to use to attack these rules and normalize sexualizing kids.

    Look at the freak-out in Florida over a bill that basically bans teachers from teaching about sex to K-3rd graders. They’re calling it a “don’t say gay” bill and acting like it’s going to send us all back to the Stone Age if it passes. That’s how passionate they are about “getting them young” and hiding what they’re doing from parents.

  3. 1. My first response would be “what the hell is WRONG with you?” A warning enough? Maybe if couched in terms of one more violation like this and you’re done, but just barely. I might be able to accept that this was an attempt at humor that fell flat if the teacher had just said the line. Taking out the petroleum jelly was over the top. Someone who supposedly advises students who have issues with their sexuality should know better. Yes, the dispenser itself is inappropriate, and belongs in the bathroom at home, not in school.

    2. Isn’t HLN a Belgian network? I could see a Russian network cutting off news, but why this one?

    3. I don’t believe a one has, and I don’t believe Krappernick really WANTS to be reinstated. He’s making too much money as a civil rights scold and it requires a LOT less effort and work, plus he doesn’t have to answer to a coach or an owner.

    4. Maureen is long past her pull date, and her column is just recycled crap. But the left is pretty coprophagous.

  4. The teacher should stop being an adviser if she’s recommending Vaseline as a lubricant. It degrades condoms. Or is she implying they shouldn’t use one?

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