No ethics warm-up for two straight days leaves me with a big pile of stinking undiscussed and aging issues and events….
1. So much of “in sickness or in health”...Baseball Hall of Fame lock Albert Pujols, recently signed to another multi-million dollar contract to be the St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter, waited a couple of days after his wife Deidre underwent surgery removing a brain tumor to announce he was divorcing her. “I realize this is not the most opportune time with Opening Day approaching and other family events that have recently taken place. These situations are never easy and isn’t something that just happened overnight,” he wrote in part. Yeah, I’d put the baseball stuff after the family stuff, Albert. I’m sure this came as no surprise to his wife (at least I hope so), and whatever part of the $344 million he has been paid through the years will definitely help, but especially with five children, letting his wife at least recuperate from a traumatic operation before dumping her would seem to be the more ethical course. Pujols’ reputation is one of being a nice guy; you know, like Will Smith.
2. Watching free speech get “chilled” in real time...at the Grammys—who watches the Grammys?—host Trevor Noah began by promising that the he would be keeping “people’s names out of [his] mouth,” referring to Smith’s shouted demand after he went slap-happy. And he did. Today the New York Times critic approved of Noah not taking “meanspirited swipes.” If Chris Rock’s mild joke about a woman choosing to shave her head for a public appearance is now “mean-spirited,” the Left’s attempt to shut-down all comedy (except meanspirited swipes at men, whites and Republicans, of course, is nearing success.
3. Calling the Humane Society and the ASPCA! Martha Stewart announced that her four dogs killed her cat when they “mistook her for an interloper and killed her defenseless little self.” Did the dogs sign a statement to that effect? Her four dogs constituted a pack, and making a cat try to coexist with a pack of dogs is irresponsible. What really happened, I’s surmise, is that the cat and one of the dogs had what would have normally been a brief altercation, and the pack instinct kicked in for the other three.4. Now they have Sarah Palin to kick around again! The former Alaska governor and Vice-Presidential candidate has announced that she will vie for the open Alaska rep position vacated by the death of Republican Don Young. So on “The View,” where not one of the hosts has performed a fraction of the public service Palin has in her career, whatever you think of her, the usual ethics- and brain-challenged pundits and goofs giggled their way through extended Palin bashing, including this exchange.
“When we look back she was like a sound byte machine and she said some interesting things,” co-host Sara Haines said, laughing
“I can see Russia from my house!” one of her colleagues shouted.
“‘I can see Russia from my house,’” Haines repeated.
That canard is more than a decade old, it is false, it has been debunked repeatedly, and ABC features its revival once again. Palin never said “I can see Russia from my house!”; Tina Fay did while doing her Palin impression on “Saturday Night Live.” Palin had once said, correctly, that you could see Russia from one of Alaska’s islands.
Fact Don’t Matter to these people. We have an actual Vice-President who says fatuous and ludicrous things almost daily, and The View has never joked about that; instead, the ladies have called any criticism of Kamala Harris as sexist and racist. But they will happily repeat old lies about Sarah Palin, whom the media called “unqualified” for VP in 2007—and she was far more qualified than Harris, just not the right skin shade or party.
4. KABOOM! My head doesn’t usually explode with these items, but this one is special. In California, the Palm Springs City Council voted unanimously to fund a pilot program that guarantees income for transgender and “nonbinary” residents. $200,000 (trans activists wanted $900,000) has been allotted for the hand-out, which will apparently have no strings attached. This is a good use of the city’s money because,according to David Brinkman, CEO and president of DAP Health, transgender people are “one of the most marginalized populations in our city who face some of the highest levels of housing insecurity, joblessness and discrimination.” The program will “provide between $600 and $900 a month to 20 people who live, work or otherwise spend the majority of their time in Palm Springs.”
Since anyone can declare themselves “non-binary” or “trans,” what’s stopping Palm Springs from being flooded by newly aware “marginalized” people? Or Ivy League swimmers?
5. On the Ketanji Brown Jackson front…Again, I don’t understand the GOP’s conduct on this matter at all. She’s qualified to sit on the Court. Nothing can stop her confirmation. Republicans look petty, vengeful, and obstructive by continuing to oppose her, and, naturally, set the party up nicely to be tarred as “racist.” What do they gain from this?
Meanwhile, the episode led Politico to raise questions about its reliability: it tweeted that Jackson would likely be confirmed as the “first Black Supreme Court justice” by the end of this week. The conservative media quickly called the statement “false.” That’s not a “false claim,” its a stupid, inexcusable mistake.
For what it’s worth, a now retired lawyer friend of long-standing and without much political passion at all, told me that in his long career as a litigator, Jackson wrote the most well-reasoned and thorough decision he ever read, understanding complex issues that would be beyond the typical judge. Of course, she also agreed with his brief, but nonetheless, his assessment is persuasive.
6. Why do we allow colleges to do this? How is this “college sports”? NCAA basketball rules give player five years to complete four seasons of play. When the pandemic cancelled many conference tournaments and the entire 2020 national tournament, the NCAA added a yet another, special bonus year: Athletes who lost playing time during the 2019-20 season could extend their college careers by a full season.
Now every team participating in the Final Four this weekend, both in the men’s and women’s tournaments, includes so-called “super seniors,” or as they should be called, experienced ringers who have no business playing against genuine college students. The Final Four teams have players who are 23, 24, even 25.
7. You know…morons. Plastic bag bans and taxes like the previous Democratic regime inflicted on Virginia have always been flagrant virtue-signaling, and now some data shows that they may be self-defeating as well. A new study suggests that grocery bags are not single-use items as the legislators believe but they often get repurposed as liners for small trash cans or, for dog owners, bags for the removal of pet droppings. Without the plastic shopping bags, consumers buy more plastic bags. For example, the study measured plastic trash bag sales in counties with bans or fees and compared them to other counties without such policies. The study found that California communities with bag policies saw sales of four-gallon trash bags increase by 55%, to 75%, and sales of eight-gallon trash bags increase 87%, to 110%.
Yeah, but the important thing is to demonstrate you’re trying to fight climate change, or landfills, or something, not to actually accomplish anything.
8. Sorry I missed this, but my sock drawer distracted me. Many media ethicists have pointed out that Biden paid liar Jen Psaki was taking questions from representatives of various news organizations while she was negotiating behind the scenes with the same organizations for lucrative contracts. (She finally settled on MSNBC.) Yes, that’s a blatant conflict of interest, but I would expect no better from her.
9. It isn’t as if the answer to such questions isn’t easy and obvious if you are a competent professional. Yet another gay teacher posted on TikTok his indignation over Florida’s new law limiting the introduction of sexual topics in schools. Before he deleted his tell-all video, “Mr. E” explained in it,
I ended up telling my students that I was gay. How it came up is one of the students [said] ‘My mom thinks you’re gay because of your voice.’” I answered, “Maybe, maybe not.” I have the LGBT promotional, like, “this is a safe community” kind of stuff, the rainbow stuff all up in my room and I told them if you look around the room that should answer your question.They went berserk. So instead of teaching Social Studies today they just asked me a bunch of questions about being gay.
And he was apparently thrilled to talk about it. The proper answer to any student’s question about a teacher’s sex life is, and must be, “That’s not an appropriate question to ask me or any teacher. My private life is my business, and my job here is teaching you Social Studies.” The “Libs of TikTok” argue that any teacher who “comes out” to his students should be fired. I think that’s excessive, but doing so shows poor judgment, narcissism and warped priorities.
10. MIT realizes that its students need to be proficient at math. This week the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that it would again require applicants to take standardized tests, after previously dropping them as a requirement in an earlier orgy of wokeness. ,“Our ability to accurately predict student academic success at MIT is significantly improved by considering standardized testing,” wrote the university’s dean of admissions, Stu Schmill.
Duh. Apparently recent admittees who had not demonstrated math wizardry, admitted while MIT was genuflecting to “diversity, equity and inclusion,” haven’t been doing so well. Somehow, the administration of one of the nation’s most elite technical institutions couldn’t see that coming.