The Civil War started on this date in 1861, as Southern forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor. That’s about all that needs to be said. All wars are ethics nightmares, but none has had more ethics ramifications for this country, from the lives sacrificed to end slavery, to the war crimes of Andersonville, and the total war tactics of Sherman, to the myriad instances of astounding courage, cruelty and incompetence on the battlefields and the ongoing debate about how best to glean the right ethics lessons from them. (Tearing down statues is not it, though.) The Civil War took away our greatest POTUS, Lincoln, and gave us Presidents Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison and McKinley, Civil War veterans all. The one non-veteran in the sequence, Grover Cleveland, is an ethics controversy himself because of it: Grover paid someone else to take his place in the draft. And yet….try asking the nearest college grad to give you the dates of the Civil War. I asked a Cornell law grad and former associate of one of the most prestigious law firm in the nation once.
She guessed “Somewhere in the 1930s, right?”
1. I’ll take “Unethical environmental fanatic nutballs, Alex!” Adbusters, a self-described “international collective of artists, designers, writers, musicians, poets, punks, philosophers and wild hearts” posted instructions on how to deflate the tires of “rich people’s” gas-powered vehicles. [Pointer: JutGory] “Wedge gravel in the tire valves, leaflet the SUV to let them know the tires are flat and why it was done, and walk away. It’s that simple,” the group said in a tweet. The group cautioned “to avoid targeting vehicles with disabled stickers or hangers.” That’s considerate of them…
This is what climate change hysteria does to people who lack ethics alarms. Here’s what they want you to leave on the windshield when you disable a car:
2. Good. Now what took you so long? On the Huffington Post, progressive opinionater Stephen Crockett authored a rueful essay bemoaning the fact that Black Lives Matter is apparently a racket. (Please note that this space figured that out years ago, and it wasn’t hard.)
There have been stories, several of them, wondering where all of the donations have gone. In 2020 after George Floyd’s death shook the nation to its core, the Black Lives Matter foundation took in $90 million. There have been questions surrounding what the money was spent on, if anything, and how that helps the community the organization has mined. And then there was a bombshell dropped earlier this week that the foundation took some $6 million of donation money to secretly buy a mansion…What is telling here is that somewhere between the fight for Black lives and the pull of celebrity, things changed, lines got crossed, and accountability and transparency got skewed… whenever confronted with questions about finances, or really anything for that matter, …it works like this: You either fully accept everything happening within the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, which apparently includes filming a cooking show using the mansion’s kitchen, or you are a tool of white supremacy being used to shut down one of the largest Black organizations fighting for Black life.
What was your first clue, Sherlock? I knew BLM was a scam from the moment it started misrepresenting Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown on its website. Now I want to hear from Kamala Harris, Maxine Waters, D.C.’s mayor Muriel Bowser, all the toadying corporations, the NBA, the NFL, the Boston Red Sox and so, so many others who have enabled these racist, destructive frauds.
And that idiot neighbor of mine who STILL has a 4X3 foot painted BLM sign on her lawn, being held up by a suit of medieval armor holding rainbow flags…
3. BLM’s response: Hilarious! The group was moved to post this response on Twitter:
Bernie Madoff couldn’t have said it better.
An exit question: Is deciding that BLM is a corrupt, racist, phony organization a “conservative position,” or is it just an “I’m not so gullible and woke that I can’t see what’s right in front of me” position?
4. And THIS is why teachers must not be allowed to explain matters of sex and gender to young children (or maybe any at all): A trans first-grade teacher at Brooke Charter Schools in Massachusetts on a Zoom call with students in kindergarten told them,
When babies are born, the doctor looks at them and they make a guess about whether the baby is a boy or girl based on what they look like. And most of the time, that guess is 100 percent correct. There are no issues whatsoever. But sometimes the doctor is wrong. The doctor makes an incorrect guess. When the doctor makes it correct. Yes, that’s when a person is called cisgender. When the doctor guesses wrong, that’s when they are transgender.
Shut up, and you’re fired.
5. Gotta have an IIPTDXTTNMIAFB! Joe Biden continues to spit out IIPTDXTTNMIAFBs, the convenient Ethics Alarms initials for “Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden,” like Ford plants turned out war planes during WWII. This is especially true with Biden’s lies, delusions, misstatements, or whatever they are. See, President Trump lied all the time, and it was unbearable. Biden’s just being Biden.
Here’s a good’un…During his announcement yesterday of a new regulation requiring a background check and serial numbers for certain manufactured firearms, Biden said,
“It’s going to sound bizarre, I support the Second Amendment. But from the very beginning, the Second Amendment didn’t say you can own any gun you want, as big as you want. You couldn’t buy a cannon when in fact the Second Amendment passed and certain people from the very beginning weren’t allowed to purchase guns. There’s nothing new, it’s just rational.”
Not only is his assertion untrue, he’s been told it’s untrue, and he keeps saying it anyway. This isn’t the first time. Moreover, any non-idiot who knows anything about history or has a teeny-tiny bit of common sense should know it’s nonsense. There were no “illegal weapons” at the time of the Revolution, including cannons. One more time, an elected official is depending upon or reflecting the rotten education system in this country. (I wonder what that lawyer I mentioned above thinks are the dates of the Revolutionary War? I’d be afraid to ask.)
During his 2020 presidential campaign, Biden told Wired Magazine, “You weren’t allowed to own a cannon during the Revolutionary War as an individual.” Who told Joe this? Did he dream it? Even the partisan factcheckers wouldn’t cover for him on the crazy assertion, no, not even PoliticFact. The Washington Post gave the same claim by Biden four Pinocchios in a June 28, 2021, piece, pointing out that there were no laws about the types of guns citizens could own and that private citizens owned cannons at the time of the nation’s founding.
“Some readers might think this is a relatively inconsequential flub. But we disagree,” occasionally non-partisan Glenn Kessler wrote. “Every U.S. President has a responsibility to get American history correct, especially when he’s using a supposed history lesson in service of a political objective. The President’s push for more gun restrictions is an important part of his political platform, so he undercuts his cause when he cites faux facts.”
Ya think? Of course, this was before the Post and the mainstream media started circling the metaphorical wagons.