Monday Ethics Un-Masking, 4/25/2022: Masks, Musk, Microsoft, Martin, Marijuana And More!

Today is the anniversary of a heart-warming ethics story that seems especially bitter today. Worse, it had a terrible ending.

1983 on April 25, Russian leader Yuri Andropov released the letter he had written to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Maine. She had sent him a letter the previous December asking if the Soviet Union was planning to start a nuclear war. Andropov’s response assured her said that Russian people wanted to “live in peace, to trade and cooperate with all our neighbors on the globe, no matter how close or far away they are, and, certainly, with such a great country as the United States of America.” He added, “Yes, Samantha, we in the Soviet Union are endeavoring and doing everything so that there will be no war between our two countries, so that there will be no war at all on earth.”

It was a propaganda and public relations stunt, of course. President Reagan had the Soviets on the defensive as the Cold War was at another peak; he had called the USSR an “evil empire,” and was increasing defense spending. Sending a kind, avuncular letter to a fearful child was a no-brainer. The adviser who came up with the idea probably got extra food rations.

Smith accepted Andropov’s invitation and flew to the Soviet Union with her parents. The episode turned her into an international celebrity and an adorable advocate for peace. Smith had natural charm and charisma, allowing her to be an appealing speaker and to begin an acting career, landing a role on TV series. She also wrote a children’s book, all of this before she was out of junior high.

In August 1985, Samantha Smith died in a plane crash at the age of 13.

1 Just bite me, Microsoft. Microsoft Word now has a “diversity” category in its document editing softwear. It just told me that I shouldn’t write “Mrs.” and that the “correct” word was “Ms.” I was writing about a domestic abuse lawsuit, and “Mrs.” was the appropriate title. Political correctness policing isn’t “proofreading.”

2. Speaking of masks...

  • Roland Martin, one of the more obnoxious of the CNN stable of race-baiters, outed himself as a full-fledged pro-mask wacko with this photo…

…and the tweet, “I don’t give a damn what some grossly unqualified Donald Trump judge said, I’m double masked and wearing goggles on this Nashville to DC flight,” Martin tweeted. “I had COVID in December. Y’all can KISS MY ASS about me not wanting it again. And any fool saying they don’t matter is a damn liar.”

And the goggles, you ass? Meanwhile, social media sleuths quickly found another photo of Martin two weeks ago in a group where neither he nor anyone else was masked. As for U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, her credentials as a legal scholar are impeccable. Martin is an unethical journalist who knows nothing about the law, but he can brink Donald Trump into any subject.

  • Physician Dr. Kavita Patel, an NBC News medical contributor,told viewers that you should bring extra face masks with you when flying and pressure the people sitting next to you on the plane wear them.
  • Now, as they so richly deserve to be, mask requirements are finally completely without integrity, consistency  or rationale, with different rules for types of transportation and different cities and contradictory policies everywhere you look. The closest thing CNN has to a moderate, occasionally objective news host, Michael Smerconish, actually said on the air that it made no sense for the Biden Administration to be appealing the end of the public transportation mask ban while preparing to end Title 42, the legal authority for contagion-related expulsions of illegal aliens and migrants. Ya think?

3. Gee, can you think of any other reason, you lying, cowardly hack? In an interview on “60 Minutes” FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed that there was a 59% increase in the murders of police officers in 2021, with 73 officers killed.  CBS News’ Scott Pelley asked what caused the surge of homicides, and Wray said, “Certainly the pandemic didn’t help. There’s a variety of ways in which that contributed to it.”

The fact that the mainstream media, the Democratic Party’s mayors and officials and BLM-bootlicking corporate lackeys spent months painting police as murderous racists had nothing to do with it, of course.

4. Aaaand  one of the states that helped get some of those police killed just saw passed a law banning the word “marijuana” from official state law and documents. Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law in March. Why, you ask? Listen to the bill’s sponsor: “The term ‘marijuana’ itself is pejorative and racist,” Washington state Representative Melanie Morgan (D) said during testimony regarding the piece of legislation she  sponsored. “As recreational marijuana use became more popular, it was negatively associated with Mexican immigrants,” she said. “Even though it seems simple because it’s just one word, the reality is we’re healing the wrongs that were committed against Black and Brown people around cannabis.” There is not now nor has there been in my lifetime any negative racial implications to the word “marijuana,” and I hereby pledge to never again uses any synonym for the corrupting and destructive drug. Marijuana it is, and nothing but. I request that all EA commenters observe this custom as well.

5. BREAKING! Elon Musk has taken over Twitter. Once that’s final, I will one again get on the platform, which I ditched in protest of its ham-handed, partisan double standards.

Musk is a weird guy whose ethics are suspect, but this is a positive development for free speech and social media accountability.

28 thoughts on “Monday Ethics Un-Masking, 4/25/2022: Masks, Musk, Microsoft, Martin, Marijuana And More!

  1. Prologue: Another child used as a pawn, exploited for fame and died too soon.

    2. Nobody is stopping Martin from wearing a mask. Nothing. He can wear five masks for all I care. I have masks. I bring them with me and wear them in any business that asks. I was asked to wear one at the dentist’s office tomorrow and I will. But I’m not wearing them anywhere that does not request that I do so.

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  2. Re #4:

    I have always liked Mary Jane as a name for marijuana (I was unaware of any other names) due to the old saying,

    “If you bring Mary Jane to my house, she better be able to shoot a deer, jump a car, and drive a stick.”

    So we joked with my friend Mary James who we occasionally called Mary Jane because of a teacher’s inability to read her name, that her ability to drive a stick was lacking.

    That being said, I can agree to call it marijuana.

  3. 2) In that “masked” get up, isn’t the logo on Martin’s shirt a bit of a lie?

    5) We’ll see if Musk’s take over is a positive move. A lot of people on the right are head over heels with this development as though Elon Musk was some sort of right winger. He’s not. And there is no real guarantee that he’d return twitter to some sort of laissez faire free speech platform. The only thing we have to go on are hyperventilating progressive media heads who have manufactured Musk into a villain in their minds (which, I’m old enough to remember when the most dreamy leftwingers were ready to put him on a pedestal to worship as a visionary architecture of the future).

    I for one, think its entirely beneficial at the bare minimum because the willfully obtuse self-admissions of progressive influencers further demonstrate that the democrat vision of society is a menace to liberty, justice and civilization.

  4. On 4

    “Washington state Representative Melanie Morgan (D) said during testimony regarding the piece of legislation she sponsored. “As recreational marijuana use became more popular, it was negatively associated with Mexican immigrants,” she said. “Even though it seems simple because it’s just one word, the reality is we’re healing the wrongs that were committed against Black and Brown people around cannabis.””

    As recreational… What? Became more popular? Did you say…. The M word, Ms. Morgan?!?!

    Seriously though… This might be regional, but “marijuana” is rarely used up here. When it’s not “pot” it’s usually “cannabis”. I’ve heard the word, and I type it, obviously, but it’s almost always when talking with an American.

  5. 4. When Mrs. OB and I relocated back to my hometown of Miami, Florida in 1975, we succeeded in renting a really delightful two-bedroom apartment in a delightful little complex of what were known in Miami as “duplexes,” a term you don’t see much anymore. (In Spanglish: duplesses.) We met the couple managing the complex, Aurelio and Patricia, and they had us over to dinner. They were Cuban refugees. We had kids the same age as theirs and we quickly became great friends. When they moved out, Mrs. OB and I took over the manager’s job. Anyway, the phone rang while we were having dinner, picadillo, no doubt. Aurelio got up to take the call. Our Spanish was not great but not non-existent. Our eyes got a little large as we both concluded Aurelio was agreeing to go to the airport to take delivery of some pot. Of course, he was agreeing to pick up his Tia Maria Juana. In South Florida, you never know.

  6. 2. I wonder whether Roland is contractually obligated to travel in branded attire? What self-respecting celebrity or personality or any consequence ever identifies themselves with their shtick when in public?

  7. Jack, I know you want marijuana to be the word used at all time, but I just couldn’t resist the required rewrite. I am afraid this is how our laws will read once these new lawmakers take over.

    RCW 69.51A.005
    Purpose and intent.
    *** CHANGE IN 2022 *** (SEE 1210-S2.SL) ***
    (1) The legislature finds that:
    (a) There is medical evidence that some patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions may, under their health care professional’s care, benefit from the medical use of the wacky weed. Some of the conditions for which locoweed appears to be beneficial include, but are not limited to:
    (i) Nausea, vomiting, and cachexia associated with cancer, HIV-positive status, AIDS, hepatitis C, anorexia, and their treatments;
    (ii) Severe muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other seizure and spasticity disorders;
    (iii) Acute or chronic glaucoma;
    (iv) Crohn’s disease; and
    (v) Some forms of intractable pain.
    (vi) Hair loss
    (vii) Lack of employment
    (viii) Restless leg syndrome
    (b) Humanitarian compassion necessitates that the decision to use the snoop dogg by patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions is a personal, individual decision that their health care professional should approve and participate in.
    (2) Therefore, the legislature intends that, so long as such activities are allowed in our offices:
    (a) Qualifying patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions who, in the judgment of their health care professionals, may benefit from the medical use of ganja, shall not be arrested, prosecuted, or subject to a bummer under state law based solely on their medical use of reefer, notwithstanding any other provision of law;
    (b) Persons who act as designated providers to such patients shall also not be arrested, prosecuted, or subject to other criminal sanctions or civil consequences under state law, notwithstanding any other provision of law, based solely on their assisting with the medical use of blunts; and
    (c) Health care professionals shall also not be arrested, prosecuted, or subject to other criminal sanctions or civil consequences under state law for the proper authorization of medical use of dope by qualifying patients for whom, in the health care professional’s professional judgment, the medical use of pot may prove beneficial.
    (3) Nothing in this chapter establishes the medical necessity or medical appropriateness of maryjane for treating terminal or debilitating medical conditions as defined in RCW 69.51A.010, but we are going to let people use it anyway, you big buzzkills.
    (4) Nothing in this chapter diminishes the awesomeness of doobies’ impact on the community and it definitely creates the right to any accommodation of any medical use of wacky baccy in every slammer, hoosgow or slammer. A joint belongs in the joint.
    [ 2015 c 70 § 16; 2011 c 181 § 102; 2010 c 284 § 1; 2007 c 371 § 2; 1999 c 2 § 2 (Initiative Measure No. 692, approved November 3, 1998).]
    NOTES:
    Short title—Findings—Intent—References to Washington state liquor control board—Draft legislation—2015 c 70: See notes following RCW 66.08.012.
    Intent—2007 c 371: “The legislature intends to clarify the law on medical bud so that the lawful use of this substance is not impaired by medical practitioners able to exercise their best professional judgment in the delivery of medical treatment. Qualifying patients may fully participate in the medical use of hizzerb, and designated providers may join with patients in its consumption. This act is also intended to provide clarification to law enforcement and to all participants in the judicial system on how to light up and lighten up.” [ 2007 c 371 § 1.]

  8. Samantha Smith was the Great Thunberg of the Cold War

    The United Nations, to its shame, bowed before the hectoring of a Swedish 16 year old who told all of us with great conviction that our environment was falling apart and chided “how dare you!” How dare we. What a sin, to want to do better economically. How dare we, the generation above her and the generation above that, credentialed and experienced though we may be, disagree with an uncredentialled, learning-disabled kid when she has such CERTITUDE? I wonder if the chardonnay crowd at the UN would accept her certitude if she said that 2 and 2 aren’t 4.

    The book of Isaiah tells us that “a little child shall lead them” and the Beatitudes say that the future belongs to the poor, the meek, and the peacemakers. History tells us otherwise. There has never been a successful monarch or other national leader who was underage. Yes, the Marquis de Lafayette was only 19 when he joined the American cause, and Joan of Arc was only 17 when she led the Siege of Orleans (and 19 when she was burned at the stake), but 1. these are the exception, not the rule, and 2. the former was considered an adult and was trained as an officer, while the latter was a unique circumstance, never before seen and unlikely to occur again.

    This isn’t the first time the left has gone so low as to rely on a child to deliver its message. It’s happened at least once before. It achieved precisely as much as Greta’s yipping has achieved or is likely to. If I said the name Samantha Smith most of you would probably say “who?” She isn’t anyone now; she’s been dead for 34 years. However, in life, she was the Greta Thunberg of the Cold War, briefly. She was an ordinary schoolgirl in Maine, 10 years old and probably eating Froot Loops for breakfast, when she asked her parents about the Cold War, then at its height. Rather than telling her to turn back to her multiplication tables, the grown-ups had international relations covered, her mom suggested she write to Yuri Andropov, then new to the office of General Secretary of the Soviet Union, and ask. She did, in the chatty, forward prose of a fifth grader, asking him about his plans and telling him God made the world for everyone to share (no one bothered telling her that there was no God in the officially atheist USSR).

    Seeing a chance to make some PR hay, Andropov wrote back to her, or more likely had one of his flunkies write back. In the reply he compared her to Becky Thatcher in Tom Sawyer, said she had posed “the most important [question] that every thinking man can pose” (mmmhmmm, a child who hasn’t even hit puberty can pose the most profound questions), discussed the Soviet contribution to WWII (which most likely she hadn’t even read about) and smirkingly said “We want peace — there is something that we are occupied with: growing wheat, building and inventing, writing books and flying into space. We want peace for ourselves and for all peoples of the planet. For our children and for you, Samantha.” I guess maintaining Eastern Europe as a giant prison, stuffing the place with short-range nukes to destabilize the peace, crushing Afghanistan and trying to replace Islam with atheism, and shipping folks who dared to disagree off to the gulag had just slipped his mind. He closed by inviting her to visit the USSR that summer to see how much for peace and friendship everyone there was.

    Instead of saying “that’s nice, but you’re staying home, where you belong,” her parents did indeed accompany her to the USSR, where she spent two weeks visiting Moscow, St. Petersburg, and a pioneers (the equivalent of scouts) camp, where of course everything looked great and everyone was amazingly friendly. She returned home a media celebrity, and suddenly was interviewing candidates for the 1988 election (though only ones who didn’t have a shot, like George McGovern and Jesse Jackson), writing a (frothy) book, and suggesting that the President of the United States and the General Secretary of the Soviet Union exchange granddaughters every year for two weeks, to make war less likely (riiiiiight, why DIDN’T they think of that before?). Her fame was about to propel her into an acting gig in Hollywood.

    Unfortunately, that was not to be, as she perished in a plane crash at the age of 13. The reports all agreed that it was due to errors by inexperienced pilots, but for the longest time the Soviets fed their citizens the lie that the Reagan Administration had arranged for her assassination, lest she actually lead to peace breaking out between the two nations. There was even a monument built to her in Moscow.

    Well, peace did eventually come between the two nations, but not because of a young girl, any more than the prayers of another young girl saved Paris from the Huns. Peace came when Ronald Reagan outspent and outdeployed the Soviets and walked away from the table in Rekjavik, and, after the death of three General Secretaries, Mikhail Gorbachev realized that things couldn’t go on as they were. His attempts to bring freedom in on the leadership’s timetable failed, and, as Eastern Europe threw down the USSR’s puppet leaders, some peacefully (Czechoslovakia), some not so much (Romania), the USSR itself ceased to exist at midnight on December 31, 1991.

    Samantha’s monument was dismantled for scrap, and her name fell into obscurity. Achievement came due to the acts of about a dozen brave old men (and one brave old woman, UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher) and their many support personnel, not the wishes and magical thinking of a child.

    The day may come when this world makes a breakthrough on environmental issues, but if it does, it will be because the generation in charge makes it happen, with a lot of help from people doing their jobs, not because a child spoke disrespectfully on issues she didn’t have the first clue about.

    1. Thought police much?

    2. Roland Martin is an idiot, and a dirty mouth doesn’t make him less of one.

    3. Well duh.

    4. Thank God I don’t live on the West Coast.

    5. Musk is headed for becoming the George Soros of the right.

  9. On that program Dr. Patel actually recommended a shaming tactic which included telling people in adjacent seats on the plane that you had a cancer stricken child and then hand them one of the spare masks.

    If someone tells me that they have a sick child or elderly parent and it would appreciated if I would wear a mask around them I will tell them that Medical doctor contributors on NBC should not broadcast this scam in advance so the answer is NO!

  10. 4. I wish I had a buck for every time I wrote the word “marijuana” in a search or arrest warrant affidavit or offense/investigation report during my LE career. Back in the 70s, I once had a defense attorney file a motion to suppress my search warrant in a drug case because, he opined, the word “marijuana” used in the affidavit was an imprecise and unscientific term. The judge, glaring disdainfully at the attorney over his reading glasses, simply said, “Motion dismissed.”

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