End Of Week Ethics Wrap-Up, July 1, 2022: Freakouts, Freakouts Everywhere….[Corrected]

Prelude: Why is the President of the United States attacking the Supreme Court in Madrid? His comments about a judicial body deliberating on the Constitution is not only wildly inappropriate for a President speaking abroad, his words were either calculated to make ignorant Americans even more ignorant about what the Court is, or show that he doesn’t understand himself (or no longer does). Biden called the Dobbs decision “outrageous behavior.” A SCOTUS ruling isn’t “behavior”; even Dred Scott wasn’t “behavior.” These are scholarly judicial analyses. Then he accused the Court of being “the one thing that has been destabilizing” to the nation. The Supreme Court? Upholding the Constitution is maintaining the foundation of the democracy: how is that destabilizing? Holding political show trials to try to find something that the previous President can be jailed for is destabilizing. Threatening parents who challenge indoctrinating school boards is destabilizing. Not enforcing U.S. laws at the border is destabilizing. Attacking the Supreme Court is destabilizing.

Then Biden said that Dobbs was “essentially challenging the right to privacy.” No it wasn’t, but let’s reflect back on an earlier incoherent and dim-witted statement Biden made about abortion after the Alito opinion leaked:

“I mean, so the idea that we’re going to make a judgment that is going to say no one can make a judgment to choose to abort a child based upon a decision by the Supreme Courts, I think goes way overboard.

Of course, the decision didn’t say, in May or now, that “no one can make a judgement to have an abortion.” I think Biden was and is shooting off his mouth without reading the opinion. But never mind that: he said “abort a child.” Not only does he approve of abortion, but regards it as killing a child, and must think that “privacy” includes virtual infanticide. Oh, I know, he doesn’t know what he thinks: he used to claim that there was no right to abortion. But if he’s that muddled on the issue, and he is, what business does he have impugning the decision of SCOTUS justices wrestling with difficult topic—in Spain—at all?

1. Oh, why not? Here are some more Dobbs freakouts:

  • “I’m not going to have kids in a country where they have less rights than their parents did and they aren’t safe in their schools or community,” tweeted David Hogg, has-been Parkland activist. What is that, a threat? It’s a wonderfully weird one: he can still abort his children, though they have more of a right to life now than they would have had a month ago. And what is it that he thinks would make his children “more safe,” other than not going to school in Uvalde under the watchful eye of its police department? This is why narcissists make lousy activists: it’s not all bout you, David.
  • The Libs of TikTok found a day camp that had its campers protesting the Dobbs decision and chanting, “Bring Roe back!” That’s unethical in so many ways, I don’t even want to talk about it….
  • Here is a rare responsible Dobbs freak-out: the Washington Post reports that doctors across the country are seeing a huge spike in requests for vasectomies. A Florida urologist told the Post that he’s seen vasectomy requests jump from four or five per day to 12 to 18 per day and that young men who do not have children are seeking vasectomies in far greater numbers than before.

Now that they can’t count on just killing the living results of their irresponsible sex habits,  men are taking the precautions they should have taken anyway.

3. Related: Unethical attacks on Clarence Thomas (but he’s used to this by now.) Multiple factcheckers “pounced” on Justice Thomas’s statement in a dissent that “[Petitioners] object on religious grounds to all available COVID-19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children.” Politico called this false, writing, “Clarence Thomas claimed in a dissenting opinion that Covid vaccines are derived from the cells of “aborted children.” No Covid vaccines in the U.S. contain the cells of aborted fetuses.”

Then the mainstream, Thomas-hating news media piled on:

Sloppy, careless and false, every one. Thomas didn’t say what the factcheckers claim. He said that the litigants opposed a vaccine mandate “on religious grounds” to all available COVID–19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children.” That’s their argument, not his.

Politico took down its unchecked factually false factcheck, but many of those it triggered remain.

Bias makes you stupid. Have I ever mentioned that before?

4. Is this even too stupid to mention? Rex Chapman, a former NBA player who briefly had a show on the short-lived CNN+ streaming service, suggested that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a “black white supremacist” because of  Dobbs ruling, and here was one of his “proofs”: “Why have you never seen Clarence Thomas at an NBA game? As in — ever?” You know, because everyone knows that real blacks love to go and watch the brothers slam dunks in the basket and trash-talk each other. What does it say about CNN that it thought this idiot was worthy of having his own show?

11 thoughts on “End Of Week Ethics Wrap-Up, July 1, 2022: Freakouts, Freakouts Everywhere….[Corrected]

  1. What’s this about a “Boggs” decision? Is that what Biden called it? I’m not seeing any reference to such a gaffe in news reports, not even “pouncing” conservative publications.

  2. 4. The weirdest, nastiest abortion debate theme: denying a constitutional right to abortion is racist. Exactly why is that the case? Too many black kids are being born? Black people are having too much sex, particularly black women? Black families are too large? Black women don’t know how to use birth control? I just don’t get it.

    • I was thinking about how deceptive the Left is in so many ways and how they purposely choose language to confused and frame their agendas. All of them.

      And, they continually project what they are their doing on to others and accuse them of that.

      They have become Incredibly easy to read.

      So, they are saying this abortion ruling is all really about control. The right wants to control women.

      How ironic. They want to control everything.

      Especially what we think and do.

      On the abortion issue,

      They say it’s a woman’s health care issue.

      And it’s all about choice.

      If hit me like a ton Of bricks yesterday as I was driving home from the dentist.

      It’s not about a choice at all.

      Whether abortion is legal or not, women still have a choice.

      If abortion became illegal, it would not take away the choice of a woman to still to have an abortion. Period.

      People have been killing their unborn babies since people started becoming pregnant and not wanting them.

      So it’s not about choice.

      It’s about having the society provide a service for them at no cost to them at any time they want for any reason.

      It’s pure entitlement.

      This choice LIE had confused even me!

      How perfect to frame it as women being controlled and their personal choices about their body being taken away.

      It’s worked too.

      We have laws to protect our culture and our society.

      We cannot Legally commit murder, yet people still have a choice and can go kill somebody if they want.

      It doesn’t mean the government should give them a gun and pay for it and let them go kill a person and tell them it’s OK.

      There are so many things with this issue that are so backwards, confusing, and just really sick.

      And, our society has produced this issue.

      we really can’t blame it on the left because in some ways we have been intimidated by their way of dealing with this issue.

      I saw a 7 1/2 month old saline abortion survivor on YouTube today.

      I became curious because when this girl was 12 years old she auditioned to sing on an album that I was producing for kids.

      that day when I met her I noticed that she had an awkward limp and I asked her what it was and she told me that she was aborted by her birth mom and she survived.

      I will never forget meeting her and how much love and joy she had and this presence that was so life giving that to this day I have never ever met anyone like her.

      Please take a moment and look her up and listen to her.

      She’s childlike while being incredibly fearless and courageous. Hard to describe.

      When this issue came up again, I became curious to see what she was doing and found a lot of things on YouTube with her.

      The one I chose she told the story of her surviving in more detail than she did at12.

      She even told the nay sayers to look at her birth record and see it said “survived saline abortion.”

      Apparently, Her birth mom went into planned parenthood because she didn’t know what to do and was getting close to having her baby, and thought possibly they could help her with adoption.

      they told her to get an abortion because she was too young to gave a child.

      even though she was 7 1/2 months pregnant, they injected her with Saline and another drug designed to burn the baby inside and out resulting in their death.

      Her biological mom was just 17.

      The talk I saw was her talking about how beautiful this life is and how dangerous a victim mentality is.

      Gianna Jessen, (her name) was alive when she was born. the saline did not kill her as planned. A nurse saw her moving and called an ambulance.

      She said back then, this was happening to a lot of the late term abortions so they added a drug that was supposed to stop the heart which didn’t work in her case either.

      She said Planned Parenthood advised these young mothers with late pregnancies to undergo abortions because they got much more money the older the baby was.

      The level to which she speaks in the conviction is truly chilling yet so inspiring because she has absolutely no fear and counts the fact that she lived such a gift that she is sucking the marrow out of this life and I just cannot even explain the gift this girl is.

      If you’ve not heard her story it’s truly eye-opening about how much we aren’t told the truth about this issue and how horrifying it is that these babies are truly tortured and nobody talks about that anymore.

      I certainly don’t.

      So all that to say..:

      No one gets a choice taken away.

      They get a connivence taken away… which is probably why those guys are going ri get their ability to impregnate stopped.

      Sorry this is sorta disjointed.

      I didn’t plan on talking about Gianna but it was so moving and came right after I realized “this is not about choice at all what a bunch of bull crap.”

      The government makes lots of laws on what we can and can’t do.

      This is the only one I know of where we complain and fight saying we have the right to choose.

      Yet not about an experimental injection…

      Ugh what a shit show.

    • I was thinking about how deceptive the Left is in so many ways and how they purposely choose language to confused and frame their agendas. All of them.

      And, they continually project what they are their doing on to others and accuse them of that.

      They have become Incredibly easy to read.

      So, they are saying this abortion ruling is all really about control. The right wants to control women.

      How ironic. They want to control everything.

      Especially what we think and do.

      On the abortion issue,

      They say it’s a woman’s health care issue.

      And it’s all about choice.

      If hit me like a ton Of bricks yesterday as I was driving home from the dentist.

      It’s not about a choice at all.

      Whether abortion is legal or not, women still have a choice.

      If abortion became illegal, it would not take away the choice of a woman to still to have an abortion. Period.

      People have been killing their unborn babies since people started becoming pregnant and not wanting them.

      So it’s not about choice.

      It’s about having the society provide a service for them at no cost to them at any time they want for any reason.

      It’s pure entitlement.

      This choice LIE had confused even me!

      How perfect to frame it as women being controlled and their personal choices about their body being taken away.

      It’s worked too.

      We have laws to protect our culture and our society.

      We cannot Legally commit murder, yet people still have a choice and can go kill somebody if they want.

      It doesn’t mean the government should give them a gun and pay for it and let them go kill a person and tell them it’s OK.

      There are so many things with this issue that are so backwards, confusing, and just really sick.

      And, our society has produced this issue.

      we really can’t blame it on the left because in some ways we have been intimidated by their way of dealing with this issue.

      I saw a 7 1/2 month old saline abortion survivor on YouTube today.

      I became curious because when this girl was 12 years old she auditioned to sing on an album that I was producing for kids.

      that day when I met her I noticed that she had an awkward limp and I asked her what it was and she told me that she was aborted by her birth mom and she survived.

      I will never forget meeting her and how much love and joy she had and this presence that was so life giving that to this day I have never ever met anyone like her.

      Please take a moment and look her up and listen to her.

      She’s childlike while being incredibly fearless and courageous. Hard to describe.

      When this issue came up again, I became curious to see what she was doing and found a lot of things on YouTube with her.

      The one I chose she told the story of her surviving in more detail than she did at12.

      She even told the nay sayers to look at her birth record and see it said “survived saline abortion.”

      Apparently, Her birth mom went into planned parenthood because she didn’t know what to do and was getting close to having her baby, and thought possibly they could help her with adoption.

      they told her to get an abortion because she was too young to gave a child.

      even though she was 7 1/2 months pregnant, they injected her with Saline and another drug designed to burn the baby inside and out resulting in their death.

      Her biological mom was just 17.

      The talk I saw was her talking about how beautiful this life is and how dangerous a victim mentality is.

      Gianna Jessen, (her name) was alive when she was born. the saline did not kill her as planned. A nurse saw her moving and called an ambulance.

      She said back then, this was happening to a lot of the late term abortions so they added a drug that was supposed to stop the heart which didn’t work in her case either.

      She said Planned Parenthood advised these young mothers with late pregnancies to undergo abortions because they got much more money the older the baby was.

      The level to which she speaks in the conviction is truly chilling yet so inspiring because she has absolutely no fear and counts the fact that she lived such a gift that she is sucking the marrow out of this life and I just cannot even explain the gift this girl is.

      If you’ve not heard her story it’s truly eye-opening about how much we aren’t told the truth about this issue and how horrifying it is that these babies are truly tortured and nobody talks about that anymore.

      I certainly don’t.

      So all that to say..:

      No one gets a choice taken away.

      They get a connivence taken away… which is probably why those guys are going ri get their ability to impregnate stopped.

      Sorry this is sorta disjointed.

      I didn’t plan on talking about Gianna but it was so moving and came right after I realized “this is not about choice at all what a bunch of bull crap.”

      The government makes lots of laws on what we can and can’t do.

      This is the only one I know of where we complain and fight saying we have the right to choose.

      Yet not about an experimental injection…

      Ugh what a shit show.

  3. Instead of trying to force liberal ideas into words where they clearly don’t fit (there is no right to an abortion), the left should just be honest and argue for a constitutional amendment. If you think the constitution needs to change, argue for an amendment instead of trying to distort the language of the document.

  4. Jack,

    Prelude: Time was, once, that office holders from the President down to US Reps & diplomats understood that discussions of US political or judicial matters, particularly criticisms, stopped at the water’s edge. No longer, I guess.
    Second thought: it seems to me that every time Biden opens his mouth on legal matters, he demonstrates why he graduated so highly in his law school class.
    Observation: is it just my perception, but do Senators rising to the Presidency, generally make a hash of it? I’m having trouble thinking of any Presidents who were former Senators who’ve dazzled me with their performances as President. (For the record, I was born in late January 1949, but I don’t have any real recollection of HST.)
    MB

    • It’s actually remarkable: the Presidents who were Senators are almost completely a subpar batch, and it’s not a small sample: Seventeen

      ——————– As Senator——-As President

      Joe Biden (DE) 1973–2009 2021–present
      Barack Obama (IL) 2005–2008 2009–2017
      Richard M. Nixon (CA) 1950–1953 1969–1974
      Lyndon B. Johnson (TX) 1949–1961 1963–1969
      John F. Kennedy (MA) 1953–1960 1961–1963
      Harry S. Truman (MO) 1935–1945 1945–1953
      Warren G. Harding (OH) 1915–1921 1921–1923
      Benjamin Harrison (IN) 1881–1887 1889–1893
      Andrew Johnson (TN) 1857–1862; 1875 1865–1869
      James Buchanan (PA) 1834–1845 1857–1861
      Franklin Pierce (NH) 1837–1842 1853–1857
      John Tyler (VA) 1827–1836 1841–1845
      William H. Harrison (OH) 1825–1828 1841
      Martin Van Buren (NY) 1821–1828 1837–1841
      Andrew Jackson (TN) 1797-1798;1823–1825 1829–1837
      John Quincy Adams (MA) 1803–1808 1825–1829
      James Monroe (VA) 1790–1794 1817–1825

      Only Monroe and Jackson among the strong and effective Presidents are on the list, with a nod to Harry Truman, Nixon and Johnson, who were strong but flawed. Except for Wilson and Carter, all the worst Presidents are on the list.

  5. Jack wrote:

    “I’m not going to have kids in a country where they have less rights than their parents did and they aren’t safe in their schools or community,” tweeted David Hogg, has-been Parkland activist.

    Dear Mr. Hogg: Your terms are acceptable.

    The Libs of TikTok found a day camp that had its campers protesting the Dobbs decision and chanting, “Bring Roe back!” That’s unethical in so many ways, I don’t even want to talk about it….

    So what we ostensibly have here are children advocating for their parents to have the right to kill them in the womb without consequence. I’m sure they are too young to realize that the Left, whose position they are presumably defending, wanted to extend that all the way to the end of the pregnancy, and arguably just beyond.

    This “day camp” was straight up child abuse. Having children advocate for the killing of their potential brothers and sisters is, as you say, unethical in so many ways it would require a bigger blog to sufficiently expose.

    Politico called this false, writing, “Clarence Thomas claimed in a dissenting opinion that Covid vaccines are derived from the cells of “aborted children.” No Covid vaccines in the U.S. contain the cells of aborted fetuses.”

    They have since corrected this report. Took them long enough. Also, it doesn’t matter — unethical incompetence (by my lights malice — they Left and their apologists have forfeited the benefit of Hanlon’s Razor) is not cured by a correction.

    Rex Chapman, a former NBA player who briefly had a show on the short-lived CNN+ streaming service, suggested that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a “black white supremacist” because of Dobbs ruling, and here was one of his “proofs”: “Why have you never seen Clarence Thomas at an NBA game? As in — ever?”

    Chapman’s descent into madness is particularly sad for me. In his youth, he was one of the best basketball players ever in my state, and for our flagship university. Kentucky has had several of our basketball “heroes” turn into criminals, or perhaps worse, lunatics like Chapman. I’m also sure this is true for teams at every level, this one just happens to hit close to home.

    Which just points up why people, young or old, should not ascribe to sports figures plaudits for anything other than their athletic accomplishments. Too often, their lives outside of sport are best described as examples of what not to do. See James, LeBron or Kaepernic, Colin.

    • Yep. Mr. Basketball gets you free drinks in Kentucky or Indiana (depending on which state you played in) for the rest of your life, but that’s about it, Sexy Rexy. Shut up and talk about shooting.

  6. He said that the litigants opposed a vaccine mandate “on religious grounds” to all available COVID–19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children.” That’s their argument, not his.

    “Developed” is the key word. The US coronavirus vaccines were never manufactured from or using cell lines from aborted children, but it is undisputed that all three vaccines were tested for efficacy in cell cultures derived from these children. That testing is a simple fact, and it is absurd to say such a statement is “false”.

    The implications of this fact, that the vaccines were proven effective and acceptably safe on these cell lines are where opinions diverge. Most theologians and moral philosophers conclude that use of the cells lines is too indirect to morally require the vaccines be boycotted. They can be licitly used, as long as one consistently advocates for using alternative means for developing vaccines. However, theologians cannot rule out the utility of boycotting the vaccines anyways to discourage future use of cells from aborted children. Deliberately killing children for medical research is sufficiently repugnant, that the decision to boycott the vaccines is left to the individual.

    The cell lines used in the testing of the vaccines were collected nearly 60 years ago. They are approaching the end of their usefulness, as they are assumed to have a viable period equivalent to that of the natural lifespan of the original children killed in utero. Thus, researchers will be actively scouring the remains of aborted fetuses for new cell lines in the coming decades.

    The goal of boycotting vaccines tested or manufactured uses cells from aborted children is to discourage research from being dependent on a ready supply of dead children.

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