Ethics Verdict: Morton’s Steak House Is Right, And Above The Law, Karine Jean-Pierre And The Rest Are Assholes

Unfortunately, no word but the A-word will do, once again.

It’s disturbing and ominous that one half of the U.S. political culture has embraced vigorous assholery as part of its ideology, but yesterday’s exchange of positions regarding the right to enjoy one’s life shows that no other conclusion is plausible.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attempted to dine in the Washington DC Morton’s Steak House earlier this week, and assholes calling themselves  protesters (they were gathered by the “ShutDown DC” activist group) showed up outside the restaurant after receiving a tip from other assholes that Kavanaugh was there.

“While the badasses @OurRightsDC and his own neighbors are gathered outside #Kavanaugh’s home, the justice seems to have snuck out for a swanky DC dinner,” the group posted on Twitter. “We got a tip from someone who spotted him around 7:40. DM us if you want to join him…we’re sure he can pull up a seat!” Student loan forgiveness activist Melissa Byrne (now there is another political position devoid of ethics alarms)  tweeted out the restaurant’s phone number, writing, “Folks should call Mortons [sic] at +1 (202) 955-5997 and tell them it’s gross they welcomed Brett Kavanaugh as a diner tonight. Men who take away women’s  rights should be shunned.”

Justice Kavanaugh left the establishment through a back exit after having his fill of being harassed and as well as causing his fellow diners to be disturbed.  ShutDown DC tweeted: “We hear Kavanaugh snuck out the back with his security detail. @mortons should be ashamed for welcoming a man who so clearly hates women.”

Of course. ‘Our victims should be ashamed.’ The Mark of Asshole!

Morton’s issued the following assessment of the incident:

“Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other patrons at the restaurant were unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton’s restaurant. Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency.”

Exactly. This is also a neat and handy ethics test: if one of your friends or relatives doesn’t agree with this basic statement, he or she may be assholes. Or well on their way to becoming one.

But numerous personages and commentators on the Left leaped at the chance to side with the protesters, whose response to Morton’s was to tweet, “No rights for us, no peace for you. Get f–ked @mortons.”

As the chorus would have sung if Disney’s delightful Fifties TV series “Zorro” had been called “Assholes”…

Out of the night, when the full moon is bright
Comes a mob that’s filled with Assholes!
Its justice charade is of fallacies made…
In turn it makes them assholes.
Assholes! They make the sign of the A!
Assholes! If only they’d go away!

Assholes!
Assholes!
Assholes!

I’m sorry, I just had to get that out of my system.

Speaking for the White House, and thus President Biden and his party, paid liar Karine Jean-Pierre responded to a question about the incident (from guess who) by babbling, “People have the right, this is what Democracy is. Of course people have a right to privacy but people also have the right to protest peacefully, peacefully, it’s the intimidation and the violence that we condemn.”

Ethics Fool. The right to protest doesn’t make all protests right, and exacting revenge on a SCOTUS justice for doing his job, which is to interpret the law, while disrupting a business and its patrons is dead wrong and indefensible in any ethical system. This “protest” is really intimidation. The threat is clear: if you don’t do what the mob wants, you and your family will never have a moment’s peace.

Then journalists and pundits proudly outed themselves as well.  Let’s use the reliably awful Joe Patrice of Above the Law (from whence epic racist asshole Elie Mystal emerged from the Leftist ooze) as the example. The man’s a lawyer, and yet he writes garbage like this…

Interestingly, the “right to congregate and eat dinner” is nowhere to be found in the text of the Constitution and a quick Google search of major periodicals of the 18th century found no mention of this specific scenario. Looks like we’ve got another activist steakhouse on our hands!…“Void of decency” — while a great band name — doesn’t describe the protest as much as the farce of a craven government official running out the back door when the public speaks up about his assault on basic rights. And “act of selfishness” better fits a restaurant scolding women stripped of their freedom to quiet down while we try to make some money selling mid-tier steak.

“His” assault on “basic rights”! The historical perspective in the Dobbs opinion that Patrice and other intellectually dishonest critics have obsessed over was designed to rebut that very description: the right to kill unborn humans was never recognized in civilized society and didn’t exist until a rogue SCOTUS opinion made it up out of the unrelated right to privacy, itself a right unmentioned in the Constitution. Kavanaugh didn’t assail the imaginary rights: decades of legal scholars did, and he interpreted the law to the best of his considerable ability along with his colleagues in accordance with their Constitutional duties. Implying personal animus in a justice’s legal analysis is both ignorant and infantile, but it nicely reveals the real motive in the attacks on Kavanaugh and the other justices who made up the majority. Again, it’s vengeance and intimidation. Protesting SCOTUS decisions are unethical because Supreme Court decisions must not be made according to polls or the often biased and uninformed desires of the public. Harassing and intimidating judges is not “democracy,” but an attempt at mob rule.

No, Joe: the “right to congregate and eat dinner” isn’t in the Constitution, but it is encompassed by the “unalienable right” to “the pursuit of happiness,”which is in the Declaration of Independence, and thus incorporated into every inch of the activating document. A government edict prohibiting eating dinner in restaurants absent extreme and unusual (and temporary) circumstances would be found unconstitutional within minutes. Morton’s statement that “Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency” is spot on in every respect, and Patrice’s snide mockery reveals his own lack of decency and fairness.

Meanwhile, ShutDownDC has posted a tweet offering to pay as much as $200 per tip disclosing the location of Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and John Roberts.

Assholes!


Assholes!


Assholes!

17 thoughts on “Ethics Verdict: Morton’s Steak House Is Right, And Above The Law, Karine Jean-Pierre And The Rest Are Assholes

  1. “Interestingly, the ‘right to congregate and eat dinner’ is nowhere to be found in the text of the Constitution and a quick Google search of major periodicals of the 18th century found no mention of this specific scenario.”

    This guy lifting valkygrrl material, or the other way around…?

    • Lefty talking points ricochet around the interweb at the speed of light, squared. They may be beamed directly into people’s brains from some massive transmitter in D.C. Or maybe those antennae they use to communicate with submarines?

  2. How many assholes do we got on this ship, anyhow?!

    Seems like Dark Helmet may be a new regularly useful clip here.

  3. Joe Patrice puked:

    Interestingly, the “right to congregate and eat dinner” is nowhere to be found in the text of the Constitution and a quick Google search of major periodicals of the 18th century found no mention of this specific scenario.

    Sure it is, asshole. It’s found in the Ninth Amendment, which reads:

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    Because I’m positive you and your ilk have never read it, don’t understand it, and don’t get that the Constitution grants no rights at all — it merely defends them from government action.

    And the right to peacefully protest means just that — disrupting the peaceful enjoyment of people’s dinner with noisy, in-your-face bullying is not rationally defined as a peaceful protest. In law, we call this something else — harassment, stalking (DC code § 22–3133), and in extreme cases, terroristic threatening.

    Jack wrote:

    Again, it’s vengeance and intimidation. Protesting SCOTUS decisions are unethical because Supreme Court decisions must not be made according to polls or the often biased and uninformed desires of the public. Harassing and intimidating judges is not “democracy,” but an attempt at mob rule.

    Just so. I think the Biden administration has decided that there is benefit in this intimidation campaign, and they don’t really care (except for the cameras) if violence against the Supreme Court members is the result. I’m sure they’d rather not have it happen, but have decided it’s an acceptable political risk. After all, they are not the ones in the crosshairs.

    But once again, they show no ability to think ahead. At some point, if this tactic continues, the right wing is going to decide it’s time to respond in kind. Who knows how many more straws it will take to snap that camel’s spine and create danger for the administration? Will Karine Jean-Pierre be okay if pro-gun protesters show up at her front door “peacefully” keeping her awake all night?

    Meanwhile, ShutDownDC has posted a tweet offering to pay as much as $200 per tip disclosing the location of Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and John Roberts.

    Terroristic bounty, anyone? Beuller?

    • If someone commits an act of violence as a result of a tip published by shutdown DC will the tipster and the publisher be guilty of the crime as accomplices or subject to racketeering charges? If so, and the DOJ declines to prosecute has Garland failed to uphold his oath of office.

      • I think we can confidently say Garland has done that already, since he isn’t upholding the federal laws prohibiting picketing private residences.

  4. Patrice writes, “Interestingly, the ‘right to congregate and eat dinner’ is nowhere to be found in the text of the Constitution and a quick Google search of major periodicals of the 18th century found no mention of this specific scenario.”

    That’s kinda good to know, ¿no? I seem to remember a bit about protests at Southern diners, drive-ins and dives with separate but equal tables, chairs and bars. Maybe those cases should. E revisited.

    jvb

  5. The Millennial generation is full of totalitarians. When you raise people that a daycare mentality is the way to live life, they become upset as adults when other people do things they don’t like. There is a perpetual adolescence to my generation. I’ve even seen it sometimes in myself.

    The Baby Boomers are reaping the results of their piss poor parenting.

  6. Strong feelings about issues trump all. Got it. It’s perfectly all right to stalk, harass, and intimidate those you don’t agree with as well as their families. When someone takes that oath to be a public official, he assumes the obligation to do exactly what the woke left says, on pain of their extreme displeasure. Go ahead and keep harassing public officials who won’t do as you say, but don’t complain when this deliberate creation of dangerous situations gets someone hurt or someone killed when a harasser decides to go too far or a security person either overreacts or responds to a real or perceived threat of danger. Oh, also don’t complain when the other side decides to go after those it doesn’t agree with too. It would be a real shame if some folks who were a little more competent than those who went after Whitmer were to try for someone similar…

    • I was perusing a liberal page I follow, and someone who lives in my state commented. She said that people who are pro-life are slavery. She advertises that she has an advanced degree, so I clicked on her page just to see if she posted anything else.

      Here’s her post. I’m not identifying this person by name, but she made the post public on purpose. I’m not friends with her, so I’m not going to comment, but this attitude is growing more and more. The pro choice side is now actively arguing that the pro-life position is slavery.

      ///”This morning, I was a whole person.

      I had the right of self determination.

      But I live in Oklahoma. I am female. And I am now, for all intents and purposes, a chattel slave of the State of Oklahoma, simply because I have a uterus.

      A slave has no right of self determination; the State of Oklahoma now determines my reproductive fate. My age doesn’t matter. Nor does my physical condition, my developmental condition, or my psychological state. Incest? Doesn’t matter. Rape? Doesn’t matter. PTSD? Doesn’t matter. Homeless? Doesn’t matter. Trafficked? Doesn’t matter. Incarcerated? Doesn’t matter. Fatal defect in the fetus? Doesn’t matter. The State of Oklahoma has decided to force you to continue the pregnancy. (BTW, the United Nations lists forced pregnancy as a crime against humanity).

      In the 1700s and 1800s, bounty hunters were paid to track and recapture people who sought to escape their enslavement. Today, bounty hunters will be paid to identify and track those who would leave Oklahoma to seek reproductive healthcare. In an abusive relationship, and miscarry? Your abuser will probably accuse you of attempting to have an abortion to collect the bounty. And, just as the abolitionists of old faced legal prosecution, so will all those who aid and abet those seeking reproductive freedom.

      A corpse has greater bodily autonomy in Oklahoma than a female of reproductive capabilities.
      I cannot, and will not, vote for any person who supports reproductive slavery.///”

      I’m seeing a shift in abortion arguments, and the pro choice side is now trying to equate the pro-life position with slavery.”///

      This line: A corpse has greater bodily autonomy in Oklahoma than a female of reproductive capabilities.

      I don’t know if she is exaggerating for effect or if she truly believes this.

      But, if you think the Supremes have legalized slavery, you would probably be more apt to disrupt their lives. The left has gone mad.

      • I’m confused by this potential “going across state lines with intent to get an abortion” thing. Before gambling was legalized in Arizona, if I went to Nevada and gambled, could I be prosecuted for illegal gambling once I was back in Arizona? Wouldn’t the state of Nevada have jurisdiction and have to prosecute me for acts done in Nevada? And wouldn’t Nevada’s gambling laws control, not Arizona’s? Wouldn’t I have to be extradited to Nevada to be prosecuted for crimes committed there? But they wouldn’t want to do so because it wasn’t a crime under applicable Nevada law.

      • Maybe I need to go back and reread my history books. Is she saying that all of these things were happening before 1973, prior to Roe? Funny, I don’t recall reading about abortion bounty hunters.

        Or maybe she’s saying that this is what she would do if the tables were turned and assumes everyone is as insane as she? Please don’t project your instability onto me. Seek counseling instead.

      • This person is both an idiot and a drama queen. Control your desires and you’ll avoid 90% of the issues that go with pregnancy. Use the resources available to you and you’ll avoid 9.75% more. Take the pill, use the various devices, make your partner use the resources available, and don’t be afraid to say “if you forgot it, forget it.” Don’t insist on carrying on like a cheap whore on a busy weekend. The key to life is discipline.

  7. Am I the only one thinking of tipping off ShutDown DC to random addresses inside the Beltway? Perhaps the address of one of those reproductive health clinics, or where Marion Barry stays . May as well make them sing for their supper.

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