Bob Dylan recorded “Blowin’ in the Wind” on this date in 1962. It’s one of my favorite ethics songs, and I have written several parody versions of it focusing on legal ethics issue that the legal profession has not quite figured out yet.
Which reminds me: I heard a wretched Dylan imitation in the background of a movie last night. The increasingly common cheap-out of using a fake version of a famous recording to fool inattentive or ignorant audiences while avoiding paying for the original version is, I feel, both insulting and annoying as well as unethical. Even shows that use oldies as a unifying theme do it, like the “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” fake the records; the closed caption will read “Bob Dylan sings “Blowin’ in the Wind” when it obviously isn’t Bob. Kudos to the directors like Martin Scorsese, who have the integrity and the respect for both their audiences and the original artists to shell out the extra bucks and get rights to play the real thing.
1. President Biden’s failure to urge Americans not to harass officials and judges at their homes or when they are in public as private citizens shows his hypocrisy, lack of integrity, and failure as an ethical leader. ..or it shows that he’s a puppet and his puppeteers are anti-democratic thugs. Note:
2. In related developments: Thousands of people–you know: assholes— are booking fake reservation at Morton’s Steakhouses, because the DC branch of the restaurant chain served Brett Kavanaugh and defended his right not to be harassed in public. Got that? Abortion activists want to harm a business and its employees for simply defending patron’s efforts to have an ejoyable dinner without being harassed. Then, when Morton’s started canceling the Open Table reservations made by protesters in order to prevent the steakhouse from doing business, the foes of objective legal review whined, “Morton’s is reportedly cancelling reservations and filing false reports with OpenTable, claiming no-shows for reservations which haven’t occurred yet!” Next, the race card, naturally: “People of color & other minority groups are reporting that they may be being *targeted* by Morton’s Steakhouse with reservation cancellations.”
These are bad people. Not because of what they believe or because of their political positions, however wrong-headed. These are bad people because of the unethical way they behave, and how they make productive debate and discourse impossible.
3. Today’s Kamala Harris incompetent rhetoric: When Harris was asked during a CBS News interview, “When you look back, did Democrats fail – past Democratic presidents, congressional leaders – to not codify Roe v. Wade over the past five decades?” Let’s pause to note that the question is itself inept: they didn’t codify Roes, so obviously they failed to do it. What the interviewer probably meant to ask was whether Democrats and Harris acknowledge that they should have codified Roe when they had the chance.
Which reminds me of this:
But I digress. Here is Harris’s Hariss-y answer:
I think that, to be very honest with you, I do believe that we should have rightly believed, but we certainly believe that certain issues are just settled. Certain issues are just settled.
When Costa said, “Clearly not…,” she answered,
“No, that’s right. And that’s why I do believe that we are living, sadly, in real unsettled times.“
Ya think? Why would Harris or anyone think the question of abortion was “settled” when approximately half the country opposed it and a large number of legal experts have opined that Roe was wrongly decided?
4. I’m old enough to remember the news media and Democrats mocking Ronald Reagan for citing unsupported anecdotes to bolster his policy positions. Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist and a pro-abortion activist,, claimed a doctor referred a 10-year-old patient to her who was pregnant and seeking an abortion a few days past Ohio’s six week limit. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported the story, which recounted the child having to travel to Indiana to obtain a legal abortion. Politico, The Washington Post, CNN, Teen Vogue, The Hill and numerous other outlets reported the story; none of them had confirmed it. Then Joe Biden repeated the story as fact, though Bernard’s account did not mention the name of the referring doctor, any of the towns involved, whether charges were brought against the child’s alleged rapist and whether Bernard or the referring doctor contacted the authorities regarding the child rape.
Absent such details, or evidence that the episode occurred at all save for the word of an abortion activist, the story should not have been reported, and the President definitely should not have repeated it as fact. When abortion is involved, however, the ends justifies the means of the media and its clients, the Democrats.
5. If California was Great Britain...Gov. Gavin Newsom would be in big trouble. You will recall that what greased the skids for now-lame duck Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the revelation that he and his staff violated his own pandemic restrictions, partying while ignoring such niceties as social distancing and masks. The Brits don’t like “laws are for the little people.” Gavin Newsom also breached his state’s pandemic regulations, and seems confident that no amount of hypocrisy will turn his pathologically woke electorate against him. His latest: the Governor is on vacation in Montana visiting family, though the state is on the list of places California won’t send government workers on official business, because it’s evil, as in “doesn’t agree with California’s policies.” Now, technically, his travel is personal, not official, but evil is evil: he’s spending money in a state that his government is boycotting.
Meh, he knows Californians have had all the ethics alarms brainwashed out of them. Newsom is now exploring a run for President.