Today is the anniversary of a regrettable ethics precedent: Walter Mondale chose the forgettable and undistinguished Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro as his running-mate on the 1984 Democratic Presidential ticket to vie against President Reagan in his bid for re-election Literally nothing qualified Ferraro for the position except her lack of a Y chromosome, but that was enough, in the early raisingof the ugly head of “equity, diversity and inclusion,” to justify placing a mediocrity “a heartbeat from the Presidency.” It was historic, you see. Well, at least she was a more responsible choice than Kamala Harris.
I am also reminded (Pointer to JutGory) that on this date in 1979, Major League Baseball had one of its more irresponsible and idiotic episodes. Chicago White Sox executive Mike Veeck, in the spirit of his father Bill Veeck who was best known in baseball lore for sending little person Eddie Gaedel up to the plate in an official game, agreed to schedule “Disco Demolition Night,” in which two Chicago disc jockeys would blow up a pile of disco records on the Comiskey Park field between games of a double header. Fans were urged to bring disco records to add to the pile, but the team never collected the platters as promised. First, members of the 40,000+ crowd began flinging the records like killer Frisbees. Then, after the promised detonation., thousands of the disco-haters rushed onto the field, tearing up the grass, lighting bonfires on the diamond, and generally engaging in what Democrats call “an insurrection.” Efforts to clear the field failed, and the visiting Detroit Tigers were awarded a win over the ChiSox by forfeit.
1. More school ignorance of that First Amendment thingy…The Cherry Creek School District in Denver suspended, then expelled, 15-year-old “C.G.” over a Snapchat post showing him in a Nazi military cap with the caption “Me and the boys bout to exterminate the Jews.” C.G. deleted the post and apologized for it within an hour, but it had already been seen by a classmate and shared with parents, who forwarded it to the Cherry Creek School District, resulting in the discipline. His parents sued. The Snapchat message was sent off campus outside of school hours, did not identify the school or target any student, and was sent on a personal cellphone to a private circle of followers. Nevertheless, federal judge dismissed the case in August 2020, finding the school properly disciplined him. For an obviously facetious social media post. That was none of the school’s business. Appropriately a 10th Circuit panel ruled last week that the suit should go forward after all. “Plaintiff has properly alleged that defendants’ discipline of C.G. for his off-campus speech is a First Amendment violation that cannot be dismissed at this stage,” Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Paul Kelly wrote in a 21-page opinion.
Quite right. There needs to be a special place in hell for people who seize on obviously foolish posts, emails and texts by others and distribute them to authorities who are primed to use them to punish and scar. These are the proverbial “Good Germans,” ironically enough, who will come in handy to the totalitarian regime, if and when it arrives.
2. Why yes, I’d say this is an abuse of trust...41-year-old Wilbert Calhoun was the janitor at Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, and his wife was the museum manager. Unbeknownst to the rest of the museum’s management, the couple had set up house in a storage room. Their imaginative and rent-free living arrangements were discovered after one of their two children, a 2-year-old, walked outside the museum unsupervised. A search of the room by police found sleeping bags, mattresses, clothes, food…and an AK-47, handguns, ammunition, knives, silencers, a Taser, and drug paraphernalia.
3. Oh good: another reason not to use self-checkout. I almost never use self-checkout machines. They are not at all the equal of human clerks; they regularly have problems requiring assistance; the process takes longer, and they cost jobs. I would pay extra for a human being to interact with. Now criminal defense attorney Carrie Jernigan, has alleged that some merchants are using security footage at the checkouts to accuse customers of theft after reviewing security video. At risk are confused users who forget to check an item through, and worse, those placed under suspicion when someone in the asset protection department of a store starts counting inventory, perhaps after days, weeks or months, and “later comes up short.” “So they will begin watching hours of video to see the last person who checked out with the Mario Lego set because they’re two short or an Xbox game. And, for some reason, they pinpoint that they think you did it,” Jernigan explains. “The charges could land you up to a year in jail. You have to spend thousands of dollars hiring a lawyer and we have to go through grainy video footage to try to determine what all you bought that day.”
4. A First Lady IPTDXTTNMIAFB! IIPTDXTTNMIAFB is the Ethics Alarms category encompassing episodes summed up in the sentence, “Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden.” Yesterday, the First Lady told a Hispanic-American audience that “the diversity of this community – as distinct as the “bogedas”of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio – is your strength.” Yes, Dr. Jill pronounced “bodegas” as “BO-geh-das.” This was aptly described by one web wag as “Hispandering,” but the coverage of the incident is, and will remain, mostly a conservative media affair. If Donald Trump had called Hispanics “breakfast tacos,” it would have been widely heralded a more proof of his “racism.” I remember when Ross Perot was roasted in the mainstream media and by black activists for at one point referring to an NAACP audience as “you people.” Still, he did not say they were as unique as crispy-fried collard greens. But he wasn’t a Democrat…
At least the National Association of Hispanic Journalists noticed:
5. And this is how irrationally biased the New York Times opinion writers are…from Michelle Goldberg, arguably the worst of the worst:
[Biden] emerged from semiretirement to save the country from a second Trump term, and for that we all owe him a great debt.
Helluva job saving the country there, Joe! This is such self-evident gaslighting that it is an indictment of the Times and its editors that they allow such nonsense to be printed. Someone with a stronger stomach than mine please check the Times reader comments, which departed New York Times defender “A Friend” regularly claimed cleansed the paper of responsibility for such outright Baghdad Bob-level propaganda