Ah, weekends in August. Except for a handful of much appreciated ethics enthusiasts, comments are sparse, EA traffic is weak, and as I prepare these posts while deadlines for paying ethics clients near, I find myself once again wondering if this is a wise use of my time, energy, and emotional resolve. Fortunately I am not prey to depression, unlike my mother, many of my friends, Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill, but it doesn’t help that the Red Sox really stink this season…
1. Retirement ethics, or, if you prefer, “stupid athlete retirement tricks.” If you retire, dammit, retire. It is not a coincidence that the two most famous un-retirements were authored by two of the biggest jerks in Boston sports history, Roger Clemens and Tom Brady. But attention must be paid to Tyson Fury, one of the mostly unknown heavyweight boxing champions. (Boy, did that sport crash quickly! If you remember when heavyweight boxing matches were big deals and the results were front page news, you must be at least 40), announced his retirement from pugilism in April after his win against challenger Dillian Whyte to retain his heavyweight crown and stay undefeated. Fury had said for weeks that Whyte would be his final opponent. Then, last week, the WBC heavyweight championship announced he was returning to boxing. Three days later, Fury announced he was retiring again.
At least he hadn’t toured the country picking up expensive retirement gifts like Roger Clemens.
2. And speaking of stupid athlete tricks, Rodolfo Castro, an infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was sliding headfirst into third base during a game with the Arizona Diamondbacks last week when his phone fell out of his back pocket. Electronic devices are banned in the dugouts during games ( with the exceptions of MLB-approved iPads and PitchCom, the new wireless communication system for pitchers and catchers to settle on pitches) thanks to the cheating hearts of the Houston Astros in 2017, much aided by current Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
It is likely that both Castro and the Pirates will be fined. Good.
3. “Delusions Ethics (A): NBC News’ Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali writes about this bizarre belief in her new book, “Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman in the White House…Yet” : Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren told Vitale as her campaign was metaphorically crashing and burning during the Democratic Presidential nomination sweepstakes in 2020, “Everyone comes up to me and says, ‘I would vote for you, if you had a penis.’”
Gee, that’s funny: I consider myself part of “everyone,” and I wouldn’t vote for Warren if she were running against Gumby. I also imagine many “everyones” would eschew voting for Warren because for decades she pretended to be a minority in order to get teaching jobs, regularly lies about law and policy, and was too old, even in 2020. Another reason an “everyone” might not vote for Warren is that she, like so many of her gender and party, resort to claims of bigotry to explain all opposition and criticism.
As for “Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman in the White House,” nobody should need a book to answer that. So far, the parties haven’t cultivated any female leaders who are qualified to be President and who have the character and skills to justify running. It’s funny: a female relative of mine who shall remain nameless was challenging me on the basis of anti-female bias. She asked, “Name one current female who you would support for President.” I answered, quickly, “There aren’t any.” After the mandatory “A-HA!” from her, I asked which female politician she would support. Her answer was, and this is exactly what she said, “I’m bad at names.”
4. “Delusions Ethics (B) Spreading delusions is unethical. I keep seeing mainstream media huzzahs that last week was President Biden’s “best.” That can only be magical thinking or deliberate disinformation. A bill advertised as an anti-inflation measure that can’t possibly reduce inflation was passed. It’s really a climate change law that won’t have any effect on climate change either, and further deepens the national debt. The “good news” theory is based on the flawed assumption that getting ideological agenda items passed is an accomplishment even when the agenda items are irresponsible, dishonest and stupid. One could make a persuasive argument that the best news for Biden is when such measures fail.
Meanwhile, the Mar-A-Largo raid almost has to end in disaster for Biden and AG Garland, doesn’t it? I assume that Justice has to indict Trump, because the raid will look like just a tin-pot dictator’s move, using the law to harass a political opponent, if there are no charges. If there is no slam-sunk evidence of criminal activity but an indictment is handed out anyway, it’s a gift to Trump. If the violation is technical rather than substantial, all of the many double standard issues will come into play. The news media, as it has since 2016, is ranking last week as “good” based on its assumption that Trump must be guilty of something terrible, because they hate him. Or perhaps it was a good week for Biden because it wasn’t as terrible as the other weeks. 1) I’m not at all sure that assessment will hold up, and 2) it’s a #22 Rationalization.
5. Still, this is unfair: the FBI and Merrick Garland are being skewered in the conservative media for searching Melania’s closet. If there was going to be a serious search, her closet, like any potential hiding place, had to be searched. However, I admit to laughing at the Babylon Bee’s meme:
6. And now for something completely stupid…Scotland, site of the recent United Nations 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate summit, cut down 14 million trees to make room for 21 wind turbine projects.
The Scottish Government has moved to reassure all that more trees have been planted, the media explains, “but it is unknown what proportion of these are mature plants that play a bigger role in turning carbon into oxygen.” The tree removal seems at odds with the agreement by world leaders while in Scotland to “end deforestation” by 2030. While there are plans to replant trees to replace those cut down, the trees can’t be replaced where they have been cut down, meaning that they aren’t really being replaced at all. Nor is there any reason to believe that Scotland’s green grandstanding will ameliorate climate change one iota.
7. Finally, an Ethics Alarms salute to Slickwilly. Steve Witherspoon informs me that Slickwilly died in April. His real name was Grady McClung, and Slick was a treasured and prolific commenter here from 2016-2020. There is a GoFundMe to help the family with its medical expenses here.
From the funeral home webpage:
Grady was born in Bryan, Texas, but spent most of his early and teen years in Burnet and Snook. He graduated from Snook High School in 1987 and attended Blinn College in Brenham before graduating in 1993 from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering
Technology. He also served in the Army and Army Reserve for eight years. Grady worked in the telecommunications industry for his entire career, spending his last nine and a half years with GVTC in New Braunfels.
Grady married his college sweetheart Rachel in 1992. They have three children: Mark, Joshua, and Sara. Grady was passionate about providing and caring for his family, and he loved spending time with them. His other passions included hunting, reading, serving his community, and above all, serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Grady was an active member of nineteen:ten church in Boerne, serving on both the media and prayer teams. His active faith and confident assurance of his identity as a beloved child of God inspired all of those around him. He loved encouraging others with the Word of God. When situations looked difficult, Grady could be heard saying, “God’s got it.”
Grady looked for the best in people. He loved helping others – serving his local neighborhood as HOA president, volunteering through the GVTC Foundation, and donating blood as often as possible. He will be missed by many.
He will certainly be missed on Ethics Alarms.