Monday Monday Ethics Ethics, 9/12/2022: A Senator, A Mayor And A Vice-President Walk Into A Bar…[Corrected]

Several readers mentioned that EA did not have contain any mention of September 11, 2001 yesterday. The fact is that I didn’t have anything new or perceptive to say. I was also nauseated into paralysis by Virginia’s Mark Warner (D), one of my state’s Senators, appearing on “Face the Nation”with the assignment of comparing a sneak terrorist attack from a foreign country that killed 2,977 Americans to the one-day riot by a mob of demented assholes carrying sticks and bear-spray. Asked by CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan’s question about where the country is 21 years after the terror attacks, the chair chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee couldn’t resist resorting to his desperate party’s current strategy of fearmongering about “election deniers” as existential threats to the nation. “The stunning thing to me is here we are 20 years later and the attack on the symbol of our democracy is not coming from terrorists, but it came from literally insurgents attacking the Capitol on January 6,” Warner said, confirming his reservation for an eternal place in Hell. “So I believe we are stronger, I believe our intelligence community has performed remarkably, I think the threat of terror has diminished, I think we still have new challenges in terms of nation [and] state challenges,” he continued. “Russia and longer term, a technology competition with China, but I do worry about some of the activity in this country where the election deniers, the insurgency that took place on January 6, that’s something I hope we can see that same kind of unity of spirit.”

1. To be fair, Sen. Warner’s comments still didn’t bother me as much as another Kamala Harris horrifying lies-and-babble-fest, which I didn’t see live. Harris’s latest occurred on “Meet the Press,” which I have ceased watching permanently until, at very least, super-hack Chuck Todd is replaced as host. Todd asked Harris about the ongoing Biden-made crisis at the southern border where a record number of illegal immigrants are entering the United States. “Would you call the border secure?,” he queried, perhaps referencing the recent asinine assertion by the Secretary of Homeland Security that indeed the porous border is secure. Harris answered that “the border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.” That’s a new “It isn’t what it is” dodge: Trump is responsible for the current crisis at the border? Harris’s claim that the border was “secure” provoked a rare expression of amazement from a mainstream media talking head at a Democrat’s lie, and from Chuck Todd, no less, who usually sees his role as a propaganda facilitator.

“We’re going to have two million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border is secure?” he responded. (It would have been better if he had broken out laughing.) This gave Harris a chance to again display her mastery of Authentic Frontier Gibberish:

“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration but there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix. Given the deterioration that happened over the last four years….We also have to put in place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship.”

Yes, the VP thinks that if something is a “priority” for the nation, then it exists! And all those people who violated our laws (and are still violating them) to come here are sure to follow the new, currently non-existent law, about which we know nothing. [Notice of Correction: I somehow missed the “to” before “put in place” and chided Harris for what I thought was a false claim that an imaginary law existed. Thanks to commenter Jeff for flagging my mistake.]

The Democratic Party and its voters deemed this fool to be a responsible choice to take over as President of the United States if or when the current elderly, deteriorating POTUS’s brains fall out of his head through his nose, which seems increasingly likely.

2. “Equity” equal pay nonsense of the month! Actress Jennifer Lawrence, featured here for her ignorant certitude in a Vogue interview on matters she has neither studied nor understands, also continued her ongoing campaign for the radical anti-capitalist theory that people should be compensated equally regardless of their talents, expertise, experience, past accomplishments or value to their employers (this is known as “The Women’s Soccer Fallacy”), complained in the same Vogue piece that she was paid less than Leonardo Di Caprio for her role in “Don’t Look Up!” “It doesn’t matter how much I do. I’m still not going to get paid as much as that guy, because of my vagina?” Lawrence whined. No, you’re not going to get as much because that guy is a bigger star, a bigger box office draw, brings more profits to the studio, and is worth more.

Lawrence still got $25 million for the climate change hysteria Hollywood agitprop, which I wouldn’t pay a nickel to see again (in fact, I bailed before the end of the movie, it was so smug and unfunny.)

3. Where is the accountability for incidents like this? At a women’s volleyball match on August 26, a black player for Duke University’s team claimed she and her African American teammates had been heckled over their race by spectators  at the university’s arena in Provo, Utah.

 BYU announced that the responsible fan would be banned from all of the Cougars’ sporting events. Having announced the punishment, the university then investigated. (Psst! BYU! That’s backwards!) Once the investigation was complete, the school announced,

From our extensive review, we have not found any evidence to corroborate the allegation that fans engaged in racial heckling or uttered racial slurs at the event. As we stated earlier, we would not tolerate any conduct that would make a student-athlete feel unsafe.

To answer the question at the start of this item, there will be no accountability.

4. I see the New York Times is still trying to keep the public terrified of the Wuhan virus. Today there is a full obituary for 76-year-old Marc Lewitinn, whose sole distinction justifying a featured article in the Times is that 850 days after being placed on a ventilator, Lewitinn died of a heart attack on July 23. I wonder what other news the Times is omitting in order to elevate this single demise to newsworthy status. Lewitinn was old, he had recovered from lung cancer, he was still unable to speak after a stroke; he was pretty typical of those who died with the virus, as opposed to from the virus. Ah, but he contracted Wuhan after walking into a “crowded Starbucks,” the Times tells us. Be afraid! Be very afraid!

5. Look! A new contender for most unethical U.S. big city mayor! It’s going to be tough beating the mayors of D.C., Chicago, New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles (among others), but the Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, is special. She is defiantly refusing to reimburse the city for more than $30,000 of taxpayers’ money she spent on first-class flights to France and Switzerland. The city’s travel policy states, “Employees are required to purchase the lowest airfare available…Employees who choose an upgrade from coach, economy, or business class flights are solely responsible for the difference in cost. Any reconciliation of travel expenses that results in overpayment by the City requires that the employee reimburse the City within twenty business days.” The mayor flatly refuses to obey the policy, and her reasoning is a bundle of weird and irrelevant rationalizations, as she announced at a press conference,

My travel accommodations are a matter of safety, not of luxury. As all women know, our health and safety are often disregarded and we are left to navigate alone. As the mother of a young child whom I live for, I am going to protect myself by any reasonable means in order to ensure I am there to see her grow into the strong woman I am raising her to be. Anyone who wants to question how I protect myself just doesn’t understand the world black women walk in.

Won’t someone ask her how exactly First Class airplane seats are safer than the others?

“One thing is clear; I do my job and I will continue to do it with distinction and integrity every step of the way. And so, that’s what I have to say on that!” the Mayor proclaimed, explaining nothing except that the arrogance of the officials enough people vote for to put them in positions of power and trust is beyond belief.




8 thoughts on “Monday Monday Ethics Ethics, 9/12/2022: A Senator, A Mayor And A Vice-President Walk Into A Bar…[Corrected]

  1. To be fair, Harris didn’t say “we have put in place”, she said “we have to put in place”, indicating that’s what she wants to see, not what is.

    Stop making me defend Kamala Harris!

  2. RE #5: Cantrell was already subject to a recall petition before the travel expense kerfuffle broke as national news – reasons including skyrocketing crime and lousy services such as garbage collection. The petition was filed by Cantrell’s former social media manager and a longstanding gadfly in New Orleans politics. Naturally, Cantrell blames racism and misogyny, despite the fact that New Orleans is 53% black, as is at least one of the people behind the petition.

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