Clean-up On Aisle Ethics, 1/25/2023: “What The Buck?”

It’s come to this: as Hollywood has decided to prioritize extreme politics, political correctness and “diversity” over entertainment and even profits, and classic comedies like “Animal House,” “Airplane!,” “Tootsie,” “Blazing Saddles” and “The Bad New Bears” have been blacklisted,  Tinsel Town puts out films like “The Menu.” That 2022 film is allegedly a comedy in which Ralph Fiennes, as a bitter master chef who hosts gourmet dinners for the elite and wealthy at a secluded island, murders his guests as “dessert” by scattering Graham crackers around, clothing them in giant marshmallow jackets, placing milk chocolate hats on their heads, and setting everything, and them, on fire. Yes, human s’mores!

It got rave reviews from critics, too.

1. Not this again… Jackson Hewitt 2023 commercial for getting tax refund advances employs yet another juvenile “we cleverly used a dirty word without really saying it” trope that treats its audience like sniggering 11-year-olds, using “What the buck?” and “Buck yeah!” It would be slightly less objectionable if the ploy was original, but it’s not.

I don’t trust companies that have such a low opinion of their market, or, in the alternative, are run by dolts who would approve such a gutter-level campaign. Nobody should. Fuck Jackson Hewitt.

2.  The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the results of its voting yesterday, and ethics prevailed: steroid cheats and toxic assholes Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez both failed to get the necessary votes again. Good. The only player elected was Scott Rolen, who was a quality player and terrific fielder at third base over a long National League career, but one of the least famous players ever elected to the Hall of Fame. I firmly believe that being famous, which includes being considered the best player on one’s team and one of the best in the league, should be a mandatory criteria to get into Cooperstown. Many baseball writers—you know, morons—argue that baseball is too demanding of its Hall, with less than 1% of its players being considered sufficiently “great.” It should literally become the “Hall of Very Good,” said Ryan Spilborghs, a former MLB player who has his own show on the Siruis-XM baseball channel. His sole justification? The other pro sports are more lenient. That was it. “Everybody does it.”3. Did you wonder what race the six-year-old school shooter was? I did, in part because I an 100% certain that if the kid were white and the teacher black, the media narrative would have been white supremacy/guns/ white racist parents slamming schools at home. Race was so scrupulously avoided in the media accounts, I only found out after some anti-white racist of note tweeted that she was sure the shooting would have been handled differently if the kid were black, and she was quickly informed by a reporters that the child is black (and the teacher shot is white). Meanwhile, reports surfaced that the child  allegedly told another teacher at the school that he wanted to light her on fire and watch her die: “The child, who was known to throw furniture and other objects in the classroom, once wrote a note to a teacher in which he told her hated her, wanted to set her on fire to kill her, the teachers union told The Washington Post. When she brought the disturbing letter to school administrators, they told her to drop it, according to the teacher…Another time, the student managed to block a teacher and other students from leaving their classroom by barricading the doors. They were only freed after the teacher banged on the door, and a colleague across the hall managed to get it open.”

How can responsible parents entrust their children into the care of  schools that won’t (or can’t) remove a child like this from the classroom?

4. Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction appeal is pending, and Legal Insurrection has the issues thoroughly covered here. His conviction was a frightening warning of how easily the combination of false media narratives, political pressure and weak judges can corrupt the justice system. He did not get a fair trial; I have a hard time recalling any high-profile trial that was less fair. Prof. Jacobsen concludes,

Not only is this appeal a long-shot, it wouldn’t get Chauin out of jail. He’s already pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges and received a sentence approximately as long as he received on the state charges. And even if the judges agreed with Chauvin, that would only mean there would be a re-trial.

So the Chauvin prosecution shows that when the politics are overwhelming, the rights of the accused get trampled. And most people couldn’t care less.

5. The ridiculous Doomsday Clock again. Why does this silly thing still generate news stories? The clock was reset to 90 seconds before midnight yesterday by the science and security board of the “Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists“—you know, “experts”—who said this was “largely, though not exclusively” due to the war in Ukraine. What else? Oh, let me guess: climate change. We haven’t moved into caves yet, so we’re doomed. Let’s check…yup! Mary Robinson, former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the Doomsday Clock is “sounding an alarm for the whole of humanity. We are on the brink of a precipice. But our leaders are not acting at sufficient speed or scale to secure a peaceful and livable planet.”

A stopped clock is at least right twice a day. This thing has never been right, the people who set it have no special expertise in policies, governance or leadership, and yet their conceit is treated with absurd respect and deference.

Derek Chauvin’s trial was more of a genuine portent of doom than anything these clack jocks are wailing about.

4 thoughts on “Clean-up On Aisle Ethics, 1/25/2023: “What The Buck?”

  1. I saw the Jackson Hewitt commercial and thought immediately of you. The commercial is in poor taste but unfortunately it mirrors their constituency. I just left Mission Barbecue and the customer behind me was a white woman in her early twenties sporting a shirt that said “Fuck this Shit”. Even in my youth I would never have worn a shirt like that. Societal coarsening is brought about by not stigmatizing those who engage in crude behavior.

  2. Those complaining about the requirements for being elected to the Baseball hall of Fame being too stringent are of the “everyone gets a trophy” mindset. If they get their way, just like winning today’s Oscars, entry into the baseball hall of fame will become irrelevant and meaningless.

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