Call For Nominations Of The Best And Worst In 2015 Ethics

...and don't come back!!

…and don’t come back!!

As always on January. 1, I am laboriously reviewing  the more than a thousand posts published here over the past year to assemble the annual Ethics Alarms Best and Worst in Ethics of 2015. It’s a horrible job, both because of its labor intensive nature and because many posts remind me of horrors that my mind had managed to suppress in the interests of my sanity…and as I don’t have to tell you, 2015 was an awful year.

I don’t know why I’ve never  invited nominations before, but I would love to get some submissions from the assembled. Be sure to explain why you think a particular topic is Best or Worstworthy. Be sure to niminate a Commenter of the Year—volume counts, but so does quality. You can nominate yourself, too.

Don’t worry abut being too late: I may not get through with this ordeal until early next week.

Oh, by the way…

Happy New Year!

And be afraid.

Be very afraid.


Vote For Popehat’s Censorious Asshat Of The Year!


One of the best and most provocative blogs is Popehat, which has had a momentous year. Besides being its usual passionate and quirky self, the libertarian/free speech/legal/nerd website has also added Marc Randazza to its ranks. Marc (Full disclosure: he is a law school classmate, though if I ever met him face to face, I don’t remember) who shares Popehat Master of the House Ken White’s love of justice and creative invective and is also a superb lawyer, will alter the tone there a bit as well as be his opinionated,thoughtful, often hilarious self.

Popehat is offering a reader poll to determine the Censorious Asshat of the Year. I know that an ethics blog with the proclivities of Ethics Alarms is a little like a Macy’s Santa sending shoppers to Gimbels, but it’s Christmastime, and besides, there’s no competition in ethics, just futility. As it happens, only three of the 12 nominees made it into Ethics Alarms last year. I was aware of all of them, but my purview is a bit broader than Popehat’s; for whatever reason, they were in my range  but I decided to use my bullets elsewhere.

Go here, and help a worthy blog crown a worthy free speech-hating jerk and or jerks.

I bet you’ll be able to guess my vote.