Hate and the 1st Amendment

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Yesterday tech company executives were once again grilled by members of Congress. Evidently, we can no longer find the line between yelling fire in a crowded theater and protecting free speech. The internet has changed everything.

Today’s NYT had an article about Google podcasts promoting violence and spewing misinformation and hate (https://nyti.ms/3ffm4Fi). As I read, I thought, “We should just let podcasters have their say. It is only ignorant, unimaginative, weak, truth-fearing, proud and selfish people, who would listen to them. Everybody else knows those programs damage our lives. So, why would anybody listen?”

Then I thought, “Oh–I forgot. Thirty years ago, public schools started focusing on improving test scores. Now we have a whole bunch of adults who are ignorant, unimaginative, weak, truth-fearing, proud and selfish.”

You gotta love those annual school goals of having students correctly answer two more multiple choice questions. Way to go, educators. I know–you were just doing what politicians told you to do. If you had an alternative definition of the educated person, however, you could have argued against the stupidest idea that ever became the goal of education.

Colorado shooting

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

If the shirtless person with the bloody leg is the Boulder grocery store shooter, at least we know one thing:

If Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson had been getting groceries, he would not have been afraid.

Capitalism at work

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Headline:

Florida company accused of steering vaccines to rich donors

No surprise here. Unchecked capitalism at work–donations put them in the front of the line, don’t they?

Remember–that $30,000 gift. When do I get vaccinated?

So what if a few front line nurses have to wait a few more weeks? What do they contribute to our economy? Some of them are probably socialists, anyway—trying to make life better for others, instead of themselves.   

Update:

Let’s play Whataboutism:

Headline:

Workers at Elite Medical Centers Are Vaccinated Out of Turn

Why the six virtues?

Headline

Slur, Surfacing on Old Video, Alters Young Lives and a Town

Story

Read this NYT story https://nyti.ms/3rxt184 (12/27/2020), then think about what the principal should have done, instead of nothing.

Mr. Galligan (a mixed-race student) showed the clip (of the student using the N word) to the school principal, who declined to take action, citing free speech and the fact that the offensive behavior took place outside school.

If the school had defined the educated person as one who demonstrates the six virtues, the principal would have been expected to educate the girl, who posted the slur, about the importance of being understanding, imaginative, humble, and generous. (The first amendment does not say public schools cannot teach the six virtues of the educated person.)

Instead,

the district in August released a plan to combat systemic racism. The move was followed by a formal apology in September for the district’s history of segregation.

Ironically, the school district’s failure to adopt a virtue definition of the educated person was costly to both the girl who posted the slur (and was therefore denied admission to UT-Knoxville) and to Mr. Galligan, who was subjected to years of discrimination in the school district.

Education policy makers go to great lengths to avoid defining the educated person as one who develops the virtues we want in all citizens. How is that other definition working — the one about getting correct answers on standardized tests?

Update

If you want to know why the district’s “plan to combat systemic racism” is unlikely to be educational, read this editorial by David Brooks:

https://nyti.ms/3mW1WrS

Once again, the failure of educators to adopt an inspiring, useful definition of the educated person means we fail to educate. How could it be otherwise?

Jesus demonstrated the 6 virtues

https://nyti.ms/3nOwA7A

This column in today’s NYT discusses our uneducated nature and our educated nature (represented by Jesus). Was this idea part of your moral/religious education?

BTW–I wrote about this in the AC-T back in 2004.

https://sixvirtues.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/kcrucifixion.htm

Which lie to believe?

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Let me get this straight:

The first reason states were not getting as many vaccine doses as promised from Pfizer was that Pfizer had supply chain problems. Then we found out Pfizer did not have supply chain problems, but millions of doses were sitting in Pfizer storage, awaiting instructions from the federal administration.

The second reason was that bad weather was hitting parts of the US and grounding delivery flights.

The third reason was that the chief operating officer for Operation Warp Speed gave the wrong numbers, failing to realize that some doses had not yet passed quality control measures.

The story has changed three times.

If it was really the second reason, why wasn’t that reason given first? If it was really the third reason, why wasn’t that reason given first? Could it be that all three reasons are lies? Is there any other explanation that makes sense?

The White House must think we are stupid, which is true for anybody who believes their third explanation. Sorry Army General Gustave Perna–those of us who have not been sleeping for the past four years know you are lying. Did the Liar-in-Chief thank you for taking a bullet for the team?

Mitch knows best

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

I hope Progressives don’t try to de-fund the police. Mitch McConnell is already doing that as he turns down a bill that includes recession relief for state and city governments.

Mitch objects to the bill because it does not include immunity from prosecution for businesses and industries whose employees were treated unfairly or injured during the pandemic. Evidently, Mitch has no faith in our legal system. Either that, or he knows corrupt lawyers will bring nuisance suits to the courts.

You gotta love how Republicans get conflicted as they try to find what is most in their self-interest. Is it business and industry? lawyers? or police? Evidently, the most campaign funds come from business and industry.

All you need are the headlines

Today’s Asheville Citizen-Times front page headline:

The Big Thanksgiving Day paper

Above that:

Your complete Black Friday shopping resource!

Our local paper nailed America in two headlines–the quintessential American holiday and the quintessential American obsession. (I had to go back to put the exclamation point after the shopping resource! headline.)

Turn off Trump

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Some media types say Donald will influence American politics into the 2024 election. They are wrong. Any channels that cover anything he does will be turned off. How about you?

Frank Bruni’s NYT (11/22/2020) editorial reflects on this, too.

What’s in your state?

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

The following states do not have mask mandates. Therefore, their citizens should not receive vaccines:

Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming

As these freedom-loving Americans become infected, they create their own immunity, so vaccines would be a waste. And those who die won’t need a vaccine either.