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Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 12/21/2018: Getting The Tree Lights On In One Day Victory Lap Edition, Featuring Sports, Movies, Jerks And “Bambi”
Jack Marshall -- ProEthics, Ltd. Jack Marshall -- ProEthics, Ltd.
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Dateline: Alexandria , VA
Friday, December 21, 2018


Happy Holidays!

Seven hours, one serious needle wound, and 1300 lights later, victory! I’ll finish the decorations when I get back home, IF I get back home…

1. Itinerary…I’m heading to New Jersey via train to hook up with the brilliant Mike Messer, what we call “the talent,” in an encore rendition of the musical legal ethics seminar, “Ethics Rock Extreme,” lyrics by yours truly, musical stylings by Mike, on the guitar. Then it’s back to D.C. by air on Saturday, if I’m lucky. If I’m not lucky, I’ll be taking the New Jersey bar exam in the Spring…

I have no idea how or whether I’ll be able to keep Ethics Alarms on track once I board the train this afternoon. I’m not going to launch a second Open Forum in leas than a week, so please keep working on the current one here, now at 130 entries and counting. I will be reviewing those on the road, and I’m sure there will be some Comments of the Day to post, eventually.

2. In case I am trapped in New Jersey…Let me alert everyone that Peter Jackson’s apparently terrific (based on the reviews) WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” will be playing in theaters on December 27, and after that, who knows? The American public’s ignorance about that war, perhaps the greatest human catastrophe in modern history, is a failure of education, perspective and culture. If you have kids, take them. Here is the trailer:

3. Speaking of cultural literacy and movies, TCM is offering a limited engagement in theaters for “The Wizard of Oz,” on January 27, 29, and 30.

Is there another film that so many people purport to know and love so well without actually having seen it as it was intended to be seen? When I finally saw the movie in a theater—no breaks or commercials, big screen—I was shocked at how different and, obviously, better, the experience was. It’s an artistic masterpiece and sui generis: we will never see its like again, nor talents like Judy, Ray and Burt, among others.

4. America’s sport! If intentionally signing a player released for domestic abuse wasn’t enough, now the Washington Redskins have had to suspend safety Montae Nicholson after TMZ released a video of him beating up someone, leading to his arrest. Be proud, Washingtonians, NFL fans, everyone who enjoys cheering for young men to suffer crippling head injuries in entertaining ways! Says Washington’s NBC sports affiliate, “The optics aren’t great.” Ya think? Ethics Alarms readers who are up on their rationalizations will recognize #19A, The Insidious Confession, or “It wasn’t the best choice” at work.

5. Is there anything dumber than a “woke” football fan? I wonder. There are really still people out there who don’t understand why Colin Kaepernick isn’t on a NFL team, and think that he has a case for “collusion” (last I heard, the Nike role model was suing the NFL). Kaepernick caused a massive PR disaster for the game, high-jacked his workplace for his own agenda (which he did NOT have a “right” to d) the league and his team with a half-baked, incomprehensible expressed National Anthem protest, he wasn’t that hot anyway, ruling out “The King’s Pass,” and people still argue that it required a conspiracy for NFL teams to decide “Who needs this headache?”

The Oakland Raiders signed Nathan Peterman as a  practice squad quarterback this week. He had been cut by the Buffalo Bills earlier this year. Somehow this proved to Kaepernick’s fans that Colin had been illegally blackballed, despite the fact that 1) he hasn’t suited up or trained in two years and 2) what I just said.

6. “You keep using that word “character”…I don’t think it means what you think it means.’ NBC Sports baseball blogger Bill Baer actually made the following argument in print: Baseball’s Hall of Fame has a character requirement for admission. Sportswriters have refused to vote for steroid cheats like Barry Bonds on that basis, but apparently are voting for former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. How can that be? Schilling is a Trump supporter, has made disparaging comments about illegal immigrants, and posted nasty memes about Hillary Clinton. “Why aren’t the writers applying the character clause to Curt Schilling?” Baer asks. Wow, good point. The guy only jeopardized his career by going out to pitch, and win, two crucial post-season games for the Boston Red Sox to break their 8 decade long World Series championship drought, but he’s also a Republican, religious, and conservative and dares to express all three perspectives in public!

Baer and his colleague Craig Calcaterra are on record as believing that using illegal and banned PEDs to set tainted records and distort games and seasons shouldn’t be held against players as deficits of character and sportsmanship. With a little luck and this logic taking hold, baseball will be like football before you know it.

7. Having been the victim of this unethical technique, I am obligated to flag it. If someone has ever seen or experienced this from anyone other than a doctrinaire, arrogant leftist, please let me know. The tactic: rant at some citing a long string of dubious arguments, bad facts and false characterizations, then turn your back on them and walk away without listening to a response.

This is what Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) did to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday, piling one dishonest pro-illegal immigrants, open-borders talking point after another to condemn administration policies, even stooping to the per se idiotic comparison with Joseph and Mary as “migrants.” Then, when Nielsen started to respond to his charges, he left the hearing.

An ethical Congressional party should sanction a member for doing that.

8. Cruel and Unusual Punishment. In sentencing a serial poacher who was part or a ring that illegally slaughtered hundreds of deer,  Missouri county Judge Robert E. Greene  ordered that while David Berry Jr., 29, serves his prison sentence, he must repeatedly watch the 1942 Disney animated movie”Bambi.”

“At least one time per month, that Defendant is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least such viewing each month thereafter during the Defendants incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail,” Greene ordered.

This kind of silly sentencing grandstanding makes a mockery of the justice system, and should be halted by judicial ethics panels.

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