Good Moral Character is Complicated

GOOD PEOPLE CARE TO OFFER SOMETHING TO OTHERS, AND IF THEY’VE ENGAGED IN INTROSPECTION THEY DON’T ACT ON ULTERIOR MOTIVES.  THEIR ACTIONS DON’T HAVE TO BE 24/7 ALTRUISM, AND IF THEY HAVE A SENSE OF BALANCE THEY’LL PROBABLY RULE OUT THE 24/7 STUFF. BAD PEOPLE KEEP TAKING, AND WHEN THE TROUGH IS EMPTY THEY CALL THEMSELVES VICTIMS. IF THEY’RE GOOD MANIPULATORS, THEY’LL CONVINCE OTHERS THEY’VE BEEN GIVING THE WHOLE TIME. THESE ARE THE POLAR EXTREMES.  MOST OF US ARE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE.  GET OVER IT. Continue reading Good Moral Character is Complicated

The Case of the Purloined Bathmat

The title of this post is misleading.  My bathmat wasn’t stolen.  I’m certain of that.  It disappeared during the night, and if anyone had gotten into the (studio) apartment, I would have heard him or her. Although I don’t recall anything other than getting up once in the middle of the night to use the facilities and then returning to bed, I know that at some point I was sleepwalking.  That was how the bathmat disappeared, and damned if I can find it now.  I may have stepped into the hallway and dropped it down the trash chute during the … Continue reading The Case of the Purloined Bathmat

Scrambling to Post Something

I have a policy of posting on the blog an average of once per day.  If I skip a day, on another day there will be two posts. That system is going well, but shortly after 8:00 Pacific Time this evening I decided against skipping the Saturday post.  This decision was made in spite of having nothing to say. Here are screenshots of two social media posts.  Whatever.  The Instagram post has proven more popular than most of the crapola my Instagram followers must endure. Continue reading Scrambling to Post Something

Orrin Hatch is Grasping at Straws

Emily Crockett at vox.com is right on target with her report on Orrin Hatch’s remarks about Elizabeth Warren.  The dust-up in question involves the 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King which Senator Warren read during Jeff Sessions’ recent confirmation hearing for Attorney General.  Please click the link at the end of this post to read the article. On a related/unrelated note, we should recall that Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was one of the Senators who voted to confirm Clarence Thomas for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991.  Think of that on any occasion when Senator Hatch claims to be protective of … Continue reading Orrin Hatch is Grasping at Straws