65 thoughts on “Situational Ethics”

  1. wapo:

    I’m not calling for his resignation, nor am I calling for his career to end. I just want to shine a light and stand on the shoulders of these other women to say, ‘This is not right, and this is not what should be happening in our society.’”

    Tweeden also said that she had received a personal note from Franken before appearing on “The View,” asking if they could speak about the incident. She told the show’s panelists that she is willing to do so.

    Reading the letter aloud, Tweeden said that Franken wrote, “I want to apologize to you personally. I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, but that doesn’t matter. There’s no excuse and I understand why you could feel violated by that photo. I remember that rehearsal differently, but what’s important is the impact it had on you and you felt violated by my actions and for that I apologize. I have tremendous respect for your work for the USO and I am ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you. I am so sorry.”

  2. something to consider while we pillory al but not the twit by bbronc from last thread:

    Is this a time when, once again, Dems flail and destroy a Dem to show purity that is lacking in the republicans?  And, the republicans go on to claim how crummy and dirty the Dems are and never punishing their own?

  3. We have a national kvetchfest over what, exactly?

    Meanwhile, Kush & Co. lie about their treason.

    I’m getting back on track. Betcha Mueller has his nose to the legal grindstone.

  4. I would like to associate myself with patd’s comment.

    Imperfect Dems are pilloried by the RW and criticized by the Dems. Despicables pugns are criticized gently by the Dems and are either ignored, gently criticized or excused by the pugns. Not a level playing field. We are Stoopid.

  5. If anyone thinks this current distraction and mash of all sexual crimes and non-crimes isn’t about the takeover by putie?   The russians/chinese did not stop with the election hack…it is still happening with the stories and breaking news while the regresson-du-jour rolls over citizens.   The trumpence junta is not a joke, but the real deal in ruining our country.  Stupid repugs, drunk with power, are assisting the takedown.   It is going to be a bunch of tough years for America and the body count under trump is growing.

  6. I know it is the nypost, but —  hillary and the former playgirl and franken.

    Hillary Clinton came to Sen. Al Franken’s defense on Friday during an interview for her new book, saying he should be praised for his “accountability” and willingness to apologize.

    A former Playboy Playmate came forward this week and accused Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, of groping her while the two were on a USO tour in 2006. The senator offered his “sincerest apologies” on Thursday, saying he was just trying to be funny.

  7. Something is going on with Mueller’s investigation.  It looks like the Flynn case is mostly complete and Kushner is next.  Both might be going to Florence, along with Manafort and his minon.  They should like the lower humidity than around D.C.

  8. Donny is up and tweeting this morning.

    Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!

    The nurse needs to change his diaper and shove a pacifier in his mouth.  He’s getting really scared of Mueller.

     

  9. bw, here’s her side of the story about posing for playboy in a 2011 interview.  video of interview at this link: Noah Coslov and Sportscaster/Model Leeann Tweeden talk about her decision to pose in the current issue of Playboy and her thoughts on the new look of Major League Baseball.

  10. Jamie, methinks twit is jealous of all the headlines now going to al and roy and wants the spotlight to return to him.  must be driving his lawyers nuts.  although those old sex charges are helpful in distracting msm from covering the trumpence treason case.  that is until the golden shower allegations prove true.

    meanwhile, the goper fox is raiding the treasury henhouse with their own tax-cuts trickling down

  11. Yeah…  I’m so over following the shiny object du jour.  My eyes are on the prize…  the Mueller investigation (thanks for that comment BlueB) and the massive tax giveaway to the rich.

  12. newsweek:

    “I deeply regret what he did,” Clinton said. “There’s no excuse for his behavior. But he’s called for an investigation. He’s apologized to the woman involved.” She went on to say that is “the kind of accountability I’m talking about.” “I don’t hear that from Roy Moore or Donald Trump.”

    Trump faced sexual assault accusations from multiple women when campaigning to be president, after tapes were unearthed in which he bragged of groping women.

    Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexually molesting a 14 year old, and making sexual advances towards several other women and girls in their teens while he was a district attorney in Alabama in the early 1980s and in his 30s.

    Trump has largely remained silent about the accusations against Moore, but blasted Franken in a series of tweets Friday.

    Clinton, who has spoken about the importance of women’s rights following her loss to Trump, defended Franken’s conduct.

    “Look at the contrast between Al Franken, accepting responsibility, apologizing, and Roy Moore and Donald Trump, who have done neither.”

  13. New tax bill in a nutshell: Jet owners can write off jets. Teachers can’t write off school supplies.No credit for adding disabled ramps & railings

    It is a very long list of how the middle class is getting screwed just to pacify a tiny percentage of already wealthy campaign donors.

  14. bbronc, yep things are heating up

    cnn: Mueller seeking interview with publicist who set up Trump Jr., Russian lawyer meeting

    Special counsel Robert Mueller is in talks with the attorney for the British publicist who set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the matter.
    Investigators want the publicist, Rob Goldstone, to come to the US to talk to the special counsel’s team. No date has been picked yet, according to the source. The source said Goldstone has been invited to give a voluntary interview and has not been subpoenaed.
    […continues…]

  15. Jamie – I couldn’t agree more!  As a teacher, I easily spend a thousand bucks a year on my kids and classroom materials.  Cutting off the deduction for teachers (which is a measly $250) should tell everyone what’s going on.

    I agree that the tax bill and the Mueller investigation are the two key prizes.

  16. Iam gobsmacked.  I just heard a fat minister from Ala say being a moral person is not necessary to good leadership.  He is going straight to hell

  17. Great line of attack Jamie: “New tax bill in a nutshell: Jet owners can write off jets. Teachers can’t write off school supplies”

  18. I’m going to decompress. I was in Panama worrying about the security of our friends in Latin America when this November 1975 event occurred:

  19. If it gets rid of SFFand his enablers – I would throw Bill and Al under the bus and take a very hardline approach and let the goopers be who they are the Grand Old Pussygrabbers

  20. You have to be a Buddhist about these issues – it is the situational situations that lead to Trump

     

  21. If you are a Buddhist you cannot kill anything….ever.

    There are no situational ethics.

  22. Can you have other people kill things for you?

    Cause I’m kind of fond of Barbecue, reason I ask…..

    And shrimp……I’d be forlorn without shrimp and oysters….

  23. am surprised the person concerned ok’d/approved/authorized this description or will allow it further publication as is.
    [from  playboy.com profile on a certain person (whose name for purposes of this post is withheld) currently in the news]
    About [name withheld]

    Play your cards right with [name withheld] , a model and sports commentator. Born in Manassas, Virginia, the splendid Miss [name withheld] won a talent contest when she was just sixteen, and after graduating from high school – two years earlier than her peers – she moved to Hollywood to pursue a career as a model. She was waiting tables at a Hooters restaurant when she was given a ‘promotion’ – she did promotional modeling for Hooters, and was named one of the top Hooters girls of all time. From there, she modeled for Frederick’s of Hollywood, and was hired as a correspondent on Fox Sports’ Best Damn Sports Show Period. These days, she’s hedging bets on NBC’s Poker After Dark, and she designs a delicate line of lingerie. You don’t have to show your hand to make a show of hands for [name withheld] – this high card is one of a kind, and lucky for you, she’s playing with a stripped deck.

     

  24. Sometimes the middle path leads you to the General Tso Chicken with a small container of Egg Drop soup…..I’m pretty sure that ALL the gods like that stuff……

    But I’m a purist about the egg drop soup—-No vegetables, please.

  25. There was no middle path on that overpass going into Nashville….and that was a big problem…both for the goober with the flat tire, and the goober pulling a Prowler with no brake lights…….

  26. Sturg, it would be useful to meditate on your choice of that meal. Is it an all consuming desire? Or a meal that you think about occasionally when something triggers the thought? Which do you think is, mindfully speaking, the choicer choice?

    Personally, I often get more satisfaction having hotdogs made from scraps than a steak with all the fixings that go along with it. Maybe it’s because I’m incredibly cheap, or it’s because I get satisfaction in knowing that a living creature’s sacrifice wasn’t empty.

     

  27. I had my share and probably yours of hotdogs during Mr. Bush II’s recession……No mas.

    I thought I was gonna O.D. On hotdogs……

    And we’re not out of the woods yet and here’s this ass-clown republican gang up there trying their level best to bring it all to Wrack and Ruin yet once time more.

    It’s repugnant.

  28. My choice of General Tso is essentially a a fortuitous  combination of circumstances which causes the General to appear as the only logical choice ……

     

  29. flatus, I like the way you honor that which provides you sustenance.  there was an interesting program on full use of the poor critters about 3 yrs ago on npr: Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

    Americans eat just half of the meat produced by farm animals. So what happens to the rest of the animal?

    […]

    Eventually, Scherbing says, nearly 100 percent of the animal will get used.

    “We actually even collect the hair off the hogs. We take that, we cook that, we dry that down and then put that into our process,” Scherbing says. “So even the hair is recycled.”

    This story is part of the Harvest Public Media series Tossed Out: Food Waste in America.

  30. Sturg, I hear you. But you know what I meant, eating to live rather than living to eat.

    There were a lot of us military retirees who were facing a sorry situation until Mr Clinton signed Tricare for life. I sense it’s time for them to start breaking promises again.

  31. speaking of pigs… the unpalatable ones with orange hair.

    oh how soon they forgot.  this was only 2 yrs ago as reported then by politico:

    GOP women rip Trump: He’s a ‘pig’
    The front-runner has been rewarded for his insults but this time he’s gone too far for conservative women.
    [….]

    “It’s incumbent on all of these candidates, Ted Cruz included, even though he’s currently pressing his lips firmly on Trump’s ass, to call this out and say this isn’t straight talk,” Gage said. “This is rudeness and bad manners and it shouldn’t be condoned. There is an existing problem that women view Republicans as old grouchy white misogynists and we need to do everything we can this cycle to change that; and he’s definitely stopping us in our tracks on that.”

    […continues…]

  32. I was actually watching American Bandstand one day when they were announcing American Bandstand’s Band of the Year…..the kids were all screaming “Doors!” as Dick Clark announced the BOTY…..”The Monkees!”…..the kids all went apeshit and there was a riot and they had to go to commercial……..

  33. They won’t let your video play….it says the owners have disabled some damn thing or another just to screw with me and I ll have to find it on YouTube…..

    but I can do dat…..

  34. Dick Clark was a record spinner, not a variety-show guy like Sullivan……

    With Sullivan, you might have to give Ray Bloch and his Orchestra some air-time, but at least you were able to play your own axe……with Clark you just had to be able to act like it….

    When you see a guy like Jerry Lee Lewis lip-sync-ing you know something is rotten in the state of Dickclark……

  35. Mr. P overlooks his city from the landing branch in the Arboretum:

    “Even a birdbrain could do better.”

     

  36. Bandstand was a bit cheesy for me. I watched to see artists I couldn’t see anywhere else, but had no illusions that they were performing.

  37. Texas has produced a few good uns: Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan,  Johnny & Edgar Winter, T-Bone Walker, Billy Gibbons, Eric Johnson, Gary Clark Jr., Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, Delbert McClinton … and countless others – not a bad bunch.

  38. While we await the Mueller team, a good read on pizzagate, fake news and trump campaign from Rolling Stone.

    Next, we decided to cross-reference the most frequent Pizzagate tweeters with a list of 139 handles associated with Trump campaign staffers, advisers and surrogates. We also ran our entire sample against the list of accounts linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency. We found that at least 14 Russia-linked accounts had tweeted about Pizzagate, including @Pamela_Moore13, whose avatar is, aptly, an anonymous figure wrapped in an American flag; that account has been retweeted by such prominent Trump supporters as Donald Trump Jr., Ann Coulter and Roger Stone, the political operative who recommended Paul Manafort as Trump’s campaign manager.”Well! Well! Well!” “Pamela Moore” tweeted on November 19th, 2016, above the fake news headline “FBI: Rumors About Clinton Pedophile Ring Are True.”

    The campaign’s engagement went far deeper. We found at least 66 Trump campaign figures who followed one or more of the most prolific Pizzagate tweeters. Michael Caputo, a Trump adviser who tweeted frequently about Clinton’s e-mails, followed 146 of these accounts; Corey Stewart, Trump’s campaign chair in Virginia, who lost a tight primary race for governor in June, followed 115; Paula White-Cain, Trump’s spiritual adviser, followed 71; Pastor Darrell Scott, a prominent member of Trump’s National Diversity Coalition, followed 33. Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., who followed 58 of these accounts, famously took the bait and was ousted from the Trump transition team in early December after tweeting, “Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story.”

     

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