Tag: ethics

Why Andrew Weissmann Is So Despised

 

The list is long for all the people who have been criticized and condemned by the Right for their participation in the Trump-Russia fiasco. Many on the list pretend to be public servants but, unfortunately, they are political hacks who have shown they are willing to do just about anything to get rid of Donald Trump. But from my perspective, one man has been mentioned only in passing, and he deserves to be in the glaring spotlight of justice. His many years of unethical behavior and manipulation need to be not just called out; there must be a way to hold him to account.

His name is Andrew Weissmann.

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This isn’t part of the wonderful Ricochet ‘Quote of the Day Series’. I already took my turn this month – but I found the following and it’s worth repeating: “That one won’t crack, though. Mendel decided with approval; one of your flabby oak trees, Smiley was. Think you could blow him over with one puff; […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see the Libertarian candidate drop out of the Montana U.S. Senate race and endorse GOP nominee Matt Rosendale against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. They also roll their eyes as “former Republican” Max Boot urges Americans to vote for Democrats in every […]

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Honesty Is the Best Business Practice

 

Some people choose to make a quick buck the shady way, and some choose to build a reputation and a loyal customer base. I’ve had two good experiences in the past week, and have an appointment with another trusted business tomorrow. Perhaps they will strike a chord with your experiences, good or bad.

Last week, I drove 30 minutes to my dentist, who has been my dentist since 2006. I have no intention of changing dentists, regardless of dental plan, so long as I live within an hour’s drive. This is because bad dentists leverage their expertise to sell unnecessary procedures. Honest dentists tell, and show you, what you must have done to avoid emergencies, then offer additional services you might want if you can afford them.

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Jim Geraghty is back! Today, he and Greg Corombos of Radio America agree that it was time for VA Secretary David Shulkin to leave after months of ethical woes – but also a year of some progress at one of government’s biggest and most important bureaucracies. They also take on the identical script recorded by […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for blasting four cabinet secretaries on ethics matters ranging from travel to office decor. They also shake their heads a day in advance of the special congressional election in Pennsylvania, as the Republican appears to be […]

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Most people know the Golden Rule from Jesus/Yeshua: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12, ESV). Another remark from him is closely associated with the Golden Rule: “The second [greatest commandment] is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ […]

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What is Alabama football? What does the leadership of Bear Bryant and Nick Saban have in common? Focus on discipline and execution.  More

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On Wednesday, members of the Congressional Black Caucus were confronted about sexual allegations that have dogged their colleague, long-time serving representative John Conyers, now hospitalized for stress and now called upon by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to resign. Representative Clyburn, responded to a query from reporters who asked whether Conyers, like other prominent personalities – […]

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You walk a familiar route. Again, there is litter on the ground. You pick it up and dispose of it when you can. There is always litter these days. And it’s getting worse. Every week there is more. You had hoped your example would inspire others, though that might not have been your full purpose. […]

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Profound Idiocy vs. Sound Logic on Abortion

 

I trust that you can figure out which is which.

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Hurry up and get your giggles before prudes have this removed for using honest, English words: As a newly elected president, Donald Trump was quick to take one of Washington’s institutional pillars down a peg. By snubbing the 2017 annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD), the president deflated what should have been more appropriately called […]

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From the gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25: Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  More

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Bishop Robert Barron had an interesting response to Scorsese’s new movie Silence. The article contains spoilers which I will not recount here. But in it Barron submits a provocative comparison of religious loyalty with national loyalty under extreme circumstances. In the following hypothetical scenarios, consider multiple objects of devotion — loyalty to God, loyalty to nation, […]

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Ok, so it’s not exactly my book. It’s our book. I’m only one of twenty-three authors and one of two editors. (But I think I did more work than the others, and the book was my idea.) I like this artwork: Lewis overlooking a cityscape drawn with an old-school sci-fi vibe that makes me think […]

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Ed Sletzer wrote a thought provoking piece in this week’s Christianity Today. I include the tinyurl link to the article at the bottom of this piece rather than the direct link because the title alone is likely to provoke more of the pile-on comments about Trump vs. NeverTrump, and quite frankly I’ve had all that […]

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Of Trolleys and Tanks

 
New Mount Carmel Center on fire during the siege of the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, TX.
New Mount Carmel Center during the FBI assault on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, TX.

There are five people tied to the tracks of an unstoppable, runaway trolley. Their death is imminent. However, in your hand is a switch. If you flip that switch, then the trolley is diverted down a different track, away from those five people… and down a track onto which one person is tied. Death is certain no matter what you do. Flip that switch and you have actively assented to the death of a fellow human being. Do nothing and you have passively assented to the death of five fellow human beings. What do you do?

The Trolley Problem is a thought experiment that is often introduced in college freshman classes on ethics. Many people are familiar with the problem and its point: There are some situations without fully ethical solutions. One decision is just as ethically questionable as the other, and each decision is ultimately and solely based on the decision maker’s own principles. However, the Trolley Problem suffers as a thought experiment because it lacks context. It is very easy to imagine how one would behave in a no-win situation when that situation remains a safe and detached theoretical. Unfortunately, we no longer have such a luxury.

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…for Democratic Party Presidential candidate and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Sunday’s town hall debate. In no particular order: You’ve said repeatedly that you “take responsibility” for your use of a private, unsecured email server to conduct official State Department business. What concrete actions have you actually done that constitutes an actual taking of […]

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What makes a government legitimate? What does legitimacy mean in regard to politics? I have been wondering, again, about the conditions which require obedience to unjust laws. The question of legitimacy seems the most fundamental form of that ethical conundrum. Laws express authority. Before one accepts the laws of representatives or rulers, one must accept […]

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