Par for the Course

Good Morning. Yesterday’s quote was Ben Shapiro repudiating claims of Israeli apartheid. Today Biden backs away from Notre Dame; we remember Bernard Zeigler; Lori Lightfoot defends her banning certain races from interviews; and two of Epstein’s guards avoid jail time.

Experience is a key component to wisdom, of course, but there are very few truly wise people out there who do not read, who are not lovers of books. There’s a Latin saying: Qui pauca legit, pauca scit. He who reads little knows little.

Culture

The American public is not enthusiastic about its leaders, or at least not its current Commander-in-Chief. Last week, President Biden gave a tiresome speech to the Coast Guard Academy and chided the audience for their disinterest. Notre Dame had slated him to speak at their graduation event this Sunday, too. And Biden, still claiming to be a devout Catholic, would appear to be a perfect fit. But his views on abortion are decisively anti-Catholic, prompting 4,300 members of the Notre Dame community to sign a letter uninviting him. Claiming “scheduling conflicts,” Biden cancelled the trip and ended a 3-administration tradition.

Obituary

Bernard Zeigler was the first engineer to transfer computerized controls from military aircraft to commercial airliners. Born the oldest of 4 children in France, 1933, he attended Ecole de l’Air for his military commission and pilot engineering school during the second World War. More recently, he was the chief test pilot for the newest Airbus A300B aircraft. The subject of several investigations (and later exonerations) into computer failures, Zeigler defended the new technology. “Man being what he is, the only way forward is to provide him with better support technology.” Dead at 88, R.I.P.

Politics

Only one brand of racism is politically tolerated in the United States: the type that benefits blacks and Hispanics. So it should come as no surprise that when blacks victimize Jews in the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks, such violence is excused. But it is intriguing to witness the blowback against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who announced that she would continue granting future interviews exclusively to black and brown reporters. She defended that policy ahead of its 2-year anniversary, raising serious questions about government-sponsored racism and the freedom of the press.

United States

Two of Jeffrey Epstein’s former guards, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, admitted to falsifying documents after Epstein was found dead in his cell. Epstein stood accused of child sex trafficking when he died in the Manhattan jail; his co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell is currently awaiting trial. Noel and Thomas, meanwhile, must serve 100 hours of community service, “preferably in an area related to the criminal justice system,” the federal prosecutors requested—and will serve no jail time. Since this is a pre-prosecution agreement, assuming the guards complete the community service as required, they will not enter a guilty plea nor face further consequences; if they don’t, they must stand trial or plead guilty.

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