December 07, 2013
A waste of time and money
Wilmington, DE is asking the federal Centers for Disease Control to "study" the problem of violence in the city.
Really. Is there a dopier move that could be made by the city council? I mean, look at this:
Councilman Robert A. Williams, a former city police lieutenant, said the city must take “any means necessary” to solve the problem, including “reaching out to any entity – federal, state or local.” "We need any answers we can get our hands on,” he said.
Councilwoman Maria D. Cabrera – also resolution co-sponsor – said she, too, hopes the CDC will study the city’s violence, which she called “an embarrassment” to the home state of the vice president of the United States.
Councilwoman Hanifa G.N. Shabazz’s resolution called it “imperative that national attention be given to the violence,’’ urging the agency that is “charged to protect Americans from health and safety threats ... [to] examine and respond to the current surge in gun violence and help mitigate the effects it has on our children and youth.”
Shabazz also mentioned that "While some Delaware government officials might view city lawmakers proposing solutions as 'squawking council members,'’ if the CDC conducted such a study, they might pay more attention to findings and possible solutions."
Actually, those "some Delaware government officials" would be spot-on. This is nothing but squawking. Think about Occam's Razor, Ms. Shabazz. You can study this problem until Ragnarok, but the solution will always be the same: Stable, two-parent families. The article goes on to note the conclusions of a previous CDC study of 50 metro areas:
That report suggested several possible strategies to reduce gun violence, such as early education, school-based programs, parent- and family-based initiatives, and efforts to improve school, neighborhood and community environments.
In essence then, the government should supplant the role of the parent. Which, if that is truly what you wish, fine. But then finding the means (i.e. money) by which to implement the solution will be exceedingly difficult. Why? Well, for one, times are tough. But two, why should people who actually live their lives as, y'know, they're supposed to -- only have kids they can actually care for, live within their means, don't demand others do "stuff" for them, etc. -- have to ante up for those who don't?
Of course, "living lives the way we're 'supposed' to" may be taking on an entirely different meaning in this day and age. It's becoming not only a political difference, but more a generational one as well. And, of course, I am in no way referring to those who truly require assistance, those who've encountered difficult times through no fault of their own (like mothers whose husbands have abandoned them, for example). Nevertheless, you do not need a bunch of social scientists to study this problem. Instead, get these same scientists to propose ways to encourage -- even demand -- stable family relationships. The black illegitimacy rate is over 70 percent. 70 percent! That figure is, frankly, astonishing. And no, it has nothing to do with the vestiges of slavery and legal discrimination of the Jim Crow era, because in 1940, for example, the black illegitimacy rate was a mere 19 percent. I think everyone can agree that anti-black discrimination and prejudice were much worse in 1940 than in 2013.
The obstacles that such a pronouncement would face should by now be obvious: 1) the "progressive" Left would have a cow about the "stable two-parent family" stipulation. After all, making such ... moral judgments is anathema to them. Remember, nothing is "superior" to anything else; 2) it's been "progressives" who're largely responsible for the [dependency] situation in big cities; and, lastly, 3) any claim that education is "underfunded" is usually specious. Some large cities spend more per pupil than some [affluent] suburban areas. Of course, a lot of this city school funding is due to the special programs needed for remediation, but then this goes right back to the main point about lack of parental structure. I've had numerous foreign parents tell me over the years that back home (in their home -- [much] less affluent -- country), they would kill (figuratively, natch) to have the materials, technology and support in their classrooms and schools that we have here. Merely throwing cash at education does squat. Again, I give you the Kansas City Experiment.
Save your money, city council, and your bluster. For such a serious matter, it's boring already.
UPDATE: As noted in the comments, it's head-scratching the News Journal did not bother to note that Ms. Shabazz's comments about "post-traumatic stress" in the article had more to them. As Kilroy notes, she attributed the PTS to slavery.
Wait -- I do know why the Journal edited this out.
Watcher's Council results
- *First place with 3 votes!The Noisy Room – Astroturfed Marxists Call for an Obama Dictatorship
- Second place *t* with 2 1/3 votes –The Right lanet – UNCONSCIONABLE! Cancer Patient Who Spoke Out Against ObamaCare Now Being Audited
- Second place *t* with 2 1/3 votes –Joshuapundit-About That ‘Jewish Controlled Media’
- Third place *t* with 1 vote –Bookworm Room -Why a healthy society should resist the new generation of gender-neutral pronouns
- Third place *t* with 1 vote –Liberty’s Spirit – Control Education-Control the Future
- Third place *t* with 1 vote –Nice Deb – The IRS Continues to Punish Obamas Enemies (Video)
- Third place *t* with 1 vote –The Razor – The Rich Get Richer Thanks to the Fed
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote –GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – The Battle For Protecting Troops On The Ground
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Simply Jews – The Iran deal: another big red herring
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Rhymes With Right – Obama’s Secret Police
- Fifth place with 1/3 vote – VA Right! - New Christmas Song – ‘Deployed Again for Christmas’ – Christmas Tribute to our Troops!
The non-Council winner was M. Northrop Buechner/Forbes with Obama’s Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic.
Full results are here.
December 05, 2013
"Mandela had been imprisoned and maltreated for 27 years. Later, at his inauguration of President, he invited three guards who had abused him to attend. When he stood up and greeted them with respect, everyone at present and even the whole world became silent. He said, 'As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.'"
Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer
... has debuted:
- Three villains again? How'd that work out in Spider-Man 3?
- The Rhino is basically an Iron Man-esque exoskeleton?
- Electro's powers look more like the Living Laser's.
- Nice Adolf Hitler hairstyle on Harry Osborn.
- Were Parker's parents ever an important storyline in the pages of Amazing?
- Get a glimpse of what's to come? Doc Ock's tentacles and Vulture's wings?
It's always those Jooooooos!
NYC councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo says that the apparently racially/religiously motivated "knock out" attacks in the city " represent a 'genuine concern' about Jewish influence."
Laurie Cumbo, the [African-American] councilwoman-elect for the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, made the comments in an open letter posted to her Facebook page. In the letter, Cumbo reports that many of her African-American constituents are alarmed by the growth of the local Jewish community.
“Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes,” Cumbo wrote. ”I respect and appreciate the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains… While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.”
Need I ask it? As in, what if a white councilperson said this about the "encroachment" of the "growing" black community? That the "knock out" game thus is a legitimate response to this? And aren't you happy that this idiot Cumbo "recognizes" that the Jewish community is flush with accomplishments and success? So, WHY CAN'T I HAVE SOME OF THAT SUCCESS, DAMMIT??? Sounds like Cumbo is an acolyte of one Louis Farrakhan, to say the least. Ugh.
If there's one thing I can never figure out, it's why anti-Semitism is so prevalent. Maybe it's because, like with Ms. Cumbo, jealousy and envy are such common human traits. For me, Jewish history is a remarkable one: A small minority spread across the globe, yet always united. Education and continued learning is always a top priority, and as a result humanity has enormously benefited from the accomplishments of Jewish individuals. Though their numbers are very small, their accomplishments are prodigious. Such is something for which to be envious, but not negatively. It is something to be proud of, and to emulate.
Rob of JoshuaPundit has some thoughts (via e-mail):
Y'know, I saw her original statement and I have to be fair, that's not quite what she said IMO. What she said was that she blames the attacks on 'tension' between the Orthodox Jewish community and the black community in Crown Heights. She also made a point of saying that this was no excuse for violence.
Now that remark about 'tensions' denotes an equivalence, which of course is ridiculous (after all, gangs of Jews aren't targeting black folks) but given that she's a black politician who owes her position to a race-based vote, it's understandable. The tension undeniably exists. And yeah, blacks in Crown Heights and elsewhere do see Jews living more successful lives generally, in this case it's right in the neighborhood and instead of looking at why that might be and learning a few lessons, it's much easier to simply indulge in anti-semitism and envy. The same thing happened in Los Angeles and still happens with blacks and Koreans and other Asians. Although not so much anymore, since Koreans learned the same lessons Jews did after the '65 Watts riots and didn't rebuld or simply moved their small businesses out the area..which of course has led to complaints from the same residents who looted and burned the Koreans out about 'racism' and having to travel miles to buy goods and obtain services 'just because we're black' !
In Crown Heights, of course, the Orthodox Jews have simply decided not to give in to the usual white flight and have said this is their neighborhood too and they're staying. That's also a cause of 'tensions' for a lot of blacks.
( Is the day coming when we finally get sick and tired of dealing with black raced based greivance and 'tensions'?)
One thing she did say that I felt was a lot more anti-semitic ( although I think it might have been unconscious on her part) what that anger at what she termed 'landlords and high rents' among blacks was a factor in the tensions. That image automatically calls up in many minds the cartoon character of the Greedy Yid Landlord, preying on da poor black folks. never mind that rents are high in NYC even with rent control, and that Jewish renters in Crown Heights have to deal with the same landlords and rents. Or that nothing stopped black folks from investing in property as an income source and investment. Ask Charlie Rangel about that one!
I honestly don't think this woman intended to be anti-semitic. She was merely tying to make as non-judgmental a statement as possible for political reasons, without really delving into anything real.
Rob has more here.
Cobalt-60 robbers likely to die
The crooks who nabbed a container which included cobalt-60 are most likely dead men walking. Cobalt-60 is ridiculously radioactive with a half-life of 5.27 years, and is the main ingredient in so-called "doomsday weapons" in science fiction of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The bomb featured in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, for example, is mentioned to be cobalt. The slow-moving radioactive clouds in the popular novel and film On the Beach are products of cobalt bomb explosions.
Cobalt-60 would be a highly desired ingredient in making a so-called "dirty bomb" as effective clean up of such an irradiated area would be extremely difficult and may require years to be safe for human habitation again.
Check out what's in issue #4 of IDW's The Other Dead comic:
Yep, that's Boss Obama saying "I only said they (guns) should be properly regulated ... I never said I couldn't shoot one." But is that true?
Just as with his statements on ObumbleCare ("If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare") and just about anything else President Lemon says, Boss Obama talks a good game. Ever since his initial run for the presidency, he's said the "right" things ... like in the above panel. But look at this questionnaire from Obama's run for state senate back in 1996. Scroll to the last page. Question #35 asks "Do you support state legislation to: a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Obama's answer? Yes. When he ran for president, he had denied he answered thusly, blaming it on a staffer. (Boy, that sounds familiar.) Except that, if you look at the first page of the questionnaire, Obama's own handwriting can be seen.
If anyone still believes what comes out of this president's mouth now, well, let's just say that (to paraphrase Marvel Comics) you're a true believer.
Question of the Day
Courtesy of Eric: What would happen if Fox News had to push two employees out in one week for hating women and homosexuals?
December 04, 2013
No one is safe
... from the charge of "racism," not even the most hardcore of "progressives." Just check out what happened to cartoonist Ted Rall:
The grounds for censoring my cartoons from the site — my drawing style — are beneath contempt. Anyone familiar with me and my work knows I’m not racist. My criticisms of the president are unrelated to his race, and to say otherwise in the absence of evidence is disgusting. Here’s the cartoon in question. It should be noted that my editors at a variety of American newspapers, magazines and websites, almost all of whom are left of center politically, some of whom are black and many of whom voted for Obama, have never expressed the slightest concern about the way I draw the president.
Who did the censoring? The Daily Kos. Here's what they warned Rall about.
I suppose we can look at it this way: If "progressives" get their way eventually everyone will be racist ... and then term won't mean anything anymore. "Progressives" will hate that, but it will be all their fault.
Superheroes as fascists
Richard Cooper at Salon.com says superheroes are just that -- "a bunch of fascists."
The main problem is force: sheer physical force, which lies at the heart of the superhero myth, something Steven T. Seagle observed nicely in “It’s a Bird…”, his poignant autobiographical graphic novel about his reluctance to write for a Superman comic, in which he points out that Superman triumphs by being able to move faster and hit harder than everyone else: essentially a fascist concept.
Chris Yogerst in The Atlantic has a very good rebuttal to Cooper. For example, in retort to Superman only being able to triumph because he's massively strong, he writes
We want to see good triumph over evil, and “good” in this case means more than just defeating the bad guy—it means handling power responsibly.
The “fascism” metaphor breaks down pretty quickly when you think about it. Most superheroes defeat an evil power but do not retain any power for themselves. They ensure others’ freedom. They rarely deal with the government, and when they do it is with wariness, as in the Iron Man films, where Tony Stark refuses to hand over control of his inventions.
Indeed, superhero tales are full of subplots about how heroes limit their own power: hibernating once the big bad guy has been defeated, wearing disguises to live ordinary lives, choosing not to give into the temptation to ally with the villain or use their powers for profit or even civilizational progress.
What can I add? I agree wholeheartedly.
If Cooper really wants to investigate how superheroes become fascist, he should read Mark Gruenwald's superb Squadron Supreme series and various trade paperbacks of The Authority. In the former (taking place in Marvel's alternate "Earth-S"), the obvious Justice League analogue team decides to take control of the planet after chaos ensues following the defeat of an alien super-intellect (which had, as it were, taken over the minds of the Squadron). Of course their intentions are "good;" however, they soon begin to dabble in very controversial areas like "modifying" the minds of convicted criminals so that they'll be "cured" of their criminality. Further, founding member Nighthawk (who had previously retired from the team and was actually president of the US when the alien had attacked) quits the Squadron precisely because he believes the Squadron will become like unto fascist overlords. Nighthawk eventually founds his own team (called the "Redeemers") to fight the Squadron. In the climactic battle, some members of both teams are killed, and the Squadron agrees to stand down and rulers.
The Squadron Supreme, circa their takeover of their Earth.
The SS was a not-so-veiled analogue to DC's Justice League.
The pinnacle of a left-wing wet dream comic, The Authority sounds right up Cooper's alley. The entire team is comprised of hardcore "progressives" who have no qualms about exerting their power over the planet for they perceive to be "the good of all," and ultimately end up executing a coup d'etat of the United States. Ironically, the TPB Coup D'Etat was co-created by Micah Wright, an outspoken anti-[Iraq] war activist who had claimed he was an ex-Army Ranger. He got ink in the Washington Post and air time on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now!" show before real Army Rangers contacted relevant media to reveal Wright was an imposter. Caught, Wright had to come clean.
In The Authority Revolution trades, team arch-nemesis Henry Bendix unleashes a plan to oust the team from world power. The Authority ultimately defeat Bendix, but they give up day-to-day command of the US (and the world). They do warn the planet, however: "We'll be watching." Has Superman ever made such a warning? Batman? The Avengers?
For another lefty-gasm, Cooper might also want to check out Gail Simone's The Movement which is based on the Occupy Movement. It doesn't seem to be selling particularly well (gee, wonder why?), opening at the #74 spot in sales with its debut issue.
Let's check in with the moonbats
The Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers (LGOMB) is concerned about Wilmington breaking its record for shootings in a year. Notice there's no mention of the political party that has controlled the city since time immemorial (or since 1973, which is pretty much the same thing). 'Ya think they'd mention it if, ahem, that other party had been in control?
Best of all, they can't decide whether to blame the black man or the white man for the problem. The post inherently indicts the black man, since the city's last three mayors were (are) African-American. However, commenter "Dorian Gray" has a, um, different take:
“In the ghettos the white man has built for us, he has forced us not to aspire to greater things, but view everyday living as survival.” Malcolm X
And that, folks, is a perfect example of why they're called the "LGOMB."
Question of the Day
If requiring a photo ID is "racist" and "an undue burden on voting," then WTF is Healthcare.gov?? And before you ("progressives") start, remember that Boss Obama and his acolytes believe health care is a right -- just like voting. Ever hear of the Digital Divide? Don't minority groups, the poor, the elderly (y'know, the exact same groups supposedly negatively affected by voter ID laws) have [much] less access to the Internet? Oh, you can apply for health insurance over the phone? The same groups have less access to those, too. They have a harder time paying their phone bill. The elderly have a harder time seeing the numbers. The poor, generally less educated, might have a hard time figuring out how letters correspond to numbers on a phone.
Sound silly? Now you know how objections to voter ID sound.
Archie Comics CEO: White guys aren’t members of “a protected class"
The co-CEO of Archie Comics' says she couldn’t have discriminated against her underlings - because they’re white men.
In papers filed in Westchester Supreme Court, Nancy Silberkleit's lawyer says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by a group of Archie Comics employees should be tossed in part because white guys aren’t members of “a protected class.”
The embattled co-CEO's filing also mocked the five employees’ claim that she’d used her “gender as a weapon” by yelling “Penis! Penis! Penis!” during a business meeting.
“Plaintiffs fail to allege that any such comments were directed at any of the plaintiffs in particular, or they could cause extreme emotional distress even if they had been,” her court filings say.
First, imagine if the gender roles were reversed. Second, this is a perfect microcosm of leftist thinking -- we're all members of a "group," not individuals, and some are more "protected" than others. Third, there's been (thus far) nary a word from the comicbook creators in Twitterville. Our 'ol pal Ron Marz, for example, is still obsessing over George Zimmerman.
Watcher's Council nominations
- Liberty’s Spirit – Control Education-Control the Future
- The Noisy Room – Astroturfed Marxists Call for an Obama Dictatorship
- The Right Planet – UNCONSCIONABLE! Cancer Patient Who Spoke Out Against ObamaCare Now Being Audited
- The Political Commentator – An Obama third term? Here we go…
- Simply Jews – The Iran deal: another big red herring
- Nice Deb – The IRS Continues to Punish Obamas Enemies (Video)
- Joshuapundit-About That ‘Jewish Controlled Media’
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – The Battle For Protecting Troops On The Ground
- The Colossus of Rhodey – Ridiculous lawsuit
- The Razor – The Rich Get Richer Thanks to the Fed
- The Glittering Eye -Sacrificing A Pawn
- Bookworm Room – Why a healthy society should resist the new generation of gender-neutral pronouns
- VA Right! - New Christmas Song – ‘Deployed Again for Christmas’ – Christmas Tribute to our Troops!
- The Mellow Jihadi – A close shave save’s you 100′s of $/£
- Rhymes With Right – Obama’s Secret Police
- Ask Marion – The War on Christmas verses the Spirit of Christmas Series 2013 – WoC 2013
- Boker Tov Boulder – A White House Debased: Politicizing Thanksgiving
- Right Truth – Honor And Betrayal: The Untold Story Of The Navy SEALS Who Captured The “Butcher Of Fallujah”And The Ordeal they Later Endured
- The Pirate’s Cove – Bummer: “Climate Change” Is Aiding Al Qaeda
And the non-Council nominations are here!
December 03, 2013
Less is sometimes more
Did the Washington Post interview Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who infamously said of Obamacare that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it”? If there are officials in Washington, D.C. who seem to think their job is to pass laws for the sake of passing laws, they should be outed immediately.
The Congressional Research Service has admitted that there are so many federal regulations that it can’t even tally them up. Its best guess? “Tens of thousands.” And yet, in the minds of the officials who run to the Washington Post to complain about the 113th Congress, it isn’t enough. There are always more people to control, new activity to monitor and behavior to tax. It never ends.
Indeed. Hell, I'd give the 113th Congress kudos if they repealed some laws, beginning with ObumbleCare. And any one recall "Plugs" Biden saying how we need new gun laws ... because we can't even enforce the gun laws already on the books??
Basketball hoop resolution
Anyone recall this local (Delaware) story about a family's ... "determination" to keep a basketball hoop up near their house despite it being in violation of state "Free Zone" law? Well, the whole dispute has been settled:
Many of the [McCafferty's] lawsuit’s counts were dismissed by Brady early on and the case had been narrowed to claims about retroactive and selective enforcement of the state’s “clear zone” law and if DelDOT employees had immunity from suit.
Brady found that DelDOT employees, who were doing their jobs, did have immunity and that warning letters sent by DelDOT months earlier satisfied the need for due process. The judge also ruled that the “clear zone” law is safety-related and that enforcement of safety laws cannot be challenged as improperly “retroactive.”
As for selective enforcement, Brady wrote that in order to prevail on that claim, the enforcement must “shock the conscience” of the court.
“Though the court would rather have seen this matter resolved differently, its conscience is not shocked. The intrusion was minimal (relative to the standards for ‘shocking the conscience’), and the mandate and purpose of the statute is clear and persuasive,” wrote Brady, adding that seven other similar basketball poles were removed that day.
Well there you go. Seven other b-ball poles removed the same day, yet the McCaffertys claimed "selective enforcement." Doesn't seem very "selective" to me.
December 02, 2013
New at the Watcher's Council
Forum: Is The ‘Knockout Game’ Racism Or Just Street Crime? Is It Just Media Frenzy Or A New Trend?
All one needs to know
The Boss Obama administration, speaking about ObumbleCare today, making their own case against government:
“While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness, and will continue their work to improve and enhance the website in the weeks and months ahead,” the administration wrote in a report outlining its success.
Let that sink in for a good moment.
Gosh, GOP twitter account not specific enough!
Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013
OK, so it's a bit inartfully worded. No, racism isn't ended yet. But didn't you know what it meant, average person with half a brain? Says Althouse:
First, you have to be enough of a douchebag to act like you don't see that "ending racism" is a process and that a person might have a role in that process even though that role didn't go so far as to entirely complete the process.
And then you have to think, here on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, that it's worth exploiting Rosa Parks for one more opportunity to bray at Republicans. Over nothing!
Speaking of douchebaggery, lo and behold there was our 'ol pal Dan Slott, writer of Superior Spider-Man, jumping right in:
Quick. Guess the skin color of the person who tweeted this. RT @GOP Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) December 1, 2013
Surprise, surprise, those. For the record, Slott did "thank" the GOP account for eventually amending the wording of their original tweet; however, there's certainly no doubt where Slott stands politically. He once got miffed (at yours truly) for pointing out this anti-Fox News tweet of his ... because I failed to mention he also retweeted similar posts critical of NPR and some other MSM outlets. (To him, I was supposed to monitor his tweets 24-7.) As if that was supposed to make him somehow politically "balanced." Right. Balanced like this? Or, like this? Or, like this?
Danny continues to live in his insulated "progressive" bubble, blissfully unaware that there are conservative/libertarian/Republican comicbook readers out there ... whom he continues to alienate with his LIV boilerplate. *Sigh*
UPDATE: [Lefty] comics legend Gerry Conway tweets:
Amazing this became an "issue": The Woman in the Breast Cancer Photo Responds to Times Readers http://t.co/Crm6Cvduu8— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) December 2, 2013
You oughta talk to your colleague Dan Slott about "making issues" where there aren't any, Ger.
December 01, 2013
Ten years. Whoa.
Today marks a decade of blogging for yours truly. Ten freakin' years. Here's what our very first post looked like.
The old place was dubbed "Hube's Cube" and was initially written using Microsoft's FrontPage program. After a few months I got a tech pal to make use of the Movable Type platform and continued with this for about a year. Then some things came up which necessitated the shut down of the "Cube" in early 2005; however, some folks who dug the Cube began Colossus a few months later, and invited me to join in to write when I could. Which I did. But then, as is the case with a lot of bloggers, these guys eventually gave it up (save one), just as I was getting back into blogging full force ...
And the rest, as they say ...
The latest allegations from the American Humanist Association are shocking, titillating, and (cue the 1950s soap opera organist) downright scandalous.
In a complaint filed by the organization on November 20 a Missouri public school teacher has been accused of praying for an injured student, organizing a project to feed hungry children and (brace yourself) -- cavorting with a Methodist.
“Teachers simply cannot participate in prayers with students at school, nor can they promote their religious beliefs in any other way to their students,” the AHA said in a statement.
Actually, they can. Courts have ruled that if schools are open (after normal operating hours) to secular groups, so too must they be available to religious groups. The school in question here, Fayette High School in Missouri, has a group called Fellowship of Christian Students led by teacher Gwen Pope. The group meets before school and is purely voluntary. But, somehow, the AHA "said the two unnamed complainants had been subjected to 'unwelcome encounters with the classroom prayer sessions.'”
It seems her classroom is near the entrance door of the school and apparently non-believing students could see their classmates engaged in religious activities.
They alleged that Mrs. Pope and the students were seen reading Bible verses and (again, brace yourself) praying for the ill.
“When a student was sick or injured, Pope frequently asked the students in attendance to pray for the afflicted student and joined the attending students in prayer by bowing her head, closing her eyes and saying amen,” the lawsuit alleged.
GASP! Non-believing students could ... see in! Hey, here's a novel idea: Turn your (big-browed) heads. Close your eyes.
Just another day in Hurt Feelings America. Cripes, I'm surprised these cretinous humanists didn't also sue because the teacher's last name is "Pope."
So, I finally saw Man of Steel
... and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When it first hit theatres, there was a big controversy over (and I don't think I'm giving anything away here, now) Superman killing General Zod at the climactic battle's end. I personally don't have an issue with how it all panned out, but then again I am not as versed in Superman lore as I am with that of many Marvel characters.
Nevertheless, it has been established that Supes has killed before, and that it caused him great torment afterwards. In Superman vol. 2 #22, Supes executed an alternate-universe Zod, along with his two cohorts (basically the same trio as that seen in the film Superman II) after they obliterated an alternate-Earth. Superman could take the chance that the trio would do the same to our planet, and so took the fatal action. I first learned about this incident in the TPB Superman vs. Aliens, of all things. Supes' despair over his actions was referenced because he was (at first) reluctant to kill any of the [Alien] xenomorphs he had encountered on a desolate asteroid.
In MoS, it is clear that Kal-El is in [spiritual] agony after snapping Zod's neck (see above), shown by his tears and bellowing scream following his fateful action. And just like the situation in the comcbook referenced above, Zod had vowed never to give up -- give up trying to destroy Earth -- as long as he lived. For me, killing Zod was the only alternative. There certainly wasn't any place to imprison him, given that the Phantom [Zone] space drives were all just destroyed.
There's certainly stuff to be nitpicky about in MoS, but I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I think it provides a more realistic situation with the [human] population coming to realize that there's a nigh-omnipotent alien living in their midst. Henry Cavill as Clark/Supes is excellent -- he's built like Hugh Jackman, and a better actor than Brandon Routh (Superman Returns). The distrust of the US government regarding Supes is very much like that of the truly excellent Superman: Secret Identity written by Kurt Busiek. In it, Supes just wants to be left alone, to live in peace and raise his family, and to help out humanity when he can. But the government hounds him, and he eventually has to come to an agreement with some higher-ups to have his persecution cease.
The Kryptonian backstory was very well done, with notable homages to the classic 1978 and 1981 films. I thought the planet's 100,000 year interstellar history was reminiscent of Zenn-La's -- home of the Norrin Radd, aka the Silver Surfer. Both civilizations journeyed the stars and planted their flag on thousands of worlds ... only to get bored and return home to live a risk-averse life of comfort and plenty.
I certainly look forward to the follow-up, which is supposed to feature both Superman and Batman.
Remember when Boss Obama wanted you to discuss ObumbleCare at Thanksgiving?
Here's an example of what happened:
Read some of the tweets, too, from people who followed Dear Leader's suggestion! Epic!
November 30, 2013
Laugher of the Day
Michelle Obama on President Lemon: "He Keeps His Promises."
November 29, 2013
Marvel upsets Hindus
Geez, ya'd think what with the way guys like Ron Marz, Dan Slott and Tom Brevoort were all high and mighty about what people asked regarding the new [Muslim] Ms. Marvel, the company would be more sensitive. Guess not:
A Hindu group has called on ABC to apologize following an episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that suggested the god Vishnu, like the hero Thor, might be an alien.
In the Nov. 19 episode, which tied into the events of Thor: The Dark World, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and hacker Skye (Chloe Bennett) have an exchange designed to deliver exposition about the Asgardians, who in the Marvel Universe are ancient aliens who were mistaken for gods when they visited Earth thousands of years ago. “Do you think other deities are aliens, too?” Skye asks. “Vishnu for sure, right?”
Normally this would be a non-story despite what the group thinks (it later states that it "believes in free speech, but..."), but considering the ridiculously PC nature and rabid manner in which many of the company's creators go after any fan (or non-fan) who dares utter something critical of their characters, creators or stories, I frankly hope this ruckus kicks them in their pompous asses.
That said, Universal Society of Hinduism? Get a life. And I'm certain just about any other religious group, Christian included, would have objected had the actors referenced their religion. I doubt, however, that Marvel would have been brave enough to mention a Muslim deity or figure since to do that would have brought on death threats. Hindus aren't known for doing that sort of thing. (Just recall MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell's remarks regarding criticizing the "right" religion.)
Y'know what's really wrong with ObumbleCare?
Are consumers doomed to make poor choices about health plans? Maybe our brains just aren’t wired to use a site like HealthCare.gov, whether it works or not.
The exchanges are based on a laudable idea: that competition, transparency and consumer choice will lead to higher-quality, more affordable products. The decisions consumers make will thus have significant implications for their own personal and financial health, as well as the overall sustainability of the exchanges. But despite the good intentions behind the website, behavioral science research suggests that many consumers may be ill equipped to make good decisions in the insurance marketplaces.
Choosing health coverage is particularly challenging. Humans have difficulty making optimal choices under conditions of uncertainty, when weighing probabilities of long-term risks and benefits, and when analyzing complex products with multiple components of unclear relative values. We’re bad at assessing the likelihood of low-probability events, like winning the lottery or getting in a car accident. We overestimate our ability to repay loans and spend more with credit cards than we would with cash. We struggle with decisions about how to invest our retirement savings and are highly susceptible to the number and types of 401(k) plans we’re offered. In short, we have trouble with precisely the types of issues involved in choosing the right health coverage.
1) You know the 'ol adage about "good intentions," and
2) Humans "have difficulty making optimal choices," so naturally we should cede those choices to the government. Because their track record is so damn good, right?
By the way, article author Dhruv Khullar once worked for the Boss Obama administration, something Politico didn't see fit to inform us about.
RELATED: Kaiheem White's violent life ends as a Wilmington statistic. Part (most?) of the problem?
“He was rough on the outside, but like on the inside he had a soft heart,” his brother David Owens said.
“Not just my brother,” Owens said. “But any of these kids in these urban communities. It’s hard for them to just take that road of doing the right thing when they have all that influence there where they are looked upon as being soft or looked upon being not normal.”
And why is that, Mr. Owens?
Watcher's Council winners
- *First place with 4 1/3 votes!Joshuapundit-Israel, Obama And Iran – When The Rubber Meets The Road
- Second place with 2 votes –Liberty’s Spirit – Willful Blindness of Jewish-Americans and the Wishful Thinking of Israeli-Jews
- Third place with 12/3 votes – Bookworm Room-Ladies and gentlemen, this isnt appeasement its worse than that *UPDATED*
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes –The Right Planet – Progressive Racism
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes –The Razor – Bullying Has Far Reaching Consequences
- Fifth place with 1 vote – VA Right! - If Obamacare Were Auto Insurance – Explaining the Failures in More Familiar Terms
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Noisy Room – One Giant Leap Towards War
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Nice Deb – When Is Obama Going To Publicly Condemn The Knock-Out Game?
- The Glittering Eye -Thinking About the Agreement With Iran
- Seventh place with 1/3 vote –The Mellow Jihadi – Getting Hammered with the Admiral
Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote –
The non-Council winner was The Weekly Standard with Abject Surrender by the United States.
Full results are here.
The risible Kanye West has claimed that Boss Obama is failing because "he doesn't have 'connections' like those of 'Jewish people.'”
Always "lovely" to hear anti-Semitism during a Jewish holiday, eh?
November 28, 2013
As I approach ten years of blogging (ten!) I am thankful for many, many things. Topping that list are my daughter and my fiancé, followed closely by my family and friends.
With regards to my blogging family, I am thankful for those who got me started here at Colossus (Rhodey, Philip and Felix), the guy who got us set up at mu.nu (Greg at Rhymes With Right), my current co-bloggers (Duffy, Paul Smith and Felix), and my favorite commenters/like-minded bloggers/Delawareans: Carl, Doug Ernst, Avi Green, Fred Gregory, Dana, Hitch, Hoagie, Steve Newton, Arthur, Jeff the Baptist, Kilroy, Nate Winchester, my blog "godfather" John Rosenberg, Mike Matthews, Dana Garrett, John Young, Vic, the wonderful folks at the Watcher's Council, the folks at Newsbusters, Al Mascitti ... and many more.
All the very best to you.
November 27, 2013
Throwing a little Thanksgiving cheer to a moron ...
... because Lord knows, he could use the hits. And you can use the laughs as you gaze upon our 'ol pal Perry's headline: Prediction for the Affordable Care Act: Resounding Success.
Today in What If a Republican Said It?
Didn't the so-called Birthers get in trouble for saying Obama "didn't look like he was from here?" Didn't people get called "racist" for it? Ah, but this is President Lemon, natch. The rules are different:
I guess we shouldn't be surprised. Considering how people think him some sort of god (himself included), they probably think he can deduce who's an immigrant and who's not!
Watcher's Council nominations
- Liberty’s Spirit – Willful Blindness of Jewish-Americans and the Wishful Thinking of Israeli-Jews
- The Noisy Room – One Giant Leap Towards War
- The Political Commentator – Obama’s Iran Deal Guarantees a Nuclear Iran!
- The Mellow Jihadi – Getting Hammered with the Admiral
- Joshuapundit-Israel, Obama And Iran – When The Rubber Meets The Road
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Grand Strategy Passé?
- The Colossus of Rhodey – The NarrativeTM a.k.a. Delusion
- The Right Planet – Progressive Racism
- Nice Deb – When Is Obama Going To Publicly Condemn The Knock-Out Game?
- Bookworm Room – Ladies and gentlemen, this isnt appeasement its worse than that *UPDATED*
- VA Right! - If Obamacare Were Auto Insurance – Explaining the Failures in More Familiar Terms
- Rhymes With Right – Harry Reid And Senate Dems Engage In “Unconstitutional Abuse Of Power”
- The Glittering Eye -Thinking About the Agreement With Iran
- The Razor – Bullying Has Far Reaching Consequences
- Ask Marion – Obama Thanksgiving Disgrace
- The Pirate’s Cove – HuffPo Writer Really Hates Thanksgiving
- Right Truth – Thanksgiving Time 2013
- Daphne Anson – Israel’s Ambassador Taub Looks On The Sunni Side Of The Iran Deal
And the non-Council submissions are here!
November 26, 2013
Just do what they do at colleges
Y'know, even though the story is made up, just state Hillary Clinton-like "What difference does it make?" Hate exists in this world and it's entirely plausible that this could happen!
A gay waitress claimed a couple left her no tip and scrawled a message on their receipt stating “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.” However, the couple in question has produced the receipt and their credit card bill which shows they did indeed tip the server -- fairly well, too, in fact.
The server, Dayna Morales, sent a "copy" of the receipt to the organization Have A Gay Day, which promptly posted it on their Facebook page. Morales then got national attention ... not to mention over $2,000 worth of "tips." But when confronted with the actual receipt by a local news organization, Morales said "That's not my handwriting," she said. "I don't know."
"I don't know"??
It's not as if this sort of thing doesn't happen. And when ferreted out, a common retort is "Well, we know this happens, so it's important to bring the issue to the fore and deal with it."
Trafficking in fantasy
Did anyone catch Macklemore's & Ryan Lewis' ludicrous claim at the American Music Awards this past weekend? It should come as no surprise, really, but here it is:
“I was talking to my friend before the show, and he reminded me of a great Martin Luther King quote: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ And due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids that are dying each year due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it.
“This is really happening — our friends, our neighbors, our peers, our fans — and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it,” Macklemore concluded, as the audience watching inside Los Angeles’s Nokia Theater applauded appreciatively.
Really? Really?? This sort of utter crap is just what I was talking about here -- we're supposed to outright ignore racial aspects when it's patently obvious, but clamor about it when it's patently dubious.
*Sigh* Always remember this, for example, when some "progressive" demands we have "real" conversations about race. They do not really want such. They want you to shut up and listen ... and then accept what they say. Period.
The No Sh** Sherlock, Story of the Day
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November 23, 2013
Correcting grammar, spelling = racial "micro-aggression"
Nothing of this sort surprises me anymore:
In a letter sent to colleagues in the department after the sit-in, [professor emeritus Val] Rust said students in the demonstration described grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals as a form of "micro-aggression."
Student demonstrators alleged that there is a “toxic” racial climate in the graduate school, including in Rust’s classroom. Organizers told the Daily Bruin last week that they decided to host the demonstration after a recent report examining racial discrimination among the university’s faculty stated that UCLA’s policies and procedures do not sufficiently address racially motivated instances of discrimination.
Yes, you understood that correctly -- minority graduate students are claiming racism because their professor emeritus had the gall to correct them.
The hilarious thing is, such departments are staffed and headed by some of the most "progressive" individuals you will ever encounter -- people who would be eternally cognizant of such "micro-aggressions" in and out of the classroom -- but they still get eaten alive by the very "philosophies" they guard and/or espouse.
(Via Fausta's Blog.)
"An element to who wants to see this through the lens of race"
'Ya gotta love the ever-predictable NY Times. They have an article up today about the supposedly new "game" dubbed "Knockout" where solitary victims are cold-cocked into unconsciousness by an individual (who's usually part of a larger group). The uncomfortable fact (for the NY Times and other "progressives") is that the attacks have largely been carried out by young black men.
Now, the article quotes several in law enforcement who caution that "Knockout" may not be an organized effort, nor an "epidemic." Which is certainly the prudent thing to do. However, leave it to the academic to utter the following:
Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, said much of the fear sown by the reports may have racial roots.
“There’s an element to who wants to see this through the lens of race,” he said. “The kids in Jersey probably set off racial alarms.”
In other words, since the attackers are black, only racial (i.e. white) opportunists are making a big deal out of this.
Curiously, I don't recall hearing this sentiment from the unfortunately named Butts and many others when, for example, the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin affair was in the headlines, and we were treated to "alarms" of it being "open season" on black men in America. Do you? The "alarms" are precisely what the MSM trafficked then, as they typically do when the races are in the "correct" attacker-victim position.
In defense of Arne Duncan (sort of)
Duncan, who is now apologizing for his remarks about "white suburban moms" being worried that their kids aren't as bright as they thought (due to the "increased rigor" of the new Common Core standards), may not have been as completely far off the mark as some have been clamoring.
Now, I certainly think the Common Core standards are pretty much BS, won't "raise" standards or improve education whotsoever, and represent still more federal overreach into an area better left to the states and localities, Duncan's comment, while racially insensitive, hit a nerve among the group he was criticizing. Teachers will tell you that, on the whole, less affluent parents (who don't show up for open houses, PTA meetings, etc.) are rarely heard from about their kids' grades and/or behavior. More affluent parents (who do show up for open houses, PTA meetings, etc.) are heard from about their kids' grades and/or behavior. And, taken comprehensively, this is not a bad thing. However, sometimes that parental concern can come with a high degree of entitlement. What do I mean by this? Badgering about grades. Excuse-making for discipline infractions. Demands for higher placement in ability level "tracking." Do not misunderstand -- inquiries about all of these are very legitimate. What I am talking about is going beyond when everything has been explained to them to the Nth degree ... and more (if that's even possible).
I believe many teachers will tell you that that is more debilitating to them than the parent who just doesn't care at all. Perhaps this is what Duncan was expressing -- again, very poorly and out of frustration. Then again, how would he know? He never taught a class in his life.