March 06, 2014
Where's this sentence from?
"No employee should be forced to violate his religious beliefs in order to earn a living.” This sentence is from this article, uttered by the director of the Philly EEOC, about a Muslim man employed by the Philly School District who, in conjunction with the US Justice Dept., sued the district because it wanted him to trim his beard. Apparently, it is against Islam to cut a beard. (One may wonder, then, why so many Muslim males do not have beards. Must be infidels.) That's right, the same Justice Dept. who dropped charges against members of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation at a Philly polling place several years back is now suing because they're pro-beard.
Well, actually it's suing because of religious discrimination. Because, after all, No employee should be forced to violate his religious beliefs in order to earn a living, right? I wonder, then, why didn't the Justic Dept. sue on behalf of the Christian couple who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple that was getting married? Was this couple "forced to violate their religious beliefs in order to earn a living?" If they can be so forced to go against their religion, why can't this Muslim gent?
We're not taking sides here; we're just pointing out the ridiculous (PC) inconsistencies and priorities of the current administration. I can see why the Muslim guy has a beef ("What does it really matter that my beard be a certain length to work in a school?"), and I can see why the bakery couple has a gripe, too.
Google the term “belly dance” and the first images the search engine offers are of white women in flowing, diaphanous skirts, playing at brownness. How did this become acceptable?
Women I have confronted about this have said, “But I have been dancing for 15 years! This is something I have built a huge community on.” These women are more interested in their investment in belly dancing than in questioning and examining how their appropriation of the art causes others harm. To them, I can only say, I’m sure there are people who have been unwittingly racist for 15 years. It’s not too late. Find another form of self-expression. Make sure you’re not appropriating someone else’s.
That's just a sampling. There's much more neo-decontructivist PC goodness at the link.
The article is even titled "Why I Can't Stand White Belly Dancers." What might the reaction be if an article was headlined "Why I Can't Stand Black Hockey Players"? Based on author Randa Jarrar's premise, Caucasians should have a right to be upset about blacks "appropriating" a sport like hockey for their own amusement/well being/pleasure. Blacks should question how their playing hockey "causes others harm," and how they're "playing at whiteness."
Gad, PC radical feminists are just too easy to make fun of ...
Shocker: NAACP and libs blame racism for Adegbile confirmation failure
Supporters were outraged -- outraged, I tell you -- that Adegbile lost the Senate vote:
"You hate to raise that (racism) up, but it smells very bad," said Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington office of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Republicans just before the vote that if Adegbile lost there would have to be a "broad discussion" of civil rights in America.
Oh gee, would that be like having an "honest discussion" about race? Y'know, because, as Eric Holder has said, "we're a nation of cowards" when it comes to race? Puh-lease. Race only matters in instances like these -- when a "progressive" Democrat meets a failure like Adegbile. After all, remember Miguel Estrada? He was nominated by George W. Bush for the DC Court of Appeals ... but the Democrats in the Senate used the filibuster to block the nomination. The Dems said Estrada was "far beyond the mainstream," to quote New York's Chuckie Schumer. Estrada would have been the first Hispanic to sit on that court, and is an immigrant from Honduras who immigrated to the US at age 17, not knowing a lot of English. But he ended up graduating from Columbia and then Harvard Law School.
I wonder -- did Ms. Shelton of the DC NAACP speak out against this "bad smelling" defeated nomination of an obviously qualified Hispanic?
Cheeyeah, right. If Estrada was "far beyond the mainstream," then Adegbile was in an alternate reality.
IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND, DAMMIT!!!!
Hey, remember when all the GOP wanted in exchange for extending the debt ceiling was a delay of ObumbleCare's individual mandate by one year? And remember how the Democrats reacted? Here's Boss Obama, for starters:
A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me. But they’d just be sticking it to you.
Democrats called Republicans who wanted a delay -- a delay, mind you, not a repeal or anything -- were called "terrorists" and "extremists," among other colorful terms. Democrats chided the GOP: "[ObumbleCare] is THE LAW OF THE LAND!! NO CHANGES OR DELAYS!!"
But not only has Boss Obama change and/or delayed provisions of the "law of the land," he's done it several times. The latest came yesterday:
In a move that was pre-emptively attacked by House Republican leaders, the administration said plans that were grandfathered for one year after millions received cancellation notices in the individual market will now be able to continue, but will not be able to be renewed after Oct. 1, 2016. The announcement means an estimated 500,000 people in those plans won’t get cancellation notices right before the midterm elections, but does set up a situation where some could get cut off right before the next presidential election.
To coin a cliché, this is beyond parody. The administration, of course, [laughably] denies a political motive. But each and every GOPer running against a Democrat for the House or Senate should pound the airwaves with the numerous contradictions and lies of this pathetic cadre in the White House. And the future Republican chief exec should always remember the precedent President Lemon has set for him: Change laws as you see fit, enforce laws you like, and don't enforce laws you dislike.
March 05, 2014
New at the Watcher's Council
Forum: Is President Obama’s New ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Directed Towards Young Men Of ‘Color’ Racist?
Debo Adegbile nomination goes down
The Hill has the story. The vote was 52-47 and of course couldn't have happened without Democrat support for defeating the nomination. Congrats to Delaware's own Chris Coons for joining in opposition to this far-left radical train-wreck.
Watcher's Council nominations
- Liberty’s Spirit – Bibi Needs to Keep the Ukraine in Mind this Week
- The Noisy Room – The Clear And Present Danger of Russian Expansionism
- Joshuapundit-The Ukraine Folk Dance And What It Really Means
- Ask Marion – Did Sarah Palin Predict Russia Invading Ukraine If Obama Got Elected?…
- Simply Jews – Western world and Ukraine: peacemakers for bandits?
- The Razor – Class is In Session for Obama
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – How Realism Failed with Russia
- VA Right! - What the Obamacare Numbers are NOT Telling Us – How Many Policies Have Been Bound?
- The Right Planet – So You Want a Con-Con, Huh?
- Bookworm Room – A story showing everything that’s wrong with bureaucracies: rules have replaced morals and human decency
- The Independent Sentinel – The Government Is Using Covert Operatives to Manipulate and Destroy People on the Internet
- Nice Deb – Spoiler Alert: New Liam Neesan Movie “Non-Stop” Is anti-American Garbage – NYC Audience Groaned When Villain Revealed
- Rhymes With Right – Proposed Resolutions For Republican Precinct Conventions
- The Glittering Eye -The Stupidest Advice
- The Colossus of Rhodey – If She Wins, The Country Is Already Down The Tubes
- The Mellow Jihadi – Irving Milchberg Sep 15 1927 ~ January 26 2014
- The Pirate’s Cove – A Pause In Warming Doesn’t Disprove Human Caused Hotcoldwetdry Or Something
- Victory Girls – A Message to the Patriots in Connecticut
- The Lonely Conservative – Ezekial Emanuel Is Really Looking Forward To The Demise Of Insurance Companies
And the non-Council nominations are here!
IRS officials take Fifth so as to say nothing about a "non-scandal"
So committee chairman Darrell Issa proceeded to halt the hearing. But Dem. Rep. Elijah Cummings said he had questions for Lois Lerner, the IRS official who had already previously pleaded the Fifth. Why she would answer him after pleading the Fifth I don't know, but Cummings had no questions; instead he went on a tirade about "one-sided investigations," showed how self-important he is by yelling "I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America," and resorted to the McCarthyite "un-American" charge.
Issa cut Cummings off, saying the hearing was over. I'm sure Cummings will call Issa a racist for doing so.
In related news, Ms. Lerner said she felt "pressured" by the IRS to "fix the problem" in response to the Citizens United decision: "They want the IRS to fix the problem … Everybody is screaming at us right now: ‘Fix it now before the election. Can’t you see how much these people are spending?’"
Who's "they," Ms. Lerner? I'm willing to bet it all that it certainly wasn't the GOP who wanted you to "fix the problem."
David French has lots more:
Not only did the IRS target conservative tax-exempt applications for delays and excessive, unconstitutional scrutiny, it also flagged already-approved conservative groups for excessive surveillance, exclusively audited conservative nonprofits, leaked conservatives’ confidential documents to a liberal media outlet, and engaged in potentially improper coordination and communication with the Federal Election Commission. Taken together, this level of corruption may have had a material influenceon the outcome of the 2012 election.
With a partisan Democratic IRS represented by a partisan union, it’s hardly surprising that the IRS has taken it upon itself to respond to specifically Democratic complaints and work to effectively reject the First Amendment and do all it can to overturn the Supreme Court of the United States’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – even to the point of going “off-plan” to draft draconian new speech-restrictive regulations. Is it the IRS’s role to restrict free speech?
The Democrats' War on Women
The execrable Democrat representative from Florida, Alan Grayson, has been accused of domestic violence.
A judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson after his wife filed paperwork accusing the Orlando congressman of shoving and injuring her during an incident this past weekend.
Lolita Grayson's petition for the injunction, dated Monday, says her husband pushed her against a door, causing her to fall to the ground, during a confrontation Saturday at their home on Oak Park Road near Windermere.
Mrs. Grayson, in her complaint, notes that her husband has a history of such incidents. The representative, natch, denies the allegations and claims that it was the wife who began the violence during the encounter.
In such an ordeal one should be very careful about making judgments; however, Rep. Grayson's antics and shrill attacks against anyone who disagrees with him over the years make such even-handedness less likely. Grayson's press secretary said that his wife's allegations "are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson.”
No, do NOT take "left hook" literally. Maybe.
Is that so? What a shame. After all, were Grayson's claims "completely unfounded and designed to vilify and harm" his numerous political opponents, not to mention people who he doesn't like in general? Y'know, like his former opponent Daniel Webster whom he dubbed “Taliban Dan” and claimed he "hated women?" That said opponent Webster "wanted to ban divorce and deny battered women medical care?"
In addition, "in 2012, Grayson highlighted an accusation of abuse made by the ex-wife of Todd Long, his opponent in the race to represent Florida’s Ninth District." He also made a Facebook post which said “just imagine what Todd Long did.”
Grayson deserves anything that comes his way, the f***ing creep.
March 04, 2014
If she wins, the country is already down the tubes
MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A northern New Jersey honor student who says her parents kicked her out of the house when she turned 18 is now suing them, asking a court to make them support her and pay for her college.
A judge in Morristown has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in the lawsuit filed last week by Rachel Canning.
Court documents show frequent causes of parent-teenage tension — boyfriends and alcohol — taken to an extreme. In court filings, there are accusations and denials, but one thing is clear: the girl left home Oct. 30, two days before she turned 18 after a tumultuous stretch during which her parents separated and reconciled and the teen began getting into uncharacteristic trouble at school.
In court filings, Canning's parents, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning and his wife Elizabeth, said their daughter voluntarily left home because she didn't want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew, doing a few chores and ending a relationship with a boyfriend her parents say is a bad influence. They say that shortly before she turned 18, she told her parents that she would be an adult and could do whatever she wanted.
Canning claims her parents "are abusive, contributed to an eating disorder she developed and pushed her to get a basketball scholarship." The parents deny all of that; indeed, they say they even paid for private schooling so that their daughter would get more playing time than she would have at a public school.
If this spoiled brat wins, kiss the country goodbye. Common sense and just regular, everyday sanity has departed. I mean, hell, even a divorced father gets to end child support payments when a kid turns 18.
God help us all, and especially this girl.
UPDATE: A judge ruled that the parents do not have to pay the brat's high school tuition and associated living costs; however, the judge delayed a ruling on whether they'll have to pay the [upcoming] college costs. The next hearing is April 22.
Well, for starters
Missing from the analysis: The constant race (and gender)-based attacks on 'em. Funny how this wasn't thought of.
Tweet of the Day
MSNBC useful idiot Howard Fineman on how to counter Russia's Putin:
#AcademyAwards show diversity, tolerance, cultural creativity of US in Obama Era. Hard power matters, per Putin, but Oscars r as powerful.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) March 3, 2014
This was so f***ing stupid, even Fineman's wife called him out for it.
MSM Prediction of the Month
Via Jim Geraghty's e-mailed "Morning Jolt":
Meanwhile, Charles Krauthammer says Boss Obama is "living in a fantasy world," and John McCain says President Lemon's foreign policy is "feckless." But George Will grants that there's little Obama could have done about Ukraine.
March 03, 2014
Here's the ever-smug douchebag Chris Matthews chiding Mitt Romney on calling Russia "our number one geopolitical foe" during the 2012 campaign:
That aside, I wonder how Mitt would handle the "uncontested arrival" of Russian troops in Ukraine.
March 02, 2014
Tweet of the Day
Admin officials tell CNN's Barbara Starr this is an "uncontested arrival" not necessarily "an invasion" and that this distinction is "key."— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) February 28, 2014
As Douglas Ernst says, "President Euphemism: Obama ‘concerned’ Russia’s ‘uncontested arrival’ to incite ‘man-caused disaster.’
Hollywood still in their "progressive" bubble
Via Chicks on the Right: Liam Neeson's new flick Non-Stop features villains all-too typical by contemporary "progressive" standards ...
SPOILER ALERT!! See spoilers "below the fold" ...Continue reading "Hollywood still in their "progressive" bubble"
News Journal pays no mind to Harry Belafonte's radicalism
Great job, robin brown (yes, that's how she spells her name, in lower case; she must think she's the next e.e. cummings). You really did some terrific reporting on Harry Belafonte's appearance at the University of Delaware and didn't write a single word about how ridiculously radical this guy has become:
"If you believe in freedom, if you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy," Belafonte once said, "you have no choice but to support Fidel Castro!"
Also in the eighties, Belafonte praised Soviet “peace efforts” around the world. Speaking in October 1983 at a "World Peace Concert" run by East Germany's official Communist youth organization, Belafonte gave his blessings to the Soviet-sponsored "peace" campaign pushing unilateral Western disarmament -- at a time when the USSR was deploying SS-20 missiles in East Germany.
In June 2000 Belafonte was a featured speaker at a rally in Castro's Cuba, honoring the American Soviet spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. He lauded Cuba's efforts to "kee[p] the principles the Rosenbergs fought and died for alive."
Belafonte is also now known for his denigration of other African-Americans if they have the gall to be Republicans and/or work for GOP administrations, using the most offensive terminology possible. And the attacks of September 11, 2001? America's fault, natch.
Maybe Robin (oops, excuse me, robin) can ask Mr. Belafonte the next time he's in town how black Americans would fare under a system like Casto's Cuba.
Wearing the American flag to school can now be prohibited
Just when you think life can't get any more insane, the most overturned Circuit Court in the country -- the 9th -- comes up with this ruling:
A California high school is allowed to bar students from wearing T-shirts with the American flag on them during a Cinco de Mayo event after a 2010 incident involving white and Mexican students, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday.
The court found that administrators had reason to believe displaying the American flag would lead to violent confrontation, so it was justified in removing the students displaying it. Because only students wearing the American flag were threatened, students could still wear other national flags, such as Mexico’s, the court found.
The 1969 Tinker case ruled that schools can ban items or actions if they can “forecast substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities.” However, Volokh notes that the 9th Circuit is likely to be overruled again by the SCOTUS as this decision essentially establishes a "heckler's veto" -- "in which speech can be limited to prevent violence from a group of individuals, rather than punish the individuals threatening the violence."
This is especially [worrisome] because behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated. The school taught its students a simple lesson: If you dislike speech and want it suppressed, then you can get what you want by threatening violence against the speakers. The school will cave in, the speakers will be shut up, and you and your ideology will win. When thuggery pays, the result is more thuggery. Is that the education we want our students to be getting?
I was beginning to have some hope for the 9th Circuit as they recently made a favorable ruling regarding the 2nd Amendment. But this is just nuts. Displaying or wearing clothing with an American flag?? Schools pledge allegiance to it. But it can then be banned??
I've opined in the past very much in favor of Tinker and allowing school-based administrators to make common sense decisions. (See the various posts here.) There certainly is a fine line between keeping an orderly academic environment and protecting free expression rights, but I definitely think the school (and the court) are wrong on this one. Again, the school flies the American flag and pledges allegiance to it ... but it won't allow students to display or wear it?
Because you're too f***ing stupid, that's why!
First Lady Michelle Obama has taken the lead in the administration's latest effort to fix something that doesn't need much fixing: Changing food labels.
The Obama administration has unveiled the most sweeping update to nutrition labeling on food packages in more than two decades — and Americans are in for a reality check about how many calories and how much sugar they are consuming.
What’s considered a serving size would get larger, the type used to display calories would get bolder and added sugars would have to be listed on about 700,000 consumer products — from cereal to energy drinks — in a proposal released Thursday morning by the Food and Drug Administration.
The total cost of this? Only about $2 billion. Where food companies will pass on this cost to consumers. In an economy which blows. When people have less take home pay than virtually ever. Makes sense, right?
Basically, this boils down to, once again, the federal government thinking you're just stupid. Compare the new proposed label to the old one. Gosh, thanks for making my food prices go up by making that calorie figure REALLY jump out at me! But notice -- the "calories from fat" figure disappears on the new label. Huh?
Y'know, government bureaucrats like those at the FDA are a lot like edu-crats -- supposed education "experts" -- that are routinely featured at inservices and such. They need to find something to do ... to make them feel like they're "accomplishing something." As such, we get inane "improvements" like these labels, and ridiculous theories about how to "improve" teaching. And the 'crats pat themselves on the back saying "Good job!"
Watcher's Council winners
- *First place with 3 votes!-Joshuapundit-Obama Appoints Hamas Ally To Key National Security Post
- Second place with 2 votes –Bookworm Room – To achieve partisan political goals, the American media destroys the precious right and moral mandate given to it by the Constitution
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes –Ask Marion – Palin Derangement Syndrome Revisited
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes –Liberty’s Spirit – Freedom from Offense Channeling Fascism
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes –The Right Planet – How Are Socialism, Communism and Fascism All the Same?
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote –The Colossus of Rhodey – If I Didn’t Know Better, I’d Think There Was an Obama-Media Conspiracy Here
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote –The Noisy Room – Ukraine – A Look Into America’s Possible Future
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote –The Independent Sentinel – Attack on Our Power Grid: The Existential Threat No One Is Talking About
- Sixth place with 2/3 vote –Simply Jews – The water proof: the facts, the myths and other animals
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote –The Razor – The Chill of Self-Censorship
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote –Nice Deb – Dinesh D’Souza: Obama’s Vindictive, His Kenyan Family Paranoid (Video)
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote –Rhymes With Right – Excess Campaign Contribution Kerfluffle Raises A Different Issue Than It First Appears
The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with Hath not a Jew Eyes.
Full results are here.
February 27, 2014
On the (now-vetoed) Arizona "religious freedom" bill
AZ Governor Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed the controversial "religious freedom" bill which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay people.
Supporters said the measure would protect religious freedom. But opponents said it would allow business owners to discriminate against gays, lesbians and others.
Brewer said she was supporter of religious liberty, but she questioned the need for such a law and expressed concern that it could be misapplied.
She added that the bill "does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty," and that "the bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences." It is likely, however, that the bill was a response to a few instances in other states where gays sued businesses for refusing service to them based on religious objections. For instance, in New Mexico a photographer faced a lawsuit for refusing to snap pics of a gay wedding, and in Oregon a baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding faced a complaint.
Debate has been all over the map about this. For example, students in schools do not have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance if there's a religious objection. Would a gay owner of a business have to provide service to, say, members of the Westboro Baptist Church? What about Muslims or Orthodox Jews having to serve pork products? Why should it be illegal to refuse service to homosexuals on a religious basis, but unions are exempt from harassment laws?
Laugher of the Day
I'm not a big Sean Hannity fan, but this interview with Mike Dickinson, the Democratic challenger to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is wince-inducing. Wince-inducing because of how easily Hannity makes Dickinson look like a complete moron:
We covered some of Dickinson's ridiculous tweets here.
"Plugs" Biden uses tactic almost as old as he is
Delaware's own gaffe-laden son utilized what by now is a tiresome, yawn-inducing line yesterday: That voter ID laws are "hatred of black people."
"These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away," Biden said during a reception commemorating African-American History Month at the Naval Observatory, according to a pool report. "The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason."
If this is "reasonable," then Plugs, Boss Obama, and the entire Democratic Party must hate African-Americans -- and especially Hispanics -- since a requirement for utilizing ObumbleCare is showing an ID. Not to mention, the Spanish language ObumbleCare website has been riddled with myriad language and grammar errors.
Doesn't this crowd repeatedly tell us that health care is a right? Then why the onerous requirement of mandating a photo ID for these populations which are less likely to possess one, huh??
*Sigh* Anyone who takes this administration even remotely seriously anymore is just a demagogic true believer.
Watcher's Council nominations
- Simply Jews – The water proof: the facts, the myths and other animals
- The Noisy Room – Ukraine – A Look Into America’s Possible Future
- Liberty’s Spirit – Freedom from Offense Channeling Fascism
- Joshuapundit-Obama Appoints Hamas Ally To Key National Security Post
- The Colossus of Rhodey – If I Didn’t Know Better, I’d Think There Was an Obama-Media Conspiracy Here
- Ask Marion – Palin Derangement Syndrome Revisited
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Cut Rate Army
- The Right Planet – How Are Socialism, Communism and Fascism All the Same?
- The Independent Sentinel – Attack on Our Power Grid: The Existential Threat No One Is Talking About
- Nice Deb – Dinesh D’Souza: Obama’s Vindictive, His Kenyan Family Paranoid (Video)
- The Glittering Eye -The 21st Century Robber Barons
- The Razor – The Chill of Self-Censorship
- Rhymes With Right – Excess Campaign Contribution Kerfluffle Raises A Different Issue Than It First Appears
- Bookworm Room – To achieve partisan political goals, the American media destroys the precious right and moral mandate given to it by the Constitution
- VA Right! - It is Time for the Mechanicsville TEA Party to put on their Big Boy Pants
- The Pirate’s Cove – Krauthammer’s “Climate Change” Piece Exposes The Fascism Of The Warmists
- Tel-Chai Nation – Abe Foxman is a most evil man
And the non-Council nominations are here!
February 25, 2014
Shh! Just don't tell Asian students what they're missing!
An op-ed in today's Wilmington News Journal by Melva Ware and Laurisa Schutt (the former "a former associate director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education," and the latter "executive director of Teach For America-Delaware") argues that minority students need to see more faces like themselves as teachers:
The Center for American Progress' report, Teacher Diversity Matters, tells us that students of color taught by teachers of color perform better across several core academic performance metrics. Low-income students of color in particular need to see and identify with a range of caring adults to provide role models and resources to help them imagine and plan for expanded opportunities in life.
Of course, the Center for American Progress is a left-wing outfit so naturally "diversity" is one of their religions. And if you read the report, you won't find a reference to a study showing students of color do better in school if taught by someone "who looks like them." Correct me if I missed it. In addition, perhaps the CAP could explain why urban schools -- which as a whole tend to have more teachers of color -- don't perform as well as other schools with significant minority populations ... but with less teachers of color. Certainly [many] other factors come into play.
And what about Asian students? Asian consistently out-perform every racial/ethnic group in academic performance (even the less affluent in the group), yet they have virtually no teachers "who look like them" in schools. What explains this? Ms. Ware and Schutt share the opinion that "diversity" equates to academic progress. But this is not the case as we've pointed out many, many times here. Diversity is not a bad thing per se, of course, but it's not the end-all to be-all that academic "progressives" would have you believe.
Of note in the study are methods by which to increase teachers of color to go into teaching. The difficulty with this is that every employment arena is looking to increase minority numbers. Education is at a disadvantage since it generally pays lower than industry. I certainly favor streamlined methods to certify teachers (many "required" classes "necessary" for teaching are completely and utterly useless) as the study advocates, but will that really attract the numbers folks like Ware and Schutt want? I doubt it.
February 24, 2014
Boss Obama: Lies again
Ace: Washington Post Rates Obama's "7 Million Have Signed Up for ObamaCare" Claim ... Four Pinnochios, the Highest Rating for Deception
Harvard editorial: "Academic justice" should trump academic freedom
Oh boy, you know what that means:
According to one Harvard student, the “doctrine of academic freedom” should be replaced by a standard of “academic justice.”
“If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of ‘academic freedom’?” asked Sandra Korn, a member of the class of 2014, in an editorial in the Crimson, Harvard’s official newspaper.
Korn proposes instead that “[w]hen an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.”
Of course, you know by now that to radical "progressives," "justice" is whatever they deem it to be. In effect, no matter how factual or scientifically-based, Korn would thwart a study or class being available to students because it may fly against her supposed notions of "[academic] justice."
By the way, Korn "is a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality" major. So, this ridiculous edu-garbage is pretty much what you'd expect.
The original article is here.
New at the Watcher's Council
Forum: What Current World Leader Or Statesman Would You Most Like To Interview?
February 23, 2014
'Ya forgot somethin'
Muslims are demanding citizenship for millions because of those expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. They base their demand on the fact that a recent law gave Sepharic Jews the right to citizenship when they were expelled in 1492.
Only fair, right? Wrong.
Jews were ousted from Spain out of pure religious bigotry. Muslims were ousted because they were a conquering colonial force for 800 years. Weird how they forgot that.
*Yawn* If you don't like a Fantastic Four with a black Human Torch ...
... you're -- what else? -- a racist.
No, writer Joseph Phillip Illidge doesn't actually say that, but it's more than obvious via his between-the-lines snark. Just like with our president, any dislike just couldn't be due to his policies, right? No, it's his COLOR, dammit!
Hey, if Marvel wants to change one of their longest-established characters for no other reason than to just do it, go for it. And if those who love this move want to keep referring to those who don't as wannabe Klan members, go for that, too. It's not my fault if you like coming off as microcephalic jackasses.
February 22, 2014
NFL considering 15 yard penalty for use of "N" word?
So reports CBS Sports.com:
John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league's competition committee to enact a rule at the owner's meeting next month making it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field, with a second infraction meriting an ejection.
First, this Alliance must be doing a poor job if they're mission is "monitoring diversity" as the NFL is overwhelmingly black. Second, being that this is the case, is using the "N" word really so prevalent that it would warrant special consideration? Third, is the Alliance concerned with blacks saying the word to other blacks? If so, isn't this violating the tenet we've continually heard that "it isn't the same" when the word is used among African-Americans? Fourth, why aren't other slurs subject to a penalty -- terms like "cracker" or "honkie" or, now that Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to [likely] play in the league, homosexual slurs?
Wooten said he'd be "shocked" if the league doesn't uphold his recommendation.
Hube's Coolest Sci-Fi Weapons of All-Time
The Corner's Thursday Links yesterday included a link to the Top Ten Coolest Guns in Sci-Fi. I was a bit disappointed as they were just hand weapons/rifle-style gizmos. So, as a result, you know what that means: Because no one demanded it, here are Hube's Coolest Sci-Fi Weapons (not just guns) of All-Time! I've limited the list to film -- TV and/or movies. If I included print, this list could be interminable.
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE:
THE COMET EMPIRE:
KRENIM TEMPORAL WEAPON:
"I sure hope the old man got that tractor beam out of commission or this is gonna be a real short trip! OK, hit it!"
WAVE MOTION GUN:
February 21, 2014
Watcher's Council results
- *First place with 2 2/3 votes!-The Noisy Room – Iran and the New Axis of Evil
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes –Joshuapundit-Obama And Hollande – Scenes From The Class Struggle
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes – Bookworm Room – I’ve finally figured out why I dislike the gay rights’ movement — and it has nothing to do with my support for gay civil rights
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 votes –Rhymes With Right – Since Folks Are Asking Me About It
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote –Ask Marion – Shirley Temple – The Biggest Little Star Has Died
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote –The Independent Sentinel – Government’s Land Grab on Behalf of the Defunct Dusky Gopher Frog Continues On
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote –The Right Planet – My Meeting with Trevor Loudon
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote –The Glittering Eye-Degree, Kind, and Appointing Ambassadors
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote –VA Right! - Inept Judge Confuses Constitution, Declaration of Independence in Striking VA’s Marriage Amendment
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote –The Razor – The Dollars and Sense of College Education
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Liberty’s Spirit – Signing Statements a Violation of the US Constitution
- Fifth place with 1/3 vote –Nice Deb – Video: Nancy Pelosi: ‘We did not treat President Bush This Way’(No, They Treated Him Much Worse)
The non-Council winner was Doug Ross@Journal with Dear beautiful America, please, stop moving Forward (Guest Post by Aleksey).
Full results are here.
If I didn't know better, I'd think there was an Obama-media conspiracy here
On second thought ...
So let's see -- two of the most prominent GOP candidates for the presidency in 2016, New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker, just happened to have scandals erupt ... even as Boss Obama's poll numbers continue to plummet. As you know, Christie is dealing with "Bridgegate," whereas Walker is now dealing with a campaign finance matter. Naturally, the mainstream media is (and was, in Christie's case) is frothing at the mouth. As if this is really a surprise, right?
Now, just compare Christie and the whole bridge imbroglio to Boss Obama and the IRS scandal. Which do you think is a more important matter? Then compare Walker's investigation to that (if there even was one) of Boss Obama's 2008 presidential campaign's failure to enact proper security measures for online contributions, which included being able to verify the identities of donors. The MSM's response then? One big collective yawn.
The right-leaning (and many independent) American public is really growing quite weary of this media nonsense. Christie's favorability among conservatives has risen in the wake of Bridgegate, largely as a result of MSM overkill. If the Walker matter proceeds as Bridgegate did, expect same from the GOP and conservatives there, too. Anyone recall how Newt Gingrich rocketed up the standings in 2012's GOP primary?
AAAAAAND, in the wake of all the above, Boss Obama's FCC wants to have a "representative" "monitor" newsrooms and radio stations for "appropriate content":
Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
If this doesn't chill you to the bone, then you're a complete moron. (The FCC has said they'll "re-evaluate" the program after its existence was leaked. Right.) I'd be saying the same exact thing if George W. Bush was in office right now. The difference with that, however, is that the mainstream press would be screaming about it ad nauseam too. But since liberal Democrat Barack Obama is doing it, again, there's a big collective MSM yawn and only the right-leaning press is covering it. At least as long as they're able to continue covering it if these Obama "monitors" begin showing up in newsrooms!
The U.S. currently ranks 46th in press freedom. It has dropped thirteen places in the latest rankings. Does anyone recall the media fracas when Robert Novak printed the name of Valerie Plame in 2003? "How dare a member of the GW Bush administration commit such a leak which could have repercussions to our intelligence community!" we were lectured. The coverage and punditry on the case was endless. Fast forward to today: The feds seize phone records and snoop on the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen. CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson's computer is mysteriously hacked. The feds also spy on Associated Press phone records. Where is the continuing coverage of this?? Why does the mainstream press appear to give less than two hoots??
The president of Venezuela has threatened to boot CNN from his country for doing some actual reporting on the current goings-on there; how is what Boss Obama is planning all that different with regards to his FCC move, not to mention his and his acolytes' continual war on Fox News and talk radio as "all lies" and "not real news?" The reason the US isn't worse than #46 on press freedom (when there's a liberal Democrat in the White House) is because of Fox News and talk radio. And more and more, right-leaning Internet media.
This is another perfect example of what I meant when I wrote that "progressives" view their domestic political opponents as worse than actual threats like al Qaeda.