J. Christian Adams, now an attorney in Virginia, "is accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of dropping the charges for racially motivated reasons."
"I mean we were told, 'Drop the charges against the New Black Panther Party,'" Adams told Fox News, adding that political appointees Loretta King, acting head of the civil rights division, and Steve Rosenbaum, an attorney with the division since 2003, ordered the dismissal.
Adams claimed an unnamed political appointee said if somebody wants to bring these kinds of cases, "that's not going to de done out of the civil rights division."
Adams also accused Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez of lying under oath to Congress about the circumstances surrounding the decision to drop the probe.
The Justice Department has defended its move to drop the case, saying it obtained an injunction against one member to keep him away from polling stations while dismissing charges against the others "based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law."
But Adams told Fox News that politics and race was at play in the dismissal.
"There is a pervasive hostility within the civil rights division at the Justice Department toward these sorts of cases," Adams told Fox News' Megyn Kelly.
Adams says the dismissal is a symptom of the Obama administration's reverse racism and that the Justice Department will not pursue voting rights cases against white victims.
"In voting, that will be the case over the next few years, there's no doubt about it," he said. (Source.)
Sounds like perfect fodder for 2010 and 2012 campaign commercials, even if Adams' allegations can't be proven. Hell, it's just plain bad enough straight up that these thugs weren't prosecuted! But, you can bet that the MSM wwill be attacking those commercials 100 times more than it ever bothered to cover this case in the first place!
No sh**. But the reverse was usually buried deep within articles.
Watch this Yankee fan on his cell phone (and therefore not paying attention) catch a ground rule double with his face:
One need go no further than this ridiculous editorial about the recent Supreme Court gun ruling:
While the Supreme Court's conservative majority remains fixated on expanding the right to bear arms, millions of other Americans should be more worried about preserving their right to be free from handgun violence.
I'm curious -- where in the Constitution is there the "right to be free from handgun violence"? Would the Inquirer ever opine something like "While the Supreme Court's conservative majority remains fixated on expanding the right of freedom of speech, millions of other Americans should be more worried about preserving their right to be free from racial and other hurtful epithets"?
And how has the Court "expanded" a right that has existed since the Founding?
In his majority ruling, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. relied on the same tortured legal reasoning - that the Second Amendment assures individuals the right to arm, not merely state militias.
Yeah -- it's quite "tortured" to examine the entire text of the Second Amendment, not to mention myriad sources from the Founding that illuminate the Founders' actual intent about possessing a gun!
The court's position runs counter to decades of mainstream legal views on the Second Amendment. Yet that hasn't stopped Alito and his majority colleagues - Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas - from practicing this form of judicial activism.
Where are these "mainstream legal views" on the Second Amendment that would allow outright bans on guns except for use in a militia? WHERE DO MILITIAS EVEN EXIST ANYMORE? (I'd bet good money that there are at least as many "mainstream legal views" that favor allowing private gun ownership as against.) But, y'see, that's the essential problem -- the structure set up at the Founding doesn't exist anymore. The Founders did not want a standing army. Yet, we have this now. There exists no further need for the militias of the Founders' era. Therefore, how can "legal experts" opine that guns are only for "militias?" Do they actually mean the standing army? The National Guard? What?
What actually is needed is a reworking of the amendment, but as that is highly unlikely to happen, we're left to the SCOTUS to interpret what the Founders intended. And any honest legal historian (or mere historian) would have to conclude that that intention was an armed citizenry. One may scoff at the notion -- now -- that armed citizens would prevail little against a tyrannic government (the main intention of the Founders regarding an armed citizenry), but that was the intention. And, do we not want our courts to rule based on the text and actual intentions of our highest law (the Constitution)?
The fools at the Inquirer would never similarly opine on a SCOTUS ruling against, say, abortion, where there is absolutely NO written (or intended) evidence in the Constitution allowing such a procedure. That's because they do not think things through -- much like their conclusion:
While five justices may ignore the 60,000 people killed and wounded yearly by handguns, the rest of the nation's leaders must do everything within their power to stem the carnage.
What a riot. Notice that these geniuses will not provide one scintilla of evidence which demonstrates that handgun bans actually reduce crime and violence. But by writing the gasp-inducing paragraph that they do, they want you to believe that the High Court's decision will lead to [a lot] more gun deaths.
Mainstream media bias at its "finest."
* Rhymes With Right - When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Golfing
* The Colossus of Rhodey- Private jet liberals
* Right Truth - Russian Spies, No Surprise
* The Razor – Institutional Brain Freeze
* Bookworm Room - A challenge to us all to renew the philosemitic paradigm in America
* Snapped Shot - Resurrecting Old Features
* The Glittering Eye – The Unemployment Depression
* Joshuapundit – The Way Forward In AfPak
* Wolf Howling – The Supremes – Guns & The War On Christianity
And check out the non-Council submissions as well.
"Funny how V.P. Biden has plenty of time to fly to Wisconsin for a fundraiser for Russ Feingold, go to the World Cup and watch soccer, come back and play golf with Obama, but he can't seem to find the time to listen to these Parish Presidents who are facing an absolute crisis in Louisiana."
Biden "walked in, took a picture and was on his way."
More with video here.
And with a vengeance. Check out his thrashing of kavips.
... or, you could say that it's refreshing to see common sense prevail:
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter identification law in a 4-1 decision released Wednesday.
The state's highest court heard arguments in the case in March. At the time, they questioned why plaintiffs didn't list any victims of the 2005 law, though it had been in place through several election cycles.
In the majority opinion, the court ruled, in part, that "it is within the power of the Legislature to require voters to identify themselves at the polls using a photo ID."
Would that such common sense prevailed elsewhere (ahem, federal policy towards Arizona, ahem) ...
Byron York has an interesting article on former Al Gore's supposed attempted tryst with a masseuse back in 2006. What is even more interesting are the ridiculously pathetic excuses noted in the report by ... "progressives."
Finally she got away. Later, she talked to friends, liberals like herself, who advised against telling police. One asked her "to just suck it up; otherwise, the world's going to be destroyed from global warming."
That reminded me of a great hit from the Lewinsky era. Time magazine’s Nina Burleigh said, “I would be happy to give him” — Bill Clinton — “[oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”
And let me also remember Gus Savage, the Chicago congressman who set himself on a Peace Corps volunteer — black, like the congressman himself — in Zaire. He said, “Oh, come on, baby, when you help the shepherd, you help the whole flock.” He also said, if she submitted to him, she would be helping “the movement.” Later, when the young woman reported the congressman’s actions, he called her “a traitor to the black movement.”
You might remember Gore himself proclaiming Bill Clinton as the greatest president ever during the Lewinsky scandal. Our old friend Perry has time and time again guffawed at those who point out Al Gore's "green" hypocrisy (buying a huge mansion, traveling extensively). And then, of course, there's "old reliable."
What is this predilction among so-called "progressives" to turn a blind eye to outrageous and illegal acts among their own -- just to maintain their grip on power ... and dogma? Aren't "progressives" supposed to me the empathetic ones? The caring ones? The moral and law-abiding ones??
Just don't get in their way, however.
I wrote yesterday about Oliver Stone's slobbering love fest for Venezuelan strong-man Hugo Chávez. The left-leaning Village Voice (aside from Variety) takes Stone apart for his film fellatio about Chávez, noting his preposterous hypocrisy:
And yet Stone raises the specter of media manipulation when it suits him, devoting a whole section of the film to sympathetically presenting Chávez's argument that during the failed coup attempt of 2002, the Venezuelan media were so in the tank for his political opponents that they edited footage of rioting in the streets to make it look as if Chávez's supporters instigated a fire fight. The construction of false realities for political gain is the subject of much of Stone's own work—so why is he content to take each leader's practiced-for-the-camera spiel at face value, never pushing for information or conducting interviews on any deeper level than a photo op? South of the Border's subjects are masters at cooking bullshit, and Stone just eats it up.
Because, at least in part, Stone is a rich, pampered elitist, whose status and position makes him "see" (he believes) the lofty "goals" and "values" of rulers like Chávez (and Fidel Castro) -- and yet conveniently ignore the cold hard realities of their policies. Why? Good question. You think Stone would ever live as a typical Venezuelan or Cuban for any length of time? You think members of Congress (like idiot Maxine Waters) who've spoken favorably of Cuba would likewise do so?
I've always been fascinated by well-to-do lefties who just don't get it. Are they so enamored by the professed ideals of people like Chávez that they purposely block out the actual results? Or do they actually approve of the results -- jail for political differences, massive barriers to free speech, etc. -- at least in the short term, so that the ideal can be reached?
I've come to the conclusion that there are essentially two types of people who support people like Chávez, Castro, et. al.: Very well to-do "progressives" (usually foreigners) and the very destitute (usually natives). People in the middle usually want nothing to do with these thugs. I can understand the destitute; it's the reason why the double Cs got into power in the first place. After all, the majority of Latin American countries are poor. Costa Rica, where my ex is from and where I've spent a heck of a lot of time over the last 25 years, is one of the few L.A. countries with a sizable middle class -- and as such is a stable democratic nation which generally despises far-left politics.
There's my own grappling with far-left politics: It began in 1986 when I first went abroad (to Costa Rica) as a college junior to study. (Detailed here and here, among other places.) As noted in that first link, this was largely due to the influence of our accompanying professor. Dr. M clearly falls into the first category I noted -- a well to-do progressive. Whoa -- an American academic ... a progressive?? What a surprise, eh? Dr. M lectured to us and had us read about the virtues of the then-in progress Sandinista Revolution in neighboring Nicaragua. I became quite an opponent of the US-backed insurgency there, and Dr. M even noted that many of us should look into opportunities to study ... in Cuba!
And that's just it. I was studying. I wasn't a part of the [average] Nicaraguan (or Cuban) population. I was essentially on a big vacation where studying was only a [relatively small] part of the whole equation. I had enough money to do as I wished. In effect, it was a charade. It was far from reality. How in the f*** could I sit there and, based on what an academic and his choice of books said, judge the Sandinistas and Castroites as nothing but beneficient? (Side note: It was also around this time that I was rabidly pro-Palestinian. Another side effect of academic progressivism!)
By the time I was a grad student I had delved into the opposing side of the Sandinista-Contra question (not to mention the Palestinian-Israeli topic). There was clearly a lot more to the whole discussion than what had been presented by Dr. M, needless to say. So, again -- what is it that so arouses comfortable progressives to the poverty-inducing policies of people like Chávez? Is it a deeply-ingrained desire for "equality" at virtually all costs? The ultimate egalitarianism? Our own [leftist-dominated] education system is replete with such a philosophy. We cannot have "achievement gaps" among various racial/ethnic groups. Academic "tracking" is anathema. Honors and gifted classes with the "wrong" ethnic make-up are a no-no. Group work over direct instruction. Restrictions on free speech on campuses so as not to offend "historically aggrieved" groups. Etc. But all these efforts at "equality" only make people equally ... poor, destitute and wanting.
A good (leftist) friend recently visited some of his family in Cuba. He is furious at people like Stone because they are clueless. The only "equality" is in poverty, and the moral hypocrisy of the Castro regime is appalling; his tales of young girl prostitution that are outright ignored by the regime were sickening. Further south, average Venezuelans like the members of Los Amigos Invisibles and the myriad friends I have made from that country are all trying to get out, or, if they're already out, get their families out. These are average Venezuelans, folks, not rich elitists.
I'm not a big fan of those who put forth knee-jerk quips like "America, love it or leave it;" however, when it comes to "progressives" who unhesitatingly espouse the "virtues" of people like Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro, (Bolivia's) Evo Morales, I will quickly ask them to go live in those "paradises" as a typical citizen for a period of not less than six months. They cannot take any of their American-earned cash with them. They have to live completely as a typical Venezuelan/Cuban/Bolivian citizen.
Think they'll want to come home after those six months?
... "progressives" get all uppity about being "classy" and "respectful" when one of their own passes.
Despite him being a former Ku Klux Klan bigwig.
Locally, get a good laugh at the defense. And keep in mind that these cretins are the same ones who'll jump in a nanosecond to trash any conservative in death. Hell, they wish conservatives would be killed, period!
UPDATE: It gets better! Never let a former Klansman pass on ... without taking an opportunity to bash George W. Bush!
Gee, I wonder if these "masked men" were ... Hamas.
Venezuela's Hugo Chávez:
“Arab civilization and our civilization, the Latin American one, are being summoned in this new century to play the fundamental role of liberating the world, saving the world from the imperialism and capitalist hegemony that threaten the human species. Syria and Venezuela are at the vanguard of this struggle.” (Link.)
Hilariously, idiot Stone's film portrait of him flopped where it shouldn't have -- Chávez's own backyard. Perhaps this is because real Venezuelans know the guy has become a quasi-Fidel Castro (who's also the subject of a Stone love-youmentary along with that other great humanitarian, Yasser Arafat) ... they're not mega-rich, elitist utopians like Stone -- who wouldn't even be allowed to do what he does in places like Venezuela, Cuba or Gaza without the very permission of the dictators he lionizes.
Amazing that an obviously bright guy just cannot grasp this.
Meanwhile, Variety rips Stone's love fest.
In semi-related news, Cuba has been elected vice-president of the U.N. Human Rights Council, with Miguel d’Escoto, "the old Sandinista foreign minister, and a classic anti-American and anti-Semite," appointed to the council’s advisory panel.
It's a damn funny world we inhabit.
Our local blogger who has been more than vociferous about disallowing private citizens who happen to live in public housing the right to possess a gun, sure isn't happy today. That's because the Supreme Court has officially stated that the 14th Amendment of the Constitution applies the 2nd Amendment to the states. In other words, the states (and localities) cannot ban citizens from owning a gun.
I highly recommend reading Justice Stevens' dissent (beginning on page 123 of linked PDF file above), then the complete thrashing of such by Justice Scalia (beginning on page 52). Despite what you may think ideologically, I think a fair person would have to conclude that Antonin wins in a knockout.
UPDATE: Be prepared for the MSM asininity. Case in point (#1): The Chicago Tribune says that the SCOTUS has "extended" gun rights.
The veep gets a custard from the dude's place, then walks away when the dude -- the owner, that is -- tells him to "lower our taxes."
Cripes, I mean Joe even said "hi" to me years ago when I saw him with his grandkids at the Charcoal Pit ... ya'd think even some bullsh** reply would at least suffice for this owner from whom he got a (most likely) gratis dessert.
(h/t to Gateway Pundit.)
UPDATE: Joe calls the manager a "smartass." Keep it classy, Joe.
... and here's a good snapshot of why:
Pretty cool that a former prez poses for a snap with 'ya with a Budweiser in his hand. (That's US soccer star Carlos Bocanegra with Bubba after the US victory over Algeria.)
Here's Peggy West, member of the Democrat Executive Committee of Milwaukee, insisting that Arizona doesn't share a border with Mexico:
Yours truly had a couple hernias repaired Wednesday and thus has been recuperating since. I hope to be back posting regularly in a couple days.
First place in the Council category was Bookworm Room with Israel hasn’t changed; the world has.
First place in the non-Council category was Pajamas Media/Zombie with Radicals, Islamists and Longshoremen blockade Israeli ship in Oakland.
Full results are here.
Recently, Newsweek unbelievably asked "Why Doesn't the Media Interrogate Tea Partiers' Beliefs?" One need not go much further than the opening paragraph:
The media's enduring, and understandable, fascination with the Tea Party movement continues unabated, as this weekend's coverage demonstrates. Unfortunately, what appear to be false notions of objectivity—or perhaps a lack of interest in policy—is preventing that coverage from illuminating what the movement actually represents and what it would do if empowered.
Author Ben Adler calls Tea Partiers "ignorant" for not realizing that President Obama has cut their taxes, and to prove it links to a CBS article showing such. But a closer look at the CBS link shows the following:
If so many tax cuts were passed, why have so few Americans actually noticed them?
Possibility 1 – the tax cuts were expansive, but small.
While the majority of the tax cuts, passed last February, affected 95 percent of working families, when they took affect by April of 2009, the monetary value was not too large -- most families saw about $70 more in take home pay every month. Individual workers saw about $13 more a week.
Any tax relief is still relief, but many Americans may not have felt that the tax cuts had much impact.
Possibility 2 – the talk of raising taxes in the future clouded the landscape.
In his 2011 budget, the president has already made it clear that his administration wants to end the Bush–era tax cuts for wealthier families, set to expire next year. So it could be that people see that move as a tax hike already.
Indeed -- considering "Possibility 2" makes Tea Partiers even more politically aware than your average joe (and writer Adler). And the expiring Bush-era tax cuts are only the tip of the iceberg; there's the coming ObamaCare increase in costs and the Obama-desired Cap and Trade legislation which would markedly increase energy costs for Americans. Did it occur to Adler that your average Tea Partier has weighed the $70 per month savings against the coming out-of-pocket increases?
Next, Adler repeats a previously [Newsweek]-used poll by the University of Washington which purports to show the Tea Partiers are racist. Dutiful MSM types and "progressive" bloggers ate it up. However, RealClearPolitics' Cathy Young dissected the "poll" and discovered no such thing. James Taranto likewise shredded the poll by Prof. Christopher Parker.
But the larger issue is Adler's astonishing assertion that the Tea Party is being given a "free pass" by the media! Once you get over your guffaw, be sure to check out the link after link after link showing that the MSM has given the Tea Party anything but a "free pass."
But go right ahead, Mr. Adler. Keep using the same, tired old links (and clichés) to "prove" your assertions ... and watch your readership continue to plummet. Fine by me.
Uh oh -- LOOK OUT! Obama is ANGRY! Check out the all-caps MSNBC.com headline:
The story is here.
'Ya think the MSM would be all bent out of shape about a general speaking out about George W. Bush? Or would that be "speaking truth to power"? That said, word has it that General McChrystal will get yelled at by Obama -- as soon as The Messiah gets off the golf course.
UPDATE: Knew it. Here's an example of how the MSM treated military opinion during GW Bush's tenure.
Wilmington News Journal report about a drug store robbery:
The suspect is described as between 18 and 24 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10, with nervous traits and a feminine-sounding voice. He was dressed in a gray muscle shirt and dark-colored jean shorts.
WILM.com report of the same incident:
The bandit smashed the register on the floor, grabbed some cash and fled. He is described as a black male, about 18-to-24 years old, 5'6" to 5'10".
Wilmington News Journal report about a Citizens Bank robber in Bear:
He is 38 to 45 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and heavy. He was wearing a gray wig with a ponytail and a dark blue shirt.
WDEL.com report of same:
Authorities say the man demanded money from the teller at the Citizens Bank in the Acme in Bear. The suspect is described as a late 30's-early 40's white man, 6' to 6'2".
Wilmington News Journal report about a shooting at a diner in Georgetown:
The unidentified gunman approached the victim in the parking lot and shot him in the chest and the leg, Grose said. He was last seen running east of the Harvest Diner.
WGMD.com's report of same:
Lieutenant Grose of Georgetown PD tells WGMD that because the victim was induced into a coma, the only description they have at this point, is that the suspected shooter is a black male. No further witness descriptions are available.
When would a defaced image of George W. Bush actually make the news??
AFP headline: White House mocks BP CEO's yacht race, defends Obama golf.
... having a field day if George W. Bush's spokesmouth said this:
A White House spokesman says the whole country benefits when President Barack Obama takes time to go golfing and "clear his mind."
Obama spokesman Bill Burton on Monday defended Obama's leisure activities amid some Republican criticism that Obama should not be scheduling fun time during the Gulf oil spill crisis.
Burton said the people of the country stand by the notion that "their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind."
Burton said that having time to himself "probably does us all good."
Hopefully, he'll have a LOT of time to himself come 2012 ...
From the classic "Victory":
"WADDYA MEAN NO GOAL?? IT'S IN THEH!!"
UPDATE: "Victory" of a sort: FIFA has ditched referee Koman Coulibaly from the next round of World Cup play.
... not to mention refusing to secure the border. It wants illegal immigrants, or, wants them to become legal as quickly as possible (y'know, millions of new Democrats voters!). I mean check it -- if you're an illegal, the Obama administration is fighting for you:
So says Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman.
UPDATE: Another putz with too much time on her hands.
An Israeli cargo ship arriving in Oakland today was forced to sit idle and not offload its containers when longshoremen joined forces with a coalition of communist and Islamist groups who picketed the port in protest against the recent violent incident off the coast of Gaza.
The ship, owned by Zim Lines, was not carrying any controversial cargo, nor is Zim involved in politics in any way; it was targeted simply because the shipping company is based in Israel.
The planned protest and blockade were organized by The Free Palestine Movement (one of the same groups which organized the Gaza “flotilla” in the first place) as well as a rogues’ gallery of nearly every communist, anti-Israel and radical Islamist group in the Bay Area: Arab American Union Members Council, ANSWER- Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, Palestine Youth Network, US Palestine Community Network, Al Awda- Right to Return Coalition, Arab Youth Organization, MECA-Middle East Children’s Alliance, Students for Justice in Palestine, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, International Solidarity Movement, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, International Socialist Organization, Peace and Freedom Party – SF, Transport Workers Solidarity Committee and many labor activists in the Bay Area.
Where are the protests against China? Venezuela? Saudi Arabia? Etc.? Because there are hardly any JOOOOOS there, that's why!
By the way, "Zim Lines?" I wonder if it's run by this guy:
UPDATE: LOL -- seems like these idiots got the wrong boat!
However, seems like they got the wrong boat, since the Israeli ZIM boat showed up 12 hours late (in typical Israeli fashion) and the anti-Israel demonstrators prevented a Chinese boat from unloading its cargo for 24 hours!
Figures they'd only protest a Chinese vessel by accident!
A referee from Mali made what was possibly the worst call I've ever seen in a soccer match yesterday -- denying the US team a goal that would have capped the greatest comeback in US World Cup history. So much for Africa being so Americaphilic, eh?
Nevertheless, the US is still alive to advance to the second round; their tie yesterday means that if they defeat Algeria in their next match they're virtually assured of advancing.
UPDATE: Looks like the ref is gonna get the boot. Good riddance, dope.
UPDATE 2: Andrew Das defends (sort of) the referee. I must admit, he makes a pretty good case. (But not enough of one to disallow the goal, though.)
"The Kepler spacecraft has found over 750 candidates for extrasolar planets, and that is just from data collected in the first 43 days of the spacecraft's observations."
This is an astounding amount of potential exoplanets from data taken during such a short period of time, however Borucki added that they expect only about 50% of these candidates to actually turn out to be planets, as some may be eclipsing binary stars or other artifacts in the data. But still, even half would be the biggest group discovery of exoplanets ever.
And the exciting part is that 706 targets from this first data set have viable exoplanet candidates with sizes from as small as Earth to around the size of Jupiter. The team says the majority have radii less than half that of Jupiter.
Now all that remains is to send out the ramrobots!
It seems the administration really does have a death wish:
As Hotsheet reported yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a television interview in Ecuador this month that the Obama Justice Department "will be bringing a lawsuit" against the controversial Arizona immigration measure signed into law earlier this year.
Now a senior administration official tells CBS News that the federal government will indeed formally challenge the law when Justice Department lawyers are finished building the case. The official said Justice is still working on building the case.
A suit would likely focus on the notion that the legislation is discriminatory and infringes on civil liberties.
By "death wish," let's see: The American public has consistently favored the Arizona law, in some instances by pretty hefty margins. The administration already looks ridiculously inept in its handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention its refusal to prosecute very blatant infringements of civil liberties in certain "selected" cases. Then its various high officials get caught ripping the AZ law without having actually read it, then the head of ICE said that they might not process illegals referred to them by Arizona!
Good luck this November, and even better luck in two years.
First place in the Council category was Mere Rhetoric with NYT: “Angry Israeli Commandos” Turned “Ship Of Protesters Into Bloodbath.”
First place in the non-Council category was Elder of Ziyon with Gaza: The “Staggering quality of the very ordinary.”
Full results are here.
Back during Katrina, the MSM sued to get more access regarding recovery efforts. What's it doing now with regards to the oil spill?
Here's a textbook example:
Be sure to check out Dave Jones' superb article on Delaware school discipline today.
Barack Obama and his magnificent handling of the gulf oil spill:
* The Colossus of Rhodey - The Pledge of Allegiance … in Spanish?
* The Provocateur – Glenn Beck’s Conspiracy Theories
* Bookworm Room - The banality of perversion
* The Razor – If I Could Speak as Natalie’s Mother…
* Mere Rhetoric – NYT: “Angry Israeli Commandos” Turned “Ship Of Protesters Into Bloodbath”
* Rhymes With Right – Corporate Political Speech In Washington Senate Race
* Right Truth – Violence on the rise in US hospitals, or is it?
* The Glittering Eye – One More Point On Making Excuses
* Snapped Shot – The Flotilla of Humanitarian Fools
* Joshuapundit – EU’s Bizarro world view of Gaza
And be sure to scope the non-Council nominations as well!
Louisiana thinks George W. Bush's response to Katrina was better than The Messiah's response to the gulf oil spill:
Our new Louisiana poll has a lot of data points to show how unhappy voters in the state are with Barack Obama's handling of the oil spill but one perhaps sums it up better than anything else - a majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama's done dealing with the spill.
50% of voters in the state, even including 31% of Democrats, give Bush higher marks on that question compared to 35% who pick Obama.
Overall only 32% of Louisianans approve of how Obama has handled the spill to 62% who disapprove. 34% of those polled say they approved of how Bush dealt with Katrina to 58% who disapproved.
But it's just now that the usual MSM types are figuring this out. During Katrina, they were blasting Bush from day one.
The Washington Post's Norman Chad thinks that the USA soccer team ought to just fold -- and then cheer on others at the World Cup:
I love the World Cup. And I love America -- it's my home town! But I would not love to see America win the World Cup.
Frankly, we don't need another feather in our already overstuffed cap. And considering soccer is the world's game -- and most of the world is at odds with America at any given moment -- I think it might be a nice idea for Uncle Sam, in an effort to promote world harmony, to lay down in South Africa.
Americans are a pretty xenophobic lot when, in truth, we're the ones who provoke an intense dislike. Most of the world does not threaten us; rather, most of the world is terrified by us. We're a little too big, a little too rich and a little too powerful and, every once in a while, we muscle up and flex our military might in foreign lands.
There is much fear and loathing of America elsewhere. We seldom imagine what it would be like if the Army boot were on the other foot.
Outside of American borders, others are tired of us dictating our way of life, tired of us exporting Adam Sandler everywhere, tired of us winning. I empathize, and this time around, I'm willing to root for the others.
Except, Norm, that this World Cup is being played for the first time on the African continent, and Africans have the highest regard for the United States compared to any other place in the world. Maybe this is the one sporting event the US ought to try to do well in, eh?
Wilmington News Journal report about a guy who was robbed outside the Delaware Park casino:
The victim told police that he was waiting for a friend to finish in the casino when he was approached by two men with handguns, who demanded his wallet.
He complied, and the men – both described as 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall, unshaven and with thin builds – fled in a light-colored sedan.
WILM.com's report of the same incident:
The man says he was reading a newspaper waiting for a friend to come out of the casino this morning at about 2:00 a.m., when two male suspects approached. At least one of them had a handgun. The van's door was open at the time. They demanded, and received, the man's wallet and fled in a light-colored, four-door sedan. The suspects are described as between 20-and-25 years old, black, about six-feet tall with thin builds, and un-shaven.
Wilmington News Journal report of a priest getting robbed before church services:
The bandit ran out of the church with the donations for the poor, Barnes said. No one was injured.
The suspect is described as about 6 feet 3 inches tall and 185 pounds. He was dressed in black, with a red or orange design on the front of his T-shirt and a black baseball cap.
WILM.com's report of same:
The priest refused to give up his cellphone, saying he needed it for emergencies. The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as a black male, 6'2" to 6'3" tall, about 185 pounds. He wore a black baseball cap, and black clothing.
Hmm ... I wonder which media outlet is performing the better public service?
Some students are calling for the firing of two Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School teachers who held an anti-war sign during a school assembly Friday.
History teacher Marybeth Verani and English teacher Adeline Koscher made their silent protest during the part of the assembly in which school officials recognized graduating seniors who are entering the military.
"They not only imposed their political will, they imposed it at the wrong time," said D-Y junior Andrew Bowles Jr., who organized an after-school protest yesterday that drew about 30 students.
Parents and other community members have flooded the high school principal's office with about 40 e-mails and phone calls criticizing the teachers' actions.
"I honestly feel (the protest) was misplaced," said D-Y parent Joanne Schuman of Yarmouth. "I think they should have been removed from that event."
"Misplaced" is being very polite. What is it with teachers who think their views must be heard ... that they have this entitlement mentality that supercedes all notions of basic politeness and civility?
Stop giving us black eyes, you cretins. Thank you.
Courtesy of our good friends over in the UK:
The family of a 28-year-old British woman who unknowingly received a lung transplant from a smoker says she would have been "horrified" and have lodged a complaint.
Cystic fibrosis sufferer Lyndsey Scott in February received a double lung transplant from a donor who had smoked for three decades. She died in July of pneumonia.
Britain's top transplant official Chris Rudge defended the decision and said patients should be told they are not getting a "brand new" organ. He said on the BBC that "lungs from a smoker can be working perfectly normally."
Scott's family called for patients to be told more information about organ donors before accepting a transplant.
Soon coming to an ObamaCare center near you!
Hey that reminds me. How’s that “principled criticism of Obama from the left” blog you are working on going? Oh that’s right. You are a lazy, no talent ass-munch. Never mind.
And it gets "better":
Why don’t you suck my dick before you sit on it? Short of that, why don’t you start the blog and see if there is a market for your brand of principled criticism.
There you have it, folks -- the "voice of First State progressivism."
What is their deal? People have come out claiming that Alvin Greene (at left) is a "GOP plant" and shouldn't get the party nod -- despite winning the Democrat primary there.
David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama, said Greene's victory "was not legitimate."
“It doesn’t appear [legitimate] to me,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “The whole thing is odd. I don’t know how really to explain it. I don’t think anyone else does either.”
Axelrod must be ... A RACIST!!
Keith Olbermann asked Greene if he was a GOP plant. RACIST!!
And then there's the execrable Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who wants a federal investigation into the whole deal. And most recently, he accused fellow SC congressman Jim Wilson's campaign manager of being behind Greene:
We see that Joe Wilson, the Republican congressman -- who I asked the House to censure for disrupting the President's speech -- his campaign manager was managing my opponent's campaign and so they were running my opponent's campaign, Alvin Greene's campaign and Ben Frasier, down in the first congressional district. The only federal campaigns on the ballot, all three of those are being run [by] either the same shop and that shop was Joe Wilson's campaign manager and former staffer on his Congressional staff. So, that's all the proof I need. (Frasier denies the whole thing.)
Is Clyburn, too, a RACIST??
UPDATE: This guy must a RACIST too: Vic Rawl, former SC state Representative and Greene opponent, filed a formal protest about Greene's election:
"We have filed this protest not for my personal or political gain [LOL!! -- Hube], but on behalf of the people of South Carolina," the Democratic hopeful said in a statement on his official Web site.
"There is a cloud over South Carolina, that affects all of our people, Democrats and Republicans, white and African-American alike," he said. "At this point, the people of our state do not have the basic confidence that their vote will be counted."
UPDATE 2: Now Clyburn's venturing into moonbat territory -- like that of Keith Olbermann about Ohio after election 2004, and virtually the whole MSM during election 2000:
Clyburn says South Carolina used voting machines that all other states rejected. In fact, they were bought from Louisiana, he said.
"Something went wrong with these machines," Clyburn said. "They were very unreliable," he added.
"All you need is a magnet" to compromise the machines, Rep. Clyburn said.
Who would have a motive? "The motive could very well be to embarass the Democratic party. This could be embarassing if we do not get it worked out. Or this could be someone who wanted to ensure a victory [for incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint]," Clyburn said.
Clyburn concluded there is a "great possibility" that someone paid for him to run and tampered with the machines.
UPDATE 3: Jon Stewart on the Greene win:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Alvin Greene Wins South Carolina Primary|
I'M HAPPY THAT this Flyer pandemonium is finally over.
As an African-American male, I could never identify with the culture of ice hockey. For one, I don't even know if the team or league has an African-American. [It does. -- Hube]
So why should I feel upset that they lost? Even if there was any possibility of a Jackie Robinson in the NHL, I sure don't know of one. [Because you're a racist tool. -- Hube]
The NHL is unwittingly practicing athletic apartheid as result of their white ice. I look forward to the Eagles, Sixers and Redskins season, which will give me something to culturally identify with.
Such a letter is just SO dopey that it really defies any attempt to seriously rebut it. However, I wonder if Hannibal thinks, due to the dearth of white guys in the NBA, that it is practicing "athletic apartheid?"
UPDATE: In a related note, the Chicago Sun Times' Richard Roeper laments the "lack of diversity" of the NHL fan base. He says, "I'm just saying." Which is about as substantive as saying f'in nothing.
Wow, Keith Nolan writes in all the way from County Leitrim, Ireland and helps to prove that Europe hasn't really learned all that much since World War II:
Bravo, Helen Thomas.
Finally, an eminent and respected former White House reporter has spoken publicly about an unpalatable truth and Israel.
Something tells me that Keith wouldn't have minded if Churchill gave in and let the Third Reich take over the British Isles ...
Clarence Clayman of New Castle thinks that, in order to save the planet, we all have to turn vegan:
If we want to save the world from starvation, fuel shortages and the worst impacts of climate change, then we need to adopt a vegan diet. That’s according to a United Nations report just published. Prepared by the International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management, the report notes that agriculture, particularly meat and dairy production, accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater consumption, 38 percent of total land use and 19 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Sorry, but since the UN climate change "experts" can't be trusted any farther than we can throw them, I ain't gonna change my diet 'cause some other UN "experts" say so. And aren't humans omnivores? That means we eat both vegetables and meat, Clarence.
Sorry, but a healthy diet is composed of both items. Over-indulgence of red meat certainly isn't a good thing, but in moderation it's just fine. So stick your nanny state paternalism where the sun don't shine.
Uh huh. This is Rep. Bob Etheridge (D), North Carolina:
UPDATE: Listen to Etheridge discuss how young people should "get engaged!" LOL!!!
UPDATE 2: Check out this biased headline: "NC Congressman Attacked For Grabbing Man’s Neck In Internet Video."
Perhaps the main goal of the Democratic party and some of their advocates in the press this election year is to portray the Republican party as having been captured by the far right. Yes, Democrats have made some mistakes, they will argue, but the GOP has become little more than a party of extremists.
That's not how the public sees it. A new Gallup poll asked respondents whether they think the views of the Democratic party are "too conservative, too liberal, or about right" and then asked the same question about the Republican party. The results: 49 percent of those surveyed say the Democratic party is too liberal, while 40 percent say the GOP is too conservative. That 49 percent figure for Democrats, Gallup says, is the highest number for the party since 1994, just before Republicans won the House and Senate.
Well, there's one dopey line in an otherwise sensible letter. But ... WTF is the deal with the [News Journal-made] headline? It has nothing to do with the letter! Headline: Legal immigrants have need to fear Arizona's law.
Now go read the letter. DOH!!
Alas, here is letter writer Vincent Ruff's dopey line: "... since when do people who break the law have rights?"
Um, like since the founding of the Republic, Vince!
I really don't see the big deal about this:
A school principal in Wrightsville, Wisconsin, has defended on constitutional grounds the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish at the school. Responding to a letter of protest from the mother of a kindergarten student, Principal Lee Mierow of Wrightsville Elementary School said he wanted to ensure that Spanish-speaking students understood the importance of the Pledge. But he also seemed to suggest students have a constitutionally guaranteed right to recite the pledge in the language of their choice while participating in the ritual at school.
Well, considering that students have the constitutional right to not even say the Pledge (West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 1943), I'd surmise it's a fairly safe assumption that they have the right to say it in Spanish if they so choose.
I also think the principal's point is spot-on: Wouldn't we want students to know the importance of the Pledge above all other considerations? If students are [very] new immigrants to our country, learning English will take some time. Instilling the values of the Pledge in a kid's native tongue -- while they're learning English -- seems pretty darn reasonable to me.
The protesting mom who brought this to the media's attention is missing the point in several respects:
"Not only does reciting this in Spanish insult our family as American citizens, it is disrespectful to the veterans who have defended our country," she wrote. "English is the primary language in this country. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in English and should be recited in English. No similar accommodations were made for other immigrant patterns in history nor should they be as long as the American flag is flying."
How does it insult your family, really, ma'am? Don't we want newly arrived peoples to understand and accept our cultural, political, and legal values? How much you wanna bet that in the past, immigrants who recited the Pledge in their native lingo had no idea what the hell they were saying? Sorry, but our veterans fought for American values, not the English language. But the mom is right, at least, in one respect: English is the US's primary language -- it is not the official language, thus meaning legal barriers to mandates regarding it are few. So, this is another factor in the principal's favor.
As long as students are learning English -- in the quickest and most reliable way possible -- I see no reason why they cannot [initially] learn our Pledge in their native tongue. Again, America is about a shared culture, and legal and political philosophy -- an idea and ideal -- much moreso than a common lingo. Should we make sure that we have a common language? Of course. But not at the expense of the former.
... the environmentalists are still firmly behind him, despite the greatest ecological disaster of our time:
As the greatest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history has played out on Obama’s watch, the environmental movement has essentially given him a pass — all but refusing to unleash any vocal criticism against the president even as the public has grown more frustrated by Obama’s performance.
About a dozen environmental groups took out a full page ad in the Washington Post Tuesday – not to fault Obama over the ecological catastrophe but to thank him for putting on hold an Alaska drilling project. “We deeply appreciate your decision. . .,” the ad says to Obama.
“President Obama is the best environmental president we’ve had since Teddy Roosevelt,” Sierra Club chairman Carl Pope told the Bangor Daily News last week. “He obviously did not take the crisis in the Minerals Management Service adequately seriously, that’s clear. But his agencies have done a phenomenally good job.”
Some say there’s little doubt that if a spill like the one in the Gulf took place on former President George W. Bush’s watch, environmental groups would have unleashed an unsparing fury on the Republican in the White House. For their liberal ally, Obama, they seem willing to hold their tongues.
Haha -- 'ya think?
Anyone following the World Cup? Our former masters play us today at 2:30.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel's behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.
Asking the UN to investigate Israel is like Pol Pot investigating genocide.
Then there's this:
Standing in front of a wall-to-wall mural featuring a who's who of revolutionaries, including Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and boldly displaying the motto Patria o Muerte, Venceremos!!! (Fatherland or Death, We Shall Overcome!!!), a group of teachers, students, parents and community activists in the Los Angeles Unified School District gathered last month for an unusual field trip — to Arizona, to protest that state's controversial immigration law.
A video posted on YouTube shows LA social studies teacher Jose Lara interviewing teachers and students on May 28 at the headquarters of an organization calling for a Mexican revolution on U.S. soil. Soon after he shot the video, many in the group left for an overnight "freedom ride" to Phoenix to protest what Lara tells the camera is a "racist and outrageous" law.
Only MSM talking heads can get all uppity about "capitalism" [supposedly] being replaced by "free enterprise," but then shrug their shoulders about a school field trip featuring those great humanitarians Castro, Minh and Guevara.
I always get a kick out of politicians and celebrities who claim to "know" what people like Castro and Chávez are "really like" ... because they've met them and visited their countries. You're f***ing famous! WTF do you think these dictators/proto-dictators are going to tell/show you???
Thanks, but I'll stick to the opinions of the numerous Venezuelans I know pretty well (like these guys, for instance) for a real view on dictatorial bozos like Hugo Chávez.
And he's certainly had a lot of time for other things to do. Change you can believe in:
In the nearly eight weeks that the ancient oil has been escaping its subterranean imprisonment, Obama has found....
...time for a couple mini-vacations with golf, a dose of party fundraisers, healthcare town halls, TV interviews, a high school graduation, a festive White House lawn picnic with members of Congress, a Paul McCartney music hoedown, an ABC July 4th TV taping and a session with a key Palestinian leader.
Thursday Obama issued important statements celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and King Kamehameha Day, and mustn't forget, Portugal Day.
But Obama hasn't found a few minutes to chat with Tony Hayward, the talkative CEO of BP, the petroleum protagonist in this environmental drama. Not even on the president's ubiquitous, magically-secure BlackBerry.
Almost eight weeks. What's he afraid of? It took less than two weeks to set up last summer's historic beer summit.
Now, in a confrontational letter a White House official has invited Hayward to meet there next week with Obama aides and the boss would stop by. That will be nine weeks.
Nevertheless, the faithful continue to contend that he is a "brilliant leader."
First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with Helen Thomas, Jew Hatred And Its Polite Acceptance.
First place in the non-Council category was Walter Russell Mead with Goo-Goo Genocidaires: The Blood Is Dripping From Their Hands.
Full results are here.
Where's Olbermann, Matthews, Sanchez, et. al?
The New York rabbi who videotaped veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas telling Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine" says he has received numerous death threats and thousands of pieces of hate mail in the days since Thomas' abrupt retirement.
Rabbi David Nesenoff said he is facing an "overload" of threatening e-mails calling for a renewed Holocaust and targeting his family — a barrage of hate he said he planned to report to the police on Wednesday. (Source.)
Meanwhile, it seems some folks are listening to our president's rhetoric about BP:
Windows at the BP Gas Station on Highway 51 at Custer Drive were shot out overnight. Folks who work at the store believe the suspects were expressing anger over BP and how it's handling the oil spill.
Incidents of anger spilling over at locally owned BP gas stations have been reported in several areas. In New York City several BP signs have been vandalized. Owners there believe vandals are filling balloons with dirt then throwing them at the signs.
Meanwhile, the MSM talking heads are still trying to figure out how to spin the Tea Party's involvement in all this.
Check out this asset to humanity.
Apparently, his past teachers didn't have enough "cultural competence" training and as such, "let him down."
* The Colossus of Rhodey - This is Race to the Top?
* The Razor – The New Anti-Semitism Presents Tough Choices To American Jews
* Rhymes With Right – I’m Waiting For The Outcry About A Politicized Curriculum
* Right Truth – Right Truth Discovers Secret Microphone In White House Presidential Quarters
* Snapped Shot – A Case of Complicit Cropping?
* The Provocateur - Tony Demasi and the Chicago Way
* Bookworm Room – In the presence of greatness : the Battle of Midway celebration
* The Glittering Eye – Who Do You Think You Are?
* Joshuapundit - Helen Thomas, Jew Hatred And Its Polite Acceptance
* Mere Rhetoric – Reuters Withdraws Cropped Anti-Israel Photos, Inserts Biased Anti-Israel Captions Instead
* Wolf Howling – Turkey, Israel & Gaza, Take Two
Be sure to also check the non-Council submissions here.
Sometimes I wonder if the News Journal doesn't write up its ridiculously one-sided articles just to yank the public's chain. The letters reaction has begun to dwindle in from its articles about school suspensions and discipline. Here's a common reaction (based on the online comments) from Mike Stanek of Wilmington:
We are trying to form a foundation for children so they realize what behavior is right and what behavior is wrong. So instead of disciplining these students, let’s blame the teachers and school districts for trying to enforce some sort of rules for the students.
The erosion of accountability of our youths is getting greater. Keep enabling everyone, so we don’t have any form of respect for authority whatsoever. I feel sorry for future employers of these individuals, as they will have no regard for company policies, as long as they don’t hurt anyone.
Next, Marie Anne Aghazadian of Wilmington says schools need to understand special education disabilities:
According to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, students with disabilities are entitled to services and support that take into consideration the manifestations of their disabilities. Yet schools routinely suspend students with special needs for behavior that occurs as a result of their disabilities.
Students with Attention Deficit Disorder are being suspended for making poor decisions, students on the autism spectrum for inappropriate social interactions and children with behavioral health needs for showing signs of anger or depression.
Based on my understanding, such students are permitted to be suspended -- up to ten days per year. They could possibily be suspended more than ten days if the determination is made -- via a "manifestation meeting" -- that the suspendable offense is not related to the student's disability. Ms. Aghazadian may not be aware, but until a student has either an IEP (Individual Education Plan, for special ed. students) and/or a 504 accommodation (for special ed. OR regular ed. students), schools do not have to recognize a student's "disability."
That brings us to the larger question of whether such students -- especially those with more severe disabilities -- should even be in traditional classroom settings if said disabilities may [often] disrupt the learning environment for the vast majority of children.
Lastly, George Poole of Newark notes what Mike Matthews and myself did a few days ago:
“Del. students suspended at twice the U.S. average” (Sunday) was not clear on whether the figures represented the total number of suspensions/expulsions or the number of students who experienced those forms of discipline. In other words, every school has a number of students who are suspended multiple times during the year. For example, a student who is suspended 10 times is very different than 10 students being suspended one time.
The article is not clear about the criteria used by the state and across the nation in compiling these numbers. A school showing a “discipline rate” of 44.8 percent of 1,132 student enrollment faces an entirely different set of issues to work on than examining the total of 498 suspensions at that school. A large number of those suspensions were caused by behaviors of repeat offenders. In that example, the school is not looking at almost one-half of its students being troublesome.
The original article did state that "More than 18 percent of students were suspended or expelled last school year, a figure that includes in-school suspensions and does not count students more than once." But, like Poole and Mike Matthews, I find this extremely difficult to believe.
Not to mention, the fact that the News Journal included in-school suspension in its figures is misleading. A lot of the complaints (even from a person like DOE's Robin Case) are about suspended kids "not being in school" and thus "aren't learning." Aside from the fact that it's a good bet many of these suspended kids aren't learning much anyway due to their behavior(s), in-school suspension is a different animal than out-of-school suspension. Students are supervised by a school staff member (frequently a teacher) and are given school work to do from their various teachers. If they have questions or problems with the work, they can often seek that help or have the supervisor make contact with the appropriate teacher. (Granted, the specific policies may vary from school to school, but that's beside the overall point.) Thus, it is a bit disingenuous to count in-school suspensions in the same way as out-of-school suspensions.
After our illustrious News Journal's report on Delaware school suspensions and subsequent advocacy of teacher/administrator "cultural competence" (detailed yesterday here), it just may want to take a gander at this story from the Philly Daily News:
KINDERGARTNER ERNEST KEY is afraid of taking his pants off because two of his schoolmates sexually assaulted him in a bathroom at Lea Elementary in April, his mother said.
At the Vare School, Krisire Tuggles, also in kindergarten, refuses to go into a coat closet because that was the spot where his former teacher used to pinch him and smack him around, his mother said.
Since classmates at Heston Elementary School bloodied her nose and ripped her uniform, first-grader Aalliyah Brake has been too afraid to go back, said her father.
These little ones have two things in common: They've allegedly been violated during school hours at the hands of staffers or other students, and, their parents say, the adults responsible for their safety have done little if anything about it.
The exasperated parents of these young students were among several who echoed the same disturbing message in calls to the Daily News in recent weeks. The newspaper normally would not print the names of such young children, but the parents were so frustrated that they allowed use of their names.
They've confronted teachers and principals, and called school district management, but parents say they have been brushed aside or have been forced to turn to politicians, lawyers and police.
Now, aside from the disturbing allegations against some school staff members, why would I say that this scenario might come to First State schools? This is why:
Another parent, Tanisha Hollomon, is beginning to wonder whether the school cares about her daughter, third-grader Nafeesah Hollomon-Gary, who was kicked so hard by a classmate at Thurgood Marshall Elementary that he fractured her foot.
Hollomon said that Nafeesah was hobbling around all day after the assault but that no one contacted her until after the school day ended.
She said that the principal, Edward Penn, acknowledged that she should have been called earlier but that when she pressed for the boy who kicked Nafeesah to be disciplined and tried several times to meet with his parents at the school, it took weeks for the school to suspend him.
Parent advocates say that cases like these happen so often because there is little incentive for school staff to report violence, and that some school officials really don't care.
And that "little incentive" could come to Delaware due to reporting by the News Journal on the supposed high number of student suspensions in the state, not to mention the advocacy for "cultural competency" among school staff which, in part, is supposed to alleviate the need for punitive measures like suspensions. After all, just consider the scenarios (allegations) noted above, and then this from Sunday's News Journal article:
But parents such as Toyia Lopez are frustrated.
Her son Khaalid Lopez, a kindergartner, was suspended from Colonial School District's Eisenberg Elementary four times this year.
The 6-year-old sometimes throws toys and has hit his teacher, but his mother contends he's never hurt anyone or done anything serious enough to warrant suspension.
Indeed -- hitting his teacher is not something which warrants suspension! ARRRRGH!! (Pulls hair out...)
Nevertheless (and I am in no way exonerating the powers that be in the Philly schools), imagine if you were a school administrator and faced situations like those noted above from Philly, and then the incident involving Ms. Lopez's kid (and others similar to it). Then, consider what the News Journal ran yesterday about school staff needing "cultural competence" (a euphemism essentially designed to excuse aberrant behavior), the "advocates" out there for suspended kids like Jea Street, and then the Obama administration's intent to use the Civil Rights division of the Justice Dept. to investigate schools/districts who have racially disparate rates of discipline/suspensions/expulsions.
What would you do?
Really, what would you do? Maintain a "no-nonsense" approach to discipline and face criticism (and sanctions) from anyone from your superiors, to folks like Street, to parents like Lopez, to Justice Dept. lawyers. Or, maintain a "cultural competence" atmosphere and face angry parents like those in the Daily News article, not to mention outright flight from your school and/or district from parents and children tired of excuse-making politically correct jibberish?
What would you do?
The San Francisco 49ers have traded Isaac Bruce back to the St. Louis Rams -- so that he can retire with the team with whom he became an NFL great.
Bruce "ranks second in NFL history in receiving yards (15,208), fifth in receptions (1,024) and ninth in receiving touchdowns (91)." Perhaps his most memorable play was catching the go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl 34 (see below) that gave the Rams its victory over Tennessee, 23-16.
A bomb squad determined that a grenade found at a South Philly elementary school was a fake.
C'mon! It looks like it was made out of a bar of soap!! Who brought the thing in -- Virgil Starkwell?
Check out the first line of this op-ed by Steve Hallock, who teaches media ethics at Point Park University in Pittsburgh: "Arizona's racist and probably unconstitutional anti-immigration law has admirers in Pennsylvania."
Well! What else needs to be said, right? And it's a good thing we have 'ol Steve teaching those media "ethics" to our young adults, aren't we? Y'know, "ethics" like "Never let the opportunity pass to inject an overtly provocative headline into a story." What a joke.
Meanwhile, in semi-related matter, how can this be? Interracial marriages at an all-time high? B-b-b-b-but ... America is such a manifestly racist country! There has to be something wrong with that study!
That's because music stars Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson, the Mexican pop-rock band Mana, Shakira, Juanes, Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, Los Tigres del Norte, Sonic Youth, Kanye West and Ozomatli are now all against the law and favor a boycott of the state. What a laugh.
Hmm, I wonder: How many concerts and protests have (especially) the Mexican/Latino stars participated in regarding Mexico's harsh immigration laws?
Check out the dude in the back right:
Hey -- I'm sleepy tired of his rhetoric too!
(h/t to Media Blog.)
... but nary a mention of the 66th anniversary of D-Day?
The White House website has nothing posted today on the 66th Anniversary of the D-Day landing.
The president had other things on his mind. He was attending his second party this week, tonight at the Ford Theatre. The President [also honored] far left Bush-basher and Jew-hater Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the gala. [Tutu said] told the party crowd: “Security is not something that comes from the barrel of a gun.”
He said this on the anniversary of D-Day? By the way… isn’t that some version of a Mao quote?
"What goes around, comes around" is what people sometimes joke about education. And it appears we may be getting that (again) in Delaware. Is the Race to the Top $100 million really going to go towards this sort of nonsense??
The question is: Given the changing demographics in our neighborhoods and the rising expectations of a global economy, are Delaware's public schools ready to meet the needs of children where they are and prepare them to be career and college ready?
We encourage the experts around the table to ensure that reform efforts include a problem-solving orientation that systematically considers cultural difference and the preparation of teachers who can connect, commit, and provide a culture of caring for diverse students and their families.
Now see if you can decipher this next paragraph:
To truly understand the students in our classrooms, it is critical we understand cultural values such as child-rearing practices, family relationships, and interpersonal communication transmitted at home that can be far different from those values that children encounter at school. This understanding is referred to as Cultural competency. Cultural competency does not mean coddling a child and ignoring the need for high expectations.
Let's put this into the BS translator and see what we find: In other words, "children whose parents spend little-to-no time with them should be 'better understood' by teachers and staff, and should not be penalized for violating the [common] values of the school -- things like no fighting, no bullying, being respectful and polite in class to one's teachers and fellow students ..."
You know what folks? We've been down this route before here in New Castle County. Yes we have. It was the mid-1990s and the state was debating whether to go to federal court to have the 1978 desegregation order lifted. On one side, however, was former governor Tom Carper and the self-proclaimed Coalition to Save Our Children -- which wanted the county to adopt a consent decree. Look at what some of the items in this consent decree were ... and see if they sound familiar:
The article by Deborah Wilson (president and CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League), Paul A. Herdman (president and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware), and Howard Weinberg (executive director of the Delaware State Education Association) is printed today in conjunction with a News Journal editorial (surprise) that once again raises the supposed "bad spectre" of school suspensions, and the ethnic/racial disparity therein:
However, most of the students involved are black, Latino or those with special needs, populations with histories of discipline problems since Delaware desegregated public schools in 1978 and after it formally abandoned racial integration efforts 20 years later.
As punitive measures to protect the learning environment of students who pose no classroom distractions, suspensions and expulsions have validity.
Too often this view is seized as sort of a moral high ground, when compared to racism and the root causes of poverty.
First, Delaware (New Castle County, specifically) did not "abandon" racial integration in the mid-90s. True, the federal desegregation order was lifted then; however, the four districts that were under the court order since 1978 did not change their [desegregated] feeder patterns much, if at all.
Second, the editorial backs -- you guessed it -- "cultural competency" on the part of teachers and administrators as the "answer" to disparate discipline rates:
But cultural competency -- the subject of "Schools must meet students' diverse needs," on today's Opinion page -- is critical.
It has the potential to take the bite out of racism concerns by helping schools create effective, relevant and rigorous learning environments for minorities.
I bet that $100 million RTTT cash would be worth the price alone if someone could PLEASE explain precisely what is meant by the highlighted above. Seriously. As one commenter wrote in the first linked article, "I asked the writers of the article to give some concrete examples of their ideas." Indeed. The article notes that
Sharon Brittingham led her team at Frankford Elementary School from perennial poor performance to a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon award-winning school," and "Jack Perry is showing remarkable gains with students from the Eastside at Prestige Academy charter school, and demonstrating clearly that they can perform at the highest levels.
Great! But ... what are they doing? What resources do they have? Do they put up with a lot of BS in their classrooms? What do they do with chronically disruptive students? What are the demographics of their schools? Etc.
I'm sorry, but I've heard so much of this edu-jargon time and time and time again that the meanings of all the edu-babble get all jumbled together!
If Delaware ever wonders why it has the highest percentage per capita of its students in private schools (and/or why there's such a demand for charters), look no further than these two articles in the News Journal today. Just peruse the comments from yesterday's News Journal article on school suspensions. The DE public doesn't want pie-in-the-sky edu-babble about so-called "cultural competency" which it views as simple excuse-making. It wants straightforward, no-nonsense approaches to learning and discipline. Former DE blogger extraordinaire and new teacher Mike Matthews comments on the discipline article:
When a student has become so disruptive as to the point of infringing on the rights of others to learn, then, as a teacher and advocate for that majority of students, I feel I have the responsibility to document the bahavior I've witnessed and then have the student removed.
At several points during the year, I had students come up to me and tell me they felt their learning was being diminished because of one student's poor behavior. Where are the advocates for those kids?
And most importantly, Mike takes the News Journal to task for not even bothering to investigate very far:
It simply beggars belief to think that our schools are suspending 20% of any student body during the school year. No, what it is is the same handful of students who can't get it together who are being suspended multiple times during the school year. The News Journal needs to clarify its statistical tactics when writing an article like this. Either that or fire its computer-assisted reporting associate for not delineating the complete picture. It borders on yellow journalism when making a downright outlandish claim that a fifth of all Delaware students were suspended last year.
Elsewhere, Kilroy has his inimitable take on the matter.
So says CNN's Fareed Zakaria:
Why has Turkey become a "troublemaker?" According to Zakaria, first the Europeans are in part to blame for not admitting Turkey into the European Union, even though the European Union is suffering by allowing a weak Greece admission in the past.
"Having begged for membership in European Union, having fulfilled every condition placed on it by Brussels, Turkey has been repeatedly rebuffed and humiliated by Europe so now the Turks have seem to have decided to go their own way," Zakaria said.
"The United States for its part did not handle Turkish relations well, especially under the previous administration," Zakaria said. "The Bush team treated Turkey with the usual mixture of arrogance and high-handedness and then was outraged when the Turkish parliament refused to go along with its war plans in Iraq. Then they repeatedly snubbed Turkey over the next few years."
GEORGE W. BUSH:
There's NOTHING for which
he can't be blamed!
“Remember: You’re a Nazi for saying we should enforce our own immigration laws… But not for telling the Jews to beat it.” (Link.)
Moron Thomas' comments are here.
The members of that Gaza flotilla. Say it with me now: "Cheeyeah, RIGHT!"
In response to a radio transmission by the Israeli Navy warning the Gaza flotilla that they are approaching a naval blockade, passengers of the Mavi Marmara respond, "Shut up, go back to Auschwitz" and "We're helping Arabs go against the US, don't forget 9/11". (Source.)
Now why would "peace" activists say something as dreadful as that? Someone tell our local useful idiot.
First place in the Council category was Mere Rhetoric with Israel Publishes Gaza Travel Guidebook For Pro-Hamas Freedom Flotilla.
First place in the non-Council category was Rubin Reports with Sympathy for the Devil and the Gaza Sea Confrontation: How Can Helping a Repressive Fascist, Genocide-Intending Hamas Regime be Innocent?
Full results are here.
"Clueless" is such an understatement:
She sounds quite a bit like some of the anti-Israel cretins spewing crap in this thread.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said this about our president and the BP oil spill:
The President is demonstrating he is in charge. He is showing he is going to do everything he possibly can to help people get through this ordeal.
(Obama) has made clear he’s going to make the full resources of the federal government available. And he has also said he is going to insist that there be accountability for BP. And I think that is exactly what the people of this country are looking for. And when he does that, when he keeps saying it and follows through on it, I don’t think there is a big effect on our races. I think that’s what people are looking for from the president and I think that’s what he’s delivering.
He's in charge and showing he's doing everything he possibly can? Really??
Mormon Latinos think their fellow Latter Day Saints are anti-immigrant:
Mormon missionaries increasingly are confronted by prospective converts who believe the church is anti-immigrant, Yapias says, and some Latinos don't even feel welcome in their own LDS congregations because of anti-immigrant rhetoric.
The perception is due partly to the fact that a Mormon, state Sen. Russell Pearce, sponsored Arizona's new immigration law. Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, who also is LDS, hopes to bring a similar law to Utah.
Y'know, this same type of purposeful blurring of the line between legal and illegal immigration is getting tiresome. For the umpteenth time, how is wanting to secure the border against illegal immigrants ... "anti-immigrant?" Or "anti-Latino?" The rational -- and easy -- answer is: "It's not."
Sandstrom agrees with Pearce -- that the church's 12th Article of Faith points toward rigorous enforcement of immigration laws. That article says Mormons believe in "obeying, honoring and sustaining the law."
[Activist Tony] Yapias, who is LDS and has a son on a Mormon mission, argues an immigration crackdown is at odds with the church's call for compassion and its practice of ignoring citizenship status when it comes to baptisms, church leadership positions, missions and access to temples.
How is being against illegal immigration "not compassionate?" And "citizenship status" doesn't mean "someone here illegally." That terminology would distinguish between a citizen and legal resident.
Look, this church (and any other) can do as it pleases in terms of its doctrines and beliefs. But chastising its members as not being "compassionate" because they're in favor of securing our national border and preventing illegal immigration, is dishonest and, frankly, beyond ridiculous.
(By the way, every time I see "LDS" I think of Capt. Kirk's erroneous abbreviation for "LSD" in "Star Trek IV.")
That would be Linda Sanchez (D, surprise!), who said:
The Arizona laws are not a mistake. They’re not accidental or one person’s crazy idea. There’s a concerted effort behind promoting these kinds of laws on a state-by-state basis by people who have ties to white supremacy groups.
It’s been documented. It’s not mainstream politics. (Legislators) are being approached by folks, who are front organizations for white supremacist hate groups. They propose the language of these bills and get people to carry these bills in the state legislatures.
Does Sanchez actually have proof of this? Or is she merely using the "kindred spirit" argument -- that, merely because some nutjob white power losers are in favor of the Arizona law, that therefore all of the law's supporters believe as said losers?
Wow, I wasn't aware of this: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has the power to overturn umpire Jim Joyce's blown call from last evening that cost the Detroit Tigers' Armando Galarraga the third perfect game of this Major League season.
The instantly infamous play, which had social networking sites all abuzz, will add to the argument that baseball needs to expand its use of replays. As of now, they can only be used for questionable home runs.
I chatted with a teacher buddy of mine this morning about this. Why not give MLB a similar replay system to that of the NFL? For instance, give each manager two replay appeals, balls and strikes being exempt. Unlike in football, there doesn't need to be a "penalty" for losing an appeal, but if so, make it an added out.
There's a down-side, to this, of course. Managers can use this to thwart momentum, slow down a hot pitcher, and what would happen to base runners in a huge variety of situations? It could be worked out, I suppose.
That being said, I hope Selig does reverse Joyce's call. It was awful, and Joyce has said so. For me its impact is of equal magnitude to Don Denkinger's blown call in game six of the 1985 World Series which [most likely] handed the Kansas City Royals their only baseball title. Having watched that game with my best friend -- a HUGE Cards fan -- has helped engrave that moment upon my memory.
Newsweek asks "Does Killing Terrorists Actually Prevent Terrorism?"
Looks as if being against illegal immigration is the newest form of "hate speech":
Over thirty organizations want the Federal Communications Commission to open up a probe on "hate speech" and "misinformation" in media. "Hate has developed as a profit-model for syndicated radio and cable television programs masquerading as 'news'," they wrote to the FCC earlier this month.
As for the Internet, it "gives the illusion that news sources have increased, but in fact there are fewer journalists employed now than before," they charge. "Moreover, on the Internet, speakers can hide in the cloak of anonymity, emboldened to say things that they may not say in the public eye."
The groups who want this new proceeding include Free Press, the Media Access Project, Common Cause, the Prometheus Radio Project, and the League of United Latin American Citizens. Their statement, filed in the Commission's Future of Media proceeding, comes in support of a petition to the agency submitted over a year ago by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
Let's not be fooled -- what these groups want is NO discussion about illegal immigration, or, if there is to be a discussion, it should be solely empathetic to the immigrants.
But to be sure, however, some folks in the media do cross the line. This nut, John Stokes on KGEZ-AM in Montana, advocated that those who do not speak English should have their hands chopped off. But on the other hand, is an instance where talk radio guy Michael Savage asks "Is it racist to protect your nation against an invading horde, from another nation that wants to sweep you off the map?" even close to that sort of [violent] hate? The NHMC thinks so.
And of course they do. This is what "progressives" do -- they cloak their lust for power and disdain for opposition in good deeds ... in this case, the feelings and "rights" of minorities. American universities do this all the time (just check out the website FIRE), not to mention faddish academic hypotheses like Critical Race Theory. Free speech is anything but if a member of an "aggrieved group" objects. He/she alone has veto power; if he in any way takes offense at something, however innocuous, in a 180 of American justice the "offending" party is presumed guilty and must prove his innocence (again, merely peruse FIRE's archives). Favorite "sentences" include "diversity training," "sensitivity training," and the like.
But back to the FCC inquiry, the NHMC offers up the typical "progressive" "world ends, women, minorities hardest hit" complaint:
The lack of hard-hitting, fair news is felt deeply in communities of color. Traditional media have never been particularly diverse, and rapid deregulation over the last two decades has significantly reduced opportunities for people of color to own and control such media...
Who cares about the traditional media anyway? It's a dying institution! With the Internet -- the New Media -- minorities ... everybody ... has more of a voice than ever before! Never mind the nonsense NHMC says about it near this post's top quote. Citizens have become journalists. Where has the NHMC been the last fifteen years??
The real agenda of the NHMC (noted above, natch) is encapsulated here:
Hate speech against vulnerable groups is pervasive in our media—it is not limited to a few isolated instances or any one media platform... Indeed, many large mainstream media corporations regularly air hate speech, and it is prolific on the Internet. Hate speech takes various forms, from words advocating violence to those creating a climate of hate towards vulnerable groups. Cumulatively, hate speech creates an environment of hate and prejudice that legitimizes violence against its targets.
And there you have it. This is how perfectly legitimate political speech will be deemed "hate speech" -- stances like being against illegal immigration will be "creating a climate of hate towards Hispanics." Opposing affirmative action will be "creating a climate of hate towards blacks." Opposing gay "marriage" will be "creating a climate of hate towards homosexuals." And so on.
Thankfully, to date, American courts haven't taken a very friendly view of such an extension of "hate speech." Even judiciaries as liberal as the Ninth Circuit have maintained a quite [classically] liberal view of the First Amendment. Hopefully, the addition of Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court won't change this situation.
Via the AP: Black lawmakers want to limit new ethics office.
* Mere Rhetoric - Israel Publishes Gaza Travel Guidebook For Pro-Hamas Freedom Flotilla
* Bookworm Room - Memorial Day Post : The Warriors Among Us
* The Colossus of Rhodey – The White House and Joe Sestak — so what?
* The Razor – If You Want to a Degree in Religious and Women’s Studies…
* Rhymes With Right – Michael Berry Speaks Stupidly
* Wolf Howling – Obama, Turkey and Israel
* The Provocateur – Word Games in the GWOT
* Joshuapundit – Israel And The West’s Dilemma – The Storm Before The Dawn
* Right Truth – A Time to Betray – A review
And, as usual, the non-Council nominations are here!
It's about what you'd expect, especially from the LGOMB (that's "Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers"). Unstable Mental State writes:
The crisis began when Israel fired on a flotilla of boats carrying supplies to Gaza, killing 10 people and wounding 50 more. Israel has a blockade of shipments to Gaza, but the ships were in International waters and one of the ships boarded was the Turkish ship Marmara.
"Israel fired on a flotilla ..."? Um, no. Israeli commandos began firing while on board of the ships they landed upon -- because they were attacked immediately upon boarding on the craft. Check out the video. And so what if the ship was in international waters? The flotilla knew Israel had a blockade on Gaza; nevertheless, numerous interpretations of international law favor Israel's right to board craft bound for Gaza.
More anti-Semitic "fun" from "delacrat":
Continuing with "anonone":
Moonbat extraordinaire Nancy "Harpy" Willing copies and pastes the following:
Pacem in Terris - Information for those who feel heartsick at the violence against the activists taking humanitarian aid to Gaza via ships:
There is a protest in Philadelphia on Tuesday 6/1, 4-7 pm in front of Israeli Consulate.
If only they were "mere activists," eh Nance?
"These savages are killing people here, please help," a Turkish television reporter said. The broadcast ended with a voice shouting in Hebrew, "Everybody shut up!"Yes, yes! Help us with these "savage" Jews!!
On Tuesday's CBS Evening News, with the help of the Washington Post's Sally Quinn, Sharyl Attkisson managed to blame news, that Al and Tipper Gore are separating, on how they never got over being denied the presidency despite winning the popular vote in 2000. If only Bush hadn't taken it from them.
Attkisson recalled “it's been ten years since that oddly public passionate kiss at the Democratic convention. That was followed by Gore winning the popular vote for President but losing the electoral vote. Family friend Sally Quinn says that may have done the marriage irreparable harm.”
The Newark (DE) Post out-reports the Wilmington News Journal. Here's the Post's report on a 7-Eleven cigarette robbery:
The suspect is described as a black male 6'02" to 6'03", 180-190 lbs, wearing black t-shirt with a gray undershirt, dark blue jean shorts with black sneakers.
Here's the News Journal's "helpful" description, in contrast:
The bandit then grabbed three cartons of cigarettes from the clerk’s hands and ran out of the store. He was last seen heading toward Georgetown Manor Apartments, Whitmarsh said.
The clerk described the bandit as about 6-foot-3 and about 190 pounds. He was dressed in a black T-shirt with a gray undershirt, dark blue jean shorts and black sneakers.
And always remember, this News Journal omission of key facts is on purpose!
Our policy is not about being politically correct, it's about being accurate. Race is such an unreliable descriptor. What race is Halle Berry or Tiger Woods or Jennifer Lopez? They are extreme examples, but project them onto everyday people and you see the problem.
Or what real information is conveyed in a description that says: She is a 5-foot-6-inch white woman with brown hair? How many women fit that description? Who is that of use to? By the way, that description is of me -- and I haven't committed any crimes.
I offer you these excerpts from Keith M. Woods, a noted journalism scholar, in an essay called "The Language of Race": "What, for example, does a Hispanic man look like? Is his skin dark brown? Reddish brown? Pale? Is his hair straight? Curly? Course? Fine? Does he have a flat, curved nose or is it narrow and straight? Telling the public that he’s 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, with a blue shirt and blue jeans says something about the person’s appearance. But what do you add to that picture when you say Latino?
"And what is black? It’s the color of pitch. Yet, the word is used to describe people whose skin tones can cover just about every racial and ethnic group in the world, including white people. What does the word "black" add to the mental picture the public draws? How do you draw the lips? The eyes? The nose? What sort of hair does a black person have? What color skin does a black person have? The combinations are infinite.
"All racial and ethnic groups do share some common physical characteristics. Still, we don’t see the phrase "Irish-looking man" in the newspaper, though red hair and pale skin are common Irish characteristics. Would a picture come to mind if a TV anchor said, "The suspect appeared to be Italian"? Couldn’t many of us conjure an image if the police said they were looking for a middle-aged man described as "Jewish-looking."
"There are good reasons those descriptions never see the light of day. They generalize. They stereotype. And they require that everyone who hears the description has the same idea of what those folks look like. All Irish-Americans don’t look alike. Why, then, accept a description that says a suspect was African-American?