Interesting article here about teacher pay and subject taught:
There are 19 gym teachers in the Farmington School District who make more than $85,000 a year each. The average gym teacher's salary in Farmington is $75,035. By comparison, the science teachers in that district make $68,483 per year on average. That’s not unusual in Michigan schools, according to Freedom of Information Act requests received from around the state. In the Woodhaven-Brownstown district, 18.5 (FTE) science teachers average some $58,400 per year in salary, while 12 gym teachers averaged nearly $76,700. In Harrison, science teachers earned $49,000 on average while gym teachers averaged $62,000. This is not unusual, because school districts don’t differentiate what a teacher does when considering compensation, regardless of the district's educational needs. Teachers are paid on a single salary schedule based on seniority and education level.
And today that is just silly. Teachers in subject areas which are generally tougher to find -- math, science, foreign language -- should be paid more. That is, if you'd like an easier time finding them (and keeping them)! It shoudn't be too difficult for districts to make a case for such if they so wanted (just point out the demographics, applications vs. need, etc.); however, you can probably count on the various state and local unions to oppose it.
And in another aspect, here in Delaware, which teachers get the vast majority of the pressure from state testing? English and math teachers. Are they compensated for this? Heck, no. Should they be? Yes. Even teachers who do not teach a core subject area will be partly evaluated ... on the test scores of students in English and math. In other words, these non-core teachers rely on their English and math teaching colleagues to keep up good student test results ... so that they get good evaluations!! Aside from the inherent inanity in such an evaluation method, doesn't it make sense to compensate the teachers who bear the bulk of the testing pressure, i.e. English and math teachers??
Again, count me in as an emphatic "yes."
They just can't help themselves, it seems. Once again, the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers (LGOMB) shows what racists they are by not granting Herman Cain the presumption of innocence regarding past allegations of sexual harassment:
Mitt Romney is the luckiest son of a bleep since I can remember. He has no credible oppoenents in the GOP primary. And the incredible ones are destroying themselves so that he wins by default.
But then again maybe not. Cain has begun a push back by of course attacking the messenger and attacking the mainstream media, which means that the story is 100% accurate and probably worse than we know.
The scary aspect of this statement is that author Delaware Douche is an attorney, and he's stating outright that the allegations in the Politico article are spot-on. Funny how a black man doesn't get your typical constitutional "prove him guilty" protections that others get, according to the LGOMB. In addition, if the mainstream media (according to DD) is so believable, then what about the case of John Edwards? Why didn't they do its job with him? Why did the MSM find itself "catching up" to a tabloid like the National Enquirer to report the story of Edwards' dalliances and subsequent love child? Or, did it not need to catch up ... but merely -- finally -- release the information they had been sitting on for months?
Hube blogged a while back about a complaint filed against Catholic University of America claiming that its display of crucifixes was discriminatory against Muslim students. Fortunately, this complaint seems to be the work of a legal professor at another university with too much time on his hands, rather than a sign that Muslim students are actually this crazy. (Source)
The President of CUA sent an email to the students, faculty and staff of CUA part of which is excerpted below:
The fact is that no Muslim student at Catholic University has registered a complaint with the University about the exercise of their religion on campus. And today we learned from an article in the Washington Post that Mr. Banzhaf himself has not received any complaints from our Muslim students. Instead, according to today’s Washington Post, he based his complaint on an article that appeared in that newspaper in December 2010. Contrary to the impression Mr. Banzhaf would like to create, the December 2010 Post article spoke in overwhelmingly positive terms about the experience of Muslim students at Catholic University, and explained why they are attracted to us. A considerable part of the attraction stems from the fact that our community, because of its own outward expressions of Catholic faith, makes them feel comfortable living their faith among us. The evidence bears this out. Since 2007 our Muslim enrollment has more than doubled, from 56 to 122.
(You can view the whole email at the link above.)
The National Catholic Register reports that even CAIR views the whole to-do as a non-issue:
Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called the crucifix complaint “a non-issue.”
“Muslims pray all the time in various locations,” Hooper told EWTN News. “A Muslim can pray anywhere, practically, from a bus station to a classroom to a cubicle at work.”
Hooper acknowledged that distracting images are present in many locations, but said that they should not prevent Muslims from focusing on their prayers.
“These kinds of things occur every day,” he said.
“Particularly at a Catholic institution, you would assume that there would be Catholic symbols in locations throughout the university.”
Hooper does believe that Muslim students at Catholic University should be permitted to have an organization on campus if other religious groups are allowed to. But he believes that the issue can be dealt with through dialogue rather than legal action.
“American Muslims have very good relations with the Catholic community,” he noted.
The professor who originated the complaint has a well-deserved reputation for self-promotion and attention-grabbing lawsuits. There's a (poorly-designed) website devoted to his history of attention-seeking, including a propensity for choosing license plates spelling out some form of "Sue the Bastards".
So this isn't a case of hyper-sensitive/trouble-making students, but yet one more example of a self-promoting lawyer attempting to make trouble where none existed.
Look at that whiteboard carefully. Notice the misspelled word? Now, ok, it got by the teacher ... but everyone else at the CTA too??
Who'da thought? Oakland protester admits OWSers assault police before police moved on them:
Need I say it? Imagine if these were Tea Partiers.
"Give me liberty or give me death." - Patrick Henry "I don't want to work, I just want to bang on the drum all day." - Occupy Wall Street
Via Sharp Elbows: Howard Stern does what the MSM won't do regarding the Occupy movement (language warning):
Jean P. Skibinski of Newark thinks we need to "take back" our nation, and that the Occupy movement is the way to do it:
Occupy Delaware is the epitome of democracy in action. Groups in all three counties are cooperating and supporting one another. I applaud the members across this nation for standing up to the greedy banksters and the corporatist manipulators who have taken over our democracy and turned it into a plutocracy.
Those we voted to represent us have become traitors and have been bought by the almighty dollar. We need a revolution to take our country back for its citizens. The choice is a violent revolution or peaceful and intelligent revolution promoted by the Occupy movement.
Hey, who remembers when the usual "progressives" and MSM asked derisively about the Tea Party "Take the country back from whom?" with the implication that it needed to be taken back because a black man is president? So ... from whom do we need to take it back now?
And so it goes ...
The racists at MSNBC are at it again:
Very seriously, and this is a little harsh, but one of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel OK, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he is giving that base a free pass and I think they like him because they think he is a black man that knows his place. And I know that's harsh, but that's how it sure seems to me.
MSNBC = Must Smear that Nasty Black Cain.
And that Truther is our old pal Toure'.
Bluegrass Pundit has the details:
That would be months compared to days. Further:
So does the disparity in coverage mean Occupy is getting special treatment? Maybe, suggests the report. On CBS, NBC and ABC, most of the interview sound bites — 109 clips, or 87 percent — were from either protesters or supporters of Occupy, whereas only 6 percent were critical of the movement. Morning-show coverage has also been favorable, with seven guests expressing sympathy for protesters and none opposing or criticizing them. We don’t seem to remember the tea party getting such good press.
This should surprise no one but, of course, there are the usual suspects out there still believing that MSM liberal bias is a "myth," and that the OWS movement isn't "any worse" than the Tea Party with regards to behavior -- it's everyone else's fault (like the police) that there has been sporadic violence and rioting. Both are ridiculously laughable (especially when the uber-liberal Mother Jones proves such), but who ever said that will stop THE NARRATIVETM?
And the non-Council winners are here!
Doug Ross has the details.
Why is MSNBC so racist? Why does it hate black people? The latest from them is host Martin Bashir calling GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain a "chicken hawk" for his views on Iran ... despite Cain having worked for the Navy Department.
MSNBC = Must Smear that Naughty Black Cain.
The official allegations claim that CUA, “does not provide space – as other universities do – for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion,” according to a press release on PRLOG.com.
This formal complaint also maintains that the new same-sex residence halls are particularly discriminating against female students, which is a new position on the same-sex lawsuit that began last month.
That's a crying f'in shame now, ain't it? Check this: Catholic University is a PRIVATE university and hence can "provide" whatever the hell it pleases for its students. Don't like it? Go elsewhere. Try a public university where such "provisions" are given.
What I don't get is that the complaints also says
... [Catholic] University is denying Muslim students the same benefits that students of other religions are able to enjoy since there is no formal Muslim association sponsored by Catholic University but the Columbus School of Law has an association for Jewish students.
But here we read this:
Wiaam Al Salmi, a Muslim student at CUA who recently started the Arab American Association, which had is first meeting this week, said, “The community here is very respectful of other religions and I feel free to openly practice it.”
So, whaaaa ...?
If this nonsense persists, then I say Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Buddhists etc. should all enroll in Islamic schools across the country and file lawsuits when school administrators don't agree to "provide" accommodations for them. See how "tolerant" and "accommodating" these schools are.
Via The Corner -- comedy gold by some anonymous douche "threatening" Oakland police for what they "did" to the OWS protesters there:
The Messiah in Frisco:
“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the [ironically named -- Hube] W Hotel.
I wouldn't have it any other way, Boss. Just get out of my way and stay out of my business, thank you very much.
The Messiah of course mentioned things like polluted air (as if the GOP desires that), not being able to afford college (as if the feds don't already give out college loans, usurped from banks ironically), hidden fees from credi card companies (as if banks didn't raise fees elsewhere in response to federal meddling), and exposure to mercury (as if the GOP desires that).
To paraphrase John Kerry from 2004 regarding President Bush, "I can't believe the GOP could lose to this idiot."
Why does the LGOMB (Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers) hate black people so much? I mean, why go after Herman Cain of all the GOP presidential contenders? I say it's racism.
Another day, another poll showing Cain leading in yet another state. Now he leads Romney in Ohio, 28% to 23%. So Cain has survived so far his abortion train wreck where he held every position on the subject in a matter of 24 hours, and the smoking white guy ad.
They wouldn't describe a white candidate's position like that.
LA Times headline: Study finds education gap for illegal Mexican migrants' children
Besides the obvious "Gee, y'think?" that immediately comes to mind, spot the ironic wording:
The majority of children of illegal immigrants from Mexico in the Southland fail to graduate from high school, completing an average of two fewer years of schooling than their peers with legal immigrant parents, a new study has found.
The study by UC Irvine professor Frank Bean and three other researchers documented the persistent educational disadvantages for such children — who number 3.8 million, with about 80% born in the United States.
In other words, they "documented the undocumented."
It never ceases to amaze me how big city MSM outlets like the Times fail to grasp the [vast] majority of their audience. You'd never be able to gauge such by reading the hard copy of the paper; however, the online versions allow reader comments (usually ... Philly.com frequently disallows reader comments on more "controversial" stories. Figures.), and comments on articles such as this simply lambaste the paper for its politically correct inanity. Indeed, the readers usually use a lot more common sense than the article authors.
In Wednesday's News Journal....Christine O’Donnell is in a legal dispute with a former campaign worker who claims he wasn’t paid in full. Virginia attorney Jonathan Moseley has demanded $18,250 for work and expenses this year and in 2008 for the former Delaware Republican Senate candidate, according to a declaratory judgment complaint O’Donnell filed last week.
They're at it again. Why does the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers (LGOMB) hate black people so much?
A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora (Mexico) was in Tucson on Tuesday to say Arizona’s new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.
At a news conference, the legislators said Sonora – Arizona’s southern neighbor, made up of mostly small towns – cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers here return to their hometowns without jobs or money.
To say these legislators have balls is an understatement, because it takes really BIG balls to come to the US and demand that we continue to allow illegal immigrants to continue to cross the border and work, etc. Really big balls.
“'How can they pass a law like this?' asked Mexican Rep. Leticia Amparano Gamez, who represents Nogales." Real simple, ma'am. With a bill, votes, and a governor's signature. It's called "law and order," something not very well known in your own country. You ought to work on it a bit harder.
But that ain't all. Mexican Prez Felipe Calderón is also bitching:
Mexican President Felipe Calderon accused the United States on Thursday of dumping criminals at the border because it is cheaper than prosecuting them, and said the practice has fueled violence in Mexico's border areas.
"There are many factors in the violence that is being experienced in some Mexican border cities, but one of those is that the American authorities have gotten into the habit of simply deporting 60 (thousand) or 70,000 migrants per year to cities like Ciudad Juarez or Tijuana," Calderon told an immigration conference.
Yeah, well, that's usually what you do when you catch people illegally crossing the border there, El Presidente. And why the hell should we spend our taxpayer money when these folks are your responsibility in the first place?
Among these deportees "there are many who really are criminals, who have committed some crime and it is simply cheaper to leave them on the Mexican side of the border than to prosecute them, as they should do, to see whether they are guilty or not," Calderon said.
Hel-LO?? The fact that they entered the US illegally in the first place makes them guilty, you idiot. That's why they're taken back to the border.
Yeesh, with a brain trust like Mexico has leading them, it's no wonder they're spiraling into the abyss ...
Via the News Journal:
How DARE these so-called "progressives" criticize a black man?
Look! They do it again here!!
And yet again!
And what about this? The Sublime Ridiculousness Of Herman Cain As GOP Frontrunner. How blatantly racist is that?
And let's not leave out how they use a slavery reference. Unbelievable racists.
Founded in outrage over the special treatment that banks get from government, Occupy Delaware is now demanding its own special treatment from government:
A member of Occupy Delaware, Susan Collins, is petitioning Wilmington Council to suspend city fees for when — and whatever park — the group decides to hold its rally in. ... "Therefore, we respectfully request that the Wilmington City Council, in solidarity with the 99 percenters pass an emergency ordinance suspending all park permitting and fees in support of Occupy Delaware. Furthermore, that the City of Wilmington facilitate the needs and offer its full cooperation throughout the 'occupation.'"
Now Collins certainly has a point that City regulations for events can be expensive. (See the linked article for some details.) But why should Occupy Delaware get any special treatment? Because they claim to be operating on behalf of the "little people"? So do any number of organizations that are much more charitable in nature than the overwhelmingly political Occupy Delaware.
In fact, those actual charities are much more deserving of the waiving of those fees given the behavior of other "Occupy" events. Real charities don't defecate on police cars, to pick just the most famous example of Occupiers having in abominable fashions. A police presence would seem especially needed given that 31% of the Occupy New York protesters "would support violence to advance their agenda". (Meanwhile, the media has been watching the Tea Party like a hawk waiting for its "inevitable" violence to begin after two years of existence. Heck, they haven't even crapped on police cars or raped anybody so the Occupiers are well ahead of them in a much shorter time on the violence front.)
As Hube pointed out before, the protesters complain that government favors the rich too much and therefore must be given more power. There's a obvious point of logic missing. After all, if the government already favors the rich with the power it does have, who do they think it will shower more benefits on when it's given more power? No matter the limitations and restrictions placed on them, much like stinkbugs finding their way into my house, the rich will find their way into government to influence it in their direction. Instead, the proper course of action is to limit government's ability to play favorites.
Instead, The 99 Percent Declaration demands more favoritism. (And that document should dispel the notion of the Occupy Movement as anything other than a left-wing radical movement that most Americans would reject, rather than being representative of 99 percent of them. The economic illiteracy, self-contradiction and shallow thinking in that document is a long blog post in and of itself.) Just to pick one item, what the Occupy movement is missing is that no one forced anyone to go tens of thousands of dollars into debt in order to get a college diploma. I know quite a few people who looked at what they wanted to do with their lives and recognized that a college degree would simply put them in debt for no comparative advantage. Similarly, if you go $80,000 in debt to get a degree in art history you really don't have too much room to complain if you have trouble finding a well-paying job. (After all, even if you do find a job in your chosen field, it's not likely to be a well-paying one.) The "evil" banks who made the loans didn't force the loans on the people. It's not fair to punish the banks by taking the money they're owed away from them.
And let's say we do forcibly break this contract of loan repayment. What would happen? The banks would lose a stream of future revenue, reducing profits or even pushing the banks into the red. Since the banks would be losing money, people would have to be laid off. The banks would yet again be blamed for greed, even though laying off a few people is preferable to a bank closing and thereby laying off the entire staff. Thus, innocent people would suffer because of this loan forgiveness and banks would be scapegoated for the lack of responsibility showed by those demanding their freely accumulated debts be forgiven.
And that's what much of the Occupy Movement is about: people avoiding responsibility for their actions. They're asking for a end to favoritism toward the rich and powerful, while demanding favoritism towards them; simply trading one sort of favoritism for another. Now, it's entirely legitimate to take a stand in favor of the poor in governmental policies and decisions when rights are in conflict or justice demands it. (In Catholic Social Teaching, this is known as the "preferential option for the poor". See section 11 in this document.) When the rights of the rich and the poor are in conflict, of course the government should side with the poor since they're the ones who can least afford to handle things turning against them. But is it really just to demand that loans to college students be forgiven when it will cause the poor/middle class person working at a bank that loses that revenue to be fired as discussed above? Is it really just to forgive someone (usually middle or upper class) a loan he freely entered into because he is having trouble paying for it?
Additionally, as a friend is fond of pointing out, virtually all Americans are part of the 1% when looking on a global scale. The Occupiers should look at history to find out why that's true. Here's a partial list to start them off: freedom, innovation, rule of law, respect for contracts, limited government. All of those would be at least partially overturned if the Occupiers get their way. Rather than further abandoning those principles, we should reassert them.
The Occupy movement has many legitimate points it raises (a blog post I hope to get to at some point, although some were raised above), their objectives and means leave a heck of a lot to be desired. Talking to some of my fellow conservative friends, we're actually very sympathetic to their complaints, but find their proposed solutions impossible to support. As is so often true, the Occupiers need to calm down, speak less from rage and anger and look beyond the immediate effects of their demands to see that harm, not just the benefits, that would result. Because the harm would outweigh the benefits and make our situation even worse.
... are the looks on the faces of the people near the clip's end:
Occupy Wall Street: Guaranteed unintentional hilarity. (And this phrase was "consensed.")
(h/t: The Corner.)
For the second day in a row, an MSNBC anchor raised a liberal Democrat's claim that South Carolina's new voter ID law would be "electoral genocide" that disenfranchises thousands of black voters in the Palmetto State.
Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts made note of the alarmist statement by South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian in an interview about the photo ID law in the 11 a.m. Eastern hour with Tulane professor and Nation magazine contributor Melissa Harris-Perry.
Let's see ... the state offers free voter ID cards to citizens over the age of 17, and also "devoted significant resources this year to setting apart a State Identification Card Day during which DMV officials gave free rides to poor South Carolinians to the DMV to secure a photo ID card.
"Progressives." For them it's always the soft bigotry of low expectations.
MSDNC's Martin Bashir Asks Liberal Guest 'Do You Think Herman Cain Can Spell the Word "Iraq?"'
Anne Foley, the principal at Kennedy School in Somerville, Mass., sent an email to teachers warning them about celebrating Thanksgiving, the Boston Herald reported.
"When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples," Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley wrote.
"We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated. On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well."
She must have gotten that straight from some ed school course probably titled something like "Multiculturalism for New Teachers." But that ain't it. The laughable CYA moment comes from the district superintendent:
School Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi also issued a statement yesterday in response to the holiday flap saying Foley’s email was intended to “spark healthy faculty discussion” about Christopher Columbus and that the schools celebrate holidays “when related to the curriculum.”
Uh huh. And if that "healthy faculty discussion" included teachers telling their principal that she is being outrageously ridiculous? Yeah, I bet that'd go over really well, especially come evaluation time. Thanksgiving is a national holiday for goodness sake, and besides -- what does Columbus really have to do with Thanksgiving? He landed in the New World over a century before the Pilgrims landed further north. The idea that the Europeans were brutal, genocidal ogres and the Natives were idyllic, peace-loving utopians is laughable in the extreme. After all, for example, why didn't Foley mention the cannibalism that some of the Natives who Columbus encountered practiced? Easy: Doesn't fit THE NARRATIVETM.
This presidential election has not lacked for clowns, and in a circus Herman Cain fits right in. But as the Black clown, Cain's foot-in-mouth moments mostly involve insulting the Black community.
If this was a conservative saying this about Barack Obama, the MSM would be seeking to ostracize this individual forever from the scene for his "racism." But, alas, the last nameless Touré holds the "correct" views on race and race relations -- correct for for MSNBC, CNN, ABC, the New York Times, etc. For instance, he says,
Also, Big Daddy Cain recently said racism no longer "holds anyone back in a big way," which is a disgusting and dangerous statement because it gives leverage to those who want desperately to believe that lie. Racism is like the weather: we only talk about its extremes, but it’s always there. America has institutional inequities built into its structures that guarantee that millions of Blacks have no chance at success. Those systems operate powered by white privilege, which works automatically, no need to apply or activate it. And much of modern racism is subtle and hidden; there are fewer smoking guns now than ever.
Or, on the other hand, as common sensical people would put it, when there's not much left to complain about, make it "subtle" and "hidden" -- that way we don't actually have to show or prove anything.
Just keep in mind that this is the lunatic who once asked
And the non-Council winners are here!
1) After an earlier debate, co-hosted by MSNBC, I called up a memory: In the 2008 presidential cycle, the Democrats boycotted a debate to have been hosted by Fox News. That debate had to be canceled. You see, Fox had cooties, could not be touched.
But Republicans, apparently, are happy to debate under any auspices. This week’s debate was hosted by CNN, as at least one other debate this season has been. Republicans are used to critical media. Democrats are used to having their butts kissed. They think the media exist to bash Republicans and bolster Democrats.
It also helps explain why opinion shows on Fox -- like O'Reilly and Hannity -- clamor to have liberals on to debate, whereas those on MSDNC rarely if ever have on conservatives to give their perspective.
Politico: Barney Frank supports protesters, raises Wall St. cash.
Rep. Barney Frank might sympathize with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, but he’s still got friends in the financial world.
The Massachusetts Democrat is heading to New York hoping to raise tens of thousands of dollars Thursday at a fundraiser at the home of Charles Myers, a senior investment banking advisor at Evercore Partners. Myers is one of several Wall Street execs listed on the invite soliciting up to $2,500 from attendees for Frank’s reelection committee, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO.
This mirrors what we see from The Messiah, too. For, as Bryan Preston notes, Obama Has Raised More from Wall Street than All the GOP Contenders, Combined. And he's in support of the OWSers. One wonders just how bright many of these OWSers really are considering that half of them think the bank bailouts were necessary, and/or that Obama and his fellow Democrats really share their values.
The LA Times reports on the extremely tough bit that Jon Stewart did the other night on the GOP's hypocrisy regarding the Occupy Wall Street protesters:
On Tuesday night's episode of 'The Daily Show," Jon Stewart took aim at Republicans who claim that the growing 'Occupy' movement is a divisive phenomenon that pits Americans against other Americans.
Stewart kicked off the segment with a montage of conservatives rallying their base with bellicose rhetoric: "Take our country back!", "Get your musket!" and so on. He followed it with a series of clips in which some of the very same Republicans expressed their dismay over the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Most notable was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who expressed his increasing concern over the "growing mobs occupying Wall Street" and characterized the protests as class warfare. "Believe it or not, some in this town have condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans," he said.
Stewart seized upon Cantor's apparent inconsistency. "If Republicans don't condone pitting Americans against Americans, then who is it that we Americans should be taking this country back from?" he wondered.
Gee, what an original bit. Why doesn't Stewart go after liberals and the Democrats who did their damndest to portray the Tea Party in the most vile, negative terms with virtually no evidence to back it up, but who now support the OWSers -- protesters who've done magnitudes more vile, negative things than the Tea Partiers ever did.
The answer is simple: Stewart is one of the above liberals, and, of course, it doesn't fit THE NARRATIVETM.
Bryant Gumbel says that NBA commissioner David Stern is like a "plantation overseer."
Stern's version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys. It's part of Stern's M.O., like his past self-serving edicts on dress code and the questioning of officials. His moves were intended to do little more than show how he's the one keeping the hired hands in their place.
If he's really a modern-day slave master, then why does "Ole Massa pay players an AVERAGE of $4.75 million or $92,199 per week," as Larry Elder notes?
I must be magnitudes less than a "slave," then. Sheesh.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
... by former Delaware bigwig blogger Dave Burris: My Advice To The Occupy Movement.
One of my favorite humor sites, Cracked.com, offers some very sensical advice on the current Occupy Wall Street movement. Perhaps my fave part:
Wall Street might be one of the centers of the world's economy, but to point a finger at it as if there is one bad man in a three piece suit, smoking cigars and raping the statue of liberty on his mahogany desk is just simplistic. What about the banks, CEOs, and, perhaps most of all, complicit government leading up to and existing during this recession? There is no shortage of blame, and to focus anger at the flailing stock market makes as much sense as protesting cancer outside Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Perfectly in the mold of "progressive" hypocrites like Michael Moore and Sean Penn, just to name but two.
Majority of Americans Say Government Is "Almost Always Wasteful and Inefficient"
Precisely why spending cuts should come WAAAAY before any tax increases.
Colossus R&D man Gooch sends me this link from USA Today about the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial ... and some of the predictable dogmatic/political nonsense you'd expect from the usual suspects. Let's start from the beginning:
Update at 9:20 a.m. ET: [Washington DC Mayor Vincent] Gray spends much of his speech noting that residents of Washington, D.C., do not, under the Constitution, have full voting rights. He calls on President Obama and Congress to end this "yoke of injustice" and "remove the shackles of oppression." The voting restrictions were put in place when the District of Columbia was created. The district does not have a voting representative in Congress.
No problem! Just incorporate the District into the state of Maryland and voilá -- instant voting rights for DC residents. Do not think we don't recognize the blatant political (and pathetic) agenda behind granting the District full statehood. (It's ridiculously overwhelmingly Democratic.)
Update at 10:27 a.m. ET: King, [Jesse] Jackson says, would be sad that a "redemptive moment of historic proportions" that came with the election of Obama in 2008 "has been met with unrelenting retribution, retaliation and unprecedented opposition." "Many seem willing just to sink the ship just to destroy the captain," Jackson says."We must do better than that."
Of course, since MLK advocated going beyond skin color in judging men, he'd probably rebuke the racialist Jackson saying "Unrelenting retribution, retaliation and unprecedented opposition? Please, Jesse. Do you so quickly forget what happened to Obama's predecessor? Or, do you think that just because our current president is black that he should have it easier than any other chief executive?"
Update at 10:39 a.m. ET: Rev. Joseph Lowery, the 90-year-old co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, says King gave birth to a "new America." "This marvelous present is imperiled today by forces that have come to turn back the clock. ... But we want to make sure they understand that we have marched too far, prayed too hard, wept too bitterly, bled too profusely, and died too young to let anybody turn back the clock on our journey."
Yo Rev -- who precisely wants to "turn back the clock?" Be specific. But I know you won't because either 1) you can't, or 2) you don't want to sound like an idiot. So just keep to those generalized outrageous platitudes.
Update at 11:14 a.m. ET: Rev. Al Sharpton says the marker is not a monument of old times past. "This is a marker for the fight for justice today and a projection for the fight for justice in the future because we will not stop until we get the equal justice justice (that) Dr. King fought for."
The mere fact that a huckster like Sharpton is even on this stage dramatically reduces the respect that it due this memorial. What a shame.
But all was not lost. Not at all. There were many positive comments with no agenda -- perhaps the best of which was the following:
Update at 9:29 a.m. ET: King's sister, Christine King Farris, refers to Obama, the first African-American president, and says, "All dreams can come true and America is a place where you can make it happen."
Via Darren comes this superb post by the Math Curmudgeon. The M.C. is amused by a post put up by NBC's Education Nation site which states that kids aren't listened to in the classroom, and has a list of things that "need to be done" by teachers which will [supposedly] "help" them.
Needless to say, like Darren and M.C., I got a bit of chuckling enjoyment out of reading the list. It's almost akin to reading the "demands" by those in the current "Occupy" protests across the country. Nevertheless, this seems to be a boondoggle within the teaching realm today -- teachers who believe, like Darren, M.C. and myself -- that too many of the current educational "theories" and fads are pretty much useless and have transformed an appallingly large segment of our youth population into mewling babies ... vs. those who subscribe to such theories. Let's face it -- there's always been distrust by teachers of administrators and/or professors who pop into inservices armed with the latest fad du jour and then telling us (not asking) that we need to use it. Usually these fads are repackaged (or re-repackaged) ideas from yesteryear but now include the latest "edu-jargon." Furthermore, these fads are promulgated by profs and/or administrators who have either never been in an actual classroom (teaching), or have been out of one for decades. And, additionally, particularly when it comes to administrators, such dissemination of these fads is often due to the fact that one (or some) of them is working towards another degree and needs to "field test" his/her fad in a classroom.
I don't want to totally denigrate the list made by these students as some of the statements are indeed what good teachers should do. For example, one suggestion says "I can't learn from you if you are not willing to connect with me." Any teacher worth his or her salt will always try to "connect" with the students. That's part of the job! But students need to remember that this is a two-way street -- that they have to make an effort to connect with the teacher. But unfortunately, the vast majority of the list in question is mealy-mouthed "do-stuff-for-me" narcissism. For example, this one is way too often co-opted by the educrats: "We learn in different ways at different rates." This is, of course, true; but what these students and the educrats fail to realize is that the reality of modern public education makes it nigh impossible to address this as they would like. How does a teacher address over 30 students' different learning styles and paces in the span of 45-50 minutes? And consider: How will college professors address the learning styles and paces of over 200-300 students in university lecture halls? How will employers address the learning styles and paces of new hires? Answer: They don't. They expect their students/hires to adjust to their teaching style/job requirements. Therefore, should we not expect school students to similarly make adjustments in the classroom?
We also read this: "Caring about each student is more important than teaching the class." Again, any good teacher cares about his students, but it is not more important than teaching the subject matter. I tell 'ya what, students: When No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top say to teachers that we'll be evaluated on our empathy, maybe that above statement will have merit. But as it is, we're evaluated on how we teach the subject matter, and how we raise your test scores ... whether you give a hoot about raising them or not.
"We need more than teachers. We need life coaches" is the next suggestion. Nothing more, perhaps, epitomizes how education has changed in the last 30 years or so. (I direct you to this cartoon as evidence.) Y'see, parents used to fill this role. But I tell 'ya what, students -- if you want teachers to usurp the role of parents, then don't go running to your parents when you're disciplined for bad behavior or you get a poor grade in class. Fair enough? This student suggestion perhaps goes well with another which says "Tell me something good that I'm doing so that I can keep growing in that." Uh, no. The problem with the modern narcissism is that you've been told that too much.
Fifteen years ago while working on my masters I took a class titled "Discipline and Classroom Management." Having only been in the classroom then a mere six years, I figured it'd be beneficial. Oops. The course was taught not by professors (not that that would have made a bunch of difference, in my opinion) but by several counselors whose total "real" experience in classrooms I can't precisely recall now, but do remember it was pretty miniscule as a whole. I think the last straw for me in this class is when they showed a video promoting a program whereby the teacher and the student were to be considered "equal partners" in the classroom (or some such nonsense). It showed a student-teacher conflict being "resolved" by a school counselor where each presented his side of the story and then a "resolution" was "agreed upon." Here's what the Math Curmudgeon would probably say to that:
Apparently, no one listens to the students and that's bad. Of course, most of us do but that's not the Reformer Way of Describing Teachers so we obviously don't do that and obviously The Students Are Always Right When They Complain.
"In their discussion, young people provided insight into their own experiences with education and what they think needs to be done to ensure that every student receives a world-class education." Because we all know that students are the Font of Wisdom and teachers are morons. Quick note: Sleeping through class does not make you an expert on education.
The bold text is key. Why would any teacher want to be put on an "equal footing" with a 13 year-old in a classroom dispute? It's not his class, it's the teacher's class. A good teacher (and most are good) will establish fair rules and enforce them fairly. It's ludicrous to go to a mediation session because you booted a kid from class for talking constantly ... after you gave him numerous warnings. What would that boil down to?
Yes, the above is a hypothetical conversation, but the aforementioned video included a mediation session very much like that -- sans the teacher firmly holding his ground. In the video, the teacher meekly accepted the idea of being "equal" with a young teen.
I tell 'ya what: When a 13 year-old child has bought a house, has paid bills, has had children, and has held a job ... THEN you can put him on an equal footing with me. But until then he's just a kid, who at that age has as the most important thing on his mind playing Xbox after school.
For "Discipline and Classroom Management's" final paper, I spent an entire day in the University of Delaware's Morris Library researching scholars who believe that such management ideas are a lot of bunk. It was easier than I expected. I meticulously dissected and shredded the course in my final paper, putting worries aside that I'd get a lousy grade for not toeing the party line. I felt it more important to send a message. The result was a mixed bag: I got an "A" on the paper, but one of the instructors wrote a page full of comments on the back of it ripping me in return. I took it as a compliment, really, except for, perhaps, the remark that my paper was "visceral." "Visceral" means "not intellectual : instinctive, unreasoning; dealing with crude or elemental emotions : earthy." To the contrary -- my feelings about discipline and my final paper are (were) anything but. They're well thought-out based on research and real life experience.
Which brings us right back to where this post began. And which would you prefer? A theorist who thinks he knows what works, or a realist who knows what works?
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A couple weeks ago we saw Democrtic North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue "joke" about suspending next year's congressional elections so we all could "focus on repairing the economy instead of [the] next campaign." Perdue and her idiot handlers tried to say she was being facetious after -- rightly -- people reacted with horrific surprise at her comments.
Now enter Jesse Jackson Jr. He's as big an idiot as Perdue, apparently:
Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”
Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.
Aside from the fact that these are beyond stupid legally, why do these nimrods want to hand Republicans a vengeful switch when they eventually come back into power (which, as is likely, will be next year)? One can already hear the screaming and hollering from liberals and their MSM cohorts when/if the GOP seriously proposes something similar.
The administration has insisted that the highest officials in Iran knew about the recent foiled (Saudi ambassador) assassination plot ... but why should we believe them? Those Iranian officials deny knowing about it. After all, if we're to believe that Eric Holder's story about Fast and Furious, then why shouldn't that same amount of belief be given to the Iranians?
Rosie O'Donnell's new show premiered to 497,000 total viewers, and a .44 rating among OWN's target audience of women 25 to 54. It debuted Monday at 7 p.m.
"Oprah's Lifeclass," meanwhile, had 333,000 total viewers and a .4 among women 25 to 54. It aired at 8 p.m.
The network has struggled for ratings since its debut in January, and doesn't look to have an instant hit with O'Donnell.
Maybe that's because she's a first-class moonbat 9/11 Truther who turns the stomachs of a significant portion of the potential viewing audience.
Jeez, didn't McClain's wife say in the second installment, "John, why does this keep happening to us?" Yeah, three more times, it seems!
... especially when it was remotely connected to Tea Partiers? Alas, those days are over.
Unfunny comedian Bill Maher said yesterday that "If a brick came through Rupert Murdoch’s apartment, yes, I have a feeling Fox News would be a lot more gentle on the Wall Street people." MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, on whose show Maher found himself, laughed.
And hell, here's the call in straight black and white:
If this dude was a Tea Partier, he'd be a regular feature on MSNBC, CNN, CBS and ABC for a solid week!
Remember how "choked up" Nancy Pelosi got at the [imaginary] prospect of Tea Party violence? She's suddenly ultra-cool with those OWSers. Who'da thunk that? Yeesh.
But hey, there's always that 'ol standby: Libs can always bring out that inevitable, tiresome, needs-no-intellect card -- opposition to OWS is "racist!"
Leaked cables show Japan nixed a presidential apology to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for using nukes to end the overseas contingency operation known as World War II.
A heretofore secret cable dated Sept. 3, 2009, was recently released by WikiLeaks. Sent to Secretary of State Clinton, it reported Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling U.S. Ambassador John Roos that "the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a 'nonstarter.'"
The Japanese feared the apology would be exploited by anti-nuclear groups and those opposed to the defensive alliance between Japan and the U.S.
'Ya gotta love it -- the Japanese had to tell Obama to bag the apology. And precisely what would such an apology entail? Let's imagine:
This explains in a nutshell just what it says at the top (h/t The Watcher):
"But when the Times put 'Occupy Wall Street' on the front page on October 1, there were no people in need of therapy, and the marchers’ lack of solutions was, well, charming. The reporters began like they were writing a movie script. 'A man named Hero was here. So was Germ. There was the waitress from the dim sum restaurant in Evanston, Ill. And the liquor store worker,' they wrote. 'The Google consultant. The circus performer. The Brooklyn nanny.' They represented a 'noisy occupation' that 'lured a sturdily faithful and fervent constituency willing to express discontentment with what they feel is an inequitable financial system until, well, whenever.'”
Funny how Klein didn't see fit to ask how it's a "little awkward" for Democrats to be cheering for the OWSers when they criticized the Tea Party.
And on it goes ...
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Totally kick-ass. Just hope the actual film is, too!
Now, imagine if Tea Party marchers were carrying a Nazi flag. This is right in my back yard in Philly:
Looks like David Anderson has a point, eh?
Tea Party was branded racist 4 imaginary actions of few, why isn't the Occupy movement called antisemitic & anti-American 4 actions of many?
How 'bout that? A politically incorrect-panned-by-the-usual-MSM-pinheads story about a hero who takes on al Qaeda actually resonates with average people.
Yep, Frank Miller's Holy Terror leads in graphic novel sales.
Keep up to date with members of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers (LGOMB) making a run to New York City to help out their like-minded moonbat brethren at the Occupy Wall Street protests! Remember -- it's easy to take a day "off" to do such things when you're a trust fund kid!
Don't forget that pandora will be with El Sonámbulo at the Shipyard Shops! I can't contain myself!
Jason "Trust Fund" Scott just left Lewes with some great coats! Excitement abounds!
Trust Fund just crossed the border back into Kent County!! WHOA!
Looks like Al Mascitti gave them all a mention on WDEL! OUTSTANDING!!
Trust Fund is passing over the C&D Canal! PHENOMENAL!
Oooh! They were photographed by WHYY! That means its five viewers might see them later tonight!
What's that -- turn out was light in Kent County?? For REAL? Who'da thunk?
OK, obviously this is nothing new, and it is beyond parody that this semi-literate bigot is given the deference that he is, but just consider the opening paragraph here:
Rev. Al Sharpton said Friday that no matter how “black” presidential candidate Herman Cain is, his conservative views are fundamentally at odds with the rest of the black community — and white people only like him because he says what they want to hear.
Or, to put it another (more sensical) way, they agree with what he has to to say. But ... isn't that what politics should be about? In the span of a few sentences, Sharpton embraces the idea of political differences, yet at the same time he demands skin color loyalty. Cain cannot have his own -- different -- beliefs and values from other black people, for if he dares do so, he's merely "catering" to those dastardly majority crackers.
Yanked from Insty:
If you're so inclined, "Geezer" doesn't seem to get the above in this DE Politics thread.
As seen in the comments over at the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers:
Right wingers posing as left wingers shouting antisemitic slogans to produce a smear the sheeple like you dutifully propagate. You know, like the smears of those who suggest that Obama is a Marxist.
I wonder how "progressives" would react if conservatives explained away the idiocy of various Tea Partiers that way ...
"Why are you here?"
"Well, right now it's kinda vague ..."
Via Reason TV. Enjoy the hilarity:
... about "sitting on the sidelines" during the nascent civil rights movement in the 50s and early 60s ... forgetting that he admitted he does precisely the same thing for the reason Cain's father told Cain. Check it:
Where do you think black people would be sitting on the bus today if Rosa Parks had followed your father’s advice [for Herman not to make trouble if told to sit in the back of the bus; my note, Cain was 9 years old at the time of Parks' act of defiance.]
You watched black college students from around the country and white college students from around the country come to the south and be murdered, fighting for the rights of African-Americans; do you regret sitting on the sidelines at that time?
So, Crazy Larry chides Mr. Cain, yet admitted himself that he doesn't criticize radical Muslims like he should ... because he fears for his life:
HUGH HEWITT: Would you say the same things about Mohammed as you just said about Joseph Smith?
O'DONNELL: Oh, well, I’m afraid of what the…that’s where I’m really afraid. I would like to criticize Islam much more than I do publicly, but I’m afraid for my life if I do.
HEWITT: Well, that’s candid.
O'DONNELL: Mormons are the nicest people in the world. They’re not going to ever…
HEWITT: So you can be bigoted towards Mormons, because they’ll just send you a strudel.
O'DONNELL: They’ll never take a shot at me. Those other people, I’m not going to say a word about them.
Nothing like an admitted socialist like O'Donnell lecturing a black man on what he "should have done" during the civil rights movement when he was a minor and a young college student (because, in part, he feared violence), yet is afraid to do his job as an adult because he fears for his life.
What a sanctimonious hypocritical a-hole.
... a "progressive" organizer paid some Hispanics to join in on the Occupy DC protests:
A liberal organizer told the Daily Caller on Thursday afternoon that he paid some Hispanics to attend “Occupy DC” protests happening in the nation’s capital.
TheDC attended the protest event, an expansion of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began in New York City. Some aspects of the protest, it turned out, are more Astroturf than grassroots.
One group of about ten Hispanic protesters marched behind a Caucasian individual from the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting rent control in Washington, D.C.
Asked why they were there, some Hispanic protesters holding up English protest signs could not articulate what their signs said.
Interviewed in Spanish, the protesters told conflicting stories about how their group was organized. Some said it was organized at their church, and that they were there as volunteers. Others, however, referred to the man from the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition — the only Caucasian in the group — as their “boss.”
Check out the vid:
Try reading this and not either 1) laughing hysterically, 2) shaking your head in disgust, or 3) #s 1 and 2, along with many other other forms of derision.
Several influential New York state lawmakers have received threatening mails saying it is “time to kill the wealthy” if they don’t renew the state’s tax surcharge on millionaires, according to reports.
“It’s time to tax the millionaires!” reads the email, according to WTEN in Albany. “If you don’t, I’m going to pay a visit with my carbine to one of those tech companies you are so proud of and shoot every spoiled Ivy League [expletive] I can find…”
The email, with the threatening subject line of, “time to kill the wealthy,” was detailed and disturbing.
“How hard is it for us to stake out one of the obvious access roads to some tech company, tail an employee home and toss a liquor bottle full of flaming gasoline through their nice picture window into their cute house,” wrote the author of the email.
Why isn't this being covered in the press? All right, we know why. And just remember, folks -- it's the Tea Party that is comprised of crazed, hateful, racist, and radical people. Folks like these always told us so ... the same folks who're now supporting wannbe killers like the above.
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Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. What's your excuse?
Yeah, hear that 'o Wall Street Occupiers?
It's the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers "Occupy Wall Street Action Item!!" Let's take a look! (Oooh, I'm all giddy!!)
With your help, we are going to fill an SUV with donated sleeping bags and/or blankets, yoga mats and tarps and drive up to New York where we will deliver them on behalf of everyone in Delaware who thinks that the corporate takeover of our democracy requires a response.
Yeah, don't forget those yoga mats so the unkempt, odiferous hippies can meditate in between blocking traffic for people who have jobs and getting arrested for disorderly conduct! And it sure is easy to take a day off to gather up all that and head up to NYC when you're a trust fund kid like Jason Scott, ain't it?
At any rate, please don't forget these following needed items, Trust Fund:
Lastly, the cognitive dissonance these mental pygmies demonstrate is beyond description. They say that "the corporate takeover of our democracy requires a response," yet they're also the biggest supporters of Barack Obama around ... the guy who is in bed with corporate America to the Nth degree.
Ah well, they're always good for cheap laughs, I'll give 'em that.
As mentioned previously, just imagine -- IMAGINE -- if Tea Partiers had done even a fraction of what these rancid wannabe hippies are currently doing. For weeks -- months -- the lamestream media scoured and dissected Tea Party gatherings for the most minute appearances of "hate," "racism" and the like; however, with these "Occupy" movements, one doesn't even have to try to find all that ... and more:
And then there's the politicians who embrace these cretins.
I wonder, why is it that these unwashed dolts can't do what they claim they want back -- participatory democracy? Why don't they expend their energies like the Tea Party did and elect people into office who will help effect the change they want? The Tea Party was quite successful, after all -- they helped turn the House from Democrat to Republican. This, despite the outrageous ogres the minions in the MSM perpetually made them out to be.
Hell, I know why the hippies won't do what the Tea Party did: Because they know deep down that they'll be unsuccessful. If they even remotely believe that demands such as these are shared by a sizable portion of the American public, then they're as deranged as they are filthy. This is why they have to cause the ruckus they do, because the fact is that everyday Americans couldn't give a sh** about their beliefs and demands. Somehow they think screaming, yelling, protesting, blocking traffic, getting arrested, and carrying pickets will "open people's eyes."
Good luck with that.
From Liberal Geek at the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers:
Stay tuned for DelawareLiberal’s planned action to support Occupy Wall St.
All RIGHT!! Where do I SIGN UP?? And PLEASE hurry with that info, Geek! We just won't be able to contain our EXCITEMENT!
Joe Pulgini of Newark makes a bad analogy:
Over the past few months our President Obama has been taking a lot of grief for the way this country is today. Americans forget who got us in this mess. The president and vice president have been working hard to redo what it took the last president eight years to create.
Put it this way: Say you have a favorite NFL team, and for eight years they may have won two games, so you get a new coach. Would you expect that new coach to bring that same team to the Super Bowl in two or three years? Of course not, especially when he is going up against the best defense in the country, the Republicans.
Hey Joe -- I know of a team that did precisely that: My team, the St. Louis Rams.
Check it: From 1990 to 1996, the Rams never had more than seven wins in a season. Then, in 1997 a man named Dick Vermeil assumed control of the team. His first season was 5-11. He went down a notch in 1998, going 4-12. Then in his third year, 1999, he and the Rams went 13-3 and won the only Super Bowl in the team's history.
How 'bout that? Oops, Joe.
Sorry, Joe -- you're just another Obama apologist who refuses to recognize that the guy ain't all we (well, some of us) were led to believe he'd be.
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ESPN has dropped Hank Williams Jr. from opening Monday Night Football tonight after Williams controversial comments today about President Obama.
Says ESPN, in a statement: "While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
What did Williams say? He said "this summer's so-called golf summit between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner" was "one of the biggest political mistakes ever." He then said "It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Benjamin Netanyahu." Finally he said "Obama and Vice-President Biden are 'the enemy.'"
Hey, ESPN can hire and fire whomever they wish. And I can watch some other channel if they insist on being one-sided about enforcing their political commentary policy.
People who say Chris Christie is too fat to be president: Girthers.
Compare what Tea Partiers want with what these minions desire:
And then there's this list of "demands":
- Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
- Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
- Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
- Demand four: Free college education.
- Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
- Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
- Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.
- Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
- Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
- Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
- Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
- Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
- Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
They end by saying "These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy."
Look at the bright side -- there is one demand that isn't either absolutely insane or stupefyingly ignorant: Demand ten. In fact, we've advocated for that here at Colossus for years now.
(h/t to The Corner.)
They're at it again. Surprise, that! They still beat the "racist" drumbeat against the Tea Party against all evidence (and/or lack thereof) so when there is ANY connection to a Republican with something obviously racist -- no matter how remote -- well, they're gonna LET. YOU. KNOW!! Check it:
So, Rick Perry’s family had a hunting lease on a piece of land that featured a large boulder. On the boulder—either as signage, or a graffiti—was the term “Niggerhead.” As soon as Perry’s family started leasing the land, they painted the rock over. Yet the offensive name was still visible through the paint, and people saw it.
So the Perry family, which never owned this property, eventually turned the rock over to make sure that the offensive term could never be seen. (How much did that cost, by the way? Getting heavy boulder-turning machinery to a hunting camp couldn’t be cheap.)
The Washington Post was able to find multiple people who were willing to claim that the word was visible on the rock while the Perrys were leasing the property—and using it intermittently—back in the 1980s. What the people at the Post apparently cannot reproduce is a picture of the rock. Even though the legend was supposedly very prominent, possibly official signage for that hunting camp, and so difficult to paint over that the word showed through the paint.
Ironically, Perry was a Democrat during most (if not all) of the timeframe in question. That's probably why it wasn't worthy of a mention then, but is now, now that Perry is a member of the GOP.
Not to mention -- where the f*** was the Post back during campaign 2008 with this story and photos? And back to the "racist" Tea Party, where is all the coverage of the actual hate and lunacy (and arrests!) evident at these Wall Street protests?
That's right -- doesn't fit THE NARRATIVETM
Grab-N-Go burger is the same as In-N-Out burger? So says the latter in this News Journal article today.
Anyone else reminded of "Coming to America," the Eddie Murphy hit featuring John Amos' McDowell's restaurant? Check it out:
So, a bunch of liberals are "occupying" Wall Street. There are a few problems with this though.
For one, to claim Wall Street is "occupied" when its operations have barely been impacted is a stretch, to put it mildly. Second, if they're really upset at Wall Street, I would hope they'll vote against the re-election of a President who's been in the pocket of Wall Street, but somehow I doubt they'll follow through on their rhetoric.
To make things even funnier, they only managed to get as many as a few thousand "occupiers" because of a false rumor that the band Radiohead was going to perform for them:
"I actually think it's kind of ridiculous," said a dreadlocked 20-year-old who identified himself as Pigpen. "The only reason 500 people are here is because they think Radiohead is going to be here."
Organizers were red-faced.
"I got hoaxed," said Patrick Bruner, who has been e-mailing on behalf of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. "Radiohead was never confirmed. Completely our fault. Apologies. "
To make things even more amusing:
A crowd of more than 2,000 people marched up Broadway, past a closed City Hall Park, under the arch of the Municipal Building and massed outside what some mistakenly thought was NYPD headquarters.
But most of the chanting horde plopped down in front of One St. Andrew's Plaza, which houses the U.S. Attorney's Office, not the NYPD.
But remember, it's the Tea Party who's stupid, ill-informed and guided by false information.
That's how much William B. Harvey -- former Vice President for Diversity and Equity at the University of Virginia -- makes in a year. $315,000. If I had a kid at UVA and saw what the tuition I was shelling out cost me, I'd demand to know what this ridiculously politically correct dolt actually did to warrant such a salary. It certainly ain't because of "logic" like this regarding why Asian-Americans are underrepresented at the very top levels of American education:
Bill Harvey, vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity, said this discrepancy between higher and lower levels of the University faculty may be because of culture. He said Asian-Americans typically do not actively seek out leadership positions and instead may prefer to take a more supportive role. For example, Harvey said, they may appear more comfortable in roles as senior faculty members.
Now, Harvey's "logic" isn't misplaced since he may actually have a [cultural] point here. The problem is that it is highly doubtful that he'd apply this logic consistently. If a Vice President for Diversity and Equity's role is to "ensure" diversity at virtually any cost -- even at the cost of skirting the law so much so that you may as well be completely over the border -- it would be his job to make sure Asian-Americans were represented at those mentioned higher levels. And, of course, were we to apply Harvey's logic elsewhere, this same explanation should suffice as to why, without racial preferences and quotas, there aren't as many blacks and Latinos at various universities ... for that "may be because of culture" too, might it not?
As we've noted ad nauseum here at Colossus, self-described diversophiles and multi-cultis inevitably just cannot help tripping over their convoluted racial/ethnic/diversity "logic." Consistency is anathema to them, mainly because there is no consistency inherent in what they believe and advocate. For [further] example, Harvey is now Dean of Education at North Carolina A & T University where the student body is 84% African-American, and ten members of its Board of Trustees (out of twelve) are black. If diversity is such the educational "necessity" as vice presidents for Diversity and Equity routinely claim (and get paid handsomely for), why isn't Harvey actively attempting to diversify A & T's population so that the institution will gain all these miraculous "benefits?"
... that he can't even remember his wife's name. Or, maybe he has the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on his mind. Check it at about the 0:35 mark:
The Society of Professional Journalists, hearing an emotional plea from Rebecca Aguilar, a member of SPJ and of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, voted Tuesday to recommend that newsrooms discontinue using the terms "illegal alien" and "illegal immigrant." The resolution from the 7,800-member organization says only courts can decide when a person has committed an illegal act.
Aguilar argued that using those words insulted Latinos and all those who are or had once been in the United States illegally. She used the example of her mother, who became a "proud American" in 1980. Her mother felt insulted "every time she heard that word," Aguilar said of the phrase "illegal alien."
Get it? The terms would be insulting to ... people who ARE in the United States illegally! Saying precisely what these people are ... is insulting! One can only imagine what other sorts of manipulative lingo will be thought up by these politically correct peons. We won't be able to use "convicted felon" because a person has already served his time? Or is insulting to him? What should we call him -- a "formerly incarcerated bad choice maker"?
The Rev. Horacio Delano Lewis of Newark, like way too many "progressives," likes to talk the talk about violence and the value of human life; however, a certain thing called abortion never seems to enter into that equation:
With the rampant disregard of human life exemplified by wars, gang activity, animosity, revenge and greed, I ask for detente and the acknowledgement that only God decides life and death. I am indignantly appalled to read of global disrespect for what God has designed. The thought of hurting or in any way destroying a fellow human, even when attacked, unnerves me, since we are all unique, sacred spiritual beings who exist through the will and grace of a supreme power I call God.
People are not given the right to harm God's children; only he decides who lives and dies. Local incidents of homicides are alarming and out of control; we can take a small step, at least in Wilmington, in honoring God, by reminding ourselves that we do not have the authority to disrupt the purpose for which we were created. "Will harm no one today, no one" should be our motto.
Now, just because the rev didn't specifically make note of abortion in his letter doesn't mean he is pro-choice. However, he is indeed just that -- he believes, as noted on his personal website, that the procedure is "a personal issue."
Hey rev -- you just wrote above that "People are not given the right to harm God's children; only he decides who lives and dies." (BTW, shouldn't "he" be written "He"?) Except for abortion, though, right? In that case, it's OK to let a woman usurp God's decision of about life and death!
Figures. Dr. Lewis is, unfortunately, just another "progressive" hypocrite when it comes to the issue of life.
Yeah, I wouldn't do too much yappin' there, Morgan. After all, when you were president, you allowed part of a comet to wipe out hundreds of a millions of people.