And it's quite prevalent at ... Fox News, he says:
Read an article about spotting sociopathic behavior. Kinda scared that I can spot pretty much every trait in Fox News on-air talent.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) May 31, 2014
Surprise, surprise. Gotta keep up those libprog bonafides!
Got flash for 'ya Dan: I can spot sociopathic behavior too. Like when guys write stories where a genocidal murderer takes over the body of a hero ... in order to effect his usual heinous practices.
Keep residing in your comfy little bubble, you dopey little gnome.
Oops, sorry -- I meant "climate change." At any rate, now it's responsible for ... infidelity:
A new report blames global warming for rising rates of infidelity, especially bad news for couples in Miami, where rising tides and raging hurricanes remind us all how much extracurricular sex we could be having on a daily basis.
Victoria Milan, a dating website for people looking to cheat on their significant other, surveyed 5,000 of its members, both men and women. A shocking 72% of them responded that yes, their own Al Gore-esque stress about unpredictable weather is the cause of their extra-marital dalliances. Guess the fact of their existing committed relationships was just an inconvenient truth.
I suppose this appropriate:
This is why I usually refer to the president as "Boss Obama":
I know the left are always going on about how mutants are being discriminated against and questioning them at all makes us basically evil racists, but the left’s position on this issue makes absolutely no sense. Right now, if a kid in school so much as draws a picture of a gun, the cops get called. But if there is a kid in class with mutant exploding powers who could easily kill everyone in the classroom — either maliciously or accidentally — then we’re all Nazis for saying, “Hey, maybe we should reevaluate whether that kid should be in the same class as everyone else.” Not only that, we’re bigots for wanting to even know about that kid. How does this make any sense? I guess dead school children is better than “discrimination.”
And it’s not like these mutant powers are the same as someone walking around with a concealed gun like millions of Americans do and not necessarily harming anyone; no, they’re actively using them. Many of the mutants are in this paramilitary organization — the X-Men — and flying around in military-grade hardware to “fight evil.” Some of us think that maybe — just maybe — the government should watch these people. And of course we get called racists for this basic common sense.
I know I've written similar sentiments in the past here (our search function is still an active victim of our outage a couple weeks back), but I'll reiterate my sympathies with the author of the above. The Left seeks to make hay out of every gun tragedy (the latest being a psycho pampered college kid who killed a half dozen people because he couldn't get laid ... or something) with "progressive" comicbook creators some of the most vocal. And some of these same creators, who seek "real life relevancy" in many of their stories, suddenly take the "Oh, but I only write comicbooks!" excuse when called on their hypocrisy. Take Amazing Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott:
Just so we're clear here: I write comic books. I don't endorse real life guns. Or people really swinging off buildings. Or real giant apes.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) May 25, 2014
Please. How many times have we heard that the X-Men are a comicbook parable for just about any historically marginalized group? Blacks. Jews. Gays? Which goes directly to the quote above's point: What if these (or any other) groups had the ability to manipulate the weather to their will? Blast holes through armor plate with their optic blasts? Detach the Golden Gate Bridge and levitate it across a sound?? Would average folk be reluctant to call for the government to do something about this ... for fear of being called a "bigot?" Would the Left be hesitant?
If they would be, then they'd be immensely hypocritical given their stance on gun control.
In the mid-2000s Marvel devoted an "event" to a similar topic -- "Civil War." It was clearly sympathetic to the non-registration side (how could it not be with Captain America as its leader?); once again, can anyone imagine a contemporary creator at Marvel doing up a story about the ineffectiveness of gun control? Or even a yarn about the debate, and being even slightly even-handed about it?
Cheeyeah, right. Remember -- they "only write comicbooks." That is, until they want to make a "statement." Then they're cultural commentators. Unless too many people disagree. Then they're "just comicbook writers."
The non-Council winner was Allen West with Source reveals to me what really happened in Benghazi.
Full results are here.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Melissa Harris-Perry, who unbelievably has a PhD, recently uttered this complete head-scratcher:
You can’t really talk about (slavery) reparations and ignore the modern day wealthy Americans who own teams made up predominantly of black men and profit from their bodies and labor.
Hmm, "according to Forbes, the average salary in the NBA in 2012 was $5.15 million a year. With the average career lasting 4.8 years, that equates to $24.7 million in total compensation" Keep in mind, this is the average.
Soooo, "you can't really talk about (slavery) reparations" without mentioning ... multi-millionaire [black] basketball players, huh?
So opines the sketchy "intellect" of MSNBC's (and 9/11 Truther) Touré, who inexpicably tweeted the following a few days back:
The power of whiteness: RT @hope_and_chains: My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work.— Touré (@Toure) May 23, 2014
What can one say to such ... insanity?
Here's Yid With Lid with an attempt:
I would never deny the horrors black people have faced in the US for hundreds of years, I wouldn't even deny the fact that while things are much much better, racism still exists, in the United States.
But for Toure' to deny that Jews have faced hatred in this country and/or the rest of the world, and still face it today is to belie the truth.
And the Holocaust wasn't simply perpetuated by Hitler, he was helped by the British and the US.
And think about it: "White privilege" somehow "assisted" Jews during the Holocaust: The Nazis, who embodied said privilege and wanted to make it law worldwide, took it, what -- easy on Jews ... because they were white?
One has to wonder what sort of black privilege Touré possesses that enabled him to land a TV pundit gig.
Forum: Are Blacks In America Entitled To Reparations for Slavery?
Carl brings word of comicbook scribe Chris Roberson blaming -- wait for it! -- ALL men for the psycho in California who murdered a half dozen people because he wasn't getting laid.
Get it? ALL MEN. Even if you don't come anywhere close to the mental instability of the killer (Elliot Rodger), it just doesn't matter:
So many women have been the victims of violent assault that it’s easy for well-intentioned dudes in the majority to play the “Not All Men” game, even if they are smart enough not to SAY that phrase. THEY don’t assault women, after all. They might not even objectify women. They might have had their consciousness elevated, and are consciously feminist, and avoid doing or saying anything that could be interpreted as overly sexist.
But I’m here to tell you, as one of those kinds of guys, that we are STILL part of the problem. Because of the culture that we belong to, and the unexamined assumptions that were engrained in all of us, even those raised by the more forward thinking and progressive of parents.
Now just imagine for one moment Roberson opining the above ... and replacing "Muslim" for "men." Think it would happen? What about "black" for "men"? Nope. Those two demographics are sacrosanct, dammit. Only men -- or to be more precise, white men -- can be blamed as a group for the ills of all mankind. Roberson will get nothing but cheers from "progressives" for his thesis, and his prog bonafides will remain in good standing, without a doubt.
But in the real world, guys like Edward Trimnell know better.
I'm always struck by straight white guys like Roberson (and scifi writer John Scalzi who retweeted Roberson's screed) who launch into these self-righteous lectures, but never seem to do anything concrete about it. Y'know, like scoot on over and let an historically oppressed female or minority take over their gig. Oh, but forget that. Because in this case (and seemingly, in this case only) THEY have earned what they've gotten.
But you? You're just a beknighted peon. Do what they tell you.
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On the heels of students across the country petitioning for "trigger warnings" on college class syllabi -- so they won't have to be offended by any of the course material! -- comes New York University's Jonathan Zimmerman. The professor of history and education offers up his own ... unique syllabus for his "Introduction to United States History" course:
XI. The 1970s: Remember the disco hit “Stayin’ Alive”? If you’re not into that, you should think about stayin’ home. Talk about trauma! XII. The 1980s and the Conservative Revolution: Weaned on liberal heroes like FDR and JFK, left-leaning students have a tough time this week. They’re like, Ronald Reagan? Really?
XIII. The Clinton Years: Let’s imagine that your dad had an affair with a younger—OK, a much younger—work associate. If you don’t want to go there, you don’t want to come to this class either. It’s pretty gross.
XIV. George W. Bush and the War in Iraq: If you thought America was a force for good in the world, you’re in for some shock and awe. Let’s leave it at that.
XV. Obama and Beyond: To those who imagined that utopia was just around the corner: Sorry! And for people who still think the president was born in Indonesia, this class will make you even more bat-crazy than you already are. At least you were warned.
Be sure to check out the rest of the syllabus for even more chuckles!
The non-Council winner was Iowahawk with In New York, Scrappy Local Newspaper Struggles For Survival.
Full results are here.
The Washington Examiner today details how prominent "progressive" pundits had lauded the Veterans Administration as evidence that government-run healthcare works. Like, take Paul Krugman for example:
In a 2006 column, Krugman argued that the system was, “one of the best-kept secrets in the American policy debate.”
He explained, “pundits and policy makers don't talk about the veterans' system because they can't handle the cognitive dissonance. ... For the lesson of the V.H.A.'s success story -- that a government agency can deliver better care at lower cost than the private sector -- runs completely counter to the pro-privatization, anti-government conventional wisdom that dominates today's Washington.”
Krugman also had blasted Mitt Romney for having the audacity to suggest partially privatizing the VHA. Oops.
Both Krugman and Vox.com's Ezra Klein touted Phillip Longman's book Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care is Better Than Yours. Longman argues that the VHA, "has incentives for investing in quality and keeping its patients well -- incentives that are lacking in for-profit medicine.”
... goes to Fox's Juan Williams for this inexplicable bit of absolute nonsense regarding the VA scandal:
Look, I think you have to put this in some kind of context. I don't think anybody, Republican or Democrat, doubts that the President has been heavily and emotionally invested in veterans and veterans affairs since he's been president. He's made a big show of it. Some people might even say gone overboard.
"Some people might even say" Williams has the IQ of a slice of bread, too.
In case idiots like this ever get their way:
Host Bill Moyers kicked off Sunday’s episode with a flashback to the previous week’s broadcast, in which scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki had announced that he believes society should literally punish politicians who don’t believe in global warming.
"Our politicians should be thrown in the slammer for willful blindness. If we are in a position of being able to act, and we see something going on and we refuse to acknowledge the threat or act on it, we can be taken to court for willful blindness. I think that we are being willfully blind to the consequences for our children and grandchildren. It's an intergenerational crime," said Suzuki.
Laughably, Moyers didn't see a problem with this nut's idea; indeed, the only issue he had with it was that "there would have to be mass arrests and lots more funding for new prisons"!
I wonder how Eric Holder would feel about packing the prisons with all these victimless "criminals," given his stance recent actions regarding drug offenders.
Not much, I'd wager, as they'd probably be white Republicans.
Via the News Journal in an article about the tractor trailer crash which dispersed millions of bees onto an I-95 on-ramp: "Guerra was cited for having an unsafe load."
Our DOJ chief did this at Morgan State University, an Historically Black College (HBC) in Baltimore whose enrollment is over 86% black. Yep, legal segregation has long since ended, but somehow, HBCs continue to exist, with percentages akin to the above.
And this -- when diversity is supposed to be the educational end-all to be-all. But where's the "diversity" at an institution like Morgan State where there is less than 2% white population, and the rest spread out among other groups? As Jeffrey Lord notes,
The school at which Holder spoke — had those percentages of race been reversed, with an 86.7 percent white majority and a 1.8 percent black minority — would soon have Eric Holder’s Justice Department swooping down on it to charge it with “disparate treatment.”
Indeed. First Lady Michelle Obama was in Kansas for the same reason Holder was in Baltimore, and lamented “Many young people in America ... are going to school with kids who look just like them.” Uh huh.
*Sigh* Just like "hate crimes" laws, "diversity" applies to only one group.
What further evidence does one need that we've come full circle. Ages ago, righties would tell hippies "America: Love it or leave it!" and chide their lack of patriotism. Now, it's mainstream Democrat politicians who engage in that sort of stuff ... against Republicans:
Yes indeed, that is former DNC Chairman and presidential frontrunner Howard Dean saying about the GOP "They are not American," and that "They would be more comfortable in the Ukraine, or Russia, but stay away from our country."
Dean also chimed with the ludicrous yawner that Republicans "are taking away the right to vote through voter ID laws." Now, just imagine for one second Mitt Romney telling a crowd that Obama and Democrats "are not American," and that they'd be more comfortable in Castro's Cuba or the Chávez-made Venezuela." And that Democrats "want to give the right to vote to illegal immigrants and their families back home."
You know what would happen.
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The chutzpah knows no bounds. "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak tweeted the following yesterday:
I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014
Now, anyone with half a brain should pick up the sarcasm and baiting instantly. But not so David Shuster, former MSNBC dimwit (that is, former in that he used to work for the low-rated cable network, not that he is a former dimwit):
The issue @patsajak is that your bizarre rant diminished the significance of actual racism. For that, you should apologize.— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) May 20, 2014
'Ya just gotta love it. A guy from the network that specializes in diminishing the significance of actual racism has the stones to seriously tweet the above. Chutzpah at its pinnacle.
Either way, this is pretty pathetic.
The writer of Spider-Man (Superior, Amazing, or whatever) once again meanders into the realm of philosophy. Because, y'know, since he's a "hotshot" comicbook writer at the moment, he's "smart":
"Traditional Values" is a cowardly term for "Anti-Gay Marriage." Slavery, antisemitism, & sexism could be called "traditional values" too.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) May 12, 2014
With lefties, it's funny how "progressive" viewpoints and ideas always are permitted to "evolve," whereas conservative ones are to be perpetually stuck in the Dark Ages. But using Slottian "logic," "progressive" could be a cowardly term for eugenics. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was not only pro-eugenics, but a racist, straight up. And let's not bother to bring up the sordid history of the Democrat Party ... !
In addition, "traditional values" still has valid meaning in many ways: Hard work, [actually] raising a family, not screwing your fellow man, manners, altruism ... wonder why Slott overlooked these?
Because he resides in The Bubble, that's why.
Just when you think invocations of "racism" can't possibly get any dumber, along comes Harvard(!!) Business Review contributor (and self-proclaimed "thinker") Umair Haque with this gem:
4. America's sexism and racism problem isn't invisible. It's right here. How many white people retweet black people; or men women?— umair haque (@umairh) May 15, 2014
Got that? Overt racism is right in front of you -- demonstrated by the "neo-KKKites" who don't retweet posts by black Twitter users. Who knew?
Now, using a camel to illustrate "Hump Day" is ... racist:
The “Hump Day” event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be “a petting zoo type of atmosphere” in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel. According to Aaron Macke, the group’s advisor, the camel is owned by a local vendor and trained for special events.
But the event was subsequently cancelled after students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.
What. The. F***.
At this point I honestly wouldn't be the least bit surprised if an event is canceled because "attendees will be wearing clothing primarily made of cotton, and since the country has a sordid history involving the cultivation of that crop, we feel it would be insensitive to students whose ancestors were part of that sad chapter of said history."
The non-Council winner was Kurt Schlichter with I Checked My Privilege, And It’s Doing Just Fine.
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The other day in "slower, lower" Delaware, a controversy arose because two county councilmen -- Sam Wilson and Vance Phillips -- objected to the term "colored" in the NAACP name:
"People are hung up too much on who they are or what color they are. I don't get hung up on it," Wilson said Wednesday. "It's certainly not being racist to ask the question."
Wilson touched off the controversy when he objected to giving a county grant to the Lower Sussex Branch NAACP Youth Council.
"I'm not going to give anything. Unless you can describe what that says," he told a county staffer who was reciting to Council which organizations were asking for grants this week. "What's NAACP stand for?"
The group's acronym stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Wilson, in the Council meeting, indicated the phrase "colored people" signified the NAACP must be involved in "discrimination."
Vance Phillips, another councilman, said he agreed with Wilson and would not give the Youth Council any money from his discretionary fund either.
On Wednesday, amplifying comments, Wilson said he believed the NAACP advocated only for black people to the exclusion of white people.
Wow, where to start? Locally, the News Journal's Jeff Gentry probably says it best. He notes that anyone can join the NAACP -- including white people! -- and folks of all colors hold leadership positions within the organization. And withholding ... $100 grants? Really??
The state GOP, beginning with the fatuous Christine O'Donnell's candidacy, has continued its long slide into irrelevancy.
From the Philly Daily News today:
DANIELLE WILSON can't afford to give her 3-year-old son gifts on holidays and birthdays. Munira Edens broke her phone three months ago and now goes without one because a repair is too costly.
That irks workers like Glenn Davis, 44, a father of three who marched yesterday with a sign ...
These three fast-food workers were among more than 100 minimum-wage laborers and activists who marched along Broad Street yesterday morning to demand an end to poverty pay and the right to form a union without retaliation.
We've been through this before. I'm actually starting to wonder if outfits like the Daily News purposely note things like above -- number of kids, cell phone -- because they know the inherent contradictions and want commenters to point them out.
Hey, look -- you want a raise? Fine. Do you deserve one? Maybe. But I'm willing to bet that folks like Wilson, Edens and Davis didn't give much of a sh** all through middle and high school, and hence pretty much have little-to-no skills to speak of. And whose fault is that? The CEO of McDonalds?
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If "progressives" and Greens get off on dubbing
global warming climate change skeptics/deniers "anti science" and "deniers of reality," then how many examples such as this do fiscal and government conservatives have to demonstrate about the reality that big government constantly wastes big money?
"All In" host Chris Hayes and several like-minded colleagues decided "among other things ... that global warming 'denialism,' opposition to same-sex marriage, and opposition to a 'robust' Voting Rights Act should put a politician outside the mainstream and ruin their chances of holding public office."
Hayes stated "It’s a tool of progress when we say that certain things, like opposing marriage equality, are sort of, like, not the kinds of things that mainstream American politicians ..."
Here we see yet again "progressives," instead of actually debating, trying to stifle any dissent. Regarding the topic above, it is true that the most recent polls show about two-thirds of the American public support same-sex marriage; however, the numbers are even higher when it comes to believing that gays shouldn't be discriminated against -- suggesting that even those opposed to the term "marriage" being applied to gays don't have qualms against [gay] civil unions.
The other items have the same sort of qualifiers.
But even if, say, a hardcore conservative who believes that global warming is a complete myth, that gays shouldn't even be allowed civil unions, and that the entire Voting Rights Act should be abolished decides to run for political office, who are Hayes and his acolytes to say they aren't permitted to do so? After all, there are plenty of morons who hold office (and run for such) on the other side. Should we apply the Hayes standard to them, too?
Ironically, Hayes stated that
global warming climate change skeptics and those opposed to gay "marriage" are akin to 9/11 Truthers. However, two major cable network talk show hosts are 9/11 Truthers, including Hayes' MSNBC colleague Touré. (The other is former Boss Obama admin. official Van Jones who co-hosts CNN's "Crossfire.") If such folks should be banned from holding public office, what does it say that MSNBC and CNN have hired these nuts as pundits??
The latest incident in the wave of Heckler's Vetoes occurring across the land:
A Fargo first-grade class won’t be participating in the school's talent show after a concerned parent called a planned act “racist.”
The students were supposed to be performing the song “Y.M.C.A.” during Bennett Elementary School’s May talent show.
But one mom, Elaine Bolman, said asking her daughter and her classmates to dress up like an Indian is offensive.
“I'm not in a position to do anything for these educators, and hopefully those people that are can make the right choices so all students of any culture and race won't feel singled out or like their race is being stereotyped against,” Bolman said.
Those upset at Ms. Bolman should "play her game," so to speak, and accuse her of homophobia. After all, two members of the Village People (who originally sang the song) -- including the Native American character -- are gay.
Or the "War on Women." The NY Times axes its first female chief:
In the wake of Wednesday’s news, The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta reported that Sulzberger had grown frustrated with Abramson after she pushed for more pay upon learning that her salary was significantly lower than that of her male predecessors. In response to that report, Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told POLITICO: “Jill’s total compensation as executive editor was not less than Bill Keller’s, so that is just incorrect. Her pension benefit, like all Times employees, is based on her years of service and compensation. The pension benefit was frozen in 2009.”
Some high-level female staffers also voiced frustration with Sulzberger’s decision to fire the paper’s first female executive editor. Both national editor Alison Mitchell and and assistant managing editor Susan Chira suggested in a private meeting that Abramson’s firing “wouldn’t sit well with a broad swath of female Times journalists,” according to a Capital New York report.
What Ms. Murphy says above may certainly have merit. But so does virtually every other reason why a woman may make less than a male counterpart. The Times has rarely conceded this fact; instead, it has engaged in (like most of the Left) politically correct sound bites, like the oh-so monotonous "Women only make 77 cents to a man's dollar!!" So let the Times stew in a broth of their own making. Like, check out the following via Mediaite:
Tips for women on how to ask for a raise http://t.co/8keIbJrdfX— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 30, 2014
To Solve the Gender Wage Gap, Learn to Speak Up http://t.co/CHNuFUWi— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 16, 2012
A pay gap between men and women exists within jobs, not just from women choosing low-paying jobs http://t.co/HQpPy9hoTH— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 28, 2014
This situation is not unlike the ridiculous Media Matters fighting an attempt by its employees to unionize. The so-called "conservative media bias" watchdog site has long criticized the GOP's stance on unions, and has been quite favorable towards Democrat policies on same.
Hmm, sounds like a movie title. Maybe it will be someday. But not if this professor has anything to say about it:
One professor wrote: "My approach would be to assure this student that going barefoot is not against the rules because the assumption is that by the time they reach college, students are expected to understand why wearing shoes is expected on campus. If s/he disrespects his or her peers and the college community enough to (un)dress like a hillbilly here, I would say, then s/he should be prepared to be dismissed as one, in whatever pursuits s/he favors, in the preference of someone more attuned to proper decorum and respectful behavior."
One can only imagine the reaction if this prof wrote about having one's pants down past your ass, thus showing off your underwear: "If s/he disrespects his or her peers and the college community enough to (un)dress like a gang thug here, I would say, then s/he should be prepared to be dismissed as one ..."
You know what would transpire: Protests by [minority] student groups. Demands for required "sensitivity" workshops. Demands for mandated "check your privilege" training (hey -- Harvard is doing just that!). Demands for a more diverse (i.e. minority) teaching staff.
It doesn't matter, you see, that Appalachia is a historically poor region. Most of the population is white. Thus, in higher ed-speak, check that privilege, 'ya redneck.
RELATED: Almost all "progressive" publications are overwhelmingly staffed by ... white people. But they believe the "right" things, so it doesn't matter. There's a similar situation with modern-day comicbook creators.
H.R. Giger has died. If you don't know him, maybe this will enlighten you:
Yep, he invented the look of the most terrifying creature in cinematic history, the Alien.
Elsewhere, check out the first look of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight, along with his Batmobile. Not bad, in my opinion.
Aren't we lucky? The dude who co-wrote the Trek sequel Into Darkness -- a not-so veiled analogy to the War on Terror/Iraq War -- is directing the Trek "threequel." As we noted back when, Roberto Orci is an outed 9/11 Truther.
So, what does this mean for the third installment?
Or, if they want to continue the trend as they did with Into Darkness and be completely unoriginal, just have a bare bones Enterprise crew travel back in time to rescue -- this time -- a couple of killer whales ... from SeaWorld.
Two days in a row! Yesterday it was the Philly Daily News's Jenice Armstrong. Today, we're treated to yet another picture of St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam smooching his boyfriend, this time with the Inquirer's Fashion Columnist Elizabeth Wellington informing us that "A kiss is just a kiss -- except for this one."
That's just what we need -- a fashion writer telling us what's "great" about a football player kissing his boyfriend. Please.
Wellington points out that Sam's jersey (#10, but he's, y'know, gotta make the team first!) outsold that of every other draft pick save Johnny Manziel, even beating out that of #1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. I hope she's aware that this certainly isn't due to Sam's overwhelming football presence. The guy was one of the last picks in the entire draft. She also notes that "negative reactions" to Sam's draft "overflowed on Twitter," but points to only one example -- that of Miami Dolphins defensive back Don Jones, who seems to be the only one cited by the media as having a negative response to Sam['s kiss]. Wellington fails to note the Maoist reaction by the Dolphins and the NFL: Jones is to undergo "educational training" for his Twitter outburst. Wouldn't "Quit being a jerk" and "Keep your yap shut" be sufficient? Apparently not in PC-ville.
And this may be the best part: Wellington quotes an associate professor in "culture, gender and race studies" on the "kiss" offering up "enlightening" tidbits like "Emotions are at the core of humanity." She also notes an associate director of "Africana Studies" who says "It was as if people didn't see the interracial aspect of [Sam's] relationship anymore and they zoned right into the gay aspect of it." Man, these guys earn their pay, eh? (Hopefully, no one is majoring in their subjects.)
Contrary to what Wellington reports, I've seen virtually nothing negative about Sam being picked by the Rams. As noted yesterday and many other times here at Colossus, I have been a life-long Rams fan so I follow them regularly on social media. The response to Sam was easily 98% positive. Of course, these are Rams fans, so their opinion is probably biased in favor of the team even if they do have some misgivings about Sam. However, if what Wellington says here --
Through that kiss, Sam also declared, Don't be surprised when I show up at functions with my boyfriend and I thank him after an amazing play to win a crucial game
-- is accurate, then you're likely to see another Chris Kluwe situation, where off-the-field antics and advocacy become a distraction to the team. I mean, what player thanks their significant other after a play -- at the game DURING the game? No one should care if he shows up at functions with his BF, but Sam going out of his way to "thank him" (and why would Sam thank him anyway? What did he do to help win the game?) during a game would be akin to any other over-the-top antic by a player following a significant play.
Bottom line: Sam is a so-so draft pick who may or may not make the Rams' roster. The brouhaha over him is largely a media creation, but that doesn't mean Sam isn't brave guy by coming out when he did. That certainly took guts, as professional sports (and even sports in general) may be the last bastion of such acceptance. I wish him the best, especially so since he may be part of my beloved team.
RELATED: Ben Domenech has a terrific article up on the whole Sam situation, and raises a point I was concerned about: What happens if the Rams end up cutting Sam? Will the team be dubbed "homophobic?" You can bet your bottom dollar that they will, at least from some of the usual suspects.
ALSO RELATED: Always make sure to be offended by the "right" things. Offended by Michael Sam's kiss? Off to re-education. Offended by profane music lyrics played in a victorious locker room? How dare you seek to censor us!
I don't think you could find a more shallow article than this by the Philly Daily News's Jenice Armstrong. It's not the subject matter per se; it's just that she touches all the "right" buttons regarding the "historic" draft of Michael Sam into the NFL. Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted, in case you missed it.
"Kisstory" is how the New York Daily News dubbed the passionate lip-locks between Michael Sam and his boyfriend, who happens to be white and very good-looking. The headline-making smooches took place Saturday after Sam, who is African-American and quite the hunk himself, learned he'd been drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.
Their kisses were the real deal. Done without an ounce of shame or reticence. They were two men in the moment expressing profound relief and joy. It was a sweet, unadulterated outpouring of feelings captured by an ESPN film crew. Watching all that raw, honest masculine emotion made me tear up.
To the homophobes reading this, I'd like to point out that the world didn't come to an end because Sam kissed his hot boyfriend, Vito Cammisano.
Let's see, you got the obligatory reference to 1) race; 2) interracial relationship; 3) "genuine" expression of "masculine" emotion; and 4) invocation of a "phobia" so as to dissuade any criticism. *Yawn*
As a lifelong Rams fan, I couldn't care one whit about Sam's sexuality, as long as he can play the game and doesn't make being gay a distraction like former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe did. But perhaps even more fascinating (well, not really, knowing the mainstream press as we do) is the fawning over Sam (and his draft is significant, let's make that clear) ... yet Tim Tebow was relentlessly mocked
Take this article by Deadspin's Tommy Craggs. Let's, as "progressives" like to do with conversations regarding homosexuality, (stuff like "Just put 'gay' where 'black' used to be!" for example) replace "homosexuality" where Craggs has "faith," and "Michael Sam" where "Tim Tebow" is. Now do you think this article would be "acceptable" by contemporary MSM standards (such that they are)? I seriously doubt Craggs would criticize those who called a tough hit on Sam -- whose pummeler then mocked him with a "limp wrist salute" -- "dangerous territory." Indeed, he'd be screaming "HOMOPHOBIA!!" at the very top of his lungs. In addition, what do you think the reaction would be if MSM sports types said "I wish he'd just shut up," or "It's embarrassing to think the Rams could win with Sam!!" You got it: "HOMOPHOBES!!" (QB Jay Cutler said the first quote about Tebow, and ESPN's Merril Hoge, the second.)
Tebow ultimately disappeared because his performance on the field didn't cut it. That's what matters, after all. Sam, drafted almost last in this year's draft, has a long way to go to make the Rams' roster. If he gets cut by St. Louis, what do you think the immediate MSM reaction will be? That the team "wasn't ready for [an openly] gay player"? That the team is "homophobic?" Such MSM types already pondered just this with the aforementioned Chris Kluwe, despite his lousy on-field results.
That would be Larry Correia's post Operation Pouty Face. Here's a taste:
For the idiot libprog pussies with the selfies, the world is a violent place, filled with violent men. If you actually want something to be done about these evil people, maybe you shouldn’t bitch, whine, and moan every time our military takes action against evil people. It seems odd to me that the same people demanding military action for this are the same ones that complain about military action for anything else. Oh, but wait, I forgot, the left has no overriding principles, and to them violence is always bad unless their guy does it, and evil is relative depending on how it trends on Twitter.
(h/t to Carl)
The non-Council winner was Stephen Hayes/Weekly Standard with Benghazi Lies.
Full results are here.
One of the concerns of the dirty Donald Sterling matter was the right to privacy -- the expectation that whatever you say in the privacy of your own domicile is (or should be) sacrosanct. Pundits discussed state laws which require only one party's consent to record something (audio or video; most states in the US are one-party consent), and, of course, whether Sterling has the "right" to be a bigot in his home.
Chug on over to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where even if you tell a racially insensitive joke between two people of different races and a bystander/someone passing by hears it, you can be brought up on charges:
Lewis & Clark College has declared two students, one African-American and one white, guilty of creating a “hostile and discriminatory environment” after racially themed jokes spoken between the friends at a private party were overheard and reported to campus authorities.
On November 23, 2013, roughly 20 students, many of them members of Lewis & Clark’s football team, attended a private party at a campus residence hall. During a game of “beer pong,” one African-American student jokingly named his team “Team Nigga” and would exclaim the team’s name when scoring a point. The student also exchanged an “inside joke” greeting with a white friend, who welcomed him by saying, “How about a ‘white power’?”, to which the African-American student replied in jest, “white power!”
A student not present at the party overheard the language and reported it to Lewis & Clark’s Campus Living office, which turned the matter over to the college’s Campus Safety division. Campus Safety investigated the alleged “racial and biased comments” made at the party, interviewing the two students and questioning them about the language used both at the party and within Lewis & Clark’s football program. After the investigation’s conclusion, Lewis & Clark charged both students with “Physical or Mental Harm,” “Discrimination or Harassment,” and “Disorderly Conduct.” Although the students’ conduct charges and ensuing disciplinary hearings were spurred by the complaint about the November 23 party, Lewis & Clark made clear that it intended to investigate “[o]ther acts of potential hate speech and bias that have occurred recently on campus” as well.
Lewis & Clark found both students guilty on all charges and rejected each of their appeals. In one student’s disciplinary letter, Lewis & Clark wrote that the student’s language “contributed to the creation of a hostile and discriminatory environment.” In rejecting the same student’s appeal, Lewis & Clark claimed his speech “caused reasonable apprehension of harm to the community.” Lewis & Clark placed both students on probation and required each to complete “Community Restitution” in the form of “Bias Reduction and Bystander Intervention Training,” among other sanctions.
Sterling made legitimately racist comments and was clandestinely recorded to pretty much reveal that fact to the public at large. These two students are friends and if anything, their "racial jibes" towards each other demonstrate that -- gasp! -- we can indeed laugh at each other ... and still be comrades!! Who'da thought? (Idiot college administrators, that's who.) And they're reported on by someone who happened to be passing by?? I mean, REALLY?
Thank goodness for groups like FIRE (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). Their tireless efforts provide that needed "sunshine" as "disinfectant." It recognizes that Lewis & Clark is a private college; however, it
... does make promises of free speech to its students. Its policy on Freedom of Expression & Inquiry states, for example, that students are “free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately.”
How 'bout that.
Thankfully, even many in the L&C community know this case in BS. Forty faculty members sent a letter to college administrators "criticizing the college’s 'questionable treatment of free speech and of our students’ right to due process,'” and the stonewalling by same.
We'll keep you posted.
So said Bill Clinton just last year. His wife, Hillary, failed to put the nutjob group on the terrorists watch list during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The former president's belief directly contradicts what the group's leader himself has stated: That "God had told him to abduct over 200 girls and women." (Notice no mention of jobs or poverty there.) The group's name roughly translates to “Western education is sin.” Notice it's not “We are terrorists because we are poor,” as Pundit Press notes.
Clinton, like way too many other "progressives," is still stuck to the silliness that being poor causes one to resort to terrorism. The hoops "progressives" jump through to not blame [radical] Islam for violent acts remains truly astonishing ... especially when the "terrorist" label is very easily applied to their domestic political opponents.
Meanwhile, the Boss Obama administration has really gotten tough with the group:
RELATED: How dare someone write a comicbook about a superhero battling evil bad guys? It's outrageous! Oh, that's right -- the villains are radical Islamists.
Asian-Americans outperform whites due to -- wait for it! -- working harder:
A growing achievement gap between Asian American students and their white classmates is due largely to greater work effort and cultural attitudes, not innate cognitive ability, researchers say.
In a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, two sociology professors found that Asian Americans enter school with no clear academic edge over whites, but that an advantage grows over time.
Even if they come from poorer, less educated families, Asian Americans significantly outperform white students by fifth grade, authors wrote.
Who'da thought? I mean, work hard and get ahead? REALLY? B-b-b-b-but ... white privilege!! B-b-b-b-but ... RACISM! B-b-b-b-b-but ... MICRO-AGGRESSIONS!!
Hey kids! Win an issue of Amazing Spider-Man #1 signed by writer Dan Slott! "Only one of three in the world!"
Puh-lease. To quote one of the several sarcastic comments at the story, "... the three of them will be in dollar bins by next month..."
The US Supreme Court will meet in private to determine if they should hear arguments regarding the rights of comicbook legend Jack Kirby's heirs to certain Marvel Comics properties. Kirby, as you may well know, was the major creative force for Marvel in its formative years (early-mid 1960s). So far, Marvel has been successful in warding off the legal challenges.
There's an interesting comment in the above link's comment section which, if accurate, certainly bodes well for Kirby. At the very least, Marvel should of its own accord set up Jack's heirs for life, for the company would be nothing without him. Period. Kirby created or co-created Marvel's most popular characters. He wasn't merely an artist; he essentially plotted out entire stories with written notes in the margins of panels that he drew, and Stan Lee would later add the actual dialogue.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Don't have anything in your mouth while watching:
The White House seeks to alter The NarrativeTM again.
Meanwhile, NPR(!) actually made sense five years ago by pointing out what I have (most recently yesterday) for years now: namely, that even stopping CO2 emissions completely today won't significantly alter the quantity of the gas in the atmosphere for 1,000 years. Which directly rebuts President Lemon who yesterday said "We also have a chance to turn back these rising temperatures if we take some bold actions now."
Well, yeah, if we're worried about temperatures in 3014. Which, sorry -- I'm not. Even the far-left Think Progress (via Ace) has noted that
climate change climate "disruptions" are largely irreversible at this point. Nevertheless, the lapdog mainstream media dutifully reported on Boss Obama's "climate summit" hyping the perils of climate change climate "disruptions" whilst ignoring there is pathetically little we can do to alter the situation in the here and now.
MOST RELATED: How to manufacture a consensus.
ALSO RELATED: Harry Reid blames the Koch Brothers for
global warming climate disruption.
Ugh, where do we find these dolts?
A Florida school teacher humiliated a 12-year-old boy in front of an entire class after she caught him reading the Bible during free reading time.
The teacher, at Park Lakes Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, ordered Giovanni Rubeo to pick up the telephone on her desk and call his parents.
As the other students watched, the teacher left a terse message on the family’s answering machine.
“I noticed that he has a book – a religious book – in the classroom,” she said on the recording. “He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”
Um, actually, he is, Ms. Swornia Thomas (the name of the teacher). The boy was reading the Bible during a designated time set aside for reading. Not only is this Ms. Thomas woefully ignorant about religion in the public arena, so is the school's principal, Orinthia Dias, who wrote “You child is permitted to read the Bible before school, after school and during lunch, in accordance to the law.”
US Dept. of Education guidelines state
"...students students may read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, and pray or study religious materials with fellow students during recess, the lunch hour, or other noninstructional time to the same extent that they may engage in nonreligious activities."
"Free reading" sure sounds like "non-instructional time" to me. And to other common sense thinkers. And the law.
It's bad enough that so many teachers and administrators have no clue about the law when it comes to religious expression in the public arena. Heck, public schools are legally permitted to have Bible Study clubs, as long as they meet after normal school hours. The Constitution "says" to schools, if they allow other (non-religious) groups to utilize their facilities, that they must also permit religious groups to do so if they request.
Additionally, as this Swornia Thomas is obviously a dope, her husband sure seems like a "winner," too:
CBS4′s Gaby Fleischman stopped by Mrs. Thomas’ home. Her husband told us she was not there and asked: “What the [expletive] do you want?”
Gaby responded that we want to speak to Mrs. Thomas’ to hear her side of the story.
“She ain’t got nothing to say to you, she ain’t got nothing to say,” responded her husband. “Get me on camera, get the [expletive] out of my yard.”
I wonder if that would be allowed in Swornia's class.
Child psychiatrists, psychologists and educators say they’ve seen an escalation in the anxiety levels of today’s youth, who are constantly exposed to doomsday talk about the destruction of our planet. But despite the fact that we live in a world with more volatility and fear, experts say there is hope. And to stay mentally strong, they all advocate not just calling for change, but acting for it.
Dr. Anthony Levitt, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s director of research in the department of psychiatry, agrees climate-change anxiety increasingly enters into the discussions he has with many of the young people who come to see him. “Younger people [teens to mid-20s] appear to be much more accepting of the science and facts than older people,” Levitt observes. He’s also seen an uptick in climate-change-related anxiety in parents with younger children.
“For most people who are anxious about climate change, the anxiety is escalated by the fact they do not see an answer or a way to make a change. Worry plus powerlessness leads to distress,” says Levitt, who is also a professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Toronto.
Let's see, in my youth we had bouts of nasty weather, but then we were warned of a new ice age. (Anyone else recall the brutal winters of the late 1970s?) In addition, what about "the world is doomed" scenarios posited by the likes of Paul Ehrlich? Guess what: Neither of those were even close. Ironically, probably the greatest actual danger kids of my era were (also) warned about was (and is) scoffed at by many on the Left. Hell, even basic facts like JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald being a commie are downplayed and outright ignored.
So, let me reiterate once and for all for those who care: Yeah, I believe there's climate change or whatever nom de guerre is on the plate currently. Is man part of it? Yeah, probably. But this doesn't mean you and I have to drastically alter our lifestyles to conform to whatever it is that morons like Al Gore or Barack Obama say we should. Especially when their carbon footprints are magnitudes larger than our own. Just as the world didn't end due to overpopulation and/or lack of food based on ridiculous Ehrlich-ian "evidence," I highly doubt humanity will cease to exist, or even be in grave danger, because it cannot adapt to whatever climate changes come about. Indeed, if anything, it is highly likely that as the technology curve increases ever-dramatically in the next few decades we'll move to cleaner, safer and renewable energy sources. All easily within grasp this century.
But hey, if you insist on remaining a pessimist, keep in mind that the climate chicken littles have stated that the amount of CO2 already in the atmosphere will remain there for about a millennium. There's nothing we can do about it. So why worry about it, huh??
Boss Obama: "The world disappoints him."
Forum: What’s The Favorite Foreign Country You Have Traveled To Or Lived In?
Meet the Press invites ... will.i.am on to talk Benghazi and foreign policy.
As reported this morning by The Corner, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has withdrawn from the commencement ceremony at Rutgers University. Why? What else? Because some radical, hypocritical "progressives" had protested her appearance, and she ultimately did not want to be a "distraction."
Jay Nordlinger's subsequent take is spot-on. (I particularly like this: "If conservatives wanted to try their hand at the Left’s game, they could say, 'Rutgers apparently can’t stand the sight or sound of an independent black woman.'”) Conservative students have to put up with "progressive" speakers all the time. And there's nary a protest. I'd add that's partly because conservatives, compared to many "progressives," actually have manners. Nevertheless, as personal anecdote, I had to put up with Jumpin' Joe Biden as my college commencement speaker back in the late 80s. Although I wasn't happy about it, and certainly didn't heckle the guy during his speech, my good buddy seated next to me wasn't as constrained. And in retrospect, good for him. Some of his heckling even caused a few profs to turn around and give him a nasty glare, but he remained undeterred. What were they gonna do, after all? We graduated!
Nordlinger calls it "a dirty game," but in my view, that's precisely what the Right has to start playing. Indeed, as a commenter notes at the link above, Boss Obama didn't withdraw as Notre Dame commencement speaker despite protests related to the president's abortion views. The college suffered millions in lost donations as a result, but it didn't back down, just as President Lemon did not. Conservative invitees need to follow this example.
Jesse Jackson Jr, serving a two and half year prison sentence for misusing campaign funds, will collect -- wait for it -- $8,700 per month in government disability pay, "as well as a partial federal pension of $45,000." All that, for a "mood disorder" which he had never before manifested.
It's bad enough that our ever-increasingly infantile administration has guys like former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor talking like Moon Zappa and addressing a reporter as "dude," but check out the video below from Oregon. It shows staffers of the newspaper Willamette Week meeting with Oregon GOP US Senate candidates who were seeking endorsements. Candidate Mark Callahan chastises reporter Nigel Jaquiss for what he had written down while another candidate was giving her answer to a question: "Blah Blah Blah."
Stupefyingly, when the moderator asks to "move on" and asks Callahan whether climate change is a fact or myth, and he answers "myth," Jaquiss interjects and asks “Where are you on the Easter bunny?” When Callahan gets angry at the continued nonsense, the moderator gets upset with him, stating that Callahan will be asked to leave if he doesn't allow them to move on. Condescendingly, he informs Callahan "That's two strikes." Strike three occurs when Callahan asks “Who do you think you are?” And that was that.
The "fun" begins at around the 1:06 mark:
The non-Council winner was Doug Ross@ Journal with HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS: Administration’s Benghazi Lies Were an “Effort to Protect, Re-Elect Obama.”
Full results are here.
The Legislative Black Caucus in South Carolina is demanding Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom apologize for comments he made about HBCs -- Historically Black Colleges. Let's just see what he said:
"I'm committed to the university because it's a university, not because it's a historically black university. I think the sooner this state gets away from the concept of talking about historically black universities is a step forward for this state," he said. "We no longer talk about historically white universities. I think we need to deal with the issues of funding needs at South Carolina State because it's an institution of higher learning."
The Black Caucus said "Eckstrom needs to research why historically black universities exist."
Funding matters aside, I'd imagine Mr. Eckstrom is fully aware of why such institutions exist. But how does that make what he said inappropriate? As we've noted numerous here at Colossus (see here, for one), when the University of Michigan argued before the US Supreme Court about affirmative action, much of its rationale hinged on what they dubbed a "critical mass" of diversity that [supposedly] enhances educational benefits. So ... where is this "critical mass" at HBCs that would enhance the education of its students?
Don't attempt to rationalize it. Because, like much of political correctness, you can't.
Stuff like this will only become more common, I fear:
A Montgomery County couple recently sued their son's private school in Potomac because they say the school let their son fail academically.
The parents of Max Bramson sued the Bullis School saying the school breached their contract by not giving their son the attention he deserved.
The mom says the school didn't notify her "that he was doing poorly" and that his advisor "never advised him." Thankfully, a judge with a modicum of common sense threw out the lawsuit, but the Bramson's are appealing. They say that Max was "rejected from every school (college) he applied to," so now he attends Montgomery Community College.
Um, I kinda doubt one "D" in Honors Biology is the cause of all those rejections. Seems to me there must quite a bit more, academically speaking, that we don't know about. And mom? You had no idea Max was doing poorly? How is that possible? Do you talk with your son? And a check of the school's website shows that teachers have pages for listing assignments and homework. Did you keep up to date on those, mom?
Check out this latest bit of Democrat vacuity courtesy of Eleanor Holmes Norton:
Yes, she actually thinks the Iraq War was worse than World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam, all of which had drastically higher death tolls. Not to mention, the Iraq War was a 21st century conflict, not 20th.
Elsewhere, idiot Nancy Pelosi wonders why people are still talking about Benghazi:
“Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi — why aren’t we talking about something else?” the House Minority Leader whined. I wonder how it would have gone over had the House Minority Leader back in early 1974 cried "Watergate, Watergate, Watergate -- why aren't we talking about something else?"
Central Parkway is an alternative school for kids with disciplinary issues. No kidding.