September 30, 2014

Will School 'Heckler's Veto' Ruling Get Shot Down by the SCOTUS?

Back in May of 2010 -- May 5th, to be exact -- several (Caucasian) students at California's Live Oak High School wearing shirts with the American flag on them were asked to leave school because they refused to turn their shirts inside-out.

What, what? Students had to turn their shirts around ... because American flags were on them?

Yep -- it was Cinco de Mayo, after all.

School officials at the heavily Hispanic school were concerned that Latino students would be offended by seeing Old Glory on the Mexican holiday (a holiday not even widely celebrated in Mexico), and that some fights could result.  Indeed, some 200 Mexican/Mexican-American students protested in a march that day upon hearing about their devious Old Glory-clad peers.

The gringos went to court ... and lost. The Ninth Circuit recently declined to hear their appeal, citing "prior events" that took place at the school, including an "altercation" (presumably between a white and Hispanic student), as a rationale. (There had been some 30 fights between white and Latino students in the past six years at the school.) The appellate panel said "school officials 'acted properly to prevent a substantial and material disruption of school activities.'”

(Check out The College Fix coverage of this case here and here.)

The US Supreme Court indeed has granted a lot of leeway over the last few decades to public school officials when it comes to regulating student speech. One notable ruling from seven years ago is the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case (Morse v. Frederick) in which a (public school) student unfurled a banner with "BONG HiTS 4 JESUS" on it across the street from his school during the Olympic torch relay.

SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority in the case (emphasis added):

Student speech celebrating illegal drug use at a school event, in the presence of school administrators and teachers . . . poses a particular challenge for school officials working to protect those entrusted to their care from the dangers of drug abuse. The First Amendment does not require schools to tolerate at school events student expression that contributes to those dangers.

Perhaps anticipating the ensuing controversy, those in the majority with Roberts emphasized that this ruling "applied only to advocacy of illegal drug use." Justice Samuel Alito, joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, noted the "Bong Hits" case "'provides no support for any restriction of speech that can plausibly be interpreted as commenting on any political or social issue' ... including student opposition to the drug laws themselves" (emphasis added).

Confused yet?

You probably should be. The courts have pretty much been all over the map when it comes to lower ed. student speech rights.

The standard for such rights had been the Tinker case from 1969. The SCOTUS ruled then that students were indeed permitted to wear black armbands at school to protest the Vietnam War. The famous quote to emerge from the case was "Students don't shed their constitutional rights at the school house gates."

But since then, Tinker has arguably been eroded, despite Justice Alito's reassurance in the Morse case. In addition to Morse, 1988's Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier allowed school administrators to censor student newspapers, even despite "protective" measures taken by student writers and editors.

Which brings us back to the situation at Live Oak High School. Does Morse apply here? Why or why not? Have we actually reached the point in this country where showing the American flag can legitimately be banned ... despite it being displayed in front of our schools ... and in each classroom within?

As an educator, I can fully appreciate the need for an "orderly educational environment," and back in 2007 during the Morse case I was fairly sympathetic to the high court's reasoning.

But these days, I'm not so sure.

If we're actually at the point where a display of our own flag can be considered "offensive" -- and hence banned -- then where does it end? Will administrators now ban student displays of other national flags because they may offend some students, i.e. native-born Americans? And/or because such displays, like at Live Oak HS, may lead to some student scuffles?

Or, are only certain (politically correct) groups permitted to be "offended?"

More importantly, will this case now go to the US Supreme Court ... and will the justices legitimize the heckler's veto that the case enshrines?

(Cross-posted at The College Fix.)

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The fun-extinguishing SJWs are out in force again, this time moaning about two t-shirts featuring three classic DC superheroes.

The first shirt shows Superman embracing Wonder Woman, kissing her, and the caption reads "Score! Superman Does It Again"

The second has the very recognizable Batman symbol with the caption "Training To Be Batman's Wife."

Robot 6's Brett White writes "Both shirts present undeniably sexist messages" and

These shirts are problematic because they presume that women need men — either to save them or to marry them — in order to get them interested in superheroes.


Best comment: "It never ends…. This site should just be in an Ad Lib format. ______ outrages fans. 'Fans outraged about lack of things to be outraged about!!' It’s outrageous!!"

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The NarrativeTM

Check out the pic accompanying this Politico story.

Titled "Race and the Modern GOP," it features notorious Gov. George Wallace -- a Democrat -- confronting folks in front of a schoolhouse.

As Insty notes, "Even more amusingly, it’s labeled 'History Dept.'”

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Because being politically correct is more important than, y'know, lives

January 2017 can't come soon enough: Justice Department expected to ban profiling by federal law enforcement

Though details are not final, the new policy is expected to prohibit undercover surveillance without specific information about criminal activity, according to the Times.

Current rules, approved in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, give law enforcement wide discretion to monitor religious groups. The changes would extend current bans on racial profiling to religious and other groups, and for the first time would not include an exception for national security investigations.

Radical Muslim extremists in the US? No worries.
Tea Party groups interested in teaching about the Constitution? Must be STOPPED.

RELATED: The FBI is treating the Oklahoma beheading as "workplace violence." Joe Scarborough is having none of it.

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September 28, 2014

And the media (and Obama admin) wonder about "a motive"

"In a bizarre coincidence, a fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday after a co-worker reported he threatened to cut her head off."

"The arrest came on the same day police in Moore revealed fired Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen beheaded a co-worker after he was fired Thursday. Nolen is a Muslim convert."

And Boss Obama and the lapdog media will cross their fingers and "wonder" about the motive ...

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September 27, 2014

Religion of Peace update 2

Muslim recently arrested in Ferguson, MO had threatened to behead critics like “bitch” Daniel Pearl in 2010.


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Jumping the gun on Philly "hate crime"

Back on the 19th I wrote a post ridiculing for, among other things, offering up a sympathetic look at one of the alleged attackers of a gay couple. It appears I may have been hasty in voicing my frustration with the inconsistency of so-called "hate crime" laws, and about the nature of that apparent "hate" attack in particular.

While I still feel that any hate crimes legislation is laughable if it doesn't include provisions for gay Americans, it seems there was (a lot) more to the story of the gay couple's beating than previously told. For instance:

According to court records, the couple, ages 28 and 27, were walking around 10:30 p.m. when they encountered a group of friends out celebrating a birthday.

The couple and the group exchanged words, leading to an argument that resulted in an altercation, during which members of the group used antigay slurs, according to the records. One man suffered a broken jaw, broken orbital bones, and a cut that required 24 stitches; the other, facial fractures.

Attorneys for Williams and Knott have characterized the incident as a mutual fight and not motivated by the victims' sexual orientation.

OK, so it wasn't just the group berating the couple for merely being gay. Both parties apparently tossed around some epithets and then things got out of control.

This doesn't justify the beating; however, how often have we read, say, about a black-on-white attack where racial epithets were used against the victims ... but no hate crimes charges were filed (because the motive ascribed was "robbery/economic")? If the gay couple in this case uttered some nasty words themselves, then why isn't their attackers' motivation then, just "retributive?"

If hate crimes laws are to be used in addition to other charges, then -- again -- they need to be utilized consistently. (But don't hold your breath.)

RELATED: The LGBT community's hypocrisy.

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Religion of Peace update

Worker who was terminated for, among other things, hassling co-workers about converting to Islam, attacks -- and beheads -- a co-worker.

Motive unknown to the mainstream media.

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Angelo Codevilla/The Federalist with Washington’s Ruling Class Is Fooling Itself About The Islamic State.

Full results are here.

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September 25, 2014


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September 24, 2014

September 23, 2014

Teach For America: Math is the 'Domain of Old, White Men'

Who knew? Who knew that math ... excluded so many? For, according to the Teach For America website, “math has traditionally been seen as the domain of old, White men.”

Hmm. I wonder how the Mayans, then, managed to create their exquisitely accurate calendar long before the rapacious Caucasian came ashore?

Just don't bring up such ... "uncomfortable" questions to those who believe the "OWM" (Old White Men) theory of math. Sure, it'll make them squirm a bit, but you'll most likely be subjected to a litany of the usual PC nonsense, notably that you're exercising your "white privilege."

But I digress. EAG reports:

Judging from the math curriculum recommended, this TFA group, like all other social justice educators, wants minorities to believe that what relates most to their lives in America is racism and oppression.

For example, the site recommends “Critically Conscious Mathematics” and “Radical Math.”

Radical Math was created by educator Jonathan Osler several years ago while teaching at El Puenta Academy in New Jersey. Osler taught Radical Math along-side Cathy Wilkerson, a former member of the Weather Underground Organization (with Bill Ayers) who once participated in a plot to detonate a nail bomb at a dance for military personnel at Fort Dix.

Radical Math provides hundreds of social justice math lessons obviously meant to indoctrinate. For example, lesson titles include “Sweatshop Accounting,” “Racism and Stop and Frisk,” “When Equal Isn’t Fair,” “The Square Root of a Fair Share” and “Home Buying While Brown or Black.”

TFA also includes "culturally responsive" anecdotes such as the following "to suggest that the idea that math is neutral, rational, and logical is a myth and the premise that 2 + 2 = 4 is 'naive'”:

… a European explorer (presumably Francis Galton, the man who invented eugenics) agrees to trade an African shepherd two sticks of tobacco in exchange for one sheep. When he offers four sticks of tobacco in exchange for two sheep, however, the shepherd declines; the explorer later tells this story as evidence of the shepherd’s inability to comprehend simple mathematical reasoning and as “proof” of intellectual inferiority on the African subcontinent. But, if sheep are not standardized units, as there is no reason to believe them to be, then doesn’t it make sense that the second sheep might be worth far more than the first? And then doesn’t our premise of 2 + 2 = 4 look awfully naive?

I cannot think of a better way to keep minorities ignorant of mathematics than by turning the subject into yet another showcase for historical grievances. After all, these students/soon-to-be real world participants won't be able to make change at the store, or prepare the EZ federal tax form, but they will know that Christopher Columbus initiated a genocide against the native peoples of the Americas ...

... many of whom, it just so happens, were pretty good at math.

(Cross-posted at The College Fix.)

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Your commander-in-chief

No words:

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This week's Weasels of the Week nominations

We haz Weasels.

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More RFK Jr. insanity

It's bad enough when a guy with a famous name -- and a ton of cash -- lectures average people on the "need" to alter our lifestyles so that their latest pet cause can be attained; it's 100% worse when that same person wants to toss you in jail because you disagree with him.

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September 22, 2014

Fitness for office

In NJ a guy is running for Borough Council candidate is removing himself from the race. Why? Seven years ago he hurled racial abuse at a woman and her child while mooning them. Guess which party he belongs to? I'll give you a hint, this did not make national news and lead to a "conversation" about one party and how they're all secretly racist.

Irony alert:

"What's most disappointing is that the Republicans will stoop so low as to seek to personally destroy (Sorrentino) for something that happened years ago and for which he has not only apologized for his words, but also his actions."

Paula Deen could not be reached for comment.

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"Progressives" HATE being called out on their hypocrisy

Gotta love RFK Jr.'s reaction to being questioned about "setting an example" regarding climate change. It's always "It really doesn't matter what I do -- just shut up and listen to what I say."

I love how RFK Jr. says our lifestyles "won't be affected," then goes on to demand that automobile mileage standards be raised to some ungodly figure, and that electric cars be mandated. Indeed -- those won't affect Joe Six-Pack's bottom line at all, right?

Also check out how these climate change marchers listened intently to folks like Leo DiCaprio, who, as Human Events points out, has "a bigger carbon footprint bigger than most of the crowd put together."

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Go figure: Arab comics creator creates wholesome Muslim superheroes, gets fatwa declared on him

Religion of Peace update: the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and the ministry of Islamic affairs in Kuwait issued a fatwa against Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of The 99, a comicbook team of Muslim superheroes.

Al-Mutawa notes:

This accusation opened up a Pandora’s box and led to an avalanche of extremists each trying to outdo one another. It led to fatwas and more recently death threats from Twitter accounts linked to ISIL and Al Qaeda.

This is what the Muslim world needs -- real moderates like Al-Mutawa, and more people to support him against the likes of ISIL and al-Qaeda barbarians.

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Delaware's Joe Biden

Check out Plugs' latest foot-in-mouth effort: He waxes nostalgic for the type of Republican ... that is Bob Packwood. At a women's conference.

You might recall that Packwood was bounced from the Senate in the mid-90s (well, he resigned, but y'know) due to sexual harassment charges.

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New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: What’s Behind The Downturn In The GOP’s Chances To Take The Senate?

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Sharyl Atkisson/Daily Signal with Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review.

Full results are here.

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September 19, 2014

Again, why "hate crime" laws are a joke

In this case, the brutal beating of a gay couple in Philly a few days ago ... doesn't "fit" any of the state's statutes, if you can believe that:

"The current law for ethnic intimidation, a/k/a a 'hate crime,' in the commonwealth states: 'In order for ethnic intimidation to be charged, the malicious intention toward the religion, ethnicity or race of the victim must be the motive for the commission of the underlying crime,'" Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told the Daily News' Helen Ubiñas. "So, no, we would not be able to charge with ethnic intimidation in this case."

The law was amended to include sexual orientation in 2002, but that was axed by the state Supreme Court on "procedural grounds" in 2008. Great.

So in what is obviously a hate crime, the couple is sh** out of luck. Figures. Obvious hate crimes don't get charged, highly questionable ones do. *Sigh*

Meanwhile, inexplicably offers up a "heartfelt" story on ... one of the alleged attackers. WTF??

Lawyers for the several members of the group that allegedly attacked the gay couple say their clients "would be 'coming in to give their sides of the story.'"

Can't wait to hear those.

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Does this really surprise anyone anymore?

Boss Obama, on Constitution Day, refers to our basic rights as ... "privileges."

“Our Constitution reflects the values we cherish as a people and the ideals we strive for as a society,” Obama said in the release. “It secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.”

Because "privileges" can be taken away. Rights can't. And remember -- this lemon was (supposedly) a constitutional law professor!

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Maybe it's her "Native American" that's speaking. Or something.

Check out moonbat Elizabeth Warren's response to the following comment:

[My name's] Eva Moseley, I’m not a student, I’m not an alumnae, but was in faculty life. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I’m extremely concerned that Jews don’t do to another people what was done to them.

Warren: “I think that’s fair.” (Video at the link above.)

"Fair," huh?

Ye gad. Hey, at least she didn't say "For it," right? Whew! Or, perhaps even "better," our vice-president invoking the name Shylock.

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Ah, political correctness

Via Ace: The online "handmade craft and vintage item" outlet recently wrote the following:

Today we seek to balance two principles that are critically important to us: freedom of speech and protection from discrimination. Freedom of speech and expression is important to us because we are a community of artists, artisans, and curators of all backgrounds, aesthetics, and viewpoints. If you search our site, you will see a wide variety of items testifying to our diversity and our seemingly limitless creativity.

This freedom, however, is not without limits. In the past, we have taken actions to protect our community and to preserve our integrity as both a creative and an ethical space. We want Etsy to be safe, welcoming, and respectful for everyone, including artists, women, and minorities. For this reason, it has long been against our policies to allow content on our site that demeans people based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation.

You can probably guess what's coming: They will no longer be associated with anything related to the (Washington) Redskins. Because, they say, Native Americans "have long considered [the name] offensive, disparaging, and racist." Which isn't true, of course, but that's not the best part ...

The best part is ... that still sells Nazi-related items -- plenty of things to buy with swastikas on 'em. 456 items currently, to be precise.

So much for that "demeaning people based on religion," eh?

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September 17, 2014

Must see of the day

This is interesting. It's an interactive map of the players in the Middle East and who is aligned with whom.

Some of this I knew, some of it, not so much.

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September 16, 2014

Pro-Israel Students Arrested at Ohio University for Standing Up to BDS-ers

It began a week ago when Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec took advantage of the then-popular ALS "ice bucket challenge" to ... bash Israel.

In a video she made, instead of ice/water, Marzec uses a red liquid to symbolize the shed "blood" of Palestinians for which Israel is supposedly responsible, all the while muttering about the "genocide in Gaza" and "occupation of Palestine":

Marzec goes on:

“I’m urging you and OU (Ohio University) to divest and cut all ties to academic and other Israeli institutions and businesses.”

“This bucket of blood symbolizes the thousands of displaced and murdered Palestinians- atrocities which OU is directly complacent in through cultural and economic ties with the Israeli state,” she explained.

Ironically, Israel has been at the forefront of developing treatments for ALS.

Despite the rest of the Student Senate not taking kindly to Marzec's stunt, things went to the "next level" this past Wednesday.

At a meeting of the Student Senate that evening, pro-Israel students, the so-called "Bobcats for Israel," spoke out in favor of the embattled nation and against Senate President Marzec and her "blood bucket" stunt, among other things. For this, the students were arrested and charged with "disturbing a lawful meeting" (a misdemeanor):

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Video is available at here.

Professor William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection (to whom the major hat tip goes for this story) received a note from an Ohio U. tipster stating (my emphasis)

I don’t see how Ms. [Becky] Sebo was being unduly disruptive. Some of the context from the livetweeting shows that she was being shouted down by Marzec, and that audience members were attempting to physically assault her.

At any rate, Marzec ordering the arrest of her critics is ironic, because Marzec has been arrested for the same thing. And the crowd’s chanting of “fascist” and “undemocratic” is ironic, given their applause for arresting the Bobcats for Israel.

The student newspaper The Post reports that President Marzec appears to have been the instigator of the whole imbroglio, interrupting the initial "Bobcats" speaker (Sebo) who was criticizing Marzec and her past actions:

Three minutes into Sebo’s speech, Marzec interrupted Sebo, saying that the speech was blocking other students from speaking.

A chant was led by many of the Student Senate members, repeating phrases such as “this meeting is being hijacked by fascists” and “shame on bullies.”

Keep in mind that Sebo was speaking during time allowed for public comments, the "Student Speakout."

After the arrest of Sebo and three of her companions, Marzec "stood on a table" and said "she would 'never apologize for standing up for the people of Palestine.” She also stated "And I will never stand up for fascists. And this body won’t either.”

This, despite her interrupting someone else talking and then shouting her down (Sebo) ... and then having her thrown out of the forum.

Missed irony much?

(Cross-posted at The College Fix.)

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"For it"

Wait for the terrorist chick's final two word answer:

But Israel is "overreacting," yada yada yada ...

Gimme a f***ing break.

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September 14, 2014

Blast from the Past (yet so pertinent to today)

"He was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings.”

Who is this statement referring to?

A) Barack Obama
B) Hillary Clinton
C) John Kerry
D) Joe Biden

If you guessed "A," you win!

From March of 2010:

The highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law spoke out on Barack Obama saying, “Professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings.”

I spent some time with the highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law a few months back, and he did not have many nice things to say about “Barry.” Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn’t even considered. A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the payroll, and give him a class to teach. The Board told him he didn’t have to be a member of the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position. He was never a professor and was hardly an adjunct.

The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool. According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building. He also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).

Either this guy is RACIST, or he's aptly describing the commander-in-chief we all know so well today. I say "well" because the very attributes noted above are precisely what we see today.

But hey, eventually the truth will emerge ... most likely when President Lemon is long out of office: How America -- encouragingly -- wanted to show how far it had evolved by electing a black president ... but as such overlooked each and every defect that demonstrated the man was way over his head.

(h/t to Ace.)

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The battiest of the batty

First they said "reasonable people can disagree about whether or not George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks."

Then they wanted all Republicans rounded up and shot due to their preference for deregulation.

Now, the American Petroleum Institute is somehow in cahoots with ISIS/ISIL to doom us all via catastrophic global warming.

This is the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers here in the First State, folks. Most reasonable people have long since given up trying to talk common sense to them (mainly because they delete such comments virtually immediately) so that their site is now an ultra-left communal coffee clatch where everybody serves up cute little quips and giggle in unison.

(h/t to First Street Journal.)

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with Obama’s Untruth, Inc.

Full results are here.

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September 11, 2014

We're in the best of hands

Here's Lurch Kerry explaining that "we're not at war with ISIS":

Pressed by a CNN reporter that it sure sounds as if we are at war with the Islamic (wait -- can't say that, either!) nutjobs, Kerry responded “I think that’s the wrong terminology.”

We're in trouble, folks.

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Perennial loser Mike Protack loses again

He's run for just about anything you can think of in Delaware and lost; this time he primaried Janet Kilpatrick for a New County Council seat and ... lost. Again.

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New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: How Would You Explain The Persistence Of Anti-Semitism?

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Watcher's Council Weasel of the Week

And that would be none other than Barack Obama.

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September 09, 2014

We're all gonna die!

According to MC Hawking:

Higgs boson could become unstable at very high energy levels, which would lead to a "catastrophic vacuum decay" causing space and time to collapse and that there would not be any warning to the danger.

Never mind ISIS, nuclear war, ebola, global warming, now we have this to worry about. Thanks Stevie.


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September 08, 2014

This is great

A politician is someone who will say anything to get elected. In days gone by, this was not a problem. They could talk out of both sides of their mouth all day long and it never really registered because it was in print and there was always some doubt as to what was really said. Until now.


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September 07, 2014

Laugher of the Day

Al Sharpton -- Al Freakin' Sharpton!! -- issues a statement on Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson. Sharpton "urges" more action from the NBA.

Gag me with a spork.

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September 06, 2014

Weasel of the Week winner

And that would be the British Government, represented by the Rotherham City Council! (Nominated by yours truly and The Glittering Eye.)

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As a life-long Rams fan, I say this is patently ridiculous

When the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam -- the first openly gay football player to be selected for an NFL team -- I was like, "Cool -- the Rams are showing they don't care what anyone thinks. They think Sam's got the talent, and they're giving him a shot." (By the way, the Rams were also the first team to break the NFL color barrier back in 1946 ... a year before the much more noted Jackie Robinson did it in baseball.)

Ultimately, Sam was released by the Rams (the team is loaded at his position, and most thought Sam would have a tough time making the team), but has been picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and placed on their practice squad. But ... then comes this ridiculous news:

According to NBC’s Peter King, NFL officials called teams around the league to gauge their interest in signing former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, to their practice squads.

“The Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days,” King said. “During that time a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a probable practice squad player.”

Here we go -- one of the last bastions of pure merit-based employment has been battered by the PC Police. Because, of course, the NFL was worried about the predictable media onslaught had Sam not been picked up by a team.

Best comment of the day: "Every single player who didn’t make the cut should come out as gay."

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Ivy Mike Cafe with #Ferguson – When Assholes Collide.

Full results are here.

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September 05, 2014

Must Read Of The Day

This one by Mark Steyn is both grim and dead accurate. His point about how hard won social change was in the Victorian Era is something that I overlooked. One of my nerdier traits is reading Victorian era authors (Poe, Chesterton, A.C. Doyle). If you look at them and how they change over time, they get more grim as the era comes to a close. The idea that 11 year old prostitutes were so common as to be unnoticed is not a world I want to live in. Similarly, the slide off the cliff from tyrants who at least attempted to retain the veneer of a civilized person to the ISIS brand of evil that celebrate the most violent depravities is dire.

I know Steyn tends toward the bleak and sometimes misses the mark, I don't think he does so out of bombast like Coulter who, frankly, is out of ideas other than shrill ridicule. Steyn knows that our current state of western democracy is an aberration in history and is a fragile and precious thing. How we keep it is going to be the question we wrestle with in the very near future.

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September 04, 2014

Huffington Post hires 9/11 Truther as national security "reporter"

Well hell, why not? Makes about as much sense as the rest of the garbage they put out.

The Huffington Post's Washington bureau has hired professional football player and 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth as a fellow, covering national security.

Stallworth, a wide receiver in the NFL since 2002, is currently an unsigned free agent and has not played in any games since 2012. He is also a 9/11 truther, and has publicly stated that Osama bin Laden was not responsible for the attacks and that the Pentagon was not hit by a plane.

"NO WAY 9/11 was carried out by 'dying' Bin Laden, 19 men who couldn't fly a damn kite. STILL have NO EVIDENCE Osama was connected, like Iraq," Stallworth tweeted in 2009. Stallworth also doubted tweeted, "Gggrrrrrrrrrrrrr @ ppl who actually believe a plane hit the pentagon on 9/11... hole woulda been ASTRONOMICALLY bigger, God bless lost lives." (Source)

Hilariously, HuffPo Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim said that Stallworth's Truther statements "doesn’t represent how he thinks today," and that he said them five years ago. Except that, Stallworth's last Truther statement took place in November of 2013.

Possibly even more hilarious is how the HuffPo thinks Stallworth is actually qualified to cover national security issues in the first place: "[Stallworth] has a quick mind, an insatiable curiosity and a passion for politics -- the necessary qualities of a great journalist."

Yeah, man. Whatever you say.

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September 03, 2014

September 02, 2014

Color the Opposing Team's Locker Pink and ... Risk a Lawsuit?

An article at Inside Higher Ed highlights (no, not in hot pink) a ... "controversy" at the University of Iowa: the opposing team's (football) locker room is painted pink.

Controversy? Why?

Well, this is the Age of Political Correctness, especially on college campuses:

While it remains a beloved bit of visual smack-talk for many Hawkeye fans -- and was even featured in a recent ESPN ad about college traditions -- some students and faculty have decried the color scheme as sexist and discriminatory.

"There is no denying that [former Iowa football coach Hayden] Fry’s tactic is rooted in an antiquated age when homophobic and sexist epithets were the norm in sports," [protester Kembrew] McLeod said.

Since 2005 Jill Gaulding, a former University of Iowa law professor, has threatened to sue or file a federal complaint against the university under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the law that forbids gender discrimination at colleges. On Thursday, Gaulding, who is now a lawyer with the nonprofit law firm Gender Justice, said the "discussions are still ongoing," and that the locker room's color is a type of gender slur.

"It sends the message that anything associated with female is lesser-than," Gaulding said. "The minute I read about the pink locker room and how the university had built it even pinker, it felt like somebody had just reached out and slapped me across the face. It was that insulting. People know what it means."

Erin Buzuvis, director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies at Western New England University (uh oh), agrees with Gaulding that the locker room is a Title IX violation, but says a lawsuit victory would be tough. Still, she notes (my emphasis)

"Title IX's application to athletics is aimed at equalizing the treatment of female athletes as well as their opportunities to play," Buzuvis said. "If you accept that using pink in the visitors' locker room operates a symbolic gesture of emasculation towards the team's opponents, the pink locker room certainly represents a form of unequal treatment, since the symbolism trades on pink's association with women and stereotypes about women's inferior athleticism."

But ... is that a stereotype? In general and taken as a whole, are not men ... superior athletes?

Before you go off with steam coming out of your ears, consider:

The mean difference has been about 10 percent between men and women for all (Olympic) events. The mean gap is 10.7 percent for running, 8.9 percent for swimming and 17.5 percent for jumping. (Source)

Men golfers hit the ball farther, in some cases a lot farther. Men tennis players hit the ball harder and faster. Baseball players throw faster and hit the ball farther than (women) softball players. Etcetera, etcetera. Why do we have separate sports leagues for the sexes, after all?

Men's sports are far more popular with spectators because the competition level is greater. The athletes are faster, stronger, and more durable. This is just a biological fact, despite U. of Iowa's student newspaper's complaint that the "sexist norm of male superiority" still exists, and despite those who believe gender is merely a "social construction."

By the way, there's actually some psychological research to back up what the Iowa football squad (and others) have done to opponents' locker rooms. One researcher says the color pink acts like "a tranquilizer that 'saps your energy.'" Pink is also used frequently in "drunk tanks" and jail cells. In addition, the notion that pink is a "girl's color" is actually relatively new; it didn't really begin to take hold until the 1940s.

In closing, I get that efforts to encourage male athletes (and coaches) to cease using terms like "sissy" and anti-gay expressions need to be established and enforced. But over-zealous complaints about things like using pink in locker rooms -- because it facetiously calls into question opposing players' toughness, and even their masculinity -- are just another example of institutions like a "Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies" finding "reasons" to justify their existence.

(Cross-posted at The College Fix.)

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Watcher's Weasel of the Week nominations

This week's nominees:

Gov. Jerry Brown
The British Government, represented by the Rotherham City Council
Al Gore
Dr. Henry Wagner
John Kerry
Eric Holder

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What British officials did when whistle blew on rapists

Yep, it's as bad as you thought: They didn't go after the savages who committed the heinous acts; no, they made the whistleblower take a course on DIVERSITY.

Let that sink in good, folks.

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Latest ridiculous term for "illegal immigrant"

According to the LA TImes' Tiffany Hsu, it's "informal worker."

And what do they do? They "labor unofficially" in a "gray economy."

Got that?

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September 01, 2014

Check your own backyard, first

Check out what comics writer Brian Michael Bendis tweets:

I get wanting Twitter to scan the medium for harassing garbage like that, but ... calling the cops? Aside from an actual threat of rape, alerting the authorities for someone calling you a "whore?" Or "slut?" I can't even see a harassment charge given that Twitter has a "block" function.

And here's a thought, Bendis: How 'bout clamoring for same w/regards to some of your foul-mouthed colleagues?

Should we call the cops for someone telling me (and others) to "Go f*** yourself?" Or what about telling someone to "STFU" (short for "Shut the F*** Up")? Or, what about demeaning comments in general towards those who don't share their political beliefs?

I won't hold my breath.

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Every James Bond car

Via Ace: Every Bond Car Ranked.

Every car? I'm not so certain, but Supercompressor's list is pretty comprehensive, and includes cars from the Bond novels, too.

Some highlights:

  • The Citroen 2CV from For Your Eyes Only only has between nine and twenty-nine horsepower. Seriously! Bond (Roger Moore) does remark about being "out-horsepowered" in the Italian countryside car chase scene.
  • The Ford Fairlane from Die Another Day -- I wonder how many viewers thought that was some kind of joke? It isn't -- due to the US trade embargo, Cubans have had to make due with constantly refurbishing old 1950s-era US autos.
  • The BMW Z8 from The World Is Not Enough -- the last car designed by the original Q. 'Nuff said.
  • The AMC Hornet: yes, a Bond flick actually utilized an American Motors vehicle, in this case in The Man With The Golden Gun. Next big budget AMC car: the Pacer in Wayne's World. (Just guessing.)
  • The Ford Mustang Mach 1 in Diamonds Are Forever: Last of an era, as gas crises led to the demise of the old American muscle car. And this car was also the end of an era, as from here the name "Mustang" became a sad joke ... until revitalized over a decade later.
  • The Lotus Esprit S1 in The Spy Who Loved Me: What's not to like? In its time was sleek and sporty, turned into a submarine, and could blast a helicopter piloted by a total babe to shreds while submerged.

  • The Aston Martin DB5. 'Nuff said! The best-ever, hands down. Seen in Goldfinger and Skyfall, among others.

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New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: What’s Your Favorite Sport, And Your Least Favorite? Why?

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