Hah, that'll show them! All Obama needs to do now is get them some jobs and they won't know what hit them!
Original post at Legal Insurrection: Branco Cartoon - This Time I Mean It
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|Frothy liberal rage incoming|
|Get ready to put those thinking caps on!|
IN THE face of the horror in Paris — not to mention Beirut and Baghdad — an instinctual reaction is to attempt to close the United States to the world and, in effect, ignore the plight of people America might help. At best, this reaction is understandable but self-defeating. From the mouths of Republican presidential candidates, it has become downright ugly.The Lost Angeles Times echoed the same sentiments in another editorial:
It's preposterous that a serious contender for the presidency of the U.S. would bar war refugee status based on someone's religion. And the suggestion by GOP candidate Ben Carson that the U.S. bar all Syrian refugees for fear that a "sleeper" terrorist might slip in is an emotional, and ill-conceived, overreaction, as are pledges by several Republican governors to resist efforts to resettle refugees in their states.Rolling Stone didn't mince any words, flat out stating that people who didn't want Syrian refugees were racist, Nazi trolls:
Those were the open extremists, of course, the ones who put hashtags like #WhiteGenocide in their Twitter bios; I saw at least one Hitler photo as an avatar. But whether they were open with their Nazi sympathies or more subtle, one thing was clear: The white-rights crowd does not want Syrian refugees – refugees who are fleeing the very kind of terrorism we saw in Paris last week – to be allowed into the United States. They expressed, in no uncertain terms, that they oppose allowing foreign – and brown! – refugees to come to Europe and America, and they're using the fear of terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks to spread their racist message.I do have a question for all of these liberals, though. Actually two questions. The first question is, knowing what we know, and seeing the death and destruction wrought in Paris, how is it racist to make sure we protect our citizens first? The second question, if we do let in unfettered numbers of Syrian refugees and there is a terror attack perpetrated by one or more of them, who takes the blame for it?
|You'll rage against the machine.|
|Only 21 days left!|
|All turkeys may want to leave now...|
|And don't forget to save some turkey for me.|
|A blast from the past...|
|It's gonna get dirty.|
There’s always hope, and I’ll prove it in a moment. But first, let me agree - it's madness to demand free speech, even as we demand silence from those who say things we don’t agree with. This kind of hypocrisy is unique to phonies and bullies everywhere, and while it’s disturbing to see it unfold at colleges and universities, it’s not uncommon, and certainly not unprecedented. However, this business at Smith is worse than Mizzou, and worth talking about.
In a nutshell, students at Smith College are barring journalists from covering their activities unless said journalists first pledge their loyalty to “the cause.” The administration appears to be supportive. https://Is the Smith College situation worse than the situation at Mizzou? It is true that the Smith protesters barred the media from their protests and demanded statements of solidarity as a condition of being able to cover it. It is also true that the administration seemed to be okay with that. Smith, however, is a private institution. If they want to bar the media from their campus that's their prerogative. Mizzou, by contrast, is a public institution. The media should be allowed to report what goes on at a public institution without obstruction, and yet the same thing is happening at Mizzou. Worse, in fact, because reporters covering the Mizzou protests have been threatened with physical violence, sometimes by professors. Who could forget this paragon of progressive values calling for "muscle" to remove reporters from a "safe space:"
reason.com/blog/ 2015/11/20/ smith-college-st udents-say-jour nalists-m
Like you Fran, many people are wondering why anyone would pay $60,000 in annual tuition to an institution with so little regard for the First Amendment. Others have wondered aloud why we should tolerate this level of dissimulation in our institutions of higher learning. The answer is easy - because we must. This is the great paradox of our democracy. In order to honor the flag, we must be free to burn it. Likewise, the freedom to educate our kids the best way we can must be accompanied by the freedom to brainwash them in the worst way possible. But of course, that doesn’t mean we should all have to pay for the brainwashing in question. That’s gotta stop, pronto.
|Play time for me, but not for thee...|
Karen Keller, who teaches at Blakely Elementary School, has been trying to get girls more interested in science and math and noticed that during the 30-minute “free-choice” time at the end of the school day, the boys frequently played with Legos. The girls did not. Keller decided to bar the boys from the building materials so girls would not be intimidated to play with them.
In an interview with the Bainbridge Island Review, Keller said, “I always tell the boys, ‘you’re going to have a turn- and I’m like, ‘yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head. I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.”Keller supposedly cited some studies supporting her decision, and went to the Bainbridge School Foundation to get help purchasing brand-spanking-new Lego sets for her classroom. Of course she didn't exactly tell them what she'd be doing with the new Legos:
She asked for funding to purchase LEGO Education Community Starter Kits for three Blakely classrooms, writing that “while it’s not necessary to board up the playhouse and adopt the babies out, concrete steps can be taken to ameliorate the gender gap in the kindergarten and present engaging ways to develop girls’ spatial skills.”
What she didn’t tell BSF, however, was that the boys wouldn’t get to play with the new 1,907-piece sets.Parents were rightly pissed as hell when they heard what Keller had been doing. Who wouldn't be? Whether or not she can cite studies that back her up (and I'd question the legitimacy of these studies) what the hell kind of message is she sending to the boys in her class? Keller's essentially telling them that they don't matter. In the grand scheme of things the girls are more important than the boys are. They don't need any encouragement, they need to step out of the way and let the girls have their turn. How is that going to affect their self-esteem?
|Hah! Made you look!|
|Old post is old...|
|Absolutely terrifying hilarity ahead!|
|Picard's getting a workout this week...|
|Suck it up, buttercup.|
On Tuesday, November 10, the Minnesota Student Association (MSA)–the undergraduate student government at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN)– rejected a resolution for a moment of recognition on future anniversaries of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Theo Menon, the student group representative to MSA for the College Republicans (CRs) at UMN, introduced the resolution; MSA’s forum voted against it 36-23 (with three abstentions). The proposed resolution pointed to the university’s lack of any sort of commemoration regarding the attacks on 9/11. It then called for a campus-wide moment of recognition on every September 11 from now on.
“I wrote this resolution because I think we need to recognize the victims of this world-changing event,” said Menon, “The innocent men, women, and servicemen who died on that day deserve to be honored.”
Nathan Amundson serves as President of UMN’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter and student group representative for Write Things, a creative writing group. Amundson said debate on the resolution centered around whether enacting the moment of recognition might instill a more islamophobic sentiment on campus.So the students voted against having any sort of commemoration for the victims of September 11th because of Islamophobia. Sounds pretty much exactly like what we've come to expect from those special little flowers called college students. In fact, some of the students specifically stated that a 9-11 commemoration would "make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe." After all, white people have done horrible things too. We should have a moment of silence for all of those things, too!
|God dammit you guys...|
One was the rise of social media, especially Twitter, which gives these sorts of events a real-time immediacy and amplification that leaves you feeling even more overwhelmed with the flow of information than if you were relying solely on the sonorous tones of Wolf Blitzer blaring from your old cathode-ray television to tell you what’s going on.
There are two other factors, both of which are related. They are the 2016 presidential election, and the GOP’s continuing devolution from a political party into a loose collection of screeching reactionary head cases animated almost solely by utter hatred of President Obama and progressivism in general, and lacking even the most tenuous grip on reality or basic humanity.
Those two strands came together this weekend as the Republican presidential candidates flopped all over themselves proclaiming themselves tougher and more ready to lead the fight against ISIS than the next. But their policies are both nonsensical and irrelevant, or already being pursued by the Obama administration. It was as if each of them spends all their downtime asleep in hyperbaric chambers, trucked from one appearance to the next, thawed out, shoved in front of a camera or a cheering crowd to spout nonsense fed through an earpiece by handlers, and then put back in stasis until the next event.See that, guys, Paris wasn't anywhere near as bad as everyone thinks it was. Sure it was a massive coordinated attack involving simultaneous operations throughout one of the most iconic metropolitan areas in the world...but it wasn't THAT bad. It only seems that way because of the evil, angry, hate-filled GOP candidates. Oh, and Twitter.
|Oh it gets better...|
Yup, Salon still doesn't understand why Paris was so horrible. Maybe I can help them out here. Paris was so bad because it was the first time since 9-11 that we've seen a major terror attack inside of a major western city. It was tragic because of the reminder that just a few dedicated people with a lot of guns can kill so many innocents. Paris was shocking because ISIS terrorists held over 100 people hostage, and executed them one by one while they begged for their lives on social media. People are scared because Paris showed them that terror and horror can still strike any time, anywhere, and there's precious little authorities can do to stop it.And certainly none of the candidates can explain why the Paris attacks, horrible as they are, differ in any significant way from any other jihadi attack of the past decade. Or the past half-century, for that matter. Fanatical terrorism is not new, nor is it an artifact exclusive to the Obama presidency.
|Yes they are, captain. Yes they are.|
|Everything will go away if I stick my head in here...|
|This is the second time in 2 days I've used this...|
In a still developing situation, the city of Paris, France, is under attack by terrorists armed with guns and explosives. Many dozens of people have been killed. A still undetermined number of people have been wounded. The terrorists took dozens of hostages in a concert hall. French police and military forces have been deployed. There is mayhem and blood in the streets of Paris.
President Obama has correctly described this day’s horrific events as “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”
Terrorism is politically motivated violence against a vulnerable population that is designed to intimidate, sow fear, create panic and alter public policy.
Terrorism is serious business that kills people, breaks bodies and alters lives.
It is not a game.
In the United States, the right-wing media and movement conservatives have for decades consistently used eliminationist and other violent rhetoric to describe liberals, progressives and other people with whom they disagree. As was seen in the recent attacks on a Charleston-area black church, and other violence by right-wing anti-government militias, such rhetoric does not float in the ether of the public discourse, harmless and unacknowledged. No, it does in fact lead to action.Notice the first few words in that very first paragraph? "In a still developing situation." This article was written, and published, while hundreds of Parisians were running for their lives. This article was written while innocent men, women, and children were literally dodging bullets. This article was written while suicide bombers were blowing themselves up on the streets of Paris. This article was written while ISIS terrorists were executing hostages one by one in the Bataclan theater.
TERRORISM HAS NO RELIGION OR RACE GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS— HARRY GIFS✨ (@favstylesgifs) November 14, 2015
Terrorism has no religion and if you think so you should probably unfollow me as fast as your fingers can move https://t.co/PnI7X2SjLa— Danielle (@danielle10k) November 14, 2015
That's just a small sample of the over 200,000 tweets under this trend. Despite all evidence to the country, these leftists kept insisting that there was no religion associated with terrorism. The terrorists from the ISLAMIC State who shouted "allahu akbar" as they were killing weren't doing it because of religion. They were doing it because...I don't know, poverty or racism or something.Terrorism has no religion. Crime has no race or color Keep your damn ignorance to yourself. I'm tired of idiots having the loudest voices— Moe Othman(Youtuber) (@MrMoeOthman) November 14, 2015
At least 26 people were killed in multiple Paris terror attacks Friday, the Associated Press reported.
At the same time, up to 60 hostages were reported taken at Paris Bataclan concert hall.
The attacks involved a shootout in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondisement and an explosion in a bar near a Paris stadium. Simultaneous attacks are a trademark of terrorist operations.Apparently there's no confirmation at this time as to whether or not the attacks are terror-related. Seems a pretty safe bet at this point, although we don't want to make assumptions like the mainstream media. Word is the French president was at the stadium and was evacuated. I'll post updates as I get them.
|THIS OFFENDS ME!!!!|
|No, sis, there's no sugar in Pixie Sticks. I swear!|
Finding that balance is a challenge in itself, but gift-giving also increasingly means thinking outside of the (nicely wrapped) box so that you're not reinforcing messages about who should play with which toys. For instance, no matter how companies market their products, there's no reason boys can't play with dolls and girls can't play with building sets.
If that sounds too overwhelming, don't panic. There is a simple way to solve this problem: Consider your gift selection as a way to expand a child's universe.
This means not putting artificial limits on what you'd buy a child based on their gender.
"It’s our job as parents and caring adults to widen all of the choices for girls and boys," says Andrea Bastiani Archibald, chief girl expert for the Girl Scouts of the USA.Okay, so we've got to expand a child's universe. Fair enough. I'm all for giving kids more choices to play with. Except for the fact that kids tend to naturally gravitate towards gender-specific methods of play. For example, I have some friends who have a daughter who's about 10 years old. Now this kid is just about the girliest girl you could possibly imagine. She loves make up, getting her nails done, and pink. So much pink. And zombies. She's kind of a strange one. The point is her parents didn't teach her any of that. They didn't go out of their way to push her towards boy toys, but they didn't steer her to girl's toys either. That's something she chose on her own.
"The gift you give should not be a political statement," says Isaacs. "Ultimately, it’s about a child’s play and making the child happy."
|It sure is, buddy. It sure is.|