October 5, 2015

Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology [Darleen Click]

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October 4, 2015

De Blasio threatens New York City’s museums and cultural institutions over “diversity” [Darleen Click]

The Bigger the Government, the smaller the citizen:

The city is grilling museums and cultural institutions about the racial and ethnic diversity of their entire staffs — and if they don’t answer, they’ll be cut off from taxpayer cash.

Nearly 1,000 organizations were asked to fill out a survey this summer detailing the race, gender and disability status of their employees and board members.

“As long as you complete the survey, you will be eligible to apply for funding from [the city] in fiscal year 2017,” institutions were told in a July 20 letter from Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. […]

In addition to providing the workforce information, the cultural groups had to answer a questionnaire with up to 48 questions — including “How does your organization engage with issues of diversity on a daily basis?” and “What forms of diversity do you think are important for strengthening the quality of work of your organization?”

Groups are also queried on whether there were barriers to increasing diversity among staff and board members, according to a copy of the survey obtained by The Post. […]

The city plans to hire a “diversity consultant” to coordinate activities coming after the survey. That has led to some worries that particular groups would be punished for not being diverse enough.

But the city says in the survey that it will not know individual ­responses, only the overall figures. The paperwork adds that ­responses will not affect future funding.

Yeah, and if you believe that last bit, I have this nice bridge in Brooklyn you can have for a song.

The Left finds individual merit, ambition and talent (and the independent spirit to pursue a life of one’s own choosing) anathema to its collectivist dogma. Groups need to be brought to heel to ensure their perpetuation in positions of power. The fastest way to that is to get institutions to accept “public money” and then use such acceptance to enforce any number of social justice goals.

Even when an institution goes out of its way not to accept government money, no matter how distance, Leftists will seek ways to punish.

HILLSDALE, MI – Hillsdale College is questioning its exemption from the recently released U.S. Department of Education’s “College Scorecard.” […]

In a story published in The Collegian, Hillsdale College’s student newspaper, Denise Horn, assistant press secretary for the USDE, is quoted saying that Hillsdale College was left off the list because it offers a majority of graduate certificates, not two- or four-year degrees.

In a press release, Hillsdale College says this is false, citing its issuance of four-year bachelor’s and master’s degrees and its non-issuance of certificates of any kind for academic credit.

Hillsdale College contends its exclusion from the scorecard is based on its refusal to accept federal funds and track and report the racial demographics of its students, the release said.

Only schools that participate in the Title IV federal financial aid program and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which requires institutions to track and report racial demographics, were included in the scorecard, the release said.

Hillsdale College, founded in 1844 by abolitionist Free Will Baptists, is prohibited by charter from discrimination based on “nationality, color or sex.”

“Hillsdale College is proud of its heritage and has remained true to it, despite attempts by both federal and state bureaucrats for force it to count its students by race,” the release said.

Hillsdale College is consistently ranked as a top liberal arts college in independent studies done by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger and The Princeton Review.

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October 3, 2015

Chick-fil-A opens in New York City [Darleen Click]

Left-liberal heads explode:

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October 3, 2015

“People call me the snake man” [Darleen Click]

In southern California, it is easy to forget that the cities here are surrounded and criss-crossed by foothills and mountains of wilderness.

2014 Pic OC Register

2014 Pic OC Register

ANAHEIM HILLS – It’s 88 degrees and not yet noon. A warm wind licks Walnut Canyon Reservoir and tumbles up the Santa Ana foothills, along Hidden Canyon Road to where snake wrangler Jason Magee is digging trenches and telling stories.

Rattlesnake stories.

Two weeks ago, he says, a nearly 4-foot Southern Pacific rattlesnake “with an attitude” buzzed him from under a doggie feeder in a Ladera Ranch backyard.

Magee scooped up the buzzing snake with a 3-foot-long set of tongs and dropped it in a bucket.

“I don’t know if I’d call it being nervous, but nerves and adrenaline kick in that make you more alert,” he says. “You definitely know you’re holding something that’s deadly.”

While most Southern Californians run away from rattlesnakes, Magee spends his summers chasing them. And this summer, he’s chased more than ever.

“This has been my busiest year by far,” says Magee, who owns OC Snake Removal and who has removed more than 1,000 rattlesnakes from yards in the past eight years. […]

“They’re definitely on the crawl,” Magee says, of Orange County’s three rattlesnake varieties – Southern Pacific, red diamond and southwestern speckled, which can grow to more than 4 feet.

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October 3, 2015

“Oh Vladimir, you look ridiculous” [Darleen Click]

More brilliance from Michael Ramirez


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October 3, 2015

Guns and Alcohol — because the We must do SOMETHING demand is always right … Right? [Darleen Click]

Whether it is emotion or just a crude attempt at achieving political goals, America has walked that path of good intentions before:

Now I generally don’t support the “don’t just stand there, do something” school of criminal law. When all the proposals seem likely not to work, or do more harm than good, implementing one of them for the sake of “doing something” strikes me as a mistake.

But let me offer a concrete analogy (recognizing that, as with all analogies, it’s analogous and not identical).

Every day, about 30 people are killed in the U.S. in gun homicides or gun accidents (not counting gun suicides or self-inflicted accidental shootings). And every day, likely about 30 people are killed in homicides where the killer was under the influence of alcohol, plus alcohol-related drunk driving accidents and alcohol-related accidents where the driver wasn’t drunk but the alcohol was likely a factor (again not including those who died in accidents caused by their own alcohol consumption). If you added in gun suicides on one side and those people whose alcohol consumption killed themselves on the other, the deaths would tilt much more on the side of alcohol use, but I generally like to segregate deaths of the user from deaths of others.

So what are we going to do about it? When are we going to ban alcohol? When are we going to institute more common-sense alcohol-control measures?

Well, we tried, and the conventional wisdom is that the cure was worse than the disease — which is why we went back to a system where alcohol is pretty freely available, despite the harm it causes (of which the deaths are only part). We now prohibit various kinds of reckless behavior while using alcohol. But we try to minimize the burden on responsible alcohol users by generally allowing alcohol purchase and possession, subject to fairly light regulations.

We know that alcohol is a very destructive substance. Alcoholics don’t just wreck their own health, but have an substantial and adverse effect on their families.

Our focus is now on alcoholics, not the general public that uses alcohol lawfully and reasonably. There is no good faith reason why we should treat gun-ownership any differently.

Not that the gun-grabbers let a thing like good faith, or facts, stand in their way.


Gun-grabbers claim people who support the Second Amendment don’t care. Yet, they seem to have no problem putting law-abiding people, like these old women, in harms way.

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October 2, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The Inspiration:

A story:

They had run through the night, leaving the shrouded forest behind just as dawn pinked the sky.

She slid from Shi-iro’s back. He pawed the ground, snorting, muscles twitching under his foamed-flecked hide. Her hand touched at where she had hidden the bottle in her sleeve.

Still there, a last resort.

The key, dangling from twine on her neck, between her breasts. In the grimness of her flight, it gave her hope.

She walked to the edge of the cliff, the sea spread out at her feet, the salt air in her nostrils. Yes, there, on the horizon.



Now, your turn.

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October 1, 2015

Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR, is a ‘gun-free’ campus [Darleen Click]

That worked out well now, didn’t it?

When was the last time a ‘mass-shooting’ took place at a gun show?

Prayers for the survivors, their families and the families of the victims.

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September 30, 2015

Putin humiliates Obama … again [Darleen Click]


About those Russian attacks in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

President Vladimir Putin called it a pre-emptive strike against the militants, and the Russian Defense Ministry said its warplanes targeted and destroyed eight positions belonging to extremists from the IS group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. It did not give specific locations.

But French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers in Paris: “Curiously, they didn’t hit Islamic State. I will let you draw a certain number of conclusions yourselves.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also said the Russians appeared to have targeted areas that did not include IS militants and complained Moscow did not use formal channels to give advance notice of its airstrikes to Washington, which is conducting its own airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State group.

Be prepared, strongly worded letter to be sent to Russia!

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was prepared to welcome Russian military action in Syria as long as it is directed against IS and other al-Qaida affiliates, but would have “grave concerns” if it conducted strikes against other groups.

Grave concerns, he said.

Oh my, Top.Men., indeed.

One might even conclude that Putin is enjoying himself:

Putin’s message at the U.N. podium Monday was a simple one: U.S. interventions and unilateralism have backfired in the Middle East, and it is time to try something new.

His speech will do little to undercut a widespread impression in many Western capitals that his aim in Syria is not just to bolster a Moscow ally but, primarily, to thwart U.S. power and influence in the Middle East.

Putin took particular aim at U.S. involvement in Iraq and Libya, which he said fostered a power vacuum filled with “extremists and terrorists.”

“Do you realize now what you’ve done?” he asked.

That “you” is Obama. Stability evaporated with King Barry’s precipitous and unilateral withdraw from Iraq.

The f**ker has repeated the Democrats deliberate betrayl of South Vietnam.


You betcha.

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September 29, 2015

“The Thing about Tax Cuts” [Darleen Click]

Stop with the smoke and mirrors …

Every Republican tax-reform plan should be rooted in this reality: If you are going to have federal spending that is 21 percent of GDP, then you can have a.) taxes that are 21 percent of GDP; b.) deficits. There is no c.

If, on the other hand, you have a credible program for reducing spending to 17 or 18 percent of GDP, which is where taxes have been coming in, please do share it.

The problem with the Growth Fairy model of balancing budgets is that while economic growth would certainly reduce federal spending as a share of GDP if spending were kept constant, there is zero evidence that the government of these United States has the will or the inclination to enact serious spending controls when times are good (Uncork the champagne!) or when times are bad (Wicked austerity! We must have stimulus!).

In other words — TANSTAAFL

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