May 22, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The inspiration:

100wordsshoes

A story:

Shadow always got his older brother’s hand-me-downs. He was second in being served dinner. Brother, summer baby, got the lavish birthday parties while Shadow, born 12/26, got combo gifts. Brother got a new car at 16, which he took to University, while Shadow drove mom’s gasping Rambler to junior college.

Then Brother swept away and married the girl Shadow had been dating.

The years of seething secondhood flooded through his clenched teeth at a pale and trembling Brother on the other side of Shadow’s revolver.

“Now, at least, I’ll be first at something!” Shadow shouted and pulled the trigger.

Click.

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Now, your turn.

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May 21, 2015

It is SHUT UP all the way down — business people not even allowed to personally disagree with same-sex marriage [Darleen Click]

That a jeweler politely served a lesbian couple, making custom engagement rights for them wasn’t enough. Once they found out he was a Christian (gasp!) who personally believed in the real definition of marriage (horrors!), then let the hate and death threats begin …

The couple now believes the rings they ordered will have been tainted by having been fashioned by jeweler Esau Jardon’s hands, given what impure thoughts he holds in his mind. More:

Jardon said he won’t apologize for his beliefs.

“I feel really bad that [White] feels that we would in any way try to hurt or discriminate against her, but we will not retract from what we believe. I cannot say, ‘Well because you feel bad, I will stop believing what I believe,’” he said.

“When I walk on Church Street in Toronto, where I am right now, and I see [LGBT rainbow flags], and I see a lot of signs and a lot of things on public property, I don’t have a problem with them. I accept it. I chose to come to Canada… and we accept the whole package… I don’t discriminate against that, nor do I come and tell them to take them down. For the same reason, I ask to have the same respect in return, especially when it’s in my own business.”

But, after dealing with online bullying and threats, Jardon decided this week to refund the deposit to the couple:

“One of the reasons my family chose to move to Canada was the rights that it offered, the freedom of religion and freedom of speech, both of which at the time seemed to be very limited in Mexico,” he said.

“However, due to posting our religious beliefs, many people in Newfoundland want us to shut down business — that’s what they’ve been telling us.”

He said some threats came with names and others were anonymous.

“One of them states that ‘you better give them the money back or you will be very, very sorry,’” he said.

Let’s understand what happened here. This Christian jeweler agreed to custom-make engagement rings for a lesbian couple, knowing that they were a couple, and treated them politely. But when they found out what he really believed about same-sex marriage, even though the man gave them polite service, and agreed to sell them what they asked for, the lesbian couple balked, and demanded their money back — and the mob threatened the business if they didn’t yield.

thanks to John Bradley

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May 20, 2015

Data faked in gay same-sex marriage study [Darleen Click]

But don’t worry … I’m sure the “fake but accurate” and “speaks to larger truths” excuses are soon to be expressed …

A study claiming that gay people advocating same-sex marriage can change voters’ minds has been retracted due to fraud.

What’s more, the funding agencies credited with supporting the study deny having any involvement.

The study was published last December in Science, and received lots of media attention. It found that a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation with a gay political canvasser could steer voters in favor of same-sex marriage. Not only that, but these changed opinions lasted for at least a year and influenced other people in the voter’s household, the study found.

Donald Green, the senior author on the study, retracted it on Tuesday shortly after learning that his co-author, UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour, had faked the results. Science posted an official “editorial expression of concern” — a very big deal in the science world — on Wednesday afternoon. […]

The problems came to light after three other researchers tried, and failed, to replicate the study. David Broockman, of Stanford, Joshua Kalla, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Peter Aronow of Yale found eight statistical irregularities in the data set. No one of these would by itself be proof of wrongdoing, they wrote, but all of them collectively suggest that “the data were not collected as described.”

I’m only surprised that Broockman, Kalla and Aronow haven’t been denounced as homophobe-apologists along with demands for their firing for daring to question the study in the first place.

And it looks like there’s some back-peddling from media same-sex marriage cheerleaders.

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May 20, 2015

Democrats don’t even try anymore to hide their socialism [Darleen Click]

Los Angeles City Council passes $15/hr minimum wage – with no exceptions and lots of arrogant, giddy bluster.

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May 19, 2015

“Marcel Marceau in a pants suit …” [Darleen Click]

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May 19, 2015

The death of Scouting [Darleen Click]

Leftism ruins everything it touches

BSA

The Boy Scouts of America has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.

A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed.

“Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website.

The rule is clarified in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual, which says “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball. […] Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”

GSA

Girl Scouts has valued and supported all girls since our inception in 1912. There is not one type of girl. Every girl’s sense of self, path to it, and how she is supported is unique.

The foundation of diversity that Juliette Gordon Low established runs throughout Girl Scouting to this day. Our mission to build “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place” extends to all members, and through our program, girls develop the necessary leadership skills to advance diversity and promote tolerance.

If a girl is recognized by her family, school and community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe. Inclusion of transgender girls is handled at a council level on a case by case basis, with the welfare and best interests of all members as a top priority.

As we face a complex and rapidly changing 21st century, our nation needs all girls to reach their full potential, which has been our focus for more than 103 years.

via Weasel Zippers

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May 19, 2015

Columbia enables rape-hoaxer, Emma Sulkowicz, to carry her mattress during graduation [Darleen Click]

Emma uses graduation to continue her year-long harassment of Paul Nungesser

Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who has carried a mattress around campus as part of an art project for the past year, has graduated. And she carried that mattress across the stage during the ceremony — to much applause.

Paul Nungesser, the man she accused of raping her, and who was cleared by a campus hearing and the police, was forced to watch, having walked across the stage just a few minutes earlier.

Nungesser is now suing Columbia for facilitating a harassment campaign against him. He alleges in his lawsuit that by allowing and even praising Sulkowicz’s mattress project, the school was complicit in defaming him.

The harassment “significantly damaged, if not effectively destroyed Paul Nungesser’s college experience, his reputation, his emotional well-being and his future career prospects,” the lawsuit alleges.

On Monday, Columbia circulated an email banning students from bringing large objects to graduation. It appeared at the time that Sulkowicz was being disallowed from carrying her mattress across the stage. But evidently, that was not the case.

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May 18, 2015

Secretary of Edu. Arne Duncan: “There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful.” [Darleen Click]

Obama administration floats the idea of “public boarding schools” … you know, for teh childrens!

Last week at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention organized by the Department of Education, the Department of Justice and other various federal agencies, Secretary of Education Secretary Arne Duncan did what leftist bureaucrats have done throughout history: announce the dream of supplanting parents with the state by taking control of children “24/7.”

He couched it slightly differently, but not by much.

Mr. Duncan touted the possibility of “public boarding schools.” He said to the gathered crowd of federal bureaucrats and apparatchiks, “One idea that I threw out … is the idea of public boarding schools. That’s a little bit of a different idea — a controversy (sic) idea — but the question is do we have some children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home?”

“There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful,” he said.

Nothing screams liberalism like a policy wonk who insists on confiscating your children because of the cultural hell the bureaucrats themselves created.

Since President Carter created the Department of Education in 1979, we have poured trillions of dollars into the public school system as the federal government increasingly micromanages what and how your children are taught.

The result is horrifying: According to StudentsFirst, in 2012, the United States placed 27th out of 34 countries in math performance and 20th in science performance. They also report, “Sixty-six percent of all U.S. fourth graders scored “below proficient” on the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress reading test, meaning that they are not reading at grade level. Even more alarming is the fact that among students from low-income backgrounds, 80 percent score below grade level in reading.”

According to the Department of Education itself, and reported by The Huffington Post, 32 million adults, or 14 percent of the population, in the United States can’t read. Twenty-one percent of adults in the U.S. read below a fifth grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.

In testimony to Congress in 2011, Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute noted, “We spent over $151,000 per student sending the graduating class of 2009 through public schools. That is nearly three times as much as we spent on the graduating class of 1970, adjusting for inflation. Despite that massive real spending increase, overall achievement has stagnated or declined, depending on the subject.” […]

Liberal politicians know American families, if left unmolested, raise children with faith and values; we raise center-right children. This is not good news for big-government liberals. How best to intervene? Make sure public schools, using federally mandated curriculum, spend more time with your children than you do.

So far, it has worked out well for the establishment: An American citizenry that is functionally illiterate has less control over their lives, is more inclined to be told what to do, and less able to fight back.

So let’s not let this crisis of education go to waste. Let’s make it even worse with “public boarding schools.” How convenient. After all, what could go wrong?

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May 18, 2015

Why Democrats want an end to the Electoral College [Darleen Click]

See at 1:11 mark …

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May 17, 2015

What happens in Vegas … [Darleen Click]

… honest to God, should stay in Vegas.

whathappensinVegas

h/t Heidi Harris

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