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.

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h/t Heidi Harris

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May 17, 2015

Name that Hate! US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s “No True Scotsman” fallacy for Tsarnaev [Darleen Click]

What an insulting and grievously gratuitous exercise in dhimmitude:

Speaking to reporters Friday after the announcement of the death sentence decision for Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz made certain to clarify for Americans that Islam had nothing to do with the Tsarnaev brothers’ terrorism:

Even in the wake of horror and tragedy, we are not intimidated by acts of terror or radical ideals…

Make no mistake. The defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims. This was not a religious crime, and it certainly does not reflect true Muslim beliefs. It was designed to intimidate and coerce the United States…

The defendant was an adult who came to believe in an ideology of hate, and he expressed those beliefs by killing, maiming, and mutilating innocent Americans on Patriots Day.

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May 15, 2015

RIP BB King — yes indeed, the thrill is gone [Darleen Click]

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May 15, 2015

Tsarnaev sentenced to death [Darleen Click]

Faster, please.

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May 15, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

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Pops had played the Orpheum Circuit. Dad, every casino in the world. He used to say he raised no fools, but I’m afraid I might be proving him wrong.

One job, Jones said, one spectacular con. If not for your country, then for a clean rap sheet and a new identity, they said.

With the city spread at my feet, and a mess of brains and blood spread on the wallpaper behind me, I sure hope that is Jones approaching. He thinks he knows me. He thinks he’s prepared for anything from me.

I decide when the con is over.

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Now, your turn.

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May 14, 2015

“Ode to Snowflakes” [Darleen Click]

Background

[W]e might consider the manner in which the precious little darlings at Oberlin College have this week protested the visit of the “factual feminist,” Christina Hoff Sommers. First we saw the willful conflation of violence and language — a calling card of all would-be censors. Next came the pretense that to debate is in fact to “silence.” And, finally, we were subjected to the predictable insistence that there are some opinions that are just too egregious to be heard. This approach was ugly, yes. But one could not help but notice that it was infinitely more effective than was that of our friend at UNC. In the modern era, “shut up” is unlikely to win too many hearts and minds. Pseudo-intellectual nonsense, on the other hand, is golden.

h/t David Thompson

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May 14, 2015

Shorter Obama — You’re a bad person to do the best for your kids. Me? You’re kidding, right? [Darleen Click]

RCP

On Tuesday, President Obama participated in the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University in Washington. While many topics were discussed, including the media, the president addressed the impact children attending private schools have on the “opportunity” for other children.

Obama also said a private school education leads to “an anti-government ideology.”

“What’s happened in our economy is that those who are doing better and better… are withdrawing from sort of the commons,” Obama said. “Kids start going to private schools; kids start working out at private clubs instead of the public parks. An anti-government ideology then disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together. And that, in part, contributes to the fact that there’s less opportunity for our kids, all of our kids.”

President Obama attended private schools in Hawaii and his children currently attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

The ostensible lack of self-awareness from Obama with this statement (along with his usual “you didn’t build it” “society’s lottery winners” “you need to know when you’ve made enough”) is really something more. IMHO he just doesn’t see himself as one of “us.” There are standards for him & his, and another set of standards for everyone else.

I don’t believe I’ve ever experienced a Presidency where the family has lived, traveled and vacationed so lavishly (and hobnobbed with celebs) — especially while making derisive remarks about people who actually EARN their wealth.

If some people are removing themselves from “the commons” it is because Government has taken over the commons and it has become filth.

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