from Never Yet Melted (in part):
Rodrigo Kazuo and Meg Perret found their classroom environment at Berkeley hostile, even when their professor was lecturing on Karl Marx (!), because the Western canon is exclusively composed of works by dead, white, European males, not a single person of color or transgendered individual makes the cut.
Because a majority of founders of Western thought were gay, Black women…
BTW, have you noticed more ‘persons of color’, homosexual, transgendered or perhaps gender-confused folks in your favorite television shows of movies?
NOT THAT I CARE, PARTICULARLY.
I remember my Father (who had some bigotry issues) railing against the infusion of Black folks in 60’s and 70’s TV in much the same way. He said it was much the same in the 40’s and 50’s with Jewish people. They went from being 3% of the population, to a significant minority of those in entertainment media. (He, of course, forgot that the only work many Jewish folks could get was in the entertainment field!)
And it was much the same with Black folks. 13% of the population, but represented numerically larger in the entertainment media in the 70’s.
NOT THAT I CARE, PARTICULARLY.
My questions are these: Does the actor bring quality to the role, or further the plot? Or were they just added because of political correctness?
And now we have this infusion of gay/transgender etc. folks. Some are quite entertaining, but in my humble opinion, some are just over-the-top. And included for shock effect and/or political correctness.
Which does a disservice both to them in their sexuality or color, and to the audience by their inclusion for political reasons.
Stepin’ Fetchit meet Myra Breckenridge.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some folks I find clever, and entertaining, regardless of ethnicity or bent. Others are just plain annoying. I won’t give you specifics – you probably have your own.
A couple generations ago, Black people were largely invisible, or stereotyped, and gays (etc.) were just flamboyant characters. No mention was made of their sexuality.
But now it seems we’re out of the box, for certain.
There’s a popular cable series about polygamy.
What’s next, pedophilia and bestiality?
Where do we go from here?
We should be inclusive of different cultures and sexuality. As long as it reflects percentages and social mores.
Of course, I’m a libertarian. (Until mandated) I can always change the channel.
Alphecca brought us this:
What If Gun Rights Were Equal To Voting Rights?
Or vice versa. Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr examines the hypocrisy of Eric Holder and the left:
Imagine if voter ID laws were as rigorous as gun regulations found in many of America’s major cities. In order to vote in such a scenario, citizens would be forced to take a day-long class (at a cost of $100 or more) about the basics of the U.S. government and electoral process. They then would be required to take a competency test (only available at inconvenient locations during normal working hours) on the current election’s issues. Finally, after paying a non-refundable processing fee of $100 to score the results, they would then be forced to wait months for the actual voter registration card — which could be rejected for any reason — to arrive in the mail. If a voter decided to seek the help of a tutor to help ensure his non-refundable processing fee was not wasted by a possibly failing grade, he would have to be prepared to shell out another $100.
Much, much more at the link.
Which, of course, opens the whole Pandora’s Box about Rights. What IS a Right? What Is a Privilege? And most importantly…
There are some folks who believe DRIVING is a RIGHT. Germany just extended college education FREE to all! Does that make college education a RIGHT?
I know, I know – who PAYS for all of this?
Pandora’s Box, indeed!
(as stolen from Aaron @ The Shekel)
I have a hypothetical law-abiding client who had an issue related to a firearm for which he was contacted by a detective to come in and talk about it.
Did he retain counsel then? NO.
Did he appear with an attorney? NO.
Did he make a statement that is likely going to incriminate the heck out of him? Why YES, yes he did.
Did the statement cause other immediate ill effects? YES, yes it did.
You see, part of this matter involved a vehicle and a firearm.
He works for an employer with a strict no guns policy on the premises.
This includes parking lots. Note well that Michigan lacks any laws protecting law-abiding carriers having their gun locked in their cars while at work from being terminated.
In his statement to police he noted he began his journey before the incident at his employer’s parking lot with the gun in the vehicle.
The real dick move in this is the detective contacted the employer and told the employer the fellow had a gun in the vehicle in the parking lot. This had nothing to do with the incident in question which happened miles and mile away from the employer’s workplace. He has a squeaky-clean record both at work and in life without even a speeding ticket.
The employer immediately terminated the client for violating the no weapons policy.
Remember folks, if you receive a call from the police asking you to immediately come down to talk with them the response is not “I’ll be right there”. The proper response is “I’ll be right there after I’ve contacted my lawyer and we’ll let you know as soon as we can come in to talk with you and we intend to cooperate fully as soon as that can be arranged.”
You need to understand that when police call you in for a friendly chat it’s not because they’re lonely and want to make a new friend. Instead, they’re trying to make a case and if they’ve zeroed in on you, rightly or wrongly, as the suspect rather than the victim in the incident you need a lawyer and you need to shut up until you get one.
Over here in the States we have been following every day the story of the kidnapped & murdered teens Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16 – it is horrific – words cannot express . . . our deepest and sincerest sympathies to their families, and the greater family of the State of Israel . . . S.L.(Sean Linneane)
REMEMBER Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney?
Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney are killed by a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob near Meridian, Mississippi. The three young civil rights workers were working to register black voters in Mississippi, thus inspiring the ire of the local Klan. The deaths of Schwerner and Goodman, white Northerners and members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), caused a national outrage. (The KKK kills three civil rights activists – June 21, 1964)
For some reason, these two events connected for me. Maybe it’s that they were young (The KKK murder victims were a little older than those in Israel). Maybe it’s the senselessness of it all.
Violence in war is sanitized for our consumption; when young people die, though, when seen as individuals, it touches our hearts.
May God Bless all their memories.
Of Arms and The Law posted THIS:
Ares Armor gets temporary restraining order against BATF
Posted by David Hardy · 13 March 2014 05:02 PM
Summary here. Essentially, Ares makes “80% receivers.” A receiver starts out as raw material — steel, or here polymer. Everyone can agree that’s not a receiver. At the end, it is a finished receiver that, with the appropriate parts attached, can fire. We can all agree that that is a receiver. But at what point between the two does it go from being in one legal status to being in the other?
The industry understanding (and I emphasize understanding) has been that the line is crossed when the future receiver is 80% complete. But this is one area where BATF rulings, if any, are kept private, and never published as a regulation. This violates the Administrative Procedure Act (which requires that general rules for the public be published as regulations — you cannot have a rule that the public must comply with, and keep it secret) and allows a little of wiggle room for “our position is” or “our position has always been.”
Hat tip to Jeff Harris….
Yea! One for OUR SIDE! Freedom, that is…
“The Second Amendment does not apply to schools.”
Director Of Government Relations at Boise State University
February 28, 2014
Testimony before Idaho House State Affairs Committee
I don’t know which is worse; The blanket WRONG statement by a governmental education bureaucrat, or the fact he IS said government education bureaucrat!!
I DO like Joe Huffman’s response to his statement, though:
“That’s odd. My copy of the Bill of Rights doesn’t have an exclusion for schools. If Mr. Newcomb’s does then that must mean he shouldn’t have a problem with him being convicted without a trial as long as it is done on school property.”
Rights are Rights! When will the Left (who constantly trumpets the First Amendment in defense of radical Islamists, fascists and pedophiles) get that?
You can’t have it both ways!
And when is the Left going to get the concept that you ban guns in schools – you create massive targets-of-opportunity – school shootings occur…AND HOW IS THE PROBLEM SOLVED?
They call guys with guns to stop the problem! Q.E.D.
h/t The View From North Central Idaho
PREACHER ON TV: …nointed with oil on troubled waters? Oh, Heavenly Grid, help us bear up thy Standard, our Chevron flashing bright across the Gulf of Compromise, standing Humble on the Rich Field of Mobile American Thinking? Here in this Shell we call Life… (excerpted from The Firesign Theatre’s “How Can You Be In Two Places At Once, When You’re Not Anywhere At All”)
Oregon Department of Transportation
By all accounts, Robin Speronis is engaged in a successful experiment in “living off the grid” in Cape Coral, Florida. The 54-year-old former real estate agent disconnected from city water and power about a year and a half ago. Now she relies on solar panels, propane lanterns, and collected rain water in her duplex and seems quite happy about it. But the city clearly is not. Officials tried to boot her from her home, and have now given her until the end of March to reconnect to the grid. A special magistrate who tossed many of the charges and admits that reasonableness may not play a role in the rules says she will ultimately have to comply. Speronis is standing firm.
You can’t be FREE, all by yourself, doing as you please! That’s not being part of the collective! Don’t you know it takes a village? Resistance is futile!
Okay, all you freedom-loving self-actualized, libertarians and self-governing folks. Listen up. The government NEEDS you.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Mao Tse Tung
h/t Say Uncle
A shocking poll released Tuesday shows overwhelming majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry.
The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry.
Even in the southern state of Virginia — which has gone blue in recent years — 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns.
NRA Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam pointed out that the poll appears skewed.
“Given the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isn’t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals,” he told me. (Emily Miller in The Washington Times, in part)
Mark (Walters) here. To EVERY AAR fan and gun owner who values their rights, I’ll call bullshit here. THIS is the biased garbage we fight against EVERY day! Sunday’s show focused on the importance of YOUR activism to counter this crap. You up for it?
While I agree with Mark Walters that the above is total B.S. - WHO CARES?
My rights are not negotiable nor subject to the result of a plebiscite – real or imagined. My rights are MINE. PERIOD. – Guffaw
Imagine if Freedom of Speech, or Religion, or the Press, or the Right to Assemble of any particular group or individual were up for debate as the result of a poll or a vote?
Oh wait. They are.
h/t Facebook, Armed American Radio, Emily Litella, Emily Miller
A sweeping look at monies spent on advertising for federal gun control shows that gun control groups outspent groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) at a rate of 7 to 1.
According to Adage.com, “gun control groups spent $14.1 million on TV advertising” in the months following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. On the other end of the spectrum, pro-gun groups “only spent $1.9 million.”
Yet even after this huge disparity in spending “White House efforts to strengthen gun control laws went no where.” And the House of Representatives “did not even consider addressing gun control legislation.”
Michael Bloomberg led in spending for gun control by “[budgeting] $12 million” for a 2013 ad campaign that began by featuring celebrities who support gun control.
The NRA and others were able to counter this by spending their money “on lobbying instead of advertising.” In fact, the NRA spent $6.2 million on lobbying in its effort to prevent further infringement of the Second Amendment.
Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins
Message: The Truth and the Facts aren’t always obscured by overspending. But we must keep the pressure on and maintain vigilance or we will eventually lose. Because control-freak Statists will NOT stop - Guffaw
(from WIRED, courtesy of Alphecca)
At first glance, I went old-school in my head – ignoring the word Digital – thinking this was an article regarding such folks as Ernesto “the convicted rapist stabbed to death in a bar” Miranda.
Turns out, it’s about bullies, con-artists, hackers, drug dealers and child pornographers who all achieved
fame notoriety using errant electronic means in commission of their crimes. Were caught and convicted. And legal precedents protecting all of us were established therefrom.
How did Jones’ drug-dealing benefit your rights?
In overturning Jones’ conviction and life sentence, the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the authorities needed a warrant to affix a GPS tracker to his vehicle and monitor his movements for 28 days, which linked him to various drug houses. The case obliterated the Obama administration’s position that attaching a GPS device to a vehicle was not a search and did not require a warrant from a judge.
Following the ruling, the FBI stopped using thousands of GPS devices it was employing without warrants. “This is one of the biggest Fourth Amendment cases in recent memory,” says Hanni Fakhoury, an Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney. “It was huge.”
The Justices also wrote, in the ruling, that they thought they should review the so-called “business-records” exemption that allows the authorities to obtain banking, medical, and telephone records without a probable-cause warrant. Though the court last month rejected without comment a related challenge to the NSA phone metadata program, which allows federal spies to collect all calling information in the United States.
A pretty good read, if you can stomach reading about child pornographers and drug dealers…