See Leftist Propaganda and Modern Society, a fine essay by my good friend Mustang. In his final sentence, Mustang states the following:This crusade is so pervasive and so successful that I do not believe it is possible to return to a time when Am…
In the search for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away without a weapon from the field of battle, Staff Sgt. Mark Allen suffered a grievous head wound and was left unable to speak and is paralyzed over much of his body.
Read more HERE.
Those wounded in searching for deserter Bowe Bergdahl got this lame apology from said deserter as the defense opened their case in court.
|Staff Sgt. Mark Allen before he was wounded|
|Staff Sgt. Mark Allen with one of his therapists|
|The Allen Family|
What might some form of justice be for Staff Sgt. Mark Allen? My opinion below the fold.
For starters, Bergdahl should, for the rest of his life, serve as Staff Sgt. Mark Allen’s daily personal-care assistant or pay 75% of Bergdahl’s income for that assistant.
Mr. AOW and I know what it is like for someone disabled to need round-the-clock care. Too often, what one receives is a two-hour, daily visit from a personal care assistant.
Furthermore, should the Allen Family decide that they don’t want to lay their eyes on the deserter nor do they want the deserter to darken the door of their home, Bergdahl should have to surrender at least 75% of his income — and at least 75% of any other assets and gifts he has received or will receive in the future.
Then, if Bergdahl starts raking in the money for interviews and a book deal, he should have to hand over to the Allen family at least 75% of that income.
Remember that Bowe Bergdahl volunteered to serve in the United States Army and was not a draftee.
Harsh and appropriate justice needed — not the sentence which Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl received: Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl desertion sentence: Dishonorable discharge, no prison time.
SPLC website screenshot, a map listing “Confederate monuments,” including elementary and middle schoolsFrom the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website (dated August 15, 2017):More than 1,500 Confederate monuments stand in communities like Charlottesvill…
My reaction to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia…
Independent of President Trump’s statements about these events, I am concerned that too many in our nation have descended into the Cult of Victimology.
Self-pity, whatever the topic or cause — be it a legitimate or an illegitimate cause — is unhealthy for the body of our republic.
Furthermore, in my view, such victimology-identities predate the arrival of Donald Trump upon the political landscape.
We are watching the devolution of America.
Worth the less-than-three minutes needed to watch this video (homily published in 1964 and broadcast on ABC Radio on April 3, 1965):The YouTube blurb for the above: Published on Mar 22, 2012Dear American Citizen: Most would agree the reach of the Feder…
From Prince George’s County, Maryland, comes this story of “earning” a high school diploma the wrong way – that is, making sure that student achievement looks good on paper but without improving the quality of education:
…One [teacher] said he did everything he could this year to help a senior headed toward failure — contacting parents, alerting a counselor and an administrator and referring him to a school intervention team. But little changed, so the teenager got an E — a failing grade — in an English course required for graduation.
A couple weeks later, he said, he spotted the student in a cap and gown, collecting a diploma. How that happened remains a mystery, he said. “It solidified what I’d heard about grades being changed and that administrators will do whatever it takes to make sure they meet their graduation rates,” he said.
At another school, a teacher said two of her seniors this year missed weeks of school, did not do assignments or make up work, and failed her course. But the principal encouraged students and their families to appeal, she said, and their course grades were revised to a C and a D. She was told both graduated.
At a third high school, an employee with firsthand knowledge said grade-change forms are often signed by the principal but not by teachers. The employee said the forms are often attached to academic “packets” designed to compensate for missed or failed work, but many of the packets are only partly complete.
“I think it’s all a numbers game,” the employee said, alleging that more than 100 students at the school graduated with the help of such changes during the past four years.
Four-year graduation rates in Prince George’s have jumped from 74.1 percent in 2013 to 81.4 percent in 2016…the largest gain for that period of any school system in Maryland….
Read the rest of Some employees in a large Maryland school system see signs of grade tampering, if the Washington Post‘s subscriber wall will allow you to do so.
By tampering with grades which are supposed to reflect students’ achievement, the Prince George’s County Public Schools System has denigrated and devalued the high school diplomas for all the students enrolled in the school system!
Of course, educational malpractice is not unique to the Prince George’s County Public School system. See Dozens of Atlanta educators falsified tests, state report confirms (2011) and Public school employees who falsify student data are making a mockery of reform efforts (2012) and When Teachers, Not Students, Do The Cheating (2014) – to cite just three articles on the topic.
Lest we think that only public schools engage in such unethical behaviors, I am here to tell you that private schools sometimes cheat.
In fact, at the last private school in which I taught, administrators often overrode teachers’ submitted grades so as to put higher grades on the report cards. The administration’s philosophy at the time was that parents shouldn’t see C‘s on their children’s report cards because, after all, the parents were paying hefty tuition rates. As a result of this grade cheating on the part of the administration, several other teachers and I resigned at the end of the school term.
There were plenty of applicants to fill the vacancies we created. Mammon triumphs, after all.
Sadly, for especially the last five years, I’ve been something similar occurring in the homeschooling movement. Most parents now are looking for good grades for their children so that their children look good on paper – never mind the erosion of learning itself.
Is it any wonder that we are seeing a decline in actual education (student learning), particularly in high school and beyond? Even worse, is it any wonder that we are seeing an overall decline in student interest in acquiring knowledge?
Steve Scalise is in critical condition after surgery, and Sonia Gupta must be delighted about that bit of dire news.
According to Grabien News, Sonia Gupta is a former prosecutor from Scalise’s home state of Louisiana.
Her Twitter profile shows the following:
Overcoming internal resistance and just…being. 😊 New Orleans Lawyer➡️ Denver Software Developer. Always seeking new opportunities.
Joined March 2016
Did you see Tucker Carlson’s May 25 interview of Evergreen State College Professor Bret Weinstein, a self-declared Progressive? Before reading the rest of this blog post, please watch the video — even if you don’t like Tucker Carlson. This time, Carlson allowed a guest to speak without constant interruptions.
“Activist students” at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, have now objected to the dissemination of the video to which Professor Weinstein alluded in the above interview with Tucker Carlson. No wonder! The students have been recorded and exposed for the maniacal fools they are! The video (if YouTube has not removed the video):
From NEW VIDEO: Madness reigns at Evergreen State College as students ‘take over (The College Fix, May 28, 2017):
A new video has surfaced of students this past week at Evergreen State College yelling and ranting about everything from “racist white teachers” and “white-ass administrators” to “black power!” during a so-called “meeting” with President George Bridges and other college administrators.
Apparently, the activists are not pleased that this recording made its way to the Internet at large.
One of the demands listed by Evergreen students, and addressed by President Bridges, is that something be done to resolve the “theft” of the video:
“We demand that the video created for Day of Absence and Day of Presence that was stolen by white supremacists and edited to expose and ridicule the students and staff be taken down by the administration by this Friday.”
Based on conversations with the Attorney General’s office, the most likely course of action requires an investigation. We commit to launching an extensive forensic investigation of the theft of this video and to determining who stole it from the student. If that investigation yields a suspect, we will seek criminal charges against the individual in consultation with the Attorney General….
Read the rest HERE, especially if the video has disappeared from YouTube.
Note that Wikipedia has removed the Wiki page Evergreen State College Racism Protests.
Read more about The Evergreen State College HERE, including the following:
Full-time students enroll in interdisciplinary academic programs instead of classes. Programs typically offer students the opportunity to study several disciplines in a coordinated manner. Faculty write narrative evaluations of students’ work in place of issuing grades.
Evergreen offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Bachelor of Science, Master of Environmental Studies, Master of Public Administration, and Master in Teaching. In 2016, there were 4,089 students, 3,787 of whom were undergraduates, and 229 faculty members….
Higher education today is a cesspool of let’s-balkanize-America indoctrination. The same could be said of the mainstream media.
More micro-aggressional madness, this time from the op-ed essay Why Is Asian Salad Still on the Menu? by Bonnie Tsui, the author of American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods:
…So what’s my problem with Asian salad? It’s not the salad itself, though it’s not my favorite. It’s the words — which, I think, matter. In many ways, the broad, generic terminology used to refer to an entire continent is the heart of it. Applebee’s menu features an “Oriental chicken salad” with the following description: “fresh Asian greens tossed in a tasty Oriental vinaigrette.” The “Asian greens” and “Oriental vinaigrette” are so laughably vague as to have no meaning at all. When I asked Applebee’s for more specifics on what made its Asian greens Asian and its Oriental vinaigrette Oriental, a spokesman told me the company was unable to “provide a thorough response.” No kidding.
Am I taking this too seriously? The casual racism of the Asian salad stems from the idea of the exotic — who is and isn’t American is caught up wholesale in its creation. This use of “Oriental” and “Asian” is rooted in the wide-ranging, “all look same” stereotypes of Asian culture that most people don’t really perceive as being racist. It creates a kind of blind spot….
Read the entire article HERE.
One commenter to the article opined:
Really??? I recommend getting a humor salad with some lighten up dressing.
Sadly, America has become a land of whiners. If there is nothing substantial about which to whine, an offense is created out of whole cloth. It is fashionable to complain — particularly if the complaint issued is “Racism!”
Twenty-first Century mankind — yes, including those of us who blog and frequent blogs — would do well to remember these words:
Related reading: Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science: Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health. Venting is not of as much value as previously thought.
Good ol’ clichés. Well, maybe not so good. Lack of originality!
Aside from being both unoriginal and boring, clichés can be thought-terminating:
In his 1961 book Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton introduced the term “thought-terminating cliché”. This refers to a cliché that is a commonly used phrase, or folk wisdom, sometimes used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the clichéd phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating.
“The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis.”
In George Orwell‘s 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the fictional constructed language Newspeak is designed to eliminate the ability to express unorthodox thoughts.Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World society uses thought-terminating clichés in a more conventional manner, most notably in regard to the drug soma as well as modified versions of real-life platitudes, such as “A doctor a day keeps the jim-jams away”.
In her 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt described Adolf Eichmann as an intelligent man who used clichés and platitudes to justify his actions and the role he played in the Jewish genocide of World War II. For her, these phrases are symptomatic of an absence of thought. Arendt wrote, “When confronted with situations for which such routine procedures did not exist, he [Eichmann] was helpless, and his cliché-ridden language produced on the stand, as it had evidently done in his official life, a kind of macabre comedy. Clichés, stock phrases, adherence to conventional, standardized codes of expression and conduct have the socially recognized function of protecting us against reality, that is, against the claim on our thinking attention that all events and facts make by virtue of their existence.”
A few irksome clichés from recent television broadcasts:
(1) “at the end of the day”
(2) “oh, and by the way”
(3) “shared values”
(4) “going forward”
(5) “We need to have a conversation about….”
What other clichés permeate the conversation today?