Thursday, 21 February 2013

AN ATTEMPT AT INCLUSION. OR IS IT?

Ken Berwitz

I just read an email which, according to Mike Adams' blog at townhall.com, was sent by a "sociology instructor" (I'm not sure of what that means) at Eastern Carolina University, named Summer Wisdom, .

Here, according to Mr. Adams, is what it says:

This spring the LGBT Resource Office (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) is hosting a program called 'Gay? Fine By Me' and we would love for you and your department to share in this opportunity. The LGBTRO will be ordering shirts that say 'gay? fine by me' and distributing them to faculty, staff and students to promote an atmosphere of support on campus. This simple message helps to combat homophobia by publically (sic) affirming our LGBT community and creating an inclusive environment where all students can feel safe to express who they are. The shirts will be distributed free of charge, though the LGBTRO welcomes donations to the project.

Everyone will be encouraged to wear the shirts on campus and to participate in a campus wide ally project where we will create a Human Rainbow during the annual Barefoot on the Mall celebration. Photos of this massive showing of LGBT support will be publicized on the LGBTRO's website and social media accounts.

The LGBTRO would also like to create an internal marketing campaign by taking pictures of ECU faculty, staff, administrators, student leaders and student groups wearing the shirts. This is where you come in. If you, your department or office, or the student group you advise would like to participate, you can reserve the correct number of shirts on the org sync order form below. Shirts will be distributed March 18th - 20th on Wright Plaza, at the LGBTRO ... times and location for the photo shoot will be e-mailed to everyone who reserves shirts or picks one up at Wright Plaza.

The picture will be yours for your own marketing materials but will also be part of a campus wide poster campaign of Pirate Allies. We are also willing to bring a photographer to you if you are part of a large group or department and would like the photo to take place in your own building or during a pre-arranged meeting instead of walking everyone over to our photo shoot. Please communicate with my (sic) directly if you would like to set up something like this. This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something great while showcasing support for positive change on ECU's campus.

If you or your department would like to participate, the link below will take you to an order form on OrgSync where you are provided multiple options: 1. Reserve the correct number of shirts and sizes for your group, 2. Reserve your shirts AND make a donation to the project, 3. Make a donation to the project without ordering shirts. (Donations to the project of $500.00 or more will add your office or department's logo to the event publicity flyers as a sponsor).

Summer Wisdom, LGBT Resource Office, Sociology Instructor

Adams - who, I suspect (but don't know for a fact), is no fan of gay rights - has major problems with this email, and says so in his column, which I urge you to click here and read in its entirety.

But finding problems with this email does not require that kind of attitude.  Pesonally, I am about as strong a proponent for gay rights as you will ever find, very much including gay marriage.  And I have major problems with it too.

I am appalled at what I consider a clear attempt to coerce ECU students and faculty, by forcing them to either "support" a party line they may not believe in, or risk being singled out and made a pariah.

Isn't being singled out and made a pariah what gay people - correctly - complain anti-gay people are doing to them? 

No matter how strongly I support gay rights, I will never go along with this kind of activity.  In my opinion, it will not further the cause of gay rights, it will polarize people and harden anti-gay sentiment. 

How does such coercion help the gay rights movement?  How does it make gay people more accepted?  Make a gay person's life any easier?

If you can answer either of those questions, I would love to know what you have to say.


LE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Don't you just love it when someone decides to stash the diplomacy - maybe, in this case, politesse would be a more appropriate word - and say exactly what is on his mind in so many words?

If you do, then you will join me in thanking Maurice Taylor, the CEO of Titan International which, among other things, is in the tire business. 

Mr. Taylor was approached by the French Government, to take over a Goodyear tire plant in Amiens, France, which is losing money hand over fist and about to be closed down.

Today's quote of the day is Mr. Taylor's entire response,  written in a letter to Arnaud Montebourg, France's Minister for Industrial Renewal.

 

I assume we can agree that obliqueness is not Maurice Taylor's long suit.  But he does get his point across, doesn't he?  And that is why this letter is our quote of the day.

Oh, did you want to see Montebourg's reaction to the?  Wellll, he wrote a letter of his own.  And, in it, he said:

"Your ideas are as extremist as they are insulting, while showing a perfect ignorance of our country."

 Ooooohhhhh la la.  Congratulations, Minister Montebourg!!  I'll bet Mr. Taylor, properly humbled, will come running back to take that factory over immediately.  Your intelligent, fact-filled response, with its strong, confidence-building assurances that the factory will be hugely successful has saved the day!!

Well, maybe not exactly.

On the other hand, look on the bright side Minister Mountebank...er, Montebourg.  You can always suggest that your boss, President Francois Hollande, who just raised the income tax to a maximum of 75% which is causing the richest, most productive people in France to flee the country, should raise it again.  Yep, that'll save the factory all right.  And think of all the rich French people who will come streaming back to pay "their fair share".

If this is the way France conducts business, there is little wonder that it is in its current fiscal mess.

How tragic for us that President Obama, based on his economic policies, seems to be such a big fan.


ILLEGAL ALIENS: THE LEGALS SPEAK

Ken Berwitz

For years, Democrats. and other (vastly left wing) advocates, have intensely tried to convince US citizens that there should be amnesty for illegal aliens.  So how's that working out? 

Read the first few paragraphs of Rachel Younglai's article for Reuters, and see for yourself:

More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S. immigration system.

The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite the biggest push for reform in Congress since 2007.

Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be deported.

Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States legally, and 31 percent want most illegal immigrants to stay.

These results are in line with other polls in recent years, suggesting that people's views on immigration have not changed dramatically since the immigration debate reignited in Congress last month, according to Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.

If these data are accurate - and, as noted, they parallel data seen in other studies as well - it is clear that legal citizens remain strongly against illegals being handed a "get out of illegality" pass.

Given how completely Democrats, their likeminded left wing groups, and the preponderance of mainstream media, have worked to change these attitudes, this is nothing short of astonishing. 

And nothing short of a huge issue for Republicans, if they can figure out a way to handle it intelligently (which, based on recent history, would be about as astonishing as the findings).

I strongly suggest they try.

Zeke .... ..... "If these data are accurate" --- Nope, they aren't. ...... .... 11 Million Illegals ? ? ? nowhere near that. Totally false. .... .... That number was bambied about during Bush's (and maybe Clinton's) administration. .... .... You'd have to add all the NEW border crossers since then .... So, figure that the REAL NUMBER is 40-80 million. .... Still nowhere near the REAL NUMBER -- because once someone is LEGAL, they can bring over their EXTENDED FAMILY --- multigenerational. .... .... And, of course ANYONE whose mom delivers while within the US borders is a LEGAL US CITIZEN from day 1. .... Day trips from Tiajuana ? (02/21/13)


HOLLYWOOD FORGETS 9/11

Ken Berwitz

No excerpts to show you here.  Just this link to Daniel Henninger's superb, must-read piece in today's Wall Street Journal, which is titled as follows:

Henninger: Hollywood Forgets 9/11

Hollywood aligns itself with three U.S. senators against "Zero Dark Thirty."

To excerpt Mr. Henninger's piece would not do it justice.  So please, please use the link and read every word.

Thanks.

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ED SCHULTZ: A STUDY IN CIVILITY AND RACIAL TOLERANCE

Ken Berwitz

Here, pulled from Jack Coleman's piece at newsbusters.org is a bit of quintessential Ed Schultz - as transcribed from his radio talk show on Tuesday (asides, and bold print are supplied by Mr. Coleman):

You know, if you're totally secure financially, you see the world a little bit differently. If you have a job or if you have two jobs or if you make good money, you feel a little better in life about what your next day is going to be like. Simpson-Bowles is a fraud! These are two secure wealthy white guys telling middle classers how they have to bite the bullet and, oh by the way, we're the problem that the budget isn't worth a damn! We're the problem that we're in the craphole financially! And oh we gotta (Schultz grunts weirdly) , we gotta bite the bullet a little bit more! We have a, middle classers, we haven't done enough, c'mon! So, my question to Alan Simpson, the conservative from Wyoming who I'm not trusting whatsoever -- Mr. Simpson, what are you willing to give up? You're asking Americans to bite the bullet. What are you willing to give? Are you willing to give up some of that Senate pension? You willing to give up some of that Senate health care?! What are you willing to give up there, Mr. Simpson?! Don't you look down your ugly old nose at me and tell me what middle classers have gotta do! (Schultz pronouncing "do" as "doe"), because you see, the middle classers won the last election. And the last thing we need to do is listen to some old crusty old white farts out there telling us how wealthy and secure they are and about how we have to give it up! No, they gotta gi'd it up! They're the ones that gotta give it up! (voice breaking from strain of derangement).  

FYI:  According to celebritynetworth.com, Ed Schultz is worth an estimated $11.5 million dollars - which, I think you will agree, makes him secure and wealthy.  And, the last time I checked, he was just as White as Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. 

So, in addition to being viciously insulting and racist, Schultz is also a world-class hypocrite.

Oh, one other thing:  Suppose Rush Limbaugh used exactly the same insults and racial references in talking about two political figures he disagreed with.  Would our wonderful "neutral" media ignore it the way they are ignoring the garbage which spews from the mouth of Limousine Liberal Ed Schultz? 

Yeah, sure.  And the cow jumped over the moon.


FREEREPUBLIC.COM UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

One of the sites I link to, freerepublic.com, has been down for two days.  The folks over there are assuring readers that there is nothing sinister at all about this, just that some equipment crashed and is being replaced. 

I look forward to this valuable site being available again.  I may not agree with everything I see there (much of the material is well to my right), but I agree with a lot...and, in any case, it is a necessity that all voices be heard. 

Best of luck guys.  Please fix/repair/replace the offending equipment ASAP.

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UPDATE:  freerepublic.com is up and running again.  Glad to see it back.

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THE DEMOCRAT STRATEGY FORMULA

Ken Berwitz

I just read an excellent summary of the Democrats' formula for demonizing Republicans on key issues. 

It is in Andrew Stiles' latest piece at nationalreview.com, which you can read in its entirety by clicking here.  But, with apologize to Mr. Stiles, the formula is so on-target, so accurate, that I do not want to take the chance you won't click on the link I've provided.

Here it is:

Democrats have nearly perfected the following exercise in cynical electioneering: 1) introduce legislation; 2) title it something that appeals to the vast majority of Americans who have no interest in learning what is actually in the bill, e.g., the "Violence Against Women Act"; 3) make sure it is sufficiently noxious to the GOP that few Republicans will support it; 4) vote, and await headlines such as "[GOP Lawmaker] Votes No On Violence Against Women Act"; 5) clip and use headline in 30-second campaign ad; and 6) repeat.

Could that have been said any better?  Could it be more accurate?

Zeke .... .... All that is needed is an aggressive, impartial, dedicated news media with skilled, honest investigative reporters. .... ..... ..... Oh, and maybe a tooth fairy. .... .... (02/21/13)


THE "I" IN TEAM

Ken Berwitz
 
I just got this from my pal Jerry Vickery - the writer and #1 St. Louis Cardinals fanatic on the planet:
 
This just cracked me up...
 
 
Very, very funny.  And all too accurate.
 
Thanks Jerry.

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THE DEMOCRAT STRATEGY FORMULA

Ken Berwitz

I just read an excellent summary of the Democrats' formula for demonizing Republicans on key issues. 

It is in Andrew Stiles' latest piece at nationalreview.com, which you can read in its entirety by clicking here.  But, with apologize to Mr. Stiles, the formula is so on-target, so accurate, that I do not want to take the chance you won't click on the link I've provided.

Here it is:

Democrats have nearly perfected the following exercise in cynical electioneering: 1) introduce legislation; 2) title it something that appeals to the vast majority of Americans who have no interest in learning what is actually in the bill, e.g., the "Violence Against Women Act"; 3) make sure it is sufficiently noxious to the GOP that few Republicans will support it; 4) vote, and await headlines such as "[GOP Lawmaker] Votes No On Violence Against Women Act"; 5) clip and use headline in 30-second campaign ad; and 6) repeat.

Could that have been said any better?  Could it be more accurate?

Zeke .... .... All that is needed is an aggressive, impartial, dedicated news media with skilled, honest investigative reporters. .... ..... ..... Oh, and maybe a tooth fairy. .... .... (02/21/13)


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