The US economy has been growing at a solid pace, though not quite at the ‘recovery’ pace that has been the case coming out of previous recessions. One of the bright spots has been the drop in unemployment. Yet there are signs of weakness, even after a few years of economic growth. Continue reading “US Economy Chugs Along But Potential Potholes Ahead”
In this edition of ‘Quick Takes’, we find that coins can be racist, certain dances are sexist and…well, we have gotten so that a large part of our society works very hard to try to be offended.
A Racist Coin Toss?
The Winter Olympics opening ceremonies are today. The process for determining who will carry to US flag during the ceremonies is a vote of the athletes and in the event of a tie, a coin toss to break the tie.
For today’s ceremony, luge racer Erin Hamlin and speed skater Shani Davis were the candidates and when the vote ended in a tie, the US Olympic Committee tossed a coin and Hamlin was selected to carry the flag.
But Davis was angry and attacked the process, which was documented in advance. Davis said the process was ‘dishonorable’ and then referenced Black History Month, apparently suggesting that either he should have won just because he is black or that the coin toss went against his because it was racist.
On a more serious note, it’s things like this that trivialize real issues of racism. When that is the stock answer to anything that happens–in this case a coin toss?!–people discount what you are saying.
And A Sexist Dance
A Staten Island high school cancelled its annual Father-Daughter dance which was scheduled for tonight. The reason? Because New York policy said that is discriminatory and that you can’t hold a dance that is limited to fathers and daughters and must be open to children and parents and grandparents of any sex.
In the scheme of things, such silliness is probably not that big of a deal and invite fathers or mothers or whoever. But silly it is and let’s call it that. At a time where we are seeing a continued erosion of the family and when we get upset because of the large number of fathers who fail to take responsibility for their parental obligations and when we have large amounts of data that shows the benefits for young girls who have a strong father figure during their developing years, why would we ever discourage an event that is designed for fathers to spend time with their daughters?
Because we have far too many people who are more interested in being blindly political correct than in anything else.
Workers Don’t Need A Bonus, According To Certain Members of Congress
Though we won’t know the complete impact of the recently passed tax reform law, one of the positive and surprisingly quick effects is that several large companies are passing on some of the tax savings to their employees. A number have raised the minimum wage of their workers while a number of others have given bonus payments, usually around $1000.
In a commentary on 1) how much people will oppose anything if it’s from people they hate or 2) how out of touch some long time politicians are with reality, former Speaker and current Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi, when asked for a reaction, said that $1000 for a worker is “crumbs”. When later asked about her comment, she reiterated her opinion that $1000 does little for a worker.
Not to be outdone, former Democratic Party Chair under President Obama, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said “I’m not sure that $1,000 goes very far for almost anyone.”
For my humble part, I’ll take $1000 and can assure you it would be a big deal.
A recent shooting shows one reason why Detroit has such a crime problem, and in this crazy world of US politics, a felon convicted of espionage is running for US Senate. This and other quick takes to get us to midweek… Continue reading “Quick takes–crime and public office”
It was only a couple of years ago when a pro-life group gained notoriety for videotaping conversations that purportedly showed Planned Parenthood and other organizations talking about the potential sale of fetus’ body parts. The group was criticized, pro-abortion groups said there was nothing wrong to be found and the Attorney General of California brought charges for illegal videotaping and recording conversations.
However, claims that nothing illegal was found by the group was proved false last week. Continue reading “Investigation of Fetal Tissue Sales”
Author's note: At the time of publishing, we did not know of the terrorist truck attack in New York. It shows that terrorism is still a threat. Our thoughts and prayers for those impacted by the attack.
Last week saw the final military defeat of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Iraqi military forces captured the self-proclaimed capital of the caliphate, Raqqa, and drove ISIS fighters into the desert.
At its peak, ISIS had proclaimed a capital in Raqqa, Iraq and had conquered significant territory in Iraq and Syria. Significant to Muslim imagery, ISIS declared itself a modern caliphate and its leader a successor to Muhammed. And early in its ascendancy, ISIS seemed to threaten the very existence of the Iraqi government as Iraqi forces often simply ran in early fighting against fanatical militants.
The war against ISIS, and al Qaeda before that was different in ways we haven’t fully grasped because of the nature of the terrorists themselves. Continue reading “ISIS–Beaten Down But Not Totally Out”
News of note from the last week, from Thinking Man’s Politics…
The Anti-Intellectualism in Academia (continued)
An instructor at the University of Pennsylvania has announced a way she has a way to battle the ills of the world, or at least her little corner of it.
Stephanie McKellop seeks “social justice” in her classroom. And by that she doesn’t mean as Martin Luther King did, where people are “…judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” She means that it’s time for payback.
In her own little way in her government, taxpayer funded job, the self-described “queer disabled feminist” announced on Twitter how she is going to get even. She has decided to ignore white males in her class, as much as she can. Only if there are no women, minorities or others to call on in class will she call on any white male.
And From Collegiate Athletics…You Can Protest the Anthem, As Long As the Protest Isn’t In Favor
The College of the Ozarks has hosted the men’s Division II college basketball tournament for the last 18 years. That will change this season.
The NAIA, the governing body for the roughly 250 schools, has decided it will pull the tournament from the school this year because the school has said it requires its student athletes and those of schools participating at their facilities to stand for the national anthem. The NAIA said that this was too much to ask, and rather than require students to stand it will move the tournament to a new venue.
Aside from anything we may say on this specific topic, one can’t help but notice another example of the ‘tolerant’ being tolerant of anyone except those who disagree. The College of the Ozarks decided that their choice was to take a stand (no pun intended) on this topic but the NAIA finds that a school making this choice can’t be tolerated and will pull the tournament and associated economic impact from the Branson, MO school.
The hypocrisy of NFL player protestors and racism among professional athletes. This and other quick takes as we review last week and the weekend…
Hypocrisy Among NFL Player ‘Protesters’
Vice President Mike Pence was at the Colts game today in his home state of Indiana. When a number of players protested the national anthem, the Vice President left the game.
San Francisco player and safety Eric Reid called the Vice President’s departure part of ‘systematic oppression’.
And apparently, he can’t see the blatant hypocrisy of his arguing “I have a right to voice my opinion” and then saying someone expressing their opinion is oppressive….why? Because it disag…rees with his, or course.
How typical in many ways: more hypocrisy from the intolerant crowd who say what they are advocating for is more tolerance.
Racism Among Athletes
As black athletes in the NFL say they are protesting oppression, former black NBA player Kenyon Martin decided to make a few racist remarks of his own.
Jeremy Lin, a current NBA player of Asian descent, is wearing his hair in dreadlocks these days. Martin, who co-authors a sports blog, posted on his social media account about Lin’s ‘cultural appropriation’ of black culture. He then said “Do I need to remind this damn boy his last name is Lin?….alright bro, we get it. You wanna be black.”
So do you think Colin Kaepernick of anyone will speak out against Martin? Of course, that’s a rhetorical question.
Ginsberg Goes Over the Line
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg commented last week on the last Presidential election, saying that in her view that ‘no doubt’ it was sexism that kept Hillary Clinton from being elected President.
First, Madame Justice, it’s very inappropriate for members of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to be overtly political. SCOTUS members should rule on the law, and should stay out of politics so as to not be seen as political, but as judicial in their application of the cases before them.
Secondly, Madame Justice, it could just as easily be that Hillary Clinton’s numerous ethical lapses from the very beginning of her time in government jobs in the 1970’s, her circumventing legal ramifications of her actions that would have thrown others in jail, her total lack of any significant achievement at all while Secretary of State and her mishandling of classified material and her repeated lies about doing so which resulted in at least one death of a US intelligence asset….that maybe THOSE things are why she lost the election. Maybe, just maybe THOSE are the reasons that she lost and that the American electorate preferred even the most unpopular candidate in US Presidential polling history to her.