November 12, 2015
Sandcrawler PSA: Your Country is Finished
Allahpundit nails it.
“Felt aggressed upon” isn’t Melissa Click’s wording, it’s how a Mizzou administrator who spoke to her afterward about what happened characterized her feelings. Even so, it’s a superb Orwellian turn of phrase and true to the spirit of “safe space” fascism. “Aggression” can mean almost anything — actual violence, angry speech, or even refusing to move when some strutting sensitivity capo tells you to haul your ass out of her sight before she calls over some guys to remove you forcibly.After reading and watching the videos I'm reminded of children on a trip to grandmas, Stop touching me! Mom! Billy is on my side!
Your country is finished. You know that, right?
Of course she doesn't even own her side its public property paid for by federal and state taxpayers, The supreme court has ruled there is no expectation of privacy in a public space.
So I suppose they have some grand plan for after the revolution? No, no they don't.
And you wonder why Trump is so popular? Maybe Americans want their country back.
September 13, 2015
Sandcrawler PSA: The EPA And You
We need to get this toxic slurry out of this pristine mountain!
June 12, 2015
Found! Lee Siegel's Soul Mate!
DEAR ABBY: I am a single woman who borrowed $80,000 to send my daughter to college with the understanding that she would take over the payments once she was professionally established. She is now so "into" her new lifestyle that she is refusing to have contact with her "poor" birth mother. She refuses to take responsibility for repaying the loan, which is in my name, and says "tough luck" to my stupidity.Abby didn't realize the solution is right there, all BIRTH MOTHER IN GEORGIA has to do is die and problem solved!
This means I will have to continue working until I drop dead. Abby, I am 60. Is there any help for me? Has this happened to other baby boomers? -- POOR BIRTH MOTHER IN GEORGIA
DEAR POOR: Sadly, yes it has. And no, there isn't help for you. Because the agreement with your daughter was verbal and wasn't put in writing, you don't have a legal means to force her to assume the loan payments.
June 08, 2015
Confession of a Vulture Lee Siegel
Today Lee Siegel confesses that he screwed the system out of bachelor of arts degree from the Columbia University School of General Studies a master's degree and M.Phil. from the Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
ears later, I found myself confronted with a choice that too many people have had to and will have to face. I could give up what had become my vocation (in my case, being a writer) and take a job that I didn’t want in order to repay the huge debt I had accumulated in college and graduate school. Or I could take what I had been led to believe was both the morally and legally reprehensible step of defaulting on my student loans, which was the only way I could survive without wasting my life in a job that had nothing to do with my particular usefulness to society.Lee they goes on to explain that in order to pay his student loans he's have to change his vocation so shoe salesman because at the time he wasn't making it as a writer, his chosen vocation.
I chose life. That is to say, I defaulted on my student loans.
It struck me as absurd that one could amass crippling debt as a result, not of drug addiction or reckless borrowing and spending, but of going to college. Having opened a new life to me beyond my modest origins, the education system was now going to call in its chits and prevent me from pursuing that new life, simply because I had the misfortune of coming from modest origins.IN other words because at the beginning of Lee Siegel's career he could not afford to pay his student loans and also pay the rest of his bills. So his solution was to go even further in the hole and get a masters degree.
As if entry level writing would pay an even larger bill. He then goes on a tirade against the banks and Department of Education who guarantees the private loans that Lee took out.
Or maybe, after going back to school, I should have gone into finance, or some other lucrative career. Self-disgust and lifelong unhappiness, destroying a precious young life — all this is a small price to pay for meeting your student loan obligations.So Lee's solution to his bad credit is to leach off another's credit rating just like he leached his degree from the the taxpayer and also every single other person who paid their loans back?
Forty years after I took out my first student loan, and 30 years after getting my last, the Department of Education is still pursuing the unpaid balance. My mother, who co-signed some of the loans, is dead. The banks that made them have all gone under. I doubt that anyone can even find the promissory notes. The accrued interest, combined with the collection agencies’ opulent fees, is now several times the principal.
The Department of Education makes it hard for you, and ugly. But it is possible to survive the life of default. You might want to follow these steps: Get as many credit cards as you can before your credit is ruined. Find a stable housing situation. Pay your rent on time so that you have a good record in that area when you do have to move. Live with or marry someone with good credit (preferably someone who shares your desperate nihilism).
Am I detecting a pattern here?
So now years later, not that Lee is a supposed success, an author with five published book and regular writing gigs it appears he is able to pay the bills he wants to pay but has no intention of paying back the loans that gave him the education he uses to pay for all those other bills. And he justifies it by pointing a self righteous finger, I mean down sprinkles at the the Dept of Education.
Am I a deadbeat?Yes..... not only that but a leach as well.
What gives me the right to say that? Because I lived it. I too had to borrow to get an education and to my surprise I didn't get hired as VP on my first shot. No I had to start at the bottom, running proof, babysitting printers, can you imagine someone as precious and educated as me, with my qualification babysitting a band printer? OMG! The injustice.
So when I started I could not pay my loans either. I mean I has a choice to make I could pay my loans or eat. One of the two but not both. Maybe not as glamorous as living the precious life Lee was meant to lead. But I found eating to be a necessity.
So at first I could not pay but as I worked I began to move up, take new positions, learn my profession and while doing so I began to earn more money.
I began to pay my loans, not as much as the lenders wanted me to. But enough to hold the line on the balance, to stop the bleeding. Lenders bought and sold my loans down the line each adding their own brand special fees until it had been 10 years. My balance stubbornly high. The last lender now was able to claim the guarantee from the Department of Education and now the Federal government became my creditor.
No see this is another sticking point I have with Mr. Vulture. The last lender I had paid all the interest due and about $1000 in principal. At long last I was making progress on paying off my education. But when the Department of Education sent me their balance the previous lender had added enough in fees to undo all the progress I had made, it was as if I all the money I had paid for years was simply gone and I was back where I started.
But by this point I was earning enough to make a payment large enough to make a dent but I was down about starting over from the beginning. So I called the US Department of Education and talked to the person in charge of my account. I explained that I had paid the previous creditor on time every month and showed her how all the progress I had made against the principal was eaten up by fees posted the last few days that creditor had the account.
She went to work for me and recovered all those bogus fees from the previous creditor. Returning the progress I had made in the previous years. Not taking the interest the previous creditor had earned, just the tacked on fees for nothing.
So they we worked out a new payment. I kept it as low as possible because although I was earning a bit more it was still a struggle. But as I earned raises I would tack on extra principal to the payments. Starting at first with an extra $20 then $40, then $100. Ind the end the Department of Education was the best lender I worked with.
And guess what I paid them off. Ever. Last. Cent. I was 37 years old.
But Lee won't even try. Because as Lee Siegel admits he has no character. He feels not moral obligation to pay for his degrees. He fully intends to let the taxpayer an all those struggling to pay their loans to shoulder the burden of his default. And fully intends to allow the consequences of his default fall on those around him, admiring his precious self in someone else's mirror.
You know what, F8ck Lee Siegel.
ike Lee Siegel, I came from a lower middle class background. So did my wife. Like many, many other Americans in our circumstances, we paid our student loan debts. Siegel doesn’t get to default on his and pretend his shameful abandonment of his obligations is justified.Word.
The biographical note at the end of Siegel’s piece states: “Lee Siegel is the author of five books who is writing a memoir about money.” Good. I hope his memoir about money is successful, and that he makes a lot of cash from its sales.
And I hope Siegel’s creditors take every penny.
April 02, 2015
University Of New Mexico Pro-Islamic State Panel
A video (seen above) making its rounds on Facebook claiming that a pro-ISIS group held a panel at the University of New Mexico Wednesday is false; the panel was in fact a discussion about ISIS, but was hosted by Muslim leaders and focused on the differences between the beliefs of ISIS members and the Muslim community in general.The discussion is posted here on Youtube.
Update: More here at Lady Liberty. Although the claim "debunked" is put forward the uploaded videos are incomplete.
Though the panel was open to the public, Mr. Guebara states on his Facebook page he was asked to leave. I have screen shots of his FB posting and will provide these if asked, but I will not link it. According to another attendee’s post on a Facebook status, the panelists were asked repeatedly if they were against ISIS. The questions were basically ignored and were answered with the statement “we are Islamic”. I have reached out to that attendee as well as the UNM Muslim Student Association for further comment. The other attendee would not speak with me. The UNM Muslim Student Association did release a statement on their Facebook page regarding the video:
February 18, 2015
School Lunches From Around The World
Almost all of these are much better than what I eat at home!
And what do U.S. school children get for lunch?
Your guess is as good as mine. It is shameful that the richest nation on earth is unable to compete with the rest of the world when it comes to feeding our school children.
November 06, 2014
University of Arizona's Anti American Terrorists Coddling Professor
An Arizona college instructor charged that American soldiers are anti-Muslim rapists who pose "a greater threat" to world peace than ISIS, and says he leveled the charge to make the U.S. "stronger and better."
University of Arizona instructor Musa al-Gharbi, who also is an academic affiliate at the university’s Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts, made the comments in a column penned for the online forum TruthOut, and defended them when reached by The Washington Free Beacon. He called Americans "hypocritical" for expressing moral outrage at the Islamic State, which has raped, murdered and beheaded thousands of Muslims and Christians in its quest to establish a Muslim caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
Al-Gharbi claimed that the isolated instances of U.S. soldiers committing atrocities including rape, for which they face court-martial and imprisonment if found guilty, are on a level with the widespread and systematic brutality of Islamic State radicals.
Yeah well f*ck you too Mr. Professor.
October 13, 2014
Jawa Report History as it Happened Columbus Day Edition
At Jawa we like to combine learning and entertainment.
September 10, 2014
College Students Unaware Of 9/11, But Can Name Celebrities Whose Nude Photos Were Hacked
We asked the following questions to randomly selected students around the GWU campus:
- Next week marks the anniversary of a major national event do you know what that is?
- Do you know what ISIS is?
- Did you know that ISIS is responsible for the beheading of two American journalists? If so, could you name one?
- Are you aware of the celebrity "nude photo" hacking scandal? If so, could you name any of the celebrities involved?
The results are stunning:
- 6 out of 30 students recognized this week is the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks
- 4 out of 30 students were able to name one of the American journalists beheaded at the hands of ISIS
- 29 out of 30 students were able to identify one or more celebrities involved in the nude photo hacking scandal
The reason for conducting this video project was to bring awareness to our 9/11: Never Forget Project which is designed to remember those murdered at the hands of radical Islamists more than a decade ago. (Source)
(Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers)
August 04, 2014
Kent State Terror Professor Still Professing Jihad
A professor at Kent State University in Ohio with a colorful history of anti-Israel sentiment has struck again with a letter addressed to “academic friends of Israel,” cursing them “more than the Israelis” for hiding behind “academic objectivity,” and holding them responsible for deaths in Gaza.From Zip: According to the journal, Pino has tenure and it is very difficult to terminate his employment, even as the university has tried to distance itself from his remarks and stunts.
Dr. Julio Pino, an associate professor of history at the university, said in the letter, published by the History News Network, that he holds these academics “directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians over the past month,” as Israel launched its military campaign aimed at stopping rocket fire at Israeli cities and destroying tunnels that infiltrate into Israeli territory.
... “I curse you more than the Israelis, for while The Chosen drain the blood of innocents without apologies you hide behind the mask of academic objectivity, nobility of research and the reward of teaching to foreign youth—-in a segregated university, of course,” he wrote, before signing off with “jihad until victory!”
Of course Julio has been praising Jihad from Kent State since just after 9/11.
Previous Jawa Report coverage of Julio Pino:
Jihad Julio Update -- E-mails Show Kent State Professor Supporting Terror, Claimed Knowledge of Planned Terror Attacks
Kent State in Denial Mode About Pro-al Qaeda Professor; Hackers Pwn His Website
Kent State Still in Denial Mode About Jihadi Professor
Terror Supporter Teaching at Kent State (Updated)
Muslim Associate Professor At Kent State Preaches Jihad on Website
Kent State Prof Praises 9/11 "Martyrs"?
Kent State Jihad Professor's pro-al Qaeda Website Down
Julio is also the person behind the pro al-Qaeda terrorist forum known as http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/. Its been spreading al-Qaeda propaganda for years under a thinly veiled claim of "for information purposes only" but when one looks at Pino's views its clear the claim is just a ruse for aiding and abetting the enemies of the United States.
We should deport him back to Cuba and let him see how Castro views freedom of speech.
August 03, 2014
The Horror! Space Photo Shows Explosions & Rockets Over U.S.
Imagine his horror when he saw this over the United States:
It looks like Atlanta is a goner for sure!
(Hat Tip to Barry for image and post idea)
UPDATE: Astronaut Gerst was excited to see all the lava flowing from Mount Etna in this image of Sicily:
I really have to question an astronaut's qualifications if he can't tell the difference between explosions, rockets, lava, and city lights.
July 04, 2014
Happy 2014th Birthday, America!
Twitter is alive showing off their common core math and history standards...
i cannot believe that obama's america turns 2014 years old today. wow. beautiful.—
doodle jade (@catcherinthebye) July 04, 2014
but i can't believe America is 2014 years old. that's crazy.—
tyler (@Bennett__over) July 04, 2014
Hard to believe America is 2014 years old….—
Jay (@Jay_Worrall) July 04, 2014
Happy birthday america your 2014 years old now.—
Cody Anderson (@foldedcactus) July 04, 2014
AMERICA IS NOW 2014 YEARS OLD—
Marthene (@martodota) July 04, 2014
cant beleve america is 2014 years old today…..—
Will McCauley (@Will_McCauley) July 04, 2014
Well done to America for making it to 2014 years old. Happy Birthday.—
Obi Juan (@Juanscornetto) July 04, 2014
America is finally 2014 years old—
July 15th (@SumNegro) July 04, 2014
I can't believe America is 2014 years old today :>—
GANGAN PUNCH (@MadameColeen) July 04, 2014
america is 2014 years old today—
many different birds (@FlakeJay) July 04, 2014
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool... bah, too late.
Something is happening with American flags. Is it Bruce Springsteen's birthday? It's probably Bruce Springsteen's birthday. Happy birthday!—
Adam Rogers (@rodreegez) July 4, 2014
You tell 'em, Andy!
Dude! That Was Like 28 Years Ago!
American Apparel has apologized after an employee posted the picture above for the 4th of July:
"We deeply apologize for today's Tumblr post of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The image was re-blogged in error by one of our international social media employees who was born after the tragedy and was unaware of the event. We sincerely regret the insensitivity of that selection and the post has been deleted."
Yeah, 28 years is going back in history a little far for our latest 'me' generation. They can barely remember 8 years ago, much less 28 years.
There's an old saying by George Santayana that, by American Apparel's excuse, no one under 100 will know: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
We are in for some terrible times ahead.
June 25, 2014
Where's Rusty? Poop Bandit Policy Edition
He's working as a policy consultant at EPA drawing up a policy that both respects workers' rights and deals with the Poop Bandit issue.
In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom.I'm like, you know, almost jealous that I'm not holding a degree in political science so I can work on the leading issues of the day.
Confounded by what to make of this occurrence, EPA management “consulted” with workplace violence “national expert” John Nicoletti, who said that hallway feces is in fact a health and safety risk. He added the behavior was “very dangerous” and the individuals responsible would “probably escalate” their actions.
“Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals,” Cantor wrote. He asked for any employees with knowledge of the poop bandit or bandits to notify their supervisor.
I'm going out on a limb here, I think we can exclude any registered Republicans from the Poop Bandit suspect list. I mean I could be wrong, except I'm not.
Hat Tip: Charles.
June 24, 2014
Science! We Are Not Here!
The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory.Hawking says the big bang doesn't require God. God doesn't require a PhD. either.
Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests.
June 05, 2014
What Every Graduate Should Know
Some good stuff, from Prager U
May 19, 2014
Slur-Ridden, UH, Incoherent Babble, UH, Wins National Debate, UH, Championship
It looks like Obama made "uh" a legitimate cultural expression. A slur-ridden, incomprehensible tirade against whitey won the 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship.
From Pundit Press:
Here is an actual excerpt (with profanity redacted). See if you are able to tell what Towson is arguing in favor or against:They say the n*****s always already qu***, that's exactly the point! It means the impact is that the that the is the impact term, uh, to the afraid, uh, the, that it is a case term to the affirmative because, we, uh, we’re saying that qu*** bodies are not able to survive the necessarily means of the body. Uh, uh, the n***** is not able to survive.
Have no idea what the person was arguing? Here, maybe another real excerpt will help you:Uh, man's sole "jabringing" object disfigure religion trauma and nubs, uh, the, inside the trauma of representation that turns into the black child devouring and identifying with the stories and into the white culture brought up, uh, de de de de de, dink, and add subjectively like a white man, the black man!
Again, this is a national championship. The organization that holds the debate was founded over 40 years ago and has held national debate tournaments for decades.
This is our future's brightest stars:
May 06, 2014
Finals Blogging: This Post Written by ....
I just finished grading my final exams for my intro class. This one test is worth 35% of the grade. So, naturally, one of the students didn't write their name on the test. And given that at least 4 other students were no shows for the exam, there's no way I can know who it was.
I also had an upper division course turn in their term papers last week. I just finished grading them. And you know what? One of the papers had no name on it as well. Now that one won't be too hard to figure out who wrote it and, in the process, brain farted.
But seriously .... the first rule of college is -- WRITE YOUR NAME!
Okay, that's my excuse for not blogging this week. Next week I'll be in Scotland, so no blogging for me. Any Scottish Jawa readers out there in the Edinburgh area?
April 11, 2014
Common Core Test Nazis: "No Ice Cream For You!"
Many parents don't know they can have their children opt out of participating in common core testing, supposedly without retribution. But some New York students are discovering that conformity results in rewards, while exercising the right to opt out results in punishment:
Seirra Olivero, a 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES, claims she was suspended from school last week after telling classmates they could opt out of taking the Common Core English test -- a decision few students and parents in the area knew was possible, according to the girl's mother.
The eighth-grader was suspended for two days for "insubordination," following the April 1 incident, in which she informed her friends they had a choice whether or not to take the exam on the day of the test. [...]
In Arkport, N.Y., meanwhile, parents are complaining over a decision by school officials to reward students who took the Common Core English test with ice cream, while denying it to those children who opted out of the exam.
March 28, 2014
A- Minus University Essay
This "essay" final received the grade of A- at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
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The essay in its entirety:
On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. "Let me have those front seats" said the driver. She didn't get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. "I'm going to have you arrested," said the driver. "You may do that," Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them "why do you all push us around?" The police officer replied and said "I don't know, but the law is the law and you're under arrest.
(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)
March 25, 2014
Yeah, That Sounds Right: College Students in D.C. Can't Name a Single Senator
This annoys the hell out of me. Not only are these kids in college, they're at American University in the nation's capital. The thing is that a lot of these students go to American because they have political/governmental aspirations (but couldn't get into Georgetown).
It gets worse: a bunch of them didn't know how many Senators per state there are.
I'm seriously ready for the zombie apocalypse.
February 25, 2014
Awarding Program Actaulluy Allows Students To Learn At They're Own Paste
And you thought The Derek Zoolander School for Kids Who Can't Read Good and Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too was fictional.
Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan's Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects.
Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its "blended learning" program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap.
Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. (Source)
February 13, 2014
Where Rusty really is
"Researching" feminist pornography.
UPDATE: My eyes burn!
January 09, 2014
The Kids Aren't Alright
VDH has some words about what's wrong with my profession and higher education in general. Go read it all, but this part especially stood out to me:
5. Administration. Much of the recent explosion in annual costs is due to administrative bloat — special assistants to this and deputy associates of that. Left unspoken is that many of these trumped-up six-figure positions are to promote “diversity” and “technology” that have little to do with mastery of reasoning, prose, and scientific knowledge. Most administrative jobs require less formal expertise than does a faculty position, and it is generally recognized that full professors who take on administrative positions are sometimes welcomed out of the classroom given their poor teaching and research records. But why should those who dreamed up exploitative part-time teaching positions be exempt from their own logic? Private enterprise could supply all sorts of part-time administrative clerks to the university at a fraction of the present in-house costs. If a PhD in French can be hired as a lecturer for $800 a month, surely the Associate Provost for Diversity Affairs can be part-timed and outsourced for $600?Indeed. In the unit where I work we haven't added a new faculty member in years. The only new position has been an extra layer of administration added on to one of the subunits -- a "director" of a unit that only has two full time instructors. This "director" who only oversees two faculty members is so busy in their "work" that they've been excused from 1/2 of their teaching load.
And if you were to walk over to the administration building it would be worse. Far, far worse. I can't count the number of Dean-of-this-or-that and Assistant-Vice-Chancellor-of-obscure-little-fiefdom who have sprung up over the past 12 years.
January 06, 2014
Dogs are so attuned to the Earth’s magnetic field that they line up with it to relieve themselves, a new study found.
Dogs of all breeds overwhelmingly prefer to do their business facing north-south, not east-west, according to research.....
December 30, 2013
Palestinian Kids Pretty Sure It Was the Jooooooos!
December 06, 2013
Study: Muslim-Majority Countries Most Corrupt
(Source: Transparency International)
Ironically, the most corrupt are countries embraced by the socialist leftists. The countries in which they choose to live and which they hate for being too capitalistic or too unfair are the least corrupt.
November 25, 2013
Help, I'm being repressed by .... commas?
Apparently, I'm oppressing minorities when I insist on proper punctuation.
Yeah, I know: I wouldn't know proper punctuation if it was sitting on my face. But still ..... the repression!
October 11, 2013
Schools Ban Dangerous Balls, Add Soccer Helmets
You know, for the children.
No longer allowed at the Weber Middle School in Port Washington, New York: footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, lacrosse balls and any other hardballs that could injure a child. Also off limits: rough games of tag and cartwheels unless an adult supervisor is on hand. [...]
A New Jersey school district is ordering all students who play soccer - and other non-contact sports - to wear helmets on the field.
(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)
Leftists have already dumbed down America's educational system. Students striving for excellence and excelling are demonized for making less motivated students feel inadequate. If the leftist get their way, every student will be riding the short bus...
Keep the general population ignorant and uneducated so the elite class can maintain control. That's the true agenda.
October 08, 2013
But Smarter Than The Average Bear!
It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.
In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
The leftist agenda of dumbing down America so no one gets hurt feelings is now complete.
Welcome to the Idiocracy.
October 04, 2013
I Really Don't Remember Math Being This Difficult
From a 3rd grade common core math workbook:
Or, you could do it the old, outdated way:
(Hat Tip: Twitchy)
September 19, 2013
Jawa Report Reviews Nova's Why Ships Sink
There are many factors, but in most cases its due to like the giant gaping hole in the bottom.
Glad we cleared that up.
September 12, 2013
Not All Victims are Heroes
This piece by Phyllis Chesler goes side by side with Rusty's Recent editorial When Academics Flop on the Couch of a "Syrian Moderate"
I once married a Muslim "man of color" and assumed, unthinkingly that, as an outsider himself, he might somehow identify with and make common cause with women.We aspire to relate to them, to find common ground. To see that we're all the same, but the reality is we're not.
I found that this misguided assumption was untrue and, in my new book, "An American Bride in Kabul," I write about my unsentimental education in such matters, an education which took place both in America and in Afghanistan long ago.
I had also once assumed that all formerly colonized peoples and Third World impoverished countries were filled with naturally noble inhabitants who were instinctively spiritual and kind to each other.
I quickly discovered that barbarism is indigenous to such regions, and that tribal and religious wars, the most profound misogyny, cruelty, and corruption were accepted asnormal." It was only a crime to criticize such practices.
September 04, 2013
No, this isn't The Onion.
In February this year, America's first Muslim Fraternity was established at the University of Texas; Ali Mahmoud is the President of Alpha Lambda Mu (or Alif Laam Meem) and its founder. [...]
They created the fraternity, based on the principles of Islam - mercy, compassion, justice, integrity, honesty, unity, love, and sincerity...
They lost me at "mercy."
I have a feeling you won't see scenes like this in the Muslim Frat:
August 26, 2013
A Video About Phidiots
You know, back in the day the problem was Vidiots. People who watch too much Tee Vee.
Now the problem is Phidiots.
There's also a strange hybrid of the two that are on their phone and also believe they are watching Tee Vee. I don't know what to call that really besides maybe idiot deluxe?
June 21, 2013
About that Crucifix Rape Image
There are some tweets going around saying that this image is of a Syrian Christian girl raped and murdered by FSA rebels.
But if you google search you can find this image reported as a rape of a Coptic girl in Egypt as far back as 2011.
Just in case you were wondering if it was real, its not.
May 11, 2013
Please Explain Why Your Regional School Manager Doesn't Use Proper Punctuation?
Maybe School managers should spend more time worrying about reading, writing and 'rithmetic than which condiment little Johnny consumes...
(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)
I made this new Office of School Food logo for the regional manager behind the email. It's more fitting, I think.
May 03, 2013
I Thought It Was Required Reading...
A Philadelphia mother wants her son’s high school teacher fired after he bought the teen the novel Fifty Shades of Grey for in-class reading. [...]
Ladson's son, who is a 9th grade student at Eastern University Academy Charter School in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, asked for and was given the book by his teacher and adviser Philip Aidoo. (Source)
April 25, 2013
Middle School Workshop: Girls Ordered To Kiss Each Other
At Red Hook Middle School in New York during an "anti-bullying" workshop, teen girls were forced to pretend to be a lesbian couple and kiss each other.
Parents of children attending a Red Hook, New York, middle school are outraged after a recent anti-bullying presentation at Linden Avenue Middle School. [...]
Parents say their daughters were told to ask one another for a kiss and they say two girls were told to stand in front of the class and pretend they were lesbians on a date.
"She told me, 'Mom we all get teased and picked on enough. Now I'm going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her,'" parent, Mandy Coon, told reporters.
Coon says parents were given no warning about the presentation and there was no opportunity to opt-out. Both the school principal and the district superintendent are defending the workshops and advising they will schedule more.
The boys were also forced to attend a workshop. Only in their forum, they were taught to always keep a condom handy and how to spot girls who are "sluts."
And no, that isn't sarcasm. That is actually the workshop presented for the male students.
Linden Avenue Middle School
65 West Market Street
Red Hook, NY 12571
If you contact the school, please keep it civil.
April 22, 2013
Only Lawyers and Professors Are This Stupid
In this case, she's both a lawyer and a professor. So, the cards were stacked against anything coming out of her mouth from the get go:
This said, the mortuary pictures of the older brother of the two are extremely disturbing, raising questions as to whether the Boston Police Department captured him with too much force. I understand the explanation offered by Katharine Q. Seelye, William H. Rashbaum, and Michael Cooper. Yet, it does not ring true. A picture is worth a thousand words that will keep our ears ringing as we recoil from this photo. Images have a way of searing themselves into our memory in a way that can’t be undone. We have an emotional memory, not just a rational one that is exemplified by words.