freshman disorientation

Abandon hope all ye who enroll here (UTenn)

We should not assume someone’s gender by their appearance, nor by what is listed on a roster or in student information systems. Transgender people and people who do not identity within the gender binary may use a different name than their legal name and pronouns of their gender identity, rather than the pronouns of the sex they were assigned at birth.

These people are locked in a war with reality, so watch your back.

In the first weeks of classes, instead of calling roll, ask everyone to provide their name and pronouns. This ensures you are not singling out transgender or non-binary students. The name a student uses may not be the one on the official roster, and the roster name may not be the same gender as the one the student now uses.

If that name/gender does not match your roster, ask for ID. This person may be an impostor.

This practice works outside of the classroom as well. You can start meetings with requesting introductions that include names and pronouns, introduce yourself with your name and chosen pronouns, or when providing nametags, ask attendees to write in their name and pronouns.

Don’t sweat the extra time this takes. Since this shows utter contempt for the value of their time and unseriousness about the subject matter, they’ll likely be content to watch porn on their tablets or grab some shuteye.

… We are familiar with the singular pronouns she, her, hers and he, him, his, but those are not the only singular pronouns. In fact, there are dozens of gender-neutral pronouns. A few of the most common singular gender-neutral pronouns are they, them, their (used as singular), ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr.

Now you’re just makin’ sh*t up.
[looks around for hidden prank-recording camera]

These may sound a little funny at first, but only because they are new. The she and he pronouns would sound strange too if we had been taught ze when growing up.

But we weren’t, so they are funny.
Can I, uh, see your teaching credentials, please?

How do you know what pronoun someone uses? If you cannot use the methods mentioned above, you can always politely ask. “Oh, nice to meet you, [insert name]. What pronouns should I use?” [more silliness]

Call me … sirrr.
Cultural ref

The university published the instructions on its website on Wednesday after they were emailed to every member of the university by the institution’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity.
[words of puzzled disagreement, questioning of sanity, gestures of contempt, throwing of vegetables]
Officials have since insisted the the guidelines are not compulsory and that they do not want to ‘dictate speech’. [story]


It’s amazing (but seldom surprising) how bureaucrats react when their wonderful ivory-tower, calm-office, academiac©, pseudo-enlightened ideas come out in the fresh air and sunshine for all real-worlders to see. Bureaucrats don’t liiike to be mocked. Most react by retracting, denying, re-defining, muddying, or deflecting their action in an attempt to avoid ultimate responsibility (i.e. admitting ordinariness).
However, some write it off as the stupidity or unworthiness of the peasantry or as a betrayal, and these guys go to the dark side.

trigger words

Hillary slanders Americans
by invoking some of the vilest imagery imaginable.
You know … a macroagression.

~ story ~
You’ve really jumped the shark on this one,
you disgusting, despicable old crone harridan witch harpy* succubus*.
Previously on KisP
* dick and Peggy in comments

administration drips

Popcorn futures surge:

A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose.

It’s not clear that there were any such requests — but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code.

“This court questions whether section 6103 should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused, or that government officials made an improper attempt to access that information,” the judge wrote in denying the IRS’s request to close out the case.

The ruling marks yet another federal judge who has ordered the Obama administration to be more transparent when responding to open-records records. …

Cause of Action sued in 2013 to get a look at whatever requests the White House, or other federal agencies, had made.

The IRS refused, saying even the existence of those requests would be protected by confidentiality laws and couldn’t be released, so there was no reason to make the search.

The judge said Friday, however, that the agency couldn’t use the privacy protection “to shield the very misconduct it was enacted to prohibit.”

“As we have said all along, this administration cannot misinterpret the law in order to potentially hide evidence of wrongdoing,” said Dan Epstein, executive director at Cause of Action. “No administration is above the law, and we are pleased that the court has sided with us on this important point.” [story]

The issue, here, is a narrow legal one; but there is a far greater issue.
As with bulk NSA collection, the mere possibility that political operatives can get access to IRS/NSA data (i.e. personal information) is an implied threat to all political opponents, fence-sitters, or whistle-blowers. It is ultimately a tool of oppression, intimidation, tyranny, and corruption.
At best, it brings into question the independence of those in a position of trust (e.g. Chief Justice Roberts, what’s Obama got on him?).

Political Sea Change

Moar Plz

Kickin’ it Old Skool:

Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States,” Clinton said at a speech in Cleveland. “Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward, we are not going back.” … “Programs and services women use to take care of themselves are being cut down.”

…the Republican National Committee sending out a statement … calling on her to apologize.


Kickin’ it New Skool:

note Old Skool newspaper and glasses


“I don’t wear a toupee. It’s my hair,” … “You have to do an inspection — this is getting crazy,” … At that point, he invited a local woman on stage for an up-close exam.

She strode to the podium, scrutinized the top of Trump’s head as he leaned over and delivered the verdict: “Yes, I believe it is.”

yep. Real.

Vid of both *moments* here.

For moar Old Skool, stay tuned to the CNN video series for the next one wherein CNN tries to link Trump to the White Supremicists — citing a group led by a guy named Roan Garcia-Quintana who thinks people who immigrate illegally oughta go back.

I gotta say, discussing approach and methodology, I vastly prefer Trump’s out-front refusal to play by the scripted rules. No apologies. No whinging. Flat statements made off the cuff. Once I got over the brashness, I actually enjoy it. I think I’m seeing who that guy actually is.

As opposed to H> — and the rest — reading from carefully parsed lawyer-vetted statements and meticulously worded, focus-group created, please-everyone speeches. I would so love to hear them all just flop it out: here is who I am and this is what I think.

What appeals to me is that Trump isn’t filled with fear like the others. He’s offering what he’s offering and if we don’t take him up on it, he’s got plenty to go and do. What will H> do? Go be a bitter old lady somewhere? [continue to be a bitter old lady] [maybe dressed in orange, but that’s a different dream].

What’ll JEB do? Run for some other political job? As a loser in the Big Time? yeah…

Trump’s confident: take it or leave it. Don’t like me? Go somewhere else. Try to bully me? Yer outta here. Go away.

So many aspects of him are …American. American Classic. And I like that.

Later – if/when it looks like it’ll count – I’ll actually look at his position papers in detail. But I am interested in his upcoming Tax Re-do. We know he’s good at making money: we’ll see if he’s any good at economics.

[NB this is not an endorsement of anything but approach and methodology]

fun lovin’ liberals

“I was sick to my stomach when I saw the costume,” Harley said in a news release. “The costume is in bad taste and makes light of what was a tragic and inhumane killing.”

A Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume has also become controversial this year.

Critics say the costume, which mimics the outfit Jenner wore for the Vanity Fair cover, mocks the transgender community…

there’s an acronym for today’s wedgie

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the irony, it burrrns

[H]illary Clinton compared Republican opposition to federal funding for abortion to the views of terrorists.

“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be president of the United States. …” [story]

Well, if you mean that both groups were offended by videos, then yeah.

Here’s a little game

play along at home!

Quinnipiac Polls asked, “What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Hillary Clinton?”

I’ll let you play before you read others’ responses

“Hillary!!!” »

liar 178
dishonest 123
untrustworthy 93
experience 82
strong 59
Bill 56
woman 47
smart 31
crook 21
untruthful 19
criminal 18
deceitful 18
Democrat [BIRM]

Next up: JEB

“Boooooosh” »

Bush 136
family 70
honest 53
weak 45
brother 41
dynasty 40
experience 35
George 28
Florida 25
politician 24

And now, Teh Donald:

“Trump” »

arrogant 58
blowhard 38
idiot 35
businessman 34
clown 34
honest 30
ego 29
money 29
outspoken 28
crazy 26

Hillary>’s numbers are interesting — her first response word association number is higher than any one else’s. I scrolled and scrolled and no one bothered to play word association with …youknoooo …. that old Socialist who’s out-perfoming H> in all the polls…. Sanders! That’s it. Sanders.

Funny, that.

Ban Obama Logos

Another murderous monster posed with a hated symbol of hatred:

[Vester Lee Flanagan] was also censured for wearing an Obama sticker while recording a segment at a polling booth during the 2012 US Presidential Election …. [source]

(What? Oh, right, yeah … Roof and Flanagan prob’ly did have something else in common;
and now, they’ll share a communal toilet in Hell.)

Sayyy, you don’t suppose there’s a picture of Flanagan actually holding a rainbow flag, out there, do ya?

Uuuvvv course

In a raid on the apartment on Wednesday, police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag.
[source Lord of the Fleas comment]

Now we gotta go an’ ban the gay-pride flag, too.

ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

”Oh! The Horror” Edition


…11 African American women [and one honkey beyotch white woman - ed.], who said they were booted off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing and talking too loud.

SJSMW [Social Justice Social Media Warriors] immediately invented #BlackLaughterMatters. *facepalm*

“It was humiliating. I’m really offended to be quite honest,” said 47-year-old Lisa Johnson, who was among Saturday’s group. “I felt like it was a racist attack on us. I feel like we were being singled out.”

Ahhhh, the Napa Wine Train. A 36 mile round trip – surrounded in the luxury and ambience of “Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, brass accents and original artwork.” For $124. [$55 meal price]

For that price, your menu includes faux-haute cuisine things like “sweet and savory potato saute with blue cheese chips and grape sauce.” [“grape sauce” - rly?] And $15 glasses of “recommended pairing” wine. Yanno — tuna bait tourist stuff. It’s a tourist ride along Hwy 29. weee.

Like everything in the Napa Valley, it’s also faux-haute, faux-chi-chi, faux-upper crust and genuinely overpriced. It’s the expeeeerience, donchanooooo. Smoothe with overtones of blackberry, starfruit, and dragon flower contianing lower notes of earth, leaf mulch, and bullshitte.


I. We Encourage the Responsible Consumption of Alcohol
The Napa Valley Wine Train promotes the responsible consumption of alcohol. No one under 21 will be allowed to consume alcohol. Our servers are trained to assist the customer and may refuse to continue to serve alcohol at their discretion. The Napa Valley Wine Train always reserves the right to withhold service to anyone at anytime.

II. We Reserve the Right to Relocate Guests Making Disturbances
For the comfort and safety of all our guests, we reserve the right to relocate or remove anyone that, in our sole opinion, is creating a disturbance within any of the Napa Valley Wine Train’s offerings.

oh, look — it’s right there… Cackle like a pack of hens and you’ll distuuuurb and aaaambience.

V. Concerning “Traditional Rail Seating”
In the spirit of traditional rail seating, you may share a table with another party on our Winery Trips, special events, and select packages during our lunch trains. A limited number of private upgrades are available in the Gourmet Express Package, and all tables are private in the Vista Dome. Parties of four will always be seated at the same table.

While crammed in like sardines.

Napa Whine Train

It’s festival seating and with 11 women, there is going to be someone from another party at your table and other parties all around you.

Apparently Teh Narrative goes that those honkey MF’ers can’t stand it if Nice Black Folks™ have fun and laugh out loud. What Wine Trainers, apparently, desire is, apparently, a return to the Olde Pullman Car Train Days when Nice Black Folks™ had to keep to their place, say “Yes, Sir” and shine yo damn shoes. Apparently. No mention of if yer hootin’ and hollerin like a pack o’ cowboys hitting town and you’re told to keep it down twice you oughta keep it down.

Some of my favorite phrases from the Outrage Crowd are: “inadvertent racism” and “whitesplaining”. Also: “the Mean White Lady”, “this train is for WHITE PEOPLE”, “laughing while Black”.

I just seems odd that the #BLM crowd would pick the Napa Wine Train for one of their Create A Racial Divide campaign pieces. Napa is pretty pale, though certainly not as pale as places in Orange County where I felt like a “Person of Color” with my dark red-brown hair… Maybe Newport is next?