Category Archives: culture & philosophy

Evidently, judges can be tools, too

Ordinary tools, such as pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches, are “weapons” and so a Chicago school was correct to punish a teacher who brought them to class for a visual aid, according to a new court decision. [more] So, they gonna search students’ cars in school parking lots for *gasp* toolkits? Background check and permit for [...]

Today’s weiner

Well, therrre’s your problem. In late March, the Chicago Board of Education announced an ambitious plan to implement its “turnaround” model for three low-performing elementary schools in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods. The turnaround process involves the sacking of every teacher and staffer at each of the schools … Naturally, the union bosses aren’t happy that [...]

Best Korea 451

When Kim fires his staffers, they really get fired. A North Korean security minister has been executed by flame-thrower on orders of the country’s leader Kim Jong-un. It would take the death-toll purges carried out by dictator Jong-un to at least 12 since he took power as Supreme Leader after the death of his father [...]

Thou shalt not …

… suffer smiting merely because of thy size ~ story ~ The stone’s size matters, however … as does its impact velocity. Also: Thou shalt defend thyself and thine, thy liberty, and thy way of life. (What? Well, it should be.)

crap that only gov’t can get away with

Yeah, that’s tonight at oh-dark-thirty. (What? Okay, zeeero–dark-thirty.)

Why the delay?

His first television show has only been on the air for three days, but Ronan Farrow is already winning awards for his journalistic work. Reach the World, a global education group, will honor the 26-year-old Farrow with its annual Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism. [story] Sooo, whaaat … everybody gets an award [...]

long walks off short Piers

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, you elitist, fatuous birk. Not much to add — res ipsa loquitur. But wait … there’s more.

your evening heresy

awfercyinoutloud

Muslims have been warned in a Fatwa not to go and live on Mars because it would pose “a real risk to life”, according to a Dubai news organisation. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the United Arab Emirates said that anyone making such a “hazardous trip” is likely to die [...]

your morning wedgie

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union’s effort to organize Southern factories. The 712-626 vote released late Friday stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga [...]

perspective

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students … that the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict. Scalia was responding to a question about the court’s 1944 decision in [...]

Prog Theology (today’s reading: Mom says I’m smart)

I think I’m smart, therefore I am. A reporter for a widely-watched Israeli television news program has suggested that more journalists have a liberal political outlook because they possess higher intelligence. … [T]here’s correlation between one’s IQ and political leaning …. … [T]here’s correlation between one’s IQ and left [political] leaning.” [more] Keeeep tellin’ yourself [...]

MSNBC steps in on it … again

If you’re keepin’ score of apologies, MSNBC is the sorriest news organization out there ~ vid ~ MSNBC has gotta be the greatest example of reality-challenged, narrative-spoutin’ ProgRegressive foot-shootin’, ever (a gift that keeps on givin’, if you will). Their acolytes are even uglier. When Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) posted a pic of his biracial [...]

Whittle’s jury

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Progressivism is an abortion

Radical conservatives are an inconvenience to progressives and other socialists. Seems there’s a movement to minimize their viability as actual persons. As mere clumps of radical cells, they’re not developed enough to be masses. Nah, I’m not saying Progs & Commies are ready to start railroading radical conservatives out of NY in cattle cars, but [...]

animals, vegetables, fungi, bacteria, algae, viruses … Taliban

An Afghan girl believed to be about 10-years-old was caught in Helmand province wearing a bomb vest after her brother encouraged her to carry out a suicide attack, police officials said. The girl, named as Spogmai, had been convinced to attack border police after male relatives accused her of having “illicit relations” with officers, according [...]

They can kill us …

… but they can’t eat us. It’s against the law.* A Nigerian Islamic extremist says that his men would have eaten the victims of a recent attack of theirs, but Allah forbids cannibalism so they didn’t. … Abubakar Shekau who heads Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist group that seeks to establish Sharia law in the African [...]

and Merry Christmas from … *sniff*

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tonight’s cultural perspective

Uhm … Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project — saying it may disturb elf habitat. [more] [strokes beard, sips Rare Breed, puffs pipe] Nope, I got nuthin’.

stuff I love

Fictional imagery that enlightens, rather than lies. Norman Rockwell’s Saying Grace became the most expensive American painting ever sold at auction last week, fetching $46m … at Sotheby’s in New York. [story] I’m not an art critic, but I’m sure this picture makes modern artists and critics puke.* I find it a wonderfully complex allegory, [...]