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visit e-Claire !!!
e-mail The Ugly American:
Wellp … gotta hand it to this lying SoS.
He’s pretty dagnab consistent:
The law is irrelevant.
That’s largely irrelevant.
[T]hat’s a largely irrelevant fact.
Okay, folks. Everything’s obviously irrelevant.
Nothing to see here.
Reckon we can all just relax, now.
[yawns, stretches] Yep, iiiit’s all good.
Just added a brand spankin’ new Rope n’ Chains archive wiki.
(Somebody stop me, before I wiki again!)
They truly are Irony Impaired.
LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers A resource from DOJ Pride[PDF], the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Employees of the U.S. Department of Justice and Their Allies
Make the Right Assumptions & Avoid Making the Wrong Ones
DO assume that LGBT employees and their allies are listening to what you’re saying (whether in a meeting or around the proverbial water cooler) and will read what you’re writ- ing (whether in a casual email or in a formal document), and make sure the language you use is inclusive and respectful.
DON’T assume all employees are (or a particular employee is) heterosexual.
The employer – the Gobt. — is instructing employees what to think and that they are being thought-watched.
DO let your employees know they’ll be treated with fairness and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, by “coming out” as a straight ally. For example:
• Display a symbol in your office (DOJ Pride sticker, copy of this brochure, etc.) indicating that it is a “safe space.”
The employer – the Gobt. — is requiring employees to display particular symbols of compliance with Correct Thinking — regardless of their own thoughts, whatever those may be.
Committed Christian? back in the closet with you! Those ideas are Incorrect. [I can't wait til some Committed [but mostly peaceful] Moslem runs up against this… Proggie heads will explode! Metaphorically, of course.]
This goes beyond requiring the basic professional behavior required to keep any workplace drama-free and focused on the work/mission at hand. So far beyond.
• Attend LGBT events sponsored by DOJ Pride and/or the Department, and invite (but don’t require) others to join you.
“(but don’t require)” Irony. Impaired.
Know How to Respond If an Employee Comes Out to You
DON’T judge or remain silent. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.
Paging Mr Orwell. To the
white neutral courtesy telephone please.
Here’s yer twofer:
…sweeping speech codes just imposed by the Departments of Justice and Education on virtually every college campus in the United States. …The new rules apply to all colleges and universities receiving any sort of federal money, including Pell grants, federally backed student loans, and more.
so that’s pretty much every college.
The new mandate was revealed in a letter from the DOJ and DOE to the University of Montana* that states “sexual harassment should be more broadly defined as ‘any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct.”
Here’s the Big Change bit:
The letter contends the conduct in question need not be offensive to an “objectively reasonable person of the same gender in the same situation.”
The Objectively Reasonable Person has been a standard in Law for, like evar. [maybe some of our legal thinkers on the Porch can speak more knowledgeably to this?] Now it is gone — on campuses. How long before it disappears from the workplace, then The Street, then your livingroom and my kitchen?
Want to hit back at that Prof that gave you a C+? Want revenge against that person you wanted to have hit on you but didn’t? Want to take out any rival at all?
Just become the biggest whingey baby you can manage, say you were offeeeended at any-damn-thing at all and You Win!
Stupid jokes, overheard [or misinterpreted] comments, clumsy approaches, a look — all fair game tkx to the DoJ!
Win Teh Future!!!
When you’ve lost The New Yorker…
President Obama used his weekly radio address on Saturday to reassure the American people that he has “played no role whatsoever” in the U.S. government over the past four years.
“Right now, many of you are angry at the government, and no one is angrier than I am,” he said. “Quite frankly, I am glad that I have had no involvement in such an organization.”
The President’s outrage only increased, he said, when he “recently became aware of a part of that government called the Department of Justice.”
“The more I learn about the activities of these individuals, the more certain I am that I would not want to be associated with them,” he said. “They sound like bad news.”
Mr. Obama closed his address by indicating that beginning next week he would enforce what he called a “zero tolerance policy on governing.”
“If I find that any members of my Administration have had any intimate knowledge of, or involvement in, the workings of the United States government, they will be dealt with accordingly,” he said.
Your assignment is to go read Jeffrey Brown’s “A Liberal/Progressive Epiphany” over at American Thinker.
Go ahead, we’ll wait.
… *tick*tick*tick*tick*tick*tick* …
Pretty good, huh?
Look, I harbor no illusions that the scales will fall from the eyes of very many true-believer Progs.
Their entire self-worth, their social life, and their incomes depend upon the Progressive view.
Their constituents are mainly gov’t addicts, arrogants, and dupes, few of which I expect to understand all this.
They are, for want of a better term, bitter clingers.
No, the most we can hope for is a sobering-up of their main enabling class, the media.
Without that cover, Progs will be faced with having to deal with the truth on occasion, both personally and publicly;
and the truth shall set us free … again.
…Piers Morgan, who engaged in some of the worst demagoguery outside of the White House and Capitol Hill over the last six months on that issue, routinely derided the idea that the American government couldn’t be trusted to abide by the law and tell the truth. Now, after watching what happened at the IRS — and to the Associated Press — the CNN host admits to Penn Jillette that maybe people had a point about creeping tyranny after all…
In an attempt to make sure neither the Koch brothers nor Rupert Murdoch obtain ownership of the Tribune Company and its major assets like the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, a liberal group has started a crowd-funding campaign to raise enough money to outbid both potential buyers and, in their belief, “take back the media.”
“The only people who are bidding on [the Tribune Company] right now are infamous right-wing Billionaires,” the campaign says, “who are likely to pay something around a $660 Million pricetag to control a big slice of trusted news media.”…
Way to cut that fraction in half, folks! We’re now over 1/10,000th the way there.
JR wonders how they got non-proft approval so quickly……………
aah – yer nutso
hm… May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
One in five children and adolescents in the U.S. has a mental disorder that interferes with their daily lives. … Anxiety disorders, mood disorders like depression and disruptive disorders like ADHD are the most common mental health disorders among children.
That stat appears to come from the National Alliance on Mental Illness who cite “Of children ages 9 to 17, 21 percent have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment.” and cite a HHS – NIH/NIMH study in 1999.
It is also often confused with a Canadian study from 1983 [Ontario Child Health Study].
Unfortunately, this article startw with this:
Last December was a wake-up call for America when one mentally ill young adult entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and took the lives of 26 individuals. Sadly, these lives could have been saved if Adam Lanza had gotten the mental help he needed as a child. This represents a chronic problem that we face in Virginia and our nation.
The medicating of Americans for mental illnesses continued to grow over the past decade, with one in five adults now taking at least one psychiatric drug such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications, according to an analysis of pharmacy-claims data.
And you’ve followed the money. [which is in the treatment -- not in the cure]
Interesting that the stats remain the same: 1 in 5.
Add this: [the shove?]
… [citing among other things,] More than 70 percent of students in the sample who were diagnosed with mental illness and behavioral health problems by middle school had exhibited warning signs by second grade.
Behavioral health problems means “lack of obedience” or “trouble with the factory skool model” which requires long hours of sitting and a read and regurgitate methodology of ‘teaching’. No hands-on or physical activity [insurance problems, donchanoo].
That approach works fairly well for some visual learners; not well for auditory learners and not at all for kinetic learners. Some kids just need to have their hands on physical objects before the dots get connected. They can read about stuff all day [with someone standing behind them making them do it] and get nothing out of it; but hand them an engine or a printing press and they can take it apart and figure out how it works in minutes. Then you can tell them how it was significant in spreading Knowledge or decreasing the amount of human work needed to accomplish tasks and what those changes meant in Historical terms.
But being forced to sit [arrgh] and read [eww / Zzzz] for 8 hours a day creates “behavioral health problems.”
Especially since teaching limits/boundaries and coping skills is now out in the fashionable parenting trends.
But what the hell — let’s just let the “Mental Health” govt. geeks test ALL the children in every skool and hand out pretty colored, govt-approved pills for all. That’ll work out fine to create a population poised to grasp Individual Freedom and participate in a Free Economy.
A new “Buycott” application allows consumers to boycott all products tied–even indirectly–to companies like Monsanto or the Koch Brothers.
According to Forbes, Ivan Pardo, a 26-year-old based in Los Angeles, is the main person behind the app, which can be downloaded on the iPhone or Android.
Consumers can “scan the barcode on any product and the free app will trace its ownership all the way to its top corporate parent company, including conglomerates like Koch Industries.” The app also allows users to “join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your principles rather than single companies.”…
…in the last decade, it’s also worth noting the Kochs have given more than $600 million in pledged or donated money to arts, education, and medical research, including (but not limited to):
New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell: $15 million
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: $25 million
The Hospital for Special Surgery: $26 million
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: $30 million
Prostate Cancer Foundation: $41 million
Deerfield Academy: $68 million
Lincoln Center’s NY State Theater: $100 million
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: $139 million