The Death Of The Academic Debate

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Via College Insurrection

Debate has always been an important aspect of academia, but logic has been replaced with emotion in some cases. In other words, debate is no longer debate.

John Hinderaker of Powerline reports.

The War On Standards Comes to College Debate

Paul has been writing about the war on standards in various aspects of our society, generally as a means of advancing the interests of minorities (or purporting to advance them, anyway). Now it appears that the decline of standards–indeed, the abolition of any standards at all–has come to the world of college debate. The Atlantic reports:

These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges to traditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics. These “alternative-style” debaters have achieved success, too, taking top honors at national collegiate tournaments over the past few years. …

On March 24, 2014 at the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships at Indiana University, two Towson University students, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, became the first African-American women to win a national college debate tournament, for which the resolution asked whether the U.S. president’s war powers should be restricted. Rather than address the resolution straight on, Ruffin and Johnson, along with other teams of African-Americans, attacked its premise. The more pressing issue, they argued, is how the U.S. government is at war with poor black communities.

In the final round, Ruffin and Johnson squared off against Rashid Campbell and George Lee from the University of Oklahoma, two highly accomplished African-American debaters with distinctive dreadlocks and dashikis. Over four hours, the two teams engaged in a heated discussion of concepts like “nigga authenticity” and performed hip-hop and spoken-word poetry in the traditional timed format. At one point during Lee’s rebuttal, the clock ran out but he refused to yield the floor. “F*** the time!” he yelled.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Republicans Being “Strangled” By Tea Party “Extremists”…

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And Wasserman Schultz calls Republicans “extremists” for the 5,329,987th time.

Via Washington Times:

Vulnerable Senate Democrats are increasingly running against the White House when it comes to issues like Obamacare and the Keystone XL pipeline, but Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday that she isn’t concerned.

“What’s the case is that each of these candidates have to run their own race,” Mrs. Wasserman Schultz, who heads the Democratic National Committee, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents.”

History shows that the president’s party typically loses seats in mid-term elections, but Mrs. Wasserman Schultz argued Republicans are being bogged down by contested primaries featuring conservative challengers.

“You have the Republican Party who is strangled by the tea party,” she said. “They are weighed down by Republican primaries in which the tea party candidates are the likely winners. And we have countless elections now that Democrats have won because the Republicans have nominated extremists that their voters reject.”

Barack Obama Marks Easter With A Picture of . . . Barack Obama…

Did anyone not see this post coming?

Navy Dad Dresses Up As Easter Bunny To Surprise Daughter

Via IJR:

This is just a perfect story for Easter. Fox News Insider reports:

A little girl got the Easter surprise of a lifetime when her dad, deployed to Afghanistan, returned home.

Navy petty officer Steve Philipps says his daughter, Avery, gave him a heart before he left for Afghanistan, and he carried it with him the whole time. She has a “daddy doll” with his picture on it that she sleeps with every night.

The surprise homecoming had been planned for months. Friday, Philipps dressed up as the Easter bunny at the Ohio Valley Mall.

When Avery walked up to the bunny with her “daddy doll” and wish list in hand, the bunny showed her the heart. That’s when Avery realized it was her dad behind that bunny suit.

Surely, this little girl will remember this Easter her whole life. Life is full of surprises.

Rapist’s Painting of Barack Obama Hung In White House…

How delightful.

Via Daily Caller:

A painting of President Barack Obama by a shock artist with a rape fetish hung in the White House for at least two years.

Artist David Choe, known for his graffiti and shock art, rose to minor fame after drawing the murals in Facebook’s first offices. He hosts a Vice show centered on hitchhiking, has shown Anthony Bourdain around Los Angeles on Bourdain’s CNN show, “Parts Unknown,” and one of his paintings graced the walls of the White House from at least 2008-2010.

But Choe also has a rape fetish. On the podcast that he co-hosts with porn star Asa Akira, he recounted the story of forcing a female masseuse to perform oral sex on him after she repeatedly said no. He described the scene to listeners: “I take the back of her head and push it down on my dick and she doesn’t do it and I go, ‘Open your mouth, open your mouth.’”

His female co-host immediately said, “You raped.” After Choe laughed, Akira continued, “Eww, you’re basically telling us that you’re a rapist now and the only way to get your dick really hard is rape,” to which Choe responded, “Yeah.”

Choe painted a portrait of Obama entitled “Hussein” during the 2008 race. According to Choe’s site, it was part of a “grassroots street art campaign.” When Obama won the presidency, the painting was hung in the White House. In a 2010 interview with Ion magazine, Choe was asked about his painting, which was still hanging in the building.

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Ukraine Synagogue Firebombed Just Days After Distribution Of Anti-Semitic Flyers

Targeted to take attention away from the other events in the Ukraine?

Via Algemeiner

The Nikolayev Synagogue in Ukraine was reportedly firebombed by vandals at approximate 2 AM on Saturday morning, according to Chabad blog Shturem and closed-circuit footage of the attack, uploaded to YouTube at the weekend.

The footage was posted by Yisroel Gotlieb, son of the city’s chief rabbi, Sholom Gotlieb.

One firebomb was thrown at the door of the synagogue, which was unoccupied at the time, and another was lobbed at a window, according to the blog.

The junior Gotleib told Shturem that “miraculously a person passing by the shul was equipped with a fire extinguisher, and immediately put out the fire that had erupted, preventing massive damage.”

In February, the Giymat Rosa Synagogue, in Zaporizhia, southeast of Kiev, was also firebombed.

Reports of rising anti-Semitism in the Ukraine after Russia’s recent occupation of Crimea were highlighted last week when fliers, reminiscent of the pogroms of a century ago, were distributed outside of a synagogue on Passover. The origin of the fliers is yet unknown, and debate has focused on whether they were from Russian or Ukrainian groups, from officials or designed to appear so, or if they were intended as some kind of a KGB-style subterfuge created to use anti-Semitism as a lever in the conflict.

The fliers, distributed in Donetsk, were addressed to “Ukraine nationals of Jewish nationality,” alerting Jews to pay a fee to register their names on a list and to show documentation of property ownership, or face deportation.

HT: Getaclue

Ouch! David Brooks: Obama Has A “Manhood Problem” In The Middle East

Not just in the Middle East…

HT: IJR

DNC Chief Wasserman Schultz: Obama Delaying Keystone Decision Until After Midterm Elections Not Political…

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Safe to say even she doesn’t believe this.

Via Washington Examiner:

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday dismissed the potential political impact of a delayed decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it a “complex” decision that will need to be carefully weighed.

The State Department, which has been reviewing the environmental impact of a proposal to build an oil pipeline from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast, announced this week that it would postpone its decision on whether to approve the project.

Some Republicans who support the project accused Democrats and the White House of purposefully pushing back a ruling until after this year’s midterm elections — but Wasserman Schultz attempted Sunday to dismiss such a notion.

“The decision over the Keystone pipeline is complex and it has to be examined very carefully,” Wasserman Schultz said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “It affects multiple states.”

Because of the weight of the issue, Wasserman Schultz said, she wants “to make sure the right decision is arrived at and the president makes that decision carefully and doesn’t put politics in his decision.”

“[President Obama] has to continue to take a close look at it,” she added. “The environmental concerns are legitimate.”

Horrible: Woman To Get Abortion To Improve Her Chances To Be On Reality Show

Via IJR:

British celebrity-wannabe was interviewed about her decision to abort her child in order to improve her chances to appear on a reality show.
From the Mirror:
Wannabe celebrity Josie Cunningham last night confessed the chance of appearing on TV’s Big Brother was worth more than her unborn child’s life.

Puffing on a cigarette and rubbing her baby bump, the controversial model and call girl – who will have her abortion at a clinic this week – said: “I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now.

“An abortion will further my career. This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house. Nothing will get in my way.”

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Spicer: I Hope Democrats Take The President’s Advice On Obamacare

GOP needs to keep the focus on Obamacare and not on “Look at the squirrel”

The spokesman for the Republican National Committee wants Democrats to follow President Obama’s longstanding advice and talk about health care.

“It’s clear that Obamacare is still the number one, number two and number three issue going into this election,” Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, said Sunday. “Democrats are running from it, distancing themselves from it, talking about things they’ve done [to modify the inceasingly unpopular law]. They won’t talk about the fact they were the deciding vote, that they were out there advocating for it, that they want to implement it. They’re talking about how they can distance themselves from it . . . In my opinion, I hope they take the president’s advice, frankly, for our side. In race after race, the reason we’re expanding the map, that Oregon, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Virginia are getting more and more into play is because it’s working.”

Spicer doubled down on Obamacare during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, along with Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee and Rothenberg Political Report’s Stu Rothenberg.

Spicer’s three interlocutors all tried to dismiss his claim that Obamacare’s unpopularity remains potent politically. CNN host Candy Crowley introduced him by asking whether the Republicans are “a one-note party at this point.” Elleithee claimed that only Republican leaders are concerned about the Affordable Care Act, which passed in 2010 on a close party-line vote that lacked the wide majorities that were enjoyed in the past by comparably broad laws expanding the scope and intrusiveness of government power over citizens.

“I hope you believe that,” Spicer told Elleithee, “because I can’t wait until we see Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner . . . ”

Rothenberg too objected to Republicans’ focus on the law, which has led to millions of insurance policy cancelations and will next year begin penalizing individuals for not buying insurance. “It’s hard for me to believe Republicans can run from now to November,” Rothenberg said in a sing-songy voice, “just on ACA.”

Spicer cited a recent Gallup Poll showing 54 percent disapproval of the Affordable Care Act and noted that health care policy losses continue to pile up. He pointed to a report by Alabama’s WHNT on a group of widows of county employees whose policies have been terminated.

Rothenberg labeled such stories “additional anecdotes.”

Jihadi Work Accident: Five Taliban Fighters Killed When Bombs They Were Building Inside A Mosque Detonate Prematurely…

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When was the last time a group of Christians blew up a church while building bombs?

(Khamma Press) – A local Taliban commander was among five militants killed following an explosion inside a mosque in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

Local government officials said the militants were killed while they were making an improvised explosive device (IED) to carry out a roadside bomb explosion.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took place on Saturday morning in western party of Ghazni city.

Ahmadi further added that the Taliban commander was recognized as Mullah Sadiq who was killed along with four other militants following the explosion.

The Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) to target Afghan and coalition security forces.

Republican Assemblywoman Schools MSNBC Host Chris Hayes In Debate On Bundy Ranch

Assemblywoman kicks butt.

Via Hot Air:

This story comes to us courtesy of The Right Scoop. (Which makes sense since I don’t watch any of the cable news evening lineup and haven’t seen Chris Hayes on the small screen in ages.) While people gathered at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in protest of the BLM’s handling of affairs there, the protesters were joined by Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. This prompted MSNBC host Hayes to interview her, and the Scoop captures the video for us.

Let’s just say that Fiore wasn’t about to have the conversation steered to any Left side talking points.

Hayes tries his very best to repeatedly get Fiore to agree that Bundy is a criminal of one sort or another and goes the extra mile in slyly trying to get the Assemblywoman to say she agrees with Bundy that the federal government has no authority. She’s having none of it, and drives the conversation back to a few key points like a jackhammer.

- Why is the federal government sending men with guns to collect a debt, assuming one is owed?

- How much, if anything does Bundy actually owe? Liberals have been throwing around the figure of A MILLION DOLLARS for some time now, but then backed off to possibly only being a couple hundred thousand.

- Why is Harry Reid so heavily involved when something definitely looks “suspicious” about that?

It’s a pretty great interview, so take a look.

Denver Post Goes To Pot, Skips Easter

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All weed, no Easter on Denver Post’s page one,” says media reporter Jim Romenesko.

All weed, no Easter on Denver Post’s page one. pic.twitter.com/SeFa1fbvip

— Romenesko (@romenesko) April 20, 2014

HT TWS

Newly Released Documents Show Bill Clinton Sent Friendly Handwritten Note To Chairman of Mosque Anwar Al-Awlaki Led And 9/11 Hijackers Worshipped At…

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Said he wanted to “have support from Muslims.”

Via Daily Caller:

Democratic President Bill Clinton sent a handwritten note offering to work together with the chairman of a mosque that counted 9/11 hijackers as worshippers, senior al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki as an imam, and an al-Qaeda conspirator and would-be George W. Bush assassin as a teacher and camp counselor.

Clinton sent a handwritten note on official stationery in March 2000 to the chairman of the board of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, in response to a letter from the chairman. Clinton’s note was released as part of a document dump Friday by the Clinton presidential library.

The note was marked “THE PRESIDENT HAS SEEN 3-10-00.”

“I’m interested in all these suggestions. Let’s follow up,” Clinton said in the note, in which he also said that it would be good to have support from Muslims. Clinton signed the note “Bill.”

The Dar Al-Hjrah Mosque was visited by FBI agents after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks after it was discovered that two 9/11 hijackers had worshipped at the mosque.

The mosque’s imam from 1995 to 1999, prior to Clinton’s note, was Mohammed Al Hanooti, who was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing by a U.S. attorney. Al Hanooti defended an acquaintance that was deported and indicted for arranging financial support for the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.

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Caught! USPS Worker Who Was In ‘Unspeakable Pain’ Claimed $300k In Disability Checks For Five Years While Spending His Time Fishing In Alaska

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Disability claims have increased 20% since Obama took office.

Via The Daily Mail

A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker’s comp payments while he spent his summers fishing.

The U.S. attorney’s office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds.

They claim every summer between 2009 and 2013, he went dipnetting and fishing on multiple occasions despite being on disability.

Agcaoili faces 18 counts, including charges of wire, Social Security and Federal Employees Compensation Act fraud, as well as theft of government funds.

If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in jail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoreaux, the prosecutor in the case, says the case stems from a lower back injury Agcaoili began receiving Social Security and worker’s comp payments for in November 2001.

The charges say that between about Feb. 12, 2009 and continuing ‘until the present,’ Agcaoili bilked the government out of at least $334,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoreaux, the prosecutor in the case, says the case stems from a lower back injury Agcaoili began receiving Social Security and worker’s comp payments for in November 2001

Agcaoili allegedly did additional jobs, including preparing income tax returns and immigration forms, but lied on federal forms and said he hadn’t had other work in order to still qualify for payments.

He allegedly received money from two federal benefits programs — the Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation program and the Social Security Administration Disability Insurance Benefits program.

He received the payments ‘by engaging in a scheme to defraud the federal government about the nature and extent of his injury and about the other work he was performing and income he was receiving,’.

At a doctor’s appointment in July 2009, the defendant described the pain from his lower back as ‘unbearable and constant,’ ranging from eight to 10 on a pain scale, according to the indictment.

His suffering was exacerbated by a list of physical activities: sitting, standing, walking and changing weather conditions, he allegedly said. He also reportedly used a cane to walk.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork.

Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker’s comp payments, to which he wasn’t entitled.

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Tweet Of The Day: Bad Idea To Have Obama As Your Co-Pilot

I think God, or almost anyone else would be a better co-pilot.

White House Asks American Parents To Monitor Their Children For Signs of Terrorism…

No mention of Islam.

Via Daily Caller:

In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists.

Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Muslim terrorists behind the Boston bombings.

In the very next paragraph, Monaco specifically noted racist and disgustingly anti-Semitic beliefs of Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of gunning down three people at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas last 

The White House bureaucrat then settled into the heart of her speech: That Obama “has been laser-focused” on preventing “violent extremism” “by homegrown violent extremists” right here “in the United States.”

The president can’t do it all, though. He needs “local communities” to assist in observing “warning signs a person” is becoming “radicalized to violence.”

This is where the American parents of American children in America’s towns, cities and countryside can provide the greatest assistance, Monaco said.

“For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home—becoming confrontational,” she asserted.

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Video: President Reagan’s Radio Address For Easter And Passover 4/2/83

Hawaii Democrat Says Voters In Her State “Embarrassed” By Obamacare…

Someone didn’t get the “forcefully defend” memo.

HONOLULU – The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it will investigate Hawaii Health Connector’s spending of its $204 million federal grant.

Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom filed a complaint March 27, asking for the investigation. [...]

The committees are looking into how the six states with troubled Obamacare exchanges spent hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants, yet still have low enrollment and glitch-filled websites.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, said at the hearing residents of her state are “frustrated and embarrassed” because of the low enrollment in the Obamacare exchange, and “very concerned” about how the $204 million federal Affordable Care Act grant has been allocated and spent.

Moms Of Fallen Soldiers Denied From Marching In Seafair Torchlight Parade

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Maybe the Parade Committee who denied them should have realized they wouldn’t be enjoying the “celebration of summer” without the sacrifices of the fallen and their families…

Via King 5:

A group called the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors Washington service members who have died in the line of duty, applied to march in the 2014 Seafair Torchlight Parade.

But the organization recently got an email, denying them. The group said Seafair told them in part, “The banner images are a somber and sobering reminder to all of us here at home of what has been sacrificed. And to that point, the parade selection committee felt that the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade. Seafair and the Torchlight Parade celebrate summer, and our mission is to entertain spectators with high energy, vibrant colors and upbeat music.”

“Our banners…are a good gentle reminder and we don’t want our fallen to ever be forgotten. We thought our application would be accepted,” said Monica McNeal who lost her son Eric, 19, back in 2010.

“The banners are somber… that is a fact and as much as they want the parade to be cheerful and fun, this is also part of America,” McNeal added.

In response, Seafair gave this statement Saturday to KING5 news, “We give all applicants careful consideration. It is our goal to have a well rounded mix of participants. Last year we included over 15 military entries in the parade out of approx. 110 total entries. The military involvement will be higher this year due to our partnership with Marine Week.”

HT: Mike Shuey

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