In other words, nothing has changed.
In other words, nothing has changed.
Update to this story.
Via Contra Costa Times (before news of it being a hoax broke):
[W]est Contra Costa Unified School District board President Charles Ramsey said Monday that the kind of violence alleged in the attack will not be tolerated, and he hopes the subject will be addressed at next week’s board meeting.
“It’s a tragedy,” Ramsey said. “We … extend our sympathies and apologies to the victim. You hope that he is feeling better.”
“Obviously things are running amok at Hercules,” Ramsey added. “We have to do better. This is all escalating and starting to accumulate. Really, it’s an unsafe environment at the school and a lot of people are concerned. ”
Tiffany Woods, a Pinole native and transgender programs manager at Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, said Contra Costa has long struggled to address issues pertaining to transgender youth.
“I know Contra Costa from the fact that I went to high school there. Contra Costa is just a much more conservative district,” Woods said. “I can’t imagine this kid has a whole lot of support out there. Where are they going to get it from?”
Yes, you are a little like RT, if you sell your soul.
Via Daily Caller:
Zaid Jilani, a former blogger with the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, explained this week how the Obama administration frequently tries to censor the progressive organization’s content when it departs from the White House’s agenda.
Jiliani was reacting to two on-air protests by journalists opposed to Russia’s invasion of southern Ukraine. The two worked for Russia Today (RT) — an English-speaking media outlet funded directly by Moscow — and felt their bosses were trying to censor their opinions
In a post titled, ”How Working in Washington Taught Me We’re All A Little Like RT America,” Jilani explained how the White House frequently played the part of the Kremlin — leaning on management to push their writers in a particular direction, and punishing them if they strayed from the party line.
Shockingly, the victim is white, the attacker could be Obama’s son.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Kyle Rogers woke up in an ambulance Sunday morning, completely unaware of the random attack that put him there.
The 23-year-old man and his parents then investigated, eventually tracking down surveillance video showing a man running up to Rogers and sucker-punching him before walking off.
Rogers, who broke his jaw and suffered facial lacerations, told CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider he’s positive he was a victim of a “knockout game” attack.
“I’m defenseless,” said Rogers, whose mouth is wired shut. “It’s one thing if he was looking me in the face, like squaring up, but, come on, from behind? It’s like a coward move.”
Police released the surveillance video Thursday and are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the suspect, described as a black man in his 20s.
Rogers had just left his friends at a bar on Spring Street and was walking north on the Bowery when the attack occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. He was knocked unconscious and taken to Bellevue Hospital.
Smartest. President. Evah!
WASHINGTON (AP) – He bobbled the spelling, but President Obama had nothing but respect for the “women of soul” who shook and rattled the rafters of the White House Thursday night.
“What a lineup!” Mr. Obama declared at the outset of a concert that featured a generations-spanning array of soul singers stretching from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.
Mr. Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”
The pumped-up audience gave a hearty laugh but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”
In addressing the crowd, Mr. Obama said, “When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her…”
He was interrupted by laughter, paused, then continued, “She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect. Later, when somebody asked her why it had such an impact, she said, ‘I guess everybody just wants a little respect.’ Today, they still do.”
Update: Video added.
Update: They didn’t think anyone would notice?
Via The Hill:
The White House stenographer appears to have given President Obama a little too much “respect.”
Introducing soul legend Aretha Franklin at a White House performance Thursday night, the president flubbed the spelling of her signature song.
“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her…” Obama said, prompting laughter from the crowd.
The president’s face betrayed that he had misspelled the anthem, but he did not stop to correct himself before adding that Franklin “had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved.
“They wanted some respect,” Obama said. “Later, when somebody asked her why it had such an impact, she said, ‘I guess everybody just wants a little respect.’ Today, they still do.”
But anyone reading the official transcript of the event provided by the White House would have had no idea of the president’s mistake. In that version, the president correctly spells out the word.
“When Aretha first told us what “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved,” the White House transcript reads.
Apparently “global warming” trumps actual threats like Russia, Al-Qaeda, and Iran.
Via Weekly Standard:
Even as the situation in Ukraine has some talking about the possibility of a new cold war with Russia, Secretary of State John Kerry issued his first Policy Guidance since assuming his position a little over a year ago. The subject: Climate change. In a blog post entitled “We Need To Elevate the Environment in Everything We Do,” Kerry expresses a desire to make climate change his signature issue much in the way his predecessor Hillary Clinton made women’s issues a “top-tier diplomatic priority”:
Leading the way toward progress on this issue [climate change] is the right role for the United States, and it’s the right role for the Department of State. That’s why I’ve decided to make climate change the subject of my first Policy Guidance as Secretary of State. I have been deeply impressed by the way Secretary Clinton elevated global women’s issues as a top-tier diplomatic priority, and believe me, we’re committed to keeping them there. When the opportunities for women grow, the possibilities for peace, prosperity, and security grow even more. President Obama and I believe the same thing about climate change. This isn’t just a challenge, it’s also an incredible opportunity. And the Policy Guidance I’m issuing today is an important step in the right direction.
Just a coincidence Mrs. Potato Head resembles a butch lesbian?
Via LA Times:
In a psychology lab at Oregon State University, 37 girls ages 4 to 7 have finally demonstrated what feminists have long warned: that playing with Barbie dolls drives home cultural stereotypes about a woman’s place and suppresses a little girl’s career ambitions. But here’s an unexpected, though preliminary, finding: Playing with Mrs. Potato Head, by contrast, appears to have the effect of attending a “Lean In” circle on little girls. After spending just five minutes with Jane Potato-Head, girls believed they could grow up to do pretty much anything a boy could do.
This small but telling experiment, published Wednesday in the journal Sex Roles, probably will do little to stem sales of Mattel’s Barbie dolls, which at last count flew off store shelves the world over at a rate of two per second. But among equal-opportunity-conscious parents, it might spur a sales bump for Playskool’s (formerly Hasbro’s) Mrs. Potato Head, who, compared with Barbie, has a shape decidedly closer to that of most American women and apparently a lot more going on between her detachable ears.
And don’t be fooled by those career girl Barbies dressed up as doctors, astronauts, politicians and ocean explorers. The authors of the latest study report that whether girls played with “Doctor Barbie” — decked out in a white coat and jeans with a sparkly applique — or “Fashion Barbie,” dressed in a form-fitting mini-dress and high heels, they were likely to judge themselves capable of plying, on average, 1.5 fewer occupations than a boy could.
“Although the marketing slogan suggest that Barbie can ‘Be Anything,’ girls playing with Barbie appear to believe that there are more careers for boys than for themselves,” wrote authors and psychology professors Aurora M. Sherman of Oregon State University and Eileen L. Zurbriggen of UC Santa Cruz.
OK, Barbie’s preoccupation with fashion and her outlandish curves derange a little girl’s priorities, plant the seeds of poor body image and squelch her dreams that she can be anything — I get that.
Henry Waxman unavailable for comment.
Via CNS News:
“Do you remember the bar scene in ‘Star Wars,’ with all those wild-eyed creatures from every part of the solar system?” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked at the beginning of Thursday’s “Hardball.”
“Well, today here in Washington, the whole tapestry of weirdness was reenacted at the annual convention of something called CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Committee.
“Well, actually, ‘conservative’ doesn’t quite capture this out-of-this-world jamboree,” Matthews continued. “At CPAC, it’s the far-out sharing space with the even further out, a place for the crazy car to fill up with the usual suspects — Cruz and Paul and Rubio and Bobby Jindal — while gassing up with the craziest bunch of ideas since Rick ‘Oops’ Perry couldn’t remember that list of government agencies he wanted to kill…”
Taking his cue from Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, Matthews also tied conservatives to some of their wealthy supporters:
“It was pure Koch brothers populism being sold out there today, words and phrases crafted to heat up the peanut gallery, translating to cold cash for the oil patch billionaires who approved the script.”
How is cutting off a perfectly fine organ considered “health care?”
Via Chicago Tribune:
University of Illinois trustees today approved a student health insurance plan for the Urbana-Champaign campus that will for the first time cover gender reassignment surgery, a benefit they approved for the Chicago campus last year.
The trustees’ 8-2 decision came after about 20 minutes of discussion and followed public comments by two students and an employee who counsels the university’s transgender students.
Trustee Dr. Timothy Koritz and student trustee Michael Cunningham voted against it.
The insurance cost for students will increase about 15 percent this fall, to $582 a year for undergraduates and $752 for graduate students. Between $4 and $6 of the increase is attributed to adding gender reassignment surgery to the insurance plan. The procedure, commonly referred to as a “sex change,” transforms a person’s physical appearance and sexual characteristics to that of the other sex.
The insurance will cover counseling, hormone therapy and surgery related to gender reassignment.
While students are automatically assessed the student health insurance fee, they can opt out if they show evidence of other insurance coverage — through a parent or job, for example. About 28,000 of the campus’ 44,500 students are participating in the health insurance plan this year.
Via The Hill:
Russian President Vladimir Putin is dismissing warnings from President Obama and the West about Moscow’s incursion into Crimea.
In a statement released after Putin and Obama spoke by telephone for an hour, Putin harshly criticized Ukraine’s new government and said the Kremlin would not ignore cries for help from ethnic Russians.
Putin accused Ukraine’s interim government of undertaking “absolutely illegitimate decisions on the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions.”
“Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said.
Putin’s comments suggested Obama made little headway with the Russian leader during the call. Obama also on Thursday authorized sanctions on Russia to raise more pressure on Moscow.
Putin’s claimed that the pro-European leaders in Ukraine had executed an “anti-constitutional coup” in his statement.
Mocking the handicapped . . . you stay classy, MSNBC!
The Davis campaign will keep trying to ignite that gender controversy — and they’ve got no shortage of material to work with. But Abbott might not be easy to portray as the second coming of Todd Akin, the 2012 Missouri GOP Senate hopeful whose comments about “legitimate rape” torpedoed his candidacy.
It’s not just that Abbott’s likely too smart and deliberate a campaigner to fall prey to an Akin-like gaffe on the trail—though that’s important. It’s also because of something less concrete: One reason Abbott may have chosen not to explicitly use his disability to demonstrate empathy is that he doesn’t have to.The simple sight of him in his wheelchair —matchstick-thin legs dangling in front of him as he maneuvers himself around— is enough to set him apart from the parade of conservative Republican white men who talk about helping the job creators and seem never to have suffered a day in their lives.
Put simpler: It’s hard to turn a guy in a wheelchair into a villain — no matter his record.
It’s mostly silly, hardly scientific as you can tell from the President I supposedly am below the fold.
That didn’t take long.
New Yorkers like Mayor de Blasio — they just don’t think he’s all that hot at his job, according to a poll released Thursday.
Just over a third of registered city voters — 39% — say de Blasio has done a “good” or “excellent” job, the survey by Marist College, NBC4 and The Wall Street Journal found.
More voters — 57% — disapprove, rating his performance either “fair” or “poor.”
The poll also found a racial divide, with 50% of black voters and 45% of Latino voters approving of de Blasio’s performance, but just 30% of whites saying they approve.
In 2002, at a similar point in his mayoralty, Michael Bloomberg fared far better. A Marist survey at that time found that 50% approved of Bloomberg’s job performance.
Have at it.
Update: Midday bump.
The journalists at Good Morning America on Thursday were sufficiently provoked by a pro-American Cadillac commercial that they devoted a whole segment to wondering if the spot was “arrogant” and “xenophobic.” GMA’s reporters, who couldn’t find any time to cover former IRS head Lois Lerner pleading the Fifth on Capitol Hill, devoted almost three minutes to the “backlash” against the car commercial.
The ad features a man strolling around his large house, praising the free enterprise system and the work ethic of Americans: “Other countries, they work. They stroll home. They stop by the café. They take August off. Off!” Co-host George Stephanopoulos worried, “Is it selling a confident take on America with a sense of humor or showing off an arrogant caricature that is just plain obnoxious?”
Via Fox News:
Pessimism. Fear. Anger. Those are the most common sentiments expressed about the Affordable Care Act, according to a Fox News national poll that asks voters to pick from a range of emotions that describe how they feel about the law.
Pessimistic is on top: 49 percent say it describes how they feel.
Next is scared (45 percent), followed by angry (43 percent).
On the positive side, 40 percent of voters are optimistic about Obamacare, 24 percent are proud and 21 percent feel excited. [...]
Overall, the new poll, released Thursday, finds that 38 percent of voters favor the health care law, while 57 percent oppose it. In January, it was 36-59 percent.
Absolutely disgusting. Not to mention, most people think the book isn’t real. Mostly because a) There’s no Peter Curran and b) No 66 year old man ever jumped to his death from the Palisades anywhere in NJ.
When I was seven years old, in Peter Curran’s basement, it was easy to forget the outside world. We couldn’t hear much, Peter and I, from within those concrete walls. Not the bumping of cars as someone struggled to parallel park, not teenagers whistling through their fingers, nor two pigeons fighting over a bread crust.
In the basement, I couldn’t hear someone wheeling laundry or groceries home in a shopping cart purloined from the Pathmark parking lot, and I couldn’t hear the wheels of bustling baby carriages, or the mothers affectionately calling their little daughters “Mami.”
The author goes on to write …
Peter and I continued our relationship for fifteen years, and until he died, I was Peter’s religion. No one else would find the twenty photo albums of me alone, or with Paws, or with Karen, or with my mother, engrossing. The two locks of hair, braided together, brown and gray, laminated so they would always last. An album of autumn leaves, the names of the trees that they came from listed underneath: sugar maple, blackjack oak, sweetgum.
Via Fox News:
“I was horrified,” said John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, a new, rapidly-growing scouting organization that doesn’t allow openly gay members.
Stemberger was referring to an Associated Press photograph that accompanied an in-depth story about Trail Life. The image showed a group of young boys gathered in a circle with their hands raised at an unusual angle. The AP’s original caption on the photo said they were reciting the organization’s “creed” during a meeting in North Richland Hills, Texas.
It took the AP several days to acknowledge their error. But by then, the unfortunate comparison to Nazi Germany had spread on the Internet faster than Hitler’s invasion of Poland.
“New Trail Life scouting group excludes gay kids & they do a ‘Sieg Heil! Style salute,” tweeted Cathy Lynn Grossman of Religion News Service.
And that’s exactly what it looked like.
“It looks like some kind of German salute that was used during the Nazi period,” Stemberger told me in a telephone interview.
And we get stuck with the bill.
Via Weekly Standard:
The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden would spend the weekend vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s his second vacation there in three months.
His White House schedule reads:
DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT
Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9
The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are no public events scheduled.
And as Geoff Earle of the New York Post reported on December 27, the vice president spent New Year’s on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Vice President Biden doesn’t have to worry about playing second fiddle to his boss when it comes to tropical vacations,” Earle reported.
“President Obama’s No. 2, and 2016 presidential prospect, jets Friday to the U.S. Virgin Islands aboard Air Force Two, the White House announced Thursday night. He’ll be there through New Year’s.
“That puts Biden just steps away from some of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling at the same time Obama is strolling Hawaii’s spectacular golf courses and hiking trails.”
So it was designed to work crappy?
Via Free Beacon:
Despite its glitch ridden website, patients being forced to switch doctors, and employers laying off their workers, and other dismal effects of Obamacare, President Obama seems to think that his signature piece of legislature is “working the way it should.”
Speaking before a crowd at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the President encouraged attendees to sign up, telling them, “I am absolutely confident that you will see millions of people benefitting from this law.”
“It is working the way it should,” President Obama bragged about Obamacare.
HT: Fox Nation
I think I understand the written part, but then what the heck are the circles doing there? I’m so confused!
Via Daily Caller:
Another stupid, overly complicated set of Common Core math problems involving “number bonds” — and so much more — has bubbled up courtesy of Twitter.
This one is being inflicted on some poor little kindergarteners, according to Twitchy.
It’s almost impossible to explain the embarrassing awfulness of the problem. However, it involves “cube sticks,” “number bonds” and “hidden partners.” Perhaps the worst part is that the worksheet also specifically instructs children to inflict this math concept on “an adult.”
White liberal guilt at its finest.
If you were watching the Oscars on Sunday night, you no doubt saw Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years A Slavetake the Best Picture prize. But two Academy members revealed to the L.A. Times that they didn’t even see it, claiming that it would be an uncomfortable film for them to watch.
Instead, they voted for it because of the relevance and importance the film, which is a real-life, harrowing account of Solomon Northup’s years as a free man captured and sold into slavery in the South.
It’s ironic, considering that the job of an Academy voter is, you know, to actually watch these films before making a decision on what’s the best of the best. But it’s not entirely shocking.
Ellen DeGeneres quipped during her opening monologue that if 12 Years a Slave didn’t win Best Picture, the Academy would be racist. It was framed as a joke, but DeGeneres (probably purposefully) hit a troubling nerve: that the Academy’s voting is purely political, and the members didn’t want to cause an uproar over passing on 12 Years A Slave.
I think he meant to say if you do sign up for Obamacare you’re punishing yourself or your family.
President Obama: “The main point I have for everyone watching right now is, you don’t punish me by not signing up for health care, you’re punishing yourself or your family if – in fact – there’s affordable health care to be had and subsidies and tax credits that allow you to have the peace of mind and security and regular check-ups and preventative care that would keep you healthier. That’s not a matter of trusting me, that’s a matter of looking for yourself and seeing if you can get the services.”