Nice to see Fineman doing his best Tingles impression.
Nice to see Fineman doing his best Tingles impression.
Then again, academia is packed with 1960-70s leftist radicals so she will be welcomed with open arms.
Via Campus Reform:
Angela Davis, former Communist Party USA leader and Black Panther, will be delivering a keynote address for the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s (UMD) Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism today, according to the school’s website.
Davis is most notorious for being charged as an accomplice to a courthouse murder/kidnapping case in August of 1970, which involved the murder of a California judge. Several of the weapons used were registered in her name and she was charged as an accomplice under state law. In the aftermath of the crime, she was put on the FBI’s most wanted list as she fled.
She was captured by the FBI three months later at a motel in the middle of New York City. During her trial, Davis claimed she was innocent, despite evidence that showed she purchased two of the weapons used in the crime. Moreover, Davis was found to have written letters to a man named George Jackson, a Black Panther prison organizer; the kidnappings were meant to gain leverage for his release. The letters Davis wrote expressed romantic feelings for Jackson and support for political violence. However, she was acquitted of all charges in 1972.
Because Christians don’t deserve to have their rights protected.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment.The 33-27 vote by the House Thursday evening sends the legislation to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and puts Arizona back at the forefront of a polarizing piece of legislation four years after the state enacted an immigration crackdown that caused a national furor.
Similar religious protection legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, but Arizona’s plan is the only one that has passed. The efforts are stalled in Idaho, Ohio and Kansas.
Republicans stressed that the bill is about protecting religious freedom and not discrimination. They frequently cited the case of a New Mexico photographer who was sued after refusing to take wedding pictures of a gay couple and said Arizona needs a law to protect people in the state from heavy-handed actions by courts and law enforcement.
The legislation prompted a heated debate on the floor of the House, touching on issues such as the religious freedom, constitutional protections and civil rights.
Opponents raised scenarios in which gay people in Arizona could be denied service at a restaurant or refused medical treatment if a business owner thought homosexuality was not in accordance with his religion. One lawmaker held up a sign that read “NO GAYS ALLOWED” in arguing what could happen if the law took effect, drawing a rebuke for violating rules that bar signs on the House floor.
According to this article, “the LGBTQ community” uses the term “they” to describe a gender-neutral person. You learn something new every day.
Via The Oregonian:
A former catering worker who identifies as neither female or male is suing Bon Appetit Management Co. for $518,000, claiming co-workers referred to the employee as a female though repeatedly being asked to stop.
Valeria Jones alleges in a lawsuit that co-workers repeatedly called Jones “miss,” “lady” and “little lady” despite explanations that Jones “was not a female or a male and that the term was unwelcome.”
Workers also directly said Jones looked like a woman and made female celebrity comparisons, the suit states.
The lawsuit, filed this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court, says Jones preferred to be addressed by a general neutral pronoun. The suit doesn’t identify the term.
The term “they” — rather than “he” or “she” — is sometimes used to refer to a gender-neutral individual in the LGBTQ communities.
The suit was filed by Portland attorney Donel Courtney, who declined Friday to share more details about the case.
Bon Appetit declined to comment on specifics of the case because of the pending litigation and because it involves a personnel matter, but vice president Maisie Ganzler said, “I can say we are an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity of all kinds.”
More on this absurd non-story.
Jerry Seinfeld wants to stay out of the conversation about diversity in comedy, but he may not be able to stay blasé for much longer. In an interview published by BuzzFeed Brews and CBS This Morning, the iconic comedian was asked about the lack of diversity among the guests on his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Web series — and his answer is now driving the latest controversy over the racial and gender makeup of the comedy world.
Here’s what happened: when asked about the homogeneity of his guests, Seinfeld derided critics for paying attention to whether comedy programming like his series accurately represents the makeup of the population. “Who cares?” he said, elaborating that he has “no interest” in gender or race but feels that “PC nonsense” about diversity is “anticomedy” because it focuses on something other than whether or not a person is funny.
The interview has already sparked a debate over whether, as Gawker put it, that statement combined with his overwhelmingly white male slate of guests means he thinks “any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny” — or, on the other hand, whether Seinfeld’s statements are forward thinking, reflecting a desire for true meritocracy among comedians.
He may come to regret being so flip. The conversation about diversity in comedy has reached a boiling point in recent months, focused largely on Saturday Night Live. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is no SNL — it’s a conversation-based Web series rather than a sketch show, so there’s no need for him to find comedians who can do a varied set of impressions and characters — but the arc of SNL’s recent challenges with diversity illustrates why his comments can’t be written off.
“Diversity” has taken on a cult-like following among the left.
Via Campus Reform:
The University of Tennessee (UT) is spending at least $25,500 on a Sex Week which will include events such as a masturbation workshop.
According to the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beacon, the school’s official newspaper, the school will pay for the event using $20,000 in student fees, $500 from the history department and $5,000 from the school’s Ready for the World campaign, an initiative which aims to “transform the campus into a culture of diversity.”
As a public university, UT receives both federal and state funding.
“The state gives money to the university, which gives it to the schools and the schools are giving it to Sex Week,” state Senator Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, said in an interview with Campus Reform Monday.
“Last year they had bondage BDSM [experts], they have porn stars coming in … is that really what the best use of our tax dollars to educate children is?” he said.
Talk about pandering to the left, gays make up 2% or less of the U.S. population. Note: I missed this when I posted about Coke’s ad last night.
Via NBC News:
In the second quarter of the Super Bowl, Coke became the first advertiser to show a gay family in an ad for America’s big game.
The snippet appeared as one of many vignettes in a sweeping ad that celebrated America’s collection of diverse creeds, codes and individuals. In the five-second clip, two male partners and their daughter go roller-skating while a chorus of children sing “America the beautiful.”
The hashtag #AmericaIsBeautiful went trending on Twitter shortly after the spot aired.
Gay rights organization GLAAD praised the ad, calling it “a step forward for the advertising industry.”
Coke has been under fire for its marketing lately. A social marketing effort that allowed customers to give each other digital coke bottles with words written on them backfired after the site wouldn’t allow users to put the word “gay” on them.
You’d never know gays make up only 2% of the population if you went by the non-stop pandering from the Dems/media/Hollywood.
Via Daily Mail:
The Disney Channel has gone all Glee, introducing its first-ever lesbian couple on the family series, Good Luck Charlie, on Sunday.
In the groundbreaking episode, parents Amy and Bob Duncan, played by Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer, set up a playdate for preschooler Charlie (Mia Talerico) and one of her new friends, who, it turns out, has two mothers.
Disney broke the news of the same sex couple last June.
‘This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors,’ a spokesperson told TV Guide at the time.
‘Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.’
Reggie and Obama next?
(Reuters) – U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York will become the second-ever sitting member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner, confirming plans on Tuesday to wed his companion of 21 years.
Maloney, 47, a Democrat who represents a district about 70 miles north of New York City, got engaged to his partner, Randy Florke, on Christmas Day, according to the congressman’s spokeswoman Stephanie Formas. They have three children together, she said.
The couple from Cold Spring, New York, issued a statement saying how exciting it is to take the next step in their relationship.
“For decades, we’ve fought to ensure that all families can experience the joys of loving commitment and we are proud to have our friends and family share this special moment with us in the near future,” the statement said.
— Ava Marinelli (@admarinelli) January 13, 2014
— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) January 13, 2014
— Susan Campbell (@campbellsl) January 13, 2014
— Sarah Warn (@sarahwarn) January 13, 2014
A new study finds universities and colleges with the whitest student bodies use the most minorities in their brochures to sell “diversity.”
Diallo Shabazz was a student at the University of Wisconsin in 2000 when he stopped by the admissions office.
“One of the admissions counselors walked up to me, and said, ‘Diallo, did you see yourself in the admissions booklet? Actually, you’re on the cover this year,’ ” Shabazz says.
The photo was a shot of students at a football game — but Shabazz had never been to a football game.
“So I flipped back, and that’s when I saw my head cut off and kind of pasted onto the front cover of the admissions booklet,” he says.
This Photoshopped image went viral and became a classic example of how colleges miss the mark on diversity. Wisconsin stressed that it was just one person’s bad choice, but Shabazz sees it as part of a bigger problem.
“The admissions department that we’ve been talking about, I believe, was on the fourth floor, and multicultural student center was on the second floor of that same building,” he says. “So you didn’t need to create false diversity in the picture — all you really needed to do was go downstairs.”
Even without Photoshop, colleges try to shape the picture they present to prospective students, says Tim Pippert, a sociologist at Augsburg College in Minnesota.
“Diversity is something that’s being marketed,” Pippert says. “They’re trying to sell a campus climate, they’re trying to sell a future. Campuses are trying to say, ‘If you come here, you’ll have a good time, and you’ll fit in.’ ”
Pippert and his researchers looked at more than 10,000 images from college brochures, comparing the racial breakdown of students in the pictures to the colleges’ actual demographics. They found that, overall, the whiter the school, the more diversity depicted in the brochures, especially for certain groups.
“When we looked at African-Americans in those schools that were predominantly white, the actual percentage in those campuses was only about 5 percent of the student body,” he says. “They were photographed at 14.5 percent.”
Phil Robertson: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me.” So true…
Via Entertainment Weekly:
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is making anti-gay comments in the January issue of GQ.
In statements that threaten the A&E reality hit’s wildly popular and uplifting brand of faith, family and hunting, the Robertson patriarch said: “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
And if that wasn’t explicit enough, the “Duck Commander” added: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
The magazine suggested Robertson’s son Jep endorsed his family’s beliefs: “We’re not quite as outspoken as my dad, but I’m definitely in line. If somebody asks, I tell ’em what the Bible says.”
GLAAD quickly condemned the quotes. “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” said spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
UPDATE: A&E released this statement from Phil Robertson addressing the controversy: “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.” Beyond that, A&E had no comment.
Update: The Diversity Police get their scalp.
(THR) — A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said in a statement. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Update to this story.
Via Washington Examiner:
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday dodged questions about whether President Obama was sending a message about Russian anti-gay rights laws by tapping two openly gay athletes for the U.S. Olympic delegation.
Carney said only that the Olympic delegation which will attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in Russia highlighted the “diversity” of the United States.
The White House announced on Tuesday that the delegation will be led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and includes two openly gay athletes, including tennis star Billie Jean King. [...]
Carney said the president is “very proud of the delegation and the diversity it represents.”
“We’re proud of each and every one of them and think they will serve as great ambassadors,” said Carney. “This delegation represents the diversity that is the United States, every member of the a delegation is accomplished.”
How would you feel if you got a job based on your gender and/or skin color? Hard to be proud of that.
Via NY Times:
How seriously did “Saturday Night Live” take the furor around its lack of a black female performer?
Seriously enough to hold a special audition Monday night on the “S.N.L.” stage for seven or eight candidates, one of whom will be hired and will join the cast for shows beginning in January.
The show’s creator and executive producer, Lorne Michaels, said in an interview on Thursday that he had committed to that timetable to add the show’s first black woman since Maya Rudolph left the series in 2007. Several casting sessions were held over the last few weeks leading to this week’s audition.
“All told we’ve seen about 25 people,” Mr. Michaels said. “A lot of the people we saw are really good. Hopefully we’ll come out of the process well.”
And as you’d expect, it blew up in their faces.
BLOOMINGTON - A message posted on a residence hall bulletin board is causing controversy at Indiana University.
The message, posted on a bulletin board for the Community Education Program in Foster Residence Center, asks “Can Santa Claus be a black man?”
The display includes questions, with notepaper attached to respond, such as “If Santa is a black man, would you let him come down your chimney?” and “If Santa Claus is a black man, wouldn’t he only visit the ghetto?”
The bulletin board sparked outrage and debate on social media Monday evening. A university spokesman said the display was created as part of a diversity program in the residence halls to “raise awareness and promote discussion on issues such as race, gender and sexual identity.”
“The aim of this was to start a discussion around racial stereotypes, and while the intent was good the execution was misguided,” said IU Associate Vice President of Public Affairs Mark Land in a statement. “This program has a good record of fostering debate among students on important issues, but this effort missed the mark.”
The university had the display taken down Monday night.
“(We) apologize if the images offended anyone – that clearly wasn’t the intent,” Land wrote.
They’re obviously not mad because you can choose gay as a gender (as if that makes any sense), they’re outraged because they used the term”queer” which is not PC-approved.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A word on job applications at Colorado College has sparked a controversy.
The word “queer” appears in the voluntary gender section responses of the applications and the private school in Colorado Springs stands by the wording.
“I’m a little skeptical of what that could present to potential employees,” Colorado Collage Quinn Webb said.
The options include to not disclose, “male”, “female,” “transgender” or “queer.” The “queer” option is stirring up some controversy. Rex Fuller with Denver’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender (LGBT) Community Center weighed in.
That’s the stance Colorado College is taking. They say the term was added to be more inclusive. Students with the Office of Minority and International Students agree. Student Marley Jamason says the term “queer” is changing.
“Colorado College is making an effort to be inclusive,” Jamason said. “’Queer’ is an umbrella term that encompasses a whole range of identities.”
Via CNS News:
At a White House Diwali celebration on Tuesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama said that she and her husband wanted to celebrate all the faith and culture traditions ‘that make us who we are as Americans.”
Even as she was saying this, there were 200 plaintiffs pursuing 77 lawsuits asking federal courts to protect their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion from a regulation issued by the administration under Obamacare that requires health insurance plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion inducing drugs and devices.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty maintains a website that tracks the lawsuits.
The plaintiffs range from the Hobby Lobby stores to the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. In September, the Department of Justice appealed the Hobby Lobby case to the Supreme Court, asking the court to force the family that owns Hobby Lobby to act against their Christian faith by making them buy insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
I’m sure if he wore a George Bush mask the company would have ordered everyone to attend diversity training… yeah, no.
HOPKINSVILLE, KY. (Fox 17) — A picture of a Jennie Stuart Medical Center employee wearing a President Barack Obama mask and straitjacket at the hospital’s annual costume party has stirred debate.
Along with the costume (pictured above), a skit called “VIP Special Delivery” was performed, winning the group third place in the costume contest.
As a result, all 750 employees have now been required to take diversity training. The VP of Human Resources at the medical center issued a statement to staff apologizing for anyone who was offended and personally took responsibility since the incident occurred on his watch.
Kinda racist, no?
Via Floor Action:
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) accused Attorney General Eric Holder of forcing African American students in Louisiana into failing schools for the sake of diversity.
“The fact that Attorney General Holder would block any child from obtaining a good education is bad enough,” Toomey said Thursday. “The fact that he is doing so based solely on the children’s race is inexcusable.”
Toomey along with more than 20 of his Senate Republican colleagues sent Holder a letter Thursday requesting more information on why the Justice Department filed a petition to keep 570 students from “escaping failing public schools, solely on the basis of the children’s skin color.”
“These 570 kids deserve to know why they are not entitled to the best education possible,” Toomey said. “The American taxpayers deserve to know why their money is being spent to harm kids.”
Does the number of Muslim students in the NYC school system really warrant a day off? No.
No matter who is elected mayor next month, city kids will likely find two new vacation days on the school calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the holiest days of the Muslim year.
Both Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota say schools should close on the two holidays, just as they do for major Jewish and Christian days.
It’s a matter of “respect” for a religion practiced by an estimated 13 percent of city school kids, de Blasio said Wednesday at a campaign rally with Muslim groups in Brooklyn.
“The origins of this nation (are) people of many different faiths coming together … That’s why we have to respect Muslim faiths by providing the Eid school holidays for children in our school system,” de Blasio said.
No coincidence they chose the left’s favorite new buzzword, “diversity.”
TAMPA — Reversing course, Hillsborough County’s transit agency will allow the Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations to advertise on its buses.
The unanimous vote by members of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board of directors is a sharp turn from where members were in August, when eight of the 10 present rejected the advertisement on county buses, citing promotion of religion as a concern.
The vote, taken Monday evening, came after CAIR Florida filed a letter requesting an appeal.
The non-profit organization says it is aimed at challenging stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and defending civil liberties.
Its ad features a photograph of eight people and the CAIR Florida logo, with the message: “Embracing Diversity at Work, Defending Civil Rights in The Community.”
It is meant to promote free legal advice the group provides to people of all religions, races or national origin, the organization said.
This is what passes as enlightened thinking in far-left academia.
Via Daily Caller:
Ritzy Hamilton College in upstate New York is bringing back the disgraceful legal doctrine of separate but equal for its minority students.
The leftist hothouse has announced an event entitled “Real Talk: A Dialogue about Internalized Racism” that is “open to people of color only.”
“Conversations about race in the U.S. mostly focus on race relations between white communities and people of color. However, people of color are also prone top [sic] internalize racist messages about their own community, and about other races/ethnicities/people of color. This conversation allows people of color to come together and examine how we may have accepted racist attitudes toward other racial groups and our own racial/ethnic communities, and move towards healing and mutual respect. In order to create a safe space, this program is open to people of color only. A similar conversation for white students, faculty and staff is planned for the spring semester.”
The brochure also notes that dinner will be provided. “Please contact Amit Taneja for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
The discussion is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4:15 p.m. at the school’s Bristol Center (named for the co-founder of global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb).
There will also be a joint session involving both “people of color” and white people at some future time, notes Legal Insurrection, the website that broke the story.
Via LA Weekly:
With the demise of Proposition 8 — the gay marriage ban — gay inmates in California can get married to their same-sex partners, the Associated Press has reported.
In an August 30 memo, state prison officials stated that due to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that “effectively invalidated” Proposition 8, they “must accept and process applications for a same-sex marriage between an inmate and a non-incarcerated person in the community, in the same manner as they do between opposite sex couples.”