All I can say is wow:
House Democrats received training this week on how to address the issue of race to defend government programs, according to training materials obtained by The Washington Examiner.
The prepared content of a Tuesday presentation to the House Democratic Caucus and staff indicates that Democrats will seek to portray apparently neutral free-market rhetoric as being charged with racial bias, conscious or unconscious.
Well, this should give the lefties who love to shove people into groups apoplexy:
Mia Love won the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District race Saturday at the Utah Republican Convention, scoring a major upset after wowing the crowd with a roof-raising speech at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy.
The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Mrs. Love took 70.4 percent of the delegate vote, well in excess of the 60 percent required to avoid a primary runoff under Utah’s unique rules. She defeated former state legislator Carl Wimmer, who had been viewed as the heavy favorite. He mustered only 29.6 percent of the vote.
Imagine if Mitt Romney, or any previous GOP candidate, published a photo of his campaign “army” that had very few, if any, black or brown faces in it. Can you imagine how the leftymedia would react?
Do you think we’ll see the same reaction about this photo of the Obama “army”?
Another defeat for those that want to divide Americans by color:
Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as California’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities was upheld by a federal appeals court panel.
The ruling marked the second time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned back a challenge to the state’s landmark voter initiative, Proposition 209, which was passed in 1996.
A powerful statement from a lady with a famous last name:
“I would believe that, by stirring up all of the emotions and reactions, I wanted to encourage them to remember the man that they say that they followed, to remember that his message was nonviolence and very loving,” [Dr. Alveda] King told The Daily Caller, referencing her late uncle. She added that she wanted to encourage Jackson and Sharpton “to talk about nonviolence and not to incite people with that race card that they are very good at playing.”
A student was shot to death at a Mississippi State University residence hall late Saturday night, prompting campus-wide alerts as authorities searched for suspects who fled the scene. The university held a press conference Sunday morning at 10 a.m. to release more details.
Why didn’t this one make the national news? Why haven’t Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson express their outrage? Why hasn’t President Obama spoken out about this shooting?
Sabrina Fulton is seeking marks for the phrases “I Am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon,” according to filings made last week with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In both instances, Fulton is seeking the trademarks for use on “Digital materials, namely, CDs and DVDs featuring Trayvon Martin,” and other products.
I kid you not:
Janeane Garofalo: “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same.
Not in so many words, but just look closely at this quote:
“If [former President] Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,” [ CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel] Cleaver [(D-MO)] told “The Miami Herald” in comments published Sunday. “There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”
And that’s not from some right-wing mouthpiece, that’s from the Chicago Sun-Times:
Millions of Americans endured financial calamities in the recession. But for many in the black community, job loss has knocked them out of the middle class and back into poverty. And some experts warn of a historic reversal of hard-won economic gains that took black people decades to achieve.
“History is going to say the black middle class was decimated” over the past few years, said Maya Wiley, director of the Center for Social Inclusion. “But we’re not done writing history.”
Adds Algernon Austin, director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy: “The recession is not over for black folks.”
In 2004, the median net worth of white households was $134,280, compared with $13,450 for black households, according to an analysis of Federal Reserve data by the Economic Policy Institute. By 2009, the median net worth for white households had fallen 24 percent to $97,860; the median net worth for black households had fallen 83 percent to $2,170, according to the institute.
Despite this, I confidently predict 75% or more of blacks will vote for Obama in 2012. Talk about voting against your own interests!
Tony Katz adds a new term to the political lexicon:
Thus, I coined the term “Race-ers.” Race-ers are those people who are completely consumed with race. They are the ones who believe that any opposition to Obama, his policies or him personally, is solely based on the racism of the opponent. As political correctness exists only to silence opposition, the Race-er uses racism to silence their opposition. Further, the Race-er sees racism everywhere. Nothing can be judged on its merits, as the merits (for the Race-er) are simply insignificant. My colleague at Pajamas Media picked up on this in an article he wrote yesterday.
Consider it added, Tony… we’ve had Truthers, we’ve had Birthers, now we have Racers.
As a follow-up to the recent news that the Dayton, Ohio, Police Department recently lowered the passing grade on entrance exams to the police academy, a former police officer, detective, and SWAT team member explains more about the selection process for the men and women who make up the thin blue line:
As a police officer, I often participated in the selection process for police recruits.
Anyone would be amazed at the “diversity” of those who walk through the door to take such tests, and I’m not referring to race. Many apparently have no idea that when applying for a job requiring great maturity and responsibility, it would be wise to shave and to wear clothing such that their lunch for the last few days can’t be identified at a glance. Some are unacquainted with bathing and other basic aspects of disease control and personal hygiene. Some wear sufficient piercings to set off airport metal detectors from the parking lot.
Many who take such tests are drawn by the romance and authority of the job, but are simply unqualified. In any such test, at least half won’t come close to passing, and some will pass but score so poorly as to be untouchables. As with any human endeavor, a few are exceptional, more are good, most are average, and the rest are simply not up to the task — a task measured in Dayton’s case by an unusually generous passing score determined even before DOJ intervention.
Once an eligibility list is established, applicants are commonly put through a physical fitness test to weed out obvious medical ineligibility and lack of fitness that would render them dangerous to themselves or others. I’ve actually witnessed applicants black out or have cardiac incidents due to previously undiagnosed conditions. In some cases, the rejection saved their lives.
Having passed the first two steps, intensive background checks are done, and the applicants commonly take psychological fitness examinations such as the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Inventory (MMPI). In some agencies there are additional tests of various kinds, including questioning by panels of serving officers of various ranks (and in smaller agencies, personal interviews with the sheriff or chief of police). However, one common test in most agencies is a polygraph, where the essential truthfulness of a candidate is assessed. This test also gives an agency an opportunity to discover disqualifying personal facts that an applicant might not otherwise divulge. Candidates are eliminated when background checks reveal sufficiently damaging skeletons in their closets, and psychological issues that might be otherwise overlooked are commonly discovered in that round of testing.
The process is time-consuming, expensive, and manpower-intensive, and that is just before an applicant is offered a job.
What most people don’t realize is that from the first day that a recruit reports for work, an average of a year will pass before they are ready to patrol the streets alone. For a year, each new recruit will draw pay and benefits but will provide no direct police services to their community. Not only that, other officers will be taken from directly serving the public to train and prepare those new officers. This year-long process is absolutely necessary and very expensive.
Hiring an applicant likely to fail is potentially dangerous and an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars.
During their first year, officers are commonly put through a state-mandated training academy, which they must pass to receive state certification as police officers. In addition, they must pass training courses within their own agencies, the most important of which is a field training course wherein they ride with a variety of seasoned officers specially trained to educate and evaluate new recruits.
Some are too dangerous or inept with firearms. Some are temperamentally unsuitable. Some simply can’t write competent reports. Some can’t multi-task, and can’t drive, be aware of their surroundings, and simultaneously speak on the radio. Only after successfully passing all of these experiences is an officer allowed to work on their own. Only then are citizens getting their money’s worth.
What’s more, to put one officer on the street 24/7/365, approximately four officers must be hired. That’s three officers for three eight-hour shifts, and at least one to cover for vacation, illness, court, mandatory training, and other issues that will routinely remove any officer from their duties. With all of this in mind, and considering the very real dangers of an undermanned police force, unnecessarily delaying the process for months for any reason is reckless and unconscionable.
The big question I have now is, how many of those people that “passed” after the passing score was lowered are actually going to make it through that year of training and such and actually get out on patrol on their own? I suspect not many, unless they also lower the passing scores of those tests and tell the supervising officers to let the preferred minorities get away with mistakes that would doom the career of any member of a non-preferred group.
Dayton, Ohio, has decided that a “D” or an “F” on the civil service exam is enough to get you into the police academy… at least if you’re a member of certain privileged groups:
The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.
It’s a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam.
Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees. The hiring process was postponed for months because the D.O.J. rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test.
Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two.
The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That’s the equivalent of an ‘F’ and a ‘D’.
Would you like to be protected by someone who only got 58% on their civil service exam to enter the police academy? It may surprise you to find that the NAACP doesn’t really seem to like that idea either:
“The NAACP does not support individuals failing a test and then having the opportunity to be gainfully employed,” agreed Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward.
Of course, he could be engaging in semantic games… since the passing score was lowered, they really didn’t “fail,” they “passed,” although the passing score had to be changed to allow them to “pass.”
The Civil Service Board also seems to be engaging in semantic games:
The D.O.J. and Civil Service Board declined Dayton’s News Source’s repeat requests for interviews. The lower standards mean 258 more people passed the test. The city won’t say how many were minorities.
Now, let’s look at this logically:
- Before the passing score was lowered, Dayton was told that not enough favored minorities had passed.
- After the passing score was lowered, there’s apparently no problem.
- If, after lowering the passing score, only non-favored minorities (whites or people of Asian descent) had switched from failing to “passing,” the city would have been told to lower the passing score again.
- Therefore, it’s probably a very good bet that at quite a few of those who had previously failed but now “passed” were minorities.
But, of course, the Dayton branch of the Orwell Memorial Ministry of Truth won’t admit that’s what happened.
Great moments in double standards:
A Broadview Heights woman is accusing state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of using a term that some believe has a racist connotation on a social networking site.
Hagan, D-60th, of Youngstown, used the term “buckwheat” in a Facebook posting Saturday.
He said the posting wasn’t racist, and the attack on him is the tea party’s attempt to make him look bad.
Rachel Mullen Manias, a GOP activist from Broadview Heights, outside Cleveland; a man named Kevin Crowther and others joined the discussion.
The discussion continues, with Manias, Cook and Crowther, who is black, arguing for the need for cuts and Hagan against what’s bee n proposed.
Manias then wrote, “I’m guessing your (sic) from an entrenched area ripe with corruption. I don’t recognize your name as a Cuyahoga County resident, but I’m guessing you’re from the land of Traficant…”
Hagan responds that she’s not making sense. Two others comment and then Crowther returns to the discussion of public unions.
Then Hagan writes, “I ran against Traficant buckwheat … so take your personal shots, and shove them where the sun don’t shine.”
To start with, it looks like Hagan is himself using “personal shots,” while decrying them in others… so that’s one set of double-standards right there.
However, there’s a bigger one… the last time a politician used the term “buckwheat,” the NAACP regarded it as a racist term.
So… let’s see if the NAACP denounces Hagan for the term, shall we? Whether or not they do, we will learn something about where the NAACP really stands… that is, for those out there who don’t know already.
Tuesday’s Dallas County Commissioner’s Court meeting erupted into an argument between Commissioner John Wiley Price and a citizen, ending with Price saying “go to hell” repeatedly.
The exchange started during the public speaking portion of the meeting, which happens after the commissioners have gone through their weekly agenda.
Six citizens addressed the court. All of them talked about the recent controversial departure of county Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet. Sherbet, who was the Elections Administrator for 24 years, said he felt Price and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins forced him out.
The last public speaker at Tuesday’s meeting, Jeff Turner, began by stating that he would refer to “a certain member of the court” — Price — as “the chief moolah of Dallas County.”
Court rules state that public speakers may not address individual commissioners by name.
As Turner spoke, he continued to call Price “chief moolah.” Price interrupted Turner several times, yelling at him, “don’t call me chief moolah” and “call me by my name.”
Turner continued speaking, ignoring Price’s ongoing interruptions.
When Turner finished, Price looked at him and the five other citizens who addressed the court. Price said to them, “All of you are white. Go to hell!”
Price repeated “go to hell” three more times. An unknown member of the audience said, “You should be ashamed!”
“I’m not ashamed!” Price answered. “I’m not ashamed! Go to hell!”
Good luck finding this story in the nationwide Dinosaur Media… but you know what would happen if a white politician said, “All of you are black! Go to hell!” It’d be a Dinosaur feeding frenzy!
Now they’re calling for the death of Clarence Thomas, or worse:
Granted, the cameraman is trying to get the people to say something outrageous, but he also doesn’t have to try very hard. He asks people at the rally what “we” should do after impeaching Clarence Thomas to get justice for Anita Hill, and he gets some mighty interesting answers: Send him “back to the fields.” “String him up.” “Hang him.” “Torture.”
“[B]ack to the fields”? Would that mean condemning him to slavery, like in the deep south?
“Torture”? Really? I thought lefties were against torture, even stretching the definition to include waterboarding.
It just shows, once again, that when the left accuses the right of fomenting violence, all they’re doing is projecting their own feelings onto their opponents, and that they’re really the ones with the violent tendencies.