“On Wednesday,” Craig Bannister of CNS News writes, “the Rutherford Institute announced it has come to the defense of a 10-year-old boy who was suspended under a school zero tolerance policy for shooting an imaginary ‘arrow’ at a fellow classmate, using nothing more than his hands and his imagination.”
Dayna Morales is probably eager for her self-inflicted 15 minutes of Warholian fame to come to an end. The waitress, who first made news and received oodles of sympathy, not to mention cash, when she falsely claimed a couple stiffed her because of her gay lifestyle, has since been exposed as a pathological liar.
George Santayana’s admonition that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” has played out again, this time in the town of Lunenburg, Mass. As Renee Nal reported, back in November Lunenberg transformed itself into Looneyberg after a racial slur was found spray-painted on the home of a biracial member of the high school football team. School superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes immediately canceled the remaining two games of the season.
On the heels of J.E. Dyer’s report yesterday on “educational” materials that go beyond the pale by asking students leading questions about their political ideology comes the latest oeuvre in the bizarre Orwellian initiative known as the Common Core Curriculum.
Kyle Olson of the Education Action Group writes that an activity sheet in a book designed to prepare eighth-grade students for testing in social studies asks them rather pointed questions about their “group identity and social class.” The questions, which appear on a screen grab of page 90 of Spectrum Test Prep, have been reproduced below:
For starters, you’re to be forgiven if you didn’t know that the Department of Health and Human Services launched a competition in August titled the “Healthy Young America Video Contest.” You’re also to be forgiven if you didn’t know that the grand prize of $2,000 (gee, I wonder whose money that is) was awarded Monday to one Erin McDonald, whose entry appears after the break:
This is not your father’s sex discrimination case. The accusers in it are males and are claiming that their boss — a female — discriminated against them by (among other things) yelling “Penis! Penis! Penis!” during a business meeting.
New York’s Daily News reports that Nancy Silberkleit, the co-CEO of Archie Comics, is on the defensive after using “gender as a weapon,” according to papers filed in October in Westchester Supreme Court by five employees, including Archie president Mike Pellerito and Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick.
In case you missed it, the big story of the weekend (apart from Obamacare) was a tweet posted by the Republican National Committee to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s bold stand against government-sanctioned racial discrimination. What generated heat was the reference in the message to Parks’s “role in ending racism.” It was the verb end that was the flash point.
To listen to the loud, plaintive wails from the left, you’d think that Obamacare was the greatest invention since white bread and that the only reason conservatives want no part of it is pure selfishness. Jamelle Bouie, as a case in point, has an item at the Daily Beast titled “They Just Don’t Care if Healthcare.Gov Works or Not.” The they in that sentence refers to Republicans — his umbrella term for all cretins who refuse to acknowledge the “truth” that the rough part is over and that the future of Obamacare is bright. He laments:
Remember Obama Money? Unlike Obamaphones, Obama Money didn’t really exist, though thousands of ignorant Detroiters lined up for free cash in the early months of his presidency. When asked where the money would come from, one of the people on the street answered, “I don’t know — his stash.”
Despite his administration’s seizure of Associated Press phone records this past May, Barack Obama still clearly has friends at the AP. One of them, Darlene Superville, was willing to risk ridicule by delivering up a bit of fluff on Monday under the title “5 New Things About President Obama.”
The Common Core State Standards Initiative, which grew out of the 1990s “accountability movement” in education, has taken a lot of heat from critics on the right for its promotion of liberal agenda — a trait that hardly distinguishes it from most other educational initiatives to come down the pike in recent decades, with their emphasis on diversity, multiculturalism, and the like.
The title phrase in quotes is lifted from a blog post by New York Times opinion writer Paul Krugman headlined “The Obamacare Worm Turns.” In it, the Nobel prize-winning economist cum liberal pundit writes triumphally that the mood of the nation is slowly lifting as the “facts on the ground” vis-à-vis Obamacare gradually improve.