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  • just a conservative girl 12:24 PM on 10/10/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , political correctness, stamps, usps,   

    More Nanny State, PC Nonsense Costing Tax Payers Millions 

    Aren’t these pretty?  Forever Stamps,   Not so fast.  They are going to be destroyed, yep the entire run.  Why you ask?  Well it should be obvious and an outrage to you.  After all, take a look at the skateboarder.  Where are the knee pads?  The wrist braces?  No helmet?  How can that be?  It is dangerous.  Dangerous I say.  It cannot stand.  A cannonball?  How can that be allowed?  Apparently nowadays you need a helmet to do a head stand.  No helmet you might get hurt.  Oh no.  We can’t let that happen now can we?

    Seriously, I didn’t ride a bike with a helmet when I was little.  I loved, and I mean loved, gymnastics.  To this day, even at my old age, I am one of the most flexible people I know.  I can put both my feet behind my head.  I don’t wear any protective gear.  So far I have never injured myself so badly that I needed medical attention.  We skateboarded without helmets and knee pads.  We survived.  It wasn’t the end of the world.   We even had cars without (gasp) airbags and child safety seats.  How did we survive?  IT’S A MIRACLE!!!!  We should all be dead by today’s standards.

    Honestly, an entire run of stamps will be destroyed because someone on the Presidential Council has decided this may give kids the wrong impression about being active.  Huh?  Do kids even use stamps anymore?  What is it exactly that they are mailing out?  I mean would you have noticed the lack of knee pads had I not pointed it out?

    Well at least the post office is not running in the red.  Oh wait!!!


    • frank k. 1:12 AM on 10/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Not certain about the wrist braces and helmets , but my best guess is that all the available knee-pads were probably consumed by America’s MSM …. frank k. … (N.Va.)

  • just a conservative girl 1:05 PM on 08/02/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , political correctness, , , seattle,   

    Reason 34,289 Not To Live in Seattle 

    I love the pacific northwest, especially Seattle.  It is simply beautiful.  But I could never live there.  The people are  certifiably insane out there.  Shortly after the state announces it will spend millions upon millions of tax payer dollars to make all state paperwork gender neutral comes this,

     An internal memo at Seattle City Hall is causing quite a stir. It suggests government workers no longer use the terms “citizen,” or “brown bag.”
    According to the Office for Civil Rights, the terms are potentially offensive and other words should be used.

    Citizen should be changed to residents and they have not quite come up with a replacement for brown bag, they are thinking sacked lunch may be more appropriate.  Oh my.  Apparently someone has gotten into their head that brown bag is a racial slur.

    And while city leaders publicize “brown bag” lunch meetings as a way to designate a bring-your-own lunch time event, the term has a sorted history.
    “It used to be a way people could judge skin color,” Bronstein said in a phone interview

    Don’t these lawmakers have anything more pressing to deal with than this?  I mean Seattle has one of the highest levels of homelessness in the country and this is what they are choosing to deal with?  Have you ever heard anyone use the term brown bag lunch as a racial slur?  I didn’t think so.

    Is is any wonder that our society and government is in such a mess?

    • AKA John Galt 1:08 PM on 08/02/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.

    • Ike 2:32 PM on 08/02/2013 Permalink | Reply

      But, aren’t many if not most “homeless people” actually those who are mentally ill and would be, in a more civilized society, institutionalized so that they might be protected from their illness? Could there be a connection there in Seattle??

    • just a conservative girl 5:08 PM on 08/02/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Actually only about 1/3 of homeless are mentally ill.

  • just a conservative girl 10:04 AM on 06/22/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dean, food network, political correctness,   

    The Politically Correct Firing of Paula Dean 

    The Food Network has announced that they will not be renewing the contract of Paula Dean that expires at the end of this month.  She has been fired.  The Food Network is a private business and they can hire and fire people at will.  That is their prerogative.  But the reason they did it was the mansy pansy politically correct world we have found ourselves living in.

    Dean is being sued by a white woman who is claiming that she was exposed to a hostile work environment.  Now, I at one time worked at this non-profit who gave us training on hostile work environments often.  I think I had to sit through that seminar four times in the two years that I worked there.  Like most federal laws there are too broad and far too encompassing to my taste.  Virtually anything can be an offense under these laws.  The woman says that there was porn passed around in the back of  the house in the restaurant and their were people who used racial slurs.  Unless I am mistaken, the lawsuit doesn’t claim that Paula Dean herself used those slurs, just that employees did and nothing was done to stop the behavior.

    During a deposition that was taken in May, Paula Dean was asked the question if she has ever used the N word.  She said yes and relayed a story about a private conversation that she had in her HOME  with her husband that took place in 1986.  At the time she was working in a bank.  A black man came into that bank, pointed a gun at her head and robbed it.  After this experience she used the N word to describe him to her husband.  This is a firable offense?

    Paula Dean is not being accused of using racial slurs at the work place.  Paula Dean is not being accused of discriminatory hiring practices.  Paula Dean was asked if she ever used the word.  Paula Dean was born and raised in the south during segregation.  Does anyone in their right mind think that word never left her lips throughout her life?  If so, those people are fooling themselves.

    This isn’t about the right or wrong of the word.  This is about does a person have any right to have a personal conversation in the privacy of their own home anymore?  Look the word is offensive, when used by whites.  I don’t deny that.  I certainly don’t use the word and I cringe on the very rare occasions that I hear it.  But that doesn’t mean that The Food Network should feel pressured into firing this woman because of that private conversation.

    Be honest, haven’t you said things in a private conversation in your home that could easily be found offensive to someone?  Should your place of employment feel that due to that you are unemployable if that conversation ever became public knowledge?

    I was going back and forth with others on this last evening and one of  the things that I heard was if I went into work on Monday and used that word to a co-worker I wouldn’t have a job on Tuesday.  True enough.  But that isn’t what happened here.   I also saw comparisons to the man who fired from the television show Grey’s Anatomy for using the word faggot.  Again, that wasn’t done in the privacy of his home. That was done in public and if I remember correctly was directed towards a coworker who is gay.  There is no comparing the two.  First and foremost I have a problem with these laws to begin with. But even if I didn’t, what happen in that case was public and done in the workplace setting.

    Look, you can pass all the laws you like, it won’t change people’s hearts.  I actually contend it was that people’s hearts changing that directly led to the civil rights laws being passed.  What Martin Luther King did so brilliantly was he humanized the people who were being mistreated.  He put a face to the discrimination.  When images of people being attacked by dogs and water hoses were shown in every household across the country, people had to take a look at themselves.  That is when things changed.  The law followed the heart.

    People are allowed to be racists if they choose.  There isn’t anything that anyone can do about that.  People are allowed to say what they want in their homes.  She is free to spray paint the N word on her living room wall if she wants to.  I wouldn’t go to someone’s home that did that.  But it doesn’t change the right of her to do it.  This is private behavior.

    She will be just fine.  She has plenty of money and she certainly won’t starve.  But that isn’t the point.  The Food Network is yet another victim of political correctness that has run amok.  They are bowing to public pressure because she is now perceived as being a racist.  She used a racial slur in her lifetime.  That isn’t a racist make.  Everyone one of us has said things that offend someone else at one point or another in our lives.  That doesn’t mean we should be able to allow public pressure to force employers across the country to fire everyone who has.

    • sally1137 10:13 AM on 06/22/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing, isn’t it? At any given time, anyone who happens to wander under the giant magnifying glass of political correctness can get burned like an ant in the sun.

      Tolerance, bay-be! Yah.

    • Adrienne 10:18 AM on 06/22/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Funny – I just got through saying almost the same thing.

      • just a conservative girl 6:48 PM on 06/22/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Great minds. LOL

    • signpainterguy 12:22 PM on 06/22/2013 Permalink | Reply

      ” those people are fooling themselves.” That summed it up right there. People who fall for this PC crap are doing far more harm than good and are only fooling themselves !

    • becky 12:32 PM on 06/30/2013 Permalink | Reply

      you worded it just right ,, she should hire you!!!!!!

  • Sherry 3:35 PM on 05/30/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Elizabeth Warren, political correctness   

    WARREN DRINKING GAME Or How To Pad Your Resume and Get Elected 

    The latest composite achievement of the highly sophisticated set who pad their past with moments of victimhood as resume enhancers, is Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be the first woman to breast feed and take the bar in New Jersey. Verification of her lactation litigation feat was not deemed possible. I did not know that being able to nurse a baby was a qualification for elective office, I rather thought sucking from the public teat was the prerequisite. Ergo, the baby is more qualified than she.

    However, given that Elizabeth Warren was the Jamie Lynne Grumet on Time Magazine of the law before there was a Jamie Lynne Grumet on Time magazine, I do think we have the makings of a fabulous 50 Something better’s type bar game as a result of her political resume.

    Simply look at your own life and craft your own unique victimhood earning bonus points from the constituency for your hardship narrative and claim a senate seat or a stiff shot of your favorite adult beverage as your prize. Warning, first claims out of the bag will be graded on originality and they must meet the strictest credulity standard, they must be lame and unprovable as Warren’s.  Plausibility is extra credit.

    I’ll start.

    I should be considered for a job as CEO of a major bus company in the south because I can back a twelve passenger van down a curvy 1/10th of a mile driveway backwards.

    Whoops, that’s provable. I can do that and there are witnesses.  This is harder than I thought.

    I should be considered as a potential candidate for the Supreme Court because I hear cases every day from 10 different children who all want two things, a ruling in their favor, and lunch.

    Again, there is evidence so this won’t work.

    How about, I’m a 7th generation Texan…(oops…have documents, how stupid of me)…okay….thinking hard….

    How about this….

    Because I’ve had ten children, I should be given an honorary medical degree and be allowed to become an OBGYN. Wait, half of that is true.

    Because I’ve been married for 22 years, I should be considered an expert on relationships. That’s true too –sorry.

    Because I’ve never been drunk, I should be made a Sommelier.  Aha! We have a winner…but no one would believe me.  So that doesn’t work either.

    Because I haven’t bought Facebook Stock, and thus haven’t made anyone lose money, I should get to ring the opening bell. I can’t prove I haven’t lost people money, and I want to ring the opening bell…so that should be sufficient.

    Because I haven’t been on a reality television show, I should have one.  excepting…that might get me one…ewwwwww.

    Your turn. I stink at this drinking game…but maybe it’s because I’ve never been drunk.

    One thing Elizabeth Warren has illustrated with her career…it takes dedication to the craft to say such things with a straight face and perfect earnestness if only to gain sympathy.  I may need a stiff drink if she’s elected.

  • backyardconservative 2:46 PM on 09/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Can abortion make you suicidal? 

    Feminists played on the sympathies of earlier generations by raising the specter of the back-alley abortion with a hanger. Since then we’ve seen millions murdered in the womb, and the horror of the Philly clinic for mothers and babies alike.

    But what of the social pathology associated with the act? Even Norma McCorvey/Jane Roe herself regretted her abortion, though it took years. Now women can see the baby develop in the womb early on. Preemies are born at younger ages than those aborted. How can this all be denied by a thinking person?

    Now British researchers have concluded a major study, upending prevalent American ones:

    An important meta-analysis published today in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry demonstrates that nearly 10% of mental health problems in women are directly attributable to abortion.  “Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009,” by Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green University, shows that women with an abortion history have an 81% increased risk of mental health problems and 155% increased risk of suicide.  This meta-analysis combines 22 studies of 877,181 women, 163, 831 of whom have had abortions.  A meta-analysis is an especially powerful type of study because it includes a large number of subjects, and by combining studies is much more reliable than a single study.

    This review, which is larger than any study to date, contradicts the recent and biased and less systematic review by the American Psychological Association, which fails to find a relationship between mental health problems and abortion.  The new meta-analysis also contradicts the stance of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which has been silent on the mental health impact of abortion in its official publications despite overwhelming evidence over the last two decades of abortion’s adverse effects.

    Ignore the evidence at the risk of even women’s health, the gaping loophole of the abortion at all costs crowd.

    P.S. And while giving the Black Panthers a pass at the polling place–where they were actually blocking access and brandishing billy clubs, the Obama Justice Dept. is aggressively going after pro-life protesters at abortion clinics.

    • telltaleimages 3:22 PM on 09/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I suggest you go back and read this paper thoroughly. The authors are not nearly so sure of the strength of the findings as you appear to be. They describe the link as statistically ‘modest’ and ‘small’.

      If you are as familiar with this study as you claim to be, in the interests of fairness you should also mention that the study has been heavily criticised for including data from abortions performed for ANY reason at all – including abortions performed on embryos that were simply not viable, i.e., had no chance of living to birth or after birth, and embryos that, had they been allowed to continue developing, would have resulted in the death of the mother. It is unsurprising that women who found themselves in these situations would report an increased incidence of poor mental health and so skew the data in the direction of the effect found.

      You should also mention, in the interests of honesty, that the authors also noted that the effect size they found for increased mental health disorders after abortion was similar to that found in women who had suffered miscarriages!

      • backyardconservative 5:23 PM on 09/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

        They did find it statistically significant though. Perhaps more studies will be done–but this was a meta, more reliable than a single study.

        I think it’s fair to include abortions for any reason. It’s difficult to get into the WHY of the suicidal beyond that. I can posit an opposite explanation to the ones you come up with. That will take more study but this one is on the record.

      • just a conservative girl 6:05 PM on 09/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I find it very interesting that you seem to find a big difference between an abortion and a miscarriage. It is all the same thing, the baby is dead.

        Also, there are plenty of mothers who carry to term children with health issues and some even go ahead with a pregnancy even when told it endangers their health. Tim Tebow’s mother’s for example. So to say that skews the numbers really doesn’t make sense. The only way it makes sense is to someone who thinks that abortion in those circumstances is the correct way of dealing with the problem.

    • telltaleimages 8:15 PM on 09/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think the difference in approaches (between myself and yourselves) lies in the fact that I’m not American, I live in Europe. In Europe abortion is simply not the issue it is in some parts of the US If you were to hold a referendum with a view to banning abortion in any western European country it would be defeated very heavily, no question.

      Medical procedures always incur risk. If you were to look at mental health outcomes after any type of invasive procedure, whether elective or not, you would, I’m sure, find negative mental health outcomes compared to pre-procedure. So the question I would ask is, why on earth single out terminations for comment?

      backyard conservative – You state that meta studies are more reliable than single studies. This is wholly incorrect and I doubt if you would find a researcher in any scientific field or a statistician that would agree with you. Meta analyses are famously unreliable because no matter how you select the studies for the analysis you will always be adding large amounts of independent variables or ‘noise’ to the dataset. Meta analyses are used to identify possible trends for future research and not causal pathways. For example, there is no way that you could say that the increased risk of suicide found in the meta analysis is due to women having had a termination (and the authors make this point).

      The reason that including abortions performed for any reason is an error is because women who have abortions by choice might have differing underlying personalities and/or mental health histories than women who have abortions reluctantly, i.e., they have comorbidities such as cancer or severe diabetes and need a termination to save life. Or, women who have a termination due to rape or incest. Or, without reference to the age of the woman or girl. The many differing groups and subgroups may each react differently psychologically to the procedure.

      To put it another way, people who have surgery due to an underlying congenital condition may react differently psychologically to people who require the same surgery as a result of poor lifestyle choices. They may react differently is the surgery is performed as children, or adults. Or if they had children of their own etc etc There is no way you would include data from all groups in a study of mental health outcomes for liver transplant or cardiac valve replacement, for example. It just wouldn’t be good science. You’re trying to tease apart the effect that the surgery has – independent of the effects of age, history, marital status, lifestyle or genes.

      With a similar study of abortion, you’re trying to ascertain the effect that the procedure has, independent of the reasons that women present for the procedure. Otherwise you might as well just get a group 14 year-old girls who’ve become pregnant after being raped by their brothers and study them, or a group of women in their 30s who are happily married and have high status careers and don’t want children to interfere with their lifestyles, and study them – then confidently assume that all females who have terminations for any reason, and from any background will respond the same. They wouldn’t I’m sure – and so it wouldn’t be good science, would it? So you study all the available groups in isolation and make your conclusions accordingly.

      just a conservative girl – you refer to the subject of abortion and miscarriage as a ‘baby’. this is not medically true. The vast majority of terminations and miscarriages occur to a clump of nondifferentiated or semi-differentiated cells. In no way is this stage of development a ‘baby’. It is potentially a baby if a large number of physiological conditions are met. The fact that the majority of conceptions end in miscarriage, ususally at a very early stage with the mother unaware, shows that those physiological conditions are met comparitively rarely. You simply cannot call the product of a conception, a zygote, later an embryo, a baby, it is medically incorrect.

    • backyardconservative 9:15 PM on 09/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. Firstly, abortion is not health care. It is a lifestyle choice. Secondly, no one is talking about banning abortion. If Roe v. Wade were repealed by the Supreme Court the decision would then be left to each of the states. They can then pass the law that suits their values. Hopefully most would choose to protect innocent life. I myself am in favor of abortion for rape and incest, others may differ. As for saving the life of the mother, if she has a chronic condition she needs to be responsible in the first place. I know couples who have adopted for that reason. Abortion should not be used as birth control.

      As far as being from Europe, well, you have a unique situation there. Not enough population growth to sustain you as Europe. Immigration is another matter.

      Yes, meta analysis must be handled carefully. But I’d say this was significant and a trend identified.

      We are talking about life here and the taking of it.It’s not something that should be parsed as a procedure. That’s dehumanizing.

      And that’s the point.

  • backyardconservative 1:35 PM on 08/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Another ObamaCare Ruling from on High at HHS 

    There’s a form of opt out for religious entities, but it’s not enough. Insurers must cover birth control with no copays:

    Generic versions of the pill are available for as little as $9 a month. Still, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Many are among women using some form of contraception, and forgetting to take the pill is a major reason.

    Not even having to pay for it will presumably enable even more forgetfulness. And more systemic abuse.

    This is not really healthcare either, it’s a lifestyle choice, though widely prevalent, but it’s not limited to what we most commonly think of as birth control:

    The requirement applies to all forms of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That includes the pill, intrauterine devices, the so-called morning-after pill, and newer forms of long-acting implantable hormonal contraceptives that are becoming widely used in the rest of the industrialized world.

    Coverage with no copays for the morning-after pill is likely to become the most controversial part of the change. The FDA classifies Plan B and Ella as birth control, but some religious conservatives see the morning-after drugs as abortion drugs. The rules HHS issued Monday do not require coverage of RU-486 and other drugs to chemically induce an abortion.

    And what this ruling does as well is increase costs–eventually leading to rationing health care to less politically correct people and real diseases.

    More. Catholic Vote: This Tryst Paid For By Taxpayers Like You

  • backyardconservative 10:09 AM on 07/27/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Infantilizing Kids 

    Happy Meals are already buckling, taking away consumer choice for fear of Big Gov. Now this:

    New recommendations from government agencies would require that foods marketed directly to children between the ages of two and 17 contribute to healthy diets.

    “We believe that food and beverage companies should market responsibly to kids,” said Susan Davison, director of corporate affairs for Kraft Foods Inc. “But we think the Interagency Working Group proposal is too restrictive. In fact, it’s so restrictive that foods like reduced fat peanut butter or two percent milk string cheese could not be advertised to children.”

    Children are now defined as up to age 17, rather than the historic ad industry standard which considered teens differently.

    Of course, if this goes through, it will cost jobs.

    And undermine parents once again.

    The takeaway for me on food is moderation. Children need to develop some of that on their own, or they never will. A treat from time to time is fine.

    As was the story with playgrounds, meals can probably be too safe for common sense.

  • Sherry 9:43 AM on 06/28/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , intellectual dishonesty, moral relativism, political correctness, utopian thinking   

    By now most people know about those crazy… 

    By now, most people know about those crazy Swedes and their attempt to eliminate gender from language on impressionable children on the theory that language oppresses and causes boys and girls to grow up to be men and women… as verses anything else.

    Somehow, every generation prior to this one survived this madness and even turned out legitimately decent sane  people, but when it comes to creating equality in the classroom, there’s only one theory.  It goes like this:

    1) Whatever we’ve done before is at its core wrong and dangerous and must be stopped. (This is taken as a given truth. Why? Because someone somewhere felt marginalized and has declared that this was the cause and source).

    2) Whatever we substitute must be as much as possible, the opposite of what has been done before.  (No research necessary, the classroom and its moppets are your social guinea pigs, enjoy)!

    3) You may predict all good things and the utopia to follow without fear of skepticism, criticism or consequences for poor, ineffective, disastrous or ridiculous results.

    4) You will be lauded for your politically correct good intentions and thought process. 

    “We could just get to Utopia if everyone would do it our way” thinking is madness.  It is the root of this sort of educational reform, we can eliminate anger and  evil and pain through education if we just teach them young enough what to do.  Oppression from family and language, liberty through state education and the elimination of words from reality –got it.

    Deciding that children will be like blocks of marble from which if we’re patient, fully formed beings shall emerge who define and decide their own realities according not to actual facts but their own feelings is a shortcut to how to raise a civilization of narcissists and psychopaths –who define and see the world on their terms only. 

    I wish I were simply engaging in hyperbole to make a point, but if a kid thinks 1+4 is 6 until they decide otherwise, why should they ever come to think otherwise?  If a kid comes to believe because he/she has been taught that nothing is but his/her thinking makes it so, (a moral relativist ultimate conclusion, all is mine to define), why should any of these children ever give a damn about anyone else’s desired or perceived or defined reality?  I foresee a lot of hurt feelings when these kids grow enough to run into others who don’t see the world as they do which will be as soon as they go to a non state sponsored playground and meet a less purely raised individual of the same age. 

    And how far are these nutjobs at the experimental Egalia willing to take this thought process.  Are they then going to declare use of gender specific language tantamount to hate speech?  Revise “Are You My Mother” to be “Are You Who Gestated Me?”

    Here’s a crazy idea for those modern thinkers who come up with this tripe.  Go outside and meet actual people.  There are women lawyers and doctors. There are men who are chefs and artists. This is not the middle ages and most folks, (even toddlers) see male and female role models out there in the world and that is how they come to know what is possible.  They also see that there are men and there are women and omitting language does not do what you intend, rather it simply pretends that what is (gender based on biology) isn’t. 

    Final thought for those Swedish avant-garde thinkers of new thinkery, before everyone goes off storm chasing (the kid not being assigned a gender by his/her parents) to create a society peopled with “It’s Pat” clones, maybe we ought to ask why and to what end?

    • just a conservative girl 9:58 AM on 06/28/2011 Permalink | Reply

      As a Swede I am quite ashamed, but not at all surprised. They are wacky there. But, I have to say they are starting to show signs of pulling back and admit that they have issues. The last election was quite eye opening, the most conservative government that they have voted in for quite some time.

    • Quite Rightly 2:17 PM on 06/28/2011 Permalink | Reply

      The goal is to create the New Sustainable Stone Age by destroying the fruits of millennia of human experience and learning, so why not dispense with meaningful language?

      Reminds me of something that Cicero observed a couple thousand of “useless” years ago: “Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.”

      The new thinkers are running on the assumption that the reality they are creating will not eventually devour them. I think they’re in for a BIG surprise.

    • SignPainterGuy 4:28 PM on 06/28/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sherry, just a conservative girl and Quite Rightly,

      It`s clear to me that the 3 of you have given far more thought to the ramifications of the actions of these “Too Smart By Half” Swedes than they did themselves. More “touchy-feely” nonsense !

      J a c g, let`s just hope that the Swedish voters are really beginning to wake up and actually learning !!

  • backyardconservative 2:43 PM on 06/23/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Can we have school choice already? 

    My kids are out, thank God, but every time I see a story like this I get so steamed.

    Most parents are too cowed by the possibility there will be reprisals by teachers against their child so they stay silent–unless they can afford private school.

    I thought W’s No Child Left Behind might be the best we could do to break the unions at the national level, but states circumvented it.

    We are at the point now I think where the only thing is to follow the Walker lead, stop the collective bargaining, push for school choice, and vote REPUBLICAN whenever you can.

    We can’t afford our kids to be so ill-served as to think Big Gov is the way the truth and the life, especially when it won’t be there for them. They’ll be there for it.



  • backyardconservative 9:48 AM on 06/21/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Michelle O meets with Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, one of President Jacob Zuma’s three wives 

    …at his official residence. Zuma was scheduled to be out of the country. That’s South Africa. Three wives. According to Wiki he’s been married quite a lot, including a “fiancee” by another name he was supposedly to marry last December.

    Charges of 3 rapes

    A sex scandal:

    South Africa has an unemployment rate upwards of 30 percent. In some communities the percentage is even higher. The idea that a president would spend more time dealing with sex scandals instead of fixing the country’s economic woes does not sit well with many people, says Spio-Garbrah.

    “Zuma has always presented himself as the common man. The problem for many South Africans is ‘if half of us are unemployed and the rest are barely surviving, how come you can afford to have 19 children, three wives and one girlfriend?'” he says. “For someone who doesn’t have job, who can’t even afford to feed his family, for Zuma to be going around and fathering children left, right and center would irk such a person.”

    Former member of the communist party. Living large.

    Then there are the corruption charges, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary in most countries, not to mention Chicago.

    No wonder he’s out of the country, the State Dept. probably insisted on it.

    But why go there in the first place and give recognition in any way to this disgusting president? Before they had apartheid, now polygamy is honored in their leading family. (I guess cuz it’s “anti-colonial” it’s OK) The official line:

    “She’s coming on this trip to talk about women’s development and youth development, and South Africa’s a leader in that, not only on the continent but globally,” said Elizabeth Trudeau, spokesman for the US embassy in Pretoria.

    Quite the role model.

      –crossposted at BackyardConservative

    • Silverfiddle 9:41 PM on 06/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is how American leftists get international street cred…

    • backyardconservative 9:46 PM on 06/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good point. This kind of street cred doesn’t sit very well on Main St. tho. But even on leftists’ own terms, South Africa doesn’t seem to have progressed with this guy as president.

  • backyardconservative 10:33 AM on 06/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wreckovery Summer in the City TWO. Michelle 

    Buy one get one free. Not so much.

    Yessiree, Michelle O is going to be the president’s secret weapon this year. One of his best assets. Will she hold another beer summit in the White House?

    More Chicago flash mob reaction. It wasn’t just a suburban biker–two doctors in town for a convention were attacked–on or near what we call here the Magnificent Mile. You know, near the lake. Near the Gold Coast where Oprah has her perch. A comment from the Tribune story:

      Sick-of-the-Chicago-Way at 8:02 AM June 07, 2011 We have a president and Congress that wants to redistribute wealth.  These kids simply chose to remove the middle man from the deal.  Perhaps the solution is a government program that directly gives “disadvantaged” youth Ipads and Iphones

    Yes we can. Let’s Move.

    P.S. Why does Chicago have one of the highest crime rates in the country? Why is Chicago’s population back to 1920’s levels? In other news, Dems overturn the 2010 midterms in Illinois. …Maybe these women will wise up this time and be immune to Michelle’s message. Especially if they can’t move.

    Related post: Women take the long view, drop O in droves

      –crossposted at BackyardConservative

    • SignPainterGuy 1:09 AM on 06/08/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps MO should rethink or at least think through this “My Plate” thing ! I went to Burger Doodle and ate in the car, or pickup, and got it in a bag, not a plate, but it covered all five of the things on “The Food Plate”. Yep, a Whopper Jr with fries and a coke ! The bun took care of the grains (wheat and dairy), the burger handled the protein, the termater is a fruit (I knew that), the lettuce, onions and fried taties (vegebles), the ketchup is more mater fruit and the mayo has a hen egg in it (more dairy). The Coke was a splurgy type reward cause I pitched out some of the fry tips for the sparrows. I`m a good guy that way !

      See………covered the whole thing and I`ll bet MO wouldn`t have approved of any of it ! The fries were really fresh and extra salty ! Mmmmmm mmmmmmm mmMMMmm !

    • backyardconservative 6:19 AM on 06/08/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Mmm, mmm, mmm:)

  • backyardconservative 12:28 PM on 05/24/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Our no more thin mints culture war 

    This has come up on Potluck before. The battle intensifies, given the ObamaCare forced funding of abortion, and the more we know about Planned Parenthood. They are part of the PC in-crowd. Kathryn Jean Lopez, NRO, on Girl Scouts going rogue from their leftist-run organization:

    Sydney tells me: “Many Girl Scouts are good, wholesome girls. The problem lies within the national organization’s leadership and its lack of adherence to its promise of neutrality.” She adds that girls often need and “should get help, but Planned Parenthood and abortion — what GSUSA is directing them to — are not help. Abortion has serious risks for women, including breast cancer, infertility, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide. Does this sound like help?”

    “If we had a say,” Sydney continues, “we would make it so they were truly neutral about a girl’s health and sexuality, abortion and birth control, and political affiliations, as they promise to be. We would put the focus where it should be, on character-building and leadership activities.”

    Character building for girls. What a concept.

    Thankfully, there’s an alternative now. The American Heritage Girls. Faith Service Fun

  • backyardconservative 3:25 PM on 04/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    A matter of degree 

    Women surpassed men over a decade ago in getting bachelor’s degrees. Now it’s post-graduate.

    On the face of it, fine.

    But the story touts the wonderful opportunity for men to be Mr. Mom. This is a feminist leftie take on the stats.

    If you’re going to take that tack, given men’s underemployment in the mancession, shouldn’t this be a cause for concern? I mean, men might want choice too.

    The other issue is just what kind of learning is going on in some of our schools anyway? (See previous post for just one example. Here’s another. Here’s another and another.)

    We’re paying a lot, or our kids are. Some call it a higher education bubble.

    With this economy, what kind of jobs do we especially need for the future, to be able to compete in the world economy?

    Women still trail men in professional subcategories such as business, science and engineering.

    It’s a matter of degree.

  • Jill 9:42 AM on 03/16/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Infected” by Christian values? 

    At the Corner, Paul Diamond, counsel in the case of UK parents deemed unfit to foster children by virtue of their mainstream Christian beliefs (my post here) provides the rest of the story.

    Are Children ‘Infected’ by Judeo-Christian Values?

    The state-sponsored Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened and argued that it was the duty of the state to protect vulnerable children from becoming “infected” with Judeo-Christian values of sexual morality.

    The rest is history, and in a startling judgment, the High Court held last Monday that the United Kingdom is a secular state and that Christianity as part of the law is “mere rhetoric.” For Americans to note, the United Kingdom is formally a Christian state with the Queen as the head of the Church of England.

    The court made a series of statements to the effect that rights of sexual orientation trump religious freedom, that a local authority can require positive attitudes to be demonstrated towards homosexuality, that the Johns’ traditional Christian views could conflict with the “duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked after children,” and finally that Article 9 (Europe’s pale reflection of the First Amendment) does not protect beliefs contrary to the interests of the child.

    Mr. Diamond discusses the speed with which the UK has reached this point and hopes the US will learn from his country’s experience. Read the whole thing.

    • just a conservative girl 10:44 AM on 03/16/2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is how screwed up England has become. They recently cancelled a gay pride parade because they thought that it would upset Muslims and cause tension. Don’t they realize that under Sharia being gay is punishable by death? They are bending over backwards to be show sensitivity to a group of people who think they should be dead. Makes perfect sense to me.

    • Mariano 8:48 AM on 03/27/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Must be a good infection.
      Also, regardless of what you teach your children you are “infecting” them with your ideas.
      This is true even if you think that you are being neutral as then you are purposefully raising them according to your standards of neutrality.

      Here is more such claims and condemnation of Christian parents:

  • backyardconservative 1:21 PM on 03/03/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudity, Child Rape, Suicide Shown to 9yr olds at Suburban Chicago Winnetka Grade School. ‘Appropriately’, no one Fired 

    However, we can assure the public that the staff members involved in this incident were treated fairly and appropriately. No employees were or will be fired as a result of this incident.

    Do you know who’s teaching your child? And what they’re “teaching”? Who decides when a child is old enough for nudity, rape and suicide – parents or teachers?

    Maybe it’s all the rumblings about union salaries, pensions and power in the news, but there is a broader question raised by a recent incident at Greeley School in Winnetka. That’s where a couple of substitute teachers showed parts of an HBO movie called The Middle Passage to fourth graders a few weeks ago. Some parents were upset that their 9-year-olds were viewing a movie that included nudity, child rape and suicide aboard a slave ship.
    Of course parents who questioned this were accused of being vile bigots… 

    The issue came to light after Patrick Livney and three other parents of Greeley School fourth graders complained about the film.

    Livney said it’s had scarring effects on his daughter and other students at Greeley.

    “Now we’ve got a situation where there’s demonstrable damage done to 9-year-olds’ brains. We have fourth graders talking about depressing classrooms, depression. Boys going around talking about ‘rape dogs.’ Are you kidding me?” Livney said. “After five great years at Greeley, (my daughter) doesn’t want to go to school.”

    He said some boys now don’t want to go into the water “because this movie shows sharks devouring slaves who were purposely thrown overboard.”[snip]

    From a harshly sarcastic email by Jen McQuet, a Winnetka parent, published in TribLocal:

    About 20 million Africans were taken from homes and families and sold into slavery to work plantations in North and South America. More than half died. But the real tragedy, really and seriously, is that a privileged little girl from Winnetka had to see some scary pictures of it. That’s serious, long-lasting damage.

    …For wanting to protect their children from vile imagery. (You know, something a bit like this but much, much worse.) More at leftie Huffpo, which overwhelmingly voted it was OK to show this to grade school kids.Who is politicizing education? For the children. Who is treating children as pawns for their agenda? Is this a “safe learning environment”? Causing some children to cry until midnight and have recurring nightmares and fears? 

    What next, Winnetka, a Laurie Dann reenactment? For educational purposes, of course.

    The rest of the post here.
  • pjMom 12:26 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the day 

    Ed Morrissey on the end of Pelosi’s higher-cost (predictable), higher-carbon emissions (heh!) “Green the Capitol” agenda in the cafeteria:

    Eating has returned now to its previous purpose of feeding people rather than lecturing them on tastes and energy policy, and costs have returned to normal as well.  But the exercise did have its value.  It showed that far from looking to deliver cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy resources, the “green” movement instead exists to lecture people not just on energy consumption but on a wide range of lifestyle choices.  It is much more efficient at distributing condescension than actual energy, and hypocrisy over tangible results.

     Bonus: no more useless, compostable cornstarch sporks!

    • iainswife 4:28 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Like Obamacare, green environmentalism (unlike stewardship) isn’t about the environment (or our health) but about centralized control and engineering of society. As my husband likes to say whenever some blowhole starts telling us how to live our lives, “You first.” Although Glenn Reynold’s take of “I’ll believe its a crisis when they start acting like its a crisis.” is good too.

    • pjMom 4:45 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like the watermelon analogy: green on the outside…

  • backyardconservative 7:51 PM on 02/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    A Statistically Impossible Lack of Diversity. Conservative Profs 

    Of Social Psychology. A sadly amusing column by John Tierney in the NY Times:

    A sea of hands appeared, and Dr. Haidt estimated that liberals made up 80 percent of the 1,000 psychologists in the ballroom. When he asked for centrists and libertarians, he spotted fewer than three dozen hands. And then, when he asked for conservatives, he counted a grand total of three.

    “This is a statistically impossible lack of diversity,” Dr. Haidt concluded, noting polls showing that 40 percent of Americans are conservative and 20 percent are liberal. In his speech and in an interview, Dr. Haidt argued that social psychologists are a “tribal-moral community” united by “sacred values” that hinder research and damage their credibility — and blind them to the hostile climate they’ve created for non-liberals.

    There may well have been some closeted conservatives among the group. How many more didn’t enter the field at all, sensing the futility of open inquiry?

    I remember the Larry Summers incident cited in the article. And the attack on Daniel Patrick Moynihan was ruinous to our society, as Pundette notes today.

    Add to this the media bias we know is there, and confirmation that lawyers and judges double-team us, it’s a wonder we win any elections or make any advances at all.

    Ah, but it’s the power of our ideas. In the real world.

  • pjMom 1:00 PM on 02/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day 

    Doug Powers writing at Michelle Malkin in response to our ’08 GOP nominee who claims his opponent is now “easier to work with” after his media-created move to the center:

    John McCain often reminds me of a trout that just got hooked and is thrilled that the fisherman has agreed to meet him halfway.


  • backyardconservative 10:46 AM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    others caution against using the study to blame students for not applying themselves 

    Is our children learning?

    Many of the students graduated without knowing how to sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument or objectively review conflicting reports of a situation or event, according to New York University sociologist Richard Arum, lead author of the study. The students, for example, couldn’t determine the cause of an increase in neighborhood crime or how best to respond without being swayed by emotional testimony and political spin.

    No problem, just get a job with the NY Times.

    But let’s see, could it be because this “critical thinking” approach to education was used in elementary schools for years to dumb down and disparage actually learning basic math, science and reading skills? Could that be it? Could it be outcome-based education?

    At some point students actually need to learn skills, not community organizing. How about actually thinking and questioning. That used to be the essence of a liberal arts education.

    More. Ann Althouse on Howard Gardner. Count me a skeptic as well. Howard Gardner was big as “best practices” in our suburban elementary schools when my kids were inmates 15 years ago or so. While I think his approach had some value in highlighting how individuals learn differently, the main result was to let teachers and districts off the hook on testing, while renaming gym as kinetic wellness and justifying such impediments to learning as “math journals”. A liberal arts approach to math that worked for no one.

    HT Memeorandum

    UPDATE: Our PJ Mom’s take here.

    • pjMom 1:49 PM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I just posted about this. Kids can and do learn if teachers actually TEACH. Unfortunately, at the college level you find indoctrination over real thinking.

      Will reply in more depth at naptime–it’s a sunny day and not frigid. We have a date with the swing set ; )

      • pjMom 9:14 PM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the link. Will have to come back in a bit. My naptime blogging plans were derailed by a recalcitrant toddler who needs to get in bed asap.

    • pjMom 11:25 PM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m amused no one took any guesses as to why graduates are incapable of sorting fact from opinion or being swayed by emotional pleas or political spin. If that’s the diet they’re fed from Ayers-esque professors, what do you expect?

      As for Gardner, I’m with you. The past 30 years of educational “advancement”–ethnomath, the elimination of phonics, no grammar because it’s inherently racist to judge how kids speak or write, etc etc etc have left our kids educationally impoverished.

      But then education majors were among those identified in the article as showing the “least gains in learning.” Comforting, no?

    • backyardconservative 12:04 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I still remember a story in the NY Times. The violinist Isaac Stern gave a concert for the kids of the NY Public Schools. And I think it was the supt at the time who said if he were certified he could become a teacher there.

      It could have been a joke but I don’t think so.

      Public schools can be such a joke.

      • Quite Rightly 8:24 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        It may have been a joke, but one based on fact.

        It is true that NY State wouldn’t let Isaac Stern teach music without a certification. No amount of real-world experience or talent in any field is considered qualification to teach in this state. Einstein couldn’t get a job teaching math or physics no matter how much he wanted to help children learn.

    • backyardconservative 9:39 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      And that says it all, doesn’t it.

  • backyardconservative 11:34 AM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    could not identify his wife who was killed in a road crash until her veil was put back on her face 

    Well, isn’t that special. How many of these stories are Onion-like if they weren’t so tragic. Jihad Watch: Saudi man has never seen his wife’s face after ten years of marriage

    Gee, what about that French cartoon.

    And on the subject of multiculturalism, leftists wear the veil, only it covers their eyes too. Crash.

    HT Memeorandum

    • zillaoftheresistance 12:39 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s really sad. What kind of marriage is it when you do not see your beloved’s face?
      Agree with you about the leftists.

    • just a conservative girl 1:39 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Did you read about the lady in Florida who was under arrest for drunk driving, but refused to take off her veil for the mug shot? It is almost funny.

    • backyardconservative 1:56 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      We just have to keep publicizing this stuff until the Left can’t deceive themselves any more. The biggest victims of Islam are their women. Don’t they get a look?

      I think Michelle O should wear a burka to illustrate her solidarity with the oppressed women of Islam. Remember, after 9/11 Carolyn Maloney the NY Rep wore one on the House floor. Cover her arms up for a good cause:)

      • fuzislippers 7:04 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, the left has completely sold their principles when it comes to women’s rights; any leftist who calls herself a feminist and doesn’t fight for Muslim women’s rights is no longer a feminist. Did you see this article? Robert Eugene Simmons’ The Death of Modern Liberal Feminism (And Its Rebirth in the Conservative Movement: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/12/the_death_of_modern_liberal_fe.html

      • Quite Rightly 9:54 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Liberal ideology demands a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil approach to Islamic ritual humiliation and legalized servitude (de-facto slavery) of females–just like it demanded rousing cheers of support for Cee-gar Willie’s debasement of a young intern and his sexual aggression with the numerous women he chased around his desk.

        Michelle’s resonating silence on the subject notwithstanding, she didn’t look too happy dragging her scarfed head, covered arms, stocking feet, and bedraggled pant cuffs around an Indonesian mosque with her smiling-from-ear-to-ear, listening for the “one of the pretties sounds on Earth” husband. But, as we are reminded over and over and over again, it was something she did “voluntarily.” Uh huh.

        Although my “bad angel” would like nothing more than to experience the Shadenfreude of seeing Michelle modeling the burqa her husband has defended as evidence of the fulfilled “rights” of Muslim women, my “good angel” is not too anxious to see Michelle swathed from heat to toe in black. That won’t be happening until the Libs have decided it’s time burqas show up in Macy’s “holiday” window.

        • Quite Rightly 9:59 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

          “head to toe” — though I’m sure it was pretty hot in Indonesia that day — and the topic certainly makes steam come out of my ears.

          • backyardconservative 10:41 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Oh yes, I remember that now. A yellow pantsuit and scarf. And she was barefoot on hot pavers while the host and her spouse were on the carpet.

            Maybe only wear that kind of thing when she’s doing her let’s move routine. So inclusive don’t you know.

        • zillaoftheresistance 9:24 AM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Did you see what she did (in public!) while wearing that stuff?

    • backyardconservative 8:27 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh excellent, thanks!

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