32 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-10-21

  1. And to think even some people on “our side” cheered this on, because Orange Man Bad.

    Take the time to click the link and read it all.

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    “It’s rare that this editor reads a thread and is moved to tears when said thread isn’t about some kid who needs a kidney or a dog who got stuck in a well … this thread about what happened not only to Trump but his supporters and conservative voters over the past four years made the tears fall.

    Not because it’s sad but because when you see it written out in this way, succinct, no crazy memes, no conspiracies, just the facts, it is beyond infuriating.

    You ever been so angry you cried?

    If not, there’s a first time for everything.”

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2021/07/09/we-all-knew-barn-burner-of-a-thread-really-puts-what-media-and-the-regime-did-to-trump-and-his-supporters-in-infuriating-perspective/

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  2. So the FDA revokes emergency use authorization for a drug that has been around for decades with a great track record for effectiveness and safety, but gives emergency use authorization to an experimental ‘vaccine’ that they then aggressively push as the salvation of our freedoms.

    We are supposed to trust these people?!!

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/nurse-blows-the-whistle-on-the-medical-industry-theyre-not-offering-informed-consent_3894572.html

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  3. “SHOCKING Rasmussen Poll: 58 Percent Agree That Media Are ‘Enemy of the People'”

    But is it really “shocking”?

    No. They’ve earned it.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tim-graham/2021/07/09/shocking-rasmussen-poll-58-percent-agree-media-are-enemy-people

    “This is shocking. The latest phone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports found voters overwhelmingly believe “fake news” is a problem, and a majority — 58 percent! — agree with former President Donald Trump that the media have become “the enemy of the people.”

    To be precise, Rasmussen found that 58% of likely U.S. voters at least somewhat agree with the statement that the media are “truly the enemy of the people,” including 34% who “strongly agree.” Thirty-six percent don’t agree, including 23% who “strongly disagree.” Fully 76 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of independents agreed.”

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    “The poll, conducted July 7-8, surveyed 1,000 likely voters. It has a margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.”

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  4. In all things, God is on the move, amen?

    He knows the beginning and the end. We don’t.

    A good reminder as we ‘consume’ all the news each day. It’s all leading somewhere for a purpose.

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  5. Like seagulls fightin’ over a french fry.

    Journalist vs. Influencer

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  6. The clown show continues. 🤡🤡🤡🤡

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    And it’s just as worthless.

    🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

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  7. Even banks are getting into the cancel business.

    So a bank can cancel a customer for his Christian beliefs, but a Christian baker or flower shop owner can’t refuse services that violate their closely-held Christian beliefs?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/christian-motivational-speaker-starts-bank-in-response-to-the-rise-of-cancel-culture-in-the-private-sector_3895330.html

    “Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker who traveled the world through his organization to speak to millions about his Christian faith, became a co-founder of a pro-life bank after he was kicked out of his bank, a false article was published about him, and a grenade was thrown into his house.

    Vujicic, the founder, president, and CEO of the Ministry of Life Without Limbs, met with the board of his organization and was suggested to speak for the pro-life cause. Vujicic agreed, but before he even started speaking he faced all kinds of harassment.

    “I got kicked out of a bank, with no warning, it froze my credit cards, froze my debit cards … they did a review of me as a client and they don’t want anything to do with me,” Vujicic said in a recent interview on EpochTV’s “Crossroads” program.

    Vujicic learned from the co-founder of his pro-life bank that “most banks give philanthropically under social responsibility to give to causes that provide [to] the biggest abortion clinics in America.”

    Vujicic said that his new bank, Pro-life Bank, will be a religious for-profit entity and will not fund abortion.

    “But we will actually fund 50 percent net profits to Judeo-Christian line nonprofit organizations that are biblically aligned and doing the will of God, according to our belief systems.””

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  8. I read the article and it seems most of the distortion is coming from those teaching and favoring CRT, Kizzie. I would assume parent’s speaking out know what their children are being taught. I know teachers who also know what is being taught or what they are expected or told to be taught. I have a friend who is a para who is quite unhappy about her own daughter going to a public school where she has been forced to listen to CRT being taught to the staff and teachers. Like sex education, what is being taught will vary from school district to school district; from school to school; from classroom to classroom. That is also true of environmental studies. The bottom line is that it is vitally important to know what your children, grandchildren and those children in your sphere of influence are being taught and countering that when you need to do so.

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  9. Yeah I have to agree with Kathaleena on where the “distortion” as they called it, was coming from.

    Professor of Law at Cornell Jacobson has been all over this from the start.

    If you really want to see where the truth lies (hint: it’s with those opposing CRT) check his site, where he’s written extensively on the topic.

    https://criticalrace.org/what-is-critical-race-theory/

    Here’s more from the Professor’s other site.

    Like I said, the ones “distorting” it are the “educators” and racists pushing it.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/five-tenets-of-crt-what-they-say-vs-what-they-mean/

    “Five Tenets of CRT: What they say vs. what they mean

    As with so much jargon, one can use these principles in a benign way or a destructive one.”

    “One of the problems with discussing and debating CRT is that it’s a complicated set of teachings and beliefs about which people know very little and which probably vary at least somewhat according to whom is doing the trainings. The most pernicious aspects of CRT are often in the details of how the trainings and/or classes go.

    Here’s a set of five supposedly basic tenets of CRT:

    (1) Centrality of Race and Racism in Society: CRT asserts that racism is a central component of American life.
    (2) Challenge to Dominant Ideology: CRT challenges the claims of neutrality, objectivity, colorblindness, and meritocracy in society.
    (3) Centrality of Experiential Knowledge: CRT asserts that the experiential knowledge of people of color is appropriate, legitimate, and an integral part to analyzing and understanding racial inequality.
    (4) Interdisciplinary Perspective: CRT challenges ahistoricism and the unidisciplinary focuses of most analyses and insists that race and racism be placed in both a contemporary and historical context using interdisciplinary methods.
    (5) Commitment to Social Justice: CRT is a framework that is committed to a social justice agenda to eliminate all forms of subordination of people.

    As with so much jargon, one can use these principles in a benign way or a destructive one. From what I know about CRT in actual practice, they tend to be used destructively and somewhat differently than the words in those five principles would indicate.

    For example, let’s take principle #1: “CRT asserts that racism is a central component of American life.” Actually, CRT asserts that racism is the central component of American life and pervades every aspect of it.

    Or #2: “CRT challenges the claims of neutrality, objectivity, colorblindness, and meritocracy in society.” Actually, CRT challenges not just the claims of those things, but also challenges the idea that they are worthwhile goals. CRT considers meritocracy, for example, to be utterly bogus and inherently racist and would like to eliminate it as a goal or standard. CRT would like to substitute color awareness and eliminate colorblindness. Same for objectivity and neutrality, which are defined as white values and inherently racist.

    Or #3: “CRT asserts that the experiential knowledge of people of color is appropriate, legitimate, and an integral part to analyzing and understanding racial inequality.” Is there anyone who disagrees with that? I think you’d find very few people who don’t think that the experiences of black people and other minorities are worthwhile to hear. However, CRT actually asserts that this “experiential knowledge” is far more important than statistics in the aggregate – in other words, that anecdotal evidence (which, among other things, can be a misperception even if a sincere one) is of far more importance than anything else, and it’s only the anecdotal evidence of “people of color” that matters.

    Here’s #4: “CRT challenges ahistoricism and the unidisciplinary focuses of most analyses and insists that race and racism be placed in both a contemporary and historical context using interdisciplinary methods.” That’s so jargon-packed that I can’t quite figure out what it refers to (“interdisciplinary methods”?). But my sense is that it tries to change history by bringing in a perspective that makes history into whatever the CRT people want it to show – a la the 1619 Project, for example.

    On #5: “CRT is a framework that is committed to a social justice agenda to eliminate all forms of subordination of people.” More jargon that obscures what’s happening. “Social justice agenda” is an example of what Thomas Sowell referred to in his book The Quest For Cosmic Justice (highly recommended by me) as an endeavor that is doomed to create more problems than it solves. As Sowell writes:….”

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  10. Thankfully, most folks aren’t falling for the gaslighting here, as evidenced by school board meetings everywhere.

    Folks know BS when they smell it. And note that both white parents who are sick of their families being called racists and black parents who are sick of elitist liberals telling their families they can’t live the American dream because everything is stacked against them, and they aren’t smart enough to survive without govt help, are united in this cause. This has given white and black families a common enemy to unite against.

    “Reading, Writing, and Racism: the NEA’s Campaign to Gaslight Parents”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/07/reading-writing-and-racism-the-neas-campaign-to-gaslight-parents/

    “Twenty twenty-one is shaping up to be the year of one of the largest grassroots movements since the Tea Party movement in 2009. Millions of parents across the country are fighting back against the spread of critical race theory (CRT) in their schools, recognizing it as a dangerous ideological movement meant to divide Americans. The movement is so widespread that CRT was Googled more in June than Joe Biden. Understandably, parents are upset that some teachers are telling white students that they are perpetuating racism while telling black children they are locked out of the American dream.

    While the Left pretends this racist ideology isn’t being taught in grade school, new business items adopted by the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union, show that there is a coordinated effort by the education establishment to force teachers to promote CRT in the classroom and to work to destroy its critics.

    Let’s rewind to last year, when parents participating in their children’s at-home learning received a front-row seat in their children’s classrooms for the first time. What they saw disturbed them. Instead of trying to improve America’s failing grades on math and science, schools spent class time indoctrinating kindergartners, teaching five-year-olds about “racist police,” and telling students that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism.”

    That was the spark for a nationwide movement to reject racist, neo-Marxist teaching that spread like wildfire. Parents in places such as Loudoun County, Va., are rightly outraged that their children are being taught the racist ideology of CRT. They’re heading to school-board meetings and state houses to reject CRT and keep it out of their children’s classrooms. Thousands of parents have used Heritage Action’s CRT e-book to understand what CRT is, identify it in their community’s schools, and issue FOIA requests to expose how school administrators are promoting CRT.

    Their activism is working: This year, over 20 states have passed or proposed laws preventing CRT and other racially based ideologies from being forced into our schools.

    As this nationwide movement reached critical mass, the Left scrambled to defend their extreme, wildly unpopular ideology. So CRT supporters brought in the big guns: the National Education Association. At their annual conference last weekend, the nation’s largest teachers’ union announced a six-figure campaign to “have a team of staffers for members who want to learn more and fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric” and an official position that “in teaching these topics, it is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory [emphasis ours].” The announcement exposed the source of CRT in schools: not necessarily individual teachers, but a coordinated left-wing campaign that includes massive teachers’ unions.

    Pushing CRT in schools behind the scenes wasn’t enough for these teachers’ unions, however. They doubled down and are attacking the groups opposing their agenda. A separate business item, costing nearly $60,000 in new union dues, was also adopted:

    NEA will research the organizations attacking educators doing anti-racist work and/or use the research already done and put together a list of resources and recommendations for state affiliates, locals, and individual educators to utilize when they are attacked.

    Which organization did they single out? The Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action’s partner organization and the leading conservative think tank exposing CRT.

    The official left-wing talking point, “CRT is not being taught in schools,” was repeated ad nauseam over the last two months by liberal think tanks, the mainstream media, and progressive politicians alike, in an attempt to gaslight Americans and convince them that they were crazy for wanting to protect their children from the Left’s indoctrination. But the NEA resolution destroyed that narrative — and their woke allies noticed. Soon after the NEA convention concluded on July 3, they removed every business item from their site, including all items mentioning CRT.”

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  11. I appreciated the discussion in Kizzie’s link regarding the “legacy” of past racism and how it does still reverberate, despite decades of effort to undo it, in terms of cultural disparities that show up in broken families, lower test scores, and fewer numbers of Blacks owning homes.

    It’s not been that many generations since a time when legal segregation (which followed the long period of slavery before that) has been a fact in many parts of the country.

    I also strongly agree with the point that the U.S. has done much — and has come a long way — in addressing these issues. It’s remarkable to me how far those efforts since the 1960s have taken race relations and leveled the playing field in so many areas ways.

    So there are valid points on both sides of all this, often buried in the din of all the street marches and screaming on both sides. We live in a loud political culture not given to listening or discussion on either the left or right.

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  12. DJ – I suspect that with time, the more radical elements of things such as CRT will be modified, with what is good being kept, and what is not, being discarded. Teachers have seen many fads come and go throughout the years.

    One concern I saw raised elsewhere was that some are labeling any teaching to do with racism as CRT in a kneejerk reaction.

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  13. Interesting (following my last post), our congregational prayer today mentioned the “loud” state of our culture. We also prayed for the president and vice president as is appropriate.

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  14. This is interesting. McDonald’s corporate stores are going to raise their wages.

    ” * McDonald’s is among fast-food franchises to raise wages in a tight labor market and plans to reach an average of $15 an hour by 2024 at all company-owned restaurants.

    * Competition for workers is intense and food franchises like McDonald’s and Chipotle are competing with retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target, McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski noted in a recent CNBC Evolve interview.

    * Labor experts say McDonald’s move will pressure the 95% of its restaurants not owned by the company, and at least some McDonald’s franchise owners say it is time to raise wages and think long-term.”

    https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/business/money-report/what-mcdonalds-minimum-wage-raise-says-about-fast-food-franchise-future/2525346/?_osource=newsletter_news_WVIT

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  15. Kizzie (4:16), I agree — the pendulum is swinging far and wide in both directions right now. But it’s done that before (I remember the late 1960s and early 1970s). Those extremes aren’t sustainable for the most part in the U.S.

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  16. Somewhere in Texas, Ricky is losing his mind right now. 🙂

    Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!

    🤣😂🤣😂🤣

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  17. Like I said above, black folks are starting to see the problem with these folks as well, since they have to live in the consequences.

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  19. But they see nothing….

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  20. Looks like Canada has their own problems.

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  22. “Not surprising — it’s a pretty predictable and limited group of folks, the true believers.

    Miles to go, miles to go —”

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    That’s it…. whistle past the graveyard if it helps. 🙂

    Then you can feign surprise when it keeps happening.

    Again…. 🙂

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  24. One of AJ’s links states that the grassroots movement opposing CRT is the largest since the Tea Party in 2009. So less than a year after Obama was elected, we have a new grassroots movement and then a year after Biden, we another new grassroots movement. Perhaps its not grassroots but astroturf with the same talking points pushed by various right wing groups, pundits and news agencies. This is manufactured outrage to motivate the base to come out for the mid-terms.

    Much of the criticism directed at CRT seems to be a biased interpretation of CRT jargon (in this case CRT proponents are the own worse enemy). In reality, by the time this trickles down to your local public school, it depends on the teacher. As I look over the objections presented by some of AJ’s link, I don’t see anything to generate outrage if I was interpreting the theory and applying it to my lessons (we do something similar when we discuss Canada’s history with native peoples).

    As a parent, I would be more outraged by the revised Ontario math curriculum. Our Conservative government said it would be a back to basics and more practical curriculum — and yes there’s a financial literacy component in which we are supposed to teach interest rates, credit card usage, currency exchange, etc. However they also added a “social-emotional learning” strand; something nobody expected. Then to compound it they decided to “consolidate” the grade 9 curriculum so they kids would not be “streamed” into academic, applied and basics in grade 9 math. Part to this was to appease concerns of some urban groups (mostly Toronto) who felt minorities were more likely to be streamed to “applied” by their elementary teachers. A bit of a bizarre claim since parents have to sign off on the grade nine course selection sheet; with input from grade 8 teachers. The end results is a dysfunctional curriculum which is supposed to be more rigorous and demanding yet there’s a focus on emotional response to math and racial equity.

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  25. Not sure if the CPAC straw poll means anything, Ted Cruz won in 2016. The DeSantis vs Trump rivalry over the next three years will be fun to watch. If DeSantis wins over Trump, watch Trump burn bridges real quickly.

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