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Thursday, March 7. 2013
Something Very, Very Wonderful: My Parents' First Car - 1948 Plymouth convertible
Talking About Men: The Taboos - Several important silences prevent the discussion about most men to move forward
Via Insty, 13 Sex Secrets Of Married Couples
As the years pass, it seems more and more as if Joe McCarthy was right. He just handled it wrong.
Cranked-Up Earbuds Next On Mayor Bloomberg’s Health Hit List
He is a putz and a weenie, and an embarassment to hearty New Yorkers.
Henninger: Is the South Still Racist? A Supreme Court case reveals the divide between liberals and conservatives in the U.S.
K. C. Johnson: Duke Drops the Case Against Me
Slavery Flap Shows Emory University Professors are Morons
California Exodus: Flight of the Poor
The working poor leave places where it is too difficult to improve their lives
A return to practical conservatism - Randian purists want to dismantle America's popular entitlement programs. That's impractical — and cruel, to boot
Kudos to Rand Paul
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Your item: California Exodus: Flight of the Poor links to the WSJ article below it. Please fix it. Thanks.
"California Exodus: Flight of the Poor"
Yes, but look on the bright side, BD.
At least they're not the obese poor.
Coloradans Least Obese, West Virginians Most for Third Year
As you'll notice, both Connecticut and California are on the 'Lowest Obesity' list.
This is why so many people consider them to be 'sister states', not only because both states' names start with 'C' and are composed of 10 to 11 letters, but in cultural areas such as this, where both states take a firm stand against the hardship of overeating.
Long live CT and CA, sisters to the end!
Henninger: Is the South Still Racist
Chief Justice Roberts: General, is it the government's submission that the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North?
Those are actually different questions. It is more than possible for individuals in the South to be no more racist than people in other parts of the country, but still have institutional biases.
Henninger: Yes, a civil war was fought. It ended in 1865. The Voting Rights Act passed in 1965. Because this is the United States, it is time to move on.
Perhaps, but even after a bloody civil war, the South continued institutionalized racism for eighty years under Jim Crow. That indicates a certain recalcitrance.
that's all over. the demoncraptic party, famous for those jim crow racist laws, the klan and racist leaders like woodrow wilson and robert byrd, eventually lost the civil rights war to republicans and has since itself been hijacked by the Blacks it routinely oppressed.
"It is more than possible for individuals in the South to be no more racist than people in other parts of the country, but still have institutional biases."
Sure it is possible, but how would you prove these 'institutional biases'? And at what point is it no longer the Fed Gov's business?
I work for a fortune 5 company and after taking us managers through many bias awareness courses they decided we may not yet be sufficiently bias free in our hiring decisions so they took us through another course called "Subtle Biases" you know where we might not want to hire or promote an obese, LGBT or other less obvious ethnic minorities...since we've conquered our reservations about blacks and females.
The chirpy blond female instructer from HR was stumped when a manager asked her how he should handle a formerly male customer facing consultant with a wife and children who decided he would become a she and now customers and fellow employees were unfortable with her/him/whatever. Particularly thorny was the bathroom situation. Good times!
"Perhaps, but even after a bloody civil war, the South continued institutionalized racism for eighty years under Jim Crow. That indicates a certain recalcitrance."
Again, the question is how long is the South supposed to be supervised by their superior overlords for past recalcitrance. What is the burden of proof that this recalcitrance has been overcome? Why aren't conditions for black citizens in Chicago, New Jersey, Detroit, etc., brought under more Federal scrutiny?
I have lived most of my life in the South with close ties to the MidWest and my experience is there is a lot more interaction between white and black in the South than there is in the MidWest.
The real bigots are the coastal liberals.
I'm struggling to imagine an institutional bias that persists when individuals no longer harbor racism. What does it look like?
the Left has you thinking that "bias" and "prejudice" are bad concepts per se. they are not. I'm biased against the poor, I discriminate against those who can't pay my fees (and so does every other business in the world). I dislike all Yankee fans. I hate college basketball and won't let anyone watch it at home.
bias is constitutionally bad when its directed against people with certain characteristics: religion, race, color and some other qualities to other degrees.
the libtards have successfully hijacked this concept. any unequal treatment becomes a reason to wad panties and whine. so you get a skewed concept of "fair" and "equal" that goes beyond constitutional norms, resulting in everything from "everyone gets a trophy" to complaints about the rich not paying their "fair share", to a sense of entitlement, to mandatory hiring of incompetents to fill racial quotas.
embrace the right kind of bias. its good for you.
"bias is constitutionally bad when its directed against people with certain characteristics: religion, race, color and some other qualities to other degrees."
Except when certain characteristics = white male
I watched Rand Paul and team way too many hours yesterday to accomplish much on my to-do list, but they renewed my faith that these Senators are at least paying attention to governing. The session should be required watching for middle and high school students as it an easy way to teach civics and recall the filibuster of Strom Thurmond over the Civil Rights Act.
BTW, not all citizens thought Joe McCarthy was off base. Once again, the media played a big hand in the perception of his concern. Over the history of our country, yellow journalism has played a huge role in politics and continues to do so.
BD, did your survey on legalization of drugs lead you to any conclusions?
What do you mean Venezuela is economically repressed? Perhaps in the same manner as Detroit.
Seems the Chavez family has done very well under Chavez economics, to to tune of a $2 billion dollar fortune.
To be fair, just as in Detroit, the wealth was redistributed. Just to "organized bolivarian criminal groups within the Chávez administration have subtracted around $100 billion"
Re: The Coddling of College Hate Crime Hoaxers
for most of those students, this will be the last time they get to be the oppressors, or the last time they get to be the center of anyone's attention. after graduation, its off to jobs at starbucks.
Paul Graham had a great description of the transition from college to the working world. The reason so many had trouble is they are moving from "guest" to "worker". Guests are afforded luxury and someone looking to their needs and comfort. Workers have jobs to do and real responsibilities. One advantage for workers according to Graham is they may now go behind the doors marked "employees only". They can make a difference.
A very apt description I think
Can parents make mistakes - Seriously!?! We are teaching our kids to be hysterical over pastry guns, we have the whole self esteem movement and we wonder why a child can take a trivial event and make immobilizing mental ruts. Parents are human so they WILL make mistakes. Our system for parenting is a failure if we raise kids so fragile that they can't survive what is the normal human condition.
Racism - I have lived in New England and the Deep South. In my experience both had traditional to Kill a Mocking Bird racism but the North all ways threw up the Civil War as "proof" of moral superiority. Today the generation growing up in the South is very fair minded and well integrated, in my experience, while in the North there's an obsession with the "victim" culture and a weird discrimination that treats minorities as inferior and helpless. It's both guilt ridden and oddly paternalistic. Things have gotten better in my lifetime in general. I don't see hateful attitudes any more. I think things will continue to get better. The two topics are related. If you tell someone to be traumatized and angry, they might just take you up on it, if you treat someone as an equal, and like they can handle life just fine, they will respond to that also. It's often that simple.
Ditto. I moved from the Boston area to the deep South in 1964 and the culture shock was like a slap in the face. But karen was right on with her statement "Things have gotten better in my lifetime in general. I don't see hateful attitudes any more. I think things will continue to get better." The South of today is not the South of years past. The ONLY reason to continue these extra-constitutional controls and restrictions on the South is to provide a methodolgy for voter fraud and Gerrymandering. What we have here is not some remnent of institutionalized racism but blatant institutionalized voter fraud by the Democrats.