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Jun 07 2021

Democrats Leave Bill Maher Behind on Free College

Bill Maher was once the quintessential moonbat, but progressives have progressed so far as to leave him behind. Regarding Biden’s plan to make us pay for everyone to go to college, he sounded relatively sane last Friday:

Maher railed against “free college” by stating, “I know free college is a left-wing thing, but is it really liberal for someone who doesn’t go to college and makes less money to pay for people who do go and make more?”

“The answer isn’t to make college free,” Maher proclaimed. “The answer is to make it more unnecessary, which it is for most jobs, so that the two-thirds of Americans who either can’t afford to or just don’t want to go don’t feel shut out.”

What he didn’t mention is why college is necessary. The insane Griggs v. Duke Power ruling made it illegal for employers to use IQ tests; such tests were deemed racist because they invariably produce disparate racial outcomes. A college degree is a substitute IQ test. For most students, that is its only value. But given how easy it is to obtain a degree these days, college has become useless even as a certificate of intelligence.

The HBO host pointed out that some colleges look more like vacation resorts than institutions of higher learning. He grumbled that colleges are now “giant luxury daycare centers” staffed with “overpaid babysitters.”

Then we wonder why people in their 20s behave like spoilt children, as during the BLM/Antifa riots.

Maher also blasted the work ethic of students, claiming that a “third of students now spend less than five hours a week studying.” He also slammed the curriculum of current-day universities, wisecracking that courses include “sports marketing history through Twitter,” “advanced racist spotting,” “intro to microaggressions,” and “you owe me an apology 101.”

Outside of the hard sciences, college is almost entirely a scam. It has become increasingly lucrative thanks to Big Government:

Maher highlighted the ever-growing costs to attend college, “Since 1985, the average cost of college has risen 500 percent — it doubles every nine years. Every year it increases at four times the rate of inflation.”

That’s because the feds keep pouring other people’s money into it. As the Biden Administration has been teaching us, the more money the government “invests,” the higher prices rise.

“Colleges are businesses, selling a consumer product for hundreds of thousands of dollars,” providing their customers with a “magical piece of paper,” he said. “In 1960, colleges awarded A’s to 15% of the students. Well now it’s 45% and it’s not because they got smarter.”

On the contrary, college students keep getting dumber. English professors spend much of their time teaching students who were accepted in order to enhance “diversity” things they should have learned early on in grade school — like how to read. This problem would best be addressed not by teaching the ABC’s to adults, but by abolishing teachers’ unions so that we can reestablish quality K-12 education.

“Say what you want about Lori Loughlin, at least she understood that one good scam deserves another,” he joked about the Hollywood actress who was involved in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, which got her two daughters into the University of Southern California.

What Loughlin also understood is that what you are paying for is not education. It is that magical piece of paper.

He referred to a quote by Loughlin’s daughter, “And in the immortal words of Olivia Jade, ‘I don’t know how much school I’m going to attend, but I do want the experience of, like, game days and partying.'” Maher yelled, “Yeah, I’m not paying for that!”

Maher isn’t the only one expected to pay for it. Young people who graduate high school and move on to adult life by getting jobs and starting families are punished, so that loafers who would rather extend their adolescence can coast. The incentives are perverse in the extreme.

To paraphrase the liberal icon LBJ, if Democrats have lost Bill Maher, they have lost America. Now it’s just a matter of prying these kooks out of power before they bankrupt us.

On a tip from Varla.

Jun 04 2021

Watch Parent Push Back Against Leftist School Board

What do normal parents think of the moonbat propaganda with which their children are brainwashed in public schools? Let’s ask Tatiana Ibrahim of Carmel, New York. Sounds like she is fed up with malevolent social engineers indoctrinating children to hate the police, to embrace LGBT depravity, to support Black Lives Matter maniacs, and to reject God:

That’s going to leave a bruise. Bob Brenly must wish he had the nerve to stand up to the leftist bullies in control. If more people did, the country could still be saved from a miserable and degrading ruin.

On a tip from DM.

Jun 02 2021

Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Tanner Cross

They say courage is contagious. Let’s all catch some from Tanner Cross, a phys ed teacher in Loudoun County, Virginia, where the schools have been subverted by leftist social engineers (see here, here, and here). He was suspended for proclaiming his Christian faith as he insisted on referring to students by their biologically correct pronouns.

Instead of issuing the conventional groveling apology, which would then be followed by his formal firing, Cross is fighting back with a lawsuit:

At a school board meeting on May 25, Byron Tanner Cross, a physical education teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, said he will not “affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child. It’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Cross and said that two days after making his comments, Cross received a letter stating that he was being placed on administrative leave “pending an investigation of allegations that [he] engaged in conduct that had a disruptive impact on the operations of Leesburg Elementary School.”

The ADF pointed out that this suspension violates his First Amendment rights and requested that Cross be reinstated.

Accustomed to getting their way, leftist educrats refused. So it heads to court.

“I love all of my students, but I would never lie to them, regardless of the consequences,” [Cross] said. “I am a teacher, but I serve God first.”

Is it permissible to call a boy “him” and a girl “her” in contravention of liberal ideology, and even to profess Christian faith at a school board meeting? Or does that conduct have too much of a disruptive impact on progressive social engineering schemes? Stay tuned.

Watch the aptly named Cross get himself suspended.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and MrRightWingDave.

Jun 01 2021

Construction Cable With American Flag Denounced as Noose

If garage door pulls and discarded parts of swing sets can be declared nooses so as to prop up the phony critical race theory narrative, why not a steel loop in a construction cable?

The College Fix reports:

A construction company building a parking structure at Central Connecticut State University had hoisted an American flag at the end of one of its steel cable loops to mark Memorial Day — but a complaint that the cable was a noose prompted campus officials to apologize and pledge to take down the cable as soon as possible.

The proximity to Old Glory — flag of a systemically racist nation — must have clued in social justice warriors that the loop in the cable was actually a noose. Nooses and things that vaguely resemble nooses can have but one purpose: to oppress blacks.

CCSU President Zulma Toro admitted that it was “not a noose but a standard steel cable loop hanging from a crane.” Being an educrat, she denounced it as racist anyway.

“Quite frankly, I think it is reckless and tone deaf behavior,” Toro [squawked] in her email to the campus. “We have been in contact with the construction company and demanded that the cable be lowered tonight. We have a team on site tonight monitoring the situation.”

Media attention quickly stoked the loop in the cable into a crisis. On Sunday morning, as the cable continued to traumatize sacred persons of oppressedness,

[A] beleaguered-looking campus administrator, interim Vice President for Student Affairs John Tully, explained to a local news television station that it was difficult to find someone who could safely operate the crane at such short notice on a holiday weekend to get the cable loop down.

They should have contacted Lloyd Austin. Given the politics and priorities of our moonbat Secretary of Defense, he would have called in an air strike.

Professional crybullies of color were quick to capitalize:

Ronald Davis, president of the New Britain NAACP, told FOX 61 that “Regardless of what someone else says about that, what I see, as a black man? That’s a noose. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Take it down.”

NAACP militants don’t worry about beclowning themselves. Not even their most moronic paranoid delusions could make them look half as ridiculous as the cringing white liberals who scurry to obey their commands.

There are actually several cables hanging from the crane that terminate in loops, but apparently only the cable with the American flag on it triggers snowflakes.

On a tip from Wiggins.

May 31 2021

Wake Forest to Rename Renamed Building

Where moonbattery prevails, the renaming never stops, because few names can be woke enough to avoid offending the perpetually offended. Woke Forest University went only 19 days after renaming a building before agreeing to rename it again:

On May 7, Wake Forest University announced it would rename its Wingate Hall to “May 7, 1860 Hall” to mark the date it sold 16 slaves about 161 years ago.

“May 7, 1860, is the date Wake Forest sold at auction 16 human beings that a slave-owning benefactor bequeathed to the institution through his estate. By renaming this building, the University acknowledges participation in slavery, recognizes this aspect of its history and remembers those who labored at the institution against their will,” the university said in a news release at the time.

It seems our entire civilization now revolves around slavery, which existed throughout the world for millennia, and ended in this country going on 2 centuries ago.

Washington Manly Wingate, fourth president of Wake Forest, had to be erased for defending slavery in the mid-19th century. Wingate has been canceled, because blacks find him offensive.

But the new name offended blacks too. So the educrats obediently agreed to rename the building again. At last word, they were trying to come up with something blacks will tolerate. George Floyd Hall and Huey Newton Hall have already been suggested.

What fun it would be to be an aggrieved black student. You could proclaim that you find it traumatic and offensive that educrats don’t wear their underpants on their heads whenever they appear in public, and threaten to riot if they don’t comply.

On a tip from R F.

May 31 2021

First-Graders Taught Masturbation

Progressives have not yet progressed to incorporating pansexuality into the grade school curriculum. For now, they are teaching children about monosexuality:

Last fall, parents at the posh, $55,000-per-year Dalton School got wind of their first-graders being taught sex education lessons that included masturbation.

The kids were taught by educator Justine Ang Fonte, who recently led a porn literacy workshop at another pricey prep school.

At Manhattan’s Dalton, kids were shown a video cartoon of children discussing masturbation:

“Hey, how come sometimes my penis gets big sometimes and points in the air?” asks the little boy in the cartoon, leading to an explanation of what an “erection” is.

The boy nods and says, “Sometimes I touch my penis because it feels good.”

Then the little girl character chimes in: “Sometimes, when I’m in my bath or when Mom puts me to bed, I like to touch my vulva too.”

Don’t be surprised if your 6-year-old comes home from school talking about her vulva.

Since moonbats apply depraved sexuality to everything, children are also taught that they should demand that their parents and grandparents obtain their permission before touching them.

Fonte’s lessons for first-graders also include subjects such as gender assigned at birth, gender identity and gender expression.

“Kids have no less than five classes on gender identity — this is pure indoctrination,” a Dalton mother said. “This person should absolutely not be teaching children. Ironically, she teaches kids about ‘consent’ yet she has never gotten consent from parents about the sexually explicit, and age-inappropriate material about transgender to first-graders.”

Another mother, who describes herself as “furious” and “horrified” at the sexual indoctrination kids are subjected to at Dalton, complained that “it’s so hard to fight back because you’ll get canceled and your child will suffer.”

The parents spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are afraid of retaliation.

That’s how progressives have managed to progress this far. Having taken over the media and schools, they intimidate people into going along by wielding their legendary liberal tolerance. The same applies to other aspects of the liberal agenda, prominently including critical race theory indoctrination.

For $55,000 a year, you would think the kids would learn something more cutting edge than masturbation. Maybe they will move on to furry sex soon. Kids will love being told that they can sexually identify as their favorite cartoon animal.

First-grade education in a world run by moonbats.

On tips from Varla and Dragon’s Lair.

May 25 2021

Watch Ami Horowitz Raise Money to Kill Jews

Looks like Ami Horowitz has gone over to the dark side. Watch as he raises money for Hamas to kill Jews. Specifically, Hamas needs money to hit soft targets with suicide bombers: schools, cafes, schools, shopping malls, places of worship. That’s how Hamas serves as a logical extension of the media. Horowitz’s message of peace and love was well received at Portland State University:

He ought to do a follow-up video where he tries to raise money to compensate for funding Democrats blocked for the Iron Dome system that defends Israeli civilians from terrorist missiles. He would have to wear a helmet, since woke students would throw rocks at him.

On a tip from Lyle.

May 24 2021

Brooklyn Principal Urges Staff to Support Hamas

There is no moral nuance in the terror campaign Hamas recently inflicted on Israeli citizens. It would be hard to imagine a more straightforward confrontation between good and evil. The moonbats who run public schools in New York City can be expected to join many Democrats by siding with evil:

In an email sent amid the since-suspended fighting between Israel and Hamas terrorists, Principal Amanda Bueno told staffers at MS 136, “If you have been watching the news in absolute horror, you are not alone.”

“You can take action today by protesting, attending a vigil, making a public commitment to Palestinian Liberation, signing a petition, or calling your government officials to place sanctions on Isreal (sic),” she wrote Wednesday morning.

These days, you can’t expect educrats to be able to spell Israel.

“The time is now to take a stand for those impacted by state-sanctioned violence and crimes against the humanity of the most vulnerable in our world.”

The phrase “most vulnerable” presumably includes both Islamic terrorists and the Arab civilians they use as human shields. It does not include the Israeli civilians Hamas targeted for attack after it became apparent that the Biden Regime, like the Obama Regime before it, will side with the bad guys in the Middle East.

Bueno’s email included a list of links to leftist propaganda articles supporting Islamic terrorists, including one featuring rabidly anti-Israel Squad member Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

(Inna) Vernikov, the Republican candidate running to succeed crooked ex-City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) said she knew MS 136 teachers with “close family members who live in Israel.”

But she said the educators “are intimidated and afraid to speak out to counter such messages in fear of losing their jobs.”

That’s how things work where leftists have hegemony. Their Hamas allies run Gaza with the same degree of tolerance.

On a tip from TCS III.

May 20 2021

Burning Police Station Wins College Art Award

The reason America’s decline has been so precipitous, taking us from Ronald Reagan to Joe Biden in less than half a century, is that the country is not falling on its own. It is being pushed. Progressives promote our national decline wherever they have established hegemony, nowhere more blatantly than in the arts and education:

A painting of a Minneapolis police station going up in flames won a recent award from a student-run art magazine at Valparaiso University.

As you might expect, the painting looks like a little kid did it.

“Order is Not Justice,” a work by Sam “Doc” Janowiak, received a first-place award in the annual “Artivism” contest run by The Lighter, a campus magazine featuring promoting poetry, short stories, and visual arts.

Evidently there are no grownups at Indiana’s extravagantly pricey Valparaiso University to point out that savages burning down a police station in honor of a criminal is not an event to celebrate.

The announcement of Janowiak’s award on Instagram was “liked” by the Valparaiso Department of Communications, several fraternities and sororities (Janowiak is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon), and a number of student government accounts.

What we celebrate, we will get more of.

Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.

May 19 2021

Ten-Year-Old Schools School Board on Mask Madness

After this lesson from fourth grader John Provenzano, the hysterical Covid tyrants running the schools in Martin County, Florida won’t be able to sit down for a week:

There was never any sane reason to make kids wear masks, much less to close schools. Smart children can figure out that this is crazy; why can’t Democrats?

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

May 17 2021

Following the Pseudoscience on Schools Reopening

One reason the post-Covid recovery has stalled is that Democrats have resisted reopening schools so that people can get back to work, despite there being no reason for schools to have been closed in the first place. Some object to Biden’s handlers allowing notoriously work-adverse teachers unions to help write the CDC guidelines on reopening schools. But by following the unions, our rulers were following the science — or at least, the pseudoscience.

Kelly Trautner is Senior Director, Health Issues at the American Federation of Teachers. She is also…

…a certified yoga teacher and “Registered Karuna Reiki Master” (meaning she had mastered Stage III of Holy Fire of the pseudoscience which includes “healing past life issues” and “clearing cellular memories from the DNA”)…

Trautner called for teachers with “increased risk” for the ChiCom virus to be excused from the classroom. Based on CDC materials, this would qualify most teachers to stay home.

The CDC’s guidelines told schools to offer “remote work” options to teachers with “high-risk conditions that place them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19”. A possibly narrower group, but seemingly incorporating the core proposal from Trautner and the AFT.

Trautner’s input was forwarded to the CDC by Carole Johnson, one of Biden’s three pandemic response coordinators, indicating that it was to be taken seriously. Regarding Carole Johnson’s background,

Johnson had been the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Johnson’s tenure in the scandal-plagued Murphy administration, which had forced nursing homes to accept infected coronavirus patients, and whose state-run veteran homes had become death factories, had been controversial

But at least she has a master’s degree in government, so she knows all about healthcare.

As for Kelly Trautner’s educational credentials,

Trautner, in addition to her energy healing skills, also has a BA in political science from Marshall University and a JD from Capital University. … It’s not clear what scientific or medical qualification Trautner has on health issues.

We see again that “follow the science” is liberalese for “follow the authoritarian dictates of clueless bureaucrats,” and that rule by leftists is rule by kooks.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

May 14 2021

Penn State Moves Toward Abolishing Gender

Insane as the “mainstream” culture presented by the liberal establishment is now, it will get crazier still. To see what’s coming next, look to the incubator of all things woke, academia. At Penn State, social engineers are moving forward with the abolition of gender:

The Pennsylvania State University’s faculty senate approved a new proposition that will remove “gendered” and “binary” language from the school’s program and course descriptions.

The campaign against gender is grounded in the effete intelligentsia’s fear and loathing of all things masculine.

“The University, as with most all academic institutions world-wide, has grown out of a typically male-centered world,” read a University Faculty Senate document explaining the proposed change. “As such, many terms in our lexicon carry a strong, male-centric, binary character to them. Terms such as ‘freshmen’ are decidedly male-specific, while terms such as ‘upperclassmen’ can be interpreted as both sexist and classist. Terms such as ‘junior’ and ‘senior’ are parallel to western male father-son naming conventions, and much of our written documentation uses he/she pronouns.”

The move will allegedly help students figure out their own gender identity. That way, they will now how to fill out the side of their cereal boxes.

The concept of gender cannot be eradicated completely, because it is still required for the gender studies courses that taxpayers subsidize.

“The committee recognizes that there may be places where these terms, especially gender terms, may need to remain intact, for example in the case of courses or degrees that delve into gender studies,” the document continued. “In such cases, efforts shall be made to clearly delineate between the ‘academic’ study of these gendered terms, and the newly established nomenclature as it would apply to faculty, staff, students, and guests.”

After this, they plan to push the envelope still further.

William Kenyon, a member of the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs, hailed the move, saying that it was a good “first step” to make the university more inclusive.

Imagine what the last step would be. But there will be no last step. Moonbattery always begets further moonbattery.

On a tip from Franco.

May 07 2021

Not the Education Most Parents Have in Mind

Letting moonbats run public schools turns out not to be such a good idea. Young America’s Foundation reports from Washington state:

Jennifer Miller, a 1st grade teacher in Bellingham School District, subjected her six and seven-year-old students to I am Jazz, a book that details a two-year-old biological male beginning his transition to a female, with the support of his parents.

It isn’t surprising to see teachers subjecting children to sexually warped propaganda, considering who runs the school board:

Jennifer Mason, president of the Bellingham School Board, owns and operates a self-described “all-ages” sex toy shop.

The shop is called the WinkWink Boutique. It bills itself as “a woman-owned, all-ages, inclusive, not creepy sex shop.” Readers may or may not take Mason’s word for it that the shop isn’t creepy.

“I want to show people if sex isn’t something to be ashamed about, then I should be able to be an elected official and own a sex shop at the same time,” Mason told the local paper. “That’s what it means to live your values.”

What’s scary is that these people indoctrinate small children with their values.

On a tip from R F.

May 03 2021

Black Lives Matter Officially Deemed Government Speech

They break windows, loot stores, burn down police stations, destroy statues of our national heroes, and deface every surface they come across, but mobs that riot in the name of Black Lives Matter are not rebels. They are a cat’s paw of the liberal establishment. The dangerous lies they shout reflect the dogma of our rulers. This has been made official in Rochester, Minnesota, where “Black Lives Matter” and related slogans are deemed to be government speech:

The Rochester Public Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to make several phrases and images, including “Black Lives Matter,” government speech, meaning the school can’t be held liable for allowing those views while not allowing opposing views.

Rochester students get an education in how the First Amendment works under liberal rule.

By declaring certain phrases involving the Black Lives Matter movement as government speech, the board is protecting itself from legal action because it is allowing one type of speech, but not any speech in opposition to those phrases.

The phrases “Black Lives Matter,” “Brown Lives Matter,” “Indigenous Lives Matter,” et cetera all get the government speech designation. Needless to say, “All Lives Matter” is not government speech; it is thoughtcrime.

The rainbow flag also qualifies as government speech, presumably because Big Government advocates what it represents.

“It is not about telling students what to think and what they can and cannot say, but it does give our district and our staff the authority to speak out about these lives that matter,” Jean Marvin, RPS board chair, said.

It is unclear what happens to students who speak out about lives that do not matter. The main objective is to get it through to parents that Black Lives Matter/critical race theory propaganda will be preached in the classroom whether they like it or not, so they can keep their objections to themselves.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Power Line.

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