Est. May 2008

22 July, 2014


University of Wisconsin Faculty Votes to Apportion Grades by Race
According to W. Lee Hanson, a UW economics professor who studied what the university calls the ‘Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence’ he noted something ‘profoundly disturbing’.

Buried in the language is this paragraph:
It [the framework] calls for “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.” (emphases mine)
And that’s racist.


21 July, 2014


This just cracks me up:
Festival Flyers Have Residents Asking If ‘Straight White Guy Festival’ Is Real Or A Joke
Now why in the world would a festival for ‘straight white guys’ be a joke?  After all, we’ve got festivals for pretty much every ethnic group you can think of, festivals hosted by religious groups, festivals here, festivals there … hey, you have a group?  There’s a festival for that.

So why not a festival for ‘straight white men’?

ProgLibDem To ProgLefDem

You may have noticed that I changed one of the labels for my posts.

I used to call Progressive Liberal Democrats 'ProgLibDems'.

But that really doesn't do them justice.

From this point on, they will be known as ...

Progressive Leftist Democrats - ProgLefDems for short.

They're more Leftist than Liberal, and it's easier to say.

Well, Of Course It Doesn’t

If you thought he’d include such language, let me be the first to tell you something.

Brace yourself; this may be painful to hear.

You’re naïve.

This executive order overreach only affects those religious organizations which, for whatever reason, contract with the federal government to provide goods and/or services.

But don’t imagine we can rest on our laurels just yet.

Obamacare blew up in Mr. Obama’s face because of the contraceptive/abortifacient mandate.  What happened?  Harry Reid and his gang of Democrats tried to legislate away the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment; it didn’t even clear the Senate, of course, but that’s the here and now; gotta look long term and be prepared for another attempt when Democrats have more power than they have at this time.

And there are some folks saying this executive order overreach is Mr. Obama’s response to the recent Hobby Lobby decision exempting businesses from providing abortifacients if doing so violates their deeply-held religious beliefs.  In essence, Mr. Obama’s executive order overreach is saying, ‘Well, if you want to do anything with us, you’re going to be forced to submit.’

In the past few years – pretty much ever since Obamacare became the ‘law of the land’, we’ve been seeing assaults on religious faith – particularly Christianity – escalating here in the US.  This November there will be an election in which we ought to be able to turn the tide against those legislators who are apparently trying to stamp out any and all religious dissention from their actions.

I’m no prophet, but I’m expecting governmental assaults on the freedom of religion to do nothing but increase over the course of the next two-and-a-half years, regardless who holds Congress.

Strap in, folks – it’s going to be a rough ride

20 July, 2014


Charles J. Ogletree Jr. writes:
In its ruling in Hall v. Florida in May, the court — with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the helm — reminded us that the core value animating the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishments clause is the preservation of human dignity against the affront of unnecessarily harsh punishment. Hall, which prohibited a rigid test in use in Florida for gauging whether a defendant is intellectually disabled, was the most recent in a series of opinions in which the court has juxtaposed retribution — the idea of vengeance for a wrongdoing, which serves as the chief justification for the death penalty — with a recognition of our hopelessly complex and fallible human nature.

What was important about Hall is the way Kennedy described the logic behind exempting intellectually disabled individuals from execution: “to impose the harshest of punishments on an intellectually disabled person violates his or her inherent dignity as a human being” because the “diminished capacity of the intellectually disabled lessens moral culpability and hence the retributive value of the punishment.” Though the court previously barred imposition of the death penalty upon intellectually disabled people, as well as juvenile offenders, Hall marked the first time that it went so far as to claim that imposing the death penalty upon offenders with these kinds of functional impairments serves “no legitimate penological purpose.”
From this, he concludes:
This is why I see an end coming to the death penalty in this country. The overwhelming majority of those facing execution today have what the court termed in Hall to be diminished culpability. Severe functional deficits are the rule, not the exception, among the individuals who populate the nation’s death rows. A new study by Robert J. Smith, Sophie Cull and Zoë Robinson, published in Hastings Law Journal, of the social histories of 100 people executed during 2012 and 2013 showed that the vast majority of executed offenders suffered from one or more significant cognitive and behavioral deficits.
The ‘insanity’ and ‘diminished capacity’ pleas have been used for quite a while in order to get clients either reduced sentences or acquittal; IMO, this decision has opened up a great big Pandora’s Box from which we will see these two pleas used more and more often.

The author cites three cases in which he believes the convicted should not have had to suffer the death penalty.  And in jumping to the links the author provides, I have a hard time imagining he read through those articles before he decided they would be helpful to his case.