The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

Yesterday the Civil Rights Movement ended:

Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action

In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities.

The 6-to-2 ruling effectively endorsed similar measures in seven other states. It may also encourage more states to enact measures banning the use of race in admissions or to consider race-neutral alternatives to ensure diversity.

States that forbid affirmative action in higher education, like Florida and California, as well as Michigan, have seen a significant drop in the enrollment of black and Hispanic students in their most selective colleges and universities.

Oh, the humanity! Segregation is legal again. So is slavery! Black people are being put in chains!

But wait! There’s more!

Sotomayor Attacks John Roberts’ Views On Race As ‘Out Of Touch With Reality’

Super Cool Supreme Court Decision Makes Mob Rule Magically Constitutional

A Body Blow to Racial Discrimination

This Is Why You Always Vote: Roberts Supreme Court Pretty Much Ends Affirmative Action

Social Mobility and Race in Higher Education

Okay, here’s what happened. Years ago, somebody decided that the best way to make up for past discrimination against blacks and other minorities was to give them an advantage in hiring and college admissions. Laws were passed to require racial preferences be used to help minorities. In some places they even had quotas intended to ensure proper racial representation. This was called “Affirmative Action.”

The people who were negatively affected by Affirmative Action were not the privileged elites who benefited under the old system, it was the poor and middle-class whites who were scratching and clawing to climb the social class ladder too. Some of them felt they were being discriminated against because of their race and they went to court and they won.

The court didn’t end Affirmative Action, they just restricted its use. But some people still felt it was reverse discrimination and they were right. You cannot deny that Affirmative Action is discrimination based on race. You can argue that it is good and necessary, but it is still discrimination.

Years went by and Affirmative Action became increasingly unpopular. So some states decided to end it. Michigan is one of those states. The voters in Michigan amended their state constitution to ban Affirmative Action.

That’s all they did.

Blacks and other minorities still cannot be discriminated against because of their race. But they no longer get any special preference. The law in Michigan is colorblind.

I think my favorite part of yesterday’s decision was where Scalia scolded Sotomayor for suggesting that the voters of Michigan were racists:

“As Justice Harlan observed over a century ago, ‘[o]ur Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens,’” Scalia concluded, quoting the dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson. “The people of Michigan wish the same for their governing charter. It would be shameful for us to stand in their way.”

And then, the Parthian shot: “And doubly shameful to equate ‘the majority’ behind [the constitutional amendment] with ‘the majority’ responsible for Jim Crow,” he added in a final footnote, citing the first two pages of Sotomayor’s dissent.

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Burn the Witch!


She gone and done it now!

Josh Marshall at Toilet Paper Media:

How To Make Yourself Sound Nuts 101

Sharyl Attkisson is the former CBS News reporter who left the network over what she claimed was liberal bias. After her computer was allegedly hacked by someone in late 2012 (seemingly confirmed by a network investigation) she hinted that President Obama’s surveillance operatives might be behind it. Now she says Media Matters may have been paid to go after her because of her reporting on Benghazi and other rightwing bugaboos.

I’m sorry but Attkisson has some serious temperament issues.

Temperament? As in “hormonal?” So Josh, you’re saying that she’s PMSing or menopausal? That seems kinda sexist to me.

But wait! There’s more!

Erik Wemple at WaPo:

In an interview today with the Erik Wemple Blog, Media Matters President Bradley Beychok scoffed at the notion. “She seems a little bitter, a little upset that accountability for her reporting exists,” Beychok said.
As to the specific allegation that Media Matters had endowed a secret anti-Attkisson chair, Beychok replied, “We’ve never taken contributions to target her or any other reporter.” When asked whether donors had ever requested that Media Matters focus on a larger entity such as Fox News, Beychok replied, “I don’t want to get into it” but noted that the site is driven by the news cycle and the claims that conservative media organizations churn out.
The way Beychok sees it, Attkisson appears to be “auditioning for these right-wing smear sites” and argues that her claim about Media Matters, a 501(c)(3), is based on “zero amount of evidence.”

Media Matters:

Sharyl Attkisson’s Media Matters Conspiracy Theory

Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson is augmenting her campaign to paint herself as a victim of liberal media bias with conspiratorial and false attacks on Media Matters.

Earlier this year Attkisson, who had been celebrated by conservative activists for her often shoddy reporting on the Obama administration, ended her two-decade career at CBS News. She has since made numerous media appearances, often on Fox News, claiming that her reporting had been curtailed by CBS managers who opposed critical reporting on the administration. As Media Matters noted last week, Attkisson has provided little to no evidence to support her broad claims that politics, rather than newsworthiness, was keeping her stories off CBS’ air.

Attkisson responded during an April 20 appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources. After Attkisson claimed that there is a “campaign by those who really want to controversialize the reporting I do,” host Brian Stelter asked, “Media Matters has been campaigning against you and saying you’ve been inaccurate in your reporting, is that what they’re doing? They’re just trying to controversialize the issue?” Attkisson responded that she had been “targeted” by Media Matters and hinted at a motive, saying, “I don’t know if someone paid them to do it or they just took it on their own.” After Stelter asked her whether she really believed Media Matters had been paid to target her, she responded, “Perhaps, sure. I think that’s what some of these groups do, absolutely.”

Attkisson’s claims quickly found a ready audience on Fox News.

But Attkisson’s claims are false. Media Matters has never taken contributions to target her or any other reporter. We have published research on her reports on green energy and Obamacare, among other topics, when those reports have been inaccurate or misleading — the same standard to which we hold any other reporter.

Attkisson decided to float this conspiracy theory without any evidence during an appearance on a news program, suggesting that she doesn’t believe she needs to prove her contentions before bringing them to a national audience. If that was the reporting standard she sought to uphold at CBS News, it’s no wonder that her managers were unwilling to let her promote half-baked conspiracies on their airwaves.

(My BS detector went off when I read “Media Matters has never taken contributions to target her or any other reporter.” But DID YOU target her?)

Here’s Obamablogger Fat Ollie Willis:

Well there you have it. That witch is cray-cray! How on Earth did a loonytoons like her ever get a job at CBS in the first place? I bet it was her dad who got her the job. Either that or she slept her way to the top.

Attkisson began her broadcast journalism career in 1982 as a reporter at WUFT-TV, the PBS station in Gainesville, Florida. She later worked as an anchor and reporter at WTVX-TV Fort Pierce/West Palm Beach, Florida from 1982-85, WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio from 1985-86, and WTVT Tampa, Florida (1986-90).

From 1990 to 1993, Attkisson was an anchor for CNN. She also was a key anchor for CBS space exploration coverage in 1993. Attkisson left CNN in 1993, moving to CBS, where she anchored the television news broadcast CBS News Up to the Minute and became an investigative correspondent based in Washington D.C. In addition, Attkisson served on the University of Florida’s Journalism College Advisory Board (1993-97) and was its chair in 1996. The University of Florida gave her an Outstanding Achievement Award in 1997. From 1997 to 2003, Attkisson simultaneously hosted CBS News Up to the Minute and the PBS Health news magazine HealthWeek.

Attkisson received an Investigative Reporters and Editors (I.R.E.) Finalist award for Dangerous Drugs in 2000. In 2001, Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award nomination for Firestone Tire Fiasco from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2002, Attkisson co-authored a college textbook titled Writing Right for Broadcast and Internet News . That same year, Attkisson won a 2002 Emmy Award for her Investigative Journalism about the American Red Cross. The award was presented in New York City on Sept. 10, 2002. Attkisson was part of the CBS News team that received RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2005 for Overall Excellence.

In 2006, Attkisson served as Capitol Hill correspondent for CBS. That lead to her being one of a small number of female anchors covering the 2006 midterms. Attkisson was part of the CBS News team that received RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2008 for Overall Excellence. During the George W. Bush administration she exposed funding problems and in 2008 discovered that Hillary Clinton’s claim that she dodged sniper fire in Bosnia was unfounded. In 2009, Attkisson won an Investigative Emmy Award for Business and Financial Reporting for her exclusive reports on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the bank bailout. The award was presented on December 7th at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus in New York City.

Attkisson returned to the University of Florida as a key-note speaker at the College of Journalism and Communications in 2010. That same year, Attkisson received an Emmy Award nomination for her investigations into members of Congress, and she also received a 2010 Emmy Award nomination for her investigation into waste of tax dollars. In July 2011, Attkisson was nominated for an Emmy Award for her Follow the Money investigations into Congressional travel to the Copenhagen climate summit, and problems with aid to Haiti earthquake victims.

In 2012, CBS News accepted an Investigative Reporting Award given to Attkisson’s reporting on ATF’s Fast and Furious gunwalker controversy. The award was from Accuracy in Media, an American, non-profit news media watchdog group, and was presented at a Conservative Political Action Conference. In June 2012, Attkisson’s investigative reporting for the Gunwalker story also won the CBS Evening News the Radio and Television News Directors Association’s National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video Investigative Reporting. The award was presented October 8, 2012 in New York City. Additionally, in July 2012, Attkisson’s Gunwalker: Fast and Furious reporting received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.

In 2012 Attkisson’s reporting on vaccines was criticized by medical experts such as David Gorski and Steven Salzberg as promoting pseudoscientific theories about an alleged link between autism and vaccines.

On 10 March 2014, Attkisson resigned from CBS News, reportedly due to frustration over what she perceived to be the network’s liberal bias and lack of dedication to investigative reporting, as well as issues she had with the network’s corporate partners. She is working on a book tentatively called Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington regarding the difficulties of reporting critically about the administration.

One thing I have learned during the past six years is that the Vile Progs of Obamanation attack what they fear. One of their favorite techniques is destroying reputations, especially of women. Intelligent, successful married women like Sarah Palin, Megyn Kelly and Sharyl Attkisson are suddenly turned into airheaded bimbos.

This frenzied Vile Prog lynch mob going after Sharyl Attkisson tells me that they are terrified of what she will say. That’s why they are trying so hard to discredit her now.

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The Debate is Over – This is Stupid!

This article from The Atlantic is so cringe-worthy stupid it wouldn’t even be good satire:

Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?

It used to be that if you went to a college-level debate tournament, the students you’d see would be bookish future lawyers from elite universities, most of them white. In matching navy blazers, they’d recite academic arguments for and against various government policies. It was tame, predictable, and, frankly, boring.

No more.

These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges to traditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics. These “alternative-style” debaters have achieved success, too, taking top honors at national collegiate tournaments over the past few years.

But this transformation has also sparked a difficult, often painful controversy for a community that prides itself on handling volatile topics.

On March 24, 2014 at the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships at Indiana University, two Towson University students, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, became the first African-American women to win a national college debate tournament, for which the resolution asked whether the U.S. president’s war powers should be restricted. Rather than address the resolution straight on, Ruffin and Johnson, along with other teams of African-Americans, attacked its premise. The more pressing issue, they argued, is how the U.S. government is at war with poor black communities.

In the final round, Ruffin and Johnson squared off against Rashid Campbell and George Lee from the University of Oklahoma, two highly accomplished African-American debaters with distinctive dreadlocks and dashikis. Over four hours, the two teams engaged in a heated discussion of concepts like “nigga authenticity” and performed hip-hop and spoken-word poetry in the traditional timed format. At one point during Lee’s rebuttal, the clock ran out but he refused to yield the floor. “Fuck the time!” he yelled. His partner Campbell, who won the top speaker award at the National Debate Tournament two weeks later, had been unfairly targeted by the police at the debate venue just days before, and cited this personal trauma as evidence for his case against the government’s treatment of poor African-Americans.

This year wasn’t the first time this had happened. In the 2013 championship, two men from Emporia State University, Ryan Walsh and Elijah Smith, employed a similar style and became the first African-Americans to win two national debate tournaments. Many of their arguments, based on personal memoir and rap music, completely ignored the stated resolution, and instead asserted that the framework of collegiate debate has historically privileged straight, white, middle-class students.

Tournament participants from all backgrounds say they have found some of these debate strategies offensive. Even so, the new style has received mainstream acceptance, sympathy, and awards.

Joe Leeson Schatz, Director of Speech and Debate at Binghamton University, is encouraged by the changes in debate style and community. “Finally, there’s a recognition in the academic space that the way argument has taken place in the past privileges certain types of people over others,” he said. “Arguments don’t necessarily have to be backed up by professors or written papers. They can come from lived experience.”

There is a bunch more, but it doesn’t get any better.

Debate – oral argument – is a skill. Like all skills it can be taught, although some people have an aptness and others do not. Debate skill is essential for a trial attorney, along with some other jobs. It is useful in many others. That is why they teach it in college and high school.

Or should I say, they used to teach it. What they teach now is the worst kind of idiocy imaginable.

Imagine if black students in math and science classes suddenly asserted that those disciplines reinforce white privilege and wrote totally unrelated things on their homework and tests and still received passing grades. What good would their diplomas be?

Now imagine only some black students received these dubious diplomas. Wouldn’t all black graduates now be suspect in the eyes of employers?

This may be the dumbest shit I ever heard of.

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Happy Easter!


Today is the day that Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus by hiding colored eggs. College students honor the Easter tradition of going to warm places and having drunken sex with strangers.

Progressives sneer condescendingly at everyone else, just like they do every other day of the year.

My older sister tried to lure me to church with promises of dinner afterwards, but I told her I was worried I might burst into flames if I walked on holy ground. Besides, the SFGiants play at 1:00 o’clock and her church isn’t one of those that serves wine.

What are you doing today?

pug bunny

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How is your weekend going?


Mine could be better.

This is an open thread.

p.s. It’s Caturday!


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Fabulous Friday Open Thread

Fabulous the Clown

Fabulous the Clown

Today is the day that Christians commemorate the death of Jesus. So why do they call it “Good Friday?”

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BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea Clinton is Preggers!

The H8ers be H8in’ and the nutters be nuttin’:

Chelsea Clinton Is Expecting First Child

Chelsea Clinton said Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year, adding a new label to her mother, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential nominee: grandmother.

“I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me,” Ms. Clinton said.

She made the surprise announcement at an event on the Lower East Side where she and Mrs. Clinton sat on stage with the actress America Ferrera to discuss the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s efforts to advance women and girls.

First of all let me say congratulations and best wishes to Chelsea and her husband what’s-his-name. Congratulations also to the expectant grandparents. Best wishes too.

This is gonna be strange. The media will treat this like a royal baby event, even bigger than the birth of North West. The haters will be losing their shit. The tinfoil hat crowd will come up with some weird conspiracy theories.

I’m hoping it’s a girl so she can someday marry Prince George. THAT would be epic.

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