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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94 Responses to The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

  1. The Klown says:

    BTW – Watch the video. The expression on Brit Hume’s face is priceless.

  2. 1539days says:

    The court didn’t even restrict the use of affirmative action. This was actually about the right of a state (by referendum in this case) to apply affirmative action or not apply it. The court ruled that a state cannot be forced to use racial preferences for student admissions.

    One of the things progressives hate is the concept of states’ rights and the 10th Amendment in general. They love to equate state rights with slavery, just as they like to equate every Republican position with racism. The problem to them is that a country of 50 governments can’t be bullied into compliance by one guy.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Sharpton is so full of sh*t. You just know Hume wanted to say that.

  4. elliesmom says:

    If a college or university is keeping minorities out because they’re minorities, then we need to do something about it. But if a person of color can’t meet the admissions requirements, then he or she needs to work harder to meet them. Admitting young people into colleges they aren’t prepared for does them no service, and the practice of “affirmative action” calls into question the credentials of those who were already highly qualified candidates. When you’re stuck with the label “affirmative action candidate”, you have to work much, much harder to prove you would have been a great candidate for admission to college or a job if the color of your skin was different or you had different genitalia. I experienced it personally twice. The college I went to set much higher standards for the women it admitted because they needed the first class of women to succeed, but there was still the taint of we were accepted only because we were women. I was the first woman hired as an engineer in one of the companies I worked, and I was hired because they were under the gun to hire women, My ability to do a job was always questioned until I proved I could. It was just assumed a guy at my level could do it. Many people call Obama our “affirmative action president”. Unfortunately, in that case it’s probably true. This decision by the Supreme Court will turn out to be a blessing for the bright, accomplished minority students in Michigan and other states who follow suit. And maybe to our next black president.

    • WMCB says:


      What many immigrant groups in this country learned was that you’ll likely be unfairly judged for a generation or two. That sucks, and it’s “unfair”. But if you stick it out, and let the cream rise to the top, you’ll get your place, and that place will have been EARNED. No one will EVER question it again outside of a handful of bigot assholes. But society at large? Nope.

      When you short circuit that natural process of assimilation by doing set-asides, you end up with your group being seen as “less than” FOREVER. Because whatever words they mouth, people will always doubt whether you earned it. They will. Because that’s how human beings ARE.

      Decades-long affirmative action is one of the WORST things ever to happen to black people in this country. And now women are seeking to make the same mistake. Good luck with that.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Amen 🙂

    • DeniseVB says:

      Merit based admission should be foremost in the selection process, descriminating against a qualified student based on any race is just wrong. Besides I want the best of the best doctors and scientists out there to find the cure for any terminal illness that may be lurking in my future.

    • angienc says:


      I’ll add that Sotomayor is 100% the Affirmative Action Justice — she is a hack who when she was on the lower court was overruled 60% (SIXTY PERCENT!!!) of the time. IOW, you’d be better off flipping a coin.
      She never should have been appointed to the bench much less elevated to the SCOTUS — and she would NOT have been if she wasn’t an Hispanic woman. Idiocy like that displayed in her dissent is what Affirmative Action gets you.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    I think the Dems new campaign tactic is smearing and bashing the GOP over the head at every opportunity, whether it’s honest or not. Fauxrage over the SCOTUS decision or starving poor minority families…..

    At least one state legislature is filing an ethics charge against Harry Reid for using his .gov websites for bashing on the Kochs. Like Reid’s worried……heh.

  6. votermom says:

    Inasmuch as prestigious colleges are still gatekeepers to power, I think there should be some kind of affirmative action based on socio-economic status regardless of race & gender.
    Give kids from ordinary & lower classes a chance, kids that didn’t get to go to prep or magnet schools or whatnot, but are bright and did their best within their environments.
    But giving, for example, Will Smith’s kids a better chance into Harvard because they are part of an “under-represented minority” is ridiculous. Let them buy their way in like other rich families. Colleges always need a new wing etc.

    • votermom says:

      Edit: also, colleges that do admit lower SES who don’t quite meet standards should have remedial course work ready, so kids without the background, but with the intellgence and the work ethic, can catch up & compete by the end of 1st year.

      • 1539days says:

        I would worry more about graduate school. Your undergrad college isn’t very important.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Sometimes that’s true. I worked for many veterinarians over the years from all types of vet schools, like the very competetive Cornell, UC-Davis and NC State. My favorites ? From a “we’ll take anyone with a B average from any undergrad school who spent h.s. and college mucking out stables or volunteering/working in shelters, clinics or kennels” …. Ole’ Miss. I guess because the drop out rate is so high the first year, mostly due to ewww, poop. Even in the top tier schools where “Buffy” and “Tad” are admitted because they had a cocker spaniel as a child, but Mumsie and Popsie can sure afford that new wing 😀

          • 1539days says:

            Some may have gone to the same Ag school at Cornell as Keith Olbermann.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Days ~Yeah, Cornell boy still lives at the beach, surfs and works for other vets. The Ole’Miss kids have their own practices now.

          • Ann says:

            My husband went to Cornell. His parents were off the plane from Africa. He got in because he is super smart, driven and dedicated. His parents were by no means wealthy – his dad worked for a big 3 auto manufacturer, his mother was a seamstress. He said Cornell basically sat him down with a package, told him to write letters of thanks for the scholarships, and where to report for work study. He felt Cornell was so good for him, that if he dies first he’s leaving most of our estate to Cornell. (I will do no such thing if he goes first.)

            My cousin went to Cornell (also super smart and driven, but my aunt and uncle are upper income, although not wealthy) and my aunt and uncle paid his full boat – until his sister got into a top tier school that was also $35 or $36K a year (this was 10 years ago). At that point Cornell automatically cut his tuition in half. Boston University did not do the same for his sister.

            Cornell is made up of seven undergraduate colleges (14 colleges in total), some private, some SUNY. If you can get into the SUNY portion and are a NYS resident, you get the same diploma, same classes, and your tuition is NYS SUNY residency rates. Best education deal in the United States!! Unfortunately for my husband and cousin, they were not NYS residents at the time.

            Note: This is based on what my husband told me. He graduated 20 years ago.

          • Ann says:

            Grrr Boston College, not Boston University

          • DeniseVB says:

            Ann~ meant no disrespect to Cornell, fine school. My husband graduated from a bumf**k, college in MA back in the day, went on to a successful career despite the non-elite diploma. Fast forward 50 years, he’s going to his reunion next month, at UMass-Dartmouth and getting a new diploma. “Oh Great” he says, “after all these years as a Marine combat veteran, retired, I share a school with a terrorist” …..freaky, huh?

      • elliesmom says:

        If you’re talking about admission to highly competitive colleges, the remediation needs to happen before the kids walk in the door. Trying to keep up in that environment when you don’t have the knowledge and skills already, even if remedial courses are offered, is very discouraging and leads to a high drop out rate. Choosing a second tier or even third tier school is actually more likely to lead to success in college if you’re bright but haven’t had the opportunity to prepare for the highly competitive environment. Good grades in a respectable but not top tier undergraduate school can get you into a better graduate school than less than stellar grades at an ivy. A lot of schools offer a summer school program prior to the beginning of freshman year to help less prepared kids make the adjustment to the new environment and expectations, which is a good thing if kids can afford to do it. The real solution to the problem is to find those kids in high school and give them what they need to succeed there.

        • votermom says:

          You are right, of course. Public school system is in a horrible mess.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Wasn’t that Sarah Palin’s first “job” ? Thinking back to Going Rogue, she had problems with the schools, joined the PTA, then ran for President, won…..the rest is “Herstory”. 🙂

          • 1539days says:

            You skipped a few steps in Palin’s political career. Obama’s is short. Went to small college, went to Harvard, didn’t take any real classes. Wrote two autobiographies and served 1/2 term in the Senate.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Days ~ I did mean that by “Herstory”. PTA was her first step, then city, then state….

        • DeniseVB says:

          Private college was our only option (and enough equity in the house to pay for it). Mine weren’t Whiz Kids, so small schools made them Big Fish in a Little Pond instead of the larger state schools lost in a sea of faces. Both are doing just fine now, living their dreams, knock wood 🙂

  7. driguana says:

    All people are created equal… the saying goes.

  8. WMCB says:

    As someone pointed out on another blog (Ace, I think), in this country we jumped straight from “The govt can force you to segregate against your will” to “the govt MUST force you to meet racial quotas, and to mix in pre-determined ratios.”

    We entirely skipped over the sane, rational stance which is “the govt forbids blatant racial discrimination or mistreatment but otherwise leaves you the hell alone.”

    The one place where the govt has not done this is churches. And you know what? Over time, you end up with some all black churches, some all brown churches, some all yellow churches, some all white churches. You get a LOT of churches that are mostly one race, but have a sprinkling of others. Many times, the “odd race out” in those churches (whether black or white or whatever) grew up in that community, so feel culturally a part of it regardless of skin color. Or they married in. And you also get a LOT of churches that are very mixed – usually in neighborhoods and locales where the neighborhoods are very mixed. People do this varied response all on their own, and pretty much no one is HATING ON anyone else: just doing what feels comfortable for their own culture and situation.

    Any black person who feels most comfortable spending a lot of their time within their own culture/race, some of their time around mixed groups, and some of their time around all yellow or white people is not a damn bigot. They are a normal human being who feels most relaxed with familiarity. So is any other race who does likewise. Everyone needs to calm the fuck down and stop the bean-counting and ratio-measuring. Cultural and tribal and “this person feels like one of us” social cues are complicated and mostly navigated unconsciously. A lot goes into it other than mere race. I am more comfortable around a southern black than a trust fund west-coaster. I can’t say the same for an inner city Detroit black person. But I feel JUST as “out of synch” with a loud Bronx proggie.

    I have known a few truly hateful, racist, pig-headed bigots in my life. I know what they are, and they are ugly. But you know what? Most people are not that. Not by a long shot. MOST people have zero desire to actively judge people by race alone. Leave people the hell alone. They’ll work it out in ways that are most comfortable for all.

    Seriously, make some basic binding rules about treating people fairly under the law, then LEAVE US THE FUCK ALONE. Organic social structures that we make on our own, and naturally revise over time, are MUCH more stable and reliable than anything we are made to do by force. Forced social structure is a) way too fragile, and b) breeds discord and resentment and unforseen downsides. Take a deep breath. Be patient. Leave people alone.

  9. lyn says:

    Because public colleges should be colorblind, I support college admissions equality.

    • elliesmom says:

      I support the idea of school choice, and state colleges and universities accepting the top 10-15% of every high school graduating class in the state depending on the number of seats available. It would encourage students who want to go to a public college or university to excel. It would get also some of our brighter students asking to move into what have been under-performing schools and where the competition for the seats hasn’t been as high, bringing their tax dollars and helicopter parents with them. Thus raising the bar for the school all the way around. The schools would have more financial resources and more involved parents. There would a bigger demand for excellence from within the student body itself because these kids trying to game this system would still expect to be well-prepared for undergraduate work. They would still expect AP courses and great teachers. The “rising tide would lift all boats”.

      • lyn says:

        That sounds good. When I went to college in the late 70s in Montana, I think the universities accepted instate students who took the ACT. I can’t remember if we had to meet a minimum GPA or ACT score. I do remember I had to estimate my college GPA, and I was dead on.

      • WMCB says:

        That might work to incentivize brighter students to seek out schools where there are fewer bright students. Even things out.

      • Gleep says:

        I’m normally just a lurker here but I gotta respond to this and… no, just no. I don’t know where you live that you think this would be viable but let me tell you a little bit about myself and where I live. I have a 9 year old daughter, presently in grade 3 in the Rockwood School District in St Louis County. This school district is very well rated and some of the reasons for this : the involvement of the parents, the quality of the teachers and the majority of the administrative staff (you always have some bad apples) and the fact that most kids live in positive family environments (yes, this is due to socioeconomic reasons, Rockwood caters to mostly white collar and higher types, I’m an engineer, so is my husband, we both studied and worked hard to get where we are). Your suggestion would be to consider sending my girl to a different school system, say like one in St Louis City (a very different animal from St Louis County) because there would be less completion for those 10-15% top spots. And you a right and you know why? Drugs, gangs, violence, negligent and criminal parents, awful teaching and support staff…. Here’s a little anecdote. Last year, the elementary school my daughter goes to had an opening for a grade 3 teacher. At one point I talked to the principal (his son is in my daughter’s class) and asked him how the interviews were going, poor guy looked haggard and told me that at last count they had more than 300 applicants. I do not know what the final tally was. Teachers WANT to come to the Rockwood School district to avoid drugs, gangs, violence, apathetic parents, etc.., and so you end with some of the best teachers in that area. How many years do you think it would take for good teachers who left the crappy school systems to go back to them because all of a sudden some parents decided to play Russian roulette with their kids well being? Yeah, not going to happen, at least not in the 4 year time span that my daughter would need those teachers to get the education she needs to be competitive. You know what your argument reminds me of, not completely but there are some parallels, this loon at Slate, Allison Benedict (see her nutso column here
        So in conclusion, I am absolutely going to be a selfish self centered byatch and not use my daughter as a guinea pig and send her to crappy school system in the hopes that she gets one of those top spots. You know what I’d rather do? Be one of those stereotypical oriental tiger moms and push my child to excel via a bribe/reward/no goodies for you system. And be her mom, not her damn girlfriend.
        /Peevishness off

        • Gleep says:

          Just to be clear, I’m not oriental, I just admire their drive for educational excellence and although I do admit that it can seem a bit overboard at times, especially for a North American such as myself (I’m from Canada), I cannot fault their results.

          • elliesmom says:

            You wouldn’t be required to send your child into a less competitive school system. And private colleges and universities would be free to admit students using any system they wanted. Your daughter would still be eligible for acceptance there if she didn’t meet the requirements for the public ones. It would only be public colleges who would set class rank as a gatekeeper . But other parents and their kids might be willing to take themselves and their kids into a school with less competition, and they should be free to do so.

            I taught high school in an urban environment. There were 2400 kids from lower socioeconomic classes, gangs, and ethnic groups. But there was also a large contingency of affluent parents who expected AP courses, great teachers, and safety for their kids. It was a great influence to have them there. I never worried for my safety or for the safety of the kids while they were in school. And many students of color from poor families went on to good colleges and were successful. They had a peer group among the smart kids who were encouraged to be smart that would have been largely missing if the only the kids from their poor neighborhoods were there.

            While you might think I’m “nuts”, I think your attitude is you have yours, and the hell with the rest of the kids. My plan takes nothing away from your daughter she already has. She can continue in her school in the affluent suburb you live in, apply to college, and never see the inside of an inner city school. But some people might be willing to try to change things for the better if they had more of incentive to do so. A better crack at a seat in a state college or university might be the carrot they need.

          • The Klown says:

            Parents should push their kids to realize their full potential, but not at the expense of the kid’s mental and emotional health. But not everybody can go to an Ivy League university. Some people need vocational training rather than college.

            If you or your kids are among the lucky ones, that’s great. But most kids need to set their sights a little lower. Money is a big issue, as well as academic ability. The key is matching ability and resources to the right school.

            But race should not be a consideration.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Gleep ~ In my area, there’s a smattering of Asian/Philipino/India families and every one of their children seem to grab the Valedictorian spots at their high school graduations. I don’t think it’s as much Tiger Mom type rearing, they seem to have their priorities in order…mostly, faith, family and education. Sports and other stuff seems to come 4th.

          • Somebody says:

            For the record California, Texas and Florida already have a system like that. In CA it’s the top 9%, in TX the top 10%, Florida has the Talented Twenty program, the top 20%. There well could be other states that have such a program, but I just know those off the top of my head because of family.

            I don’t know if it has or hasn’t made a difference in where student decide to go to HS. I know my sister in CA has complained about some kids transferring their senior year in order to make that top percentage cut, which she thinks shouldn’t be allowed. Nobody in any of those states is required to attend a high school they don’t want to……..EXCEPT perhaps in certain districts in FL that may still be dealing with deseg issues, but that’s completely different.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Unless I see the verified circle check, I’ll go with obsessed fan using her for something or other. Taylor should sue, it’s an awful parody site using her image.

  10. mothy67 says:

    I believe a large part of parenting is teaching a kid to not make your mistakes. I an a far cry from wealthy but I make an effort to invest in my crud’s future. Reduced grocery bill per week by 25 that goes into her college savings. Every holiday I say no gifts Make a deposit. I am white trash to the bone and I resent some kid whose parents did not give a flying fuck. My rugrut is in 2nd grade and I obsess over good schools and how I will handle tuition. Swimming, softball, spanish, karate, acting, dance, gymnastics is not my idea of fun. Burns my ass that little one works hard to be good and someone else might get a place in a good school without effort. For the record munchkin was a throw away kid. She could spend her entire life whining about mommy and daddy not wanting her. BULL SHIT. So she got stuck with a great gay uncle. And great grandparents. Big deal. Wish I could give her a normal life but I also wish I’d hit the Powerball.

  11. mothy67 says:

    Many universities allow students after 10th grade to take college level classes with credit. Duquesne University in Pittsburgh offers Saturday night courses for 111/credit for hs students. Yes I am aware that the pup is only 7 but it is my job to prepare her. If she came to me and said I want to be a biker lesbian Cleveland Browns tatooed cheerleader. I would say really the Browns????;

    • elliesmom says:

      I spent my senior in high school going to high school in the morning and to the local state college in the afternoon. Best preparation for college there is. But no need to rush her.

      • DeniseVB says:

        EM ~ I’m all for public high schools ending at the 10th grade. Then send the smartypants AP kids to the community college to do their smartypants college level work, and the rest (of us) have a choice of the 2 year tech schools. Tax dollars well spent. I think the drop out rate is about the 10th grade anyhow, those so far behind just give up. Give them a carrot 😉

  12. votermom says:

    Time for the journolisters to attack The Daily Mail

  13. mothy67 says:

    There exists no cure fot the journalisters and their ilk. A former friend claims the trouble in Ukraine is Palin’s fault for under mining o bama. She also blames the Tea Party for obamacare website failurrs. She attended a friends school and then went al the way to doctorate at Ivy League schools.

  14. The Klown says:

    Michelle Malkin:

    What’s the matter with David Gregory? And why don’t people like to watch him?

    I could have saved the honchos at NBC News a lot of time and trouble. The first answer is: David Gregory is a phony. The second answer is: He’s a jerk.

    And no amount of brand therapy and rehabilitation consulting can fix him.

    Gregory’s predecessor, Tim Russert, was highly respected on both sides of the political aisle. The former chief of staff for iconoclastic U.S. Sen. Daniel Moynihan turned “Meet the Press” into mandatory viewing for any American serious about politics and policy. Yes, he was liberal. But he never pretended to be anything he wasn’t. He did his homework. He didn’t pull punches. He helped enlighten the nation about our entitlement crisis. He conducted interviews, not one-sided partisan lectures.

    Russert was also a decent man, as so many warm eulogies across the ideological divide attested. I had a chance to meet him a few times as an intern in the videotape library of the Washington political unit at NBC News in 1992. He was always friendly and engaging. (Andrea Mitchell was a whole ‘nother story. Gah.) Before I left to work for the Los Angeles Daily News, I drafted a little memo on suggestions to improve data collection and entry. I never expected acknowledgment. But Russert took the time to respond and thank me. A lowly intern. I never forgot that.

    Gregory is the anti-Russert. His boorish behavior around D.C. is legendary — from his juvenile tantrums with the Bush press staff to his drunken radio appearances to his diva snit fits with innocent bystanders while filming news segments. One of the most telling and notorious anecdotes involves Russert himself, who reportedly reprimanded Gregory in 2008 for going ballistic on a poor waitress while the two TV stars dined at a D.C. restaurant. But “Gregory still treats most of … the newsroom like s**t,” an insider told the website Jossip. “Amazing how NBC cares more about food servers than about the people who have to deal with Gregory’s arrogance every day.”

    Since Gregory doesn’t have the intellectual heft to carry in-depth interview segments the way Russert did, “Meet the Press” producers have reduced substantive exchanges to a few minutes and larded the rest of the show with fluff and stunts.

    That means: If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Jerk.”

    Last fall, Gregory the gun-control activist masquerading as a Sunday talk-show journalist made headlines with his brazen hectoring of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre — while illegally brandishing a 30-round ammunition magazine on national television. He has used the show to fawn over vulgar, misogynistic “comedian” Bill Maher and to repeatedly browbeat Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, over gay marriage.

    As I’ve noted many times over 20-plus years in this business, the problem isn’t bias. It’s the pretense of non-bias. Gregory and his peers suffer from cognitive dissonant hack syndrome, a common affliction among incurable left-wing journalists who sanctimoniously pay lip service every day to neutrality and objectivity, while brazenly using their platforms to promote partisan political narratives.

    Desperate NBC suits in denial tried to get Gregory to immerse himself more in social media to appeal to “younger viewers.” But he detests the hoi polloi and refuses to respond to critics. You don’t have to be a high-priced brand guru to know that for social media engagement to work, it requires an engaging personality to actually, you know, engage.

    Another NBC muckety-muck gave his expert analysis on the network’s David Gregory Problem: “You need to be who you are. We’re trying to look at who David is.”

    Well, there’s the rub, isn’t it? Gregory, like many of his ilk, is a thin-skinned elite who lives in the Beltway bubble and can barely contain his contempt for his audience. With rare exceptions, the supposed watchdogs of Washington journalism are lapdogs for the establishment with “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” egos as big as the politicians they sidle up to every weekend.

    To the chagrin of NBC and its brand EMTs, Americans have discovered an effective cure: the “off” button on their remotes.

    • mothy67 says:

      I get a charge out of Malkin. She is soooo hated by the left. They have had her column dropped from papers but yet she keeps on keeping on. Read her or Doug Powers everyday.

    • 1539days says:

      Imus infamously said that Russert “was a fine aide whose duties included hiding the bottles for Pat and the bodies for Mario.” One thing Russert was not, was smarmy. That’s about 80% of Gregory’s personality.

      A similar thing happened with ABC’s This Week. It’s heyday was the David Brinkley era. When he left, Stephanopoulos took over and the ratings got softer. When Cristianne Amanpour came in, the show tanked. People who bother to watch Sunday morning shows want content. I like panel discussions myself, but not when it’s 3 liberals and one conservative.

      • The Klown says:

        Generally speaking, the quality of the news product has gone down over the years while the available options have increased dramatically. It all started when the networks started treating news as just another kind of entertainment.

    • swanspirit says:

      Also , David Gregory looks like Howdy Doody , but without Buffalo Bill , he has no one to pull his strings correctly .

  15. The Klown says:


    This Little Kid is a Badass Superhero:

  16. SHV says:

    “You know what I’d rather do? Be one of those stereotypical oriental tiger moms ”
    Don’t mess with an Asians access to education. Recently there has been a movement in California to reverse the 1996(?) prop. forbidding racial preference in higher eduction. Currently 14% of Cal. population is “Asian”, mostly Chinese and makeup >38% of University of California system students. This is considered to be unfair to “People of Color” and the law needed to be changed; the Chinese pushed back hard against the Democrats and the bill was tabled. People who are concerned about “fairness” need to do the hard work of changing “the Culture” in the community.

    While in Boston this past weekend for the Marathon, my wife and I walked several miles to the Boston Museum of Science. It was very busy and we spent an hour or so visiting. As we were leaving my wife made a comment about the number of Indian families. I would estimate that 30-40% of the people, families with children, were East or South Asian. Number of African American families……zero.

    • mothy67 says:

      I have a membership to the museums in Pittsbutgh so I probably spend an afternoo. Every two months with kids. See the same people at every opening. Sad because if you have an Access(ebt) card it is one dollar to any of the museums. End of last year I forgot to renee took three kids and an adult to the science museum. Bill would have beenn almost 100 but they let ne renew . Cost is a little over 500 but i go a lot and we always go as a tribe the day after Thanksgiving. Membership includes me and another adult and kids. Twenty plus years they have never charged me for extra adults. I also get invitrs to everything. One dollar to go to some world class museums and it is not used. The kids museum and the science center are amazing but they go unused.

      • votermom says:

        Hey Mothy,
        can you suggest any motels convenient to CMU? I’m looking for cheap but clean just for an overnight. Kid wants to see CMU & Pitt.

        • mothy67 says:

          I will look tomorrow. I have been “let go” of every hotel chain in the country. Always the same thing insubordination. Stupid word. When I was at Temple I worked in the student affairs office(or whatever it was called) hotels near schools have major down times and I often booked rooms at a quarter the price. Wish my apartment was going to be done soon cause I’d say stay with me. Alas it is a mess. Downtown Pittsburgh is a 45 minute walk for me. Anything I can do let me know. For fucks sake my parents would be over joyed if I met you for lunch. See when they told me i had 8 weeks to live my bucket list was never to get a hair cut again. A year and a half later is not pretty. Very curly. A mess.

          • votermom says:

            I have been “let go” of every hotel chain in the country.

            I think that beats Klown’s record of being banned from every lefty blog. 😀

            Hey, please don’t go out of your way – just suggestions are ok.
            I was looking at the CMU & Pitt accommodation lists and checking them against Priceline. They seem pricey (by my el cheapo standards); I’m wondering if it would be practical to find something a bit away and drive in -but we’d have to be at cmu by 9:3 on a weekday.

            CMU –
            Pitt –

          • The Klown says:

            I have been banned by every motel in Central California. They have my picture with the words “Do Not Rent To This Man”.

          • mothy67 says:

            Iwas escorted out of the DoubleTree downtown in the middle of new employee disaster lecture. 7.50 an hour and they were telling me to run towards the flames. I got a letter a week later telling me why I was not a good fit.
            No sweat. Iwill enjoy finding best rates. Looked at several hotels outside the rental and parking outweigh the savings. Best I could find was a grouptour of Falling Water(Frank Lyold Wright). That was booked up. LOOK at tours I have done them many times. You get the group rate and no one checks to see if you go on the field trips.
            Again CMU is a great school and anything I can do would be my pleasure

          • The Klown says:

            I’ve been “escorted out” of lots of places. I’m a bad fit most anywhere.

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    • The Klown says:

      My daughter didn’t get an allowance. She didn’t need one. She had a credit card.

      • votermom says:

        “Allowance” is so white-privilege cisnormative.

        • mothy67 says:

          Allowance? Monster has a debit card. Two years and all she has bought are popcorn and soda at the movies. And that was my fault because I was supposed to leave cash. Hate the word allowance. Gross. Reminds me of spare the rod spoil the child. Ihave three roombas and the child thinks she deserves an allowance for pressing go.

      • angienc says:

        My brother & I didn’t get allowance either — when I was about 6 I realized that other kids were getting allowances for what we were doing unpaid (i.e., normal household chores) so I asked my dad “Why don’t you pay us an allowance?” I’ll never forget my dad’s response “You want an allowance? Sure, no problem. But if I start paying you one, I’m also going to start charging you for [he started counting on his fingers] your food, your rent, your clothes . . .”
        I walked away while he was still talking. Needless to say the subject was dropped, never to be brought up again.

      • 49erDweet says:

        AIRC as a teen age boy I was expected to pay the way on dates with girls. And do all the heavy, dirty, smelly jobs around the restaurant while the girls held the flashlight and pointed out where the problems were. The fact I made 10¢ an hour more seemed to cover those differences. But maybe it was unfair. It didn’t seem to bother them at the time, because they always raked in more than I in tips.

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  18. mothy67 says:

    For fucks sake this is up there with McDonalds being heteronormative by having girls ans boys toys. Somebody silence thsee tools

  19. 1539days says:

    By the way, someone always gets the short end of the stick. My family is Irish and Sicilian. Part of my family came from Germany a few years after WWII. Plenty of people hated all those groups and treated them like crap.

    Through the years there have been a number of Black visionaries who tried to tell their people to stop focusing on inequities and work hard until they succeed. None of them got shows on basic cable.

    • mothy67 says:

      Read what was done to Zora Neal Hurston. She went off script and they destroyed her.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yeah, I think of guys like poor old Bill Cosby. Could of been a comedic genius if only he weren’t just an “affirmative action” comedian, relying on racial stereotypes and all.

  20. mothy67 says:

    Funny story if un pc
    My brother’s wife sister’s kid discovered he was black over Easter weekend. He had no idea. Priceless was theimps reaction.He is 7 and was trying to make a big deal and my mother said whatever can you pass the potato salad. Perfect.

  21. votermom says:

    Love this

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    BUSTED!! NY Yankees’ Pitcher Michael Pineda Ejected for Having Pine Tar on his Neck:

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    Rolling Stones on how Repubs are all wrong about stuff.. OMG, three, count them three Berkeley economists say stuff in here. And they mention “the most reliable studies”. ACA is now working. And other truthiness.

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