Of Mountains and Molehills and Microaggressions

No trigger warnings were harmed in the writing of this blog post.

The Atlantic Monthly has a personality disorder. The magazine that gave the world Ta-Nehisi Coates, who in turn wrote the world’s first Autobiography of Microaggression, would like young collegiate millennials to know they are mentally ill. Or maybe mentally ill is too fraught a phrase; at the very least, there is a psychological solution to what ails them. What ails them is a deliberately provoked hyper-sensitivity and the cure is cognitive therapy. If only our college campuses took the cognitive approach, instead of the Freudian one… Nevertheless, the lesson is so important that the article in question, The Coddling of the American Mind, is the cover story of the print edition and made a big splash online as well.

The article criticizes the phenomena of microaggression and trigger warnings as specific symptoms of a virulent form of intolerance that has overtaken university campuses. This virulent intolerance is anathema to the purpose of higher education, which is to perfect the art of critical thinking. Such intolerance puts faculty and students alike at risk. Of course, the magazine is preaching to the choir. For most millennial college students, this article is TL;DR. Who has time when every waking moment is spent micro-analyzing every incident in a day as a form of microaggression? Each new day should come with its own trigger warning, yes?

Of course there’s the fact that, despite what the writers of the Atlantic article have posited, colleges have taught their students a kind of critical thinking, which has been based on a number of logical fallacies, starting with the ad hominem attack. A simple Google search shows that the authors are white males, older white males specifically, and at least one of them might be a bona fide conservative depending upon your point of view.

In light of these salient facts, appeals to emotion are the least of their worries. One can predict, after reading the article, that frustrated adjuncts and fulltime faculty will make it required reading, and that just as surely, their outspoken, over-wrought students will do more research on the authors of the article than on any of the detailed accounts included in the article itself.

The article fails at the most basic academic questions, though. It posits a theory, sure, and it uses copious examples to back it up, and even proposes solutions to the problems contained therein. And yet it fails to answer the most basic question the problem population will have: why? If we take the rhetoric as articles of fact, why have campus administrators and the student body come to tolerate such intolerance?

It’s too simple to say, as the authors do, that these modern developments of microaggressions and trigger warnings are the manifestations of the intellectual theory of political correctness of yore.

Political correctness may be one ingredient in the recipe, but so too is the dramatic change in the make up of university employees. Faculty, once the most numerous kind of employee on campus, is a class now dwarfed by the numbers of administrators. Tenured faculty are an even rarer breed. And then there is the political persuasion of these faculty–mostly to the left of the left. These faculty have contributed to the current political climate, with its focus on identity politics of every kind and  have been complicit in the mainstream media’s exploitation of such, the design of which is to herd whole groups of pre-categorized people in one political direction. That’s all good and well until flock turns on you.

Is that a complicated way of saying blame Obama? Yes, it is at least in part, because that is the methodology he and his team used to win. That’s what happens when you whip up cries of racism in response to the basic criticisms of any candidacy, as Team Obama did in 2008. As the nation rejoiced that a black man could aspire to the presidency, a new meme-atic model that others could replicate was born. Add to the soup a large group of top-tier journalists, as happened with Journo-list, to ply your winning strategy in the press. But even this, along with the changing composition of colleges and the readvent of political correctness, would not be enough.

Baked into all of this is the educational revolution that has occurred over the last half century. In disaffected blogging parlance, we refer to it as the “special snowflake syndrome.” This is the idea of each person’s inherent individuality, truly a product of DNA, yet marked in the superficial notions of racial and gender identity, and the uncontrollable aspects of habitat that define the childhoods of students, should be sufficient reason for praise. The prize is for just showing up, in this world view. Pedagogy tailored to such superficial notions produces citizens who are acutely aware of cultural phenomenon that place them somewhere undesirable on the trajectory of success, and gives them the ability to excuse their own weaknesses instead of overcoming them.

Underlying much of the current debate about macro- and micro-identity on campus is an impetus as old as time. Call it the will to change, or the call to action, or whatever name or phrased used to describe it. It’s the same in every age. The young have a profound and earnest desire to leave their mark on the world, to change it for the better, to challenge prevailing wisdom and authority and subvert the old ways to a new paradigm. This impetus is amplified right now due to the sheer volume of the young. People forget that millennials comprise a huge group, just slightly bigger than the baby boomers.

Sadly for young Americans today, most of the righteous battles relevant to our nation have been fought and won. We are already a highly free and egalitarian society, thanks in large part to the rhetorical wisdom of our founders, and those generations of young who came after who found the will to manifest the truth of our founding documents. And yet the impulse to pioneer, to feel as though one were making a critical difference and changing the world for the better remains.

This is why the young, led by the complicit media, can cheer on as President Obama renames a mountain while the body of a Syrian toddler washes up on a Turkish shore. It’s also why the victim lottery is immediately employed to discount the death of the Syrian toddler by cashing in on the emotional economy of pictures. The mountain renamed achieves nothing for no one. The act itself is just another provocation in the rhetorical war we fight as political factions, designed to offer an empty victory and provoke a pointless response from the scattered enemy. The mountain has become the microaggression, and thus lends the feeling to some that something was changed for the better by their side. The mountain doesn’t care; it will still be the same mountain under any other name. So who cares? Who should care? And yet, it seems such insignificant gestures are all we truly care about anymore.


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154 Responses to Of Mountains and Molehills and Microaggressions

  1. helenk3 says:

    Bomber Billy Ayres system of education has spread far and wide. make no one responsible for their own actions. blame the other guy at all times. never think for yourself, just follow blindly. and above think badly about your country and those who serve and protect.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Bill Ayres and Osama bin Laden – two wealthy children of privilege who decided to tear the system down and become terrorists. At least Osama never quit and went back to his feathered nest.

      • Somebody says:

        I don’t know about that Osama was holed up in that compound and watched a lot of porn according to reports. Maybe he didn’t completely quit, but it was pretty near quitting.

        Agreed both children of privilege with a lot of issues.

      • Mary says:

        Oh….touche, Klown! Definite thread winner.

      • Propertius says:

        Back in the day, an awful lot of people in SDS were convinced that Ayers was an FBI agent provocateur. His remarkable luck in evading both injury and conviction while so many of his compatriots ended up dead or in the slammer is certainly curious. Of course, he may have just been playing both sides for his personal benefit, as well.

        Like everything else Lola posts, this is a really excellent piece of work. I’m the child and grandchild of academics – and while I studiously avoided going into the “family business” I ended up marrying an academic. Lola has definitely hit the nail on the head. Nice work.

  2. helenk3 says:


    are they there to “feel comfortable” or to study and learn?

  3. elliesmom says:

    The “special snowflake”, participation trophy generation has also been taught that working hard at something is more important than succeeding at it. While the value of hard work cannot be underestimated, there is a huge resentment out there toward people who succeed in business or school based on their talents. While young people almost worship the raw talent of an athlete or a performing artist, they don’t recognize raw intellectual talent or business acumen the same way. Thus, they’re ripe for things like “you didn’t build that” and “soak the rich” business people. As a teacher I would often get from students, “Why did she get a better grade on that project than I did? I worked harder than she did.” The whole concept of what deserves praise and admiration is skewed. When success cannot be measured in terms that make sense, our whole political and economic system gets fouled. Because they feel good, we end up spending billions of dollars on programs that don’t work. We engage in identity politics instead of electing people who can get the job done. Mediocrity becomes acceptable until mediocre isn’t good enough, and it becomes almost comical to see what mediocre products and services get the collective outcry. Downgrading a major hospital is less traumatic for some than a new iPhone with a design flaw. Our collective measuring stick needs recalibration, but I don’t see it happening until the level of mediocrity sinks to a point where the millennials find enough things too mediocre not to acknowledge there is a place for recognizing and celebrating merit. Or maybe their kids will.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      America is Europeanizing itself, an odd thing, given that Europeans always feared that their Hellenism would be buried under crass American Romanism. It turns out that once liberty and freedom have ensured prosperity — the underclass of today has access to better communications, transportation, and computer-driven knowledge than the 1 percent of 30 years ago — then that achievement can be consumed by “fairness” and “equality.” What the West worries about is not poverty, but disparity: No one argues that the rioters at Ferguson did not have smartphones, expensive sneakers, hot water in their homes, air conditioning, and plenty to eat — it’s just that they did not have as many or as sophisticated appurtenances as someone else. Michael Brown was not undernourished or in need of the cigars he lifted.

      Is this decline just circular, as a Chamberlain leads to a Churchill, who leads to an Attlee, and eventually back to Thatcher, or as Carter begets Reagan, who begets Obama, who loses the Congress and the nation’s support? Certainly, equality and fairness are parasitical luxuries that depend first upon Western productivity, which is the harvest of personal freedom and economic liberty. Before you can have Cornel West, Sandra Fluke, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders, you first have to have grimy frackers and horizontal drillers, pajama-boy techies, the loggers of reality TV, long-haul truckers — and, yes, conniving capitalists at Goldman Sachs and showmen like Donald Trump.

      So far, the West has been lucky. The present generations of nihilistic redistributionists are no Sullas, Robespierres, or Lenins. They do damage, but for now not enough to endanger the architecture of their own privilege. Al Gore still jets around the world to hector about climate change. Barack Obama won’t retire to an iffy neighborhood in Chicago. Al Sharpton won’t order the police away from his doorstep. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates believe in property rights. Mark Zuckerberg assumes that he has the right to buy up his neighbors’ property to create a moat defense against those who he insists must be allowed into the United States without following legal immigration procedures. Even George Soros adheres to international finance laws, most of the time.

      At least for now, we are in a cycle of Western decline, waiting either for another Churchill, Thatcher, or Reagan to scold us out of it — or for an existential enemy, foreign or domestic, of such power and danger that all our progressive pieties will dissipate in the face of danger.

    • Jeffhas says:

      I gotta tell you, my experience with in college or just outta college millennials is that they are NOT hard workers. They really buy into ‘the world owes me’ syndrome, and cannot understand why high-paying positions at the top of the ladder are not already theirs.

      Some of them eventually figure out that life just isn’t fair – but most are paralyzed by the idea that they have not been handed the keys to a business like they were handed the keys to their parents cars and house… They have not put it together that the generations before them didn’t live at home until 30 or later (or move back home), or that their like-aged generations before were not a protected class and had to work for every scrap.

      I blame educators for sure in not preparing these college educated kids that all life’s pearls are not in the Universtiy Oyster… But I also blame us, for allowing the spoiled kids to come back and ‘make it’ at home – of course, how can someone make it on $10 an hour as a retail clerk or box boy when they get out of college?

      It’s a rude awakening… And yet most, still find a way to stay asleep and coast. If society thinks migrants do the work most Americans won’t do now – just wait until this generation gets older! Your gonna find these spoiled brats will be willing to turn all the jobs over to migrants (they already have to some degree with H1B’s)

      We all need a wake up call.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I knew grads in the 80’s and 90’s who moved back home to wait for a “Management” position to open without any real experience doing anything. This problem has been festering for decades.

      • elliesmom says:

        “Working hard” is also a relative term. While I agree most millennials have no concept of what working hard really is, there is an idea out there the kid who needs 3 hours to read something another kid can read in one deserves more credit for the accomplishment. When you sit in on as many parent meetings as I have, you get the picture quite clearly. When homework is assigned “by the minute” rather than by the content, some students will accomplish much less than others. If homework is a true learning experience as opposed to time management training, the student who reads faster, thinks faster, and absorbs more pulls ahead daily. If the assignments are content based, then both kids and parents complain the assignments aren’t “fair” because some kids have to spend a lot more time on the same homework as others to get the same results. It plays out in the workplace and in politics when things like minimum wage come up. Does everybody deserve the same amount of pay solely based on the number of hours they put in, or does society have the right to differentiate reward based on value? If we all deserve a participation trophy, then don’t we all deserve a good salary for just showing up to work?

      • I blame us, too, at least in part. With my daughter, I was looking for a way to do a better job than my own mother did. Turns out my mother did a fine job. I did do a better job, and my kid is no slouch, but she feels like an island in a sea of slouches. She has a hard time relating to people her own age because they just want to take, take, take without earning, and yet every little thing is a slight to them. She’s definitely on the road less traveled, and I worry about her. It creates its own problems.

        • Somebody says:

          I was about to say something similar about my older kids Lola. Both of my adult kids work hard. My oldest worked ungodly hours for years, never saying no to a task that needed to be done. He worked his way up in that company and then moved to another job with better hours. He has carried his work ethic with him. Recently there was a problem with the system during registration time no less, he works at a college. The majority of his co-workers and ALL of the H1B workers walked out the door because it was quitting time. My son, his boss and two others stayed and corrected the problem. Luckily it was a fairly easy fix, my son knew exactly what it was from experience at his previous job…..everybody else was on the road to Abilene with their ideas. He shined and it paid off, about two weeks later he got a nice raise!!! It couldn’t have come at a better time given everything that is happening with his home life.

          My older daughter has worked her tail off. She’s climbing the corporate ladder quite effectively through hard work and dedication. She constantly gets things dumped in her lap to fix and she always comes through in a pinch. She works very long hours quite often, but doesn’t complain. She’s already gotten two promotions and she has an interview today for yet another rung up the ladder…….actually this would be two rungs up the ladder!!

          While I agree my kids are quite different from many of their counterparts, not all millennials are babies, some are actual grown ups. Both of my kids have some friends that are still in arrested development and some that have grown up and made it in the real world. Just as it wasn’t fair to paint all baby boomers with the same “me generation” brush, it’s also not fair to do that to millennials.

        • mcnorman says:

          Excellent post Lola. Your daughter will be fine. I know because I have a kid that had a horrific time traversing the sea of slouches.

    • mothy67 says:

      I agree except for girls softball. That stuff is insane. I sit alone near the outfield because it is too much. Extreme pressure on kids. Odd I say do your best but I would never scream at her. Some parents come close to abuse. Even worse are dance moms. Pup has taken dance since she was three. Every year there is a trade show pup goes because her teachers daughter runs it. Some of these parents need hospitalization. Barking at kids.

      • elliesmom says:

        As I said, athletic prowess and artistic achievement are valued. Intellectual achievement is not. Many towns came out with bumper stickers that said, “My child is an honor student at Name That School”. A very popular competing bumper sticker was “My child can beat up your honor student”.

        • mothy67 says:

          I wish schools would offer a class to parents. I took a psyco educational course in college. There are so many little things you can do. Homework same time same place everyday. Pup has yet to get a B. Parents have to be involved only way a kid will see value. The school cannot do it all.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            There is something wrong with a grading system where every kid gets an “A”. “C” is supposed to mean “average” but a kid who gets straight “C’s” is seen as a failure.

            By definition, everyone cannot be exceptional.

          • votermom says:

            If every kid is getting an A then the class is too easy.

          • mothy67 says:

            They are not getting all A’s where I live. You would not believe school board meetings. Common Core is so frustrating for parents . The questions do not make sense. I am no math scholar but I was an engineering student for a week at Purdue. I should be able to understand her homework. I bought every Common Core book Amazon sells. I did all the work. I still get lost. I read the questions over and over and I do not understand. I like math. These educators are making it torture. Should be a beautiful thing. Kids are sponges. Last year the big thing was mental math 9 times 9 is no longer 81 it is ten times 9 minus 9. From my standpoint math is something kids grow into.it should be organic. NOT this forced garbage. I am lucky I do not have one of those things people call a job. I can spend time and money to learn what is going on in school.

      • mcnorman says:

        Dance moms are a particular kind of pathology.

  4. Dora says:

    Read it and weep, especially the second chart. I hope somebody sends this info to Trump.:

    698K Native-Born Americans Lost Their Job In August: Why This Suddenly Is The Most Important Jobs Chart

    The chart is especially important because what it shows for just the month of August will be enough to provide the Trump – and every other – campaign with enough soundbites and pivot points to last it for weeks on end: namely, that in August a whopping 698,000 native-born Americans lost their job. This drop was offset by 204,000 foreign-born Americans, who got a job in the month of August.


  5. piper says:

    Another well-written thread. You have a gift that needs to be shared thru the entire web.

  6. DandyTIger says:

    Holy moly that was a brilliant post.

  7. Kathy says:

    Love your analysis, Lola! And after years of observing bs in our school system, I think some of this new categorizing and labeling is to justify or attempt to make some faculty jobs relevant. Every three or four years teachers, at least in my neck of the woods, would have to learn about some ‘amazing new program’ that would produce great student results. Strangely it would remind you of something tried, but under a different name, years before. Later you learn that the board has paid a consultant millions of dollars for the new program and the results were usually the same year after year. This process is still going on here, but the results are worse. Higher Ed just magnifies the problem of marrying education and business.

    • It’s just like the brand new, better than evah, Palmolive soap. They just dilute it over time and then re-concentrate for the new kind.

    • elliesmom says:

      The other thing about the education community is their unwillingness to stick with a program long enough to see if it works or not. When prescribed teaching methods are changed every couple of years, we have no class of kids who were taught the same way all through school. When you completely switch the methodology for how you teach something, you need to start it in the early grades and follow it through. You don’t start teaching “Common Core Math” to kids in 6th grade who have been taught using a different method up to that point. You start with 1st graders and follow a class through to high school. Then you compare them to a class who were taught using more traditional methods. But most public school teachers suck at math and science. Their only experience with statistics is figuring out how many kids passed or failed a test. So we’re stuck with an educational system that takes a hit for poor test scores and goes looking for the next shiny new thing, even if it’s just an old thing that’s been polished up a bit. The argument is always it’s unfair to the kids to stick with a failing program. The reality is we don’t use a good measuring stick for success or failure so we have no idea what works and what doesn’t. It’s just as unfair to the kids to keep bouncing around, but “doing something” takes precedence over taking time to figure out what the right thing is.

      • DeniseVB says:

        My oldest was was an experimental Metric System student in grade school (’80s). Of course Mumsie and Popsie had no clue “how to help”. I agree, it should’ve been started earlier, like on Sesame Street for the toddler years. Think of the parents !!!

        • Jadzia says:

          I am beginning to think that’s part of the goal. If Mom and Dad can’t help (because they learned math a completely different way), then all the kids get to be mediocre together. No unfair advantages for kids with involved parents!

          • Hmmm, good point, and one I had not considered.

          • elliesmom says:

            “Common Core Math” is actually “New Math” made popular in the 60’s, but spiffed up. While Mom and Dad can’t help the kids with Common Core, a lot of Grandmas and Grandpas can. “New Math” taught math in a way that prepared us for computers to burst onto the scene. I learned Boolean algebra in the 5th grade. But not every school adopted it, and not every school followed through with it long enough for it to “stick”. I was fortunate to be in a laboratory school for a local college and got the full program. My husband got a taste of it, but mostly he learned math in the more traditional way. Although we can both solve the same math problems, there is a decided difference to the way we do it. He says I use the wrong side of my brain to do math. 😉

  8. Kathy says:

    Lola–btw, your writing is very good.

  9. mothy67 says:

    I noticed I have due to our screwed up politics grown quite fond of cursing. I rather enjoy dispensing colorful words. Fucking asshole feels so right. I went to Catholic school and I had respect drilled into my brain. I still find people that cannot complete a sentence without saying fuck 5 times to be very bland. Unimaginative. I probably never uttered the c word until Debbie Whatshername Shultz. Feels so apt. I think this whole micro aggression policing of thought has backfired. Yet another reason Trump has risen. The PC police went too far. The cisgender stuff is whack. Gender neutral terms and bathrooms for first graders is insane. People will only be pushed so far the harder you push the more powerful the backlash. I have read some of the sex ed stuff they are teaching in California. No way so wrong.

    • NewOrleans says:

      “I still find people that cannot complete a sentence without saying fuck 5 times to be very bland. Unimaginative.”

      Hahahaha, Tim! Or rather: Fucking dying fucking laughing my fucking head fucking off.

    • Somebody says:

      Fuck, what the fuck is the big fucking deal about saying fuck five fucking times in a sentence??? I don’t fucking get it Tim.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    The future of our Journalism schools ? Partisan Hackery 101 ? Slobber Bucket Carrying 101?

  11. Myiq2xu says:

    Lola doesn’t think this post is going up for another 3 1/2 hours. I moved it up just before I went to bed.

    • Lulu says:

      There is something peculiar going on with these middle-aged women (Merkel and the lady in the UK and her horrible children bragging on her) opening their homes and countries to young overwhelmingly male Muslim migrants. They act so sweet. Until they don’t get what they want. It seems to me at least to be some kind of pathological condition mentally. Giving charity is one thing. Exposing yourself to heaven knows what immediate physical danger is another. Merkel is trying to back down a little (her coalition partners have lit into her ass) now claiming she will cut bennies for the hordes. Good luck with the riots Angela. Do-gooders frequently have to be bailed out because they don’t look at cause and effect. They need a serotonin hit for their sad brains or something. How about a pill girls? And some first class refugee camps in Lebanon.

    • helenk3 says:

      Russia is building an air base in Syria and sending a sub with nuclear warheads there.
      The economy is not good in a lot of countries.
      Expansion and bad economies have caused war before, could it happen again ? I think so

    • DeniseVB says:

      No more WAR with politicians in charge! Obama’s weakened our armies by picking Generals and Admirals who aren’t allowed to actually “lead”. (I think a couple were let go for criticizing the stand down order for a Benghazi rescue). He’s been choosing military leaders based on agreeing with gays, transgenders and women on the battlefields, not that there’s anything wrong with that 😉 Part of Obama’s grand transformation plan is weakening our military because we’re just too big for our britches and why everyone hates us. He rescues the cowards like Bergdahl and lets political prisoners rot in Iranian jails. Morale is very, very low in our armed forces right now. Don’t get me started on law enforcement ….. ugh.

  12. helenk3 says:

    your posts always give me something to think about in a different way. I do thank you for that

  13. helenk3 says:


    refugees or convenient economic and demografic exodus
    a good read

  14. lyn says:

    I just got up. This is too deep for my little brain without coffee right now. 😉

  15. SHV says:

    “The whole concept of what deserves praise and admiration is skewed. When success cannot be measured in terms that make sense, our whole political and economic system gets fouled.”
    And that has evolved into the concept that standards of excellence vary depending on one’s particular demographic group. The concept is that African Americans, trans-genders, feminist- Lesbians, etc. have different standards of excellence and can’t be judged by hetero-White/Asian standards. This is a convenient concept for University promotion and tenure committees to promote diversity.

    • elliesmom says:

      While I believe diversity of experience is a good thing to have when a committee has a problem to solve, not all input is equally valuable, and success should have a concrete yardstick. A project like Hillary Clinton’s cookstoves could have benefitted from more input from the end users of the program and a little less from the do-gooders in Washington and Hollywood. Instead of counting up how many identity groups a committee has, it might be better to assess whether any identity group has a distinct value to add. If no identity group has any more to add than any other, then hiring the best team regardless of their sex, race, or sexual orientation is best for all. I never thought bringing “the women’s perspective” helped any engineering project I participated in. My ability to “herd cats” did. I don’t think it’s a sex-based trait, but I don’t know. 😉

  16. DeniseVB says:


  17. It’s that time of year again!! You guessed it, just 10 legislative working days (That’s, like, a month, or something) until the next season of Countdown Madness begins!


  18. lyn says:

    Freddie Gray’s family is getting $6.4 million.

  19. mothy67 says:

    Adding to the chorus I love your posts Lola

  20. helenk3 says:

    Arizona State Troopers investigating possible shooting of Phoenix police sergeant’s vehicle – @FOX10Phoenix
    See original on twitter.com

  21. helenk3 says:

    this has been around but it fits here

  22. helenk3 says:

    Ky clerk released from jail

  23. helenk3 says:

    does anyone else think the I am so special and you have to think as I do is the “peter principle” on steroids ?

  24. votermom says:

    Snark time:

  25. Dora says:

    Oh Please!!

    NOT A CULT: Hillary Clinton Supporters Put Her Name in a SONG ABOUT JESUS


  26. helenk3 says:

    Kerry just hired a “czar” for Hillary’s e-mails

    there are no words

  27. mothy67 says:

    I worked as an event planner. I made some bank. To be un PC I think gay neurotic men are the best. I still get gifts from people I did a Bar Mitsvah from twenty year ago. I had my own company but I worked with some high end places. I usually did private stuff on my own but corporate stuff was partners. One day I had to deal with this guy who did not like people he was being moved up because he had held same job for ten years. I could make sick money on a party. This guy thought he deserved it. I spent years fostering stuff. I said this guy is beyond rude. Fire him. Nope he was black and gay.

  28. Jadzia says:

    Let me tell you my favorite bullshit story from working at a university (a public law school on the West Coast) just a few years ago. Part of my job was to put together the school “catalog,” you know, the monumental waste of money embodied in a glossy color magazine of 100 thick pages or so sent out at a huge cost to thousands of students with mediocre LSATs.

    Okay, fine. So one thing that needs to be done every year is to rotate some of the photographs, so the publication doesn’t look the same every time. Naturally, because the whole thing is an exercise in PR, it’s important to show the diversity of the campus, the student body, the faculty.

    Which is obviously fine. It’s advertising.

    Until I found myself on the receiving end of a holier-than-thou lecture from our admissions director about how I had to redo a major section.

    My crime?

    Including a picture that showed a female instructor teaching a young man of color. Um, what? I said, Well, the admissions director explained, the optics are bad. It makes it look like the white person is the authority figure. Me: “But these people aren’t models. She is actually a teacher here. He is actually a student.”

    Guess who was labeled the troublemaker?

    My new institution isn’t perfect, but I am SO GLAD to be free of that kind of bullshit.

  29. Dora says:

    I guess she wants to have company when they finally throw her behind bars. 🙂

    Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m Going To Make Some Employers Go To Jail’

  30. Dora says:

    I’m watching the television. Kim was let out of jail. That’s fine. Strike one up for Huckabee. He has been there fighting for her and he is now at the center of the rally. Good for him. Everybody is happy. They are smiling.

    As I switch around from channel to channel and listen to the talking heads, there is one sentence I hear over and over – Ms Davis has the right not be forced to do something against her conscious, BUT we must remember that we are a nation of laws yada, yada, yada. And all the time I hear myself screaming from someplace inside my head – But what about sanctuary cities? What about the illegals? Why don’t they have to follow the law? My God, they are pouring in across the border as we speak.

    I am so sick of this half assed, totally corrupt system we call justice! I just had to rant about it.

    I shut off the TV and put on a Vivaldi recording. Much easier to listen to.

  31. Myiq2xu says:

    I had this really weird dream I wanted to tell you about but I forget what it was.

  32. Dora says:

    That she should be so powerful is frightening!

    After Clinton Cronies Complain, Big Shakeup at NYTimes


  33. 49erDweet says:

    Thank you, Lola, for another great post. You always challenge my thinking, and for that I’ve extremely grateful. Once or twice I’ve even been wrong…….I think.

  34. Myiq2xu says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      The mayor pushed for that settle meant early I’d wager. Hoping to help the criminal case against the cops, and more generally for the PR and narrative she wants.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Not like it’s going to come out of Rawlings or Blake’s pockets, stick it to the taxpayers RAH! That money could be used for programs to help the prevent more Freddys and their failing schools and neighborhoods.

      I thought wrongful death settlements were based on the deceased being an actual contributing member to society ? The LEOs still haven’t been to trial yet. Something smelly in Baltimore ?

      • 49erDweet says:

        Prog law firms have to pay their rents, too.

      • lyn says:

        It’s the symbolism!

      • Myiq2xu says:

        How much would your life be worth? Seriously – very few people are worth that kind of dough. There should be a cap of $1 million.

        • DeniseVB says:

          As a former Edwards supporter (read Four Trials), every one of his “victories” that made him “wealthy” were decided by juries. Most of the decisions were buckets of money above what he was asking for. By our peers mind you. 😉

          Even OJ didn’t get slapped with a wrongful death civil suit til after his trial.

          My life’s worth? We save a lot of money not having a life insurance policy on moi. Though I’ll be a happy widow if hubby goes first /snork. Of course, that’s with Special Greg in mind.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Wonder what the kickback is that the family has to pay the mayor? What?

  35. mothy67 says:

    Stating the obvious. Teachers are fucked sideways over and under by common core. They get noise from parents, students, government administrators. I fail to grasp the hubris of progressives. Act like everything before them was darkness. When I can find no sharp objects to hurt myself. I will read VOX. The stuff is like 9th grade essays when the teacher wants you to think outside the box but really bad. Why would you up end an entire countries education system. I see my brats teachers all the time they are not sure what they are doing Stuff is such a mess but the progs blame everyone else. I have this super power that allows me to teach 50 year olds to read. I enjoy it. Like the Sunday Times crossword puzzle. Once you get the theme everything falls in place. I need to see what they see. I fell into it by accident I was dropping off stuff at a rehab they would not admit this guy because he could not read. The place was run by Salvation Army in addition to 12 Steps they use REBT some call it RET. Robert Ellis designed it. Stands for Rational Emotive Therapy. He was a prof at Pitt. It is in a nutshell common sense. Thing was it has workbooks. You have to be able to read. I spent 90 days going to see him and work on his books. A lot of it was grief. He can read but I tried all this literacy stuff so useless. He was 48 a heroin addict his identical twin commited suicide the day before. The reading was clueless. He was not applying to Harvard. I found out I liked doing it. He got some token from NA or AA he read aloud place went insane. I have street cred in the ghetto. I have no idea why but it is always announced I am gay but I am okay. Funny thing Dwayne hit on me hard about a month into it. I shut it down. I said you are not gay. I entered your life when there was no one else. Of course you feel an attraction very natural. Does not make you gay. I get annoyed with prog thought because they label everything and it is only their definitions I think kids go though an awful time called puberty. So what if your son has a crush on coach. We need to let them grow up. No labels.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Since my kids were in school, the teachers’ unions seemed to have replaced the PTA as the most involved part of the kids educations. School Boards, City Councils and district administrators used to fear the wrath of the PTA parents. We drove the cirriculums! We helped the teachers help the students by volunteering in the classrooms, cafeterias, Saturday detentions and recesses to give the teacher a break, or at least help them eat lunch in peace. We ran the fundraisers to buy new sports equipment and visual aids equipment (ok, this was before computers, we weren’t that good).

      Sidebar: We did send our oldest to a military boarding school for middle and high school because he was on the path to becoming a major f**kup. So I’m kind of seeing the Trump gaffe about military school being like the military. The drop out rate was high, but son survived and became All State in soccer and lacrosse, it was the military “style” discipline that turned him around. Did ok in college with a criminal justice degree, took 5 years but…yada, yada, yada…now running security at a major airport (TSA and Air Marshals are now “under” him). Though we weren’t as wealthy as Daddy Trump, we did what we had to do to get this kid graduated from high school ! I worked full time, we drove cars held together with duck tape and wire hangers. I never thought of it as a “sacrifice”, it was love.

      • 1539days says:

        Where I live, the teachers put the most effort into voting for school budgets. Other people don’t go to the polls. The last time a budget was voted down, it was because it was an “austerity” budget with only a 2% increase and the union didn’t like it.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Though my last child finished hs in 1998, we support the public schools because…real estate. Good schools=solid real estate investments. People want to move to my neighborhood! Ok, lakefront helps too. 😉

          • elliesmom says:

            We’re in the process of downsizing. It’s very freeing not to care as much about the quality of the schools or the prospects for employment. We do have a couple of lakefront places in our sights. Elliesdad wants more of a country feel, and I’m OK with that as long as shopping and medical care are still close enough, and the kids are an hour or less away. We’re currently looking in Rhode Island. No place in the state is very far from the ocean. And the politics are more interesting.

  36. votermom says:

    Serena v Venus at the US Open tonight.
    McEnroe specially mentioned that Trump, likely GOP presidential nominee, is watching.

  37. Myiq2xu says:
  38. DeniseVB says:

    Hey kids, I just scheduled an open thread for zero dark thirty tomorrow 6 am ET. As always, admin can tweak that schedule. See ya’s in the a.m. ❤

  39. votermom says:

  40. This soooo belongs right here in this post. If you have the time and the will to wade through the bloviating blustering of this “brown poet” and his explanation of everything that’s wrong with poetry today:


    When you’re done, whether you love poetry or hate poetry, go here.

  41. helenk3 says:

    I need a minute to bitch

    congress should investigate the cable companies. it is a billion dollar industry and the service sucks big time.
    my experience since I moved to Florida.
    in the apt could only get bright house which was bad.
    moved to house on the west side of Florida.
    made arrangements with comcast to get tv-internet-phone to be installed the day after I moved in. they never showed up. when i called nobody knew anything about the arrangement .
    called century link, they installed service,. in the month since i have been here have not have one week where all three tv-internet-phone worked at the same time. got a bill for $320. claim in it is for 1st month and extra month that i will get back when I leave service plus charges.
    Called DISh had tv- and internet dishes installed. guy did not install all the equipment and used some left from century link. when I called he came and took out that equipment. now I can not use my Roku or get on demand. when I called again he told me I did not have the right equipment. he will come back and install it when he is in the area. this is with an attitude .
    I am really to take the equipment from dish and century link and throw it in the street and hire some one with an 18 wheeler to run over it several times.
    thanks for listening

    • SHV says:

      I’m close to cutting off cable. Have been using Sling TV with Roku for past several months and realize that I don’t need to pay $200+ per month for hundreds of TV channels that I never watch.

    • votermom says:


    • DandyTIger says:

      You’re not alone. Cable just sucks everywhere. Phone is usually better than you’ve experienced. But not cable. Best part is they’re all going to be obsolete with the way TV things are going. Can’t wait.

    • 1539days says:

      You’re actually lucky to have as many (bad) providers as you have. The best option is to get reliable internet. I have internet through Time Warner but I use Vonage for my phone. Dish internet straight up sucks. Forget streaming with it. If you have Bright House, you may be able to buy your internet through Earthlink. TV is kind of incidental. With good internet, you can stream a lot of TV shows.

      I go to this site to read about bad cable companies. The guy who runs it basically thinks government regulation will give us an online utopia.


  42. mothy67 says:

    I will drop cable soon. I have Netflix Amazon Primeand HuluPlus. I like The Walking Dead and Devious Maids( Susan Lucci is funny thank god shenever took herself too seriously I enjoy over the top stuff. Okay I also watch Pretty Little Liars. Useless banal trivia– Mona’s mom was the young Meggie Cleary on The Thornbirds first adult book I ever read. My mother was on The Doubleday book club. She was constitutionally unable to send back the sticker. I ended up reading The Thornbirds and The Stand in a weekend. Changed my life. I fell in love with reading. Both stories so epic. I was transported. I was a lit major for a brief time i am funny how many people go from engineering at Purdue to Lit Major at Hunter? I have no degree. Purdue/Temple/Hunter. I get annoyed by professors who take the joy out of reading. Jane Eyre is a great book. Feminist Ciderella. Hard to start because it is dull she tries to hard with words visage instead of face. I do love the book. Top five. I hated how it was taught. No joy. Same professor loved Beloved. I thought it was Freudian.
    Anyhow I still need TV for the kid. I can buy episodes of my favorite shows 1.99 a show. 15 episodes of Walking Dead is less than 30 cable is an insane rip off. There is one kids show I love called Good Luck Charlie. Reminds me of the sitcoms of my youth. The lead actress was on Will & Grace

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