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NOVEMBER 13,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

WE WAIT ON HER EVERY WORD – OVERNIGHT:  Vice President Harris speaks on American foreign policy, for a bit.  From Daily Mail:   Vice President Kamala Harris told French reporters that America remains 'very concerned' about Russia outside of a shop in Paris on Saturday after buying pots and skillets.  As the Biden administration warned of an imminent threat in Eastern Europe over fears of a Ukraine invasion amidst an escalating crisis at the Belarus-Poland border, Harris strolled through Paris with her husband, Doug Emhoff.  When asked about the Russia-Ukraine conflict the vice president said: 'I cannot talk to you about classified information' and went on to express her concerns on the crisis.   But it wasn't the first time Harris has voiced worries about Russian military movements amid the tense immigrant crisis in Belarus that has the potential to spill over into other countries in Europe.  Harris said the 'eyes of the world' are on the Belarus border as the Biden administration waded into the chaos in Eastern Europe.  Okay, she opened her mouth on a serious subject, even with pots and pans in her hands.  Part of her objective on this trip, we read, is to assure Americans that she is ready to take over as president. Her comments are a good start, but she has a vast distance to go.  And she should discuss foreign policy from behind a desk or a lectern.  The pots and pans won't scare any enemy.

November 13, 2021       Permalink   

 

ANTI-CRT IS MULTIRACIAL – OVERNIGHT:  The objections raised against critical race theory by African American scholars and commentators is almost completely ignored by the mainstream media.  It is another of journalism's disgraces.  From Fox: 

Columbia professor and author John McWhorter discusses Condoleezza Rice’s criticism of critical race theory on her last appearance on ‘The View.’

Columbia University professor and author John McWhorter said on Friday that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's criticism of critical race theory was correct.

"She's dead, right," the author of "Woke Racism" told "The Brian Kilmeade Show."

The former secretary of state, who served during the Bush administration, denounced the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in schools, declaring that Black children could be completely empowered without making White children feel bad for their race.

During a guest host appearance on ABC's "The View," Rice, the first Black woman to head the State Department, cited her experience growing up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, as she argued that young children didn't need to be taught CRT and parents needed to have a say in their children's education.

Rice clashed with co-host Sunny Hostin, who claimed, without evidence, that some parents were seeking to prevent their children from learning the "real" history of America and reaching a point of "true racial reconciliation."

"Come on now," Rice said.

"People are being taught the true history, but I just have to say one more thing: It goes back to how we teach the history. We teach the good and we teach the bad of history. But what we don’t do is make 7- and 10-year-olds feel that they are somehow bad people because of the color of their skin," she added. "We've been through that, and we don't need to do that again for anyone."

McWhorter said that it is "true" that critical race theory was originally formed by legal scholars in 1981 and that is not the version being taught in schools. However, he explained further that the "underpinnings of the ideology" are being pushed in public education.

"And Condoleezza Rice is not crazy to refer to that. I'm not crazy to gather the news, stories, and the countless anecdotes I have from schools at practically every state of this country, saying that that sort of thing is influencing the way things are being taught," he added.

McWhorter said that calling out the issue of teaching critical race theory is unfairly seen by some as "not battling racism."

"So you're supposed to pretend that it isn't happening. But it is, and I don't want my children affected by it, and I don't want this country's intellectual culture to be based on that one thing. It's not that the one thing isn't true. There was slavery. There was racism, and there's still some now. But for that to be the main thing that an education is about, instead of teaching people to think. I say no, I as a Black person do not need that transformation on the behalf of Black people who need help, and neither do they," McWhorter said.

COMMENT:  Wonderfully stated.  I do not see black parents marching through the streets of their towns asking for more critical race theory.  From what I've seen, a great chunk of the support for CRT comes from white radicals in our universities and teachers colleges, and parts of the media.  If the CRT crowd wins, America loses, and black America loses the most of all.  But the actual fate of black children is of little interest to Marxists and other leftists.  They see students of all colors as potential foot soldiers in the army of the woke.  Who can top that for importance?

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NOVEMBER 12,  2021

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I MEAN, THIS IS ABSURD – FROM FOX:   Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering a run for state attorney general next year, according to a report.  Cuomo, who was forced to resign in August after a report from current New York Attorney General Letitia James found he had sexually harassed 11 women, held James’s office himself before he became governor in 2011.  James plans to run for governor next year. Both Cuomo and James are Democrats.  People close to Cuomo have mentioned the possibility of a run for attorney general to Democratic officials and political insiders, according to the New York Post.  "People in Cuomo’s orbit are tossing it out there," a source told The Post.  Cuomo would be the biggest name among the handful of Democrats who are reportedly considering a run for New York's top law enforcement job. The others include a couple of district attorneys and state senators, two U.S. Congress members, a state Assembly member and a former state superintendent of financial services, according to political site City & State New York.  Wouldn't it be neat if Bill Clinton and Andy Cuomo ran against each other for the job?  What a tribute to the people of New York State.  They could debate which one has been kinder to women.  Geez.  This is what it's come to.

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THE PEOPLE'S REVOLT CONTINUES – OVERNIGHT:  Even in blue New York State, the voters were sufficiently sane to understand how the Dems are trying to manipulate the electoral system, and the voters said no.  From Daily Signal: 

In one of the bluest states in the nation, voters soundly rejected proposed changes to election law that congressional Democrats are trying to impose nationally.

New York state voters voted “no” on Democrat-supported amendments to the state Constitution, pitched as “voting rights” measures, that would have expanded absentee voting, allowed same-day voter registration, and changed the rules on drawing legislative districts.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives this year have passed four bills that were variations of their initial bill, HR1, dubbed the “For the People Act.” The measures would ban most state voter ID laws, allow same-day voter registration, expand ballot harvesting, and require unelected commissions instead of elected legislators to draw congressional districts.

Already, New York is among 15 states that don’t have laws requiring voters to show identification at the polls. The other measures rejected by state voters, however, would have moved the Empire State even closer to the vision laid out in national Democrats’ HR 1.

In each case, including this week, filibusters by Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ election bills–and each time Democrats claimed the GOP was blocking the will of the people.

The three New York ballot measures put that Democrat claim to the test, as state voters decisively defeated all three measures despite the party’s strong advantage in voter registration.

Polling by the Honest Elections Project shows the Democrats’ goals for nationalizing elections and nullifying state voting laws are unpopular.

That’s because voters’ access to the ballot and the integrity of the ballot are intertwined, not mutually exclusive, said Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project.

“We know for a fact that a lot of the provisions of HR 1 are deeply unpopular. … You can look at the results of the ballot initiatives in New York and it shows this is not a statistical anomaly in polling,” Snead told The Daily Signal.

Election reforms likely will be on the ballot in Arizona and Pennsylvania in coming election cycles, he said.

New York’s proposed state constitutional amendments on elections faced a clear partisan divide.

Democrats backed the measures and Republicans organized opposition in a state where Democrats enjoy a 2-1 voter registration advantage, the Rochester-based Democrat & Chronicle reported.

The defeat of the three Democrat-backed election law amendments was even more pronounced by the fact that two other Democrat-backed amendments–one making clean air and water a constitutional right, another expanding the jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court–easily passed.

“All three resoundingly defeated,” Nick Langworthy, chairman of the New York State Republican Committee, said in a public statement after the vote. “People of all party affiliations voted to keep fair and honest elections in this state.”

COMMENT:  Please read the rest.  It's so laughable to see Democrats, who practically invented corrupt elections in our big cities, present themselves as champions of the people.   With a straight face they tell us we must defeat voter i.d., possibly the strongest defense we have against fraudulent voting.  The Dems want it gone because they want the inner cities to return to the politics of the machines.  Nobody makes much progress, but everyone gets a Thanksgiving Day turkey.  Ah yes, the good old days.

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