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FEBRUARY 20-21,  2023

FIGHTING FOR WOMEN IN SPORTS:  Despite the indifference from what passes for "women's rights" groups, others are organizing to prevent the Biden administration from caving in to the woke left and destroying women's sports.  From Fox: 

EXCLUSIVE: More than two dozen organizations are urging the Biden administration to "abandon plans" to allow biological males to compete in women's sports and use the same locker rooms.

In 2022, Biden's Education Department proposed regulations on Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to expand the meaning of sex discrimination to include "gender identity." Another round of regulations will be released by the department this spring that will specifically address Title IX's application to transgender athletes participating in women's sports.

But in a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Tuesday organized by the Defense of Freedom Institute for Policy Studies, a diverse coalition of lawyers, subject-matter experts, parents, civil rights groups and former education officials said the Biden administration's additional anticipated regulations will "unfairly" penalize female athletes.

"The Department does not have the legal authority to issue regulations that would subvert rather than fulfill the requirements of Title IX by permitting or requiring biological males who identify as females to compete in sex-separated women’s sports and to use the intimate facilities and shared spaces of female students … we anticipate that the coming rulemaking on athletics will similarly conflate gender identity with Title IX’s sex-based protections and degrade those very protections," the groups wrote in their letter.

They argue that Title IX, which "is limited to" the prohibition of sex-based discrimination involving "any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance," does not include gender identity.

The letter was signed by the Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action for America, Ethics and Public Policy Center, SAVE, Independent Women's Law Center, Child and Parental Rights Campaign, Texas Eagle Forum, Family Policy Alliance, No Left Turn in Education, Southeastern Legal Foundation, American Civil Rights Project, Parents Defending Education and others.

"The Department’s view that Title IX extends to gender identity is an extremist position not supported by the purpose, text, structure or legislative history of Title IX," said Bob Eitel, president of the Defense of Freedom Institute. "More importantly, if the administration proceeds with its radical rewrite of Title IX, it will result in severe harm to biological women and girls and cause them to lose positions on athletic teams, awards, scholarships and prizes, as well as risk bodily harm in certain sports."

Cardona has said that he supports allowing biological male transgender people to compete in women's sports. He said during his confirmation hearing that it is "critically important" that educators and school systems "respect the rights of all students, including students who are transgender" and that all students should be able to participate in activities.

COMMENT:  I suspect that the administration, which has a high crackpot quotient, will ignore these protests and go with wokism, which probably means the issue will have to be decided by the Supreme Court.  I'm confident that this court will protect women in sports.

February 21, 2023       Permalink

 

 

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE: 

MAJOR NEWS, BIGGER THAN UKRAINE, HUGER THAN TRUMP:  From Fox:   Meghan Markle is reportedly not too happy with how she's been portrayed on Wednesday night's episode of the adult comedy show "South Park" titled "The Worldwide Privacy Tour."  A source told The Spectator that Markle has been "upset and overwhelmed" by the episode's release and is "annoyed by South Park but refuses to watch it all."  Though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not directly named in the episode, it featured characters described as Canadian royalty and dubbed "the prince and his wife," which clearly parodied the couple. In the parody, the young royal couple beg for privacy while drawing attention to themselves in a spoof-like way.  The show also calls the "wife" character a "sorority girl, actress, influencer and victim," to which she replies, "Yeah, that's totally me."  The prince and his wife, who wears a dusty pink outfit that clearly resembled Markle's outfit for Trooping the Colour in 2018, also plug the prince's book — "Waaagh" — the cover of which strongly spoofs Prince Harry's bestselling memoir "Spare."  My heart breaks at Meghan's distress.  I mean, where does a duchess go to get back her good name?  She could, of course, give up her title and start acting like a grown woman, but that takes all the fun out of it.  I know:  She could announce her candidacy for president.  She's American born and over 35.   There may be some fuss over her being a foreign duchess, but a good lawyer or large campaign contribution could take care of that.  She could run a real campaign, and Harry could walk behind her.  Look, you never know.  Given the state of American politics, she might break into double digits. 


COULD IT BE JAMES BOND AT WORK?  WELL...:   From PJ Media:   The UK’s Prevent program, which is supposed to be protecting the Sceptered Isle from terrorism, recently came under fire for treating actual Islamic terrorism as if it were a mental illness. But that doesn’t mean that Prevent has been wanting for terrorists: like its counterparts in the FBI, it has kept busy looking for “far-right extremists” and has now published a helpful guide to spotting those dangerous right-wingers. It turns out that they’re people who read Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, 1984, and other great works of English literature.  Gee, you’d almost get the idea that the Leftist culture warriors who control Prevent, Britain as a whole, and the U.S. as well, want to destroy the civilization of which those works and writers are a hallmark. And you’d be right.  Prevent casts a wide net. The UK’s Daily Mail reported Friday that among the “potential signs of far-Right extremism” and “key texts” for “white nationalists/supremacists” that Prevent flagged were the “comedies Yes Minister and The Thick Of It, the 1955 epic war film The Dam Busters, and even The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare.”  We have no business lecturing Britain on the sickness of this.  After all, we stood by just a few years ago and watched statues of the greatest Americans torn down before our eyes.  The West generally is in decline, and turning its back on the very things that have made Western Civilization great.

February 20, 2023       Permalink

 

A LITTLE TOO COZY:  The NBA, our NBA, moves closer to China.  From Fox: 

The NBA and Chinese fintech company Ant Group have entered a strategic partnership in China to work on different projects like video content, broadcasting and membership, Ant Group announced Tuesday.

Chinese fans would gain access to NBA video content on Alipay, a payment app owned by Ant Group, the company said in a statement.

The relationship between the NBA and Ant Group will also feature joint marketing campaigns, digital collectibles and other areas, according to the statement.

Last week, NBA China launched a channel in Alipay that showcases user-generated content from NBA China's network of influencers and Alipay's authorized content creators.

The NBA is a popular cultural export to China and the basketball league's presence in the Chinese market brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. But the NBA's longtime partnership with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV was strained in recent years after former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressed his support for anti-government protestors in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong in 2019.

Morey, now general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, shared an image on Twitter in October 2019 that read, "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." He later deleted the tweet and said he did not mean to offend Rockets fans or the people of China.

China condemned Morey's tweet and NBA games were pulled from CCTV shortly after.

The NBA initially said Morey's tweet was "regrettable" and that he had "deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China." The league later issued another statement saying it remains committed to free speech.

NBA free agent Enes Kanter Freedom, an outspoken critic of China over its human rights abuses, has repeatedly called out Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and other athletes for doing business with China.

In 2021, Chinese video-streaming site Tencent pulled a Boston Celtics’ game after Freedom, who played for the team at the time, wore shoes criticizing China's treatment of Tibet.

Yet, despite criticisms of China from some NBA personnel, the league's games returned to Chinese televisions last March. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in June that the league lost "hundreds of millions" of dollars because of the 18-month blackout, but affirmed the NBA's commitment to free speech.

"If the consequences are that we’re taken off the air or we lose money, we accept that," Silver said at the time.

The commissioner, in his remarks in June, also addressed criticisms of the NBA's business relationship with China given its human rights abuses of the Uyghur population, pointing out that a number of other U.S. companies also do business with the country.

COMMENT:  Sort of like major league baseball having a cozy relationship with Nazi Germany in the years before World War II.  No matter how it's sliced, agreements like this increase Chinese influence in the United States, especially when they involve video content and broadcasting.  This is just common sense. 

We are in danger from growing Chinese power, and we seem so unconcerned about it.

February 20, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 19,  2023

HE CAN'T BE SERIOUS, BUT HE IS:  Joe Biden turns the United States government over to the wing nuts.   From RedState:

Thursday, Joe Biden signed an executive order embedding the tenets of Critical Race Theory into the operations of the federal government. EO 13985, Executive Order on Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through The Federal Government, requires the establishment of “Agency Equity Teams” to ensure that equal outcomes are imposed on federal programs.

(i) Each Agency Equity Team shall be led by a designated senior official (senior designee) charged with implementing my Administration’s equity initiatives, and shall include senior officials from the office of the agency head and the agency’s program, policy, civil rights, regulatory, science, technology, service delivery, financial assistance and grants, data, budget, procurement, public engagement, legal, and evaluation offices, as well as the agency’s Chief Diversity Officer, to the extent applicable. Agency Equity Teams shall include a combination of competitive service employees, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 2102(a), and appointees, as defined in Executive Order 13989 of January 20, 2021 (Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel), and, to the extent practicable, shall build upon and coordinate with the agency’s existing structures and processes, including with the agency’s environmental justice officer designated pursuant to Executive Order 14008 of January 27, 2021 (Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad), and with the senior agency official designated to coordinate with the Gender Policy Council pursuant to Executive Order 14020 of March 8, 2021 (Establishment of the White House Gender Policy Council).

(ii) The senior designee at each agency shall be responsible for delivering equitable outcomes, to the extent consistent with applicable law, and shall report to the agency head.

(iii) Each Agency Equity Team shall support continued equity training and equity leadership development for staff across all levels of the agency’s workforce.

According to the Associated Press:

Chiraag Bains, the president’s deputy assistant for racial justice and equity, said that the new order shows Biden is “doubling down” on the commitment he made on his first day as president “to put equity at the center of how this government operates.”

The order institutionalizes Biden’s pledge that government be open and accessible to all and “is a recognition that achieving equity is not a one- or a two-year project. It’s a generational commitment,” Bains told The Associated Press.

Federal agencies would need to improve the quality and frequency of their engagement with communities that have faced systemic discrimination. And it formalizes Biden’s goal of a 50% bump in federal procurement dollars that go to small and disadvantaged businesses by 2025.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity are now the policy of the federal government.

Even if you buy that diversity, for diversity’s sake, is a good policy (you’ll love living in Yugoslavia — wait, it doesn’t exist anymore — or Rwanda) and that inclusivity as an end makes sense, the notion of equity, which is that unequal outcomes are caused by systemic racism, should strike you as bizarre. Life isn’t equal. Half of the country has a below-average IQ. Not everyone can play pro sports. The bald-faced assertion that a lack of equal outcomes is due to “communities” (whatever the hell that means anymore) being “underserved” by the government is balderdash. “Communities” have different outcomes because they are different. The intellectual bankruptcy of the DIE stupidity lies in the fact that it sees 100% of all problems as racial.

COMMENT:  And who does the inadequate president pick to supervise this monumental effort?  Why, it's Susan Rice, a holdover from the Obama years, who now works, or doesn't work, in something called "domestic policy." 

So we now officially reject equality of opportunity in government, and accept equality of outcome as the goal.  Of course, there will never be equality of outcome unless the outcome is legislated and defined in leftist ideology.  It's a long way down from Martin Luther King's idea that we should be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.  But King is so...so...so yesterday.  The king today is wokeness.

February 19, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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