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FEBRUARY 24-25,  2023

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE: 

MUST WE SUFFER?  New Yorkers now face more political trauma.  From the New York Post:   The left is looking to oust Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next year’s Democratic primary — which gives Republicans a chance to take the seat if they can nominate a heavy-hitter for the general.  The Post reported weeks ago on progressives’ ambitions for the seat, and now the left-leaning Daily Beast confirms the “emerging sense among New York insiders” that she’s “vulnerable enough.”  Ironically, she’s so vulnerable to the left for the same reason she’s failed to face a major GOP challenge in the past: She’s had so little impact that most voters barely know who she is.  In a general election in this heavily Democratic state, that gives her enough of an edge that big names shy away. But in a lower-turnout primary, it’s an invitation to well-organized progressives.  On that front, the biggest-name potential challenger is plainly democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose $5.4 million campaign war chest eclipses the senator’s own $4 million fund. Other possibilities: ex-Rep. Mondaire Jones and Bronx Rep. Ritchie Torres (though he says he’s not interested in running). Did someone say AOC?  Oh no.  It's bad enough to replace one mediocrity with another, but does it have to be a socialist mediocrity?  We should demand that New York be declared a political disaster area, and eligible for federal psychiatric aid.  We are deserving.  We are deserving.

February 25, 2023       Permalink


A STEP FORWARD:  The University of North Carolina has taken a significant step forward in the battle against campus weirdness and political correctness.  All praise.  From the New York Post: 

In a growing backlash against woke culture, the board of the University of North Carolina moved to ban diversity, equity and inclusion requirements from its hiring and promotion process this week.

The school’s Board of Governors voted to ban DEI statements from hiring and tenure decisions, according to a report.

The Chapel Hill-based school “shall neither solicit nor require an employee or applicant for academic admission or employment to affirmatively ascribe to or opine about beliefs, affiliations, ideals, or principles regarding matters of contemporary political debate or social action as a condition to admission, employment, or professional advancement,” according to the decision, made Thursday.

A non-profit that has been advocating for an end to DEI requirements in institutions across the country, took credit for the move.

Kenny Xu, president of Color Us United, said his group has been behind the push to abolish DEI at UNC’S medical school, and started a petition that now has 614 signatures.

The petition includes the statement, “I am deeply concerned about the indulgence of wokeness and DEI in the North Carolina medical system. It makes me feel like I am part of a radical social experiment, rather than a patient to be trusted and cared for.”

The medical school’s Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure previously declared that “A statement for each area is required as part of the C.V.” and “should outline depth and breadth of efforts in each area, including but not limited to impact of work, philosophy and style, team-based projects, and mentee interactions.”

Earlier this month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced an initiative to ban DEI from state-funded schools.

COMMENT:  Applause, applause.  Led by Governor DeSantis and others, and joined by angry parents and students, the battle against hard-left policies is making progress.  But make no mistake, this battle will be long and hard, and the militants on the other side will not hesitate to throw around words like "racist" to describe anyone on our side. 

But we can win.  Republican state governors are playing a major role,  especially Glenn Youngkin in Virginia and Kim Reynolds in Iowa.  They are fighting for school choice and for true academic freedom in colleges.  Support them.

February 25, 2023       Permalink   

 

I LOVE IT!  I don't think I've seen this before.  If I'm wrong, let me know.  It's clear that Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida will be running for president.  It's also clear he's a man who means what he says.  Like Reagan, he tells us what he plans to do, and then does it.  What a shock.  How can Washington take it?

And it's now becoming equally clear that DeSantis is willing to clash with the biased, twisted media if necessary, and he won't back down.  Get this, from The Hill: 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will boycott media appearances on NBC News and MSNBC shows, according to his press team, until one of the network’s star reporters apologizes for a question she posed about the governor’s education policies.

“There will be no consideration of anything related to NBC Universal or its affiliates until and at least Andrea Mitchell corrects the blatant lie she made about the governor,” DeSantis’s press secretary, Bryan Griffin, said in an email to the network that he posted on Twitter.

The “lie” that the DeSantis camp is protesting is a question Mitchell put to Vice President Harris last week, in which she asked: “What does Governor Ron DeSantis not know about Black history and the Black experience when he says that slavery and the aftermath of slavery should not be taught to Florida schoolchildren?” 

Mitchell later said her questioning was “imprecise” but did not explicitly apologize. The Hill has reached out to NBC for further comment.

Griffin said NBC and its affiliates must “display a consistent track record of truthful reporting” before DeSantis, who has had an often acrimonious relationship with the mainstream media, agrees to future appearances.

Last year, DeSantis signed into law the Stop WOKE Act, which prohibited the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Florida schools, as well as lessons about historical topics in ways that would make someone feel personally responsible for a past wrong based on their own race, sex or national origin.

Critics say the measure unfairly limits the teaching of subjects such as the Civil War and the Jim Crow era.

DeSantis garnered further outrage from Democrats and activists after his administration earlier this year rejected the new Advanced Placement (AP) African American studies course launched by the College Board, criticizing the course as lacking “educational value.”

The DeSantis administration objected to topics including Black queer studies, intersectionality, the reparations movement, the Black Lives Matter movement, Black feminist literary thought and the Black struggle in the 21st century.

The College Board later released changes to the AP course that aligned with many of DeSantis’s criticisms, but claimed that the changes were not due to the governor’s influence. DeSantis has yet to say if the state will accept the course as amended.

COMMENT:  NBC should apologize to the governor.  He never suggested what Andrea Mitchell said he suggested.  As a liberal network, NBC, once a great news operation, may not care that the mistake was made.  But the public, especially parents with kids in school, might care very much.  The parents' revolt that we've discussed here is very real.  It exists.  It is largely responsible for flipping Virginia into the Republican column.  Education has become one of the hottest issues in the land.  If TV news get the story wrong, or slants it, parents will know.  Given the generally miserable approval ratings of the American media, you'd think they'd want to clean up their operations before the next presidential campaign.

February 24, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 22-23,  2023

MORE AND MORE SERIOUS:  The numbers are small, but the United States is sending more troops to Taiwan to help train the Taiwanese military.  From Fox: 

The U.S. is preparing to send 100 to 200 troops to Taiwan for training amid rising tensions with China, a U.S. official familiar with the planning confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.
This number will expand a much smaller training program which has included the National Guard, Special Ops, and U.S. Marines in the past.

The Michigan National Guard will also train a contingent of the Taiwanese Army, including some training as part of larger exercises, on U.S. soil.

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, cited U.S. officials as saying only around 30 American troops were stationed in Taiwan about a year ago.

"We don't have a comment on specific operations, engagements, or training, but I would highlight that our support for, and defense relationship with, Taiwan remains aligned against the current threat posed by the People’s Republic of China," Lt. Col. Marty Meiners, a Defense Department spokesperson, told Fox News on Thursday.

"Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region," he added.

COMMENT:  Inevitably, this will remind some older Americans of the prelude to the Vietnam war, when the United States sent training units to help build the South Vietnamese army.   The American people have a right to know just how committed to Taiwan we're prepared to be, and we have a right to know if any other non-Asians are involved, helping us.

It is an odd relationship we have with Taiwan.  On the one hand, we don't actually recognize it as China.  That label is reserved for mainland China.  On the other hand, we see Taiwan as an extension of the free world in Asia, and therefore worth defending. 

I think we're right to train the Taiwanese.  Taiwan is an old ally.  But what's next in the script, and whose lives will pay for it?  If the president is willing to make a "rock-solid" commitment to Taiwan's defense, maybe it would be wise to have a treaty, ratified by the Senate, with the guarantee written in detail.

February 23, 2023       Permalink 


CRACKING DOWN ON PRO-CRIMINAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS:  I wasn't aware of this story until now, but I like the way it sounds.  Finally, some action to correct the bizarre behavior of many liberal district attorneys, whose actions have made us less safe and criminals more free.  From Fox:   

The Missouri Attorney General has given embattled Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner an ultimatum amid public safety outcries following a major incident over the weekend: resign or be removed.

Attorney General Andrew Bailey, a Republican, gave Gardner "until noon tomorrow" to announce her resignation, after a motorist who repeatedly violated his bond conditions on earlier charges crashed and injured a teenage volleyball player.

"We are giving Kim Gardner until noon tomorrow to resign. If she refuses, she will face immediate removal proceedings in the form of a writ of quo warrant brought by our office," Bailey revealed on Twitter.

Janae Edmondson, 16, visited St. Louis with her family last Saturday for a volleyball tournament. While the family was in the downtown area, a speeding driver failed to yield and caused a collision, ultimately striking Edmondson. The incident took place around 8:40 p.m.

Edmondson only survived due to her father’s quick thinking and military training, KTVI reported.   One of her legs was severely damaged and the other was maimed.  She remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Attorney General Bailey accused Gardner of facilitating crimes, rather than preventing them.

"As AG, I want to protect the people of St. Louis, and that includes protecting victims of crime and finding justice for them," Bailey said.

The statement added: "Instead of protecting victims, Circuit Attorney Gardner is creating them. My office will do everything in its power to restore order, and eliminate the chaos in St. Louis caused by Kim Gardner’s neglect of her office."

Many officials, including Democrats, joined in criticizing Gardner.

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden, a Republican, said Gardner should resign, calling her "incompetent and grossly unfit to hold her office."

COMMENT:  Gardner's election campaign was partially funded by George Soros.  (I'm sure that will shock you.)  Soros is an ultra-left billionaire who has made it his goal to put soft-on-crime district attorneys in office, and he's succeeded.  The press, naturally, protects him.

What's happening in St. Louis gives me guarded optimism that our side is pushing back, at least in some places.  In other places, like New York, leftists are the establishment, and they show little sign of abandoning their adolescent hostility toward law enforcement.  Sane New Yorkers are responding by leaving the state by the hundreds of thousands.  Same in California.

February 22, 2023       Permalink

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, DON'T COUNT ON IT:  From Just the News: 

The Department of Education has proposed eliminating a Trump-era regulation requiring the suspension of federal funds to colleges that restrict the activities of religious organizations on campus.

"After its thorough review, The Department today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to rescind a portion of the regulation related to religious student organizations because the Department believes it is not necessary in order to protect the First Amendment right to free speech and free exercise of religion given existing legal protections," the department announced on Tuesday.

Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Nassar H. Paydar contended that the Trump executive order, issued in 2019, "prescribed a novel and unduly burdensome role for the Department in investigating allegations regarding public institutions' treatment of religious student organizations."

The DoE proposed returning to the system wherein the judicial branch of government would make a determination as to whether an institution improperly restricted First Amendment rights

"[T]he Department certainly shares the view that public institutions should not treat religious student organizations less favorably than other student organizations, we do not, at this time, believe that a threat of remedial action with respect to the Department's grants helps achieve this goal," Paydar contended. "This proposed recission does not alter the Department's commitment to religious freedom, which is enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as a fundamental human right that contributes to the vibrancy, diversity, and strength of our nation."

The Education Department further solicited stakeholders and the public to provide comment on the proposed recission.

COMMENT:  This administration has an antagonism toward religion that is typical of today's Democratic Party.  Religious believers are not among the in-groups that are favored by the crowd in favor.  It may well have a lot to do with the abortion issue.  The faithful must assert themselves more strongly, and make clear their voting strength.  That's what gets results.

February 22,  2023     Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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