Monthly Archives: September 2011

September 29, 2011

Taxpayer subsidized racism

Saucedo Mercer tells how her daughter was recruited into the “Si Se Puede Club” back around 1997 at her school in Sierra Vista on the basis of her skin color (even though her father is white). She came home mumbling that the stupid club wanted her to hate her daddy and to become a Chicana. Saucedo Mercer regards the Chicano label as an insult. Torres sees the need to belong to a group as so strong in kids that they will succumb to the induction into clubs like this and MEChA.

If you aren’t familiar with the Raza Studies program taught in the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, be prepared for a shocker. To say it is controversial is putting it mildly.

La Raza means “The Race” in Spanish. Now the name of the program is called “Mexican-American Ethnic Studies” (to sound less racist), but the content is just as odious. In order to learn more about it, I attended a three-hour panel discussion last Saturday hosted by the Arizona Mainstream Project (www.ArizonaMainstreamProject.org).

Panelists included Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who was serving as Superintendent of Public Instruction when the state legislature passed HB 2281 in 2010 to prohibit public schools from using curriculums that included objectives such as overthrowing our government, ethnic resentment, redefining the family and other such nonsense. Rather than complying with state law, TUSD is fighting tooth and nail to continue teaching, as Horne calls it, their racial chauvinism.

For his efforts in trying to end the Raza studies, Horne found himself the central character in a street play in Tucson titled, “The Killing of Tom Horne” in all its gory glory. The current Superintendent, John Huppenthal, may not describe the program’s supporters as a “cult,” but his public relations director, Andy LaFevre isn’t as circumspect when it comes to describing the cult tactics used to indoctrinate the kids.

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Subdividing America — to Win by Patrick J. Buchanan

“Operation Vote will function as a large, centralized department in the Chicago campaign office for reaching ethnic, religious and other voter groups. It will coordinate recruitment of an ethnic volunteer base and push out targeted messages online and through the media to different groups, such as blacks, Hispanics, Jews, women, seniors, young people, gays and Asian Americans.”

“Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.

“Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

That was state Sen. Barack Obama in his keynote address to the 2004 Democratic convention. His rejection of tribal politics, his stirring call to national unity, vaulted him into the Senate and was the first step on the path that took him to the White House.

Well, that was then, but now is now.

According to The Washington Post, Obama’s 2012 campaign is today busily subdividing the nation into racial, ethnic and religious enclaves for targeted appeals to find a “narrow path to victory.”

Setting one tribe against another, one faction against another, divide and conquer, is among the oldest tactics of politics and war.

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How Many Slaves are Working for You? New App Reveals Truths about Slave Labor.

Call + Response Leader Justin Dylan said that the technology around the Slavery Footprint enabled the creators to use vetted data to determine the slavery in different types of products that are used on a daily basis.

How many slaves work for you?

This is the unsettling question that the new online tool and mobile app “Slavery Footprint” is asking of users across the globe. An initiative from the anti-slavery Call + Response campaign, the site is an attempt to bring awareness to forced labor around the world, and the extent to which the average consumer is unknowingly complicit in it.

The website begins by bringing the users attention to the fact that purchases like smart phones, t-shirts and a cup of coffee, among others, can actually be the product of forced slavery in the third world.

“The fact of the matter is, these reputable brands that we know and love, they just don’t know where all the materials come from,” the site’s front page reads. “What about the cotton in that t-shirt? The tantalum in that smart phone? The beans in that cup of joe? That’s where you find the slaves. In the fields. In the mines. In the raw materials processing.”

Users continuing through the site or app answer 11 lifestyle questions about the products they use, and what gadgets and jewelry they own. Afterward, they discover what their “slavery footprint” is.

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Tombstone – Wyatt Earp’s Railway Rendezvous

Annie Lennox – Into The West (Lord of the Rings)

September 28, 2011

Real Hollywood Heroes: Charlton Heston Speaks at Harvard Law School (Video)

That scares me to death, and it should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason. You are the best and the brightest. You, here in this fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River. You are the cream. But I submit that you and your counterparts across the land are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge. And as long as you validate that and abide it, you are, by your grandfathers’ standards, cowards.

Culture Clash – New book charges multiculturalism threatens democracy

Senator Finley’s effort in defending free speech was an indicator of this effect. But there were other indicators that public opinion in the West was increasingly uneasy since 9/11 with multiculturalism as an ideology and official policy undermining the core liberal value of freedom based on individual rights and responsibilities.

In March 2010, a rare and unusual debate took place in the Senate of the Canadian Parliament. The subject of the debate was on a motion moved by the Conservative Senator Doug Finley, the “Erosion of Freedom of Speech.”

In his remarks, Finley urged his fellow Senators consider the extent to which free speech in Canada was under siege from officially appointed censors in the human rights commissions, in the media, in the universities, and those self-appointed who could mobilize a mob to shut down speech they disapproved. He reminded his peers that Canada inherited the tradition of free speech from Great Britain and France, and that it “is as Canadian as maple syrup, hockey and the northern lights.”

But then Finley said: “Yet, despite our 400-year tradition of free speech, the tyrannical instinct to censor still exists. We saw it on a university campus last week, and we see it every week in Canada’s misleadingly named human rights commissions.”

The reference to university was the University of Ottawa’s cancellation of a speaking event for Ann Coulter, a right-wing American political commentator and author, due to fears that student demonstrations against her views might incite violence. But the odd thing in this decision was even before Ms. Coulter would have spoken, she was cautioned in a letter by François Houle, the university’s vice-president, that promoting “hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.”

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Philly Man Describes Alleged Racially-Charged Mob Attack: ‘We Got You, You White Motherf*****!’

The violent attack on the LaVelle home took place all the while LaVelle’s wife, 11 and 17-year-old sons, 7-year-old nephew, and 13-month old twin boys locked themselves upstairs.


Mark LaVelle and 13-month old Twins

Detailed and increasingly troubling information has been reported in regards to a violent attack in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia earlier this month. Mark LaVelle came across two fearful white teens near his home on Sept. 9 who were being chased by a mob of black and Hispanic youths. The well-known sports-league organizer and coach allowed the boys to hide inside his house and went outside to try and calm the angry mob, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

The mob was reportedly armed with bats and pipes, and in search of white teens who allegedly attacked a black kid in a nearby playground hours earlier. LaVelle said the two kids he took in appeared to be 13 or 14.

The Daily News has more:

” ‘We got you, you white mother——-!’ “ LaVelle said he heard someone yell in the ”mob” of black and Hispanic youths.

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“They were standing on his steps. One shouted, ‘Something’s going to happen now!’ LaVelle recalled in an interview Friday at his house. LaVelle got nervous and went back inside, locking his door with a deadbolt.

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What Killed American Lit?

Today’s collegians don’t want to study it—who can blame them?

The Editors of “The Cambridge History of the American Novel” decided to consider their subject—as history is considered increasingly in universities these days—from the bottom up. In 71 chapters, the book’s contributors consider the traditional novel in its many sub-forms, among them: science fiction, eco-fiction, crime and mystery novels, Jewish novels, Asian-American novels, African-American novels, war novels, postmodern novels, feminist novels, suburban novels, children’s novels, non-fiction novels, graphic novels and novels of disability (“We cannot truly know a culture until we ask its disabled citizens to describe, analyze, and interpret it,” write the authors of a chapter titled “Disability and the American Novel”). Other chapters are about subjects played out in novels—for instance, ethnic and immigrant themes—and still others about publishers, book clubs, discussion groups and a good deal else. “The Cambridge History of the Novel,” in short, provides full-court-press coverage.

“In short,” though, is perhaps the least apt phase for a tome that runs to 1,244 pages and requires a forklift to hoist onto one’s lap. All that the book’s editors left out is why it is important or even pleasurable to read novels and how it is that some novels turn out to be vastly better than others. But, then, this is a work of literary history, not of literary criticism. Randall Jarrell’s working definition of the novel as “a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it” has, in this voluminous work, been ruled out of bounds.

Most readers are unlikely to have heard of the contributors to “The Cambridge History of the American Novel,” the majority teachers in English departments in American universities. I myself, who taught in a such a department for three decades, recognized the names of only four among them. Only 40 or 50 years ago, English departments attracted men and women who wrote books of general intellectual interest and had names known outside the academy—Perry Miller, Aileen Ward, Walter Jackson Bate, Marjorie Hope Nicolson, Joseph Wood Krutch, Lionel Trilling, one could name a dozen or so others—but no longer. Literature, as taught in the current-day university, is strictly an intramural game.

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Scalia Defends Moral Judgment and Law Schools That Embrace It

The educational establishment appears bent on eliminating diversity of moral judgment, especially moral judgment based on religious views, Scalia said. He gave an example of what he viewed as wrong-headed political correctness: a recent threat to sue a religious university to for offering only same-sex dorms.


Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia thinks moral judgment has a place in education.

Speaking to law students at Duquesne University on Saturday, Scalia urged the school to retain its Catholic identity, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

“I hope this place will not yield—as some Catholic institutions have—to this politically correct insistence upon suppression of moral judgment, to this distorted view of what diversity in America means,” Scalia said.

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