Friday, April 18, 2014

Sad states of affairs - there are still 29 US states where it is legal to fire someone for being gay

Gay rights in the US still has a long way to go.

There are still 29 US states where it's legal to fire someone just for being gay.

The list has plenty of states you'd expect, but Florida and Pennsylvania surprised me.

h/t Skippy Stalin

Community College Crazies: Professor suspended for posting picture of daughter in Game of Thrones shirt

Confirming yet again that the halls of academia are no place for interpreting things, a New Jersey professor was suspended over a Game Of Thrones T-shirt whose tagline—the Daenerys Targaryen quote, “I Will Take What Is Mine With Fire & Blood”—was interpreted by his colleague as a threat. The incident came about after Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College, posted a photo of his daughter doing a yoga pose in the shirt to his Google+ account, where it was seen by the people who actually use Google+, such as easily riled deans. Said dean reportedly called for an emergency meeting, concerned that this small, unsettlingly agile girl in a T-shirt was Schmidt’s way of announcing his intention to claim all the spoils a New Jersey community college has to offer, by force if necessary...

h/t Kathy S.

Drug suspect's last name - Cocaine - surprises judge

The judge did a double-take and there were giggles aplenty in bond court Wednesday when a bailiff announced the name of a man arrested for drug possession: Edward Cocaine.

"What?" uttered a stunned County Judge John "Jay" Hurley.

"My last name is Cocaine," proudly stated the man at the podium.

Video HERE

h/t Skippy Stalin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GenuineWitty gets results - TDSB cancels school protest with violent anarchists after exposure on blog

"Last Friday this site broke the story of how pupils at Toronto’s Student School planned to join a group of anarchists at their annual protest against Barrick Gold’s AGM. Led by American professional protester Sakura Saunders, the anti-Barrick protests are perfect example of how Toronto’s union affiliated activist community has evolved into a distasteful self-parody.
Many readers were alarmed to hear that a school in the Toronto District School Board had approved their students to engage in illegal activities (side-by-side with a convicted and imprisoned ringleader of the violence during the 2010 G20). That said, people who have been following the antics of the TDSB weren’t really surprised at all- our city’s school system has become highly politicised..."

More at GenuineWitty

h/t Socialist Studies

Olivia Chow appeals to her natural constituency - the obsessive moron vote

The campaign ad produce by Olivia Chow's team features a weird, obsessive woman who claims to have not received a return call from Toronto mayor Rob Ford after phoning him 20 times.

The woman in Chow's ad adds that she has Rob Ford on speed dial.


Because she had to wait for public transit.

I hope she has the number of a good psychiatrist on speed dial too.

Olivia Chow's laughable, pathetic campaign still hasn't been able to come up with a single credible reason to vote for her.

Chow's entire effort is devoted to running down Ford, who has accomplished more in one term as Mayor, like eliminating the Vehicle Registration Tax and privatizing half the city's garbage pick-up, than Olivia Chow has in her more than 20 useless years as a politician sucking off the public teat.

UPDATE: The ad backfires on Chow -This idiotic ad attracted so much derision and so many negative YouTube comments that the Chow campaign had to disable and remove user comments. Ha!

25 Kids That Gave Absolutely Brilliant Answers On Their Tests

The rest HERE

Mark Steyn: The slow death of free speech

...If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that.
But I don’t really think that many people these days are genuinely interested in ‘striking the balance’; they’ve drawn the line and they’re increasingly unashamed about which side of it they stand. What all the above stories have in common, whether nominally about Israel, gay marriage, climate change, Islam, or even freedom of the press, is that one side has cheerfully swapped that apocryphal Voltaire quote about disagreeing with what you say but defending to the death your right to say it for the pithier Ring Lardner line: ‘“Shut up,” he explained.’
A generation ago, progressive opinion at least felt obliged to pay lip service to the Voltaire shtick. These days, nobody’s asking you to defend yourself to the death: a mildly supportive retweet would do. But even that’s further than most of those in the academy, the arts, the media are prepared to go. As Erin Ching, a student at 60-grand-a-year Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, put it in her college newspaper the other day: ‘What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’ Yeah, who needs that? There speaks the voice of a generation: celebrate diversity by enforcing conformity...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

United Church of Canada's Moderator kisses the ass of Cuba's dictatorship

The Moderator of the United Church of Canada went on a tropical vacation to the utopian island of Cuba.

If you think utopian is a sarcastic description of the nation ruled by a ruthless communist dictatorship, it is and it isn't. While in popular understanding, 'utopia' is thought of as the ideal society, the actual Utopia conceived by Thomas More is a repressive, draconian land obsessed with order and punishment. The context of that latter, accurate meaning very much describes Castro-governed Cuba.

On his blog, UCC Moderator Gary Paterson shared some thoughts about the two-week trip he and his partner Tim Stevenson embarked upon in Cuba.

Among Paterson's notes were:

  • We visited the Cuban government’s Office of Religious Affairs for a two-hour discussion about the relationship between church and state. Many years ago, the government abandoned its determination that Cuba officially be an atheist country; it now considers religion as one of the many various sectors of civic society, and regularly consults with churches, including some of our partners – the Cuban Council of Churches, the ecumenical seminary in Matanzas, the Martin Luther King Centre. Frankly, I had a sense that the churches have more possibilities for significant conversation with government than does our denomination back home.
In bemoaning the Cuban government's seemingly greater interest than that of Canada's in Moderator Paterson's opinions, he has ignored a rather significant element. Cuba is a communist dictatorship and will try to get endorsements of various self-serving bodies willing to cooperate with it. But Canada's government is a democratic one and derives its legitimacy from free elections. So unlike for Cuba's strongmen,  the desires of an irrelevant denomination, comprised mainly of radical geriatrics with an average age 68 and climbing, isn't something the Canadian government needs to indulge in order to validate itself.

More disquieting is the apparent identification that Paterson makes with Cuba's government against those that would seek to undermine the dictatorship's rule when he continues with:

  • On the other hand, the government is challenged to balance its commitment to freedom of belief with the reality that some new evangelical/Pentecostal churches are receiving most of their funding from within the United States, and are working strongly against the values of the revolution. What to do?
So the Cuban government has a "commitment to freedom of belief"???

Perhaps Moderator Paterson might like to share that with Cubans that were executed or are still rotting in jails for expressing ideas that conflicted with the Castro brothers.

The United Church of Canada truly is a bizarre institution. It sees itself as a vehicle for a particular brand of what it deems "social justice."  But that brand often manifests as opposition to western democracies and sympathy for brutal, ant-democratic dictatorships. That recently played out in the UCC's embrace of the anti-Israel so called Kairos Document. The document itself is anti-Semitic and sides with Palestinian ambitions which have played out as both undemocratic and antithetical to Christianity in the region, while demonizing liberal, democratic, pro-Christian Israel.

The United Church of Canada's membership has been in drastic decline since the 1960's. Its radical positions and aging demographics have condemned it to a slow death. Seeing the twisted values coming out of the United Church now, it may be fair to say that end cannot come soon enough.

h/t Eddard Stark

Today in stupid from the most incompetent provincial government in Ontario's history

Wynne’s transit plan is gibberish

Doesn’t Ontario’s Liberal government even remember its own press releases anymore?

In 2008, under then premier Dalton McGuinty, the Liberals unveiled a $50-billion, 25-year “Big Move” public transit plan (2008 to 2033) for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

On Monday, Premier Kathleen Wynne promised $29 billion over 10 years (2014 to 2024), with $15 billion going to transit in the GTHA and $14 billion for transit and transportation infrastructure around the province.

So $15 billion of this $29-billion announcement is simply a rehash of the $50-billion commitment the Liberals made six years ago. Except it makes no financial sense.

From the moment she became premier, Wynne said she would need to raise new taxes (“revenue tools”) to meet the province’s $2-billion-a-year new money commitment to pay for the Big Move.
To get it, two Wynne advisory bodies recommended everything from hiking gas taxes to the HST...

TORONTO - Ontario’s top bureaucrat says he would have been “appalled” had he known of a serious intent to bring in an unauthorized person to wipe government hard drives.

Secretary of Cabinet Peter Wallace told a government committee probing the gas plant scandal Tuesday that he did not take seriously a remark from David Livingston, former chief of staff to ex-premier Dalton McGuinty, that he planned to bring in an outsider to delete computer records.


TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne’s brother-in-law has been appointed “interim” CEO of eHealth, the Toronto Sun has learned.

David Rounthwaite, brother of Wynne’s wife, Jane, was appointed to the $210,000-a-year job effective March 7.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

London hair salon targeted by North Korean agents over Kim Jong-un ad poster

BRITISH police said they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-un.
Mo Nabbach told the London Evening Standard newspaper that two officials from the Stalinist state’s mission took pictures of the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London.
They then ordered him to remove the “disrespectful” poster, he said. The poster featured a large picture of Kim’s distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo with the slogan: read: “Bad hair day? 15 per cent off all gent cuts through the month of April.” “I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers,” the newspaper quoted Mr Nabbach as saying.
“The two guys were wearing suits and they were very serious. It was very threatening.”

25 years later, new revelations on Prince Charles' cowardly refusal to support Salman Rushdie against Iran's death fatwa

Prince Charles refused to support Sir Salman Rushdie during his fatwa over The Satanic Verses because he thought the book was offensive to Muslims.

In an article for Vanity Fair magazine, Martin Amis claimed that the Prince's views caused a row at a dinner party after Rushdie was issued with the death sentence by Islamic clerics in 1989.

However, as the Vanity Fair article notes, there were a number of authors who had the courage and conviction to stand by Rushdie in opposition to censorship and the intimidation of death threats:
Stephen King went so far as to intervene on Rushdie’s behalf when a number of bookstores in the U.S. announced plans not to sell the book or to remove it from their shelves. At the behest of two Viking editors, King called the chief of bookstore chain B. Dalton and gave him an ultimatum: “You don’t sell The Satanic Verses, you don’t sell Stephen King.” The store reversed course. “You can’t let intimidation stop books,” King now says, recalling the episode. “It’s as basic as that. Books are life itself.”