Category Archive 'Official Idiocy'
07 Oct 2020
NYPD 60th Precinct — 60 Field Intelligence Officers apprehend an individual with this illegal firearm!
The comments are great. Examples:
I actually feel less safe knowing it took 60 police officers to wrestle one old cowboy to ground on his way to show-and-tell at the retirement home.
That gun is so old, you have to make the sounds for it when/if it shoots.
You recovered the Lost Pistol of Indiana Jones!
The antique gun is a .38 S&W Hopkins and Allen XL double action center fire, which would be unsafe if used to fire smokeless ammunition.
22 Nov 2019
The Crimson reports on the latest vital and totally relevant administrative initiative up there at the little commuter school of the Charles.
University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced the creation of a University-wide initiative to address and further research the schoolâ€™s ties to slavery in an email sent to Harvard affiliates Thursday.
Bacow selected Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin to be the head of a new University-wide faculty committee that will lead the initiative. The University has designated $5 million for the program, according to Bacowâ€™s email.
â€œIt is my hope that the work of this new initiative will help the university gain important insights about our past and the enduring legacy of slavery â€” while also providing an ongoing platform for our conversations about our present and our future as a university community committed to having our minds opened and improved by learning,â€ Bacow wrote.
Bacow wrote that the Radcliffe Institute will work closely with library and museum staff to host both programs and academic opportunities related to the issue.
â€œBy engaging a wide array of interests and expertise, as Radcliffe is uniquely suited to do, this initiative will reflect the remarkable power of bringing together individuals from across Harvard in pursuit of a common purpose,â€ he wrote.
Other faculty on the 12-person committee include former Law School Dean Martha L. Minow and former Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds.
Bacowâ€™s announcement comes as the University continues to grapple with its ties to slavery. In March, Connecticut resident Tamara K. Lanier filed a lawsuit against Harvard alleging the University unlawfully owns and profits off photos of enslaved people who she says are her ancestors.
Earlier this month, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda penned a letter to Bacow demanding reparations from Harvard for its historical ties to slavery.
In his letter, Bacow also wrote about efforts that former University President Drew G. Faust spearheaded several years ago like installing memorials commemorating enslaved individuals at Wadsworth House and Harvard Law School, and creating a faculty committee to study the Universityâ€™s ties to slavery.
In February 2016, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith announced that faculty leaders of the 12 undergraduate houses would be renamed â€œFaculty Deansâ€ â€” a shift away from the former term â€œHouse Master,â€ which some students associated with slavery.
A month later, the Harvard Corporation â€” the Universityâ€™s highest governing body â€” agreed to remove the Law Schoolâ€™s controversial seal, which featured the crest of a slaveholding family. The decision came after pieces of black tape were found over the portraits of black Law School professors in November 2015 and months of student protests.
The initiative announced Thursday will focus on researching further the connections Harvard has to the slave trade and to abolition movements, Bacow said in his email.
â€œHarvard has a unique role in the history of our country, and we have a distinct obligation to understand how our traditions and our culture here are shaped by our past and by our surroundings â€” from the ways the university benefitted from the Atlantic slave trade to the debates and advocacy for abolition on camp,â€ Bacow wrote.
After all, hey! it’s only been a mere 236 years since Massachusetts abolished Slavery in 1783!
The great discovery of our Enlightened Age is the principle that the Universe revolves around left-wing sob stories.
13 Oct 2019
Don Surber alerts us to the human tragedy:
Last month, American missionaries went to clean up a village in a Third World nation. The volunteers picked up 50 tons of garbage in this backward land. Nowhere is the gap between the rich and the poor greater. The poor live in tents, while the rich reside in the most expensive houses in the world.
The poor face typhoid and other debilitating diseases that were eliminated in civilized nations. People poop in the street for lack of indoor plumbing.
Instead of meeting the basic sanitation needs of its cities, the corrupt, one-party government squanders billions on an unneeded high-speed train. It will never be built but contracts are awarded to political insiders for work that will never be done. Because of this corruption, President Donald John Trump wants to curtail U.S. aid to the land.
Elsewhere in this nation state, electricity is a luxury as the power has been cut off to hundreds of thousands of citizens in preparation for a natural disaster.
What is maddening is this land has the world’s fifth largest economy. It could easily take care of its needs without outsiders coming in to save them out of pity.
And sadly, the 50 tons of trash are small compared to the 22 million pounds of trash in one pile alone.
Something must be done to save this land from itself. Taking over this backward Third World nation would be easy. We already have troops stationed there. Its army consists of a national guard and police.
But that would mean spending trillions on another foray into nation building.
California sadly has very little hope.
04 Sep 2019
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
When the liberal American establishment sets a new record in craziness, it’s usually in California.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday declaring that the National Rifle Association is a domestic terrorist organization. The officials also urged other cities, states and the federal government to follow suit.
District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani wrote the resolution and shared her thoughts on the NRA with KTVU. “The NRA has it coming to them,” she said. “And I will do everything I possibly can to call them out on what they are, which is a domestic terrorist organization.”
After citing some statistics about gun violence in the United States â€“ like that there’s been more than one mass shooting per day in the country in 2019 â€“ Stefani got local with how gun violence has impact the Bay Area.
She cited the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, referencing Stephen Romero, Keyla Salazar and Trevor Irby, who were killed by gunman Santino William Legan in what she called a “senseless act of gun violence that day.”
Later in the resolution, which the board passed unanimously, the NRA is blamed for causing gun violence. “The National Rifle Association musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence,” the resolution reads.
The resolution also claims that the NRA “spreads propaganda,” “promotes extremist positions,” and has “through its advocacy has armed those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism.”
In addition to calling the NRA a domestic terrorist organization, the Board of Supervisors called on the city and county of San Francisco to “take every reasonable step to limit … entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business” with the NRA.
How about that, boys and girls? We’ve got around five million (the NRA’s membership) terrorists at large in America these days. Me, I’m a Life Terrorist. And we can boast of nine US President terrorists: Ulysses Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Donald Trump.
Well, if the NRA was a real terrorist organization, we know that SF Board of Supervisors would be out there defending it and kissing its ass.
My father used to shake his head and say, when he read this kind of news of major left-wing lunacy emanating from the Left Coast: “The continent slants, and all the fruits and nuts roll out to California.”
11 May 2019
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Orestes Pursued by the Furies, 1862, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia.
Robert Stacy McCain reports on just how out of control Title IX/”Dear Colleague” witch-hunting at Yale has become.
Is heterosexuality even legal at Yale University anymore?
An accused student is suing Yale University for concluding that the brief absence of a condom â€œduring an otherwise consensual encounterâ€ was sexual assault.
â€œJohn Doeâ€ alleges that â€œgender bias was a motivating factorâ€ in the decision against him by Dean of the College Marvin Chun, which resulted in his suspension. . . .
Doe met â€œAnn Roeâ€ through the dating app Tinder. Shortly after, the two agreed to meet face-to-face in the early hours of December 9, according to the suit. After a fraternity party, they went back to Doeâ€™s place and had consensual sex.
In the 90-minute encounter, the condom failed no later than 45 minutes in and â€œa new one had to be applied,â€ according to Doe. They had â€œunprotected sex for a few secondsâ€ before he put on the new condom. . . .
Roe provided â€œundisputed testimonyâ€ that she gave Doe consent for the entire period both condoms were on. . . .
Roe stayed the night at Doeâ€™s place, leaving on a positive note mid-morning. Throughout the rest of the month, the two exchanged an array of online messages that maintained a friendly dynamic, he said.
Roe changed her tone in January, when she told Doe that she was uncomfortable with the brief absence of protection during their intercourse.
Hold up here. More than a month after the encounter, she â€œchanged her tone.â€ Like, everything was OK for five weeks, but then for unexplained reasons it wasnâ€™t OK? And then . . .
Two weeks later, Roe filed a formal complaint of nonconsensual â€œunprotected sexual intercourseâ€ against Doe with Mark Solomon, chair of Yaleâ€™s University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct.
Doe believes that university employees cajoled Roe into filing a complaint â€œthat she otherwise did not contemplate filing,â€ and that the UWC adopted the Title IX coordinatorâ€™s â€œmission of increasing reportingâ€ of sexual misconduct, though the suit doesnâ€™t provide evidence.
You can read the rest. Bottom line is, he got suspended just a few weeks before he was scheduled to graduate because this girl decides retroactively that this brief moment when the condom came off during a 90-minute sexual encounter constituted â€œassault,â€ and Yaleâ€™s administration just goes along with this? If youâ€™ll read the entire 66-page complaint youâ€™ll find a lot of other reasons not to believe the accuser, including the fact that she claims to have been sexually assaulted more than once before she hooked up with John Doe, suggesting perhaps she has a victimhood mentality. But the larger point is, how can any guy at Yale know he wonâ€™t be the next â€œJohn Doe,â€ denied due process and expelled on the basis of a flimsy accusation?
The only safe course is NEVER HAVE SEX WITH A YALE GIRL.
Why is Yale charging $72,800 next year? So they can maintain bureaucracies in charge of “Diversity” and responsible for ruining the lives of any young men who are unwise enough as to incur the wrath of women scorned.
23 Mar 2019
This kind of building would produce that kind of decision.
The Home Office has refused asylum to a Christian convert by quoting Bible passages which it says prove Christianity is not a peaceful religion.
The Iranian national, who claimed asylum in 2016, was told passages in the Bible were â€œinconsistentâ€ with his claim to have converted to Christianity after discovering it was a â€œpeacefulâ€ faith.
The refusal letter from the department states the book of Revelations â€“ the final book of the Bible â€“ is â€œfilled with imagery of revenge, destruction, death and violenceâ€, and cites six excerpts from it.
It then states: â€œThese examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a â€˜peacefulâ€™ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge.â€
When contacted by The Independent, the Home Office said the letter was â€œnot in accordanceâ€ with its policy approach to claims based on religious persecution, and said it was working to improve the training provided to decision-makers on religious conversion.
06 Mar 2019
Oh, me! Oh, my! Can Harvard students possibly bear up and survive in a climate in which their own House Master/Faculty Dean (and Law Professor) proposes to represent a cad like Harvey Weinstein accused of numberless cases of crude advances, sexual harrassment, and generally being a masher?
Harvard Crimson asks that important question, and apparently is asking it on behalf of the management of Harvard itself. Presumably in the case of unfavorable responses, Harvard’s Administration will lay in a copious supply of smelling salts, fainting couches, and gallon jugs of Lydia Pinkham’s. There will doubtless as well be long queues of desperate Harvard students lining up for counseling.
“Doctor, how could he? How could he represent that… that beast?”
Harvard Collegeâ€™s institutional research office sent an anonymous, online survey to Winthrop House residents Tuesday as part of a review process aimed at addressing students’ concerns about Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr.â€™s decision to represent Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as he faces charges of sexual assault.
The survey asks students a series of questions about whether they feel welcome in the House. It also asks them to score Winthrop on a five-point scale based on whether they believe the House is â€œhostileâ€ or â€œfriendly,â€ â€œcontentiousâ€ or â€œcollegial,â€ and â€œsexistâ€ or â€œnon-sexist,â€ among other metrics.
Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced that former Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman â€™67 would lead a â€œclimate reviewâ€ in an email to Winthrop residents on Feb. 25. Khurana wrote that the College decided to launch the review after hearing concerns surrounding support structures for students in the House following Sullivanâ€™s decision to defend Weinstein.
Harvard College Institutional Research wrote in its Tuesday email that in trying to examine the â€œclimateâ€ of Winthrop, the survey will use Pennsylvania State University professor Sue Rankinâ€™s definition of climate: â€œthe current attitudes, behaviors and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential.â€
In response to Sullivanâ€™s decision to join Weinsteinâ€™s defense team, some students started protests and wrote open letters calling for his removal as faculty dean.
The survey sent Tuesday begins with a question about studentsâ€™ level of satisfaction with the Houseâ€™s climate. It continues by asking students to indicate their level of agreement â€” from â€œStrongly Agreeâ€ to â€œStrongly Disagreeâ€ â€” with a series of statements evaluating their experiences in the House.
Some of the statements read â€œI feel I belong in Winthrop Houseâ€ and â€œWinthrop House has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.â€
Another question asks students to rank the House on 12 different characteristics including disrespectful or respectful, elitist or non-elitist, homophobic or non-homophobic, and racist or non-racist.
The survey closes with two demographic questions and a space for additional comments.
The College will use the results gathered from Winthrop affiliates to guide any further action, Khurana wrote in his original email.
I try to imagine the Yale Daily News, back in 1966, inquiring if we “felt welcome” in our Yale freshman dorms or residential colleges, and I have to hold on to the arms of my chair not to fall out of it laughing.
Can you imagine not feeling welcome in one of the poshest, most luxurious undergraduate colleges in the country and the world?
I am reminded of the comedy film, in which the upper class mother points out to her unhappy adolescent daughter: “You know, you will never again, in the rest of your life, be this rich or this thin!”
A friend of mine used to remark ruefully that life after Yale amounted to constant struggle to try to live as well as you did as a Yale undergraduate.
23 Aug 2017
Remember the little architectural joke detail near a previously-little-used entrance to Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library that, what with impending more frequent passage of more visitors, earlier this month, was deemed problematically guilty of endorsing European oppression of Native Americans, as well as triggering to hoplophobes, by the powers that be in the library administration, resulting in the Puritan with the blunderbuss being covered over by a large rock, but the sneaky redskin left perfectly free to stalk his adversary with a bow-and-arrow?
The Yale Daily News reports that merely covering half the image with a rock has been found to be inadequate.
Yale will remove from Sterling Memorial Library a stone carving that depicts a Puritan holding a musket to the head of a Native American, University officials announced Tuesday.
The announcement comes in the wake of widespread criticism of Yale for initially covering the musket with removable stonework. The concealment of the musket was first reported by the Yale Alumni Magazine on Aug. 9.
Rather than alter the image, the University now plans to move the stonework â€” which is located near the entrance to the recently renovated Center for Teaching and Learning â€” to an as-yet-undecided location where it will be available for study and viewing.
You have to hand it to the Yale Administration.
The decision to cover the musket was made by employees in Yaleâ€™s facilities division who were involved in the renovation of the Center for Teaching and Learning, said Vice President for Communications Eileen Oâ€™Connor.
â€œThey were told to figure out how to remove it, and they thought it was going to be too difficult to remove,â€ Oâ€™Connor said. â€œSo they thought, â€˜We know itâ€™s controversial, weâ€™ll figure it out, weâ€™re can-do people, and we will cover it.â€™â€
Oâ€™Connor declined to name the Yale officials involved in that decision. But she said the employees were unaware of the Universityâ€™s principles for renaming, which were outlined in a report released last December.
The report stipulates that the University should contextualize renaming decisions to avoid â€œerasing history.â€ The covering of the musket contradicted that principle, Yale officials say.
In a statement on Tuesday, University President Peter Salovey said Yale should not â€œmake alterations to works of art on our campus.â€
â€œSuch alteration represents an erasure of history, which is entirely inappropriate at a university,â€ Salovey said. â€œWe are obligated to allow students and others to view such images, even when they are offensive, and to study and learn from them.”
They are not “altering” the work of art that is Sterling Memorial Library. They are not “erasing history.” No, no, no, they are merely “moving” it “to an as-yet-undecided location where it will be available for study and viewing.”
One expects that it won’t be all that long before people guilty of Wrong Think will not be exiled or purged, they will just be “moved to an as-yet-undecided location [one much resembling Siberia] where they will be available for study and viewing.”
17 Apr 2017
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Brown Admissions Office has lost its marbles.
Brown University in Providence, R.I. houses one of the countryâ€™s most selective undergraduate colleges. The Brown Daily Herald, a student-run newspaper, cites Dean of Admission Logan Powell in reporting that the school received a record-high 32,724 applications this year, and admitted just 8.3% of applicants.
Among those lucky few is the daughter of a Journal reader who is still trying to make sense of a letter the family received this week from Mr. Powell. Our readerâ€™s bright daughter had already received news of her acceptance when a letter arrived that was addressed to her â€œParent/Guardian.â€
Oddly, the note referred to the accepted student not as â€œsheâ€ but as â€œthey.â€ Dean Powellâ€™s letter also stated that our readerâ€™s daughter had no doubt worked hard and made positive contributions to â€œtheirâ€ school and community. Our reader reports that his perplexed family initially thought that Brown had made a word-processing error. That was before they listened to a voice mail message from the school congratulating his daughter and referring to her as â€œthem.â€…
It turns out that the errors were intentional. Brown spokesman Brian Clark writes in an email that â€œour admission office typically refers to applicants either by first name or by using â€˜they/theirâ€™ pronouns. While the grammatical construction may read as unfamiliar to some, it has been adopted by many newsrooms and other organizations as a gender-inclusive option.â€
17 Feb 2017
Leah Libresco Sergeant Y’11 contemplates Yale’s renaming of Calhoun College, and observes that, in a peculiar way, the Jacobins and their toadies are really honoring John C. Calhoun.
Late last week, Yale announced that it would remove the name of John C. Calhoun from one of its residential collegesâ€”but clarified that the name would not be expunged wherever it was literally written in stone as part of the buildingâ€™s architecture. While the college will officially bear the new name of Grace Hopper College, honoring a pioneering computer scientist and veteran, to chisel off Calhounâ€™s name would be to neglect the â€œobligation not to efface the history.â€ (It would be expensive, to boot.)
Other than the physical presence of the name, thereâ€™s little else to erase about Calhoun. The drawn-out fights (and serial committees) questioning the appropriateness of Calhounâ€™s name miss how little tradition exists to be expungedâ€”in Calhounâ€™s namesake college, or in any of the other Yale colleges.
When I was an undergraduate, John C. Calhoun went largely unmentioned and unthought of in residential college life. If the college had instead been named (as a puckish friend suggested) for William Barron Calhoun (Yale class of 1814, a lawyer and politician from Massachusetts, ardent opponent of slavery), nothing about the day-to-day life of the college would have been different.
Yaleâ€™s residential colleges derive very little personality from their namesakes, or from anything else. Freshmen are assigned to them randomly, which prevents the colleges from developing reputations (as â€œthe arty oneâ€ or â€œthe sporty oneâ€). And Yaleâ€™s goal in recent years has been to homogenize the residential colleges even further, pooling money that alumni had given to their own colleges and distributing it equally, so that no college may have more or do more than another. …
Why have a namesake at all, if the college is not to be colored by his or her character? In my own college, Jonathan Edwards, there was never a mention of the Puritan preacherâ€™s theologyâ€”except that our intramural team was called the Spiders, a reference to his â€œSinners in the Hands of an Angry Godâ€ sermon. Jonathan Edwardsâ€™s theology exists for J.E. students only as a quaint, even comical, historical artifact. Why give a man the trappings of honor without ceding him any respect?
John C. Calhoun, in being removed, was awarded an odd sort of honor: His ideas were treated as relevant and dangerous. …
09 Sep 2016
Brown University to place tampons and other feminine hygiene products in men’s bathrooms. The Mary Sue.
Hat tip to James Harberson.
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