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Extremism will always find widespread public acceptance, even sympathy, so long as it can falsely cloak itself as moderation. It occurs to me that to people who don't study the issues, "diversity" looks moderate every single minute right up until one tries to define what exactly the goal is. As you rightly point out, this is an unreachable goal. All one has to do is define some new group, or hybrid group -- just imagine it -- and if that subgroup fails to achieve equivalent representation then the goal of "diversity" must have eluded the organization in question. It's a good point you make. Maybe widespread misconceptions can be corrected if only it were highlighted somehow. To make this point more visible to those who only inspect it casually, perhaps the solution to the problem is something as simple as coming up with a measurement method. Some way of producing a singular number...perhaps a real number between 0 and 1. Zero would be a whole bunch of six foot tall straight white guys walking erect with all twenty-one digits, possessing an identical genetic imprint as if they were cloned from a common host. A rating of one would mean any race, gender, sexual orientation and religious faith and disability we could possibly imagine, enjoys representation, and no greater or lesser than any other. These demographics all intersect with management-seniority terraces randomly, or quasi-randomly. No single human attribute enjoys any discernible dominance of authority. Imagine if all the federal agencies were measured this way, and then ranked on a scorecard, the way they do with, say, computer systems information assurance. Catch your kid sneaking smokes, the quickest way to break him of the habit is to force him to go through four packs right in front of you. So the more I think on this idea, the more I like it....make 'em sick to death of it, by rubbing their noses in it. Come on Labor Secretary [fill in name], your department only got 0.632 this year, get to work hiring & firing! You don't want to see Homeland Security kick your ass two years in a row! Mmmm...I'm liking this...liking it a whole lot...
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2010 on Diversity is not a military necessity at BlackFive
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Gary Andres, writing in The Weekly Standard, raises some doubts about our current President; specifically, His correct understanding of His own job: Last week House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio delivered a stinging critique of the Obama administration’s economic policies. But the White House’s swift and tart reaction to Boehner was both illuminating and sadly predictable. On the day of the speech, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer offered a “pre-buttal,” ripped from the playbook of a presidential campaign. Vice President Biden joined the fray, donning his full-electoral jacket, reminding us once again that it was another president that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2010 at Washington Rebel
Ann Coulter snags the 97th award for BSIHORL (Best Sentence I’ve Heard Or Read Lately). Short but sweet: In the druidical religion of liberalism, not separating your recyclables is a sin, but abortion is just a medical procedure. Cross-posted at House of Eratosthenes and at Right Wing News. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2010 at Washington Rebel
Good ol’ Onion. It’s like watching a hammer meet the head of a nail, dead-on. Naughty language warning. In The Know: Are Tests Biased Against Students Who Don’t Give A Shit? And, since it has to be stated…yes…it is parody. When I say it’s like a hammer pounding a nail, I am referring to the identification of a problem that is the subject of the parody. I have to put that in, because if everyone understood that then there’d be nothing to parody. Cross-posted at House of Eratosthenes. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Washington Rebel
I propose an update to Hiram Johnson’s famous line, “the first casualty when war comes, is truth.” The alteration I propose — the time is right for it — is: “The first casualty, when left-wing ideas are made to look good, is truth.” It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, but has war ever had such a deleterious effect on truth as the slow news days of August, 2010? Oopsie after oopsie. Taxicab stabbing was stirred up by anti-mosque fervor…bzzzt. Wrong. Tea party people must have firebombed Carnahan’s office — wrong again. Joe Miller is dead meat, and Sarah Palin... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at Washington Rebel
Hat tip to blogger pal Daphne. (Naughty language warning in effect.) Cross-posted at House of Eratosthenes. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Washington Rebel
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks, hasn’t it? His Holy Eminence had to backpedal on His endorsement of the Ground Zero Mosque, and immediately afterward a poll comes out that says 18% of us think He’s a Muslim. Dr. Laura walked away from her show in the wake of the “racist rant” scandal. We’ve got more flap about the GZ Mosque itself. And for some reason, that “sexist video” made by the Republicans is getting some more news…the one that points out how hot the conservative women are and how ugly the liberal women are. “She’s a Lady” and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at Washington Rebel
Irish Cicero says this anecdote from my past is good enough for a blog post of its own. Now that I think on it a few more times, I realize he’s right. Before I start, I’d like you to think about misunderstandings, and how they happen. When one man gives another man an implied message, and the message turns out to be incomplete, who do we hold responsible for that. When there is danger around, we pool our resources and work together. If there is a misunderstanding, the blame for the misunderstanding is shared between sender and recipient; they both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Washington Rebel
Clifford D. May has been noticing what I’ve been noticing: The controversy over plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan has taken an odd twist. On one side are those making arguments in opposition to the project, along with those who merely have questions they would like answered so they can decide for themselves whether this project will honor the victims of 9/11, or mock them. On the other side are those who support the project wholeheartedly and who respond to both arguments and questions by saying: Shut up. Most prominent among the second group is New... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at Washington Rebel
FrankJ writes in Pajamas Media. FrankJ speaks the truth... Do you know what kinds of diseases can lurk inside improperly handled lemonade? No, you don’t. And neither do I. So obviously, that threat is so severe that medical scientists won’t even tell us about it so as not to create a panic. And do you know how many people died from contaminated lemonade before stringent health regulations were enforced? I’ll give you a number: 52,143,000. Well, the number of people who died from improperly handled lemonade involves one or more digits from that number. Scary, isn’t it? That stupid little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Washington Rebel
Richard W. Rahn, Washington Times: As almost everyone now knows, there are two competing theories about how to revive the American economy. One theory is to promote the supply-side of the economy by cutting tax rates or at least to maintain the Bush-era tax rates and reduce spending and government regulation; the other theory is to follow the Keynesians' advice by allowing some or all of the Bush-era tax rates to increase while also increasing government spending and government regulations. An item of interest here: I am a member of the first group, and have been for a very long... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Washington Rebel
Anne Rice, founder of the sparkly-vampire craze of the naughty-aughties, is no longer Christian. The “Interview With The Vampire” author, who in recent years has spoken publicly about her faith and written a series of novels tracing the life of Jesus, wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday that she was finished with organized Christianity. For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being "Christian" or to being part of Christianity. It's simply impossible for me to "belong" to this quarrelsome,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2010 at Washington Rebel
These unchanged-percentages of which you speak, line up almost precisely with what one would reasonably expect to find at one of those kooky hardcore right-wing sites like Freeper. Here they are on a fairly "mainstream" place. At this rate, sometime next week Keith Olbermann is going to have to name everybody to be "The Worst Person in the World."