What So Proudly We Hailed…

February 28, 2014

flag teeshirtWell, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has just handed down a decision of overwhelming arrogance. Apparently, schools in the Morgan Hill school district may now forbid students from wearing tee shirts with the American flag depicted on them. It’s not clear whether this order only applies to Cinco de Mayo, or whether it will spread to St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, Bastille Day, and other ethnic multi-cultural celebrations.

From the summary:

“The panel held that school officials did  not violate the students’ rights to freedom of expression, due process, or equal protection. The panel held given the history of prior events at the school, including an altercation on campus, it was reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real. The panel held that school officials anticipated violence or substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities, and their response was tailored to the circumstances…

“On Cinco de Mayo in 2009, a year before the events relevant to this appeal, there was an altercation on campus between a group of predominantly Caucasian students and a group of Mexican students.2″

And this footnote tells you everything you need to know about the school district, as well as the 9th Circuit Court:

2We use the ethnic and racial terminology employed by the district court (Caucasian, Hispanic, Mexican). For example, the district court at times referred to students of Mexican origin born in the United States and students born in Mexico collectively as “Mexican.” (emphasis added)

The salient points here for me are:

In order to avoid violence, school districts may punish potential victims of violence rather than the expected perpetrators.

Also, it is now appropriate to refer to children born right here in the United States as Mexicans.

We used to be allowed to fight for our flag. That impulse is deliberately being punished out of us, legislated out of us, bred out of us. How much longer will we be allowed even to sing this:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Stoutcat

H/T: HotAir


Sometimes a Poptart Is Just a Poptart

March 4, 2013

Or, One-Size-Fits-All Rules Really Don’t

In the past week we’ve had some stellar (and dreadful) examples of “one size fits all” rules being broken, and the sheer idiocy and loss of life that can result.

Case in point #1: A small boy nibbles a Pop-Tart, trying to make it look like a mountain. Being a 2nd-grader, it ends up looking not so much like a mountain, but rather somewhat like a gun (photo here, you decide; it looks rather like Idaho to me). Teacher promptly suspends child for two days, because, according to Fox News:

“[A] student used food to make an inappropriate gesture.”

I’ve got yer inappropriate gesture right here, folks.

Case in point #2: A teen who should be hailed as a hero is, of course, suspended from school. The boy and two classmates tackled another student who was pointing a loaded gun at yet another student.

“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,” said the suspended student, not identified by WFTX because of safety concerns. “Not taking no pity.”

The student said the suspect, a football player, threatened to shoot a teammate because he had been arguing with his friend…

That’s when, the teen told the station, he and two others tackled the suspect and wrestled the gun away. The next day, all three were suspended.

Case in point #3: In this one, strict adherence to the rules led to the death of an 87-year-old woman. In Bakersfield, CA, an elderly woman collapsed at her retirement home. A staff nurse called 9-1-1 for assistance, and the dispatcher determined that the woman wasn’t breathing and required immediate CPR in order to survive until the ambulance arrives.

[The dispatcher] pleads for the nurse to perform CPR, and after several refusals she starts pleading for her to find a resident, or a gardener, or anyone not employed by the home to get on the phone, take her instructions and help the woman.

“Can we flag someone down in the street and get them to help this lady?” Halvorson says on the call. “Can we flag a stranger down? I bet a stranger would help her.”

Not only did the nurse refuse to give CPR, she also refused to ask anyone else, even outside the home, to assist. As a result, the elderly woman died.

Folks, I just don’t know where to begin here. We as a culture are rapidly losing the ability to think for ourselves, to make the tough choices, to stand up for what is right — see Case in Point#2 for what happens when you actually do the right thing.

Common sense and the ability to do the right thing are being educated out of our children, regulationed out of our professionals, and bred out of our natures.

Society now has so many guidelines and regulations now that inhibit independent thinking, that stifle creativity, that punish good deed doers. That these rules are applied across the board, without thinking, and apparently without either common sense or compassion bodes ill for the future of society.

The present isn’t looking all that hot right now, either.

Stoutcat


South-Side Styles

April 2, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama has made a point of bringing Chicago’s South Side to Washington DC. Last week, it was south-side values, in which the First Lady expressed her determination to bring those somewhat questionable morals to the White House.

This week it is apparently south-side styles she is bringing into view. As Katie Pavlich of Townhall said:

“Cleavage and skin tight metallic jeans……completely appropriate outfit for the First Lady of the United States, right?”

And after seeing that, I can only say, please, no mas! No mas!

I actually liked the First Lady when she looked and acted like a First Lady. Sadly, we haven’t seen much of that recently.

Stoutcat


Who’s Your Buddy?

March 14, 2012

Well, if you’re a member of the US International Longshoremen’s Association, that would be Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Yes, you heard me correctly; an American union (snort) awarded the leader of communist China the title “Best Friend of the American Worker.” China Daily reports:

ILA Vice President William McNamara said his association was honored to give the award to Premier Wen to thank China for its great contributions to creating more job opportunities for American workers.

 The award ceremony coincided with the 10th anniversary of the first direct vessel call to the Port of Boston by China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) in February 2002.

Because on the docks of Boston, nobody does more for the longshoremen than… the Chinese? One might think that the USILA (and its parent union, the AFL-CIO) might have had second thoughts about giving an award to the head of a nation that does not allow actual trade unions. The irony, it burns!

I really didn’t think there existed an award more meaningless than the Nobel Peace Prize. But I think we’ve finally found one.

Stoutcat

H/T: WFB


Irony Alert: Papa Grizzly Faces Prosecution

August 31, 2011

Did you hear the one about the man who shot a bear in his pajamas yard?

It seems that earlier this year, Mr. Jeremy Hill of Idaho shot a young male grizzly when the bear appeared with two others in the yard where his children were playing. Mr. Hill promptly grabbed a rifle and protected his children by shooting the bear.

Since the grizzly is a protected species, Mr. Hill promptly called the state Department of Fish and Game, reporting what had happened. According to the  Spokesman Review:

Boundary County Prosecutor Jack Douglas has sent a letter to media outlets with his account of the May 8 grizzly bear shooting that has resulted in federal charges against Jeremy Hill, 33, of Porthill, Idaho.

Douglas said neither he nor the Idaho Fish ad [sic] Game Department was involved in filing charges against Hill and makes the case that Hill never should have been charged.

But suddenly, Mr. Hill finds himself facing a large fine and possible prison time for protecting his family, an action which the wildlife officials agreed was appropriate:

Boundary County commissioners … issued a news release, saying that Idaho Fish and Game officials had recommended against filing charges in the case, and that local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials had concurred.

Well then, who brought charges against Mr. Hill?

Joan Jewett, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Portland, said she couldn’t comment on the case specifically. In general, however, “we do an investigation and turn over our information and evidence to the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Attorney makes the decision on whether to prosecute or not.”

So our Department of Justice, who refuses to prosecute things like voter fraud and illegal immigration, is tackling the really hard cases like the recent dramatic Gibson Guitar raid, and prosecuting a man for protecting his family from bears. We’re in the very best of hands.

Oh, the irony of a man prosecuted by the Obama administration for behaving like Sarah Palin’s prototypical mama grizzly!

Stoutcat


Presidential Math, or The Obama Mandate

May 12, 2011

In his campaign speech earlier this week in El Paso, President Obama claimed credit for making our southern border the best border ever, by doing lots of good stuff, like adding more border agents and finishing the border fence. In fact, the President went so far as to say this

” They wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete.” [Emphasis mine

Hmmm. If it’s true, as President Obama said  that the fence across our southern border is “basically complete,” let’s see what kind of math that equates to in other areas of Presidential endeavor.

670 miles of completed fence divided by an entire border of 2,000 miles. That gives us a baseline definition:
“Basically complete” = 33% done.

By that standard, we could say that joblessness is basically solved: 33% of the current unemployment rate of 9% gives us a basically complete unemployment rate of 3%. Wow! We haven’t seen anything close to that since 1969!

We could say that our looming energy crisis is basically averted: with average gasoline prices well over $4/gallon, we’re basically paying 33% of that, or $1.40. We’re golden!

And while we can’t actually say that the budget crisis is solved, $4.6 trillion sounds a heck of a lot more solvable that $14 trillion, doesn’t it?

Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. By President Obama’s “basically complete” mandate, we can say with confidence that Obama’s presidency is more than basically complete. It’s over and above complete, and past time for him to get out of the White House.

After all, who would dare argue with Presidential Math!

Stoutcat


The Beck/Sharpton Rallies: A Telling Dichotomy

September 1, 2010

Glenn Beck has been putting himself in a position ripe for parody and ridicule lately.  Beck predicted a miracle would happen at the Restore Honor Rally. To those who  scoffed, I submit exhibit A: 

Source: Video from Glennbeck.com

 

The military may have refused Glenn Beck a “flyover” to open his rally, but God didn’t disappoint. As the event prepared to begin, a skein of geese flew over in formation as if He was blessing the event from above. 

Beck also predicted the rally would be “a defibrillator to the heart of America.”  I’m not sure about that, but after the geese thing, I’m not betting against it. In fact, I”m going to go so far as to say it’s official: America is emerging from its self-induced coma. The attendance at the rally alone established that. 

Beck predicted the rally would be the next generation’s Woodstock. Let’s hope it was. Because just as Woodstock launched my generation’s justification for self (over-) indulgence to all things liberal, maybe this event can launch a generation that inspires the benefits of conservative values and an era of honor. By virtually all measures, the rally accomplished its goals. It was, indeed, a good week-end for those of us who still believe (as Ronald Reagan did) that America’s best days lie ahead. 

For an excellent re-cap of the event, please check the guest posting by Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog

But there was also an unfortunate affirmation this weekend that racism still plays a major role in the lives of some who chose to belittle and besmirch the work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

There were two rallies in Washington this past weekend. One headed by Glenn Beck and the other by Al Sharpton. Only one of the rallies stressed the kind of character, honor, accountability, and sense of unity necessary for America’s survival and recovery and was inclusive of all, regardless of race or religion. 

It’s no surprise that it wasn’t Sharpton’s. Read the rest of this entry »


Hey, NAACP! Repudiate THIS…

July 15, 2010

“Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.” – Retired Marine Lt. Col. R. J. Widermann

It’s hard to give a whole lot of credibility to the NAACP these days. As a young boy, I eagerly supported their efforts in the 60s as most idealists did in the day. We WANTED equality for our black brothers and sisters. Many of us attended rallies with our African American friends to show solidarity.

But in 2010, the NAACP has become a pathetic, embarrassing shell of the organization it once was, resorting to the ridiculous in an attempt to perpetuate African Americans as victims of racism.  This, of course, has not been lost on First Lady Michelle Obama who, like her husband, is not above playing the race card if it advances their personal agenda.

Tuesday, after a rousing speech by FLOTUS at the organization’s 101st annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri where she implored members to “intensify” their actions,  the NAACP, in dramatic fashion, passed a resolution condemning what it referred to as “rampant racism in the Tea Party movement.” They called on all members of the Tea Party movement to repudiate all the racists that, to them, make up a large part of the purpose of the group.

Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, demanded of the tea party movement: 

“Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take the responsibility for them and their actions. We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards.”

“How’s that again, Ben?

Yeah, Ben, we’ll get right on that. Just as soon as you take responsibility and – God forbid – a stand against the bigots and racists in your own back yard… like those who accuse the tea party movement as harboring rampant racism. Who is really the coward here, Mr. Jealous? How hard is it, really, to stand amongst your own and spew accusations of racism about people who simply see their President as a person attempting to take this country down the path of a form of socialism that has failed wherever it has been tried… and as a person who is striving, NOT to elevate the poor and disenfranchised, but to LOWER the entire country to their status? I would suggest this has NOTHING to do with President Obama’s race (especially in light of the fact that many of the tea party members are those who voted for Barack Obama) but everything to do with his arrogance and steady march towards a value system that is counter to those of us who value our freedom and existing democracy.

Mr. Jealous, it is possible for people of any color to disagree with the policies of the President of the United States without being racist. How many non-whites had issues with our previous President? Did that make them racist? How is it that a large number of African Americans are members of the tea party movement? Are they racist?

This is just the latest desperate plea for attention offered by the same civil rights organization that

  • refused to rebuke the gross anti-white racism of the Reverend Jeremiah “God DAMN America” Wright.
  • remains strangely silent while members of the New Black Panthers encourage the killing of  ” white crackers” and “cracker babies.” Cat got your tongue, Mr. Jealous? And you have the gall to call others cowards? And say… isn’t the NAACP the same group that…
  • accused Hallmark of perpetuating negative stereotypes towards African American women by referring to them as “Black Whores” in the audio chip of a space-themed graduation day greeting card (where the characters were clearly referring to “Black Holes” in the solar system):

Congratulations, Mr. Jealous. I never thought any organization could come across looking more hypocritical or pathetic than the New Black Panthers. But at least they are honest in their racism and hatred.

The reaction to the NAACP Resolution has been, predictably, fast and furious. Former Alaska Governor Sara Palin wrote on her facebook page:

“The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.”

Michelle Malkin has a run-down on other idiotic acts of desperation by what she refers to as the “National Association for the Advancement of Coddled People” on her blog.

But, perhaps, the best response to this act of what I refer to as “Projectile Racism” (See Barack Obama campaign speech here) The St. Louis Tea Party quickly responded with a resolution of their own. And it says it all:

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Resolution
July 12, 2010

Whereas, the National Coalition for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded to advance the position of minority groups, and

Whereas a hallmark of the NAACP has been to do the important work of identifying and exposing remaining vestiges of racism and discrimination, and

Whereas the NAACP vocally stands against the discriminatory and harmful practice of labeling people with a broad brush, and

Whereas the NAACP decided to launch their 101st National Convention with a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement and labeling millions of their fellow Americans who subscribe to the movement as “racists”, and

Whereas the “Tea Party movement” is a label applied to patriotic Americans who have expressed their political free speech in the grand tradition of all that is American, that being the spirited expression of viewpoints in a 100% peaceful manner, and

Whereas, it is a hallmark of America that we settle our disputes civilly and avoid the gutter tactic of attempting to silence opponents by inflammatory name-calling, and

Whereas the very term “racist” has diminished meaning due to its overuse by political partisans including members of the NAACP, and

Whereas, the NAACP had an opportunity to preserve some semblance of legitimacy by standing up for Ken Gladney, the victim of a vicious racist battery conducted by a black avowed communist, even labeling him an “Uncle Tom”, but chose instead to use the opportunity to mock the St. Louis Tea Party, and

Whereas, the NAACP has refused to denounce the New Black Panther’s call to murder white cops and their babies, and

Whereas, the NAACP does its entire membership a grave disservice by hypocritically engaging in the very conduct it purports to oppose,

Now therefore be it resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party condemns the NAACP for lowering itself to the dishonorable position of a partisan political attack dog organization, and,

Be it further resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party calls on similar organizations to join in unanimous condemnation of this despicable behavior, and

Be it further resolved that we demand that the NAACP withdrawal their bigoted, false and inflammatory resolution against the tea party for any further consideration, and

Be it further resolved that these organizations call on the Internal Revenue Service to evenly apply their standards and consider the tax-exempt status of the NAACP considering the degree to which they are engaging in habitual partisan political behavior.

Adopted unanimously, this day, July 12th, in the year of our Lord, 2010.

Can I get an Amen!

Gerry Ashley


It’s the Little Things: TV Edition

June 30, 2010


As a response to Stoutcat’s  post of yesterday, I got to thinking about the insidious nature of television commercials, and started a quick compilation of “little things” which, taken singly seem innocent enough, but which, when bombarded throughout the 24-hour cycle, are little short of damning in their  flaunting of  flat-out rudeness and out-and-out celebration of bad behavior…

  • In one of the Nikon D-5000 ads, the all-too-full-of-himself photographer insists on getting his fashion show pictures by blocking the other cameramen
  • Miller Lite depicts an antique appraiser joking about dropping a customer’s vase
  • Not to be outdone, another Miller Lite commercial shows an indignant delivery man taking back product because a nightclub has a reserved section for paying customers
  • Volkswagen commercials build on the old child’s game of “Punch Buggy” (hitting a chum on the shoulder at the sight of a VW) by having adults do the same
  • Cat Genie has unhappy cat owners throwing out litter boxes, one of which almost hits a jogger
  • In an Advil commercial, a woman rudely leaves a shopping basket full of other pain relievers in mid-aisle
  • Let’s not forget Geico’s Charlie Daniels, as he embarrasses himself in a French restaurant, and then takes a customer’s bread stick
  • Quality Inn has John Ratzenberger at a buffet line heaping his plate to the point of overflowing onto the floor and then walking away… his wife just watches and walks away as well
  • Allstate shows a man being hit by a car and then asks, “Are you in good hands?”
  • Starbucks shows the result of an affair uncovered – a slap
  • Lite and Fit yogurt has a woman slurping an empty container like a five year-old
  • A talking Super 8 sign berates a man (on his own property) for not taking a vacation

And so it goes. It’s reached the point where a reclusive billionaire feels the need to remind us of core values, putting his money where his mouth is in a series of public service commercials:

Sigh. Has it really come to this?

Alan Speakman


And You Thought GAY Marriage Was Unusual?

March 12, 2010

Given the nature of what’s going on in politics today, sometimes it helps to remind ourselves (as well as our readers)  that our motto here at Grand Rants is “Our World Discussed.” Not “Our World Disgust.”

Got it?

It’s important to make sure we all understand the not-so-subtle difference because sometimes I come across things so oddly bizarre, I just can’t turn my head the other way. Given the depressing freak show in Washington, I think I found just the bizarre story to take my mind off forced health-care for a moment.

Witness this photo for example:

"Do You Take This Pillow...?"

What you are seeing is a young Korean man who just married his pillow.  (How’s that again” Oh yeah… our world “Discussed,” not “Disgust”).

According to the UK publication, METRO, 28 year-old Lee Jin-Gyu married his ‘dakimakura’ – a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan with a picture of a popular anime character named “Fate Testarossa” printed on the front.

Discussed, not Disgust.
Discussed, not Disgust.
(Say it with me, now…)
Discussed, not Disgust.
Disc… aw the hell with it!

This has to be particularly grating for gay couples in this supposedly “free” land of America who have to move to a different state to legally marry.  Unfortunately, it also just validated the comments of anti-gay groups who ask, “Where will it end? Today you marry gay couples… what’s next? Marry your dog?

(Note to myself: When Cooper climbs up to sleep on the bed with me tonight, no matter how hard he wags his tail, make it very clear – very clear – we’re “just friends.”)

I’m sure the late-night comics are preparing some great lines about this:

  • The Groom’s parents were dead set against the marriage. After all, he’s Buddist and she’s Goosedown…
  • During the vows, he promised to Love, Cherish, and launder her twice weekly…
  • He’s from Seoul, she’s from JC Penny.
  • For those of you wishing to send a little something in honor of their marriage, they are pleased to announce that they are registered at Bed, Bath & WAY Beyond
  • She’s actually been married once before, but it ended in a pillow fight.
  • There were rumors of additional incidents of spousal abuse in that marriage (which she denies, yet she can’t explain several minor bleach scars).
  • The couple plans to adopt the two pin-cushions from her previous marriage.
  • The maid of honor was a duvet from Daejeon.

One just has to wonder if this otaku (a Japanese term for ‘obsessive’ or ‘nerd’) isn’t somehow related to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.

Gerry Ashley