It's easy to dismiss the importance of certain clearly symbolic victories, but for anyone who studies the history of the Irish in NYC, and the US generally, this is not nothing, given the horrible ancient god-blasted genetic-level assholery of the shithead Authorities Involved.
A gay group of employees from NBC will march in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind their own banner, a source with knowledge of the ongoing parade controversy has told the Irish Voice....
In a historic move aimed at defusing the storm that erupted this year over the exclusion of gay banners in the march, the addition of a banner identifying gay NBC staffers is a compromise forged at the insistence of several New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee members, including Dr. John Lahey, president of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and Francis X. Comerford, chief revenue officer for NBC-owned TV stations.
It is of course grimly hilarious that intricate diplomacy was required to finally persuade a crowd of Hibernian fossil bigots to concede that homosexuals might be sufficiently Irish enough to march in a fucking parade. For fuck's sake, you'd think it was Ulster and the IRA burying the Armalites, and not a fucking parade in another fucking country.
I might actually go to the NYC parade this year. I long ago swore I wouldn't go until Gay Freedom, but really that was a cover, as I couldn't be arsed anyhow. Loud drunk white people from Long Island sporting plastic shamrocks, fuck that. Perhaps I am no longer sufficiently pious a Catholic regardless of this recent gay-march toleration. Ochone!
Clearly, the solution to gun violence is more guns.
ISU instructor shoots himself in the foot
An instructor was wounded in the foot after his concealed handgun discharged in a classroom at the Physical Science Complex on the Idaho State University campus at about 4 p.m. Tuesday....
“It's unfortunate,” ISU President Arthur Vailas said. “I'm sure the incident was scary and embarrassing.”
Vailas, who is a gun owner and hunter, said he likes guns but not on campus. He joined other Idaho university professors and chief of police from cities with universities during the last Idaho legislative session in opposition to legislation that now allows concealed carry on campuses in Idaho so long as the person has obtained an enhanced permit. Enhanced permits require additional training.
The new law went into effect on July 1 and Idaho State opted to arm its campus security force for the first time as a result.
Forgive me for remaining unconvinced of the competency of concealed-carry advocates to react responsibly and competently in a tense situation, such as a heavily armed madman shooting up a school.
For that matter, forgive me for remaining unconvinced of the competency of concealed-carry advocates to react responsibly and competently in a completely calm and ordinary situation, such as just fucking standing around.
The fact is, the great majority of American Jewish Democrats see their party and its agenda as their secular religion. Reform Judaism, America’s largest Jewish denomination, is sometimes jokingly called “the Democratic Party with holidays.” A lot of Jews would sooner convert to Shia Islam than leave the party of their forefathers.
Republicans sometimes wonder at this loyalty. After all, polls show that they and their voters are more pro-Israel than Democrats. Republicans are attracted to the Jewish state because of its pioneer ethos, its “peace through strength” posture in the face of anti-Western jihad, its reflexive pro-Americanism and, for Christian evangelicals, its biblical roots.
None of this means much to most American Jews, however (except to the Orthodox, still a relatively small minority). There isn't much data, but conventional political thinking is that secular Jews, to the extent they are voting as Jews, are more concerned about a woman’s right to choose, gay rights or comprehensive immigration reform than they are about specific Israel-related policy.
Most American Jews I have met in America, are, as it happens, Americans. They vote as Americans -- as do, say, Irish Americans.
As an opening, a number of paragraphs occur wherein Miniter informs us that after extensive directly experienced police-work on his part, he gradually came to appreciate the fact many black people are not, as it happens, savage drunken beasts 24-7, and that some of them even wear nice clothes and attend regular religious observances. This came to him as a powerful epiphany.
In subsequent paragraphs, however, he informs the attentive reader that he sympathizes with his fellow Boys in Blue about how they are right to shoot first whenever they experience trepidation upon discovering a troubling Negro -- perhaps, you see, they understandably fail to grasp the existence of the otherwise undetectable Good Negroes.
This is all very satisfactory and unimpeachable horseballs. But then it gets weird:
And the intellectual playbook about race relations in America, the theory intellectuals embrace, is and has been for a long time the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One of the most widely read books in recent history. Assigned in thousands of college courses, endlessly debated and parsed by intellectuals.
It’s a great read, but the fact is that the novel was set in the nineteen-thirties and that segregation and most of its abuses – certainly its legal abuses – ended fifty years ago in the South and never existed at all in the West and North. Yet despite that, despite the Voting Rights Act and the now numerous black officeholders everywhere, despite having an African-American elected president, the intellectual view of race relations in America is still that one book.
To Kill a Mockingbird is almost never assigned in college courses; it is usually taught in high schools.
The novel in fact has attracted relatively little serious and sustained critical attention, though there exist certain sparkingly-composed introductory studies (AHEM). As it happens, much of the commentary on the novel that exists on a "college" or "academic" level occurs in the pages of garbage "law reviews," wherein crank law professors wrangle over idiotic iterations of the case "Atticus Finch: Hero v. Zero," and generally waste the time of people trying to produce sparklingly-composed introductory studies who are mostly doing so because they're getting paid.
But THAT ASIDE.
It's actually sort of weirdly charming that this nut is in all sincerity putting forth the theory that if you really look hard at what happened in Ferguson, you must conclude that it's because too many smart-aleck whites have been bamboozled by Harper Lee nostalgia.
I mean, shit, your ninth grade English teacher probably SHOULD be in Total Charge.
The world couldn't possibly be weirder, but it would be gentler, and eventually you'd be able to move on. Or at least more prepared for the Hunger Games or whatever the fuck.
Here is what happens when you have decided the wingnut welfare is just that sweet, you'll be glad to argue out your ass. Thomas Sowell, for fuck's sake.
The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence.
Yes, I am kind of proudly "against the use of force." Please to provide the evidence pro use of force.
Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain.
There next occurs a bunch of irrelevant nonsense about presidents and assassins, but then -- holy shit, hark! to this cold inexorable logic:
According to the prevailing vision, ghetto riots are due to racial injustices -- and the way to deal with them is to make concessions in words and deeds, while severely restricting the use of force by the police.
Factual evidence cannot make a dent in that vision.
But, for those who are still so old-fashioned as to rely on facts, here are a few: Back in the 1960s when ghetto riots broke out in cities across the country, the region with the fewest riots was the South, where racial discrimination was greatest and police forces least likely to show restraint.
That is at least seven kinds of crazy, probably more, just counting off the top of my head.
I mean, sure, in the absence of a nigh-totalitarian racist apartheid police state, people are more likely to have the opportunity to engage in violent protests against their systematic oppression, especially when faced with the brutal reality of their inferior status, such as an officer of the law shooting dead one of their own and then going away scot-free. Tear gas and assault vehicles be damned.
What was Jim Crow but a generations-long, intimately vicious race riot?
I've been off the grid for the past week for Reasons Personal: the 9-year-old contracted a completely out of left field staph infection.
A tiny cut somewhere led to staph getting into a hip muscle, and from there it got into her bloodstream.
Last week she started complaining about a sore leg, and then she got a fever. Molly I&I didn't think too much about these things, or that they might be related. These are both common & usually inconsequential childhood complaints -- she's an active kid & bangs her arms & knees often, & kids get 24-hour bugs. But then she spiked a scary high fever, we took her to the ER, they did blood work, and holy toboggans, she had staph in her bloodstream and suddenly we were terrified about sepsis. Fast forward a few days, and some twists and turns in the story, and she's in Syracuse.
So it's been kind of scary. The good news is that she's going to be fine; she's responding well to the IV antibiotics, so much so that she might not need surgery. We're still waiting for more tests, but she seems to be out of the woods.
This episode, though, has been the occasion for much reflection. What happened to our kid was frighteningly random -- one of the Syracuse docs was apparently quite worried that we might Blame Ourselves. "This is bad luck," she said, "nothing more or less or else." (A nice turn of phrase, that.)
And we get that, and appreciate it. But we think a lot about what would have happened if our kid had not just had the bad luck to get sick, but the bad luck to have parents with bad luck.
MollyI&I are pretty damned lucky, first of all, that we have good insurance. And we're lucky that we have jobs where one of us can at all times be with our kid in a hospital an hour away. And we're lucky that we're educated enough to understand and consider what health care professionals are telling us, and confident enough to insist upon what we decide will be the best treatment for our child.
Absent these bits of luck, our child would at best be more miserable, and at worst be dead.
Not a joke -- if we'd listened only to the hack ER doctor ("just a virus!") and didn't have a close relationship with our awesome family pediatrician, if we'd been scared about losing our job and put off getting our kid an appointment or three for fear of boss retaliation, if we were terrified enough about paying for treatment in wan hopes she'd get better from what at first looked like typical, trivial childhood complaints... we could have lost our daughter.
I have no human understanding of anyone who argues against universal healthcare.
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