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  • ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue to Feature 56-Year-Old, Plus Sized, and Bald Finalists

    02/14/2020 6:53:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies ^ | 13 Feb 2020 | Warner Todd Huston
    Sports Illustrated has introduced its next slate of finalist models for its upcoming swimsuit issue, and a plus-sized model, a 56-year-old model, and a bald fitness trainer will be among them. The magazine introduced the six finalists that the magazine touted as its most diverse ever. The finalists were winnowed down from seventeen hopefuls unveiled last October, the Daily Mail reported. Before this year’s winner is announced, the magazine is set to send the finalists to a photo-shoot conducted in the Turks & Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory southeast of the Bahamas. The finalists include Philadelphia native Christie Valdiserri,...
  • Preferences by Any Other Name. Washington State legislators continue to push for race-based quotas despite the voters’ rejection of them.

    02/04/2020 2:06:35 PM PST · by karpov · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | February 4, 2020 | John S. Rosenberg
    Last November, the voters of Washington State shocked their betters in board rooms, editorial offices, university administrations, and the leadership of both parties by rejecting Referendum 88, an attempt by state Democrats to bring back affirmative action, which had been prohibited in a 1998 referendum. This new, revived affirmative action, they claimed, would not permit quotas or preferential treatment. Referendum 88 disingenuously defined preferential treatment as using race, sex, or ethnicity “as the sole qualifying factor to select a less qualified applicant over a more qualified applicant” in public education, employment, or contracting. This would have offered an open door...
  • Harris County to halt Ship Channel Bridge construction to fix design flaw

    01/22/2020 8:33:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    KPRC Click2Houston ^ | January 7, 2020 | KPRC Click2Houston
    HOUSTON – Following 20 months of construction of the new Ship Channel Bridge along the Beltway 8, the county has issued a pause. Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia said the decision was made following the discovery of a design flaw with part of the bridge. “I want to make sure that we are doing everything on behalf of public safety to ensure that everything is well,” Garcia said. “This was obviously concerning and alarming for me." John Tyler, the deputy director of engineering with the Harris County Toll Road Authority and in charge of the project, said the flaw was...
  • New evidence against Lori Loughlin and husband revealed in government motion

    01/17/2020 11:52:37 AM PST · by libstripper · 59 replies
    CNN, via MSN ^ | Jan.17, 2020 | Sarah Jorgensen, et al
    New details have emerged about the alleged involvement of actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli in the college admissions scandal.
  • Outlaw Universities: Discrimination in Academia

    01/11/2020 7:01:17 PM PST · by karpov · 3 replies
    Fake Nous ^ | January 10, 2020 | Michael Huemer
    Probably everyone in the academy knows that affirmative action is widely practiced: racial minorities (except Asians) and women are commonly given preference in hiring and admission decisions at American universities. I would guess, however, that some academics — and many more non-academics — are unaware that typical university hiring practices are blatantly illegal. So I’m going to talk about that for a while, in case you find that interesting. Job advertisements commonly say things like that the university rejects discrimination, supports equal employment opportunity, and considers all applicants “without regard to” race, sex, religion, etc. What they actually mean by...
  • Teacher tells students to boycott Beacon HS after white girl accused of racism

    12/15/2019 5:08:51 PM PST · by conservative98 · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 15, 2019 | Susan Edelman
    A black teacher at Manhattan’s Beacon High School told cheering students to boycott the elite campus Monday after an incident involving a white Jewish girl sparked complaints about a racist environment. “What we’re asking of all students: Do not come to school that day to show solidarity for the support of not just students of color but all students at Beacon in providing a safe space,” said a teacher who identified himself as “Mr. Green” at Friday’s boisterous cafeteria gathering, which was videotaped. “Until the demands are met, students are not to return to school,” the teacher exhorted the crowd...
  • UC Davis professor under fire for opposing required ‘diversity statements’

    12/05/2019 11:11:52 AM PST · by tbw2 · 32 replies
    The College Fix ^ | December 4, 2019 | Addison Smith
    A mathematics professor at the University of California, Davis, has faced significant pushback for criticizing university-mandated “diversity statements,” testimonies that purportedly help determine the degree to which job applicants will be able to advance and promote diversity on campus.
  • One month to go until recreational weed becomes legal in Illinois. Here’s what you need to know.

    11/30/2019 6:29:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 125 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 29, 2019 | Robert McCoppin
    When the most popular medical marijuana dispensary in Chicago begins selling recreational pot on New Year’s Day, it will operate like a busy restaurant. Dispensary 33 plans to take names from those in line and page customers by phone when they can get in. The North Side cannabis shop will take that unusual step due to the huge crowds expected when weed sales become legal under state law at 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020. The celebration will be similar to the unofficial pot holiday of April 20, or 4/20, when a Dispensary 33 street fest and special deals this year...
  • Police: Drunken off-duty cop in clown makeup arrested after slapping fellow officer

    11/15/2019 3:24:33 PM PST · by simpson96 · 30 replies
    Boston News ^ | 11/7/2019 | Frank O'Laughlin
    A drunken off-duty cop in clown makeup was arrested last week after police say she reportedly slapped a fellow officer as she tried to gain entry into a nightclub. Karina Salgado, 30, was arrested early Friday morning on charges including criminal trespassing, battery, and resisting or obstructing an officer, according to the Chicago Police Department. Officers responding to the 3700 block of North Broadway for a report of a woman who kept trying to enter a bar after repeatedly being turned away found Salgado decked out in Halloween makeup that resembled “Pennywise” the clown, WBBM-TV reported. When officers found...
  • Gossip Girl Reboot Update: Expect 'Non-White Leads,' a 'Lot of Queer Content' (tr)

    11/11/2019 11:09:41 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 28 replies
    TV Line ^ | November 11, 2019 | Michael Ausiello
    HBO Max’s in-the-works Gossip Girl reboot may be set in the same universe as the CW original, but the new series will have a dramatically different (read: more diverse) worldview. In an interview with Vulture, OG Gossip Girl EP Joshua Safran — who will serve as showrunner on the follow-up — acknowledges, “There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show. I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was...
  • Washington State Voters Overcome Doublespeak, Reject Racial Preferences Again

    11/11/2019 9:11:32 AM PST · by karpov · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | November 11, 2019 | Jason Richwine
    By a slim margin, Washington state voters appear to have rejected the legislature’s attempt to reinstate racial preferences. (The result is still unofficial.) Both Heather Mac Donald and Peter Kirsanow summarized the history of this issue for NR last month. Essentially, a 1998 voter referendum outlawed the use of racial preferences by the state of Washington, but this year the legislature passed Initiative 1000 that would reverse that referendum. Opponents of preferences, led in large part by Asian Americans, then put a new referendum on the ballot that would allow voters to reject I-1000 and keep the 1998 ban on...
  • Elections 2019: Washington state voters reject affirmative action

    11/06/2019 12:47:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    AJC ^ | 11/06/2019 | By Tim Darnell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Voters in the state of Washington rejected a controversial affirmative action proposal in Tuesday’s elections. According to the latest figures from the Washington secretary of state’s office, Referendum 88, which would have reinstated the use of affirmative action in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities, was defeated 52% to 48% With 100% of precincts reporting and 983,438 votes counted, 509,144 people voted against the referendum and 474,294 people supported it.Opposition to the measure was led by a group of Chinese immigrants, according to the Seattle Times. Opponents said the referendum would have given the government the...

    10/31/2019 8:23:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle ^ | October 28, 2019 | Charles C. Bonniwell
    Crony Bidding And Gross Incompetence Reign.. At a time when Coloradans are desperately pleading for improved and new roadways the agency in charge of the same, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), is mired in the greatest crisis of its long-storied existence . ... In December 2018, Governor Jared Polis appointed 35-year-old Shoshana Lew as his new Executive Director, a history major .. She replaced Governor Hickenlooper's appointment of 56-year-old Michael Lewis, an engineer with extensive public construction management experience. ... Lew's primary qualification .. was her close relationship to Michelle Obama who called the newly elected governor for a...
  • Mom who lied about son’s ethnicity on college apps gets 3 weeks in jail

    10/22/2019 5:59:57 AM PDT · by karpov · 66 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 17, 2019 | Tamar Lapin
    The college admissions scandal mom who falsely claimed her son was African-American and Hispanic to increase his chances of getting into a top college was sentenced to three weeks in prison on Wednesday. Marjorie Klapper, 51, copped to paying $15,000 to fudge her son’s ACT exam score in May as part of the nationwide scandal. She also agreed to portray him as a racial minority and a first-generation student on his applications — though both she and her husband graduated from college, prosecutors said. Prosecutors had sought four months behind bars and a fine of $20,000 for Klapper, arguing that...
  • Violent crime rates surged across Boulder County over past 5 years [ Colorado ]

    10/21/2019 2:52:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Daily Camera ^ | October 19, 2019 | Kelsey Hammon
    Violent crimes cases across Boulder County surged from 2013 to 2018, a trend that corresponds with a rising number of felony case filing across the state. According to Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, state felony case filings spiked nearly 45% in five years. In Boulder County, the majority of new felony case filings were for violent crimes, which saw a 32% increase from 2013 to 2018. ... Violent crimes include cases that involve assault, robbery, vehicular homicide, crimes against at-risk individuals, bias-motivated crimes, murder, attempted murder and stalking. In Boulder County, Dougherty said domestic violence is the county’s most...
  • Affirmative Action and NASA

    09/20/2019 10:49:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 9/20/2019 | Joshua Foxworth
    In the 47 years since the last man set foot on the moon, the space program has changed a great deal. One of those changes has been incorporating mandated affirmative action policies. These policies have had an incredibly negative effect on both the progress in the space program and the engineers whose careers have been destroyed by them. The federal government mandates that a given percentage of work on a government contract go to minority-owned businesses. When building a large and complicated system like a space vehicle, it is almost impossible for a company like Boeing or Lockheed to meet...
  • Video Shows Man Seize Deputy’s Gun, Shoot at Her in Victorville [CA]...

    09/04/2019 7:07:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 4, 2019
    The deputy in the recorded brawl on Cabazon Court, Meagan Forsberg... responded to a home around 8:30 a.m. after a woman called law enforcement repeatedly saying "My God, oh my God," followed with "Send the police," Sgt. Jeff Allison said. Forsberg found 21-year-old Ari Young outside the home, and he became combative with her. Cellphone video shot from within a home on Cabazon Court begins as the man identified as Young is slugging Forsberg in the head. As Young forces Forsberg to the ground, a female bystander can be seen nearby. Young struggles with the deputy on the ground and...
  • Shirley Skipper-Scott: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    08/17/2019 8:54:46 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 19 replies ^ | 17 Aug 19 | hapnHal
    Shirley Skipper-Scott is the former acting warden and current associate warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, New York. She was misreported as the warden of MCC in news reports following the death of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Shirley Skipper-Scott, a longtime employee of the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, was the associate warden at the jail where Epstein died. The warden and two MCC employees who were assigned to the cell block where Epstein died were reassigned pending an investigation into the death. The move comes days after ABC News reported that jail protocols...
  • Worse Than Ever: Government Schools After 35 Years

    08/15/2019 8:42:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2019 | Lawrence M. Ludlow
    politicized atmosphere of today’s factory-style government-monopoly schools. ... many students did not understand English grammar ... Poor preparation, however, was only the tip of the iceberg. Students did not bring books to class, relentlessly complained about homework, and expected high grades regardless of proficiency. ... A department head had been demoted for teaching at a pre-college level and refusing to lower his standards. Senior teachers were dropping out in disgust. ... the school embraced grade inflation ... administrators tacitly urge teachers to lower standards, despite proclaiming the opposite in public. Like the Dodo in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:...
  • Warden Shirley Skipper Sued Holder for Racism – Then Got Promoted to MCC Where Epstein Died

    08/14/2019 4:54:40 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 80 replies
    TGP ^ | August 13, 2019
    Shirley Skipper-Scott, a graduate from Alabama State, was warden of the Metro Correctional Center in New York City. She was reassigned today following the death of the most important inmate of this century, Jeffrey Epstein. She was obviously not the woman for the job. Under her watch she allowed the highest profile prisoner in the US got “suicided.”