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  • Elizabeth Warren camp: It’s sexist for Scott Brown to ask if she’s lying about being Native American

    05/01/2012 6:50:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/01/2012 | Allahpundit
    If the presidential election can come down to whether it's more offensive to eat dogs or put one in a kennel on top of your car, I guess it's fair for a Senate election to come down to whether Elizabeth Warren is 1/10,000th Cherokee.The newest front in the "war on women," apparently: Calling a female pol out on her self-serving B.S. Despite claiming she never used her Native American heritage when applying for a job, Elizabeth WarrenÂ’s campaign admitted last night the Democrat listed her minority status in professional directories for years when she taught at the University of Texas...
  • The Perfect Storm of Liberalism

    04/24/2012 5:23:06 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 63 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 24, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    The Perfect Storm of Liberalism has arrived. A professional collapse inside the several departments and agencies of the United States government created by a decades-long erosion of standards. An erosion fed by all manner of deadly liberal obsessions from racial quotas to political correctness to an addiction to lawsuits, the tolerance for a culture of out of control spending, wildly improper personal behavior, and more. This deadly combination is now surfacing repeatedly in scandals as seemingly different as those engulfing the Secret Service, the GSA, the U.S. military, the Department of Justice, and every other tentacle of the federal government...
  • Campus diversity suffers under race-blind policies (Liberal Berkeley suffers)

    04/21/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 21, 2012 | AP
    BERKELEY, California – Fifteen years ago, California voters were asked: Should colleges consider a student's race when they decide who gets in and who doesn't? With an emphatic "no," they made California the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions, as well as hiring and contracting. Since then, California's most selective public colleges and graduate schools have struggled to assemble student bodies that reflect the state's demographic mix.
  • Coulter: Obama’s silver spoon was ‘an affirmative action silver spoon’

    04/20/2012 7:26:30 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/20/2012 | Jeff Poor
    Conservative commentator Ann Coulter told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that Democratic attempts to highlight presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wealth are not only unfair, but likely to backfire. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama said that he and his wife Michelle were not born with a “silver spoon” in their mouths, a comment which was widely considered to be a jab at Romney, the son of a successful CEO. Although Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney denied that was the case, the Democratic Party has been attacking the former Massachusetts governor in an effort to paint him as out-of-touch...
  • Barack Obama and Racial Double Standards

    04/09/2012 5:49:26 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Commentary ^ | 04.09.2012 | Peter Wehner
    Late last week I heard from a theologian of liberal leanings, someone with whom I have been in (often friendly) correspondence for years. He wrote me to voice his objections to my recent “diatribes” against President Obama. That didn’t particularly surprise me. What did surprise me is how he framed his objections. He didn’t take issue with the facts I’ve presented or even my interpretation of the facts. Rather, his concerns were expressed this way: When I read your constant barrages aimed at the first black president, I think to myself, “Doesn’t Pete, the devout Christian, understand what it took...
  • Med School’s Brave New World

    04/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 5, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The face of medical education is changing and patients may not like it one bit. “There is a movement towards principles and concepts rather than specific courses,” Bailus Walker, Jr. of the Howard University School of Medicine said on April 4, 2012 at a conference in Crystal City, VA. “Entrance to medical schools will be based on principles and concepts rather than biochemistry knowledge.” “The old departmental barriers and walls are coming down.” Dr. Walker thinks this is a good thing. He calls it a “convergence of disciplines.” “That will lead to more STEM education,” he said, referring to training...
  • Appeals court upholds California affirmative action ban in state university admissions

    04/02/2012 1:29:20 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 18 replies
    AP/Washington Post ^ | April 2, 2012 | AP
    Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities. The ruling marked the second time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned back a challenge to the state’s landmark voter initiative, Proposition 209, which was passed in 1996. 0 Comments Weigh In Corrections? Personal Post . Affirmative action proponents, who had requested that the court reconsider its 1997 decision after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that affirmative action could be used in college admissions, said they...
  • To Enroll More Minority Students, Colleges Work Around the Courts

    04/01/2012 7:29:06 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2012 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    With its decision to take up racial preferences in admissions at public colleges, the Supreme Court has touched off a national guessing game about how far it might move against affirmative action and how profoundly colleges might change as a result. But no matter how the court acts, recent history shows that when courts or new laws restrict affirmative action, colleges try to find other ways to increase minority admissions. The aggressiveness of those efforts, and the results, vary widely by state, but generally they increase minority enrollment — though not as much as overt affirmative action once did. And...
  • Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity

    03/27/2012 6:09:20 AM PDT · by Road Glide · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2012 | Luke Rosiak
    Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region’s largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits. The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a...
  • Obama: End tax breaks for oil companies

    03/17/2012 12:44:20 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 91 replies
    wash times ^ | 3/17/12 | d boyer
    President Obama said Saturday he can’t do much to lower gas prices, and renewed his call for Congress to end tax breaks for oil companies. “The truth is, the price of gas depends on a lot of factors that are often beyond our control,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. “Unrest in the Middle East can tighten global oil supply. Growing nations like China or India adding cars to the road increases demand.” The president didn’t mention one of the few direct actions he could take to try to lower gas prices in the short term — releasing oil...
  • Buddy Fletcher: Financial Genius — or a Fake?

    03/05/2012 10:30:48 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Boston Magazine ^ | March 2012 | RICHARD BRADLEY
    EVEN IN THE DAKOTA, the storied apartment building on New York’s Upper West Side, home to such cultural icons as Yoko Ono and Lauren Bacall, Buddy Fletcher stood out. African American, fantastically accomplished, and wealthy, Fletcher had grown up in modest circumstances, gone to Harvard, and graduated as “first marshal” of his class in 1987. From there he hit Wall Street, earned millions before he turned 25, and started his own firm, Fletcher Asset Management. By the time he was 30, the company was operating as a hedge fund and boasting of triple-digit returns. Fletcher made multimillion-dollar donations to Harvard,...
  • Infinite Affirmative Action?

    03/06/2012 9:47:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    NRO ^ | March 6, 2012 | John Fund
    In Eric Holder’s world, the need for racial preferences will never end. Later this year, the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of the use of racial preferences in college admissions in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The battle lines will once again be drawn over the meaning of the equal-protection provisions of the Constitution. So it’s noteworthy that Attorney General Eric Holder has just made it clear he’s never bumped into a racial preference he didn’t like, and that he sees no time limit on such policies. Last month, in an appearance at Columbia University, his...
  • Holder Wants Race Preferences and Benefits . . . Forever

    03/03/2012 11:06:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 2, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    Eric Holder has gone all-in supporting race-based hiring preferences and race-based benefits. Given that the majority of Americans despise this rot, surely the presidential candidates will pounce. In a little noticed interview at the “World Leaders Forum,” Holder makes statements that should be the subject of a direct mail piece in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Virginia: Holder expressed support for affirmative action, saying that he “can’t actually imagine a time in which the need for more diversity would ever cease.” “Affirmative action has been an issue since segregation practices,” Holder said. “The question is not when does it end,...
  • Birds of a Feather ... (Eric Holder wants more affirmative action)

    02/29/2012 6:01:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Discriminations ^ | February 27, 2012 | John Rosenberg
    Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, is unfailingly polite, mild-mannered, and soft-spoken. Thus I was shocked when I received an email from him today that uncharacteristically SHOUTED his nearly incredulous response to comments in a “scandalous” interview of Attorney General Holder by Columbia University president (and former University of Michigan chief preference pusher) Lee Bollinger: “So,” Roger asked, “preferences FOREVER then? And racial preferences have not even STARTED yet?” Eager to see what had set him off, I rushed to look at the offending interview, and this is what I found: One of Bollinger’s...
  • One Man Standing Against Race-Based Laws (Edward Blum)

    02/26/2012 5:00:19 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 23, 2012 | MORGAN SMITH
    Edward Blum has the kind of zeal for public policy that usually leads to a career in politics. Mr. Blum does not like elections, though — he has lost two of them. And he has discovered what may be a more powerful instrument for advancing his beliefs: the court system. A self-described autodidact who has no law degree or formal scholarly background, Mr. Blum is the driving force behind Fisher v. University of Texas, the affirmative action case headed to the United States Supreme Court that could halt the use of race in university admissions. For Mr. Blum, the lawsuit...
  • Texas A&M students petition for affirmative action for athletic teams

    02/23/2012 4:09:02 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Texas A&M recently reaffirmed their commitment to affirmative action. University President, Dr. Loftin, wrote a letter to the campus community explaining that "the university has developed an affirmative action program" dedicated to increasing the amount of minorities at the school and has established an "annual placement goal" at the university. To highlight the absurdity of affirmative action policies, conservative students at Texas A&M circulated a satirical petition around campus. The conservative students asked their liberal peers, who were in favor of race-based preferences, if they would also be in favor of applying such policies to the school's athletic teams. VIDEO:...
  • Colleges Worry That Court Could Make Diversity Harder to Maintain

    02/21/2012 6:54:26 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2012 | TAMAR LEWIN
    The news that the Supreme Court is revisiting the use of race as a factor in admissions decisions, just nine years after upholding it in a University of Michigan case, has admissions officials worried about maintaining diversity and confounded that the question is being reconsidered so soon. “Nine years, when you’re talking about a decision of this magnitude, it really took me aback,” said Tom Parker, the dean of admissions at Amherst College. “What happens with the next president, the next Supreme Court appointee? Do we revisit it again, so that higher education is zigging and zagging? If the court...
  • Supreme Court to take up reverse affirmative action case at Texas university

    02/21/2012 2:43:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 2/21/12 | AP
    The Supreme Court will once again confront the issue of race in university admissions in a case brought by a white student denied a spot at the flagship campus of the University of Texas. The court said Tuesday it will return to the issue of affirmative action in higher education for the first time since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor in admissions. This time around, a more conservative court is being asked to outlaw the use of Texas' affirmative action plan and possibly to jettison the earlier ruling entirely. A broad ruling in favor...
  • Supreme Court to take new look at affirmative action

    02/21/2012 9:18:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 21, 2012 | Mark Sherman-AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court once again will confront the issue of race in university admissions in a case brought by a white student denied a spot at the flagship campus of the University of Texas in Austin. The court said Tuesday it will return to the issue of affirmative action in higher education for the first time since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor in admissions. This time around, a more conservative court is being asked to outlaw the use of Texas’ affirmative action plan and possibly to jettison the earlier ruling entirely.
  • Who Will Be Obama’s Next Supreme Court Pick? Blog Points to California AG Kamala Harris

    02/19/2012 4:17:48 PM PST · by RummyChick · 52 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 2/15/2012 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    Who will be the next justice to retire, and who will be nominated to replace that person? SCOTUSblog does some prognosticating and says California Attorney General Kamala Harris could be the next nominee tapped for the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There's one big problem, though: Harris may not want the job. “In the lists of names, only one truly stands out as checking every box: Kamala Harris,” Goldstein writes. Like the president, she is biracial, and she will be 50 years old in 2015. She is liberal, but she has a law enforcement background. The only...
  • Do Medical School Acceptance Rates Reflect Preferences for Preferred Minority Groups? (Yes)

    02/16/2012 8:08:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Carpe Diem (blog) ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2012 | Mark J. Perry
    The chart above (click to enlarge) is an update of the chart from this CD post from about a year ago, showing medical school acceptance rates for Asians, whites, Hispanics and blacks based on data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for the years 2009-2011 (aggregated). For 2011, the average GPA of students applying to medical schools was 3.53 and the average total MCAT score was 28, and the chart displays the acceptance rates for students applying to medical schools with average GPAs (3.40-3.59) and average MCAT scores (27-29) in the highlighted blue column, and the acceptance rates...
  • Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban

    02/13/2012 2:07:04 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    AP/CBS News ^ | Feb 13, 2012 | AP
    AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the state's elite campuses. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal heard arguments in the latest legal challenge to Proposition 209, the landmark voter initiative that barred racial, ethnic and gender preferences in public education, employment and contracting. The affirmative action ban has withstood multiple challenges since voters approved it in 1996, but advocates say their campaign to...
  • Federal court to hear new challenge to California's affirmative action ban

    02/13/2012 8:00:45 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/13/12 | Howard Mintz
    Reviving California's fierce debate over affirmative action programs, dozens of black and Latino students will turn to a federal appeals court this week in a bid to end the state's 16-year-old ban on using race and ethnicity as factors in public university admissions. In arguments set for Monday in San Francisco, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider the latest challenge to voter-approved Proposition 209, which outlawed affirmative action programs in all public agencies across the state. The same court in 1997 upheld Proposition 209, but civil rights advocates, armed with a decade of new data on student...
  • Juan Williams Finds Racism in Candidates Use of 'Constitution' and 'Founding Fathers'

    So a guy whose contract was terminated by NPR on a phony pretext for not toeing the liberal line enough, including writing a book ("Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It") which indicted the modern civil-rights movement for, well, undermining Black America, now appears to want eliminate "Constitution" and "Founding Fathers" from the lexicon of Republican candidates -- and possibly, it would appear, from political discussion in general -- because, well, they're racial code words. How ironic. Two weeks ago at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal...
  • The Affirmative Action War Goes On (NYT)

    01/22/2012 5:12:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2012
    Last month, the Obama administration issued important guidance to colleges and universities on how to increase racial diversity on campuses, explaining ways to navigate the narrow legal channel charted by the Supreme Court. The benefits of diversity, the Department of Education said, contribute to “the educational, economic and civic life of this nation.” The administration’s support for such efforts stands in stark contrast to the policy of the George W. Bush administration to discourage them. That difference has played out between the political parties for decades, as it will in this presidential election. Race-conscious programs in education — affirmative action...
  • New diversity guidelines can break college barriers

    01/15/2012 8:01:41 AM PST · by SmithL · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/15/12 | Linda J. Wong, Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia Dowd
    The Obama administration's decision to make it easier to consider race in promoting diversity in our schools comes at a propitious time for California. Race and ethnicity are front and center in the state's education system with minorities now representing 70 percent of public school students and more than half of those attending community colleges. The billions of dollars in education budget cuts have and will continue to hit these students the hardest. But new federal diversity guidelines, if followed, hold out new hope for these students' college-going prospects. Under the Bush administration, colleges and universities were advised to avoid...
  • Nobody Likes to Talk About It, but It’s There

    01/04/2012 4:06:54 PM PST · by NCjim · 51 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | ANDREW ROSENTHAL
    DES MOINES — Talking about race in American politics is uncomfortable and awkward. But it has to be said: There has been a racist undertone to many of the Republican attacks leveled against President Obama for the last three years, and in this dawning presidential campaign. You can detect this undertone in the level of disrespect for this president that would be unthinkable were he not an African-American. Some earlier examples include: Rep. Joe Wilson shouting “you lie” at one of Mr. Obama’s first appearances before Congress, and House Speaker John Boehner rejecting Mr. Obama’s request to speak to a...
  • Lure of Chinese Tuition Pushes Out Asian-Americans

    12/31/2011 7:58:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Bloomberg | December 28, 2011 | Oliver Staley
    No excerpt from Bloomberg allowed, story here .
  • An 'End Point' for Race-based Admissions

    12/20/2011 3:34:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | December 20, 2011 | Jeff Jacoby
    WHEN THE SUPREME COURT, in the 2003 case of Grutter v. Bollinger, narrowly upheld the use of racial preferences at the University of Michigan Law School, it emphasized that such preferences were barely tolerable under the Constitution. They could be used only as a last resort, the court ruled, they must not unduly harm non-minorities, and public universities had to start finding ways to phase them out. "We are mindful … that '[a] core purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment was to do away with all governmentally imposed discrimination based on race,'" Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote for a 5-4 majority....
  • Wanted: Blue-Collar Workers - Who will power America’s new industrial revolution?

    12/09/2011 8:43:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 108 replies · 2+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2011 | Joel Kotkin
    T o many, America’s industrial heartland may look like a place mired in the economic past—a place that, outcompeted by manufacturing countries around the world, has too little work to offer its residents. But things look very different to Karen Wright, the CEO of Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Wright’s biggest problem isn’t a lack of work; it’s a lack of skilled workers. “We have a very skilled workforce, but they are getting older,” says Wright, who employs 1,200 people at three Ohio factories. “I don’t know where we are going to find replacements.” That may sound odd, given...
  • Comment from Retired FBI Agent (Ann Barnhardt posting)

    12/02/2011 3:50:13 PM PST · by No One Special · 15 replies ^ | December 1, 2011 | Ann Barnhardt
    This caught my eye in the inbox tonight: Ann, I just listened to your interview on financial sense. I am a retired FBI White Collar Crime Supervisor who supervised a Securities Fraud Desk, in the {city name redacted} Division, prior to retiring in {year redacted}. Your analysis of the CME, the Obama Administration, and the sad state of our republic is right on the money. In addition, your 8(a) minority, affirmative action hire comment could not be more true. The effectiveness of federal law enforcement has been jeopardized by the politically correct hiring practices ongoing since George Herbert Walker Bush...
  • U.S. Urges Campus Creativity to Gain Diversity

    12/02/2011 6:41:41 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2011 | SAM DILLON
    The Obama administration on Friday urged colleges and universities to get creative in improving racial diversity at their campuses, throwing out a Bush-era interpretation of recent Supreme Court rulings that limited affirmative action in admissions. The new guidelines issued by the Departments of Justice and Education replaced a 2008 document that essentially warned colleges and universities against considering race at all. Instead, the guidelines focus on the wiggle room in the court decisions involving the University of Michigan, suggesting that institutions use other criteria — students’ socioeconomic profiles, residential instability, the hardships they have overcome — that are often proxies...
  • Obama In Hawaii: "Here In Asia" World Leaders Teach Me How To "Spread Out The Sacrifice"

    11/16/2011 11:33:24 AM PST · by rightly_dividing · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 15, 2011 | Greg Hengler
    I guess Obama's home state is no longer part of his 57 states.
  • After a Fatal Accident, New Safety Standards [Lathe]

    11/15/2011 6:44:12 PM PST · by Third Person · 18 replies
    Yale Alumni Magazine ^ | November 2011 | Carole Bass
    The lathe that killed Yale student Michele Dufault ’11 last April, which had no guards and no emergency stop button, would not pass muster under the university’s strict new safety rules. And the shop where Dufault died alone—which, under the new rules, is deemed one of the most hazardous on campus—is no longer accessible to undergraduates without a faculty or staff supervisor. Those are two of the most significant changes under the new safety standards, which Yale put in place this summer in the wake of Dufault’s death. The 22-year-old physics and astronomy major from Scituate, Massachusetts, was asphyxiated after...
  • The age of white guilt: and the disappearance of the black individual

    10/31/2011 3:18:06 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    One day back in the late fifties, when I was ten or eleven years old, there was a moment when I experienced myself as an individual--as a separate consciousness--for the first time. I was walking home from the YMCA, which meant that I was passing out of the white Chicago suburb where the Y was located and crossing Halsted Street back into Phoenix, the tiny black suburb where I grew up. It was a languid summer afternoon, thick with the industrial-scented humidity of south Chicago that I can still smell and feel on my skin, though I sit today only...
  • Jury awards LAPD detectives $2.5 million

    10/29/2011 2:31:13 AM PDT · by Respond Code Three · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10-6-11 | Joel Rubin
    A jury has awarded three veteran Los Angeles police detectives $2.5 million in a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against their supervisors. The verdict, delivered Friday after only a few hours of deliberation, is the latest in a long string of costly lawsuits brought by LAPD officers against fellow cops and supervisors for retaliation, harassment and other workplace abuses.
  • College Diversity Nears Its Last Stand

    10/16/2011 5:42:48 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 15, 2011 | ADAM LIPTAK
    ABIGAIL FISHER, a white student, says she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race. She sued in Federal District Court in Austin, causing Judge Sam Sparks to spend time trying to make sense of a 2003 Supreme Court decision allowing racial preferences in higher education. “I’ve read it till I’m blue in the face,” Judge Sparks said in an early hearing in Ms. Fisher’s lawsuit. But the meaning of the central concept in the decision — “this esoteric critical mass of diversity of students,” he called it — kept eluding him. The 2003 Supreme Court...
  • Herman Cain Caught Lying in GOP Debate

    10/12/2011 3:52:57 PM PDT · by marty60 · 126 replies
    John Galts Blog via open salon ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2011 4:05PM | Joh Galts Blog
    Herman Cain has been caught lying in last night's GOP debate. Cain, who was the former deputy chairman and then chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve throughout the 1990's, had been opposed to an audit of the Fed. He had also said that Ron Paul supporters frequently ask him "annoying questions" about a Fed audit, even accusing the Paul campaign of sending agents to harass him at every event he attends. According to the Daily Caller: The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of Cain’s book, “This is Herman Cain,” which goes on sale Oct. 4. In the manuscript,...
  • Mitt Romney’s defense cult [Fascinating Wording. Romney Electable? Yeah, right.]

    10/12/2011 3:55:18 PM PDT · by delacoert · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2011 | Matt Miller
    Mitt Romney is part of a cult — the cult of ever higher defense spending. Republican members of this cult believe that the only way in today’s media and political culture to signal you are “strong” on defense is to propose a bigger defense budget than Democrats. Democratic members of this cult believe that the only way to avoid losing elections to Republicans is to call for as much or more defense spending than the GOP. Guess what happens to the boundaries of debate when this “my defense budget is bigger than yours” mentality dominates official Washington? As with so...
  • My Gut Tells Me Cain-Palin Ticket Will Happen

    10/06/2011 10:07:54 AM PDT · by Ocarterma · 172 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | 10/6/2011 | Ocarterma
    Okay here me out on this.
  • Minimum Wage To Rise In 8 States

    10/03/2011 3:20:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 10/03/11 | Tami Luhby
    Minimum Wage To Rise In 8 StatesBumps Range From 28 Cents To 37 Cents Per Hour Tami Luhby UPDATED: 2:54 pm MDT October 3, 2011 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Minimum-wage workers in eight states could see their paychecks grow by hundreds of dollars next year, thanks to automatic annual increases in the rates. Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Washington and Oregon recently announced their 2012 minimum wages, which contain bumps ranging from 28 cents to 37 cents per hour. This translates into annual raises of between $582 and $770 for full-time workers at that end of the pay scale depending on where...
  • Racist Cupcakes? Berkeley Erupts over Affirmative Action Satire

    09/28/2011 9:19:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 9, 2011 | Zombie
    <p>The U.C. Berkeley College Republicans struck a national nerve today by holding a bake sale with racially discriminatory pricing: Higher prices for white and Asian students, lower prices for black, Hispanic and female students. Why the intentional discrimination? To protest a pending new statewide law which attempts to re-introduce Affirmative Action into university admission standards, something that was been banned years ago with California’s popular Constitutional amendment requiring race-neutral admissions.</p>
  • Race-based bake sale attracts attention at UC

    09/27/2011 12:59:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/27/11 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A face-off on the UC Berkeley campus this morning pitted Democrats vs. Republicans, pro-affirmative-action students vs. those favoring race-blind policies, and, ultimately, cupcakes vs. brownies. None other than former UC Regent and affirmative action opponent Ward Connerly, showed up on Sproul Plaza today to sell frosted cupcakes priced according to the race of the buyer. Connerly, who wrote Proposition 209, the state's voter-approved ban on race preferences in government programs, sat at a table with the Berkeley College Republicans to hawk their baked goods. The group's stunt, which some students have called racist and insensitive, was touted as a satirical...
  • UC Berkeley GOP student bake sale is mean-spirited

    09/27/2011 10:03:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 62 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/27/11 | Chip Johnson
    I don't know about the political ethics or math skills of the UC Berkeley students who came up with the idea for an Increase Diversity Bake Sale, but they certainly know how to draw a crowd. The student Republican group that sponsored a race-based bake sale set to be held on the campus today must have been counting on raising more than just the cookie dough. There are few places in America more reactionary than a college campus, and among them, UC Berkeley is a leader. A bake sale flyer posted on Facebook last week linked the price of pastries...
  • Why the Berkeley College Republicans are Wrong

    09/26/2011 6:17:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 79 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 9/26/11 | Thomas Lord
    The Berkeley College Republicans have taken a strong stance against a proposed law that would allow, among other things, race to be taken into consideration during the admissions process. They say on a Facebook event page: "The Berkeley College Republicans firmly believe measuring any admit's merit based on race is intrinsically racist." In this note I'll show that their belief is wrong. Not only is the use of race in admissions not intrinsically racist - the failure to consider race and other similar factors is intrinsically racist. This is not some subjective interpretation of histories of oppression. This is not...
  • UC Berkeley student senators respond to bake sale

    09/26/2011 9:33:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/26/11 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Berkeley student senators voted Sunday to condemn discriminatory behavior on campus - even if done in satire - in response to a Republican student group's plans for an "Increase Diversity Bake Sale," with pastries labeled according to race and gender. The 19-0 vote, with one absence, came during a special meeting of the Associated Students of the University of California, as the debate over affirmative action reignited in Berkeley. "Sure, it came off as discrimination," said Francisco Loayza IV, the treasurer of the Republican group, at Sunday's meeting. "People are being judged by their skin color (in affirmative action policies)....
  • Pay-by-race bake sale at Berkeley still on, student Republican group says

    09/26/2011 5:08:29 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 September 2011 | Holly Yan
    It's meant to be racist, and it's meant to be discriminatory. But the controversial "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans is still on, the club's president said, despite "grossly misguided comments" and threats aimed toward supporters of the University of California Berkeley student group.During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold to white men for $2, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices.The bake sale is meant to draw attention to pending legislation that...
  • Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in

    08/24/2011 9:28:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 372 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/24/11 | Tamara Abraham
    The Obamas' summer break in Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets. But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances. White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers' money on vacations alone in the past year. Branding her 'disgusting' and 'a vacation junkie', they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol. The 'top source' told the National Enquirer: 'It's disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage...
  • Affirmative action is negative step (Herman Cain Archive)

    09/25/2011 12:00:35 AM PDT · by mnehring · 22 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | 2004 | Herman Cain
    Some of my opponents in the race for the U.S. Senate seem to like to ask me if I am in favor of affirmative action. I'm sick and tired of people trying to divide us on race. So let me make my answer as plain as day, so that even a congressman can understand it. If by affirmative action you mean quotas - then no. But if you mean, do I favor giving all people equal opportunity? You bet. I don't understand how my opponents could not agree with the idea of removing all barriers for people to have equal...
  • BERKELEY: Racially heated posting sparks outrage at UC

    09/23/2011 6:47:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 64 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/23/11 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A Facebook post announcing plans by a UC Berkeley Republican group to sell baked goods priced according to race, gender and ethnicity - "White/Caucasian" pastries for $2 and "Black/African American pastries for 75 cents, for example - has drawn outrage on campus. "I'm ashamed to know that I go to the same school with people who would say stuff like this," responded student Skyler Hogan-Van Sickle on Facebook. "I'm really trying to figure out how someone can be this hateful." The campus Republicans, who expect to go forward with their "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" on Tuesday, say the event is...