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  • Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients

    10/25/2014 4:25:03 PM PDT · 34 of 40
    shhrubbery! to walford
    It was ludicrous for Texas Presbyterian to have to intubate Patient Zero, aka Thomas Duncan.

    He was not only intubated, but given dialysis treatment as his kidneys failed. Having to perform these invasive interventions placed his caregivers at even greater risk.

    What's more, at the point these procedures were performed, it was probably already clear to doctors treating Duncan that his case was hopeless.

    Yet doctors and hospital administrators likely believed they MUST perform the interventions -- or be accused of racism.

  • We are always open to ideas:Astonishing statement of CDC chief in charge of bungled Ebola response

    10/16/2014 4:27:54 PM PDT · 68 of 81
    shhrubbery! to Kalam; kik5150
    The visual is 100% accurate in every way.

    True, though a strategically placed styrofoam cup could make it even better.

  • Father Benedict Groeschel (1933-2014)

    10/04/2014 3:34:44 PM PDT · 5 of 25
    shhrubbery! to NYer
    I loved watching Father Groeschel on EWTN, and when I heard about the car accident I was very concerned. It does seem a miracle he survived.

    His comment about "some" minors being "seducers" in priest abuse cases was disappointing however. There can be no excuse for a priest to have allowed himself to be "seduced," most certainly not by a minor.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    09/30/2014 4:23:22 PM PDT · 28 of 51
    shhrubbery! to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    Unintended consequences are sure to come...

    one of the first? tons more dog poop not picked up.

  • Women who have had abortions 180% more likely to develop breast cancer, new study finds

    04/30/2014 4:27:10 PM PDT · 16 of 29
    shhrubbery! to verga
    The number is almost as high for women that have had miscarraiges as well.

    What is your evidence for that statement?

    I've read the opposite, i.e. that natural miscarriages are not nearly as likely to predispose a woman to breast cancer.

    One hypothesis I remember reading, years ago, was that elective abortions cause pre-cancerous cellular changes in the breast, the mechanism being the extremely abrupt withdrawal of pregnancy hormones.

    Natural miscarriages, on the other hand, may involve a different, or perhaps more gradual tapering off of hormone levels. Research in this area may be hard to come by, however ... it's so politically incorrect that merely inquiring into the subject could end a researcher's career.

  • Justina Pelletier Tells Parents in Secret Letter She is Being “Tortured”

    04/18/2014 5:42:59 PM PDT · 13 of 32
    shhrubbery! to WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
    For whatever reason, this story is getting next to no traction here. I wish I knew why.

    I can only speak for myself, but the story gets no traction with me because Justina's mother looks like a flaming example of Munchhausen's Syndrome by Proxy (or whatever this syndrome is called today).

    This doesn't mean I put any trust whatsoever in the State of Taxachusetts, nor in Child Protective Services, nor in doctors, nor in hospitals, nor in officious social workers. On the contrary, really, because I have been on the receiving end of abuse from some of those entities myself.

    However I have also seen mothers who make their children sick, because of their own extremely disordered personalities. Often the fathers in these cases go along with the delusional mother for the sake of keeping relative peace in the family.

    I'm sorry for the daughter, and also sorry for the decent but naive people who have gotten sucked into the crazy scam, like Mike Huckabee.

  • Tim Cook advises climate change deniers to get out of Apple stock

    03/02/2014 9:41:51 AM PST · 34 of 93
    shhrubbery! to turducken
    I have never understood how Rush can be such an Apple fanboy. This is one of the worst left-wing companies out there after GE.

    Rush's praise of Apple products got me to try out a Mac ... and I have never looked back.

    The difference between Microsoft's products and Apple's is like night and day. (I don't use iPhones or iPods, but the MacBook beats every other laptop I've used. And forget about Windows, it makes me want to grab a bat and smash things a la Office Space.)

    Sadly, the companies that make these products are all headed by leftists, so I can hardly "make a difference" with my purchasing dollars.

  • Bob Grant, Father of Conservative Talk Radio, Dead at 84

    01/02/2014 6:06:41 PM PST · 35 of 60
    shhrubbery! to Coleus
    Bob Grant was so rabidly pro-abortion, I lost all respect for him.

    Back in the '80s, Bob Grant went into a frothing rage on-air over the case of Baby Klein. I wonder if anyone else here remembers this? Nancy Klein was a pregnant woman from Long Island who had suffered head injuries in a car accident.

    Martin Klein, Nancy's husband, did not want the baby and went to court to demand that he be allowed to order the baby's abortion. He claimed that the pregnancy would hinder his wife's recovery. Doctors were called to testify, and the preponderant opinion was that Nancy's pregnancy posed no risk whatsoever to her recovery.

    But the husband, Martin Klein, eventually won the case. Klein was so arrogant, he used a TV appearance to make the gloating announcement that the abortion "procedure had just begun."

    Bob Grant viciously harped on this case, raving against anyone who dared speak up on behalf of Baby Klein, day after day after day ... until the baby was, in fact, terminated put to death.

    Oh, and did Martin Klein --who had ordered the abortion on the grounds he was so "concerned" for his wife's recovery-- end up tenderly devoting himself to her recovery? Of course not. He divorced Nancy a few months after the abortion.

  • Judge Grants Request From Jahi McMath’s Family to Extend Life Support

    12/30/2013 6:15:25 PM PST · 27 of 72
    shhrubbery! to Benito Cereno
    The hospital is handling this very poorly.

    Yes, exactly. This dispute was almost certainly kicked off by the hospital's high-handed and supremely arrogant behavior toward this family.

    Having been on the wrong end of such officious treatment by doctors and hospitals myself, I understand how this family feels. Many families are quickly cowed into submitting to having the plug pulled prematurely on a loved one. But every once in awhile, some relative will stand up and say "Like hell you won't!"

    I wonder if there was a "transplant team" lurking in the background, just waiting to swoop in and "harvest" the girl's organs?

    That is often the motivation behind hospital pressuring parents into too-hastily consigning their children to death.

    And how many people know that the definition of "brain death" was conjured up just in the last few decades ... for the very purpose of promoting transplantion of "fresh" organs from still-living patients (i.e., still alive, by the traditional definition of death).

    Such a rosy picture is painted by the organ transplant industry, that few people know the ugly truth about what actually happens when organs are "harvested" from a patient who has been declared "brain dead" (who, at that point, ceases to be considered a patient).

    As the transplant surgeons cut into the un-anesthetized patient's donor's vital organs, his or her body often thrashes about violently ... even a "brain dead" patient resists this atrocious assault on his or her body.

  • Youngest Obama Daughter's Real Name NOT 'Sasha', but Soviet/Russian 'Natasha'...

    12/17/2013 10:14:50 AM PST · 105 of 108
    shhrubbery! to DoodleDawg
    Actually it's a diminutive of Aleksander or Aleksandra. In Russia you'll find both boys and girls being called Sasha.

    You beat me to it ... "Sasha" is usually a nickname for "Aleksandr," a boy's name.

    A common nickname for a girl named "Natasha" is "Nastya." But I can see why the Obamas didn't pick that one.

  • Wounded Warriors: No record of donation from waitress who said she got anti-gay note

    12/05/2013 4:42:39 PM PST · 7 of 19
    shhrubbery! to frogjerk
    Has anyone on FR kept a list of "hate crime" hoaxes?

    I'll bet a lot of us have sniffed out fraud in dozens of these cases, ever since the Tawana Brawley fiasco ... which many of us knew was a hoax from the git-go. (I started a list a couple of decades ago, but forgot where I put it.)

    It's gotten to the point where the default position of reporters *should* immediately be to be suspicious of an attention-seeking motive on the part of the alleged "victims'" ... and to investigate the "victims'" credibility, rather than rushing into print, credulously reporting the claims. But I have yet to see this happen.

  • Wounded Warriors: No record of donation from waitress who said she got anti-gay note

    12/05/2013 4:27:44 PM PST · 1 of 19
    shhrubbery!
    Not a surprise.
  • 'He belongs to the ages': Obama, US leaders mourn Mandela's death

    12/05/2013 4:04:09 PM PST · 78 of 139
    shhrubbery! to Impala64ssa
    I wonder which street in the Sulphur Springs or College Hill sections of Tampa will be renamed Nelson Mandela Blvd?

    This was already done a couple of decades ago -- on the Rutgers University campus. (Rutgers is New Jersey's state university.)

    Actually it was even worse that that - a campus street was named for the murderous Winnie Mandela, too.

    I can't be sure, but would suspect that Winnie's street was probably quietly renamed, following the news about dear Winnie's necklacing (i.e., burning alive) people who dared to cross her.

  • Man Moves Into Home While Family Is Away And Claims He Now Owns It

    12/03/2013 11:26:18 AM PST · 21 of 87
    shhrubbery! to Red Badger
    This story has been repeated on all over the country, but the most ironic one I've seen yet is this:

    "Occupy Wall Street" asserts squatter's rights to single dad's home, gives it to "homeless" family

    A previous article quoted an expert to the effect that adverse possession is the only authentic legal doctrine under which this could be done.

    But to take title by adverse possession, in most states, the claimant must prove he has occupied the property continuously for something like 15 - 30 years (depending on the state).

  • Christie Drops Opposition to Sodomite "Marriage" - Now legal in New Jersey

    10/22/2013 7:03:09 PM PDT · 52 of 59
    shhrubbery! to what's up
    as usual [polls] are being used to manipulate public opinion rather than reflecting it

    You aren't kidding!

    Check out the "options" we are invited to select from, in this Gannett publication (the Daily Record of Morris County, NJ):

  • Shocking! CBS Hounds Pelosi Over Shutdown: 'You've Called Them Arsonists'

    10/04/2013 6:06:20 PM PDT · 11 of 48
    shhrubbery! to Col Frank Slade
    “But let’s take a deep breath on this. We have a serious matter”. Translation: “Shut up and let’s continue with my talking points.”

    Hillary was fond of instructing us all to "take a deep breath," too.

    Presumably because she knew we would be having a hard time swallowing the codswallop she was about to shove down our throats.

  • Hannity Rips Lying Rep from NJ

    10/03/2013 8:07:00 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    shhrubbery! to yetidog
    Bill Pascrell is this Democrat Rep’s name.

    I live not far from this slimeball's district, which is, essentially, the cesspool called Paterson, NJ.

    Oh, Paterson was once a great city, but it's gone the way of other formerly great cities of NJ ... Newark, Trenton, Camden.

    Paterson also has the dubious distinction of being one of the hangouts of the 9/11 hijackers, in the summer of 2001, just before they murdered 3000 innocent people.

    The hijackers fit right in in Paterson, which has a large Islamicist population -- whom Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ,) courts obsequiously.

  • RAND PAUL CALLS OUT CNN ANCHOR AFTER SHE DECLARES OBAMACARE A GOP ‘OBSESSION’

    10/03/2013 5:54:12 PM PDT · 9 of 30
    shhrubbery! to sheikdetailfeather
    The left have specific keywords they use over and over to make the right look unstable. If the right do not like something, it is a phobia, obsession, paranoia, fear of an imaginary boogeyman, radical, anarchist, terrorist...

    ... and don't forget "jihadist." Yes, if you're a Republican and you oppose ObamaCare, you're waging "jihad." So saith some raving Democrat from California, on the floor of the House yesterday.

    As some commentator pointed out later, how ironic is that? ... We can't use the word "jihadist" to apply to the Fort Hood shooter ... but it's ok for Democrats to shriek it at opponents of ObamaCare.

  • 'Mass Panic': Car chase from White House to Capitol ends in gunfire, suspect dead

    10/03/2013 3:30:05 PM PDT · 217 of 278
    shhrubbery! to WayneS
    The driver of the “suspect car” had nothing to do with his crash.

    Stands to reason. Her car didn't show the kind of damage you'd expect if she'd hit that totaled white police car.

  • 'Mass Panic': Car chase from White House to Capitol ends in gunfire, suspect dead

    10/03/2013 3:18:43 PM PDT · 202 of 278
    shhrubbery! to NYRepublican72
    Carey -- what an appropriate name for a dental hygienist. If I may make a frivolous comment. Reminds me of a doctor's shingle that I used to pass on Queens Blvd in Queens, NY: The doc's name was "Dr. Doctor."

    If the woman who "rammed the barricade" was indeed black, I suspect the MSM will make this incident disappear down the memory hole, pronto. She doesn't fit the leftist media's narrative.

    Look what has already happened with the Navy Yard shooter. That story is practically forgotten already.

  • 'Mass Panic': Car chase from White House to Capitol ends in gunfire, suspect dead

    10/03/2013 3:03:33 PM PDT · 176 of 278
    shhrubbery! to surrey
    Thanks for the tip. URL to the NYPost article here:
    http://nypost.com/2013/10/03/capitol-shooter-was-conn-based-dental-hygienist/
    although that piece will probably disappear soon as more info becomes available.

    Interesting, a dental hygienist (if report is correct).

    I would think most dental hygienists look pretty non-threatening ... as opposed to dentists, who scare the heck out of me.

    Not second-guessing the police who shot her; but still, if this incident had happened in, say, NYC, I think our lawmakers would not be applauding the police (as they did on Capitol Hill), but condemning them for overkill.

    And hey, didn't ex-Congressman Patrick Kennedy "ram a barrier" on Capitol Hill, just a few years ago? But no Capitol police shot at him.

    As I recall, Kennedy blamed the sleep medication Ambien for causing the incident. Of course, nothing happened to him.

  • Sen. Dick Durbin gave false facts about his own daughter in Obamacare speech

    10/01/2013 4:52:53 PM PDT · 42 of 50
    shhrubbery! to lowbridge
    And Al Gore lied about both his sister AND his mother, in tearjerker tall tales.

    Birds of a feather...

  • Five Ways to Detect Climate Denying Rubbish

    09/22/2013 2:28:40 PM PDT · 26 of 41
    shhrubbery! to Beave Meister
    There is a term used in psychiatry to describe the upside-down nuttiness embodied in this hysterical screed:

    Projection.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Family Of Accused Murderer Pleads For His Surrender

    08/25/2013 3:14:22 PM PDT · 34 of 50
    shhrubbery! to Tailgunner Joe
    “His uncle also thinks something must have happened that has yet to come out, saying his nephew is not a violent person...

    Implying ... what?

    That there was some element "that has yet to come out" that could justify beating a defenseless elderly man to death? Or standing by, while your companion does it?

    If so, what could that element be? An alleged use of the n-word? /s

  • WATCH: A PSA opposing 'stand your ground' laws reenacts Trayvon Martin's death

    08/19/2013 8:43:34 PM PDT · 29 of 32
    shhrubbery! to Berlin_Freeper
    As the video ends, "Martin" is shown lying prone, dead on the ground They got that part right.

    Actually I'm not sure they got even that part right!

    I watched this piece of propaganda twice, and it looked to me both times as if its producers portray "Trayvon" in his last appearance crouching in fear, but alive ...

    ... then the camera pans to rows of other symbolic "Trayvons" ... but they are all lying on the ground in the supine position, not prone.

  • Marriage Rates Plummet–Projection of Never-Married Rates to 2017

    08/19/2013 9:48:15 AM PDT · 27 of 28
    shhrubbery! to wmfights
    I live in a liberal city. One thing I've noticed is no matter how many rational arguments you make they refuse to see the truth threw their emotional self-righteous fog.

    True, but I've seen signs of light glimmering through the fog recently.

    One sign that there might be a sea-change coming in the thinking of so-called educated women came a couple weeks ago ... when I heard an NPR commentator talking about taking her impaired child to a special therapy class.

    She said she "couldn't help but notice" that most of the other moms bringing their tots to this class were "older career women," like herself.

    This got her thinking that maybe, just maybe, there could be a correlation between being an "older mom," and having an impaired child. She allowed that her experience was anecdotal, and also reasoned that her location (urban NYC) was likely to produce a lopsided proportion of such cases.

    However when this NPR person did a little more research, she found that the phenomenon did not appear to be confined to hip, urban areas, but was a nationwide trend.

    One NPR commentator doesn't make a trend; however I think this insight is going to spread like wildfire amongst older career women. Their desire to have children will be very dampened once these women begin to realize that their chances of having that "perfect" child (as you put it) are significantly diminished after about age 34.

  • The rise of 'co-parenting': Broody, single women advertising for men to help them have babies

    08/19/2013 9:28:00 AM PDT · 63 of 72
    shhrubbery! to PapaBear3625
    Ladies, 42 is not the time to be looking for a good man to be the father of your children. Regardless of feminist doctrine, the time to find a good man who will marry you, is in your early 20's.

    You are SO right!

    Even from a purely physical point of view, pregnancies and their resulting children begin to be much more problematic, starting when the woman is in her early-to-mid thirties.

    My last child was born when I was almost 35 -- but even at that relatively young age, the pregnancy was more difficult for me to carry that the previous pregnancies in my 20s. I was already getting too "old," from an obstetrical point of view.

    Obstetrical old-ness has little to do with a woman's looks -- she can be outwardly youthful-looking and even very "fit." But if she has her first baby when she is over 34 years old, she will be considered an "elderly primigravida" by medical professionals, for good reason.

    Children borne of such "late" pregnancies also tend to have more physical problems than children borne of mothers in their 20s (which is NOT to say that their lives are worth less; it is merely an observation of fact).

    As more news gets out about the higher risk of physical and mental problems faced by children borne of IVF treatments (e.g. autism) and other extreme measures that are taken by desperate women in their 40s ... I think we will begin to see more women take a jaundiced view of feminist dogma that insists that career must come first, and children last.

  • Marriage Rates Plummet–Projection of Never-Married Rates to 2017

    08/13/2013 7:34:10 PM PDT · 13 of 28
    shhrubbery! to ClaytonP
    The liberals have the demographic advantage in the short term, but it will shift the other way in the second half of this century.

    Liberals are importing their replacement voters, in the form of masses of government-dependent illegal immigrants ... they aren't legal voters now, but they will be soon.

  • Marriage Rates Plummet–Projection of Never-Married Rates to 2017

    08/13/2013 7:30:02 PM PDT · 10 of 28
    shhrubbery! to wmfights
    My wife went to law school with a bunch of women and most only had 1 child, or none. When they've had some wine they will admit they regret they didn't have any, or more than one.

    And those career women who did have one child? A lot of them likely had a child with mental and emotional deficits (e.g. autism) -- due to having delayed childbearing until they were past the optimal age.

    At some point, women are going to realize that their feminist fantasy indoctrination is not the way life really works -- at least not the Sex and the City scenario of women having "fun" + career, and waiting until their mid-30s to try to find a decent man to settle down with and have children.

  • Votes for Mortgages: If you liked the subprime crisis, you'll love what the feds are cooking up now

    08/12/2013 10:13:39 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    shhrubbery! to traditional1
    Just pushing to get more mortgages to Holder's People, with no income other than Welfare and Food Stmaps to secure them.

    Re the so-called poor obtaining mortgages with nothing to secure the mortgage ... I've been wondering for years now ...

    1. Whatever happened to Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?
    2. Why didn't PMI save us from the housing bubble debacle?

    For anyone who's never heard of PMI, it was an insurance- homebuyers used to be required to buy --by the bank that held the mortgage- if the homebuyers' down payment was below a certain percentage of the home's purchase price (say, less than 20% down payment).

    We were forced to pay PMI for years. If we had defaulted on our mortgage (which we didn't), the mortgage bank would've been made whole by our PMI insurer.

    Was the requirement to pay PMI abolished during the housing bubble years? Because it was "unfair" to minorities?

  • Oprah Gets Swiss Apologies for 'Racist' Encounter

    08/09/2013 3:52:23 PM PDT · 46 of 53
    shhrubbery! to RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
    I suspect if I walked in looking at a $38K handbag for the wife they’d tell me the same thing , and rightfully so.

    Exactly!

    There is certain character trait I've noticed about some Swiss. They can become overbearing in a surprisingly personal way. Once when I was dining in a Swiss restaurant with my family (all of us being mature grownups), our waitress haughtily instructed us that we must finish eating our serving of peas.

    But the treatment Oprah got is no different than that received by most ordinary-looking white customers, who dare to enter a snooty store anywhere in the world. Employees in these establishments are instructed to behave in a condescending manner toward everyone except celebrities or well-known rich people. They want hoi-polloi to leave and stop wasting their time.

    There was news recently about high-end stores installing facial recognition technology in an effort to prevent this kind of embarrassment, i.e., failure to offer fawning service to a glamorous customer because the employees don't happen to recognize the celeb.

  • ‘I’m not sure how to trust’: George Zimmerman’s family forced into isolation

    08/05/2013 8:26:23 AM PDT · 19 of 29
    shhrubbery! to kevcol
    Hmm, if my last name were Zimmerman, I would carry cash to pay for coffee, gasoline etc -- especially in urban areas.

    I would also turn off my laptop's wifi receiver port unless I was certain I was in a location that provided secure internet access.

  • Having It All Without Having Children

    08/04/2013 9:39:15 AM PDT · 17 of 179
    shhrubbery! to HangnJudge
    Why have Children, the Government will take care of you when you are old Do I really need to add the /sarc tag...

    And even those who have children, might now need to worry whether those adult children will take care of them ...

    ... I read an article somewhere about a growing trend of adult children abandoning their elderly parents to the tender care of the State.

    Although the article didn't give a theory as to why this should be, I immediately thought, "This is the day care generation." I.e., children who were abandoned to day care centers when they were small, will not bond properly with their parents -- and may not feel any particular duty toward them when their parents become old and infirm.

    One more comment re the linked article in Time mag:

    With fertility treatment widely available...even clinically infertile women have more options than ever to become mothers...

    The "Time" writer neglects to mention something important: That we now know that some infertility treatments, e.g. IVF, run a high risk of producing children with a variety of physical and mental problems.

  • Catholic school fires gay teacher after wedding

    08/01/2013 9:31:46 PM PDT · 18 of 34
    shhrubbery! to Dilbert San Diego
    If you work for a religious organization, are you required to live your life according to their teachings?

    There have been several recent cases of Catholic schools firing female teachers who became pregnant out of wedlock. (Whether the teachers were professed Catholics or not, I don't know, but I don't think that would make a difference, in principle.)

    So firing a male teacher for similar behavior --disrespecting the institution of marriage-- would be treating the gander the same as the goose.

  • 4-year-old with IQ of 145 becomes Mensa's newest member

    08/01/2013 2:54:01 PM PDT · 31 of 73
    shhrubbery! to Berlin_Freeper
    knows the location of every U.S. state and the names of their capitals

    My daughter could do that at age 2. As someone above said, that shows she's precocious, but doesn't mean she's another Einstein.

    (Some of Einstein's biographers painted him as a dull child and a poor student. His genius didn't become apparent until he was in his teens and early twenties.)

    Well, good luck to this little girl. I hope she doesn't get a big head with all the praise and adulation ... and then once she faces real competition, finds out she can't measure up to all the hype. I'm always suspicious of parents who push their little children into that rather pathetic, self-congratulatory assemblage of [mostly] losers called Mensa.

  • George Zimmerman's Brother: Trayvon Martin Skeletons Coming Out in Civil Trial

    07/31/2013 6:21:06 PM PDT · 82 of 83
    shhrubbery! to monocle
    have the Martins considered how shallow Zimmerman’s pockets are? Much of Zimmerman’s wealth, if any, was depleted with the legal costs of his criminal trial

    The Sharpton-Crump-Martin machine are likely expecting Zimmerman to get paid well for a book for even for movie rights.

    But Z's potential earnings aren't what the Race Hustlers are really eyeing ... they just need to keep the racial pot boiling, the better to rake in $$$ to their so-called foundations and non-profits, like "The Trayvon Martin Foundation" and Sharpton's "National Action League."

    And we're not just talking about t-shirt sales here -- we're talking about huge corporate donations. Race Hustlers are experts at shaking down corporations for "donations" to "the cause." E.g. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/Push has extorted enormous amounts from Pepsico, Coca Cola, Wendy's, McDonald's, Mars, Intuit and on and on and on...

  • Woman arrested in green paint vandalism at Washington National Cathedral

    07/29/2013 3:29:31 PM PDT · 18 of 69
    shhrubbery! to Veggie Todd
    Jeantel?

    Ha, very good

    But seriously, my prediction is the culprit will turn out to be a "Palestinian."

    Something about that peculiar shade of green:

  • Your Nosebleed Student Loan Debt Pays The Tuition Of The Classmate Next To You

    07/29/2013 9:18:25 AM PDT · 52 of 56
    shhrubbery! to heartwood
    Kid is an Eagle Scout, mid-Atlantic region, worked hard, not on any athletic teams, spent some time abroad in a European country, parents divorced, mother had health problems, on food stamps, father abroad, not a lot of money there either.

    Thanks. From your description, I'm guessing the Ivy school probably accepted him as a token "poor white."

    The elitists who staff the admissions office might even characterize your young man as an "Appalachian" (whether that really fits, or not) -- that appellation is fashionable in elite circles as signifying a white person who might be "deserving" of help from them, as an act of noblesse oblige on their part.

    Ivy schools make a point of accepting at least one "poor white" into every freshman first year student class. This ensures that they can point to that student whenever they're criticized for their racial affirmative action admission policies.

  • Your Nosebleed Student Loan Debt Pays The Tuition Of The Classmate Next To You

    07/28/2013 1:56:32 PM PDT · 25 of 56
    shhrubbery! to heartwood
    I do know a young white man who got a great deal of financial aid from Princeton, nearly a free ride. He’s very bright of course, but not amazing in any way.

    Could you elaborate on this? It is practically unheard-of in the last several decades.

    I'm sure there are many FReepers who have ultra-qualified children who were accepted to Ivies --but offered zero in scholarship funds-- and would love to know what made this young white man the exception!

  • Your Nosebleed Student Loan Debt Pays The Tuition Of The Classmate Next To You

    07/28/2013 1:46:47 PM PDT · 22 of 56
    shhrubbery! to SeekAndFind
    This is a scenario most parents of smart, talented, hard-working but caucasian children have gone through in the last couple of decades.

    To console ourselves, we parents eagerly seize on studies that show that our children will "do just as well" at so-called 2nd tier schools, as they would have done at the "top tier" schools they couldn't afford to attend.

    And it is true that, yes, our children did well at those 2nd tier schools, and graduated with little or no debt.

    But there is more to the story than that. The big BUT is that in some fields (economics for example), our childrens' lack of "top-tier" degree keeps them locked out of the best jobs --the ones that deliver the best pay and best opportunities to advance.

    Those jobs go to the Ivy League grads --who, like Barack Obama the Columbia/Princeton grad, are often less smart and less genuinely accomplished than your child. But the Ivy grads have something your child doesn't ... that elite imprimatur.

  • Zimmerman had two big advantages over Trayvon

    07/28/2013 1:17:52 PM PDT · 54 of 105
    shhrubbery! to 2ndDivisionVet
    According to Farmer, Martin wasn’t followed and killed because he was black, but because he was tall and therefore not innocent.

    This is the point at which the professorette's mind jumped the tracks, like that speeding train in Spain.

  • 'Fruitvale Station' Is Loose With The Facts In An Effort To Elicit Sympathy For Oscar Grant

    07/27/2013 6:20:17 PM PDT · 13 of 19
    shhrubbery! to EveningStar
    “...the film would still ring false in its relentlessly positive portrayal of its subject.”

    Reminds me of a ludicrous TV series some years ago called "I'll Fly Away." It was basically a Leftist morality play. I never watched it in my own home, but was forced to see an episode at my liberal in-laws' house.

    The show ripped off the storyline and characters of the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird." E.g. the main character, played by Sam Waterston (doing a poor imitation of Gregory Peck) was the heroic liberal lawyer who defended poor oppressed blacks in some horrible, racist little backwater town in the South.

    Of course all the black characters in that show were angelic; and all the whites were eeeeeevil racists (except for the liberal lawyer and his family, of course).

    I never could understand how anyone could watch that swill. But my liberal in-laws lapped it up.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Weiner's brother Jason 'tried to silence Anthony's sexting partner...

    07/26/2013 3:52:38 PM PDT · 104 of 108
    shhrubbery! to Syncro
    Huma is a mole who has been produced and cultivated just for this purpose -- infiltrating the U. S. gov't at the highest level.

    What's ironic is that she's a mole hiding in plain sight (maybe a better word for this would be "oxymoronic").

    She has successfully fooled the likes of John McCain and other pols who fancy themselves both gallant (old school) and "tolerant" (new school).

  • Why Zimmerman Juror B-29 Is A Model Juror

    07/26/2013 2:22:56 PM PDT · 47 of 58
    shhrubbery! to sheikdetailfeather
    CNN had a panel discussion about this juror this morning. I jotted down some notes about what CNN's legal analysts said, FWIW...

    ...the three analysts, all lawyers, were Mo Ivory, Jeff Gold and Ryan Smith.

    I'm not going bother noting much of what Mo Ivory said, besides her insistence that "George Zimmerman IS guilty of murder!" (which is enough to reveal her total emotionalism and lack of legal professionalism).

    The other two CNN panelits had more interesting comments:

    Jeff Gold said he sat in the courtroom for most of the trial, and noticed that Juror B29 wasn't paying as close attention as the others. He said he didn't believe she was bullied "at all," but that she had "buyer's remorse," seeing this as "black and white" after coming back out into "the community" - he also thought she didn't mean "murder" when she said GZ "got away with murder," but meant "killing" instead. Gold opined that the protests after the verdict were the "real bullying," and were what had "pressured" Juror B-29 into making her post-trial statement.

    Panelist Ryan Smith agreed that the post-verdict protests might have pressured this juror; he also said he was in the courtroom during the prosecution's closing argument, and noted Juror B-29 taking lots of notes from the prosecution's PowerPoint. This led him to believe she might be a "voice for the prosecution" once she got to the jury room.

    Ryan Smith concluded that Juror B-29 took her "gut feelings" into the jury room, but switched her position after listening to others, and "looking at the law."

  • EXCLUSIVE: Weiner's brother Jason 'tried to silence Anthony's sexting partner...

    07/25/2013 7:51:38 PM PDT · 93 of 108
    shhrubbery! to SpaceBar
    She’s a bedouin

    I thought she as too, but yesterday it was reported she has an Indian mother and Pakistani father. All of them Muslim of course.

    The report also said Huma was born in Kalamazoo but spent some of her early years in Saudi Arabia.

  • Anti-Hillary Clinton group releases chilling first video

    07/25/2013 7:40:17 PM PDT · 44 of 47
    shhrubbery! to ansel12; Sparticus
    Palin has never been, is not, and never will be the “political equivalent of Dan Quayle”. Dan Quayle and Governor Palin have nothing in common, Palin is more of a Reagan in a skirt, the national leader of the conservative movement, an effective and powerful national politician.

    I would guess what the poster meant was that Dan Quayle and Gov Palin have been equally demonized by the Left.

    I'm a great admirer of Gov Palin. But when you have polls showing that a large chunk of the electorate actually believe Sarah said "I can see Russia from my house," we have a political problem.

  • Anti-Hillary Clinton group releases chilling first video

    07/25/2013 7:31:35 PM PDT · 43 of 47
    shhrubbery! to Doogle

    great list

  • George Zimmerman moves to restart libel lawsuit against NBC over edited 911 tape

    07/25/2013 7:09:49 PM PDT · 6 of 52
    shhrubbery! to Red Steel
    Iowa law professor Russell Weaver told iMediaEthics by phone that under U.S. civil law, because Zimmerman is a public figure due to his exposure in the media, the bar for proving libel is to demonstrate that the media outlet acted with actual malice

    The brilliant lowa law prof doesn't seem to have figured out that George Zimmerman was not a "public figure" ... until NBC "exposed" him with their doctored tape.

  • Congrats, Obama: the family rescued by George Zimmerman are scared for their lives

    07/25/2013 6:26:41 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    shhrubbery! to boop
    He COULD have been so great. Instead chose to inflame racial hatred to consolidate his power.

    Exactly. If Obama had added just one line to his little "surprise" speech about the Zimmerman verdict, something like this...

    "You have a right to protest peacefully, but you do not have a right to threaten anyone, nor a right to block people trying to get to hospital. Respect the jury's verdict, and respect our legal system" ...

    ...then he would have been a statesman. And he would have received accolades even from the likes of us on FR.

  • George Zimmerman Juror Says He 'Got Away With Murder'

    07/25/2013 12:53:14 PM PDT · 143 of 224
    shhrubbery! to GeronL
    This “reality” TV freak never knew that someone was innocent until PROVEN guilty?

    She's clearly a product of our failed education system.

    Article says she's from Puerto Rico. If I understand it correctly, that would mean she was born a U.S. citizen, and didn't have to go through any kind of citizenship training, testing etc that we're told legal immigrants have to do before they can go through the citizenship ceremony.