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  • UCLA official resigns over racial admissions

    08/30/2008 1:27:05 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 228+ views
    oc register ^ | 8-28-2008 | MARLA JO FISHER
    A professor who said he suspects UCLA is cheating to illegally admit black students resigned Thursday from its admissions committee, saying the university refused to provide him the data he needs to investigate his suspicions. "A growing body of evidence strongly suggests that UCLA is cheating on admissions," political science Professor Tim Groseclose wrote in a report he released Thursday. "Specifically, applicants often reveal their own race on the essay portion of the application."Students typically report their race on their applications, but the people who evaluate their files don't see names, race or ethnicity. If race does come up in...
  • 3 states to consider affirmative action ban

    08/06/2008 11:16:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 145+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/6/8 | CHRIS KAHN, Associated Press Writer
    PHOENIX (AP) -- With one brief criticism of affirmative action, John McCain has brought new attention to ballot issues aimed at dismantling preferential treatment programs for women and minorities. The question is whether McCain's support for one of those initiatives, in Arizona, will make any difference. . . .McCain's comments also have drawn critics who pointed to comments he made a decade ago calling similar measures "divisive."
  • Colorblind Equality: A Winning Issue for McCain?

    07/23/2008 10:00:28 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 11 replies · 164+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 23, 2008 | John Rosenberg
    Opposing race-based preferences could help power a McCain comeback.
  • Mich. Affirmative Action Lawsuit Tossed

    03/18/2008 2:39:29 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 738+ views
    Lansing, Mich. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Michigan law that bans racial and gender preferences in government hiring and university admissions. The ruling on Tuesday upholds the constitutionality of a measure approved by Michigan voters in 2006. It had been challenged by groups including the NAACP
  • UK: White men could be legally blocked from jobs under new anti-discrm. laws being considered

    03/16/2008 12:18:56 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 31 replies · 1,046+ views ^ | 16th March 2008 | DANIEL MARTIN
    Harman's law to reject white workers for ethnic minorities is slammed by campaigners By DANIEL MARTIN Last updated at 19:11pm on 16th March 2008White men could be legally blocked from getting jobs under new anti-discrimination laws being considered by Labour. Employers would be able to give jobs to women or ethnic minority candidates in preference to other applicants, under the plans unveiled by equalities minister Harriet Harman. If two candidates were equally qualified for a position, employers would be able to reject the white person or the man in favour of a black person or a woman. But the plans...
  • UPS partners with National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

    03/11/2008 7:52:31 PM PDT · by kc8ukw · 38 replies · 745+ views
    Atlanta Business Chronicle ^ | March 11, 2008 | Atlanta Business Chronicle
    United Parcel Service Inc. has added lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)-owned businesses to its supplier diversity program. The move comes with a partnership with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Atlanta-based UPS (NYSE: UPS) said. The NGLCC represents the interests of some 1.4 million LGBT-owned businesses. UPS began its supplier diversity process in 1992, giving UPS business opportunities for small businesses and those owned by minorities, women, veterans and now lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. LGBT-owned businesses also will get a discount on UPS shipping services.
  • Trooper exam unfair

    02/29/2008 7:41:06 PM PST · by ABN 505 · 19 replies · 167+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 2/28/08 | Tracy Gordon Fox
    Racism is so entrenched in the Connecticut State Police that basic hiring practices ensure only a few minority troopers will even enter a training class, never mind be promoted in the ranks, an attorney representing a black troopers' coalition said Thursday.
  • Crowd puts Connerly on the hot seat at UNL

    02/27/2008 8:07:11 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 25 replies · 115+ views ^ | 1-27-2008 | Melissa Lee
    Tough, tough crowd. Ward Connerly, the California businessman behind a movement to end race- and gender-based affirmative action in Nebraska, faced jeers and interruptions Tuesday evening as he defended his position on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. About 200 listeners, mostly students, drilled Connerly with questions about his motives, beliefs and even his salary. One young woman asked whether his efforts are funded by the Ku Klux Klan. “No,” Connerly said. Then he added: “What a stupid question,” drawing boos. Connerly leads the California-based Super Tuesday for Equal Rights, which seeks to end racial and gender preferences in hiring and...
  • Why Voters Play Follow-the-Leader

    02/19/2008 2:43:24 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 88+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2008 | Shankar Vedantam
    What do you think is more dangerous? Terrorists getting their hands on a biological weapon that can be smuggled into the country or another hurricane like Katrina? Which is the smarter way to keep Social Security solvent? Raise the retirement age or raise taxes? How can the current economic crisis be averted? Give Americans cash to spend or slash mortgage interest rates to restart the housing market? As millions of Americans gather to vote for presidential candidates in tomorrow's Democratic and Republican primaries, what they are really being asked to do is make a number of policy choices. The problem...
  • Visions of Equality: Realistic steps forward.

    01/21/2008 8:02:30 AM PST · by Sherman Logan · 51+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 21, 2008 | Roger Clegg
    The question I’d like to pose this Martin Luther King Day weekend is: Are we likely to witness the end of racial preferences soon — not just in our lifetimes, not just within the 25 years that Justice O’Connor “expected” in 2003, but in the next, say, 5 to 10 years? I think there is a good chance that we will. But I’m a non-determinist, so nothing is inevitable. In other words, I think we’ll win, but I know that we can still lose. There are different ways to think about this question, and different factors to consider. Demographics, Law,...
  • Family Sues Over Quotas

    01/19/2008 8:26:56 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 13 replies · 173+ views
    The New York Post ^ | January 14, 2008 | NY Post / By DAN MANGAN
    A year after the city's racial quotas kept their daughter out of an elite public school, an Indian couple from Brooklyn is filing a class-action lawsuit to make sure it doesn't happen again to her or any child. "Children should be judged on the content of their character, not on the color of their skin," said Dr. Anjan Rau, the girl's dad, about the quotas at Mark Twain School in Coney Island. "The selection process should be colorblind," Rau said. For decades, the school has enforced racial double standards on its tests to maintain a 6-4 white-to-minority ratio to comply...
  • Female Business Owners Fault New Rules on U.S. Contracts

    01/16/2008 8:20:09 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 192+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 16, 2008 | Elizabeth Olson
    Women who own small businesses — about a third of all small businesses in the United States, in fact — have been pushing for years for a bigger piece of government contracts, which now total $400 billion a year. But few were happy when the Small Business Administration finally announced new rules in December to ensure that 5 percent of the contracts would go to female-owned businesses. First, the critics noted, it took seven years for the S.B.A. to develop the rules after Congress ordered the agency to create them in 2000. But perhaps more important to the critics, among...
  • Alaska Airlines Discount... 10% on Holiday Travel if You're Gay (full rate if you're straight)

    12/02/2007 12:39:39 PM PST · by bshomoic · 92 replies · 780+ views
    If you're straight you pay full rate. But if you're gay they take 10% away. To receive this discount just enter Discount Code EC06607 Other special discount code for gays can be found here. Of course this is against federal law but hey, it's politically correct.
  • Nebraska vote sought on affirmative-action ban

    11/14/2007 9:40:20 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 10 replies · 838+ views ^ | 11-14-2007 | NATE JENKINS
    LINCOLN, Neb. - A petition filed with Secretary of State John Gale all but guarantees Nebraska will be an affirmative-action battleground heading into the November 2008 election. Public institutions including colleges and universities would be barred from using race, sex and other factors in hiring and admissions decisions under the proposed constitutional amendment. The petition drive will be guided by a California-based group that has been successful squashing affirmative action in other states. Ward Connerly, a former University of California regent best known for dismantling state programs that gave preferences to minorities, is behind the petition. It would give Nebraska...
  • Blacks and Hispanics Natural Allies?

    08/06/2007 2:00:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 1,122+ views ^ | August 6, 2007 | La Shawn Barber
    In a recent article, The Economist called blacks and Hispanics “natural allies.” Citing Barack Obama’s “brothers in the fight for equality” reference to the two groups, the writer conceded that with blacks and Hispanics, there’s no such thing. I frequently blog about what I perceive as a growing battle between blacks and Hispanics for “preferred minority” status. A preferred minority group is one that ostensibly is under-represented in certain professions and universities. This status goes beyond mere numbers and focuses on “oppression.” For example, while Asians are a minority group in America, they’re not considered oppressed in the same sense,...
  • Court: Web site liable for postings

    05/17/2007 9:03:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies · 1,555+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | May 17, 2007 | UPI Staff (United Press International)
    SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- A court in San Francisco ruled that a roommate-matching Web site may be held accountable for what users say about their preferences. A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court ruled in favor of two California fair housing groups that brought the complaint against, saying the Web site violates the Fair Housing Act by allowing users to specify roommate preferences based on sex, race, religion and sexual orientation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The ruling took away the main argument of the defense: that a 1996 ruling granting immunity to Internet service providers that...
  • Race preferences defeated in Michigan

    11/15/2006 2:58:03 AM PST · by xtinct · 17 replies · 776+ views
    Townhall ^ | 11-15-06 | La Shawn Barber
    If you thought the turbulent Civil Rights Movement – culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – ended skin color discrimination, you were mistaken. Half a century ago, America faced a moral and legal struggle to end government-mandated preferential treatment based on race. Half a century later, America faces a moral and legal struggle to end government-mandated preferential treatment based on race. Our government still treats people differently based on the color of their skin. This time around, minorities (Asians excluded) benefit from unconstitutional race-based programs. So-called equal opportunity policies in federal, state, and local agencies across the country...
  • CA: UC Berkeley chancellor creates new post aimed at diversity

    08/24/2006 6:21:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 594+ views
    University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau is creating a top-level post to focus on keeping the campus fair and welcoming. Birgeneau said he wants to make sure there is equal opportunity for students, faculty and staff regardless of religion, sexual orientation, race, gender or whether someone has a disability or not. "I very strongly believe that every single person (should) feel that this is a place where they belong, where they are respected for their individuality, for what they represent and their background," Birgeneau said Wednesday in announcing the new position at a back-to-school briefing. A national search is...
  • Lawyers Argue Over Anti-Affirmative-Action Proposal

    08/20/2006 6:51:53 PM PDT · by Westlander · 13 replies · 459+ views
    The Associated Press. ^ | August 18, 2006 | AP
    The effort to put an anti-affirmative-action proposal before Michigan voters was wrought with fraud and should be blocked from the November ballot, lawyers for the proposal's opponents argued in federal court Friday. But lawyers representing the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative and state elections officials told U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow that voters would be harmed if they're not allowed to decide whether to ban race and gender preferences in government hiring and public-university admissions in Michigan.
  • Affirmative-Action Update: Where Are All the Black Students?

    07/24/2006 2:09:59 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 49 replies · 1,532+ views ^ | July 24, 2006 | Compiled by the DiversityInc staff
    Not at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Of nearly 10,000 black students who graduated from Los Angeles County high schools this past June, just 1 percent will attend UCLA, according to NPR's Morning Edition. Why? For many, the culprit is Proposition 209, the 1996 anti-affirmative-action bill backed by former UC Regent Ward Connerly, which made it illegal to use race-based preferences in admissions, employment and contracting throughout the state. When Connerly's term ended in January 2005, his message was clear: Don't bring back affirmative action, according to Black Issues in Higher Education. UC may not be able to...
  • Pluribus Sine Unum Will the Senate impose race-based government on Hawaii?

    06/05/2006 5:35:47 AM PDT · by bilhosty · 11 replies · 765+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6-5-06 | JOHN FUND
    America's motto is "E pluribus unum," Latin for "Out of many, one." Some U.S. senators seem to be reading it backward. This week the Senate will consider legislation that would create an independent, race-based government for Native Hawaiians. If the bill becomes law, it would create a racial spoils system that would hand special privileges to up to one-fifth of the state's population--including many with only a trace of Hawaiian blood. It could inspire mainland groups such as Hispanic separatists to seek similar spoils, should they ever gain enough political leverage.
  • Caltrans: Race Will No Longer Be A Factor In Contracts (NO MORE RACIAL QUOTAS!)

    05/05/2006 4:23:29 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 10 replies · 799+ views
    NBC 11 ^ | May 5, 2006 | AP/NBC 11
    SACRAMENTO -- A state agency won't use race anymore when awarding contracts. The California Department of Transportation made the decision because it could not show minorities suffered discrimination in contracting, Caltrans said. The department said it took the step early this week after a recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set out that standard. Caltrans has had a goal of giving 10.5 percent of its federal contracting dollars to disadvantaged businesses. ...At stake is $5.1 billion for 1,400 transportation projects throughout California over the next five years. "Caltrans funds so many different projects around the state...
  • Who Gets In? Admissions officers asking race question

    02/15/2006 10:12:56 AM PST · by new cruelty · 29 replies · 884+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Wednesday, February 15, 2006 | Tim Grant
    Before checking the box to identify her race on her college admissions application, Cecilia Vaughn hesitated for a moment, torn by conflicting emotions. It was an optional but important question that might increase her chances of being admitted if for no other reason than the fact she is black. Yet she believed her application was strong enough to stand on its own. She decided to answer the question. "I'm selling myself, and I want them to know as much about me as possible," said Ms. Vaughn, now a senior at Duquesne University. "I don't want anything to be a surprise."...
  • Awkward Questions for Justice Breyer

    02/11/2006 1:09:47 PM PST · by jimbofree · 10 replies · 1,724+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 10, 2006 | James Chen
    Just this week, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer paid a visit to his high school alma mater, Lowell High School in San Francisco. He took a tour of the school’s campus, which moved in 1962 from downtown San Francisco to its present Sunset District location, and then spent an hour taking questions from the school’s junior and senior classes. According to AP, Justice Breyer (Class of 1955) was treated like a “rock star” during his visit to the highly-selective school’s campus. Besides the change in location, Lowell High School has in recent years undergone an immense transformation of its student...
  • Blacks vs. Latinos at Work

    01/24/2006 12:43:27 PM PST · by jackbenimble · 75 replies · 2,870+ views
    Online Wall Street Journal ^ | January 24, 2006 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    More African-Americans Claim They Are Passed Over For Hispanics in Hiring By MIRIAM JORDAN Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL January 24, 2006; Page B1 LOS ANGELES -- Donnie Gaut, an African-American with 12 years of warehouse experience, applied for a job in 2002 at Farmer John Meats, a large Los Angeles pork processor. When he was turned down for the position, a job stocking goods that paid $7 an hour, Mr. Gaut decided the problem wasn't his résumé -- it was his race. He filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that...
  • College Students Sue California Over Preferences for Illegal Aliens

    12/19/2005 6:59:32 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 23 replies · 1,291+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 12/17/2005 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    Attorneys representing college students from 19 states filed a class-action lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from officials for charging them significantly more than illegal aliens pay to attend state-run colleges in California.,P. The state allows illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition, while making out-of-state American citizens pay higher tuition fees. The 42 plaintiffs allege that California lawmakers and members of the board of regents for the University of California "knowingly violated a federal law enacted in 1996 that says any state that offers discounted in-state tuition to its illegal aliens must provide the same lower rates to all...
  • School Considers A Religious Holiday For Muslims (ban on others)

    12/09/2005 8:36:46 PM PST · by Hadean · 14 replies · 725+ views ^ | 12.10.2005 | MICHELE SAGER
    TAMPA - Muslims may get a religious holiday recognized by a public school in the Hillsborough County school district. Terrace Community School, a charter school housed at the Museum of Science & Industry, is considering changing its school calendar to give a day off for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. The school's board will vote on the proposal at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The proposal came from Principal Gary Hocevar after controversy erupted in the Hillsborough County school district. Last month, the Hillsborough County school board decided to eliminate all days off coinciding...
  • Feds accuse Southern Illinois University of bias against whites

    11/12/2005 10:28:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,290+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 12, 2005 | Jodi S. Cohen
    <p>CHICAGO — The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Southern Illinois University next week unless the college opens up three paid fellowship programs once reserved for minority and female students.</p> <p>The government says it will file the lawsuit because the fellowships discriminate against "whites, nonpreferred minorities and males," according to a letter dated Nov. 4.</p>
  • Appeals court upholds Seattle's use of race in high school admissions

    10/22/2005 12:21:36 AM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies · 427+ views
    seattletimes. ^ | Thursday, October 20, 2005 - Page updated at 12:47 PM | Gene Johnson
    Appeals court upholds Seattle's use of race in school admissions By Gene Johnson The Associated Press SEATTLE — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the Seattle School District's use of race as a tiebreaking factor in high-school admissions. "We conclude that the district has a compelling interest in securing the educational and social benefits of racial (and ethnic) diversity," the 7-4 majority wrote, overturning a 2-1 decision by a three-judge 9th Circuit panel last year. "We also conclude the district's plan is narrowly tailored to meet the district's compelling interests." A parents group that challenged the...
  • Racial tiebreaker will stand (9th Circuit - When will they Learn?)

    10/22/2005 2:13:15 AM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 16 replies · 1,074+ views
    Racial tiebreaker will stand By Sanjay Bhatt Seattle Times staff reporter The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld Seattle Public Schools' use of race as a tiebreaker in assigning students to popular high schools, and the plaintiffs vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling comes on the heels of decisions by federal appellate judges in the 1st and 6th Circuits upholding local school authorities' use of race as a factor in student-assignment plans in Massachusetts and Kentucky. Plaintiffs in all three cases sued on the basis that the school districts' plans violated their individual rights...
  • Appeals court upholds Seattle's use of race in school admissions

    10/20/2005 12:23:48 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 32 replies · 769+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/5 | Gene Johnson
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the Seattle School District's use of race as a tiebreaking factor in high-school admissions. "We conclude that the district has a compelling interest in securing the educational and social benefits of racial (and ethnic) diversity," the 7-4 majority wrote, overturning a 2-1 decision by a three-judge 9th Circuit panel last year. "We also conclude the district's plan is narrowly tailored to meet the district's compelling interests." A parents' group that challenged the tiebreaker said it would appeal. The ruling is the second Circuit Court opinion this year to uphold voluntary...
  • Fascism in a Lei: "Native Hawaiian" Racism

    09/07/2005 6:12:40 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 10 replies · 1,327+ views
    The Objectivist Center ^ | September 6, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    Fascism in a Lei By Edward Hudgins What could be friendlier or more welcoming place than Hawaii, America's 50th state? If S-147, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005, introduced by that state's Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka, is passed by the U.S. Congress, the ugly scourge of racism — the real, honest-to-badness type, not the name calling type that gets flung around too often — will rule those islands which, in the future, might cease to be part of the United States. The proposed legislation would divide Hawaiians into "natives" and all others. Anyone with a drop of...
  • Treating Preferential Treatment

    08/26/2005 2:23:44 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 228+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 25 AUGUST 2005 | Peter Kirsanow
    August 25, 2005, 8:04 a.m.Treating Preferential TreatmentJohn Roberts, Reagan, and common sense. By Peter KirsanowCritics of John Roberts’s nomination to the Supreme Court repeatedly contend that he’s hostile to civil rights. Numerous media reports warn that Roberts’s opponents are prepared to attack him on this issue, citing his alleged position as one of the principal architects of the Reagan administration’s civil-rights policies. As Democrat strategist Donna Brazile recently wrote, “For many leaders of the civil rights movement who helped open doors in areas such as housing and at the voting booth, the Reagan revolution was viewed as creating a...
  • Effects of removing Affirmative Action admissions at Boston Latin

    08/23/2005 6:18:19 PM PDT · by jackieaxe · 9 replies · 708+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 23, 2005 | Maria Sacchetti
    Minority numbers plunge at Latin Concerns raised about recruiting By Maria Sacchetti In the six years since a federal court ruled that elite Boston Latin School could not consider race as an admissions factor, black enrollment in the school has plunged by more than 42 percent. The number of Hispanic students in the city's most prestigious public school has dropped by 32 percent during the same period, according to state Department of Education records. The decline in minority enrollment is fueling concern that the Boston Public Schools are not doing enough to recruit the system's largest groups of students to...
  • Hundreds rally to support Hawaiian schools accused of discrimination

    08/20/2005 8:18:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies · 647+ views
    AP) ^ | Saturday August 20, 2005 | LOUISE CHU
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) About 400 alumni and supporters of Hawaii's Kamehameha Schools rallied in San Francisco on Saturday to protest a recent court ruling that struck down the schools' policy of giving admissions preference to students of native Hawaiian ancestry. Donning red and black T-shirts reading ``Ku I Ka Pono,'' or Justice for Hawaiians, the protesters marched past the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, home to the three-judge panel that handed down the ruling. In its 2-1 ruling, the appeals court said on Aug. 2 that the schools' Hawaiians-first admissions policy violates federal anti-discrimination laws. ``We will not we...
  • Former Supporters & Samoan Caller Against Akaka Bill

    08/18/2005 7:17:37 AM PDT · by Alia · 27 replies · 723+ views
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 08-17-2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    There's been a story that we've been following on this program since its early days, and it's this bill in Hawaii sponsored by Senator Daniel Akaka, and it would basically create a racially exclusive government by and for native Hawaiians who satisfy a blood test. In other words, it would Balkanize the United States and set up a separate government in Hawaii run exclusively by and for native Hawaiians, and at first this had some support in the Senate. It had some support around the country because people didn't quite understand what it was, but there are two original supporters...
  • Thousands protest ruling on Hawaii schools

    08/07/2005 12:31:18 PM PDT · by dila813 · 166 replies · 2,554+ views
    HONOLULU -- Blowing conch shells and chanting Hawaiian prayers, some 15,000 people marched through downtown Honolulu Saturday to protest a federal court ruling striking down Kamehameha Schools' Hawaiians-only admissions policy as unlawful."We are outraged," said Lilikala Kameeleihiwa, a professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii. "This is a great setback for our people. Here we are on our own homeland and we can't educate our children."The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that the private school's policy of admitting only native Hawaiians amounted to "unlawful race discrimination" even though the school...
  • Tom Cruise Vs. Mel Gibson - (Follywood loves Scientology and Islam; they get special treatment!)

    07/26/2005 1:43:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 58 replies · 4,506+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | JULY 26, 2005 | CLIFF KINCAID
    We have commented on actor Tom Cruise using the media to preach the virtues of Scientology and the evils of psychiatry. He gave interviews about his new film, "War of the Worlds," as long as he was permitted to talk about his religion. But Scientology not only has a base in Hollywood, it has enjoyed powerful friends in Washington. For years, Scientology fought a battle with the IRS because the government would not recognize its claim to be a religion. The IRS finally granted Scientology its desired status under President Bill Clinton, the recipient of massive donations from Hollywood. Now...
  • No more cheating for a good cause

    07/22/2005 8:20:29 AM PDT · by manny613 · 4 replies · 335+ views
    Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement from the Supreme Court should make us ponder affirmative action. Her most influential piece of writing might well be the 2003 court opinion allowing the University of Michigan Law School to continue race-based admissions for the time being — so long as there were no racial quotas. It was the first time the court had ever endorsed race-based university admissions.
  • Yes, Let's Have Constitutionalist Judges, Not Ideologues - (losers pretending to be winners)

    07/11/2005 7:33:03 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 439+ views
    I have often wondered whether liberal politicians and journalists, most of whom surely believe they are more sophisticated and enlightened than their conservative counterparts, truly don't understand the concept behind the intricate balance of powers the Framers incorporated into the Constitution or simply don't care. Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. asked in a recent column, "Should a temporary majority of 50.7 percent have control over the entire United States government? Should 49.3 percent of Americans have no influence over the nation's trajectory for the next generation? We are deciding whether one ideological orientation will hold sway over all...
  • Whistling Fairness: Taking on Corporate Preferences

    06/16/2005 6:12:52 AM PDT · by Alia · 1 replies · 452+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 06-16-05 | Roger Clegg, Center for Equal Opportunity
    Preferences on the basis of race, ethnicity, and sex — a.k.a. “affirmative action” — are found principally in three areas: education (notably university admissions), contracting (like minority set-asides), and employment (both public and private). For a variety of reasons, employment preferences — particularly in the private sector — have proved harder to uncover than the others. This is too bad, because sunlight is the best disinfectant: If preferences are exposed, they will often be abandoned, because corporate general counsels know that they can get the company into legal hot-water, no matter how much the politically correct human-resources types push them.It...
  • Media Stumbling Over Jefferson's "Wall of Separation" - (Isaiah: "Woe to those who call good evil")

    06/11/2005 9:28:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 715+ views
    On April 22 I was presented with the 2005 Media Award by the New Jersey Family Policy Council at their annual banquet. While honored to receive such recognition, upon deeper reflection, I can’t help but ask myself the question: Was there no one else more qualified? Is there really such a dearth of professional, family-friendly journalists in newsrooms across our state that the Family Policy Council felt compelled to award a businessman moonlighting as a columnist? Apparently the answer is yes. A University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy study found that journalists who were surveyed picked Democrat John Kerry...
  • Study: Ending affirmative action would devastate most minority college enrollment

    06/08/2005 11:44:50 AM PDT · by freespirited · 61 replies · 2,003+ views
    Princeton University ^ | 6/6/05 | Lauren Robinson-Brown
    Princeton University researchers have found that ignoring race in elite college admissions would result in sharp declines in the numbers of African Americans and Hispanics accepted with little gain for white students. In a study published in the June issue of Social Science Quarterly, authors Thomas Espenshade and Chang Chung examined the controversial notion that eliminating affirmative action would lead to the admission of more white students to college and found it to be false. The assertion that qualified white students are being displaced by less qualified minority students was a prime plaintiff argument in the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court...
  • Study Shows Surprising Weight of Race in College Admissions

    06/07/2005 6:49:22 AM PDT · by Irontank · 48 replies · 1,240+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | June 7, 2005
    If the nation's top colleges stopped considering race in admissions the number of African-American and Hispanic students at elite schools would plummet, while the number of Asian students would rise, according to a new study. A pair of Princeton University researchers reviewed more than 45,000 applications from three elite colleges and universities to determine what would have happened if the schools eliminated affirmative action. "The most important conclusion is the negative impact on African-American and Hispanic students," said Thomas Espenshade, a Princeton sociology professor who co-authored the study published in June's issue of Social Science Quarterly. The study found the...
  • IRAN: Its ruling clerics may hate America, but Iran's restive population disagrees-(blogs helping)

    06/06/2005 8:02:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 623+ views
    WORLD MAGAZINE.COM ^ | JUNE 6, 2005 | Priya Abraham
    Iran's reigning mullahs and the reformists who would mend the regime's theocratic ways finally have something in common: Iranians don't like either of them. That will likely mean thick voter apathy when the country elects a new president on June 17. For most of the country, disillusionment with the government is escalating. Frustrated by repressive Islamic laws, Iranians elected current president Mohammed Khatami in 1997, hoping he and his reformers would create more democratic rule. But power still resides with unelected clerics. The reformists have accomplished little. The result might surprise many Americans. Seventy percent of today's Iranians are below...
  • New Cato Poll Shows Majority Support Personal Acc'ts-(whopping 66% young workers want privatization)

    06/01/2005 3:32:50 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 483+ views
    CATO INSTITUTE.ORG ^ | MAY 31, 2005 | Staff
    A majority of likely voters (52-40%) favor proposals to allow younger workers the choice to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in personal accounts, according to a new poll conducted by Zogby International for the Cato Institute. Younger voters support the chance to invest by an enormous majority (66-23% among voters under 30). The poll also found that Americans believe that opponents of President Bush's Social Security reform proposals have an obligation to put forward an alternative plan to solve the financial crisis that is about to engulf the current system. By an overwhelming 70-22% margin, voters said...
  • Undermining police work

    06/01/2005 11:55:38 AM PDT · by JZelle · 16 replies · 749+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-1-05 | Walter E. Williams
    Police departments must use race and sex preferences in hiring as a result of federal court consent decrees and political pressures. To meet these demands, many police departments have lowered, and in some cases eliminated, established standards for personal character and intellectual and physical capacity. Jan Golab writes about this in "How racial PC corrupted the LAPD" in the May 2005 issue of the American Enterprise. While most of Mr. Golab's article chronicles how Los Angeles damaged its police force in its quest for "diversity," where it has had to fire 100 police officers, identical damage has occurred in other...
  • Diversity proposal roils university (U of Oregon)

    05/27/2005 1:30:12 PM PDT · by freespirited · 54 replies · 1,160+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/27/05 | Julia Silverman
    PORTLAND — An early draft of a five-year "diversity plan" for the University of Oregon has drawn a firestorm of criticism from faculty, prompting administrators to distance themselves from the proposal. The draft plan, billed as a "long-term vision for diversity," called for the university to hire up to 40 faculty members by 2012 to teach courses in a "cluster" of diversity-related topics, including race, gender, gay and disability studies. Under the plan, academic departments that hew closely to the university's diversity goals when hiring would be given "priority in the funding of new positions." The plan also would mandate...
  • Affirmative inaction (Boston Globe Columnist Calls for Discrimination Against White Males)

    05/22/2005 5:47:40 AM PDT · by emeryboard · 49 replies · 1,304+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/22/05 | Eileen McNamara
    It is no small irony that a black man and a legal champion of affirmative action in public higher education lost their bids to run the University of Massachusetts at Boston to a beneficiary of this city's own peculiar brand of preferential treatment. Surprise: After a nationwide search and the usual lip service to diversity, the job went to a local, well-connected, white Irish guy. Marvin Krislov, vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan, and J. Keith Motley, the career administrator serving as interim chancellor at UMass-Boston, were passed over for Michael F. Collins, an out-of-work (but...
  • Student Files Complaint, Claims Code is Racist

    05/18/2005 9:34:56 AM PDT · by Irontank · 13 replies · 955+ views
    Oregon Daily Emerald ^ | May 18, 2005 | Jared Paben
    A University student has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education claiming that a University Office of Multicultural Academic Support policy that reserves early registration into several math and English classes for minority students is an unfair, "racist practice." University senior Melissa Hanks filed a complaint Friday with the DOE's Office for Civil Rights, saying she hopes the department will investigate the classes and that the complaint will prompt University administrators to abolish the enrollment restrictions. "I want to see these classes gone," Hanks said. "I want to see no enrollment based on race." The OMAS administers seven...