Thursday, May 28, 2015

Diversity Officer Who Called for Murder of White Men to Retain Position

Bahar Mustafa, a diversity officer at Goldsmiths University, will retain her position at the school despite a number of inflammatory statements.

Ms. Mustafa was first embroiled in controversy after she banned white men from a campus event:

In response to criticisms of her racist acts, Mustafa responded that she cannot be racist, saying, “There have been charges laid against me that I am racist and sexist towards white men. I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender, and therefore women of color and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.”

Mustafa was then investigated by police for racially malicious communication and for calling for the murder of white men.

In response to these racist, violent statements, a petition was started online to remove Mustafa from her position of diversity officer. To date it has over 21,000 signatures.

In a separate petition created by Goldsmiths students, 185 students called for a vote to get rid of Mustafa.

However, a Goldsmiths Student Union spokesman claimed that this was only "1.9 percent" of the student body and, for that reason, "The petition has therefore failed and so a vote will not take place."

He added, "our rules require three per cent to have signed to trigger a referendum."

The spokesman also stated, "We are looking at how we can address those concerns in dialogue with our members and our trustees, who oversee our work."

Worshipping at the altar of Gaia

The human fallibility of science is amply and tragically demonstrated through the centuries, including our current one. Our long recognized desire for data to fit preconceptions has generated research constructs that attempt to compensate for our biases - our desires. Thus, for example, medical research uses placebo controls and double blinding.

When the desires of human scientists are laced powerfully with wealth, power and prestige, disgrace can result, as a recent slew of retracted medical research publications can attest. Money, power and prestige. Any scientist, or body of scientists can succumb.

Thus my strong reservations about the extraordinarily politicized, monied and public assertions of impending Anthropogenic Global Warming cataclysm. Frenzied absurdity is epitomized by solemn Nobel acclaim for Al Gore? Can anybody else see the emperor's new clothes?

What's important for science here is that research and debate continue, for from this eventually will emerge incontrovertible truth. The pseudo-scientific, politicized steamrolling of dissent seen thus far has been disgraceful.

Climate science, meaning climate modeling, very clearly is not science. In every respect it represents falsificationism. Falsificationism is the process of presenting a false argument or observation and demanding that others show that it is not true.

The climate scientists have presented a false argument (such as, CO2 is primarily responsible for global temperature change) and they have demanded that others prove that it is not true. In the process of defending their false assertions they attempted to limit the discussion of the issues and they have tried to blacklist opposing scientists. The global warming folks have even attempted to cover-up past warming events (that are well documented in glacial science) to support their false science.

Plain and simple: Affirmative action is another form of racism

Liberals have long confused the process of attaining a goal with the goal itself. This is the case with so-called diversity.

Consider what the original goal was. Certain groups of people, through no fault of their own, were excluded from participating in American society because of things like skin color.

The effects of this exclusion were deleterious, not only to the individuals concerned, but to society as a whole, since many of the excluded individuals possessed skills that would be valuable to society.

It was also simply un-American to fail to allow an individual to become all he or she wished to become.

To overcome these shortcomings, there was instituted the notion of tolerance for diversity. Not “diversity,” mind you, but tolerance for it. There is no value in diversity itself. It is the tolerance that allowed diverse individuals to participate if they so desired.

Liberals have lost sight of the goal — social integration of diverse individuals — and now believe that the goal is simply to suffer as many differences in society as possible. This is destructive.

Excessive social heterogeneity results in tensions and discord. It is the tolerance for differences that allow the integration of individuals into society and a diminishment of the differences to a level at which the tensions are manageable.

Consider affirmative action for another example of this. It was intended to bring disadvantaged people — the ones with aptitude and promise, not all of them — to a level similar to the “majority.” This was the goal.

Affirmative action is now a goal in and of itself. Liberals could care less whether the original goals are ever reached, and I think some of them secretly hope that they won’t.

Simple truth about gun control

The eternally un-addressed or under-addressed observation - if the crime in places with strict gun laws is driven by people smuggling guns in from places with "lax" gun restrictions - why isn't crime higher in those lax places?

Why would criminals go through the trouble and risk of all that travel when they could simply "one-stop-shop" i.e. commit their crimes where they buy the guns. Might it be that they just might be aware that others in that "lax" area might have guns as well?

Of course, the trends support a robust concept of armed self-defense. In the past couple decades, 40 states have passed right-to-carry laws. Many to most have seen crime decreases, and not one has seen an increase.

But, gun control is one of those topics where liberal orthodoxy and their version of "common sense" trumps empirical data and history. The gun-banners "know" that allowing greater access to guns is certain to create crime, to turn the law-abiding into macho vigilantes, to prompt "old-west" style shootouts, and to greatly spike the number of people killed by their own guns. They "know" and argue these points by claiming that they're obvious - forget the facts or the statistics (which they dismiss either by attacking the source, declaring without evidence that they've all been fudged, or declaring (again, without evidence) that they *could* just as easily find stats that support their positions).

This reminds me of an old gag from college math and science classes - you start solving the problem, then write the answer and claim that it's "intuitively obvious." Too bad professors don't give credit for "intuitively obvious."

The problem with all the gun control laws and statistics is that there's really no null hypothesis. If guns were banned in total, 100% of the crimes would be committed by illegal gun owners. If there were no gun control laws, 100% of the crimes would be committed by legal gun owners.

Human behavior has far more to do with it than anything else. If a criminal seeks to accomplish something, he's going to do it if motivated enough. However, guns can deter a spontaneous event, I believe.

Long story short, guns in the hands of the responsible will either do no harm or possibly help. Guns (or anything else for that matter) in the hands of the irresponsible and criminal element will do no good or do harm.

To me, that is the simple truth about gun control. It's government trying to fix a problem, except the problem is a symptom and not the source of the problem to start with.

Why Concealed Carry is Necessary: Racists Jump Black Man in Florida, Concealed Weapon Stops Attack

Video of an incident that took place at a Florida eatery was released this month by police.

On January 5, Jehrardd Williams was eating at a Waffle House in Fort Myers, Florida. During his meal, Williams was repeatedly interrupted by Dakota Fields and his racist friends at another table, who repeatedly yelled slurs at Mr. Williams.

Mr. Williams
When Fields had finished his meal, he and his friends got up and approached Mr. Williams.

Williams was then approached by one of the people in the group, Robert Black, who tried to shake is hand. Williams refused.

Suddenly, Black punched Williams in the face. In response, Williams backs up and showed his gun. Black backed off.

However, moments later, Fields runs at Williams and starts throwing punches. Fearing for his life, Williams shoots Fields three times before the thug broke off his attack, injured. He and his friends then fled the scene.

Williams stayed in the Waffle House, placed his gun on the counter, and called 911. He explained what happened to the operator and that had his concealed carry permit with him.

Black, Fields, and another friend tried to drive to the hospital, but crashed their car. Fields was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fields's friends told investigators that Williams was aggressive toward them and the Waffle House staff. Other witness testimony and surveillance video show that to be irrefutably false.

Police have determined that Williams fired in self defense and will not be charged with a crime.

You can watch a breakdown of the incident in the video below:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rick Santorum launches 2016 campaign: "Today is the day we begin to fight back”

On Wednesday,  former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced his second campaign for the White House. Santorum made the announcement from his hometown of Butler, PA.

“Working families don’t need another president tied to big government or big money. Today is the day we begin to fight back.

“Four years ago, no one gave us much of a chance, but we won 11 states and 4 million votes. Not because I stood for something but because I stood for someone, the American worker," Santorum said.

Santorum criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during his announcement.

“There priority is profit and power. My priority is you, the American worker," Santorum said.

The former Senator also noted it was time to do away with Common Core.

“The first step is to join me and drive a stake through the heart of Common Core,” Santorum said.

Speaking about national defense, Santorum said, "if I am the next president, we will defeat,” the Islamic State.

Hillary Clinton: You’re not going to see me turn white in the White House

Speaking at a South Carolina Democratic women’s event, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that her hair would never turn white if she becomes President.

“I may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I have one big advantage. I’ve been coloring my hair for years… No, you’re not going to see me turn white in the White House,” Hillary said with a very bad fake southern accent.

Students Hold "SlutWalk" at OSU, Call for End of "Patriarcy, Cissexism, Heterosexism"

Students at Oregon State University held a "SlutWalk" yesterday, calling for the end of the patriarchy, cissexism, and heterosexism. The rally began at the steps of Memorial Union, which is the student activity center at OSU.

Fliers were posted around campus, trying to rally other students to the cause:

Among other things that "SlutWalk" hopes to accomplish is the re-definition of the word "slut." They also hope to end "the patriarcy," "cissexism," "heterosexism," and "ableism:"

Here is a picture from a recent "SlutWalk" in Ottawa:

SlutWalk also believes that people are not only gay, straight, or "bi," but can be a tremendous amount of different sexual orientations:

White House: Lack of diversity caused Iraqi army to be defeated by ISIS in Ramadi

You just can't make this stuff up folks.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama’s Iraq strategy is not to blame for Iraqi's defeat in Ramadi to the Islamic State. Earnest actually said it was a lack of diversity within the Iraqi military that lead to the defeat and fall of Ramadi.

"What we have indicated all along is that it will require a multi-sectarian force to succeed against ISIL.  And the reason for that is Iraq is a very diverse country and they’re going to need every element of their diversity to counter this specific threat.

"You’ll recall from even the earliest days of the military campaign that the support of the United States was predicated on the commitment of the Iraqi political leadership and the Iraqi military leadership governing and fighting in a multi-sectarian fashion.

"And that was true at the beginning in terms of the air support that the United States was prepared to offer; that’s also been true in some of the successful military operations that Iraqi security forces have carried out," Earnest said.

Note to the Obama folks, the Iraqi army is getting its ass kicked by the Islamic State because the soldiers are poorly trained and do not have the will to defend their own homes against these savage terrorists.

The Washington Post had this to say about the Iraqi defeat at Ramadi:

"New accounts from fighters in the city indicate that the fall of Ramadi owed as much to the weakness of Iraq’s forces and holes in U.S. strategy as to the Islamic State’s strength.

"Soldiers described confusion and a lack of coordination between branches of the security forces as chains of command broke down.

"Even Iraq’s Golden Division — a U.S.-trained special-forces unit considered the most capable in the country — suddenly deserted its positions, security officials said.

"Planes from the U.S.-led coalition bombed the edges of Ramadi, but there simply weren’t enough airstrikes, Iraqi military officials said."

School Choice: Why our family believes in homeschooling

My wife and I began homeschooling our children a few years ago. It has been one of the best decisions we have made for the benefit of our children. Our children are learning faster, better adjusted, and have more social interaction with other students than when they went to public school.

The Common Core curriculum, which is now being forced upon teachers and students in schools across the country, is using students as guinea pigs. We choose to not participate.

Many good teachers and many thoughtful parents I have spoken with agree firmly that the standardized tests have been a disaster. It has forced schools to teach to the tests, to the great detriment of students’ overall education.

Schools are dropping untested subjects such as art and music. After all, why provide art and music classes? They aren’t tested. Yet, it’s self-evident that art and music are necessary to become a well-rounded person, and they complement science and math, as many a scientist will testify.

Schools are no longer emphasizing creativity and critical thinking (to the extent that they ever did). Why not? Because such things are not tested.

Common Core has promoted a form of national mediocrity when what many children really need is teachers who are free to tailor the curriculum to the individuals, rather than force the individuals into an increasingly standardized little box.

BENGHAZI BOMBSHELL: Hillary Clinton knew U.S. was running weapons from Libya to Syria in 2011

According to a new report, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew that the U.S. was running weapons from Libya to Syria in 2011. This was one year before the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty dead.

Testifying before Congress in 2013 about the Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton denied any knowledge of the U.S. gun running program.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul: My question is, is the US involved in any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?

Clinton: To Turkey? I’ll have to take that question for the record. That’s, nobody’s ever raised that with me.

Paul: It’s been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that they may have weapons. And what I’d like to know is, that annex that was close by, were they involved with procuring, buying, selling, obtaining weapons and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries? Any countries, Turkey included?

Clinton: Well, Senator you’ll have to direct that question to the agency that ran the annex. And, I will see what information was available.

Paul: You’re saying you don’t know?

Clinton: I do not know. I don’t have any information on that.

Rand Paul: Republicans helped create Islamic State

U.S. Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul is starting to sound just like his father. During an appearance on MSNBC, Paul claimed that the "hawks" in the Republican party helped create the Islamic State.

Joe Scarborough: "Graham would say ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, 'Let's not go into Syria.' What do you say to Lindsey?"

Paul: "I would say it's exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS,

"These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS's job even easier. They created these people.

"Everything that they've talked about in foreign policy, they've been wrong about for twenty years," And yet they have somehow the gall to keep saying and pointing fingers otherwise."

Padera Lake dam near Dallas could breach at any moment

Padera Lake dam near Dallas, Texas could breach at any moment.

Rand Paul: Islamic State can be defeated when civilized Islam steps up and civilized Islam says that this aberration that is ISIS is intolerable

During an appearance on CBS This Morning, U.S. Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul said that the Islamic State can be defeated "when civilized Islam steps up and civilized Islam says that this aberration that is ISIS is intolerable."

"Well, I think you need everybody that’s willing to fight against ISIS. And it’s difficult. We have tolerated so far the Shiite militias and we have tolerated the Iranian influence. I’m not sure we could stop it, if we wanted to.

"The thing is that people need to understand the Middle East is complicated and there are no easy answers. We need to do what we do to protect American interests. That means our consulate at Erbil needs to be defended better than Benghazi was defended and Baghdad needs to be defended.

"But the thing is that the ultimate victory is going to become when civilized Islam steps up and civilized Islam says that this aberration that is ISIS is intolerable," Paul said.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Carly Fiorina versus Hillary Clinton in South Carolina on Wednesday

This could be a very interesting day in South Carolina involving two of the 2016 presidential candidates. Republican Carly Fiorina and Democrat Hillary Clinton will both be holding campaign events in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday,

"We've had this event on our calendar for some time. But we were pleasantly surprised to be able to draw the contrast in such close proximity.

"Our events tomorrow are all open to the press. And by open press, we mean we'll actually take questions.

"That's right. We've answered hundreds of questions from reporters because we believe the American people will not and should not elect a President that can't answer for her record, won't explain her positions or for whom the truth is whatever she can get away with," Fiorina's deputy campaign manager Sarah Isgur Flores said.

Former Secretary of State Clinton is scheduled to speak to a Democratic women's group and will be holding one of her now infamous "roundtable" discussions with a group of minority business owners,

Fiorina has been on the attack since launching her presidential campaign, often criticizing Clinton's record as Secretary of State.

“Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds and thousands of miles around the globe, but unlike her, I’ve actually accomplished something.

“You see, Mrs. Clinton, flying is not an accomplishment. It is an activity.

“What Hillary Clinton desperately wants to talk about is that she gets to be the first woman President. What she desperately wants to talk about is there’s a war on women. What she desperately wants to talk about is playing the gender card.

“If I am standing next to her on a general election debate stage, she can’t talk about any of those things. You know what she’s going to have to talk about? Her track record," Fiorina has said about Clinton in the past.