A middle school teacher in Maryland was arrested and placed in a mental institution for writing two books about a school shooting in the year 2902. From the report:

Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace's Lane Middle School had several aliases. Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future ... Phillips said McLaw was taken in for an emergency medical evaluation. The sheriff would not disclose where McLaw is now, but he did say that he is not on the Eastern Shore. The same day that McLaw was taken in for an evaluation, police swept Mace's Lane Middle School for bombs and guns, coming up empty.

The book is mentioned on Google Books but otherwise the book and its author have no web presence outside of this news article.

Borg refuses to be assimilated. The geniuses in the school office declared a t-shirt with a picture of a gun to be "offensive". This reminds me of when D&D was banned from my middle school as "gambling".

So there's a national debate championship called CEDA where the judges seem to have predetermined to award the top prize to a team of black women so the judges could gloat afterward about how progressive they are. The plan had a bit of a snag when the finalists failed to discuss the debate topic and went into racist tirades against white people using the sort of rhetoric that the Germans used against the Jews and that would earn a team of any other skin color a quick expulsion from their university if they had used these same themes against black people. However, that was easily ignored in the name of progress. A few people noticed that the standards of collegiate debating were not being upheld, so CEDA issued a press release condemning them all as racists.

So according to CEDA, we have these new rules:

  • If you think a debater should stay on the topic of the debate, you are a racist.
  • If you think debaters should follow the stated rules of the debate, you are a racist.
  • If you think a debate should be judged on the quality of the debate, you are a racist.
  • If you would hold black people to the same standards as other people, you are a racist for treating blacks and non-blacks equally.

And we have these corollary rules for any students participating in a CEDA debate:

  • If you address the topic of the debate, you will lose.
  • If you respect the stated rules of the debate, you will lose.
  • If you were born to the wrong kind of parents, you will lose.

And anyone who has a problem with any of this is probably afraid to speak out because someone might call them a racist. After all, this is the sort of event that attracts white supremacists to come out of their caves and start saying stupid things about black people, and it is usual in these situations for the official Progressives™ to point at them and point at their critics and say "all of you people are like that".


Side note: Apparently a few of the participating universities got wind that this was not going to be an academic exercise, so they started to organize their own competing debate event. They gave up and fell back in the fold when people called them white universities and accused them of practicing racial segregation.


An additional note that is really a core issue: The students are being deprived of a good education by being told that their shit is gold. They are receiving positive reinforcement for anti-intellectual activities and may not be getting that sort of reinforcement for logic, analytical, and reasoning skills, if they are being exposed to critical thinking at all. They're getting a hell of a lesson in politics, though.

Zero Tolerance nabbed a high school science teacher for allowing science projects into a science fair.

There may also be another reason:

Schiller, 43, also was the teachers union representative on the campus and had been dealing with disagreements with administrators over updating the employment agreement under which the faculty works.

via Soy.

The headline is "Liberal Jewish college in the Northeast drops Black human rights advocate due to pressure from Muslims" and it's from a blog called Libertarian Republican and you have already taken sides, haven't you?

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Mar. 29th, 2014 05:46 pm

California State Senator Leland Yee was arming the al-Qaeda-allied Moro Island Liberation Front with heavy weapons. Those would be the mofos responsible for this notorious headline:

Also accused is political consultant Keith Jackson of public relations firm Singer Associates, the former school-board president whose page Singer deleted.

One of the Chinese gang members is a person from Thailand, Kongphet Chanthavong, named with the curious note: "Chanthavong has an outstanding warrant of deportation; however, country conditions preclude deportation." Thailand is a generic monarchy and US ally / client state. What "country conditions" could he have cited to stay a deportation order?


Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane shut down a sting operation that had already caught three state House members accepting bribes on tape on the grounds that the only three House members who accepted bribes were members of the Black Caucus, therefore the investigation must have been racist.


Pakistan censored the New York Times article "What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden".


Gawker Media called for the jailing of global-warming deniers on the grounds that:

Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It's going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people's deaths.

Let's start with Noam Chomsky.


Jawa Report found a one-paragraph final paper that earned an A- (from a second-semester African American Studies course at Chapel Hill that is said to be a grade-inflation course for athletes) and an incomprehensible Common Core kindergarten math assignment. The news is that a conservative criticism of Common Core is actually based on a Common Core product.


In a case of dueling political propagandists, AssEngine catches the Washington Post printing political propaganda. The real problem is that one of these two sides of political propagandists works for the Washington Post.


Washington Post writer Max Ehrenfreund describes counterfeiting as a "victimless crime" and "a service to society", using a variant of the broken windows fallacy as justification. This does not appear to be intentional satire.


The US budget will eliminate the current generation of Tomahawk cruise missiles and Hellfire helicopter-fired anti-tank missiles by 2016 in favor of weapons that are still on the drawing board. In short, top brass says "we're ordering you to replace weapons that work with ones that don't" or that don't even exist. In related news, the F-35 is still being worked on but at least we didn't ground every plane and order them all replaced with F-35s in 2005.


There is still only one news story on TV: that plane that was missing a week ago is still missing! Apparently every single reporter for every single news network has been on spring break. The silent war in the Ukraine has gone into the memory hole, and nothing else has happened all week. The best explanation of the missing plane so far is that the pilot thought he was working for British Airways.

Remember how it was big news that Rachid Ghannouchi's Tunisia banned the movie Persepolis?

The public school system of Chicago, Illinois banned the graphic novel that the movie was based on. This story is developing, in that school system officials are already backtracking off their previous order to remove the book from high schools and libraries. Among the city's arguments:

  • They say they never intended the book to be banned from high schools and school libraries, but at least one high school principal begs to differ.
  • They claim that "powerful images of torture" make the book inappropriate for seventh grade, even though these images are negatively portrayed and most students are themselves drawing powerful images of torture by fourth grade.
  • They say a "curricular determination" needs to be made, but according to the ALA, the book is already part of the city's 7th Grade Common Core Curriculum.

So... wtf?

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