November 2017

Trump's Justice Department Takes on Harvard's Asian Quotas

The U.S. Justice Department finally is confronting Harvard University and other elite colleges that blatantly discriminate against Asian-American applicants with a quota system. To get into Harvard, students of Asian heritage have to score hundreds of points higher on competitive exams than non-Asian applicants with similar or even inferior academic records. That's why the Trump administration's Justice Department is demanding Harvard's admissions records and launching an investigation. No surprise that Harvard is stonewalling. The university has plenty to hide.

Harvard's quota system is destroying the American dream for countless Asian families across the nation. Often new to the country and struggling economically, these parents make sacrifices for their children's education and encourage their children to study diligently. It pays off. For example Asian students make up 60 percent of the students in New York City's highly competitive specialized public high schools, like Stuyvesant and Bronx High School of Science.


But Harvard is shutting its door to many of them. As the number of Asian-American college applicants with top academic credentials soared over the last two decades, Harvard has kept acceptances at around 20 percent of each entering class. Harvard doesn't admit that, but the proof is in plain sight.

Wonderful Story About 12-year-old composer Alma Deutscher

Let’s do a little music. Someone alerted me to Alma Deutscher, a prodigy in Britain. She is twelve, and composes. (She also plays the piano and the violin.) I was taken with this statement of hers: “Some people have told me that I compose in a musical language of the past and that this is not allowed in the 21st century. In the past, it was possible to compose beautiful melodies and beautiful music, but today, they say, I’m not allowed to compose like this because I need to discover the complexity of the modern world, and the point of music is to show the complexity of the world.

“Well, let me tell you a huge secret: I already know that the world is complex and can be very ugly. But I think that these people have just got a little bit confused! If the world is so ugly, then what’s the point of making it even uglier with ugly music?”

Heh. Nice goin’, Alma. Love her


Slow Death of ESPN Continues

ESPN Ending Evening Editions of ‘SportsCenter’ on ESPNews, Will Not Renew Anchor Contracts

A Rush to Suicide

The RCMP announced Monday it will expunge any data on religious and cultural practices collected from Muslim refugee claimants who had crossed the U.S. border at a popular informal crossing in Quebec.

The questionnaire is being redacted partly because it has been deemed to be “offensive.” Some of the questions that were asked:

Canada is a very liberal country that believes in freedom of religious practice and equality between men and women. What is your opinion on the subject? How would you feel if your boss was a woman?

How about: “Yes, I believe in the equality between men and women” and “No, I have no problem if my boss was a woman”? If these were not the answers — which apparently they were not, hence the reason for the redaction — then Canadians have a right to know. It is more offensive to deem women as inferiors in accordance with the Sharia than it is to ask the question. Canadians should also know about other possible incriminating data that may have been redacted, as it may well have impact upon the safety and well-being of Canadians.

Putting ‘Merry Christmas’ Back into the Season Again

The first family of the United States unveiled its holiday card earlier this week, just one of many other steps that complete President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to start saying “Merry Christmas” again in this country — and signaling to the rest of the world what a huge difference a year can make.

Embossed in gilded script, the traditional sentiment inside the Trump family Christmas card, signed by President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their young son, Barron, reflects the reason for the season — Christ’s glorious Nativity.

The gesture also elevates Christmas to its proper, and original, place in American culture as a religious and Christian holiday — not merely a secular shopping extravaganza, or another excuse to party.

The Trump Christmas card is also a refreshing and long overdue departure from the Obama family’s politically correct “Happy Holidays” message last year and in other years, devoid of any real meaning.

And while a shift in wording from “Happy Holidays” to “Merry Christmas” might seem insignificant to those who hold a secular view of the holiday altogether, to others, especially Christians, this is one of the holiest days of the year, met with joy and anticipation.

This pathos is reflected in the lyrics of a popular Christmas carol: “O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him born the King of angels. O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord … ”

Started Long Ago but It's Out in the Open Now

There are quite a few folks out there who do not like the tax bill that passed the House and is making it’s way through the Senate. Marta wrote about Ted Cruz mopping the floor with Bernie Sanders here. Today the NY Times Editorial board threw all journalistic objectivity out the window in their all out push to halt this bill in its tracks. 

A Big Fat Liar (was the title of one of his books)

Al Franken Admits In His New Book That He Faked Apologies To Save His Political Career

No News

Working on a book today. Probably will be no blogging. Hope everyone has a great day.

Well, This is Nice

President Trump is fulfilling his promise to bring back “Merry Christmas” to the White House by including the phrase in his 2017 White House Christmas card.

The Trump family is taking a different approach with their holiday greeting than the Obama family, who opted to use the more generic phrase “Happy Holidays” in their greetings, according to the Daily Mail.

The White House unveiled the card, which is signed by President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their 11-year-old son Barron Trump, on Monday in the White House “Bookseller’s” area after revealing the Christmas decorations to the public.

A gold presidential seal adorns the front of the card while the inside of the card includes the phrase “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” with the first family’s signatures at the bottom.

 

Great Insight

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”

It’s a good quote, whoever said it. It warns that if manipulative oppressors are going to seize control of a nation’s government, they will obviously need to do so by appealing to the spirit of the times, the current values system of the masses. They’re not going to make their entrance screaming “Freedom is slavery!” while a band plays the Darth Vader theme. This is obvious to anyone who possesses any insight into how people think and behave.

But it’s a quote from a bygone age. Christianity and flag-waving patriotism still hold value in red states, but they’ve become largely invisible to the major culture factories of New York and Los Angeles, and thus to the dominant culture of the greater United States. If fascism came to America wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross today, it wouldn’t have enough broad public support to implement its agendas, because crosses and flags don’t hold that much sway over America’s dominant value system. In order to rope in those who don’t value the old cultural value symbols, something more is needed.

So when fascism came to America, it came wrapped in a rainbow flag, and wearing a pussyhat.