Sudden Disparate Impact

 

I showed up fifteen minutes early this morning at the office of Thomas “Red” Perez, Secretary of Labor. I was nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs because D.O.L. had seized my onshore bank accounts and my wife’s flex fuel Vespa. D.O.L. also had placed liens on my house. In fact, when I left home at 7:00 a.m., I had to dodge big SEIU scholars in purple shirts liening on my stately front porch columns.

So, I did what my late father told me after he passed away recently, I went to the very top.

Sitting in the D.O.L. waiting room in D.C., I was surprised when the door to Secretary Perez’s private office opened and out walked Secretary of State John Kerry and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

I knew John from our days together in the Olympic windsurfing tryouts, so I jumped up with a big smile, and said “Hey, Johnny,” and extended my hand.

Je m’appelle Jean,” he said sternly, then turned to the P.M. and rattled off something in French, the only part of which I understood was “Pepe Le Pew.”

Wearing his Justin Bieber baseball cap sideways, Trudeau looked at me as if I were a worm. He reminded me that Secretary Kerry had served in Viet Nam, then said that after January 20, 2017, he and Jean were franchising stores in Quebec selling ketchup, mustard, and Hermes scarves.

“Good luck,” I said, trying to cheer up Secretary Kerry, who still had a long face. “You guys have a good meeting with Secretary Perez?”

Trudeau said something in French to Jean, and the Secretary looked down his long Gallic nose at me.

Justin (he pronounced it joo-stan) and I were sitting delayed shiva with Secretaire Rouge to honor the death of Fidel, the Cuban Churchill.”

Trudeau nodded thoughtfully as Secretary Perez’s assistant motioned for me to follow her into the Secretary’s opulent office. I glanced at the priceless oil painting of Carmen Miranda hanging on the wall above his credenza, then noticed a heavily dented and scratched home-brew server blinking and wheezing behind the Secretary.

“Might be time to upgrade,” I said to Red, pointing to the server, which started to smoke.

“Yeah,” Red said. “GSA passed it down to me from the FBI. They said it was owned by some old lady in Chappaqua who only used it to e-mail about yoga, her daughter’s wedding, and detailed maps of the U.S.’s latest nuclear submarine deployment and troop movements in the Middle East.” He paused. “I’m very busy. What do you want?”

“D.O.L. has seized all my assets,” I said to Perez, “and I don’t know why.”

The Secretary stopped doing government business on his private e-mail account and the home brew server began to hiss. Red looked over his rimless Leon Trotsky glasses and chuckled.

“You are a member of this group Mensa, are you not?”

“Yes, sir, Mr. Secretary. It’s a small chapter in my home town.”

“The name speaks for itself. MENsa. To be fair, WOMENsa should also be in the name. You are clearly discriminating against women.”

“But we have women members in our club.”

“Yes, but only five members are alleged to be women. Since your club has twenty total members, under well-settled disparate impact principles, your club must have 10.2 women as members.”

“Where would we find two-tenths of a woman?”

“We have extensive regulations to cover this,” Perez said, pointing to the 485 volume set of D.O.L. rules on the shelves of his office. “You make up the two-tenths with a very short woman. The President did this with Loretta Lynch at Justice, Janet Napolitano at DHS, Gina McCarthy at EPA, and Ernesta Moniz at Energy.”

“Uh, Secretary Perez, I think Ernest Moniz at Energy is a man.”

“You sure?” he asked. “Then why does he wear his hair like he does?”

I said I didn’t know, and Perez went to great lengths to explain to me how D.O.L.’s and H.U.D.’s disparate impact computations work.

“The Census Bureau says 63% of U.S. citizens are white, 13% black, 17% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 1% Muslim. If your hiring or housing percentages differ, it is proof you have intentionally been discriminating on the basis of race. And, since 1% of Muslims are violent radical jihadists, you have to hire some of them, too.”

“What about the NFL?” I asked. “69% of its players are black. 75% in the NBA. Shouldn’t 63% of the NFL and NBA players be white, 17% Hispanic, and 5% Asian under your disparate impact theory?”

“Are you kidding?” he said, laughing and slapping his knee. “You’re an idiot. Everyone knows that African-Americans are better athletes than white people. And Hispanics are way too short for the NBA. Get serious.”

Unable to fight the logic of disparate impact, I signed over all my assets to D.O.L. and walked out of the office.

I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

Michael Henry

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  1. Arahant Member
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    MichaelHenry: I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just “table” the name and come up with one that was more inclusive?

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  2. Scott Wilmot Member
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    I never knew you Mensa guys were so funny – especially the part about Jean and Joostan.

    Very good stuff – keep up the good work.

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  3. MLH Inactive
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    They don’t speak French in Canada.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    MLH:They don’t speak French in Canada.

    They don’t speak English, either, eh.

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  5. MLH Inactive
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    Arahant:

    MLH:They don’t speak French in Canada.

    They don’t speak English, either, eh.

    Well not the best, most generous type of English!

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  6. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
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    Arahant:

    MichaelHenry: I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just “table” the name and come up with one that was more inclusive?

    Latin joke alert.

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  7. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
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    Secy. Moniz

    Image result for moniz secretary of energy

    always reminds me of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s “feminist bookstore” bit.

    Image result for fred armisen feminist bookstore

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  8. Columbo Member
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    perez_dol

    You icky business people disgust us!

    kerry_frenchtrudeau

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  9. iWe Coolidge
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    Oh, this is REALLY good. Thank you!

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  10. OldDan Rhody Inactive
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    Columbo

     

    kerry_french

    This is good…  Check out the button!

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  11. Arahant Member
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    justin-trudeau

    I prefer this picture of Joo-stan.

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  12. PHCheese Inactive
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    What kind of mushrooms do you put on your cornflakes?

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  13. Arahant Member
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    PHCheese:What kind of mushrooms do you put on your cornflakes?

    Really high quality ones, obviously. I think we all need some.

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  14. PHCheese Inactive
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    Arahant:

    PHCheese:What kind of mushrooms do you put on your cornflakes?

    Really high quality ones, obviously. I think we all need some.

    Indeed. What an imagination.

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  15. Judge Mental Member
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    MichaelHenry: I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

    *raises hand*

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  16. Arahant Member
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    Judge Mental:

    MichaelHenry: I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

    *raises hand*

    Yes, but then they would have to lower the bar for getting in.

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  17. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant:

    Judge Mental:

    MichaelHenry: I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

    *raises hand*

    Yes, but then they would have to lower the bar for getting in.

     

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  18. tigerlily Member
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    Boy, am I glad I’m not even eligible to join Mensa!

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  19. Arahant Member
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    tigerlily:Boy, am I glad I’m not even eligible to join Mensa!

    The real brainz don’t bother with Mensa. It’s all about the Triple Nine Society.

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  20. michael johnson Inactive
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    you never give up do you?

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  21. Arahant Member
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    michael johnson:you never give up do you?

    No, sir, and I shall never give up on you. Merry Christmas, Michael.

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  22. tigerlily Member
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    Arahant:

    tigerlily:Boy, am I glad I’m not even eligible to join Mensa!

    The real brainz don’t bother with Mensa. It’s all about the Triple Nine Society.

    Another club I’ll never be a member of.

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  23. Arahant Member
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    tigerlily: Another club I’ll never be a member of.

    Yet, I bet you will have a happy and fulfilling life anyway.

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  24. nandapanjandrum Member
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    :-D  But, please put in trigger-warnings re: Jean Kerri…thanks

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  25. MichaelHenry Inactive
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    Fellow RICOCHET members: I don’t know exactly how I fit in at RICOCHET, but I am having fun. I hope to reach smart, conservative, quick-witted, political junkies who may appreciate the absurd humor and arcane references I insert. But, I really just want to make people laugh. I write these PROSE CARTOONS because they are fun for me. Most members and contributors write SERIOUS PIECES with occasional humor and absurdity. I write ABSURD PIECES with an underlying serious issue. I’ve posted five original political posts since I joined RICOCHET on December 7. I’ve also posted two recycled pieces (INTERVIEW WITH EINSTEIN and HANGIN’ WITH PUTIN) that I originally published on a local university-centric website in 2014-2015. I’m never sure when I should respond to comments. I do hit “LIKE” when someone makes a comment, and I occasionally post a comment to an exceptionally funny observation in a member’s post. Most comments are non sequiturs and I think “LIKE” is usually the most appropriate response. (Pause) I do apologize for the “serious” nature of this post and I promise you it will not happen again. Michael Henry

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  26. Arahant Member
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    MichaelHenry: But, I really just want to make people laugh.

    It is certainly working for me.

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  27. nandapanjandrum Member
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    MichaelHenry: I don’t know exactly how I fit in at RICOCHET, but I am having fun.

    Glad to see this…Fit in anywhere you please; lightheartedly rightward is wonderfully welcome.

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  28. Matt Balzer Member
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    Arahant:

    Judge Mental:

    MichaelHenry: I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

    *raises hand*

    Yes, but then they would have to lower the bar for getting in.

    Huh. I didn’t know that a limbo contest was one of the requirements for getting into Mensa.

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  29. Arahant Member
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    Matt Balzer:

    Arahant:

    Judge Mental:

    MichaelHenry: I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

    *raises hand*

    Yes, but then they would have to lower the bar for getting in.

    Huh. I didn’t know that a limbo contest was one of the requirements for getting into Mensa.

    Yep, and you know how tall and thin Judge is. He’ll never make it.

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  30. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant:

    Matt Balzer:

    Arahant:

    Judge Mental:

    MichaelHenry: I spent the long trip home wondering where I could find a 4’3” radical jihadist Hispanic woman with an Afro to join our Mensa club.

    *raises hand*

    Yes, but then they would have to lower the bar for getting in.

    Huh. I didn’t know that a limbo contest was one of the requirements for getting into Mensa.

    Yep, and you know how tall and thin Judge is. He’ll never make it.

    I’m foldable.

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