Tag: Bullying

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bullying Continues to be Official California State Policy

 

Once again, California adds to its program of bullying the residents of other states over issues that have no effect whatsoever on any resident of California.

The Golden State has demanded that Iowa residents submit to their demands on a policy that will have no effect whatsoever on any resident of California, and seeks to punish the residents of Iowa for not submitting. This is a textbook definition of “bullying.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Musings of a Third-Generation Wagon Circler

 

Writing here at Ricochet last week, @KateBraestrup expressed her opinion that “even without the sixfold imprimatur of the FBI, it would be virtually impossible to make a circle of wagons tight enough to conceal the kind of lurid behavior that Kavanaugh has been accused of.” She continued: “It’s not that it doesn’t exist; rather, when it exists, people know about it. Louche, lascivious or predatory men (alcoholic or otherwise) over time become well-known for being so.” While I’m relieved Kavanaugh has been confirmed, and I dreaded the precedent that would have been set if he had not have been, I can’t agree that men’s wagon circles are virtually never this tight. I know because I’m part of more than one man’s wagon circle, as was my mother, and her mother before her. Three generations of conservative American women, all three with little inclination to laugh off predatory behavior as just “boys being boys” — and all three with just as little inclination to name and shame men for having stories like those alleged about Kavanaugh in their past.

Men become notorious for sexual predation by persisting in it for long periods of time, especially if they become shameless about it. One reason we caution youth to postpone sex is because immature sexual misadventures are often exploitative. As Mark Regnerus has documented in his books Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying and Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers, boys usually find it considerably easier than girls do to self-servingly and callously rationalize their “conquests,” even when they’ve had the moral formation to know better. Thank God that boys who should know better and don’t often mature into men who know better and do! Thank God that not everyone who has committed a sexual wrong in his past persists in that sort of misbehavior.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Bullies

 

“When someone calls you a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe because you happen to disagree with them about tax policy or same-sex marriage or abortion, that’s bullying. When someone slanders you because you happen to disagree with them about global warming or the government shutdown, that’s bullying. When someone labels you a bad human being because they disagree with you, they are bullying you. They are attacking your character without justification. That’s nasty. In fact, it makes them nasty.” – Ben Shapiro

I am not sure who coined the expression “cry bully” conflating crybaby and bully. The term is an apt description for many of today’s Social Justice Warriors. It fits.

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L’affair Weinstein helped me resolve to let go of a long-time employee who was good at their job, but a bully. This person had a long history of second chances with my predecessor (I am still pretty new) who I guess kept hoping against hope they would change. It didn’t seem likely that would happen. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Cootie Culture of Contemporary Politics

 

Everything I needed to know about politics I learned on the kindergarten playground.

Many years ago in elementary school, there was this thing called cooties. You could catch them – by kissing a girl, touching the wrong person, wearing the wrong clothes, even exchanging a friendly word or two with another kid. Heck, you didn’t even have to have contact with the pestilential kid to catch them. “Ew, Alice germs! You have Alice germs!” one kid would say, touching another to “infest” them.

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In his latest post Scott Adams points out what most of us on Ricochet already know- the Democrats (and the left) are bullies with a contempt for free speech: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/152293480726/the-bully-party And what, to him unites Clinton supporters: More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Kane Goes to Jail, Dems Poised to Take Senate, Bullying for Not Voting PSA

 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate at least one prominent Democrat facing justice as former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sentenced to jail. They also wince as the Cook Political Report predicts Democrats will win back the U.S. Senate. And we unload on a new PSA showing schoolkids berating a classmate because his dad didn’t vote.

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shutterstock_204017278The New York Times recently published an article that provides a glimpse into the microaggression movement currently infecting college campuses. The article profiles Sheree Marlowe, the chief diversity officer at Clark University, where she teaches incoming freshmen how to identify and avoid microaggressions. Here are a few tips Marlowe provided to the students attending one of her recent “training” sessions:

  • Don’t ask an Asian student you don’t know for help on your math homework.
  • Don’t say “you guys.” It could be interpreted as leaving out women.
  • Don’t randomly ask a black student if he plays basketball.
  • Don’t’ show surprise when a “feminine” woman says she is a lesbian.
  • Don’t say “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough.” (This is a microinvalidation.)

Marlowe knows her stuff. Just ask her. Or does she? Consider this exchange she had with a student:

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Breaking news! Brace yourselves, assembled Ricochetti. Put down the coffee. Get your feet off the desk. Rudert, stop taking selfies. Does that about cover it? Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The WashPo reports that Americans diplomats are getting bullied by the Russians. Why? Well, Americans being American & Russians being Russian, you’d expect […]

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It’s been another tough week being a conservative living in New Jersey. First, our wealthiest resident, David Tepper, packed it up and moved to Florida, which wealthy retirement-age residents are wont to do when their state levies not only an estate tax but an inheritance tax to boot. Someone please explain this Tom Moran of […]

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(When I signed up for this, I had no idea that this was Super Bowl Sunday, so I’m not sure that anyone will actually read this. Be that as it may. In honor of Gary’s new Judge Mental series, I’ve decided to tell a story where, much like the fictional version, I upheld justice… by […]

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If only more social science could debunk more of the Left’s idiotic sacred cows like “bullies are just jealous and maladapted”: More

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whiplash01I saw Birdman. Interesting movie. Michael Keaton was terrific. I never need to see it again. The first thing I did after watching Whiplash was to buy the Blu-ray.

What makes Whiplash so superb is that it doesn’t take the stock, convenient approach to its characters—the approach that a lesser film might have taken. A Whiplash in which J.K. Simmons’ Terence Fletcher is purely an evil, sadistic taskmaster and Miles Teller’s Andrew Nieman is simply the sympathetic underdog could have been a decent movie. Forgettable, but decent.

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Our ever-expanding definition of bullying—the most horrible of horribles—made me think it might be helpful to provide a scorecard of recent news stories to see how our journalistic leaders at mainstream outlets, pundits of the mighty blogosphere, and social-media denizens categorized various behaviors. This scorecard can serve as a cheat sheet as we try to […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. I Was Bullied … And I’m Better For It

 

Weapon of ChoiceYou may have seen images floating around the internet lately from a photographer name Rich Johnson that try to demonstrate the harm that words can cause by visualizing them as physical wounds on the bodies of people. These have quickly become the go-to pictures on articles about bullying, such as this piece on CNN calling for it to be prohibited by law. These visuals hit close to home for me on two fronts. First, I went to high school with Rich and shared an apartment with him in college. Second, I have more firsthand knowledge on the topic of bullying than any human being would care to admit.

People generally fall into one of two camps when the conversation turns to bullying. The first group insists that there is an epidemic, and usually suggest that it requires a legal remedy, while the second doesn’t see verbal abuse as a form of bullying at all. 

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