Tag: Protests

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I’m an Educator Who Disagrees with Teacher Walkouts

 

This is a post from my blog that I wrote back in 2018 when the “Red for Ed” frenzy, to increase Arizona’s education funding, was happening.

I’m an educator with a different perspective from what you probably see in the media regarding Red for Ed protests. I worked in public schools for 12 years, as an afterschool provider, teacher, administrator and more. I’ve taught in three states and don’t claim to be an expert in everything education, but I have my experiences, and don’t agree with what’s happening. Let me explain.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Republicans Storm the Schiff SCIF!

 

Yes, the title of this post is hyperbole, and I’m delighted to describe the most dramatic event for the Republicans in the impeachment process this year; I hope they were all taking notes. I think this action was especially noteworthy and beneficial to the Republicans and I’ll describe the reasons. Let me first give a brief description of the event:

House Republicans stormed a closed-door impeachment hearing on Wednesday to protest the inquiry and refused to leave until Democrats held an open hearing.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Weep, Seattle Catholics

 

The headline reads: “Planned Parenthood Decision Sparks Seattle U Protest.” In typical fashion, you can’t really tell what the story is about, except that it has to do with Planned Parenthood, Seattle University, and protests (a frequent pastime in Seattle). It’s probably not what you think, though.

Seattle University used to be a private, Jesuit University. Over the years, the school has strayed farther and farther from being really Catholic, and I’m pretty sure the majority of students there are no longer Catholic. The decision in question, taken by the President of the college, was not to include Planned Parenthood on an online list of medical-care resources. About 1,000 students, faculty, and alumni were protesting this decision! You know what color Seattle is (as blue or maybe red/communist as can be), and as I have pointed out before, progressives are progressive first, and everything else later, including Catholic. With Abortion as the Holy Sacrament of the Progressive movement, any action to discourage it is taken as an affront by the population.

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The first time I took the train to Paris, the city was a pale, miserable gray, 32 degrees and raining. I had lost my gloves two days before. It took me an hour, pulling a suitcase with a month’s worth of clothes and Christmas presents for my direct return to Boston via CDG, to reach […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Government Protects Rights

 

Officer: Hey, get up, you’ll get run over.

Idiot Leftist Protester: I can’t get up, I’ve glued my breasts to the pavement to protest (insert leftist gibberish here).

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombus of Radio America celebrate the Supreme Court upholding the Constitution in two separate cases. They agree with the court’s conclusion that President Trump’s travel ban is within his constitutional and statutory right. They are also glad to see the Court side with free speech in striking down a California law that required crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services. They are also pleasantly surprised that Democratic leaders are condemning Maxine Waters’ calls for the harassment of Trump administration officials.

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David French of National Review and Chad Benson of Radio America fill in for Jim Geraghty and Greg Corombos. They commend Justice Roberts for joining the four liberal justices to protect Americans’ civil liberties from warrantless cell phone searches. They also consider the affects of incessant and inappropriate protesting. And they compare Trump’s new family detention policy to Obama’s, finding a difference only in outrage from activists and the media.

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They gather in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo every Thursday at 3:00. They wear white kerchiefs and tie them onto the iron fence that surrounds the plaza. Some carry flags and banners; others attach signs to the fence. And they have been doing this for over 40 years. These are the Madres de la Plaza […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Massive Protests Force Armenia’s Prime Minister to Resign

 

Armenia, like many countries of the former Soviet Union, has had a history of soft authoritarianism. For 10 years up to April 9, the country’s president, Serzh Sargsyan, had ruled pretty much without opposition. His election in 2008 had caused protests that were suppressed, leaving 10 dead. A few protests in the intervening years changed little.

Facing term limits for the presidency, Sargsyan in 2015 pushed through a constitutional change that would place much more power in the Parliament and remove it from the presidency. On April 9, 2018, a new president, Armen Sargsyan (no relation) became president. Three days later, Serzh Sargsyan was elected prime minister by his own party, which had won the Parliament.

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Heather Mac Donald and Frank Furedi discuss the hostility to free speech that has provoked disturbing incidents on campuses across the country and the ideology behind safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger warnings. Their discussion, from a Manhattan Institute event held in June 2017, was moderated by City Journal contributing editor Howard Husock.

American universities are experiencing a profound cultural transformation. Student protests designed to shut downalternative opinions have become frequent and sometimes violent. Frank Furedi‘s What’s Happened To The University? A Sociological Exploration of Its Infantilisation explores the origins of the anti-free speech climate at U.S. and U.K. universities.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 23, 2018, it’s the Whither the Street Walkers? edition of the show with your humble Johns radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week we ask why aren’t the street walkers embraced whole-heartedly by the March for Women and the #MeToo movement? After all, who has more right to wear a pussy hat than professional sex workers? They have appeared this year at the Women’s March in Las Vegas (where their profession is, of course, legal) with their insignia red umbrellas, but they seem to generate some, er, friction with the movement, so to speak. We will analyze.

And then, the #NeverTrumpers….again….An interesting article by David Frum in the Atlantic. According to Frum, conservatives need to be culturally modern, economically inclusive and environmentally responsible. According to Frum, Trump appealed to what was mean and cruel and shameful.

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Eight years after Iran’s Green Movement and antigovernment protests, will the current unrest in the nation have no lasting impact or is it the beginning of the end for the repressive theocracy? Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, explains the nature of the uprising, Tehran’s response, and the Trump administration’s options.

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Happy New Year! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the Iranian people for risking everything to rise up against the corrupt, autocratic mullahs in Tehran and applaud President Trump for a much better response than the Obama administration offered in 2009. They also slam Democratic activists David Brock and Lisa Bloom for offering huge amounts of cash for additional women to publicly accuse Trump of sexual harassment or assault in the final days of the 2016 campaign. And they unload on the mainstream media for either ignoring the uprisings in Iran or offering misleading explanations or the protests – all to protect a political narrative.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start the week with a whole menu of crazy martinis. They rip CNN and other social justice types for declaring President Trump’s Columbus Day statement insufficient because he didn’t mention the suffering that the explorers inflicted upon the indigenous people who were already adept at slaughtering each other. They’re also staggered as California enacts one law to criminalize the use of pronouns that conflict with a person’s stated gender identity and another law that no longer makes it a felony to expose a partner to HIV without telling them. David refers to these laws as “extremism in service to the sexual revolution.” And they react to Vice President Pence leaving Sunday’s Colts-49’ers game after some 49’ers knelt during the national anthem and President Trump’s tweetstorm against Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Another Take on NFL Protests

 

For me the football protest was never about disrespect to the American flag. It was about inserting politics where it doesn’t belong. Football players are far from voiceless. There is no particular need for them to hijack a portion of the game that is not theirs to pirate.

Their fans, on the other hand, must simply sit there and observe the mini protest as a small unexpected price attached to their tickets. The NFL, month by month, is sinking into unrelated and unnecessary causes, never going far enough for a casus belli, just enough to move the cause a bit further on. Do football games eventually become little more than Kabuki theater for SJW causes?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump’s nomination of Don Willett and James Ho for spots on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They also are cautiously optimistic that this NFL weekend might actually focus on football as three teams announce they will be standing for the national anthem. And they throw up their hands as a anti-Trump elementary school librarian publicly rejects the donation of Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump, while also slamming Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and falsely accusing Dr. Seuss of racism.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Football and Racial Fault Lines

 

According to an account my son came across a while ago: “Football is one of the most powerful institutions in American society. It is so powerful that it claimed an entire day of the week. It said, ‘This day is ours. We own it.’ Not only did football take a day of the week, but the previous owner was God.”

Though a failed fan myself (no less a figure than Jack Kemp advised me to give up trying to master the rules), I am an American, and accordingly can hardly miss the fact that football is one of most unifying aspects of American culture. The games have become the one thing that most Americans, especially men, can comfortably discuss. No matter what region of the country you’re visiting, you are bound to hear men who find themselves thrown together asking “Did you see the game?” Animated analysis, crowing, and/or cringing follows. Black and white, immigrant and native born, men and (mysteriously) women, adults and children, liberals and conservatives – huge swaths of the country speak the same idiom and share the experience of football. Super Bowl Sunday is close to a national sacrament.

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