Tag: woke

Quote of the Day: A Sense of Humor

 

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” — Henry Ward Beecher

Humorlessness really defines the Woke folk.  Beecher had the right of it. They are jolted by every pebble on the road. They cannot take a joke, nor can they allow others to tell jokes. Comedians have become their main target. Permissible jokes have become so circumscribed that those permitted really are not funny. Humor approved by the Soviet Board of Censors falls flat.

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I don’t know how “woke” I am, or as the Merriam Webster Dictionary puts it, “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).” But I do try to be informed, and educate myself regarding new subjects (and old). Woke culture has made me less trusting and […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they’re thrilled to see a significant shift in suburban voters from the Democrats to the GOP. They also react in horror as USA Today opinion writer David Mastio not only reveals that he was forces out of a job for saying that only women could have babies but that the whole Gannett network is catering to a woke ideology that has no interest in a diversity of opinion. And they discuss the bipartisan yawning over Biden’s call for a federal gas tax suspension and the hypocrisy of lawmakers like Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who hated the idea when a Republican was president but now supports it when Biden is in office and she’s up for re-election.

A Bad Decade Last Week in Tampa

 

Vladimir Lenin, of Soviet Union infamy, once observed that “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” Both Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays and the Washington Post newsroom experienced this firsthand last week. We’ll save the Washington Post for another day since that is still playing out. What a newsroom that is.

Let’s start with the national pastime. It began when the Florida sports franchise felt compelled to express its moral indignation over the May 24th massacre at Uvalde’s Ross Elementary School. The Rays organization announced a $50,000 grant, not to victims’ families or to improve school safety but to the anti-gun advocacy group, “Everytown for Gun Safety.” They advocate for banning undefined “assault rifles,” opposing state laws that allow teachers and schools to arm themselves to protect children, and getting rid of most concealed carry permit laws, especially reciprocity between states. And much more.

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I recently had to hire a mid-level finance manager for my company.  It was surprisingly hard to find good candidates, but I finally had three good prospects.  When I did the requisite social media check I saw that one of them had their preferred pronouns on their LinkedIn profile.  Even though they were conventional “she/her” […]

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The Disgraceful Lia Thomas

 

I’ve written elsewhere about this fellow, the guy who poses as a woman and crushes the hopes and dreams of real female college athletes. Finally one woman has come out publicly to complain about it, as reported in this blunt but excellent piece in the Spectator:

Reka Gyorgy showed commendable courage this weekend for finally speaking out against the National College Athletic Association’s rules regarding trans competitors. The Virginia Tech swimmer and Olympian was bumped out of a finals spot in the 500 free due to transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas’s participation.

Upside-down Academia

 

Just a quick observation about what is, to me, a perplexing aspect of today’s education environment.

We have a kerfuffle in Florida prompted by a very sensible call to prohibit the radical sexual indoctrination of kids in pre-school through third grade. The “alphabet people,” as one popular stand-up comic likes to call them, have their nickers in a twist over the possibility that other people’s young children won’t be fed a load of malarky regarding their gender identity — won’t be, at least, until they turn nine.

The Problem of ‘Tokenism’

 

“Tokenism” is the practice of choosing people for roles based on superficial qualities rather than intrinsic worthiness for the positions. Because it prioritizes identity over merit, it risks placing less qualified, underperforming individuals in positions of responsibility.

We have a particularly glaring example of tokenism in our current Vice President, Kamala Harris.

Warning: ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ Contains Fishing

 

Western Society has reached a level of absurdity beyond comprehension. A University in Scotland has put a warning label on Ernest Hemingway’s great short novel, The Old Man and the Sea. From the Daily Mail: “University warns woke students that Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel Old Man and the Sea contains graphic scenes… of FISHING

It is a story of one man’s heroic struggle against the elements and often viewed as a metaphor for life itself. But Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel The Old Man And The Sea is the latest victim of today’s woke standards, with students warned that it contains ‘graphic fishing scenes’.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Gerard Robinson and Cara Candal talk with Bari Weiss, former New York Times op-ed editor and writer, and author of How to Fight Anti-Semitism. Bari shares what motivated her to write this book, its reception, and key lessons for teachers and students alike.

She also explains why we’re now seeing a rise in anti-Semitism, how educators can best combat it, and the connection she observes between the current upsurge in anti-Semitism and cancel culture. Bari discusses her experiences on the editorial boards of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and her courageous decision to resign from the Times, as well as the public praise and criticism she’s encountered since her resignation.

More year-end awards today!  Jim and Greg embark on the second half of their six-episode saga known as the 2021 Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, they offer up their selections for the best political idea, worst political idea, and boldest political tactics for the year. For the first two categories, their selections are derived from the same big stories but each has a different focus. But they choose completely different issues when it comes to boldest tactics.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the Senate parliamentarian for correctly ruling for the third time that amnesty cannot be part of a reconciliation bill. They also get a kick out of hearing that a number of House Democrats are furious at the man charged with leading their effort to keep the majority in 2022. And they shake their heads at a story showing how even traditional, private, and religious institutions are bowing to woke indoctrination.

 

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In my bubble, today is #CelebrationWednesday. Perhaps I should call it #ReliefWednesday instead. Regardless, it is the day to celebrate the end of emails begging for dollars under the insidious guise of #GivingTuesday. The paint is wearing off my keyboard’s “delete” button. And it is essentially my fault. Not because I’m the one pounding the […]

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And our Governor-the absolute best!- now refers to the “Brandon Administration”!   It’s everywhere! This weekend, attending my (approximately) 50th performance of the Blue Angels, the entire crowd in one of the beach side restaurants spontaneously broke into it, as did the group on the trolley leaving the show yesterday. T-shirts, jackets everywhere- even saw […]

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On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Libby Emmons, editor-in-chief of The Post Millennial, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss how the rampant wokeness promoted by unchecked leftism could be progressives’ downfall.

Quote of the Day: The Stalin of our Times

 

“That feels about like what we are living through right now. Progressive politics is the Joseph Stalin of our times, and everyone is so terrified of attracting its anger that they just kind of go along with the crowd and keep clapping, because it is easier to clap until your hands are red raw than be the one that sits down first.”  — Will Jordan, aka the Critical Drinker

I’m sure many of you have heard the story about how no man wanted to be the first person to stop clapping after Stalin’s speech, because of the sheer terror of appearing disloyal to a paranoid conspiracy theorist butcher of a tyrant.  That is the culture of paranoia in action – it is not enough just to be loyal, but to be absolutely beyond suspicion as a diehard loyalist.

Bari Weiss Interview: Courage in the Face of Book Burners

 

I’m once again recommending a podcast from Bari Weiss. This one is an interview with Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze, her piece of investigative journalism (remember when that used to happen?) on the topic of the exploding “trans” movement afflicting young girls.

I have purchased the book but not yet read it. I’ll undoubtedly write about it after I do.

Ayaan speaks with Lawrence Krauss about the new religion of wokeism and how it spread throughout academia. They discuss the impacts that political correctness and cancel culture have on science, and what it means for the future.

Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist.

QOTD: Not Who You Think

 

If there was no crime and violence in communities of color, who would suffer?” — Graffiti on sidewalk outside of CTA Roosevelt Station, Chicago, Illinois

I first ran across this graffiti (clearly done with a stencil and pink paint) a month ago, and it got me thinking. Who would suffer, actually? We can see who the author believes would suffer: https://twitter.com/crimedrought has plenty of trashing of the police, and Trap House Chicago is apparently a “restorative justice clothing store” down on the South Side. (Obviously, CoC violations galore there.)