Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, October 27th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments
One of the most evil and digusting practices of the medieval Christian church was the exhumation of the corpses of people who the Church decided had been heretics during their lives. Essentially, the Church retroactively put dead people on trial for heresy, removed their remains from its “holy grounds” and treated them like so much garbage.
Whatever else is wrong with Christianity, it is comforting to know that such a vile and loathsome mindset no longer plagues the modern Church:
After quietly removing panes bearing the Confederate flag from its stained-glass windows, leaders of the Washington National Cathedral are now wondering what to do about remaining images of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
“How can you justify having those windows in a house of God?” challenged Riley Temple, a former board member of the Washington National Cathedral’s foundation.
Temple was one of several audience members who spoke on Wednesday (Oct. 26) during a series of discussions the cathedral is holding on racial justice. Also present was a scholar of Civil War history and an expert from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The stained-glass window debate comes at a time of soul-searching in America over the legacy of slavery and renewed calls to purge public places of the Confederate flag that is for many a symbol of oppression.
*Google the term.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, October 27th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
Add CNN media correspondent Brian “Bri-Bri” Stelter to the growing list of American “journalists” who are all a-‘cared of Donald Twump:
Trump isn’t just “criticizing,” he’s using dehumanizing language against the press. https://t.co/bdqVvcy6Hx
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 26, 2016
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, October 27th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 7 Comments
The New York Times reports that Donald Trump is actually Freddie Krueger:
Bilal Elcharfa was pouring cereal for his children before school this month when his 7-year-old daughter, Maaria, walked into the kitchen, calling for him.
“Baba, I had a scary dream,” she said, hugging him tight. “About Donald Trump.”
It was the morning after the second presidential debate, which the Elcharfa family’s two youngest daughters watched in the basement of their Staten Island home with their parents. In the middle of the night, Maaria went to her parents’ room twice, unable to sleep, and walked to the living room and checked her family’s security camera.
That morning, Mr. Elcharfa, 52, asked his daughter what she saw in the nightmare.
“He was so mean to us,” she said. “He had a scary face, like a zombie or something.” In the dream, Maaria later said, Mr. Trump came to the home of every Muslim family in the country and put each one in jail.
“Don’t worry,” he told his daughter, comforting her. “He’s just talk.”
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, October 27th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments
Well, maybe “hate” is too strong a word. But insofar as you have basically chosen sides in this election (Trump’s a “sexual predator” because of some macho posturing from eleven years ago while Hillary’s continued enabling of an actual sexual predator isn’t even discussed and anyone who supports Donald Trump for president is a racist Nazi bad person anyway), we sure as hell don’t respect whores like you. Apparently, some media types desperately want Trump to tell his supporters to stop being so mean to them:
Triggered journalists from across the nation are bemoaning the treatment members of the press are receiving at Trump campaign rallies from the Trump supporters the media routinely misrepresents as ignorant racists, fascist Nazis, or disenchanted working whites.
With increasing regularity, these journalist snowflakes are “reporting” their victimization at the hands Trump supporters who chant mean things like, “CNN sucks” and call them names like “presstitutes.”
For members of the media elite, the occasional taunts and jeers signal a dangerous threat to the free press. During an interview with Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer breathlessly asked Trump’s campaign manager to ask Trump to stop calling out the press at his rallies because he is scared “there could be an ugly incident” between Trump supporters and the “hardworking young journalists” who cover his rallies.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, October 27th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments
Sometimes you need a story not to be true because the alternative is too viscerally horrifying to entertain:
ISIS barbarians used an industrial dough kneader to kill 250 children, and roasted adults in a bakery oven, according to a shocking new report.
In an interview with the humanitarian organization Roads of Success, Syrian mom Alice Assaf went into chilling detail about the atrocities the jihadists committed about two years ago in the town of Douma, explaining that some of the youngsters were even decapitated in front of their parents, according to the Express.
“We heard that the militants grabbed six strong men working at the bakery and burned them inside the oven. We knew them,” Assaf told Dr. Yvette Isaac, who works for the advocacy group, according to the UK Mirror.
“After that, they caught some 250 kids and kneaded them like dough in the bakery dough machine,” Assaf said, according to media reports. “They were put in the dough mixer, they were kneaded. The oldest one of them was four-years-old.”
The Islamic State. A Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton Production.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments
Next spring, the University of Iowa will begin offering a Bacherlor’s Degree in Working A Fast-Food Restaurant Drive-Through Window:
The University of Iowa has become the first school in the state to add a bachelor’s program in social justice to its list of degrees, after its Board of Regents approved the motion Thursday.
The school already offers a first-year seminar on social justice as well as a “Justice for All” living learning community where students can live and “learn about systemic problems in our society.”
“The proposed program will appeal to students who want a vocation related to helping others, or careers in government services or the nonprofit sector, but are not necessarily interested in teaching or social work,” a proposal for the program suggested, noting that there is no “specific degree program” at the university or in the state that provides “opportunities in these areas.”
According to the proposal, the program will be interdisciplinary in nature, since more and more students have “expressed a desire to integrate academic work more deeply with anticipated career paths,” such as social activism work with a non-profit.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, July 4th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 10 Comments
Butter consumption was only weakly associated with total mortality, not associated with cardiovascular disease, and slightly inversely associated (protective) with diabetes, according to a new epidemiological study which analyzed the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and all-cause mortality. This systematic review and meta-analysis, published in PLOS ONE, was led by Tufts scientists including Laura Pimpin, Ph.D., former postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts in Boston, and senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the School.
Based on a systematic review and search of multiple online academic and medical databases, the researchers identified 9 eligible research studies including 15 country-specific cohorts representing 636,151 unique individuals with a total of 6.5 million person-years of follow-up. Over the total follow-up period, the combined group of studies included 28,271 deaths, 9,783 cases of cardiovascular disease, and 23,954 cases of new-onset type 2 diabetes. The researchers combined the nine studies into a meta-analysis of relative risk.
Butter consumption was standardized across all nine studies to 14grams/day, which corresponds to one U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated serving of butter (or roughly one tablespoon). Overall, the average butter consumption across the nine studies ranged from roughly one-third of a serving per day to 3.2 servings per day. The study found mostly small or insignificant associations of each daily serving of butter with total mortality, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 25 Comments
I suppose that an explanation of my current situation is in order. Remember that move I told you all about a while back? Not to put too fine a point on it but that move has gone about as badly as it is possible for a move to go.
Most of that is my own fault. While I basically only had a month’s notice (one of the reasons I wanted out of my old joint), I got seriously started way too late and I BADLY underestimated the difficulty of finding a new apartment when you don’t have a car.
Affordable apartments are easy to find. But if you don’t have transportation, not only can you not get there and look the place and the neighborhood over, you have to find a place that’s close enough to a source of food and medicine that you don’t have to drive there.
Since I didn’t have a place lined up, I had to rent a cargo van to move my stuff into rented storage. And for the last two months, I’ve had to rent cars to get around and pay for cheap hotels to live in.
I was informed the other day that I have pretty much the perfect place lined up but it won’t be ready to go for another three weeks (hopefully less) so I’m probably going to continue to live in cheap-ass hotels at least until then.
And continue to bankrupt myself, pretty much.
Actually, my life right now is not all that terribly awful. Free wi-fi covereth a multitude of sins but there are some things even I can’t take which is why I’ve moved so often. And I’ve gotten to watch cable again on a regular basis which has taught me some things.
Mainly, that I don’t care if I ever again get cable or satellite or any other enhanced television experience.
Take the History Channel. Please. Way back when I had cable, the History Channel was one of my favorite stations because you could watch, well, actual historical documentaries there and I’m always a sucker for a good historical documentary. If I could have picked what channels went into my cable package, THC would have been one of them.
But no longer. Right now, THC is showing a marathon of a show called “Ancient Aliens,” a series which suggests that alien beings have influenced the life and history of Earth. These beings were the “gods” of our legends, stories and scriptures.
And they’re doing it with a perfectly straight face. Add to that the fact that THC does very little actual history any more and I know that I at least don’t have to spend that amount of money.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, July 1st, 2016 | Uncategorized | 18 Comments
Normally, I wouldn’t wish unemployment on anyone. But there are exceptions:
Bloodied and bruised Hannah Cohen was led from Memphis International Airport in handcuffs.
The 19-year old was headed home to Chattanooga after treatment for a brain tumor at St. Jude Hospital June 30, 2015.
It’s a trip they’ve made for 17 years.
This time, an unarmed Hannah, set off the metal detector at a security checkpoint
“They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” said her mother Shirley Cohen.
Cohen told us she tried to tell TSA agents her daughter is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and easily confused, but said she was kept at a distance by police.
“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” said Cohen.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 9 Comments
Missouri University’s football and basketball programs are going to suck royally for the foreseeable future. And not much of anybody in this state will even remotely give a crap:
ESPN announced it will give the University of Missouri (MU) football team a special humanitarian award in July for the team’s strike, which led to the the school’s president being fired and a massive drop in enrollment.
Last fall, MU was hit by a wave of protests led by Concerned Student 1950, which claimed the school was a hotbed of racial animosity in need of drastic change, starting with the removal of college president Tim Wolfe. The protest received limited, mostly local attention, until early November, when an absolute bomb dropped. Black members of MU’s football team announced they were joining the protest movement by going on strike. They wouldn’t practice or play games until Wolfe was gone. Within days, Wolfe was out, along with Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.
The success of activists at Missouri sparked a wave of imitators all across the country, who held their own mass protests and wrote their own demand lists, to varying degrees of success. It also sparked a major backlash against MU itself, which has seen a big drop in enrollment that has torn a $32 million hole in its budget.
I got a Masters from the place and right now, I couldn’t care less whether the Tigers win or lose.
Go Missouri State Bears!!
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 7 Comments
You seldom see anyone win the Internet as handily as Cloyd Rivers did a week ago.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments
Before next season, find the longest possible longshot to win England’s Premier League and drop £20 on ’em:
Leicester City have won the Premier League title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.
Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday confirmed a stunning achievement for Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Leicester started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated last season.
But they have lost just three league games in what has been described as a “fairytale” and the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport.”
No argument here. Leicester’s going to pick up fans from all over the world.
This is the very first time that this team’s ever finished on the top of the heap in its 132-year history, which is fourteen years longer than the last Chicago Cubs World Series win. Not all that long ago, they weren’t even in England’s top tier and, as the article says, they came close to being kicked out of the Premier League last season.
Never EVER give up the dream, Cubs fan. Or Blues fan, for that matter.
Oh, and Leicester businesses? You might want to write off this week. Because I imagine that a
of Leicester workers are going to “come down with the flu” over the next several days.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 30 Comments
Have you ever seen a major American university intentionally commit suicide?
[Missouri’s] vice chancellor for marketing and communications, Ellen De Graffenreid, received a disheartening email last fall at the pinnacle of the crisis on campus. A disgruntled parent wrote to the university’s Board of Curators, describing how her son, a sophomore, considered transferring out, while their two high-school-aged children “have all but eliminated Mizzou from their college list.”
Someone had forwarded the note to the university’s Department of Marketing and Communications, adding: “I’m sure you already know this but you have a PR nightmare on your hands.” De Graffenreid, in turn, forwarded it to the college’s leadership, adding the letter from a parent was “pretty representative of the middle of the road people we are losing.”
New correspondence reviewed by Heat Street and National Review depicts the cataclysmic backlash against the University of Missouri as its administrators grappled with demands from rowdy protestors, a hunger-striking grad student, and a boycotting football team. The protests ultimately toppled both the president and the chancellor.
This passionate backlash doesn’t appear to have been a bluff. Already, freshman enrollment is down 25%, leaving a $32 million funding gap and forcing the closure of four dorms. The month after the protests, donations to the athletic department were a mere $191,000—down 72% over the same period a year earlier. Overall fundraising also took a big hit.
Read the rest of it since it’s the best summation of the Missouri Tantrum that I’ve seen.
Oh and Vanderbilt? You’re welcome.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 66 Comments
As many of you have heard by now, Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill next year and former US senator (and, briefly, Democratic presidential candidate) James Webb is not at all happy about it:
One would think we could celebrate the recognition that Harriet Tubman will be given on future $20 bills without demeaning former president Andrew Jackson as a “monster,” as a recent Huffington Post headline did. And summarizing his legendary tenure as being “known primarily for a brutal genocidal campaign against native Americans,” as reported in The Post, offers an indication of how far political correctness has invaded our educational system and skewed our national consciousness.
This dismissive characterization of one of our great presidents is not occurring in a vacuum. Any white person whose ancestral relations trace to the American South now risks being characterized as having roots based on bigotry and undeserved privilege. Meanwhile, race relations are at their worst point in decades.
Far too many of our most important discussions are being debated emotionally, without full regard for historical facts. The myth of universal white privilege and universal disadvantage among racial minorities has become a mantra, even though white and minority cultures alike vary greatly in their ethnic and geographic origins, in their experiences in the United States and in their educational and financial well-being.
There is a sense of karmic payback here, the former slave replacing the slaveholder. And it’s not even remotely hard to hear the political calculations over there at Treasury that went into this decision.
“The chief wants a woman on the twenty. Any ideas?”
“Susan B. Anthony?”
“Nah, she already had a turn on the one-dollar coin.”
“Lucretia Mott? Elizabeth Cady Stanton?”
“Nobody knows who either of those women are.”
“Gloria Steinem? Jane Fonda?”
“Both are still alive, dumbass.”
“I think I’ve got it, boss. Harriet Tubman.”
“Harriet Tub…that…is…frickin’…BRILLIANT!! We not only get a woman, we get an African-American woman at that. Two birds with one stone. Make it so. And take the rest of the day…hell, take the rest of the week off, Tomkinson.”
This makes me no never mind. I rarely use cash any more and I can’t remember the last time I had a twenty in my wallet. If the government wanted an African-American in that slot, I would have opted for Martin Luther King or even Jackie Robinson. Say what you want, both men changed this country for the better.
Do you want to keep Andrew Jackson around? Put him on the half-dollar coin which the US still insists on minting for some reason; the only reason Kennedy’s on there is because he got his brains blown out in Dallas back in ’63.
And if this country ever seriously decided to stop printing one-dollar bills and replace them with one-dollar coins, that would be the ideal place to put a dignified portrait of Martin Luther King. Dissing Washington, Johnson?
Not at all. I figure that once you’ve been on coins, paper money and medals and you got your face carved into a freaking mountain, for God’s sake, our reverence for you should have been proved beyond the shadow of a doubt.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, April 24th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 32 Comments
A $15-an-hour minimum wage? HELLZZZZZZZZZZ YEAH!! We’re just sorry that we can’t afford to pay that to most of you proles. Sucks to be you, we guess:
Hundreds of employees at the University of California at Berkeley are getting schooled in basic economics, as the $15 minimum wage just cost them their jobs. Too bad liberal elites “fighting for $15” don’t get it.
A week after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s $15 minimum wage boost into law, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees announcing that 500 jobs were getting cut.
Those workers might want to have a chat with the folks at UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research, who just days before Brown signed the wage-hike bill released a study touting the minimum wage as a boon to low-income household breadwinners.