Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, September 24th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 13 Comments
A Young Americans for Freedom chapter meeting at the University of Kansas erupted into shouts and chaos Thursday when students from outside of the club barged in to protest a remark by the group’s president.
The disruption took place in response to a video that student Micha Cox posted on Facebook earlier this week claiming that she was harassed while walking home because she is a transgender.
Students then arranged a “Stand with ME” event to take place on September 27 to stand “in solidarity against the injustices that continue to happen in this country.”
Gabriel Lepinski, the chairman of the YAF chapter, then shared the event page with group members, saying, “this is why this group is so important. Facts don’t care about your feelings, even if you shout them as loudly as you can on wescoe beach”(a central location on campus where students come together to meet).
Following that exchange, many of the students involved with the Stand with ME event showed up at the second YAF meeting of the semester, three of whom were invited after asking how to attend, to which Lepinski responded by asking only that they “bring an open mind and respect everyone there.”
Lepinski says he welcomed these students for a discussion, but “it dissolved into them arguing with us for being white supremacists because we are white.”
“I don’t study in the library because I don’t feel comfortable with people always wondering what my gender identity is and how I express myself, and I don’t feel comfortable being in classrooms where I am supposed to speak as a transhuman and as a queer person as all queer people,” one student whined. “That shows you that there is a problem with this institution about there not being—that these students are not being taught that they are supposed to create safe spaces.”
Cox, who was also present for the conversation, declared emphatically that “safe spaces are a necessity” and making clear that she would brook no dissent on the matter.
“It’s not a question. It’s not for you to say. It’s not for anyone else to say. Safe spaces are necessary because the institution that we’re at is not a safe space in its entirety,” she claimed. “We have to carve out places and fight for places that we feel safe because not only will we get harassed, we’ll be murdered, we’ll be all this stuff and discriminated against because we have to do that. It’s not because we want to.”
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, September 24th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 34 Comments
The Washington Post lets “conservative Christian” Erick Erickson use a considerable amount of its column space in order to thank God that he is not as other men are:
I realize saying Clinton’s candidacy is, in my view, “anti-American” offends some or comes off as hyperbolic, but I think her candidacy is fundamentally anathema to and in opposition to basic, historic American values. I believe the founders of this country recognized individual liberty as negative liberty. It was not what individuals could do if government helped them that made this country great. Rather, it was what individuals could do if government left them alone.
Clinton’s vision of a leviathan nanny state runs counter to those ideals. She would expand the government, engage the government in social experimentation and advance the agenda of the sexual revolution against the church. I am under no delusions. With Clinton as president, the church in this country will be in for a difficult time, besieged from the outside. The forces of Mordor will be fully on the march.
With Clinton, the Supreme Court will fall into the hands of the left for a generation at least. The devastation to our social fabric will know no end. Trading in the idea of negative liberty, Clinton and a left-wing Supreme Court will pursue expansionist federal policies and concepts of positive liberty that advance the individual prurient interests of those who behave deviantly against the church in ways the founders would not have anticipated and no rational person would think wise. But Clinton as president will mean the insane have taken over the asylum.
This is where the “but” goes.
The American spirit eschews the idea of a strong man in Washington fixing all our problems. We are supposed to be against the imposition of values set by Washington and instead should embrace our heterogeneity as a people. Not only does Trump not do that, but his views pervert the liberal order of things as much as Clintonian illiberalism. Clinton offers neither safety nor freedom and Trump offers safety at the expense of freedom. While I see Clinton as having no virtue, I see Trump corrupting the virtuous and fostering hatred, racism and dangerous strains of nationalism.
Of course you do.
More importantly, while I think Clinton will do long-term damage to the country, I believe Trump will do far more damage to the church, which must be my chief priority. A Clinton administration may see the church besieged from the outside, but a Trump administration will see the church poisoned from within.
When I see Christians defining deviancy down to justify a political decision, I see a real problem for the church. When I see Christians saying we have license to choose bad men because God chose bad men, I see the sparks of apostasy. Many of my friends have turned themselves over to the anger Trump displays. I see friends on Twitter in meltdown, tweeting profanity at others, spending their time on radio attacking friends by name for refusing to yield. That is not healthy. But not only is it not healthy, it reeks of desperation.
Hey, kids, what time is it? It’s time to put the Lord our God to the test.
The level of fear many of my friends have toward what a Clinton administration may bring has turned to desperation and desire for a protector. But we already have one and neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
So many pastors who email me to beg me to reconsider and so many others who write do so because they think this is the last best chance to get this nation right. They think we will turn a corner after which we cannot turn back. While I concede they may be right, what I see is a level of desperation causing them to place their trust in one strong man instead of God. And, in truth, I do not concede they are right, but have concluded we are already past the point of redemption when the best either party can do is offer up Clinton or Trump. The seriousness and virtue of the voter is in the grave already and my Christian brethren for Trump yearn for an idolized past that never existed in a future that is not theirs, but God’s, to shape.
After all, Trump’s a really bad guy and stuff.
This is the inerrant word of God and Christians are choosing to ignore it because they have convinced themselves they are not electing a priest, but a president.
We’re…um…not electing a priest, Erick.
Therefore they have segregated the commands of their faith from the desires for themselves. I cannot bifurcate my faith in that way. I cannot in good conscience support anyone who bears the name of brother when he is unrepentant of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard or swindler.
But you don’t understand. While Hillary Clinton
will may maniacally destroy as much of the Christian church as she possibly can and probably will, with her Supreme Court choices, be allowed to get away with it, the election of Donald Trump will result in Christianity being WIPED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT!! AAAAAAAUUUUUGGGHH!!
That I see so many Christians justifying Trump’s immorality, defining deviancy down, and turning to anger and despondency about the future tells me I cannot in good faith support Trump because his victory would have lasting, damaging consequences for Christianity in America. We harm our witness by embracing the immoral, unrepentant strong man. We harm our American virtue by buying into the idea that one man can make America great again. Further, we risk losing Donald Trump’s soul for the sake of our selfishness.
Lastly, for those who compare Trump to Cyrus, God never asked his people to support Cyrus’s cause, only to accept him as their ruler. God never asks his people to choose between the lesser of two evils. God uses all men, from pharaoh to Trump. And he can do so without making Christians endorse the person’s sins. God did not tell the Jews to throw open the gates of Jerusalem for Nebuchadnezzar. God did that himself. God shut the door of the ark and brought the rain and dried again the land. He holds the entire universe in the palm of his hand. God can see us through all things if we aren’t so busy pretending his will and exercising pretended divine authority. His will be done. If God wants Trump in the White House, he does not need me. To think otherwise is to think God is not God.
Or to believe that you don’t take the words of God Incarnate anywhere near as seriously as you think you do. Again with the putting the Lord your God to the test; what’s up with that, Erick?
I have two major problems with Erickson’s piece (actually way more than two but I like to leave some meat on the kill for the rest of the herd to devour). The first is this.
“God never asks his people to choose between the lesser of two evils,” Ricky? First of all, where in the Bible did you read that? Second of all, even if I conceded you the point, it only means that you and I have been doing Christianity wrong.
Because “lesser of two evils” is how life works on this side of Heaven, jackass. Do you think that I loved the idea of voting for Ford, Bush I, Dole, Bush II, McCain or Romney? The ONLY reason I voted for any of those men was because the possibility of electing a Democrat to the presidency was, is and probably will be until Christ returns, too horrible to contemplate.
Which brings up my most serious objection. Who’d you vote for in 2008, Erick? I assume it was McCain who was on his second wife and, as far as I know, has never repented of his adultery.
I guess you went for Romney in 2012 even though his “conservative principles” were thinner than Trump’s are now. Dude, that stiff used to proudly march in homosexual “pride” parades and call himself pro-
abortionchoice. Never mind the fact that the guy wasn’t even a Christian at all, Ricky.
Yet here we are in 2016 and “conservative Christians” like Erick Erickson SUDDENLY get the spiritual vapors over the Christian street cred of the GOP candidate and clutch their pearls while collapsing on their fainting couches at the prospect of actually voting for him. The spiritual meat on a candidate’s bones SUDDENLY makes all the difference in the world.
Seems a tad hypocritical.
Let me spell it out for you. In two more months, the United States will
select the Presiding Bishop of the United States of America. We will pick this country’s First Civil Servant.
And that’s all we’ll be doing.
In the meantime,
Drama Queen Erick, if you should happen to see this, you might want to read the Bible quote that is the title of this post. Spoiler alert but Our Lord never much cared for ostentatious public piety.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 17 Comments
Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 9, 2013
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 | Uncategorized | 15 Comments
Since I don’t own a car, one of the nicest things about my new digs is the walking-distance proximity to market/pharmacy combos. There’s one right across the street and another a little bit farther up the road.
In addition, there’s a place to get my hair cut (really need to get that done of these days). There’s also a well-stocked post office. You can buy packing materials there, tape, boxes, special envelopes, labels, etc. And, of course, you can buy as much postage as you need.
Which is good because I’ll probably be wandering up there soon and buying a lot of stuff. If my university insists on humiliating me every single chance it gets, I intend to mail back my Masters to Columbia with a note telling MU something along the lines of thanks but I’d really rather not be associated with you idiots any longer:
Leaders of the official student newspaper at the University of Missouri removed a conservative columnist from the organization’s staff, citing the student’s desire to “spark controversy” with his writing.
The student, Chris Vas, was fired by The Maneater based on claims that he posted his most recent column from the student publication in a left-leaning Facebook group in order to “spark controversy.” The column in question was published on September 12 and argued that the Black Lives Matter movement should shift its focus from police brutality to the strengthening of African-American families.
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.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 67 Comments
We come from you and everybody here with a brain knows that. We are bone of your bones and flesh of your flesh and, with some modifications, our political institutions mirror yours (King, Lords, and Commons became President, Senate and House of Representatives). So it is with the deepest conceivable humiliation that we must humbly, abjectly and grovelingly apologize for Our Long National Nightmare:
President Barack Obama told Britain today that it would have to ‘go to the back of the queue’ if it leaves the European Union, then tries to negotiate its own trade deal with the United States.
A US-UK trade agreement is not going to happen ‘any time soon,’ Obama said during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
‘Not because we don’t have a special relationship but because given the heavy lift on any trade agreement, us having access to a big market with a lot of countries rather than trying to do piecemeal trade agreements, which is hugely inefficient,’ the U.S. leader said.
Obama faced a furious backlash overseas this morning over what has been called a ‘downright hypocritical’ push for Britain to stay in the European Union.
In a highly controversial intervention in the EU referendum campaign, Obama pleaded with British voters in a local newspaper and then the press conference not to cut ties with Brussels.
‘The United States wants a strong United Kingdom as a partner, and the United Kingdom is at its best when it is helping to lead a strong Europe,’ Obama said during a news conference at Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In his op-ed Obama also invoked the spirit of the Second World War by claiming the sacrifice of GIs meant America has a stake in the EU debate and said the decision in June’s referendum ‘will echo in the prospects of today’s generation of Americans as well’.