Sep 30, 2013
Jason Morgan is a Teaching Assistant (TA) and a doctorial candidate at the University of Wisconson – Madison. As part of the University’s requirements for TA’s, Morgan was required to attend so called “diversity training.”
Morgan was required to attend one orientation session, two training sessions, and two diversity sessions.
After the first couple of sessions, Morgan wrote his supervisor Professr Kantrowitz saying that he would no longer attend the training after a series of accusations and intolerance exhibited by the trainer and the distributed materials.
The following is the letter he wrote to Professor Kantrowitz:
Dear Graduate Director Prof. Kantrowitz,
Please forgive this sudden e-mail. I am writing to you today about the “diversity” training that new teaching assistants (TAs) are required to undergo. In keeping with the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, I am also blind-copying on this e-mail several journalistic outlets and state government officials, because the taxpayers who support this university deserve to know how their money is being spent.
As you are probably aware, all new TAs in the History Department are required to attend one orientation session, two TA training sessions, and two diversity sessions. Yesterday (Friday, September 20th), we new TAs attended the first of the diversity sessions. To be quite blunt, I was appalled. What we were given, under the rubric of “diversity,” was an avalanche of insinuations, outright accusations, and suffocating political indoctrination (or, as some of the worksheets revealingly put it, “re-education”) entirely unbecoming a university of our stature.
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and students at probably every other public institution of higher education in this country, have long since grown accustomed to incessant leftism. It is in the very air that we breathe. Bascom Hill, for example, is roped off and the university is shut down so that Barack Obama (D), Mark Pocan (D), and Tammy Baldwin (D) can deliver campaign speeches before election day. (The university kindly helped direct student traffic to these campaign events by sending out a mass e-mail encouraging the student body to go to the Barack Obama for President website and click “I’m In for Barack!” in order to attend.) Marxist diatribes denouncing Christianity, Christians, the United States, and conservatives (I am happy to provide as many examples of this as might be required) are assigned as serious scholarship in seminars. The Teaching Assistants Association (TAA)–which sent out mass e-mails, using History Department list-servs, during the attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker, accusing Gov. Walker of, among other things, being “Nero”–is allowed to address TA and graduate student sessions as a “non-partisan organization”. The History Department sponsors a leftist political rally, along with the Socialist Party of Wisconsin, and advertises for the rally via a departmental e-mail (sent, one presumes, using state computers by employees drawing salaries from a state institution). In short, this university finds it convenient to pretend that it is an apolitical entity, but one need not be particularly astute to perceive that the Madison campus is little more than a think tank for the hard left. Even those who wholeheartedly support this political agenda might in all candor admit that the contours of the leftism here are somewhat less than subtle.
Sep 29, 2013
Ain’t it the truth?
Via the Shoebox blog.
Sep 28, 2013
We tried to think of something clever to describe this but failed.
It is just amazing to watch and to think of the programming and graphics that went into this.
Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.
Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.
Sep 27, 2013
In 1970 Tarik “Terry” Dehko immigrated to this country from Iraq to be with his parents and other relatives. Dehko sought the American dream and in 1974, became an American citizen. He also purchased and along with his daughter Sandy, now runs “Schott’s Market” in Fraser, Michigan. For decades the Dehkos and Schott’s Market store have been an important fixture in the community in selling food and groceries while employing 30 people.
According to the Dekhos, in 2010 an agent from the IRS came to their store and explained applicable business banking laws including those on “structured deposits.”
US law requires that banks notify the government when a deposit of more than $10,000 is made. One reason behind the law is that criminals – including drug dealers – were making large cash deposits. Doing that would allow the criminals to “launder” the money, turning their illegal money into clean, spendable money.
Because there are forfeiture laws for drug money, drug dealers didn’t like having banks report their ill gotten money. They started to make deposits that were under the $10,000 reporting limit.
In response, the government passed laws against people making deposits which were suspected of being made in manner to avoid the $10,000 reporting requirement.
After all, it is not surprising that people profiting from illegal activities don’t like having their financial transactions monitored.
Which brings us back to the Dekhos and Schott’s Market.
Sep 26, 2013
A youth football league in Northern California has implemented a new rule for teams which win by too much.
SUTTER, Calif. (KRCA) – The Northern California Federation Youth Football League changed its so-called mercy rule this season to prevent teams from winning by large margins.
A winning team that violates the mercy rule will now face stiff penalties.
“It’s not hurting the kids, it’s teaching them compassion for the other team,” said Robert Rochin, the deputy commissioner for the league. “It’s teaching them sportsmanship.”
If a team in the league, which has players between the ages of 7 and 13, wins by 35 points or more, the coach gets a one-week suspension and the team gets fined $200.
There is probably no more difficult issue than so called “mercy rules” in youth sports. Part of the reason is it is so difficult is the personalities of the adults involved.
If you watch adults in any youth league, you will see coaches who believe they are coaching in the NFL, parents who believe their 7 year old is being scouted for a professinal contract, coaches who don’t have a clue as to what they are doing (and are coaching because no one else will do it,) parents who over estimate their child’s talent level at that moment, coaches who teach and inspire and parents who root for their kids and team because that is what they feel they should do. You’ll also see parents who get upset when a child blocks a shot in basketball, intercepts a pass in football, or strikes another kid out in baseball. In their mind, the “self esteem” of the child who strikes out, doesn’t catch the pass or doesn’t make the shot is what is important because “kids should never experience disappointment.”
Coaches and parents who focus have unreasonable expectations are a menace to youth sports. These people measure their worth by stats and scores of kids while forgetting that youth sports are about learning, teamwork, effort, winning with class and losing with determined grace.
The people who are so concerned with self esteem are a menace too. Those folks need to put kids in a league where no one keeps score, there are no team standings, and the only thing that matters is the team snacks at the end of the game.
Unfortunately, the “win at all costs” and the “self esteem” folks play in the same league.
So what do you do?
Sep 25, 2013
Well, you could always soend more time writing a blog, but there is science to this question.
So go get some sleep.
But not too much.
Sep 24, 2013
Ever hear of Kitson Department Store?
We must be out of the “cool” loop because we haven’t heard of them either.
Kitson’s store is located in Los Angeles and allegedly is popular with celebrities. We suppose those celebrities are amongst the people that can afford “NFL jersey style” shirts with names of drugs such as “Xanax,” “Vicodin” and “Adderall” printed on the back for $58.00 and up.
It’s “edgy” or “trendy” or something that we don’t understand because frankly, we think walking around with an athletic type shirt with the name of a drug on the back is goofy as all get out.
But then again, we aren’t “cool.”
(Are the shirts “cool” because of the way they look or because you have to be “cool” to blow $58.00 on a shirt? We don’t know that answer.)
Because of the number of people addicted to these drugs or have died from overdosing on the drugs, there has been a backlash against Kitson and the shirts. People are calling for a boycott of the store until they remove the shirts.
Kitson, for their part, responded in somewhat of a different and unique tone:
Sep 23, 2013
EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week we made a post which contained the following:
“We are also working on a post that is somewhat Satellite Beach-centric that will talk about what Satellite Beach is doing, and what they should not be doing.”
This is that post.
Here in Satellite Beach, “Code Enforcement” is a part of the Building and Zoning Department. Generally speaking, there are very few contractors and home owners that will celebrate when Code Enforcement comes onto a job site.
“Hooray! Code Enforcement is here!” is seldom heard on construction sites.
The reasons are understandable to some extent. People hate getting permits for jobs and construction people hate being “nicked” for violations and being told to do something again or to modify something to bring the work into compliance with building and construction codes.
We are of mixed opinions on the subject as well. We understand the need for and support the idea of Code Enforcement examining and making sure “hidden dangers” are done correctly. By “hidden dangers,” we mean things such as plumbing, electrical, roofs, etc. These are areas which typically are not readily seen by a property owner. Faulty wiring can cause fires which endanger the property owner as well as neighbors. Bad plumbing is a risk as well. In a storm, no one wants to see shingles being ripped off a neighbor’s home and flying toward their windows, cars, etc. We understand that part of the job. Inspecting for drywall and painting? Well…..not so much.
The reason that we are talking about this is because a friend of ours lives next to a property which is being renovated.
Last week the property was visited by Code Enforcement from two agencies – the City of Satellite Beach and Brevard County. For reasons which shall become clear we are going to identify the Satellite Beach representative “SatGuy” and the Brevard County representative “CoGuy.”