Kenneth L. Storey Is Looking For A Job.


Former Sociology Professor Kenneth L. Storey was fired by the University of Tampa on Tuesday.

TAMPA — A tweet suggesting that the devastation of Hurricane Harvey was “instant karma” for the red state of Texas has cost a University of Tampa professor his job — making him just the latest academic fired for off-duty speech.

The University first distanced itself from sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey on Monday. But a tide of online outrage continued. A #FireKenStorey hashtag spread far beyond the university. Angry Facebook comments piled up.

“Don’t think this is a school we will be looking at for my daughter anymore,” one commenter said. An alumnus wrote, “Good thing I already paid you, because I’ll never send the school another dime again.”

On Tuesday morning, the university fired him.

“We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused,” spokesman Eric Cardenas said in a statement.

After his tweets came to light, Storey tried to roll back the comments but instead simply made them worse:

A View From The Other Side Of The Hill.

Zachary Sealey

A seventh grader at DeLaura Middle School collapsed in school this past Monday.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead later that day.

A life cut far too short.

We didn’t know Zachary Sealey, but over the years we have known kids like him – full of energy, full of promise and full of a life yet to be lived and fulfilled. We’ve known them as neighbors, as students, as musicians, as athletes, as everything you can imagine in this world.

For the most part, at that age, there are two things that stand out. First is the idea that in the minds of 7th graders (and generally up through college,) they know everything. Or at least they think they do. As those of us on the downside of being “over the hill” know, you don’t know everything at that age. It isn’t until later you come to realize how much you didn’t know. At the same time, as a young teen, you are fearless. You don’t know enough to know what can hurt you and even then, you think you are invincible.

As you get older, you realize that you aren’t invincible. Choices that you make have consequences and set you on a path that you may look back upon in later years and wonder “why did I do that?”

The view from the other side of the hill is different.

In our lives, we have seen too much death like this – people taken far before their time. A schoolmate of ours in junior high was killed in an auto accident. Two kids in our high school passed away before even becoming a senior. We have known kids who have taken their own lives and the families they left behind. We have been present when a mother and father were told their 4 month old child had died. We were in a hospital talking with the family of a mother whose heart bypass went horribly wrong and she passed away. We have lost parents as have our friends.

Yet it always seems the death of a youngster hits us the hardest. It is not only the friends young Sealey had, but rather here was a kid whose whole life was ahead of him.

Sometimes we just don’t understand God’s timing.

Pronoun Trouble.

We’d like to say that this post is about the silliness between Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny and the “confusion” over the use of pronouns when being hunted by a clearly befuddled Elmer Fudd. That would be a fun post to write.

Alas, this post is about different kind of pronoun trouble:

A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.

The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. Since then, the Assembly Judiciary committee recommended the bill unanimously and the General Assembly held its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday.

Once again, this is the government creating a lousy solution where there is no problem to begin with.

It also raises the question of whether a government can force people in the private sector to say something. (The old “compelled speech is not free speech” argument.)

Who Does A $15 Minimum Wage Help?

From Prager University:

Would a nationwide $15 minimum wage help or hurt American workers? Andy Puzder, former CEO of the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., explains.

Dancing Robots Set World Record.

It’s Sunday and we are resting from political fights and discussions and instead turning to a new World Record set by a group in China.

WL Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd in China has just broken the Guinness World Records title for the Most robots dancing simultaneously.

Taking place in Guangzhou, Guangdong, a jaw-dropping 1,069 synchronised machines were lined up and performed a perfectly choreographed dance routine for the attempt.

Well, almost perfect – a few of the robots fell down during the dynamic show, and these had to be deducted from the final record total.

The robots – which are named ‘Dobi’ – were all programmed via one group control system.

One of the robots that fell can be seen around the 36 second mark. We aren’t sure whether he fell or was being a non-conformist and free-styling, but his actions don’t count in the tally for the record.

Now when these things can dance like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, then we’ll be impressed.

(Just kidding. Sorta.)

Yelling “Wolf” In A Crowded Theater.


Nancy Pelosi: “The constitution does not say that a person can yell wolf in a crowded theater” (August 24, 2017)

Some of the comments on this video have been great:

If Pelosi is correct, how can a movie theater show “Dances with Wolves?” or “The Wolf of Wall Street?”

Shut them down! They must be silenced!

Even if one accepts that Pelosi mixed up her metaphors and meant to say “fire in a crowded theater,” she still gets it wrong. The actual quote from the decision in Schenck v. United States is:

Same History; Same Standard.

(only known photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg)

For the past few days, we have written about the distortion of history from the left. Unfortunately, the ignorance of history is not limited to those with left leaning political views. There are also people on the right who don’t understand historical events.

One of the blogs we visit sometimes is Legal Insurrection. It has some really good writers and is informative on many subjects.

However, on August 19, 2017 in a post called Confederate Civil War re-enactors pepper sprayed during North Carolina parade, Leslie Eastman took to writing about a parade in North Carolina where an individual pepper sprayed Civil War re-inactors because, you know, attacking people who re-enact the Civil War are evil. (Or something like that.)

The person was arrested and charged.

Eastman talks about the social and racial divide that seems to have widened starting with President Obama and expanded with President Trump. She says she is a Civil War re-enactor and praises the 1993 movie Gettysburg (which was based on Pulitzer Prize winning “The Killer Angels” by one time Melbourne, Florida resident Michael Shaara.)

Both the book and the movie are historical fiction, which means that the depicted people and some events were real, but things such as dialogue and some other things were invented or simply wrong. However, the book and the movie revived an interest in the history of the Civil War and the Battle Of Gettysburg which is always, in our opinion, a good thing. We don’t care how you get into the history of a time or event, but that you do get into it.

However, Eastman jumps the shark when she writes:

Stupidity Knows No Bounds.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more stupid, ridiculous, asinine, insipid and whatever other word you want to use to describe it, comes this news out of ESPN:

ESPN has removed an announcer from its broadcast of the University of Virginia’s first football game next month because he has the same name as a Confederate general memorialized in statues that are being taken down across the country.

The network announced late Tuesday that the announcer, Robert Lee, a part-time employee who calls about a dozen college football and basketball games a year for ESPN, would no longer participate in the broadcast of the Sept. 2 game in Charlottesville, Va., which became the center of violent clashes this month during a white supremacist gathering.

Robert Lee, the announcer, is of Asian descent. He has nothing to do with any protests or any lineage to the Lee family of Virginia. The surname “Lee” is one of the most popular surnames in the world.

A tweet sent out by an ESPN executive tried to defend the decision:

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