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Craziness at Cal and Tennessee

Uploaded: Sep 10, 2015
There is something clearly amiss when the home of the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s now has guidelines for censored speech.
There's also something way out-of-whack when the University of California Berkeley has a vice-chancellor with the title of "equity and inclusion." Last week, Cal announced an initiative to address what officials termed the under-representation of African-Americans among the student body, faculty and staff. This, in a place, that practiced affirmative action for years.
Cal's craziness may have been surpassed by the University of Tennessee where administrators decided to ban "he and she" in favor of made-up words to avoid hurting students' feelings. You cannot make this stuff up. That's how whacky the educrats have become—and in the South, yet. You might expect it on the left or right coast, but the South?
The outgoing chancellor in that position, Gibor Basri, cited the discussions about race starting with Ferguson, Missouri. Somehow, in the Ferguson discussion, the media tends to forget that not only did a Grand Jury of citizens find no charges to bring against the police officer that shot and killed the teen-aged Michael Brown, who was 18 and weighed more than 300 pounds—the federal Justice Department, under the hyper political Eric Holder, also found no evidence to bring charges.
According to the Bay Area News Group report, the black population of Berkeley has declined from 20 percent in 1980 to 10 percent in 2010 according to the U.S. Census Dept. data. Given that people have the freedom to choose where they live, so what?
Cal would do well to cross the Bay and ask Hoover Institution scholar Thomas Sowell what he recommends.
Sowell had a very telling interview with Kyle Peterson of the Wall Street Journal in the Sept. 5-6 edition. Sowell, who grew up in poverty in Harlem, recently turned 85 and is preparing another book.
Among the points he made is that he can never remember hearing gunshots while he grew up. He cited the highly competitive Stuyvesant High School where black enrollment has dropped to 1.2 percent versus 12 percent 33 years ago.
Sowell also said that as long as there is a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there always will be findings of discrimination. When was the last time any government agency went out of business because it had achieved its goals?
He also cited that since 1994 the poverty rate for black married couples has been in single digits—the striking decline in the intact black family (from 70 percent prior to the "Great Society" experiment to about 30 percent today—poverty rates particularly for single black moms have soared as has unemployment and black-on-black violence for teen-aged and 20-something black men.



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Posted by Dave, a resident of Danville,
on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:40 am

Tim -

Did you accidentally upload a first draft of your post? What you have written seem very rambling and lacks any coherent point. It is just a jumble of "facts" and quotes about race. I'm sure that, with a little editing, you can do better than this. Please give it another try.


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Sep 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Tim,

I have to say that on this one I agree with Dave. You've given red meat to the real racists on the other side of the political divide.

Dan


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Sep 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

I don't understand this "red meat" business? Are suggesting that all "red meat" should be divided equally? And what about the working class, should the WC be forced to divy up a few porkchops 'n raisins? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...I find this whole business of meat processing waaaaaaaaay strange.

i rest my case


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Sep 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Obsessive correction: Line 1 - Are you suggesting that all "red meat" should
be shared equally. I don't get it? duh...


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Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on Sep 11, 2015 at 7:29 am

Today is September 11. If you see a police officer, or fire fighter, stop & tell them "thank you" for all they have done and will do to keep us safe. When people were running out of buildings on fire, they were running in to help.

It is sad how quickly people forget, and today record numbers of police are being killed not by terrorists from other countries, but by criminals from America. Hate groups like "Black Lives Matter" cheer on police killers with chants at parades, while our misguided liberal media wrongly compare them to MLK Jr. & civil rights heroes.

Unfortunately Tim, the "Craziness" is not just at Cal & Tennessee, but all over the US. President Obama has used the liberal media to create a race war, and our brave men & women of law enforcement are targets of this rage and hatred. May God bless law enforcement, especially today.


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Posted by David Duje, a resident of Foothill Knolls,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 5:48 am

Tim, I salute your commitment to the White perspective. Keep fighting the good fight and don't let the haters stop you from telling the TRUTH about blacks.


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 9:07 am

The reality is that most living beings are trying to survive...lead good lives...and give something back to others less fortunate...now, what good deed do you plan to do to help out with the syrian crisis...invite, house, feed, provide medical care, and educate syrian refugees...in Pleasanton...hmmmmmm...


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Posted by Hepzibah, a resident of Valencia,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 11:38 am

Uh, Cholo? There really aren't boatloads of Syrian refugees washing up on the shores of Shadow Cliffs...


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm

When the doors open, Americans will be asked to help accomodate Syrian refugees.
It's the right thing to do. What about the refugees that are Christian? Is there a welcome for them or should they be shipped to nowhere?


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Posted by Hepzibah, a resident of Valencia,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Cholo,

The doors of Shadow Cliffs open early Monday morning. I hope you will join me there to welcome the Christian refugees. I'm glad you brought attention to the way we shun Christians in this country, by the way. Why do Muslims get all the privileges and special treatment?


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

I welcome Christian refugees. I have no idea if Muslims receive preferential treatment.

If you don't welcome Muslims to this country, then don't welcome them. I have a hunch that many Americans will extend a helping hand.

Americans are good people and they stand up when it matters. What more can anyone ask but to extend a helping hand? We have choices, that's the American way.

VIVA AMERICA! VIVA!


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Who knows, perhaps that Roz will even share her mayo...and I mean it!


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Posted by Hepzibah, a resident of Valencia,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Cholo,

I'm preparing my home to house the Syrian refugees on their way to Pleasanton and I could use your advice. How many are you yourself planning to host? What do you think is a fair amount of space for one family? And how long do you intend to host them? Will it be until there's a regime change in Syria?

I'd be grateful if you could share your logistical advice on this.

Viva Cholo! VIVA!!

I rest my case.


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Sep 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

This article is informative and may be helpful to some readers:

Web Link

I'm delighted to learn that various Jewish groups are involved in supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugees. Gracias!


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on Sep 14, 2015 at 9:48 am

Trusty old codger Tim, ginning up the geezers with rambling but always reliable "THEY sure are bad people, aren't THEY" blathering. Gotta love some of the points:

"Given that people have the freedom to choose where they live, so what?" And with apologies to Anatole France, "The law, in it's infinite wisdom, allows the rich as well as the poor to be homeless and live in rat-infested slums."

Or this gem from "American": "today record numbers of police are being killed not by terrorists from other countries but by criminals from America." Well, that's true in a sense - there is a "record" being set, but the record is on the downside, as ***fewer*** police are being assaulted and killed - both per capita and in absolute numbers - now than was the case at any point in the last 50 years. Web Link

But hey - "American" is clearly a card carrying member of the "I'm easily frightened and outraged, so please use that to manipulate me" faction of the Reality Free zone of American opinion, so why bother him (her?) with mere facts?


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

As much as it pains me to agree with him/her, "Peter Kluget" is correct wrt police deaths.

The media is sensationalizing the situation. Politicians are (of course) sensationalizing the situation.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Alamo,
on Sep 15, 2015 at 7:02 am

Tom Sowell had his most recent cogent thought sometime during Mr. Reagan's first term. For him to blame the agency that was established to assist in administering rules against job discrimination for the underlying problem of job discrimination is typical, and stands reality on its head.

There are about 100,000 claims filed with the EEOC every year, and many more with all the analogous state agencies. Almost all of them are filed by individuals. In fact, the vast majority are resolved efficiently within in agency, thus avoiding over-burdening the court system. And the majority are resolved favorably to employers, with stats varying by which law is being applied, and your definition of 'favorably.'

The argument that the EEOC creates the problem -- or that injustice doesn't continue to exist and fester -- is to utterly deny reality, from the comfort of privileged circumstances. The echo you hear is the right-wing media chamber, convincing itself by repetition that "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, [and especially that] Ignorance is Strength."


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Sep 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Tim' points in a nutshell:

1. Campus free-speech suppression in the birthplace of campus free-speech.
2. Gentrification in the city of Berkley, land of the campus free-speech movement.
3. African-American intellectual Interviewed on points of view regarding his own culture.

And surprise of all surprises our resident liberal blogger, instead of debating the points one by one, first slanders the African American intellectual ("recent cogent thought sometime during Regans first term") before making his thoughts clear on one point only.

See Tim, I told you; red meat.

By the way Tom, I agreed with your overall point, just not your attack on Thomas Sowell.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Sep 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Thanks for the nice book report, Former Dan, and for suggesting a commenting rule that you never (ever) followed on my blog.

Glad to know you agree with the post, as well. Progress. If you keep on thinking, ol' Inspector Kluget and I might just turn you into a proper liberal yet!


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Sep 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Tom,

"and for suggesting a commenting rule that you never (ever) followed on my blog."

Exactly!!

Thanks for demonstrating, and finally admitting, your own hypocrisy!

Heh...


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Sep 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

A strong term, used trivially, loses its punch.

And BTW, you were not canned from my blog for writing bad book reports. Book reports are not even required.


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Sep 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Tom,

You're right for once. I was canned (whatever that means) for calling you a coward wrt torture. A statement I still stand by without reservation.

But you are still a hypocrite.

Practice what you preach, pal.



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