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Turkey Day Costumes “Demeaning” To Indians — More Culture War Madness In CA

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Up the wazzoo awardWow, the elitist waging war on our culture sure have been busy! Earlier I wrote about a Florida University that can’t stomach holiday decorations. A little closer to home, (too damn close mind you!), more of those enlightened individuals known as college/university professors have decided that kindergarten kids wearing traditional Thanksgiving day costumes is demeaning to native Americans. Oh, please . . .

For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won’t be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.

Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child’s depiction of the traditional (if not wholly accurate) tale of two factions setting aside their differences to give thanks over a shared meal? Or a cartoonish stereotype that would never be allowed of other racial, ethnic or religious groups?

“It’s demeaning,” Michelle Raheja, the mother of a kindergartner at Condit Elementary School, wrote to her daughter’s teacher. “I’m sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis), or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation’s history.”

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Raheja, an English professor at UC Riverside who specializes in Native American literature, said she met with teachers and administrators in hopes that the district could hold a public forum to discuss alternatives that celebrate thankfulness without “dehumanizing” her daughter’s ancestry.

Nice to know that someone teaching at the university level in SoCal thinks that “Jews (and friendly Nazis)” are part of “our nation’s history”. Excuse me Michelle, wasn’t that Nazi Germany? Getting your oppressed peoples a tad bit mixed up aren’t we?

Last week, rumors began to circulate on both campuses that the district was planning to cancel the event, and infuriated parents argued over the matter at a heated school board meeting Thursday. District Supt. David Cash announced at the end of the meeting that the two schools had tentatively decided to hold the event without the costumes, and sent a memo to parents Friday confirming the decision.

Cash and the principals of Condit and Mountain View did not respond to interview requests.

But many parents, who are convinced the decision was made before the board meeting, accused administrators of bowing to political correctness.

Life is getting more and more like South Park’s Mr. Hankey episode.

This Christmas-themed episode of South Park opens as the children rehearse their Christmas play. They are performing a Christian Nativity, and when Kyle’s mother hears of this, she is infuriated by the play, because her son, a Jew, plays the role of Joseph. Mrs. Broflovski is offended by the Christian imagery, and demands that the religious elements be taken out of the public school Christmas pageant, since they don’t celebrate Christmas. (…)

Mayor McDaniels decides that anything offensive to anyone will be removed from the Christmas celebrations, including Santa Claus, wreaths, trees, stars, lights, candy canes, and mistletoe. (…)

Ultimately, the school Christmas pageant, along with the whole town, is stripped of all symbols of Christmas, as anything that does resemble Christmas is deemed offensive by someone (…) . Instead, the children present a minimalist song and dance created by Philip Glass. The parents, astounded by how awful the pageant has turned out, begin blaming one another for destroying Christmas, and a fight breaks out.

If that doesn’t sound a heck of a lot like this . . .

Among the costume supporters, there is a vein of suspicion that casts Raheja and others opposed to the costumes as agenda-driven elitists. Of the handful of others who spoke with Raheja against the costumes at the board meeting, one teaches at the University of Redlands, one is an instructor at Riverside Community College, and one is a former Pitzer College professor.

Raheja is “using those children as a political platform for herself and her ideas,” Constance Garabedian said as her 5-year-old Mountain View kindergartner happily practiced a song about Native Americans in the background. “I’m not a professor and I’m not a historian, but I can put the dots together.”

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“Its always a good thing to think about, critically, how we teach kids, even from very young ages, the message we want them to learn, and the respect for the diversity of the American experiences,” said Jennifer Tilton, an assistant professor of race and ethnic studies at the University of Redlands and a Claremont parent who opposes the costumes.

Ya know? Sometimes a bit too much education is a debilitating thing. Don’t think that everyone that teaches at the college and university level are super-smart. From the way they carry on, a good lot o’ them don’t know “Mr. Hankey” from Shinola!

Michelle Raheja — You are truly deserving of Okie’s Head Up The Wazzoo Award!

Say “howdy” to Mr. Hankey for me . . .

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No Christmas Allowed — Maybe We Should Just Nuke So. Florida

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

We’ve discussed this before — that the college and university system is hell-bent on the destruction of Judeo-Christian culture. If you have kids going to Florida Gulf Coast University you better be all in with that ’cause they ain’t about to let a little Christmas cheer be spread around, not in their precious little secular enclave. The Fort Myers News-Press has the skinny:

Christmas is just 30 days away, but Santa Claus won’t be stopping by Florida Gulf Coast University this holiday.

He’s not allowed on campus.

FGCU administration has banned all holiday decorations from common spaces on campus and canceled a popular greeting card design contest, which is being replaced by an ugly sweater competition. In Griffin Hall, the university’s giving tree for needy preschoolers has been transformed into a “giving garden.”

The moves boil down to political correctness.

“Public institutions, including FGCU, often struggle with how best to observe the season in ways that honor and respect all traditions,” President Wilson Bradshaw wrote in a memo to faculty and staff Thursday. “This is a challenging issue each year at FGCU, and 2008 is no exception. While it may appear at times that a vocal majority of opinion is the only view that is held, this is not always the case.”

They received 44 anonymous comments, all against the decorations ban. The staff and students quoted in the article were all good with having holiday decorations. Only the Lilly-livered, oh-my-god-they’re-gonna-sue-the-pants-off-us, POS university administrators are for it.

Just another firefight in the Culture Wars.

Be careful where you send your kids to school — they aren’t just learnin’ math, science and history — they’re being brainwashed by the secular humanists in our midst. Send your sweet little Janie and little Johnny to the wrong institution and you might just get back your very own Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. There’s a holiday thought for the ages — oh, ya betcha!


“Guilty as hell, free as a bird — America is a great country.”

Who’s your Fascist Daddy now?

Bill Ayres Desecrates American Flag
Unrepentant William “Bill’ Ayres desecrating US flag:
“We didn’t do enough . . .”

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Iowahawk: “I Am Bill” (Bill Ayers, That Is) — Heh!

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Iowahawk got a bit of flack for his thoughtful, and for once serious, post on Joe the Plumber. So, in a nod to the coming Fairness Doctrine if the Obamessiah should triumph next week he makes amends and does a courtesy tribute to the radical, unrepentant-domestic-terrorist and Obama buddy Bill Ayers titled I AM BILL“. Here’s a taste:

I AM BILL. I love traveling the highways and byways of this great, puke-inducing country we call America, visiting its police stations and ROTC buildings and legislative halls. And when the pigs finally catch up with me and dad hires a legal team to get me off on a technicality, it lets me know that yes, Bill, you can go home again.

I AM BILL. I may have started small. But I still have a crazy plan that one day I will make it big and finally plunge this danged country of ours into a bloody cataclysmic race war. And if you think you can stand in the way of my dream, or escape my escape-proof reeducation death camps, well, then you don’t know me.

I AM BILL. I’m still married my to my college sweetheart, and we believe in family values. Especially Manson Family values. After all these years she still hands me my lunchbox at the door every morning, which she has packed with a chocolate kiss and a tiny pinch of Semtex from her hope chest. I can’t imagine where I’d be without this woman and her law school salary. Because no matter what I accomplish in this world, this beautiful, insane bitch will always be the real psychopath in the house.

Ya just gotta read it all!

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Sign the MAF Petition! Tell Berkeley Where To Stick It!

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Last week we went over the madness of the aging hippies and insufferable Lefties that make up the City of Berkeley, CA as they tried to kick all military recruiters out of town, while at the same time making it even easier for Code Pink to make the recruiters’ lives miserable on a daily basis. Hey, all the Marines, the Army, Navy and Air Force want to do is turn the youth of Berkeley into “father rapers” and baby killers don’t ya know? Madness, sheer-narcissistic-looneyness, un-American defeatism incarnate. But hey, that’s Berkeley. Too bad we all pay tax monies to the Feds that get funneled into that sewer-of-progressive-enlightenment, ain’t it? Well, if Senator Jim DeMint has his way, maybe not for all that long. Check this out.

Next Tuesday, Feb. 12th, Move America Forward is going to protest the Berkeley City Council meeting. Help ’em out — Sign the petition!

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Berkeley Wants To Restrict Military Recruiters — Treat Them Like “Porn Merchants”

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Berkeley nuts
Photo from: Zombietime.com
Those wacky wibberals up in Berkeley, CA are at it again, this time they’ve got their dander up because the Marine Corps established a recruiting office last year and for the lathering Leftists that just won’t do.

In response to a Marine Corps recruiting office established in Berkeley last year, local activists are trying to make it more difficult for future recruiting centers to open in the city.

If passed by a majority of Berkeley voters, a proposed initiative would require military recruiting offices and private military companies in Berkeley to first acquire a special use permit.

To obtain this permit, a business must hold public hearings and a public comment period.

If the initiative passes, recruitment offices could not be opened within 600 feet of residential districts, public parks, public health clinics, public libraries, schools or churches.

Currently, a recruiting office is held to the same standards as most other businesses, which do not require a public hearing or have limits on where offices can be established.

The author of the initiative, Berkeley-based lawyer Sharon Adams, modeled the initiative after current zoning law that restricts the location of adult-oriented businesses.

“In the same way that many communities limit the location of pornographic stores, that’s the same way we feel about the military recruiting stations,” said PhoeBe sorgen,[sic] an initiative proponent and a member of the city’s Peace and Justice Commission. “Teenagers that really want to find them will be able to seek them out and find them, but we don’t want them in our face.”

“[W]e don’t want them in our face.” There ya go — the radical Left exhibits a visceral hatred for the U.S. military and sees recruiters for our armed services in the same light as they do pornographers. Which is kinda a stretch for them as the collective “they” on the Left have always championed the rights of pornographers, not tried to restrict them. Interesting mindset — treat those that are harming our society with respect while treating those that protect our way of life like, well, you know, in a Bandiniesqe manner.

We’ll hope that the general populace of that whacked out berg come to at least some of their senses and vote this rubbish down, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on that. I would suggest however that if this measure does become the law of the Berkeley land, that the federal government retaliate by suspending payment of any federal matching funds to the city and by stopping all federally funded student financing to the university. And, just for good measure, maybe whisper in the ears of those cuddly folk at the IRS that a few thousand audits are in order. Just sayin’ . . . 😉

[Berkeley-wacko pic sourced from Zombietime.com — lots more where that came from. Heh!]

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More Secular Madness — Pope Banned From University Appearance

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

I just heard this on the Dennis Prager show and had to put it in my “A Future For Mankind?” section. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Pope Benedict has been censored by the Sapienza University of Rome.

American universities aren’t the only places where politically incorrect speakers are silenced nowadays. This week in Rome, of all places, Pope Benedict XVI found himself censored by scholars, of all people, at one of Europe’s most prestigious universities.

On Tuesday the pontiff canceled a speech scheduled for today at Sapienza University of Rome in the wake of a threat by students and 67 faculty members to disrupt his appearance. The scholars argued that it was inappropriate for a religious figure to speak at their university.

As Dennis remarked, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a welcomed speaker at universities, but the Pope is verboten. When you ask yourself why and get the answer, it’s even weirder.

This pope’s specific sin was a speech he gave nearly 20 years ago in which, they claimed, he indicated support for the 17th-century heresy trial against Galileo. The censoring scholars apparently failed to appreciate the irony that, in preventing the pope from speaking, they were doing to him what the Church once did to Galileo, stifling free speech and intellectual inquiry.

Strange world we live in, strange indeed. As Hugh Hewitt remarks:

This is nuts. The West is threatened by jihadists intent on sending civilization back more than a thousand years, and academics in Rome are gagging one of the West’s most skilled and respected defenders.

Head Up The Wazzoo Award

Hey, this deserves one of the rare Head Up The Wazzoo awards! Congratulations Sapienza University of Rome — hope you are enjoying the aroma up there!

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