A year ago, CMC could only boast one credible source of journalism. If you remember, this blog started as a way to rant against Pam Gann after the Clinton debacle; I simply did not want to wait three weeks to read about it in the CI, and there was no CMC blogosphere to speak of at the time. We now have three legitimate publications: the Port Side, the Claremont Conservative, and the Claremont Independent (point of clarification: also conservative).Thanks for the shout out, Stagafling!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
My friends over at The Claremont Insider have been doing some fine internet sleuthing and have unearthed some rather damaging things.
I won't spoil it, but you ought to give it a read through, if you care about this case.
I'm here to report a bias-related incident on the Pomona campus today. Today, at around four o'clock, I discovered this hate crime at Pomona College. I'm calling for Rose Haag, a junior class presidential candidate to step down. Not only did she not have the official seal for her poster, but she put down an entire group of people -- 2% of the world to be exact -- in her craven quest for political power.
I am beyond upset about it. I don't know if I can attend school tomorrow and tragically there are no support groups for the kind of alienation this type of incident breeds.
All of my life I've grown up with negative stereotypes of redheads. These stereotypes include bad temper, sexual fire (maybe that one is true), untrustworthy, being smart and eccentric. I cannot even begin to tell you how much it hurts to be called "fire crotch," "carrot top," "ginger," or worse, "redheaded stepchild."
Like most persecuted minorities, the media's depiction only worsens the situation. I had few positive role models as a child. Chucky from the Rug Rats, Anne of Green Gables, Carrot Top, Erik the Red, (okay maybe that one is positive..)
(I'm still waiting on my invitation to join the criminal, "Redheaded League" from Sherlock Holmes.)
Hatred like this flier makes me remember all the persecution my people have endured.
- In 2007 a British 20-year old man was stabbed after someone called him a ginger.
- On two separate occasions, another family of redheads had to move after their property had been vandalized by hateful anti-redhead mobs.
- In the ancient of times, we were burned at the stake.
- The Ancient Egyptians regarded the colour as so unlucky that they had a ceremony in which they burned red-headed maidens alive to wipe out the tint.
Like the Jezebel stereotype mentioned on this blog by Candace(thanks for educating us!), redhead women are often over sexualized by a hyper sexualized media. In fact, this study reports that redheaded women have the most sex. The sexual habits of redheaded women are none of anyone's business.
Not only that, but my people are also an endangered species that might be extinct by 2060. We might need new civil rights legislation that addresses our dual status as both endangered species and persecuted minority group.
I demand an apology and will have a discussion about disgusting stereotyping of hair minorities this weekend at the Motley.
A retreat for redheads only is planned for next weekend where we will be drafting a proposal to build hair sensitivity. We must work to dismantle hair privilege in our society. (Good looking blond girls are welcome to attend, but not those pesky brunettes.)
I also demand that Pomona College work harder to increase its numbers of redhead students and that they receive at least 2% of the spots each year so as to be proportional with their real numbers.
I also want Claremont McKenna College to have a month long celebration for our great redhead leaders. These include: Thomas Jefferson, Calvin Coolidge, Prince Harry, Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth I, Emily Dickinson, Judas Iscariot, Svetlana Stalin, Margaret Sanger, Martin Van Buren, George Washington, and Mark Twain.
It is high time that Claremont McKenna commitment itself to having a diverse faculty. There are so few redheaded professors and they need to have at least one Redheaded studies professor.
I know many of you will call for a day of solidarity, but I'm not prepared to have President Gann cancel classes. We know she only does that for very rare occasions. You know, like with Kerri Dunn.
Charles Johnson is a blogger for The Claremont Conservative who when he isn't being feisty fights hate and bigotry on the Claremont Colleges. Here he is with his family. His father is not a redhead and is therefore shunned for the purposes of this joke.
Update 12:00 AM
Tina sent me this video. Wow. That's disturbing.
Here's the link to The Conservative Mindcleaner. (Great blog name, by the way.)
And here's the opening paragraph from my friend, Mr. Naron.
... I've recently had the pleasure to read the blog of another Eastern transplant in one Charles Johnson of The Claremont Conservative. Charles is a Boston native attending Claremont McKenna College and majoring in starting trouble, or Government, if you want to get technical. His writing has gotten him noticed by the New York Sun and other online publications. I was impressed with is debating skills when Jonah Goldberg linked an exchange of his regarding the similarities between Mussolini and Hugo Chavez.You can read my answers to such questions as What are you and your fellow bloggers at The Claremont Conservative trying to accomplish?, My guess is that Barak Obama is the candidate of choice around campus, except maybe at Scripps. Can you guage the level of Obamamania at Claremont? Any liberal vs. liberal strife?, and What are you and your fellow bloggers at The Claremont Conservative trying to accomplish?
Go check out my answers here.
"I just want, in some small way, to leave the world better than I found it."
-- Ira Jackson, April 6, "For Drucker School dean, small is beautiful," Los Angeles Times
During five years at the head of Massachusetts' Department of Revenue beginning in 1982, Jackson helped engineer a period of economic growth that was later touted as the "Massachusetts Miracle."I hail from the less than great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is my hometown, Milton, and this is where I lived until I was six and where my grandparents still live. I can tell you with no reservation whatsoever that the so-called "Massachusetts Miracle" was a Massachusetts nightmare the likes of which we are currently reliving with Barack Obama's buddy, Governor Deval Patrick.
The state was facing a $300-million deficit when Jackson and his team sped up refund-check mailings, publicized raids on tax delinquents and introduced simplified tax forms in several languages. A tax amnesty program drew in $86 million from 60,000 tax evaders. To celebrate, Jackson served his staff a 600-pound cake decorated like a refund check.
Let's tear into that statement. The so-called Massachusetts miracle raised taxes on the people of Massachusetts to pay for Dukakis's ineffective and downright destructive social engineering schemes. Here's just a small list of the taxes that were raised.
Ed Rubenstein of National Review went into all the numbers in this article debunking the Massachusetts miracle.
In effect, all Jackson did was collect the money that the Dukakis government stole from the Massachusetts people. Jackson didn't leave the commonwealth better than he found it. He made it far worse. Nor was his tenure at the Massachusetts IRS "small."
The article never mentions the reason for the $300 million dollar shortfall: Dukakis's ridiculous state spending.
As a side question: Is hiring Deans or VPs that enable irresponsible spending becoming a trend at CGU and Pomona College?
Maybe I'll have a chance to ask him or the other spendthrift, Jeffrey Sachs, about how raising taxes can somehow spur economic growth.
If everything goes according to plan, tomorrow I will be listening to CGU President Ira Jackson and Jeffrey Sachs talk about the world's problems in the Los Angeles Central Library. (No, I haven't joined the dark side. I just enjoy a little torture every now and again.)
(I'll report back to you on that tomorrow, provided I can scrounge up a ride.)
Hillary: Money is the root of all evil and breaks down the social fabric.
Bill: Unless we have it. Then it's good.
Claremont McKenna Professor John J. Pitney has a quotation in the latest Christian Science Monitor about the Clinton's money, $109 million since he left the presidency.
"Wealth by itself will not be a problem for her, but the means by which she acquired it could raise some questions," says Jack Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif.I'll get to that in a minute, but allow me a little digression.
But before we begin, let me just get my bias out of the way: I hate the Clintons.
Given that I almost never use the phrase "hate," you can be sure I mean it. (Aside question: is it a hate crime to admit hating the Clintons? Where is Dean Wood when I need her?)
To use a phrase lifted from John Derbyshire, I see them as "sloppy liberalism" incarnate and as such, whenever I hear their names mentioned, I hear an odd mixture of Weird Al's Bimbo Number 5 (not safe for work) and the theme song of the stormtroopers in Empire Strike's Back.
That said, I've been following their situation rather carefully. And by "their" situation I really do mean "their" situation given that the Clintons plan everything done to the types of affairs they will or will not tolerate.
In any event, let's get to the $109 million question: how did they make that much money that quickly?
In the past eight years, according to the returns released Friday afternoon, the Clintons earned $109 million, almost half of that ($51.9 million) from the former president's speeches. They paid $33.8 million, or 31 percent of their gross income, in taxes. They donated $10 million to charity, including to their own family foundation.Almost half the Clinton's annual income came from Bill Clinton opening up his mouth? Has Al Gore ruled out Clinton as the cause of global warming? You know, all that hot air has gotta go somewhere.