October 9, 2015

GQ Columnist: F*ck Ben Carson

Drew Magary is a regular columnist at GQ.com.

Apparently Magary, his editors and the publication’s management have forgotten or don’t care about what the “G” in GQ is supposed to stand for. Both the headline and the content of the writer’s latest column flunk the “gentlemen’s” test.

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Attention Fairfield and Middletown (OH) School District Parents and Residents

Filed under: Activism,Education — Tom @ 9:06 am

You need to find out if the curriculum and topics described here are really being used in your school districts, which, according to the linked article, are on the client list of the organization involved:

‘Interrupting Whiteness’: National Education Conference to Blame White Teachers and Students for School Woes
Obama wanted “a national conversation on race.” This conference is what he meant: “interrupting whiteness” in American schools, “challenging white supremacy,” and eliminating the “white privilege” of Caucasian students.

The detail is even worse than the headline would indicate.

For now, it appears that nearby Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana school districts have escaped this outrageous poison, which really constitutes both child abuse and teacher abuse.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100915)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: A triumph through remarkable trial – the story of one Catholic athlete

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Naples, Florida:

Oct 6, 2015 / 03:07 am

Remembering the words spoken by then-five year-old Valeria Tkacik still gives her mother, Anne, goose bumps.

“I turned around to look at her, and she was looking at me and smiling, and I’ll never forget that day. She said, ‘Mommy, I was born to make people happy.’ I said to her, ‘I know you will.’ I truly believe she was getting a message from the angels right then. And from all her achievements, I know this to be true.”

These days, Tkacik is a standout lacrosse player for Ave Maria University in Florida. By all accounts, she is a leader on and off the field.

Tkacik was named to the National Women’s Lacrosse League South Regional Team and is considered a talented athlete who loves playing lacrosse, basketball, golf, track, soccer and flag football.

A good student in the classroom, Tkacik was also accepted as a Mother Teresa Scholar at Ave Maria. She has contributed service time for charity work, including a mission trip to Harlem, N.Y., where she served the poor and homeless. Tkacik recently donated 12 inches of her hair to Art of Wigs (Texas) to help cancer patients. As a freshman, she served as a representative on Ave Maria’s Student Government. For her sophomore year, she will serve on the Student Activities Board and was selected for Ave Maria’s Media Internship Program.

And if those achievements aren’t enough, Tkacik is also a motivational speaker, helping patients who are struggling with the loss of limbs and providing them encouragement. The reason? Tkacik can relate to their story.

You see, what makes Tkacik’s life especially inspiring is that she achieves so much with only one arm.

Go here for the rest of the story.