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Hey, if you're going to mangle the English language to keep Obamacare alive, why not stand the Declaration of Independence on its head too? All in a day's work for our black-robed poobahs as they socially re-engineer our republic.
The court upheld the validity of "disparate impact" lawsuits, in which statistical analysis is used to uncover supposedly unconscious racism.
The Supreme Court handed a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination.
The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities, even without proof of intentional discrimination.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote, joined the court's four liberal members in upholding the use of so-called "disparate impact" cases.
Everybody's a racist! We've got the spreadsheets to prove it!
The ruling is a win for housing advocates who argued that the housing law allows challenges to race-neutral policies that have a negative impact on minority groups. The Justice Department has used disparate impact lawsuits to win more than $500 million in legal settlements from companies accused of bias against black and Hispanic customers.
In upholding the tactic, the Supreme Court preserved a legal strategy that has been used for more than 40 years to attack discrimination in zoning laws, occupancy rules, mortgage lending practices and insurance underwriting. Every federal appeals court to consider it has upheld the practice, though the Supreme Court had never previously taken it up.
Writing for the majority, Kennedy said that language in the housing law banning discrimination "because of race" includes disparate impact cases. He said such lawsuits allow plaintiffs "to counteract unconscious prejudices and disguised animus that escape easy classification" under traditional legal theories.
What's discrimination? Whatever Al Sharpton says it is!
It's a helluva way to run a railroad.
"In this way disparate-impact liability may prevent segregated housing patterns that might otherwise result from covert and illicit stereotyping," Kennedy said.
Does your neighborhood have enough black people? No? Pay up!
And then drag 'em in, kicking and screaming if you have to, or you'll keep paying up. Welcome to the race hustlers' biggest wet dream ever. Get ready for a cottage industry of roving social justice warriors rolling into towns across America with census data in tow. "Nice little neighborhood you got here, now pay us to keep quiet about your unconscious racism."
Instead of working for the American dream like our forefathers did, SCOTUS
has now established it as every minority resident's birthright. Equality
of Outcome is henceforth the law of the land. No one can have more than
his neighbor, because the disparate impact of your success is de facto
proof of your guilt. And the guilty must be punished.
Atheist killjoys have lost another round.
The phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the rights of those who don't believe in God and does not have to be removed from the patriotic message, a Superior Court judge has ruled.
In dismissing a lawsuit brought against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District, Superior Court Judge David Bauman said the reference to God in the pledge is more of a declaration of patriotism than it is of religious beliefs.
Bauman, who heard arguments on the issue in November, also noted that the word "God" is such an integral part of New Jersey's constitution that it has become a recognition of the state's history, not religion.
"The Pledge of Allegiance, in this historical context, is not to be viewed, and has never been viewed, as a religious exercise," Bauman wrote in his 21-page decision issued on Wednesday.
He said the pledge is a way to "transmit core values of duty, honor, pride and fidelity to country."
The ruling comes after the American Humanist Association sued the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District on behalf of an unidentified family claiming the phrase "Under God" violated the protections given to atheists and others who don't believe in God or gods.
It's also the sixth time the American Humanist Association has lost its attempt to have the phrase removed from the pledge by filing suits in various federal and state courts.
They came venue shopping to New Jersey, hoping our famously activist judiciary would be sympathetic to their pettiness.
That's because another student, 18 year old Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School, fought back.
Jones fought back, telling Fox News last November that the phrase "acknowledges that our rights don't come from the government but from a higher power, so they can't take away the rights."
She described America as a country of many beliefs and claimed all of those beliefs — including those of atheists — are protected by "one nation under God."
"I don't think that it's as much about religion as it is about our rights. Everyone has the right to remain silent but they don't have the right to silence everybody else," she told Fox News.
After the school district and Jones won their case, she said in a statement released Friday that "I'm so grateful the court decided that kids like me shouldn't be silenced just because some people object to timeless American values."
"Ever since I was little, I've recited the Pledge of Allegiance because it sums up the values that make our country great. The phrase 'under God' protects all Americans-including atheists-because it reminds the government that it can't take away basic human rights because it didn't create them," she said.
Bravo Miss Jones, bravo!
No one has the right to tell us what, or what not, to say.
Sadly though, the American Humanist Association vows to appeal. They can't
let this go, because they won't be happy until everyone is as miserable as
Last night when I heard that the Grand Jury cleared Officer Darren Wilson of all charges in the shooting death of "gentle giant" Michael Brown I immediately had one thought — like Ray Donovan, which office does Darren Wilson go to to get his reputation back?
Not Eric Holder's Justice Department. They're marching down the path to double jeopardy, finalizing federal "civil rights" charges against Officer Wilson.
Not the newsrooms of our media barons. I made the mistake of listening to George Stephanopolous this morning, parroting the Brown family's attorney blaming "the system" for failing to indict Wilson. "The family hoped 'the system' would work." Followed by, "'the system' let them down."
Here's a newsflash George. "The system" worked. Just like it did when O.J. Simpson was found "not guilty" by a jury of his peers. You may not like the result, but we are a nation of laws* and it's time for everyone to remember that.
(*Arguably the funniest thing I heard all night, and a welcome respite from watching Buffalo put the beatdown on my hapless Jets.)
Instead, we get "justice" through … looting. And, of course, rioting. Because smashing a window to grab a bag of chips and a couple of forties is exactly like courageously refusing to sit in the back of the bus.
The real irony? "Protesters" robbing Ferguson Market and Liquor, again, even though it was plastered with pro-Michael-Brown posters. The mob doesn't care who's livelihood they destroy. And our supposed "leaders" play them like pawns.
I'm thinking, if you wanted to set race relations back 50 years, you couldn't do a better job than the organizers behind these "spontaneous" demonstrations.
Oh, wait, read
this statement from the Congressional Black Caucus. Then weep for America.
In the city that gave us Cory Booker the police don't want to know if you get mugged.
A newly instituted policy for city police officers may force them to deliver a less than ideal response to victims of assault and other minor crimes looking to make a complaint: Take it to court.
In an Oct. 23 memo obtained by NJ Advance Media, Chief Anthony Campos informed officers that they should refer any victim complaining about crimes such as \simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment to file complaints in municipal court, rather than compile an incident report themselves.
The strategy was instituted "in order to streamline operations and make better usage of police resources", Campos said in the memo.
It also covers disorderly persons offenses such as improper behavior and offensive language, as well as complaints about bad checks and false information provided to police.
If you come to Newark, please try to only get mugged between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday, otherwise the courthouse won't be open for you to stagger into and file a complaint. I guess you could camp out on the steps if you're really banged up, or go home and try phoning it in tomorrow.
Welcome to the exact opposite of Rudy Guiliani's "broken windows" policy. He cleaned up New York by focusing on quality-of-life crimes, because a city that won't tolerate squeegee men is one that's obviously inhospitable to muggers, rapists, and murderers too.
But Mayor Ras Baraka has a different approach to crime. He writes letters requesting leniency for notorious gang bosses. He asks criminals not to murder people anymore, politely, of course. And he hangs up cutesy posters reminding his constituents not to commit crimes.
But what he won't do is send a cop when your car gets stolen or your house is burglarized. You gotta go to the courthouse and fill out a form for that. And somebody will get back to you. Honest.
All of which has worked out so well, violent crime in Newark is at an all-time high.
Maybe they should give you one of those posters to hang up each time you have to fill out your own police report. Or a cardboard cutout of a cop to put on your porch. And if you contribute to his re-election fund, Baraka will text one of his gangbanger buddies and ask him not to rob you again.
Your tax dollars at work.
Do you have Ebola? The Obama Administration wants you to come for a visit!
The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world's medical backstop.
Some countries "are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances" before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed by The Washington Times.
"The United States needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis," says the four-page memo, which lists as its author Robert Sorenson, deputy director of the office of international health and biodefense.
Great. Just great. Bring 'em here, and let 'em pretend to self-quarantine.
The city's first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said.
Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn't admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said.
Hey, flouting the rules worked for NBC's Nancy Snyderman, right?. These doctors, they're smarter than us.
Hickox's lawyer insisted Tuesday that she was not under quarantine and said she was seeking time to decompress at an undisclosed location in Maine. Steven Hyman of the New York law firm McLaughlin & Stern told the Bangor Daily News that Hickox will not comply with Maine's requirements to remain under quarantine for 21 days.
"She doesn't want to agree to continue to be confined to a residence beyond the two days," Hyman told the Daily news.
Hickox's other attorney, New York civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel, called Maine's quarantine "unconstitutional."
"The conditions that the state of Maine is now requiring Kaci to comply with are unconstitutional and illegal and there is no justification for the state of Maine to infringe on her liberty," Siegel explained to the Daily News.
Here's an idea. If she's gonna be out and about, why don't we give her the job of escorting all of Obama's newly imported Ebola-infected foreigners on their jaunts around town? We can't very well keep them locked up when his own people aren't taking this thing seriously, can we?
And not for nothing, but where is "Ebola Czar" Ron Klain? He's like the invisible man, nobody's seen the guy, ever. Here's a pro tip Ron. If Chris Christie is the Voice Of Reason, you're doing it wrong.
Then again, screwing up is the hallmark of this administration. If something
is bad for America, you can bet your bottom dollar they're for it.
Which is why they're so gung ho to bring Ebola patients to your town. Just
like all those illegal alien kids with Enterovirus D68, who knows where these
foreigners will end up. It's insane. And damned scary too.
Your president "shook hands with, hugged, and kissed Ebola nurses."
"I want to use myself as an example just so people have sense of the science here. I shook hands with, hugged and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients."
You know, nurses like the two who are now sick and dying.
I can't believe anybody thought this was a good idea. Here you have one of the deadliest viruses in the world, and you have the president of the United States. Yeah, by all means, let's see if he can't get infected!
Because, um, science. All hail science! And let's hope that vaccine thing works out. Soon.
And for the record, I'm being sincere here. I wouldn't wish Ebola on my worst enemy. Or Barack Obama.
When I posted this link on Facebook, one of my friends replied, "If I had to guess, Joe Biden."
Well, yeah, that certainly meets the definition of "idiot."
By choosing to Do Nothing today, the Supreme Court has escalated the homosexual war on religious freedom. The same-sex "marriage" juggernaut is now cleared to run roughshod over Christians nationwide.
Many if not most observers expected the Supreme Court to take at least one of the cases for which review was sought in which the issue of whether same-sex marriage bans were constitutional was squarely presented.
None of the Supreme Court's decisions in DOMA or the Prop. 8 litigation decided that issue.
But the Supreme Court did not take any of the cases, leaving in place Court of Appeals decisions that seem to clear the way for same-sex marriages in numerous states.
Like the man said, "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
Jonathan Adler writes that the Supreme Court might still take a case in the future, but I don't see how that is realistic considering how expansive the pending cases were in terms of geography. In the states for which review was sought there will be marriages undertaken, a complicating factor if the court were to rule in the future that same-sex marriage bans were not unconstitutional.
Which means that in at least 30 states now, refusal to embrace same-sex "marriage" on religious grounds is punishable as a matter of law. And it's only a matter of time before religious freedom is eradicated nationwide.
"You can practice your religion," they'll say. Except you can't earn a living while practicing it. That there is the antithesis of Freedom and a crime against Liberty. No Founding Father would have countenanced such a result.
Yet here we are, at the mercy of militant homosexuals, an intolerant minority if I ever saw one, dictating de facto fascism under the guise of "equality."
Wanna bet the polygamists aren't salivating right now, with the pederasts and incest-obsessed in tow? Licentiousness is all the rage, and if you cling to some outdated notion of morality it's you who has the problem because the law is no longer on your side.
You know what's coming. Catholic priests who refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies will be subject to fines and vilification, because the homofascists hate them even more than they resent the odd Christian baker, florist or photographer. Adam and Steve want to sashay down the aisle at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and woe unto him who stands in their way.
Our First Amendment — "Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion" — was intended to give equal stature to
all religions. Alas in our now, ahem, "enlightened" age, up is down,
right is wrong, left is right, and only approved religions that comply with
the diktats of homosexuality are still permissable.
The Philadelphia single mother who ran afoul of New Jersey's draconian gun laws won't be going to prison after all. Atlantic County prosecutor and anti-gun zealot James McClain has finally relented and admitted Shaneen Allen into pretrial intervention.
Shaneen Allen, the 27 year old Philadelphia single mother facing a New Jersey State Prison term for bringing a Pennsylvania licensed handgun into New Jersey has been offered entry into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program, according to a report on NBC10. (H/T Save Jersey)
Atlantic County Prosecutor James McCain issued a statement which said that, upon review, his rejection of Allen's application to the PTI program was contrary to a 2008 "Graves Act" directive, according to NBC10.
According to the clarification a defendant may "avoid conviction for a Graves Act crime by being admitted to the PTI program." The clarification also states that under New Jersey law prosecutors are "not permitted to reject categorically a defendant's application for PTI on the grounds that he or she is charged with a crime that is subject to the presumption of imprisonment or a mandatory minimum sentence."
Upon reviewing the clarification, McClain allowed Allen to enter the PTI program.
"I determined that the defendant in this case should be offered the opportunity to be admitted into the Atlantic County PTI Program and I have communicated that determination to the Court and to defense counsel," McClain wrote in a released statement. "In the next few weeks I will review similar cases that are pending within our jurisdiction and make appropriate decisions following the application of the factors sent out in the clarification."
McClain undoubtedly also "determined" he didn't have a leg to stand on once it came out that he'd admitted Ray Rice into the same PTI program he denied to Shaneen Allen. Because to the anti-gun nuts, beating your wife is less of a problem than legally owning a gun in a neighboring state.
Why do I say that? Because even though I asked some of them, my local chapter of Moms Demand Action wouldn't stand up for Ms. Allen. In fact they refused to comment on her situation at all.
And I'm sure they don't care that her life has been effectively ruined anyway.
While Allen's admission into the program is a very favorable result, she and her young sons have suffered greatly due to McClain's error in not admitting her to the PTI program when she first was first arrested last October.
MMM spoke to Allen this afternoon prior to her being informed that McClain had changed his position on PTI.
Allen spent 40 days in Atlantic County prior to making bail. Fortunately, she was able to retain her job upon making bail. Yet when he case became publicized in July, she lost her job. Allen told MMM that her rent is five months past due and that her electric had been turned off last week. Her sons have been staying with their father and she has been staying with friends.
Pathetic. Inexcusable. Un-American. That's not justice, it's thuggery.
At least there's a silver lining.
New Jersey's attorney general has agreed to clarify the PTI rules, thereby making it clear that the program should be available to those in Allen's position. This is a considerable triumph of commonsense over zealotry, and a step forward for New Jersey, which has some of the worst firearms laws in the country. Nobody should have his or her life ruined for a simple mistake — especially while exercising a basic constitutional right.
Fourteen simple words — The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed — whose meaning could not be more obvious. Unless you're a liberal.
Remember when the Obama Administration said they lost Lois Lerner's emails?
Yeah, that was a lie.
Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner's emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.
"Too onerous to search" them?
The guys at Google could search those backup files with one arm tied behind their backs.
Of course, the guys at Google don't want to search for Lerner's "lost" emails. They're in the tank for Obama, and judging by the emails that have already been released, the stuff on those backup tapes has gotta be truly incendiary.
Fortunately there are many other search providers. Surely one of them will recognize the marketing opportunity inherent in uncovering emails the, ahem, experts, have deemed impossible to find.
Now's your chance fellas!
Rosemary Lehmberg says she doesn't have a drinking problem. Her credit card receipts tell a different story.
When going through filings he found receipts from seven different Twin Liquors stores. They show Lehmberg's credit card was used to buy more than $3,000 in vodka. The 72 bottles purchased Total more than 23 gallons.
"If somebody is buying 23 gallons of vodka within 15 months' time, is caught with it, three times the legal limit all those things, being that coherent, all suggest that Ms. Lehmberg has probably had some sort of problem for a long time," O'Brien charged.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said he will vigorously fight Lehmberg's ridiculous charges.
Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry responded Saturday to the weekend indictment in which he is accused of abusing his power of office, calling it a political "farce" and vowing to explore "every legal avenue" to combat the prosecution.
Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate with potential 2016 aspirations, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his power by vowing to veto $7.5 million in state funds for an agency run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, after she pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013 and refused to resign.
Perry vetoed the money after Lehmberg, a Democrat, videotaped acting erratically during her arrest, refused to resign.
"I think Americans and Texans who have seen the video would agree that this is not the type of individual who should be heading up an office that we want to fund," Perry said during a brief news conference in Texas. "I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto … I will explore every legal avenue to expedite this matter and bring it to a swift conclusion. I am confident … this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is."
What it "is," is partisan demagoguery at its worst. The Travis County D.A.'s office is a hotbed of libtard progressivism. They're the bozos who hounded House Majority Tom DeLay out of office. He was, of course, exhonerated, but not before the lawfare loons had done their damage to his career.
Now they're trying the same stunt with Rick Perry, because he's in the way of annointing Hillary Clinton as Obama's Great Successor.
When Perry beats these trumped up charges, and beat them he will, because governors have the statutory authority to veto appropriations bills, the RNC should make Rosemary Lehmberg the poster girl for Democrats nationwide. To paraphrase Dean Wormer, fat, drunk, and vindictive is no way to win elections. And if Democrats want to line up behind an alcoholic megalomaniac who kicks doors and bad-mouths cops we should give them every opportunity to show America exactly what they stand for.
Oh, and until then, I suppose it's fair to ask every Democrat running for
office, how many gallons of vodka did you buy last year? I'm guessing
that Hillarity Will Ensue.
They can't stop the flood of illegal aliens waltzing in from Mexico.
And they've never caught a terrorist in an airport.
But, fear not, because Obama's crack DHS storm troopers are locked and loaded, mobilizing on a moment's notice to pounce on a threat more sinister than you could ever imagine — Old Land Rovers.
When Jennifer Brinkley saw a line of law enforcement vehicles coming up her driveway last Tuesday she didn't know what to think. "I haven't done anything wrong."
The Homeland Security agents were not there to take her away, they were looking for illegally imported Land Rover Defenders. Brinkley had bought one via the internet last year and had invested more than $60,000 into the rare vehicle.
She thought she had checked it all out and she legally owned it. "They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car with them," she said.
Due process? That's only for the La Raza crowd. Regular Americans are at the mercy of Dear Leader's bureaucracy, and his EPA takes no prisoners.
She told Fox News that she was told the agents seized the vehicle because they thought it violated the Clean Air Act — though at the time, they weren't completely sure. She also said her vehicle was just one of 40 that feds seized in various locations that same day for the same reason.
Cars they'll deport.
Criminal illegal aliens, not so much.
Oh, did I mention that Obama's fascists have done this before? Ayup. They really hate Land Rovers. Curiously though, they don't go around seizing old Chevys and Vettes, presumably because Government Motors and his UAW buddies wouldn't approve.
Hey, I wonder if the
military assault vehicles he just gave Bergen County meet the EPA's
emissions standards? I'm guessing no. But that's OK, laws only apply to
the common folk. The bureaucrats can do whatever they want. Just ask Lois
The homofascists have taken over the NFL, because nothing is worse than hurting some couldn't-quite-cut-it dude's precious widdle feewings.
The Minnesota Vikings have suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games after an independent investigation of the organization into claims by former punter Chris Kluwe showed that Priefer made a homophobic remark during the 2012 season, the team announced Friday night.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and president Mark Wilf released a statement Friday, saying in part: "In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation.
"If Coach Priefer completes this training and conducts himself in accordance with our workplace policies, we will consider reducing the length of his suspension by one game."
All coaches will think only the thoughts the homofascists allow them to think.
And, of course, they shalt grovel before the rainbow flag.
The Vikings also will donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups.
Insert obligatory Viqueens joke here.
One of the nation's most powerful labor unions could face a costly onslaught of lawsuits seeking tens of millions of dollars in dues, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the money was collected improperly, legal experts said.
In a ruling Monday, the high court held that Service Employees International Union cannot force people who care for loved ones to be union members and deduct dues from the government checks of those they care for. The practice has gone on for several years in a handful of states, creating a lucrative stream of cash for the powerful labor organization, which represents more than 2 million workers and takes in about $300 million per year.
"The whole point of the decision was that the folks milked by the SEIU weren't really public employees and should not be forced to pay union dues at all," said Hans Bader, senior attorney for the Competitive Enterprise Institute. "So they should be able to sue for refund of their compelled union dues back as far as the statute of limitations will allow."
"It could have a large effect," he added.
Every dime refunded to these hard-working folks is money that can't be used for promoting Democrats at the ballot box. And any day when public employee unionista power gets curtailed is a good day for America.
What's not to like about that?
While Dear Leader tries his best to increase the cost of electricity, there's good news on the natural gas front. Thanks to our fracking friends in Pennsylvania, PSE&G is going to cut residential gas bills by 9% for the upcoming winter.
PSE&G today proposed to reduce residential natural gas bills this coming winter by nearly 9 percent, saving customers almost $15 in a winter month or about $100 for the year. In its annual filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G said it would reduce its basic gas supply rate this winter to 45 cents from 54 cents — the lowest rate in 14 years.
"We are pleased to once again propose to lower gas bills for our customers during the next winter heating season," said Jorge Cardenas, PSE&G vice president of asset management and centralized services. Since January 2009, our residential gas customers have benefited from multiple rate decreases. Once this decrease goes into effect, gas supply reductions will have lowered bills 44 percent in the last five years.
"In addition", Cardenas said, "customers have enjoyed several months of bill credits this winter that saved the typical customer about $173 since last November."
Cardenas said the company has worked hard to manage the portfolio of gas pipeline and storage agreements to be able to lower gas costs for its residential customers and help keep winter heating bills affordable. The utility also continues to purchase gas from the nearby Marcellus Shale Formation, which has helped to lower supply costs.
(I see what you did there … LOL! -- Ed.)
Instead of tilting at windmills, this is a real example of how America can
become energy independent, and save money in the process. Pissing off the
ecotwits? Yeah, that's just a nice bonus.
Why work hard when hard work isn't rewarded?
America's new consumer watchdog agency has come up with a unique solution for its troubled employee-rating system: Give almost everyone a gold star.
The independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- created under the 2010 "Dodd-Frank" financial industry overhaul to serve as a consumer watchdog -- says it's scrapping its system of employee ratings in response to concerns that it was discriminatory.
That rating system assigned workers a score of between one and five. Due to concerns with the system, everyone who scored a three or above, regardless of performance, will now be getting the top rating of five -- along with the corresponding retroactive pay raises that the top rating brings.
The retroactive payments raise the possibility that workers who slacked off could be rewarded the same as top performers.
"To give an across-the-board raise slaps the face of the people who deserve it," said Linda Swindling, author of "Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done."
The changes come after American Banker found that minority employees were likely to receive lower evaluations than their white counterparts. A 2013 internal agency report found 74.6 percent of white employees received ratings of four or five compared with 65.2 percent of Hispanics and 57.6 of black employees.
Statistics 101: Correlation does not equal causation.
Except when you're looking for racism. Then everything is suspect. That's Political Correctness 101. And Political Correctness always trumps all. Including sanity.
So, rather than validate the employee rating system, perhaps demonstrating that it is indeed accurate, our government will design a new system. And of course the new system will guarantee that the "correct" proportion of minorities are given top-notch ratings regardless of their actual job performance.
How could it not? Merit is so declasse; victimology is de rigeur
now. And equality of outcome has replaced equality of opportunity. Strive for
mediocrity! And don't forget to vote Democrat; they're the guys who made your
life of leisure possible.
I guess how he decorates his locker really isn't Must See TV.
Also, nobody cleared it with the Rams or the NFL first. Oops.
The news comes amid reports that the NFL and the St. Louis Rams were unaware of Sam's docuseries plans and just two days after the Discovery-owned cable network officially greenlighted the reality show. It is unclear when OWN will revisit the project.
"After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, the untitled Michael Sam project has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team," said Erik Logan, president of OWN. "OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It's clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams."
So when the Jeff Fisher inevitably cuts #249, will that be spun as a "postponement" too?
They splashed his same-sex kiss on every front page in America.
NFL.com can't stop talking about his "historic" achievement.
But alas, none of that was Good Enough.
Michael Sam is still bitter. He wanted to be the #1 pick. He deserved to be the #1 pick gosh-darn-it, because he's just so damn special. If only the NFL wasn't secretly homophobic.
Michael Sam believes he should've been taken sooner in the draft.
The Rams selected the former University of Missouri defensive standout with the 249th pick in the seventh round, which was the seventh-to-the-last pick in the 2014 Draft. The openly gay football player, who was SEC Defensive Player of the Year, thought a team should have chosen him during the first three rounds.
"From last season alone, I should've been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American," Sam said during a conference call, adding that other teams chickened out on selecting him.
Boo frickin' hoo.
Several NFL team officials, though, disagreed with Sam's assessment that he should've been taken sooner. Speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before the draft, they questioned whether Sam's game can transition to the league.
"Most of his production was hustle stuff," an NFC personnel official told the Journal Sentinel. "There's production, but he's short, he's not a really good athlete and he doesn't play good against the run."
He continued: "He's kind of a one-task pass rusher. Just run up the field. And they swallow him up and kind of push him around."
One NFC personnel director stated that Sam doesn't have a position in the league.
"He's not a linebacker, and he's really not a defensive end," the personnel director told the Journal Sentinel.
In other words, he's just like every other 7th round pick. On the cusp. Worth a look, but not guaranteed a roster slot.
The Rams can't cut him. Ever. If he's sent packing it'll be prima facie evidence of Discrimination. The media will go berserk. GLAAD will call for boycotts of the Super Bowl. President Obama will be forced to Make A Statement. The world may very well stop spinning on its axis.
Every statement and action by the Rams will now be scrutinized for latent homphopbia. No perceived slight will be too small, and no attempt to judge Michael Sam by his on-field activities will be allowed unless it is viewed through the lens of his sexual orientation.
That's "historic" alright. It's a historic abrogation of professional football's meritocracy. Which, if you think about it for a minute, is a damn shame.
It's nice to know our Supreme Court still believes the Constitution is constitutional. Sometimes it's hard to tell if our Founding Fathers will survive the progressive onslaught.
The 14th Amendment guarantees "equal protection" to all. Affirmative action elevates one race above all others; clearly making them "unequal." The citizens of Michigan voted to abolish race-based preferences in college admissions. Liberals went berzerk. Their brand of discrimination postulates that minority applicants are unable to compete on a level playing field.
We fought the Civil War partly because one racial group was deliberately held back regardless of their individual accomplishments.
Affirmative action advances that race at the expense of other, more qualified contenders.
Both policies are equally odious.
Discrimination today is not the answer to past episodes of racism. Equality means judging everyone on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Regardless of the color of their skin.
What amazes me is that the decision wasn't unanimous.
The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's affirmative action ban, ruling that the state has the right to determine whether racial preferences can be considered in college admissions.
In a 6-2 ruling on Tuesday, the justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. The Supreme Court ruled that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to bar public colleges and universities from using race as a factor in admissions.
Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissented. Madam Justice Wise Latina opined that minorities would be "oppressed" if they weren't given preferential treatment. Presumably because she believes they can't compete on the merits. I'd like to ask her, are minority college applicants truly less intelligent? Or merely lazier? Either assumption is insulting on its face. Yet affirmative action cannot survive without making them.
Fortunately the actual scholars on the Court determined that the word "equal"
really is color blind.
I really am sick and tired of homosexuals. Their preening sanctimony brooks no dissent. The hypocrisy of their calls for "tolerance" is no longer ironic, because their totalitarian impetus has become a juggernaut.
There is now an 11th commandment in America. Thou Shalt Celebrate Buggery! Or thou shalt lose thy job.
Mozilla -- most famous for its Firefox browser -- patted itself on the back for standing up for equal rights when it forced out CEO Brendan Eich after only a week on the job.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based organization infuriated many employees and users last week by promoting Eich. The hullabaloo centered on Eich.s $1,000 donation in 2008 to support Prop 8, the California initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the state.
"Equal rights." You use that term. It does not mean what you think it means.
Oh but, homosexuals don't want equality. They want conformity. They demand it. To not bend over and take it up the ass is hatred. Mr. Eich is "anti-gay," nevermind that that the homosexuals are "anti-religion."
We the new paradigm is this. We can have "free speech." Just so long as we don't say anything that gets the buggery boys all hot and bothered. Then it's off with our heads.
Well, I'll tell you what.
If they can get a guy fired for speaking out for traditional marriage, for believing in the Judeo-Christian definition of "family" instead of their warped view in which Heather has two mommies, then I can damn well refuse to do business with the next homosexual who shows up demanding "equality."
Yeah, don't sue me, because you made the rules. You created the heckler's veto. I'm just following your lead.
Take your "equality" and shove it up your ass. I heard you like that.
Why do you suppose an IRS worker needs the personal information for 20,000 current and former employees and contractors on his home pc? Insurance?
An Internal Revenue Service employee took home personal information on about 20,000 IRS workers, former workers and contractors, putting the data at risk for public release, the agency said Tuesday.
The employee took home a computer thumb drive containing names, Social Security numbers and addresses of the workers, and plugged the drive into an unsecure home network, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an email to employees.
"At this point, we have no direct evidence to indicate this personal information has been used for identity theft or other inappropriate uses," the IRS said in a statement.
Mr. Koskinen also swears Lois Lerner did nothing "inappropriate" either. Really. Trust him, and his boss, the guy who said there's "not a smidgeon of corruption" at the IRS. Honest.
You'll notice they don't name and shame the offender. It's called Circling The Wagons, and it's emblematic of a culture that believes it's not accountable to anyone, least of all you or me. So Chairman Issa, haul this guy, his boss, and his boss's boss up in front in Congress, asap. Put 'em on the hot seat.
Ten bucks says they take the Fifth. Because the IRS has nothing to hide.