Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court/a Win for Black America?

Eight states have outlawed affirmative action at public schools. Among them are some big states, like Florida, California and Arizona.  (Z: believe it or not)  I'm sick of hearing the lie that the Supreme Court just plain voted our affirmative action. Not true.  They ruled that States can ban it and that's Constitutional.  Both MSNBC and FOX are saying "Affirmative Action out"...both wrong.  I checked CNN, but they're still hearing pings.

What Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling means is that those laws banning affirmative action, some of which have been on the books for more than a decade, will stay on the books. It gives the green light to voters in other states who might be considering changing their laws to ban the use of affirmative action in public higher education.

HERE IS THE CASE:

How did the case come to the court’s attention?   In 2006, three years after the University of Michigan Law School decision, Michigan voters changed the state’s constitution to outlaw public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions policies.
The state challenged the constitutional amendment, called “Section 26,” in court. A lower court upheld Section 26, but a federal appeals court reversed the lower court an in an 8-7 ruling, setting up the case before the nine justices.Voting 6 to 2, the high court said Michigan’s Proposal 2 did not violate the US Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause as charged by various groups favoring the use of affirmative action in college admissions.

I echo Mr. Richard Kahlenberg's statement (He's a senior fellow at the Century Foundation in Washington):

“When universities are banned from using race, they don’t simply give up on diversity. Instead they try to find ways to creatively promote diversity by reaching out to economically disadvantaged students of all races, which is something I think they should have been doing all along,” says Kahlenberg. “Today, obstacles students face are more closely aligned with class than with race.”

I think that last line is exactly true.  Recently, I've been involved with high school seniors desperate for their college of choice and I've seen some White students overlooked for minorities who didn't have the same grades.  Some of those minority kids went to our same school and had the same classes but did worse (some did better, by the way) than some White students.

I watched Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show a little about this yesterday.  He was outraged, of course, as were all his guests (God forbid he should welcome diversity himself).   What's sad is that some universities in states where affirmative action was banned HAVE seen a drop in Black student participation.  One of them is Berkeley, in Northern California, where the enrollment of Black students dropped 6%.    That's not good to see.

My question is this:  Do you agree that it's more about class now than race?  And what's a fair way to protect White students and Black students?   Why can't it be strictly on grades?    A lot of other criteria is looked at by college entrance people, including clubs memberships, sports, etc.  Perhaps that should change since lots of minority kids might not have the money to participate in those extra curricular high school requirements.  That's an idea, no?

On the hypothetical level playing field of high schools across this country,  can't all teens succeed who want to succeed?  Yes.  We've seen plenty of great Black Americans who graduated from great school before Affirmative Action, haven't we.  Should Black students be given easier entry to the college of their choice than White students?  Why? 

I believe the end of Affirmative Action is a win for Black graduates who don't have to wonder anymore if an employer's interviewing them because of their color or because of their having graduated from a great college.  They'll have entered that school on their own and earned their degree fair and square.  And I believe EVERY BLACK STUDENT who wants an education CAN succeed any bit as well as ANY White student.

Why don't all people?  Affirmative action worked at one time;  I have no doubt about that.

Do we still need it?

let's talk..

Z

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fabulous lines by Leno....take a look...it's worth it

These  one liners might be why NBC retired Jay Leno!

NBC was upset  by the fact Leno's comments were ALWAYS right on target.

"I  was going to start off tonight with an Obama joke, but I don't  want to get audited by the IRS."

On NSA surveillance:  "We wanted a president who listens to all Americans - now we  have one."

On a new IRS commissioner: "He's called 'acting  commissioner' because he has to act like the scandal doesn't  involve the White House."

On closing the Guantanamo prison  for terrorists: "If he really wants to close it, turn it  into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month."

Concerning the Benghazi , Associated  Press, and IRS scandals:
"Remember in the old days when  President Obama's biggest embarrassment
was Joe  Biden?"

On Obama saying he didn't know about the IRS  scandal: "He was too busy not knowing anything about Benghazi  to not know anything about the IRS."

"The White House has a  new slogan about Benghazi : Hope and change the  subject."


"It's casual Friday, which means that at the  White House, they're casually going through everybody's phone  calls and records."

"It is not looking good for President  Obama. Today his teleprompter took the fifth."

"Fox News  has changed its slogan from 'Fair and Balanced' to 'See, I told  you so!'"

On Obama's commencement address: "He told the  young graduates their future is bright unless, of course, they  want jobs."

On a Chicago man who set a record for riding a  Ferris wheel: "The only other way to go around and around in  a circle that many times is to read the official report on  Benghazi ."

On White House claims of ignorance on the  scandals: "They took 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' out of the  Pentagon and moved it into the White House."

"These White House scandals are  not going away anytime soon. It's gotten 
so bad that People in  Kenya are now saying he's 100 percent  American."


I hope you enjoyed them!   Z

xx

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cliven Bundy: FINALLY; THE TRUTH

Constitutional Insurgent linked me to this and it is SO important that I knew you should read it.  Please not only read it but pass it to friends.  It's important to make note that we are NOT HEARING this stuff in our media and it's important for us to finally be getting all of the truth in any way we can.  I felt there was a missing piece of the puzzle because ol' Cliven seems like such an honest, good man who just wants to make a living for his family and I knew he'd not cheat or make a stink if he could avoid it.  As shown below, he COULD NOT:

Why Cliven Bundy Is Not Wrong- From A Fellow Rancher

          
bundy saga
There have been a lot of people criticizing Clive Bundy because he did not pay his grazing fees for 20 years. The public is also probably wondering why so many other cowboys are supporting Mr. Bundy even though they paid their fees and Clive did not. What you people probably do not realize is that on every rancher’s grazing permit it says the following: “You are authorized to make grazing use of the lands, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and covered by this grazing permit, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this grazing permit and payment of grazing fees when due.” The “mandatory” terms and conditions go on to list the allotment, the number and kind of livestock to be grazed, when the permit begins and ends, the number of active or suspended AUMs (animal units per month), etc. The terms and conditions also list specific requirements such as where salt or mineral supplements can be located, maximum allowable use of forage levels (40% of annual growth), etc., and include a lot more stringent policies that must be adhered to. Every rancher must sign this “contract” agreeing to abide by the TERMS AND CONDITIONS before he or she can make payment.

In the early 90s, the BLM went on a frenzy and drastically cut almost every rancher’s permit because of this desert tortoise issue, even though all of us ranchers knew that cow and desert tortoise had co-existed for a hundred+ years. As an example, a family friend had his permit cut by 90%. For those of you who are non ranchers, that would be equated to getting your paycheck cut 90%. In 1976 there were approximately 52 ranching permittees in this area of Nevada. Presently, there are 3. Most of these people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM.

Clive Bundy was one of these people who received extremely unfair and unreasonable TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Keep in mind that Mr. Bundy was required to sign this contract before he was allowed to pay. Had Clive signed on the dotted line, he would have, in essence, signed his very livelihood away. And so Mr. Bundy took a stand, not only for himself, but for all of us. He refused to be destroyed by a tyrannical federal entity and to have his American liberties and freedoms taken away. Also keep in mind that all ranchers financially paid dearly for the forage rights those permits allow – - not rights to the land, but rights to use the forage that grows on that land. Many of these AUMS are water based, meaning that the rancher also has a vested right (state owned, not federal) to the waters that adjoin the lands and allow the livestock to drink. These water rights were also purchased at a great price. If a rancher cannot show beneficial use of the water (he must have the appropriate number of livestock that drinks and uses that water), then he loses that water right. Usually water rights and forage rights go hand in hand. Contrary to what the BLM is telling you, they NEVER compensate a rancher for the AUMs they take away. Most times, they tell ranchers that their AUMS are “suspended,” but not removed. Unfortunately, my family has thousands of “suspended” AUMs that will probably never be returned.

And so, even though these ranchers throughout the course of a hundred years invested thousands(and perhaps millions) of dollars and sacrificed along the way to obtain these rights through purchase from others, at a whim the government can take everything away with the stroke of a pen. This is the very thing that Clive Bundy single-handedly took a stand against. Thank you, Clive, from a rancher who considers you a hero.
-Kena Lytle Gloeckner

Thanks, CI...and thanks to Kena Gloeckner, who should be read by every American.

z

Sunday, April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY BLOG

Oh, Glorious Day!


The thief on the cross next to Jesus said to the thief on Jesus' other side "We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Jesus answered him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise."  Luke 23

Jesus, Remember me


Have a really BLESSED Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, as some folks call it.  I still like EASTER because of all the joyous, happy, Spring things Easter brings us to happily celebrate the amazing message of this day.
HAPPY DAY!

Love, Z

Saturday, April 19, 2014

TERRORISTS?

What's it mean....when we live in an America which allows for leaders to call good people fighting for freedom terrorists but, when it comes to a killer at an army base like Ft Hood, he can't be called a terrorist?


Weigh in, please.

Z

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday.............This is Love

Why?

These are extraordinarily good...have fun!

Why, Why, Why,
 
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are almost dead?


Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they already know there is not enough money?


Why does someone

believe you when you say there are four billion stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?

 

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

   


Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

 


Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

 


Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?

 


If people evolved from apes,

why are there still apes?
 


Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

 


Is there ever a day that mattresses

are not on sale?
 


Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

 


Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
 


Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

 


How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

 


When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?' Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That really hurt, why don't you watch where you're going?'
 


Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
 


In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

 

 


  I FIGURED WE NEED SOME LEVITY.....

Right?
Got a favorite?

Z

 

 
 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scandals and Questions............pick one

1. NSA Spying
2. Fast and Furious
3. Benghazi's unanswered questions
4. IRS' unanswered questions and the stalling on information release.
5. Affordable Care Act's never having been read and now being changed without Congress

Which would you say is the worst affront to our Constitution?

I was thinking how much the word SCANDAL is used even by the leftwing media for so much of Obama's presidency.  Weird.

Z

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A MUST READ

Please treat yourself to Mustang's latest post at FIX BAYONETS.
It will show you what a real man is like....humor, humility, honor. 

I was amazed and had to share it.........GeeeeZ had to have it in its archives.

You will enjoy the read...if you read nothing else, read his numbered points.  But read everything :-)

Thanks, Mustang.

Z

Cocker..........at his best

Great intro....and it only gets better.   In 2013, in Cologne, Germany. 

We can all get by better with FRIENDS.

Thanks, Mustang, my friend.

Z