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DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS CORPORAL FIRED AFTER DISCOVERY OF THEIR KU KLUX KLAN AFFILIATION IN FRUITLAND PARK, FLORIDA

Posted in CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, FBI INVESTIGATION, HATE, KU KLUX KLAN, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , , , on 15/07/2014 by sarahbloch

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For the second time in five years, members of the Fruitland Park, Florida Police Department have left the department due to their membership and support of the right wing white supremacy group the Ku Klux Klan. Deputy Police Chief David Borst resigned from his post at the police department and his post within the city’s fire department and Corporal George Hunnewell was fired after the conclusion of the FBI investigation into KKK infiltration into the Fruitland Park Police Department. The FBI investigation according to sources within the agency, “is international in its scope of looking into supremacist groups within law enforcement.”

Five years ago Patrolman James W. Elkins was fired from the Fruitland Park Police Department after sending Klan recruitment flyers to members of the county sheriff’s department from his public post office box. At that time Police Chief J.M. Isom declared there were no other members in his department affiliated with the KKK. Elkins disputes this and it is now known to be true that Borst and Hunnewell were members of the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan during the time of Elkins’ termination.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
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21 Ashtaq 3 AS

CLIVEN LANCE BUNDY TURNS HIMSELF IN AFTER FAILURE TO APPEAR ON PROBATION VIOLATION

Posted in CLIVEN BUNDY, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , on 15/07/2014 by sarahbloch

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Cliven Lance Bundy, the son of renegade rancher Cliven Bundy, who nearly lit the spark for an armed war near Bunkerville, Nevada in April of this year turned himself in to Las Vegas police after failing to appear at a court hearing scheduled for 1 July 2014 media sources are reporting. Bundy, 34, who plead guilty to felony burglary and weapons theft charges in February 2013, is reported to have missed several court appearances. One the date Bundy was to appear in Las Vegas, 8 July 2014, it is alleged he was having outpatient surgery. Cliven Lance Bundy was given five years probation and ordered to go through a drug counselling program as a result of his guilty plea, however, Bundy did not complete the program citing medical waivers. His drug addiction to prescription opiates has been attributed to surgery he had in 2003.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
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21 Ashtaq 3 AS

MY ADVICE TO SARAH PALIN THAT WILL HELP HER TO HELP AMERICA: “KEEP TALKING STUPID!”

Posted in SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN with tags , , on 09/07/2014 by sarahbloch

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I can’t add anything to this video save for a simple question. Is there anyone in their right mind who really thinks that Sarah Palin is fit to be the President of the United States and Leader of the free World? Watch the video:

It would be a very sick joke to play on the Human Beings of Terra to have this pandering person become the Chief Executive of the nation of my birth. A cynical part of me would love to see the two years of gaffes that would result in a Palin presidency. I would also have an infinite amount of content to comment on and discuss to the angry outrage of the Right. But the damage to the American people would be a horror that would make the Great Recession look like a quiet summer evening garden party. That would not be fair. So my advice to Ms Palin: keep talking and riling up your folksy homespun base for the purpose of your own enrichment because wealth on Terra is all you’ll ever have. The more you talk the better things become for Progressives, the GOP knows this, I know this and I am sure you know this too. But Sarah Palin doesn’t care because to her she can say what she wants and dance to sound of her growing bank accounts.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
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15 Ashtaq 3 AS

SPEAKER BOEHNER ON PALIN’S CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT: “I DISAGREE”

Posted in JOHN BOEHNER, PRESIDENT OBAMA, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN with tags , , , , , on 09/07/2014 by sarahbloch

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From USA Today House Speaker John Boehner today openly disagreed with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s call for the Impeachment of President Barack Obama. When asked if the President should be impeached this morning on Capitol Hill the House Speaker responded “I disagree.”

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
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15 Ashtaq 3 AS

SARAH PALIN DROPS TO HER KNEES IN HOPES OF BECOMING “THE VIEW” CO-HOST

Posted in SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN, THE VIEW with tags , , , , , on 08/07/2014 by sarahbloch

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The never ending story of Sarah Palin’s lust for popularity and limelight continues as she hints at a desire to join the cast of the ABC morning talk show “The View.” In an article written in The Hollywood Reporter about the renewal of her Sportsman Channel reality show “Amazing America,” Palin offers her opinion of what the multiple Daytime Emmy Award winning show needs to revitalize itself after the departure of 75% of its cast:


THR:Any interest in doing a political talk show, either on TV, radio or the Internet?

Palin:Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous! It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for. Media needs that today, versus the condescension that oozes from TV and radio. I hear everyone recently got canned from The View, maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue.

The American work ethic? Today’s politics are incorrigibly disastrous? Real-life groundedness? So what is Palin saying here exactly other than “the View” needs a conservative white woman to be folsky and home spun and of course represent conservatism for a larger audience? I fell on the floor nearly laughing at the thought that Palin could be a greater “voice of reason” than Barbara Walters has been for 17 season on “The View.”

There would be a part of me that would take a perverse pleasure in seeing Whoopi Goldberg paired with Rachel Maddow on one side of the table and Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin on the other. Can you imagine the debates? ABC can you imagine the ratings?!

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
14 Ashtaq 3 AS

THE ANONYMOUS LETTER SENT TO LAWRENCEVILLE SCHOOL ALUMNI THAT FORCED THE SCHOOL BACK TO THE BIGOTED 1950S

Posted in BIGOTRY, CIVIL RIGHTS, LGBT RIGHTS, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, THE CULTURE WARS on 03/07/2014 by sarahbloch

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This letter is a testament to the racism and bigotry of the wealthy and white in America. There is no defense for this in the minds of these self appointed elites, except the nature of the greedy and privileged in a nation with pockets of Third World poverty. When i read this letter a third time their total lack of shame for feeling that the school should be more white and that athletics were more important than preparing young people with academic talent for a truly globalized collegiate experience. I will have another article about the changes in the Lawrenceville School Administration that were made possible by the fear generated by this letter later today. For now take the time to read this and understand that this is more than simply bigotry it is racism, misogyny and homophobia written with a golden pen bearing old money as ink:

TO OUR FELLOW LAWRENTIANS
Concerned about the directions the current leadership has taken our School, a group of alumni/ae, spanning all living decades of Lawrentians, including a number who served as class and alumni officers, trustees, class agents, parents and others who have given a lifetime of devoted service to Lawrenceville, began months ago to examine more closely several developing trends at the School in recent years. Our investigation revealed a number of developments that are disturbing. Concerns include financial management, admissions policy, administrative structure, campus life, abandonment of cherished traditions, and alumni affairs. Whether by design or indifference, we realized rather quickly that the communications all alumni/ae receive from the School do not provide an accurate picture of the School today. The purpose of this communication is to provide you, an alumnus/a stakeholder, an insight into the revelations we have discovered.
During the eleven-year tenure of Head Master Liz Duffy, Lawrenceville has increasingly forsaken the traditional core values that have sustained it for over two centuries, substituting values influenced by ideology and money. Of particular note, we found an engineered change in the demographics of the student body, a bloated and expensive administrative structure, and the demise of House sports which raises grave concerns about the viability of the House system as we have historically known it. We believe these changes have transformed and diminished the School from its standing as one of the preeminent American boarding schools, and the School’s basic philosophy has been remade without any meaningful notice to or input from its alumni. Some might describe Lawrenceville today as “PC Gone Wild.”
As you will note in the readings below, these changes to the historical character and personality of the School are dramatic and striking, appears to be the doings of one person, the Head Master, and have been rubber-stamped by a swollen, disengaged and sometimes oblivious Board of Trustees. Over time, the Lawrenceville Board (two members are ex officio) has grown to 34 members, 25% of whom are not alumni of the School. In contrast for example, the boards of Exeter and Andover average but twenty members each, and all are alumni of their respective schools. For the record, the Bylaws of our Board of Trustees once required members to be an alumnus and members were not permitted to serve more than two consecutive terms. Both of these provisions were abolished some years ago.
The Trustees are charged to act as the stewards and guardians of this great institution, and must safeguard those still-worthy traditional values that benefitted all of us. Yet the Board has failed to assert itself in its proper fiduciary role in the oversight of the School’s management plans, and has thus deferred to the Duffy administration to set the agenda and dictate policy.
Our School community is composed of students, faculty, parents, administration, staff, and, of course, alumni. Each has a critical role to play in monitoring the well-being of the School, and informing the other constituencies as they develop a vision and consensus for the School’s long term future. None should be taken for granted.
What follows is a brief presentation of our findings. Those of you who love Lawrenceville, as we do, will find them disturbing. If you do care about our School, you need to voice your concerns now, and we will seek your immediate support to revise the rules which govern the structure of our Board of Trustees.
FINANCIAL CONCERNS
Tuition
This current school year Lawrenceville, for the second consecutive year, claimed the top spot on Business Insider’s list as the most expensive private school in America based upon day student tuition, topping rivals Hotchkiss and Phillips Exeter.
From the fiscal school year 2003-04 to the present, the boarding tuition has exploded 71% from $31,132 to $53,320 while the day student tuition has risen an alarming 76% (from $25,108 to $44,100). This is an unsustainable trend, which has placed the Lawrenceville education out of the affordable reach of far too many families, including many sons and daughters of alumni.
During this same last eleven years, while total faculty has remained constant, total employees have remained constant (329 vs 332) and the student total has grown by 10 from 805 to 815, the actual operating expense budget in the fiscal year ending June 2004 ($43.68 million) has expanded over 49% to a budget of $65.19 million for the current fiscal year ending June 2014.
For the school year ending in June, total inflation for the ten years 2004 – 2013 was 24.6%, significantly below both the growth rates of tuition costs and the operating expense budget of the school.
Endowment/Debt
The School’s endowment, as of the 6/30/13 report, stood at $338 million, a relatively small amount and a ranking of sixth among Lawrenceville’s eight peer school group when compared in gross endowment per student, significantly below those schools ranked #4 and #5 above us. Due to our smaller endowment and the obvious quality of our physical plant, a higher percentage of our revenue must come from tuition to balance our budget. For the current fiscal school year, 63% of our budget is funded by tuition, whereas, for example, at Andover and Exeter tuition represents materially less than 40% of the respected budget (mid-low 30%). Lawrenceville’s competitiveness with its peer schools has been damaged.
At the commencement of this current school year, the School had in excess of $55 million of debt outstanding. Moody’s Investors Service estimates that approximately 62% of our School’s financial resources are permanently restricted, providing further constraint to our financial flexibility. The Dec. 12, 2012 Moody’s report, while affirming the then current ratings on the debt (Aa3), restated its negative outlook:
“The negative outlook reflects the School’s diminished and thin liquidity and debt service coverage coupled with a complex debt structure, as well as our expectation of narrow net tuition revenue growth, high reliance on unrestricted gifts, and slightly elevated endowment draw.”
No doubt, a thorough review of the School’s operating budget must be made and a more robust endowment is critical to the long term financial health of the School. In the last five years ending June 2013, on average only 34% of our alumni have participated in supporting Annual Giving and if not for the incredible generosity of Henry Woods and family, the capital campaign ending in December 2010 would have fallen woefully short of its goals. As Wes Brooks, the School’s Chief Financial Officer, has stated “… if donor revenue is not performing, tuition has to be the shock absorber.” Lawrenceville is blessed with a terrific and historically supportive alumni body and the School’s current Board leadership must turn to the Alumni now for advice and support.
ADMINISTRATIVE/ACADEMIC STRUCTURE
In 2009, a letter from a concerned parent was circulated to a number of alumni and touched on several of the issues we still find troubling today:
” … decisions are driven by a pedagogical agenda that threatens the core values of The Lawrenceville School … the administrative structure has become top-heavy and expensive … two years ago, over twenty highly regarded and experienced teachers left the School … many left because of concerns over deteriorating faculty-administrative relations, poor morale and deleterious changes in curricula and scheduling … “
This administrative structure includes Coordinator for Self-Study for Professional Growth, Dean of Residential Life and Coordinator of Teaching and Learning. The School now has both a CFO and a Comptroller/Director of Finance. The Alumni development office has a Director of Advancement, a Director of Capital Programs, Director of Planned Giving, and of course, a Director of Alumni Relations. Today, Lawrenceville lists some 17 senior staff members, significantly higher than those of its peer schools.
In the last eleven years (‘03-04-‘13-‘14), there have been some substantial increases in non-teaching areas:
Year
Senior Staff
Financial Administration
Support Staff
2004
$1,216,000
$416,000
$868,000
2014
$2,173,000
$791,000
$1,028,000
ADMISSIONS
Lawrenceville – a national, residential secondary school from its founding – has been reversing course in the last number of years, and dramatically so in the last decade. Multiculturalism, globalization, and diversity are the hallmark standards of the Admissions Office today. In the year 2003-04, Lawrenceville’s student body was primarily Caucasian American (70%) with 13% Asian and 8% International; in the current year those numbers are 55% Caucasian American, 21% Asian and 14% International. Diversity – racial, cultural and geographical – is certainly a valuable feature of Lawrenceville and every other great school. However, we feel that the School’s interpretations of multiculturalism, and the implementation of policies stemming from this view, have become increasingly distracting.
With more attention of the Admissions Office directed to international markets, there is certainly less effort focused on attracting students nationwide from the American market. In the last year, approximately 70% of the total applicant pool was from the U.S., and of that total, approximately 67% were from the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. It should be noted that over some time, pre-dating this current administration, the student body has contained 31-33% day students on average and this large number certainly has an impact on the character of Lawrenceville as a residential school.
Also of special note is that of ‘legacy’ applicants and the special attention that may or may not be given currently to such applicants and their respective families by Admissions. The history and the importance of legacy to Lawrenceville is so well documented – - – through generations the legacy factor no doubt has provided a stable and positive influence. Just prior to this most recent round of admission acceptances, the Admission Office sent a letter to the respective families involved with legacy applicants:
“… given the competiveness of the process, legacy affiliation … cannot serve to counterbalance any weakness … in an application … as part of this process, the Admission Office does consider legacy status which represents a positive point of interest … in recent years, legacy applicants have earned admission at a higher rate than other applicants … ” (which last year was 18%).
In the 2013-14 cycle, the School admitted 248 new Lawrentians – - – of that total, only 10.4% (or 26) are students whose father or grandfather attended Lawrenceville.
Outgoing headmistress Liz Duffy serves on the Board of Princeton based “International Schools Services” and the Duffy administration has consistently favored a greater international representation in the student body and faculty. At meetings this past January 16-17, Lawrenceville’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved “Strategic Directions II”, a plan to be executed over the next seven years to build on the School’s traditional strengths while responding to emerging trends. As promoted by Duffy, this plan projects the School to be fully globally oriented within 2020, whereby, among various rubrics, the student body would be at least 15-20% international but where the School would have ‘geography – blind’ admissions and international financial aid. The plan also calls for the Board governance to include at least 15% overseas board members with regular international meetings.
The trends in Admissions policy and the specifics of Strategic Directions II beg the question – - – is Lawrenceville moving to transform itself into an international school or is Lawrenceville going to adjust and reassume its two hundred year history as an American national residential secondary school leader, with a moderate percent of international representation and a re-establishment of the sensitivity to the legacy application? Again, we would suggest the current Board leadership turn to its Alumni for advice and support.
Enrollment Summary for the Academic Years ending in:
Demographic
2004
2008
2014
Students Enrolled
805
797
815
Male (%)
53
55
51
Female (%)
47
45
49
Boarding Students (%)
67
68
68
Day Students (%)
33
32
32
Caucasian American (%)
70
63
55
Black and Hispanic (%)
12
14
16
Asian (%)
13
17
21
other
5
6
8
International (%)
8
10
14
States Represented
33
39
35
Countries Represented
23
27
31
CAMPUS LIFE/TRADITIONS
In the last eleven years under outgoing Head Master Liz Duffy, the School has turned away from many of the traditions that have fostered community among Lawrentians for generations and that have insured stability over so many years.
Duffy, who does not teach a traditional academic subject and who students report is not engaged in day-to-day campus life, has not lived in Foundation House for several years. The official residence of Lawrenceville’s Head Master since it was built, Foundation House is now partly occupied by the Alumni & Development Office and its future use is now “under consideration” by the Board of Trustees.
The Circle House sporting traditions, heralded in the writings of Owen Johnson and dating back to the 19th Century when our unique House System was implemented, and which, of course, are held in fond and respectful memory by all Alumni, now appear to be fighting extinction. We all learned of the termination of the House tackle football this past fall, when celebrating its 124th anniversary as the oldest tackle football league in America; there has been no House soccer, House baseball or spring House track meet for several years. It was reported that most, if not all, of the Board of Trustees were unaware of the demise of the wonderful tradition of House sports until the major outcry of Alumni regarding the termination of the House tackle football league. The tragic difficulties experienced by the Circle House sporting traditions has to be credited to the objectives of the administration and the applicant demographics which the School is seeking for admission.
The School has begun using common grade level nomenclature instead of “Forms” and increasing references to “dorms” instead of “Houses”. The School Hymn is rarely sung and virtually abandoned, saved for Alumni memorial services. The Chapel Hymnal, developed by and for use at Lawrenceville, has been replaced with a homogenized generic volume.
This administration has openly promoted and advocated the benefits of alternative life styles throughout the entire student body community, including II Formers ages 14 and 15 years old. A Diversity Council was established and an example of policy implemented by the School was represented by an interview with a student member of the Diversity Council in The Lawrence on 10/11/13, who stated:
“The introduction of gender-neutral bathrooms will signify that gender is not a rigid binary system and people do not have to necessarily define themselves as a single gender. This idea will eliminate the discomfort a Lawrentian may feel when they are required to pick a bathroom and … will benefit those who are transgender, intersexual, or do not specifically identify to … male or female.”
From the article “House Life, Chris, a transgender student from Lawrenceville” Huffington Post, 6/21/13:
“On campus, I think a lot of people here don’t necessarily understand what it means that I’m transgender … I would rather be in a guy dorm but I don’t think the school is allowed to put someone who is female-bodied in a male dorm. Living in a house full of girls … I don’t want them to feel like I’m alienating them.”
The Duffy administration touts the lack of disciplinary issues in recent years but a more accurate conclusion may be that the rules are not enforced. A classic example occurred over this past year – - – prior to the student council elections in the spring 2013, a cheating incident and drug use by a candidate were kept under wraps by the Dean of Students. The offending student won by eight votes. In the last several weeks that student made racist comments online offending white, prep school boys and was then forced to resign as President of the School.
In the last several months, members of Concerned Lawrenceville Alumni have interviewed three current, very reputable, long-standing Head Masters of three highly regarded boarding schools in America and all three school leaders were very knowledgeable that Lawrenceville had serious problems of leadership. In fact, one of these Head Masters stated that Lawrenceville is “being lead not by an educator but by an ideologue who knows nothing about education.”
In recent months many Lawrentians have voiced grave concerns for the School along the following:
“… the true lack of leadership is now manifesting itself in disillusionment on a number of fronts. I also fault the Board of Trustees for dropping the ball, shirking their true responsibilities of oversight …”
“… the supposed core traditions and values are not just being sacrificed, they may be being abandoned wholesale … it must be a conscious undertaking …”
Lawrenceville was once a school that honored and treasured its so respected traditions and was a school which fostered a strong sense of community. It was a school that felt an obligation to pay attention to the whole student, giving equal attention to the person’s academic, physical, moral and spiritual development. What has happened to the core value of living a life of honor? What has our school become? Lawrenceville has so often relied on the loyalty of its alumni and this current Board must now turn to our Alumni for advice and support.
Please click on the “Click to Vote” button below to be transferred to our ballot initiative. You will be asked to vote for two resolutions to make changes on the Board of Trustees that we feel we are essential to correcting the current issues.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
10 Ashtaq 3 AS

MAYA PETERSON AND KENDALL JONES: A TALE OF ONE STRONG WOMAN AND ONE WEAK WOMAN

Posted in SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , , , , on 01/07/2014 by sarahbloch

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Of the thousands of abhorrent things that happen every minute in the United States of America, for this morning I have chosen this comparison to give an insight on the divide on culture and politics today. Maya Peterson and Kendall Jones are two women who come from backgrounds that are as opposite as could be possible in America today. Maya Peterson was the student body president of The Lawrenceville School. This private school in New Jersey costs a whopping $53,000 per year and claims such noted individuals as Lydia Hearst-Shaw, Bandar bin Sultan, Tinsley Mortimer, Jay Carney, William H. Masters, Fox Butterfield and Huey Lewis [yes that one!] among its alumni. Kendall Jones is a student at Texas Tech University and an avid hunter.

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Ms Peterson was, until her graduation last month, the student body president at The Lawrenceville School and according to the media reports I’ve read the first female person of color to hold that position. Prior to graduation she tweeted the above photo as a statement of what she thought about certain male students at the school using hashtags such as #Romney2016 and #confederate to describe certain attitudes among the elites. From the day she was elected there was a backlash against her desire to add diversity to the institution. There were even fabricated photos and tweets of her that were denounced by the administration that had the potential to ruin her academic career.

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Ms Jones of Cleburne, Texas has been hunting since she was 13 years old. Her claim to fame are pictures of the numerous exotic animals that she has killed. Jones is a part of the hunting culture that is a part of the gun worship culture in America. It is my opinion that she is not a conservationist but an animal butcher. Thousands of people by way of Facebook petitions share my opinion of Kendall Jones.

Being true to yourself is strong; murdering exotic animals with guns is weak.

So you tell me. Who is the strong woman and who is the weak one? Discuss.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
8 Ashtaq 3 AS

THE CONSERVATIVE TAKE ON THE CULTURE WAR: “YEAH, YOU WON, PROGRESSIVES, BUT YOU CHEATED!”

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I am currently reading John Nolte’s article on 11 reasons the Left has not won the Culture War at Breitbart.com. Simply reading this is making my day because I love to laugh in the morning. Millions of conservatives have likely read this today and more than a thousand have commented. Those comments will be covered by Fred Schwartz later in the day.

Nolte begins with same sex marriage which I see as a full faith and credit legal issue not a moral and religious one. I don’t think, however, that any shop owner has a right to refuse service to a gay couple anymore than they have the right to refuse service to a person based on their race, religion, gender or disability. The author feels that the “voice of the people” has been tossed out in favor of the rulings of “activist judges.” In a bizarre twist John Nolte points to a rise in “Christian entertainment” as proof that Americans really do not want people they do not know of the same sex to get married. The singular example is the film “Heaven is for Real” which has grossed nothing yet because the film is to be released today. Nolte’s point is that Sony TriStar Pictures has decided to release the film on a Wednesday in 2,417 theaters. This film and others like it are one point Nolte shows as proof that on the topic of same sex marriage the Right is winning. I will make a claim here: Heaven is for Real will not make more money between its premiere and the end of the box office weekend than “Transcendence” will make from its opening until Sunday night on a theater by theater basis.

The next Culture War issue is the legalization of marijuana. Both Washington state and Colorado have legalized the weed most notorious to conservatives and more states are moving to decriminalize small amounts. Most recently the state of Maryland did just that becoming the first state south of the Dixon-Line to decriminalize pot. Fourteen other states and the District of Columbia have also done so. Nolte does not address any of the medical reasons for pot use or even recreational ones as a justification for a victory here in the Culture war. Instead he states that abortion rights activists are on their heels quoting an article on Breitbart.com no less about a poll conducted by the Knights of Columbus regarding abortion rights. The Gallup Polling Service numbers show that those who view themselves as pro-Life vice those that are pro-Choice are nearly equal at 48% to 45%. The numbers of those seeing abortion as federally defined from the same poll vice those who do not believe abortion should be legal at all is 52% vice 20% as of May 2013. Nolte loses this battle as well.

Nolte sticks with entertainment decrying the amount of sex on television but reveling in what he calls the return of the masculine male on the National Geographic Channel. These shows according to the author “celebrate the working class and their traditional values.” What he really means is they celebrate being white, Christian and living in the woods or where it’s very cold. The next “reason” the Right is winning the Culture War is the ascendancy of Jimmy Fallon to the Tonight Show as a counter to Stephen Colbert stepping into David Letterman’s slot after his retirement next year. There is no rhyme or reason to this at all.

The next nugget reveals something about conservatives. They like strong male characters. Nolte point to Don Draper [Mad Men] Walter White [Breaking Bad] and Tony Soprano [The Sopranos] as examples of these. They are called “flawed” and “anti-heroes” and I imagine that takes the guilt away for all the nudity, sex, drugs and violence which conservative say they are against on TV.

More entertainment, really? Miley Cyrus is popular but unions are dying says Nolte. I fear conservatives may never come out of this irrational abyss. As if the weakness of unions in America is a good thing for those working class people they say they love?

Conservative media is on the upswing says Nolte. Well get back to me in 20 years when most Fox News viewers are either dead or senile or have slaughtered their family. There is a trend in there demographically if you just take the time to look.

Women are getting birth control but conservatives have their guns! This is awful. War on women much? The fear of the Other is oozing here.

Nolte sees more money in politics as a solution to what ails the Right politically. No John, the key would be to make your tent bigger. Oh, that’s right you can’t do that because you’d have to let in all those brown people, women and gay people on a level playing field.

Yes, Occupy is dead but given time the TEA Party will wither as well. I think the date on that tombstone will be somewhere around 1 February 2017.

What John Nolte needs is a time machine so he can return to that conservative era of his father the 1950s. Back then by conservative standards women were in their place (not barefoot and pregnant but seen and not heard), minorities were second class citizens and it was a crime to be gay. It must be awful for John Nolte to have to watch as all that unearned privilege is redistributed in the form of earned civil rights.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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POLITICS IN THE BUFF: MEGAN HUNTSMAN

Posted in CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , , , on 14/04/2014 by sarahbloch

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There isn’t any need for a title any longer than what you see above. Megan Huntsman of Pleasant Grove, Utah has been arrested for killing six of her newborn children between the years 1996 and 2006. This is of course a heinous crime equal in scope to what was done by Dr Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. However, conservatives are not asking for movies to be made about Huntsman or that the media focus their might on covering her murders. The conservatives at Free Republic have gone down the twisted path of saying:

“Megan Huntsman, murderer and obama supporter.”
“She should be spokesperson for Planned Parenthood..murders babies with a smile on her face..Wendy Davis will help pay for her defense”
“Innocent human life has no value for liberals.”

This ends the game for me. Abortion rights are settle case law in America. Period. The law also has a recourse when murder is committed. Abortion, as defined in Roe v Wade is not murder. Now it’s time to present some facts to the right wing Know Nothings. The odds are very slim indeed that Megan Huntsman is an Obama supporter. In Pleasant Grove in the 2008 election only 18.4% of voters voted for Obama; in 2012 9.8% did. This is a city with a population that is less than 36,000. It’s not enough for these bitter old fucks to believe that crime is only a disease that afflicts whites as victims and the “others” as perps. Now anytime the bright light of Truth is shone on just how shameful their own mentally lacking ilk are they choose to associate the perp with all things Progressive. This cannot be allowed to stand.

Is Megan Huntsman mentally ill? Possibly. Is Megan Huntsman what the average American would consider a monster? Yes. Is Megan Huntsman the essence of a Progressive thinker? No. Is she more likely, based on her demographics to be more of a TEA Party type. I cannot say, because I do not know her. I have grown more and more tired of conservative horseshit like this thread from the Free Republic. They can justify an armed camp to help a moocher who wants the taxpayers to foot his grazing rights bill but they are quick to associate a baby killer from Utah of all places with the Progressive movement in America. I for one will be glad when the last turn of dirt is thrown in the face of the last conservative Baby Boomer who croaks of natural causes. Then the American Left can show everyone how to deal with the remaining conservative middle agers and youngsters who in defiance of their own irrational beliefs are treated with respect unlike how the right treats the Left today.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
175 1 Leviathan 3 AS

A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF WHY THE RIGHT IS WRONG

Posted in BIGOTRY, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, MARK EDWARD NOONAN, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , , , , on 07/04/2014 by sarahbloch

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I had fleeting memory of Cindy McCain and Megan McCain being in an ad for the gay rights group NOH8 four years ago but this ad has burned an image in the mind of Mark Noonan at Blogs4Victory. Noonan an intractable Catholic conservative who is so concerned with his own immortal Soul that he would be willing to disenfranchise millions of Americans, deny millions more their civil rights and even deny health care options to every woman in America who would seek any form of birth control writes:

“I remember a while back ago when I saw a picture of Cindy and Meghan McCain made up in the “NoH8″ logo and it immediately occurred to me just how absolutely disgusting it was – while “NoH8″ had been around for a while, it suddenly struck me what it really meant – what the liberal fascists, that is, meant by using it: that anyone who disagrees with them is a hate-filled bigot, unfit for decent company. It told me, point blank, that by the mere fact of being a Catholic in accord with the Magisterium, I was the modern version of Bull Connor. Plenty of Republicans fell for it – after all, it was just about not hating, right? Perhaps not. Maybe the whole purpose of “NoH8″ was to get people to hate the “other” – in this case, anyone who disagreed with same-sex marriage?”

This is just the beginning of a post (which should be read in full to understand the lunacy of the right) that exposes what is wrong with the mainstream religious conservative in America. In one way he wants special treatment for himself and his beliefs despite not holding these beliefs all his life and not ever being challenged or discriminated against because of them. This is in stark contrast with countless black Americans, women and LGBTQ persons who have given their lives in their struggle for equality with self proclaiming religious white men.

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Noonan, a Catholic is now on the same side of history as those who were in the Ku Klux Klan in their heyday at the onset of the Roaring Twenties. The similarities between the rhetoric, bigotry and desire for unearned privilege is almost without divergence. He makes a point that any conservative that disagrees with a Liberal who feels that LGBTQ Americans deserve the same equal treatment under the law as he does as a citizen will be portrayed as a bigot or worse, is a non-starter. Anyone who does this and stands on their religion as the proof and reason IS a bigot. It is the height of hubris that Mark Edward Noonan feels that his Catholic beliefs should strip the rights of anyone. This is the definition of bigotry; that one’s beliefs are a legitimate reason to hate.

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This is nothing new coming from Noonan or from conservatives in America panicked that their unearned privilege has been exposed and that their numbers are dwindling. It is no wonder that he can bear none of my comments at his site no matter how civil or fact filled. He stands on his faith which he holds more dear than the rule power of the Constitution which conservatives swear they want America to return. This is yet another paradox for those who think like Noonan. It is not enough for him that he lives in a nation that is the most free in the world (despite NSA spying and runaway technological snooping by corporations) he and his brethren must rule; especially if it is at the expense of those who do not share his values.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
168 1 Leviathan 3 AS

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