Framing the Dialogue

News Briefs – Volume XXVIII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: Call out the “gender pedagogues” as the heading of this post News “Briefs” may not be gender neutral. Actually the gender pedagogues were hired by the Edalia preschool in Stockholm Swedento help staff identify language and behavior that risk reinforcing stereotypes” so that boys are no longer boys and girls are no longer girls…they are all referred to as “friends.” How cute! And when visitors come they don’t refer to “him” or “her” they call them “he

“We use the word “Hen” for example when a doctor, police, electrician or plumber or such is coming to the kindergarten. We don’t know if it’s a he or a she so we just say ‘Hen is coming around 2 p.m.’ Then the children can imagine both a man or a woman. This widens their view.”

No word on whether the “friends” have separate (but equal) bathrooms. Also there was not discussion about the 16-18 hours the “friends” are not ensconced in the warmth of that liberal enclave. What happens to these preschoolers when they are fledged into the public school system with children that weren’t blessed with gender neutral schooling?

Brief 2: Another story about education, but this one is closer to home. The Maryland Department of Education has passed a requirement that students be proficient in environmental literacy before they can graduate. Bells and whistles start immediately going off when you consider that this is liberal Maryland and “environmental” education has been rife with junk science. The Department seems to have skillfully avoided this morass by not outlining any content,

“People express concern about the content but what is important to know is that this new requirement doesn’t actually mandate any content at all.”

They are leaving the content up to the individual districts. I have to ask what good is a requirement that has no content and therefore no method to assess the success? I think perhaps this is the camel’s nose under the tent. The schools will scream for content, etc. and the Department will grudgingly give it to them…literally give it to them. I have little doubt that some group is ready with content.  So now they will have an additional class or classes to take in order to graduate.  Perhaps they can skip some math or writing classes to make room on their schedule.  This is what is wrong with nanny state policy.  Students have to take/learn so many extraneous classes that learning the basics suffer and school budgets swell trying to meet the State’s demands.  They control the money so they dictate the curriculum.

Brief 3: With the United States now involved in three wars, massive unrest in the Middle East, Iran testing ballistic missiles, North Korea run by a flake, Venezuela ruled by another flake, South American seemingly being overrun by communists, China militarizing, a nuclear Pakistan breaking apart, Wikileaks out the wazoo, and Russia moving to regain its world-power status where should Secretary of State Hilary Clinton start? Italy of course.

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that the State Department played an instrumental role in “sealing the deal” for pop-rock star Lady Gaga to perform at a gay pride rally in Rome, Italy.”

I just don’t know if there is anything else to add…perhaps a willing suspension of disbelief!

Brief 4: “I thought he was a dick yesterday,” says Time Magazine/MSNBC employee Mark Halperin when asked about President Obama’s remarks and demeanor at his June 29 press conference. MSNBC almost immediately suspended Halperin indefinitely,

“Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, the White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air.”

So the network of Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Ed Shultz strives for a “high level of discourse. That’s news! I happen to think that MSNBC was off on this one, but not because I think Obama is a dick; I don’t think that Halperin was referring to that part of the male anatomy. He probably meant that he was acting like an “ass” during his remarks or as we in Pittsburgh would call someone, a “jagoff.” Besides the MSNBC punishment Halperin probably won’t be invited to the important parties in NY and DC, will probably get an audit notice from the IRS, and may have to lower himself to become a TEA Party favorite. Oddly enough there was no word from former representative Mark Weiner on the incident.

Brief 5: John Brennan, President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, unveiled a drastic new counterterrorism strategy focusing on three components,

  • A zeroing in on the organization’s senior leaders
  • Enhanced cooperation with allies and partners to defeat the extremist scourge
  • A sustained effort to restore America’s image and leadership in the world.

This only took them two and a half years to come up with! I have a few suggestions. How about rather than “zeroing in” we kill senior leaders and anyone who supports them? Maybe create a deck of playing cards with the photographs of prominent terror leaders.  Perhaps enhanced cooperation shouldn’t include advertising which countries are helping us like Brennan did in his remarks. That last bullet seems a little fuzzy to me and probably means that we’ll continue to give butt-loads of money to third world dictators hoping that this time they’ll love us. You’ll also be happy to know that we no longer have a “global war on terror” and that Muslims are part of the solution rather than the problem. The U.S. is focusing on certain regions in their strategy all of which seem to be ruled by Muslims.

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