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Stray Voltage

When you combine identity politics with favoritism, you’re bound to see this:

A group called the Asian American Coalition for Education plans to file an official complaint tomorrow with the federal Department of Education and Department of Justice noting that Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth have “unlawfully discriminated” against Asian-Americans in their admissions policies.

The Coalition, “which is composed of more than 100 local, state and national organizations,” claims the colleges “have the lowest acceptance rate for Asian Americans,” and maintain quotas for the (racial) group.

It also points out that Asian-American enrollment at Yale has declined “despite the number of college-aged Asian-Americans more than doubling since 2011.”

This is the first such complaint against the elite Connecticut university.

Just part of the toll of “affirmative action.”  When you’re not the favored minority, you have to compete, even if the playing field isn’t level.  What hypocrisy from both government and academia.

Another dishonest “journalist” has been unmasked.  In this case, we’re talking about Katie Couric and her deceptively edited hit-piece on guns (you can see the scene in question and hear the raw audio at the link).

At the 21:48 mark of Under the Gun a scene of Katie Couric interviewing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization, is shown.

Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

The documentary then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene.

The implication, obviously, is the activists for gun rights had no answer to Couric’s question.  The problem is, however, they did … lots of them:

However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked.

Of course, anyone with the IQ of a lemon realizes that felons are not likely to shop where background checks are performed.  But hey, why deal in facts when you can deal in fantasy that furthers  your obvious agenda.  There’s been some who’ve remarked that other journalists have been silent about this.  Of course they have.  The left has made it clear many times that it believes that lying and deception are perfectly fine if it is done for a good cause – a good cause as they define it.  The biggest sin is being caught in your lie or deception.  Heck of a job, Katie!

Some people are beginning to question why Hillary Clinton hasn’t been indicted over her handling of classified material on her private server, especially since it seems that doing what she did is not really that much different than a sailor did recently:

A Navy sailor entered a guilty plea Friday in a classified information mishandling case that critics charge illustrates a double standard between the treatment of low-ranking government employees and top officials like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus.

Prosecutors allege that Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier used a cellphone camera to take photos in the classified engine room of the nuclear submarine where he worked as a mechanic, the USS Alexandria, then destroyed a laptop, camera and memory card after learning he was under investigation.

Apparently none of the classified material was compromised but the sailor is going away for 3 years on Federal charges.  But hey, those sorts of laws are only for “the little people.”

Another “cherry picked” story about SJWs, this time from The Atlantic.

Last fall, student protesters at Yale University demanded that Professor Nicholas Christakis, an academic star who has successfully mentored Ivy League undergraduates for years, step down from his position as faculty-in-residence at Silliman College, along with his wife, Erika Christakis, who shared in the job’s duties.

This is a very interesting and telling story.  Erika Christakis wrote an email to the students of Silliman College after the Yale administration had put one out about offensive Halloween costumes.  Essentially all Christakis was trying to do was empower the Silliman College students to make their own decisions concerning costumes and/or how they react to those that might offend.   In reality, what she was doing was making the case that they were wise enough and mature enough to handle that without a directive from above.

Boy was she wrong.  The article also points to the disconnect between what the students believe is the role of the college and what the faculty believe it to be.  To put it succinctly, the difference between a parent and a mentor.  Interesting read.

Meanwhile at Harvard:

Earlier this month, Harvard President Drew Faust announced that students who joined single-sex organizations would be subject to punitive measures. They would be ineligible for certain scholarships and could not accept formal leadership roles in official campus groups. The policy is intended to quash the existence of politically disfavored extracurricular groups, like fraternities. It will also hurt female-only clubs.

Of course Harvard is a private institution and can do whatever it wants, but in this case it generated a backlash that reached into the faculty ranks.  It seems the faculty is a bit miffed about the unilateral nature of this directive and it appears they plan to kill it

A group of the faculty put together a resolution:

“Harvard College shall not discriminate against students on the basis of organizations they join,” the proposal reads.

The resolution is a shot across the bow for the administration, which would need faculty approval to implement the sanctions policy if it requires a change to the student handbook.

Faculty leaders interviewed by the Crimson said they weren’t consulted before the school announced the new policy

Now, if these colleges and universities would only stand up against the ridiculous SJW student demands and outrageous conduct, we might begin to believe the adults were in charge again.

Finally, the chief apologist for America is on the road again. Barack Obama visited Hiroshima and was photographed embracing a survivor of the nuclear blast there. On a human level, I get it. But this isn’t just some every day American choosing to do that. In fact, nothing the President of the United States does is done without some purpose in mind and frankly, the purpose that seems obvious, at least to me, is to physically express sorrow for the US doing what was necessary to win and end WW II.

Of course it is fashionable today to attempt to do things like that. Contextless gestures that ignore the reality of the history of the time. The fact that even after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the War Council split which meant the war continued. And Nagasaki brought the same result. It took the unprecedented intervention of the Emperor to finally see surrender happen. The Japanese had a 14,000,000 man home militia as well as over 2,000,000 troops. They’d saved many thousands of kamikaze craft (submarines, aircraft and boats) for use if invaded. Casualties were estimated to run about a million on the US side and untold millions on the Japanese side.

The one who should be hugging people is the Emperor of Japan, saying Japan is sorry to the dwindling survivors of Pearl Harbor.

Harry Truman got it right:



Have a safe Memorial Day weekend and don’t forget that Memorial Day is for honoring those who’ve fallen in service and defense of our country – like the sailors at Pearl Harbor.


34 Responses to Stray Voltage

  • “”Our visit to Hiroshima will honor all of those who were lost in World War II …” Barack Obama visits Hiroshima.
    Because we must remember “all those lost in WWII” are equal, and everybody’s cause was just, and they ALL deserve honoring.
    So, like, uh, Hitler? He was lost in World War II, right?
    And we should definitely honor the fallen Japanese dead, like the peace loving ones who raped Nanking in 1937.

    You know how you avoid having to use mealy mouthed phrases like “will honor all those who were lost in World War II”?
    Don’t go prancing around places we had to destroy to end wars we didn’t start.

    Speaking of having to destroy Hiroshima…
    Estimated dead from 1 bomb in Hiroshima – August 6, 1945 – 66,000 – 80,000
    Estimated dead from the firebombing raid on Tokyo – March 9, 1945 – 80,000 – 130,000.
    Look at the dates, and the casualty rates for each city.
    Now tell me why anyone would think the Japanese would be any more inclined to surrender in August 1945 than they were on March 10th 1945.

    And if they WERE ready to surrender, why did they wait another 3 days until our good buddies the Russians declared war on them and we dropped another A-Bomb on Nagasaki on August 9th?

    And if they WERE ready to surrender, why did the Japanese Ministry of War try attempt a coup against Hirohito on August 14th for wanting to surrender after we bombed Nagasaki?

  • Don’t worry, the adults will make sure those SJW’s learn how to deal with the real world.

    As for Hiroshima – gee, the war was already won. Japan just didn’t want to give an unconditional surrender. We could have negotiated something, blockaded them, and many other things short of an invasion and a nuclear attack. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not criticizing Truman, given the circumstances he did what he thought he must. But I think Obama points out lessons learned…after all, only an insecure person (or country) wants to make it seem like they could do no wrong. We visited Dachau’s concentration camp today. Coming to grips with the past in a way that doesn’t seem scared of criticism is a sign of maturity. Though Obama never “apologized” as the right claimed, I always thought it was weird that apologies were seen as bad. Again, only insecure people are afraid to apologize and never admit a mistake. Only insecure countries do likewise.

    • Don’t worry, the adults will make sure those SJW’s learn how to deal with the real world.

      It is the Collectivist “adults” who have created these little monsters. You are one.

      As for Hiroshima – gee, the war was already won. Japan just didn’t want to give an unconditional surrender. We could have negotiated something, blockaded them, and many other things short of an invasion and a nuclear attack. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not criticizing Truman, given the circumstances he did what he thought he must. But I think Obama points out lessons learned…after all, only an insecure person (or country) wants to make it seem like they could do no wrong. We visited Dachau’s concentration camp today. Coming to grips with the past in a way that doesn’t seem scared of criticism is a sign of maturity. Though Obama never “apologized” as the right claimed, I always thought it was weird that apologies were seen as bad. Again, only insecure people are afraid to apologize and never admit a mistake. Only insecure countries do likewise.

      As so often before, I have to marvel at the embodiment of astounding historical ignorance (true on several levels) with an amazing inability to grasp elementary truths of human nature, all packed in a self-satisfied asshole who ALSO has no sense of self parody.

      You don’t “negotiate” with a death cult, and that’s what Imperial Japan WAS, you moron. It was PRECISELY their TOTAL inability to “admit a mistake”…right down in their bones…that mandated they be forced to surrender unconditionally. The Marines and Army troops that had fought them had learned that lesson the very hardest way. You simply killed them. You had to. They insisted on it.

      And, while I’m sure you missed the irony, your comments apply remarkably well to Obama. The most insecure POTUS in living memory, and the guy whose desperate drives for virtue signaling led him to go to Japan on the week of Memorial Day to bloviate on “lessons” learned.

      The “many other ways” you vaguely wave to would have been too late to save the thousands of Allied prisoners scheduled for slaughter, some of whom saw the bombs go off and knew they might live a few more days.

      You really are a marvelous asshole.

      • “You don’t “negotiate” with a death cult”

        That made me start thinking about the similarities between Japanese behavior back then and current Islamic culture. Both were/are fond of decapitation and swords (phallic symbolism?), raping and murdering women, treating their own women as second class citizens, and generalized brutality.

        • I’ve commented several times on the parallels between the Shinto death cult of the time and jihadist culture. We can learn a great deal, it seems to me, from the study. Right down to the use of explosive belts and vests on Okinawa.

          One of the things that Erp is too ignorant/stupid to understand is that the Japanese secret police were, if anything, MORE ruthless and efficient than even the Gestapo in their control of the civilian populace of Japan. Again, not unlike the mind-controls applied in the more “pious” Muslim regimes, including ISIS.

      • We actually have the best generation of young people I’ve encountered – engaged and changing the world. Young people left and right agree with issues like gay marriage, working against climate change (it’s their lives that will be affected) and pragmatic approaches to policy. They have left behind the ideological silliness that defined the previous generation. Yeah, you get a few extremists – you have them in every generation. But overall, the country belongs to them soon, and I’m confident they’ll do great.

        • You like a “generation” that believes in 2 + 2 = 5 and in bad science. Maybe you can take them on a field trip where they all cross dress and go in search of Piltdown Man.

        • “Young people” don’t have the experience or knowledge to “change the world” beneficially. What idiots like you do is to give them the arrogance and closed mindedness to think they can, like the Red Guards.

        • They have left behind the ideological silliness that defined the previous generation.

          Huh? I thought us Gen-Xers were so apathetic we had no ideology.

        • Yep, “Idiocracy” in the making…

          The only wrong thing is the it happened on 2505 in the movie, not 2006…

          • “that”, instead of “the” top counteract the “speech police…

    • “gee, the war was already won”
      The war OFF the home islands was won.
      It’s not surprising that a guy who doesn’t even understand the Americans around him today, would understand the Japanese and Americans from 70 years ago even less.

      You’re a clueless liberal moonbat who doesn’t really care, about the suffering of others until you can use it to manipulate and virtue signal about what a swell guy you are.
      There’s no need for the US to apologize for ending the war, that Japan started, right there, right then.

      You ignore history all the time, this facet of it shouldn’t be any different for you, especially since it will allow you to do more virtue signaling while trying to jerk the chains of people here on QandO.

      • “The war OFF the home islands was won.”

        Not really. Japan still occupied vast territories in Asia whose unfortunate occupants would have been amazed and singularly unconvinced of that claim.

        • I was going to check because having brashly made the statement I figured in reality our guys were still dying closing the ring around the Japanese, slogging across other islands working their way closer in.
          Not sure where moron’s father was, but I know mine was with the 3rd Fleet in the summer of 1945.
          He never talked about it much, but I heard his opinion of Truman and the bomb over the years when asshats like Erb would get on television and declare the war was over when we hit Hiroshima.

      • No, I’m a professor of political science who has studied and understands this far better than you do. I note you don’t even counter what I say, Alan, you just hurl ad hominems. That may make you feel better about yourself, but it is a mark of impotence. And who said anything about an apology for ending the war? You clearly know you don’t have a point so you set up a straw man. Lame, very lame.

        • Says the mendacious grandmaster of the straw man and a dozen other informal fallacies. And your formal logical abilities aren’t in evidence either, obscured as they are by relentless dissembling.

        • “I’m a professor of political science”
          And Bernie Madoff was an investment expert.
          And Trofim Lysenko was an agriculture expert.

          See if you can see the pattern I suspect applies.
          How could you possibly be an effective poli sci teacher while being so ignorant of actual history.

        • Uh huh. We didn’t need to drop the bomb because the war was over according to you, which logically means we did something terrible that we didn’t need to do, according to your thinking.
          Normal people apologize when they do terrible things they don’t need to do, so you either think we should apologize, or further prove you’re pretty much the Not normal person we know you to be.

          Not here for the hunting again huh.

        • Read your first post Skippy, you use the word apologize three times, and suggest we’re nationally immature for not being able to apologize for making a mistake, implying dropping the bomb was one such.

          You are a slippery mendacious little weasel aren’t you?

    • “I’m not criticizing Truman,”

      Of course you are, you are just too stupid or dishonest to admit it. Perhaps, if you had had a real education, you would have understood and remembered Mark Antony’s little speech.

      “the war was already won.”

      Tell that to the thousands of people, including civilians, who died in that “already won” war. Your ignorance of history is awe inspiring.

      • PS
        “Operations and experiments continued until the end of the war.”

        This is a quote about the Japanese use of human guinea pigs. I guess they (and a few hundred thousand other Japanese military) didn’t get the word that their war was lost.

        You really should do some actual research on your “facts”. You embarrass yourself flaunting your ignorance every time you spread your wisdom and knowledge before anyone with more than an IQ of 80 and a HS education.

        • No, he’s not embarrassed, he’s too arrogant and ignorant and progressive to know he should be.

      • “remembered Mark Antony’s little speech”
        LOL, you lend clownhat your ears and he’ll fill then with crap.

      • No, I’m not criticizing Truman. For you to claim I am shows that you lack reading comprehension. The war was already won – every military expert knew that at the time, including the Truman Administration. The Japanese were willing to negotiate, they knew it too. The US simply wanted an unconditional surrender. I understand that, given the context. But in hindsight we can learn from this for the future. Sure, Japan still held islands, but they had no capacity to maintain their control, the war was really over – they had no chance to recover. You guys are very uninformed about this – I guess that explains your responses. I’m just glad you’re in no position to teach about this as an authority figure!

        • Some of the “few islands” occupied by Japan at (and even a bit after) the surrender, you stupid moron…

          Hong Kong







          Burma (I think)


          East Timor

          If you had an ounce of integrity, you’d direct your poor students to this blog so they can see the “authority figure” you imagine getting punked.

          But you won’t because you don’t know what “integrity” means.

          • Amazing, isn’t he?

            Just one example, found in less than 5 minutes.

            “I, of course, knew that we had been forced to keep Japanese troops under arms to protect our lines of communication and vital areas … but it was nevertheless a great shock to me to find over a thousand Japanese troops guarding the nine miles of road from the airport to the town.[81]
            — Lord Mountbatten of Burma in April 1946 after visiting Sumatra, referring to the use of Japanese Surrendered Personnel.”


            Unlike Erp, some of us can do actual research and can even provide cites.

        • Once again you flaunt your ignorance. I am amazed you can get away with this crap in a classroom, even with malleable undergraduates. Where on Earth do you get your “facts”? Really. I am curious. What are your historical sources?

          “Sure, Japan still held islands, but they had no capacity to maintain their control,”

          Those “islands”, such as China, Korea, Indochina, and Indonesia, contained a few million people. And these people were being brutalized daily.

          ” You guys are very uninformed about this”


        • The war was already won – every military expert knew that at the time,

          That is rather the point. The Allied military experts knew the war was going to be won, it was just a question of how many further deaths and casualties it would take to finish with large Japanese forces still on mainland Asia. Even a blockade would kill tens of thousands via starvation. Look at the European theater, after Kursk many German commanders knew the war was lost with the destruction of the armored corps and the massive Soviet counter-offensives that drove all the way to Berlin. Certainly after D-Day they knew it was only a matter of time. Definitely once the Red Army first stepped into Germany. But the deaths kept coming. That’s the thing with these death-cultists, they actually prefer to take as many people with them as possible. That the war was “already won” is no argument at all.

          • If the Allies had even slowed down their advance in Europe, they would have found these nice bulldozed open “prairies” near some of the towns we now know as Dachow, Treblinka, and Auschwitz. No sign of the horrors that were overtaken by the rapid advance of the invaders with just a little more time.

            In Asia, the same would have been true. Given just a little more time, many of the terrors…and the perpetrators of those terrors…could have been obscured.

            It was good…in terms of the “arch of history”…that the Allies pushed the clock. We would now be arguing with idiots like Erp about WHETHER the Holocaust every happened.

    • Japan made out so poorly from that surrender?

  • Always look at the number of comments – if its over 15 Scottie has usually appeared. This method rarely disappoints. I have nothing to add to the ongoing flogging as the aforementioned self parody takes all the sport out of it. Kinda like clubbing baby seals…

  • President Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to improve the image of the United States around the world hasn’t worked in Russia where a decade low of just 1 percent approve of American leadership, according to Gallup.

    What I love about the Age of Obama is all the healing

  • Harking back to the first topic – I’m delighted to hear that “pushback lawfare” by Other-Than-Whites has started.

    There have been a handful of legal cases where whites have sued various entities (medical schools, fire departments) claiming they were “victims of racial discrimination”, but most often the legal result has amounted to “Yes, but — White People don’t deserve quite as much ‘equality before the law’ as these other folks do, dontcha see???”

    But now, under the new Cult Of Victimhood, just about ANYBODY can declare him-/ her-/ xer-selves a Holy Minority and thus able to partake in the “lawfare crusade” wherein they declare they have been irreparably harmed by Affirmative Action as it currently is practiced.

    So I’m settled back in my armchair, munching popcorn, waiting for that glorious day when all sports teams/ all fire departments/ all colleges & universities/ all medical clinics/ all TV shows/ all corporate management/ all banks/ all retailers/ all fast-food outlets/ all symphony orchestras, ballet dancers, artists, singers –ALL OF EVERYTHING, BY MANDATE– will be 73% White, 13% Black, 14% Hispanic, and 6% Asian. (There’s a fudge-factor in there for Other, too.)

    You want “equality” enforced by Big Government … heh, you betcha; and you’d better pretend to be happy once you get what you asked for, Pwecious Snowflakes.

    Heck, maybe I should become a rapper – my stage name could be “Blind Ya Wit My White Legs”.

    • I have to wonder what kind of jaw-dropping SJW-fueled outrage would meet Billy “White Shoes” Johnson if he were playing today.