More Stupid Stuff from my Local NewspaperYes, this post is a bit later than expected, and I do appreciate everyone who spent valuable time visiting this blog only to find nothing new, and I apologize for disappointing you. We pulled in late Sunday night after abandoning my son at the college of his choice. I start school tomorrow with meetings and getting my room back together. Then it's off, for me, the remainder of my family, and the other families who we participate with, for our annual Labor Day camping trip. Over the years, the number of children has dwindled as more go off to college every year. The rest of us have been bravely soldiering on. The biggest problem with the absence of my son is that I will probably have to help with the dishes.
In not having time to post, I've had to combine posts. The Detroit Free Press has been running stories and editorials that are so insane, it's been too easy to find things that anger or annoy me. For example, there is this demonstration that Muslims are not the only group who think that free speech and dissenting thought is too big a responsibility for the average human. The Detroit Free Press reports,
Sometimes a teenage girl's biggest problem isn't getting a guy to talk to her. It's getting a guy to stop.Notice if you will, that the bar has been lowered. "Sexism" has become the same as sexual harassment. Not only that, but if you read the article, you'll notice that anything a boy says to a girl can be interpreted as sexual harassment.
Christia Brown, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, and Campbell Leaper, professor of psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz, asked 600 girls ages 12-18 about their experiences with sexism and sexual harassment.
What they found was nothing short of shocking.
For starters, nine out of 10 girls reported having been sexually harassed at least once. Those who were good at athletics were subject to sexist comments; so, too, those who were good at science and math. Girls' appearances are openly commented upon; they are being touched.
Yes, teenage boys can be stupid when it comes to approaching teenage girls, but not as stupid as psychology professors who are looking to create another social crisis, which the government will have to solve. How? There's only one solution; all teenage girls must wear burkhas to school. Yes, that solution would be as dumb as the phony crisis this article is trying to create. It's time for Christia Brown, author of this study, to find a real job and become a useful member of society.
They also want more government intervention to help the poor with their heating bills this winter.
This winter, even if it's fairly mild, looks to be a budget buster. Natural gas bills are expected to rise 20% or so over last winter, an increase that will fall hard on Michigan's already cash-strapped families. In other parts of the country, particularly the Northeast, that depend more on fuel oil, the higher cost of keeping the furnace going will loom at astronomical heights. Without more money, LIHEAP-funded programs will have to choose between helping fewer people and cutting back on how much it can help each family.They conveniently forget that the high heating bills are due to - are you ready for this? - government intervention. Thanks to the Democratically controlled Congress, we have no domestic oil drilling, no nuclear energy, no new coal burning power plants. Only an idiot (or a Democrat) can fail to see that this means there will be less fuel. And as much as Pelosi, Reid, and the environmentalists try to deny it, there are economic laws that are every bit as dependable as laws of physics. One of these is supply and demand. If supply doesn't increase to meet increasing demand - surprise - the price goes up. It's been documented for centuries.
Finally, there is no longer any doubt in my mind the the Free Press has become another propaganda arm of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al-Jazeera. They ran this actual, for real, anti-Israel propaganda piece by Huwaida Arraf, local resident, and cofounder, with her (born Jewish but no longer considers himself Jewish) husband of the International Solidarity Movement. Keep in mind, if you read Arraf's piece at the Free Press, that the Free Press never reported on the 200 Fatah members from Gaza that were given refuge inside Israel before they could be slaughtered by their Hamas opponents. They've never made mention of the thousands of Gazans who are given free health care in Israeli hospitals. They have downplayed the constant rocket barrages from Gaza into Israel. They've forgotten about the thriving greenhouses that were donated to Gaza when it was ethnically cleansed of Jews, and which were promptly destroyed by the "grateful" Gazans. They gave no background on the ISM, the organization that killed Rachel Corrie by using her as a human shield. That death of course, as all deaths in this conflict are, was blamed on Israel.
I stayed up late last night writing an angry letter to the terror-enablers at the Free Press. I also encouraged others on my email list to respond. I'm still angry. Allowing a terror supporter who teaches young, impressionable Israel-haters to use themselves as human shields in a war zone in order to create negative press against Israel, to present her and her organization as heroic? The Free Press has crossed a line.
I do have to get ready for the school year, and for the next nine months or so, posting might be lighter than usual, but keep checking back. Between school, tutoring, Monday night school, and harassing newspapers with pro-Israel letters, I will find a few minutes to post here and there.