Signe:

Image:  Black folks of all ages and walks of life with their hands in the air.  Caption:  Black Friday (and Saturday and Sunday and Monday and . . . .


Click for a larger image.

Share

When I was an undergraduate, a long time ago, I did not join a fraternity. I never quite figured out why I should pay dues to get drunk, when I could get drunk quite nicely on my own, thank you very much. As far as I could tell from my seat in the bleachers, getting drunk and molesting women was what fraternities were all about.

After graduation, I did a year of graduate work at Mr. Jefferson’s University. One of the traditions was for a fraternity to burn a random car in “Mad Bowl” during some campus celebration I forget the name of.

Consequently, I am confident that this will work out as intended.

Also, pigs, wings.

Afterthought:

AFAIC, the whole United States “Greek” system should be abolished. Doing so will not expunge evil from this world, but it will end a little bit of institutionalized evil.

Addendum, Later That Same Day:

Greek leaders at San Diego State University have announced that they were suspending all fraternity parties and social functions indefinitely after a weekend that not only involved taunting people protesting sexual assault, but also the seventh sexual assault at a fraternity house since the semester began in September, U-T San Diego reports.

The InterFraternity Council admitted that the fraternity members who pelted participants in Friday’s Take Back the Night protest against sexual assault with eggs and waved dildos at them behaved in a manner that did “not reflect the values of the Greek community at SDSU.”

The fact is that this does, indeed, reflect the “values of the Greek community,” and not just at SDSU.

This has been another episode of watch what they do, not what they say.

Share

John Guare:

We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word?

Share

Give me a freaking break.

I found out when I was a teen-aged boy that “because you can” is not a good reason for doing something.

Share

Erwin Chemerinsky and Samuel Kleiner, both distinguished legal scholars, consider Republican outrage of President Obama’s daring to act as he were President, for Pete’s sake.

There is an adage every young lawyer learns: If you have the law, pound the law; if you have the facts, pound the facts. But if you have neither, pound the table.

The heated Republican rhetoric in response to President Obama’s immigration announcement is unquestionably table-pounding. His opponents have neither the law nor the facts on their side, so they have resorted to name calling and threats.

Remember, Republicans are outraged because hate sells and their base is buying.

Share

Addendum, a Little Bit Later:

PoliticalProf agrees. A snippet from his response to a reader’s question:

Oh, it seems to me that the prosecutor had no desire to bring charges in this case, and so emphasized the parts of the evidence that tended to complicate and/or exonerate the officer’s actions, while de-emphasizing or muddying evidence that worked against the officer.

So no indictment is no surprise.

Share

“Share” your hate on Facebook. Get noticed.

Share

Republican on

Share

Show politeness to others, and the politeness shall rebound upon you.

Dennis Eugene Emery, 57, was arguing with his wife in their home at 5271 87th Ave. N around 6 a.m. when Emery grabbed a revolver and threatened to shoot one of the family dogs, police said.

He pulled the hammer back on the gun to emphasize his threat. Later, he tried released the hammer, but the gun fired while Emery had it pointed at his face.

Share

I think Jason330 nails it, or, at least, a lot of it.

Share

Yeah. Right.

Afterthought:

There is no truth to the rumor I’m starting that the GOP is changing its name to Gamma Omega Phi and opening a chapter at the University of Virginia.

Share

Thomas More:

If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.

Share

Get out of Jail

I’m not surprised, just disgusted.

In the South (and St. Louis is “South,” make no mistake), being white has long been all the reason you need to kill a Not White person.

Afterthought:

As much as I deride Twitter for debasing discourse (“Twitter discussion” is an oxymoron, with the emphasis on “moron”), John Cole’s tweet pretty much sums it up.

Share

Colossal Brit ex-pat poseur twits.

Share

Michael Dearing suggests that tech companies and the government are rewriting the Bill of Rights. Here is his rendering of the current de facto state of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, taken from a presentation by Reed Hundt, “Make No Secrets About It,” November 11, 2014 at Stanford. .

The Bill of Rights in the Age of


Click for a larger image.

Follow the link; methinks he has a point.

Afterthought:

No, I don’t agree with some of the suggestions for a rewritten version, particularly the bit about a right to “secret arms purchases,” but I do think the larger point is worth considering.

Share

Uber and Lyft are nothing more than gypsy cabs with a front office.

Share

Dick Polman asks, “Immigration showdown: Can the GOP keep its zealots under control?

I submit that that question has already been answered. Not only is the answer, “No,” it is “No, because the zealots are already in control.

Share

Share

Practice for politeness.

Shenandoah County sheriff’s Maj. Scott Proctor tells media outlets that investigators believe 46-year-old Gina Angela Shoemaker of Edinburg was hit by an errant gunshot.

Proctor says Shoemaker was shot in the head Sunday while in a home in an area north of Basye. An adult and a juvenile were shooting targets a few hundred yards from the home on an adjacent property.

Share

The Miami Herald explores the smoke-filled emails of how Republicans gerrymandered Florida. A snippet:

The emails also detail how the consultants proposed districts that benefitted some Republicans or, in one proposal, “retires Bill Young,” the now-deceased congressman from Pinellas County.

The consultants established a database of lawmakers’ home addresses and overlayed them on some maps. In another case, they considered ways to pack black voters in a Miami-Dade district by creating a district with “some long tentacles to reach out and grab enough black population.”

Share