1. “Data from the Association of American Medical Colleges indicate that race is a substantial factor in medical school admissions, not one of many. For example, from 2013 to 2016, medical schools in the United States accepted 94 percent of blacks, 83 percent of Hispanics, 63 percent of whites and 58 percent of Asians with top MCAT scores of 30 to 32 and grade-point averages of 3.6 to 3.8; for MCAT scores of 27 to 29 (G.P.A. of 3.4 to 3.6), the corresponding figures are 81 percent, 60 percent, 29 percent and 21 percent. For low-range MCAT scores of 24-26 (G.P.A. of 3.2 to 3.4), 57 percent of blacks were admitted, 31 percent of Hispanics, 8 percent of whites and 6 percent of Asians.” (New York Times, August 4, 2017) Yet the announcement that the Trump Administration Justice Department Civil Rights Division will be looking at illegal discrimination in university admissions was condemned across the progressive spectrum as an effort to bolster white supremacy and proof of the President’s “racism.”
Those statistics are res ipsa loquitur to me; no further evidence is needed. How can they be otherwise? Medical school admissions are discriminating on the basis of race. A similar set of statistics in any field where blacks rather than Asians were at the bottom would be treated by courts as “disproportionate impact” discrimination no matter what the explanation was.
In the same issue of The Times where this appeared, the paper devoted its entire letters section to readers expressing indignation that any Times writer could praise the President for anything. Micheal Kinsley had triggered them with a tongue-in cheek (Michael has only one tone) “he’s not all-bad” column. This shows the blindness and bias of “the resistance,” Democrats and the Left generally. They cannot even see that open, blatant discrimination based on color, which would have certainly been embraced by a Clinton Administration, is a blight on democracy, and that striking it down will be an absolute good for which any President responsible would warrant praise.
2. When the NFL is involved, all ethics alarms freeze up, apparently. In September, former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will be inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Vick is a convicted felon and confessed animal abuser as a central figure in a dogfighting ring. The case study by the Animal Legal Defense Fund states, “After his three co-conspirators pled guilty and began cooperating with authorities, Vick also pled guilty, admitting to funding the dogfighting operation and the associated gambling operation. He admitted to knowing about four dogs that his co-conspirators killed in 2002, and he admitted to agreeing to the hanging and drowning of 6-8 dogs who underperformed in 2007. Vick admitted he provided most of the operation and gambling monies, but he claimed he did not gamble by placing side bets or receiving proceeds from the purses”.
As I have noted before, admitting athletes like Vick is defensible for Halls of Fame that make it clear that only what a player does on the field matters. The athlete can be a child-molester, serial rapist, mass murderer or airplane bomber, but as long as he could hit his receiver 70 yards down field, he should be held up as a great role model for kids and fit to represent the entire sport forever.
Oops! The Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame has a character clause, unlike the NFL’s Hall. It says an admittee “must be of good character and reputation [and]not have been a source of embarrassment to the university in any way.”
I guess we can assume that the school isn’t embarrassed in any way by its alum being responsible for this…
or even this…
Good to know.
3. You know when people in the news for saying incriminating or outrageous things claim they were quoted out of context? THIS is quoting out of context. TIME deliberately took a single sentence out of a full statement by conservative activist and business mogul Charles Koch to make him seem like a monster, when the point of his actual statement was exactly the opposite:
Nah, the news media isn’t biased! Of course it’s trustworthy. “Fake news” is just a Republican lie so they can deny the awful things these people do and say.
4. From The New York Post:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is investigating up to $6 billion in legal settlement money that the Obama administration steered toward progressive causes and allies in left-wing advocacy groups.
A memo sent to US attorneys on July 28…ordered a review of a decade’s worth of payouts that Congressional Republicans have called a political slush fund.
Former Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch regularly arranged for major corporations to make large “donations” to left-leaning groups like UnidosUS — formerly the National Council of La Raza — and NeighborWorks America during settlement negotiations to end banking, environmental, civil-rights, and other federal lawsuits….The groups getting the money were not victims in the cases or parties to the lawsuits…
The list included UnidosUS, which advocates for illegal immigrants; the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a left-leaning housing lobbyist group; Operation Hope, which pushes banks to lend to unqualified mortgage applicants in Los Angeles; and the Mutual Housing Association of New York, a spinoff of the controversial community-organizing group ACORN.
Why wasn’t this investigated by the watch-dog news media before now? Why is the conservative New York tabloid the only source that finds this corrupt practice newsworthy?
The corruption, unethical practices and incompetence of the Obama administration is going to come out despite the efforts of the complicit news media to protect their favorite President.
5. From the “I told you so” files:
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fox News on Saturday suspended host Eric Bolling following a media report that he sent sexually inappropriate text messages to colleagues, marking the third high-profile harassment case to rock the conservative, highly rated cable news outlet.
Reuters can’t count: Bolling is the fourth high-profile harassment case for Fox: founder Roger Ailes, ratings king Bill O’Reilly, Fox Business Network host Charles Payne, and now Bolling. There will be more. As I predicted before the lawsuits came and the secret settlements were exposed, any organization that broadcasts daily such a sexist, misogynist view of the world, costuming its female professionals and over-aged cheerleaders and Mamie Van Doren impressionists, has a seriously unethical culture, and when someone like Roger Ailes is the rotting fish head, the corruption within such an organization will be deep and widespread.