This news alert just showed up in my inbox:
The Heritage Foundation announced the resignation Friday of senior policy analyst Jason Richwine, co-author of a controversial report critical of the Senate’s immigration reform bill. After Heritage issued the report this week, news articles pointed out that Richwine had argued in his Harvard dissertation that there was a long-standing difference between the IQ of white Americans and immigrants. Friday afternoon’s announcement was part of an urgent damage control effort by the giant conservative think tank, which has come under unaccustomed criticism for the immigration report.
For more information… http://www.politico.com
This is where the white supremacist problem comes in.
So, yesterday, it was Dillon Matthews at “The Washington Post” who looked up the credentials of the people who wrote the anti-immigration reform study for Heritage and they found out that one of the co-authors for the big Heritage study on this issue, did his doctoral dissertation on American immigration policy and specifically on the question of how we should shape our immigration policy to account for the fact that Latinos are so dumb as a race. I`m only barely paraphrasing.
The dissertation describes Latino immigrants as generally having an IQ that is, quote, “substantially lower than that of the white native population.” Quote, “Immigrants living in the U.S. today do not have the same level of cognitive ability as natives.” Quote, “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”
So, not only are Latinos intellectually inferior to whites, but, of course, they breed. Echh. Disgusting, right?
After that was reported the Heritage Foundation, which is now run by former Republican Senator Republican Jim DeMint, the Heritage Foundation tried to distance themselves from this guy who they had write their immigration report.
They lamented that people were focusing on this guy`s dissertation instead of on this new study from him. They said that the dissertation was, quote, “not a work product of the Heritage Foundation. Its findings do not reflect the positions of the Heritage Foundation or the conclusions of our study.”
They further dismissed the guy who wrote the Latino’s equal dumb thing by saying, quote, “he did not shape the methodology or the policy recommendations in the Heritage policy paper, semicolon, he provided quantitative support for the lead author.” So, basically, “the guy was just a temp. He was good with a calculator. That`s all we hired him for.”
Think Progress demonstrates that not only is timing everything, but also, irony is not dead:
A Pew Research Center report released Thursday notes that Hispanic college enrollment reached a record high for the class of 2012, surpassing the rate of white enrollment for the first time. [...]
This should catch the attention of Heritage Foundation’s Jason Richwine, who coauthored a debunked immigration study that argues reform is too costly. Richwine argued in his dissertation that immigrants naturally possess a lower IQ, a pseudoscience point linked to anti-immigration groups actively working against reform.
Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.
See if you sense a theme (I couldn’t even bring myself to add commentary this time):
See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?
I spent a couple of incredible years at out local college station and it was incredibly fun and educational. Good on Keith!
Keith Olbermann has given a significant donation to WVBR-FM, the radio station in Ithaca, N.Y. where his career arguably began when he was a student at Cornell University.
Olbermann’s gift will allow WVBR – a commercial radio station run entirely by Cornell students – to move into a new, bigger facility much closer to the Cornell campus. The new building on East Buffalo Street in Ithaca will be named Olbermann-Corneliess Studios, after Olbermann’s late father Theodore Olbermann and Glenn Corneliess, a former program director at the station and a friend of Olbermann’s who died in 1996 at 39.
It may not be “official”, but this is a huge deal. The “chaste” bit might be a stretch.
SOUTH BEND – The University of Notre Dame announced plans today to provide more support and services for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning, including creating a university-recognized student organization.
The move stops short of creating an officially recognized gay-straight student alliance club on campus, which some students and employees have requested repeatedly over many years.
The plan, titled “Beloved Friends and Allies: A Pastoral Plan for the Support and Holistic Development of GLBTQ and Heterosexual Students at the University of Notre Dame,” was crafted by members of the university’s Student Affairs staff. The university announcement states the plan follows a study of Catholic doctrine and teaching, listening sessions with students, and an examination of student clubs and structures at other Catholic universities.
The plan emphasizes the “respect, compassion and sensitivity” due to all, and calls Notre Dame students to cultivate chaste relationships and to support one another in a community of friendship. A document detailing the review process, Catholic Church teaching and specifics of the implementation of the plan is available online at http://friendsandallies.nd.edu.
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Makes you wonder if he would have been demonstrating even without his religious deferment. I know what my guess is.
And the story from the Daily Mail has a few choice moments. One of my favorites:
Carey Coulter was one of the demonstrators alongside Mr Romney that day. He told BuzzFeed.com: “We were there to get an education and these people holding the administration hostage was antithetical to that.”
“Mitt walked up to me and said that he had some experience with the press, and that he would handle the press for me if I wanted him to. I said fine, because I was busy running the demonstration.”
“I don’t recall ever seeing him again.”
So Willard shows up to a protest that someone else has organized, finds the press, gets the credit, and then disappears. This is the kind of man that Mitt Romney is. This is the kind of man that he will always be.
Ayup. ADDED- Looks like the story originated in January by Buzzfeed, but I don’t remember this pic or the story, so it’s good for a icymi.
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