Saturday, May 16, 2015

It was just a small item in a round-up of the day's news, but like so many such nuggets, it set off a whole train of thoughts:

"Mindy McCarty-Stewart, the principal of Mason High School in Ohio, canceled a student-led event that invited girls to spend a day wearing a Muslim headscarf and issued an apology, adding that the school received numerous messages that forced her to reconsider the event's ability to meet its goal of combating stereotypes."

In that one sentence, Gentle Reader is offered a panoramic view of the trouble with American education, society and politics. What's wrong with letting girls wear a Muslim headscarf to class?

What next -- will boys be told not to wear yarmulkes (those skullcaps Jewish males wear) lest they risk looking like a stereotype?

What is a stereotype, anyway, but a generalization -- and how think without generalizing? And what's a high-school principal doing responding to "messages" telling her to cancel a school event lest she commit, horrors, a stereotype? Behind such messages there is always a threat: Violate the canons of political correctness by admitting that some of us have different customs, even come from different ethnic groups or practice different religions, and you'll be accused of the gravest offense against current socio-political fashion: stereotyping.

You have to wonder: Why trust teachers, sponsors of school clubs, all those we put in charge of our children's extracurricular activities, to make their own decisions if some bureaucrat in the principal's office is going to overrule them at the first hint of political pressure? Aren't we supposed to celebrate and honor our diversity in this country? Isn't that supposed to be one of our strengths? Then why squash any outward sign of it, like a headscarf?

A few notes and observations from Fox News' latest national poll:

(1) Hillary Clinton's favorable rating among registered voters is underwater (45/49), driven by an 11-point drop among self-described independents over the last year.  Chris Wallace breaks down the numbers:

(2) In hypothetical head-to-head general election match-ups, Clinton trails Jeb Bush (45/44), but holds modest leads (three to six points) over most other potential Republican rivals.

(3) Dr. Ben Carson's formal entry into the GOP field made a splash; he leaped into a first-place tie with Jeb Bush (each at 13 percent).  From there, it's Scott Walker (11 percent), Mike Huckabee (ten percent), Marco Rubio (nine percent)., and Rand Paul (seven percent).

(4) President Obama's job approval tracked up slightly, to (44/51).  A majority of Americans still disapprove of his performance as president.  His economic rating is approaching parity at (46/49), buoyed by decent job growth -- although labor force participation rates, median household income figures, GDP growth and consumer confidence remain stubborn cross-currents.  This also isn't an encouraging sign.

(5) By a 20-point margin, voters believe Hillary Clinton was influenced by foreign donations to her family's "slush fund," though roughly half of respondents say they're not paying much or any attention to the controversy.  Just one-third of voters describe the allegations of quid pro quo and influence peddling "no big deal."  These people are known as the Democratic base.

(6) Americans remain supportive of Congress' investigation into the Benghazi attacks (56/38), virtually unchanged from late last year.  Trey Gowdy's select committee uncovered Hillary's secret email scheme in the course of its work, and is currently tussling with Mrs. Clinton over testifying.  A majority of voters (55 percent) say the former Secretary of State deserves at least some blame for the deadly terrorist attack against a US compound on September 11, 2012.

(7) Most Americans say the federal government has been run incompetently under President Obama, though that gap has narrowed a bit to (44/53).  A 24-point majority believes the US economy remains in a recession, also an improvement over recent months.  The partisan sample of this survey was D+4.
Spencer, PJM: Some Christians Object to Our Muhammad Cartoon Contest. Here’s Why They’re Wrong.

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch


Spencer, PJM: Some Christians Object to Our Muhammad Cartoon Contest. Here’s Why They’re Wrong.

At PJM today I discuss the widespread reaction to our free speech event in Texas — yes, you can do it, but you shouldn’t. Franklin Graham articulated what many Christians (and others) are thinking about the now-notorious Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest that Pamela Geller and I organized in Garland, Texas, and that was […]

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Scrub ISIS footage, Obama administration tells networks
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

isisI, along with a handful of my colleagues, have been documenting, exposing and shaming the media’s and Obama administration’s whitewashing and scrubbing of jihad and the religious motive behind this holy war.

It’s no longer whispered. Obama is out and out telling the news media to scrub Islamic State footage. Will they follow their leader? When haven’t they?

“Stop using ISIL footage, Obama administration asks networks,” By Michael Crowley and Hadas Gold, Politico, May 15, 2015
U.S. bombing campaign has militants on the run, U.S. officials say.
Frustrated that coverage of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant isn’t reflecting reality on the ground, senior Obama administration...


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