Integrate a little, please?

First, the news item:

Nancy Pelosi tries to force the Salvation Army to hire people who can’t speak English.

From the article:

Mr. Alexander says that noble effort is in danger of being undermined: “We have spent the last 40 years in our country celebrating diversity at the expense of unity. One way to create that unity is to value, not devalue, our common language, English.”

I wish I had more time to describe how peeved I am with illegal immigration and the fact that we’re not enforcing immigration laws or our borders.

Meanwhile, the Mexican government continues to complain about our sovereignty and plots to undermine it…

Mexico’s frustration with U.S. immigration policy builds – Government, advocates are calling for measures to influence U.S. public opinion.

From the article:

Anger in Mexico is growing in the wake of a number of new state laws in the United States considered by critics to be anti-Mexican, a shift probably reflected in President Felipe Calderón’s verbal lashing this week of U.S. presidential candidates.
….
But Calderón does appear to be taking a more active role in the fate of immigrants than past presidents, analysts say.

He favors the creation of a kind of anti-defamation league for Mexican immigrants in the United States and has supported the idea of building support centers along the border for deported Mexicans. Such centers would offer food, clothing and shelter for deportees.

God help us.  As if CAIR wasn’t bad enough.

Grovel at Thanksgiving?

Thank to Orbusmax for covering this issue.

Seattle Public Schools issued some telling, progressive suggestions to staff regarding the way they should deal with Thanksgiving. Behold, diversity-hustling at its finest (emphasis mine + added email addresses):

November 8, 2007

Dear Seattle Public Schools Staff:

We recognize the amount of work that educators and staff have to do in order to fulfill our mission to successfully educate all students. It’s never as simple as preparing and delivering a lesson. Students bring with them a host of complexities including cultural, linguistic and social economic diversity. In addition they can also bring challenges related to their social, emotional and physical well being. One of our departments’ goals is to support you by suggesting ways to assist you in removing barriers to learning by promoting respect and honoring the diversity of our students, staff and families.

With so many holidays approaching we want to again remind you that Thanksgiving can be a particularly difficult time for many of our Native students. This website http://www.oyate.org/resources/shortthanks.html offers suggestions on ways to be sensitive of diverse experiences and perspectives and still make the holiday meaningful for all students. Here you will discover ways to help you and your students think critically, and find resources where you can learn about Thanksgiving from a Native American perspective. Eleven myths are identified about Thanksgiving, take a look at #11 and begin your own deconstruction.

Myth #11: Thanksgiving is a happy time
Fact: For many Indian people, “Thanksgiving” is a time of mourning, of remembering how a gift of generosity was rewarded by theft of land and seed corn, extermination of many from disease and gun, and near total destruction of many more from forced assimilation. As currently celebrated in this country, “Thanksgiving” is a bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal returned for friendship.

It is our goal as a District to strive towards being inclusive and aware of the needs of all our students by respecting and honoring the many cultural experiences of our students, staff and families. This does not mean that schools and staff have to avoid recognizing Thanksgiving, but rather calls upon each of us to be sensitive and mindful of every child in our classroom.

We appreciate your willingness to struggle with these complex issues by considering the impact on many of our Native students when teaching about Thanksgiving in traditional ways. If you have any questions or need assistance planning or preparing for any holiday, please feel free to contact the Department of Equity, Race and Learning Support at 252-0138.

Respectfully,

Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. (cdhollins1@seattleschools.org)
Director of Equity, Race & Learning Support

Willard Bill, Jr., Program Manager (wibill@seattleschools.org)
Huchoosedah Office of Native American Educ

Janine Tillotson, Consulting Teacher (jetillotson@seattleschools.org)
Huchoosedah Office of Native American Educ.

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NYTimes Doesn’t Get Childhood

Then again, neither does Seattle. Not a big surprise. As far back as 1992, Seattle ranked second in negative growth of families-with-children (behind San Francisco). And, as reported last year, the exodus continues into the new millennium. And, anecdotally, Seattle is also one of the most child-unfriendly cities… ask any parent(s) who have tried to take their kids to a decent restaurant and they can tell you about the glares and stares they get. I don’t even bother anymore; maybe that’s a failure on my part.

Given that, I have to chuckle when the NYTimes scoffs at Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls. Of course, The Times would scoff at nearly anything conservative. I don’t mean something politically right or left, but culturally. The take umbrage that there is any wisdom to be found in the past that doesn’t fit into their scatterbrained, 24-hours-old, cultural world-view.

Sharing my view, I discovered this commenter on Amazon.com’s Omnivoracious daily blog (which also covered/glazed-over this editorial). If this person doesn’t mind, I’d like to reprint the quote he shared from author Conn Iggulden…

“…I think we’ve become aware that the whole ‘health and safety’ overprotective culture isn’t doing our sons any favors. Boys need to learn about risk. They need to fall off things occasionally, or–and this is the important bit–they’ll take worse risks on their own. If we do away with challenging playgrounds and cancel school trips for fear of being sued, we don’t end up with safer boys–we end up with them walking on train tracks. In the long run, it’s not safe at all to keep our boys in the house with a Playstation. It’s not good for their health or their safety.”

Thanks, FredTownWard!  I’ve only checked out the Boys book, thus far.  Will have to check out the Girls book next.

Twofold Disgust

From this story out of Boston last Friday.

The 18-year-old who allegedly held up a Dorchester pizza shop at gunpoint and made off with $60, told police afterwards that when he fired off a shot at the pizzeria’s owner he didn’t mean to hit him, but he didn’t deny pulling the trigger, a prosecutor said today.

“Didn’t mean to..” ?! What the hell is that supposed to mean? Is that supposed to make Mumin Manavoglu’s family feel any better. Let’s hang him now, but then give an official statement afterwards saying, “we didn’t mean to.”

Second point of disgust: the county DA. Can’t find the reference (may have been removed or was only played on local stations), but Bruce at MassBackwards gives the full rundown:

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley:

“Once again, an illegal gun has struck down an innocent family man, and once again a young man may pay for his actions for the rest of his life,” he said.

Uh-huh. The gun did it.

Brillant, Bruce 🙂