RICHARDSON — Richardson ISD officials apologized Wednesday to students and parents offended by a motivational speaker whose self-empowerment message included gender-specific roles for girls and boys.
Girls are nastier to each other than boys are, Justin Lookadoo told two packed auditoriums at Richardson High School. Being a man means protecting the weak — and women. High school boys and girls should be wary of putting too much into a romance that is almost certain to dissolve. Boys and girls should be true to themselves and not compromise to keep a relationship.
Some of his comments drew wide applause and later support from some students and parents. But he was also heckled in the auditorium — and on Twitter:
“Because why should a motivational speaker even try to not make hasty generalizations about every guy and girl in high school?”
District officials acknowledged that neither students nor parents were told about Lookadoo or his topic before the presentations. The district sent out a statement apologizing for that and to those who were offended.
“RHS and RISD approve of the broad messages shared with students related to self-empowerment and dating violence but do not support some of the terminology used by the speaker to generalize student behaviors.”
Lookadoo is a frequent speaker to secular and religious audiences. He last spoke at the high school in 2009, also at the invitation of the school’s PTA. Online, he’s easily identified as the co-author of a book that includes “dateable rules” based on a particular interpretation of Christian teachings. The rules refer to God and “the enemy” and tell women to be feminine, mysterious and confident and to let men lead. And they tell men to be honest, chivalrous, wild and adventurous.
Neither religion nor the “rules” were mentioned during his talks Wednesday. But some parents said they still wanted a better explanation about why Lookadoo was allowed to speak.
“I felt that such a person with those publicly expressed views about gender roles would not have access to my child,” said Jaime Clark-Soles, a theology professor at Southern Methodist University and the mother of a junior at Richardson High School.
Students were told about Wednesday’s assembly on Tuesday. At least one student heard Lookadoo’s name, checked the Internet, and found the religious dating advice site.
Man pleads guilty in crop duster shooting
A West Texas man has pleaded guilty to shooting into a crop duster as the plane was spraying a neighbor’s fields.
Prosecutors say 68-year-old James R. Cate of Talpa pleaded guilty Tuesday to making a threat to an aircraft. Cate, who appeared in federal court in Lubbock, faces up to five years in prison. No sentencing date was immediately set.
Investigators say Cate on Feb. 29 shot three rounds near the chemical-hauling crop duster in an effort to keep the plane away from his fields.
The last round Cate fired hit the propeller, went through the engine cowling and into the chemical hopper. The bullet broke into pieces as it entered the cockpit, going through the leg of the pants the pilot was wearing. The pilot wasn’t hurt.
Anti-Straus Activist Blames Minorities and ‘Maggots’ for Obama Victory and Calls for Texas to Secede
Peter Morrison, the race-obsessed right-wing activist who helped lead unsuccessful efforts to oust Republican Joe Straus as speaker of the Texas House in 2011, is taking yesterday’s election victory by President Obama very poorly, to say the least.
Morrison, who writes a periodic e-newsletter (The Peter Morrison Report) for like-minded activists, has in the past accused the president of “hatred and contempt for white people, traditional families, small business owners, evangelical Christians, conservatives” — folks Morrison calls the “normal people.” In his e-newsletter today, Morrison expressed his deep frustration that Romney lost on Tuesday even though the former Massachusetts governor “was probably the smartest person to run for President since the Founders.” Then he blames Romney’s loss on — surprise! — minorities: “(M)any members of minority groups are simply racist against the party that most white people happen to vote for.”
Morrison also insists that conservatives must fight to “delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity.” But he sees an inevitable future in which “the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic.”
So, he says, Texas should secede from the Union:
“Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state. We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue. Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government? Let each go her own way in peace, sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years.”
Meanwhile, Morrison says, Texans should work to oust Speaker Straus and replace him with a “true conservative.” “Start calling your state representatives now to let them know that we will remember how they vote in 2014,” he writes.
Maybe Morrison’s fellow travelers could also ask their lawmakers about secession and what Texas could do about the minorities and “maggots” who would still be living in the new Lone Star Republic.
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It IS a joke (top right of page) but one does have to look carefully when reading reports about these alternate world types.
I’ve highlighted the money quote below:
Missouri U.S. senate candidate Todd Akin has stoked more outrage today by claiming that male homosexuality is a disease and that the medical establishment has found the cure.
The Republican congressman, already under fire for his controversial comments regarding rape, told a reporter for Cape Giradeau’s KBSI 23 News that “female breastmilk - when fed directly to an adult homosexual male daily for at least four weeks - has a 94% chance of permanently curing homosexual perversions.”
“Lesbians can be cured by drinking something else.”
Akin made the scientifically dubious statement during an interview that was supposed to mark the “rebirth” of his campaign to defeat incumbant U.S. senator Claire McCaskill.
Akin was leading in the polls until August 19th when he told a local radio host that victims of “legitimate rape” could not become pregnant because “the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.” In the wake of the ensuing controversey his 11 point lead in the polls has turned into a 10 point deficit, and obeservers have written off his chances at winning the seat.
No Means No
Facing certain defeat, all major figures in the Republican Party have called for Akin to stand aside and allow another candidate to run. The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee and several important outside groups have also pulled funding for his bid.
Despite the heavy pressure, Akin has refused to step aside saying he is in the race to win.
In the interview Akin explained that he will never back down from his beliefs and he is excited to bring his unique brand of conservatism to the U.S. Senate.
Ducking questions about his viability he proceeded to educate reporter Jeff Raskin on several issues very close to his heart including the global conspiracy to falsify the fossil record in the name of “radical Darwinism”, and the plot to turn Michigan into the capital of a new Islamic States of America.
Spray the Gay Away
But the congressman really his stride when discussing homosexuality.
“This may surprise you Jeff, but I don’t think homosexuality is a choice. We evangelicals, we know that it’s a disease. But the good news is - we have the cure.”
Akin then explained, “The National Institutes of Health has treated hundreds of young men through clinical trials at their headquarters in Maryland. They don’t want the public to know because the secular liberal elites have succeeded in brainwashing the public into believing that homosexuality is a positive thing.”
“We now know how to purge men of sin and putt them on a path towards god. Why can’t every gay man in America have that knowledge? Just 4 weeks of live breastfeeding can cure them of their terrible suffering. Why aren’t we talking about this?”
Somewhat dumbfounded by the brazenness of Akin’s pronouncement, the reporter then asked if this supposed treatment only worked on men.
“Lesbians can be cured by drinking something else,” Akin replied “I’ll leave that one to your imagination.”
Claire McCaskill has issued a statement denouncing Akin’s latest gaffe as “an outrageous and offensive pseudoscientific slander” and called on national Republicans to “respect the choice of Missourians” and allow Akin to continue his campaign.
This is a familiar theme with the Alex Jones bunker crowd. Last year, for example, they alleged that the US census was gathering GPS data on dissidents, Christians, and gun owners so they could be targeted by drones. The tin-foilers would really be alarmed if they knew that that no such information is necessary for a drone strike. A picture, description, and the target’s rough whereabouts are usually sufficient.
Ron Paul is still mad as hell over America’s killing of U.S.-born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki - and he’s warning that members of the media could be next on the government’s target list.
The Republican presidential hopeful told an audience at the National Press Club on Wednesday that if citizens do not protest al-Awlaki’s death, the country could start broadening its threat list to include reporters.
“Can you imagine being put on a list because you’re a threat? What’s going to happen when they come to the media? What if the media becomes a threat? … This is the way this works. It’s incrementalism,” the 76-year-old Texas congressman said.
“It’s slipping and sliding, let me tell you,” Paul added.
The libertarian-minded politician made national headlines after he blasted the Obama administration last week for killing al-Awlaki in Yemen without a trial. He said the death of the New Mexico native-turned-terrorist-recruiter was akin to “assassination.”
During his latest speech, Paul compared al-Awlaki, and Samir Kahn, another American killed in the attack, to Nazi war criminals.
“All the Nazi criminals were tried. They were taken to court and then executed,” said Paul. “The reason we do this is because we want to protect the rule of law.”
President Obama, like several lawmakers, called al-Awlaki’s death by U.S. drone strikes a major blow to Al Qaeda.
While Paul was criticized by some for his remarks, Paul’s supporters don’t seem to be fleeing from him. At the speech, he announced that his team has raised a sizeable $8 million for the third quarter.
Michele Bachmann, struggling to regain her footing in the GOP presidential contest, Friday assailed rival Rick Perry, saying he abused his power as governor of Texas and rewarded political donors in a manner similar to President Obama.
“It’s wrong to abuse executive authority with unilateral action, and of course the governor of Texas admitted as much that he made a mistake,” Bachmann said, speaking to reporters after holding a rally in Costa Mesa. “People don’t want a president or a governor making decisions based on political connections. It’s wrong.”
The Minnesota congresswoman was referring to an executive order signed by Perry requiring that young girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer that was made by a company that donated to Perry’s campaigns.
She compared it to the federal controversy unfolding around Solyndra, a solar equipment maker that received a $535-million federal loan guarantee and which went bankrupt last month. Republicans have suggested that the guarantee was pushed by the White House to reward a major campaign donor with ties to Solyndra’s biggest shareholder, a charge the Obama administration denies.
Bachmann also sought to tie Perry’s effort, which was ultimately blocked by the Texas Legislature, to Obama’s healthcare law in a Web video and fundraising appeal to supporters in which she dubs his efforts as “Perrycare,” a riff on the “Obamacare” label that some use to describe the president’s healthcare reform package.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, continuing her drumbeat of criticism of President Obama’s policies and priorities, ripped his rationale Wednesday for intervening in Libya, arguing that it isn’t justified by any compelling national interest.
The Tea Party stalwart, riding a wave of national attention since aides said she may be on the cusp of a presidential run, also said she opposes giving military assistance to the rebels fighting Libya strongman Moammar Gadhafi, saying she believes al Qaida fighters have infiltrated their ranks.
“I would not have gone in” to Libya, Bachmann said on NBC’s “Today” show.
Bachmann said what she calls the “Obama doctrine” provides a misguided rationale for the United States “to enter into one country after another.”
Cheerleading at Free Republic. Looks like a large part of the right has gone full-bore peacenik on us.
The United States House of Representatives voted near-unanimously to condemn North Korea on Thursday afternoon for last week’s attack on a South Korean held island. Yet two Congressmen prevented it from passing without opposition; they did not condemn North Korea’s hostile actions that led to four deaths.
On the House of Representatives floor, two Congressmen stood against South Korea, one of America’s greatest friends, and with North Korea, one of our greatest foes. Besides the fact they have absolutely no shame, who are these elected Representatives, and what can we do to defeat them in 23 months?
The good news: Representative Steve Kagen (D-Wisconsin’s 8th district), the only Democrat to side against South Korea, was defeated by Republican Reid Ribble in last month’s historic sweep by the National and Wisconsin GOP. Reid Ribble is a pro-National Defense conservative, who in his younger years almost became a Baptist Minister.
The bad news: Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas’s 14th district), the lone Republican to side in Congress against South Korea, was reelected to his twelfth term on election day. Paul defeated 3 Republican opponents in the GOP Primary with over 80% of the vote earlier in the year, and his eventual Democrat opponent also lost heavily to him.
My fellow Republicans, enough is enough. Ron Paul must go in the next election, whether it be in the Primary, or the General election. We cannot stand for Representatives who stand with North Korea’s aggression against one of our allies, because he believes we shouldn’t have allies. This has to be the straw that breaks the camels back.
Representative Ron Paul must be kicked out of Congress. As Republicans, as Conservatives, and most importantly, as Americans we cannot tolerate individuals within our Congress who support North Korea through public support of their goals, or through quiet opposition to condemnations by our United States Congress for one reason or another. This Isolationist Libertarian theology must be eradicated from our Party.
I have a thought: Paulian isolationism is advancing by leaps and bounds in the GOP base, so it is the author of this piece (“Mr. Kat”) and his ilk who are more likely to be thrown out of the Republican Party by 2012.
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — A Sweetwater man was sentenced to 60 days in jail for trying to arrest a Monroe County grand jury foreman who refused to indict President Obama on treason charges.
A Madisonville jury on Tuesday found Walter Fitzpatrick III guilty of disrupting a meeting and resisting arrest. He was found not guilty of retaliation and civil rights intimidation.
The Navy veteran on April 1 tried to make a citizen’s arrest on the grand jury foreman, contending his chairmanship was illegal. Fitzpatrick had wanted Obama indicted because he believes the president is not an American citizen. Obama was born in Hawaii.
Fitzpatrick represented himself at the one-day trial.
Co-defendant Darren Huff, of Dallas, Ga., earlier pleaded guilty to disrupting a meeting. Huff also faces federal charges after he came to the courthouse armed during Fitzpatrick’s arraignment.