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diversity, equity and inclusion are crap

friday, march 12th, 2021

Oof the catchwords in liberal circles today is the term “diversity”. A few years ago the catchphrases were: affirmative action, racial preferences, and racial and ethnic quotas. Since those terms were not warmly embraced by many in the general public, the “diversity” proponents have latched onto the term “diversity” as a more moderate acceptable term to overcome the negatives that those other terms conveyed.

Imagine for a moment that you were an incompetent public official, and you didn't want anyone to know you were incompetent. What would you do? Well, your first task would be to destroy the meritocracy, the system that rewards people in this country for their effort and their talents as opposed to rewarding them for irrelevant criteria like how they look. A meritocracy is the main threat to incompetent people. It keeps them from getting rich and powerful, so they hate it. So what does tearing down a meritocracy look like in practice? It looks a lot like Joe Biden staffing a presidential administration. A recent piece in Politico reports that the Congressional Black Caucus is demanding that Biden select a Black secretary of defense. Not a secretary of defense who is good at defending America, mind you, a secretary of defense with the correct skin color. He did just that.

In other words, certain jobs for certain identities. Certain skin colors have pre-prescribed roles. How is this different from a traditional caste system? How is this better than the Jim Crow South? Those are fair questions, but no one ever asks them. Instead, the media just applaud. You'll notice at this point that no one ever explains what exactly diversity is, not with any precision. Yet diversity is now required by corporate America, or at least their definition of diversity is. The NASDAQ, for example, has proposed new listing rules that require companies to "have or explain why they do not have at least two diverse directors, including one who self-identifies as female and one who self-identifies as either an underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+."

Actually, diversity is perversity.

the first thing to know about equality is that it's designed to challenge power. Equity, by contrast, is designed to protect power. Equity is what the British monarchy had. Equality is what the American colonists wanted. Equality is what allowed Andrew Jackson to rise from a childhood of bitter poverty in the Carolina woods and make it all the way to the White House. Andrew Jackson was tough, smart and energetic. He lived a remarkable life, and America rewarded him for it. That's equality. Equity is the opposite. Equity is what allowed Kamala Harris, the privileged child of two mixed-race PhDs, to stay privileged and become one of the most powerful people on the planet, despite having achieved nothing impressive or worthwhile over the span of 56 years, except being hosed by ex-SF mayor and powerbroker, Willie Brown, for 21 years. He made her "career", in return for all the sex. So Andrew Jackson and Kamala Harris – both Democrats, one the child of equality, the other the child of equity. That's the difference in a Pistachio shell.

Equality challenges power. Equity protects power. That principle has never been on starker display than in the case of the teachers unions, which are some of the most powerful institutions in America. They are using the term "equity" to justify their own prerogatives as they hurt the weak – in this case, school children and their increasingly desperate parents. For months, parents whose kids use public education in Los Angeles have been begging Cecily Myart-Cruz, the president of the local teachers' union and an equity promoter, to reopen the schools. Cruz responded by demanding that those parents shut up immediately. Those parents, she explained, have the wrong skin color.

What could possibly be the point of this? Why would a parent's skin color be relevant in any to what is supposed to be a medical question? There's only one point to this: racial intimidation. We saw you complained, tell us your race. How is that not a violation of our civil rights laws? Of course, it will never be prosecuted or even criticized by anyone in power because the teachers' union is doing it and they're doing it in the name of equity. The hunt for White supremacy justifies all, including injuring children and scaring their parents into silence. So purely because the most privileged government workers in the United States won't work, an entire generation of children is being destroyed. That's equity: The strong hurt the weak and call it justice. Everyone who thinks about this, even for a moment. knows that it's true. That's why you never hear equity debated or even defined. They won't define the term because they can't defend its definition.

Equality, as you know, means you have the opportunity to try something, even if you're bad at it. It’s about equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. Shall we create female quotas for loggers, roofers, garbage collectors and other male-dominated jobs? Even if women don't want them? Workplace death for men is 10 times that of women. Do activists seek equity there, or is it just the cushy jobs they're after? And, of course, with equity, you will need someone to decide who gets what. And that's what this is really about: power. The power to remake society to placate the critical race theorist, who works with only one variable: revenge. It's about the furthest you can get from unity.

Even Lunchbucket Joke’s using the word. Does he know what it means? Who knows? Not that Joe would know, or even care.

© 3/12/2021 by JS, "John's Journal".

A Day In The Life.

Up at 7a on Friday, I had to get the heat turned-up, since it was too damned cold in the condo, and I'd turned-off the furnace, instead of just down to 70°. I also fired-up the garage heater, so I could have a couple smokes. and was sitting in my bathrobe when the doorbell rang: it was the RN from Geisinger Health. Heh. I didn't expect her this early. I let her and cleared-off the DR table and went upstairs to get dressed. We got the yearly "wellness check" done in 35mins, and I was free for the day.

I had some grocery shopping to do, after posting the Rush Memorial" thread at 11:45a, didn't have lunch and left for nearby Weis Market. I got a lot more stuff than I had on my ad-hoc list. Moral: always go food shopping on a full stomach, and with a firm list. After unpacking and putting the stuff away at home, I decided to take a drive down to the Wellspan Apple Hill Campus, to where I'd be getting my Pfizer Wuhan Red Chinese CCP Flu Virus shot, tomorrow, and see exactly where the Hospital & Rehab Center is.

It was a nice 20min drive down, I found the Hospital, and decided to take S. George St thru downtown York, home, and stop by Sherry's for a visit, but she was out and wasn't answering either of her phones. I left her house, and got re-re-routed at Rt 30 & N. George, due to a bad accident, and had to take the slow, crowded Rt 30 back home. I took 3 100mg Gabapentin, and had a 3hr snooze on the LR couch. Dark when I woke, I closed-up the condo, had dinner and watched some "Iron Resurrection" (my favorite car show on MotorTrend Channel, and Fox News Tucker and Laura, did the evening DR with Lantus Insulin, and finally bagged it at 11p.

I slept-in until 9:30a on Saturday, fired-up the heat, did a finger stick for check BSL numbers, made coffee and breakfast. I had some errands to run and got those done. After lunch, I napped on the LR couch for 4hrs, and got ready for my 6pm app't for the COVID0`9 First Shot. That went smoothly, and I booked the Second Shot for the 27th, mid-afternoon, and came home to watch some TV. I felt fine and no after-effects. did my nightly DR with Lantus Insulin, and closed down at 10p.

Awake at 6a on Sunday, I finally got up at 6:30, fired-up the furnace to a cold 20° morning, made some new Kona Volcanic Estate Coffee, did a finger stick to check my BSL, fired-up the garage heater and had a couple of smokes while the computer warmed-up and compiled its 32-40,000,000+ lines of code. I felt great; no after-effects from the Pfizer COVID-19 shot. My cousin, Pastor Tom, did have "some":

"Caveat: I’m pretty sure I had full blown CCP-Flu in January of 2020, a couple of “circle the drain” “almost” days throughout the months that followed, and then a second mild (2-3 days at most) round in early December.
That said: My first Moderna on January 15 was a kick in the crotch. First 8 hours felt great.
And then...
the next 24 hours were the Hangover From Hell with deep chills, headaches, absolutely no appetite (even thinking about food was nauseating), weird dreams...
...followed by 6 hours of hot flashes.
Yup. Hangover followed by Menopause.
After the fact I was told that taking a 500mg Tylenol a couple of hours before the injection plus for 24 hours afterward would have reduced or eliminated the side effects.
I did that for round two. Much better. Any chills, headaches, etc, came and went within 30 seconds."

I decided to make French Toast for breakfast, something I haven't had in a few years, due to the diabetes, but now that it's under control, I splurged. It was de-fricking-licious with mounds of KerryGold Irish Butter, no syrup, and Kona coffee.

I had 3 loads of laundry to get done, vacuum-out the Jeep and rest my tailbone as much as I can. No F1, IMSA GT Endurance or IndyCar races on TV, so I watched "Expedition Unknown" and "Ancient Aliens" reruns, had lunch, and took a 3hr snooze on the LR couch. I caught some of Fox news, and went to bed around 9p.

Un-defragmented drive.

Up at 7a on Monday, it was another 19° morning, so I fired-up the condo furnace to 77°, made Kona coffee, did a finger stick to check BSL, had a couple of smokes and coffee in the warming-up garage. I posted the "CP Show" weekly thread to FR, and got a couple errands done. My tailbone was still hurting – this injury is going to be with me for months – so I cut it short, and came home to rest it. I did paperwork and started the DEFRAG of Drive C:, which prevented me from running any other programs, while that maintenance program was running. I paused it to post the "Rush Memorial" thread graphics at noon, and then restarted the DEFRAG. If you use a Windows machine, you need to DEFRAG every 6 months, or so; it'll reorganize your HD and speed-up the machine quite noticeably. There is a DEFRAG program in your START Menu, under Accessories/System Tools in Win-7, so look around the menu if you use Win-10.

After lunch and a 3hr snooze, I watched "American Pickers" most of the afternoon, had dinner and resumed "AP" until 11p, and called it Yankee Doodle for the night.

Up at 5:30a on Tuesday, it was a "balmy" 41° morning headed to the mid-60s, but I fired-up the furnace to the usual 77°, turned-on the garage heater, started coffee, did a finger stick to check BSL, and had a couple smokes in the garage. I'd paused the DEFRAG operation on the C:/ HD last night at 11p, so it would have to run most of today to finish. I DEFRAGGED F:/ Drive, and restarted C:/ Drive, hoping to finish before I left for my massage at 1p. It was 60° outside, and we have 2-3 more days of this coming, until rain brings back the colder weather. The DEFRAG ran until 5:30p, and I restated the machine. WUNDEBAR! It was noticeably faster and smoother.

I had dinner, watch Fox News until 11p, and quit for the night.

This happened yesterday and is important information for our age group.
A friend had his 2nd dose of the vaccine at the vaccination center, after which he noticed blurred vision on the way home.
When he got home, he called the vaccination center for advice, and to ask if he should go see a doctor or be hospitalized.
He was told NOT to go to a doctor or a hospital, but just return to the vaccination center immediately and pick up his glasses!

Up at 7:30a on Wednesday, it was already 41° and headed into the mid-60s. No complaints from me. I had coffee, a couple of smokes, breakfast and posted the "CP Show" to FR, and listened thru the morning. Before lunch, I posted the "Rush Legacy Show" to FR, and napped for 3hrs. At 66°, I couldn't resist taking a walk outside and getting some fresh air, so I walked around the complexes' circular drive, about ¾ mile. After a nap and some dinner, I watched a few car shows, Tucker and Laura on Fox News, and quit for the day at 11p.

You'll enjoy these videos: Do You Love Me?, and Coca-Cola: Be Less White, and Coca-Cola Song: Be Less White. No, I don't drink that cola shit; never have and never will. I hate carbonated beverages.

Sleeping-in until 8:15a on Thursday, it was already 52° and headed into the mid-70s. I only briefly turned-on the heat briefly to take the chill of the condo, made coffee, had a quick breakfast, posted the "CP Show" to FR, and just relaxed with my bruised, but healing, tailbone and weak left hip. At 11:45a, I posted the "Rush Memorial Legacy Show" – gave notice that tomorrow's my last Rush Show post – had a quick lunch and left to meet Sherry at Cousler Park to get some walking in.

We did between ½ and ¾ of a mile, with frequent rest stops on park benches, along the way. My tailbone and left hip were "talking" to me, all afternoon. I finally got home around 3:30p, put out the garbage and recyclables, and had a smoke in the garage. I fired-up the computer, re-listened to the "Chris Plante Show", since there was only dogshit on CATV, tonite. I watched Fox News, after dinner, did my night DR lantus shot, and called it a week at 11p. Tomorrow starts a new week, here in the "Journal".

Time for Rush Limbaugh's show to look toward the future again.

I loved the Rush Limbaugh show. I have been listening to it for years and have always been comforted by his ever-increasing audience. It showed that conservative ideas work. The show serves a purpose — a purpose that we need fulfilled more now than ever. Unfortunately, it is not serving that purpose fully now. Rather than building on his legacy, we are wallowing in the sadness of his loss.

The guest hosts are very good — especially Mark Steyn — but the show is deteriorating into a daily homage to Rush. Any tangential relationship with current subject matter is immediately met with a lengthy clip of Rush, showing how right he was. We know that — he told us every day.

The hosts are effusive in their constant praise. It seems they are in dread fear of anyone thinking they presume to be his equal. No one is, no one is trying to be, and no one ever will be. Rush would be the first to say this.

The problem is that the show is getting a little maudlin. Not good. More than not good.

When I tune in, I am likely to hear Rush's voice. Many of the callers the staff selects still have teary testimonials about his meaning in their lives. The testimonials and the Rush clips are all from the past. Rush's only interest in the past was the altering and erasure of American history by the left. The radio show was never about the past; it was about the urgency of the present and the future.

The show is an enormous asset to its owners and to America. With over 20 million listeners who have learned to expect the unadulterated facts every day, it is a treasure without equal. It is an invaluable gold mine of information and reassurance for conservatives. When I feel the show is about the past, I will stop listening, and so will millions of others.

Rush always said he didn't want it "to be all about him." I don't think he would rest peacefully if his audience were drifting away because everyone who runs the show is afraid of it not being all about him.

I have no idea what the big plan is for the future, but it had better appear soon. The people running the show have to affirmatively break with the current maudlin tone and declare Rush's wake over — none of us will love him any less. The owners are frittering away the fruits of all his work.

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