PC insanities of the day

I wish I could write “of the week”, because there’s just… so much insanity to report. Via Insty, one of today’s “winners” is from Morgan Hill, CA, near the garlic capital of the world (Gilroy):

CHANGE: Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts. School officials called the flag shirts “incendiary” because it was Cinco De Mayo.

Read and weep. The article notes that Mexican flag T-shirts and even face paint were much in evidence. These are supposedly not “incendiary” 😉

Another PC anocephaly: an Ann Arbor, MI organizes an elementary school enrichment trip (meet a rocket scientist) where… only black children were allowed. The principal defends this as “an attempt to close the achievement gap between black and white children”.

If this is “post-racial America”, I am a ball-bearing, on which Martin Luther King (a lifelong Republican, BTW) is spinning 6,000 rpm in his grave.

UPDATE: try being an illegal immigrant in… Mexico.

UPDATE 2: Zombie takes on the  Morgan Hill story. According to the commenters, the school district has meanwhile distanced itself from the actions of the principal. Others note that Cinco de Mayo is actually not a big deal in Mexico itself. Yet another notes that United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1, Paragraph 8b actually states wearing the US flag as apparel is an act of disrespect. Live and learn. Of course, we all know that this particular ordinance is observed more in the breach than in the observance.

UPDATE 3: Apparently there are still some voices of sanity in the CA public school establishment and/or  grassroots action gets results. Response from the school district to a commenter at WeaselZippers (h/t: Pi Guy):

Master Sergeant V–

First, thank you for your service to our country, and for your email. Yesterday, the District issued a statement immediately after the incident stating that it did not agree with the actions taken at the Live Oak High School site. Here is an additional statement released today:

“The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing. The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken.”

I’m afraid with the volume of emails I am receiving, I may not be able to reply personally to any additional comments, but I will endeavor to read everything that comes in my inbox.


Bart Fisher

Amazing Michael Yon photo

Minutes after he took it, Michael Yon posted the following intriguing picture to his Facebook page:

The story behind it, in Michael’s own words:

Paying for damages: I took this photo about five minutes ago while a soldier counted Afghan money. Our people keep cash on hand to pay for damages we cause during operations and so forth. From what I have seen, the money is well spent and is a big help here.

Whew. Behold the face of freelance battlefield journalism in 2010. It’s also a good pic to send to people who claim the US just destroys houses and does not pay compensation to their owners/residents.

More great stuff at Michael’s FaceBook page and his website. Remember — his work is only supprted by reader donations, so if you can spare some for him…

Why the legacy media haven’t offered The Two Michaels (Totten and Yon) lucrative war correspondence gigs is beyond me. Maybe because “they don’t stay on message” — but if that were the only reason, one would expect a lucrative offer from the WSJ, Fox News, the Times of London, or the Daily Telegraph?

I need brain bleach

… after reading and viewing Zombie’s latest photo-reportage on a San Francisco “anti-war” rally. Does anybody know where I can buy brain bleach wholesale?

But seriously, go and have a look, but don’t eat first and keep throwable objects away from hands’ reach. The most interesting part, of course, is the Konvergence of Kooks — the amalgamation of extremist-“left” and extremist-“right” kookery into one unsavory, if often unintentionally humorous, stew.

The ehcuoRaL whackjobs were there too, complete with pictures depicting 0bama with the world’s most infamous mustache. But since there are no Tea Partiers anywhere in sight that can be blamed, don’t expect the dinosaur media to cover this.

Ringo the Gringo (site appears to be down) has another photo reportage in the same vein.