Category Archives: Society & Culture

Whoa: Look who’s taking money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

http://twitter.com/#!/patriotsongbird/status/488283712962830336

Wow. Here’s a link to the Gates-subsidized NBCNews.com article. There is no indication that it’s an advertisement or advertorial. It appears to be a bona fide news story written by a bona fide reporter (Nona Willis Aronowitz). Here it is featured along with NBC News’ other articles on its education page:

nbc news education

It’s no secret that the Gates Foundation has been lobbying hard for Common Core educational standards. This, however, is the first we’ve heard of a grant to subsidize a major news outlet’s Common Core coverage.

How long, we wonder, has this cozy little arrangement been going on? Have other MSM news outlets accepted grants from the Gates Foundation?

(Editor’s Note: This post was not subsidized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/07/13/whoa-look-whos-being-paid-by-the-bill-melinda-gates-foundation-to-cover-common-core/

Reports: Man charged in Cochran nursing home photo scandal commits suicide

http://twitter.com/#!/sunnyright/status/482535859141365760

Mississippi attorney Mark Mayfield, who faced charges for his alleged involvement in a scandal involving a blogger taking photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife in a nursing home, has committed suicide, according to Sam Hall of Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger:

http://twitter.com/#!/samrhall/status/482537927994793984
http://twitter.com/#!/samrhall/status/482538421530136576

Mayfield had denied the charges against him.

Other outlets are also reporting the story:

http://twitter.com/#!/16WAPTNews/status/482542018191982592

How horrible.

http://twitter.com/#!/EdMorrissey/status/482540429372424194
http://twitter.com/#!/Sipconservative/status/482538942680412163
http://twitter.com/#!/KristinaRibali/status/482544566319321090

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/27/reports-mississippi-attorney-charged-in-cochran-nursing-home-photo-scandal-commits-suicide/

‘WTF?’: THAT’S the name of the charity the Obama’s ‘served’ on 9/11?

Because they don’t want us to remember. They want us to “serve.”

The President & FLOTUS joined millions to #Remember911 with service by assembling backpacks with @KaBOOM volunteers. pic.twitter.com/OpIhhQLIlb

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) September 12, 2014

@FLOTUS @kaboom no fucking way, u remembered 911 by stuffing backpacks with shit called kaboom? Wtf?! U can't make this shit up!

— Brazy (@_Brazy) September 12, 2014

@FLOTUS @kaboom joined millions

— raimund raimundinho (@raimund) September 12, 2014

Let’s hope that’s not true. Some commie Care Bear contrived  “day of service” is no way to remember the worst attack on U.S. soil in history. Service is great but it’s not how you commemorate an act of war—especially while the war is still being fought.

@FLOTUS @WhiteHouse @kaboom Remember #911 by assembling backpacks… #lolwut

— Steven Warren D (@StevenWarrenD) September 12, 2014

Big smile on his face for someone that just decided to kaBOOM a pair of countries without permission. @FLOTUS @kaboom

— J H (@JrGothDetective) September 12, 2014

@FLOTUS kaboom seems like an word that might be a bit off color to use when talking about 9/11…..

— Kathryn Rose (@kthryn_) September 12, 2014

Kaboom? Really? On a day planes went kaboom into buildings. Brilliant! @FLOTUS @WhiteHouse @kaboom

— Brian (@tntruckerdad) September 12, 2014

@FLOTUS @WhiteHouse @kaboom What an ironic name for a charity organization. "Kaboom"? Really?

— RhythmSlave (@KenjiSense) September 12, 2014

@FLOTUS It was an honor to have you join us on your third playground build! Thanks for being a champion of play and service! #playmatters

— KaBOOM! (@kaboom) September 12, 2014

Nothing evokes the appropriate somberness of a day like 9/11 quite like the slogan “Play matters.”

@kaboom @FLOTUS Its 9/11 & the name of your company is "KaBoom"????? Really??? You really need some self awareness.

— Phil0616 (@phil0616) September 12, 2014

Tone deaf.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/12/wtf-thats-the-name-of-the-charity-the-obamas-served-on-911/

How do the Ferguson police mix up the sex of the wounded officer?

As Twitchy reported earlier, there were multiple incorrect reports that the officer wounded in Ferguson, Missouri was a woman. How exactly do the police mess something like that up?

Tweeters are wondering the same thing:

What a weird thing to get wrong RT @GPollowitz: Note the police have changed their earlier report: Officer who was shot in #ferguson is male

— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 28, 2014

NYT still reporting officer shot in Ferguson was a woman. St. Louis County police chief confirms it was a male. pic.twitter.com/2zPgrbmBlW

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) September 28, 2014

OK, this seems pretty basic… RT @GPollowitz: Note the police have changed their earlier report: Officer who was shot in #ferguson is male

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) September 28, 2014

And we’ll leave it at this:

@MZHemingway @GPollowitz But these days who knows what male even means? Was the officer Cisgendered?

— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) September 28, 2014

@BlueBoxDave @GPollowitz just because he was assigned a penis-designated sex doesn't mean anything, you're right.

— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 28, 2014

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/28/how-do-the-ferguson-police-mix-up-the-sex-of-the-wounded-officer/

Denver Post writer sees racism in the renovation of Union Station

Can architecture be racist? Well, according to the Denver Post’s Ray Mark Rinaldi, YES IT CAN! Here’s his piece from October 19:

And his headline:

Did diversity miss the train in Union Station’s architecture?
The urban playground at Union Station isn’t drawing people of color and it may be the building’s fault

People of color don’t like the way the building is constructed so they’re avoiding it? That’s kind of a racist thing to say. And tweeters were quick to point out the inherent racism in Rinaldi’s claim:

Ah! So this piece was written in the course of calling other people racist, so that makes it OK. Got it?

More outrage and mockery at Rinald’s assertions:

But, hey … what do we know. Maybe African-Americans do avoid coming to Union Station. Just last week Hillary Clinton and Sen. Mark Udall were busy shaking hands and campaigning at the station, or as Rinaldi described it in his piece, “Denver in 1950″ and we don’t  see any African-Americans in the photo:

And this:

Vanilla ice cream, no doubt.

And here’s Udall from back in May at a ceremony for the opening of Denver’s finest example of, again in Rinaldi’s won words, “architecture of exclusivity”:

Kind of odd for two of the top politicians in Democratic circles — Sen. Mark Udall and Hillary Clinton — to be seen at such a monument to racism, no?

Come to think of it, President Obama has been noticeably absent from the campaign trail in Colorado. We’ve assumed that it’s because Sen. Udall didn’t want to be tied to the president’s failed policies, but could it bet that it’s actually President Obama who doesn’t want to be seen with Sen. Udall because of Udall’s love of racist structure? We’re just asking questions…

Related:

‘Just what we need now’: Jesse Jackson all set to battle Ebola-induced racism [photo]

‘Racism?’ WaPo’s Dana Milbank asks why Obama commands ‘little loyalty’ from Panetta, Clinton and Gates

‘Django Unchained’ actress Daniele Watts cries racism, cops say indecent exposure

 

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/22/progs-of-pallor-alert-denver-post-writer-sees-racism-in-the-renovation-of-union-station/