Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 21, 2012
After you think that you have thought you have seen it all, take another look. Political correctness has been taken to a new level in Rhode Island where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully stopped age-old traditions, the father daughter school dance and another “gender-based” event the mother–son baseball game.
The ACLU filed a complaint on behalf of a mother who didn’t like the fact that her daughter could not attend a school dance because she did not have a willing father to accompany her. According to the mother and ACLU, the child would feel “left out” of the dance. Yikes! Heaven forbid that we should blame the mother for her poor choice of a father for the child.
After receiving the ACLU’s complaint, school district superintendent Judith Lundsten halted the events stating: “I acknowledge that many of these events have long traditions and for many parents, these types of gender-based events are not an issue. However, this is a public school system and under no circumstances should be isolating any child from full participation in school activities and events based on gender. Please be all-inclusive when planning your events.”
As political correctness gains in ever stronger foothold in American society, it places at risk the very guarantees of freedom and independence that our founders attempted to guarantee in the US Constitution.
Posted in ACLU, Political Correctness | Tagged: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, Baseball, dance, father daughter, gender-based, mother son, Rhode Island | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 9, 2010
Last week Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga almost tossed a perfect game. Unfortunately, on the last play of the game an umpire blew the call when he called a runner safe when he was clearly out. OK, mistakes happen and we all should feel badly for the pitcher, as well as the umpire. But that should not mean that we taxpayers give the pitcher a gift for his bad fortune.
A day after the mistake pitcher Galarraga was given a brand new Corvette convertible from 60% taxpayer owned General Motors. According to GM North America President Mark Reuss who has been lifelong friend of the owners of the Tigers (Ilitches family), “It is only fitting we help give back for all the Ilitches have done for Detroit and to celebrate Armando’s pitching and sportsmanship during one of the most captivating evenings in Tigers history”.
A few weeks ago we watched GM CEO Ed Whitacre misrepresent the extent of GM’s payback of taxpayer bailout money in a PR campaign that cost millions. Now this bailed out company is giving away a $60,000 car to a ballplayer that is already handsomely paid. It seems easy for GM to blow taxpayer money. This irresponsible behavior exemplifies why failed companies should not be bailed out with our money.
Posted in Bailouts, General Motors, Governmental Intervention | Tagged: Armando Galarraga, Bailouts, Baseball, Corvette, Ed Whitaker, General Motors, GM, Ilitches, Taxpayers, Tigers, Umpire | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 5, 2010
On Monday evening a 17-year old “fan” decided to run rampant through the field at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game. A Philadelphia policeman chased down the criminal with his Taser quickly stopping the romp with no one getting hurt. However, the trespasser did shake a bit on the ground as a few thousand volts “reminded” him that he was breaking the law. Probably not what he thought the response would be when he knowingly broke the law.
It didn’t take long for the Progressives to start their Liberal dribble. The pathetic American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania said of the incident: “The officer’s response was completely out of proportion to the situation.” For that bit of dribble, Attorney Mary Catherine Roper must be classified as a knucklehead. When a criminal knowingly breaks the law there needs to be consequences and sometimes they need to be strong enough to act as deterrence in the future. Let us remind Ms. Roper that in 2002 two similar trespassers attack Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa at a Chicago game with Gamboa suffering partial hearing loss.
Not only did the policeman use an appropriate response Tasering the Philadelphia trespasser, but he also sent a message to other would be criminals with similar intent. Run out on a baseball field illegally and you’re in for a bad night. Good work officer!
Posted in ACLU, Crime, Progressives, Uncategorized | Tagged: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Attorney Mary Catherine Roper, Baseball, Deterrent, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phillies, Progressives, Taser, Tom Gamboa | 2 Comments »