One of the most striking things about Cosby’s refusal to comment on a rising tide of rape allegations is that the reactions are breaking down along political lines. Conservatives, who admire the way that Cosby has spoken out against dysfunction and lousy parenting in black families, are skeptical. Liberals, who view themselves as champions of women’s rights, are abandoning him.
So as new questions swirl around America’s dad, the television icon, the guy who broke a racial barrier on prime-time TV, they are also being filtered through a political lens on the African-American superstar who dared take on his own community.
Everyone remembers Cosby as comic, or Cosby as Cliff Huxtable. But let’s flash back to 2004, when Cosby disrupted a celebration—a Constitutional Hall gala marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Ed—with some blunt talk about the black lower class:
“People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now you have these knuckleheads walking around…. The lower economic people are not holding up their end of the deal. These people are not parenting.”
Many on the left, it’s fair to say, did not embrace Cosby’s indictment, as indeed it seemed to undercut the case against racism.
Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, says it looks like the media are “trying to destroy Bill Cosby,” and he singled out CNN because the network twice interviewed one of the recent accusers, Barbara Bowman.
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Barack Obama’s reelection campaign pioneered a pathway for political campaigns to reach voters through Facebook when it released an app that helped supporters target their friends with Obama-related material.
But as the 2016 presidential campaign approaches, Facebook is rolling out a change that will prevent future campaigns from doing this, closing the door on one of the most sophisticated social targeting efforts ever undertaken.
More than 1 million Obama supporters in 2012 installed the campaign’s Facebook app. These supporters were given the option to share their friend list with the Obama campaign. Goff said most of the app users did so. And when they did, Goff’s team would then “run those friend lists up against the voter file, and make targeted suggestions as to who [supporters] should be sharing stuff with.”
This was a powerful new form of voter outreach. The Obama campaign had concluded that many voters — especially younger Americans — viewed TV and other forms of advertising from the campaign with suspicion and skepticism. But they were still open to messages that came from friends and acquaintances.
The key to getting persuasive messages in front of persuadable voters going forward, the campaign decided, was to have them come from people they knew.
“It’s extremely powerful for a campaign to be able to say to [a user], ‘Hey, here are your persuadable friends, ranked in order of where they live: Ohio first, Virginia second, et cetera. Go share this video directly with them,’” Goff said.
Then in the spring of 2014, Facebook — responding to growing privacy concerns — cracked down on how much information third-party applications could gain about those who installed the apps.
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Harvard University’s affirmative action policies, which the school says are aimed at achieving diversity on the vaunted campus of Cambridge, discriminate against Asians who often can’t get in despite having higher test scores and grade-point averages than black and Hispanic students who are accepted, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
Edward Blum, who runs the Project on Fair Representation, which filed the suit on behalf of Asian students who were rejected by the school, said it is a clear case of favoring certain racial groups over others.
“Quotas and racial balancing are strictly against the law,” said Blum, whose group sued the University of Texas on behalf of a white applicant over its affirmative action admissions policies in a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court last year.
In the Texas case, the high court reversed a lower court’s ruling in that case and remanded it with orders to apply the standard of strict scrutiny to the school’s race-conscious admissions policy. That decision is pending, but the Harvard case is different because it focuses on affirmative action’s negative impact on a minority group.
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When the word “feminist” became the runaway winner of the “Words that should be banned” poll at Time.com, feminists threw a fit, and Time.com whimpered, yanked the word from the list and apologized like a brow-beaten husband who’d had too many beatings from his wife. But it awakened the internet to the notion that in spite of their effort toe brand “feminism” as a positive word. By and large, most people view feminists in a negative light, which is ironic considering how the idiocy of feminism has inundated our culture. So we found a few examples of that idiocy, some old, some new, some from famous people, some from obscure dolts, but all of them reflect the opinions of feminists, and show the poison it has leeched into our society.
1. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”—Irina Dunn, Australian Feminist, 1969
The amazing thing is that in spite of its complete idiocy, this quote has been used by feminists for 45 years now. No sane woman agrees with this. It makes no sense whatsoever. Even its original author lacked the creativity to make an original quote, stealing it from an atheist philosopher who’d written, “A man needs faith like a fish needs a bicycle”…but maintaining the stupidity of the quote, nonetheless.
2. “Women have no idea just how much men hate them”—Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch, 1970
Another Australian (what up with the shielas?!?) completely out of touch with reality. Greer wafted around through just about any kooky philosophy or political ideology she could dig up from the trash heap of history, which, of course, endeared her to academia, who, like dogs rolling in a rancid corpse, love disproven and unworkable social constructs. Nonetheless, feminists have hung on to this jewel, too.
3. “If women ran the world, it would be more peaceful.”—Unknown, but repeated ad nauseum by feminists
Of course “Bloody” Mary Tudor actually did rule England for 5 years. In that time she killed 300 protestants and exiled 800 others as queen, because she didn’t like their religion. There’s Athaliah, in the Bible (2 Kings 11), who took the throne of Judah then killed all of her children and grandchildren (except one that was hidden) so there’d be no opposition to her reign. And, no, they are not the only examples.
4. “Why could we not expel a [male] student based on an allegation [of rape]?”—Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth, Amanda Childress
And when people (men, actually) tried to point out that in America we have the presumption of innocence, her fellow feminists accused them of trying to stifle open discussion.
5. “Because what men fear most about going to prison is what women fear most about walking down the sidewalk”—Idiot Feminist Twitter User
This another that gets repeated often, in spite of it being absolutely idiotic. So rape is what men fear most about going to prison? Not being locked away from their families; not losing their freedom; not having to live 24 hours a day with violent thugs that will do a lot more than just rape?
6. “Women staying at home are supported by their husbands. If others support you, you are a parasite.”—Another Idiot Feminist Twitter User
No matter how many times feminists will claim that they don’t believe this, they continue to demonstrate that they do. Being a stay-at-home mom runs contrary to the very heart of feminism, but they are still allowed to pretend to “support” it, while they demonize SAHMs.
7. “Men who sue colleges for having their due process rights violated over sexual assault are just playing the victim.”—MS magazine Intern
Surely I don’t need to explain that.
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