Gov. Northam blames white privilege as he continues to resist calls to resign

11902572296027992144Says the man with ultimate white privilege. 

Do Democrats really miss all the irony? 

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is blaming his white privilege on recent accusations of racism. During an interview on Sunday, he said white people are treated differently in this country than other racial groups.

Gov. Northam blames white privilege as he continues to resist calls to resign

Confronted With Details Of Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez Claims Not To Speak English

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The controversial Green New Deal ran into trouble early on when an FAQ of the details was placed on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s website and then pulled down after it received scrutiny. For a while her people claimed the FAQ never existed, and when directly asked about it, Ocasio-Cortez has not answered questions, claiming not to speak English.

VA. Lt. Gov. Fairfax Calls on FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

9620748045237201006He says with a straight face and a wedding band on his finger…

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax calls on the FBI to open a probe into the sexual assault allegations against him.

In a statement on Saturday, Fairfax said his encounters with two women who have accused him of sexual assault were consensual. 

VA. Lt. Gov. Fairfax Calls on FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

Please stop attacking the Green New Deal by using its exact words.

Teacher in Florida Fired for Giving Zeros to Students Who Didn’t Turn in Work

WhiteboardThe school has a “no one fails” policy, which translates into a “no one works” policy. 

A Florida teacher claims she was fired for refusing to give half credit to students who didn’t turn in their assignments. According to West Gate K-8 School’s student handbook, the school has a “no zero” policy which prevents teachers like Diane Tirado from giving a grade below 50 percent.

“Bye Kids, Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in,” the former eighth-grade U.S. history teacher wrote on the whiteboard on September 14, her last day.

Because Tirado was in her first year of teaching (a probationary period) at West Gate, there was no official reason listed on her termination notice. However, the 52-year-old says it was because she didn’t follow the school’s policy which reads, “NO ZEROS- LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%.”

Tirado, who found out about the rule after she gave zeros to several students who didn’t turn in a notebook explorer assignment, disagrees with the policy. She believes grades should be earned, explaining to WPTV, “I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids that are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up and it’s not real.”

In a follow-up Facebook post, Tirado said, “Teaching should not be this hard. Teachers teach content, children do the assignments to the best of their ability and teachers grade that work based on a grading scale that has been around a very long time. Teachers also provide numerous attempts to get the work collected so they can give a child a grade.”

However, a spokesperson from the school district told WPTV that “there is no District or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from recording a grade of zero for work not turned in.” And in a statement to KSAT, they said that Tirado was let go for “sub-standard” performance and interactions with students and parents that “lacked professionalism and created a toxic culture.”

Do potatoes feel pain?

Swami Nick GierA great letter to the editor contra Nick Gier. 

Dr. Nick Gier assembled lots of really interesting stuff about animals in his Jan. 31 piece, “His View: Progress on animal rights around the world.” No one argues that animals ain’t smart. And of course they are sentient beings; i.e. they respond to stimuli. Plants, too, respond to stimuli, and many are of the opinion that plants can sense pain, and some scientific articles indicate they have intelligence. Now, the good doctor’s personal opinion is that the criterion for right to life is the ability to sense pain, so he asserts that killing an infant (to him it’s only a “fetus”) is jest fine as long as there is “consensus” that they can’t feel pain. I think his challenge for consistency in human diet choices should include that it’s wrong to peel potatoes. But hey, that’s just my personal opinion. And it don’t hurt. So shoot me.

Bob Callihan