Saturday, March 19, 2011

Stupid girl's mixed message

For no particular reason: the Nissan Juke
UCLA student who made controversial video says she'll leave school (LA Times)

     The UCLA student who created a controversial video criticizing Asians announced late Friday that she would no longer attend UCLA because of death threats against her and "being ostracized from an entire community." In a statement released to the campus newspaper, Alexandra Wallace also apologized for what she said was her mistake in making the video and offending Asians.
     "Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words. I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn't erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action," her statement to the Daily Bruin said....

In case you missed it...


Again, for no particular reason: the Nissan Figaro

Friday, March 18, 2011

APOLOGIA FRIDAY: local Islamophobe defends herself badly; Dixie Bullock defends her pension (combined with her temp post-retirement salary)

"Pure unadulterated evil!"
     PAULY IS A CRACKER. Our pal Vern over at the OJ Blog has a fun-packed update on last month’s Yorba Linda “hate-fest,” featuring the appalling Deborah Pauly, Tea Partier and recently elected 1st Vice Chair of the county GOP. (See the "gone viral" hate-fest video here.)
     Her colleagues on the Villa Park city council—Republicans all—have purchased 20-foot poles to keep an appropriate distance from the daft woman. Good for them.
     Pauly is shameless. She’s makin’ shit up about how she feared for her life, and that's why she demonized Muslims generally and not just the two Muslim fundraising event speakers—her alleged actual vituperative targets.
     Check out Vern's post.

Not "double-dipping"
     THE DAY THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN. Meanwhile, today, the OC Reg is back on the pension warpath:
     Nearly one in six retired public school educators in Orange County supplemented their pensions last year – some by more than $100,000 – by taking temporary jobs in California schools, according to data from the state's teacher retirement program.
     Zounds! I guess.
     SOCCCD’s own Dixie Bullock gets a special mention:
     Many of the highest paid retirees are long-time O.C. school administrators, such as Dixie Bullock, retired president of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
     Bullock topped the list for combined pension and post-retirement public school earnings after spending the first half of 2010 working as a fine arts dean and the second half as acting chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District.
     Bullock, a San Juan Capistrano resident, earned $184,726 from post-retirement work in 2010 and received $125,779 in retirement pay.
     "When I get paid, I get paid for doing a full job," said Bullock, who retired in 2004 after more than three decades with the community college district. "It's not double-dipping. It's called doing a job for someone, and it's probably one of the better ways of doing it. I don't think people would be happy hiring people with no experience into a management job like this one."
     Bullock said educators were simply receiving from CalSTRS the retirement money they invested in the system. Teachers and administrators automatically send 8 percent of their paychecks to CalSTRS, with the expectation that the funds will be invested and returned to them when they retire.
     "I don't know what isn't working about it," Bullock said. "I paid into the system, and I worked all my many years. I don't think I abused the system."
     Seems to me she's got a point.

Images for a Friday

MARCH 18, 2011 ~ What with the wars, the various self-inflicted calamities, rampant xenophobia, and all the rest that we've been witnessing, I thought it might be nice to check out some old posters and crate art. There's nothing like a look at how people used to think and behave to give you a little perspective.
Or depression.
I found most of these images at Vintagraph. Very cool.
I love orange crate art and the like. This graphic strikes me as being particularly purdy.
You've gotta remember that, back in the early 50s, things were way different in Texas. Not like now.
Love the graphic. But calling one's brand "Silence" does strike me as odd. On the other hand, I'm thinking of hanging this up in my sister's apartment later today.
More like "Creepy Kids," if you ask me. Look at their faces!
This is the 1949 Olds "Futurama." I guess they really nailed it, huh?
The miracle of baking soda, I guess. Tasty, too.
Another weird-faced kid. No doubt this was put out by the American Pork Council, or Dairy Council, or something.
I think he's dull.
Look at that kid! An apple a day rots brain cells away.
Sure. Trust us, we're experts.
Not if they're beaten with a stick. 
Is it just me, or is it odd that the Army will teach you to care for lovable Ed--and also to inspect 'im after he's been butchered into tasty cuts?
They live for stainless steel! What could be better?
Yeah, what about that? I've always been patriotic in this regard.
And if it's yellow, let it mellow. Naturally, we've got a water crisis here in California. But no water posters.

Playing nuclear Russian roulette

     In this morning’s Watchdog, Teri Sforza describes a study of U.S. nuclear power released yesterday by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
     Written by the respected David Lochbaum, the study includes such factoids as this: “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported 14 ‘near-misses’ — i.e., significant safety- and security-related events — at America’s 104 nuclear reactors last year.”
     According to Lochbaum, the NRC does a good job as far as it goes, but they definitely have trouble seeing the forest for the trees:
“The NRC must draw larger implications from narrow findings for the simple reason that it audits only about 5 percent of activities at every nuclear plant each year,” the study says. “The agency’s limited-scope audits are designed to spotcheck whether an owner’s testing and inspection regimes are ensuring that a plant complies with regulations. Those regimes, if fully adequate, should find and correct any and all safety problems, leaving none for NRC inspectors to identify.
     The upshot? We’ve been playing nuclear Russian roulette. And we’ve been lucky. So far.

     • San Onofre Nuke Plant Needs Inspection Now, Say Senators Boxer and Feinstein (OC Weekly; Nick Schou)
     • County Human Relations Commission Reacts to Yorba Linda Protest (Voice of OC)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Williams interview; Street blames Greer

'We've Never Been Found to Have Done Anything Wrong'

     The Voice of OC has posted a LINK to an interview of former SOCCCD trustee and “embattled” OC Public Administrator/Guardian John Williams that appeared last week on PBS SoCal. Be sure to have a look.
     As you know, the OC Supes have been trying to get Williams to step down, after hearing from an attorney they hired to review Williams' office.
     Unsurprisingly, Williams insists that he’s done nothing wrong, though he has agreed to retire (in January). A January departure is obviously not soon enough for the Supes.
     It has been reported that the recent review revealed Williams to be incompetent—but, true to form, the Supes have not made public the content of that report.
     Do you suppose it’ll ever see the light of day?
     Williams' attorney is a close associate of the crew of hinky local Republicans that seem to run politics in the county. The ethically-challenged Phil Greer has represented all but one of the current Supes; he was Chriss "fraudster" Street's attorney; he was also hired by the SOCCCD to represent Raghu Mathur in negotiations leading to the latter's removal from the Chancellorship of the district.
     Greer seems to be the official go-to guy for the OC Baugh-Schroeder-Fuentes Creeposphere, which also includes former Sheriff Mike Carona, now serving time in federal prison. (Carona was represented by Jones Day; it's not clear who paid for his pricey defense.)

Bastard v. bastard:

     Speaking of rat bastards, OC Watchdog (Chriss Street wants $7 million breach-of-trust verdict overturned) reports that
…former Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street is seeking legal redemption.
     Street asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Richard M. Neiter to throw out a $7 million judgment or give him a new trial.
     Neiter ruled last March that Street breached his fiduciary duty as trustee of the bankrupt Fruehauf truck trailer manufacturing company. Creditors had forced him to resign that post in August 2005. He joined the county government in January 2005 as then-Treasurer John Moorlach’s handpicked successor and was elected treasurer in June 2006.
. . .
     Acting as his own attorney, Street filed a motion this week arguing that Neiter should reopen the case. He claimed that … his own attorney, Phillip Greer, was negligent before and during the trial.
. . .
     Street ... contended that Neiter should reopen the case because of negligence by Greer, his politically well-connected [Pal o' Fuentes] former attorney. Street alleged that Greer signed a long list of stipulations before the trial without his consent — stipulations that shut off several potential defenses for Street’s actions as trustee.
     “I have no conception why any attorney would do that to a client,” Street said.
     Greer declined to comment.
Of course he did.

Rocky to the rescue:

      The college community just received word that IVC's own Glenn Roquemore (President of the college) will be lecturing on the earthquake in Japan next Wednesday. Here's the flier:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

John and Ken attack community colleges

John and Ken, opining. 
March 16, 2011: The website for the Community College League of California (CCLC) features comments by well-known President/CEO Scott Lay. Evidently, the feature is called “A Defining Moment.”
     In today’s DM, Lay describes the latest rant of notoriously rabble-rousing louts “John and Ken” of KFI radio:
     Community colleges are a "scam" serving "parasites."
     That's what California's most listened-to radio hosts said during their drive time show last night. Oh, and they called our most financially challenged students—single moms transitioning from welfare to work—“parasites."
     I wish we could ignore John and Ken's drivel, but as they work to drive their ratings, they are also driving the budget conversation in Sacramento.
     Yesterday, they want on a warpath against our students and the community colleges generally (beginning at 19 minutes [here’s the link]). They started by blasting our students who rallied from Fullerton College on Monday. In talking about the students, they said:
     "The community colleges are the least useful in society . . . Community colleges are the first thing you'd cut. You're not going to get much of a job out of it."
     "The community college thing is a scam. Doesn't get you anywhere."

     Wow, that would have … been enough to get me riled up, but then they went on about me personally (beginning at 27 minutes)….
     They introduced me as a graduate of "Orange Coast College," sarcastically saying that it means that I must be a "really smart guy." (They left off UC Davis and UC Davis School of Law, which yesterday became a Top 25 law school in the US News rankings!)
     But, I could care less about what John and Ken say about me, the League or Orange Coast College. [They] went on to describe our CalWORKs students, single moms that are in the most rigorous welfare-to-work program in our state's history, as "parasites.". . .
     They generally hold their "Tax Revolt" hour at 5 pm, and you can count on them trashing public employees, students and the generally less fortunate Californians in their campaign to grow listenership. I urge you to e-mail them at johnandkenshow@kfi640.com before today's show or call 1-800-520-1534.
     After weighing in, turn your radio to NPR….

Fun with Orange County images

A 1926 "OC" poster, courtesy of the Orange County Archives. Click on it to enlarge it.
It is, of course, impossible to live in this county without thinking about its, um, image. I'm not sure precisely what Orange Countians had in mind with the phrase "prolific wonderland." Lotsa fruit maybe. Look closely and you'll find the hills sprouting oil derricks, and not just palm trees and orange trees!)
OK, I added a little something in the middle of the image for the sake of, uh, retroactive verity. Check it out.
UCI c. 1964. Few realize that, in the early days of the Irvine campus, the "Young Republicans" dominated the social scene and even managed to discourage "hippyism" and "bell-bottom" trousers for a time. That all went to crap when, in 1968, Eldridge Cleaver offered a fiery speech, encouraging UCI Anteaters to "get loaded" and to "chill the f*** out."
Swastika truck bling. Recently, I posted this pic (also courtesy of the Orange County Archives) of downtown of the benighted town of Yorba Linda, circa 1920.  (Yorba Linda was the scene of those anti-Muslim protests a month ago.) Since the photo has an unusually high resolution, I decided to blow it up to read the signage, etc. That yielded a surprise. Below is a detail of the truck and building at left--and then a further blowup of the truck.

See what I mean? Swastikas! (This is for real; it's no Photoshop trick.) The photo was likely taken during the early days of the National Socialist Party, but that scene was thousands of miles away, and otherwise obscure. If not Naziism, what does the symbol mean, if anything?

The swastika is an ancient symbol that was adopted by many cultures long before the Rosenberg/Hitler crowd got hold of it in 1920. At around the turn of the century, it was widely used as a "good luck" charm. That seems to be its meaning in this 1912 photo of an aviatrix.
Don't know what that Yorba Linda swastika is all about. Any ideas?

Blast from the Past: Rebel Girl Contemplates the Inherent Risks of Nuclear Energy

Rebel Girl is on the road, hiking the canyons of New Mexico and eating her weight in green chile and sopapillas. It's been pretty damn idyllic for her and the little family except for the moment at the end of every long desert day when they return to their small hotel room and tune into the latest grim update from Japan.

It reminded her of the short essay she'd written over a decade ago. The essay was inspired by the accidental activation of the official warning from the San Onofre plant (Stand by for evacuation information) — instead of the reassuring warning: "this is just a test."

In the original draft, there was extended reference to a recent nuclear accident at Japan's Tokaimura plant. Rebel Girl had been disturbed to hear reports of parents being directed to wipe the rain off their children's faces and arms.

The editor at the Times excised the references to Japan, claiming that readers just wanted to read about local issues. She recalls him saying quite explicitly, "Orange County doesn't care about Japan."

She argued that O.C. readers needed to care about Japan and that nuclear energy wasn't just one country's problem — its very nature made it everyone's concern.

She lost. What ran was a pleasant enough meditation about nuclear energy amidst bird watching on the beach.

from the Los Angeles Times:
ORANGE COUNTY VOICES:

Nuclear power: Stark contrasts between nature's beauty and human hubris spoil the view at San Onofre ~ October 10, 1999

It was an accident. That's what south Orange County cable viewers who called about a civil emergency announcement on Sept. 29 were told. Southern California Edison was conducting its annual test of San Onofre warning sirens, but this year activated the wrong message. It was not an accident, it was an accident.

In the late 1970s, nuclear power politicized me, a suburban high school student. The Three Mile Island accident occurred two days before my 18th birthday. A friend, a foreign exchange student from West Germany, invited me to my first anti-nuke demonstration.

Scared, I didn't go. Later, I got scared of what would happen if I didn't get involved. So, years before I moved to Orange County, I joined protesters at the gates of San Onofre. My brother-in-law worked there. He'd kid me. "What do you want to do," he'd say, "put me out of work?"

Later, after I moved here, I accompanied my husband and a friend to Trestles, the surfing spot. They surfed while I stalked a great blue heron picking its way along the shore. My binoculars forced me to focus on the bird's lean silhouette. Finally, when the heron ascended, folding its neck and head together, spreading its broad wings, I followed its flight, pointing my sights inland. The twin gray domes of San Onofre filled the binoculars.

I was genuinely startled to find where I'd wandered. I'd never seen it from this perspective, nestled between bluffs, snug against the beach, sipping the ocean waters. I snapped a photo: heron, nuke, both reflected in the glossy mirror of sea. I turned and left, unsettled at where my walk had led me....
To read the piece in its entirety, click here.

In today's New York Times, novelist and Sendai local Kazumi Saeki recounts his earthquake experience and reflects on the ongoing nuclear crisis in his essay, "In Japan, No Time Yet for Grief" -

excerpt:
Reports of a catastrophe at the nuclear power plant in neighboring Fukushima Prefecture, involving hydrogen explosions and radiation leaks, have come in. Now an invisible pollution is beginning to spread. People have acquired a desire for technology that surpasses human comprehension. Yet the bill that has come due for that desire is all too dear.

Even as I write, strong aftershocks continue. As he left, Ben spoke of a “calm chaos.” It is true that faced with this calamity, the people of Sendai have maintained a sense of calm. This is perhaps due less to the emotional restraint that is particular to the people of the northern countryside, and more to the hollowing out of their emotions. In the vortex of an unimaginable disaster, they have not yet had the time to feel grief, sadness and anger.
To read the piece in its entirety, click here.

*

City Council distances itself from Pauly’s stunning anti-Muslim remarks

"Enemies of America," said Polly
Villa Park City Council Issues Statement on Muslim Charity Protest (Voice of OC)

     Villa Park City Council released a statement Tuesday saying that council members who speak in public do not automatically represent the city, a declaration meant to address Councilwoman Deborah Pauly's controversial remarks made in February at protest of a Muslim charity event in Yorba Linda. ¶ Pauly made several vitriolic statements about the Muslims attending the event. Among other things, she said "these who are assembling are enemies of America." She also said she knew "quite a few marines who would be very happy to send these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise."….

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Aftermath of anti-Muslim hate: Yorba Linda city council meeting tonight—sparks may fly

Yorba Linda, 1939 (click on pic)
Photos courtesy Orange County Archives
     Matt Coker’s latest update of the Yorba Linda “anti-Muslim extremist” story notes that
     During the public comments that are taken near the beginning of tonight's 6:30 p.m. Yorba Linda City Council meeting, concerned locals will address the anti-Muslim rallies outside the city Community Center on Feb. 13.
     Video from the protests posted on YouTube have led to international condemnation of the spectacle and politicians who cheered on ralliers [including Republicans Ed Royce and Gary Miller]. In particular, calls are being made to reign in a top Orange County Republican Party official, Deborah Pauly [of Villa Park]….
     In related news, anti-Bowdlerizing historian Gustavo Arellano has posted his latest in a series of short pieces about past OC pillars of the community who were, well, members of the KKK. This time out, Gustavo lays out the ugly truth about OC historian Henry W. Head, father of an Orange County district attorney, Horace Head—another winner.
     Nasty stuff. But we may as well embrace it. –The truth, I mean; not Head. Nor Pauly.

Yorba Linda, 1920
Yorba Linda, 1920 (click on pic)
Yorba Linda, 1918 (click on pic)
Yorba Chapel, 1916 (click on pic)

Action delayed: Williams still Public Guardian

Santa Ana, 1889 (click on pic); photos courtesy of OC Archives
Vote to strip public guardian duties delayed (OC Reg; Total Buzz; Edds)

     The Board of Supervisors delayed stripping beleaguered Public Administrator John S. Williams of his public guardian duties Tuesday as the country [sic] struggles to overhaul the two departments….
. . .
     The final vote was scheduled for Tuesday, but after a closed session discussion, supervisors put it off until March 22. If the change is adopted, a new public guardian would be in place April 14 to head the newly created Orange County Public Guardian Department.
. . .
     Williams submitted his retirement papers amid intense criticism and negotiations over his future – but he said he will not step down until Jan. 23, 2012. Assistant Public Administrator/Public Guardian Peggi Buff was removed from her position last week as a result of the county’s own investigation into how the office does business....

OC: forever backward (click on pic)

Two kinds of stupid

A spoof for demagogues

Tabloid Science (Inside Higher Ed)

     The Sex Life of the Screwworm—a silly subject for federally funded research, no? ¶ Some members of Congress thought so: they singled out the project about 30 years ago as the nation’s top symbol of wasteful spending – and later apologized when, upon further review, they realized the research was actually incredibly useful. Now, at a time when Congressional scrutiny of science spending (supposedly silly and otherwise) is rising, the other side of the debate is reviving the symbol of the screwworm to bring attention to its cause, through a method that seems too un-scientific to be true: a tabloid….

Furor Over UCLA Student's Rant About Asians (Inside Higher Ed)

     A student at the University of California at Los Angeles posted a YouTube video criticizing Asian students for talking loudly in the library (in languages other than English) and for having family members visit them, among other issues. The video was removed (although a copy is now back up) and has prompted widespread criticism. UCLA's chancellor, Gene D. Bloch, released a statement and a video in response, sharply criticizing the ideas in the student's video. "I am appalled by the thoughtless and hurtful comments of a UCLA student posted on YouTube. Like many of you, I recoil when someone invokes the right of free expression to demean other individuals or groups," he said.

Silly, silly girl


Meanwhile, I always loved this guy....

I try to pull my weight, study my geography
   —It doesn't seem to get me anywhere
I hold a picture up, everybody thinks it's me
   —I get a thrill out of tampering with the atmosphere

   Hey baby, I'm out of favour
   Can't always be the right flavour
   It just seems that no matter what you do
   Someone, somewhere's suddenly gotta punish you

Nobody hurts you, nobody hurts you
Nobody hurts you, nobody hurts you
Harder than yourself, harder than yourself.... 

Monday, March 14, 2011

C'ruption County: curious doings among our staunch Republican “fiscal conservatives”

Some ugly customers; Williams and Fuentes at right
$95,000 job given to D.A.’s fiancee never posted publicly (OC Reg; Watchdog; Kimberly Edds)

The gift that keeps on giving
     The $95,000 a year county job given to former Assistant Public Administrator/Public Guardian Peggi Buff was never publicly posted in the county’s job openings, The Watchdog has learned.
     Buff, who is engaged to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, was removed from her position as second-in-command of the embattled Public Administrator/Public Guardian’s office as a result of an audit on the agency by the county’s human resources department.
     That didn’t land Buff in line at the unemployment office.
     County officials transferred Buff Friday to the O.C. Community Resources division to be help coordinate volunteers. Buff, an at-will employee, was appointed by Public Administrator/Public Guardian John S. Williams in 2003 and then promoted from executive assistant to second-in-command of the Public Administrator’s office after five years.
Buff
     The county is in a hard hiring freeze – which limits the county to replacing and filling critical positions. But the county has procedures in place to unfreeze positions when necessary, said county spokeswoman Jessica Good.
     Other job openings, including deputy public defender, investigator, and administrative manager I for OC Public Works, appear on the county’s website, but not volunteer coordinator.
     The position of volunteer coordinator was unfrozen without public notice and Buff was hired, county officials confirmed.
     “It was determined Ms. Buff’s skills could be of value in assisting OC Community Resources to coordinate the efforts of its expanding volunteer base,” Good said.
. . .
Williams' mentor: Tom Fuentes
     Supervisors have called for Williams’ immediate resignation, but Williams told supervisors he will stay until Jan 23, 2012. His four-year term as elected public administrator is up in 2014. Williams negotiated with the county to save Buff’s job and the jobs of his two other political appointees. The fate of the other two employees remains unclear.
. . .
     The salary range for Buff’s new position – an administrative manager I – is $25.50 to $49.46 an hour.
     Buff is earning around $46 an hour, putting her near the top of the scale.
     Buff’s base salary nearly doubled during her time at the Public Administrator/Public Guardian, rising from $62,400 to $119,974 a year between 2003, when she was first appointed, and 2010. Executive manager perks, including education and car allowances, pushed her earnings to $127,000 last year.
. . .
     Her previous employment was limited to donating her time for various Republican campaigns, working as an assistant in a dentist’s office for a short time, and being a lifeguard, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Our curious local GOP leadership: implicated in a pattern of public teatmanship

What about our Tetons?

They're grand
Oh Really? OC Nuke Plant Safe, Say Nuke Plant Officials (OC Weekly; Nick Schou)

     Now this is a big relief: Southern California Edison, which operates the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS, says that their nuke plant--you know, those two pendulous white domes on the beach between San Clemente and Camp Pendleton--is totally safe. And by "totally safe," they mean it was built to withstand a 7.0 earthquake and/or a 25-foot tsunami. This good news came courtesy of anOrange County Register story on March 12, the day after a 9.0 earthquake followed by a 30-foot tsunami hit Japan, creating a nuclear emergency of epic proportions, with three reactors now close to melting down.
     So what if a 9.0 earthquake strikes along the Newport-Inglewood fault, which is just offshore Orange County's coastline, causing a 30-foot or higher tsunami?
     No comment, apparently….

• See also California reactors vulnerable to quakes, lawmakers say (OC Register; Sforza)

     In an eerily prescient missive sent just days before natural disaster crippled Japanese nuclear reactors, California lawmakers warned federal officials that San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear power plants may be more vulnerable to quakes than officials care to acknowledge….


DtB has written about So Cal Tsunamis before:
• Preparing for the Big Wet One - 12/26/06
• So Cal tsunamis? - 11/24/06
• GI Bill and other news - 6/19/08

"They want to kill all Muslims"


A Local GOP Leadership No Longer in Lock Step (Voice of OC)

Deborah Pauley
     The longtime leaders of Orange County's Republican Party were given a rude awakening in January when Villa Park Councilwoman, and self described "blended" Tea Partier, Deborah Pauly, bested establishment candidate Jon Fleischman in the election for first vice chair of the GOP Central Committee.
     Just how rude this awakening could end up being for the party's establishment became apparent in mid February when Pauly stood outside of a Muslim charity event in Yorba Linda and said to cheering protestors: "Make no mistake my friends, these who are assembling are enemies of America."
     She added: "I know quite a few Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise."
. . .
     At least one major Muslim advocacy group has demanded that Orange County's Republican party's condemn the protest and comments from elected officials who were present.
     "Time and again Republican leaders have shown a lack of leadership and irresponsible behavior in upholding the oath that they took," said Munira Syeda, a local spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It's time for the Republican party to come out and say this is un-American.
     The local controversy comes against the backdrop of last week's congressional hearing in Washington D.C. focusing on Islamic extremism. Supporters of the hearing say it is a courageous stand for national security. Critics compare it to McCarthyism and say it is the latest example of growing Islamophobia throughout the country.
     The response by Orange County's party leadership to Pauly's comments has been muted, even a bit disjointed. In an interview with a reporter, OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh defended Pauly's right to speak out, but was clearly uncomfortable doing it.
Allan Bartlett
     "We don't referee the content of what people say out at rallies," Baugh said. He added later: "In Democracy – in a country with free speech – at rallies a lot of things are said. I wouldn't read too much into it."
. . .
     However, even some Tea Party activists are acknowledging that outbursts like Pauly's could significantly damage efforts by the local GOP to broaden its base.
     "You have a lot of people (in the GOP) that want to kill – it seems to me – they want to kill all Muslims," said Central Committee member and fellow Tea Partier Allan Bartlett. "I don't criticize her right to be there, but it has generated publicity that I don't think – our party could do better as far as messaging right now….

Read the rest here.

8-14: do you regret all the lying?

✅ Trump Encourages Racist Conspiracy Theory on Kamala Harris’s Eligibility to Be Vice President NYT ✅ Orange County Sees Overall Coronavirus...

Goals and Values and Twaddle

blather: long-winded talk with no real substance*
The whole concept of MSLOs [measurable student learning outcomes] as the latest fad in education is somewhat akin to the now discredited fad of the '90's, Total Quality Management, or TQM. Essentially, the ACCJC adopted MSLOs as the overarching basis for accrediting community colleges based on their faith in the theoretical treatises of a movement.... After repeated requests for research showing that such use of MSLOs is effective, none has been forthcoming from the ACCJC [accreditors]. Prior to large scale imposition of such a requirement at all institutions, research should be provided to establish that continuous monitoring of MSLOs has resulted in measurable improvements in student success at a given institution. No such research is forthcoming because there is none….
The Accountability Game…., Leon F. Marzillier (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, October, 2002)
In the summer of ’13, I offered a critique of the awkward verbiage by which the district and colleges explain their values, goals, and objectives —aka SOCCCD'S G&V (goals and values) blather.
I wrote a post each for the district, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College efforts. (See the links below.)
This verbiage—stated in terms of “values,” “missions,” “goals,” “visions,” and whatnot—is often badly written. It is sometimes embarrassingly trite.
It occasionally communicates something worthwhile.
No doubt you are familiar with the usual objections to jargon. Higher education, too, has its jargon—an irony, given typical college-level instruction in writing, which urges jargon eschewery.
Sure enough, SOCCCD G&V blather is riddled with jargon and with terms misused and abused. For instance, in the case of the district’s dubious blather, the so-called “vision” is actually a purpose. Why didn't they just call it that?
As one slogs through this prattle, one finds that "visions" tend to be awfully similar to “missions,” with which they are distinguished. The latter in turn are awfully similar to “goals,” which must be distinguished from “objectives.” But aren't goals and objectives pretty much the same thing?
These perverse word games will surely perplex or annoy anyone armed with a command of the English language. In fact, readers will be perplexed to the degree that they are thus armed. Illiterates, of course, will be untroubled.
Here's a simple point: the district and colleges’ G&V blather tends to eschew good, plain English in favor of technical terms and trendy words and phrases (i.e., it tends to be bullshitty and vague). Thus, one encounters such trendy terminological turds as “dynamic,” “diversity,” “student success,” and “student-centered.” Even meretricious neologisms such as ISLOs and “persistence rates” pop up, unexplained, undefended.
Does anyone see a transparency problem with all of this? Shouldn't the public, or at least the well educated public, be able to comprehend statements of the colleges' goals and values?
In the case of the district, to its credit, all it really seems to want to say is that it wants to teach well and it wants students to succeed. Admirable!
So why all the ugly, common-sense defying, buzzword-encrusted claptrap?

Districtular poppycock: our “vision” and our “mission” and our tolerance of twaddle - July 31, 2013

THEY BUZZ: Saddleback College's "Mission, Vision, and Values" - August 4, 2013

IVC’s vision, mission, and goals: nonsense on stilts - August 5, 2013

THE IRVINE VALLEY CHRONICLES: no ideas, just clichés & buzzwords - Sep 30, 2013

*From my Apple laptop's dictionary