Thursday, March 27, 2014

Must've been a LOT of pressure

on the EffingBI; about damn time.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington, D.C.-based family organizations as "hate groups" for favoring traditional marriage, has been dumped as a "resource" on the FBI's Hate Crime Web page, a significant rejection of the influential legal group.

The Web page scrubbing, which also included eliminating the Anti-Defamation League, was not announced and came in the last month after 15 family groups pressed Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey to stop endorsing a group -- SPLC -- that inspired a recent case of domestic terrorism at the Family Research Council.

Ever had someone check the Body Mass Index as if it were Holy Writ and tell you what you should weigh?  Thought they were full of crap?  Well, a nurse told this lady, based on the index,
that she's borderline obese and needs to start a diet.  Immediately.

Next time someone starts whining about evil, lying conservatives/Republicans/etc., give them some examples of the sterling character of the left; couple of my favorites:
Senator Harry Reid got just a slap on the wrist for his declaration that Barack Obama was a “light-skinned” African American with “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia earned a pass for being an Exalted Cyclops in the KKK and filibustering the Civil Rights Act by voting the right way as his Senate career progressed. Left-of-center magazines with nearly entirely white editorial staffs tear into the Republican party for insufficient diversity in its ranks.

Exploitation? Michael Moore didn’t use union workers on his film claiming that greedy corporations exploit workers. The Nation, which pays its interns the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, wrote an open letter to Walmart demanding that it pay its workers at least $12 per hour. The American Prospect, which frequently demands a hike in the minimum wage, offers a $100 weekly stipend for a full-time internship.

Many opponents of voucher programs send their kids to private schools. John Edwards called for steep tax hikes, after years of using a legal loophole to save $600,000 in Medicare taxes. If you have the right party affiliation, you can do anything. You can even run up a giant carbon footprint traveling around the world urging other people to reduce their carbon footprint.


Anonymous said...

"Must've been a LOT of pressure
on the EffingBI..."

Yes, but from whom? Just within the last few days news of the feebs hitting a bunch of Dems for gun running, fraud, corruption, etc. My first thought was "whose toes did they manage to step on"?

It's not like the feds give a damn about crime as long as the criminals are comrades in good standing.

Sailorcurt said...

Re the BMI story. Early in my Navy career, they went strictly by Height/weight measurements to determine who was "fit" and who was not.

A good friend of mine was about 5'6" and was a powerlifter. He wasn't exactly thin, but he was not fat...he was just huge and strong.

The Navy decided that he was too heavy for his height and had him on "mandatory PT" (physical training) three times a week to help get his weight within standards.

He had a habit of finishing his 45 minutes of mandatory PT and going straight to the gym to get in his real workout. The only thing that he really had against the mandatory PT was that it wasted good time that he could have actually been doing some constructive physical exercise. He always called it his "extended warmup".

Anyway, this stuff's been going on for a long time in various venues.

The Navy ultimately switched from simple height/weight to a "body fat" measurement that added measuring the neck and waist to the calculation. The new method was an improvement, but the measurement techniques and calculations were so flawed that it wasn't much of an improvement.

markm said...

Re BMI: In the Air Force about 1985-87, I kept getting letters warning me that one of my troops was _almost_ obese. Was that the 6'2" guy who looked like a blimp with legs? No, it was weightlifter, who was 180 pounds, 5'8, V-shaped with almost no waist, and couldn't have been any lighter without being anorexic.

Although to be fair, every year the blimp would sail effortlessly through the annual physical fitness qualification, which consisted of a mile "run" - double-timing the whole way (at 5,000 feet altitude) and coming in very much under the rated time, although you can make the time with running one lap and walking three. And when I ran into a stuck bolt that was beyond my strength, it was the blimp, not the weightlifter that I'd call over to help. His father was an auto mechanic, like mine. Body mass helps in un-sticking a bolt, but mainly there's a trick, more mental than physical, to putting everything you've got into the wrench for one critical moment. We both absorbed it at an early age, but I've never figured out how to _teach_ it, and the weightlifter never caught on.

markm said...

What's happening with the FBI? Maybe they don't think the Democrats are going to win the next two elections.