Pathetic: Another Tradition Losing To Political Correctness


Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

When it comes to any American, or religious holiday, there always has to be some turd in the punchbowl trying to ruin everyone’s innocent fun. In this case the turd’s name is Michelle Raheja:

For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won’t be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.

My five year old just did the same thing with his kindergarten class, here in Missouri. He chose to wear his pilgrim’s hat, but he wore his Indian headdress home. There were no fireworks amongst the parents about the costumes. This sort of insane-hyperactive-pc-crapola usually starts on the coasts.

Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child’s depiction of the traditional (if not wholly accurate) tale of two factions setting aside their differences to give thanks over a shared meal? Or a cartoonish stereotype that would never be allowed of other racial, ethnic or religious groups?

The first one.

“It’s demeaning,” Michelle Raheja, the mother of a kindergartner at Condit Elementary School, wrote to her daughter’s teacher. “I’m sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis), or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation’s history.”
No, I can’t really see how it’s any more demeaning or inappropriate for a kid to wear a construction paper Indian headdress, than it is for him to wear a construction paper pilgrim’s hat. They’re both a little silly…but fun, and part of our heritage. On the first Thanksgiving…the pilgrims and the Indians did sit down together to enjoy the harvest. Nobody forced the Indians to do this. They weren’t slaves. They did it in friendship. There was an initial period of peaceful relations between the settlers and the Indians. That’s what we remember, and choose to celebrate on Thanksgiving. Peace, even when it’s not lasting, is worth remembering.

Raheja, whose mother is a Seneca, wrote the letter upon hearing of a four-decade district tradition, where kindergartners at Condit and Mountain View elementary schools take annual turns dressing up and visiting the other school for a Thanksgiving feast. This year, the Mountain View children would have dressed as Native Americans and walked to Condit, whose students would have dressed as Pilgrims.

Sounds quaint, and harmless. Obviously it needs to be stopped, immediately.

Raheja, an English professor at UC Riverside who specializes in Native American literature, said she met with teachers and administrators in hopes that the district could hold a public forum to discuss alternatives that celebrate thankfulness without “dehumanizing” her daughter’s ancestry.
There is nothing to be served by dressing up as a racist stereotype,” she said.

Huh. Not all Native Americans agree:

Kathleen Lucas, a Condit parent who is of Choctaw heritage, said her son — now a first-grader — still wears the vest and feathered headband he made last year to celebrate the holiday.

“My son was so proud,” she said. “In his eyes, he thinks that’s what it looks like to be Indian.”

Is Kathy Lucas a college professor, though? What does she know? She and her kid are probably too ignorant to see how racist and demeaning it all is.

Last week, rumors began to circulate on both campuses that the district was planning to cancel the event, and infuriated parents argued over the matter at a heated school board meeting Thursday. District Supt. David Cash announced at the end of the meeting that the two schools had tentatively decided to hold the event without the costumes, and sent a memo to parents Friday confirming the decision.

But many parents, who are convinced the decision was made before the board meeting, accused administrators of bowing to political correctness.

Among the costume supporters, there is a vein of suspicion that casts Raheja and others opposed to the costumes as agenda-driven elitists. Of the handful of others who spoke with Raheja against the costumes at the board meeting, one teaches at the University of Redlands, one is an instructor at Riverside Community College, and one is a former Pitzer College professor.


Raheja is “using those children as a political platform for herself and her ideas,” Constance Garabedian said as her 5-year-old Mountain View kindergartner happily practiced a song about Native Americans in the background. “I’m not a professor and I’m not a historian, but I can put the dots together.”

Exactamundo. These people get it. And they’re not giving in easily:

The debate is far from over. Some parents plan to send their children to school in costume Tuesday — doubting that administrators will force them to take them off. The following day, some plan to keep their children home, costing the district attendance funds to punish them for modifying the event.

“She’s not going to tell us what we can and cannot wear,” said Dena Murphy, whose 5-year-old son attends Mountain View. “We’re tired of [district officials] cowing down to people. It’s not right.”

I’m not sure what I would have done….I probably would have kept my child home.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

Franken Losing Ground In MN Recount


The St. Paul Pioneer Press, is reporting:

As Minnesota’s recount in the U.S. Senate race marches on, campaign operatives have focused on the color of the ballots being counted.

Are the piles of recounted ballots from red counties, where Republican Sen. Norm Colman might be expected to pick up a few stray votes? Or blue counties, where DFL challenger Al Franken might have the advantage?

But Minneapolis — the biggest, bluest pile of all — is turning that logic on its head. With nearly half of its ballots recounted, the city Franken calls home isn’t doing the candidate any favors. And that could be dimming Franken’s hopes of catching Coleman before the state canvassing board meets Dec. 16.

“Things are clearly moving in the wrong direction for Franken,” said Larry Jacobs, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.

With fewer than half of the ballots counted in Minneapolis, Franken has lost 86 votes, while Coleman has lost just 37. In other words, the city could be blunting any recount advantage Franken might have in the rest of the state as the recount rolls toward its Dec. 5 deadline.


H/T: MN Dems Exposed

This Week’s Creepy Obama Cult Product

Move over Patchouli oil! You have been officially replaced!


“Yes We Can” perfume has been spotted in our finer stores, this shopping season! Better stock up for the Obama fan on your Christmas list….these babies are probably going fast. (I wish I were joking…I’m not).

This product is actually a copycat; a slicker version of this, and this….. and this?!

I was wondering if George Bush ever had his own perfume, so I did some googling. Banana Republic carries a perfume called,  “W”.

Something tells me it’s not meant to be a tribute to our current President, but so what? Get it anyway and give it to your favorite liberal for Christmas.

See here and here for more gift giving ideas for Obama groupie on your list.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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MN Recount Results Thus Far

Via The MN Sec of State:

Statewide Recount Results for US Senate
Nov. 4 Ballots Cast for Norm Coleman 909114
Nov. 4 Ballots Cast for Al Franken 890899
Recounted Data Totals Percent
RECOUNT Number of Ballots for Coleman (as recounted) 908063 41.95
RECOUNT Number of Ballots for Franken (as recounted) 889891 41.11
RECOUNT Number of All Other Ballots (as recounted) 363852 16.81
RECOUNT COLEMAN and Other Ballots Challenged By FRANKEN 1401 0.06
RECOUNT FRANKEN and Other Ballots Challenged By COLEMAN 1400 0.06

Percentage of Ballots Recounted = 74.18 %

It appears that Al Franken is determined to drag this thing out for as long as he possibly can.


The Star Trib reports that one woman was an election judge in one county, and a Franken observer in another:

At the tables where the U.S. Senate recount is being conducted across the state, workers wear one of two hats: Either they’re a nonpartisan election judge doing the counting, or they’re a volunteer for the candidates, keeping an eye on the counting.

But a woman from Breckenridge wore both hats, on different days in neighboring counties.

For two days last week, Maggie Vertin watched Otter Tail County’s recount in Fergus Falls, volunteering for Al Franken’s campaign. On Saturday, she worked as a Wilkin County election judge in her hometown.

For all the latest on the MN recount, see MN Democrats Exposed.

Justice Is Served: Holy Land Foundation Found Guilty On All Counts

Wow. This is great, and unexpected news. I had lost track of this story since I blogged about the mistrial last year.

The Holy Land Foundation, the largest Islamic charity in the US, was found guilty of funneling over $12 million to Hamas today.
The Dallas Morning News reported:
A jury on Monday determined that the Holy Land Foundation and five men who worked with the Muslim charity were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

The unanimous verdicts are a complete victory for the government, which streamlined its case after a mistrial last year, and worked hard to carefully educate jurors on the complex evidence presented in the massive case. Guilty verdicts were read on 108 separate charges.

The prosecution victory is also a major one for the administration of President George Bush, whose efforts at fighting terrorism financing in court have been troubled, even though the flow of funds seems to be effectively shut down.

The original trial was declared a mistrial,  after the jury deadlocked. One moonbat juror reportedly “ran roughshod over most other panelists, whose intellectual abilities he has criticized.” Among other things, Neal has gone on record to say that he didn’t even think the defense needed to stand up and present a case; that the prosecution case was “a waste of time;” that the case was only about George Bush. “

I wasn’t holding out much hope for the new trial, so I’m pleasantly surprised.

Hat tip: Israpundit