This is not The Onion. In New London, Conn., you apparently can be too smart to be a cop:
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.
Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.
The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.
I believe this is fairly revealing. I would also argue it may not be a matter of being bored with police work. More intelligent officers might question superiors, and orders they believe in violation of the US Constitution and their training. It appears the ideal cop for New London, Conn. is a person who is intelligent enough to absorb training, but not too smart. It’s Goldilocks - this one was too dumb, this one was too smart, but this one is just right.
According to Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged 2.3 million viewers per episode in 2011. Unlike Fox News, “The Daily Show” was up in total viewers (+7%) and all key demos: adults 18-49 (+6%); men 18-34 (+2%); men 18-24 (+4%).” The Daily Show was also the top cable late night talk show in terms of total viewers, and was generally dominant. While Fox News was losing 14% in the demo in 2011, Jon Stewart was gaining 6%.
Jon Stewart has become Fox News’ #1 media nemesis. To put Stewart’s ratings into a head to head context, The O’Reilly Factor tends to hover around the 3 million viewers range. Hannity is at around 2+ million, and On The Record with Greta Van Susteren varies between 1.1 million and 1.5 million as an average. This means that The Daily Show is more popular than both Hannity and On The Record, and trails O’Reilly by about 700,000 viewers.
The reason why Fox News feels so threatened by Jon Stewart is because his program is more popular than anything not named Bill O’Reilly on the network. Not only is Stewart popular, but he is popular with the coveted young demographics that Fox News struggles with. The average Fox News viewer is 65 years old. For years, the Fox News model of success has been powered by viewers literally aging in to watching Fox.
However, Jon Stewart has thrown a wrench in the Fox News cycle of life by educating his millions of younger viewers about Fox News. Stewart spends segments debunking the propaganda, exposing facts, and uncovering the edited video that is the bread and butter of America’s top cable news network.
Every night Stewart is teaching Americans how to not watch Fox News. The Daily Show host has become the media critic with the biggest platform and loudest voice in our country, and most often that voice is targeting Fox News for their brand of “journalism.”
“Employee rights are said to be valid when employers pressure employees into sexual activity. Why don’t they quit once the so-called harassment starts? Obviously the morals of the harasser cannot be defended, but how can the harassee escape some responsibility for the problem? Seeking protection under civil rights legislation is hardly acceptable. If force was clearly used, that is another story, but pressure and submission is hardly an example of a violation of one’s employment rights.”—
I can’t even compute a proper response. My boss telling me my ass looked good in shorts and that every guy was looking at it and I liked it means that I should have quit? Like I didn’t want to? Like I didn’t feel gross and nasty and and slimy for the next month forever? I didn’t quit because quitting means he wins. Quitting means that the next time it happens ( and it probably will) I will get the chance to tell him no. Or not. But it mostly means I still get a fucking paycheck. And you know what? I would probably get that harassment the majority of places I would get employed. So I guess this means I just should stop trying to work, go ahead and clean and sew all day, making casserole and bake a cake barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen for my husband… that way I can REALLY be liberated from sexism. Yeah fuck Ron Paul.
“There is a bit of good news about the economy that the job market is healing. On Thursday, the Labor Department said in the past month, unemployment claims averaged 375,000 per week — the fewest since June 2008. For perspective: At the height of the recession in 2009, more than 600,000 Americans were applying for unemployment each week.
a story about a hiker getting stuck on the side of a mountain trying to rescue his dog (also stuck) after the dog fell off chasing a bottle. Both ended up having to be rescued and hung on the side of the mountain for over 90 minutes. We both say “Dumbass” at the same time. That’s why I love him.
**P.S. I like animals and love dogs, but I’m not going over a cliff for one. I believe in natural selection. This is not about species-ism- I feel exactly the same about the ends of Crocodile Hunter and the creator of the Segway. Just sayin’.
“Well, I’ve changed the course of music five or six times. What have you done except fuck the president?”—
Miles Davis to Nancy Reagan at a White House dinner in 1987 after she’d inquired as to what he’d done with his life to merit an invitation. source (via marxisforbros)
Eh this is completely wrong. He was actually quite fond of the Reagans. It was at a White House dinner however. Here is what actually happened. From his autobiography.
Miles writes: “She looked at me and turned all red and shit, then she said, ‘Well, what have you done that’s so important in your life? Why are you here?’ “Now, I just hate shit like this coming from someone who is ignorant, but who wants to be hip and has forced you into a situation where you’re talking to them in this manner. She brought this on herself. So then I said, ‘Well, I’ve changed music five or six times, so I guess that’s what I’ve done and I guess I don’t believe in playing just white compositions.’ “I looked at her real cold and said, ‘Now, tell me what have you done of any importance other than be white, and that ain’t important to me, so tell me what your claim to fame is?’”
Oh hey, look at that. The original quote was a scathing critique of race and unearned ambition but the popularized version simultaneously glorified sexism while confining Davis to the caricature of the angry black man.
“We solemnly declare to the world’s foolish politicians, including the puppets in South Korea, that they should not expect any changes from us.”—North Korea’s National Defense Commission (the country’s most powerful body), as quoted by the KCNA News Agency, this morning.
“For all of their years of claims that massive voter fraud is going on at the polling place, such that photo ID restrictions are required to ensure the integrity of the vote, you’d think that when Republicans have a chance to run their own elections, they’d be sure to want it to be as “fraud”-free as possible.
Nonetheless, despite onerous polling place photo ID requirements now passed into law in about a dozen states where the GOP controls both the legislative and executive branches, voters will be able to cast their ballot in next Tuesday’s “First-in-the-Nation” Republican Iowa caucuses without bothering to show a photo ID — even though the Republican Party itself sets their own rules for voting there.”—
“Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of 17 nonprofit groups around the country on Thursday, including at least three democracy-promotion groups financed by the United States, as part of what Egypt’s military-led government has said is an investigation into “foreign hands” in the recent outbreak of protests…
The raids were a stark escalation in what has appeared to be a campaign by the country’s military rulers to rally support by playing to nationalist and anti-American sentiment here. But for the military rulers to suggest that American government funding may have played a role in the recent unrest is remarkable, in part because the Egyptian military itself receives $1.3 billion in annual American aid.”—Egypt’s Forces Raid Offices of U.S. and Other Civil Groups (via ryking)
Not that the wonderful guy I reblogged this from thought this up, but stories like this sometimes tick me off for one reason. Hispanics, like blacks, don’t confer with one another and conspire to vote together on a candidate. Just have to point that out for GP. I know this is part of the analysis, but I wish we as a society would stop doing it.
That being said, when candidates make it their business to spout racist shit, we POCs have a tendency not to like that. If their party does nothing to curb it, we tend to like that even less. I for one am all for the GOP reeping what they sow.
PRO TIP: Selling fighter jets to a strategic ally repressive regime doesn’t look good.
Speaking of, I’ve still got my eye on the proposed $53 million arms sale to Bahrain. Can we take a moment to review the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry’s list of violations reported to them throughout their human rights investigation?
See. I don’t agree with everything he does. But I’m not supposed to. He’s a politian of course he fucks up. But he’s my President and even when he does fucked up shit like this, I respect the office. Also reblogged for the Prince gif. That’s pure awesome!
it also sounds like you need to do some unfollowing. your dashboard shouldnt be filled with bullshit like that. aspire to educate but some people are down right oblivious, arrogant, and stubborn
Oh no. You misunderstand. I’m not seeing this ignorance because the people I follow are posting it. I’m seeing it because they, like normal people, are having WTF reactions to it. Then I have a WTF reaction. I like the folks I follow. They are some pretty awesome peeps. That’s why I follow them :)
This is going to be raw and merciless. I am, in all seriousness, warning you. If you identify as transable or transethnic, unfollow, stop reading, walk away. You’ll notice that I prefaced this as pertaining to white people.
So, you believe you’re transethnic? Cool. Here’s what’s wrong with that.
Lately, I get on tumblr and see a new pile of WHAT THE FUCK on my dash EVERY DAMNED DAY. Over the Christmas holiday, it has been a crew of white folks insisting that black people who point out bullshit injustice are somehow compounding the problem by “whining”. And then they are fucking insisting that they have historically been victims of racism too- by other fucking white people!
You fucking douche, NO YOU ARE NOT! That had nothing to do with your race, you ass. It had to do with your fucking nationality or ethnicity i.e. Irish, English, Russian, Jewish. That is not racism. Only you douches can tell each other apart by sight. I can’t. When I look at you, I see a white person. That’s a racial identifier. The rest is a nationality/ethnicity identifier. Extra shit that you celebrate as you will. On the other hand, when you look at me, there’s no question that my race is black. My national origin, due to the history of how my people arived in America, is mystery. This is why, when we are playing the “where are your people originally from” game, I claim a fucking continent- that and you fucks don’t seem to realize that Africa is not a country, but we’ll talk about that another time. But when we are talking about race, and on any general day, I’m black. Period.
Then, I have to read about folks claiming that they can’t get scholarships cause, miraculously, all the POCs took them all while at the same time I am looking at a rash of fucking spoiled white children whining about not getting a white iPhone for Christmas. I know these aren’t the same people, but it’s the same bullshit kind of whine. Are you fucking kidding me?! Have you looked at the statistics on graduation rates of POCs? What about debt ratios for POCs vs that for graduating white students?
And you whiny little spoiled brats talking about a fucking white iPhone, I blame your parents. Why the fuck, in this day in age, do you insist on raising a privileged asshole? Ya’ll are the same fuckers who’ll be whining on Dr. Phil 3-4 years from now about how you can’t get Little Suzie and Johnny out of the house because they think they have a right to live there rent free and could you please help me kick my slacker kid out of my house.
And now this transethnic/ transabled crap! What the fuck is this transethnic shit you fucks have dreamed up?! Seriously? I left that otherkin shit alone cause that’s not even in my realm of shit, but really? Are You fucking serious? Cause what? You don’t get enough attention as it is you need to usurp a disability or a race or ethnicity? Seriously?! I can’t. I just can’t. I don’t have the energy….
Now, if I’ve offended you with anything I said in this post:
1. Good. You needed that fucking wake up call.
2. Sucks to be you and you can make your way on over to the unfollow button cause I have little patience for ignorance and I consider all these things to fall under that label. Therefore I’ll be going off about that shit from time to time and identifying it as FUCKED UP! You don’t like it fuck off.