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Okay: Took the survey, and answered honestly. The score is below. The survey methodology is highly skewed of course. I hit 38 mainly due to the fact that my parents are poor 'wa'at' traash, as they say in the south. Few of the questions address the rather obvious fact that Irish-Americans from the trailer parks are as free to be 'rich' 'white' 'bigots' as any Ivy-League, commie sucking, light-skinned actual-bigot from Martha's Vineyard or Georgetown. If I were a middle-class WASP mailed to MIT by daddy with a new and shiny Jag, I would have scored about 90 - without any regard to 'my privileges.' The survey is clearly racist and very, very sexist agitprop. ----- My score and the survey response: You live with 38 out of 100 points of privilege. You’re not privileged at all. You grew up with an intersectional, complicated identity, and life never let you forget it. You’ve had your fair share of struggles, and you’ve worked hard to overcome them. We do not live in an ideal world and you had to learn that the hard way. It is not your responsibility to educate those with more advantages than you, but if you decide you want to, go ahead and send them this quiz. Hopefully it will help. ----- Note: The survey completely missed the one actual 'privilege' I suffer from: The ability to perform complex engineering tasks without significant (or even with bad, false, or misleading) guidance. But for that disability, I'd never have the privilege of working for dipsticks earning 6-fig's while taking home between nothing at all to no more than 70% of what my PC colleagues earn. Worse - the survey failed to ask a single question about on-the-job bullying for my race and gender THAT was NOT loaded to exclude bullying those of Irish descent. If I had a scholarship or a job for every time I was accused of privilege, I'd been sipping Margaritas on a beach next to a hotel that I OWNED!
Agreed, and with the others I also think you put it well. Very succinct and to the point.
Yes Seawolf, and for many of them it is their religion too.
LOL, great observation Azhot. So true, so true ...
Perry is a politician, and I have no great partisan love for the Governor. Like Delay, Perry has been reasonably effective and shown an intent to try to run Texas government like an adult under the constraints imposed by our times. Some partisan rumors have come back to me through the network of birds in the state, but since the rumors come from birds with near-devout devotion to hating Perry, I won't repeat them exactly, but just tangentially. Even if the rumors are true though; Perry has allowed friends and cronies the same access to him and his office which his opponents expect. And I know this is true from the same sources who admit that Perry himself (that's with an R after his name folks) gave special access to their own NGO's and partisan groups. Which certainly begs the question of whether Perry is letting 'evil' 'conservative' principles like 'fairness' go too far. Even the outraged birds admit - special access to government should be limited to Liberals because they are pure and holy minions inspired by the Multiverse with Good Intentions for the Human Project - whereas the Governor is merely a pawn of Satan, though of course they point out it's just the Governor's blind stupidity which makes him believe he is a pawn of Satan since Satan does not exist. ... I kid you not. Humorous word choice aside, they really believe it. I've seen them frothing at the mouth, smirking with victory, and bulging their eyes. The sanctimonious self-righteousness seems to be a zeal better suited to their own characterizations of medieval witch hunters than to 21st century professionals. Naturally, I believe the governor is innocent on the charges. Until proven otherwise by actual evidence, the DA accusing him (and her friends leaking to their friends leaking to the birds I know) isn't doing herself any favors from the viewpoint of 'truth, justice, and the American Way.' The DA and her side are motivated by partisanship and its clear the facts and the situation are meaningless. They just want to get Perry, and if justice is trampled, justice be darn-ed. It's hard to believe such partisans can put together a case without spin-doctoring, spoliation, and withholding exculpatory evidence. If Perry turns out to be actually guilty of the charges: I'm sure we'll be hearing it from CNN from now until the cows come home.
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Letting in the Wrong Refugees

Topeka Wrote: Sep 20, 2014 10:44 AM
A bird told me ... --- During his years in a consulate in the Mediterranean, the bird foiled a number of attempts to enter the USA on many different kinds of visas including 'refugee' status visas. Despite weeding out some of the more obvious offenders the consulate issued over 12,000 refugee visas - predominately to Muslim refugees. The bird saw none - 0 - nada - not one - visa issued to a Christian or Jew as a refugee. They did receive visas as students, for business, and (rarely) a J1 or H1B, but these are all separate programs from the refugee visas. Also: As a wrinkle. Many Russians and eastern Europeans also received refugee visas. In a dishonest study these people would be classified by their ethnic group as 'christian' - but the bird saw no Russian Jews using the refugee status for entry. The bird believed the staff weeded out the Christian and Jewish applicants: Either moving them into other visa categories or blocking them altogether. Despite this - and being fired from the State Department - the bird still claims to be a Liberal, and voted for Bam Bam twice. When asked how my 'evil' powers controlled the consulate he formerly worked for, the bird explained that America is so 'evil' we only hire staff who can 'speak the language of the refugees.' The bird of course is multi-lingual and Ivy League schooled, but lacks the common sense to realize that if the staff is speaking Arabic, and he doesn't, and all the refugees from north Africa and the Middle East are Muslim ... maybe State has hoodwinked themselves and are blind to the plight of the victims in those countries. The bird also cannot explain why America is so 'evil' she must accept people who hate her core principles - while 'Amerikkka' is so wonderful and good, the followers of that dystopian vision must exclude the Christian and Jewish and Other (e.g. Zorastrians) 'monsters' who hatefully refuse to endorse baby murder, rape, terrorism, and other forms of violence. The bird did explain his procedures for preventing violent types (the obvious ones) from obtaining a visa. .... And my response was, '[Yes, your techniques sound effective.] No wonder they fired you.' He gave me the puzzled, 'I'm lost and confused' look. Fairly common for someone with a half-million dollar edumacation.
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Letting in the Wrong Refugees

Topeka Wrote: Sep 20, 2014 10:22 AM
"countless Christians, Jews and other victims of Islamic persecution" ... ----------- Reminds us of the 30's.
Thanks for the info Doug.
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Deport the Tsarnaev Sisters

Topeka Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 2:11 AM
LOL Keep on rockin
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Deport the Tsarnaev Sisters

Topeka Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 2:10 AM
They are the Voters, the Demokkkrats want. If this were not true, we would be deporting minor criminals, shooting the violent ones, and our immigration policy would limit immigration to those nations with pro-American demographics instead of ignorant peasants from socialist cesspools. Reality Check here: Russian criminals abuse our welfare system, often with the help of Leftist sympathizers in govt subsidized NGO's running hand-outs to refugees. They compile fraudulent cases, and receive undeserved benefits. They also file lawsuits against landlords, and businesses alleging discrimination, and they are heavily involved in gun and drug trafficking. ... But we had a slew of Russian computer engineers working for us, and they were all deported by Bam Bam: They wouldn't let them extend their visas. Don't need no stinkin' programmers. But violent, hate-filled, mental cases, yep, they gotta have them.
Yes. It's projection.
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