Memorial Day May 30, 2022

Foreword by Fred Brownbill: This morning, as we give thanks to our military and the ultimate sacrifices they have freely made, I want to give you two short blogs from a friend and contributor to this blog, Chris Wright. The link to his site is at the bottom of this blog. I have also attached a link explaining Memorial Day as it is a day of remembrance and not just one of barbecues and alcohol. (It is not to be confused with Veterans Day like the LA Attorney General.) Remember without the ultimate sacrifices of our bravest and best we would not have the freedoms we have today, yes, even those freedoms of speech etc. from ignorant leftists who hate this country. Take a page from my book which started in Africa, Rhodesia to be exact, now Zimbabwe, where this humble scribe joined the active military at age 16 in 1973 and fought through 1980. We lost the war – a long story I have told you all before – and lost our beloved country to Marxism. To date, despite many attempts to destroy this constitutional republic by the left, we still live in one of the most freedom living countries in the world today, although we are very close to losing it thanks to the Democrat Party and its tame puppets, education and media and its propensity to excel at propaganda. For our freedoms and liberties thank our military.


Monday is Memorial Day when we honor all military members who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.  Unfortunately, the Army just lowered its physical fitness standards, a move critics say will get more U.S. soldiers killed.

Too many women were failing the physical fitness test under so-called “gender-neutral” standards, meaning identical requirements for men and women.  So the Army reinstated sex-norming, creating a different test with lower standards for women and older men.  They have to pick up less weight and get more time to complete a run.  Senator Tom Cotton called the new test a “fiasco” that will “get people killed.”   That may be an overstatement, because the new test just measures basic physical fitness and does not change the additional requirements for combat roles or specialized jobs.    However, there is already indication that’s what’s coming next.  Earlier this year, a whistleblower accused the Air Force of fudging physical fitness standards for a female candidate so she could make it through Special Tactics training.  Senator Cotton and other critics have a point when they highlight the Pentagon’s preoccupation with ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ and ‘fairness’ for women.  How would you like to be in combat alongside someone who you know didn’t really meet the standards to be there?

Lowering standards in the name of diversity or some other value is also going on outside the military.  Critics say the preoccupation with diversity has damaged science and will ultimately mean fewer scientific discoveries in the future.  Democrats in Maryland want to keep police from removing homeless camps on public property.  Critics say the bill encourages law-breaking and vagrancy.

But nowhere is the lowering of standards more apparent than in education.

California is taking another stab at Woke Math which, like the first version, still lowers standards in the name of promoting racial justice and equal outcomes.

The California University System wants to do away with grades because students don’t all start in the same place and ‘equity’ must be served.

‘Equity’ was the battle cry of a high school principal in San Diego who eliminated racial disparities in honors classes by doing away with the classes altogether.  Who did this hurt?  Minority students who excel and will now have a harder time getting into top schools.

Some high schools in Colorado are doing away with class valedictorians.  Learning is not a competition, they say, and all students can learn at high levels.  Following that logic, they should make every student valedictorian.  Beats a participation trophy, doesn’t it?

The American Bar Association wants to do away with the LSAT law school entrance exam to increase diversity.   That’s funny.  MIT is bringing backstandardized testing requirements to find talent and identify disadvantaged students, who with a little help, could be ready for MIT.

Georgetown Law, my alma mater, is changing its Property class to focus on structural racism and cultural appropriation.  Good luck passing the bar exam or serving your clients well if all you know is a bunch of Woke drivel.

A Seattle school has a new disciplinary policy which considers race when handing out punishments for breaking the rules.  Critics say this will lead to whites being punished more frequently and severely so the schools can even up the numbers of each racial group getting disciplined.

Thanks to new race-based admissions policies, Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia – formerly one of the top high schools in the country – is now reduced to offering remedial education and tutoring at the 8th-grade level to entering students.  TJ used to be an elite school for smart kids.  No more.

Students benefit more from higher expectations than from lower standards, including minority and low-income students.  That’s a fact.  So, when Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke tells you lowering standards is essential for promoting diversity in college classrooms, she is leading you astray.

As the stories I’ve told you today show, the mindless preoccupation with diversity is a good way to damage science, hold minorities back from being all they can be and, maybe, even get soldiers killed. If we did a poll, I bet we would get a lot of support for lowering standards if diversity is the only goal. But if we changed the poll question to ‘do you support an exclusive focus on diversity given all the drawbacks that will have and all the damage it will do,’ I bet support would drop significantly. It’s easy to say ‘I want free ice cream,’ but not so easy when you factor in rotten teeth and expensive trips to the dentist. It’s time to end the exclusive preoccupation with diversity and bring things into better balance. MIT is showing the way.

PART II:- How to assassinate a former President – Open the Border.

You may have heard in the news the FBI foiled an Islamic State-connected plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush.  What you might not have heard is how Joe Biden’s open borders policies made the plot possible.

The plot involved smuggling four Islamic State-linked terrorists from Iraq across the southern border, a border now leaky as a sieve under Biden.  The plot mastermind entered the U.S. on a visitor visa, then applied for asylum.  Under Trump, he most likely would have been detained, then deported if his claim failed.    But under Biden, illegal aliens filing asylum claims are routinely released into the interior of the country and told to show up in court years later.  Surprise, surprise – not everyone does.  What self-respecting terrorist would?

FBI Director Christopher Wray just testified to Congress yesterday, “any porous point of entry is a potential vulnerability that bad actors of all sorts, including national security threats, can seek to exploit.”  And so they do.  Recently, it was reported 42 illegal aliens on terrorist watch lists have been caught at the border since Biden took office.   Nobody knows how many more suspected terrorists are among the 600,000 known ‘gotaways’ now freely roaming the U.S. after entering the country on Biden’s watch.   We do know the Border Patrol released a suspected terrorist from Colombia into the U.S. in April who was not apprehended for three weeks.  It doesn’t take three weeks to travel from the border to Dallas, where the plot to assassinate George W. Bush was to take place.

It’s undeniable the Biden administration has opened the border to a considerable degree.  I’ve documented and compiled in previous commentaries the numerous policy changes the Biden administration has instituted to open the border [Daily Skirmish – 4/28/22].  But all we get out of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is gaslighting.  He’s on record telling the nation “The border is closed, the border is secure.”  In reality, accommodating new arrivals and moving them through the asylum pipeline as quickly as possible is the plan and will remain the plan when the rush to the border begins after COVID restrictions there end.

One interesting feature of the plan is the increasing reliance of the Biden administration on left-wing activist groups to perform governmental functions to alleviate the problems Biden’s loose immigration policies have caused.  The DHS is giving out $150 million in grants to outside groups to deal with the increasing numbers of new arrivals.  Full employment for Lefties – that’s just great, and you’re paying for it.

Undoubtedly, some of this money will find its way to left-wing groups in D.C. meeting the buses Governor Greg Abbott is sending from Texas.  These groups are providing new arrivals with food, clothing, shelter, and medical care.  One account portrays all this as being done by volunteers taking action because the government has done nothing in response to the buses.  But it won’t be long before these groups pick up the scent of government grant money, if they haven’t already.  The pattern is likely to repeat, once Florida starts sending illegal aliens to Biden’s home state of Delaware when COVID restrictions at the border end.

So, the Biden administration gets to pay a little money and avoid responsibility for the immigration mess it has created.  In fact, Biden and Mayorkas come out ahead because they get to reward their Lefty friends with government contracts, thus ensuring their loyalty and making the Left stronger all around.

Cronyism and terrorism, just two of the consequences of Joe Biden’s ruinous open borders policies.

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