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Arizona State University training: Christians 'hateful' and 'bigots'

This is what the youth of today are being taught in Universities across the country and around the globe.

 

ASU student objects to sensitivity exercise

By David Discobing, For the Tribune
January 21, 2007

Arizona State University senior Ryan Visconti was told "his kind" wasn't welcome — that he was an abomination and an unforgiveable sinner. He pleaded to join the "church," which was set up Jan. 10 as part of diversity training for ASU dormitory employees.

The role-play training took place Jan. 11, one week before the start of the spring semester.

Assigned the identity of a gay Hispanic, Visconti's persistence during the training got him nowhere. A woman with a Southern accent told him there was nothing he could do. She said he was going to hell, and that even Jesus said so in the Bible.

Visconti, a 22-year-old political science major from Mesa, called the role-play an "ultra-clear example" of the victim mentality and liberal bias that permeate ASU.

"It crossed the line," Visconti said. "All it did was reinforce the most disgusting, hateful and ugly stereotypes in our society."

Visconti said he was required to participate in the role-play for his job as a resident assistant. It was an activity that Visconti, other dorm employees and a Valley religious leader said went too far.

Even an ASU associate professor who specializes in minority relations has raised concerns about the activity.

ASU Residential Life spokeswoman Diana Medina said the role-play was designed to examine the effects of racism, classism and "homophobia" on different cultural and economic groups.

But Visconti said the students who designed the roleplay overlooked their own stereotypes, such as the notion that white men don't have to work for wealth because society gives them a free ride. Or the idea that Christian churches are filled with bigots, and people who support traditional family values such as heterosexual marriage are hateful and narrow-minded.

"They were basically saying that if you don't feel the same way, you're wrong," Visconti said. "It got to the point that if you weren't a minority or gay, you were supposed to feel guilty and that everything was given to you in life."

To start the role-play, participants were handed coded index cards that indicated their race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Participants were then told to visit different "life stations" and create their "perfect life."

The stations included booths for housing, banking, church, jail, transportation and employment.

At each stop, Visconti said he was given scripted responses based on his gay Hispanic identity. He was told he could be a landscaper and live in a ghetto apartment or be unemployed and homeless. Meanwhile, students assigned white identities were encouraged to be business executives.

According to Visconti, the exercise didn't focus on any of the positive aspects of diversity.

That's something Madelaine Adelman, an ASU associate professor who specializes in minority relations, said can be dangerous.

"Exercises like these can be powerful tools," she said. "But if implemented incorrectly, they can have a harmful effect."

She said the Residential Life exercise needed to focus more on understanding and collaboration.

"It's good they are incorporating this training," Adelman said. "But exercises like this can't just focus on the negative. They need to highlight the differences and advantages too. It all needs to be part of a longer process. If it's not constructed carefully, it exacerbates the problem."

According to Medina, the ASU exercise was modeled after those at national leadership conferences. She said ASU students designed the exercise, which was approved by Residential Life staff as a way to increase awareness and sensitivity.

But Visconti said the roleplay was based too much on extreme situations that were too unrealistic to relate to real situations.

He said the narrow portrayal of the church bothered him the most.

"I am Christian," he said. "And I don't think like that."

Paul Eppinger, executive director of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, a nonprofit organization that focuses on building cooperation among religious groups, said the ASU activity made unfair assumptions about the way a church would respond to a gay Christian.

"There are some churches out there who might act that way," Eppinger said. "But many are very open, accepting and welcoming of homosexual men and women."

Eppinger said he agrees with diversity training as a tool to bridge differences - as long as the role-playing is set up in a fair manner.

"Without proper forethought," he said, "it will cause people to get the wrong ideas."

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/index.php?sty=82699

Upgrading to Vista

I'm upgrading one of my main PCs to Vista right now as I write this.

It appears that anyone upgrading should be prepared for a multi-hour endeavor, but naturally we will see how it goes.  Maybe I'll be surprised.

There's a compatibility checker that seems to go through all of your hardware and software as the first step in the upgrade.  The only thing it detected as "un-runnable" in Vista was Nero Burning ROM, so I had to bail out of the installation, uninstall Nero, and then start again.

The next time it got through that step, and then mentioned a few software apps that would not run well under Vista.  They are the typical types of software apps that need new device drivers, like WinDVD and some other multi-media software.

The only thing that was slightly bothersome was that Zone Alarm would not work under Vista, but I already knew that.  It is mystifying to me that Zone Labs did not hurry up and create a Vista version.  (At least they haven't since the last time I checked a couple of weeks ago.)

So once I'm finished with the upgrade I'll be installing Windows OneCare, which I have been test-driving on another PC for a couple of weeks.  I don't think it's quite as good (or mature) as Zone Alarm, but I was fairly impressed with it.  It seems that it's built for less-sophisticated users, which is perfect for most people, but probably means I'll need to spend some time learning how to tweak it.

However, Vista is a much more such operating system that Windows XP, so that is a big advantage even if Zone Alarm doesn't work (yet).

I'm looking forward to seeing and using the new Vista Aero user interface.  FINALLY I'll be able to make good use of my nVidia SLI dual-card mainboard and GeForce cards -- in the everyday operating system!

For those who don't know about Vista, there are two different user interfaces that come with Vista -- Aero (the super-duper interface) and the "regular" interface, which is still better than Windows XP, but doesn't have all the special effects.

Aero will only run on computers that are more modern and have good graphics boards with a decent amount of memory.  I don't know the exact specs.  I do know that my system is about as stacked (graphics-wise) as they come, so I'll be happily cruising around in Aero in a few hours (if all goes well!).

Aero includes some REALLY cool effects, which are actually pretty useful.  For example, you know the trick with Windows XP, where you press Ctrl+Tab to cycle through the active windows?  Well, Aero has something similar, except you see miniature versions of all the open windows on the screen, and you can cycle through them like pages being shuffled around.  Not only is it very cool, but very intuitive and useful.

Well, it's hurry up and wait while this thing installs.  I'll try to post a follow-up entry at some point in the future to give my thoughts and feelings after having used it for a while.

Beautiful music, must-see movie?

I had the pleasure of stumbling on the official web page of Pan's Labyrinth this morning.  Pan's Labyrinth is a new fantasy movie that's getting tremendous reviews all around.

On Rotten Tomatoes it is getting an astounding 96% Fresh rating.  Very few movies achieve that good of a rating.  Checking local listings reveals that the movie is in limited release however, so finding a theater playing it may be difficult for some.

Back to their web site, if you just leave the web page open it plays the entire soundtrack in very high quality stereo sound.  On my PC (which has fantastic THX speakers) it sounds at least as good as a CD.

You can check out the Pan's Labyrinth web site at:

http://www.panslabyrinth.com/

Open it up, and then open a new browser window or tab so the Pan's Labyrinth site stays open in the background.  You can enjoy a great soundtrack while doing other stuff!

Gingrich: Israel faces nuclear Holocaust

Do YOU think that Iran's leader, Mahmoud Ahmadabad, who publicly calls for the destruction of Israel and recently led a conference focused on proving the Holocaust was a myth, is just blowing smoke?

Do you think all these Middle Eastern madmen are nothing more than tyrants in a teapot, and that the best thing to do is to just isolate them?  After all, they're sitting there in the middle of the desert, what could they do?

They all talk like that, with ridiculous statements, but they never really do anything, right?

Further, they are just responding to the stupid war in Iraq, right?  And all the other bad things Americans do, like imposing their will on the Middle Eastern countries, right?

Some people will never be swayed into the debate of ideas far enough to shake those misguided views out of their head.  But for those willing to listen and willing to admit that perhaps they don't have all the answers, please read the following important article.

Israel faces nuclear Holocaust warns Gingrich

Newt Gingrich: Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem facing mortal Iranian threat, says former US Speaker of the House; emphasizes 'three nuclear weapons are a second Holocaust'

Yaakov Lappin
Published: 01.23.07, 19:51

The Israeli people are facing the threat of a nuclear Holocaust, former US Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich warned the Herzliya Conference held by the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, he said, the United States could lose a few million people or a number of cities to a terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction.

Gingrich, who addressed the conference via satellite from the United States, said he thought Israel's existence was under threat again for the first time in 40 years.

"Israel is in the greatest danger it has been in since 1967. Prior to '67, many wondered if Israel would survive. After '67, Israel seemed militarily dominant, despite the '73 war. I would say we are (now) back to question of survival," Gingrich said.

He added that the United States could "lose two or three cities to nuclear weapons, or more than a million to biological weapons."

Gingrich added that in such a scenario, "freedom as we know it will disappear, and we will become a much grimmer, much more militarized, dictatorial society."

"Three nuclear weapons are a second Holocaust," Gingrich declared, adding: "People are greatly underestimating how dangerous the world is becoming. I'll repeat it, three nuclear weapons are a second Holocaust. Our enemies are quite explicit in their desire to destroy us. They say it publicly? We are sleepwalking through this process as though it's only a problem of communication," Gingrich said.

The former House speaker expressed concern that the Israeli and American political establishments were not fully equipped to take stock of the current threat level.

"Our enemies are fully as determined as Nazi Germany, and more determined that the Soviets. Our enemies will kill us the first chance they get. There is no rational ability to deny that fact. It's very clear that the problems are larger and more immediate than the political systems in Israel or the US are currently capable of dealing with," said Gingrich.

'Time to come to grips with threat'

"We don't have right language, goals, structure, or operating speed, to defeat our enemies. My hope is that being this candid and direct, I could open a dialog that will force people to come to grips with how serious this is, how real it is, how much we are threatened. If that fails, at least we will be intellectually prepared for the correct results once we have lost one or more cities," Gingrich added.

He also said "citizens who do not wake up every morning and think about the possible catastrophic civilian casualties are deluding themselves."

"If we knew that tomorrow morning we would lose Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, what would we do to stop it? If we knew we would tomorrow lose Boston, San Francisco, or Atlanta, what would we do? Today, those threats are probably one, two, five years away? Although you can't be certain when our enemies will break out," he warned.

Earlier, Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, said that Islamic jihadism was "the nightmare of this century."

"The war in Lebanon demonstrated that Israel is facing a jihadist threat that runs through Tehran, to Damascus, to Gaza. Hizbullah are not fighting for the coming into being of a Palestinian state, but for the going out of being of the Israeli state," he said.

Romney emphasized that Iran could not be compared to the former Soviet threat, because the Islamic Republic was following a suicidal path. "For all of the Soviets' deep flaws, they were never suicidal. Soviet commitment to national survival was never in question. That assumption cannot be made to an irrational regime (Iran) that celebrates martyrdom," he said.

The former governor called for the utilization of the widespread opposition held by the Iranian people to their own regime, in order to facilitate regime change, while also adding that "the military option remains on the table."

"Iran must be stopped. Iran can be stopped," Romney declared, receiving applause.

Snippet to enumerate JavaScript object properties

In writing some JavaScript code today, I had to write a function that was being called by some other JavaScript function, and I had no idea how many argument (parameters) were being sent by that other function, or what the contents of those argument would be. 

So, I figured out a nice way to determine what was being sent to my function.

First, determining the number of arguments being sent was pretty easy.  In every function, JavaScript automatically creates an array called arguments[].  So to find out how many arguments are being passed to my function, I created the following code:

function myFunction() {
  alert
(arguments.length);
};

Then, when I opened the web page and the JavaScript function was called, I saw a "2" displayed in an alert box, so 2 arguments were being passed.  That part was easy!

Next, I changed my function to display what type of arguments were being passed:

function myFunction() {
  alert(typeof arguments[0]);
  alert(typeof arguments[1]);
};

Then when the function executed I saw 2 alert boxes, each with the word "object".  So I knew I was being passed 2 objects as arguments.

The last step was to examine the 2 objects to see what was inside them.  To do that I came up with a way to enumerate the properties of each object.

In JavaScript objects are really nothing more than arrays that are stored in something called "JSON" (JavaScript Object Notation).  JSON represents objects as arrays of name/value pairs.  The name part is a string value and the value part is any valid JavaScript type, such as string, number, or function.

So enumerating the object properties was just a matter of using two for loops to read all the elements of the array.  The function became:

function myFunction(arg1, arg2) {
   var property, properties="";

   for(property in arg1){
      properties += (property + ": " + arg1[property] + "\n");
   }

   alert(properties);
  properties="";

   for(property in arg2){
      properties += (property + ": " + arg2[property] + "\n");
   }

   alert(properties);
};

Then when the function executed I saw two alert boxes, the first one showing full contents of the first argument, and the second alert box showing the contents of the second argument.

Now that I know the contents of the arguments, I can go on and finish my JavaScript function!

This is a nice little snippet to keep in reserve in case something like this happens again.

Comparison of two mighty ships

SHIP #1:  USS REAGAN

Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective...................ENORMOUS.

Please read about the USS Reagan. Also notice the respect that the crew gives the Arizona Memorial when passing it.

This is absolutely beautiful!

USS REAGAN PASSING THE ARIZONA MEMORIAL

USS Reagan

BEAUTIFUL!


When the Bridge pipes "Man the Rail" there is a lot of rail to man on this monster: shoulder to shoulder, around 4.5 acres. Her displacement is about 100,000 tons with full complement.

Capability

  • Top speed exceeds 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling
  • Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years
  • Carries over 80 combat aircraft
  • Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet

Size

  • Towers 20 stories above the waterline
  • 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall
  • Flight deck covers 4.5 acres
  • 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across, weighing 66,200 pounds
  • 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
  • 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet

Key Dates

  • Dec 8, 1994 Contract awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Feb 12, 1998 Keel laid
  • Oct 1, 2000 Pre-commissioning Unit established
  • March 4, 2001 Christened by Mrs. Nancy Reagan
  • May 5, 2003 First underway
  • July 12, 2003 Commissioned
  • July 23, 2004 Arrived at home port in San Diego, CA

Capacity

  • Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
  • Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
  • 18,150 meals served daily
  • Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2000 homes
  • Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400 telephones
  • 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets
  • Costs the Navy approximately $250,000 per day for pier side operation
  • Costs the Navy approximately $2.5 million per day for underway operations (Sailor's salaries included).

 

 

SHIP #2:  US Navy welcomes the USS Bill Clinton

Sunday July 2nd '06 Vancouver, BC, Headed for Seattle, WA.

The US Navy welcomed the latest member of its fleet today.

USS Clinton

Pictured above:

The USS William Jefferson Clinton (CVS1) set sail today from its home port of Vancouver, BC.

The ship is the first of its kind in the Navy and is a standing legacy to President Bill Clinton "for his foresight in military budget cuts" and his conduct while president. The ship is constructed nearly entirely from recycled aluminum and is completely solar powered with a top speed of 5 knots. It boasts an arsenal comprised of one (unarmed) F14 Tomcat or one (unarmed) F18 Hornet aircraft which although they cannot be launched or captured on the 100 foot flight deck, but form a very menacing presence.

As a standing order there are no firearms allowed on board. The 20 person crew is completely diversified, including members of all races, creeds, sex, and sexual orientation. This crew, like the crew aboard the USS Jimmy Carter, is specially trained to avoid conflicts and appease any and all enemies of the United States at all costs.

An onboard Type One DNC Universal Translator can send out messages of apology in any language to anyone who may find America offensive. The number of apologies are limitless and though some may sound hollow and disingenuous, the Navy advises all apologies will sound very sincere.

The ship's purpose is not defined so much as a unit of national defense, but instead in times of conflict the USS Clinton has orders to seek refuge in Canada. The ship may be positioned near the Democratic National Party Headquarters for photo-ops and can be used extensively for social experimentation and whatever other worthless jobs the ex-commander-in-chief and his wife can think of.

It is largely rumored that the ship will also be the set for the upcoming season of MTV's "The Real World."

The ship was renamed and commissioned USS William J Clinton when someone realized the USS Blowfish was already taken.

Undercover in British mosques

Look at what is being taught in mosques.  This is what politicians call a "beautiful religion". 

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=24018_Dispatches-_Undercover_Mosque&only

Update: I just finished watching all 3 parts of the video.  After watching it, I fear that there is no hope of ever having a peaceful society that includes these people.

Apparently, they are all being taught to hate Jews and Christians, to fight democracy, that women are half as important as men, that it's a good thing to hit women, that it's OK to marry pre-pubescent girls, to ridicule homosexuals, and to form a Muslim state with the sole intention of destroying non-Muslim societies.

The third part shows the absolute ridiculousness of politicians who visit the Muslim organizations, praising their strides toward peaceful co-existence.  They invite these politicians, and then when they leave go back to their hateful teachings.  They teach ways to make it appear that they are trying to get along, while secretly carrying out their subversion.

How can they ever be trusted -- any of them -- while they allow these radical people to teach at the most mainstream mosques?

What is the reason that a reporter needs a hidden camera in order to see what they are teaching there?  If a reporter wanted to record a Baptist mass, does anyone think they would need a hidden camera?  Or at a Catholic mass?  A Protestant mass?  A Jewish mass?

It is plain to see that the reason the mosques don't allow "outsiders" in there is that they have a lot to hide, including things that would make most people's skin crawl.

In N.J., Veterans Day faces expulsion by schools

New Jersey is one of the most liberal states in America.  Liberals hate the military.  Is any of this a surprise?

I can't wait to get out of this awful state.  I used to love it here.

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Veterans Day faces expulsion by schools
January 13, 2007

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- For World War II veteran Sam Stia, a legislative proposal that would cease requiring New Jersey schools to teach about Veterans Day and Memorial Day can be summed up in two words.

"That's wrong," Mr. Stia, 83, said from his Hamilton home, where he flies an American flag at half-staff to honor fallen soldiers. "We're just giving our flag away and our patriotism away."

Mr. Stia and other veterans are steamed about the proposal, which state lawmakers unanimously passed last month. It now awaits action by the governor. It was included as part of a larger measure designed to help control property taxes, mostly by abolishing some laws on school purchasing and public hearings.

Other holidays about which schools no longer would be required to teach include Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Arbor Day and Commodore Barry Day, which commemorates Revolutionary War hero John Barry.

New Jersey schools must observe the holidays under a 1967 law designed to promote "the development of a higher spirit of patriotism." Florida, Nebraska and Washington are among states with similar laws.

New Jersey American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars groups have asked Gov. Jon Corzine to veto the bill so schools still have to teach about Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

"It's not right. They're not going to know the sacrifices that were made so they can enjoy the protections that they have," said Hank Adams, New Jersey VFW adjutant and an Army and Coast Guard veteran.

The governor hasn't decided how to proceed. "We're reviewing that bill," Corzine spokesman Anthony Coley said.

The law wouldn't ban schools from holding holiday commemorations, but requiring schools to honor the days guarantees children would learn about veterans, said Ray Zawacki, department adjutant for the American Legion of New Jersey.

"If it wasn't for veterans, we wouldn't have been able to maintain the freedoms the Constitution provided to us," said Mr. Zawacki, a Vietnam War Navy veteran.

Mr. Zawacki said schools frequently ask veterans groups to send speakers into schools before the holidays.
But state Sen. John Adler, a sponsor of the bill, cited a 2004 report by a state commission that recommended giving schools more flexibility to decide holiday observations. He questioned whether schools even bother to recognize the holidays.

"I don't believe that most schools fulfill the spirit of the law and the mandate," he said.

Mr. Adler said he understood and respected the veterans' concerns, but argued that curriculum, not state mandates, should drive instruction.

"I don't think the state should be in the business of telling districts to do every single thing," he said.

New Jersey school officials support the bill.

"It's simply time and flexibility," said Mike Yaple, spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association. "There's nothing in the legislation that can undermine the amount of pride and honor a community feels toward their veterans."

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20070112-115026-7662r.htm

Stopping Identity Theft

Here's an excellent video pointing out the dangers of identity theft.  Pass this link on to family/friends.

http://video.sheriff.org/psa_cartheft.shtml

 

'End of Life' for a laptop after 22 months?

I read an amusing but cautionary blog entry from someone who had purchased an Alienware laptop, and then was told it was essentially "dead" after just 22 months.

You really need to read it to understand. 

http://aspadvice.com/blogs/ssmith/archive/2007/01/09/Alienware-End-Of-Life-_2D00_-What_3F00_-So-Soon_3F00_.aspx

Speaking of laptops, if you are looking for an inexpensive laptop that is perfect for a non-techno whiz, and has plenty of "good stuff" inside and out (so that it won't be "End of Life" in 22 months), I'd recommend checking out the HP Compaq v5000 series.  It's a sliver-colored laptop with a medium-gray colored keyboard.

The keyboard is particularly good for people who aren't used to typing on a laptop, as the keys are nice and big and spaced apart from each other.  (Although nothing can match the keyboard of a Lenovo ThinkPad, but those are much more expensive.)

It also has a great little screen - a widescreen 15.4" LCD. The touchpad is very good, and I typically hate touchpads.  Performance is excellent for an inexpensive laptop.

The software bundle is *OK* - nothing special - unless you get one with a nice bundle.  But I never buy a PC for the software that's included, because I like to install my own.  (And I usually uninstall all the junk that comes on a new PC.)

Always get at least 1GB of memory (RAM) when buying a new PC these days.

Incredible new technology

This could be one of the coolest devices ever invented!

Apple just introduced the iPhone, which finally combines a phone, iPod, and  computer into one device.  I'm actually glad they took their time, because the end result is the latest must-have piece of technology, if it works like the demo.

One of my favorite parts of it is the new interface, in which you control it by touching the screen with your fingertips.  Unlike all the normal touch-screens, this new screen can be manipulated my touching the screen in multiple places at once.  So if you want to zoom out while showing a picture, you just touch your fingers close together on the screen and then pull them apart!

Also, the new way to scroll a page is incredible.  If you've used Adobe Acrobat you get the idea -- you "grab" the page by clicking and holding the button, and drag the page up and down.  The difference with the new iPhone is that you can "spin" the page in any direction by touching it and "flicking" it in the direction you like and then letting go.  Kind of like you would spin a Roulette wheel or shove a piece of paper across the table.  Genius!

Apple has a complete demo online that shows tons of details.  Check it out!

http://www.apple.com/iphone/