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There's an old saying called "be careful what you ask for because you just might get it". Both of my children had a leg up on being admitted to Ole Miss but both were well qualified academically. It would have been an advantage for them had they needed it.

The people who mostly fight AA are ones who benefit from the side effects.



Yeah.... I've NEVER liked admissions, scholarships, and other advantages given to the children of donors.... But I'm a firm believer in using affirmative action to promote diversity in universities. It's astonishing just how segregated schools remain today, even though it's de facto rather than de jure. College is a place where a lot of kids have their first opportunities to spend significant time with a variety of people -- and that importantly carries over into the workplace.

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"I'm a very stable genius" -- Donald Trump


It occurs to me that actual geniuses never have to tell people that they are geniuses.

Or that they're stable.

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(]CNN) - Trump says he feels "unwelcome" in London

President Donald Trump said in an interview with The Sun that he feels "unwelcome” in London. “I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?” the President told the newspaper. Addressing the issue of the giant inflatable “Trump baby” that will fly above London on Friday, he said, “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.”


They don't WANT you there, you big baby!

*looking up*

Oh, LOOK!!!

Hey.... If we fill the United States with Trump blimps, will he go away from here, too?

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As part of the same interview, Trump made a complete idiot of himself anew....

He claimed he had "doubled and tripled the GDP" in his 18 months in office. Doubled AND tripled??? Yeah, it takes 20 years to double the GDP; 30 years to triple it....

Then he whined about how people don't use the word "England" any more. He doesn't like "the United Kingdom" and wondered why leaders in the UK had changed the name.

Seriously.

Then he disputed a British poll showing that 11% of people approved of Trump, while 67% disapproved. Trump claimed that if they had taken an "honest" poll, nearly everyone would have loved him. He cited his supposed 92% approval rating among Republicans and said that was even higher than Abraham Lincoln's ratings.

Cuz, ya know, the BBC and CNN were running a lot of public opinion polls during Lincoln's term....

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Wasn't Trump CONSTANTLY whining about his claims that Obama was "telegraphing" his intentions to foreign leaders?

Hey, Vlad. Baby. Could you ask me a question when I visit? Pretty please?


(]CNN) - Trump won't rule out ceasing military exercises if Putin asks

President Donald Trump capped off his dramatic appearance at the annual NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday by teasing another controversial possibility, saying he would not rule out ceasing NATO military exercises in the Baltic States if Russian leader Vladimir Putin requested it during their upcoming meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

Asked if he would cancel them, Trump said, "Perhaps we'll talk about that," referring to Putin, a response that has only fueled the the growing uncertainty over the state of the alliance.

Despite Trump's barrage of acidic rhetoric during the summit, diplomats said the President never explicitly threatened to leave NATO and it remains unclear whether he has the power to do so without Senate approval.

However, Trump's comments about possibly canceling NATO military exercises at Putin's request have amplified fears among European leaders that the President could undermine the alliance by making major unilateral concessions to the Russian President -- who he again referred to as a "competitor" rather than an adversary on Thursday.


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I went to Catholic University of America during the late 60s - early 70s. Rumor had it in the women’s dorms that the university had an admission quota for women, a MAXIMUM number not to be exceeded, not a minimum number to be reached. The feminist movement was still in the future, and we “girls” were supposed to feel proud that we had made the cut despite the quota.

I don’t know if it was true, but there were more male students than female students, and they have a Theological College, all male at the time, a training ground for future priests. TC now admits women to pursue degrees in Sacred Theology.
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I wouldn't be surprised if it were true, Birdz. In the mid-1960s, when I was a divorced mother, I could qualify for a small scholarship if I wanted to apply as an unwed mother. Otherwise, nothing doing.

I didn't.

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I oppose AA in higher education. There are plenty of good community colleges available for those who don't qualify for a university. Four-year schools should NEVER be dealing with remedial education so that they can show some good numbers.

Even at the JC level, I had to take kids into my program who had no chance, but I could not put them into classes to help them get ready, if they were capable, of dealing with my classes.
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"I'm a very stable genius" -- Donald Trump


It occurs to me that actual geniuses never have to tell people that they are geniuses.

Or that they're stable.



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Trump Ends NATO Summit by Announcing a Diplomatic Breakthrough That Did Not Happen
Eric Levitz

By now, it is beyond cliché to say that Donald Trump approaches his presidency (and/or entire existence) as though it were a reality-television show. But like Trump’s political career itself, that analogy is forever forcing its way into one’s consciousness, no matter how tired and irritating it has become.

Take Trump’s diplomacy with North Korea. The president would surely like Pyongyang to forfeit its nuclear arsenal, all things being equal. But, at the end of the day, achieving that security objective was less important to the president than broadcasting a story in which the greatest deal-maker in human history achieved peace through strength.

So, Trump engineered an interpersonal feud, ratcheted up tensions until they reached a fever pitch, and then manufactured a spectacular resolution in which the North Korean “nuclear threat” was finally resolved, thanks to his own unprecedented toughness and negotiating skills.

The fact that North Korea had not actually agreed to meet the Trump administration’s stated demands did not matter — that dissonant bit of footage could be left on the cutting room floor.

And this week in Brussels, Trump applied the same formula to his negotiations with NATO. The plot of the president’s latest diplomatic episode was simple: A politically incorrect, unapologetically nationalist president tells hard truths to America’s effete, European allies; scandalizes media and political elites alike; before, ultimately, forcing NATO to do right by the forgotten men and women of the United States.

Trump kicked things off with an explosive cold open, deriding Germany as a “captive” of Russia — and the other NATO nations as “delinquent” on their military spending — at a breakfast meeting on the summit’s first day.

These hard truths were, of course, false. Trump’s claim that Germany was fatally undermining NATO by purchasing natural gas from Russia — and thus rendering itself reliant on the very power it was asking America to defend it against — was grossly hyperbolic. While a pending pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to Germany is a source of genuine controversy within the alliance, Angela Merkel’s country relies on Russia for only 9 percent of its energy consumption. Her government’s dealing with Gazprom will not change the balance of military and economic power between NATO and Putin’s regime.

Further, NATO nations are in no sense “delinquent” on their promises to shoulder a greater portion of the cost of their defense. Trump repeatedly suggested that NATO member states had promised to increase their military spending to 2 percent of their respective gross domestic products but had neglected to do so — thereby forcing the United States to increase its spending on their defense, and thus, accruing debts to the U.S. that must be paid back. In reality, NATO nations had agreed to increase their military spending to that 2 percent figure by 2024.

Nevertheless, Trump’s mendacious allegations served to establish the righteousness of our hero’s quest. And the president preceded to raise the temperature on the conflict he’d created, announcing in a closed-door meeting that the 2 percent target was insufficient — fairness required all NATO members to spend 4 percent of their GDPs on defense (the United States currently spends just [sign in to see URL] percent of ours on our military).

Finally, in the summit’s closing hours, Trump brought matters to a climax.

In a morning meeting on the security challenges facing Georgia and Ukraine — two economically insecure nations that have been invaded by Russia within the last decade — Trump announced that if America’s NATO partners did not all hit the 2 percent defense spending target by next January, the United States “would go it alone.” The moment sent “everyone into a tailspin,” one diplomat told the Washington Post. Had the U.S. president just threatened to withdraw from NATO if every European democracy did not succeed in passing drastic budgetary changes by the end of the year? Could Georgia and Ukraine still rely on American military might to keep them safe from Russian imperialism? Could this be the beginning of the end of NATO, as we’ve known it???

Cut to break.

The meeting disbanded and an “emergency budget” session ensued. Then, the American president emerged from those last-minute negotiations, stood before a crowd of flashing cameras and anxious reporters, and announced that all had been set right.

“I told people that I’d be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially,” Trump said. “They are going to up it at levels never thought of before.”

The president went on to clarify that America’s NATO allies had not merely reaffirmed their commitment to reaching the 2 percent target by 2024, but that said target “will be going up quite a bit higher than that.”

Trump said he took “total credit” for this unprecedented diplomatic breakthrough. He then reassured a worried world, “I believe in NATO” — suggesting that all of his criticism of the alliance was really a form of tough love: “I think NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago,” he declared.

Asked if he would pull an about-face on his plane flight out of Brussels, and tweet some disavowal of the joint statement he had signed — as he had done following last month’s G7 meeting — Trump replied that he actually never did things like that because “I am a very stable genius.”

Shortly after Trump’s remarks, French president Emmanuel Macron informed reporters that the NATO allies had not agreed to raise their previously established targets on defense spending. “There is a communique that was published yesterday. It’s very detailed,” Macron told the Associated Press. “It confirms the goal of 2 per cent by 2024. That’s all.”

Alas, Macron’s remarks did not make the final cut.

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His base will believe any and every word that he utters. He's catching hell along with his party in the media but The Cult won't watch or listen to them.
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On Trump's visit to England:

Newspaper editors scrambled to update their front pages. “The ego has landed,” said the Daily Mirror.
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Ha! Love it!

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I went to Catholic University of America during the late 60s - early 70s. Rumor had it in the women’s dorms that the university had an admission quota for women, a MAXIMUM number not to be exceeded, not a minimum number to be reached. The feminist movement was still in the future, and we “girls” were supposed to feel proud that we had made the cut despite the quota.

I don’t know if it was true, but there were more male students than female students, and they have a Theological College, all male at the time, a training ground for future priests. TC now admits women to pursue degrees in Sacred Theology.



Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... Yeah, I'm firmly opposed to QUOTAs. But we all know that kids who have had privileged upbringings, the finest schools, SAT tutoring sessions, and professional editors going over their admission essays have a TREMENDOUS advantage over kids from inner-city schools who are JUST as smart and JUST as capable of mastering college material. They just don't have the fancy dressings to get through the front door....

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The Scotsman’s takedown of Donald Trump is so brutal it’s thrilling

Donald Trump isn’t short of a critic or two but every now and again someone takes him down and they do it so well that it makes you want to give a little cheer.

This is one of those occasions, an editorial in the Scotsman newspaper giving the so-called president the welcome he deserves.

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Donald Trump, due to arrive in the UK later today, is a racist, a serial liar, and either a sex abuser or someone who falsely brags about being one in the apparent belief that this will impress other men in a metaphorical “locker room”.

To take each of these charges in turn, when black American football players protested against police shootings of innocent people of colour by refusing to stand for the national anthem, Trump said the players “maybe … shouldn’t be in the country”.

And when white supremacists, neo-Nazis and armed militia groups demonstrated in Charlottesville, Virginia, over plans to remove a statue of a Confederate general – and a counter-protester was killed and others injured as a car was driven deliberately into them – Mr Trump claimed there were “very fine people” on both sides.

Trump persistently pushed the lie that Barack Obama, the first African American president, was not born in the US.

He has called for “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, claimed Mexican immigrants were rapists and criminals, said Nigerians would never go back to “their huts” after seeing the US and described African countries, along with El Salvador and Haiti, as “s***holes”.

Trump also argued that an Indiana-born judge handling a lawsuit against ‘Trump University’ was biased against him and unfit to take the case because he was a “Mexican”.

One of Trump’s favourite pastimes is decrying “fake news”.

But, according to one count by The Washington Post, the president lies an average of 6.5 times a day. The New York Times has also tried to make a definitive list of his numerous falsehoods.

In May, Rex Tillerson, sacked as US Secretary of State in a Trump tweet, warned: “If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.”

Before his presidency, Trump was recorded saying he was able to grope women whenever he liked because “when you’re a star they let you do it”. When the tape emerged, Trump said his boast was untrue and just “locker room” talk. And when several women came forward to say he had done this to them, he insisted they were lying

So, as British politicians hide their distaste in an attempt to get a much-needed post-Brexit trade deal, we should all remember what kind of man Trump really is.


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The UK visit by Trump has all the elements of a high farce with Theresa May being insulted and denigrated by the orange turd (and it couldn't happen to a more deserving person) and huge protests against Trump which of course he has been insulated against by the wall of security to the extent that he might as well not have been in the country. He has now moved on to Scotland where their loathing of him is even greater than in England. (I hope this link works as I am not comfortable with the protocols of this board but whatever happens please take a look at the (over subscribed) crowd funded Crybaby Trump blimp that flew in London yesterday)
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Joe, the Baby Trump blimp has received extensive coverage here. It's perfect!

News coverage is saying "tens of thousands" turned out for the protest marches. It looked more like hundreds of thousands. Good on ya, Brits!

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Trump Looking Forward To Knighthood From The Queen

By the Burrard Street Journal
Thursday, July 12, 2018

LONDON, UK—Donald Trump has tweeted his excitement at becoming the first American President to be knighted by the Queen of England, when he visits her majesty later this week.

“They’re going to make me a knight, which is totally great, such a huge honour and you’re all going to have to call me Sir President Donald Trump, which is going to be amazing,” he tweeted upon his arrival in the UK.

The President added that it was also a “huge honor” for the UK to have such a prestigious and intelligent person accepting a knighthood. “Those guys love me over here, they really do, maybe even more than home,” he enthused.

The soon-to-be-Sir expects to travel to Buckingham Palace in the Queen’s golden carriages and will be allowed to wear the crown jewels and sit in the Queen’s chair, he claims.

“Everything is golden here, golden carriages, golden beds, golden sinks, golden showers, they have it all,” he enthused, adding, “maybe I’ll never come back” — his most popular tweet to date.

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Reliable sources estimate the London protest marches as being in excess of 100,00 of which women seemed to be in the majority. As you no doubt gather here, I have absolutely zero tolerance for our [sign in to see URL] May but Trump's remarks expressing admiration for Boris Johnson her ex (thank all the powers) foreign secretary borders upon being interference in our affairs of state. The bottom line is that Boris Johnson is a dangerously ambitious buffoon in the Trump mould who will do anything in pursuit of his ambition. He is the ultimate opportunist but rather brighter than Trump and therefore more dangerous in many ways.
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Yes, I'm sure there were at least 100,000 protesters. And I'm not surprised women were in the majority. That's been the case here, too.

And yes, The Donald has absolutely no business inserting himself into your country's governance. He insulted his host in a most egregious fashion.

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