March 10, 2008

Monday Afternoon Linkage

Violence at the DNC in August? Perhaps.

And this week's Gathering of Eagles counterprotest? A bomb threat.

Threats of violence should be taken seriously, most importantly by the authorities, but also for those planning on attending an event, for whatever reason. The effect of even an idle, falsified threat is to discourage attendance through intimidation and fear.

And this comes, once again, from the avowedly "peaceful" anti-war protestors.

Can't wait until August!

Ward Connerly was in Denver today to promote a ban on affirmative action in public institution:
Supporters of a ban on affirmative action in public institutions say they've collected enough signatures to get the issue on this fall's ballot.

Backers have collected nearly 129,000 signatures, about 50,000 more than required by law. The secretary of state will review them to make sure at least 76,000 are from registered voters.

The measure says the state may not use race, color, sex, ethnicity or national origin to discriminate against anyone or to give anyone preferential treatment.

It would apply to public hiring and contracts and to public education.

California businessman Ward Connerly is backing the proposal and similar measures in four other states. He thinks the Colorado campaign will cost about $2 million raised inside and out of the state.
Michelle has more:
On Monday March 10th, Ward Connerly, nationally recognized advocate for equal rights, will join Valery Pech Orr, proponent of the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative (CoCRI), Jessica Peck Corry, volunteer with the initiative and other supporters of the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative for a major announcement. The announcement will occur at noon in the Press Room at the State Capitol.

What: Update on Status of the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative (Amendment 31)
When: Monday March 10th at Noon (12:00 pm)
Where: Press Room at the State Capitol in Denver

The Colorado Civil Rights Initiative (CoCRI) is dedicated to giving the people of Colorado the opportunity to end preferential treatment based on race, gender, ethnicity, or national origin by state and local governments. CoCRI will make Colorado a place of equal opportunity for all, not a state that uses preferential treatment as a tool to create “diversity.” Achieving “diversity” should never be an excuse to discriminate!
The ACLU just doesn't get it:
Cathy Hazouri, executive director of the ACLU of Colorado, said the bill does not reflect the spirit of the Civil Rights Act, however.

"It's about going back to the bad old days where if you weren't a member of the right club, you didn't get promoted or get the government contracts," she said. "The 1964 Civil Rights Act is obliterated by this ballot initiative."
That's precisely the point Cathy--affirmative action just redefines who is a "member of the right club". Good God these people are dense.

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