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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Today in Disgusting People

Remember Phyllis Schlafly? Staunch opponent of equal rights for women, gays, or just about anyone who's not her? Well, she's showing off her credentials as a general, all-purpose bigot:

With only five months left in the White House, Obama is still hard at work “fundamentally transforming” our country into something much different from the nation we all grew up in. Here are recent examples of how he is determined to transform America by undermining our common culture and language. . . .

On August 16, five federal agencies issued an incredible 16-page, single-spaced “Guidance” warning relief agencies not to discriminate in the use of disaster funds. Agencies receiving funds must “post a statement of nondiscrimination” on all public notices and “should also identify a point of contact for the public to submit complaints of discrimination.”

The Guidance refers to “unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin” which is prohibited by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but it doesn’t stop there. It also tries to ban discrimination on account of “limited English proficiency,” which Congress has never prohibited.

Mind you, this is in the wake of the disastrous flooding in Louisiana that's left something like 30,000 people homeless.

It occurs to me that some of the people I've run into with the most "limited English proficiency" are good old white-bread Americans. You know, the kind that don't believe in education. People who think like Phyllis Schlafly.

Oh, and of course, it's all Obama's fault.

Schlafly would probably consider Chicago beyond the Pale -- after all, this is a city where the county hospital posts notices in English, Spanish and Polish, and has translators available in any number of other languages, and the Board of Election Commissioners sends out notices in English, Spanish, Chinese and Hindi.

It's called dealing with reality. Of course, it's well known that reality has a liberal bias, which I guess is what has Schlafly so upset.

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