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Nordstrom sold out $530 dirty-looking sneakers

Are you an idiot with way too much money?

Nordstrom is the store for you!

The company is selling a pair of Superstar Taped Sneakers for $530!

$530 for a pair of new sneakers contrived to look dirty, worn, and patched-up.

Carly Mallenbaum reports for USA Today, Sept. 20, 2018 (updated Sept. 24, 2018):

In case you wondered who would be crazy enough to pay $530 for a pair of dirty, pre-worn, taped-up sneakers, the answer is apparently plenty of people.

 A check of the Nordstrom website Mondy morning revealed that the department store has sold out its current stock.

The Superstar Taped Sneaker from Italian brand Golden Goose sneakers, which are only available in whole sizes, boasted a “crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole.”

If you missed your chance, Golden Goose also offers plenty of other worn-looking sneakers for upwards of $500….

The company [also] recently sold a pair of PRPS men’s pants, caked with fake dirt, for $425; and a pair of Topshop “mom jeans” with see-through knees for $95.

What a great place 2018 America is.

Not only do we have fake news from the MSM, we now have fake poor-people’s sneakers and pants!

~Eowyn

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Liberal logic: Despite increase in King County’s homeless population, 10-plan to end homelessness is “not a failure”

Homeless in King County: “Not a failure”/Q13Fox photo

In 2005 King County (Washington) created a 10-year plan to end homelessness. They established the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEH), charged with implementing the goals of the Ten-Year Plan: prevent homelessness whenever possible; move people rapidly from homelessness to stable housing; increase the efficiency of existing systems and improve collaboration; and create the public and political will to end homelessness.

Since then, statistics show there has been an increase in homeless citizens:

  • January 2006: 7,910
  • January 2010: 8,937
  • May 2018: 12,112

Despite the increase in homeless in Seattle and King County, a former director for the CEH claims that he doesn’t believe the plan was a failure.

MyNorthwest.com did an interview with Bill Block, the former director of the CEH who said, “I think we’ve accomplished a lot of things for the people we’ve actually need helped,” Block said. “I think we weren’t prepared for the degree to which the mental health system would expand using homelessness as their discharge, or the criminal justice system, or the chemical dependency system.”

And since under his leadership the plan was not a failure, he had to find someone to blame: the federal government.

He said, “In all other developed countries, the national government is responsible for ensuring that there’s an adequate supply of housing for low-income workers,” he said. “And this government stopped doing that in the early ’70s. And that’s a major difference between us and England, or France, or Germany, or the other developed countries.”

Read about the whole interview here.

If this is Block’s idea of success, I’d hate to see an ACTUAL failure.

The only success I see is keeping the industrial homeless complex alive via taxpayer dollars.

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$1M federal grant to train 24 teachers of ‘social justice’ math/science

“Social justice” is the new Marxism of the Left.

The supposed meaning of the term is that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, wellbeing, justice and opportunity:

  • According to Investopedia, the term “is broadly associated with the political left, and in the U.S. its advocates are mainly found in the Democratic party, particularly in the party’s self-identified progressive and socialist wings.”
  • According to the Heritage Foundation, “Originally a Catholic term, first used about 1840 for a new kind of virtue (or habit) necessary for post-agrarian societies, the term has been bent by secular ‘progressive’ thinkers to mean uniform state distribution of society’s advantages and disadvantages.”
  • Stripped of its utopian gobbledygook, the best and most succinct definition of “social justice” is Urban Dictionary‘s: “A euphemism for an economic mugging by political force.

Whatever the definition, “social justice” is a normative term; it’s about values — what is just or unjust.

Mathematics and science, in contrast, are not about values; neither is about just or unjust, good or bad. The American Heritage Dictionary defines:

  • Mathematics as “The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.”
  • Science as “The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of [natural] phenomena.”

In epistemology, “social justice”, “mathematics” and “science” occupy entirely separate and different domains of truths: Social justice is normative; mathematics is analytic; science is empirical. Simply put, there is no such thing as “social justice mathematics” or “social justice science”. 2+2=4 is the same whether one is rich or poor, male or female, white or black. To say otherwise is akin to saying there are “social justice algebra” or “social justice bicycles” or “social justice belly buttons”.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a federal government agency that supports basic research and education in science and engineering, except medicine (which has its own federal agency, the National Institutes of Health).

With an annual budget of $7 billion (fiscal year 2012), the NSF funds approximately 24% of all federally supported basic research conducted by U.S. colleges and universities. In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics, and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Alas, having corrupted all other institutions in America, the neo-Marxist disease of “social justice” has infected the National Science Foundation. The NSF has approved a (continuing) grant of $1,009,762 to Drexel University, a private university in Philadelphia, to train 24 undergraduate students to teach “social justice” mathematics and science. By my calculation, that comes to $42,073 taxpayer dollars per student.

The Drexel University project, which began this summer, promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) high school curricula that are “steeped in the context of social justice.” 24 Drexel undergraduate students will be trained to teach “social justice” mathematics and science in Philadelphia’s “high need” middle schools. How these students, upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree, can be compelled to actually teach in “high need” Philadelphia middle schools is not clear.

The following is from the National Science Foundation website:

NSA’s Division of Undergraduate Education
Award Abstract #1758345
Preparing Mathematics and Science Teachers for Middle School
Award Number: 1758345
Award Instrument: Continuing grant
Start Date: June 15, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2023 (Estimated)
Award Amount to Date: $1,009,762.00

The project’s “principal investigator” and “co-investigators” are all Drexel University faculty:


1. Sheila Vaidya, Professor of Education
2. Mary Jo Grdina, Clinical Professor of Education
3. Shari Moskow, Professor of Arts & Science
4. Donald McEachron, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

 

Below is the NSF’s gobbledygook jargonese “Abstract” describing the $1.009 million grant:

The project will use recent scientific, mathematical, and educational knowledge to prepare and support the twenty-four pre-service teacher candidates with an emphasis on understanding the culture and life experiences of students in high-need schools. The project intends to promote social justice teaching, which emphasizes connecting science, mathematics, and engineering instruction to students’ personal experiences and culture. This connection can leverage the funds of knowledge that each student brings to learning. Inquiry-based instruction supports this approach as it opens communication among students by establishing a learning community of shared knowledge and experience. Seminars related to mindfulness and developing emotional intelligence will augment the Scholars’ coursework. The latter will be scaffolded to develop the following behaviors: professionalism, growth mindset, commitment to serving all students well, and cultural competency. Essential skills that will be developed through the coursework include understanding students’ cultural communities as a foundation for classroom culture and building strong relationships, taking ownership of student learning and professional growth, setting and maintaining high behavioral expectations, leading rigorous and aligned content instruction, and demonstrating content expertise and pedagogical content knowledge. These essential skills and core competencies will be demonstrated in the context of teaching mathematics and science to middle-grades students in high-need schools. Early experiences consisting of linking content knowledge with appropriate pedagogical and content knowledge with pre-residency and residency experiences are intended to strengthen the Scholars’ content and pedagogical knowledge while supporting first steps into the world of teaching. Rubrics to assess the attainment of the core competencies and essential skills will be used to collect data related to the Scholars’ proficiency in these aspects. It is anticipated that the documentation of project activities and identification of learnings from project implementation will be disseminated to the education community through conference presentations, a project website, and professional publications. The long-term and far-reaching benefits to society of this project are the potential to document and share sustainable approaches, steeped in the context of social-justice, for recruiting and preparing STEM majors to provide success in learning mathematics and science for all middle-grades students in a high-need school district.

The National Science Foundation’s manager of the “social justice math and science” program is Kathleen B. Bergin (kbergin@nsf.gov).

France A. Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation, appointed by Barack Obama. Please ask President Trump @realDonaldTrump to fire her and appoint another.

H/t Washington Free Beacon

~Eowyn

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Why are feminists fixated on the vagina?

The feminist movement began with the assertion that women are more than their bodies — that biology is not a woman’s destiny.

Oddly, today’s feminists seem to equate women with exactly that — their biology, specifically, the vagina.

The obsession began with the 1996 debut of the play, The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler to, in her words, “celebrate the vagina”.

The Vagina Monologues is made up of various personal monologues on the “feminine experience” — sex, sex work, body image, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of “female empowerment” and the ultimate “embodiment of individuality”.

22 years later, feminists and the Left have only become even more obsessed with the vagina.

Note: The vagina is the elastic, muscular part of the female genital tract that leads tothe cervix, the entrance to the uterus or womb. Entrance into the vagina is via the vulva or labial folds. Often, vagina is mistaken for the vulva. An example is actress Cameron Diaz‘s reference to shaving her vagina, which makes no sense because hair doesn’t grow inside a woman’s vagina unless she is afflicted by some very strange disease. What Diaz really means is shaving her pubic mound. (See “Stupid Hollyweirdo: Cameron Diaz has a hairy vagina“)

Obsession with the vagina/vulva finds expression in everyday objects, from the infamous pussy hats and vagina suits in the Women’s March (against Trump) on January 21, 2017, to Christmas ornaments, mugs, vases, pillows, and furniture.

Sweden’s Byggnads Construction Workers Union in pussy hats to honor 2017 International Women’s Day

This vagina/vulva pillow is on sale on Etsy for $85 (link)

Vagina chair by Eduardo Benamor Duarte

$20,000 custom-made vagina sofa for sale on Craig’s List in Troy, Michigan.

I just don’t get it.

Why should the vagina be “celebrated” and how does this celebrating “empower” women?

H/t FOTM‘s CSM

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Trump-haters triggered by ‘Presidential Alert’ cell-phone text message

UPDATE:

The cell-phone alert is postponed to October 3, 2018, because of Hurricane Florence. (iHeartRadio)

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Originally scheduled for today, at 2:18 p.m. EDT, all U.S. cellphones will make a loud tone, vibrate, and receive a “Presidential Alert” text message.

Do not be alarmed.

The message will read:

THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.

Two minutes after the cell phone alert, a test alert will also be sent to radio and television broadcasters, interrupting programming for about one minute.

The alert is a test of a previously unused alert system to warn the public about national emergencies. Obama had signed a law in 2016 requiring Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create a system allowing the president to send cellphone alerts regarding public safety emergencies.

Since the wireless emergency alert system began in 2012, it has issued over 36,000 alerts for situations such as missing children, extreme weather and natural disasters, but never a presidential directive. The president has sole responsibility for determining when the national-level alerts are used.

Cell phone users can opt out of natural disaster or missing children alerts, but they will not be able to opt out of a Presidential Alert. (New York Post)

Even though it was Obama who signed the Presidential Alert system into law, the fact that cell-phones today will get a text alert from — HORRORS! — the Trump administration has triggered the already unhinged Left, making them even crazier. Some examples:

  • Actress Alyssa Milano tweets: “I don’t want this. How do we opt out, @fema? I know trump isn’t big on consent but I don’t consent to this.”
  • @YBNSteve: “I don’t want alerts on my phone from any president let alone trump”
  • @JohnPavlovitz: “I want to know how to opt out of this Presidency.”
  • @ScottG305: “The only message I want from DT is that he is resigning. That aside I opt out.”
  • @KatFtAV: “I want to opt out of his fake presidency AND him having access to my fucking cell phone!!! HELL TO THE NO!!!”

H/t FOTM‘s StLonginus

~Eowyn

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Generation Snowflake: College students don’t know where to buy a postage stamp

Today’s younger generations are clueless about many, many things.

Many do not know how to change a flat tire, check the air pressure of tires nor the condition of tire threads. With the advent of Uber and Lyft, many don’t even want to own a car.

Many don’t know how to change a blown fuse, read a map or a compass, cook a “real” meal without a microwave, chop wood or stop bleeding with a tourniquet.

Due to having their heads buried in their smart phones, they even struggle with face-to-face communication.

Now it appears they can’t figure out how to send in an absentee ballot because they don’t know where to purchase a stamp.

From a WTOP report:

“A Fairfax County focus group this summer found many college students who have gotten an absentee ballot simply fail to send it back because a U.S. Postal Service stamp seems to be a foreign concept to them.

“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Lisa Connors with the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs said.

“That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across.”

The focus group included college interns from across numerous county departments.

“They all agreed that they knew lots of people who did not send in their ballots because it was too much of a hassle or they didn’t know where to get a stamp,” Connors said.

“Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited conversation about ‘Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn’t send theirs in because they didn’t have a stamp.’”

Read the whole story here.

Maybe someone should develop an app to teach kids some basic life skills.

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Lawless in Seattle: Police never respond to Target’s call of theft in progress

Seattle – like many west coast, progressive-run cities – has some serious problems (homelessness, needles left on the streets, open drug use, feces and urination on the streets, increased crime due to lack of enforcement, etc.).

Just several days ago I told you about a developer whose housing project went up in flames because of homeless drug users. The gentlemen had called the Seattle Police several times and the police even had a conversation with one of the squatters. The police did not ask the squatters to leave nor did they remove the trespassers. The squatters caused a fire which the developer estimates damage at $1.3 million. Read the whole story here.

Now it turns out criminals are able to rob and steal in broad daylight while Seattle Police do not respond to calls for help.

MyNorthwest.com reports that a thief was free to steal and assault at a downtown Target store because Seattle Police NEVER RESPONDED to the store’s call for help during the 15 minutes the theft occurred.

From their story:

“Surveillance video from August allegedly shows 41-year-old Jason Lewis confronting sales workers on the electronics floor of the department store. At one point, he head bumps an employee. The terrorized employees left him alone after that. Lewis then destroyed display cases and grabbed as many electronics as he could over 15 minutes.

“He then begins to push over and drags store displays and he uses one as a weapon, swinging it like a sled hammer trying to break a secure container loaded with iPads and Apple watches,” KIRO 7’s Gary Horcher reported. “When that didn’t work, he kicked it repeatedly. Then he got down on the floor and tried to kick it open with both feet. Keep in mind, three minutes have passed since this violent tirade began. Lewis rips down the big video monitor on top of the Apple display, and then he is barely able to budge the very heavy 4-foot by 3-foot locked case.”

The perp is a career criminal who was arrested later that night for car prowling. A judge released him from jail just 19 hours later. That’s when the perp went back to the same Target store and repeated the thefts two more times over three days. Police eventually tackled him outside the store after his final attempt.

Read the whole story and watch the video here.

I said it before and I’ll say it again: Seattle hasn’t had a republican mayor since 1952. And voters knew EXACTLY what they were getting when they elected a demorat mayor and a city council full of demorats (also one socialist).

Sorry Seattleites…I’m fresh out of empathy for y’all.

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How will Ocasio-Cortez pay for her socialist agenda?

Don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer…

h/t Twitchy

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Liberal utopia of San Francisco: Car break-ins have tripled since 2010

Inside Edition reporter sets up car break-in decoy (which is broken into), has their company vehicle broken into as well.

Progressive-run San Francisco has many, many problems. I’ve chronicled many of them on our site. See the following:

Turns out they have a major problem with car break-ins, also called “smash and grabs.”

According to a report earlier this year from KQED, San Francisco had more than 30,000 car break-ins reported last year. The number of break-ins has tripled since 2010.

The police say that the break-ins are a form of organized crime committed by “crews.”

Breaking into a car is a felony and if a criminal steals items worth over $950 it’s a second felony. You can go to jail for a maximum of three years for each felony. Problem is, they can’t catch people multiple times so they never do extended time for their crimes.

According to the report, police are trying to catch repeat offenders via “bundling,” where they track crimes someone commits over time. A case based on multiple incidents is more likely to result in a conviction.

Despite their efforts, the police barely make a dent in the numbers. An arrest is made in only 2 percent of the total break-ins reported.

Along with “bundling,” the city is trying to help with the crime spree by setting up a web site and telephone line to report break-ins and one officer from each of the city’s 12 police stations will focus on break-ins.

According to a SF Chronicle report earlier this year, the city’s actions will have no effect because there really are no consequences for the criminals.

A local woman has described the “smash-and-grab” crime as anarchy. Every day, thieves break into cars on her block, with no consequence. “There’s no risk,” she said. “Why would they stop?”

Police respond to complaints, take a report and usually say that nothing can be done. Noted one man, “They (the police) shrugged. They see it all the time. Some cops take it real personal. Others come, and they’re just going through the motions.”

That “going through the motions” seems to be what is happening in many west coast, progressive run cities these days.

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Seattle Police refused to remove homeless from construction site before they caused $1.3 million fire damage

The city of Seattle has a major homeless crisis that is perpetuated by the fact that homeless people are not held to the same standards as regular citizens.  They are allowed to defecate and urinate on city streets, carry weapons into prohibited places and openly use drugs. See the following posts:

Now a poor business man is facing a major loss – to the tune of $1.3 MILLION – because the Seattle police would not do anything about illegal squatters on the man’s construction project.

MyNorthwest.com reports about how a developer’s construction project was burned down by drug-using squatters. From the report:

“Adam Salmon, whose business, Eugene Sherman Development, has been building seven row houses on 43rd Street just off Aurora, said that a group of drug-using squatters have refused to vacate the property for months, even becoming belligerent when asked to leave. He is almost certain that one of these men caused the fire that robbed him of a large part of his livelihood.

Now he is out $1.2 million to $1.3 million, and the project that has been under construction for the past year is reduced to a pile of rubble. Eugene Sherman Development — named for the first names of both of Salmon’s grandfathers — is small, Salmon said, and tremendous losses like this one are not easy to absorb.

“It’s one of those punches in the gut that you have to pull yourself together,” he said. Insurance does not cover all of the costs of getting the Wallingford construction project back to the state it had been in.

The squatters have caused Salmon’s company grief for the past several months. Salmon said wryly that it was “a ritual every morning” trying to get the drug users to leave — in particular the group’s ringleader, who was “very defiant” when confronted.

“My guys would show up to work in the morning and there would be guys sleeping in there, and their drug paraphernalia was laying everywhere,” he said. “We would ask them to leave and they’d get aggressive.”

Each morning, Salmon and his employees found feces around the site. His employees were afraid of stepping on needles, and sub-contractors even refused to come to the project site out of fear.

“We had to spend our time chasing them each day, and then cleaning up the work site,” Salmon said.

Salmon has called police to the site several times, but to no avail. He and his workers put up “No trespassing” signs and fences around the property at the police’s suggestion. “No matter how secure we attempted to make it, they found their way in every evening,” he said of the squatters.

On Wednesday, Salmon said the police came to the work site while the ‘lead squatter’ was still sleeping there. “They talked to the guy, they told us they can’t do anything about it … They didn’t make him move, they didn’t make him leave,” Salmon said.”

Read the whole story here.

On top of this, Salmon has another construction project in a different part of the city in which he is experiencing similar problems with the homeless.

Also noted in the story: “He has written to the Seattle City Council of his travails, he said, but it seems as though the city government favors drug-addicted trespassers over hard-working, law-abiding business owners.”

Seattle voters better wake up. Your city is going up in flames right before your progressive eyes.

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