Monday, November 18, 2013

Some Things Are Still About Race

While on brief but long journey to see one of the young'uns, my wife and I came across this civic minded (sarcasm alert) display.

Because I am always willing to think well of my fellow humans (sarcasm alert) I, of course, attributed the appearance of the Confederate battle flag as a celebration of states' rights. I was disabused of my optimism when my wife pointed out the racial epithet on the sign's lower left hand corner.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

How Much Would Jesus Tip On A $93 Tab?

Via Relevant Magazine, one discovers that some Christians apparently believe that the answer is nothing if the server is a lesbian.
A few weeks ago, we reported the very sad case of a gay waiter in Kansas City who was stiffed on his tip because the Christian couple he was serving could not in good conscience tip a gay man. You might hope such an incident would be isolated, but you'd hope in vain. Now, a woman in New Jersey has posted a picture of a note she was left by a family at the Gallop Asian Bistro. The check (for $93.55) had a slash drawn through the tip line, and a note that read, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I don’t agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life."
I'm guessing these folks would be willing to cast the first stone at the woman caught in adultery or refuse water from the woman at the well.

Can we establish once and for all that one can refuse to tip if the service is bad, It matters little if teh server is straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, or mineral. Other than that, refusing to tip on a $93 bill is rude.

The short article concludes with a bit of Christian behavior:
Thankfully, as is the case in Kansas City, numerous Christians have come forward to condemn these actions and even compensate her for the tip she should have received. Hopefully, that'sthe sort of trend we'll be seeing more of ... 
I'd prefer a trend that eliminates stiffing people who work hard and are not covered by any minimum wage protections.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Plains Pops: Random Musings After A Long Hiatus Edition

1. Things got hectic as debate season travel started; there were a series of textbook adoption committee meetings, and some serial random stupidity occurred. (In each of these cases, I was the victim, not the perpetrator.) I will try to return to some semblance of regular blogging.

2. This weekend, I heard some great debates, but I fear South Dakota may no longer be able to claim to have a strong ag heritage; one young'un told me that eating field corn will kill me.

3. It was good to see young Toby Uecker back judging debate

4. The race for the Republican nomination for the open U.S. Senate seat continues to be a "You're a RINO; I'm not" urination contest.

Quotation Of The Day: Colleges Use Prospective Students Twitter Feeds To Determine Acceptance Edition

As certain high school seniors work meticulously this month to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects. In fact, new research from Kaplan Test Prep, the service owned by the Washington Post Company, suggests that online scrutiny of college hopefuls is growing.
Of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them — a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects.
“Students’ social media and digital footprint can sometimes play a role in the admissions process,” says Christine Brown, the executive director of K-12 and college prep programs at Kaplan Test Prep. “It’s something that is becoming more ubiquitous and less looked down upon.”