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Updated on May 22, 2017
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Buzzy Drops By

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, May 22, 2017. Our friend, Buzzy, the proverbial fly on the wall, has stopped by with breakfast and a few things he learned on a recent fly-by. Buzzy is serving breakfast pizzas this morning. I will be serving Bloody Marys, both virgin and spiked, to complete the meal. We are looking forward to your arrival. I'll leave the door open.

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Good News, Bad News

Thank you all for joining POP and me this morning. I have just returned from a quick trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel. I joined President Trump's entourage on his important and historic visit to both countries. I must say I felt proud to be an American. The president's critics are going to have to dig deep into their well of hatred to bad mouth this trip. I have no doubt most of them will succeed. It is easy to imagine their chorus of ugly voices dismissing this trip as a diversion from terrible trouble at home. Nevertheless, our new president is proving he is presidential, and the United States is now back in the game.

I asked you here this morning to discuss a problem completely unrelated to the president's trip. A situation has developed at the University of Arizona that is beyond troubling. The school is hiring students to become "social-justice advocates." Their role will be to report any bias incidents to the staff. At first glance you might be tempted to say that bias incidents should never be tolerated on campus, but these days bias is definitely in the eyes of the beholder. Students are actually being asked to skulk around and rat on their peers for committing micro aggressions . The administration must have been impressed with the Germans creation of the Hitler Youth. I cannot think of any other reason to explain this hideous plan.

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Gotcha!

Anyone interested in applying for the position should know that it pays $10 per hour. This translates to about $600 per month. There are other duties besides ratting out their fellow students. They will be asked to think up programs for the residence halls that aim to increase awareness of diverse identities. This batch of college students is incredibly aware of diverse identities.. After all, they invented the use of pronouns that deliberately refuse to be either feminine or masculine. The only group many of them have trouble including in campus life are those who identify as "conservative." The "conservatives" are the force behind all the thumb-sucking, finger painting activities that the left now spends most of their time doing.

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Blowing the Whistle

I can't imagine what life is like on a college campus today. With all the whining, crying, and profusion of safe places, the terrain is unrecognizable to me or anyone who attended college when standards of behavior and academics actually meant something. Now a new element is being added to campus life thanks to a very dangerous and misguided policy that should be called 'Students Spying on Students." The program is insane. If a student experiences a bias based incident on campus, then he or she or whatever should report it to the administration. If a student feels that an act of bias occurred that didn't involve him, her or whatever, then reporting such a perceived incident opens the door to false accusations and bad behavior. It compares very well to what we are experiencing in the real world outside of the campus gates. The MSM are the "social activist bullies" of modern day. They are the deciders of what is right and what is wrong. They decide what is good and bad behavior. If the facts don't fit their intent, they change them as easily as couch potatoes change channels. They play it fast and loose with the truth, and they appear to be unstoppable. It is, after all, hard to stop anyone without common sense or a moral compass. This begs the question of who in the world would want to apply for this position on campus? The job description is awful and the intent misguided, so it would seem that only a person without a conscience who is in need of extra cash will apply. I'm betting there will be a long list of applicants.

Buzzy's Song

Fly me to the moon

And let me live where I am free

Things are so ugly now

We may be up a tree!


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      bradmasterOCcal 5 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      Thanks, we will see. hp wants to treat us like the msm treats Trump.

      And they have their rules, but they act like the old time butchers, putting their thumb on the scale.

      REset!

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      TSAD 5 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Brenda, why so defensive? You ashamed of being called a liberal? I'd think a liberal like you would be proud of your ideology. Your saying reign instead of rein is so revealing! Even if you used the four letter word rein. I mean how is working for ten dollars an hour to spy on people and report any bias incidents to the staff in any way the reins or a sign of leadership?

      If anything it is indoctrinating the students in liberal tactics and ideology. If you are for that you are a liberal and claiming to be an independent doesn't mean you aren't liberal. Many liberals claim to be independents because they don't want people to label them for what they are. There are liberal Democrats, liberal Republicans and liberal Independents.

      Nice try but once again you fail in vocabulary, and I'd say earn a D in subterfuge.

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      maven101 5 months ago from Northern Arizona

      Brenda...

      "I think I'm going to report you to the newly employed students of the university."....Now, that is funny...

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 5 months ago from Houston, TX

      Yes it was Freudian but my education only required spelling tests at the elementary level. I am a writer and never claim to be an editor..I model he use of Google over the use of a dictionary these days. My comment was a bit tongue in cheek but perhaps its been too long since I commented on one of Pop's articles.

      "It looks good on a resume" or worse "it looks good on a college application" is the argument I hear for every bad or expensive idea I hear from my own teenagers.

      TSAD I resent being called a liberal as I have always been an independent. Even so, I'm not sure how my comment would lump me into any category political or otherwise. I think I'm going to report you to the newly employed students of the university.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear brad,

      I hope you stick around, but if you bail I totally get it.

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 months ago from Orange County California

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      I just got the definitive answer on the HubPages.

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      If hp allows people to ? the president of the US, then do they allow people to ? them?

      asked by bradmasterOCcal 36 minutes ago

      People have made some intensely troubling question on president Trump, and hp allows it. Will they also be so willing to have people question hp?

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      Moderation Team Really what is moderate about them.

      Mike had the right idea.

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      I just checked and oldpoolman was serious on getting out of here. He added a lot in comments, Thanks Mike.

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      Questioning the ? is only foreplay, next comes the ban.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear brad,

      I just learned that Old Poolman has thrown in the towel. That saddens me more than words can express. Hang in their brad, no matter how many questions they question!

      See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear maven,

      I am so happy yu commented on the use of the word "reign", because the context was most assuredly wrong. The "social justice" movement is a barely veiled attempt to squash free speech and insist that only those who mimic their thoughts have a place in society. If this is what comes of coddling babies, I say we had better toughen up a bit. The "adults" we are producing are just babies who look like adults. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear Francine,

      It's Brooklyn College too! See you at the Inn.

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      maven101 5 months ago from Northern Arizona

      Good Morning,Pop and Buzzy..

      I'm fascinated by the differences between the civil rights movements of the '60s and '70s and the social justice drama that followed. Superficially, only the names changed, because to most people, civil rights and social justice are both about treating everyone fairly. But if you think word choices matter—which the social justice community does vehemently—these changes must be significant.

      1. Civil rights workers defined their causes by what they supported: equality, integration, peace. Social justice activists define their causes by what they oppose: anti-racism, anti-war, anti-capitalism, etc.

      2. Civil rights workers spoke of humanity as brothers and sisters. Social justice activists divide humanity into groups based on physical or ethnic identity and their "allies".

      3. Civil rights workers had goals that could be legally accomplished. Social justice activists bristle when asked what specific measures they support.

      4. Civil rights workers worked, and social justice activists are active. Examining that single difference could result in a book, but I'm not fascinated enough to write it.

      Mother Teresa commented once "I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there." .

      See you at the Inn, Pop...save me a seat next to that "proud to be an American again", Pino...

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      maven101 5 months ago from Northern Arizona

      Tsad...

      You are precisely correct...Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism" provides the historical connection of Fascism to Progressive thought and Liberal ideology...Trott's use of the term "Reigns" belies her claim of being a Master of Education because she probably meant "Reins" ...A grammatical error on several levels...Perhaps Freudian...

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      It also happens here on hp but they don't get paid to do it, they love to do it. When they run out of arguments they report you to the hp police. Who have demonstrated that they are clearly full face down left of far left, they are along side CA gov Jerry Brown.

      I only know that my question was deleted because the person that reported it, had the gall to figuratively wave their liberal tongue that they had done it.

      Yet, hp dn seem to care about all the crude, rude, and un American comments against the right. And they do it with the blessing of hp.

      del this unless you to will suffer the wrath of the hp super liberals.

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      TSAD 5 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Maven, wonder why she chose the phrase "reigns of leadership"? To her, and all liberals, leadership isn't representing constituents, it's ruling over them. Leadership in their world is dictatorship, after all liberals only know what is best for their subjects.

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      maven101 5 months ago from Northern Arizona

      Brenda...By what perversion to the concept of Leadership are you referring..? Bringing students into the "reign" of leadership by promoting programs aimed at creating little commissars that run to the school's administration bleating out THEIR perceived interpretation of a cockamamie "micro aggression"... that is not leadership, that is cowardice...

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      Francine 19 5 months ago

      So happy I'm not in college. So sad for those that are, especially those attending U of A.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Good Morning Lori,

      Yes, indeed! Sadly, this band is morphing into an orchestra. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Good Morning TSAD,

      Sounds like a win-win to me! See you at the Inn and we'll celebrate all the pieces coming together so nicely.

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      Lori Colbo 5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      And the ugly band plays on.

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      TSAD 5 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      $10 per hour? This could be a good thing for students. I assume their jobs will end or they'll be layed off when they graduate so they can apply for unemployment which will give them some income since they will be living in their parents basement for a while once they discover that there are no jobs for the degree they got. But by then McDonalds will have a minimum wage of $15/hour and maybe they will be able to help their parents pay for their rent or at least utilities. Of course when the minimum wage hits $20 then minimum wage jobs will require a college degree and eureka! They'll already have one.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear Pino,

      This whole thing is insane. I, too, am proud of our president. By tomorrow the trolls will be out in full force screaming about all the mistakes he made. See you at the Inn, Pino.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear savvy dating,

      What a sad, sad state of affairs. Students are being encouraged to spy and turn in their peers for what they perceive to be intolerance and bias. The most intolerant students on campus are the new liberals that don't believe in freedom. To me this proves that the dumbing down of America is complete. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear brad,

      Yes, I can decipher what was said. All this diversity gives a motivated student the license to rat out a peer. Isn't life good? See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear Brenda,

      It is an awful idea that only serves to further divide our nation. Frankly, it gives me the creeps. Perhaps, you were just kidding.

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      Pino Krisio 6 months ago

      POP: I am speechless and cannot think of anything sane to say about being paid to rat our your fellow students. What are we teaching? Anyway, President Trump has done it all today!!!! He is the only one worth talking about. I am a proud American once again (probably until tomorrow). In the meantime, I want some of those spiked bloody mary's, so I am off to the INN.....

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      Yves 6 months ago

      According to the article I read re: Arizona's policy, referring "to someone as a "guy” or wearing dreadlocks while white" is completely intolerable and must therefore be reported. Wow. And they have the gall to call Trump "Hitler" and "Fascist." Stupid. The meaning of fascism: radical authoritarian nationalism; forcible suppression of opposition.

      It is the Left that is promoting Hatred and Suppression of speech. They're not so much sad snowflakes as they are bloodthirsty, sort of like the Roman's of antiquity. This situation is not just disgusting, it is dangerous.

      As usual, the intolerant Left is proving just how intolerant they really are, that is---of ANY opinion that differs from theirs---even in the smallest way. God help us all.

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      bradmasterOCcal 6 months ago from Orange County California

      Brenda

      Why is it a good thing to have on a resume? How does it apply to getting a job, and what kind of technical jobs care?

      Be specific, please.

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      bradmasterOCcal 6 months ago from Orange County California

      Buzzy and Pop

      This is no different than what we have here atHP.

      here is their latest

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      Do we really need to add hate to a crime?

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      In the last few decades, the criminal law has added social justice to the elements of a crime. Is this helpful, is it necessary, does it actually add anything to the justice system. I submit,imo, that it doesn't. Why, because it is the act that is criminal. The mens rea, or criminal intent to harm someone is all that is needed for the crime. Whether they did because of hate, is unnecessary, and only makes the criminal prosecution more difficult. Take Rape. If instead of rape, the crime was just criminal assault, or aggravated assault there wb less loopholes for defense attys to use.

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      The UoA sounds like the NAZIS, Old Soviet Communist Party, N Korea in the use of children and people to spy on and turn in even their own family members.

      Isn't it time for all the liberal controlled schools, businesses, councils, judges, cities etc. to come out into the light, and just tells us what they are and what they want.

      Start with the MSM -- "We report and opine all the news that puts liberals in a good light, and news, opinions, and fabrications that make the non liberals look bad, really bad". If we reported something good about non liberals, it was a mistake, and we will release the corrections.

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      Inclusive Excellence: The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence through Diversity

      Inclusive excellence (IE) is the engine that drives the value and practice of diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Arizona. At the center of IE is the recognition and acceptance of the talents, worldviews, perceptions, cultures and skills that diverse communities bring to the educational enterprise that can be harnessed to prepare students for leading, living and working in a diverse world. Native American, LGBTQ, Asian American, White, Latino, African American, women, veterans, people with disabilities, Jewish, Christian, International, Muslim, fraternities and sororities, athletes, alumni and many other communities of students, staff and faculty contribute positively to all dimensions of the university. Every individual and group at UA is a critical component of and contributor to diversity and inclusiveness. Making a difference in diversity at the University of Arizona is the essence of inclusive excellence.

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      Buzzy and Pop, can you decipher that UA diversity?

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 months ago from Houston, TX

      Come on now my friend. It is an attempt to bring the actual student into the reigns of leadership. Its a great thing to have on a resume, so it is not terribly bad...right?

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      breakfastpop 6 months ago

      Dear billy,

      We agree again!!!! See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 6 months ago

      It is sad. I have no doubt that I would have trouble recognizing my school. It's a different world and a difficult one. I wish we could sit down and really enjoy a Bloody Mary together. In the meantime, I'll see you at the Inn.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A person without a conscience? Hell, Pop, no problem finding quite a few of them. The first place to look is in Congress, and just expand your search from there.

      Have a great week!

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      Old Poolman 6 months ago

      This is so sad. I attended the UofA after I got out of the Army. It was a really great school back then, but like most colleges and universities, it has now gone liberal.

      I think I'll just have a few of those spiked Bloody Mary's this morning and tune out the rest of the day.