Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Democrats for forcing a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill through Congress while rejecting his amendment to stop funds from going to illegal immigrants. He told Democrats “it is clear” payments are going to illegal immigrants and criticized Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) for misinforming the Senate about whether “illegal aliens would receive… stimulus checks.
“It is clear and indisputable that a significant number of illegal immigrants will receive checks and are receiving checks right now. All 100 members of this body were misinformed by the Democratic senator that no illegal aliens would receive … stimulus checks,” Cruz said, referring to Durbin. “So I want to give my colleagues a chance to adopt the amendment now with the correct information, with the true information, with the factual information.”
“I would note as well, in these deeply partisan times, it’s easy for Republicans to throw insults at Democrats. Its easy for Democrats to throw insults at Republicans. Far too much of that occurs,” Cruz continued. “The senator from Illinois, who is a friend who I’ve served with for nine years, the talented senator, I am not here suggesting that when he stood up and spoke on the Senate floor and said things that were absolutely false, that he did so knowingly and maliciously. I would certainly give the senator from Illinois the benefit of the doubt that he was in error rather than deliberately misstating facts.”
“But the facts are now clear. We have a rule in this body, Rule 19, to reprimand any senator who impugns the character and integrity of another senator. I’m not going to seek refuge in that rule, although I think there’s an argument that I could.” Cruz said. “But I will say this that once the facts have been made clear, I hope my friend from Illinois will show the same principle Newsweek showed, to apologize, to say he was wrong for calling me a liar on the Senate floor and then going to Twitter to do so twice.”
According to Fitch Ratings the fiscal year 2021 federal deficit as a proportion to GDP is expected to be the greatest since WWII, tying fiscal year 2020 despite the shut down of businesses that year. Fitch Ratings writes, “The FY 2021 federal deficit is likely to reach 15% of GDP, equaling the FY 2020 deficit as a share of output. Last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected a deficit of 10.3% of GDP in FY 2021, including pandemic relief spending of $900 billion passed at the end of December. Fitch had expected and largely factored this in at its July rating review.”
Cancel Culture Continues: Disney+ Removes Peter Pan, Dumbo from Kid’s Profile Accounts
Cancel culture’s latest victims include the films Dumbo, Peter Pan, Swiss Family Robinson and The Aristocats.
The Washington Examiner reports that Disney+ has removed the movies from children’s profile accounts and added warnings for adults due to the portrayal of offensive stereotypes in the films.
Disney says Dumbo was removed because, “The crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States.”
As far as Peter Pan goes, “the film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions. It shows them speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as ‘redskins,’ an offensive term. Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes.”
In the Aristocats, “the (Siamese) cat (Shun Gon) is depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth.”
According to the Daily Caller, the warning message that appears before the movies on adult accounts states:
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe…”
Columbia University Hosts 6 Different Commencements Segregated By Race, Sexuality, Income Level
Columbia University will offer six different graduation ceremonies segregated by race, sexuality and income level.
The University is describing them as “Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies.” In the last week of April, graduating students will be offered virtual ceremonies in six categories – Native American, “LGBTQIA+,” Asian, “Latinx,” black, and “First-generation and/or low income.”
They cover graduates of Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, General Studies and Barnard College, its sibling women’s college. Students must register by March 21 to get their “multicultural graduation gift,” such as stoles, tassels and pins, and by March 31 to be listed as participants.
The virtual segregated ceremonies do not replace ceremonies for the whole Ivy League university and its individual schools, but rather provide “a more intimate setting for students and guests to gather, incorporate meaningful cultural traditions and celebrate the specific contributions and achievements of their communities,” the page says.
It’s not clear when Columbia first disclosed the segregated ceremonies. The earliest cached version of the page is from Friday night.
It was flagged the next day by Mercy Muroki, senior researcher at The Centre for Social Justice and graduate student in social policy at the University of Oxford.
Muroki who was clearly disappointed tweeted “Racially and sexually segregated graduation ceremonies. One of the ‘best’ universities in the world. If you want to know what going backwards looks like, this is it.”
The cheek of calling them 'Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies' when they are literally based on singular 'cultures'.
— Mercy Muroki (@MercyMuroki) March 6, 2021