Insanity & Doom Update XLIII

Insanity & Doom Update XLIII

Item Scoring 30% on a test is enough to graduate high school in NYC

The bar keeps dropping on state math exams — and critics are saying it’s because officials are desperate for high graduation rates.

Kids only need to score a measly 30 percent on this month’s Algebra 1 Regents test to pass, according to new state guidelines.

Students who manage just 26 out of 86 total points will get a heavily weighted score of 65 — the minimum required for passage.

That’s the lowest standard since the state introduced the test four years ago…

“A standard setting panel defines the knowledge and skills necessary for students who take a particular examination to achieve at each performance level,” said New York State Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman. “The panel is made up of a diverse and representative group of New York State certified teachers.”

Diversity and Equality always lead to a lowering of the standards. Absolutely always. The problem these enlightened “educators” will have is that unless they can lower the passing requirement to 0%, the test will still be racist, etc.

Don’t scoff nor laugh. It’s easy to lower requirement to 0%. Just eliminate the test, and base “passing” on a suite of diversity- and equality-based criteria. Wait for it.

Item Ex-president of Ireland says baptism creates “infant conscripts”

Baptizing babies is a violation of their human rights, according to the former president of Ireland.

Mary McAleese, who served in the largely ceremonial role of president from 1997-2011, also said she would not attend the Aug. 22-26 World Meeting of Families taking place in Dublin.

She told the Irish Times the event, which Pope Francis will attend Aug. 25-26, will only serve as a “political rally” for the “reinforcement of orthodoxy.”

McAleese told the newspaper that by baptizing children before they have reached the age of reason, the Church is creating “infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience.”

Mary, as Irish readers can verify, was largely elected because she was a non-male. Hence showing the damage quotas always wreak. Her special kind of stupidity just can’t be bought. Should I, or should a reader in Ireland, remind Mary that she was baptised as a child and yet somehow escaped her “lifelong obligations of obedience”?

Item Oscars Academy’s Class of 2018 on Track to Be as Big and Diverse as Last 2 Years’

And in many cases, they have been faced with a tricky decision: Stick to the written guidelines or use the nebulous escape clauses built into Academy rules to invite people who might not otherwise qualify?

Such are the pitfalls at a time when the Academy is trying hard to become less overwhelmingly white and male, by inviting hundreds of increasingly diverse new members to join the organization.

“The new attitude seems to be, ‘Let everybody f–ing in,'” said one member of a branch membership committee on Wednesday.

Do you really want me to say for the umpteen-hundredth time that Diversity always leads to mandatory quotas, absolutely always, because I’ll say it if I have to.

Two things. One, ha ha ha. Hollywood has been pushing for Diversity quotas for everybody else, and now they have to suffer their own bitter pill. Two, here is the reason movies have been getting worse, and will now descend even further. Rewards must needs also be distributed on a quota system.

Speaking of quota-based awards…

Item Willie O’Ree, NHL’s 1st black player, gets Hall of Fame call

Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player, and league commissioner Gary Bettman will enter in the builder category, while former New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur sits at the top of the list of the four individuals set to be inducted in November for their on-ice skills.

“I was literally speechless,” Bettman said on a conference call of his initial reaction to the news. “I was really focused on whether Willie O’Ree was going to be selected.

“I’m delighted Willie is going to be going in, and I’m delighted to be going in with him.”

God bless O’Ree, who I had never heard of before. Kevin Michael Grace informs us, O’Ree “scored 4 goals and 10 assists in his @NHL career, all in 1961.” If you do not know hockey, I can report to you that four goals is not a lot. Some players score as many as three in a game, a feat known as a “hat trick.”

When the commissioner wants quotas, the commissioner gets quotas.


  1. Michael Dowd

    Lay spirituality and adherence to orthodoxy has had the same fate in the Catholic Church. From true Catholicism, to Protestantism, to paganization. Such was the fruit of Vatican II.

  2. Plantagenet

    O’Ree was nominated as the first black player in the NHL. Which is fair enough. However unlike Jackie Robinson the first black player in MLB O’Ree was a borderline minor league player. The NHL remains the most conservative of the 4 big sports leagues in N America. Showboating, grandstanding, dragging a retinue of syncophatic leeches around with you, and, most importantly, putting on a show outside the confines of the team is very, very much frowned upon. PK Subban, a very gifted and talented defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens, who had just signed a huge contract, and who happens to be very outspoken, charming, showy, and black made a very big deal of donating 10 million dollars to the Montreal Children’s Hospital as a private individual rather than under the umbrella of the Canadiens organization and was traded to Nashville. This trade will be analyzed by Habs fans for the next 30 years as Subban was loved or loathed in equal measure.

  3. Sheri

    America, land of no accomplishments but we feel sooo good about ourselves.

    I remind you again that a person who feels good about themselves but couldn’t pass anatomy may be doing surgery on your child or grandchild. This kind of stupidity has consequences.

    My husband works with a guy that cannot fill out a time sheet, follow directions, etc. He drives a haul truck. One day, he will roll the truck or something and end up fired. (Happened at his last construction job—rolled an expensive piece of equipment and was fired.) No one cares until the accident happens and no one cares that this is inevitable. Donald Trump cannot fix this mess—I’m not sure anyone can. We have dumbed ourselves down to the suicidal level.

  4. Ray

    A while back I met a young man who was majoring in mechanical engineering technology. I was unfamiliar with that field and did internet some research. Its like mechanical engineering but without math. I’m wondering when the universities will start teaching mathematics technology. That will let all those people that can’t do math, like education majors, major in math.

  5. JohnK

    What I want to know is, how do you get these crazy titles for your Insanity and Doom series? I mean: XLIII ?! Is that like one of those personalized license plates? “UR4ME” “BCKOFF” ???

    How do you come up with these !!!? For all I know, the next one will be something even crazier, like… I don’t know… XLIV. I can’t even pronounce that !!!

    What is up with these titles? Is it secret code for some kind of pr0n? OK, admit it: Are you using some kind of mathematics technology program???

    You are driving me crazy with these titles !!!!

  6. If the blacks and Mexicans can’t pass the tests, just lower the standards. That’s equality.
    Just like women firefighters, police, and soldiers. They can’t pass the tests, so the tests must be discriminatory.

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