Sep 20

James Madison Weeps – WSJ #Snowflakes

James Madison Weeps

A Brookings survey finds college students are clueless about free speech.

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The Editorial Board

Sept. 19, 2017 7:13 p.m. ET

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‘Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government,” wrote

Ben Franklin.

“When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved.” Imagine what Franklin,

James Madison

and the other Founders would make of a new Brookings Institution survey showing that American college students have no clue what the First Amendment means.

John Villasenor

surveyed more than 1,500 undergraduates, and among the alarming findings: Most American college students do not know that even hate speech is constitutionally protected; half agree that it’s okay to shout down a speaker whose views they don’t agree with; and nearly one of five believe it is acceptable for a student group opposed to a speaker to use violence to keep him from speaking. Some of the answers vary by political identification, but overall the findings suggest great confusion. Mr. Villasenor’s conclusion is blunt. “Freedom of expression,” he says, “is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses.” We’d take that%

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Sep 16

A Chicago judge amazingly rules that grant money can be mandatory – Hot Air Hot Air

 I don’t see how a district judge can make this kind of ruling on a nationwide basis. The lawsuit was brought by Chicago and ought to be adjudicated only within the district that Chicago resides. This is happening more and more… The judicial branch is not only making laws, but it is making laws in jurisdictions where it has no authority at all. The next thing you know it will rule that even if Congress says Chicago can’t have any grant money that the law will be “unconstitutional”. They might even rule the Constitution to be unconstitutional.
This is how anarchy happens. No one will know what law applies to whom. Two things could occur: one is that chaos prevails in the second that tyranny prevails. Neither is acceptable. Judges like this need to be quickly put in their places.
One of the ways to prevent this (hopefully) is to stop giving grants to states and municipalities. This would not only include grants from the Justice Department, but educational grants, environmental cleanup grants, subsidies for oil and sugar, and other handouts from the federal government. The states are rich enough to take care of their own, and if they need to they can raise taxes to pay for their goodies. The federal government can reduce taxes for all by not giving all these handouts to everyone.

A Chicago judge amazingly rules that grant money can be mandatory
Jazz ShawPosted at 8:31 am on September 16, 2017

 

The scrapping over JAG money (Justice Assistance Grants) for sanctuary cities reached the next level this week. A federal judge in Chicago somehow issued an injunction preventing the Justice Department from not issuing grant money to non-compliant cities. As the Associated Press reports, it was Chicago bringing the challenge, but the judge extended his ruling to cover the entire country.See Also: Is the Berkeley Free Speech week still going to happen?
A federal judge has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions cannot follow through with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing his order to impose tough immigration policies.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber on Friday granted Chicago’s request for a temporary “nationwide” injunction. That means the Justice Department can’t deny requests for the grant money until Chicago’s lawsuit against the agency is concluded. He wrote that Chicago has shown a “likelihood of success” in its arguments that Sessions overstepped his authority with the requirements.
You can catch more local coverage at the Chicago Tribune.

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A Chicago judge amazingly rules that grant money can be mandatory

So what is Judge Leinenweber basing this ruling on? I’m not going to jump to any conclusions about bias in the case, particularly since he was a Reagan appointee and a Republican member of the state legislature before that. But the arguments he’s putting forth in the ruling seem to be indicating that not only do cities have some sort of inherent right to JAG money, but that they could suffer “irreparable harm” if they didn’t get it. The Daily Caller has part of the ruling up on their site.
“The court finds that the city has established that it would suffer irreparable harm if a preliminary injunction is not entered,” Leinenweber wrote according to Bloomberg. Leinenweber extended the order to jurisdictions around the country, “there being no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago.”
This is puzzling to be sure. We’re not talking about some business arrangement or scheduled contract here. These are grants. While a significant number of states, municipalities and tribes do receive JAG funds each year, none of it is automatic. There’s a lengthy application process and list of qualifications before a law enforcement agency is even consid

via A Chicago judge amazingly rules that grant money can be mandatory – Hot Air Hot Air.

Sep 15

Is Antifa just a group of ‘lawless thrill-seekers?’ – #Antifa

Is Antifa just a group of ‘lawless thrill-seekers?’
John SextonPosted at 10:01 pm on September 14, 2017

 

The Washington Post has a story today which suggests that maybe, just maybe, Antifa’s motives aren’t as selfless or noble as they claim. Maybe these are a bunch of young people with not very much else going on in their lives who like the excitement Antifa represents. Case in point, 20-year-old high school dropout Sean Hines:See Also: Clearly, much is not clear on Trump and DACA amnesty
“I did get pepper-sprayed in the face once, but I enjoyed it,” he said of the second “Battle of Berkeley.” “I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so things like that kind of excite me.”
For Hines, antifa is the latest in a succession of left-wing causes. He first took an interest in anarchism four years ago. At one point, he was aligned with the Irish Republican Army. He now calls himself a “libertarian socialist,” communist and antifa.
He said the movement has helped him through a difficult 18 months. In April 2016, he dropped out of high school about the time he assaulted a Whole Foods security guard.
“I tried to steal a bottle,” he said. “I was pretty out of it.”
Hines, who said he suffers from addiction, completed a diversion program and the charges were dropped. He has spent the past six months in halfway houses, where he has a curfew and must pass nightly breathalyzer tests. He was logging hours each day on Facebook, debating politics. Eventually, he decided to stop debating and act.
“I wanted a purpose. I wanted an identity. That’s the reason why I became part of antifa,” he said. “I wanted to fight for something.”
Mike Isaacson, described as an anarchist adjunct professor, tells the Post, “A lot of people are coming into antifa because of the thrill of violence, and that’s not what we’re about.” Isn’t it though? Isn’t political violence the real distinctive of Antifa? Put another way, would Antifa still be Antifa if they ruled out violence? I don’t think so.

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Everyone turning up to a rally in a mask and body armor is looking for a thrill. The potential for lawless behavior (toward property and people) is the draw. A willingness to risk arrest is a sign of commitment, just as it was at Occupy camps in 2011. The story suggests violence is also what gives members credibility within the group. Hines tell

via Is Antifa just a group of ‘lawless thrill-seekers?’ – Hot Air Hot Air.

Sep 12

What It’s Like to Be Smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center – WSJ

What It’s Like to Be Smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center

I paid a professional price when the group attacked me in 2009. Now I wear its mud as a badge of honor.

SPLC President Richard Cohen at a press conference in Washington, Nov. 29, 2016.

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By

Carol M. Swain

Sept. 11, 2017 7:07 p.m. ET

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Richard Cohen,

president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee about threats posed by domestic extremist groups. The hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed because of Hurricane Irma. As a black conservative who has been smeared by the SPLC, I recommend against reinviting Mr. Cohen. When

Morris Dees

and

Joseph J. Levin Jr.

started the SPLC in 1971, it was needed and it had noble goals. In recent years, however, it has become a tool of the radical left. Domestically, it uses its influence to paint with a broad brush that smears immigration restrictionists, orthodox Christian churches and pro-family organizations as “hate groups.” What landed me in the SPLC’s crosshairs was a Sept. 10, 2009, Huffington Post blog entry titled “Mission Creep and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Misguided Focus.” I pointed out the SPLC%E

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Sep 11

Hillary: I Dont Regret Calling Trump Supporters Deplorable, But That Wasnt My Most Important Mistake – Matt Vespa

From Townhall.

 

Hillary: I Dont Regret Calling Trump Supporters Deplorable, But That Wasnt My Most Important MistakeMatt Vespa|Posted: Sep 11, 2017 8:07 AMFolks, I know there’s a hurricane slamming Florida. There’s been immense outpourings of charity and compassion for the people of Texas after Harvey. The issues of DACA, health care, and tax reform are going to be the agenda items on The Hill. Yet, this is the eve of Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened, and we’re learning more about the former first lady and why she’s a two-time loser. Hillary sat down with CBS News’s Jane Pauley over the weekend, where we found out that it took Clinton ten months to figure out why she’s not living in the White House. We found out what she feels was her most important mistake during the 2016 season, why the Trump inauguration triggered her, and why she doesn’t regret calling Trump supporters deplorable.For starters, she feels like Trumps inauguration was a “cry from the white nationalist gut.” As a person of color, and I hate using that term since we’re all Americans, but whatever—I didn’t feel that way. In fact, I rather enjoyed Trump’s inauguration because he at least admitted that everything was not all sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows; things need to change. Things needed to be fixed. Golly—how evil of him, or something.Hillary described using personal email as her most important error of the campaign, while admitting that she fumbled the ball many times during the campaign. The email issue devolved into an absolute fiasco about whether she mishandled classified information while serving as secretary of state. In that position, it was revealed by The New York Times that all official business was conducted on that account. It led to a criminal FBI investigation that didn’t recommend charges, a controversial decision that rankled Republicans after then-FBI Director James Comey took Clinton and her staff to the woodshed for being more or less negligent in how they handled sensitive material. While there were no Trump campaign ads that were immediately released over Comey’s remarks at the July 5, 2016 presser, it was, as NBC News’ Chuck Todd noted, an indictment of Hillary’s judgment. The damage was done, though this was solely her fault for not following government regulations concerning storing all communications among public officials.That whole investigation has been riddled with more controversy after it was discovered that Comey drafted an exoneration statement months before the investigation was formally concluded. Yet, Clinton still blames the FBI an

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Sep 07

Twitter Bans Activist Mommy for Tweeting Her Dislike of Teen Vogue’s Anal Sex Guide | Parenting

Twitter Bans Activist Mommy for Tweeting Her Dislike of Teen Vogue’s Anal Sex Guide

By
Megan Fox
September 6, 2017

This one falls under “too stupid to believe,” but it’s actually true. Twitter has banned writer Elizabeth Johnston, who writes at “The Activist Mommy,” for her war of words with Teen Vogue editor Phillip PicardiNot only has Twitter banned her, but YouTube will not allow her video commentaries to be monetized. While Johnston’s posts and views are controversial to some, none of what she has to say is new. Her views on homosexuality come from the best-selling book in the world — the Bible. The tweet that got her booted was a little salty and perhaps not the best tactic to use for persuasion, but it wasn’t any more obscene than the Teen Vogue article.After Picardi okayed a guide to anal sex for teen girls in a recent issue, parents everywhere were understandably upset and tweeted their concerns. Picardi’s response was to give them the middle finger while kissing a man.

Unlike Johnston, he still has his Twitter account.If Phillip Picardi doesn’t like the word “sodomy,” then why is he publishing articles encouraging young girls to practice it? And why is a gay magazine handing him awards for doing it? That does seem rather strange, doesn’t it? I can only guess that Johnston got suspended for using the words “sodomite” and “sodomy” instead of “gay” and “anal sex” and thus angering the gaystappo who appear to run social media.But who knows? Does anyone have access to the list of words we aren’t allowed to use anymore? Someone should keep a running tally for reference. Frankly, there aren’t words low enough to describe the particular slime which oozes out of people who try to sexually corrupt children. I think she was too nice.

Teen Vogue Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors By Pushing Anal Sex. Where’s the Arrest?

I guess I’m probably next. In fact, when I was alerted to this story someone said, “That could be you!” It’s true. I wrot

via Twitter Bans Activist Mommy for Tweeting Her Dislike of Teen Vogue’s Anal Sex Guide | Parenting.

Sep 04

Teacher Kicks Kids Out of Class for #MAGA Shirts, Becomes Internet’s Favorite New Punching Bag

Teacher Kicks Kids Out of Class for MAGA Shirts, Becomes Internet’s Favorite New Punching Bag
Posted at 12:00 pm on September 4, 2017 by Teri Christoph

You know things are bad in our schools when math teachers can’t leave their political biases at home. Sine, cosine, tangent, neo-Nazis.

You also have to wonder how many times teachers will have to see other teachers brought down by an intrepid student with a cell phone before they’ll wise up and keep their opinions to themselves.
The latest incident involves Lyn Orletsky, a math teacher at River Ridge High School in Cherokee County, Georgia. Ms. Orletsky was most displeased with two of her students and their Make America Great Again t-shirts, and told the students they must turn their shirts inside out and leave her classroom.
An unidentified student captured the incident with his cell phone. It shows Orletsky kicking the two male students out of her classroom, telling them, “Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear [Make America Great Again] like that.”
When the cell phone-wielding student questions the teacher about what made the shirts offensive, the teacher responds:
“Because it says ‘Make America Great Again’. The neo-Nazis, I’m not saying that about Trump, but the slogan …”
Here is Orletsky in her own words:

The video was shot last week and made its way into the hands of Turning Point USA, an organization that seeks to “identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.”

As it turns out, Orletsky was completely in the wrong with her actions.

Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the teacher was ‘wrong’ to have made the comments.
‘Her actions were wrong, as the “Make America Great Again” shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code,’ Jacoby said.
‘The teacher additionally – and inappropriately – shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.’

The spokeswoman declined to elaborate on any disciplinary actions that may be taken against Orletsky, but the internet has its own way of meting out justice.
Take, for instance, her rating on ratemyteachers.com (screenshots via DailyMail):

And then there’s Twitter.

Lyn Orletsky has surely learned a difficult lesson about bringing political biases into her classroom, but the question remains: Will other educators learn from her mistake?

via Teacher Kicks Kids Out of Class for MAGA Shirts, Becomes Internet’s Favorite New Punching Bag.

Sep 04

Texas, Thou Hast Sinned – WSJ #Harvey

 

Great editorial from WSJ.  Bottom line:  progressives blame all catastrophe on non-progressive policy.  They prefer more control over our lives.  Wouldn’t it be great, they say for a philosopher king to rule.  Like the North Korean fat boy.  The progressive argument is straight out of the Agenda 21 playbook.

 

Texas, Thou Hast Sinned

Progressives blame Houston’s success for the hurricane disaster.

Opinion Journal: Hurricanes and Junk Science

 

By

The Editorial Board

Aug. 31, 2017 7:13 p.m. ET

Who says progressives don’t believe in religion? They may not believe in Jehovah or Jesus, but they certainly believe in Old Testament-style wrath against sinners. Real Noah and the Ark stuff. Witness the emerging theme on the media left that Texas, and especially Houston, are at fault for the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. This has happened even faster than usual, perhaps because the Katrina II scenario of emergency mismanagement didn’t pan out. The state, local and federal governments have done a competent job under terrible conditions, and stories about neighborly charity, racial goodwill, the heroism of rescuers, and Big Business donating money and goods don’t fit into any agenda. Whinging over Melania’s heels also lacks political legs. So our friends on the left have had to look elsewhere to score ideological points, and they believe they’ve found the right target in the political economy of those greedy Texans. Specifically, Houston is a global hub of the oil and gas industry, and it has allowed “laissez-faire” development without zoning laws. This has brought the righteous wrath of Harvey down on their own heads. *** “Harvey, the Storm That Humans Helped Cause,” said a headline in one progressive bellwether as the storm raged. An overseas columnist was less subtle if mor

via Texas, Thou Hast Sinned – WSJ.

Sep 01

Eyeswitness to…A Beating in Berkeley | The Weekly Standard #antifa

Antifa fascist

 

 

Lest anyone is confused, I believe ANTFA are the modern day brownshirts who tyrannize freedom loving Americans.  The represent the worst of the worst.  Fascists in all but name.  Their tactics will lead to open warfare in the streets.

A Beating in Berkeley
Antifa mayhem and malice in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park

Sep 11, 2017 |
By
Matt Labash

Photo credit: NEWSCOM

Berkeley

As white supremacists go, Joey Gibson makes for a lousy one. For starters, he’s half Japanese. “I don’t feel like I’m Caucasian at all,” he says. Not to be a stickler for the rules, but this kind of talk could get you sent to Master Race remedial school.

And it gets worse. The founder of Patriot Prayer—a Vancouver, Wash.-based operation that sponsors rallies and marches promoting freedom and First Amendment rights along with all-purpose unity—also spews hippie-dippie rhetoric like “moderates have to come together” and “love and peace [are] the only way to heal this country.” Joey tends to sound less like an alt-right bully boy than a conflict-resolution facilitator or a Unitarian Sunday school teacher.

For his late August “Liberty Weekend” in the Bay Area, which was to include a free speech rally in San Francisco followed by a “No to Marxism” rally in Berkeley (headed by a local “transsexual patriot”), Joey advertised that “no extremists will be allowed in. No Nazis, Communists, KKK, Antifa, white supremacists .  .  . or white nationalists.” (So much for free speech.) Likewise, the advertised docket of speakers was to include “three blacks, two Hispanics, one Asian, one Samoan, one Muslim, two women, and one white male.” If becoming a liberty movement fixture doesn’t work out for Gibson, he has

via A Beating in Berkeley | The Weekly Standard.

Aug 31

Southern Poverty Law Center Transfers Millions in Cash to Offshore Entities

One of the Culprits

Southern Poverty Law Center Transfers Millions in Cash to Offshore Entities
Left-wing nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to top management

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BY: Joe Schoffstall Follow
@JoeSchoffstall
August 31, 2017 5:00 amThe Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC#, a liberal, Alabama-based 501#c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its “hate group” designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.
Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of “fighting hate and bigotry” using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is perhaps best known for its “hate map,” a collection of organizations the nonprofit deems “domestic hate groups” that lists mainstream conservative organizations alongside racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and is often referenced in the media. A gunman opened fire at the Washington, D.C., offices of the conservative Family Research Council in 2012 after seeing it listed as an “anti-gay” group on SPLC’s website.
The SPLC has turned into a fundraising powerhouse, recording more than $50 million in contributions and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990, the most recently available tax form from the nonprofit. SPLC’s Form 990-T, its business income tax return, from the same year shows that they have “financial interests” in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. No information is available beyond the acknowledgment of the interests at the bottom of the form.
However, the Washington Free Beacon discovered forms from 2014 that shed light on some of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s transfers to foreign entities.
The SPLC’s Form 8865, a Return of U.S. Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Partnerships, from 2014 shows that the nonprofit transferred hundreds of thousands to an account located in the Cayman Islands.
SPLC lists Tiger Global Management LLC, a New York-based private equity financial firm, as an agent on its form. The form shows a foreign partnership between the SPLC and Tiger Global Private Investment Partners IX, L.P., a pooled investment fund in the Cayman Islands. SPLC transferred $960,000 in cash on Nov. 24, 2014 to Tiger Global Private Investment Partners IX, L.P, its records show.
The SPLC’s Form 926, a Return by a U.S. Transferor of Property to a Fo

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