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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rutgers Professor Compares US to ISIS

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Deepa Kumar is a radical professor at Rutgers University who has tweeted out references comparing the US  to ISIS. She was featured this evening on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News.

Here is a report from SoCawlege.com

http://socawlege.com/rutgers-professor-deepa-kumar-united-states-more-brutal-than-isis-its-sad-when-people-blame-hamas-for-conflict/

In this article in Inside Higher Education, Ms Kumar defends herself.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/07/29/professor-says-her-comments-social-media-have-been-unfairly-characterized

I added my own comment on the above reader thread (not yet posted). Ms Kumar, I note, was one of the faculty activists who opposed a speaking appearance by Condi Rice at Rutgers recently. Thus, she appears to be another one of these academics who feel that free speech only applies to them because opposing opinions are just wrong and therefore not fit to be heard and evaluated.

Ms Kumar has the right of free speech to trash her adopted country (She comes from India). Nobody is going to arrest her and nobody is going to fire her.

But folks like little ol' me also have a right to respond to her vile comments and express our own. If anyone has threatened her, as she says, I condemn that. But I will gladly join the ranks of "right-wing blogs" that are criticizing her.

President of University of New Hampshire "Troubled" and "Offended" by Bias-Free Guide on His University's Website

And Shocked and Dismayed Too


I must assume from this article that the presidency of the University of new Hampshire is a ceremonial position. What else can one assume after Mark Huddleston expressed anger over the "Bias-Free Language Guide" that appears on his university's website? A university spokesperson goes even further saying that it was placed there by "community members", while the article says it
was developed by students and staff.


http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/07/29/university-president-offended-by-bias-free-language-guide

Ironically, if you go to Huddleston's own UNH website, he refers to the school website itself.

Mark W. Huddleston

"As you tour our website and visit our campuses, you will find....."

Maybe you ought to tour it yourself, Mark.


Ohio State's Marching Band: It Was Worse Than Thought

Hat tip The College Fix


In 2014, Ohio State's marching band director, Jonathan Waters, was fired when it came to light that a song book featured sexual and inappropriate material. Now it revealed that it was even worse. There was material in the book that featured mocking of the Holocaust. The below report is from The College Fix cross-posted from the Wall Street Journal.

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/23584/

Does this not underline what we have been claiming all along-that there is a problem of anti-Semitism on our college campuses? The current president of Ohio State, Michael Drake, should understand how serious this is because he came to OSU from UC Irvine, where he was under fire for not confronting anti-Semitism on that campus.

UC Skate Board (Santa Barbara) Cancels Porn Class

Hat tip The College Fix



Constance Penley-PhD in rhetoric


Scholarship took a major blow (no pun intended) when UC Santa Barbara cancelled a long-standing porn class citing lack of enrollment (interest).

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/23567/

There could be several reasons for this. Maybe some parents took the time to check out what their kids were taking in school and decided they weren't going to pay the high tuition for Jack and Jill to study the academic aspects of porn. Maybe Jack and Jill figured they could watch all the porn they wanted on their computers for free.

One thing needs to be said in all seriousness: There are too many universities across the fruited plain that are devoting too much time and resources to sex.

Not that there's anything wrong with sex, mind you. Some of my best friends have sex. I just wonder why porn is considered an academic subject and why colleges need to hold annual sex weeks with workshops and all that. Add this to all the political indoctrination students are getting in college and you realize why they are so unprepared to enter the work force when they graduate with degrees in topics that make basket weaving look like engineering.

The Latest Planned Parenthood Video: How to Lie

Research not business


It gets worse for Planned Parenthood as the Center for Medical Progress releases their fourth undercover video. In this video, a Colorado Planned Parenthood director explains to undercover activists how to mischaracterize the harvesting of fetal body parts to get around the law.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/07/30/call-it-research-not-business-planned-parenthood-doc-says-in-latest-sting-video/?intcmp=hpbt1

Just think: Our government gives half a billion dollars to this organization in tax-payer money every year. We are all paying for this.


Can Bernie Sanders Take the Nomination From Hillary?

This article first appeared in Eagle Rising.



When Bernie Sanders, the openly socialist senator from Vermont announced he was running for the Democratic nomination for president (even though he is an Independent), people chuckled. They wondered how the slightly unkempt lightweight walk in and "steal" the nomination from the Queen-in-Waiting with her machine in place and money to burn.

They are not laughing now.

Opinion polls show Ms Clinton slipping and Sanders gaining. He has a long way to go, to be sure, but remember Senator Barack Obama? I think it is possible.

For one thing, even Democrats see the phoniness and scripted artificiality in the wooden Hillary, whose speeches are akin to the proverbial fingernails on the chalkboard. Just this week she was in South Carolina telling a largely black audience that "Black lives matter". Unlike the hapless Martin O'Malley, she didn't make the mistake of adding that all lives matter. (Of course, Sanders was also present in Arizona during the O'Malley fiasco, but at least he had the gumption to tell the audience that "If you don't want to hear what I have to say....".

In contrast to Clinton, Sanders doesn't try to mask where he stands on issues-which is to the left of Hillary. He speaks naturally and with the conviction of his beliefs. He resonates with his (liberal) audiences.

One senses that except for the true Clinton kool-aid drinkers, Democratic voters are looking for something more refreshing and genuine than  tired old Hillary. They are also starting to finally wake up to the fact that she is dishonest, corrupt, and devoid of any real accomplishments as a senator and secretary of state. They also now see that she is beholden to big money interests just like most all politicians. Further, they see that she is slightly more to the center than this far-left party has now drifted. Sanders, who is about as far left as you can get in the Senate, is the real deal.

Of course, to throw a bucket of cold water over myself, I forgot about the money. Sanders is going to need a big infusion of cash to keep up with the Clinton machine. At any rate, it would be nice to see someone challenge Her Nibs and dirty her up a bit before the general election. I can only hope that there are enough decent and honorable Democrats out there to see how unworthy Hillary Clinton is of the highest office in the land.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Stop Iran Now Rally in San Diego

Hat tip JJ


I was planning to attend one of the Stop Iran Now rallies in LA or San Diego sponsored by Stand With Us on July 26, but was unable to.  One of the speakers at the San Diego event was Micha Danzig, a San Diego attorney, former Israeli Defense Force soldier, and board member of TEAM San Diego (Training and Education About the Middle East). Below in the Times of Israel is the text of Mr Danzig's speech. He draws a parallel between the recent deal signed with Iran and the 1938 Munich agreement. I urge you to read it and send it on.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/deal-or-no-deal-the-price-of-appeasement/

Great speech, Mr Danzig! I wish I could have been there to hear it.

University of New Hampshire Speech Policy: Insane

"American" is problematic



Move over University of California and University of Wisconsin. The University of New Hampshire is about to take over first place when it comes to silly speech codes. The Daily Caller has the report below. There is a link to the UNH "bias-free language guide", and you gotta read it to believe it.

http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/28/public-universitys-bias-free-language-guide-calls-the-word-american-problematic/

As to the "American" issue, as a Spanish speaker, I know that if you travel to Central or South America and refer to yourself as an "American", you are likely to be politely informed that they are Americans too. That "micro-aggression" aside, I always tell my friends from those regions that in English, we don't have an adjective for United States as they do in Spanish (estadounidense) Thus, we have gotten in the habit of calling ourselves Americans. When I am in Latin America, I try to refer to myself as a North American and my country as the United States.

But if we are in the US, what's the big deal?  What is with all these rules? And who dreamed up all this "micro-aggression" stuff?

Maybe we should all just learn Esperanto.


IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Theatened With Contempt

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John Koskinen-The Concealer


An angry federal judge has threatened contempt citations to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over the agency's failure to  provide weekly email records relating to Lois Lerner and the agency's attempt to harass conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/29/federal-judge-threatens-to-hold-irs-chief-in-contempt/?intcmp=hpbt2

God, is there really hope that justice might be achieved against this corrupt administration?

The Cincinnati Shooting

I have just reviewed the videotape from the shooting of a black man by a white University of Cincinnati police officer. It's too soon to make a final judgment, but the officer has been indicted.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/07/29/prosecutors-to-announce-conclusion-of-probe-into-cincinnati-campus-police-shooting/

It appears the officer's defense is going to be that the deceased man, Sam DuBose, was trying to drive off and that he (Officer Ray Tensing) thought he was in fear of being dragged by the car. The tape does not appear to support that though at the moment of the shot, the video from the officer's body camera becomes blurred-understandably from the violent movement. Had DuBose been reaching for a gun, that would justify the shot, but that is not the case. he was unarmed.

As to the question of being dragged or otherwise injured by the car, if a suspect uses his car to try and injure or kill an officer, that generally justifies shooting in self defense. There are many cases like this in law enforcement. I was in a somewhat similar situation one night in Los Angeles back in the early 1980s. In my case, which occurred one night in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, we were attempting to arrest a suspect who was just leaving his house as we arrived and were setting up to hit the door. As the suspect drove out of his driveway and down the street, one of the agents tried to stop him by acting like a drunk pedestrian staggering across the road. The suspect stopped briefly, but when he realized he was about to be arrested, he hit the accelerator and tried to drive away striking the agent and knocking him out of the way (He was not injured.) The agent then fired a round at the left front tire, but only succeeded in killing a hubcap.

(I am not making this up.)

As all this happened, I was standing right next to the driver's side window with a direct bead on the suspect's head. I could have fired, but I noticed that one of my fellow agents was slightly to the left. Had he moved to the right he would have entered the line of fire. Thus, I did not fire, and a high speed car chase ensued before we were able to stop and arrest the suspect with a struggle.

Subsequently, an internal investigation was conducted-as is required. The shooting was deemed justified, and the agent hung the hubcap on the wall behind his desk.

Back to Officer Tensing. Unless something emerges that supports his version of being dragged, I think he has big problems. However, I will withhold judgment.


British Jihadists Bite the Dust in Syria

Hat tip Jihad i Malmo

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Juan Cole- PhD


University of Michigan professor Juan Cole likes to pooh-pooh the problem of British (and US) Muslims traveling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. At a speech at California State University at Long Beach on October 16, 2014, he called British Prime Minister David Cameron a racist for alerting the public that some 400 British Muslims had joined ISIS. Given the 4 million Muslims in Britain, 400 was a "minuscule "number".

Cole is going to be reminded of his remarks every time a story comes out of Britain about their problem of home-grown jihadists.

And here is one:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11763913/Last-of-the-Portsmouth-Bad-Boys-jihadists-killed.html

"More than 60 Britons are now believed to have died in Syria, many of them fighting alongside the brutal Isil group."

(A minuscule number. Hopefully, that number will rise.)






Israel Scores One for the Good Guys

Hat tip Investigative Project on Terrorism


Amid all the depressing news about ISIS, Iran, John Kerry and Barack Obama, a bit of good news comes from our friends in Israel. They have reportedly killed a Hizbollah leader who was one of the most vicious killers in the world of terror. The Investigative project on terrorism has the report.

http://www.investigativeproject.org/4927/israeli-strike-kills-ruthless-child-killing

Hopefully, Obama and our State Department will not issue a statement decrying the "loss of life".