Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise him

https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-threatens-shut-down-150300346.html

Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise him

October 11, 2017

Donald Trump has threatened to shut down NBC and other American networks, saying that they peddle fake news.

“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Mr Trump wrote in a tweet.
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October 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Donald Trump, Police state. Leave a comment.

Black Lives Matter’s newest phrase: “Liberalism is white supremacy”

According to the student newspaper at the College of William and Mary, the ACLU recently tried to host an event called “Students and the First Amendment.”

However, five minutes after the event began, Black Lives Matter protestors started shouting loud enough to prevent the ACLU from being heard.

The ACLU suggested that both Black Lives Matter and the ACLU be allowed to speak. But the Black Lives Matter protestors would not allow the ACLU to be heard. After 30 minutes of not being allowed to speak, the ACLU canceled the event.

Statements shouted by Black Lives Matter protestors included

“liberalism is white supremacy”

and

“the revolution will not uphold the constitution”

Afterward, the college’s Black Lives Matter chapter posted the following on its Facebook page:

“Tonight, we shut down an event at William & Mary where Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, was speaking. In contrast to the ACLU, we want to reaffirm our position of zero tolerance for white supremacy no matter what form it decides to masquerade in.”

 

October 7, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

I’d like to thank social justice warriors for drawing my attention to Ben Shapiro’s excellent speech at UC Berkeley

Although I’ve watched plenty of brief clips of Ben Shapiro at YouTube in the past, I’d never before watched an entire speech of his.

However, after social justice warriors tried to prevent him from speaking at UC Berkeley, I decided to watch the entire thing.

And here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP_9cRUzqMw

The speech itself makes up only the first 28 minutes of the video. I watched the entire 28 minutes. And I loved it. (The rest of the video is a Q&A, which I did not watch.)

So thanks to all the people who drew my attention to the speech by trying to ban it.

In the speech, Shapiro repeatedly condemns white supremacy. He criticizes the alt-right for being against western civilization. And he cites statistics which prove that having a baby out of wedlock, not racism, is the biggest cause of poverty.

UC Berkeley is offering counseling for anyone who was traumatized by Shapiro’s speech.

 

September 15, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Sweden prosecutes woman for truthfully saying that immigrants were pooping in the streets

http://vesselnews.io/2017/05/sweden-70-year-old-woman-prosecuted-complaining-migrants-defecating-streets/

Sweden: 70-Year-Old Woman Prosecuted For Complaining About Migrants Defecating In The Streets

May 2017

A 70-year-old Swedish woman is facing up to four years in prison for complaining on Facebook about migrants defecating in the streets.

From Fria Tider (translated from Swedish with Google):

A 70 year old woman in Dalarna prosecuted for hate speech after writing on Facebook that immigrants are defecating in the streets, writes DT.se.

According to the prosecution, the woman via Facebook wrote disparagingly of people with a foreign background.

In a post from 2015, she has written that immigrants “set cars on fire and urinate and defecate in the streets.”

This violates the law on incitement to racial hatred, according to the prosecutor.

The accused woman in police interrogation admitted that she wrote the post, but denied that she committed a criminal act.

The evidence against the 70-year-old woman is a screenshot from Facebook.

The penalty for incitement to racial hatred is imprisonment not exceeding two years or, for petty offenses, fines. If the offense is considered to be grave sentenced the defendants to prison terms of between six months and four years.

She’s being dragged into court and threatened with jail for a two year old Facebook post which is factually correct.

While the Western media and leftist “human rights” groups will whine about attacks on free speech in places like China and Russia, in Sweden and Germany they’re throwing people in prison for writing “anti-migrant” Facebook posts.

July 11, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Immigration, Islamization, Police state, Political correctness, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Here’s the “hate speech” video (i.e., speech against Islamic terrorism) that got a U.S. tourist arrested in Canada

Here are two videos by a YouTuber who calls himself “Wild Bill for America.”

The first video is a speech that he gave when he was in the U.S. In the speech, he criticizes Islamic terrorism.

In the second video, he explains how he was arrested for “smuggling hate speech” in Canada because he was planning to give the exact same speech in Canada, and he had the text of the speech on his IPAD that he was carrying with him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZUmYQYDaw8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwaMpTLUmX0

June 26, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Islamic terrorism, Islamization, Police state, Political correctness, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Shame on crybaby Trump for using the government to investigate Stephen Colbert for telling a joke about Trump!

Stephen Colbert recently told the following joke on TV:

“The only thing [Trump’s] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”

When Colbert’s joke aired on TV, his mouth was blurred, and the word in question was bleeped over.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration is investigating this.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who is leading the investigation, was appointed to the FCC in 2012 by President Obama, and was later promoted to the chairmanship of the commission by President Trump in January 2017.

In April 2012, President Obama came out in favor of President Bush for fining the CBS TV network $550,000 for showing Janet Jackson’s breast during the 2004 Super Bowl.

What this means is that all three of the three most recent presidents – Bush, Obama, and Trump – share the belief that the government should punish TV broadcasters that air this kind of content.

So again, I have yet another reason to be glad that I voted for Gary Johnson for President in 2016.

Here’s the joke in question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9pOQOnkfNY

May 5, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Humor, Police state, Television. 7 comments.

Oregon fines man $500 because he used math to criticize red light cameras without having an engineering license

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oregon-man-claims-state-muzzles-red-light-camera-critique-n751371

Oregon Man Claims State Muzzles Red Light Camera Critique

April 26, 2017

An Oregon man’s public criticism of the mathematical formula used by red light cameras got him in trouble — not with the police but with the state engineering board.

So he’s suing, claiming a violation of free speech.

After his wife got a ticket based on a red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, Mats Järlström, a Swedish-born electronics engineer, studied the calculations used to determine the length of the yellow light cycle. He concluded it was too short, because it failed to account for the longer time a driver needed to turn a corner, rather than go straight through the intersection.

Convinced the cameras were using an out-of-date formula, he took his message to practically anyone who would listen — local TV stations, a conference of traffic engineers, and even the state board of engineer examiners.

That’s what got him in trouble.

The board fined him $500 and said he was violating a state law by speaking about engineering issues without a license.

“By providing the public with his traffic engineering calculations,” the board said, “Järlström engaged in the practice of engineering.” And since he didn’t have a license issued by the state, he was violating the law, it said.

Now he’s suing in federal court, accusing the state of violating his First Amendment right to speak about a public issue.

“Criticizing the government’s engineering isn’t a crime. It’s a constitutional right,” said Samuel Gedge of the Institute for Justice, a conservative public interest law firm representing Järlström. “You don’t need to be a licensed engineer to talk about traffic lights.”

As many states do, Oregon prohibits a person from practicing engineering without a license. But the state’s board of engineering examiners equates publicly talking about engineering issues with practicing engineering.

“I was fined simply for speaking out and was told that I can’t truthfully call myself an engineer. People should be free to debate any topic, including technical topics like math and traffic lights,” Järlström said.

A spokesman for the state engineering board had no comment on the lawsuit, and the state has not yet responded in court.

Järlström paid the $500 fine. But he isn’t suing to get his money back.

Another Institute for Justice lawyer on his legal team, Wesley Hottot, said the state is essentially requiring a permission slip to debate government policy. “This board and licensing boards across the country think the First Amendment doesn’t apply to them. They couldn’t be more wrong.”

April 28, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Math, Police state. 1 comment.

The hypocrites at the ACLU called the police because they didn’t like an opinion that someone expressed

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/woman-crashes-aclu-stop-trump-meeting-urges-snowflakes-thinks-police-called/

Woman Crashes ACLU Stop Trump Meeting and Urges Snowflakes to Think for Themselves – Cops Are Called

March 11, 2017

Activist Ginger McQueen crashed the local ACLU Stop Trump training session today and began to lecture the indoctrinated leftists.

Ginger urged the snowflakes to think for themselves.

So they called the police on her.

When the officer got there he shook her hand and laughed.

“I crashed the ACLU’s Stop Trump meeting. They called the police on me. The cop shook my hand and laughed.”

– Ginger McQueen

“Yes, the police actually showed up because the snowflakes can’t handle having their ideas challenged or their pictures taken in a public.”

– Ginger McQueen

“The ACLU sued for citizens to be able to film police, but citizens can’t film the ACLU.”

Ginger McQueen

March 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Police state, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Trump enforces Obama order for UC Berkeley to remove 13,800 hours of free educational videos from YouTube

This is the YouTube channel for University of California, Berkeley: https://www.youtube.com/user/UCBerkeley/videos

It has (or used to have) 13,800 hours of free educational content.

On August 30, 2016, the Justice Department sent this letter to the school, which criticized the videos for not being closed captioned, and for not having audio descriptions of content that was visible on chalkboards.

The school responded by issuing a statement which said it might have to remove the videos because of this. Specifically, the school’s statement said:

“… we might not be able to continue to provide free public content under the conditions laid out by the Department of Justice to the extent we have in the past.”

“In many cases the requirements proposed by the department would require the university to implement extremely expensive measures to continue to make these resources available to the public for free…”

The same letter from the Justice Department also ordered the school to pay “compensatory damages” to deaf people because these free educational videos were not closed captioned.

However, the Justice Department did not explain how it was possible for the school to pay “compensatory damages” for something that the school had given away for free.

So now, here we are in March 2017. Donald Trump has been president for well over a month. And now the Justice Department is enforcing Obama’s order for UC Berkeley to remove the videos.

As President, Trump could have reversed this order, just as Obama, early in his presidency, had reversed a Bush action regarding the New Black Panther Party. (In May 2009, the Obama administration dismissed charges that had been filed by the Bush administration against members of the New Black Panther Party who had been videotaped intimidating voters and brandishing a police-style baton at a Philadelphia polling station during the November 2008 election. In August 2009, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights demanded that the Justice Department explain why it dismissed the charges.  In July 2010, J. Christian Adams, a former lawyer for the Justice Department, testified before the Commission on Civil Rights that the case was dropped because the Justice Department did not want to protect the civil rights of white people.)

But Trump did not reverse this order. Instead, he went along with it.

So once again, here’s another reason why I’m glad I voted for Gary Johnson in the 2016 Presidential election.

March 11, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Education, Police state. 1 comment.

For the curious, here’s the last speech that Milo Yiannopoulos gave before the Berkeley riots

For anyone who has never heard a Milo Yiannopoulos speech and is curious to know what all the fuss is about, this is the last speech that he gave before the Berkeley riots. This speech was given at Cal Poly on January 31, 2017 – just one day before the Berkeley riots.

And while you’re watching this speech, please keep in mind that more than 100 UC Berkeley faculty members signed a petition to ban Milo from speaking at UC Berkeley the very next day. Every Milo speech is different, but this speech from Cal Poly is representative of what these UC Berkely professors, and all of the other anti-free speech social justice warriors, don’t want you to hear, spoken by someone whom they claim is a Nazi.

I’m guessing that Milo has become about 1,000 times more popular than he ever would have been if people hadn’t tried to silence him.

Milo starts speaking at 5:46

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gv3xPifTEE

February 7, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Milo Yiannopoulos. Leave a comment.

Disgusting! More than 100 UC Berkeley faculty signed a petition to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking!

More than 100 UC Berkeley faculty members signed a petition to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking.

This is absolutely disgusting.

They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Here is the petition and the faculty members who signed it. (The document continues after the first set of signatures, and there are other signatures after that first set.)

 

February 3, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Education, Milo Yiannopoulos, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Milo Yiannopoulos addresses The UC Berkeley riots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-sX5JLwidE

February 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Milo Yiannopoulos. Leave a comment.

Milo Yiannopoulos: ‘The Left is absolutely terrified of free speech’

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Yiannopoulos-The-Left-is-absolutely-terrified-10901916.php

Yiannopoulos: ‘The Left is absolutely terrified of free speech’

February 1, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos blamed “violence from the left” for the cancellation of his scheduled UC Berkeley appearance Wednesday evening.

Shortly after the Breitbart News editor’s event was called off, he posted a statement on his Facebook page:

“I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building. My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled. I’ll let you know more when the facts become clear. One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.”

In a subsequent interview with Fox News, Yiannopoulos said UC Berkeley is “a liberal campus. They hate libertarians or conservatives who dare to express an opinion on their campus. They particularly don’t like me.”

The self-described “libertarian, gay, Trump-supporting provocateur” said college campuses are places where “you should be able to engage with different ideas.”

Those who attend his appearances, he said, include people who “don’t necessarily agree with me but just want to hear the other side. They were prevented from doing so this evening by violence from the left — the left that is terrified of anyone who they think might be persuasive or might be interesting or might take people with them.”

February 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Milo Yiannopoulos, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

UC Berkeley cancels Milo Yiannopoulos event amid violent protest

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February 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Video shows left wing thug pepper spraying female Milo Yiannopoulos supporter at UC Berkeley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x643kcoc8FU

February 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

YouTube disables Milo Yiannopoulos livestream hours before immigration speech in New Mexico

YouTube has the ability to broadcast events live as they happen, but YouTube decided that it would not allow it in this particular case. Only after Milo Yiannopoulos finished his speech did YouTube allow him to put it up on his channel. So here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmtrDzmDhqU

http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2017/01/27/youtube-disables-milo-livestream-hours-immigration-speech-new-mexico/

YouTube Disables MILO Livestream Hours Before Immigration Speech in New Mexico

January 27, 2017

YouTube disabled Breitbart News Senior Editor MILO’s livestreaming ability on Friday, just hours before his speech on immigration at the University of New Mexico.

MILO’s ability to host livestreams was withdrawn from YouTube after his video “MILO At UC – Colorado Springs: Democrats Are The ‘Party Of The Cuckold,’” was flagged and subsequently removed.

“Your video ‘MILO At UC – Colorado Springs: Democrats Are The ‘Party Of The Cuckold’ was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines,” YouTube declared in a notice to MILO. “We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.”

Though MILO has appealed the channel restrictions, YouTube has yet to remove the livestream ban.

Consequently, MILO’s speech at the University of New Mexico tonight will not be livestreamed. The speech will be posted in its entirely to MILO’s YouTube channel after the event as usual, but fans will not be able to watch it live.

January 28, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Immigration, Media bias, Milo Yiannopoulos, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

At UC Davis, social justice warriors can’t handle the fact that a refugee from a totalitarian dictatorship actually had the nerve to defend Milo Yiannopulos’s right to free speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5FGDFKeg9k

January 14, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Immigration, Milo Yiannopoulos, Police state, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

At UC Davis, social justice warriors use violence and assault, including throwing hot coffee at ABC News cameraman, to cause cancellation of Milo Yiannopulos speech

https://twitter.com/ABC10Frances/status/820110080875982848/photo/1

Frances Wang Verified account ‏@ABC10Frances

My photographer was doing an interview when someone poured hot coffee on him & out equipment. @ucdavis @ABC10

frances-wang7:27 PM – 13 Jan 2017


http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2017/01/13/reports-leftists-pull-hammers-milo-uc-davis-event-smash-windows/

MILO UC Davis Event Cancelled After Leftists Tear Down Barricades, Engage In Violence

January 13, 2017

MILO’s event at the University of California, Davis has been cancelled after protesters tore down barricades and engaged in scuffles outside the venue. A camerman for ABC10 was also attacked with hot coffee.

ABC-7 reports “violent interactions with protesters.” Video footage shows protesters jumping barricades and throwing them towards police.

January 14, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Milo Yiannopoulos, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

UC Berkeley says the Obama administration might force it to remove 13,800 hours of free educational videos from YouTube

This is the YouTube channel for University of California, Berkeley: https://www.youtube.com/user/UCBerkeley/videos

It has 13,800 hours of free educational content.

Recently, the Department of Justice sent this letter to the school, which criticized the videos for not being closed captioned, and for not having audio descriptions of content that was visible on chalkboards.

The school responded by issuing a statement which said it might have to remove the videos because of this. Specifically, the school’s statement said:

“… we might not be able to continue to provide free public content under the conditions laid out by the Department of Justice to the extent we have in the past.”

“In many cases the requirements proposed by the department would require the university to implement extremely expensive measures to continue to make these resources available to the public for free…”

The same letter from the Justicte Department also ordered the school to pay “compensatory damages” to deaf people because these free educational videos were not closed captioned.

However, the Justice Department did not explain how it was possible for the school to pay “compensatory damages” for something that the school had given away for free.

December 24, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Education, Police state. Leave a comment.

Dutch court convicts man of “insulting” Muslim immigrants

The population of Morocco is 99% Muslim.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/09/europe/geert-wilders-hate-speech-trial-verdict/

Geert Wilders guilty of ‘insulting a group’ after hate speech trial

December 9, 2016

The Dutch far-right opposition leader Geert Wilders was convicted Friday of inciting discrimination and “insulting a group” after a trial over statements he made about Moroccans.

But the court found him not guilty of incitement to hatred and handed down no punishment.

Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), was charged after inciting supporters into a chant calling for fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands in 2014.

According to a court statement, Wilders asked his audience: “Do you want more or less Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?”

The audience repeatedly chanted “less.”

The court said that Wilders “singled out an entire group of citizens” and that the message “came through loud and clear.” It convicted him of insulting a group and incitement to discrimination.

But the court found insufficient evidence to find him guilty of incitement to hatred.

The court, which could have fined Wilders, decided that verdicts were sufficient punishment and imposed no further penalty.

The 53-year-old far-right leader has campaigned against “Islamic immigration.”

“Three PVV-hating judges just declared Moroccans a race and convicted me, as well as half of the Dutch population,” Wilders tweeted shortly after the ruling.

Wilders said in a Twitter post ahead of the verdict Friday morning that he will “continue to speak the truth about the Moroccan problem.”

“No judge, politician or terrorist will stop me,” he added.

Wilders has previously called Islamic immigration “an invasion” that will “replace our people” and “erase our culture.”

Among his other policies, Wilders has called for a referendum on the Netherlands’ membership in the European Union, and a full burqa ban.

Wilders, 53, came to international attention in 2008 with the provocative online film “Fitna,” which juxtaposed the aftermath of terrorist attacks with verses from the Quran.

Known as much for his anti-Muslim views as his bleached hair, Wilders has been called “Europe’s Donald Trump” — with his party gaining popularity in recent years.

It’s not the first time Wilders has appeared in court on hate speech charges.

In 2011 he was acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims, after calling for the Quran to be banned in the Netherlands.

Friday’s verdict comes three months ahead of the country’s parliamentary election in March, when Wilders will be vying for the top job of prime minister.

The opposition party leader will face current prime minister Mark Rutte, whose conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) rules in a coalition with the the Labour Party (PvdA).

Rutte said at a press conference Friday that neither he nor his party would be willing to govern with Wilders unless he retracted his comments about Moroccans.

Wilders has run on a party manifesto focused on a so-called “de-Islamification” of the Netherlands, in which he lays out an 11-point plan pledging, among other things, to shut down all the country’s Islamic schools and close the borders to migrants from Islamic nations.

December 12, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Immigration, Islamization, Police state, Political correctness. 2 comments.

France banned this TV commercial that shows smiling children with Down Syndrome, so here it is for you to watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju-q4OnBtNU

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442735/dear-future-mom-down-syndrome-anti-abortion-video-ban-france

The Sensitivity Police Strike Again

The court has ruled that the video is — wait for it — “inappropriate” for French television.

December 3, 2016

The word “inappropriate” is increasingly used inappropriately. It is useful to describe departures from good manners or other social norms, such as wearing white after Labor Day or using the salad fork with the entree. But the adjective has become a splatter of verbal fudge, a weasel word falsely suggesting measured seriousness. Its misty imprecision does not disguise, it advertises, the user’s moral obtuseness.

A French court has demonstrated how “inappropriate” can be an all-purpose device of intellectual evasion and moral cowardice. The court said it is inappropriate to do something that might disturb people who killed their unborn babies for reasons that were, shall we say, inappropriate.

Prenatal genetic testing enables pregnant women to be apprised of a variety of problems with their unborn babies, including Down syndrome. It is a congenital condition resulting from a chromosomal defect that causes varying degrees of mental disability and some physical abnormalities, such as low muscle tone, small stature, flatness of the back of the head and an upward slant to the eyes. Within living memory, Down syndrome people were called Mongoloids.

Now they are included in the category called “special needs” people. What they most need is nothing special. It is for people to understand their aptitudes, and to therefore quit killing them in utero.

Down syndrome, although not common, is among the most common congenital anomalies at 49.7 per 100,000 births. In approximately 90 percent of instances when prenatal genetic testing reveals Down syndrome, the baby is aborted. Cleft lips or palates, which occur in 72.6 per 100,000 births, also can be diagnosed in utero and sometimes are the reason a baby is aborted.

In 2014, in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day (March 21), the Global Down Syndrome Foundation prepared a two-minute video titled “Dear Future Mom” to assuage the anxieties of pregnant women who have learned that they are carrying a Down syndrome baby. More than 7 million people have seen the video online in which one such woman says, “I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?” Down syndrome children from many nations tell the woman that her child will hug, speak, go to school, tell you he loves you and “can be happy, just like I am — and you’ll be happy, too.”

The French state is not happy about this. The court has ruled that the video is — wait for it — “inappropriate” for French television. The court upheld a ruling in which the French Broadcasting Council banned the video as a commercial. The court said the video’s depiction of happy Down syndrome children is “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.”

So, what happens on campuses does not stay on campuses. There, in many nations, sensitivity bureaucracies have been enforcing the relatively new entitlement to be shielded from whatever might disturb, even inappropriate jokes. And now this rapidly metastasizing right has come to this: A video that accurately communicates a truthful proposition — that Down syndrome people can be happy and give happiness — should be suppressed because some people might become ambivalent, or morally queasy, about having chosen to extinguish such lives because . . .

This is why the video giving facts about Down syndrome people is so subversive of the flaccid consensus among those who say aborting a baby is of no more moral significance than removing a tumor from a stomach. Pictures persuade. Today’s improved prenatal sonograms make graphic the fact that the moving fingers and beating heart are not mere “fetal material.” They are a baby. Toymaker Fisher-Price, children’s apparel manufacturer OshKosh, McDonald’s, and Target have featured Down syndrome children in ads that the French court would probably ban from television.

The court has said, in effect, that the lives of Down syndrome people — and by inescapable implication, the lives of many other disabled people — matter less than the serenity of people who have acted on one or more of three vicious principles: That the lives of the disabled are not worth living. Or that the lives of the disabled are of negligible value next to the desire of parents to have a child who has no special — meaning inconvenient – needs. Or that government should suppress the voices of Down syndrome children in order to guarantee other people’s right not to be disturbed by reminders that they have made lethal choices on the basis of one or both of the first two inappropriate principles.

December 7, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Abortion, Police state. Leave a comment.

Totalitarian fascist Donald Trump wants flag burners to be jailed or stripped of U.S. citizenship

Donald Trump just said:

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

This is another reason why I’m glad I voted for Gary Johnson in this month’s election.

As long as a person who burns the flag is burning their own flag (i.e., not one that they stole from someone else), and is obeying the fire and safety laws, then I fully support their right to burn it.

November 29, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Donald Trump. 6 comments.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds: ‘Tolerant’ educators exile Trump voters from campus

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/14/trump-liberal-college-campuses-michigan-yale-glenn-reynolds-column/93765568/

‘Tolerant’ educators exile Trump voters from campus

By Glenn Harlan Reynolds

November 14, 2016

With puppies, Play-doh and coloring books, safe spaces and therapy sessions turn universities into a joke.

One of the more amusing bits of fallout from last week’s election has been the safe-space response of many colleges and universities to the election of the “wrong” candidate. But on closer examination, this response isn’t really amusing. In fact, it’s downright mean.

Trump’s substantial victory, when most progressives expected a Hillary landslide, came as a shock to many. That shock seems to have been multiplied in academe, where few people seem to know any Trump supporters — or, at least, any Trump supporters who’ll admit to it.

The response to the shock has been to turn campuses into kindergarten. The University of Michigan Law School announced a ”post-election self-care” event with “food and play,” including “coloring sheets, play dough [sic], positive card-making, Legos and bubbles with your fellow law students.” (Embarrassed by the attention, UM Law scrubbed the announcement from its website, perhaps concerned that people would wonder if its graduates would require Legos and bubbles in the event of stressful litigation.)

Stanford emailed its students and faculty that psychological counseling was available for those experiencing “uncertainty, anger, anxiety and/or fear” following the election. So did the University of Michigan’s Flint campus.

Meanwhile, even the Ivy League wasn’t immune, with Penn (Trump’s alma mater) creating a post-election safe space with puppies and coloring books:

Student Daniel Tancredi reported that the people who attended were “fearful” about the results of the election.

“For the most part, students just hung out and ate snacks and made small talk,” Tancredi told The College Fix. “Of course, that was in addition to coloring and playing with the animals.”

At Cornell, meanwhile, students held a “Cry-in.”

As the event took place, students — roughly 20 or so, according to the Sun’s video — wrote their reactions and emotions on poster boards with colored markers, or with chalk on the ground. A chilly day on the Ithaca campus, at one point the demonstrators huddled together as what appeared to be a barista brought them warm drinks. Several adults, most likely professors, stood around the group. The event appeared to take on the atmosphere of a funeral wake.

Yale had a ”group scream.”

At Tufts, the university offered arts and crafts, while the University of Kansas reminded students that there were plenty of “therapy dogs” available.  At other schools, exams were cancelled and professors expressed their sympathy to traumatized students.

It’s easy to mock this as juvenile silliness — because, well, it is juvenile silliness of the sort documented in Frank Furedi’s What Happened To The University? But that’s not all it is. It’s also exactly what these schools purport to abhor:  An effort to marginalize and silence part of the university community.

In an email to students, the University of Michigan’s President, Mark Schlissel, wrote: “Our responsibility is to remain committed to education, discovery and intellectual honesty — and to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are at our best when we come together to engage respectfully across our ideological differences; to support ALL who feel marginalized, threatened or unwelcome; and to pursue knowledge and understanding.”

But when you treat an election in which the “wrong” candidate wins as a traumatic event on a par with the 9/11 attacks, calling for counseling and safe spaces, you’re implicitly saying that everyone who supported that “wrong” candidate is, well, unsafe. Despite the talk about diversity and inclusion, this is really sending the signal that people who supported Trump — and Trump carried the state of Michigan, so there are probably quite a few on campus — aren’t really included in acceptable campus culture. It’s not promoting diversity, it’s enforcing uniformity. It’s not promoting inclusion, it’s practicing exclusion.  And, though it pretends to be about nurturing, it’s actually about being mean to those who don’t fall in the nurtured class. Schlissel says he wants the University of Michigan to be “a welcoming place for all members of society,” but how welcome can students who backed Trump feel in the wake of this performance?

A viral (and profane) YouTube rant by Jonathan Pie points out that this sort of fear and “othering” of political opponents is why Trump won, and why Democrats were shocked by his victory.  Pie’s right to tell people that they should engage in discussion rather than dismissal of people they disagree with, and colleges and universities should listen to him.

If, that is, it’s not too triggering.

November 14, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Dumbing down, Education, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

YouTube censors video on … left-wing censorship

This is the video in question from PragerU that YouTube censored for its consrvative viewpoint. The only reason YouTube put it back up was because the Wall St. Journal complained about the censorship. The video is G-rated – it has no profanity, violence, or sex:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXocwzYjcBc

This is the YouTube channel for PragerU: https://www.youtube.com/user/PragerUniversity/videos

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/matt-philbin/2016/11/01/youtube-censors-video-%E2%80%A6-left-wing-censorship

YouTube Censors Video on … Left-Wing Censorship

November 1, 2016

What do you suppose happens on YouTube to a video that is a “discourse on the First Amendment and the tactics that progressives are using to limit speech and political engagement by conservatives”? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, it falls victim to an algorithm with absolutely no sense of irony.

A video titled “The Dark Art of Political Intimidation” was posted last week by WSJ columnist Kimberly Strassel as a PragerU lecture. “Within several hours of PragerU posting the video,” said a WSJ editorial, YouTube placed it in ‘restricted mode,’ making it inaccessible to schools, libraries and young Americans whose parents have enabled YouTube technology filters.”

Conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s idea for PragerU is to give students alternative, non-progressive takes on history, civics and other issues. Of the 100+ PragerU videos, YouTube restricted 18 of them, even though there’s no cursing, no violence or any kind of indecency in any of them.

What the videos have done is run afoul of progressive orthodoxy. YouTube told WSJ that “video restrictions are decided by an ‘algorithm’ that factors in ‘community flagging’ and ‘sensitive content.’” In other words, the algorithm was tripped by progressives trying to limit speech and political engagement by conservatives. Flag a video enough times and the restrictions kick in. Do it often enough and YouTube is your safe space. Extra points for flagging videos that accuse the left of doing exactly what you’re doing.

Unless the WSJ gives YouTube a headache about the system, which it did in the case of Strassel’s video. YouTube lifted the restriction over the weekend.

November 1, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Europe tells British press NOT to reveal if terrorists are Muslims

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/717627/free-speech-crackdown-EU-report-British-press-hate-crime-violence-terror

Europe tells British press NOT to reveal if terrorists are Muslims

October 6, 2016

Meddling Brussels has said the British press should not report when terrorists are Muslims in a slew of demands to the Government to crack down on the media.

A report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) found there was an increase in hate speech and racist violence in the UK from 2009 to March 2016.

Blaming the press, ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, said: “It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians.”

The report makes a whopping 23 recommendations to Theresa May’s Government for changes to criminal law, the freedom of the press, crime reporting and equality law.

And despite the report not analysing coverage of the historic Brexit vote, Mr Ahlund saw fit to comment on the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

In a sweeping statement, he said: “The Brexit referendum seems to have led to a further rise in ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiment, making it even more important that the British authorities take the steps outlined in our report as a matter of priority.”

The report lays into the British press and urges the government to “give more rigorous training” to reporters.

In the 83-page report, the Commission said: “ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fuelling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.

“In this context, it draws attention to a recent study by Teeside University suggesting that where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators’ motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations.”

Despite the creation of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) in 2014 as an independent regulator for newspapers and magazines, the “ECRI strongly recommends that the authorities find a way to establish an independent press regulator according to the recommendations set out in the Leveson Report. It recommends more rigorous training for journalists to ensure better compliance with ethical standards.”

But as Britain prepares to leave the crumbling bloc, the Government waded in to defend freedom of expression.

In a written statement to the ECRI, the Government said: “The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.”

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and racial discrimination.

The group writes reports on every member state every five years and says the documents are “analyses based on a great deal of information gathered from a wide variety of sources.

ECRI visited the UK in November 2015 as it gathered evidence for the report.

In a statement, ECRI said: “ECRI welcomed, among other things, the entry into force of the Equality Act 2010 and the generally strong legislation against racism and racial discrimination in the country, as well as the government’s new hate crime action plan and substantial efforts to promote LGBT rights in the UK which have led to a significant change in attitudes.

“At the same time, the commission noted considerable intolerant political discourse in the UK, particularly focusing on immigration. It said that hate speech continues to be a serious problem in tabloid newspapers, and that online hate speech targeting Muslims in particular has soared since 2013.”

October 7, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Islamic terrorism, Islamization, Police state, Political correctness, Religion. 2 comments.

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