Wednesday, November 25, 2015

William & Mary College students: Boot Jefferson statue -- he's a 'racist' and 'rapist'


Students attending the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia – the second oldest college in the nation – say the statue of Declaration of Independence writer Thomas Jefferson ought to be removed from campus because the Founding Father was little more than a "rapist" and racist.

The statue's been peppered with yellow sticky notes of what students think of him. Among the slurs, Breitbart reported: "Racist." "Rapist." "Black Lives Matter."

The statue of Thomas Jefferson at William & Mary College
Other notes stuck on the statue state, "he knew it was wrong," and "stop worshiping racists."

Students at the school say the statue should be removed from the grounds – and this isn't the only campus where this move is afoot.

As Breitbart reported, University of Missouri students have sent around a petition to boot their own campus Jefferson statue from the school grounds.

It states, in part: "The need to project a progressive environment is just as important as food and shelter to survive. A welcoming  environment does not stop at the feet of individuals in particular spaces. A welcoming environment is also determined by its physical environment e.g., the use of artifacts in designated spaces. Some individuals may not see Thomas Jefferson’s statue in the quad as a form of oppression, but in higher education settings where highly conscious students are present, it is relatively easy to see and read such nonverbal messages. Thomas Jefferson's statue sends a clear nonverbal message that his values and beliefs are supported by the University of Missouri. Jefferson's statue perpetuates a sexist-racist atmosphere that continues to reside on campus."

William & Mary's website reports its Jefferson statue came by way of a gift from the University of Virginia. The dedication plague includes a quote from Jefferson that reads: "I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man."

Monday, November 23, 2015

Jason Rezaian, Washington Post chief, sentenced by Iran to jail -- for unclear reasons

Obama? Obama? .... Hello, White House???

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's bureau chief in Tehran, was sentenced to jail for espionage and other charges by Iranian authorities.

He's been sentenced to an unspecified amount of time, NBC News reported.

Rezaian, who's been detained for 480-plus days in Iran, has denied all charges, and so has his newspaper and family. He was convicted anyway in October, but Tehran authorities never specified his exact alleged violations. Rather, they simply accused him of espionage and some other charges, as previously reported by WND.

The State Department didn't immediately confirm the sentencing.

"We've seen the reports of a sentence in the case of U.S. citizen Jason Rezaian in Iran but cannot confirm the details ourselves at this time," said John Kirby, a spokesman for the State Department, NBC News reported. "If true, we call on the Iranian authorities to vacate this sentence and immediately free Jason so that he can be returned to his family."

The Washington Post, meanwhile, said its executives were "aware of the reports" about the sentencing, but couldn't confirm its truthfulness, either.

"Every day that Jason is in prison is an injustice," said the newspaper's foreign editor, Douglas Jehl, in a statement reported by NBC News. "He has done nothing wrong."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Donald Trump vows to 'absolutely' track Muslims via database: It 'would stop people from coming in illegally'

Donald Trump, whose poll numbers in recent days have soared, due in large part to his response to the recent ISIS terror attack in Paris, told MSNBC in a nationally televised interview he would "absolutely" tap into database technology to track the entrance and movements of Muslims into America.

"I would certainly implement that," he said, the Hill reported.

When asked if Muslims would be required by law to sign up for the database, he said: "They have to be. They have to be."

Trump went on, explaining how security needs will require additional surveillance of the Muslim community.

"[The database] would stop people from coming in illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country illegally," Trump said.

And in a separate interview with Yahoo, he spoke similarly.

"Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy," Trump said. "We're going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Paul Ryan charts course of 'common ground' and cooperation with Obama

And the RINO reveals his spots ....

Newly minted Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he is aware of the political differences between his party and that of the White House's, but that he hopes to find "common ground" just the same.

In an interview on "60 Minutes" on CBS, Ryan said partisanship in the nation's capital has resulted in gridlock.

"Somewhere in this we got into impugning people's character and motives if we didn't like their ideas," he said, the Hill reported. "We got to get back to just debating ideas. You know, we have two ears and one mouth. We got to use those in that proportion."

Specifically, he said he wants "common ground" with Obama on a range of issues.

"Look, if we can find common ground, we can on highways, we will on funding the government, hopefully we can on tax policy," he said. "Those are three things that will produced certainty in this economy in the next few months. Let's go do that."

Ryan's rise to speaker power sparked much debate among the more conservative bases in the House over whether he would prove a John Boehner copycat – meaning, a leader who conceded too much, too frequently to the liberal side of the aisle.

He hasn't yet met publicly with Obama to talk about his nonpartisan push for policy reform, but said he's touched base with the president "a number of times" on a private basis since he assumed the speaker role.

"[We talked about ] things that we have to get done by the end of the year ... [and the] courtesy issues," Ryan said, adding the two also bonded over their teenage daughters, the Hill reported.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ben Carson says Missouri chaos akin to anarchy: 'This is just raw emotion and people being manipulated'

Ben Carson, former neurosurgeon-turned-presidential frontrunner, said during an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News the University of Missouri protests are showcasing the worst of the worst on college campuses and exposing them as the enablers of "infantile behavior."

He said college students and staffers would receive far greater benefit by talking, rather than protesting and demonizing each other.

"This is just raw emotion and people being manipulated," he said, Mediaite reported. "[And it's done] by outside forces who wish to create disturbances."

Kelly referred to another hot topic on a different college campus – the Yale students who expressed outrage over the suggestion  Halloween costumes should not be put under a politicall correct inspection. Carson said too many people were calling for watering of the First Amendment because of unwillingness to deal with offensive speech.

"[This is] a very dangerous trend," Carson said, referring to students who insist on the right to "violate your civil rights" to keep from being personally offended.

And his suggestion?

College administrators need to show "moral courage" and stand up to these types of student protests, otherwise "it will grow, it will exacerbate the situation and we will move much further toward anarchy," he said.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day remembrance: A Ronald Reagan remembrance of what makes America so great

Thank you, veterans of the United States ....

Iran quits dismantling nuclear centrifuges: 'The process stopped with a warning'

This can't be good ...

Iran quit dismantling nuclear centrifuges in two of its uranium enrichment facilities, Natanz and Fordow, sending another subtle message to the West about the tenous state of the forged deal, and dealing a blow to President Obama's assurances of a new Tehran that honors its promises.

Just a week ago, Iran had sent out a statement of intent to shutter its inactive centrifuges at the two sites, in accordance with the deal pushed by Obama. But now that action's been halted. Iran's hard-liners complained to President Hassan Rouhani the shut-down was going forth in a rushed manner, and they wanted to slow it down, Reuters reported.

"The [dismantling] process stopped with a warning," said Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the National Security Council, in the ISNA student news agency.

Reuters said he didn't elaborate on what he meant by "warning," but another Alireza Zakani, the head of parliament's nuclear deal commission, said the dismantling had come to a halt due to the tone of the letter sent by the 20 hard-liners to Rouhani. The letter mentioned Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's insistence that Iran should keep the centrifuges in active mode.

Israel, in particular, has warned of Iran's likely treachery over the nuclear deal. But Obama has said several times over the past year the deal he pressed with Iran included several means of ensuring the rogue nation abided its terms, and that sanctions relief would not lead to the country's development of nuclear weapons.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Court clamps Obama's immigration hopes: 'President must follow the rule of law, just like everybody'

The Obama administration was handed a blunt ruling on immigration from the U.S. Court of Appeals which found, in essence, the president cannot go forward with his plan to shield five million illegals from deportation – that he has to abide the same rules and laws as every other American.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans ruled with a two-to-one voice to uphold a lower court's injunction blocking the White House from going forward with its deferred-action plan. The decision, the Washington Post reported, was not exactly surprising. As WND reported, Obama had already devised a pre-court back-up plan that included defying the Fifth Circuit if the panel ruled against him.

But now the block is official and it means more delays for the implementation of some of Obama's signature immigration plans.

"The president must follow the rule of law, just like everybody else," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was leading up the coalition of 26 states suing the Obama administration for its executive action to grant temporary amnesty to millions of illegals.

He went on, the Washington Post reported: "Throughout this process, the Obama administration has aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power."

Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox & Friends said Obama would probably try to downplay the decision, but it was a significant clamp to his executive overreach.

"This is a victory for the rule of law," Napolitano said. "You want the Congress to write the laws, not the president. ... This is as profound personal defeat for [Obama]."

Pro-amnesty groups were quick to turn eyes to the Supreme Court, the likely final stop in the long-simmering disagreement over Obama's executive immigration moves.

"Once the green light is given [by the Supreme Court], it will make it that much more difficult for any administration, Republican or Democrat, to undo the program," said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, the Washington Post reported.

A White House official said lawyers for Obama are reviewing the decision, which they called erroneous.

Obama's executive action from 2012 delayed the deportation of hundreds of thousands of illegals who came into the nation as minor-aged children. It also let illegal parents of U.S. citizens to obtain three-year work permits and stay in the country.

Boston bans toy guns from city streets: 'These very much can injure your young child'

"These aren't toys..." Really? Aren't they??

Boston's mayor Marty Walsh gave his signature OK to an ordinance that allows police to confiscate fake guns that appear real from kids and adults alike who carry them on city streets.

Walsh signed the ordinance into law at a public ceremony alongside local clergy members and Police Commissioner Williams Evans, NBC News reported.

Those whose toys are confiscated by the cops can pick them up at the police station. But police will also contact the parents or caretakers of those under age 18 to alert them of their child's infraction.

"These aren't toys," said Evans, NBC News reported. "These very much can injure your young child."

The ordinance comes on the heels of the deadly police shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, who was holding a toy gun at the time of incident.

The ban doesn't carry any fines or other penalties for violators.

"We can't charge people for carrying toy guns around the city of Boston," Walsh said, the news outlet reported. "But we can continue to talk to manufacturers. Why produce a gun that is an exact replica of a handgun?"

The city has already contacted 150 or so toy guns this year, even before the regulation took effect.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Feds order Illinois school: Let transgender boy dress with the girls

An Illinois school district faces the loss of Title IX funding for refusing to let a boy who identifies and dresses as a girl into the female locker room to change.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights sent a letter to the Township High School District 211 officials in Palatine, Illinois, warning them they cannot deny the transgender student access to the female student body's changing and showering rooms, according to Title IX rules that ban sex discrimination, the Daily Beast reported.

The school had been requiring the transgender student use a private changing and showering facility, created by a curtain in the female dressing room, the New York Times reported.

Now the school has 30 days to rectify the matter, or face sanctions. Among the punishments that could befall include the withdrawal of all or some of the school's Title IX funding.

The letter explicitly stated the student has the right to access the girl's room, the Daily Beast said.

"All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and activities. This is a basic civil right," said Catherine Lhamon, the Education Department's assistant secretary for civil rights, in a statement reported by the New York Times. "Unfortunately, Township High School District 211 is not following the law because the district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls' locker room."

The district superintendent, Daniel Cates, said he disagreed with the decision and called it a "serious overreach with precedent setting implications.

The New York Times reported the transgender student in Palatine plays on a girls' sports team and is referred to as a "she" by school staff.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Joe Biden clarifies Beau's dying wish on presidential run: It didn't really happen

You know, he really could have clarified this while he was still thought to be in the race for the presidency ... 

Joe Biden told a national television audience his son, Beau, never urged him in a "Hollywood-esque" death-bed moment he ought to run for the presidency – that the whole story had been fueled by rumor and a fictional piece in the New York Times.

Actually, Biden said on "60 Minutes" on CBS News, Beau had been urging him all along to seek the high executive office.

"There was not what was sort of made out as kind of this Hollywood-esque thing that at the last minute Beau grabbed my hand and said, 'Dad, you've got to run, like, win one for the Gipper," he said. "It wasn't anything like that."

Biden also said the main reason he didn't seek the presidency was one of practical assessment.

"I couldn't win. I'll be very blunt. If I thought we could have put togehter the campaign," he said, " I would have gone out and done it."

He explained:  "I said from the beginning I don't know if our ability to deal with the loss of Beau ... everybody grieves at a different pace."

The mantra about Beau's dying wish came from New York Times columnist Maureen Down who wrote in an August 1 column entitled "Joe Biden in 2016: What Would Beau Do?" a fictional scenario.

As Raw Story recounted, she penned:

"When Beau realized he was not going to make it, he asked his father if he had a minute to sit down and talk.

"'Of course, honey," the vice president replied.

"At the table, Beau told his dad he was worried about him.

"My kid's dying, an anguished Joe Biden thought to himself, and he's making sure I'm O.K.

"'Dad, I know you don't give a damn about money,' Biden told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in.

"Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed. But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.

"Hunter also pushed his father, telling him, 'Dad, it's who you are.'"

Biden told CBS host Noraa O'Donnell that scene was all fabricated.

But his wife, Jill, did push him to run for the White House, even in the weeks after Beau's death when he wanted to come out and annouce he wouldn't campaign, Biden said.

Jill agreed, saying on CBS: 'What about education? What about community college? I felt like we were – everything we had worked so hard for in this administration ... could just all change."

Biden also took time to criticize leading GOP candidate Donald Trump, calling him out for his views on immigration and characterizing them as "beneath the country," he said.

"I don't think it's where the American people are," Biden said. "And I hope he really doesn't believe it."

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Indiana Sheriff Brad Rogers refuses gun registrations: 'Government shouldn't know who's got weapons'

This is refreshing ...

Sheriff Brad Rogers, the top-ranking law enforcement official for Elkhart County, Indiana, said during a panel appearance on WNIT's "Politically Speaking" segment, that he wouldn't abide government orders to register weapons from private citizens within his jurisdiction, no matter what President Obama presses.

"We've always had this conversation that we need more reasonable gun control put in place," Rogers said, Infowars reported. "Well, we have what is reasonable, in my opinon, and in fact it's probably overdone."

He then said he actually tells residents under his jurisdiction they shouldn't register their firearms.

"I'm from the government, and I don't think the government has any place in gun registration," Rogers said. "The government shouldn't know who's got weapons ... we've seen in other countries what could happen when the government knows who has what guns."

And he went on, saying citizens should always resist the idea of registrations for firearms.

"I always discourage people from ever registering any guns. It's not a law in Indiana, so it's not like I'm asking anyone to break the law," Rogers said. "I'm just saying if someone wants to come into the sheriff's office and register their gun, I will let them do it. But quite frankly, it's not something we push or promote."

Rogers also addressed a scenario in which his law enforcement agency was ordered by the White House – say, via an Obama executive order – to register firearms owned by citizens.

"In fact, if President Obama today said, 'I'm creating an executive order that all sheriffs and police chiefs around this nation need to start registering firearms,' I will disregard it," Rogers said.

His comments come as Obama has vowed, once again, to crack down on Second Amendment rights as a means of preventing further mass shootings, like the recent killings at an Oregon community college.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Second Amendment shockwave: Wisconsin gun shop ordered to pay $6 million to shot cops

Gun control through the back door ...

Jurors in Wisconsin ruled a gun shop must pay $6 million to two Milwaukee police officers who were shot by firearms sold at the store – a historic decision that legal analysts say will have a ripple effect on Second Amendment rights around the nation.

As one legal mind said on Fox & Friends on Wednesday: "For the first time, a retailer is being held responsible for a gun-related crime."

The ruling was against Badger Guns, and came after two officers, Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch, the latter of whom is nonw retired, were shot in the face after stopping a suspect from riding a bike on the sidewalk in 2009. The suspect, Julius Burton, has since been sentenced to serve 80 years in prison.

But further investigation revealed he bought the gun about a month before the shooting for $40 from another man names Jacob Collins. Collins, who's since served two years in prison, had purchased the firearm at Badger Guns, Fox News reported.

Norberg was wounded in his cheek and shoulder, and struggles to perform his police officer duties, Fox said. Kunisch, who was shot several times, actually lost one eye and part of his brain and was forced into early retirement.

The officers sued, alleging Badger Guns failed to take necessary precautions in preventing straw purchases – or, those made by legal buyers on behalf of those who aren't legally allowed to own or possess firearms.

Their suit in part relied on statistics that showed Badger Guns' firearms have been traced to more than 500 crime scenes, making it "the No. 1 crime gun dealer in America," according to court documents, Fox News reported.

Attorneys for the gun shop owner, Adam Allan, said their client couldn't legally be held responsible for crimes committed by those who properly purchased firearms. But jurors found otherwise.

In their ruling, they ordered the shop to pay Norberg $1.5 million and Kunisch $3.6 million, as well as $730,000 in punitive fees for both.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ben Carson says end times are likely upon us: 'You could guess that we are getting closer to that'

Ben Carson, who's coming in second in polls for the Republican candidate for president, told investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson during an SBG "Frontline" interview he thought the apocalypse could be right around the corner.

"You could guess that we are getting closer to that," Carson said, the Hill reported. "You do have people that have a belief system that sees this apocalyptic phenomenon occurring and that they're a part of it. [They] would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if they could gain possession of them."

His words seemed more aimed at the type of scenario envisioned by radical Islamists and ISIS terrorists who want to hasten the end of times by ushering in world-wide jihad, than at the more Christian-based descriptions found in the biblical books of Revelation and Daniel.

Carson went on: "I think we have a chance to certainly ameliorate the situation. I would always be shooting for peace. I wouldn't just take a fatalistic view of things."

Carson, who's a Seventh Day Adventist, said he was a Christian and "believe[s] on godly principles."

Among them: "Loving your fellow man, caring about your neighbor, developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you."

He also said he believed in boundaries between the church and state, and accused President Obama of putting Americans at risk with his failures to properly address the Syrian refugees crisis.

"I don't think that our policies make a whole lot of sense," Carson said, the Hill reported. "If you have people coming out of a region of the world where you're likely to have infiltration by jihadists, why would you bring them to a country they are dedicated to destroying?"

Monday, October 12, 2015

Obama on Putin's aggression into Syria: Climate change more important

This is unbelievable ...

President Obama said during a nationally televised interview on "60 Minutes" on CBS News he didn't think Hillary Clinton's private email server was a threat to America's security – that she simply made a mistake.

He also made somewhat shocking statements about his perception of climate change and its importance on the international stage when compared to Russia's aggression into Syria.

But first, the Clinton email scandal.
Obama said: "We don't get an impression that here there was purposely efforts ... to hide something or to squirrel away information," he said, explaining Clinton's set-up of a private server in her New York home to send secretary of State-related messages was different from those who've been caught in the past storing classified information on their personal computers.

Senate investigators, meanwhile, have found Clinton's private server had been under cyberattack several times by sources in China, South Korea and Germany, the Associated Press reported. The FBI is still looking into her server, trying to determine what information, if any, was compromised.

Obama then said the controversies surrounding her use of the server have been "ginned up" by political opponents for campaign season.

Obama also spoke briefly of Russia and Syria. When CBS host Steve Kroft questioned Obama about Russia president Vladimir Putin, the topic quickly turned to climate change.

"He's challenging your leadership, Mr. President," Kroft said, of Putin.

And Obama's reply: "I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership. My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change and [an] international accord that potentially would get in Paris."

Obama also said: "America is a safer place ... than when I came in office. In terms of protecting ourselves against terrorism, in terms of us making sure that we are strengthening our alliances, in terms of our reputation around the world, absolutely we are stronger."