The letter written by physics professor Douglas Stone—which had garnered signatures from 49 faculty, including two residential college masters, upon its release—argues that student protesters have taken the email dramatically out of context in order to portray its sentiment as a tacit defense of racism, according to The Yale Daily News.
Stone told the Daily News that “dozens” of additional faculty privately expressed support for the letter, but declined to sign it for fear of stoking additional controversy.
The email in question was sent just before Halloween by Silliman College Associate Master Erika Christakis in response to a mass email from the school’s Intercultural Affairs Committee reminding students to avoid wearing potentially offensive Halloween costumes.
“Even if we could agree on how to avoid offense—and I’ll note that no one around campus seems overly concerned about the offense taken by religiously conservative folks to skin-revealing costumes—I wonder, and I am not trying to be provocative: Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?” Christakis wrote.
As faculty colleagues we wish to express our strong support of the right of Erika and Nicholas Christakis to free speech and freedom of intellectual expression,” the faculty letter states. “Free speech of course includes the right to express opinions that are opposed to what may generally be termed liberal or progressive values, but that is not the issue in the current situation.”
Christakis’ defenders point out that her original email “did not express support for racist expressions, but rather focused primarily on the question of whether monitoring and criticizing such expression should be done in a top-down manner,” adding that regardless of one’s position on that issue, addressing it is a far cry from endorsing racism.
“We are deeply troubled that this modest attempt to ask people to consider the issue of self-monitoring vs. bureaucratic supervision has been misinterpreted, and in some cases recklessly distorted, as support for racist speech,” the letter continues. “While the university stands for many values, none is more central than the value of free expression of ideas.”
Lunch is getting more expensive in New York City, as food trucks are disappearing, because it’s becoming too difficult and too expensive to operate one, thanks to all the bureaucratic red tape, foodtruck operators must deal with. Well, what do expect in a city where business people and businesses are not respected?
NYC’s bureaucracy and red tape will kill your favorite food truck
Most restaurants would kill for the following the Cinnamon Snail had. On a typical weekday, a line of a few dozen customers snaked down the sidewalk, waiting for lunch from the vegan food truck.
But simply selling loads of food wasn’t enough, and the 5-year-old mobile vendor abandoned the New York City streets earlier this year.
“We were among the most popular food trucks in the country and it wasn’t feasible,” says chef-owner Adam Sobel, who lives in Red Bank, NJ. He blames city bureaucracy and fines for his truck’s demise.
New Yorkers with the romantic dream of giving up on the cubicle rat race and opening a food truck are waking up to a nightmare. And many once-hopeful owners are throwing in the towel after discovering the harsh reality on the street.
“The food truck bubble has burst,” says Dennis Kum, owner of Big D’s Grub Truck, who was an electrical engineer before getting into food service. “More vendorsare going out of business or trying to open up a restaurant. It’s easier. People come in, they sit down, you don’t get parking tickets.”
The biggest hurdle — beyond the $100,000 or so it takes to get a truck up and running — is securing a permit. Despite the explosion in food trucks over the last few years, the number of mobile food vending permits issued by the city remains the same as it has since 1981, when the once-unlimited permits were capped at 3,000
Government greed, and incompetence on display
In a letter this week, the Office of Refugee Resettlement threatens states concerned about resettling Syrians with punitive responses if they refuse to accept the refugees. ORR explains that states may not refuse ORR-funded benefits for refugees on the basis of religion and national origin.
“Accordingly, states may not categorically deny ORR-funded benefits and services to Syrian refugees,” ORR Director Robert Carey wrote in the letter. “Any state with such a policy would not be in compliance with the State Plan requirements, applicable statutes, and their own assurances, and could be subject to enforcement action, including suspension and termination.”
The agency also pointed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination for federally funded assistance benefits. Refugees are immediately eligible for welfare and other benefits upon admission to the U.S.
“Thus, it is not permissible to deny federally funded benefits such as Medicaid or [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] to refugees who otherwise meet the eligibilities requirements,” the letter reads. “ORR is committed to ensuring that all refugees receive assistance and services vital to achieving their potential in the United States and becoming self-sufficient, integrated members of our communities.”
Because you cannot fundamentally change a nation without fundamentally changing it demographics and its values. And, if the cost is a few terror attacks, no biggie to the Left. They will just blame the NRA anyway
Alternate title- Tulsa man “Hey I did not order a crowbar with my Whopper”
An armed robber in Tulsa didn’t have it his way when he targeted a customer at his local Burger King.
Tulsa police say a man leaving a Burger King was forced to shoot another man who approached him with a crowbar in a robbery attempt.
It took place at 41st and Memorial on Sunday before 5:30 p.m.
According to police, the man is licensed to carry a concealed weapon and was acting in self-defense.
He shot the attempted robber in the right shoulder, TPD says.
The Cult of Gun Control, of course, and useful idiots like David Frum mock the idea that people use firearms in self-defense. They prefer people to be disarmed, and helpless to armed and free. We must never forget such people oppose everything our Founders understood about the most fundamental natural right, self-defense. These people are, at best, fools, and at worst evil. For those who would question my assertion that the Cult of Gun Control serves evil, let me ask this. What else would you call them? The leaders behind the gun control movement KNOW the same stats I do. They KNOW hundreds of thousands of Americans use firearms in self-defense. They KNOW the truth, yet they seek to destroy the right to self-defense. They KNOW that if successful, our violent crime rate will go up, they KNOW innocents will be victimized more often, yet, they do not care. What, if not evil, are such people?
One of these days, criminals are going to learn that to live in an armed society, they’re going to have to change their ways.
Unfortunately, this guy wasn’t that smart.
One person is dead following a home invasion early Monday morning.
According to authorities, a 28-year-old male forced his way into an apartment and assaulted a woman inside. The intruder was confronted, shot and killed by the male occupant of the apartment.
The incident took place at the Mountain Lake Apartments located off of North Hairston Road. The apartment’s occupants all remained at the scene when police arrived.
The intruder has yet to be identified as the investigation continues.
A happy ending because of an armed citizen
From Jammie Wearing Fools which notes a woman losing her mind over a Bible in her hotel room
You know what’s also bad manners? Being such an insufferable douchebag that the mere sight of a Bible causes a meltdown.
Guests seeking a Bible at Northern Illinois University‘s campus hotel now must call the front desk after a secular group complained that the sacred scripture had no place in the nightstand.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, discovered a Bible in a drawer last month during a stay on the DeKalb campus where she had been invited to speak by the Secular Student Alliance. Upon her return home, the foundation’s lawyer wrote a letter to the Holmes Student Center director requesting the books be removed.
“It sends a message of endorsement — ‘We think it’s so important you can’t possibly go to sleep at night without your Christian Bible in your bedside table‘,” Gaylor said. “It’s proselytizing in the privacy of a room you probably paid a lot of money for. It’s bad manners.”
Brad Hoey, a university spokesman, said the student center removed the Bibles immediately, even though they had been in the rooms for a number of years.
“We’re very conscious of the separation of church and state,” Hoey said. “We also embrace our diverse and inclusive culture. Those who wish to have access to the Bibles can have access to them on the premises.”
What sad, pathetic,m empty lives these people have. Can you imagine what a hard-on you have to be to immediately upon entering a hotel room you go in search of a Bible — just so you can complain. Get over yourselves already.
While finding Bibles in private hotels rooms is “obnoxious,” she said, finding them in public accommodations is unconstitutional.
But only in recent years have institutions started to listen, Gaylor said. Bibles recently were removed from hotels at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin after the foundation complained. The foundation also recently asked the National Park Service to remove Bibles from lodges at Yellowstone National Park.
“Even if it takes three decades of education, we’re finally persuading public officials,” Gaylor said. “It’s an anachronism. As this country becomes more and more secular, more and more people are offended. It’s a constant mop-up job.”
As troubling as the fact that some people are, well, hate-filled control freaks, is that so many cave in to their demands so easily. We have got to stop rewarding miscreants like Gaylor
Police said Youssif Z. Omar, 53, on Tuesday was at the school attended by a 14-year-old relative of his and noticed she wasn’t wearing her hijab — a traditional Muslim headscarf.
Omar became irate, police said, grabbed the girl “very violently by the hair” and pulled her down a flight of stairs.
He’s an assistant professor at the University of Missouri andoriginally from Libya.
See folks Islam is just like Christianity, or Judaism because all religions are equal. Western culture, which respects women’s rights and treats them as people is not superior to some other cultures, oh no, of course not.
More useless calls for useless gun laws that would not have stopped the deranged gunman in Colorado. More useless rhetoric from Obama the Exploiter. He cares so much about safety? How safe are thousands of “Syrian” refugees going to make us? Maybe as safe as France? Lord knows their gun control laws and letting in a flood of refugees worked out so well right?
President Barack Obama wasted no time in politicizing an attack on police officers and shoppers from inside a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs yesterday afternoon.
US President Barack Obama declared “enough is enough” and made an impassioned call for tighter controls on military-style weapons Saturday, a day after a gunman killed three people at a family planning center.
Blah, blah, blah give up your guns, that will make us safer somehow right Mr. Exploiter-in-Chief? Of course, the “top cops” in New York and DC are telling to defend ourselves against terrorists, but still seek to disarm us.
Yet Bratton and Lanier are all for strict gun control laws that make it nearly impossible for people to carry firearms legally. So they say “go, defend yourself, the police cannot get there in time”, while also doing everything they can to take your most effective self-defense tool away. Maybe they will listen to another former gun control advocate
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month’s deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called “soft targets” are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.
“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”
In the interview with ABC News, Noble was more blunt and directed his comments to his home country.
“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”
“For me it’s a profound question,” he continued. “People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc. I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?'”
Someone gets it, maybe there is hope for some Liberals
I believe ObamaCare was designed to fail, to open the door for the Leftist Utopia of “Single Payer”, AKA universal health care. What do doctors think of single payer?
“I just had an accident. Accidents happen to everybody, even professionals.”
His gun went off accidentally during a movie at a Salina theater Friday. But tonight this Concordia man says it has nothing to do with how well he’s been trained with guns. This is a follow up to a story we first told you about this weekend.
After the shot went off witnesses told Eyewitness News that they heard him yell, “I’ve been shot!” and “I just got my conceal carry license.” It’s something that he denies. He spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News about the training he’s had with firearms.
Cody Deneault says he’s former military, but an accident can happen to anyone and that’s what happened to him Friday night at a Salina theater.
“I think I either bumped the trigger or pushed it the wrong way or something and it went off,” Deneault said.
He “bumped” the trigger? But a good holster, designed for concealed carry covers the trigger, preventing such accidents, unless of course you pocket carry without a holster. But this guy is a professional right? Not so much
He and his wife say they were celebrating his birthday last Friday with a trip to the movies in Salina. Deneault says he was trying to re-position the gun he was carrying in his jeans pocket when it went off.
“I’d say my biggest mistake here was probably I didn’t have a holster,” he said. “And that is on me, for sure.”
He ended up spending the weekend in the hospital and still carries the bullet in his leg.
Deneault says he has plenty of experience with guns. He says he was an Army MP for three years, completing a tour of duty in Africa, and says he got his concealed carry license a year ago.
He says the accident was his fault, but is no indicator of his skill with handguns.
“You don’t hear a Nascar driver called an idiot for crashing into a wall. It’s one of those things. Accidents happen all over the world,” Deneault said.
Yeah, right moron, keep telling yourself that and you will end killing yourself or someone else. It is called a holster, look it up
Is she a fool, or a Leftist consumed with moral relativism, or just a liar?
Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, one university president has a different attitude. I’m going to quote his email in its entirety because it deserves it:
This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.
I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”
I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization!
So here’s my advice:
If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.
If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.
At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.
Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!
This is not a day care. This is a university!
At least they are honest I suppose, they do not care about human life, only about spreading Communism
And understand our president just loves this garbage. This is nothing but anti-police rabble. The cop who shot Laquan MacDonald has been rightfully charged with murder, yet they still act in this despicable manner? They do not want anything but to turn our system upside down
From the perpetually offended Military Religious Freedom Foundation…
Via Army Times:
A religious-freedom advocacy group has filed its second grievance in as many weeks with the Army, again demanding that imagery featuring a red crucifix be removed from Army signage — and this time, insisting the aviation unit involved change its logo and its nickname.
The logo of Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Rucker, Alabama, contains “blatantly unconstitutional Christian Crusader imagery” and should be discontinued immediately, Military Religious Freedom Foundation president and founder Mikey Weinstein wrote Monday in an email addressed to Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of Fort Rucker and the Army Aviation Center of Excellence.
Weinstein, an Air Force Academy graduate whose MRFF claims more than 40,000 active-duty clients across the military, also demanded the unit cease using the name “Crusaders,” which he called “incredibly offensive and unconstitutional.”
Weinstein provided a copy of the letter to Army Times along with two images of the logo in question, one on what appears to be a certificate of participation after a recent exercise and another of the logo apparently gracing a sign outside a building at Fort Rucker.
“This has just been brought to our attention,” Fort Rucker spokeswoman Lisa Eichhorn told Army Times on Tuesday. “We’re working the issue.”
No details on the logo’s use, nor how long the unit has used the name or the imagery, were immediately available.
Weinstein’s letter to Lundy asks the general to launch “an aggressive investigation and insure visible and appropriate punishment for any and all individuals (including yourself) who are either directly or indirectly responsible for this unconstitutional injustice.”
Wanna guess what two words I have for these bottom feeders?
If I had my Thanksgiving wish
Because having a useless, self-serving “climate change” conference will surely doom ISIS.
Too bad too many of the West’s leaders are afraid to grasp reality
Last month, French President Francois Hollande ridiculed the idea that the massive numbers of Muslim migrants entering his country were any kind of threat.
“Those who argue that we are being invaded are manipulators and falsifiers, who do this only for political reasons, to scare,” the left-wing politician huffed.
And then the pudgy little Socialist had to be rapidly evacuated from France’s national soccer stadium after one of those refugees blew himself up trying to reach Monsieur le Président, and Merkel’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Minister Steinmeier had urged rejecting “barriers, fences” when it came to the Muslim migrants, but it was a barrier and the security in front of it that kept one of his beloved refugees from reaching him.
The ordinary people who didn’t have and don’t have the security measures that protect Hollande and Steinemeier died in Paris, blown up and gunned down where they sat, lay and stood.
Hollande’s rhetoric is familiar. You can hear it from Obama. You can catch it on the news. We have nothing to worry about. At least not until the bombs start going off. There will be a multi-layered vetting process. The same system that let in all the terrorists before won’t let us down now.
At least not until it does.
Everything’s fine until the bombs go off. Then we’re told not to worry about it because there’s no way it could possibly happen again. Not with this new hashtag our brightest brains have cooked up. And then we can let 10,000 potential terrorists into the country while ignoring all the “falsifiers” warning of an “invasion.”
It worked for France. It’ll work for us.
Vetting for Syrian migrants works as well in the real world as it does for left-wing politicians.
Please go read it all. And understand something folks, our Democratic Party is perfectly willing to trade some terror attacks for what they think will be a perpetual Democratic majority. Yes, I know, that sound horrible, but consider that our intelligence people are telling us we CANNOT properly background check these “Syrian” refugees, many of which are NOT even Syrian. We KNOW that ISIS will infiltrate these refugees. Yet our leader is calling us racists for simply wanting to offer the most basic protection of our nation? The Left is not that stupid. They are willing to risk terror attacks in pursuit of perpetual power. And, when that first attack happens, most likely in a “gun-free zone” they can use that to attack who? Yes, the NRA and gun owners. They will blame the guns, but not themselves for their foolishness. God help us