SOURCE: LEGAL INSURRECTION
It appears that the managing editors of the Columbia University newspaper are practicing selective-omission fascism in their coverage of campus activism. It's a intellectual disease that metastasizes faster than the worst version of cancer.
Honest media, which we simply do not have today in the mainstream, reports on anything and everything fact-based. Agendized, politicized and ideologically-based propaganda outlets manipulate the truth and omit stories and facts to skew the outcome.
If one of the premier journalism schools in the country, Columbia University, has a "news publication" that practices selective-omission in their stories, the American people must jettison the status quo news sources, educate themselves on how to vet news sources, and glean their information from a new avenue. If we do not, the Republic is doomed.
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
This is effectively the expunging of history, plain and simple. The tunnel-visioned activism of the Progressive toadies who shriek for the destruction of monuments dedicating history are no better than Nazi book-burners. In each of these instances, an opportunity to learn, both good and bad, is being destroyed. Our society has gotten that touchy-feely stupid.
Since it's Sunday let's get go to Catechism, shall we? I mean if there is one place in our warped and skewed society that must stand for a set of principles it would be the Catholic Church, right? Oh, how times have changed.
It appears that officials at the San Domenico School in California - a 167 year old catholic school - have made the horrendous decision to remove some Catholic statues and Christian artifacts in a move to be seen as more inclusive. That's right, the religious hierarchy at this 167 year old Catholic institution have decided that statues depicting Catholic saints are not "inclusive." These statues include those of St. Dominic and St. Francis.
In addition to this incredible stupidity - and that's what it is, Leftist, Progressive, politically correct stupidity, the school's touchy-feely, brain-dead hierarchy, led by Amy Skewes-Cox, who chairs the school's board of trustees, have presided over the removal of the word "Catholic" from its mission statement!
If the Catholic Church's mission is to spread he word of Christ, how is that accomplished by sanitizing a Catholic school of Catholic statues, icons, artifacts and the word "Catholic" from the effort?
Skewes-Cox's explanation for this stupidity is: "If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling."
It's a freaking Catholic school. It's supposed to be Catholic. It should cater to any other religion. That's the point of sending a child to Catholic school!
When religious institutions start to expunge elements of their own dogma because of political correctness the entirety of that religion's followers must refuse to cater to the inanity of the act. The faithful celebrate and embrace their religion. We don't make it mailable to others because certain points, elements of artifacts might "offend."
Again, any point of anxiety over a statue and/or icon - not to mention the word "Catholic" - presents a teachable moment. Skewes-Cox completely fails to see this and that is a flaw that should preclude her from serving on th school's board of trustees. Trustees are entrusted with the task of preserving institutions, not presiding over their dismantling.
Skewes-Cox needs to be removed from the board, along with all those who chose to tarnish Christianity with this move. The statues should be returned to their original places and each child and parent who belongs to that community should receive an apology from the board of trustees for failing each and every person in the San Domenico School community.
Then we really do have to start expunging political correctness from the American lexicon.
As "anti-statue-mania" continues to infest the minds of those tunnel-visioned by their ideological hobbling, we must consider the repercussions of expunging historical artifacts, and even ones with which we disagree.
Many proponents of expunging Confederate monuments have started to consider dismantling other monuments to people. One political opportunist masquerading as a "Bishop" in Chicago is demanding that the city rename and remove statues from Washington and Jackson Parks. These two men were presidents, yet the "Bishop" says celebrating them is racist because Washington owned slaves and Jackson facilitated the "Trail of Tears."
In the "Bishop's" mind, expunging these names and monuments will right a wrong. Evidently, for the "Bishop," out of sight is out of mind and that makes history irrelevant.
But history has a propensity to repeat itself. In fact, every great historian warns that if we stop learning from history, history will, indeed, repeat itself. That human beings are prone to gravitate toward tyrannical hierarchical governments (read: absolute power corrupts absolutely), without a constant reminder of history we are doomed to repeat the grave errors of generations and eras past.
The Jewish people, who bore the brunt of true fascist tyranny in Adolf Hitler's Nazi genocide against their people, have a saying they all embrace: "Never again." The point behind the saying is clear. It was originally used by Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, and is interpreted to mean that the Nazi Holocaust; the extermination of over six million Jews, will never be permitted to recur.
To wit, the Jewish people did not expunge this history from their world, they embraced the history so that this atrocity is remembered and never allowed to metastasize into a threat to the Jewish people again.
Evidently, Black activists in the United States -- and those taking up their cause -- are clueless to the idea of a "teachable moment." They are removing symbols of history and, thus, removing a daily reminder of historical events, both celebratory and cautionary. They are killing a teachable moment and, therefore, dooming history to repeat itself.
Instead of pulling down or otherwise removing Confederate monuments -- and monuments to others that activists find offensive, they should be taking this opportunity in the spotlight to reaffirm the horrific past surrounding the controversial icons; they should be taking this opportunity to point at these monuments and explain to the youth of today the realities of history and the struggles to over come so that they, too, can say "never again."
By "snatching down" these historical monuments (and yes, I did paraphrase former-Chicago Alderwoman Dorothy Tillman), we are robbing our children of a teachable moment and threatening a repeat of history...and that is just stupid on every level.
This is where common sense meets special interest politics. A proposed bill in the State of Massachusetts that would outlaw sex between teachers and students has yet to be endorsed by the state teachers’ union six months on. The language is clear and concise, yet the Massachusetts Teachers Association, 110,000 members strong, said it was still reviewing the measure.
The chief question that should come up in everyone's mind, especially the minds of parents of students in Massachusetts, is what is there to review?
The bill, outlaws teacher-student sex, sexual relations between a student and other adults employed by a school district -- salaried, volunteer or contract basis, and covers independent schools and youth organizations. Adults found guilty of violating the law would face a maximum jail term of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
So, again, what is to "review" for six months? The union -- and their reviewing lawyers -- either have put the review on the "not so important" pile, or are attempting to find a way to massage the bill's language to protect teachers who do prey on their students. Both are incredibly unacceptable.
While good teachers should have close relationships with their students, crossing the line into sexual relationships is the definition of what it means to be a sexual predator. Those in positions of authority have an obligation protect their charges, not prey on them. Honestly, it is sad a law even needs to be on the books outlawing this activity.
Needless to say, next time a teachers' union gets behind a political candidate, we should all remember this point in time, especially in Massachusetts.
Britain’s largest national student union, the National Union of Students (NUS) - which includes most university student unions, has told attendees of its annual conference they would face “consequences” for cheering and clapping because these forms of expression exclude deaf people.
Beside the fact that the creation of sound produces sound waves which absolutely can be felt by the hearing-impaired, the idea that deaf people cannot engage in applause and cheering is in and of itself insulting to the non-hearing.
One of the most important aspects of engaging with those who have disabilities is to understand that they detest being treated differently from others. It is that "special" accommodation mentality that actually creates a different class to which they are condemned. It is the most insulting thing anyone can do to someone who has a disability, period, dot.
It is well past time that students, especially college students, realize that they know less than they do. It is for that very reason they are in school. To entertain demands from individuals who haven't had the opportunity to attempt surviving in the real world is the definition of "enabling."
It is time for students world-wide to think before they speak and act, and - preferably, come to the conclusion that they do not know it all and it is their time to consume information rather than issuing dictate.
Their inane protestations and assumptions, well, they just prove how little they know...
A group of Yale University graduate students are undertaking a hunger strike to bully the administration into granting them better union benefits. But a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a former Yale student says the hunger strike is "symbolic" and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on.
It needs to be noted that these p*ssified millennials already earn a stipend $30,000 a year, receive free healthcare, and have their $40,000 tuition paid in full. That's an annual allowance - and I use that term loosely - of over $70,000 a year and that doesn't include the skyrocketing costs of health insurance.
Gone are the days when people had to work their way through college. Now the whinny little elitist snowflakes just go on strike until an enabling university administration gives them what they want.
Would it have been that I was the president of Yale, I would have responded to this blackmail by issuing a statement saying I would pursue the slashing - by half - of the monetary stipend and the elimination of the coverage of the first year of tuition.
I also would have immediately suspended their health insurance coverage, seeing as how under Obamacare they can stay on their parents' insurance plans until they are 26. Part of the remaining $15K they receive in "pay" could go to help their parents out wth that cost.
A hard lesson? Perhaps, but it would actually be a teachable moment and a valued lesson.
It was Evelyn Beatrice Hall, who wrote under the pseudonym S.G. Tallentyre, who is famously quoted as saying, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." She wrote that in a biography of Voltaire titled, The Friends of Voltaire.
This advanced intellect is nowhere to be found on our college campuses, especially our elite college campuses. From Berkeley to Harvard, MIT to Yale, and in almost every state institution of higher learning across the country, an ideological fascism has assumed the throne. If you have an opposing view from the Progressive, politically correct (and officially sanctioned) dogma of Leftism, you are labeled a bigot, racist, phobic, etc. and ostracized.
If you are a Conservative, or hold an opposing viewpoint from the established Progressive dogma, and you are an invited speaker, you are either shouted down or eventually dis-invited because of "special interest" pressure on an all-too-willing-to-go-along-with-it administration. Opposing and/or differing views from the established fascist dogma is not allowed. It isn't even sought as an alternative argument.
Free speech is dead on college campuses. Because of that, necessarily, honest education and the quest for instilling critical thinking skills are dead on college campuses. And that means the college system, because of policy and faculty, has failed in the United States.
Unless radical policy and faculty changes are made across the country, college today is nothing more than an exercise in political and ideological indoctrination in tandem with comprehensive real-time courses in heavy drinking, drug and sexual exploration and the acquisition of a falsely elevated sense of self-esteem, all of which produce societal "snowflakes" who are stunned when life doesn't hand them a trophy at every turn.
So, the question begs to be asked: Why go to college and amass all that debt? Maybe it's time American businesses started employing the vocational tactic of apprenticeships right out of high school...at least the country wouldn't be plagued by Fascist snowflakes trying to remake the country into a failing Euro-trash State.
The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has issued a new school-sponsored publications that promotes fighting "transphobia." The guide, which was distributed to students, declares "there are more than two sexes" and that "gender is fluid and changing," adding that gender identity can even "change from day to day."
Personally, I couldn't give a rat's behind about the issue of gender identification. It's a social issue - meaning a personal issue - that has way too many people weighing in on it with a false sense of authority on the matter. If you identify as gay, transgender, trans-species, whatever, I don't care as long as you don't put your "identification baggage" onto me. I don't judge but for whether you're an assh*ole or not.
That said, Harvard is pushing a scientific lie here. There is no fluid gender fluctuation. You either have male genitalia or female genitalia. Even those who have undergone transition surgery have either male genitalia or female genitalia, period, dot.
While a person's perception of the intellectual sexual identification may fluctuate, their genders certainly do not. And for one of our higher education institutions to be foisting this bullsh*t onto both the students and the country is both unnecessary and irresponsible.
A history professor at California State University, Fresno, has advocated for the death of Pres. Donald Trump. Tweets from an account operated by Lars Maischak call for Trump to "hang" in order to "save American democracy," and say the only "cure" for racist people is a bullet to their head.
"To save American democracy, Trump must hang," Prof. Maischak tweeted in February. "The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance #DeathToFascism."
This needs to generate a visit from the US Secret Service. It should also cost this inciter of violence his job. We - all of us, not just people who are for or against a political actor - must demand more from those who seek to be educators for our children. Violence advocating miscreants like Maischak have no place in institutions that are tasked with creating the next generation's critical thinkers.
It is beyond past time that the people - all of us - rise up and engage the administrations at institutions that protect malcontents like Maischak. The institutions themselves need to feel pain so that they cease embracing the extremists who seek educational roles only for ideological purposes.
A good first step is re-evaluating government funding for institutions that harbor assh*les like Maischak.