Video: What Is Hate Speech? We Asked College Students

Video:  What Is Hate Speech? We Asked College Students


“How should “hate speech” be defined, and should it be regulated? We went to the campus of USC to ask college students, who are on the front lines of America’s free speech battles.”

ReasonTV’s Justin Monticello concludes the video by saying, “Granting the government the power to decide what’s acceptable to say presumes that what brings us closer to the truth is not the free exchange of ideas, but the wise decision-making of politicians.”

Antifa Teacher Yvette Felarca Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Former President Of Berkeley College Republicans

Good.  She abused the court system.

An Alameda County Superior Court Commissioner ordered Yvette Felarca, the controversial Berkeley middle school teacher and activist, to pay $10,000 in attorney’s fees and $1,100 in court fees for her failed attempt to get a permanent restraining order against Troy Worden, the former head of the Berkeley College Republicans.

Commissioner Thomas Rasch issued the order Thursday before a scheduled hearing at the Hayward branch of the court. He said that Felarca’s legal actions were not brought in good faith. Felarca’s attorneys dispute that characterization and have said they intend to appeal the ruling.

The case involved two political opponents who played large roles in 2017’s conflicts concerning President Trump, conservative speakers, and free speech issues on campus. Felarca is a national organizer for the far left group By Any Means Necessary and has protested vigorously against the speakers the BCR brought to campus, including Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro. Worden was president of the BCR until he was ousted late last year. But his actions with that group propelled him into the national limelight.

Felarca got a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Worden in September after alleging he was stalking and harassing her for her political activities on campus. A judge initially ordered Worden to stay 100 yards away from Felarca, but later reduced that distance to 10 yards. Felarca then applied for a permanent restraining order in October but withdrew the application the day of the hearing, making Worden the prevailing party entitled to receive lawyer and court fees.

Worden’s attorneys characterized the $11,100 payment as a victory, and said it proved that Felarca and her organization, By Any Means Necessary, had fabricated claims that Worden was stalking Felarca on Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus.

“By ruling that Yvette Felarca did not demonstrate good faith in filing the restraining order, the court recognized the frivolous nature of Felarca’s actions,” Mark Meuser, Worden’s attorney, said in a press release issued after the decision. “The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech.” BerkeleySide

Pulse Nightclub Terrorist’s Wife: I Knew He Was Going To Orlando To Attack

Noor Salman, the wife of terrorist Omar Mateen, had knowledge of the massacre Omar Mateen was planning, he killed 49 people and injured  58 people.  She knew, which makes her an accessory.

A handwritten statement given to the FBI by the wife of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen says she saw him prepare for the deadly attack for months and knew that the LGBT nightclub was his target…

She told agents multiple times she knew his plans and that he was going to attack the Orlando club when he left their home.

She told agents she knew “my fears had come true and he did what he said he was going to do. I was in denial and I could not believe that the father of my child was going to hurt other people.”

The statement includes that during a two-year span before the attack. Mateen would browse jihad websites almost everyday and frequently watch beheading videos. He was angry and frustrated about treatment of Muslims in the Middle East and talked about retaliating against Americans.

“He said if he did jihad everybody would know who he is,” Salman wrote in the statement.,,

Salman’s attorneys have been fighting against the use of the statement in court, claiming that she was in custody and had not been read her Miranda rights, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Prosecutors have said she was not under arrest and that all of her statements were voluntary, though she told agents several stories before writing the statement, which included an apology for lying to the FBI.

She wrote that Mateen bought a rifle about four days before the attack. She saw it in the trunk of his car and asked him about it. He told her not to say “anything to anybody,” covered it up then said it was for his security guard job.

Days ahead of the attack, Mateen bought ammunition and went to the shooting range “a lot,” Salman wrote. He told her it was for work. He also spent a large amount of money and made Salman a beneficiary on his bank accounts, telling her it was “in case something happened,” she wrote in the statement.

In the statement, Salman described driving slowly by several destinations, including Disney World and Pulse nightclub, before the shooting. He asked Salman when driving by Pulse, “How upset are people going to be when it gets attacked?” the statement said.

Federal prosecutors say Mateen was casing potential targets. It’s unclear why he chose Pulse.

Two days before the shooting, Salman saw Mateen looking at the website for the club. When she saw what he was doing, he said, “this is my target,” the statement reads.

Salman told FBI agents, “I knew that the time to attack the club was close.”

The night before the attack, he left the house and looked “pumped up,” she wrote in the statement, adding he told her, “This is the one day.”

He had a handgun in a holster around his waist and put on a backpack that had ammunition inside, she wrote, adding she knew “this was the time that he was going to do something bad.”

“I knew when he left the house he was going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub,” she wrote.  USAToday

DACA Aliens Can Barely Speak English, 25% ‘Functionally Illiterate’

Potential Democratic voters?

When members of Congress battled over the budget, some threatened to block funding unless Congress provided amnesty to illegal alien Dreamers who benefited from President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump announced he is ending.

Conscientious members of Congress should not give in to this threat. Amnesty will encourage even more illegal immigration—just as the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act did…

Watching television reports concerning Dreamers, one would think that the DACA program applied only to college-educated immigrants who were just a few years old when their parents brought them into the country illegally.

We are led to believe that most are so fully Americanized that they would now have trouble speaking their native language and are all but ignorant of their birth countries’ cultural norms. Thus, we are supposed to believe returning them to their native lands would be a cruel hardship.

In fact, many DACA beneficiaries came here as teenagers. All were eligible for the program as long as they entered the U.S. before their 16th birthday. By that time, there is no doubt that they spoke the language of their native countries fluently and knew their culture intimately.

DACA had no requirement of English fluency, as evidenced by the application form that had a space to list the translator used to complete the form.

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”

Unfortunately, many Dreamers are poorly educated. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education, even though a majority are now adults. And while military service could also qualify an illegal alien for DACA, out of the current 690,000 DACA beneficiaries, only 900 are serving in the military.

The Obama administration did not check the background of each DACA beneficiary, despite a requirement that they have no felony convictions and pose no threat to national security. Only a few randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.

This may explain why, by August this year, more than 2,100 DACA beneficiaries had had their eligibility pulled because of criminal convictions and gang affiliation.

Even if a random background investigation produced substantial evidence that an illegal alien might have committed multiple crimes, the alien would still be eligible for DACA if he wasn’t convicted.

Thus, it seems that a significant percentage of DACA beneficiaries have serious limitations in their education, work experience, and English fluency. What’s the likelihood that they’ll be able to function in American society without being substantial burdens to U.S. taxpayers?  DailySignal

A Free Ride

Other studies reveal even more problems caused by Obama’s DACA program. The Congressional Budget Office reported that 1 in 5 DACA-eligible illegal aliens would be on food stamps in under a decade. Harvard’s Roberto Gonzales told CIS that 73 percent of DACA recipients are living in low-income housing and reap welfare benefits plus more from taxpayers. Breitbart reported that only 4 percent of DACA illegals complete college, “[M]aking the DACA population far less likely than the native American population to finish college with a degree.” TruthRevolt

The Majority Of Refugees Admitted Into The U.S. Under President Trump Are Christian

This should continue now that the U.S. has pulled out of the U.N.’s Global Compact on Migration (the U.S. decides who will be allowed to enter our country, not the U.N)

In a major switch likely driven by his travel ban on several Middle Eastern nations, President Trump has begun flipping former President Obama’s preference of Muslim over Christian refugees.

Since the fiscal year began, 60 percent of new refugees admitted into the United States have been Christian, and just 13 percent Muslim.

It continues a trend started during Trump’s first 11 months in office. According to an analysis from Center for Immigration Studies Senior Researcher Nayla Rush:

Refugees admitted in the first 11 months of the Trump administration were mostly Christian (53.2 percent), while Muslims accounted for 32 percent and Buddhists and Hindus accounted for 9.2 percent. 

The shift follows complaints by Christian groups that the Obama administration had overwhelmingly favored Muslims and ignored the plight of Christians, especially in Muslim nations. WashingtonExaminer

Baltimore Residents Blame Reduced Police Presence For High Murder Rate

Surprise!  Less police presence more crime.

As Baltimore grapples with its highest per capita record for homicides, some resident blame a lack of police presence in their neighborhoods as a reason for the city’s gun violence problem.

One Baltimore, Md., pastor argued that more police need to patrol the city’s neighborhoods in order to better protect the locals, according to an interview with NPR published Sunday…

Baltimore reached 343 homicides last week as city leaders struggle to come up with ways to fix the violence. Mayor Catherine Pugh, a Democrat, released a holistic crime plan, aimed at cracking down on poverty, opening up access to local community colleges to students who might not be able to afford it and working to better train officers, while the city police commissioner touted the recent addition of new hires to the force.  DailyCaller

Baltimore is a prime example of what happens when politicians coddle criminals and give them the excuse of racism to justify their crimes. It’s too late to say, “Sorry. We made a mistake.” What’s done is done and the people of the city of Baltimore are going to have to live with it. PJMedia

Supermoons, Blue Moon, Lunar Eclipse: January 2018’s Dazzling Night Sky

Three supermoons – we have already had one Supermoon on December 3rd.  The other two remaining ones will come on January 1st and then on January 31st.  On January 31st the super-blue moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow causing a total lunar eclipse.

Continue reading “Supermoons, Blue Moon, Lunar Eclipse: January 2018’s Dazzling Night Sky”

President Trump To Dems: No DACA Without Wall And End To Chain Migration

This beats the usual Republican way of giving the Democrats what they want in exchange for a vague “take a look” at Republican demands later after the bill is passed and signed.

Check their ages:  The DACA program was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012.  To be eligible for the DACA program a person had to be under 16.  That would mean that the oldest of these individuals would be 20 – 21 years old.

President Donald Trump will not sign a bill de-facto legalizing illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children unless it contains provisions for a wall on the southern border, he declared in a tweet Friday.

Trump ended the Obama-era executive action, otherwise known as DACA, in September telling Congress it had six months to codify the program into law before protections expired. Obama’s DACA program issued work permits to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and granted them certain protections from deportation. There are approximately 700,000 DACA recipients in the U.S.

Democrats have been reluctant to give any concessions whatsoever on DACA, saying the program should be passed through both chambers without any concessions on Republican immigration priorities. Trump’s tweet indicates he will not allow a “clean DACA” bill and will insist that provisions to fund his southern border wall and reform the legal immigration system must be included. DailyCaller

Video: PragerU – Where Does the Federal Government Get All That Money?

Video: Where Does the Federal Government Get All That Money?

“Did you know that the U.S. federal government collects more than $3 trillion in taxes each year? Where does all that money come from? Find out in this short video.”

Swarthmore College Offers Courses In ‘queering God’ and “queering The Bible”

Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania should be discouraging Cultural Marxism –  destroying all traditions, capitalism, tradition family, Christianity, individuality, liberty… to create a socialist utopia.

One of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges is advancing a “queer theology” agenda with hopes of destabilizing traditional beliefs about what the Bible says about gender and sexuality…

“Queering the Bible” is a one-credit class that surveys “queer and trans readings of biblical texts.”

“By reading the Bible with the methods of queer and trans theoretical approaches, this class destabilizes long held assumptions about what the Bible – and religion – says about gender and sexuality,” the course description reads.

The school’s religion department is also teaching a class that questions the sexuality of the Almighty called, “Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology.”

“The God of the Bible and later Jewish and Christian literature is distinctively masculine, definitely male. Or is He?” the course description reads. “If we can point out places in traditional writings where God is nurturing, forgiving, and loving, does that mean that God is feminine, or female?”

Key themes of that particular class include exploring the “tensions between feminist and queer theology” and examines “feminist and queer writings about God.”

Anti-Christian

Critics blasted the college’s religion courses and suggested they were meant to undermine Christianity.

“This is about sanitizing and neutralizing the prohibitions on homosexual acts that Scripture unequivocally condemns,” one observer noted online.

The president of Truett-McConnell University, a conservative Christian school in Georgia, accused Swarthmore of prostituting the Bible.

“If there were a list entitled, “Best Snowflake Colleges in America,” I am quite certain that Swarthmore College would be near the top of the list,” Dr. Emir Caner told the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “Keep in mind, this is an institution of higher learning that has produced such ‘accomplished’ politicians as failed presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.”…

Dr. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas and a spiritual advisor to President Trump, warned about the spiritual dangers of twisting God’s word.

“In suggesting that God is ‘queer’ Swarthmore College is guilty of nothing short of modern day idolatry,” Jeffress told the Todd Starnes Radio Show.

“When you read the Bible you will discover that God reserved His harshest condemnation for individuals and nations that practiced idolatry – creating an imaginary god who conformed to a culture’s immorality,” Jeffress said.  FoxNews

Federal Agents Found Four Preserved Fetuses In Their Second Trimester During Detroit Raid Of Body Broker’s Warehouse

Horror!

Rathburn operated International Biological Inc.

Federal agents discovered four preserved fetuses in the Detroit warehouse of a man who sold human body parts, confidential photographs reviewed by Reuters show.

The fetuses were found during a December 2013 raid of businessman Arthur Rathburn´s warehouse. The fetuses, which appear to have been in their second trimester, were submerged in a liquid that included human brain tissue.

Rathburn, a former body broker, is accused of defrauding customers by sending them diseased body parts. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is set for January.

How Rathburn acquired the fetuses and what he intended to do with them is unclear. Rathburn´s lawyers did not respond to requests for comment, and neither the indictment nor other documents made public in his case mention the fetuses.

Indictment

The indictment states IBI would get the bodies and then dismember them to rent out for training. Both Arthur and Elizabeth knew the bodies died from infectious disease, and sometimes “obtained diseased remains from their suppliers at a reduced cost,” according to the documents.

The documents also show IBI would sell to its customers, “falsely representing to those customers that the remains were free from certain infectious diseases” because the customers would not accept some infected remains.

“The scheme included (1) directly profiting from infectious remains supplied to unwitting customers in violation of contractual agreements and (2) not disclosing to customers that IBI failed to take industry standard precautions to prevent potential cross-contamination between infections and non-infectious remains,” the indictment read.

IBI is accused of selling the body parts from January 2007 through December 2013.

The company also failed to take industry-standard precautions when it came to dismembering the body parts, according to the indictment.

Arthur “used a chainsaw, band saw, and reciprocating saw to dismember bodies without taking sanitary precautions,” and “stored human heads by stacking them directly on top of each other without any protective barrier.” WXYZ

U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

‘This needs to be reviewed,’ said U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee who recently chaired a special U.S. House committee on the use of fetal tissue.

Blackburn recoiled when a Reuters reporter showed her some of the photographs, taken by government officials involved in the raid.

In four of the photos, a crime scene investigator in a hazmat suit uses forceps to lift a different fetus from the brownish liquid. In three other photos, a marker that includes a government evidence identification number lies beside a fetus.

‘The actions depicted in these photos are an insult to human dignity,’ said U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

A Republican from Virginia, Goodlatte said that if individuals ‘violate federal laws and traffic in body parts of unborn children for monetary gain,’ they should be ‘held accountable.’  DailyMail

Legal and virtually unregulated 

Reuters’ report noted that in the United States it is legal to buy and sell cadavers and other body parts except for organs used in transplants and certain fetal tissue. However, the multimillion dollar a year body parts industry operates with minimal regulation, which means that “in most states, including Michigan, public health authorities are not required to regularly inspect body broker facilities.”

For example, a reporter for Reuters was able to purchase two human heads and a cervical spine from Restore Life USA after sending just a couple of emails and paying “$900 plus shipping.”  DailyWire

U.S. Slashes UN Budget

Good.

The Trump administration has negotiated big cuts in the United Nations budget.

According to reports, UN spending will be reduced more than $285 million in 2018 and 2019.

There’s no word on how big the overall budget is for those years and what, if any, impact this will have on the US contribution to the UN

US ambassador Nikki Haley cited the organization’s ” inefficiency and overspending” in announcing the funding cuts and she would not let “the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of.”  CBN