Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Reason #5700 That Trump Was Elected

Universities: Anti-White Radicals Terrorize Republican Students at the University of Minnesota
You probably wouldn’t expect too much from Minnesota in the way of militant racial activism, except that it’s a bastion of liberalism. Both of the state’s U.S. Senators are Democrats, as are six of its eight U.S. Representatives. Bernie Sanders won the Democrat caucuses in Minnesota last year, and Hillary Clinton won the state in November. In the Trump Age, therefore, racial strife is to be expected in Minnesota and especially in the identity-politics bastions of academia:
Madison Faupel
The crime of being white and Republican on campus.
[Madison Faupel is] the president of the University of Minnesota’s College Republican chapter. Her group sparked controversy last fall when it reserved space and painted a mural on the Washington Avenue Bridge to promote their student group.
Her group settled on three slogans: “College Republicans, The Best Party on Campus,” “Trump Pence 2016,” and “Build the Wall.”
Within an hour, the panels had been vandalized, and protesters had surrounded the panels. Some of the vandalism included the following statements: “STOP WHITE SUPREMACY NOW” and “Hate Speech is not Free Speech.” . . .
As the protests grew, so did violent threats against the College Republicans and Madison, in particular. The group’s members were scared for their safety on campus. Madison and the rest of the executive board didn’t go out at night and tried to never be alone on campus. Many used campus security to walk home. . . .
The University of Minnesota did call for a “Campus Climate” conversation about the recent controversial events, but this, too, devolved into chaos. About 15 minutes into the event, more than 200 protesters came into the room chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, racism has got to go,” surrounding those students who had come to the event to engage in a civil conversation.
The protesters took over the stage as the student body president stood at the front of the room with her fist in the air, leading the chants. Students took turns lamenting how their feelings were hurt, how writing “Build the Wall” amounts to hate speech, and how they want to be included in conversations on campus. At the end of the event, one of the protesters stood on stage and asked the crowd if any College Republicans had attended. Madison stood up and raised her hand.
When the “event” ended, she was swarmed by the mob. “They were completely surrounding me; I was unable to leave the event. They were screaming in my face calling me racist, xenophobic, and other unmentionable names. They were aggressive, and I just wanted to get out safely,” said Madison. “One girl was holding another girl back saying, ‘She’s not worth it. Don’t hit her.’” . . .
Members of the loosely organized far-left militant group Antifa targeted [Faupel] for promoting capitalism on campus, posting online her address, phone number, parent’s address, parent’s phone number, a photo of her, and a reference to her as an alt-right Nazi.
“I endured a lot of violent threats throughout the year, but Antifa’s attack was the scariest,” said Madison. “When I was out in public I received messages that they were watching me, that they would continue to come after me until I stopped my ‘leadership of bigotry and hate,’ and that they were ‘on my ass.’ I was very scared to be home because they knew where I lived, but I was also scared to be in public because they claimed they were watching me.”
Abeer Syedah
So much for "having a conversation." You can't reason with people like that.
The university’s student body president, Abeer Syedah, is a self-described “brown queer angry feminist” who hates capitalism, Christianity, heterosexuals and white people, not necessarily in that order.

Abeer Syedah promotes hatred at University of Minnesota.

When an ISIS jihadi attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando, Syedah took to Facebook and falsely blamed her enemies for the atrocity.
The totalitarians in charge of our nation’s universities promote “diversity,” as long as it doesn’t include Republicans. As Matt Lewis’s article makes clear, the Democrat faculty and administration at the University of Minnesota encouraged the radical hate-mongers who terrorized Madison Faupel and other Republican students.

Maybe the taxpayers in Minnesota are OK with funding universities that have become indoctrination centers for extremism. Or maybe Minnesota taxpayers have never been asked to contemplate the consequences of paying professors to teach hatred in the name of “social justice.”
And some people wonder why Republicans aren't anxious to give universities all the cash they want.

As my nephew at Berserkley wrote recently:
Sucks to see the school you go to - a school which used to be the pinnacle of free speech advocacy - act in such a shameless, spineless, and regressive manner. If you don't agree with Milo and the others, the best way to combat their ideas isn't shady bureaucratic tactics. It's to put them on a stage with someone who can reason, and show a better alternative. That's what an educational institution is supposed to do: be a host for competing opinions and ideological discourse.

Grab a shovel. What made this school great has long since festered and died.

Way Back Wednesday

Farrah Fawcett:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Former MD Campground Owner Sues MD Over Shitty Pond

Judge denies bid by state, Eastern Shore town to dismiss claim their failure to act cost campground owner her property
A Caroline County judge has ruled that a former Maryland woman who sued the state and the Eastern Shore town of Goldsboro, blaming them for the loss of her family campground to unchecked septic pollution, will have her day in court.

In early September, Circuit Court Judge Sidney Campen denied a motion by the town and the state to dismiss the case, saying that a jury needed to decide if either bore responsibility for the pollution to Lake Bonnie, a 28-acre impoundment on the 100-acre property that Gail Litz used to own.  The judge has yet to set a trial date.

In 1996, the Caroline County Health Department closed the campground’s lake to swimming, citing unsafe fecal coliform levels in the water, which were traced to failing septic systems in nearby Goldsboro.
MDE Secretary Robert Summers and Gov. Martin O’Malley
pose at Lake Bonnie in 2012 

That same year, the town signed a consent order with the Maryland Department of the Environment acknowledging that residents’ septic systems were failing. The order outlined a schedule for the town to install a public sewer system and said Goldsboro would be fined $100 a day if it did not comply.

The town never undertook the wholesale fix, and the state didn’t enforce the order. In 2010, Litz lost her property to foreclosure and filed a lawsuit, alleging the town and county’s negligence cost her the property.  She asked for $7 million in compensation.

Campen wrote that the “most significant and overarching disputed fact” in this case is whether, and to what extent, the pollution of Lake Bonnie continued after the 1996 consent order. “This factual dispute must first be resolved by a jury before other factual or legal issues can be addressed,” the judge wrote.

For seven years, across various courtrooms, Goldsboro’s attorneys said that the town had no money to fix the problem, and that Litz had waited too long to file suit.  The state also argued that it was not legally obligated to enforce the consent order. Lawyers for the MDE contended that they could not force Goldsboro to pay.
Like any town, they had all the money of their taxpayers at their disposal. If they refused to pay to clean up their shit, they should suffer the consequences.
Those arguments prevailed in lower court hearings, but in February 2016, Maryland’s highest court said that the state’s failure to enforce the consent order could be viewed as “inverse condemnation” if Litz could prove it was the septic pollution that caused her loss. The case was sent back to Caroline County Circuit Court for a trial.
. . .
After the bank foreclosed on Litz’s property, it sold the campground and lake for $400,000 to a family that now uses the land as a private residence. Three decades after the county health department declared that Goldsboro desperately needed a wastewater treatment system, the state and federal government funded a solution. In 2015, the county broke ground on a $19 million wastewater plant on Greensboro that will connect to the 100 or so homes in Goldsboro, about 10 miles away, next year.
Too little too late.

We're All Gonna Die!

But not so soon, as the Washington Post gets around to admitting that the global warming problem isn't as bad as they've been screaming all along. New climate change calculations could buy the Earth some time — if they’re right
A group of prominent scientists on Monday created a potential whiplash moment for climate policy, suggesting that humanity could have considerably more time than previously thought to avoid a “dangerous” level of global warming.

The upward revision to the planet’s influential “carbon budget” was published by a number of researchers who have been deeply involved in studying the concept, making it all the more unexpected. But other outside researchers raised questions about the work, leaving it unclear whether the new analysis — which, if correct, would have very large implications — will stick.

In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, a team of 10 researchers, led by Richard Millar of the University of Oxford, recalculated the carbon budget for limiting the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above temperatures seen in the late 19th century. It had been widely assumed that this stringent target would prove unachievable — but the new study would appear to give us much more time to get our act together if we want to stay below it.
The end of the 19th century is a very deceptive time to set the "baseline" temperature. Near the end of the "Little Ice Age", it was well before substantial CO2 production. A more appropriate choice might be the 1930's, a warm spell that might be more equivalent to the conditions before the Little Ices Age.
“What this paper means is that keeping warming to 1.5 degrees C still remains a geophysical possibility, contrary to quite widespread belief,” Millar said in a news briefing. He conducted the research with scientists from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland and Norway.

But the new calculation diverged so much from what had gone before that other experts were still trying to figure out what to make of it.

“When it’s such a substantial difference, you really need to sit back and ponder what that actually means,” Glen Peters, an expert on climate and emissions trajectories at the Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, said of the paper. He was not involved in the research.
I thought the science was settled?
The recalculation emerges, said study co-author Joeri Rogelj of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, because warming has been somewhat less than forecast by climate models — and because emissions have been somewhat more than expected.
So more emissions, and less warming than projected? Whoda thunk? Oh yeah, a whole bunch of people widely ignored.

All this, of course, just primes them for more claims of "you have to listen to us now do what we say now! The climate is reaching a tipping point!" They've blown right through the dates a series of climate tipping points were claimed without any consequences, and they were in danger of being disbelieved.

Reason #5699 That Trump Was Elected

Jeff Sessions Floats Idea of Administering Lie Detector Tests to All 100+ NSC Members, To Find Who Leaked the Transcripts of Trump's Calls with Foreign Leakers
No one can claim that this wasn't a serious leak. So no one can say he's overreacting.

But then, that's exactly what they're saying. Because they want those ticks to stay burrowed in deep in flesh.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told associates he wants to put the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to root out leakers. It's unclear whether this will ever happen, but Sessions floated the idea to multiple people, as recently as last month.
Sessions' idea is to do a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of everyone on the NSC staff. Interrogators would sit down with every single NSC staffer (there's more than 100 of them), and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of the president's phone calls with foreign leaders. Sessions suspects those leaks came from within the NSC, and thinks that a polygraph test -- at the very least -- would scare them out of leaking again.
Polygraphs are widely used in the intelligence field, so, hell ya, why should the big shots at the top of the heap be immune? Even the thought that you could be polygraphed would serve as reminder not to do things you might be questioned about. They may not be terribly effective though, especially with people who grew up in the intelligence trade.

Token Conservative Canned for Questioning Clinton

Jedediah Bila Leaves “The View” — Over Hillary Interview?
Watch the first clip below from Clinton’s appearance on the show last week. Bila asks two questions, both fair and both polite. Question one: Amid all the speculation about sexism and the Comey letter and Russia sinking her chances, isn’t it true that differences on the issues led some voters to prefer Trump? Question two: If she feels she didn’t get the respect she was due from Bernie Sanders and his supporters, couldn’t that be partly due to hard feelings over the leaks showing that the DNC tried to help her win the primary? Hillary is polite in answering too. The closest Bila comes to saying something “controversial” is when she notes that Clinton’s resistance to the idea that some Americans liked Trump’s positions better than hers is a bit “tone deaf,” which it is. But Hillary takes it in stride. No biggie.

It’s hard to believe the show’s staff wouldn’t have taken it in stride too. And yet:
“There was a lot of staff who were upset about how that interview was handled,” says the source, speculating that “The View” wants the former Secretary of State to appear on the show multiple times. “They had a lot to say to Jedediah about calming things down.”
We’re told that Bila was signed on for the full season but “she left on her own accord,” the source adds. “There were some things making her uncomfortable behind the scenes, but she loves the cast. She seems to be looking forward to sharing her view in a world where there seems to be only one worldview.”…
 I can't say I've watched more than a minute of "The View," but I've always enjoyed Jedediah on "The Five."
Show reps deny Bila’s exit had anything to do with the Clinton interview, telling Page Six, “Jed asked good questions during that interview, and the producers were really pleased with how she handled it.”
If the “View” crew couldn’t handle two challenging questions to their idol without freaking out, it ain’t Bila who’s living in a world where there’s only one worldview. But maybe all of this is nonsense. It’s a tabloid item on Page Six, leaked just a few hours after Bila announced she was leaving the show abruptly. it could be a hit piece made up by staff who were miffed that she quit, leaving them in the lurch. Or it could be an excuse cooked up to justify the show’s apparent interest in Meghan McCain. Muscling out Bila to replace her with McCain would look bad unless Bila did something that would kinda sorta justify a left-leaning show pushing her out. 

But wait. Oliver Darcy of CNN noticed that about 10 minutes after the Page Six item appeared (it’s now being headlined on Drudge), Bila tweeted out a clip of her questioning Clinton. There’s no comment in the tweet itself; it’s just the clip, leaving her readership to draw their own conclusions about what it might mean. It sure feels like a hint that the Hillary interview did have something to do with her leaving. Maybe Bila got a talking-to from the producers after the show about her “tone deaf” remark to Clinton and decided that she couldn’t continue to work at a place that wouldn’t let her challenge a Democrat in terms that are even the least bit confrontational. So she walked.
I guess it's time to get back to the Fox ghetto for Jedediah!