Study: A Room Full of White People Is A Microaggression

Some of the latest news from front lines of academia.

First there is this via Campus Reform:

Black Lives Matter protesters to appear at college graduation ceremony

By Bethany Salgado | May 14, 2015

The University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMB) will have an unusual graduation Friday morning when graduating students of the School of Social Work protest at their convocation ceremony for the “Black Lives Matter” cause. The convocation ceremony, scheduled for May 15 at 9 a.m., will be filled with a graduating class donning caps with Black Lives Matter stickers on top.

Are they then going to protest in front of the local Planned Parenthood outlet?

Students organized using a closed Facebook group for the university’s School of Social Work class of 2015… [M]embers of the group were asked if they wanted the “subtle yet powerful” Black Lives Matter sticker to place on their graduation caps.

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Reuters: Congress Is Better When ‘Extremists’ Are Weak

We must be witnessing a Congressional golden age. Since the ‘extremists’ (aka conservatives) have no say in the Republican Party.

From Reuters:

U.S. Congress better when political ‘extremists’ are weak: poll

By Susan Cornwell | May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is more effective when political "extremists" have less clout, most Americans said in a Reuters-Ipsos poll that also showed the public still has a dim view of Congress, despite a run of legislative achievements this year.

Which is it? If the public wants non-extremists, how can they have a dim view of Congress, which is run by lily-livered Republicans who have caved at every turn? Or are they unhappy with the Democrat extremists, aka the entire Democrat Party? (Just kidding. Democrats are never viewed as extremists.

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Hillary Litmus Test For SCOTUS: Oppose ‘Citizens United’

If you thought the IRS was targeting conservatives groups to get the names of their donors before, just wait until Hillary is in charge. She didn’t have those 900 FBI files for nothing.

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Hillary Clinton’s litmus test for Supreme Court nominees: a pledge to overturn Citizens United

By Matea Gold and Anne Gearan | May 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton told a group of her top fundraisers Thursday that if she is elected president, her nominees to the Supreme Court will have to share her belief that the court’s 2010 Citizens United decision must be overturned, according to people who heard her remarks.

Wait a minute. We thought ‘litmus tests’ were completely wrong. And that they were only used by anti-abortion activists and other ‘single issue’ troglodytes.

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Stephanopoulos Got Highly Exceptional Mortgage In 1994

While we are flashing back, there is this American Spectator article from October 1994. Unfortunately it is 63 paragraphs, 3,598 words long. But we have tried to synopsize it.

From the archives of the American Spectator:

Buy George: Is that what top people at NationsBank were thinking when they gave Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos an exceptional $668,000 loan?

By Matt Labash | October 1994

In May [1994], with the help of a $668,000 loan from NationsBank Mortgage Corp. (a NationsBank subsidiary), George Stephanopoulos bought an $835,000 D.C. building containing a posh apartment above an eyewear retail store.

Gossips, realtors, and all manner of investigative reporters immediately began asking: How could someone who pulls down a mere $125,000 a year—with a net worth between $30,000 and $100,000—afford such pricey real estate?

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Stephanopoulos: Donors Thought They’d Get Something

To be fair, in Stephanopolous’ case, his donations might have been payback for the favors he has already received. Going all the way back to his 1994 sweetheart mortgage deal.

But first there is this flashback to April, courtesy of Breitbart:

Flashback: Stephanopoulos Asked Schweizer If He Had ‘Partisan Interest’

By Ian Hanchett | May 14, 2015

ABC’s “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos asked “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer if he had a “partisan interest” during an interview on April 26, 2015.

After Schweizer laid out the details of the Clintons’ dealings with Uranium One’s Frank Giustra, Stephanopoulos said, "You have produced no evidence. And I still haven’t heard any direct evidence, and you just said you had no evidence that she intervened here.”

He added, “But I do want to ask a broader question.

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Hillary Campaign Manager Interned For Stephanopoulos

More Steffi-gate news, from the plucky Washington Free Beacon:

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager Interned for George Stephanopoulos

By Brent Scher | May 14, 2015

George Stephanopoulos thanked Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook in the acknowledgement section of his 1999 tell-all memoir All Too Human.

Imagine the uproar if a Republican quoted the notorious proto-fascist, Friedrich Nietzsche. (In 1878, Nietzsche published his own tell all memoir: ‘Human, All Too Human.’) It would be almost as bad as someone using a Reverend Jeremiah Wright quote for the title of one of their memoirs.

Stephanopoulos’ book, described as “a new-generation political memoir” of a man “who got his hands on the levers of awesome power at an early age,” was written after he left the Clinton administration and returned to his alma mater Columbia to be a visiting professor.

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Stephanopoulos Admits Clinton Donations Topped $75K

He also says he won’t moderate any Republican primary debates. So who is going to bring up the Republicans’ War On Women?

From this is a nice roundup of the Steffi-gate news, courtesy of the Daily Mail:

ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos admits his Clinton Foundation donations topped $75,000 and says he WON’T moderate Republican debates after interrogating ‘Clinton Cash’ author on the air

By David Martosko  | 14 May 2015

… George Stephanopoulos, the chief anchor and chief political correspondent for ABC News, made at least $75,000 in contributions to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation – and never disclosed it publicly. He acknowledged today making a trio of $25,000 contributions to the controversial philanthropy, in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He initially copped to just two of the contributions, but the foundation’s website had listed his name in a category of donors who gave between $50,001 and $100,000.

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Reuters Reports Engineer’s Pizza Order, Omits ‘Activism’

Isn’t it odd that Reuters went so far as to speak to people in a pizza shop about their views on Mr. Bostian. But they never bother to mention that he is a ‘gay rights activist.’

From a selectively curious Reuters:

Philadelphia train crash engineer lays low as scrutiny heats up

By Jarrett Renshaw and Laila Kearney | May 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A portrait of the engineer at the helm of a speeding Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia began to emerge… The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the engineer, identified as Brandon Bostian, 32, fully engaged the train’s emergency braking system seconds before the wreck. But his attorney, Robert Goggin, said Bostian was unable to recall hitting the brakes or much else about the derailment…

NTSB member Robert Sumwalt, updating reporters on the board’s probe into the cause of the wreck, said the engineer has agreed to be interviewed by agency investigators, who were giving him a day or two to recuperate from his injuries first, and that he was entitled to be accompanied by his lawyer…

And hopefully lawyers from the ACLU and maybe even GLAAD.

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FCC, Complexity Caused Delays In Amtrak Safety System

It turns out the delays are due to government bureaucracy and the complexity of installing the PTC system. Not the Republicans.

From the Washington Examiner:

Amtrak speed control system installed but wasn’t turned on

By Susan Ferrechio | May 14, 2015

Amtrak had installed the "Positive Train Control" system on the track where a speeding train fatally crashed Tuesday, but the system was not switched on. The system could have automatically slowed the Amtrak 188, but instead it jumped the rails, killing 8 people and injuring more than 200.

According to a top congressional aide, Amtrak told the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday that the PTC system was installed along the section of track outside Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, where the crash occurred, but it was not operating.

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‘Railroads, Congress Feuded As Life-Saving Tech Lagged’

How about instead of pouring more untold billions into Amtrak’s gaping maw, why not hire better drivers? Why not train them better? And why not fire the ones who are incompetent? 

The Politico refuses to stop peddling this false narrative:

Railroads, Congress feuded while life-saving technology lagged

By Kathryn A. Wolfe, Heather Caygle and Jennifer Scholtes | May 14, 2015

Tuesday’s fatal Amtrak crash followed seven years of feuding between Congress and the railroad industry over who should bear the cost of technology designed to prevent such accidents — while the process of installing the safeguards fell disastrously behind schedule.

Notice how it’s Congress’s fault. Not the person in the White House for the last seven years.

Some members of the Senate on Thursday were quick to blame the railroads and their lobbyists for foot-dragging on installing technology that has been available for decades, with Sen.

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Nets Keep Hammering Jeb’s ‘Evolving Answers’ On Iraq

Ironically, at least when it comes to Republicans, the left doesn’t believe in evolution.

From NewsBusters:

Networks Continue Hammering Jeb Bush for His ‘Evolving Answers’ About the Iraq War

By Curtis Houck | May 14, 2015

On Thursday night, the… networks again covered possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s comments about the Iraq War and featured ABC and NBC omitting the fact that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton voted to authorize the Iraq War when she was a U.S. Senator.

Additionally, all three network evening newscasts continued to ignore how Hillary Clinton has yet to answer a question from the press in over three weeks and only 13 questions total since she launched her campaign on April 12…

If only Jeb would announce that he is running for the Presidency.

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Obama Re-Draws Syrian ‘Red Line,’ Chlorine Isn’t A WMD

Luckily, we can count on our our good friends and trusted allies, the Russians, to help us out here.

From Fox News:

Obama not drawing ‘red line’ with Assad, amid new allegations of chemical weapons use

May 15, 2015

President Obama does not appear to be drawing any more red lines with Syria’s Bashar Assad amid allegations that his regime has returned to using chemical weapons. The president was asked about the allegations at a press conference Thursday, at the close of a Camp David summit with Arab allies.

Obama said the U.S. is working with international partners to investigate if the Syrian president’s government is dropping chlorine bombs, as alleged. If it is, he said, the U.S. will cooperate with international monitors and Assad’s patrons, like Russia, "to put a stop to it."

Oh, our sides.

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Obama Claims Gulf States Back Iran Deal; Vows More Aid

Once again, the US taxpayer has to pay the price for Obama’s wrongheaded policies. In this case, we have to pay for his bribe to these countries to keep them from complaining about his disastrous secret deal with Iran.

First, from an unquestioning Associated Press:

Obama: Gulf nation leaders support Iran nuclear talks

May 14, 2015

CAMP DAVID, Maryland (AP) — President Barack Obama says leaders of Gulf allies at a summit have agreed that a comprehensive, verifiable deal that blocks Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon would serve everyone’s interests…

Obama probably explained to them that he had to lie about their views, ‘for domestic consumption.’

Obama and leaders from six Gulf nations met during a rare summit at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland…

Somehow the AP neglects to mention that most of the top Gulf leaders pointedly refused to attend this ‘summit,’ to express their displeasure with Obama’s secret deal with Iran.

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Lesbians Attacked By Partners More Than Hetero Women?

At least according to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Apparently, everything we have been taught by the feminists and gay rights activists has now been turned upside down.

From the College Fix:

Straight women are marginalizing other victims of sexual assault at UO

By Greg Piper | May 12, 2015

Straight college women who claim they were sexually assaulted are forming their own clique that excludes everyone else.

Hey, gay women want to get the benefits of being a part of the victim class, too.

That’s according to a Daily Emerald story from the University of Oregon, where last month’s Take Back the Night event featured sexual-violence estimates of non-straight communities that make the unreliable 1-in-5 statistic look quaint:

"According to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 44 percent of lesbian women and 61 percent of bisexual women have been victims of intimate partner violence in the form of rape, physical violence and/or stalking, compared to 35 percent of heterosexual women."

Wait a minute!

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Small Business Administration: Baltimore Riots Cost $9M

Plus, two Baltimore City correctional officers have been caught on video looting a 7-11 of Slim Jims and Tostitos. Seriously.

From BuzzFeed:

Damage Caused During Baltimore Riots Estimated At $9 Million

By Salvador Hernandez | May 13, 2015

Days of rioting in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death caused an estimated $9 million in damage to homes and businesses, the Small Business Administration announced Wednesday…

According to the preliminary estimates, 284 business were damaged during the days of riots that followed Gray’s death… That damage, which included looting and fires, was estimated at $8,927,000…

Georgia’s Democrat Representative, Hank Johnson, is going to be even more furious when he hears this news. Rep. Johnson says it’s a sign of just how bad things are in Baltimore that the rioters weren’t able to do much more costly damage.

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