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Police Officer
If you can't laugh at yourself, you are taking yourself waaaay to seriously...

NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill shamed activist groups such as Black Life Matters for their blatant hypocrisy, and for promoting violence against the police.

In his eulogy for Officer Miosotis Familia, O’Neill stated, “Let me tell you something.” “Regular people sign up to be cops. They sign up for this job of protecting strangers, knowing there are inherent risks. But not one of us ever agreed to be murdered in an act of indefensible hate. Not one of us signed up to never return to our family or loved ones.”

O’Neill taunted the assembled activists, asking, “So, where are the demonstrations for this single mom, who cared for her elderly mother and her own three children?”

One of the activists, DeRay Mckesson had recently stirred racial controversy by denouncing the upcoming movie “War for the Planet of the Apes” for allegedly associating black people with apes. In his tweet, Mckesson stated, “Given the history of rendering black people as apes, I’m offended & appalled by the lack of consciousness in Hollywood. #PlanetOfTheApes. “In associating black people w/ apes, active work is being done to perpetuate the dehumanization of black ppl in mass media.” His tweet was able to attract several Twitter users that jumped in to voice their opinions against the creators of the movie.

Recently, Black Lives Matter activist group released a video criticizing news hosts that have called the Black Lives Matter movement “aggressive” and “fear-mongering.”

The narrator in the video states, “They use their guns to assassinate black people. They use their schools to funnel black students through a school-to-prison pipeline. They use their state institutions, bought politicians, business conglomerates and white-supremacist domestic terrorists to incite violence over and over again.” And then they use their new president to enact a law-and-order administration.”

The inflammatory video goes on to declare, “And then they use their new president to enact a law-and-order administration. All to make them shoot first, to make them ask questions later, make them scream, “I thought he had a gun in his hand” and ‘I feared for my life’ and ‘he matched the description of a suspect’ and ‘she was threatening us.’ To shoot and kill Philando Castile, Charleena Lyles, Kisha Michael, Keith Bursey and Wakiesha Wilson until the only option left is for black people to disrupt the systems that keep us oppressed and build the kinds of communities in which we want to live. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse to kill more of us. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our communities and our struggle for freedom is to fight this violence with the raised, clenched, black fist of resistance. We are Black Lives Matter, and we are freedom’s future place.”

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Student Thugs
It's the '60s all over again - but somehow even more destructive and violent...

Social justice advocates group at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington could face criminal charges if they continue to intimidate fellow students and faculty members.

It all started when Professor Bret Weinstein, a biology professor, was labeled as racist and was forced out after a severe backlash from students. His crime? He voiced his disapproval of Latino students forcing White students off campus during the “Day of Absence” in May.

The situation worsened as some of the students at the college presented a list of demands to the College President George Bridges, whom they severely threatened and harassed to the point where the president couldn’t even use the restroom if not escorted by the students. Bridges eventually gave into the demands, one of which included ending homework. It was further noted that some of the students even began carrying bats to campus and called it an act of “community policing.”

However, it was one student, McKenzie Kyger, that broke her silence and told the board that her fellow students had labelled her as a white supremacist, also because she disagreed with some of their actions. She further confessed that she wasn’t allowed to speak at meetings simply because of the color of her skin and argued the college had become an “unsafe place.”

“This behavior has actually been encouraged and because of this I feel like people are becoming more violent and the campus is becoming more of an unsafe place. I have been to several meetings to speak. I’ve been told several times that I’m not allowed to speak because I’m white,” Kyger said.

“This school seems to focus so much on race that it is actually becoming more racist in a different sort of way. And because I say that — because I choose not to focus on race I have actually been labeled a racist and a white supremacist. If anyone took the time to actually know me, it’s not true at all,” Kyger added.

Weinstein also broke silence and indicated that harassment that some students and college staff were facing. “Do you know that the college descended into literal anarchy. For days the campus was not under control of the state, it was under the control of protesters. There were assaults, there were batteries, there was pressure not to report crimes to the police. People were, by the legal definition I believe, kidnapped and imprisoned. That included faculty members and administrators. Others were hunted on the campus.”

“Lawless bands roamed the campus unimpeded. Police were physically and intentionally blocked by protesters. Police were cruelly, systematically and personally taunted. They were humiliated and forced to stand down by the president. Students that held different opinions were, by the protesters own analysis, stalked, harassed … their names, pictures, addresses, and phone numbers were distributed online.

“Do you know that although the code of conduct is supposed to protect all of us that Dr. Bridges decided to selectively suspend it, giving some students license to threaten others.”

Not everyone agreed with Weinstein and Kyger, and most demanded that the board to “strategically and thoughtfully choose to listen, find and tell the stories of what happened, stories that understand social change to be messy and righteous, difficult and necessary.” However, the verdict is finally in, as a memo sent out by Washington’s Evergreen State College’s administrators to student body indicated that the actions taken by the Washington’s Evergreen State College’s administrators had been illegal and could be subjected to criminal charges in the future. “In the future, individuals could be charged with crimes including obstructing law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and/or unlawful imprisonment,” the memo stated. “Preventing a law enforcement officer from responding could place community members at great risk. Blocking egress doors is a violation of fire codes. This action endangered everyone in the Library.”

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Escaping Justice
I guess it was only a matter of time till the 'race card' also became a 'get out of jail free' card...

David Grant was strangled to death in a West Florida parking lot in July 2012. Five years late the Broward County State Attorney’s Office has dropped all charges against Joni Donley, man who confessed to killing him.

Grant, a math tutor had arranged a meeting with Donley at a Dunkin Donuts in the County. According to reports, what followed was a simple argument that broke out into a fatal altercation.

“He physically attacked David, and he kicked him to the ground, and he knocked him out…and then he left David face down in the parking lot, while he fled in his vehicle.”

Said Carol Fields, David’s grieving sister describing the grisly details while speaking after the controversial court ruling.

According to eyewitnesses the argument had started inside the Dunkin Donuts regarding payments that needed to be made to the tutor. As it progressed, the pair are said to have moved outside where Grant called Donley a racial slur, confirmed by witnesses. A memo released by the State states that this then “suddenly provoked [Donley] to turn and strike Mr. Grant.”

By all accounts what followed afterwards is a gross mishandling of justice, taken into custody about ten hours after the fight Donley was charged with murder. According to police reports, during Joni was crawling on the floor talking to himself saying

“You killed somebody, Jon. How could you? How could you have done that? Oh, my God, I took a life. … This guy’s dead for nothing, for nothing, Jon.”

A key witness for the case was also identified in Saudi student Ahmad Alsuvae, however the testimony he provided was not preserved for use by the prosecution. Nor was any note made of the fact that Alsuvae planned to return to his home country upon the completion of his studies. Ultimately, this meant that key details that might have pushed the case in favor of State prosecutors were lost.

For their part the State said that they lacked “competent evidence”, that proved the killing did not take place in self-defense. Apparently Donley had been walking away, before the slur and had held grant for “approximately 15 seconds”, despite the tentative terms used by the State the autopsy report confirmed that this was homicide by strangulation. While Grant may have been 400 pounds and cardiovascular disease was a “contributory cause of death”, the judgment this was not by any means a natural death.

An understandable upset Field family denies the State’s claims however saying,

“We were told to let the State Attorney handle it. We did that, and the result was a killer walked away,”

From the evidence we can gather that definitely seems to be the case. With a clear as daylight confession from the attacker, and several eye witnesses to the crime at hand the question stands – why was this man allowed to walk free? Does the use of one ill-advised racial slur justify execution?

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Racism Protest
Fighting racism with even more racism... perhaps this is not the most productive way to unite our nation?

Lisa Durden, the Essex County College professor, whose inflammatory discussion with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson led to her dismissal from the college, still isn’t going away quietly.

In Carlson’s show, earlier this month, Durden taunted white people for not being able to attend a Black Lives Matter faction’s “blacks only” Memorial Day party.

“What I say to that is boo-hoo-hoo, you white people are angry because you couldn’t use your ‘white privilege’ card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration! Wow!” she spat.

Eventually, in the midst of the exchange, Carlson had to cut out Durden’s microphone, as she kept interrupting him. She even disrespected him and mocked his remarks.

While Durden was only suspended following her debate with Carlson, she claims it was done without any solid reason.

“They did this to humiliate me,” Durden said about the suspension. “Essex County College publicly lynched me in front of my students.” Durden was dismissed last Friday, after suspension ended.

Essex County College President Anthony E. Munroe, regarding the dismissal, said that a “fair and thorough review” of Durden’s remarks was analyzed, and the college board concluded that it could not “maintain an employment relationship with the adjunct.”

Speaking about Durden’s comments, Munroe claimed, “Racism cannot be fought with more racism.”

On Monday, talking to Roland Martin on News One, Durden was asked if she regretted her comments that led to her dismissal. The host also asked her if she would ever apologize for what she said.

“No,” she said, “I am not going to.”

And again, she began ranting about racism; comparing herself and her remarks to Judge Jeanine Pirro’s television comments.

“I wasn’t there to play games, I was there to take a bite out of crime,” Durden said. “When a black woman is on television who is direct, who is aggressive, we’re ‘angry.’ Well, when Jeanine Pirro is on TV pointing and screaming and yelling, she’s ‘intelligent.’”

She added, “Why can’t I come on there and be aggressive and talk in the same vein as any expert in the fields of pop culture, politics and social issues? So now when I do it, I’m not intelligent. When [white women] do it, they’re amazing, they’re intelligent, they’re fantastic!”

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Campus Activists
Hey, can you redistribute some good grades my way, comrade?

A recent research has concluded that more than 100 colleges and universities are now offering students, both undergraduate and graduate, the option of studying “social justice” as a major or minor degree, or earning a “concentration” or “certificate” in the subject.

The report by College Fix’s Toni Airaksinen analyzed social justice academic programs being offered at major US universities and colleges, determined that more than 100 institutions now offer students the option to specialize in what can be considered left-wing social justice academic programs.

According to the study, “The Fix found at least 64 American colleges that offer minors in social justice or a substantially similar field, such as social justice leadership. At least 18 offer four-year degrees in the field, and at least 15 offer master’s degrees.”

In addition to that, two colleges also offered students doctoral programs with a focus on social justice.

However, what is noteworthy here is that while a few of the colleges surveyed by College Fix are private institutions, most of them are public colleges that receive a whole lot of state funding.

For example, a public university in New Jersey, Rutgers University, offers a minor degree in social justice. But to complete the program, students must complete a variety of leftist courses. The courses range from “Practicing Social Justice” to other courses which require students to participate in left-wing causes.

The course, “Practicing Social Justice” will introduce “students to diverse practices of social justice activism including grassroots organizing, labor organizing, political organizing, and transnational organizing. Readings about social change efforts are combined with student participation in community mobilizations, labor organizing efforts, political campaigns, and transnational social movement and NGO activism.”

Furthermore, the University of Missouri also offers a minor in social justice. According to the university, the course, “involves the idea that in a perfect world all citizens would have identical social benefits, rights, protections, and opportunities regardless of their backgrounds and membership in diverse groups. Recognizing that the world is not perfect, the primary goals for the minor in social justice are to enhance sensitivity to vulnerable and at-risk populations, to provide opportunity for critical review of social policies and the allocation of societal resources; to stimulate interest in advocacy and the planned change process.”

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Were the hit television series “The Dukes of Hazzard” filmed today rather than three decades ago, the “authorities” constantly chasing the Duke brothers around rural Georgia would not be a crooked county commissioner and a half-wit sheriff. Instead, Bo and Luke’s Confederate flag-adorned Dodge Charger would be pursued by an armada of eco-friendly Priuses, driven by a pack of seething social justice warriors who want nothing more than to send the “racist” brothers to jail for daring to display a hate symbol.

Unfortunately for the Duke Boys, today these are authorities even they cannot escape, as we saw last week when Warner Brothers opted to cancel production of die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits of their iconic “General Lee” – another of many knee-jerk reactions to the outcry against the Confederate flag following the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

In the immediate aftermath of the Charleston mass murder, two distinct groups formed. One community rallied together in a display of compassion and forgiveness; a response rare in today’s society, where rioting and looting have come to be the “new normal” responses to perceived racial injustices. The other group, consisting primarily of outsiders, saw the shooting rampage as a catalyst for political action, and immediately launched a mass campaign of retroactive political correctness.

Rather than blame the tragedy on the demented actions of a lone coward with a twisted worldview, this PC group wasted no time blaming guns, “hate speech,” and “hate” symbols for the attack. The bandwagon was rolling. To avoid charges of being on the side of “racist rednecks,” Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Etsy quickly banned any and all products featuring the Confederate flag. Soon, other Confederate-linked objects were on the chopping block; including monuments, street names, and license plates.

As the movement gathered steam, the scope of the retroactive cleansing swept far beyond the Civil War era; taking in such icons as America’s Founding Fathers who, in the eyes of the PC Warlords, were “racist” and therefore unqualified to be memorialized, whether in marble statues or on paper currency.

This Retro PC drive, however, presents problems. For one thing, reviewing the line-up of portraits currently adorning America’s national currency, one must question who, if anyone, could possibly meet the Left’s high purity standards for 21st-Century political correctness?

George Washington ($1 bill) clearly would not make the cut. Although our first President orchestrated the military defeat of the then-mighty British Empire, and provided the political glue that kept the nascent country from descending into chaos, this Virginia landowner was himself a slave owner.

Thomas Jefferson ($2 bill), author of the Virginia Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and founder of the University of Virginia, must in the eyes of the rabid PC police, be similarly stripped of the honor of appearing on our currency; for he, too, was a Virginia landowner who owned slaves.

Even “Honest Abe” Lincoln ($5 bill), despite being credited with ending slavery, actually freed no slaves with his Emancipation Proclamation and adamantly opposed basic civil rights for freed blacks such as voting, serving on a jury, holding public office, and intermarrying with whites. So sorry, Mr. Lincoln.

America’s very first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton ($10 bill), currently in line to be stripped from his position of honor on the bill by the Obama Administration, was a notorious womanizer and was involved in the country’s first “sex scandal.” Then there is Andrew Jackson ($20 bill), already much maligned even before the Charleston shooting, who is responsible for the shameful “Trail of Tears” and other improper treatment of Native Americans.

Good old Ulysses (“U.S.”) Grant ($50 bill), Civil War hero and our 19th President, certainly wouldn’t make the PC cut. Not only was he an alcoholic, but he presided over an Administration riddled with corruption; we cannot now condone that sort of untoward behavior.

And, like Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin ($100), though an early opponent of slavery, would be roundly accused of misogynistic womanizing by today’s feminists; a fatal flaw in our politically correct century.

Perhaps we could replace Jefferson with President William Henry Harrison, who only served a single month in office; not long enough to have committed any fatal PC errors? But even short-tenured Harrison would likely fall prey to the PC purists because of his serving as a military leader fighting against the Indians in the early 19th Century.

At the end of the day, probably it would be safest simply to remove human visages from our currency and replace them with illustrations of inanimate or non-human things. Perhaps a lovely landscape from Yellowstone National Park rather than the unsmiling face of a former, racist president. Or an unsmiling “emoji” digital messaging icon as a non-controversial replacement for Washington. Other bills could be adorned with lovely – and scandal-free – pictures of native American birds.

Of course, even if we were to remove all of the “old, dead white men” from America’s currency, it likely would still not be enough to appease the forces of social justice screeching to sterilize American history. After all, in the opinion of these zealots, even our country’s flag is emblematic of an oppressive, racist mindset. “The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” read a resolution passed in March by student “leaders” at the University of California, Irvine.

To such crazies, America is racist at its core, and there is nothing about the country of which to be so proud as to place on our currency. So, what to do? Perhaps a national flag of purist white – signifying nothing offensive. Come to think of it, a white flag of surrender might suit the current Administration just fine.

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Politicians, pundits and race merchants like “Rev.” Al Sharpton spent the weeks following the Baltimore riots that erupted in April to say that minority “communities” were venting their rage over “social injustice”, “wealth inequality” and decades of simmering racism at the core of the “minority majority” Baltimore police department.

Some are suggesting that another motive is behind the looting, vandalism and anti-police violence that occurred in Baltimore – narcotics.

According to police reports, looters targeted 27 pharmacies during the unrest and that, so far, 127,000 doses of narcotics are known to have been stolen during the siege. If you add in the personal patient information that went missing in addition to the drugs and the true reason behind the riots become clear.

One pharmacy chain, Rite Aid, confirmed that thieves stole personal information and filled prescriptions from its stores leading authorities to believe that the drive to obtain narcotics fueling the surge in violence.

Rite Aid acted proactively warning customers that their personal medical information could be on the streets, too. Store officials said:

“…labels on prescriptions stolen during the late April riots included patient names, addresses and the names of medication, but not other sensitive data such as Social Security numbers or credit card numbers.”

In addition to the alert, Rite Aid has hired a risk management firm to help protect customers from identity theft.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said that the shear amount of narcotics stolen during the riots would be enough to keep the streets of Baltimore “intoxicated for a year.”

At the federal level, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is reviewing surveillance footage from 27 pharmacies in the hopes of identifying looters and filing charges against the offenders. A DEA spokesman also said the agency would help monitor for any reports of medical identity fraud.

According to Scott Dance writing for The Baltimore Sun:

“Depending on what information pharmacies include on prescription labels, criminals could improperly refill the prescriptions, bill medical care to the prescription holder’s insurance or combine the information with other stolen data to commit larger acts of fraud, experts said.”

“It would not surprise me if patients who used those pharmacies that were looted later learned they were victims of medical identity fraud,” said Ann Patterson, senior vice president and program director of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance.

DEA Special Agent Gary Tuggle said the true scope of the problem is not known because 40 percent of the looted pharmacies have not finished counting losses.

Pharmacy and law enforcement officials said there is no evidence that personal information found on stolen prescriptions has been used to commit fraud – yet.

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