Category: Freedom of speech

Dear facebook, you have some explaining to do

Before you see the banned video, here is background

Elizabeth Heng nearly beat incumbent Democratic congressman Jim Costa in California’s open primaries in early June. The 53–47 outcome would have made her the darling of the national political media, had she been a Democrat. She will face Costa again in the general election in November. My colleague Alexandra DeSanctis wrote an excellent piece last month profiling the young, smart, 33-year-old Republican contender.

So this happened yesterday. Heng’s campaign had tried to place this video as an ad on Facebook. It begins with her family’s roots — amidst the horror of Cambodian genocide.

And Facebook responded with a big ixnay. Here’s a screenshot of the rejection provided by the candidate:

HENG-SCREENSHOT

Now, watch the video, and tell me where the “threats of violence” are. REALLY Facebook?

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*VIDEO* Joe Dan Gorman – Intellectual Froglegs: Red Tsunami

Red Tsunami – Intellectual Froglegs from IntellectualFroglegs w Joe Dan on Vimeo.

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The war on gender, and pronouns

Good Freaking Grief

The Bryn Mawr College “Inclusion Center” recently produced a new pamphlet that adds “co,” “kit,” “sie,” “it,” and “ey” to the list of “gender-neutral” pronouns.

The “Making Spaces More Gender Inclusive” guide, which is prominently featured on the Pensby Center for Community Development and Inclusion’s website, tells students that asking others which pronouns they use is crucial, as it’s impossible to “tell if someone is transgender, non-binary,[…]etc.”

The new pronouns are accompanied by a conjugation chart indicating how they might be used as a subject, object, possessive, possessive pronoun, and reflexive. For example, to refer to a student who identifies as “kit,” one would say, “Kit likes kitself.”

To refer to a “co,” one would say, “Co knows” or “Co likes coself.”

All pronouns have standard conjugation except for “sie.” To refer to a student who identifies as “sie,” one would say “Sie knows,” but the guide warns that “sie” must be changed to “ne” if used in the reflexive, as indicated by the phrase, “Ne likes syrself.”

Though LGBT advocates often warn against using “it” as a pronoun, the Bryn Mawr guide doesn’t shy away from that, noting that students who identify as “it” may be referred to in forms such as “It likes itself” or “I ask it.”

How deep is the Pit of Bat Shit Crazy! Crazy and getting crazier daily

The pamphlet concedes that it is by no means an exhaustive listing of pronouns, and refers students to a Tumblr page with “royal,” “animal,” “nature,” “general,” and “non-English” pronoun selections.

Such pronouns include “hu/hu/hume/humeself,” “zij/ze/zijn/zichzelf,” and “tey/tem/ter/temself,” and students who identify as animals can use pronouns such as “pup/pups/pupself,” “meow/mews/meowself,” and “spide/spides/spiderself.”

Since pronouns can change “often,” the Bryn Mawr guide encourages that pronouns become a mandatory part of personal introductions. Further, it warns teachers against “calling role” from an attendance roster, as it “does not give much flexibility to ask [students] their pronouns.”

Look, I am sometimes accused of not having a filter, so I will be blunt. Anyone who makes up different pronouns that others must use when talking to them has real issues. And appeasing their madness is the last thing we ought to do. There are two, yes TWO genders, period! That science is settled. The English language has words that define gender, use them. If you are so self-obsessed that you demand people deny science and learn a new language to accommodate your over-inflated ego, too damn bad!

Behavior Assessment Team?

AKA Brownshirts!

A reliable indicator that the free marketplace of ideas has been replaced by an authoritarian echo chamber in which deviation from establishment dogma is not allowed is that students are encouraged to report thought criminals to officials:

[T]he dean’s office of Utah Valley University, a public institution located in the north-central part of Utah, distributed a guidance letter to all faculty encouraging them to report to the school’s Behavior Assessment Team any students who use “inappropriate language,” are “argumentative,” or who speak “loudly.”

The letter, titled “Recognizing and Responding to Students of Concern,” was provided to The College Fix by a professor at Utah Valley. …

The professor who provided the memo to The Fix said it was distributed one day after an administrator told faculty at a back-to-school meeting that if they heard a statement that made Utah Valley University seem “less inclusive,” that statement should also be reported to the Behavior Assessment Team.

“I’m afraid that this Behavior Assessment Team is a bias response team in disguise,” said the professor, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid professional retribution.

“Bias” is a synonym for “thought crime.”

“Yes, even in a deep-red state at a university in one of the most conservative counties in America, faculty are afraid to speak their minds publicly if their opinions aren’t 100 percent politically correct,” the professor told The Fix.

The scholar added he sees the Behavior Assessment Team as “a tool of intimidation instead of a tool to foster inclusion.”

Odd, it is the left that is everything they accuse the right of being

*VIDEOS* Ben Shapiro And Adam Carolla Testify Before House Committee About Free Speech On Campus (07/27/17)

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*VIDEO* Save The Snowflakes

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Liberals used to fight discrimination. Now, they perpetuate it

I ran across this piece at Campus Reform where Christina Hoff Sommers notes how the Left is killing free speech, debate, and critical thinking with their safe spaces, and “check your privilege” nonsense

Suppression of free speech, whether it’s designated free speech zones, safe spaces censoring speech, or students disrupting events, has become commonplace on college campuses.

At a Heritage Foundation panel discussion Thursday examining modern-day violations of the First Amendment, panelist Christina Hoff Sommers put the violations of free speech on campuses at the forefront of her discussion, saying that she has witnessed a marked deterioration in academic discourse over the years she has spent touring college campuses.

Now, of course, no one is allowed to dissent with any Leftist talking point. If they do they are demonized as some sort of “ist” or “phobe” racist, sexist, Islamaphobe, Homophobe. And, any attempt at honest, open debate? Not on the Neo-Marxists watch!

Sommers said many of the problems stem from “intersectional feminism,” a concept that she claimed began as an attempt to address the ill-treatment of minority groups within the feminist movement, but has since devolved into tribalism and the bullying of whites and males.

Instead of encouraging discussion and the formation of logical arguments, she pointed out, whites and males are now told to “check their privilege” and reflexively concede any position advanced by marginalized groups.

If you are not a woman or a minority, your opinions are discredited, not on their merit, but on your race or sex, which Sommers claimed is dividing people rather than bringing them together, because individuals are encouraged to identify with a specific race or gender, rather than simply identifying with all people.

Of course! The Left is dividing people, making them believe that everything about them is defined by their skin color, gender, or their “identity”. Their next step is to make everyone feel like a victim of mistreatment, and discrimination. In short, the Left, which used to rant against discrimination, is now creating it and using it for power. Everything has been flipped on its head.

Once being color blind was championed, but now, it is vilified as bigotry. Once, judging people by their skin color was, rightfully called out as bigotry. Now? Now everyone’s entire worth, or worthlessness is determine solely by their pigmentation. Once, Liberals spoke of open-mindedness, and dialogue, now?  Now such things will get you in deep trouble. In short, the Left is allowing their true colors to show.

Tolerance? Diversity? Ha! These are values the Left abhors. Instead the Left demands complete and total submission to their ideology. Anyone, even Liberals who oppose the Left’s goals are to be destroyed by any means necessary.