Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chai alert: Obama's radical LBGT Agenda continues with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum

The following article appeared in Powerline on April 23rd

By Paul Mirengoff

Sen. Mike Lee has been fighting against the renomination of Chai Feldblum as EEOC Commissioner. Feldblum is the architect of President Obama’s radical LBGT agenda. She believes, among other things, that when religious liberty and sexual liberty conflict, sexual liberty should prevail in virtually all cases.
Chai Feldblum

The confirmation of Feldblum looked like a done deal in December. However, key social conservative groups sounded the alarm, and Sen. Lee placed a hold on Feldblum’s nomination. It is stalled.

Now, however, I’m hearing (but haven’t been able to confirm) that a push is under way to steer Feldblum’s nomination through the Senate this week. She is packaged with two Republican nominees for Commissioner. To sweeten the deal, I’m told the Democrats will throw in the Republican nominee for EEOC General Counsel. This, they hope, will be sufficient to cause Sen. Lee to withdraw his hold. The four nominees could then be confirmed by unanimous consent.

But Republicans control the Senate. They have the power to confirm the two Republican nominees for Commissioner, plus the General Counsel nominee, without confirming Feldblum.

That’s why the Democrats agreed to the deal — that and the fact that Feldblum is super-smart, super-left, and super-knowledgeable about the EEOC and how to manipulate it. Through the deal, the Dems would get an enormous asset in the culture and social wars in exchange for permitting something they have no power to stop.

I think it’s also fair to question how much of a sweetener the nominee for General Counsel, Sharon Fast Gustafson, really represents. Gustafson is a plaintiffs’ employment discrimination lawyer. She’s a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), an organization that holds itself out as advancing employee rights. As such, she has fairly been described as an “unconventional” Republican nominee for the EEOC.
Feldblum and Nan Hunter, the "Boy" part of the pairing

You don’t find many strong conservatives in NELA. I’ve never known any (but I don’t know Gustafson).

I’m not saying a Republican president should never nominate a plaintiffs’ lawyer to serve as EEOC General Counsel. Nor am I saying that Gustafson is a bad nominee. Good or bad, moreover, she’s Trump’s choice (or somebody’s choice on behalf of Trump) and barring exceptional circumstances, should be confirmed. Being a plaintiffs’ lawyer is hardly an exceptional circumstance.

But the issue here is whether Gustafson’s addition to the slate should be sufficient to cause Sen. Lee to withdraw his hold on Feldblum, given her track record at EEOC, including her willingness (if not eagerness) to trample on religious liberty. I don’t think it is.

That’s for the Senator to decide, but those who wish to offer him their view can reach his office at (202) 224-5444 or by email at www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Community Activists Fight to Close Gun Shows at Del Mar Fair Grounds

The following article appeared in Breitbart on April 23rd

By AWR Hawkins

Gun control activists are fighting to end Del Mar gun shows by claiming such shows are not “healthy” for the area’s community.

Individuals rallying beneath the gun control hashtag “never again” and auspices of NeverAgainCA are specifically targeting the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a push to end the gun show repeatedly comes after a high profile public attack. Such a push occurred after the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School attack and most recently after the February 14, 2018, attack on Mary Douglas Stoneman High School.

The problem with linking gun shows with such attacks is that gun shows had nothing to do with the attacks.

Nevertheless, the Union-Tribune reports that “Never Again members say shows like the one at Del Mar promote the gun culture and provide easy access to assault-style rifles and weapons of all types.” This claim is problematic too, as California has laws against private gun sales. Thus, whether a gun is purchased at retail or at a gun show, the buyer has to go through a background check and a 10-day waiting period before taking possession of the firearm.

Assemblyman Todd Garcia (D-Del Mar) sides with the Never Again activists and believes there is still room for more gun control in California. He said, “Even though California has some of the strongest gun safety legislation in the country, there’s more that we can do…there’s more that we must do.”

Never Again members plan to attend this week’s city council meeting to call for an end to the Crossroads of the West Gun Show but “firearms” are not on the council’s agenda for this week.

The never-ending evasion: Muslim Democrat Keith Ellison simply cannot tell the truth

The following article appeared in Powerline on April 23rd

By Scott Johnson

I am sorry to repeat myself on the subject of Keith Ellison, but Ellison keeps repeating his lies. As vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he is a consequential national figure. In Minnesota, the Star Tribune sits in Ellison’s congressional district. It continues to avert its eyes from Ellison’s repeated lies. Who will call him on them?
Keith Ellison

Ellison repeated his lies again most recently in the March 18 column “I have fought against hate my entire career” that has been posted at Medium. Here is the core of Ellison’s story:

Over the last few weeks, some political opponents have been pushing the narrative that I am somehow connected to a man named Louis Farrakhan. It’s not true. Mr. Farrakhan leads a group called the Nation of Islam and is best known for organizing the 1995 Million Man March. He’s also well-known for his anti-Semitism.

If you are a Black man from my generation, you remember the march. A huge number of Black men from all across America came to Washington to alert lawmakers to the social and economic problems facing our communities. I helped organize the march in my local community in Minneapolis. And I marched in it, along with civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks and Jesse Jackson.
Ellison...the DNC Deputy Chair

After the march, Mr. Farrakhan’s disparaging views on Jewish people, women and the LGBT community became clearer to me. I’ve since spoken about why I believe Mr. Farrakhan’s views ultimately divide our society. I wrote an open letter expressing my opinion of Mr. Farrakhan’s views, and I wrote about it in my book, My Country ’Tis of Thee. In a speech just last month he again attacked Jewish people with intolerant and divisive language.

I do not have and have never had a relationship with Mr. Farrakhan…

I documented the falsity of this story since Ellison won the DFL nomination to run for the Fifth District seat in 2006 in “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman” (October 9, 2006), in the companion Power Line post “Keith Ellison for dummies,” and in “The Ellison elision” (February 3, 2014).

Most recently, I revisited this history in the context of Ellison’s national ambitions in “The trouble with Keith Ellison” (November 21, 2016) and in the Power Line post “Keith Ellison’s back pages” (February 8,2017). The 2017 Power Line post includes a video of Ellison as a third-year University of Minnesota Law School student appearing in February 1990 under his Nation of Islam pseudonym Keith Hakim. (His first Nation of Islam pseudonym, I should say.)
Ellison and buddy Farrakhan
From the time he hit the Twin Cities to attend law school until he first ran successfully for office, Ellison was a local leader of the Nation of Islam. Indeed, he first ran for office (unsuccessfully) under another Nation of Islam pseudonym (Keith Ellison-Muhammad, per the 1998 article above that appeared in the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder). At that time he sought office as a self-avowed member of the Nation of Islam. He was an enthusiastic member of the hate cult for a long, long time. 
Ellison and Farrakhan, separated by at least 4'
Ellison’s repeated claims of ignorance are laughable. By the time he sought office again (successfully) in 2002, Ellison had apparently moved on from the Nation of Islam. He has relegated his time in the hate cult to the inconvenient past. Today Ellison is an inveterate liar.

CDC Survey On Defensive Gun Use Was Never Publicized

The following article appeared in the Daily Caller on April 22nd

By Virginia Kruta

Defensive gun use (DGU) happens more regularly in the United States than gun crimes, according to data the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) never publicized.

Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck has been arguing that point for a quarter of a century, saying that his own research led him to believe that DGU was far more prevalent than gun-control advocates claim.

The CDC’s data, collected a few years after Kleck’s survey, appears to corroborate his findings, Reason.com reported. The question asked in the CDC survey addressed the use or threatened use of a firearm to deter a crime. “During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?”

Kleck, upon reviewing the CDC’s data, noted just how close it came to mirroring his own.

The final adjusted prevalence of 1.24% therefore implies that in an average year during 1996–1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. This estimate, based on an enormous sample of 12,870 cases (unweighted) in a nationally representative sample, strongly confirms the 2.5 million past-12-months estimate obtained Kleck and Gertz (1995)….CDC’s results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.

Many gun control advocates have complained about the fact that the CDC is limited with regard to research on gun violence. A 1996 amendment to a spending bill bars the organization from using congressionally allocated funds to “advocate or promote gun control.”

What those fighting for stronger gun-control generally leave out is the fact that the CDC is not barred from doing any research on gun violence — and the research it has done in the last two decades has largely corroborated Kleck’s findings.

Bush-bashing professor has Fresno State scrambling to keep its donors

Ed. Another view of the classy charmer who attacked Barbara Bush upon her death

The following article appeared in the NY Post on April 20th

By Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News

A Fresno State professor who called the late Barbara Bush “racist” soon after her death Tuesday, and said she was glad “the witch is dead,” continues to face fallout as donors mull ceasing donations to the institution.
Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar, an English professor at the school (also known as California State University at Fresno), sparked outrage Tuesday just hours after the former first lady died at age 92, writing a number of tweets attacking Bush and the family.

“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words,” the professor tweeted. “I’m happy the witch is dead. Can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have.”

Jarrar is currently on leave this semester and was reportedly traveling overseas.

Amid the backlash, someone on social media shared Jarrar’s publicly available work phone number and email address, to which the professor responded with a phone number for a crisis hotline at Arizona State University, saying that’s her number, prompting a flood of calls to the hotline that normally receives just a few calls per week.

A university investigation is under way. But several donors to Fresno State reportedly are considering whether the university deserves their contributions.

Ed Dunkel Jr., who made sizable financial contributions to Fresno State, said he will await the outcome of the controversy before deciding whether to close his checkbook.

“I have a lot of friends that I’ve been talking to, and these are people who donate now and talking about holding back, and some are even questioning whether to send their kids to Fresno State,” Dunkel told the Fresno Bee.

“I admire and have a lot of respect for President Castro and huge affection for Fresno State,” Dunkel said. “But I have huge concerns. This represents such an embarrassment to the university and the community. It’s hard to believe this is an isolated thing that just happened. I have to imagine people previously knew of this person’s character and what she’s about.”
Fresno State's Joseph Castro

Fresno State President Joseph Castro acknowledged that he’s been having conversations with donors regarding the controversy.

“The conversations I’m having are more about their concern, and I share that concern. I understand where they’re coming from. I’m asking them for understanding here as we work through the complexities of this issue,” he told the Fresno Bee.

“They’re outraged, and I’m outraged as well,” he added. “This is behavior that is unacceptable as a university that models the development of leaders. We just cannot tolerate it.”

On Wednesday, the school seemed to make a point of posting on Twitter that campus flags were at half-staff in memory of Barbara Bush.

The school’s College Republicans also tweeted that they were “outraged” by Jarrar’s comments.

But while Jarrar is facing calls to be terminated, she attracted support from multiple advocacy organizations and professors who defended her right to free speech.

“Jarrar’s tweets are unquestionably protected speech under the First Amendment and Fresno State has no power to censor, punish, or terminate Jarrar for them,” Adam Steinbaugh, senior program officer for FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), said in a statement to Fox News.

FIRE also joined other free speech advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, in opposing the university’s decision to investigate Jarrar, saying it conflicts with the First Amendment.

Another controversial Fresno State professor, who was demoted after tweeting that President Donald Trump “must hang” in order to “save American democracy,” said the university is failing to live up to its promise to defend academic freedom.

Lars Maischak, a history lecturer, wrote an article for the Bee claiming the university is siding with attackers of Jarrar rather than standing up to the “fascist threat to academic freedom.”

Ed.  Fresno State's President, Joseph Castro, said he found Jarrar's statements perfectly acceptable because the 'professor' made them personally and not as a school spokesman. 

Let that sink in for just a moment. Apparently a school employee can make ANY sort of statement and nothing would be disgusting or disgraceful enough for even a reprimand if it was not made on behalf of the school! 

Is there something pretty damned WRONG with that viewpoint, or is it me?