Students urge University of California to dismiss findings of widespread anti-Semitism on campuses

A report alleging systematic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on University of California (UC) campuses has come under fire from a group of students and faculty who say the university ought to disregard its findings.

The study, commissioned by UC President Mark Yudof and executed by his Advisory Council found that, among other things, “the use of the swastika drawn next to or integrated with, the Jewish Star of David is commonplace” on campus.

A report found that “the use of the swastika drawn next to or integrated with, the Jewish Star of David is commonplace” on UC campuses.

“Jewish students are confronting significant and difficult climate issues as a result of activities on campus which focus specifically on Israel, its right to exist and its treatment of Palestinians,” wrote the authors of the Jewish Campus Climate Report, which was published on July 9th by the on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion advisory council.

A coalition of students, faculty, and staff, however, have started a petition, which has garnered 2,269 signatures, demanding Yudof and administrators “disregard” what they say is a “sub-standard and biased” report.

Petition organizers suggested they were dissatisfied with the reports findings, recommendations, and the manner in which it was conducted.

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Commentary Mag: Romney’s Strategy Isn’t Working (They Pushed Romney, Now They Balk!)

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e line from Romney headquarters last month was “every day we’re not talking about the economy is a day we lose.” This line, which came from the highest reaches of the campaign, was proffered to explain the unwillingness to provide substantive details on a host of policies besides the economy. Well, Romney HQ isn’t talking about the economy these days. It’s talking about the ad that all but accused Romney of murdering a woman with cancer. It’s talking about its vice-presidential pick. It’s talking about whether its ad accusing the president of gutting welfare-to-work laws is accurate. Guess what? It turns out you can’t just talk about the economy when people—and the media—want to talk about something else.

The polls suggesting he’s seven or nine points behind are surely wrong, but given that there is only one national poll that shows him ahead, we have to presume Romney is behind. He should presume he’s behind. And given that there’s no good reason whatever for Obama to be leading, one can only presume that Romney’s strategy in July and now in August is not working.

Which is why the “we only talk about the economy” line, while superficially clever, was and is so foolish—stupid, even. Of course Romney wants to focus on that one issue. It’s the one that hurts Obama the most, and the one on which he seems to score the best. He and his team have an idea about the campaign. They need to win independents to win. Independents are less ideological. So don’t press the ideological buttons. Keep it simple. Keep it plain. Obama has hurt you. I’ll help you. Fine.

But that’s not the only reason they’re doing it this way.

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Walsh says U.S. government was too politically correct to prevent Fort Hood massacre

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh asserted this week that a “politically correct” U.S. government was so fearful of offending Islam that it failed to prevent the Fort Hood massacre.

Walsh, a first-term Republican congressman with tea party support, told an audience Wednesday in Elk Grove Village: “Your government was so afraid of doing its job, so afraid of offending Islam that right in front of our noses, we saw what was happening at Fort Hood, and because your government was politically correct, Americans died.”

A U.S.-born Muslim who was an Army psychiatrist is awaiting trial in the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and dozens more wounded.

Walsh decried the threat within the U.S. posed by a radical strain of Islam.

“It is a real threat,” he said. “And it is a threat that is much more at home now than it was right after 9/11. It’s here. It’s in Elk Grove. It’s in Addison. It’s in Elgin.”

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Lesbian couple wins right to hold ceremony in museum despite state officials’ objections

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A Mississippi woman and her partner, who were previously denieduse use of a state-owned museum facility that is routinely hired out for weddings and other functions because they are gay, will be permitted to hold their commitment ceremony there after all.

The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and the state’s attorney general have recognized the right of same-sex couples to hold commitment ceremonies at the museum after the Southern Poverty Law Center demanded the facility end its unlawful policy of refusing to rent the facilities to same-sex couples for such an event.

Ceara Sturgis (left) and Emily Key

The response comes after the SPLC sent a letter on behalf of Ceara Sturgis and her partner, Emily Key, to the museum and the Mississippi attorney general last month. The couple wants to hold their commitment ceremony at the museum this fall but was aware the museum has previously refused to rent its facilities for commitment ceremonies.

The SPLC letter demanded the museum rescind the unlawful policy or face a federal lawsuit. The museum in Jackson and the state attorney general both recognized today that there is no bar to gay couples who wish to rent the facilities for such an event.

Mississippi officials Thursday expressed their objections to being “forced” to allow the couple’s request to rent the museum space.

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Obama’s slumdog brother: Meet the hopeless drunk from a Nairobi shanty town

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As a tall, strangely familiar figure leaves his one-room shack in a notorious African slum this week, a few people jokingly call out to him: ‘Mister President! Mister President!’

Heading for breakfast through his junk-strewn yard, stepping over streams of sewage, the appearance of this slim, angular man prompts giggles and pointing from children in rags playing in the muck.

The man’s name is George Hussein Obama and his half-brother is Barack Hussein Obama, Kenya’s most famous son, the first black President of  the U.S. and the most powerful man in the world.

George Hussein Obama, the half-brother of the most famous man in the world, pictured in the Nairobi slum he calls homeGeorge Hussein Obama, the half-brother of the most famous man in the world, pictured in the Nairobi slum he calls home

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FREAKSHOW: Brigadier General Becomes First Openly Gay Flag Officer in U.S. Military

Army Brigadier General Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay flag officer to come out while currently serving in the U.S. military. She was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in a private ceremony which took place today at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.  BG Smith received her stars from her wife, Tracey Hepner.

“For years, gay and lesbian generals and admirals were forced to hide their families in order to protect their careers.  It is a great day for our military and for our nation when this courageous leader is finally able to recognize her wife for her support and sacrifice in the same way that all military families should be recognized for their service to our country,” said Sue Fulton, a 1980 West Point graduate and member of the OutServe Board of Directors.

Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis praised Smith’s leadership and encouraged others would follow her lead.

“It is indeed a new era in America’s military when our most accomplished leaders are able to recognize who they are and serve the country they love at the same time.  Brigadier General Smith made history today – not only as an exemplary service member who renders outstanding service to our nation with integrity and honor – but as a proud lesbian acknowledging the tremendous sacrifice her family makes in order for her to serve and advance.  This day was long overdue, but I have no doubt more senior enlisted and officers will follow BG Smith in stepping forward smartly with their spouses and loved ones,” he said.

Smith is assigned as deputy chief in the Army Reserve Office of the Chief in Washington, D.C.

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Democrat Party Exists to Defeat Us, But the GOP Doesn’t Return the Sentiment

RUSH: Robin in Le Mars, Iowa, thank you for calling.  I appreciate your waiting.  Hello.

CALLER:  Oh, no problem.  Thank you, sir, for taking my call.

RUSH:  You bet.

CALLER:  You know, yesterday you were talking about how Romney shouldn’t even play into the distractions – you know, with the taxes and the bad ads and all of that.  How he shouldn’t go down that road.

RUSH:  Uh, wellll, I think I was saying that other people were making that point.

CALLER:  Okay.  But aren’t we…? Well, you also said that we’d love to see him or see the liberals on the defensive.

RUSH:  That I did. We want to see them on the defensive, absolutely.

CALLER:  Well, why are…? (scoffs) What I’m seeing is that we’re making it so much harder than it really is.  Why don’t we keep it simple?  Why play into the game if we know that’s what it is, is a game?  I mean, it’s a distraction game.  Obama can’t talk about the issues, correct, because he’s got a horrible record?

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: So why are we even letting them distract us? Why can’t Romney get out there and actually say, “Hey, I got 90 days to prove to this country that I am what this country needs, and I’m not going to talk about something that is totally misguided, half truths. Let’s get back to talking about what America needs.”  Why can’t he just…? Or even his surrogates. Why in the world would they bring Romneycare into the game?  Why are we —

RUSH:  Wait, wait a minute.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm?

RUSH: You’re talking about his press spokesman that went out on TV and responded to the “Romney Murdered My Wife” ad by talking about Romneycare; is that what you mean?

CALLER:  Exactly.  Why in the world would we volunteer that?  We don’t want to talk about Romneycare in the first place.  And when they’re talking about murder, we bring up Romneycare? We’re making it harder than it is.  Keep it simple.  “We don’t want to talk about this because it’s half truths.”

RUSH:  Well, I asked this question. A lot of people are. In fact, the Washington Examiner asked me. I made some comments about this the other day.  There’s an actual column by Byron York about this, and my reaction was posted last night.  I, like a lot of people, was dumbfounded, because the Romney team accepted the premise. It’s not so much you bring Romneycare into it, but here’s a guy claiming that you killed his wife and you say, “Yeah, but she might have lived longer if she lived in Massachusetts.”

What the hell?

“Why accept the premise?” is my point.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH:  And I really think that the problem here is that… It was asked of me by a reporter, “Why did you even go after the spokeswoman?” The reporter said, “Whenever Obama has a person commit a gaffe like a ‘Blabbermouth’ Schultz or any of his other supporters,” like Harry Reid and this mythical, magical friend who claims Romney hasn’t paid taxes, “the Democrats rally around whoever says whatever ridiculous thing. They rally around them.”

The question I got was: “How come you went ballistic on Andrea Saul?”  That’s the woman you saw on Fox bring up Romneycare.  “How come the Republicans don’t form a protective circle around Romney and his people like the Democrats do?” And I said, “There’s a very simple reason for this.  The Democrats are unified.  They’re unified with one objective, and that’s creaming us.  They are solely animated and organized and energized at the prospect of defeating conservatives and Republicans.

“Because if they do that, then everything else they want to do they get to do.  That’s their sole purpose is beat us.  We are their biggest enemy in the world.  We’re a bigger than enemy than al-Qaeda.  We are a bigger enemy to them than any terrorist attack on this country.  Because if they finish us off, there’s nobody to stop them in anything they do.” So I think a lot of people misunderstand.  They think that what really animates the Obama campaign is facilitating the purchasing of another car company or coming up with whatever policy.

It isn’t.

It’s beating us!

Once we’re out of the way, there’s no stopping them to whatever they want to do.  That’s not what animates the Republican Party.  The Republican Party and the conservative wing of the Republican Party are not unified, because we don’t have the same objective.  Our objective is to wipe out the liberals!  The Republican Party’s objective, apparently, isn’t.  They have a different objective.  I don’t know what it is.  I mean, I know they want to win.  But they don’t look at the liberals as an enemy to this nation’s founding like we do.

The liberals, the Democrats and everybody in Obama’s camp looks at us as the biggest threat to their way of life that exists.  The Republican Party doesn’t see the Democrat Party that way.  As such, they’re not organized to take the fight to them in that regard.  We conservatives are.  That’s why there is a divide.  That’s why when a Romney spokesman goofs up, we point it out.  Because we conservatives think that we’ve got a Republican Party that doesn’t know what it’s doing.

And we’ve got to steer them down the right road for their own good.  The liberals don’t have this problem.  They have a singular purpose.  Now, they are a varied constituency, and they’ve got constituency groups that all want different things.  But that’s not what unifies them.  The feminists don’t like the environmentalists because they share things in common.  The reason the environmentalist wackos and feminazis are on the same team is because they both have the same objective.

Get rid of us and there’s no stopping what else they want to do.

We don’t have that characteristic, that killer instinct. We’re missing it.  It’s the best I can come up with. When you people call here and ask me, like this woman is doing, “Why don’t Republicans do X?”  I don’t know!  If I ran them, they would.  The only way I can explain it is they don’t look at the Democrat Party the same way I do.  They don’t look at Obama and see the great threat to the country that I do.  They see Obama as a political opponent that you get every four years and you try to beat.

And you go out and raise more money and run more clever ads and pick the right vice president.  All this minutia, day-to-day political crap isn’t going to get this done.  That’s why I don’t care who the vice presidential nominee is. Well, it’s not that I don’t care who it is, but I’m not caught up in the game of who it’s going to be.  Byron York asked me… This is an interesting thing. You might find it interesting. He’s the guy that did the story.  He said, “Do you make it a policy to not know the people you talk about, or do you try to get to know them?”

I said, “No. I don’t hang around political people, but that’s not by design.  I just don’t live where they live.”  What he’s asking is, “Is it harder to criticize people you know?”  It is.  “Is it harder to criticize your friends?” Yeah, it is, which is another reason I don’t want to ever live in Washington.  I don’t want to be corrupted by that very thing that you can’t be critical of people who happen to become acquaintances and, in some cases, friends.  But that’s the big problem, folks, is that we don’t have a singular, unified reason for existing on the right.

CNN’s Weasal Toothed Fareed Zakaria suspended for plagiarizing part of column

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Time editor-at-large and CNN host Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by both the magazine and the network for lifting several paragraphs by another writer for his use in a recent Time column.

Zakaria apologized Friday, declaring in a statement he made “a terrible mistake,” adding, “It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault.”

In a separate statement, Time spokesman Ali Zelenko said the magazine accepts Zakaria’s apology, but would suspend his column for one month, “pending further review.”

“What he did violates our own standards for our columnists, which is that their work must not only be factual but original; their views must not only be their own but their words as well,” Zelenko said.

Shortly afterward, CNN said it had removed from the network’s website a blog post that “included similar unattributed excerpts,” and taken Zakaria off the air indefinitely.

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Ex-Gay Advocates Blast Calif. Senator Over Bill Banning Reparative Therapy

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) released on  Thursday an open letter addressed to Calif. Senator Ted Lieu, accusing him of  endangering youth by denying  their right to receive “conversion” or “reparative therapy.”

“As parents of gays and ex-gays, we are ashamed of your willingness to take  action against parents, children, and the family in order to support gay  activists,” the letter states. “California is not a socialist state and our  children do not belong to the government, subject to the ideology of the state  over the objections of their parents.”

Lieu introduced legislation earlier this year that would ban therapy for  minors aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation from homosexual to  heterosexual – “regardless of the willingness of a patient” or a “patient’s  parent.” The state senator has called such therapy “bogus” and harmful. If  approved, it would make California the first state in the nation to end  reparative therapy for minors.

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Newt: Romney Should Serve Chick-fil-A at Convention

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax there is an easy way for Mitt Romney to show support for Chick-fil-A and its president’s statements backing traditional marriage — serve the chain’s meals at the Republican National Convention.a
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy sparked controversy when he told the Baptist Press that the family-owned company, which puts faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, was “guilty as charged” for backing the “biblical definition of a family.”

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Gingrich visited a Chick-fil-A in Anderson, S.C., in January. (AP Photo)

He later ratcheted up the rhetoric in a radio interview, saying: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”
Gay rights groups responded by calling for a boycott of the business. The mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. told the chain it is not welcome in their cities.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s called on supporters to make Aug. 1 “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” by visiting one of the chain’s restaurants, and the response was huge.

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Teenager not allowed to sell hot dogs now homeless

Nathan Duszynski, a 13-year-old whose hot dog cart was shut down by city officials in Holland, Mich., is now homeless, along with his disabled parents.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy first reported the story.

Nathan had saved up money for a hot dog cart to help his parents pay their bills. His mother suffers from epilepsy and his father suffers from multiple sclerosis, limiting their ability to work.

The family survives on $1,300 a month in disability assistance, food stamps and medicaid, but has struggled to stay afloat.

“Nate and I are now in a shelter,” Nathan’s mother Lynette Johnson said.

“[Nathan’s father] can’t stay with us because he takes prescription narcotics to deal with his pain and the shelter does not allow him with those kinds of drugs,” she said.

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Lawsuit: Cops ‘forcibly removed’ tampon from mother during traffic stop

A Florida woman claims that police pulled her over for a minor traffic  infraction, strip searched her on the side of the road, and “forcibly removed” a  tampon that she was wearing.

The woman, Leila Tarantino, filed a lawsuit against the Citrus County  government, Sheriff Jeffrey Dawsey and six unknown officers last week seeking  damages.

According to the suit, Tarantino was pulled over last July after a policeman  waved her through an intersection at which each had stop signs.

The policeman, the lawsuit says, then pulled her over, approached with his  gun drawn and put Tarantino in handcuffs while her two small children — ages one  and four — watched.

Tarantino says the officer refused to explain why she was being detained.

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Code Pink to Send Photos of Their Vaginas to RNC Convention

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Ugh.

The radical anti-American Code Pink group is encouraging their members to send snapshots of their vaginas to the RNC Convention in Tampa, Florida. LifeNews reported:

Taking the silly “War on Women” rhetoric to another disgusting level, the pro-abortion feminists at CodePink have come up with a new campaign:  Send your vaginas to the Republican convention.

Upset that Republicans and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney support religious freedom for groups opposing the Obama HHS mandate and wants to end taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business, CodePink thinks it has a great idea on how to respond. The “women’s group” is suggesting that its members and others “Send Your V to the RNC!”

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Global Gender/Transgender Equality Plan to Cost Millions

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A U.S.-funded global analysis of “gender differences and social relations” – including those of transgendered persons – could cost American taxpayers $74 million.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) soon will issue a Request for Proposals seeking bids from contractors to carry out this worldwide endeavor, which will focus on the systematic gathering and analyzing of gender data over five years.

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Let’s Bring the Chick-Fil-A Crowds to the Polls in November!

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A MESSAGE FROM NOM:

Dear Marriage Supporter,

With “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”—which NOM was instrumental in launching, along with Governor Mike Huckabee—America witnessed a national demonstration of support for marriage.

In the past, voting on the marriage issue has been undertaken quietly, at the state level; and, time and again, voters have gone into the privacy of the voting booth and traditional marriage has emerged the winner—in 32 consecutive states! But in the outpouring of support for Chick-fil-A, we’ve seen a nationwide, and very public, demonstration of Americans’ belief in the biblical meaning of marriage.

The millions of people who took time out of their day, and money out of their wallets, to support a business leader who had publicly spoken up for God’s definition of marriage—they are our families and our friends. They stand with us: we are the silent majority, but on this day we rose up and spoke up, in a very prominent way.

Now is the time to capitalize on the momentum we established in showing our support for Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A. Marriage is on the ballot this fall in four critical states—Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington. Every one of those battles is enormously important. Even though voters in 32 consecutive states have voted to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman, homosexual activists are raising millions of dollars to defeat us. If they are successful in even one state, they will have leverage to get the mainstream media to convince Americans—and the US Supreme Court—that our country has changed, and that it’s time for gay marriage to come to the entire nation.

We need to mount a national campaign to win in these four states. That’s what the Stand For Marriage America campaign is all about. Supported by NOM, and managed by ActRight (a clearinghouse for conservative action), Stand For Marriage America makes it easy for people to support all four state campaigns to preserve traditional marriage.

If every person who made an effort to eat at Chick-fil-A last Wednesday donated $10 to Stand For Marriage America, we would guarantee victory in all four of these critical states. There’s no question that people will vote to preserve marriage—as they have done in 32 straight states—as long as we have the resources to communicate with voters and get out the vote. We need to raise millions of dollars to prevail, because we’re battling against billionaires on Wall Street and in Hollywood, including Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, who has himself given $2.5 million to our opponents.

We can overcome the contributions of Bezos and his billionaire friends with our strength in numbers: if we all contribute together to Stand For Marriage America. Contributions will by default be divided equally between each of the four states; but if you prefer, you can specifically designate part of your donation to go to a specific state.

Can you give $500 to help us preserve marriage? I know that’s asking a lot, but some can afford a gift of this amount, or even more. But whatever you can give—$250, $100 or $25—will go a long way. Even if enough people just contributed the price of a nice meal at Chick-fil-A—say, $10—we would be able to meet our goal, and fund each of these four critically important marriage campaigns!

I know NOM supporters can raise $100,000 in the next week through Stand For Marriage America. Prove me right! Will you join us?

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