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SOTG 433 - All Lives Matter: Censorship on Campus

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You might think that the term “All Lives Matter” would be accepted by the intelligentsia inhabiting the colleges and universities of the United States, but we have evidence to the contrary.

Can you be punished in the USA for expressing beliefs that others find offensive? You may, or may not, be shocked at what happened to a student at the University of Houston when she made the mistake of saying “All Lives Matter.”

We have more Pokemon Go news as another player has fallen victim. During our SOTG Homeroom segment from Crossbreed Holsters, Professor Paul address half-measures.

It is not simply WASP spray and rape whistles that amount to half-measures. Tune in and listen louder.

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Topics Covered During This Episode:

  • Recommended Reading: Liberal Fascism
  • Pokemon Go player shot to death at San Francisco park
  • Student facing 50 day suspension for saying ‘All Lives Matter’
  • No punishment for Black Lives Matter protesters harassing Dartmouth students
  • Student of the Gun Homeroom brought to you by Crossbreed Holsters: Half-Measures and what it says about people: WASP spray,  High Tech Rape whistles, Pepperball guns, etc. Half-measures are like “Police Actions” and “Operations”

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From www.yahoo.com:

A 20-year-old man was shot to death while playing “Pokemon Go” at a tourist attraction along San Francisco’s waterfront, authorities and a family friend said.

An unknown assailant shot Calvin Riley on Saturday night at Aquatic Park near Ghiradelli Square, the U.S. Park Police said Sunday. A family friend called it a random attack.

Riley was playing the hit mobile game with a friend when someone shot him from behind and took off, John Kirby told KGO-TV.

“From what we know, there was no confrontation,” Kirby said. “There was nothing said back and forth. It was just senseless, just came up and shot in the back and ran away for nothing.”

Kirby said Riley and his friend had noticed someone watching them from the top of a hill that overlooks the park, but it was dark and they were mostly looking at their cellphones.

National Park Service spokesman Lynn Cullivan said investigators believe there are witnesses to the attack because it happened in the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf area. They are seeking tips.

Sgt. Robert Jansing, a detective with the U.S. Park Police, said the gunman did not take any of Riley’s belongings or try to rob him.

Riley graduated from high school in San Mateo and pitched for the baseball team at San Joaquin Delta College.

“It’s a huge loss to everyone,” the school’s head coach, Reed Peters, told KGO-TV. “He was a great kid, a great competitor.”

It’s unclear whether the attack had anything to do with “Pokemon Go,” which has become a national sensation this summer as legions of fans visit real-world landmarks in a hunt for digital creatures.

But the game’s popularity has created unintended consequences in everyday life.

Property owners complain of players trespassing or damaging their grounds, and scores of players have been injured or robbed as they stare at their phones and try to track cartoon monsters.

Law enforcement officials have warned about the game’s possible dangers, saying players can become engrossed in it and tune out their surroundings.

From www.foxnews.com:

Politically correct tyranny is afoot at the University of Houston.

I was recently made aware of a student at the university who was suspended for 50 days by the student government association and ordered to attend diversity training over a reference she made about the Black Lives Matter crowd. (She can still go to class but she can’t participate in student government activities.)

“#ForgetBlackLivesMatter; more like AllLivesMatter,” wrote Rohini Sethi, the vice president of the school’s student government association.

Ms. Sethi wrote those words last month just a few hours after five Dallas police officers were assassinated.

Her belief that every life matters set off a firestorm of controversy among students – including the Black Student Union.

They were among several predominantly African-American groups who demanded that Ms. Sethi be punished for exercising her First Amendment rights.

“For her to say on her social media ‘forget black lives matter,’ it’s almost as if to say if all of us were to die tomorrow, she wouldn’t care,” BSU president Kadidja Kone told the Washington Post.

“Just for her to say, ‘forget Black Lives Matter,’ is a punch in the stomach, student Nala Hughes told ABC 13 News in Houston.

The 100 Collegiate Men, an organization for black students, also condemned the idea that all lives matter.

“As of today, African American students do not feel welcome, comfortable, represented, valued or even acknowledged at the University of Houston,” read a statement provided to the Post. “Students at the University of Houston want to feel adequately represented. They do not feel that this is being accomplished as long as Rohini Sethi is in office.”

In order to placate the torches and pitchfork mob, the student government association gave SGA President Shane Smith full authority to mete out a punishment.

And Mr. Smith was more than happy to oblige.

According to the Daily Cougar, Ms. Sethi was suspended from government activities for 50 days.

She was also ordered to attend three cultural events each month, write a letter of reflection on her Facebook posting and make a public presentation “detailing the knowledge she has gained about cultural issues facing our society.”

She was also ordered to attend mandatory diversity training – basically a form of ideological conversion therapy.

It’s ironic because I thought the academic lefties were opposed to conversion therapy.

“The First Amendment prevents a person from being jailed by the government for what they say,” Mr. Smith wrote in a statement. “The First Amendment does not prevent people from receiving other consequences for what they say, including workplace discipline.”

I suspect had jail been an option, Mr. Smith would’ve tossed Ms. Sethi in county lockup – just to teach her a lesson.

“It is a fair point that one ignorant social media post alone may not warrant such sanctions,” he wrote. “However, serving in a public role means that we are held to a higher standard – and rightfully so.”

Oh, so Mr. Smith is a school yard bully. I’m certain he will grow up to be a fine community organizer.

But while Mr. Smith’s actions are reprehensible, they are not nearly as reprehensible as the actions of the grownups who actually run the University of Houston.

They provided a statement to the Houston Press – trying to distance themselves from the actions of the student government association.

“The University of Houston continues to stand firm in support of free speech and does not discipline students for exercising their Constitutional rights,” the statement read.

That’s true. They just let power-hungry little fascists-in-training do their dirty work.

Such cowardice!

Ms. Sethi did not return messages seeking comment – but she did post a statement on Facebook.

“I disagree with the sanctions taken against me by my SGA because I believe I have done a great deal to better understand the controversy I caused,” she wrote. “I have also apologized for my words because no student should feel as though I do not have their best interests at heart. Even so, I will abide by the sanctions for as long as they are in place.

Ms. Sethi has done nothing to warrant an apology.

What happened to this young lady is despicable and detestable. She was publically shamed and verbally flogged because she believes every life has value.

But such an opinion is no longer allowed at the University of Houston — where free speech has been strung up by a politically correct lynch mob.

From www.breitbart.com:

Dartmouth University’s Alumni Relations department has concluded that no student will be punished for the Black Lives Matter incident last year, where activists stormed a library on campus and hurled racial abuse at students.

In November it was reported that a 150-person strong group of BLM protesters stormed the campus study space, screaming racially motivated chants such as, “Fuck you, you filthy white fucks!”, “Fuck you and your comfort!”, and “Fuck you, you racist shits!” One girl was even reported to have been pinned by protesters against a wall, who allegedly shouted “filthy white bitch” in her face. Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ing-Lise Ameer defended the protesters’ actions shortly after, claiming that the violent demonstration “needed to be done.”

Despite the actions of Black Lives Matter demonstrators at Dartmouth University, who also destroyed a Blue Lives Matter police memorial at the school earlier this month, Alumni Relations Assistant Director Meg Ramsden released the following statement in response:

After concluding its investigation with respect to the complaints and studying what was seen in the video in Baker-Berry Library, it was determined there were no specific violations of the Standards of Conduct. In essence, no rules for which there are recorded and communicated sanctions were broken.

While nothing that occurred in the library was found to be in violation of the Standards of Conduct, the spirit of the recent Moving Dartmouth Forward Citizenship Pledge was clearly violated. The pledge, however, is aspirational not actionable. There are no defined sanctions in place if it is not upheld, and some alumni feel perhaps there should be. The code reflects a standard we hope all community members will strive to achieve in their interactions with one another. Students were counseled in serious conversations about judgment, the pledge of citizenship and behaviour appropriate within a civil community…

Despite the reluctance to sanction any of the protesters involved in the incident, Ramsden did reiterate that “abusive language aimed at any of our community members – by any group, at any time, in any place – is not acceptable” before pulling the “freedom of speech” card that is so rarely afforded to conservatives when they want something as simple as a speaker to attend their campus:

Freedom of speech is mission critical. In these cases when it is a struggle to find the balance between that freedom and respectful behavior, it’s imperative that the Dartmouth community affirms its core principles of respect for every member of the community and everyone’s right of freedom of expression, and then reflect on the mistakes made against the backdrop of a commitment to civil discourse. The standards of the First Amendment are what we used to guide this process.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.