Words May Wound but Islamists Will Kill

by: the Common Constitutionalist

On his June 16th radio show, Mark Levin said, “I made a suggestion to the gay community. I said you better exercise your second amendment rights while you still can. What did I mean by that,” asked Levin. “What I meant was that you need to acquire weapons to defend yourselves, because you’re being targeted by the Islamo-nazis.”

That’s a good piece of advice, as Levin is known to give. However, his advice runs up against the perceived reality of a lot of today’s youth. This reality is that for today’s youth, from 20-somethings (maybe older), all the way down to elementary school children, the fight instinct has been beaten out of them (figuratively speaking) with the bat of political correctness – leaving only the flight instinct.

Along the same vein as Levin’s advice, I wrote a piece  the other day calling for more Americans, particularly millennials, to fight back, become sheepdogs and stop acting like sheep, so when the wolves come calling, as one did in Orlando, you can and will stand up and protect the innocent.

Sadly, far too many young men and women (and other) have been conditioned to hide or flee, rather than fight. Obviously the parents bear some of the blame, but our education system, such that it is, also bears a great deal. read more

Podcast – Texas Valedictorian is an Illegal Alien – California Inmate Demands to Become a Woman – The U.N. is Blackmailed

In this episode I discuss a female Valedictorian from a Texas High School, who appears to be the model American citizen – except she isn’t. She’s an illegal alien, not quietly living in the shadows as we’ve been told by so many on the left. Instead she proudly and unashamedly tweeted she was “undocumented.”

In segment two I discuss the absurd state of California – how an inmate, in prison for life has demanded and has been granted by Federal Judge the right to have the state pay for his gender-reassignment surgery. And the insanity doesn’t stop there.

Segment three concerns the United Nations and its Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, allowing itself to be extorted by Saudi Arabia. The country was to be blacklisted by the U.N. for their role in the conflict in Yemen, but the Saudis threatened to pull their funding and leave the United Nations if Ban didn’t relent and switch his position. I wonder what happened. read more

Young Men are Presumed Guilty on College Campuses

By: the Common Constitutionalist

As I’ve documented many times in the recent past, life on College campuses has become quite confusing and at times, downright hostile.

One glaring example is dating between students. It’s gotten to the point where a girl and guy must practically draft a contract just to go out together and there must now be verbal consent from both parties just to compliment one another, less it be misconstrued as a microaggression or trigger word, which might send one into a psychotic tailspin.

And then there is the growing rape-culture on college campuses. While I’m convinced that the overwhelming majority of college kids are decent, there have always been and will always be those who have no morals, no decency and will take advantage when an opportunity presents itself.

The Stanford University student, Brock Turner is a textbook example of this. “A jury in March found Turner guilty of three felony sexual assault counts for the January 2015 attack, which was interrupted by two graduate students who saw him assaulting a partially clothed woman behind a trash bin. Turner tried to flee, but the students tackled and pinned him down until police arrived and arrested him.” The kid raped an unconscious victim behind a dumpster!

But this type of incident, as horrific as it is, is the exception, not the rule. Unfortunately for all other guys on all other college campuses, cases like this are being broadcast as the norm, not the exception. Heterosexual guys are being classified as predators and worse. Their lives can easily be ruined as it is becoming easier for a girl, well after the fact to merely accuse a young man of some sort of aggressive behavior. And when she does, he is automatically assumed to be guilty. read more

Another White Academic Has Been Fired Over Racism

By: the Common Constitutionalist

On November 12, 2015 Dr. Andrea Quenette was conducting a Masters level communications seminar, required by students who wish to teach public speaking to under-grads.

One of the graduate students apparently posed a question to the small class. “In light of last night’s university-wide town hall meeting about race and discrimination on campus, what is the best approach to talk about that event and these issues with our students?”

Of course this has nothing at all to with public speaking, unless one wishes to major in community agitation, but still the politically correct skulls full of mush (hat tip – Rush) began discussing possible ways to bring these issues up in their classes.

It was then that professor Quenette, a 33 year old white woman, said: “As a white woman I just never have seen the racism. … It’s not like I see ‘n**ger’ spray painted on walls.” Quenette said she was comparing her university to the University of Missouri at Columbia, where many students reported seeing and hearing the word – which is also a lie. Quenette added that she was citing that word as an example of the discrimination they face – which they don’t, except in the heads.

She then proceeded to pound the final nail into her racist coffin by having the temerity to say the reason black student retention isn’t as high as other races is that, “Those students are not leaving school because they are physically threatened everyday but because of academic performance.” read more

Useless Departments and Programs Drive Up College Tuition

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Have you noticed that higher education is the only industry in America, other than maybe the “renewable energy” industry, that never gets any cheaper? Businesses in every other industry must compete for customers by cost cutting and innovating, allowing them to often offer a better product for less money.

Yet big education can continue to raise the cost of a college education almost recklessly without incurring the wrath of either their patrons or the unwashed 99%, who protest the runaway cost of every other “big” industry.

Ever wonder why that is and why the 99% unwashed protest class leaves them alone?

Well, for starters, the left understands that virtually all colleges and universities are themselves run by leftists, where the leadership of the protest class more than likely received their training on how to become a radical. It would therefore be a bit unseemly to bite off the hand that fed you, as it were.

Then there is the relatively new found mission of big education, which is the want to recruit more and more “low income” students, who they say, would never have the opportunity to go to college. And because low income students, they say,
“fear debt and have much less experience with debt than middle and upper income families. What little experience they have with debt is much more likely to be negative.” Yes, because debt for middle and upper class is such a positive experience. read more

A Robot Teaching College Students

There are some human attributes robots could never replace – or at least that’s what you might hope.

But one university has brought that into question by replacing one of their teaching assistants with a machine.

And none of the students realized.

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Students at the Georgia Institute of Technology had no idea one of their TAs, Jill Watson, was a robot

DID STUDENTS SPOT THE BOT? 

Student Tyson Bailey began to wonder if Jill was a computer and posted his suspicions on Piazza.

‘We were taking an AI course, so I had to imagine that it was possible there might be an AI lurking around,’ said Bailey, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

‘Then again, I asked Dr. Goel if he was a computer in one of my first email interactions with him. 

‘I think it’s a great idea and hope that they continue to improve it.’

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Obama To Decriminalize Criminals

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In April the Washington Post dutifully wrote  that “Criminal justice was always a priority issue for Barack Obama.” Actually, I think they meant “social justice,” but still they quoted him stating: “Since my first campaign, I’ve talked about how, in too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails.”

Of course both he and the Post neglect to expound on that notion – that decades of failed and corrupt democrat policies have caused the failure of schools, particularly inner city, which leave generations of kids without the proper tools to shun a life of crime, which invariably they succumb to.

Rather than blame the system they set up or the criminals themselves, Obama blames the criminal justice system. In a speech last July at the NAACP convention our president, the “social justice warrior,” said that our criminal justice system was neither smart enough nor fair enough. “It’s not keeping us as safe as it should be. It is not as fair as it should be. Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it,” Obama declared.

Really? How “smart” does it need to be. The legislature passes laws, the president signs them at the justice system does what it is told to do – dispense justice. It’s neither fair nor unfair. It’s impartial, or supposed to be. You break the law – you go to jail. You do your time – you get out and life goes on. read more

Being American is a Microaggression

By: the Common Constitutionalist

On college campuses, it’s evidently a “microaggression” to call yourself an American.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult not to offend the poor little snot-nosed whiners who call themselves college students. Almost everything is an affront to their fragile sensibilities. What ever happened to Universities challenging convention and the ability and freedom on campus for free expression?

Unfortunately things have come full circle where there is no free thought or expression and the convention is hyper-sensitivity.

Now, I may be out of touch with current politically correct vernacular, but isn’t the term “Queer” considered derogatory to homosexuals? I thought it was, yet at the University of Virginia (UVA) there is a student organization which calls itself the “Queer Student Union” (QSU). Huh.

They describe themselves thusly: “The Queer Student Union at the University of Virginia is Charlottesville’s oldest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals. As such, we strive to provide a safe, welcoming, and confidential environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer individuals in the community. We also organize services, activities, and social programs for the student population at UVA, with an emphasis on queer culture and social thought. As the largest LGBTQ group on Grounds, we work to represent and advocate LGBTQ students’ concerns to the University’s administration, alumni/ae, and the local government.” read more

Millennials Do Have it Harder

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We hear it all the time from young people and it’s been repeated with each generation: It’s much harder today than it was for their parents. Of course invariably this turns out to be crap. Every generation has its challenges, but this time it may actually be worse.

Many are suffering in the stagnant Obama economy and it seems to be getting worse – not better. Those who have come of age during Obama’s reign of economic terror seem to suffering mightily.

It’s been well documented that millennials exiting college have little prospects and mountains of debt. Not a happy combination. And those who have either chosen not to attend college or simply can’t are suffering further.

For many the deck is becoming increasingly stacked against them. Beyond just the country’s overall economic anemia, there is the now gaining in popularity, “Fight for 15” – the arbitrarily chosen new “civil right” – the demand for everyone to make a minimum of $15/hr.

The “Fight for 15,” seems to picking up steam in state after state, particularly the more liberal ones who tend to have many of the largest concentrations of young minorities. These young minorities are beginning to find out what $15/hr. really means – even less opportunity for employment. No employer in the right mind will hire a young person with little to no experience nor demonstrative worth if they have a chance to instead hire an out of work 30 something. read more

Illegal Alien Gets a Free Education

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Short of buying a house, paying for college is the number one expense any American will incur in our lifetimes. And today some Ivy League and specialty universities can run well above what the average home might cost.

I have a personal friend whose son is attending one of these universities which cater to a special type of science and engineering for which the tab is around $70,000 per year. This poor kid will be paying off his student loans until he retires. This may be a slight exaggeration, but only slight.

Sure, he was able to apply for and receive some assistance in the form of grants through the school, but it doesn’t amount to much, relative to the overall expense.

So when I read this, I about fell out of my seat. CNS reports that, “Sarah Espinoza Salamanca found it hard to find money for college after graduating from North Hollywood high school in Southern California. She was brought to the state illegally from Mexico by her parents when she was four, but following a free K-12 education, she faced paying tuition for college – something she could not afford.” read more