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Memorial Day 2017

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 21:50

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Cox and Forkum

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Here’s Civil War Gen. John Logan’s Order Number 11 designating “Decoration Day,” the foundation of Memorial Day. Excerpt:

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

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Taps

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

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Words and men I’ll never forget:

“Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.” – Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr.

“He knew what he was fighting for.” – father of Lt. Michael P. Murphy.

“He felt that what we were doing was just and right.” – Charles Cummings, father of fallen hero Army PFC Branden Cummings, who died in an IED attack in Diyala, Iraq.

“I genuinely believe the United States Army is a force of good in this world.” – 2LT Mark Daily.

Remember the heroes of Camp Bastion.

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The Sheepdogs by Russ Vaughn

Most humans truly are like sheep
Wanting nothing more than peace to keep
To graze, grow fat and raise their young,
Sweet taste of clover on the tongue.
Their lives serene upon Life’s farm,
They sense no threat nor fear no harm.
On verdant meadows, they forage free
With naught to fear, with naught to flee.
They pay their sheepdogs little heed
For there is no threat; there is no need.
To the flock, sheepdog’s are mysteries,
Roaming watchful round the peripheries.
These fang-toothed creatures bark, they roar
With the fetid reek of the carnivore,
Too like the wolf of legends told,
To be amongst our docile fold.
Who needs sheepdogs? What good are they?
They have no use, not in this day.
Lock them away, out of our sight
We have no need of their fierce might.
But sudden in their midst a beast
Has come to kill, has come to feast
The wolves attack; they give no warning
Upon that calm September morning
They slash and kill with frenzied glee
Their passive helpless enemy
Who had no clue the wolves were there
Far roaming from their Eastern lair.
Then from the carnage, from the rout,
Comes the cry, “Turn the sheepdogs out!”
Thus is our nature but too our plight
To keep our dogs on leashes tight
And live a life of illusive bliss
Hearing not the beast, his growl, his hiss.
Until he has us by the throat,
We pay no heed; we take no note.
Not until he strikes us at our core
Will we unleash the Dogs of War
Only having felt the wolf pack’s wrath
Do we loose the sheepdogs on its path.
And the wolves will learn what we’ve shown before;
We love our sheep, we Dogs of War.

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

Background here.

That moment when some NATO leaders heard Trump tell them to pay up (open thread)

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 10:04

**Written by Doug Powers

Sunday open thread time — the floor is open! And with Memorial Day tomorrow let’s keep those who have made the ultimate sacrifice (and their families) foremost in our thoughts and prayers.

Just a couple things to get the ball rolling…

A Trump-NATO blew through Brussels last week, and the looks on some leaders faces when the U.S. president told them to pay their fair share for their own nations’ defense was pretty priceless:

I don’t think some of them appreciated the message that was sent:

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Awwwkward.

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The mainstream media will again mock another Trump accusation of “fabricated lies” while refusing to recognize their role(s) in making those claims totally believable.

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The New York Times has a motive to get to the bottom of:

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Let me guess… climate change?

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Because it worked so well in Vermont, California’s Senate sent a bill to the full legislature that would create a single payer health care system in the state. They left out one little detail: How it would be paid for. Gee, I wonder why they’d rather avoid that particular elephant in the room:

The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal health care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag.

The cost analysis is seen as the biggest hurdle to creating a universal system, proposed by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

Calling that a “hurdle” is like referring to an earth mover parked in the middle of the street as a “speed bump.”

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Have a good Memorial Day weekend all:

America owes an unpayable debt to our fallen heroes & their families.

God bless them this #MemorialDayWeekend.

AP readies Earth’s obituary in case Trump pulls US out of Paris Agreement

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 15:37

**Written by Doug Powers

On Saturday, President Trump said he’ll make his decision on pulling out of the Paris climate agreement known next week. The Associated Press has the planet’s obituary ready to go in case that happens:

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So somehow the planet that made it a few billion years is going to be screwed if something Obama signed last year is rescinded? SCIENCE!

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Peak media hackery.

Update:

Newsweek sees the AP’s idiocy and raises them two WTFs:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Good lapdogs! NY Times takes blame for Hillary Clinton’s bogus history lesson to grads

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

During Hillary Clinton’s commencement address at Wellesley College, in addition serving up more evidence that she used BleachBit long ago to delete her self-awareness, the disgruntled former presidential candidate also gave the grads a bogus history lesson in an attempt to zing Trump:

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered a subtle jab at President Trump’s ongoing conflict with the Justice Department during a commencement speech at Wellesley College on Friday by drawing a comparison between him and former President Nixon.

“We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice,” she said, pausing for the crowd’s laughter before clarifying she was speaking about Nixon: “After firing the person heading the investigation into him at the Department of Justice.”

The New York Times originally reported the story, which has since been changed, but a tweet still exists accurately framing what Hillary said:

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The Times issued a correction, removed the parts that quoted Hillary saying Nixon was impeached, and dutifully made it sound like it was their own fault:

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Um, no, Hillary said Nixon was impeached, not the NYT. Proof-positive that the lapdogs didn’t stray far from Hillary’s lap and they’re still willing to fall on their swords for the Clintons. Percent chance a Republican would have gotten similar assistance: ZERO.

It’s probably way too much to hope for that the NY Times will point out that of these three presidents: Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump — only one of them has actually been impeached, and it’s the husband of the woman who was at Wellesley slinging arrows about the criminality of the other two.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Unfriended: Mark Zuckerberg’s pitch for ‘universal basic income’

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:39

**Written by Doug Powers

Example #4,503 why billionaires with visions of making the world their social experimentation Petri dish are disconcerting:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech.

Zuckerberg’s comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator.

“Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Zuckerberg said during his speech. “We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

Ensuring “everyone has a cushion to try new ideas” sounds like a repackaged version of Nancy Pelosi’s pitch for Obamacare.

But anyway, let’s think it through: There are reportedly nearly 2 billion users of Facebook. That means Facebook — a company with a market valuation in the hundreds of billions — could really help with its co-founder’s dream of “universal basic income” by paying two-thirds of the ad revenue generated BY Facebook users back TO Facebook users. 1.25 billion “basic incomes” could be created instantly! But I’m guessing Zuck would think that’s a ridiculous proposition.

I rather liked CNBC’s more straightforward headline about what Zuckerberg called for:

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Sounds really dumb when it’s put that way.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Unfriended: Mark Zuckerberg’s pitch for ‘universal basic income’

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:39

**Written by Doug Powers

Example #4,503 why billionaires with visions of making the world their social experimentation Petri dish are disconcerting:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech.

Zuckerberg’s comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator.

“Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Zuckerberg said during his speech. “We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

Ensuring “everyone has a cushion to try new ideas” sounds like a repackaged version of Nancy Pelosi’s pitch for Obamacare.

But anyway, let’s think it through: There are reportedly nearly 2 billion users of Facebook. That means Facebook — a company with a market valuation in the hundreds of billions — could really help with its co-founder’s dream of “universal basic income” by paying two-thirds of the ad revenue generated BY Facebook users back TO Facebook users. One to two billion “basic incomes” could be created instantly! But I’m guessing Zuck would think that’s a ridiculous proposition.

I rather liked CNBC’s more straightforward headline about what Zuckerberg called for:

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It sounds like a really untenable idea when put that way, especially when proposed unaccompanied by the sound of proponents opening their own wallets.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

CBS News post-Obama safety alert: Improving economy is unsafe at any speed

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:22

**Written by Doug Powers

CBS News had a report Thursday morning basically saying that larger vehicles are safer when it comes to crash survivability than smaller cars, which is nothing new. However, this is the angle that was taken:

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Well look at that, the Hope & Change™ economy was like an extra airbag on your life expectancy!

In other words, if you get into a fender bender this year, blame Trump!

**Written by Doug Powers

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John Kerry tells grads to end terrorism by offering them ‘good governance’ and jobs

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:57

**Written by Doug Powers

During his commencement address yesterday at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, John Kerry urged grads to focus on one of the major enemies of humanity — no, not air conditioning, the other one. Kerry revisited one of the Obama administration’s more laughable assumptions, which was that terrorism exists because of governments unresponsive to their citizens needs and a lack of jobs:

The former secretary of state praised Mr. Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia Sunday that called on Muslim nations around to globe to “drive out” Islamic extremists, but argued that education and jobs are the big-picture answer to combating terrorism.

“What we need is not a martial plan for the 20th century, what we need is a new plan for the 21st century,” Mr. Kerry said.

“Surely we can begin to prevent tomorrow’s extremism by offering young people the promise of modernity and good governance, not the destruction of strapping on a suicide vest and blowing yourself up and a whole bunch of innocent people,” he said, referencing Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester that killed 22 people.

I’m a little surprised he didn’t also tie terrorism to climate change, but because it’s John Kerry, perhaps that’s implied here:

Former State Sec. Kerry says to solve terror problem in Middle East, we need to send the youth to school and work pic.twitter.com/UM46hZcONY

— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 25, 2017

Apparently Kerry thought another good way to stop terrorism was to send a sh**load of cash to the world’s number one state sponsor of terror.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Ayatollah so! Bernie Sanders’ wife sees Iran leading the world in this area

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:20

**Written by Doug Powers

Ever since the gleam in the eye of American progressives/socialists — Venezuela — started going disastrously wrong, it was perhaps inevitable that they would find other inspiration to peddle. Bernie Sanders’ wife Jane might have found one:

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Iran as a beacon for voting rights? Great idea:

Neither Sanders nor Nichols mentioned that the Iranian regime has been accused of rigging elections, most famously in 2009, when then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won reelection under suspect circumstances. The election results sparked massive protests and demonstrations throughout Iran that the regime violently suppressed.

The Guardian Council, the powerful body that vets candidates for Iranian elections, controls who can run for president. This year over 1,600 hopefuls registered to run, but the council narrowed the field down to six finalists who were only allowed to campaign for about a month. The country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, directly or indirectly appoints all 12 members of the Guardian Council, giving him significant influence over who is allowed to campaign. The supreme leader appoints six clerics to the body, and the Iranian Parliament elects the other six from a pool of jurists nominated by the chief of the judiciary, who is appointed by the supreme leader.

No woman has ever been allowed to run for Iran’s presidency.

Learn more about how awesome Iran is for freedom when Jane Sanders manages to reboot Burlington College with a satellite campus in Teheran.

Oh, and also nobody tell Sanders that Iran has a voter ID law:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Katy Perry calls for ‘*no barriers, no borders’ (*exclusions apply)

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:44

**Written by Doug Powers

For anybody who was waiting for Katy Perry to let them know the best way to respond to terrorism in the wake of the Manchester attack, here’s the advice:

Perry said, “I think the greatest thing we can do now is unite as people, as fan bases, all of it. Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”

Interesting.

Oh, by the way, this was in Variety magazine earlier this year:

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Live how they say, not how they do:

The two-story transitional contemporary of 5,427-square-feet sits behind massive gates at the end of an approximately one-quarter mile long, flagstone paved drive with off-street parking for upwards of 20 cars. Marketing materials from when the property was last available on the open market in 2009 at $16.5 million show there are five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and three fireplaces.

“The two-story home is protected by a massive gate.” Because walls are only supported by hateful bigots — unless it’s protecting a home owned by our liberal Hollywood betters.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Katy Perry calls for ‘*no barriers, no borders’ (*exclusions apply)

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:44

**Written by Doug Powers

For anybody who was waiting for Katy Perry to let them know the best way to respond to terrorism in the wake of the Manchester attack, here’s the advice:

Perry said, “I think the greatest thing we can do now is unite as people, as fan bases, all of it. Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”

Interesting.

Oh, by the way, this was in Variety magazine earlier this year:

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Live how they say, not how they do:

The two-story transitional contemporary of 5,427-square-feet sits behind massive gates at the end of an approximately one-quarter mile long, flagstone paved drive with off-street parking for upwards of 20 cars. Marketing materials from when the property was last available on the open market in 2009 at $16.5 million show there are five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and three fireplaces.

“The two-story home is protected by a massive gate.” Because walls are only supported by hateful bigots — unless it’s protecting a home owned by our liberal Hollywood betters.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

The forgotten slaughters of the innocents

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:19

The forgotten slaughters of the innocents
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

For now, everyone knows the sonorous name and cherubic face of 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.

She’s the littlest known victim of Monday night’s jihad attack in Manchester, England. Her doe-eyed image spread as rapidly across social media as the #PrayForManchester hashtags and Twitter condolences from celebrities.

But I guarantee you that beautiful Saffie Rose will evaporate from the memories of those most loudly proclaiming “Never forget” faster than a dewdrop in the desert.

Look no further for proof of the West’s incurable terror attack amnesia than the reaction to the Manchester massacre. Reporters, politicians and pundits expressed shock at the brutality of Muslim murderers targeting children and young people.

Labour Party leader Yvette Cooper posited on BBC Live that it was a “first.”

“The architects of terror have hit a new low,” a Liverpool newspaper editorialized.

U.K. columnist Rosie Millard described the bloody bombing as an “attack unique in its premeditated targeting of the young.”

What planet have these people been living on for the past 16 years? How quickly the blind, deaf and dumb virtue signalers forget.

Last year, the Orlando, Florida, nightclub jihadist purposely targeted young people simply having a good time. Among the youngest victims cut down in their prime: Jason B. Josaphat, 19, and vacationing high school honors student Akyra Monet Murray, 18.

Somali jihadist Abdul Razak Ali Artan plowed his car into Ohio State University students last fall before stabbing several of them. The attack was swept under the rug as the usual, terror-coddling suspects worried more about a nonexistent “backlash” against Muslims than they did about the steady infiltration of refugee jihadis and Islamic extremists at colleges and universities across the country.

In 2004, Islamic baby-killers attacked a school in Beslan, Russia, during a three-day siege that took the lives of 186 young children.

At Fort Hood in 2009, soldier Francheska Velez and her unborn child were murdered by jihadist Nidal Hasan with 13 other victims. Her last words: “My baby! My baby!”

Eight children were murdered on airliners that jihadists hijacked and crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Christine Hanson, 3, was on United Airlines Flight 175 with her parents. She was on her first trip to Disneyland. Juliana McCourt, 4, was traveling with her mom — also on her way to Disneyland. David Brandhorst, 3, was traveling with his adoptive dad and his companion.

Sisters Zoe Falkenberg, 8, and Dana, 3, were headed to Australia with their parents on American Airlines Flight 77.

Bernard Brown Jr., 11; Rodney Dickens, 11; and Asia Cottom, 11, all from Washington, D.C., were also on the Falkenbergs’ flight. They were public schoolchildren traveling with their teachers on an educational trip.

An additional 10 pregnant women and their unborn babies died as the Twin Towers toppled. Eight years before, during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, one pregnant woman and her unborn child also perished.

The Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 injured 263 and claimed three lives, including 8-year-old Martin Richard. Authorities recounted at trial that Martin suffered “visceral pain” in nearly every part of his body as shrapnel — metal, wood, nails and pellets — from the jihadists’ pressure cooker bomb ripped into him.

Yes, the same type of sadistic torture bombs suspected of maiming and killing kids and teens in Manchester this week.

Newsflash: There is nothing new or unique about the barbaric soldiers of Allah executing premeditated attacks on our young. History teaches us there is no appeasing the unappeasable. They will not be bought by welfare subsidies, sensitivity programs, college educations or diversity-is-our-strength platitudes.

The slaughter of the innocents will continue unabated as long as the West’s useless last responders to jihad violence — addled by short-term memories and child-like comprehension of the Islamic imperialism imperative — prevail.

Ironic complaint leveled after votes cast for Calif. Dem Party leader

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:01

**Written by Doug Powers

Uh oh, there’s some intra-party bickering going on amongst California Dems because of disagreement over the party’s election probably caused by climate change and lack of single-payer health care system:

Longtime party operative Eric Bauman won the chairmanship of the California Democratic Party over the weekend — but his victory was marred by complaints of ballot-stuffing and floor protests. Backers of the Kimberly Ellis, a favorite of the “Berniecrat,” activist wing of the party — say efforts to scrutinize the votes will begin immediately.

This complaint from supporters of the candidate who’s feeling the Bern should keep you laughing the rest of the week:

Ellis, the former director of Emerge America, a women’s political organization, lost the election by a narrow margin of 62 votes out of 3,000 cast. Her loss immediately set off protests from hundreds of her backers, many of whom charged that there were irregularities that included allowing voters to cast proxy ballots without proper ID.

Didn’t they get Sanders’ memo?

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**Written by Doug Powers

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AWW: Notre Dame grads say they walked out because Pence made them feel ‘unsafe’

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:15

**Written by Doug Powers

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This sounds especially stupid and snowflakey in the wake of the enraging and horrific attack in Manchester last night: A couple of Notre Dame grads who walked out during Mike Pence’s commencement speech say they left because they felt “unsafe” in the presence of the VP:

Two University of Notre Dame students who joined the walkout during Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement speech Sunday said they left because Pence made people feel “unsafe.”

Luis Miranda and Aniela Tyksinski defended the walkout on CNN Monday, arguing that a commencement address is not the proper place to have differing political views.

“The walkout was in response to the fact that members of our own community felt unwelcome, uncomfortable, and even unsafe,” Tyksinski claimed. “This was not the appropriate event for this kind of political discourse..this should have been an event for all graduates and all of their family members.”

Oh, and also because they deem the administration Pence represents as a threat to the freedom of those in the country illegally to attend college graduation ceremonies, or something:

“Personally, I know Mike Pence’s policies from his time as governor, when he tried to implement RFRA (The Religious Freedom Restoration Act) without civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. As a gay man, this directly impacted me. However, many graduates here have been directly targeted by other policies — for example, those students and their families who are undocumented and who risk deportation to celebrate this milestone in their lives,” Ricketts said.

Oddly enough they might someday discover that this attitude will make potential employers get up and walk out during your interview:

Safe space occupancy update: Standing room only.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

NY governor takes temporary break from leading The Resistance™ to ask Trump for money

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:19

**Written by Doug Powers

How’s NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Resistance™” effort going? Here’s an update…

The wind-up, from earlier this month:

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And the pitch, from yesterday:

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The Resistance™ is adding to their bylaws a disclaimer saying exceptions will be made to any Resistance™ if the Resister in question is in need of federal dollars.

(h/t JWF)

**Written by Doug Powers

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