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UT prof. says campus carry will ‘shut down’ dissent, free speech

Right, because every firearm owner I know uses it to shut up people.

The good professor

The good professor

Campus Reform: A professor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) is concerned that a recently enacted law allowing concealed carry in university buildings will “shut down dissent and free speech,” according to an interview with The Trace on October 5. The law, which was enacted in May, will allow students with concealed carry permits to bring firearms into classrooms.

Lisa Moore, an English professor whose courses cover “not exactly light topics” including “feminism, abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and birth control,” believes that having armed students in class will create an unsafe environment. And if students are unsafe, they will be unable to have “an honest conversation” about controversial issues.

“We oppose guns in our classrooms as a direct assault on our free speech rights,” claims Gun-Free UT, an organization co-founded by Moore to protest the recent legislation. According to Moore, professors will “have to look at ruling out anything—any subject matter—that might seem provocative” because, “we don’t want someone who will, when they’re uncomfortable, be able to shoot off a firearm.”


Moore says some faculty members plan to give everyone an A to avoid “pissing someone off if they’re going to be armed.” Others are eliminating classroom discussion altogether because “they don’t want things to get heated.”

Moore, who teaches an early British literature course, thinks that firearms in the classroom will inhibit her ability to teach her students with the “skills to negotiate difficult issues” such as writing from the 14th and 15th centuries which tends to bring up “religious controversies.”

Concealed carry has been a reality on UT’s grounds for two decades, according to the university, though students were not allowed to bring the guns into campus buildings. Furthermore, Texas law includes restrictions which will still keep guns out of the hands of most students; licenses are restricted to persons over the age of 21 who have received training. The University of Texas estimates that fewer than 1 percent of students have concealed carry licenses.

While Moore has never seen a student bringing a gun to her class, she has “had some experiences that made [her] very grateful students weren’t allowed to carry guns on campus.” In her 20+ years at UT Austin, she has seen her office vandalized and at least one desk overturned.

One semester, she taught her class in an “undisclosed location, with an armed guard stationed nearby,” after a mentally ill student was removed from her class for disruptive behavior. Moore has brought up the law in “all of [her] classes” and claims that students are scared “almost universally.”

Moore isn’t the only person at UT concerned about campus carry. UT Chancellor Adm. William McRaven has asked if having guns on campus “will somehow inhibit our freedom of speech.”


Protesters rally against guns on campus bill near UCF


Central Florida Future: “Live by the Gun, Die by the Gun.” “No Guns on Campus.” “Zero Guns = Zero Gun Deaths.” “Guns Ruin Lives.” These words were seen on signs held at the corner of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail at 5 p.m. Friday during a “No Open Carry” rally.

Diane Rambo, the organizer of the rally, sent emails Thursday to spread awareness of the protest near University of Central Florida (UCF). “I organized this, calling our friends who have been touched by so many horrible events on college campuses,” Diane said in an email. “Our son graduated from UCF. Our neighbors go to UCF. It is our college, our people.

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We do not need to create opportunities for terrible events. We want a peaceful campus for all.”

Dexter Rambo, Diane’s husband and co-organizer of the rally, said the main goal was to protest against the possible passing of the Florida bill in the legislature that aims to arm people with guns on campus. “We don’t want the bill passed because we don’t want the same sort of thing to happen here that happened in Oregon,” Dexter said.

People driving by the small rally honked in approval as Dexter held a sign that read, “Live by the Gun, Die by the Gun.” After about half an hour, more protesters began to arrive to show their concern for the passing of the Florida bill.

With fliers that read, “Say No to Campus Carry,” Aurora Cox showed up to the busy street corner to share additional information and help Dexter protest. Cox’s daughter is a UCF graduate, and she said if UCF was a school with open carry when her daughter was a student, she wouldn’t have let her attend. “I just don’t buy into ‘more guns make us safe,’” Cox said. “It’s just not the kind of world that I want to live in.”

A few minutes later, protester Lorraine Tuliano arrived with blank posters and markers in hand. Tuliano said her concern about the bill raises even more worry for her son who will be going to UCF when he graduates from Valencia College. If the bill were to pass, she said she thinks UCF would be a very scary place. “We have police officers on campus who are trained; they’re professionals. I think we ought to leave policing to them, not to the students,” she said.

Lorraine Tuliano

Lorraine Tuliano

As a UCF engineering graduate, she said something must be done to prevent this bill from passing. “More guns in more places is not the answer,” Tuliano said. “Everybody’s a good guy until they’re a bad guy.”

h/t Weasel Zippers


Chicago Public Schools admits to ‘overstated’ graduation rate months after Mayor Emanuel’s re-election

Well, what do you know.


The College Fix: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had heralded the improved graduation rate of students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) during his re-election campaign … right up through his February triumph.

But there’s a problem: It wasn’t true.

Last Thursday, the CPS admitted that the graduation figures were “overstated.” This came after a Better Government Association/WBEZ investigation showed “thousands of students were being counted as transfers when they should have been counted as dropouts.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

CPS previously claimed that 69.4 percent of students who started high school in 2009 graduated by the summer of 2014. But on Thursday, officials revealed that the rate is, in fact, 66.3 percent.

Asked whether the numbers were fudged on purpose, CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said when she was a principal, she knew how to properly categorize transfers.

Jackson also acknowledged that some principals might feel pressure to boost their graduation rate on paper so their school ranking is better.

CPS also revised the graduation rate for 2013, from 65.4 percent to 62.5 percent; for 2012, from 61.2 percent to 59.3 percent, and for 2011, from 58.3 percent to 56.9 percent.

The BGA and WBEZ reported in June that a review of CPS’ own records showed at least 2,200 students from 25 Chicago high schools were wrongly counted as “transfers” – departing the system for another school district from 2011 to 2014 – when they should have been considered “dropouts.”

CPS officials initially said they had no plans to go back and adjust the numbers. It’s unclear why they changed minds.

Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston notes that Mayor Emanuel had “repeatedly cited” the inflated stats as “shining examples of the promise of Chicago’s future.”

Huston points out, too, that the CPS Inspector General had “raised the alarm over the falsified stats early this year.”

Read the full Chicago Sun-Times and Breitbart articles.


CDC admits millions of Americans given cancer virus via polio vaccine

On June 30, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 277, one of America’s strictest childhood vaccination requirements by eliminating parents’ ability to claim “personal belief” exemptions for their children at both private and public schools. (Read more here.)

Not content with mandating vaccines for every school child in California, the state government also means to require, for now, seven vaccines (including TDap, MMR, and Flu) for adults who have contact with school children. SB792 mandates the vaccines for all workers and volunteer parents at daycare facilities and preschools, including head start, early childhood centers, private school nurseries and after school programs, without personal belief exemptions. The required vaccines will be a condition of employment. (Read more here.)

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But it is not just personal beliefs of ethics (vaccines made from aborted fetal cells) and religion that motivate some Americans to eschew vaccination for themselves and their children. There are also legitimate health considerations — concerns that find new legitimacy in an admission by the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that for 8 years, from 1955 to 1963, more than 98 million Americans received polio vaccines that had been contaminated with a cancer-causing virus, Simian vacuolating virus 40 (SV40).

IWB reports for Investment Watch Blog, Aug. 31, 2015, that it is estimated that 10-30 million Americans could have received an SV40-contaminated dose of the polio vaccine.

The CDC quickly took down the page, along with Google, containing its admission — but not before the page was cached and saved.

Below is the cached CDC page (I painted a red box around the admission). Click here for the link to the cached page for you to verify for yourself.

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Dr. Michele Carbone, Professor and former Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at University of Hawaii Cancer Center, has isolated fragments of the SV-40 virus in human bone cancers and in a lethal form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. He found SV-40 in 33% of the osteosarcoma bone cancers studied, in 40% of other bone cancers, and in 60% of the mesotheliomas lung cancers.

Dr. Carbone has also said that HIV/AIDS was spread by the hepatitis B vaccine produced by Merck & Co. during the early 1970s.

There is a movement for a referendum against SB 277 in California, which seeks to allow personal belief exemption from mandatory vaccines for school children. Go here for more information.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV


California weighs banning concealed handguns on campuses

What could possibly go wrong?


Sacramento Bee: Already praised by many gun control advocates for having the strictest firearms laws in the country, California is once again considering a move to tighten its restrictions with a ban on the concealed carry of handguns at colleges and schools.

Last year, California was the first in the nation to let families and police act to temporarily remove weapons from those considered at risk of violence. This time, it would follow dozens of other states that previously put similar prohibitions in place – and a growing number moving in the opposite direction to expand gun rights on campuses.

The concealed carry legislation, now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, puts California in the midst of a policy debate gaining prominence as gun advocates such as the National Rifle Association, having won significant victories guaranteeing the right of ownership, turn their focus to the right to carry and the status of firearms in public spaces.

“There’s no question that the power of the NRA is at its height today,” said John Donohue, a professor at Stanford Law School who studies the effects of gun laws on public safety. “People who want guns don’t want to have restrictions that impede them going about their daily lives.”

Current California law makes it illegal to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or on a college campus without permission from administrators, but it includes exemptions for retired law enforcement and concealed carry permits.

Lois Wolk

Lois Wolk

Senate Bill 707, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would expand the prohibition on school and college grounds to include concealed weapons, while keeping the same rules in place for the 1,000-foot zone surrounding schools and for law enforcement. On a nearly party-line vote, with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed, lawmakers approved the measure in early September; Brown has until Oct. 11 to act.

The idea for the bill came from university and college police, who say school officials should have more control over campus safety. Concealed handgun permits, which require residents to show “good cause” that they are in immediate danger, are handed out by county sheriffs, who vary in their interpretation of the policy.

Lurking on the periphery are two federal developments that could seriously undermine California’s restrictive law: Legislation proposed in Congress would require states to recognize concealed carry permits issued anywhere, though it has not yet advanced, and a lawsuit now at the appellate level has already seen one judge strike down the “good cause” requirement as unconstitutional. “If the decision of the 9th Circuit affirms the lower court, that will open the floodgates for people to get concealed carry permits,” Donohue said.

In a statement, Wolk said SB 707 “would put California more in line with most states that already forbid concealed firearms on school or college campuses.”

“This is one of the unusual cases where California law is more lax than other states,” she said. “Most people I hear from are astonished that someone could legally carry a concealed firearm on to school grounds.”

The 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech – still one of the deadliest in history with 33 casualties, including the perpetrator, and another 17 wounded – generated intense controversy over gun policy and brought the question of campus carry to the national stage. Eight years later, it continues to echo.

In a national address Thursday, President Barack Obama decried the lack of legislative effort to prevent further mass shootings, like the one that day at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a gunman killed nine people before dying in a shootout with police. The Oregon higher education board had previously banned guns from college campuses, but a court overturned that policy in 2011, stating that only the Legislature had the authority to regulate firearms.

California has faced recent incidents like the 2014 Isla Vista rampage that claimed the lives of six UC Santa Barbara students and their killer, and a confrontation at Sacramento City College last month that left one dead.

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Much of the fight over campus carry boils down to whether guns make us more or less safe. Advocates argue that students with firearms may be able to help prevent crimes such as mass shootings and rapes.

Shannon Grove gets it

Shannon Grove gets it

Speaking against SB 707 on the Assembly floor, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove said carrying concealed weapons could offer a “sense of protection” to young women. “If I’m walking down the street at night, my Glock puts me on even footing with anybody that would ever try to come and hurt me,” the Bakersfield Republican said. During a Senate deliberation, Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, suggested it could be “a very strong way to curtail some of the nonsense that’s going on” with campus sexual assaults.

Laura Cutilleta

Laura Cutilleta

Gun control supporters counter that throwing firearms onto a campus with young people, alcohol, mental health issues and strongly-held beliefs on controversial topics is a dangerous mix. “It’s a fairly volatile environment,” said Laura Cutilleta, senior staff attorney for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocated for SB 707. “To add guns to that is just alarming.”

It’s a debate that’s not likely to be settled any time soon. At least 14 states have introduced legislation to allow guns on campus in each of the past three years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “We think it’s a really important issue,” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter said. “The right to personal safety doesn’t disappear the second you step on a campus.”


Girl denied inhaler during coughing fit, per school district policy

Liberal Logic: No notification of an inhaler that the girl took out of her own back pack? Bad. Free condoms and abortion pills without parental notification? Good.

homeschool (WEST JORDAN, Ut.) — A 9-year-old girl was denied her inhaler during a coughing fit at school in West Jordan because staff were not notified of the child’s prescription, Jordan School District officials said Monday.

Emma Gonzales obtained an inhaler over the weekend after a coughing fit landed her in the emergency room, KSTU reports. On Monday, the fourth grader was hit with another coughing spell in class at Columbia Elementary. When Emma took her inhaler out to use it, her teacher sent her to the office, where staff took the inhaler.

Emma said she started coughing so hard she threw up on her pants. “When I get into the coughing fit, I kind of hurtle up on the ground, can’t breathe and then I start to kind of feel a little nauseous,” Emma said.

District officials say the staff did everything right by taking the medication to make sure it was for that specific student. The inhaler doesn’t have Emma’s name on it and the school had not been notified that she was taking the medication.


UN Introduces New Feudalism Under Guise of Social Activism

Originally posted on Memory Hole:

Global Goals” Is Lavishly-Funded Public Relations Endeavor “We the People” Never Voted For

This month delegates to the United Nations ratified the so-called “Global Goals For Sustainable Development.” This will Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 8.53.44 AMinvolve a radical, far-reaching social and economic transformation of everyday life that has been in the works for decades.

In true Hegelian dialectic style, the program is taking place as various black swans linger on the economic horizon, while some of the very interests involved in the “Global Goals” are likewise putting the finishing touches on the Trans-Pacific trade agreement, designed to (not coincidentally) crush the nation state.

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