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California AG finds SDSU lecturer discriminated against/threatened a grade of a white student because of her race

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Oscar Monge: No empathy for white folks?

Just so you know, this lecturer – as listed on his LinkedIn page – says he cares about civil rights and social action and human rights.

From CBS8.com: A San Diego State professor discriminated against a white student because of her race, investigators from the California attorney general’s office found.

According to a 51-page confidential report obtained by The Daily Aztec, investigators sustained three specific complaints against American Indian Studies Lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge made by recent SDSU graduate Crystal Sudano against Monge — that he discriminated against her, harassed her and retaliated against her by threatening her grade. A fourth complaint, that Monge discriminated against her on the basis of a disability, was not sustained.

When reached Saturday by City News Service, Monge declined to comment.

Under the conditions of CSU Executive Order 1097, which outlines the complaint process, individuals involved in a complaint are instructed to maintain confidentiality until the conclusion of the investigation and appeals processes.

According to the report, Monge sent at least 15 “inappropriate” Facebook messages to Sudano, including one in which he calls members of the university’s Associated Students “Frat Bros and Sorority Sisters … who do not easily empathize with non-whiteness” and another in which he claims other students have called the current student government president, who is black, an “Uncle Tom.”

He also wrote to an investigator that it is “quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil,” according to the report summarized in The Daily Aztec.

Sudano eventually decided to drop her course with Monge last spring, and the investigation found Monge at fault for her decision to withdraw.

Monge will likely appeal the findings against him to the California State University Office of the Chancellor, The Daily Aztec reported. The investigation by the attorney general’s office was performed at the behest of the CSU and is only a first step. The case may be re-investigated, and possibly reviewed by the University Senate.

“San Diego State University is committed to creating a learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity,” SDSU spokeswoman Jill Esterbrooks said regarding the complaint against Monge. “The university prohibits discriminatory behavior and harassment of any kind on campus, and takes allegations of misconduct by any member of the campus community very seriously.

“The university responds to all reports of alleged violations by members of the campus community, and takes appropriate action to prevent, investigate, correct or discipline such conduct.

“San Diego State University does not discuss pending matters due to privacy rights of all parties involved and to protect the integrity of the review process.”

Monge is a controversial figure on campus. His master’s thesis, “Fail, Montezuma! The last vestiges of an obscured yet stubbornly persistent culture of racism at San Diego State University,” described what he considers to be the racist history of SDSU’s mascot, the Aztec.

He backed a resolution from SDSU’s student government in favor of ending the Aztec in April 2017 — an effort that ultimately failed. However, the University Senate — which mostly consists of faculty, with a handful of student members — passed a non-binding resolution in November to retire the use of the human “Aztec Warrior” mascot and investigate the appropriateness of the continued use of the Aztec name.

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8 years ago, Al Gore said North Pole will be completely ice-free by now

Eight years ago, on December 14, 2009, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Al Gore predicted that the North Pole would be completely ice-free by now:

(2:14 mark) “There is a 75% chance that the entire North Polar ice cap during . . . some of the summer months could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.”

That was FAKE NEWS!

As you can see in the graph below, the North Pole is in no danger of completely melting. In fact, as measured by Greenland Ice Core’s interglacial temperatures, the Earth actually is in a cooling period, compared to severe warming periods in the past, most recent period being the warming during the Middle Ages.

The graph below shows that global surface temperature actually had been cooling since 2001, and began a warming uptick after 2014:

Al Gore is only one of climate-change doomsday-sayers who, like him, are proven to be wrong, again and again. But that doesn’t stop them from continuing their alarmist predictions — and getting wealthy while so doing.

See also:

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

San Jose leads in many CA cities seeing spike in violent crimes

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Well, now that is surprising considering that California has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States.

But not surprising that there are unintended consequences with Proposition 47, which has allowed for repeat offenders to continue breaking the law with little consequence. Another situation where proggies shoot, then aim.

Via Mercury News: In an unwelcome role reversal, San Jose, which has long touted itself as one of the country’s safest big cities, saw street violence continue a recent ascent over the past year while Oakland and San Francisco trended in the opposite direction.

The Bay Area’s largest city was on track for a 7 percent rise in violent crimes — homicides, aggravated assaults, rapes and robberies — in 2017, according to the San Jose Police Department, which will have finalized numbers by mid-January. That follows a 14 percent jump the city recorded in 2016.

San Jose has some company both in the region and throughout the state. Cities like Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont and Palo Alto saw violent crime surge in 2016, and projections for 2017 indicate their rates have remained elevated. Los Angeles saw violent crime rise at about the same rate as San Jose. All are well out in front of the FBI-calculated national increase of about 4 percent from 2016.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “It doesn’t matter that we’re still among the safest large cities in the nation. We see a rising trend of violent crime and we have ample reason to be concerned and respond immediately.

It’s worth noting that scale matters: Palo Alto for instance, appears on track for a 5 percent increase in violent crime. But its numbers are small enough — 73 incidents in 2016 — that a half-dozen assaults can produce a notable percentage increase.

Oakland drove down its violent crime rate in 2017 by 5 to 6 percent, but that city on average records 1½ times as many violent incidents as San Jose. San Francisco records roughly the same number of violent crimes as Oakland, but spreads that over twice as many residents, and is on track to mark a 10 percent drop in violent crime for 2017 after a 7.7 percent drop the year before.

Although violent crime has inched up nationally, the overall violent crime rate in the United States has dropped by more than half since the early 1990s, according to the FBI and Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Liccardo hopes the infusion of 150 freshly graduated police officers, with more on the way, will help stem the problem in San Jose. But he also references his city’s acute issues with rising youth crime, gang-influenced or otherwise, fueling his push to bolster teen-employment programs like San Jose Works, which he says puts city youth on “a path to build a resume rather than a rap sheet.”

“We need to be providing carrots to more kids,” Liccardo said. “But we also need a firm stick, and I’m hearing from too many officers that they’re arresting juveniles on serious and violent felonies, only to see them released and back out in the community the next day.”

If Liccardo is tapping this drumbeat, San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia is the guy in the back of the marching band furiously banging a mallet against his bass drum. The youth crime issue stuck in his craw in November upon the arrests of a juvenile crew suspected in a string of carjackings and robberies highlighted by an 11-year-old alleged getaway driver.

Fatefully, as 2017 drew to a close, a 17-year-old East San Jose boy was stabbed to death late Thursday.

Mario Maciel, superintendent of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force who directs many of the city’s youth-intervention programs, said the juvenile crew case encompasses a new trend of young offenders who commit crimes typically associated with street gangs, but actually carry no such affiliation.

“I’m seeing some nontraditional groupings,” Maciel said. “These kids are organizing on the Internet to commit a rash of robberies. They make a series of hits in a weekend, then disband. They may not be in a traditional gang, but their additional activity has added to the uptick.”

Garcia noted that in 2017, his department reported that violent crimes with juvenile suspects jumped 42 percent. He echoes the mayor’s worry about a dearth of effective deterrents.

“I’m all for making sure the right people are incarcerated, but it seems like that’s tougher and tougher,” Garcia said. “We’re not talking about petty crimes. We’re talking about major adult violent crimes.

The chief, in the face of his city’s battle with street violence, spent much of the year speaking out against voter-mandated measures aimed at decreasing the state’s prison population, which he says unfairly stick local law enforcement with supervising prison parolees. Plus, he says, more lenient sentencing guidelines have created a judicial blind spot allowing previously violent offenders to roam the streets if their most recent offense was deemed nonviolent.

“The pendulum has swung way too far,” Garcia said. “There has to be a balance between safety and the rehabilitation of the offender. Don’t put it on the backs of law enforcement and the community.”

Tom Hoffman, one of the architects of Proposition 47, which downgraded felony classifications for a series of drug possession and petty theft crimes, sympathizes with police agencies. But the former West Sacramento deputy police chief who oversaw state parole in the late 2000s asserts that incarceration can no longer be a reflexive penalty.

“I thought like they did until I was head of state parole,” Hoffman said. “We have to begin to respond differently to nonviolent crimes, especially those that have to do with a separate core cause like homelessness, drug addiction, or unemployment. We have to be thoughtfully realistic about the world we find ourselves in. We can’t lock up everybody.”

Hoffman noted that $103 million in grants was made available this year for mental health and rehabilitation programs, derived from savings gained when thousands of people were spared prison time under Proposition 47.

“Change is never easy for cops,” Hoffman said. “We were all about arresting people and putting people in jail, and we were good at it. Now the world has changed. This very discussion is important to have.”

The debate highlights how in many ways, the fight against crime “is all about perception,” said Greg Woods, a lecturer in the Department of Justice Studies at San Jose State University. “What we have in California is a bucking of the national narrative, and a tough-on-crime approach might be warranted,” Woods said. “But if it’s just the prison population decreasing while the (county) jail population increases, we’re just playing musical chairs.”

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Liberal logic: After passing new soda tax, Seattle to spend $500K to study the effect on businesses

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Shoot first, then aim.

All Seattle proggies had to do was look at what happened in Philadelphia after they passed a soda tax (layoffs and plunging sales).

In June, the Seattle City Council approved a new soda tax that goes into effect on January 1. Proggie councilmember Tim Burgess said this: “The scientific evidence is incontrovertible … sugar-sweetened beverage consumption leads to negative health outcomes. Communities of color and young people are disproportionately targeted by the beverage industry’s advertising and marketing campaigns. Black children and teens see twice as many ads for soda and other sweetened beverages compared to white children and other teens.”

The new soda tax places a .0175 per ounce fee on sweetened beverages. The tax is paid for by distributors but you know they will pass the cost onto the customer.

The city estimates it will raise more than $23 million from the tax in 2018, which it intends to put toward reducing the academic achievement gap between white and minority students, as well as expand access to healthy food.

Jason Rantz at MyNorthwest.com reports that the city of Seattle is reportedly spending $500,000 to fund a UW study to look into the impacts of the soda tax on, in part, businesses, because the business community has stated this is bad for them.

Don’t be surprised if after spending a half million taxpayer dollars, the city undermines the study, such as they did with a minimum wage study earlier this year, to cover the true effects of this new tax.

That’s liberal logic for ‘ya!

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Cal State University psychology professor arrested for child porn as young as 10 months

The Bakersfield Californian reports that on Dec. 8, 2017, a 63-year-old assistant professor of psychology at California State University – Bakersfield (CSUB), Theodore Ishida, was arrested for  possession of child pornography.

Hired at CSUB in 1988, Ishida has been put on paid suspension until the investigation concludes. He is barred from the campus in the interim. On the day of his arrest, CSUB issued this statement:

“CSUB took appropriate action once the University was made aware of a Bakersfield Police Department investigation of Dr. Ishida in January 2017. Since that time, Dr. Ishida has been temporarily suspended with pay pending the Bakersfield Police Department’s and the University’s investigation of the matter. Dr. Ishida does not have access to his office or the campus. The University has cooperated with Bakersfield police during the ongoing investigation and will continue to do so.”

How Ishida came to be arrested is a rather bizarre tale.

Ishida’s home on Durham Court in Bakersfield, CA, was burglarized on Aug. 7, 2016. Ishida reported that someone forced entry into his residence and took several items, including his computer.

Four months later, Ishida called the detectives assigned to the burglary investigation and told them he was being extorted by the suspected burglar, Francois Gariepy, 39. Gariepy had called Ishida, demanding money in exchange for his computer or else he would notify law enforcement of inappropriate sexual content on the computer.

The Special Victims Unit began conducting an investigation and confirmed a suspect, later identified as Gariepy, who has an extensive criminal history, was extorting Ishida.

On Dec. 14, 2016, agents assigned to the division of Adult Parole Operations conducted a search of Gariepy’s residence and located the stolen computer. Bakersfield police investigators found child porn on the computer, downloaded from a CSUB computer and then transferred to Ishida’s personal computer.

Arrest warrants for both Ishida and Gariepy were issued. Ishida faces one charge of possession of matter depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct; his bail is set at $10,000. Gariepy faces an attempted extortion charge; his bail is set at $70,000.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Lance O’Nesky at 661-326-3275, or the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

Update (Dec. 30, 2017):

Court documents say there were 90,113 images and videos on Isida’s laptop, almost all of them were pornographic in nature, including “child pornography, bondage, rape and beastiality.” The drive had 841 images of juveniles under 18 engaged in sexual acts or simulated sexual acts. The youngest, according to the report, appeared to be only 10-12 months old. (Source: Turnto23)

H/t FOTM‘s CP

~Eowyn

Professors claim farmers markets are racist “white spaces”

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At this point, it’d be easier to just identify what ISN’T racist.

From Fox News: Two California professors are criticizing farmers’ markets for causing “environmental gentrification” in which “habits of white people are normalized.”

San Diego State University geography professors Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J. Bosco contend that farmers’ markets are “white spaces” oppressing minorities in a chapter for “Just Green Enough,” an environmental anthology focused on urban development.

Environmental gentrification is defined as a process where “environmental improvements lead to … the displacement of long-term residents,” according to the anthology.

The professors, as reported by Campus Reform, say farmers’ markets are “exclusionary” because locals cannot “afford the food and/or feel excluded from these new spaces.”

The SDSU professors, who teach classes like “Geography of Food” and “Food Justice,” argue that “farmers’ markets are often white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized.”

While such markets are typically set up to help combat “food deserts” in low-income and minority communities, the academics argue that they instead “attract households from higher socio-economic backgrounds, raising property values and displacing low-income residents and people of color.”

“The most insidious part of this gentrification process is that alternative food initiatives work against the community activists and residents who first mobilized to fight environmental injustices and provide these amenities but have significantly less political and economic clout than developers and real estate professionals,” the professors argue.

They claim that, while “curbing gentrification is a vexing task,” the negative externalities of “white habitus” formed at farmers’ markets can be managed through “slow and inclusive steps that balance new initiatives and neighborhood stability to make cities ‘just green enough.’”

Joassart-Marcelli and Bosco received funding from the National Science Foundation to research “the role of food in structuring everyday life in immigrant and low-income urban neighborhoods.”

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UK students drawing up list of “trigger words” to be stripped from university libraries

The real world is going to be very tough for some people (I’m referring to you, TrigglyPuff).

From Daily Mail: Students at some universities have drawn up a list of ‘trigger words’ and demanded books containing them should be removed from the library, Jo Johnson has said.

The universities minister warned institutions they have four months to clamp down on student zealots who restrict free speech on campuses. Mr. Johnson said he has seen too many ‘worrying’ incidents of groups trying to ‘stifle those who do not agree with them’.

He warned institutions that they have a duty to intervene and ensure differing points of view can be heard – however controversial.

And speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Johnson said students at one university had created an extensive list of ‘trigger words’ and demanded any books containing them be removed from the library.

A new regulator, the Office for Students, will come into being in April 2018 and will have the power to punish universities which do not adequately safeguard free speech. Those falling short could be fined or even deregistered – rendering them effectively unable to operate. It follows incidents in which student unions and societies have banned speakers because they deemed their views ‘offensive’.

Chairman Sir Michael Barber said the Office for Students will force institutions to allow diverse opinions to be heard amid concerns that some views are being shut down.

In a speech to the Limmud Festival in Birmingham, Mr. Johnson said free speech and open debate must be a central principle of all universities. ‘Universities should be places that open minds not close them, where ideas can be freely challenged,’ he will say.

‘In universities in America and worryingly in the UK, we have seen examples of groups seeking to stifle those who do not agree with them. We must not allow this to happen. Young people should have the resilience and confidence to challenge controversial opinions and take part in open, frank and rigorous discussions.’

‘That is why the new Office for Students will go even further to ensure that universities promote freedom of speech within the law.’ As a condition of registration to the Office for Students, the Department for Education is proposing that universities benefiting from public money must show that their governance is consistent with the principle of free speech.

Read the rest of the story here.

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