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Girl bye: Lisa Durden fired following her racist BLM remarks on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

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Lisa Durden is now a “victim”

Boo- hoo-hoo.

From Fox News: A New Jersey college professor who appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to defend a black-only Black Lives Matter event has been fired after the college’s president said she made racially insensitive comments on the show, according to reports.

Essex County College in Newark announced Lisa Durden’s firing Friday. She taught communications and pop culture classes as an adjunct, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

On his June 6 show, Carlson and Durden, who is black, got into a heated exchange over the appropriateness of allowing only blacks to attend a Black Lives Matter event in New York City on Memorial Day.

“Listen. What I say to that is boo-hoo-hoo,” she said. “You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your ‘white privilege’ card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration! Wow!”

Two days after the show, the school suspended Durden with pay. She addressed the matter with school officials Tuesday, three days before the firing was announced.

College president Anthony Munroe said Friday the Fox News appearance prompted calls from students, faculty and prospective students and their families “expressing frustration, concern and even fear that the views expressed by a college employee with influence over students would negatively impact their experience on the campus.”

He noted that although Durden did not mention her affiliation with the school during the show or claim to be representing its views, “her employment with us and potential impact on students required our immediate review into what seemed to have become a very contentious and divisive issue.” 

Munroe went further in explaining his reasons for firing Durden in a lengthy statement — in which he invoked the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion and unity,” he said. “Racism cannot be fought with more racism.” 

Durden declined comment Sunday when contacted by Fox News.

She has said that she was “publicly lynched” by the school.

On Friday, she told the Star-Ledger that she has received a lot of support from school staff members and students, but compared her experience to a rape victim who is blamed for the crime, and a person who returns from war to a hostile environment.

“I thought it would be a safe place for me,” she told the paper, referring to the college. “I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe.” Instead she said she was fired.

Durden’s attorney, Leslie Farber, said she believes her client’s free speech rights were violated. “It is free speech guaranteed by the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution and New Jersey law,” Farber told Fox News Sunday.

The attorney said they were considering whether to take legal action in the matter.

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The Left’s Civility on Display: MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid attacks Scalise as he recovers in hospital

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DNC media puppets can’t go one day without playing identity politics.

From Fox News: As Rep. Steve Scalise lay in his hospital bed recovering after he was shot by a maniac gunman who was hunting congressional Republicans, an MSNBC host asked whether the House Majority Whip’s life-threatening injuries meant Americans had to “ignore” his political positions.

Joy Ann Reid on Saturday cited Scalise’s positions on ObamaCare and gay marriage as among the concerning “moral” issues she felt couldn’t be overlooked despite his critical injury at the hands of a left-leaning lunatic who opened fire at a GOP baseball practice on June 14.

“There’s a whole country out there and a lot of people, at least in my Twitter timeline, and it’s a delicate thing, because everybody is wishing the congressman well and hoping that he recovers, but Steve Scalise has a history that we’ve all been forced to sort of ignore on race,” Reid said.

She added later: “He also co-sponsored a bill to amend the Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. He co-sponsored the House health care bill which, as you said, would gut health care for millions of people including 3 million children and he co-sponsored a bill to repeal the ban on semiautomatic weapons. Because he is in jeopardy and everybody is pulling for him, are we required in a moral sense to put that aside in the moment?

Scalise, R-La., was among five people shot by James Hodgkinson on the morning of June 14. The gunman was killed by Capitol Police officers who were part of Scalise’s security detail. The personal life of one of those officers prompted a tweet from Reid promoting the segment.

“Rep. #Scalise was shot by a white man with a violent background, and saved by a black lesbian police officer, and yet… #AMJoy,” she wrote.

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Happy Father’s Day from Chiraq: 3 dead, 36 wounded in weekend shootings

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Even holidays don’t slow ‘em down.

From MyFoxChicago: CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – A woman who was shot to death in the Gold Coast neighborhood was among eight people shot early Sunday. In total, 3 people have been killed and 36 others have been wounded in gun violence across Chicago since Friday evening.

More than 200 people have been shot in the first half of the month, and more than 1,500 have been shot this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. Of those victims, 278 have died.

Despite the carnage, this weekend is far behind the pace of the same weekend last year. From June 17, 2016 to June 20, 2016, at least 56 people were shot, 13 of them fatally.

The fatal Gold Coast shooting happened about 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of East Ohio, according to Chicago Police. A 25-year-old woman was standing on the street with an acquaintance when someone fired shots, striking her in the head. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she died. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released information on the fatality.

About 6:25 p.m. Saturday, 32-year-old Dario Balderrama was gunned down in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, police said. He was shot multiple times in the body in the 4800 block of South Racine and pronounced dead at the scene. Balderrama lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting. Additional details were not provided.

A 25-year-old man was killed and two other men were wounded in the first fatal shooting of the weekend, which happened about 11:50 p.m. Friday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. The men, ages 23, 25 and 29, were standing in front of a home in the 5900 block of South Union when three gunmen walked up and opened fire, police said. The 25-year-old man was shot repeatedly and died at the scene. His name has not been released. The youngest man was shot in the chest and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, while the oldest man was shot in the right leg and taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened at 4:48 a.m. Sunday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. A 17-year-old girl and 30-year-old man were in the back of a building in the 3500 block of West Huron when someone shot the girl in the back of the head and the man in the upper right leg, police said. They were taken to Stroger Hospital, where they were both listed in critical condition.

About 2:05 a.m., four people were wounded in a Humboldt Park neighborhood shooting on the West Side. They were standing on the sidewalk in the 3300 block of West Crystal when two people fired shots from a nearby street corner, then ran away, police said. A 25-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Two 26-year-old women and a 27-year-old man were taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized. One of the women was shot in the right leg, and the other was shot in the left shoulder. The man was shot in the chest.

Minutes earlier, a 58-year-old man was shot in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side. He suffered gunshot wounds the left hand and both legs about 2 a.m. in the 10100 block of South Wentworth, police said. He told investigators he was driving to the hospital when he crashed his vehicle on the 111th Street ramp from the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway. The circumstances of the shooting were not known. The man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 27 more people were wounded in shootings across the city between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Sunday.

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Demorats built Chiraq: “You can’t even enjoy yourself in this city anymore”

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Heckuva job mayor…

This weekend in Chiraq: 4 dead and 31 wounded (as of 1:00 pm on Sunday). Year to day stats in Chiraq: 262 shot and killed; total shot: 1,507; and total homicides: 277.

Chiraq has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Yet the shootings NEVER stop.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s solution? More gun control.

Elections have consequences.

From MyFoxChicago: While his friend was bleeding from a gunshot wound in his passenger seat, Quentin Robeson said he went 60 mph down Douglas Boulevard and didn’t stop at any red lights as he sped to Mount Sinai Hospital early Sunday. “All I could think was, ‘hurry,’” said 34-year-old Robeson.

His friend was one of nine people shot about 3:15 a.m. near Christiana and Douglas, according to Chicago Police. They were gathered in the 3300 block of West Douglas when a black vehicle approached and people inside fired shots.

A 35-year-old man was shot in the leg, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the hand, a 29-year-old man was shot in the hip, a 23-year-old man was shot in the back, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks, a 30-year-old man was shot in the lower leg, a 22-year-old man was shot in the ankle and a 33-year-old woman was shot in the leg, police said. All eight victims were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.

A ninth victim, a 26-year-old man, was shot in the leg and taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

A police source said several of the victims are documented gang members and the shooting appears to be gang-related.

At least 30 shell casings could be seen in the street and on the sidewalk at the intersection in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The mass shooting happened while between 30 and 50 people were gathered on the block, listening to music and drinking, according to Robeson, who lives in Calumet City and has two daughters, ages 3 and 5.

He was standing just outside his 2007 Chrysler 300 talking to his cousin, 23-year-old Vic Tetter, when dozens of shots rang out, he said. Both men “hit the ground.”

That’s when his friend, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of his car, yelled, ‘I’m hit!’ He said his 23-year-old friend was struck in the left side of his abdomen. Robeson then jumped in the driver’s seat and sped away.

Tetter also jumped in the vehicle, ripping off his white t-shirt and applying pressure to their friend’s wound. “I just tried to keep him calm,” said Tetter, who has a 4-month-old daughter and lives in Lansing.

Tetter added that Robeson got to Sinai in less than 3 minutes. The pair stood outside the hospital early Sunday, adding that their friend was in surgery. Robeson’s car, one of four vehicles that sped to the hospital after the shooting, could be seen with a bullet hole in the back window. Crime scene tape roped off the four cars just outside the hospital’s emergency entrance.

Robeson and Tetter had driven from the suburbs into the city to get food from Hody’s Grill near Cicero and Roosevelt, where Robeson’s father works. They stopped by the gathering on Douglas for “only 10 minutes” to see another one of Robeson’s cousins, who was not injured in the shooting.

“We were just having a nice time,” said Robeson, who suffered a laceration to his face but was not hospitalized. “I guess we were in the wrong place to be having a nice time.”

The 23-year-old victim’s brother, who asked not to be identified, was sitting in the back seat of Robeson’s vehicle when the shots rang out. He ducked and was not injured, although a bullet flew “right past” his head.

“This is just the city we live in — the world we live in,” said the brother, who stood outside the hospital with Robeson and Tetter, among more than a dozen other people.

At the crime scene, a 33-year-old woman sat on the curb just outside the police tape, holding her head in her hands. She was sitting inside her white 2014 Nissan Altima listening to music when the gunfire erupted. She was not struck, but her car was riddled with bullet holes and at least one window shattered. She said her friend, who was standing in the street at the time, was shot and taken from the scene via ambulance.

“I just want to go see my friend, but I can’t get my car,” said the woman, who asked not to be named. She didn’t want to leave her vehicle with no window at the corner of Douglas and Christiana.

“This is f–cking sickening,” she said. “You can’t even enjoy yourself in this city anymore.”

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Hollyweird hypocrites make a “glamorous” stand against gun violence at gala

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Apparently guns are only cool when used in make believe Hollyweird acting gigs.

From Daily Mail: They are using their fame to raise awareness of gun violence. Kristen Stewart, Chelsea Handler and January Jones all turned up at the Brady Center’s Bear Awards Gala at NeueHouse Hollywood on Wednesday to support its fight to end the tragic deaths.

Kristen, 27, was co-chair of the starry event that honored the 42-year-old comedienne for speaking out against the issue, while Chelsea’s friend January, 39, presented the award.

The Twilight star showed off her slender figure in a black crop top that gave a glimpse of her tummy paired with an elegant white, tea length skirt with a colorful flower pattern and a ruched pink netting overlay. And the beautiful blonde posed happily with January and Chelsea.

The comedienne, dressed in a shimmering gold strapless dress, was typically frank in her acceptance speech, telling the audience to get over their ‘f*****g fatigue’ about shooting deaths and take responsibility, according to People.

‘I’m not married, I don’t have kids, because I’m smart, I don’t owe anybody anything,’ she joked.  ‘Finally I’m at a place in my life where I can stop bitching and moaning for myself and I can start bitching and moaning for other people. I feel really good about that, I do.’ 

And she added: ‘I don’t ever want to look back at this time and think, “Why the f**k was I sitting there on my bed? Why didn’t I do anything?” ‘

January, best known for her role in Mad Men, donned a red satin dress emblazoned with white stars with a black, statement necklace and matching black shoes.

Kristen explained that one of the reasons she had joined up with the Brady Center was because she wanted to ‘shatter the idea that it’s cool [for children] to play with toy guns.’

‘Little kids grow up thinking that’s going to protect and empower them,’ she added.

The Bear Awards are given in memory of Jim ‘Bear’ Brady to honor those who carry on his legacy in the fight against gun violence. He was in President Ronald Reagan’s administration and was disabled from a gunshot wound during the attempted assassination of Reagan in 1981. He devoted the rest of his life to gun control advocacy, before his death in August 2014 age 73.

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Jim Carrey defends Griffin’s Trump beheading photo: “She should hold up a severed leg as well”

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TDS makes you ugly both inside and out

If the joke is not the problem, then why did Jim Carrey apologize to gun owners for “offensive” comments he made in the past? Pick a side you want to stand by in defending your words and those others make.

From USA Today: Earlier this week, Kathy Griffin conceded that she crossed a line by posing for photographs and video holding a fake, severed Donald Trump head, which cost the comedian her spot on CNN’s annual New Year’s show and a couple of other gigs.

But fellow comedian Jim Carrey disagrees.

“It’s the job of the comedian to cross the line at all times,” he told Entertainment Tonight Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere of I’m Dying Up Here, the new series he’s producing for Showtime. “That line is not real and if you step out into that spotlight and you’re doing the crazy things that (Trump) is doing, we’re the last line of defense. The comedians are the last voice of truth in this whole thing.

Some may think what Carrey said next crosses that line.

“I had a dream the other night that I was playing golf with Donald Trump,” the 55-year-old comedian volunteered. “I was standing beside him with a club in my hand and I was considering my options when I suddenly woke up. It was one of those dreams where you want to go back to sleep so you can finish it, you know? But I’ve taken up golf anyway.”

Elsewhere on the red carpet, he told Variety that Griffin should “hold up a severed leg as well.”

Carrey admitted that his suggestion may not be funny. “But I don’t think the joke is the problem.”

h/t Newsbusters

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Portland, Oregon, mayor calls for free-speech and anti-sharia rallies to be canceled

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Similar talk with guns after a whacko commits a crime: When one person does something stupid, demorats want to punish a whole group who aren’t responsible for that action and who don’t agree with them.

From MSN: The mayor of Portland, Ore., is calling on federal authorities to cancel a pair of upcoming rallies organized by conservative groups, saying the city was still ‘‘in shock’’ after two men were fatally stabbed on a commuter train Friday while fending off a man shouting anti-Muslim slurs.

Mayor Ted Wheeler (demorat) asked the federal government to revoke a permit authorizing a June 4 ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally’’ in Portland’s downtown. He also called on the government to block a ‘‘March Against Sharia’’ that is scheduled for June 10 but has not received permits.

‘‘Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation,’’ Wheeler wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

He added that he had asked the organizers of the rallies, which he referred to as ‘‘alt-right demonstrations,’’ to cancel their events. ‘‘I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland,’’ Wheeler wrote. ‘‘There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.’’

The federal government controls permitting for the plaza where both rallies are set to take place. The city of Portland will not issue any of its own permits allowing organizers to hold the events elsewhere, Wheeler said.

Portland has spent several days reeling from the deaths of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, who were stabbed and killed as they tried to protect two young women from a man who boarded a light-rail train and began yelling hateful comments about Muslims at them. A third man who intervened was injured.

The suspect, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, has a history of making bigoted comments online and was photographed giving a Nazi salute at a recent protest organized by the group behind the ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally.’’ Local publications as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center have described him as a ‘‘known white supremacist.’’ He is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder and other charges.

The attack came at a time of escalating tensions in Portland, a city with a long track record of activism and protests. Since President Donald Trump’s election in November, the city has been beset by violence at political rallies from groups on the left and the right. Clashes between black-clad ‘‘antifa,’’ or anti-fascist, activists and right-wing protesters associated with white nationalist movements have become increasingly common at otherwise peaceful demonstrations.

The organizer of the ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally,’’ Joey Gibson, sought to distance himself and his group, Patriot Prayer, from Christian, especially as reports surfaced that he appeared at the group’s other events. In a video posted to Facebook on Sunday, Gibson condemned Christian and said antifa protesters were trying to incite chaos at the upcoming rally by exploiting the attacks on the train.

‘‘There’s going to be more intensity, there’s going to be more threats,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘They’re using the deaths of these two people and Jeremy Christian – they’re using it to get Portland all rowdy about our June 4th rally and it’s absolutely disgusting.’’

Gibson urged his supporters to remain calm. ‘‘You throw one punch, you’re going to jail,’’ he said.

A Facebook page for the event says the rally will feature live music and ‘‘speakers exercising their free speech.’’

The ‘‘March Against Sharia,’’ which Gibson is also involved in, says Islamic law ‘‘is incompatible with our Constitution and American values.’’ The event page calls on supporters who ‘‘stand for human rights.’’

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon criticized the mayor’s attempts to shut down both rallies, saying the government can’t revoke or deny a permit based on the demonstrators’ views. ‘‘It may be tempting to shut down speech we disagree with,’’ the ACLU tweeted, ‘‘but once we allow the government to decide what we can say, see, or hear, or who we can gather with, history shows us that the most marginalized will be disproportionately censored and punished for unpopular speech.’’

‘‘If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line,’’ the organization added.

But Tom Hastings, a longtime activist and professor in the Portland State University conflict resolution program, said the mayor was on solid footing. The looming threat of violence at the rally justified a shutdown while the city worked out a long-term solution. ‘‘I know these lines are perceived as pretty fuzzy when we’re dealing with constitutional First Amendment rights,’’ Hastings told The Washington Post. ‘‘But there’s no long fuse anymore. Everybody’s fuse seems to be quite short.’’

Portland has struggled to stop violence from flaring up at public gatherings in recent months. In November, shortly after the presidential election, peaceful anti-Trump demonstrations were disrupted when anarchists smashed windows, ripped out electrical power boxes and spray-painted buildings downtown.

In April, Portland’s typically family-friendly rose parade was canceled after antifa activists threatened to shut down roads if a Republican group wasn’t barred from the event. And earlier this month, dozens of ‘‘black bloc’’ anarchists destroyed property at May Day protests.

Hastings warned that the mayor’s decision could backfire if he doesn’t reach out to the leaders of the groups whose rallies he’s trying to block. The city, Hastings said, should arrange one-on-one conversations with organizers on all sides, otherwise the trend of violence could only get worse.

‘‘I think it’s a real fine line,’’ he said. ‘‘The cancellation of this can’t be regarded as the end of anything. If you kick the can down the road and don’t do anything it will (be) exacerbated. People are quashed for a minute, but they almost nurse this notion of vengeance and they come out much worse than before.’’

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