Monthly Notes

Briefly Noted: March 2016

After the terrorist front group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained, the FBI caved and removed references to Islam and Islamic terrorism on a new browser-based video game aimed at countering recruitment propaganda from terrorist groups, Breitbart News reports. The release of the game, Don’t Be A Puppet, was delayed from November because CAIR whined that it would lead to the “stigmatization” and “bullying” of young Muslims. “The new version of the game does not mention Islam, Muslims, or any particulars of Islamist ideology or targets at all, aside from the usual disclaimers that ISIS does not represent mainstream Islam,” Independent Journal Review reports. CAIR argues the game should focus on right-wing extremists, which it claims are a greater threat to Americans.

California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) sociology professor Robert Donald Weide, became so unhinged by a campus speech by conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro that he smeared the author’s supporters as racist and challenged them to a wrestling match. Weide was incensed when he learned that his school’s chapter of the student group Young America’s Foundation planned to sponsor a Feb. 25 lecture titled, “When Diversity Becomes a Problem.” The speech was billed as an examination by Shapiro of the threat to free speech posed by the Black Lives Matter movement, trigger warnings, and the paranoid fear of so-called micro-aggressions. “I see a strong correlation between Young Americans for Liberty [sic] defending the right to intimidate POC [i.e., people of color] on campus and French flag overlays on [Facebook] pictures,” he wrote on social media. Weide vowed to beat up Shapiro supporters. He wrote: “FYI tough guy provocateurs, we have open mat on campus in the gym in the USU building at 1pm Friday and Noon on Saturday if you want to show us your white supremacy. Heads up though, bro I lift …”

The fact that cop-hating radical DeRay Mckesson and other leaders of the racist Black Lives Matter movement were again welcomed to the White House last month is yet another reminder that President Obama approves of their in-your-face antics and violent activism. Mckesson, who recently decided his expertise in fomenting civil unrest qualified him to run for mayor of Baltimore, is a frequent visitor to the Obama White House, according to official logs. After the recent sit-down with Obama, Mckesson described the public policy ground the two covered. “We had a really strong conversation,” he said. “We covered so many topics from policing contracts to use-of-force policies to [the tainted water scandal in] Flint [Michigan] and the school-to-prison pipeline to the upcoming Supreme Court nomination.”

The recent decision to force more military women into dangerous combat roles traditionally assigned to men is so potentially disastrous that the next president should waste no time reversing it, testified Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, to the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Current military leaders must follow orders, but the next president will have the power to change existing directives in the same way that the current president imposed them,” Donnelly said. Women are ill-suited for direct combat roles, she argued, noting that 92.5 percent of females in the Army have told pollsters they don’t want combat roles. The testimony by Donnelly came after Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter unilaterally decided last Dec. 3 to rescind women’s exemptions from direct ground combat. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and other left-wingers are demanding that gender diversity quotas of at least 25 percent be set and that training standards be lowered for females.

Matthew Vadum

The author of Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books, 2011), Vadum, former senior vice president at CRC, writes and speaks widely…
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