Stembridge News Digest

  • On the generational narcissism of sensitivity readers Wed, 22 Mar 2023 10:00:05 GMT
    Revelations that famed British author Roald Dahl’s beloved children's novels have been rewritten to reflect secular-progressive dogma have drawn condemnation from a diverse wave of British notables, from author Salman Rushdie to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. This is cause for celebration: Even in these strange times, sanity remains capable of standing its ground.
  • Our Kafkaesque culture and its many victims Wed, 22 Mar 2023 10:00:04 GMT
    A new, restored version of Orson Welles’s 1963 film The Trial has been released. It is playing in a few select theaters before being released on home video and streaming.
  • Trump’s Stormy Daniels saga shows he's a cad, not a convict Wed, 22 Mar 2023 09:14:00 GMT
    There is a difference between a criminal and a cad. A criminal violates a government’s written laws. A cad violates the moral laws regarding how men should treat women. To violate written laws, a criminal rejects the authority of his fellow citizens to make commonly binding rules. To violate moral laws, the cad must reject the dignity of women, who are his fellow human beings, treating them as objects for pleasure. A criminal hides his deeds to avoid legal conviction and punishment. A cad hides his deeds to avoid public shame.
  • Biden's fake nod to energy production in Alaska Wed, 22 Mar 2023 06:54:09 GMT
    The Biden administration, together with its leftist political and media allies, is engaging in a public relations farce in Alaska.
  • NHL players are courageously leading the charge against gender propaganda and indoctrination Wed, 22 Mar 2023 06:14:34 GMT
    In an era when most professional athletes have embraced radical left-wing brainwashing, National Hockey League players have been among the only ones courageous enough to resist.
  • Using sedition and domestic terrorism laws against rioters is overkill Wed, 22 Mar 2023 04:23:21 GMT
    When pundits first suggested bringing “sedition” charges against the Jan. 6 defendants, I predicted some likely adverse long-term consequences:
  • New Orleans mayor won’t face recall election, but voter anger is real Tue, 21 Mar 2023 21:43:04 GMT
    NEW ORLEANS — The apparent failure of a spirited petition drive here to force a recall election of Mayor LaToya Cantrell should give no solace to arrogant, leftist politicians. The petition drive failed more because of a lack of professionalism than a lack of public support.
  • China's ambassador to the Netherlands has a meltdown over chip ban Tue, 21 Mar 2023 20:39:56 GMT
    In a striking interview with Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad on Monday, China's ambassador to the Netherlands went into "wolf warrior" mode.
  • House Democrats and the Biden administration prepare to revive 'defund the police' Tue, 21 Mar 2023 20:11:41 GMT
    The "defund the police" movement isn’t going to go away easily, not as long as there are House Democrats ready to vilify police at every turn.
  • Jerome Powell's Paul Volcker moment? Tue, 21 Mar 2023 20:09:02 GMT
    As the saying goes, the Federal Reserve usually raises interest rates until something breaks. After one year and 450 basis points of tightening, something has finally broken.

  • VP Harris lauds transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney for 'dedication and courage' Wed, 22 Mar 2023 03:58:46 +0000

    Dylan Mulvaney, a biological man who identifies as a transgender woman, has apparently received a letter of praise from Vice President Kamala Harris.

    "I send you my warmest greetings as you celebrate your 365th day of living authentically," read the note Mulvaney posted on Instagram, which appears to be from Harris. "Thank you for courageously sharing your story and your journey. I appreciate your continued advocacy for transgender equality, including during your visit to the White House last year.

    "Through your work as an activist and advocate for the LGBTQI+ community, you continue to break barriers and inspire young people across our Nation and around the world. While we have made incredible progress—from advancing marriage equality to enacting historic protections for transgender people—the fight is far from over. Our administration stands with the LGBTQI+ community in the ongoing struggle for true equity and equality and against hate and discrimination in all forms," the letter declares.

    "I am grateful for your dedication and courage, and I hope you continue to use your platform to spread positivity and create change. I look forward to seeing all that you will accomplish in the future."

    According to, Mulvaney has documented the gender transition process on social media and recently had a variety show celebrating one year of the "Days of Girlhood" series.

    Mulvaney briefly interviewed President Joe Biden last year, asking him a few transgenderism-related questions.

    Drew Barrymore, in a bizarre display on her own show, got on her knees while speaking to Mulvaney, who eventually did likewise as the pair embraced — they then ended up conducting part of their discussion while on the floor.

    Dylan Mulvaney asks "What Would Laverne Cox Do?" | The Drew Barrymore Show

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  • University president decries drag as 'derisive, divisive and demoralizing misogyny,' says school 'will not host a drag show on campus' Wed, 22 Mar 2023 02:28:42 +0000

    In a message to students, faculty, and staff, West Texas A&M University President Walter Wendler said that drag performances denigrate women and declared that the school will not host a drag performance on campus.

    In an Instagram post earlier this month, the WTAMU "Spectrum" student organization advertised the drag event, noting, "Spectrum is working with F1RSTGEN and other orgs on campus to produce A Fool's Drag Race, coming soon!"

    While Wendler condemned drag in his message, he suggested that people send money to the Trevor Project, an organization the drag show had been slated to benefit.

    "West Texas A&M University will not host a drag show on campus," Wendler wrote. "It was advertised for March 31, 2023, as an effort to raise money for The Trevor Project. The nonprofit organization focuses on suicide prevention—a noble cause—in the LGBTQ community."

    "As a performance exaggerating aspects of womanhood (sexuality, femininity, gender), drag shows stereotype women in cartoon-like extremes for the amusement of others and discriminate against womanhood. Any event which diminishes an individual or group through such representation is wrong," Wendler wrote.

    "Drag shows are derisive, divisive and demoralizing misogyny, no matter the stated intent. Such conduct runs counter to the purpose of WT. A person or group should not attempt to elevate itself or a cause by mocking another person or group. As a university president, I would not support 'blackface' performances on our campus, even if told the performance is a form of free speech or intended as humor. It is wrong. I do not support any show, performance or artistic expression which denigrates others—in this case, women—for any reason," he declared.

    "A harmless drag show? Not possible. I will not appear to condone the diminishment of any group at the expense of impertinent gestures toward another group for any reason, even when the law of the land appears to require it. Supporting The Trevor Project is a good idea. My recommendation is to skip the show and send the dough," Wendler wrote.

    Spectrum pushed back in a statement, arguing that "Drag is not a mockery," but "a celebration of ... queerness, gender, acceptance, love and especially femininity."

    The group requested that Wendler reinstate the drag performance, apologize, and step down from his role as university president.

    A petition page posted on declares, "We, the students of WTAMU ... urge him to reinstate the drag show on-campus. We are holding this drag show whether we have his support or not, but his extreme lack of compassion for the LGBT+ and activist student population on campus shows with this latest e-mail."

    Back in 2020, Wendler recognized the 30-year milestone of the school being a part of the Texas A&M University System:

    TAMUS 30th Anniversary Dr. Walter Wendler

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  • 'Absolutely damning' NPR report accuses Rolling Stone of covering up child porn charges in article on FBI raid of star journalist's home Wed, 22 Mar 2023 01:38:22 +0000

    An NPR report documented how the Rolling Stone misled readers on a story about an FBI raid on a prominent journalist's house by hiding accusations of child sex abuse against the reporter.

    The Rolling Stone report implied that the April 2 raid on the home of ABC News national security producer James Gordon Meek might be a case of the government going after journalists out of political motivation.

    The report from October lionized Meek, who had worked for ABC News since 2013 but left the organization after the raid and had a book deal cancelled.

    Almost a year later, it was revealed that Meek was being investigated for child sex abuse, and NPR says the Rolling Stone covered up the information.

    "Why did Rolling Stone suggest Meek was targeted for his coverage of national security, rather than something unrelated to his journalism?" asked NPR reporter David Folkenflik.

    Folkenflik documented from many sources that Rolling Stone editor in chief Noah Shachtman appeared to influence the framing of the story to mislead readers.

    The report said that Shachtman even requested that they not use a photograph of Meek for the article but instead use something focusing on the FBI instead.

    When the writer of the report was pulled away to care for her dying mother, Shachtman stepped in and edited the report so that it appeared that Meek was raided as a result of his reporting.

    In February, the Department of Justice released details about the charges against Meek including the accusation that he had shared a video of the rape of an infant. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    The affidavit has shocking details about the evidence the FBI captured in which Meek allegedly had disturbing conversations under the screen name "Pawny4."

    "The iPhone 8 contained three chat conversations in which the username 'Pawny4' was engaging in sexually explicit conversations where the participants expressed enthusiasm for the sexual abuse of children. In two of those conversations, Pawny4 received and distributed child pornography image and video files through Kik, an internet-based messaging platform," the affidavit read.

    "Have you ever raped a toddler girl? It’s amazing," Pawny4 allegedly asked a 25-year-old male.

    NPR reported that the writer of the Rolling Stone article was furious when she found out it had been published with the additional edits by Shachtman.

    Critics pummeled the Rolling Stone over the report, calling it "absolutely damning."

    "[T]his is utterly appalling. i’ve written for rolling stone, and i have no problem saying it. journalistic malpractice of the highest form," replied Marisa Kabas.

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  • DeSantis believes he could defeat Biden, cites differences between himself and Trump: 'I would have fired somebody like Fauci' Wed, 22 Mar 2023 00:35:00 +0000

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis believes he has what it takes to serve as president and thinks he could defeat President Joe Biden.

    "I think what it takes is to have a vision for the country, have the ability to exercise leadership and being willing to stand in that fire when it gets really hot and not back down under pressure . . . and I think I have all those things," DeSantis said, according to Piers Morgan, whose interview with the Sunshine State governor is slated to air Thursday on Fox Nation's "Piers Morgan Uncensored."

    "If I were to run," DeSantis reportedly said, "I'm running against Biden. Like we [him and Trump] are competing for the Republican, potentially, I get that, but ultimately you know the guy I'm gonna focus on is Biden because I think he's failed the country. I think the country wants a change. I think they want a fresh start and a new direction and so we'll be very vocal about that."

    When asked if he believes he could defeat President Biden, DeSantis responded in the affirmative: "I think so," he said, according to Morgan.

    Regarding the possibility of a presidential run, DeSantis said, "I haven't made a final decision on it. I've told people that I've got a lot to do over the next few months in Florida. We're gonna put a lot of points on the board. And then we'll see how the dust settles after that, but I can tell you a lot of people realize the country is not going in the right direction and believe that what we've been able to do in Florida, if we can apply that nationally, we can get America back on track and back on our foundations," he said, according to Morgan.

    DeSantis noted that he has "a young family. I've got different obligations and it's not the easiest thing in the world to go through and I also want to make sure that I have a very clear rationale for doing what I'm doing. All I'm interested in doing is getting things done and accomplishing things. I don't need a title. I don't need fanfare. I just want to know that if I put my mind to this, if we ever did that, and we're successful, what could I do to make a difference and that's what I have to have."

    If DeSantis does opt to run, he will be challenging former President Donald Trump during the GOP presidential primary.

    "Well I think there's a few things," DeSantis reportedly said when asked about differences between himself and Trump. "The approach to COVID was different. I would have fired somebody like Fauci. I think he got way too big for his britches, and I think he did a lot of damage."

    "I also think just in terms of my approach to leadership, I get personnel in the Government who have the agenda of the people and share our agenda. You bring your own agenda in you're gone. We're just not gonna have that. So, the way we run the Government I think is no daily drama, focus on the big picture and put points on the board and I think that's something that’s very important," DeSantis reportedly said.

    While President Biden and first lady Jill Biden have indicated that the president intends to run again, the commander in chief has yet to officially announce a re-election bid.

    Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas issued a statement last week endorsing DeSantis for president, even though the governor has not thrown his hat into the ring. "It's time for Ron DeSantis to be President of the United States," Roy declared in the statement.

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  • Video captures the moment a heroic security guard tackled an armed man in a devil mask, possibly preventing mass shooting at Florida strip club Wed, 22 Mar 2023 00:05:00 +0000

    A security guard is being hailed as a hero who possibly thwarted a mass shooting after he tackled an armed man in a devil mask about to enter a famous strip club in Tampa, Florida.

    The incident unfolded on Sunday morning at about 1:15 a.m. at the Mons Venus adult entertainment club when police said 44-year-old Michael Rudman tried to enter the night club armed with a gun.

    Surveillance video captured the entire altercation.

    Manuel Anthony “Manny” Resto explained to reporters what he did during a media briefing with the Tampa Police Department.

    Resto said he saw the man approach the door of the club with a mask and he initially believed it was some kind of joke.

    “I noticed the devil mask and I was like ‘ok, it’s not Halloween,'” Resto said.

    When he saw the gun, he jumped into action and tried to grab it while bystanders ran off. Rudman is seen on the video hitting Resto with the gun as well as a flashlight he held with his other hand.

    At one point Resto was able to grab the gun from Rudman and point it at him.

    “I had no intention of shooting; I just wanted to scare him and get him on the ground,” Resto explained.

    That ploy did not work and Rudman continued to wrestle with Resto, who was hit on the head several times and said he almost blacked out.

    “I was not gonna let him win,” Resto said. “He was not gonna hurt nobody.”

    At that point other security guards rushed in to help Resto subdue the very large man.

    Police said that one gunshot was fired into the front door of the club. They also said that Rudman had the words “kill" and “dark one” written on his arms.

    Investigators said they found two full magazines in the suspect's pockets. In his truck parked outside they club, police said they found more ammunition, knives, and additional firearm accessories.

    “There is no question that the security guards who disarmed this suspect saved dozens of lives through their heroic acts, and I am thankful that our officers were able to take this individual into custody before he had the chance to carry out whatever he had planned,” said Tampa Interim Police Chief Lee Bercaw.

    “We will continue to actively and thoroughly investigate this case to get a better understanding of what led up to this thwarted incident," he added.

    Resto had previously performed as a professional wrestler under the moniker, “The Puerto Rican Punisher."

    Rudman is facing a slew of charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    Bercaw said the suspect was incoherent when he was arrested, and his motivation was still under investigation.

    Here's the security video of the incident:

    Tampa Police say possible mass shooting outside of well known strip club likely stopped by fast acti

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  • Woman found dead in a shopping cart in Chicago alley after going missing for 2 months Tue, 21 Mar 2023 23:35:00 +0000

    A 21-year-old woman went missing for two months before her body was found tied up in a shopping cart in an alley in Chicago, Illinois.

    Rosa Chacon went missing on Jan. 18 after she told her family she was taking an Uber ride and would be back soon.

    "She said, 'I'll be back mom. I got the Uber ride there and the Uber ride back,' that's what she told me," her mother Rosa Chacon said to WLS-TV.

    The family said that she left her coat and her identification at the home when she left.

    Initially, the family said that police told them it was likely a runaway case.

    "The cop said a crime had to be committed for them to do anything," said Alejandro Guzman, the boyfriend of the victim.

    The family spent months handing out flyers to look for her before they hired a private investigator.

    On Friday, her family said that her body was found tied up and covered in a sheet in a shopping cart in an alley off of West 24th Place. The family had to identify their daughter through tattoos on the body.

    The victim's cause of death is yet to be determined by the Cook County medical examiner. Uber refuses to release information about who ordered the ride Chacon took out of privacy considerations.

    "Once you check the Uber out, they'll let you know exactly where she went, the guy who ordered the Uber, because we didn't have no information," said the victim's mother. "But they kept giving us the runaround."

    Community leaders announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

    Jose Lucio, the father of the victim, had a warning for parents.

    "Be sure to watch your daughters more closely," he told WLS. "Don't trust anybody."

    Here's a local news report about the incident:

    21-year-old Chicago woman's body found weeks after she went missing

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  • Donald Trump’s persecution marks him as a sinner in need of a savior Tue, 21 Mar 2023 23:10:42 +0000

    Freedom cannot be preserved by people who are enslaved to their sin.

    This week, Jason Whitlock weighed in on the news that former President Trump may soon be arrested for tax fraud in relation to a $130,000 hush-money payment to a porn star, Stormy Daniels.

  • Twitter's automatic response to press inquiries is a single emoji Tue, 21 Mar 2023 23:05:00 +0000

    Twitter is dishing out digital dung by providing an automatic response to press inquiries that consists of a single poop emoji.

    Elon Musk noted in a tweet on Sunday that Twitter's email address now automatically replies to messages with the poop emoji — the wealthy business magnate, who acquired Twitter last year, tweeted, " now auto responds with [emoji]."

    The Blaze tested this on Tuesday by sending an email to that address, and as promised, swiftly received a poop emoji response. Other media outlets and many Twitter users have also confirmed that they received the poop emoji response from the company.

    Musk noted last week Twitter will soon share its code related to tweet recommendations.

    "Twitter will open source all code used to recommend tweets on March 31st," Musk tweeted. "Our 'algorithm' is overly complex & not fully understood internally. People will discover many silly things , but we'll patch issues as soon as they're found! We're developing a simplified approach to serve more compelling tweets, but it's still a work in progress. That'll also be open source. Providing code transparency will be incredibly embarrassing at first, but it should lead to rapid improvement in recommendation quality. Most importantly, we hope to earn your trust," he added.

    Musk has been an outspoken in expressing support for free speech. "If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead," he declared in a tweet last year.

    "Best way to fight misinformation is to respond with accurate information, not censorship," he tweeted last week.

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  • Howard Stern says Jon Stewart would win if he ran for president: 'He owes it to his country to run' Tue, 21 Mar 2023 22:35:00 +0000

    Radio talk show host Howard Stern said that former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart would win if he ran for president.

    The shock jock made the comments on his show Monday while addressing who should run if President Joe Biden decides not to run for re-election in 2024.

    “His name is Jon Stewart,” Stern said.

    “That guy is so f***iing smart, and bright, and also witty and really measured when he takes on a debate,” he added. “He knows how to talk. And you know, he would work his ass off to be a good president."

    Stern went on to claim that the 60-year-old comedian is likable enough to win.

    “I’m telling you, he could also win, because people like Jon Stewart,” he continued. “He owes it to his country."

    He also praised Stewart for criticizing Congress members in 2019 over the 9/11 survivor fund.

    “The guy would be terrific and I think he’d do it," Stern concluded.

    While many backed Stewart in his attacks on members of Congress, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pushed back at the time and accused the comedian of lying in order to smear politicians.

    "I know Jon Stewart, and Jon Stewart is sometimes funny and sometimes informed, but in this case he's neither funny nor informed," Paul said.

    "So he's really not informed, and his name-calling just sort of exposes him as a left-winger, part of the left-wing mob that really isn't using his brain and is willing to call people names. It's really kind of disgusting," Paul added. "The BS meter is through the roof!"

    Here's more about the possible Stewart campaign:

    Howard Stern urges Jon Stewart to run for president: ‘Owes it to his country’ | New York Post

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  • Louisiana Dem switches parties after nearly 50 years in politics, cites Christian values as reason Tue, 21 Mar 2023 22:05:10 +0000

    The longest-serving member of the Louisiana state legislature has officially switched parties from Democrat to Republican.

    On Friday, Rep. Francis Thompson changed his registration to Republican after serving as a Democrat for 48 years. Thompson was first elected in 1974 and spent the next 32 years in the state House. He then served 12 years in the state Senate before returning to the House for another four years. His voting record has often been called "conservative," so he claims that his new party affiliation won't affect much.

    "My conservative voting record over my years in the Legislature speaks for itself," the 81-year-old retired college professor and businessman stated, adding that he made the switch primarily because of his Christian faith.

    "The push the past several years by Democratic leadership on both the national and state level to support certain issues does not align with those values and principles that are a part of my Christian life," Thompson said.

    Despite the radical lurch leftward by many national Democrats, Louisiana Dems have not always followed suit. Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards considers himself pro-life, and after the SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, he signed two bills which effectively banned almost all abortions in his state.

    However, a year earlier, Edwards vetoed legislation designed to preserve women's sports from male infiltration. Thompson worked with Republicans to try and override that veto, but that venture ultimately failed.

    Now that Thompson has switched parties, though, the Republican Party has a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. Louisiana law requires a two-third vote in both chambers to override a governor's veto. With Thompson as the 70th Republican in the House and a solid Republican majority in the Senate, the state legislature is now fortified against a potential veto from Edwards.

    Still, some conservatives are doubtful that Thompson's party switch will matter much. Local radio legend Moon Griffon responded to the news by saying, "Francis Thompson is for Francis Thompson. I guarantee you the 'The Fee' did this only because it benefitted him. Look at his district. He's just the latest in a long line of Democrats who have traded in a 'D' for an 'R' next to their name just so he can win reelection and stay in office."

    A writer for the Hayride, which monitors "Southern politics and culture," expressed similar skepticism, claiming that the Louisiana GOP has "lousy leadership generally unwilling to press [the] advantage" that Thompson's 70th vote represents and that 70 votes is "not exactly a solid supermajority."

    Despite the naysayers, House Majority Leader Blake Miguez is thrilled to have Thompson join the Republicans: "Francis made a personal choice to switch parties, influenced by his faith and his perception that the Democratic Party no longer aligns with his values. As a person of faith, he found the Republican Party to be more compatible with his principles, a sentiment shared by many Louisianians. This is a meaningful decision for a veteran legislator who has witnessed numerous shifts in our state's political landscape, and we extend a warm welcome to him in our party."

    Nor are Thompson's former colleagues in the Democratic Party shocked by the move. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Sam Jenkins said in a statement, "While Rep. Thompson’s decision is disappointing, it is not surprising. He already caucused with Republicans."

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  • ‘The View’ hosts defend students’ atrocious heckling of Trump-appointed judge even after Stanford’s president apologizes Tue, 21 Mar 2023 21:48:31 +0000

    On Monday, hosts of "The View" defended Stanford students who heckled and shouted down a visiting judge who was delivering an invited lecture.

    "Maybe all the snowflakes in the world need to get over the fact that people are going to disagree with them. ... It's your right to stand up and say, 'Hey, I don't agree,'" said host Whoopi Goldberg.

    Goldberg and her fellow panelists were discussing an incident at Stanford that took place during an invited address on March 9. Students heckled and shouted down Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan to such an extent that he could not continue, as TheBlaze reported.

    The heckling students allegedly worked with Tirien Steinbach, the university's diversity, equity, and inclusion associate dean. When the judge requested intervention of an administrator, Steinbach delivered a prepared speech of her own in which she verbally attacked the judge in a six-minute rant.

    In the heavily edited footage aired by "The View," the dean is seen encouraging students to allow the judge to speak after she completed her diatribe. Predictably, the students read between the lines and did no such thing.

    "When civility dies, learning stops and only agendas and approved narratives remain," Brett Tolman, former United States attorney for the District of Utah told TheBlaze.

    Duncan requested and received an apology from Stanford's president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, and Stanford Law School dean Jenny Martinez, as TheBlaze reported. The administrators acknowledged the students and DEI dean's behavior was "inconsistent with our policies on free speech."

    The apology apparently failed to convince hosts of "The View" that heckling visiting lecturers and engaging in a true exchange of ideas are quite different.

    Ana Navarro mentioned that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had sent a letter to the Texas Bar Association asking them to investigate any of the students who were part of the "protest."

    Navarro suggested instead that the Texas Bar Association should investigate Cruz, whom she says spread a "conspiracy theory" that lead to the January 6 Capitol riots.

    "It you don't want to get challenged, if you don't want to get heckled, go to a Republican convention, don't go to a college," Navarro also said.

    "What's so offensive is that one of the first classes you take in law school ... teaches you about the freedom of speech," said host Sunny Hostin, who is an attorney. "College and law school is a wonderful place to have this exchange of ideas. It gets heated sometimes."

    "I like the Q and A," Hostin said. "Come at me. Let's have those discussions ... that's what the free exchange of ideas is about."

    Host Alyssa Farah Griffin, who served as White House Director of Strategic Communications during the Trump administration and also lectures at Georgetown, offered a slightly more measured perspective.

    "Academia is the place to be challenged by ideas, not to be shut down," Griffin said.

    "We've stopped having productive disagreements where you win on ideas. The rest of it's just noise, and you feed the other side's narrative of 'they don't let me talk,'" said host Sara Haines.

    Watch ABC's "The View" hosts addressing Stanford students' heckling of Judge Duncan below.

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  • Newsom requests federal Medicaid dollars be used for 'transitional rent' to curb state's homelessness crisis Tue, 21 Mar 2023 21:10:00 +0000

    California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is requesting that the Biden administration allow Medicaid dollars to be used to cover six months of "transitional rent" to curb the state's homelessness crisis, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    With California facing an ever-worsening homelessness problem, Newsom proposed a new program called "transitional rent." If approved by the White House, it would allow federal health care funds to be used for rent payments.

    The program would provide up to six months of rent or temporary housing for low-income participants who rely on the state's health care system. Approximately 30% of the country's homeless population resides in California.

    If approved, the state's version of Medicaid, Medi-Cal, would fund housing subsidies for homeless people and those at risk of losing their homes.

    "I've been talking to the president. We cannot do this alone," Newsom stated.

    Proponents of the experimental program believe it will be cheaper for taxpayers to cover rent than it would be to cover hospital care, nursing home, and jail costs. However, the median rent in California is nearly $3,000 per month.

    Former Medi-Cal director Mari Cantwell told the Times, "The ongoing conversation is how do we convince the federal government that housing is a healthcare issue."

    "You have to convince them that you're going to save money because you're not going to have as many people showing up at the emergency room and in long-term hospitalizations," Cantwell added.

    Medi-Cal director Jacey Cooper stated, "It's a pretty big challenge; I'm not going to lie."

    "But we know that people experiencing homelessness cycle in and out of emergency rooms, so we have a real role to play in both preventing and ending homelessness," Cooper continued.

    With the Biden administration's approval, Medi-Cal, which has roughly 15.4 million enrollees, could start providing rent payments as early as 2025. Nearly 11,000 people enrolled in the state's health care could benefit from the new program, which is estimated to cost approximately $117 million per year, the Times reported.

    Bruce Alexander, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesperson, declined to comment on whether the Biden administration plans to approve the experimental program. However, similar programs have previously been approved in Oregon and Arizona.

    Newsom argued that the state's homelessness crisis "will never be solved without first solving the crisis of housing."

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  • Video: 'Good Samaritan' bravely body-blocks gun-toting suspect on run from NYPD officers, leading to suspect's arrest Tue, 21 Mar 2023 20:55:00 +0000

    Surveillance video caught the moment a New York City pedestrian — whom the U.S. Department of Justice dubbed a "good Samaritan" — bravely body-blocked a gun-toting suspect running from NYPD officers last week, which led to the suspect's arrest.

    Image source: YouTube screenshot

    What are the details?

    The DOJ said 39-year-old Jason Fleming entered a crowded bodega in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood Thursday after a verbal dispute; he then stood in the doorway and flashed a handgun as a girl was leaving. The DOJ said the girl ran from the store, and video shows Fleming outside the bodega pulling back his coat to reveal a rifle that had been slung over his shoulder.

    After a witness called 911, police officers approached Fleming — and he took off running down a sidewalk, the DOJ said.

    While running, Fleming brandished a semiautomatic carbine rifle, which frightened civilians who began running away from him, the DOJ said.

    Fleming then threw the rifle over a fence, the DOJ said, adding that officers who recovered it discovered the firearm was a loaded semiautomatic Hi-Point carbine:

    Image source: Department of Justice

    After ditching the rifle, the DOJ said Fleming brandished a loaded Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver and continued running down the street from pursuing officers who also were on foot.

    Image source: Department of Justice

    'Good Samaritan' saves the day

    The DOJ said a civilian stood in Fleming's way and pushed him into a nearby fence and then held on to him until police officers placed Fleming under arrest and handcuffed him.

    Image source: YouTube screenshot, composite

    “As alleged, the defendant illegally brandished two loaded firearms in broad daylight on a Manhattan street, one of which was a carbine rifle, frightening numerous New Yorkers, including a child," U.S. attorney Damian Williams said. "Thanks to our law enforcement partners and the heroic efforts of a Good Samaritan, the defendant was apprehended before he could hurt anyone, and his weapons are now off the streets.”

    Fleming was charged with possession of firearms after a felony conviction, the DOJ said, adding that the charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

    VIDEO | Good Samaritan catches armed suspect fleeing police in Manhattan, New York

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  • NCAA Division-I school to cancel its entire athletic program Tue, 21 Mar 2023 20:40:00 +0000

    A small, Catholic, NCAA Division-I school in Brooklyn, New York, has announced that it will eliminate its proud athletics program, effective at the end of the spring semester.

    St. Francis College, founded by a group of Franciscan brothers in 1859, released a statement on Monday to make the announcement. According to the statement signed by Denis J. Salamone, the chair of the St. Francis College board of trustees, the school has struggled financially as a result of "increased operating expenses, flattening revenue streams, and plateauing enrollment due in part to a shrinking pool of high school graduates in the aftermath of the pandemic."

    To allocate its limited resources in a way that best serves the school and its student body, the board of trustees has decided to eliminate all 19 of SFC's competitive athletic teams, including men's and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. There is also a women's bowling team.

    Though all teams will be disbanded at the end of this semester, the school will honor all athletic scholarships awarded to current student-athletes so that they may continue their studies uninterrupted, even though they will no longer be playing a collegiate sport. However, employment for all coaches and their staff will end with the semester, the statement said.

    Irma Garcia, the SFC athletic director who assumed the position to great fanfare in 2007 when she became the first Latina woman to lead an NCAA Division-I program, claimed in a statement that she was "heartbroken" by the decision.

    "My heart hurts for our student-athletes, coaches, and staff," Garcia wrote.

    She also expressed admiration for all who have ever "donned the Terrier Blue and Red" and encouraged Terriers everywhere to cheer on their current teams "until the bitter end."

    SFC, which claims to serve approximately 2,300 "working-class and first-generation" college students, is one of 11 original members of the Northeast Conference. Fellow conference team Fairleigh Dickinson University just accomplished one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history on Friday when, as a 16-seed, it defeated 1-seed Purdue in the opening round. FDU is just the second 16-seed in history to defeat a 1-seed.

    Earlier this month, Fairleigh Dickinson defeated St. Francis in the semi-final round of the Northeast Conference tournament. After St. Francis leaves the conference in a few weeks, the Northeast will have just eight teams remaining.

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  • Twitter erupts in response to video of racist berating a white family on the subway Tue, 21 Mar 2023 20:25:00 +0000

    A video of a young man viciously berating a little boy and his white parents on a subway train in New York City is fast going viral on Twitter, prompting some to conclude that this kind of racial animosity was the objective of leftists and critical race theory advocates all along.

    The video depicts a couple seated with their son in a subway car opposite an individual apparently keen to provoke a fight.

    The racist standing opposite the family — a black male who has previously turned up in viral videos issuing similar dehumanizing screeds — focuses his stream of identitarian vitriol on the young boy, calling him a "nasty a**, mutated ... white monkey," before shouting, "You're a dog in this country!"

    The Post Millennial's Andy Ngô circulated a video last month of what appears to be the same man calling an Asian woman a "monkey," then telling her to "get out his country."

    In this latest instance, the boy's father appears about ready to confront the racist, but is dissuaded by his wife, who can be heard in the video saying, "Stop, stop, stop."

    The racist continues unabated, screaming, "You're nothing over here. You're a dog. Shut up! I'm a black American! I'm over you!"

    During his rant, the racist managed to cover some of the themes that Nikole Hannah-Jones of "The 1619 Project" took up in her anti-white letter to her college paper.

    Amidst the abuse, the mother can be seen desperately trying to distract her young child.

    One commenter wrote, "If this was a white guy doing this to black family ... they'd be nationwide coverage from the left."

    Joel Berry, managing editor of the Babylon Bee, tweeted, "Congratulations Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi! You did it," referencing the authors of "White Fragility" and "How to Be Antiracist," respectively.

    DiAngelo, a white affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington, wrote, "White identity is inherently racist."

    DiAngelo recently stressed in a March 1 webinar entitled, "Racial Justice: The Next Frontier," that "People of color need to get away from White people," reported Fox News.

    Kendi, one of the chief proponents of critical race theory, wrote, "The only remedy to racist discrimination is anti-racist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination."

    The Huffington Post's former culture writer peddled the claim, popular with Kendi's disciples, that while white people can experience "prejudice from black people and other non-whites," they cannot experience racism, because "racism is a system in which a dominant race benefits off the oppression of others."

    Referencing the white family's abuse by the racist on the subway, Berry added, "This is black empowerment. So inspiring. Great job everyone. ... The racist Left tells black Americans that their self-degradation is empowering. A massively cruel psyop."
    Not the Bee, the news-oriented companion to the satire site Babylon Bee, noted that this racist outburst was seized upon in turn by white identitarians online, happy to engage in the "dumb power games ... the commies play."

    Chicks On The Right appeared to concur, tweeting, "Disgusting. You know what creates more of this? CRT. Pitting 'oppressors' against 'oppressed.' None of it's real. It's DiAngelo, Kendi, Nikole Hannah Jones, Sharpton-manufactured divisiveness. And the more legitimacy it's given, the more of this will result."

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