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Berkeley (and free speech) survive Hurricane Ben

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With all of the preparations and disaster-readiness actions that took place before DailyWire’s Ben Shapiro appeared at UC Berkeley to speak, one could easily confuse it the situation with an upcoming natural disaster or act of war. They did what they could to prevent him from coming. When that wasn’t going to happen, they decided to organize boycotts, protests, and counseling sessions to keep their liberally indoctrinated student body from suffering massive derangement syndromes for too long.

They couldn’t stop him. They could only hope to contain him.

When the speech was over and the dust settled, miraculously there were no casualties. Even free speech was preserved. Not only did Shapiro get to speak without many challenges, but protesters were able to voice their concerns with minimal violence and only a few weapons-based arrests. No snowflakes were harmed in the presentation of this conservative.

Perspectives

Here’s the One Thing You Should Take from the Ben Shapiro Berkeley Event | Peter Heck, The Resurgent

http://theresurgent.com/heres-the-one-thing-you-should-take-from-the-ben-shapiro-berkeley-event/What does it say about the current state of the American left that this is the response they give to someone like Shapiro? Why are they protesting? What are they protesting?

 

Watch What Happened When Ben Shapiro Spoke at UC Berkeley | Peter Trinko and Christopher Piquette, Daily Signal

http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/15/watch-what-happened-when-ben-shapiro-spoke-at-uc-berkeley/Peter Trinko and Christopher Piquette went to University of California Berkeley to check out the protests ahead of conservative commentary Ben Shapiro’s speech on Thursday. Here’s what they saw and what some on the scene had to say (please be aware some protesters used curse words):

 

Ben Shapiro Is Causing Liberals Psychological Problems | Joe Scudder, Eagle Rising

http://eaglerising.com/47170/ben-shapiro-is-causing-liberals-psychological-problems/Why should Ben Shapiro speaking at the University of California in Berkeley cause students psychological problems? Shapiro is a regular conservative of the National Review type. He used to work for Breitbart but broke with them over their support of Donald Trump.

 

UC Berkeley counselors about to treat first Shapiro-triggered patient (who didn’t even hear his speech) | Doup Powers, Twitchy

https://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2017/09/14/uc-berkeley-counselors-about-to-treat-first-shapiro-triggered-patient-who-didnt-even-hear-his-speech/Yeah, somebody could have been joking around with the reporter, but given the events that have transpired of late, there’s a high degree of likelihood she was being totally serious.

Ben Shapiro speech at UC Berkeley results in arrests at protests | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/15/ben-shapiro-speech-at-uc-berkeley-results-in-arrests-at-protests.htmlUC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said the security measures could cost $600,000. Mogulof called the speech “a successful event” and said the university was committed to hosting speakers like Shapiro in the future.

 

Ben Shapiro Has a Message Aimed at Everyone Calling Him a ‘White Supremacist’ | Caleb Hull, IJR

http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/09/974931-ben-shapiro-message-aimed-everyone-calling-white-supremacist/Shapiro, a 5’9“ Jewish, yarmulke-wearing man is being accused of being a ”white supremacist“ and a ”Nazi“ because he holds differing views. A massive sign was hung near the building where Shapiro was speaking on campus reading, ”we say no to your white supremacist bulls**t.”

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Final Thoughts

It’s ironic that they tried to quash Shapiro during “Free Speech Week.” Kudos to YAF for a successful engagement and to Shapiro and crew for making it in and out without anyone getting hurt. It was touch and go for a bit, but they managed.

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  1. James McKelvey

    September 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Amen Ben!!!!

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Thanksgiving means food, football, and… oppression? PragerU sets the record straight.

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Thanksgiving means food football and oppression PragerU sets the record straight

Salem Media’s Michael Medved reminds us of what Thanksgiving is truly about, and pushes back on the progressive narrative that was popularized by the Seattle Public School officials in 2007.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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Brooklyn College to police: No bathroom for you

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Brooklyn College to police No bathroom for you

They say a tree grows in Brooklyn. Those trees might be in new trouble, based on an outrageous bathroom policy by a taxpayer-funded public college trying to keep police – including many officers of color – from going anywhere near its precious students.

Brooklyn College, one of the flagship four-year colleges in the taxpayer-funded City University of New York system, is directing officers in need to a dilapidated, filthy and obscure bathroom at the outskirts of the campus. According to one report, the bathroom has an “out of order” sign on one stall, no soap and no paper towels.

A spokesman for the college said the policy is meant to encourage officers to use the select facility rather than “walking across either quadrangle” (the large grassy spaces between the college’s primary buildings). However, anti-police animus among the student body may be the cause.

The current student government president speculates some students are afraid of the police. A college student newspaper recently tied students’ discomfort to a New York Police Department undercover surveillance operation of students at the campus. The discomfort does not appear to be about crime; when a college maintenance worker got arrested in 2015 for selling cocaine on campus, students protested – the police!

A petition to the college president to ban police from the campus entirely is reportedly being circulated. But don’t count on the college administration stepping in to stop the apparent sanctuary campus policy towards criminals, or terrorists. The college invited Bernie Sanders to be its commencement speaker last spring.

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Brooklyn College doesn’t want police using campus bathrooms

https://nypost.com/2017/11/19/brooklyn-college-wants-police-to-use-run-down-bathroom/A visit by The Post to the first-floor men’s room in the WEB — located past the school’s tennis courts and next to its athletic field — revealed a broken toilet with a hideously stained seat and an “OUT OF ORDER” sign taped to the door of its stall.

There was also a total lack of soap and paper towels.

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Whoopi is right about the behavior of UCLA Basketball players in China

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Whoopi Goldberg

I’m not a big fan of Whoopi Goldberg, okay but I have to tell you that I agree with her regarding the following statement.  This is in regards to a couple of UCLA basketball players who thought they could take something from a store in China and not pay for it.

You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president. Now I’m not a big fan of the president, but the fact that he had to call and get your asses out of there is not anything to be proud of or think is cool.  If this isn’t the stupidest thing a young person has done, particularly if you’re over six-feet tall, and black… is this just the ridiculous stupidity of youth?

Let me add one more thing. You’re an embarrassment to UCLA itself, and their athletic department as well.  Now I am not a big fan of those who run academia, but if these jerks are given the right punishment, I shall give the university credit and praise for doing it.  All right UCLA, the ball is in your court.  Do something right for once.

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Whoopi Goldberg to ‘Stupid’ UCLA Players: You’re Fortunate Trump Could ‘Get Your A**es Out’ of China

http://freebeacon.com/issues/whoopi-goldberg-ucla-players-fortunate-trump-get-out-china/“Now, you’re in China—you’re this big!” she said, reaching high into the air to indicate the players’ height. “It’s not like you’re gonna blend, you’re not going to blend in, run out.”

Goldberg said their families and mentors had no doubt told them numerous times not to do things like this, and she said the foolishness of youth is the only explanation for something so dumb.

President Trump says ‘You’re welcome’ after UCLA Bruins players thank him for help with China incident

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21432885/president-trump-says-welcome-ucla-bruins-players-thank-help-china-incidentUCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill stole from three stores, were arrested and surrendered their passports. Trump, who was already on an Asia trip, spoke to President Xi Jinping of China about the incident, and the players were allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, all three read prepared statements at a news conference in which it was revealed that they have been suspended from the team indefinitely. They thanked the Chinese government and police for how they were treated and United States officials for helping secure their release.

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