Prof shares anti-Trump flyers during class

(CAMPUS REFORM) — A professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston used class time to offer students in his Moral and Social Problems flyers for an anti-Trump rally on President’s Day.

According to video evidence provided anonymously to Campus Reform, Philosophy professor Andrew Leong pointed out a stack of flyers to his class, explaining that after students handed in a paper assignment, they could “scream [their] lungs out in front of the campus center” at an anti-Trump rally.

“Flyers are here if you want to take one and remind yourself for next week,” Leong informs the Moral and Social Problems class, referring to a stack of leaflets promoting a President’s Day event against Trump on campus called “Resist the President Day at Campus Center UMass Boston” hosted by a group called UMass Boston Against the Trump Agenda.


Brace yourself: Obama ‘ready to roll’ into public eye

(POLITICO) — Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.

Holder said he’s been talking to the former president about ways — including fundraising and interacting with state legislators — that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair last year.

“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder said, speaking to reporters at a briefing for the new group. “And he’s ready to roll.”


‘Black Lives Matter’ activist: Leaders sought to burn capitol

(INFOWARS) — A former Black Lives Matter activist is making stunning accusations against fellow agitators in an unprompted YouTube video.

Trey Turner, who says he protested police killings in St. Paul, Minnesota, created a video to expose what he learned while he was active with the group.

Turner said he joined Black Lives Matter after the shooting of Jamar Clark last March, and that he was a part of the “4th Precinct shutdown.”

He said he joined because activists insisted the movement was peaceful and “didn’t hate whites.”


Did CNN just accuse the president of treason?

CNN host Erin Burnett really, really wanted former Attorney General Michael Mukasey to lend credence to her use of the t-word in reference to President Donald Trump during an interview Monday night.

The network the president has repeatedly insulted as a purveyor of “fake news” has focused heavily in recent weeks on allegations that the Trump campaign was in touch with Russian operatives leading up to the 2016 election.

So far there’s been little evidence of any wrongdoing— but Burnett was determined to produce some.

She first asked if current AG Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from any investigation into the matter after his statement that even if Trump or his surrogates spoke to Russian officials “not every contact is improper.”

“Should he recuse himself and get a special prosecutor?” she asked.

Mukasey reminded her that there’s still no indication of a crime.

“Special prosecutor of what? Where’s the crime? We haven’t even named the crime, let alone suggested that charges are going to be brought,” he said.

But the CNN anchor persisted, asking whether any conversation at all between the two parties would constitute a crime.

Again, the answer was “no.”

“Even if they had regular contact talking about working together?” Burnett pressed on.

“The only statute I know that that conceivably violates is the Logan Act and that hasn’t been prosecuted since 1793,” Mukasey replied.

And then Burnett went for the money shot.

“But I’m talking about collusion or ‘it would be great if you could find things on Hillary Clinton,’ those sorts of conversations,” Burnett said. “That would be treason, right?”

After he recovered from his shock, Mukasey noted that there is absolutely no evidence to suggesting that Trump is guilty of treason.

Burnett then asked, “You’re fine with that?”

An obviously annoyed Mukasey responded: “It’s not a question of being fine with it because I’m not fine with it. There’s a difference between treason and what I’m fine with or not. And saying you ought to get stuff on Hillary Clinton, believe it or not, is not a crime, even if you’re saying it to the Russians.”

Keep fishing…

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America to Democrats: Stop whining and find ways to work with Trump

Congressional Democrats have criticized President Donald Trump relentlessly since his inauguration and vowed to work against his administration at every opportunity. But a majority of American voters believe there’s a better way forward for balance in Washington.

That’s according to polling data recently released by Rasmussen which finds that 63 percent of all U.S. voters believe the country will be better off if Democrats try to work with the president rather than obstruct him at every turn.

Broken down by party, sizable majorities of American Republicans and independents report hoping that Democrat lawmakers will work to find common ground with Trump— but the real surprise comes from Democratic voters, 46 percent of whom say their leaders should find ways to get along with the White House.

Voters also suggested that the Democratic Party isn’t doing itself any favors by working against Trump for the sake of working against Trump. Sixty-three percent of all voters report that the party will likely be better off if its leaders attempt to work with Trump. Meanwhile, 45 percent of Democratic voters believe working with Trump will improve the party.

The polling data should serve as a reminder to congressional Democrats that anti-Trump protestors and celebrities calling for obstructionism, despite the massive amount of media coverage they receive, are actually far fewer than the number of Americans who simply want to see government work.

Still, Democrats in Congress aren’t likely to dial down their anti-Trump emotion any time soon.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said she was boycotting Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday because she couldn’t guarantee that she’d be respectful of the president.

“The only thing we have urged members to be is respectful,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters of the event. “Maxine Waters, as you know is not going. She’s announced she’s not going … because she believes people ought to be respectful to the president of the United States and she’s not sure she could be, so she’s not going to go.”

Other Democrats, like Rep. Eliot Engel (NY) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ), said they will avoid aisle seats during the president’s visit so that they don’t have to shake Trump’s hand.

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Jeff Sessions goes all ‘Reefer Madness’ at the DOJ

On the heels of rumors that the Donald Trump Justice Department is eyeing options to walk back state legalization of recreational marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to have claimed the high level of THC in modern pot is making users violent.

Sessions, a longtime advocate of draconian U.S. drug laws, has previously claimed that his primary motivation for attacking state rights over recreational marijuana as head of the DOJ is because the drug remains illegal under federal law.

Given some of Sessions’ past statements on the issue of marijuana (i.e. “good people” don’t use it), it’s pretty safe to assume that his personal distaste for marijuana use is also part of the new AG’s motivation.

And Sessions really isn’t going out of his way to alleviate concerns that he’s willing to attack the rights of state residents to legalize and regulate marijuana because he’s interested in bringing his brand of Alabama conservatism to the DOJ.

“I don’t think America is going to be a better place when people of all ages, and particularly young people, are smoking pot,” he recently told reporters gathered at the DOJ. “I believe it’s an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we’re seeing real violence around that.”

While he does have an argument when he says the Justice Department will go after legal pot because it’s against federal law, Sessions’ “I think” and “I believe” statements reveal his true feelings.

Sessions believes that marijuana use is unhealthy. And that may be true. But alcohol use, tobacco use, automobile use and eating at McDonalds are also pretty bad for you based on numbers. Still, those things all remain legal, regulated and taxed.

When the AG talks about real violence and then about “very high” levels of THC, he’s making a pretty crazy statement— especially if he’s suggesting that potent marijuana is making people go batty and do violent things they otherwise would not.

We’ve heard about that “new drug menace” before, way back in 1938: “Marihuana is that drug—a violent narcotic— an unspeakable scourge— The Real Public Enemy Number One!

“It’s first effect is sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter; then come dangerous hallucinations— space expands— time slows down, almost stands still…. Fixed ideas come next, conjuring up monstrous extravagances— followed by emotional disturbances, the total inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions… leading finally to shocking violence… ending often in incurable insanity.”

That, of course, comes from the propaganda film “Reefer Madness.”

The film has been thoroughly debunked and serves as a kind of cultural punchline to this day. And if Sessions intends to apply the same sort of logic to his attack on the will of voters in “legalize” states, he too will become a punchline.

Sessions went on to say that “big money” involved in marijuana sales is also a problem because “you can’t sue somebody for a drug debt.”

“The only way to get your money is through strong-arm tactics, and violence tends to follow that,” he said.

So maybe the violence Sessions is worried about comes from the trafficking of marijuana more so than the end user experience.

If that’s the case, he may need to do a little reading on the organized crime of the Prohibition era.

Marijuana Majority Chairman Tom Angell pointed out in an interview with Reason: “By talking about marijuana and violence, the attorney general is inadvertently articulating the strongest argument that exists for legalization, which is that it allows regulated markets in a way that prohibition does not. The only connection between marijuana and violence is the one that exists when illegal sellers battle it out for profits in the black market.”

Sure, traffickers are probably taking advantage of lax drug laws in some states to move marijuana to others with strict pot laws (Alabama perhaps?)— but, Angell noted, that just makes a stronger case for federal legalization and regulation.

In the meantime, the conservative thing to do is to respect states’ rights.

Sessions and other prohibitionists will say that people wanting the Justice Department to back off legal marijuana states should talk to Congress about having the federal drug laws changed. But maybe it would make more sense for the prohibitionists to do so. After all, there was never a constitutional amendment giving the federal government the authority to wage its war on drugs in the first place— so any laws regulating drug use actually fall firmly under the broad designation of powers “left to the States and the people” in the 10th Amendment.

And that gets to the heart of the problem with conservatives like Sessions. Conservatism only works when it’s rooted in respect for individual liberty and the smallest government possible. Small federal government which busies itself with handling the very few responsibilities it has under the Constitution ought to be far too busy to go around policing morality, regardless of what some folks “think” or “believe” about the personal actions of others.

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Trump directs EPA to reconsider Obama water rule

(THE HILL) — President Trump signed an order Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally reconsider former President Barack Obama’s Clean Water Rule.

The executive order is an opening shot by Trump against the EPA, which was a frequent target of criticism from Republicans for alleged overreach under Obama’s tenure.

It’s the first step toward repealing the 2015 water rule, which asserted federal power over small waterways like wetlands and streams for the purposes of controlling pollution under the Clean Water Act. Trump promised on the campaign trail to repeal the regulation.


White men ‘should pay 5% more tax due to privilege’

(DAILYCALLER) — White people should pay extra taxes because they are more privileged, an op-ed at Wesplain argues.

The article, titled, “It’s Time for White People to Pay for Privilege: The Equality Tax,”argues that all minorities face economic disadvantages.

“Racist employers, a disproportionate targeting of minorities by law enforcement, racial wage gaps, poor inner city schools; these all contribute to what is an undeniable reality for minorities,” the article claims.

To fix this, white people should pay a higher tax to make up for their privilege. The writer suggests a five percent tax to start with. A single white man should pay a five percent “equality tax,” while a single white woman would only pay 4.5 percent in the “equality tax.”


Muslim now spiritual leader to 14,000 U.S. Army soldiers

Khallid Shabazz/Photo: Twitter

Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz (center)/Photo: Twitter

Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, 48, was just awarded the historic title of division level chaplain for the Army’s 7th Infantry at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, a title that puts him in charge of the spirituality of roughly 14,000 mostly-Christian U.S. soldiers.

Shabazz’s been an Army chaplain for years, one of only 10 Muslim chaplains in the entire U.S. military – one of only five in the branch of the U.S. Army.

And in four months, his appointment will be formalized, via a division ceremony at Lewis-McChord.

“When you get the call saying you have been bestowed a division, the news is kind of like, unearthly,” Shabazz said, McClatchy D.C. reported. “The list is so small and it’s such a tough cut.”

And his reaction when he got the call?

“I’m on the phone saying, ‘Thank you, I appreciate it,’” he said, to McClatchy D.C. “Then I hang up the phone and I’m jumping all around like a little kid … running around the office saying, al hamdulillah, al hamdulillah, praise be to God.”

“The Evidence Bible” is now available and includes, besides the King James version, dozens of articles expanding answers to questions such as why is there suffering, explanations about what Muslims believe and scientific facts written millennia before man discovered them.

Not all are going to be happy with the appointment, he acknowledged.

“For me, a regular old guy from Louisiana, I look to the heavens and say, ‘Why me?’ As the day gets closer, I’m sure I’ll have more anxiety and think about it more,” he said, again in McClatchy. “Islamic guy in a leadership position? If I think about it too much, it’ll get overwhelming.”

Shabazz was born Michael Barnes, to a Lutheran family who lived about three hours from New Orleans. He attended Jarvis Christian College in eastern Texas, and after graduating, went back to Louisiana and taught fifth-grade biology.

He quit at the age of 23, and joined the Army. And it was while serving in Germany that he switched from Christian to Muslim.

As McClatchy D.C. reported:

“While stationed in Baumholder, Germany, Shabazz worked the motor pool with a Muslim soldier who annoyed other troops with his boasts about the virtues of Islam. Shabazz, who back then was still Christian, grew fed up and decided “to cut him down to size.” He challenged the Muslim to a public debate on the merits of their respective religions.

“On the afternoon of the showdown, Shabazz recalled, about 30 soldiers filled a meeting room on base. Shabazz was ready to pounce, but the Muslim opponent “kind of blindsided me with some facts,” launching into a powerful, persuasive defense of his faith that put Islam in a whole new light.

“Shabazz, stunned, was down for the count.

“‘It was all-out cognitive dissonance, depression and shame, honestly,’ Shabazz said, recalling his feelings at that moment. ‘I thought I had a stronghold on the truth. And, for the first time, my confidence was shaken in who I was as a human being and what I believed.’”

Shortly after, Shabazz started studying Islam. Two years later, he converted to Islam and changed his name. Why the switch?

He said after studying Islam, he just identified with the faith, particularly its emphasis on “thinking” and charity.

Shabazz said his new job as division chaplain would not lead him to covert troops.

“My job,” he told the news outlet, “is not to convert anybody to Islam. God guides people. My only goal is to have people leave my office stronger than when they came in.”

He also said, the news outlet reported: “I don’t want to help just Muslims. I don’t want to help just Christians. I want to help people who are in distress.”

The Department of Defense reports a total of 6,000 or so of self-identified Muslims among its ranks. That’s out of a total of 1.3 million active duty members, and another 800,000 or so reserve and guard troops.


Trump to propose military buildup, cuts in foreign aid

(WASHINGTON TIMES) In his first major address to Congress, President Trump will deliver a prime-time “message to the world” Tuesday night by proposing a robust military buildup and corresponding cuts in foreign aid, State Department operations and domestic programs.

The president will ask a joint session of Congress to boost national security spending by $54 billion, an increase of about 10 percent, to rebuild what Mr. Trump calls the “depleted” military, and to hire more Border Patrol agents and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Mr. Trump said Monday, giving a preview to the nation’s governors during a White House meeting. “This is a landmark event, a message to the world in these dangerous times, of American strength, security and resolve.”