Thursday, June 01, 2017

Professors Claim Marine Corps Suffers from 'Toxic Masculinity,' 'Fraternity' Culture

What are these Leftist wimps doing teaching at a Marine college?  Must have been Obama appointees.  Armed forces everywhere are a fraternity.  It's needed for unit cohesion.  And since when was masculinity toxic?

Marines are so masculine it’s "toxic," a Marine college professor declared in an interview with

"Women are more unwelcome in the Marines than in any other branch of military service," Vox writes:

“The Obama administration opened the door for women to serve in combat roles. The unhappiest service about that order? The Marine Corps.”

Prof. James Joyner of Marine Command and Staff College blames the problems arising from the introduction of females into the Marines on the Corps’ ‘toxic masculinity culture.”

Another professor faults Marines for acting like frat boys:

“The corps acts like a fraternity, according to Emerald Archer, an expert on women’s advancement at Mount St. Mary’s University in California. Many Marines, she said, believe that integrating women would ruin that brotherhood.”

Even advertising for female recruits has reinforced the fraternity mindset, Vox claims:

“The ad, titled ‘Battle Up,’ was meant to let women know they’re welcome in the Marine Corps. But it also inadvertently refocused attention on the service’s well-earned reputation for being a fraternity that often marginalizes or mistreats female troops.”

The struggle to integrate women into the Marine Corps in nothing less than a battle for the institution’s very “soul,” Vox concludes:

“So as the service tries to win battles around the world, the most important fight may be the one closest to home: the battle for the soul of the Marine Corps.”


Thousands Drop off Food Stamp Rolls in Georgia After State Implements Work Requirements

Thousands of people have dropped off the food stamp rolls in Georgia as a result of the state implementing work requirements for food stamp recipients.

More than half of the 11,779 people enrolled for food stamps in 21 counties, an estimated 7,251 people, have dropped out of the food stamp program—a drop of 62 percent, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Georgia first rolled out its work requirements for the food stamp program in three counties in January 2016. Since then, the state has expanded work requirements in an additional 21 counties, giving people in those 21 counties until April 1, 2017 to find a job or lose food stamp benefits.

Those who receive benefits must work at least 20 hours a week, be enrolled in state-approved job training, or volunteer for a state-approved non-profit or charity.

State officials say the plan is to extend the work requirements to all 159 counties in Georgia by 2019 and implement work requirements in 60 more counties, starting in 2018.

“The greater good is people being employed, being productive and contributing to the state,” said Bobby Cagle, director of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services.

Views on the work mandate are mixed in the state, with some seeing the requirement as a way to get more people into the workforce and less dependent on government handouts, while others say it is an unfair measure that targets the disabled who cannot hold down a job due to their impairments.

Brandon Hanick, who represents the progressive advocacy group Better Georgia, says people with mental health problems, limited education, and the physically disabled would have trouble trying to provide proof of their inability to meet the work requirements. “It’s cruel,” Hanick said. “We’re talking about one of the most basic needs — the need for food.”

State Rep. Greg Morris (R-Vidalia), on the other hand, says that the decrease in food stamp recipients means that the work requirements are helping people become less dependent on government handouts.

“This is about protecting taxpayer dollars from abuse, and taking people off the cycle of dependency,” Morris said. The big drop in numbers, he added, “shows how tax dollars are abused when it comes to entitlements.”

Over the past year, the number of able-bodied food stamp recipients without children in Georgia decreased from 111,000 to 89,500, a 19 percent decrease, the AJC reported.

According to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics for FY 2017, 42,906,253 Americans are enrolled in the food stamp program—a 2.9 percent decrease from FY 2016, when 44,219,363 Americans received food stamps.


UK: Islamic Terrorists and Their Progressive Enablers

Radical Islam is a death cult, and progressive ideology is a suicide cult. Blending the two is obviously deadly

“The message that I would want to get over — and this is how the vast majority of people feel — this man was a terrorist, not a Muslim.” —Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham addressing the Manchester terror attack that killed 22 and wounded 119

“We understand that feelings are very raw right now and people are bound to be looking for answers. However, now, more than ever, it is vital that our diverse communities in Greater Manchester stand together and do not tolerate hate.” —Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, May 23, 2017

“Salman Abedi, 22, was known to the security services before he walked into Manchester Arena on Monday night and detonated a bomb packed with nails, nuts and bolts…” —Daily Mail, May 24, 2017

“MI5 is currently managing 500 active investigations, involving 3,000 subjects of interest at any one time.” —Telegraph UK, May 25, 2017

“Government sources have confessed that there are at least 23,000 jihadists in Britain — more than seven times higher than previously revealed.” —Breitbart, May 27, 2017

“Security sources have told Sky News more than 400 former fighters are now believed to be back in Britain. The authorities believe there is a growing risk the UK could suffer the kind of mass gun and bomb attacks seen in France and Belgium recently…” —Sky News, March 27, 2017

“Numerous laws have been enacted aimed at dealing with people deemed disloyal to the UK and the Crown, but since 2002, one crucial rule has stopped people being stripped of their British citizenship: statelessness. Two key conventions ban it; one from the UN and one from the EU.” —UK Express, May 13, 2016

“Richard Barrett, a former counter-terrorism chief at MI5 and MI6, said repentant fighters needed "to know that there is a place for them back at home.” —The Guardian, Sept. 7, 2014

“Europe is getting used to attacks like this, Mika. They have to, because we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out.” —BBC Anchor Katty Kay, May 23, 2017

“Now we have Manchester and its 22 dead, many of them children. Somehow, we always end up back at 9/11, leaving flowers and candles again.” —Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2017

“…#ManchesterStrong” means a limp passivity of flowers and candlelight vigils and teddy bears for a couple of days before we all forget it until the next ‘strong’ ‘united’ community gets blown apart.“ —columnist Mark Steyn, May 24, 2017

"There’s a competing narrative of fear and xenophobia and nationalism and intolerance and anti-democratic trends. We have to push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or that would restrict individual freedoms of conscience and religion. In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall.” —Barack Obama, May 25, 2017

“Enough of changing your Facebook photo to the flag of the abattoir du jour, enough of the candlelight vigils, and enough of the #_____Strong hashtags. No more pleas for unity and pretending not to understand. We’re not unified, and we all understand, even if we refuse to admit it because of some bizarre suicide pact Western culture decided to join when no one was looking. Grieving doesn’t work. Hugging doesn’t work. Cowardice masquerading as enlightened passivity in the face of our enemies doesn’t work. Just ask the little girls blown apart in Manchester.” —columnist Kurt Schlichter, May 25, 2017

For progressives, especially the global elites and their media allies desperately attempting shape the narrative once again, “the little girls blown apart in Manchester” are nothing more than tangential parts of a conversation in which ideological priorities are far more important than brutal, gut-wrenching reality.

Better to warn the less enlightened about Islamophobia than the radical Islam that puts their children in the hospital and the morgue. Better to monitor thousands of potential terrorists than cut off the immigration spigot, or forcefully combat domestic indoctrination. Better to grant “repentant” fighters unfettered access to the streets than do away with mindless laws about “statelessness,” or hit them with treason charges they so richly deserve.

“Everything barely worth saying will be said endlessly,” warned columnist Douglas Murray wrote — more than year ago. “And the only things that are worth saying won’t be said. What are those things? Among other things the fact that we are living with the consequences of an immigration and ‘integration’ fantasy which should have been abandoned years ago. Instead our governments have kept pretending that the weakening of Europe’s external borders and the erosion of its internal borders happening at the same time as one of the largest population replacement exercises in history could have no tangible effects on our continent’s future.”

Tangible effects for the “little people.” Globalist elites, who actually believe sloganeering about “solidarity” sufficiently placates the masses, remain well-protected from the consequences of their ideological bankruptcy.

Thus, a feckless Barack Obama will lecture us about no walls (other than the one built around his mansion in Washington, DC) while an equally feckless Angela Merkel smiles in agreement — amidst the police helicopters and rooftop snipers ensuring their safety.

Safety from what? For Merkel, perhaps it’s one or more of the one million Middle Eastern “refugees” for whom she rolled out the red carpet. For Obama, maybe it’s protection from the MS-13 gangbangers he knowingly allowed to enter America during the border surge.

For their “subjects?” IEDs at pop concerts, no-go zones, mass sex attacks and rape gangs covered up by media and the police.

And then there are the lectures. Lectures about Western imperialism and Trump’s rhetoric fueling Islamic extremism and recruitment. Lectures citing nonsensical statistical comparisons to deaths caused by brain-eating parasites, alcoholism, obesity, etc., aimed at putting Islamist terror “in perspective.” Contemptible lectures insisting those who question the unrestricted immigration favored by global elites are comparable to Nazis.

Radical Islam is a death cult. Its adherents will infiltrate the West with people from war-torn, totalitarian hellholes dominated by a 7th century mentality, radicalize disaffected natives, and kill with bloodthirsty impunity whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Progressive ideology is a suicide cult. It followers will welcome millions of potential jihadists into their midst to assuage a collective post-colonial guilt, allow radicalization to thrive lest they be thought of as Islamophobic, and tolerate dead and mutilated children as the price that must be paid for preserving their commitment to tolerance, diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism.

A game-changing cataclysm, one that will vaporize the bromides, the orchestrated guilt and the cultural self-castration, is virtually inevitable. And it is virtually inevitable because far too many decent people would rather endure a frog-march toward catastrophe than the wrath of utterly corrupt progressive elites more comfortable with mourning the dead than preventing their deaths in the first place.

Yet when the next attack occurs, finding a “wall” to protect oneself will be the last refuge — for innocents and scoundrels alike.

Not just over there. “The FBI says it’s actively investigating more than 1,000 ISIS-related cases in all 50 states, plus more than 300 terrorism cases tied to refugees from Muslim countries.” —New York Post, May 28, 2017


Furious Leftist protests about Texas ban on sanctuary cities

Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas’s tough new anti-sanctuary cities law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting state troopers to be called in.

Tension over the hard-line immigration policies boiled over, prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle — and even threaten gun violence.

Activists wearing red T-shirts reading "Lucha" or "Fight" quietly filled hundreds of gallery seats as the proceedings began. After about 40 minutes, they began to cheer, drowning out the lawmakers. Protesters also blew whistles and chanted: "Here to stay!" and "Hey, hey, ho, ho, SB4 has got to go," referring to the bill that Governor Greg Abbott signed into law this month.

Some unfurled banners reading: "See you in court!" and "See you at the polls!"

House leadership stopped the session and asked troopers to clear the gallery. The demonstration continued for about 20 minutes as officers led people out of the chamber peacefully in small groups. There were no reports of arrests.

The new Texas law is reminiscent of a 2010 Arizona "show your papers" measure that allowed police to inquire about a person’s immigration status during routine interactions, such as traffic stops. It was eventually struck down in court.

A legislative session that began in January concluded Monday, and the day was supposed to be reserved for goofy group photos and goodbyes. Lawmakers are constitutionally barred from approving most legislation on the last day.

But even after the protest ended, tensions remained high. Representative Ramon Romero, a Democrat, said he was standing with fellow Democrat Cesar Blanco when Republican colleague Matt Rinaldi came over and said: "This is BS. That’s why I called ICE."

Rinaldi and Blanco then began shouting at each other. A scuffle nearly ensued before other lawmakers separated the two.

Later, a group of Democratic lawmakers held a press conference to accuse Rinaldi of threatening to "put a bullet in the head" of someone on the House floor during a second near scuffle. They said the comment was made in the direction of Democratic Representative Poncho Nevarez.

In a Facebook statement, Rinaldi admitted saying he’d called federal authorities and threatened to shoot Nevarez — but said his life was in danger.

"Nevarez threatened my life on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said ‘I am illegal and here to stay,’ " Rinaldi wrote.

He said Democrats were encouraging protesters to ignore police instructions and "When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues."

Rinaldi said Nevarez later "told me that he would ‘get me on the way to my car.’ " Rinaldi said he responded by making it clear "I would shoot him in self-defense," adding that he is currently under Texas Department of Public Safety protection.

The Texas law requires police chiefs and sheriffs — under the threat of jail and removal from office — to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation.

Police also can ask the immigration status of anyone they stop. The bill was viewed as a crackdown on Austin and other "sanctuary cities," a term that has no legal meaning but describes parts of the country where police are not tasked with helping to enforce federal immigration law.

Monday’s protest was organized by activists who canvassed over Memorial Day weekend in Austin. They informed anxious immigrants about the rights they retain despite the law and urged grass-roots resistance against it.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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