If the coaches were serious they would refuse to play until the RFRA is repealed.
Early today, the National Association of Basketball Coaches facilitated a conference call between the four coaches playing this week in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis to discuss concerns expressed regarding the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
On the call, the four coaches – John Calipari of the University of Kentucky, Tom Izzo of Michigan State University, Bo Ryan of the University of Wisconsin and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University – were in unanimous support of the policies expressed by their institutions and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The following is their statement.
“We are aware of the recent actions in Indiana and have made a point to talk about this sensitive and important issue among ourselves and with our teams. Each of us strongly supports the positions of the NCAA and our respective institutions on this matter – that discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated. As a part of America’s higher education system, college basketball plays an important role in diversity, equality, fairness and inclusion, and will continue to do so in the future.”
John Kerry, not so much.
Via Free Beacon:
Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said late Wednesday that he is “all smiles” as talks with Western powers over the country’s nuclear weapons program run past a self-imposed deadline and Tehran pushes the United States to make more concessions.
When asked by a reporter whether he was feeling less optimistic following tension in the negotiating room, Zarif responded, “I am all smiles.”
Zarif also demanded that negotiators stop pressuring him and the Iranian side lest the talks stall without an agreement.
“Any agreement and pressure will not go together,” Zarif said. “They are mutually exclusive. So our friends need to decide whether they want to be with Iran based on respect or that they want to continue based on pressure. They have tested the other one. It’s high time to test this one.”
Secretary of State John Kerry will remain in town until Thursday morning in a bid to patch over remaining disagreements with Iran over what an initial political agreement will look like.
NC State University Suggests Censoring Speech In The “Free Expression Tunnel” To Fight “Social Injustice”…
If there’s one thing academia (along with the rest of the left) despises, it’s free speech.
Via Campus Reform
A North Carolina State University administrator is encouraging student leaders to censor speech they don’t like in a tunnel dedicated to free speech on campus.
In an email sent to all student group leaders Friday evening that was obtained by Campus Reform, Eileen M. Coombes, Director of Student Involvement, encouraged students to be creative while fighting against “social injustices and other forms of hate.”
“If you see hate speech or offensive language in the Free Expression Tunnel, cover that speech with the stencil, indicating that you, as a member of this community of scholars, will not stand for any form of hate at NC State.”
“One way to do so is through the new ‘State not Hate’ stencils now available in Student Involvement,” Coombes said in her email. “If you see hate speech or offensive language in the Free Expression Tunnel, cover that speech with the stencil, indicating that you, as a member of this community of scholars, will not stand for any form of hate at NC State.”
According to NC State’s website, the Free Expression Tunnel was built to curb random acts of graffiti around campus.
“The Free Expression Tunnel gives students a venue for expressing their thoughts and feelings about anything—from ‘Happy Birthday’ to announcing club and organization meetings,” the website states. “The tunnel never looks the same twice, as it is painted daily by various student groups.”
Coombes’s email was sent to student leaders in light of recent incidents on other college campuses that have gained national media attention. The University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter was recently disbanded and two students were expelled after a video surfaced online of a few fraternity members chanting a racist song.[…]
UPDATE: In an email to Campus Reform after publication, Coombes said the stencil was developed by both students and staff and “perfectly aligns with the current practices in the Tunnel.” Coombes said that it’s up to the students–not the university–to define offensive language.
“At the end of the day, we want our students to feel empowered to set the standard for our Wolfpack community and the stencil is just another method we’ve provided to combat speech with another form of expression,” Coombes told Campus Reform in an email.
The pro-abortion activists are riding on the coattails of the RFRA ‘outrage’.
The Indiana Right to Life website has been taken offline by hackers after the pro-life group announced its support of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While no direct explanation has been confirmed, the timing of the attack is certainly suspicious. The pro-life group sent out this urgent press release Wednesday morning:
Hackers took Indiana Right to Life’s website offline Tuesday evening, possibly in retaliation for the organization’s support of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). A Twitter user claimed responsibility, using the same hashtag – #Offline – as was used by the apparent hacker who disrupted the state of Indiana’s website on Friday, Mar. 27.
Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter responded to the hacking incident with no regrets about his organization’s goals:
“We face bitter opposition to our work protecting the unborn every day, but most who oppose our mission do so in the open,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “This attack on our website is cowardly. We have been exercising our freedom of speech as we support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is an important safeguard for pro-life Hoosiers against government directives supporting abortion. This attack appears to be in retaliation for that support. It’s disappointing that the level of discourse has been lowered by a party wishing to silence our voice.” […]
Indiana Right to Life’s endorsement of the bill comes as no surprise, considering it would, in part, prevent pro-lifers from being forced to support abortions.
WaPo Release Seating Chart Of WH Briefings Comparing Which Outlets Have Gotten Interviews With Obama…
Obama has gone from softball questions to nerf ball questions.
So far in 2015, President Obama has sat down for interviews with three YouTube stars, Vox, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Vice News and Jimmy Kimmel. Obama has not granted interviews to (among others) The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press or USA Today.
Those decisions on who to talk to — and, as importantly, who not to talk to — reflect a broader Obama media strategy, employed throughout his time in office but accelerated in his second term. And that is, to put a priority on sitting down with newer outlets with younger and/or less politically minded viewers.[…]
The chart makes clear that Obama and and his senior aides are focused on breaking the monopoly that big broadcast networks and legacy news organization have long held on the president’s time.[…]
It’s also worth noting that Obama hasn’t abandoned the broadcast networks entirely. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie got an Obama interview that ran right before the Super Bowl, and CBS News’ Bill Plante got one right around the 50th anniversary of Selma. The ABC interview was Kimmel, who isn’t on the news side of that business.
Designed by the Obamacare website developers and the IRS.
A redesign of a transparency website that provides information on federal spending by the Obama administration now makes it much more difficult to see how taxpayer dollars are spent.
Usaspending.gov, a website mandated by law to provide detailed information on every federal contract over $3,000, received a makeover on Tuesday. Users can no longer search federal spending by keywords, sort contracts by date, or easily find detailed information on awards, which are delivered in bulk.
Information, such as how much the Pentagon spends on Viagra, used to be available at the click of a button. Locating those same contracts on the new website is virtually impossible, akin to finding a needle in a haystack.
In its previous form, the website provided easy access to how taxpayer dollars are spent, as it happens. A user now must have the federal grant identification number to see details of a contract.
In another aspect of the overhaul, the online address of each of the website’s individual pages now begins with the word “transparency.”
The new version of Usaspending.gov provides a “spending map” to search by zip code, and “agency profiles,” which only provide totals of funding, sub-awards, and transactions. The results list the highest dollar amounts by company, but provide no links to specific contracts.
The list of agencies does not include smaller government bodies such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), but does include the “Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.” Results for the profile of “Other Small Agencies” returns zero grants or contracts, with the reply “no data found.”
The public can search by recipient, though those results are also limited. A user must click on every contract to find a short description of what the spending involves.[…]
An advanced search allows a user to see all of an agency’s spending, separated by contract type, though the results are only available alphabetically. A user cannot sort the data by date, making it impossible to see agency spending day to day. One can download the results to sort by date in a spreadsheet, but they include no description of what the contracts are for.
Downloading data on spending by the State Department nearly crashed this reporter’s computer.
Search results are also not indexed on Google, making the website’s search engine the only avenue for citizens and reporters to find information within the site. Microsoft Sharepoint operates the new website’s search, and the results are limited.[…]
The website was not perfect prior to its reboot. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Usaspending.gov was missing billions of dollars in federal awards, and the vast majority of federal contracts included errors.
The federal government had purchased the website back from the contractor running Usaspending.gov, Global Computer Enterprises, Inc. last October. GCE, which had operated the website since 2003, declared bankruptcy last year.
The website was previously overseen by the Office of Management and Budget, before the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service took it over in January.
The bureau was tasked with “making improvements to the site’s usability, presentation, and search functionalities” for its re-launch, which went live on Tuesday.
Requests for comment from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s office of public affairs were not returned.
“This is the most transparent administration in history,” President Barack Obama declared in February 2013, arguing that information on laws and regulations were “put online for everyone to see.”
UPDATE: Indiana Pizzeria Forced To Close After “Progressives” Threaten Violence Over Their Support For RFRA…
Update to this story
I’m assuming the liberal media who incited this by blatantly lying about what the owners said are pretty happy with themselves.
Via The Hill
A family-owned pizzeria in Indiana closed on Wednesday following backlash over its support of a controversial religious freedom law.
TMZ reported that Memories Pizza is suspending its business operations amid uproar over the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Owner Kevin O’Connor said vitriol toward his restaurant was so intense it was closed until further notice. The eatery began receiving threatening phone calls and social media postings after revealing its support for the law earlier this week.
O’Connor and his family initially inspired public rage by declaring that they would not cater gay weddings on Tuesday. That announcement made Memories Pizza Indiana’s first business to refuse potential customers service for religious reasons under the new law.[…]
Critics of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act believe it permits business discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals through religious rationales. The law’s supporters, in contrast, argue it allows businesses to make faith-based decisions without government interference.
Clueless Dem Strategist: You Know, Reagan Would’ve Never Passed A Religious Freedom Law Like Indiana…
He should worry less about hypotheticals on what Reagan would’ve done and more about what Bill Clinton actually did…a member of his own party.
Via Truth Revolt:
In an opinion blog for U.S. News & World Report, Democrat strategist Peter Fenn spoke for President Ronald Reagan, saying he wouldn’t have approved of the religious freedom laws just passed in Indiana and Arkansas.
Pointing to a speech Reagan gave in 1977 in front of the Fourth Conservative Political Action Conference, Fenn states that the new Republican Party Reagan was calling for would not include many of its members today, whom he believes might be “in the grips of religious fanatics.”
Fenn used this quote from Reagan’s speech to bolster his claim:
Conservatism is the antithesis of the kind of ideological fanaticism that has brought so much horror and destruction to the world. The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way — this is the heart of American conservatism today. Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before.
Fenn admits that “as a life-long Democrat and a liberal,” he never cared for Reagan as president, especially “the movement of his party to the right.” Fenn prefers moderate and “reasonable” Republicans. Emphasizing that Reagan was addressing factory workers and black voters in a plea for embracing conservatism, Fenn quotes another section of the speech:
Thought her horrendous parking job caught on video would be the end of the saga? Not even close.
Via Roll Call:
Negotiating tight spots, a source maintains, isn’t the only thing Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has trouble with when she’s behind the wheel.
Perusing the now-viral video HOH posted of the 13-term lawmaker struggling to negotiate an angled Capitol Hill parking spot jarred the memory of a tipster who recalled a more appalling run-in that happened nearly a decade earlier.
Per our source, a seemingly average winter day in 2006 took a turn for the worse once Norton showed up on the scene.
“I was standing on the corner waiting to cross the street of 12th and G St. NW in DC when a car pulled up and parked right in front of me,” the tipster recounted via email.
“The car didn’t just block me from crossing, it completely blocked the handicap ramp,” the stunned observer said of the brazen motorist who nonchalantly mounted the curb that February morning.
No longer able to continue along his intended path, the tipster stayed put until the driver emerged from the shoddily stationed vehicle.
“I recognized the person as soon as she came out and started to walk across the street,” the onlooker stated. He was rather shocked when Norton popped out and hustled across the way.
She’s gonna need a whole lot more than the parking lessons she claimed she’s signed up for.
Elderly nuns, not so lucky.
Via The Hill:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to stop patting down hair styles that are popular among African-American women after complaints were raised by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The ACLU’s Northern California office had filed a complaint on behalf of a woman who complained her hair was unfairly searched by TSA officials at airports in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Minn. in 2013.
TSA officials said Wednesday that have reached “an informal agreement with the ACLU to enhance officer training.”
Racial profiling is not tolerated by TSA,” the agency said in a statement that was provided to The Hill. “Not only is racial profiling prohibited under DHS and agency policy, but it is also an ineffective security tactic.”
Dumb, but it should be noted he said “natural” and not “man-made”…
Via Daily Caller:
Former Maryland governor and presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday global warming is the most important “natural threat” facing the U.S.
Calling global warming a “natural threat” distinguishes it from “man-made” threats like a nuclear Iran and Islamic extremism.
“The greatest danger that we face right now on a consistent basis in terms of manmade threats is — is — nuclear Iran and related to that, extremist violence,” O’Malley told Stephanopoulos. “I don’t think you can separate the two. I think they go together.”
“In terms of natural threats, clearly, it’s climate change. And we have to confront — we have to confront manmade and natural threats,” said O’Malley, a Democrat, clearly distinguishing global warming from man-made threats.
O’Malley’s comments are a huge departure from President Barack Obama and his cabinet, who not only call global warming a national security but also say it’s caused by human activity. Obama told Congress that “the Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.”
Idiotic Dem Nebraska State Sen. Stands By Statements He’d Shoot A Cop If He Weren’t Nonviolent: “I Meant What I Said”…
“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant.” Yeah, sounds like a nonviolent person alright…
Via CNS News:
Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers refused to apologize last week for controversial comments he made comparing the police to ISIS and suggesting he would shoot a cop if he had a gun and weren’t nonviolent.
“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant,” Chambers said in reaction to calls for him to apologize or resign.
During a legislative hearing on a bill allowing guns in bars (LB 635) on March 20, Chambers said, “My ISIS is the police.”
“I would tell young people if you tell somebody to go across the world to fight for ISIS, they can put you in jail if you just talk about it. If you want to fight injustice, don’t– you don’t have to go around the world to find the ISIS mentality,” he said.
“Your ISIS is in America, and you’re likely to die over there one way or the other. So if you’re gonna die, die making your home safe. My home is not threatened by ISIS. Mine is threatened by the police. The police are licensed to kill us – children, old people,” Chambers added.
“If I were going to do something – but I’m not a man of violence – I wouldn’t go to Syria. I wouldn’t go to Iraq. I wouldn’t go to Afghanistan. I wouldn’t go to Yemen. I wouldn’t go to Tunisia. I wouldn’t go to Lebanon. I wouldn’t go to Jordan. I would do it right here,” he said.
“Nobody from ISIS ever terrorized us as a people as the police do daily, and they get away with it, and they’ve been given the license now,” Chambers said.
Hmm, maybe because it’s a stupid idea.
Muslim NBA Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Slams Indiana Religious Freedom Law As “Anti-American”, Compares It To . . . Sharia Law
CAIR must be so confused.
The state took a step toward establishing an American version of Sharia law
In the 1987 movie Moonstruck, Nicolas Cage plays a contentious man who, when confronted with his unreasonable and unjust behavior, shouts in defense, “I ain’t no freakin’ monument to justice!” That line echoes in my head when I think about Indiana’s hypocritical and anti-American Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). At its core, rather than being a monument to justice, RFRA is a step toward establishing an American version of Shari’a law.
I know that sounds hyperbolic, in the tradition of, “If Obama is re-elected, the terrorists have won” or “If the pipeline isn’t approved, you’re Nazis because Hitler once nixed a pipeline.” However, in this case, the comparison is not so crazy. Shari’a law, when imposed on a population by force, makes a single religion’s teachings (often a single sect of that religion’s teachings) the law of the land. The mission is to force everyone to follow the teachings lest they be punished. Although RFRA supporters aren’t physically assaulting people, they certainly are attempting to punish those who don’t follow their own very specific interpretation of God’s teachings.
“It’s a different world,” he said. Spoken like a true Commie…
Via LA Times:
Gov. Jerry Brown, standing on a patch of brown grass in the Sierra Nevada that is usually covered with several feet of snow at this time of year, on Wednesday announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history.
“It’s a different world,” he said. “We have to act differently.”
Brown was on hand Wednesday as state officials took stock of historically abysmal levels of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada amid the state’s grinding drought.
Brown ordered the California Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory restrictions to reduce water usage by 25%. The water savings are expected to amount to 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months.
Other elements of Brown’s order would:
–Require golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscaped spaces to reduce water consumption.
–Replace 50 million square feet of lawn statewide with drought-tolerant landscaping as part of a partnership with local governments.
–Create a statewide rebate program to replace old appliances with more water- and energy-efficient ones.
–Require new homes to have water-efficient drip irrigation if developers want to use potable water for landscaping.
–Ban the watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.
–Call on water agencies to implement new pricing models that discourage excessive water use.
–Require agricultural to report more water usage information to the state so that regulators can better find waste and improper activities.
–Create a mechanism to enforce requirements that water districts report usage numbers to the state.
As the Washington Examiner points out, the source of this story is an ABC57 article where the reporter clearly states: “the O’Connor family said that if a gay couple or a couple belonging to another religion came in to the restaurant to eat, they would never deny them service.” They would only decline to cater a wedding.
Topping off the insanity is Indiana HS teacher Jess Dooley’s call to burn their shop down:
And while I’m at it, how many weddings have you been to that serve pizza? Personally, none.
He’s wishing this were a sick April Fools Day joke right about now…
UPDATE: Let’s not forget about: Sen. Menendez Outspoken And Highly Critical Of Obama On Iran, Cuba Deals; Considered WH’s Least Fav Dem…
Breaking: Justice Department indicts Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey on corruption charges http://t.co/tYCeELTJqc
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 1, 2015
I have no idea if this is a hoax or legit, but over the past few years these types of incidents have been hoaxes more often than not. The fact that the newly formed “Duke People of Color Caucus” was quick to pounce on the news doesn’t help the credibility of this story.
Duke University students found a noose hanging from a tree along the school’s main thoroughfare early on Wednesday morning, rattling the campus less than two weeks after a black student was allegedly taunted by white students singing a racist chant.
Police removed the noose, made of yellow string, from a tree in Bryan Center Plaza around 2.45am. A spokesman for the department said police were still gathering information on the case.
Larry Moneta, vice-president for student affairs, emailed students hours later, writing: “I can’t begin to describe the disgust and anger I felt, and still feel.
“To whomever committed this hateful and stupid act, I just want to say that if your intent was to create fear, it will have the opposite effect,” he wrote.
Moneta said campus services would be available for all students, and “if we’re able to identify [anyone] responsible for committing this act of intimidation, they will be held fully accountable.”
The Duke People of Color Caucus, an anonymous group recently formed to address racism at the school, posted a statement urging black people to take care: “This campus is not a safe space, and has proven beyond any doubt that it is a hostile environment for any and all black people.”
Shocked faces everyone!