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Washington University of St. Louis administration apologizes for photo of students pointing waterguns at “terrorist”
What would the Islamic supremacists and their leftists-tools who carry for the most vicious savages on the face of the earth have us do? Sharpen their machetes? Terrorists are the enemy. These students are right.
The Muslim Student Association, the group that complained, was named a Muslim Brotherhood group and co-conspirator in the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation's history.I would hope that freedom lovign students would stand up to this capitulation to our enemies and start fighting back. Learn from our enemies. Stage a freedom sit-down. Hold a victims vigil for Americans murdered by jihadists. Protest to craven quislings in the school administration that have sold out their futures and their freedom.
Washington University of St. Louis administration apologizes for photo of students pointing waterguns at "terrorist" (thanks to Robert Spencer)
Does the jihadi in the photograph somewhat resemble Osama bin Laden? Yes. Even if he doesn't, are there Islamic jihadis waging war against the United States? Yes, there are. Isn't the claim of Muslim organizations in the U.S. that they condemn and abhor terrorism? Yes, it is. So if that is the case, then why would they object to a Halloween photograph of "soldiers" pointing guns at a "terrorist"? Shouldn't they be applauding the capture of a "terrorist" who is "hijacking" their religion, even in a Halloween spoof? Instead, the MSA's Mahroh Jahangiri, an intern with the Department of Homeland Security, made the same false claim that Islamic supremacists always make regarding counter-jihadists and counter-terror efforts in general: that the fight against jihad terror somehow targets all Muslims and falsely holds them responsible for the crimes of the jihadis. Yet the only ones saying that "all Muslims" are somehow defamed by this Halloween photo, or by counter-terror efforts, are those Islamic supremacists, not foes of jihad.
And of course the clueless Leftist university administration eagerly jumps to do the Muslim Brotherhood-linked MSA's bidding.
"Administration apologizes for delayed response to divisive Halloween photograph," by Sahil Patel and Michael Tabb for Student Life (Washington University of St. Louis), November 7 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):
[UPDATE: Friday, 12:01 a.m.] A Solidarity Forum hosted by the Muslim Students Association Thursday offered Washington University’s administration a chance to apologize for its failure to respond immediately to a controversial Halloween photograph gone viral and students to suggest possible avenues for improvement.
The discussion in Tisch Commons, in which a number of MSA members related how the photo was an emotional trigger for them, bringing back memories of personal experiences with racism, came one day after a Facebook post featuring an image of students in Halloween costumes garnered hundreds of hits from community members and others who found the photo offensive.
Some criticized the administration for its delayed reaction to the photo, which was sent to Vice Chancellor Sharon Stahl just after Halloween. At the meeting, Stahl took responsibility for her lack of action.
“I am the person, the only person, to whom this posting was sent on Halloween; I made a grave mistake in not responding sooner than I did. I deeply regret that,” Stahl said. “If I could go back and undo this, I would, but I can’t, so I have to accept the responsibility of my mistake. I apologize, and I hope that moving forward you will be able to find it in your hearts to give me that grace.”
MSA President and senior Ishaq Winters and Jenni Harpring, program manager for the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, facilitated the discussion amongst other MSA members, administrators and other students in attendance.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp and Stahl sent an email to the entire Washington University community to address the issue.
“As a community, one of our highest priorities is to maintain an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome,” they wrote. “Images like the one that was posted on a social media site by students on Halloween and the impact it has had reminds us that we all must be united in this effort and it must be on-going. Whatever the intention, the image has offended and hurt members of our community. The image also is entirely inconsistent with who we are as an institution, our values and the way in which we engage in the world around us.”
“We are deeply disappointed and saddened that this has occurred. We must expect better of ourselves and of each other,” they added.
Check back on Monday for more in-depth coverage.
[ORIGINAL STORY] Washington University administrators scheduled an emergency meeting for 8 a.m. Thursday morning to discuss a Facebook post that has led some to vocalize concerns about anti-Muslim sentiment on the Danforth Campus.
While at least one student said the University was alerted to the photo—featuring three students posing in black tank tops and camouflage pants, pointing toy guns at a student on the ground donning a beanie and gray beard while another holds an American flag in the background—at least a week ago, there was no formal response as of Wednesday night, after it had already gone viral on social media.
As of 2:45 a.m. Thursday, a screenshot of the original photo, interpreted by some commenters as “a clear representation of Osama Bin Laden” and others as “representative of a Muslim stereotype,” had drawn 761 likes and 144 comments and had been shared 157 times on Facebook.
Senior Mahroh Jahangiri posted the screenshot with the original caption of “Halloween ‘13. Amurrica!!”—along with a seven-paragraph caption in which she interpreted the photo as “represent[ing] a broader, more aggressive (and apparently violent) Islamophobia rampant here at WashU and in the United States.”
She told stories of discrimination she has faced while at the University, expressed her disappointment in the student body for its lack of a reaction, explained why she was offended by the photo and urged students to “RAISE HELL ABOUT THIS.”
“I find it hard to believe that if this was a black man or a gay man or a Latino man with guns aimed at his face, that black students or queer students or Latino students would not have been up in arms. But because this costume did not represent my friends’ communities, it did not warrant a response,” Jahangiri wrote.
A black man or a gay man or a Latino man didn't murder 3,000 people on September 11, 2001 in the name of being black or gay or Latino. Black men and gay men and Latino men have not declared their determination of "eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions," as has the Muslim Brotherhood, of which the Muslim Students Association is an affiliate.
The post attracted comments from students and alumni as well as individuals from well outside the University community, ranging from Massachusetts to Texas to California. Some offered support for Jahangiri and her message while others defended the intentions of the students in the photograph.
Junior Chelsea Whitaker commented on the Facebook post that she had reached out to Vice Chancellor for Students Sharon Stahl about the photo a week ago with no response, and Stahl said she relayed details of the case to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. Mike Hayes, executive director of campus life, said he was only brought into the conversation as of Wednesday.
Jill Carnaghi, dean of campus life, spoke at the Student Union Senate meeting about how the University planned to discuss its response to the issue.
Senior Matt Re, president of Student Union, said it is SU’s core mission to make sure all students feel safe and included on campus, and senior Gaby Dinkin, chair of the Diversity Affairs Council, said that the committee had an emergency meeting to discuss the situation and was working on drafting a formal statement.
“We’re not blaming anyone or saying that anyone was being intentionally hurtful, but people in our community were hurt, and that’s what we’d like to focus on,” Dinkin said. “I hope it won’t be a divisive issue but more a moment for everyone to learn and have a discussion.”
Several students felt that the photo and accompanying post warranted an extended discussion.
“A major component of this issue is the fact that students are not coming in direct contact with each other to discuss it,” freshman Laken Sylvander said. “It is very much limited to online debate, and I feel like a lot more can be said that may be more honest from certain people, but [that] is not necessarily the kind of respectful community that we expect and the dialogue that takes place here, and I think that removing it from the online community and into actual interpersonal dialogue will hopefully be an advancement in the right direction toward where the campus goes with this.”
“I hope that people will view this as an instance to learn from and will be able to have open dialogue and be open-minded and understand where one another is coming from when discussing this issue,” freshman Lauren Chase added, “and that this will lead to positive change on our campus toward a more, not only tolerant but also accepting, environment for people of all races and diverse backgrounds.”
The Muslim Students Association announced early Thursday morning that it will host an open forum in Tisch Commons Thursday evening at 8 p.m.
“This is going to be a space where we can provide basic information for why it is an important issue and why it has hurt and affected students on campus,” Jahangiri said….
President Barack Obama’s behind the scenes plans for gun control go on but without Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, the White House’s public face of and private force behind the push for new gun control laws, and his chief of staff, Bruce Reed, are no longer involved in the long term planning between the White House and major gun violence prevention groups, officials from several organizations tell POLITICOThe vice president’s disappearance from an issue he’d been spearheading is a clear signal of how much the focus has shifted from passing gun control legislation in Congress to winning reforms at state capitols and building local networks that can pressure and help elect members of Congress over the long term. The background checks bill Obama championed in the Senate isn’t going to get another vote after falling short in April unless several senators publicly change their mind, aides to senators involved in gun control discussions say.Officials from the White House Office of Public Engagement, which reports to senior Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, are now carrying the administration’s gun control efforts. OPE officials hold a regular meeting with the major gun control groups known as the Gun Violence Table.
The Obama administration has secretly cut off military aid to Egypt, according to a spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
David Carle told the Daily Beast that Sen. Leahy’s “understanding is that aid to the Egyptian military has been halted, as required by law.” Leahy is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.
“The decision was we’re going to avoid saying it was a coup, but to stay on the safe side of the law, we are going to act as if the designation has been made for now,” another official told The Daily Beast. “By not announcing the decision, it gives the administration the flexibility to reverse it.”
The Obama administration has not publicly announced any plans to place an official hold on U.S. aid to Egypt.
Obama spoke publicly just once during his vacation, against the violence in Egypt that left scores of people dead. The White House is currently reconsidering all U.S. assistance to Egypt, and “will consider additional steps as we deem necessary,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Sunday.
Further, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that about $ 585 million of $ 1.23 billion in U.S. Foreign Military Financing to Egypt for the year remains “unobligated.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Featured image via AP.
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Filling in for Glenn Beck on TheBlaze TV Friday, conservative radio host Dana Loesch took the Obama administration to task over the multiplying scandals that continue to haunt the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Focusing on the IRS political targeting scandal, Loesch argued the administration is using its federal authority to put a “boot on the neck” of its political opponents.
“[Tea Party Leaders] were ideologically profiled by a weaponized taxpayer-funded entity of the United States government,” Loesch said, referring to the IRS. The tax agency knowingly targeted any group for identifying itself as conservative or “heaven forbid — patriotic,” she added.
She ripped Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) for blaming Tea Party groups after they were unfairly targeted by the IRS and also Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) for suggesting the problem is that the agency needs even more money from taxpayers.
“According to Representative Jim McDermott, it’s all our fault,” the fiery host said sarcastically.
Loesch painted an incriminating picture, comparing the treatment she received when she tried to organize a rally to that of the Occupy movement, which has a clear history of violence and general nastiness.
“We had to jump through elevendy-thousand hoops or else the city would shut down our demonstrations they promised,” she said. “Yet we dutifully followed the law, because that’s what we do…because we’ve grown to fear the very people we employ, whose salaries we pay.”
“I am tired of following the law when those who in charge of enforcing said law have less respect for it than I do,” she added.
In contrast, she went on to note that organizers with the Occupy movement were offered a free permit during one of their demonstrations.
Loesch also came to the defense of fired KMOV-TV reporter Larry Conners, whose Facebook post about the IRS potentially targeting him after grilling President Obama in a tough interview led to his termination.
Then she dropped a surprising “fun fact”: The parent company of KMOV-TV, the Belo Corporation, said goodbye to director Luis Caldera after he announced he was going to work for the Obama administration.
Could just be a coincidence…
Watch Loesch’s entire monologue via TheBlaze TV below:
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#LetThemSpeak: Rep. Darrell Issa says ‘no response’ from administration regarding Benghazi whistleblowers
In his press conference today, President Obama claimed ignorance of any roadblocks keeping Benghazi whistleblowers from testifying, but he promised he’d get to the bottom of it and get back to the press. They’ll have to get in line, because Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been asking for a weeks what it will take to clear the way for survivors of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya to come forward and tell their stories.
Issa issued the following statement in response to Obama’s remarks, along with links to copies of his four letters.
A lawyer for Benghazi whistleblowers has publicly stated that the State Department is blocking her client’s ability to talk freely with counsel. Over the past two weeks, I have sent four letters requesting that this Administration make information available about how lawyers – who already have security clearances and are representing Benghazi whistleblowers – can be cleared to fully hear their clients’ stories. I have yet to receive any response from the Obama Administration.
Even if the President really doesn’t know anything about someone wanting to come forward, his position should be that whistleblowers deserve protection and that anyone who has different information about Benghazi is free to come forward to Congress. The President’s unwillingness to commit himself to protecting whistleblowers only aids those in his Administration who are intimidating them.
Issa also joined in on the #LetThemSpeak hashtag campaign.