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College: Call 911 Over ‘Offensive Flyers’

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A gruesome murder, a drunk driving accident, and “offensive flyers.” What should you do if you witness any of these at the University of Virginia? Call 911, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. That’s right — call the police if you see an offensive flyer.

Patrick D. Hogan, executive vice president at the University of Virginia, recently sent an email to students and faculty saying the school “is aware of reports of solicitations by national organizations to encourage distribution of offensive flyers and memes at colleges and universities across the country during the upcoming weekend. The reports indicate that the organizations are specifically interested in buildings and centers for under-represented groups, particularly Women’s Studies.”

Right because women, who make up 54% of the student population at UVA and 56% across the United States, are definitely underrepresented. Hogan then tells students and faculty, “if you witness individuals engaged in suspicious activity, including posting offensive flyers or other material in violation of the University’s Policy on Exterior Posting and Chalking, please call 911.”

Rewind to January 16. A user on Voat — the free speech, uncucked version of Reddit — mischievously appropriated pro-choice language to create a campaign called My Borders My Choice, encouraging people to hang immigration=-themed flyers with the slogan and “No means no!” on campuses, promising bonus points for students who managed to place them in social justice-related areas.

But when I reached out to the university to confirm whether #MyBordersMyChoice was in fact the “offensive flyer” in question, as well as how it could be construed as offensive, whether any flyers were spotted, and what actions were taken if so, a representative said “no, those are not the flyers. The University has no additional comment. Thank you.” Well, you’re not welcome, Mr. de Bruyn, because that’s not much of an answer and when I reached out just to ask which flyer it actually was, UVA was mysteriously silent. So what do you think? Is the university stonewalling me from reporting that they told students to call the cops over a hilarious meme?

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UVA Rejects Trump White House Visit

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So when I left you guys last time, a petition was going around urging UVA not to accept a possible invite from Trump to the White House. The petition claimed Trump “has done all he can to stoke racial tension and embolden white supremacists,” citing Trump’s “very fine people on both sides” comment after the Charlottesville rally.

Of course, they don’t note that that comment was not about neo-Nazis, as the media would have you believe, but instead people on both sides of the Confederate statue debate. The whole petition’s based on a false premise, too: accepting an invitation to celebrate a sports win with an individual, regardless of who he is, doesn’t an endorsement of that individual’s politics.

Anyways, UVA basketball coach Tony Bennett released a statement saying “We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House. With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation,” reported Campus Reform.

So I’m just going to go ahead and call this what it is: hogwash. Do you really think Trump’s going to mind if a few players can’t make it — this is like cancelling class because some people are going to be absent. Just like the  kiddos at Taylor University who are trying to disinvite Pence as the commencement speaker, UVA needs to realize that snubbing Trump’s not going to delegitimize the office, it’s just going to prevent individual students who may want to see the president and VP from doing so.

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Here’s Why Biden’s Charlottesville Ad Was A Flop

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Joe Biden announced his bid for the 2020 presidency. But his announcement video was a bit peculiar in that it didn’t tell us why we should vote for Biden, but rather why orange man bad.

Biden slams Trump for the president’s “very fine people on both sides” remark, according to Campus Reform, but never actually gives the full context of that remark and it’s funny because when I was doing research for this video, I’d forgotten all about it at first, I guess because the media has so routinely omitted it in their coverage.

Trump had been referring to Confederate monument supporters/protesters, not neo-Nazis. I spoke with Matthew Nalls, a member of the University of Virginia College Republicans chapter, and he said:

“Biden’s announcement video is still a conspicuous attempt to capitalize on a tragedy in a city he has no ties to. Biden clearly did not listen to the Charlottesville community when they demanded he refrain from using the events for political purposes. Such an act is incredibly disappointing and unbecoming of any official seeking office.”

Now I’m not necessarily all about the whole “something tragic happened so therefore you must only be sad and not make any political observations that could maybe fix the problem.” It would be a bit tougher to fight radical Islam, for instance, if you couldn’t say anything after every bombing or truck attack. But here’s the thing: Biden isn’t attacking white nationalist terrorism — he’s attacking Trump. And when he’s deceitfully doing this by framing Trump’s “fine people on both sides” comment as about neo-Nazis instead of as about Confederate monument supporters, the whole thing kind of falls apart and really just resembles the campaign Hillary ran in 2016.

From “Black Lives Matter” to “all love is equal,” Democrats sure are fond of their platitudes. But they may have overlooked the aptness of one old adage: “there’s no such thing as bad press.” Billing himself as the anti-Trump instead of actually selling himself on his own merits may result in Biden just biding his time until another 2016 Dem disaster. See what I did there, fam?

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Student SUSPENDED After Criticizing Microaggressions

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Kieran Bhattacharya, up until around a month ago, was a medical graduate student at the University of Virginia. Kieran had attended a lecture on microaggressions in medicine and asked a few pointed questions, according to the Clover Chronicle.

In his questions, the student seems skeptical about the concept of microaggressions, as he should be — it’s something weaponized by activists to attribute malice to perfectly innocent questions or statements. And Kieran also seems just a bit flustered. But if you’re a non-leftist student speaking up at one of these university-sanctioned indoctrination events, that’s perfectly understandable. Still, Kieran never shouted, called the speaker names, or was otherwise disrespectful. But you wouldn’t know it from a letter he received from UVA’s Academic Standards and Achievement Committee.

The committee chair said that Kieran’s behavior “was thought to be unnecessarily antagonistic and disrespectful.” It then said  “we would suggest that you consider getting counseling in order to work on your skills of being able to express yourself appropriately.”

The school’s Academic Standards and Achievement Committee met with him a couple of weeks later and the school decided to suspend Kieran for two semesters, citing “aggressive and inappropriate interactions in multiple situations.”

UVA has declined to provide more info about these situations, but get this: not only has Kieran been suspended for two semesters. The university police also issued him a four-year no trespass order. Here’s the question of the day: what would Thomas Jefferson, who had the audacity to stand up to Britain and write the Declaration of Independence, think of the university he founded freaking out over the criticism of microaggressions?

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