Surprise! Columbia thugs wrist-slapped for rushing Minutemen during speech; Update: Stiffer punishments for three more students

Here’s an update from Hot Air on the Columbia debacle.  Make sure to click through to Hot and and get all the video. 

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Surprise! Columbia thugs wrist-slapped for rushing Minutemen during speech; Update: Stiffer punishments for three more students

posted at 12:18 pm on March 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

They’re gloating about it, too. Evan Coyne Maloney, call your office.

A number of students who rushed the stage during Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist’s Oct. 4 speech at Columbia received letters yesterday informing them that they would be punished with “disciplinary warnings” for their conduct at the event.

Three students-one of whom received the verdict more than a month ago-confirmed yesterday that they were charged with simple violations of the University’s Rules of Conduct. The resulting warnings, which will be notated on students’ transcripts and remain there until the end of 2008, are the lowest of four possible outcomes for those found to be in violation of the rules. Disciplinary warnings place no financial or academic constraints on the person charged and state “that future violations will be treated more seriously.”

“It’s a light punishment, it’s a slap on the wrist,” Monique Dols, GS, who was given a disciplinary warning, said. “It’s a victory for free speech and anti-racism.”…

[One] student, Andrew Tillet-Saks, CC ‘09 was also found to have engaged “in conduct that places another in danger of bodily harm.”…

“I’m glad they [the Minutemen] are outraged. They get press from whining, but an impression of strength is more important in the long run for a vigilante group which thrives on intimidating immigrants, and this verdict, like the protest, helps subvert that,” Judd said.

The irony is fragrant. Stinnnngs the nostrils.

Thanks to Weasel Zippers for the tip. Below you’ll find the video that started it all. Make sure you watch this clip, too, if you haven’t seen it before, to see what Dols means by “anti-racism.”

Update: Thanks to Alex K. for catching this. Still not exactly a stiff sentence, but it’s a step in the right direction.

The University has censured at least three students for their disruption of an Oct. 4, 2006 protest by Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist, one of the implicated students confirmed Tuesday. The disclosure, which came one day after it was revealed that three students had received lesser disciplinary warnings, signifies the harshest known punishment for any of the protest participants to date…

According to the Rules of University Conduct, censure is a step up in severity from a disciplinary warning. If a censured student is found in violation of the rules a second time, he or she is automatically suspended from the University for at least a semester or, if the violation is serious, is expelled…

In addition to an automatic suspension or expulsion for any future offenses, a censure remains on a student’s record until the student completes a degree or certificate.

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Controversy at Digg! over…Iraq insurgents used children in car bombing-Brave Mujahideen Warriors Use Children in Car Bomb

Suppression of the Islamo-Fascist cowardice is everywhere. This story is from Breibart. It was linked up by LGF. For some reason, it’s ranking on digg was suppressed. That story unfolds here. One would think that 400 and some ‘diggs’ would get you a popular rating. Appantly, that may be somewhat content contingent. Needless to say, we will be digging this and a variety of other stories to test the theory. So digg the shit out of this post to see how Digg! responds.

Iraq insurgents used children in car bombing: general

Insurgents in Iraq detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle with two children in the back seat after US soldiers let it through a Baghdad checkpoint over the weekend, a senior US military official said Tuesday. The vehicle was stopped at the checkpoint but was allowed through when soldiers saw the children in the back, said Major General Michael Barbero of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

“Children in the back seat lowered suspicion. We let it move through. They parked the vehicle, and the adults ran out and detonated it with the children in the back,” Barbero said.

The general said it was the first time he had seen a report of insurgents using children in suicide bombings. But he said Al-Qaeda in Iraq is changing tactics in response to the tighter controls around the city.

A US defense official said the incident occurred on Sunday in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district, a mixed neighborhood adjacent to Sadr City, which is predominantly Shiite.

After going through the checkpoint, the vehicle parked next to a market across the street from a school, said the official, who asked not to be identified.

“And the two adults were seen to get out of the vehicle, and run from the vehicle, and then followed by the detonation of the vehicle,” the official said.

“It killed the two children inside as well as three other civilians in the vicinity. So, a total of five killed, seven injured,” the official said.

Officials here said they did not know who the children were or their relationship to the two adults who fled the scene. They had no information about their ages or genders.

“The brutality and the ruthlessness of this enemy hasn’t changed,” said Barbero, deputy director of regional operations of the Joint Staff. “They are just interested in slaughtering Iraqi civilians, to be very honest.”

Attacks on Iraqi civilians are down by a third and sectarian murders have fallen by 50 percent since mid-February when US and Iraqi forces began moving into Baghdad as part of a new security crackdown, the general said.

On the other hand, there has been no let-up in attacks on US forces by Al-Qaeda in Iraq and other Sunni extremist groups, he said.

The incidence of car bombings and suicide attacks, which are typically carried out by Sunni extremist groups against Shiites, also have gone up even though their effectiveness is down, he said.

“As our checkpoints, and control points have been more effective, as they try to execute these high profile attacks with these vehicle-borne IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in Baghdad, we’re stopping a lot of them at these checkpoints and they are not getting to their intended targets,” he said.

But he said they will change their tactics.

Barbero pointed to the recent use of chlorine bombs as another example of the shifting tactics.

Three trucks with chlorine were blown up by suicide bombers over the weekend in Al-Anbar province, killing two policemen and releasing toxic fumes that sickened an estimated 350 people.

Barbero said Al-Qaeda in Iraq appeared to be resorting to use of chlorine bombs to intimidate tribal leaders that have turned against them in Al-Anbar.

“We assess those as relatively ineffective. However, that is an emerging tactic that we are seeing.”

“We think it will continue to be exercised in Iraq. Chlorine is readily accessible and we’ve had a number of these,” he said.

He said US commanders remain concerned about the Shiite militias led by radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, even though US forces are now operating freely in Sadr City and his Mahdi army militia is quiet.

Sadr is still in Iran but in communication with leaders of his movement in Iraq, he said.

“Where we are with the leaders of his movement is at a pretty delicate point, and I probably don’t want to talk any more about his followers, and where we are in our relationship with them,” he said.

Major Food Stamp Scam Uncovered by Feds

Move along people. Nothing to see here. Let’s keep focusing on the funding to keep our troops safe. We don’t have time to worry about the rampant fraud, waste and abuse within our entitlement infrastructure. The welfare state is slow bleeding us to death. But it’s not politically expedient to criticize your core voting blocks.


Major Food Stamp Scam Uncovered by Feds

by Jim Kouri – PUERTO RICO — Thirty-one individuals linked to a $30 million food stamp fraud scheme were arrested here this morning following the culmination of a four-year undercover investigation headed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The investigation revealed that several grocery stores and food markets engaged in a fraudulent scheme to provide beneficiaries of the Puerto Rico Nutritional Assistance Program (PRNAP) with cash in lieu of groceries for a fee. The accused business owners would register false grocery sales for the amount requested by the participants and charged them a fee of 25 percent of the requested cash.

Those arrested today included business owners, employees and food program beneficiaries. All conspired to defraud the U.S. government. It is estimated that this scheme cost the U.S. government $30 million.

The PRNAP receives a grant of approximately $1.5 billion per year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to provide nutritional assistance to low-income families in Puerto Rico.

“We will continue working with our law enforcement partners to shut down schemes like this where criminals profit at the expense of federal assistance programs designed to help those in need,” said Manuel Oyola Torrres, special agent in charge for the ICE Office of Investigations in Puerto Rico. “Those who defraud the federal government will be caught and will be prosecuted.”

The investigation succeeded thanks to the cooperative efforts of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRSCID) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Newt on the Attack! « Axis of Right

These guys are funny.  Check them out.  Good conservative site. 

Newt on the Attack! « Axis of Right
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stated the obvious with clarity in this New York Post interview: that She Who Must Not Be Named is “nasty,” her campaign “ruthless,” and that she would be the ultimate nominee for the Democrats. He also chimed in on another obvious point: Republicans need to nominate a conservative, for a moderate Republican against SWMNBN will absolutely lose.

If Newt’s running he’ll do it later this year when we’ve gotten fatigued of the current swath of candidates. I have a feeling that Algore is going to do the same. Newt’s my personal favorite right now: he’s the most Churhillian on the War on Terror, he’s got a great record of achievement in the 104th and 105th Congress and he’s a vision-guy. Electable? Who cares! I’m a Republican–if there’s a sword, I’m ready to jump on it!

Group: Gore a Hypocrite Over Power Bill

OK, I’ve tried to be a good boy and resist the cheap shot for two days.  But I just can’ take it anymore.  What can I say?  I’m a weak willed person.

Al! You Magnificently Hypocritical Bastard, you!!! 

Thanks for the easy fodder Mr. Vice President/internet inventor/global climatologist/movie maker.  We anxiously await your next dubious claim to fame. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Al Gore, a leading voice against global warming, is being criticized by a conservative group that claims his Nashville mansion uses too much electricity. A Gore spokeswoman said the former vice president invests in enough renewable energy to make up for the home’s power consumption. On Sunday, Gore’s documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth,” which chronicled his campaign against global warming, won an Academy Award.

The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research issued a statement saying Gore was not doing enough to reduce his own electricity consumption. The group disputes that global warming is a serious problem.

“We wanted to see if he was living by his own recommendations and walking the walk,” said think tank president Drew Johnson.

Utility records show the Gore family paid an average monthly electric bill of about $1,200 last year for its 10,000-square-foot home.

The Gores used about 191,000 kilowatt hours in 2006, according to bills reviewed by The Associated Press. The typical Nashville household uses about 15,600 kilowatt-hours per year.

The group said that Gore used nearly 221,000 kilowatt hours last year and that his average monthly electric bill was $1,359. Johnson said his group got its figures from Nashville Electric Service.

But company spokeswoman Laurie Parker said the utility never got a request from the policy center and never gave it any information.

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said: “Sometimes when people don’t like the message, in this case that global warming is real, it’s convenient to attack the messenger.”

Kreider said Gore purchases enough energy from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and methane gas to balance 100 percent of his electricity costs.

Gore, who owns homes in Carthage, Tenn., and in the Washington area, has said he leads a “carbon-neutral lifestyle.” To balance out other carbon emissions, the Gores invest money in projects to reduce energy consumption, Kreider said.

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On the Net:

Tennessee Center for Policy Research http://www.tennesseepolicy.org

“An Inconvenient Truth”: http://www.climatecrisis.net/

Asian Newspaper Under Fire for ‘I Hate Blacks’ Column

FOXNews.com – Asian Newspaper Under Fire for ‘I Hate Blacks’ Column – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

San Francisco’s Asian community is up in arms over a newspaper column titled “Why I Hate Blacks” that appeared last week in a weekly newspaper geared to Asian Americans, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

In Kenneth Eng’s column for AsianWeek, a paper that bills itself as “The Voice of Asian Americans,” the self-described “Asian supremacist” goes through his list of “reasons” why he believes discrimination against African Americans is OK.

Click here to read the Chronicle’s story.

“The publication of these racist statements is completely irresponsible and damaging to all our communities,” said Gen Fujioka, program director of the Asian Law Caucus. “Not only should there be a retraction but a serious effort to repair the harm caused.”

The Chronicle reported that the offensive column has been removed from the paper’s Web site, though copies of the paper were still available in the city’s news boxes on Monday.

The paper “sincerely regrets any offense caused by the one opinion piece which reflected that author’s personal views,” according to a statement printed in the Chronicle. “We apologize for any harm or hurt this has caused the African American community. AsianWeek has great respect for all that the African American community has done for Asian Pacific Americans.”

Al Sharpton wants DNA test…to boost radio show ratings.

Now I’ve heard it all. Al Sharton is a media whore. And who cares if his great-great grandparents were slave to anybody’s great-great grandparents? We constantly talk about the ‘politics of personal destruction’. When are we going to address the politics of race and class warfare?

“Shocked” Sharpton Wants DNA Test, Potential Slave-Era Link Between Families Prompts Rev. Al Sharpton To Call For More Evidence – CBS News

(CBS/AP) The Rev. Al Sharpton said he wants a DNA test to determine whether he is related to former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond through his great-grandfather, a slave owned by an ancestor of the late senator.

“I can’t find out anything more shocking than I’ve already learned,” Sharpton told the Daily News, which on Sunday reported the link based on genealogists’ findings.

Sharpton’s spokesman, Rachel Noerdlinger, confirmed Monday for The Associated Press that Sharpton plans to pursue DNA testing, but had no further details.

CBS News Radio correspondent Peter King reports that Sharpton said he will interview the researchers and the reporter on-air and take calls about the topic.