Sunday, December 4, 2016

Illinois

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secret weapon

This election season has been anything but normal and most if it is due to the baffling rise of Donald Trump. The rise has been so quick that it has taken the GOP establishment completely off guard.

Hillary Clinton has mocked what is happening on the right with Donald Trump and her Republican counterparts, but Trump has a secret weapon.

In the beginning of the race, the GOP almost forced Trump to sign a pledge to support the eventual nominee and not run as a third party candidate. The party didn’t want to fracture, but now that Trump is the one that is winning they are trying to figure out what to do next.

Meanwhile the Dems are laughing the whole time, but if you really look at what is going on, the Democrats are the last ones who should be laughing. Trump’s secret weapon is his appeal to Democrats.

Today he held an event in Chicago, and some of the news coming out of Illinois should scare Hillary worse than her email scandal. There are reports that over 10% of Democrats are going to vote for Trump or have already voted for him in early voting.

What does that mean? Well, Ronald Reagan got 13% of Democrats in Illinois to vote for him in 1980. The growing 10% that Trump holds is the largest number of Dems switching sides since Reagan’s monumental election.

Sure there are Republicans who say they will never vote for Trump, but their support is becoming less and less important. Trump is dominating when it comes to Independents voting and now that a sizeable chunk of Democrats are hoping on board the Trump train, things are looking very different.

Hillary is having a hard time knocking Bernie out of the race and one problem that both of them are facing is the lack of voter turnout. On the other hand, the Republican primaries are breaking records and that is due to Trump.

Trump is bringing new people to vote, capturing independents and now is bringing Democrats across the isle. The possibility of stopping the Trump train is dwindling by the day, and the real question is whether the GOP will honor the same pledge to Trump that they forced him to honor at the beginning of the election.

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blacklivesmatter

In what many are describing as a satirical effort to directly confront the race based “Black Lives Matter” movement on college campuses and draw attention to the anti-white racism that has caused university administrators to resign their posts or run in fear, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign launched a Facebook page called “Illini White Students Union”.

Since the nuanced nature of the Facebook page was naturally lost on the professional protest class, black activists condemned it and claimed additional offense since the Facebook authors – who remain anonymous – went one-step further by blasting the mission of the national Black Lives Matter movement as “terrorism.”

Launched just two days ago to stare down radicals sympathetic to “Black Lives Matter” on campus, the student newspaper, “The Daily Illini”, quoted the Facebook page as saying that it was created:

“…for white students of University of Illinois to be able to form a community and discuss our own issues as well as be able to organize against the terrorism we have been facing from Black Lives Matter activists on campus.

The original “Illini White Students Union” page, which was taken down just hours after it was launched to give the impression that black student protestors had run it out of town, was revived a short time later here leaving black activists fuming since the tactic made them look like fools.

“We recognize the right to free speech, and we encourage you to exercise that right when you see examples of racism, discrimination or intimidation on our campus,” Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson, who called the page “extremely disturbing,” wrote in a message Thursday to the student body.

In an anonymous message to the News-Gazette, the page’s administrator discussed Black Lives Matter said:

“We feel they disrupt student daily life and activity far too much,” the message read, saying that movement “marginalizes” white students. “… We are in the United States and not Africa and we don’t desire to have an African flag on campus.”

As far as Facebook pages go, the current page is bare bones. It contains just a few links to news stories about the controversy, includes an image of a statue on campus and boasts just over 1,000 “likes” in two days.

The original mission statement posted in the “about” section of the Facebook page said the page was meant to give “White Pride and a safe place for White students” – text that was later changed to read: “A group for white University of Illinois Students. The first white student organization on campus.”

The original “Illini White Students Union” Facebook page was even more provocative including this tongue and check message:

“Feel free to send in pictures you take of any black protestors on the quad so we know who anti-whites are.”

Student reporter, Marijo Enderle, a 20-year-old senior at the university, said in a telephone interview that protesters were particularly concerned that they were being targeted.

“One of the parts on the page particularly concerning to students is that they were taking pictures from the rally of the main quad and identifying students in attendance to identify the ‘anti-whites,’” Enderle also pointed out that “there hasn’t been any indication that it has been a university student” who created the page.

Predictably, university administrators condemned the page saying that it was not only offensive but that it used the university’s trademark without permission. University spokesman Robin Kate wrote in an email to The Daily Illini” that:

“It is disturbing and cowardly that someone would create an anonymous and senseless social media page specifically designed to intimidate others, including and especially our students. When we became aware of the page, we immediately contacted Facebook and requested that it be removed.”

“Facebook has been responsive to our requests, but the page continues to be reposted. We are continuing to work with Facebook to address this matter. We recognize that passions run deep on all sides of many issues, but actions like this are senseless and hurtful and do nothing to foster meaningful dialogue.”

Some of those who posted comments on the page disagreed.

“As a Mexican American I do not find this page racist or in poor taste,” another wrote. “It’s only fair that you are allowed to have your own page and the same rights to freedom of speech as black Illini students have.”

Another comment posted on the page expressed support for the idea of a white students union saying:

“What I do like about it is they are fighting for the rights of the white man which are dwindling faster than a rabbit on meth!” Alan Scroggins, a 37-year-old stay-at-home dad from Rantoul, Ill., wrote. “I’m not racist, but I’m proud of my heritage! You know!”

While the university was quick to condemn “white” race based groups and comments, the university was silent on campus groups, publications, website pages and social media like Facebook based on other races – particularly black groups and potentially violent protest groups like “Black Lives Matter” who have allegedly advocated the killing of police officers.

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Transgender

Illinois’s largest high school district has broken federal law by refusing to let a transgender student use the girls’ locker room, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Now? The feds are demanding that the Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, reverse course and let the student in question—who identifies as female but was born male—use the girls’ locker room, no questions asked.

The school district tried to make some accommodations for the student. That included letting the student use women’s bathrooms on campus, as well as allowing her to use a portion of the locker room and shower area that had been cordoned off with privacy curtains.

The district’s reason for drawing the line at the locker rooms was the privacy rights of its other students—essentially, the right for teenage girls (who were born female) to not have someone who may or may not have male genitalia watching them undress.

However, the Department of Education ultimately realized that was not enough.

The suit had first been filed by the transgender student in 2013, and the “investigation” into whether or not the district violated Title IX—which bans gender-based discrimination in schools—had been ongoing for two years.

The fight over use of bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender students has been raging over the last few months—but many students are not taking the bait with the latest “civil rights” fight.

Earlier this year, Hillsboro High School in Missouri saw hundred of students walk out of their high school in protest, after a transgender teen was allowed to use the girl’s locker room. The teen in question, Lila Perry, still had a completely male body—other girls were uncomfortable by what they saw as boy with a wig changing next to them.

But now, with the recent decision by the Department of Education, mass walkouts—like the one at Hillsboro High—may not be enough to protect privacy rights of the many in high school locker rooms.

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