PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode June 23, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myRAy8JJ2cQ

On this edition for Saturday, June 23, lawyers and advocates across the country are tracking down migrant children who were separated from their parents at the Mexico border. Later, school safety on campuses in Philadelphia has improved since police reversed a longstanding policy to arrest students for minor violations. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.

White woman ‘calls COPS on a black girl, 8,’ who was selling WATER outside her own home

Twitter video of a woman on her cell phone has gone viral because she seems to be calling the cops on a black girl selling water outside San Francisco’s AT&T Park before a Giants’ game.

A Twitter user called Raj (@_ethipiangold)  posted the video with the message, ‘so my little cousin was selling water and didn’t have a permit so this lady decided to call the cops on an 8 year old.’

Raj refers to the woman as #PermitPatty.

The woman in the video is seen pacing on the phone, and then when she realizes there is a camera on her she ducks behind a wall.

When the camera catches up with her she says into the phone ‘yeah, illegally selling water without a permit.’  When the person shooting the video says that the girl is selling water on her own property, the woman says ‘its not your property’ as she walks away.

The video has made the rounds, with people making supportive comments, sharing funny pictures, and making sure that the little girl wasn’t too traumatized.

Several people on twitter compared this woman to the woman who back in April called 911 because a black family was barbecuing in a park in Oakland, California.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5878357/Video-appears-white-woman-calling-cops-black-girl-8-selling-WATER-outside-home.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus

High school football coach claims he was fired over number of minority players

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – The Diocese of Camden is looking into allegations that the firing of a high school football coach may have been racially motivated, according to CBS Philadelphia. Nick Strom, who is also a history teacher at Camden Catholic High School, claims he was fired because he was too many black students on the team.

“At four o’clock, they told me that I’m on administrative leave as a teacher for the rest of the year and no longer the football and golf coach,” Strom said.

“There have always been questions from the administration from the first time I started on the makeup of the team. Freshman that we were bringing in, transfers that we bring in, people that we play on the field and you try and be above that as a coach and you try to give kids an opportunity,” Strom said.

Players and parents protested the decision on Monday.

“You need to open up your mind to different things, even your prejudice issues,” said Matthew Davis, a football player. “It may not be all of you, but you need to open your mind up to all the kids that are here, whether it be white, black, any ethnicity that you are. We want to be one community.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/camden-catholic-high-school-football-coach-nick-strom-claims-he-was-fired-minority-players/

 

Dolgert: Here’s why Canada should get nuclear weapons

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Please consider inaugurating a nuclear armament program. Please begin this process now.

I never imagined writing something like this. American by birth, but now also a Canadian citizen, I’ve always regarded the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a stain on my birth nation’s honour. But the time has come to face reality, and the foreign minister’s June speech reasserting Canadian sovereignty is only the beginning of the reckoning.

We are in many ways living through a replay of the 1930s: a world struggling in the wake of economic cataclysm, fascists rising across Europe and an authoritarian in power (this time in the United States) cultivates support from the radical right.

Tyranny is on the march, and there is no clear end-point in sight. We can no longer assume that our country’s safety is assured, and even proposals for anti-missile defence don’t go far enough because they assume a democratic U.S. – the very thing that is now in question.

Alarmist? Maybe. But the consequences of a misstep now — the 21st-century equivalent of 1933, the year of Hitler’s ascendance — are dire, and we can’t regain later the time that we lose now. Nuclear programs take time to initiate, and in order to be prepared for our version of 1939 (the start of the Second World War), we cannot allow these to be “the locust years,” as Winston Churchill described the time wasted between 1933 and 1939.

So this is 1933. Start the countdown.

America is on a quest to demonize Muslims, round up Mexican immigrants, restrict trade, break up NATO and help Vladimir Putin divvy up the world. If you want to understand Donald Trump’s foreign policy, think “Mafia Protection Racket.” Just change the little shop-owners, forced to pay up, into little nations across the globe.

Canada is a small shopkeeper not so well-positioned to resist this new racket.

To understand what it’s like being beside a bully in today’s world, look at Ukraine. Perhaps the greatest mistake that country made after the breakup of the USSR was to get rid of its nuclear weapons. The consequences? Russia seizes Crimea and effectively invades eastern Ukraine by arming Russian secessionists there. This could also happen to Latvia and the Baltic states.

Could it happen here? For more than a century, Canadian policy could assume that, while the U.S. might be an 800-lbs gorilla on our doorstep, at least the gorilla played by the rules. But Trump has said the old rules won’t apply, and his selection of white nationalists and conspiracy theorists to powerful roles in his administration indicates he is not kidding.

Most troublingly, recent Congressional Republican capitulation on “L’Affaire Russe” shows us that the famed “checks and balances” of the U.S. Constitution mean little, and that the path to American authoritarianism is wide open.

To plan for the day when the U.S. is more like Putin’s aggressive bear, Canada must be able to protect itself without anyone’s assistance. A conventional military buildup is nonsensical, given the size disparity between the U.S., Russia, and ourselves.

But as Israel, Pakistan and North Korea have shown, nuclear arms are a pragmatic deterrent for small nations adjacent to populous neighbours of uncertain motives.

Yes, this might provoke the ire of Trump or Putin, and hasten the conflict it means to stave off. That risk must be carefully weighed. But what do you think Ukraine would do, given the chance to go back and keep its nukes?

Was Ukrainian disarmament rewarded with Russian pacifism? Who, other than Putin, is Trump’s model for strong leadership? And, speaking of Putin, who is looking to contest Canada’s future Arctic claims? If you think Trump will support us against Russia’s coming provocations, think again.

Rather than trigger a crisis, I expect this strategy would preserve the peace, by forcing potential aggressors to acknowledge a far more potent Canadian response.

To be clear, I am not suggesting that America is our enemy. Canada just needs to prepare to ensure its own security in an uncertain world, which requires having the resources to face any potential future conflict.

Starting a nuclear program is not easy. It takes time and research to determine the most practical options for Canada. It will also require withdrawing from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, a step with major ramifications that requires careful consideration.

Importantly, however, we should not think that such a program would be inherently “un-Canadian.” For two decades, during the Cold War, we had up to 450 nuclear warheads permanently stationed on Canadian bases (though these were not under exclusive Canadian control). We need to trust in ourselves even more now, and stop relying on others to protect us.

Maybe I’m being alarmist. Maybe. But at what point does alarmism become prudence? Not when an aggressor makes the first overt threats – by then it’s too late. If 1933 (i.e. now) is too soon, then when? At some point we must be ready to start the discussion about protecting ourselves, and three years’ grace is about the best we can hope for.

After that we have to rely on the United Kingdom or United States to bail us out … Oh, wait.

Stefan Dolgert is an associate professor in the department of Political Science at Brock University in St. Catharines, and can be found on Twitter @PosthumanProf.

http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/dolgert-heres-why-canada-should-get-nuclear-weapons

60 Organizations Target SPLC For Massive Lawsuit

 

Almost 60 organizations deemed “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center are fed up and plan to take legal action.

A Christian legal nonprofit leader told PJ Media on Tuesday that a $3 million settlement is being suggested. The move comes following news on Monday the SPLC apologized to Maajid Nawaz and his Quilliam Foundation, which seemingly inspiring a huge swath of other groups who feel they’ve been wrongly slandered by the behemoth “non-profit” to seek retribution.

“We haven’t filed anything against the SPLC, but I think a number of organizations have been considering filing lawsuits against the SPLC, because they have been doing to a lot of organizations exactly what they did to Maajid Nawaz,” Mat Staver,founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said on Tuesday to PJ Media.

GuideStar, an organization that helps users navigate charities, is being sued by Liberty Counsel after using the SPLC’s “hate group” list as a reference to their clients. The lawsuit is currently ongoing.

The SPLC posted its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” in 2016. Among the people named was reformer and practicing Muslim Maajid Nawaz, who they called an extremist. The far left group has an ever-changing list of reasons to include him; some were as petty as attending a strip club at his bachelor party.

On Monday SPLC President Richard Cohen, expressed his witch-hunting group’s “sincerest apologies to Mr. Nawaz, Quilliam, and our readers for the error, and we wish Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam all the best.” The suit was settled to the tune of $3.375 million paid to Nawaz’s organization.

“This is a significant settlement,” Staver illustrated, “3.375 million dollars, and it did not even go to litigation; it was a result of a demand letter.”

Most interestingly, “the allegations that were at issue here were very similar to the allegations against the other groups,” the Liberty Counsel chairman explained. “The SPLC promotes false propaganda, demonizes and labels groups they disagree with, and that labeling has economic as well as physical consequences.”

The SPLC was first formed to fight back against racist terrorism, and some of its first action was against the Ku Klux Klan. More recently, racial terror groups have been in short supply, causing the SPLC to throw in benign organizations who happen to disagree with leftist propaganda as “hate groups” of the same caliber as the KKK.

The SPLC has a $300 million endowment, with a reported $90 million in secret, off-shore accounts and receives donations from powerful, billion-dollar companies like Apple and JPMorgan Chase. This year it was reported Google’s YouTube deploys the SPLC to censor “hateful” content on its platform.

In the last year alone 47 separate nonprofit organizations called out the SPLC for their frivolous “hate list” in an open letter to the media. The SPLC was forced to confess their “hate group” list in base on their “opinion” and nothing more.

Many organizations on the “hate list” are now “considering their options” regarding a day in court to clear their names and end the myth that the SPLC has any authority to speak on the topic of hate. Some of the groups considering taking the plunge are Family Research Council (FRC), the Ruth Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Proud Boys, and Prager University.

Staver believes the settlement awarded to Nawaz “will encourage further legal action.” He hinted that the settlement ”helps our lawsuit against GuideStar” and might make other organizations considering suing the SPLC take the final jump.

“There are probably about 60 organizations that we’re talking to — there’s at least 60,” Staver said. He mentioned the group of 47 nonprofit leaders who denounced the SPLC last year, and said “that group has grown since then.”

Senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Jeremy Tedesco, said his organization is “evaluating all our options,” when it comes to taking the SPLC to court.

“SPLC’s partisan tactics and slander have ruinous, real-world consequences for which they should not be excused; we are evaluating all our options to defend the good name of ADF, including possible legal action,” Tedesco affirmed.

“It’s appalling and offensive for the Southern Poverty Law Center to compare peaceful organizations which condemn violence and racism with violent and racist groups just because it disagrees with their views,” Tedesco said to PJ Media. “That’s what SPLC did in the case of Quilliam and its founder Maajid Nawaz, and that’s what it has done with ADF and numerous other organizations and individuals.”

Staver explained that the SPLC chooses groups to label “in order to destroy them,” and noted that choice of words comes from the SPLC directly. The chairman of the Liberty Counsel also credited the hyper-leftist SPLC’s “hate map” as the catalyst for terror attacks.

The Family Research Council was broken into in 2012 by Floyd Lee Corkins III with the intention to murder everyone inside. He later confessed the FRC was his target because it was listed by the SPLC as an “anti-gay group” on their “hate map.” Unfortunately that wasn’t the last time the SPLC was connected with a terror attack.

“Even the shooter last year in D.C. was a Facebook fan of the SPLC and the SPLC ran a false article saying [House Majority Whip] Steve Scaliese was a white supremacist,” Staver pointed out in a statement. Nawaz even demonstrated the connection between the SPLC and James Hodgkinson, the shooter in Virginia that targeted Congressional Baseball Game last summer, leaving Steve Scaliese shot.

“There are people out there that are unhinged. They go out and take action. They assume that somebody hates them,” the Liberty Counsel chairman described. Due to these irrational reactionaries, “You have to be careful with your language. We can disagree but we can’t demonize one another. Certainly, do not do anything that would put somebody that you disagree with in physical danger.”

“The groups that we’re talking to, that have approached us, all of them oppose violence,” Staver noted. “None of them advocate violence. They don’t agree with the SPLC on certain issues, but they oppose violence. They have no reason to hate anyone.”

Not all cases will involve a devout Muslim grotesquely mischaracterized as an “anti-Muslim extremist,” however for the 60 organizations potentially suing the SPLC there is now a legal precedent that arbitrarily labeling “hate groups” for not liking their politics might have serious legal consequences.

https://www.dangerous.com/44706/60-organizations-target-splc-for-massive-lawsuit/