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Tucker Carlson: There’s a Greater Admissions Scandal at America’s Universities, and It Involves Prominent Democrats

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[Screenshot from Fox News, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhHH1AJtZ3Y]

 

You’ve most likely heard of the bribery/university enrollment controversy involving some of Hollywood’s recognizable faces (here and here). But earlier this week, FNC’s Tucker Carlson observed that the greater admissions scandal involves prominent Democrats.

Against a backdrop of Chris Cuomo working out, Tucker asked how the CNN star — who “can barely speak English” — got into Yale.

“There are nights when Cuomo emits entire paragraphs that mean nothing at all. Just pure gibberish. Like pig latin or dogs barking.”

Who’s Chris? He’s the dude who put down prayer and the prayerful (here). Additionally, he’s the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed allowance for the murder of infants just seconds before birth (here) and claimed that America “was never great” (here).

The Fox host pondered:

“Is Chris Cuomo a secret genius? Does he have some amazing talent that’s invisible on TV? Maybe he speaks flawless Urdu? Or has a deep grounding in particle physics? Or can calculate pi to the final digit?. Actually, no — Chris Cuomo can’t do any of that. It turns out that he has an even more impressive qualification: His father was the governor of New York. If you want to get into a top American college, it’s best to have a parent who’s a well-known Democratic politician. That’s the most effective credential of all.”



Tucker’s list of the politically privileged whose offspring all got into exclusive schools included the following:

Bill and Hillary Clinton
Bill de Blasio (“the incompetent mayor of New York City”)
Sen. Michael Bennet
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen. Bob Menendez
Sen. Chuck Schumer
Barack Obama

Subsequently, Tucker fingered the “sham” of earned access among the Democratic elite:

“How does this happen? Because our meritocracy is a sham. It’s fake. They tell you that only the most accomplished students get into these schools. They’re lying. Their friends’ kids get first dibs. Fellow members of their social circle. Kids whose families can help them down the road. The children of sympathetic politicians are an obvious priority for admissions officers. These are the same politicians who funnel many billions in tax dollars to colleges and universities every year. Letting a senator’s kid into Harvard is smart business. The quid quo pro is obvious. It’s a form of unregulated lobbying.”

Interesting point. It reminds me of a response I heard when the Tinseltown admissions story first broke — “Why didn’t they just do like all the other rich and famous parents: make a donation and bribe the school that way?”

With the more conventional method, as noted by the cable king, no one ends up in the slammer:

Remember the varsity blues scandal in California, where a group of socially-anxious soccer moms tried to game college admissions? This is far more corrupt, except nobody’s going to prison for it.”

Tucker sure knows how to get across a message.

Watch him go in the video above.

-ALEX

 

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10 Ways to Make a Trump Voter

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The 2016 elections made a lot of people look very differently at presidential elections.

But not enough.

President Trump has gone on to not just change the game but change the field, the refs and the audience. The progressive Left has gone back to their old playbook, unaware that their stadium isn’t even half full anymore.

Instead of winning back regretful voters, the Democrats and their allies seem to be – almost unbelievably – creating more Trump voters for 2020.

So, in case the Democrat party needs more help adding new pages to that old playbook, here is a list of 10 surefire ways to create a new Trump voter in 2020.

1.Complain about how trump will never concede the election then when he wins refuse to concede the election. Then unironically complain for the next four years that if Trump wins again he will never concede the election.

2.Run with poorly sourced or downright false stories about the President that give people on the fence about Trump a reason to feel confident in disliking him. Then be forced to retract those stories one after another after another until no one believes anything you report on anymore. Push the fence-riders into a begrudging acceptance that perhaps Trump is right about “fake news” and that might mean he’s right about some other things too.

3.Take an immature, dim but proud socialist child and an anti-semite who is possibly an Islamist and refers to the most terrifying attack on American soil in modern times as an event where “some people did some things”  and make them the faces of your party. Assure people that this is the future of the American Left. Make those skeptical of Trump even more skeptical of where the Democrat party is leading the country. Force people to choose between the “We Hate America Wonder Twins” and actual America.

4.Ruin every single great tv show and film with commentary on how awful Trump is and how horrible his voters are and how they are despised. Forget that over half the people you are talking about are your customers. Remind them repeatedly that your tolerance will never extend to them.

5.Dig into the past of every person who gains some kind of popularity. Dig up years-old tweets, high school emails, letters to grandmothers, drunk texts and comedy routines from 1995. Demand an apology and then tell people their apologies will never be enough. Destroy lives and careers forever and then laugh and laugh as you put your pitchforks away for another night. Never think that you’ll be the receiving end of those pitchforks one day.

6.Call black people and women brainwashed race/gender traitors for supporting Trump. Never ask for their genuine thoughts and opinions. Don’t treat them like people. Speak scorn and derision for them out of one side of your mouth while simultaneously preaching about being an ally to women and minorities out to the other side. There’s nothing like an over-confident hypocrite to drive people away from an ideology or group. Just ask anyone who’s ever left the Christian church.

7.Refuse to acknowledge that life in the big city is significantly different than life in flyover country. Keep looking down your nose at people who grow your food and deliver your oil. Tell them they need to accept that coastal sensibilities are American sensibilities. Push them to vote for Trump just to spite your snobby ass.

8.Make colleges and universities a tightly controlled bubble where no competing ideas are allowed to be heard, let alone suggested. Drive out centrist and conservative speakers with physical force. Get in their faces, spit on them, throw water and milkshakes, act like uncontrollable infants and then turn on your own brethren when they dare suggest that such acts are indeed childish and unpersuasive. Watch the college system fold in on itself as it collapses under the weight of its own ideological cowardice.

9.Make one of the most prominent legs of your platform a bizarre and unbending devotion to allowing babies to be killed right up until the very moment before they leave the birth canal. Justify it in the name of health. Ridicule people who feel even a little bit odd about taking such a hardline stance on infanticide. Make their votes a binary choice between literal baby-murder and Donald Trump.

10.Call everyone who disagrees with you a Nazi. All the time. Always. Compare Trump to a man who murdered 6 million Jews and fly giant Trump-baby balloons whenever he visits. Never stop being overdramatic lunatics. Continue to make people feel uncomfortable in watering down the Holocaust, slavery and racism. Abuse the terms constantly. Make Americans numb to your rhetoric.

Follow these steps and you will surely guarantee another Trump victory in 2020. You’re off to a good start!

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Lori Loughlin: On second thought, maybe I should have taken that plea deal when it was on the table

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A better person might have gone with “maybe I shouldn’t have bribed my kids’ way into a school they didn’t deserve to attend,” but okay.

Enlightenment is a process. This is a first step towards Ultimate Truth.

I wonder what her first clue was that going to trial wasn’t smart. Was it the fact that the feds have her on tape seemingly conspiring with the ringleader of the bribery scam to lie about what her $500,000 payment was for?

“While a few friends have stuck by her side, many others have cut her off,” the source claims. “She still feels it’s a huge misunderstanding, but seeing others be sentenced has scared her.”

“She is watching the reduced sentences of those who have taken plea deals, and wondering each day if she’s made the wrong decision,” the source adds of Loughlin, who, along with Giannulli, reportedly rejected an initial plea deal…

“She is trying to live a normal everyday life and to take this time to stay strong but it isn’t easy. Lori doesn’t have the support she once had. She is feeling a ‘fall from grace’ having had a persona as a wholesome mom and now being seen as a pariah,” the source says. “People keep giving Lori a hard time for being out and about and looking carefree, but she realizes that she might end up in prison and this might just be her last months of freedom for some time.”

A few months ago, she and her husband were reportedly planning to argue in court that they thought their alleged bribes were actually “donations.” Bear in mind, they paid $100,000 in two separate installments to a particular person in the USC athletics department as part of the “our daughters are rowers” charade, each within days of their children being granted provisional admission to the school.

Did they think “donations” to universities are normally paid to individual personnel, coincidentally timed to admissions?

Loughlin’s gradual coming to grips with the magnitude of her offense has been a tragicomic tabloid tale for months, with various rationales floated by sources for rejecting the plea bargain. At one point she was supposedly going to claim she was entrapped. At another point she allegedly wanted to go to trial to clear her name and regain the good reputation that’s been momentarily lost within her social circle. At other times it’s seemed as if she was playing chicken with the feds, signaling that she’ll drag them through an expensive court battle if they don’t come back with a sweeter plea deal involving no jail time instead of the two years they were asking.

I think the simplest explanation is probably the correct one, though: She just hasn’t been able to get her head around the idea that she’s going to be punished for this. This is what rich people do. They use their money to benefit their children. They pay off institutions on their children’s behalf and those institutions, and the government, look the other way because wealth is supposed to bring certain privileges. She woke up one morning in the Twilight Zone, not only a national laughingstock but face to face with the unimaginable reality that she’s going to do time and there’s nothing she can say or do to move the feds off of that position. They demanded two years, she instinctively said no way, and she’s been waiting in vain for them to cave and offer community service or whatever. And now here we are.

In lieu of an exit question, this clip has nothing whatsoever to do with Loughlin or the college admissions scandal but it would feel wrong to end the bloggy week with anything else. The Age of Aquarius, buddy. It’s almost here. And Trump is the only thing standing in the way.

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Should college students really be worried about the freshman 15?

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College eating habits are different.

Some students fly through the cafeteria seconds before class while others hang out in the on-campus coffee shop for hours. There’s food within reach (or a short walking distance) at almost any point in the day. And did we mention late night snacking?

Despite whether or not these behaviors are healthy for any given student, the widespread use of the phrase freshman 15 might not be as accurate as people think. According to a 2008 study titled The Freshman 15: Is it Real?, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the US National Library of Medicine, researchers found an average weight gain of 2.7 pounds in 125 participants, with men more likely to gain weight than women, and freshman students being five times more likely to gain weight than the general population.

Lawrence Cheskin, M.D., professor and chair of nutrition at George Mason University College of Health and Human Services, has studied student eating habits for years, with an emphasis on weight management and community-based research, and has found that there is much more to know about the freshman 15.

We spoke with him about what students should know about their first year, how to be more aware of eating habits and where students can seek help if needed. Highlights from our conversations are below.

What should everyone know about the reality of the freshman 15?
The first thing students should know is that it is not destiny. There’s actually been studies that show a big range of weight gain or that some students don’t gain weight at all. So, it really is within your control. But the factors that tend to push it toward weight gain are that you’re being moved a bit out of your comfort zone, and people should realize, the food is going to change, your friends are going to change, what you do from day-to-day is going to change. We certainly want it to be as positive as possible, but it can also mean more junk food, more eating out, even the presence of alcohol. And you know, you’re becoming an adult and you’re going to make your own decisions, but it’s much better to make them with your eyes open rather than if it just happens because some of the people around you are behaving not so well in their diets or behaviors.

What are some eating habits students should be aware of, whether good or bad?
Well, on one hand, students should know that they shouldn’t really be gaining weight when they enter the college cafeteria (specifically at George Mason University), because the standard fare is nutritionally balanced and has reasonably good stuff to choose from. In fact, it’s somewhat higher in fiber than the average American diet, too. But on the other hand, if you’re sitting through three versions of your friends eating lunch, and you just keep sitting there as people come and leave your table, you can wind up passively over-consuming calories. Especially since, sometimes, just having food in front of us and available, even if it is reasonably healthy foods that are good choices, just the variety and the time you spend around food may make you consume more calories. Students need to be mindful or conscious in terms of their eating. Plus, eating slower is always a good option. If you’ve got to hurry because you have 10 minutes before you need to be in class, you’re most likely going to eat too many calories and not be aware than you’ve had or haven’t had enough to eat.

What about exercise? Does it help in terms of eating habits and fighting weight gain?
Forgive me, I am going to sound like I’m anti-exercise. I’m not at all, and students should get exercise often. But if you get into the habit of thinking, “It’s OK, I can eat without thinking about it and then just go to the gym and make up for it,” it’s not going to work very well. You’re not tying the two things directly together. You will most likely overeat calories by 500 because by working hard physically, it makes you hungrier and your body wants to replace those calories. And then when you eat those extra calories, you need some serious gym work to then burn those off too. It’s also partly the psychology of it. You have to be focused on the future. It’s not just about the pleasure of the moment.

There are also food delivery robots at George Mason. How do you think they have affected student eating habits across campuses that have them?
What a perfect example of how to choose wisely. Yes, you can have unhealthy food delivered to your door, but this service and the delivered food should be used mindfully. It really is about how much you have of it, how often you have it and how you balance it with other things.

Do you think parents should talk to their kids about eating habits when they go to college?
That kind of depends on you as a parent, knowing your kids and what they will respond to. It’s always better if they bring it up rather than if you push it on them. You have to know what your situation is and the best way to manage it in terms of parent-to-child communication. But, parents do play an active role by being good role models. For example, you can’t tell your child not to smoke cigarettes when you’re puffing on one yourself. That doesn’t go over well, and it’s the same thing with food. As a parent, you’re modeling it.

Is there anything else people should know about nutrition in college?
It is all within your control. No one is force-feeding you “bad” foods. No one is saying “You must eat this,” and a little bit of thought and planning can go an awfully long way. You can also avoid the situations that you know are triggers for you. You want to be social, but you can also get involved with your friends when they’re doing something healthier, like exercising for example. And if you think you might have problems controlling your eating on either end of the spectrum, whether it’s too much or too little, then student health services is a great place to turn. That’s one of the most important things to know.

For more information on Lawrence Cheskin and the research at George Mason University, visit gmu.edu. A new study on student eating habits called Health Comes First by the Mason Cohort (which offers gift card incentives to students who participate), will start in the fall 2019 semester.

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Acceptance of LGBT Sinking Among the Youth, and It’s Obvious Why

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Despite decades of effort by the LGBT community to push acceptance, sometimes to the point of force, a recent poll found that approval among the younger generation is on the decline.

According to USA Today, a new Harris poll taken on behalf of GLAAD released on Monday showed that a significant decline has occurred in terms of how those aged 18 to 34 feel about the LGBT community:

The number of Americans 18 to 34 who are comfortable interacting with LGBTQ people slipped from 53% in 2017 to 45% in 2018 – the only age group to show a decline, according to the annual Accelerating Acceptance report. And that is down from 63% in 2016.

Driving the dilution of acceptance are young women whose overall comfort levels plunged from 64% in 2017 to 52% in 2018, says the survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.

“We count on the narrative that young people are more progressive and tolerant,” John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll, told USA TODAY. “These numbers are very alarming and signal a looming social crisis in discrimination.”

GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis attributed the fall to the fact that the “newness” of non-conformity is causing this “erosion.”

“This newness they are experiencing could be leading to this erosion. It’s a newness that takes time for people to understand. Our job is to educate about non-conformity,” she said.

However, both Ellis and Gerzema agree that the toxicity of the culture has lead to children rejecting the LGBT message according to USA Today:

The young are bombarded by hate speech on social platforms from viral videos to “mean tweets,” Gerzema said. “Our toxic culture is enveloping young people. It instills fear, alienation, but also permissibility” that could sway “impressionable” young minds on what is acceptable.

And there is a more menacing side, Ellis said. “We are seeing a stark increase in violence in the community.” GLAAD has documented more than 40 incidents of LGBTQ hate violence since Jan. 1.

That’s definitely one theory, but I have a different and likely more accurate one.

Among the population being pressured to conform and capitulate to the LGBT community is the youth. They’re constantly subjected to messaging, told they’re bigots and homophobes if they don’t, and are often deplatformed for bringing up even reasonable and nuanced arguments against LGBT agendas.

It’s all being shoved down their throats without their consent. Take for instance this strip/drag show that took place at a library where a drag queen took off a skirt and dancing to a song that ended with expletives. According to College Fix, teens were meant to see it, but the youngest people in the crowd couldn’t have been more than ten. College Fix also reported that after this performance, some moms were forcibly escorted out of the room with the help of police.

At this same location, they also handed out things like condoms and penis shaped sex documents to children.

Tack onto that the crackdowns being brought on by corporations due to the strongarming occurring by or on behalf of the LGBT community. A perfect example is the recent dust-up between conservative comedian Steven Crowder and Vox’s Carlos Maza, which resulted in YouTube punishing a deluge of websites for their content. They even adopted a policy of punishing those who don’t break rules but may seem controversial due to their opinions.

Add to that the in-your-face kink that LGBT activists want on full display at places like pride parades, and even urge that children be there to see it. They want to force it into the locker rooms and make you deal with it in sports.

The LGBT activists invade your school, workplace, and sometimes your home in order to force their agenda onto you, and then they wonder why the youth are turning away.

As I’ve written before, younger people, especially Generation Z, are more immune to the pressures of political correctness than previous generations have been. They don’t feel the need to pull punches and seem to be able to quickly embrace reality over fiction at a far greater pace than those older than them, even if that reality runs contrary to mainstream narratives.

Right now the mainstream narrative being thrust on society, especially during Pride Month, is that “everyone accepts everything the LGBT community does and says or else.” The younger generations seem to be shrugging and saying “no” at a greater rate. They’ve either had it with the activists on their campus, or the older ones are done with the threats against their professional lives or their own children if capitulation doesn’t happen.

It should be noted that this isn’t likely due to the spread of toxicity, it’s more likely due to the spread of resistance against an activist community that has pushed too hard, and is now getting pushed back. It’s not anti-LGBT sentiment that’s causing the problem, it’s pro-LGBT activism.

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Bernie: Let’s bail out all the student-loan debtors — including the upper class

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A lame pander reeking of flop sweat. Warren beat him to the punch on this, remember, proposing in April that a small tax on mega-millionaires could pay off most of the student debt in this country. That was back when she was crawling along at around six percent in the polls and trailing Bernie by double digits. A splashy bailout for the young and young-ish was her way of trying to show Sanders’s progressive base that there are other choices on the primary menu this year. But even in lefty-pander mode, Warren’s plan placed limits on taxpayer largesse. Only the first $50,000 of debt for each debtor would be paid off under her plan. If you’re someone who racked up truly massive loans, as one aiming for a lucrative postgrad degree in law or medicine might, then you’d have to pick up some of your own tab. That was her concession to the poor optics of handing out cash to some of the best-paid members of America’s professional class. Can’t fight a class war in which the upper class benefits as much as, or even more than, the lower class, right?

Now here comes Bernie, two months later, nervously insisting that you can do that. Warren has roughly doubled her polling since April, mostly at Sanders’s expense; she’s already passed him in more than one national poll and stands poised to pass him in the RCP average soon if trends continue. The man needs a way to remind lefties that there’s only one true socialist in this race and all the rest, including Warren, will cuck out with half measures as president. So here it is: Student-loan forgiveness for everyone, full stop, without regard to their ability to pay. Doctors, lawyers, you name it — everyone’s off scot-free. (What I said about Warren’s plan in April is even truer here: Under this proposal, the less responsible you were in incurring debt you couldn’t afford and the less willing you’ve been to sacrifice in order to repay it, the more your government will reward you.) A class-war giveaway that doesn’t account for class feels absurd, but it makes sense as a primary pander. This is Bernie showing Democratic voters that no one but no one will be as bold in handing out free sh*t as he will.

Sanders is proposing to pay for the legislation with a new tax on financial transactions, including a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions and a 0.1 percent tax on bonds. Such a levy would curb Wall Street speculation while reducing income inequality, according to a report by the Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank, although conservatives warn it would stunt economic growth and investment…

“The cost will march toward $3 trillion and benefit a lot of wealthy families and future high-earners,” said Brian Riedl, an analyst at the Manhattan Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank. “Of all problems requiring a $3 trillion federal expenditure, the college costs of middle- and upper-class college graduates seem lower-priority.”

A fierce debate has raged in left-leaning policy circles as well as over whether canceling student debt offers too much help to families with higher incomes. The top 40 percent of earners would receive about two-thirds of the benefits from Warren’s plan, according to Adam Looney, a former Treasury official under President Barack Obama who is now at the Brookings Institution, a center-left think tank.

That number is likely to be higher under Sanders’s plan, given that proposals by Warren and Castro do not call for wiping clean the debt of those earning over six figures.

He also wants to make all public universities and community colleges free, because why not? As for suckers like me who already paid off their debt or the many Americans who decided to pass on college for whatever reason — including, perhaps, because they didn’t want to take on debt — I don’t know what to tell you. There are no plans in Sanders’s or Warren’s proposals to compensate those who made the mistake of managing their financial obligations prudently, but Philip Klein is probably right that that’ll change soon. Now that Bernie’s offered to pick up the tab for everyone with current debt, the only move left to out-socialist him is to offer reparations to those who don’t have debt but might have if they’d handled things differently. Expect that plan from Beto or Buttigieg in a month or two.

There’s also the small matter of the middle and even lower class, most members of which didn’t go to college, having to fund this bailout with their tax dollars. Right, right, I know — Bernie says he’s going to fund it by taxing Wall Street. But every dollar extracted from Wall Street for a student-loan bailout is a dollar that can’t be applied to one of the many, many other expensive new entitlements which the left wants to introduce during a Sanders presidency. Remember, by one estimate this guy’s health-care plan will cost $32 trillion over 10 years. The tax he’s proposing on Wall Street to pay for this student-loan thing could have helped pay for that instead. You’ll have to pick up the slack for one program or another.

Ironically, although this plan is obviously aimed at winning back some progressive votes from Warren, I think it may end up helping her expand her appeal. Warren isn’t trying to win the nomination by consolidating progressives and counting on them to outvote the rest of the party. She’s pitching herself to the center too, insisting repeatedly that she’s a capitalist to contrast her relative moderation with Bernie’s socialism. It appears to be working, with some centrist groups beginning to see her as a potential compromise nominee between Bernie and the more centrist Biden. Having Sanders go nuts with student-loan relief makes Warren’s still-nutty-but-not-as-nutty capped handout of $50,000 per debtor seem prudent and “moderate” by comparison. It might even help her with some lefty voters who, while appreciating Sanders’s ambition, won’t easily digest the criticism that Bernie’s plan will primarily benefit postgrads with higher earning potential.

As fraught and alienating as it is, the case for racial reparations seems more straightforward to me than the case for bailing out a single generation of student-loan debtors en masse. I’d understand it more if the bailout targeted only the poorest students, or if it was limited to those who encountered a gruesome labor market in the first few years after the Great Recession, but there seems to be no logical limiting principle here and no explanation for why these debtors as opposed to debtors who are 10 years older should receive relief. It’s like a conservative caricature of a left-wing redistributionist program, lifting a pot of money from Wall Street and then looking for some pretext, without much rhyme or reason, to give it to someone else.

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A Study Found 92% of Left-Wing Activists Still Live with Parents, and It’s Not Likely to Get Better

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They’re marching down the street wearing black, their faces obscured by red bandanas or possibly a Guy Fawkes mask. They’re intimidating as they create a mob and chase after you, calling you a fascist and a Nazi because you don’t share their extreme ideology. They’re marching down the street bashing in car windows and vandalizing storefronts. They’re going to do all it takes to stop fascism and hate speech.

But they have to hurry this along because they have to be home before 10:30, or else their mom will be totally pissed off.

This is a likely story according to a Berlin study, but this is not a new story. In fact, the Daily Mail published these findings back in 2017 which showed that 92 percent of leftist activists that were arrested in Berlin still live with their parents, and what’s more, a third are completely unemployed:

The figures, which were published in daily newspaper Bild revealed that 873 suspects were investigated by authorities between 2003 and 2013.

Of these 84 per cent were men, and 72 per cent were aged between 18 and 29.

More than half of the arrests were made in the Berlin districts of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte, mostly during demonstrations.

A third of them were unemployed, and 92 per cent still live with their parents.

Why am I writing on it now? Because the story is making the rounds today, and after looking into it, the story likely hasn’t changed.

According to Fox Business, millennials are still living at home two years later:

A recent analysis found that 14 million adults between the ages of 23 to 37 are living with their parents, a sign that some millennials may have financial burdens.

The analysis by ZillowOpens a New Window. determined that 21.9 percent of millennials lived with their parents, up from 12.7 percent in 2000. More millennials chose to stay with their parents in areas where the rents were high. The study surveyed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey.

While I’m not automatically assigning millennials to being leftist activists — I just barely fall within the age range myself — I will note that the age range of those living with their parents falls within the age range of those leftists in Berlin who were caught by police and got arrested for leftist radicalism in the streets.

The reasons millennials live with their parents has been evident for a long time. They owe monumental amounts of debt for a degree that is essentially useless. With everyone going for similar jobs, the jobs are all taken up rather quickly. Millennials end up living with mom and dad as they flip burgers and hope an opportunity comes along for solid employment.

Right now, the U.S.’s student collective student loan debt is around $1.5 trillion. Some companies, in order to attract younger workers as their boomers retire off, offer to help pay off the student debt.  This is all well and good, but all the boomers aren’t going to retire out all at once. Hoping you’re one of the millennial replacements is still a lottery.

Imagine you’re a millennial drowning in debt with little to no job prospects. You come home from flipping burgers to find your degree uselessly hanging on your wall. You’re fresh out of college and maybe leftist professors have planted seeds of doubt in your mind about the American system if they haven’t completely turned you against it and made you a raving lunatic. The American system isn’t exactly helping you either.

Then some politicians come along basically telling you that if you join them, they’ll completely wipe away your debt and proceed to promise you all these free things like Medicare for all. They tell you that you’ll be helping make the world a better place, which sounds great to someone who feels useless.

Maybe it started back in college, or maybe it starts online. You join some groups, you meet other people who draw you further in. One thing leads to another and you’re marching the streets chanting nonsense about the system. Maybe things get heated and soon you’re dragged into a confrontation with people who oppose your side. Things get heated and some things happen. You get arrested.

We can trace this back to the University which handed out a degree that’s worth far less than it charged and gave the students ideas that all the worst things they’ve ever heard about America are true. Society drilled it into the student’s mind, however, that without that degree the student would be worthless out of college. He or she worked hard to get that degree in hopes of a better future, only to not get one. It’s the saddest joke on millennials today.

Maybe college isn’t the best idea.

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Greg Abbott Is On a Roll as He Destroys Anti-Free Speech Operatives On Texas Campuses

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott is on a limited government warpath right now, and his latest victim is the anti-free speech movement sweeping campuses across the United States.

Too often, college campuses cave to social justice warriors who do everything in their power to eliminate any kind of speech that would run contrary to their hard-left narrative. As such, campuses everywhere become infected with this despotic hold what can and can’t be said, either because the hard-left has infiltrated student governments or administration positions, or because the college is scared of them.

Not in Texas. Not now. Abbott posted yet another one of his famous videos in which he shows himself signing a bill that only grants more freedom to Texans.

“Some colleges are banning free speech on college campuses,” Abbott said. “Well, no more because I’m about to sign a law that protects free speech on college campuses in Texas.”

“Shouldn’t have to do it,” he added. “The First Amendment guarantees it. Now, it’s law in Texas.”

Abbott is correct. He shouldn’t have to do this at all, not just in terms of protecting free speech in federally funded places, but that this is necessary in places where students are supposed to be learning everything they can. Instead of being taught various aspects and views of humanity, they’re being forced to learn only critical theory and all the prejudices that come with it. They’re not taught how to think, they’re taught what to think.

Party of being taught what to think is forcing only some things to be heard. Anything contrary to the narrative has to go.

This isn’t education, this is brainwashing.

While it’s not going to fully cure the disease, forcing campuses to at least allow dissent to this hard-left agenda is a good step in reversing its course.

This is the third video Abbott has released showing himself terminating some form of government hold on something. Before this video, Abbott signed into law the ability for alcohol to be delivered to your home just like pizza is. Before that, he signed a law banning red light cameras throughout the state.

I defy you to name a better governor in office right now.

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High school students invited to tour 7 HBCU campuses on this college road trip

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School’s out for summer, but for high school students that means beginning of college tours and applications. X is Possible, a personal and professional development company, is hosting an “Education is Possible” HBCU college tour from June 23 to 26 for high school students to visit and learn more about historically black colleges and universities in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

Participants will visit seven campuses: Morgan State University, Bowie State University, Hampton University, Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, NC A&T University and North Carolina Central University.

The program also includes career tips, cultural enrichment and college prep components, including an event at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a lab tour, two stops at historical landmarks and a college funding workshop presented by the United Negro College Fund.

Three nights of hotel lodging, ground transportation (by coach bus), meals and snacks and a 1-to-6 chaperone to student ratio are all included in the program. Registration for the tours close on June 10, and costs $750 per student. Attendance is limited to high school students, ninth grade to 12th grade.

Students will meet at a hotel in Maryland on June 23, and drop-off will be at a college in Washington, DC on June 26. (Details and addresses released to participants after registration.) For more information, click here.

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