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My Exchange of Letters With UC Irvine





Gary Fouse
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Below is a response to my letter of today to UC Irvine regarding the "Standing Rock Is Everywhere" event. It comes from Dr. Thomas Parham, UCI's vice chancellor for student affairs, who originated the New Narratives program, which sponsored the event.


Mr. Fouse: 
 
Thank you for your note and for attending the New Narratives forum. Reviews on 
that program were very positive even as we understand that attendees and even 
panelists may agree or disagree with the assertions being advanced and opinions 
being offered by the various speakers. 
 
The purpose of the New Narratives series when I developed it was to create a 
forum where issues of race, gender, identity, oppression, social justice, etc. 
could become topics of critical discourse and analysis. That is what we intend 
to deliver in those NN forums. Also, while I do take occasional license to 
suggest a speaker, the speakers are primarily invited by a committee of students 
and staff from across the university. In light of your recommendations, I will 
make sure that those are forwarded to the committee for their consideration. 
 
Thank you again for your message. 
 
Dr. Parham 
 
Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D 
Vice Chancellor Student Affairs 
University of California Irvine 
Irvine, California. 92697 

www.vcsa.uci.edu 
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Here is my response:







Dr. Parham 
 
Thank you for your response. Since the purpose of New Narratives is to treat 
these issues with critical discourse and analysis, it seems that having 
conservative speakers would be essential in order to provide the students with 
balance enabling them to come up with their own conclusions. How can there be 
critical discourse and analysis when only one side of an issue is presented? 
 
I would be grateful if you could advise me as to the committee's decision on 
inviting Dr Sowell or Mr. Elder to speak at UCI. 
 
 
Thank you again for your response. 
 
 
Gary Fouse 
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My Open Letter to UC Irvine Re: Standing Rock Is Everywhere Event




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


In connection with my previous post regarding the Standing Rock is Everywhere event at UC Irvine on April 18, I have sent the below letter to the university and elected leaders expressing my concern.



April 26, 2017

Dear Dr Parham et al

My name is Gary Fouse, and I am a former part-time teacher in the UC Irvine Extension (1998-2016). Last week, I attended an event sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs “New Narratives” program and the Cross Cultural Center. It was entitled “Standing Rock Is Everywhere” and consisted of several panelists, who spoke not only about the Standing Rock pipeline issue but many other issues as well. Frankly, I was appalled at the negative perspectives given to UCI students by these speakers as it pertains to our country and our society (as well as Canada). Given the fact that the event was sponsored by the university, I wonder whether UCI was putting its official imprimatur on the views expressed.

I fully understand the dark chapters in our nation’s history and am old enough to remember some of them. I also understand the first amendment right of those speakers to express their opinions. But I do not share the negative opinions expressed toward our country as it is today or some of our leaders who were mentioned. For example, I do not believe Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a racist as was implied by one of the speakers.

I also found it offensive that a panelist (Janaya Khan) who has just moved to the US from Canada would open her remarks by saying that “she had picked the wrong time to move south of the border” then go on to trash this country. I also found the expression she used, “Christian patriarchy” equally offensive. I could go on, but you can read my reactions in full at the below link.


My real purpose in writing, however, is to inquire whether the “New Narratives” program has in the past or is willing in the future to sponsor a speaker or speakers with a more positive perspective on America as well as provide opposing viewpoints on the North Dakota pipeline and other issues brought up by your panel covered in the above event. I should add that I posed this question to Dr Abby Reyes before I left the event. While I don’t feel I got a particularly clear answer, she informed me that New Narratives was set up after the unfortunate “black face” incident on campus a couple of years back and was designed to give a voice to “marginalized students”. She also told me that suggested speakers are considered by a New Narratives panel and referred me to the vice chancellor’s office for further information.

Therefore, in the interest of providing UCI students and the community with other perspectives on these issues, I would like to respectfully propose a couple of speakers for your consideration (specifically for the New Narratives). First of all, I would like to propose Los Angeles-based talk show host Larry Elder, an African-American conservative. Secondly, I would like to propose Dr Thomas Sowell, who I believe recently retired from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is also a well-known African-American conservative. I can think of several other worthy speakers, but I will leave it with these two at this time.

In my view, university students deserve to be exposed to all sides of issues not just some. I don’t deny the rights of the above speakers to have their say, but I seriously question whether universities today are committed to giving a fair hearing to other voices.  I eagerly await your response to my suggestions.


Sincerely,


Gary Fouse

Cc
Dr. Howard Gillman, Chancellor
Dr. Douglas Haynes, Director, Cross Cultural Center
Dr. Abby Reyes
US Rep. Mimi Walters
State Senator John Moorlach
State Assembly Rep. Steven Choi
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I will keep you advised of any responses I get (or don't get).





UC Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech




Gary Fouse
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http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


This really makes a statement about UC Berkeley and its community, doesn't it? UCB has cancelled Ann Coulter's scheduled speech at the school over fears that protesters would cause violence. They are suggesting she come back in September-as if conditions will be different then.


http://hotair.com/archives/2017/04/19/america-2017-berkeley-cancels-ann-coulter-speech-cant-guarantee-safety/

It should be noted that when Coulter came to speak at UC Irvine a few years ago, there were no incidents whatsoever.

Here is the problem as I see it. The cowardly Berkeley administrators cannot guarantee Coulter's safety because they are not willing to let their police do their duty when a riot breaks out. This was amply demonstrated at the recent riot that forced a cancellation of Milo Yiannopoulos' scheduled speech.

So what we have here at Berkeley is the victory of the heckler's veto. This is what any conservative speaker can expect at UC Berkeley. "Sorry. We can't guarantee your safety."

Here is the article from the Daily Californian, UCB's campus paper.

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/04/19/uc-berkeley-administrators-propose-rescheduling-ann-coulter-event-september/

We regret this outcome — especially given our unqualified support for our students’ right to bring speakers of their choosing to the University, and our deep commitment to the values and principles embedded in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,”






Keep in mind this is a tax-payer funded university, where only politically-correct/liberal/radical speakers have a voice.

The Fresno Shooter and His Motive




Gary Fouse
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http://garyfouse.blogspot.com

Fresno shooter Kori Ali Mohammad in his own words.





Any questions?

Yes, that's Arabic he is speaking along with the English.

Side note: While Mohammad was going on his shooting spree in Fresno, I was sitting in a
hall at UC Irvine listening to a group of ladies ranting about white racism.

Ironic, isn't it?

Detroit ER Doctor Charged With Performing Female Genital Mutilations




Gary Fouse
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http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


Hat tip The Blaze

“The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country,” she added in a statement, “and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse.”


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A doctor in Detroit has been charged for performing female genital mutilations. She is an emergency room physician named Jumana Nagarwala. She is facing federal charges.


http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/04/13/detroit-doctor-arrested-for-performing-female-genital-mutilation/

I can only pray that this story is widely publicized. This practice has encroached upon Europe. It is done behind closed doors. In other cases, young girls are sent back to the family's country of origin to have the procedure performed. No doubt some families here have sent their daughters back to the old country for the same purpose. Now this.

These girls are entitled to the same protections we all enjoy here in America. I am heartened that the new DOJ is prosecuting this. I doubt the Obama DOJ would have brought charges.

"Blue Lives Matter" Speaker Disrupted at UCLA and Claremont College




Gary Fouse
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Hat tip The College Fix



"No justice-no peace"


Heather MacDonald, author of the 2016 book, The War on Cops" was invited to speak this week at UCLA on Wednesday and Claremont College on Thursday. Both events were loudly disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.

The College Fix has posted voeos of both incidents. (The UCLA event is linked in the below article.)

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/32050/

(Remind me to post a Blue Lives Matter flag on this site.)

This is so typical of the know-nothing mentality on our campuses. All it takes is a couple of professional anarchists to show up on campus with bullhorns, and the minds of mush fall in line like a scene out of the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

Warning: Leave Sharm el-Sheik IMMEDIATELY

Tourists are being warned to leave Sharm el-Sheikh and other Egyptan Red Sea resorts IMMEDIATELY

 Here is the link.

Jihad - it's nothing new (but it's not the real problem)

There have been multiple terrorist attacks in the West since 9/11. Let us clear the ground straight away - everyone agrees that not all Muslims are terrorists. That is to say, where the subject term is Muslims, and the predicate term is men who have committed acts of violence and terrorism, the A proposition (All S are P) is false.

All S are P

However, this is irrelevant. The A proposition (All S are P) may be false, but it does not follow that the corresponding I proposition (Some S are P) is false. And in this instance, where the subject term is Muslims, that term is not distributed, and the predicate term is men who have committed acts of violence and terrorism, the I proposition (Some S are P) is true.

Some S are P

The world has just seen yet another example which demonstrates that this I proposition is true. Although it was quite shocking to see another terrorist attack in the centre of London, the means employed in this latest attack is nothing new. Back in 2010, the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire told its readers that in order to avoid capture, they should not attempt to execute a "spectacular" like 9/11 but should carry out smaller scale attacks.1 The magazine specifically recommended making an IED from a pressure cooker, and running people down in a 4 wheel drive vehicle.2

Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, had already thought of that. On 3d March 2006, he drove a rented SUV into a group of students at the university, hitting nine people and sending six of them to the hospital. Taheri-azar, an Iranian native, was reported as saying that he hated Americans and Jews, that he carried out his attack in order to punish the American government for how they treated Muslims, and that he intended to kill his targets. A fellow student who knew Taheri-azar when he attended UNC told the local newspaper that Taheri-azar was a "pretty devout" Muslim who had "studied the Quran", and was "deeply committed" to Islam.3

There have been multiple incidents throughout the Western world in recent years, where the perpetrator was a devout Muslim who stated what his motives were for committing violent and criminal acts. On June 1st 2009, Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, a Memphis-born convert to Islam, drove past an Army recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas and opened fire on two American soldiers with a semi-automatic rifle. Muhammad killed Private William Long and seriously injured Private Quinton Ezeagwula, two young men who had completed their basic training just two weeks earlier.

Muhammad has several firearms in his truck when he was arrested, so he had the means to carry out the attack, and he clearly had the opportunity to carry out an attack on a soft target. That left Muhammad's motives. Muhammad was jailed for life without parole in July 2011. Before Muhammad was sent down, he wrote to the judge and explained what his motives were. In that handwritten note, Muhammad stated clearly that "this was a jihad attack on infidel forces" therefore his actions were "justified according to Islamic laws and the Islamic religion."4

Here is a copy of Muhammad's note, written in his own hand:






There are innumerable examples of this sort of thing. One of the men convicted of conspiring to kill American soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey, Eljvir Duka, explained his motives clearly: "In the end, when it comes to defending your religion, when someone ... attacks your religion, your way of life, then you go jihad." Serdar Tatar, a co-conspirator of Duka's, gave more insight into the mindset of these terrorists: "It doesn't matter to me whether I get locked up, arrested or get taken away, or I die, it doesn't matter. I'm doing it in the name of Allah."5 The would-be terrorist Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life imprisonment after an attempted attack in Times Square in May 2010. Shahzad pleaded guilty to ten charges, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Shahzad also explained what his motives were: "I consider myself a Muslim soldier," he told the judge at his trial. "If I am given a thousand lives, I will sacrifice them all for the sake of Allah ... Consider me only a first droplet of the flood that will follow."6

Since then, the world has witnessed the appearance of more of these murderous creatures. On 22nd May 2013, two of them attacked Lee Rigby, a 25 year old drummer serving with the Second Fusiliers in the British Army. Rigby had served in Cyprus and Afghanistan, where he was part of the Fire Support Group at Patrol Base Woqab.7 The pair took Rigby's life in the most brutal fashion, right in the middle of London's streets.8

One of the killers, who had converted to Islam and taken the name Mujahid Abu Hamza,9 was caught red-handed by a passerby who filmed him on their mobile phone at the scene of the crime. Holding a dagger and a meat cleaver, Abu Hamza stated that he was following commands found in the Koran, specifically citing surah-at-taubah, the ninth chapter of Islam's foundational text.10


"But we are forced by the Koran, in sura at-taubah, through many, many ayah throughout the Koran ..."

The response of the British Prime Minister to this horror was instructive. Following the murder of a British soldier on the streets of the nation's capital, David Cameron stood in front of the TV cameras, adopted a very stern face indeed, and asserted that there were no Islamic doctrines that justified such actions.11 Then he popped off to Ibiza for a few days in the sun with the wife.12 By leaving the country, Cameron avoided having to comment when three Muslim prisoners in Full Sutton Prison in Yorkshire attacked an ex-serviceman working as a prison warden.13 Nor did Cameron have to say anything when a Muslim convert called Alexander Dhaussy was arrested in Paris and charged with stabbing a French soldier in the throat.14 The silence was deafening when, barely a week after the murder of Lee Rigby, a Muslim convert who had changed his name to Islam was arrested for threatening to kill Prince Harry.15

Any citizen of the Western nations who looks at the situation rationally can see that there are two problems before us. We have killers arising from within the Islamic community pretty frequently, and we have terrorist attacks occurring somewhere in the West almost every day. But this is not as big a problem as it would appear at first. The primary function of the State is to protect its own citizens, and if agents of the State took that solemn duty seriously, then the threat posed by terrorism within our own borders could be reduced to almost nothing very quickly. The real problem is that our governments are not fit for purpose. Politicians tell us after each terrorist attack that it will not change our values, and that democracy and freedom will prevail. And they're right - it's not terrorist attacks that will undermine democracy, erode our freedoms and destroy our cultural values. It's politicians who are doing that.

Britain and America fought during the war for the principles listed in the Atlantic Charter. In that document, it is stated that our countries fought against the Nazis to defend, inter alia, "the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live".16 The so-called "remainers" seek to deny us this right - this is why their position is untenable. The fact of the matter is, by voting to leave Europe, the people of Britain have chosen the form of government under which they will live. And it is a form of government where the seat of power remains in their own country. It is a form of government where our individual votes still matter.

However, we cannot congratulate ourselves and then go to sleep, as if our work is done now, and it's time to head on up the wooden hill at the end of a hard day. In light of the ongoing terrorist threat to each and every one of us, which successive British governments have failed to prevent, it is clearly not enough to have the right to choose the form of government under which you and your children will live. Every morally sane person in Britain has to actually exercise that right.

It is not enough to have the freedom to speak the truth, we have to do so. It is not enough to say that we have have cultural values, we have to defend them. It is not enough to say that we live in a democracy, we have to remember that we all voted the current politicians in, and if they have failed in their duty to ensure the safety of British citizens, then we can - and we must - vote them out again.




References

1. Erick Stakelbeck, The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat (Washington: Regnery Publishing, 2011) p. 45;
Magazine details al Qaeda cargo plane plots, CNN, November 21st 2010.

2. Erick Stakelbeck, The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat (Washington: Regnery Publishing, 2011) pp. 52-53;
New issue of magazine offers jihadists terror tips, CNN, October 12th 2010.

3. Driver charged after SUV plows through crowd, NBC News, 3/5/2006;
Jessica Rocha, Samiha Khanna and Jane Stancill, Suspect says he meant to kill, News and Observer, March 8th 2006;
UNC Pit Suspect Claims Quran Supports His Actions, WRAL.com, December 12th, 2006;
Letters from Hit-and-Run Suspect Are Like Court Outburst, WRAL.com;
UNC Hit-and-Run Suspect Speaks Out in Court, WRAL.com;
UNC Run-down Defendant Deemed Competent for Trial, WRAL.com, June 13th, 2007;
Anthony Wilson, Taheri-azar sentenced to more than 20 years, abc news, August 26th, 2008.

4. Max Brantley, Cops: double shooting terror act, Arkansas Times, June 1st, 2009;
Sean Osborne, Islamic terrorism and insurrection are very much alive and well in America, Canada Free Press, June 3d, 2009;
Joseph Abrams, Little Rock Shooting Suspect Joins Growing List of Muslim Converts Accused of Targeting U.S., Fox News, June 2nd, 2009;
Note written by Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad in his own hand, in which he explains his motives, available at: James Dao, A Muslim Son, a Murder Trial and Many Questions, New York Times, February 16th, 2010.

5. Wayne Parry, 6 Charged in Plot to Attack Army Post, Washington Post, May 8th, 2007;
Sean Alfano, Six Suspects Indicted In Fort Dix Plot, CBS News, June 5th, 2007;
Paul von Zielbauer, 5 Men Are Convicted in Plot on Fort Dix, December 22nd, 2008.

6. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, Faisal Shazad Pleads Guilty to Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Federal Crimes Arising from Attempted Car Bombing in Times Square, June 21st, 2010;
Aaron Katersky and Richard Esposito, Faisal Shahzad: 'War With Muslims Has Just Begun', abc news, October 5th, 2010;
Scott Shifrel and Larry McShane, Failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad sentenced to life, Daily News New York, October 5th, 2010.

7. Ministry of Defence, Drummer Lee Rigby killed in Woolwich incident, gov.uk, 30th May 2013.

8. Mike Sullivan, Jonathan Reilly, Tom Wells and Tom Morgan, We killed this British soldier. It's an eye for an eye, The Sun, 22nd May 2013 (updated 5th April 2016);
Sarah Weng, Drummer Lee Rigby, 25: Victim in Woolwich attack was loving father of two-year-old, Christian Today, 23d May 2013.

9. Harry Haydon and Karen Morrison, Woolwich terror suspect revealed as Muslim convert known to MI5, The Sun, 23d May 2013 (updated 5th April 2016);
Adrian Shaw, Woolwich attack: Murder suspect Michael Adebolajo asks to be known as Mujahid Abu Hamza in bizarre court appearance, Mirror, 3d June 2013 (updated 4th June 2013);
Arthur Martin and Martin Robinson, Posing like Usain Bolt and blowing kisses to his brother, Woolwich suspect now known as 'Abu Hamza', Daily Mail, 4th June, 2013.

10. Aftermath Video of the Woolwich Butchers - FULL, youtube, published 23d May 2013.
Robert Spencer, Full video and transcript of UK jihad murderer: "We are forced by the Qur'an", May 23d, 2013.

11. Nigel Morris, Murder of soldier in Woolwich was a 'betrayal of Islam' says Cameron as he insists Britain will stand resolute against terror, Independent, May 23d 2013;
David Cameron: 'Woolwich attack 'sickened us all', Telegraph, youtube channel, published 23d May 2013.

12. Samantha Cameron holidays with David and the family in Ibiza, Hello Magazine, May 27th, 2013.

 13. Natalie Chalk, Terror unit steps in as Islamic convicts break guard's jaw after 'pray for Lee Rigby plea', Express, May 28th, 2013;
Rosa Silverman, Prison warden stabbed in attack 'inspired by Woolwich murder', Telegraph, 28th May 2013;
Jack Doyle, Terror police called in after prison warder was held hostage by three Muslim inmates, Daily Mail, 28th May, 2013.

14. Peter Allen, Bearded man seen 'praying' on CCTV footage filmed moments before French soldier was stabbed by suspected terrorist in Woolwich copycat attack, Daily Mail, 27th May 2013;
Henry Samuel, Police: 'radical' Muslim confesses to stabbing French soldier, Telegraph, 29th May 2013;
Islamic convert charged with attempting to kill French soldier, Telegraph, 31st May 2013.

15. Jonathan Corke and Deborah Sherwood, Prince Harry Kidnap Plot, Daily Star, 2nd June 2013;
Steve Nolan, White Muslim convert threatened to kill Prince Harry just hours after brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, Daily Mail, 2nd June 2013;
Justin Penrose, Prince Harry murder plot: Man admits in court he threatened to kill Prince day after Woolwich murder, Mirror, 2nd June 2013 (updated 26th September 2013);
Josh Layton, Prince Harry: Maniac who plotted to kill royal was radicalised in jail after he converted to Islam, Mirror, 3d June 2013 (updated 10th February 2014).

16. Winston Churchill, The Grand Alliance: The Second World War, Volume III (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015) pp. 352-353.



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Orange Coast College Doubles Down on Dumb




Gary Fouse
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Leave it to poor old Orange Coast College to dig the hole deeper after being being nationally embarrassed by Professor Olga-Perez-Stable Cox's videotaped classroom statements referring to the election of Donald Trump as "an act of terrorism". After making the situation worse by trying to suspend the student who produced the tape and harassing the College Republicans, OCC has now proclaimed Prof. Cox as the Faculty Member of the Year!

"Ah  wunnerful, ah wunnerful, ah."

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8974

This reminds me of when Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize just for being elected president in 2008.

CNN - A Quality Network



Hat Tip: Knuckledraggin my life away

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