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In 2014, the University of Rhode Island conferred an honorary degree on Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and already a URI graduate.

Flynn would retire that August and go on to become national security advisor for President Donald Trump. He was then charged with lying to the FBI in 2017 in an incident that, with each new piece of information that drops about it, looks increasingly like a frame-up designed to get information on the Russia collusion hoax.

In December 2017, he reached a plea deal on the charges, but he tried to withdraw his guilty plea due after new representation argued in May 2020 that the government had acted in “bad faith” and “vindictiveness,” as well as in “breach of the plea agreement.”

Then-Attorney General William Barr moved to dismiss the charge, telling CBS News it “undid what was an injustice” and the FBI interview that led to the charge had no legitimate basis but was instead a “perjury trap.” Flynn was subsequently given a pardon by Trump.

All of this happened between 2017 and the present. In that time, URI found no good reason to take away Flynn’s honorary degree.

Now, however, the university’s new president thinks it should be yanked — and in exclusive comments to The Western Journal, Flynn said his “family has had enough” of “cancel culture and ‘wokeness’ in our academic institutions.”

According to The Providence Journal, URI President Marc Parlange has called on the board of trustees at the school to revoke the honorary degrees awarded to Flynn and former New York mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

A URI committee that oversees honorary degrees voted Dec. 10 to revoke the degrees. Parlange said that “based on their findings that General Flynn and Mayor Giuliani no longer represent the highest level of our values and standards that were evident when we first bestowed the degree.”

“As a civic institution, URI has the privilege and responsibility to sustain and preserve American democracy by insuring and modeling good citizenship,” Parlange claimed in his letter, according to the Journal. “Revoking these honorary degrees reinforces our values and allows us to lead with truth and integrity.”

Flynn told The Western Journal that it was “another example of cancel culture and ‘wokeness’ in our academic institutions.”

“And I know there is a concerted effort to attack me from certain elements on the Left, mainly because of my very visible stance fighting back against the socialist takeover of our country,” he added, predicting: “It will get national attention in the next 24 hours.”

A statement from the Flynn family got closer to the truth:

“Astoundingly, URI’s new President Mr. Marc Parlange distorts the facts and adopts lies and gossip spread for years in connection with the, now confirmed, framing of General Flynn,” the family said. “Mr. Parlange’s recommendation to revoke General Flynn’s honorary degree lacks moral courage, prioritizes pettiness over principles, and sets an unsavory, disturbing precedent.”

“The blatant hypocrisy arising out of the Board’s expected decision to revoke General Flynn’s honorary degree smacks in the face of the core principles of this Country and the stated mission of the University, itself,” it said.

“With this flawed and crooked action,” the family said, “URI endorses the destructive and tyrannical cancel culture, bowing down to the woke mob and repressive forces, while revealing itself to lack the intellectual capacity, fortitude or integrity that is required of an American public university in the 21st century.

“General Flynn has dedicated his life to protect and preserve the United States of America and the freedoms and liberties enjoyed by all citizens of this great country, including those associated with the University of Rhode Island.

“His unwavering love for God and Country – above all else – is the torch of light that he carried through decades of public service to America as a U.S. Army soldier and military leader of tens of thousands of young men and women in battlefields around the world.

“For General Flynn, that bright light of freedom, liberty and equal justice for all will never dim and he will never be deterred. Never will he stop fearlessly fighting for the Republic and for every individual’s rights and liberty bestowed on American citizens by the Grace of God Almighty.”

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58 Comments
  • FRB says:

    I blame Mike Pense for the debacle over General Flynn’s departure from Trump administration!

  • Rita says:

    RED FLAG…..Keep your kids away from URI

  • Dee says:

    I am sure he is losing sleep over this (sarcasm)

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    ‘They’re Totally Anti-American’: Democrat Mayor Switches To Republican Party

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    Republicans are “the clear favorites” to retake control of the House and perhaps even the Senate in November’s midterm elections.

    North Las Vegas Democrat Mayor John Lee recently announced that he’s running for re-election as a Republican.

    Lee said he became a Republican because the Democrats have embraced socialism and an “anti-American” agenda.

    “The party moved past me. In fact, Democrats are now leaving that party in droves because of the socialist agenda that has taken place in the Democratic Party,” Lee began. “They’re totally anti-American. There was nowhere for people who thought and felt like I did about the virtues and values and morals of being a good American. It was time to leave. They have destroyed the Democratic Party now.”

    Lee argued the Democrats’ “elitist” and “socialist” agenda is not one he “can stand with anymore.”

    “They had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card-carrying members of the Socialist Party. It’s not the party that I grew up with 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party I can stand with anymore,” he said.

    “The working class, or working men and women of this country, and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation anymore. It all has to do with the elitists and it has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country of the future,” he continued.

    “When you’re a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat, and you’re a very conservative person, that’s not really well known in the Democratic Party anymore. And so for me to hang on as long as I did, hoping the party would change, it didn’t, it got worse,” he added.

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    In fact, Democrats continue to move so far to the Left that a new report reveals that many are switching parties and joining the GOP.

    The Nevada Independent reported:

    Very little change in the trend established months ago, with four times as many Dems switching to GOP in May as vice-versa. The numbers are relatively small — still in the hundreds. But more Dems also are fleeing their party and registering as indies, too, by close to 2-to-1.

    Will it make a difference at all, and are some of these just getting into the GOP to vote in the major contested primaries next month? Hard to tell. But if you look at the aggregate numbers for the last quarter, you’d rather be the Rs than the Ds.

    The latest (last three months in parentheses):

    Democrat to Republican: 650 (1,485)

    Republican to Democrat: 174 (440)

    Democrat to nonpartisan: 789 (2,067)

    Republican to nonpartisan: 429 (1,132)

    NP to Democrat: 1,063 (2,122)

    NP to GOP: 1,349 (2,851)

    “The numbers continue to only be in the hundreds, but they are adding up in party switching — three times as many Dems switching to GOP as Repubs going to Dem again in March, via the SOS. Maybe some Dems just want to vote in the two major contested GOP primaries in June — maybe — but this is consistent for months now,” the report stated.

    More importantly, this has been a growing trend for many months.

    “All major party branding problems are equal, but some are more equal than others. More than two and a half times as many Democrats have switched their voter registrations to Republicans as vice-versa during the last three months, a statistic with ominous portents for Democratic candidates,” the report found.

    “The numbers since September also show that one and a half times as many Democrats switched to nonpartisan as did Republicans – numbers also reflected in how many major party voters would rather be members of “The Jedi Party” or some other minor or essentially nonexistent party,” it added.

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    California Church Shooter Identified. Here’s What We Know.

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    The man who allegedly killed a doctor and injured five others at a Taiwanese church in Orange County was a U.S. citizen born in China who hated Taiwan and drove from Las Vegas armed with guns, chains and numerous Molotov cocktails, authorities said on Monday.

    David Chou, 68, allegedly chained shut the doors where up to 40 people were attending a luncheon in honor of a former pastor of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church and began firing at congregants, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said Monday.

    Barnes said the violent assault Sunday afternoon at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in the retirement community of Laguna Woods was motivated by Chou’s hatred of Taiwan and recent tensions between Taiwan and mainland China.

    “This is a manifestation of the ugliest part of our humanity that exists in our country today,” Barnes said at a news conference on Monday, also referencing the weekend’s racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.

    The FBI said it was opening a hate crime investigation in the case.

    Dr. John Cheng, 52, a physician with South Bay Medical Group in Aliso Viejo, was killed when he charged the gunman and attempted to disarm him, Barnes said. Cheng is survived by his wife and two children.

    “Dr. Cheng is a hero in this incident,” Barnes said, adding that the doctor’s actions bought time for other parishioners to subdue the suspect and eventually hogtie him.

    “Without the actions of Dr. Cheng, there is no doubt there would be additional victims in this crime,” Barnes said.

    Barnes said four incendiary devices, similar to Molotov cocktails, were placed inside the church, and investigators also found bags of additional ammunition.

    The sheriff said investigators have determined the shooting was an isolated incident carried out solely by the suspect.

    Four other men of Asian descent aged 66 to 92 and an 86-year-old woman of Asian descent were injured in the mass shooting. Their names have not yet been released.

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    Democrat Senator Suffers Stroke While Giving Speech, Expected To Recover

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    Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen suffered a stroke while delivering a speech over the weekend and is now being treated in a hospital.

    The first-term senator, who is up for re-election in November, said he began feeling light-headed while speaking in western Maryland. He saw a doctor shortly afterward and learned he had suffered a stroke.

    “Earlier today, an angiogram indicated that I had experienced a minor stroke in the form of a small venous tear at the back of my head,” Van Hollen said in a statement Sunday.

    The Terrapin State’s junior senator, who succeeded Barbara Mikulski in 2016, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital, where he remains under observation.

    It was not clear where Van Hollen was speaking when he suffered the stroke or whether it occurred on Saturday or Sunday. On Saturday, he tweeted in support of pro-abortion protests in Maryland and also to condemn the actions of a suspected white supremacist sho shot and killed 10 people in a black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.

    He said in the statement released Sunday that doctors do not expect him to suffer any long-term damage from the stroke.

    “Fortunately, I have been informed that there are no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident, but my doctors have advised that out of an abundance of caution I remain under observation for a few days,” Van Hollen said. “I look forward to returning to work in the Senate later this week and thank the medical team for their excellent care.”

    Earlier Sunday, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is the front-runner for the Keystone State’s Democratic Party’s Senate nomination, announced he had suffered a stroke.

    “I hadn’t been feeling well, but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and just kept going,” Fetterman said in a statement. “On Friday it finally caught up with me. I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long.”

    And earlier this year, Democrat Sen. Ben Ray Luján, of New Mexico, suffered a stroke in the cerebellum due to a tear in the 49-year-old lawmaker’s vertebral artery, He has since recovered and returned to the Senate.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies from a stroke every three and a half minutes. The American Stroke Association’s acronym for catching the warning signs is FAST, which stands for Face drooping; Arm weakness; Speech difficulty; and Time. Anyone experiencing or observing these symptoms in someone should call 9-1-1 immediately.

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    Mom Says Middle School Invited Daughter to Secret LGBTQ+ Club, ‘Did Unthinkable Things with the Children’

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    A Colorado mother of three, Erin Lee, said her 12-year-old daughter was recruited by teachers to attend an “art club” after school, only to find it was a GSA or Gay Straight Awareness/Alliance Club. Not only was the family misled about the purpose of the club, but a guest speaker — who told the middle school students that “if they’re not fully comfortable in their bodies, that means they’re transgender” — also encouraged the kids to keep secrets from their parents.

    Lee told Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday that her “shy, vulnerable, barely 12-year-old daughter” had just moved to Wellington Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado, when she was invited by her art and home room teachers to attend an “art club” after school.

    “She texted us [and] we gave her permission for art club,” Lee said of her daughter. “When she got there, it was actually GSA, or Gender and Sexuality Awareness or Alliance Club. The teacher had invited in a completely unqualified outside presenter who did unthinkable things with the children. I’ll give you the CliffsNotes version. She told them, ‘what you hear in here, keep in here.’ She used flags to use defining words, telling them if they’re not fully comfortable in their bodies, that means they’re transgender. Then she would hand out the flags and stickers and bracelets and other swag. She told them that ‘queer’ is a label for when they’re still figuring out their sexuality.

    “She did the ‘Genderbread person,’ which explicitly asked kids who they’re sexually attracted to, so 11, 12, 13-year-olds with peers and adults in the room, talking about their sexuality. She handed out her personal contact information and invited them to connect on teen chat platforms, like WhatsApp and Discord, where she knows that parents are not monitoring the conversation. She told them that families may not be safe, and it’s okay to lie about where they are. And in fact, the art teacher, as my daughter was leaving the room that day, pulled her aside and said, ‘remember, you don’t have to tell your mom.'”

    The outside presenter, Kimberly Chambers, is the director of SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado, an organization that targets children as young as 5 years old, as indicated on its own website. Chambers is a paid employee of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment with access to children’s information, according to a Parents Defending Education incident report.

    Lee went on to say that, after learning from her daughter what happened, she and her husband contacted the school principal, who confirmed that the meeting was, in fact, held in secret and they are always held in secret because as a public school they have to offer children a “safe space.” Lee then turned to the school board, but said she was ignored “for months.” Finally, she was able to meet with board member Kristen Draper, who turned out to be a close friend and “strong ally” to Chambers. Draper also volunteers for an arm of SPLASH called SKITTLES.
    “FOIA emails showed that [the school] immediately colluded when I objected to what happened,” Lee told Glenn. “They immediately colluded with the school board to keep me quiet. They referenced parents who find out as ‘barriers’ that the school board has removed. They talked about sending social services into my home because I didn’t like what they did with my child,” she continued.

    “My daughter had never expressed gender dysphoria before. She never expressed that she’d had any trouble at home. They never spoke to me. I never spoke to any of the people that did these things before they decided to talk about calling CPS … In the state of Colorado, if my child had said to the CPS that I wasn’t affirming her transgender identity, I firmly believe they would have removed her from the home. And the people knew this when they suggested that CPS come to our home to remove our child,” Lee warned. “Colorado is off the rails in particular, but this is happening everywhere.”

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    ‘Sorry. Not Beautiful’: Jordan Peterson Blasts Sports Illustrated Over Plus-Sized Swimsuit Issue Cover Model

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    Dr. Jordan Peterson blasted Sports Illustrated Monday for featuring a plus-sized model on the cover of its annual Swimsuit Issue.

    “Sorry. Not beautiful,” Peterson remarked on Twitter in response to a New York Post headline about Yumi Nu, who was announced as the cover model for Sports Illustrated’s 2022 Swimsuit Issue. “And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that.”

    Peterson illustrated his objection in response to a Twitter user who criticized him. “It’s a conscious progressive attempt to manipulate & retool the notion of beauty, reliant on the idiot philosophy that such preferences are learned & properly changed by those who know better … but don’t let the facts stop you,” Peterson fired back at the user.

    Peterson also included links to two scientific studies in his reply: the first one, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development in 1998, showed that babies spent more time looking at faces judged to be attractive by adults; the second, a 2009 study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, found that more attractive women had more children than their less attractive counterparts, while the least attractive men had less children than every other group of men, who had roughly the same number of children, indicating that physical attractiveness may be related to reproductive success rates.

    Peterson’s tweet came in response to a New York Post interview with Nu, who will appear as one of the cover models of the 2022 Swimsuit Issue, along with model, socialite, and television personality Kim Kardashian, model and singer Ciara, and model Maye Musk, the mother of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. The 25-year-old Nu is of Dutch and Japanese ancestry. She is the granddaughter of Rocky Aoki, the founder of the Benihana chain of restaurants, and the niece of DJ Steve Aoki.

    In the interview, Nu expressed her excitement at the opportunity and described herself as a champion of body and race diversity. “It’s amazing. I’m on cloud nine,” she told the Post. “This is nothing I could prepare for. It’s unexpected. I feel like we’re in a place right now where people are making space for more diversity on magazine covers. It’s a big time for Asian-American people in media. I know I play a big role in representation in body diversity and race diversity, and I love to be a role model and representative of the plus-size Asian community.”

    The 2022 Swimsuit Issue is Nu’s first appearance on the cover, but not her first in the issue itself, as she was previously featured in last year’s issue. She is also the first Asian plus-sized model to appear on the cover. Sports Illustrated drew controversy when it featured plus-sized model Ashley Graham on the cover of the issue in 2016. Graham’s appearance has since become a trend. Plus-sized model Hunter McGrady, dubbed the “curviest model ever,” appeared on the cover in 2020. In the Post interview, Nu said that both Graham and McGrady were inspirations for her.

    The swimsuit issue also includes a number of race and body diversity firsts, including the first breast cancer survivor to appear in the issue, the first indigenous woman, and a NASA physicist, as well as the first woman to reveal a C-section scar in her photo for the issue.

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    Police Investigating Arby’s Manager For Child Porn Find Video Of Him Peeing In Milkshake Mix

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    Police investigating an Arby’s night manager in Vancouver, Washington, on suspicion of obtaining and distributing child pornography discovered a video of him urinating in milkshake mix last October.

    The Vancouver Police Department executed a search warrant on Stephen Sharp last week, where they obtained the disturbing footage. Sharp later confessed to urinating in milkshake mix on at least two occasions, claiming he did it for sexual gratification.

    “The alleged actions of the former franchised employee are abhorrent and unacceptable,” an Arby’s spokesperson told KTTV. “We have taken immediate action with the franchise group who terminated the former employee and is fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation.”

    Sharp reportedly told police that he was “almost sure” he threw out the bag of milkshake mix he had urinated in. “The affidavit states Sharp said he was working alone in the restaurant that night and that he did it for sexual gratification,” The Columbian reported. “He told detectives that if he didn’t throw the bag away, it would have been added to other mix by the next shift and served to people, court records state.”

    The Clark County Public Health Director Dr. Alan Melnick assured the public that there is no “significant health risk to consuming a drink contaminated with urine,” according to The Columbian.

    Police are now asking for anyone who bought a milkshake at the Arby’s location on October 30 or 31 to contact the department.

    “Police are asking if you purchased a milkshake from the Arby’s located at 221 NE 104 Ave, Vancouver WA on October 30 & 31, 2021 and you have a receipt or verified transaction information to confirm the purchase, please contact Detective Robert Givens,” a press release from the Vancouver Police stated.

    According to The Columbian, another manager at the restaurant said they sold between 30 and 40 milkshakes on October 30. Police found no evidence that the corporation or the franchise owner knew about Sharp’s “abhorrent” actions.

    A search of Sharp’s phone turned up “dozens of photos and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children,” Vancouver police said.

    Sharp was arrested and charged with four counts of Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct and four counts of Dealing Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct and Assault II.

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    One Dead, Multiple People Injured in California Church Shooting — UPDATE: Shooter is 68 Year-Old Asian Man

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    One person was dead and several others injured during a shooting took place at a California church on Sunday, cops said.

    Sheriff’s deputies in Orange County responded to a report of a shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church on El Toro Road in Laguna Woods at around 2 p.m. local time.

    The sheriff’s department said that one person was in custody and they have obtained a weapon that they believe was used in the shooting.

    “Four victims have been critically wounded, one with minor injuries,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter. “All victims are adults and are enroute to the hospital. One victim is deceased at the scene.”

    It was not immediately clear what the shooter’s motive may have been.

    NBC Los Angeles reports police arrived on scene at Laguna Woods’ Geneva Presbyterian Church to find that congregants hog-tied an alleged shooter with an extension cord.

    The incident takes place one day after a white supremacist killed 10 people during a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo.

    UPDATE — Shooter is 68 year-old Asian man:

    A law enforcement source said officials believe the suspect was a 68-year-old Asian man who is originally from Las Vegas. No other details were available.

    The victims were described as mostly Asian and mostly of Taiwanese descent, authorities said.

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