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Good overcomes evil just as light overcomes darkness. Blessings during the Festival of Lights. #Hanukkah 馃晭
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One more reminder that the only time the U.S. President is ever involved in a debate is when he or she is up for re-election. Debating is not part of the job, yet the media treats it like a sporting event with winners and losers. Voters get shortchanged in the process.
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It literally took her two months to make these comments. Two months. Glad she joined the rest of us in condemning these horrific acts by Hamas, but where has she been since October 7th?!? It certainly wasn鈥檛 fixing our southern border!
We鈥檝e seen horrific reports of sexual assault by Hamas on October 7th. It is reprehensible and must be condemned. Rape can never be used as a weapon of war. I鈥檝e spent my career protecting women and girls from heinous crimes of sexual violence and will continue to do so.
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While @RonDeSantis had a solid debate performance, he and the others failed to chip away at former President Donald Trump鈥檚 significant lead. #GOPDebate
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Remember December 7, 1941鈥揳 date which will live in infamy. #PearlHarbor
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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil鈥檚 schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11
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The real winner tonight wasn鈥檛 anyone at Bama, it was the guy who lives north of Boca. None of the candidates moved support away from the front runner tonight or any of the prior debates.
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One distinction: each of the university presidents lost today.
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Watching the congressional antisemitism hearings today with the presidents of @Harvard, @MIT, and @Penn were far more impactful than the watching the past two hours of the #GOPDebate
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Reminder: All 50 states have laws requiring a person receiving a tattoo be at least 18 years old. Minors cannot give consent for something that so significantly alters their body. The same should be true for sex change surgery. Period.
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Sad that conservative students have to deal with this crap. All the more reason we have to stand with them when they do!
.@WisconsinYAF's Harrison Wells explains how after putting fliers for @MattWalshBlog's speech in the Gender Studies dept, he was reprimanded by the dean, the school issued a statement condemning Walsh as "harmful," and the venue had graffiti saying "YAF are Nazis," "F*** Matt Walsh," and "F*** YAF."
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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
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Nice.
Excited to be working with @MattWalkerWI @WalkerMediaMKE I encouter all the time, smart, driven, hard working professionals who are outside their comfort zone in marketing and communications. Matt profoundly understands this space. Targeted fixes. Long term strategy. Partnership.
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The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
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Mom has her Christmas stuff out.
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We鈥檝e been warning about this for years. Glad @BillAckman and others are taking notice as the radicals are out in the open. Universities are largely indoctrination mills filled with hatred for those with alternative views. Stop giving to them if they hate you and your values.
December 3, 2023 Dear President Gay, Since my letter to you of November 4th to which you did not reply or even acknowledge, I have received substantial feedback and input from senior members of the Harvard faculty about a number of the issues I raised in my letter concerning free speech, antisemitism, and the impact of the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (OEDIB) at Harvard. I thought to share this feedback with you now as it may inform your testimony and potential questions you may receive from the Congress on Tuesday. Free Speech at Harvard In several of your communications since October 7th, you have emphasized Harvard鈥檚 commitment to free speech as the reason why the university has continued to permit eliminationist and threatening language on campus 鈥 i.e., calls for Intifada (suicide bombings, knifings, etc. of Israeli civilians) and the elimination of the state of Israel 鈥淔rom the River to the Sea.鈥 You explained your tolerance for these protests on October 13th: 鈥淸O]ur university embraces a commitment to free expression. That commitment extends even to views that many of us find objectionable, even outrageous.鈥 In my letter to you, however, I noted that In The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) Free Speech Rankings, Harvard has consistently finished in the bottom quartile in each of the past four years. I note that Harvard鈥檚 ranking has deteriorated each year, receiving its lowest free speech ranking ever for the 2023 academic year, last out of 254 universities with a rating of 0.00, the only university with an 鈥渁bysmal鈥 speech climate. After sending my letter, I reached out to the faculty to reconcile your free speech absolutist commitment with Harvard having the lowest free speech ranking of any university. The faculty had a lot to say on this issue, as well as on antisemitism and the OEDIB. Notably, they were willing to share their views so long as I committed to keep their identities confidential. I have quoted their remarks below: On Free Speech 鈥淵ears ago, Harvard stopped being a place where all perspectives were welcome.鈥 鈥淗arvard is a place where loud, hate-filled protests appear to be encouraged, but where faculty and students can鈥檛 share points of view that are inconsistent with the accepted narrative on campus.鈥 鈥淗arvard became a place where if you toed the party line, there was applause. If you disagree, you are drowned out. The gatekeepers of speech continue to further narrow what they deem acceptable speech.鈥 鈥淭he primary problem with speech at Harvard is that if you say the wrong thing, you will be cancelled, which leads to self-censorship. The result is what you actually think is not what you say.鈥 鈥淪aying anything that doesn鈥檛 highlight the importance of slavery and colonialism as animating forces of history is not acceptable speech. Lived experience and ideology become the dominant forces of conversation. All of the courses follow the same playbook ideology. Ideology poses as coursework.鈥 On Antisemitism, Support for Hamas, and the Protests Against Israel When I asked members of the faculty about the causes behind the Israeli/Gaza protests and the tolerance for antisemitism on campus, they explained: 鈥淲hiteness at Harvard is deemed fundamentally oppressive. Indigenous peoples are presented as in need of justice and reparations. Jews are presented as white people. It is therefore ok to hate Israel and Jews as they are deemed to be oppressors.鈥 I asked: 鈥淲hy are the protests only about Israel versus other conflicts in the Middle East and around the globe where Palestinians and other civilians were killed?鈥 鈥淚srael is the rare case where we have a hot conflict between people that are deemed 鈥榳hite鈥 versus people of color.鈥 The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (ODEIB) 鈥淭he primary animating force of the ODEIB is racism-colonialism and the denial of indigenous rights. The ODEIB is a home for people who are perceived to have been victimized.鈥 鈥淭he ODEIB was meant to include Asians, but it does not. It is focused on communities that experienced colonialism.鈥 鈥淩ecency matters. India is not included because they got autonomy 70 years ago.鈥 鈥淭he ODEIB is at the service of black students, to a lesser extent brown students, and to a lesser extent LGBTQ students.鈥 鈥淚t鈥檚 about whiteness versus people of color.鈥 鈥淭he DEI framework prioritizes people on the oppressed side of the narrative.鈥 Hiring Practices at Harvard One topic which emerged when I spoke to the faculty was the issue of hiring at Harvard, an issue about which the faculty clearly has a lot of consternation. When I asked why Harvard鈥檚 faculty has shifted sharply leftward in recent years, they explained: 鈥淓ach department decides whom they want, and the university can accept or reject the candidate. Left-leaning faculty appoint other left-wing faculty because they get to decide whom to hire and promote. It鈥檚 a bit like the Twitter algorithm which continues to feed you the points of view you want to hear. Eventually, each department reaches the tipping point.鈥 One senior member of the faculty shared that it is made abundantly clear that they cannot hire new faculty members unless they meet ODEIB requirements. That is, the candidate has to be a woman, person of color, or have LGBTQ+ status. Straight white males are 鈥渙ff the table.鈥 Asians and those of South Asian (i.e., India) heritage are similarly disadvantaged in the process as they are deemed successful, overachieving minorities. A number of the faculty bemoaned that in many cases they cannot hire the substantially more qualified person if he is a white or Asian straight male as the proposed candidate 鈥渉as to be a woman or BIPOC person.鈥 I was told that behind closed doors, it is common to hear: 鈥淚 clearly don鈥檛 think this is the strongest candidate, but we can see where the train is headed. I therefore have no choice but to vote for the [lesser-qualified candidate.]鈥 It is made clear to the faculty that Harvard鈥檚 discriminatory approach to hiring should never be acknowledged or written about in an email. One professor said that he has been continually amazed that no one has brought a lawsuit as these practices are clearly illegal. One faculty member explained that it is not just the administration that has been putting forth these requirements, but that external organizations like The Chronicle of Higher Education (TCHE) do 鈥渋nvestigative reporting鈥 where they do racial and gender audits of university departments. TCHE publicly scolds university departments that don鈥檛 meet their diversity requirements further reinforcing Harvard鈥檚 requirement for ODEIB-preferred candidates. On all of the above issues, I know you will not rely on my survey of the faculty. I therefore encourage you to commission a highly credible, third-party firm to do an anonymous survey of the Harvard faculty. I am confident it will confirm and reinforce all that I have outlined above. Discrimination at Harvard Is Not Limited to Antisemitism The problems at Harvard are clearly not just about Jews and Israel. It is abundantly clear that straight white males are discriminated against in recruitment and advancement at Harvard. That is also apparently true to a somewhat lesser extent for men who are Asians or of Indian origin. The ODEIB is an important culprit in this discrimination on campus as it sees the world in a framework of oppressors and the oppressed, where the oppressor class includes white males, Asians, Jews and other people perceived to be successful and powerful. While Harvard claims that it is committed to free expression, in practice free expression appears to only happen 鈥渂ehind closed doors鈥 or among faculty and students speaking anonymously. Conservative voices are squelched and often outright cancelled on campus. Tyler J. VanderWeele and Carole K. Hooven are two recent examples. In March of this year, Mr. VanderWeele, the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology, a practicing Catholic, was effectively excommunicated from Harvard (saved only by his tenure) when it was discovered he had signed an amicus brief in 2015 which affirmed his view that the definition of marriage was between a man and a woman, and when he surfaced his pro-life views. See: sciencedirect.com/science/ar鈥 Earlier this year, Ms. Hooven, an evolutionary biologist was cancelled and eventually forced to resign because she stated that one鈥檚 sex was biological and binary on Fox and Friends. See: link.springer.com/article/10鈥 I am saddened that the Harvard I love has lost its way. I am embarrassed for not having been aware and previously taken the time to investigate these issues until antisemitism exploded on campus. I should have paid more attention as it did not take a forensic analysis to surface and better understand these issues. Discrimination at Harvard is not just illegal, but it is extremely damaging to our nation鈥檚 competitiveness, which is critically important in a world with growing geopolitical conflict and turmoil. Harvard should be an institution for our best and brightest, taught by our best and brightest who are in search of Veritas and excellence. Russia, China, and our other competitor nations are not selecting their scientific and educational leaders using Harvard鈥檚 diversity, equity and inclusion metrics. President Gay, beginning with your testimony to Congress on Tuesday, you can begin to address the antisemitism that has exploded on campus during your presidency, the seeds for which began years before you became President. But as I hope you recognize, the issues at Harvard are much more expansive than antisemitism. Antisemitism is the canary in the coal mine for other discriminatory practices at Harvard. As President you have both the opportunity and the responsibility for addressing these critically important issues. It won鈥檛 be easy for you as I have been told that your recent 鈥減ivot on antisemitism鈥 is already making the radical left wing of the faculty highly skeptical of you. When 34 Harvard student organizations came out in support of Hamas鈥 barbaric terrorism, it was a wake up call for me. I hope that having to face the Congress on Tuesday will be a wake-up call for you. Sincerely, William A. Ackman, A.B. 1988, MBA 1992 Cc: Ms. Penny Pritzker, Chairman, and The Harvard Corporation Board
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Everyone should condemn these acts. This has no place in the birthplace of our republic.
Protestors in Philadelphia stand outside of a Jewish & Israeli owned falafel restaurant 鈥淕oldie, Goldie you can鈥檛 hide, we charge you with genocide鈥
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Less than 12 hours later and I still feel as excited as I did at the end of the @packers game last night!!!
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The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
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