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Oh Alabama chief justice Roy Moore.
How we love to hate you and your bigoted views on gay people. And apparently we’re not alone.
You see, Roy Moore has twice run for governor (2006 and 2010) and failed both times.
He also failed as a Presidential candidate in 2012 (yep he actually tried to be President).
He is best known however as a national laughingstock that has brought some pretty bad shame to the Yellowhammer state due to his fundamentalist views and intransigence on matters of basic human rights.
But he also seems to be entrenched as chief justice until he is forced out due to his age in 2018.
Until that great day however, you have RoyMooreForGovernor.com.
Created by a guy named Justin Gandy from Russellville, the site brutally mocks Moore for his backward beliefs on gay rights.
Here’s a taste from the site’s homepage, which is posing as a real campaign site for the judge:
“My name is Roy Moore, and I’m committed to making gay people go away because they are icky and Jesus doesn’t love them. Like you, I want to play an active role in making gay people’s lives as miserable as our own. I will work at the community, state and country level to make Alabama a safer, better place to raise our children, run a business, and forge a future filled with unlimited promise that is free from the tyranny of Clay Aiken and Sam Smith. I don’t care how angelic Sam Smith’s voice is I’m not listening to it!”
It also includes an “endorsements” page that is quite nice indeed.
Oh yes please.
Moore could run for governor again in 2018 when his term as chief justice ends, but if he does he’ll have to get creative about his choice for website URL since Gandy owns the domain until 2019.
RISE NEWS has tried reaching out to Gandy and we’ll update this story when we speak to him.
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-A Florida International University spokesperson confirmed to RISE NEWS that the FIU Police Department and the FIU Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution are leading an investigation into allegations leveled against Tau Kappa Epsilon.
-There is no timeframe for when the investigation will conclude and FIU can’t comment on specifics as to who exactly is being investigated.
-Tau Kappa Epsilon is on interim suspension from FIU as a result of the investigation.
-The FIU Office Of Campus Life, which is led by a former high ranking Tau Kappa Epsilon official, will not be involved in the investigation.
By Rich Robinson:
The deepening scandal surrounding Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) at Florida International University has drawn the attention of campus police and high ranking university disciplinary officials.
According to FIU spokesperson Madeline Baró, TKE is on an interim suspension while the FIU Police Department and FIU Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution conduct an investigation into allegations made by five university sororities.
Read our original story on this scandal: FIU Sororities Blacklist Frat After Disturbing Group Chat Allegedly Emerges
The group that represents sororities at Florida International University blacklisted a fraternity at FIU due to the discovery of an explosive email that allegedly contained a series of inappropriate screenshots from a group chat between members of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
The FIU Panhellenic Council made the claims in a letter released last Friday.
According to HerCampus:
“The email contained over 20 attachments of a Tau Kappa Epsilon group chat in which members shared images of nude women, mocked a deceased member of the Panhellenic community, sent photos of hazing, messages about sexual assault, pedophilia and drug distribution.”
A source reached out to RISE NEWS after our original story was published Monday afternoon to express concerns about a high ranking FIU administrator’s connection to TKE.
Jose Toscano is the director of the Office of Campus Life and is a former member of FIU’s TKE chapter. He also previously served as an advisor for the South Florida Province of TKE’s national organization.
But while the Office of Campus Life sounds like a body that might get involved in an investigation of student misconduct, FIU said that the office and by extension, Toscano, will have nothing to do with the ongoing probe into alleged TKE misconduct.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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Updated: The original version of this story incorrectly labeled the office that Jose Toscano leads. It is the Office Of Campus Life. We regret the error and are happy to have it corrected.Post Views: 1,971
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I’m From The UK And Spent My College Years Fighting The NRA To Keep Guns Off Campus. Here’s What I’ve Learned
I was born in Sweden and grew up in the United Kingdom, a part of the world that conservatives in America denounce for their “cradle to the grave” welfare policies while also being a place that liberals think of as a utopia.
Europeans look at America and are mystified by it’s enduring racism and strange gun laws, but are also drawn to the promise of the American dream.
I was drawn to it too.
In 2013, I moved to Tallahassee, Florida for university.
Unbeknown to me, I had stepped into a National Rifle Association (NRA) battleground state, which would ultimately set the course of the rest of my college career.
Before I stumbled onto the campus carry debate, I had no idea what the term meant. I didn’t pay much attention to Florida politics, so learning that lawmakers wanted to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their firearms on to campus, with no restrictions, was bewildering.
Which is why I decided to join the Florida Coalition To Keep Guns Off Campus as their Director of Communications.
The UK has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. I’m a fan of those laws. They helped keep me safe.
But I’m not here to force them on my fellow students. I simply want international students like me to have a say when such a dangerous bill could impact us, because my college campus is my home.
Europeans find America’s gun obsession both fascinating and disturbing. We question how a country, a leader in the modern world, struggles with doing anything about their gun violence problem.
It’s an issue unique to the US, when even the majority of police officers in the UK don’t have access to a gun, unless they join a special armed police unit.
In a country of 70 million people, only 6,000 police officers are armed. And the strategy seems to work.
Which is why the concept of arming everyone in society is just absurd to me. Especially on a college campus, where controversial ideas are discussed, students are failed by professors, and alcohol and drugs are frequently used.
I know some proponents of campus carry personally, and in no way am I suggesting that they would harm anyone. On a whole, our political leanings don’t impact how we behave in our day-to-day lives.
But as students, in an environment that essentially promotes, to quote Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, “living young and wild and free” that is no place for a deadly weapon that can kill people.
To get into the nitty gritty of this, why do lawmakers, some constituents and even some students feel that the only way they’ll be safe is if they have a gun all the time?
The NRA has peddled the “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” theory to push the narrative that a gun will provide you security because everyone else has one.
And it turns into this never-ending cycle of everyone wanting a gun to protect themselves from each other. The problem is, a “good guy with a gun” only stops a “bad guy with a gun” 3 percent of the time.
But that doesn’t stop the gun lobby. They further push their message out there, grasping on to the national conversation on campus sexual assault, and attempt to use it to their advantage.
Their argument is that a woman should be able to defend herself with a gun on campus if she feels her life is threatened. On its face, that may sound reasonable. The problem is: facts and variables. Every assault is different, and proclaiming that a gun is the answer to all of them is simplistic and ignoring real solutions.
Every time there’s a mass shooting, America is again forced to confront its addiction to guns.
As gun control activists and gun rights proponents face off in the national arena of public opinion, the British watch on in a perplexed manner.
Seeing this over and over again, I’ve come to realize trying to apply a British ideology on guns in the US is useless.
Of course, the statistics speak for themselves, higher rates of gun ownership in the US does equal in higher rates of gun violence. Clearly there is a problem. But the Second Amendment has to make us Europeans take into account the cultural significance of firearms in the US, so we understand why they are so voraciously defended.
For many, the Constitution is their bible (apart from, you know, the Bible). Who am I to dismiss that so casually?
But even when I put that in my pile of things to think about over my morning tea, I also know that the majority of American voters do want more gun regulation.
Even the majority of NRA members want universal background checks. So what is holding the US back?
Again, it’s the gun lobby. The NRA has stopped representing their members, and instead represents gun manufacturers, and with their financial muscle, most politicians cower in their presence.
How does this relate to campus carry? Allowing guns on campus is the NRA’s new mission, and although the political will for it isn’t as readily available even in red states, their campaigns are slowly gaining ground.
In Florida, we’ve managed to beat it two years in a row, but next year is looking to be our toughest yet because the NRA will put this on the top of their priority list and they’ll pour their resources into the Sunshine State.
Marion Hammer, the NRA’s former president turned lobbyist, comes back every session with a determined glint in her eye that admittedly I find a little scary. She’s such an effective lobbyist that Florida is sometimes referred to as the Gunshine State.
One interesting part of this whole conversation has been the NRA’s and Students for Concealed Carry’s manipulation of data.
They’ve compared US and UK violent crime rates, using the numbers as a justification for campus carry, and guns everywhere in general.
It is a completely misleading comparison.
Yes, violent crime rates in the UK are higher per capita. But they forget to mention that the violent crime definitions in the two countries are very different. In the UK, the definition is “all crimes against the person”. This includes bicycle theft, all domestic violence offences, all sexual offences, all assault offences and many more. And even the definitions of those crimes are broader in the UK.
In the US, the FBI definition is much narrower; “violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.” So there is no real way to compare the rates.
Florida House Rep. Julio Gonzalez, (R) made a similar argument, citing a ‘study’, that I later found and read. Two Harvard students who were gun rights activists, not researchers, wrote it. On top of that, the paper was severely criticized by the Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Dr. David Hemenway.
How does the Florida Coalition To Keep Guns Off Campus, a group that just doesn’t have access to resources like the gun lobby, beat them again?
I’ll be honest, I’m concerned.
Our continued efforts to combat their problematic ‘solution’ to sexual assault and mass shootings in an educational environment resonates with the majority of students, but will it resonate with legislators in 2017?
It’s certainly interesting that legislators are so ready to consider and pass guns on campus, when every university stakeholder that has spoken out has said they don’t want it. But a bill that would have allowed guns in legislative meetings hasn’t moved forward since last year. A little hypocritical, no? If Florida legislators really believe guns lead to greater safety, then they’d want to flood legislative chambers with them.
As of now, this issue isn’t going away.
Florida is on the NRA’s priority list. Students, staff and faculty need to pull together for the 2017 legislative session.
And what am I doing? I graduate this semester, so I get to go back to my cozy gun-free London, and watch this whole situation unfold from afar.
But now that I’ve gotten to know all these amazing people during our fight against these farcical bills, I know I’ll be somberly watching as they do it again without me.Post Views: 908
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In a surprising statement, American Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the United States would begin more “direct action on the ground” against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
“We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” Carter said during a hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services committee.
The announcement came a few days after an American soldier- Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler was killed during a mission to liberate a ISIS prison camp in Iraq.
From NBC News:
“Carter and Pentagon officials initially refused to characterize the rescue operation as U.S. boots on the ground. However, Carter said last week that the military expects “more raids of this kind” and that the rescue mission “represents a continuation of our advise and assist mission.”
This may mean some American soldiers “will be in harm’s way, no question about it,” Carter said last week.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made it clear that he was not a believer in the strategy Carter presented during the hearing.
“This is a half-assed strategy at best,” Graham, a Republican presidential candidate said.
WATCH: Video of American liberation of ISIS prison camp from Global Leaks News (Obtained by NBC News)
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