Monday, December 5, 2016

While we slumber…Behold “Turning Point USA”!

While we slumber…  Behold “Turning Point USA”!  
Steadfastly building a movement hell bent on keeping tabs on all non-faith-based academics they don’t like, with the promise of future intimidations.  Of course, they don’t audit the reactionaries, or people who’ve convinced themselves that their self-centered, body bound human brains are actually in personal direct communication with the God of Time and Creation, Life and Love, and that this personal conviction justifies ignoring all objective evidence that doesn’t fit into their self-certain personal dogma - something that is human egomania and hubris taken to it’s ultimate extreme.

If you count yourself a rationalist who respects the constructive learning process that is serious science and academia, …

If you count yourself amongst the humanists who care about respecting diversity and you believe in cooperation among peoples, and dealing with the world that is, …

If you like “progressive” ideas, etc. here is yet another extreme right-wing group who wants to mortally damage all you believe in as part of their personal conviction of being god’s own warriors.  

Here’s an example of the witch hunts they are already conducting within serous learning institutions throughout our country, with far worse coming our way in the very near future.  You’d better get prepared!

Professor Watchlist is a project of TP USA*

The mission of Professor Watchlist is to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom. 

This website is an aggregated list of pre-existing news stories that were published by a variety of news organizations throughout the past few years. While we accept tips for new additions on our website, we only publish profiles on incidents that have already been reported somewhere else. TP USA will continue to fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish ; however students, parents, and alumni deserve to know the specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls. TP USA will continue to fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish.  

Just remember their “free speech” demands attacking and trying to deny your right to Free Speech and fact based constructive learning !

They have done one heck of a job of singling out all outspoken academics for profiling in the most extreme manner possible.  Randomly going down the list I find things said I certainly don’t approve of, but it’s also very clear that this is a one-sided prosecution effort and has nothing to do with rationally auditing or understanding what any of these professors were trying to convey.

I mean taking first day introductory talks were professors regularly inform their students of their own biases so that students have a better frame of reference as the instruction continues - always seemed like a very honorable American approach - but these paranoid souls see everything as a personal attack.  Or perhaps they are the ones who want to muzzle everyone else?  Think about it.

And what of this FREE SPEECH these right-wingers go on about?

To neo-Republicans of all strips, free speech has come to mean that it’s okay to ignore real objective observable facts and replace them with transparent fictions.  That is Free Speech to them.  Sounds like crazy to me.

But if a professor is honest enough to admit to their grown up students that personally they can't stand Republicans, that talk they want to muzzle and dream of someday prosecuting.  Never the slightest consideration, that there’s more to these stories or that some of these issue should be openly discussed.  Nope, it’s all very melodramatic us vs. them.

Wake up you American rationalists, and leftie nerdy folks, and humanists, and greenies, time to get off the sidelines - We just opened all the gates and the vandals are getting ready to storm the village.  This is for keeps!

This is not drill!  This is not a joke!  This is not another Hollywood blockbuster!  This is not another time to leave it to someone else!  You have your part to play, even if you don't understand it yet.  Get out there, learn about what's going on, your course will become clear to you.   

Right now, is the time to up and get informed, engaged, and confrontational about saving American Values and Institutes that we struggled long and hard to create for blessed good reasons!  If you don’t do it, those are lost.  No kidding.  Democracy use it or lose it.  This is for keeps

A healthy democracy demands an informed and engaged public - all of us.
The oligarchs have their game plan and their troops, they will be receiving the power to do irreparable damage in a matter of weeks.  Look at them, they are chomping at the bit.  What are we doing?  

Americans it’s our move.


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Professor Watchlist website elicits both fear and ridicule in US universities
Website recently established by conservative thinktank targets professors who they say spread ‘leftwing propaganda’ at US universities

Mazin Sidahmed  |  December 2, 2016

A website targeting university professors for spreading “leftwing propaganda” is raising fears of McCarthy-era tactics while also drawing ridicule.

The Professor Watchlist was established by Turning Point USA, a conservative nonprofit whose stated goal is to “promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government”.

The website first appeared on 21 November and includes 200 professors from across American universities. Professors are added to the list for a range of perceived offenses, that are sourced from media articles. The site also accepts tips from the public. Professor profiles include a picture of each academic and a description of why they have been added. …

Oh Good, a “Professor Watch List”
The timing of a new website meant to identify liberal academics is grotesque.

By Rebecca Schuman | November 23, 2016

his past Saturday, 200 white nationalists gathered two blocks away from President-elect Donald Trump’s future home, exulting in a victory that has catapulted them out of the shadows. 

This Monday, an organization called Turning Point USA launched a website called the Professor Watchlist, which provides the full names, locations, offenses—and sometimes photographs—of liberal academics it has singled out for ignominy. In any other year in recent memory on this continent, these would be two unrelated events. 

But in the United States in late 2016, as the president-elect’s surrogates cite Japanese internment as a “precedent” for what may come, any “watch list” of any sort is worrying. One that targets outspoken intellectuals with views that oppose a mercurial future president who spent the weekend tweeting petulantly at the cast of a Broadway play? Abjectly terrifying. …

This Conservative College Group Is Keeping a Watch List of Left-Leaning Professors Across America

By Gabriella Paiella | November 22, 2016

On Monday, Turning Point USA launched a new site called Professor Watchlist with the mission to “expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” Conservative anxiety over college campuses being liberal hotbeds is nothing new — take David Horowitz’s extensive list in the 2006 book The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America — but Donald Trump’s impending presidency has galvanized the right wing, while their targets fear for a crackdown on free speech.

There are currently 197 academics on the TPUSA list; featured professors’ perceived offenses vary across the board and include having socialist leanings, saying that climate-change deniers are incorrect, addressing the concept of white privilege, and calling for stricter gun-control laws. More specifically, one professor landed on the list for reportedly saying Ted Cruz’s “New York Values” comment was anti-Semitic, while another allegedly “instructed students to write ‘Jesus’ on a piece of paper, then stomp on it.” 

A more bizarre entry calls out a professor for hosting an “‘EcoSexual Sextravaganza’ in which participants ‘married the ocean.’” For a group that frequently decries safe spaces and censorship, putting professors on a “watch list” for exercising their right to free speech is an interesting move.

So what exactly does Turning Point USA do when they’re not calling back to McCarthyism and making lists of college professors who have offended their conservative sensibilities? Here’s some background information on the group behind the Professor Watchlist. …

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