Frat Brothers Save American Flag in NC

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  1. Readmikenow profile image94
    Readmikenowposted 5 weeks ago

    There are times when I worry about the generation that will soon inherit the country.  I see things like this and it truly gives me hope for the future.  I'm sure there are many more of them.

    UNC Chapel Hill frat boy seen shielding Old Glory from pro Palestine protesters speaks out: 'I would have protected the flag with my dead body from this Marxist horde'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl … srael.html

    YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rm1B6Kq13U

    1. Sharlee01 profile image89
      Sharlee01posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      I'm truly impressed by these college students. I maintain my belief that those radical troublemakers attempting to deface my flag represent only a small fraction. Imagine having a child affiliated with such a group.

    2. Credence2 profile image78
      Credence2posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      It will be one of the rare times that we agree. It is inappropriate to take the American flag from its rightful place to accommodate protesters.

      I would say the same thing about the Mexican Flag or the Black Lives Matter flag.

      We are not all Marxists, Mike. I can acknowledge when things are getting out of hand. That doesn't mean that I find PEACEFUL protests on the part of Pro-Palestian rights a problem in itself

  2. abwilliams profile image67
    abwilliamsposted 5 weeks ago

    I still believe that the majority of Americans are more frat and less brat!

    https://www.facebook.com/share/TChmhkfJ … tid=oFDknk

    1. Sharlee01 profile image89
      Sharlee01posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Me too...

  3. abwilliams profile image67
    abwilliamsposted 5 weeks ago

    More Frat - Less Brat!
    God Bless America!!!

  4. Readmikenow profile image94
    Readmikenowposted 5 weeks ago

    I find it disappointing but not surprising the left isn't encouraged by these college kids.

    There is still courage and patriotism in the United States.

    "College girl pelted with objects by anti-Israel protesters for standing up for US flag speaks out.  The student said she would give her life to defend the country"\

    A student who held up her own American flag at a North Carolina campus Tuesday, after an anti-Israel mob desecrated an American flag flying on campus, said she would die for Old Glory.

    Anti-Israel protesters targeted the American flag on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's quad — which had been flying at half-mast after four Charlotte officers were killed in the line of duty. At one point, they replaced it with a Palestinian flag – enraging students and inspiring members from the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity to take action.

    "I definitely was emotionally a little bit shaken," said UNC student named Hailey, whose last name is being withheld for security reasons. "I was like, I cannot believe my eyes that we as a country are at a place where the American flag is being replaced by Palestinian flag. I was just in shock."

    Until the flag was restored, Hailey and another student held up another American flag – so that there was always one waving on the campus quad despite the attempts from anti-Israel agitators to remove the symbol.

    "I definitely had projectiles thrown at me many times," Hailey recalled. "There were water bottles flying everywhere. I think they were like chicken broth balloons. People would smell like chicken broth for a long time… I know a couple of kids had rocks and sticks thrown at them. One of my friends got hit with a water bottle and had, like, a gash under his eye."

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/college-g … speaks-out

    1. Kathleen Cochran profile image75
      Kathleen Cochranposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      RMN: What makes you think "the left" is not just as encouraged by these young people as anybody else?

      At a moment when every American should thank these young men for their actions, what a time to insert partisan remarks into it. There actually are moments when we can all agree. These students brought us that moment. God bless them.

      1. Readmikenow profile image94
        Readmikenowposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        What makes me think this?

        Anti-Israel protests nationwide fueled by left-wing groups backed by Soros, dark money

        Progressive anti-Israel agitators across the country, including those who mobilized at New York City’s Columbia University, are associated with groups tied to far-left groups with radical associations backed by dark money and liberal mega-donor George Soros.

        National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP), a national organization affiliated with around 200 independent chapters, has had a vocal presence at Columbia University in recent days and at one point said it had walked away from talks with school leaders until administrators pledge not to have them arrested or forcefully removed from their encampment on the Ivy League institution's West Lawn.

        https://www.yahoo.com/news/anti-israel- … 12850.html

      2. Readmikenow profile image94
        Readmikenowposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        It is the left who started and maintain these anti-Israel protests.  The democrat party has some very staunch antisemite representatives. 

        "Anti-Israel protests nationwide fueled by left-wing groups backed by Soros, dark money

        Progressive anti-Israel agitators across the country, including those who mobilized at New York City’s Columbia University, are associated with groups tied to far-left groups with radical associations backed by dark money and liberal mega-donor George Soros.

        National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP), a national organization affiliated with around 200 independent chapters, has had a vocal presence at Columbia University in recent days and at one point said it had walked away from talks with school leaders until administrators pledge not to have them arrested or forcefully removed from their encampment on the Ivy League institution's West Lawn."

        https://www.yahoo.com/news/anti-israel- … 12850.html

  5. Kathleen Cochran profile image75
    Kathleen Cochranposted 5 weeks ago
  6. Kathleen Cochran profile image75
    Kathleen Cochranposted 5 weeks ago

    All that is the far left. Do you want to be labeled with everything the far right does?

    1. Readmikenow profile image94
      Readmikenowposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Please post any information you have of people from the left standing up to the anti-Israel protesters.  I've not seen any.  So far, only those on the right have stood up to them and condemned their protests.

      If there is such information I would like to see it.

      The democrat party has a serious antisemitism problem, especially among their representatives.

      1. Credence2 profile image78
        Credence2posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        Utter nonsense, as a Democrat I take issue with Israeli government and how it handles the crisis and that is not anti-semitism. The Right's very brand is based on confusing the issues but the reality is quite transparent, if one takes the time to look carefully.

        1. Readmikenow profile image94
          Readmikenowposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          WSJ Opinion: The Democrats' Anti-Semitism Problem

          Wonder Land: The Democratic Party never expected Jew-hatred to be a feature of its coalition. Now it is.

          https://www.wsj.com/video/series/wonder … 9D4EEE28CD

          1. Credence2 profile image78
            Credence2posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

            I don't have access to the video, paywall?

            The only real antisemites are the Nazis and the white Nationalists on the far right.

            1. Readmikenow profile image94
              Readmikenowposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

              "The only real antisemites are the Nazis and the white Nationalists on the far right."

              In a recent house vote to condemn antisemitism there were 13 democrats who voted against it. 

              Thirteen Democrats voted against the resolution: Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Summer Lee (Pa.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Jesús “Chuy” García (Ill.), Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.), Gerry Connolly (Va.), Cori Bush (Mo.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Delia Ramirez (Ill.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.).

              The democrats have some very blatant antisemites like Illhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib who was actually censored by Congress for her antisemitic remarks made in public.

              Make no mistake, the democrat party has a real problem with all the antisemites within their ranks.

              Denying it won't change the reality of it.

              1. Credence2 profile image78
                Credence2posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

                Obviously, I will have to read further to identify the rest of the story which you carefully omitted.

                https://www.businessinsider.com/which-h … ill-2024-4

                Time for the rest of the story, the Right virtually could not function without lying and misrepresenting at every turn and opportunity...

                So yes, I can oppose the acts of the Israeli government without being anti-Semitic. Again, It is the usual obtuse nature of the Right to even suggest otherwise.

  7. Kathleen Cochran profile image75
    Kathleen Cochranposted 5 weeks ago

    "When the American flag was raised on the University of North Carolina campus amid pro-Palestinian protests this week, some protesters wanted it to come down. Brendan Rosenblum and some of his Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers said no. They surrounded the flagpole and protected it from others trying to take it down. He tells “On Balance” they endured thrown water bottles and verbal abuse but stood firm. He also held an Israeli flag and said nobody was going to stop them from keeping those flags flying."

  8. Kathleen Cochran profile image75
    Kathleen Cochranposted 5 weeks ago

    I'm sure the democrat party has a real problem with the antisemites within our ranks, but we are a large tent where we don't demand every single one of us agree on every issue. I don't deny it. It's actually one of the reasons I align with the left instead of the rigid right.

    1. Readmikenow profile image94
      Readmikenowposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Excellent!  the democrat party has such a big tent they welcome antisemites and those who have dedicated their lives to eliminating Israel and Jews.  Quite a tent there.

  9. Readmikenow profile image94
    Readmikenowposted 5 weeks ago

    Pro-Palestinian protesters are backed by a surprising source: Biden's biggest donors

    President Joe Biden has been dogged for months by pro-Palestinian protesters calling him "Genocide Joe" — but some of the groups behind the demonstrations receive financial backing from philanthropists pushing hard for his reelection.

    The donors include some of the biggest names in Democratic circles: Gates, Soros, Rockefeller and Pritzker, according to a POLITICO analysis.

    Two of the organizers behind protests at Columbia University and on other campuses are Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow. Both are supported by the Tides Foundation, which is seeded by Democratic megadonor George Soros as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and it in turn supports numerous small nonprofits that work for social change. (Gates did not return a request for comment, and Soros declined to comment.)

    Another notable Democratic donor whose philanthropy has helped fund the protest movement is David Rockefeller Jr., who sits on the board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In 2022, the fund gave $300,000 to the Tides Foundation; according to nonprofit tax forms, Tides has given nearly $500,000 over the past five yearsto Jewish Voice for Peace, which explicitly describes itself as anti-Zionist.

    Several other groups involved in pro-Palestinian protests are backed by a foundation funded by Susan and Nick Pritzker, heir to the Hyatt Hotel empire — and supporters of Biden and numerous Democratic campaigns, including $6,600 to the Biden Victory Fund a few months ago and more than $300,000 during the 2020 campaign.

    The trail of donations shows a series of blurred lines when it comes to liberal causes and Democratic politics. Often those missions are aligned, but they also sometimes have different and — particularly when it comes to Gaza — conflicting agendas and tactics. And a small group of wealthy heavyweights are often playing an outsize role funding many of them.

    But as protester tactics have grown more intense, like taking over university buildings and shouting antisemitic remarks, the groups behind them are now attracting criticism from prominent donors on the left.

    "Why [is the Rockefeller Fund] giving significant grants to Jewish Voice for Peace, [which] blamed the horrific Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and the United States rather than Hamas?” said Elisha Wiesel, a Democratic donor who chairs the Elie Wiesel Foundation, an organization that supports anti-genocide work.

    Jewish Voice for Peace, which did not return a request for comment, has been a leader in disruptive protests against Biden, including shouting "genocide supporter" at his glitzy fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall in New York in March. It protests on campuses across the country, and its statement immediately following the Oct. 7 attacks said that "the source of all this violence” was “Israeli apartheid and occupation — and United States complicity in that oppression."

    The complex funding system in the nonprofit space sometimes means that groups are funded by grants — or even subgrants — from a larger organization that isn't involved in granular, day-to-day management of an activist group's work. In a statement to POLITICO, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund noted it cannot support political activity or campaigns and is not involved in the personal political giving of trustees.

    "Our grantees in all three portfolios support a broad range of policy ideas—some align with the Biden administration's agenda and others conflict. This complexity is part and parcel of our nonpartisan work,” said Sarah Edkins, the fund’s communications director, in a statement.

    Some advisers to left-leaning causes say that's just part of the way things work when it comes to philanthropic giving.

    “There may be times where a donor may give to an organization or candidate that sometimes does something that clashes with their personal view,” said Kevin Conlon, who has been a bundler for Biden as well as for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and now advises nonprofits.

    Still, some donors say they feel conflicted as they watch the protests unfold.

    "We're hearing from folks who want to make sure that their dollars aren't supporting people who are supporting Hamas and shouting antisemitic things," said Daniel Goldwin, public affairs executive director of the Jewish United Fund in Chicago, which issues grants to small local nonprofits and to larger national nonprofits. "If it's an organization they've been giving to for a long time, we encourage them to call and communicate their concerns."

    Biden is struggling to regain support from young people, who went overwhelmingly for him in 2020, and the protests may complicate that effort. As Israel faces increasing criticism from around the world amid the high numbers of civilian casualties in Gaza, demonstrations in the United States are only growing more intense. Those at Columbia University, in particular, have emerged as a thorn in the side of Biden, who finally weighed in on them on Thursday.

    “Destroying property is not a peaceful protest, it’s against the law,” Biden said. “Vandalism, trespassing, breaking windows, shutting down campuses, forcing the cancellation of classes and graduation, none of this is a peaceful protest.”

    Some Democrats are downplaying the protests as a problem for Biden.

    “Elections aren’t determined on foreign policy issues,” said Jill Zipin, co-founder and chair of Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania, a political action committee that works to elect Democrats in Pennsylvania. “The protest movement and the encampments probably won’t be an issue in November, but it’s really hard to say because things can change quickly.”

    The liability for Biden could be more pronounced if the protests continue throughout the summer and fall, as the election draws closer.

    "If it continues through November, then yes, it's likely to be more salient," said Omar Wasow, a scholar who studies protest movements and their political effects. "And if it somehow winds down, you see Americans don't care a lot about foreign policy, and it's likely to not to play out in the election.”

    Many of the nonprofits that receive grants that are now involved in the protests also have missions that are mostly unrelated to foreign policy. But as the conflict in the Middle East takes up a greater space at the center of the nation’s political debates, nonprofits with other missions have been drawn to the cause.

    “A lot of our members are supporting actions that are trying to hold Biden accountable, which is not the same thing as opposing Biden. It's saying we desperately don't want the alternative,” said Barni Qaasim, a spokesperson for Solidaire Action, a group that funds social justice movements.

    Solidaire has received financial support from the Pritzkers, who also founded the Libra Foundation, which funds smaller nonprofits that address criminal justice, environmental and gender justice issues. Susan Pritzker declined to comment for this story. Some of the groups funded by Libra have also been involved in protests against Israel’s response to the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas.

    For instance, The Climate Justice Alliance took part in pro-Palestinian marches that have used the phrase “Genocide Joe.” Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, another group backed by the Libra Foundation, promotes pro-Palestinian demonstrations on its website. And a third, the Immigrant Defense Project, was part of a protest in Washington that saw 13 activists arrested by Capitol police after demanding a permanent cease-fire in Gaza.

    The Tides Foundation, funded by the Prizkers, has also supported the Adalah Justice Project, which has also been part of protests at Columbia University. The group wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that "universities are hedge funds, deeply embedded with weapons manufacturers." Tides also supports Palestine Legal, a legal defense fund that is offers legal assistance to "students mobilizing against genocide."

    The Tides Foundation issued a statement about funding groups that protest, saying it is “committed to advancing social justice,” adding that its “community of fiscally sponsored projects, donors, and grantees represent a wide range of perspectives on what social justice looks like.”

    Palestine Legal has been a fiscally sponsored project of the Tides Center since 2013, and Adalah Justice Project since 2016, according to a spokesperson. Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow “are grantee partners.”

    Some donors may use this moment to reevaluate where their money goes, something that Conlon, the Democratic bundler, acknowledged.

    "They might be less inclined to give [in the future] if they feel strongly about it. Inevitably, there will be conflicts," he said. "You’re not going to sync perfectly all the time

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pro-palestia … 00257.html

 
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