‘If Y’all Came Here for an Education, You Should Have Gone to Harvard’

“If y’all came here for an education, you should have gone to Harvard.”

Tydreke Powell maintains that his former football coach Butch Davis said this to him when he entered the University of North Carolina. Powell, who called in to Greensboro, North Carolina, radio station 102 JAMZ, labeled the former coach’s taunt “discouraging.”

Powell described a woman taking tests in a basketball player’s stead, athletes purposefully failing aptitude tests to qualify for special help, and the no-show classes at the center of the scandal. He explained that he turned in a paper for one course but “there wasn’t no class or anything like that.”

A UNC-authorized report issued by former Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein last month detailed systematic fraud perpetrated by the school’s African and Afro-American Studies designed to preserve eligibility for athletes. An earlier report issued by the state’s former governor downplayed malfeasance by the school and its athletic programs. The scheme allegedly started in 1993 and ended in 2009. According to Wainstein, the fraud benefited roughly 3,100 student-athletes, including players on three Tar Heels NCAA basketball champions.

“Man, you know he know,” Powell offered about the school’s basketball coach. “Roy Williams is a snake, man.” 

Powell depicted worldly coaches manipulating all-too willing kids into sacrificing their educations for academic eligibility through phony classes. The fraudulent system, he contends, centered around the Tar Heels basketball team. “If you don’t got a class with a basketball player,” he quipped, “you got to go find one.”

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Texas Rep Capriglione Angers Tea Party Group After Expressing Support for Speaker Straus

DALLAS, Texas — A Texas State Representative, Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake), shocked Tea Party activists in Fort Worth Monday night, November 10, when he declared he would be supporting the current Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, instead of the Tea Party favorite son, State Representative Scott Turner (R-Rockwall). The announcement came during the NE Tarrant Tea Party final meeting of 2014 as a pre-84th Texas legislative session panel discussion on the upcoming race for the Speakership in the Texas House. 

Many conservatives and Tea Party leaders across Texas are rallying around Turner. However, in front of over 200 Tarrant County constituents, District 98 Capriglione shocked everyone when he announced he would not support Turner in his bid for the Speaker’s role but would support incumbent Joe Straus (R-San Antonio). Capriglione’s announcement rocked the room, with deafening silence. He explained, “There is no race for Speaker for Scott Turner.”

Capriglione came out sharply by stating “Turner didn’t have the numbers,” meaning the number of votes to be a viable contender against Straus in the upcoming race for Speaker of the House.

The others on the panel — Reps. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth ), Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), and representative elect Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington) — disagreed.

Krause spoke up and said he thought Capriglione was wrong about support for Turner. He said, “I think Turner has more support. He’s a unique leader and would make a tremendous speaker of the house.

Stickland admonished Capriglione. “It is a dangerous place to be if we vote based on what we think will be the outcome.”

Capriglione continued to insist “over 80 percent of representatives don’t support Turner.” Although he called Turner a friend and a brother, “we’ve broken bread together,” he added, “he just doesn’t have the depth on policy.”

Additionally, State Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) commented on Turner’s character, calling Turner, “one of the most godly people I’ve ever met.” But Capriglione remained steadfast in his support for Straus, the current Speaker of the House, who has come under fire for his moderate leanings.

In 2014, Forbes Magazine named Straus “The Harry Reid of Texas.”

Breitbart Texas’ contributor Michael Quinn Sullivan previously outlined the issues Texas tea party groups disagree with Straus over. He wrote, “Bills generally viewed as conservative priorities, including constitutional amendments to cap spending, expanded school choice, bans on welfare for illegal aliens and on-campus carry, have languished in committee one session after another.”

Zedler also expressed concerns that Straus did not act upon conservative priorities like protecting religious liberties and American laws for American courts. He said, “Under Joe Straus, the conservative agenda will not be furthered.”

He posed, “What makes you think with Joe Straus as speaker again anything is going to change?,” adding “We can’t wait till doomsday.”

Capriglione continued to defend his position, “the job of the speaker is to understand policy,” insinuating his previous stance that Turner was not up to the task. This did not sit well with the panel or the Tarrant County residents who overwhelmingly supported Turner. Many wore Team Turner t-shirts.

Krause interjected, “in the next two months , we will keep talking to Gio to bring him along.” He quipped “One person’s right [on this] and one person’s named Gio.”

Tea Party attendees laughed at Krause’s comment. It was a much needed tension-breaker in the room. This Tea Party division came on the heels of a statewide Republican sweep in the November elections that brought several Tea Party leaders into new positions of power in Texas state government. In Capriglione’s own backyard, grassroots conservative Konni Burton won state Senate District 10 back from Wendy Davis and Tinderholt was just elected as a freshman to the Texas House.

Tarrant County Tea Partiers were not as kind to Capriglione. A long line of Tarrant County residents assembled for the hour-plus Q&A in which he sat with his arms crossed, defending his position. One woman asked if his appointment by Straus to the Lottery Committee this summer influenced his decision.

In July, he was appointed to a committee that was created in 2013 by the passage of House Bill 2197. The committee included five members of the House and five members of the Texas Senate.

Capriglione said “no”.

The interchange brought into question, the will of the people versus the elected official from District 98. One woman said to Capriglione, “You are supposed to represent your constituents and they want Scott Turner.”

One Tarrant County constituent walked out, expressing his disappointment with Capriglione. He was one of several Tarrant County residents who asked Capriglione questions. Another asked, “if your constituents ask you to vote for Turner, would you?”

Capriglione repeated, “I don’t think he [Turner] has the experience and the qualifications.”

Another resident, Joel Starnes started off his question to Capriglione, “The biggest problem we have is Straus.”

Grassroots activist and Tarrant County resident Michael Smith, who campaigned for Capriglione in his race, said to the representative, “I don’t know where you stand. Two years ago you ran against Joe Straus. I remember it specifically. You ran on pro-life and limited government. But what happened? To vote for Joe Straus undermines everything we are about.”

Despite the heated Q&A session that ran long, Stickland reminded attendees that if Straus wins, “we can’t go home if it doesn’t go our way.”

After the meeting, Breitbart Texas approached Capriglione for further comments, he declined.

Instead, Breitbart Texas spoke to Krause. He said in response to Capriglione’s announcement, “It’s been very difficult for us to deal with this and not know where some of the people stand. It just re-emphasizes the importance of us just going down there and taking a vote. The people deserve to know where we stand on issues. That’s what this next session’s all about for me — going on the record.”

Earlier, Zedler stated, “If you want to join the war on conservatives, join Joe Straus. I’m voting for Scott Turner.”

Other Tarrant County state representatives Stephanie Klick and Craig Goldman were not present for the meeting.

Social media is lit up with reaction to Capriglione’s endorsement of Straus for Speaker. On the Facebook page of the North Texas Tea Party, leaders posted “Let’s make this simple for the members of the Texas House: ANY STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHO VOTES FOR JOE STRAUS AGAINST SCOTT TURNER WILL BE PRECLUDED FROM GAINING NTTP TEA APPROVAL. ANYONE WHO VOTES TO NOT HAVE ANY OPEN RECORDED VOTE ON THIS ISSUE WILL ALSO BE PRECLUDED.”

Breitbart Texas attempted to reach out to Straus’ office for comment, but have not received a reply as of press time.

Follow Merrill Hope, an original member of the Breitbart Texas team, on Twitter @OutOfTheBoxMom

Breitbart Texas Senior Political News Contributor Bob Price contributed to this article. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX

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San Diego Bows to Capitalism, Dumps Taxi Limits

Editorial writer Steve Greenhut at the San Diego Union referred to the structure of the taxi industry, in which cab drivers rent cabs from a company that has acquired a limited issue permit with a city, as something akin to how freed slaves in the South after the Civil War became “sharecroppers” doomed to a life of poverty. 

Greenhut seems to have effectively shamed the San Diego City Council by inserting racism into the Monday night debate on taxis versus Uber. The city eliminated the cap of 993 limited issue taxi medallions in San Diego and opened up the system to all applicants.  

Greenhut referred to a 2013 study by San Diego University and the Center on Policy Initiatives called “Driven to Despair” that surveyed the state of the taxi industry in San Diego. The study found that the average lease cost for a cab driver for a month was $1,200, and drivers are paid about $5 an hour and no benefits.

Uber advertises to recruit drivers be stating they can make $18 an hour using their own car as an on call limo. A Milwaukee Business Journal article found response times for Uber were slightly better than taxis and somewhat cheaper. The main difference was Uber drivers work for the fare; whereas taxi drivers really make their living on 20% tips. With a 30% average price advantage for Uber, taxis’ market share has been savaged.

The only reason that San Diego got involved in the battle between taxicabs and Uber is that cities and their airports collect fees, better known as hidden taxes, for issuing limited use permits to bestow the privilege of picking up and dropping off passengers. As a limited commodity, San Diego “medallions” were trading for about $140,000.

That came to an end on Monday night when the City Council eliminated the cap by a vote of 8-1. The measure also dispenses with the 10 year age cap on taxis, restrictions on tow trucks to carry stranded drivers, five year requirements for driving or management experience, and clarifies citizenship and legal U.S. residency requirements.

Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who led the effort to open up the 993 permits, stated that her concern was that the permits administered for the city by the Metropolitan Transit System and issued for a $3,000 fee were fetching about $140,000, and buyers passed along costs to drivers, who paid the fee with long hours at low pay. She emphasized that the new city ordinance will require the insurance and safety rules for taxi operators.

Uber competition has done a great public service in forcing the City of San Diego to eliminate the crony limitations on taxi licenses. As of today, the price of a license will essentially be the cost of the permit. The public will get lower fares, and the drivers will have the opportunity to make more money. That is how capitalism is supposed to work.

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Revealed: The Islamists who are Infiltrating British Universities, Schools and even Scout Groups

The report by Sharia Watch UK, which we reported on yesterday, highlighted a number of individuals who have spoken at, or been invited to speak at British universities. The group believes that universities have been turned into “hotbeds of Islamic Extremism” and point to an All Party Parliamentary Group which said there was “damning evidence” of serious problems in UK universities.

Here, we bring you examples of speakers highlighted in the report.

Hamza Tzortzis is an activist with the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) and a former member of Hizb ut-Tahrir – which calls for a global Caliphate under sharia law. iERA was banned from University College London in March 2013 when its members attempted to enforce gender segregation on a university campus 

He has said: “If someone’s going to fight against the community [Muslims] they should be killed”, “the punishment is beheading… you don’t feel any pain with it.”

“We as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom.”

“Those who claim that making homosexuality a criminal act is wrong are totally inconsistent.”

Haroon Qureshi is another activist with iERA. According to their website, he has been a guest at events hosted by local children’s scouts groups in south London.

Alomgir Ali is an activist with the Muslim Research and Development Foundation.  

He has claimed:  “For a woman, it is best for her to stay in her home, because her home is a natural form of hijab.”

Haitham al-Haddad is a senior figure and “judge” at the Islamic Sharia Council in east London. Statements attributed to him show his view towards women have no place in a modern society and he believes that a man can rape his wife, even if they are separated.

“Sisters please don’t show your husband that you are competing with him. I know that many women in the West and unfortunately in many Muslim countries, because now they are following the same style and they don’t want to show that women are inferior to husbands, to their husbands or to men, and they don’t want to show that they are not equal. In fact, this equality between the two genders is a very evil thing.”

“So until you apply [for divorce], until you are granted that, you are legally his wife and if he wants to sleep with you, unless there is a very fundamental or there is a huge problem, which I cannot mention now, you have to give him his right.”

“It is consensus of all the scholars that female circumcision is sunnah [proper].”

Saleem Chagtai is an activist and head of public relations with iERA. He endorses the death penalty for apostasy and has said that people who leave Islam are lunatics or must want to be killed. 

“If you want to leave Islam, then that is considered pretty much one of the worst things that you can do. The person is given the chance to repent, to think about what they are doing, and really, given that it is a capital offence, then really only a person who wants to be a martyr or a lunatic would actually go and advocate, ‘yes I have left the religion and am open about it'”.

Yusuf Chambers is an activist (and founding member) of iERA. According to the report on iERA by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, Chambers supports the death penalty for homosexuality and death-by-stoning for adultery.  

Samer Issawi was “affiliated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was arrested in April 2002 and sentenced to 26 years in prison for membership of an illegal organisation, attempted murder and possession of explosives. During the second intifada he was convicted of manufacturing and distributing pipe bombs, and in several incidents opened fire indiscriminately on Israeli civilian vehicles.”

Abdurraheem Green is one of the most concerning characters to have spoken at UK universities in 2014,  according to ShariaWatch. Previous remarks from him include:

“First of all I don’t like to use this word ‘gay’. This word ‘gay’, to use it is already to be fooled by the propaganda of these people, OK? This word is used in order to make this evil and vile act acceptable in society.”

“Adultery is punishable by death, and a slow and painful death by stoning. It is indicative of just how harmful this crime is to society.”

“…the husband is allowed, to prevent her from evil, to apply some type of physical force. This is a type of very light beating…But a type of physical reprimand in order to bring her to goodness is allowed.”

“But it is our responsibility and because of that Allah requires that the woman is obedient to her husband. That when he tells her to do something and he commands her she should do her best if it’s within her capability, if, this is important, if it’s within her capability she should do it.”

Murtaza Khan is a staunch misogynist and anti-Semite who describes Jews as “enemies” and supports adulterers being stoned to death.

“For how long have we seen our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters have to go and uncover themselves before these filthy non-Muslim doctors?” he asks.

“Why is the punishment for a married individual more harsher than for a young man, or a man who has not been married before, etc, or a woman. It’s because the married man has that form of release. And the woman as well. So the punishment for them becomes stoning to death.”

Azzam Tamimi is a strong supporter of Hamas who has described suicide bombing as “a noble cause. It is the straight way to pleasing my God and I would do it if I had the opportunity.”

Tamimi has also called for the destruction of Israel (at a British university) and said: “You shouldn’t be afraid of being labelled extreme, radical or terrorist. If fighting for your home land is terrorism, I take pride in being a terrorist. The Koran tells me if I die for my homeland, I’m a martyr and I long to be a martyr.”

Abu Salahudeen has a history of advocating violence against the West, and is openly anti-Semitic.  He has said:

“As long as the West continues to use military power to suppress, oppress, torture, rape, murder, genocide, ethnocide Muslims off the face of the planet Earth, we must stand up and defend ourselves”.

“I’m not telling you brothers to do it here in England, you have to do what your conscience and your Imaan feels is best for you. I can’t tell you what to do, but I’ll tell you this much. As long as the West continues to define the torture in a bloody manner, then maybe we have to go down a bloody route”.

Asim Qureshi has been described as “one of the worst extremists in Britain.” He has told people to call suicide bombings ‘martrydom operations’ and said that international law does not forbid Muslims joining terror organisations. 

“We embrace the mercy. We embrace every single thing that is set upon us and we deal with it because we have no fear. So when we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel, we know what the solution is and where the victory lies. We know that it is incumbent upon all of us to support the jihad of our brothers and sisters in these countries when they are facing the oppression of the west.”

Omar El-Hamdoon is active in the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim Association of Britain, and the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board.  In a debate with the One Law for All campaign El-Hamdoon publically endorsed death by stoning as a punishment for adultery. He has also called for “Islamophobia” to be made a criminal offence in Britain.

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury: Let Primary School Teachers Wear the Niqab

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has again courted controversy, by opining that primary school teachers should be allowed to wear the niqab, or veil, while teaching. During an interview with the Christian think-tank Theos, he claimed that people’s fears regarding the veil were “misplaced”, and that acceptance of the veil was merely a matter of overcoming “cultural obstacles”.

This is not the first time that Lord Williams has been rebuked for suggesting that Britain should be more accommodating of Islam. In 2008, he was accused of suggesting that sharia law should be adopted in parallel to the British legal system; an accusation he denied.  

The comments came during a discussion of Lord Williams’ new book, The Edge of Words. Examining the role that words have in language and communication, versus other cues, Lord Williams said “As I learn a language, I learn not only to identify objects, I learn how to interact with another speaker. We all know what happens when people don’t learn that.

“I suppose that’s what panics people about, let’s say, a primary school teacher wearing the face veil. As a matter of fact I think that’s largely a misplaced anxiety, but I can see where it comes from.

“I’ve actually been in public discussions in Pakistan with women wearing full face veil, and you learn to read differently, it’s not that those codes don’t happen… but there’s a cultural obstacle to overcome.”

His words have reignited a fire storm started by Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament Jeremy Browne. Last year, in his role as a Home Office Minister (from which he has since resigned), Browne said that he was “instinctively uneasy” about bans, but that it may be necessary to ban veils in schools to protect Muslim children who may be forced to wear one.

“My own view, I don’t think we should end up like different countries where we tell people how they go about their business. I do think there is an issue with teachers in the classroom…that might be an area where a full veil might be inappropriate.

“There is genuine debate about whether girls should feel a compulsion to wear a veil when society deems children to be unable to express personal choices about other areas like buying alcohol, smoking or getting married.

“We should be very cautious about imposing religious conformity on a society which has always valued freedom of expression,” he told the Telegraph.

Both his party leader Nick Clegg and Prime Minister David Cameron suggested they may support a ban in the classroom.

Lord Williams first made headlines with his views about Islam in 2008 in his role as Archbishop of Canterbury, when he said “as a matter of fact certain provisions of sharia are already recognised in our society and under our law”.

His website explains: “When the question was put to him that: “the application of sharia in certain circumstances – if we want to achieve this cohesion and take seriously peoples’ religion – seems unavoidable?”, he indicated his assent.”

This was widely reported as a call for Britain to adopt Sharia law, an interpretation that Lord Williams denied.

His website further expounds his ideas: “As such he said that sharia is a method of law rather than a single complete and final system ready to be applied wholesale to every situation, and noted that there was room, even within Islamic states which apply sharia, for some level of ‘dual identity’, where the state is not in fact religiously homogenous.”

This is an interpretation refuted by many Muslims. Samuel Shahid, a Christian-Islamic scholar explains in his essay Rights of Non-Muslims in an Islamic State that, according to the Islamic scholar Mawdudi, “An Islamic state is essentially an ideological state, and is thus radically different from a national state”.

Shahid writes “This statement made by Mawdudi lays the basic foundation for the political, economical, social, and religious system of all Islamic countries which impose the Islamic law. This ideological system intentionally discriminates between people according to their religious affiliations.”

He goes on to explain that non-Muslims in an Islamic State are not viewed as citizens with full rights, and will be barred from holding certain civil and religious offices. Furthermore, those classed as Zimmis (“those in custody”) pay a Jizya or ‘tribute’.

He notes “Muslim Muftis (legal authorities) agree that the contract of the Zimmis should be offered primarily to the People of the Book, that is, Christians and Jews, then to the Magis or Zoroastrians. However, they disagree on whether any contract should be signed with other groups such as communists or atheists.”

Nonetheless, Lord Williams has continued to speak in favour of Islam, even as recently as this August when he appeared as a speaker at the annual Living Islam Festival in Lincolnshire, organised by the Islamic Society of Britain. There, he claimed that Islam was “restoring British values”.

According to the Times, asked if he thought Islam was restoring British values, he said: “Yes. I’m thinking of the way in which, for example, in Birmingham we have seen a local parish and a mosque combining together to provide family services and youth activities, both acting out of a very strong sense that this is what communities ought to do.”

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