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Nonprofit allegedly misuses taxpayer funds to buy illegal migrants plane tickets to ‘destination of their choice’

A nonprofit organization allegedly misused federal taxpayer funds by purchasing airline tickets for illegal migrants, according to Border Report.

United States Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) accused Catholic Charities of San Antonio of misusing funds granted to the organization through the FEMA Shelter and Services Program, which aims to reimburse nonprofits for the costs associated with housing migrants.

Cuellar contends that the program, which he helped start, was never intended for air travel. Instead, the funds are meant to cover food, shelter, and other humanitarian costs.

While the program does allocate “a set percentage” of funds to transportation, he noted that it was intended to provide migrants with free rides around the immediate area. He claimed that the transportation funds should be used only in emergency situations or within the city.

The free plane tickets are attracting more migrants to the San Antonio area, Cuellar argued. He explained that when he spoke to Holding Institute, a Laredo-based nonprofit, representatives there stated migrants want to come to San Antonio in part “because they pay for transportation,” he told Border Report.

“And they say, ‘Queremos ir al San Pedro,’ which is the street where they have this migrant center. And they call it the milk and honey place,” he added. “When I first started this program, I said it would only be used for food and shelter, maybe transportation inside a city, but not to be sending them up there. The family or somebody should pay for that, not the taxpayer dollars.”

United States Rep. Monica De La Cruz (R-Texas) called it a misappropriation of taxpayer dollars.

“These tax dollars were not intended to be used to fly illegal immigrants all over their country to the destination of their choice,” De La Cruz told Border Report. “They misused funds and sent these illegal immigrants where their preferred destination was with taxpayers’ hard-earned money. This is just simply unacceptable.”

Catholic Charities of San Antonio did not respond to Border Report’s request for comment.

The organization is slated to receive another $10.8 million in funding through the program for its MRS Centro de Bienvenida temporary shelter, which provides humanitarian aid to migrants. According to the organization, the facility offers “safety, meals, hygiene kits, and blankets to those in need.”

The nonprofit said the additional funding will be used to provide “newcomers” with “shelter, food, and clothing.”

“In addition to meeting basic needs, Catholic Charities provides wrap-around services such as trauma-informed care, mental health counseling, legal assistance, and pastoral care to those who may have experienced trauma. Catholic Charities is committed to serving the most vulnerable among us with love, dignity, and respect,” it stated.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar’s daughter learns the hard way that actions have consequences after arrest at anti-Israel Columbia protest

Isra Hirsi, the 21-year-old daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), is not happy that her actions have consequences.

Last week, Hirsi was one of more than 100 students arrested for setting up and participating in the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” on Columbia University’s campus.

The anti-Israel protest remains ongoing, forcing Columbia to cancel in-person classes on Monday. The protest, moreover, is reportedly threatening the safety of Jewish students. On Sunday, Rabbi Elie Buechler, a prominent Jewish leader who works at the university, said police “cannot guarantee Jewish students’ safety in the face of extreme antisemitism and anarchy.”

After her arrest, Hirsi revealed she had been suspended from Columbia University’s Barnard College, a consequence that school leaders warned of the day before the arrest.

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In a new interview with Teen Vogue, Hirsi explained the panic that set in after she learned the consequences of her actions are real.

“When I got to 1 Police Plaza, my roommates had brought me a bag of clothes because they knew that I was likely evicted. We were reading our email and it said we had 15 minutes to go get our s*** if we wanted it, and we’d have to go with a public safety escort,” Hirsi said.

“I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that.’ But I was a little bit frantic, like, ‘Where am I going to sleep? Where am I gonna go?’ And also all of my s*** is thrown in a random lot. It’s pretty horrible,” she added.

According to Hirsi, she hasn’t been officially banned from campus or expelled, but she is suspended.

“I don’t know when I can go home, and I don’t know if I ever will be able to,” she said. “I haven’t formally been evicted. I haven’t been sent a ‘move out’ email, but they’ve just said that I can’t get in, whatever that means. I have like four shirts, two pairs of pants.”

“I cannot go to the dining hall. I sent them an email like, ‘Hey, I rely on campus for my meals, I rely on my dining plan,’ and they were like, Oh, you can come pick up a prepackaged bag of food, a full 48 hours after I was suspended. There was no food support, no nothing,” Hirsi explained of her consequences.

Despite her comments, Hirsi is not homeless, and she is not going hungry. She is, after all, the daughter of a sitting congresswoman.

That congresswoman, on the other hand, is “enormously proud” of her daughter for “pushing her school to stand against genocide.”

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RFK Jr. admits he was WRONG to call for Glenn Beck’s censorship: ‘I would never say anything like that today’

Last week, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sat down for an extensive interview with Glenn Beck. The two discussed a range of subjects, including the World Economic Forum (which Kennedy fittingly called the “billionaires boys’ club”), the complexities of NATO, the depravity of Big Pharma, and the ongoing conflicts between Russia/Ukraine and Israel/Gaza, among other issues.

Glenn also pressed Kennedy on his thoughts regarding ESG, the Second Amendment, as well as the candidate’s previous statements on climate change — one of which was aimed directly at Glenn.

At a Live Earth concert back in 2007, RFK Jr. made the following statement:

“So, I’m gonna tell you this, that the next time you see John Stossel or Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity — these flat-earthers, these corporate toadies lying to you, lying to the American public, and telling you that global warming doesn’t exist — you send an email to their advertisers and tell them you’re not going to buy their products anymore. This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors.”

“You’re smart enough to know what that means constitutionally,” Glenn said after reading the quote.

“I wouldn’t say that today,” was Kennedy’s humble response. “Part of the reason I wouldn’t say that is because I watched our country run over not only the First Amendment but all three arms of the First Amendment.”

He then cited the way the government “closed a million churches for a year,” “[rolled] over the rights of freedom of assembly,” “shut down 3.3 million businesses with no due process, no just compensation,” and “got rid of the Seventh Amendment” as the reasons he feels differently today.

“The First Amendment was not written to protect speech that we all want to hear. It was for the speech nobody wants to hear,” even if it’s “embarrassing,” “appalling,” or shares “ideas that are horrible ideas,” he told Glenn.

“I would never say anything like that today,” he continued, referring to his 2007 statement. “My thinking on it has evolved, and I can see how dangerous statements like that are.”

To hear Glenn’s response, watch the video below.

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Taylor Swift course at UC Berkeley gets students singing along — and starry-eyed: ‘She’s incredibly fearless’

Students in a Taylor Swift-focused course at the University of California, Berkeley, began a class session by singing the pop superstar’s tune, “Cruel Summer,” CBS News reported.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

“Taylor Swift is a phenomenon,” senior Sejal Krishnan — a chemical engineering major — told the news network. “Her tour has essentially revitalized so much of the economy and boosted the local economy everywhere she goes.”

The course is titled “Artistry and Entrepreneurship: Taylor’s Version,” and two undergraduates — Sofia Lendahl and Miaad Bushala — teach it for 44 other students, CBS News reported.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

“Taylor is so strategic in all the things that she does,” Bushala noted to the news network. “When you think of a brand, that’s all they ever want. They want loyal customers. And that’s what Taylor has.”

Krishnan added to CBS News that “there’s a reason top institutions are studying that. They know it’s a trend.”

The news network said other schools such as Harvard and Stanford are offering similar Swift-focused courses in departments that range from English to gender studies and even political science.

“I’ve been very interested in media law and policy,” another UC Berkeley student in the course told CBS News, adding, “I’d love to apply those sort of concepts that apply to law and policy and art all together in the professional world.”

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As for how their parents reacted to students taking the Swift course, Krishnan told the news network that “my parents were super thrilled. My mom took me to the ‘1989’ concert.”

Jessica Revolorio — a sociology major who is the first person in her family to attend an American college, CBS News reported — said her parents “were like, ‘You have to take this class.'”

Business student Angelique Zoile told the news network that Swift is “incredibly fearless in the ways in which she doesn’t mind taking creative risks. To me, it’s like, climb the corporate ladder. … I’ll end up as a manager in five years or so.”

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UCLA School of Medicine’s radical DEI czar clumsily plagiarized vast portions of her dissertation on DEI: Report

Harvard is not the only woke university whose top race obsessives are unrepentant plagiarists. The University of California’s David Geffen School of Medicine apparently also has at least one identitarian hack on staff earning hundreds of thousands of dollars annually at taxpayers’ expense thanks in part to stolen scholarship.

Manhattan Institute fellow Christopher Rufo and Luke Rosiak of the Daily Wire have revealed in a
damning new report that the medical school’s DEI czar plagiarized a significant portion of her dissertation on DEI. What little of the publication Natalie Perry ostensibly wrote on her own was largely spoiled by error and incoherence.

UCLA Med School has been in the news recently for promoting ideology about “Indigenous womxn,” “two-spirits,” and “structural racism.” A guest speaker praised and two residents championed “revolutionary suicide.” nnThe DEI director, who advances “anti-racism,” is Natalie Perry.

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Perry, formerly an associate dean for academic programs at the American International College’s School of Education in Springfield, Massachusetts, presently serves as the DGSOM’s so-called “Cultural North Star Lead.” The Cultural North Star initiative is the product of a 2017 culture audit conducted by the Dean’s Office, serving to advance the cause of DEI at the school.

Perry’s
biographic statement on the school’s website references her 2014 doctoral dissertation, “Faculty Perceptions of Diversity at a Highly Selective Research-Intensive University,” noting that her “wealth of experience in understanding and improving the culture of higher education, including at an academic health system, will be invaluable to our ongoing efforts to embed our aspirational Cultural North Stars [sic] value in our organizational DNA.”

It turns out that others may instead deserve credit for the “wealth of experience in understanding” Perry has submitted as her own.

Rosiak noted on X that Perry, “the DEI czar at UCLA School of Medicine, which blamed opiates on ‘whiteness,’ had doctors praise ‘revolutionary suicide,’ taught about ‘two-spirits,’ and led a class in chanting ‘Free Palestine,'” is responsible for the “most egregious case of plagiarism” he and Rufo have so far encountered.

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According to Rosiak, Perry’s wealth of published knowledge, reducible to a single paper, “stole thousands of words from 10 other papers.”
In one instance, the DEI czar ostensibly directly copied five continuous pages of material from someone else’s work.

Perry apparently wasn’t even stealthy when stealing other people’s ideas, having lifted the first pages of her dissertation from the first page of other published works, including more than 100 words from the first page of a paper by Angela Locks, Sylvia Hurtado, Nicholas Bowman, and Leticia Oseguera.

In addition to sometimes porting over the exact text formatting from the works she was plagiarizing, Perry apparently also copied the parenthetical citations from uncredited authors without even factoring their source material into her final list of references.

Perry was so lazy that the first pages of her paper stole from the first page of multiple other papers. Here’s a passage taken from a paper by Adalberto Aguirre Jr. and Ruben Martinez, who were never mentioned anywhere in Perry’s paper.

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The only significant alterations Perry appears to have made to the elements she lifted from other writers were errors.

Rosiak noted, for instance, that when
plagiarizing a paper from John C. Smart, the DEI czar “changed a few words, and added errors almost every time (e.g. changing Smart’s ‘distinguishes between X and Y’ to ‘distinguish between X from Y’).”

Perry seems virtually unable to write a single word without error. Here, she stole from John Smart, changed a few words, and added errors almost every time (e.g. changing Smart’s “distinguishes between X and Y” to “distinguish between X from Y”).

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The medical school’s future Cultural North Star lead was afforded a chance to shine in a section in her dissertation devoted to original research. However, she instead cobbled together a few half-baked sentences containing spelling and grammatical errors.

“The positionality of the participants informed the perspective on the origins of the commission. /in response to the needs of the varios [sic] stakeholders within the university, the commission addressed issues of diversity on the faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and university level,” she wrote in the ostensibly original section.

The Daily Wire indicated that neither the university nor Perry returned requests for comment.

Perry is the latest and perhaps the most brazen among the university professionals recently outed for passing off other people’s work as their own.

Christina Ross, a race obsessive and assistant sociology professor at Harvard University, was
accused last month of various form of plagiarism, including “verbatim plagiarism, mosaic plagiarism, uncited paraphrasing, and uncited quotations from other sources.”

Harvard Extension School administrator Shirley R. Greene was
accused in February of 42 instances of plagiarism — just in her 2008 University of Michigan dissertation.

In January, Claudine Gay resigned her post as Harvard’s 30th president
in disgrace after nearly 50 plagiarism complaints had been filed against her, implicating nearly half of her published works, including her doctoral thesis.

That same month,
affirmative action expert Sherri Ann Charleston, the university’s chief DEI officer, was slapped with a complaint identifying 40 examples of alleged plagiarism in two of her academic works.

Rufo and Rosiak
reported earlier this month that Lisa D. Cook, a tenured professor at Michigan State University who was successfully nominated to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2022, was also guilty of academic dishonesty, having based her most celebrated article on flawed data and misled about the quality of one of her other publications.

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‘Trump is desperate’: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder says new song is about Trump’s election denial — claims Trump gave people PTSD

Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder explained the meaning behind the band’s politically-themed song off their album “Dark Matter.”

The song titled “Wreckage” is purportedly about Donald Trump, Vedder told the Times, calling the former president and candidate “desperate to win” and only looking to avoid imprisonment.

“There is a guy in the United States who is still saying he didn’t lose an election,” he told the British outlet. “And people are reverberating and amplifying that message as if it is true.”

“Trump is desperate. I don’t think there has ever been a candidate more desperate to win, just to keep himself out of prison and to avoid bankruptcy. It is all on the line, and he’s out there playing the victim — at least they’re doing this to me, because if not they would be doing it to you — but you haven’t falsified your tax records,” he continued.

Some of the song’s lyrics allude to Trump not willing to admit that he is wrong so long as he wins by any means, leaving nothing left in his path:

Oh, visited by thoughts and not just in the night
That I no longer give a f***who is wrong and who’s right
This game of winner takes all and all means nothing left
Spoils go the victor and the other left for dead

Uh-huh, combing through the wreckage
Holding out, holding on
Combing through the wreckage

You don’t have classified information in your basement. So the song is saying, let’s not be driven apart by one person, especially not a person without any worthy causes,” Vedder went on.

Prompted with the possibility that Trump’s time in the spotlight is waning, the singer said that he felt if a person doesn’t have some sort of mental qualms with 45th president, they may not be a “thoughtful” person.

“I can’t wait,” Vedder said in response to the end of the Trump era. “Most thoughtful people are going through a bit of PTSD about it now, so maybe you’re right.”

The 59-year-old concluded by waxing poetically about art being the truest expression of one’s personality.

“I knew I wanted to express myself in music, whether anyone heard it or not … you think, if someone were to hear this, maybe they would know me better. Maybe that is the power of any art form, actually: to get to know someone.”

The April 19, 2024, release is Pearl Jam’s twelfth studio album. The band has sold over 25 million albums worldwide since their 1991 debut “Ten,” which went diamond (13 times platinum).

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Couple allegedly tries — and fails — to con Florida lotto out of $1 million jackpot

A Florida couple recently met up with agents from the state lotto, apparently expecting to receive a massive payout, only to be arrested for alleged fraud instead.

On March 1, 36-year-old Kira Enders walked into a Florida Lottery office in Pensacola and handed an employee there an allegedly winning 500X The Cash scratch-off ticket with a grand prize of $1 million. She even filled out the back portion of the ticket, which reportedly notes that any falsifications on the ticket can result in criminal prosecution.

It appears that agents immediately suspected a problem because the ticket was later declared a “non-winner.” Whether the agency initially intended to investigate the problems with the ticket is unclear. However, when Enders called less than a week later for an update on her alleged winnings, she likely forced the agency’s hand.

Enders was invited to meet with a lotto special agent on March 11. She and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Dakota Jones, then drove to the designated meeting location. Rather than walk out with a hefty check, the two were quickly separated and interrogated about the ticket.

Apparently, the winning ticket was actually two separate tickets that had been taped together and then laminated. Escambia Sheriff Chip Simmons indicated the “two tickets” had been put together “crudely” to try and create “a million-dollar winner.”

It seems that Enders and Jones also gave drastically different explanations for the ticket pastiche. According to reports, Enders initially told police she couldn’t remember where she purchased the ticket. She then must have had a moment of clarity because she later stated she bought it at a Winn-Dixie but that it had fallen out of her car in the rain and tore in two when it became wet.

She explained that she taped the two pieces together to rectify the problem, not to deceive anyone, the affidavit indicated.

She then allegedly expressed bewilderment when the serial numbers on different sides of the ticket didn’t match. “What, they don’t go together?” she allegedly stated. She also called the revelation about the mismatched serial numbers “insane” and that her “mind” was “blow[n],” the affidavit said.

By contrast, Jones reportedly told investigators that the couple had randomly stumbled upon the winning ticket while walking down the street. He claimed that the ticket was already torn when they found it, but he advised his girlfriend not to tape it together or to submit the taped ticket to the lotto agency because it looked “jank,” the affidavit said.

Jones also allegedly insisted to investigators that he and Enders are “honest people” who had no intention of trying to pull a fast one on the lottery. “When they looked at the ticket, they thought it was legit,” he indicated, according to the affidavit

Enders and Jones have both been charged with three crimes: forgery/alteration of a lottery ticket with intent to defraud, passing a forged/altered state lottery ticket, and larceny-grand theft of $100,000 or more. Enders was released on $20,000 bail, and Jones was released on a bail of $17,500. Both have a hearing scheduled for May 10.

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Columbia bars Jewish, pro-Israel professor from campus where pro-Hamas students have taken over — cancels in-person classes

Columbia University has reportedly barred an Israel-born, Jewish professor from entering the Ivy League’s main campus, where pro-Hamas students have taken over, the New York Post reported.

Shai Davidai, an assistant professor at Columbia Business School, has been an outspoken supporter of Israel and called for “a PEACEFUL sit in at Columbia’s declared ‘Liberation Zone’” on Monday morning amid the ongoing protests at the New York university.

Anti-Israel students set up an encampment on the lawn at the center of campus, where they have erected Palestinian flags and draped their tents with protest signs. According to the New York Times, the area is being referred to by some as the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment.”

When Davidai arrived on campus Monday morning to hold the scheduled peaceful counterprotest, he discovered that his school identification card had been deactivated.

In a video posted to social media, Davidai shouted to fellow pro-Israel students, “I have not just a civil right, a civil right as a Jewish person to be on campus, I have a right as a professor employed by the university to be on campus.”

“They deactivated my card,” he added. “They are not letting me on main campus.”

As of last October Davidai was apparently not tenured, so Iu2019m unclear how many legal protections he has, but Columbia going back to kid-glove treatment of students occupying their campus and then firing a Jewish professor by deactivating his ID badge seems like bad optics to me

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Davidai pointed out the “irony” that his card still grants him access to Columbia’s Manhattanville campus, where he teaches.

“I was just told by [administrators] that I am [to be] let on the campus of the business school where I’m teaching tomorrow,” the Post reported. “So they are willing to use Jewish brains, but they don’t want to let Jewish people in.”

In a post on X, Davidai explained that Columbia claimed it deactivated his card because it could not ensure his safety on the main campus, given the ongoing protests.

Earlier today, @Columbia University refused to let me onto campus. nnWhy? Because they cannot protect my safety as a Jewish professor. nnThis is 1938.

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He slammed the university for continuing to protect the pro-Hamas protesters whom it has allowed to take over the campus.

“We know whose safety they can ensure — for the past five days, they’ve been ensuring the safety of the students who are calling on Hamas, to target Jewish students. That’s the safety that they are ensuring,” Davidai said.

He urged Jewish and pro-Israel students to be cautious around the protesters and called on them to take videos of the encampment.

“If they don’t let you in, and then document the fact that they’re not letting other Jewish people into campus,” he stated.

Columbia President Minouche Shafik testified before the House earlier this week. She told lawmakers that there have been several complaints about Davidai and that the university has launched an investigation into the professor.

Davidai has called for Shafik’s firing, as well as “everyone in the antisemitism task force at Columbia to resign right now.”

Last week, pro-Palestinian students took over campus and refused to leave until the university met a list of demands, which included removing funding from companies with ties to Israel, the Times reported.

Shafik called the police to remove the protesters; more than 100 arrests were made.

On Monday, the university announced that it would cancel in-person classes and switch to remote learning due to the unrest.

“I am deeply saddened by what is happening on our campus. Our bonds as a community have been severely tested in ways that will take a great deal of time and effort to reaffirm. Students across an array of communities have conveyed fears for their safety and we have announced additional actions we are taking to address security concerns,” Shafik wrote in a Monday statement.

She claimed that the school needs “a reset” due to increased tensions that “have been exploited and amplified by individuals who are not affiliated with Columbia who have come to campus to pursue their own agendas.”

“To deescalate the rancor and give us all a chance to consider next steps, I am announcing that all classes will be held virtually on Monday. Faculty and staff who can work remotely should do so,” she added. “Our preference is that students who do not live on campus will not come to campus.”

“I know that there is much debate about whether or not we should use the police on campus, and I am happy to engage in those discussions,” Shafik continued. “Over the past days, there have been too many examples of intimidating and harassing behavior on our campus. Antisemitic language, like any other language that is used to hurt and frighten people, is unacceptable and appropriate action will be taken. We urge those affected to report these incidents through university channels.”

Additional encampments sprouted up at Yale, the University of Michigan, and MIT to support the protesters arrested at Columbia.

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