Berkeley, California- It seems that UC Berkeley has a tough time staying out of the national spotlight.
Well, it’s partly the school’s fault, since the staff that they hire can’t compel themselves to avoid doing and saying senseless things. This time, it wasn’t another protest of a speaker, or one of the hard to keep up numbers-wise sexual harassment scandals plaguing the school.
It was the online rantings of one of their staff that brought them back into the rounds of headline news.
A UC Berkeley graduate student and instructor, Jackson Kernion, took to Twitter to shame “rural Americans” and those who aren’t “pro-city”. While it may seem like a laughable speculation, this teacher was dead-serious at the time of discharging their inexcusable views. Jackson Kernion, who has reportedly taught at least 11 philosophy courses at the California university, made the comments last Wednesday.
The now deleted Tweet stated the following from the instructor:
“I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. They, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions…and we should shame people who aren’t pro-city.”
If you think that statement alone is crazy, and ironically, uneducated; he doubled down on said stance.
Kernion had no issue initially coming to the defense of his thoughts online, and began going after rural citizens in saying they should have higher healthcare costs because of them choosing to live in said areas and contributing to the way rural areas are.
While suggesting rural American should be paying higher healthcare costs, the icing the teacher added on the cake was that they should also pay more in taxes and be forced to live an “uncomfortable” life for rejecting “efficient” city life, according to Campus Reform. Hearing these opinions wantonly thrown out into the ether would make most people question why this person is teaching their kids anything.
Brad Blakeman, an adjunct professor of public policy and international affairs at Georgetown University, called the comments “nuts” while appearing on “Fox News @ Night” this past Monday and commented that “cities need to take care of their own” because “rural America is doing just great.”
Fox News contributor Doug Shoen added:
“We started as a rural country. We remain at our heart linked to rural communities. Thank goodness for small towns, farms, and traditional values.”
Kernion appeared to apologize on his private Twitter account, reportedly calling it a “bad tweet” he would “reflect on.” He also mentioned that:
“My tone is way crasser and meaner than I like to think I am,” he also wrote.
As mentioned, UC Berkeley has just had the toughest time not getting the awkward eye from a national audience. Looking back the past few years, they ran into the scandal of an October, 2015 complaint from a graduate student that accused then-assistant professor Blake Wentworth of sexual harassment.
In turn, two women from the university called out Wentworth as well, who was eventually fired from the university – but not before trying to, unsuccessfully, sue the women who accused him of the misconduct.
In terms of teachers behaving badly, the university also was home to the now suspended Professor Alan Tansman who engaged in:
“…unwelcomed verbal conduct of a sexual nature that was found to be sufficiently severe that it created a hostile environment and interfered with a complainant’s study and work,” according to school spokesperson, Janet Gilmore.
Also, don’t forget astronomer Geoff Marcy, who resigned in 2015 after faculty had found out that he liked to grope and kiss his students.
With all the pandemonium going on in that campus from a staff perspective, it’s no wonder that the school has seen a decrease in applicants to attend by the thousands year over year. And now, they went from being the #2 ranked university according to the U.S. News & World Report, to no longer even being ranked at all since they can’t seem to even accurately report school donations from alumni. Seems like the school has it’s work ahead of itself.
Just last month, we reported on a professor / Antifa activist who said “it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops” getting fired.
He was a self-proclaimed Antifa activist… and also a professor at John Jay College. He also advocated for the death of cops and for anarchy in America. Now Michael Isaacson has found himself back on the unemployment line.
Or perhaps back in his parents’ basement.
Initially, his tweets that it is a privilege to teach “future dead cops” and his statements were merely condemned.
how come when a pig dies in uniform no one ever says 'they died doing what they loved?'
— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) January 23, 2018
When did academia become a protected class of people that can say whatever they want and continue to indoctrinate impressionable children and young adults with anti-country, anti-police and anti-God ideology, and there are no legitimate repercussions for their actions?
burn a police station for me philly
— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) January 22, 2018
Outraged New York police union leaders are calling for the firing of a John Jay College professor and avowed Antifa leader after he tweeted that it “is a privilege to teach future dead cops.”
Michael Isaacson, an adjunct-professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and known Antifa leader, tweeted:
“Some of y’all might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teacher at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops.”
Isaacson worked in the school’s economics department.
Off the pigs https://t.co/ksCu3ZOpFC
— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 29, 2017
The tweet gained traction after Isaacson appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show, according to the New York Daily News. The appearance prompted people to research Issacson’s past tweets, exposing the offending communication.
“Michael Isaacson harbors total disdain for the active and future police officers that he teaches at John Jay College,” Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said in a press release on Friday. “Recent media reports have revealed Mr. Isaacson’s disgusting anti-police attitudes and his gleeful embrace of political violence, including violence against police officers, as expressed in his own social media postings.”
Detectives’ Endowment Association Michael Palladino said:
“I don’t know the professor but based on his tweet he strikes me as a man of ignorance and arrogance with hate in his heart,” the New York Daily News reported.
And Roy Richter, president of the NYPD Captains Endowment Association said, “This message is an abdication of the professor’s responsibility as a civilized human being and disgusting coming from a representative of the teaching profession,” according to Fox News.
— Far Left Watch (@FarLeftWatch) September 15, 2017
Commissioner James O’Neill slammed Isaacson’s tweet.
“As a 2x grad there, I know Michael Isaacson’s reprehensible values don’t represent @JohnJayCollege, #NYC, #NYPD or families of murdered cops,” O’Neill tweeted.
The New York Daily News reached out to Issacson after the massive response, in which he defended but seemed unfazed by the outcry.
“Oh, that s—? Everybody dies,” Issacson said.
“I was talking about police as an agent of control that is actually in less control of the public than it’s supposed to be,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with individual police officers – I mean, I teach them – but I don’t like policing as an institution. Police officers are agents of that institution.”
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is part of the City University of New York school system and is widely known in the area for its high level of students who later become police officers.
A statement on the matter was released by John Jay College’s president, Karol V. Mason.
“I want to state clearly that I was shocked by these statements. They are abhorrent. This adjunct expressed personal views that are not consistent with our college’s well known and firm values and principles,” Mason said. “I am appalled that anyone associated with John Jay, with our proud history of supporting law enforcement authorities, would suggest that violence against police is ever acceptable.”
She went on:
“I join with the many students, faculty, alumni and other members of our community in condemning these statements,” she said.
So that’s it? Simply condemn the statements? How about giving him his walking papers? Well, perhaps that is the next step.
Mason said the professor’s comments posed a danger to faculty and staff.
“Today, members of the John Jay faculty received threats, and our students expressed concerns for their safety in the classroom,” Mason said. “Out of concern for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we are immediately placing the adjunct on administrative leave as we continue to review this matter.”
She added that Isaacson’s comments suggested that violence against cops is acceptable.
After he was placed on leave, Isaacson was more contrite.
“My biggest regret is putting my students and the John Jay faculty and staff at risk. That was not a risk that they assumed voluntarily, and that very much contravenes my political convictions,” he told The News. “I deeply apologize to the John Jay community for making them the target of death threats and harassment.”
Then he tried to cover himself in the First Amendment.
“So much for free speech, I guess.”
Yeah, and you can’t yell “fire” in the theater either.
But a suspension was all that was garnered.
Until, of course, the media coverage exploded.
The school finally decided to place Isaacson, who is also a co-founder of Smash Racism DC, on administrative leave. In addition to his tweets calling for the death of cops, Isaacson was also highly involved with #DisruptJ20. For those unfamiliar with it, it was the far left’s attempt to violently disrupt President Trump’s inauguration, was also caught on tape by Project Veritas, as seen here and here.
John Jay College released a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, saying that Isaacson no longer teaches at the school – although it’s not clear when or if he was formally terminated.
Statement from John Jay College:
Mr. Isaacson is no longer teaching at John Jay. In regard to expressions of hate or intimidation, please review our previous statement, http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/news/statement-john-jay-college-president-karol-v-mason.
But his Twitter profile shows him “looking for writing work”.
Internet detectives have since revealed that Isaacson has a fetish website profile. That’s where he describes himself as “polyamorous” and “pansexual” and claims to be turned on by waterboarding, choking, smothering, anal sex, group sex, bondage, and other disgusting and depraved sex fetishes.
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Bring politics to work in academia? Sure. It doesn’t even matter how controversial your beliefs, comments or actions are…administrators will have your back.
Participate in politics that is on the opposite side of the aisle as most academics? If you are a cop…they want you fired.
A New Jersey middle school teacher has been reassigned to perform duties outside the classroom during morning announcements because she kneeled during the Pledge of Allegiance.
The school board’s decision to reassign the teacher came after an October 2 Vineland Board of Education meeting when two community members complainedthat the teacher’s decision to kneel during the pledge forced a political agenda on impressionable students.
One ex-military parent said it was offensive to see a political agenda being set in the classroom after he served 20 years in the military saving lives.
“That type of behavior offends me,” said Randy London, a U.S Coast Guard veteran who spoke during the school board meeting, according to the Vineland Daily Journal. “I’m not saying anyone needs to agree with everything, but if that is the district’s policy, there should be no teacher … taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance.”
Ron Maccri, a Vineland resident, also complained that she was using tax dollars to take the role of a parent, calling her kneeling during the pledge “reprehensible.”
Maccri added that the school was named after Sgt. Dominick Pilla, a U.S. Army ranger killed in Somalia on October 3, 1993.
“Teachers are paid to educate our students, they’re not paid to indoctrinate our students, he continued. “What this woman is doing would be bad in any school, but because it’s in the (Sgt.) Dominick Pilla School – who gave his life for our military – it’s reprehensible.”
The school board was unsure whether disciplinary action against the teacher would be permitted. Students are not required to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. In order to avoid a larger conflict, the school’s principal decided to give the teacher administrative duties during the homeroom period of the morning. School board officials said the teacher and the middle school are satisfied with the resolution.
The teacher claimed that her actions were not intended to be political in nature, but were merely an exercise of her 1st Amendment rights.
As such, she got reassigned during morning homeroom participation.
Now, we have breaking news from the Department of Blatant Hypocrisy.
We recently received a letter from one of our readers. It reads as follows:
“I read in an article by Ashley McMann that a police union has endorsed Trump for the 2020 election claiming that ‘no US President has been no supportive of law enforcement.
The first paragraph read; “No matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, or whether you have no side at all, it’s hard to argue that there has been a President in recent history that has been more publicly supportive of Law Enforcement than the current one.” -Ashley McMann | Sep 22, 2019
I happen to be a retired police chief and find this statement incredible and extremely out of touch with reality.
Who is Ashley McMann? Only someone who has not been paying any attention during the last three years would say such a thing. Doesn’t the FBI count as a law enforcement agency?
Trump has denigrated the FBI constantly since taking office and ruined the careers of two highly respected FBI Directors and accused the FBI of being political and out to get him when they have only been doing their jobs.
Law enforcement officers take an oath to preserve and protect the constitution and laws of the United States of America. Trump has committed countless crimes before and after being elected and the list is growing constantly.
How could ANY law enforcement officer think this is good? Every US President ever elected has supported law enforcement because it would be political suicide to do otherwise.
Trump has encouraged law enforcement officers to actually break the law by instructing ICE and Border Patrol officers to break the law and other law enforcement officers to feel free to assault those they take into custody by NOT using care to keep suspects from hitting their heads on the car when being taken into custody.
The national association of police chiefs (an organization I was once a member of) condemned these remarks. If you encounter ANY law enforcement officer who is a Trump supporter, you should do everything you can to get that officer fired.”
A quick online search of Michael Jaquish shows that he’s a pastry chef turned police chief turned author of books we’ve never heard of.
Our sources close to the small town department where there was once a Chief of Police named Michael Jaquish tell us that “his service to the community was no longer needed”, but for obvious reasons didn’t elaborate on what that meant.
You don’t have to be an author to be able to read between the lines.
Ok. Here is where I insert myself into someone else’s conversation.
Dear reader, thank you for your service as a law enforcement officer and chief. You have my respect for that. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback to us regarding the content of the article you read and took exception to. Your opinion is valued. Apparently, that will be a one-way street considering that you completely disregard the opinion of the article’s writer.
Allow me to respond to your criticisms in the order in which you gave them.
First, allegedly being a retired police chief does not give you greater access to “reality.” You may have seen things that the average person hasn’t. That simply speaks to your experiences.
Your experience is real to you. They have no impact on what is real to other people.
Secondly, you ask who Ashley is.
First and foremost, she is a patriotic American who loves and supports our law enforcement community. Next, if you would have read the entire article instead of just the first paragraph, you would see that at the bottom is a bio.
Here is what Ashley’s bio says:
The granddaughter of a police officer, Ashley McMann pursued her education in Criminal Justice graduating with her bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak State University.
Ashley currently works full-time in state government as well as being an Animal Control Officer part-time for a midsize police department. Ashley brings a unique perspective working in both the law enforcement community and with individuals that pass the laws that police enforce.
She loves good eats, good drinks and having lively insightful discussions and debates!
Do you now have a better view of who she is?
I take exception to your idea that only people who have not paid attention for the past 3 years could believe or say such a thing. I have been paying a lot of attention to this administration. I happen to agree with what she stated in the article. And here is why.
This President has given law enforcement officers and agents the ability to enforce the law, while his predecessor showed his disdain for law enforcement on multiple occasions.
Yes, the FBI is a law enforcement agency. But your next comments are asinine at best. Has Trump denigrated the FBI as a whole? No. Has he gone after agents that were weaponizing their capacity to inflict political influence? Absolutely.
Do you need examples? I assume the FBI Directors you are referring to are Comey and McCabe. Need I remind you that the “highly respected” McCabe was fired for lying, or that Comey perjured himself during testimony to Congress?
And your thought process that no one in the FBI is out to get him and they are only doing their job need only be responded to with three words: Agent Peter Strzok!
You also correctly assert that officer take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Yet we have many officers in leadership positions who forget that. From sheriffs and police chiefs who refuse to assist federal agencies in enforcing the law, to rogue federal agents who take it upon themselves to impact the national political landscape, there are those in law enforcement who seem to have forgotten what the Constitution is all about.
There is no longer room for them in law enforcement.
Trump has committed countless crimes, before and after election? Care to point to a single thing that Trump has been convicted of? Not one of these contrived witch-hunt types of crime that are all baseless, but an actual crime. No? Ok. Moving on.
No sir. Every President ever elected has not supported law enforcement. Ironically, it didn’t turn out to be political suicide. Why? Because there is a cop-hating culture growing in our country, making it less safe for the men and women in blue.
They are in danger of being ambushed every day, simply because of the uniform that they wear.
Perhaps you have read some of the articles we have written that have detailed the horrors that take place on our streets and the life altering impact they have on our law enforcement members and their families.
I welcome you to provide accurate accounts of the times that the President has ICE and CBP to break the law. The truth of the matter is this: he has given those agencies the latitude and freedom to do their jobs in upholding federal law.
And lastly, thank you for showing us exactly where you stand. Much like Peter Strzok, you have no tolerance for someone who would dare vote for or support Donald Trump, especially members of law enforcement. In fact, your exact words were:
“If you encounter ANY law enforcement officer who is a Trump supporter, you should do everything you can to get that officer fired.”
So that reality you were referring to earlier includes doing whatever necessary to get a cop fired because of his or her political affiliations. That’s mighty tolerant of you.
And what exactly do you mean by ‘everything you can?’
See, I take that very literally. I must assume you mean anything within one’s capability.
I can lie. I can slander. I am can defame someone. I can plant evidence. I can cheat and steal. I can make false accusations.
I do not do those things, because I am a man of faith and integrity, and I am trying to raise my sons to be the same.
So, you don’t really mean that I should do everything I can, do you? Or do you?
Perhaps you are one those people that believes winning at all cost is ok. Perhaps you can sleep at night knowing that your shady actions cost a hard-working, honest cop their job, their reputation and the welfare of their family. Maybe the reality you live in allows you to be that callous and heartless.
The world I live in does not allow me to be that reckless with other people’s lives and well-being.
Yeah, well…that is just one guys opinion, right?
Cops never get fired for political reasons, right?
Perhaps you should ask Charles Anderson that question.
Anderson was fired from a Michigan police department, where he served for 20 years, because of one piece of an antique collection that he owned.
The item was a framed application to the KKK from the 1920’s.
According to the Internal Affairs report, Anderson denied ever being a member, supporter or being influenced by the KKK. He told investigators that the Confederate items the Mathis family saw in his home were part of an extensive collection of “Dukes of Hazard” memorabilia he has collected over the years. Most of his collection was put away into storage in anticipation of selling the home, but the report says he simply “forgot” the application was in his antique collection room.
Anderson said the framed KKK application is from the 1920s, was purchased from an Indiana vendor about six years prior to this incident and collected as part of Anderson’s “interest in American history and antiques.” Anderson described himself in the investigation as an “amateur historian and collector of antique items” from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
When asked if he left the items up in his home to dissuade a minority buyer from making an offer, the report indicated that Anderson didn’t care who his home got sold to. The Anderson family realtor — whose name was redacted — said she and her staff didn’t even notice the framed application on the wall of his antique room. The framed application fit with the décor of the room it was in, so she paid no further attention to it.
The Anderson family realtor said she’s known the Anderson family for many years and has also known they have bought and sold antiques and were avid collectors in the time she’s known them.
Anderson said in the report, had the Mathis family contacted him, he would have been happy to explain why he owned the items, shown them his collection and apologize to them –“he meant no one any harm by it.”
According to the report, Robert and Reyna Mathis claimed to not know Charles Anderson and that the home they toured was his until after everything transpired — however, according to police reports included in the report, the couple have had a total of six run-ins with Officer Anderson with the two most notable incidents taking place in 2008.
Back in July 2008, Robert Mathis was pulled over by Anderson for speeding. Reyna (then Arizola) was in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. Robert got out of the vehicle and refused to follow Anderson’s orders. The records in the report say Reyna also got out of the vehicle, refused to follow Anderson’s orders and hit him in the face and eye.
Rob was given a ticket for speeding and Reyna was taken to the county jail for obstruction and assault of an officer. She pled guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and $414 in fines.
Reyna Mathis said Monday she didn’t realize the connection until she read the internal investigation on the city’s website.
“Not until today,” she said. “Until the report came out, I had no clue.”
Mathis says she didn’t serve any time in jail from that incident. In fact, she claims the charge was reduced because Muskegon Police couldn’t produce dash camera video from Anderson’s cruiser during the traffic stop.
She does say she completed a long probations sentence.
A second incident took place in October 2008 following reports of a bar fight at Brews and Cues Bar where Reyna was involved. She was drunk and arrested on two outstanding failure to appear bench warrants. She was taken to jail in that incident as well.
The couple denies claims some have made on social media he and his wife targeted the officer’s home.
“We did not,” Rob said.
They both question the reasons Anderson gave investigators for having the items on display.
“I could see if he had a picture of the car, the General Lee, that was not there,” Rob said.
“I don’t buy it,” Reyna added. “I think it’s just an excuse.”
Noticeably absent from all 421 pages is any reference of Officer Anderson breaking Muskegon Police Department policies.
The report says the couple’s discovery created waves in the African American community in Muskegon. Local pastors and social justice leaders were interviewed in the investigation and say the African American community lost faith, confidence and trust in Officer Anderson. The mere possession of the application and Confederate flag items caused the community to look unfavorably on the whole department — not just Anderson. The report indicated that community leaders said, “if Anderson did return to the department, ‘the city would go wild.’”
This report, which was completed near the end of August, gave City Manager Frank Peterson the means to fire Anderson — although the Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis told the city commission that there was no “smoking gun” found.
The released report includes Anderson’s personnel file containing 16 letters of appreciation or awards for bravery and going beyond the call of duty. There are no documented disciplinary actions in the report.
Anderson advised investigators he considers himself a member of the community who is strongly against the Ku Klux Klan and what that organization stands for.
Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis said Monday he couldn’t talk about the report due to the fact it’s an active labor case and in litigation.
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