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Re: “UVM Staffer Ends Hunger Strike But Student Protests Continue

Intentions are unknown and unknowable though I'm sure they would all claim to be willing to be held accountable as long as they didn't have to follow through, but let's help them out and actually make this civil disobedience retroactively. There are numerous photos of perfectly identifiable kids in the act of committing crimes. Let's see them actually held accountable. Otherwise if you keep pandering to them, they are just going to keep whining and acting out.

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/23/2018 at 6:52 PM

Re: “UVM Staffer Ends Hunger Strike But Student Protests Continue

Oleander,

This wasn't civil disobedience, calling it such cheapens the term. Civil disobedience includes accepting the consequences of your actions. Henry Thoreau didn't refuse to pay the poll tax and then expect to wander off back to his lake house. He accepted the consequences and went to jail. With no risk of consequences, this was simply pandering and indulging the temper tantrum of a favored and pampered group of children at the expense of uncounted other citizens.

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/23/2018 at 6:21 PM

Re: “UVM Staffer Ends Hunger Strike But Student Protests Continue

"When the reason people are blocking traffic is to engage in political protest on matters of great interest to the community..." Is the chief under the impression he gets to decide what is a matter of great interest and therefore immune from prosecution, and what is simply criminal misbehavior? That sounds like going well beyond simply enforcing our laws, but instead appointing oneself with the powers of a court.

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/23/2018 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Winooski Candidate Ebony Nyoni Has Competition — and Legal Trouble

Whoa, hold up. Go back to the opening a school in Africa. She was previously involved with a 501(c)3 (Gods Love Demonstrated aka Gold Ministries) from November of 2007. The EIN of that organization was 80-0608835. Per the IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check tool at https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/ePostSearch.d… that organization failed to file a 990N for at least three consecutive years and lost exemption because of that failure in 2015. A review of the IRS database of e-postcard 990N filings doesnt include the EIN 80-0608835 which would seem to indicate that they actually never filed a 990N. She states she went to Tanzania in 2008, apparently to open a school. So, the question is where did the money to open a school come from? If it went through her 501(c)3 in operation then, there should have been a filing showing that. Additionally there appears to be a misunderstanding of 501(c)3 reporting requirements. If the organization has expected gross receipts in excess of $50,000 they must file the full Form 990 including compensation to critical staff (ie Director) and highest paid employees. If their gross receipts are less than $50,000 they STILL have to file, but it is the 990-N postcard. For those who are curious you are encouraged to check the IRS Exempt Organizations database to see if you can find a filing, 990 or 990-N, at any time by Black Lives Matter VT".

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/22/2018 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Winooski Candidate Ebony Nyoni Has Competition — and Legal Trouble

It should be noted that in addition to being the director of the 501(c)3 Black Lives Matter Vermont Ltd, Ms. Nyoni previously was (per the SecState Corporations Search database)the Vice President of a Domestic Nonprofit called Gods Love Demonstrated International along with a Mr. Jonathan Gift Nyoni and a Ms. Maria Sparhawk. This nonprofit corporation registered the tradename of Gold Ministries in November of 2007(GOds Love Demonstrated). A search for either shows a GOLD ministries (GOLDmdc) with pastor named Jonathan Gift Nyoni in Tanzania claiming the pastor to be "...highly respected teacher of demonology, and spiritual warfare, in connection with intercessory prayer He teaches the radical method, of deliverance eg; testiology methodology for expelling demons".

I have previously requested BLM's foundational documents, public documents they are required to produce on demand, and haven't heard a peep in 3 weeks.

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/21/2018 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Approves Flying the Black Lives Matter Flag

BTVong,

For the sake of argument let's assume that BLM is a peaceful and life affirming organization. Let's assume they believe in equality and unity among all men, that they visit the sick and elderly on weekends, call their moms everyday, and never fail to help an old lady across the street. That still doesn't make this okay in any way whatsoever. The government must never ever endorse a political group, a religion, an opinion group, a corporation, or any other group or party. Flying the colors of this corporation on public property not only implies such an endorsement, but also makes those of us who find the BLM group vile pay to support it. I get the kids believe in something, but the most valuable thing they might have learned from this episode could have been "Just because you believe something deeply doesnt give you the right to force your beliefs on others." Instead the lesson is that others' Constitutional rights take a distant second to your feelings and opinions. It's shameful

"For at the heart of the First Amendment is the notion that an individual should be free to believe as he will, and that in a free society one's beliefs should be shaped by his mind and his conscience rather than coerced by the State." (D. Louis Abood et al., v. Detroit Bd. of Ed. 431 U.S. 209)

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/15/2018 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Approves Flying the Black Lives Matter Flag

And the lesson being taught to students is: individual rights are important, unless you really, really believe something, then it is okay to trample them.

"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein." (West Virginia Bd. of Ed. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624)

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/15/2018 at 9:28 AM

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