WATCH What ESPN Host Does When NBA Celebrity All-Star Player Starts Talking Politics

For a moment Friday night, it seemed that ESPN might have been interpreting the MVP award won by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, to mean “Manage Verbal Problem.”

For certain, ESPN reporter Sage Steele stifled Butler faster than shot block king Tim Duncan can reject a jumper once Butler strayed from the narrow path prescribed on high by the network.

ESPN last month had put its staff on notice that it did not want employees to editorialize about politics or allow what it called “drive by” comments regarding the quagmire of America’s 2016 elections.

So Steele was just following policy when Butler, a transplanted Texan who moved to Canada in 2000 and currently lives in Montreal, went into forbidden territory Friday night after being presented with his MVP trophy for being the Most Valuable Player in the game.

“I just wanna say as an election year in the U.S., the U.S. has a lot they can learn from Canada: health care, taking care of people … ” Butler said.

“We’re talking about celebrity stuff, not politics! Congratulations on your MVP!” Steele interjected, cutting off Butler and ending the interview.

Steele’s actions may have been good policy for ESPN, but she rubbed Dave Schilling of The Guardian the wrong way.

Butler “took his golden opportunity to speak to the millions of sleepy, bored fans who tolerated two hours of horrible flailing alleged to be basketball and relayed a political message about the relative merits of Canada’s public health care system,” Schilling wrote.

“The last thing I want from my novelty basketball game is anything that actually matters to the fate of the planet. Hopefully Sage gets a raise for her quick thinking,” he added sarcastically.

“It should … not come as a shock that ESPN would shut him down as soon as he got too vocal about something that doesn’t involve topics like whether or not Cam Newton is a leader or if LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan. … they (ESPN) … run screaming from anything unexpected or potentially problematic for their position as the Worldwide Leader in Sports.”

“Would letting Win Butler finish whatever he had to say about health care really damage the lofty status of the ESPN brand? Doubtful,” Schilling added.

Schilling contrasted ESPN with other networks.

“Of course, if you flip over to TNT on a Thursday night, you might see Charles Barkley ranting freely about politics, race, culture, and all manner of other controversial topics. TNT pays Barkley a lot of money to be himself, to work without a muzzle, and to stir up trouble. ESPN, on the other hand, remains content to stifle anything resembling a real, honest moment,” Schilling wrote.

h/t: Mediaite

Shooter Kills 4 At Small Town School, Here’s The Disturbing Thing He Did Right Before

Four people are dead after a shooting Friday in a small western Canadian community that began as a family tragedy and culminated with a scene of terror at the local school.

The shooter has been arrested, but not identified. No motive has been given for the shootings.

The shootings took place in the remote Dene aboriginal community of La Loche, in western Saskatchewan.

Kevin Janvier, who told The Associated Press his 21-year-old daughter Marie, a teacher, was shot dead by the gunman, said police told him the gunman first shot two of his siblings before going on a shooting spree at the school.

“He shot two of his brothers at his home and made his way to the school,” Janiver said. “I’m just so sad.”

The gunman had bragged about his first kills.

Student Noel Desjarlais-Thomas, 16, sent The Canadian Press a screenshot of a chilling social media exchange just prior to the shootings at the school.

“Just killed 2 ppl,” wrote the gunman. “Bout to shoot ip the school.”

“Why?,” asked a friend. “Why?”

“I feel like I’m in a nightmare and I want to wake up,” said Diane Janvier, Marie Janvier’s aunt, told CBC News.

Police said the shooter approached the school and shots were fired outside and inside the building.

“Run, bro, run!” Desjarlais-Thomas said his friends shouted. “There’s a shotgun! There’s a shotgun! They were just yelling to me. And then I was hearing those shots, too, so of course I started running.

“I ran outside the school. There was lots of screaming. There was about six, seven shots before I got outside. I believe there was more shots by the time I did get out.”

Geordie Janvier, 16, was in a hallway when the school attack began.

“We were going back to gym class, that’s when I heard the first shot,” Geordie Janiver explained. “I looked back. He didn’t see me, that’s why I ran to the gym class, closed the door, and I ran in the dressing room. We stayed there for, like, three hours.”

Alex Janvier, 15, estimated he heard shots every 20 or 30 seconds for several minutes as he and classmates remained in a classroom.

Chief superintendent Maureen Levy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the shooter was arrested at the school about 45 minutes after the gunfire at the school began.

Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark described the shooting as devastating.

“A lot of people are in shock. This is something that you only see on TV most of the time,” Clark said.

h/t: Gawker

What 3 ‘Middle Eastern-Looking’ Men Were Caught Doing In This Mall Has Police Calling Their Actions ‘Suspicious’

Digital cameras are everywhere, in surveillance equipment, built in to laptops, on automobile dashes, and even in pocket pens; but they’re most abundantly found in the commonplace cell phone.  Millions of cell phone users take selfies, snap landscapes, and shoot photos of things they find interesting; but what three men were caught doing in a Vancouver shopping mall has the authorities searching for answers.

Three “Middle-Eastern looking” men were photographed taking cell phone pictures inside the mall in Vancouver. It probably wouldn’t be suspicious to the untrained eye, but to mall security and an unnamed counter-terrorism expert, the men were possibly casing the mall for a possible subsequent attack on it.

“Looking at the pictures, these people are not tourists, obviously … And they’re not taking pictures for their families. They’re checking out the area, and it could be consistent with what terrorists do before an attack. I’m not saying it is a pre-attack, but it’s pretty close,” said Andre Gerolymatos, a professor of History at Simon Fraser University who comments on international events.

The Vancouver Police Department issued a briefing on their website:

Vancouver Police are investigating a suspicious incident after three men were seen taking photographs inside a mall in downtown Vancouver. Around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12th, three Middle Eastern looking men were seen inside Pacific Centre Mall taking photographs of the entrances and exits. There is no information to believe that these men have committed a crime. Nor do we have information to believe that the public is currently at risk. Police are interested in speaking with them about their activity in the mall.  Public safety remains our top priority and we are working with mall security and management to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Anyone with information about these men is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-3235.

In a 10:45 am live press conference, the Vancouver police department said that the official police photos and statements were obtained by the media via an unknown source, and that they were not meant for the general public.

Authorities warned against jumping to conclusions because there could be a benign reason for the men taking pictures in the manner they were observed.

Police stated that mall security officials “thought it was suspicious activity,” and that reporting suspicious activity is a “common police occurrence.”

Anyone with information about the identities of the three men should contact the Vancouver police department immediately.

Disturbing: Watch Shocking Moment Mob Of Students Caught On Cam Cornering College Administrators

The Black Lives Matter movement has spilled over into Canada.

Western Journalism has reported over the past few weeks and months about the BLM actions that some see as ludicrous power demands, fraudulent decrying of racism, and illegal activity involving sequestration and harassment that have crossed criminal lines. Yet the BLM movement continues to assert itself as a pro-black, anti-white establishment, civil rights movement.

The group #blackoncampusguelph, a BLM affiliate at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, took their protests to the associate vice-president of student affairs, Mrs. Brenda Whiteside. The group of what appears to be all black students surrounded Whiteside and began to accuse the university and Whiteside’s office of not doing enough to make the black students at Guelph feel safe and included, and have their culturally-specific needs met.

The profanity-filled encounter with the black students did not start off orderly, and it didn’t end orderly either. Amid charges of systemic white, anti-black, institutional racism were accusations that the RA’s were racist, the university was racist, and that black people were not being represented and acknowledged. The group also decried the lack of black representation within the academia at Guelph. And then it happened. The group revealed their playbook and motivation for coming to see Whiteside.

An unidentified member of the group said, “We are here to give you a list of demands that we need to see from administration. I see you too shaking your head like yeah I get it. I don’t want to hear that. I want to see action. We want to see action. There’s enough recommendations in here. We did enough work for you to make action.” A list of demands was presented to the administration. The demands covered ten topics.

  1. Bias Report Policy
  2. Protocol for Hate Speech and Racial Incidents
  3. Increased Diversity in High-Ranking Faculty and Administration
  4. Cultural Climate Consultations
  5. Increased Socioeconomic Diversity
  6. Greater availability of Mental Health Services
  7. Buildings and Monuments Celebrating Distinguished Black Individuals
  8. Creation of Task Force on Bias and Racism led by Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans
  9. Living Wages paid to Staff and Adjunct Faculty
  10. Increased Communication regarding the above 9 demands

A quick visit to Facebook and Twitter to search the hashtag #blackoncampusguelph revealed from where the students appear to be deriving the impetus for their protests. The hashtag on Facebook returned images of black students holding banners reading, “We stand with students from Mizzou and Yale.”

The protests’ hastag also revealed images indicating that the protest at Guelph was a coordinated event all across Canada, involving at least two other universities in Ontario.

The University of Guelph’s black students are encouraged to use the hashtag to report issues of perceived racism. The hashtag reports cannot be validated through Facebook, but do serve as an indicator to the sensitivity that Guelph black students possess when they’re met with issues that they believe are racial in nature. Many of the hastags were used to relay confrontations with stereotypes of black individuals that have been perpetrated throughout the ages but nevertheless still exist in society.

The universities under siege by BLM groups may have only two options: give in to the demands by the student groups, or resist and reject their calls for change. While the BLM movement seems to be using the same playbook, other universities may want to borrow the one used by Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s president, Dr. Everett Piper. Here’s what Piper had to say about students and student groups that may be using political activism while on campus.

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.  Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.  This is not a day care. This is a university!

Look What College Students Just Decided Was ‘Too Offensive’ To Handle. Have They Finally Lost It?

The word “appropriation” means to take something, with or without permission, authority or right. The term “cultural appropriation” means to take something from another culture. We can think of cultural appropriation in a positive light or in a negative one. In a positive light, cultures take or borrow things from other cultures all the time.

Pizza wasn’t a U.S. staple, but we’ve made it a favorite food. Likewise, language is borrowed from other cultures and used in English. Where cultural appropriation can be seen in a negative light, one only has to look at the latest controversies surrounding the NFL team out of Washington, DC, the Washington Redskins. The term to some is offensive, and reminds native Americans of their ultimate defeat by the white man.

Western Journalism has been reporting on the cultural appropriation demands of students on college campuses for some time. Cultural appropriation arguments are being used in campuses all across the country and internationally as well, to promote change. One recent use of the term has made international headlines. The incident took place at the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Canada.

Jennifer Scharf has been offering free yoga classes on the University of Ottawa campus for seven years. She was asked to offer yoga classes in the university’s Centre for Students with Disabilities, where all students, even those with exceptional physical challenges, could come, practice yoga, and get in shape.

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa runs the Centre for Students with Disabilities. In September, they decided to end the yoga program by sending Scharf an email. The email said, “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students … there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice…Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced.”

The email goes on to imply that yoga was taken from other cultures in a “cultural appropriation.” The Centre’s email goes on to say that those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy … we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”

Scharf said she believes that a “social justice warrior” made a complaint which led to her ouster as a free yoga instructor serving over 60 regular yoga students. She said, “People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find…There’s a real divide between reasonable people and those people just looking to jump on a bandwagon. And unfortunately, it ends up with good people getting punished for doing good things.”

Scharf’s attempts to reach a compromise were met with failure, resistance, and an eventual stalemate. Even some officials within the Student Federation seem to be perplexed. Julie Seguin, a Student Federation official, wrote Scharf and stated, “I am also still of the opinion that a single complaint does not outweigh all of the good that these classes have done.”