"Free My Grandpa" after nine hours

Taghizadeh waited three and a half hours for her grandfather to be released from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Saturday.

Kamand ‘Kamryn’ Taghizadeh, a freshman undeclared major, waited three and a half hours for her grandfather to be released from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Saturday after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration.

Taghizadeh is Iranian-American, and her parents are both immigrants from Iran. Her 78-year-old grandfather Reza Taghizadeh lives in Isfahan, Iran and was coming to LAX with a green card to visit her and her family, who live in San Diego. According to Taghizadeh, they detained him for almost nine and a half hours. During that time, he only ate a “ramen noodle,” and although there was a vending machine he could not use it because he did not have the proper currency and no means of contacting Taghizadeh or anyone else.

Trump signed an executive order called “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on Jan. 27 that barred Syrian refugees from coming into the United States, postponed refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked some citizens from entering the U.S. for 90 days, specifically from these Muslim-majority countries: Libya, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. According to CNN, the Trump Organization has done business with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates — all of which are Muslim-majority countries — and are not on the list of banned countries.

“Once he landed, he was bombarded by officials. [...] He was so confused because Trump signed the official papers while he was in the air, on the plane. So they kept interrogating him for like nine hours. He doesn’t speak any English so he wasn’t able to answer [or understand]. He was exhausted,” Taghizadeh said. He had traveled for 22 hours to get from his home in Iran to Los Angeles.

President Timothy Law Snyder sent students an email expressing his support to LMU’s international students, scholars and families and said, “I join educators and citizens nationwide and oppose an order that limits our ability to fulfill LMU’s educational mission in a global context and endangers the freedom of movement for the students, faculty, and scholars [...]. We will continue to coordinate and support our community members as we monitor this evolving situation. We recommend persons from the named countries suspend planned travel outside of the United States until further notice.”

In response to the executive order, thousands of people protested at LAX on Sunday, and have continued to protest to date. Many students from LMU have attended these protests, where some students have been going every day to participate in the protests or to bring food and water for the immigration lawyers who are attempting to help anyone in need.

“Students should be joining the protests at LAX because we have to demonstrate that we will not stand for this Muslim ban. Trump may not care, but Congress and the bureaucracy might,” junior women’s and gender studies major and protest participant, Cass Vitacco, said. “If you can’t protest, I would suggest donating to the American Civil Liberties Union, calling on your representatives to denounce the ban and block Trump’s nominees or joining other students to bring food and water to the protesters and lawyers at Tom Bradley International Terminal.”

Chris Lorenzo, a junior physics major who has been an active member of the protests, said, “President Trump’s actions demonstrate the worst inhumanity through racism and religious prejudice. However, this prejudice has brought forth the best in humanity, made manifest through the protesters coming together from all walks of life and the attorneys working tirelessly from dusk to dawn.”

Taghizadeh has described her reunion with her grandfather as an emotional, sentimental moment. “When I go to Iran [every summer], I feel so safe, people are so warm and loving. After this weekend, seeing [the protestors] from LMU made me love LMU even more. People care.”


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How to Defeat Weaponized Empathy Like You See In This Leftwing Article

Jan 31, 2017

The article relies on “Weaponized Empathy”. It is the primary weapon of the modern Left. Liberal LA Loyolan staffers frequently use it. Indeed, it so completely dominates their tactical thinking that everything else in their arsenal pales in comparison. Defeating this weapon ought to be the foremost on the mind of any opponent of the Progressive Left.
Almost nothing else matters, at this point. Any victory achieved without defeating Weaponized Empathy will be hollow and Pyrrhic. You may succeed in lowering taxes for a time, or passing some military budget items you want. But the Progressive steamroller will go on, slowly, inexorably, swallowing entire civilizations in the old Fabian manner. The war will be lost unless the weapon is destroyed.

What is "Weaponized Empathy"? It is the deliberate hijacking of your own moral standards, your ability to empathize with your fellow man, in order to force you to serve someone else’s narrative. It is, in essence, a highly sophisticated form of guilt-tripping designed to turn you into a slave.

You might consider it an evolution of the Saul Alinsky tactic of forcing the enemy to live up to their own moral standards. But it goes beyond that. It forces an enemy to embrace your moral standards or suffer tremendous peer pressure and socially-engineered “justice” at the whims of the mob.

This article is a practical example of a staffer using it to manipulate you.

The idea, of course, is to manipulate you into supporting certain Progressive immigration policies by showing you the picture of someone’s grandchild, positioned at an airport, to elicit maximum sympathy.

Or it could just as easily be a photo of a dead child refugee lying on a beach face-down. It’s like the TV commercials showing starving African children, covered in maggots and flies. Where the cameraman deliberately engineers the scene for maximum effect.

Donate or join or else you’re a bad person who hates the starving Africans. Support Syrian refugee resettlement in your country, or else you hate grandmothers or like dead children.

The tactic is used for everything from welfare policy, to Social Security disbursement, to immigration and even climate change. Support climate change legislation, or else you want the poor residents of some tropical island to drown. Support Black Lives Matter or else you’re a racist who hates black people.

Meanwhile, of course, they’ll show pictures designed to elicit maximum sympathy for one person, and maximize anger toward another.

And so those who most easily succumb to peer pressure are quickly convinced to become rabid Progressives, because it’s intellectually easier to say “oh, I’m helping” regardless of whether or not you’re actually doing anything constructive. It’s easier to be seen supporting the poor, innocent child over the mean-looking white guy. It takes no particular courage to take the position the media talking heads tell you to, for if anything goes wrong with the narrative, you can always say “well, I was just trying to help.”

"Weaponized Empathy" is everywhere. Healthcare policy is not judged on how efficient it is, or the quality of care provided, or even the cost of that care. It is judged solely on how it helps the poor. If it cost a million dollars per person, per year, but the poor didn’t have to pay the bill, Progressives would deem it great success. Non-Progressives would be pointing out that it’s expensive, the quality of the product was poor, and it was bankrupting the country. The response from the Progressives would be simple. They would pull out a picture of a child on Obamacare, or whatever government program they were promoting.

The picture would be carefully staged for maximum empathy. Perhaps the child would be crying, his face down, covered in carefully-enhanced sores. Maybe photoshop in a little blood and grime. Turn down the lighting a little, just so.

Now, if you oppose Obamacare, you want this poor child to die of plague.

"Weaponized Empathy" isn’t just employed to win easy converts, however. It is also used to mobilize the converted against the unconverted. To use threat of force, of financial ruin, and peer pressure (even within families) to silence the unconverted. To make them afraid to speak. It can even make it permissible to commit violent acts against you.

Everyone has that one relative who guilt trips everyone else in the family. If you don’t do something he wants, you must want him to suffer. A false choice is presented, either obey or you’re a bad person. No other choices are presented.

The key to defeating "Weaponized Empathy" in yourself is understanding that MORE CHOICES EXIST than are presented by the wielder of the weapon. Opposing Obamacare may, for instance, mean you want healthcare to be better for everyone. Saying no to a guilt-tripping relative may be because he is guilt-tripping you, instead of asking for your help with no such strings attached. You may be helping him to become a better person by not allowing him to blatantly manipulate you. Or you could just say “you’re being a [expletive].” That can be remarkably effective (and true), also.

But this, of course, does no good on the world stage. Conservatives have been replying to this weapon with logic and reason for decades, and it never works. The Left almost always succeeds in sculpting the narrative against them. Pictures of poor, bloodied children will circulate on Facebook, and the only alternative to being racist vermin is to admit as many people into the country as the Progressive leaders want.

The answer is to call them out on the lies. To rigorously tear apart their stories. When the picture looks staged, it probably is staged. Point out that the folks manipulating the bodies of dead children for political gain are the worst of the worst sort of human being. When there is a shooting, and the media posts a picture of a darling little child to try and steer blame away from the perp, find and post the picture of the fully-grown criminal-type flipping off the camera. Then call out the the propagandistic lying. After all, what kind of lying so-and-so puts a deliberate, calculated political angle on a tragic death?

Forget what they want you to do. It doesn’t matter what they want, if they are being lying leftists. You don’t need to consider the opinions of liars. What does it matter if they want you to bring in 100,000 Syrians? They are dishonest thugs, using cynically-manipulated pictures of dead kids to do it. Their opinions can be dismissed without moral reservation because of this. Say so, openly, and without fear.

You have the moral high ground, because you’re not a cynical, lying, Neanderthal.

You may have empathy, and may wish to do right by other folks. That is a fine and good thing. A noble trait.

But never allow yourself to be manipulated and deceived into doing the leftist’s bidding. That isn’t doing anybody any good, except the liar. And that’s the end of it.

Charity is supposed to start with truth, not lies.

Repeat it like a mantra, until the Progressives understand that you cannot be guilt-tripped by dishonesty.

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