Here is your Morning Brief for February 11, 2015.

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Everyone is Offended These Days

Another fraternity is in trouble, this time at The University of Texas. According to the Austin American Statesman, the frat is under investigation for a border patrol themed party.

“This event is obviously not representative of our university values,” said Erica Saenz, UT’s associate vice president of diversity and community engagement. “The extent to which this will be deemed offensive has yet to be determined.”

At issue is a Saturday night party hosted by Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji. UT’s student newspaper, the Daily Texan, reported that attendees wore ponchos, sombreros, camouflage Army-style clothing and reflective vests. The bar was painted to resemble a Mexican flag with the shape of Texas in the middle.

The fraternity’s president told the Texan that the theme was Western, “not south of the border or anything Mexican-related. It was our intention to monitor and enforce this policy to the best of our ability.”

Saenz said the university has begun two parallel reviews — one by the Division of Student Affairs that could lead to sanctions and one by the Campus Climate Response Team, a panel formed in 2012 that responds to and reports on incidents of bias.

Of course no one was forced to go to the party but still someone was offended. Offended by a theme party. Can't we all just grow up and stop being offended by everything? There are people who go through the day everyday just wanting to be offended by something.

At UT, college students and the liberal left are offended by so much, they actually created the Campus Climate Response Team. This "team" encourages students to turn in other students and groups that offend people. According to the Statesman, this group released a report Monday detailing acts of bias.

Coincidentally, the response team released a report Monday for the 2013-14 academic year. During that period, it received 670 reports complaining about 69 incidents of bias.

Of those reports, 572 complaints involved one case: a plan, which the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas canceled under pressure, to present $25 gift cards to people who “caught” volunteers walking around campus wearing “illegal immigrant” labels.

Twenty-five reports complained about an “affirmative action bake sale” in which the Young Conservatives charged different prices based on the buyer’s race, ethnicity and gender to underscore the group’s opposition to affirmative action.

While the border theme party may not have been the most politically correct party to have, it is still just a party. No one was hurt and no one was forced to go. What is worse is that UT thinks they have to have a lefty thought police group monitor what students do. Give me a break.

War Authorization

According to Bloomberg, President Obama is asking for war authorization that would include a limited amount of group troops.

In advance of the release, top White House and State Department officials have been briefing lawmakers and Congressional staffers about their proposed legislation. Two senior Congressional aides relayed the details to me.

The president’s AUMF for the fight against Islamic State would restrict the use of ground troops through a prohibition on “enduring offensive ground operations," but provide several exemptions. First, all existing ground troops, including the 3,000 U.S. military personnel now on the ground in Iraq, would be explicitly excluded from the restrictions. After that, the president would be allowed to deploy new military personnel in several specific roles: advisers, special operations forces, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers to assist U.S. air strikes and Combat Search and Rescue personnel.

Under the president’s proposal, the 2002 AUMF that was passed to authorize the Iraq war would be repealed, but the 2001 AUMF that allows the U.S. to fight against al-Qaeda and its associated groups would remain in place.

The new statute would authorize military action against Islamic State and its associated forces, which are defined in the text as organizations fighting alongside the jihadists and engaged in active hostilities. This means the president would be free to attack groups such as the al-Nusra Front or Iraqi Baathist elements who have partnered with the Islamic terrorists in Syria or Iraq. There are no geographic limitations, so the administration would be free to expand the war to other countries.

Thoughts?

Other Must Read Links:

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Chuck Todd on Obama’s Foreign Policy 

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