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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:50am

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William Jacobson at Ithaca College Case for Israel Academic Freedom w Hillel students

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Branco Cartoon – Please Stop Helping

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3:30pm
Godzilla is Govzilla

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Dorm storming at NYU targets Jewish students

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:32pm

Mock eviction notices slid under doors in dorm known to have high concentration of Jewish students, including only “Shabbat elevator”

NYU SJP Mock Eviction Notice cropped

“Dorm Storming” is a tactic used by anti-Israel activists at many campuses to slide mock eviction notices under student bedroom doors in the middle of the night, allegedly to let students know how Palestinians feel when served with eviction notices prior to demolition of their homes. The content of the flyers, including the frequency, number, and practice of such pre-demolition eviction notices is disputed, but that’s somewhat besides the point.

Students for Justice in Palestine frequently is the perpetrator of these dorm stormings, as happened at Northeastern University recently, resulting in SJP’s suspension.

The point of sliding political flyers under dorm doors, rather than handing them out on the street as students enter and exit, is to intimidate students in their most vulnerable place, their bedroom, and at their most vulnerable time, while they sleep. That is why many if not most universities ban the practice.

Universities have a legitimate interest in protecting student privacy in their homes (dorms) and bedrooms (dorm rooms).

Assuming the constitutional right to free speech applied to private college campuses as in public spaces, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld ordinances protecting homeowners against unapproved intrusions.  Rowan v. U.S. Post Office Dept., 397 U.S. 728, 738 (1970)(“We therefore categorically reject the argument that a vendor has a right under the Constitution or otherwise to send unwanted material into the home of another…. That we are often ‘captives’ outside the sanctuary of the home and subject to objectionable speech and other sound does not mean we must be captives everywhere.”)

The latest dorm storming was at Palladium Hall at New York University early this morning, before students awoke, as reported by NYU student Laura Adkins at The Times of Israel.  (added) According to an email forwarded to me, such dorm storming would violated Palladium policy: “All people/clubs must have their flyers approved for posting at the Palladium RC. No flyers are permitted to be slid under apartment doors.” 

An important point, Adkins makes, is that Palladium Hall is known on campus for having a high concentration of Jewish students to the extent that it is the only dorm with a Shabbat elevator (which runs automatically during the Sabbath, so religious Jewish students do not have to press the buttons to go to and from their dorm rooms):

On the morning of April 24th, 2014, Jewish students that live in the Palladium residence hall of New York University (NYU) awoke to quite a shock. Slinking quietly...

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IRS Rewards Agency Scofflaws

Posted by  ▪  April 24, 2014
It's the bureaucracy, stupid, and not just at the IRS
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Palestinian Prisoner Release Celebration Mahmoud Abbas

Don’t Blame Bibi

Posted by  ▪  April 24, 2014
"They’re still allowing Abbas to make fools of them, as they wait for the Palestinian Godot, who will never show up."
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Piketty on income inequality

Posted by  ▪  April 24, 2014
Taking away the bulk of the rich’s money will fix income inequality, according to French economist Thomas Piketty: Piketty’s terror at rising inequality is an important data point for the reader. It has perhaps influenced his judgment and his tendentious
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Female Democratic candidate charges War on Women … by Democratic machine

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
Marisa DeFranco alleges "Democratic machine has lost all credibility on the so-called War on Women" after DCCC omits her from poll in MA-06
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This Senate ad could be titled “There But For Fortune”

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
But it's actually titled "Trust"
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U.S. troops arrive in Poland for exercises amid Ukraine crisis

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
U.S. Army paratroopers began arriving in Poland on Wednesday for what will be a series of military exercises to occur in four countries across Eastern Europe as the crisis in Ukraine continues. From CNN: A contingent of U.S. Army paratroopers arrived
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Terry Lynn Land

Silence is golden for Republican Senate candidate’s pushback to “War on Women” meme

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
About that GOP war on women... Republican Terri Lynn Land has few words to say to her male opponent
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Obama Achieves Peace In Middle East … Between Fatah and Hamas

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
After Months of Shuttle Diplomacy John Kerry Delivers a Peace Agreement -- but not the one he intended
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Lindsey Graham FoxNews Sunday Gang of 8 bill

Are reports of the death of a viable challenge to Lindsey Graham grossly exaggerated?

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
A runoff is the wild card.
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The most vicious attack on Hillary

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
Yikes: "Hillary White Power Clinton"
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Bumper Stickers - Radford VA - Moonbat

Patient, heal thyself

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
Reader Tugboat Phil spotted this in a patient parking spot. Professor, I took my wife for a Doctor’s appointment this afternoon and saw this gem in Patient Parking. We have a special breed of moonbat in this part of Virginia.
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Northeastern SJP Protest Long Live Intifada Sign

Northeastern Univ allows probationary reinstatement of anti-Israel group

Posted by  ▪  April 22, 2014
Students for Justice in Palestine reinstated on probation for the fall semester, after agreeing to modify its conduct
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