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“The pomposity and arrogance of these children (of the corn?) is just amazing”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 11:50am
https://www.flickr.com/photos/raphaelmazor/3007730406/

Whether it’s Trigger Warnings, disinviting campus speakers, or the

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Redistribution masquerading as reparations

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
http://www.msnbc.com/melissa-harris-perry/watch/the-unjust-nature-of-us-racial-caste-system-265110595694

We previously addressed The dead-end Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ backwards looking road to nowhere:

Coates never gives the answer as to who gets what and how.

And that’s ultimately the problem with reparations arguments that are not based upon...

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Forecast: Cloudy, with a certainty of Zero Tolerance Insanity

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:08am
http://youtu.be/5cb_ozPusRg

Here we go again.

Add this to the very long list of zero tolerance insanity:

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The dead-end Case for Reparations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:55pm
https://vimeo.com/96085302

The 15,000+ word essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic, The Case for Reparations, is getting completely predictable reactions.

It’s looooong, which gives it a perceived weight which just is not there.  

In fact, there’s not much new there, except for historical anecdotes shedding detail but not light on what we already knew to be the history of slavery, segregation and discrimination:

… the crime with which reparations activists charge the country implicates more than just a few towns or corporations. The crime indicts the American people themselves, at every level, and in nearly every configuration. A crime that implicates the entire American people deserves its hearing in the legislative body that represents them.

…. No one can know what would come out of such a debate. Perhaps no number can fully capture the multi-century plunder of black people in America. Perhaps the number is so large that it can’t be imagined, let alone calculated and dispensed. But I believe that wrestling publicly with these questions matters as much as—if not more than—the specific answers that might be produced. An America that asks what it owes its most vulnerable citizens is improved and humane. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future. More important than any single check cut to any African American, the payment of reparations would represent America’s maturation out of the childhood myth of its innocence into a wisdom worthy of its founders.

Coates never gives the answer as to who gets what and how.

And that’s ultimately the problem with reparations arguments that are not based upon the people causing the harm paying the people directly harmed by specific conduct soon after the conduct is remedied.

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“I believe in truth even when it offends people’s sensibilities”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11:07am
http://youtu.be/P5oLXb9FtLA

We previously covered the revocation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s invitation to be the Commencement speaker at Brandeis University as part of a larger effort to brand the defense of women’s rights in the Muslim world as “Islamophobic”:

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(Trigger Warning) You commencement disinviters are immature brats

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 19, 2014 at 10:02am
http://youtu.be/alPu6hFj0Zk

That’s a rough paraphrase of the Commencement address at Haverford College yesterday, via The Blaze:

After more than 40 Haverford College students and three professors protested an invitation...

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Warning, this post may “Trigger” you to think

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 10:34am
Wellesly College Statue Man In Underwear

The fragile college student mind is getting more fragile by the day.

As if the normal run of political correctness were not enough, we now have “Trigger Warnings” — the notion that students need to be warned that the material they are about to read in class may “trigger” emotional upset.

The concept...

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“Shut Up culture” takes on dissent over campus “rape culture”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 21, 2014 at 1:00pm
Cornell campus aerial view towards Cayuga Lake

Last week we featured Mark Steyn’s column about forced intellectual conformity on campus:

Universities are no longer institutions of inquiry but ‘safe spaces’ where delicate flowers of diversity of race, sex, orientation, ‘gender fluidity’ and everything else except diversity of thought have to be protected from exposure to any unsafe ideas….

As American...

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The wheels of conformity turn slowly, but finely do they grind

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:30am
http://youtu.be/VUYqvnrhveg

From Mark Steyn, The slow death of free speech – Must we celebrate diversity by enforcing conformity?

What all the above stories have in common, whether nominally about Israel, gay marriage, climate change, Islam, or even freedom of the press, is that one side has cheerfully swapped that apocryphal Voltaire quote about...

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s almost Brandeis speech

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:30am
http://youtu.be/6vrEZI5zCDk

Below is an excerpt of the speech Ayaan Hirsi Ali would have delivered at Brandeis had her invitation to receive an honorary degree not been revoked.  Our prior coverage:

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 5:25pm
http://youtu.be/6vrEZI5zCDk

I’ve been thinking about what to say regarding the decision of Brandeis University to withdraw an invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali for an Honorary Degree.

It comes on the heels of attempts to keep The Honor Diaries off campus, The silence of Western feminists is deafening.

I think I’ll just quote part of...

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Dartmouth grievance list designed to ensure MLK Jr.’s dream never comes true

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2:37pm
http://youtu.be/bJ8roHIQAhs

When I saw this segment on The O’Reilly Factor about student grievances at Dartmouth, I thought is was just more of the same.

Then I read the List (h/t The Other McCain).

Wow.

Read it for yourself at the...

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So, was evisceration of Brendan Eich “a PR stunt … nothing but a PR stunt”?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:25pm
OKCupid Logo

A narrative is emerging that the entire Brendan Eich evisceration campaign was a public relations stunt by OKCupid.   That narrative is emerging from the left, based on facts uncovered by the right.

Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller was the first to report that the founder...

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13-year old boy suspended for twirling pencil in “gun motion” manner

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11:25am
http://newjersey.news12.com/news/vernon-teen-ethan-chaplin-suspended-from-school-for-pencil-gesture-1.7613736

Add this to the very long list of zero tolerance insanity:

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Quick word association: Bossy = [fill in potential presidential candidate name]

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 3:31pm
Ban Bossy

Yeah, me too.

Donald Trump.

But I don’t think that’s what the Ban Bossy campaign is about.

The #BanBossy movement pretends to protect little girls from the humiliation of being called “bossy,” and thereby will empower a generation of strong, powerful female leaders (so long as you don’t call them bossy, because that would...

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California Seeks to Redefine Consensual Campus Sex as Rape

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8:30am
http://youtu.be/QwQmYSASlXo

How does classifying most consensual sex as rape help rape victims?

As a lawyer who has handled rape and sexual harassment cases, I can’t imagine how. But this radical result is what some want to happen in California.

In endorsing a bill in the California legislature that would require “affirmative consent” before sex...

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“To see this as a microaggression… is the microaggression”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 9:46am
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/free-speech-on-campus-under-attack/3237801126001

In my post, Microaggression Mania: McGill U. student leader apologizes for .gif of Obama kicking open door, I noted how student leader Brian Farnan was mandated to issue an apology for sending a GIF taken from a Jay Leno parody of Obama kicking open a door at the end of a...

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