Tag: Campus

The ‘Dear Colleague’ Impeachment


Looking at the rules and procedures the Democrats have proposed for the running of their impeachment efforts, one is reminded that its various features are very similar to another set of adjudication processes designed, implemented, and vigorously promoted by progressives as affirmatively better than what is required by the Bill of Rights.

I’m referring to the Title IX compliance requirements Obama’s Department of Education established for the nation’s colleges and universities via its infamous 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter for adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Proletariat Is Getting Counter-Revolutionary


This piece in the Atlantic is a very good read. Reed College, in Portland, OR, has endured 13 months of outrage over Humanities 110, the college’s signature humanities course. In the course, students are trained to engage in critical reading of various ancient works from the perspective of different disciplines. A group of snowflakes formed themselves into “Reedies against Racism” in response to a call to protest police violence against blacks. Of the list of demands, one was reforming Hum 110.

But for RAR, Hum 110 is all about oppression. “We believe that the first lesson that freshmen should learn about Hum 110 is that it perpetuates white supremacy—by centering ‘whiteness’ as the only required class at Reed,” according to a RAR statement delivered to all new freshmen. The texts that make up the Hum 110 syllabus—from the ancient Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt regions—are “Eurocentric,” “Caucasoid,” and thus “oppressive,” RAR leaders have stated. Hum 110 “feels like a cruel test for students of color,” one leader remarked on public radio. “It traumatized my peers.”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly stunned to see liberal California Gov. Jerry Brown veto bills from his even more liberal legislature, including one that guts due process for those accused of sexual assault on college campuses and another that would ban morals clauses for employees of religious institutions.  They also throw up their hands over reports that the FBI spent years documenting Russia’s shady but successful efforts to steer U.S. nuclear policy and uranium deals its way during the Obama years  – but never made any of it public until now.  And they get a kick out of the Republican congressional candidate in Florida who claims to have been abducted by aliens and communicated with them telepathically several times since.

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Greg Gutfeld moved to retire the word “snowflake” this week on The Five, suggesting that some conservatives were themselves becoming snowflakes.  I have succumbed to trolling on the left of so-called snowflake behavior on the right, mashing my keyboard in frustration of the equating of the snowflakery of the Left with what many were calling […]

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YAF at Brandeis: Dinesh D’Souza


This is a report I wrote on the talk that Dinesh D’Souza gave at my school last night, even though you can watch the whole thing here .

In the beginning, the Assistant Dean of Students somewhat awkwardly read a speech about how it is a good thing to have this event on campus, and then she pointed out that if people wanted to be loud, they could go to the convenient protest area behind the actual lecture hall, which got some laughs. (I’m sorry if you were hoping for drama in the piece, but spoilers: There was no trouble, and to be honest I didn’t expect any. D’Souza, who also spoke at Brandeis ten years ago, expressed surprise about this at the end.)

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I was talking online with a law student who graduated from my school last year and who was lecturing her Facebook friends on the true meaning of safe spaces. She said that a safe space is merely a place where one is not allowed to be violent, use slurs, or shut down other people’s opinions, […]

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A New College President’s First Address


shutterstock_261537968In a previous message, An Open Letter to Concerned Student 1950, I offered some comments about student protesters at Missouri’s flagship university, suggesting that in some academic hideaway, there might be a leader who wouldn’t put up with their rebellious ways. I signed the message, “A Concerned American, from a few generations in the past.”

However, let us suppose that such a person did magically show up, say, as a newly appointed interim-president charged with the task of dealing with contumacious crowds bent on taking over the university. As a public service, I offer the following comments for this individual’s first address to fellow administrators, faculty, and students:

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

Ezra Klein’s Open Contempt for the Rule of Law


Sometimes, you don’t even have to scratch a liberal in order to find their inner totalitarian. Ezra Klein wants the world to know just how much contempt he has for the rule of law in his most recent piece on California’s new affirmative consent law.

For several paragraphs, Klein insures the reader fully understands that he enters his support for capricious and non-uniform regulation of sex with his eyes wide open to the consequences.

Best Way to Fight “Rape Culture” Hysteria? Embrace It


shutterstock_72451933Reason has an article about California Governor Jerry Brown signing a bill mandating that colleges police their students’ sex lives. In addition to instituting some awful concepts of due process, the law calls for students to refrain from sexual activity until their partners give “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement… [which] must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.” He opines:

Some congrats are in order, I suppose? To collectivist feminists, doomsayers of the “rape is an ever-worsening epidemic” variety, and other puritans: Your so-called progressivism has restored Victorian Era prudishness to its former place as a guiding moral compass. Well done, liberals.

“Hmm,” I sez to myself. “Isn’t Victorial Era prudishness precisely the thing that social conservatives seem to want?”