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I continue to find this sad, pathetic and hilarious

No not Obama’s decision to improve relations with Cuba – that’s pretty par for this president.  If anyone is surprised, you shouldn’t be.   As one person noted, he has to be among the worst negotiators in the world – although Bowe Bergdahl might disagree (btw, what was the finding of that Army investigation?).

Instead I’m talking about this absurdity going on in academia where poor traumatized students expect their professors to delay or cancel their finals because, you know, there’s injustice in the world.  Another way to define “injustice” for these special snowflakes is any decision that goes against the narrative they prefer.

So, we have students demanding that their colleges and universities heed their trauma and give them what they want – delayed exams.

Of course there have been the usual capitulations – Harvard, Columbia.   But not, surprisingly, at liberal Oberlin College.  In fact, when a particular student wrote to a professor to ask that the school do what Harvard and Columbia have done, she got a very short, terse and to the point reply.  One word.  “No.”  I admit, I laughed.

The student then put the email on her Facebook account and issued a “trigger warning”.  No, seriously, a trigger warning.

“TRIGGER WARNING: Violent language regarding an extremely dismissive response from a professor. This is an email exchange I had with my professor this evening. … We are obviously not preaching to the choir. Professors and administration at Oberlin need to be held accountable for their words and actions and have a responsibility to their students.”

Yes, I laughed again.  She’s a Freshman and has decided she runs the place.  You can read her email and the prof’s reply here.

Speaking of “triggers”, this is what’s going on at Harvard in that regard:

Students seem more anxious about classroom discussion, and about approaching the law of sexual violence in particular, than they have ever been in my eight years as a law professor. Student organizations representing women’s interests now routinely advise students that they should not feel pressured to attend or participate in class sessions that focus on the law of sexual violence, and which might therefore be traumatic. These organizations also ask criminal-law teachers to warn their classes that the rape-law unit might “trigger” traumatic memories. Individual students often ask teachers not to include the law of rape on exams for fear that the material would cause them to perform less well. One teacher I know was recently asked by a student not to use the word “violate” in class—as in “Does this conduct violate the law?”—because the word was triggering. Some students have even suggested that rape law should not be taught because of its potential to cause distress.

You know, I thought academia was supposed to prepare students for the real world.  Instead, it appears it is all about letting them build their own fantasy world.  How in the world, given this line of “reasoning”, does someone who is a victim of this sort of crime hope to get competent representation from a bunch of pansies who are afraid to talk about it?

Robby Soave brings it home:

It’s time to admit that appeasing students’ seemingly unlimited senses of personal victimhood entitlement, unenlightened views about public discourse, and thinly-veiled laziness is not merely wrong, but actively dangerous. Colleges are supposed to prepare young people to succeed in the real world; they do students no favors by infantilizing them. But worse than that, by bending over backwards to satisfy the illiberal mob, colleges are doling out diplomas to people who are prepared for neither real life nor their eventual professions. Should medical colleges abdicate their responsibility to instruct students on how to administer a rape kit to a victim, or ask a victim difficult questions about her trauma, because that discussion is triggering to some of the students?

It would be better for professors to instruct students on how to confront their uncomfortable emotions and grow beyond them, but alas, that seems less and less common.

Ya think?!  However, what we have here is a bunch of academics hoist on their own petard.  They helped build this absurd world and now they’re stuck living with their creation.

~McQ

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44 Responses to I continue to find this sad, pathetic and hilarious

  • I keep feeling like I check different websites, but they’re all The Onion.

    • Hell, imagine my confusion. I just discovered I am black.

      I’m 6’4″, and smaller people commonly ask me to help them reach something or other at the store, just like poor MoooOOOooochelle Obama.

      I need to apply for my reparations…

      • Me too. Though at 5′ 10 I probably have to apply for a Hutu membership card rather than the Tutsi Club card.

        As I recall I was wearing a red shirt one time in Target and was asked for help like some common store person (slave).
        Another time I was wearing orange in Home Depot, again, I was degraded and put upon merely because of my colors!
        And on several occasions in my life, like Moochelle, I too have been forced to retrieve items from grocery store shelves!

        The horror or being mistaken for something I wasn’t! Imagine!

        • Or….
          maybe…
          just maybe….

          All those people mistook me for someone who could answer a question or help them.

          Now that really sucks, to think I could help them, the very idea is repulsive!

  • I have reconciled myself to the nasty future – because I have 3 boys competing against these self absorbed and entitled dorks.

    I have no qualms about this.
    I expect to watch my descendents crush their competition, drive them before them, and enjoy the wailing sound of their special snowflake lamentations.

    • The “certified smart people” who will run the regulatory agencies of the future.

      Because they DAMN sure would starve to death in trial work.

      • I’, pretty much expecting them to experience that starving thing under any kind of real adversity.

        Of course when they suffer from 1st world problems that upset their whole lives, like social unrest in a city a thousand miles away, I expect adversity for them will be finding they’ve run out of 2% milk for their cocoa puffs.
        Which will no doubt traumatize the dears so it will require the rest of us to pay off their college loans.

    • That’s overly optimistic, this set of fanatics will plow what ever industry your boys are looking to enter into the ground before they hire on merit rather than identity/allegience.

      • Nah, they’re already in. This is the next wave that they’ll be hiring from.

        Those stories will be entertaining at family gatherings.

  • I’ll bet $100 per chitlin that Scott Erb defaulted to “everybody gets an ‘A'” when the snowflakes began their campaign to wring victim privileges out of their universities. Leftists are idiotic that way.

  • I think more pertinent than Cuba is the Sony debacle.

    But I won’t let that go wihtout saying I predict Obama will have a picture of himself with a Cuban Cigar in the Whitehouse with a gloating expression rubbing into the few remaining non-socialists of the country. And we didn’t have bad relations with Cuba because they were holding a guy, we have bad relations with the Castro Administration because he pointed nuclear missiles at us and he’s still in charge.

    But for Sony, its now open season for foreign entities to attack and harrass US companies without repurcussion. Russia dislikes how much oil America is pumping. Cyber attack US oil companies and personally harrass their leadership, maybe next time Putin suggests US firm dialing back production, they will be more inclined to listen.

    • I think more pertinent than Cuba is the Sony debacle.

      >>>> Why exactly? Our media companies have a long history of bowing to the terrorist mob – the Mohammad cartoons is your exhibit A. I fail to see how this is any different really. In one case media wouldn’t use the cartoons because of implied threats of violence, here our media won’t show the movie because of overt threats of violence.

      Meh.

      Not exactly a game changer. You KNEW Sony was gonna cave, or you weren’t paying attention

      • Well imagine someone routing through your personal information and threatening blackmail and law enforcement just sitting there not even threatening to arrest them let alone seeming impudent to interdict them, of course if they have something worthwile you have no choice but to do their bidding.

        They bowed to the Mohammad cartoons out of Western self loathing / Xenophilia and political correctness. The violence concern was to excuse their desire to self-censor for other reasons.

        And why restrict to just media?

        Anyway there was a time when people cared to guard against external influence it was part and parcel of achieving autonomy from Europe and our Independence.

        So bowing to someone else voluntarily is one thing, taking orders is a whole different level. I guess all the political fighting that’s been fostered achieved its best victory. People loathe themselves or their neighbors so much they’d wouldn’t mind to see someone else take over.

        • The hackers are probably NoKos? Gee, now there’s a huge surprise.

        • Well imagine someone routing through your personal information and threatening blackmail and law enforcement just sitting there not even threatening to arrest them let alone seeming impudent to interdict them, of course if they have something worthwile you have no choice but to do their bidding

          >>>> It’s already been done via the NSA and IRS.

  • She’s a Freshman and has decided she runs the place

    >>>> More to the point, she’s a white girl and her request is just dripping with patronization and condescension for her african-american classmates.

    To the point where they should be offended.

    • Since she probably ‘has many black friends’ who just can’t say these things for themselves.

      You know, what with being busy out there in the cotton and cane fields and all, SOMEONE must speak on their collective behalf because they’re locked in their rude huts between sunset and sunrise every day.

  • As far as Cuba – a failed experiment that we long ago gave up on in Asia. How is Cuba any worse than China or Russia. We trade with Castro’s communist mentors every day and now borrow money from them.
    We’re working on making a ally of the guys who killed 50,000 of our men and women, held McCain in prison and opened re-education camps all across the RVN.

    You want Cuba to become normal, open trade again. The place will change out right out from under the Castros.

    • Nope. It won’t. They aren’t going to become Vietnam. Why the hell should they? The power elite LIKE their status quo, and they have control.

      EVERYBODY in the world is free to trade with them, and that has made absolutely no difference to the misery of the people.

      • Well, everybody but the small country 90 miles to their north.
        Lord knows 47 years of embargo hasn’t deposed the Castro’s.
        Besides they’re out of spare parts for Fidel’s animatronics, you can only do so much with the parts from a 1957 Ford Fairlane.

        Not patting Barack on the back for this, just something we should have moved more towards after the Soviet’s fell.

        • Not patting Barack on the back for this, just something we should have moved more towards after the Soviet’s fell.

          Why?

          Was the embargo intended to depose Castro? Or was it intended to isolate Cu-ber? Or to pressure them to liberalize their police state? Or to limit ingress of Cuban agents into the U.S.?

          After the Soviets cratered, did Cu-ber reform? When did they foreswear their expansion into South America? I missed their recognition of the Black Friday plot. Shooting down civil aviation over international waters?

          Do you really imagine that being able to trade with the U.S. (to the extent they allow that) will be some kind of panacea? Do you figure they drive 50s model cars because nobody makes cars but US…???

          • We deal with China and Putin. May as well deal with Castro

          • Why? On what predicate? Just ‘cuz…???

            Neither are anything like Cuba, which for years could have had American involvement.

            http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2014/12/18/what-part-of-keeping-cuba-isolated-has-not-worked/

          • Well.

            I’m trying to figure out what special hell Castro and the Cubans get to sit in when we’ve managed to forgive the Chinese for crossing the Yalu and killing American troops in Korea & supporting North Vietnam during the ‘police action’ in Vietname and forgiven the North Vietnamese who now run the united Vietnam after we lost 50,000+ folks in a protracted war with them.

            The embargo on Cuba has been about as successful as the ongoing war on drugs.
            Time for a different angle even if Bozo happens to be the one doing it.
            As for Bozo, he has no good intention on this, he’s just looking to poke his finger in the eyes of the Republicans in any way he can. He’s desperately trying to invoke a crisis with Congress.

            Who, at this point, I don’t really give a rat’s ass about, what with my being just a little piss offed at the nearly instant capitulation they made to Obama’s whims after the announcement of the mid-term victory.

          • Bozo will be trying to give away the store, if not encouraging other rogue nations to take US citizens hostage He has no head for strategy. Like Nixon going to China, I would have preferred the next GOP administration to go there, but like Fidel, Raul (who’s been talking normalization for the last 5 years) won’t live forever, either. It’ll be ugly alright, but it’ll be.

          • The embargo on Cuba has been about as successful as the ongoing war on drugs.
            Time for a different angle even if Bozo happens to be the one doing it.

            The first assertion is just stupid. There is nothing to support that nonsense, and there is nothing to support the comparison. Address McCarthy’s points, if you have an argument. That would be a good start.

            The second gets my prior response: WHY? On what predicate? When did the situation change, or “the clock run out”? What’s the imperative, besides “Hope & Change”?

          • “’I’m trying to figure out what exactly the supposed flaw has been in the policy of isolating a brutal regime diplomatically and imposing a trade embargo on it ”

            And since that’s what he’s trying to figure out, I get to say I’m still trying to figure out why the people lamenting the brutal Cuban regime aren’t also lamenting our trade with the brutal Chinese regime for example.

            Do I think Obama is out of his power zone?
            Sure I do. And that happens pretty much every day now since the mid-terms.
            He’s reveling in it and Congress is fuming.
            He’s doing it to provoke them – they should be provoked.
            If all the stuff he’s doing is illegal – they shouldn’t have a very difficult time showing that.
            But they aren’t. No, instead they’re helping him with the ONE power they really have, over the purse.

            “that the United States may and should provide significant aid as long as Cuba, in return, stops terrorizing its citizens, respects basic human and civil rights, respects democratic freedoms, refrains from arming terrorists and insurrectionists, liberalizes its economy, establishes a free press, and lays the groundwork for free and fair elections.”

            Good lord – how many other countries have we supported under these criteria – some of them are even now arming terrorists, insurrectionists, failing to have a free press, not holding free and fair elections, terrorizing their own citizens, failing to respect basic human and civil rights.

            Replace the word Cuba in the above paragraph with Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.
            Of the three countries in my sentence above, which of the three is MORE likely to ultimately become one that will look like the western idea of a free country?

            So why are we so very pissed at Cuba?
            Because we’ve been pissed for 47 years and it’s just easier to stay pissed? or because Obama is violating laws to do things he doesn’t have the authority to do?

            and WHO suffered for our anger and our embargo? Castro? Bwahahahahaha.
            No, the Cubans suffer, Castro doesn’t suffer.
            If our objective was to make the Cuban people suffer, then bravo, it worked.
            If the objective was to make Castro break and change, he didn’t.

            I’m going to assume that we weren’t trying to make the average Cuban suffer, and that means the policy has so far failed.
            That which has been demonstrated.

          • If our objective was to make the Cuban people suffer, then bravo, it worked.
            If the objective was to make Castro break and change, he didn’t.

            You set up two straw-men and knock them down very neatly.

            Can you think of OTHER reasons for maintaining the embargo other than stupid petulance? I suggested a few above, but you might go to the debates on the laws, along with policy statements by an unbroken series of PsOTUS.

            Again, WE have not made anybody “suffer”. Our goal was to liberalize the Cuban police state. NOBODY in the U.S. has stopped ANYBODY internationally from flooding into the vacuum we supposedly have produced in the economy. Why haven’t they?

            Again, WHY are Cubans driving 50s model cars? It CANNOT be because they can’t buy Detroit iron, CAN IT?

            Why are Cuban cities crumbling? Is it because they cannot find concrete on the international market? Is it because they cannot sell cigars and rum on the international market?

            The notion “we” are hurting the Cuban people is just loopy. The notion we are doing anything out of mindless petulance is beneath contempt.

            Castro HASN’T changed, and now you can be assured he won’t. Neither will his successors, because they LIKE where they are, and now they are going to be LESS obliged to change.

            Are YOU going to rush to invest in Cuba? Why haven’t businesses done so before now, like Western business has invested in Vietnam or China? There appears to be some FUNDA-FLUCKING-MENTAL differences, huh?

            So HOW are the Cuban people going to be benefited? Your idea that we’ll now capitalize Cuba out from under Castro is pure moonpony logic.

          • I could be wrong man, but I think a couple days in to any loosening of restrictions makes it just a leetle too soon to say, no?
            I do know 47 years into the Embargo that Castro is still the head honcho and is still on our (S)pecial (H)igh (I)ntensity (T)raining list.

            Speaking of straw men, I didn’t say that our goal was to hurt the Cuban people, I ruled that out to point out our goal was to change Castro’s behavior or remove Castro.
            It is however an irrefutable by-product of our trying to remove Castro and that’s part of the plan. It’s a feature in to embargoes. It’s a deliberate economic pain inflicted to elicit change.
            We’re hoping 1 of 2 things happen – the leader will take pity on his people and stop doing whatever is pissing us off or the people will find a way to remove the leader who pissed us off.

            And whatever we did or didn’t do the other day isn’t going to change jack all for a while to come under the best of circumstances.

            I’m not in love with Fidel, or what Fidel did or does, but if he ain’t dead, his clock sure is running out.

          • You’re just being silly, looker. Fidel is…and has been…irrelevant to American policy for some time. He left. And Raul will be followed when its time. STFW?, so long as the Collective rules via a very effective police state.

            And OF COURSE a LOT of things changed IMMEDIATELY. One being the boot on the neck of the Cuban people just got more weight. The Castros WON.

            Now, since they need a Eastasia, I wonder how PUBLICLY they will back away from all their propaganda blaming their hell-hole on the U.S. I expect not much.

          • The irrelevants won?
            I get it that the Castro’s are the current head(s) of the place and all. But so was Gorbachov, so was Mao.

            Different leaders see things in different ways – take the hack we have in the White House as a prime example.
            I’m not going to lose sleep over the fact that Obama might have done something I agree with.
            Though I know he’ll screw it up, because he doesn’t HAVE a plan beyond messing with Republicans, what actually happens to Cuba will be an after effect of what he’s trying to achieve by making Conservatives/Republicans batshirt crazy here in the US.
            He has less of a plan for Cuba than he had for Libya, if that’s possible.

          • ANOTHER straw man, looker…???

            Nobody said the heads of the Cuban police state were “irrelevant”.

            They certainly are NOT irrelevant. And they won. Or are you NOW claiming they gave Barracula something nobody else sees?

            Hard to understand what you are trying to do here.

  • Then there is this story out of the chairman of the U of Michigan communications department…

    Republicans now, she writes, are focused on the “determined vilification” of others, and have “crafted a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its followers have any legitimacy at all.”

    (Apparently, the irony of this accusation given the content of her own article was lost on her.)

  • As a fairly recent JD (though not a practicing attornet), I’m shocked that the law schools would delay exams for political reasons and, more so, downplay a basic area of criminal law in the classroom. The aspect I liked best about law school was the Socratic method in the classroom and the practical ethic of the profession that encouraged students have robust discussions that intersected law, policy, and theory with an eye towards real-world application.

    At the same time, keep in mind that not all JDs practice. A significant minority of law students intend to be full-time professional activists of some kind after they graduate.

  • While the press speculated what could receive Uruguay in exchange for hosting a half dozen terrorism suspects detained in a jail that represents a headache for President Barack Obama, who seeks to fulfill his promise to close it done at the beginning of his administration This Friday Mujica revealed what the “ballot”.

    “We said we would ask something,” Mujica said in his radio address President Speaks. “We do this for money or material things, but we have no qualms in saying that you please ask the US government to make it possible for those two or three Cuban prisoners that many years ago that are there, they find a way to free them, because that is also a disgrace. ”

    Mujica concerns five Cuban agents arrested in 1998 and convicted of espionage in Florida, and considered in the island “anti-terrorist heroes”, of which three are still in prison.

    He also said that “were already 18 countries who have given their similar collaborations to help end this disgrace and you are 89 prisoners who have gone or are going to Guantanamo.”

    Obama has gotten Castro to pimp out his Gitmo prisoners

    • (CNN) — The Obama administration hopes to transfer dozens of detainees from Guantanamo Bay in the next six months as part of a stepped-up effort to reduce the population there, according to a U.S. official.

      As many as five detainees are expected to be moved from the detention facility in the next few days, with several more transfers anticipated in early 2015, the official said on condition of anonymity.
      Photos: Inside Guantanamo Bay Photos: Inside Guantanamo Bay

      The news comes less than a week after the United States announced it had repatriated four detainees from Guantanamo to Afghanistan, leaving 132 detainees at the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba.

  • I haven’t checked in on what you all are doing in a long time, but – geez, this is the first I heard about people wanting to postpone finals! At my working class public liberal arts college no student even thought to ask for such a thing, nor would they have received it. You may denigrate the fact I work at a small relatively unknown (though ranked high – Kiplinger’s had as the 79th best value) rural college but — at least we don’t give in to the crap Harvard and Columbia do! They get students with a sense of entitlement – rich, used to getting what they want, paying lots of money. My students are often first generation, hard workers, thrilled for a chance at an education. My goal is to teach them initiative, personal responsibility, and the fact that if they are in college, they are in control of their destiny. If they succeed or fail is up to the choices they make.

    • I haven’t checked in on what you all are doing in a long time, but – geez, this is the first I heard about people wanting to postpone finals! Which certainly doesn’t mean I’m completely clueless about current events in Ferguson or New York, so don’t start. Or that I’m so immersed in leftist media that I have to come here to find all this out.

      Nope, it just means I’m busy doing my life’s work, as I have explained over at my blog. Which isn’t either just fifth-rate imitation of Deepak Chopra bullshit on quantum spirituality and musings on the nature of Shroedinger’s Pussy. Stop saying that.

      Though I will mention some of my excellent blogging on behalf of Pussy Riot a few years back, which I totally didn’t do just because I have this fetish about the word pussy. And I’m not either obsessed with getting some from younger women, and certainly not from the nubile students who I escort to Italy every year. There’s nothing the least bit dodgy or creepy in a nerdy middle-aged man escorting a gaggle of nubile females year after year. It’s just a wonderful educational trip. With nude frescoes that I make sure we visit every year. {giggle}

      At my working class public liberal arts college no student even thought to ask for any exam delays, nor would they have received it. Well, actually I don’t know if they would have received it or not, because the rest of the faculty in political science is pretty far left, especially my female colleague who focuses on gender issues and opened my eyes to the necessity for producing gender-neutral children. But I don’t think they would have gotten a delay, and if they end up trying it next time around and getting a delay, well, it doesn’t mean I was wrong. It just means everything is connected in the quantum way and sometimes that means that I find a different truth at a later point in time.

      You may denigrate the fact I work at a small relatively unknown (though ranked high – Kiplinger’s had as the 79th best value for kids with low SAT scores) moose college but — at least we don’t give in to the crap Harvard and Columbia do! Well, yet.

      No, I’d much rather be here than Harvard. Really. Stop laughing. And it’s not either because this is about as far from reality as I could flee after failing at every real job I ever had, including the one where I stole pizzas. Or that my chances of getting a high profile teaching position are about the same as my chances of getting a threesome with nubile females on my annual Italy trip.

      Nope, I love it here, and the students really appreciate my brilliant teaching as I mold young minds to make sure your thinking is being left behind as I’ve said so many times before. And the election results don’t mean I’m wrong about that either, and just because my Senate election prediction was wrong by seven seats even though I’m supposedly a professional political scientist is beside the point. I’ve patiently explained what really happened to my students, and they nod and smile, so I know I’m completely getting through to them.

      Those other schools get students with a sense of entitlement – rich, used to getting what they want, paying lots of money. And with very high SAT scores, which I find off-putting. Those smarties just think they know everything. My students are often first generation, hard workers, thrilled for a chance at an education. Especially because the local public schools barely teach them to sign their name. My goal is to teach them initiative and personal responsibility. And shut up about how that’s their parents’ job. Heck, lots of them have parents who vote Republican, so clearly they can’t learn anything from them.

      I also teach the fact that if they are in college, they are in control of their destiny. If they succeed or fail is up to the choices they make. And as long as their choice is to learn how to be wise pragmatic moderate leftists like me, they’ll succeed with absolutely no problems.

      They’ll understand how they need to fight dense righties like you, who are sterile, inbred climate deniers that want to hurt my gender-neutral kids. They’ll learn the magic of post-modern redefinition and quantum spirituality, so they can go through life blissfully assured that they are always right and can handwave away anything that says they’re not.

      And, of course, they’ll learn how to deal with the inevitable giant magenta caterpillars with Sarah Palin’s face and ample bosom, who are spreading out of control due to climate change. Even the blue pills are not helping much these days. Only my Obamacok 2.0 oral therapy device with squirting action seems to help me deal with them. Obamadungalumpabom. {squirt} Hmmmm.

      • Beautiful…!!!

        If only you had managed to work in “anachronistic” it would have been flawless!

    • “At my working class public liberal arts college…”

      Wow, you are out of touch. The correct terminology is now “middle class”, not “working class”. The new working class cannot vote (legally anyway) as they are mostly illegal aliens doing jobs Americans won’t do. Therefore they are irrelevant.

  • http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/395217/keynesian-reality-check-doom-and-gloom-sequester-never-came-pass-veronique-de-rugy

    My students are often first generation, hard workers, thrilled for a chance at an education.

    Just think how disappointed they are when they realize what they got from you.

    Better to have learned directional drilling technology, and read for their own education.