This time, Claremont Institute. I want you to read four articles.
Dean Mary Spellman at Claremont McKenna stepped down after she sparked a campus protest and hunger strikes by two students this week over her email to a Latina student saying she would work to serve those who “don’t fit our CMC mold.”
Spellman later apologized, but her remarks appeared to be a tipping point for students who have pressed the campus for months for greater diversity among faculty and staff and more funding for multicultural services.
Apparently “mold” is a trigger word. She was addressing a student who wrote a guest editorial in the student newspaper. The email?
Oh, my Lord. She must not have been thinking. “Our CMC mold”, anyone knows that means … white people, right?
BANG! Off with her head (for what should at best have been considered an email attempting to help, but possibly poorly worded and needing a bit of an explanation)!
And, as you can tell, they figuratively got her head. Of course, the LA Times does its best to give the student complaints credibility.
OK, second article from the college itself, the Claremont Independent:
At the demonstration, students vocalized their demands, emphasizing that they want everything done on their own terms. “We don’t want a center for free speech meant to educate white students,” one protestor asserted. “We want a center that supports marginalized students first and foremost.” When students demanded that President Chodosh commit to giving them a temporary and eventually permanent space on campus, he initially said that he could not commit to a temporary space, but is working on a permanent space at this time. But after about 5 minutes of students speaking out against him, President Chodosh said he would love to transform the Hub, CMC’s student food store and central lounge, to provide them with a temporary space. In a swift, executive decision, CMC Student Body President Will Su dedicated part of the student government office as a temporary space, ordering the administration to give these students a permanent space immediately.
“To the administration as a whole, we require greater diversity in our faculty and staff,” stated the protest leader. “The need for such programs to educate the student body is eminent [sic] by the numerous microaggressions felt by students of color.” Students of color called out racially-insensitive professors for making them feel unsafe. “We want mandatory and periodic racial sensitivity trainings for all professors,” one protestor stated. “How are students supposed to learn in the classroom when they don’t even feel safe? When their own professors, someone who is supposed to be a mentor to them, a teacher, doesn’t even respect their identities? We want more diverse course offerings for critical race theory, community engagement, and social justice issues.”
In other words, this isn’t about learning diversity, this is about cookie-cutter Social Justice Warrior learning. And they want the student body as a whole to have to endure these offerings as well. This isn’t about diversity, this is about control. And it’s about control of the orthodoxy and who gets to decide its direction. A little reminiscent of the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, no? Certainly a branch of the same tree.
The third is from the Daily Beast which includes this:
A black male student emerged from the crowd and went to the center, saying, “It’s literally your jobs to take care of us when we don’t feel safe on this campus.”
Amazing, no? Still thumb sucking adolescents engaged in throwing a tantrum because they’re apparently afraid of … words and ideas they don’t like. Or “mean people”. Or … something.
These people are our hope for the future?
Well, not really. The wheels will come off this little parade when it heads into the real world.
But all is not lost. There was this, also from the Claremont Independent, entitled “We Dissent”. And they tell it like it is. A snippet:
First, former Dean Mary Spellman. We are sorry that your career had to end this way, as the email in contention was a clear case of good intentions being overlooked because of poor phrasing. However, we are disappointed in you as well. We are disappointed that you allowed a group of angry students to bully you into resignation. We are disappointed that you taught Claremont students that reacting with emotion and anger will force the administration to act. We are disappointed that when two students chose to go on a hunger strike until you resigned, you didn’t simply say, “so what?” If they want to starve themselves, that’s fine—you don’t owe them your job. We are disappointed that you and President Chodosh put up with students yelling and swearing at you for an hour. You could have made this a productive dialogue, but instead you humored the students and allowed them to get caught up in the furor.
Above all, we are disappointed that you and President Chodosh weren’t brave enough to come to the defense of a student who was told she was “derailing” because her opinions regarding racism didn’t align with those of the mob around her. Nor were you brave enough to point out that these protesters were perfectly happy to use this student to further their own agenda, but turned on her as soon as they realized she wasn’t supporting their narrative. These protesters were asking you to protect your students, but you didn’t even defend the one who needed to be protected right in front of you.
And there’s much, much more … hitting every nail visible right on the head.
Enjoy your weekend. This too shall pass. But it is incredibly entertaining and certainly indicates how the left can manage to consume itself because, for the most part, the utopia it is trying to build and human nature just don’t get along at all. And, of course, that means that their only resort is to apply totalitarianism in dealing with others.
And the copy cat outrage spreads. You know, because racism!
Students at Ithaca College have started to protest the college president days after University of Missouri students successfully got their president to step down.
The protest was organized by the group People of Color at Ithaca College to express their concerns about racism on campus. They called for a vote of no confidence against Ithaca President Tom Rochon, as well as for Rochon to step down.
During the protests earlier today, The Ithaca Journal reports, one student asked, “How can a campus dedicated to preparing us for the real world not actively foster growth to our consciousness of oppression and privilege?”
There was a die-in and a silent demonstration amid the day of protests, all to get administrators to take their concerns seriously.
No mention of their concerns or their legitimacy, but hey, Mizzu’s weren’t legitimate and look how that turned out. As one person wrote, no one claims to have seen the “poopswastica” supposedly found on a bathroom wall in a day and time when students take pictures and videos of themselves clipping their fingernails. But somehow the phantom swastica wasn’t recorded (Nor has anyone come forward to claim to have seen it).
So if that worked for Mizzu, why not Ithaca? After all, racial claims carry weight, just because … or at least they used too. Until too many incidents were proven to be the work of minorities themselves. But hey, if you’re a college student, you’re sure you know what racism is and you’ve been assured by the “victims” that it exists everywhere. Therefore its as credible an excuse as any to get rid of a president.
Yup … the inmates are running the asylum.
Of course the irony and the humor is to be found in the fact that these little islands of insanity are the product of the professors and administration.
And then there is Yale. A little “self-criticism”, a feature of another era, or so we thought. How dare he question PC orthodoxy?!
“I have disappointed you and I’m really sorry,” Nicholas Christakis told about 100 students gathered in his living room on Sunday for a meeting also attended by Jonathan Holloway, the dean of Yale College, and other university administrators. Christakis said his encounter on Thursday with students in the college’s courtyard, in which numerous black women upbraided him for being inattentive to them, broke his heart, according to a voice recording of the conversation provided to The Washington Post.
“I mean it just broke my heart,” Christakis said. “I thought that I had some credibility with you, you know? I care so much about the same issues you care about. I’ve spent my life taking care of these issues of injustice, of poverty, of racism. I have the same beliefs that you do … I’m genuinely sorry, and to have disappointed you. I’ve disappointed myself.”
They don’t even realize where they’re headed.
And they’re supposed to be the “smart ones”.
Kevin Williamson drops the hammer on the whole bunch:
On Friday, I was honored to be a guest of the William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale, where I participated in a panel on freedom of speech with the wonderful writer Harry Stein and Professor Bradley A. Smith, a noted law scholar. The Yale kids did their screaming best to prevent us from having a conversation about free speech — the Yale kids are utterly immune to irony — but the event went much as planned. Coming and going, we were chanted at by idiot children screaming, “Genocide is not a joke!” . . .
If you’re wondering about the genocide thing, so were we. . . . The idiot children were screaming about Lukianoff because he said they were overreacting to Christakis’s criticism that they tend to scream and overreact. Well played, idiot children.
Of course, these idiot children aren’t children. These are young adults who can serve in the military, get married, buy firearms, drink alcohol, etc. They are at the beginning years of adult life, but they are entirely unprepared for adult life. . . .
As for me, I think that they’re clowns, and worse than that, really: They’re bad citizens, and defective people from defective families. They aren’t motivated by good will, but by fear: of the dawning realization that they, as people, aren’t really all that important, despite having been told all their lives how important they are.
We’re all real sorry about your safe spaces and your pacifier and your stuffed puppy, Caitlyn. Really we are. Yet the perpetual revolution of configured stars continues in its indifference, and the lot of man is ceaseless labor, and though you may find the thought terrifying — and thinking itself terrifying — it may turn out to be the case that the screaming in the dark you do on campus is more or less the same screaming in the dark you did in the crib, the same howl for the same reason.
Call ’em what they are – “idiot children”. And I mean “idiot” in the literal, though not PC, sense.
I’m still at a loss as to what these people think they’re going to face in the real world after they leave the realm of PC utopia.
Get a trophy, I guess.
How out of hand is SJW nonsense? See the University of Missouri:
The student protest at the University of Missouri began as a response to a serious problem — outbursts of vile racism on campus — and quickly devolved into an expression of a renewed left-wing hostility to freedom of expression. At the protest on Missouri’s campus yesterday, on a space that is expressly open to free expression, protesters barred journalists from covering the demonstrations. In one scene, protesters surrounded and harassed Tim Tai, a photographer with the student newspaper, chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, journalists have got to go.” The scene is captured on a video here, which rewards close watching until the end, where Melissa Click, a professor of mass media working with the protest movement, calls out, “Help me get this reporter out of here. I need some muscle over here.”
It is possible — and, for many sympathizers on the left, convenient — to dismiss these sorts of incidents as just so much college high jinks. “College students have been saying stupid things since the invention of college students,” argues Daniel Drezner, in a passage that attracted widespread support on the left. It is probably true that a strange and sudden new hypersensitivity among young people has produced a widespread expectation of a right to be protected from offense. It is also undeniably true that outbursts of political correctness disproportionately take place in campus settings. In recent weeks, UCLA, Wesleyan, and Yale have seen left-wing student activism aimed at shutting down the expression of contrary viewpoints.
Even if it were the case that political correctness was totally confined to campuses, it would not make the phenomenon unimportant. Colleges have disproportionate influence over intellectual life, and political movements centered on campuses can spread well beyond them (anti-Vietnam began as a bunch of wacky kids, too). But to imagine p.c. as simply a thing college kids do relieves us of taking it seriously as a coherent set of beliefs, which it very much is. Political correctness is a system of thought that denies the legitimacy of political pluralism on issues of race and gender. It manifests itself most prominently in campus settings not because it’s a passing phase, like acne, but because the academy is one of the few bastions of American life where the p.c. left can muster the strength to impose its political hegemony upon others. The phenomenon also exists in other nonacademic left-wing communities, many of them virtual ones centered on social media, and its defenders include professional left-wing intellectuals.
Now that you’ve read the three paragraphs, can you imagine who wrote them? National Review, perhaps?
Nope … Jonathan Chait. If you think the above is surprising, how about this paragraph:
American political correctness has obviously never perpetrated the brutality of a communist government, but it has also never acquired the powers that come with full control of the machinery of the state. The continuous stream of small-scale outrages it generates is a testament to an illiberalism that runs deep down to its core (a character I tried to explain in my January essay).
“Never acquired the powers that come with full control of the machinery of state.” Well, that’s true … to an extent. What isn’t true is it is absent. It certainly exists in our political machinery, one doesn’t have too look very hard to find it. Simply watch the Democratic presidential candidates kowtow to the absurd #blacklivesmatter crowd to understand that even a marginal group can seem to be more powerful than they are if they play the proper politically correct cards. And it encroaches more and more daily. In fact, the past 7 years have been SWJ heaven in terms of growth and effect.
However, it seems to now be consuming itself.
Our job, should we choose to do it, is to help it along.
Now that at least some on the left are beginning to wake up to the “end game” the SJWers demand, they’re beginning to reconsider. This is a movement that needs to die. And the only way to do that is to point out the absurdities, but to also point out the intent. Control. Complete control of what you say, and an attempt to control what you think.
Just be glad, at least to this point, that the PC movement hasn’t yet fully “acquired the powers that come with full control of the machinery of state.” If it ever does, I think we can all point to a historic example or two where their utopia existed once … sorta. And we all know how those ended.
On Wednesday in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canadian prime minister. He wasted no time in announcing his newly chosen cabinet of exactly 15 men and 15 women, which fulfilled a campaign pledge he’d made about gender equality. One reporter asked Trudeau why the perfect male-female split was so important to him. The prime minster’s response: “Because it’s 2015.”
Translation – the best qualified for the job is a 20th Century concept. In the 21st Century, it’s what you have (or don’t have) between your legs that matters. Heh, yeah, governance won’t suffer. Trust them.
Hillary Clinton signed a non-disclosure form concerning classified material? Say, didn’t David Petraeus sign one too?
As the nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job.
A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information. …
Meh. We know this isn’t going anywhere soon, if ever. And besides, “what difference does it make now.” She’s a Democrat after all.
One very important reason we need the Idiot-in-Chief out of office as soon as possible:
The picture being painted by Obama’s soon-to-be-former advisors is one of a president paralyzed with indecision. He is being increasingly tested by the world’s bad actors and revisionist powers and has little resolve to act early and decisively. That is an impression that was confirmed by Reuters in October. They reported that the president was similarly incapacitated by the People’s Republic of China’s brazen decision to create new islands that would function as naval and air bases in the middle of the contested Spratly Islands late last year.
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As the fruits of Barack Obama’s feckless approach to foreign affairs ripen, and the conflicts that he sought to resolve only deteriorate, the president’s advisors are increasingly training their fire on him. In the final year of this administration, that trend is only likely to intensify. If the Obama era is going to be remembered as the period when the seeds of chaos and conflict were sown, surely more creatures of Washington are going to emerge to make sure that they do not take the blame for sowing them. A president who has so perfected the art of throwing others under the bus is about to get the same treatment.
He’ll get a dump-truck load of criticism in the near future as the rats desert the obviously sinking ship. “Pathetic”, “weak” and “indecisive” will some of the kindest descriptions this man’s legacy will reap.
Camile Puglia calls out the feminists and SJWs on the transgender issue:
“I think that the transgender propagandists make wildly inflated claims about the multiplicity of gender,” she said.
“Sex reassignment surgery, even today with all of its advances, cannot in fact change anyone’s sex, okay. You can define yourself as a trans man, or a trans woman, as one of these new gradations along the scale. But ultimately, every single cell in the human body, the DNA in that cell, remains coded for your biological birth.
“So there are a lot of lies being propagated at the present moment, which I think is not in anyone’s best interest.
“Now what I’m concerned about is the popularity and the availability of sex reassignment surgery, so that someone who doesn’t feel that he or she belongs to the biological birth, gender. People are being encouraged to intervene in the process.
“Parents are now encouraged to subject the child to procedures that I think are a form of child abuse. The hormones to slow puberty, actual surgical manipulations, etcetera. I think that this is wrong, that people should wait until they are of an informed age of consent.
Child abuse as well as abusing any thinking person’s intellect. They radical left has vastly over reached on this one. And that’s a good thing.
And what is wrong with the way public policy is formulated today? Well, it could be as simple as this:
The first lessons I teach my economics students are about means-and-ends and tradeoffs. I tell them that whenever we analyze a policy matter, whether it’s the minimum wage, health care, ivory hunting or abortion, we have to ask ourselves these questions. First, do the chosen policies achieve the desired goals? Second, what tradeoffs do we face with regard to a particular policy; that is, are there alternatives that would yield better results?
These kinds of simple questions often are ignored by policymakers and the public.
Instead, today the party is considered first and foremost and alternatives are hardly ever considered. If it is deemed good for the party, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. Thus the mess in which we find ourselves.
Have a good weekend.
Because, you see, air-conditioning uses HFCs and she’s convinced that banning them would help lower the global temperature and fight global warming – you know, the pseudo-science that has proven to be unproven … in fact, almost everything the alarmists predicted would happen hasn’t and everything that wouldn’t happen has.
But when you’re really in the redistribution of income business any narrative, no matter how discredited, will do:
EPA Chief Gina McCarthy wants the world to stop using hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioners and other consumers products as part of President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming.
McCarthy is so determined to make this happen, she’s taking the lead role at an ongoing United Nations summit to expand the current global treaty covering ozone-depleting substances. The EPA chief hopes that her agency’s recent HFC regulations will convince other countries to join the U.S. in limiting the chemicals.
“Because of the importance of taking aggressive action on these chemicals to achieve global climate goals, I will be leading the United States delegation at that meeting,” McCarthy wrote in an oped for The Guardian.
“Over the past year, the US Environmental Protection Agency has completed four separate actions that both expand the list of safer alternatives to HFCs and prohibit them from certain uses in the refrigeration air conditioning, foam, and aerosol sectors where safer alternatives such as hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), hydrocarbons and lower-polluting blends are available,” McCarthy wrote.
“Solutions are here, and it’s time to amend the Montreal Protocol to reflect that,” McCarthy wrote, adding that phasing out HFCs would avert 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of the century.
Total nonsense, of course. And, a rhetorical question – who will something like this hurt most? That’s right, those who can least afford it. This is politics marching to the tune of a bankrupt ideology. HFO’s cost more than HFCs. HFCs, by the way, do not deplete the ozone layer and as real science has shown, greenhouse gasses are not having the warming effect on the earth that the “science” of the alarmists have claimed.
So what’s the point? Zealotry. Zealotry in the service of ignorance simply because she has the power. She “believes” this to be true and thus you will conform if she has her way.
A team of European researchers have unveiled a scientific model showing that the Earth is likely to experience a “mini ice age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.
Their findings will infuriate environmental campaigners who argue by 2030 we could be facing increased sea levels and flooding due to glacial melt at the poles.
How long have we been saying the bulk of our climate is determined by that big yellow burning thing in the sky? You know, the one the alarmists have either ignored or discounted.
Guess who I think has a better chance of being correct in this case?
And in this day and time, surprisingly it’s “no”. Michael Walsh writes:
And bathrooms won, as Texas voters said to hell with with “equality and inclusiveness,” which they and the rest of the country are just now figuring out mean a wholesale destruction of cultural norms as the descendants of the Frankfurt School continue their merry work to overturn thousands of years of human history. The war against the Left is partly a fight over the language, which we are losing, and this is a good example. ”Transgender” bathroom “rights” has gone down in Houston. But it will keep coming back until heteronormativity is destroyed.
There’s always a line. Sometimes it surprises us when it is finally reached and crossed, but you can always count on that happening at some point. The line is the place in any cause where those who favor the cause push it too far and people finally wake up and say, “you know, this is BS.” Apparently the “transgender” nonsense is the “cause” that crosses the line.
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance — Proposition 1 on the local ballot —would have extended bans on employment and housing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national original and other classifications to gay people, bisexual people and transgender people.
What Houstonians figured out rather quickly is this had nothing to do with “equal rights”. It had to do with using the force of law to humor a special class who wanted to buck the norm for no good reason other than they could. Opponents called it the “bathroom ordinance”. Why?
Under the defeated ordinance, local businesses that discriminate against various classes of people — including transgender people using whatever bathroom they want — would face fines up to $5,000. The failed law specifically exempted religious institutions.
But everyone else? Well, they were on the hook for that $5k fine if they didn’t establish that men with penises who claimed they felt like a woman would be allowed to use the women’s bathroom. That idea obviously went over like a lead balloon in Houston:
By the wee hours of Tuesday morning, 95 percent of the ballots had been counted and 61 percent of voters opposed Proposition 1.
It only came to a vote because the Supreme Court ruled that the ordinance required the vote of the people it would effect, i.e. the citizenry. And the citizenry resoundingly sent a message to city hall. NO!
This, of course, doesn’t mean the issue will go away. Once started by the political left, they never seem to go away. However, they’re going to have to find a new way to approach the cause other than forcing it on people. Seems few, if any, of their “causes” are popular enough that the people want to enact them by vote. So control of government is more than just desired, it’s essential.
Anyway, hooray for Houston. They got this one right.
All is going as planned … well, at least as George Soros has planned:
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused billionaire investor George Soros of being a prominent member of a circle of “activists” trying to undermine European nations by supporting refugees heading to the continent from the Middle East and beyond.
“His name is perhaps the strongest example of those who support anything that weakens nation states, they support everything that changes the traditional European lifestyle,” Orban said in an interview on public radio Kossuth. “These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network.”
Of course, Orban is under intense attack for trying to protect his nation’s sovereignty by keeping these uninvited refugees from flooding his country. And one of the activist who have decided that nation states are “obsolete” is George Soros. In fact, he doesn’t even bother to deny it:
Soros said in an e-mailed statement that a six-point plan published by his foundation helps “uphold European values” while Orban’s actions “undermine those values.”
“His plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle,” he said in the statement. “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”
And, of course, we all suspect his hand in the illegal immigration crisis the US faces as well.
Don’t you love it when someone, unilaterally and without consultation, decides somethings obsolete and then does everything in his or her power to undermine that established norm?
I mean, who are you anyway? The “little people”, of course, and per Mr. Soros’ philosophy, he exists to make decisions for you. After all, the rabble doesn’t know what’s best for them, do they?
This is one that you have to read to believe. It is one of those irredeemably stupid people and two time losers that helped Obama to two terms. Of course you won’t be particularly surprised that she is the director of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport – whatever that is. Apparently she and her family ate off of Obama placemats prior to 2008 and were pretty sure that this was the guy who could change the world, stop the seas from rising and deliver the utopia that includes “free stuff” and world peace. Then reality set in, sort of, and the goodie bag wasn’t delivered as promised, the seas ignored him and world peace was even more illusory than before his ascension. But they still BELIEVE!
Today, I write this letter with a bleeding heart. I admire Obama. But he has let me down. I am disappointed because his presidency could have done more for our country, and sadly, the many taken lives who cannot read this essay. I still worry about urgent social tensions facing our nation, and I recognize their ongoing complexities in policy and legislative action. But gun violence can be averted. Can our country ever be free from senseless gun-crime?
Firearm possession should be banned in America; President Obama can orchestrate this directive. His presidency can be remembered as a remarkable turn in United States history where a progressive leader forever changed the landscape under which we live and work. This is his legacy. To establish gun control laws in America that will reduce high levels of male violence and usher in a culture of peace and civility.
Barack Obama is the president of the United States. He can change the country. He can do it today. I believe in him.
Gun violence can be averted by banning guns? One would assume then that knife violence, sword violence, club violence and fist violence can all be “averted”- if we “ban” all those things. Because we know that as soon as a law is passed, and all those are banned, it will “usher in a culture of peace and civility”. Because … every violent male will put those things aside and become a part of … what?
Would anyone actually want to be a part of this woman’s world? She’s all for taking things away from you. In fact, she lobbies for it. And my guess is she’d be fine if the things were taken away from you violently in the name of her utopia. You know, whatever’s necessary. After all, that’s what government is for, right?
As with most progressives, she’s anti-freedom, a closet totalitarian and has an anti-male bias so strong it colors everything she says or does.
And she votes.
Thought you might enjoy this.
“Hundreds of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border told U.S. immigration agents they made the dangerous journey in part because they believed they would be permitted to stay in the United States and collect public benefits, according to internal intelligence files from the Homeland Security Department.”
Now where would they ever get such an idea?
Hey, wait, didn’t Obama promise “no boots on the ground” in Syria?
The U.S. plans to send a small team of Special Operations forces to Syria as boots-on-the-ground advisers to rebel groups, according to military sources.
President Barack Obama has authorized “fewer than 50” Special Operations forces to deploy to northern Syria, The Associated Press reported.
I’m sure there will be massive anti-war protests this weekend because of this broken promise and escalation in Syria.
Yup, and pigs will fly …
Apparently we don’t have time anymore to debate important things like a national budget in the Senate:
Forced by opponents to hold votes after midnight, GOP leaders held the support of just enough Republican and Democrats to give final Congressional approval to a two year bipartisan budget deal, as lawmakers backed away from a possible U.S. government default.
You see, now they have to read it to find out what’s in it. How, you ask? How does this happen? Well, here’s a clue: 18 Republican Senators voted to shut off debate on the two year budget deal. Among them McCain, McConnell and Graham. And establishment Republicans wonder why no one on the right is particularly interested in any of them becoming President.
Finally, a reminder. Ahmed says: