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Friday, July 11, 2003
Posted 3:09 PM by WiN
This one really starched my shorts
When I read this column yesterday by Suzanne Fields, I knew I'd have to blog about it. I was HOT. I'm sure this kind of stuff happens a lot more than I'd like to imagine, but I was overwhelmed by the utter ridiculousness and hypocrisy of it. Now I've calmed down some, and read a few more accounts of the situation, like this one from CNSNews and this one by the folks at FIRE, who have taken up the case. I've also seen some of the blogging world's takes on the issue, like these from Glenn Reynolds, Erin O'Connor, Dr. Frank, and Declan McCullagh. Here is the announcement poster in question.
I've given some thought to the matter, trying to read in between the lines a little, and come up with this so far:
I can theorize that this Steve Hinkle guy is perhaps not the innocent lamb that some accounts might make him appear at first blush. He was promoting an event by the campus Republican group and so I suspect he's one of the more active members, if not one of the officers of the group. I could carry that a little further and imagine that he's a bit of a rebel, as he is a member of a highly visible conservative group on what is most likely an overwhelmingly hard-left campus, and that in fact he might invite a little confrontation now and again. I've made a bunch of assumptions so far about the guy, so let me make one more and then I'll show where I'm going with this.
It doesn't say in anything I've read so far (or maybe I've missed it), but I am assuming the group he "disrupted" consisted of black students and/or other "people of color". I don't think this is much of a leap, since they were in the "Multicultural Center" (read: Multi-people-of-color Center) and at least one of them chose to confront him when they saw him posting something about 'plantations'. I must admit, I would be suspicious of something like that in their position, perhaps even to the point of wanting to confront the guy to see if he was a white supremist coming on campus to try to stir up trouble. Sooo - assuming all this (and I know that's a whole spitpot full of assumptions), I really don't have a great deal of problem with the fact that someone confronted him, or even that they called the police in his absence, on the off chance that he may have been an outsider just trying to make trouble.
Now here's where I have the problem: with the school administration and how they handled the incident. Two things are crystal clear: Hinkle had every right to do what he did and there was absolutely no wrongdoing on his part whatsoever. In fact, it should be blatantly obvious that this was a classic First Amendment situation and they should have dropped it cold. But no, they had to act like typical loony liberal horses' asses and go and threaten the guy for exercising his First Amendment (and campus organization) rights. Geez, what morons!
Well, I don't know what anyone else is going to do about this, but I personally feel strongly enough about this to make a contribution, in good ol' American greenbacks, to both FIRE and the Cal Poly College Republicans. Here's how to support FIRE. To donate to the Cal Poly College Republicans, go here and click on the 'Donations' button. Let's let this be an object lesson for dictatorial liberal college administrations everywhere - don't mess with free speech, conservative or otherwise.
Posted 8:07 AM by WiN
L'eggs in a can
I don't know if this company is offering public stock yet or not, but if it were I'd buy as much as possible. This is just a stunningly brilliant idea. [link via The Venomous One] How about a distribution deal? I have a feeling this is going to be huge. (I will admit their English-language web site could use some work - "I want to put on sandals and have a charm of pedicure too". Bet it doesn't stop the orders from coming in, though)
Thursday, July 10, 2003
Posted 2:32 PM by WiN
We're tough, but we're fair...
here in the Sooner State. We don't much cotton to ya beatin your old lady, but spit on Oklahoma City's finest and you in a heap o' trouble, boy [link via the Sainted Wife].
Posted 12:37 PM by WiN
An American hero
Ward Connerly has to be one of the bravest men in America today. A black man, standing up for equal rights against the sanctimonious left, he is still willing to endure absolutely horrendous treatment at the hands of unhinged liberal radicals to bring equal justice to a state where he has absolutely nothing to gain.
In a surreal scene, students held placards in Connerly's face that read "Boycott segregationist Ward Connerly" and "Don't come here and spew your racism" as they yelled "You suck!" and "Bullsh**!" Inevitably, and absurdly, a white student screamed at Connerly: "You're a racist!" "That's just plain silly," the black businessman replied.Silly, and sad, yet he soldiers on. My hat is off to you, Mr. Connerly. May God protect you, guide you, and bless you on your journey - you're a true hero to me.
UPDATE: WorldNetDaily has an article on Connerly's fight for racial equality in Michigan and the spineless GOP's refusal to take a stand. Long, but a good read (as usual).
Posted 9:41 AM by WiN
White like me
A thought-provoking column (as usual) by John Derbyshire on "Whiteness Studies" and ridiculous tests of "privilege" which purport to show us whiteys how good we have it. I must admit, it's very difficult for me to believe people actually take these classes, much less take them seriously. Emphasizing and rehearsing "victim mentality" and trying to make white folks feel guilty because of the color of their skin is massively destructive and counterproductive, to the point of asininity. Can you say "Orwellian?"
Anyway, take the test and see how you would come out as a member of the oppressor race. Derb got a -10 (that's good, because it means he enjoyed few of the privileges of caucasianism). Me, I got -1.
Posted 8:26 AM by WiN
Can you dig it? I sure could, as I've mentioned elsewhere. Arnold Beichman lays out a very workable plan in his Washington Times column [link via Townhall CLog]. This just sends tingles down my spine:
...(I)t is now time to open a new dramatic episode in American history, one that would show the world what our democracy means: the choice of an extraordinarily talented black American woman to run for president of the United States on the Republican ticket, the party of Abraham Lincoln.My dream ticket for '08? Rice/Goldberg (as in Jonah).
Posted 8:13 AM by WiN
Bill to coronate Hill in Boston?
The New Republic speculated yesterday [link via Townhall's CLog] that Slick Willie could use his considerable clout to sway Democratic "super delegates" - about 35% of the total needed to nominate - to the candidate of his choice, thus playing "king maker" at the 2004 Democratic Convention, now a little over a year away. They point out, quite correctly, the possibility that no candidate will arrive in Boston with the votes required for nomination, but more than one could be put "over the top" with the help of the super delegate voting bloc. There is also speculation that, as the early primaries shake out with no clear leader, Hillary would graciously allow herself to be "drafted" to lead the hapless Dems and could easily pick up a significant delegate count before next July.
Should this scenario play out, it is painfully easy to imagine the Billary political machine swinging into action to corral sufficient super delegate votes to put Hill over the top. But whether HRC enters the '04 race or not, you can bet your last cigar that the Clinton ego, like kudzu in Georgia, will be in full bloom and dominating its surroundings. If Her Highness doesn't deign to ascend to the role of Joan of Arkansas to fight the evil English of the GOP, then the Chappaqua mafia will be collecting markers to call in for '08 when they will almost certainly join the fray to re-enter a vacated White House. The Republican Love-fest in Gotham will, in comparison, generate as much excitement as an Algore journalism lecture. The spotlight will once again be white-hot on the Great Prevaricator, and that's just the way he likes it. Look for him to drag it out as long as humanly possible.
Posted 6:55 AM by WiN
SCOTUS resignations on the way?
The Washington Whispers column in July 14th's edition of U.S. News says that " (a)dministration officials expect Supreme Court justices ready to retire to fess up as early as this week." [link via Townhall's CLog] A preemptive public relations campaign strategy is supposedly already in place. Summer in the Swamp could be getting real interesting very soon.
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Posted 2:53 PM by WiN
The Trinity according to Bill Whittle
Bill Whittle of Eject!Eject!Eject! has produced another masterpiece. This one covers the entire spectrum of his All-American, Red, White & Blue world view - the Recipe for Building the Greatest Nation Ever. Published on the 4th of July. Perfect.
Posted 9:04 AM by WiN
Steyn on Dean
As I've stated previously, Mark Steyn is just about my favorite conservative humorist/columnist (although "humorist" seems too light a word for the samurai-sharp Steyn's prose). Here's his latest column in the Chicago Sun-Times on Howard Dean - Democratic Standard-bearer:
If you've never heard of (Dean), don't worry. You'll soon be never hearing of him ever again. But just for the moment he is, improbably, the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. As another famous Dean once sang, "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime," and Howard Dean's sometime is now. Go, Deano!Steyn explains "just who is this guy?" from the perspective of a resident of next-door New Hampshire, why he flourished in the liberal hot-house that is Vermont, and even lays out a surprisingly plausible tactical plan for a Dean sweep of the early Demo primaries
In fact, though (the primary calendar) wasn't designed with him in mind, Dean could have been custom-built for this election's highly compressed primary season. Gay marriage is the perfect issue for long-distance pre-primary fund-raising, where he's managed to do serious and possibly fatal damage to Senators Lieberman and Graham. His general leftishness will play well with voters in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 19, where he figures he can sink Dick Gephardt. His Vermontiness will appeal more to New Hampshire Democrats on Jan. 28 than John Kerry's Massachusetts hauteur. By the time the big cluster of Sun Belt primaries rolls around Feb. 3, Dean reckons he can use his record on gun control (Vermont has none) to ditch the Northeast liberal baggage and sell himself to Southern white males, seeing off his last opponent, North Carolina's John Edwards.Of course, this is Karl Rove's wet dream, but even Steyn quickly points out why it won't happen that way. If you haven't read any Steyn lately, he's still got it. Joe Bob sez: "Check it out."
Posted 7:08 AM by WiN
The beginning of the end
Today is July 9th, the beginning of the end for Iran's bloody tyranny. All across the country, hundreds of thousands are rising up to oppose the iron fist of Islamic despotism. Will they succeed? Much depends on us. This is a critical time in the history of the Middle East, and the Bush Administration should grab the opportunity to help another country of oppressed people live free, and to dismantle another cog in the "Axis of Evil". Whether they will or not, we shall soon find out. Nonetheless, our prayers are with the Iranian people today.
UPDATE: The planned protests have apparently been called off in response to the brutal crackdown by the current regime, reinforced by Islamist thugs from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. [link via The Professor]. Protests elsewhere are reported to still be on, including one last night in my former home town of Dallas [link via Buzzmachine via InstaPundit].
The blogosphere is roiling right now, but so far I haven't seen anyone reporting any coverage by Big Media. But, this is too big to ignore forever, and I suspect folks like Sean Hannity will help bring it to the attention of the general public.
UPDATE: One of the principle Iranian pro-democracy groups is planning a large protest/demonstration in Houston this Sunday.
Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Posted 3:18 PM by WiN
Judgment day in Iran tomorrow
Tomorrow is Judgment Day for the Iranian regime, as millions of Iranians worldwide will strike for democracy. All across America, expatriates will stand in solidarity with the student-led movement on the four year anniversary of the movement's beginning.
Here's praying and hoping God blesses the Iranian people, and especially those who are standing up for freedom, at great cost to their own life and liberty. Let freedom ring in Iran!
Posted 8:03 AM by WiN
Iowa Democrats - pro choice?
A recent poll (PDF file) of Iowa caucus voters funded by Planned Parenthood has received few mentions in the press, mainly pointing to their findings that Dick Gephardt and liberal torch-bearer Howard Dean are neck and neck for the lead. Of course, only 10% of the respondents said they were firmly committed to their current choice, as candidates will continue to woo voters at an increasingly frenzied pace as the corn harvest comes in and the frost begins appearing on the pumpkins.
But the results of a companion poll (PDF file) covering reproductive health issues has generated zero publicity outside of pro-life circles. A quick glance at the first question should tell you why. Of all respondents, which are all Democratic caucus voters, only 37% agreed that abortion should "legal and generally available and subject to only limited regulation" (emphasis added). Now, we don't know what the respondents had in mind for the "limited regulation", but we do know this: Planned Parenthood didn't even ask voters if they would support "abortion on demand", in any situation and in all circumstances. The next most restrictive position that respondents were given a choice of was "(r)egulation of abortion is necessary, although it should remain legal in many circumstances" (emphasis added). Of course, this is contrary to the position of the majority of abortion advocates, Planned Parenthood included, but in their press release they naturally choose to group these respondents with the "limited regulation" group as "pro-choice". The response to the next question is perhaps most surprising, and likely dismaying to the "pro-choice" crowd and their political lapdogs - 31% of Democrats believe that "abortion should be legal under only in the most extreme cases" or "all abortion should be illegal". So, you could argue that 61% of Iowa Democrats believe that abortion should be regulated, or banned except in extreme circumstances - a disheartening result for the unrestricted abortion rights crowd any way you slice it.
But don't expect to hear any pro-choicers discussing any reasonable regulations on abortion, which their constituency obviously support, any time real soon - especially not with elections looming. And don't expect to hear anything about these poll results in the mainstream media, ever.
Monday, July 07, 2003
Posted 2:08 PM by WiN
Communism - defeated?
Posted 1:43 PM by WiN
Supreme Court - supreme rulers?
I very rarely find myself agreeing with the increasingly strident and frequently unhinged ranting of paleo-conservative Pat Buchanan, but I have to give him his due on his column yesterday - it says it like it is.
By the terms of (current) convention, Congress cedes its power over war, peace and foreign policy to the president, and its power to decide issues of race, gender, religion, culture and morality to the Supreme Court.There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the conservative camp over the recent SCOTUS decisions which institutionalized ephemeral "diversity" as a legitimate justification for racial discrimination and reversed prior precedent on the legality of state sodomy prohibitions. But, as Charles Krauthammer points out, even if those decisions had come down the "right" way, conservatives should still be outraged by the fact that such matters are being decided not through political process but by judicial fiat.
If the right does not stand up and demand a return of lawmaking powers to the legislature, then this country is destined to continue down the path of having issues of great national contention decided by 5 un-elected rulers in black robes. Needless to say, the left likes this trend just fine (as long as the decisions continue to go their way, not a sure thing but certainly where the smart money would be). That is why you see them having conniptions over the possibility that the balance of power in the federal judiciary, and especially the Supreme Court, might shift to the right, and why the next Supreme Court appointment battle could be the bloodiest yet. In the meantime, look for even more highly combustible issues (i.e. hate crime laws) to be settled at the bar rather than with the ballot.
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.