The Berkeley Revolution

Following the riot at Berkeley that successfully stopped Milo from speaking, two things happened. The first was that Antifa proclaimed victory.

“We won’t put up with the violent rhetoric of Milo, Trump or the fascistic alt-right,” said a Berkeley history student who declined to give his name. The student, who was dressed in black and wore a face mask, carried a banner that read “Queers bash back”. He said he identified with the “antifa” (anti-fascist) movement.

“We are willing to resist by any means necessary,” he added.

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Campus Rape, The TV Show

The news is replete with, to put it kindly, conflicting claims and statistics. The law is in a state of chaos following the Obama Department of Education’s very successful “Dear Colleague” effort at social engineering its progressive agenda around legislation.

Girls* on campus claim to be raped three times a day before lunch. Guys are required to be neutered during campus orientation. All school colors have been mandated to be pink and pink.** What to do?  The Fox Network has the solution: let’s make it a TV show!

Fox has picked up two new drama pilots, one of which is focused on a subject not usually explored by a primetime broadcast show: college sexual assault.

In Controversy, the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university must deal with “an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence, to a university administration under siege, the series explores the type of high-profile controversy all-too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.”

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Where The Boys Are

There was once a time when a parent, usually a father, wanted his son to join the Boy Scouts. It was an opportunity for his son to do boy things. Make campfires. Tie knots. Dads gave their sons pocket knives so they would have a tool on them when they needed to fix something, cut something, even just whittle a stick in a down moment. Guy stuff.

I was never a boy scout. One of my best childhood friends was, and his father was the Scoutmaster. They kept trying to get me to join, even invited me to the Jamboree. But I declined. It wasn’t that I didn’t like doing guy stuff. I did. It was just that I wasn’t big on joining things.

My son wasn’t a boy scout. I offered him the opportunity, but he declined. He, too, likes doing guy stuff, and we had great times doing it together, but he wasn’t a joiner either.

One of my son’s friends was a boy scout, going for Eagle. He asked me to be his counsel at his Eagle Scout interview. I did, and I was honored to do so. He was a great kid, and I put in a surprising amount of time learning what I needed to know to guide him through. Continue reading

A Side Of Anarchy

The “Dangerous Faggot” was to speak at Berkeley, where the free speech movement was born. Whether you like what Milo Yiannopoulos has to say or think he’s the most outrageous, hateful asshole ever doesn’t matter. That’s what free speech is about.

Chancellor [Nicholas] Dirks has just sent a follow-up email, probably prompted by the widespread attention from other blogs that aren’t so off-putting and creepy as this one. From a tipster, here it is:

Every fall for the last many years, we have issued statements concerning the virtue of civility on campus. This principle is one of several that Berkeley staff, students, faculty, and alumni themselves developed and today regard as “fundamental to our mission of teaching, research and public service.” To quote further from our “principles of community”: “We are committed to ensuring freedom of expression and dialogue that elicits the full spectrum of views held by our varied communities. We respect the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for civility and respect in our personal interactions.”

While Chancellor Dirks’ effort was convoluted but well intended, both extolling free speech while condemning Milo, one might have hoped that the message was clear: Hate Milo all you want. Protest him all you want. But let him speak. Continue reading

Alternative Facts, Civil War Edition

Much as everyone got a great laugh, and continues to enjoy the emanations and penumbras of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” excuse to Chuck Todd, there’s still the admonition of George Santayana to deal with.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

When it comes to America’s past, the Civil War was kind of a big deal. And the losers carried this flag into battle:

TRIGGER WARNING: If you are desperately seeking something to be outraged about, and want to pretend it causes you trauma, you’re about to see it.

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Bork, Garland and Gorsuch: Bombs Away?

Nebraska’s junior senator, Ben Sasse, a Republican but one of the few grown-ups to be found in Washington, headed over to the Supreme Court following the announcement that Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court to fill the hole where Nino Scalia once sat. It was, unsurprisingly, the stuff of the funny papers.

No matter who was nominated, there was a blank space to fill in the name. That doesn’t leave much to discuss, and characterizes the fringe elements of politics well. There is no question that Judge Gorsuch is well qualified to served as an associate justice, and efforts to smear him will fail because no knowledgeable person will take them seriously. Sure, passionate advocates will spew, because fill-in-the-blanks, but they will do that regardless. Continue reading

Godwin’s Law, And Why Hysteria Won’t Win The Day

If President Trump does what he announced he would do, name his nominee to sit in the seat once occupied by Antonin Scalia, the past 24 hours of hysteria will be replaced by the next 24 hours of hysteria. The biggest question is whether there are any more adjectives available to proclaim that Trump is “literally Hitler”?

It’s not exactly a new phenomenon on the internets. That’s why Mike Godwin came up with the meme:

Godwin’s law (or Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies) is an Internet adage which asserts that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1″ — that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler.

Promulgated by American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990, Godwin’s law originally referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions. It is now applied to any threaded online discussion, such as Internet forums, chat rooms, and comment threads, as well as to speeches, articles, and other rhetoric where reductio ad Hitlerum occurs.

But this time it’s different. This time it’s REAL!!! The Holocaust is happening right in front of us!!! And if you don’t see it, if you don’t become hysterical about it too, then you are either blind or one of them. How can you not SEE IT?!? Continue reading

Book Review: The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities

For the most part, I decline offers of free books for review these days, having little extra time for leisurely reading and, frankly, because most of the books are pretty awful. But when I saw that KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor’s new book came out, I reached out to KC for a copy. This was one book I wanted to read, The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities.

I chose wisely.

Before going forward, I note that I haven’t finished the book yet, but write this review because KC has taken to Volokh Conspiracy this week to write about his book, and I think it’s more important that anyone reading here be aware of the VC posts so that you can keep abreast of KC’s and Stuart’s work.

The subject of the book is quite familiar to me, having written a great many posts about it. And yet, I learned, and continue learning, from the rich details and timeframe provided by the meticulous research and crafting of how we ended up where we are today from a law, originally enacted in 1964, then extended to education by the enactment of Title IX in 1972, with the laudable purpose of eliminating sex discrimination in education. Continue reading

The Baylor Conspiracy

Fifty-two rapes? That’s shocking. If true, it’s outrageous. And according to the suit filed by “Elizabeth Doe,” they happened at Baylor University.

A former Baylor University student who says she was raped by two football players filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the school that alleges there were dozens more assaults of women involving other players.

The lawsuit by the student, who is listed in the documents only as “Elizabeth Doe,” alleges at least 52 rapes by more than 30 football players over a four-year period.

It also alleges a “culture of sexual violence” and describes her 2013 attack by two players. It doesn’t detail the other alleged attacks, but says some were recorded by the players, who shared them with friends.

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Crisis? What Crisis?

The official position of the president is that everything went great this weekend in the Immigration Executive Order.

“It’s working out very nicely,” Trump told reporters early Saturday evening. In fact, Trump pointed to the airports themselves as proof: “You see it at the airports, you see it all over, its working out very nicely, and we’re going to have a very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”

For most administrations, “very nicely” doesn’t include emergency stays granted by judges around the country. But while protesters chilled screaming into the void, and the ACLU counted its money and did its victory dance. adherence to the orders was haphazard.

According to widespread but largely unverified reports, after being detained at great length, handcuffed, having their social media accounts inspected, being questioned about how feel about Trump, many legal permanent residents were admitted. Not good, but it could have been worse. Continue reading

Dinner at Le Coucou (Update)

There’s a hot new French restaurant in Manhattan, so naturally we wanted to go. We love classic French food, far more so than the nouvelle cuisine that so many chefs try to invent so they can become famous for their being on the cutting edge. The name is Le Coucou. The problem is getting a reservation.

Dr. SJ gave them a call to make a reservation, but no one answered the phone. Then again, they use Open Table for reservations, so no reason to speak with a human being. It seems they only do reservations a month in advance. Fair enough. So, she gave it a go on a Saturday morning to make a reservation four Saturdays hence. Nothing. Not a chance. Booked solid.

Le Couou, being the hot new restaurant, likely attracts a great many people who, like us, want to try it, and perhaps like us, appreciate classic French cuisine more than the new cool kind. Have you ever tried Tobacco Ice Cream? It’s disgusting. You can’t make this stuff up. What we figured was that they opened reservations at midnight. Maybe the deal was to punch in that Open Table reservation around midnight to get a reservation. That must be it. Continue reading

Amidst Global Turmoil, The Immigration Fiasco

There are questions upon questions, such as whether the Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, vetted the Trump Executive Order before its issuance. It’s not that OLC’s opinion makes it legal, but at the very least it would show that Trump understood the ramifications of the order and intended them.

Did Trump mean to block legal permanent residents, green card holders, from the United States? These are people with homes, car loans, kids in school, who have been here for some length of time, often decades. They have no other home, no other country. They pay taxes, serve in the military, bake cupcakes and perform brain surgery on your child.

There were assertions that Customs and Border Patrol had no clue what they were supposed to do about the EO, and left to their own devices, did their worst as they are wont to do. They detained and blocked with abandon. Were DHS and its subsidiary agencies kept in the dark or fully informed, as Trump supposedly claimed? The former appears most likely, but who knows?

What is known is that the ACLU went to various courts with Habeas Corpus petitions. In the Eastern District of New York, where JFK airport is situated, they obtained a Writ from Judge Ann M. Donnelly. Continue reading