Archive for July, 2007

Indoctrinate U: Our Education. Their Politics

July 31, 2007

Indoctrinate U logo 

Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.

There is an interesting undertaking going on over at Indoctrinate U

Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training. We usually associate such things with the worst excesses of fascism and communism, not with the American universities that nurtured the free speech movement. But American higher education bears a disturbing resemblance to the totalitarian societies that are anathema to our nation’s ideal of liberty. Evan Coyne Maloney’s documentary film, Indoctrinate U, reveals the breathtaking institutional intolerance you won’t read about in the glossy marketing brochures of Harvard, Berkeley, Michigan, Yale, and hundreds of other American colleges and universities.

“When we think of going to college, we think of intellectual freedom. We imagine four years of exploring ideas through energetic, ongoing, critical thinking and debate,” Maloney said. “But the reality is very far from the ideal. What most of us don’t know is that American college students check their First Amendment rights and individual freedom at the door.”

Hailed by the New York Sun as one of “America’s most promising” documentary filmmakers, Maloney has assembled a scorching indictment of higher education in America today, one that should make students, parents, trustees, lawmakers, and concerned citizens sit up and take notice. The London Telegraph has called the long-awaited feature-length film “as slick and incisive as anything by Michael Moore.”

Maloney spent two years traveling to campuses across the country, interviewing students, professors, and administrators to find out what life on campus is really like. Instead of the vibrant debate, intellectual diversity, and academic freedom we like to associate with universities, Maloney found violent protests at UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State, persecution of student members of a conservative club at Cal Poly and the University of Tennessee, divisive racial and ethnic politics at the University of Michigan and Yale, doctrinaire teaching at Duke and Columbia, and much more.

Far from functioning as bastions of serious thought and reasoned debate, Maloney found, campuses today operate as mental processing plants, doing more to tell students what to say and think than to teach them to think for themselves.

“Students are being robbed of their educations–to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars a year,” Maloney said. “As it currently stands, higher education in America is a lie perpetrated on young adults at parents’ and taxpayers’ expense.”

A production of On the Fence Films with the support of the Moving Picture Institute, Indoctrinate U is an explosive portrait of how colleges and universities across the country routinely compel students to check their First Amendment rights at the door. Hard-hitting and humorous, Indoctrinate U makes the campus culture wars–often treated as an abstract, hopelessly partisan battle of ideas–intensely personal and unforgettably human.

At once a warning and a wake-up call, Indoctrinate U is bound to stir up controversy and to spark essential debate. As such, it has the potential to force our campuses to make changes they have long denied they need to make. read more…

Glenn and Dr. Helen, Instapundit and the Instawife, reviewed the film back in May. 

Check out their video trailer.

Reductio Ad Absurdum   Yeah.  That’s the ticket.

Others posting on this topic: Copious Dissent, On the Fence Films, The Anchoress, Hot Air, The Conservative Revolution, The Buzz, The Corner

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Oh, give me a home…with a fence…where the illegals don’t roam

July 31, 2007

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.

The Washington Times reports that Mexico wants us to alter our border plans. (emphasis mine)

Mexico is calling on the United States to alter a plan to expand border fences designed to stem illegal immigration, saying the barriers would threaten migratory species accustomed to roaming freely across the frontier.

Ways to minimize environmental damage from the fences could include the creation of cross-border bridge areas so that ecosystems remain connected and “green corridors” of wilderness without roads that would be less attractive to smugglers, according to a report released yesterday and prepared for the Mexican government by experts and activists from both nations.

The report also proposed “live” fences of cactuses, removable fencing, and more permeable barriers to allow water, insects and pollen to cross the border. read more…

Hmmm?  Let’s think about this… 

To what “migratory species” do you think they are referring?  Now, don’t be so cynical – it can’t be migrating illegal aliens they want “roaming freely.

Why would be build a fence, if we are going to put intentional gaps in it, like “cross-border bridge areas”?  I suppose every alien has to have a convenient place to cross. 

Why would we bother wasting our time to build immovable fencing that might stop illegal border crossings, when we could build “removable fencing” that would just slow illegals down, while they moved it?

Why would we build “more permeable barriers”?  The inclination to permeate our border is already available.  They only thing probably not getting through it is wildlife.

The Washington Times reports that at least there are some in the GOP concerned with border security.

State Republican officials from across the country on Thursday will formally break with the desire of President Bush and other top Republican leaders to include amnesty and other benefits for illegal aliens in immigration-reform legislation.

So far, 47 members of the 168-member Republican National Committee have signed a resolution that unequivocally opposes the Bush-backed policy that would grant legal residency to millions of illegal aliens.

“My signing on to this resolution simply reflects the fact that we in the party around the country fear — and feel that no one in Washington is listening to, or cares about, what we feel about issues and policy,” said Terry Strine, chairman of the Delaware Republican Party. “This lets them know.”   read more…

What did Mel Martinez have to say about it?  Nothing.  At least not anything he was willing to go on the record with from reading Michelle’s blog.

Is it just me or do you get the feeling that Vincente and GWB has been on the phone plotting this whole “green corridors” scheme?  Maybe I am just being paranoid.  Then again, maybe not.

Stupidity is not an excuse… a symptom, maybe, but not an excuse

July 31, 2007

UPDATE: Lt. Col. Patrick wrote me with a correction, because he had been credited with something for whom credit should go to Mr. Terry Trippany with his NewsBuster article. 

A correction. The quote attributed to me is actually from Mr. Terry Trippany and his NewsBuster piece. My insight on this issue was this portion from my milblog:“Poor judgement by choreographer Robson to use the show to express anti-war opinion. People tuned in to watch dancers and escape the war news. As for Michaels, I think she honestly just didn’t know the significance of the uniform or even know that she was wearing a part of the Marine tradition and history. I heard her apology last night and think she just made a mistake and meant no offense to The Corps. But that doesn’t excuse her or all the people who saw her wearing it and didn’t step in and let her know about the mistake.

Props to the TV audience for not letting these inappropriate displays go unchecked”.

Thanks for the opportunity to give credit where credit is due.

Patrick

Thank you for the correction, Colonel.  You are an honorable man to make sure credit is distributed properly.  We need more men like you in this world.

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H/T to Terry Trippany at NewsBusters.

According to the NB post, the Fox Network show “So You Think You Can Dance?” aired with Mia Michaels, one of the judges, wearing a blouse with an upside down Marine emblem on the sleeves. 

Much to her supposed surprise, people were offended by her wearing the symbols upside down.  Mia tries to make amends via TV Guide (emphasis mine).

Emmy-nominated choreographer Mia Michaels thought she was going to have a wonderful day. She woke up this morning to find hundreds of messages posted on her website. “And I thought, wow, I must’ve been a really good judge last night,” says Michaels. But then she opened the messages and was shocked by their tone and content. “It was hate mail,” she says simply. “Saying things like, ‘You should be ashamed of yourself.’ It was really intense. It was awful.”

The writers were responding to a jacket worn by Michaels on Wednesday’s show. She had no idea that anyone would be offended by it, she says. She simply thought she was being fashionable by wearing a navy blue military jacket that happened to have a Marine emblem, upside down, on the sleeves.

After hearing the feedback, Michaels tried to make amends on the air. “I understand why people were upset and I respect that,” she says. “That symbol is sacred to the Marines, it’s what they earned. The problem needed to be addressed and I’m glad we addressed it. That’s why I made a public apology.”

Can you feel the heartfelt intent of that “apology”?  No?  Good!  I thought it was just me.  Hello, Mia?!  When someone says, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”, that is not “hate”.   Now, had they said they wanted you to “go render and torture yourself anally with a large object, because you are too stupid to be let loose in society”, that might be considered hateful.  But, what you have cited is someone disagreeing with your disparaging misrepresentation of the Marines.

And, on the same night, to add insult to injury, and I am sure by some strange shear coincidence, Wade Robeson and Mia Michaels had 10 anti-war dance solos by the contestants. 

Now, you know it had to be a coincidence that Mia wore something offensive to military personnel on the same night that they had anti-war dance solos.  Let’s keep an open mind, folks…  Just kidding!  Sounds pretty open and shut to me.

Video from the show circus is available at Weblogging, if you want to check it out. 

Michelle Malkin has more, along with the an image of Mia wearing the garment in question.

Lt. Col. Patrick at Duty in the Desert shares his insights with us (correction to this original post is above).

I accept the fact that perhaps Michaels’ didn’t realize how strongly people would feel about the issue but this goes beyond a simple upside down emblem. The dress blues themselves are sacred to the men and women who have earned the right to wear them. Military personnel follow strict guidelines pertaining to dress codes. Even more importantly, fallen Marines are often buried in their dress blues. The uniform is important to the families and members of the U.S. military and it should be respected. The fact that Mia Michaels wore the blouse (not jacket) with an upside down Marine emblem on the same night that Wade Robson choreographed an anti-war dance solo is not some mere coincidence in my estimation. Getting angry e-mails from people who are sensitive to these facts should be expected.”   read more… 

Wade Robeson had some blathering on his site about the incidents on the show circus (emphasis, again, mine). 

“This was a cry for peace and nothing more.In the video package they had a clip of Wade Robson saying that this was “antiwar.” We want to make sure that it is clear that Wade’s statement was in no way meant to be disrespectful to our men and women in the military, putting their lives on the line everyday for a lot of us. Wade and Amanda strongly believe that the selfless sacrifices of every one of the military’s men and women are incomprehensibly courageous.If Wade’s statement did offend anybody in any way, we sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding.All we were trying to say in this piece is that we don’t want anymore innocent lives to be lost on either side.That being said, this statement is not an apology in any way for the number and its message. It is a clarification of its intention.Peace & Love.”Yours truly,
Wade & Amanda Robson.

A “cry for peace”?  Hmmm?  Do those have to be done in such an openly mocking manner toward our troops? 

Does anyone, besides me, wonder which “lot of us” they believe that to include?  Now, from my interpretation, I get the feeling that someone like me, who is not making a mockery of the military by wearing their uniforms in a disparaging manner, are not included in that. 

And, besides that, this was a non-apology, apology.  In other words, he’s sorry but not sorry.  The only thing missing, as far as I can see if the middle finger on his hand extended to our military personnel, as it is read.

Others posting on this: Michelle Malkin, Bill’s Bites, Hennessy’s View, politicalpartypoop.com, Thoughts of a Conservative Christian 

“Dems urged to develop image”

July 30, 2007

Democrat symbol

Richard Locker of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis has an article on recommendations for the Democraty “party needs to appeal to centrists, connect better”.

Democrats have allowed Republicans to “brand” them for too long and need to develop their own coherent story for their party and what it stands for, an Emory University psychology professor told the nation’s leading organization of centrist Democrats here Sunday.

Drew Westen, author of the just-published book “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotions in Deciding the Fate of the Nation,” said the GOP has successfully established in the minds of voters a series of negative associations with the word “liberal” — “liberal elite,” “big government,” “tax and spend” and “godless atheism” to name a few.

He spoke to about 350 Democrats from across the U.S. — many of them local and state elected officials — on the opening day of the Democratic Leadership Council’s 2007 annual conference at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort. The DLC is the 20-year-old organization of moderate to conservative Democrats that has tried to push Democrats more toward the center of the political spectrum.

It was a message that echoed throughout a series of workshops Sunday and will again today as the conference concludes. Gov. Phil Bredesen told reporters that he plans to tell the DLC today that the national party “has got to establish some kind of new benchmarks and some new values” if it wants to win elections.

“Just playing on and hoping that the failures of the Republicans will be enough to put them (Democrats) in office is a losing strategy,” he said.  read more…

Maybe Hillary is ahead of the game.  She told everyone in the CNN/YouTube debates that she was was a “progressive” and not liberal.  Now, we both know that is about six of one and a half-dozen of the other.  But, I am sure it sounded good to her at the time, as she was banking on a low intelligence quotient in the viewing audience.

So, now, they will look for more ways to mask their true selves, like trying to make their stance on issues like abortion look different.  How do they talk out of both sides of their mouthes at the same time?

FBI, IRS Search Home of Sen. Ted Stevens

July 30, 2007

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) 

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has joined those of us posting on topic. 

said it a few weeks ago: Republicans can’t tell the Dems to clean their House, if they won’t come clean about the GOP’s own dirtbags. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is one of the biggest and dirtiest. Now, the feds have raided one of his homes…

After all this time, Ted Stevens’ infamous Bridge to Nowhere might finally lead somewhere–perhaps a jail cell next to fellow GOP corruptocrat Duke Cunningham.

UPDATE: Here is the story from the Anchorage Daily News by Richard Mauer and Erika Bolstad . 

Federal law enforcement agents have been searching the Girdwood home of Alaska U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens for most of the afternoon.

“All I can say is that agents from the FBI and IRS are currently conducting a search at that residence,” said Dave Heller, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Anchorage office. The search began earlier this afternoon, he said. It’s the only such search warrant currently being served, he said.

Throughout the afternoon, a number of federal agents could be seen outside the house, along with a half-dozen government SUVs and other vehicles. Other agents were inside, with curtains drawn.

It couldn’t immediately be determined what, if anything, was being taken from the house. Some of the agents could be seen photographing the house’s exterior and surrounding property, including electrical outlets.

Agents at the house wouldn’t answer questions. Neighbors said the agents arrived around 11 a.m., and that a commercial locksmith company was called to open the door.

Heller, the FBI spokesman in Anchorage, directed other questions to the U.S. Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section in Washington. A spokesman there had no comment, nor would a spokesman for the IRS comment.

Stevens’ Washington, D.C., lawyer, Brendan Sullivan, said he had a “longstanding practice not to comment on such matters” and would not answer any questions about the raid. Sullivan, one of the best-known criminal defense lawyers in Washington, represented former Lt. Col. Oliver North, the central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal in the late 1980s.

Stevens said in a written statement that his lawyers were told this morning that federal agents “wished to search my home in Girdwood in connection with an ongoing investigation.”

Federal investigators and grand juries looking into public corruption in Alaska have been asking questions about a 2000 remodeling project that more than doubled the size of the Girdwood house — particularly the involvement of the oil field services firm Veco. Three contractors who worked on the project told the Daily News that their records had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, and others connected with the work and with Stevens had been interviewed.

One of the contractors who worked on the job said he was hired by Veco CEO Bill Allen for the job, and while his bills were paid by Stevens and his wife, Catherine, invoices were reviewed first by Veco.

Allen and a Veco vice president pleaded guilty in May to bribery, extortion and other charges connected with paying off state legislators.

Two weeks ago, Stevens told reporters that money for the remodeling came out of his own pocket.

“As a practical matter, I will tell you. We paid every bill that was given to us,” Stevens told reporters. “Every bill that was sent to us has been paid, personally, with our own money, and that’s all there is to it. It’s our own money.”

Beyond that, Stevens has issued a written statement repeatedly in recent months saying he would have no comment on the ongoing corruption probe.

A total of four former state lawmakers have been charged with bribery, along with a prison-industry lobbyist. One, former Anchorage Rep. Tom Anderson was convicted earlier this summer of bribery and other crimes for taking money from the lobbyist for a private prison company.

Last August, federal agents served more than 20 search warrants across the state, including at the offices of six state legislators, including Ted Stevens’ son, Ben Stevens, who at the time was president of the state Senate.

Ted Stevens, 83, is the longest-serving Republican senator.

Fox News weighs in on issues of the investigation.

According to reports, in the last six years, Stevens has received more than $119,000, including $20,000 from VECO’s former CEO Bill Allen. Stevens and Allen also are longtime friends and partners in a race horse investment.

Allen is also involved in a house-remodeling project Stevens undertook in 2000 and for which previously acknowledged that authorities warned him to preserve records. He told the Anchorage two weeks ago that he paid for all the renovations himself.

The construction project apparently called for Stevens to expand his Girdwood home to twice its original size. While it was estimated to be an $85,000 project, for which Stevens told city building officials he would be his own contractor, the construction project went terribly awry when the framing was botched and the carpentry alone ended up costing more than $100,000.

Carpenter Augie Paone has said he was hired by an employee of VECO to go in and fix the original job so that Stevens’ home could be raised off its foundation and a new first floor with two bedrooms, a game room, sauna and wraparound porch could be constructed.

Paone said he submitted his bills to Allen but didn’t find anything unusual about the project. Stevens paid for it with a series of checks, according to two people close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because grand jury matters are secret by law.

Stevens would not discuss the details of the investigation, including why the checks were drawn on an apparently new account and where the money came from.

Along with the carpentry bill, contractor Tony Hannah said Stevens paid $3,720 to have the house jacked up. The FBI has those records, and agents recently examined Stevens’ building permits, which do not mention VECO or any of the contractors who worked on the job. They also have begun questioning Stevens’ former Capitol Hill aides.

Stevens is not the only Alaska lawmaker being scrutinized. A government watchdog group filed a complaint against Sen. Lisa Murkowski over a land purchase that was said to be a steal. Rep. Don Young is also entangled with VECO, having received $157,000 from VECO employees and its political-action committee over the last 10 years.

Federal agents served more than 20 search warrants across the state in August, including at the offices of six state legislators, the Anchorage Daily News reported. At the time, Stevens’ son Ben Stevens was the president of the state Senate. Files were taken from his office, but he has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

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H/T to Drudge

Breitbart.com reports that the FBI and IRS searched the home of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) as part of an on-going probe into public corruption.

Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an official said.

Investigators arrived at the Republican senator’s home in Girdwood shortly before 2:30 p.m. Alaska time, said Dave Heller, FBI assistant special agent.

Heller said he could not comment on the nature of the investigation.

The Justice Department has been looking into the seven-term senator’s relationship with a wealthy contractor as part of a public corruption investigation.

It’s too early to speak yet on guilt or innocence.  But, if he is guilty of the public corruption charges for which he is being investigated, at least there will be one less crook in Washington and it will just go to show that they walk on both sides of the aisle.

Don Surber, Captain’s Quarters, UrbanGrounds, Republican GOP News Source, Strangelove, The Stout Republican

Chief Justice John Roberts suffers “benign idiopathic seizure”

July 30, 2007

Chief Justice John Roberts 

UPDATE: Guess what!  Now, I am a purveyor of hate speech, because I pointed out what left-nuts have said on leftosphere blogs wishing John Roberts death, etc.  Oh, well.  😉

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UPDATE:   Quick!  Someone notify the dKos, DemocraticUnderground, HuffingtonPost and Wonkette.  Justice John Roberts was released from the hospital and returned home Tuesday.  This may put a damper on their spirits, as their hopes and dreams are dashed with the news.

Chief Justice John Roberts walked out of a hospital in Maine Tuesday, released a day after he suffered a seizure. The White House said he told President Bush he was doing fine.

Roberts strode briskly out of the Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine, wearing a blue sport coat, open collar shirt and slacks. He waved to onlookers before getting into a waiting sports utility vehicle for a short trip to a dock, where he then took a pontoon boat to his summer home on Hupper Island, near Port Clyde, Maine.

Roberts had no response when a reporter hollered, “How are you feeling?”

The chief justice, 52, plans to continue his summer vacation, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. She said that doctors found no cause for concern after evaluating Roberts.  read more…

 

Darn it all!  He even had the nerve to tell the president that he is “doing fine.”  Can you imagine the nerve?

I just know that there is some weeping and gnashing of teeth over in the Leftosphere today.

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UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit points us to Patterico, who refers us to a rumor at Wonkette.

“Chief Justice John Roberts has died in his summer home in Maine. No, not really, but we know you have your fingers crossed.”

More ill will from the nutroots for our Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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UPDATE: Lonewacko has comments from the Democratic Underground.  As you can imagine, they are hate-filled diatribes.

aquart: Unless he fell on his head, it ain’t nuttin’. He can break pretty much anything and still go back to work. Look at Corzine.

ThomCat: I hate to wish anyone ill, but I hope his tenure on the supreme court is a short one.

kaygore: If there is a God, then he is not too young to become the right-hand maiden to Satan in the inner reaches of Hell.

antifaschits: [responding to a request for prayers] why? karma, if it exists, will probably kick this SOB in the teeth. Except, unlike 40,000,000 americans, he has access to the best of the best health care plans in the world. If, unexpectedly, he sees his own frail human life, his ability to suffer and die, his future pass before his eyes, like it does to hundreds of thousands each day in this country, if it educates him about the harm he inflicts on others, then, yeah, I can see hoping for him. But more likely than not, he won’t. He will not recognize life as most of us see it. He will continue in his neocon way of viewing things, and simply add fat to the fire when he recovers and returns to the bench.

aquart: Was there lightning?

aquart: [responding to the request for prayers] Okay: Dear Lord, May the evil John Roberts does come back to him and only him, from every place it has gone, from everyone it has harmed.

kaygore: Better prayer. Dear God, Please release Satan’s hand-maiden, John Roberts, from his worldly cares and allow him to join once again with the Prince of Darkness in the lowest reaches of Hell. We pray this in the name of your son, our lord, Jesus. Amen.

Bornaginhooligan: I prayed. But it didn’t come true.

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Ahhhhh!  The party of tolerance and compassion (Disclaimer: except for conservatives and anyone else that doesn’t tow our party line.)

And, they say Michelle Malkin is a purveyor of hate speech?  Good grief!

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H/T from Michelle Malkin on this breaking news. 

Fox News reports that Chief Justice John Roberts suffered a “benign idiopathic seizure”. 

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts suffered what doctors are describing as a “benign idiopathic seizure,” causing him to fall Monday at his summer home in Maine.

He is staying in Penobscot Bay Medical Center overnight for observation, court officials told FOX News.

Roberts was at his home on Hupper Island around 2 p.m. ET when he suffered the seizure and fell. The fall caused minor scrapes, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

Roberts, 52, was transported by boat and then ambulance from his summer home, a journey of some 40 miles. At Pen Bay Medical Center, he underwent a “thorough neurological evaluation, which revealed no cause for concern,” Arberg said in a statement.

Roberts was “alert” upon arrival at the hospital, and endured several hours of exams, Arberg said. He is said to have “fully recovered.”

Candice Davis, an EMT with St. George Rescue Squad who drove Roberts in the ambulance, told WPFO-TV that Roberts may have hit his head when he fell off a boat ramp, but he had no obvious physical injuries and was alert and conscious the whole time. 

Davis said she didn’t know who she was transporting until she arrived at the hospital in Rockland and was told who Roberts is.

A benign idiopathic seizure means the episode appears to be harmless and “of no known cause.” Steven Garner of New York Methodist Hospital said if Roberts has a previous history of seizures, Monday’s incident may be less serious than a newly-emerging problem.

“We just may have a malfunction in the circuits, the way that brain cells talk to one another,” said Garner, who did not examine Roberts. Garner said taking medication, drinking alcohol or certain periods of stress can all bring on seizures.    more…

We should all keep Justice Roberts and his family in our prayers for a full and speedy recovery. 

However, a few commenters at Think Progress can’t resist taking stabs at John Roberts, while he is suffering, like:

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    • I hope its due to an inoperable brain tumor. – Comment by angryvietnamvet — July 30, 2007 @ 8:05 pm 
    • Maybe it was “DUHbya’s Almighty: telling him he had gone a little too far. – Commentt by Clyde the Ripper — July 30, 2007 @ 8:08 pm
    • It won’t affect his work, since he’s not been known for using his brain. – Comment by ronjazz — July 30, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

Nice to know that the party of compassion and tolerance has John Roberts in their thoughts and prayers too, huh?  Geez! 

Others posting on this topic: Ace of Spades HQ, Bill’s Bites, universityupdate.com, Rhymes With Right, Charlotte Conservative News, Ann Althouse, Texas Rainmaker, Ed Driscoll

Now, this is “restorative justice”

July 30, 2007

RestorativeJustice.org logo 

I have kept meaning to post something on this story over at Michelle Malkin’s blog.  Her post originated from a story at Fox News.

Judge Orders Man to Clean Vets’ Memorial With Toothbrush for Iraq War Memorial Scam 

A 73-year-old man has been ordered to clean a veterans memorial with a toothbrush for taking part in a scam to solicit scrap yards for metal, saying it was to be used to build a memorial for soldiers in the Iraq war.

Philip Kolinski and another man were arrested after scrap yards reported the men soliciting metal donations for a sculpture. Detectives said the men sold the metal and kept the money.

“You certainly should be ashamed,” Saginaw County District Court Judge A.T. Frank said as he sentenced Kolinski to clean the veterans memorial in front of Governmental Center on Aug. 7.

“You will have a toothbrush and bucket with a placard saying you stole from veterans,” Frank said.

Kolinski pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obtaining more than $200 under false pretenses, although he claimed he didn’t know he was committing a crime. He said he agreed to haul the metal for another man, who is awaiting trial in the case.

“I just hauled it and took it to the dump yard,” Kolinski said. “I feel sorry for what I did.”

The judge also ordered Kolinski to pay $9,000 in restitution and $2,095 in fees and fines.

Now, this is an example of restorative justice, in my book

Darryl Tucker at The Saginaw News has more on this story.  The Army Times has an AP article on it.

Others posting on this topic: Free Republic, Power Line

Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the saga continues.

July 30, 2007

This post is an update from my original one on “Scott Thomas”, now discovered to be Scott Thomas Beauchamp. 

Michelle Malkin has an update on the “Scott Thomas” Beauchamp story as it continues to unfold.   

John Tabin has the lowdown on Private Beauchamp at The American Spectator, including an apparent demotion in rank and insight from the First Sergeant of Beuchamp’s company about some “issues”.

Lynn Davidson at NewsBusters picks apart the scathing review by the Columbia Journalism Review of military bloggers responses to The New Republic‘s.

The Columbia Journalism Review hit a new low with Paul McLeary’s latest article when apparently claimed milbloggers didn’t serve in the military. Outraged that milbloggers and the right dared to question the veracity of Scott Beauchamp’s fantastical writings which claimed US soldiers in Iraq played with the skulls of Iraqi children, McCleary asked “Why do conservatives hate the troops” and pretended to take the side of those beleaguered “troops.” In response to the legitimate discussion of Beauchamp’s liberal activism in college, McLeary cattily huffed (bold mine throughout):

How dare a college grad and engaged citizen volunteer to join the Army to fight for his country! (Which is something that most of the brave souls who inhabit the milblog community prefers to leave to others.)

Baldilocks takes issue with the Columbia Journalism Review too.

Apparently McLeary’s Ivy-honed intellect didn’t help him to deduce that milbloggers=military bloggers. Nor did that “superior intellect” lead him to discover that all military officers have an undergraduate degree, at minimum, and that half of enlisted men/women have obtained the same.

He denigrates the military bloggers then has the nerve to quote Andrew Sullivan approvingly in the next sentence. :::shakes head:::

I hope that he came to my blog, saw that “101st Fighting Keyboarders” link on the top right and got fooled. What a clown.

That is quite a turn on McLeary’s apart, after taking time to find Matt Burden of BlackFive, a military blogger, and interview him last year.

McCleary finally tries to offer an apology, of sorts, for his supposed slip-of-the-tongue.

I really walked into this one.

I actually spend a lot of time on milblogs. I was careless in my
choice of wording when I wrote the piece. What I meant was the
whole community of blogs that have sprung up in the same universe
as milblogs — Hugh Hewitt, etc., who act tough about the war, but
have never served, and have never left the comforts of their
air-conditioned offices to see what might be going on in Iraq or
Afghanistan.

I’ve written a lot about milblogs, actually: Interviewed Matthew
Currier Burden
for CJR, as well as a couple soldiers who were
blogging for the New York Times. I’ve also spoken to, and exchanged
emails with Yon and Bill Roggio and such, and I blogged the whole
time I was in Iraq back in ’06, which doesn’t make me a milblogger,
but hey, it’s something, I guess.

Like I said, I really stepped in it because I didn’t take the time
to clearly define what I was talking about.

Baldilocks also points out some inconsistencies in McCleary’s rants about non-military bloggers, like Michelle Malkin, Bryan Preston, etc.

McLeary may also want to note that Michelle Malkin–the main target of his original ire–and Bryan Preston have both “left the comforts of their
air-conditioned offices to see what might be going on in Iraq,” as have many conservative/moderate civilian bloggers like Bill INDC and Michael Totten. Michael is there right now.

Bryan Preston points out why the Scott Thomas Beauchamp story is important to folks in the military.

How important, in the grand scheme of the war, is the Scott Thomas Beauchamp story? By itself, it’s not all that important. But contrary to the opinions of those who can’t be bothered to care about it but nonetheless opine on it for whatever reason, and then mainly to downplay its importance, Beauchamp hasn’t happened all by itself and to those of us who served, its context and trajectory make it very important.  more…

On a more entertaining side of this story, Villainous Company has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged readers to submit their own fictional works, like “Scott Thomas”.  But, Villainous Company sets out some guidelines to keep things “clean and not engage in anything that brings discredit on us.” 

You might start by getting an idea from this cool spoof of the formerly-anonymous TNR writer.  Stretch your fingers and give it a try.  There may a budding TNR writer out there.

Previous posts on Scott Thomas Beauchamp: Volunteer Opinion Journal (here and here), Michelle Malkin (here and here)

Others posting on this now: Bill’s Bites

The hunt for Murtha’s earmark.

July 30, 2007

H/T to Instapundit.

Murtha's Missing Earmarked Center

Mary Katharine Ham and Katie Favazza visit John Murtha’s district in Johnsontown, PA to investigate the missing earmarked center.  Watch the video and see the runaround they get from the media spokesperson that doesn’t talk to the media.

Flush the Koran, do not pass go, go straight to jail?

July 30, 2007

 

UPDATES:

Little Green Footballs says Bill O’Reilly is “squarely on the wrong side”, as he “came out in favor of charging Stanislav Shmulevich with felony hate crimes for putting a Koran in a toilet.”  I have to admit, I missed The O’Reilly Factor tonight but trust LGF to have understood O’Reilly correctly.  Man!  Fox needs to turn that into The Malkin Factor and retire O’Reilly, if he has gone that far off his rocker.  She has been guest-hosting a lot here lately.  Maybe they have something in the works?

Video at HotAir asks, “Should Stanislav Shmulevich face felony hate crimes charges?”.  And, the answer to that is no.  Misdemeanor charges for vandalism or theft, since it appears to have been school property from the school’s meditation room but not felonies.  HotAire also has some interesting examples of offensive representations which did not result in felony charges. 

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H/T Michelle Malkin.

It would seem that a 23 year old Pace University student by the name of Stanislav Shmulevich faces possible jail time for felony charges related to chunking the Koran in the toilet

A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, police said.

Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both hate crimes, police said. It was unclear if he was a student at the school. A message left at the Shmulevich home was not immediately returned.

The Islamic holy book was found in a toilet at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus by a teacher on Oct. 13. A student discovered another book in a toilet on Nov. 21, police said.

Muslim activists had called on Pace University to crack down on hate crimes after the incidents. As a result, the university said it would offer sensitivity training to its students.

The school was accused by Muslim students of not taking the incident seriously enough at first. Pace classified the first desecration of the holy book as an act of vandalism, but university officials later reversed themselves and referred the incident to the New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit.

The incidents came amid a spate of vandalism cases with religious or racial overtones at the school. In an earlier incident on Sept. 21, the school reported another copy of the Quran was found in a library toilet, and in October someone scrawled racial slurs on a student’s car at the Westchester County satellite campus and on a bathroom wall at the campus in lower Manhattan. Police did not connect Shmulevich to those incidents.

Treatment of the Quran is a sensitive issue for Muslims, who view the book as a sacred object and mistreating it as an offense against God. The religion teaches that the Quran is the direct word of God.

Little Green Footballs has more on this story, after talking with Shmulevich.  As LGF notes, “This is not over.”

Allahpundit has the legal roundup on this case with the possible statutes in question.  Now, at least two questions come to mind for me, after reading Allah’s review.  First, just how much does a Koran cost?  From the statutes that Allahpundit has found, the Koran cost has to exceed $250 for the lesser offense or $1,500 for the greater of the two.  That would be one expensive book of Allah’s word.  Anybody know the going price on a Koran?  Secondly, how can the burden of proof be so low on the aggravated assault charge.  All they have to do is say they were annoyed, threatened or alarmed.  Yikes!  Talk about the P.C. Police!  I would like to see Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit weigh in on the constitutionality of this.

Phil Orenstein at The Democracy Project offers some sound advice to Shmulevich.

As this news story unfolds, Stanislav Shmulevich, whether a student of Pace or not, should seek legal representation to overturn this outrageous violation of his constitutional rights. There is no right in a democracy not to be offended although the threats and bullying tactics of CAIR and MSA have forced the hand of Pace administrators and New York’s Police Department to do their sinister bidding.

But, Phil also notes a double-standard at Pace.

The other incidents “with racial or religious overtones” at Pace University were swastikas painted on a bathroom wall and on a Holocaust memorial event poster, the desecration of a Menorah on campus and other vicious antisemitic attacks which never rose to the level of hate crime, nor should they so along as burning the American flag is free speech and the photograph Piss Christ was the winner of “Awards in the Visual Arts” competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. However, this demonstrates clear evidence of a double standard lurking at Pace, throughout academia and trickling down throughout the body politic where Muslims and certain identity groups get preferential treatment while others are spurned.

Dr. Bostom at New English Review weighs into the issue and gives us a history lesson on Koran desecration stories.

Others posting on this topic: 

Bill’s Bites / Moonbattery  / jCircadian / Pierre Legrand’s Pink Flamingo Bar / BUUUUURRRRNING HOT / Sunday Overnight · New York Articles / Spontaneous Order / Weblogs / Toms FlashBacks / Toms FlashBacks / Full Metal Cynic / The Shot! @ shotpolitics.com / The Saloon dot net / Hyscience / Pajamas Media / Crush Liberalism / Crush Liberalism /Right Wing Nut House / Crimes (Politik – Page 3) / Buttle’s World / The American Pundit / southchild.