• Free Tip for Susan Rice: Do NOT Go on Television. It never ends well

    Or Radio. Or Podcasts. Or Smoke Signals.

    I’m just glad CNN, NBC, the Washington Post, and New York Times take her word for it.

    Of course, the more serious question is whether Rice will talk when the FBI and the House and Senate committees come calling. My hunch, and it is only that, is that she will release statements saying she did nothing wrong and then decline to answer questions. We need to know what legitimate, national-security purpose she had for unmasking the names on each document she requested. We need to know, under oath, if she spoke about any of this with Valerie Jarrett. We can assume that she will never say she spoke about this to President–and we can assume that she is as truthful as always.

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    Kudos, once again, to William Jacobson and Legal Insurrection.

     

  • Tweet of the Day: Why Liberal Bias in Law Schools Makes Conservative Lawyers Better

    The  logic of Michael McConnell’s argument applies equally to conservative students in the social sciences and humanities.

    McConnell has had a distinguished career as a law professor, dean, and federal appellate judge. He now teaches at Stanford Law.

    Jack Goldsmith, one of the nation’s top scholars of national security law and a former senior official in the Department of Justice, is now a professor at Harvard Law. 

  • UPDATE: Mob Shouts Down Campus Speaker. Pictures and Comments on the Mischief at Middlebury

    FOLLOW-UP ON MOB STOPPING SPEECH AT MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE

    Here is the news from the local student paper, The Middlebury Campus, which has a more accurate, neutral headline and better description than the Washington Post. That alone should shame the Post.

    The picture is particularly important since it clearly shows how the thuggish mob was shouting down the speaker in the room, preventing his talk. They later attacked him and a professor as they left the event.

    The mob could have protested peacefully outside the event–showing their respect for free speech and their opposition to Murray. That is the back-and-forth our First Amendment permits. Instead, the students and outsider haters elected to impose their views on everyone and shut down the speech.

    Their behavior was noxious. If they are students, they should have the remainder of the year at home to contemplate what education and ordered liberty mean. If Middlebury College refuses to take strong action, then students and their parents should look elsewhere for education.

    If the disrupting protesters came from outside, they should face criminal penalties.

    My extended comments are below.

     

    What happened, in a nutshell

    For now, the important facts are these:

    • The college administrators tried hard to let Murray speak,
    • He was stopped by a thuggish mob, one of whom injured the professor accompanying Murray
    • Murray’s speech was stopped when the mob kept shouting, stomping their feet, setting off fire alarms, and more.

    Here is the Time magazine report.

    What we don’t know yet is whether Middlebury will follow up and do what it should: expel the students who prevented the speech and demand legal consequences for the off-campus rioters.

    If Middlebury does, it will reestablish a climate of learning.

    If it refuses to punish its out-of-control students, then young people interested in genuine learning should not go there.

    Free Speech and Its Foes on Campus

    When violent thugs have an effective veto over who can and cannot speak, our system of higher education is doomed. That is exactly what is happening on many campuses today.

    Administrators stand by passively and some actually discourage free speech by publishing “principles” that place freedom of speech below other values, such as their particular view of social justice or comity on campus. Whatever you think of those values, their practical effect is straightforward. They are nothing more than sweet talk for speech suppression.

    When the Media Covers Up for the Bad Guys

    These problems would be bad enough without the media trying to cover up for the miscreants. Unfortunately, that is exactly what many of them do because they hold the same views about “social justice” trumping “controversial conservative views.” You would think the media, which lives on free speech, would be its staunchest defender. That they are not tells you how deeply the termites have eaten into the load-bearing walls of our liberties.

    That’s what today’s Tweet of the Day is about–the dishonesty of the Washington Post‘s reporting:

     

    Contrast the Washington Post’s treatment with the honest headline and fair treatment in Inside Higher Education: Shouting Down a Lecture by Scott Jaschik.

    For spinning when it should be reporting honestly, the Washington Post wins today’s AgitProp Prize for corrupt, politically-biased reporting.

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    Many thanks to Michael Sokolow for The Middlebury Campus article

  • Tweet of the Day: A Mob Shouts Down a College Speaker; the Washington Post tries to spin it

    I will have more on what happened to Charles Murray at Middlebury College.

    For now, the important facts are these:

    • The college administrators tried hard to let Murray speak,
    • He was stopped by a thuggish mob, one of whom injured the professor accompanying Murray
    • Murray’s speech was stopped when the mob kept shouting, stomping their feet, setting off fire alarms, and more.

    Here is the Time magazine report.

    What we don’t know yet is whether Middlebury will follow up and do what it should: expel the students who prevented the speech and demand legal consequences for the off-campus rioters.

    If Middlebury does, it will reestablish a climate of learning.

    If it refuses to punish its out-of-control students, then young people interested in genuine learning should not go there.

    Free Speech and Its Foes on Campus

    When violent thugs have an effective veto over who can and cannot speak, our system of higher education is doomed. That is exactly what is happening on many campuses today.

    Administrators stand by passively and some actually discourage free speech by publishing “principles” that place freedom of speech below other values, such as their particular view of social justice or comity on campus. Whatever you think of those values, their practical effect is straightforward. They are nothing more than sweet talk for speech suppression.

    When the Media Covers Up for the Bad Guys

    These problems would be bad enough without the media trying to cover up for the miscreants. Unfortunately, that is exactly what many of them do because they hold the same views about “social justice” trumping “controversial conservative views.” You would think the media, which lives on free speech, would be its staunchest defender. That they are not tells you how deeply the termites have eaten into the load-bearing walls of our liberties.

    That’s what today’s Tweet of the Day is about–the dishonesty of the Washington Post‘s reporting:

     

    Contrast the Washington Post’s treatment with the honest headline and fair treatment in Inside Higher Education: Shouting Down a Lecture by Scott Jaschik.

    For spinning when it should be reporting honestly, the Washington Post wins today’s AgitProp Prize for corrupt, politically-biased reporting.

  • Tweet of the Day: Crime in Sweden

    At the Trump rally in Melbourne, Florida, the President indicated there had been a terrible event “last night” in Sweden.

    Since nothing out of the ordinary had happened, the bien pensant began mocking him relentlessly.

    My FB and Twitter feeds were filled with their cackling, “Pray for Sweden.”

    ACTUALLY . . .

    There is significant crime associated with Sweden’s immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East. There are areas where the local police fear going and, since saying so is a “thought crime,” they don’t talk about it publicly. Don’t want to be prosecuted by Big Brother, who does not accept truth as a defense.

    Beside the increased crime, immigrants are also causing two major problems for Sweden’s welfare state. The first, and most obvious, is that they need (and demand) costly social services and income support. The second, and less obvious, is that the entire Swedish welfare state depends upon mutual trust that recipients are honest. Rampant fraud, stemming from the immigrant community, is undermining the system’s foundation of trust.

    AS IF ON CUE

    After the laughter at Trump had faded, the impossible happened: last night really did sink into rioting. A Swedish police officer stopped an immigrant for some violation and was attacked by rock-throwing miscreants, who then led their fellows into an all-out riot.

    The rioters clearly have a rich sense of irony.

    PRAY FOR SWEDEN

    Nothing to see here, said all my friends who, only the day before, had posted the mocking phrase, “Pray for Sweden.”

    They could use prayer now, but none of those folks are posting.

    It could be worse. Just imagine what would happen to them if they actually prayed as Christians or Jews in that “immigrant community.” And you think stoning police was bad.