March 17, 2018

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And mostly, it’s just by causing them to reveal themselves as such.

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YEAH, THAT’S BULLSHIT: “I remember walking across campus with my girlfriend one morning to find, nailed to trees, signs that declared, ‘All sex is rape.’ Perhaps the sentiment was not meant to be taken literally, but it still seemed to suggest that maleness was a kind of original sin that could never be fully expunged.”

Male privilege: “90 percent of ‘bystander rescues,’ in which a person tries to save a stranger, are performed by men. One in five rescuers dies in the attempt.” Sebastian Junger, however, is too apologetic about masculinity.

MASCOTS OF THE ANOINTED: The Left is Using Your Children, Sarah Hoyt writes.

ARTHUR MILLER’S DAUGHTER HUMANIZES PLAYWRIGHT IN NEW DOCUMENTARY: Some controversial behavior connected to the Communist Party gets played down.

Much worse is her fractured retelling of the events surrounding Miller’s confrontation with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and its investigation of Hollywood’s Communist Party in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Director Elia Kazan, Miller’s best friend and stage collaborator, was an embittered ex-Communist who agreed to testify and name names of other party members. (“I hate the Communists and have for many years, and don’t feel right about giving up my career to defend them,” Kazan said.) Miller didn’t speak to him for 10 years, and also wrote a play, The Crucible, comparing HUAC and its witnesses as murderous witchhunters.

Eventually, Miller, too, got a subpoena. He denied ever being a Communist, even when HUAC confronted him with his written application for party membership. The manifest absurdity of his denial would be reinforced decades later when historians discovered Miller had been a secret writer for the Stalinist party cultural organ New Masses.

Nothing in Writer hints at Miller’s underground life, his false testimony to HUAC, or his secret allegiance to the most murderous dictator of the 20th century. Even making allowances for a daughter’s desire to put her father in the best possible light, that’s a little much.

As Mark Steyn wrote of screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo in 2003, when the off-Broadway play that was a likely inspiration for the 2015 biopic starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston as one of Miller’s Communist contemporaries, “Though the play won’t tell you the answer to that famous question – ‘Are you now or have you ever…?’ – the answer is: yes, he was. The more interesting question is: How do you feel about getting one of the great moral questions of the century wrong?”


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Not everyone in Hollywood is happy with the effect that the “Me Too” movement has had on their industry.

Director Terry Gilliam is one of the few men in Hollywood brave enough to speak out against the movement. Make no mistake, he knows Harvey Weinstein “is a monster,” but he believes some of the women who chose to work with him knew what they were getting into. And the mob that’s taken a hold of Hollywood in the wake of their allegations is out of control.

“It’s like when mob rule takes over, the mob is out there they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle,” Gilliam told AFP.

—“Director Bashes The Me Too ‘Mob’ That’s Taken Control Of Hollywood,” the Daily Caller, yesterday.

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But it’s what you do while you’re here, and what you should be doing is living hopefully and trying to balance your needs and the needs of the world and the planet, and don’t fuck the place up.  So that’s the problem with the idea that it’s all going to go to rat shit eventually so let’s make as much money as possible.  Those people will always be a fungus and if I was running the country I would take them out and shoot them frankly, but that’s something else [laughs].

—Gilliam discussing the environment with a Website called, while promoting his 2014 movie, The Zero Theorem, as quoted in “Terry Gilliam’s Eliminationist Rhetoric,” Ed, September 24, 2014.

As I wrote at the time, “Gilliam’s dystopian 1985 film Brazil ends with Jonathan Pryce’s protagonist being brutally tortured by Michael Palin’s Speer or Eichmann-esque coolly technocratic statist character. Presumably, Pryce’s character dies at the end of the film or shortly afterwards. Who knew until now Gilliam meant it to be a happy ending and the whole film a how-to guide for big government?”

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TASTELESS IDEA OF THE YEAR: Headline writers of America, please go with this: “From Twitter to the Sh*tter.” I mean this story changes so much, I expect the next rumor is that they fired him during a sex change operation.

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MICHAEL WALSH: Mike Pompeo Might Be The Only Guy Trump Trusts.

FACEBOOK SUSPENDS TRUMP DATA FIRM FOR HARVESTING PRIVATE INFORMATION OF USERS. “We’ve been promised by Google, Facebook, and other social sites that our personal information is protected and that when some of our information is provided to third parties, our identity will never be made known. But now we have an example of just how disingenuous those promises are.”

IT’S JUST AN AURA OF A PENUMBRA OF A PERCEPTION. POLL: Perception of liberal bias hurting support for higher ed.

Speaking of which, “California teacher put on leave for asking if schools would allow walkouts to protest abortion.”

KARL MARX’S JEW-HATING CONSPIRACY THEORY: Marx didn’t supplant old ideas about money and commerce; he intensified them.

When God became sidelined as the source of ultimate meaning, “the people” became both the new deity and the new messianic force of the new order. In other words, instead of worshipping some unseen force residing in Heaven, people started worshipping themselves. This is what gave nationalism its spiritual power, as the volksgeist, people’s spirit, replaced the Holy Spirit. The tribal instinct to belong to a sacralized group took over. In this light, we can see how romantic nationalism and “globalist” Marxism are closely related. They are both “re-enchantment creeds,” as the philosopher-historian Ernest Gellner put it. They fill up the holes in our souls and give us a sense of belonging and meaning.

For Marx, the inevitable victory of Communism would arrive when the people, collectively, seized their rightful place on the Throne of History. The cult of unity found a new home in countless ideologies, each of which determined, in accord with their own dogma, to, in Voegelin’s words, “build the corpus mysticum of the collectivity and bind the members to form the oneness of the body.” Or, to borrow a phrase from Barack Obama, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

Read the whole thing.

DERP STATE: Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power tells Trump it’s a bad idea to piss off John Brennan.


Also, a flashback: CIA director John Brennan lied to you and to the Senate. Fire him.

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IF YOU NEED A FRIEND IN WASHINGTON, GET A DOG: John Kelly Learns a Hard Lesson About the Reality of the White House Press Corps.

AYN RAND DIDN’T WRITE THE RETURN OF THE PRIMITIVE AS A HOW-TO GUIDE: San Francisco Is Suffering From The Excesses Of Its Own Liberalism.


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“MORAL CONFUSION IS THE POOR MAN’S COMPLEXITY.” So it’s not just me?! “‘Seven Days in Entebbe’ and the nostalgia for 1970s terrorism.”

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WE’RE WAY TOO COMPLACENT: China’s nuclear aircraft carrier technology will catch up to the US around 2025.

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ANDREW MCCARTHY: Mueller’s Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards.

These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution — crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsel’s jurisdiction.

Rosenstein, instead, put the cart before the horse: Mueller was invited to conduct a fishing expedition, a boundless quest to hunt for undiscovered crimes, rather than an investigation and prosecution of known crimes.

That deviation, it turns out, is not the half of it. With Rosenstein’s passive approval, Mueller is shredding Justice Department charging policy by alleging earth-shattering crimes, then cutting a sweetheart deal that shields the defendant from liability for those crimes and from the penalties prescribed by Congress. The special counsel, moreover, has become a legislature unto himself, promulgating the new, grandiose crime of “conspiracy against the United States” by distorting the concept of “fraud.”

Why does the special counsel need to invent an offense to get a guilty plea? Why doesn’t he demand a plea to one of the several truly egregious statutory crimes he claims have been committed?

Good questions.


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SARAH HOYT: Russians Don’t Understand Us Enough to Hack Us.

Okay.  Before you read this, check under your bed for Russians.  Once you’re done, check under your desk for Russians.  Then check your computer for Russian robots.

You won’t find any, of course, but you’ll have assured the left and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) that you aren’t being manipulated by Russians.

The backstory of this is kind of funny since we on the right were accused for years of believing there were Russians (Soviets, actually) under our beds.  We didn’t, of course.  We believed there was Soviet propaganda in our heads, which was rather more to the point.

It’s hilarious and more than a little bizarre to watch the left pivot on a dime* from over a half century of anti-McCarthy and blacklist movies to seeing more Russians under the bed (to borrow Sarah’s analogy) than McCarthy himself. Hollywood’s due for another anti-blacklist movie (their mythology seemingly requires them to churn out a new one every five or ten years); I wonder if they’ll even bother trying to square the circle.

* The original pivot being Stalin-approved, of course.

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ROGER SIMON: The Reckoning of the FBI Has Begun.

From the FBI and across the intelligence agencies an astonishing number of people are going to find themselves accused, one can safely predict at this point, of some atrocious behavior in a free republic. And it will not just be the small change of Peter Strzok (the dimwitted director of counter-intelligence) and his gal pal Lisa Page. It will include—on one level or another—James Comey, Loretta Lynch, John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice and, almost inevitably, Barack Obama, not to mention others known and unknown.

All these people’s reputations will be damaged forever for the pathetic purpose of getting Hillary Clinton elected president and later for their determination to manipulate the FBI and intelligence agencies to wound as severely as possible Trump’s presidency. That they didn’t stop to think that they might be wounding America at the same time is extraordinarily selfish and nauseating.

Further, that a Russia collusion investigation was employed by these people for their nefarious purposes is darkly ironic because their technique itself reeks of Stalin’s NKVD.

Read the whole thing.

ALASKA ARTILLERY DELIVERY: A CH-47 Chinook helicopter delivers a 155 mm howitzer and its gun crew to the Yukon Training Area, Alaska, March 7, 2018. Note the helo’s “skis.”

UPDATE: Link fixed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Our campus display explained why we’re conservative. Our peers tore it down. “If anyone tries to tell you conservative ideas are allowed on college campuses, show them the before and after pictures in this feed. In under a week we had our modest and uncontroversial display vandalized with hostile responses, and eventually torn down almost completely.”

Cost of attending St. Olaf College: $58,870 per year.

DEMOCRATS BRACE FOR potential California disaster.

THE 21ST CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: Fistfights, nude masturbation and dead pets: What’s going on with airline travel?

Ayn Rand didn’t write The Return of the Primitive as a how-to guide.

(Classical reference in headline.)

WHAT THIS ACTUALLY MEANS IS THAT THEY’RE AFRAID OF MUSLIMS: ‘Crusaders’ mascot succumbs to ‘Islamophobia’ concerns.

BRIDGET JOHNSON: Scalise Predicts Pelosi will be One of Dems’ ‘Biggest Impediments’ in Midterms.

TIT FOR TAT: Russia retaliates against Britain by expelling diplomats over ex-spy’s poisoning.

Related: History:

After the RB-47 incident in which the USSR shot down an unarmed US reconnaissance airplane over international waters, President Eisenhower is said to have ordered the assassination of an equivalent number of Soviet military troops of similar rank to those killed in the RB-47. By “is said to” I mean that this authorization is widely rumored, and I have a number of reasons (none of them official and none of my reasons subject to the official secrets laws) to believe this is true. It was neither officially admitted or denied by Eisenhower, who refused to discuss the matter. He neither asserted nor denied a right to to take this action.

In last night’s open thread, a commenter wonders if Theresa May will do something similar.

AUSTIN BAY: ‘Maximum Pressure’ Strategy Got North Korea to the Table.

TAKING SIDES: Facebook suspends Trump-linked firm Cambridge Analytica.


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WE’RE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU: State: Voicemail about cracking in bridge wasn’t picked up.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Eric Holder tells GOP, ‘You want to have a knife fight, we’re gonna do it.’

I eagerly await Paul Krugman’s stern denunciation of this eliminationist rhetoric.

FAR LEFT WATCH: Communist militia leader arrested on weapons charges.

ANOTHER BIG CORRECTION: We Were Totally Wrong About That Scott Kelly Space Genes Story. “It turns out we got the story wrong in a big way. In the original story, we reported that 7 percent of Kelly’s genetic code had changed after his stint in space. But that enormous level of genetic change would mean Kelly went to outer space and came back a space alien: All humans share more than 99 percent of our DNA, and we share more than 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, our closest living relatives.”

SOMEWHAT FEWER THINK THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHER HAS IMPROVED THEM:  Most people think they have improved their significant other.

IT ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK – IT’S WORSE!  The ‘penis facial’ is the latest disturbing beauty treatment.

WHAT CAN’T GO ON, WON’T:  Academics reeling as market discipline comes to the University of Wisconsin.

WAIT, WHAT?   China’s out-of-control space station may crash to Earth within a month.

THEIR GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF HISTORY IS ABOUT THE SAME AS HILLARY’S:  Dems Only Pretend to Disavow Hillary’s ‘White Women’ Comments.

QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?  Who can investigate whom?

WHY NOT? THEY EXPLOIT EVERYTHING ELSE:  Exploitation Of Special Needs For Gun Control?

WHAT CAN’T GO ON WON’T:  Disgraced Media Already Hit with Massive Layoffs in 2018.

THAT’S JUST…. THAT….  Midwife delivers her own baby by C-section.

STILL NOT TIRED OF WINNING!   Matt Damon moving family to Australia because of Trump.

March 16, 2018

WELL: FBI’s Andrew McCabe fired, effective immediately, before he could retire.

UPDATE: Don Surber has thoughts.


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WHAT DEMOGRAPHIC COLLAPSE LOOKS LIKE: Japan’s lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail.

“My husband died last year,” one inmate says. “We didn’t have any children, so I was all alone. I went to a supermarket to buy vegetables, and I saw a package of beef. I wanted it, but I thought it would be a financial burden. So I took it.”

Neither the government nor the private sector has established an effective rehabilitation program for seniors, and the costs to keep them in prison are rising fast. Expenses associated with elder care helped push annual medical costs at correctional facilities past 6 billion yen (more than $50 million) in 2015, an 80 percent increase from a decade before. Specialized workers have been hired to help older inmates with bathing and toileting during the day, but at night these tasks are handled by guards.

At some facilities, being a correctional officer has come to resemble being a nursing-home attendant. Satomi Kezuka, a veteran officer at Tochigi Women’s Prison, about 60 miles north of Tokyo, says her duties now include dealing with incontinence. . . .

“I was imprisoned for the first time when I was 70. When I shoplifted, I had money in my wallet. Then I thought about my life. I didn’t want to go home, and I had nowhere else to go. Asking for help in prison was the only way.”


TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Silicon Valley’s Favorite Prison Reformer Accused of Sexual Assault and Harassment.

Defy settled a complaint brought by a female former employee who said Hoke “reached her hand up the employee’s skirt twice at a company party,” according to Gordon’s letter to prison officials.

“The employee signed an NDA [nondisclosure agreement] prohibiting her from disclosing the incident or the existence of the NDA to anyone except the CEO, her husband or the COO,” Gordon’s letter continued. “Two employees who witnessed the assault were forced to relinquish their personal mobile phones and passwords” and were questioned by an attorney from Gordon & Rees.

The lawyer involved did not comment on the allegations. A former employee who spoke with The Daily Beast supported Gordon’s claims that two witnesses had been made to surrender their phones.

It wasn’t the only time Hoke was accused of sexual harassment at Defy.

A former Defy client, Kenneth Maxwell, sued Hoke in 2015 alleging he was forced out of the program over his “refusal to consummate a personal and sexual relationship” with Hoke, according to his complaint. The lawsuit was dismissed after Maxwell failed to serve defendants with a summons and complaint.

Another female employee told The Daily Beast Hoke sexually harassed her during a business trip in 2014, insisting the woman share a bed with her.


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I BLAME GLOBAL WARMING: Chicago leads U.S. in underwater homes.

More than a decade after the housing bust, the problem of underwater homeownership “remains elevated in Chicago because your housing recovery has been more sluggish relative to what we’re seeing nationally,” said Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s chief economist.

Nothaft attributed the slow pace of recovery here to job growth that’s “not as robust” as in other cities and to a years-long struggle with a high number of foreclosures in the wake of the economic downturn of the mid-2000s.

What could go wrong?


As another day passed by where his wife’s timeline was filled with threats and some of the most revolting and vile trolling we have ever seen (all while Twitter did nothing), Chris Loesch called our attention to another issue only Conservatives seem to be having with the social media giant’s Terms of Service:

Earlier: The Censorship of Conservatives on the Internet Is Approaching Critical Levels of Bad.


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HILARITY ENSUES: Woman posts public complaint to postal service when sex toy is lost in the mail.


Last fall, St. Catherine University invited 30 businesswomen and inspirational speakers to lead the breakout sessions at a popular annual leadership conference.

But the conference, which was billed as a networking and career-building event, never took place. The university canceled it because of what it called a lack of diversity among the invited speakers.

The decision, which caught many of the speakers by surprise, has cast the Catholic university in St. Paul in an uncomfortable national spotlight. Last week, the conservative website Campus Reform reported that St. Catherine had pulled the plug on the event because “most, if not all the scheduled speakers ended up being white.”

Read the whole thing. St. Catherine University’s tuition and fees are $38,349. Parents and students, choose where to spend your money wisely.

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LET THE BOYS FIGHT: Why Anti-Bullying Policies Fail and Why Fighting May Be the Answer.

ZUG-ZUG: Modern Humans Had Sex With Denisovan Cousins Too, Not Just Neanderthals.

(Classical reference in the headline, as Ed might remind you.)

HMM: Hacker Adrian Lamo dies at 37.

The Colombian-American hacker, who resided in Wichita, Kansas, first rose to notoriety in the early-2000s by hacking into systems at The New York Times, Microsoft, and Yahoo, which he was subsequently convicted for.

Lamo was more recently widely known for his involvement in passing information on whistleblower Chelsea Manning, a former US Army soldier who befriended Lamo. In an internet chat, Manning told Lamo that she had downloaded and burned classified files to a disk.

Lamo, with help from two friends in military intelligence, informed the US military of the breach.

Cause of death has not been released.



So is there any point to determining a TV canon at all? There certainly are excellent TV shows, especially relative to other TV shows. There are TV shows that are produced with artistic genius and beauty and that shed light on timeless truths about the human condition. But given the nature of the medium, will these achievements last? So many great shows will slip into oblivion unloved and unmourned. For instance, I would love to share my appreciation of The Shield with more people. But I’m a realist. I am fully aware that asking most people to sit down and watch 88 episodes of a cop drama, albeit a very good cop drama with one of the few great endings of this era of narrative television, is pointless. There’s not enough time.

Even if we had a surfeit of seconds—even “if we were literally immortal,” as Bloom wrote—it’s worth considering whether any television from today will be watched for entertainment by future generations. Just because TV is a going concern now doesn’t mean it always will be. Without dipping too far into the realm of science-fiction, one doesn’t have to be too imaginative to conjure up a future in which television, as an artistic medium, withers and fades, replaced by YouTube vloggers and competitive gamers and eventually by increasingly immersive virtual reality. “Most commercial music disappears when the generation that made it dies,” music historian Ted Gioia explains to Chuck Klosterman in his book But What If We’re Wrong? “After each generation dies, only a few songs and artists enjoy a lingering fame.” That low level of recognition is held by only a few folks here and there. One wonders if prestige TV is, like any popular genre, little more than a fad that will fade as its fans die off.

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PHIL GRAMM: How to Complete the Escape From ObamaCare. “Congress eliminated the individual mandate. There’s a way around the other onerous regulations.”

Democratic leaders in Congress were quick to recognize that Idaho’s plan to grant health-care freedom to its citizens posed a mortal threat to ObamaCare. Sens. Patty Murray and Ron Wyden were joined by Reps. Frank Pallone and Richard Neal in sending an intimidating letter to the director of Idaho’s Department of Insurance, threatening massive fines and demanding emails and phone records. Since Idaho has shown no sign of backing down, this battle is certain to escalate. Democrats clearly understand that if Idaho is able to market its “Freedom” insurance, as many as 30 Republican-led states will quickly follow its lead. Health-care freedom in Idaho could lead to the de facto end of ObamaCare throughout America.

The Trump administration and Congress are also working to expand health-care freedom nationwide. When the current administration reversed President Obama’s policy of making cost-sharing payments to keep insurance companies in the exchanges, insurers responded by raising the price of their federally subsidized benchmark insurance options. This premium increase on the benchmark policies triggered an automatic increase in the subsidies, all funded by federal taxpayers. State insurance regulators conveniently looked the other way in 2017, but ObamaCare specifically granted the federal government rate-review powers to prevent insurance companies from gaming the system. The benchmark ruse is unlikely to pass HHS scrutiny in 2018.

Before the repeal of the tax penalty, Democrats couldn’t bear the political cost of being seen as dismantling ObamaCare, but they will be forced to act as the program contracts. As healthier families flee the exchanges and premiums spiral, Democrats will be desperate to boost the subsidies. Politically, it will be very difficult for Democrats to deny people who have voluntarily left the exchanges the freedom to buy their own health insurance independent of ObamaCare regulations. Their stubborn reluctance to permit more-flexible plans will provide cover for Republicans to oppose increasing subsidies to the exchanges.

Since actually repealing ObamaCare proved too much for hundreds of Republicans who ran for years on just such a promise, this might be the next best thing.

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SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Capitol Police Arrested Male Dem Operative For Assaulting Female Trump Admin Official.

THIS IS HOW CLINTONS THANK CALIFORNIA? Deadlines for disclosing charitable donations from governments are for the little people. More from master Clinton Foundation sleuth Charles Ortel. And he’s just getting warmed up. Things are about to get very hot on this front.


BRANDON MORSE: The Censorship Of Conservatives On The Internet Is Approaching Critical Levels Of Bad.

Instapundit is never censored, never shadowbanned, and never de-platformed.

IF YOU HAVE TO ASK…: Teacher on Leave After Questioning Whether School Would Let Pro-Life Students Walk Out, Too. “Would that be allowed by the administration?”

Julianne Benzel told CBS13 that she suspects she got in trouble for suggesting that schools administrators who condoned the student walkout might be practicing a double standard.

“And so I just kind of used the example which I know it’s really controversial, but I know it was the best example I thought of at the time,” said Benzel. “[If] a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided ‘I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes’ and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration?”

Her students saw her point, and the discussion—which took place last week—was fruitful, according to Benzel. But on Wednesday, the teacher received a call that she had been placed on leave.

It is unwise to ask difficult questions, comrade.

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