PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Student Sues College, Ex, and NYPD for Acting on Spurious Rape Claim.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Wrongfully Expelled Student Hauls Elite College Into Court.
JONATHAN ADLER: Thoughts on the judicial nominations mess and nuclear fallout.
How did we get here?
In my opinion, the story of judicial nominations over the past 30 years is a story of repeated, escalating retaliation. Instead of tit-for-tat, it’s been (tit+X)-for-tat. At each turn, each party has escalated as much as it thought it could get away with, tearing down norms and breaking precedents over again. Put another way, senators from both parties have acted like two kids in the back seat of a car, taking turns hitting each other, with each “punching back twice as hard.” After trading enough blows, how it started is almost irrelevant.
Different people trace the beginnings of this current cycle of retaliation to different points. In my view, it began in the mid-1980s, when Senate Democrats decided that they should do more to oppose President Ronald Reagan’s nominees because they were too ideological — a decision that was reported in The Post at the time. I explain this and discuss what happened since in this post from 2013. Whether Senate Democrats were justified in their action is irrelevant at this point, as it’s been almost all downhill since. There are no clean hands.
2013, of course, is when Reid invoked the so-called nuclear option (a.k.a. the #ReidRule).
And now Republicans are invoking it back. The big problem is that nobody trusts anybody to keep promises made when they’re out of power once they’re back in power, and they’re right not to.
But as Adler notes, this makes it easier for Presidents to pick a wider range of nominees, which is good.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Freedom Watch files ethics complaint against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). He must recuse himself immediately. The precedent has already been set. This investigation is too important to be sullied with the involvement of members with an ethics complaint hanging over their heads.
THE PRICE OF BEING THE MINORITY PARTY: Dems Still Smarting Over Garland Snub on Gorsuch’s First Hearing Day.
During the opening day of Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing, Democrats consistently noted the GOP’s refusal to provide Garland due consideration. While several expressed their intent to keep an open mind regarding the Gorsuch nomination, several cast a shadow over his prospects because of the handling of Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., nominated by then-President Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Scalia seat has been vacant for more than 13 months as a result of the Garland snub. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the former committee chairman, said the “unprecedented obstruction” by Republicans of the Garland nomination “is one of the greatest stains on the 200-year history of this committee.”
“This was an extraordinary blockade and one backed by then-candidate Donald Trump,” Leahy said. “Committee Republicans met behind closed doors and declared that they would surrender the independence of this committee to do the majority leader’s bidding, and they ignored the Constitution in the process.”
If Senate Democrats need a reminder about what it means to be the minority, perhaps employing the Reid Option would do the trick.
UPDATE: Commenter Jukin writes, “If the donks are pissed at the republicans using the ‘Biden Rule’ they will absolutely livid when the republicans use the ‘Reid Rule.’
“Leftists hate, more than usual, when we use their tactics against them.”
Punch back twice as hard, the wise man once said.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE ADVISED, GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump goes after Snoop Dogg’s assassination video, tweeting, “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if Snoop Dog, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama*? Jail time!”
Good for him – it was a mistake for President Bush to have waited until leaving office to comment on Kanye West’s racism and slander that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a Katrina fundraiser airing live on NBC. (And note that NBC’s Matt Lauer tried to argue with Bush and play gotcha games when the former president declared it “a disgusting moment.”) In contrast, if the DNC-MSM indulged Obama commenting endlessly on pop culture, there’s no reason why Trump can’t push back against the “assassination fascination” of the left.
* To be fair, Obama embraced and personally met at the White House with rappers who featured eliminatonist imagery on their album covers, just as long as the political target in question wasn’t him.
THE DEEP STATE STRIKES BACK: House intelligence chair claims top Obama official leaking to media on Trump.
The House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes on Sunday accused Obama-era officials, who are working for President Trump until his administration is staffed up, of illegally leaking intelligence and other reports to the media in an attempt to hurt the Republican leader.
“I think there is a lot of innuendo out there that the intelligence agencies have a problem with Donald Trump. The rank and file people that are out doing jobs across the world — very difficult places — they don’t pay attention to what is going on in Washington,” the California representative told CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson.
“What we have is we do have people in the last administration, people who are burrowed in, perhaps all throughout the government, who clearly are leaking to the press,” Nunes added. “And it is against the law. Major laws have been broken. If you believe the Washington Post story that said there were nine people who said this, these are nine people who broke the law.”
Start naming names and punching back twice as hard.
DO BEAR IN MIND THAT IT’S ALSO OKAY TO PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD, IN OBAMA’S MEMORABLE FORMULATION: Now It’s Okay to Punch Nazis and White Male Libertarians. That Escalated Quickly. “So how’s that for goal-post shifting? First, we decide it’s okay to attack Nazis. Then we decide it’s okay to punch people who aren’t Nazis but are awful and sort of remind us of Nazis. Then it becomes okay to punch the people who say Nazis and Milo are bad but we shouldn’t punch them. You know those slippery-slope arguments people are always rolling their eyes at? Well, there’s the slippery slope for you. And we’ll be normalizing a whole lot of violence as we slide.”
You don’t want to normalize violence, lefties. You won’t like it when violence is normalized.
For the past three weeks, Democratic protesters have swarmed Republican town hall events across the country, booing, shouting down and trying to embarrass GOP lawmakers seeking to gut ObamaCare.
In the coming weeks, grassroots conservatives will be fighting back.
FreedomWorks, the Tea Party-aligned outside group, beginning next month will be organizing rallies and urging its nearly 6 million activists to turn out at town hall events to ensure members of Congress are also getting an earful from ObamaCare detractors.
“There will be more grassroots hand-to-hand combat than we’ve seen in Washington for a long time,” FreedomWorks President and CEO Adam Brandon said Monday during an interview in his office near the Capitol.
“The conservative [lawmakers], they need to see us out there pushing. And if they see that, they’ll be bold,” he continued. “If they don’t see grassroots there on the ground, they’ll start slipping.”
FreedomWorks will stage an ObamaCare repeal rally on Capitol Hill on March 15 with speeches from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other top conservative allies.
From there, activists will descend upon congressional offices to press lawmakers to move quickly on ObamaCare. FreedomWorks officials are rallying behind a longshot replacement bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would eliminate many central elements of President Obama’s healthcare law, including the mandate that every American has coverage.
The so-called “Day of Action” will be followed by a phone-call campaign to lawmakers’ offices, plus rallies in targeted congressional districts across the country.
Punch back twice as hard, as our Lightworker former president said.
WELL, SOCIOLOGISTS. A Sociologist’s View Of Free Speech.
That Katherine Cross’ last post was “Why Punching Nazis Is Not Only Ethical, But Imperative” shouldn’t put you off of reading what this sociologist, transfeminist, has to say about free speech. After all, who better to explain the Constitution?
Cross’ post takes liberals to task for ruining free speech by supporting it as a principle rather than a weapon to be used for, and against, evil. . . .
The problem for us is that impressionable people will not be put off by the obvious social justice dog whistles, the devolvement into tropes and logical fallacies, the flagrant mischaracterizations. Hold on to your brain cells, because this is a ride that needs to be taken to appreciate why people will take to the streets, engage in violence, all the while believing that they are the fighters for justice. They mean well, but this is the tripe they’re fed. And they like it.
Punch back twice as hard, as our Lightworker former president said.
A wise man once said something about punching back twice as hard.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: GOP Uses Schumer’s Words Against Him:
Senate Democrats are in a rough spot.
It’s embarrassing enough that they have to fight Neil Gorsuch, a Supreme Court nominee whom they once unanimously supported. But now they must defend a position they spent all of last year blasting as indefensible.
Now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has the unfortunate task of explaining his double standard. Somehow, he must show why leaving a Supreme Court seat vacant was wrong for Republicans but suddenly right for Democrats. It’s a tough job.
And Republicans aren’t making it any easier. They’ve launched a new supercut video of Democrat statements, interviews, and speeches protesting the way Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., treated Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
It’s a good primer on the strategic dangers of invoking principle in defense of naked politics.
Here’s the video:
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: So I just got this letter from Trump’s transition team:
On January 16, 2017, CNN broadcast a story by Manu Raju, titled “First on CNN: Trump’s Cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it”, which omitted facts and drew conclusions in an effort to attack President-Elect Donald Trump’s designee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price.
The facts were available to CNN through House Financial Disclosure Filings. Dr. Price’s position on the Comprehensive Joint Replacement demonstration, which date back to fall 2015, is also a matter of public record.
The facts are:
• Dr. Tom Price has a diversified portfolio with Morgan Stanley in a broker-directed account. The portfolio includes both health care and non-health care related stocks.
• Dr. Price’s Morgan Stanley financial advisor designed his portfolio and directed all trades in the account. Pursuant to the arrangement with Morgan Stanley, the financial advisor, and not Dr. Price, has the discretion to decide which securities to buy and sell in his account.
• Dr. Price’s financial advisor periodically rebalances his portfolio to ensure proper diversification. On March 17, 2016, Morgan Stanley undertook a comprehensive rebalancing of Dr. Price’s portfolio. In the course of that rebalancing, the advisor purchased 26 shares of Zimmer Biomet, worth $2,697.74, on behalf of Dr. Price.
• Dr. Price learned of the purchase of Zimmer Biomet on April 4, 2016, when his financial advisor sent him a list of trades to be disclosed on his House Periodic Transaction Report (PTR).
• Dr. Price submitted the PTR reflecting the March trades on April 15, 2016.
• Dr. Price began work on his legislative effort to delay the comprehensive joint replacement demonstration project in 2015 in order to preserve treatment options for patients. He sent a Dear Colleague letter regarding this effort on September 21, 2015.
The Presidential Transition Team requests that CNN retract this blatantly false story.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller’s Richard Pollock.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Law professor gets a traffic-camera ticket. Hilarity ensues.
I then asked the question one is taught never to ask on cross—the last one. “So, you signed an affidavit under the pains and penalties of perjury alleging probable cause to believe that Adam MacLeod committed a violation of traffic laws without any evidence that was so?”
Without hesitating he answered, “Yes.” This surprised both of us. It also surprised the judge, who looked up from his desk for the first time. A police officer had just testified under oath that he perjured himself in service to a city government and a mysterious, far-away corporation whose officers probably earn many times his salary.
The city then rested its case. I renewed my motion to dismiss, which the judge immediately granted.
Vindication! Well, sort of. When I tried to recover my doubled appeal bond, I was told that the clerk was not authorized to give me my money. Naturally, the law contains no procedure for return of the bond and imposes on the court no duty to return it. I was advised to write a motion. Weeks later, when the court still had not ruled on my motion, I was told I could file a motion asking for a ruling on my earlier motion. Bowing to absurdity, I did so. Still nothing has happened now several months later.
Why This Matters
Traffic camera laws are popular in part because they appeal to a law-and-order impulse. If we are going to stop those nefarious evildoers who jeopardize the health of the republic by sliding through yellow lights when no one else is around and driving through empty streets at thirty miles per hour in twenty-five zones, then we need a way around such pesky impediments as a lack of eyewitnesses.
Yet traffic cameras do not always produce probable cause that a particular person has committed a crime. To get around this “problem” (as a certain law-and-order president-elect might call it), several states have created an entirely novel phylum of law: the civil violation of a criminal prohibition. Using this nifty device, a city can charge you of a crime without any witnesses, without any probable cause determination, and without any civil due process.
It’s all about money.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump rips John Lewis: Worry about your ‘crime infested’ district. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR II:
—Headline, CNN.com, January 27, 2016.
—Headline, Yahoo News, yesterday.
Well yes, it does. But so did all of the Godwin-violating insults from the left last year comparing Trump to Hitler, which culminated nearly 75 years’ worth of such tactics by Democrats, beginning with FDR and Harry Truman. It’s not surprising that finally, as Scott Adams wrote yesterday on Trump’s “Nazi quip,” “The Master Persuader Scrambles the Frame.”
You can almost hear the left saying it: How dare the president-elect call us Nazis — only we’re allowed to call the other side Nazis! Evidently, they believed that their scorched earth tactics, so effective against first Hillary and then McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012, would have been sufficient against Trump, and then conveniently forgotten afterwards, until needed for the next presidential election, and in the interim, Democrats would go back to pretending they’re obsessed with fairness, civility, tolerance, and unicorn flatulence. Or if Trump somehow managed to win, he’d play by Marquess of Queensberry rules in DC. Something tells me that his memory won’t be very short, and that he’ll act like a Democrat himself when it comes to getting in his enemies’ faces and punching back twice as a hard, to paraphrase a famous community organizer.
This isn’t a political culture — or media “overculture” — that I wanted to see, but it’s one that the left created and wrote the rules for long ago; and thus, to coin a phrase, chose their eventual destructor.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Student Cleared of Rape Sues University, Accuser:
The case against him was dismissed in September 2016 in Monroe Superior Court because of insufficient evidence.
This week, Farrer filed the federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court here, saying he was defamed and was a victim of intentional infliction of emotional distress. He also alleges his constitutional rights were violated.
“IU engaged in a gender-biased investigation of Farrer, which culminated in Farrer’s unlawful expulsion from IU,” his complaint states, adding that he was not afforded due process.
Named defendants include his accuser, Indiana University, the school’s assistant director, associate dean of students, deputy Title IX director, Title IX deputy investigator and other school staff.
The Indianapolis Star and USA TODAY typically do not name people who are or may have been victims of sexual assault. Farrer and his accuser were not immediately available for comment.
The 76-page complaint states that the defendants violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 “by creating a gender biased, hostile environment against males, like Farrer, based in part on IU’s pattern and practice of disciplining male students who accept physical contact initiated by female students but failing to discipline female students who engage in the same conduct.”
He alleges that male students are not provided due process in sexual-assault investigations. He said the rape allegations against him were taken as truth from the outset, adding that the university didn’t want to embarrass the accuser or receive negative publicity.
How’s that working out for them?
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Prof prevails in FOIA fight for race-based admissions data: An extended legal battle between the University of Arkansas and one its law professors has come to a close after the school agreed to let him study the effects of race-based admissions policies. Prof. Robert Steinbuch also faced retaliation from colleagues, who complained that his research was “distressing” to students because it suggested that lower admissions standards result in lower bar-passage rates. Which, of course, they do.
And this illustrates that, as an administrator, it’s a really bad idea to pick a fight with a tenured professor. The Dean at UALR is stepping down, but Steinbuch’s still there. Sure, as a conservative he’s outnumbered on the faculty. But that doesn’t limit what he can do.
Back when I was a very new law professor and was briefly dating a secretary from another college, I remember she said that was the real power of tenure: You can’t get rid of them, and if they decide to make a hobby out of making your life miserable, well, they have a fair amount of free time to devote to it. . . .
Friedman has, on various occasions during the campaign, been asked to respond to charges of anti-Semitism among Trump supporters. He has largely dismissed these allegations, insisting that hatred of Jews is far more prevalent among the Left.
Friedman delivered a particularly scathing attack on The New York Times, after a tape recently surfaced in which Trump was caught boasting about sexually assaulting women. “The New York Times ran with the story with all the journalistic integrity of the worst gossip rag,” Friedman wrote in a column in The Jerusalem Post. “If only the Times had reported on the Nazi death camps with the same fervor as its failed last-minute attempt to conjure up alleged victims of Donald Trump, imagine how many lives could have been saved.”
Ouch. But as a wise community organizer is wont to say, get in their faces and punch back twice as hard.
Vigilantes in a Mexican village have seized the mother of a local gang leader and proposed swapping her for a kidnap victim taken on Monday.
After seizing alleged collaborators of the gang, including the mother of the leader “El Tequilero”, the locals have recorded video messages for the gang.
“In return for my husband’s life, I will deliver your mother,” says the kidnap victim’s wife in one video, which has been broadcast on local TV.
Read the entire article.
This BBC report uses “vigilantes” to describe villagers and townspeople who take up arms to defend themselves and communities against drug gangs. “Vigilantes” is the term preferred by the Mexican government. Many villagers prefer other descriptions like local defense force, community defense force or volunteer community militia.
RACE AND ADMISSIONS IN ARKANSAS: UALR LawProf Robert Steinbuch writes:
I recently sued my law school (the UALR-Bowen School of Law) to get access to admissions and bar-passage data. I wasn’t planning on doing that, but it became necessary after the administration refused my Freedom of Information Act request about these matters. After I filed suit, the school gave me the data I wanted.
When I examined that data, I discovered a set of uncomfortable facts that was difficult to reconcile with the narrative that my law school had presented. Litigation produces results, even though I had hoped (like all potential plaintiffs) to avoid its time and expense.
As a lawyer and law professor, I understand the value of the American dispute resolution system, i.e., courts. I’ve done what I teach my students: I’ve used courts to pursue justice. As I was pursuing my lawsuit and chasing the data, I was challenged by my colleagues (which was o.k.) and attacked by them (which was not o.k.); I added retaliation claims to my lawsuit; and I published a law-journal article in which my PhD-in-statistics coauthor and I confirmed that the UALR law school had admitted some minorities with significantly lower incoming metrics, which corresponded with significantly worse bar-passage rates. Since then, I have been appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’s Arkansas Advisory Committee.
Punch back twice as hard.
LAWYER UP AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Attorney Shawn Steel: Professor wanted to identify, humiliate & shame students who voted for Trump…she’s a bully.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, TRUMP MELTDOWN EDITION: Babson backs off; apology sought.
The lawyer for one of two Babson College students investigated on unsubstantiated racism allegations stemming from their celebration of Donald Trump’s election is demanding an apology and threatening a defamation lawsuit after the school lifted its campus ban on the pair yesterday.
Babson Dean of Students Lawrence Ward informed students Parker Rand-Ricciardi and Edward Tomasso by letter yesterday that the school is “removing any interim restrictions on your access to campus.” The letter cites the “formal conclusion of the investigation phase of the College’s Community Standards process” as the reason for the lifting of a ban imposed shortly after the Nov. 9 incident.
Rand-Ricciardi and Tomasso were accused in social media posts of shouting racial and homophobic slurs while driving in a Chevy Silverado flying a Trump flag through the Wellesley College campus on the day after the election, which were unsupported by Babson’s investigation, according to a letter by Rand-Ricciardi’s lawyer.
Attorney Jeffrey Robbins wrote to Babson’s lawyers yesterday saying the college’s handling of the incident “badly defamed” his client, and that Babson is “liable to Parker for the tort of defamation and, it would appear, for violations of the Massachusetts Civil Rights statute under the common law, for the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”
Robbins is calling for the college to retract statements its officials made impugning the pair, offer a public apology and withdraw internal charges of harassment and disorderly conduct.
Robbins’ letter cites excerpts from Babson and Wellesley campus police reviews that found the pair yelled only “Trump 2016” and “Make America Great Again” from a truck they drove onto the Wellesley campus, but no witnesses corroborated the claims that they spit at two students, uttered slurs or purposefully drove to a building popular with black students.
Um, “purposefully drove to a building popular with black students?” Anyway, note the lesson here: Lawyer up, and punch back twice as hard. Also, the parents must be wondering why they sent their sons to Babson if this is the kind of treatment they face. Because you know the school would have given women or minorities the benefit of the doubt.
Alumni, parents, and students need to push back against this sort of behavior — as does the Department of Education once the Trump Administration is in place.
“We see over and over campuses doing a terrible job of investigating supposed offenses, and we also repeatedly see them investigating things that don’t sound like offenses at all,” said Robert L. Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which advocates for free-speech rights and due process for students accused by colleges of civil rights violations.
FIRE has successfully advocated for students at odds with campus disciplinary boards, including helping a Texas student sue and reach a settlement with Blinn College this year after she was told she needed special permission to display a gun rights sign and collect signatures for her student group on campus.
“I think they are concerned about the school’s public relations,” Shibley said about overzealous college administrators. “I think they are concerned about looking like they care about all of their students. Which is good, but that also means they have to care about the students who are being accused. That doesn’t go in only one direction.”
You know, if you’re looking for a year-end charitable donation, donating to FIRE is a good idea.
MEGAN MCARDLE: The Left’s Doomed Effort to Coerce the Right.
Over the last few years, as controversies have erupted over the rights of cake bakers and pizza places to refuse to cater gay weddings, the rights of nuns to refuse to provide insurance that covers birth control, the rights of Catholic hospitals to refuse to perform abortions, and the rights of Christian schools to teach (and require students and teachers to practice) traditional Christian morality, some Christians have begun to feel that their communities are under existential threat.
The response from the left has (mostly) been that this is so much whining, clinging to a victimhood belied by Christians’ social power and majority status. No one, they have been assured, wants to touch their freedom to worship, but when they enter the commercial realm, they have to abide by anti-discrimination laws, whatever their private beliefs.
What happened to the Gaines family makes that feel like a false assurance. Buzzfeed had no evidence that the Gaines family was discriminating. (It is true that they have not featured any gay couples on their show, but they live in Waco, Texas; how many gay couples had applied?) They had not, as Mozilla’s Brendan Eich did, donated to an anti-gay-marriage campaign. The entire substance of the article is: “They attend a church where the pastor espouses something I find reprehensible.”
What message does this send? “Sure, the government won’t actually shut your church down. But the left will use its positions of institutional power to try to hound anyone who attends that church from public life. You can believe whatever you want — but if we catch you, or if we even catch you in proximity to people who believe it, we will threaten your livelihood.”
Punch back twice as hard, as a famous man once said.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Shot: Emory Reviews ‘Sanctuary Campus’ Petition; Assesses Options. “In Georgia, local officials are required by law to prove their compliance with federal detention requests — no city in the state can be designated a sanctuary city, including Atlanta.”
A powerful Republican lawmaker aims to cut off state funding to Emory University and any other higher education institution that declares it will defy President-elect Donald Trump if he tries to deport immigrants who are illegally in the U.S.
State Rep. Earl Ehrhart plans to introduce legislation to block colleges from receiving state funds if they aren’t complying with state and federal law in response to the report last week that Emory was weighing whether to declare the school a “sanctuary campus.”
“Private institutions can do what they want, but there are consequences to actions. And it can’t be an option to choose not to follow state and federal laws,” said Ehrhart of Powder Springs, who is chairman of the House’s higher education financing subcommittee.
“There’s a raft of state taxpayer dollars for private institutions,” he said, “and I’m very sanguine about being able to pass a piece of legislation that says if you’re picking and choosing which laws you’re going to follow, state dollars aren’t going to follow.”
Emory University President Claire Sterk wrote in a letter to students last week that administrators are reviewing their request “for a sanctuary campus and ways to protect all members of the Emory community” and said the school would continue to support students, known as “Dreamers,” who were granted a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation by an executive order from President Barack Obama.
I suppose there’s nothing stopping states from lifting state tax-exempt status from institutions that defy the law.
Look for state legislators to start providing more adult supervision for higher education institutions, both public and private. Those institutions used to be shielded by prestige, but there’s a lot less of that now.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Football fans boo Castro supporters.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: UNH Won’t Punish Harambe Protester, Will Investigate Women’s Studies Program Instead. “According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Women’s Studies professors who penned an ‘open letter’ to school officials asking for the Harambe-centric investigation, have engaged in several months of unauthorized electioneering. . . . New Hampshire state law prohibits the use of university funds to participate in political activities, and UNH is already conferring with legal counsel.”
“WHAT A PACK OF SORE LOSERS:” Kellyanne Conway Blasts Clinton Campaign For Joining Recount. Punch back twice as hard: Demand recounts in states Hillary carried. Wear them out and make them spread money and lawyers across as many states as possible, instead of focusing on the ones they can rig.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump Supporters Found ‘Hamilton’ Star’s Old Tweets & Voting Record — And Are Having a Field Day.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: University of Virginia Law Professor Robert Turner Defends Jefferson’s Legacy at Jefferson’s University. “Perhaps the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society would be willing to organize and host such a debate — I’ll be happy to take on the three most prominent champions of censorship, so long as I get equal time and adequate rebuttal time.” Only 3-1 odds? They don’t stand a chance. Always outnumbered, never out-gunned.
Related: Yes, You’re Right, Colleges Are Liberal Bubbles. Here’s the Data. It’s a “higher education bubble” in more ways than one.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Breitbart News planning lawsuit against ‘major media company.’
“Breitbart News Network, a pro-America, conservative website, is preparing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a major media company for its baseless and defamatory claim that Breitbart News is a ‘white nationalist website,’” the statement reads.
“Breitbart News cannot allow such vicious racial lies to go unchallenged, especially by cynical, politically-motivated competitors seeking to diminish its 42 million monthly readers and its number one in the world political Facebook page. Breitbart News rejects racism in all its varied and ugly forms. Always has, always will,” the statement continues.
“The diversity of the company’s news coverage and its staff continue to embody Andrew Breitbart’s colorblind, distinctly American commitment to ‘E pluribus unum’—out of many, one.”
Well, to be fair, nowadays support of colorblindness and a melting-pot mentality counts as racism.
OBAMA SAYS REPEALING OBAMACARE IS THE GOP’S HOLY GRAIL, AN ARTICLE OF FAITH: Such snitty and condescending phrasing, Barack, especially from a fellow who will go down as one of America’s most incompetent and politically-tone deaf presidents. Look Barack, elections have consequences, Barack…Oh wait…I believe you said that, didn’t you, sir?…How ironic. In retrospect brutally ironic. You will hear that phrase often, sir, as well as “get in their faces and punch back twice as hard.” You said something like that as well…OK, in your face…Get this: Of course the Republicans will repeal ObamaCare, and they darn well should. ObamaCare’s chickens have come home to roost.
Disciplined? For what? [Beverly Kopper, President of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater] blamed the students for ‘failing to think about the implications’ – of having a facial. Because we live in a world where a facial is one step away from a minstrel show.
I’m an effete nancy-boy, and I get a facial from time to time, because I want my skin to look good for brutal close-ups on nights like this, and it’s well known that ‘Can I get a seaweed wrap?’ is code for ‘I’m a big redneck southern bigot who wants to look good under my Klan hood’. If you go to any luxury spa in Sydney right now and kick open the door there’ll be whole roomfuls of people covered in algae coconut moisturizing exfoliant capering around going ‘Oh, my darling little mammy, down in Alabammy…’
Sometimes a society becomes too stupid to survive. What this college president, Beverly Kopper, means when she says these students ‘failed to think about the implications’ of their racist exfoliating is that professional grievance mongers like her have so incentivized the taking of offence that there are now far more people who need to be offended than the number of people willing to offend them: Demand far outstrips supply. So in ten years’ time these two students will be applying for jobs and their potential employer will Google them and the first 200 pages that come up will be about how racey-racey-racist they are.
Read the whole thing.
(Via Kathy Shaidle.)
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Donald Trump just retweeted Juanita Broaddrick calling Bill Clinton a rapist. All bets are now off.
THE POLITICS OF DISSOCIATION: Matthew Continetti explains “Why populism, nationalism, and tribalism will outlast Trump and Clinton:”
This is a moment of dissociation—of unbundling, fracture, disaggregation, dispersal. But the disconnectedness is not merely social. It is also political—a separation of the citizenry from the governments founded in their name. They are meant to have representation, to be heard, to exercise control. What they have found instead is that ostensibly democratic governments sometimes treat their populations not as citizens but as irritants.
Read the whole thing. As the late Kenneth Minogue wrote in the New Criterion in the summer of 2010:
My concern with democracy is highly specific. It begins in observing the remarkable fact that, while democracy means a government accountable to the electorate, our rulers now make us accountable to them. Most Western governments hate me smoking, or eating the wrong kind of food, or hunting foxes, or drinking too much, and these are merely the surface disapprovals, the ones that provoke legislation or public campaigns. We also borrow too much money for our personal pleasures, and many of us are very bad parents. Ministers of state have been known to instruct us in elementary matters, such as the importance of reading stories to our children. Again, many of us have unsound views about people of other races, cultures, or religions, and the distribution of our friends does not always correspond, as governments think that it ought, to the cultural diversity of our society. We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.
Facing up is fine – but eventually, the anointed shouldn’t be entirely surprised if and when voters discover the advice proffered by a relatively unknown community advisor to his constituents, and begin to get in their faces and punch back twice as hard.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: This University of Michigan Kid Selected ‘His Majesty’ as Personal Pronoun.
Nothing like illustrating absurdity by being absurd, to coin a phrase.
UPDATE: All hail His Majesty Grant Strobl.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Judge rules in favor of Brown University student suspended for sexual assault.
Brown University will have to re-adjudicate a years-old campus sexual assault accusation after a judge determined the school suspended him after improperly investigating the accusations against him. . . .
His accuser waited a year to accuse Doe of sexual assault, and during that time, Brown’s policy on what constitutes sexual assault changed. Doe was adjudicated under the new, more restrictive, policy, which didn’t exist when the encounter took place. During the investigation, his accuser provided the investigator with text messages between her and Doe that occurred before the encounter. When Doe was questioned, he provided text messages that occurred after the encounter — in which his accuser claimed she was “more excited to see you finally! Haha” — and some texts that the accuser had not provided from before the encounter.
Doe was suspended and subsequently sued. Judge William E. Smith, in his 84-page decision, vacated Brown’s ruling. He did not adjudicate the accusation himself, and did not give any indication whether he felt the accusation was baseless. He merely stated that Brown’s decision to try Doe under a policy that didn’t exist when the alleged sexual assault occurred was improper.
“When combined with other errors set forth herein, it is clear that Doe’s contract rights were violated,” Smith wrote.
Smith was concerned about a lot of the decisions Brown made during the investigation, including not asking for more texts between the accuser and one of her friends, whom Doe believed she conspired with to fabricate accusations against him. A Brown administrator initially included Doe’s claim, but abandoned it and failed to ask for additional text messages that might have proven Doe correct. This, Smith wrote, was a violation of Doe’s rights under Brown policy.
Smith was also concerned that a Brown administrator “did not consider any of the post-encounter evidence in reaching her determination that Doe was responsible.” The accuser had made additional sexual comments to Doe and had said she was “excited” to see him again. The Brown administrator said the training she received from Brown precluded her from including potentially exculpatory evidence, like those texts, because they occurred after the encounter.
Related: Lawyer takes down unfair campus sexual assault processes. It’s about Robert Shibley’s book, Twisting Title IX.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: 9/11 Families Protest Obama Veto Threat of Bill That Would Allow Saudi Suit.
As a wise community organizer once instructed, punch back twice as hard. Why should lawfare be the exclusive province of the punitive left?
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Katie Couric Sued for $12 Million For Defamation In Anti-Gun Documentary.
BLUE STATE UPDATE: Massachusetts AG Maura Healey shoots Dems in foot with gun grab.
In July, Healey announced a ban on so-called “copycat” assault weapon models. The so-called “Massachusetts legal” guns were modified to comply with the state assault weapons ban — with no collapsible stocks, high-capacity magazines or other banned features — but they still look like the AR-15 and AK-47, and Healey said that is impermissible. Other semi-automatic rifles that perform the same, but don’t have a military appearance, are still legally sold in Massachusetts gun shops.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle blasted Healey’s move as a confusing overreach meant to pump up Healey’s political profile.
Related: Rolling rally protests AG Maura Healey’s ‘abuse of authority’ on 2nd Amendment. Punch back twice as hard, as a famous man says.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER IS WONT TO SAY, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Calif. Religious Leaders Stand Up, Dem Lawmaker Backs Down on Campus LGBT Rights.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Secret Deal Among AGs to Prosecute Climate Change ‘Deniers’ Challenged in Court. It’s a conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Milo Files Legal Claim to Get Twitter to Release Data About His Banishment from the Network.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WOULD SAY, GET IN THEIR FACES, AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: “At one point the Trump supporters led by black conservative Ali Akbar confronted the leftist mob chanting, ‘Where are the blacks?’ and ‘Where are the gays?’”
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Court Orders Chicago to Pay NRA $1 Million in Legal Fees.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD? Ryan formally urges Clapper to block Clinton from classified briefings.
It’s a start:
Ryan, in a letter to Clapper, said he wants Clinton prohibited from receiving classified information “for the duration of her candidacy for president.”
“There is no legal requirement for you to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information, and it would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation’s secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI’s findings,” Ryan wrote.
A letter won’t do. If the GOP were smart (I know, I know) Ryan’s idea would be a party talking point during every press appearance. The Democrats are great at this kind of messaging; the GOP, not so much.
DOES THAT INCLUDE GETTING IN THEIR FACES, PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD, OR BRINGING GUNS TO KNIFE FIGHTS? Labor Secretary Rallies Latinos: ‘Cause Good Trouble’ for Immigration Reform.
JOHN SCHINDLER: Moscow Rules of Espionage Go Global—If You Think It’s KGB, It Is.
“Punching back twice as hard” would send Putin a valuable message, but Obama reserves that rule strictly for America’s real enemies, like Republicans.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISED HIS CONSTITUENTS, GET IN YOUR OPPONENTS’ FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: “Vote Properly, You Virulent Racist!” As Dale Franks writes, “The Elites are about to learn that the rubes and hayseeds in flyover country don’t like them.”
AS THE MAN BILL GATES SUPPORTS WOULD SAY, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Woman Sues Microsoft for Windows 10 Upgrade, Wins $10 Grand.
If you’d like to avoid accidentally updating to Windows 10, these steps worked for me.
OF COURSE, THE REAL MISSION WAS TO PUT THE STATE IN THE HANDS OF A HILLARY CRONY BEFORE THE 2016 ELECTION, SO OVERALL THE PROSECUTION WAS STILL A SUCCESS: Supreme Court vacates Bob McDonnell’s convictions; says concern was not with ‘tawdry tales’ but with government’s ‘boundless interpretation’ of bribery law.
Like the lawfare against Tom Delay and Rick Perry. The GOP needs to punch back twice as hard on this stuff if it wants to win.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: ‘Fraud’: Women Claimed Anti-Muslim Discrimination at Restaurant — Now the Legal Tables Have Turned.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: House GOP Pressures Dem. State AGs To Drop Attack On Climate Skeptics.
CALL ME OLD FASHIONED, BUT I STILL THINK MOABs and B-52s ARE A BIT MORE EFFECTIVE: Loretta Lynch: Our most effective response to terror is compassion, unity, and love.
Note the disparity: Obama’s response to Americans he disagrees with? “Get in their faces and punch back twice as hard.” His attorney general’s response to the worst terror attack on American soil since 9/11? Peace, love and sunshine, which speaks volumes with who the White House believes it’s really at war with. Or as I wrote in 2009, “Roll Over Von Clausewitz.”
For years, people have debated what the response would have been if Al Gore or Obama had been president on 9/11. Now we know.
UPDATE: Great catch by the Media Research Center today: “2014: Obama Blasts Censorship, Says Some People ‘Need to be Offended’…But, not radical Islamists, apparently.”
As Roger Simon asks today, “Who Are the Real Islamophobes?”
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: The GOP Strikes Back Against Climate Change Fascism.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Former UVA Student Challenges Unlawful Sexual Misconduct Mandate in Federal Lawsuit.
MICKEY KAUS: “My theory: MSM terrified Orlando attack will produce Trump lead. All hands on deck. Old rules No Longer Apply. We’ll show him.”
He’s very likely right, but I’m not sure about the “old rules apply” part, as the MSM pounding Trump is simply a continuation of a long playbook.
During the height of the MSM’s zaniest conspiracy theory dissembling during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mickey wrote, “Previously, [the media] couldn’t grouse about the Iraq War without seeming defeatist (and anti-liberationist and maybe even selfishly isolationist). Even the Clintons never figured a way out of that trap…Katrina gives [the MSM] a way to talk about Iraq without talking about Iraq. No wonder Gwen Ifill smiles the ‘inner smile.’”
Such demagoguery produced results, as Bryan Preston wrote in November of 2006 at Hot Air. “What cost the GOP its majorities in Congress and statehouses?… The GOP’s fortunes fatally cratered in the Fall of 2005, and were recovering ever since minus a couple of blips this year. What happened in the Fall of ‘05? Katrina. That storm turned out to be the hurricane that changed history:”
There’s a lesson in all of this, that’s an old one but an important one to remember: Demagoguery wins, and more so when it comes in the middle of a horrific disaster. Also, lies do indeed travel halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on. By the time the story of New Orleans buses surfaced (only to be buried by the AP and ignored by the national media), the disaster had been framed as a Bush failure and the damage was already done. The media’s later mea culpa did nothing to change the basic narrative that already had a life of its own.
Years later, DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile would later confess, “Bush came through on Katrina,” but as a wise future mayor would advise in the fall of 2008, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
And speaking of 2008, it was that year that the media went all-in to elect Obama, ceding their pose as “objective” journalists in order to consummate their “Slobbering Love Affair” with the man they made president, to borrow from Bernie Goldberg’s classic title.
But it’s always been just a pose. On Tuesday, CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert “slammed Donald Trump on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show, drawing a swastika to explain the presumed Republican presidential nominee’s response to the Orlando, Florida mass shooting on Sunday,” Entertainment Weekly notes.
The old rules at CBS certainly apply here — comparing the Republican nominee to a Nazi has a long and storied pedigree at the “Tiffany Network.” Just ask the ghosts of Walter Cronkite and Daniel Schorr, who dished out the same treatment – on the CBS Evening News no less, not the network’s late night gab fest and comedy show – to Barry Goldwater in 1964.
There’s no doubt the media viscerally loathes Trump — in large part because Trump isn’t afraid to get in their faces and punch back twice as a hard, as a wise community organizer would advise. But they’d be battering any presidential candidate with an (R) after his name right around this time. The old rules are very much in force.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: President Obama Made A Stupid Comment on Gun Control, See One Pundit’s Epic Response.
“SOD OFF, SWAMPY” ON STEROIDS: Global Warming Skeptic Responds To Massachusetts AG’s Subpoena.
Alex Epstein had a terse response to a subpoena sent by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday.
Healey demanded the oil giant ExxonMobil hand over 40 years of documents, including information pertaining to the company’s dealings with about a dozen think tanks and trade associations, which have been targeted by environmental groups for opposing left-wing global warming policies.
Healey’s subpoena targeted the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), a for-profit think tank founded by Epstein. Epstein wasn’t exactly happy about being targeted for disagreeing with Healey on global warming, so he sent the AG’s office the following response:
Punch back twice as hard, the wise man once said.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Milo Yiannopoulos Slams Twitter For Being ‘Sharia-Compliant,’ Credits Drudge With Reinstatement.
Milo Yiannopoulos has hit out at Twitter after they suspended his account earlier today, accusing the social networking service of being “Sharia-compliant” and in financial freefall.
In a press conference at Ground Zero Orlando, delivering a truncated speech following Sunday’s mass shooting — one he was supposed to give on Muslims and gays at the University of Central Florida (UCF), which was canceled by campus police — Yiannopoulos said Muslim campaigners were responsible for him briefly thrown off Twitter this morning.
Milo told a lively crowd that influential news aggregation site The Drudge Report linking to Heat Street’s article on him directly resulted in him being re-instated on Twitter. He said: “My Twitter account was suspended as a result of a campaign by Muslim tweeters. It has been re-instated because the Drudge Report put my picture on the front page with a gigantic headline- thank you Matt Drudge- saying ‘Twitter tells Milo to go to hell!’ . . .
Milo also slammed the decision of campus police to postpone his talk at UCF which was scheduled for Tuesday. He said: “What they couldn’t do is spare 6 or 8 officers to let a gay man say what the media won’t tell you, say what politicians won’t say, say what your celebrities are too f**king dumb to realize which is that this is not radical Islam, it is not terrorists forcing Obama to say radical Islam is only 25% of the war…the rest of the battle is being honest about about the challenges you face in this country.”
Twitter is looking shadier all the time.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Jack Montague Sues Yale Over Sex Assault Expulsion:
The night of the alleged sexual assault, the accuser “willingly accompanied Montague to his bedroom, removed her clothing as he removed his, got into his bed, and engaged in consensual sexual conduct,” according to the lawsuit. The accuser then claimed the “intercourse that followed the consensual sexual foreplay was nonconsensual.”
Even Yale’s own report on the investigation appeared to suggest Montague was right to believe he had consent. For instance, the accuser said she told Montague the she wanted to “hook up but not have sex” but admitted to the panel she didn’t believe he heard her. Based on the accuser’s other actions — which were all similar to what she had done in previous consensual sexual encounters — would give the impression Montague reasonably believed he had consent.
Yet Yale still expelled him, after apparently encouraging the accuser to tell her story. See, it wasn’t the accuser who came forward in this case, it was her friend, who told Yale’s Title IX coordinator in an unrelated conversation that the eventual accuser had a “bad experience.” The Title IX coordinator and the friend then worked to get the accuser to come forward.
After the accuser talked to the Title IX coordinator, she began reinterpreting her encounter with Montague. She started thinking he was dangerous and that she needed to save the rest of the students at Yale from him.
From the beginning, Yale appears to have misled the accuser into believing Montague had a history of sexual misconduct.
Bright college years, rife with official dishonesty and oppression.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Finally, Greenpeace Faces a Resolute Opponent.
Rather damaged his credibility twice by attacking two comparatively genteel presidents named Bush. In attempting to twist the events of the smear that finished off his career as a Big Three anchorman, last year, Rather was happy to be portrayed in the unintentionally camp “Truth” by a waxworks Robert Redford, whose previous film praised the actual violence of the Weathermen terrorists.
Appearing on Good Morning America in to plug The Company You Keep in 2013, after gushing over how “empathetic” he was about the Pentagon-bombing Weathermen, “because I believed it was time for a change,” George Stephanopoulos tried to throw his fellow leftist Democrat a lifeline, and asked Redford, “Even when you read about bombings?” Redford immediately replied, “All of it. I knew that it was extreme and I guess movements have to be extreme to some degree.”
In his retirement at Mark Cuban’s HD-NET channel, Rather was happy to praise a man whose motto is “get in their faces and punch back twice as hard.” (And of course, Obama began his political career in the living room of former Weatherman Bill Ayers.)
With that sort of “Company You Keep,” it seems a bit too late to for Rather to be hearing aura of penumbras of drumbeats of threatened violence. But when it comes to whom Dan approves of as presidential candidates, choose the form of your destructor.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, POLITICAL AUTOPHAGY EDITION: More professors subjected to Title IX investigations.
This week brought news of two more college professors who faced Title IX investigations for allegedly sexually harassing a student and an executive assistant. Both learned the hard way that due process is no longer allowed on college campuses, even for professors and administrators.
First we learned of Oberlin theatre and dance professor Roger Copeland, who was subjected to a brief Title IX investigation (which was dropped) because he spoke sharply to a female student. That’s it. That’s all he did, but because Copeland is a male and the student was a female (and no man can ever criticize a woman these days) Oberlin considered, however briefly, that the situation might have been caused by sexism.
Even though the Title IX investigation was dropped, Copeland was still investigated for hurting the student’s feelings. He was allegedly told by an administrator that it didn’t matter if witnesses could say the alleged verbal abuse didn’t happen the way the accusing student described, because “what matters is that the student felt unsafe.”
This opens the door for a whole new set of accusations against professors and other administrators, as any student who gets verbally reprimanded can claim abuse, thanks to the federal government’s dumbing down of what constitutes a “hostile environment.” Conduct need no longer be “pervasive” or even ongoing, a single incident, involving a particularly sensitive student, is enough to ensnare a professor in a due process-free investigation.
Copeland hired a lawyer (a right most students across the country are denied or can’t afford) and was told by the university that if he didn’t meet with them without his attorney present, they would bring him before the Professional Conduct Review Committee. Copeland and his attorney told them to go for it (I’d like to imagine they were laughing), and they never heard back from the administration.
We also learned this week about University of California Berkeley law professor Sujit Choudhry, who essentially faced double jeopardy for his alleged offense because UC President Janet Napolitano was facing criticism. Choudhry was accused of hugging his female executive assistant and kissing her on the cheek. The assistant, Tyann Sorrell, told administrators that Choudhry hugged and kissed her in this manner “five to six times a day.”
She apparently never told Choudhry she was uncomfortable by his actions, which he said he only did once or twice a week to show support. When Sorrell finally did mention the conduct to Choudry — after she complained to the school and had an investigation launched — she told him in an email: “I know you do not mean anything by [your actions] other than, perhaps a warm and friendly greeting.”
She gave the school the names of two witnesses, who backed up Choudhry’s version of events that the hugging and kissing was rare.
No matter, the school sanctioned Choudry by cutting his pay 10 percent for the year, forcing him to pay out of pocket for workplace coaching, writing an apology to Sorrell and constantly having those who investigated him looking over his shoulder.
Lesson: Lawyer up, and punch back twice as hard.
ROD DREHER: Re-Tribalizing America. “Donald Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos are provocateurs, no question. But they are proving something important about the militant left: that it is often racist against whites, and has no intention of allowing any opinions other than its own to be voiced in the public square. And whether in the streets or in a university lecture hall, it will use violence to impose its will. . . . Trump is a vulgar, crass, alpha-male brute. But he doesn’t care what SJWs and liberals say about him. He fights, and sometimes fights as dirty as they do. That’s not nothing. White liberal middle-class society and many bourgeois conservatives have demonized within themselves, collectively and individually, the instinct that would have given them the strength to fight civilization’s enemies on the Left and on the Right.”
Punch back twice as hard, as another provocateur once said.
THIS IS WHO THEY ARE, THIS IS WHAT THEY DO: The Left’s drive to push conservatives out of education reform.
As a famous man said, punch back twice as hard. But this pushback was foretold, and it will ultimately fail.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Think Tank Seeks Damages Over ‘Unlawful’ Climate Subpoena.
CHOOSE THE FORM OF YOUR DESTRUCTOR. Flashback to May of 2012: Newsweek Columnist Michelle Goldberg Likens “Insufferable” Ann Romney To Hitler, Stalin.
From most accounts, the Romneys are remarkably decent, civil-minded centrist Republicans. But between the above attack on Ann Romney and the smears that Mitt gave an employee cancer(!), the DNC-MSM worked all out to destroy them in the most vicious way possible, thus leading to the rise of centrist Republican Donald Trump, who, whatever his myriad excesses, at least punches back twice as hard against the MSM, as a wise community organizer advises.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: These 12 States Are Fighting Back Against Obama’s Leftist Bathroom Bullying.
As a wise community organizer is wont to say, punch back twice as hard when bullied.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Wronged Waitress Calls for ‘White Tears’ SJW to be Disciplined.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: “Jason Riley, a conservative columnist for the Wall Street Journal, will speak at Virginia Tech once the school issues him a public, written apology… Riley said he appreciated that [Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast] acknowledged that he was invited and then disinvited. He said in the conversation Sumichrast also offered to issue an apology on the school’s behalf, something crucial Riley said because he felt like Tech administrators had been characterizing him ‘as a liar.’”
“Riley said he was happy with the outcome. However, he was disappointed because he believes it took media backlash — the issue was discussed on Fox News Wednesday night and in a Riley column in the Wall Street Journal — for him to actually receive the invitation.”
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: David French: Small Acts of Cowardice Are Destroying Our Culture.
GOP ACTIVISTS NEED TO PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Microsoft won’t make cash donations to GOP convention.
Microsoft on Friday announced that it would be making cash donations to the Democratic convention but not the Republican one.
The announcement comes as advocates have increased their pressure on technology giants and other large corporations to refrain from sponsoring the Republican convention because of the rhetoric and proposed policies of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
Microsoft just took sides. They need to be reminded that there are costs to that.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Clemson poli sci professor stands up to activist bullies.
As I keep saying, if a right-wing cabal were trying to destroy the viability of the higher-ed establishment, it couldn’t do as much damage as the sex-assault crybullies and Black Lives Matter fanatics.
CULTURAL REVOLUTION: Sci-Fi’s Hugo Awards Swept by Anti-SJW Authors — Again! “For the second year in a row, nominations for the prestigious Hugo Awards for science fiction & fantasy have been swept by the Sad Puppies & Rabid Puppies, two groups of authors and fans who oppose left-wing domination of the community.” Punch back twice as hard.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Exonerated student sues Columbia University again over ‘Mattress Girl’ protests.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Dutch newspaper publishes cartoon depicting Turkey’s Erdogan as an ape crushing free speech.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: State legislator to sue the federal government.
A Georgia lawmaker is suing the federal government on behalf of taxpayers for what he calls “illegal and unconstitutional directives” from the Education Department.
Republican State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, who chairs the influential Georgia House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, filed the lawsuit along with his wife, alleging the federal government violated the Administrative Procedure Act when they issued a “guidance document” that included onerous new regulations for schools to follow. If schools fail to abide by the Department’s Office for Civil Rights’ ever-changing guidance, they risk losing federal funding.
Ehrhart has been a vocal critic of the Department’s “Dear Colleague” letters, which began forcing colleges to spend more and more money to adjudicate felonies in 2011. In January, Ehrhart told school administrators: “If you don’t protect the students of this state with due process, don’t come looking for money.” It was the strongest statement yet on the issue from a legislator.
In his lawsuit, Ehrhart claims the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter imposed “unnecessary costs and expenses that flow directly to both Federal and Georgia Taxpayers, including Plaintiffs, under the threat of Federal funding being revoked for the schools’ failure to comply.”
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: The Tools of Campus Activists Are Being Turned Against Them.
Those people who say you can’t take down the master’s house with the master’s tools never used a Tiger Saw.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: UTC Students start petition for #TheChalkening recall election. It’s a petition to recall the student government leaders who tried to get another student representative kicked out for pro-Trump chalking.
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Fla. gov. Rick Scott releases attack ad against woman who called him an ‘a–hole.’
AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: “Sarah Palin plans to sue Azealia Banks over a series of explicit tweets the rapper has directed at the former Alaska governor, including one in which she appears to suggest the former governor of Alaska should be sexually assaulted.”
AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: UK Cops Wreck Man’s Home Over Anti-Islam Post… But He Has Epic Surprise for Them.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Student cleared of sex assault charges sues for malicious prosecution.
A New Jersey student who had charges of sexual assault dismissed against him is suing the police who investigated him, alleging false arrest and malicious prosecution.
The accused student, who will not be named here because he is currently innocent under the law and no longer being charged or investigated, spent two weeks in jail because he was unable to post the $250,000 bail. He was eventually released on his own recognizance, and the charges were administratively dismissed 20 days later, without the case ever going before a grand jury.
The accused alleges in his lawsuit that the “probable cause” report that was used to justify the arrest was produced after the arrest was made, as the time of the arrest was mentioned.
Related: Sex assault charges dropped against Univ. of Tennessee football player. “Last year, the Knox County district attorney dropped sex assault charges against a University of Tennessee football player. Now the police file has been released and we know why. Police investigated the accusation for three months. A DNA test was performed and found no evidence of semen or anything else from the accused player.”
Plus: “Highlighting what it’s like for accused students, even those who are not charged, one need look no further than the Tennessean article. After the first two paragraphs about charges not being brought against the player, writer Anita Wadhwani switches topics to talk about a lawsuit against the university from eight women who claimed they were sexually assaulted.”
SOMEBODY’S TAKING THEIR BOSS’S WHOLE “GET IN THEIR FACES” AND “PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD” RHETORIC A TAD TOO LITERALLY: “Illinois Rep. Cynthia Soto’s daughter and another campaign volunteer are accused of attacking aspiring politician Robert Zwolinski, who ran against Soto in the Democratic primary this week. Jessica Soto and Bradley Fichter, both 26, are each charged with three felony counts of aggravated battery in connection with the assault on the 30-year-old man…. Zwolinski said he saw Jessica Soto and Fichter were putting up signs near his office. When he approached them, both allegedly started hitting him and struck him in the head with a bottle and staple gun before running away.”
Why are Democrat politics such cesspits of blue-on-blue violence?
FAILED COMMUNITY ORGANIZER SAYS WHAT?
Chaser: “Argue with neighbors, get in their faces… If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard… I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry…If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
—A sampling of Obama’s violent vulgar rhetoric, 2008-2009.
WHY TRUMP? WHY HIM? WHY NOW? John Podhoretz posits that he’s the reckoning for 2008:
Further, imagine that serious proposals arose that the 8 percent of homeowners who had defaulted on their home loans be forgiven their debts—the very proposal in 2009 that led investor Peter Schiff to call for a new “tea party” uprising on the part of the 92 percent who paid their bills on time. Only this time Schiff’s comments had been spoken in 2007. Imagine all these things. And then imagine the presidential race that would have followed. Does the rise of Trump and Bernie Sanders suddenly make all the sense in the world? Of course.
But of course the meltdown didn’t happen in 2006. It took place a mere seven weeks before an election. A presidential race that was a dead heat the week before Lehman Brothers went bankrupt turned into an 8-point rout. Barack Obama may have been a “change” candidate, but he had no idea the change would involve repairing the international finance system until that was thrust upon him by circumstance.
The Obama election had a distorting effect on the American response to the meltdown of 2008. The next seven years in American political life came to revolve around him. His actions in the wake of the crisis—a $1 trillion stimulus, the partial nationalization of the auto industry, and Obamacare—became the policy focus of American politics. Republicans opposed them and stopped him dead with the midterm shellacking of 2010. Democrats fought back and secured his reelection in 2012.
As the elections seesawed, Washington froze.
Read the whole thing, which is yet another reminder that Trump is the mirror universe version of an earlier reality show candidate, who similarly served “as a blank screen, on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views,” even as he goaded his supporters to “argue with neighbors, get in their faces,” “punch back twice as hard,” and bring guns to knife fights:
Update: Don’t Blame Trump for Divisiveness, When the Left Says Stuff Like This.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Rubio Slams CNN Host Who Called Him A Global Warming Denier. “Chris Cuomo is the brother of the current Democratic Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo.”
WHAT IF OBAMA DID WHAT TRUMP DOES?, Andrew Klavan asks:
Grove’s sources further report that Lewandowksi apologized to Breitbart’s Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, and said to Boyle “that he and Fields had never met before and that he didn’t recognize her as a Breitbart reporter, instead mistaking her for an adversarial member of the mainstream media.”
So again, Substitution Game: How would Trump supporters react if Obama’s guy said he had roughed up a reporter because he thought the lady was with Fox News?
Now Lewandowski is saying he never did it at all. If Obama’s guy said that, after reportedly apologizing, would you believe him?
Look, Trump has repeatedly called for violence against hecklers — and violence against hecklers and protesters has followed. In the video above (around the 8:30 mark) Megyn Kelly shows a man sucker punching a black protester who is being escorted OUT of a Trump event. Afterward, the thug explains that the protester wasn’t “acting like an American,” and that “the next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” This is not an isolated incident, but one of a number of such outbursts, which Trump and his people have repeatedly excused.
Substitution Game: what would the Trumpians say if a black man devoted to Obama had cold-cocked a white protester at an Obama rally? Especially after Obama had instructed his followers to “knock the crap” out of anyone who might oppose him. Use your imagination.
Or reverse the races and recall the disgusting details of Kenneth Gladney being roughed up by thugs wearing SEIU t-shirts when Gladney dared protest Obamacare in 2009 at a town hall meeting hosted by then-Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), after Obama and his colleagues had throughout his campaign the year prior instructed supporters to “argue with neighbors, get in their faces,” “punch back twice as hard,” and as Obama told a crowd in Philadelphia, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
A headline at the Washington Post today is titled “It’s not just Trump. Authoritarian populism is rising across the West. Here’s why.” No. Here’s why:
I’ve had fun over the past several months pointing out comparisons of our current reality show president and his would-be successor. But it’s truly disgusting to see these sorts incidents where Trump’s goons and his more zealous fans stoop to the level of Obama his enablers.
WILL ANYONE ASK OBAMA ABOUT THE CAMPUS BULLYING HE HAS ENCOURAGED AMONG HIS FOLLOWERS? Protesters Bully Pro-Life Students, Grab Their Flyers, Retreat to Safe Space: UC-Davis Women’s Center creates safe space for hecklers. “But if anyone needed a safe space, it was probably the pro-life students. After all, pro-choice demonstrators grabbed their materials and threw them on the ground. This interaction was caught on video, and generated widespread applause. A campus security officer talked to the aggressor, but did not discipline her.”
This Obama culture of encouraging his fans to “get in their face” and “punch back twice as hard” doesn’t get much media commentary. Then they wonder why Trump supporters think it’s okay to shove people around.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Rubio Spokesman Alex Conant Trashes CNN Report On Air, Poses Tough Question to Wolf Blitzer: ‘How Did That Happen?’
And speaking of punching back twice as hard, the Rubio camp is also fundraising off CNN’s bias.
Naturally, because this is CNN, Conant says network cancelled his scheduled interview with Anderson Cooper later yesterday evening.
As Iowahawk tweets, “2014: CNN has non-stop coverage of Malaysian Airlines 370 2016: CNN is Malaysian Airlines 370,” adding, “My anonymous sources tell me James Earl Jones will be replaced as CNN voice guy by Bobcat Goldthwait.”
Mickey Kaus writes, “I assume [people] have already speculated this is just a cunning ploy to lower expectations (Team Rubio’s specialty).”
All of the above being said, is it “Time For Rubio’s Reckoning”?
HOW DONALD TRUMP PLAYS THE MEDIA:
One producer at a cable news outlet said the process of covering Trump is like being held captive against your will.
“He’s absolutely exploited the media environment to his advantage,” the producer said. “He understands every single tendency that producers of this business have and he tailored his strategy to hold us hostage.”
The producer, like many media professionals interviewed for this article, spoke on condition of anonymity because the campaign still needs to be covered. But also because there’s evidence that speaking even remotely critically of Trump will incite the candidate and may spur him to retaliate by either blocking access to him or by publicly ridiculing the source of the criticism.
So in other words, Trump believes in arguing with his neighbors, getting in their faces, and punching back twice as hard when crossed. He doesn’t bring a knife to a gunfight. Which politician popularized those phrases? How is he covered by the media?
The northeast corridor DNC-MSM overculture has been a cesspool for decades — it’s not surprising that somebody finally figured out how to best them at their own game. (Of course, he could take the GOP with him if and when he implodes, but not all detonations can be controlled.)
Before finally moving away from Trump (until she snuck in a question about Trump’s flip-flops on torture), Bash earmarked one more question for the state of rhetoric in the campaign:
BASH: Just to follow up, but the rhetoric has been, I mean, I understand you’re saying that you are trying to answer him in some of the things he has been saying, but you know, I can’t explain to my kid about the you’re talking about hands and things like that.
RUBIO: Well, look. I’ll be more than happy to answer another Trump question. I don’t — Donald Trump, he might have grown up the way he did with a lot of money, going to boarding schools. I can tell you this where I grew up, if someone keeps punching someone in the face, eventually someone has to stand up and punch them back.
If Bash wants to have a debate about the level of what’s appropriate rhetoric for cable news, it should be noted that she laughed back on New Years Eve in 2009 going into 2010 at co-host Kathy Griffin’s suggestion that then-Senator Scott Brown’s daughters were whores.
And the MSM wonders why Trump does so well in their environment.
SENATE REPUBLICANS OUT-TROLL THE TROLLS: Watch: Progressive, pro-Constitution group fails civics quiz during protest. Punch back twice as hard, as a famous man said.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Ted Cruz Mocks George Stephanopoulos: “If we unify, head-to-head, our campaign beats Donald soundly. And for everyone concerned about the best interest of the Republican Party, if Donald is the nominee, in all likelihood, your former boss Hillary Clinton becomes the president.”
Why doesn’t every GOP interviewee bring up this connection when interviewed by Hillary’s most visible surrogate?
IT WAS 100% POLITICAL, AND THOSE BEHIND IT SHOULD PAY A PRICE: Appeals court dismisses Rick Perry’s criminal case. Punch back twice as hard, as a famous man once said.
PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Ashe Schow: A Win For Due Process At Brown University.