May
29
2015
0

The Title IX witch-hunt of Laura Kipnis, presented in real-time.

Having read this essay by Laura Kipnis on how Title IX (among other things) is used by academic activists to shut people up, stifle debate – which led her to be sued for supposed Title IX violations – I feel that I can identify the real problem for Professor Kipnis.  It’s actually three problems, really:

  1. Laura Kipnis is a heretic.  Professor Kipnis – and note that she identifies as a feminist, and probably she (and I) would identify her as a liberal* – thinks that the current academic system dealing with sexual harassment issues is messed up, six ways from Sunday… and that the solution is not to go even further along the path marked out by the current crop of gender feminists.  She is also of the apparently novel opinion that not every romantic and sexual encounter on campus is primarily an exercise in power dynamics.  Even when they involve professors and grad students.
  2. Laura Kipnis is a scoffer. The good professor apparently finds a lot of the current rhetoric regarding sexual activities on campus to simply be silly – I’m basing that on the tone of her original article – and although she never used the terms ‘humorless killjoys,’ ‘Puritanical sheet-sniffers,’ or ’empty, soulless husks cocooned in smothering layers of inadequacy and deserved self-loathing’ I don’t know whether she’d privately disagree with me.
  3. Worst of all, Laura Kipnis scoffed and committed heresy in public. Private scoffing would have been permissible, probably. Actually making it clear that not everybody agrees with every drop of the sometimes-arrant nonsense that gets said in the defense of radical [INSERT FAVORED DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP HERE] identity politics?  Doubleplusungood.

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May
29
2015
2

Quote of the Day, I Am Not Worried That The Democrats Have No One To Aim At Yet edition.

Quite the contrary, really.  Anyway, what makes this quote particularly entertaining is that your average Democratic operative has very possibly never been in a Super Walmart in his or her life, and so has no idea what Brad Todd is talking about:

‪“More quality candidates and a deeper field is always better,” says Brad Todd, a Republican communications operative who is working for a political action committee supporting Bobby Jindal, adding that there is no imperative to settle on a nominee quickly. “We have the selection you’d expect from a Super Walmart, and on the Democratic side it’s a Moscow grocery.”

Although I understand that Moscow’s groceries improved, once the Commies went away.  Then again, pretty much everything improves when the Commies go away.  Something about how Communism kind of sucks.

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May
29
2015
2

John K. Delaney (D, Maryland-06) reeks of fear for the 2016 election.

He came really close to losing in 2014, and I guess John Delaney is kind of worried about 2016. Which makes sense: he should be.  Time to start pretending to be reasonable:

With Washington already broken, the last thing we need is a left-wing version of the tea party[*]. But I am worried about where some of the loudest voices in the room could take the Democratic Party.

Rejecting a trade agreement with Asia, expanding entitlement programs that crowd out other priorities and a desire to relitigate the financial crisis are becoming dominant positions among Democrats. Although these subjects may make for good partisan talking points, they do not provide the building blocks for a positive and bold agenda to create jobs and improve the lives of Americans.

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May
28
2015
2

Socialist Senator reminds us why we don’t particularly trust socialists to make good choices.

Say what you like about Reason: but when it comes to mocking Socialist idiot (but I repeat myself) politicians in their declining years, they’re right on the money.

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May
28
2015
0

My watchdog.org piece on Maryland mandatory sentencing reform is up.

Found here.  Short version: they’re fiddling with some of the fiddly bits.  And, honestly, I think that giving judges a little more flexibility isn’t the problem now that it was in the Death Wish era.

May
28
2015
3

The obligatory “Bernie Sanders Has A Bit Of A Gor Fetish, No?” post*.

Is it cruel to bring up this Bernie Sanders essay from the early 1970s?

Sure. But, as Hot Air notes: if you don’t like it when we do it to you, don’t do it to us.  The days of the free rides are now over. And ain’t it a shame…

Moe Lane

*NTTAWWT.

May
28
2015
3

Tweet of the Day, They’re Not Getting Good Value For Money There edition.

I don’t know what is more significant…

…that the Clintons went to so much trouble to create a giant holding pen for their 2016 staff, or that they then went and populated it with second- and third-rate staffers. You’d think that they would have instead taken the time to get prime recruits for their long-term storage. Apparently not – and that’s kind of bizarre.

May
28
2015
10

Nicholas Kristof tries the Otter Defense on behalf of the Clintons.

Start off by reading this:

I’ve admired the Clintons’ foundation for years for its fine work on AIDS and global poverty, and I’ve moderated many panels at the annual Clinton Global Initiative. Yet with each revelation of failed disclosures or the appearance of a conflict of interest from speaking fees of $500,000 for the former president, I have wondered: What were they thinking?

But the problem is not precisely the Clintons. It’s our entire disgraceful money-based political system.

Now watch this.

For those who do not have access to YouTube, this is of course Otter’s Speech from Animal House:

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests – we did. But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.

You know, I didn’t realize when I woke up this morning that’d I would be writing a piece that had to point out that Animal House is not a good rhetorical template for a New York Times author to use. Then again, I imagine that Nicholas Kristof didn’t wake up a few days ago expecting that he’d end up using said template, so I suppose that that’s a wash.  Still… really?  This is going to be what they’re going to go with? “The way that all that dirty money was prancing around and showing everybody its denominations, it was just asking to be grabbed?” I tremble for the Republic.

No, not because of corrupt politicians.  We’ve had to deal with those, right from the start.  But we’ve never had a more useless set of political pundits.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

May
27
2015
4

Droughtshaming continues to grow as a California social movement, or perhaps ‘mob.’

Begun, the water-based Stasi snitching in California has:

Take Los Angeles resident Jane Demian, for example. She recently got a letter from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Water Conservation Response Unit, about an unverified report of prohibited water use activity at her home in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of L.A. Demian says she was called out for water runoff onto the sidewalk, driveway and gutter, and the unauthorized “washdown of hardscapes” like the walkway to her house.

[snip]

Besides not knowing whose water she’s getting in trouble for, Demian also doesn’t know who called her out. She thinks it may be another neighbor down the street, getting revenge after she previously complained about a noise violation from his house.

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May
27
2015
5

Quote of the Day, Memory And The Supreme Court Follies edition.

Megan McArdle, while discussing the increasingly amusing flailing about by the Left over King v. Burwell:

…contrary to apparently popular belief, “drafting error” is not a magic word that forces the Supreme Court to give you a mulligan.

Read, as they say, the whole thing.  There’s some good bits in there about why it is that our legal system has a certain bias against leaning too heavily on individual memory as evidence.  Simply put: people remember things essentially by telling themselves stories in their heads.  When the story changes, the same people will often forget the old version.  And they can get a nasty, but legitimate shock when actual evidence appears that demonstrates that the new story is incorrect.  This is actually an interesting neurological… condition? Situation? Party trick? One of those, anyway.

Moe Lane

PS: I can’t help but notice that a lot of the non-lawyer defendant arguments about King v. Burwell are starting to sound like rationalizations for why the Left should be angry about the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in King v. Burwell.  Go figure.

May
27
2015
3

Tweet of the Day, I’LL Give It A Witness.

That is, indeed, the way to record something on your phone. Horizontal, not vertical.

May
27
2015
9

Clinton Foundation finds itself drawn into FIFA soccer corruption scandal.

Short version, because this a soccer scandal: FIFA is the Grand Poobah of soccer.  They just indicted a remarkable bunch of higher-ups in it for endemic corruption, bribery, and general chicanery over World Cup bids.  This is genuinely a Big Deal for pretty much the rest of the world, not least because FIFA’s been smelling for decades now.

But now to the important bit: which is to say, its effect on American domestic politics. I’d like to make it clear that I was joking this morning on Twitter by speculating on FIFA’s relationship with the Clinton Foundation; I didn’t really expect to have that confirmed.  Silly, silly me.  I should have known better, really. Reality is always going to win these things: (more…)

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