Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"If we’ve learned anything . . . it’s that we need to slow down the rush to judgment . . . ."

Laura Kipnis, professor, Northwestern University, urges the Northwestern community not to rush to judgment on an alleged sexual assault. Here's a letter she wrote:
Like everyone in the Northwestern community, I was stunned and appalled to receive Chief of Police Bruce Lewis’ security alert informing us that four students attending a Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat party were possibly given a date rape drug and that two may have been sexually assaulted. Lewis cited a second anonymous report that another student may have been drugged and raped at another unnamed frat.

What I didn’t learn until I read the Chicago Tribune story on the allegations — because The Daily Northwestern story doesn’t make this explicit — is that the first set of allegations were also made anonymously. “It's not clear how the person who reported the alleged incidents knew of them,” the Tribune reports. Nor does the university know the identities of these four women. Nevertheless, the university community has leaped to action, with the Associated Student Government calling for immediately suspending SAE and another frat. Task forces are being created, social events are being suspended, there are calls to rewrite various constitutions and policies.

If we’ve learned anything from the unraveling of Rolling Stone’s now-retracted story about an alleged rape and cover-up at a University of Virginia frat a couple of years ago, it’s that we need to slow down the rush to judgment until we’re in possession of sufficient verifiable information to form solid conclusions. Students at Virginia staged protest marches too — about what turned out to be a false story. As though oblivious to recent history, the Northwestern community has become a walking demonstration of what the commission that later investigated the Rolling Stone story slammed as “confirmation bias” — that is, forming conclusions in advance of the facts to justify our biases. In other words, if we believe that campus culture is a rape culture, then any rape allegation has to be true.

And at this point, all we in the Northwestern community know is that anonymous charges are being investigated. We don’t know what actually happened. I certainly hope we get updates as the investigation continues and that The Daily Northwestern vigorously investigates the story from every angle. But leaping to action in the absence of verified (or perhaps even verifiable) complaints is at best a failure of due process, and at worst vigilantism.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Obama said women should register for Selective Service--too little, too late

Big deal--Barack Obama said he thinks women should register for selective service. See here.

When young men fail to register after turning 18, they are subjected to all manner of punishments.
Registration is important to a man’s future because Congress, three-fourths of the nation’s state legislatures, and scores of county and city jurisdictions have conditioned eligibility for several government programs and benefits upon a man being in compliance with the federal law — registration with the Selective Service System. These include student loans and grants, security clearances, government jobs, job training, driver’s licenses and identification cards in most states, and U.S. citizenship for immigrant men. 
See here.

Women are still exempt from registration. They do not face the punishments men face for failing to register. Yet for essentially 8 years, Obama did nothing to bring about equality. His party controlled Congress for the first two years of his administration.

In contrast, Obama skirted the law to insure "equality" on campus when his administration promulgated the infamous "Dear Colleague" letter--its real purpose was to make it easier to punish college men for sexual assault claims, actual guilt or innocence be damned.

Obama talked big about a lot of things. He only acted big with respect to those things that appeased his victim group base. Selective Service registration isn't one of those things.

The purpose of Obama's 'Dear Colleague' letter is to make more college guys guilty of sexual assault

Andrew Morse, a director for policy and research at NASPA and consultant on higher education compliance issues, recently said this about Obama's 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter: "The lower threshold as articulated in guidance in 2011 by the Office for Civil Rights provides the foundation for a likely outcome of responsibility that will protect survivors of sexual violence . . . ."

Robby Soave translates: "It's not about finding the truth, or administering justice. The purpose of the guidance is to make it more likely that accused students are found responsible, whether or not they have done anything wrong. OCR has tipped the scales in favor of alleged victims, because the lives of the accused matter less than the lives of the accusers."

Of course. That's obvious. We've been saying it for years. And it's why the sexual grievance industry is so terribly alarmed that Betsy DeVos has contributed to FIRE.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The angry left scores another 'victory' over the First Amendment

In a culture where the mainstream media legitimizes violent protests of anything the far left disapproves of (and note that Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine called for the left to “fight in the streets” the other day), is it any wonder they think it's perfectly legitimate to riot against someone who wants due process in college sexual assault proceedings?

Last night at Berkeley, there were assaults and bloodshed, fires and vandalism. See here and here and here.  And Milo Yiannopoulos, the target of their hate, was forced to cancel yet another speech on a college campus because his message is too offensive for the left's delicate ears. Chalk up another "victory" over the First Amendment.

We are reaching the point where we must openly wonder what good is it to have a "right" you can't practice? Do you really have that right?

The peace-loving, enlightened left does not believe in due process, free speech, the rule of law, or the United States Constitution anymore. They believe that it is legitimate to achieve the goals of their victim groups constituents at any cost.

God bless Donald Trump who tweeted: "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?"

Amen, Mr. President.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The left's hysteria-of-the-day

The left's hysteria-of-the-day today is over Neil Gorsuch, of course. Here's an example of it: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/01/neil-gorsuch-president-trumps-anti-choice-pick-for-the-supreme-court_partner/ 

And trust me: the usual suspects are combing through Gorsuch's record to find anything to latch onto. It will fail, like everything else they've tried since 2012.

It impossible to recall any time in the past century when either political party became as terribly unhinged as the Democratic Party has become. They have become so palpably divorced from rational thought--not to mention the political mainstream--it is almost astounding that none of them see it.

As the Democratic Party has drifted ever-leftward, the moderates have fled, or have been cowed into silence. This, clearly, is not your father's Democratic Party: John Kennedy's policies more closely mirror Ted Cruz's thinking than George Soros's.

Donald Trump could sneeze, and these people would protest and riot. Or, rather, someone would pay them to protest and riot. Do none of these people have jobs? But hey, they have a great business plan, don't they? Shut down airports and inconvenience a lot of people, then expect the people inconvenienced to support them. Or maybe they don't care. Maybe their goal is a sort of childish anarchy--an organized hissy fit because they can't get their way.

We have now reached the point where the vast middle of America is seeing these people for what they are: mentally unstable. There is no sense trying to engage nutcases in polite or rational discourse.