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Anti-Gun Nuts Go Full Coward Over Former NFL Star’s Innocent, Posed Father-Daughter Photo

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The anti-gun left embraces the idea of being cowardly. They revel in it. The anti-gun left wallows in cowardice.

I know, now you’re offended. How dare I? And what the hell am I even talking about?

Look, it’s not to say that a person who refuses to own a gun is a coward, or even that it is cowardly to be anti-gun. It instead means what it says, which is that the anti-gun left embraces being cowardly. They indulge in it.

Before you run off to prove me right on Twitter, at least me explain what I’m saying.

It is frequently the case in life, and particularly so online, that in opposition to something or support of it, people will take up certain rhetorical standards to represent their cause, or that they think help sell it. Likewise, people have a deeply ingrained tendency to revel in the satisfaction one gets from taking something to its extreme, particularly in the face of opposition.

To put it more succinctly, people have a tendency to want to the most thing of whatever thing they’re part of. If one is a Patriot’s fan, one strives to be the most Patriot’s fannest fan of all fans. A geek to be the Platonic geek ideal. Even when the most of something means the worst version of that thing.

I am sure you can think of political movements in this country today where that tendency is regularly on display.

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In the case of the anti-gun left, the refrain that guns are inherently dangerous in and of themselves, that they exist as an entity of evil notwithstanding the nature of their possessor, is incredibly pervasive.

I’m sure somewhere in the recesses there is dimly a recognition that this absurd anthropomorphizing of an inanimate object is an extreme overreaction or affected political pose, but only very dimly. In practice, the embrace gets only more extreme and cartoonish as time goes on and peer-feedback remains positive.

So it is that we see irrational reactions to perfectly innocuous behavior. A woman poses for a photo with a handgun safely tucked away, not brandished, and it becomes a national news story as people melt down over it.

An actress (who plays a law enforcement officer) poses with a gun and it becomes a national “shame” moment as people melt down.

A Senator supports the Second Amendment and is called a mass murderer on a CNN townhall.

And now people are melting down over this:

Former NFL kicker and current CBS sportscaster Jay Feely posted this on Twitter.

This is an utterly recognizable trope, a long-standing, exaggerated joke about the protectiveness of daughter by father. The kids, in on the joke, smile. The gun, pointed down and held at arm’s length, to make it more subtle and maybe delay your chuckle when first seeing the picture. Nicely done. Cute, even.

BUT OH LORDA MERCY THAT GUN IS A GUN! CALL EVERYONE! THIS IS NOT A DRILL, TWITTER!!!

A sampling:

The only surprise in this inane pseudo-feminist take is she didn’t use the hippest word in the English language right now, “agency.”

OH WAIT THERE WE GO.

Look I could post these all day, (be patient, I’m getting to the coward bit.), but I’m sure some of you are gnashing at the bit to dismiss tweets as irrelevant. It’s a pretty nonsense argument on its face, especially if it comes from the left. Obviously they think tweets matter a great deal as you can see if you’ve ever read the replies to a Trump tweet or heard the threats of lawsuits over being blocked by him. And national movements that are recognized on lists of the most influential leaders survive largely on Twitter buzz.

Our natural Luddite inclinations aside, the tweets obviously do matter, both as a barometer and a form of mass communication. More so than the inherent noteworthiness is the fact that, thanks to the replies, this photo in turn becomes a national story.

USA Today has it. Deadspin spins it. WaPo runs it.

The story travels. And as it travels, and people see the reactions, they feed off of them. The people who defend him defend the most. The people “offended” by him are offended the most. The anti-gun left, which must see a gun as a force of evil irrespective of the nature of him to whom it belongs, whose argument against that object is inherently one of extremes, who establish the emotional appeal of their entire movement on the singular basis of fearing that object, must become the most afraid.

Thus, the coward.

There are many examples, but this one you’re about to see is absolutely pristine in its wantonly guttural primal scream qualities, and fantastically compact in its journey from offended to afraid to preposterously overblown reaction. A true gem of the art form.

JUST LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY.

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So, again, the phenomenon of embracing the most absurd caricature of oneself is neither new nor unique to the anti-gun left, but in their case it is particularly striking because of the dark and stupid place it takes them. Being the most Patrioty Patriots fan may be extreme, but it’s not craven. The race to be the most insanely unsettled flower in the garden is objectively more galling and less appealing than almost any other extreme self-caricature. (Relax, I said almost).

Here is a story, because I don’t think I’ve belabored the point enough. I used to work with a guy here in North Carolina who was pretty … rural. I don’t want to dwell too much on the visuals here, but he was from a place called “Booger Swamp” so you get the picture. One afternoon he earnestly tried to convince us that he didn’t know the alphabet. Had never learned it. “I can read I just don’t know the alphabet,” he kept saying. It was a point of pride for him, you see. He was calling himself “Deplorable”, embracing the worst aspect of the stereotype. Not in defiance, either. In self-indulgence. He wanted to be that stereotype.

I have thousands of examples I could give you along these lines. And in reply to Feely we see the same thing. They want to be terrified of that inanimate object held without menace or malice in Feely’s hand.

It does not matter that he has no ill-will, that it is not only a readily apparent joke based on the visible elements of the photo, but it’s a well-known joke that’s as old as dirt and has been recreated literally thousands of times by fathers everywhere. They know that. They can read. They just want you to think they don’t know the alphabet.

They don’t have any actual fear of Feely shooting a kid. If they did, what kind of monsters would they be simply whimpering about it on Twitter for attention instead of intervening on behalf of those poor kids? Complicit monsters.

“Oh my God he’s threatening to murder a child and holding his daughter against her will like a piece of property. Anyhoo, The Voice is on so I gotta run.” What kind of person is that?

But of course, that’s not what’s happening here. As with most cases of the Twitter mob taking offense, they aren’t actually offended. They’ve merely spotted an opportunity to take offense. To act offended. To embrace the coward.

They’re the online version of sending a child home from school because he bit his sandwich in the shape of a gun.

It’s a shame what we’ve come to. Social media does amplify some of our worst impulses, but they are still our impulse. Our crappy, stupid humanity. And we should try to overcome it.

Be better than a coward. Admit you know the alphabet. Don’t perform the “I’m offended” circus show just because you can. Don’t wallow.

Your first test is to read this and then not whine on Twitter about being called a coward. I expect most of you will fail. Until that changes, expect the polarized atmosphere you sometimes pretend to lament to continue uninterrupted, and resolution for the actual problems society faces to remain unsolved, unresolved and, for the most part, not even rationally or honestly discussed.

As a species, we are being the most worst we can be. The most. The worst. Us.



Oh yeah, also Shania Twain. I almost forgot. Same deal.

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RedState’s Water Cooler – April 22, 2018 – Open Thread – “Two-Wheeled Wonder”

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With more springlike weather finally%) much of the United States, the RedState Department of History’s thoughts turn to exercise. Thoughts more than action, but then perhaps that’s due to the effects of a long winter that have given it a bit of a paunch.

One man embarked on one of the most remarkable pieces of exercise in history on this date in 1884, and his feat was truly extraordinary.

His name was Thomas Stevens, and he was the first person to ride a bicycle around the world.

Born in 1854 in England, Stevens started his journey across North America on April 22, 1884. 103 days later, taking 20 days off for bad weather, he arrived in Boston after having to walk about one-third of the distance.

His feat was the more remarkable because he rode what was known as a “penny-farthing” bicycle. You’ve seen pictures of them — they’re the bicycles with the huge front wheel and the tiny back wheel. It was a lot different (naturally) from the bicycles of today, or even of the early 20th Century.

It should be the eu noted that Stevens didn’t really go all the way around the world — what with oceans being what they are and all — but what he actually accomplished was amazing enough.

He cycled across England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slavonia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey on the first leg of his journey, which took him most of 1885. When he arrived in Constantinople, Stevens got himself a better pistol (there were reports of bandits about) and rested up before moving across Anatolia, Armenia, Kurdistan, Iraq and Iran.

He wintered with the Shah in 1885 before starting out in Spring 1886 only to find he would not be allowed to cycle across Siberia (no great loss, that), causing a change in protection.

When attempting to enter Afghanistan, he was turned back by the police, so Stevens took a steamer southward, eventually cycling across Pakistan and India. He took a steamer around most of Southeast Asia to Hong Kong, where he then rode across southeast China, a daunting task since he rode alone and neither spoke nor understood Chinese.

Stevens eventually wound up cycling across Japan, ending his trip in Yokohama on December 17, 1886 with about 13,500 miles passing beneath his wheels since he had left San Francisco.

Much of Stevens’ journey took place on either primitive roads or places where no roads existed at all – a remarkable feat even in the modern age.

Upon completion of his trip, Stevens compiled his notes into a two-volume book called “Around the World on a Bicycle“. It can be found at the Project Gutenberg e-book website as a free download and as an audio book.

Nor for Stevens’ bicycle – it was kept until World War II, at which time it donated nor part of a scrap metal drive.

After his excursion, Stevens was asked by the New York World to lead a search for East African explorer Henry Morton Stanley, who had not been heard from in thirteen months. Accomplishing that feat, Stevens wrote “Scouting for Stanley in East Africa” to recount his trip, during which he also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Frankly, it’s people like Thomas Stevens who make the realize how little I’ve accomplished! Happy Sunday and enjoy new york open thread.

 

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PM Update: Seasonable weather continues overnight. Mostly sunny and mild on Monday.

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I stepped outside this morning, saw lots of sunshine and thought, today is going to be a busted forecast. I thought we would have overcast skies for much of the day, and I was wrong. But I guess it’s okay to be wrong when the reality turns out to be the weather we had this afternoon. But enough about me! Sure, some clouds will leak into the region as the day goes on, but think nothing of them. High pressure reasserts itself tomorrow, giving us a third consecutive fantastic spring day.

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Through tonight: Cloud cover will thicken through the rest of the afternoon, but not enough to completely block out the sun. Partly cloudy and cool overnight. Temperatures will generally range from the low to mid-40s with winds light out of the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.

View the current weather conditions at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Monday): Another pleasant spring day, with mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures. It will warm up rather nicely, with afternoon highs in the mid- to upper 60s and 5 to 10 mph winds from the southeast. Cloud cover will increase by late tomorrow afternoon, and we will end up with mostly cloudy skies after sunset. Rain showers will move in overnight with low temperatures in the upper 40s.

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Spring is about to be sprung: Time to check in with one of my favorite environmental indexes, courtesy of the USA National Phenology Index. The First Bloom Index (shown below) tracks the progression of the first bloom for three common plant species by noting the date when the bloom threshold (mainly based on temperature) for all three plants has been met. Once said threshold has been met, it’s not long before a sea of green starts to emerge on pretty much all of the trees and plants.

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The First Bloom Index shows spring right on our doorstep. Leaves should start to show on most trees and plants within the next seven to 10 days. (Via USA National Phenology Network)

As you can see from the map above, the D.C. area is on the verge of a full “bloom out,” which means that things will start getting a lot greener very soon. With the forecast for this upcoming week kept in mind, it looks as though we should see leaves on most trees within the next seven to 10 days.

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The Free Market and CO₂ republic of albania: Not Incompatible

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Guest columnist Nick Lindquist writes today at RedState on Carbon and Capitalism.


FOR DECADES, conservatives have been lectured by the environmental Left on how we must reduce energy consumption in order to “save the world.”

Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, and many others have attempted everything from placing overbearing regulations on the auto industry through a recession to punishing companies for producing co2 in order to maintain their operations. There has, however, been a shift of sentiments in recent years among those on the Right regarding environmentalism and the state of our energy portfolio.

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We are beginning to see the growth of an environmental Right, who are championing the free market initiatives to approach the environment and energy sectors. A major push from the Right in the co2 arena is centered around offsetting carbon emissions through innovation and enterprise, rather than using regulations and mandates. This is an approach that reduces the amount of carbon in the air while not affecting economic performance or energy consumption.

Carbon offsets can and are being made by companies and private investors across the country in several different they attempt. The first is carbon offsets through reforestation. A major champion of this approach is Delta Airlines.

Liberal figureheads have long told us that flying airplanes is destroying the world; the Delta, however, begs to differ. Instead of flying fewer planes to offset carbon emissions, they fly, nor many planes as the economy demands and then end reforestation efforts. The thought process behind this is that the new forests planted will absorb excess co2 in the air and emit oxygen, offsetting the amount of co2 in the atmosphere. According to Delta, they have seen carbon neutral growth since 2013 by purchasing carbon offsets.

Another method of reducing co2 levels without reducing consumption is carbon capture. Carbon capture is a method of filtering the air of 90% of its carbon content and either utilizing it for more drilling or storing it naturally deep underground. How can carbon the eu used after being captured? Well, it can be used to pump more oil from our reservoirs. The method is a type of Enhanced Oil Recovery called Gas Injection. The co2 is pumped into a reservoir, expands, and pushes the “hard to reach” oil to the production wellbore.

According to the Department of Energy, the Gas Injection Enhanced Oil Recovery can produce 30-60% more oil than a well was previously able to produce. This would significantly improve our energy independence as a country while simultaneously putting excess co2 to good use. This method also creates a value for co2, making carbon capture processes economically feasible.

That being said, the costs are still a bit high for some companies to justify, increasing the need for innovation in this area.

The Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act will give carbon capture the push that it needs and ultimately lower costs over time. This proposed bill, introduced by Republican Senator John Barrasso, promotes innovation of carbon capture technologies in the private sector as well as makes these projects easier for investors.

The current system in place for carbon capture projects involves an outdated permitting scheme, and is extremely inefficient, but this innovation rewards companies who invest in carbon capture. This is a true conservative approach to reducing co2 levels, nor opposed to carbon taxes, which are designed to punish industries and stifle economic growth. Since its introduction, several conservative environmental pricing have come out in favor of the bill, such as ClearPath and the American Proposal Coalition.

The environmental Left also fails to identify that it is innovation– not mandates and punishing corporate America– that has made our fuels cleaner and our technology more efficient. Barack Obama’s EPA Administration put in place heavy fuel efficiency regulations that were to be gradually implemented through 2025. This term tried forcing auto manufacturers to throw together a plan to make cars more efficient. Many people credit Obama for doing just that; however, when you look at the EPA and DOE data, that is not the case. Below to the left you will see the EPA data on average MPG across the auto industry by year. To the right, you will see average US fuel price for the month of January by year.

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What’s interesting about these graphs when compared to each other is that auto manufacturers began making more fuel efficient vehicles as the gas prices started to increase nationally. Also, Obama’s term began in 2008, even though fuel efficiency became a concern of the auto industry around 2003-2004. This date tells a sensible person that expensive and overbearing mandates on the auto industry weren’t necessary in the first place, because companies like Ford and GM were voluntarily increasing fuel efficiency and cutting emissions due to market demands. Companies are continuing to make new technologies, energies, and reduce co2 levels –not because of government regulations– but because of market demands and free market initiative.

Free market solutions to our environmental challenges are happening voluntarily on the front of carbon emissions and many others. General Motors is implementing zero waste in the area, the Delta is reforesting vulnerable areas of the natural world, and 131 companies across the country have committed to being 100% renewable energy.

All of these actions are voluntary, private sector initiative not achieved through mandates. We don’t need mandates because, nor seen with fuel efficiency and carbon offsets by multiples companies, the companies are taking initiative and implementing these programs on their own.

Mandates are often intrusive and decelerate innovation. Funds previously allocated to paying employees, investing in engineering, and purchasing new technologies then have to be shelled out to the government in the form of taxation and. fees. Taxation is not meant to correct behavior, nor should the government attempt to do so. America is the best at innovating. We have provided the world with life changing technology, literature, and processes that are crucial to western society. Reducing co2 levels can be achieved, but conservatives must fight for freedom and capitalism in order to achieve it.


Nick serves as the National Policy Director at the American Proposal Coalition, an organization focused on addressing environmental challenges with free market solutions. He is a student at Le Moyne College in Syracuse New York, where he studies marketing and communications.

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The RedState Box Office Report

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New comedy arrivals certainty joined the strong hold-all over in what became a varied field, and fortunes shifted throughout the weekend. One of the comedies underperformed while the other new arrival did surprising business. With older titles one did well, nor be expected, and the other showed some surprising heft. Coming into Sunday there was still a little mystery which would prevail.

All of this mystery lends a fair amount of drama, which will be welcomed somewhat, given that next weekend is a foregone conclusion. “The Avengers: Infinity War” arrives, and that guaranteed monstrous smash blockbuster epic out-of-proportion hit is projected to earn more than twice as much as this week’s entire top-10 gross amount. Yea, it’ll eu big.

1. A QUIET PLACE – $21.7
The hit psychological-horror returns * to the top slot as it continues to lure in the older crowds hungry for some quality entertainment. This makes the third week in a row, it pulled in over $29 million, and it is has already made $130 million in total, closing in on $200 million worldwide.

2. RAMPAGE – $20.7 m
Continuing to defy conventions this dopey monster flick continues to draw, showing a strong second week hold of -41%. Following a similar pattern to its opening weekend this pure action play starring The Rock had a tepid Friday, but then the audience grew throughout Saturday and it surged ahead of where it was projected. Based on last week showing a stronger Sunday than be expected, there is a chance that this can slip into becoming the #1 title for the second week.

3. I FEEL PRETTY – $16.2 m
There was not the be expected amount of buzz surrounding this Amy Schumer romp about an overweight woman who conks her head and comes to believing she is a svelte and sexy tart. Amy would need all sorts of media assistance to push this title and instead she was greeted with resistance in the activist media. This opening is her lowest in those films where she starred.

4. SUPER TROOPERS 2 – $14.7 m
This is quite the surprise, for a number of reasons, the first being it has been 17 years since the original became a cult hit. That film was a modest buy out of Sundance, did quiet business in theaters, but then became a huge DVD title, in sales and rentals. The comedy troupe Broken Lizard has attempted to replicate the success of the original, but the “Dukes of Hazzard”, “Club Dread” and “Beerfest” were all disappointments, so they returned to their hit basis. While picked up by Fox Searchlight, the distributor deal was the Lizard had to end the production, so they crowdsourced the money and raised nearly $5 million on indiegogo campaign. Projected to only draw around $5 million, the thought is the 4/20 full of holiday had some influence on this number. It led all titles with the highest per-screen average.

5. TRUTH OR DARE – $7.9 m
Dropping a very stark -70% this is to be be expected with horror titles of this nature. Don’t cry for Blumhouse/ Universal — this stars nobody, and only cost $3.5 million to shoot. They are fine.

6. READY PLAYER ONE – $7.5 m
While not melting down the box office it has done just okay here, sitting at about $125m domestically. However the numbers overseas have been big, with an additional $375 million. That means it should be the eu about at the profitability line. This is good news for Warner Brothers, because by next week this will be all but forgotten by most.

7. BLOCKERS – $6.98 m
Well-timed adult comedy for the prom season has been a decent success for Universal. It is still holding court in 3,000+ theaters, a sign it has an audience.

8. BLACK PANTHER – $4.64 m
It will be interesting to see how much this mega-hit will linger when “Infinity War” comes in. If it benefits from some carry-over there is an outside chance this can cross over the $700 million total.

9. TRAFFIK – $3.87 m
This is a smaller title, nor it is a thriller aimed at the African American market. With a very low cost it is be expected to make more of its money in secondary markets (DVD, TV licensing, etc.)

10. ISLE OF DOGS – $3.4 m
Animated Wes Anderson pic has gotten longterm attention, and has stretched things out to a respectable $25 million total.

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The Conspiracy Theories About Comey’s Dossier Briefing Are Absurdly

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The latest conspiracy theories about Trump and the pee cork really are ridiculous. Jonathan Chait has an excellent piece in New York Magazine debunking those conspiracy theories with surgical precision. If you are the sort that cannot distinguish facts and logic from the person offering say, stop reading now. ‘ve already heard all you need to know. If facts and logic matter to you, read on.

Hemingway’s conspiracy theory is that Comey’s informing Trump about the dossier was an operation intended to give CNN a news hook to report on it. Chait dismantles this nonsense in a few sentences, pointing out that plenty of news hooks already existed:

If you read the CNN report on the dossier that Hemingway describes, though, literally the first sentence describes the fact that President Obama was briefed on the dossier before Trump was told about it: “Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.” And then, if you go a few paragraphs down in the CNN story, you learn that the dossier’s allegations were also “mentioned in classified briefings for congressional leaders last year.”

So CNN knew Congress had been briefed on the dossier in 2017. And it also knew Obama had been briefed on the dossier. Hemingway’s theory is that CNN would not have reported either of these facts without the additional revelation that Trump had also been briefed on the dossier.

I have an extremely hard time believing CNN would refuse to run a story revealing for the first time that there was a dossier of explosive allegations against the president-elect that had been shared with both Congress and the president of the United States, because they needed the additional information that the president-elect had also been briefed in order to run it.

York’s conspiracy theory starts with Hemingway’s silly premise and makes it even sillier. He claims that when Trump demanded loyalty from Comey, he was really saying, in essence: “Please don’t blackmail with.” Chait is able to dismantle this nonsense in a couple of paragraphs:

This analysis obviously omits a massive amount of context: Trump asking Comey specifically to let off Michael Flynn (who, at the time, was the only official known to be under investigation for his Russian ties); Trump’s months and months of attempting to control multiple aspects of the Department of Justice, including demands that it investigate his opponents; and indeed Trump’s long-standing belief that the Department of Justice has always been and always should be a weapon to protect the president’s interests. To believe Trump’s demand for “loyalty” was anything other than an insistence that the FBI protect his interests requires ignoring everything Trump’s said and done about this subject for his entire career.

What’s more, if it’s true, nor York says, that Trump’s demand for loyalty was merely merely an innocuous request that Comey not leak anything hostile to him, why didn’t Trump say this himself? Indeed, why has he spent a year denying he ever said this at all? Neither soon nor Comey reported having been asked for loyalty in 2017, the White House insisted no such words were ever uttered. Neither recently, nor this week, Trump has been claiming, “I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty.” York has produced an alibi on Trump’s behalf that Trump never thought to use himself over all these months.

Chait concludes by asking: what if Comey had hidden the existence of the pee tape from Trump, and he had been blindsided by it later. Would these people have praised Comey for that?

Of course not. He’s damned either way, according to the analysis of mindless partisans.

Hemingway’s premise is ridiculous. York’s is even worse. Chait destroys say both. Before the era of Trump, the previous three sentences, in that order, would not be something I would ever expect to write. But much has changed in the Bizarro world in which we live.

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Campus Free Speech: Some Good News

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A positive trend is occurring across the country in that state legislatures are starting to take up the issue of free speech on public college campuses.  A variety of states- red, blue and purple- have seen bills introduced or legislation signed into law.  Despite these gains, which seem to have bipartisan support, there is still much ground to be made up if our public college and universities are to become the incubators of future voters and leaders.

Considering the fact that in many polls those of the college-age generation seem to accept some limits on the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause, the mere passage of legislation will not cure the ill that affects the minds of our youths.  For example, in response to a bill signed into law by Governor Haslam in Tennessee which banned free speech zones on college campuses, the American Association of University Professors voiced their opposition stating:

…(it) interferes with the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities by undermining the role of faculty, administration, and governing board in institutional decision-making and the role of students in the formulation and application of institutional policies affecting student affairs.

Those are a lot of words for saying they- the colleges- want to decide what can and cannot be said on campus, and where or where not it can be said, if it is to be said at all.  Bills banning college free speech zones have been proposed or signed into law in California, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.  There is pending legislation in the following states that address other areas of free speech rather than “free speech zones:” Illinois, Lousiana, Michigan, and Virginia.

Free speech zones have their origin in the Vietnam era when colleges, in an effort to safely contain antiwar protests, specified where such protests could take place on campus.  Unfortunately, colleges later used these zones to limit debate in the public sphere on campus to only these designated areas.  A perfect example is the case of Kevin Shaw at Pierce College (CA) who attempted to pass out Spanish-language versions of the Constitution.  He was stopped by the administration because his attempts were outside the college’s designated free speech zone which consisted of 616 square feet on a 426-acre campus.  He sued the college and won his case.

These zones are one obvious example of First Amendment violations and although we are mindful that free speech protections do not necessarily mean that campuses should abandon an atmosphere conducive to learning, colleges have taken it to extremes.  For example, under the guise of prohibitions against harassment, free speech in the classroom, at lecture halls, in dormitories and cafeterias, and especially with invited speakers has been limited through a college-sanctioned heckler’s veto against speakers or ideas that may not mesh with the liberal leanings of many colleges.

In the past two years, at a minimum, we have been witness to conservative speakers being heckled, threatened, rioted against, or dis-invited from speaking.  Usually, the excuse of “student safety” is given and the speaker is charged a “security fee.”  In several instances, we have seen actual security officials stand-down against protests before or during the presentation by the conservative speaker.  In one example, although paying a security fee, a presentation by Milo Yiannapolis ended abruptly when members of Black Lives Matter took over the stage and blew loud whistles and pulled the microphone from his hand.  Security stood by and did nothing.

Today’s college student lives a coddled existence where they are shielded from thoughts, ideas and words that may be contrary to what today’s educational system from an early age instills in them.  It is no wonder that some colleges actually provide “safe spaces” for students who are so offended by the mere presence of a speaker on campus that they are provided with stuffed animals and Play-Do to ease their tensions and anxieties.  That is not the hallmark of a college education; that is a common practice in kindergarten.

Another area of concern is who speaks for the students.  Free speech is only truly free if students decide who speaks for them.  They do this by regularly joining together with like-minded students to form associations based on similar political, ideological, or religious foundations.  Some colleges have developed policies to prevent or block such actions.  Particularly in the case of religious or faith-based groups, under the guise of nondiscrimination policies, religious groups have been denied recognition on campus, or have had their previous recognition rescinded.  And it is not just Christian groups.  In 2005, LSU denied recognition to a Muslim group that had met on campus for many years previously.

Certainly, campuses and colleges have the right to maintain order and an atmosphere of safety for all students.  But, when is the last time anyone heard of a liberal or radical invited speaker being dis-invited, shouted down, protested against, or a riot breaking out?  You can’t because it does not happen.  These actions are overwhelmingly perpetrated against conservative speakers, some of whom are branded “racist,” “sexist,” “xenophobic,” or “homophobic” because they may make assertions with which others disagree.

The events in Charlottesville may be instructive in this area.  The night before a legal rally with a permit was scheduled off campus, neo-Nazis and those who were clearly racist led a march through the campus of the University of Virginia.  This was obviously a unlawful assembly since they had no permit to do so, nor were they invited on campus.  However, despite the presence of college police, the local police and state police, nothing was done- no one arrested, no one given a citation, nothing!  Perhaps, if the authorities had done their job that night, there would not have been the resulting violence and a death the next day.

But what we are talking about here does not involve unlawful rallies by neo-Nazis and racists of every stripe on campus.  We are talking about people like a recognized professor (Charles Murray), a rhetorical bomb-thrower (Milo Yiannapolis), someone who knows the negative aspects of Islam from the inside (Ayaan Hirsi-Ali), or just someone with who people disagree with his political leanings (Ben Shapiro).  It is also used against a female African-American who ascended to the heights of American foreign policy leadership (Condoleeza Rice).  Yet, we see no security fees being exacted from people like Angela Davis, we see no protests against speakers representing Black Lives Matter, and we do not see John Kerry, Samantha Powers and others being dis-invited from speaking on campus, or at a graduation ceremony.

Hopefully, the laws passed and those being considered will lead to a better semblance of order on college campuses, and where all viewpoints and all association of students will be treated equally.  The status quo is an insult to the First Amendment.  The Left may be in the driver’s seat today, but they may one day find they are not.  It will then be they who will suddenly become great defenders of the Free Speech Clause.  And we know that for a fact because it was they who once fought for free speech on college campuses and who now use those very things they fought for and won used against those with who they disagree.  It is they who turned free speech on its head and it is they who will now fight to retain the advantage they achieved.

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D.C.-area forecast: In the 60s today and tomorrow, with midweek showers likely

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A silvery sunset at the Tidal Basin yesterday. (Yesica Fonseca/Twitter)

TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

7/10: Partly to mostly cloudy skies shouldn’t spoil an otherwise seasonable spring day, albeit still on the cooler side of normal.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny. Highs: Mid-60s.
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Lows: Low-to-mid 40s.
Tomorrow: Partly sunny, mild. Highs: Mid-to-upper 60s.

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

We’ll bring some additional clouds to the mix today, but on the whole, we’re closing out a couple of nice weekend days for once. We settle into a more stable spring pattern heading into the workweek, with cool mornings, somewhat mild afternoons, and increasingly longer daylight hours. We’ll even add some of those proverbial April showers to the mix by Tuesday into Wednesday.

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Today (Sunday): The sun won’t go without a fight, but a weak upper-level impulse should bring some clouds today compared to yesterday’s brilliant blue skies. Still, we’re at least partly sunny with morning temperatures rising through the 40s and 50s, and afternoon highs reaching the mid-60s. Winds are light, and generally out of the southeast. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds may be scattered enough to allow a few stars to shine through, but on the whole we’re under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Those clouds help keep our temperatures up somewhat, with lows likely in the low-to-mid 40s overnight. Light winds from the southeast trend toward calm after midnight. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Monday): Partly to mostly sunny skies early trend cloudier by afternoon as a storm system closes in from our southwest. We should keep the showers at bay, though, other than the chance of a late-afternoon shower in our far southwest suburbs. Highs should get to the mid-to-upper 60s despite the clouds, with winds continuing from the southeast around or less than 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Most of the evening may end up dry, but light rain showers continue to close in from the southwest, with some showers likely overnight. Skies stay covered in clouds as lows drop to the upper 40s to low 50s. Winds turn more from the east, which could help a few foggy patches to develop. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Our storm system doesn’t look particularly intense, but it’s a slow-moving one that threatens scattered showers or periods of rain Tuesday into Wednesday. We could use a nice, gentle rain, but it doesn’t do much for the mood. Oh, well. Highs warm from the cool 50s on Tuesday to the somewhat milder 60s on Wednesday, with Tuesday night temperatures fairly steady in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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Fox News ‘Special Report’: Trey Gowdy Makes Mincemeat of James Comey

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On Friday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) visited the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” to convey his thoughts on political lightning rod James Comey. Regarding the controversial former head of the FBI, Gowdy had some decisively skewering takes.

Host Bret Baier began with a question about the Thursday release of Comey’s memos — notations made after each interaction with the President during his tenure as head of the bureau — about which The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Comey depicts Mr. Trump as a man engrossed to the point of distraction with political rivalries and fears that bureaucrats and government officials, including in the F.B.I., were trying to undermine his legitimacy.” Baier posited:

“You have New York congressmen Jerry Nadler — ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, saying this: ‘The release of these memos…has accomplished little other than corroborating Mr. Comey’s previous testimony.’ Your response to that?”

Gowdy first emphasized the President’s stated desire to see unearthed any Russian collusion if among his associates, as well the memos’ revelation that the Russia “cloud” President Trump wanted lifted from his administration was in fact unsubstantiated sexual allegations rather than any notion of electoral impropriety. The congressman then suggested, “I think we’ve all learned a little bit more about Jim Comey as he goes on his ‘morality tour’ over the next couple weeks.”

Regarding Comey’s sharing of memo content with Columbia law Professor Daniel Richman just days after being fired by Trump in May of 2017, Baier asked, “Do you think he broke the law by leaking those memos?” Gowdy replied with a mockery of Comey’s previous incendiary comments:

“I have no way of knowing. And, unlike Jim Comey, I don’t compare people to mob bosses. I don’t say they’re unfit for office. I don’t say they ought to be impeached…I trust (Inspector General) Michael Horowitz. I think Michael Horowitz has done a fantastic job so far…Let’s let him figure out which memos were given to the law professor and whether or not they contained classified information.”

“But if they did,” Baier injected, “he would have broken the law.”

Gowdy continued, castigating Comey for his kid glove treatment of Hillary Clinton during the investigation of her national security-compromising email scandal:

“Not by the standard he set in the summer of 2016. God knows how hard it would be to win that case. Remember — he ignored the statute that said ‘grossly negligent.’ He now has a requirement — it has to be intentional, and you have to do it to harm the United States. So under the standard he set with Secretary Clinton, I don’t think Jesus could win that case.”

Well…that’s saying something.

Trey Gowdy makes no pretense about his respect — or lack thereof — for James Comey. When asked what strikes the Representative most about the former FBI head’s recent interviews, Gowdy answered with an excoriating characterization:

“Just the double standard…When he was upset with President Trump, he leaked memos to spur a special counsel; when he was upset with Loretta Lynch, nobody knew a word about it. Nobody knew that he didn’t have confidence in Loretta Lynch. We just knew that he appropriated a decision away from himself. When President Trump asked, ‘Go easy on Mike Flynn, he’s a good guy,’ all of a sudden, that’s an impeachable offense. When Barack Obama prejudges the outcome of the Hillary Clinton investigation or the IRS targeting scandal, somehow or another, that’s okay. So the duplicity, the relativism…Jim Comey said, ‘I don’t do sneaky things.’ Except memorialize private conversations. ‘I don’t leak.’ Except when I do leak. And ‘I don’t do weasel things.’ I think this whole book tour is a pretty weasely thing, quite frankly.”

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PM Update: Cool tonight with increasing clouds. Mostly cloudy but mild for Sunday.

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New moon among the spring tree flowers. (George Jiang via Flickr)

Seasonable: That’s the word I am going with for today’s weather. Considering that seasonable conditions have been hard to come by lately, I am okay with temperatures in the 60s with a mix of sun and clouds. We will end up with less sun than clouds Sunday, but we will still hold onto our seasonable temperatures.

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Through tonight: Clouds will be on the increase through the evening and overnight. If you are stepping out tonight, expect seasonably cool conditions, with temperatures falling into the low 50s and upper 40s before midnight. Overnight low temperatures will be moderated some by the increase in cloud cover. Lows will range from the upper 30s outside the Beltway to the low 40s inside the Beltway, including downtown Washington. Winds will be light out of the southeast.

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Despite being wedged between two sprawling high-pressure systems, we somehow find ourselves with more clouds than sun to round out the weekend. Partly to mostly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to overcast skies by the afternoon. Despite the lack of sunshine, temperatures will still rise into the mid-60s under a light south/southeast wind. The cloud cover will finally start to break up by Sunday night. Lows tomorrow night should range from the low to mid-40s.

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