Friday, March 06, 2020
Elizabeth Warren’s Failed Intersectional Crusade
Friday, February 14, 2020
Bye Bernie, You Hope
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Still More Politically Correct Indoctrination at Marquette
‘Unpacking Whiteness’ group to host first meeting, Feb. 19
FEBRUARY 13, 2020
A new group titled “Unpacking Whiteness” will host a first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the 707 Building, Room 322.
The mission of the group is to build white racial literacy in white-identifying students to support the holistic inclusion of students and faculty of color at Marquette. This group focuses on authentic reflection of personal racial discomfort, conflict management in conversations about race, white shame/guilt, family privilege and deconstructing white supremacy culture.
Conducted by Hannah Uitenbroek, a master’s student studying history, the group will convene biweekly for the first five meetings (group members’ schedules will dictate future meetings). Interested students must commit to all meetings, and group size will be capped at 12 students. Snacks will be provided at each meeting.The assumption here is that the more you talk about “inclusion” the more inclusion you will have. In fact, real inclusion is not the result of workshops about “white supremacy culture,” but of not talking about it, and doing things together. We doubt that Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Kirby Smart, or Lincoln Riley ever lecture their teams about “inclusion.” They talk about winning football games. That, of course, requires working together. Not airing racial grievances.
An Event for “Womxn”What in the world are “womxn?” According to Wikipedia:
The word womyn is one of several alternative spellings of the English word women used by some feminists. There are other spellings, including womban (a reference to the womb) or womon (singular), and wimmin (plural). Some writers who use such alternative spellings, avoiding the suffix “-man” or “-men,” see them as an expression of female independence and a repudiation of traditions that define women by reference to a male norm. Recently, womxn has been used by intersectional feminists to indicate the same ideas, with explicit inclusion of transgender women and women of color.We can think of a lot of much better ways to help women and girls than adding ridiculous words to the English language.
But yes, the web page of the Marquette Women’s Innovation Network advertises the 2nd Annual Lift Up MKE Womxn and Non-Binary Hackathon.
And yes, as explained on the FAQ page, “Participation is open to anyone who identifies as a woman or a non-binary individual.” No men allowed.
Also: “All participants are asked to include their preferred pronouns on their name tags and use the preferred pronouns of others.”
In spite of this, there is an elaborate set of rules about harassment. You can call or text a report of harassment, enter it on a web page, or contact a Hack a Pipeline team member, this latter group identified by t-shirts.
We thought men were the evil harassers and women could feel safe around each other — and presumably around “non binary” types.
There is nothing terribly wrong with a tech hen party. But in a world where women in tech will have to (often) compete with men, and (often) cooperate with men, this might not be the best experience to prepare women for a career.
But if the purpose is to stick it to the patriarchy, we suppose events like this make sense.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Marquette Law Professors Signed Letter Supporting Trump Impeachment
- Ellis Atiba
- Murray Kali
- Michael Waxman, Emeritus
But others have an equal right to decide they have let their partisan biases override their sober legal judgment.
Interestingly missing are at least a couple of the usual suspects among left-leaning Marquette law professors: Paul Secunda and Ed Fallone.
In Fallone’s case, it may be because he’s running for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, and the latest Marquette Poll shows that only 40 percent of Wisconsinites favor impeachment and removal, while 52 percent oppose it.
Or perhaps either or both believe that the case against Trump is pretty thin, or alternatively that it’s a rather useless symbolic gesture given that the Senate will not convict.
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Angela Merkel. Why Does She Sound Like Hitler?
“We must regulate our words and our thoughts—or else our society won’t be as free as it was!” *standing ovation with everyone looking out for who’s got the balls to sit down first* pic.twitter.com/FdnFqiFG1R— Benjamin Boyce (@BenjaminABoyce) November 29, 2019
Monday, December 02, 2019
Tucker Carlson: Media Pushed Democrats Toward Impeachment
Sunday, December 01, 2019
Leftist Marquette Prof: You’ll Be Penalized for Failing to use “Gender Neutral” Language
So it was no surprise when, a few weeks ago, a student told us about a professor (actually, a Visiting Assistant Professor) whom our student viewed as pretty far out.
So far, dog bites man: not news.
This fellow attacked not only contemporary conservatives like Ben Shapiro, but Enlightenment figures like Adam Smith. When the student suggested that the professor read Ben Shapiro’s book The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great, the professor replied “What a stupid ass book. He is a fucking idiot.”
He complained about how little he is paid by Marquette, and leaving class one day advised “Oh, and also support your local unions.” But the job market in academic Philosophy is pretty difficult, especially if you don’t have a Ph.D. from a top program, which this fellow doesn’t. Indeed, one source notes that the market is:
Extremely competitive, and job prospects are often dim even for PhDs who graduate from top programmes.So it might seem like a visiting gig at Marquette is a lot better than what a lot of PhDs have to settle for — a few adjunct courses at $4,000 or so per course.
But this particular professor is quite tolerant of students who disagree with him in class. He even wrote the student a semi-apology for the comment about Ben Shapiro.
So far, just another average day in academia.
Too FarBut this professor went too far when he informed the student he would be penalized if he did not use “gender neutral” language. In a message to the student, he claimed that “Use gender inclusive language: humanity is not ‘man’ nor is it a ‘he.’”
The student did not do what most students do, and supinely accept the professor’s diktat. Rather, he complained to the Provost’s office, and particularly to Prof. John Su, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
After a meeting which the student said “went really well,” Su wrote the student the following e-mail:
Hope all is well with you. I’ve had several rounds of conversation with the department chair, Dr. Kevin Gibson, and email correspondence with the instructor, Dr. James Bahoh, regarding your request to use gender-specific pronouns in formal written work without penalty.
Dr. Bahoh has indicated his willingness to accept a version of what you and I discussed:
I hope this is a reasonable resolution for you.
- In each future assignment, after your first usage of a gender-exclusive or gender-specific pronoun, please add a footnote demonstrating that your usage is a deliberate choice (i.e., not an error).
a. If it’s helpful, I might use something along the lines of “While I recognize that gender-inclusive language is defined as a best practice by the American Philosophical Association, I disagree with it because of my personal beliefs. My decision to use gender-exclusive language is thus not an accident but a deliberate choice to represent my authentic voice.” If that doesn’t feel right to you, please use what is most compelling to you.
- Dr. Bahoh also asks that the footnote follow the spirit of philosophy in asking us to articulate the reasoning for our beliefs: specifically, for you to clarify the personal belief that guides you to reject gender-inclusive language. You and I had some conversation about that during our meeting in terms of developing your authentic voice and different language choices in different eras, so that might provide you some guidance. I think this only requires 1-2 additional sentences.
On your behalf, I pressed the department chair about writing expectations. He indicated to me that the department as a whole follows the American Philosophical Association’s best practice guidelines regarding gender-neutral language. He provided us the following URL: https://www.apaonline.org/page/nonsexist
Please let me know if this works for you. I will forward this email to the department chair and associate dean, so that you can have confidence of a written record for this resolution.
I hope this helps you to find a satisfying conclusion to this course. And I hope you have an intellectually engaging end of the semester.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
SurpriseGiven Marquette’s mania for political correctness, this outcome is a bit of a surprise. Having to write a footnote is a bit of an imposition — standard English the way it was for centuries before the advent of modern political correctness should be acceptable without explanation. But the imposition is fairly modest.
But what this case probably shows is that, if a student will stand up to a leftist professor’s demands that his speech be censored, the student can prevail.
Most students are unwilling to do this. They will “go along to get along” and simply do — often grudgingly — what the professor demands.
Reasonably tolerant professors will tolerate being challenged by students, and often even welcome it, since it shows that the student is actually paying attention, and might even be engaged.
Intolerant professors need to learn that they cannot with impunity impose their own intolerance on their students. They can only learn this if at least some students push back.
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Conservative YouTuber Speaks at Marquette: Draws Protests, Protester with Knives
A Marquette student was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed in the Wehr Chemistry lobby at approximately 7:15 p.m. Nov. 12, Marquette University Police Department assistant chief Jeff Kranz said.There is more information here. We can’t know if the individual actually intended any violence, but between the mask (typical of the violent thugs of Antifa) and a knife there is certainly an implied threat.
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MUPD arrested the student following a report from another student saying that they saw an individual wearing a mask and carrying two knives at a Young Americans for Freedom event in Wehr Chemistry, Kranz said. The event featured John Doyle, a conservative YouTuber.
“It was a bandana style face covering so it covered (the student’s) nose and mouth,” Iona McPeake, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences who attended the event as a protestor, said.
Prior to the event, students stood outside and protested because they found some of Doyle’s tweets and YouTube videos offensive and not in line with Marquette’s values.
McPeake was a part of the group of protesters. She said the individual with the mask was not affiliated with the group protesting.
Campus leftists have a history of intolerant response to Young Americans for Freedom and their speakers. When the group invited Rachael Campos-Duffy to campus, they went around tearing down posters advertising the event.
On the other hand, a large group of leftists showed up at the event, and listened to Campos-Duffy without incident. They asked critical questions of her during the Q&A session, and listened in a civil way as she responded.
Who is John DoyleWe had never heard of John Doyle, but he’s a very young fellow who has gotten a considerable following as a YouTuber. In one recent video, he actually discusses the Marquette incident.
His final point: that conservatives can prevail if they just refuse to be intimidated by the left, is a good one. Doyle was willing (see the video) to flatly say that transgenderism is a mental illness. Rejecting this notion is a prime example of mindless political correctness. Transgenders claim to need to “transition” with massive doses of hormones and surgical reconfiguration of their genitals. But how could you need that unless something was wrong before?
A large part, and maybe most, of the toxic politically correct atmosphere on college campuses these days is (at least on most campuses) the result of the left being willing to bully and intimidate anybody who dissents.
Kudos to Young Americans for Freedom of bring speakers like Campos-Duffy and Doyle to campus.
Doing that breaks the spiral of silence and emboldens people to challenge politically correct intolerance.
Monday, October 14, 2019
“Deplorables:” The Bigotry Behind the Impeachment Attempt
Marquette Doesn’t Know the Difference Between Adjectives and Adverbs
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Friday, October 11, 2019
From Dan O'Donnell: Bill Penzy is a Massive Hypocrite
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Just Another Example: Intelligence Bureaucrats Spying on Trump
This is Rosenstein’s conversation with Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Not that it hasn’t long been obvious, but government bureaucrats were doing all they could to undermine Trump.
The pretext was “Russian collusion,” but the real reason was the aversion of the “Deep State” to a candidate (and then president) who might upset a lot of apple carts.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Marquette: Intolerant Leftist Tearing Down Posters for Conservative Speaker
Members of the organization posted flyers advertising the event all around campus. This is the flyer:
Nobody familiar with the campus political scene will be surprised with what happened next. At least one campus leftist went around tearing down the posters, and then went on Instagram to brag about it.
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Unfortunately, Student Affairs has a record of very lenient dealings with leftist students who vandalize things.
When members of the feminist group Empowerment vandalized an anti-abortion display mounted by Marquette Students for Life, the vandals received a mere slap on the wrist. The guilty students were required to write a three page paper explaining how they had how they had “acted irresponsibly.” One student on the panel refused to do that, saying “it’s finals week.” So did one other student. Both were put on university probation for a semester. Not suspension, but mere probation.
We will see what comes of this, but the odds are that campus bureaucrats don’t think ripping down a poster advertising a conservative speaker is a big deal. Had the speaker been a leftist, it would play out very differently.