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The CMU Professor is Gary Peters - and he is running for Congress., as a part of the right's continuing effort to intimdate and stifle academic voices that refuse to goosestep along with Dear Leader, sent out an alert this morning directing people to harass the Board of Trustees at CMU (with the aim of trying to harm Peters or his candidacy).  

Here's the Redstate alert:

Dear RedState Reader,

This is the first time we have an action item at the state level.  Whether or not you live in Michigan you should be concerned about it.

My friend Dennis Lennox is a student at Central Michigan University ("CMU").  He is a model for student conservative activists on campus.  

CMU Professor Gary Peters is running for Congress.  Dennis wants to make sure Professor Peters is not using taxpayer money to subsidize his political campaign.  He's filed open records requests, he's videotaped Professor Peters, and Dennis has put out the word to conservatives about what's going on.

You can find out more information here.

Naturally, the University banned the public videotaping of people in public places on campus causing the ACLU to intervene. CMU has also threatening to bring expulsion proceedings against Dennis and has engaged in other forms of harassment against Dennis.

CMU's Board of Trustees will meet on campus December 6th.  That's this Thursday.

We're asking everyone to contact the school's president, Michael Rao, and the Board of Trustees before the meeting to express your outrage, frustration and disappointment in the way CMU is handling the Peters controversy by trying to crush political dissent, belittling students who speak out against a professor or a politician and most importantly, for their efforts to subvert the Constitution.  

Please shoot an email to each of the following Board members and ask them to defend Lennox's Constitutional rights:

Mr. Jeffrey R. Caponigro, chair:

Ms. Stephanie Comai:

Mr. Brian W. Fannon:

Ms. Jacqueline N. Garrett:

Dr. Marilyn French Hubbard:

Dr. Sam R. Kottamasu:

Mr. John G. Kulhavi, vice chair:

Ms. Gail F. Torreano:

Dr. Michael Rao: (989) 774-3131,

All the best,

Erick Erickson

Redstate is apparently working with some arrogant little snot who is a student at CMU.  This student apparently has delusions that he is going to "save the world from evil liberals."


Originally posted to JLFinch on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 09:42 AM PST.

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  •  hmm (4+ / 0-)
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    boilerman10, Hannibal, Democrat, Shaviv

    If the ACLU is on the side of the student, I'd have to reserve judgment until I get more information. I don't support everything the ACLU does, but they usually have pretty principled stands on things.

    "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

    by Delirium on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 09:48:19 AM PST

    •  I'd agree unless, harrassment tactics (4+ / 0-)

      are this Lennox kid's game.

      Quiet taping with no harrassment is not a problem, and we do it ourselves.

      But cons can get really mouthy and abusive, and that's when you step in and stop the harrassment.

      I think Bob Barr would agree with me too.

      Today, 12/2/07, 3882 Americans, and untold Iraqis are dead, tens of thousands more maimed. What are YOU going to do today to help end the Bush/Republican war?

      by boilerman10 on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 09:55:46 AM PST

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      •  This Lenox kid is a YAFfer (2+ / 0-)
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        Hannibal, frontline in 09

        harassment is his only tactic in his bag, the issue is that he went to the Dean's office for a meeting brought a video camera and then refused to leave when asked. He has also been stalking this professor with a camera and calling it journalism. His major complaint is that because CMU is a public university this professor is on the public payroll and is running for congress in his off hours, well teaching. And to make matters worse oh my good run the liberal academic is eating Tokyo run everyone run. Anyway his actions if they were outside of the university setting wouldn't result in expulsion they would result in an Order of Protection. However, expulsion is probably not the best way to deal with this, the best way to deal with this is if we have any Kossers in the vacinity of this campus students or otherwise they should respond by following this kid around with a camera, including dorm room shower use etc.

        •  Again, so what if he has a video camera? (5+ / 0-)

          Democrats do the same thing all the time.  How do you think George Allen was brought down? As long as the kid is just videotaping, I don't see the issue.  I get why the prof doesn't like it, but it's just something he'll have to learn to live with.

          •  The issue is that to give one example (2+ / 0-)
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            JLFinch, frontline in 09

            he brought his camera to the dean of students office and then refused to leave when asked. In the normal course of college functioning this is at the very least a breach of etiquette and at the most a demonstration of harassment. His pattern of overall behavior is similar what we should be really talking about is the ludicrous complaint that someone with a state job should not be allowed to run for public office. I guess that disqualifies all of the current presidential candidates of both parties except for (I'm not sure about this)John Edwards and Fred Thompson who aren't currently holding public positions.

          •  Watch the video first (0+ / 0-)

            Sure, showing up at public campaign events with a video camera is common, but this guy was lurking outside the building Gary Peters teaches in at night.  He then followed Gary Peters, alone, the whole way to his car and continued to try to goad him into a conversation.  Even though Peters remained silent and ignored him, Lennox continued to pursue him.  Its creepy.

            And lets face it, the YAFer organization Lennox belongs to has been placed on the Southern Poverty Law Centers' top list of known hate crime groups.

            So no, this is not the same thing as former Sen. Allen.

    •  ACLU may be arguing one piece of this. (12+ / 0-)

      Even if the student is harrassing the prof, CMU's anti-taping regulation may be overly broad. ACLU pursuing that is not a blanket endorsement of the student, who sounds like your typical RW whiner/thug.

      Your life begins when you are born, but your life story begins at that moment when you discover that you are in the wrong family. (Phillip Pullman)

      by homogenius on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 10:06:39 AM PST

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      •  yeah that sounds right (4+ / 0-)

        Looks like the kid is being an ass, but the university overreacted in a way that as a public university they aren't allowed to do, so the ACLU stepped in at that point.

        "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

        by Delirium on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 10:19:20 AM PST

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      •  Yup (3+ / 0-)
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        JLFinch, homogenius, frontline in 09

        And he obviously subscribes to the Malkin School of Bizarre Stalking Behavior in the Name of Right-Wing Glory.

        Naturally, membership in the MSBSBNRWG requires one to follow people around with videocameras, post their private information on the internet, stake out their homes, and probably do other batshit insane things like dig through their trash.

        ...oh, and of course you have to post about it constantly on lame-ass right-wing websites so they can breathlessly martyr you in the name of All-Father Reagan.

        "I told them on Inauguration Day. I said look into my eyes: no new enhancements." - President Johnny Gentle (Famous Crooner)

        by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 10:22:18 AM PST

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      •  Exactly (4+ / 0-)

        ACLU didn't defend the NAzi's right to march because they were defending the nazi's, they were defending your and I right to march.

        Have to love the fact that redstate is giving props to the ACLU though - about time.

        "For me, walking into a nice Jewish deli IS a religious experience." -my mom

        by ETinKC on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 10:38:02 AM PST

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        •  Not my first impression (4+ / 0-)

          Have to love the fact that redstate is giving props to the ACLU though - about time.

          When I first read the letter I thought the ACLU got a name-drop there because the writer(s) figured the average Redstate reader would skim it, see those four capital letters and think "Those damn ACLU faggots are up to something again!"

          Bring the WAR home

          How about a country where the government doesn't tell churches who can marry, and the churches don't tell the goverment who can't.

          by EthrDemon on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 11:05:55 AM PST

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  •  "...model for student conservative activists on (2+ / 0-)
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    JLFinch, Simply Agrestic

    campus." Well, there's something to ponder.

    Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.
    --Basil King, Canadian novelist, 1859-1928

    by dallasdave on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 11:34:19 AM PST

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