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In the face of protests from some students and faculty, former Bush National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew as featured commencement speaker at the upcoming graduation ceremonies for the Rutgers University class of 2014. Predictably, conservatives were apoplectic, complaining "College campuses essentially operate on mob rule at this point." Former House Speaker, failed presidential candidate and CNN Crossfire host Newt Gingrich went further, denouncing "growing liberal fascism on campus."

That's a pretty stunning position for frothing at the mouth conservatives in general and Newt Gingrich to take. After all, five years ago they were largely united in calling on the University of Notre Dame to rescind its invitation to its 2009 commencement speaker, President Barack Obama. As it turned out, Obama was only following the footsteps of another pro-choice, African-American graduation speaker, Condoleezza Rice.

Having burned through three wives and three religions, it is understandable that Newt Gingrich might forget what he believed in at any point in the past. And in March 2009, just hours after he formally became a Catholic, Gingrich tweeted:

It is sad to see notre dame invite president Obama to give the commencement address Since his policies are so anti catholic values.
Please read below the fold for more on the commencement of graduation hypocrisy.

Gingrich, whose own values include the belief that marriage is an institution between one man and three women in rapid succession, didn't stop there. As he put it on the eve of President Obama's speech that May:

"To the degree that Notre Dame still thinks of itself as a Catholic institution, it raises real questions," Gingrich told "FOX News Sunday."

"I think the president's position has been the most radical, pro-abortion of any American president, so I think there is a legitimate question there," he said.

Gingrich added: "But look -- I'm a new convert. I'll let the Vatican speak for the church. I'm just speaking for Newt Gingrich."

As it turned out, Notre Dame spoke for itself. After all, it wasn't just that President Obama won the Catholic vote and won the Notre Dame student body and the larger South Bend community as well. Polls showed that American Catholics approved of his stands on most social issues and backed the invitation itself. Oh, and one other thing. Notre Dame has a long history of honoring and featuring pro-choice speakers, including one named Condoleezza Rice. As I noted in 2009:
Lost in the frothing at the mouth by right-wing partisans is Notre Dame's long history of featuring pro-choice figures from both political parties as commencement speakers. These include Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1992 and 1975 South Bend graduate Condoleezza Rice in 1995. (Rice famously told the Washington Times that she was "mildly pro-choice.") Rice's address to the students, by the way, was titled, "The Role of the Educated Person."
(As the 2003 book published by the University of Notre Dame Press, Go Forth and Do Good: Memorable Notre Dame Commencement Addresses, the school's past graduation speakers include Joseph Kennedy, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Andrew Young, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Condoleezza Rice, Kofi Annan, and Presidents Eisenhower, Carter and Reagan.)

If this all sounds familiar, it should. In 2006, students at Boston College protested that Secretary Rice was selected as their commencement speaker. Despite the outcry over her role in architecting and selling the Iraq war, BC didn't back down. For her part, the National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez had no issue with the pro-choice Rice appearing at the Jesuit school:

"I don't think BC is compromising any fundamental values by having her speak."
For his part, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston had no problem, either. He warmly applauded Rice's address. Of course, when Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, then in the process of revising Ireland's draconian abortion laws, was invited in 2013, Cardinal O'Malley refused to attend.

The ironies don't there. Even as they decry the imbroglio at Rutgers, conservative commentators cheered as some families in Topeka pushed back on a commencement speech by First Lady Michelle Obama to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. While there were no protests when First Lady Laura Bush traveled to tornado-ravaged Enterprise, Alabama, to headline the 2008 graduation ceremony there, right-wingers like Andrew Malcolm took great pleasure in the affronts to Mrs. Obama in Kansas and Attorney General Eric Holder in Oklahoma:

Is there an anti-Obama rebellion brewing out there in the Heartland?

Looks like it in the lame duck's absence. This week two prominent administration members -- including First Lady Michelle Obama -- were forced to cancel planned speeches there in the face of protests and even a high school student petition opposing her scheduled graduation speech.

So, make up your minds, conservatives. Either you are comfortable with a diversity of messages and messengers at the commencement podium, or you are not. As for me, a 1985 Rutgers graduate, I can only say that Condoleezza Rice wouldn't have been my choice. Nevertheless, I would have grudgingly listened to her words, albeit with clenched teeth. After all, anyone who previously misled the American people about "the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud," who compared the occupation of Iraq to freeing the slaves during the U.S. Civil War, who laughably claimed in 2006 "there were ties going on between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime" and emulated Richard Nixon by announcing "by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture," probably shouldn't be dispensing life lessons to anybody.

Originally posted to Jon Perr on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:37 PM PDT.

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  •  LOL.... (6+ / 0-)
    "College campuses essentially operate on mob rule at this point."..... "growing liberal fascism on campus."

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:38:59 PM PDT

    •  Liberal fascism? (9+ / 0-)

      Well now, that's a rare bird. Like the 5 sided triangle or white ebony I'm sure they exist in some bizarre set of circumstances but fascism is an ultra-conservative political ideology. Though given how whacko our right wing has gotten perhaps they see fascism as being to the left of them politically. The GOP slogan for 2016 - "Slightly to the right of Hitler!"

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:53:25 PM PDT

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      •  see Goldberg's doltish screed on this (4+ / 0-)

        Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

        The major flaw in all of this is that fascism, properly understood, is not a phenomenon of the right at all. Instead, it is, and always has been, a phenomenon of the left. This fact — an inconvenient truth if there ever was one — is obscured in our time by the equally mistaken belief that fascism and communism are opposites. In reality, they are closely related, historical competitors for the same constituents. — P.7

        Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

        by annieli on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:57:39 PM PDT

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        •  best summary (8+ / 0-)
          Austin W. Bramwell wrote in The American Conservative:

          Repeatedly, Goldberg fails to recognize a reductio ad absurdum. ... In no case does Goldberg uncover anything more ominous than a coincidence. ... In elaborating liberalism's similarities to fascism, Goldberg shows a near superstitious belief in the power of taxonomy. ... Goldberg falsely saddles liberalism not just with relativism but with all manner of alleged errors having nothing to do with liberalism. ... Not only does Goldberg misunderstand liberalism, but he refuses to see it simply as liberalism... Liberal Fascism reads less like an extended argument than as a catalogue of conservative intellectual clichés, often irrelevant to the supposed point of the book. ... Liberal Fascism completes Goldberg's transformation from chipper humorist into humorless ideologue.

          Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

          by annieli on Wed May 07, 2014 at 01:01:21 PM PDT

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        •  That will come as a surprize (3+ / 0-)
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          To anyone who has studied the history of the Weimar Republic.

          "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

          by Navy Vet Terp on Wed May 07, 2014 at 02:16:35 PM PDT

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      •  naw tis common over in Wingertopia (4+ / 0-)
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        Matter of fact Fasco-Communism is their newest invention for those people who are liberal, fascist and commie all at the same time since the terms are synonyms.

        Goldberg and his merry legions have done more damage to the English language than has been suffered since the Battle of Hastings

        •  The Commie Nazis (in jets! (y en Espanol!)) (3+ / 0-)
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          GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

          by ontheleftcoast on Wed May 07, 2014 at 01:26:43 PM PDT

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        •  Methinks Calista is pressing for.... (0+ / 0-)

          another bauble from Tiffany's.

          Gee it was so nice and quiet there for a while, but campaign season must be gearing up because here's Newt on the hustings once again.

          Where's the Maalox?

          Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

          by dweb8231 on Fri May 09, 2014 at 03:04:51 AM PDT

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      •  It's an ultra-authoritarian political ideology (2+ / 0-)
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        as well as inherently militarist. Sounds familiar?

        Perhaps the GOP is "liberal" fascism: "liberal" because it still has pretensions of being willing to stand for election, despite doing their best to rig them in their favor.


        by commonmass on Wed May 07, 2014 at 01:34:29 PM PDT

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      •  My wild guess: at least half the Republicans who (1+ / 0-)
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        use the terms "fascist" and "fascism" have no idea what they mean. These are the same people who think that socialism is the opposite of democracy and that Adolph Hitler was a Democrat.

        "Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness: 7/10." Tell someone.

        by RJDixon74135 on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:10:16 PM PDT

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  •  the RW corporate philanthropic welfare system (2+ / 0-)
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    with pundits entertaining rich alums as the non-profit institutions shill for donations

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:52:33 PM PDT

  •  the newest thing is for wingers to go on (2+ / 0-)
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    Twitter and describe how they have been persecuted by liberal profs:

    •  Well, I may be somewhere to the left of Bernie (2+ / 0-)
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      Sanders on many issues but I have to admit I had a feminist English prof in college (mid 80's) who was the most ridiculous, angry, oppressive caricature of an academic feminist you could possibly imagine. She probably turned more students off than ever changed their minds about anything.

      While that does not describe all feminist professors--and I knew plenty of others who taught me a lot about what feminism is, for which I am grateful--pretty much everyone has come into contact with an academic with an agenda which is extreme, and with a fervor which is truly inappropriate in the university environment.

      I'm not apologizing for the wingers claiming "persecution", but there are some pretty crazy professors in all disciplines and on all sides of issues.

      I never felt "persecuted" by Prof. B., but I did tell her once--in her office--that I found some of her ideas, including her belief that ALL men inherently oppress women and can NEVER stop doing it EVER and must be subjugated and made irrelevant and openly mocked at every opportunity--including her own male students--to be extremely disruptive in the context of her attempts to teach classic literature. I suggested that she should perhaps re-think the focus of her curriculum.

      She must have respected my opinion, she gave me an A at the end of the semester.


      by commonmass on Wed May 07, 2014 at 01:44:05 PM PDT

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      •  I have had some profs with whom I disagreed (1+ / 0-)
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        but I learned not to get hung up on their foibles and instead sought the chestnuts of wisdom they had to offer and just overlooked the rest since most of it did not show up on the test.

        However, I can thank an African studies prof for helping me understand the difference between individual and social or structural racism so her statement that whites were inherently racist made more sense to me

        •  I feel the same way, but this particular prof (0+ / 0-)

          was actually harassing her male students. She didn't get fired for it, but she did get formally reprimanded eventually when a student (a female student, as a matter of fact) brought a formal complaint.

          How it played out was that she was free to teach her classics course the way she wanted to but she had to teach it as an elective, rather than as a section of a required course.

          My problem was not her point of view, no matter how radical I found it, but that she was teaching a section of a required course in a manner which detracted from the intent of the course as listed in the catalogue. She was essentially teaching a course in radical feminism rather than a required lit course. The Faculty Senate and her dean agreed. (Hint: she was considered too radical even for the Women's Studies profs.)

          SPES MEA IN DEO EST.

          by commonmass on Wed May 07, 2014 at 01:54:19 PM PDT

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      •  I once had (2+ / 0-)
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        a history prof who considered the roman catholic church to be the apex of human civilization.  My term paper refuted and debunked every point she had made that semester, and she gave me an A.  Probably surprised us both.

        I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

        by trumpeter on Wed May 07, 2014 at 02:33:51 PM PDT

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  •  I think it is quite unfortunate... (0+ / 0-)

    that we have to deal with any demands that some viewpoint shouldn't be expressed on a college campus. I've lived through all kinds of demands from various groups on the campuses where I have been to disallow or disinvite a whole cast of convocation and commencement speakers including various current and past government officers. Of course, there is the whole "turn your back" cadre that seems to show up at most commencements these days, also. I think both trends are unfortunate - especially since our campuses are supposed to be a place to hear and consider all viewpoints.

    •  college is for education? (0+ / 0-)

      In many cases parents and students and politicians have no interest in a student getting a broad college education.  An education where they get a diverse point of views, work thought what they believe, what they are willing to fight for, and discover what really is not that important.  I can see where some might see Notre Dame as a place not for an education, but to have a certain set of values reinforced.  We see in this in other less prestigious colleges where all politicians and parents require is job training.  Any stuff that is just 'educational' is considered a waste of time, and any opinions expressed by professor that are not your own, as seen in this thread, is considered insane, especially if the professor is a woman.

      In all honestly, politician and parents should be scared of a real education if they want the kids to live in the same world with the same values as the older generation.  At so-called elite colleges like Notre Dame this is especially going to be worrisome as it is these kids that are perceived to control the future. So if they hear something like the ACA is good, then are they going to vote to repeal?

      We see this vividly in two cases of campus activism, one successful, one growing today.  Back in the mid 70's, it became clear that South African Aparthied was a bad thing, and there were action at Standford and Michigan State to divest. The students at Michigan were successful. By the time I was in college, the movement was well underway, and conservatives who were fully behind the SA government oppression of the black people were wetting their pants. This was the time of Political Correctness, when the religious freaks who would shoot you if talked about Jesus were made because they could not longer rape women with impunity.  At my campus, the conservative kids actually got funding for an alternative news paper to support things like Apartheid.

      In any case by the late 80's, disinvestment of South Africa became US federal policy and the kids had won.  Which brings us to today when the college students at Stanford are focing the disinvestment of coal.  This would seem to be a pretty minor thing, except once again all the conservatives are crawling over each other trying to tell everyone how minor of  thing it is, how it is not really going to change everything, and how the poor people in developing countries depend on coal.  This is funny, because my relatives had coal burning stove until the 80's, and it was not an investment based enterprise. Some family would dig the coal out of their back yard, put in it a truck, and deliver it to our house.

  •  Without hatred and double standard, GOP is lost (0+ / 0-)
  •  1967 Rutgers grad here. (1+ / 0-)
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    Does Newt have no memories of what it was like on college campuses in the late 1960s? I hope they're getting back to that level of political awareness.  Honestly though, I have no memory of who Rutgers keynote speaker was then. And I wasn't even high that day!  I was just happy to be getting that degree.

    Freedom of speech, in my view, does not mean the freedom to buy the United States government -- Bernie Sanders

    by OnePingOnly on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:06:16 PM PDT

    •  My BIL graduated two years after you did ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... and we have been having quite the e-mail exchange about the whole "Rice at Rutgers" debacle.

      He's a self-described Goldwater Republican (who would probably disavow Goldwater if I took the time to remind  him of Goldwater's political evolution) who has written to Rutgers asking them to remove his name from their records as he believes "the inmates are running the asylum," the university president should either resign or be fired, and the faculty should not be voicing their opinions.  

      He's been moving further and further to the right as the years go by.  I'm just glad he's still willing to talk to his lefty SIL -- pesonally, he's a wonderful human being for whom I would walk over hot coals.

  •  My college commencement address (0+ / 0-)

    was delivered by an alum of our school, too (Hanover College).  He was an entomologist!!!

  •  i forced myself away from reading a book (1+ / 0-)
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    like none i've ever read.

    and it follows upon my reading of "A Fighting Chance," which is a GREAT book to read, to have written and especially to have lived.

    the book i'm now forcing myself from is "Christian Nation: A Novel," and it's not exactly a novel; parts of it are very recently real. i have no idea but that the Bundy Ranch events would fit in, in one of the next few chapters. haven't read it? then do.

    in many ways, we talk about it here all the time. but we could be just those 'near miss' asteroids -- the possibilities for strange futures avoided by not counting a particular dot to connect, or by dismissing a weird clarion as harmless or pathetic. so i went for a quick swim 'out there...'

    The Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy is an independent not-for-profit agency and an affiliate of Cornell University with administrative offices in Cornell's Anabel Taylor Hall. TheocracyWatch is one of sixteen projects sponsored by CRESP.
    i'm at a loss, as it's all in flux. i say, 'let's go' anyhow. so even though the active connections seem rough, there's plenty, up front and clear, to work with. is in process of becoming project drawdown. how cresp and theocracy watch are included is not clear right now; and some sites may be available only to view at the archive., formerly, was a user-generated online community space for the social and environmental movement. As one of the social networks for environmental sustainability and social change, was the primary initiative of the non-profit organization WiserEarth, which tracks the work of non-profits around the world. The site mapped and connected non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, governments, groups, and individuals addressing global issues such as climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights, and more.

    Thank you all for your amazing support over the years. Our non profit, WiserEarth, will undergo a shift in leadership on May 1st 2014. The leadership of the organization will be passed on to Amanda Ravenhill and Paul Hawken, who will be running a new program: The Drawdown Project.

    The community will continue to thrive through the networks that you are all part of and also through these wonderful community partners. Please do join their communities to start finding other like-minded souls.

    Drawdown will be a book, a database, a basis for curricula, a digital platform, and a movement. It defines and describes 117 impeccably researched, “state-of-the-shelf” technologies, both practical and social, that will reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Drawdown lays clear the financial and scientific impact these technologies can deliver in the next thirty years. Drawdown will arrive in the fall of 2015. [my registration was just now confirmed in an email from Amanda Ravenhill and Paul Hawken; i will be watching as it develops, and will share what seems of interest and of use.].
    perfect time for a bit of fruit in extra light syrup, yes?
    wonder when sfbob will check in, not that i'm bored or anything, but what a puzzling couple of days; bob's progress would be good to know. (am i being played? or just tuned up ... ?)

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:43:45 PM PDT

  •  What does Gingrich think about the Vatican's (3+ / 0-)
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    ... recent comments condemning unfettered capitalism, trickle-down economics, and greed and money in general?

    It is sad to see Notre Dame invite President Obama to give the commencement address since his policies are so anti Catholic values.
    "To the degree that Notre Dame still thinks of itself as a Catholic institution, it raises real questions [...]"But look -- I'm a new convert. I'll let the Vatican speak for the church. I'm just speaking for Newt Gingrich."
    Since Newt respects the Vatican so much, and thinks it should be the authority for dictating Catholic values, I'm sure he must be doing some serious soul-searching about his -- and his party's -- economic values right about now.


  •  These guys are old news. I just saw Florida's new (0+ / 0-)

    news on Colbert. Here  we have the Republican yahoo Ted Yoho who is one crazy dude. But this guy who is challenging him is really in Crazytown:

    There is a quote from his "role playing" as Dracula (with pictures) that is too crude to post so go read it for yourselves.


    Nothing like a little gamer-occult-rape-cocaine imagery to keep Florida in contention for the Capitol of Weird.

    So thank you, Jake Rush.

    The Republican lawyer and former cop wants to topple tea party Congressman Ted Yoho. Rush's first web ad shows him swearing on the Bible, wearing his old Alachua County Sheriff's Office uniform and teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution.

    The images of him wearing black contact lenses while dressed in Dracula-like leather outfits? Not so much.

    But an anonymous emailer on March 23 began outing Ross as a member of a role-playing gamer-group called Mind's Eye Society.

    Rush's campaign responded hours later by saying he's an actor and he's being attacked unfairly by Yoho et al.

    “As a straight shooter, yes, I play and have played video games, role playing games, board games, Yahtzee, Clue, and I have acted in dozens of theatre productions,” Rush said in a statement that included pictures of him in less-ominous garb (full statement here).

    Saint Petersblog was first up with the original story. A sample:

    Chazz Darling appears to be one of Rush’s favorite personas. As an active participant, Rush (as Darling) published regularly in both the Camarilla Wiki Project, a wide range of message boards and sites connected with White Wolf Publishing, the company which created the first Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game in 1991..... the same person, as Chazz, wrote in one Yahoo message board, titled “The Fallen,” dated February 12, 2010:

    The pix of him in costumes are there.

    •  From comments on that article: (0+ / 0-)
      I'm actually acquainted with Jake. I used to be in the same gaming organization (MES). While playing, yes, people can, have, and will say and write lots of things that clears throat THEIR CHARACTER would say/do. Once the game ends, we're all real people. Jake is one of the nicest people I've met through that club, and while I am politically nearly his opposite, I think that people are trying to make something out of nothing here. Do you think that "Uncle Arnold" should be held accountable for what he did in his movies when he runs for political office? Same thing, only with emails showing things that characters did, instead of film reels.

      Posted by: Mike | April 01, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      This is correct, IMO. It's a dirty attack, like smearing a novelist for something one of his or her characters said or a journalist for something they quoted. One can be realistic about the consequences of it, but contributing to and promoting it is not the decent thing to do, whether or not the guy is a Teabagger.
      •  Uncle Arnold was clearly a performer whose status (0+ / 0-)

        was limited before he got into show biz. Also, in real life he married well and his career as a politician was only possible because he lived and worked in L.A. were actors becoming Governors and even Presidents is well accepted.

        No offense to you or the other gamers, but IMHO in many cases that on line persona/avatar/player whatever, is part of a fantasy id/ego of a real persons' mental makeup.

        As far as Jake is concerned, I wouldn't like his on line persona because that nasty message about his D%$# and the maidens was offensive, patriarchal and mysoginistic.

        Who else does that describe? Unlce Arnold. Would I have voted for him? No. Because I don't vote for Republicans. Are Republicans more likely to have strange views about women? Yes. There have been 100s of posts about their views on women - I refer you back to them.

        Perhaps in person he is a nice guy but if he has showed his darker side as his Dracula persona then I have my doubts about him as a person. I haven't been influenced by any "dirty tricks" because I didn't know about him until last night after Colbert.

        Finally, how is it a dirty trick to report on something that is the truth? Because I want the people who would Represent us to be serious about Public Service and governing. I do not want a light weight teapartier with 0% of a serious thought to be in the Government of my State.

  •  THE BUTTHURT ... IT BURNS ... IT BURNS (0+ / 0-)

    keep it up nute

  •  I think Condi Rice (R-War Criminal) (3+ / 0-)
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    Was protested not because she's a repub, but because she is a war criminal and instead of standing before a podium at Rutgers she be standing before judges at the Hague along with W, Cheney, and a Rummy.

    When you follow your bliss the universe will open doors where there were once walls.

    by BlueFranco on Fri May 09, 2014 at 12:15:07 AM PDT

  •  Also the honorary degree and the speaker's fee (0+ / 0-)

    She was going to be paid a $35K speaker's fee (by a public university that only recently unfroze salaries and hiring!) and of course most universities confer commencement speakers an honorary degree of some kind. In addition the usual process for appointing a commencement speaker, taking nominations from the university community and appointing a committee of administrators, faculty, students, and alums was not followed in this case.

  •  Mob Rule? (1+ / 0-)
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    It is very indicative how Gingrich believes that what happened with Rice (R-War Criminal) is "mob rule." Right, the student body using their freedom of speech and right to peaceful assembly in voicing their displeasure concerning a decision made about their college commencement, a boneheaded decision handed down from arguably a tone-deaf (college) Administration, that is mob rule?

    You can similarly see Gingrich describe other instances of the relatively powerful merely speaking out against those in power as constituting "mob rule."

  •  And there's this 2003 Fox five seconds' hate loop (0+ / 0-)

    target Chris Hedges, who had the temerity to object to the Iraq war at a commencement address.

  •  I'm new to this commenting thing. (0+ / 0-)

    I hope I'm doing it the correct way.
    Thank you for responding to my comment.

  •  Conservatives applauded campus fascism (0+ / 0-)

    against Chris Hedges in 2003 when he spoke out against the Iraq war. Students first heckled, then began physically disrupting his address, repeatedly unplugging his microphone, storming the stage, and finally forcing security to escort him offstage before the address was over. Right wing pundits were delighted. "Bless the students!" who had the wisdom to realize that anyone questioning our glorious Mission Accomplished must be silenced. Shame on the university for violating the Constitutional rights of those students not to hear things they didn't like.

    I've taught at universities since 1979. On several occasions, I've seen thuggish behavior against speakers on campus, but every single time, it came from conservative students against a liberal speaker.

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