I’m pleased to note that The Mountain States Legal Foundation has officially asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to withhold all federal taxpayer money from The University of California at Santa Cruz because yesterday the university again allowed student mobs to harass military recruiters and hound them from the campus. From the MSLF press release:
“It is outrageous that members of the Armed Forces, who are asked to serve in harm�s way in Afghanistan and Iraq, are driven from a campus by a mob in America,” said William Perry Pendley, president and chief legal officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation. “Unless Secretary Rumsfeld responds to this craven violation of federal law, radicals on other campuses will be emboldened, will endanger the lives of men and women in uniform, and will deny students the right to learn how they may serve their country.”
The Solomon Amendment, named after the late Congressman Jerry Solomon (R-NY), requires colleges and universities to allow military recruiters on campuses “at least equal in quality and scope to the [degree of] access to campuses and to students that is provided to any other employer.” The law was enacted in 1996 but was not enforced by the Clinton Administration.
The Solomon Amendment is on very firm constitutional ground. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a resounding defeat to a liberal group called the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), which had tried to get the courts to overturn the Solomon Amendment. Here’s the unanimous (8-0) ruling in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc.
I hope Secretary Rumsfeld triggers the Solomon Amendment. The radical anti-American left needs a good smacking-down.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
Take a good, close look at this champion of intellectual diversity:
She’s cleaning out a newspaper rack full of the latest issue of The Sentinel and dumping the papers in the trash. The Sentinel is Ohio State University’s student conservative newspaper, and its fine writing obviously continues to anger campus leftists in Columbus … because it has the perplexing quirk of disappearing from the racks before
leftists in training students get a chance to read the latest commentary from the right. Happily, this Thought Policeperson got caught on camera by the paper’s staff.
Here’s the kicker: according to The Sentinel, she’s a Postdoctoral Researcher who works at OSU’s Environmental Molecular Science Institute.
I’m sure there’ll be more to follow on Dr. Stickyfingers at the newspaper’s blog, The Open End.
NB: I’m also pleased to mention that The Open End is a member (along with Brain Shavings, Wizblog, Eric Hogue, and Hugh Hewitt) of a mighty blog alliance here in Ohio called The Buckeye Bloggers.
College Republicans at the University of Central Oklahoma plan on celebrating a Straight Pride Week:
“The general gist is that if you are a straight student on campus be proud, be loud, this is your time to shine,” said college Republican Kyle Houts.
The group has posted fliers on campus that read, “we’re here, we’re conservative, we’re out.”
Members of the Gay Alliance for Tolerance and Equality say they consider the College Republican’s celebration an attack on gay and lesbian students.
“What is there to say about it, ‘I’m proud, and I’m straight and I guess white,’ I don’t know?” said GATE member Jennifer Rodriguez. “I think they definitely are being discriminatory because there’s probably a lot of gay Republicans out there.”
How very intolerant and non-diverse of you, Ms. Rodriguez.
Hat tip: Backcountry Conservative
UPDATE: BuckeyePundit mirrors my own sentiments nicely, and The Open End calls for College Republicans at Ohio State to follow the Oklahoma group’s example.
If you haven’t done so already, drop by the Columbus-based blog The Open End, where you’ll find a team of good writers working in undeserved obscurity. They’re not in lockstep with each other, so you’ll sometimes find a sharp yet courteous debate going on. However, liberal nuttiness gets a cheerful skewering every day, especially if it involves political correctness at The Ohio State University (a little inside Buckeye joke, there).
I’d heard about Google’s plan to digitize several university libraries and make the results searchable online, but I hadn’t thought of a potential Achilles heel: who’s going to proofread the scanned results?
In an article just published by The Sentinel (a conservative publication at Ohio State University), conservative student columnist Stephen Dronen relates his encounter with volunteers conducting a Democrat voter registration drive … and his resulting experiment in liberal-baiting.
I took to the streets to see if my appearance had any bearing on their action. First dressing as I normally do; dressed in a pair of khaki chinos, a light blue Oxford, and a pair of brown Doc Martin�s, I entered the hostile territory. Not to my surprise, I walked right past the activists amidst a haze of “Stop the Bush Imperialists”, “No Blood for Oil”, and “Not My President”! It was as if they didn�t even see me.
The first phase of my testing was complete; they had failed to approach me during three opportunities. Enter phase two: undercover. Garbed in a borrowed Pearl Jam t-shirt, a set of torn jeans, a pair of Birkenstocks, some thick rimmed “emo” glasses, and the quintessential hemp jewelry, I returned to the scene of the crime. It is amazing how different the experience was, as I was double teamed from the second I entered the intersection where two hours earlier the same people failed to realize I was even in their presence.
It’s an entertaining read, so help yourself.
Hat tip: The Open End
If liveblogging tonight’s debate interests you, I suggest the following choices:
You might even be able to catch it live online at C-Span. Go Dubya!