“Are You Now Or Have You Ever … ?”

Have you ever “committed sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind”? If so, Inside Higher Ed reports, your university press book contract and your National Science Foundation grant may be cancelled.

The Me Too’ers and the campus sex police are well on their way down the road to making McCarthyism look mild.

Charlottesville (Cont.)

“Charlottesville” — not the nice little city, home of “Mr. Jefferson” and the University of Virginia, but the late unpleasantness of the Unite The Right rally last August — still reverberates.

Most of the commentary has focused on the violence ostensibly inflicted on the city by the “invasion” of the right-wing demonstrators, especially their violation of the University of Virginia grounds with their tiki torch-lit demonstration on the night of August 12, which in fact succeeded in provoking attacks. That and other violence by the antifa-led counter-protestors has been less noticed, at least by many commentators.

But one example was hard to ignore, and now Corey Long, 23, has been found guilty of “disorderly conduct” for — are you ready for this? — “using a homemade flamethrower.” He was also charged with assault and battery, but that charge was dropped when his alleged victim could not be located.

Long’s progressive supporters, of course, see him as something of a hero. “Dozens of Long’s supporters gathered outside of Charlottesville General District Court this morning to demand that the charges against the young man be dropped,” reports the Charlottesville Daily Progress.  “Chanting ‘Corey Long did nothing wrong,’ activists have been protesting the charges since Long was arrested in October.”

The New McCarthyism

The College Fix reports that the University of Denver has suspended a conservative student leader after “some people said that other people said that she said offensive things.” 12 “witnesses” were interviewed, and 11 of them admitted that they had not heard the student say offensive things. One claimed that she called him a “fag” in […]

Can You Believe Politico Just Wrote … ?

Can you believe that Josh Gerstein, honcho political reporter at Politico, just wrote yesterday that Republicans and Democrats are feuding “over Trump’s unfounded claim that the FBI planted a spy in his campaign”? If Gerstein and Politico really believe that claim is “unfounded,” perhaps they also doubt claims of apparently equal weight that Alger Hiss was a […]

Letter: Prosecuting Protestors A Bad Idea

Somewhat to my surprise, the Charlottesville Daily Progress has just printed my letter criticizing the effort of a UVa law professor and her students to have some of the torch-bearing alt-right protestors in Charlottesville last summer prosecuted. The letter is here, but overly zealous editing (is there any other kind?) removed a couple of paragraphs […]

Please Contribute…

Old readers of Discriminations (as well as any readers who are not so old) will be aware that I have never posted a tip jar or asked for any contribution … and, don’t worry, I’m not about to start now. But I am going to ask you to make a contribution, which can be very […]

More Shenanigans At UVa

I have a new essay up on Minding The Campus about some recent developments at the University of Virginia, where Mr. Jefferson’s “academical village” (as villagers are still fond of saying) are still trying — unsuccessfully, in my view — to recover from the late unpleasantness of last August when Charlottesville was “invaded” (another popular […]

Rather … Not

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