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OK, If #BlackLivesMatter Affects SEC Football, We Have a Serious Problem

Posted on | November 9, 2015 | 108 Comments

University of Missouri football players are threatening a boycott until university president Tim Wolfe resigns, but considering the way they’ve been playing this season (4-5 overall, 1-5 in the Southeastern Conference), it’s not as if this will have any impact on the SEC title picture. Alabama beat LSU Saturday, so Derrick Henry and the Crimson Tide defense are far more important, from a purely athletic perspective, than the racial acrimony roiling the Missouri campus.

Exactly what is happening at Missouri? Well, of course, the proximity to Ferguson — scene of the Michael Brown shooting that sparked what has become the #BlackLivesMatter protest movement — could be seen as a relevant factor. However, the real trouble campus has been agitated by a graduate student named Jonathan Butler:

Butler . . . wants to force Wolfe’s resignation because of a handful of recent incidents which have occurred on the Columbia, Mo. campus.
In a letter to school officials posted on his Facebook page, Butler indicated that he began his hunger strike because someone in a pickup truck allegedly shouted a racist insult at a black student government member, because state law prevents Planned Parenthood from performing on-campus abortions and because someone drew a swastika with human feces in a dormitory bathroom.
Some observers have suggested that the bathroom swastika may be a hoax. Why, law professor blogger Ann Althouse has asked, for example, would any dedicated racial supremacist create a swastika out of human feces?
Butler admits in the letter that none of the incidents he cites are Wolfe’s fault. Nevertheless, Butler has concluded, “as a collection of incidents at the university, they are his responsibility to address.”
This summer, prior to Butler’s decision to go on a hunger strike because of racism allegations, the graduate student’s substantially different agenda focused on a change in University of Missouri policy which ended subsidized health insurance for graduate students. . . .
School officials have said the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — forced them to stop subsidizing grad student health insurance.

So, basically, this is Obama’s fault. It figures. Meanwhile, in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide refuses to be distracted. Arkansas upset Ole Miss on Saturday, thus making it possible for Alabama to hope for a shot at the SEC title, but Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland was so focused on beating LSU that he didn’t even know about the Arkansas game until a reporter told him after ‘Bama had beat the Tigers 30-16:

“So we hold our own destiny,” Ragland said, laughing. Then he turned stone-faced again. “That still really don’t mean nothing. We’ve got to keep playing ball,” he said. “We’ve still got two games left in the West to finish off. We’ve still got to do our job. We’ve got a great opponent in Dak Prescott and [Mississippi State] next week.”

Damn right. You hold your own destiny. One game at a time.



108 Responses to “OK, If #BlackLivesMatter Affects SEC Football, We Have a Serious Problem”

  1. Art Deco
    November 9th, 2015 @ 7:39 am

    Butler admits in the letter that none of the incidents he cites are Wolfe’s fault. Nevertheless, Butler has concluded, “as a collection of incidents at the university, they are his responsibility to address.”

    In other words, “you’re my bitch”.

    If there were any independent thinkers in higher education, one of them might ask:

    1. Why the evolution of culture has been such that it’s modal for blacks to look at daily life and then look at the larger society with different regions of their brain, regions which do not talk to each other. You have blacks who go about their daily business without any trouble, have the ordinary (somewhat stereotyped) interactions with supervisors, co-workers, service personnel, etc and the, when asked to contemplate historical topics or sociological ones (say, how the society abstract from their daily life works) lapse into dated and dyspeptic fantasies believed only by liberal journalists and higher education apparatchiks (see “The Talk”).

    2. Why so many blacks got the idea that they form some sort of aristocratic caste, making it an affront if they’re treated directively or spoken of disrespectfully in ways other people routinely forget and ignore (see Genius T. Coates and the pushy Upper West Side matron, or the recent controversy over a student newspaper cartoon with a pickaninny depicted).

    3. Why so many blacks got the idea that story matters and history does not. (See the reflexive referral to Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin as ‘unarmed youths;).

    Implicated in all of these fallacies would be academics, journalists, and politicians. Sometimes it seems as if what we ended up doing after 1955 was replacing one set of racial pathologies iwth anohter

  2. robertstacymccain
    November 9th, 2015 @ 8:03 am

    Here’s my take on the whole thing: Racism exists. No one denies this, but the question is whether the Permanent Crusade for Social Justice should have the power to define the meaning of our existence. For me, and perhaps for a lot of people my age, the Clarence Thomas hearings, the Rodney King case, the L.A. riots and the O.J. Simpson acquittal made me take a long, hard look at the nature of race relations in America. It seemed, by the mid-1990s, three decades after the triumph of the Civil Rights movement, that the fundamental reality had changed so much that the Sixties-era template — i.e., fighting racial injustice on behalf of innocent victims of oppression — was no longer applicable. There were several thoughtful books, by both liberals and conservatives, published in the 1990s about this new reality. Yet now it seems, in the Obama Age, we have forgotten what we learned in the 1990s, as if it never happened, and a myopic naivete (or perhaps a deliberate cynicism) has returned us to the phony “Victims of Society” bullshit that race hustlers like Al Sharpton have been peddling since the Tawana Brawley hoax.

    MICHAEL BROWN WAS A VIOLENT CRIMINAL, and a grand jury determined that he was shot after he tried to overpower a police officer and take away the officer’s gun. For a case like that to inspire a “social justice” protest movement calls into question exactly what “social justice” means, and whether any citizen’s life would be safe if “social justice” prevails. When we understand that this is PARTISAN POLITICS — that Democrats are inciting racial hostility merely to win elections and enhance their own power — then everything takes on a new aspect. No one is in favor of genuine injustice, nor can any responsible citizen ignore the real effects of racism in American life, but it will not do to destroy constitutional liberty — the very basis of our society — for the sake of “social justice.”

  3. Art Deco
    November 9th, 2015 @ 8:16 am

    The #BlackLivesMatter nonsense is, I’m fairly confident, sorosphere astroturf. The trouble is that the cultural dynamic in the black community is such that the interests of the (largely black) homeowners in Ferguson are never articulated and you have no opinion-leaders saying ‘cut this stupid s*** out’.

    Racial antagonisms exist, but politicians and journalists on either side of the color bar never call attention to the circumstances in which those antagonisms really matter in a practical way, much less come up with an amerliorative program.

    Recall also Thomas Sowell’s brief account of his life on campus during the years between 1953 and 1971. He never encountered or observed any anti-black hostility until the end of this period when administrators began to treat blacks as a privileged group and the vanguard of black students began to behave like a protection racket.

  4. Matthew W
    November 9th, 2015 @ 8:21 am

    Can you please change:
    “Scene of the Michael Brown shooting” to
    “Scene of the thug assaulting Darin Wilson?”

  5. Bob Belvedere
    November 9th, 2015 @ 8:39 am

    No one is in favor of genuine injustice…

    The Left In America is. In it’s rejection of restraints on Action [‘by any means necessary’], the Left discards any notion of Justice as an objective standard to be striven for in favor of what furthers the end sought [Heaven On Earth / Utopia].

    For the Leftist, ‘Justice’ is an empty vessel waiting to be redefined at Whim.

    …nor can any responsible citizen ignore the real effects of racism in American life….

    Of course, the Left’s rejection of Morality and denial of the existence of Absolute Truths damns it to permanent irresponsibility, so Racism is for them nothing but a means, a tool, to be utilized to bring about their Evil end.

  6. Summerwarmth
    November 9th, 2015 @ 9:05 am

    The other issue is that hurling abusive language because there is NOT PP abortion on campus and flinging human poop around especially drawing swastikas sounds like progressives.

    Progressives have been losing ground trying to find something to be offended at which spawned all the micro-aggression BS and has spawned hoaxing. Was the truck incident a hoax – not sure as screaming racial epitaths by Pro-abortion crazies happens all the time on twitter and when they confront Pro-lifers.

    The poop thing though is straight out of OFA (Obama supporters).

    So the social justice screechers are trying to profit by things that were most likely done by other social justice screechers. If the University gives in they might as well close their doors as you can’t stop something that progressives themselves are doing to get more progressive power. The only way to do that is have cameras everywhere with voice/face recognition and identify the Progressives doing it and toss them into the light of truth.

    However, having to go to the extent of have cameras everywhere to keep the a-holes from doing hoaxes and etc to game the system is a violation of everyones privacy.

    The thing to do is do a genetic test on the fecal material and also to start expelling students who are causing trouble. The problem is that no one loves progressive hoaxers more than Obama and any rationale solution will be met with Obama and the DOJ down there supporting the social justice screechers.

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  8. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 9:37 am

    The goal of the Social Justice Warrior is to push responsibility for every racist/ sexist/ homophobic/ whateverist act to the highest white male authority figure possible,¹ in order to attack the White Cisheteronormative Patriarchy™, and thus the President of the University of Missouri must be held to account for some yahoo, who might not even be a student or in any way subject to any authority of the university president, in a pickup truck — obviously a Chevy or Dodge, since they make pickups, but Ford builds trucks! — allegedly shouting something at a black student government member.

    Now, let’s say that yes, it was another student who did this dastardly deed, perhaps even using the infamous “n” word. Unless he was actually threatening the victim of his verbal assault, he committed no crime! He was exercising his freedom of speech, in a rather distasteful manner, but as a part of the state government, the University of Missouri cannot penalize simple speech which does not violate some other law. The offending student (apparently) broke no law, nor committed any crime, and thus cannot be punished for his speech, but the President of the University must be held accountable, and punished.
    ¹ – Please note that this excludes Barack Hussein Obama from ever being responsible, for anything.

  9. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 9:44 am

    The more important question is: WTF is Missouri doing in the Southeastern Conference in the first place? I can see the expansion which brought in South Carolina, and maybe Arkansas, but Texas A&M and Missouri should not be members.

    I would have liked to have seen Florida State join the SEC.

  10. RS
    November 9th, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    Because Mizzou is my alma mater, I’ve spent a good part of the weekend trying to figure out what’s really happening. As far as I can tell, there were three incidents, all of which I assume are true for purposes of this discussion: 1. Black student politician is insulted with racist taunts. 2. Black student group is taunted by a single student on campus. 3. Poop Swastika (An ambiguous incident from a racialist perspective.) That is, there were three incidents on a campus of 35,000 students.

    As is noted, the incidents themselves are not the president’s fault. As best as I can discern, it is claimed he was insufficiently penitent or something. Query. is a college president required to express outrage every time some student on campus decides to be a dick? What is the appropriate level of outrage?

    Of course, these are the questions no one is asking.

    In my view, this is a ginned up controversy and power play by a small group of people, and the university and politicians, not to mention the football players are falling for it.. As I mentioned the other day in a comment thread, for years Mizzou students of all races celebrated Quantrill’s burning of Lawrence, KS during the Civil War every time we played the University of Kansas. Where was the outrage, then? Where were the football and basketball strikes because of Mizzou’s pro-Southern take on a college rivalry?

  11. Mike G.
    November 9th, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    Query. is a college president required to express outrage every time
    some student on campus decides to be a dick? What is the appropriate
    level of outrage?

    Rightly, shouldn’t this be the responsibility of the Provost?

    As someone else suggested, maybe the University President should just cut the football program for a year or so.

  12. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    RS asked:

    Query. is a college president required to express outrage every time some student on campus decides to be a dick? What is the appropriate level of outrage?

    That depends: if the “victims” of said dick are persons of colour, or are women, or members of a group of minority sexual orientation, then yes, the college president is required to express outrage, the ultimate in outrage, whenever such incidents occur. If the victim of said dick happens to be a member of more than one Accredited Victim Group, then the outrage is not doubled or tripled, but raised to the appropriate exponent.

    However, if the dick in question happens to be a member of the aforementioned Accredited Victim Group, then any outrage expressed must be muted, and overlaid with concern over the unfortunate circumstances under which the offender was reared, and if the victim of the unfortunate actions happens to be a normal white male, then the only appropriate response from the university president and his minions is complete silence.

  13. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    Our esteemed host tweeted:

    You know what really matters in life? Winning.

    That is a thoroughly white, ableist and cisheteronormativist concept, and I denounce you for your insensitivity to the weak, the disabled and the homosexual communities.

  14. Fail Burton
    November 9th, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    What is the U to do, track down every last racist? At some point one must accept not everything is systemic or the sign of a larger issue. The team is 2/3 black. If there were a systemic problem it wouldn’t be. What this Black Legion of Collegians wants is the usual thing, and that’s where you find a systemic behavior. What they really want in the U to apologize. Since the U essentially did nothing, what they really mean is they want all white people in America to apologize.

    We see this repeated pattern of exaggerating racism for effect over and over again. They scream when a magazine cover allegedly makes O.J. Simpson’s face darker but not when the white Shaun King does it or Rachel Dolezal goes under a sun lamp or George Zimmerman literally goes from a Latino to a white, which is as ridiculous as Obama going white.

    If colleges are so keen to outlaw stuff on campus, it should be racial student unions.

  15. Matthew W
    November 9th, 2015 @ 11:19 am

    “The team is 2/3 black”
    That’s a part of the racist system. The Negro is being used by the White Man’s system for their profit.

  16. Powered by UNicorn flatulence
    November 9th, 2015 @ 11:46 am

    Well, trayvon was caught with a dozen pieces of stolen jewelry, but it never made the light of day.
    berkley, ca race hoax from last week? Likely perpetrated by a black person since its a dead issue now, no more mention of it.
    oh, those black churches being burned recently?
    Ooops, another race haox gone awry. Nevermind. Dont mention it and it wont exist.
    even if we had cameras everywhere if the academics ,media and government refuse to examine race hoaxes they can go on ad infinitum.
    of course the race card is more than a bit tattered and torn from 7 plus years of overuse.
    true racism is scarce, thankfull (as rsm correctly noted).
    True racism is scarce.
    it bears repeating.
    true racism is scarce.
    must scare the professional race baiters who need to find new work

  17. CrustyB
    November 9th, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    “(S)omeone drew a swastika with human feces in a dormitory bathroom.”

    Sounds like a Little Green Footballs headline.

  18. Art Deco
    November 9th, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    I think you mean the Dean of Students.

    The provost evaluates the dossiers compiled by the departments in tenure and promotion cases, appoints the instructional department heads, offers pro-forma approvals for faculty hires, and compiles the budget of the instructional division and some ancillaries like the libraries and off-campus study programs.

    The bog standard directorates are the provost, the dean of students, the financial vp, the administrative vp (plant and equipment &c), the athletic director, the personnel director, and the vp for fundraising and alumni relations.

  19. Matthew W
    November 9th, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    Sounds like LGF activity !!

  20. robertstacymccain
    November 9th, 2015 @ 11:55 am

    “… celebrated Quantrill’s burning of Lawrence … Where was the outrage, then?”

    This is what “progressive” means, really: What was not controversial yesterday is recognized today as social injustice and, after it is eliminated tomorrow, will be regarded as a Shameful Legacy of Oppression for which we are forever guilty.

    The advocates of social justice are always on the lookout for something, anything, they can convert into one of these “incidents,” to protest about and organize around, to exploit as an opportunity to lecture us about our racism, sexism, homophobia, greed, insensitivity or whatever. Always, there are Victims of Society whose suffering is blamed on us — the taxpayers and law-abiding citizens — and somebody must be made a scapegoat for this suffering. In this case, the university president is the lamb led to slaughter on the altar of social justice. In other cases, it is the male college student expelled because his ex-girlfriend decided, retroactively, that she was a victim of sexual assault. Whatever the specifics of any case, the general outlines of the narrative are predetermined by “activists,” whose presumed moral authority is accepted without question by the liberal media, who then turn a local incident into national headlines and round-the-clock cable TV news updates. It is formulaic and predictable, and yet the allegedly objective journalists who publicize these narratives never seem to be the least bit skeptical about the prefabricated stories they are telling. Only rarely — as in the UVA rape hoax — do reporters actually admit error, and then only as a pretext to forgetting the hoax, and moving on to the next narrative, as if their credibility was unimpaired and they still deserve our trust.

  21. Powered by UNicorn flatulence
    November 9th, 2015 @ 11:57 am

    “If the victim of the unfortunate actions happens to be a normal white male, then the only appropriate response from the university president and his minions is complete silence and then include those insults of white men into the curriculum wherever possible”.
    A lack of insults to white men is punishable up to and including false accusations, termination, social media bullying with the help of the enemy media and the US Dept of Ed if not the IRS

  22. Art Deco
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    Racial hostility is not that scarce, but its modal form is something not much discussed.

    If you look on a map,

    You can readily see where the cities are. You have these dense settlements. Now, you can bicker about what the boundary conditions are, but you can readily see that there are discrete settlements nestled in much larger fields of rural territory with small towns.

    Now, let’s suggest we amend county boundaries and have metropolitan authorities in the dense settlements and counties in the rural areas and small towns. In both, we contrive a division of labor between the municipalities and the encompassing authority (metropolis or county).

    Now any change in extant division of labor or in the contours of tax law in New York gets people’s back up. My home town has been spinning its wheels for 25 years because the one thing it can definitely benefit from it will not do – which is set up a metropolitan police department, increase its census, and deploy it optimally. While the homicide rate in NYC declined by 81%, the decline in Rochester was 0%.

    Now, bring this up in a forum like this and you get a superlatively negative response. Some of it is from people who are kooks anyway, but a mess of it you get from people who fancy that someone who lives 6 miles away from them across an administrative boundary should be treated as if he lived on the other side of the moon, and its just outrageous to suggest that one dime of his tax revenues should pay for police patrols anywhere but (well, they never state their boundary conditions, they just do not want to pay any money for patrols in the slums).

    Now, does this man fancy that the welfare of people on the other side of his suburban township has nothing to do with him?

    This is a real problem. As best I can discern, most black politicians do not object to this sentiment so long as they retain control of any denuded institutions operating in central city neighborhoods. That homicide rates are 2.5x higher than they need to be is of no account if they get to pick the police chief.

  23. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

    RS is willfully ignorant:

    That is, there were three incidents on a campus of 35,000 students.

    There were three reported incidents, but, as we all know — meaning: no actual proof is required — students of colour are always discriminated against, and at least 1-in-3, and perhaps 1-in-1, will be the victims of such insensitive and racist attacks.

    All normal white men are inherently racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and nativist. Please make a note of this, and adjust your statements accordingly.

  24. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:20 pm
  25. RS
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

    I appreciate the sarcasm, though I’m sure your comments would strike a chord among those emotionally invested in the grievance industry.

    However, in this case, the grievance mongers are truly hoisted on their own petard, assuming anyone’s willing to took rationally at the facts as reported. This is especially true where everybody and his dachshund knows that a) U.S. colleges and universities are among the most receptive institutions to allegations of evil against designated oppressed groups; and b) the media is emotionally invested in playing up any and all incidents of oppression. Indeed, ESPN, from where I derive the specifics on the three incidents is not exactly the National Review of sports journalism. (See, e.g. the tongue baths bestowed upon Bruce Jenner.)

    When the university acknowledges only three incidents and the media can only find three incidents–and we know the media is not above exaggeration or fabrication of such things–the question is why the uproar? Even if there were 350 bad students involved– a number no one is suggesting–that’s less than 1% of the student body. That would seem to indicate a rather racially harmonious campus to most people. But again, no one is willing to ask the questions because asking the questions is now culturally taboo.

  26. RS
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

    Alternate Headline: Virgin Successfully Tossed Into Volcano. God’s Appeased

  27. NeoWayland
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

    I’m pretty sure the protection racket began with Jesse Jackson wearing a blood soaked shirt immediately after the MLK assassination.

    It just took a while to spread to schools.

  28. Mike G.
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:38 pm

    Well, never having wasted my money on a college education, I’m not privy to the nomenclature.

    Perhaps I mistook the title to mean the same thing as a Provost Marshall in the military.

    In semi-related news, VP Joe Biden will be giving an anti-rape speech at Clemson tomorrow.

    Talk about irony. The perv who inappropriately touches women will be giving speeches on sexual assault on a Southern swing.

  29. Matthew W
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:46 pm

    Alternate Headline: No substantiate changes in the future for Univeristy

  30. Art Deco
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

    You learn the job titles as an employee, seldom as a student.

  31. Fail Burton
    November 9th, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

    I never in a thousands years thought they’d be that stupid. That act will create far more animosity towards black folks than existed before, since there was no evidence of any school sanctioned behaviors. Keep chalking up the victories Legion of Black Collegians. When people fade away, they’re not necessarily going to say anything.

  32. Fail Burton
    November 9th, 2015 @ 1:01 pm

    Oddly enough, that’s the counter-argument I usually hear. Or that whites will watch them play but not live with them. But in what reality would white supremacists happily let blacks be millionaires or take over “their” games?

    Someone needs to explain to me why March Madness is college basketball rather than college hockey. Nothing these people say makes any sense. The further Jim Crow and black baseball leagues fade into the past the stupider they look and more like their own KKK. The Legion of Black Collegians has that Orwellian ring of unawareness and stupidity typical of all supremacists.

  33. Finrod Felagund
    November 9th, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    If you think that’s bad:

    Louisville and Notre Dame (which is in South Bend, Indiana) are now in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  34. Fail Burton
    November 9th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

    Notice how these stalwarts always memory-hole the Civil War and never mention it was 21 million Northerners against 5 million Southerners. “They weren’t fighting to free the slaves” they’ll claim. But surely Yankees making suicidal charges into massed artillery and musket fire knew they were doing exactly that. Perhaps they were all anti-Balkanization theorists.

  35. Art Deco
    November 9th, 2015 @ 1:08 pm

    Jackson’s protection racket consisted of soliciting contributions from black businessmen then mau mauing corporations, threatening boycotts and publicity campaigns unless the companies extended patronage to aspirant black employees and suppliers. Jackson would then conclude some sort of written ‘covenant’ with the company and steer them to the businessmen he solicited for contributions. This post-dated 1971.

    The bloody shirt incident was merely an early indicator of Jackson’s willingness to lie his ass off for personal advancement.

  36. Fail Burton
    November 9th, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

    The black guy on the hunger strike wanted Wolfe to “acknowledge his white privilege.” They got rid of the wrong guy.

  37. Ilion
    November 9th, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    Talk about irony. The perv who inappropriately touches women will be giving speeches on sexual assault …
    Who (other than Clinton … either one) better to teach a hands-on seminar on the matter?

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    November 9th, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

    Let’s not even talk about the “Big Ten!!!!”

  40. Samuel Gonzalez
    November 9th, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

    The inmates are running the asylum at UM. I would’ve revoked all scholarships of any FB player who refused to play and replace them with walk-on players. The team is already 4-5 so how much more can they suck?
    The Last Tradition

  41. Squid Hunt
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

    The problem is urban sprawl. Also a real issue. The reason we like our boundaries and we like our municipalities is because we see what happens to the cities we grew up in when they open their borders to the slums. We’ve seen the creep and the wanton destruction by those that think everyone else should pay for what they refuse to take care of themselves. The answer is never going to come from outside of the poor neighborhoods. When these blacks stop taking and start putting back into their societies, they will see their world change. And not until. Stop blaming others for living their lives instead of accepting your problems and fix them yourself.

  42. NeoWayland
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

    From the interview I linked to above.

    Then he sets up his own organization called Operation PUSH. In the meantime – and this is extremely important because it shows what Jackson does when he is challenged, especially by people within the black community – he singles out at the next weekly meeting of his organization, in front of hundreds of people (some people say thousands of people), Angela Parker, who comes as a reporter to cover the event. He points his finger at her and says, “This woman has been destroying black leadership.” And, of course, she is black. She gets hooted and howled out of the meeting. When she goes back home, she has to have bodyguards because people are picketing her house. She has to change houses. Jackson really unleashed a movement of hate against this woman. And what she did was her job as a reporter.

  43. Squid Hunt
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:09 pm

    Yeah. A guy on hunger strike is a self correcting issue. Wait him out. Send him a pizza. He’ll get over it eventually.

  44. RKae
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:18 pm

    As I stated in the “shrieking Yale student” thread: This is the college syndrome of “desperately needing a cause.” They have an over-inflated sense of self worth that forces them to believe that it’s their turn to change the world. (“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”)

    So here they go again, pretending that their little pet peeve is “a Kent State moment.”

    Ever since the goddamned ’60s, college students have become more and more unbearable as their causes get more and more artificially manufactured.

  45. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:20 pm

    <a href=""<If you are unwilling to fight for your job, you don't deserve to keep it. #TimWolfe wimps out.

  46. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    Only in basketball. The ACC is a good basketball conference.

  47. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

    What makes you think I was being sarcastic?

  48. Dana
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

    Having suffered through UK football for oh these many years now, I am aware that yes, they can suck a lot worse than 4-5.

  49. Art Deco
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:37 pm

    The problem is urban sprawl. Also a real issue.

    No, that’s only a problem if it’s an issue of subsidies or you have externalities for which you’ve not accounted or you have as an artifact of public policy separation of residential and commercial uses which would not otherwise occur.

    The reason we like our
    boundaries and we like our municipalities is because

    Whether you like your boundaries or not, there is the question of the optimal level of government at which to locate particular services. As is, boundaries in northern cities are perfectly arbitrary. In New York, the boundaries are what they were when municipal annexation was discontinued in 1924. Nothing special about them. The city limits used to follow tract development. In lieu of that, Canadian provinces developed metropolitan federations with division of labor between core and periphery. What happened here was willy nilly fragmentation of service delivery. That’s not much of a problem when you’re talking about sidewalk repair or garbage pick up. It is a problem when you’re talking about the police force.

    we see what happens
    to the cities we grew up in when they open their borders to the slums.

    Slums are a naturally occurring component of social life. You cannot make them disappear through land-use regulation. You just push them into the next jurisdiction. What you can do is adopt meliorist policy to try to get slums to resemble more ordinary working class neighborhoods. That includes vigorous law enforcement, removal of property taxes, extra street sweeping, sandblasting graffiti, vigorous enforcement of rental agreements, &c, as well as avoiding bad policy like public housing, rent control, and land use regulations ill adapted to neighborhoods filled with impecunious people.

    We’ve seen the creep and the wanton destruction by those that think
    everyone else should pay for what they refuse to take care of
    themselves. The answer is never going to come from outside of the poor
    neighborhoods. When these blacks stop taking and start putting back into
    their societies, they will see their world change. And not until. Stop
    blaming others for living their lives instead of accepting your problems
    and fix them yourself.

    And who is the ‘you’ here? We have these things called ‘public goods’. The characteristic of the public good is that the benefit does not repair to a private party who can be charged a price. Law enforcement is a public good. There is no ‘yours’ and ‘mine’ in the realm of public order. There is merely geographic variation in the degree of public order. You have a great many impecunious people who cope day in and day out with feral neighbors. You can see to it that these feral neighbors are deterred and incapacitated when necessary. Or, you can be a sanctimonious prick about it and pretend it’s just ‘those people’ and has nothing to do with you.

  50. Quartermaster
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

    Walter Williams calls the NAACP “The Klan with a tan.” All those SJW organizations are of the same class.