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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Nutty Professor update

I mentioned here the story of the Nutty professor Churchil who stated that the 911 victims were not innocent and had it coming, not to mention likend them to Nazis. Apparently the educational liberal establishment decided to reward him by inviting him over to do a speech. Needless to say, the american alumni, students and persepctive students - not to mention the locals and your average enraged citizen- didn't like the idea very much. Over the last five days, tiny Hamilton College in upstate New York has been barraged with more than 6,000 e-mail messages full of fury, some threatening violence. Some donors have canceled pledges to an ambitious capital campaign. And prospective students have withdrawn applications or refused to enroll. Then, on Monday night, a caller to the college threatened to bring a gun to campus. ************* "Would he feel the same way about his own wife or child if they worked in the W.T.C. and were lost because they went to work that day," wrote the spouse of a rescue-operations captain who was killed. "He should be banned on the grounds of slandering the victims of such a brutal terrorist attack." Ms. Stewart said she alone received 6,000 messages, describing them as "ranging from angry to profane, obscene, violent," and asserted that Hamilton's actions had been mischaracterized by many of the writers, as well as by Mr. O'Reilly. The good news is: they canceld the speech. The bad news is, they claim to have done it for secuirty purposes. The school's adminstration itself, while claiming to be "appaled" by the remarks, still had no problem paying him money and asking him to come over. sigh...

10 Comments:

At 2/03/2005 07:30:00 AM, Blogger Tina said...

Funny thing about freedom of speech. You are free to say what ever you want, but people are also free to be outraged and not listen to you. Freedom of speech ONLY means that the GOVERNMENT will not silence you, not that people have to put up with whatever worthless twaddle that comes out of some nuts mouth.

 
At 2/03/2005 07:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A teacher of mine once said: You have the right to free speech, but not the right to be heard!

 
At 2/03/2005 10:47:00 AM, Blogger Mike SC USA said...

From the standpoint of public relations, it has been a bad couple of seasons for Hamilton College, the small, elite liberal arts institution in Clinton, New York. A few years ago, a visiting professor of chemistry stepped down after it was revealed that she was endeavoring to clone a baby with the help of a group that believed in extraterrestrials. In the fall of 2002, Eugene Tobin, an historian and the college’s president for ten years, stepped down after admitting to plagiarizing parts of his speeches. (Is plagiarism bad for your career? Not necessarily: The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that President Tobin had been one of the highest paid college administrators in the country. Shortly after leaving Hamilton, Mr. Tobin joined the Andrew Mellon Foundation as a senior advisor.)

Hamilton offers more than extraterrestrials and college leaders who betray some central tenets of scholarly ethics, however. Consider, for example, its recent appointment of Susan Rosenberg, formerly of the Weather Underground, to teach “Resistance Memoirs: Writing, Identity and Change,” a month-long, credit-bearing seminar as an “artist- and activist-in-residence.” Remember the Weathermen? A couple of their members inadvertently blew up a townhouse (and themselves) in Greenwich Village in 1970. The remnants of the group—which included such poster-children of the radical Left as Kathy Boudin, Bill Ayers, and Bernadine Dohrn—went underground (and changed their name accordingly) as they continued their struggle against The System. A bomb here, a bomb there: they did their best to disrupt the society they hated. With unfortunate but admonitory timing, The New York Times ran a flattering profile of Mr. Ayers on September 11, 2001: “I don’t regret setting bombs,” Ayers said. “I feel we didn’t do enough.” Yes, well. Others have stepped in to help you, Mr. Ayers.

In 1981, Ms. Boudin and some of her associates held up a Brinks armored car near Nyack, New York. They murdered a Brinks guard and, in attempting their getaway, two police officers. A motto of the Weathermen and their associates was “the only good cop is a dead cop.” They meant it. Susan Rosenberg was indicted for involvement with this crime. She wasn’t prosecuted because, in 1984, she was sentenced to fifty-eight years for using false identification and possession of automatic weapons and 740 pounds of high explosives. “We’re caught,” she was quoted in The New York Times as saying, “but we’re not defeated. Long live the armed struggle!” (That was in 1984. In 1993, she proclaimed proudly that “I am guilty of revolutionary anti-imperialist resistance” and explained that the FBI’s “war” against the Black Liberation movement showed her “the necessity for armed self-defense.”)

Ms. Rosenberg, who likes to describe herself as a “former U.S. political prisoner,” served sixteen years in prison before President Clinton commuted her sentence just before leaving office in 2001. The person responsible for inviting Ms. Rosenberg to Hamilton is Nancy Rabinowitz, a professor of literature and director of the Kirkland Project for the Study of Gender, Society, and Culture, a semi-autonomous, left-wing redoubt within the college. The Hamilton College catalogue describes the Kirkland Project and lists “an artist/scholar-in-residence program.” Professor Rabinowitz transformed that into an “artist/activist-in-residence” program, thus paving the way for felons, terrorists, and other such “activists” to visit Hamilton and instruct the 1700 undergraduates there in how to make the world a better place.

It is said that Ms. Rabinowitz was inspired to offer the seminar to Susan Rosenberg—whom she describes as “an exemplar of rehabilitation”—after hearing her lecture at Hamilton last spring. But it seems likely that Ms. Rabinowitz already knew Ms. Rosenberg. Nancy Rabinowitz is married to Peter Rabinowitz—also a faculty member at Hamilton—who is the son of Victor Rabinowitz, an attorney with the firm of Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky, and Lieberman, whose clients have included the accused spy Judith Coplon, Daniel Ellsberg, the Berrigan brothers, Dr. Spock —and Kathy Boudin, a daughter of the firm’s Boudin. Such filiations are, as the Marxists say, no accident.

Naturally, Susan Rosenberg’s appointment at Hamilton has sparked controversy. The college seems to be circling its wagons. In a public statement, it insists that “Ms. Rosenberg is an award-winning writer, an activist, and a teacher who offers a unique perspective as a writer.” 1) It is difficult to say exactly what Ms. Rosenberg has written—we’ve found no published books—or indeed to judge her qualifications since, to date, the college refuses to make her vita public. 2) To say that someone has a “unique perspective” is not to say very much. Timothy McVeigh might have had a “unique perspective.” Would Hamilton have proposed hiring him?

Hamilton College is about to embark upon an ambitious fund-raising drive. Early in December, the college will inaugurate the campaign with a dinner at the New-York Historical Society. We are told that members of the New York City Police department intend to be on hand to protest Ms. Rosenberg’s appointment. We don’t blame them.—The New Criterion

 
At 2/03/2005 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Mike SC USA said...

Under fire, Hamilton administrators have wrapped themselves in the mantle of free speech. "As long as public safety and the rights of others are not compromised," they stated, "the college does not normally put limits on which voices can be heard and which cannot."
Well, that depends. In 2002, it is true, when Annie Sprinkle, a pornography star and performance artist, came to Hamilton to regale students and members of the local community about the proper use of sexual appliances, Hamilton administrators stood high on the pedestal of free speech. But when Brendan McCormick, a Hamilton alumnus and official class representative, sought to alert his classmates to the Rosenberg appointment, the college's development office refused to send out a letter from him, as it normally would. "I pointed out the hypocrisy of sending out a press release claiming that you do not censor speech and then turning around and doing just that," Mr. McCormick later said.—ROGER KIMBALL Wall Street Journal 12/3/2004

 
At 2/03/2005 11:41:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Hey, I know about Ward Churchill. In another life, I used to be very sympathetic to the so called First Nations movement here in Canada. First Nations is the PC appellation for the indigenous North American Indians.

Anyway, Ward Churchill has all the prerequisites for teaching "Native Studies" courses at a university level. He's got a big chip on his shoulders and he hates whities. I even have a book written by him. It's a painful read. If he knew how to write, I might have even finished it.

There are probably some of our looney lefties on the Iraqi blogs comments pages who worship at his feet.

 
At 2/03/2005 02:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His tenure arrangment is being reconsidered at the University of Colorado.

Mike H.

 
At 2/03/2005 03:25:00 PM, Blogger Louise said...

Good, Mike H.. These are the sorts of people who, under different circumstances, become the Saddam Hussein's of the world. They exploit the misery of their own people, doing everything they can to keep them miserable, and intimidate anyone who might oppose them, all in the name of satisfying their egos need to be a bigshot with a band of adoring misfit groupies.

They are the last vestiges of the colonial era who have had a very nice but far too long joyride on the back of the Cold War, getting their support from the extreme left, whose ideology was ultimately derived from the Soviet Empire during it's most vile days. That's why I always remark that the looney left is all too happy to point out the mis-steps and unsavory alliances of the USA during the Cold War, but for some reason, always seems to leave out the equally perverse consequences of the exploits of the other side. Curious? NOT.

 
At 2/04/2005 11:37:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

What I always find amusing is the loon birds talking about evil US supporting dictators and yet, they don't remember that the biggest supporters of such actions were the democrat party. (I know, I was a dem and it was explained to me many times about associations of necessity). So..I never listen.

They didn't have to make the decisions and half of them were dropping acid in the 60's and 70's and can't even remember if they were at woodstock, much less that the USSR would have sent them to the reducation camps first. LOL

 
At 2/05/2005 08:30:00 PM, Blogger Mike H. said...

Ward Churchill has just had his speaking engagement cancelled at Eastern Washington University near Spokane, WA, due to security reasons. Film at eleven.

 
At 2/06/2005 03:34:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Ward Churchil is some piece of work. he doesn't believe his comments warrant an apology: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=718&e=2&u=/ap/20050206/ap_on_re_us/speaker_protest

The funny thing is, i hear native american groups are claiming him to be a fraud. They say he isn't really an indian and that he is nothing but a poser.

Interesting, no?

 

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