From Pajamas Media:
Sen. John Kerry (D-Hanoi) must be really worried about how badly the Democrats are losing the argument on government spending. He took to MSNBC to goad the media into censoring the opinions and statements of people with whom he disagrees (and who happen to have the facts on their side). The irony of his having made such an argument on an openly ideological network seems to have been lost on Sen. Kerry.
SEN. JOHN KERRY: “And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.”…
Translation – if you MSMers know what’s good for you, you’ll stop allowing any dissenting voices to appear. We can’t have those hicks and bitter clingers out there getting their views across. Don’t you realize that we Democrats could be crushed next year if the truth keeps coming out?
Its not like Kerry has been a tribune of truth, you know? He is the guy, after all, who did say our brave men and women in Vietnam were acting like Genghis Khan…so, slanders have fallen easily from his lips. And, at any event, shouldn’t it be up to the people to listen to all voices and decide for themselves who is right?
Not to our liberals, it would seem…because if the people hear differing opinions, then they are sure to reject the liberal view.
From Knox News:
Breath mints packaged in a tin can poking fun at President Barack Obama have been pulled from the shelves at the University of Tennessee bookstore after local legislator Joe Armstrong told store officials he was offended by the mints.
Armstrong, D-Knoxville, said he got a call from a student who had seen the satirical mints in the bookstore and was bothered by the depiction of the president…
Which can be translated to read: “fascist toady spies something offensive about Dear Leader, denounces it to fascist, who then leans on the offender, who caves in because a government official like that can cause all sorts of trouble”.
What I’d like to know is – since when to Democrats care about offensive depictions of the President? For 8, long years back there I seem to recall that Democrats were ok with just about anything insulting to the President. Heck, books and movies were produced fantasizing about killing President Bush with nary a peep out of Democrats about it. But now we have to be respectful…
That is our new legal principle, at least at the University of North Dakota:
In a stark demonstration of the failure of campus judicial procedures, the University of North Dakota (UND) has found a student guilty of sexual assault despite the fact that local police refused to charge him with a crime and instead charged his accuser for lying about the incident. Former student Caleb Warner has been banned by UND from stepping foot on any state public campus for three years. Meanwhile, his accuser has been wanted by the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department for more than a year on the charge of making a false report to law enforcement…
It seems that Uncle Sam – carrying out the liberal mandate – has decided that all colleges receiving federal funds must use a “preponderance of evidence” rather than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard for judging such cases. In this case it does seem that an accusation is “preponderance of evidence” because if there was something beyond the accuser’s statement it is highly unlike that the regular law enforcement agencies would have charged the accuser with lying, even if they lacked sufficient evidence to convict the accused. Beyond the outrage of what amounts to a kangaroo court convicting the accused there lies the double outrage in the college’s refusal to reopen the case in light of the charge of lying leveled against the accuser.
In the end, this is the result of all that liberal nonsense about political correctness, “hate crimes” and “zero tolerance”. In their zeal to enforce liberal ideas, the very concepts of truth and justice have been jettisoned. It will take extreme legal and political pressure to get the college to reverse course…and even if they are in this case, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll still go forward trying to enforce the liberal view.
How to fix this? Simple: prohibit the federal government from setting rules in colleges. Go ahead and spend federal money if you like, but don’t go dictating how it is to be spent. In other words, if money is to be spent it had better just be in the form of bloc grants (best calculated on a per-student basis) which is then dispensed to the colleges to use as they wish…scholarships, new facilities, slush funds for the faculty, what have you. Better to have the money mis-allocated by some schools than to have all schools come under the thumb of liberal fascism. Most places would use it properly and those which did would swiftly earn the better reputation and thus draw in more students…and thus more funding. But get Uncle Sam out of it…all he can do is screw it up, as we see here in this case.