Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Leading a Jackass to Water

I know I said earlier that I had my studies to attend to (which I still do), but I found these stories earlier on The Drudge Report and I thought I would give you all a good laugh to see how pathetic the left is (as if you didn't know that already).

Can you recall hearing the phrase "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink"? This is a direct reflection of the stubbornness demonstrated by the left at college universities. They know full well (or at least they should, who knows what the public highschools taught them) that everyone in this country is entitled to the right to free speech, but as soon as someone comes out with something they don't agree with, out come the pies! Believe me, this will all make sense in a little bit.

As I can recall, I mentioned this is a Viewpoint article I wrote earlier this month (which will, conveniently enough, appear in tomorrow's edition of The Marquette Tribune) when a Muslim student at Marquette University claimed it was "not in the best interest of the student body" for the administration to allow a pro-Israeli speaker to give a speech concerning the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (though it is certain that she would not have a problem had they invited a pro-Palestinian speaker instead) ...
As we should come to suspect from the left, they never truly practice what they preach, invoking the right to free speech only when it serves to benefit the vulgar hate-speech figures such as Ward Churchill preaching their methodology of hatred to the future Stalins of the world.

The following article from the IndyStar is on the 'cold' reception conservative commentator William Kristol received from one liberal student while he was giving a speech at Earlham College ...

RICHMOND, Ind. -- A pie in the face didn't silence conservative pundit William Kristol during a speech at Earlham College.

A man who later was identified as a student at the private Quaker college jumped onto the stage and splattered Kristol with the pie Tuesday night about 30 minutes into a speech about U.S. foreign policy.

Members of the audience jeered the student as he walked off the stage, then applauded as Kristol wiped the goo off his face with a paper towel and said, "Just let me finish this point," the Palladium-Item reported.

The student was suspended and could face expulsion following a disciplinary review, Earlham Provost Len Clark said today.

The school, which did not release the student's name, said Kristol was hit by an ice cream pie. Some of the pie also hit college President Doug Bennett, who was sitting on the stage.

Clark issued a written apology complimenting Kristol for his "graciousness."

Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard in Washington who was chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, finished his speech after he was hit by the pie and then took questions from the audience before spending 30 minutes talking with students and others who gathered at the edge of the stage.

Earlham is a liberal arts college of about 1,200 students that is well-known for its peace studies program.

Who wants to bet that if a conservative student had done this to a liberal speaker (note, I am not advocating that someone should actually do this because I believe in the right to free speech for everyone, unlike the left), for example - Al Franken, that the university would have given him more then just a written apology? Hell, the administration would probably be holding a public press conference issuing an apology, photo-op for the liberally-biased media showing them handing him a giant check, and quite possibly even offering him a position in their political science department! It is benevolent of them to write a letter to Kristol extending their apologies and all, but who seriously believes that the student will be expelled for hitting Kristol with a pie? If he does receive expulsion as punishment, it will be attributed more for pie 'shrapnel' the university's president.

And finally, there was an incident at another college university involving conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter (who incidentally also had a pie thrown at her while giving a speech at a university campus ... what is the deal with pies?) and liberal hecklers interupting her speech. I will not post the entire article seeing as how it is so long (and I do not have the time right now to edit it down as I would like to), but you can read about the entire event by clicking here.

The one part of the article that I did find the most amusing was this little blurb ...

Coulter was paid $25,000 for her appearance, which was paid from the Vickers endowment fund, said Toni Dixon, director of communications for the KU School of Business. State and university money were not used, she said.
I point this out so that other universities, specifically UW-Whitewater who earlier this year used public funds to pay for Ward Churchill to spew his vile hate-speech on their university campus, may not commit this sort of hypocricy again.