Various & Sundry, 3/24/15

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– Ted Cruz has announced his candidacy for the presidency, so cue the first round of GOP infighting, of which more is sure to come. I agree with parts of Sean Saffron’s take, though I think he is generally too dismissive of Cruz overall. All things being equal, I would prefer someone with executive experience. That being said, comparisons to Barack Obama are not completely fair. Yes, both men hadn’t served even half a Senate term before announcing their candidacies for the presidency, but that’s where the comparisons end. Barack Obama taught some constitutional law, while Ted Cruz argued cases before the Supreme Court (and won). Barack Obama’s main accomplishment was writing not one, but two autobiographies before actually doing anything of substance. Cruz’s pre-Senate experience dwarfs Obama’s. That doesn’t mean Cruz should be the leading contender, or that his lack of executive experience shouldn’t be an issue, but he’s not the GOP version of Obama.

Then there’s much other silliness regarding Cruz, as he’s attracted his own set of birther nonsense. Sorry, he’s a natural born citizen. Meanwhile Cruz has drawn criticism from such Republican luminaries as Donald Trump and Peter King, the latter of whom opined “So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”Seriously, Peter King thinks that Ted Cruz has a big mouth and gets no results. Let that sink in. Next up we’ll be hearing from Bill Clinton and his concerns about Cruz possibly being sexually immodest.

– On the other side of the aisle, the Democrats are still wondering who might be able to fill-in in case Hillary bows out. Don’t you worry Democrats, you’ve got a can’t miss front-runner. You know who I’m talking about:

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will be the choice of New York Democrats for president if Hillary Rodham Clinton is forced out of the race by her State Department e-mail scandal, a prominent Democrat has told The Post.

. . . .

O’Malley, an all-but-announced candidate who was on a campaign swing in Iowa over the weekend, “is the one who I think is going to emerge as the front-runner if Hillary is forced out,’’ said the Democrat, a strong Clinton backer whose views carry considerable weight with party members.

Here it comes.

– The Diocese of Metuchen offers us a real profile in courage.

This week the plot thickens, with the diocese telling the New Jersey press that Jannuzzi has never been told she was fired, and they are “baffled” why anyone (especially Jannuzzi’s family) is suggesting otherwise.

Yesterday, Patricia Jannuzzi’s lawyer finally spoke to the press in response to this statement, and what he said is not pretty for the diocese: “At every point in our discussions the diocesan lawyers told us repeatedly there was no way that Patricia Jannuzzi would ever come back to the Immaculata classroom under any possible scenario,” Oakley told MyCentralJersey.com. “On Thursday by phone, the diocesan lawyers told me clearly and finally that Patricia Jannuzzi would be terminated as of the end of August, end of discussion.”

– What could possibly go wrong by over-coddling our children? They can turn into hyper-sensitive snowflakes who can’t tolerate the idea that someone somewhere is expressing an opinion with which they disagree.

KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown University and a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma. So when she heard last fall that a student group had organized a debate about campus sexual assault between Jessica Valenti, the founder of feministing.com, and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian, and that Ms. McElroy was likely to criticize the term “rape culture,” Ms. Byron was alarmed. “Bringing in a speaker like that could serve to invalidate people’s experiences,” she told me. It could be “damaging.”

Ms. Byron and some fellow task force members secured a meeting with administrators. Not long after, Brown’s president, Christina H. Paxson, announced that the university would hold a simultaneous, competing talk to provide “research and facts” about “the role of culture in sexual assault.” Meanwhile, student volunteers put up posters advertising that a “safe space” would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.

The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room and worked in it during the debate, estimates that a couple of dozen people used it. At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said.

– On the other hand, even some on the left are starting to think this hypersensitive pc stuff has gotten way out of hand.

– Sure “Jackie” may have been completely lying, but her lies reveal much about a deeper truth. Or something.

– Huzzah! Some states are finally starting to see the light about daylight savings time. Unfortunately my state is not among them, and some want to keep it year round rather than jettisoning it altogether.

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21 Comments

  1. I’ll leave it to the legal practitioners here to handicap the possibilities.

    1. The press agent the bishop employs never talks to their counsel.

    2. The counsel lied to the press agent.

    3. The press agent lies and lies stupidly.

    I’ll wager the fish rots from the head down, as always.

  2. Then there’s much other silliness regarding Cruz, as he’s attracted his own set of birther nonsense. Sorry, he’s a natural born citizen.

    I’ve been informed by a combox clown that neither Marco Rubio (born in Miami) nor Bobby Jindal (born in New Orleans) are ‘natural born citizens’ (because said clowns fancy that jus soli does not apply to the children of legal immigrants. The same sort fancied that Barack Obama was not ‘natural born’ because his mother was a minor and that particular clown specimen offered for my edification that no one seems to know where Barack Obama was born.

  3. “Meanwhile Cruz has drawn criticism from such Republican luminaries as Donald Trump and Peter King, the latter of whom opined “So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”Seriously, Peter King thinks that Ted Cruz has a big mouth and gets no results. Let that sink in. Next up we’ll be hearing from Bill Clinton and his concerns about Cruz possibly being sexually immodest.”

    Well this was in a post and not a comment, but it still deserves Sam! Take ‘er away Sam!

  4. Barack Obama’s main accomplishment was writing not one, but two autobiographies before actually doing anything of substance.

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    Barry Soetero’s main accomplishment was marketing the public persona known as Barak Obama. Come to think of if, that’s still his main accomplishment.

  5. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/415897/diocese-metuchen-attacks-jannuzzi-family-maggie-gallagher
    (bad link in the post)

    I guess technically she’s not fired if she’s still drawing a paycheck, regardless of whether or not she ever sees the inside of a classroom again.

    As for hyper-sensitive snowflakes, they melt as the world heats up.

    Between the infantilizing of campus culture and the growing global harshness, something has to give and—hint, hint—it won’t be the real world. The worst thing about the current climate of PC stupidity and mandatory cocooning on campus isn’t the ugly repression it entails. The destruction of free speech and free debate in the institutions that ought to be the citadels of intellectual liberty is a terrible thing and a horrible betrayal of everything universities are supposed to be about. But there is yet a worse consequence: the catastrophic dumbing down and weakening of a younger generation that is becoming too fragile and precious to exist in the current world—much less to fight the real evils and dangers that are growing.

  6. A comment on this ‘natural born / birther’ nonsense. Back in the 1950’s fully 2% of U.S. citizens were living overseas. That is 1 out of 50, for those who are math challenged. At the height of the Cold War the U.S. military seemed to be nearly everywhere. Large numbers of State department employees were administering aid projects necessary for overcoming the ravages of WW2. One could go on and on listing the many roles U.S. citizens played in the rebuilding of our world.

    Most of these Americans were rather young, many were married, and so many of their children were born while they were overseas. So, the question is, would the drafters of the U.S. Constitution and its requirement that the President be born within the United States have seriously intended to exclude from the Presidency the children of these patriotic Americans who were overseas because they were serving their country? It simply staggers the imagination to think that the Framers would have intended this.

  7. Ernst, I believe the teachers at Immaculata High School are hired on
    a one-year contract, which is renewed annually (or not). Sure, Ms.
    Jannuzzi isn’t fired, but she’s not going to have her contract
    renewed this summer after 30 years of excellent service. By then, of
    course, the spotlight will be off the bishop… and Ms. Jannuzzi will be
    gone, which is clearly what the bishop and the school administration
    want (but don’t want to say).

  8. “Ferry Interestink.” Zo, Frau Jannuzzi ist bin axed because she upset noisome adulterers, fornicators, and sodomites. I zee. It’s that which runs the HS and the diocese. “Ferry Interestink.”

  9. It simply staggers the imagination to think that the Framers would have intended this.

    Dunno. The combox clown instructing me seems to think there is a category of people who count as naturalized citizens without ever having received any sort of certificate of naturalization (among them Jindal, Rubio, Cruz, and my father).

  10. Art Deco: the birth certificate, a vital statistic, a public document is all the proof necessary to establish natural citizenship. The real reason of this nonsense is the subjugation of the country to individuals who think that they are entitled to become god-rulers.
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    Rape is assault and battery, a crime in every situation. Rape is the denial of the sovereign person’s free will, informed consent and civil right to be free from all evil, guaranteed in the Preamble as “the Blessings of Liberty.” Rape denies the freedom of each and every person. One person cannot own another person…Abraham Lincoln
    The rapist “owns” another person as a sex slave, a chattel, a “thing” denying the victim as a human being. The rapis,t in denying another person’s civil rights, forfeits his own sovereignty. The rapist belongs in prison for the rest of his life. In the Old Testament the rapist had to support his victim for the rest of his life. This business as “damaged goods” as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg referred to the rape victim, ought to have sunk in and produced good fruit. Give the rapist over to the victim as a slave and confiscate anything of worth that he has and has forfeited. The rapist has earned his enslavement.

  11. Sure, Ms. Jannuzzi isn’t fired, but she’s not going to have her contract
    renewed this summer

    I congratulate you for the excellence with which you translate weaselese.

  12. The real reason of this nonsense is the subjugation of the country to individuals who think that they are entitled to become god-rulers.

    I’ll give you a more banal (but on point) hypothesis. There’s a class of people who like to think they’re in the know and you’re not. They’re easy meat for peddlers of conspirazoid literature and strange counter-intuitive judgments, interpretations, and formulations. The neo-birthers are that type. The twit I conversed with fancies he’s the only person for miles who ‘cares’ about ‘the Constitution’.

  13. There’s a class of people who like to think they’re in the know and you’re not. They’re easy meat for peddlers of conspirazoid literature and strange counter-intuitive judgments, interpretations, and formulations. The neo-birthers are that type.

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    Not, of course, to be confused with the type of people who not only know that they’re in the know and you’re not, but know better than you. This class is genuinely dangerous rather than merely troublesome, since most of them are to be found in government.
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    “It’s not reason that is at the heart of modern-day liberalism but rather the claim to superior virtue and, even more important, to a special knowledge unavailable to the unwashed or unenlightened. Depending on the temper of the time, such virtue and knowledge can derive disproportionately from scientism or mysticism–or it can mix large dollops of both.” [emph. added] (Fred Siegel, 2007)

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    Mystery Cults and Gnosticim are alive and well.

  14. Not, of course, to be confused with the type of people who not only know that they’re in the know and you’re not, but know better than you. This class is genuinely dangerous rather than merely troublesome, since most of them are to be found in government.

    No, in the legal profession, academe, and the mental health trade (some of whom are public employees).

  15. Daylight Savings Time- I lived in a SE Asian country where some of the populace were convinced that if DST were instituted they would lose 1 hour of their lives every day, with repurcussions for children’s growth and education.

  16. Tom D-
    As I remember the common law stuff that the founders would’ve been going off of, the important point is how you’re recognized; Americans serving over seas would of course be Americans, same way that ambassadors and their households weren’t considered local to where they were living. (A bit more military minded, an invading army’s camp followers wouldn’t be giving birth to local citizens, but folks who settle and follow the local laws would.)
    The argument I kept hearing for Obama had less to do with where he was born than that his father was arguably a representative of his gov’t, and his mother was (at the time) too young to be able to legally confer citizenship to her children.

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