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Posted on March 30 at 9:13 p.m.
Thank you Fred Hofmann for doing an excellent job at articulating what many of us "middle of the road liberals" have been attempting to say all a long.
I also commend you for having the courage to say this, as I know for fact that many people at UCSB: students, staff as well as even many tenured academics, either refuse to speak up, out of fear or cowardice OR, like Michael Young are convinced that their beliefs are correct and beyond question or even discussion.
I know for a fact that some people have been targeted, and as a result have lost their jobs for daring to question some of the feminist dogmaexposed on campus.
In so many ways the very campuses that espouse freedom of ideas and tolerance, have become "islands of intolerance amongst a sea of free thinking"
George Orwell had it right:
Not merely the validity of experience but the veryexistence of external reality was tacitly denied bytheir philosophy. The heresy of heresies was commonsense. George Orwell – 1984 On the Thought Police.
On A Voltaire Moment for Liberals
Posted on March 22 at 8:33 a.m.
Michael Young is confused, and worse misses the point,
"evangelical types" ??? What is this supposed to mean ? Imagine the large numbers of students on campus that identify with some sort of Christian belief. Are they lumped into this stereotypical slander as well?? How are they being made to feel by this type of message? How can he claim to speak for ALL groups on campus.
I also agree with the several others here in that he includes discussion of things that are not even relevant, and indeed takes a stance of "them and us", alltogether missing the point that some of the very intolerance that he refers to comes NOT from outside, but rather from INSIDE UCSB.
On UCSB Administrator Issues Statement on Free Speech
Posted on March 20 at 9:55 a.m.
Apparently Miller-Young forgot to read this email:
"UC system President Janet Napolitano said the university seeks "to create, and to nurture, an ethos of respect for others, and inclusion for all." That effort should not diminish the spirit of free speech and "robust constructive dialogue," she said, urging students, faculty and staff to maintain civility."
On UCSB Police Department Releases Professor-Protestor Incident Report
Posted on March 18 at 4:09 p.m.
This just shows the brazen arrogance and assumption that HER point of view is the "right" one. In my mind people like this have NO business masquerading as "academics" and especially influencing young minds where a supposedly open discussion of ideas and thoughts should be fostered. As mentioned above this can rob students of an opportunity to think for themselves instead of being swayed by an individual professor's ideology.
Also, Imagine for a moment there is an anti-war demonstration on campus and protesters are using graphic depictions of what war does to people and a professor decides that it is their right to steal this material arguing that because the images trigger something ? I have NO doubt that the left would go crazy with accusations, AND moreimportantly campus administrators would not miss the opportunity to remind everyone to be tolerant and respectful of individual's rights. We've seen none of this from them in this case.
Posted on March 11 at 4:19 p.m.
Where is Henry Yang in speaking out against intolerance and harassment on campus, even IF it is coming from the left ??
On UCSB Professor Accused of Assaulting Anti-Abortion Activist
Posted on March 11 at 11:13 a.m.
Howard, Good points on sharing the path. I'm a little confused though as you continually use the word "bike path" which seems to indicate that the path IS for rolling bicycles. BUT at the same time it is also a walkway for pedestrians , Right ? This is often NOT clear with many of our paths used around town by bikes.
A great example is the path along the water front in SB that IS often used by pedestrians as well, AND it is dangerous for both them and bicyclists as a result. What has always confused me is the lack of any clear signing telling users what to expect. In the case of the SB waterfront I cannot legally ride my bicycle on the sidewalk BUT pedestrians apparently CAN walk on the bike path ??
So I for one , as a daily bicycle commuter, would appreciate some clarity on the topic. Of course I agree that in all cases being courteous is called for BUT clarity ( when possible ) would always help the situation as well.
On Sharing the Path
Posted on March 11 at 10:45 a.m.
I'm also no defender of the anti-abortion crowd BUT too often on campus there exists an attitude ( often brazen and entitled ) that IF you don't like someone's speech you have a right to block, shout down and deny them from speaking. Throwing a tantrum is another common tactic. I've seen it happen on numerous occasions.
This is a serious problem and should be seen for what it is a free speech issue. Academics and their student followers ( speaking of brainwashing ! ) have a right to not agree with people who come on campus but they should NOT be able to stop them from speaking or use physical violence to stop them. Those here that are ONLY critical of the anti abortion group involved, and their tactics, are missing the point.
Posted on March 10 at 12:23 p.m.
"Attempted Murder, Near-Riot in Isla VistaPolice Struggle to Manage Crowd After Visiting Rhode Island Resident Stabbed in the Gut"
How about just doing something about violent crime in general in IV ?? Rape, getting stabbed and or assaulted are ALL horrible crimes that deserve a SERIOUS response on the part of authorities and the University. Why does rape have to be held in a special category ?
On Doing Something About Rape in Isla Vista and UCSB
Posted on March 7 at 11:13 a.m.
Maybe Chancellor Yang should order up ( 5 ) more police officers and more video surveillance on campus, maybe throw in a helicopter ? and why not fear sells :)
On UCSB Basketball Fan Arrested After Rushing Court
Posted on March 5 at 11:23 a.m.
**Note to the Independent to make sure and bring this case, and any others where Mothers abuse their children, up for their Mother's day issue. They have no problem bashing men on Fathers's day ( and have done so on several occasions), hi-lighting the likes of deadbeat dads and how horrible men are etc etc.
It's interesting that folks immediately look for a racial bias here BUT fail to see that there is ALSO a sexist bias as well.
On Woman Sentenced to Probation for DUI Crash That Broke Son's Neck