Profiling: Behind The Doors Of The Ivory Tower.

iowahawk: Cambridge Police Profiling Still A Grim Reality for Harvard Faculty Assholes

When I first learned of the arrest of my colleague Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates after he stood up to the fascist jackboots of a declasse, ill-educated Cambridge police officer, I was of course angered — but scarcely shocked. L’Affaire Gates simply aired, in public, the dirty 100-thread-count table linen of an American culture where Harvard faculty assholes still face a daily struggle against profiling, abuse, and insolence.

It will come as no surprise that Skip’s arrest was the talk of the Douchebag Room at the Harvard Faculty Club last Friday. I and a group of colleagues had assembled for our weekly lunch; I opted for their competently-prepared Ahi Tuna Tartare and an amusing glass of ’05 Hospices de Beaune Premier Cru Cuvee Cyrot-Chaudron. I had noticed that the Franz Fanon Memorial Booth — Skip’s long-reserved lunch spot — was uncharacteristically empty, and asked our waiter Sergio for an explanation.

“Professor Skeep, he no is come today,” said Sergio. “I tink he is in the jail.”

Our table exchanged knowing glances, for we knew immediately that Skip was only the latest victim of a system that singles out the Harvard faculty asshole for stigmatization and unequal justice. It is a system that all of us knew too well, and provided an opportunity for an open conversation about our shared experiences as Harvard faculty assholes in America while waiting for Sergio to bring the dessert cart.

We all know of the really, really, really, incredibly important member of the Harvard Faculty who was cruelly harassed by an out of control police thug when he was caught breaking into his own home. But now Iowahawk reveals the sordid secrets of profiling in academia.

Nice State You Have Here Governor; Be A Shame If Anything Happened To It.

Obama’s Transportation Secretary gives a straight answer — the seventh time he’s asked | Washington Examiner

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had to be asked the same question seven times in Friday’s House Budget Committee hearing before he would finally give a straight answer.

Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., was grilling LaHood about a letter he had sent Arizona’s governor, after an Arizona Republican senator questioned the effectiveness of the stimulus package. The letter was widely viewed as a political threat in retaliation for criticism of the stimulus.

On July 12, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., had suggested in a television interview that the stimulus should be cancelled, with the remaining unspent funds returned to the Treasury. LaHood, a former Republican member of Congress who joined Obama’s administration in January, responded the following day with a letter to Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, effectively threatening to cut off some $521 million in Arizona projects funded by the stimulus package.

It doesn’t say whether LaHood was wearing a fedora and knocked some bottles off the counter when he said that.

He is an Illinois Republican. so he has no problem with the Chicago style of the Obama administration.

They’re Coming To Get Us!!!!

Blunt warning about greens under the bed | Antonia Senior – Times Online

Our intransigent refusal to choose green will be met by a new militancy from those who believe we must be saved from ourselves. Ultra-green states cannot arise without some form of forced switch to autocracy; the dictatorship of the environmentalists.

The old two-cow analogy is a useful one. You have two cows. The communist steals both your cows, and may give you some milk, if you’re not bourgeois scum. The fascist lets you keep the cows but seizes the milk and sells it back to you. Today’s Green says you can keep the cows, but should choose to give them up as their methane-rich farts will unleash hell at some unspecified point in the future. You say, sod it, I’ll keep my cows thanks. Tomorrow’s green, the Bolshevik green, shoots the cows and makes you forage for nuts.

If the choice is between ecological meltdown, or a more immediate curtailment of our freedom, where do those of us who are neither red nor green, but a recalcitrant grey, turn? Back to those small desires, and a blinkered hope that the choice never becomes so stark. If it does, I’ll take my chances with Armageddon.

This actually makes a lot of sense. Most “greens” and really red underneath. They all want to run your life,

Panel Dissolves When Someone Pees In The Pool

The ALA (American Library Association was going to have a panel discussion regarding Islam. At least that was what it was billed as. But two panel members withdrew after a critic of Islam was allowed to participate.

It seems that our ‘experts’ thought that they should be allowed to explain that Islam is a peaceful religion, and that all those swarthy people yelling “Allah Akbar” before exploding in crowded theaters are simply a result of eight years of Bush and Republicans without anyone pointing out embarrassing facts.

In a statement announcing her withdrawal last week, Marcia Hermansen, a professor of Islamic studies at Loyola University Chicago, wrote that she had not been informed of the participation of Mr. Spencer until very recently.

“While I heartily endorse the principles of free expression and diversity of viewpoints that are part of the ALA mission, the way in which this information session about Islam and Muslims … was modified and politicized at the last moment raises serious concerns about the integrity of the session,” she said.

I guess those principles of diversity and free expression only extend to people that will slavishly agree with here. I imagine her Islamic Studies classes consist of her expounding on Islam and the student parroting her views back to her. Not the most exciting or informative type of class.

A second panelist, Dr. Alia Ammar, a clinical psychologist also at Loyola, told the ALA she had been given “blatant misinformation” about the session, adding that “the lack of professionalism with which this matter has been handled has been wholly disappointing.”

Dr Ammar was misinformed? She thought she would just go to this panel and acclaim to one and all that since she.being a Muslim woman, is not beaten, raped or silenced, no Muslim women were. That is if her husband, father or brother gave his approval for her to attend. That permission may have been withdrawn resulting in her withdrawal instead of the story given.

Would (the ALA) invite an anti-Semite to be on a panel aiming to dispel stereotypes against Jews?” asked CAIR Chicago chapter Executive Director Ahmed Rehab in an interview with The Times.

Actually that is done quite often. It is almost a requirement in acadamia that an anti-semite or holocaust denier be present at any discussion of Israel or Jews.

I it amusing to watch the headlong rush for the door when these people are faced with a knowledgeable critic. They’re so used to being pandered to that they don’t know how to deal with criticism. The answer to criticism is to refute it with facts. But if all you have is empty platitudes, you’re in a bind.