atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1159: ...because he's a...a...big meany mean-head!!

That seems to be Purdue University Indianapolis' reason for continuing disciplinary procedures against one Keith John Sampson, who was caught reading a book about the defeat of the KKK in a 1924 riot. Because it had "KKK" in the title, and he read it in front of some black people, Purdue said Sampson had been "racially harassing" them.

The article quotes Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal:
"No reading of any book had anything to do with the charges against Mr. Sampson. This means, I asked [a school spokesman], that Mr. Sampson could have been reading about the adventures of Jack and Jill and he still would have been charged? Yes. What, then, was the offense? 'Harassing behavior.' While reading the book? The question led to careful explanations hopeless in tone – for good reason – and well removed from all semblance of reason. What the behavior was, one learned, could never be revealed."
So I figure that the university has decided that Sampson is a big meany mean-head, and that's why they want to punish him.

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Ann Coulter--who I love--euologizes Jesse Helms.

I remember, sometime in the 1980s, seeing an AIDS activist denounce Jesse Helms, saying that he wanted Jesse Helms dead so he could dance on the grave and urinate on the tombstone. Ironically, the chances are pretty good that Jesse Helms outlived the AIDS activist, since life expectancies for AIDS cases in the 1980s were not good.

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Need I repeat myself? Fuck no. No shock collars for law-abiding citizens. One of the founding principles of this country is the presumption of innocence. They can kiss my ass as it sits right now, which is on the toilet in the process of the final stages of colon cleansing for my colonoscopy today. (Hint: not exactly a taste treat.) (Sorry about that.)

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A vaccination against Alzheimer's? Awesome. Proof once again that basic research always gets useful results.

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UFO technology could help with energy crisis. I'm sure it could, if we had any. Which I doubt we do.

Look: the probability of a secret becoming non-secret is exponentially proportional to the number of people who know it. In order for the government to have kept UFOs under wraps for 60 years, do you know how many people would have had to have kept perfectly silent about it? Do you know how many questions would have had to have been deflected in order for this to be crackpot territory, still, after 60 years?

Believe me, no one would love it more if our government had, and had been studying, UFO technology for the past 60 years. But looked at realistically, it's so damned unlikely as to be impossible. Not when you've got the press in this country which digs and digs and digs until it finds something it can use. "Freedom of the press" alone is a good-enough reason this ain't so. Now add the Internet to the equation.


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Larry Elder dispenses some statistics on gun control. I won't repeat them here; read the piece. It's good.

...except I will say here that the US gun death statistics are compiled different than those of other countries, which is why they frequently look much worse than they are. If you exclude suicides from US annual gun deaths, instead of 30,000 per year suddenly we have 13,000--homicides only, not homicides and suicides.

Deny someone bent on suicide a gun and he'll just use something else--pills, rope, building, car--so I fail to see how banning guns will prevent those deaths.

But of course it's never the person holding the gun; it's the gun itself. Guns are all equipped with mind-control modules which make you want to shoot someone, and if it can't shoot someone else it'll make you'll shoot yourself with it. (Alien technology is here!)

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Today's Chicago Sun-Times has a front-page story about Jesse Jackson's "cut his nuts off" gaffe.

Here's a hint for Jesse Jackson, one he apparently has not learned in his 40-odd years of being a public figure: whenever you are in a TV studio, assume that you cannot make private remarks to anyone. That should avoid future gaffes.

Of course he wants to cut off Barak Hussein Obama's nuts. Think about it. If Barak Hussein Obama becomes President, the entire civil rights movement will take a kick in the testicles itself, because a lot of Americans will no longer take it seriously: "WTF are you talking about, 'America is still racist'? We've got a black President! STFU, dickhead."

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...yeah, I'm blogging from the toilet. "Yeah, we're living in a modern world." (Jeff Lynne, "Calling America", 1985. Years before Al Gore invented the Internet.)

Second stage of colon cleansing is another glug of Phospho-Soda (actual product name) and more time on the pot.

I have had a headache for over 24 hours, too, damn it, due to lack of food. I am starving--literally at this point--despite the Jell-o and broth. Let's face it: "clear liquids" is not food; it's not even what food eats. It's nothing! Okay? It's like being on the water diet, where all you have is water! It fucking sucks, okay? Okay????

...sorry: low blood glucose levels make me really, really irritable, too.

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