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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wait, what?

John Edwards takes an individual rights view of the Second Amendment? Not that I would ever vote for the guy, and I'm sure there's a ton and a half of hedging going on in his mind as he says it, but still, interesting.


Meanwhile, over in St. Paul...

Hamline University suspends a student for advocating concealed carry on campus. The university wants him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. I think their real concern should be getting him into a composition class. With a tact chaser.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Guns, Human Rights, and the Second Amendment

David E. Petzal, Field & Stream's Gun Nut, passes along a message from Fred Thompson's campaign on the U.N.'s Sub-Commission on Human Rights and their disregard for a right to self-defense. This is definitely the first time I've seen a presidential candidate/campaign cite Hugo Grotius, so it's worth reading just for that. This is where I insert a teaser:

"There is another disturbing aspect to this call for international global gun control. Throughout modern history, the forced disarmament of people by its government has often been accompanied or followed by that government’s commission of often massive human rights abuses. In fact, no genocide in the 20th century occurred when the victim population still possessed small arms, legally or illegally, with which to defend themselves.

So now the UN wants to disarm civilians? Where was the UN when the massacres in Rwanda occurred? What did the UN do to protect the victims of ethnic massacres in Bosnia? Disarming civilians under the guise of international human rights law will only lead to more such genocides by ensuring that civilians can never defend themselves! It would be funny if it weren’t so perverse. "


Thursday, October 25, 2007

I probably shouldn't give him the (insignificant) bump in traffic, but

I just have a feeling that this chap and I see the world in completely different ways.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Thanks Guy I Don't Know

Some guy named Stephen Landsburg takes to the pages of Slate to explain what far too many people fail to grasp: climate change is not a single question but several. Not sure that I agree with the way he frames the questions, his choice of questions, or the number of questions (why 6 and not 10), but it is a start.


Indoctrinate U

Our friends from the Minnesota Association of Scholars are hosting the midwest premiere of Evan Coyne Maloney's new documentary Indoctrinate U, which chronicles efforts across the country to force students to accept politically correct ideas or risk humiliation in class, even failing grades.

U of M School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Ken Doyle is the president of MAS. “We can’t say yet how big a problem educational indoctrination is in Minnesota,” says Doyle, “but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that there are at least pockets of the problem on many campuses.”

“The idea is not to interfere with professors’ freedom of speech, but to urge them to make sure students, especially undergraduates, are exposed to the full range of views,” Doyle emphasized.

“We want students to insist on hearing all sides of issues,” Doyle says. “We want them to insist on intellectual diversity.”

“A terrific must-see!” National Review
“Alarming and funny.” The New York Post
“A gripping hour and a half,.”

Where? Oak Street Cinema, Oak Street at Washington, East Edge of UM Minneapolis Campus.

When? Last week of October. Friday October 26 through Thursday November 1

Friday 7:15 only, no Matinee.

Saturday/Sunday 7:15, with a 5:15 Matinee each day

Monday through Thursday 7:15 and 9:15, with 5:15 Matinees Tuesday & Wednesday

How Much? Evenings: Adults $8, Students $5. Matinees: Adults $6, Students $4.

What Else? Grand Opening Meet-the-Producer Gala 5:15 Friday evening, UM McNemara Center, d’Amico-catered Dinner/Film $50. For Gala reservations please phone 612.624.5341.

For more info on the film visit


Friday, October 12, 2007

Not Surprising.

Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize. He joins such illustrious past winners as Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, and Rigoberta Menchu .


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Presidential Debates and the Line Item Veto

Federalist Society founder Prof. Steven Calabresi weighs in here.

A sample:

"The U.S. Constitution lays out a very specific process by which laws are to be made in this country. They must be passed by the two houses of Congress and presented to the president for him to sign or veto. For 200 years everyone has understood that the president must either sign or veto the laws presented to him — he cannot accept them in part and reject them in part. The language of the Constitution is very clear on this point, and it is different from the language in many State constitutions which explicitly give their governors a line-item-veto power."


Sunday, October 07, 2007