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Armed School Resource Officer Stayed Safely Outside School While Mass Killing Was Underway

A school resource officer who worked at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was on campus at the time of the mass shooting, but did not enter the building to engage the killer—even though the SRO was armed. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel suspended the SRO, 54-year-old Scot Peterson, after watching video footage of Peterson declining to enter […]

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Wellesley College Activists Protested Author Alice Dreger for Being Transphobic, Even Though She’s Not

Alice Dreger, an historian and bioethicist who resigned from Northwestern University after administrators censored her writing, spoke to students at Wellesley College earlier this month. Her visit provoked a sizeable protest from activists who view her as an enemy of the transgender community, even though Dreger’s views are not remotely transphobic. “When you have someone […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Some College Title IX Trials Are Unfair to the Accused

Josh Edelson/ZUMA Press/NewscomSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks colleges and universities are violating the due process rights of students facing sexual misconduct charges. The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Rosen asked the Court’s second-ever female justice for her thoughts on the #MeToo movement. Unsurprisingly, Ginsburg was happy about the increased public attention being paid to the problems […]

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Calling the Cops Every Time a Student Seems Sad, Angry, or Lonely Isn’t Going to Stop Mass Shootings

Monica McGivern Xinhua News Agency/NewscomIt’s easy to prevent future mass shootings: We just need to spend a couple billion dollars hiring more security guards, installing alarm systems, metal detectors, and bulletproof glass, while undertaking a broad cultural shift toward reflexively reporting sad loners to the authorities. That’s the flawed thinking of a number of commentators—ostensibly […]

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Princeton Professor Cancels ‘Hate Speech’ Class After Backlash from Offended Students

Students yelled expletives at Lawrence Rosen during class Robby Soave|Feb. 14, 2018 4:55 pm Patrick NouhaillerRemember the Princeton University professor whose students walked out of class after he used the N-word in order to make an important point about hate speech? The class, “Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography,” is now cancelled for the […]

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Democracy in Chains Author Nancy MacLean Calls Autism a Leading Cause of Libertarianism

Screenshot via Joe Friendly / YoutubeNancy MacLean, the Duke University historian who wrote Democracy in Chains, the deeply conspiratorial and much-criticized biography of public choice economist James Buchanan, told an audience in New York last week that Buchanan and other early leaders of the limited-government movement “seem to be on the autism spectrum.” According to […]

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Students Walk Out on Prof Who Teaches ‘Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography’ for Using the N-Word

Patrick Nouhailler’sYou’d think that students who sign up for a class on “Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography” might have understood what they were getting themselves into. But no, several students in Lawrence Rosen’s Princeton anthropology class walked out last week, and made formal complaints, after Rosen provided examples of supposedly offensive speech. Among […]

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No, President Trump, It’s Not ‘Treasonous’ to Be Chill During the State of Union

Screenshot via CNNDuring a speech at a factory in Ohio on Monday, President Trump called Democratic Congressmen “un-American” for failing to cheer enthusiastically during the State of the Union address last week. He even suggested that their behavior was “treasonous.” “You’re up there, you’ve got half the room going totally crazy, wild, they love everything, […]

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Cops Raid House, Kill 72-Year-Old Woman Who Was Asleep, Woke Up, Tried to Defend Herself with a Pellet Gun

Screenshot via Tulsa WorldPolice officers in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, killed a 72-year-old woman during a raid on her home. According to her 50-year-old son, who was arrested on drug charges during the raid, Geraldine Townsend was sleeping when police entered. She woke up, grabbed a pellet gun, and shot at the cops—and one of the cops […]

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You Are Not Entitled to Bring an Emotional Support Peacock on Your Flight

United Airlines employees recently stopped a passenger from boarding a flight with her emotional support animal in tow, because the animal was a peacock. Good for them—the emotional-support-animal-as-travel-buddy is an annoyance to other passengers, and of dubious therapeutic value, according to the relevant science. “This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, […]

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