Friday Short Cuts

Publius · Nov. 13, 2015

Observations: “The thousands of other University of Missouri students … could have held a counter-protest against dimwitted fascists cloistered in safe spaces. Where are those student groups? Why was there no pushback from those kids — and really, there was none as far as I can tell, at either Missouri or Yale — against the bullies who want administrators fired for thought crimes? … People are scared. They’re scared to be accused of bigotry or racism, an ugly accusation that is easy to level but impossible to disprove. It’s a lazy but effective method of intimidation.” —David Harsanyi

Even some liberal academics get it: “[Students today] don’t want to hear diverse views on college campuses. … They want complete freedom over their sex lives, over their personal lives, over the use of drugs, but they want mommy and daddy dean and president to please give them a safe place [to] protect them from ideas that may be insensitive. … [Y]ou have to call these things what they are: double standards, hypocrisy, bigotry, McCarthyism, and the fog of fascism is descending quickly over many American universities.” —liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz

Alpha Jackass: “[Ben Carson wrote that] he’s got a pathological temper. That’s a big problem, because you don’t cure that. … As an example, child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that. … How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?” —Donald Trump unloading on his leading rival and insulting Iowa voters at the same time

Not so fast: “They’re not going to be legally binding reduction targets like Kyoto or something.” —John Kerry on the upcoming Paris climate summit (Au contraire, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: “[T]he fact that a certain number of dispositions should have a practical effect and be legally binding is obvious so let’s not confuse things, which is perhaps what Mr. Kerry has done.” French President François Hollande adds, “If the agreement is not legally binding, there is no agreement.”)

Braying Jenny: “I was raised a Republican, but I just can’t imagine supporting a party that doesn’t support women’s basic rights. It’s 2015 and gay people can get married and we think that we’ve come so far, so, yay! But have we?” —actress Jennifer Lawrence

Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton this week has begun telling the story of her attempt to join the Marines in 1975. But the closest she ever came to the Marines was buying a pantsuit at Old Navy.” —Seth Meyers

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