… your hair and your clothes, everything is just right:
Back in April, Vice-President Biden visited the University
Near Here to announce the Bold New Steps the Federal Government was
taking to ensure women would be safe and secure in the nation's
institutions of higher education, and the Education Department's "Office
for Civil Rights" (OCR)
would be leading the charge. Now, people are finally getting
around to noticing what that implies. For example, Michael
What the seemingly misnamed Office of Civil Rights is doing here is demanding the setting up of kangaroo courts and the dispensing of what I would call marsupial justice against students who are disfavored by campus denizens because of their gender or race or political attitude. "Alice in Wonderland's" Red Queen would approve.
committee of the "District Party
Secretariat" would also provide a thumbs-up.
Also commenting on things is Robert
Stacy "Other" McCain, who provides the backstory for the OCR's
insistence that schools prosecute these matters using a "preponderance
of evidence" rule:
This Department of Education letter -- a seeming threat to deploy Federal Flirting Police -- was, in fact, a belated reaction to last October's incident at Yale University, where fraternity pledges undergoing initiation were made to chant rude things about rape. The offensive fraternity (of which both President Bushes are alumni) was suspended for five years, but not before the feds announced an investigation of Yale. And part of the government's response was to issue this 19-page letter (sent to all universities) imposing the "preponderance of evidence" rule.
Steele Gordon takes special notice of campus guidelines
that consider "humor and jokes about sex in general that make someone feel
uncomfortable" or "elevator eyes" to be verboten.
In other words, if everyone laughs, it's a joke. If one person does not, it's a crime. It's a good thing that standard isn't countrywide or the jails would be full of standup comedians. I confess to having no idea what "elevator eyes" might be, but at my age I'd undoubtedly be flattered by them.At my age, I'd forgotten what elevator eyes are, but eventually got around to remembering that old Temptations song, linked above.
Given recent headlines, it
would seem that Your Federal Government might want to
clean up its own act before micromanaging colleges' judicial
procedures. But a student would do well to memorize Congressman
Hastings' response to a questioner:
"It would be impossible for me in a paragraph or a page or two or a tome or volumes one and two to help you understand the dynamics of these events. I'll leave it at that."
And it's not just college students and
Congresscritters that have problems with the
whole concept, but also DOD employees: