When I was an undergraduate, a long time ago, I did not join a fraternity. I never quite figured out why I should pay dues to get drunk, when I could get drunk quite nicely on my own, thank you very much. As far as I could tell from my seat in the bleachers, getting drunk and molesting women was what fraternities were all about.
After graduation, I did a year of graduate work at Mr. Jefferson’s University. One of the traditions was for a fraternity to burn a random car in “Mad Bowl” during some campus celebration I forget the name of.
Consequently, I am confident that this will work out as intended.
Also, pigs, wings.
AFAIC, the whole United States “Greek” system should be abolished. Doing so will not expunge evil from this world, but it will end a little bit of institutionalized evil.
Addendum, Later That Same Day:
Greek leaders at San Diego State University have announced that they were suspending all fraternity parties and social functions indefinitely after a weekend that not only involved taunting people protesting sexual assault, but also the seventh sexual assault at a fraternity house since the semester began in September, U-T San Diego reports.
The InterFraternity Council admitted that the fraternity members who pelted participants in Friday’s Take Back the Night protest against sexual assault with eggs and waved dildos at them behaved in a manner that did “not reflect the values of the Greek community at SDSU.”
The fact is that this does, indeed, reflect the “values of the Greek community,” and not just at SDSU.
This has been another episode of watch what they do, not what they say.
I found out when I was a teen-aged boy that “because you can” is not a good reason for doing something.
Erwin Chemerinsky and Samuel Kleiner, both distinguished legal scholars, consider Republican outrage of President Obama’s daring to act as he were President, for Pete’s sake.
The heated Republican rhetoric in response to President Obama’s immigration announcement is unquestionably table-pounding. His opponents have neither the law nor the facts on their side, so they have resorted to name calling and threats.
Remember, Republicans are outraged because hate sells and their base is buying.
Addendum, a Little Bit Later:
PoliticalProf agrees. A snippet from his response to a reader’s question:
Oh, it seems to me that the prosecutor had no desire to bring charges in this case, and so emphasized the parts of the evidence that tended to complicate and/or exonerate the officer’s actions, while de-emphasizing or muddying evidence that worked against the officer.
So no indictment is no surprise.
Show politeness to others, and the politeness shall rebound upon you.
He pulled the hammer back on the gun to emphasize his threat. Later, he tried released the hammer, but the gun fired while Emery had it pointed at his face.
I’m not surprised, just disgusted.
In the South (and St. Louis is “South,” make no mistake), being white has long been all the reason you need to kill a Not White person.
As much as I deride Twitter for debasing discourse (“Twitter discussion” is an oxymoron, with the emphasis on “moron”), John Cole’s tweet pretty much sums it up.
Michael Dearing suggests that tech companies and the government are rewriting the Bill of Rights. Here is his rendering of the current de facto state of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, taken from a presentation by Reed Hundt, “Make No Secrets About It,” November 11, 2014 at Stanford. .
Follow the link; methinks he has a point.
No, I don’t agree with some of the suggestions for a rewritten version, particularly the bit about a right to “secret arms purchases,” but I do think the larger point is worth considering.
Dick Polman asks, “Immigration showdown: Can the GOP keep its zealots under control?”
I submit that that question has already been answered. Not only is the answer, “No,” it is “No, because the zealots are already in control.“
Practice for politeness.
Proctor says Shoemaker was shot in the head Sunday while in a home in an area north of Basye. An adult and a juvenile were shooting targets a few hundred yards from the home on an adjacent property.
The Miami Herald explores the smoke-filled emails of how Republicans gerrymandered Florida. A snippet:
The consultants established a database of lawmakers’ home addresses and overlayed them on some maps. In another case, they considered ways to pack black voters in a Miami-Dade district by creating a district with “some long tentacles to reach out and grab enough black population.”