This week Ohio State joined the long list of Universities whose special snowflakes, apparently having learned all of the lessons that they paid thousands to get at their University, take over areas of the school and submit lists of demands to their college president.

However, unlike other universities, Ohio State remembered who actually has the authority on campus:

Eventually, Ohio State senior vice president for administration Jay Kasey appeared to inform the radicals that the time had come to decamp from the taxpayer-funded building.

Protesters asked what Kasey would happen if they chose to stay.

“Our police officers will physically pick you up and take you to a paddy wagon, and take you to be arrested,” he explained.
“If you are here at five o’clock, our current philosophy is we are going to take you out — escort you out of the building and arrest you. You will be discharged from school also.”

Kasey then confirmed to a demonstrator’s query that “discharged” means expelled.

Amazingly once the students discovered there were actually going to be held responsible for their actions as if they were adults, their attitude changed completely.

Now if the students had been smart they would have gone out and do what the left always done, give a call to Protesters are US:

Crowds on Demand, he says, serves several clients a week, sometimes a day — most in L.A., San Francisco, and New York but an increasing number in smaller cities like Nashville, Charlotte, and Minneapolis…$10,000 for a weeklong political demonstration; $25,000 to $50,000 for a prolonged campaign of protests. According to Adam, protests have become the company’s growth sector, and just as with advertising, repeat impressions are key. “When the targets of our actions see that we’re going to be back, day after day, they get really scared,” he says. “We’re in it for the long haul, and the problem’s not going to go away on its own.”

After since Crowdsource employees are not actually students threats of expulsion won’t be effective and as they are paid to protest presumably the risk of arrest and the costs would be covered in their hiring price.

And they’d still get plenty of media

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Illinois BlagoBy John Ruberry

Another politician has shamed the Land of Lincoln.

Prosecutors in the bank fraud case against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert filed documents late Friday outlining his sexual abuse of four male students while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in rural northern Illinois.

One of the victims collected over $1 million in hush money from the longest-serving Republican speaker in history, and it was Hastert’s shifting explanations for his cash bank withdrawals that led to his indictment last year. Hastert pleaded guilty last fall and he’s awaiting sentencing.

Among the revelations from the filing is that the coach sat in a La-Z-Boy chair while watching his wrestlers shower.

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So many Illinois pols have disgraced Illinois. I’ll name just a few.

In 1856 Governor Joel Matteson discovered unredeemed scrip that was used to pay Illinois & Michigan Canal contractors when the state ran out of cash after the Panic of 1837. He cashed that scrip.

Len Small was governor for most of the 1920s. He was indicted in 1924 for embezzlement and money-laundering charges that dated back to his time as state treasurer. Small was found not guilty but eight of the jurors on his trial later received state jobs. He was accused of selling pardons too.

While Small was governor Chicago Mayor William Hale Thompson was essentially the political arm of Al Capone.

Other Prairie State governors who went to prison include Otto Kerner, who was convicted on mail fraud charges related to the illegal gift of racetrack stock, George Ryan, who ran a scandal-plagued office during his two terms as secretary of state, and Rod Blagojevich, who attempted to shake down a children’s hospital and tried to sell a US Senate seat, among other things.

Another secretary of state, Paul Powell, directed Illinoisans writing checks for license plate or driver’s license renewals to make the checks out to him, not the secretary of state’s office. What could go wrong with that? Powell died in office in 1970 and a few days after his passing over $800,000 in cash was found in his Springfield hotel room, including some in a shoe box.

US Rep. Mel Reynolds of Chicago didn’t even serve a full term in Washington but he still found himself in legal trouble in the 1990s for sexual assault, child pornography, and bank fraud. His prison sentence was commuted in one of Bill Clinton’s midnight pardons of 2001.

Reynolds is in legal trouble again for alleging not filing income taxes.

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Some of these “public servants” were Republicans. Some were Democrats.

And roughly once every 18 months a Chicago alderman is convicted of a crime. Sandi Jackson of the 7th Ward, wife of fellow jailbird US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is only the latest one.

John Ruberry, a lifelong Illinois resident, writes the Marathon Pundit blog.

By now you have seen plenty of spin on Amoris Laetitia from journalists, from pundits all telling you that this is all about either the Pope advancing their values or in the case of a few betraying the church.

It’s why I said this on day 1:

It brings to mind Laudato Si where our friends on the left who constantly praise it conveniently ignore huge chunks of it that they despise.

So my plan was, in the interest of making sure you know the truth so it can set you free from media spin, let me, once again, give you a few paragraphs from this papal document that the media might want you to forget.

However when I cut and pasted the paragraphs I found significant as I read them in the end they totaled over 16,000 words.

That’s a bit much for a single post so here is what we are going to do.

I’m going to give you some general impressions of the document in this post and then in a series of MANY posts over the next couple of weeks (or months) go through these specific paragraphs in some detail.

So here goes:

My first thought on reading this to the end was: What was all the fuss about?

The document is basically a “how to” guide on marriage and family for people thinking of getting married, for married couples and for clergy. It’s remarkably detailed and gives solid advice all around.

While this is a document for all it’s very clear the primary audience is the faithful.

For people considering marriage the advice given here stresses preparation and realistic expectations both in terms of the benefits of marriages and what to expect.

For married couples it’s about keeping those expectations realistic as life goes on, as you age and as troubles keep up.

For clergy the advice is GET INVOLVED from day one and stay involved.

In all of these cases prayer is stressed keeping the eye on God and following the example of Christ.

The section that struck me the most was on Paul’s statement on Love in 1 Corinthians 13 detailing every single statement and how it applies to a couple. If there is only one section that everyone need to read, that’s it.

I was struck by how many times Adam & Eve are mentioned in this piece. We keep hearing how they are not considered real. Don’t try to tell that to this Pope.

The only thing the media seems to care about concerning this document is the small section on “irregular” relationships, the advice given to clergy here is not only NOT in contradiction to church teaching but is, for the most part, common sense. It comes down to this:

Find ground to work on and inch them toward the right direction as best you can while doing the best you can for any children who are not responsible for any irregular situation.

It’s sort of the reverse of what the Screwtape letters says: trying to create the cumulative effect of edging the man out of the nothing and toward the light.

Pope Francis highlights the observations of Bishops from several lands in the piece, they bring solid observations to the table.

The biggest problem I can see here is that while the advice for clergy is pretty good, I just don’t see how they’re going to make the time to do all that is suggested here given that, at least in the US their workload is already incredible.

The media spin on this is for the most part laughable and seems to come from their complete ignorance on what the church actually teaches and what the catechism says. It’s as if every single thing they know about the church is a parody, like it came from a George Carlin sketch.

I have absolutely no doubt that there will be some liberal catholics who will attempt to spin this, particular the parts about discernment by clergy in situation as a green light to legitimize sin. From my reading this is patently dishonest and dishonorable.

To my fellow conservative Catholics  I repeat my advice from the top read the document yourself, if you do unless you’ve got Francis on the brain you’ll find that all your fears about this document were wildly overblown.  That’s not to say there aren’t some who would have liked to make all your fears come true, but all they got from this document were crumbs.

This is a long read, if you want to understand it you’ll need to take the time to take it all in, but you’ll be glad, and well-informed if you do.

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