As the media applauded the student protests against guns, most reporters failed to understand the nature of constitutional law and the First Amendment.

Simply put, students who are not 18 years old don’t, for the most part, have many rights under the Constitution during the school day. Schools can ban websites and social media. Cellphone usage can be restricted. Free speech is limited. Moreover, those who participated in the recent protests could be legally disciplined.

But most news organizations used an advisory from the “always-ready-to-help-and-misinform” ACLU promoting the protests rather than digging into the legal issues.

DaTech3.jpgMost journalists cited Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1969 that supported a limited right for students to protest during the Vietnam war. In that case, the court found that students in public schools could wear black arm bands in protest against the war.

The court observed, “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

But the opinion went much further, restricting a number of rights. School administrators could restrict protests if the actions significantly disrupted or interfered with the normal activities during school hours.

Many people, including me, would argue that the anti-gun protests did exactly that.

But many school administrators, toeing the leftist line, decided to use the protest as a “teachable moment.” A few schools in Arizona, Arkansas, and elsewhere followed the essence of the court decisions, saying that the protests were indeed disruptive.

In a dissenting opinion in Tinker, Justice Hugo Black argued that “if the time has come when pupils of state-supported schools, kindergartens, grammar schools, or high schools, can defy and flout orders of school officials to keep their minds on their own schoolwork, it is the beginning of a new revolutionary era of permissiveness in this country fostered by the judiciary.”

 Since the Tinker decision, the courts have been fairly consistent in restricting the rights of high school students. In Bethel School District v. Fraser,  a 1986 case, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a high school student’s speech that included sexual references during a student assembly was not constitutionally protected. In Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, the court ruled that schools have the right to regulate the content of school-sponsored newspapers. In Morse v. Frederick, the court held in 2007 that schools may restrict student speech at a school-sponsored event. Several cases have restricted the display of the Confederate flag in schools.

Somehow the ACLU memo didn’t mention these cases, and journalists, as usual, chose to follow the leftist line rather than dig deeper into the facts of the issue.

A final note: An Iowa journalist wrote an excellent column about rural America, where people blame the shooter rather than the weapon. It made sense to me.



Oddball: for 1.6 million dollars, we could become heroes for three days.

Kelly’s Heroes 1970

Otto Ludwig Piffl: Is Everybody in the whole world Corrupt?

Peripetchikoff: I don’t know everybody

One Two Three 1963

Max Bialystock:  I want that money!

The Producers 1967

We’re written before about how various “fill in the blank” studies majors discover in the real world their degrees are as likely to lead to gainful employment as the Cubs are to win three World Series in the next ten years:

“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in the service industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“

As a general rule there is never a bad time to mock radical feminism but when I woke up Saturday after a horrible Friday and saw the Instalanche on her cry of desperation another emotion hit me.


Not because she’s been teased, but because she’s been taken.

So if you are a person who has foolishly decided to invest a $40K plus a year is a gender studies, black studies, LBGT studies or extraterrestrial tri sexual studies, how are you going to find someone to provide gainful employment?

Why you deploy the for race hustlers on campus

Peter Salovey, the president of Yale, apologized to protesters (“we failed you”) and wrote a campus-wide letter promising to create a new “university center” for the study of “race ethnicity, and other aspects of social identity.” He also pledged to double the budget for the African American, Native American, Asian American, and Hispanic cultural centers, and to devote new resources to “educating our community about race, ethnicity, diversity, and inclusion.”
Not to be outdone, Brown University President Christina Paxson has answered protests by unveiling a $100 million program for creating “a just and inclusive campus community.” Among the budget items: “expand mentoring resources for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first generation college students”; create “workshops” to “foster greater awareness and sensitivity on issues of race,

Colleges, particularly elite colleges have millions upon millions of dollars in endowments and if you are a race hustler in a bad economy YOU WANT THAT MONEY!  And thanks those most useful young student idiots the hustlers are going to get it.

What makes me the most angry about this is that every intelligent person should be able to recognize this “social justice” hustle for the phony scam it so obviously is. Anyone who has read Tom Wolfe’s 1970 classic Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers understands how this bogus game operates and, as Friedrich Hayek so eloquently explained, “social justice” is a mirage. There is no such thing as “social justice,” which is why SJWs Always Lie.

The politics of “Equality” is fundamentally dishonest, because human beings have never been equal at any time in the past, nor is it possible that we will be equal at any time in the future. Activists and politicians who promise to bring about “equality” through social-engineering schemes and so-called “progressive” economic policies are engaging in deceit that begins with the false assumption that every kind of inequality is evidence of injustice.

Now the irony of course is that it’s not the wide eyed sophomores who are going to be told they are making a difference that are going to see this money.  It’s the professional hustlers, the organized “diversity” industry and a few departments that will get their share while they tell those useful idiots how proud they are of them.

If you don’t believe me, then ask yourself how Ferguson “Junk Bond” Missouri is doing these days.


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