We Stand Here

Jyllands-Posten[*1] , the newspaper at the center of the storm over the Mohammed Cartoons, has published a letter from twelve notables:

After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.

The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. It is not a clash of civilisations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats.

Like all totalitarianisms, Islamism is nurtured by fears and frustrations. The hate preachers bet on these feelings in order to form battalions destined to impose a liberticidal and unegalitarian world. But we clearly and firmly state: nothing, not even despair, justifies the choice of obscurantism, totalitarianism and hatred. Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present. Its success can only lead to a world of domination: man’s domination of woman, the Islamists’ domination of all the others. To counter this, we must assure universal rights to oppressed or discriminated people.

We reject « cultural relativism », which consists in accepting that men and women of Muslim culture should be deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secular values in the name of respect for cultures and traditions. We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of “Islamophobia”, an unfortunate concept which confuses criticism of Islam as a religion with stigmatisation of its believers.

We plead for the universality of freedom of expression, so that a critical spirit may be exercised on all continents, against all abuses and all dogmas.

We appeal to democrats and free spirits of all countries that our century should be one of Enlightenment, not of obscurantism.

12 signatures

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Chahla Chafiq
Caroline Fourest
Bernard-Henri Lévy
Irshad Manji
Mehdi Mozaffari
Maryam Namazie
Taslima Nasreen
Salman Rushdie
Antoine Sfeir
Philippe Val
Ibn Warraq

Via Little Green Footballs[*2] and Agora[*3] .

Upgraded . . . Finally!

I’ve spent a lot of yesterday and today trying to update the software here at Medary.com. Would have gone quicker if I could both read and understand instructions. Oh, well, I’m a guy, what can I say.

Intellectual Diversity: DePaul edition

John Ruberry over at Marathonpundit[*1] has a story, featuring what appears to be administrative censorship of a campus newspaper, stifling of conservative student’s protests, AND Ward Churchill. It doesn’t get much better than that. To top it off, David Horowitz’s FrontPage Magazine[*2] is in the middle of it. This would be exactly the kind of intellectual argument which a truly liberal university should encourage. Sadly, it does not seem to be so at DePaul.

As a courtesy to John, Medary.com is pleased to host for him the ad that DePaul wouldn’t run.

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Censorship as a Network Failure

There’s an old saying about the Internet: It treats censorship as a network failure and routes around it.

Here’s my contribution to that routing: the web site BoingBoing[*1] , a blog before weblogs even existed, is being blocked by countries, companies, etc., etc. I think that’s silly. So, I’ll give our friends at BoingBoing a hand with this snippet from their web site:

  • First, we’re publishing a guide to evading the SmartFilter censorware. There are hundreds of ways to defeat these censorware apps, and we’re going to catalog as many of them as possible.
    Link to “BoingBoing’s Guide To Evading Censorware.”
  • Next, we’re compiling a list of SmartFilter’s dumb classifications. Send us your misclassified SmartFilter sites[*3] so we can add them to the list[*2] .
  • Finally, we’re producing a guide to convincing your employer to ditch SmartFilter. It consists of parts one and two above: a list of bad SmartFilter classifications and a list of ways that SmartFilter can be shredded like wet kleenex. Why spend money on bad technology that doesn’t work?

Signed, the BoingBoing team:
– Cory Doctorow
– Mark Frauenfelder
– Xeni Jardin
– David Pescovitz
– John Battelle

My old pals in the network security business are going to hate me for this . . . but it’s just the latent libertarian in me, peeking out from the conservative veneer . . .

The American Restaurant – makes good

Our story ’til now can be found here. We received a response from Mr. Melesse, the General Manager of the American Restaurant in Kansas City . . . as you’ll see, the results were quite acceptable:

February 6, 2006

Thank you for your letters dated November 22, 2005 in which youdescribed a less than satisfactory experience at The American. I amdisappointed that your experience was any thing but satisfactory.

As discussed on the telephone, your input has allowed us to reviewour service timeline and share your experience with the service,culinary and valet team.

Thank you also for your letter dated January 11, 206 please acceptmy sincere apology, I had every intention of writing to you after ourconversation, I have no excuse for not following up on this.

To express my sincerity and encourage you to come back, I amenclosing a dining card for $100.00. Feel free to make arrangementsand share with me your experience next time. I look forward toseeing you soon and many thanks for taking the time to report theservice defect. We will work hard to be worthy of your continuedpatronage.



Solomon Melesse

General Manager

American Restaurant

Coming soon to a University near You

South Dakota narrowly failed to pass the Intellectual Diversity Bill[*1] this past Legislative session.

The issue, however, isn’t going away.

Witness the harassment that Professor Adams[*2] is suffering at UNC Wilmington:

Dear Jonathan (Garthwaite):I am writing to submit my letter of resignation as a regular columnist for your conservative website. My decision comes in response to the following letter, submitted by a professor in my department to all the other professors in my department (myself excluded):

… When Adams puts his place of employment and his job description at the bottom of his (Townhall.com) articles, he is drawing on his professional reputation and the reputation of this university (UNC-Wilmington) to convince readers of his argument. If I was [sic] his employer (Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo), I would interpret the below article (“NOW and THEN”) as sabotage, given the graphic nature of his language and obvious contempt for 4/5 [sic] (it is actually closer to 3/5) of our student population.

Lynne (Snowden).

Snowden’s letter raises a number of points that have been crucial in my retirement decision. The main points are enumerated below:

1. This letter was forwarded to me shortly after I checked my mail in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. In the vicinity of the mailbox, there is a sign reading “Dumb F**k Mountain.” The poster – which shows a picture of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney below the title – was placed there by another professor. Despite the fact that it is actually stapled to the wall of a university building, Snowden has voiced no objections. After all, it’s private speech. But my articles have a by-line (attached by the editor) mentioning my professional affiliation. Therefore, this constitutes “sabotage.” It is unclear whether “sabotage” is merely a tort or, if an actual crime, a felony or a misdemeanor.

2. The second sentence of this missive begins with the words “If I was his employer…” Snowden is not my employer and she never will be my employer. In 2001, she filed a report with the UNCW police alleging that I helped spray tear gas in her office. After the accusations were found to be false, her dreams of becoming my boss were pretty well destroyed. The only real question is whether filing a false felony accusation against a colleague is “sabotage.” I’ll leave that for the chancellor to decide. Given that a) the chancellor is a feminist and b) feminists never condemn fellow feminists, Snowden may well be falsely accusing her colleagues of terrorism for years to come. This is funny, given that she actually teaches a course in counter-terrorism.

3. The suggestion that I have contempt for 4/5 of the student population raises another interesting point. Since women constitute the majority on our campus, it is perplexing to see us continue to treat them like a minority with special services like a “Women’s Resource Center.” After all, they not only outnumber the males but also outperform them in the classroom.

4. Recently, the university Christmas tree was dubbed “offensive” by the administration, which resulted in simply renaming it “the tree.” Now, my columns have been dubbed “graphic.” Well, what about the phrase “Dumb F**k Mountain”? Isn’t that a graphic and offensive phrase? And what exactly is “Dumb F**k Mountain”? Is it the place where they recruit college administrators? Or is it where they train people to teach “counterterrorism”?

So, Jon, you can see why I’ve decided to call it quits. These hypocritical university leftists are just too easy for me to handle. Since none present a remotely interesting challenge to me intellectually, I must simply move on to greater challenges. That is why effective March 1st of the year 2016, I am retiring as a columnist for your website.

Between now and my official retirement date in ten years, I will write no more than 1000 columns mocking university feminists, administrators, and assorted leftist screwballs. If anyone has a problem with that, there is no part of my backside I do not cordially invite them to kiss.

In the meantime, enjoy the latest addition to the Adams arsenal by clicking here[*3] . It was funded by the graphic hypocrisy of my would-be saboteurs and the generous contributions of my loyal readers.

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is a regular columnist for Townhall.com.

Well, you see, Mike, intellectual diversity is only for leftists.

Please report to Room 101. You are to be re-named Winston[*4] . Mr. O’Brien will see you now.

War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.

But, in case wrongthink suits your fancy, here’s Dr. Adams’ web site[*5] .

D-I Independents and Newbies Summary

Here is the current pool of new NCAA Division I schools which are available for conferences in need of members (if any) (GWFC = Great West Football Conference[*1] ; UBC = United Basketball Conference[*2] , a scheduling agreement beginning play in 2006-07):

Current Full D-I Independents
IPFW (no football/Independent(UBC))
Savannah State (football/Independent)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (accepted to Southland-all sports)
Texas-Pan American (no football/Independent (UBC))

Class of ’07
UC Davis (GWFC/Big West)
Longwood (No football/Independent)
Northern Colorado (Big Sky-all sports)

Class of ’08
North Dakota State (GWFC/Independent(UBC))
South Dakota State (GWFC/Independent(UBC))

Class of ’09
New Jersey Institute of Technology (No football/Independent(UBC))
Kennesaw State (No football/Atlantic Sun)
North Florida (No football/Atlantic Sun)
Utah Valley State (No football/Independent(UBC))

Class of ’10
Central Arkansas (Southland-all sports)
Cal State Bakersfield (Independent)
Winston-Salem State (Independent)

Announced move (but haven’t turned in NCAA paperwork yet)
Florida Gulf Coast[*3]
North Carolina Central[*4]

Announced studies of D-I (Possible Class of ’11)
Francis Marion[*5]
North Dakota[*6]
Presbyterian (need link)
South Carolina-Upstate[*7]
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville[*8]

Rumored to be looking at D-I (i.e. no announced study)
St. Cloud State (need link)
Northern Kentucky (need link)

NOT going D-I (with link to announcement)
North Alabama[*9]
South Dakota[*10]