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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Being educated, strong, modern women with high profiles.

    The biggest difference is that Michelle is married with children, while Condoleezza is single.
    No, the most significant difference is that Dr. Rice's many and varied accomplishments, talent, and achievements have been accomplished on her own merit rather than because of who she married.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Yet another example in the evidence file that our universities have been taken over by the left. What is it with you leftist and free speech anyway? Why do you try so hard to muzzle any point of view you don't share? One thing though, Condi is one classy lady and showed the kids and profs at Rutgers how to be an adult.

    "Former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice is withdrawing from the Rutgers University commencement ceremony.

    Her invitation by the schoolís board of governors had sparked protests from faculty and students, and now Rice has decided not to speak to avoid creating a distraction.
    In a statement to be released this morning, Rice says,
    Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgersí invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.
    I am honored to have served my country. I have defended Americaís belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as itís former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.
    Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.

    EXCLUSIVE: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement | National Review Online
    Universities have been taken over by the left? R u kidding me?

    The law school at Stanford has John Yoo on the faculty. The left? R u kidding me?

    Yoo is an authoritarian from the Neocons. It was he who rationalized away constitutional concerns. It was he who framed the institutionalization of torture in the US Government.

    Is that right, left, center, or just plain old "barbarian"?

    I think it is good that the younger generation objected to having a war criminal address the students. Who is next? Charles Manson to address the students?

    Gawd. #NoRice sounds great to me, and I don't even tweet.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    So you think Yoo is representative of the rank-and-file in academia?

    If Dr. Rice's appearance was unacceptable to Rutgers, it shouldn't have invited her. But it did. Whether the speaker is someone whose view you approve of or not, Rice's feeling no choice but to back out of the appearance should be an embarrassment to the university. Perhaps in the future, Rutgers won't waste time with speakers from diverse backgrounds and opinions and will simply present a list of potential guests to the few protesting profs and their students for approval. Much simpler and more graceful this way.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    I'll attempt to be consistent here and say that I believe Ms. Rice did the polite and gracious thing by putting the special day of the students ahead of her own ego or desires.

    This is the same position I recommended when a couple of weeks ago there was a thread about the First Lady causing controversy by being a commencement speaker at a highschool and several parents and students objected. It was my advice that she not attend although most Democrats/liberals believed she should speak.

    Either you believe that controversial speakers should not be chosen for such events or you have no problem - it should not be based on your perception of their controversial behaviour or their political affiliation.
    "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley Jr.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    How dare you say Moochelle and Condioleezza Rice in the same breath.
    Classy as always, sawyer.
    Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    IMO, Ms. Rice's withdrawal was, in fact, classy. She yielded to the students' desires.

    On a larger point, the students and university missed out on the kind of opportunities that come with academic freedom. Academic freedom provides students with exposure to differing perspectives under the idea that such exposure helps them sharpen their own analytical and critical thinking capacities. The development of such capacities is stunted when students are exposed only to a narrow range of ideas and are not placed in a perspective of having to consider and weigh differing viewpoints.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    So you think Yoo is representative of the rank-and-file in academia?

    If Dr. Rice's appearance was unacceptable to Rutgers, it shouldn't have invited her. But it did. Whether the speaker is someone whose view you approve of or not, Rice's feeling no choice but to back out of the appearance should be an embarrassment to the university. Perhaps in the future, Rutgers won't waste time with speakers from diverse backgrounds and opinions and will simply present a list of potential guests to the few protesting profs and their students for approval. Much simpler and more graceful this way.
    I certainly hope that Yoo is not representative. But his position on the faculty has been defended by Stanford since he's been there. I am not the only man to understand the criminality of what Yoo did, and people have complained. The administration won't budge, providing insight into its compromised position.

    That the students caused the administration to change its mind is a good thing.

    #NoRice #NoYoo

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Part of free speech that you obviously HATE is that people can protest. Why do you hate free speech so much?
    Those little morons don't even have an idea what they were protesting.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Being educated, strong, modern women with high profiles.

    The biggest difference is that Michelle is married with children, while Condoleezza is single.
    Rice is also a self made woman, not coat tailing on her husbands laurels. ie Hillary. Anyone that would not want her to speak at their school is clearly a narrow minded fool that will do nothing with their lives in the future.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Those little morons don't even have an idea what they were protesting.
    And neither do you obviously.

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