Save The Left-Wing Snowflakes

Just in time for the holidays, the Media Research Center introduces a new charity that people can make donations to.

From the website: “For the price of a pumpkin spice latte per week, you can help these snowflakes find solace in their safe spaces, far away from microaggressions and campus triggers like conservative ideas, facts, logic, or any opposing views.”

If this project succeeds, then perhaps it can be expanded to include a larger population in need of help.

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  • pennywit

    Don’t forget the right-wing snowflakes who also need THEIR safe spaces.

    • Jwb10001

      Did you miss this part?
      ” Some are adopting the language of the left, saying they need a “safe space” to express their opinions — a twist resented by left-leaning protesters”
      I believe there is an Alinski rule for that.

      • pennywit

        I did not miss that part. I’ve despised the “safe space” crap from the left wing. Doesn’t mean I want to see it from the right wing.

        Actually, I wonder how this new definition of “safe space” came about. As I recall, “safe space” used to mean that a person could express his honest opinion without others shouting him down or insulting him personally. “Safe space” meant a place to test ideas against each other without insult. Not a place where people are protected from harmful ideas.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          The “safe space” for speech you speak of is historically referred to as a “public forum” which the left is trying to eliminate on college campuses.

          • pennywit

            I’m also thinking of something called a “classroom.” (And, yes, I know you’re about to snark about something). Incidentally, one of my best undergrad professors was a Marxist, if you can believe it. He actually respected you MORE if you disagreed with him in class.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Classrooms are not “safe spaces” for free speech. If the teacher/professor allows free flowing discussions, great, but he/she’s in charge. At some time, discussion has to stop and teaching must take place. Also, someone’s political diatribe in a math class is inappropriate and should be stopped [unless it’s something like “how many pinheaded progressives does it take to screw in a light bulb?”].

          • pennywit

            Ah. I should have clarified. I should have said “speech related to the topic of the day.”

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I taught First Amendment Rights for about 5 semesters as an adjunct at our local law school back in the early 90s. I could never teach today.
            My first class I would tell the students that if I didn’t insult them and/or their beliefs by the end of the semester, please tell me so I could include them [see, I was inclusive before it was an uncool progressive club].
            My class was rather free-wheeling, but there did come a time when I had to actually teach. Thus, at those times, discussion was shut down.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? Yes, I’m talking about the game the nation will be watching: BROWNS at BUFFULO.
            Everyone will be on the edge of seats as this exciting battle unfolds [especially Rex Ryan who isn’t worried about the cold weather as his seat is exceptionally warm].
            The second most important game is Philly at Baltimore. For perhaps the first time, I’ll be rooting for the Ravens as Cleveland has Philly’s first round pick. Who knows, we may be able to get another Johnny Manziel. YEEEAAAAHHHH [cowbell ringing wildly in the background].
            Where’s Scalia? Oh, that’s right. He’s fixated on Matthew Stafford’s middle finger.

          • pennywit

            Well, today’s a work day because billable hours don’t sleep. I’m hanging out in my Washington Redskins safe space (aka my home office) with work on the computer screen and Redskins radio going on the speakers. It’s the Panthers at Fedex field. Will Kirk Cousins put up record-breaking yardage without throwing a single touchdown? Will the Washington Redskins show up, or will it just be Ryan Kerrigan trying vainly to cover every Panthers player?

            Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are exactly one-half game ahead as the most mediocre of NFL’s mediocre teams fight for wild-card spot. The Skins are no doubt asking themselves the same questions as fans are: “Why couldn’t we have won that game in London?!”

          • pennywit

            Tomorrow night, it’s Skins at Fedex … Grr. Good luck with the browns, Walt.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Good luck means we don’t win any games, I guess.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            By the way, I’ve never regretted a minute of retirement.
            What is the story on Cam Newton. I really thought he’d be gangbusters this year.

          • pennywit

            Don’t know what’s going on with Cam Newton; I haven’t followed the Panthers in years. As far as the Browns go, you’re pretty much in “play for next year” mode now. Do you think Hue Jackson’s going to have a job?

          • Scalia

            Here I am. Stafford’s finger and inclement weather will spell doom for the Lions today. The way things are shaping up, it looks like the NFC North will be decided by the last game of the season when Green Bay visits Detroit. Both teams should be 9-6 (I don’t think the Lions will beat Dallas next week).

            My past experience with the Lions makes me extremely dubious about the rest of the season. Although I have a degree of pessimism, every one of the Lions’ wins this season, except one, has been the result of a 4th quarter comeback. They’re just not solid enough this year to pose as a credible contender. Sigh.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I’d take the Lions over GB at Detroit – you’ve got a new stadium, right? Dome?

          • pennywit

            Here’s something to amuse the both of you while we lament our respective teams.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I will be forwarding to Brown’s coaching staff. Expect to see it against San Diego next week.

          • pennywit

            This comment was brought to you by the numbers 33 and 13 …

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Well, we’ve got one more challenge to our perfect season – San Diego at home next Saturday [I can’t believe we would ruin our season with a win at P-burgh on the last week of the season].
            West Coast Team coming east – Check
            1:00 EST game – Check
            Warm weather team to frigid north – Check
            San Diego has nothing to play for – Check
            Looks like we’ve got our work cut out trying to keep our record clean.
            Will the Grinch spoil our Christmas Eve with a win?

          • Scalia

            Quite a play.

          • Scalia

            Ford Field is a great facility, but Rodgers is playing top-notch down the stretch. The Lions were able to throttle Drew Brees a couple of weeks ago on his home turf, so I’m hopeful the Lions can contain Rodgers enough for the win. Green Bay’s defense is suspect, so it should be a good game regardless who wins.

            For the Lions, after two tough losses to the Giants & Cowboys, they’ll be rabid for a win, but at that point, it will be a moral victory only (if they win). This just isn’t their year for a deep run in the playoffs.

          • Bill_M

            I had one of those too. I really enjoyed wearing my ROTC uniform to class (had ROTC class right afterwards all the way across campus). This was right in the middle of Vietnam too. I even did a talk on bombing Haiphong Harbor and got an A. He was really fair. It was a good class. Wouldn’t try that now; the lefties are really crazy now.

          • pennywit

            It’s not the lefty profs who are crazy these days. It’s the lefty students.

          • jim_m

            It’s both

          • pennywit

            Incidentally, getting back to the “safe spaces” topic, I thought Ken White had a great couple articles about the concept last year.

            Safe Spaces as Shield, Safe Spaces as Sword:

            In short, I support people creating “safe spaces” as a shield by exercising their freedom of association to organize themselves into mutually supporting communities, run according to their own norms. But not everyone imagines “safe spaces” like that. Some use the concept of “safe spaces” as a sword, wielded to annex public spaces and demand that people within those spaces conform to their private norms. That’s not freedom of association. That’s rank thuggery, a sort of ideological manifest destiny.1 It’s the difference between saying “I shouldn’t be forced to go to a talk by this controversial figure” and “this controversial figure should not be allowed to speak at my school.”

            Also, Safe Spaces as Shield, Safe Spaces as Sword, Part II:

            We routinely protect the freedoms of people who scorn freedom: Nazis marching at Skokie, Westboro Baptist Church members protesting at funerals, and other assorted nitwits who dream of an America where their whims are law. That’s the deal. We’re not going to change because some academics and students are thuggish louts. We’re not them. The sentiment “only people we agree with deserve rights” is theirs, not ours.

            Some pretty good stuff, and I mostly agree with Ken White’s writing here.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            As I am almost an absolutist on the 1st Amendment, I agree with about everything Popehat writes on the subject.

            I too have no problem with people freely assembling with whomever they please – just so long as everybody has that right.

            I really wish that leftists would start putting pressure on their college comrades who believe it is their duty to shout down speakers at public events.

          • pennywit

            This is only the second most irritating thing that I’ve seen percolating on the left wing intellectual circuit.

          • Surely “left wing intellectual”

            is second only to “civil servant”

            when it come to oxymorons.

        • Scalia

          Ok, I read your link, and as you appear to agree, the conservative definition of “safe space” is laced with irony to prove a point: Many campus liberals are intolerant of conservative ideas. Given that, I think your objection is misplaced (equivocation is what we call it).

          Asking for a forum wherein all ideas may be expressed without fear of name-calling and other forms of retribution is nowhere near the phobia campus liberals exhibit when exposed to ideas that do no echo their own.

          • pennywit

            TBH, I’m not entirely sure what she’s asking for; the NYT reporter does a horrid job of teasing out what, exactly, Ms. Delekta is after.

          • Scalia

            My reply was not about Ms. Delekta; it was about conservatives, and that is what you referred to with your “right-wing snowflakes” comment. The link seems pretty clear to me:

            Conservative students who voted for Mr. Trump say that even though their candidate won, their views are not respected. Some are adopting the language of the left, saying they need a “safe space” to express their opinions — a twist resented by left-leaning protesters.

            It is clear from that quotation that conservatives are not looking for a place to hide from liberal opinions; they simply want to be able to express their views without being shouted down or physically attacked. That is light years away from what the lefties are looking for.

            EDIT: So, it’s rather clear to me that we’re not talking about “right-wing snowflakes.” It is also clear that we’re analyzing different definitions of the same term. Like I said, equivocation.

          • pennywit

            Ah, good point. I was focused on Ms. Delekta because she was the “face” of the story. Still, I didn’t fumble quite so badly as a Detroit receiver in the end zone …

            Nevertheless, I hope that you do not mind I sent this story off to a couple left-wing friends with the phrase “sauce for the gander … “

          • Scalia

            The Lions took two touchdowns off the board. If they didn’t throw them away, the score would have been 20-17 in their favor. What’s the song Lions’ fans have been singing for decades? “What Could Have Been.”

    • jim_m

      There is a difference between having a place to voice your opinion without being expelled from school and having a safe space to avoid hearing icky ideas that you do not like. You and your lefty friends want the latter. The folks on the right demand the former and are increasingly willing to shove it down your pussy ass throat.

      • pennywit

        I did not miss that part. I’ve despised the “safe space” crap from the left wing. Doesn’t mean I want to see it from the right wing.

        • jim_m

          You are being grossly dishonest. Your lefty friends demand safe spaces which abrogate the civil rights of others. The left demands the near criminalization of conservative ideas and that such ideas are hate speech and other nonsense.

          What the conservative in the article you linked is demanding is a space where they can voice those opinions without being threatened with bodily harm and or administrative sanction from the college they attend. They aren’t asking to be protected from ideas. They want to have a healthy debate.

          Your claiming that they are the same is a disgusting lie and you know damned well that it is.

          • pennywit

            Your lefty friends demand safe spaces which abrogate the civil rights of others. The left demands the near criminalization of conservative ideas and that such ideas are hate speech and other nonsense

            And as I have said I disagree with these “lefty friends” on the “safe spaces” movement. If you have such a hard-on for confronting left-wingers about this, go argue with somebody who actually believes in it. There are plenty of left-wing blogs available. Hop on one of them, and have at it. Tell me which blog you’re going to invade, and I’ll even come along and watch.

            But then again, I don’t think you will do that.

          • jim_m

            My point is not about the left and how much of a bunch of pussies they are. My point is that you are dishonestly making an equivalency here. Now you are dishonestly avoiding having to address that fact.

          • pennywit

            Yes, yes, yes, Jim. You’ve tried and found somebody guilty of something, and now you’re mad that person won’t confess. That’s your standard procedure. I’m not giving you the satisfaction, or anything else. Toddle along now. I’m quite done with you.

          • jim_m

            Pussy. You could simply acknowledge that you made a flase equivalency , but like every other lefty, you are content to lie about something and then once called on it to ignore that fact.

            Truth s meaningless to you and you are obviously perfectly willing to be a purveyor of falsehoods if you think it will help you get your way. You have no concern as to how you get your way, just that you get it. No degree of immorality will stand in your way.

          • jim_m

            It’s starting to look like you are just a Bruce sock puppet.

          • Nope. Brucehemorrhoid can’t keep it together this long…

          • Brucehenry

            But ol’ Jim here is a model of self-control.

          • Brucehenry

            A while back I challenged Jim to comment at OTB, where, as you know, the writers are moderate conservative/libertarian types, but most of the commentariat are pretty liberal. He accepted the challenge — kinda. He adopted a much more mild-mannered and polite persona than the one he uses here. Why it was almost as if he knew how silly he would look outside the through-the-looking-glass world of the Wizbang comment section. After a couple of weeks he lost interest.

            Anyway I admire your patience and forbearance. And your “easygoing” act, too. I could never pull that off. Too easily angered.

          • pennywit

            I have things in my life that demand outrage. A random, unpleasant crank on the Internet isn’t one of them

          • Then why on earth are you replying to one such?

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Rodney, you never fail.

          • Don’t know about that, but I do try…

          • jim_m

            They are not moderate conservative/libertarian types at all. Or at least the commenters are decidedly not, which was your entire point. I found the level of intellect slightly below room temperature and the capacity for argument lacking. Much the same way that I find that in you and your third grade stylings here.

          • Brucehenry

            LOL ok Jim if that’s how you remember it that’s fine.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    You’ll pardon me if I don’t shed a tear in your beer, won’t you?
    The Browns are so pathetic – there’s not enough draft choices in the 2017 draft to get us to the playoffs next year.

    • Scalia

      I was busy with church activities today (as I normally am on Sundays). While in a restaurant, I checked the Detroit Free Press on my phone. They ran an unintentionally misleading headline which gave the impression that the Lions were winning near the end of the game. I was really pumped that I my prediction fell flat and actually entertained the notion that my Lions were better than I thought. You can imagine my letdown when I got home and saw that they actually lost.

      I don’t expect you to shed any tears, but at least the Browns have a more recent NFL championship under their belt…and the Lions have already been through a winless season.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        MayI be extremely nosey and ask what church activities you undertake? Well, I guess I may, the real question is if you’ll answer. Don’t mean to pry into personal matters, just curious.

        • Scalia

          I’m also a theologian, so I do an extensive amount of teaching in addition to my secular responsibilities.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            As usual, I’m impressed. Too bad you’re located in “that state up north,” or I would attend your class[es].

    • pennywit

      Hey, it goes in cycles. For a decade or more, the Cleveland Browns could come to Fedex Field to snicker at the Skins.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Uh, what decade was that? You must be much older than I thought.
        My favorite Redskin was Sonny Jurgensen. I remember him sucking down a smoke while sitting on the bench. Ah, those were the days.
        Sam Huff was pretty good, too. When he was with the Giants, his battles with Jimmy Brown were epic. I hated him as a kid.

        • pennywit

          I’m thinking of the late 1990s to early 2010s. For most of that period, the Washington Redskins had a terrible offense, a terrible defense, an absolutely horrid owner, and embarrassing carousels in the head coach office and at starting QB.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Well, we didn’t start playing again until 1999, and we’ve only had one playoff team since then – 2007 I believe. We haven’t done much snickering since the late 80s, early 90s.

          • pennywit

            Fair enough.

  • pennywit

    I think the Lions are going to make the playoffs. They may fall a place or two in the seeding, but I don’t see them getting shut out.