Bits & Bytes
- Making the Radical Left look moderate--In a debate in the
February 1999 Bloomington Beacon, Pam Freeman, IU-Bloomington
Assistant Dean of Students, advocates hate-crime laws and even promotes a
chilling "law that identifies targeted groups and requires tracking of
such incidents." On the same page, even the director of the gay advocacy
Bloomington Human Rights Commission admits that such Orwellian actions
would violate the 1st and 14th Amendments.
- Pork or beans?--The February 4 Bloomington Independent
has as its cover story an article condemning the proposed I-69 expansion
as a "pork barrel" project. It is strange, however, for the potential
recipients of an alleged wasteful expenditure of federal funds to call it
such. Could it be that the environmental groups resisting I-69 are so
blinded by their eco-religious fervor that they disregard any potential
- It's a mad, mad, mad, mad campus--According to Indiana Daily
Student articles, on February 4 Union Board almost adopted Hoosier Review's idea to donate excess
dorm meal points to the hungry. Instead, the money was going to bring the
AIDS quilt to Bloomington. Meanwhile, OUT (IU's homosexual student union)
collected canned goods (during a hunger strike!) to show support for gay
students at Notre Dame. All we can say is...huh?
- Impeding justice to undermine values--According to the
Associated Press, on February 5 an Ohio Appeals Court overturned the
51-year sentence of a man who raped his fiancee's 8-year-old
daughter because while handing down the sentence, the trial judge
quoted Matthew 18:6, where Jesus strongly warns against harming children.
- They both do their part--Hillary Clinton appeared at a meeting
of population control groups on February 7. Amidst praising U.S.
grassroots groups promoting family planning (read: pro-abortion
activists), she said population control efforts "have come a long way
in the last years." Meanwhile, her husband has been doing his part to
invent sex that isn't actually sex and will not cause pregnancy.