This launches the sometime series of things that I did not know, or was not fully aware of the details.
The censoring of free speech on college campuses is much more pervasive than the lamestream has led us believe. It turns out that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has been keeping tabs on the shenanigans that liberal dominated academe has been practicing. In 2007 FIRE found that three out of four colleges and universities in the land explicitly proscribed students’ and faculties’ First Amendment rights. The situation has gotten better. Today FIRE reports that the 2013 fraction has been reduced to about three out of five. These diktats are all to be interpreted by the accusers who might claim to being offended on account of what they overheard someone say about sex, race, age, religion, national origin, color, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or status of veterans. My question is why stop there when you’re on a roll? Anyway, I didn’t have a clue that such a large majority of campuses were down on free speech which the Constitution guarantees us exactly because it may be offensive to someone else, but not in the ivied halls where enquiring minds are hobbled as they gather to discover and debate.
California’s Cap & Trade law is following the Pelosi Principle to the letter. State Senate president Darrell Steinberg is starting to worry out loud about all the undiscovered effluent that the “quarter baked” legislation is beginning to disgorge. Well, the Democrats did get a glimmer of the crap they had cobbled together when early on they kind of forgot that the passed ‘Global Warmings Solutions Act’ (aka AB32) should really be referred to the ‘California Air Pollution Reduction Act’. Of course, both names are ludicrous.
But the real disaster for the Dems (and the rest of us) was the discovery that AB32 is driving businesses out of the state. During strong denials of the same, the scumbags opened up the carbon credit markets to out-of-state participants that today reach as far as Quebec in order to let the state’s desperate businesses find cheaper avenues for making their mandated protection payments. Now, of course, this means that the state will not get the projected monies for projects having nothing to do with ‘green’ or ‘global warming’ (e.g. high speed rail to nowhere) – we all (save the local leftwing lackeys) knew it would be another slush fund for liberal politicians buying votes. When voters get stupid, they pay through the nose, except when they’re the transferees of transfer payments.
[Added] Reader Greg Goodknight has a considerable opinion piece in today's Union that covers global warming and Common Core among other topics. Hope it's not paywalled.