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Genius California Educator Explains the Arizona Shooting

Posted on January 12 2011 8:00 am
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.
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Another alleged educator, on the payroll of the beleaguered California taxpayer, has weighed in with Solomon-like wisdom on the matter of the Arizona shooting. Although why the chancellor of the University of California, one Robert J. Birgeneau, feels the need to pontificate on the issue remains a mystery. Perhaps his taxpayer-funded use of office time could have been better spent considering how to extricate his campus from the clutches of union-represented professors who are angry at having to wait until age 55 to retire, instead of 50… or the myriad of other problems facing the UC system.

But no, he used his time, office, and taxpayer money to produce this letter, addressed to all members of the campus community at Berkeley, in which he goes on a nasty political rant even while condemning – you guessed it – nasty political rants! Of course, he doesn’t quote any Right-wing “rants” – he just snidely condemns anyone who disagrees with him:

“It calls upon us as an academic community to stop and ponder the climate in which such an act can be contemplated, even by a mind that is profoundly disturbed. A climate in which demonization of others goes unchallenged and hateful speech is tolerated can lead to such a tragedy.”

Well, we all know what he means. He means the same thing that Olbermann, the mainstream media, and opportunistic Leftists all have been saying for the past 72 hours, and of course Birgeneau has just as much evidence of a connection between the shooter and the Right as the rest of them, which is to say none.


What even makes this worth commenting upon is the fact that it is not a partisan politician, a media pundit, or even a so-called objective journalist spewing this nonsense. It is a paid government employee, using his power and position to make statements to those under his authority (employees and students) that are (a) vile in their own hatefulness [IRONY ALERT!] and (b) politically exclusive – in other words, conservatives (or those who disagree with him in any way) are not really welcome at the UC. Oh, and (c): He butts in to another state’s business, which is particularly rich, since California’s in a far bigger craphole than Arizona in just about every way:

“I believe that it is not a coincidence that this calamity has occurred in a state which has legislated discrimination against undocumented persons. This same mean-spirited xenophobia played a major role in the defeat of the Dream Act by legislators in Washington, leaving many exceptionally talented and deserving young people, including our own undocumented students, painfully in limbo with regard to their futures in this country.”

Wait a second. Was that… vitriol? Maybe even… INFLAMMATORY vitriol?!?!

So, “mean-spirited xenophobia” is how the good chancellor labels legitimate concern over immigration issues. Hey, Mr. Chancellor! Tone down that rhetoric, sir! One of your more feeble-minded students (like a gender studies major or something) might be unduly influenced by your climate of hatred!

I hope the taxpayers of California kick up a stink over this blowhard’s abuse of his authority. Oops! I meant, I hope they gently express displeasure.

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