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Those Crazy Kids at Dartmouth!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:51 am

With their wacky insinuations about possible violence:

We, the Concerned Asian, Black, Latin@, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College, seek to eradicate systems of oppression as they affect marginalized communities on this campus. These systems–which include racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism–are deployed at Dartmouth and beyond as forms of institutional violence. We demand that Dartmouth challenge these systems by redistributing power and resources in a way that is radically equitable. We believe that dialogue and resistance are both legitimate and necessary ways of disturbing the status quo and forcing parties to deal with the roots of the issues.

By March 24, 2014 (the first day of the 2014 Spring Term), the Dartmouth administration needs to publicly respond to each item raised on this document with its exact commitment to each one of its demands. We also request that, by that day, a timetable and point people are designated for the above commitments. Finally, items that require funds will have a monetary commitment in the 2014-2015 fiscal budget. If the Dartmouth administration does not respond by the indicated time, those who believe in freedom will be forced to physical action.

We, the sensible people of the world, declare that we will ignore whiny demands from entitled grievance-mongers such as yourselves, and that if you take any physical action that violates the law, we will contact the police and press charges.

Oh, one more thing: we, the sensible people of the world, are not in charge at Dartmouth. Those folks will cave.

This is what universities teach kids these days. I have a child entering high school next year and have already begun to warn her about what she will face in college. In Russia, you oppress minorities, in United States, minorities oppress YOU! What a country! /Yakov Smirnoff

Thanks to Dana (I think nk noted this in comments as well).

121 Responses to “Those Crazy Kids at Dartmouth!”

  1. It was JVW. I just responded to his link.

    nk (dbc370)

  2. I think it is highly likely the original is trolling. This is someone on our side of the fence mimicking liberal tropes, and not trying very well to hide it.

    Republishing it as sincere seems misguided without more. Maybe I missed something, though.

    JRM (de6363)

  3. Oho! I wonder if this has anything to do with it:

    What’s interesting here is this quote in the above link:

    “…Dartmouth canceled classes one day last April after some students were targeted by online threats following a protest against homophobia, sexual assault and racism disrupted an on-campus event. In place of the classes, the college held speeches and teach-ins designed to foster debate that promotes respect and civil discourse….”

    As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  4. When Samuel L. Jackson was in college he held an administrator hostage until he his demands were met. And we admire him today because he ad-libs the word motherf*cker a lot.

    CrustyB (5a646c)

  5. It grows ever more difficult to know the difference without clear labeling, JRM. I hate to sound like a broken record, but the phrase “beyond parody” was coined for a reason, after all.

    PCachu (e072b7)

  6. At Dartmouth, I would be inclined to look out for hoax behavior, as was seen at Columbia, Vassar, Pomona, and such.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  7. More information:

    Trust me, the language and approach is familiar to everyone in academia.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  8. I do have an expectation that kiddo will be bright enuf to gain entry to Dartmouth.

    For her ego wall.

    I have no idea what a live option might be at that future date.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  9. Okay, this is from the Onion, right?

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  10. If my daughter still wants to be a cheerleader pom-pom girl (she’s more of a dancer than a gymnast), I guess she can go to Dartmouth if she wants to. Her mother and I have our sights set on U of C (sports medicine not sports) but maybe we are being too bourgeois.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. I want to see the “differently abled” attacking somebody. Run over with a wheelchair ?

    MikeK (cd7278)

  12. Recently, the University of Michigan met some of the demands of black students who promised “physical action” if their grievances were not met. I guess these Dartmouth students were taking notes.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  13. 10. While her mom was HS salutatorian the squirt seems to have inherited dad’s diligence. It’s early but I don’t see the grades for U of C.

    Sides, they need to relocate before mom would let her.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  14. Whatever you want her to do for a career she will, at least initially, go in another direction, nk. You can almost count on it. Not for spite but just to demonstrate her independence from the parental units. So son’t push her too hard and give yourself away.

    elissa (06f6f8)

  15. Moral of the story. If you are willing to threaten the use of force you will win. Unless somebody else is willing to respond in kind.

    Glenn (647d76)

  16. You already have a doctor in the family, nk, so she may be open to a medical career or to a legal one like yours. Many of the twenty-somethings my son knows ultimately gravitated to careers that were familiar, even if they initially rebelled.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  17. I am always happy to give unsolicited advice to older fathers of girls because I was one of those daughters. And, oh, I was a major daddy’s girl, too.

    elissa (06f6f8)

  18. gary,

    Apparently it’s not as meaningful for girl children as for boys, but you were right to marry a smart woman.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  19. Sounds like those students have really learned their negotiating tactics from terrorists.

    DejectedHead (a094a6)

  20. Interesting links, Simon Jester. Wouldn’t it be amazing if this did start as a hoax — but it was taken seriously because this is the kind of thing universities and students are conditioned to respond to and expect?

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  21. I bet this isn’t a hoax. The document is too long and detailed for a hoaxer to just conjure up (it’s possible, but unlikely). Plus, if anyone saw the video of the school board melt down at UC Berkley (I think it was) over the failed measure to cut financial ties with the state of Israel, this is how people REALLY DO feel.

    DejectedHead (a094a6)

  22. How dare they stereotype young black men as thugs.

    Peter (371d15)

  23. I am always happy to give unsolicited advice to older fathers of girls because I was one of those daughters. And, oh, I was a major daddy’s girl, too.

    Comment by elissa (06f6f8)

    How old was your dad when you were born? I ask because I had twin daughters (now 1.5) when I was 45.

    Mitch (341ca0)

  24. “but you were right to marry a smart woman.”

    DRJ, maybe it’s like racehorses where the heart size is inherited on the X chromosome.

    A necropsy revealed his heart was significantly larger than that of an ordinary horse.[32] An extremely large heart is a trait that occasionally occurs in Thoroughbreds, linked to a genetic condition passed down via the dam line, known as the “x-factor”.[32][34][35][36] The x-factor can be traced to the historic racehorse Eclipse, which was necropsied after his death in 1789. Because Eclipse’s heart appeared to be much larger than other horses, it was weighed, and found to be 14 pounds (6.4 kg), almost twice the normal weight. Eclipse is believed to have passed the trait on via his daughters, and pedigree research verified that Secretariat traces in his dam line to a daughter of Eclipse.

    MikeK (cd7278)

  25. DRJ, I would e-mail some of my own horrific campus observations, but it would depress you. Ditto you, Patterico. I have a boy starting high school next year, and already he is butting heads with teachers over PC issues. I tried very hard not to push my ideology (“squish” as I supposedly am), but some of it soaked through. I should take it as a compliment, I know, though I worry for my sons a lot.

    Suffice it to say that the language in the Dartmouth document is entirely consistent with “oikophobic” rhetoric on campus—the championing of things other than “accepted” social structure and norms with an almost romantic exuberance and dismissal with fury of differing points of view. Because it’s not about expanding acceptance, which is an admirable goal, but judging and attacking and destroying prior standards, with a vehemence that I can only ascribe to “Daddy hatred”

    Oikophobia is the correct term, in my experience. It’s not simply “ethnocentricity.” Look at how the goal posts move. Anyway, a nice summary of oikophobia, if folks haven’t read it.

    Well, my classicist electronic friend nk may differ on the terminology, but the “take home lesson” remains the same.

    It reminds me very much of Tom Wolfe’s ‘Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers” tale.

    I believe it is all quite intentional.

    And the issue of hoax actions is serious, and occurs quite often. When caught, the hoaxers simply say they are trying to “raise awareness in the name of the powerless.” Um. Not so much.

    Anyway, it’s a sad topic.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  26. We try not to push her. It’s not necessary. She’s very bright and very good-natured. She likes being a star student. She was upset that she had one B+ and did not make the straight A Honor Roll last semester. She reads a ton, always did. She asked for a clarinet and violin on her own, on top of piano and voice. I wish I could show you her singing “I Knew You Were Trouble” on the stage in fifth grade. She sings it better than Taylor Swift. She did the mix for the accompaniment on her computer with something called “Garage Band(?)”. She really is bright, she grasps things, you don’t have to pound it into her head.

    She and I, one evening, came across the “Asian grading scale” on the internet; she liked it; and we adopted it as a running joke (because she’s fine with it):
    B=Below Average
    C=Can’t Have Dinner
    D=Don’t Come Home
    F=Find Another Family

    Tell me when to stop. I can talk about her all day if you want to pack a lunch.

    nk (dbc370)

  27. Oh, and as the husband of a very smart woman indeed, I agree, DRJ. The smartest thing I ever did is say “yes” when she asked me to marry her.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  28. He was the big 50, Mitch. He was a great dad- mature, stable, smart, curious, and found opportunities for us to spend time together. Not every little girl goes to the lumber mill, the hardware store, the chick hatchery, the back of the auto repair shop, and baseball games. He snuck me Hershey bars when mom wasn’t looking, too.

    I had a great mom, too. Don’t mean to slight her.

    elissa (06f6f8)

  29. OK, I’ll bite: wtf is “Latin@”

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  30. Poe’s Law states it is impossible to distinguish between statements of a particularly strident ideology and satire. This qualifies.

    Roscoe (15d927)

  31. Note from the future

    “These big name schools need to open there doors to all peoples, not just the brite kids. Thinkism is the most terrible thing if your dumb!

    Until Dartmouth has an admission lottery to replace there discrimeration, we are going too invade with an army of the differently-abled usselves.”

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  32. That’s one of the best things (of comedy) I’ve ever read. It’s hilarious when taken in appropriate context: written by a bunch of – supposedly – educated people but in actuality, a big group of whiners.

    Add to it spelling woman (or women) as “womyn” because, apparently, having the letters M.A.N. in that order is just bad.

    I love this letter. It’s my new favorite go to place for a good, hearty laugh. Keep up the good work you fools.

    Ryan (8243d6)

  33. Comment by MikeK (cd7278) — 2/28/2014 @ 8:45 am

    Those foot-rests can do some damage to an ankle if you swing the chair just right.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  34. Students threatening violence….

    I have only two words of advice:


    askeptic (2bb434)

  35. askeptic–do you think these young people even have any understanding of Kent State? Why, you’d need to attend a boring non agenda-ized American History class for that!

    elissa (06f6f8)

  36. 18. It is good our young’n hasn’t every exceptional characteristic. Straight knees are good, thick hair with an auburn hue is good too.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  37. Is American History even a pre-requisite for college admission these days – or any non-studies history class?

    askeptic (2bb434)

  38. Speaking of Kent State, sort of,
    a few years ago a grad student did a look-back documentary on the bombing of Sterling Hall on the UW-Madison campus in 1970 (which killed a grad student working late).

    His/their moral of the story? It was the fault of the university administration for not giving in to student demands to kick the ROTC and Army Math Research Center off campus.
    It provoked another instance of an inappropriate use of the word “incredible” by me.

    I’m sure it is real, many if not all of the PowerLine guys are Dartmouth alumni and they keep on top of the news of their sliding into PC oblivion university, and as linked above, they were already on top of this.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  39. Hillsdale College in Michigan is not PC-ized.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  40. If I were dean
    I’d wipe ass with their demands
    send back parcel post

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  41. If it’s not a hoax, the only thing that I can say for the Concerned Asian, Black, Latin, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College is, rock on!

    There’s no threat quite like an empty threat.

    The Dana waiting for the news clips (3e4784)

  42. nip this in teh bud
    “shoulda been done long ago”
    pampered little pricks

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  43. Kevin M 29:

    Apparently Latin@ is the modern gender-neutral alternative to Latina or Latino. Anyone who has studied Spanish knows it isn’t a gender-neutral language at all.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  44. just educate ’em
    show ’em where teh Pampers is
    kick ass and take names

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  45. Yes, Col., they need a little “brogan reasoning”.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  46. #40… so mad, off my game

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  47. Remember how this young generation was supposed to be so uber-enlightened about racial issues? They grew up in the Age of Diversity and all that, so naturally they would be perfectly post-racial. Sort of like that guy who was elected President to heal the racial breach. How’s all that working out for us?

    JVW (709bc7)

  48. I was pretty sure this was a hoax too, but if you read the updates on the link to Powerline (run by Dartmouth alums, by the way) that Simon Jeter provided you will note that the Dartmouth student newspaper is reporting on a live campus community meeting held the other night at which some of the attendees claimed to be part of the group that drafted the letter. Note too that a Dartmouth administrator naturally sat there mute the whole evening. Unless this is a very well-crafted and involved hoax, I am inclined to believe this is the real deal.

    JVW (709bc7)

  49. Colonel, you just missed the article “the”:

    If I were the dean
    I’d wipe ass with their demands
    send back parcel post

    You’re welcome. 🙂

    The sympathetic Dana (3e4784)

  50. If this isn’t really a hoax
    Then we know these students are dopes!
    They don’t have the balls
    To burn down the halls
    So they toke in their dorms with the mopes.

    The Limerick Avenger (3e4784)

  51. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. Go away before I taunt you a second time.

    That is the only sane response I can come up with for the original demands. That probably makes be racially insensitive, but hey, I’m a French Ka-nig-it.

    mer (2d74b6)

  52. Thank you avenge… er, Dana

    mares eat oats and does eat oats
    and little pricks go Ivy
    these kids should be put in a zoo
    wouldn’t you?

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  53. mercy mercy me
    they make me wanna holler
    throw up on my hands

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  54. Dean: Chancellor, the students are revolting!
    Chancellor: They certainly are, Dean, they certainly are.

    nk (dbc370)

  55. Notice the ethnicity/race that was left out?

    jakee308 (e940d5)

  56. If these kids threatening violence chew a pop-tart into the shape of a Rorschach inkblot test in which a teacher can see a gun, they’ll be in real trouble.

    Or, if they wear a US flag T-shirt.

    And, hoo boy, if they wear the T-shirt while chewing pop-tarts into suspicious shapes then they’ll really have gone too far.

    But as it stands now they’re just deep-thinking idealists.

    Steve57 (a7ff60)

  57. Of course, these people can’t be considered true intellectuals until they start wearing giant vagina costumes.

    Bring your Vagina to the RNC

    Eve Ensler famously said: “My vagina’s furious and it needs to talk.” Our vaginas need to talk, too. They need to talk about the way women’s rights are threatened worldwide–from anti-choice legislation to inappropriate rape jokes to economic inequality to war and occupation overseas that disproportionately affect women’s lives..

    Join CODEPINK and V-Day to bring your vagina to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL August 27-30!

    Together, we will bring our resilient, creative, powerful vaginas to Republican fundraisers and to the convention hall. We’ll also take part in the Coalition March on the RNC and other peace and justice actions. – See more at:

    Nothing says “gravitas” so much as an enormous talking vagina. “Wow,” I sez to myself, “you must have really put a lot of thought into this.”

    As an aside, I believe it was Eve Ensler’s furious, creative, resilient, and powerful vagina that decreed you can’t wear a US flag T-shirt on campus because someone might be offended.

    Steve57 (a7ff60)

  58. Mr 308 asked:

    Notice the ethnicity/race that was left out?

    Die Herrenrasse?

    The German Dana (3e4784)

  59. They only want to right what is wrong
    For which they’ve waited too long!
    Down with the norms!
    They yell from their dorms
    Now please, pass me the bong.

    The Limerick Avenger (3e4784)

  60. Tuition, room and board at Dartmouth are $60,201 for the 2013-2014 school year. My guess is that many of the Concerned Asian, Black, Latin@, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College are not exactly from poor families, and are children of the elites who are looking to become the next generation of elites themselves.

    Alas! It seems that their elite parents were unable to pass along the intelligence genes which put them in the upper class, and their $60,201 might just as well have been flushed down the toilet.

    The Dana who looked it up (3e4784)

  61. 60. …Alas! It seems that their elite parents were unable to pass along the intelligence genes which put them in the upper class, and their $60,201 might just as well have been flushed down the toilet.

    Comment by The Dana who looked it up (3e4784) — 2/28/2014 @ 12:49 pm

    I’m thinking of looking up the names of the students who belong to this group so I can write their parents to inform them they’d have been better served spending all that money on strippers or hookers than on their own kids.

    Of course, it’s probably more likely that these kids aren’t even being (fully) supported by their parents but have taken on crushing debt to finance this edumacation. So then, after wasting money on Dartmouth or whatever passed for a prep school prior to shipping the little commie off to the Ivy league, they’ll have to put up with these freaks when they move back home because they’ll never be able to get a job.

    Would you hire anybody who could bring themselves to write that screed? Assuming of course they were serious.

    Steve57 (a7ff60)

  62. Of course, it’s probably more likely that these kids aren’t even being (fully) supported by their parents but have taken on crushing debt to finance this edumacation.

    Actually, it’s even worse than you and Dana can imagine. Dartmouth, like the other ivies (or most of them anyway) grant need-blind admissions and purport to provide full tuition, room, board & fees to students whose family income is less than $75,000 per year. So there is a pretty solid chance that some of these students are attending Dartmouth due to the beneficence of various scholarships endowed by alumni. But nothing says campus radical chic quite like biting the hand that feeds you.

    JVW (709bc7)

  63. Russia now invading teh Ukraine
    teh bullets and bombs will soon rain
    Barry’s late to teh podium
    Bicarbonate of Sodium
    Cuz he thinks Putin must be insane

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  64. teh Prez he writes a fierce letter
    Hey, Putin! You’d really not better
    go full- blown Attila
    or you’ll awaken teh Killah
    John Kerry’s a real go-getter

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  65. “Hey Ukraine, if you like your independence from Russia, you can keep it.”


    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  66. “Our country has 50 57 states, so why should we get all upset if Russia wants to add one to their total ? Why should America get to hog all of the states ?”

    Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey Barack Obama

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  67. Period!

    askeptic (2bb434)

  68. Headline: Kerry urges all parties not to inflame situation in Ukraine.

    Ha ha ha ha ha. Yep, that there’s some foreign policy gold medal material.

    elissa (06f6f8)

  69. Breaking: Russia invades Ukraine, Obama holds press briefing to announce that as Preezy he has no intention of permitting his administration to have even a casual, no-strings-attached relationship with reality.

    “Any violation of Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing,” Obama said in his speech.

    While Obama was sending a clear, public signal to Moscow with his comments, he also said his administration was in daily contact with Russian leaders. He made clear that Ukrainians should be allowed to decide their own course.

    “There will be costs for any intervention in Ukraine,” he said, in a clear warning to Russia.

    …Despite the tough talk from the Obama administration, geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer believes there is a “near-zero” chance of any direct military conflict between the U.S. and Russia.

    Read more:

    There’s nothing that burnishes America’s prestige abroad then Prom Queen blustering impotently from the WH about how something would be destabilizing should it ever happen, while the rest of the world observes that what would be destabilizing is already a done deal that Preezy Ditherington Wiggleroom McMomjeans just refuses to admit.

    Well, demonstrating to the world that a written security guarantee from the US might as well be written on toilet paper.

    Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances was a international treaty signed on February, 5, 1994, in Budapest.

    The diplomatic document saw signatories make promises to each other as part of the denuclearization of former Soviet republics after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

    It was signed by Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma – the then-rulers of the USA, UK, Russia and Ukraine.

    The agreement promises to protest Ukraine’s borders in return for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons.

    Read more:
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    Oooh, yeah. Countries are just going to be tripping all over themselves volunteering to give up their WMDs in exchange for an agreement with the US now.

    Steve57 (a7ff60)

  70. Hey, Valerie’s no rocket scientist or miracle worker. She’s probably doing the best she can, Steve57.

    elissa (06f6f8)

  71. Val-Jar seems to be furiously producing euphemisms by the porta-potty load for President Tiger Beat’s administration in a full-court press to inoculate it from reality.

    CNN: U.S. Officials Say Russian Occupation of Ukraine an “Uncontested Arrival,” Not an “Invasion”

    Steve57 (a7ff60)

  72. In other words, the Russians are undocumented arrivers. Or something.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  73. As undocumented arrivers, the Russians will demand in-state tuition at Ukrainian colleges.

    I bet Dartmouth would take them.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  74. But at what point does an undocumented arriver become an undocumented stayer ?

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  75. Teh Russians will hit teh Crimea
    Ukrainians say “happy to see ya”
    open arms they will greet them
    secret weapon can beat ’em
    give them Russkies bad case gonorrhea

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  76. Obama’s big talk about the need to protect the Ukraine’s sovereignity and borders but could give a rat’s ass about ours.

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  77. Insane Clown Pussies
    “Uncontested Arrival”
    not an “invasion”

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  78. So if a hundred armed hell’s angels bust in my door while I’m cowering under the bed in fear for my life it’s an uncontested arrival?

    elissa (06f6f8)

  79. Don’t forget to always remember, obambi did tell Putin he would be more flexible after his re-coronation.

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  80. Ableism? WTF? It’s actually a word! First usage was 1980, which was the least surprising thing about its etymology.

    Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba)

  81. Sounds like a party to me, elissa… I keed, I keed…

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  82. What’s the new government in Kiev doing? Are Ukraine’s police and armed forces only good for fighting protesters armed with slingshots? If the Ukraine government sends soldiers and armed police to “document” the “uncontested arrivals” (for the International Red Cross to repatriate the remains) then maybe the West will be in a better mood to provide support.

    nk (dbc370)

  83. Dang it… I just saw commercial with a demented 90 year old Pat Boone lookalike sitting in one of those walk-in geriatric bathtubs. My eyes… MY EYES!!!

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  84. The bathtub guy didn’t have hair plugs and say “this tub is a big effen deal” did he? Because….

    elissa (06f6f8)

  85. My wife says it was Pat Boone… Oh, teh ravages of time…

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  86. While it is an explicitly Christian college (of no particular persuasion), I wouldn’t be surprised if they would enroll students who were not confessing Christians but who respected the faith as a pillar of Western civilization. It is 8 months of essentially small seminar study. I’ve heard the college president, Dr. John Patrick, speak a few times on medical ethics topics.
    It is intended as a firm foundation in Western philosophy and culture for students doing other things, whether they are out of high school before college, a mid-college year, post bachelors prior to grad or professional school.
    I am not aware of any threats of student physical action against the university.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  87. remember how Ingraham and D’Souza, first came to light challenging the Dartmouth administration, at the Review;

    narciso (3fec35)

  88. Have you all seen this? Via Instapundit, The Honest University Commercial

    nk (dbc370)

  89. Do you think Vlad is calling Barry’s bluff?

    askeptic (2bb434)

  90. In other news, China responds “unexpectedly” to Tiger Beat’s warning not call his bluff about his commitment to our mutual defense treaty with Japan.

    The U.S. Defense Department is distancing itself from remarks made by a senior Navy official who said China is training for a short war with Japan.

    U.S. Navy Captain James Fanell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information systems for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, was quoted as saying China is training its forces for a “short, sharp war” with Japan in remarks at a gathering in California earlier this month.

    …n his remarks, Captain Fanell said the U.S. Navy has concluded that the Chinese military has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short, sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea, something he said would be followed by China’s seizure of islands it disputes with Japan.

    China has increased military activity in the region and raised tensions in the past several months by unilaterally imposing an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea and other actions that have included a near-collision with a U.S. Navy ship.

    U.S. officials have expressed concern over what they say are China’s increasingly assertive actions in the region; but, U.S. officials have, in general, stopped short of issuing strong responses to avoid escalation.

    Steve57 (a7ff60)

  91. I have no idea why foreign leaders just don’t take President Prom Queen seriously.

    Steve57 (a7ff60)

  92. Can’t imagine, Steve, of course ‘the best intelligence’ assured us the Russians would not
    have an uninvited incursion,

    narciso (3fec35)

  93. Eve Ensler famously said: “My vagina’s furious and it needs to talk.” Together, we will bring our resilient, creative, powerful vaginas to Republican fundraisers and to the convention hall. We’ll also take part in the Coalition March on the RNC and other peace and justice actions.

    Steve57, after a long day at the office, this was just hysterically funny to read. Thanks for posting it. Of course, I feel compelled to speak up on behalf of sane women: Don’t be judging us by Ensler, many, many of the fairer sex have not only happy vaginas, but sound, rational minds as well.

    Way to objectify the gender, Code Pink.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  94. Here is the video of President Obama celebrating happy hour with the DNC while the Russians invade Ukraine.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  95. Those Russians just went to Ukraine to do the jobs that Ukrainians won’t do….
    like knuckle under to Yanukovich.
    First thing Monday, they’ll pick up their new driver’s licenses from the DMV.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  96. The video is a follow-up to Steve57’s comment 93 that links an Ace of Spades’ article about President Obama at the DNC happy hour.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  97. DRJ, even LBJ was not so crass as to publicly celebrate “Happy Hour” while the war was raging in SEAsia.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  98. DRJ,

    That’s his m.o. Remember when he took off for Vegas the day after Benghazi? That was for a campaign event. (And just to throw in as a reminder: The week before Benghazi, the president did not attend his daily intel briefings…at all).

    Dana (9a8f57)

  99. The Russians are already in the Crimea. They have a military base there and, under the treaty, freedom of movement across the peninsula. Additionally, the population is majority Russian. Crimea was part of Russia SSR until 1964 when Kruschev made it part of Ukraine SSR as some kind of administrative redistricting I’m not clear on. Thousands of people waving Russian flags have come out in support of the gunmen who have taken over the government building and the airports, providing human shields against the Ukrainian authorities. It’s a mess.

    nk (dbc370)

  100. Maybe if the Concerned Asian, Black, Latin@, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College threatened physical action against Putin?

    nk (dbc370)

  101. Vlad teh Embarrasser… Vlad teh Shamer… Barcky’s feeling comfortable in his recurring role as an Object of Fun.

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  102. President Armslength Hapless Horsesass.

    Colonel Haiku (eaeaae)

  103. Seems like a typical spetznaz move, of course in Afghanistan and Chechnya, they bit off more then they could chew;

    narciso (3fec35)

  104. Russian’s have their national pride too. It’s a little bit of payback for what we did in Serbia in response to the Lewinski Incident.

    nk (dbc370)

  105. David Satter gives a brief overview of Putin trying to spark a civil war. Interestingly,

    If there is large-scale violence in Crimea, it could mobilize ethnic Russians in the eastern regions against the Kiev government as well. Such a development would be a tragedy for Ukraine, but it would work to the short-term benefit of the Putin regime, for which the Ukrainian revolution is a dire threat that has to be contained at any cost.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  106. Chechnya? Putin won that one.

    nk (dbc370)

  107. Well the jury is still out, in ‘1979, Spetznaz took out the top leadership in Afghanistan, that necessitated the full invasion, in ’94, they tried a similar feint, in Chechnya, they had to follow up,

    narciso (3fec35)

  108. It’s very straightforward. A rump government of ethnic Russians is installed. Russian troops bring the local police and military forces under their control and guard against outside interference. New borders are drawn, an independent state is declared, “elections” are held, Russia recognizes the newborn Republic as do other Russian satellites, clients, and allies, and petition is made for its recognition in the United Nations. See, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Skopje, Kosovo, Montenegro.

    nk (dbc370)

  109. New borders are drawn, an independent state is declared, “elections” are held, Russia recognizes the newborn Republic as do other Russian satellites, clients, and allies, and petition is made for its recognition in the United Nations. See, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Skopje, Kosovo, Montenegro.

    And in spring of 2018 President Hillary Rodham Clinton instructs UN Ambassador Valerie Jarrett to vote in favor of recognition of this new Russian satellite state, hoping for yet another “reset” in relations with Russia.

    JVW (e8fd0c)

  110. “A rump government”? Where have I seen one of those? Oh right, Washington D.C.

    Dr. Weevil (699a19)

  111. The Happy Hour door prize was receiving head from the Soft-Bottomed Boi.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  112. #88: the only reason for the RNC to run JEB is so the Dems can keep the White House for another term or two.

    makes you wonder what their kickback is for selling out the country, eh?

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  113. @113: Not sure what your examples mean. Russia is very much against the independence of Kosovo, and as a result Kosovo has not been allowed into the UN.

    Joshua (9ede0e)

  114. Sorry, I meant @112.

    Joshua (9ede0e)

  115. What Russia is doing in Ukraine we did in “Operation Blue Dress With A Stain On” in Kosovo.

    nk (dbc370)

  116. Eve Ensler famously said: “My vagina’s furious and it needs to talk.” Our vaginas need to talk, too. They need to talk about the way women’s rights are threatened worldwide–from anti-choice legislation to inappropriate rape jokes to economic inequality to war and occupation overseas that disproportionately affect women’s lives..

    Maybe they should share their vaginas as well.

    I heard a rumor that generosity is a virtue, and I also heard a rumor that women still have their vaginas after sharing them…

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