Patterico's Pontifications


Student Sues School Over Mattress Stunt

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:55 am

Offered without comment:

A Columbia University student who officials cleared of rape allegations has filed a lawsuit claiming the school allowed his accuser to harass and defame him by permitting her to carry a mattress on her back on its New York campus as a protest.

Paul Nungesser, a graduating senior at the prestigious Ivy League school, was accused by Emma Sulkowicz of raping her in August 2012. She complained to school officials, but they later cleared Nungesser. He maintains the sex was consensual.

In protest, Sulkowicz began carrying a mattress with her at all times on campus in what she said was an artistic statement entitled “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight).” The performance piece earned the visual arts student national headlines and an award from the National Organization for Women.

In his lawsuit, filed on Thursday, Nungesser argues he was a victim of harassment and defamation and that the university allowed him to suffer in a hostile educational environment, according to a statement from his attorney, Andrew Miltenberg.

How about that.

From the “Republicans Little Different From Democrats” Files

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:44 am

This sort of thing is becoming distressingly familiar:

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he would welcome another spending agreement that would lift the sequestration budget ceilings set to return in October.

“If there’s a way to reduce mandatory spending in a way that would provide relief to the sequester, like we did with the Ryan-Murray budget plan, have at it,” Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference, referring to the agreement Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) struck in late 2013 that relieved sequestration ceilings for fiscal 2014 and 2015.

In general — and there are exceptions like Ted Cruz and Justin Amash — Republicans have embraced the progressive agenda, just somewhat less so. In the main, they don’t fundamentally disagree with using government to fix problems. That is progressivism. If you believe that the solution is instead to get government out of the way, you need to speak up in every way possible to let your voice be heard.

EXCLUSIVE! MUST CREDIT PATTERICO! Hillary’s Campaign Song, Revealed!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:38 am

I’m not sure why the campaign picked me for this exclusive reveal, but I am highly complimented. Much better than “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” don’t you think?

I like the reference to Kazakhstan, with its superior potassium. I think it’s designed to take your mind off of that other element: uranium, the Kazakhstan mining of which is related to cash going to Hillary’s Clinton Foundation. And then we have the reference to all other countries being “the home of the gays” — which helps the listener forget Hillary’s glorious paean to the importance of the “fundamental bedrock principle” of marriage being between a man and a woman.

Enjoy. One day, this will be the intro for the First Woman President!

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