Ripples amongst the Bricks
February 17, 2016 1 Comment
I’ve been watching this story partly because I’m a proud Boiler (except during football season, Yikes!), and partly because I’m so tired of this swill and the cretins who try it on. And I rather still like Mitch Daniels, Purdue’s President and the former governor of Indiana.
What swill, you might ask. A legitimate question since the media chose not to cover the story, which is no real surprise.
In any case, The Federalist tells us “Jamie Newman—a staff member at Purdue’s dance department—allegedly posted comments on a Live Action News article stating his intentions to rape another commenter’s “wife/daughter/great grandmother.” Those comments have since been deleted, although the rest of the conversation remains.”
He has since claimed that in context, it was obvious that he didn’t mean to rape anyone. Well maybe so, but it strikes me as weak sauce indeed if one must consider context to disarm a rape threat against specific individuals.
Purdue’s response didn’t seem all that great when it said, ““[T]he speech was repugnant and inconsistent with Purdue values. “We don’t condone it, but at this time no personnel action is intended.”
Well as Paul Harvey used to say, “There’s more to the story.”
Yesterday, Moe Lane gave us the rest of the story.™
Short version: a pro-abortion dude named Jamie Newman decided to throw out at least one rape threat at Purdue University towards relatives of a pro-life activist there. Pretty brazen stuff: Newman even gave the activist the numbers of cops to call. The police investigated, decided that the threat wasn’t credible – but Purdue fairly blatantly signaledthat Jamie Newman was a stinking creep who was also now highly radioactive, because after all people who think it’s cool to make rape threats as part of a discussion are, well, human scum. As the title above notes, Newman has now resigned (I suggest that he not ask for references).
The ‘bitterly’ part in the title is due, of course, to the fact that Purdue University had demonstrated the difference between “Alas, we can’t do anything about this” and “[Expletive deleted], we can’t do anything about this” when it came to dealing with people as foul as Jamie Newman. Newman was clearly expecting Purdue University to issue a pro-forma “We regret any unfortunate remarks but remain committed to our mission to support free expression” and maybe arrange for him to laterally move to another university. What he got was “We would fire this guy in a second if we were allowed to but we literally are not allowed to and we’re as aggravated as you are about it.” […]
And that pretty much sounds like the Purdue I remember so fondly, good on them.
The ‘ripples in the bricks’ of the title refer to the op-ed page of the student paper The Exponent in my day and to the fact that literally everything but Ross-Ade stadium at Purdue is built of red brick. In fact, there was a rumor in my day that once a building (Math-Science was a favorite) slipped all the way through construction before somebody noticed it was faced with Indiana limestone. That’s the Indiana University trademark building material, so it had to be replaced post haste, no matter the cost. Is that story true? I have no idea, but stranger things have happened.