I must confess to you that with many friends working on Capitol Hill (and myself living only a few miles away), it's not so easy to get a critical distance on these most recent disclosures of Anthrax-tainted letters.
Regular readers will also know that I've been skeptical of the 'bomb Iraq now' crew inhabiting the middle-ranks of the Pentagon. But these new reports raise some very serious questions.
We now seem to be getting conflicting reports about the nature and quality of the Anthrax which arrived at
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: For more than a decade, colleges have been adopting speech codes and other policies based on the idea that making anyone feel uncomfortable is a form of assault. That idea has been inconsistently applied, since upsetting religious people or conservatives has rarely been punished. The overall effect has been to erode academic freedom. None of this should be news, since "speech codes" and "political correctness" have been hotly debated for a long time. In the current charged environment, however, the left has suddenly discovered the problem. As this Associated Press story reports, "Colleges campuses take pride in nurturing debate
Andrew Sullivan (andrewsullivan.com)
NOT THE ONION: But it could be. This is true. Well, as true as anything in the British tabloids can be. A janitor mistook a modern art exhibit for trash and cleaned it up and put it in the trash can. It was worth $8000. ?As soon as I clapped eyes on it I sighed because there was so much mess," the janitor comments. ?I didn?t think for a second that it was a work of art ? it didn?t look much like art to me. So I cleared it all into bin-bags and dumped it.?
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