SHOULD'VE HELD THE RALLY AT A POPEYE'S  6:30 pm October 4, 2012

University Of Wisconsin Profs: This Campus Is No Place For Speech

by Jesse Taylor

letsh writeth another letterthToday, Barack Obama spoke in front of 30,000 supporters at the University of Wisconsin, which is surprising, because a day full of cable news has informed us that everyone hates Barack Obama now after he didn’t straight pimp slap Mitt Romney last night.

Anyway, three professors at UW are Republicans … oh, we mean, very concerned about the disruptive, invasive nature of the event.

A trio of high-profile UW-Madison professors went public Wednesday with concerns about President Barack Obama’s planned Thursday campaign rally, saying students who want to attend are unfairly being required to supply a phone number and email address to the campaign, even having to click “I’m In” to get a free ticket at the campaign’s website.

“If you want to go to this hugely important and interesting event you have to register with the campaign,” said political science professor Donald Downs. “That raises questions.”

Downs was joined by law professor Ann Althouse and political science professor Ken Mayer in raising concerns. Mayer sent a letter outlining four concerns to university administrators on Wednesday. Althouse later shared it with instapundit.com, a conservative-leaning blog run by a Texas law professor.

Conservative academics pissed about liberals on campus, who then e-mailed Instapundit? This is a NEW AND SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT IN ACADEMIA.

First, campaigns asking for contact information from people who attend events is only new if you haven’t been following politics since the invention of the internet. Oh, wait, not the internet – since the invention of printing. And it’s not actually, you know, mandatory, either.

But wait, there’s more, because if there’s one thing university professors are truly excellent at, it’s coming up with ways that really awesome things inconvenience them. From Ken Mayer:

“It hardly seems appropriate to shut the central campus down for an entire day, closing offices and seriously disrupting our mission,” he wrote. “I have several colleagues who had scheduled exams for Thursday. Surely there were other venues that would pose less disturbance.”

University staffers in buildings shut down by Thursday’s event were encouraged by administrators to take a vacation or personal day, rearrange their hours before and after Thursday to make up for lost hours or work from home or a different location, Sweeney said.

“This is what pushed me into the seriously annoyed category,” Mayer wrote. “The UW is penalizing staff (or, at a minimum, dramatically inconveniencing them) for an event that they had no say in organizing or scheduling.”

Why, it’s almost like campuses have public squares in which people might want to speak, and in which they have a constitutional right to do so! Obama should have found somewhere else to shove his 30,000 remaining fans than a giant space traditionally reserved for speech, because fuck if a one-day inconvenience will stop the important mission of professorial bitching.

You may read more of Ann Althouse fretting over the phrase “I’m In” on the Obama campaign website here, which seems to be problematic because … I don’t know, she’s just terrible.

[Wisconsin State Journal]

 
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chascates October 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Spicy tenders, a large red beans and rice, two biscuits with honey and a large sweet tea, please.

Callyson October 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

They have red beans and rice at Chik – fil – A? Sounds like socialist commie food…

chascates October 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

No, no! At Popeyes. And I forgot to order the jalapeno pepper.

Mojopo October 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

That's exactly right. Me too. We double up on the red beans and add cole slaw. I hate you because I'm hungry now.

Negropolis October 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I have no idea what you're talking about, but I'd like a two-piece, white, spicy with a side of green beans and a Pepsi, por favor. Oh, and a side of popcorn shrimp with confetti sauce.

Mojopo October 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

That's Lou-see-anna fast!

RufusTFirefly October 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Gimme me more iced tea, muthafucka!

actor212 October 5, 2012 at 8:30 am

And this time, in a muthafucking glass, not a box!

Gratuitous World October 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm

U rah rah ruh roh

actor212 October 5, 2012 at 8:28 am

U rah rah ruh roh

TRANSLATED: Waddya mean they havvvvvvvvve t*hic*o give out ph-ph-phonnnnnnnne numbersh? Thash wha I oosed ta do in barsh an no one eb-urp-ber called me, shcept guysh who copied i-*hic*-it off bafroom wallsh!

I fink I jusht farted chunksh…

weejee October 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Well this trio was so flat they get no brats or PBR. Next time try not to so sadly slide into your notes when you are singing for your supper since as Mittens said last night, he is axing edjumahkayshun if he gets elected.

coolhandnuke October 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Sounds like they're Badgering the students.

memzilla October 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

"Your Honor, he's witnessing the badger!"

(NB: Shaggy-dog-story intro to punchline above redacted to conserve Wonket bandwidth)

Abernathy October 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Sure, Outhouse, all those people were upset that they had to work from home or skip an exam.

Lionel[redacted]Esq October 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I know I hate any day that I cannot come into work, but am healthy and can stay in my PJs. This is why I refuse to recognize weekends.

James Michael Curley October 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

On Romney's first day in office he will install, free to every US citizen, a Sleep Mode for those tedious weekends. To save money it will be the same subroutine used in WindowsME.

An_Outhouse October 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

hey!

coolhandnuke October 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

It's you. Listen up you uptight heffalump, clean up your act, and let the students do the shit that students do. How about adding some literature like Communism Now and Better Slums and Pot Gardens. And you're out of toilet paper.
P.S. Would you consider installing a condom or abortion machine?

Abernathy October 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Present company excluded, of course.

GhostBuggy October 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

I'm related to a few teachers, and believe me, those usually most jazzed about getting out of an exam are them whut done the teaching.

memzilla October 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

RE: Your Objection to the President's Using UW Space

Dear Law Professor Althouse:

Allow me to cite the precedent of Myhand vs. Yourface.

Boojum October 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Which merely follows the case of In Re Cockpunch.

CrunchyKnee October 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

A pox of cheese curds on their idiotic cheese-head heads.

PsycWench October 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I'm shocked..shocked that it wasn't three business department faculty, that is.

Chichikovovich October 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Totally! And why aren't a couple of the mechanical engineers getting in on the action? What's wrong with that place?

Lionel[redacted]Esq October 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I assume they are putting their powers to the test building bongs.

emmelemm October 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

While reading Ayn Rand?

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 2:06 am

According to…
a certain person whose name shall remain anonymous, but whose initials are P.D….
It's possible to turn *the entire engineering building* into a bong by closing all the downstairs windows and opening some of the upstairs ones.

Yellerdawg October 5, 2012 at 9:07 am

No, that's just a chimney. Turning it into a bong involves flooding the basement and using the fume hood stacks on the roof. You can only do that on weekends.

finallyhappy October 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

"this is what pushes me into the seriously annoyed category"- really- is this guy on SNL or just a whiny bitch?

PsycWench October 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

It's a guy who is desperately trying to sound cool but ends up sounding like a whiny bitch.

ThankYouJeebus October 5, 2012 at 1:41 am

You don't want Hulk to get seriously annoyed!

Barbara_ October 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Oh Ann, pop a Midol, have a cup of tea and quit your bitchin'. The Secret Service can't work around your schedule of when you are riding the cotton pony.

Boojum October 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Naaayyyyy!!!!

PsycWench October 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

"riding the cotton pony"…ha ha that's great.

Jus_Wonderin October 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

Oh I get it. Does her "pony" have wings for that feeling of extra confidence?

actor212 October 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

Ann Althouse is Liquor Spice: the blonde one that can't sing, and hangs uncomfortably onto the shoulder of the manager who only does her when they're in some bohunk town…

…like Madison, WI

Chet Kincaid_ October 5, 2012 at 9:32 am

Maybe you meant "podunk town"? Any and all bohunks are in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Chicago. EDIT: And besides, UW Madison, which I call "UW Radical", is well-known as the Berserkley of the Midwest out here in Flyover Land, bottle-blonde-booby-flashing wingnut lawyers notwithstanding.

Fairtackle October 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Mitt Romney would never do something like that because he believes so strongly in education.

miss_grundy October 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

No, he doesn't, and he wants to give Big Bird a pink slip. I guess BB will have to learn Mandarin or Cantonese….

BlueStateLibel October 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Need some NYPD to set the POTUS and his "campaign" straight about hanging out in public places, I'm thinking.

coolhandnuke October 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

“This is what pushed me into the seriously annoyed category,” Mayer wrote.

No one speaks or writes like this…even with a mouth or fistful of wang.

Doktor Zoom October 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Oh, plenty of college freshmen write like that. Professors should know better, tho.

jqheywood October 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Amen, brother. Also, first-year law students.

Callyson October 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I wonder what category Mayer will enter if/when Obama is re-elected.

coolhandnuke October 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Homeland Security rates it at "Ivory Alert."

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 2:08 am

Thff ss whff pfshed mh intff th…
Yeah, you're right.

smokingood October 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Political speech? At a University? Unpossible!

Where are my pearls?

ifthethunderdontgetya October 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Annal T House!
~

Mittaplasia October 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Commie pinko elitists won't be happy until every university goes Berserkeley. Them whippersnappers need to be neither seen nor heard and must be protected from the scourge of soshalism which can quickly lead to an endless variety of other "isms".

Barrelhse October 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Not to mention the "ingus's" and "atios".

occams8ball October 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

because of dominoes.

Mittaplasia October 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Dominoes is just a theory.

Crank_Tango October 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Who does this guy think he is, anyway?

emmelemm October 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

This is what pushed me into the seriously annoyed category

Tell me about it.

Lionel[redacted]Esq October 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Well, you see, for some reasons these wonderful Republican professors believe people will get annoyed that the President of the United States decided to give a speech at their school.

Oh, wait, you were being sarcastic.

HarryButtle October 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Where's that friendly Lt Pike and his jumbo can of pepper spray when you really need him?

skmind October 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Conservative academics pissed about liberals on campus, who then e-mailed Instapundit? This is a NEW AND SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT IN ACADEMIA.

Heh! The real shocker is that there are conservative academics in the first place.

PsycWench October 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

There are usually quite a few in business, a fair amount in political science and criminal justice and then a smattering elsewhere. The guy in the next office is fairly conservative and boy does he keep his mouth shut about politics at the lunch table.

SmutBoffin October 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Yay! My Alma Mater!

Somebody get the President a table at the Rathskellar and pour him one.

bobbert October 5, 2012 at 1:28 am

They should get him to carve his name in a table.

And, as a fellow Badger, I'd like to invite Ann Althouse to eat the traditional bag of salted rat dicks with cheese curds.

docterry6973 October 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Students as Madison must be very tolerant these days. There was a time when these complainers would have found 5,000 people lined up at their office doors tomorrow.

memzilla October 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Absolutely g-ddamn right. WTF happened?

Toomush_Infer October 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hey! I remember some of this, hanging out with Michmakon in some of the apartments near campus….buds and pepper spray galore….

memzilla October 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

[UW PoliSci Professor] Mayer sent a letter outlining four concerns [about the President's visit] to university administrators on Wednesday.

1. Black.
2. Not Caucasian.
3. Melaninally advantaged.
4. Also, black.

Lionel[redacted]Esq October 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

You forgot:

5: Socialist
6: Democrat
7: Commie
8: Kenyan
9: Did we mention he is black?

anniegetyerfun October 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

MUSLIN

memzilla October 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

10. Of the Negro persuasion.

That turn of phrase has always amused me. Do these people who use this term think that there's some grunt angel in heaven, some corporal in the Holy Quartermaster Corps, who's on the fetus assembly line, trying to sell them on it, saying "Oh, come on, take this DNA, it'll be really cool to be black!" and "I'm tellin' ya, fried chicken and waffles is da bomb!"

glasspusher October 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Please fill out with a black #2 pencil.

Yellerdawg October 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

Fried chicken and waffles IS da bomb!

HistoriCat October 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

Damn it – it's too early for lunch.

ChillBill October 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I thought all college professors were supposed to be librul pussies.

Doktor Zoom October 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

No, you see, they're liberal fascists, teaching indoctrinating their students to worship Marx and dabble in the ghey, so they'll arrive home at Thanksgiving and announce to their parents that they reject God and America.

The conservatives are the brave ones, keeping the candle of freedom lit in that immense darkness.

ChillBill October 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Today, we are all Liberal Fascists.

glasspusher October 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Sexy female undergrad: I would do anything to get an A in this class…

Male professor: would you study?

DemmeFatale October 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Our oldest girl actually did that, (but it didn't stick).

RufusTFirefly October 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm

As a college professor, I can confirm this. The final exam consists of same-sex oral or an appointment at the local abortionplex.

glasspusher October 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

As someone who was briefly a college professor, and a liberal one, let me state clearly: I was and still am all about the pussy.

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 2:15 am

"they'll arrive home at Thanksgiving and announce to their parents that they reject God and America"

Clove cigarettes — check
Nose piercing — check
Weird hairdo and/or eyeliner in the daytime — check
Tee shirt with inflammatory slogan — check
Boyfriend/girlfriend of inappropriate race and/or sex and/or age, who I will then introduce to Grandma as "my lover" — check

I feel like I'm forgetting something, but what could it be?
*smacks forehead*
Oh, RIGHT — rejecting God and America!

AlterNewt October 5, 2012 at 3:42 am

Asserting their new-found independence –check
Asking dad for a –check

Chet Kincaid_ October 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

Have you just returned from a student-parent orientation at Atheist Liberal College?

Not_So_Much October 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm

3 out of how many hundred? Their pissy-ness will be as effective as cutting PBS to solve the deficit.

Negropolis October 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Hundreds? This is the University of Wisconsin; we're talking thousands.

Not_So_Much October 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I figured, but I'm way too lazy to be looking that shit up.

So, eleventy-hundreds? Also?

Monsieur_Grumpe October 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

This is how the Wisconsin academic elites say “Get off my lawn!!!!!”

Pithaughn October 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Perfect example of a small vocal bitchy minority.

CrionBryan October 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Did the Obama Campaign make them sign a loyalty oath?

shelwood46 October 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm

When the UW campus I went to in not-Madison was built in the early '70s, included in the design were riot gates in every major corridor and a helipad on the library roof in case the Chancellor needed to escape. This was because nothing political, ever, had happened on a University of Wisconsin campus.

fishskicanoe October 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

And that fucker got away from us too. Foiled again!!!

An_Outhouse October 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

similar to when they expanded the U of Buffalo campus. They put it in the middle of nowhere.

shelwood46 October 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Yup, they also moved the campus from the middle of town to four miles outside, completely isolated, and initially with no on-campus housing. The curriculum and campus were set up so that kids of different majors interacted with each other as little as possible, with no central meeting space whatsoever, not even a cafeteria till years later. (There was a bar, because it was WI, who are we kidding.) They were not taking any chances of riots or bombings.

bobbert October 5, 2012 at 1:33 am

Where was that? (I graduated in '69, so missed this).

shelwood46 October 5, 2012 at 1:38 am

Green Bay. They were bumped up from a 2-year to a full 4-year in 1971, and completed the campus in '74. So what happened in Madison was very much on their minds when they made their plans, something I know from a conversation with the first Chancellor (he told me about the helipad).

Lionel[redacted]Esq October 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm

It does the heart good to see political science and law professors complain about someone using their right to free speech for political purposes. Clearly both those fields know that such speech should be limited, as there is no money in it.

mavenmaven October 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Don't worry, Mr Downs. Once the Republicans take control of the education budget, they will make sure you and all your humanities colleagues will be first in line for re-training programs so that you can be a more profitable taxpayer.

GeorgiaBurning October 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Please remember to bring a shovel or similar implement on the first day.

Radiotherapy October 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I'm sure they'll be bitching further when Chancellor Romney and Herr Ryan cut funding to all land-grant universities.

Doktor Zoom October 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

But then they'll annex the Sudetenland-Grant schools…

Radiotherapy October 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

First to go is the 30 million in Slavic Studies.

Negropolis October 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Too soon! You better Czech yourself, good sir.

rocktonsam October 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

The thing I like about Madison is that it's in Wisconsin.

Negropolis October 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

The thing I like about Wisconsin is that it's capital is Madison. Also, Milwaukee is pretty funky. Also. Too.

Exhausted66 October 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Know what's more annoying? Losing your job at a publicly funded university because millionaires need more tax breaks.
STFU.

imissopus October 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!1!

coolhandnuke October 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

If you tip Ann Outhouse over, will shit flow out her mouth and ears?

HarryButtle October 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I've noticed that shit tends to flow out of her mouth no matter what position she's in.

imissopus October 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

This never would have happened if college campuses were still segregated. Damn that RINO Eisenhower.

Lionel[redacted]Esq October 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

They used to segregate good up-right American Students from the hippy/Commies?

sudsmckenzie October 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I'm here, they have a point, Its like if Mittens showed up at Brigham Young. (Hopey just likes Bascom Hill cause theres a statue of Lincoln and its at sea level). The choir is already here, and he preached, but jeebers fuck he fucked up last night.

HarryButtle October 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Right, because as a POLITICAL SCIENCE perfesser, there's absolutely no way to make a visit by a sitting president part of a topical lecture or assignment that might have real world implications for the future of your students.

Douche.

DemmeFatale October 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Phone booth crowd.

An_Outhouse October 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

good to see some othr outhouse still has a job. except that one.

rickmaci October 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Professoress Outhouse seems to be trying to blog her way as successor to Lady Peggstone, Duchess of Noonanshire.
http://althouse.blogspot.com/

fartknocker October 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

The cool thing about U of W @ Madison is the School of Dairy Science operates a very nice ice cream parlor at the Student Union. They make some of the best ice cream I've ever had. You know what else this same School receives: grants, especially from the USDA.
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdamediafb?c

Professors Douchebag, Goatfuck, and Shitstain need to stop biting the hand that helps feed their tenured institution.

anniegetyerfun October 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

As far as I can tell, the only good thing to ever come out of Washington State University is an incredibly expensive but crumbly, sharp cheddar called Cougar Gold. Oddly enough, it comes in a can, but it's outstanding.

natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I've had Cougar Gold.

Her name was [redacted].

Come to think of it, I've also had Cold Cougar, which was not as good.

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

'I've had Cougar Gold."

*swivels hips*
Oh, no, you *haven't*, Bay-bay!
*grabs cmdr by ears*
*Smoochy smooch smooch!*

natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

swoon!

GunToting[Redacted] October 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

UMD College Park also had that. Fantastic ice cream. They also had a functioning nuclear reactor on campus, but I don't think they used that to make ice cream.

Sharkey October 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Showoff.

docterry6973 October 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm

My alma mater Penn State (please – too soon) has a fantastic ice cream parlor as befits the easternmost of the great cow colleges.

Boojum October 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

And candy.

phillipmarlowe2terry October 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

My understanding is that the Penn State ice cream is soooo fatty that it can only be sold on campus, less some asshole buys it from Wegman's, eats it, dies and his asshole family sues Wegman's.

glasspusher October 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Had a friend who went there, it's near Bellafonte PA, and the students call the locals, who are often on the hefty side, "Bellaphants"

docterry6973 October 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

Many of the Big 10 schools are in cities or towns of some size, but Penn State is in the middle of nowhere. The small town that clings to the edges of the campus is a dot of prosperity in the middle of Appalachia. There has always been tension between town and gown, as they say.

Negropolis October 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Must be a land grant, thing, because Michigan State University also has a local landmark ice cream parlor with products made from the nearby expiremental farms.

fartknocker October 5, 2012 at 1:40 am

I miss your old Icon.

Yellerdawg October 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

When I started at UTexas, they had just moved a reactor out of the basement of the building I worked in. Lead/cement blocks still line the parking lot and inner hallways of the basement. As we speak, the world's most powerful (Petawatt) laser sits about 100 yards from my office. If I listen closely I can hear the pew-pew sounds when they light it off. Still, when the President came to speak a few years back, even in Texas, we gladly shut down half the campus and enjoyed the day. W. never stopped in, even though his former office is within walking distance.

Callyson October 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

students who want to attend are unfairly being required to supply a phone number and email address to the campaign, even having to click “I’m In” to get a free ticket at the campaign’s website.

FFS, grow up. When I went to see Al Gore back in 2000, I not only had to give my email and phone, I had to give my social security number and have my bag searched. Which is probably a good thing, sadly…

PubOption October 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I have objections to supplying details such as phone numbers, or street or e-mail addresses, when I think that they will be used to pester me later. This would apply whether or not I agreed with the speaker at an event such as this.

Callyson October 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Yeah, I can see that–ideally, they'd give you an opt-out option, the way some online petitions let you check a box if you don't want to be bombarded with emails from them later.

Now excuse me while I check what these 24 new emails are…

OneYieldRegular October 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

What the hell is the matter with these people? It's a university, right? I mean, even if it were just a typing school, or a gym class, or a taco stand, it's not every day that one gets visited by the President of the United States.

AlaskaGrrl October 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Three conservative professors at UW Madison. Affirmative action works!

Negropolis October 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

You know, I think it's just that liberal chancellors are desirous that a conservative faculty do well…

barto October 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Of course is they were coal miners instead of students this would all be just fine.

ProgressiveInga October 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

…"Ann Althouse fretting over the phrase 'I’m In'…"

Funny, she didn't complain last night…..

emmelemm October 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Talk about a zinger!

natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm

But she did say, "Are you sure?"

Barrelhse October 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

It won't hurt, did it?

natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Badgers don't give a fuck.

[about these three]

glasspusher October 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Ewww, snake…

bobbert October 5, 2012 at 1:37 am

Mushroom, mushroom.

shelwood46 October 5, 2012 at 1:44 am

Fuck 'em, Bucky!

anniegetyerfun October 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Maybe they're not so much conservative as just really pissy people, like me, who hate any changes to their daily routines/traffic routes.

Chet Kincaid_ October 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Skyler White has really let herself go.

Biff October 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Those same douchebags probably tripped over their own (or each other's) dicks trying to get $arah to speak on their campus 4 years ago.

GunToting[Redacted] October 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

One of those professors has a whole syndrome named after him!

Blueb4sinrise October 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Political Science Professor Donald Downs can be our new way around certain combinations of letters that aren't allowed.

Chow Yun Flat October 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

“This is what pushed me into the seriously annoyed category,” Mayer wrote.

The next stage for Prof. Mayer is positively miffed.

Negropolis October 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

And god help us all when Prof. Mayer reaches "righteously perturbed."

Callyson October 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I'm running for cover when Prof. Mayer gets to "highly irritated."

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 2:29 am

I would like the word "miffed" somewhat better if it didn't invariably remind me of Martha Stewart.

SayItWithWookies October 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

That's funny — all my history and civics teachers/professors would have advised me to take advantage of a visit from any public official and take an interest in what they had to say regardless of their ideology. But then that's the kind of insidious liberal indoctrination they're so good at.

LibertyLover October 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Didn't G.W. Bush require loyalty oaths to get into his events?

Blueb4sinrise October 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

"….seriously disrupting our mission.."

8.

Embody, through its policies and programs, respect for, and commitment to, the ideals of a pluralistic, multiracial, open and democratic society.

http://www.wisc.edu/about/leadership/mission.php

GeorgiaBurning October 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

When these multiracial types start getting uppity and Presidential, then the professors notice how it interferes with parking. OTOH, if he played for the Packers it would be entirely different.

Detesticle October 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

"He can't do that to our pledges. Only WE can do that to our pledges!"

OneDollarJuana October 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I don't remember these folks complaining about "free speech zones" or having thugs drag people out of Bush political rallies.

decentcitizen October 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm

3 to 30,000. You do the math.

Blueb4sinrise October 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Math had been cancelled I guess.

Barrelhse October 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

The odds were 1,000 to 2.
THEY CHARGED!!

We got 'em both.

Callyson October 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

We're not going to let this campus be dictated by fact checkers.

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 2:30 am

Well, somebody has to do the math, since apparently Paul Ryan can't be bothered.

Beowoof October 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

These fuckers work for a publicly funded college and appear to be too stupid to understand that their continued employment is likely dependent upon a Democratic administration. Sigh, I guess it would be my advice that get their resumes over to University of Phoenix. The are going to need lots of adjuncts to pick up the slack.

littlebigdaddy October 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

What exactly is an "althouse?" Sounds like some kind of hippie habitation to me.

Radiotherapy October 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

A dried up withered box?

DahBoner October 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

Sounds more like Rusty Camper.

Native_of_SL_UT October 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Kind of off topic, but my wife, who stocks magazines for Costco just told me they had to toss the latest Rolling Stones issue because they have the famous full frontal nude pictures from John and Yoko's "Two Virgins" cover in the magazine.
We come a long way since 1969.

Barrelhse October 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

It was sold under the counter and wrapped in paper when it came out.

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 2:31 am

Wait, they have the nude picture on the *cover*, or somewhere *in* the magazine?

ttommyunger October 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Romney-Good. Obama-Bad. I am so over this petty bullshit I could just scream.

WhatTheHeck October 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

The President responded with “Ah, shaddup! Call me when you have no class.”
And having no class and no clue, they placed a call to the President.

glasspusher October 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Like school in the summer…

fuflans October 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

the only four conservatives in madison and they're still assholes.

Negropolis October 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Mon Dieu! You mean a political campaign is trying to build a mailing list?! Those monsters! Where is my fainting couch, my smelling salts?

These crybabies need to put on their adult pants and honey badger up, already.

fartknocker October 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Latest poll of last night's debate. When asked if you had a choice between watching the debate and watching paint dry please review these results (see Q6):
http://www.ipsos-na.com/download/pr.aspx?id=12047

bobbert October 5, 2012 at 1:52 am

There's some seriously wrong stuff in those tables. Obama's overall favorability number is shown as 56% among all registered voters both pre- and post-debate. For Dems, it is 90% both pre and post. For R's, it actually went up from 17% to 19%, and for Indys it went up from 46% to 54%.

I don't need to do advanced statistics to know that not all of these things can be true at the same time.

unclejeems October 5, 2012 at 2:46 am

Meh. Probably had something to do with sample size. This is the second poll I've seen where the results show no change in who's gonna vote for whom pre- and post-debate. So the end result is a big yawn. Another pseudo-event.

phillipmarlowe2terry October 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Too bad we can't sign up for their sucky classes and then NOT SHOW TODAY.

kyeshinka October 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Thursday morning is when I usually started bar crawl anyway.

glasspusher October 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

"The lecture's over when the bottle's finished!"

The_Bobs October 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Ann Althouse will never be "in" and she damn well knows it.

ElPinche October 5, 2012 at 12:33 am

What??? Godwin didn't chime in ? I'm amazed.

jesus_vs_gojira October 5, 2012 at 12:54 am

Why would a conservative academic work at a public (aka socialist) university? Moochers.

unclejeems October 5, 2012 at 2:57 am

You mean, where they can say nearly anything they want under the tenure umbrella? Because their institution holds that granting tenure works toward the greater good of a democratic community? And regards free speech and the right to assemble, not to mention the right to petition the government for redress of grievances–as sacrosanct?

No real conservative would work for an outfit like that.

Stevola October 5, 2012 at 1:12 am

They asked for personal information? Heavens, next they'll make attendees sign a loyalty oath. No campaign has ever done that.

Negropolis October 5, 2012 at 1:40 am

Totally OT, but this has got to be one of the best local political commercials I've not only seen all election season, but ever. It's to add collective bargaining to the Michigan state constitution.

cousinitt October 5, 2012 at 1:51 am

Speaking of drunks, W has been hired by FOX News as their new Washington Bureau Chief Editoraterist: "Film dramaticizing bin Laden raid slated to air two days before November election."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/05/film-d

sudsmckenzie October 5, 2012 at 1:56 am

Its time to play the Randolph Scott card, I'm looking at you Ohio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVGFGmoltDs

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 1:58 am

Give that gal one of those fancy-schmancy manicures where each nail is a teensy little sunset with a palm tree on it, and she'd be a dead ringer for my Uncle Garlic's wife…
or Petunia from Futurama, same difference.

tessiee October 5, 2012 at 2:03 am

"concerns about President Barack Obama’s planned Thursday campaign rally, saying students who want to attend are unfairly being required to supply a phone number and email address to the campaign, even having to click “I’m In” to get a free ticket"

*clutches pearls*
You mean, they had to actually CLICK A MOUSE to get a free ticket to go see the President???
What kind of a God would allow such a thing to happen?

bobbert October 5, 2012 at 2:03 am

I think they missed a bet by not having a really big Wisconsin state flag. (Hint: state motto is "Forward").

Robman2 October 5, 2012 at 2:16 am

Secret Service, simple as that.

C_R_Eature October 5, 2012 at 7:51 am

AHHHHHHH Goddammit Ann Coulter's on CSPAN's Washington Journal now fuck fuck fuck no no no no abort abort throw furniture SMASH TELEVISION ARRRRHHHHGGG

SpiderCrab October 5, 2012 at 8:17 am

Does the photo accompanying this report indicate that Althouse has a tattoo between her breasts, or is that blue blotch her pathetic attempt to gussy up all the hate she exudes?

Jus_Wonderin October 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

“This is what pushed me into the seriously annoyed category,” Mayer wrote.

I bet it doesn't usually take something this annoying for Mayer to be seriously annoyed. Whiner!

Negropolis October 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

114,000 jobs for September. Another "meh" month, but it's above 100,000 and everyone has already decided on the economy, so, yeah…meh. Rate drops under 8% (7.8%).

EDIT: More news. It seems that participation actually increased so the rate didn't go down because more people dropped out. The previous two months' job numbers are also revised up.

This is better news than expected.

Negropolis October 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

Joe Scarborough is losing his shit that the jobs numbers aren't as terrible as he thought they should be. lol His anger…it sustains me. He keeps repeating "I don't understand this. I don't understand."

glamourdammerung October 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

One has to love how the "loyal" opposition gets so upset whenever anything positive happens in this country.

Jus_Wonderin October 5, 2012 at 9:30 am

That's what I read.

Theywontlisten October 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I saw his pissie ass this morning it's like he was praying for bad news and wanted to say…'how could this be happening? he's a n___er. Is it some kind of black magic? why do things work out so well for that n____er?"

Allmighty_Manos October 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

I don't know, but I think I'd tap that. And then feel awful the next morning,

HistoriCat October 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

Just don't tell her your real name – and use extra-strength protection.

Jerri October 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

Uh huh. Say, you know what I found "seriously annoying" about that particular public square when I lived there? The conservative anti-abortion preacher dude who would stand in front of the humanities building from time to time and call us all heathen sluts and wave fetus gore pictures at us.

Oh, and Badger game days. Those were seeeeeeeeriously fucking irritating.

And the fucking drum circles. Always the goddamned drum circles in that town.

I'd much rather be seriously annoyed by a smart and sexy president coming to town to like, I don't know, engage our young people and get them excited about politics, social issues, and so on. But then I'm just a regular person, not a fancy professor who has decided to make a living by educating young people about the world they live in, so what the fuck do I know.

terrystop October 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

You might as well ignore Althouse. As someone who's had the great misfortune of having her as a professor, she's a loon with no capability of teaching. She's an excellent whiner and does a great job of babbling like a demented schizophrenic, but as for teaching? Ha! Most law students wonder how the hell she got tenure.

The rally was a lot of fun, and went off without much of a hitch. Classes were moved with ease and alternate spaces provided. Althouse, though? How unfortunate she's still teaching at UW. Sigh.

owhatever October 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Three "high-profile UW-Madison professors?" Really?

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