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PSU (Penn State) censors exhibit
The Daily Collegian ^ | 4/21/2006 | Jessica Remitz

Posted on 04/21/2006 10:46:17 AM PDT by Happy Valley Dude

For Penn State student Josh Stulman, years of hard work ended in disappointment yesterday when the university cancelled his upcoming art exhibit for violation of Penn State's policies on nondiscrimination, harassment and hate.

Three days before his 10-piece exhibit -- Portraits of Terror -- was scheduled to open at the Patterson Building, Stulman (senior-painting and anthropology) received an e-mail message from the School of Visual Arts that said his exhibit on images of terrorism "did not promote cultural diversity" or "opportunities for democratic dialogue" and the display would be cancelled.

The exhibit, Stulman said, which is based mainly on the conflict in Palestinian territories, raises questions concerning the destruction of Jewish religious shrines, anti-Semitic propaganda and cartoons in Palestinian newspapers, the disregard for rules of engagement and treatment of prisoners, and the indoctrination of youth into terrorist acts.

"I'm being censored and the reason for censoring me doesn't make sense," Stulman said.

Charles Garoian, professor and director of the School of Visual Arts, said Stulman's controversial images did not mesh with the university's educational mission.

The decision to cancel the exhibit came after reviewing Penn State's Policy AD42: Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment and Penn State's Zero Tolerance Policy for Hate, he wrote.

Garoian could not be reached by The Daily Collegian for further comment by press time yesterday.

Penn State spokesman Bill Mahon wrote in an e-mail message that "there are other issues involved in the display that has caused a problem, issues that have nothing to do with the content of the painting." Mahon wrote that he did not know all the details.

"We always encourage those who are offended by free speech to use their own constitutional right to free speech to make their concerns known," Mahon wrote. "This is an educational institution and people should embrace opportunities to inform one another and the public. ... We don't have a right to hide art."

Stulman said the exhibit, which is sponsored by Penn State Hillel, aims to create awareness on campus about the senselessness of terrorism and drew inspiration from images that have appeared in the public through newspapers and television.

He said he was shocked at the university's decision to cancel the exhibit and that he has tried to meet with Garoian on numerous occasions to discuss his artwork.

"It's not about hate. I don't hate Muslims. This is not about Islam," Stulman said. "This is about terrorism impacting the Palestinian way of life and Israel way of life."

Stulman said advertisements for the event were defaced in the Patterson and School of Visual Arts buildings, one of which had a large swastika on it.

Stulman, who is Jewish, said he felt threatened and abused by the Nazi symbol and is concerned for his artwork and his personal well-being.

Garoian also wrote that exhibit space in the School of Visual Arts is reserved for students and faculty, not groups with a particular agenda.

Stulman said he created his paintings on his own and he approached Penn State Hillel in February to help with advertising costs and food for the opening. He said the School of Visual Arts did not object to his earlier exhibit, also sponsored by Hillel.

Tuvia Abramson, director of Penn State Hillel, said while Hillel sponsored the Stulman's exhibit, the group had nothing to do with his message or content.

"We don't have a political agenda except to support the voice of Jewish students," he said.

Abramson said Hillel is exploring other venues for Stulman's exhibits to ensure his message does not go unnoticed.

"It's about opening eyes and challenging viewpoints," Abramson said. "Artistic expression is the basis for creativity -- but here, it was blocked."

--Collegian staff writers Meaghan Haugh and Devon Lash contributed to this article.

Josh Stulman examines his artwork, previously scheduled for an art exhibit that was canceled by Penn State. The painting to the right, by Stulman, is titled “Our Greatest Hero” and depicts Hag Amin Al-Husseini, who was hailed as the greatest Palestinian hero by Yasir Arafat. Other works by Stulman address terrorism toward Jews.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antisemites; antisemitism; art; brainwashing; censorship; diversitytraining; doublestandard; indoctrination; pc; pennstate; politicalcorrectness; politicallycorrect; propaganda; propalestinianwar; reeducationcenter; thoughtcrime
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Looks like political correctness is alive and well at in Happy Valley. God save JoePa.
1 posted on 04/21/2006 10:46:18 AM PDT by Happy Valley Dude
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To: Happy Valley Dude

I bet you could pee on the virgin mary and they would display it*


2 posted on 04/21/2006 10:49:20 AM PDT by RolandBurnam (I WANT SOME PORK RINDS!!!!!)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

The Left continues to use the word "tolerance" as the justification for much of their intolerance.


3 posted on 04/21/2006 10:49:35 AM PDT by FormerLib ("...the past ten years in Kosovo will be replayed here in what some call Aztlan.")
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Penn State was probably too scared that some crazy Muslim would try to blow up the exhibit. When you come right down to it, most academics nowdays are complete panty-wearing cowards.


4 posted on 04/21/2006 10:50:51 AM PDT by Antoninus (I don't vote for liberals, regardless of party affiliation.)
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To: Antoninus

So Picasso's Guernica would be not be exhibited either? It showed the Luftwaffe terrorizing farmers and animals and had no 'cultural diversity' value.


5 posted on 04/21/2006 10:58:07 AM PDT by noobiangod
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To: Happy Valley Dude
The exhibit, Stulman said, which is based mainly on the conflict in Palestinian territories, raises questions concerning the destruction of Jewish religious shrines, anti-Semitic propaganda and cartoons in Palestinian newspapers, the disregard for rules of engagement and treatment of prisoners, and the indoctrination of youth into terrorist acts.

So they were upset that his exhibit included antisemitic images? Or that the Palestinian USE of antisemitic images reflected poorly on the Palestians?

6 posted on 04/21/2006 11:01:53 AM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: Happy Valley Dude
For Penn State student Josh Stulman, years of hard work ended in disappointment yesterday when the university canceled his upcoming art exhibit for violation of Penn State's policies on nondiscrimination, harassment and hate.

Three days before his 10-piece exhibit -- Portraits of Terror -- was scheduled to open at the Patterson Building, Stulman received an e-mail message from the School of Visual Arts that said his exhibit on images of terrorism "did not promote cultural diversity" or "opportunities for democratic dialog" and the display would be canceled.

Josh can now add an eleventh piece to his exhibit, Charles Garoian and Penn State's anti-Semitism and support of Palestinian terrorism.

7 posted on 04/21/2006 11:02:41 AM PDT by RJL
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To: Antoninus

I theink what they are doing to him is legally and morrally wrong. They suck


8 posted on 04/21/2006 11:02:58 AM PDT by PV2Sheppard
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To: Happy Valley Dude

I dodged a number of "bullets" decades ago when I got rejected by Penn, Cornell, Duke...


9 posted on 04/21/2006 11:02:59 AM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: FormerLib

"The Left continues to use the word "tolerance" as the justification for much of their intolerance."


More like an excuse for being gutless.


10 posted on 04/21/2006 11:03:22 AM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

The university is correct. Religious fanatics promoting political change based solely on their adopted religious dogma should not be able to use the good name of the university, at a university sponsored event, as cover for their treacherous misconduct.


11 posted on 04/21/2006 11:03:44 AM PDT by eskimo (Political groupies - rabid defenders of the indefensible.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Why censor it when you can let a nutty English professor encourage her students to destroy it?


12 posted on 04/21/2006 11:04:14 AM PDT by opinionator
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To: Happy Valley Dude

The really sad part is that it is highly probable that Josh Stulman and his backers at Penn State Hillel will blindly vote Democratic in the next election.


13 posted on 04/21/2006 11:06:15 AM PDT by superdad
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To: SeaBiscuit
More like an excuse for being gutless.

You're accusing the Left of being gutless? How intolerant of you!! /Sarcasm off

14 posted on 04/21/2006 11:06:59 AM PDT by FormerLib ("...the past ten years in Kosovo will be replayed here in what some call Aztlan.")
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To: Antoninus
".....most academics nowdays are complete panty-wearing cowards."


Nowadays? They always have been.

Always remember, those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.
15 posted on 04/21/2006 11:08:04 AM PDT by Crispus Attucks Patriot (The first to give his life for your liberty was a Black man!)
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To: PV2Sheppard
Actually, since colleges and universities get federal money, they COULD be sued on constitutional grounds for First Amendment violations.

I doubt the ACLU will rush to this guy's aid anytime soon, though......
16 posted on 04/21/2006 11:10:20 AM PDT by Crispus Attucks Patriot (The first to give his life for your liberty was a Black man!)
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To: weegee

I got accepted to Penn, but decided to go elsewhere...


17 posted on 04/21/2006 11:11:24 AM PDT by Buck W. (Avoid Evian Flu--Don't Drink Bottled Water.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel.

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18 posted on 04/21/2006 11:12:44 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do!)
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To: Happy Valley Dude
"raises questions concerning the destruction of Jewish religious shrines, anti-Semitic propaganda and cartoons in Palestinian newspapers, the disregard for rules of engagement and treatment of prisoners, and the indoctrination of youth into terrorist acts."

Geez. I wonder which one of these is depicted in the one piece of artwork they showed above.

19 posted on 04/21/2006 11:13:49 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Happy Valley Dude

cultural diversity IS a religion to most colleges as is global warming. watch all the earth worshippers come out of their caves on "earth day".

I think diversitarians think diversity is the be all and end all . That's how you end up with Taliban Man at Yale.


20 posted on 04/21/2006 11:13:59 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 (they love you in Mexico until you pay in pesos.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

The link below features Penn State professors talking about the importance of free speech and the right of free expression--when it comes to liberal causes. I am sure these professors will run to the aid this young man and get it all sorted out for him.


http://www.post-gazette.com/regionstate/20010227faire8.asp


21 posted on 04/21/2006 11:16:13 AM PDT by melstew
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To: tobton
Penn State was probably too scared that some crazy Muslim would try to blow up the exhibit.

Or, they may have been concerned that some crazy anti-Muslim freaks would blow up the exhibit if they went the other way.

23 posted on 04/21/2006 11:21:46 AM PDT by eskimo (Political groupies - rabid defenders of the indefensible.)
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot
I doubt the ACLU will rush to this guy's aid anytime soon, though......

I actually took three graduate classes from the former head of the PA ACLU many moons ago. Our building featured student art from time to time and one exhibit featured artworks with a **gasp** sexual theme. There was a painting displaying a woman alone, a group of negatives of a bunch of nekkid artists posing (this I found particularly outrageous, probably because I was never invited to those kinds of parties) -- anyway, there was a protest and the artwork was taken down.

The ACLU head who taught in the building wrote a spirited defense of the 1st Amendment for our school paper.

If you can't display controversial artwork at a university, then we have a BIG problem in this country. It looks like our academics aren't as committed to academic freedom as they like to let on. Fascists are bad in ANY walk of life; in a university, they are poison.

24 posted on 04/21/2006 11:28:29 AM PDT by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!!!)
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To: You Dirty Rats
The ACLU head who taught in the building wrote a spirited defense of the 1st Amendment for our school paper.

For some reason, I doubt the ACLU gives a damned about the Constitution or the First Amendment if it conflicts with the taking of profit.

25 posted on 04/21/2006 11:38:02 AM PDT by eskimo (Political groupies - rabid defenders of the indefensible.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

The e-mail for the Presidents Office is:

president@psu.edu

His name is Graham Spannier

A once great university has sunk to lows that even I couldn't dream of.

Class of 1970


26 posted on 04/21/2006 12:03:01 PM PDT by fteuph
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Diversity is the new term for Affirmative Action which is the old term for racism, segregation and hate.


27 posted on 04/21/2006 12:05:08 PM PDT by sasafras ("Licentiousness destroyes order, and when chaos ensues, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.)
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To: Antoninus

its another form of terrorism. Implied Terror.the consequences of which will at the end of the day be every bit as destructive as an act of physical terror.


28 posted on 04/21/2006 12:07:57 PM PDT by wiggen
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To: Happy Valley Dude; Sam Cree; Republicanprofessor
ping.

No wonder the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education gives PSU a rating of "code red".

29 posted on 04/21/2006 12:10:25 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (Embrace Freedom....Hug a Vet!)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

bump for later


30 posted on 04/21/2006 12:11:09 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Sam Cree; Liz; Joe 6-pack; woofie; vannrox; giotto; iceskater; Conspiracy Guy; Dolphy; ...

Art ping!

Let Republcanprofessor; me or woofie know if you want on or off the art ping list.

As always, some of the animals are more equal than others. Penn State's Visual Arts Department seems to be picking the tradtional animal to make less equal. Although the ironic result IMO is to make their own department less equal.

OTOH, if you want to learn how to do art, a university is probably not going to be the place to learn it anyway. The art departments have other fish to fry. I notice that the good books on the actual craftsmanship of painting or drawing tend to be over 50 years old, and hard to get. Nobody knows how to do it anymore, universities stopped teaching it 40 years ago.


31 posted on 04/21/2006 12:30:26 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: Sisku Hanne

Thanks for the ping :-)


32 posted on 04/21/2006 12:31:21 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: eskimo
The university is correct. Religious fanatics promoting political change based solely on their adopted religious dogma should not be able to use the good name of the university, at a university sponsored event, as cover for their treacherous misconduct.

Or, they may have been concerned that some crazy anti-Muslim freaks would blow up the exhibit if they went the other way.

You forgot your "sarcasm" tags (I hope).

33 posted on 04/21/2006 12:31:44 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: Buck W.

Good for you. The article is about Penn State, not Penn.


34 posted on 04/21/2006 12:38:42 PM PDT by Big Digger (I)
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To: Logophile
You forgot your "sarcasm" tags (I hope).

You want me to give you instructions on how to perceive what I say?

35 posted on 04/21/2006 12:45:43 PM PDT by eskimo (Political groupies - rabid defenders of the indefensible.)
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To: Sam Cree

IMO, the visual arts department painted itself into a corner. Art departments pride themselves on emphasizing politics as art. Big problem when the politics of a project suddenly don't follow the party line. What do you do then? Censor of course, academic freedom is only for certain people.


36 posted on 04/21/2006 12:46:19 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: Sam Cree

Beyond all that, the painting looks crappy.


37 posted on 04/21/2006 12:47:13 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: Sam Cree
"I notice that the good books on the actual craftsmanship of painting or drawing tend to be over 50 years old, and hard to get. Nobody knows how to do it anymore, universities stopped teaching it 40 years ago."

Although one of my BAs is in Art, I was barred from my senior show as well...I was an Art History major and there was bad blood between the history and studio sides of the department, but I had my comeuppance, as the college library where I had done work-study for four years (and two summers) gave me exclusive use of it's prime exhibit space for the duration the senior show was up in the department gallery...;-)

You're generally correct about universities, and the true technicians will either be there only as adjuncts or working in a dedicated art school. For those who want to be true artisans, traditional apprenticeship is a far better system than a degree program.

38 posted on 04/21/2006 12:50:04 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Big Digger

"Good for you. The article is about Penn State, not Penn."

I understand, but the post I responded to DID refer to Penn, aka UP. Have a look...


39 posted on 04/21/2006 12:59:28 PM PDT by Buck W. (Avoid Evian Flu--Don't Drink Bottled Water.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Penn State, home of the Nittany Kittens, is one of the most PC places around.


40 posted on 04/21/2006 1:01:21 PM PDT by sauropod ("Age is just a number" - Brenda Frese, UMD Women's Basketball Coach, 4/4/06)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"the college library where I had done work-study for four years (and two summers) gave me exclusive use of it's prime exhibit space for the duration"

:-)

41 posted on 04/21/2006 1:18:04 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: sauropod
Penn State, home of the Nittany Kittens, is one of the most PC places around.

How so?

42 posted on 04/21/2006 1:18:51 PM PDT by eskimo (Political groupies - rabid defenders of the indefensible.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I recently took a few art classes at FIU.

There was in fact a portrait painting class given there by a qualified instructor, but only at night and not for the full semester, and only for the art education students, not the actual art students, who had no access whatsoever to that kind of thing.

I believe the instructor was, as you say, an adjunct.


43 posted on 04/21/2006 1:23:42 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: weegee; Buck W.

I was under the impression that "Penn" ==> U. of Penn (Ivy League), and Penn State, aka Nittany Lions, state school...


44 posted on 04/21/2006 1:37:57 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Happy Valley Dude

My brother and sister-in-law's alma mater and they always seem to think it is better than mine (Florida State). Now I have something to retort on their continued "greatness" of PSU.


45 posted on 04/21/2006 2:04:32 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Sam Cree

I'd actually like to see the paintings. I'm not thrilled with the one in the illustration, but it would be interesting to see more of them.

I wonder if, in time, someone like Josh Stulman could send images to be posted on an alternative web site (like a thread a FR?). That way more people would be able to see his pieces than might just at Penn. And more discussion would ensue.

Actually, we don't know if he is indeed a conservative. But it is somewhat interesting that this is the second story in a day or two whereby the ruckus is over non-liberal views in art. I'm thinking, of course, of the "right wing attack chair" by another young art student (a blonde bombshell). It would be nice if the truly rebellious became conservatives, in the long-overdue swinging right of the pendulum.


46 posted on 04/21/2006 2:27:15 PM PDT by Republicanprofessor
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To: Happy Valley Dude
I sympathize with the kid's disappointment, and detest the shambles of academe, which seems to have been completely suborned by the Left, but frankly, the judges of the exhibition could've excluded his work on solely aesthetic grounds. From what I can tell, he simply isn't very good. Granted, the only piece I can see is "Our Greatest Hero", and that from a photograph, so my judgment of his work is necessarily qualified and narrow, but his draughtsmanship, composition, handling of materials, and use of color and form--at least in "Our Greatest Hero"--demonstrate an earnestness that simply doesn't translate to artistic merit. I don't doubt his sincerity or his convictions--which puts him head and shoulders above the postmodernists, in my view, but I don't think earnestness and sincerity are substitutes for talent.

Politically oriented stuff isn't usually very good, anyway, either left or right. (I must admit, though, that I've been sorely tempted to 'do' Mohammad in a particularly scathing and blasphemous way, but resist the urge as a waste of time--life's too short to spend any part of it showing the founder of Islam canoodling a pig.)
47 posted on 04/21/2006 2:46:51 PM PDT by Rembrandt_fan
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To: Republicanprofessor

I guess the odds are that the guy is a "liberal." After all, Israel itself is more or less socialist, I believe.

Yes, agreed that the Right, to the extent that there even is such a thing as "the Right," is the counterculture these days in America, at least in Academia.


48 posted on 04/21/2006 2:56:55 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot
If you believe that you are an ignoramus. I believe that everyone should have the right to express themselves freely and without retribution. That is why I have joined the U.S. Army, so I can defend people's rights, not crush them as our enemies do.
49 posted on 04/21/2006 2:57:38 PM PDT by PV2Sheppard
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To: Happy Valley Dude
Looks like political correctness is alive and well at in Happy Valley. God save JoePa.

Amen. . .

Are we as doomed as we appear by this cultural mind control? Is our 'frog cooked'?

PC continues with little resistance, it's pathetic and dangerous trail of erosion. . .

50 posted on 04/21/2006 3:04:02 PM PDT by cricket
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