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When life is just a bowl of beans (Booing For NY Times Reporter)
Washington Times ^ | 5/23/03 | Wesley Pruden

Posted on 05/23/2003 2:25:52 AM PDT by kattracks

Edited on 07/12/2004 4:03:22 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Freedom of speech is like a plate of red beans and rice. Some people prefer ham hocks in the beans, and some people don't.

Chris Hedges, a colossal jerk who is a reporter at the New York Times (naturally), was booed off the stage when he ruined the commencement at Rockford College in Illinois with a rant against his country.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chrishedges; commencements; holycross; wesleypruden

1 posted on 05/23/2003 2:25:52 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
The New York Times has All The Slant That's Fit To Print. Booo!
2 posted on 05/23/2003 2:28:49 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: kattracks
but not "inappropriate" to spoil a once-in-a-lifetime occasion?

This is what cheeses me most about this controversy. It's not so much the harangue against the war, but the very, very bad taste to not give the graduates a speech that was about them, their hard work and accomplishment and their futures.That's what a commencment address is about. Go rant about the war on your own time, buddy. Very poor form. Priggish.

3 posted on 05/23/2003 2:56:39 AM PDT by Free State Four
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To: kattracks
This is getting tiresome. Conservatives have been booed and harangued and run off stage for years on college campuses. Those incidents passed without notice except for some pious nonsense about students expressing their right to protest. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I suspect the reason there's so much attention payed to this episode is it's a man bites dog kind of story.
4 posted on 05/23/2003 3:11:24 AM PDT by Arkie2
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To: kattracks
Mr. Hedges, a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School (which tells an inquiring mind a lot)

LOL

5 posted on 05/23/2003 3:17:22 AM PDT by tictoc (On FreeRepublic, discussion is a contact sport.)
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To: Arkie2
Ha! Not only do I approve of the booing, but I am most pleased to know that they had AIR HORNS, a fine Midwestern tradition ! LOL!
6 posted on 05/23/2003 3:19:32 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
The college president should be proud that the graduates have learned to think for themselves.
7 posted on 05/23/2003 3:27:43 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: kattracks
...Chris Matthews, a Catholic who advocates a right to abortion (and is mildly famous
for shouting down his "Hardball" guests).


Now, the college/university that invites Darryl Hammonds (sp?), the gifted
comic who does a great Chris Matthews, to give their commencement address...that's the
place I wish I'd gone to school!
8 posted on 05/23/2003 3:35:17 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Carolinamom
The college president should be proud that the graduates have learned to think for themselves.

Just my opinion, but I think the cruelest way to respond to bloviations by guys
like Hedges ix:
1. Obvious appearance of boredom during the speech (enduring the Bravo Sierra
with stony silence...maybe catching a few zzz's, putting on the Walkman headset, etc)

2. And at the end of the drivel, respond with the cruelest form of obvious disapproval
in Western Civilization: tepid, dispirited, polite applause.

In academic circles, nothing else shouts "Get of the stage, you boring irrelevant slob!"
like short, quiet applause.

But I don't blame the Rockford grads. Hedges is just lucky he didn't get
pelted with some over-ripe food products.
9 posted on 05/23/2003 3:41:13 AM PDT by VOA
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To: kattracks
The school took a political stance when they invited this ultra left nutcase.

College President Pribbenow needs to find work with the New York Times, they're the only ones nutty enough to believe this crap:

President Pribbenow said what you would expect the college president to say, that the school takes no political stance, and the job of the college is to demonstrate its commitment to learning by listening to "other viewpoints."

10 posted on 05/23/2003 3:44:10 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: VOA
Also, bring a newspaper and read it during the speech to show disinterest.
11 posted on 05/23/2003 3:56:32 AM PDT by libertylover
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To: kattracks
They paid Hedges for this?! So much for higher education.
12 posted on 05/23/2003 3:58:57 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: kattracks
Who were the two BRAVE BISHOPS that refused to be with Chris Matthews??? BRAVO!!!!!! About damn time we are fighting back!!
13 posted on 05/23/2003 3:59:21 AM PDT by Claire Voyant ((visualize whirled peas))
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To: kattracks
This is an excellent response to the commencement speech given by Chris Hedges. There are more than a few individuals in this country who believe that Freedom of Speech means they have the right to be heard, that when they speak, people must pay attention. They are not only wrong in believing this, they are ignorant as well. Like I stated to someone they other day, regardless of who is speaking, if I do not like what that person is saying, there is no right for them that states I am forced to listen. The canard that we have to listen and respect the viewpoints of others is also absurd. Mr. Pruden gives an example of listening to a KKK member and he is right. A college would never invite such a person to speak, and we can dismiss the beliefs of such a person. But just as a college would not invite the leader of the KKK, it would also not invite the local bum – the PC term is “homeless person” – from the street. But according to the idiots that head colleges of this nation, that person’s view is just as valid as the college grad. What absurdity!


14 posted on 05/23/2003 4:11:06 AM PDT by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a 100 pounds.)
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To: Miss Marple
I deplore the dearth of well ripened tomatos and other vegetables to supplement the boos
15 posted on 05/23/2003 4:16:57 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: libertylover
Also, bring a newspaper and read it during the speech to show disinterest.

Good idea...the shield of a newspaper has saved me from quite a few nutty tirades
while riding buses here in Los Angeles.

Believe it or not, some of the tirades were even worse than Hedges!
16 posted on 05/23/2003 4:19:50 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Jimmy Valentine
Oh, well said! How unfortunate that commencements take place in May, rather than August, when there would have been an abundant supply of locally grown produce!
17 posted on 05/23/2003 4:23:12 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: mewzilla
They paid Hedges for this?! So much for higher education.

If I was a parent with a Rockford grad in the audience, I'd be tempted to send a letter
to the committee that selected Hedges, along with copies to local papers and
to the NYTimes and The Washington Times.

The letter would thank the committee for selecting Hedges. And say that $5,000
was a low-ball price for getting such an excellent "Negative Role Model"
to present to the new graduates. Their life-paths have probably been pushed
onto a true heading of a moral compass by this speech.

And also thank them for putting the Rockford graduates through their final exam...
which they passed with flying colors by expressing their obvious rejection of
Hedges B.S., while showing civilized restraint from tarring and feathering the puke.
18 posted on 05/23/2003 4:25:39 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Miss Marple
"How unfortunate that commencements take place in May, rather than August, when there would have been an abundant supply of locally grown produce!"

NON-sense! By May, in Illinois, the strawberry season is drawing to a close. Overripe local strawberries should be readily at hand (and can conveniently be hidden in commencement gown pockets).
19 posted on 05/23/2003 4:29:10 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
well ripened tomatos ... to supplement the boos

Isn't that a Bloody Mary?

20 posted on 05/23/2003 4:31:20 AM PDT by 70times7
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To: No Truce With Kings
Strawberries don't start in Indiana until June. I didn't realize they were earlier in Illinois.

But you must admit, it is hard to beat the effectiveness of a very large, overripe Beefsteak tomato!

21 posted on 05/23/2003 4:33:35 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Free State Four
It's not so much the harangue against the war, but the very, very bad taste to not give the graduates a speech that was about them, their hard work and accomplishment and their futures

Tom Clancy spoke at my commencement years ago, and hit it out of the park. Class act. Humorous, motivating, and not too long. We gave him a standing 'O'.

22 posted on 05/23/2003 5:42:24 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Mr. Bird
Wow, Tom Clancy, what school did you go to?
23 posted on 05/23/2003 5:47:58 AM PDT by Mr.Clark (From the darkness....I shall come)
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To: Mr.Clark
Johns Hopkins. Soon to be the NCAA Division I Lacrosse champs, God willing.
24 posted on 05/23/2003 5:56:25 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Carolinamom
The college president should be proud that the graduates have learned to think for themselves.

Something tells me that the pres and lib'rals everywhere are afraid--very afraid.

Conservatives across the country are fed up with the patronizing and outright rude attitude from the left. Frankly, they're tired of being called pieces of s--t and they're starting to do something about it. I'm waiting for the 'second shot heard 'round the world/country', that defining moment when conservatives rise up and take the country back. It may have already happened (this incident may be it) and it's too early to tell, but the mood amongst conservatives is that it's time to take action.

25 posted on 05/23/2003 6:03:14 AM PDT by randog (It's always darkest before the dawn--a good time to steal the neighbor's newspaper.)
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To: Miss Marple
"Strawberries don't start in Indiana until June. I didn't realize they were earlier in Illinois."

You must be in the northern part of Indiana.

"But you must admit, it is hard to beat the effectiveness of a very large, overripe Beefsteak tomato!"

Unless you live in Texas, especially Austin and south of that, commencement takes place long before Tomato season. While both Austin (UT-Austin) and College Station (Texas A&M) could employ beefstakes, UT-Austin is too leftist, and TAMU is too disciplined.
26 posted on 05/23/2003 8:27:55 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: kattracks
Good "review" of the speech.

One thing bothers me, when I see Skinheads and Aryans and KKK and the like portrayed as the extreme political right. It ain't so.

They're racist fascists, which makes'em leftist in my book. "Racial integrity" and group identity is not a right wing value, it's a left wing value. I kinda feel like they're lumped in with conservatives mistakenly because they resemble, in manner of speech and appearance, like the religious right. But that's a cover purposely cultivated.

27 posted on 05/23/2003 8:51:11 AM PDT by Churchjack
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To: Claire Voyant
Who were the two BRAVE BISHOPS that refused to be with Chris Matthews???

Link to thread:

Bishop bows out of commencement over degrees for pro-choice honorees

28 posted on 05/23/2003 9:46:48 AM PDT by Steve1789
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To: 70times7
Read this twice before convulsing with laughter.

Thanks!

29 posted on 05/23/2003 1:06:58 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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