Good Samaritan Intervenes To Protect Woman In Argument With Boyfriend On Thanksgiving . . . Boyfriend Then Throws Good Samaritan Off Bridge

1513234477158A Connecticut man is recovering after he was thrown off a bridge on Thanksgiving after he intervened to protect a woman in an argument with her boyfriend.  The victim and his friend told Gregory Rottjer (left) to “chill out” and allegedly Rottjer and his friend Matthew Dorso became enraged.  Rottjer then threw the Good Samaritan off the Derby-Shelton Bridge — a 45 foot plunge that almost killed him.  What is unbelievable is that the woman, Jennifer Hannum, was also charged in the case in resisting one of the officers who came to find her boyfriend.

 

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Schumer Files Real Complaint Over False Sexual Harassment Complaint

220px-Charles_Schumer_official_portraitSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has rightfully filed a police complaint over a fake sexual harassment complaint against him, including the forged signature of a former aide. This is a vicious attack on Schumer that vividly illustrates the hatefilled madness that has taken so many citizens on both the left and the right in today’s poisonous political environment.  I am heartened by the filing.  Finding the culprit or culprits behind this fake complaint would take a small but meaningful step to bringing a element of responsibility back to our political discourse.

 

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UK Moves To Make Wolf Whistles and Misogynistic Speech A Hate Crime

Metropolitan_Police_FlagWe have previously discussed the alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly in France (here and here and here and here and here and here) and England ( here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here). Much of this trend is tied to the expansion of hate speech and non-discrimination laws. Once allowed to criminalize speech, individuals and groups demand more and more prohibitions.  England is in a free fall over free speech and this week is yet another example.  The police have indicated that they are considering making wolf whistles the latest category of hate speech.  

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Allred Appears To Threaten Defamation Action In Moore Controversy

downloadAfter an appalling performance during the election that handed Roy Moore a desperately needed claim of misrepresentation by an alleged victim, attorney Gloria Allred appeared on CNN for a victory lap — an interview that only briefly touched on the debacle over her press conference with Beverly Young Nelson.  Allred ignored the fact that Jones won despite her blundering during the campaign.  Putting aside the obvious lack of responsibility, Allred did agree with Nelson that this is not over because there is still the matter of defamation to address on behalf of Nelson. That sounds like a threat of a Nelson defamation action, which is precisely what my column today is calling for.  Let’s find out who is lying in Alabama.  Both Moore and Nelson should stop threatening lawsuit and actually sue.

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A Question of Contempt: It Is Time For Congress To Enforce Its Oversight Authority

800px-Capitol_Building_Full_ViewBelow is my column in the Hill Newspaper on the surprising move of the Republican House of Representatives toward a contempt action against officials in the Trump Administration.  While some have called for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the dossier controversy, I continue to question the necessity of such an appointment even though I believe that there is a need for an investigation.  I believe that Congress can fully investigate the allegations of political influence in the federal investigation into the matter.  However, that will only be the case if congressional committees can secure the information that they require (and are entitled to) as part of their oversight authority.  Any such effort will have to deal with a long history of contempt by the Justice Department for congressional oversight investigations.

Here is the column:

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“Objects of Popular Resentment”: Hundreds of Professors Seek Removal Of Statues To Christopher Columbus and Teddy Roosevelt

250px-Theodore_Roosevelt_circa_1902220px-Christopher_ColumbusI have been writing and speaking about the movement to remove statues that range from confederate leaders to Columbus to Supreme Court justices to Founders (here  and here and here and here). I specifically  wrote about the call for the removal of monuments to George Washington and others as the list lengthens of figures to be cleansed from public historical displays.  In a particularly concerning development, hundreds of professors have now joined this movement in signing a letter calling for New York City to remove monuments honoring Theodore Roosevelt and Christopher Columbus.  The open letter to New York’s Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers declares such historical figures as representing “white supremacy” and “objects of popular resentment.”  The letter is an embarrassment for higher education as these academics adopt over-simplified and ahistorical approaches to this controversy.

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