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Fire Dave Brandon? Not So Fast

Contra rallies in the Diag, not all of the students at the University of Michigan want Dave Brandon fired. I did not sign the petition calling for his dismissal nor did I participate in the protest calling for his termination, because both measures are imprudent, if not extreme, measures (Coach Hoke is another story). Although the protestors’ concerns may be …

Derek DraplinFire Dave Brandon? Not So Fast
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Firing Hoke: A Financial Non-Factor

The University of Michigan tends to spend money on some fairly outrageous things that the student body does not necessarily want or care about – i.e. spending $400,000 to relocate a tree. Tuesday’s rally and petition, however, made one thing abundantly clear – we want Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon fired. While the state of Dave Brandon’s job is a …

Jonathan RosenhanFiring Hoke: A Financial Non-Factor
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NETANYAHU OUSTS ABBAS’ BLOOD LIBELS ABOUT ISRAEL

On September 26, Mahmoud Abbas could have used his moment before the UN General Assembly to make a conciliatory statement – to extend his hand for a genuine peace deal as Anwar Sadat did in 1979. Instead, he used this moment to throw meat at a predatory crowd hungry for Israeli blood. The nations among these Israel haters, most of …

Samuel ShragoNETANYAHU OUSTS ABBAS’ BLOOD LIBELS ABOUT ISRAEL
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Che Guevara was evil.

That doesn’t stop Occupy UMich from proudly displaying a quote from him on their Tumblr page. And that doesn’t stop hundreds of students from wearing his iconic profile on their t-shirts, often without a clue to who Che really was. It is very ironic that on a campus that stresses individual expression and diversity, there are groups and individuals that …

Grant StroblChe Guevara was evil.
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Modern Gnostics and Modern Witch-hunts

“She turned me into a newt!” shouted John Cleese, as the Monty Python crowd cried that they had found a witch. Admittedly, as Cleese did, “I got better.” Remember witches burn because they are made of wood; wood floats on water; and as Graham Chapman pointed out, ducks also float on water. So if she weighs the same as a …

Ryan ShinkelModern Gnostics and Modern Witch-hunts
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THE FEDERAL COURTS ARE NOW FOCUSED ON ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AT THE IRS

In March of 2010, it was discovered that the IRS was subjecting certain organizations applying for tax-exempt status to heightened scrutiny if their ideologies were not consistent with those of the Obama administration. Several months ago, the IRS disclosed that – well after complaints about discriminatory treatment had been lodged and Congressional investigations had been instituted – it had “lost” …

Samuel ShragoTHE FEDERAL COURTS ARE NOW FOCUSED ON ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AT THE IRS
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God Save the Union: British Patriotism Remains Strong Despite the Careerist Political Class

Cry God for Harry, England, and St. George. The people of Scotland have decided that the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is to remain a United Kingdom: with 2,001,926 votes in favor of union and 1,617,989 votes in favor of independence. Many reacted gleefully: Daniel Hannan writes in The Telegraph, “I don’t much care at the moment whether …

Editorial BoardGod Save the Union: British Patriotism Remains Strong Despite the Careerist Political Class
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Choose Your Role Model Athletes Wisely

Cheating, racism, domestic violence, homosexuality, and child abuse: all of these issues confront Americans in all facets of both public and private life. Most shockingly though, these important societal issues have been placed at the forefront of the public eye this summer through, of all platforms, sports. Unfortunately, it has been the athletes, teams, and leagues’ role as perpetrators, not …

Steve LampertChoose Your Role Model Athletes Wisely
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How I Evolved on Same-Sex Marriage

Like many Americans, I have changed my mind on same-sex marriage—though my change of mind has gone the opposite way of most. My support for same-sex marriage was early and enthusiastic. In high school I wrote a research paper titled “Gay Marriage as a Constitutional and Human Right.” I was earnest and impassioned, motivated by a desire to see justice …

Ryan ShinkelHow I Evolved on Same-Sex Marriage