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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Duke/Nifong Hoax: Day #305

Today's items: ...

Filing Additional 7A-66 Affidavits — While many were disappointed when Durham County Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson decided to not act on Beth Brewer’s 7A-66 affidavit according to the specific statutory directives delineated by the North Carolina General Assembly in the language of the law, there is one great advantage to Judge Hudson’s creative interpretation of waiting to act as acting. The additional time provided by Judge Hudson’s stall will allow for additional 7A-66 affidavits to be filed by equally concerned citizens. In the week that has passed since Ms. Brewer’s filing, we have had inquiries from Durham County residents and others about the propriety of using Ms. Brewer’s filing as a template for their own affidavits...

LieStoppers: Nifonged (cartoon)

Letter by David Leeds, Herald-Sun:
Listen to the silence
— Just another rape. Just another party for Duke students. Just another girl dragged into a bathroom and raped. Ah! Does this remind us of anything? It does, except this time, there's no crooked district attorney illegally jumping to press charges. Nobody is hiding vital evidence to sway the case. There is no national media attention. I promise you Oprah will never hear about his one and CNN won't bother to mention it. Why? Seems to me the last time this happened everybody in the nation heard about it. Oh, that's right. This time the victim is white and the alleged perpetrator was black...

John in Carolina:
Professor Piot responded — Dear John in Carolina, Thanks for your note. I've promised my piece for publication in an academic journal, with the proviso that it not be published elsewhere beforehand. I'll certainly let you know when it comes out. I didn't use the term "free speech" in discussing the blogs, but said they haven't fulfilled their democratic/populist promise...

discussion (see comments):
Locomotive Breath/Duke graduate with a BS, MS and PhD. —

From Prof. Piot, and many of the other panelists, we got disdain, bordering on contempt, for students that fit a particular demographic...

The panel went on to characterize as "ignorant" all students who disagree with this point of view. Prof. Piot identified, in particular, "white Greeks and their hookup culture" as the dominant social caste (again paraphrasing although I think I'm pretty close). He claimed that they are "unhappy people" even if they don't know it and they need the faculty to set them straight, presumably by teaching them that they are racist and sexist and should feel guilty about themselves. Teaching self hatred is an odd form of love for students.

I encourage the organizers of the meeting to release the video so that others can hear exactly what was said and how it was said. Then thinking people can form their own opinions and the dialog can begin.

I'm not as nice as John. To be blunt, I think the panel know that their remarks would meet a poor reception outside the circle of acolytes that attended the meeting and are protecting themselves from further criticism by restricting circulation of the remarks.
KC Johnson:
More Airbrushing — Creatively reinterpreting the past appears to be a theme in case-related matters this week. The potbangers blazed the trail; Amanda Marcotte took up the challenge. The ex-official blogger for the Edwards campaign published an explanation of her departure yesterday in Salon....

Another redefining occurred this week in the Chronicle column of one of the few remaining defenders of the Group of 88, Samson Mesele. Echoing the assertion of Charles Piot from last Monday’s edition of the Group of 88 Rehab Tour, Mesele claimed that the Group of 88 is really the Group of 89—that “in my view, [President Brodhead] is an honorary signatory of the ad and its references to student-identified problems of racism, sexual coercion and social inequality at Duke.” (I’m not sure Brodhead would agree with this claim.)...

Funneral for Sgt. James J. Regan - Hero, Army Ranger, & former Duke lacrosse player
'Had that big smile' — Army Ranger from Manhasset killed in Iraq remembered at funeral as fun-loving man who wanted to 'make everyone around him happy.' Before his last deployment to Iraq, Army Sgt. James Regan selected a passage from the Bible he wanted read at his funeral.

Friday, at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Manhasset, Regan's teenage sister, Micheala, read those words. "Here I am, Lord, send me," she said softly, reading from Isaiah 6:3-8.

Nearly 700 mourners crowded the pews and stood two and three deep along the walls of the church where Regan was baptized in 1980...

Jayne G. Evans and Pat Grace, Manhasset Pres:
James J. Regan Gives His Life for His Country — James J. Regan, in his brief life, did not choose the predictable, cushy jobs his background and ability afforded him. Regan, at 26, last week gave his life for his country, a United States Army Ranger killed in Northern Iraq, having already served four tours of duty - two in Afghanistan and two in Iraq...

Farewell to Army Sergeant James Regan — A sea of supporters waved the American flag in silence as the remains of Sgt. James Regan were brought to St. Mary's Church in Manhasset for a final mass...

Josh Herwitt, College Sports TV/CSTV.com:
Like Father, Like Son — Given the unrest that has plagued Duke's campus over the past year, Matt Danowski has been feeling surprisingly more at home these days. Maybe it's because he's back on the field playing lacrosse every day. Or maybe it's because he can finally take comfort in looking over at the bench to see his father barking orders. Ironically, the scene might never have happened for the senior attackman had that infamous off-campus team party not taken place on a spring night in March last year...

"As a father, I had an opportunity here to do some good," John admitted, "Not only for your son, but also for his friends and for the guys that were being maligned by all sorts of people who didn't know who these kids were. People were jumping to conclusions and were saying things about their character and who they are as people. It gave me an opportunity to say, `here's something I can do.' " ...

Michael Gaynor:
The Incredible Melanie Sill and Duke Case Two — I would be fascinated to learn to what further lengths Ms. Sill may go in trying to justify omitting the word "black" from a police description of a person wanted by the Durham police in connection with an alleged rape...Is there a good reason to suspect that the accused in the second Duke alleged rape case misstated the race/color of her alleged attacker? If so, what is it? If not, why presume she misspoke?

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