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Civil rights group set to file lawsuit over Silent Sham

Let's get this party started:

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has been talking with potential student and faculty litigants, the group’s executive director said in an interview with Policy Watch Tuesday. They plan to file this week.

“In our view, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has perpetrated a fraud upon the court,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the committee. “They have made false representations to the court about their standing, about their ownership interest in the monument. It is clear this settlement agreement was one negotiated before the filing of the suit and a letter from SCV’s leader makes it clear they knew they lacked standing and had no jurisdiction to present this matter to the court.”

Anticipating the inevitable and painfully ironic mantra, "Another frivolous lawsuit from the Librals, who can't stand all the #Winning!" Or something equally noxious. At best, Republicans caved to a lawsuit before it was even filed. At worst, they conspired to file a lawsuit against themselves. This whole episode needs to be closely scrutinized in a court of law, and the Discovery alone will be worth the exercise:

Nothing to see here. Move along.

The UNC BOG interim Pres W. Louis Bissette, jr. addressed NCGA this afternoon on the process the BOG went through in deciding on appropriate salaries for chancellors at each level of our university system by seeking comparison salaries at comparable schools. Our salaries needed to be adjusted. Upwards.

Christensen on Spellings: "Nothing to see here, folks."

Another round of false equivalencies and historic rationalizations:

But if you look at the backgrounds of past UNC presidents, you will find they are diverse lot – businessmen and college administrators, liberals and conservatives. None have had a Ph.D. Several have been deeply involved in politics. Few had any classroom teaching experience.

When the UNC Board of Governors or their predecessors have searched for a new president, they have not looked for one particular model. Undoubtedly some of the skepticism about Spellings is political. Much of the left feels about George W. Bush about the way the right feels about Barack Obama. Anybody closely associated with either man is immediately suspect by those who hold opposing views.

Once again, Rob puts forward the theory that public opinion is based mostly on a "shallow" analysis of a person or policy, and if only we had his vast experience keeping score in the political arena we could grasp the truths that elude us. And once again, he fails to mention the most damning characteristics of the subject in question: Her history of leading the largest and most disreputable conglomeration of for-profit online universities in the country, which have bilked students and parents out of billions in tuition over the years, and her openly bigoted stance dealing with LGBT rights. Both of those characteristics set her widely apart from previous Presidents of the UNC System, and both should have been dis-qualifiers for the job. Once again, Rob, politics is not a sport, where you compare earned run averages or free-throw percentages. It has a real-world impact on the lives of the people of our state, and Margaret Spellings has the potential to do great harm to the tens of thousands trying to reach their potential via the UNC System. They are the ones who need to be given a chance, not her.

The Micromanaged Life

Dear NCGA,
I usually make decisions on my own but as you seem to have the answer for everything that ails North Carolina, I thought I’d seek your advice on a few things.

It’s raining this morning, what should I wear? Should I take an umbrella with me? And should I take lunch or eat out?

Intimidation in the Dark Ages


It’s nice to see the sun shining after this week’s snow, but no matter how bright the sun and Carolina Blue the sky, today North Carolina entered a new Dark Age.

When I think back on my educational experiences I never thought I'd live to see a day when Science was ridiculed as Magic, Learning denigrated as Foolhardy, and the Ravings of the Willfully Ignorant elevated to the level of Religion. Nor did I ever expect to live in a time where everyone associated with a world class university was made to feel the phrase Freedom of Speech had to be replaced with Do Not Anger The Powers That Be.

All hail the UNC Board of Governors!

I don't know Tom Ross, but I sense he's too nice a guy to say what he really thinks about his unceremonious firing last week as President of the University of North Carolina system. And while I admire his sense of restraint, I don't share it. Discretion sometimes gets in the way of clarity.

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