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McAdams has taken to defending himself, here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.assassination.jfk/mv9wQeauV2s

I suppose it's not surprising that McAdams dismisses the dean's letter explaining why he's being fired as a "deranged rant", and insists he has no remorse related to his role in the threatening emails received by the student teacher. It's all a liberal conspiracy, blah blah blah.

It would be unbelievable if it wasn't so predictable.

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John McAdams is a Conspiracy Theorist??

Yes. I, like so many others, have long been curious about McAdams. What's his objective? As detailed in my online review of his book JFK Assassination Logic, his objective extends way beyond the Kennedy assassination. McAdams is an extremely conservative Catholic, convinced the modern world has gone to hell, literally, and that liberals are responsible.

As a result, he sees the Kennedy assassination through a prism of "liberals want me to think our government lied about the Kennedy assassination, so it must have been a lone nut." Well, as we've seen, this message has been an easy sell to much of the supposedly liberal media, which has embraced McAdams as its go-to guy on the assassination.

The irony, of course, is that McAdams, the mainstream media's pet expert, its supposed voice of reason, and supporter of science, also thinks global warming is a giant liberal conspiracy.

And now the other shoe has dropped. It turns out that McAdams is equally upset by gay marriage, and completely flipping out over its increasing acceptance. He attacked a student teacher who dared suggest that anti-gay marriage arguments holding that gays were innately unfit parents were homophobic in nature as a "bully," and called a student who she forbade from pushing such an argument in a class devoted to an entirely different topic as a "victim." He then outed the student teacher on his blog, and linked to her webpage so his readers could see what kind of person she was--which then led to her receiving a hundred or so hate emails, some so bad the university felt it had to hire her a bodyguard.

So the university investigated. It came to the conclusion McAdams had lied in his blog posts about the incident involving the student teacher, and fired him. So now, of course, he is claiming the dean, the rest of the administration, and all the educators denouncing his actions online are all part of a liberal conspiracy of politically correct Nazis out to destroy freedom.

I'm simplifying John's views, of course, in order to make them look ridiculous. But the fact remains that everything is upside down. John McAdams is now the conspiracy-theorist, barking in the wilderness. And I am the lone-nutter, convinced a lone nut is responsible for the assassination of John McAdams' career--John McAdams.

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I worked with this one guy when I was logging who was a real trouble maker for the company, and thought he was bulletproof because we belonged to a union. The union did protect him for the longest time (grudgingly, I believe, as his grievances cost the union a lot of money to fight) but, eventually, the logging company grew tired of his antics, and set about to remove him, which they eventually did. Their case was so ironclad, and by the book, the union couldn't do a thing to help him.

Don't get me wrong. I think unions and tenure are great things in many ways, until one guy comes along and abuses his privileges, and ends up destroying things for everyone in the process. We were not sorry to see him go.

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cropped-wwlogo_5march20141.jpgAssata Shakur mural removed

By Workers World Milwaukee bureau posted on June 13, 2015

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A mural depicting Assata Shakur was removed in May by Marquette University officials after an unrelenting right-wing campaign.

Shakur, a people’s hero and icon of the Black Lives Matter movement, is a former Black Panther falsely accused and convicted of killing a cop in New Jersey in 1973. She escaped prison and has been in exile in Cuba for more than 30 years. The U.S. government has a $2 million bounty out on her.

The mural had been on display in the Alumni Memorial Union near the Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center since March. Shortly after the center posted photos of the mural on its Facebook page, a longtime conservative professor, John McAdams, joined a campaign to have the mural removed. McAdams critiqued the center on his blog for “glorifying a black militant cop killer.”

Under mass student, faculty and community protest, McAdams, an associate professor of political science, was suspended in 2014 for criticizing a graduate student teaching assistant on his blog for how she handled a discussion of gay marriage in her class. He faces possible termination.

Charlie Sykes of the WTMJ radio ­station in Milwaukee, one of the most rabid right-wing media personalities in the United States, helped the campaign to have the mural painted over. Sykes has a daily radio show and a TV program, and edits “Wisconsin Interest,” a magazine from the right-wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. This think tank for decades has participated in the destruction of social safety nets such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children, the public school system, and unions and called for the privatization of public ­services.

Despite a mission statement proclaiming that the university encourages a diverse community with “vigorous yet respectful debate,” university spokesperson Brian Dorrington spoke for the Wall Street interests that really run Marquette University, the administrators and their servants, and the cops, on May 20, when he said: “The facts in this instance are clear: A mural of a convicted murderer has no place here.”

Dorrington, of course, said nothing about the innumerable photos, statues and memorabilia littering the Marquette campus and Milwaukee generally that glorify real criminals and murderers such as slave owners, those who’ve committed genocide on Native peoples and plundered whole continents, and the bankers and industrialists responsible for the vicious exploitation, oppression, and murder of workers and oppressed peoples.

Shortly after the mural was removed, the director of the center, Dr. Susannah Bartlow, either resigned under pressure or was fired. There is now a campaign to have her restored to her position. Supporters can email Dr. Michael Lovell, president of Marquette University, at michael.lovell@marquette.edu or call 414-288-7714. A petition can be found at ipetitions.com.

We will not be silenced!

The Coalition of and for Students of Color at Marquette University issued a statement May 18 after the mural was removed:

“Marquette University does not waste a moment. They painted over a mural with inspirational quotes from activist Assata Shakur without asking anyone (the students) if it was ok the same day of graduation. This is an attempt to erase our voice and silence the people, but we refuse to be silenced MU! Remember you are only functioning because we pay tuition and the Coalition doesn’t believe the mural should have been painted over. This is disrespectful and unacceptable!”

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center was built after the university administration rescinded a job offer to Jodi O’Brien, a lesbian professor and noted author of gender and sexuality books. The center offers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and allies space where they can seek counseling and resources. It is also designed to address issues of sexual violence on campus. The center, under Dr. Bartlow’s leadership since 2012, has also become an oasis for students of color on the majority white and affluent campus.

At a time when every progressive law, every policy, every organization and every resource is under attack by the right wing in Wisconsin, the destruction of the mural must be seen as part of the overall effort by Wall Street and their servants to attempt to smash what’s left of the labor-community movement and to make the state a Jim Crow, low-wage, nonunion, deregulated playground.

Besides the usual seething racism by right-wing forces against people’s warriors such as Shakur and against all people of color, the mural attack is also an attack on Cuba and the burgeoning youth- and student-led Black Lives Matter movement in Wisconsin. These inspiring forces have been connecting race, class, gender, sexuality and other issues such as the environment and supporting unions. The right wing is also attempting to divide white workers from their direly needed allies.

As the students, faculty and their supporters fight back, the two quotes from Shakur on the original mural are giving them inspiration to continue the struggle:

“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”

“Before going back to college, I knew I didn’t want to be an intellectual, spending my life in books and libraries without knowing what the hell is going on in the streets. Theory without practice is just as incomplete as practice without theory. The two have to go together.”

For more information: tinyurl.com/qdkcc74, tinyurl.com/GSRCMarquetteFB and #ASSATAMU #HANDSOFASSATA

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Larry Hancock,

The account I read was that Professor stated in class that everyone agreed as to Topic A, so Topic A was not open for discussion. And that after class had ended, Student approached Professor and argued that there was not universal agreement as to Topic A and that therefore Topic A ought to be open to discussion in class. Whereupon Professor informed student that only unreasonable (bigoted) persons could hold a contrary view and thereupon invited Student to leave her class.

The class, I understand, dealt with ethics. Topic A, as I understand, was same-sex marriage.

While it seems that the instructor had no problem restricting the right to express an opinion on same sex marriage and/or homosexuality because it would trample on the 'feelings' of the same sex marriage/homosexual crowd, apparently she had no problem trampling on the free speech rights crowd.

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Larry Hancock,

The account I read was that Professor stated in class that everyone agreed as to Topic A, so Topic A was not open for discussion. And that after class had ended, Student approached Professor and argued that there was not universal agreement as to Topic A and that therefore Topic A ought to be open to discussion in class. Whereupon Professor informed student that only unreasonable (bigoted) persons could hold a contrary view and thereupon invited Student to leave her class.

The class, I understand, dealt with ethics. Topic A, as I understand, was same-sex marriage.

While it seems that the instructor had no problem restricting the right to express an opinion on same sex marriage and/or homosexuality because it would trample on the 'feelings' of the same sex marriage/homosexual crowd, apparently she had no problem trampling on the free speech rights crowd.

That's not at all what happened. If you read up on the issue, you'll see that the class was not a discussion of same sex marriage, but that the student used the student teacher's not letting him turn it into one as a weapon of revenge, as he was failing her class. You'll also see that McAdams then used information gained as the student's academic adviser to bad-mouth (and lie about) the student teacher and the university in general, on his blog, and that he linked his blog to the student teacher's home page to facilitate harassment. You'll then see that he refused to apologize when the the student teacher received a number of bizarre threats, to such an extent even that the university had to hire her personal security. In short, if anyone has ever deserved to get fired, it is McAdams.

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