Borrowing a page from the Scientology harassment manual, the Middle East Research Organization (MEMRI) has sent a legal nastygram to profblogger Juan Cole threatening a (trumped-up sounding) libel suit him and his employer, the University of Michigan, on the basis of some criticisms leveled against the group in this column. Follow-up posts at Cole's blog. I make no judgement about the veracity of the bill of particulars against MEMRI, but it's a little ironic to see a group that trumpets a quote from Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) praising their "enormously effective work, on behalf of truth, civilization, open press of all types" would stoop to this kind of cheap attempt to squelch criticism through intimidation.
The new framework aims to keep everyone learning at the same level for as long as possible.
“Our only job today, is to give the law’s terms their ordinary meanings and, in that small way, ensure that the federal government does not exceed its statutory license.”
Punishing players for kneeling, or not kneeling, is a First Amendment violation at public universities.