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Omnibus Gives More Money to OCR, the Agency in Charge of Title IX Witch Hunts

Stop the madness.

HBOHBOThe Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has been rewarded for its hard work eroding the free speech and due process rights of university students accused of sexual assault: the omnibus spending bill that passed Congress earlier today includes a 7 percent budget increase for the agency.

OCR is charged with ensuring that universities are in compliance with Title IX, the provision of federal education law mandating gender equity. But Catherine Lhamon, President Obama’s assistant secretary of OCR, has interpreted her mandate very broadly—issuing guidance to universities that they must adjudicate sexual assault themselves and could lose federal funding if they don’t tilt the proceedings in favor of accusers.

Some Republican Congressional leaders are perfectly aware that OCR has effectively become a rogue agency. Sen. Lamar Alexander has confronted OCR bureaucrats and accused them of subjecting schools to regulations that were never approved by the legislature, “circumventing principles of transparency and accountability,” he said, according to The College Fix.

The question, then, is this: Why would a Republican-controlled Congress opt to increase OCR’s budget? Writes Paul Mirengoff at Powerline, “Why is a Republican Congress about to reward OCR for not following the law?”

This outfit does all it can to impose the left’s agenda at the K-12 and college levels. In doing so, it often ignores the law, defining perfectly legal conduct as unlawful.

If the OCR’s resources are stretched thin, it’s because of the Office’s overreach, based on a willful misreading of the law. By increasing OCR’s budget, Congress rewards its misconduct. The budget should be slashed, not increased.

OCR maintains that it needs more funding in order to complete is current investigations of colleges. But the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Hans Bader—a former OCR attorney—argues that additional funding will merely incentivize the agency to launch even more witch hunts:

A government official with inside knowledge says that this increase was included after a “couple Democratic Senators recently circulated a Dear Colleague Letter asking for a $6 million budget increase for the OCR, so they could complete their Title IX investigations in a more timely manner.” 

But this budget increase will not reduce the number of incomplete investigations, but rather increase them over the long run. OCR just uses budget increases to make up new legal obligations for colleges out of thin air, and find violations based on conduct previously deemed legal.  That it turn leads to even more open, incomplete investigations.

Expect to see more of the same from OCR in the coming year—particularly if Republicans refuse to rein in the agency.

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  • Lee G||

    Paul Ryan, GOP Savior

  • sarcasmic||

    You misspelled Douche.

  • Citizen X||

    Douche Savior would be just an ok name for a band.

  • Mr Lizard||

    Auger Douche?
    Douche Punch?
    Douche Clamp?

  • buybuydandavis||

    Douche Nozzle.

  • Jimbo||

    Douche Nazis

  • juris imprudent||

    Douche LaRouche?

  • ||

    Hey, what else is he gonna do, shut down the government? Because everyone knows that's counterproductive and unreasonable.

  • JW||

    If you squint, really hard, you can see the difference between the 2 parties.

  • Hamster of Doom||

    You have to kind of tilt your head a bit, and let your eyes unfocus. It helps if you've had a recent head injury.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    It's easier if you ignore what they actually do and just listen to the empty rhetoric.

  • JW||

    It helps if you've had a recent head injury.

    yes! That home lobotomy kit finally pays dividends!

  • wef||

    the republican party must be destroyed

  • Hugh Akston||

    I wonder how much it will take before universities overcome their institutionalized white guilt and reflexive authority-appeasing and start to push back on stuff like this.

  • Mr Lizard||

    When the libel lawsuits start claiming university realestate as awards.

  • Hamster of Doom||

    Something to look forward to, excellent. Silver lining.

  • ||

    Which ski towns have a college in them? I might enroll...

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Nothing east of the Mississippi.

  • ||

    Get thee to Keene State!

  • ||

    Well, NH is the most economically free state!

  • Zeb||

    Don't think I'd call Keene a ski town. It is a good town for wacky anarchists, though.

  • coloraDOOM||

    Colorado mountain college in Leadville? Montana State?

  • DblEagle||

    MSU has Bridger Bowl north of town and Big Sky to the south. Big snow days empty the university.

  • DenverJ||

    Gunnison Co, one of the coldest places in the continental US

  • MarkLastname||

    It took thirty years before the East Germans finally tore down the Berlin Wall, so we may be waiting awhile.

  • JW||

    I may have to home college the kids.

  • Hugh Akston||

    The frat parties are going to be...awkward.

  • commodious spittoon||

    Not as awkward as the consent hearings.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You idiot. The only reason to home-college in the first place is so you don't have to worry about consent when you slip your mom a roofie.

  • JW||

    The frat parties are going to be...awkward.

    Don''t be absurd. I'll have consultants for that.

    "Uncle Hugh will now show you how to butt chug."

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I was home college'd. Look how I turned out!

  • JW||

    Mein gott!

    Honey, get the kids in the car! They're going to college!

  • Mr Lizard||

    OT: Suspect drowns when he falls off of police boat. Improper life vest application is blamed, and the officer is facing involuntary manslaughter.

    However if he had pants-shat his magazine into the guy because of furtive twitchy menacing contempt then nothing.

    http://m.stltoday.com/news/loc.....touch=true

  • MetalBard||

    Our world is bizarre

  • ||

    "...particularly if Republicans refuse to rein in the agency."

    Isnt that exactly what they just did?

    Can someone tell me exactly what fucking use we have for the Republican party?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Can't really help you there

  • WTF||

    Um, well, they're not as......uh, they don't.. I mean they,...ummm....I got nothing.

  • JW||

    Can someone tell me exactly what fucking use we have for the Republican party?

    They complete the Dems. It's the circle jerk of circle jerks.

  • WTF||

    They give the Dems something to "fight" against; they are the Washington Generals to the Dems Harlem Globetrotters.

  • dschwar||

    +1 Frank Skeffington

  • MarkLastname||

    What use does Oceania have for Eastasia.

  • AlmightyJB||

    OT: Update on the Just Mayo saga

    http://qz.com/576679/the-fda-d.....after-all/

  • Rhywun||

    Tetrick describes this announcement as part of the company’s plans to change the food system for the better.

    Oh fuck off, liar. How about removing the giant picture of an egg from your label?

  • MetalBard||

    Mayo is made from eggs? I always thought it was Satan's jizz.

  • Zeb||

    I have to ask. How did you come to know what Satan's jizz tastes like?

  • Krabappel||

    I understand your confusion -- they have the same taste and texture.

  • Illocust||

    Yeah, the giant egg is hella misleading. If I was walking down the grocer aisle I wouldn't realize I'd picked up some weird vegan mayonnaise until I got home and realized it tasted wrong. Probably even then I'd just think it's a crappy brand.

  • Hamster of Doom||

    "And CEO Josh Tetrick tells Quartz it will emphasize the word “just”—not as in “only” but as in “guided by reason, justice, and fairness.”

    Because nothing says fair and reasonable like vegan Just Mayo with a big EGG as the logo.

    I'm going to introduce a lovely hot cocoa mix based entirely on stevia and pork fat, and I'm calling it Vegan Delight.

  • WTF||

    In further news, FDA has decreed that eggless Hollandaise is actually Hollandaise.

  • WTF||

    And butterless beurre blanc is now a thing, too.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Once they had vegan bacon all bets were off

  • BakedPenguin||

    I'm not very pious, but that's a sacrilege.

  • Rhywun||

    “Why is a Republican Congress about to reward OCR for not following the law?”

    "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Bipartisanship!

  • Princess Trigger||

    See folks - that's how 'affirmative consent' is done.
    Simple verbal explanation of who does what and when to whom.

    Isn't that so much more fun than:
    1. squeezing a body part - nope, not slapped away
    2. rub another body part - "grunt-grunt" - that might be a neutral
    3. rub other body part - "hmm-hmm" - more positive sound there
    4. stick it in the pooper - "akkkkk!!!!" - that sounded negative
    ect.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Sound simple when your sober.

  • sarcasmic||

    OT: Got some walkie talkies for the kids for Christmas, and figured I'd charge them up before wrapping them. While looking at the directions I noticed that it is a felony to use them without a license from the FCC that costs three times as much as the units themselves.

    What

    The

    Fuck

    .
    .
    .

  • Lee G||

    How many Watts?

  • sarcasmic||

    It's the frequencies (GMRS) that matter, not the Wattage. If you don't use those frequencies then supposedly it's OK, but it's not like I can make sure that the kids stay off the verboten frequencies. If they play around on the wrong frequencies, and some asshat with a license hears them and gets pissed, he could send the feds after me. This is fucked up.

  • Lee G||

    Ah, GMRS. Just tell your kids to always identify as being in Canada. It's not trivial to track down a walkie-talkie user who doesn't want to be found.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    Criminalize everything and enforce arbitrarily. Now, if something you say online rubs a judge the wrong way or a cop doesn't like the way you looked at him, they can fuck you as hard as they want. And you only came across this one because you bothered to read the fine print in the instruction manual. How many instruction manuals have you not read?

  • ||

    Really? That must be new-ish.

    A few years ago I bought some 7 mile range walkies for the wife and I to use when I took her to the Tx Renaissance Festival in case we got separated. Turns out everyone else had them also. Every channel was a cacophony of nonsense.

    I didn't have a license and figure no one else did either.

    I did use them on a road trip where we had two cars. That was fun. People's kids that had their own were trolling the hell out of everyone in range.

  • Zeb||

    As Sarcasmic says, the frequencies used is what matters. Some are limited to CB band that doesn't require a license. I think the license requirement for GMRS has been around for a long time.

  • ||

    I just bought the damn things and put batteries in them. I threw the packages with the instructions still in them away.

    I have no idea how that works and couldn't care less. They came in handy on the road trip and a couple of times when my brother and I were out planting timber. After that they ended up in the never-land that all my useless junk goes into.

    Everyone has a cell phone now.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Everyone has a cell phone now.

    Walkies are nice when either calling or texting becomes difficult- like skiing or in noisy environments. Also nice when you have groups and need to keep in touch with the whole group simultaneously.

    We use them for skiing and they're invaluable.

  • Zeb||

    Everyone has a cell phone now.

    Well, everyone except me. I guess I do have one, technically, but i haven't seen it in a couple months.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I personally would ignore it

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Sarc, don't worry. It's unenforceable. The cylinder of Democracy is currently sitting on an empty chamber.

    I have some 26 mile GMRS radios which require an FCC license to use the higher power channels (which get you the 26 miles - mountain to valley).

    It's likely that those radios are the same type-- some channels won't require an FCC license.

  • Lee G||

    And the FCC doesn't generally chase people down. The FAA on the other hand...

  • ||

    The subject of radios comes up on my racing forum occasionally, and there's always some HAM guy who screams that the FCC is going to get your ass for running an unlicensed UHF/VHF radio. And yet, nearly every team at every race does it with no interest at all from the FCC. Hmm, maybe their enforcement budget needs to be increased as well.

  • paranoid android||

    They have their hands full stopping Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid from screwing up the space-time continuum.

  • ||

    OCR maintains that it needs more funding in order to complete is current investigations of colleges.

    Yeah, let's just skip this, actually.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Title IX isn't a Witch Hunt, it's a Bitch Hunt!

  • MJGreen - Docile Citizen||

  • Notorious UGCC||

    OK, you've violated Title IX.

    We'll cut your federal funding and, if you have no federal funding, we'll look for something else to cut. Let's just say it's a good think you're a lady.

  • Libertarian||

    As cynical as I am, I am still flabbergasted that the OCR budget is ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS! That's Austin Powers level funding.

  • MarkLastname||

    I bet the people at the OCR are vehemently anti-prostitution, and yet here they are getting paid 100 million dollars a year to fuck over some kids.

  • GILMORE™||

    "Hans Bader—a former OCR attorney—argues that additional funding will merely incentivize the agency to launch even more witch hunts:"

    He then demanded the release of 7 members of the New Provo Front.

  • Medical Physics Guy||

    OT: Systemic change needed after faulty Times article

    Looks like the rest of the media is standing outside the NY times with torches and pitchforks

  • Notorious UGCC||

    "...Ms. Malik had not posted “openly” on social media. She had written emails; she had written private messages, not visible to the public; and she had written on a dating site."

    A dating site?

    "Turn ons: Candlelit dinners (because we won't be eating in the day during Ramadan), memorizing the Koran, pledging my life and my full allegiance to the Caliph, killing infidels, Jar Jar Binks (I'm evil, aren't I?)

    "Turn offs: Jews, walks on the beach (I've seen plenty of sand in my home country, thank you), Jews, American infidel hypocrites who wage war on ISIS, Jews, insufficiently-zealous Muslims, Jews, Jews, Jews.

  • Medical Physics Guy||

    Turn offs: Holiday Christmas parties, Boko

  • Jimbo||

    Boom!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    She’s right. Erik Wemple of The Washington Post, who wrote early and often on this all week, noted that the story “set fire to the news system. All sorts of follow-up reports surfaced. And straight into the political arena it went.” It wasn’t long, he added, before Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz was using it to bash Democrats.

    Aha...

    I think I found the nexus of the Times' introspection on this issue.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Mr. Baquet said that some new procedures need to be put in place, especially for dealing with anonymous sources, and he said he would begin working on that immediately.

    Huh, Anonymous sources... will the Times really for reals start vetting their anonymous sources? Really for reals? Not holding my breath.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    “Our sources misunderstood how social media works and we didn’t push hard enough,” said Mr. Baquet, who read the article before publication. He said those sources apparently did not know the difference between public and private messages on social-media platforms.

    I asked him why reporters or editors had not insisted on seeing or reading the social media posts in question, or even having them read aloud to them; he told me he thought that this would have been unrealistic under the circumstances, but that without that kind of direct knowledge, more caution was required.

    Wh...whaaaaa?

  • Je suis Woodchipper||

    that's the straw that breaks the camel's back? that's what has the NYT questioning its reliance on anonymous government sources? not the fucking wars. not the due process-less killings. not the lies to bolster our surveillance state. nope.

    a fucking error about a posting on facebook that embarrassed the wrong people.

    for. fucks. sake.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    One vital life skill college students need to learn is how to be total douches to their politically retrograde, parents. Harvard is stepping into the breach with special placemats containing talking points to use on your Archie Bunker-esque family during Christmas dinner.

    Unfortunately, the news got out and Harvard had to issue a "sorry we got caught" apology.

  • Medical Physics Guy||

    It was on Kennedy last night. Don't we all watch Kennedy?

    (My first time watching, only because I'm stateside with a telly)

  • Medical Physics Guy||

    supposed to be reply to placemats

  • Notorious UGCC||

    Yeah, I (a) started feeling queasy about using the pirate sites instead of the legitimate cable access I don't have, and (b) it began to get kind of boring.

  • buybuydandavis||

    “Why is a Republican Congress about to reward OCR for not following the law?”

    Hard to say.

    Are they morons who don't realize they're funding a power base for the Progressive Theocracy?

    Or are they Machiavellians who love turning loose the witch hunters of the OCR on the broader power base from the Progressive Theocracy, academe entire?

    Of course they are bat shit crazy, but watching the Progressive Theocracy eat it's own is a good time.

  • juris imprudent||

    Deep Machiavellians who want to assure that the most egregious aggregation of power over education is consolidated there, waiting for a Republican President to use?

  • MarkLastname||

    I rule out this "deep Machiavellianism" because both we and the Republicans know that they would never in a million years be able to turn the institutions of the Progressive Theocracy into weapons of their own; the people who work there are dyed in the wool leftists, as are the people who implement the policies at the universities. As far as implementation goes, it doesn't matter who controls the white house, these institutions will keep doing more or less the same thing.

    I don't think it's a matter of turning their own rabid dogs loose on them either, because most of the people getting shafted by the witch hunters are still basically innocent bystanders, mainly just average students.

    I would say either 1) the GOP would have to trade something they like better (like defense funding) in order to get away with cutting the OCR's budget, or 2) They are just dumb and shortsighted and therefore don't really care about leftists using universities as indoctrination camps or trial runs for totalitarian government because all that doesn't matter for the next election cycle.

  • Rockabilly||

    Ministry of Truth rewards the Thought Police for their probes of thoughtcrimes

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