Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Faking Hate Crimes 101?

As many of you know, Kerri Dunn, a visiting professor at Claremont McKenna, set up and faked a hate crime against herself by vandalizing her car and spray-painting hateful anti-Semitic epithets on her own car. As I've blogged elsewhere, she accused conservative students without any proof whatsoever. Dunn later served a year in prison for her falsified police report. There I imagine she was confronted by real racism.

Adam Kokesh
CMC '06 must have been taking notes. Kokesh served his country in the Marines, but now is a member of the radical anti-War factions that make up phony soldiers who disagree with the war in Iraq. (with video, courtesy of Hotair.com) Now a graduate student at George Washington University, Kokesh faked a hate crime by posting anti-Muslim fliers. The fliers blamed the Young American Foundation. Sound familiar?

While Dunn tried to use the incident for "social justice" -- how it can be either social or just to set up a hate crime is beyond me--Adam Kokesh used his fake hate crime to distract from David Horowitz's speech on Islamo-Fascism. Kokesh and his goons ran around GWU posting fliers against Muslims . And fortunately, Kokesh had the good sense to turn himself in before the GWU administrators called the FBI or police.

Better yet for Kokesh if you cry satire, you've got protected speech. You don't go to jail. Pity.

Of course the Kokeshs and Dunns of the world must stir racial and religious animosity to a boiling point. To do otherwise would make them obscure and give them the irrelevancies they rightly deserve.

Bono: Friend of Poverty, Not The Poor

I wrote an article for the Claremont Independent before Bono came and speak tonight. Here's the link. You can expect more tonight once he speaks, but let me distill my beefs with Bono. The lightest charge is the one reproduced here. He's a tax cheat:

As The Chronicle of Higher Education notes, U2 recently relocated its music-publishing company from Ireland to the Netherlands to lower its tax burden. Slate columnist Timothy Noah points out Bono's hypocrisy. By relocating to the Netherlands, Bono denied the government of Ireland, one of the poorest developed nations in the world, its necessary tax revenue.

Bono, who fights for "justice issues" governing tax policy and supports progressive taxation hurts the Irish. His very hypocrisy sends a powerful message to those who support his goal, but disagree with his means: progressive taxation is for thee and not for me. What's more, he encourages the very tax cheats in his beloved Africa. According to the African Union, Africans lose $150 billion dollars in taxes every year due to tax evasion - three times its total foreign aid. Those who see Bono's hypocrisy will wonder: If Bono does it, why can't I?
So please, Bono, shut up and sing.