Free-Floating Hostility

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, David Horowitz and 2 Live Crew Walk into a Bar. Ouch.

The AP photo site my newspaper uses has a window at the top where you can click on the headlines for the five biggest stories in the world at that moment. Today this was one of them:
TEHRAN, Iran (AP)_ Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Tuesday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country's universities, urging students to return to 1980s-style radicalism. "Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities," the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during a meeting with a group of students.
I'm glad that the Iranian hard-liners are taking a break from enriching uranium to take on the issues that really matter, what professors say in class. I was also reminded of my old friend David Horowitz, who also dislikes liberal and secular university lecturers. In fact, he's probably enriched himself somewhere railing against them. Here's a list of things that he said in his recent book, which I won't link to because he can go drum up his own business. I'm doing this order to show that anyone can be taken out of context and made to sound like a horrible person. Also Horowitz went after Eric Foner, and that's not cool.

Later in the day I received an e-mail from a PR firm in New York. It related to the growing violence epidemic in youth sports, as evidenced by this story out of nearby Stockton, where a youth football coach decided to exact revenge for a late hit against one of his 13-year-old players by running out decking one of the other team's 13-year-olds. I receive e-mails like this often. But the strange part is that it offered me the chance to interview an expert in the field, one Luther Campbell. You know Luther Campbell, from 2 Live Crew, the rap group that gave us classics like "Me So Horny" and "Fuck Martinez" (in reference to Florida's then governor). He's now running a youth football league and going by the name "Uncle Luke." And that has to be the most terrifying thing ever.

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