“Yes, We Were Stupid”

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Admits one of the budding young storm troopers who helped along the little brawl at Columbia that silenced the speech by Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist. He said it regarding the decision by Columbia University administrators to examine Facebook records of the various students involved in the thuggish merrymaking.

"I don't [agree with the decision], but there's nothing we can do about it," Patric Prado, SEAS '09 and creator of the group, said. "I was there, and it's fine that they want to incriminate people who actually started violence. … Yes, we were stupid, but we got our message across that we weren't going to accept this on campus."

Well, besides the obviously criminal thuggishness, which is stupid to begin with, there is also the limited intellectual capacity of people dumb enough to join Facebook groups admitting they were part of the violence. But it will make it ever so much easier for Columbia to come down on the analog brownshirts.

Columbia will review information and images posted on students' Facebook profiles as part of its investigation into Wednesday night's Minutemen brawl, a University spokesman confirmed Thursday evening.

Though this marks the first public acknowledgement (sic) that Columbia administrators would use the social networking Web site to conduct a security probe, it follows a trend set by peer institutions over the past year of monitoring Facebook content for enforcement purposes.

"Facebook is a public thing," Robert Hornsby, a University spokesman, said. "It's on the World Wide Web, and it's not exempt as a resource. … Students may disagree with that, but they also have a prerogative to take down their Facebook entries."

The investigation comes after a violent protest broke out in Roone Arledge Auditorium during a speech by Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, an organization that patrols the U.S.-Mexican border for illegal immigrants. Shortly after the speaker took the stage, several audience members rushed onto the stage with banners, sparking a physical conflict and prompting the early cancellation of the speech.

According to Facebook, it is the top location for Internet photo-sharing, with over 10 million users uploading about 1.5 million photos daily. The average U.S. college student spends 18 minutes per day on the site, according to a report by comScore, a company that monitors Internet traffic.

As of late Thursday night, 13 Columbia students and alumni had joined a Facebook group titled, "YES, I was there when Gilchrist was rushed faster than CUFT's Quarterback."

We have to say we agree with you completely, Patric. You were, and still are. Moreover, it seems evident that you always will be.

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6 Responses to “Yes, We Were Stupid”

  1. DirtCrashr says:

    Because of the Left’s deliberately confused and distorted narrative about itself, Fascism is always (and conveniently) shown as an opposition-element, rather than an outgrowth of Leftism itself – because it’s simply easier and less conflicting to take that way.
    It could be that is what links the Left and the Islamists so strongly. Both are rigorous and fairly rigid structural ideologies with an internal struggle component of jihad or kampf. And as public pathologies they each express that internal struggle externally as revolution in order to exorcise their own demons.

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  3. Norman Rogers says:

    What’s really funny is that the NY Times has yet to report on this. The NY Sun, the Post, and the Daily News all have stories up and have done follow-ups.

    But from the “Paper of Record”? Silence.

  4. Gaius says:

    I’d say sad, not really funny.

  5. DirtCrashr says:

    Totalitarians know each other when they meet on the street…

  6. JoeS says:

    dhimmocrats should ad these “open minded” young scholars to their platform of surrender and hatred.We aren’t going to le

    They sound like Ernst Roehm and his Brown Shirts (Sturmabteilung). Look this piece of work up in Shirer, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (21st edition; p38).

    Pure intimidation. “we weren’t going to accept this on campus.”

    Yep, Sturmabteilung in action.

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