U of O Watch mission, in the words of Foucault...

"One knows … that the university and in a general way, all teaching systems, which appear simply to disseminate knowledge, are made to maintain a certain social class in power; and to exclude the instruments of power of another social class. … It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them." -- Foucault, debating Chomsky, 1971.

U of O Watch mission, in the words of Socrates...

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Coulter aftermath: Allan Rock "comes clean" three weeks later

THIS video and THIS media report establish the official blame sharing scheme worked out at the University of Ottawa some three weeks after the canceled Ann Coulter event:
  1. Allan Rock alleges to have pre-approved the boobanesque Francois Houle letter to Coulter, as the official institutional response to her planned visit.
  2. Allan Rock alleges to have recognized when he approved the letter that such a letter sent only to certain speakers could represent discrimination and could have a chilling effect on a potential speaker.
  3. Allan Rock alleges that he refused to accept the student union request to ban the Coulter talk from campus based entirely on his responsibility to defend free speech.
  4. Allan Rock continues to allege that the University of Ottawa has always been and without exception a vigorous defender of free speech.
  5. Allan Rock proposes that the U of O now needs to develop a consensus policy of freedom of expression?
[We are not making this shit up. He wants an institutional consensus view about freedom of expression. Watch the VIDEO.]

There you have it, in five-point format. No sophistry or contradictions in them there words. That should wrap it up nicely. Try taking me to the human rights tribunal now. Took away your bang didn't I? "I did it." "The institution is wise and pure." "I did it." "You have to go after me, not just Franky."

Meanwhile, Franky Houle sat beside his boss and did not utter a peep (see VIDEO). Now we know what it means when a VP signs a letter at the U of O.

Rock's CEO career ambitions and professional reputation are over if he continues to take U of O down the tubes as he is doing, so it was time for him to take some hits in an attempt to salvage the wreckage. Historians are already penning the sequence of consecutive professional fiascoes:
  • Gun registry cost overshoot by $1B
  • $2M of taxpayer cash paid to Brian Mulroney for no known reason
  • Tainted blood victim discrimination
  • Canadian UN position on Israel
  • Intimidation of student politicians, banning of student poster
  • Police-state style persecution of student Marc Kelly
  • Cover up of an extensive on-campus covert surveillance campaign
  • Trashing of a major school's reputation internationally
Maybe some people just aren't meant to have responsibilities beyond student government?

1 comment:

Terry Madison said...

This article's main premise is built on a lie - That somehow Mr. Rock doesn't know much about Ann Coulter's own habitual lies simply because he did a web search. A web search is all one needs to see all the lies, hate and distortions instigated by Ann Coulter, in her own words. Any one who writes a book called "Godless" about millions of god-fearing liberals, not only uses sweeping generalizations, but hateful divisiveness as well. The there are the dozens of videos of Ann Coulter condemning the 9-11 wives, the wives of presidential candidates, ad naseum. It takes all of 15 minutes to see Ann Coulter for her true self.