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Micro Frohn Check

I ran across this blog in comments, and it reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to mention.

Few would argue that Harvard and UC Berkeley are two of the most liberal institutions of higher learning in the land, and Mr. Frohnmayer is a graduate of both. His indoctrination into the left-wing mindset would have begun during his undergrad years at Harvard and then would have been reinforced during his law degree studies at the most liberal of American institutions; Berkeley.

Leaving aside for a moment the substance of this seemingly never-ending Insurgent debate, Frohnmayer really does have my sympathy here. It’s certainly true that he could have taken a more proactive stance in distancing himself from the Insurgent – but frankly, the idea that he was going to be held personally accountable for its content isn’t one that would have occurred to any of us a month ago. Statements like

Mr. Frohnmayer is, in every way, the type of far left wing person who loathes Christians, loathes conservatives and loathes those advocating family values.

show a perplexing disregard for the Frohn’s distinguished legal career, generally amiable disposition towards all and sundry, and, uh, the fact that he’s a Republican. While it would surely add to the hilarity if Frohnmayer were an Insurgent-reading anarcho-halfwit and a charter member of PETA, the truth is somewhat more prosaic. He’s a good guy who doesn’t deserve to be getting called out by the American Family Association over this kind of nonsense.

(And yes, I suppose I would feel slightly more sympathy if he hadn’t taken so damn long to get involved the last time a mob of lunatics tried to shut the Commentator down based on a spurious claim of “hate speech”. However, it’s possible that he still bears a grudge over this.)

  1. Niedermeyer says:


    Sorry, I just felt like it needed to be said again.

  2. richard says:

    The attitude of the intellectual elite. All comments above sound like they come from those who hold themselves in an elevated position of IQ and worldly knowledge. Too bad that comments like these are never the product of real world experience, hours of studying the facts or stepping back and realizing the totality of a situation.

    By the way, the president of UO would not have been breaking the law by putting the brakes on hatespeech and degradation of the symbols of someone

  3. Bryan says:

    You’re quite correct about the merit of using the term “shitheel”. Very emotional of me. In my defense, I did not call him that in the comment I posted on his blog.

  4. olly says:

    It’s not usually good to be the first person to use the word “shitheel” in an argument. (Although I am just about to go to the bar, where I will probably violate this rule within about ten minutes.)

    I would say, however, that this fellow is using a definition of “left wing” that I think is highly non-standard.

  5. Bryan says:

    I commented on that shitheel’s blog. One of our frequent commenters also tried to set the guy straight. He’s in his own reality.

  6. Niedermeyer says:

    oh man, check the Frohns record some time… Smith v. Unemployment, shutting down the Rajineeshpuram… none of it is really the stuff of stellar “far left wing” credentials.


    And to think that these attacks are all the product of his unwillingness to blatantly break the law. It all goes to show that legal behavior just doesn’t pay…

  7. Timbo says:

    “To find yourself, think for yourself” -Socrates

    This is the tagline of the blog. Does anyone else find that delicious?

  8. olly says:

    Get some sleep, Spencer.

  9. Ian says:

    While it would surely add to the hilarity if Frohnmayer were an Insurgent-reading anarcho-halfwit and a charter member of PETA, the truth is somewhat more prosaic.

    I can dream, dammit.

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