Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 167)

  • Where is the outrage? Is this not horrific?

    AP: An accelerant was poured around the exterior of Gov. Sarah Palin’s church before fire heavily damaged the building, federal investigators said Monday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the accelerant was poured at several locations around the church, including entrances. … The blaze was set…
    Jon Sanders, December 15, 2008
  • Where are they? (version no. 99)

    Per WRAL: A man accused of raping a former Duke student last year is in jail again, charged with the same crime against a different woman. The first victim’s father says the new charge could have been prevented if bond had been set higher in the case involving his daughter.
    Jon Sanders, November 25, 2008
  • News of the day

    Jon Sanders, November 22, 2008
  • Let’s identify all the budget busters

    Media are happy to provide helpful suggestions to families to cut their budgets. But when is the last time you've seen a report in the media actually cheering a reduction in government spending, let alone offering to help?
    Jon Sanders, November 21, 2008
  • Free expression at NC State, RIP

    Note: This article has been updated. See the update at the conclusion of this post. As an alumnus of NC State, I was upset but not surprised when some idiots1 wrote hateful, racially offensive graffiti concerning Barack Obama in the Free Expression Tunnel — upset because of the content, not surprised because of the location (the Free Expression Tunnel has been a reliable source of material offensive to anyone from any walk of life ever since it came to be). I was mortified when the leadership of NC State decided to publicize this idiocy in a press release and then compounded it by vowing to prosecute the students responsible, who were after all writing under the correct belief that their bilge constituted free expression — mortified because there was no need for the university to embarrass itself, because students and leaders have known for decades that a little bit of paint takes care of anything so offensive you don't wish to see it again (there is no guarantee that anything painted in the Free Expression Tunnel will last the night, let alone several days), and most of all because it signaled the university's complete aversion to free expression and by extension the First Amendment. I maintain that NC State has missed a crucial chance to use this controversy as a "teachable moment" for the First Amendment and the critical nature of free speech in a free society. You fight offensive speech with more speech, not by repression and usurping the God-given, self-evident right of free speech. So you paint over it, you protest, you hold rallies, you attempt to shame the offensive speakers into mending their ways, write op-eds, whatever — but you don't try to repress them or use the power of government to punish them.
    Jon Sanders, November 19, 2008
  • Snow in SE Wake County

    How strange is this? It’s mid-November. And if you go by August’s temperature record, why, it’s the warmest November in like forever ‘n’ ever. My kids are enjoying the spectacle — they’ve not seen snow here that they can remember.
    Jon Sanders, November 18, 2008
  • Disappointed NC State thought police are told: Free Expression means free expression

    As they were reminded here yesterday. The N&O reports: Campus investigators consulted with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office before dropping the investigation of a potential hate crime, Barnwell said. “They said that, while offensive, it was a free speech issue,” he said. The four students would…
    Jon Sanders, November 7, 2008
  • Attention NC State: The phrase “Free Expression” has a very clear meaning

    What is so hard to understand? This occurrence should, to a responsible administration, represent a "teachable moment" about free speech and the need to counter offensive speech with more speech, not repression — a welcome lesson to the generation so mollycoddled it cannot handle even the idea of offense. But not at NC State, not even at its famous "Free Expression Tunnel," where certain expression isn't free after all. I excerpt from the News & Observer story on the matter and highlight relevant portions:
    Jon Sanders, November 6, 2008