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From Jonathan Turley’s blog:

New York Professor Faces Latest Termination Petition Over Allegedly Falling Asleep During Anti-Racism Meeting

July 15, 2015

… Students are seeking the termination of Marymount Manhattan Theater Arts Associate Professor Patricia Simon after she appeared to briefly fall asleep during an anti-racist meeting held on Zoom. Simon denies the allegations but Marymount Manhattan student Caitlin Gagnon started a petition which features this picture and also accuses her of “ignoring … racist and sizeist actions and words of the vocal coaches under her jurisdiction.” The petition has roughly 2000 signatories.

It is an ironic twist on the woke movement where literally not being awake is now cause to be terminated.Professor Simon insists that the picture was a false image due to her bifocals and how she changed her angle to rest her eyes:

“I was not asleep as is implied at any point during the meeting,” she said, adding, “the photo used was taken without permission when I was looking down or briefly resting my Zoom weary eyes with my head tilted back which I must do in order to see my computer screen through my trifocal progressive lenses. I listened with my ears and heart the entire meeting.”

 
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  1. syonredux says:

    “This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.”

    ― T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

    I wasn’t going to put out a call, but the inbox has been very white. We’re looking for personal essays from Black and Latinx writers on The Baby-sitters Club, and any PoC on essays featuring: roller skating, Batman, Jim Henson, or webcomics.

  2. SFG says:

    Don’t ever be the first to stop clapping, eh?

  3. A disturbing pattern of right wingers is the complaining of people being falsely accused of racism, of bias and being censored or fired for expressing their views.

    All the while, theyignores the bigger stories, the ones with implications for the health and well-being of us all. The biggest one today, for me as a health care provider, is Trump’s attempt to control the facts about the pandemic to fit the campaign message. Some may die, especially the medically-vulnerable children with things like asthma, juvenile diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, congenital heart problems and other chronic health problems.

    Speaking of norms, yesterday Trump held a campaign rally, disguised as a news conference, in the Rose Garden. No previous POTUS has EVER done that, an act that is more in line with totalitarian regimes than a democracy. What’s next? “Make America Great” banners on the iron fences around the White House, a Trump flag flying over Washington governmental businesses? But, I digress. yall is more worried about whether a woman fell asleep at a meeting or about some art curator being accused of racism.

  4. I listened with my ears and heart the entire meeting.”

    Why does this give me flashbacks to attending Presbyterian Church as a small child?

    Who stays awake during a sermon?

  5. OT: Someone has posted “Greyhound” with Tom Hanks on YT. Get it before it disappears.

    • Replies: @George
  6. We are living in a dystopian novel co-authored by Eric Blair & Douglas Adams.

  7. Try to pick up a first grade teaching credential or learn to code, granny, cuz you’re a goner. No amount of reasoning with these folks is going to satisfy them. They’ll only be happy with your head on a pole they’ll dance around… wearing banana aprons.

    Again. You’re dead wood in Academia. You thought the purges would be limited to straight white male gentiles. But then they came for (((you.))) And now you’re just another honky chewed up and tossed off the wayside.

    This almost makes the ordeal for the rest of us worthwhile. At any rate, it’s a really good laugh. …Your discomfort.

  8. This Goldsteinite drifted off during the Five Minute Hate. Her facecrime revealed her doubleplusungood thoughtcrime. Such contempt for Ingsoc and Big Brother requires at the least a trip to Room 101 in the Ministry of Love.

    • LOL: Ron Unz
    • Replies: @mmack
  9. Allen says:
    @Denny Meyer

    Nice concern trolling but maybe try to be a little less transparent next time. MSM talking points don’t automatically become more persuasive when regurgitated in a comments section.

    “No previous POTUS has EVER done that, an act that is more in line with totalitarian regimes than a democracy. ”

    Lol, I think most of us would be overjoyed if Trump actually started living up to the “literally Hitler!” cries we’ve been hearing for the past three years.

    • Agree: BenKenobi, Charlotte
  10. JimB says:

    I was not asleep as is implied at any point during the meeting,” she said, adding, “the photo used was taken without permission when I was looking down or briefly resting my Zoom weary eyes with my head tilted back which I must do in order to see my computer screen through my trifocal progressive lenses. I listened with my ears and heart the entire meeting.

    But if she were sleeping, who could blame her? Listening to woke gobbledygook is only fun if you can make fun of it in real time. Otherwise, it has the effect of a droning fan on a hot summer evening. It sounds like, dare I say, white noise.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  11. George says:
    @Joe Stalin

    I don’t like movies about white people killing each other.

    • Replies: @Old Prude
  12. Alfa158 says:

    The revolution will be switched off when people with last names like Simon start being attacked.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  13. Michael S says:
    @Denny Meyer

    Why hello there Mr. Shilly McShillsalot, are you feeling a bit of a tickle in the back of your throat? Perhaps the sniffles? Would you like some chicken soup?

  14. No one thought to question Caitlin Gagnon’s mental stability when she took up a petition to get someone fired for falling asleep?

    Not reprimanded or scolded…but fired. Something is very wrong with people like this. And something is also wrong with people who don’t tell them to f*ck off.

    Who raised this generation of monsters?

  15. newrouter says:

    What the “woke” crowd needs is a vacation:

    The Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  16. Polynikes says:

    She was just acting!

  17. newrouter says:

    One for Newsom:

    Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles

    • Replies: @James Speaks
  18. ic1000 says:
    @Denny Meyer

    So you didn’t sign that cancel culture letter, I think is what you’ve come here to say. Thanks!

  19. @Denny Meyer

    The biggest one today, for me as a health care provider, is Trump’s attempt to control the facts about the pandemic…

    Three years ago we were warned that the man was a wannabe fascist. Now the same people bitch that he isn’t being fascist enough.

  20. usNthem says:

    Ah well, as pitiful as it is, it’s another fine example of an undoubted lefttard getting zapped by another, perhaps more virtuous, lefttard. Gotta love it.

  21. Hhsiii says:

    There are only about 2 thousand students at Marymount. They basically all signed the petition against this prof.

    My niece went there for a visiting semester from Elon.

    • Replies: @Altai
  22. @Denny Meyer

    “No previous POTUS has EVER done that, an act that is more in line with totalitarian regimes than a democracy.”

    My trollometer pegged this comment at a solid C-minus. Next time go heavier on the Agree and Amplify or else drop a /sarc tag at the bottom.

  23. @Denny Meyer

    Whoever is paying you, is not getting their money’s worth.

    • Agree: bomag
  24. I say we demand that Joe Biden sit through a six hour town hall on the evils of the white American culture. If he can last through a struggle session without flipping out or falling asleep, then God bless him, mabye the old crooked senile pervert is qualified for the job.

    • LOL: ThreeCranes
  25. @newrouter

    What the “woke” crowd needs is a vacation:

    Better than that is a major Twitter hack. Loving this!


    ‘Bout time these guys stepped up and gave back to tha communitah!

  26. The attack quickly spread across the platform, hitting numerous business leaders and other prominent figures including Mr. Gates, Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. CEO Warren Buffett, and politicians such as former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden. Accounts of less prominent users also were hit.

    The posts appear to have prompted a number of users to send money. The bitcoin address posted from the account of Mr. Biden received over $100,000 in bitcoin, according to Blockchain.com, a cryptocurrency exchange. Other Bitcoin accounts may have been involved.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/twitter-accounts-of-bill-gates-jeff-bezos-elon-musk-appear-to-have-been-hacked-11594849077

    “Twitter locked down the account immediately following the breach and removed the related tweet,” said a Biden campaign official. “We remain in touch with Twitter on the matter.”

    A spokeswoman for Mr. Obama declined to comment.

    Biden’s wondering “Did I do that?”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @botazefa
  27. @Days of Broken Arrows

    No one thought to question Caitlin Gagnon’s mental stability when she took up a petition to get someone fired for falling asleep?

    Not reprimanded or scolded…but fired. Something is very wrong with people like this. And something is also wrong with people who don’t tell them to f*ck off.

    Who raised this generation of monsters?

    Yes, she is a particular monster. And almost certainly her parents are a*holes or they’d have read her the riot act when they found out about this.

    But there’s a bigger lesson here: It is a really bad idea to pay any political attention to young women. (And young men are no great shakes either.)

    Caitlin should be obsessed with her babies. Or baring that, obsessed with “boys” … which will lead to being obsessed by her babies.

    Denied those healthy obsessions, Caitlin has this demented replacement obsession–healthy neither for society nor for her.

    We’re got a long, long road back to sanity. But step one is flicking the off switch on the deeply felt histrionics of young women.

  28. If she has tenure, then she can’t be terminated. “The modern conception of tenure in US higher education originated with the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.”

    Academic freedom should permit a professor to rest her eyes for a moment during a lecture. Or am I wrong about that?

    • Replies: @bomag
  29. @newrouter

    Completely off topic rebuttal:

  30. Altai says:

    “I was not asleep as is implied at any point during the meeting,” she said, adding, “the photo used was taken without permission when I was looking down or briefly resting my Zoom weary eyes with my head tilted back which I must do in order to see my computer screen through my trifocal progressive lenses. I listened with my ears and heart the entire meeting.

    I believed her and assumed a crazed student just screengrabbed an odd moment to woke-guard her teacher until that last line. Now I assume she did briefly doze off and was woke-guarded by her crazed student. It just reads too much like ‘I couldn’t have killed Richard, I love him more than my own children and mother!’

    Another lesson learned, always record these mandatory Zoom calls.

  31. Altai says:
    @Days of Broken Arrows

    Questioning if somebody, particularly a young woman, has a cluster B personality disorder is sexist. So we have an army of young women with septum piercings, bad tattoos, neon dyed or near shaved heads who we’re all supposed to completely trust the word of all the time.

    The fact that the kind of things they claim happen to them or say they are is constantly inline with a diagnosis of a cluster B personality disorder is just a coincidence.

  32. Altai says:
    @Hhsiii

    Are there any male students?

    • Replies: @hhsiii
  33. anon[814] • Disclaimer says:
    @Days of Broken Arrows

    Not reprimanded or scolded…but fired. Something is very wrong with people like this.

    It’s just a logical extension of stuff that happened over the last 30 years. In a way, Joe Sobran was the first target of modern cancel culture, and that was years ago. But the scalps keep on coming – Watson, Charles Murray, etc.

    It’s AnotherDad’s minoritarianism taken just a little bit further.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  34. “…ignoring… sizeist actions and words…” Let me guess… Caitlin is a chunkster who was denied the role of Fantine in Marymount’s recent production of ‘Les Miz’?

  35. @AnotherDad

    Dunno if you remember me from the Heartiste blog, but I used to make these same comments. I would always say that dogs, cats, horses, and “causes” are modern women’s replacement obsessions for the babies they’re not having.

    • Agree: Mark G., Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @Known Fact
  36. Anon[271] • Disclaimer says:

    I once worked at a government security job overnight with an older black guy named Joe who would regularly take naps on the job. Even though sleeping on the job is an automatic termination Joe was never fired. And he was caught napping numerous times. Joe had mastered a trick. Every time a supervisor caught Joe napping, Joe would quickly wake up and say “amen” and cross himself. It’s a funny and clever trick but one which could only work for a NAM.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  37. You know, when Elvis Costello sang the great lines,

    “I used to be disgusted,
    But now I try to be amused,”

    He was ALREADY riffing on a previous cliche. Wheels within wheels, man.

    “There’s no stopping the cretins from hopping.”

    –Thomas Friedman, I guess. Why not? There’s no copy editors left at the NYT copy desk, and Charles Blow is off having lunch with Sarah Jeong, so WGAF, right? I’m not even sure what that acronym means, but they change every day, so, WGBMKS?, right?

    • LOL: sayless
    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  38. Mr. Anon says:
    @JimB

    But if she were sleeping, who could blame her? Listening to woke gobbledygook is only fun if you can make fun of it in real time. Otherwise, it has the effect of a droning fan on a hot summer evening. It sounds like, dare I say, white noise.

    I think there would be a real market for a Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Woke talks, meetings, and panel discussions.

    • LOL: Joseph Doaks
  39. @Denny Meyer

    Denny Meyer? Commenter to Ignore!

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  40. @Mr McKenna

    The would make a good comedy sketch: Joe Biden calling his youngest staffer to have him explain what Bitcoin is and how it works.

  41. duncsbaby says:
    @Anon

    I used to hear the same thing said about older black employees of the airline I once for over a decade ago. It’s a good urban legend which probably has some truth to it.

  42. duncsbaby says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Why did the angels want to wear his red shoes?

  43. S says:

    The Puritans had someone called the Tithingman who would take care of this sort of thing at Church. Maybe the ‘progressive’ SJW’s need someone like that for their…err..services and sermons.

    Interesting article on the subject at the link by the way.

    https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/puritan-tithingman-powerful-men-new-england/

  44. duncsbaby says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    Probably not. He, she, or it, will only use the moniker a couple of times at most and then move onto next week’s nom de plume.

  45. Anonymous[268] • Disclaimer says:

    Good Lord!

    One can only guess at the penalty for ‘inadvertently breaking wind’ in the presence of BLM Commissars. Like the ancient Nepali punishment for perpetrating the same in the presence of the monarch, likely it would involve publicly ‘ripping out the anus’ of the said profane and sacrilegious offender.

  46. @AnotherDad

    We’re got a long, long road back to sanity.

    Unfortunately, that’s not the path we’re on just now. Agree about Step 1 though.

  47. Give her a break guys, even her trifocals are progressive!

    • LOL: Joseph Doaks
  48. @Alfa158

    That’s what people with last names like Simon would like to believe. That’s how it’s worked in the past. But there comes a point when you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.

  49. @duncsbaby

    For the same reason Nick Lowe thinks you’ve got to be cruel to be kind.

    And for the same reason Don Van Vliet thinks he cannot go back to your Frownland.

  50. She should have used Homer Simpson’s jury duty glasses:

    https://giphy.com/gifs/xT5LMwTUrQLGRVEosE

  51. This is a real and growing phenomenon. While participating in videoconferences, academic colleagues feel the need to take great care how they behave when in the presence of the more sensitive members of the faculty.

    Implicit rules of conduct include:

    – never interrupt when they are speaking;
    – always address all of the points they raise;
    – never question the importance of their views;
    – appear interested at all times in what they say;
    – avoid involving them in things that matter;
    – keep your real opinions to yourself and only share them with reliable colleagues.

    Colleagues in Russia tell me, in all seriousness, that they adopted similar rules for survival during the Soviet period.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
  52. mmack says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    “How many fingers am I holding up, Karen?”

    • LOL: Muggles
  53. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

    She should demand the expulsion of the ageist and ableist students attacking her for her trifocals.

  54. @Denny Meyer

    What’s next? “Make America Great” banners on the iron fences around the White House, a Trump flag flying over Washington governmental businesses?

    Not bad, but I’d go bigger. Maybe add three more stories to the White House so he can leave the lights on at night in a swastika pattern? I don’t know, could be too much. What do you think?

  55. @Days of Broken Arrows

    And often their “cause” is “animal rights” — dogs, cats and horses, so it’s a twofer … nuts like Loretta Swit

  56. Chu says:

    She’ll need to wash a few black students feet as repentance! What a shonda…

  57. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:
    @Days of Broken Arrows

    One of the bigger surprises for me as a parent has been the influence of peer group. Statistically, parents have very little environmental effect on their children, although they have a very large genetic effect. That is, children pay a lot more attention to their environment (physical environment availabe for exploration and other children, mainly) than they do to their parents or even to their schools (which primarily determine the “other children” influence). See: https://www.amazon.com/Blueprint-How-DNA-Makes-Press/dp/0262039168/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1558041544&sr=8-1, see also: https://www.amazon.com/Human-Diversity-Biology-Gender-Class/dp/1538744015/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+bell+curve&qid=1594909185&s=books&sr=1-2 )

    So it’s entirely possible, indeed unavoidable, that schools can convert children to beliefs their parents find abhorrent. Schools don’t have much influence on cognitive ability or even later socioeconomic status, but they can indoctrinate. Doesn’t always work for individuals, but it can work for groups (like young women) that prize conformity and emotion.

  58. “From Tulsa and Selma to Minneapolice and NOOSECAR, as the agonizing scenes of Amerika’s racist past and present flashed across my mind, my eyes reflexively closed in horror.”

  59. @anon

    I’ve wondered who was the first victim of cancel culture and it wasn’t Joe Sobran, whom National Review fired in 1993. There was Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture to Nixon and Ford, who was fired in 1976 for telling a racial joke in front of the backstabbing rat John Dean, who told a reporter about it. And there’s Al Campanis, who was fired as the Dodger’s general manager in 1987 after a Nightline interview in which he said blacks “may not have some of the necessities to be, let’s say, a field manager, or, perhaps, a general manager” and that blacks are often poor swimmers “because they don’t have the buoyancy.” Jimmy the Greek was fired by CBS in 1988 for saying, “The black is a better athlete to begin with, because he’s been bred to be that way.”

  60. botazefa says:
    @Mr McKenna

    I can’t help but think this was a state sponsored attack. A bit of a shot over the bow.

  61. Old Prude says:
    @George

    Our current situation makes all the centuries of white on white wars look daft unless one considers they could not foresee whitey surrendering to the world instead of conquering it.

  62. Muggles says:

    Her first actual mistake was in apologizing for this nonsense.

    Or she could have said she was just channeling RBG at any public event.

    • LOL: Jim Don Bob
  63. hhsiii says:
    @Julian of Norwich

    I kept my video on during our Juneteenth zoom, but a lot of people don’t leave their video on.

  64. @Harry Baldwin

    The Butz joke was both crude and supernaturally stupid making it impossible to forget:

    copied directly from Wiki

    News outlets revealed a racist remark he made in front of entertainers Pat Boone and Sonny Bono and former White House counsel John Dean while aboard a commercial flight to California following the 1976 Republican National Convention. The October 18, 1976 issue of Time reported the comment while obscuring its vulgarity:[15]

    Butz started by telling a dirty joke involving intercourse between a dog and a skunk. When the conversation turned to politics, Boone, a right-wing Republican, asked Butz why the party of Lincoln was not able to attract more blacks. The Secretary responded with a line so obscene and insulting to blacks that it forced him out of the Cabinet last week and jolted the whole Ford campaign. Butz said: “I’ll tell you what the coloreds want. It’s three things: first, a tight pussy; second, loose shoes; and third, a warm place to shit.”
    After some indecision, Dean used the line in Rolling Stone, attributing it to an unnamed Cabinet officer. But New Times magazine enterprisingly sleuthed out Butz’s identity by checking the itineraries of all Cabinet members.
    The reference in Time was to John Dean’s article published in Rolling Stone issue #223

    Unlike Sith Lord McCain who would regularly rant against his Vietnamese captors on his campaign bus with un-pc racialist language, Butz got no free pass from the press

    • Replies: @black sea
  65. sayless says:
    @Days of Broken Arrows

    And they should be warned this kind of story, this kind of petition, with their name attached, will have a long life on the Internet. If you were hiring, would you be put off by C.G.’s petition?

  66. Well, if ot looks like a Karen, then it surely must go.

  67. black sea says:
    @jesse helms think-alike

    a tight pussy, loose shoes; and a warm place to shit.

    If I recall correctly, the actor Slim Pickens was on location for a film shoot and was asked if his accommodations were acceptable. He replied that the above was all he really asked for.

  68. bomag says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Thanks for the reminders.

    I remember politicians Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms getting grief, while Robert Byrd got a pass.

  69. Corvinus says:
    @Denny Meyer

    “All the while, theyignores the bigger stories, the ones with implications for the health and well-being of us all.”

    Thanks for NOTICING. But don’t expect our resident pattern recognizer to take note. He’s looking for the next story about the Negress who talks incessantly about her hair. Meanwhile…

    https://www.businessinsider.com/israel-hoping-iran-confrontation-before-november-election-sources-2020-7

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/15/trump-appointees-loyalty-interviews-364616

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/16/us-coronavirus-data-has-already-disappeared-after-trump-administration-shifted-control-from-cdc-to-hhs.html

  70. bomag says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    If she has tenure…

    The way things are going, they’ll soon be coming for the tenured.

    Do you really expect our unhinged overlords to honor a contract?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  71. @bomag

    The way things are going, they’ll soon be coming for the tenured.

    They have already come after the guy at LegalInsurrection.com, so far with no success.

  72. Some of us tend to fall asleep during presentations – even interesting ones – especially when the lights go down to show slides.

    For those people it’s just too bad – they haven’t got the “right stuff” for the modern world.

  73. Some of us tend to fall asleep during presentations – even interesting ones – especially when the lights go down to show slides.

    One way to keep from going completely asleep during this crap is to hold a pen in your fist. Your hand will relax when you go under, the pen will drop, and you will wake up before you start snoring.

    I think it’s very hard to keep people interested for more than about 30 minutes.

  74. EdwardM says:

    They are calling for her “termination” — getting fired from her job, or being executed?

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