A native-born Rhode Islander, educated in Providence Public Schools, went to college in North Carolina and a political junkie and pessimistic optimist.

11 responses to “The Right Needs A Head On A Stick; Erik Loomis’ Will Do”

  1. DogDiesel

    While I would never call for his firing, let’s reverse rolls here. If he were a conservative calling for a liberals head, you would be screaming from the hilltops. The left were the kings of whining about vitriol in the ’08 election complaining about bulls-eyes on political ads.  As a representative of the URI community, his remarks, while free speech, are unacceptable and therefore left URI no alternative but to put out a disclaimer. Mr. Loomis needs to keep the vitriol between he and his brethren and avoid social media outbursts.  

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    1. PinkHatLib

      I’m with dd on that one.

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  2. Sully

    What was URI’s “shameful and cowardly” response?

    “The University of Rhode Island does not condone acts or threats of violence. These remarks do not reflect the views of the institution and Erik Loomis does not speak on behalf of the University. The University is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive and equitable culture that aspires to promote positive change.”

    Who is pushing fake rage now?

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  3. Jonathan Jacobs

    URI’s response was boilerplate. I think don’t think that not demonstrating bravery and simply following policy necessarily constitutes cowardice. At the same time I find that, while I personally agree with the sentiment and admire the conviction of Professor Loomis, his hyperbolic remarks were too emotionally charged for such a dangerously flammable time of sensitivity on both sides of the issue. Having some recent experience with how quickly and easily these issues can spiral out of control, such a vitriolic backlash can only fuel those who can use it as (dare I use the metaphor?) ammunition against a movement towards second amendment discussion that may lead to life saving changes at this point in American history. Of course Loomis had the right to say what he said. And many agree with the ideals behind the statement. But, unfortunately, I don’t believe his choice of language furthered his cause. Or mine, for that matter. And we can never be surprised by the hypocrisy of the right wing agenda. Can we?

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  4. Jonathan Jacobs

    “I think don’t think … ” should just be replaced with “I don’t think …” I obviously wasn’t thinking.

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