Does Ann Coulter make you hot?

February 21, 2012

Roger Freberg

OPINION By ROGER FREBERG

Conservative author and activist Ann Coulter will speak at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Chumash Auditorium in the University Union. The event is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required (information below).

Ann has already created quite a stir in the britches of some on the Cal Poly campus. A “flyer war” has erupted with officially approved Ann Coulter flyers being ripped down and replaced with very angry and profane alternatives that look like racist literature to me.

Somebody is going to a lot of time and expense to put up these fakes. The biggest battle ground appears to be the architecture building, long a bastion of right wing ideology. Right!  One faculty member was particularly distressed that any public funding would be used for Ann’s talk (although most of her fees are being paid privately). Public funding or no, some people just don’t think conservative voices belong on campus (or on radio or the internet or employed in academia or anywhere else, for that matter).

Just to be fair and balanced here, President Armstrong’s office has also contributed and this is a refreshing change from prior regimes.

For those of you who haven’t followed or read the works of Ann Coulter have missed some fun — she is definitely part of the American political landscape. Ann is very accomplished as an author and speaker and, yes, she has a degree or two. Her web site provides these ‘offensive’ tidbits about her life (with my observations in parentheses):

• “Ann Coulter is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. (I am still waiting for one of our local leftist activist professors to have their first).

• She is a frequent guest on many TV shows, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, The Glen Beck Show, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and has been profiled in numerous publications, including TV Guide, the Guardian (UK), the New York Observer, National Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle magazine. She was the April 25, 2005 cover story of Time magazine. ( I don’t see CNN or CNBC or the Telegram Tribune and I wonder why?)

• A Connecticut native, Coulter graduated with honors from Cornell University School of Arts and Sciences, and received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of The Michigan Law Review.” (After this, she had quite a bit of experience in practicing law, but I will leave that to your reading.)

However, it is not her accomplishments that have drawn ire from the left, but rather her uncompromising attitude over what is right and what is wrong in America. Here is one of her recent observations:

“…Oops, I take that back: Government employees who rob the elderly also can’t be fired.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that, after a spate of burglaries at a veterans hospital in California several years ago, authorities set up video cameras to catch the perpetrators. In short order, nurse’s aide Linda Riccitelli was videotaped sneaking into the room of 93-year-old Raymond Germain as he slept, sticking her hand into his dresser drawer and stealing the bait money that had been left there.

Riccitelli was fired and a burglary prosecution initiated. A few years later, the California Personnel Board rescinded her firing and awarded her three-years back pay. The board dismissed the videotape of Riccitelli stealing the money as “circumstantial.” (The criminal prosecution was also dropped after Germain died.)”

It does appear that a few at Cal Poly really don’t want you to hear or read about things that might make you think in “unapproved” ways. They just want you to live your life according to a plan, theirs.

If you would like to attend, tickets are available to members of the public in limited quantities at the following locations: Spring Street Auto at 729 Spring St. in Paso Robles; Kokkonen Insurance and Financial Services at 1103 Johnson Ave. in San Luis Obispo and David and Zimmerman Law Offices at 227 E. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande.

I won’t say that Ann makes me hot, after all, my wife reads this. Let’s just say I admire her and leave it at that.

Roger Freberg is a San Luis Obispo resident who is using his retirement to write a culinary-inspired blog, comment on important local events and occasionally enjoy getting sued for his journalistic excellence.


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SewerHeightsRez

Tranny Ann is merely a paid eye poker and neither of those heat me up.


rogerfreberg

Oh, I find people who have strong points of view worth listening.


I’ve listened to such wild eyed radicals as Tom Hayden and Angela Davis and came away with I think a more accurate picture of who they were. There are two types of speakers: those out to change the world and those looking for personal power, when you sit and listen, you can make up your own mind.


It is always a challenge to get big speakers to come to little San Luis Obispo and it is usually about raising money. It’s not hard for our friends on the left to bring in any speaker… because they use public funds… or didn’t you know that? We have a much bigger hurdle, but it is well worth it.


Mr. Hodin, I am sure you realize who paid for each of the two speakers? One was paid by private funds and the other… well, you know the drill.


Yes, I do sense ‘fear’ among some. It’s the same lefty fear I see when someone criticizes Obama, Capps, abortion, our poor school system, etc etc. It’s the fear of positive change. People are ready to hear something different… and from what I hear, Ann Coulter is the first of many who are coming.


William

Thanks for your efforts in making this happen. Coulter isn’t really my cup of tea but it is illuminating to witness the literary bile (true vulgarity if you read down far enough) that just her name inspires. I hope a bunch of people (fans and otherwise) post-up reviews…


Slowerfaster

Oh, what a load of pickle pudding !


Coulter doesn’t challenge anything. Thw whole act is to be provocative…throwing out red meat to the gullible gnats that imagine themselves a crusading horde. All designed to self promote for book sales and speaking fees. Entertainment in tent revival fashion to get as many fools as possible to part with more of their money sooner.


Coulter is just another in the line of hucksters and grifters that exploit the fears of weak minded reactionaries : Father Coughlin, Joe McCarthy ( the supposed ‘hero’ of Ann the Man ), George Wallace, and so many other lesser demagogues. .


William

“Thw whole act is to be provocative…throwing out red meat to the gullible gnats…”


Yes, and the gullible gnats around here have flown straight into her net, gnashing their teeth (pardon the non-sequitur) and working their imaginations overtime…


Typoqueen

To you she might be ‘provocative’ to most she’s just a mean person. Most people were raised to value what they say and what they believe. I would never say evil baseless things like AAA does just to be ‘provocative’ because I have different values,,,thank goodness.


Slowerfaster

Over-estimating the intelligence of conservatives is so common …but one is never disappointed.


WiseGuy

“Hear something different”? Come on now, Roger. Get real, please. Ann Coulter doesn’t offer anything “different.” Hate, selfishness and arrogance are nothing new. Ann Coulter is a TV character and not much more. There is nothing she has to offer that you can’t find elsewhere.


Ann Coulter is truly vile. Sure, she has the right to charge thousands of dollars to spew her hatred and violence. But so what? Just because she has that right and people want to promote that kind of vile speech=, and promote disunity and animosity among Americans doesn’t mean we all have to endorse it.


WiseGuy

Oh, Roger, let me point out another of your typical non-sensical propaganda scripts that you pick up from who knows where: “fear of positive change.’


Sorry, Roger. I don’t fear “positive change”. What you write is simply and absolutely not true. You make this krap up, Roger. Maybe you believe your own ego-driven illusion, but I don’t.


I wan’t positive change. You and Ann Coulter do not offer that. And that is the truth.


And another thing, Roger, you also LIE and MISLEAD when you characterize Tom Hayden and Angela Davis as “wild-eyed.” What a bunch of krap. i look at your photo and see more “wild eye” than i have ever seen from Tom Hayden and Angela Davis. And you know what Roger, in contrast to what you offer, what they say usually makes sense, and is certainly of a higher value and springs from minds far wiser than yours.


rogerfreberg

We will have to agree to disagree… or can you do that?


You have made some interesting allegations and charges… but without support. I find it hard to follow you … Come back when your head clears.


WiseGuy

Roger, I make MANY “interesting allegations and charges”. Which ones would you like further “support” for?


What is it about “I don’t fear positive change” that you are having trouble understanding or appreciating?


Your offer of “agreeing to disagree” is interesting. What, exactly, would we be agreeing to disagree about? That you think Ann Coulter is ‘hot”? That she promotes a genocidal agenda? That you are a pawn and a sucker and promoting turmoil in our community by promoting Ann Coulter’s public appearance?


What do you mean by “agreeing to disagree”? Do you mean that I shut up and you continue spewing all your vile, divisive, selfish horseshit?


William

Yeah, when the Koch Bros. throw their money at favored political org’s it’s “manipulating the system with their money…” When Soros or the unions do this it’s a public service…


Typoqueen

There’s a huge difference between the Koch Bros and the unions and Soros. There’s no comparison regarding the underhanded way that the Kochs manipulate money. I could go on and on about them. The Koch bros have changed so many laws to favor themselves. The list is long but over all their character is what is even worse. They are bad to the bone. You people like to throw up Soros but if you want to go toe to toe on character then you aren’t very well informed. Show me how either Soros or the unions are bad and I’ll show you how Kochs are 10 times worse.


William

Oh no! Some rich guys are using their money to influence the gov’t


Pleeze! Soros is exactly one of those 1%ers that’s so evil. He doesn’t produce anything of use in the way a Steve Jobs does but leverages paper; currency arbitrage. You guys hate that don’t you? It’s so unfair; his destruction of the British pound sterling being his most famous success.


And the unions? They exist to change laws and extract money from taxpayors; the members are simply dues-paying pawns. You’re talking to a ten-year member and from what I saw in our locals as well as others was leadership funneling dues-money into favored campaigns. They weren’t shy about strong-arming contributions to their real PAC’s as well.


Typoqueen

Please give one example of something about Soro’s that you’ve found so bad, something specific. Lets do a bit of comparing. You see, usually the name ‘Soros’ is simply thrown out there because people hear his name on right wing media but in reality they know nothing about him. So please do a Google and tell me why he’s so evil.


I would rather Soros not produce the jobs that Apple does. If Jobs were still alive it would be nice if someone would ask him to bring those hundreds of thousands of jobs back from China and provide jobs for Americans. But I guess 45,000 employees in one factory alone in which most employees are under-aged teens making iPads for 1.13$ hour isn’t acceptable here working 24 hour shifts. Yeah, you’re absolutely right, I hate that. We don’t have factories that need to have nets around them because so many employees/kids are trying to kill themselves. They could have machines build our Macs but child labor is much cheaper….yeah you’re right again, I do hate that.

Steve Jobs=0

Soros=100,

You lose.


Do you really want to get into PAC contributors? The unions are the people, their officers are elected by the people and are a great example of democracy. You think union members are all dumb pawns, I disagree, you are the pawn for wanting to help the Koch Bros adn the rest of the 1%ers. You’re right unions change laws so people like Steve Jobs couldn’t hire 15 year olds to work in sweat factories like they do in China. Thank goodness for the unions, how on earth could a lowly employee every fight for their rights without unions. But if you want to get into funding PACs then lets start with the oil companies and the Koch Bros. But first I’d like you to find something specifically that Soros has done that’s so evil that even comes close what the Koch Bros have done.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?pagewanted=all


Typoqueen

Hold the phone, you threw out the Soros card. Why specifically is he so bad? Come on lets compare him to the Kochs, it could be a game, you go first! Oh no,,you’re not one of those that throws out the Soros card simply because you hear it from the right wing media, you wouldn’t do that. So why is he so evil, show everyone that you are an independent thinker. Is that ^^^ response the best you can do?


As far as your post, yeah they own me too, we have no choice, they own everyone in this country including you. The difference between you and me is that you defend it, you like being owned by big corps, you support it throughout our political system. You want us to pay for them and support their ‘free market’ in China and with no taxes. You want that free market here but if it means paying a fair wage under humane conditions which might mean less profit,,, forget it, you’ll support slave labor in China instead of hiring Americans. Is this what the tea bags call being a ‘patriot’?


William

Ibid. Life is too short to correct aggressive ignorance and misrepresentation…


WiseGuy

Not true William. I’ve done exactly that with so many of your ignorant, misrepresentative statements. In fact, I’m doing that right now!


Slowerfaster

Total strawman argument …not on topic at all.


Slowerfaster

Curious…


FIVE FASCISTS HERE AS OF 10:18 am


The patriots will be looking for these anti-civilizationalists.


Typoqueen
WiseGuy

People react violently toward Ann Coulter, and try to end her talks, because Ann Coulter truly frightens those people, in the same way Hitler frightened people when he gave speehes in the years leading up to him becoming the Fuhrer and head of the Nazi Party.


To many people, who imagine Coulter to have significant power or political sway, Coulter’s attacks are truly frightening as they suggest a desire to eliminate people from the face of the Earth who do not meet Coulter’s approval.


I don’t feel threatened myself, but I can easily see why many people would. it’s interesting: at the same time some people, like Roger Freberg, consider Coulter sexually appealing and attractive, many others find her scary and repulsive. And thus she epitomizes the “polarizing” political pundit.


oceanone

SLO citizens are too intelligent to listen to garbage coming out of “ann’s” mouth. Ask “ann” about Canada fighting in Viet Nam. Let’s see how “ann” justifies not knowing history.


SLOChildrenAtPlay

Hey, maybe some of the more “open minded” students will organize an Ann Coulter book burning party the night of her appearance. It’s so funny to watch those who claim to “support” tolerance and free speech try to intellectualize their hate for anyone who disagrees with them. Showing so much malice and spite toward someone with an opposing view just demonstrates how insecure you are in your own beliefs. How possibly strong can you be in your political conviction if you are afraid of Ann Coulter?


And yes Roger, I “admire” Ann as much as you do.


WiseGuy

Ann Coulter courts disrespect. It’s part of her schtick, along with the sexual stuff.


What is it you admire about Ann Coulter?


Coulter’s star must be falling if the young republicans at Cal Poly can afford her speaking fee. Or perhaps some benefactor who is also “hot” for Coulter wrote out a fat check to bring her to town.


WiseGuy

Oh, OK, SLOChildren, it seems you don’t actually admire Coulter for her views, you, like Roger, just happen to think she is “hot” and that’s enough for you. Never mind that she promotes genocide, huh?


R.Hodin

Roger: “It does appear that a few at Cal Poly really don’t want you to hear or read about things that might make you think in “unapproved” ways”


That’s an apt description of the CPSU administration, who didn’t want the public or the student body to receive Michael Pollan’s anti-industrial ag message without the last-minute addition of an “industry-approved” speaker, turing the lecture into a panel “discussion”


Vagabond

Here are some statements that someone should ask Ann about:

http://www.politifact.com/personalities/ann-coulter/


WiseGuy

Hey, this is cool…Google:


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WiseGuy

Interesting. This morning googling that phrase brought this thread first on the Google list. Tonight this thread doesn’t even come up on the first two pages.