‘Relieved of his duties’: MSU prof who raged against GOP gets the boot for the semester

Michigan State University Professor William Penn has been “relieved of his duties” following his unhinged anti-Republican rant, according to one of his students, Emily Cervone:

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, pal!

  • linnicy

    This semester??Forever!!!He is a communist teaching our young people. He has hatred, bigotry, and made fun of Ann Romney who is sick. Would he do that to Teresa Heinz Kerry? He needs to be exported to Devil’s Island.

    • Michael Alan Cavalier

      Hey, it’s more than I expected…normally we hear the nonsense about “freedom of academic thought.”

      • http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1mo1wzFiu1qbubzqo1_400.gif Cleatus Van Damne ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        The people of Michigan should get some of their tax dollars back. If people want to send their kids to a progressive indoctrination institution, they can do it on their own dime.

        “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
        -Thomas Jefferson

        • Stephen L. Hall

          If you want to avoid indoctrination, privatize the education industry and divorce it from all public (compelled) funds.

          • http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1mo1wzFiu1qbubzqo1_400.gif Cleatus Van Damne ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            The most inefficient way, and potentially most corrupt way, to accomplish anything is through government.

          • Michael Alan Cavalier

            I definitely believe in school vouchers and divorcing federal funding from higher education.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            As an academician, could you explain whether or not you believe that education is a governmental responsibility. Please explain in 100 words or less. (This is not a timed test.)

          • Michael Alan Cavalier

            Education is a local and state responsibility insomuch as society has deemed it to be so. I’m not so libertarian as to think government has no role in education. However, the federal government should have no role in education. Besides…we’re talking about higher education in this case, not elementary and secondary. The government (local, state, and federal) should have almost no role at all in higher education.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            I disagree, there is no role for the local or state government either. As Milton and Rose Friedman pointed out, education is not a “public good” and is not a responsibility of the government. You have assumed that it is a state responsibility because “society has deemed it to be so.” That is more of a religious doctrine, i.e. a self-sustaining assertion of consensus rather than a reasoned conclusion based upon established facts. It is a popular sentiment, but that is not really an explanation.

          • webcleaner

            Stephen Hall, YOU are totally wrong. The local areas in which we live have the responsibility to educate its people. In 1912, the USA had only 143 miles of paved road, people went to school barefoot, 80% of homes, schools, and churches had NO electricity, no inside plumbing, no inside bathrooms, no welfare, no food stamps, no food lunch programs, no head start, but what the USA did have was the highest level of education in the World. Why? Families and individuals demanded it of themselves and LOCALLY supported the Education process. States, Historically, provided funds, teachers, text books, etc, but the Communities made sure kids received an opportunity to go to school to learn. I just saw a 1912, 8th grade exam on the internet. Google it. SEE if YOU or any Federal Left Wing Liberal Democrat Indoctrinated/Educated College Student of today can pass it. Maybe one in 10,000. The Federal Government has DESTROYED the Academic Standards in the USA for K-12 and in our Colleges and Universities.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            webcleaner, YOU are totally wrong. (And by the way, it is rude to shout.) You are correct that the 8th grade tests from 100 years ago are much tougher than the current curricula, but you are wrong to attribute the standards of those curricula 100 years ago to the support of local and state governments. Though-out the 19th century, schools were not public, but private, paid for out of pocket by the parents of the children in school. States did not historically provide funds, textbooks and teachers as you assert, but the schools were established by community efforts, the land and buildings often donated by private citizens on the condition that the land be used for educational purposes. (That is why you will often see those old one room school houses, to which you referred, used for storage, because those school boards do not want to turn loose of the land.)

            The idea that the federal government indoctrinates students, but the state government doesn’t, is a specious argument. Federal involvement only multiplies the effect, government involvement is the cause.

          • Frugalone

            We have all been dumbed down by our educational system.

          • Michael Alan Cavalier

            Stephen…as long as our government is at least nominally representative then it does matter what society deems to be so. There is no constitutional bar to local and state involvement in education. Without such our standing in the world would be reduced to 4th rate. Obviously we disagree.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            Obviously. The Constitution is irrelevant to whether local or state involvement in education is a good or bad idea. (Unless you deem educating your own children one of those rights guaranteed to the individual under the 10th Amendment.)

            A bad and foolish idea, like publicly funded education/indoctrination, is not redeemed because a government, representative or not, decides to interfere in an industry. There is nothing special about the education industry. Your assumption that “our standing in the world would be reduced to 4th rate” is unfounded and unsupported. Our standing in the world rose prior to the imposition of government upon education.

            I do not believe that fear mongering is persuasive, but to be honest, no person alive today in America really has experience with a nation without public education, so some fear and trepidation to the idea of returning to such a system is to be expected. However, thank you for taking the time to consider the alternatives.

          • Hiraghm

            Well, education may not be a “public good”, but ignorance is definitely a “public bad”.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            Ignorance is neutral:

            “Between true science and false doctrine, ignorance is in the middle.” — Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

          • lb

            Stephen — here’s another perspective — it’s my hypothesis that an educated populace will generate greater wealth than an uneducated one. An educated society will also pay more taxes to fund government. I believe that government is involved in education in order to sustain itself.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            I agree with your first premise, the second only to such extent that taxes are increased as incomes increase but not that an educated population would hobble itself with tax increases, and I concede that your conclusion may be, in part, the intent. But education, like any other tool used to generate wealth, is employed most efficiently in the pursuit of private endeavors, i.e. capitalism. Subsidies discourage the efficient use of resources, including education. To that stated goal of government sustaining itself, it sustains itself better by refraining from said involvement in education. Though I grant that such motive may result more from ignorance than malice, the detriment remains the same regardless of intent.

      • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

        In academia, we are not supposed to use our positions on public property to advocate for certain political positions.

        • Michael Alan Cavalier

          I agree…I am a public school teacher and I go to great pains to help my high school students think independently. I must be doing it right cuz half my students think I voted for Obama and half think I voted for Romney…they all know I voted.

          • GW

            That’s awesome. Great way to keep them thinking and on their toes.

    • Debbie Butler

      That professor is a SCUM BAG!!!!!!

      • PatriotRG

        well said

      • mike salemme

        yes he is

      • grais

        He sounds like a child. An angry, unfulfilled child.
        He’s not very well rated , either.


        • ICOYAR

          Reading some of the comments there says a lot about the liberal mindset this asshat has.

          He should be fired, or even serving a jail sentence.

          • http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1mo1wzFiu1qbubzqo1_400.gif Cleatus Van Damne ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            He should be forced to watch every Detroit Lions game this fall with his eyelids taped open.

          • grais

            Yeah, he’s a mess. He’ll probably never be more than he is right now.
            But some of the kids’ comments give me hope for them.

        • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

          A lot of them are. Some of them may even be holding grudges from high school…..

    • cfc1905

      Let’s not put this guy on the Mentally Unable to Perform list….We’ll be paying him for the rest of his life!

      • robert anthony

        As Representative from San Francisco?

        • lukuj

          He will be appointed as head of the Republican outreach commission by Obama.

      • PatriotRG

        you can put him on the menial unstable list (a mediocre dem)

      • mike salemme


    • BobM001

      I wonder if he is a “shirt tail cousin” to SEAN PENN?

    • BobM001

      He could probably land a job on MSNBC?

      • Gstephens

        Who is to say that this wasn’t an audition?

        • dr44

          Yeah, really… he’ll be the next candidate for governor of New York.

          • Lee Strabel

            We have enough assholes in NY, we don’t need anymore

          • Troubleshooter

            Naa. Pennsylvania. The name alone will get him elected in Penn’s Woods.

          • Guest

            LOL!! But that’s insulting to those of us who were born there (in Erie). Go Steelers!!!

    • DebraChicago

      He’s just one of many and indicative of the indoctrination and dumbing down of our youth that has been happening for decades now.

      • DACrea

        For SURE you are CORRECT! But just watch, he will suddenly turn-up teaching at Cornell or Ithaca U. in the “People’s Republic of Ithaca (NY)” as we refer to it here. Aka “30 Square Miles Surrounded by REALITY”!

      • DACrea

        For SURE you are CORRECT! But just watch, he will suddenly turn-up teaching at Cornell or Ithaca U. in the “People’s Republic of Ithaca (NY)” as we refer to it here. Aka “30 Square Miles Surrounded by REALITY”!

    • SJ’s Dad

      “He needs to be exported to Devil’s Island.”
      . . . or Detroit!

      • Fryman335

        Same thing only different. No, it’s the same thing.

    • mapache

      They’ll let him go during winter break when nobody is watching.

      • Jim Thompson

        Sorry, he probably has tenure as do most of our liberal crazy socialist draft dodger professors. Couldn’t fire him if he opened fire on the students with a machine gun. Best they can do is give him another position, probably with a raise.

        • mapache

          I don’t know, sounded like bullying hate speech to me!

          • Elaine

            Just try to imagine the media outrage if this were a Conservative raging against a progressive.. the never ending story.

          • mapache

            Of course it would be portrayed as all conservatives and somehow get in there that the right is anti-union and we need to “invest” more in education.

        • mymanz3

          Jim you are exactly right as I work every day some times 60 hours a week and make less that a teacher with tenure I can be fired or just any violation to company policy We the AMERICAN PEOPLE need to be writing the company policy on all tax payer paid teacher

      • Jim Thompson

        Sorry, he probably has tenure as do most of our liberal crazy socialist draft dodger professors. Couldn’t fire him if he opened fire on the students with a machine gun. Best they can do is give him another position, probably with a raise.

    • http://www.IKnowbo.com/ Slam1263

      Get them running, then roll them up at the flanks.

    • lainer51

      Get your kids into a NON-Partisan college ASAP!

      • Guest

        Or an explicitly conservative one

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      He’s probably even one of the faculty members that encourages students to apply for EBT while away from home at school.

    • Red Fred

      He gets paid, though. His comment was if you were a “closet-racist” he was coming for you. Apparently there are professors who think they can make that determination and dole out punishment if in their opinion you fit the criteria. That is a concern.

  • Steve_J

    Make him go work in either Detroit or Dearborn for the semester.

    • ceemack

      Or make him spend the semester sweeping up Mitt Romney’s garage.

      • joe morris

        more like Al Gore’s…you POS Lib

        • TocksNedlog

          Not cool.

        • CatHerder

          New around here, huh?

          • http://www.IKnowbo.com/ Slam1263

            Poe’s Law.
            And Joe is a violator.

        • ceemack

          Not the sharpest tool in the shed, are we?

      • wwbdinct

        Don’t think Mitt would want this POS within 100 miles of Ann. He’s obviously a clear danger to her.

      • Monte

        Absolutely – with Ann Romney being kind and gracious to him in her humble, unassuming way

        • conservative2012

          The thing is the Romneys would be gracious and kind to the little weasel. I wish I could say I would be, but I can’t.

          • http://www.IKnowbo.com/ Slam1263

            It’s called tough love for a reason.

    • Johnny

      That’s not punishment……He’d fit right at Detroit in is the problem.

    • BobM001

      You mean “Dearbornistan” don’t you?

  • http://pamphlet-news.com Mojeaux

    He’s on academic probation. Means he’ll be back in a semester iirc. Better than nothing I guess.

    • des111168

      And when he does it again, as he almost certainly will, he’ll be on Double Secret Probation.

    • dr44

      He obviously wasn’t tenured, because if he was, those same college administrators would be wringing their pale, flabby little hands and bleating about “academic freedom” – and Mr. Penn would still be on the faculty.

      • Granny55

        He actually was a tenured prof!

      • http://pamphlet-news.com Mojeaux

        Tenured can be on academic probation. I took Ochem from a Head of the Dept of Chem. who wanted to be on academic probation – so he flunked 2/3 of the class.

  • NRPax

    Oh what a shock. “I’m sorry you were offended.” The standard liberal fauxpology that implies you’re an ignorant toad that couldn’t understand the professor’s GRAND GENIUS!!

    • Texan357


      “I’m sorry you…” uh-uh. Try again, Prof. One wonders how this guy was raised. Did his parents ever force him to apologize properly? At all?

      • NRPax

        I’m guessing that the answer to your question is “no.” Heck, I could have respected him a bit more if he’d simply stayed nasty and uncivil instead of doing this.

  • Clayton Grant

    Is this relieved – relieved or IRS / Benghazi relieved?

    • NRPax

      The latter. He’ll be teaching again things cool down.

    • Fire and Adjust!

      “As a result, Penn’s duties have been reassigned, and he will not be instructing this semester”.

      My take…………”we found a different job for him, will continue to pay him,
      and he will return to “professing” next semester……………..”

      NOTHING in there says he has been RELIEVED of his duties, only that they
      were “REASSIGNED” for the duration of “THIS” semester…………

      • BobM001

        Maybe scrubbing toilets is more within his “skill set”?

      • Dan Glosser

        Hundred percent correct. This is standard S.O.P.

    • Stupid Republic

      It’s a notch below Double Secret Probation. MSU’s hoping us plebes forget about this assjack and he’ll be back to hating Republicans the next semester. The only change will be that no recording media will be allowed in the classroom.

      • richard mcenroe

        good luck with that. Welcome to the 21st century.

    • grais

      OT – trollholiness !!

      • Guest

        I knew you would get a good laugh out of it.

  • ceemack

    A. We know he’ll be back…probably next semester.

    B. Penn is hardly the only “professor” like this in academia…probably not even the only one at MSU.

    It’s time for parents and taxpayers to take a hard look at what kind of instruction is actually being provided in return for the vast sums we’re paying to support “higher education”.

  • Jack Deth

    Rush just played a few soundbites of Penn’s rant in his first hour. Contemplating calling and updating Rush.

  • des111168

    “This semester”. So he’s not fired, they’re just taking him out of the public eye until it all boils over. He’ll be teaching again soon.
    Will there be a letter of reprimand?

    • lukuj

      More likely a wink and a nod.

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    paid vacation?

    • Leadrunner

      Probably the most accurate description.

  • PatriotRG

    This guy is a living example of lefty intolerance. This guy is the norm not the exception in Academia. If a conservative professor did a tenth of what this slime did, it would be considered a hate crime and investigated by the DOJ. Assuming one could find conservative professors in U.S academia. The point is this guy would have made these comments on a regular basis not just once. Now he thinks he is the victim (default lib position) of some McCarthy which hunt. Yes I know, just 1 semester, but he will build that up to the point where he equates it with water boarding. Its a liberal dream come true. He will write articles about it….Wow is me Wow is me …

    • Monte

      If they withheld his pay, and he actually had to find a real job with real people, maybe he would wake up.

  • fishydude

    Surprised they did anything. After all, this guy is pretty typical of college professors.
    His colleagues don’t hesitate to accuse black students, that exceed expectations, of cheating. And God help any conservative black student that comes out.
    That fact its that the true black list has always been against those who don’t march in lock step with liberal demagoguery. Even more so for members if groups liberals claim exclusive “right” to represent.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    Canned!! Bwahahahaha!!

  • Im_Rick_James

    Makes my day.

  • radicallyalyssa

    WHAAAAT!? I never watched the original video because I never thought anything would happen, so now I’ve gotta see it!

  • Clete Torres

    “I want to personally apologize, as does Professor Penn…”

    Then why hasn’t he been hauled before the class he ranted at, and made to issue a public apology? His ranting idiocy was public, so should be his acknowledgement and apology.

  • CatHerder

    Na na na na
    Na na na na
    Hey hey hey

  • therealguyfaux

    Joe Mantegna, to Lindsay Crouse, in David Mamet’s film House of Games, on why you should never try to pull off a con game if you don’t know what you’re doing:

    “You see, in my trade, this is called – what you did – you cracked out of turn. Huh? You see? You crumbed the play.”

    Presumably the same applies to college professors as well, in their propagandizing in attempts to indoctrinate students.

    • Zane Henry

      Gah, what a good movie! I’d forgotten all about it. I’m going to have to find that now.

      • therealguyfaux

        It’ll be worth it. Subverts and supports the film genre of Film Noir, all at the same time. Leave it to an out-of-the-Hollywood-box thinker like Mamet to come up with it.

        • Zane Henry

          agreed. I’m a big Mamet fan, generally speaking.

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Loved that movie.

  • avery12

    Film your profs, kids!

  • Dexter Alarius

    Why does he still has a job?

  • Jim Denney

    Read it carefully … the SOB has been “reassigned.” You know, like Lois Lerner. He’ll get a semester off to work for OFA while getting paid by the taxpayers.

  • World B. Free

    I’m actually shocked that the university took any action at all against this guy.

    Normally that kind of behavior is a resume enhancer for the left.

  • TJ

    The jobs that one can get when one takes a literature, cultures and identities course are so plentiful that people are line in up to take that course. One can get a job in the field of creative literature even before they graduate and full time without having to ask if they want fires with that.

    • https://twitter.com/WSPISFA WSPISFA

      LOL no kidding! I wonder if the “literature, cultures and identities course” is a prerequisite for the “womyn’s studies” major? Both courses have about the same value in the marketplace. I think even Advanced Basketweaving would be more valuable, because at least baskets can be a useful household organizing tool.
      I have 3 college degrees myself (all in marketable professions); white-collar skilled professions (administrative and healthcare), and what Mike “Dirty Jobs” Rowe said about the need for more kids going into the skilled trades seems to be where the work is

  • http://www.youtube.com/v/o1eHKf-dMwo&hl=en_US&fs=1& Unicon™- PEACOCK DOWN !!!!!!

    One down… about 10,000 to go….

  • https://twitter.com/WSPISFA WSPISFA

    Previous commenters already nailed it: “paid vacation” and “will be back” when the heat blows over

    Twitchy via Debra Barone (actress @PatriciaHeaton) was where I first learned of this story, as recent as yesterday I think? Well done! We need more of this — exposing & mocking & weeding from power the Democratic & RINO left’s hypocrisy and hate and incompetence every chance we get

    Srsly, do the lefty hater loudmouths in the “news” and “entertainment” media — as well as in our local communities — do they REALLY think that the way to get us over to their way of thinking is by continually insulting us with crap like “baggers” and “Rethuglikkans” , destroying our good candidates (see Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Ted Cruz)… oh wait nevermind, their aim is not to win us over at all but TO destroy every last one of us.

    And when they do finish destroying us, my fellow Patriots, sit back, fully loaded, and LOL at the show when they start rioting about who is gonna pay for all their “gimme freebies”

    • Zane Henry

      Democrats know how to win elections. That’s all. Beyond the acceptance speeches, they’ve got absolutely nothing.(hence the eternal campaign of Barry Obama)

  • VietVET

    send this piece of shit to live with the Taliban….see how he likes being treated by them!!!!

  • RedSoloCup

    His leave should be permanent.

  • http://theobservatorium.blogspot.com/ Nate

    ‘for the semester’? That means he’ll be back after Christmas – whoops, sorry, ‘Holiday’ – Break.

  • Bui van vat

    Profs do teaching, research and service (i.e. administration). It depends on the individual prof., but teaching is often the thing we like least (not in my case). So he gets paid the same, and gets to focus things he’d prefer to be doing.

    Please, B’rer Fox, don’t throw me in the briar patch!

  • munimula

    Liberalism is a mental illness!

  • Is this America?

    That is wonderful news! I called and left a message yesterday about the disgust I felt at this type of brain washing going on at their university. The great thing about America is that we have different parties in which to voice our opinions. A university should be a place of teaching our children how to think, not what to think. His rants had no place in his classroom. I applaud the university for their decision and I would expect the same if a conservative teacher had done the same.

  • Todd Zeigler

    sadly they did not terminate him. he will be back to further spew his agenda

  • Paul T

    For the Semester?!? Just a “Slap On The Leftist Lunatic’s Evil Decrepit Hand”. The Consequence Must reflect the Seriousness Of The Act/ Action!!!!

  • wwbdinct

    Good! Between Castro croaking himself yesterday and this cretin being booted out on his ass, it is a good week!

  • Fking51

    Wow… never saw that coming. A university actually doing the right thing…..

  • Bozo_Profundo

    He’ll be back. the real question is whether or not he’s just getting a paid vacation, or whether he’ll be docked a semester’s wages.

  • RockThisTown

    Penn & Ward Churchill can form a ‘Unemployed Liberal Ranting Professors Club’.

  • Magnifico

    Make the jerkoff go through sensitivity training. What’s good for the goose….

  • Debbie Butler

    Good it should be permanently!!!

  • Discontentwliars

    This isn’t an isolated college experience. Sending your kids to the University is like sending them to socialist boot camp. If you look at the stats, 3% of most colleges professors are conservative. The democrats bully, intimidate and train your kids and you pay for it.

    • Monte

      How right you are – we pay for it and then they turn against everything they were raised on. We did our best, sent conservative kids to college that we paid for (NO loans), and now they are socialist obama voters, tree huggers, Trayvon Martin supporters and global warming evangelists. YUCK!

  • 17_woods

    Relieved of duty with or without pay? What do you bet it’s with pay?

  • Julius Engel

    He needs to be on double secret probation!!! hahaha
    He is scum and should be treated as a pariah by right thinking colleagues.

  • jerry148

    Nice! O’Reilly brought this up last night, and speculated that MSU would take no action. Guess he’ll be surprised.

  • wyatt1902 .

    His reassignment duties should consist of debating Mark Levin every week for 2 hours, in front of the student body. I want these lefty libtards to show their true colors. Let them talk. Let them expose themselves (not like Wiener). When THEIR “truth” is revealed, conservatives will win.

  • https://twitter.com/WSPISFA WSPISFA

    Y’all notice that our down-thumbing troll is back? No intelligent rebuttal of us or defense of the intolerant lefty professor, just flinging its poo like the good little lefty.

    • http://rightontheleftcoast.wordpress.com/ missplace

      It’s probably professor Penn

    • Zane Henry

      when you’re catching (tiny) flack, you’re over the target.

  • RJohnston

    At least the college did do something…usually they turn a blind eye to their Marxist professors.

  • J20tower

    Just the semester? This is the kind of trash that teaches our kids.

  • Sharon Mark

    He should be fired, not relieved of his duties for a semester with pay.

  • Matthew Roberts

    Hate to burst your bubble, but he has not been fired or relieved of duties. As the email says, he has been reassigned for the semester. Having worked in higher education, this could mean almost anything: he could be teaching other classes, he could be doing administrative work, he could be given release time to work on a project. I highly doubt he’s been fired and I doubt that he’ll go without pay this semester.

  • Conservative Iowa

    appears MSU just urinated on a forest fire so they can say they responded. He will be on a paid sabbatical to some European country doing research.

    • TheExecutiveProducer


      Go Hawks!

  • TheExecutiveProducer

    No where in that statement from Dean Wurst does it say that this guy has been fired. They’re basically giving him a desk job until the heat is off. He will be teaching again at MSU in the future.

  • L R

    Ding…dong…the witch is dead…the wicked witch is dead! Well, in this case, he’s just been sent packing, but hey, that’s great news!!!

    • TheExecutiveProducer

      He hasn’t been sent packing. The only thing the university did was hand his class over to another instructor. He is still employed by the university and he will face no consequences.

      • Zane Henry

        Most likely the class has been handed over to a like-minded sycophant teaching assistant.

        • TheExecutiveProducer

          With the explicit instructions to keep their opinions to themselves and play it cool… for now.

  • Kent Wilcox

    The guy has tenure so will be back spewing his distorted political views in the future. Students will have to parrot those views back to pass the class. Brainwashing or actually teaching?? My money is on the brain thing.

    • Monte

      How can idiots like this get tenure?

  • cmdteachpe

    It’s about time that a university has stepped up and relieved a professor of his/her duties due to the unprofessionalism. Too bad it can’t be more time but maybe if he does it again, he will be removed permanently

  • Dan Glosser

    funny his name is William Penn

  • GulfPundit

    “As a result, Penn’s duties have been reassigned and he will not be teaching this semester.”

    Translation: We’re going to pay him to sit in the faculty lounge, where his colleagues will commiserate with him over this injustice. When things cool down, he’ll be back in the classroom.

    • Connie M


  • Glenn Adams

    Reassigned, huh? Prolly reassigned to teach Sensitivity 101 at MSU….
    “BS U Professor William Penn, “Here’s your Sign”…

  • Sgt_Rock

    Cue whining about ‘the chilling effect on free speech/academic freedom’ in 3-2-1….

  • DrSamHerman

    He should be permanently relieved of his duties and reassigned to Gitmo.

  • http://livethetrinitynet.ramawright.net/ Rick Wright

    This is where I think conservatives can show a little mercy even where leftists do not. Was this guy out of line? Yes. Being a bully? Yup. Was his diatribe inappropriate? No argument from me. Absolutely he needs to be disciplined and his classroom behavior dealt with by those who supervise(?) him. I wonder if semester suspension is a little harsh. Reprimand him, say “don’t do this again”, and make it clear what the consequences will be if he repeats. This is about behavior, not ideology, and conservatives can seek to forge common ground on this point, and it is on precisely those grounds we want universities to stop discriminating against conservative faculty.

    • IPreferTeaOverKoolAid

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a paid leave of absence. If so, what a punishment. /sarcasm/ He should be FIRED. Period.

    • Acethepug

      Rick, with respect, absolutely not. Turning the other cheek has gotten us exactly where we are now. Libbies don’t play nice — they don’t even particularly care for their own once their usefulness is up (see Filner, Wiener, etc).

      We need to smash them in the face twice as hard as they do to us. Civility is based on respect, and to a small extent, fear. Many people, as an example, obey the law not because they are sterling citizens, but because they are afraid of being caught and punished.

      We need to respond in kind to the Left, make them afraid to be the monstrous hypocrites they are now. Look how the Left, almost as one monolithic entity, has decided ANY criticism of Obama is racist. It (along with the threat of IRS audits and the like) is a nasty tool used to curb dissent.

      We need to do the same. This professor, Candy Crowley (for her horrific actions during the Debate), and others need to be made examples of, the same way the Left does to the Right.

      Maybe it will leave everyone blind (an eye for an eye), but being “nice,” or even civil, has only emboldened the Left to keep pushing the envelope like errant children.

      IMHO, it is well past time to fight fire with fire. If the Left dislikes it so strongly, perhaps they will engage honestly — and if not?

      We Alinsky them just as hard as they do us.

      Again, if there is venom in this post, it is not directed at you. Thanks for posting.

  • mikeinsc

    It’s not often to say this but for a while there, I was embarrassed to be a Spartan! No longer (at least for a semester).

    • TheExecutiveProducer

      These types exist at all universities. Not exclusive to MSU. You should be proud of your fellow alumnus who blew the whistle on this idiot.

      We’ll see you on the gridiron October 5th. Go Hawks!

  • Hitt Mann

    All the singular downward arrows have to be (former) Professor Penn!

  • IPreferTeaOverKoolAid

    HE should make his own apologies ONLY if they are sincere, but no the Dean does it for him. What a loser. I hope this is the end of his teaching career. We are all allowed our views, but you don’t have to belittle others for theirs and say the horrible things he said. This guy is HORRIBLE. Good riddance!!!

  • Nicholas Retz

    OK your saying his right to FREE SPEECH, IS NOT THERE BEING HE IS A TEACHER. So you agree his job should be taken do to him speaking his opinion that you do not agree with. that is what this ONCE GREAT COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON!!! So being you did not like what he had to say an you don’t agree with it MOVE YOUR ASS TO ANOTHER COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK THERE MIND!!!

    • Monte

      Teaching is not spewing slander and hateful opinion – get a grip. What does Ann Romney have to do with anything he could possibly be trying to teach?

    • Ronald Green

      He was there to teach a course on Literature & Culture & Identities, what ever kind of drivel that is, not threaten students who are not of the same political leanings as he. All he did was spew hate of Republicans, imply that all Republicans are racists, and bash Ann Romney. Free speech is fine until you use it to threaten people of which you have some power over. It’s kinda like yelling ‘fire’ in a theater. NOW GET OVER YOURSELF! Oh, AND YOU SHOULD TRY YOUR OWN ADVICE!!!

  • Jay Jay Jet Plane

    This makes me happy. It is nice when the system put in place to keep us silent works the other way for a change.

  • Leonardo Calabrese

    Is everyone with the last name Penn crazy. Also whats with this reassigned what is this the Obama administration that puts everyone on paid leave. These guys need to be sent a message that this is not acceptable in the learning environment. Teachers need to teach down the middle no BS activism period grow up do you think you are still in college at some pointless moronic rally for some BS that really has no meaning and you can’t explain why it even exists like allot of the garbage out there that these activists are pushing.

  • TDS

    Too bad it’s temporary (and probably WITH pay).

  • Abigsoxfan

    I’m kind of surprised they moved this quickly and decisively. But what do they do with this guy after he cools his jets for one semester? He is who he is. His over the top bias still rests within him. It may not be as obvious but it will be the basis of all he teaches going forward. I say get rid of the dude permanently. Let him go to liberal talk radio where he can lose that job. Due to lack of ratings.

  • Robynette

    Great News .. I hope kids across the country start recording these awful people in their classes to show the bias and grooming that goes into making good little marxist soldiers. YAY!

  • rway

    He should never be allowed to teach again! Kick him out!

  • LeftistsStink

    If only ALL ranting lunatic Leftist professors, instructors and teachers were relieved of their duties for indoctrinating students to their addlepated mindsets.

  • Bemani Dog

    He’s probably being paid, and he will be back next semester.

    • Jay Jay Jet Plane

      That would be about right.

    • Janelle L. Zabel

      I was wondering if he would continue to receive his salary. Yipee for him 3 month paid vacation?

    • Monte

      That is absurd, and makes all of us even more cynical

      • Bemani Dog

        How often do you hear about people in liberal mechanisms being put on PAID leave for wrongdoings? It happens all the time.

  • W Richard Lobell

    so, back next semester? paid vacation this semester?

  • wassup402

    The Left will find a place for him in due time. Probably a cabinet post some where in the Obama administration.

  • ra44mr2

    I don’t normally like to celebrate someone losing their job over saying something dumb but this guy totally deserves it and I for one am happy that he won’t have influence on the minds of tomorrow.

    • Connie M

      It doesn’t say he lost his job. It says his “duties have been reassigned and he will not be teaching THIS semester.”

  • Kel-Tec PF-9

    “dude, don’t worry, you’re not fired, just go lay low for the semester until this blows over.”

  • Mic

    He should be required to regularly clean the student’s bathroom during his recess from teaching as a condition of reemployment

  • James Herring

    For some reason I doubt he ‘apologized.’ He is only sorry he got caught!

  • Sarah Beth

    Not that anyone will read this comment, but for those who are asking why he still has a job… he is a tenured professor. You can’t just fire tenured professors. Not here at MSU (where I work) or any other university.

    • Monte

      Well get started with him.. How can you continue to call him a professor…he is a hate filled slanderer

      • Sarah Beth

        You obviously don’t understand what tenured means, but I can tell you there are processes in place to handle situations like this.

        Also, you can call him a professor because he worked his butt off to get his PhD. He applied and received a job at MSU. You don’t take away someone’s title because they have a different opinion from you.

        Was he right to share his opinions and feelings? No. The classroom is not the place. Should he have kept his mouth shut? Absolutely.

        College kids aren’t as stupid as people think. Give them some credit. They can think for themselves and won’t listen to the rantings if they don’t truth in them.

        Would it be hate filled slander if he said something you agreed with, but the other side didn’t?

        • Monte

          Hey, just saw your response. My husband has been a teacher for 38 years…when I played this video for him he just shook his head. Education used to be about teaching truth, this prof reflects opinion only, coupled with slander, lies and bullying. If this guy said something I didn’t agree with, in a respectful way, and opened the class for honest discussion, that would be fine. But bullying and intimidating shuts down the academic process.

          If he was so proud of his academic credential, he sure didn’t act it – he spoke like a political hack. And the college must have realized he was way over the line, with their swift action.

          You have no idea if I understand tenure or not…I was suggesting the practice of protecting these wacko professors has to stop somewhere – why not with this guy?

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  • stuckinIL4now

    Huh, he must not have tenure yet.

  • Perso Nasplit

    just a semester? what the hell?

  • Zathras11 @B5

    One semester? Seriously? How about I cage fight him and if he wins he gets his job back.

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  • $21114026

    If he were a Republican he’d been drummed out of academia!!

    • BeeKaaay

      He wouldn’t have gotten in the first place if he were a Republican.

  • LInda

    That is exactly why our youth can’t think for themselves because of the indoctrination!

  • Clifford Heineck

    Kudos to MSU! It is amazing that some teachers leave no room for thinking!

  • neoface

    When I was in college, I knew my professors were liberal in their opinion, but no one ever tried to indoctrinate the class with their political opinion, not even in my civic classes. This guy was way over the line, he was preaching hate. That’s reason enough to fire him!

    • Connie M

      They didn’t fire him.

      • neoface

        That’s my point, he was only put on paid leave for one semester. To fire him it would depend on the type of status he has as a teacher in that college.

  • $34946403

    The letter only says that he will not be teaching this semester. It does not say that he will not be paid this semester, lose his office, be chased off campus, etc.

    I would bet that nothing about his status is being upset except that he will not be expected to do any work this semester.

    I also deplore the email’s typically dodgy apology to “any student who was offended or made to feel uncomfortable.” This slimy style of apology makes victims seem like overly-sensitive outliers. How about: “We apologize to THE students who were offended and made to feel uncomfortable.”

    And, btw, it sould not have been an “email.” Email is breezy; sincere, written apologizes belong in envelopes with stamps.

  • BeeKaaay

    He shouldn’t just apologize to students who were offended, he should apologize to ALL students. ALL students have to put up with the school’s reputation.

    “Oh, you went to THAT school….” will be what they’ll hear on job interviews, in a tone of voice where they’ll want to be ashamed of the school.

    • therealguyfaux

      Even the original Spartans would hang their heads in shame at this.
      And then proceed to kick some ass!

  • Patrick Robert Easter

    Isn’t that a turnaround!

  • Denna Freed

    So he will not be teaching for the remainder of the semester…. hummmm… wonder if that means that he will return next semester to continue his insane rants!

  • MontanaMade

    I am shocked!!! and amazed!!! That a department of higher learning actually did something about a teacher badmouthing the GOP or conservatives!! I never thought I would see that day come- but maybe people are waking up… maybe…

  • robert anthony

    So much for his threats of ..”Are you a racist?..I’m coming after you!” …Lookey professor, seems students can come after you as well…don’t you just love equality?

  • Brian Jones

    MASSIVE Props to the school for making the right decision QUICKLY and without much protesting on our part! Hopefully they make his suspension permanent…schools typically move slower than glaciers, so this pace was a welcome surprise!

  • Karl Winrich

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bigot.

  • Robert Mission

    Good for MSU. William Penn’s diatribe of hate speach, cliched quotes and scripted rhetoric were taken to a horrific new level. Can’t imagine anyone in the school Faculty pleased with his words. He is now “Famous” for being a narrow minded thoughtless hate preaching Communist. Yet he still might get another job..

  • Madfoxx

    Maybe re-education camps aren’t such a bad thing, at least in this case.

  • $35072932

    New Mexico man puts “Obama’s Presidential Library” sign over outhouse; local news wants gov’t intervention
    Oh, I sure hope it’s a “code violation”! If it isn’t, they need to write up some new codes.

    That reporter must’ve been biting her tongue to keep from calling the guy a racist. After all, why else would anybody ever mock the President of the United States? History began on January 20, 2009.

  • Walknot

    He can take sensitivity classes or resign…his choice.

  • kobrien674

    He’ll be right back at it next semester, just like the professor at Florida Atlantic University was. Who wants a coercive bigoted jerk and moron for a “teacher/professor” who talks down to you with an attitude like ‘I’m a college professor, who are you to disagree with me?’ They need to go. PERMANENTLY!

  • soundnfury

    He was teaching a course on humor in American Lit. I guess he found out that the joke was on him. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

  • Connie M

    His “duties have been reassigned and he will not be teaching THIS semester.” Emphasis mine. This seems to be a relatively minor reprimand. He will be back, not like they fired him.

    • MNWoman

      I wonder if he had tenure.

  • SpaceRacer423

    “@michellemalkin we all just received an email that he is “relieved of his duties” for this semester and will not be teaching!” – Emily Cervone
    He never had any plans to “teach,”
    but I guess “he will not be paid to propagandize/slander while claiming the title ‘MSU prof’ this semester,” didn’t fit into a tweet.

  • rsoski

    Paid leave?

  • rsoski

    Fire the POS PARASITE…He would be leading the pitchfork carrying POS liberals demanding ouster of a prof saying those things about muslims…

  • SpaceRacer423

    I think I found another part of the MSU letter.
    its says: “Students who still want access Prof Penn’s notes and lectures can find them on Wonkette.com for no additional fee….”

  • lesterwink23

    Dont’ worry, professor…I’m sure MSNBC will offer you a show of your own if this situation doesn’t work out in your favor

  • Graham Martin

    University Ombudsperson?!?!?


  • Jerry Byrkit

    Apology accepted from Wurst……Apology NOT accepted from Penn ….You Communist A**hole !

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    Huh. I coulda sworn I’ve read dozens of outraged articles by the Tea People who denounce firing somebody for stating their opinions…

    • astoriava

      Like Christian professors having opinions about the Bible or God and expressing them perhaps? Never caused a problem with the left – eh?

    • MissDiane47

      Dude … he went way beyond stating an opinion. He threatened to “come after anyone he deems to be a closet racist” while insulting Mitt Romney and his wife! He said all these things while supposedly teaching a class. That is abuse of official duties – or something like that.

      Therefore, the school did the right thing by “relieving him of duty.”

    • Monte

      Hate filled slander is not stating an opinion, as you know.

    • TocksNedlog

      Okay. You cite some example and I will explain. Go!

    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      Now, I know you’re fibbing, Joey. You can’t read.

  • patriot1742

    Does that mean he will still get paid – just NOT fired?

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  • Anna Magee

    It is nice to see that at last a University has the courage to do something about these left leaning teachers who feel it is their right to tell the rest of the world how to live.

  • TocksNedlog

    In typical lib fashion, he isn’t being punished because he did it; he’s being punished because he GOT CAUGHT doing it.

  • JohnL1313

    He’ll be back in January I’m sure.

  • Milodactyl™

    I think MSU did what a lot of other universities need to do. Clean academia of narrow minding miscreants ans our young people will benefit.

  • Quantummist

    He will be back in front of the class as soon as this dies down… And there will be a new rule banning all Cell Phones and devices with cameras in the class room…

    • NTD


  • ELC

    It time that more universities took the high road and emptied themselves of these idiots who educate our youth. Their liberal minded ideals hurt everyone. Bravo to MSU..hopefully others will follow in their footsteps.

  • CasualMeyhem

    sounds more like a suspension than a firing. Celebration may be premature.

    • TheExecutiveProducer

      Not even a suspension. He was reassigned.

    • TheExecutiveProducer

      Not even a suspension. He was reassigned.

  • James

    What the heck is an “ombudsperson”??? I’m beginning to think we ought to re-elect Congressperson Holtzperson…

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      An Ombudsman/Ombudsperson is kind of like a “Free-Range” official, elected or appointed, who covers areas of knowledge that others might not have… I think… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • disqus_wuGZajqQAq

    As the Mother of an MSU student I’m thrilled. I sent off an email to the school when I just heard about it. Didn’t think it would happen, but yippee!

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    The university doesn’t want lawsuits. Discrimination is against the law, he is in the employ of the University. He attacked student’s parent’s and grandparent’s in his rant, because they were “white” that’s called racism, “old” ageism, and ideological bigotry. I am pretty sure there is grounds for a lawsuit. He created a hostile environment, he intimidated his students. If they didn’t agree with his opinions would he have given them low grades?


  • Simon Mason

    This semester? Wheres his apology? So what is boils down to is, no apology, and probably paid leave until next semester

  • Guest

    A semester? Are you kidding me?

  • Wil Genovese

    Wait! When have we ever been allowed to use Liberals rules against a Liberal? I’m confused here. He was removed because he offended someone? I thought Liberals were given a pass on these rules?

  • Steve E

    William Penn is a brainwashed dolt. Let him have his therapy and pray to God he get’s “middle of the road” before re-entering the teaching business.

  • vsdgrandma

    Thank goodness the leadership of MSU are honorable and understand freedom of speech does not allow for this kind of diatribe….it would have been just as wrong had it been a conservative saying the same thing about democrats….it does not belong in a classroom.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      CLARIFICATION:Actually, it is covered by free speech (First Amendment), but the sword of offensive words works both ways…. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • steppingstone

    Should be forever fired !!!!!!!!!!! Jerk!! Sick of these dam liberals actin like they rule the world, THEY DONT , Wake up America and lets throw these ppl to the curb!! It to them is always about them and nobody else , it is time to change before there is no other side!!!!

    • Steve E

      Steppingstone, People will always rise up to tyranny and those that spew hatred. Can’t forget, these instructors were indoctrinated also. Just as they try to do today to this generation. They need DETOX.
      God bless America.

  • MurphTacular

    I’d love to know what the context was for this discussion, but regardless the truth can really sting based on the large amount of vitriolic comments in this thread. What would be funny is to see the ages and race of those most outraged by these admittedly impolitic remarks. Here’s betting they’re old and white … LOL.

    • Kristjian

      Hey Jackwagon,

      I was outraged by the remarks, and I have been outraged every time Ive been forced into a required classroom with teachers like this.

      By the way, I’m 26, not old.

      Also, I’m Hispanic, not white.

      Plus I’m a veteran that feels that I should not have to pretend to be a communist to be successful in an American institution of higher learning.

      Thank you and shut up.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Welcome back, Murph!
      This professor said some VERY disparaging things about Conservatives, and luckily, one of his students caught it on the Video recorder on their phone. Once the complaint went “viral,” this guy first tried to explain it away, then gave a weak apology;so much so, the Dean (or maybe one of the Regents/Proctors) had to apologize FOR HIM!
      But what really irks me is, he’s been “reassigned, and won’t be teaching for the rest of the semester.” And when he returns next semester, will he stick his foot in his mouth again? Stay tuned… Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Secede

      And had this been a Republican professor threatening young Democrats ?
      Your self hating, gay white male whiney @ss would be emotionally incontinent right now.

    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      Of course, I’m sure you can prove everything the professor said, right Murph?

  • $9898556

    Only for the semester? Are you kidding me? Unbelievable.

  • Right Wired

    When it comes to victories in schools, here’s the score:

    GOP: 4
    DNC 234,677,130

    He was only removed because someone filmed it He was not even fired.

  • Franklin Crittenden

    Just like in the IRS situation, with pay I assume?

  • 4catstolove

    Reassigned, big deal!

  • putthehammerdown

    This Doosh and Ward Churchill can go and start their own freaking school.
    I would give mass quantities of money to put the goings-on of that place
    on Reality T V. Not only would the students bring a certain dullness-plus-hilarity to the screen, we could all learn the latest in fashion, piercings, cultural icons and personal body cleanliness/odor control.
    …and the outright historical revisionism would just be frosting on the cake.
    I volunteer Melissa Harris-Perry as the first visiting professor.
    Keith Olberman as Visiting Lecturer.
    Chris Mathews as ” What not to be when you get out ”
    Let John Conyers be the Dean and allow his wife to run the accounts,
    and do all the P R …….

  • conservative2012

    His low ratings by his students probably didn’t help. I doubt he’ll be back. Nobody seemed to like him.

    • nc

      This is true. Before anyone starts yelling about “free speech” and “he may have been a jerk but he didn’t deserve to lose his job,” first read the overwhelming negative comments on his official student evaluations (not just a public comment section). The link was in the previous thread about him.

    • Secede

      Nobody liked Hillary or Kerry, yet look at them now.

  • Leah Keever

    I’m sure he’s still getting paid — for not teaching a class.

    • Rob_Corelli

      In a way, that is a good thing. There are lots of things I would pay not to hear or see. I would prefer not to have to pay to not hear or see them but sometimes it is a worthwhile investment.

  • shooter2009

    The Dean apologized for him? How cute.

  • Calvin

    So, not “fired”, merely “reassigned”. Typical.

    • Marvin Nelson

      Unfortunately, this is common in higher education because the universities can’t fired a “tenured” professor. So, these losers are given busy work at the same salary and contribute absolutely nothing to the campus community.

  • Marvin Nelson

    At least MSU is on the right track-they should have fired his sorry ass on the spot. Oh yeah, he must be tenured. I am a college professor who hates tenure since tenure protects the lousy teachers from being fired. In fact, I teach at a college that does not have tenure and am very happy. This guy is a liberal, brain dead moron who doesn’t belong in any classroom. MSU students, start petitions to get rid of this guy and spread the word to others.

    • Secede

      Especially the rich alumni- they are the only ones the college will listen to…

  • Dianne Rinehardt

    How about “sensitivity training” for all the college profs so that they don’t “offend” GOPers?! 😀

    • robert anthony

      I like that idea!

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    “Relieved of his Duties for the Semester”…. Unforch, that means he’ll be back…. And GOD FORBID he continues teaching the same Liberal Blather!… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • zlerpster

    It’s just a “sit down” for the rest of the semester – some paid time off for being a jerk. This sends a mixed message to other profs, imho. The whole “door hit you…” thing doesn’t match up with what is stated in the letter, though. Look for this guy to be back in full “martyr-mode” after Christmas.

  • Zorro

    Michelle, I’m glad you and Twitchy got the scoop first. Well done!

    • Daniel Hunt

      Well done, but I read this in my local paper almost 24 hrs before it was here… My daughter will be attending this college, and will be activly avoiding his classes…and will not tolerate any BS like this from any faculty member.

  • MikeTX62

    So what?? He gets a semester off to spew his hatred elsewhere. What do you wanna bet his suspenstion is “WITH PAY”. So, essentially, he gets a paid 3-month vacation.

  • MikeTX62

    Does anyone seriously believe that he won’t be back next semester, spewing his hatred and bigotry just like before? In the meantime, what do you wanna bet MSU develops new guidelines for student behavior that, among other things, will make it illegal to make audio or video recordings of the professors?

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    Just for the semester? Not enough. It should be for life! Maybe except for some rodeo clown university.

    • HWarrior13

      No need to insult rodeo clown universities….from what I’ve witnessed in the past month or so, they produce a much better product than do traditional universities.

      • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

        How I am not surprised! lol

    • HWarrior13

      No need to insult rodeo clown universities….from what I’ve witnessed in the past month or so, they produce a much better product than do traditional universities.

  • moi2u

    Kudos to MSU for doing the right thing…so many other universities epically fail their students when it comes to liberal-progressive indoctrination at it’s worst.

  • keith grace

    Has anyone noticed that all the rants posted here are from Right-Wingers. Hatred of our President exceeds their love for America. Each student has the option of disagreeing and creating a learning situation but chose in this case

    to cry like a baby.

    • Secede

      I notice you have no defense or apology for this douche-bag.
      Had this been a Conservative professor ranting about Democrats, you would be screaming and crying much louder.

    • restless572

      Pot meet kettle. Apparently, libtards have short or no memories at all. Have you forgotton all the ugly vitriol spewed against President Bush? How does it feel to be on the receiving end of same treatment against an indefensible, incompetent buffoon that you call president?

    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      One tiny problem, keith: your side tends to ostracize and bully conservative students who stand up to professors. Seems Leftists hate to be called out on their crap and try to get revenge.

      So much for Leftists being so tolerant…

    • MarcusFenix

      So, you’re ok with the teacher threatening to “come after” students who don’t agree with him? Good to know.

  • woody322

    Rampant, rabid Socialism rears its ugly head.

  • descolada9

    So he is currently desk bound and will be back to teach next semester once we have all forgotten about him?

    • robert anthony

      And camera phones and recorders will be banned from his class I’m sure.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Every college campus has at least one and sometimes many more than one of these clowns, filling your kid’s heads with left wing garbage.

  • FaithColeridge33

    Wow. I’m shocked. That was a real apology with a real consequence. Usually you get one of those “I’m sorry if you’re hurt.” apologies.

    • $34946403

      It was exactly one of those lame apologies that you mentioned, an apology to “any” student who was offended or made to feel uncomfortable. “Any,” is a very dodgy word when used in this way. A full-throated apology would be directed to “the students who were…” or “all the students who were…” The way it was phrased leaves open the possibility that few or perhaps no students were offended or made to feel uncomfortable. This is no accident unless the dean is a moron. The language he chose is standard for dodgy, semi-apologies.

      • FaithColeridge33

        I could be wrong. It happens. A lot.

      • FaithColeridge33

        I could be wrong. It happens. A lot.

    • $34946403

      It was exactly one of those lame apologies that you mentioned, an apology to “any” student who was offended or made to feel uncomfortable. “Any,” is a very dodgy word when used in this way. A full-throated apology would be directed to “the students who were…” or “all the students who were…” The way it was phrased leaves open the possibility that few or perhaps no students were offended or made to feel uncomfortable. This is no accident unless the dean is a moron. The language he chose is standard for dodgy, semi-apologies.

  • FaithColeridge33

    Wow. I’m shocked. That was a real apology with a real consequence. Usually you get one of those “I’m sorry if you’re hurt.” apologies.

  • Kathy Young

    If these kids are smart and the curriculum is set up properly, there won’t be anyone registered in his classes and he will have the whole YEAR off. Of course, they’ll probably do like Oregon State used to do and cut off enrollment in the DECENT teachers’ classes until the she it pile profs got students.

    • Secede

      Or let them sign up and then switch the teacher at the last second….

  • Kathy Young

    If these kids are smart and the curriculum is set up properly, there won’t be anyone registered in his classes and he will have the whole YEAR off. Of course, they’ll probably do like Oregon State used to do and cut off enrollment in the DECENT teachers’ classes until the she it pile profs got students.

  • P.K. Ash

    To bad it is only for a semester, should have been permenant!! His “lecture” was intolerable, but his threatening of a student should never be tolerated on any campus!!!!!!!!

  • P.K. Ash

    To bad it is only for a semester, should have been permenant!! His “lecture” was intolerable, but his threatening of a student should never be tolerated on any campus!!!!!!!!

  • fivebyfive

    He’ll be hired by Columbia university by the end of the month

  • CasualMeyhem

    He clasified all republicans as closet racists and then said “If you’re a closet racist I’m going to get you” That’s a direct threat.

  • CasualMeyhem

    He clasified all republicans as closet racists and then said “If you’re a closet racist I’m going to get you” That’s a direct threat.

  • CasualMeyhem

    This is only the beginning.

  • CasualMeyhem

    This is only the beginning.

  • Damien Johnson

    Just the title of the course… “Literatures, Cultures, Identities.” You know that was a bullsh*t-ass class anyway!

  • Damien Johnson

    Just the title of the course… “Literatures, Cultures, Identities.” You know that was a bullsh*t-ass class anyway!

  • Katepatate

    I’m a conservative, but I don’t like to see anyone lose their job over their political views. I believe in free speech. But just let Christians have it too. This man should have to do something like work at a Republican headquarters or go to a Tea Party convention and see that the people he was ranting about are really nice people. We have become way too devisive in this country. Maybe he could learn something from this.

    • HWarrior13

      “Opinions” are one thing….THREATENING Republican students, even veiled threats, due to their political beliefs is another…and oh, btw, ILLEGAL.

      • Debbie Butler

        Fire the professors ass!!

        • TheExecutiveProducer

          Fire all of him!

        • TheExecutiveProducer

          Fire all of him!

    • HWarrior13

      “Opinions” are one thing….THREATENING Republican students, even veiled threats, due to their political beliefs is another…and oh, btw, ILLEGAL.

  • Katepatate

    I’m a conservative, but I don’t like to see anyone lose their job over their political views. I believe in free speech. But just let Christians have it too. This man should have to do something like work at a Republican headquarters or go to a Tea Party convention and see that the people he was ranting about are really nice people. We have become way too devisive in this country. Maybe he could learn something from this.

  • Nathan Ray

    he’ll be back soon. time to contact our congress people and end all political activism he educational institutions. no more of our tax money to pay for that kind of crap.

  • Nathan Ray

    he’ll be back soon. time to contact our congress people and end all political activism he educational institutions. no more of our tax money to pay for that kind of crap.

  • Nathan Ray

    is this not typical thinking on collage campuses ?? maybe it’s time for them to rely on private funding.

  • Nathan Ray

    is this not typical thinking on collage campuses ?? maybe it’s time for them to rely on private funding.

  • Hand of Doom

    I would rather this moron get his idiotic statements challenged by his students than get the boot.

  • bigfatslob

    Amen !

  • Nooneofconsequence

    He’ll be back with a promotion.

  • mymanz3

    we need to take our school system back now and not let the progressive unions and liberal thugs take our children any teacher bringing his/hers believes on politics into the class room needs to be dissmissed

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    In would prefer they apologized for their prof’s unethical and improper behavior than to apologize “to any student who was offended.”

  • WerewolfVm

    He should be barred from ever teaching again in Michigan! Sorry I despise Liberals, Socialists and Communists, they are ruining our society and pulling the country down to it’s lowest levels of morality and standards!

  • 49_67_71_77

    I am surprised he was fired but am glad.

  • sludog

    So he sits on his ass and still gets paid, awesome for him!!

    • tops116

      Lois Lerner? Oh wait, no….

  • CaliNative

    For a semester kills me. I’d love to get fired for a month. Get some unemployment, no do much, drink pina coladas on the beach, soaking in the warmth of taxpayer relief. Then back at it. FIRED FOR LIFE IS MORE LIKE IT FOR THIS BASTARD.

    • bcoastal

      Sounds like a plan, but if you get fired, you are not eligible for unemployment.

  • Beth Hensley

    The college did it correctly under the auspices of the learning environment. They didn’t deal with the First Amendment issue, but put it squarely where this issue has always belonged….actions that impede or negatively impact the shared learning environment.

  • Mickey O’Brien

    Why didn’t they just suspend him and send him for sensitivity training? (Maybe they are. That’s the usual play from the liberal playbook.)

  • bsum1

    He’ll be doing a sabbatical for the next six months as AL Gore’s butt boy…

  • mmt

    He abused a position of trust. Political rants and posturing in front of impressionable students who hold him in a position of authority. So glad to hear that some kids must have stood up to him. He wouldn’t have deserved a class act like Ann Romney as a first lady.

  • lainer51

    I bet he wears Mom jeans, rides a girl’s bike, wears a girl’s helmet, bowls a score of 37, can’t shoot hoops for crap, throws a baseball like my 88 y/o grandmother with arthritis, too.

  • Pat

    This doesn’t say he was fired…it seems to indicate that he was relieved of teaching duties. They probably have him running committee meetings and writing curriculum instead, and he’s probably loving it. He’ll be back next semester.

  • Tony Soprano

    Now he works in Admissions asking each student their political affiliation…

    • Tertullus

      That, or reassigned to on-campus telecom, that goes by the name NoSuchAgency.

  • Basset_Hound

    He’ll be slobbering and bawling about “censorship”, and how he’s being “persecuted for his political beliefs”.

  • ByondPolitics

    Please notice that he was reassigned. A faculty member’s workload is comprised of teaching, research & service. It sounds like he’ll continue to receive his full salary but just won’t have to teach.

    • Michael

      as posted 150k

  • Taoosh

    Cool, the university is doing what it should. There is nothing wrong with a professor holding a negative view of Republicans. But that professor needs to maintain proper decorum in the classroom, not intimidate students that disagree or who hold differing views. If the professor went someplace between “too far” and “way overboard”, the administration is providing the oversight it should. Nice to see it in terms of defending conservative viewpoints, instead of the traditional liberal views most commonly seen in academic community.

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  • poh

    So, is everything in Michigan turning into a joke? Biggest city goes bankrupt, largest auto maker goes bankrupt. Higher education system might as well join the other two. Sad, he is a disgrace to MSU.

    • American-By-Choice

      Michigan has been a joke for a couple of generations. The last time it wasn’t a joke, a man worked for GM, Ford and Chrysler, having made his OWN BARGAIN and sustained that bargain through HIS OWN PERFORMANCE.

      See: Detroit.

      The good news is that there seems to be an awakening going on… but only time will tell if there’s enough brass remaining in Michigan for it to last, thus for Michigan, itself, to survive.

    • gypsyrose1

      Let me add another evil “joke” in Michigan. The State Dept of Agriculture (or is it the Dept of Natural Resources or the Dept of Health) is destroying a family farm business because they made the way their pigs look illegal to own. Here’s a link to their story.

  • algebra

    Finally: a university that has figured out that :THE STUDENTS ARE THE CUSTOMERS, AND THEY ARE FREE TO TAKE THEIR BUSINESS ELSEWHERE. They are NOT the captive audience their professors perceive them to be!

  • onesoldiersmom

    Cheesy apology. First of all, they should not have included Penn in the apology. He should right is own. Second, I hate the apologies that state, “if anyone was offended.” So, in other words, this would appropriate but for anyone being offended? Karin Wurst is a moron.

  • Todd Randall

    Big deal.

  • Michael

    he is tenured so he still gets 150k a year.

  • Lori Toupal

    Just a semester? He should be fired and banned from teaching!


    When will people learn to drop the “if I offended” crap from an apology.

  • Kaya Hund

    Relieved of his teaching duties means he gets a semester off with pay to “do research.”

  • HerodiousPeaskinner

    So, he’ll be drawing his pay and receiving his benefits for not having to teach in the classroom. Doesn’t seem like much of a consequence for his behavior.

  • Slam Dunk

    Should be gone forever and never allowed to teach anywhere!

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  • rbeccah

    I hope they also, gently but firmly, nudged him into getting some serious psychological counseling.

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    Woopie. So what. He still gets paid for doing nothing. What would have happened if he had walked into class wearing an Obama mask? Or railed against Obama’s policies? Look no further than Paula Deen or Tuffy for the answer.

  • Marcy Cook

    Bravo to the BRAVE STUDENT who videotaped that useless POS and exposed him to the rest of the country. BTW the student who brought this out into the open stated that many times at MSU he has been forced to write papers with a left slant just to get a decent grade. I think the rest of the professors at MSU should have their classrooms monitored for intolerance.

  • JRu4Life

    Great that he got “semi-canned’ but can we talk about the use of the name/title “Ombudsperson”-come on! The word is Ombudsman and they can be male or female. This is a HUGE part of the problem folks! PC garbage is killing us.

  • Carrieann1

    Well, what d’ya know?? Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!!!

  • russellmuscle1

    It’s very sad that it took a student recording him and taking this recording to the public to get any justice from this university. Go read his student reviews. Look at the dates and don’t even pay attention to the ones that were posted since this story broke………you don’t have to, there’s plently from before September of this year about what a cruel joke his class was. In other words, everyone at this school knew what a horrible bully he was and they kept him around for years anyway. He actually made his students buy his books, and you’ll see students often complain about his group of “favorites”. This class was a literally a nightmare for many of his students. I just can’t believe that a college would allow this to go on until publicly shamed into doing otherwise.