Score another one for the bloggers. Not only did the pajama pundits blow the whistle on Dan Rather’s misrepresentation of the president’s Air National Guard record (Rathergate), and CNN correspondent Eason Jordan’s false accusations that U.S. servicemen intentionally targeted and killed journalists in Iraq (Easongate), but last week the blogs Protein Wisdom and Blackfive outed a potentially dangerous leftist university professor. The principals have rather tediously designated this scandal Ramseygate, as in JonBenet. You’ll see why.
As the late Rod Serling might have said, meet Deb Frisch, a psychologist and adjunct professor at the University of Arizona. Prof. Frisch is a longtime supporter of leftist causes and Blame America Firsters. Not long ago she wrote an unintentionally hilarious defense of Prof. Ward Churchill — popularizer of the phrase “little Eichmanns” — for the far left webzine Counterpunch, from which I quote: “there is nothing absurd or outrageous about using the term ‘Eichmann’ to refer to the stockbrokers who died that day [i.e. on 9/11].” But we are most likely to find the professor’s tirades in the comments sections of various conservative blogs, quite often attacking Christianity, as in this joyous Christmas post in which she ranks Christianity the worst of all religions:
[I]t is time for the scientifically literate left to stop pretending that Christianity is a harmless cultural institution. The Christian theory of god and creation is at the bottom of the heap of plausibility — under Judaism, for sure (same kooky god — but no kooky son) and maybe Islam, I don’t know. It is WAY below buddhism and pantheism. The scientifically literate left needs to grow a spine and stop coddling Christians in the name of tolerance. Merry ephing Christmas.
Or, as in this recent post from her blog, where she advocates that liberals behave like “whackjobs”:
I agree that the right suffers from its share of whackjobs — I disagree that liberals should refrain from acting like them. I’m just as into kumbaya, om, peace, be the change you want to see as the next leftie but I think you need to speak the truth about how nutty the rabid right is and how conservative “mainstream media” is.
Trite, silly stuff. But last week Prof. Frisch went too far. Over the edge, you might say. Apparently Frisch has been trolling Jeff Goldstein’s conservative Protein Wisdom blog for some time, but last week something set her off. (What exactly is unclear. Prof. Frisch did not respond to my email.) Suddenly Goldstein begins receiving — from Frisch — thinly disguised death threats against his two-year-old son. It isn’t just the tone and vocabulary Frisch uses throughout her rant that is so scary, it is more the creepy imagery, like dialogue out of a slasher movie. I am not a psychologist like Prof. Frisch, but I think I recognize paranoid schizophrenia when I see it:
I’d like to hear more about your “tyke” by the way. Girl? Boy? Toddler? Teen? Are you still married to the woman you ephed to give birth to the tyke?…
[…] as I said elsewhere, if I woke up tomorrow and learned that someone else had shot you and your “tyke” it wouldn’t slow me down one iota. You aren’t “human” to me….
Ooh. Two year old boy. Sounds hot. You live in Colorado, I see. Hope no one Jon-Benets your baby. …
I reiterate: If some nutcase kidnapped your child tomorrow and did to her what was done to your fellow Coloradan, Jon-Benet Ramsey, I wouldn’t give a damn. …
Give your pathetic progeny (I sure hope that mofo got good genes from his mama!) a big fat tongue-filled kiss from me! LOTS AND LOTS OF SALIVA from Auntie MOONBAT, if you don’t mind! …
I am SHAKING, I tell you, SHAKING!!! in my boots at the prospect at an FBI and/or state police trooper tromping down my driveway to see if I was a threat to the progeny of the pissant name of Jeff “pissant” Goldstein of the pathetic, neutered, sissified, state of Colorado….
Wanna escalate this game. Fine wit me…
Like a serial killer who scrawls “stop me before I kill again” on the walls of the murder scene, Prof. Frisch didn’t even trying to conceal her remarks. She posted them on Goldstein’s blog for all to see, along with her signature. She now claims “I made a joke on a blog about the death of a nasty rightwing blogger’s toddler.” Call me crazy, but I don’t think that’s anybody’s idea of humor.
It is worrisome to think that this “academic” is influencing the way young people think. Equally troubling is the fact that Frisch is a psychologist and former director of the Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. (Physician, heal thyself!) Worse is the thought that there are hundreds of Frisch’s out there on American campuses, most not so careless.
Frisch’s remarks were copied by readers and emailed by the hundreds to Al Kaszniak, the psychology department chair at the University of Arizona. Lacking tenure, Frisch did the only thing left to do — last week she resigned and offered Goldstein a goofy apology. Now she is pouting, writing that she feels physically threatened by the Great Right Wing Conspiracy. The FBI is on alert. As one blogger put it, Frisch is now headed down the familiar liberal path to victim status.
As David Horowitz documents in his new book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, these kinds of loonies have been ruining America’s universities and American education for four decades. In the past it took an enterprising student with a hidden tape recorder to record evidence of left wing professor’s lunacy. Now the Web is giving “educators” a more convenient way to shoot themselves in the foot. Thank God for the Web.