Michelle talks about the First Amendment

posted at 8:56 am on May 18, 2007 by Bryan

Michelle speaks to students at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Michelle, we all love you!!

Viper1 on May 18, 2007 at 9:19 AM

Good stuff. The irony is that those who speak out against perceived intolerance are the most intolerant of all.

When I went to school, the university was a place for the free exchange of scholarly ideas. When did our students learn that the way to respond to ideas with which you disagree is not dialogue and moderated debate … but ad hominem attacks and walking out?

aunursa on May 18, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Michelle, are you running for President? You got my vote. Great speech. I can’t wait until Monday!

azdan on May 18, 2007 at 9:27 AM

When did our students learn that the way to respond to ideas with which you disagree is not dialogue and moderated debate … but ad hominem attacks and walking out?

aunursa on May 18, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Why should they change just because they’re now in college? They successfully used that tactic on their parents all of their life.

BacaDog on May 18, 2007 at 9:30 AM

When did our students learn that the way to respond to ideas with which you disagree is not dialogue and moderated debate … but ad hominem attacks and walking out?

aunursa on May 18, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Why should they change just because they’re now in college? They successfully used that tactic on their parents all of their life.

BacaDog on May 18, 2007 at 9:30 AM

BacaDog on May 18, 2007 at 9:31 AM

Nice to hear that there were some pro-gun types in the audience. It didn’t sound like it would be that kind of crowd.

I’ll bet they were a bit disappointed by your response to their ‘devestating’ dismissal of your speech.

Good speech and like the others I’m waiting for Monday’s installment.

KCSteve on May 18, 2007 at 9:35 AM

Oh Man, I have to wait until Monday to see how Michelle handles the moombats. She sounds awesome so far. I can’t wait for Monday, for once.

KCtheKat on May 18, 2007 at 9:37 AM

“Who are the extremists?” – MM

Indeed!

Lawrence on May 18, 2007 at 9:43 AM

Michelle, you are brave. I just hope there aren’t any pies in the second half. What college kids do to conservative speakers is the real travesty!

Esthier on May 18, 2007 at 9:49 AM

I can’t wait for Monday, for once.

KCtheKat on May 18, 2007 at 9:37 AM

I’m still dreading Monday, but I’m looking forward to the Vent.

Esthier on May 18, 2007 at 9:50 AM

So proud to be on your side, Michelle.

tickleddragon on May 18, 2007 at 9:54 AM

I have been honored and fortunate in my life to attend many speeches by some of the most influential people in the world today. Your speech, thus far, Michelle, is one of the best and truly most important I think I’ve ever heard. It takes enormous courage to stand before a hostile audience like that and without condemnation or vitriol, speak the truth and let the chips fall where they may. It takes great skill and discipline to use their own words and actions to show how they are what they claim to hate without showing hatred for them in return. To leave in the middle of that shows how close minded some on the Left have become. It’s sad….

TheBigOldDog on May 18, 2007 at 9:59 AM

In the belly of the beast. Courage.

Jaibones on May 18, 2007 at 10:05 AM

Heh. You went to go get a t-shirt. Classic. BTW, MONDAY? I have to wait until MONDAY?

amerpundit on May 18, 2007 at 10:10 AM

The students who choose to get up and leave are exercising free speech, alright. They think they are speaking the following statement. “I disagree with you and think your ideas are so reprehensible that it would be wrong for me to poison my ears any more by deigning myself to sit here. Since I cannot prevent you from darkening our stage with your presence, I will further darken the room by leaving it.”

They are really speaking these words instead. “I disagree with you, yet I do not know and understand my own beliefs well enough to defend them in your presence. I hereby show my own stupidity by refusing to debate you.” If you or your forum did not allow for questions after the speech, the sentiment of paragraph one could have some moral ground. By allowing such openness, you’ve taken that ground out from under their feet.

I love the way that you addressed the students at the beginning and at the end of today’s clip, and perhaps you could use that bit of logic against their type in the future, too. If they have a collective brain cell, they’ll have to sit there and squirm the whole time chewing on a no-win situation. If they leave, they admit their stupidity. If they stay, they know they’ll to have to deal with repercussions from their stupid friends for breaking ranks. I think that, having thrown down that gauntlet, it would be fun to be behind the lectern watching them get a case of indigestion over that catch-22.

flutejpl on May 18, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Sweet!

Drtuddle on May 18, 2007 at 10:23 AM

Very nice, Michelle! You certainly are a fine speaker.

I hope that you will give a talk here in the New York City area…like SOON, PLEASE?

Concerning the “bikini situation,” I simply cannot understand why that professor would think that a photo of you in a bikini would have humiliated you. When you go to the beach, many people see you in a swim suit, so what is the big secret? So many women wear thongs, bikini underwear, and even go topless at beaches today, so where is the humiliation? That professor makes no sense and he obviously believes that the best way to debate issues is through faked photos and God knows what else.

Eagerly waiting for Part II on Monday, Michelle.

The False Dervish on May 18, 2007 at 10:28 AM

What grade school was that?

Wade on May 18, 2007 at 10:31 AM

That was awesome. Can’t wait for the second part.

Drum on May 18, 2007 at 10:33 AM

FIRECRACKER indeed.

Maybe M-80 should be the new description.

Michelle, you da bomb. ;)

Malpaso on May 18, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Great speech Michelle.

The 3rd grade remark was perfect. The left has the collective emotional maturity of an 8 year old.

infidel4life on May 18, 2007 at 10:35 AM

Michele, I wish you could see the huge smile on my face as I watched that. You are friggin brilliant. You consistently demonstrate the class that Conservatives have, as Liberals consistently demonstrate their the lack of class. Well done.

Privatestock on May 18, 2007 at 10:37 AM

Wonderful speech; and so gracious to the little tools in the audience. Looking forward to part 2. Solidarity…loved the salute too…:)

austinnelly on May 18, 2007 at 10:48 AM

oh what a tease! i’ll be on here 9:00AM sharp on monday.

that’s how you do it. malkin completely deflated their rightious “silent protest” and exposed it’s contrivance, inauthenticity and service to anti-speech sentiments without hurling a single insult. ann coulter could learn from this, as could those conservative speakers who don’t know how to confront radicals at all.

jummy on May 18, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Brava! Looking forward to Pt 2.
and Target rules!

Tru2my2 on May 18, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Arrrrgggggh!!!!

I have to wait till monday for the rest?!

What is this, MM’s version of 24?

Great vent Michelle. I appreciate, value, and honor your courage to do what so many of us believe, but are unable to articulate.

csdeven on May 18, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Excellent … hate waiting for Monday though. I hope we get to see any questions posed by the audience.

darwin on May 18, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Michelle I was so nervous for you and then I saw how you handled yourself and I thought “Why was I?”

I hope that many who had intended to leave, didn’t. I hope that the ones who realized that they were at a 1st Amendment conference saw the total ignorance of those who protested your right to be there and share your views (Liberals don’t want smart, articulate, conservative women of varying ethnicities or races etc. to give thoughtful and compelling speeches because it just kills thier ability to say conservatives are hate-mongering racist idiots). If these kids didn’t comprehend the absurdity of what they were doing and they are representative of kids their age…we are in deep trouble.

I can’t wait until Monday. Please let us know what happended after. Anyone see the light?

No wonder why intead of debating they leave. Remember their most esteemed leaders in the Democratic presidential race won’t go on Fox to debate each other.That’s where they learn it.

CCRWM on May 18, 2007 at 11:28 AM

Michelle, This is easily one of the most intelligent & common sense speeches I have ever heard. I cannot wait to hear the rest.
Your handing of the anti-free speech “walkouters” during free speech week was also intelligent and classy.

They certainly hate to have the spotlight thrown on their own intolerance don’t they.

hoosierken on May 18, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Michelle, we all love you!!

Viper1 on May 18, 2007 at 9:19 AM

Hard to be more succinct or more accurate than that post.

Simply outstanding.

Professor Blather on May 18, 2007 at 11:42 AM

What class. What poise.

And how exactly do people walk out of a speech on frickin’ Free Speech week … because they don’t like the speech … and not simply explode from the ironic hypocrisy of what they’re doing? How? Somebody explain it. The irony is killing me.

Seriously. That might be the funniest liberal stupidity I’ve ever seen.

Professor Blather on May 18, 2007 at 11:49 AM

They are really speaking these words instead. “I disagree with you, yet I do not know and understand my own beliefs well enough to defend them in your presence. I hereby show my own stupidity by refusing to debate you.”

flutejpl on May 18, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Actually, what they’re saying is closer to: “I have no idea what you’re saying, I’ve never read your books or column, but my ideological puppet masters have told me you’re bad … so, uh, since thinking for myself, or actually listening for a second, might lead to some independent thought … I gotta go, man!”

The truth is not one of those people even has the facts on which to base their opposition. I guarantee it.

Professor Blather on May 18, 2007 at 11:52 AM

Good job Michelle!

Not hard to imagine how difficult it must have been for those students to restrain themselves until the planned walkout. I would have loved to see all the squirming, the sweating, the desparation to keep from shouting profanities, rushing the stage, spewing liberal talking points, and all that these idiots do.

And as soon as they exited the building you could imagine the orgasmically triumphant exuberance they must have felt for showing the world just how to deal with the likes of MM. Score one for the libs! Mom and dad will be so proud of their spawn of a moonbat. Look at us!! Wheeeee!! We sure showed MM!!!

Meanwhile inside the lecture hall, that annoying stench of gonja and unwashed armpits mysteriously lifted as if the ceiling opened up and bathed the atmosphere with the refreshing air and soothing beams of light found only where the intellectually honest gather to soak up truth, liberty, and justice for all!

Corny? Yes. On the mark? Naturally.

Danilo on May 18, 2007 at 11:58 AM

Great Speech Michelle!

To the left ‘free speech’ means ‘Free Speech for me — but not for thee!’.

So who was the previous speaker? The one with the Gulfstream?

CrazyFool on May 18, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Damn I wish I had known about this because I would’ve driven up from san Diego to see this (and brought my copy of unhinged to request to be autographed). Oh well, nice first half of the speech and I’m surprised how well behaved they all were. Back at UCI you’d practically have to drop knock out gas to keep that crowd quiet

Defector01 on May 18, 2007 at 12:15 PM

BRAVO! BRAVO! Well done.

Michelle, we all love you!!

Viper1 on May 18, 2007 at 9:19 AM

Ditto that!! That was perfect. I cannot wait until Monday.

Zorro on May 18, 2007 at 12:24 PM

Michelle, You are a brilliant Lady.♥

abinitioadinfinitum on May 18, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Courage, class, beauty, brains, integrity, sense of humor and humility.

“Politics is the natural habitat for camelions. I am not willing to change colors or stripes or spots based on political whim or the weather. I work for no political party. I speak for no one by myself”

To those college children Michelle is a flickering flame of light in that dark windy auditorium. Those children should refrain from sticking their fingers in their ears and stamping their feet because by doing so they will blow out any hope of seeing the light. Some are hopeless and guarantee their hopelessness by walking away and refusing to listen. Others are not though. Others in that auditorium will listen to her words about free speech and at the same time watch as the intolerant refuse to listen. That scene playing itself out before their eyes will be a powerful moment in some of their lives. Michelle Malkin and free speech will win a major battle with every single one of the students open minded enough to see that scene for what it is. Intolerance and childishness vs courage, class, beauty, brains, integrity, sense of humor and humility. I’m confident many in that room will be won over by this fine example of exceptionalism.

Zetterson on May 18, 2007 at 12:56 PM

What the?! It stopped just as she was about to get to the “best part of the speech”!

“‘Capitalism is an atrocity.’ Is *that* what they teach you here?” HAHAHAHAHAAAAaaaaa!

Michelle picks up the loose puck in the corner, fakes past a defender, she SHOOTS! … SHE SCOOOOOOORESSSSSSS!!!!

Tony737 on May 18, 2007 at 12:59 PM

I give Loyola credit for at least having someone with Ms. Malkin’s ability there to speak to students about points of view they probably do not hear presented very often.

And thank you Ms. Malkin for going to speak to a partially hostile crowd. Spreading ideas among those who need to hear them the most is an often-overlooked part of leadership. Any fool can preach to the converted.

doufree on May 18, 2007 at 1:01 PM

What a great speech, Michelle! It nicely captures why you are one of my heroes. I can’t wait until Monday to see the rest of it.

student on May 18, 2007 at 1:07 PM

I know someone very near and dear to me who got a Masters at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Can’t wait to watch the video together…then until next week for the 2nd half, by what I gather from the comments.

That is a great university and in a grand location too.

Entelechy on May 18, 2007 at 1:10 PM

I went to a set of high school plays last night. Education is now in a total shambles. It’s no surprise that the skulls-full-of-mush at Loyola think the way they do. After years of indoctrination, they are helpless to interpret the world from a rational perspective. One of the plays I saw was written by a local high school senior and it was filled with all of today’s leftist cliches. It was trite, and about what you’d expect from a mind-numbed senior.

Kudos to Michelle for wading out in to the cesspool, in hopes of trying to reach a few of the addled young minds.

JeffB. on May 18, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Great Vent!

I would love to hear more of Michelle’s commentary.

It was intresting that she mentioned “moderate” Muslim literary contributors. Understanding what consititutes a “moderate” and have examples of such people would be of great significance. Perhaps Michelle and the Hot Air folk will oblige on this point.

omegaram on May 18, 2007 at 1:41 PM

Amazing. These kids are literally brainwashed into thinking that free speech should only allowed for those who agree with their basic tenets.

dougless on May 18, 2007 at 1:49 PM

I was waiting for the pie throwing that usually accompanies conservatives speaking at todays leftist indoctrination institutes of higher learning.

Perhaps Monday? It’s sad some of the mush skulls students decided to leave before the best part. And I have to wait till Monday to hear the best part.

From what I did hear, was very well said.

Kini on May 18, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Michelle, we all love you!!

Viper1 on May 18, 2007 at 9:19 AM

The representative post of the day, I think.
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“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain an idea without embracing it.”

I don’t recall who originated that statement, but it ought to be written in stone over the entrances of every college venue where speaking engagements are held. As a reminder to students who enter of what they’re supposed to be striving toward.

Walking out in the middle of a presentation – ostensibly to “protest” someone else’s “intolerance” (there’s some missed irony for you), but really intended as an open display of rudeness. How juvenile.

Still, that was a pretty tame crowd. Didn’t try to shout Michelle down, or start throwing things at her, or rush the stage – reactions I’ve come to expect when college libs are exposed to conservative speakers.

Hey, Michelle, if you really wanna stick your head in the lion’s mouth, see if you can get a speaking gig at the University of Oregon. When I went to see speakers there, I watched Victor Tomseth get a gasoline-soaked, flaming yellow bedsheet thrown at him by members of the “Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade”; I saw Gerald Ford shouted down as well.

And when Ronald Reagan was running for president in 1980, his campaign advisors had him stop by the U of O specifically because they felt he needed more practice dealing with a “hostile audience” (he got one, too).

But if you ever did get that close, rest assured you’d have at least one supporter in the crowd!

Spurius Ligustinus on May 18, 2007 at 2:13 PM

It amazes me that liberals have such bad manners. I would venture a guess they were raised by parents who were also raised with bad manners. I know some of this bad behavior can be related to college but it never ceases to amaze me how the liberals are only interested in their own kind of “free speech”.
Loved the humour about being sent dead roses from the Huff Po.
Isn’t Loyola a Catholic University? As a Catholic, if it is I find this appalling. Of course I heard from a friend who has a freshman daughter at Notre Dame that it’s getting “a bit strange” there as well. Hope it’s not true.
The speech was outstanding! Can’t wait until Monday to see-the rest of the story.
Who spoke before you, Michelle? I’ve never been in a Gulf Stream either and know that I won’t ever get to ride in one either.
Have a great weekend all.

Catie96706 on May 18, 2007 at 2:31 PM

I have to hand it to you, Michelle.

You took them on, on their own turf, and shamed them.

You ARE magnificant!

georgej on May 18, 2007 at 2:52 PM

Michelle,

Thanks for sharing that speech with us!

I admire your heads on, no holds barred communication!

Best to you, your husband, and children.

William

William2006 on May 18, 2007 at 3:06 PM

JeffB wrote:

I went to a set of high school plays last night. Education is now in a total shambles. It’s no surprise that the skulls-full-of-mush at Loyola think the way they do. After years of indoctrination, they are helpless to interpret the world from a rational perspective.

I found this quote at Dr. Pat Santy’s blog (drsanity.blogspot.com), who links to it from http://www.psychquotes.com/:

“Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well – by creating the international child of the future”- Dr. Chester M. Pierce, address to the Childhood International Education Seminar, 1973

I’ve seen happen it with my own daughters as a result of their indoctrination by their college professors.

Patriotism, respect for your parents, and a belief in God, are symptoms of MENTAL ILLNESS according to our educators.

As countervailing voices are not allowed to be respectfully heard on campus, I think that it is time the American taxpayer starts removing these so-called “educators” from their pulpits. Fire them, Deport them, imprison them; I no longer care what the cure is, as long as they are prevented from implementing their Gramscian agenda.

I appreciate that Michelle participated in a First Amendment forum as a speaker.

I commend her courage in facing them in their own dens.

But it is time to understand that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights IS NOT A SUICIDE PACT.

georgej on May 18, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Intellectual debate with a liberal is fast approoaching the status of oxymoron.

Michelle was stunning and well spoken. May God Bless you.

MarkB on May 18, 2007 at 4:09 PM

Michelle….you really are a treasure.

I’m seriously in awe of your determination and wit — not to mention fortitude style and grace.

I wonder how many liberals would be agreeable to standing up and speaking in front of a knowingly hostile audience. Conservative speakers do it all the time, yet I don’t recall ever hearing of any well-known liberals doing as such.

BTW, was just wondering if your speech was open to non-students. I live only 20mins from campus and would’ve loved to have seen you in action.

Looking forward to Part II on Monday…

The Ugly American on May 18, 2007 at 4:48 PM

Regarding preparation, content and performance amidst a known hostile audience and within a known (unfortunately, typical) hostile institution, an absolutely exceptional presentation. I’m more impressed than ever by Michelle’s courage and well-reasoned, fact-based, intellect. I’m looking forward to Monday’s Hot Air installment, knowing that Mrs. Malkin can and does (will) handle any opposition with class and aplomb nonpareil.

God (has) bless(ed) you Michelle Malkin.

BJ Phisch on May 18, 2007 at 4:57 PM

The immaturity of many college students shocks me. I guess in all of history the campus has always been a place where you could feel self-righteous and correct about everything without ever having to prove it–or live with the consequences of your actions, inactions and professed beliefs. You just have to love the socialist students at high dollar Universities living off of Mommy and Daddy’s dollar.

But I think we can safely say that throughout most of history, decorum and respect were expected of students–failure in that regard meant expulsion and shame. But the 60’s took that away, and the Clenis years removed it altogether.

I doubt those coddled emo-students who so blithely made Solidarity T-Shirts (go go Market Economy!)know anything about that word–and the man who made it famous (Lech Walensa (sp?)). They have no idea what a truly oopressive regime is about–what real fear is about. Their primary fear is fear of accountability, a job, responsibility and the repercussions of poor decisions. At the very least the T-Shirts didn’t have a picture o the oh-so-hunk-and-very-dead-Che. Muerto!

It’s a dangerous person who, when faced with logic, facts and reason, still clings to their extremist views. Michelle fights that daily.

And she made a good point–she, and many other conservatives and Republicans, have on many occassions, critiqued and expressed outrage at G.W.Bush and other elected Republican leaders. Can you find one Liberal who will openly do the same of their “spiritual leaders”? Or would do so without a train of “buts” roaring by afterwards?

Extremism…who are the extremists again?

Montana on May 18, 2007 at 5:02 PM

Apart from the fact that conservatism speaks to and reflects my values, I’d be a conservative based simply on the fact that conservative women are bright, articulate, capable, reasoned, strong, AND feminine.

Yes, Libs, it’s possible to be womanly AND equal to OR better than any man; no need for hairy legs, shaved heads, Rosie tirades or poor hygene. Soap is your friend.

Montana on May 18, 2007 at 5:16 PM

Cut off just when it was getting good!

eforhan on May 18, 2007 at 5:37 PM

That solidarity t-shirt gave me an inspiration

The Ugly American on May 18, 2007 at 5:45 PM

Michelle, you are one class act.

Glynn on May 18, 2007 at 6:02 PM

You just don’t see this kind of class and authenticity on the Dhem side. Bravo!

Mojave Mark on May 18, 2007 at 6:22 PM

Michelle, to say the first half of your speech was magnificent would be a true understatement.

Pestilence on May 18, 2007 at 6:43 PM

The immaturity of many college students shocks me. I guess in all of history the campus has always been a place where you could feel self-righteous and correct about everything without ever having to prove it–or live with the consequences of your actions, inactions and professed beliefs. You just have to love the socialist students at high dollar Universities living off of Mommy and Daddy’s dollar.

But I think we can safely say that throughout most of history, decorum and respect were expected of students–failure in that regard meant expulsion and shame. But the 60’s took that away, and the Clenis years removed it altogether.

I doubt those coddled emo-students who so blithely made Solidarity T-Shirts (go go Market Economy!)know anything about that word–and the man who made it famous (Lech Walensa (sp?)). They have no idea what a truly oopressive regime is about–what real fear is about. Their primary fear is fear of accountability, a job, responsibility and the repercussions of poor decisions. At the very least the T-Shirts didn’t have a picture o the oh-so-hunk-and-very-dead-Che. Muerto!

It’s a dangerous person who, when faced with logic, facts and reason, still clings to their extremist views. Michelle fights that daily.

And she made a good point–she, and many other conservatives and Republicans, have on many occassions, critiqued and expressed outrage at G.W.Bush and other elected Republican leaders. Can you find one Liberal who will openly do the same of their “spiritual leaders”? Or would do so without a train of “buts” roaring by afterwards?

Extremism…who are the extremists again?

Montana on May 18, 2007 at 5:02 PM

May I say, Montana, that was extremely well said. I appreciate and agree with everything you have said.

Glynn on May 18, 2007 at 6:58 PM

Speech: scintillating
Side hair part: devastating

smellthecoffee on May 18, 2007 at 7:05 PM

haute-bourgeois proletarian college pukes: nauseating

smellthecoffee on May 18, 2007 at 7:13 PM

I in no way wish this upon you Michelle but I’m surprised none of our tolerant Liberal friends tried to throw anything at you as that’s their SOP it seems but there’s still another half to the video…

Yakko77 on May 18, 2007 at 7:25 PM

I wish I was there.

hadsil on May 18, 2007 at 7:51 PM

Attend the freak show at your local college graduation. Parents and the fruit(s) of their loins in one place.

MM you are great.

Wade on May 18, 2007 at 8:08 PM

Pearls before swine.
I think it is unfair to keep me on the edge over the weekend though.

wcarr on May 18, 2007 at 8:19 PM

MM,
Awesome stuff, very much looking forward to the conclusion. I echo viper1’s sentiment. “We all love you!”

rslancer14 on May 18, 2007 at 8:53 PM

Isn’t Loyola a Catholic University?… I’ve never been in a Gulf Stream either and know that I won’t ever get to ride in one either.

Catie96706 on May 18, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Yes, Catie, it is a Catholic university. I haven’t seen the video yet, though I look forward to. However, I’ve been in a corporate Gulfstream many times and they were great. Regards and you also have a great weekend,

Entelechy on May 18, 2007 at 9:12 PM

Now, that was a great video. Can’t wait for “the best part”.

My favorite line “Lovely how tolerant, how liberal”. How ‘progressive’ of them indeed.

And Golfstreams are still great, and capitalism is too.

Entelechy on May 18, 2007 at 9:27 PM

I was really annoyed at Ms Malkin for her criticism of Ann Coulter awhile back. She makes it so hard to stay mad at her, both being so intelligent, courageous and cute.

I too have no idea how Ms Malkin could be humiliated by pictures of her in a bikini. She’d be adorable in a bikini or a burlap sack. Of course, a lot of that is the beauty she has inside.

I better shut up before people start thinking I have a crush on her or something…

Hiraghm on May 18, 2007 at 10:58 PM

Atrocity?

The only “atrocity” around these parts (here at HotAir) is the spelling and grammer in the posts of the participants (with the distinct possibility that my spelling is the most atrocious of all).

My collie says:

Anyone besides me take issue with the fact that schools like Loyola Marymount are routinely refered to as “institutes of higher learning”?
Now THAT’S an ATROCITY.

CyberCipher on May 18, 2007 at 11:25 PM

I happened to stumble on this last night on Townhall’s site.. it’s the entire audio , so if anyone wants a sneak peak for monday’s video you can listen now.

http://www.townhall.com/TalkRadio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=22&ContentGuid=9eafd377-0c9b-4dca-8d8b-f34648f805aa

VinceP1974 on May 19, 2007 at 12:43 AM

Azdan mentioned an interesting concept, one I cannot let pass. Should Michelle one day (sooner is better than later) decide to run for president, I would happily throw Fred! under the first bus I could find.

Wolfman on May 19, 2007 at 4:43 AM

You’re a tough lady. I admire your courage and your dedication to the Truth. My Dad always told me that you’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything. Stand your ground, hon. You’ve got backbone God didn’t give most folks.

Can’t wait to hear the rest of the speech. Press on.

Subsunk

Subsunk on May 19, 2007 at 8:39 AM

“Politics is the natural habitat of chameleons”.

–Michelle Malkin, 2007

‘Nuff said.

HerrMorgenholz on May 19, 2007 at 9:28 AM

Wow. MM is a beautifully sharp razor. Bravo, young lady.

Almost as impressive was the civility of those minds full of Loyola mush in the audience. But, part 2 will tell…

locomotivebreath1901 on May 19, 2007 at 10:39 AM

I was really annoyed at Ms Malkin for her criticism of Ann Coulter awhile back. She makes it so hard to stay mad at her, both being so intelligent, courageous and cute.

The beauty of it is that you can disagree with Michelle but with neither of you being disagreeable. It is practically impossible to agree with anyone 100% of the time, but for Liberals, even a 1% disagreement can label you a sexist, racist, homophobic, elitist, warmonger, .

hadsil on May 19, 2007 at 11:39 AM

Michelle, after you got the T-shirt I bet you were thinking, “You know, I can just leave now. I got my swag.” :o) You’re so classy it’s refreshing. I really can’t wait to see Mondays’ clip.

((((((((((big hugs!))))))))))

Coronagold on May 19, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Suuuueeeeeet.

And those cowards who left in the middle of the speech? Do they think they are making any sort of legitimate point?

Yesterday I was at my son’s UC Berkeley’s Poli Sci graduation in the Greek Theatre. If you saw Zombie’s photo essay a while back about the grove of oak trees that enjoyed a nude protest to “Save the Grove”, well, the Greek is right next to that. We had to walk right past that grove to get to the Greek, and sure ‘nough, there are protestors there still, in the most stereotypical hippy van you could possibly imagine, surrounded by all the attendant hippy crap. Food cooking, dreadlocks, ratty clothes, stench of unwashed human being, you name it. People are hanging around under the trees, laying in the sun, talking loudly to each other with all sorts of “progressive” rhetoric pitched just loudly enough to be sure that passers-by could hear how much these ridiculous (and pathetic) folks cared about the grove–and by extension, I suppose, all of Gaia. For 100 yards on either side of the van were the most trite (and lame) chalked slogans on the sidewalk. It was so predictible it was a joke–Scott Ott or Iowahawk could not have improved on it. My sister and I could only laugh as we walked by it, and shake our heads. Who the heck takes that sort of juvenile behavior seriously? Who are they going to convince?

Now the graduation speaker was the Solictor General of the State of Texas, and when he was introduced, many of the students booed. Guess why? Yep, he’s a conservative, and as far as they were concerned should not have been invited to speak. He was great, one of the best grad speakers I’ve heard, ever (I didn’t know he was a conservative until later). And he was booed.

Earlier in the day, we were at UC Merced for my daughter’s graduation, and the speaker was California’s Dem Lt. Gube, John Garamendi. Now, I don’t have much use for Garamendi, but still…he’s the Lt. Gube and he did come down from Sacramento to speak at UCM’s first real graduation ceremony. He said a lot of stupid and trite things about global warming, blah, blah, blah…did we boo? Did we protest that he was invited to speak? No, of course not. True, we did roll our eyes a time or two, but that was about it.

And that’s the difference between them and us. The people who walked out of Michelle’s speech in protest of her being a conservative refuse to countenance–or even explore–any ideas that go against their orthodoxy. We conservatives–especially those of us in a blue state and in blue professions–are more willing to listen to other views. We often don’t have much choice, true, but we tend to see such as opportunities to hone our own views, to refine our belief structures and to build our case for rationality and sense in the world.

The left just can’t seem to do that.

I look forward to hearing the rest of Michelle’s speech on Monday!

Bob's Kid on May 19, 2007 at 4:29 PM

This must be one of the best speeches I’ve heard Michelle give since Hot Air went live – and it’s just another fine example of what makes this site so compelling! Looking forward to Monday’s segment!

SpartRan on May 19, 2007 at 5:11 PM

Great speech. I loved it, really.

One suggestion get a riser to stand on. You needed about 4 inches there, to see you better.

Ms Michelle Malkin? Mizz, Mizz? Come on, why not Mrs? I hate Mizz.

How much do you make for a speaking engagement like that if any? Just curious. Could not pay me enough with a crowd like that.

The only thing I can disagree with is; Michelle Malkin: “I’m as a harsh critic of the Bush admin as the Dems.” Really? I don’t care, and I think fairness and balance is overrated. State you opinion from your conservative view. Don’t pretend that you don’t avoid publishing negative things about Bush’s admin and LOVE publishing (ugly pictures) gabs and Gotch-a’s on Dems. It’s OK, admit it. Don’t suck up to liberals and say you are fair. They know you are not. My Gosh Conservatives spend 40% of you day repeating MAIN STREAM MEDIA is the problem for everything (with out stating specifics). Like the college couple murdered by the gang of blacks. You complain that the MSM did not cover it for lack of political reasons. So you cover it while making a political point. The facts of the case or the news story was secondary to jabbing at the MSM. Ironic or hypocritical. Stop looking for faults with your house and look at your RWM (right wing media – blogs, talk radio and Fox). There is some badness there as well.

I’ve not read anything else of Michelle’s but hot air and seeing her on Fox new, I can not with the one statement that she’s fair and balanced. That is OK. Frankly I tune in and log in for the other view.

College students think they know all, they don’t of course. I was an under grad and grad student once, albeit a technical degree. The good part is they have an opinion and are paying attention, which is more than most americans. The USA has the lowest voter turn out of any major industrialized democracy’s, which is sad.

This was a talk about 1st Amend rights, but it seemed like you just defended yourself the who time or complained about the wrongs done to you. Not sure that has anything to do with it other than not telling the truth and hurtful propaganda and demogogery sucks for all, especially if on the receiving end. I have herd Michelle get “nasty” with Pelosi for no real reason as an example. I don’t see much on Gonzalez on Hot Air? So to be fair Hot Air makes fun of Dems and Liberals.

That’s where the golden rule kicks in, “Do on to others as you would want them to do upon you.” Has Michelle done some below belt digs and unfair accusations? Yea. Has she been subject to the same? Yep.

What I don’t see are people on both sides apologizing and retracting there comments publicly.

ANYWAY GOOD WORK!

gmcjetpilot on May 19, 2007 at 7:34 PM

Thanks for the link to Townhall Vince. The entire speech is awesome.

I think it’s time to return to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote at MM signature site, her pen (in this case, her voice) became a clarion.

The content and delivery of the speech could not have been crafted any better for the intended audience. This is a sign of a true professional public speaker. A top tier public speaker. I have to believe that some of those in the audience who dislike Michelle but chose to remain and listen, were swayed by her powerful words and convincing argument.

I’ll say it again, BRAVO Michelle, BRAVO!

Zorro on May 19, 2007 at 9:16 PM

Nicely done Michelle. They know not what they do.

gmcjetpilot, you missed the mark (yet again) on Michelle’s statement that she was a harsher critic of the Bush administration than liberals.

What she said, and meant, was that she was a harsher critic of the administration than most liberals are. NOT that she criticizes the administration harsher than she criticizes liberals. Context, man, context.

Freelancer on May 19, 2007 at 10:34 PM

michelle that was awesome! you’re the best!

lilyjac on May 19, 2007 at 10:35 PM

GREAT speech Michelle!

You have guts and you are a leader.

When you asked, “Is that what they teach you here?” The answer is “NO” – they also learn:
1. That our Founding Fathers were slave owners and corrupt men.
2. That Global Warming is our biggest threat and it’s all America’s fault.
3. That Africa is full of AIDS and America doesn’t do enough to help.
4. That America occupies countries.
5. That America is imperialist and capitalist.
6. That Jihad is a legitimate reaction against bad foriegn policy in the US.
9. That almost everybody is gay.
10. That Right-Wing Christians are trying to take over the US government, are trying to replace Science with the Bible, and are trying to speed up the return of Christ by starting a nuclear war that will end the world.

Thanks Michelle, for telling those “tolerant” students what they are missing.

flagwaver on May 20, 2007 at 9:36 AM

C’mon Michelle. You’re being a little hard on those children aren’t you? They weren’t walking out on you. It was two PS3 games at twice the price as one at Blockbuster (can’t get anything by them college fellers) besides, that was probably the kids that didn’t know you. Michelle who? Kinda hard to protest something you don’t know anything about……..isn’t it?

oakpack on May 20, 2007 at 8:34 PM