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...All pretty depressed in there.

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Submitted by Michael Baker (United States), Feb 6, 2007 at 21:56

I found the MSU spokesperson's comments, recorded outside the lecture hall after they had removed themselves, intriguing. Specifically, "...right now they're all pretty depressed in there."

Let's see, those in the majority in attendance demonstrated their deep resolve for the purpose of the evening by standing with Professor Pipes and the students of UCI Hillel, Professor Pipes successfully completed his excellent presentation, the conduct of the student disruptors was laid out before the nation, further marginalizing them before mainstream America and exposing the state of "higher" education in California, the various videotapes of Pipes speech have now been viewed tens of thousands of times and picked up by every major, high-traffic blog on the Internet, the article I wrote has seen a jaw-dropping amount of traffic, a "Google" search shows this event, just a week later, is already deep in the information stream globally, again end-running the mainstream media, and those who stayed afterward saw a deep and genuinely warm interaction between Daniel and his invigorated supporters which certainly transcended personal politics and opinion, and which memories will certainly stay with them for many years in the future....

Yeah, pretty depressing. :-)

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