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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Social Justice Warrior in action

AOL just ran an interesting video of a woman lighting up a cigarette on an airplane even though smoking on planes has been outlawed for years.

What was interesting was the woman's sheer brazenness. First, she lit up in plain view of everybody. When people objected and called for a flight attendant, she tried to hide the evidence by putting the cigarette into the seat back in front of her. Then, when the attendant arrived, she blamed the passenger next to her.

Luckily, someone caught it all on a cell phone camera.

How dumb must she be to think she is going to get away with this? And how slimy must she be to then blame the innocent person sitting next to her? As you can see from the video, the woman is fat as well as a smoker, meaning she is doubly self-indulgent.

Turns out, she's Dr. Karen Halnon, a sociology professor at Penn State.

Sociology, as we all know, is the squishiest of the social "sciences," almost invariably the province of liberal bs artists. I looked up Dr. Halnon, and came across this compilation of student reviews of her course.

Among the comments:

She gave us a weird assignment, to go out in public and act white for 30 minutes. We are confused. No other directions given.


Dr. Halnon is friendly, intelligent, and caring. She is about social justice and raising consciousness about inequalities. 

Suspicion confiirmed.

Dr. Halnon's ability to appear "friendly and caring" to her students -- given what we know of her character -- makes her seem even more dishonest.

When police met the flight at Miami and tried to calm Dr. Halnon down, she yelled at them, "Fuck you. This is not a democracy."

She then declared her love for Hugo Chavez, the former leader of Venezuela.

Dr. Halnon, who actually wrote her thesis on hysterical women, is the personification of dishonest self-indulgence and false accusation. And, maybe, hysteria.

And she is a leftist. 



Spychiatrist said...


Why am I not surprised by this revelation? Do as I say not as I do you pathetic inferior losers. I have my Phd and I'll do as I damn well please and you pi$$ants in flyover country won't stop me.

Imagine a country being run by these types, with access to nuclear weapons and such....hey wait a minute.

John Craig said...

Spike -
I had the exact same reaction: the second I heard she was a professor of sociology, I thought, she HAS to be a leftist. Sure enough….

Remnant said...

Dr. Halnon "wrote her thesis on hysterical women."

Triple lol! You can't make this stuff up.

Shaun F said...

I'm being a tad glib - but it will be interesting to see if she plays the "mental illness" card to allow for a more lenient sentence - presuming it gets to court.

John Craig said...

Shaun --
I doubt this would result in an actual jail sentence, so it's probably not worth it to her to plead insanity, as that would have a deleterious effect on her career.

Anonymous said...

leftism as mental illness. for fuck's sake, can't we just classify leftism-liberalism as a mental illness requiring institutionalization and be done with it ?

believe in equality, affirmative action, universal health care ? excellent, get the strait jackets for him. and it'll be 30 minutes of the road to serfdom and 30 minutes of eating meat for you my good man!! and go pump some iron!!!

Anonymous said...

From watching the video and reading what you wrote about her, she sounds like she's a wacko, a flake, etc., very RELAXED (uninhibited) in how she goes about living her life. It's wonderful (sarcasm) that she teaches our young people, a fantastic role model.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
The problem is, there are far more people like Dr. Halnon -- if not quite as extreme as her -- than people realize teaching in our colleges.

Anonymous said...

I wonder is this "professor" will get canned from her job? There are slimy people everywhere. When I watched the video of the woman, I thought to myself that she is mentally ill, having some sort of mental illness.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
I hope she gets canned.

The traditional definition of insanity has been, losing contact with reality. I'm coming more and more to believe that people who base their politics on beliefs (as in, True Believers) as opposed to facts, especially when it comes to human differences, are simply divorced from reality. As the 10:02 commenter said.

Anonymous said...

I think you're correct. There are plenty of people (from the top on down) who clearly are "divorced from reality." I'll say no more. As I told a woman at my daughter's school yesterday (just in general conversation), "I am very concerned about our country. Our politicians are too liberal."


Steven said...

Check out these two cases:

John Craig said...

Steven --
Thank you, two great examples of the insanity passes for "scholarship" these days.

Anonymous said...

Look, it's clear you all do not understand either the passion of the anti-imperialist or the symbology of sociology. I think Ms. Halnon said it better than I ever could in her interview with Philly Mag:

"Listen, the point is, I am a sociologist, and I live in an intellectual world. A sociologist always thinks in terms of symbols. And every revolutionary I know smokes. It was identifying with the revolutionary cause. And then, beyond that, it is a symbol that the United States is a smoking gun."

You can read the whole interview here, including the description of how she defecated on the interrogation room floor.

In all seriousness, I think she really is mentally ill and I also believe that today's academic culture is a place where mental illness can go unchallenged for a long time.

Also, being me, I have to doubt that she had the stabilizing influence of husband and children in her life. I could find no such evidence.


John Craig said...

Gardner --
I thought you were being satirical at first, but it sounds as if she really did that. I wasn't sure if the magazine was doing some sort of put on, too, but it appears they're not.

Yes, she does seem to be a member of the loony left, with the accent on loony. They just all live in a complete fantasy world.

I think you may be mistaking cause and effect a little bit when it comes to marriage. You've observed, as many of us have, that married people seem to be more stable. True enough. But I'm not so sure it's marriage that makes them that way, I think it's more that only people who are stable in the first place are more likely to have a long-lasting marriage.

I agree that kids are a stabilizing influence, especially for mothers. A friend once said to me, "I've known all sorts of women who were crazy as loons, and once they had kids, well, most of them actually ended up as pretty good mothers." I think there's actually some truth to that, and my guess is that it may have something to do with just being forced to no longer be the center of one's own world.

It sounds as if you're a full time mother. What did you do before that? (My asking has nothing to do with the above paragraph, I'm just curious about you.)

Anonymous said...

I agree with your point that stable people get married to an extent, but I also concur with your friend. Marriage stabilizes women. Period. Or I should say a good marriage does.

There is a certain energy to many, many women that left un-channelled can become a kind of angry, hard, self-indulgence as they age. I would argue that many modern, married women still have this quality because they have not given themselves over to being a wife and mother fully. Maybe the just don't have it in them, which is a distinct possibility.

But speaking from personal experience, marriage and children enabled me to pour all my energies into something truly valuable. I would never admit this in public; I'd be flogged.

I think many young women long to get married and have children but are terrified to admit it; I know that was the case with me. It was simply unacceptable to have that as a goal in my socio-economic world.

I was a newspaper reporter before my children and I still do some freelance work.


John Craig said...

Gardner --
Ah, newspaper reporter, that makes perfect sense. Smart, educated, a good writer….yes. Except that YOU WERE THE ENEMY!!

Except, you weren't, really. But you must have had to really hide your true feelings about things if you worked at a typical newspaper. You must have felt almost like a spy, and it must have been an at least somewhat lonely feeling. I won't ask the publication because I know you want to stay anonymous, but i am curious. I tell you what: if you write a comment and tell me, I won't post your comment.

Your description of some women as they age is actually a perfect description of Dr. Halnon, btw, if you add in a little dash of looniness to the mix.

Anonymous said...

I want to say that I actually do feel badly for the professor because she definitely appears to have mental health issues. Anyone who struggles with mental illness has my sympathies. I do not want to poke fun at her behavior (it's easy to do so, though). Hopefully, this woman can get some psychological help (that is, if she can recognize that doing so could do her a world of good). I don't agree with her political leanings.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
I wouldn't feel too badly for her. She tried to blame the guy next to her for the smoke, and greeted the cops with "fuck you." if she were some poor, tortured soul who was too shy to leave her room, I'd feel sympathy. But she's a professor, and a rude one at that.

Lucian Lafayette said...

Thomas Sowell has discussed the disconnect between the elites (not necessarily an economic term) and society in general at length in his books such "Vision of the Anointed". This sort of behavior is typical and continually self-justified in their own minds.

John Craig said...

Luke --
You're right. They're the "the ends justifies the means" crowd from 45 years ago, but now they have control of the media and the universities, and they self-righteously and shamelessly spread their poisonous lies through those institutions.

Steven said...


Charles Murray is very good on that too.

Steven said...

...although he does mean something close to the economic elite.

Paavo said...

She seems very crazy even in the interviews afterwards. Maybe she has mental health issues. I guess sociology can have problem with attracting and tolerating weirdness to the point that they are unable to take action when some professor goes fully insane.

In the interview later she admitted to talking loudly and explained that when women talk loudly it is interpreted as yelling. Wow. That's the kind of harmful stuff uncritical feminism does to you.

John Craig said...

Paavo --
Exactly. The real sickness of liberalism is that it interprets every little mundane thing in a political context. Sometimes, yelling is just yelling.

The other thing Ive noticed about liberals is that they'll never admit they're wrong. This woman is a perfect example. She would be completely incapable of saying, for instance, hey, I screwed up, I should never have lit up on the plane. Sorry, my bad.

Instead, we get ever more distorted explanations of her actions, all justified in the name of some political theater.

MarieCurie said...

Hysteria was one of the sham diagnoses used by psychiatry back in the 1800s to "cure" women.

Without knowing anything else about her, she sounds like a traitor to her own sex.

Traitors suck.

MarieCurie said...

Oops guess that makes me a traitor as well..

John Craig said...

MarieCurie --
Traitors are accepted on this blog as long as they do their betraying in service to the truth.