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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

ADAMS IN ACTION – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday knocked the NYPD for failing to conduct a “thorough investigation” into the alleged assault he called 911 about on his first day on the job.  Criticism from the retired NYPD captain-turned-politician comes two days after he reported three men fighting each other in Brooklyn. Police responded but left without questioning anyone.  “I think that what happened there, it is crucial that we use that interaction as a teaching moment. The officers, I believe, should have stopped, carried out a more thorough investigation, interview people at the scene. I don’t believe they did that properly,” Adams said on PIX 11, when asked if he was “happy” with the officers’ response.  “We should instruct how we want these jobs handled, and how we want them to come to a proper resolution,” he said. “And I’m going to look at that and make sure we instruct the officers on what my expectations are.”    He's also said, very strongly, that, unlike the mayor he just replaced, he will have his officers' backs.  He will support them, but he'll insist on high standards.  Hey, we may just have an effective mayor here.  Clearly, it will take a long time to evaluate him, and we won't always agree with him.  But he has a clarity that we haven't seen for some time in City Hall.   

ANOTHER EDUCATIONAL ADVANCE – FROM COLLEGE FIX:  Administrators at the University of Reading in England recently cut several lines referring to domestic violence from a classic Greek poem to avoid offending students.  The 2,000-year-old poem, Types of Women, by Semonides of Amorgos, is taught to first-year classics students at the school and makes reference to silencing women through violence.  Documents obtained by The UK Daily Mail include a statement by school administrators:  “The portion of the poem now omitted involved a brief reference to domestic violence,” read the statement. “That portion has subsequently been removed because, while the text as a whole is vitriolic, that part seemed unnecessarily unpleasant and (potentially) triggering.”  According to the school, no student had complained about the poem.  “This is beyond naive,” Jeremy Black, emeritus professor of history at the University of Exeter, told the Daily Mail. “It is positively ridiculous and has no place in academia.”   Black is certainly right.  There are some signs of a growing resistance to the no-nothing wokeism that has taken over many schools.  The question is whether the resistance has come too late.  Congress has a role to play in withholding federal aid to schools that succumb to the trends of the moment, but Congress will only act if Republicans are in control.  That's our job come November.

January 3, 2022