Don't Tell Joe Kirk About This Web Page. He'll Need To Buy A New Monitor.


When Sam Houston State mathematics professor Joe E. Kirk saw that phrase written on a student organization sponsored "free speech" wall, he first ordered students to remove it.  When they refused, he attacked the wall with a box cutter.

Do not allow this man access to knives, scalpels, box cutters, or other sharp instruments!

The President's self-appointed censor, notably, did not savage a nearby inscription that read FUCK BUSH. Fortunately, the Sam Houston State University police responded to student complaints about the vandalism quickly…

By ordering the students to tear down the wall, or face a disorderly conduct charge.

Over 150 years ago, Sam Houston State's namesake proclaimed proudly that "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."  No doubt Sam Houston would be dismayed to find that the school named after him, led by faculty like Joe Kirk, is teaching young Texans exactly that: to submit to oppression.

Last 5 posts by Patrick Non-White


  1. Rick says

    But wasn't Kirk just exercising his free speech rights? The wall was for expression. Sounds like he expressed himself with a boxcutter instead of a pen.

  2. says

    Ordering students to remove something, and then forcibly removing it when they refuse is not an exercising of free speech. It's censorship, period.

  3. says

    You beat me to this one.

    Here's what I wanted to say:

    Everybody's heard of the Heckler's Veto — the notion that the state prevents you from speaking because a hearer might get out of hand.

    That's not quite the case here. Joe E. Kirk is not a heckler, exactly.

    What is he? A weakling. A moral, intellectual, and spiritual weakling, incapable of enduring an affront to someone he likes, even if that affront is an inarticulate cry on a wall on a campus.

    Sam Houston State University Police have enacted a Weakling's Veto.

  4. Rick says

    Oh, I see. Because he's in an authority position? If another student had done the same thing (removing the quote), would it be censorship? If they had crossed it out with a pen instead of using a knife?

  5. Rick says

    If another student had alerted the Police instead? Seems like the police / faculty policy are to blame. I don't disagree that Mr. Kirk seems like a douche, just saying that his box-cutter ACT constitutes official censorship seems a little broad.

  6. Patrick says

    just saying that his box-cutter ACT constitutes official censorship seems a little broad.

    His act of ordering them to remove it was censorship. It was following that up with boxcutter vandalism that made him a douche.

  7. Rick says

    Ah, so he's guilty of Attempted Censorship; he spoke to them and they refused…

    The Police were the censors in this scenario in that they actually succeeded in shutting down the free speech, in my opinion.

    Anyway, didn't intend for so much ink to be spilled on this – sorry!

  8. Rick says

    @SPQR – I'm not defending him, I'm saying the real First Amendment problem is with the law that made the wall a misdemeanor and the Police enforcing the law.

  9. Patrick says

    Something I should have mentioned at the start:

    Only a dick puts a blazer on over a plaid shirt, then lets the t-shirt underneath the blazer and the plaid shirt show. He didn't even wear a clip-on tie at faculty picture day.

    And look at the man's chin. Specifically, look at the sack hanging beneath his third chin. Clearly, Professor Joe E. Kirk is a mutant, a commie, and a traitor.

  10. VPJ says

    I wonder what the douche would have said had the students written "FUCK JOE E. KIRK" on the wall? Would he have been cool with that because the douchebag in question was there to defend himself? Course, we'll never know. On the other hand, I hereby cordially invite him to bring it.


    Bring your sharpest boxcutter, asshole.