Archive for October 16, 2010

and the first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club.

Johnson provided an illustration of “critical thinking” and “enlightened leadership” in action at his own institution, Brooklyn College:

At the undergraduate level, these high-sounding principles have been translated into practice through a required class called “Language and Literacy Development in Secondary Education.” According to numerous students, the course’s instructor demanded that they recognise “white English” as the “oppressors’ language.” Without explanation, the class spent its session before Election Day screening Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. When several students complained to the professor about the course’s politicised content, they were informed that their previous education had left them “brainwashed” on matters relating to race and social justice.

A number of students filed written complaints about their crassly politicised “training.” No formal replies were forthcoming, but the consequences of their heresy soon became apparent:

One senior was told to leave Brooklyn and take an equivalent course at a community college. Two other students were accused of violating the college’s “academic integrity” policy and [were] refused permission to bring a witness, a tape recorder, or an attorney to a meeting with the dean of undergraduate studies to discuss the allegation.

This egregious and sinister treatment prompted Johnson to raise an entirely legitimate question:

Must prospective public school teachers accept a professor’s argument that “white English is the oppressors’ language” in order to enter the profession?

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“What was so offensive… was this argument that an individual faculty dissenter needed to be silenced to promote academic freedom.”

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Poll: 75 percent of voters think companies will drop coverage because of health care overhaul

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Love ’em or loathe ’em, the Tea Party people have at least one thing right — they’re fed up with the big spenders in Congress. So is Anne McKinney — and here’s her song about it!

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And don’t miss her Ballad of Timothy Geithner

Mr. Langone is a former director of the New York Stock Exchange and co-founder of Home Depot,and is chairman of Invemed Associates.

A little more than 30 years ago, Bernie Marcus, Arthur Blank, Pat Farrah and I got together and founded The Home Depot. Our dream was to create (memo to DNC activists: that’s build, not take or coerce) a new kind of home-improvement center catering to do-it-yourselfers. The concept was to have a wide assortment, a high level of service, and the lowest pricing possible.

We opened the front door in 1979, also a time of severe economic slowdown. Yet today, Home Depot is staffed by more than 325,000 dedicated, well-trained, and highly motivated people offering outstanding service and knowledge to millions of consumers.

If we tried to start Home Depot today, under the kind of onerous regulatory controls that you have advocated, it’s a stone cold certainty that our business would never get off the ground, much less thrive. Rules against providing stock options would have prevented us from incentivizing worthy employees in the start-up phase—never mind the incredibly high cost of regulatory compliance overall and mandatory health insurance. Still worse are the ever-rapacious trial lawyers.


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Dexter Meyer says he recently returned to Denver International Airport after a trip and went to retrieve his car from the airport’s parking lot. After nine days, Meyer said he found that his car would barely start. A trip to the dealership revealed the problem: rodents had eaten through the car’s wiring.According to Meyer, the dealership explained that small critters like rabbits and mice like to much on the car’s new wiring made up of a soy-based compound.

Now, to the Eco-Facists, is this a “bug” or a “feature?” Personally, a biodegradable car seems a bit over the top.

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Barf Alert! But you should hear this to remind you that Obama’s media are not you friends!

On the PBS NewsHour last night, Brooks admitted that President Obama told him a year ago that he knew that the “shovel-ready project” propaganda he employed to pass the massive Porkulus bill was bullshit.

Brooks’ New York Times colleague Peter Baker reported the newsworthy admission in an upcoming Sunday magazine piece. It’s an admission that received much deserved attention on the internet this week and that invited much deserved derision from Republican critics of Porkulus.

Why didn’t Brooks report Obama’s damning admission sooner? In another serving of bullshit, he claims it’s because Baker was more skilled at getting The Won to talk on the record. Seems to me the real reason Brooks didn’t report it is because he had his nose so far up his love object’s you-know-what that he didn’t see the scoop dropped right in his lap.

Also listen to these fools attempt to analyze the TEA Party. It sounds like they are trying to phrase the Dhimmicetins excuse as “We the unwilling led by the unknowing are doing the impossible for the ungrateful, you should be thankful not kicking us out on our ear!” Yep! They really are that tone-deaf.

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Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze this week’s top news, inclu…

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