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April 13, 2015

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Joan

"Guilty as sin, free as a bird, America is a great country." - William Ayers, 1981.

"I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough." - William Ayers, September 11, 2001.

"Ayers is now a respected member of the Chicago intelligentsia." – Barack Obama, 2008.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2776329/replies?c=31

David

“Ayers is now a respected member of the Chicago intelligentsia.” – Barack Obama, 2008.

As noted previously, it seems that the transition from totalitarian terrorist and “kill your parents” to “distinguished professor of education” was remarkably easy. There doesn’t seem to have been much embarrassment or reservation about his past, either from Ayers or his academic employers – say, regarding his plans to maim and murder innocent people, or the fantasies about building “re-education centres” for those who didn’t wish to hand over their property and become communists.

And the business about “eliminating” dissent and violently establishing a “dictatorship of the proletariat” doesn’t seem to have inhibited his career or social standing among his peers. Instead, he seems to have a kind of grotesque kudos. Which, on reflection, is just a little odd. That Ayers should find academia so congenial and obliging probably tells us something.

Guncriminal

"[Terry] had been an English major during his brief stint in college, and a poet. Science was a foreign language, and he hated it for being undecipherable."

"Someone asked if it would contain a safety switch, a way to test the bomb short of detonation. Robbins hadn’t a clue. “Terry had been told to do it a certain way, and he was too insecure in his knowledge to debate it,” Wilkerson recalled. “He cut off the discussion. He was the leader and he would take responsibility for how it was to be done. . . . No one else spoke up."

"To members of the collective, what mattered most was striking back, and striking back now. No one took much time to ponder repercussions."

""He was talking politics, you know, ‘This [accident caused by lack of technical knowledge] wouldn’t have happened without bad politics,’ and I said, basically, ‘That’s crap. You either know how to build something or you don’t.’ He said"

"“Everyone was afraid of the [Dynamite], for good reason,” he says. “What we were dealing with was a group of intellectuals who didn’t know how to do anything with their hands."

There you have it, folks. Let's hear it for the Weathermen: Aspiring Ayn Rand villains and Darwin Award nominees.

sk60

There doesn’t seem to have been much embarrassment or reservation about his past, either from Ayers or his academic employers – say, regarding his plans to maim and murder innocent people, or the fantasies about building “re-education centres” for those who didn’t wish to hand over their property and become communists.

But if you seem "conservative" you might get kicked out of social work school.

David

But if you seem “conservative” you might get kicked out of social work school.

Ah, but a social work student deemed “conservative” may not wholeheartedly embrace a leftist definition of “social and economic justice,” which is apparently essential for the doing of social work. Worse, they may even have certain ideas about responsibility and not making excuses for self-destructive behaviour. Can’t have that.

While Mr Ayers and his associates merely wanted to “eliminate” anyone who failed to comply with their socialist fever dream. Which, by their own estimates, meant killing about 25 million people.

Ofay Cat

I cannot imagine what a conservative would be doing in a 'social work' program anyway. That is the work of vapid Birkenstock-wearing lesbians, gays, flakey leftie chicks who just can't a good man because liberal men are tossers.

Conservatives are those who do the work that pays the wages of government. That seems to be the main reason we are still tolerated at all anywhere.

Steve

Professor Bonilla-Silva, a grown man, a tenured academic with a six-figure salary, refers to the United States, in class, as “AmeriKKKa.”

I am reminded of the great Phineas Taylor Barnum:

At one point, Barnum noticed that people were lingering too long at his exhibits. He posted signs indicating "This Way to the Egress". Not knowing that "Egress" was another word for "Exit", people followed the signs to what they assumed was a fascinating exhibit — and ended up outside.

Now, it's easy to snigger at those 19th century locals. But they got their money's worth of entertainment, and it only cost them a quarter.

Duke Univetsity costs $60,000 a year.

If you're an upper middle class American person in 2015, who is smart enough to be accepted to an elite university and wealthy enough to spend $60K a year on it, and you choose to study sociology, Professor AmeriKKKa is what you deservAAA.

For as it says in the Rules of Acquisition: "never give a sucker an even break."

John D

Good news for trees.

"National daily newspapers in the UK lost half a million in average daily sales over the past year… The Guardian had the largest decline among the quality titles, with sales falling 9.5% to 174,941."

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/apr/10/national-daily-newspapers-lose-more-than-half-a-million-readers-in-past-year

David

Not knowing that “Egress” was another word for “Exit”, people followed the signs to what they assumed was a fascinating exhibit — and ended up outside.

I didn’t know that anecdote. I like it when I learn something from the comments.

Nikw211
    This approach is not unique to Hunter: Two hundred thirty-five master’s programs in the United States are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which requires schools to “advocate for human rights and social and economic justice” and to “engage in practices that advance social and economic justice” as part of their curricula.

I've mentioned this in this blog before, but the University of Bristol's The Centre for Gender and Violence seems an excellent example of the same kind thing on this side of the Atlantic. Amongst it's aims are:

    To apply feminist understandings of gender and power in relation to personal violence. We attempt to inform all our research, training and advisory work with broad feminist principles, including the empowerment of child and adult survivors of violence.

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of contemporary Feminism can fill in the blanks about just what form the 'research, training and advisory work' takes.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Professor Bonilla-Silva, a grown man, a tenured academic with a six-figure salary, refers to the United States, in class, as “AmeriKKKa.”

Is he originally from MexiKKKo by any chance?

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

The Guardian had the largest decline among the quality titles, with sales falling 9.5% to 174,941.

"Quality", of course, should be in sneer quotes.

Richard Powell

The "this way to the Egress" story was the basis for a Roger the Dodger strip in the Beano circa 1966. I can't imagine it being republished now, though I find it difficult to put my finger on exactly why.

The original Mr. X

To apply feminist understandings of gender and power in relation to personal violence. We attempt to inform all our research, training and advisory work with broad feminist principles, including the empowerment of child and adult survivors of violence.

If I wanted to "empower" somebody, teaching them feminism would be the last thing I'd do. How on earth is an ideology which encourages people to see nefarious "microaggressions" and patriarchal oppression in even the most trivial and everyday things going to empower anybody? Not to mention that the value it places on victimhood isn't exactly conducive to getting over traumatic violence. Really, about the only use feminism could be in such circumstances would be as a "How not to" guide.

dicentra

Once the auto mechanics told me my old car was firing on three cylinders because oil had seeped into the spark-plug wires and increased the electrical resistance, and hey, we can replace those wires for you right here right now.

Which, I fell for it once (dumb college student) but not the second time.

Pro Tip: Never accept the diagnosis from the guy who will benefit from "fixing" the problem.

I didn’t know that anecdote. I like it when I learn something from the comments.

You're behind on your X-Files viewing. Cripes. Season 2, even. When it was still good.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

6:21 – Mallon files a response accusing Allison of sexual harassment because she referred to Mallon as “Ms.” when Mallon identifies with the use of “Mx.”

Read the rest for a bunch of through-the-looking-glass hilarity. I have a feeling David and regular readers will find all this nothing new, however.

Vince N

Read the rest for a bunch of through-the-looking-glass hilarity.

Yes, everybody, you have to read the hilarious comments!

I particularly liked, "If I say my chosen pronoun is 'your lord and master', you are not obliged to call me 'your lord and master'.". (internal single quotes added by me)

Stuck-Record

Is there a central repository where the pronouns to address these lunatics are stored?

If not, I can't see how you are supposed to know when you meet, said Nutter, how to address them without becoming the victim of a smear campaign or lawsuit.

Failing that we could just call them all 'twerp'.

But I do like the idea mentioned above of using their own stupid tool against them.

FYI I can be addressed as ''Your Magnificent Beneficence."

The original Mr. X

In other news, it seems to have taken us a mere fifty years to go from "abortion isn't infanticide, don't be ridiculous!" to "infanticide is fine":

http://thefederalist.com/2015/04/14/abortion-supporters-defend-dumping-a-live-baby-in-a-dumpster/

Steve H.

Looks like the comments at the Daily Emerald were too hilarious, as they are now all gone.

Wayback Machine to the rescue, somewhat!

https://tinyurl.com/n9evvu4

That's only a snapshot from early in the day, with only a few comments preserved, but you can tell which way the wind is blowing. The last comment is a little ominous:

A number of comments have been banned from this thread according to our comment policy

I guess things went downhill after that.

JerryC

"Professor Bonilla-Silva, a grown man, a tenured academic with a six-figure salary, refers to the United States, in class, as “AmeriKKKa.”

Must be a bit awkward to pronounce. Is it "Ameri-kay-kay-kay-ya" or just a really extended Hard C? Perhaps and extended guttural "k", as in Arabic? Inquiring minds want to know.

WTP

As I've heard it pronounced by Obama's "pastor" it's

AmeriKa-ka-ka

Like ka-ka, which AIUI means sh*t in several Mediterranean languages. Also the name of some stat Fooootballer from Bazeeel who now plays for "our" team in Orlando, FL...which if my understanding of NASL transfers to the 21st century means...well, he's old and now ka-ka.

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