Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ward Churchill Fired...Finally

Well, the Colorado University professor, Ward Churchill, was finally fired last night. Naturally he's already claiming (through his lawyer) that this firing is violation of his 1st Amendment Rights. In fact he has already said that he would be filing for such a lawsuit first thing today.

Here's the problem with his lawsuit. His claim is that this firing was based solely on his comments about 9/11 victims that he made in an essay shortly after the attacks. But the firing was based on him falsifying evidence and making up sources in his research as a history professor.

Is this somehow not a firable offense for professors, Churchill? I'm all for professors having free speech, and that includes what I believe to be despicable comments about those 9/11 victims. He stated an opinion, and that's his right. But when you have a long career of falsifying evidence for research and allowing political controversy to get in your way of teaching your students then you need to go. You need to be replaced by someone who will teach their students and will contribute actual research (not fiction) to the body academic resources at a University.

Churchill's primary problem is the way he approaches historical research. When I research something I look for evidence and try to find the truth whatever it may be. Whether that truth offends me personally or not. Churchill takes the close minded and dogmatic approach of everything that is wrong is because of white people (either European colonists, or Americans), so he sets out to prove that predetermined conclusion. And then, because it is such a dogmatic approach, when he can't find the evidence to support the predetermined conclusion he fabricates it. This simply is not a good research method. This does not seek out the truth. It pushes a personal agenda. And such actions has no place in the academic world.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

One Phase of Training Over

Well folks, Johnny made it through Basic. Now comes 5 weeks of Infantry specific training here on lovely Sand Hill. Then I will receive the blue cord and the coveted title of Infantryman. Not much I can post in the short time I have allotted to spend on the laptop, so I will have to follow up in 5 weeks or so, depending on what rules the Drill Sergeants impose in the weeks to come. Take care, God bless America, and FOLLOW ME!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dennis Miller on Harry Reid

Dennis Miller unloads on Harry Reid in a way that only Miller can do.

Gore: Another Inconveniant Truth

Inconveniant Gore Truth #312, Gore called Iraq a terrorist country before he called them a non-terrorist country.

So which is it Mister Gore? Was Iraq helping terrorists, or was it not? Can you say "anything to get my green butt elected"?

Note: if you go to the YouTube page you will see that comments were disabled. Gee, I thought YouTube was going to give up some of their censorship ways.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Whatever Happened to the Resonable Man?

I find myself personally dealing with liberals on a daily basis these days. The rough part is that I'm dealing with them in my own church. For those of you that don't know, I'm a member of the famed Episcopal Church, USA. This of course is the church who in 2003 decided to ordain Gene Robinson as the first openly homosexual Bishop. This is something that is affecting even the most remote Episcopal churches across this nation at a very deep level.

Ever since the "Robinson Decision" four almost four years ago I find the same problems that have plagued our nation since the Clinton administration have now found their way into a place that so many like myself have gone to escape such polorizing issues to gain personal peace. Instead of issues like immigration and how to deal with terrorists we find ourselves having heated debates over issues like Biblical interpretation and whether or not the fundamental articles of faith are true.

As for myself I fall just to the right of center (if you could somehow put the politics of the church on something as limiting as a linear scale). I'm not a literalist in terms of Biblical interpretation, but I do beleive that their are absolute truths given to us by God by way of the Bible. And I do beleive that there are things that are absolutely right and absolutely wrong and are clearly stated as such in the Bible. And this used to be a value that was respected by my fellow Episcopalians on both sides. But now it has developed into a situation similar to Ireland where you can easly have an someone in a threatening manner walk up to you and ask "Protestant or Catholic!?" If you don't identify yourself as either an ultra conservative AAC member ready for "African Oversight" or as an ultra liberal willing to say to hell with all those elitist backward thinking conservatives you're automatically worse than all of them.

My question that I offer to my readers, Episcopalian and non-Episcopalian alike, is how did we get here? What made us such a binary culture where you must be either ultra conservative or ultra liberal on every topic? Whatever happened to the reasonable man?

Now don't misunderstand me because a reasonable man can never give up his core values. But can a reasonable man respect another individual while maintaining his own personal core values? Can a reasonable man stand up for himself and those he cares about in support of their core values and their rights?

Friday, June 08, 2007

Media Saturation Bombing

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! This is going to be the first in a series of what will be a Friday tradition. I will take on the big topics of the week and tear them to pieces.

This week I don't have to go very far back to find something to write on. In case you haven't heard, Paris Hilton got out of jail yesterday because of what was an undisclosed mental illness. Of course this was a story that changed almost hourly from it being a release due to overcrowding, to Paris being suicidal (oh no! no moisturizer!!!! oh the humanity), to it simply being a difficult in jail.

To all the folks in the press both in and out of the US, I really don't give a damn! This is a spoiled 20 something woman with the maturity of an infant. If the worst thing that has ever happened to her is being denied access to some beauty products then the girl has some growing up to do.

Now, let me clarify here. I do sincerely hope that she will learn something from this. Namely that the laws and rules of society do apply to her, a fact that her parents obviously had no intention of teaching her. It is my true hope that this changes her. But, I have to say that it is very unlikely. If anything all this publicity that we, the American public and new media, are feeding her. The law of "no such thing as bad publicity" applies her more than in any situation. Her doing a "leaked" sex tape didn't do anything but give her more of what she wants, attention. Even the late night talk show jokes that would embarrass the hell out of any normal person only serve to feed her narcissistic lifestyle.

For hours on end, the only thing that the news media covered was Paris Hilton. Will she go back to jail or won't she. Only briefly in the crawler at the bottom of the screen did they mention General Peter Pace being let go by Sec Def Robert Gates because Washington DC has become to divisive to confirm the right man for the job, or that FAA computers all up and down the East Coast failed, or that protests against Hugo Chavez continue in Venezuela. None of these issues mattered to the media or the bulk of the American public more than the poor, distraught, train wreck of an individual like Paris Hilton who was being treated so unjustly because she was being made to answer for breaking the law.

The msm and the liberal left continue to claim that President Bush has destroyed the US's image abroad. But take a look at what the world saw of the United States today. Controversy over someone who does nothing worth while to anyone but herself. A girl who has gained her reputation through "leaked" sex tapes and the modeling of clothing no woman with anything more than a -1 dress size could wear. Anna Nichole Smith's drug habits and custody battles, Lindsay Lohan's partying all night, and Brittney Spears shaving her head and flashing the camera. This is what the rest of the world sees as the United States of America. Publicity whores (interpret that as you wish) making complete fools of themselves are what is transmitted throughout the world as representatives of the United States.

Is it their fault. Partially, yes. But I would say that the bulk of the blame lies with the media who is willing to pay as much as seven digits for one photograph of Paris in jail. It lies with the media who overshadows major G8 events with these pictures. The media is the one responsible for the diminishing reputation of the United States around the world. True, Bush hasn't helped things. But the media showing us as a bunch of drunk, stoned, narcissistic, materialistic, sex crazed idiots is what is bringing us down. Not a war to remove the murderous, destabilizing regime of a dictator.

Thanks for reading tonight folks! Goodnight.

Back, and Here to Stay

Ok folks. I'm back and I'm going to start posting daily (assuming I have something worth posting daily). I'm going to start posting new stories every evening on the day's events. While I have been absent for some in my posting I haven't not stopped watching the news. And it is apparent to me that there is pretty much something to comment on every day now. From the failed immigration bill (whoop!), to saturation coverage being taken to a new level with Paris Hilton there is no shortage of fodder out there.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Been Absent

Hey folks! Ed here. Been absent for, well for quite a while. Been busy with getting ready for the wonderful world of law school. God willing, I'll be on my way to law school either this fall or the following spring. Got my LSAT scores back not too long ago, and I'm in great shape!

My co-blogger on this site has been even more busy than I. And he asked me to post on his behalf today. As many of our friends and regular readers know, Johnny has been prepping himself to serve in the United States Army. This morning, around 5 am Texas time, he reported for Basic Training. By now, he's traded in his civilian clothes and hair cut for BDU's and tags. He has now join the ranks of countless men and women who signed up for their families and for their country.

I ask that you remember Johnny and his family in your prayers.

I'll be keeping everyone up to date on his status as he goes through Basic.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Boycott of Amazon

I typical don't call for boycotts, nor do I presume to speak for my distinguished colleague Ed, but I will for this. Go to AZ and read the story.

These are mad dogs that need to be put down. I have done some bad things in my day, but I have never, ever even remotely considered harming a child. And these pieces of filth glory in it.

Until Amazon gets rid of this atrocity, and maybe not even then, I will refuse to buy a thing from them. I encourage all of you to do the same. I will send this out to as many people as I can think of. Please do the same. We must do all we can to protect the innocents in this world that are preyed on by these creatures. Children are to be loved and nutured, not used to gratify your own sick lusts.

This kind of filth should never be tolerated. This is where the slippery slope leads. Pedophiles should either be locked up for the rest of their lives, or put down like the vermin they are. I have never once come across a case of a "cured" pedo, and doubt I ever will. If, in the name of "tolerance" and "open-mindedness" we allow young ones in our society to fall prey to this, then we deserve to be destroyed. We must stand against this tide of evil.

H/T to the LawDog for this. If you haven't gone to his site, do so now.