Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Times Are A-Changin'

Once upon a time, Bob Dylan sang:
Theres a battle outside
And it is ragin
Itll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin.

Looks like he was right, though not in the way he wanted.
In a story on the lives and thinking of American 13-year-olds, Time magazine reports that sixty percent of the 500 surveyed by the magazine are against sex before marriage, and 63 percent believe they are too young to date at their age......only seven percent said their parents were too strict.And 63 percent consider their religious faith at least somewhat important in their lives.

Needless to say, the liberals are shocked about these results, after all, young people are supposed to be more liberal than their elders: conservative is old & liberal is progressive & revolutionary, right?

As with all other erroneous stereotypes, this one too is faltering in the face of much evidence that it is the liberals who are the moldy old establishment & conservatives who are the few & the brave, constantly ducking the attacks of the powers that be & rattling the cages of the old guard.

One of the most amusing kerfuffles is that of Cornell West claiming to be a radical determined to fight the establishment. How can the graduate of an Ivy League university & the professor of two Ivy League universities claim to be anti-establishment? The professor of an Ivy League school, especially one who has taught a Harvard, is the establishment. And as many studies show, a majority of university faculty are extremely liberal, a view that would hardly place him in a beleaguered minority. In fact,
By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms, with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans.
The disparity is even more pronounced at the most elite schools, where, according to the study, 87 percent of faculty are liberal and 13 percent are conservative
Being told that recording a rap CD does not constitute scholarly activities is hardly academic persecution; it is merely a much needed reality check.

The leftist hegemony of our education system, which leads to harrasment & discrimination of conservative students & faculty, also leads to the suppression of free speech in favor of indoctrination. When asked to explain the disparity between the political views of the American population at large & the faculty members of Duke University, Robert Brandon, Chair of the philosophy department said:
“We try to hire the best, smartest people available . . . If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire.”
It is the arrogance of people like Dr. Brandon that has inspired the coalition to press for an Academic Bill of Rights, to forbid ideological discrimination & harassment.

The experiences of David French, during his job interview for the Cornell University, as well as the time he served in their admissions committee offer disturbing insight into the hypocrisy that pervades our institutions of higher learning.
During my second interview with the director of the program I was applying to join, she asked the following question: “I note from your CV that you seem to be involved in religious right issues. Do you think you can teach gay students?” [to which he replyed] How many gay applicants at Cornell have been asked: “Do you think you can teach Christian students?”
It seems that the liberal love of diversity does not extend to diversity of religion or ideology.
One of the most disturbing aspects of my experience at Cornell Law School was the year I spent on the school’s admissions committee. I saw a Christian student once almost get rejected despite tremendous academic qualification because members of the committee were wary of his “God-squadding” and “Bible-thumping.” He was admitted only after I raised strong objections to the committee’s obvious anti-religious prejudice.
Neither does the liberal love of affirmative action extend to those minorities who refuse the don the victim label & travel the road untaken.
I also saw some Latino and African-American candidates receive less affirmative action assistance because their perceived politics or career interests (such as an interest in finance) were deemed “less diverse” than other applicants with an obvious interest in “social justice.” Moreover, some applicants of color who indicated interest in the world of commerce were said not to have “taken ownership of their racial identity.”

How intolerant our teachers of tolerance are. Despite their best efforts to brainwash young people, many are rejecting the biased half-truths they are forced to recite. The example of the Columbia University students who stood up to the bulling of their professors is part of the growing trend. The fact that the NYT failed to cover the full story due to an inside deal with the university administration is indicative of the complicity of the MSM in the effort to keep not only young people, but the American public at large, ignorant of the ideological homogeneity of modern American universities & the persecution of those who dare to resist it. If there ever were a contest for "the gulag of our times", our elite universities would surely top the list.

The young people of today are not blind to the hypocrisy & stupidity of liberalism. It was conservatism that freed the women of Afghanistan & gave them the right to attend school, vote & run for office. It was conservatism that gave the people of Iraq the opportunity to vote for the first time in their lives. It was conservatism that the gave the people of Lebanon the courage to oust their oppressors. It will be conservatism, which despises despotism that will be the force of change, rather than liberalism, which fetishizes dictators & tolerates their outrages in the name of pacifism. It will be the values of the Greatest Generation that will serve to guide the new generation, which came of age to the sound of Muslim terrorists crashing planes into the TWC. They will serve as a "correction" to the whinny, losers of the hippy generation that squandered their inheritance.

The times are a-changin, ask not DNC, for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.


Dog Beats Man

Jake is a 65-pound golden retriever and the only non-human in the tenth annual 1.2 mile swim from the infamous prison island to the San Francisco shore. The four-year-old pooch swam across the cold, choppy water in just under 42 minutes, finishing 72nd out of the more than 500 swimmers. Organizers say it was the first known crossing by a dog.

The crowd cheered as Jake made his way onto solid ground, shook himself and dodged a woman who tried to put a medal around his neck.

Jake’s owner, Jeff Pokonosky, says the two swim four miles a week and bodysurf together. His training secret? Jake always gets scrambled eggs before a big swim.


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