Those Damn Liberal Professors!

The weekend is a time for me to vent about stuff that I have neglected during the week…..and this draft is in response to something that I heard months ago……and I finally found a time and place to post it.

But first Word Press has informed me that today is my 12 year anniversary on WP…..actually I began on Blogger in 2006….but that does not count on the WP thing….so there 12 years and still going strong.

Now onto the meat of this post….

For a few decades people on the Right have been whining and yelling about all those liberal teachers that are destroying society by teaching socialism or at least Left leaning courses.

I get a chuckle at these “experts” on the University system and the teaching techniques….especially when most have never set a foot in a collegiate classroom.

To begin with the first two years of studies is pretty much the same for everyone and the course is taught from an “approved” textbook from the school administration.  If someone is to blame then the Board of Directors would be the one.

After that the student gets into the meat of his/her studies….again from “approved” textbooks…..and anything that would be considered to be taught is also “approved” by school administration….the student has a handful of elective course they can take and some of them maybe a bit “radical”.

I read a report from knowledge hating Right wing site, Campus Reform, about some course that were being taught in “liberal” schools….

In 2018, students at college and universities across the country had thousands of courses from which to choose. A handful of those classes, though, caught the attention of Campus Reform because of their politically biased nature.

In continuation of our 2018 Year In Review roundups, here are the five most politically biased courses of 2018.

https://www.campusreform.org/

Okay those courses do have political bias….but they are electives and the choice of the student…..no one forces them to take these courses….

The war of knowledge is being won…..why?

There is NO grand conspiracy in education…..An educated person would see how moronic these types of attacks truly are….

Then we have those that think that Americans have little shared experiences….

Jill Lepore, of Harvard and The New Yorker, has produced a provocative piece for Foreign Affairs, part of a special section to the magazine on the resurgence of nationalism. Lepore’s contribution enjoins us, as Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose puts it, “not to resist nationalism but to reappropriate it.” Indeed, Lepore calls for nothing less than “a new Americanism and a new American history.”

The problem, as Lepore sees it, is that around the 1970s, the country’s historians turned away from writing about the American nation because of an aversion to the evils of nationalism. The writing of history moved into a new era, focused on the experiences and cultures of national sub-groups and the promise of supranational globalization. But that left a big hole in the national consciousness. Lepore quotes historian Thomas Bender: “A history in common is fundamental to sustaining the affiliation that constitutes national subjects. Nations are, among other things, a collective agreement, partly coerced, to affirm a common history as the basis for a shared future.”

The Intellectual Assault On Our National Identity

All the Right’s attacks on the college education is just a way to try and silence those that see then saw the problems of this society.

I would not change a thing about my education…not even those teachers that I did not like…..I learned from them all….and so will anyone else.

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Those Steel Promises

Closing Thought–30Dec19

Does anyone remember the promises Trump made in 2016 about the return of our industries like steel?

If you are a Trump supporter you will NOT remember that lie or that promise broken…..

Just to let Americans know…the steel industry is struggling and NOT returning….as a matter of fat it is closing down another plant…..

U.S. Steel Corp. announced this week that it will close a mill near Detroit, laying off more than 1,500 workers as it tries to address financial losses.

The news comes just months after U.S. Steel announced it would be laying off 200 workers at the same mill, Great Lakes Works. 

U.S. Steel said they expect to end the mill’s iron and steelmaking operations by April 1, 2020, with another part of the mill closing by the end of 2020. The estimated job loss is 1,545 workers.

Steel production will instead be shifted to a plant in Gary, Ind., where the company has invested $750 million after both the city and state gave U.S. Steel tax breaks. Those tax breaks aimed to keep at least 3,875 jobs at the plant.

The changes, along with a plan to slash its dividend and suspend stock repurchases, come as the company predicts major losses in the fourth quarter of the year. According to MarketWatch, U.S. Steel reported an adjusted loss of $1.15 a share in the fourth quarter. The number is far more than analysts’ original projection, which put losses at 62 cents a share. 

“We are conscious of the impact this decision will have on our employees, their families, and the local community, and we are announcing it now to provide them with as much time as possible to prepare for this transition,” CEO David Burritt said in a press release.

“These decisions are never easy, nor are they taken lightly.  However, we must responsibly manage our resources while also strengthening our company’s long-term future – a future many stakeholders depend on.  We will be taking steps in the weeks and months ahead to assist impacted employees by providing additional education about benefits available through our company, as well as community resources.”

The announcement comes as steel has been at the center of President Trump‘s ongoing trade war with China. After the first round of tariffs, the White House celebrated domestic steel price increases and Trump said tariffs were rebuilding the industry, but the prices have since seen a sharp decline.

The U.S. and China have closed in on a new trade deal this month, and are working out the final details. Officials said the deal involves lifting some U.S. tariffs on China, while Beijing has agreed to purchase more agricultural products from the U.S.

(thehill.com)

Just another lie that will go unchallenged…..

We hear all the time just how good the economy is doing….but do not ask the steel workers they may crap all over the “good news”….

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

This Is How Lies Get Their Start

We have had a couple of years of accusations of “fake news” from one side or the other……and then I read an article that illustrates just how these goddamn lies get started…..

Just this year a new fad has begun with fast food outlets…those plant based burgers…..but there is a side effect…..

Ever hear the term “Man Boobs”?

Amid the growing popularity of the Impossible Burger, Beyond Meat products, and other plant-based meat alternatives, the meat industry has declared war.

Despite coming out with their own competing alternative and plant-based products, various meat industry-backed efforts have claimed that the vegetarian-friendly foods are harmful and “ultra-processed.” They’ve also compared them to dog food.

Now, there’s a new claim: that they’ll make men grow breasts.

As first noted by The Washington Post, an article labeled as “news” in the trade publication Tri-State Livestock News claims that eating Burger King’s Impossible Whopper—a new faux-beef menu item—could cause men to grow breasts.

Author James Stangle, a doctor of veterinary medicine in South Dakota, orders up some sizzling math, hold the evidence. He writes:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12/plant-based-burgers-will-make-men-grow-boobs-livestock-news-reports/

There is nothing about this claim that is real….but if it is stated time and time again…..then soon it will become believed….

(I want to see how many actually read the article)

As I stated before……this is how LIES get started!

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Let’s Be Exact

The definition for the adjective “EXACT”…..”

adjective: exact

  1. not approximated in any way; precise.

Now that is by the rules of grammar….but that does not mean the it is according to Trump, as we know he makes up his own rules as he goes along………

I bring this up because of the overuse of the word “exact” by the president when talking about the ‘transcript’ of the phone call he had with the Ukrainian president.

When he released a “transcript” of his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, President Trump called it a “an exact word-for-word transcript of the conversation, taken by very talented stenographers.” Trump could not have been more explicit in his claim that the White House had, in full transparency, published a complete account of the call. “All you have to do is read what they wrote down, the stenographers,” Trump said later, “They wrote down an exact call.”

(Intelligencer)

Well that constant claim by Trump is what he does best….LIES!

But Hell do not believe me for I am a “Never Trumper” (so I have been called because I will not blindly follow this person)…..below is the ‘transcript’ of the phone call…..

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trumps-ukraine-call-transcript-read-the-document

I bring your attention to page one of the transcript and the paragraph that begins with the word ‘caution’……

Sorry Donald but it is a Memo not an ‘exact’ transcript of the phone call.

Maybe some of the ‘geniuses’ in the White House should explain the difference to our president for apparently he knows not.

And then a US Army soldier stepped forward…..

Democrats said Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s more than 10 hours of testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill in the Trump impeachment inquiry was “extremely disturbing,” and key among the details was his description of the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as its accompanying transcript—which, per CNN, Vindman said was “mostly accurate.” However, three sources said to be familiar with Vindman’s deposition tell the New York Times that Vindman testified certain words and phrases were left out of the White House memo of the call—omissions indicated by an ellipsis in at least one case—and that he tried to get them put back in. In some cases, his edits were incorporated, but two notable ones were ignored, he said.

One part of the Trump-Zelensky conversation Vindman said had vanished was when the Ukrainian president directly mentioned “Burisma,” the name of the energy company that Joe Biden’s son Hunter worked for. Instead of “Burisma,” “the company” was used in the transcript. The second omission Vindman flagged, noted by an ellipsis: a part in the chat in which Trump mentioned recordings of Joe Biden, a seeming reference to a 2018 event in which the ex-VP talked about trying to convince Ukraine to dump its prosecutor general. There were three transcript ellipses in total, which now raises questions about the other two. In September, the White House said the presence of the ellipses didn’t indicate “missing words or phrases,” but a “trailing off of a voice or pause.” It said brackets or redaction indicators would’ve been used for missing words or phrases.

The GOP attacks on the person of this war veteran is despicable….soldiers do not have a political ambition…..Trump and the slugs would know this if they ever served in the military of this country.

The GOP can kiss their support for the military good-bye because all along it was a spurious support at best……fake concern from fake people.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

A Few Thoughts

These are a couple of stories that I came across and marked for a possible post….they never made it that far…..events moved quickly and made them a moot point…..

First thought is the ever popular NRA…popular with the GOP who gets a regular paycheck from the lobbying group……

It appears as if the NRA knew they were being played by the Russian agent…..

Top officials at the National Rifle Association knew Russians were using their ties to the gun rights group to try to bolster their status with lawmakers or the winner of the 2016 presidential election, a new report from Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee shows.

In 2015, Russian national Maria Butina, who last year pleaded guilty to conspiracy as an unregistered foreign agent, tapped her political operative boyfriend Paul Erickson to help her convince a top NRA official to come to Moscow, according to the committee report made public Friday.
“Russia believes that high level contacts with the NRA might be the BEST means of neutral introduction to either the next American President OR to a meaningful re-set in relations with the Congress under a (God forbid) President Clinton,” Erickson, a GOP political operative wrote to Peter Brownell, the chief executive of a firearm accessories company and, at the time, the incoming president of the NRA. “This simple good will trip would have enormous diplomatic consequences for a future U.S. / Russia bilateral relationship to the world.”
 
Second the whole mash up with the Ukraine phone call is what set the whole inquiry in motion…..SecState Pompeo has babbled that he had not seen the complaint and knows nothing about the phone call that started this whole thing….I appears that Pompeo is lying (go figure)…….
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of the people listening in on President Trump’s call to Ukraine’s president in July—the call that prompted the House to begin an impeachment inquiry. A senior State Department official confirmed Pompeo’s involvement on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pompeo had said that he opposed releasing the transcript of Trump’s conversation with President Volodymy Zelensky. He has since said the decision is up to the White House.
 
Pompeo had said he hadn’t read the whistleblower complaint in full about the phone call, and not answered specific questions about the conversation. As far as he knew, Pompeo said, per CNN, State Department officials had acted properly. Three House committees have issued subpoenas to Pompeo for documents related to the inquiry. He faces a deadline of Friday to turn them over
Pompeo has stated that ……
the House panels conducting the impeachment inquiry requested that five current and former State Department officials appear this week and next for depositions. On Tuesday, Mike Pompeo made clear that won’t happen, the Washington Post reports. The secretary of state sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (Pompeo posted the letter in full on Twitter) outlining a number of “serious substantive and procedural deficiencies” in the request, which he called nothing more than “an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly, the distinguished professionals of the Department of State.” He faulted the committee for not providing the five enough time to prepare and said the panels are trying to block State Department counsel from coming with them.
 
He also noted the five weren’t issued subpoenas, and “we are not aware of any other authority by which the committee could compel appearance at a depositions”; therefore, the scheduled depositions “could only be read as a request for a voluntary appearance.” The officials requested have all somehow been involved in US-Ukraine relations: Marie Yovanovitch, former ambassador to Ukraine; Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine; Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent; US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland; and State Department Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl. Later Tuesday, CNN reports, the chairmen of the three committees requesting the depositions issued a statement warning Pompeo that “any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress … is illegal.” The AP reports that Volker, who resigned last week, has agreed to talk to the committees behind closed doors this week and Yovanovitch will appear Oct. 11
No problem…either they answer questions or they are in contempt and should be arrested immediately.
 
Pompeo will say whatever Trump trlls him to say……Im have NO use for people like that…….suck ass cheese eaters…..
A little more than a week after saying he had just been handed “a report about a IC whistle-blower complaint, none of which I’ve seen,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that he was on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that prompted the complaint and is now the subject of an impeachment inquiry. “I was on the call,” Pompeo said from Rome, adding the US policy had been about helping rid Ukraine of corruption, per the New York Times. “We will continue to try to drive those set of outcomes,” he said when asked if he had any concerns about the call, per CNN.
 
Pompeo then elaborated on a Tuesday letter in which he accused Democrats of attempting to intimidate officials asked to appear for depositions. “They contacted State Department employees directly, told them not to contact legal counsel at the State Department,” he said, claiming the demands “deeply violate fundamental principles of separation of powers.” Late Tuesday, however, the chairmen of three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry said Pompeo “appears to have an obvious conflict of interest” and “should immediately cease intimidating Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the president,” per Bloomberg and the Hill.
Nothing about the DC Triumvirate, Trump, Barr, Pompeo is about what is best for the country….it is all about protecting a pertson…not the country or the Constitution.
 
The media is acting all butt hurt that Pompeo is lying to them……in reality Pompeo has been a lying arrogant Neocon since his days in the Congress…..to think that he has changed because he has a position of authority is just STUPID!
 
According to your president there is a “coup”….but then there has been such since he walked into office…..
 
Not for the first time, President Trump is falsely claiming a coup against him. “As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP,” the president tweeted late Tuesday. Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro had suggested the same hours earlier, telling Fox Business that the impeachment inquiry was “nothing less than an attempted coup d’état,” reports the Hill.
 
Trump also claimed a failed coup in April, reports USA Today. “They tried for a coup, it didn’t work out so well,” he said of the Mueller report at the NRA’s annual meeting. Trump is likely to expand on his defense at a Wednesday press conference. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff will jointly hold one of their own, per NBC News, while the State Department’s inspector general will brief congressional committees on documents related to the Ukraine scandal.
As usual the president uses words that he has NO earthly idea what they mean……
 
Thought process recorded.
 
“I Read, I Wrote and now You Know!”
 
“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Biden Stands Strong(?)

I wish I was talking about him standing strong behind some good progressive policies but in this case I am talking about him struggling to defend his lie.

Which lie is that, professor?  Let me remind you what lie……https://lobotero.com/2019/08/30/bidens-new-gaff/

Biden is basically saying that his LIE does not matter……

Last week, the Washington Post detailed how Joe Biden had jumbled up three different war stories into one as part of a campaign anecdote about the bravery of troops. Biden initially defended the accuracy of his account, but he’s now acknowledging the flub while calling it meaningless in the grand scheme, reports NPR. “The details are irrelevant in terms of decision-making,” Biden says in an interview with Asma Khalid. The 76-year-old has long been prone to gaffes, but he says voters should not be concerned. When pressed on the details in the war story, for example, he said: “That has nothing to do with judgment of whether or not you send troops to war, the judgment of whether you bring someone home, the judgment of whether you decide on a health care policy.”

Politico has more from the same interview: “‘The fact that I would forget that it was [Maj. Gen. David] Rodriguez who was pinning—I believe this is the case—pinning a bronze star on a young man was—it’s irrelevant to the point,” he tells Khalid. At the Hill, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Biden ally, says the media is making too big a deal of the former VP’s slip-ups. Americans don’t care, he argues. Biden’s gaffes “are not outright lies; they’re likely the result of a faulty memory or some confusion about the facts,” writes Rendell. The man he wants to replace, by contrast, is a “Liar-in-Chief,” he writes.

He LIED!  That MATTERS!

If his memory is faulty then is he a good candidate?

If the LIES are not important then why is lies a big deal when he talks about Trump?

This most recent LIE is not his first……there is his lie about the Iraq invasion and occupation…..

Count his role in supporting the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as another part of Joe Biden’s long political career that the former vice president—who voted for the war as a senator—doesn’t quite remember correctly. 

In an interview with NPR published Tuesday morning, Biden told reporter Asma Khalid that he opposed the war from the very moment it began in March of 2003 despite voting for its authorization just months earlier.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/03/flat-out-lying-critics-reject-biden-effort-re-write-history-his-support-us-invasion

He was against it from the beginning seems to be a popular stand these days…if all that is true then how did they get enough votes to authorize the war?

All this makes Biden a non-candidate in my book…..he will say whatever he needs to say to the audience of the day to gain the nomination.

There is NO difference between Biden and Trump just he is less disgusting than the other.  The media is reporting that Biden’s gaff is not a problem with the hinterland voter…..if true then there is a problem when lying is totally acceptable…at least for me….if he, Biden, will lie about this what else will he lie about to the voter.

If the media is correct then it will explain the sad shape of this nation when lie make NO difference.

For now I am sticking with my choice of candidates and if that fails and Biden becomes the nominee then I shall look toward a alternative.

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

VOTE!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

I Miss Those Days

****Warning Strong Opinion To Follow****

Deja vu all over again!

I have not heard a rant like this for decades.

Lindsay Graham has proved what a clueless, out of touched, ignorant douche bag he truly is.

We all know about the rant that that racist prick in the Whiten House has been spewing about a couple of Comgresswomen……now Graham the good little lap dog he has become has shown his age in stupid remarks……

“Well, we all know that (New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country,” Graham said during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.” “They’re calling the guards along our border, the border patrol agents, ‘concentration camp guards.’ They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins. They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America.”

Graham added that if the group of lawmakers are made “the face of the future” of their party, “You will destroy the Democratic Party.”  (Would that be the same as the destruction of the GOP that Graham and his ilk are doing?)

(CNN)

Hahahaha!  This shows just how far out of touch what is left of the GOP truly is…….this is all these stupid lumps of manure have is to insult and lie…..a typical day for the GOP.

Does my old radical heart good to hear that type attack once again…..Thanx Lindsay for showing that nothing has changed in the GOP over the decades.

When a party has NOTHING to offer the voter then they resort to lies and bullshit….and what works for OLD FARTS is the “S” word……

I keep hearing a lot about “socialism” these days, mainly from Donald Trump and Fox News, trying to scare Americans about initiatives like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, universal child care, free public higher education, and higher taxes on the super-wealthy to pay for these. 

Well, I’m here to ask you to ignore the scaremongering.

First, these initiatives are overwhelmingly supported by most Americans.

Second, for the last 85 years, conservative Republicans have been yelling “socialism” at every initiative designed to help most Americans.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/10/same-old-scare-tactic-about-socialism

THen there is the assholes in the media that are condemning the words by Graham yet they use the same sort of rhetoric when interviewing progressives.

God I have missed the “Love it or leave it” crowd…..the ignorance of that statement shows the ignorance of the supporters of the GOP….worthless lumps of manure.

Cowards LIE!  The GOP lies!  Ergo GOP are cowards!  It is that simple!

****Exit from strong opinion here****

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

This Is How Damn Lies Get Started

Most boasts are usually lies and some of the better ones come from the resident in the White House……” what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!”  Trump starting a new Twitter thread in which he criticized the mainstream media and his 2020 Democratic rivals while praising himself as a handsome “genius.”  Never trust a person who tells you just how smart or beautiful they are…a true smart person does not need to tell you they are so.

Lies go on and on……

We are bombarded daily by the prez and his attacks on the media as being fake news and an enemy to the people…..most of the media is in the pocket of corporate America and does not actually tell the truth all that often…..but this op-ed is a stretch of truth…

In the June 26-27 debates, the candidates were barely bothered with national security or foreign policy matters because the moderators asked a scant few questions about them. On illegal immigration, a huge national security problem, the candidates made it clear that they are all for open borders. That is one of their most extreme positions.

On the first debate night, one moderator asked if the candidates would rejoin the 2015 nuclear weapons deal with Iran to which former President Obama agreed. Nine of the 10 — the exception being Sen. Cory Booker — said they would. Many said the deal was imperfect and they would try to renegotiate it, but none said that successful renegotiation was a predicate to rejoining. That is a radical position entirely contrary to our national security.

 
As FOX is the voice of Trump on the tube the Wa T is in print……it is an op-ed and is packed full of bullsh*t, lies and fear mongering manure.
 
Read it!  If you believe any of the observations then we will know who you will vote for in 2020….ignorance over reality.
 
“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Welfare Fraud

Closing Thought–20Jun19

I hear a lot about all the fraud committed by these illegal immigrants that are sucking off the Food Stamp program and other programs for the poor…..I think that most of it is just noise from haters.

But I will admit that there are some fraud within the programs for the poor….like this one from the state of New York…….

13 arrested in record welfare fraud sweep

https://www.wwnytv.com/2019/06/14/arrested-largest-welfare-fraud-sweep-st-lawrence-county-history/

Damn! And not one Hispanic among them….not even an African-American who use to take the brunt of the rhetoric……

I am not say there is no fraud by immigrants…..this story like the ones the idiots read is one case….but since they can make the leap to accuse everyone of the immigrant class…..why can I not do the same?

Fear An Old Foe!

Closing Thought–09May19

Is it 1950?

No?

Then why am I having to listen to yet another mental midget whip up fear from 60 years ago?

The Commies are coming! The Commies are coming!

It seems that the art of lying is rubbing off on all those Congressional enablers of Donald Trump…..just recently the chants of the Commies are coming could be heard from a rally of GOPer Matt Shea of Washington…..

Washington state Republican representative Matt Shea and several associates regaled an audience with conspiracy theories, separatist visions, and exhortations for listeners to arm themselves ahead of a looming civil war, at a gathering at a remote north-eastern religious compound last year.

In recordings obtained by the Guardian, Shea and Jack Robertson, also known as radio personality John Jacob Schmidt, invoked their visions and fears of a violent leftist revolt in speeches at the 2018 God and Country event in Marble.

The Guardian last week published leaked chat records in which Shea and Robertson were revealed to have discussed the use of surveillance, “psyops” and violence against liberal and leftist activists.

 
Are there truly still those so goddamn ignorant that they will believe this lie?
 
There must be for I hear it repeated (in various forms) almost daily….and not all from the GOP…..even the corporate Dems have a version of this meme……
 
Of course it is bullshit but that never stopped a politician from voicing such crap…..I will have more to say on this as the election draws nearer……
 
That is it from me for the day…..have a day…..