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University editorial board: students ‘don’t need’ to study America’s founding documents

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Campus Reform: The student editorial board of University of South Carolina’s (USC) Daily Gamecock argued this week that “[w]hile knowledge of our country’s founding documents is undoubtedly a good thing to have [. . .] most students don’t need it.”

The South Carolina legislature recently began pressuring USC over an old law that requires universities to teach the provisions and principles of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Federalist Papers, as well as “the study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals.”

The editorial board argues that “[s]tudents who are pursuing a field outside political science or journalism won’t necessarily need to know about these documents to the extent that the class would be aiming to teach them” and that the class “could hurt a studen’ts GPA when it isn’t even that central to their degree.”

Authors of the editorial, published in The Daily Gamecock seem most concerned about financial consequences amid rising tuition. “If the state is going to require that something be done, it’s only fair that they give us the funding for it,” the editorial says.

“Telling USC that we have to add on another class, with all the including expenses, without giving us any money to do so is like telling someone who never learned how to swim that they have to cross Lake Murray or face retribution,” the editorial board wrote. “It’s borderline ridiculous to make something required by law and not provide the funds to do so, thereby forcing us to drain our own resources.”

A pair of South Carolina schools already have such provisions. Legislators cut funds from the College of Charleston and University of South Carolina-Upstate after they became aware of mandatory pro-LGBT readings. That funding was later reallocated to fulfill the law regarding the teaching of the Constitution.

According to the editorial, USC President Harris Pastides recently came under fire for calling the law “archaic,” and Vice Provost Helen Doerpinghaus said that USC follows the spirit of the law by handing out pocket constitutions on Constitution Day.

The editorial board says that students have been learning about the Constitution “since we were in the first grade,” and argue that the class should be an elective “so that people who don’t need it or have already taken a similar class don’t need to be saddled with it.”

“The truth is, if a Schoolhouse Rock song can cover a subject, it isn’t necessary in a college curriculum,” the board wrote.

TV already taught you everything you need to know about history, apparently...

TV already taught you everything you need to know about history, apparently…

funny9We have youth of today who post pictures of #clouds and #smoke when in fact it was the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Considering the company blamed the mistake on the fact that “the worker was unaware of the tragedy” and was “born after the tragedy”, I don’t have much faith that many youth of today will retain a lot of knowledge about our founding documents (if they even learn about all of them, comprehensively), because you know, like #ithappenedbeforeiwasborn and #whatever. They have more important things to do, like you know, take a #selfie everytime they see their reflection in a mirror. You know…#me!

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American Apparel apologizes for posting picture of Challenger disaster as ‘clouds’

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NY Daily News: American Apparel set off fireworks on social media after they mistakenly posted a picture of the Challenger space shuttle disaster before the Fourth of July.

The edited photo was posted to the clothing company’s Tumblr page and tagged as “Smoke Clouds” late Thursday afternoon — but was quickly taken down after several commenters pointed out the mistake.

“This is the iconic image of the Challenger space shuttle exploding,” one person wrote. “Not just some cool smoke and clouds.”

American Apparel issued an apology a short time later, blaming the mishap on a worker who was unaware of the 1986 tragedy that killed all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

“A young social media employee who was born after the Challenger tragedy unfortunately re-blogged a photograph of the explosion on our Tumblr account unaware of the context,” read the statement posted to Twitter.

“We deeply apologize for the insensitivity of that selection and the post has been deleted.”

The blunder came just weeks after the company’s board of directors voted to replace Dov Charney as chairman and to remove him as president and chief executive officer. Charney, who has dodged several sexual harassment lawsuits, has vowed to fight for his job back.

Good grief, do they not teach American History any more? I fear for our future with people in charge who don’t even know how to verify a source.

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Morning Chuckle. Or Yuckle.

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An old cowboy walks into a barbershop in Moose Jaw, Wyoming for a shave and a haircut. He tells the barber he can’t get all his whiskers off because his cheeks are wrinkled from age. The barber gets a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf and tells the old cowboy to put it inside his cheek to spread out the skin.

When he’s finished, the old cowboy tells the barber that was the cleanest shave he’d had in years, but he wanted to know what would have happened if he had accidentally swallowed that little ball.

The barber replied, just bring it back in a couple of days like everyone else does.

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~Steve~                              H/T  hujonwi

 

Presidential Boys And Their Toys. Oh and Eleanor Too.

have a feeling they also had a great deal of respect for the second amendment.

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This is the GOLD-PLATED AR-15 presented to President Kennedy by Colt Firearms back in the day.
From R. L. Wilson’s The Colt Heritage

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RICHARD M. NIXON – Colt .45
In their December 21, 1970 meeting, Elvis Presley gave Nixon a
commemorative World War II Colt .45…and requested to be made
“Federal Agent at Large” in the war against drugs.

Oh, and buy that man a Cadillac  :D

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RONALD REAGAN – Colt Presentation Single-Action Army
Manufactured in 1984 with the serial number RR-1, this elegant
Colt Single-Action Army was crafted for our nation’s 40th
president.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON Steel-Mounted Saddle Pistols

Marquis de Lafayette, a young French soldier who volunteered to fight for the United States, gave Washington this pair of saddle pistols with barrels made of Damascus steel. Washington reportedly carried these sidearms at Valley Forge, Monmouth, Yorktown and during the Whiskey Rebellion as president. Washington maintained possession of the pistols until his death in 1799. Andrew Jackson owned them for a spell, until bequeathing them back to the Lafayette family.

Image courtesy of Christies

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THOMAS JEFFERSON
One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Jefferson has many quotes that resonate strongly with the Right to Bear Arms crowd, including, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. – 1764” Truer words couldn’t have been spoken.

Elenor

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT – S&W .38 Special Revolver
The First Lady of firearms? Teddy’s cousin-in-law, Eleanor was very handy with a sidearm. She often carried a S&W .38 Special Revolver.

Image courtesy Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

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I Really Miss This Great Man.

~Steve~                                  Big H/T   Miss Maziel

Life, choose wisely.

Life really boils down to 2 questions…

1. Should I get a dog…..?
OR…

2. Should I have children?

 

No matter what situations life throws at you…

No matter how long and treacherous your journey may seem..

Remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

You’re laughing aren’t you?
That’s good ’cause my job here is done!

Have a great day and remember to give thanks….

~Steve~                                                   H/T  Da Grouchy Guy.

Albert Einstein: 10 of his best quotes

Albert Einstein’s theory about how fast the universe is expanding has been proved correct by British scientists who praised his “incredible accuracy”. He was known for words and phrases and here are 10 of his best quotes.

  1. My Uncle Al A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
  2. Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
  3. Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
  4. The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
  5. I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.
  6. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
  7. I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
  8. The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
  9. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
  10. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones

 

~Steve~                                        H/T  Igor

Skippy’s 2012 Campaign Poster.

Can't argue with that.

 

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”
Winston Churchill

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read: Unfortunately, most voters don’t know this.

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Can you think of any reason for not sharing this?
Neither can I.

~Steve~      H/T I-Man