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Another partisan professor misuses classroom to bash Christians and Republicans

The faculty of most colleges and universities in the United States, especially the top-tier Ivy league ones, are registered Democrats. Some are outright Marxist socialists or communists.

The University of Southern California (USC) is no different.

Darry SragowA month ago, I wrote about an aging loser of a political science professor at USC, Adjunct Assistant Professor Darry Sragow, who used classroom time to bash white people, Republicans, and conservatives, although he himself is white.

How is Sragow an academic loser?

“Assistant Professor” is the title of the lowest rung of professorship — typically of  young fresh-out-of-grad-schools Ph.D.s.  “Adjunct” means Sragow is hired only on a year-by-year basis. All of which means that Sragow was hired as a junior Assistant Professor in another college or university many years ago but was denied tenure there. So now he makes his living drifting from one university to another as an Adjunct.

In other words, Darry Sragow is a loser — a failure in academe. How can I say this so confidently? Because I know academe, having gone through the ranks, from young assistant professor, to tenured associate professor, to full professor, to full professor emeritus. I had never ever misused my authority as a professor to use the classroom to advance my partisanship or to hurl insults at political figures.

Richard DekmejianNow comes news that another USC political science prof, Richard Dekmejian, has also been caught on video using his class as a platform for bashing conservatives.

Oliver Darcy and Josiah Ryan report for Campus Reform, May 7, 2013, that student Tyler Talgo secretly recorded Dekmejian’s 20-minute rant in a political science class in Fall 2012.

In the video, Dekmejian claims former President George W. Bush suffered from mental instability and stupidity during his time in office. He said Bush was bound by “serious intellectual and mental problems” and must have been “stupid or lying” to initiate Operation Iraqi Freedom for the reason of promoting democracy.

Dekmejian also leveled a number of derogatory comments against members of the Bush administration, alleging both Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice “lied” to the American people during their service. The professor instructed his students that “You have to use that term [lying] people. Don’t use that term mislead.”

Dekmejian also accused Christians of salivating over violence in the Middle East: “The right wing evangelical community… these are the people who get happy on television every time there is a conflict in the Middle East. They think that the book of revelation tells them that the messiah…the Christian messiah, Jesus is going to come…all we need is a war in the Middle East involving Israel and the Arabs.”

Dekmejian did, however, praise former President Jimmy Carter (D) for his service during and after his presidency: “He’s still going around doing good things by the way, Carter. That Carter, very respectable.”

Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at USC, told Campus Reform in a written statement that “faculty members are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects. The freedom to take unpopular positions and the freedom to express those positions publicly are at the foundation of what it means to be a faculty member of a university. One of the most important principles of an academic community has been that academic inquiry and discussion be free from censorship or undue outside control.”

Blah, blah, blah.

But for Garrett, “academic freedom” seems only to apply to faculty but not to students. She noted that USC’s student code of conduct “expressly prohibits” students from videotaping their professors in the classroom, but declined to say whether Talgo would be disciplined for releasing his video of Professor Dekmejian to the public.

Here’s the video of Dekmejian:

Richard Dekmejian is a full professor of political science. Surprisingly for a full professor, Dekmejian’s faculty profile lists only his “conference and other presentations” and his university service, but no book or even a refereed journal article. On Rate My Professors, on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 signifying “excellent”), he scored an overall rating of a decidedly mediocre 3.4.

Here’s Dekmejian’s contact info:

E-mail: dekmejia@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-3943
Office: VKC 327

I searched for the Chair of the USC Political Science Department, but cannot find who he/she is. To contact the department:

email: posc@college.usc.edu
Phone: 213-740-6998

To contact USC’s President:

C. L. Max Nikias, President
Office of the President
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4019
Phone: (213) 740-2111; (213) 821-1342
email: president@usc.edu

~Eowyn

8+ million dropped out of U.S. labor force under Obama

Look around you.

4 of every 10 working-age adults you see on the streets don’t work.

That’s because more than 8 million Americans have dropped out of the U.S. labor force in just four years, during the POS’s first term as POTUS.

The result is that only 6.3 of every 10 adult working-age Americans now work, which means those who work have even a heavier tax burden.

Forward

Terence P. Jeffrey reports for CNSNews, Jan. 20, 2013, that the number of Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to look for a job increased by 8,332,000 to a record 88,839,000 in Barack Obama’s first term, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To be in the labor force a person must either have a job or actively sought one in the previous four weeks.

When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, there were 80,507,000 American civilians age 16 or older who did not have a job or seek one. In December 2012, there were 88,839,000—thus, the increase of 8,332,000.

The increase in drop-outs resulted in a decrease in the labor force participation rate from 65.7% in January 2009, the month Obama was first inaugurated, to 63.6% in December 2012, the latest month reported. Before Obama took office, the lowest the labor force participation rate (63.6%) was in 1981, the year President Ronald Reagan took over from Jimmy Carter — the worst president America’s ever had until Barack Obama.

In the comparable period of George W. Bush’s second term, the number of Americans choosing not to participate in the labor force went from 76,808,000 in January 2005 to 80,380,000 in December 2012—an increase of 3,572,000 in absolute numbers, but not as a percentage of the labor force. The rate of participation in the labor force was the same in January 2005 as it was in December 2008—65.8%.

More Hope and Change Despair and Ruin!

H/t California Political News & Views

~Eowyn

PrisonPlanet misleads readers on Brzezinski and New World Order

A reader sent me the link to an essay by Paul Joseph Watson on Alex Jones’ Prison Planet website.

Watson’s article of Nov. 26, 2012, carries this very attention-grabbing title: “Brzezinski: ‘Populist Resistance’ is Derailing the New World Order.”

“New World Order” (NWO) is a loaded term that refers to a conspiratorial plan by a group of global elites to abolish nation-states and replace them with a one-world government.

Zbigniew Brzezinski is the former National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter. Before he joined the Carter administration, Brzezinski was a political science professor at Columbia University and a protegé of Henry Kissinger.

ZB

Watson began his essay with:

During a recent speech in Poland, former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski warned fellow elitists that a worldwide “resistance” movement to “external control” driven by “populist activism” is threatening to derail the move towards a new world order.

Brzezinski had delivered that speech at the European Forum For New Ideas (EFNI), an organization that Watson describes as advocating “the transformation of the European Union into an anti-democratic federal superstate.”

In concluding his essay Watson then reiterates the NWO theme:

This is by no means the first time Brzezinski has lamented the burgeoning populist opposition to external domination by the global elite. During a 2010 Council on Foreign Relations speech in Montreal, Brzezinski also warned that a ‘global political awakening,’ in combination with infighting amongst the elite, was threatening to derail the move towards a one world government.

Watson’s essay got my attention because Brzezinski’s speech:

  • Confirms that there really is a global elite who have a plan for a “new world order”; and
  • The alternate media of the Internet, blogs, and talk radio have so succeeded in informing Americans about the NWO that we have “derailed” the elite’s plan!

So I got to work writing a post with this introduction:

If you’re still skeptical that there’s a global elite or that this elite has a plan to install a New World Order under one government, this news should turn you into a believer.

Watson’s article on Prison Planet includes a YouTube video of 6+ minutes from Brzezinski’s speech. Wanting to know more about what Brzezinski said beyond the bare bones that Watson conveyed, I decided I would watch the video and transcribe what Brzezinski said. So I spent half a morning playing and stopping the video so that I could write down what Brzezinski said.

Imagine my surprise when, after listening to the entire 6:24 minutes long video and reviewing my transcription, I discovered that NO WHERE IN HIS SPEECH DID BRZEZINSKI EVER MENTION THE WORDS “NEW WORLD ORDER”!

Instead, his speech was about how the 20th century had been the American Century but that the 21st century likely will not be. America can no longer dominate the world because of a worldwide “populist resistance,” especially in the Middle East and southwest Asia.

This is a standard and not particularly novel thesis held by academics in the political science subfield of international politics and foreign relations. I myself had said this countless times in teaching my university students on World Politics.

It may turn out that Zbigniew Brzezinski in fact is an elitist who plots for a New World Order, but he didn’t say or do that in his speech at the European Forum For New Ideas. By mischaracterizing Brzezinski’s speech in NWO terms, Paul Joseph Watson had misled his readers, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Doing that ill serves those among us who have a legitimate concern about the NWO because it plays into the hands of our opponents who then use this to bash and dismiss us as tinfoil-hat conspiracy kooks.

You can see for yourself. Here is the video of Brzezinski’s speech, followed by my transcript of most of what he said (I stopped transcribing toward the end because it was clear Brzezinski was not talking about the NWO):

Zbigniew Brzezinski: “A truly American domination is no longer possible. That is so for several reasons.

In recent decades, worldwide social change has experienced an unprecedented worldwide acceleration, particularly because of instant mass communication, such as radio, television, and the Internet, which cumulatively have been stimulating a universal awakening of mass political consciousness. The resulting widespread rise in worldwide populist activism is proving inimical to external domination of the kind that prevailed in the age of colonialism and imperialism.

Persistent and highly motivated populist resistance of politically awakened and historically resentful peoples to external control has proven to be increasingly difficult to suppress, as guerrilla warfares in Vietnam, Algeria, or Afghanistan have amply demonstrated. And as the rising turmoil in both the Middle East and Southwest Asia are foreshadowing.

At the same time, the acquisition by major powers of weaponry of increasingly destructive capabilities has made the notion of victory in a nuclear war prohibitively costly. That has prompted a degree of self-restraint that was absent in the pre-atomic age in relations among major powers.

Last but not least, the ongoing shift in the center of gravity of global political power from the West to the East, dramatized by the rise of China and of Asia more generally, signals conclusively the onset of a historically new and more complex distribution of global power.

In that much more complex historical and geopolitical setting, democratic America admittedly is still the world’s most powerful, the richest, and the most influential state. Therefore much depends on how America conducts itself in world affairs….”

Brzezinski then proceeds to lament how the partisan divide in the United States has become increasingly bitter, which makes more difficult the conduct of America’s foreign relations and the formation of our foreign policy. He ends this segment in the video by naming the other world powers — China, Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan, Australia — who have transformed the world from a unipolar world of a single superpower (the USA) to a multipolar world of several great powers.

H/t Joseph

~Eowyn

Jihad Jimmy Slams Obama for the One Thing He is Doing Right

The one bright spot in what otherwise has been the most dismal, not to mention dangerous presidency in American history has been Obama’s willingness to continue to arrange meetings between 7th Century, bass-ackward illiterate camel-washers, and Allah.

I have to admit, even if half-grudgingly, this is the one thing Obama has gotten right – regardless of his motives.

Now along comes Jimmy Carter, the 39th POTUS, and the person I hold responsible for rekindling the 14 century-long Jihad that had pretty much laid dormant since WWI.

Apparently, Jimmy Earl is most displeased with Obama’s use of drones to dispatch the Jihadists to Hell:

Via  independent.co.uk:

Carter attacks Obama over assassinations and drone attacks

David Usborne  Wednesday 27 June 2012

Former president Jimmy Carter has blasted the United States for anti-terror strategies such as targeting individuals for assassination and using unmanned drones to bomb suspected targets, saying they directly flout the basic tenets of universal human rights and foment anti-US sentiment.

In an article written for the New York Times headlined “A Cruel and Unusual Record”, Mr Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work trying to resolve conflicts around the globe, suggested that the US is in violation of 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a rare attack by a former commander-in-chief on a sitting President – especially of the same party.

While Mr Carter does not name President Obama, there is little disguising that he is the principle target of his stinging words. Recent weeks have seen a slew of media reports detailing how Mr Obama has grown increasingly dependent on drones to take out suspected terror cells and describing how he has the final word to approve names on a “hit-list” of most-wanted terror suspects overseas for assassination. “Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended,” Mr Carter wrote, concluding that the US is “abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights”.

In the past, Mr Carter, 87, has meted out similar criticisms, most notably George W Bush. This latest assault is embarrassing for Mr Obama as it will serve as a reminder that he specifically pledged to adjust America’s posture in the war on terror. He began by banning interrogation techniques he considered to be torture, such as water-boarding, and by closing down Guantanamo Bay. On the latter, of course, he has failed to deliver.

It is poignant, moreover, that both men are Peace Prize winners. Critics believe Mr Obama has proved himself unworthy of the honour which he received soon after taking office. His supporters believe however that he has pre-empted criticism of his foreign policy performance. Under his watch, Osama bin Laden has been killed and much of the top echelons of al-Qa’ida have been gutted.

-End 

James Earl Carter was defeated in one of the most lopsided presidential elections in the history of elections.

Thirty-two years hence, I still do not think he gets it.

-Dave

(h/t: Drudge)

Obama’s SOTU Address, More Recycled BS from a Socialist Stooge

The Liberals get their panties in wad about a few marines pissing on the bodies of dead taliban while this president continues to urinate on this entire country.

To tell the truth, I couldn’t stomach watching this ass give another SOTU address filled with distortions, egomania and outright lies. Obama, like all liberals ignore tried and true economic principles that create jobs for repeated failed socialist policies. As long as he is in office and the democrats control the senate, our economy will continue to tank.

I usually listen to Sean Hannity on the my drive home in the afternoon, yesterday during his show he rebutted his guest Jesse Lee Peterson when Jesse said that Obama is wicked, Sean said that he wouldn’t say that Obama was wicked and my jaw droped to the floor. Obama is the personification of evil, everything he does is according to plan, it is not due to incompetence, lack of knowledge or skill. He has been educated by the most radical aspects of our society in marxism/socialism and he has been trying and (in some cases) succeeding in transforming our free-market economy into a womb to tomb, government dependent, socialist nightmare.

I don’t know who our nominee will be that hopefully will unseat Obama and place him on the trash heap of history along with Jimmy Carter to share the dishonor of being the worse presidents in our country’s history. They all have good qualities and skeletons in their closets:

Romney- successful in business but has a questionable record as governor of Massachesetts including RomneyCare which was used as the blueprint for ObamaCare.

Gingrich- Former Speaker of the House, lead the way for Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years and  forced Bill Clinton to accept welfare reform. He was investigated for ethics violations and resigned as Speaker, has had many personal indiscretions including divorces.

Santorum- U.S. Senator from 1995 through 2006, socially conservative but has a mixed record on fiscal issues.

Paul- Fiscally conservative but socially liberal, supports isolationist policies by cutting off aid to foreign countries including our only real ally in the middle east, Israel.

But whomever is our nominee is, he will be far better than Obama, who is and continues be a national disgrace by propagating a dictatorship and subjugating the Constitution and rule of law.

~Tom in NC

Good News, Bad News from Gallup

The Good News

The latest Gallup Poll has Obama’s approval numbers falling to the lowest he’s ever received, dipping below 40%, at 39%. (74% of Democrats, 36% of Independents, 9% of Republicans approve of Skippy.)

The even better news is how Obama compares to his predecessors at the same juncture in his presidency. Only Jimmy Carter had worse ratings than Obama:

The Bad News

Gallup’s first measure of the 2012 congressional elections shows Democrats leading Republicans, 51% to 44%, in registered voters’ preferences for which party’s candidate they would support in their district “if the elections for Congress were being held today.” Worse still, twice as many voters say Tea Party endorsements are a negative rather than a positive.

Take heart, friends! Remember these words of George Washington, in his letter to James Madison, 1786:

“No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.”

~Eowyn

Skippy Does Carter sort of

H/T Kelleigh

~LTG

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Message from a Veteran

By Tom in NC

I will be out of town on Memorial Day but I wanted to express my feelings about my service to the country.

I am proud to have served in the United States Air Force. It took a sometimes shy, somewhat irresponsible 18-year-old kid and turned me into a man. I worked my way through the ranks, working on jet engines, eventually becoming a supervisor/manager.

Throughout my career I worked with great people and I always was cognizant of my duty to the country. When I enlisted, Jimmy Carter was President and I could see and feel the low morale in the military and the general malaise of the country due to the incompetence of his administration. But we had a job to do and we did it to the best of our ability.

During my first overseas tour to the UK, Ronald Reagan was elected President and at my young age I wasn’t sure what to think of this former actor, now POTUS. At first I was taken in by all the negative press about him and, unlike now, we didn’t have the Internet and the alternative media to get the truth and I guess I didn’t care for him much. But then through his actions I started reading between the lines of the lies and propaganda the media was telling about him and realized that he truly cared for our country and the military. It took a few years but rampant patriotism took hold, I had honestly considered leaving the Air Force after my first hitch, but I had a overwhelming sense of duty and committment. Reagan’s support of the military instilled in me a new devotion to the USAF and to my country.

I returned stateside in 1983 after reenlisting and I noticed a difference in the country. Reagan was still being demonized by the press at every turn but I could see the results of his policies and I liked what I saw. More Americans were working, prices were lower and the overall mood of the country was improving, despite the negativity in the media.

During my second overseas tour the military was constantly on a higher state of alert, the Soviet Union was bogged down in Afghanistan, terrorist attacks were on the rise and the Soviet Bloc was weakening and facing collapse. Ronald Reagan was the model of strength and unwavering commitment in facing down the Soviets during this time. When a bomb destroyed a nightclub frequented by U.S. servicemen, killed three GI’s and injured more than 230 people including 79 servicemen, Reagan launched an air attack on Libya in response to intelligence linking Libya to the attack and Ghaddafi’s bogus claim to a no-fly zone over international waters.

During my final years in the military under George H.W. Bush we launched Operation Desert Storm against Saddam Hussein after his invasion of Kuwait and defeated him. We allowed him to stay in power which was a grave strategic error, we would not fully realize for almost another decade.

During all my time time in the military I was fortunate that I never had to be in a combat zone and I am grateful for that, but I have always appreciated the sacrifices made by the men and women in the military as all Americans should this Memorial Day.

So while you are attending family gatherings, picnics and barbeques this Memorial Day, take a few minutes to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen who no longer walk amongst us because of their ultimate sacrifice for the country they loved.

A Legend In His Own Mind

The greatest president evah

Carter: ‘Probably superior’ to other ex-presidents

NBC News did an interview with former President Jimmy Carter in which he said: “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents.” Carter, who is out with a new book defending his legacy, backed up his assertion by saying the Carter Center goes where the United States government does not, “to fill the vacuums in the world.”

“The Carter Center has decided, under my leadership, to fill the vacuums in the world,” Carter said. “When the United States won’t deal with troubled areas, we go there and we meet their leaders who can bring an end to a conflict, or an end to human rights abuse, and so forth. So I feel that [I] have an advantage over many other former presidents in being involved in daily affairs that have shaped the policies of our nation and the world.”

Apparently realizing how absurd this statement was, Carter issued an update to “clarify” his statement: “What I meant was, for 27 years the Carter Center has provided me with superior opportunities to do good.”

We all know about Jimmy Carter’s past and Joe Queenan of the Wall Street Journal summed it up quite well in his piece from October 2010.

You Mr. Carter are a legend in your own mind.

DCG

Our Presidents As Kids

George W. Bush, 9 Years Old, With His Mother and Father, 1955

Bill Clinton, 5 Years Old, 1952

George H.W. Bush, 5 Years Old, With Sister Mercy, 1929

 

Ronald Reagan, 12 Years Old, 1923 ..(Tear down that wall, Ron)

Jimmy Carter, 12 Years Old, With Dog Bozo, 1937..(Bozo probably couldn’t make the helicopter run either.)

John F. Kennedy, 10 Years Old, 1927

And last, but not least…. OK, least ;)

Barack Hussein Obama: Same expression then as after Nov. 2, 2010 elections

 ~Steve~         H/T  Joan and FS