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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:
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s4myxe7CY3o]
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

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Prominent Republicans sign off on same-sex marriage

suicidal GOP

More betrayal from the GOP. More reason to stop registering yourself as a Republican.
For the 2012 presidential election, the Republican Party boldly proclaimed its platform as “Renewing American Values.” Among the “American values” the Republican Party vowed to “renew” was “Preserving and Protecting Traditional Marriage”:
“The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that traditional marriage is best for children. Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, are physically and emotionally healthier, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, engage in crime, or get pregnant outside of marriage. The success of marriage directly impacts the economic well-being of individuals. Furthermore, the future of marriage affects freedom. The lack of family formation not only leads to more government costs, but also to more government control over the lives of its citizens in all aspects. We recognize and honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the many burdens of parenting alone, even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage. We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.”
Blah, blah, blah.
All lies.
Right after Mitt Romney “lost” (see “22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election”) the presidential election to the POS, noises began within the GOP and among so-called conservative pundits (like Sean Hannity) that, to win, the Republican Party should try to become “more appealing” to certain demographic groups, such as women and Hispanics.
In other words, transform the GOP into a paler version of the Democratic Party by pandering to those groups and to hell with principles, values and beliefs! As if Democrat voters would actually be fooled and so switch to a paler imitation of the Democratic Party.
Now we can attach names to some of those voices.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports for the New York Times, Feb. 26, 2013 that “dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.”
The document will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, and all similar bans. The court will hear back-to-back arguments next month in that case and another pivotal gay rights case that challenges the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Legal analysts said the brief had the potential to sway conservative justices as much for the prominent names attached to it as for its legal arguments. The list of signers includes a string of Republican officials and influential thinkers — 75 as of Monday evening — who are not ordinarily associated with gay rights advocacy, including some who are speaking out for the first time and others who have changed their previous positions.
Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, who came out as gay several years ago, has spent months in quiet conversations with fellow Republicans to gather signatures for the brief. He is on the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which brought the suit against Prop. 8.
Among the 75 RINO signatories of the brief are:

  • Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor, who favored civil unions but opposed same-sex marriage during his 2012 presidential bid.
  • Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey.
  • William Weld and Jane Swift, both former governors of Massachusetts.
  • Meg Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 when she ran for California governor.
  • Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York.
  • Stephen J. Hadley, a Bush national security adviser.
  • Carlos Gutierrez, a commerce secretary to Mr. Bush.
  • James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official.
  • David A. Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director.
  • Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress.
  • Steve Schmidt, who was a senior adviser to the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona.

Some high-profile Republicans who support same-sex marriage — including Laura Bush, the former first lady; Dick Cheney, the former vice president; and Colin L. Powell, a former secretary of state — were not on the list as of Monday.
The presence of so many well-known former officials suggests that once Republicans are out of public life they feel freer to speak out against the party’s official platform, which calls for amending the Constitution to define marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.”
“The ground on this is obviously changing, but it is changing more rapidly than people think,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist and former House leadership aide who did not sign the brief. “I think that Republicans in the future are going to be a little bit more careful about focusing on these issues that tend to divide the party.”
If the above doesn’t convince you that you’re wasting your time and $ with the GOP, take a look at my post of November 15, 2012, Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud.
So what’s next on the fickle Republican elite’s agenda?
How about abortion?
Why not? After all, those single women whose votes the GOP so covets are pro-abortion, and the party has to change to become more appealing to women! — and to Hell with the sanctity of human, albeit yet unborn, life,
~Eowyn

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You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop

This one has been around for awhile; but, a neighbor just emailed it to me and I think it deserves being brought to mind again. ~LTG

At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

These stories are good reminders of how proud and thankful we should always be as Americans:

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.


Rusk responded,
Does that include those who are buried here?”

DeGaule did not respond.


You could have heard a pin drop.

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When in England ,
at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of ’empire building’ by George Bush.

He answered by saying,
“Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

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<strong>
There was a conference in France</strong> <strong>where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?"</strong>
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A Boeing engineer</strong> <strong>stood up and replied quietly: "<span style="color:#ff0000;">Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships</span><span style="color:#ff0000;">;</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> <strong>how many does France have?"</strong></span>
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You could have heard a pin drop.</strong> <strong>
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A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.

Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it thatwe always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?”

Without hesitating,
the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”

You could have heard a pin drop.


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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE…


Robert Whiting,
  an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

“You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.


Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France previously.

“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”


The American said,
“The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”

“Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !”


The American senior
gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman to show a passport to.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

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