Campus Reform: A political science professor dressed up as former-Vice President Dick Cheney (R) and pretended to shoot around the classroom.
In a video and photos obtained by Campus Reform, John Gruhl, a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) donned an orange vest and Cheney mask and then pretended to shoot around his classroom. Some students in the classroom can be heard laughing at Gruhl’s antics.
“When Professor Gruhl walked in to the class on Halloween dressed as Dick Cheney, I felt as though he had overstepped his boundaries as an educator,” Matt Server, a freshman political science major told Campus Reform. “By dressing up, and in my eyes, mocking the former vice president, I felt that Professor Gruhl had gone to another level in his attacks on Vice President Cheney. His costume, and subsequent remarks, were inappropriate for an institute of higher education.”
Server told Campus Reform that although he respects his professor, he was disappointed in Gruhl’s “level of disrespect for a man I [also] admire.”
Gruhl’s costume debuted in his class on The Presidency, which covers the “[c]reation, development, structure, powers, and functions of the office of the President of the United States.”
In a separate audio recording obtained by Campus Reform, Gruhl went on to critique Cheney’s policies by saying he “gave us a black eye around the world.” “He was the driving force behind some of the biggest mistakes in the Bush administration,” Gruhl can be heard telling his students. Gruhl blamed Cheney for wiretapping American citizens and the Bush tax cuts “which proved to be the single biggest factor in the government’s deficit and to this day a huge factor.”
“If you remember when we talked about Cheney as the vice president, Bush didn’t have experience, didn’t have knowledge about federal policies, and he was naturally inclined to delegate,” Gruhl said to his class. “And Cheney was naturally inclined to grab all the power that was delegated.” Server told Campus Reform that Gruhl has consistently painted conservatives in a negative light throughout his class lectures.
Gruhl did not respond to a request for comment from Campus Reform.
Comments from ratemyprofessors.com: “Guy teaches a political science class like a law class. He doesn’t even have a law degree. I would not use him as a reference in constitution law at all. He speaks very monotone. Do not ask him about your grade because he will not change it and only grade you harsher.“ “Dr. Gruhl is the best professor I have ever had. Left leaning, but who cares he’s an awesome human being.“ “Good professor. Very liberal. Relativey easy class compared to the other Honors Seminars.” “Harsh grader. He speaks very monotone. His political science classes he treats more like pre law classes. He expects everyone to have prior knowledge when they come in which does not help the student at all. If you don’t know court cases don’t take the class. He also does not like to change your grade if you question him on it.“ “He is such a sweetheart and he is always there to help his students. I love his sweaters!” (Now, that’s important.) “Dr. Gruhl is a nice guy and kept our class interesting. He seemed to be a pretty lenient paper grader (which was nice). He is a liberal but tries to present both sides; he tends to make conservatives look bad. He showed a Michael Moore documentary, if that says anything (I think it does). Michael Moore is worthless.” “A truly briliant (sic) man. Yes he is left leaning, but he presents unbiased information in class.“ Right, because nothing says “unbiased” like bashing Bush and Cheney.
In the increasingly dark times we live in, we need to practice spiritual jujitsu or self-defense, and hone our ability to discern when someone is lying to us, especially if that someone is a politician because the lies will affect our lives, negatively.
Below are the notes I took from the video. [Words between brackets colored teal are mine.]
Some Facts About Lying
On any given day, we lie or are lied to from 10 to 200 times.
Lying is a cooperative act: A lie is effective only when another cooperates with it because it’s something we want. That is why although we say we’re against lying, covertly (secretly) we’re for it.
We lie 3 times within 10 minutes of meeting a stranger.
We lie more to strangers than to people we know.
Extraverts lie more than introverts. [Politicians are extraverts!]
Men lie 8 times more about themselves than women; women lie more to protect others.
We lie once in every 10 interactions with our spouse. The number drops to 3 in interactions with an unmarried partner.
The more intelligent the species, the larger the cerebral cortex, the more likely is the species to be deceptive. That suggests lying has an evolutionary advantage.
Human beings lie from the very beginning [Original Sin: We are born tinder for sin (fomes peccati)]:
Babies already deceive: They fake a cry, then pause and watch to see if anyone buys their fake crying.
One-year-olds know how to conceal.
Five-year-olds lie outright, e.g., they manipulate with flattery.
Nine-year-olds have mastered the coverup.
By college age, humans like to their parents in one out of 5 interactions.
By the time we enter the working world, we’re immersed in lies and deception.
Lie Spotting: How to Spot a Liar
There are two patterns [or modes] of deception: Speech and Body Language.
Non-contracted denial: A denial that is over-determined, i.e., employs formal, instead of informal, language to deny, e.g., Bill Clinton said “I did nothave sex with that woman . . . Miss Lewinsky.”
Distancing language: Use of language that (unconsciously) distances the speaker from the subject. Example: “I did not have sex with thatwoman.”
Qualifying language: e.g., saying “to tell the truth” or “in all candor.”
Repeating the question in its entirety. [My guess: this is a tactic to buy the liar more time to think of how to lie.]
Over-sharing: Peppering one’s account with too much detail.
2. Body language:
Freud said, “No mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips.”
Liars, instead of fidgeting, actually freeze their upper bodies when they’re lying.
Liars look you in the eye a little too much, to compensate for the myth that liars avoid eye contact.
Liars smile a fake smile, i.e., they smile only with their mouth, but not with their eyes, which can’t be faked.
Attitude: An honest person is cooperative, on your side; enthusiastic, willing and helpful in getting to the truth, willing to brainstorm, provide details; feels infuriated if falsely accused, not just in flashes but throughout the entire course of the interview or conversation; favors strict, instead of lenient punishment for transgressors. A deceptive person is withdrawn; looks down; lowers his voice; pauses; peppers his story with lots of and irrelevant details; tells the story in strict chronological order.
Giveaway body language (beginning at 11:40 mark):
Shaking our head when we say “yes” (e.g., Democrat VP candidate John Edwards, 12:00 to 12:30 mark in video).
Shrugging our shoulderswhen we tell a convincing lie.
Duping delight: Smiling with delight at getting away with a terrible crime (e.g., O. J. Simpson).
Masked expression: Be on the lookout for spotting the real expression that’s masked or concealed by the fake expression, which leaks out in a flash, e.g., murderers often mask sadness. The most important and dangerous masked expression that we need to look out for is CONTEMPT, i.e., thinking oneself as being superior to others; regarding others with scorn. The masked expression of contempt is marked by one lip corner pulled up and in, e.g., Dick Cheney.
An even more obvious sign of contempt is surreptitiously and slyly giving people the F-you middle finger, as in this:
Other indicators of deception:
Liars shift their eye-blink rate.
Liars point their feet toward an exit.
Liars put barrier objects between themselves and the person interviewing or conversing with them.
Liars alter their vocal tone, often going much lower.
How to Spot a Truth-Teller: What the Truth Looks like
1. Liars: Meyer used a video of Diane Downs — a murderous mother who lied about shooting her kids at close range — and points to the discrepancy betweenDowns’ cool demeanor and a great tragedy. Even more telling is Downs’ creepy smile after talking about her children’s death — Duping Delight.
2. Truth-tellers: Meyer then contrasts the video of the lying mother with a video of Ellen Runnion — a grieving mother confronting her daughter’s murderer-torturer in court. Runnion showed no false emotion, but only the authentic raw emotionof a mother in agony.
Does this remind you of all the videos of the Sandy Hook parents whose children supposedly were killed by alleged mass murderer Adam Lanza? See:
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 reportsfor 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
The United Nations convenes the Agenda 21 twentieth year celebration on June 20th, seven days from today. It is called Rio+20.
This video shows the world leaders have been working towards this “New World Order” for a very, very long time. The 1919 book by Samuel Batten Zane , “New World Order” is in the public domain, has been digitized by Google, and can be downloaded as a pdf file.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a heart transplant on Saturday and the bleeding heart liberals went ballistic on Twitter. Of course now, news media outlets are debating whether or not Cheney was “too old” to receive a transplant. The future of Obamacare…
Let’s take a look at some of the vile comments those compassionate liberals tweeted, shall we?
@grannypig: dickcheney is the #tinman and he’ll never have a heart no matter what is inside him
@ilovemytroops: Even better fair would be Zimmerman shoots #CheneyDick‘s new heart & then #DickCheney hunts his worthless self down until both GONE!
@ronrants: Can you imagine dying, getting to heaven, and finding out your heart went to #DickCheney? It’s enough to want to kill yourself!
@BethArmogida: #DickCheney gets a replacement for his heart. No word yet about his soul.
@lordofthefives: Busy putting an asterisk on my driver’s license to read “Organ Donor: Y *except #DickCheney“
@SimonePajama: They should just let #dickcheney keel over. Then we can celebrate two Independence days.
@jenna_kandi: #DickCheney got a heart transplant?!?! That’s a waste of a perfectly good heart!
@john_durnham: Unlike #dickcheney I don’t wish harm on other people, but when he finally does die, the only emotion I may feel is relief.
@kareystuff: #dickcheney got a new heart.. what a waste, they should of given it to someone who would actually use it.
Liberals, just about the most hateful and intolerant group of people you will ever meet.
Hey a little gallows humor. Looks like the guy never had a laugh in his life.
‘I bet Bin Laden regrets allowing his iPhone app to “use his current location”.’
“Mrs. Bin Laden just updated her Facebook status to single.”
“Bin Laden shouldn’t have used his real address for his PSN account.”
“They should have captured Bin Laden alive and made him continually go through airport security for the rest of his life.”
“RIP Osama bin Laden, World Hide and Go Seek Champion (2001-2011)”
“The 72 virgins all have headaches tonight.”
“At least he got to see the royal wedding before he went out.”
“This is good news for the other guys on the top 10 wanted list — finally they get to move up in the rankings.”
“Osama dead: Donald Trump demands the long-form death certificate.”
“So Osama Bin Laden is dead… Amazing what the Americans can do when the Playstation Network is down.”
“God will pass judgment; the US Military simply arranged the meeting!”
“Osama corpse into ocean + BP oil spill + Fukushima radiation = Zombie Terrorist.”
“I bet Osama Bin Laden accidentally hit the “Add your location” button during his last tweet.”
“Am I traveling with anyone? Just my human shield over there.”
“The awkward thing about Osama is that nobody is telling you that Dora the Explorer was the one who finally found him…”
“Can they make a Call of Duty Map of Osama in his compound?”
Q: “What color were Osama’s eyes?” A: “Blue. One blew this way, one blew that way.”
“Osama Bin Laden was RIP (Resting in Pakistan)”
“It seems to me, you lived your life like a sandal in the bin.”
“Now that Osama is buried at sea, is it socially acceptable to pee in the water while swimming?”
British – “So apparently they DO take the Bins out on bank holidays!”
“Won’t Osama now team up with the deceptorcons now he’s in the ocean?”
“BREAKING: Osama bin Laden to run against Hitler for mayor of hell.”
“BREAKING: Osama been killed by an elite killing force … in other news Chuck Norris just returned home from his trip to Pakistan.”
Bin Laden’s final words: “I need a house full of Navy SEALs like I need a hole in my head.”
Osama bin Laden was apparently shot twice in the face. It looks like Dick Cheney may have been involved.
Did everyone enjoy the Osama bin Laden season finale?