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Ding-a-Lings

Posted Monday, February 15, 2010, at 4:08 PM

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A new report from The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) shows, what we conservatives have known for many years, that higher education in America has deteriorated to nothing more than indoctrination centers for leftists.

The report, called "The Shaping of the American Mind: The Diverging Influences of the College Degree & Civic Learning on American Beliefs" gives clear evidence of the lefts takeover of our nations colleges.

"On an individual level, less than 60% (sometimes far less) of college graduates can identify on a multiple-choice test the three branches of government, seminal passages from the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address, basic events from the Revolutionary, Civil, and Vietnam Wars, and the primary features of our free enterprise system. Several of these questions are actually required knowledge for new American citizens, signifying their relevance to what we as a nation demand for informed citizenship."

It gets worse.

"On an institutional level, ISI discovered that many of our most elite schools, like Yale, Princeton, Duke and Georgetown, not only did those surveyed fail to get above a "D", seniors at these top schools did worse than freshmen on the same test, a phenomenon dubbed "negative learning"!"

This is fairly clear I think, the more the leftists have the opportunity to polute the minds of our youngsters, the dumber they get.

It gets worse.

The North American Academic Study Survey (NAASS) proved beyond a doubt the "professoriate's overwhelming liberalism".

For instance -

Humanities faculty broke down to 77% liberals and 8% conservatives.

Social Science faculty broke down to 66% liberals and 8% conservatives.

English faculty - 85% liberals and 3% conservatives.

Historians - 79% liberals and 7% conservatives. (A big shock there huh?)

Political Science - 79% liberals and 2% conservatives.

It gets worse.

The report continues, "...on the issues front, college's impact was almost exclusively on some of the most polarizing of matters. Not only did college make a graduate more likely to support abortion-on-demand and same sex marriage, but it made a person less likely to support prayer in schools, and remarkably, the notion that with hard work anyone can succeed in America."

As a father of five, my children went to colleges in Washington State, Oregon, Nebraska, Missouri and Virginia. They faced hard decisions as to handle the propoganda put forth as education. Some choose to fight for what they believed, and when they did, they found that their grades would suffer, or that the nutty professors would try and humiliate them or browbeat them into submission. Two of my kids decided just to keep their mouths shut and play along.

My nephew is an Emergency Room Doctor in one of our nation's major hospitals. The stories he tells of nutty professors gone wild would curl your hair. Also, this nephew found that he was the wrong color and sex, and had to wait extra time, and beg and plead to get accepted into Medical school, even though he has a genius level IQ, and had never had any grades in his life other than "A".

Another nephew went to and graduated from Columbia, and told me that he kept his mouth shut, that he just had to "grin and bear it" to get through.

I fully support the faculty at any school to have the freedom to be whatever they want, but, to push a liberal ideology/theology, is not acceptable.

Ben Stein in his movie, "Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed" gave example after example of what I call Educational Fascism. Professors that would dare to stand up and present evidence for Intelligent Design, were fired, or denied tenure, harassed or black-listed.

I find it interesting that liberals have no problem with empowering government to steal money from the producers in this country, in the name of fairness of course, but when it comes to colleges, well...fairness be damned.

I suspect that liberals are afraid of debate, they know their arguments are weak, so they stack the deck, they indoctrinate, and they intimidate. If liberals are so certain of their arguments, then open up the debate. Let students hear various arguments of Intelligent Design, abortion, history, and the founding documents.

The whole idea of tenure needs to be re-examined and perhaps done away with. Competition should be the order of the day. If liberals can debate on a level playing field, and their arguments prevail, then so be it. The elephant in the room is the knowledge liberals have that their arguments can only win, when they are the only argument.

Thus we have Ding-a-Lings.

For more information on ISI's past and current civic literacy studies, and to take the test on-line, www.americancivicliteracy.org


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Well gi the only proof is that Obama hasn't improved anything yet. When small business actualy start hiring and the unemployment rate drops that will be the proof. Nothing Obama, Reid or Pelosi have done has helped that situation yet.

Private business won't take risks based on the empty promises of Obama

-- Posted by boojum666 on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 8:09 PM

You libs are nuts. Obama appoints two retired political hasbeens to tell him to stop spending!

Hope and Change. We sure did get the change, more more more. The taxpayers of this country were hoping for a different type of change.

Now the ones who voted for Obama thought they would get a new car or maybe a new kitchen, or maybe they wouldn't have to work any more because they would be taken care of. Suprise Suprise Suprise, all reamains the same. More Government, more taxes and less service.

Hank, your fairy tale world is getting old, you need to get a grip on reality and accept the fact that Obama is failing as his own democrats won't support his positions. Harry Reid torpedos a bipartisan effort to create jobs bill, a bill created by Baccus and Grassley that seemed to get good support from both side.

No wonder Nevada will not re-elect this bum. Wonder what Reids chances will be after Obama spoke in support of Reid. Slim To none. HA!

-- Posted by boojum666 on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 7:24 PM

Bill Clinton practiced fiscal conservatism as any economists knows. In fact he was more fiscally conservative than George Bush. This proves two points gilly. Party does not matter when it comes to liberalism and liberalism with money destroys nations and states.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 4:35 PM

You and hank both continue to stick your heads in the sand. Fiscal Liberalism is not confined to the democrat party so why you keep bringing up the republican party is out of stupidity or being disingenous. In Hanks case I believe it is stupidity and Gilly won't admit liberalism is destroying states and nations as he wouldn't be able to look himself in the mirror. Fiscal liberalism is destroying our country!!!!!!!!! Party affiliation does not matter.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 4:05 PM

Hey NeoCon haters of these liberal spenders:

How is it that after 28 out of 40 years with Republicans in the White House?

With the last two Republican presidents, both happened to be BUSHES -- the national debt had more than QUADRUPLED.

We suffered with both Bush terms, millions of foreclosures, hundreds of thousands of farm, mine,timber, residential, business and oil patch foreclosure and bankruptcy auctions.

PLUS, NONSTOP WARS FROM Panama, Grenada, Somalia to Iraq. While the necessary war to stop Al Qaeda and their Taliban sponsors and allies, was shorted.

With Clinton/Gore, the national debt was reduced, annual deficits were reduced -- that Terrible Al Gore had supervised cutting of tens of thousands of unneeded workers from the federal payroll -- and oversaw elimination of hundreds of thousands of unneeded and redundant pages from federal regulations.

Gee what happened to the study to death with no action.

FOR DADGUM CERTAIN, there was no study or honest research into the Al Qaeda/Taliban/Saddaam equation, before Dubyah and the Draft Dodgers hurried away from putting an end to the first two and wasted seven years and TRILLIONS on Iraq.

But there was logic in that decision from their political, personal profit motive viewpoint.

There was no way to hand over the major Iraqi oil reserves and several Trillion dollars to Cheney's old crew at Haliburton and KBR -- in Afghanistan.

How was it a President and Vice President from the oil patches of Texas and Wyoming decided to reward the Veep's buddies with a package worth TRILLIONS.

Keep screaming about free spending liberals, tax and spend Democrats-- Actual events for the past 40 years shows clearly -- THE SPENDERS WERE REAGAN, POPPA BUSH AND DUBYAH BUSH.

Allan Simpson, old-time Republican from Wyoming is not about to shill for anyone.

His counterpart, the courtly Southerner Bowles, has a lifetime reputation for integrity and honesty, standing up to the segregationists which such a thing was political suicide and firing a former Governor's wife from a cushy job. [Yeah and that Governor was from his own party.]

These two are men -- totally different in personality and background -- Incredibly alike in personal integrity and honesty.

Having them head that commission to reduce federal spending is no political gesture.

President Obama recognizes that Congressional Representatives and Senators will never control their own spending. They voted for that Bush requested $50-BILLION plus for 2070-2100 military research.

The "free spending" Democrat put a stop to that and our combat troops are getting armored trucks, the Abrams Hybrid, personal weapons and squad level crew-served weapons, ammunition and supplies at the fighting front.

Veterans are getting much better medical service from the VA with this "liberal" president, where they were being abused in some hospitals with DDD in office.

It that the free spending you want stopped, so Bush/Cheney cronies -- Halliburton, KBR and BLACKWATER can steal and defraud billions.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 3:21 PM

Liberalism is about to destroy Greece, California, New York State, and if conservatives aren't swept into DC this fall, the United States of America. What is irrelavant about that?? What is stupid about trying to prevent financial ruin?? What is smack about the truth of the condition of the examples I have mentioned?

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 1:26 PM

If you are being honest your nose is a foot long gilly.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 12:18 PM

Keep trying to stick your head in the sand gilly. The results of liberalism are for all the rest of us to see in California.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 8:57 AM

Liberalism will go down in history as the cause of CA's bankruptcy. Whether it was the Democrat Party or the Republicans practicing it is immaterial.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 4:58 PM

You really are dense aren't you. Liberalism is not confined to the democrat party, it is just way more prevalent. You can't pin CA's fiscal woes on anything other than LIBERALISM, tax and spend more than you tax LIBERALISM.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 4:21 PM

I am saying liberalism relative to government spending has destroyed the state of CA. If you can't see that academia really has blinded you to reality.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 3:17 PM

Governed by a liberal Republican acting like a liberal democrat. Liberalism is the key, not party affiliation gilly.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 12:10 PM

Who is Joe Buck?? I have never nor will I utter a racist comment as I am not racist Hank. You are a LIAR though with a million tall tales. I am however not keen on liberals. They are destroying our country fiscally and culturally. All one has to do is look to California to see the results of liberalism. It does not matter what party you belong to, if you behave liberally while governing you are a part of the problem. Bush, Arnold, and other free spoending Republicans have assisted the liberals in their destruction.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 8:51 AM

"Get out of the big-rig/corn field/ma and pa hardware store/mechanic shop/factory/ and back into school!!!"

Iggy -- I ain't gonna be obtuse or subtle.

That was not an intelligent comment.

I've personally paid for educations for my sister, myself, ex-wife,two through Stanford and two through the Univ. of California's best campuses -- all with solid physical sciences, business and humanities educations -- except for the sister.

But to judge all the CDL operators, farm bred folks, merchants and working people by the Neo-Cons bloviating on the Gazette's blogs -- ain't smart.

That statement was NOT in keeping with your own obvious educational and intellectual accomplishments and abilities.

I have too many friends among long haul drivers who are completing undergraduate and advanced degrees with CDs and radio on the road.

There are a bunch out there, including husband/wife teams who walked away from daily fights with the bureaucracy and politicians, took their multiple degrees, sold the house after the kids were graduated and went long-hauling.

1985 -- Snow Bound in Helena at the biggest truck stop in Helena and a former university department head took the white menu board, felt tips and gave a two-hour lecture on human anatomy -- with about 200 gearjammers absolutely spell bound.

Impractical??

Not the way that lady laid out the facts and explained what a 24/7 driver could do to improve his health, hold down weight and improve his mental acuity.

I use knowledge from that two hours at least once or twice weekly.

Later that day, another driver taught us about hard rock mining techniques. Since I was already buying used capital equipment at foreclosure and bankruptcy auctions -- that time was invaluable to me.

Some on here like to claim "everyone" on the High Plains is ultra conservative.

That's about like claiming "everyone" on the High Plains is taller than 6'7", or all High Plains Adult males, ages 22-65, are shorter than 5'2".

Making a ridiculous statement does not make the claim true. It just means someone out there is capable of making a ridiculous statement.

We all make "misteaks."

Case in point, having "John McCain making propaganda films and videos for North Korea."

Did I mean to write North Korea? -- No.

Did I write North Korea? -- Yes.

Did some old hairy legged roast my rump for it?

Yes.

Was he wrong?

No.

Did I correct the typing? You bet your boots.

Did I apologize profusely. Hell no. Admitted the switching of Norths and went on.

Iggy, we are somewhat similar in thinking, but when you disparage everyone in a particular group to make a point.

Qualify and quantify.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 7:55 AM

hankherndon is Joe Buck. Has to be.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 7:43 AM

By the way, Mrs. Smith -- how did you score on your test?

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 7:14 PM

Don't know who this "hankherndon" is but he writes like a south Alabama KKK member.

Seriously doubt he has the necessary intellectual attainment for South Alabama to claim him however.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 7:13 PM

Maybe it was Sean McClod I was thinking of in the first place.

You guys claim him....we don't want him!!!

-- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 6:59 PM

dont forget those who have been kicked more then once, G5/septer

-- Posted by president obama on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 5:48 PM

Okay - not lying...misremembered :)

Don't forget Sean. There was another guy who had several words combined in one moniker...however I forget who that was. Seemed he was banned early because he was especially obnoxious to all. He was also a left leaner.

-- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 5:21 PM

GI - "Hmmmm, which of the previously banned contributors (all of which have been Conservative posters by the way)"

That's an outright lie. But I guess if I were you I wouldn't want to remember fredd either.

-- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 4:46 PM

Hank can't help the obtuseness as you can't help your arrogance Gilly. It is what makes your worlds go round.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 4:25 PM

Chunky,

How is it that after 28 out of 40 years with Republicans in the White House?

With the last two Republican presidents, both happened to be BUSHES -- the national debt had more than QUADRUPLED.

We ended up with millions of foreclosures, hundreds of thousands of farm, mine,timber, residential, business and oil patch foreclosure and bankruptcy auctions.

PLUS, NONSTOP WARS FROM Panama, Grenada, Somalia to Iraq. While the necessary war to stop Al Qaeda and their Taliban sponsors and allies, was shorted.

While with the 1990's Democratic president, the national debt was reduced, annual deficits were reduced -- that Terrible Al Gore had supervised cutting of tens of thousands of unneeded workers from the federal payroll -- and oversaw elimination of hundreds of thousands of unneeded and redundant pages from federal regulations.

Gee what happened to the study to death with no action.

FOR DADGUM CERTAIN, there was no study or honest research into the Al Qaeda/Taliban/Saddaam equation, before Dubyah and the Draft Dodgers hurried away from putting an end to the first two and wasted seven years and TRILLIONS on Iraq.

But there was logic in that decision from their political, personal profit motive viewpoint.

There was no way to hand over the major Iraqi oil reserves and several Trillion dollars to Cheney's old crew at Haliburton and KBR -- in Afghanistan.

How was it a President and Vice President from the oil patches of Texas and Wyoming decided to reward the Veep's buddies with a package worth TRILLIONS.

Study a situation to death.

Chunky -- Those two high-binders sent more than 5,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to their deaths, along with all the Pakistan and Afghanistan folks who have been killed by Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

American, Afghanistan and NATO soldiers are dying today to recover ground lost by Dubyan and the Draft Dodgers.

Thank God and President Obama - those men fighting today have far superior equipment, are supplied better and have better weaponry than DDD provided.

If I should live another 20 years, which is not likely -- I will never forget Shotgun Cheney standing before the White House Press Room and declaring "Our soldiers are not salvaging scrap steel plates from junkyards to armor their HumVees and other vehicles."

While CNN went to the split screen showing our men welding scrap steel plate onto HumVees and trucks.

Those soldiers were neither LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE, they were American "kids" trying to stay alive after being sent into combat by mindless idiots who did not think, did not plan and obviously did not care!!

By the way -- Iggy -- Your harebrained slur against farmers in particular earned you a swift verbal kick to the posterior.

Explain disengaging your brain while turning your undirected fingers loose on the keyboard.

The average "family farm" operation today probably includes at least three or four family members with Bachelors degrees.

Many have a half dozen with BA and BS degrees and half of those have enough post graduate credits for their Masters or lack only the thesis and oral exams to finish the masters.

Have friends up in South Dakota who have been on their great grandfathers' original homesteads, plus adding about 40,000 acres more the past 50 years -- and at last count -- there are two ag-related PHds, at least ten MS degrees and at least 25 Bachelors degrees over three generations.

The brother in charge of the "shop" and equipment operations -- Holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering, atop a BS in Ag Engineering and an MBA.

But don't look for any sign of it, except for diplomas and certificates in the files.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 11:37 AM

So, do you study the situation to the nth degree, so that all possible scenarios are covered? Or is there a point where you put down the books and learn on the go?

I do have liberal friends, really, who will study a situation to the end and be very enlightening during conversation, but never actually accomplished anything. And I have conservative friends, myself included, who learn on the go, trial and error. Boring as hell in conversation, but at least we've been there.

Could this be a reason for conservatism/liberalism?

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 8:59 PM

I'll be more specific,

GUILLERMO!!! Please enlighten me!

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 7:41 PM

Doggone Chunky,

Not long ago I stated the only way to protect Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is to warn the Northwest Pakistan Tribal Chiefs (mostly Pashtuns) that starting on a DATE CERTAIN, we're going to start applying a tactical nuclear warhead at the upper end of each of those Mountain Valleys they occupy.

Then 10-14 days later, move down valley about ten miles and repeat, and 10-14 days later, ten miles further down, continuing until the population has pulled out for the lowlands and internment. Women, Chiidren and the elderly go into one set of internment camps -- military age men into other camps.

The neolithic bloodthirsty mullahs get their own prisons.

New Muslim clergy, teaching the full Koran, stressing the messages of peace and decency are provided.

That is not a liberal proposal, nor a conservative proposal -- Simply a pragmatic approach to resolving the present unsolvable mess.

Any thing less will leave the Taliban and Al Qaeda free to grab the Pakistani nukes and deliver them to cities around the world.

It remains the only way I can see for preventing the unthinkable -- Nuclear warheads destroying every major urban center in the western world.

Sam -- those kids you educated -- how many of them live in major urban centers?

Does anyone else have someone near and dear living in a major urban center?

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 7:28 PM

Guillermo,

Could it be said then, that a liberal will spend more time and energy searching than solving, while a conservative (not republican) will spend more time solving than searching?

Or is it, a liberal will spend more resources for a radical change, while a conservative will spend more resources fixing what he/she believes already works?

Seriously, please enlighten me!

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 6:54 PM

Guillermo,

Am I a Rep or a Con in your example? I love your 3rd grade logic. He was snide so I should be too.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 4:47 PM

Mrs. Smith,

Sorry to disappoint you, just rushed through your right wing promotion outfit's literacy test.

Dang it, missed one, Came in under 97%.

My mistake was in trying to second guess the neo-cons on # 30.

Should have taken my time, but then I'm just a constitutionally illiterate wacko, pinko, socialist, fascist, Nazi/Communist lifetime capitalist businessman.

Sam, My problem with medical school and pre-med training is the extreme minimalist nutrition training.

The bottom Vet Med graduates are far more trained in nutrition than M.D.s

Somehow someone figured out that their patients cannot describe the problem very well, so they have to be able to render a more accurate and complete diagnosis without a lot of high-tech equipment.

What I want from my medical specialists is competence in medicine, and I sure don't need them praying over my ancient carcass.

In point of fact, I had an awesome cardiology resident overseeing my care in the VA Med Center. She was Muslim, from Pakistan and I only had one complaint and expressed it to her on the third visit.

Her cultural background made it difficult for her to give "orders" to older male patients, of which there are a bunch around the VA.

So I, as gently as possible, told her -- "You are my doctor and obviously a superior young doctor, the best who has directed my care. You tell me what you want me to do, you direct me what routine to follow -- Don't just gently suggest because it isn't done in Pakistan.

Last I heard, her first spot after completing residency was Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

And the fact she prayed to Allah had nothing to do with our Doctor-Patient success. Her knowledge and skill were all that counted.

What is actually going on with students in the high-pressure universities is that they begin focussing totally upon their narrow fields the last years and memories fade of basic civics and history training from Elementary, Middle School and even High School years.

Iggy -- Our problems in the U.S. start with too many people seeking four-year liberal arts and non-technical degrees.

We need a doubling of advanced vocational training in this country.

Far too many unprepared students are cluttering up underclass facilities in universities -- until they weed themselves out.

There should absolutely be a severe winnowing of Pre-Law students before they declare after attaining their Bachelors Degrees.

70,000 new lawyers annually are at least 40,000 too many. Yet we are short fully trained English and Social Studies teachers, the shortage of Physical Science and Math teachers is at the disaster stage.

Japanese High School grads can perform the quanitative analysis math required of most of Japan's industrial processes.

Here in the states, the Japanese manufacturers have been dismayed to learn that math skill requires them to hire Graduate Degrees, not high school diplomas.

I am reminded constantly of two friends --

He had a PHd in Philosophy.

She had a PHd in anthropology.

They started a janitorial service and had built it up to 250 employees --- mostly undocumented workers -- We used to say "Wetbacks" -- With absolutely no benefit from his two BAs, two Masters and one Doctorate -- or her three BAS, one masters and one Doctorate.

Consider how many hours of classroom and instructor time were wasted on that pair.

Guess what -- both came from affluent families and completed their educations before 1985. Then both families lost almost everything in the S&L disaster and Poppa Bush's deep recession.

Yep both families were devote Republicans prior to 1988.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 3:24 PM

swneb,

I was thinking the same thing when I read huskers comments. Sam points out a problem, GI tells him how to go about fixing it and everyone jumps on GI.

-- Posted by president obama on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 2:51 PM

Also, the people who push for prayer in school are just complaining to complain.

If prayer in school was allowed to be lead by a teacher those same people would start to complain about the prayers being said.

I went to catholic school for 5 yrs, we went to mass every day and we prayed before every class.

Now i imagine if a teacher at mccook elementary started forcing kids to say Hail Mary's Sam would still be unhappy.

-- Posted by mccookreader on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 1:37 PM

I thought it might be worth pointing out that I just returned from my college biology class and american history class... and i'm still against abortion. Crazy i know. I must be an alien.

-- Posted by mccookreader on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 1:35 PM

I think it's a pefectly reasonable solution. Go become professors and save your con-sprouts from liberal spoilage by reminding them that there is an alternative to science.. our imagination!

"Not only did college make a graduate more likely to support abortion-on-demand and same sex marriage, but it made a person less likely to support prayer in schools..." -Sam

then goes on to say:

"I fully support the faculty at any school to have the freedom to be whatever they want, but, to push a liberal ideology/theology, is not acceptable."

You mean like prayer in schools, and your religious idea of who gets to be married, etc?

And why is it so necessary to pray in school? Isn't there a home and church for that? If you got prayer in school, would it be okay for American muslims to pray there too? Or just Christian prayer? What if there is a family of tax-paying law-abiding Satanists in the community? Is it okay if they pray too?

-- Posted by Jaded American on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 12:06 PM

Bigdawg, are you serious? How is making snide comments a solution?

Sam, did you take your little quiz, I'd be interested in hearing your score?

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 11:54 AM

Husker

GI was simply giving sam a solution to the problem sam pointed out. If you dont like it then do something about it.

-- Posted by president obama on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 11:33 AM

All this tells me is that conservatives need to try to become elite college professors if they don't like the percentages in colleges.

If it makes you sick that so many professors are liberal, why don't you go back to school and get your teaching degree? Griping about this will change nothing.

But I have another thing on my mind. A while back you begged for more expansive use of nuclear energy. And just today it came out that obama is pushing very hard for a revitalization of nuclear energy in america. Your thoughts Sam?

-- Posted by mccookreader on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 11:10 AM

"Get out of the big-rig/corn field/ma and pa hardware store/mechanic shop/factory/ and back into school!!!"

This is right near the top of the most moronic, naive, condescending and offensive statements you have ever made. Congratulations.

Those "big rig" driver transport things you need and use on a daily basis. Those "corn field" farmers feed you 3 squares a day. The "ma and pa's" literally built this country into the success it is. The "mechanic shop" is filled with people doing things far beyond your intellectual (fancy book learnin) ability. The "factory" blue collar employees would rather go out and do, rather than sit at a computer and pretend to be important.

All of these people you describe are the ones that make your very way of life possible. Yet it is people like you that like to make up for your lack of work ethic, motivation and ability by anonymously belittling those that actually provide for you. Typical of liberal thinking. (By the way, you forgot to include military men and women).

The truth is that you couldn't make it in a single job category that you have described. You avoid working in the real world by continuing your education and like to be perceived as more intellectual than those perceptions you have of us simple people.

Do you have any idea what vast knowledge you have to have in order to farm? To drive trucks? To run your own "ma and pa" business? Obviously not. I'm afraid that in this situation gi, your intellegence is showing. You are way out of your league on this one.

When you do finally graduate, and turn down every job opportunity by being "over-qualified", and when you are receiving your government check that you vote into office every election, come back and tell me again how uneducated us working folk are.

You go ahead and spend 10+ years in school learning about the things that real people go out and do on a daily basis. If that makes you "feel" good, go right on with it. Just don't pretend to be better than those who work for a living...or those that actually support their families...or that pay taxes...contribute to society...build, invent, distribute items that make other peoples lives better.

Go paint a freakin picture gi...use all the colors of the rainbow. Grab a box of kleenex...go read Chaucer. Then come back and tell me how that makes you better than me.

-- Posted by Husker23 on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 10:55 AM

There must be SOME balance to the overwhelming leftist trend of education! (Not that the lefty's want that, of course. They routinely ban all sorts of free speech and encourage leftist demonstrators to silence any conservative speakers and students...as frequently noted by Dr. Mike Adams in his columns.)

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I challenge GI, Hank and the rest of the "educated liberals" to take this test...

http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/res...

How much DO you know? :-)

-- Posted by MrsSmith on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 9:11 AM

GEARJAMMER -- NOW THIS IS WHAT I WOULD EXPECT YOU TO REFER TO AS AN EVEN-HANDED, UNBIASED SOURCE.

GLAD YOU ARE RESEARCHING WITH RECOGNIZED GROUPS?

IF THIS NONSENSE WASN'T SO SAD, IT WOULD BE FUNNY.

BY THE WAY -- FOUNDED AND OPERATED AT WILMINGON, DELAWARE -- With Billionaire Family DuPont money.

but to think, you are one of their "elite" as defined by them.

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Core values

Personification of Faculty of Arts. A liberal education aims at granting an understanding of human nature and perennial values - concepts that are questioned in modern curricula.

Although ISI does not have any official partisan or religious affiliation, the Institute tends towards paleoconservative and traditionalist conservative positions. The influence of several important twentieth-century Roman Catholic thinkers is also apparent at ISI. In fact, the very reason given for the existence of ISI is that education in the modern university is insufficiently liberal (in the traditional sense) to meet the needs of a classical education. Further, the organization fights what it perceives as political correctness and liberal (in the modern sense) bias among campus professors.

In a 1989 speech to the Heritage Foundation, the ISI President, T. Kenneth Cribb Jr., stated:

We must...provide resources and guidance to an elite which can take up anew the task of enculturation. Through its journals, lectures, seminars, books and fellowships, this is what ISI has done successfully for 36 years. The coming of age of such elites has provided the current leadership of the conservative revival. But we should add a major new component to our strategy: the conservative movement is now mature enough to sustain a counteroffensive on that last Leftist redoubt, the college campus...We are now strong enough to establish a contemporary presence for conservatism on campus, and contest the Left on its own turf. We plan to do this by greatly expanding the ISI field effort, its network of campus-based programming.[2]

[edit] History

In 1953, Frank Chodorov founded ISI as the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists, with a young Yale University graduate William F. Buckley, Jr. as president. E. Victor Milione, ISI's next and longest-serving president, was the enterprising individual whose efforts realized Chodorov's plan through publications, a membership network, a lecture and conference program, and a graduate fellowship program.

Over the years, ISI has established itself as a leading conservative educational organisation. In its own words, it "is today the educational pillar of the conservative movement and the leading source of information about a free society for the many students and teachers who reject the post-modernist zeitgeist."[3] President Reagan has expressed himself in the same direction:

" By the time the Reagan Revolution marched into Washington, I had the troops I needed--thanks in no small measure to the work with American youth ISI had been doing since 1953. I am proud to count many ISI products among the workhorses of my two terms as President. "

--Ronald Reagan, [3]

Current ISI president and former Reagan administration official T. Kenneth Cribb has led the institute since 1989, and is credited with expanding ISI's revenue from one million dollars that year to $ 13,636,005 in 2005.[4][5] Charity Navigator gives ISI an overall rating of 61,51, which is in the range of "excellent". They note that 84.4% of expenses go to program expenses.[6]

One of the principal intellectual fathers of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute was Russell Kirk, who secured a place for the eighteenth-century Anglo-Irish statesman Edmund Burke in American conservative thought, with an emphasis on the role of prescription in political and social life, and an opposition to utopianism. The history of ISI during its first fifty years (1953-2003) is narrated by Lee Edwards in Educating for Liberty.

[edit] Programming

ISI runs a number of programs organized to fight alleged political correctness and liberal bias on collegiate campuses. First, it organizes campus conservative groups under ISI and maintains contact with the groups. Second, it holds the yearly "Polly Awards" which sheds media scrutiny on questionable campus events across the nation.[7]

ISI introduces the major disciplines through a series of Student's Guides.

In providing what ISI calls a "classically liberal education" to its member students, ISI runs other programs as well. It publishes a number of "Student's Guide to..." books, for example A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning, providing a classical introduction into several disciplines.[8] It also holds other events, such as conferences, that feature prominent conservative speakers and academics, and provides funding for students to attend these conferences. In this funding capacity ISI is affiliated with the Liberty Fund.

Every spring, ISI invites applications for its Honors Program. Open to undergraduates in all disciplines, the Honors Program offers blue-chip students the opportunity to study the roots of Western Civilization with the best and brightest faculty and students. ISI has offered over 500 Honors Program fellowships to students from across the United States since the program's inception in 1995.

ISI Honors Fellows receive an invitation to a week-long all-expenses-paid summer conference, personal intellectual mentoring, a library of ISI books, and invites to weekend colloquia throughout the academic year. The 2007-2008 ISI Honors Program Summer Conferences were held in Québec City, Canada on the theme of "Law in the Western Tradition: Common, Constitutional, Natural, and Divine."[1].

In the summer of 2005, ISI Books, the imprint of ISI, published It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum, which premiered at #13 on the New York Times best sellers list. The controversial book gained the focus of state and national attention during the unsuccessful 2006 reelection campaign of Senator Santorum.

One of ISI's stated goals is placement of conservative and libertarian student newspapers on major college campuses in America. ISI administers the Collegiate Network (CN), and each year, the CN provides financial and technical assistance to a network of member publications.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 4:42 PM


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