“I’m not in an especially good mood tonight,” Churchill said.“I don’t need Jon Stewart to tell me George Bush is a disaster.” Churchill criticized celebrations of Columbus Day and the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. He said the major difference between European settlers’ genocide of Native Americans and Nazi Germany’s holocaust during World War II was that Germany lost.That's Ward, all right. Same ol', same ol'. There was a somewhat surprising dissent, though:
Mary Ann Owens, adjunct professor of mass communications, said she did not attend the event because she objected to Churchill profiting financially as a speaker on the lecture circuit. “I certainly support his right to freedom of speech,” Owens said. “But it’s very easy to be sitting over 2,000 miles away and come up with wording that dehumanizes the lives and deaths of over 2,000 people.”Yes it is. The piece ends with this Wart whopper:
“Sometimes I do get tired of hearing myself talk,” he said. “All I’ve ever tried to do was shoulder what I felt was my responsibility.”Professor Peter "Spellbound" Kirstein celebrates the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by recalling the words of Susan Sontag ("The disconnect between last Tuesday’s monstrous dose of reality and the self-righteous drivel and outright deceptions being peddled by public figures and TV commentators is startling, depressing."); Wardo ("But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America’s global financial empire"); and University of New Mexico history professor Richard Berthold ("Anybody who blows up the Pentagon gets my vote"), and ends with this passionate plea (you can tell it's passionate because it's all in caps):
AMERICA RISE UP! OVERTHROW THE WARLORDS WHO WANT TO SEND YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO DIE IN RACIST, COWARDLY PREEMPTIVE WARS THAT ARE A WASTE OF THEIR YOUNG LIVES AND OUR PRECIOUS RESOURCES. THE WAR ON TERROR NEED NOT BE FOUGHT AND MUST NOT BE USED AS A PRETEXT TO PURSUE THE MONSTROUS GOAL OF GLOBAL HEGEMONY, JUDEO-CHRISTIAN FANATICAL CRUSADES AND DOMINATION OVER BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLES. THE UNITED STATES HAS NOT LEARNED FROM ITS SULLIED SLAVE, JIM CROW, ATOMIC BOMB, NAPALM PAST AND OUR ROLE IS TO HUMANISE THIS VICIOUS, PARIAH STATE BY ANY MEANS EXCLUDING VIOLENCE.JUDEO-CHRISTIAN FANATICAL CRUSADES, EH, er, eh? This is a professor, don't forget.
In a review of AK Press's (which publishes Ward) catalogue in Anarchy, Bob Black attacks Churchill from the left or whatever direction it is anarchists come from:
Churchill is truly a piece of work: ex-Long Range Recon ("search and destroy") in Vietnam [anarchists aren't big on facts, either, apparently]; ex-Weatherman [see?]; ex-white man; American Indian Movement splitter; tenured faculty without a Ph.D or a single scholarly publication; non-Indian pan-Indian nationalist; anti-Semite; and, needless to say (but, in a letter to AJODA, he did say it), no anarchist. AK Press is forever fumbling for his zipper. Churchill always publishes there the books that even other leftist publishers shrink from. He was keynote speaker at the (unofficially) AK-controlled Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair two years ago. When David Horowitz and other right-wingers campaign against campus academic freedom, Exhibit A is always Ward Churchill. Churchill has always had agent provocateur written all over him. Churchill has always had agent provocateur written all over him. That is how many Native American activists regard him. . . .You speak truth there, anarcho-boy.
Update: A Journal of Desire Armed. I wouldn't name a dog that.
Update II: Mostly o/t: El Presidente spots a new travel study course at the University of Colorado at Denver--"Venezuela: Venezuela's Public Health Revolution"--and notes:
Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the students will use this trip to investigate how not to do health care, but instead inspire them to emulate a failed system in an emerging totalitarian dictatorship, and bring it here.But, but, isn't Venezuela basing its public health revolution on the example of (and with allegedly massive help from) the universally lauded Cuban system?
Update III: Pirate Ballerina looks at the American Association of University Professors' 2007 report on "Freedom in the Classroom" (from its Stalinist-sounding "Committee A") and finds it--well, you can probably guess.
Update IV: JS over at Dissident News has pictures of New York in the rain taken from the roof of his apartment building for this September 11. Check out the churches with Manhattan in the background.