EP has a bunch of nice pics and commentulary on today's anti-ObamaCare rally at the Capitol.
"[A] driving inward of the homuncular eye along a trajectory of the cine-somatic gaze through an introjected, intra-corporeal immersive scene."
Aspiration's unremitting ambassador.
"Hey, John! Molested any kids lately?"--
Professor Ward Churchill.
"No man but a blogger ever wrote, except for money"--Sammy "The Claw" Johnson.
EP has a bunch of nice pics and commentulary on today's anti-ObamaCare rally at the Capitol.
Nancy Elaine sent this out to a select group of Wart's bullies and yespersons:
Dear friends,Oh, yes we can, Ratsu.
Having inflicted Judge Naves' opinion on you, I thought you might enjoy the Motion for Reconsideration filed by attorney David Lane, which says:"Essentially, this Court has ruled that regardless of how egregious any Constitutional violations are by the Regents of the University of Colorado, as long as they provide a sham, kangaroo court for individuals targeted for termination and/or persecution because of their political beliefs, the courts of the State of Colorado will never interfere with any such wholesale violations of the Constitution. . . . "
From there, he ably disputes each of the points in the opinion. He adds 2 exhibits:
1. A side-by-side comparison illustrating the extent to which J. Naves' opinion lifts directly from CU's pleadings.
2. An affidavit from juror Bethany Newill disputing the judge's interpretation of the jury verdict.
As we say, you can never have too much fun.
With appreciation for your support, and in solidarity,Nothing new, of course, but fun to get (from the cutest little mole you ever saw). JWP has all the background. In solidarity.
We should work with Ward and Natsu to continue the battle within the courts to reverse the ruling. One idea that should definitely be pursued is to draft and submit a compelling amicus brief signed by scholars throughout the country.Hell, why not? It's worked so well before.
In addition, it is important to contribute Op Ed pieces to Colorado newspapers, as Richard Delgado (in the Boulder’s Daily Camera) and others have done; but even more, to influential national newspapers – The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, U.S.A. Today, etc. This should start right away, and with a special push in late August, as the fall terms begin. Work could begin now on a formal statement that would be circulated for signatures of faculty nationwide in time to have it published in key campus newspapers, as well as in journals, major on-line news sites, in addition to regular newspapers, to coincide with the start of school in the fall. If this were accompanied by a call for faculty (and student!) meetings and conferences, even rallies in some cases, the public challenge from within the academy to the legitimacy of this ruling could spill over into the major media.
It may also be time to consider a second major piece, like the one that appeared as an ad in the NYRB in April, 2007, initiated and signed by prominent public intellectuals. That piece had first been submitted as a letter to the New York Times, the NYRB, and to Harper’s. This time we may be more successful in getting one of them to publish it. But if necessary, we should be prepared to raise the funds for its publication. These are just some initial ideas and suggestions to “get the juices flowing.” Let’s correspond and share ideas, and ways in which you’re willing to contribute to this vitally important effort.The signatories won't surprise you:
And, of course:
Best, Matthew Abraham Richard Falk Irene Gendzier Henry Giroux Margaret LeCompte Peter McLaren Mahmood Mamdani Immanuel Wallerstein Reggie Dylan, for the Defend Dissent and Critical Thinking in Academia Network firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 319-1730
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slobservations. MIT prof Richard Lindzen makes way too much sense in Keith Windschuttle's Quadrant mag: "Resisting Climate Hysteria."
Yes, I know he lost the Vietnam War for America all by himself, Billy Ayers notwithstanding, and that he got increasingly goofy after he retired (note that no mainstream obit mentions this), but what's up here:
Moving the sprinkler in the front yard just now when two of the little girls who live a couple doors down walked by, one of them carrying a particularly cute example of the chihuahuas ubiquitous in the neighborhood.
Trying to earn some of that $1.2 million he owes David Lane:
It is confirmed that at the 8th Annual National Think Outside The Bomb Conference at the [University of New Mexico] Law School August 13-16, 2009, Ward Churchill and Kathy Kelly will be speaking and delivering presentations. . . .How original. And focused. You know, young anti-nuclear activists, that Wart embraces violence, don't you?
Think Outside The Bomb (TOTB) is a non-hierarchical network of young anti-nuclear activists from all over the world. We work towards the abolition of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, militarism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and towards a total restructuring of society that embraces humanity and rejects corporate capitalist profits.
We are proud to announce that our 8th Annual National Conference will be held at the UNM Law School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 13-16, 2009. Registration is $20-$40 depending on how much you can give . . . .Fun Stuff.
Activities to include Speakers such as Ward Churchill, Kathy Kelly, Jackie Cabasso, Indigenous Anti-Nuclear activists from Crownpoint and Laguna/Acoma areas, and more! Workshops on art and revolution, lobbying, workplace organizing, direct action, zine making, non-hierarchical organizing, feminism, and more.
A music concert [as opposed to a cheese-eating concert], open mic night, a tour of a jack-pile uranium mine [any rides?] camping near Los Alamos National Labs, and more fun Stuff!
From part two of Pravda's "Ward Churchill and the death of academic freedom":
Naves’ inanity went even further when he proclaimed that CU regents were entitled to the same type of “judicial immunity” that judges and prosecutors use to insulate themselves from civil liability whenever they abuse their power.Leave it to Pravda to assert that it's "neo-fascists" rather than post-Marxists who think indoctrination is more important than education. Despite the titty pics ("Megan Fox Wet Dress"), Pravda is still living in the Soviet era, say, about, 1976.
So who are the new faces of university recruitment: Gonzales and Yoo? Has the world of academia really sunk so low that lying, torture endorsing, constitution loathing war criminals are more preferable to have as colleagues than professors who use distasteful analogies to stress a point?
The answer, unfortunately, is yes. During the past few years the neo-fascist movement in America has taken control of the corporate-controlled media, dumbing down the nation with “reality” shows, celebrity “gossip,” pseudo-journalism, and an obsessive focus on sensationalism and superficiality. This, in turn, has allowed these fascists to steal elections, infiltrate classrooms, and influence policies in education. In public school systems across America, the use of random drug testing, the censorship of student newspapers, the banning of books that challenge conventional thought, and the reduction in the number of courses that inspire creativity and imagination—like music, art, theater and literature—have all served to fuel the neo-fascist ideology that indoctrination is more important than education.
Payson Sheets, an anthropology professor at CU, insists the academic setting is not the place for Churchill and doubts whether another university would hire him.And that's an anthropologist. Eat it, Maxie. Okay, one more, from the same piece:
“He should not be in a university, or college, or junior college or high school — any kind of teaching — where honesty, candidness and doing your own research is important,” Sheets said. “My suggestion is that he go into a profession like used cars or real estate, where no one expects honesty or candidness.”
Rachel Dobkin, who works at the Left Hand Book Store in Boulder and has seen Churchill speak, said she agrees with Churchill’s decision to appeal and hopes he will continue to teach in some capacity.Update: Dobkin, of course, is referring to Joe Beethoven, who plays a three-string guitar on the Pearl Street Mall and has been arrested several times for shitting in store doorways.
“He is one of the most esteemed Native American scholars in the country,” Dobkin said. “To take teaching out of him would be like making Beethoven stop playing music. I don’t think a witch hunt in academia will keep him out of his life passion.”
Vinnie of the Post (still weird to write that):
In the end, it was not only Ward Churchill's professional deceit, fraud and lies that doomed his career at the University of Colorado, but also his incurable personal nastiness, a nastiness that has been on display for decades in his writings, public discourse and interaction with many of those who crossedNo one who reads this blog or PB would disagree with that.
him. . . .
What is remarkable about the judge’s decision is that it adopted almost every argument proffered by CU’s legal briefs. Reading today’s trial decision felt like I was re-reading the CU briefs. For example, by not awarding even front pay in lieu of reinstatement, Judge Naves effectively blocked an award of attorney fees to Churchill on the basis that the $1 award represents a Pyhrric victory invalidating the award of attoreny fees under existing case law (in the event his quasi-judicial immunity ruling in favor of CU is overturned and the reinstatement and front-pay issues are no longer moot).O'Brien also apparently believes Naves should have ruled on CU's "quasi-judicial immunity" before trial, even though both sides agreed to wait on that till the end; and that Naves' ruling will be questioned because he graduated from CU's law school, an idea I hadn't heard before and that O'Brien, though he raises it, doesn't think will fly.
"The evidence was also credible that this perception will make it more difficult for the Department of Ethnic Studies to attract and retain new faculty members. In addition, this negative perception has great potential to hinder students graduating from the Department of Ethnic Studies in their efforts to obtain placement in graduate programs," Naves wrote.Bwaahahahahahack. Eagle feather stuck in my windpipe.
The judge's decision? It gets some things right, but is also problematic. Yes, peer review is critical to shared governance, academic autonomy, and professional standards. Yes, to reinstate Churchill would send an awful message to students -- that academic standards don't matter. But is the authority of trustees in fact comparable to that of judges here, as the opinion says? I am not so sure.(via Roberts)
The case has, regrettably, offered a venue for unending bombast (and falsehoods) by Churchill and his lawyer. So it's surely no surprise that both lay people and lawyers are mighty confused as to the legal matters under review and the import of the various findings by judge and jury. With this in mind, we will wait and watch for further developments.
The issue is not one of equipoise but justice; the issue is not whether to tolerate only consensus academicians who teach without controversy but to permit critical thinking and even controversial pedagogy in the classroom; the issue IS whether a democratic society can abide a tenured faculty member at professor rank being fired for an article which attempted to balance the 9/11 fury at Al Qaeda with a call for introspection.Anti-infanticide e-mail? If you remember, the e-mail was in reply to an Air Force Academy cadet who asked for help with a school project:
When I was supended [update: late sic] for an anti-infanticide email, I could have cared less [update: another late sic--is English foreign to this moron?] whether the university wanted me to return or not or whether my return would be disruptive. My job was and is to teach history and do it well without apologies or coercion in a nation that proclaims its love of democracy and free speech–when it suits its antidemocratic, war criminal ends.
You are a disgrace to this country and I am furious you would even think I would support you and your aggressive baby killing tactics of collateral damage. Help you recruit. Who, top guns to reign [my sic] death and destruction upon nonwhite peoples throughout the world? Are you serious sir? Resign your commission and serve your country with honour [sic].Pip fucking pip.
In my last column, I pointed out that the nationalist and “cultural capital” function of literature classes are in decline. With their tenure lines evaporating, many literature faculty are grasping at the claim that they teach “reading” and “thinking.”He does eventually get around to Wart. Read the comments.
By this they generally mean the training of managers and professionals in a degraded version of New Critical reading practices—spotting (or producing) ambiguity, complexity, and irony. For those who care about this sort of thing, this is really a version of a much older claim, that they teach rhetoric.
Combined with the right higher-ed brand names, the capacity to produce ambiguity and complexity in the tax code or the National Labor-Relations Act can get sold to a corporate law firm for a million dollars a year.
Of course that requires further training in the ability to live with oneself while eating meals that cost more than a retail worker’s monthly pay. That’s where a corresponding ethical agility—learned in, say, philosophy or theology classes—comes in handy.
More after I read the story.
A judge has ruled that the University of Colorado doesn't have to give controversial former professor Ward Churchill his job back even though a jury found he was improperly fired.Doing the Eagle Rock right now. And: no money:
"Professor Churchill's own statements during the trial established that he has not seriously pursued any efforts to gain comparable employment, but has instead has chosen to give lectures and other presentations as a means of supplementing his income. Reportedly, he even 'received a few job offers' that he declined to pursue. Under these circumstances, I do not believe an award of front pay is appropriate," Naves wrote.Update: Naves' ruling (pdf).
This is from last month, but its timelessness is apparent:
[A]merican citizenship is not citizenship but conversion: it involves brainwashing and imposition of a single, fixed nationalistic identity that turns the citizens into patriotic zombies. Uttering a single word against the State is out of the question. . . .--From a review in the Times by Ziuddin Sardar of Resa Aslan's How to Win a Cosmic War: Confronting Radical Islam.
Last week the Post noted that Denver was .1 of an inch away from the record for June rainfall. Don't know if we made it (the Post, natch, didn't follow up), but it rained at least 22 days in the month, and every day so far in July. I've watered stuff once this season, and that was back in mid-April. Normally I'd have watered a dozen times by now, at least.
The last time Denver saw this much rain in June was 1882, when 4.96 inches of moisture was collected in a rain bucket, setting the present record.Better than climate modeling, for sure. Oh, and if you're not aware of it, the best climate blog on this poor, misunderstood planet is WattsUpWithThat.
In comments to the post below, "Jenn" links to an Indymedia report on a series of talks to be given by D-blog ex-lover David Irving, which reminded me that I'd received this in the mail recently:
In her testimony at Wart's reinstatement hearing. The Post:
The chair of the ethnic studies department at the University of Colorado testified this morning that Ward Churchill is needed back on campus and he won't be a disruption.It's funny 'cause it's true.
"They are lining up to take classes with Ward," Emma Perez said. "In the academy throughout the nation people see Ward as a hero."
Retired CU sociology professor Tom Mayer was next to testify. He appeared in the courtroom.See typical respectful Wart-quote at the top of this blog.
"I think Ward is a necessary presence at the University of Colorado," Mayer testified. "Ward is one of the most effective people I've ever encountered to get people to think critically about the important issues of the day. Ward is the kind of guy you can disagree with and he'll still treat you in a respectful way."