Monday, October 01, 2007

Achtung! Achtung! Achtung!

Jesus H. Christ in a chicken basket--El Presidente's in da house!

As Drunkablog's excellent choice in guest-blogging and jackbooted thuggery, I have returned from China with "advanced revolutionary techniques" and am well-prepared for this week's onslaught of Churchilliana, Weird Birds, and PirateBallerina's phrase/link-poaching quotation!

What I learned in China (the PRC turns 58 today):

It's Monday, BACK TO WORK!

Churchill's planned snoozefest lecture series has a theme, according to the intellectual heavyweights over in Churchilltopia:
Ward Churchill was always one of the University of Colorado-Boulder’s most popular teachers, but student opinion was entirely disregarded in the Regents’ decision to fire Prof. Churchill.

Now, student organizations have responded by inviting Ward Churchill back to teach on a voluntary basis, starting Tuesday Oct. 2, 2007. The course is entitled “ReVisioning American History: Colonization, Genocide, and Formation of the U.S. Settler State.”

According to Professor Churchill,

This course is an entirely voluntary exercise for all parties involved. It carries no credit, fulfills no institutional requirements, involves payment of no tuition, entails no paycheck to its instructor [ie, basically worthless, ed.] . . . The sole purpose of the course is to provide those desiring it a critical and comprehensive alternative to the triumphal narrative upon which the eurosupremacist orthodoxy of scholarship has been constructed, refined, and is currently being (re)imposed with increasing rigidity on campuses across the United States. . . .
According to his most rabid fans, this will be an opportunity not to be missed:
Ward Churchill will be teaching a class at the University of Colorado, organized by his students and outside the purview of the institution itself. Meaning, it might be possible to actually learn something.
Of course, if you are not a Ward-loving sycophant "student", you can't get in:
It’s controlled enrollment. Media, institutional goons, and anti-Churchill bloggers need not apply.
So much for free and open exchange, the basis of higher learning Wardo's stand-ins were at pains to stress before his termination.

Hope the number of prospective "students" outnumbers the "Little Eichmanns" cleaning staff in the Humanities building.

Mark Steyn's brilliant summation:
The difference between Winston Churchill and Ward Churchill, another famous beneficiary of "academic freedom" who called the 9/11 dead "little Eichmanns," is that for Sir Winston talking was a call to action while for poseurs like professor Churchill it's a substitute for it.
The talking continues . . .

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