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Archive for July, 2014
“Smarter Than Thou”…
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been the recipient of a seemingly bizarre political backlash — after the conservative magazine National Review penned a takedown cover story on the “Cosmos” host last week depicting him as a smug, intellectual bully.
The story struck many as odd given Tyson’s gentle, geeky presentation style. Comedian Bill Maher had Tyson on his HBO show over the weekend, trying to make sense of the backlash.
“You’re a scientist, and a black one, who’s smarter than [conservatives] are,” Maher quipped.
The line got laughs, but it’s worth remembering that Tyson served the George W. Bush administration as a member of the Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond in 2004. Conservatives have no problem harnessing Tyson’s intellect.
The “Adlai Egghead” problem rears its ugly head in America, I suppose.
It appears to be a fraternity / sorority thingy going on. A bunch of young college kids running around in white sheets — something that never happened before the movie Animal Farm, incidentally.
Overheard conversation: “Hey. What is this?”
“I don’t know.” Then he yells “Hey! White Power!”
“Should I go up to them and ask?”
“No. I think you blew it with that ‘White Power’ thing.”
Curiously, given the history of the Klan as a Fraternal organization, and the intermingling of college fraternities in the same sort of thing, and the status of frats as just the play-thing of rich college kids… it’s not so far off the mark, is it?
Oh. Forget I said that.
So. Senator John Walsh, interim and soon to be candidate for six year term, in Montana… and his own particular manifestation of the “Biden Problem“…
Sen. John Walsh (D – Montana) is being accused of plagiarism for failing to properly cite the work of others in the master’s thesis he wrote while at the Army War College in 2007. Indeed, it has been widely reported that as much as a quarter of what the senator wrote—and presented as his own work—may have been the ideas and/or words of other prominent experts on Middle East policy.
When asked about this apparent transgression, Sen. Walsh stated that he believed he had done nothing wrong. He didn’t recall using sources improperly, but he is considering apologizing to scholars he failed to cite. A campaign aide for the senator acknowledged the plagiarism, but indicated that Sen. Walsh did not intend to deceive anyone and that his actions should be viewed in the context of a successful military career during which he was a highly decorated officer who served with distinction in the Montana National Guard. The aide noted that Sen. Walsh was going through a difficult period in 2007.
It’s not like he cribbed from wikipedia.
Some are asking if there is a relationship between PTSD and plagiarism. There is none—at least not a direct one.
I wonder if he had a poetry writing class where he turned in a bunch of Pink Floyd lyrics?
Nothing to do with the politics or policies in this headline… but… this is getting to me.
The misuse of the word “Hope”.
I first noticed this with John Edwards, who offered in 2004 that “Hope is on the Way!” Impossible. As it is an implied future for the present.
There is no promise of “hope”… there is “Hope”, perhaps, which itself is “promise” of the future.
Then again I didn’t much like Obama’s 2008 campaign, which garners some admission from someone I know recently “He was just better than the other guy”. Indeed. So I thought at the time.
This is interesting. Donate to the Republican Party, and get yourself … a Reagan / Bush ’84 shirt.
To go alongside the “Oliver North for President” t-shirt I once saw, sort of akin to an “Alfred E Neuman” shirt or … you know… all the permetations of satire that come with the Obama “Hope” shirt (etc).
Or this vintage t-shirt, which… didn’t exist the first time.
Sure. Reagan / Bush 1984. Why not? Whatever!
Without saying a thing about what ought be done about the specter of unaccompanied children traveling illegally across the Mexican / American border, or even if this is in the end a smart part of a strategy…
there is something absurd in Obama requesting funding for an ad campaign telling parents not to send their children across the border like that…
because, you know… it’s not exactly a thing that’d be an optimum choice for them, and even if an ad campaign telling them not to do so is in some way effective… it’s not exactly a message that comes out well… and seems like a dark comedy.
(1) If you’re wearing a Red shirt on the Starship Enterprise, you’re okay… all the engineers have red shirts.
(2) Unless, you’re beamed down to the planet, at which point all the alien creatures in the known universe are like bulls chasing after the red flags. Sensory triggers work the same the universe over.
(3) Unless one of the aliens down there is a female love interest for Kirk, for reasons that need some scientific explanation.
Is that it?
And … interesting question…
I’m confused. Why should I care about Jesse Ventura?
But not a very good answer. Or maybe an answer which leads one item to the “not valid” claim in Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit?
He is also reportedly thinking about running for president in 2016 — and choosing Howard Stern as his running mate.
Maybe you care about that. Hell… I care about figures such as Jim Rogers in Oklahoma and Gordon Allen Pross in Washington, so I can’t besmirch you. But it is an odd “so what?” about Jesse Ventura.
He now hosts a show on Ora, where he “offers his electrifying insight into the nation’s most pressing problems. No suits, no censors, no red tape. Just Jesse Ventura as we like him: bold, brazen, and bare-knuckled.”
Interesting because the lawsuit is against a man who alleged to have gotten into a barfight. The thing is it seems Jesse Ventura has a point…
Kyle said that, when Ventura told him that the SEALs deserved to “lose a few guys,” he punched him, and Ventura “went down.” After he [Kyle] repeated the story, on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Ventura—who denies disparaging seals, and claims that no altercation occurred—filed defamation charges.
… but I also have to wonder if the point is lost in a half chance that Ventura’s real problem isn’t the old “Americans deserve to die” canard as the idea that this man claims he punched him out cold. The story looks phony as a Pro Wrestling bit, of course, and full of a false patriotic “whoop”ing. So I don’t know what Ventura wins or loses from it’s existence.