France

Life in France is not better than America, exhibit 798. Click the link for the video from the NYTimes.

Posted at 10:18 pm by Johnny B

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Eminent Domain

Eminent domain : it’s not just for the poor and middle class anymore. A quote:

The mayor even went on television twice recently to brag about his plan. He told WNBC reporter Greg Cergol that turning Deepdale [me: a currently private golf club] into “a village golf course exclusively for the village residents” would be a nice “amenity” for them. According to the reporter, the mayor explained that “his goal” is “to turn Deepdale into a private club for his village’s 5,000 residents.” And he told Channel 12’s Bill Mooney that his plan would “increase property values”–private property values–in North Hills.

Posted at 09:57 pm by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 03/29/2006 05:20 PM PST
This is absolutely scary stuff…how “eminent domain” has ever made it past the SCOTUS, I’ll never know.

Architecture

In general I am skeptical of any self-proclaimed architects of the last fifty or so years. Many of them tend to be irascible socialists, and it shows in their work. For example, a new architecture building was built for the University opposite of the Football stadium. Everyone I know has the same impression, it is garish, and the million dollar tiles on the exterior look like they will drop from the sky at any moment. The inside is bare concrete straight out of Cold War Romania. Here is a picture of an astutely designed set of benches outside our tuition, state, and federal tax supported University. I know I am proud, because I sure couldn’t have designed benches any better than that.

Posted at 08:40 pm by Johnny B

Michael Steele

Once you get past the stupid headline, “Why is Michael Steele a Republican”, this NY Times piece is pretty engaging, and Steele comes off as an affable and able campaigner, for what it is worth.

Posted at 08:26 pm by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 03/28/2006 09:09 AM PST
Hey man…you got the happiness address in the Steele link.

Most popular class in Harvard

A class on positive psychology, which basically is pop psychology. Like free therapy, twice a week, says one undergrad. Shahar, the teacher of this class, decided not to continue on the tenure track because publishing doesn’t make him happy. Kind of like when a guy likes a girl but can’t attract her, and then decides she is too snobby for him.

Some memorable quotes,
From a student:
“The work is about personal transformation and not a quantity of reading. It’s probably the one class that I feel I’m acheiving growth.”

From Shahar:
“What I’m calling for is nothing less than a happiness revolution.”

One of the few times I’ve yelled at the radio

Posted at 06:36 pm by Johnny B

Get a Load of this

Pretty wacked out stuff. You either know the name Fred Phelps, or you don’t.

Also, I had just had to post this poem by Autum Ashante, a child prodigy of poetry, and a product of home schooling. A shout out to my friend Frogger (if that is his real name) who inspired me to post this:

White Nationalism Put U In Bondage

White nationalism is what put you in bondage
Pirate and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin
Drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with
Steel, tricks and deceit.
Nothing has changed take a look in our streets
The mis-education of she and Hegro — leaves you on your knee2grow
Black lands taken from your hands, by vampires with no remorse
They took the gold, the wisdom and all of the storytellers
They took the black women, with the black man weak
Made to watch as they changed the paradigm
Of our village
They killed the blind, they killed the lazy, they went
So far as to kill the unborn baby
Yeah White nationalism is what put you in bondage
Pirates and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin
They drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with
Steel laden feet, throw in the tricks alcohol and deceit.
Nothing has changed take a look at our streets.

John Derbyshire gives a reading here.

Posted at 08:57 pm by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 03/21/2006 08:58 AM PST
Wow…at least the freak isn’t hiding behind the flag.

Bound to start trouble

David Duke agrees with Harvard school of government. Worth reading the whole thing. I’m sure someone out there has something to say about this. I like Dershowitz’ quote.

Posted at 08:52 pm by Johnny B

Posted by scottie @ 03/21/2006 03:47 PM PST
I read the article.

Alan Dershowitz has lost any credibility discussing affairs pertaining to Israel when he decided to plagiariaz from a hoax in his book “The Case for Israel”. So his inclusion in the article is basically void. He has shamed himself, his reputation, and his university. The Harvard President Summers felt great pressure to oust Dershy, which did not happen.

Dershowitz’s fraudulent scholarship was exposed by Norman Finkelstein in a downloadable debate from “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman, and Finkelstein goes into greater depth exposing Dershowitz’s fraud in his new book “Beyond Chutzpah”, which I have read quite closely.

Dershowitz recently slipped even farther by attacking Finkelstein’s dead mother, who survived a WWII Nazi deathcamp, by saying she must have been a “kapo”, one who collaborated with the Nazis.

I wrote a letter to Dershowitz myself telling him that he had sunk to a new low, and he responded with a template response, which contained a plethora of logical fallacies, which I kindly diagrammed for him and emailed back to him. Still waiting on a response …

So to quote this guy is ludicrous … This is not the OJ trial!

Posted by John Broussard @ 03/22/2006 07:44 PM PST
This Dershowitz guy is a slippery one. It’s amazing that a guy who has a knack for keeping very wealthy murderers out of jail has ascended far into a very tall ivory tower, and into American consciousness. Until recently, I’d say around 2001, he was lionized by the media. These days I don’t “watch” news, so it’s hard to tell.

Still, on the other side of the argument is David Duke, so there’s that to consider.

Posted by John Broussard @ 03/22/2006 10:13 PM PST
Scottie,

I think your email to Dershowitz and his response would make a good post.