This past week is something I’m just glad to be through. I imagine everyone has had a week like that. Anyways, in a few minutes we are driving out of Bugburg and heading to a slightly larger city to see kidinbox for the day. Normally speaking, it’s a really good day and when finished the bed looks inviting. Again, I’m sure there are many who have had that experience. Therefore, I’m going to utilize, take advantage, steal, coopt, or whatever term you like for grabbing someone’s e-mail and posting it for the world to see. Siblinginbox sends me items of interest and links with the occasional comment. I am copying it below for your reading pleasure:
Let’s call this SIBLL – SiblingInBox Link List
ADMINISTRATION AS CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY: Key ObamaCare official likely deleted emails now sought in House probe.
[me: for those of us born last century (it wasn’t that long ago, thank you) remember an action like this causing prison time? How about the MSP (Main Stream Propagandists) actually spending appropriate time on the illegality of the actions? See next item.]
BECAUSE WITH CHRIS CHRISTIE, THEY WERE LAUNCHING A SPOILING ATTACK ON A GOP CANDIDATE, while Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat favorite. Why is scandal-plagued Andrew Cuomo not getting the Christie treatment in the press? Next question?
GANGSTER GOVERNMENT: Inspectors general say Obama aides obstruct investigations.
“Billions of tax dollars are being lost every day to waste, fraud and
corruption in the federal government, but President Obama’s
administration is blocking inspectors general — the officials who are
most likely to find and expose such wrongdoing — from doing their jobs.
That’s the disturbing message given to Congress and the American people
this week from a majority of the federal government’s 78 IGs.”
I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: What Taxpayers Pay When Eric Holder Uses Government Jets For Personal Trips.
“According to records obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom
of Information Act request, Holder is getting pretty good deal here —
especially when he flies a government-owned Gulfstream V jet. That one
day trip to Elmont, N.Y. on June 7, according to records provided to
TheDC by the Department of Justice, ended up costing the government
$14,440. But Holder only had to reimburse the government $955 for
flying him and four passengers to the final leg of the Triple Crown
horse races that day. That’s because he only has to pay the equivalent
cost of a coach commercial airline ticket for each non-law enforcement
passenger — not the total cost to charter the plane.
Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves
[me: quite a good article. It follows stimulus/ response learning as its basis. Language alert]
THE HILL: Obama prepares schools for enrollment of migrant children. “The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations. A fact sheet from the Department of Education sent to states and schools on Monday highlights the children’s right to attend public school. . . . The prospect of tens of thousands of children mostly from Central American countries attending school as they wait for their immigration status to be decided has the potential to be explosive after this summer’s emotional public debate about the border.”
Gotcher Minimum Wage Right Here!
[me: I have previously logged hours doing the activities they show done in a few minutes.]
If we’re lending money to kids who have no hope of paying it back, to train them for jobs that don’t exist, I might suggest we’ve gone around the bend a little bit.
Higher Education: We put the BA in Barista.
“It is impossible to understand the politics of the Left without grasping that it is all about deniable intimidation.”
“CHOKE POINT” ROWBACK: Federal Agency Blames ‘Confusion’ for Choking Business Owners’ Access to Banks.
Federal regulators have backed away from pressuring banks to stop doing business with legal enterprises that the Obama administration labeled “high risk” — including selling guns, making payday loans, and trading in rare coins.
Late last month, the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation told banks that it had removed a list of 30 examples of “high risk” activities from the agency’s website, stating its list had “led to misunderstandings.”
By “misunderstandings,” FDIC apparently meant that its guidance led to sudden decisions by banks across America to close accounts with customers that fell under any of the listed categories.
If they didn’t close the accounts, bank officers thought, they could be subject to federal audits or other investigations.
Yeah, I don’t think there was confusion at all. I think they just got caught
Baby Bou Bou back in Wisconsin
Too often, American college students face a one-question test, one based not on facts, but on ideology. The test: “Are you a liberal, or conservative?”
The correct answer is, “I’m a liberal, and proud of it.” That concerns me.
At the meeting, the chair of one of those departments said, “I find that I don’t really need to spend much time with the liberal students, because they already have it right. I spend most of my time arguing with the conservative students. That’s how I spend my time in class.”
This woman was teaching conservative students how to think about arguments and evidence; how to make your arguments in a persuasive way. She was educating them.
Her liberal students? They were given that one-question test. They were just certified as already “knowing what they need to know.”
[From the comments]
One of my first experiences with politics in academia was when I went for extra help to a “professor”. Actually a grad student, but I didn’t really process the distinction at the time. When I got there, her door was ajar for office hours, but she was meeting with someone else, so I waited outside. She was talking, it turned out, to another grad student. They were puzzling out what to do about about their conservative students. Keep in mind, this was an intro English composition class– it had nothing to do with politics.
They both agreed that they felt that conservatives should be given lower grades due to their “bad ideology”. What they were debating was whether or not to give lower grades to students who they knew were conservative but were faking it for the grade. Should they be rewarded for trying to parrot correct thought? She was a well-known ideologue, but with the other it hadn’t occurred to me that he had strong political views at all. Behind his poker face, he was quietly punishing his political enemies. I lost track of him, but the other eventually got her PhD and is now a professor at a state university. I have no idea if she still grades on ideology; even back she’d have only been honest with a comrade.
It was a real eye-opener, especially as our college was comparatively conservative. In my own teaching, I’ve worked very hard to avoid even unconsciously rewarding and punishing my students for their ideology. OTOH, how many people like this are out there, quietly hiding behind “academic freedom” as they fight their political battles with flinty-eyed cynicism?
Little back-and-forth mini-debates in lecture last an hour at most. That mark on your transcript will follow you around for the rest of your academic career.