We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is arguably the fourth time that Obama and the Democrats have pulled this off, if they indeed do succeed this time. The previous examples were: the "stimulus" bill; the budget; and cap and trade. The "stimulus" bill was rammed through the House less than 24 hours after being disclosed - and then Cap and Trade was rammed through based on amendments to the bill that had not be consolidated, so no one, even those running the House, actually knew what was in it.
It was one thing to do this when the "stimulus" was urgent. Of course, we find that most of the "stimulus" won't be spent for years to come, but... Again, Cap and Trade was absolutely urgent, since if Congress didn't act immediately, parts of New York City might (if you believed Al Gore) be under water by the end of the century. But health care reform? Someone might die if it isn't enacted immediately, a victim of some evil insurance company denying a worthy claim. (Of course, Obama doesn't mention that the difference is that under a government payer system, those denied treatments have no recourse).
"We need to ask not what we can do for climate change, but to ask what climate change can do for us." According to Hulme, climate change can do a lot: "Because the idea of climate change is so plastic, it can be deployed across many of our human projects and can serve many of our psychological, ethical, and spiritual needs."
"If I couldn't study something that's about myself then I wouldn't want to be here," the black sophomore once told me, explaining how crucial to him it was to be able to major in African-American Studies.
I'd recommend math or physics. It's not about you, Mr. Young Student.
Yeah, you can mock out the Department of Walking, but if you know Minnesotans, they need both that, and the Assistant Secretary for Chewing Gum to be on the job at all times, otherwise there'd be big, big trouble. The MN Department of Fishing or Cutting Bait is also critical to the state's wildlife conservation efforts, and the Department of Public Works deserves plaudits for its work to prevent Minnesotans of Indigence from being forced to make the terrible choice between shitting, or going blind. Thanks to their efforts, constipated Minnesotans with glaucoma can now do both.
Yeah, you can make fun of Minnesota if you want, but... um... well... I guess that's it. You can make fun of Minnesota if you want.
Exactly what kind of job can one get with a major in African-American Studies? Maybe a community organizer for ACORN? Maybe become a radical hate-filled pastor of a big-city church? Hmmm....So much for college 'rounding out' a person's experiences.......
If the aim of African-American Studies (AAS) is to educate folks about the important role of African-Americans in US history, shouldn't the AAS classes be populated by white folks, who seem oblivious to that facet of our history, and not by black folks who have lived it?.....So much for cultural diversity in academia......my guess is that if a white person enrolled in an AAS class, he would REALLY find out what it's like to be in the minority.