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When I started high school in 1962, I wanted to be a chemist. My father had worked as a business manager for a small chemical research company and I thought those guys were cool. They had blown up their lab several times. I would go down on weekends and they would show me fun stuff. They even gave me chemistry books. Needless to say, my scientific career got derailed by my encounter with the bureaucratic mind. First off, I had to wait until my junior year to take chemistry because they required biology first. Chemistry is not dependent upon concepts learned in biology; it is just that educators thought that one had to progress from "easy" (biology) to "more difficult" (chemistry) to "most difficult" (physics). When I finally...
Students should learn what was actually said about Jews at the time by the Nazis. In fact, the more one learns about the Nazis, the less inclined one is to buy the relativistic claptrap that they believed they were right. The Faustian philosophy of the inner circle, Himmler's speeches to concentration camp guards, the very essence of the Nuremburg defense--all suggest quite the opposite. However, the essay assignment is garbage for two reasons. One, writing an essay to the Nazis makes no historical sense; they wouldn't have needed convincing. Second, it is one thing to learn and understand what was said at the time and it is quite another to have ignorant, naive high school students make up their own reasons why Jews are evil.
Who is this guy "Professor Sragow?" He is not listed as a tenured or tenure-track professor in the political science department at USC, and a search of the university's website yielded no results. The bias in his lecture is glaring, but worse is the low intellectual level of his rants--nothing but a stream-of-consciousness outpouring of sophomoric opinions. He did not present a position or an argument for any of his claims. Romney lied? About what? Bush stole the election? How so? Republicans turned away voters? Where? I wonder adolescent insults he would have hurled at a student if he had been asked any of those questions. This guy is no scholar.
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'Proportional' Response

Robert585 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 6:56 AM
The concept of "propotional response" is nonsense, even in individual self-defense against, say, a mugger or a robber. It is an abstraction that sounds good to the liberal mind (after all, it's only "fair"). What is measured in the "proportion." Fists against fists? The mugger is a man, 6 ft tall, 250 lb and the victim is a female, 5 ft 110 lb, or a male, 5 ft 6 in. 135 lb. If the male is Bruce Lee? Technique against technique? One haymaker punch against one jab? Against one jab and an uppercut? Against one kick to the groin? Where is the referee anyway?
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On Obamacare, I Won't Comply

Robert585 Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 3:56 AM
The expression is "sleight of hand," not "slight of hand." Not important? Not important enough to look it up in an online dictionary? I did. It took 3 seconds,
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Che Guevara—Hollywood Keeps Lying

Robert585 Wrote: Oct 13, 2012 6:28 AM
And Santana said, "Che was about peace and love, man." A great musician, but politically he is as intelligent, knowledgeable and articulate as Cher, Barbara Streisand and Sean Penn.
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Muslims Misbehaving

Robert585 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 4:49 AM
The clarity of the distinction between Islam and radical or fundamentalist Islam can be illustrated by answering the following question: Name the Muslim country in which Muslims, Christians, Jews and atheists live side by side in an atmosphere of mutual tolerance and respect. Answer: A difference that makes no difference is no difference at all.
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