Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

Forget about their students not making it to graduation. Now colleges have to wonder whether their speakers will.

From former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the head of the International Monetary Fund and the ex-chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, the list of commencement speakers backing out following student and faculty protests continues to grow…

“We refer to it as disinvitation season,” said Robert Shibley, senior vice president at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, who sees the move toward getting — or trying to get — controversial speakers kicked off programs intensifying…

“The students absolutely have the right to protest decisions,” Shibley said, “but given how often this happens, you start to worry that this is going to make it very difficult to ever invite anyone who’s even the slightest bit controversial to speak on a college campus.”

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While controversy over commencement speakers has made headlines, it’s not entirely new. Back in 1990, some Wellesley College students protested their school’s decision to invite Barbara Bush to speak at commencement. And, in 1998, Ted Turner backed out of speaking at Macalester College’s graduation after students protested the use of an Indian mascot by the Atlanta Braves.

“I think we are seeing a disturbing trend,” says McCartney of Smith College. “I’ve been describing it as a lack of tolerance for a wide variety of views.”

Lawrence Bacow, the former president of Tufts College, says the uptick in back-outs is worrying. Universities are meant to be environments that promote free speech and open-mindedness, but, he argues, by protesting, students are self-selecting speakers who only reinforce what they believe.

“The role of a speaker — any speaker — who seeks to educate the audience that they’re speaking to is to challenge their beliefs and not necessarily to reinforce them,” Bacow says. “And so if the test for giving a speech on campus or commencement speech is that one has never offended anyone by virtue of anything ever one has done in public life, there are going to be very few people who can give commencement speeches.”

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The commencement speaker purity bug has hit Smith College.

The Northampton, Mass., women’s college announced Monday that International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has withdrawn as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker due to faculty and student protests over the IMF’s policies…

Lagarde is one of the most accomplished and powerful women in the world. She has made history several times — as the first female head of the IMF, the first female finance minister of a G8 nation and the first female chairman of international law firm Baker & McKenzie.

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Haverford College on Tuesday joined a growing list of schools to lose commencement speakers to protests from the left, when Robert J. Birgeneau, a former chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, withdrew from this weekend’s event.

Some students and faculty members at Haverford, a liberal arts college near Philadelphia, objected to the invitation to Mr. Birgeneau to speak and receive an honorary degree because, under him, the University of California police used batons to break up an Occupy protest in 2011. He first stated his support for the police, and then a few days later, saying that he was disturbed by videos of the confrontation, ordered an investigation…

Michael Rushmore, a Haverford senior who was one of the authors of an open letter to Mr. Birgeneau, said his critics were not setting an unfairly high standard, though, “I think that’s a fair concern.”

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How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card

In the 21 years leading up to 2009, there were 21 incidents of an invited guest not speaking because of protests. Yet, in the past five-and-a-half years, there have been 39 cancellations.

Don’t bother trying to make sense of what beliefs are permitted and which ones will get you strung up in the town square. Our ideological overlords have created a minefield of inconsistency. While criticizing Islam is intolerant, insulting Christianity is sport. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is persona non grata at Brandeis University for attacking the prophet Mohammed. But Richard Dawkins describes the Old Testament God as “a misogynistic … sadomasochistic … malevolent bully” and the mob yawns. Bill Maher calls the same God a “psychotic mass murderer” and there are no boycott demands of the high-profile liberals who traffic his HBO show.

The self-serving capriciousness is crazy.

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Rice occupied one of the most important offices in the whole country. But you’re right, kids, she probably has nothing interesting to say or any good advice because she was involved in a senseless war.

Colin Powell (also: Iraq) is scheduled to deliver the commencement at High Point University. Sean Combs is going to address the graduating class at Howard University. I am personally offended by both of those people, but you know what? I bet they’ll both have something interesting to say—even if I don’t agree with every item on their CVs.

Millennials have grown up in a world where you are never forced to see, hear or read anything that you haven’t personally selected. 7,000 TV channels, a DVR to skip commercials, millions of websites—we have been able to curate our own little worlds using technology, wherein nothing unpleasant or offensive can creep in. So when we’re forced to sit through a commercial or, heaven forbid, listen to someone talk who isn’t Mary-freakin’-Poppins, we can’t handle it.

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Why is such moral preening so common in the university? Why are professors so prone to ostracize those who they disagree with? Especially when it accomplishes nothing whatsoever beyond convincing the protesters of their own moral superiority?

I don’t know the answer. But I do know that when students are repeatedly taught to take precisely these kinds of self-important moral stands, at least some of them listen…

The point is that getting the IMF’s managing director disinvited from a college commencement ceremony brings us not one millimeter closer to either goal. Making that progress would be hard — enormously harder and less instantly gratifying than a passing act of cathartic moral posturing. To be done right, it would require expertise in numerous specialized subject areas and not just the admirable but utterly insufficient desire to make the world a better place.

And that’s what might be the most disheartening thing of all about this year’s commencement protests — how each of them grows out of a longing to simplify the world, to wish away our conflicts and deny the need to get one’s hands dirty. Fighting for the rights of women can be morally messy. The same can be said of serving as America’s leading diplomat. And overseeing the global economy.

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Here’s the short explanation: You’re all conservatives now.

Years ago, when the academic left began to ostracize professors identified as “conservative,” university administrators stood aside or were complicit. The academic left adopted a notion espoused back then by a “New Left” German philosopher—who taught at Brandeis, not coincidentally—that many conservative ideas were immoral and deserved to be suppressed. And so they were…

The slow disintegration of the humanities into what is virtually agitprop on many campuses is no secret. Professors of economics and the hard sciences roll their eyes in embarrassment at what has happened to once respectable liberal-arts departments at their institutions. Like some Gresham’s Law for Ph.D.s, the bad professors drove out many good, untenured professors, and that includes smart young liberals. Most conservatives were wiped out long ago…

Still, it’s a tragedy. The loonies are becoming the public face of some once-revered repositories of the humanities. Sic transit whatever.

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You are right, of course, that an “invitation to speak at a commencement is not an endorsement of all views or policies of an individual or the institution she or he leads,” and that “such a test would seem anathema to our core values of freedom of thought and diversity of opinion.” What I want to suggest is that protesting a commencement speaker is not an endorsement of censorship or in opposition to academic freedom. I have trouble understanding what constitutes a free exchange of ideas when a commencement speech inherently and explicitly does not include space for a response. In this context, protest is the only means of responding, and opposition becomes a vigorous, if unwieldy, expression of the kind of exchange institutions like Smith should prize.

And this protest does not represent an unwillingness to hear differing viewpoints. Lagarde’s prominence ensures that her ideas are in wide circulation. I suspect that most of those who objected to the invitation are familiar with Lagarde’s views—and I suspect that many in the Smith community, and elsewhere, are far less familiar with the views of those who oppose her…

These students exemplify the meaning and value of a Smith education. They understand that they cannot wait for an invitation to speak up. They know, as Frederick Douglass wrote, that “power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will.” We should applaud those who face the dais (and sometimes turn their backs to it) as much as we applaud those who speak from it; sometimes we should applaud them more. To speak back to the place you love—to the place that has been your home—requires courage, insight, and intelligence. We should be proud of them.

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Ratso!

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:42 PM

B9!!!!!!!!!!!!

KCB on May 15, 2014 at 10:42 PM

RATSO!!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Tolerance.

KCB on May 15, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive

I’m feeling lazy…again… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:44 PM

So…when’s the next Open Registration?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM

So…when’s the next Open Registration?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Why?

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Tolerance.

KCB on May 15, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Diversity.

predator on May 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

People should stop accepting invitations to speak at commencement ceremonies.

Let the creeps have graduation ceremonies without any ceremony. The fact is that they’re not handed a diploma in any case, that comes later in the mail. So aside from the speeches, you essentially have an expensive photo op with people wearing rented caps and gowns and a few faculty forced to attend in order to keep that paycheck rolling in.

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

It’s freezing here. To think a couple of days ago I was sweltering and now I’m wishing I hadn’t put the heater away.

crankyoldlady on May 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

“Disinvitation season”. Interesting way of expressing it.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

It’s freezing here. To think a couple of days ago I was sweltering and now I’m wishing I hadn’t put the heater away.

crankyoldlady on May 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Same here. I am hating going out to smoke again…

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM

No, no, no

Not the same one as last night.

I thought we discussed this?

cozmo on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM

You need to ask? ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

It’s hypocritical for Smith College faculty to object to Lagarde when the school is able to finance itself through (1) donations from Wall Street, many of whom work in international finance and (2) its endowment, which is also invested in Wall Street. That school is up to its eyeballs in international finance.

will77jeff on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Desperado – Cooper

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

You need to ask? ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

He can come back w/o the OR…

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Need a sock?

cozmo on May 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

cozmo on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I’m sorry, Cozmo, but the Dedications will continue until results are achieved.

Besides, I promised Our Absent Member. ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I’m feeling lazy…again… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Heh. I’ve been studying and listening to this 5hr blues track I found all evening.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM

That makes no sense. If he’s not willing to talk to management there’s no point.

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Yeah, well, it needs more cheesecake.

cozmo on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

*sigh* I know…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Pablo Cruz

KCB on May 15, 2014 at 10:54 PM

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Well, he knows how I feel, so…

The ball’s in his court. I just wish the wheels would move quicker, ya know?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:54 PM

The Voice – Australia started their competition last week. This is one the singers in the competition.

Elly Oh – Mama Knows Best

It’s so funny watching these judges.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Time To Quit – Tinsley Ellis

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I don’t think Dr. Rice was excluded from speaking based on her conservative views, but because she supported an illegal unjust war and the lies that took us to war.

Extreme Moderate on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Look at the bright side… at least conservatives are still free to roam about the countryside… right?

faraway on May 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I don’t think Dr. Rice was excluded from speaking based on her conservative views, but because she supported an illegal unjust war and the lies that took us to war.

Extreme Moderate on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Where in hell did you come from?

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

she supported an illegal unjust war and the lies that took us to war.

Extreme Moderate on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Like Hillary?

faraway on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

cozmo on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

You mean like this?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

lol! Good evening, Omaha. :)

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Hey Blondie…

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:59 PM

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:59 PM

lol!;)

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Extreme Moderate on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

You mean just like Congress, the UN, England, Spain, France, Germany, etc, did?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Extreme Moderate on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

You mean just like Congress, the UN, England, Spain, France, Germany, etc, did?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM

No, he must mean like Obama did in taking us into war without even consulting congress. You know…that ‘kinetic military action’.

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I see laziness is contagious… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Yeah, well, it needs more cheesecake.

cozmo on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Cheesecake

Brat on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

omg…That made me spit out the coffee!!!

+++++

Evening All

CoffeeLover on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I don’t think Dr. Rice was excluded from speaking based on her conservative views, but because she supported an illegal unjust war and the lies that took us to war.

Extreme Moderate on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

You’re An IDIOT!!……

williamg on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

It’s so funny watching these judges.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

They were crazy. The girl was pretty good, but not over the top. Better with the Opera.

KCB on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

williamg on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Good evening, williamg. :)

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Evenin’!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Ah yes…the unilateral approach…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I see laziness is contagious… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Pretty much. On the music part at least. Otherwise, it’s been a busy day.

How about yours?

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM

williamg on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Now, tell us how you really feel.

CoffeeLover on May 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Yeah, that one. The one preferred by dictators and tyrants everywhere. :)

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Hi Alt (waving)

CoffeeLover on May 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Um…uh…hmmm…uh…

I’ll be in my bunk.

cozmo on May 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM

KCB on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Yeah, you don’t normally see them get quite that crazy about a contestant.

Very talented young lady!

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM

A Quitter Never Wins – Tinsley Ellis

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 11:06 PM

CoffeeLover on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

How-DEEEE!! :-D [jumps up and down while waving madly]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:06 PM

tomm. is the last day of one of our personnel directors.
She’s moving to Utah.(Utah?)
Anyway-I told her that I’d bake her a cake.
Me and my big mouth. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on May 15, 2014 at 11:07 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 15, 2014 at 11:07 PM

ROFL. Didn’t you make cookies last week?

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

omg…That made me spit out the coffee!!!

+++++

Evening All

CoffeeLover on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

LOLZ! Hey darlin’

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Now, tell us how you really feel.

CoffeeLover on May 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM

…..click the link above – and watch The Video!

williamg on May 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Went out tonight with Oldest Dear Son–pizza and movie. He threw me–we rented “The Desolation of Smaug” and kicked back at home with the pizza.

Great, quiet night!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Killing Floor – Hubert Sumlin

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Anyway-I told her that I’d bake her a cake.
Me and my big mouth. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on May 15, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Cook me some bacon, willya’

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM

cozmo on May 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM

You don’t think that would work? [scratches head...trips over Cozmo's pants...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

May they enjoy their baristas job… They should hang their worthless and laughable liberal arts degrees behind the coffee counter where they work and tell their customers that they are so super smart and the proof is the sh*t worthless degree hanged behind them…

mnjg on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Good for you! Those kinds of evenings are always enjoyable.

Great movie, too. I’m a big Tolkien fan. When they decide to make Silmarillion into a series, I’ll definitely be getting that one.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

She sure did! Chocolate chip/oatmeal, with Ghiradelli chips…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Evening all. I’m with you Newtie; I think the whole banhammer thing is kinda ridiculous and disproportionate. I thought Lance was darkly hysterical. I too, would never beg to be allowed to speak my mind… Just my 2 cents.

fresh air on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Ms. Rice needs to do what Barack did re: Notre Dame. Speak anyways, regardless of how many protesters there are.

SouthernGent on May 15, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Dr. Rice is a class act…

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM

She sure did! Chocolate chip/oatmeal, with Ghiradelli chips…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I thought I remembered that.

Man, there’s no way I could make cookies or cakes for anyone tonight if my life depended on it. Dragging. Busy two days. I’m just along for the ride and the conversation today.

Spins some good ones, Newtie

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Evening all, my two bits on this topic is it’s time for these pampered darlings to hit the bricks. Go get a real job in the not so coddled world, suck it up and STHU! It seems all they have learned is how not to be tolerant, and they paid way too much for that.
Well dang I’ll have to get out the laptop to share the tunes. ;(

Bakokitty on May 15, 2014 at 11:15 PM

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

The final installment, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” is due out the week before Christmas.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I don’t think Dr. Rice was excluded from speaking based on her conservative views, but because she supported an illegal unjust war and the lies that took us to war.

Extreme Moderate on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Your perception of events is a separate issue. The phrasing of your comment is the tell. You merely recite a point you learned to parrot from your ilk. You cannot know what you suggest. Yours is a minority view.

Bmore on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

The final installment, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” is due out the week before Christmas.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Is it? I’ll have to make sure I go see it. Thanks for the info!

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Great movie, too. I’m a big Tolkien fan. When they decide to make Silmarillion into a series, I’ll definitely be getting that one.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

….they injected pieces of that into “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Movie and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”…………Excellent stuff!

williamg on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Any requests or DJ’s choice?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Cold, Cold Feeling – Albert Collins

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Any requests or DJ’s choice?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Steely Dan?

KCB on May 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Any requests or DJ’s choice?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Go for it. Whatever y’all like best.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Ratso & Kitten were noticing something flying around in here and I finally spotted the fly. I swatted it down to the wall and killed it and it fell to the hardwood floor. Ratso gave me a paws up and an admiring look and promptly ate it…

OmahaConservative on May 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Here’s the particulars:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2310332/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Newtie and the Beauty

Glad to read you had a nice night!

CoffeeLover on May 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

“I think we are seeing a disturbing trend,” says McCartney of Smith College. “I’ve been describing it as a lack of tolerance for a wide variety of views.”

Otherwise known as “the faculty lounge culture”.

Lawrence Bacow, the former president of Tufts College, says the uptick in back-outs is worrying. Universities are meant to be environments that promote free speech and open-mindedness, but, he argues, by protesting, students are self-selecting speakers who only reinforce what they believe.

Said beliefs and methods of enforcing conformity to same being learned from…their professors of the Sixties Anti-war Woodstock Burnout Generation (SAWBG).

And that’s what might be the most disheartening thing of all about this year’s commencement protests — how each of them grows out of a longing to simplify the world, to wish away our conflicts and deny the need to get one’s hands dirty.

No, their longing is to wish away our civilization. And they think as long as they have Islamists, etc., there will always be somebody to do the dirty work for them.

Don’t bother trying to make sense of what beliefs are permitted and which ones will get you strung up in the town square. Our ideological overlords have created a minefield of inconsistency. While criticizing Islam is intolerant, insulting Christianity is sport. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is persona non grata at Brandeis University for attacking the prophet Mohammed. But Richard Dawkins describes the Old Testament God as “a misogynistic … sadomasochistic … malevolent bully” and the mob yawns. Bill Maher calls the same God a “psychotic mass murderer” and there are no boycott demands of the high-profile liberals who traffic his HBO show.

The self-serving capriciousness is crazy.

Actually, they are very consistent. Western Civilization=Bad. Eastern Mysticism= Good.

You can’t get much more consistent than that.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM

….they injected pieces of that into “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Movie and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”…………Excellent stuff!

williamg on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Oh, yeah. To me, Silmarillion is the best of the bunch. I had actually read the others (LOTR, Hobbit, etc). But I cheated with Silmarillion and listened to the audiobook edition on YouTube.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Thanks! Got that one bookmarked.

lineholder on May 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Lake Shore Drive

For the piano lovers out there;)

predator on May 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

AFK

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

– by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Cancel the entire ceremony, cite the protests and say there are security concerns, so no ceremony.

Bishop on May 15, 2014 at 11:24 PM

It’s freezing here. To think a couple of days ago I was sweltering and now I’m wishing I hadn’t put the heater away.

crankyoldlady on May 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Well ok, then…

Song for a Winter’s Night

climbnjump on May 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM

eon on May 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Perfect. ; )

Bmore on May 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM

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