Mar. 7, 2007

Ben Franklin On Bald Eagles as National Emblem.

In 1784, after the end of the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin wrote a famous letter to his daughter from Paris criticizing the choice and suggesting the Wild Turkey's character as a desirable trait: For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him. With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest country of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If Franklin only knew how closely America would follow the path he found so disagreeable.

Mar. 4, 2007

The Strange and Dishonest Campaign Against Academic Freedom By David Horowitz

Horowitz.... I sometimes wonder if he really is so dull as to believe the things he says, or whether he thinks himself so crafty that he can slip bullshit through the faculty of universities as easily as he does the empty shells that make up his much-needed radical-right echo-chamber at FPM. After all, what kind of "conservative intellectual" (he may have actually coined the term right there) without a group of admirers? But to the meat! Dear David. Why did the three bears object to the Bill as legislation? Might it have something to do with....let me take a wild guess here...but a document of text might be rejected on the basis of something to do with the text! And I'll even venture that it wasn't the font or punctuation either. Unless it was the paper it was written on...Hmmmm. Oh well, back of the class I go. (Now what it could be...something the text conveyed perhaps?) Oh David! I think I'm on to something here this time! The Professors: Lies: The Strange and Dishonest Campaign Against Academic Freedom: "The fact remained (and it was the only fact I claimed) that while objecting later to the Bill as proposed legislation, none of the three objected to the text of the Academic Bill of Rights itself."