AND YET ANOTHER DISILLUSIONED LEFTIST JOINS THE REST OF US IN RECOGNIZING THE FASCISM OF THE DEMOCRATS WHO SEIZED THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS

educa smallerIn this Portland State University instructor’s resignation letter regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will recognize echoes of my own disgust with the way the American Left and especially the Democrat Party are now the most intolerant and fascistic elements of American life. Peter Boghossian is the assistant professor of philosophy in question.

Below is his published letter of resignation. None of it will seem new to those of us who have watched the Democrats distort the educational process over the years. I have published literally dozens of these accounts, but here is the latest one for any people who have not yet accepted that American colleges and universities have become “churches” of irrational thought and fascistic political intolerance. For more such articles click HERE. For my look at how American universities parallel Aristophanes’ comedy The Birds click HERE. Original article below HERE.

PETER BOGHOSSIAN: MY UNIVERSITY SACRIFICED IDEAS FOR IDEOLOGY. SO TODAY I QUIT. 

Peter Boghossian has taught philosophy at Portland State University for the past decade. In the letter below, sent this morning to the university’s provost, he explains why he is resigning.

“Dear Provost Susan Jeffords,

​​I’m writing to you today to resign as assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University.

Over the last decade, it has been my privilege to teach at the university. My specialties are critical thinking, ethics and the Socratic method, and I teach classes like Science and Pseudoscience and The Philosophy of Education. But in addition to exploring classic philosophers and traditional texts, I’ve invited a wide range of guest lecturers to address my classes, from Flat-Earthers to Christian apologists to global climate skeptics to Occupy Wall Street advocates. I’m proud of my work.

I invited those speakers not because I agreed with their worldviews, but primarily because I didn’t. From those messy and difficult conversations, I’ve seen the best of what our students can achieve: questioning beliefs while respecting believers; staying even-tempered in challenging circumstances; and even changing their minds.

I never once believed — nor do I now — that the purpose of instruction was to lead my students to a particular conclusion. Rather, I sought to create the conditions for rigorous thought; to help them gain the tools to hunt and furrow for their own conclusions. This is why I became a teacher and why I love teaching.

But brick by brick, the university has made this kind of intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division.

education conveyor belt smallerStudents at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues. Faculty and administrators have abdicated the university’s truth-seeking mission and instead drive intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions. This has created a culture of offense where students are now afraid to speak openly and honestly.

I noticed signs of the illiberalism that has now fully swallowed the academy quite early during my time at Portland State. I witnessed students refusing to engage with different points of view. Questions from faculty at diversity trainings that challenged approved narratives were instantly dismissed. Those who asked for evidence to justify new institutional policies were accused of microaggressions. And professors were accused of bigotry for assigning canonical texts written by philosophers who happened to have been European and male.

At first, I didn’t realize how systemic this was and I believed I could question this new culture. So I began asking questions. What is the evidence that trigger warnings and safe spaces contribute to student learning? Why should racial consciousness be the lens through which we view our role as educators? How did we decide that “cultural appropriation” is immoral?

Unlike my colleagues, I asked these questions out loud and in public.

I decided to study the new values that were engulfing Portland State and so many other educational institutions — values that sound wonderful, like diversity, equity, and inclusion, but might actually be just the opposite. The more I read the primary source material produced by critical theorists, the more I suspected that their conclusions reflected the postulates of an ideology, not insights based on evidence.

I began networking with student groups who had similar concerns and brought in speakers to explore these subjects from a critical perspective. And it became increasingly clear to me that the incidents of illiberalism I had witnessed over the years were not just isolated events, but part of an institution-wide problem.

The more I spoke out about these issues, the more retaliation I faced. Continue reading

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BIDEN LEFT THE TALIBAN HOSTAGES AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT EQUAL TO 85% OF AMERICA’S TOTAL MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL FOR DECADES

biden ice cream thoughtsIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog likes to look at the rival gangs of white collar criminals called the Democrat Party and the Republican Party. Anyone who tries telling me they have a hard time finding the anti-Republican side of the issues is lying because the Democrats have many, many media outlets for every one that the short-sighted, outdated and tight-fisted Republican Party has. (Which is that party’s own fault, I know, but it’s still true.)

joe biden extra creepyAt any rate, back to Joe Biden’s disastrous handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, in which Biden departed from previously arranged procedures made by his predecessor and by our NATO allies. Not only has this jeopardized relations with America’s allies but Biden’s failures have left the Taliban with untold numbers of hostages and with military equipment equal to around 85% of the total military aid the U.S. has given Israel over the decades. (I only mention Israel because people from both political parties love to dwell on how much military aid the U.S. gives that nation.)

Even worse, in the Washington DC swamp’s usual way, allegiance to one’s political party/ criminal gang as usual overrides concerns about the greater good of the country. The Biden Regime is determined to prevent a full accounting of the blunders they made and of the total amount of material left to the Taliban. Not to mention preserving the bloated careers of worthless political generals like Milley.

Democrats are already obstructing investigations that need done following a situation like this Continue reading

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RED STAR (1908): ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

red starRED STAR (1908) – Written by Alexander Malinowski under the name Alexander Bogdanov. This pro-communist science fiction novel came three years after the failed uprising of 1905 and sixteen years BEFORE Aelita: Queen of Mars, a silent sci-fi film which depicted a similar communist paradise on Mars.

The main character of the novel Red Star is named Leonid, shortened to “Lenni” most of the time. Lenni is a scientist and a revolutionary who hopes for a communist revolution in Russia. When he authors a brilliant paper on atomic physics and anti-gravity, he catches the attention of a man who calls himself Menni.

Menni at first presents himself as a member and recruiter of a secret global society which possesses technology far more advanced than the rest of the world. Eventually it turns out that Menni and the other members of the secret society which Lenni joins are really Martians. They are identical to Earthlings except for their larger eyes, narrower jaws and slightly wider heads.

red star picThey reveal that Lenni’s brilliant paper described the concepts of nuclear fission and anti-gravity that the Martians use in their spaceships. Recognizing his superior mind they sought him out in order to take him on board their interplanetary vessel and transport him to Mars. Once there they will let him observe their culture like they secretly observed Earth culture during their stay.

The spaceship is shaped like a globe and has no true command structure, as one of the laughable examples of Bogdanov’s communist theories which are littered throughout the novel. The crew members simply carry out all their duties harmoniously with no need for leadership. All are equals and are experts in their fields. Continue reading

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NINETEEN GODS OF THE NYANGA PEOPLE

Nyanga territoryAfter Balladeer’s Blog’s examination of the Mwindo Epic many readers expressed an interest in Nyanga mythology. I’m all about giving readers what they want so here are brief looks at the deities of the Nyanga people.

KATEE – The god of hedgehogs. Katee spoke through one of his animal avatars to warn the semidivine hero Mwindo about some of Kasiyembe’s death traps.

MWERI – The moon goddess. Her domain is the moon itself and is  composed of alternate hot, sandy wasteland and lush blue waters. Mweri sees everything that happens at night and therefore has ties to lovemaking, fertility, sleeping, thievery and assassinations. She can send dreams or nightmares as well as prophetic messages in those dreams. Visitors to Mweri’s domain can be left wandering in the hot wasteland or even set on fire by her, depending on the goddess’ whim.  Continue reading

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JOE BIDEN ATROCITY ROUNDUP: SEPTEMBER 6th

biden blood on handsIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at the senile yet corrupt and blood-soaked Joe Biden’s ongoing war on the poor and the working class in America as well as a few of his other scandals.

THE JOE BIDEN REGIME WANTS TO IGNORE THE HOSTAGE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN – (Also HERE and HERE) Typical of Joe Biden’s entire career in politics, the privileged white one percenter just wants to make graft money for himself and the Biden Crime Family and not concern himself with the welfare of others.

JOE BIDEN’S OWNERS IN CHINA KEEP GETTING THEIR MONEY’S WORTH. The latest report about how the government which owns Joe Biden – China’s – has been repeatedly and openly proclaimed as the main ally by the Taliban in Afghanistan. People are only half-jokingly calling Biden “China’s Colonial Governor of the U.S.”

THE BIDEN REGIME EXPOSED FOR STEALING CREDIT FOR THE RESCUE OF FOUR OF THE AMERICAN HOSTAGES IN AFGHANISTAN. Some say Joe and his thugs are utter filth, and those people may be on to something.

biden coneBIDEN HIDES HIS LIES BEHIND EVEN MORE DEAD BODIES. Joe Biden caught claiming he visited the Tree of Life Synagogue after the 2018 massacre there, but the Synagogue’s officials say he never did. Biden has also lied about marching in Civil Rights marches in the past and even dishonestly claimed to have attended an HBCU. (Historically Black Colleges & Universities.) EVEN THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN FORCED TO ADMIT THIS IS ANOTHER OF JOE’S LIES.

DEMOCRAT SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL BLASTS BIDEN FOR FAILING TO GET THE HOSTAGES OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. More about Biden being called out for Afghanistan lies HERE

JOE BIDEN STILL HAS MORE KIDS IN CAGES THAN EITHER OBAMA OR TRUMP DID. And aims for still more. But as we all know, Democrats never really cared about the kids in cages. They just used them as a political stick. You’ll note the demonstrations against having Kids in Cages stopped about 9 months ago. Hmmm.

BIDEN MINIONS CONFIRM REPORTS BIDEN IS REFUSING TO SPEAK TO BRITISH ALLIES WHO QUESTIONED HIS CATASTROPHIC AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL. Biden’s predecessors were not this childish and petty. Relations with America’s closest ally are endangered because of one venal, pathetic little man named Joe Biden.

LOVED ONES OF THE SLAIN SERVICE MEMBERS IN KABUL STILL POINTING OUT HOW PHONY JOE BIDEN WAS. Even the Democrats at the New York Times have called out Biden for exploiting his long-dead son to deflect criticism.

EVEN MORE EVIDENCE SURFACES REGARDING THE TAINTED AND CORRUPT 2020 ELECTION. LIKE GEORGE W BUSH BEFORE HIM, JOE BIDEN WAS “SELECTED, NOT ELECTED“. Add the 2020 election to the 1876 and year 2000 elections in which the actual losing candidate went to the White House. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RESULTS FROM SEPTEMBER 4th

HEADLINES

Indiana Wesleyan WildcatsINDIANA WESLEYAN CONQUERS DIVISION ONE – We already have 2021’s 2nd instance of an NAIA team toppling an NCAA Division ONE team. Every season these games in which NAIA football teams knock off teams from higher divisions like NCAA Divisions One or Two are great David vs Goliath stories! Yesterday the INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS hosted the D1 VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY BEACONS and won an authoritative 28-10 Upset.

Lawrence Tech Blue DevilsLAWRENCE TECH CONQUERS DIVISION TWO – In the equivalent of a 1AA (FCS) team upsetting a 1A (FBS) team, the NAIA’s LAWRENCE TECH BLUE DEVILS took it on the road against the NCAA Division Two team the BLUEFIELD STATE BIG BLUE. A 7-7 1st Quarter tie was unchanged at Halftime. The 3rd Quarter ended in a 14-14 deadlock before the Blue Devils won the game 21-14 in the 4th. 

Washington and Jefferson PresidentsDOWN GOES NUMBER ELEVEN – Meanwhile, down in NCAA Division Three the 19th ranked WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE PRESIDENTS traveled to face the number 11 JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY BLUE STREAKS. The defenses dominated the scoreless 1st Half, then the 3rd Quarter ended in a 7-7 tie. In the 4th the Presidents won it 21-7. Continue reading

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SPIDER-MAN: 1970s CLASSICS PART TWO – GWEN STACY’S DEATH

Here’s Part Two of Spider-Man 1970s Classics, from yet another clash with the Hulk to Gwen Stacy’s death, a scene ripped off in TWO movies and a Spider-Man cartoon show. For Part One click HERE.

spidey 119SPIDER-MAN Vol 1 #119 (April 1973)

Title: The Gentleman’s Name is Hulk

Villain: The Incredible Hulk

NOTE: I skipped over 3 issues which were not classics as Spider-Man simply had typical adventures in those tales against supervillains like the Smasher and the Disruptor, the latter of which turned out to be a crooked New York City politician whose misdeeds Spidey covered up so that the city would continue to think he was an inspirational hero. (Decades before The Dark Knight Batman movie’s “hero Gotham needs/ deserves” business.)

Synopsis: This story dives back into the subplots left unexplored for 3 issues. As Spider-Man, Peter Parker travels to Westchester to visit his Aunt May, who, as we left her last time, is serving as the housekeeper at Doctor Octopus’ mansion while Ock is in prison. Our hero switches into college student Peter Parker and goes in to visit with his aunt.

May is still naively oblivious to Otto Octavius’ true nature as an organized crime leader and tells Peter she is perfectly happy at the mansion, taking care of things and being protected by Ock’s “bodyguards” (really his army of thugs).

Luckily, before Peter gives Aunt May a telegram that arrived for her, he manages to overhear Dr Octopus’ men talking about how they still haven’t received the telegram in question, which obviously went to May’s old residence by mistake. Mary Jane Watson’s mother Anna – Aunt May’s friend – passed it on to Peter to give May.

Peter shrewdly refrains from mentioning the telegram and keeps it in his pocket during his visit. He hadn’t opened it but now suspects it may hold clues about exactly why Ock is pretending to be infatuated with Aunt May. After an hour long visit Peter leaves, becomes Spider-Man again and heads for the apartment he shares with Harry Osborn back in Manhattan. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RESULTS FROM SEPTEMBER 2nd

Yesterday’s results from the NAIA, NCAA Division Two and NCAA Division Three.

NAIA

Union Bulldogs helmetUNION COLLEGE CONQUERS DIVISION ONE – Every season we get David over Goliath victories in which NAIA teams defeat higher division teams from either NCAA Divisions One or Two. Last night the UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS traveled to face NCAA Division ONE’s CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY CAMELS. A slender 13-10 Halftime edge for the Bulldogs ultimately turned into a 33-18 Upset victory!

Lindsey_Wilson_KYDEFENDING CHAMPS ROLL – Meanwhile, the defending National Champions in the NAIA – the LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS – opened their 2021 season by hosting the WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY WARRIORS. The Blue Raiders converted a 13-7 1st Quarter lead into a 30-7 advantage at Halftime and finally into a 58-7 blowout victory.

Bethel (KS) ThreshersSHUTOUT – In this game the BETHEL (KS) COLLEGE THRESHERS took it on the road against the MCPHERSON COLLEGE BULLDOGS (should be the Mastiffs). The Threshers led McPherson 3-0 in the opening Quarter and 10-0 at the Half. After a scoreless 3rd Quarter Bethel College went on to win the game by a final tally of 24-0. Continue reading

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BLACK SASH (2003): FORGOTTEN TELEVISION

black sashBLACK SASH (2003) – This program was basically a vehicle for Baguazhang-style martial artist Russell Wong and only produced 8 episodes, 2 of which were never aired. Wong starred as Tom Chang, an undercover narcotics agent who was framed and spent 5 years in a Hong Kong prison. 

Black Sash was widely bashed in its day but here in 2021 it seems a little bit like an unappreciated program with unfulfilled potential. Part of the problem with the show was its neither fish nor foul nature. Despite the above premise it was NOT an action drama about Chang kicking butts and busting heads to clear his name and return to the force.

black sash 2Instead it dealt with the main character moving to San Francisco and running a martial arts school while trying to reestablish a relationship with his 12 year old daughter and his remarried ex-wife. He also became a mentor and surrogate parent to his students. At least one fight scene against genuinely dangerous assailants featured in each episode, too, often having to do with Chang’s sideline as a bounty hunter.

But talk about hard to categorize! Think of Black Sash as Cobra Kai crossed with Dawson’s Creek. Or maybe an Asian-led variation of The Master, the old Lee Van Cleef series, with less action but with likable characters and more interesting dialogue. Or how about Michael Nouri’s show Downtown with troubled teens replacing the parolees who helped him fight crime? Continue reading

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JOE BIDEN: RANTING AND FINGER-POINTING OVER DISASTERS OF HIS OWN MAKING

Senile Joe BidenIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog has never made any secret of the fact that I’d like to see both the Democrat and Republican Parties splinter into multiple smaller political parties, so as usual my opinion on the following issues is not based on any partisan bias. I used to be a Democrat before going Independent.

It has been established beyond any deniability that Joe Biden significantly altered previous arrangements by his predecessor Trump and by America’s NATO allies regarding withdrawal from Afghanistan, yet he still struggles to cast blame on everyone else for the resulting disaster. For the COUNTLESS articles establishing Biden’s clear culpability in all this, by both Democrat and Republican media outlets, by the way, see the past few weeks’ worth of blog posts right here.

Senate Votes to Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure BillCreepy Sleepy Joe’s incoherent, loud and rambling “speech” the other day regarding Afghanistan showed the entire world why Biden has been so despised in the U.S. for decades EXCEPT by the white collar criminals who make up America’s notoriously corrupt political establishment. Watching the ugly, unfeeling behavior of this privileged white one percenter who would curl up in a helpless position then rage impotently at the rest of the world was no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to America’s politics for Joe’s nearly 50 years of failures and misdeeds. More HERE.

(And by the way, Biden was once again alarmingly late for his scheduled appearance. His handlers are clearly having a harder and harder time making this drooling loon presentable for the cameras.)

EVEN MEMBERS OF BIDEN’S OWN REGIME HAD TO CORRECT SOME OF HIS LIES FROM THAT DERANGED SPEECH

BRITISH STATESMEN CONTINUE TO EXPRESS HOW RIGHTFULLY APPALLED THEY ARE AT BIDEN FOR TRYING TO BLAME THEM FOR THE KABUL ATTACK. The damage that Joe Biden has done to relations with our allies is incalculable. “We cannot trust America with this man in charge” was just one of the recent quotes. 

nancy pelosi oldASTONISHINGLY, DEMOCRAT NANCY PELOSI REFUSED TO ALLOW THE NAMES OF THE 13 SLAIN SERVICE MEMBERS FROM THE KABUL ATTACK TO BE READ INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. This is an APPALLINGLY callous action taken just to spare the Biden Regime some embarrassment. Yes, political embarrassment means more to garbage like this than the deaths of men and women they send into harm’s way.

JOE BIDEN EVEN ABANDONED THE INTERPRETER WHO SAVED HIS LIFE YEARS AGO TO HIS FATE. Biden may well be the lowest life-form on the face of the Earth.

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Unfeeling trash

BIDEN REGIME REELING FROM REPORT THAT HE COULD HAVE THWARTED THE KABUL ATTACK BUT CHOSE NOT  TO. Also HERE. A stark reminder that as Vice President, Joe Biden advised AGAINST killing Osama Bin Laden in May of 2011. Luckily Obama ignored Joe’s advice.

A GREAT PORTRAYAL OF JOE “MISTER MAGOO” BIDEN.

“A RULING CLASS WITH BLOOD ON ITS HANDS” Great summary of our current situation regarding Joe Biden’s regime. Continue reading

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