OT: Ken Blanchard over at the South Dakota Politics blog discovers yet another college professor who can't argue his way out of a wet paperback:
[quoting Professor of Religion emeritus Richard Crouder's opinion piece in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Star-Tribune]:
If mass killings such as occur daily in Iraq took place in a Western country, and especially if they arose through foreign intervention and an ambition to change our civilization, we also would be radicalized. We, too, would be in the vanguard of a desperate movement to drive the disturbing presence from our midst.
Now consider cause and effect here: what has driven the insurgents into the "vanguard of a desperate movement to drive the disturbing presence from [their] midst"? It is the mass killings that occur daily in Iraq, which arise "through foreign intervention." Now by mass killings daily he surely means the persistent bombings. So the bombings are both the cause and effect of the terrorist campaign. They are blowing up their fellow citizens because they are offended that so many of their fellow citizens are being blown up. That's noxious numbskullery.
Can you say 'puff'?
...while the Rocky Mountain News presents an equally saccharine paean to incoming CU president Hank Brown
"Like anyone in the public eye, mistakes get more attention than accomplishments," Regent Michael Carrigan said. "She was an exceptional advocate for the faculty and had uncompromising dedication to what was needed to keep CU a top-tier university. In some ways, this stubbornness may have contributed to her downfall, but it is admirable."
"One thing you can say about Hank," says Bob Heiny, a friend for 32 years, "he really likes to come in and take on a challenge and make things better."
Should Brown, in fact, make things better at CU, chances are it will be with a minimum of histrionics or angst.
"The one thing about Hank that has never changed is his calming effect on people," says his wife, Nan. "If there's a lot of stress and hysteria going on around him, he makes you feel it's going to be OK."
And, chances are, he'll make you feel that you're OK in the process.
The Post does not explain why such a sterling example of a university president like Hoffman could possibly have been responsible for the worst scandals to rock an institution of higher learning, preferring to imply that, like Topsy, they jes' growed.
And one can only hope that the RMN's reporter reads Hank Brown all wrong when he paints him as everybody's buddy. The last thing CU needs is another "consensus builder." What it desperately needs is adult supervision.