Archive for 8, December 2011

7 Dec, 1941

Posted in army training, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , on 8, December 2011 by chockblock

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

Pearl Harbor speech (1941)
by PresidentFranklin Delano Roosevelt

Could it have been prevented? No. We must remember. We must be ready. We must teach the lessons learned.

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College myths still won’t die!

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , on 8, December 2011 by chockblock

Like a monster in a bad horror film, the left and the MSM keep pushing the “College is maximum fun!” meme..into the ground:

Not to rub it in, but here are 10 cool, unusual classes you probably wish you were taking instead.

Boston University: “Surfing and American Culture”.

Emerson: “Puppetry”.

Harvard: “Anime as Global Pop Culture”.

10 college courses you wish you’d registered for: By Vanessa Formato (Boston Globe, yes THE Boston Globe)

Instapundit and Walter Russell Mead are not impressed:

“It is hard to know which is more disturbing, here: that a college can accept student loan money for a course like this without being charged with financial fraud or the vapid thinking and limp prose that Globe editors evidently think belongs in their newspaper.”

I went and sank (or tired to) the four big college myths that these “courses” feed.

College is not a party all the time, I get to watch anime and get credit for it. We as a nation have known that this crap has been going on for years. It’s an open secret. The reason many teachers and other professionals in government lack the ability to do their job is that they pad their CV with these bullshit fluff courses. Some colleges and universities let the students make their own courses for credit. Get your freinds to sign up and you too can get credit for playing Modern Warfare. They get hired based on that stellar college transcript only to find out that the “teacher” knows less about English, science or math than the students.

These slackers may get a harsh dose of reality when they submit their transcripts. I’d be embarrassed if I had “Buffy Studies” or “Anime as Global Popular Culture” on my transcript with a letter grade. To and employer, that’s signal that the transcript and the degree are worthless.

I took some fun courses in college. Tai Chi, drawing, weight training, meditation etc. But they were non-credit courses. On my transcript they were worth 0.0 (A of course being worth a 4.0). They were my one hour mental health breaks. I still had to take the hard STEM courses to get my degree. Parents who let their sons and daughters take these courses for credit, students to take these courses for credit should be ashamed. But not surprised if the ones who get an A in Anime or Puppetry are working at Starbucks. At least you have a 4.0.