Diversity Lane: He’s *everywhere*

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  1. Universities!

  2. That is what we call free enterprise, folks.

    Nobody is forcing any stores – including those large corporations that have chain stores that sell these knicknacks – to carry these goods.

    Nobody is forcing manufacturers to make them. They obviously think they can sell them. Why anyone would want to buy them, I have no idea – but then people buy stuff with Hannah Montana pics, etc. that I don’t understand, either.

    Nobody is forcing any consumers to buy them. As I said, I don’t, and none of my friends who voted for Obama do. They seem tacky. But obviously some people are buying them.

    If not, you wouldn’t see them in the stores. There’s a whole supply chain – manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – who think they can make money off this crap.

    I’m sorry Sonoran Alliance hates capitalism.

    It’s really the best economic system, guys. You should try to be grateful we live in a free market!

    More hating of the American way of life, I see…

    Relax and try to enjoy the privilege of being a U.S. citizen!

  3. Oh, and if anyone wants to buy some John McCain knicknacks, please contact me!

  4. And if you don’t want to buy it from me, you can get your official certified McCain/Palin campaign trail souvenir T-shirts here if you don’t see them in the stores:
    http://www.zazzle.com/certified_official_mccain_palin_souvenir_tshirt-235183226678392270

  5. You can get a life-size cut-out of Mitt Romney for only $50 here:
    http://www.republicandepot.com/Mitt_Romney_Cut_Out_p/cor5337.htm

  6. And for the same $50 less a nickel you can get this framed ticket to the 2001 inauguration ceremonies of George W. Bush as President of the United States:

    http://www.loriferber.com/presidential-memorabilia/george-w-bush/george-w-bush-inauguration-ceremonies-framed-ticket.html

    Isn’t capitalism wonderful!

  7. Veritas Vincit says

    Richard? The cover of Time Magazine (again) isn’t a nick-knack on a store shelf. Its once again media hype pushing their wonderkid.

    MSM has his image all over the place just as Saddam Hussein, Chairman Mao, and other tin horn wannabees images are plastered all over the place.

    If the folks want to buy that junk, then sell it! But don’t push an image and call it “objective journalism”.

  8. kralmajales says

    Wanumba,

    Do you happen to be in a United States university, which, despite the cuts are the envy of the world?

    And I sure wish students could be brainwashed, but amazingly, they are adults and tend to, if conservative, remain conservative.

  9. kralmajales says

    Im shocked like hell that you will continue to knock American universities when, lost boys of Sudan, thousands of them, have been taken into this country, given privileges toward becoming a citizen or getting a green card, and that also were likely sponsored for a top notch US University education.

  10. Veritas Vincit says

    “.. sponsored for a top notch US University education”

    kralma, based on what academic standard? None.

    “.. given privileges toward becoming a citizen”

    kralma, when your given something you aren’t brought up to value, its meaning is valueless to you. Besides, why are they being “given” anything they didn’t earn?

    Are these the Muslim or Christian “boys of Sudan” you are speaking about?

  11. “Are these the Muslim or Christian “boys of Sudan” you are speaking about?”

    Can’t decide if you should be prejudiced against them or not, VV?

  12. kralmajales Says:
    August 18th, 2009 at 7:54 pm
    Wanumba,
    Do you happen to be in a United States university, which, despite the cuts are the envy of the world?

    And I sure wish students could be brainwashed, but amazingly, they are adults and tend to, if conservative, remain conservative.
    ==================
    Due to parental obligations to a pile of kids who have just graduated university – currently in university, headed for university, I spend quite a bit of time dealing with the US educational system, public and private and am not impressed at all with what’s happened to our schools K-12, college, university BA-MA-PhD. Appalled is a better summation. The decline is not 100%, but it’s severe and totally unnecessary and will create problems for America’s properity, innovativeness and resilience in the future. American students already show up to universities ill-equipped to pursue rigorous study in fields like science and engineering. Foreign students fill those slots. They aren’t any smarter or genius than any similar group of Americans, but they did receive a proper schooling that enables them to continue into higher level work.

    Our kids attended for years the French overseas education system in AFrica. When they returned to the USA and attended school in the American system they were far ahead, they were bi-lingual, and they’ve had to deal daily with one idiocy or another of the Progressive Liberal Left conditioning of children in the classroom. Since we weren’t in it over the past two decades, the change is very noticeable to people like us.

    Regarding univesities. It is possible to get an excellent education, but there’s a lot of junk along the way to avoid. The expression, “Buyer Beware” applies.

    Foreign students understand the incredible opportunity better than many Americans today do, so foreign students are a generally more motivated group to achieve in their studies.
    Many of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan do very well, they are very aware of the opportunity they’ve been given.

  13. But wanumba… the “Lost Boys” of Sudan? Veritas needs to know if they’re Muslim or Christian.

    He can’t decide whether to say “Good Bless Them!” or “AMERICA IS TRAINING ITS ENEMIES” without clairification on that.

    If he chooses the right one, his computer dispenses a food pellet.

  14. kralmajales says

    Wanumba,

    You are right about one thing in your discussion…yes…the university systems are on the decline. You should know why. There is a documented trend of cuts to state funded institutions that goes back about 20 years. Each year the state pays less and less to subsidize the costs of education that many have a constitutional mandate to do. For instance, in Arizona, our institutions at one time had a huge percentage of funding from state sources, now it is down to less than 20% and I think in recent years it is now down below 15%.

    So costs continue to go up, class sizes up, students going to college up, and with it, sadly, tuition. But hey, that is what a market brings you. Extremely expensive education.

  15. If American universities are on a downward trend it has more to do with the philosophies which now dominate our public education at all levels, not the cash thrown at them!

  16. Veritas Vincit says

    Money has zip to do with the decline of higher education in this country.

    Activism has replaced objective academics.

  17. kralmajales says

    Carlist and Veritas,

    You are totally wrong.

  18. Kral:

    Just an example:

    Washington D.C. public schools are receive the highest per capita funding in the nation!

    Guess which is one of the worst school systems?

    Public schools are constantly found to be behind Private, parochial and charter and even home school educated children when common performance tests are applied.

    Why?

    Probably due to the iron clad “progressive” ideology mandated by teacher’s unions and dominating secularist elites!

    And deep down they’re aware of the truth, that’s why they so frantically and fanatically fight to politically ward off full free market competition.

  19. Veritas Vincit says

    Klute, I’m against the lost Muslim boys of Sudan because those “boys” have been engaged in genocide and mass atrocities for over a decade against the lost Christian boys of the Sudan. Why in the world would we want to bring them here???

    I note you’re interested in the lost “boys”, guess the lost girls must remain in that paradise right?

    Ok, I’ll vote for you taking in 5 of them directly from the Sudan. They’ll live in your house Klute. Put up or shut up my liberal blogger.

    Should tax dollars pay for Sudanese males(regardless of religious preference) receiving a free education at a US public university?

    Bet their slam-poetry would be awesome. We’ll come to your house for a meet up eh?

  20. VV,

    About why there aren’t Lost Girls:

    “When villages were attacked, girls were raped, killed, taken as slaves to the north, or became servants or adopted children for other Sudanese families. As a result, relatively few girls made it to the refugee camps.”

    Hopefully, this answers your question. More answers can be found if you Google or Wiki: “Lost Boys of Sudan”.

    As for me taking on five people, I don’t really recall me saying I have the ability to take on five political refugees. Fortunately, I don’t have to…

    http://www.azlostboyscenter.org/

    As for the “Muslim” part of your equation, I understand your mind is so jammed shut that you hear or read the world “Muslim” and transliterate it to “TERRORIST PSYCHO KILLER”, but that’s not actually the case. There are millions (hundreds of millions!) of Muslims who haven’t taken a life, killed, raped, etc.

    “Should tax dollars pay for Sudanese males(regardless of religious preference) receiving a free education at a US public university?”

    I believe a higher education should be made available to everyone, yes. So does the Arizona State Constitution (Article 11, section 6):

    “The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.”

    “Bet their slam-poetry would be awesome. We’ll come to your house for a meet up eh?”

    I bet it *would* be pretty awesome. With the slam moving to the Madcap Theatre in downtown Tempe near ASU, hopefully we’ll get to hear them.

    My house is reserved for team practices only. You seem awfully obsessed with meeting me lately, though.

  21. Veritas Vincit says

    and there you have it folks … the mindset of the Left.

    free educations for anyone in Africa (or anywhere else for that matter)

  22. I know, VV, the Arizona Consitution is so very vexing for you.

    I mean – it’s “Arizona”, and it’s a “Constituition”, and you’re programmed to believe everything in there is good, and just, like grandma used to make.

    So this:

    “The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.”

    (actual text of Arizona Consitution! )

    I like to imagine you shouting in front of Governor Hunt’s tomb:

    “WHY!?!? WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME SO?!!?!”

    Deal with it. The Founders of the State of Arizona thought it important enough to give free education to everyone… And if you don’t like – MOVE TO ANOTHER STATE.

  23. Carlist,
    Look, study after study show that educational outcomes are heavily impacted by funding.

  24. Veritas Vincit,
    Yes in fact tax dollars should be spent to help pay for refugees to receive an education at a public university.

    People who the US and other countries take in as refugees come with nothing. Helping them adjust to and integrate into society has results far outweighing any funding to help them get started.

    I mean really, now you are getting indignant about refugees?

  25. kralmajales Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 7:11 am
    Wanumba,

    You are right about one thing in your discussion…yes…the university systems are on the decline. You should know why. There is a documented trend of cuts to state funded institutions that goes back about 20 years.
    ……………..
    With the amount of money that goes into these schools, the schools should all look like the Taj Mahal. Actually, they DO LOOK as expensive as the Taj Mahal, and like the Taj Mahal, they are bankrupting the state which supports them. But the curriculum and instruction is what leaves the university, NOT the grounds, the pools, the coffee shops. With easier loan funding available, the universities have done what the real estate sector did, get people into higher priced schools, stretched out on easy loans, and with that, the universities went on spending sprees, building more physical plant, adding staff and non-academic extras.
    Pools, food courts, lounging facilties – what? Even luxury!! dorms! What??
    The local businesses not good enough? Universities keep expanding like cities inside cities, but their educational product is watered down, they offer too many fluffy degrees that don’t pay off an they create an unrealistic coccoon world.
    The bulk of their expenses are support service now, not teaching.

    But the cry is always, “We need more money!”
    No. Their tuition costs rise faster than everyone else’s incomes. That means they are not using the money wisely. They need to sit down, get real, cut out the fat and get back to degrees that people can use in the market.

  26. There is hardly a girl over 13 in Sudan who is not already married. So, opportunities for them are scarce for a higher education, in a nation with one of the world’s worst literacy rates, male or female. Peace in Southern Sudan is allowing schools to open that never existed before.

    There are a number of “lost boys” of Christian and Muslim backgrounds, orphaned. Giving them a chance to have a productive life is not a bad thing at all.

    That issue has nothing to do with the bloated spending and feathering of the university nest that is driving costs thru the roof. The universities are trying to provide ALL means for student living, to the point of spoiling students into expectations they will not be able to fulfill after graduation, including a job that will pay enough to maintain luxury living AND pay for their diploma debt.
    The public educational sector is ridiculously disconnected from the fact that everyone else has to produce to be paid.
    Now with the job losses, and no relief in sight, the party’s over. But the universities and public schools still demand more money. From where? Squeezing it from a stone?

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