BY 4 OUT OF 5 EMBATTLED PROFESSORS
Thank you, late, for your (Chuck Richardson told me it was
yours, anyway) column
about David Horowitz, etc., this summer--it was encouraging
to read. I've also enjoyed the letters attempting frantically
to guess your ancestry from your name--I think Matt Taibbi
used to get that too!
Mr. Uthman responds:
Dammit, can’t I have anything of my own?
PLEASE DON’T GO
I don’t think this is working anymore. Lately I’ve
been feeling ignore, marginalized, sometimes even abused.
When I met you, our relationship was about possibility, a
chance to prove the other’s wrong. Our friends didn’t
think we could make it work, but you believed in me, and that
was all I needed. When someone tried to take me away, you
were willing to stand up and fight for me. Do you remember
when you and your brother fought? Do you remember when our
relationship was more important? Do you remember the words
you said back then?
wanted to be Mrs. Q. Public. I wanted you to take me into
your heart always. But relationships take work, and you haven’t
been holding up your end. Sure, there was that thing in the
in the late sixties, but I’m not sure how much was you
and how much was the drugs. You forgot about me, more concerned
with what’s on TV. I tried to talk to you, you wanted
Monday Night Football.
never forget the time we had together, but I have to do what’s
right for me. We had our run, and it was a good one, but I
need someone who will make me a priority in their lives, not
just on our anniversary.
I’ll miss you.
Okay, fine then, go! See if we care, bitch! We’ve been
banging Fascism behind your back for years now anyway! Yeah,
that’s right! And he is one kinky freak! Hit the bricks,
babe—you never understood us anyway.
THANKS FOR SHUTTING ME UP
This is in regards to Stan Goff's article "No
Strategy, Just Exit." I don't know if he wrote the
article locally, but if he did, he was referring to the grandstand
I made at the first Sheehan vigil. The article was right on
the money. It pointed out the error I made in thinking that
there are any filthy corrupt people than can be swayed at
anti-war demos. Goff is right, there aren't any there, so
why bother weakening the demonstration by making vain attempts
to convince people who are or have been corrupted by the establishment.
those smart enough to see, the article layed out the difference
between think tanking and actually making things happin. The
left has been doing far too much of the former. The only real
point I am trying to make is that the article taught me a
thing or two and I'm not going to be the one giving that pointless
lecture at the next demo.
Oh sure, Jon, it’s all about you, isn’t it? In
fact, your daydream fantasy is true: There are tiny cameras
secretly filming you everywhere you go, so that important
people can ooh and ahh over your every mundane action. By
the way, we really like the new glasses.
.There is no such thing as a fucken onest politician,not in
this world. You guys hit it on the head Bob Wilmers &
Friends run this fucken city end of story. But you cant put
all the blame on these guy's its the assholes who live in
this shithole city no one takes the time to know the person
who runs for a piticular office,if the person is connected
to the whole bullshit scheme of things or not,they are content
on sitting in front of the TV watching to see if the Bills
are going to have A another fucken loseing season again and
again and again etc! The Bills suck and are always going to
suck until the old man dies and his daughter moves this shit
ass team to a real city! Hey you guys want to get another
slug on the city and county's ass( len lennahan chairman of
the democratic party), yes ladies and gentlmen another beauty
!you think the county was bad before, watch now!!! you heard
it hear first, lenny won... let me see...Kennedy's in south
buffalo "puppet to lenny's wishes" White in 6th
district dummer than a turd "another puppet" Loughren
who was a republican before he ran for lenny in the 14th district
it is endless but let's keep an eye on county govt.and see
how lenny runs things.He will be running the city when Brown
becomes Mayor.Hey if I could live in a city and i am the bad
guy and i could shoot up the town and the citizens dont care,
more power to me. ciao
understand you being somewhat bitter, Mr. Mayor, but don’t
you think slamming the Bills is a little low? They’ve
hardly even had a chance to suck yet!
BEATS OFF TO LYNNDIE ENGLAND
living conditions for both the inmates and correction officers
in the Holding Center and Wende Annex are intolerable and
inhuman. The correction officers are way overworked, over
tired and over stressed. To try and oversee prisoners that
way is dangerous and a recipe for disaster.
inmates who are still innocent until proven guilty in these
lockups are exposed to unhealthy, inhuman, crowded conditions.
isn't any toilet paper for the inmates and no feminine products
for the women, with menstrual blood on the floor.. The food
is terrible. Meatless sandwiches, just bread and some cheese.
Maybe you can take the attitude like Sheriff Howard and say
tough, you got in there, now you suffer, is against all civilized
culture. The inmates aren't given footwear, so they either
wear what ratty sneakers they have on or go barefoot and then
catch athelite's feet or some other disease.
cruel and inhumane to see this happening in America. Sheriff
Howard is never there, and he's way too busy hiring his buddies
and giving the other pals of his raises that the country can't
hear and see al-Qaeda prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Camp X-Ray
in Gitmo Cuba receiving hot food, clean sheets and superb
treatment, while American citizens who aren't found guilty,
waiting in a filthy, rotting stinking jail without toilet
paper, food, proper health care is an American shame.
overcrowding is dangerous not just to inmates, but for the
CO's who must watch over them. Something's gonna give, and
as long as Sheriff Howard doesn't give a damn about human
beings whether it be inmates or his own Corrcetions Officers,
things will get worse.
the men and women working there, I wish you all the best and
Buffalo, NY Ten year Navy vet 1982-1992
Here’s an idea, Jimmy: Why not send the surplus inmates
at ECHC to Gitmo? We’re sure they’d all jump at
the chance. At least the sodomy would be administered by trained
professionals. Plus they could dispense with the stress and
inconvenience of charges, legal representation and trials—all
that boring evidence. And, you know, clean sheets, “superb
treatment” and all…dick. You had yourself a good
message there for a minute, but you couldn't help tainting
it with your bizarre need to justify torturing foreigners,
could you? Talk about mixed messages.
THE ORIGIN OF SPECIOUS
A few years ago, I heard some lectures of Ken Ham on tape
where he 'disproves' evolution.
In my mind I formed an image of him as this dashing dapper
Aussie bloke with whispy blonde hair.
He is an eloquent and effective speaker. Is that picture
of him really what he looks like? Oh my god! He really does
look like a throwback to the nineteenth century. All he needs
is a top hat and a cane and an all black or dark brown suit
from that period. Either that or he looks like one of those
cavemen on a recent TV commercial I have seen. (Could that
be a sign, that the Christian fundamentalist right does not
want to evolve?)
At any rate, the tapes that I heard presented Mr. Ham's notions
about evolution including all the counterevidence -- well,
what he thinks of as counterevidence. According to the tapes
I heard, the Christian fundamentalist right wing really does
want to introduce creationist elements into the science curricula
of our schools among other things. And basically thereby use
that as a stepping stone to world wide evangelism. They really
want to weaken the teaching of evolution in not only elementary,
secondary, and high schools, but also in colleges and universities.
Of course, the first thing to do is to try to disprove the
notion of an ancient earth. After all, if one can prove that
the earth is far younger than billions of years, then things
on earth would not have had time to evolve. Most of Ken Ham's
lectures on these tapes attempt to do just this, to try to
show that the earth could not actually be billions or even
millions of years old.
Of course, those in the know already know that there are literally
mountains of evidence for an ancient and rich history of the
earth and that in turn supports the evolutionary model of
the origin of life on earth. An all of this was discovered
in the nineteenth century the same century that Mr. Ham appears
to be from.
The motivation of these movements, however is not science,
but power and influence. Most Christian intelligencia know
that the majority of people do not have a clue about most
of the major discoveries of science -- and many simply do
not care. They want something that makes them feel good --
something that makes them feel special in the face of an often
hostile, cruel, and frightening universe. The notion of a
personal Supreme Being fills the bill -- especially one that
gives a flying fuck about what is going on in the world. Of
course, they don't care about the evidence. Hurricane Katrina,
for example, was just an instance of his justified wrath because
people didn't behave. The people in New Orleans had it coming
to them because of their immoral behavior.
don't care about the evidence that many moral and upstanding
people were also killed in that disaster as well as hoodlums
and thugs. It was just the will of this Supreme Being. Don't
laugh, that is how these people think.
you have a society that ridicules 'nerds', people who take
an active interest in science, and ostracizes people who seem
to demonstrate that they have a modicum of intelligence, except
for people who have the intelligence to know how to make money,
you cannot expect much support from the society. For many
people science is a threat.
Educators of the twenty first century are going to have a
devil of a time because people don't see that science is relevant
to them and that scientific principles are important to our
grasping of knowledge. If you question what is supposed to
be common knowledge or 'common sense' you are labeled as 'stupid'
and not 'with it.'
If immoral behavior was punished by a supreme being, Steven,
D.C. would be a radioactive glass crater, and they’d
still be picking up pieces of Albany in Utica. And if Ken
Ham’s posse win the day, “educators” will
be criminally prosecuted.