Rethinking ROTC?

On September 30, 2007, in Uncategorized, by administrator

“Meanwhile: As Columbia welcomes Ahmadinejad to campus, Columbia students who want to serve their country cannot enroll in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Columbia. Columbia students who want to enroll in ROTC must travel to other universities to fulfill their obligations. ROTC has been banned from the Columbia campus since 1969….
A perfect synecdoche for too much of American higher education: they are friendlier to Ahmadinejad than to the U.S. military.”
-William Kristol, The Weekly Standard

Some of you mentioned at the Dems’ Ahmadinemania debrief that you were interested in reopening discussion on Columbia’s ban on ROTC recruiting (for violating University discrimination policies). We here at L&D are willing to stay above the fray, for now, but tell us what you think. Outmoded, unpatriotic policy or principled defense of civil rights? Comment away…


Bush at the UN: Sound it out

On September 27, 2007, in Uncategorized, by administrator

It appears that the White House has learned just a bit too late that the President requires some assistance in public speaking. From Australia’s Daily Telegraph:

How do you keep a leader as verbally gaffe-prone as US President George W. Bush
from making even more slips of the tongue?When Mr Bush addressed the UN General
Assembly yesterday, the White House inadvertently showed exactly how — with a
phonetic pronunciation guide screened on the teleprompter.It included phonetic
spellings for French President Nicolas Sarkozy (sar-KO-zee), a friend, and
Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe
(moo-GAH-bee), target, and for Kyrgyzstan (KEYR-geez-stan), Mauritania
(moor-EH-tain-ee-a) and Zimbabwe capital Harare (hah-RAR-ray).

The U.S. press, when reporting this, was much kinder. From the LA Times, for example:

For his address at the General Assembly, President Bush was not taking any chances. His speechwriters put phonetic
guides into his speech, so that the leader of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe
(moo-Gah-bee), would understand he was being told to stop the crackdown in
Harare [hah-RAR-ray]. Bush didn’t talk
about Ahmadinejad because the Iranian president had gotten enough attention, not
because Bush couldn’t pronounce the
name, an aide said.

This was subsequent to several paragraphs on the difficulty of pronouncing Ahmadinejad, thus situating this barb at Bush’s oratory flaws within a larger, more acceptable context.



On September 25, 2007, in Uncategorized, by administrator

There is a transcript available courtesy of the Washington Post. Video is expected eventually at CTV News, but it looks like there is some delay.



On September 24, 2007, in Uncategorized, by administrator

“Women are ten times more respected than men in Iran. “

… just thought we should let the world know that… Which explains the rape rallies, and the drastic and draconian punishments and daily restrictions they live under.



On September 24, 2007, in Uncategorized, by administrator

“We don’t have homosexuals in our country, and I dont know who has told you that”

…. There really isn’t commentary on this. I’m not sure there can be…