18 February 2013

Just Part Of The Reason I'm A Proud Autodidact

Yeah, I'm all, like, uh . . . so educated. One thing they do seem to have been taught very well: Abraham Lincoln was our best President (other than the lone vote for Ben Franklin - yes, Ben Franklin.)

But I am sssoooo glad that there's not a predominantly leftist bias on college campuses, aren't you? And, as evidenced by this anecdotal video, even if that were true, we can see they're certainly not indoctrinating students. Whew, I'm all, like, uh . . .  sure glad we got that settled. Like, totally.


Jonathan Wertheimer said...

You really are mental aren't you? What horrible event traumatized you so terribly that you feel the need to rage against the educated world by cherry picking stupid folks as if they represent the rest of us. As your other commenters visiting here from a real blog have astutely pointed out, you're desperate for attention and come off as petty and bitter. I'm a psych teacher at a NH prep school and may use this blog as an example of adults who haven't quite grown up yet and believe the world owes them something. So glad Brooks introduced me to you.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...
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Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Jonathan. Thanks for stopping by. I didn't produce that video. I just shared it for a laugh. It is quite funny, wouldn't you agree? It's produced by PJTV - never heard of them? Here's a few factoids about their leadership team:

Roger L. Simon is the CEO of PJ Media. Simon was on the faculty of the American Film Institute and the Sundance Institute. He is an alumnus Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama. Simon is a co-founder of Pajamas Media.

Sandra Graves Rozanksi is the Chief Operating Officer of PJ Media. Rozanski holds and undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Aaron Hanscom is the Managing Editor of PJ Media. He formerly worked as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles. Hanscom graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in economics. His writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Orange County Register.

Notice anything about them? They all have some background in education. Two have actually been teachers and one has an advanced degree.

(Source: Wikipedia)

This wasn't made up. These were actual interviews.

"I'm a psych teacher at a NH prep school and may use this blog as an example"

I'm sure your students will appreciate a break from the routine. Do you complain to Professor Simpson when he puts up videos and/or cartoons mocking people?

No, of course you don't. But I'm the one who's petty and bitter. Of course. Thanks for the comment. It serves the whole intent quite well.

Jonathan Wertheimer said...

You're the one that continues to embarrass yourself and is now the laughing stock of the blogosphere and Facebook. You've been targeting us academics for quite sometime and payback is a... Well you know. I agree with Brooks latest post though, we need to stop giving you Anti-academic folks any attention as that's what you crave.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I'll make sure I mark your IP address and save your threat, just in case.

Payback,huh? My original post did not mention one name. It was really quite tame, more of a tweak than anything, yet now the whole academic blogoshpere is lit up over it. That's quite an accomplishment, wouldn't you say?

Man, you people are petty. You can dish it out, but you sure can't take it. Again, your comments serve the whole intent of the post quite well.

It's really nice of you to inform me of my status among academics. Yet you keep coming back. You'd be shocked at the .edu IP's that visit here and even more shocked at how many private emails I receive from those in the educational establishment who agree with what I simply observe, yet don't want to do so publicly.

I don't "target" academics. I just observe what I see and read. If you want to read someone who has done a great job of exposing what's going on in academia, I suggest you read David Horowitz's work, or "Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education" by Professor George Yancey or "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth" by Ben Shapiro.

Jonathan Wertheimer said...

No doubt those books were likely penned by your fellow conservative bible thumping tea bag types who are the guilty ones of indoctrinating through the like of Faux News and Right Wing talk radio. The David Bartons of the world. At least we get your kids thinking for themselves and show them that to question everything is to seek experience and knowledge. Or they could simply spoon feed themselves the same antiquated views that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Simpson came here, read the post that made absolutely no mention of him, then scurried back to his blog and played the victim, made false accusations, erected straw men, slew them, and declared himself the victor. So typical of his type.

Then his readers, who don't know me, come here, read one post, make all kinds of knee-jerk assumptions and accuse me of being a racist, make threats, (I've had to delete some of the nastier comments), etc, etc, etc. and say I'm the bitter one.

Absolutely amazing.

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Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


You are a class act partner. Normally, I would delete your posts, but you're providing us all with a great example of EXACTLY what I'm talking about. Please, do keep it up.

George Yancey is a professor of sociology at the Univ. of Texas: https://faculty.unt.edu/editprofile.php?pid=1525

"Bible-thumping tea bag types" Gee, that sounds like hate speech to me. Where's your tolerance?

"At least we get your kids"

No, you didn't get mine. They were all very successfully homeschooled. Go ahead, attack that in your next comment. You're turning out to be quite a case study. I'm sure Simpson is proud to have you as one of his readers.

Yes, we do pass our values on to our children and grandchildren. That actually shocks you? Come on, be truthful, you're playing me, aren't you?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"The educated world"

That is rich.

Jonathan Wertheimer said...

Good luck with the new book. I'm sure The History Press is thrilled to have an author who intentionally marginalizes his potential readership because he can't keep his politics to himself. Enjoy all the SCV engagements as that's about as high brow as you're likely gonna get on the speaking circuit. I bid you farewell. Brooks was quite right and I've given you way to much of my time and attention.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

You might want to check back at some point in the future. I think I may use your very enlightening comments as a teachable moment in an upcoming post. You've done us all a wonderful service and have richly validated so much of what I've observed and written in the past about certain attitudes in academia. I could not have made this up.

Thank you so much.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"an author who intentionally marginalizes his potential readership"

Oh, of course Jonathan. But all the authors who marginalize SCV members and other Southerners who are proud of their Confederate ancestors, that's ok, right?

Man, you do live in a bubble, don't you?

Maybe that's why a lot of university press books about the Civil War don't even sell 500 copies. (Even the good ones, and there ARE a lot of good ones.)

Jonathan W said...

Once again you arbitrarily post things with no stats to back them up. You make a bold post about university presses. Where's your numbers? Also my point is that with your public persona, youre pretty much relegated to your own peers for readership who tend to keep the Pelican Publishing propaganda houses in business as they are the only ones catering to your cultural mindset while those you rage against are getting all the publishing and media opportunities. Your envy is showing through. And if you didn't notice, your side is losing. The flaggers keep losing. The names of Confederate generals keep getting wiped off public schools and parks and your flag is relegated to the back of pickup trucks even in your beloved Lexington. Also the last election proved which direction this country is headed and that is FORWARD!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


I knew you wouldn't stay away. Here's some details about university press books:


Of course, you won't acknowledge facts even when you're staring at them.

BTW, I in no way suggest the worthiness of a book is determined ONLY by how many it sells. I have many wonderful books in my library that I doubt ever sold 1000 copies.

But, once again, your post speaks volumes in ways I could only dream of. You are truly one of the most narrow-minded individuals that has ever posted a comment here. You fit the classic example of the brain-washed modern to the tee. Jaw-dropping amazing.

George Orwell has got to be amazed at how prophetic he was.

ropelight said...

It's not all that surprising UC Berkeley students in the video couldn't identify Abraham Lincoln's political party even though they picked him as their favorite US President. Lincoln's political affiliation is just one of those inconvenient little facts their instructors give short shrift. After all, mustn't muddy the waters, and really, everyone already knows Republicans fought the CW to preserve slavery, so what difference does it make.?

As for favorites, mine was the Law School student. I'd bet good money he's clueless that UCB's Boalt Hall Law School was once named after a CW Signal Corpsman. But, since he's not pretending to be an historian he gets a pass.

John Henry Boalt studied both law and mining before he joined the 11th Ohio as a First Lieutenant in 1863. Then, after the war he went West all the way to Belmont, Nevada, seeking his fortune in the silver mines, which he found.

But, when the silver played out Boalt was able to turn to lawyerin' and eventually became a judge before moving to Northern California. After he died at the age of 64 his widow donated most of the money to build the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law on the UC Berkeley campus, completed in 1911.

However, after 96 years, Berkeley spent $25,000 on expert consultants who recommended that Boalt's name be dropped from the Law School in order to avoid confusion.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Rope. No, sadly it's not. I quizzed my 12 year old homeschooled granddaughter and she did much better than these poor folks. What is surprising is their willingness to spend gobs of money to attend Berkeley.

ropelight said...

Yeah, things sure have changed in the Golden State, and not for the better. Today's students are getting shortchanged.

Back in the '70s tuition at UC was quite reasonable, only $676/academic year broken down to $226 per quarter, then there was the additional Student's Association fee of $56 if memory serves, plus books. But that was it as far as the cost of instruction went.

I wonder how students would react to that info.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"I wonder how students would react to that info."

If their math skills are anything like their history skills, they probably wouldn't know the difference. ;-)

ropelight said...

My math skills apparently aren't so hot either, (3 x $226) is $678.

The Relic Seeker said...

I'm a graduate of a Massachusetts private university. I can tell you that I've had at least two classes in which your grade was based on your level of "assimilation" with the professor's liberal bias. One philosophy class was heavily based around "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." But my favorite class was "multicultural education." The most important thing he stressed was to simply accept my white guilt, liberal principles, and the welfare state. Only then could I succeed in this country's future.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello RS - thanks for sharing your experience.

"One philosophy class was heavily based around "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."

Oh my, that would drive me to drinkin'.