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Love me some VDH. I intended on enumerating the epithets he employed in the essay, but they speak for themselves in situ.

"All of these elite university presidents supposedly were once top scholars, seasoned faculty, and experienced deans and provosts. In other words, they are the purported best and brightest of what academia now has to offer us.”

On the “not so much at all,” Christopher F. Rufo yesterday offers evidence that Gay repeatedly violated Harvard’s rules on plagiarism in her 1997 doctoral dissertation: “Is Claudine Gay a Plagiarist?” (https://christopherrufo.com/p/is-claudine-gay-a-plagiarist).

And Bill Ackerman, the billionaire and public enemy of antisemites of whatever stripe, offers the opinion, although anonymous, of a “a senior member of the Harvard” that these allegations are “credible” (https://twitter.com/BillAckman, tweet Dec. 10, 8:52 PM).

So Gay is a plagiarist? Why does that not surprise me? On the wrong side of the River Charles sits Boston University where Martin Luther King Jr. plagiarized portions of his dissertation. (I am NOT suggesting that King and Gay are morally equivalent: King towers above her.) So perhaps Gay thinks: If a black man can get away with it, why not a black woman?


Perhaps Gay is like Biden. Biden, bereft of a moral compass and rooted in no principles, sees others (Bill, Hillary, Obama, et al. get away with bad behavior (lying, bullshitting, grifting, chicaneru of all sorts) and thinks to himself: that's what politicians do, so I'll do it too. Everybody does it! That's how you play the game.

Going a bit deeper:

Truth is not a value for the Left

and even worse, on the 'woke' Left:

There is no truth.

Make of this what you will. I take no position on it. https://www.aol.com/israel-sent-suitcases-cash-gaza-162531699.html

Some people have an authoritarian personality structure. They will believe damned-near anything the authorities proclaim, as witness the recent ovine capitulation of useful idiots to the pronouncements of the now-discredited Fauci.

Other people have a conpiratorial mind-set: they see or suspect conspiracies everywhere. One of the latter sent me the above link.

On yesterday's date, Tom Merton died near Bangkok. A man sent me two books he published alleging that Merton was assassinated by the CIA.

Could be! The more I know about the Deep State, the more I am inclined to smell a globalist-anti-liberty rat behind what they do via their puppet Joey B.


Also of interest, Rabbi Dov Fischer on the other "bastard," the one at Penn, who was fired and the national resistance, Jewish and Christian, to antisemitism: https://spectator.org/jews-goodbye-liz-magill-and-good-riddance-you-bastard/

Aristotle's definition of truth should be taught in every High School.

“To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true”. Metaphysics, 1011b25

Thanks for the link, Vito. Fischer is my kind of writer. He reminds me of myself, the parenthetical pirouetters, e.g. But he did misspell 'et al.'

Since I sometimes use terms of abuse to refer to our political opponents, the question arises for me: is it ever morally acceptable to treat our opponents/enemies with utter contempt assuming that they are all sons and daughters of the same Father?

At the moment I don't have the energy to set forth the problem properly, but it is a difficult and important one.

Oz,

I agree. Unfortunately, your nominalism prevents you from properly explicating the Aristotelian definition.

I said above that Rabbi Fischer misspelled 'et al.' But I just now noticed that above I wrote 'piroutters.' But in my case it was a mere typographical error, not a misspelling! (GRIN)

The rising tide of ant-semitism is yet another argument for civilian possession of the AR-15, especially among Jews.

But among Christians as well. 'First they came for the Saturday people, then they came for the Sunday people."

And non-religious conservatives to boot. A liberty-inimical government infiltrated and controlled by leftist totalitarians cannot be effectively opposed with mere words, or appeals to conscience or to sweet reason. A reasonable man knows that there are times when the hard fist of unreason is the only effective antidote to evil-doers.

The reasonable know that reason has limits.

Niall Ferguson on the Treason of the Intellectuals. https://www.thefp.com/p/niall-ferguson-treason-intellectuals-third-reich

Carol Swain on Claudine Gay's plagiarism. https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2023/12/12/scholar-carol-swain-on-breitbart-news-daily-if-harvard-president-claudine-gay-was-a-white-male-she-would-be-fired/

Harvard is getting exactly the president it hired. https://freebeacon.com/campus/harvard-is-getting-exactly-the-president-it-hired/

DEI and Jews https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/the-dei-complex-will-never-protect-jews

The politics of tribal nonsense https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/politics-tribal-nonsense-wilfred-reilly

I expect more from Asians that this: https://nypost.com/2023/12/13/news/boston-mayor-under-fire-for-secret-no-whites-christmas-party/

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