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Washington Baltimore Corridor Music Camp

July 7, 2006 | By | No Comments

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The Diva on Piano The Baptist Convention of Baltimore and Delware is sponsoring a music camp. Starts this Sunday and spaces are filling up.

Cost $99 per child — We’ll be sending our Penta-Posse.

Call Bryan at 410 -dot- 695 -dot- 5374 to reserve a spot. Reservations can also be made at the door at First Baptist Church in Laurel, Maryland. Or email Bryan at BPatrick AT FirstBaptistLaurel dot org

Or email me.

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Larry Summers Speaks Up for ROTC; Gets Fired

July 5, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Harvard ROTC

CommissioningThese two events are not connected. Directly.

Causation? Maybe. Correlation. Certainly.

Your Business Blogger was recently reminded that it is possible to get an army commission at Harvard.

Lefty gentleman Jody Wheeler writes/links in Fluke that it is not impossible these days to get an ROTC commission at Harvard.

Sort of.

Raphael C. Rosen, co-authors Profile in Courage in Jim Glassman’s TCSDaily. Rosen notes about Harvard President Summers that,

Yet another controversy has been the place of the military on campus which, in Harvard’s case, is effectively non-existent.

But Wheeler is right.

But.

The military program is effectively non-existent; is a head fake. For two reasons:

1) Cadets drill at nearby MIT, so as not to infect Harvard with any sense of patriotism, and

2) The ROTC program is supported with private funds.

Harvard lent only the logo to the commissioning. And its hated president, Larry Summers. The commissioning was cheered by the hated Rumsfeld.

Richard Posner writes on the Summers Resignation,

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Larry Summers at the commissioning

A few comments portray Summers as a political reactionary, noting for example his effort to bring back ROTC to Harvard. Summers is of course a Democrat who served in the Clinton Administration. He recognized that it was not good for Harvard to be monolithically left wing. As John Stuart Mill pointed out in On Liberty, a person’s critical faculties are apt to atrophy if he is surrounded by like-minded people who do not question his ideas and opinions. Nor would it be inappropriate for Summers to believe that Harvard’s influence on public policy is needlessly diminished by unpatriotic institutional decisions, such as excluding military recruiters and instruction from the university.

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Fem-FearBut the Harvard ROTC commissioning ceremony is a start to bring back the Old School into the new world. If the feminists can be beaten.

After all, John Harvard was a Jesus-loving, Bible-thumping Puritan.

Harvard as a Divinity School. Now that would be Progressive.

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See Advocates for Harvard ROTC.

Also see segal org for ROTC funding at Harvard.

See Nothing on Harvard.

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger’s education was partially funded by the Army’s ROTC program.

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Center for Military Readiness Names New Vice President

June 10, 2006 | By | One Comment

As George Bush started to run for president, the story is told about Dick Cheney and his work to help find a Vice President. Numerous talented candidates were evaluated. But none were quite as good as…Dick Cheney.

(Cheney did this before. Dick Cheney says that he set up an exploratory committee for Lynn as she was looking for a husband.)

So I followed the Vice President’s example when Elaine Donnelly asked about hiring staff to help her at the Center for Military Readiness.

I volunteered to set up an exploratory committee and helped evaluate candidates. There were many outstanding contenders. Not-so-Secretly, I wanted the job.

And you can’t beat the Cheney model.

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Jack Yoest Appointed Vice President

of the Center for Military Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 6, 2006

Contact: Elaine Donnelly (734/464-9430 ) or Jack Yoest (202/215-2434);

Website: www.cmrlink.org

Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, is pleased to announce the appointment of John “Jack” Wesley Yoest, Jr., as Vice President of CMR.

Mr. Yoest will represent the Center for Military Readiness in the nation’s capital, and will work with Pentagon policy makers, legislators, and the media on wartime military personnel policies of concern to CMR. He will also be involved in research and production of CMR Policy Analysis reports and publications, and will manage initiatives in development, marketing, and new media on the Internet.

Donnelly predicted that the expertise and vision that Yoest brings to the new position will heighten the organization’s presence and influence in Washington D.C., and further extend the organization’s reach into the ranks of active duty men and women worldwide. “Jack’s abilities as a writer, successful entrepreneur and business consultant, plus his military background, will help CMR to increase awareness of policy decisions that affect discipline, morale and readiness, especially in time of war.”

Mr. Yoest has started successful manufacturing and software businesses, advised non-profit CEOs on fundraising and strategic direction, and has consulted with domestic and international companies in the fields of high technology, biotechnology and medical devices. He served as an Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Resources during the administration of Virginia Governor James Gilmore. He was Chief of Technology during the Secretariat’s Year 2000 (Y2K) conversion, and was a key advisor on the state’s website development and policy construction for electronic commerce (e-business).

Mr. Yoest earned an MBA from George Mason University and completed graduate work in the International Operations Management Program at Oxford University. A former Captain in the U. S. Army and son of a 30-year Navy submariner, Yoest served in combat arms and on the U.S. Armor and Engineer Board, which directed research and conducted testing with night vision and electro-optics.

His articles on business, military, and social/cultural subjects have been published in National Review Online, The Women’s Quarterly, and Small Business Trends, and syndicated by the Scripps-Howard News Service. Yoest resides in the Washington D.C. area with his five children and wife Charmaine, who is Vice President for Communications at the Family Research Council.

The Center for Military Readiness is an independent, non-partisan public policy organization, founded in 1993, which specializes in military personnel issues.

Center for Military Readiness P.O. Box 51600 Livonia, Michigan 48151

Phone: (734) 464-9430

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The press release was picked up by The Washington Times.

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Mudville has Open Post.

Marketing from the Academy

June 10, 2006 | By | No Comments

The pretensions of the intellectual elite. More authenticity from Princeton University Press, as advertised in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

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Marketing. A catchy title would ordinarily sell books. Like half nekked women can sell calendars.

Your Business Blogger recently came across “Professor” Frankfurt’s book in the remainder bin at a book chain store. It’s a wee little volumn. Very thin. The cites for St. Augustine were thinner. I didn’t buy it. And nobody else did either.

I’ve read better blogs.

Here’s a sample from the first chapter of what “one of the world’s most influential moral philosophers” has to say about…cow manure:

. . .we have no clear understanding of what bullsh*t is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, we have no theory. I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of bullsh*t, mainly by providing some tentative and exploratory philosophical analysis.

I shall not consider the rhetorical uses and misuses of bullsh*t. My aim is simply to give a rough account of what bullsh*t is and how it differs from what it is not–or (putting it somewhat differently) to articulate, more or less sketchily, the structure of its concept.

The “structure of its concept?”

Well. Wasn’t there someone, anyone, at Princeton University Press with enough class to tell this, this academic writer that the book is merely juvenile?

Slate loved it. Of course. (“The Bush administration is clearly more bullsh*t-heavy than its predecessors.”)

Who would want tuition dollars to go to these… educators? Now that’s bullsh*t.

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Frugal Car Maintenance; Management by Your Business Blogger

May 31, 2006 | By | One Comment

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Nearing the half million mark Your Business Blogger has two bar bets that I always win:

1) I’ve been fired from more jobs than you, and

2) I’ve got more miles than you. On my car, that is.

And the key to longevity is routine maintenance. And the key to maintenance is a competent mechanic.

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The Dude pulling maintenance I’ve retained The Dude for the basics. And sometimes more.

He works well with little management supervision.

Call for rates.

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Linked on the Festival of Frugality.

Higher Education Titillation

May 17, 2006 | By | One Comment

May not be safe for work. Following pictures are from institutions of higher learning. Your boss may be a boob who wouldn’t understand.

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Professor Diana York Blaine Ms. Mentor has a column in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Where she recently asked,

All right, Ms. Mentor will admit it: Many professors do behave weirdly.

I suppose. But let’s not step on on Dr. Diana York Blaine’s first amendment freedoms. Professor Blaine “teaches” women’s studies at the University of Southern California. She knows oppression when she sees it. And free expression.

She burns her bras, too. Part of her syllabus, I think.

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“Art” in The Chronicle

courtesy of Edouard Duval Carrie And here is the latest from The Chronicle. Nekked women everywhere!

Ah, yes, you say, but this is art. My 12 year-old Dreamer could do better. But she’s not from the third world.

Anyway, I think the “art” is included to titillate the professors. Like the ones a-seducing Naomi Wolf wanna-bes.

And there’s more. Not just the nudie pictures. The academy is misbehaving.

On May 12, 2006, The Chronicle reports in The 7 Deadly Sins of Professors,

Lust: Affairs and adultery happen …Apparently, there are some professors who pursue students in a sexual way…

And this is bad. Not because it is wrong. Not because women are violated.

Nope. The Chronicle says that Lust is a sin because,

…the hostilities linger longer.

Professors are such a pragmatic bunch.

Ms. Mentor continues, “But who shows academics how to behave properly?”

It sounds like the professors needed parents who would do some paddling.

Or a lawsuit would do. Professor R. Igor Gamow was actually fired by the University of Colorado for “moral turpitude.” For raping a Dana Ruehlman. She got a huge cash award.

But the court case is confusing. To normal non-academics, at least. She was raped some 80 times between 1995 and 1998.

Sex 80 times.

Every other week for three years Dana and Igor made whoopi. It was not reported what locations they favored.

Or if Dana may have driven by a police station for a tryst with the monsterous rapist Igor. The horror! The trauma! The academy.

So they had sex 80 times. She gets $285,000. And here we are. The University is merely a pimp supported by taxpayers.

That fired the john.

The Chronicle reports on the convicted rapist that,

Mr. Gamow, whose father, a physicist, helped develop the Big Bang…

I’ll say.

Your tuition dollars at work.

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Outside The Beltway was Your Business Blogger’s first exposure.

Basil’s Blog has a picnic.

Don Suber has Rx: Act Like Ladies.

Mudville Gazette has Open Post.

Basil’s Blog has a picnic.

Jo’s Cafe has specials.

Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review Speaks at the Harbour League

May 17, 2006 | By | No Comments

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Ramesh Ponnuru

credit: Charmaine Yoest The Harbour League, based near Baltimore, Maryland, Presents:

The Party of Death

Featuring

Ramesh Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru is senior editor for National Review and has covered politics as a reporter for more than a decade. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and a media fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution

His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Washington Times, the Weekly Standard, and Financial Times.

He is also a frequent guest on television including appearances on FOX’s The Big Story with John Gibson, CNN’s Inside Politics, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, CSPAN’s Washington Journal and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

7:00pm — 8:00pm (Reception to follow)

Doors open at 6:30pm

The Cloisters

10440 Falls Road

Lutherville, Maryland

Directions

There is no charge for this event; however, RSVP is a must. Seating is limited and Harbour League members have priority seating.

RSVP for this Event here.

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What Can You Get at Liberty University and Not At Harvard?

May 13, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

Commissioned. As a Second Lieutenant. In the Army.

Ours.

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Officer Commissioning, Liberty University, 2006

It’s been decades since I witnessed the swearing in of ROTC Cadets into the officer corps. (My own.) So Your Business Blogger packed up Charmaine and the Penta-Posse and headed south from DC to watch another. To Lynchburg, Virginia. Home of Jerry Falwell, Chancellor and President of Liberty University, and founder of Thomas Road Baptist Church. A 3,000 seat church with 22,000 members.

The ceremony is a solemn, emotional occasion. And they weren’t even my kids.

They now belong to all of us.

The oath of office goes,

I (insert name),

having been appointed a (insert rank) in the U.S. Army under the conditions indicated in this document,

do accept such appointment and do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies,

foreign and domestic,

that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely,

without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;

and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter,

so help me God.

So help me God. Which is why you will not see a commissioning at Harvard.

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Jack and Charmaine

Thomas Road Baptist Church

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From the 33rd Baccalaureate May 12, 2006,

Today, Liberty University celebrates with the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as we commission eleven Second Lieutenants in the United States Army. Army ROTC is a four-year program of study focusing on leadership, and the technical and tactical skills required to become a U.S. Army Officer….

In Liberty’s Corps of Cadets, there are graduates from the Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare Schools. Our Cadets have trained with the Special Forces, and with Army units in Korea….

Coincidentally, good Friends Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer received Honorary Doctorates. With Senator John McCain.

Open Post at Mudville Gazette.

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N*pples and Circumcision: The Chronicle of Higher Education Makes the Cut

May 9, 2006 | By | One Comment

I’m not sure if this is safe for work or not. I would think so, if it’s art. The Chronicle of Higher Education says it is.

But who knows? If your boss does not permit n*pples in the cubicles do not scroll down. But it’s really not that bad. Not that good? The Chronicle’s had better pictures. I mean worse.

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Eleanor, Chicago; by Harry Callahan

Your Business Blogger is intrigued by what passes for taste, style and learning in our education elites. The latest issue of The Chronicle comes through again.

Occupying a full quarter page of real estate is a photograph by a self-absorbed photographer. Redundant, I know.

The Chronicle informs us that,

Of all the notable photographers of the 20th century, surely Harry Callahan is the coolest.

I thought Ansel Adams was cool. Perhaps not.

So what makes for cool in academe? The Chronicle enlightens fellow elites,

When he was 34, Callahan wrote what might remain the truest and most naive grant proposals. He was asking for money “to photograph as I felt and desired; to regulate a pleasant form of living; to get up in the morning — free, to feel the trees, the grass, sky or buildings, the people — everything that affects us…

Including nekked ladies a-skinny dipping. If it was in color, it would be Playboy porno; black and white makes it art, you see.

But even The Chronicle lurches into the truth, admitting that, “To ask for other people’s money in order to improve the quality of one’s own life is unusual…”

Which is more insane? Harry asking for free money. The foundation giving it away. Or The Chronicle waxing eloquent on the photographer’s authenticity?

So why couldn’t Harry just wait on tables to fund his passion for pictures? Like any out of work actor?

But The Chronicle does more that just girls — I think Eleanor, Chicago is a girl, can’t be too sure — boys are also included in this issue.

Well not the boys. The p*nises.

Well not the p*nises. The foreskins.

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Sigmund Freud

Getty ImagesThe Chronicle cuts loose with Academe’s Cutting Edge.

Noting that this month marks the 150th anniversary of Sigmund Freud’s birth and circumcision, …a doctoral candidate… arranged a commemoration. Here’s the program:

Which includes: FREUD’S FORESKIN …the most suggestive circumcision in history.

Don’t miss Circumcision in Freud’s Context.

And my favorite, Circumcised Supremacy: Freud’s Final Cut.

(I’d love to get a job at The Onion. But the problem there is that I’d have to make stuff up… The Chronicle does all the material for me.)

Be sure to check back next week for more in depth analysis of the newspaper of record for the academy. The Chronicle.

A cut above.

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Jo’s Cafe has Tuesday’s Specials.

Outside the Beltway has a traffic jam.

Outside the Beltway also has the real thing(s) from a real life female academic women’s studies professor. Visit OTB, safe, but the links are not safe for work. ” …udders in public [are…is] a public utterance…”

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Pin-Up Grrrls at The Chronicle of Higher Education

May 1, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

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Pin-up Grrrs

Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture The Grey Lady of the Academy isn’t gray but does have ladies.

Or at least girls. I mean, grrrls. New, creative writing. So hip! So groovey! Valley Girl spelling for the dirty old male professors. Tired of Playboy and Hustler. Moving up to cultural raunch.

But there is more to the pictures than mere prurient interest. There’s a book. By an academic. A Bitch, Ph.D. wannabe, Maria Elena Buszek. Her scholarly book has 464 pages. (Whatever.) And 103 photographs. (Now you’re talking.) Including 9 pictures, NINE! IN COLOR!! (Hot D*M!)

The book is described as a,

brilliantly vibrant debut book, [where] Maria Elena Buszek gives a lucid, rich, and thorough account of … history in which women employ the power of erotic imagery to celebrate themselves.

So. Patriots celebrate the 4th of July. Catholics celebrate Mass. Feminists celebrate… themselves.

Truth from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Your tuition dollars at work.

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