All About Josh

Saturday, August 10, 2002

VACATION TIME: I will be traveling up the Northeast Corridor for the next 10 days, visiting New York, Boston and Montreal. Posting will be light, and probably non-existent for the next 10 days. Meanwhile, check out the links of other top-notch bloggers.

Thursday, August 08, 2002

SELF-HATING JEW: This guy, raised in a religious Jewish family, became a Hamas lawyer and terrorist apologist. The story of Stanley Cohen, Hamas' best friend, is in today's Washington Post.

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

AMERICAN JIHAD: This is what Muslim teenagers in America are talking about. How sickening.

UPDATE: Apparently, after a surge of traffic from disgusted Blogosphere visitors, the webmaster of this awful website took down and deleted the anti-Semitic, loathsome messages. The site also included a video of a Russian soldier being decapitated by Muslim jihadists, as the killers rejoiced with glee. These are the enemies we're fighting, these are the lunatics who killed 3,000 Americans on September 11, who blow up Israeli civilians in pizzerias and universities, who brutally murder and behead Daniel Pearl because he's Jewish.

MICROECONOMICS TEXTBOOKS AT AU: I blogged last week about how almost half of the microeconomics courses at American U. assign textbooks by Chomsky, Roy, LaDuke and a whole bunch of other radical leftists. Well, here's the complete list of books for your viewing pleasure.

All Our Relations by Winona Laduke
The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy
Chomsky on Miseducation by Noam Chomsky
Ecocide of Native America: Environmental Destruction of Indian Lands and Peoples by Donald A. Grinde, Bruce E. Johansen, Howard Zinn
Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply by Vandana Shiva
Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit by Vandana Shiva

Wow. If the titles don't convince you, just click on the links and you'll see a slew of these extreme left-wing publications none of which have to do with microeconomics! I mean, Chomsky on Miseducation?! The Hijacking of the Global Food Suppply?! Here's the description of Shiva's "Water Wars":

Vandana Shiva, "the world's most prominent radical scientist" (the Guardian), exposes yet another corporate maneuver to convert a critical world resource into a profitable commodity. Using the global water trade as a lens, she highlights the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they lose their right to a life-sustaining common good. (Need I say more?)

Microeconomics is a required course for all economics majors (obviously). Seven sections are being taught at AU this upcoming semester, with five different professors teaching. And three of the seven sections (two different professors) have identical radical left-wing textbook lists -- the ones listed above. To look at the textbook lists, click here, here, and here.

Academic critics often complain that: a) most professors are liberal Democrats or that b) certain elective courses are offered, such as UC-Berkeley's infamous "Palestinian Resistance Poetry," that are, by their very nature, unacademic. But macroeconomics is a required course, and there's no way avoiding the Chomsky and LaDuke in many cases. Keep in mind that Chomsky's a linguist, and LaDuke is an environmentalist -- neither are economists. So not only is this a radical, ideological curriculum for a prerequisite course, but the textbooks have nothing to do with the topic at hand! It would be like assigning Pat Buchanan's recent book "The Death of the West" for a class in Eastern religion.

Thank G-d I'm a history major.

Monday, August 05, 2002

BASEBALL POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Because "All About Josh" is a "fair and balanced" weblog, I'm presenting two well-reasoned arguments about whether baseball needs to implement some additional forms of revenue sharing. Here's an articulate argument from TwinsGeek for some form of revenue sharing and here's a good piece from Allan Barra, explaining the owners' duplicity in these labor negotiations.

Here's the highlight from Barra's article:

But Selig has not said this because he knows very well that the purpose of this work stoppage isn't to distribute money from rich teams to poor teams, but to redistribute it from the players back to the owners. It's sad that the media, which should know better, is letting him get away with it.

MONDAY NIGHT FLUB: I caught the beginning of the first Monday Night Football broadcast of the 2002 season between the NY Giants and the Houston Texans, and I couldn't help but laugh at Al Michaels mispronouncing the Houston team's name four -- count 'em! -- four times during the intro. He kept calling them the "Houston Texas." It's a good thing they're not going to be on MNF again this year.

IT'S ABOUT TIME: Thomas Ricks of the Washington Post reports in Tuesday's paper that a Pentagon advisory board has concluded that the Saudis should be considered enemies of the United States, and the kingdom should face an ultimatum to "stop backing terrorism or face seizure of its oil fields and its financial assets invested in the United States."

CHURCH-STATE SEPARATION: American U. professor Daniel Dreisbach, who taught my "American Legal Culture" class last year is publishing a book that debunks the long-held assertion that Thomas Jefferson intended for there to be a "wall of separation" between church and state. The Washington Times today reported on his conclusions:

"What we have today is not really Jefferson's wall, but Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black's wall," said American University professor Daniel Dreisbach, whose forthcoming book explores how Jefferson coined the "wall" metaphor.

Mr. Dreisbach's arguments parallel those of University of Chicago law professor Philip Hamburger, whose new book also says Justice Black's anti-Catholicism — learned in the Ku Klux Klan — influenced his 1947 ruling that the First Amendment created a "high and impregnable" wall between religion and government.

Interesting. Sounds like his book, Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State coming out this month, is worth a read.