Sunday, November 27, 2005


On good news in Iraq

Bruce Willis: “I am baffled to understand why the things I saw happening in Iraq are not being reported,” he told MSNBC, the American news channel.

On "extraordinary rendition"

Al Gore (as reported by Richard Clarke) : "That's a no-brainer. Of course it's a violation of international law, that's why it's a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass."

On what's really important in the Iraq War

Armando at Daily Kos: My view is that Vietnam makes it difficult to believe that BushCo will pull out so quickly - the interval between the US leaving and Iraq collapsing into unvarnished civil war and chaos would be too short - the cutting and running by BushCo would be too apparent. And I think this will put Democrats on the hot seat as well as Republicans on what to do in Iraq.

On politically loaded vocabulary quizzes and other instances of propaganda in the classroom:

Professor Bainbridge: As a teacher, you're an authority figure with a captive audience. Your job is to educate students, not to serve up propaganda. By introducing political biases into the classroom, you create a coercive and hostile learning environment that may impede some students from doing their best work. In particular, when it comes to assigning grades, you can't let students think that their grade depends on appeasing your political preferences rather than the merits of their answer.

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