Monthly Archives: September 2005

William J. Bennett: Racist and Hypocritical Gambler, but should not be Silenced

William Bennett is typical of the elite power structure in this country. He is a virulent racist and is a disgrace to himself and his country. Here is the NYT story on his comments on abortion and the crime rate. … Continue reading

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Tennessee Guerilla Women: Links Kirstein’s Blog on Bob Dylan

This probing, if not brilliant, website was kind enough to link my previous post on Dylan’s Gaslight CD. It is the only blog I have linked. There will be others but it satisfies my standards of courage, humanism, sophistication, creativity … Continue reading

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Martin Scorsese: No Direction Home, Bob Dylan: A Protest Masterpiece Part Two

Scorsese’s, No Direction Home is such a striking piece of cinematography. It is the first movie or documentary that emphasises Dylan’s protest genre. Dont Look Back, Eat the Document, Renaldo and Clara and other documentaries tangentially or frankly ignored this … Continue reading

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Rolling Stones Finally Get Rolling

http://talkleft.com/new_archives/011811.html They begin a Dylanesque venture into topical song writing. Stop the war, keep the music playing!

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Martin Scorsese: No Direction Home, Bob Dylan Part One

I am teaching a course this semester called “American Protest Music.” It was taught the last two years in the Honours Programme and is now offered to the general student population. Unlike the Honours Programme course, it is an elective … Continue reading

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Mr George Walker Bush Has Perpetrated an Unjust War: Join the Antiwar Protests Today

This was an article I published in Gulf News that is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. July 26, 2005 Subjects for trial As with former Iraqi president Saddam Hussain, US President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defence Donald … Continue reading

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Mr David Horowitz Invited to Speak at St Xavier University

From: Kirstein, Peter N. Sent: Fri 9/16/2005 7:07 AM To: dhorowitz xxxxxxxxx Subject: Please Read: A Formal Invitation to Speak from Peter N. Kirstein Dear Mr David Horowitz: I am extending an invitation for you to speak at St Xavier … Continue reading

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Kirstein to Lecture on Imperialism and Free Speech. Kirstein Challenges the Military to Hear and Discuss My Views Directly

http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/63230/index.php I am referred to as “outspoken.” Well it is better to be outspoken then to have others speak for you. Also once silenced, never silent again. No I will not accept an honorarium for this event. My speaking fee … Continue reading

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Senator Edward Kennedy Opposes Judge Roberts’s Accession to Chief Justice

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=2519 Our Founders proclaimed the bedrock principle that we are all created equal. But everyone knows that when we started, the reality was far different. For more than two centuries, we have struggled, sometimes spilling precious blood, to fulfill that … Continue reading

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Is There a God? What About Creation? Part II

Probably not in terms of a direct capacity to communicate with or verify the presence of. Probably not even in terms of an omnipotent being that is transmogrified from human to deity and observes all things simultaneously. Probably not in … Continue reading

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Abortion Discussion

If one believes that life begins at conception then clearly the termination of a pregnancy prior to natural birth would be considered inappropriate if not infanticide. Yet what if the mother’s health might be jeopardised if she gives birth? What … Continue reading

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Motherhood is Optional: Getting an Abortion in Arkansas

September 18, 2005 Under Din of Abortion Debate, an Experience Shared Quietly By JOHN LELAND New York Times LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – At Little Rock Family Planning Services, the women filed in without making eye contact, a demographic that remains … Continue reading

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The Meaningless Constitution and Constitution Day

Remarks at St Xavier U Constitution Day Event (September 15, 2005). Congress mandates that all universities that accept federal funding have programming on the Constitution. It is similar to we give you money and you must earn your dinner by … Continue reading

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Kirstein Defended in Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chill Is Nothing New by Greg Lukianoff September 9, 2005 The Chronicle of Higher Education There is a chill on campus, but that’s nothing new. For decades, campus speech has been chilled by speech codes and other attempts to … Continue reading

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F.I.R.E. and Academic Freedom

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, F.I.R.E., along with A.A.U.P., are the most courageous and effective organizations in the United States that defend academic freedom. They are in the vanguard of insuring the rights of academicians to teach and … Continue reading

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September 11 and the American Empire

The attacks on September 11 were not terrorist attacks unless one believes that all war is terrorism. The attacks did reveal America’s vulnerability to the loss of mass casualties planned by an adversary. America has not understood that these attacks … Continue reading

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Turn Turn Turn

Words-adapted from the bible, Ecclesiastes Music-Pete Seeger To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time for every purpose, under heaven A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, … Continue reading

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Patriotism for What? Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori**

I would urge Americans to contemplate carefully their continued allegiance to the current government in Washington. It is sacrificing the blood of our men and women in Iraq for a ruthless enterprise that is more emblematic of savage barbarism than … Continue reading

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Was Chief Justice William Rehnquist a Racist?

Chief Justice Rehnquist was a law clerk to Supreme Court justice, Robert H. Jackson. Justice Jackson also was the chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials and according to historian David Irving, Nuremberg: The Last Battle, the … Continue reading

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Kanye West, Race and Hurricane Katrina

Kanye West, a rapper from Chicago, brought honour and distinction to the city and the nation when he said at a concert to assist the needy in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina devastation: “George Bush does not care about … Continue reading

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Labour Day: 2005 Marx, Castro and Kirstein Suspension

See my response to David Horowitz blog comments of Feb. 12. 2006 Remember the Chicago Haymarket Martyrs: Precious heroes of labour’s struggle against capital. We need more of them today as we see the ramifications of class and race in … Continue reading

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Imaginary “Interview” on Ideology and War

I is interviewer PK is me. I: Do you hate America? PK: I strongly disagree with its policies and am sickened at the destructive nature of the society. I: Do you hate America? PK: Look, I said I don’t support … Continue reading

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Mr Bush and Hurricane Katrina

The New York Times is critical of the president’s remarks concerning this unprecedented disaster in New Orleans and points East. I must say did the New York Times expect a man who ordered the destruction of entire cities in Iraq, … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina

It is sad to see such devastation. I spent time in New Orleans, Pascagoula and beautiful Dauphin Island. So many of the destitute are poor minorities and other races, who were least capable of evacuation prior to the event and … Continue reading

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