Monthly Archives: December 2005

New Year’s Resolutions: 2006

I stopped making New Years’ Resolutions a few years ago because I kept breaking them. Yet here are some for the new year that are more expansive but perhaps ironically easier to maintain than say: “Don’t drive through a stop … Continue reading

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Was there a Pope Joan Disguised as a Man? Inquiring Minds Want to Know.

Some believe there was a 9th century German pope who was a woman. According to Ms Mary Malone, a former nun, there were 12-year old popes and 5-year old archbishops at one time so read this ABC News account and … Continue reading

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Thirty-one Illinoisans Killed in Mr Bush’s Criminal Iraq War

How many have been killed by these ruthless-American leaders in your state?? Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton supported and continues to support this butchery of the working class’s sons and daughters. She also wishes to criminalise flag burning as she burnishes … Continue reading

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Maureen Dowd Is Critical of Vice President Cheney

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 “Vice Axes That 70’s Show,” Maureen Dowd The New York Times We start the new year with the same old fear: Dick Cheney. The vice president, who believes in unwarranted, unlimited snooping, is so pathologically secretive … Continue reading

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Thread Update: Can We Trust Leftist Professors With Our Students? Should the STATE Regulate This “Menace?”: University of Maryland student Web log. Updated 12.27.05 A.C.E.

See Link for More Introductory Angst Preceding Comments. …While Catz says that a academic bill of rights would end substantive argument, I disagree. A bill or rights wold protect students from politically-motivated punishment from their professors for expressing an unpopular … Continue reading

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Soldiers Don’t Want to Fight: It is their Governments. They wanted peace on Christmas Eve/Day December 24-25, 1914.

How soldiers dared to be human and their commanders wanted them to kill and not love each other. The extraordinary Christmas Day Truce 1914 when soldiers reached out and celebrated Christmas together even though German and English. The Truce of … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Christmas

Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 15:54:19 -0500 (EST) From: Reverend Barry Lynn, executive director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State AN OPEN LETTER TO JERRY FALWELL Dear Jerry: Here’s some news: There is no “war on Christmas!” I’ve … Continue reading

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Recall E-mail Quotation to the Air Force Academy: “Aggressive Baby Killing Tactics of Collateral Damage”

Civilians slaughtered include babies by U.S. Marines. This is called “collateral damage” because the killers can’t speak the truth directly but use “professional clinical language” as if civilians and children are mere things, dehumanised entities to be casually disposed of … Continue reading

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The December 23, 2002 Reprimand Analysed and Evaluated: Let Academic Freedom Ring!

Readers not familiar with my nationally publicised academic freedom case, may wish to read first the entry below this in order to understand the contextual circumstances of this auto da fe. I won’t dignify the reprimand by reproducing it in … Continue reading

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Reprimand Due to Antiwar E-mail Removed From Personnel File on December 22, 2005.

A presidential reprimand, resulting from public protest of my opposing war and militarism, wrapped in the guise of improper rhetoric in an e-mail, was placed in my file on December 23, 2002. At the time, former St Xavier University President … Continue reading

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Iraq War: The Democratic Party’s Support for Authorisation to Use Force Has Killed 50 American and Ukrainian Women. Sen. Hillary Clinton Wanted This War.

12/10/05 Atkins, Julia V. Sergeant U.S. Army US Hostile – hostile fire – IED attack 10/28/05 Banaszak, Debra A. 1st Lieutenant U.S. Army National Guard US Non-hostile – unspecified cause 09/28/05 Jacobson, Elizabeth Nicole Airman 1st Class U.S. Air Force … Continue reading

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Italy Investigates Marine Killing of Italian Agent

Naturally the U.S. rarely prosecutes casualties of war when they are slaughtered by U.S. troops. The trouble with blind patriotism and undifferentiated supporting of the troops is the incapacity to exercise judgment when the “troops” commit war crimes, murder or … Continue reading

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Intelligent Design Decision and Academic Freedom

This is a link to the Dover, Penna decision that ruled that Intelligent Design is creationism in disguise and could not be taught in the public schools due to the establishment clause of the 1st Amendment. Excerpts From ‘Intelligent Design’ … Continue reading

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Statistics on Iraq Terrorist War

Over 15,600 U.S. military personnel have been wounded. You would think the military, which has a budget of about 1 trillion dollars a year if you really add it up, D.o.D., N.A.S.A., D.O.E., Intelligence, Iraq War, N.S.A. etc., would pay … Continue reading

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Kirstein Article on Academic Freedom and Shared Governance

This is an article that I wrote for Illinois Academe, the award winning newsletter of the Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors. “Shared Governance and Academic Freedom” By Peter N. Kirstein I have had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Columnist Bob Herbert on Sen. Eugene McCarthy

This appeared on Dec. 15, 2005. It is an interesting analysis of the antiwar senator and is suggestive of the relevance of this heroic leader in today’s bellicose America. “The Man Who Said No to War” By BOB HERBERT New … Continue reading

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The Latest Military Visitor to My Blog

OrgName: DDN Coordinator OrgID: DDNCOO-1 Address: MS 51 Address: Box 339500 City: Ft Lewis StateProv: WA PostalCode: 98433-9500 Country: US NetRange: 150.193.0.0 – 150.193.255.255 CIDR: 150.193.0.0/16 NetName: LEWIS-NET2 NetHandle: NET-150-193-0-0-1 Parent: NET-150-0-0-0-0 NetType: Direct Assignment NameServer: NS01.ARMY.MIL NameServer: NS02.ARMY.MIL NameServer: … Continue reading

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An Exchange on Academic Freedom and Professors’ Opinions in Class

I found myself mentioned on a student’s BLOG at the University of Maryland and was associated with Professors Churchill and De Genova. There were some exchanges with folks who just won’t use their name, including the blog’s owner, that merited … Continue reading

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Kirstein to Present Antiwar Research at University of Texas

On February 18, 2006 I will be delivering a paper at a conference sponsored by Historians Against the War. This is a link to a description of the conference. My paper is entitled: “From Courts to Campus: Silencing the Left … Continue reading

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Army Information Systems Command–Pentagon

This I.P. was from a visitor: OrgName: Army Information Systems Command-Pentagon OrgID: AISC-16 Address: The Pentagon, Room BE1018 Address: 6607 army Pentagon Dr. City: Washington StateProv: DC PostalCode: 20310 Country: US He or she Googled “african american and Hispanic support … Continue reading

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Maureen Dowd Believes Mr Bush is Isolated

“W. Won’t Read This” by Maureen Dowd Never ask a guy who’s in a bubble if he’s in a bubble. He can’t answer. ‘Cause he’s in a bubble. But the NBC anchor Brian Williams gamely gave it a shot, showing … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom and Evolution

The effort to purge the teaching of evolution in biology classes is a kind of American Wahhabism: An effort to sneak religious instruction, in the dress of secular reasoning, into science courses. The threat to academic freedom is that professors … Continue reading

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Senator Eugene J. McCarthy

A defining figure of the 20th Century, Senator McCarthy ran against President Lyndon Baines Johnson for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination as an antiwar candidate during the Vietnam War. He died December 10, 2005. He defined patriotism as: “To serve … Continue reading

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Nobel Laureate in Literature Harold Pinter Condemns American Imperialism in Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 7, 2005 (Excerpts)

Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Guido Calabresi Compares Mr Bush’s “Election” to Benito Mussolini’s and Adolph Hitler’s Accession to Power

My comments are three in number: 1) Hitler’s appointment in 1933 by President Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg, a decorated Field Marshall in the Great War, was in response to the Nazis having gained a plurality … Continue reading

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Socialism v. Capitalism and Peace and Equality

Capitalism emphasises competition and individualism. Socialism empahsises group identity and cooperation. Capitalism emphasises profit, material advancement and virtually no restraints on freedom of individual accumulation. Socialism emphasises abundance for all, material advancement in a collective manner (not Stalinist) and places … Continue reading

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Hero Professor Al-Arian Persecuted for Political Beliefs

This is the latest on Professor Sami Al-Arian’s acquittal on most of the terrorism charges. Imagine a country indicting individuals who are involved in another country’s dispute in a manner that is obviously demonstrating a lack of neutrality. It is … Continue reading

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Persecuted Professor Sami Al-Arian Receives Favourable Verdict

Professor Sami Al-Arian was acquitted of many charges of alleged “terrorism”. He was fired from the University of South Florida when indicted for allegedly supporting Palestinian Islamic Jihad, named a terrorist organization by the State Dept. An indictment is not … Continue reading

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Anti-American Military Hopefully Barred from Recruiting on Campuses

This is a link to the oral arguments that the Supreme Court heard today with regard to law schools not permitting the anti-gay military to recruit lawyers from their institutions. I have addressed this issue before and this is an … Continue reading

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A Visitor to My Blog and Let Freedom Ring!

This was the IP, Internet Provider, of a hit that arrived in an early a.m. As I have said before, I get many hits from apparently military personnel and I am flattered they are consulting my website. I am not … Continue reading

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Welcome U.S. Naval Academy: Please Return!

A visitor to my blog left this IP. The visitor was interested in exploring the issue of Just War and proportionality and accessed this previous blogging explication of the war crimes being committed by the U.S. OrgName: United States Naval … Continue reading

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Iraq War: United States Army’s Recruiting Strategy

The army has about 492,000 soldiers. With the demise of the Cold War, one can only wonder “why?” When do we wind down the military and disarm in a comprehensive, multilateral manner? Leaving aside this “idealistic” but essential goal in … Continue reading

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Comment on Daniel Pipes’s Website

Here was a comment I posted on Daniel Pipes’s website last January. I had forgotten about this but came across it via a Google blog, “Professor Peter N. Kirstein 2005”, from a military URL that came to my blog. Mr … Continue reading

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Maureen Dowd Analyses Bush Administration’s Iraq Policy

“W.’s Head in the Sand” By Maureen Dowd In the Christmas spirit, the time has come for the reality-based community to reach out to the White House. The Bush warriors are so deluded, they’re even faking their fakery. This week, … Continue reading

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Iraq No Better Off than under Baathists

Ayad Allawi, was Iraq’s first prime minister following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He served as prime minister until April 2005 following the January elections. He believes human rights violations are as egregious now as they were in … Continue reading

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