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Free Speech and Academic Freedom under Attack in Colleges & Universities


Having spent thirteen years as an administrator (department head & dean) at the University of Illinois, I learned early on how heavy-handed academia can be when it comes to practicing political correctness on campus. The First Amendment right of free speech is too often denied students and faculty who don’t support or adhere to established liberal orthodoxy, which is the reigning type of groupthink on college campuses today. I also learned that the presumption of innocence, the legal principle that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty, often is not adhered to in academia as it is in the rest of society. Instead, when a faculty member at a university is accused of some violatio...
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Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein


One of the most puzzling things I have seen from the Democrat party in the past three years has been its unremitting support for China and the Chinese Communist Party that runs it. Democrats like Diane Feinstein have short memories when it comes to China. I don’t. I was in Beijing on June 4, 1989 when I witnessed the CCP unleash the Chinese army on the students and demonstrators in Tiananmen Square. By the time the army was finished thousands of students and demonstrators had been slaughtered in the square and in the surrounding neighborhoods. More recently, the world has witnessed China’s deplorable behavior toward religious organizations. It is in the process of striking the final blow to ...
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Depression Era Whodunnit Keeps You Guessing


Below is my review of Caleb Pirtle III’s book Lost Side of an Orphan’s Moon–the third book in his BoomTown saga series. Here is Caleb’s biography on Amazon: “Caleb lives in the present but prefers the past. He is the author of more than eighty books, including four noir thrillers in the Ambrose Lincoln series: Secrets of the Dead, Conspiracy of Lies, Night Side of Dark, and Place of Skulls. Secrets and Conspiracy are also audiobooks on audible.com. All of the novels are set against the haunting backdrop of World War II. His Lonely Night to Die features three noir thrillers in one book, following the exploits of the Quiet Assassin, a rogue agent who has fled the CIA. He takes the missions no ...
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What Ever Happened to Impartiality and Objectivity in the Media?


I know it’s no longer de rigueur to talk about objectivity in the news media. And if you do bring up the concept of objective news coverage, you are likely to hear rejoinders like: “Objectivity in the news is impossible because human beings are not objective creatures.”   Okay, I get it. We are all subjective beings. All of us carry biases with us wherever we go. No argument there. Every news story is influenced by the attitudes and background of its interviewers, writers, photographers and editors. But during the 30 years I worked as a reporter and editor, I always felt it was my duty to make every effort to achieve the journalistic ideals of objectivity and fairness. I believe most of my c...
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America, You’ve Really Had a Wonderful Life


Today, I am reposting this perceptive article by political commentator Peggy Ryan. I think it rings true today as America navigates its way through multiple crises. America, You’ve Really Had a Wonderful Life By: Peggy Ryan In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, an angel, Clarence, is sent to help George Bailey, a man who’s sacrificed his dreams for family and community but is now falsely accused of stealing $8,000 and facing jail.  When George wishes he’d never been born, Clarence grants that wish. Suddenly, George finds himself in a world where his beloved hometown, Bedford Falls, has been turned into anarchy and slums.  The town’s named Pottersville after a greedy, power-hungry oligarch, Hen...
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I Never Cared


I don’t know who wrote this little treatise entitled “I Never Cared,” but I think it reflects the feelings of millions of Americans today who are fed up with those who want to destroy our way of life, who promulgate the culture of victimhood, who propagate the myth of “white privilege,” who kneel, burn, and loot, and who unremittingly disperse the ludicrous notion that some lives matter more than others. I for one, have had it with these bleating throngs of malcontents who are fearless when it comes to attacking statues and monuments that can’t fight back, but who don’t have the cojones to put on the uniform and defend the freedoms that permit these same losers to remonstrate and rampage thr...
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An Old Letter from El Salvador


Between 1980 and 1982, I spent a lot of time for the Chicago Tribune in Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua–all of which were involved in some vicious uprisings and revolutions. From time to time, I post one of the stories I wrote from these places. The following story was one I wrote from San Salvador.  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—In 1937, a year after Juan Chong arrived in San Salvador from Hong Kong and opened the Canton China Bar and Restaurant, an American journalist dropped in for a drink. “I think he was from New York,” said Chong, shifting his 80-year-old frame in the old wicker chair behind the bar. “New York World. Yes, yes, that was it.’ Chong, h...
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Marxism in the Classroom = Riots in the Streets


I am reposting commentary from Clare M. Lopez, who is the Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy and a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. In her excellent and cogent observations, she explains the strategy by socialists and communists to foment Marxist ideas through the decades-long indoctrination of American children by leftist teachers and educators. The result of this scheme are the riots and violent attacks we are seeing today on historical monuments, statues, federal office buildings, and courthouses. I spent 13 years as a professor, Department Head, and Dean at the University of Illinois and was often appalled at the absolute lac...
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BIDEN’S “PLAN” TO FIX EDUCATION


The most distressing element of the nation-wide pandemic and shutdown has been the decision by some local governments, school boards, and teachers unions to prohibit children from attending school. We can argue about motive all we want, but ultimately it comes down to politics. Opponents of allowing schools to reopen say they fear for the health of children when, in fact, data from around the world show that children rarely get sick from COVID-19, and deaths are incredibly rare. Also, evidence shows that children don’t spread the disease as adults do, and there is no evidence that closing schools will control the transmission of the virus. Furthermore, evidence from Europe and Asia where sch...
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The ‘Unhypenated American’ is gone


I am sad to report that Lloyd Marcus, who proudly called himself “the unhyphenated American” passed away this past Friday from an apparent heart attack. Fortunately, I was able to run a few of Lloyd’s commentaries and essays on my blog. They were always filled with common sense and street-wise wisdom. In fact, I carried his last commentary on Foreign Correspondent just yesterday (Saturday). It was entitled: Black America: Before y’all sign on to BLM, Read This What follows is a remembrance of Lloyd Marcus by J.R. Dunn, author and American Thinker contributor. The ‘Unhypenated American’ is gone J.R. Dunn American Thinker readers will be shocked to learn of the passing of Lloyd Marcus, Tea Par...
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Black America: Before y’all sign on to BLM, Read This


The following commentary is from African-American conservative artist and commentator, Lloyd Marcus. He makes A LOT of sense. Take a look. Black America: Before y’all sign on to BLM Read This By Lloyd Marcus:  The Unhyphenated American During the opening monologue of his show, Arsenio Hall included a running gag titled, “Things that make you say hmmm.” To my fellow blacks, here are things that should make you say “hmmm” about Black Lives Matter. BLM’s mission statement says they want to destroy the nuclear family. Rejecting BLM’s war on the family, black former NFL star Marcellus Wiley offered these stats. “Children from single-parent homes versus two-parent homes. Children from single-paren...
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Proud to be an American


I don’t know Hal Morris. Never met him. I received his commentary from a friend and it resonated with me because of its honesty and the author’s palpable love of our country. I hope you will find it as poignant and authentic as I did. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN by Hal Morris  I was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1935, but grew up in a small rural hamlet called Oak Ridge in the Catskills near Ellenville. We moved there in 1942, the dark days of WWII, and were the first Jewish family in the area. I grew up attending a one-room school, grades 1-8 from, 1943 to 1949. It was rural America at its finest hour. Each morning in school, we recited the Lord’s Prayer, sang the National Anthem, recited the...
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The Chrysalis: Wake Up America


BY: Anonymous [A concerned and worried proud American] Do you remember your grade school science class when we learned about ‘transformation’? One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf, and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar ‘radically’ transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth. I stress the word ‘radically’ within this narrative. As it relates to the caterpillar and the resulting chrysalis that was formed, the change was, indeed, radical; however, what emerged was something of beauty by nature…it was either a moth or, more colorfully, a very lovely fluttering butt...
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Smithsonian: Hard work and nuclear family are signs of ‘whiteness’


When I read this I couldn’t believe it. The Smithsonian Institution, one of the most revered places in America, has succumbed to political correctness—and worse. It has decided that the values most of us grew up with: hard work, self-reliance, family, and politeness are signs of (gasp) whiteness and white privilege.  Say what? Read on.  Smithsonian: Hard work and nuclear family are signs of ‘whiteness’ By Andrew Kerr Daily Caller News Foundation  A taxpayer-funded museum in Washington D.C. says on its website that objective thinking, self-reliance, and planning for the future are among the signs of whiteness that have permeated throughout American culture. Whiteness and the normalization of ...
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On Writing Well: Verbs of Attribution


When I taught journalism at the University of Illinois, I created a Journalist’s Handbook that I required my students to purchase. I collected and revised the information contained in the Journalist’s Handbook for almost four decades. Some of it dates back to my time as a journalism student at the University of Kansas. Some of it is information that I accumulated and consigned to a three-ring binder during a 27-year career as a reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune. The binder accompanied me during my years as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Latin America and as a national correspondent covering the West Coast of the United States. I kept it close at hand when I was an editor. As t...
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How to Destroy America: A Plan from a Liberal Democrat


As I have witnessed the violence, hatred, looting, and destruction taking place in the United States at the hands of anarchists, ANTIFA goons, and Black Lives Matter rioters I thought back to a five-minute speech I once heard by former liberal Democrat Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm. I didn’t hear it personally; I heard it as a recording. The speech was entitled: “I have a plan to destroy America.” It was delivered on Oct. 3, 2005. Various iterations of it have been around for a while, including revisions. Today, I am sharing the text of the speech below. I believe it was one Lamm made later, because it has been expanded a bit. However, I have attached a link to the original speech at the...
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Another Casualty at the Gray Lady


During my career as a foreign correspondent, I knew a lot of New York Times reporters. Most were excellent reporters and good writers. Many, if not all, were from the East Coast and were graduates of Ivy League schools. I can’t recall many Times reporters who, like me, were products of the nation’s more plebian heartland and less prominent universities. As a result, I always had the sense that reporters for the Gray Lady, as  The Times is sometimes called, considered themselves on a dais just above everybody else—even reporters who worked for the Washington Post, which has always been the Times’s number one competitor. Okay, I got that. I worked for the Chicago Tribune, which at one time was...
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Sophisticated Synonyms for the Word “Jerk” You Can Use in Intelligent Conversation

Below is another article from Janey Davies, sub-editor at Learning Mind. It deals with the word “jerk”–or more accurately, synonyms for that pejorative term that we can use in our writing. So, take it away, Janie. By Janey Davies Sub-editor at Learning Mind Sometimes I want to describe a situation where a person is a complete jerk, but I don’t want to use that particular word. It’s not that I‘m being pretentious, it’s more that the word doesn’t quite fit the circumstances. It was only when I started looking for alternatives that I realized just how many synonyms for jerk actually exist. Here are just a few of my favorites: 20 synonyms for jerk to use in intelligent conversation Bogan The wor...
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Guidelines for Good Writing

When I taught journalism at the University of Illinois, I created a Journalist’s Handbook that I required my students to purchase. I collected and revised the information contained in the  Journalist’s Handbook for almost four decades. Some of it dates back to my time as a journalism student at the University of Kansas. Some of it is information that I accumulated and consigned to a three-ring binder during a 27-year career as a reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune. The binder accompanied me during my years as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Latin America and as a national correspondent covering the West Coast of the United States. I kept it close at hand when I was an editor. As ...
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12 English Words That You Should Avoid


And now for something completely different. When I was teaching journalism at the University of Illinois, I used to get on students for using, or I should say, misusing words—especially slang or words that have no business being in anybody’s vocabulary—especially university students. I created a list of those words and handed them out to students. Not long ago, I received a similar list from Learning Mind, and I am sharing it here. I hope you find it useful and take heed! By Janey Davies, B.A. (Hons) Sub-editor & staff writer at Learning Mind ‘Ain’t.’ Unless you are starring as Eliza Doolittle on some London theatre stage in My Fair Lady, you should not say ‘ain’t.’ Even spellcheck doesn’t r...
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