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Churchill Landed Tenure Without Usual Review Process (& he doesn't have a doctorate)
DEnver's ABC News ^ | Feb. 16, 2005 | AP

Posted on 02/16/2005 11:02:25 PM PST by FairOpinion

Prof. Considered An American Indian Expert Even Though He Does Not Have Doctorate

A University of Colorado official urged a faculty appointment for controversial professor Ward Churchill despite questions about his academic credentials, according to college e-mails from more than a decade ago.

Churchill landed a tenured faculty position less than a year later, bypassing the usual six-year academic review, according to correspondence between then-Vice Chancellor for Academic Services Kaye Howe and Dean of Arts and Sciences Charles Middleton.

The documents released by CU do not explain why Churchill was able to avoid the normal process for getting tenure, which gives a high measure of job security to faculty. Scholars have questioned Churchill's conclusions for years, and some have suggested he lied about being an Indian to land his job at CU.

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I have never heard of a tenured professor at an accredited university, who didn't have a Ph.D.
1 posted on 02/16/2005 11:02:26 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
The accreditation process IS A JOKE.

U of C's accreditation MUST be downgraded NOW.

2 posted on 02/16/2005 11:05:42 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: FairOpinion
Nope. You can get away with a Masters' at a community college but for tenured work at a four year academic institution - a Ph.D is a must. I've never heard of someone being hired as professor who didn't have one or wasn't in the process of completing the Ph.D requirements. Ward Churchill's case is extremely unusual to say the least. He's more of a political activist than a serious scholar.

Denny Crane: "There are two places to find the truth. First God and then Fox News."

3 posted on 02/16/2005 11:05:49 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FairOpinion
I like where this episode with Mr. Churchill is going. Perhaps now we can start examining the monkey business that goes on in state funded schools.

APf
4 posted on 02/16/2005 11:06:05 PM PST by APFel (For some reason, the word "Freeper" is flagged by the spellcheck. Someone contact Websters.)
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To: FairOpinion

Hmmm. A demonstration of how political correctness is used by criminals to intimidate their way into permanent employment, among other things.

HANG TENure!


5 posted on 02/16/2005 11:09:27 PM PST by FreeKeys ("Haven't we learned that people DIED on Sept 11th BECAUSE of political correctness?" - Neal Boortz)
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To: APFel

The only place I hope that this goes is with the State of Colorado in Mr. Churchill's rear view mirror.


6 posted on 02/16/2005 11:09:33 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: FairOpinion
Churchill tenure questioned: Professor was granted job security without usual review process
7 posted on 02/16/2005 11:09:54 PM PST by Ready4Freddy (Veni Vidi Velcro)
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To: FairOpinion
Prof. Considered An American Indian Expert Even Though He Does Not Have Doctorate

Ummm .. how did he ever get the job?

I wonder if he even has a degree of any kind

8 posted on 02/16/2005 11:10:31 PM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: goldstategop

Now I am wondering, whether he has a Master's or whether he has even a college degree. They don't say that he does.

One would think, they would say, he holds a BS in from U of ... and a MS in ... from ..., but NOTHING.
Look at this little excerpt:

"Beginning in the late 1970s, Churchill was a teacher and administrator in programs that provided tutoring, counseling and other support for minority students. He later lectured on Indian topics in the ethnic studies program, which later became the ethnic studies department."

He wasn't even a "real teacher".


9 posted on 02/16/2005 11:11:04 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

I asked a couple of the MSM press in Denver about this issue. They told me that in certain cases that universities are often willing to substitute work or life experience for the PhD especially when PhD's in that field are in short supply. They said it often happens in Journalism Departments when someone with a lot of experience joins the faculty.


10 posted on 02/16/2005 11:12:14 PM PST by airedale ( XZ)
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To: FairOpinion

It just proves that any Marxist clown can be head of something as phony as an "ethnic studies" department. Maybe this will be the first blow that brings down that fraud.


11 posted on 02/16/2005 11:14:06 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: FairOpinion
Now, an academic institution is completely justified in waiving the rules for someone famous and who has accomplishments as a scholar, researcher, explorer, or entrepreneur in the non-academic world. Such a person would onbviously enrich a university and its students in ways that can't be measured by the mere possession of a degree. Ward Churchill is none of the above. And its a mystery how the rules were waived for a complete non-entity like him.

Denny Crane: "There are two places to find the truth. First God and then Fox News."

12 posted on 02/16/2005 11:14:33 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: airedale
Well....if he has a masters degre......where is the transcript of the thesis.......?

Or does he join shrillary with an "unavailable" thesis....

Anyone....?

13 posted on 02/16/2005 11:15:42 PM PST by spokeshave (Strategery + Schardenfreude = Stratenschardenfreudery)
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To: goldstategop
Denny Crane: "There are two places to find the truth. First God and then Fox News."

Good show!

14 posted on 02/16/2005 11:16:31 PM PST by technomage
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To: airedale
"Lots of experience" being the operative word here. I think faculty politics are more important than the applicant's qualifications or lack of them. The one apparent thing on our nation's campi is virtually every one thinks alike.

Denny Crane: "There are two places to find the truth. First God and then Fox News."

15 posted on 02/16/2005 11:16:54 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: airedale

NOT "REAL" universities.


16 posted on 02/16/2005 11:18:50 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: spokeshave
A masters' degree does NOT require completion of a thesis. If you can pass a comp exam, you can skip writing a thesis altogether. I wrote a thesis for my masters.' I'd be interested in hearing what score Churchill obtained on his comp exam.

Denny Crane: "There are two places to find the truth. First God and then Fox News."

17 posted on 02/16/2005 11:19:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FairOpinion

He doesn't have to have a PhD any more than he has to be a real Indian. It's a perfect fit to have a phony professor in a phony department.


18 posted on 02/16/2005 11:19:35 PM PST by ozzymandus
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Ummm .. how did he ever get the job?

I wonder if he even has a degree of any kind

He applied under Affirmative Action, as a Native American. He lied.

He's got a pissant MA from a pissant school -- Sangamon State in Illinois, which was a radical hotbed at the time.

19 posted on 02/16/2005 11:20:40 PM PST by okie01 (A slavering moron and proud member of the lynch mob, cleaning the Augean stables of MSM since 1998.)
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To: APFel
I like where this episode with Mr. Churchill is going

Me, too!

20 posted on 02/16/2005 11:20:59 PM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: spokeshave

I found more info about his bio:

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2709008,00.html

Seems like he managed to get college degrees based on his "experience".

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"He graduated in 1965 and went to work in a local Caterpillar tractor factory.

He says he walked a dangerous point position in Vietnam, but his military records say he was a light-truck driver.

"When he came back from Vietnam, he turned into a radical," said Scott Davis, a high school classmate. "He was a war protester. He burned the American flag in front of the Peoria County Courthouse."

He also said he met representatives of the radical Weather Underground, and he said in 1987 that he had taught them how to make bombs. He has declined to comment since then on his 1987 claims.


He enrolled at Illinois Central, a community college, and then Sangamon State University in Springfield, Ill., where he graduated four years after the experimental alternative- education college was founded in 1970. At Sangamon, students received written evaluations but were given the choice of receiving grades along with them.

He said he received all A's and a B in his two years at the school, earning a bachelor's in technological communications in 1974 and a master's in communications theory in 1975, according to the University of Illinois at Springfield, which took over Sangamon in 1995."


21 posted on 02/16/2005 11:22:18 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Mo1
Per the CU website - B.A., M.A., Sangamon State University, now the Univ of Illinois-Springfield.

I wonder if he even has a degree of any kind

22 posted on 02/16/2005 11:22:32 PM PST by Ready4Freddy (Veni Vidi Velcro)
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To: FairOpinion

The 1965 graduation was from high school.


23 posted on 02/16/2005 11:22:55 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: okie01
He applied under Affirmative Action, as a Native American. He lied.

Did he really?

24 posted on 02/16/2005 11:25:31 PM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: goldstategop
Probably wants me to pay for his toy choo-choo, too.

Dand, that pisses me off.

In other news, one can obtain a PhD in mathematics by passing four comps, and an oral exam. Not one day in class required.

25 posted on 02/16/2005 11:25:40 PM PST by patton (Matthew 6:6)
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To: FairOpinion

Sounds like a professional racial grievance agitator.


26 posted on 02/16/2005 11:26:09 PM PST by thoughtomator (If Islam is a religion, so is Liberal!)
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To: Ready4Freddy; okie01

Thanks for the info


27 posted on 02/16/2005 11:26:14 PM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: ozzymandus

Which logically leads to "... at a phony university".


28 posted on 02/16/2005 11:27:20 PM PST by thoughtomator (If Islam is a religion, so is Liberal!)
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To: okie01
He applied under Affirmative Action, as a Native American. He lied

Ummm .. isn't that illegal?

29 posted on 02/16/2005 11:29:57 PM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Thanks for the info!

"SSU was designatied "the public affairs university of Illinois" at a time, when public affairs, for many of the faculty at least, meant opposing the war in Vietnam"

I guess he majored in war protesting.


30 posted on 02/16/2005 11:32:25 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Howlin
Dunno if he applied under AA, but his American Indian bona fides are unsubstantiated, and subject to question.
31 posted on 02/16/2005 11:33:01 PM PST by Ready4Freddy (Veni Vidi Velcro)
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To: spokeshave
where is the transcript of the thesis.......?

Good question

That would be interesting to read

Though I think we all know how it might read

32 posted on 02/16/2005 11:36:36 PM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: okie01
He applied under Affirmative Action, as a Native American. He lied.

As far as I'm aware, he was born in the US. He's a native American.

Now, if he was claiming to have a relative of the indigeneous tribes, pre-European migration, then he should
some paper trail.

33 posted on 02/16/2005 11:37:46 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: FairOpinion
He also said he met representatives of the radical Weather Underground, and he said in 1987 that he had taught them how to make bombs. He has declined to comment since then on his 1987 claims.

Well ain't that special

BTW .. I think I saw a picture of him and Angela Davis on the internet

34 posted on 02/16/2005 11:39:58 PM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: Howlin

More tid-bits:

"To pay the bills, he briefly worked as a designer with Soldier of Fortune magazine, and he applied for a job with CU.

In paperwork accompanying his 1978 application for a job, Churchill checked the box for "American Indian or Alaskan Native."

He was hired in 1980 as acting director of the American Indian Equal Opportunities Program at CU. Three years later, he went with a delegation from the American Indian Movement to visit Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy at a time the United States had broken diplomatic relations with the African nation.

At CU, he held several administrative positions until he was appointed associate professor in 1991 in the communications department and received tenure the same year.

His tenure was transferred to the ethnic studies department in 1997, and he was appointed full professor the same year. His classes are full.

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2709008,00.html


35 posted on 02/16/2005 11:40:09 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Howlin
Did he really [lie]?

There is a copy of his Affirmative Action application (and the paperwork associated with his hiring) on the KHOW radio website.

After the university is through firing him, it would seem Mr. Churchill has fraud issues.

Incidentally, eleven other American indians submitted CVs for the position and one of them was interviewed for the post (besides Churchill). Consequently, CU could be looking down the barrel of some legal action themselves.

The fraudulent application should allow the university to terminate him with cause. For PR purposes, they want him gone, of course. And, now, they won't have to confront any touchy "free speech" issues.

36 posted on 02/16/2005 11:40:31 PM PST by okie01 (A slavering moron and proud member of the lynch mob, cleaning the Augean stables of MSM since 1998.)
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To: FairOpinion
"Ward is certainly being courted by other universities as a significant Indian scholar and teacher. It would be a shame to lose him because of a standard which may be irrelevant in this case," Howe wrote Middleton in an e-mail, referring to Churchill's lack of a doctorate.

For the record, standards are not irrelevant. If this joker lied about his experience or ethnicity, then the tenure shouldn't be binding. As far as I know, the Indians (oops, native Americans) are rejecting him.

37 posted on 02/16/2005 11:43:51 PM PST by Ruth A.
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"To pay the bills, he briefly worked as a designer with Soldier of Fortune magazine, and he applied for a job with CU.

Soldier of Fortune, however, has no record of his ever being employed by them.

This guy's whole biography appears to be a myth. I wonder if he's KGB...

38 posted on 02/16/2005 11:44:43 PM PST by okie01 (A slavering moron and proud member of the lynch mob, cleaning the Augean stables of MSM since 1998.)
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To: okie01

He also claimed he fought in Vietnam, turns out he was not in combat, he drove a light truck.

He may be a bigger liar, than John Kerry.

I think he is just an opportunist. (both of them)


39 posted on 02/16/2005 11:47:08 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

cspan.org has video (type in "Churchill" in the search engine) of some Injun and Churchill setting forth their defense of Churchill's remarks...If the Indians had nazis, these guys would be their Hitler and Goebells.


40 posted on 02/16/2005 11:48:27 PM PST by Outraged (Time to put pressure on the party)
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To: FairOpinion
Churchill landed a tenured faculty position less than a year later, bypassing the usual six-year academic review

My classmates and I would like to know his secret so we can get tenure w/o a review as well. I mean, why waste 6 years writing and teaching after getting our PhDs, when we can just waltz in somewhere and get tenure?

41 posted on 02/16/2005 11:57:53 PM PST by radiohead (revote in washington state)
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To: FairOpinion

Phony Indian, Phony Professor, Phony American.


42 posted on 02/16/2005 11:58:58 PM PST by WindOracle
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To: airedale

I am in academics. A chairman of a department would necessarily have a Ph.D. from a major school, most likely one noted in that field where he teaches, ethics in this case.

Most universities expect a Ph.D. among all their instructors, even at the lower levels. This buffoon seems to have no serious training except some at an experimental college which did not keep its wacky program going, from what I read.

Tenured professors are often lazy because they have a lifetime annuity. Many teach from the same notes, decade after decade. Tenure is a joke and should be abolished. That would reduce the incredible overhead at schools.

In technology it was easy to teach upper level courses a few years ago. Now enrollments are down in one school and all the tenured professors have to teach the introductory, required survey courses. That department looks very hang-dog now. Still they get about $60k for teaching 15 hours per week, about 8 months a year. They can do other work on the side, but they must attend boring faculty meetings.


43 posted on 02/16/2005 11:58:58 PM PST by sine_nomine (Protect the weakest of the weak - the unborn babies.)
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To: Calvin Locke

ROTFLMAO!

I've been telling my children for years "YOU are Native Americans - THEY are American Indians."


44 posted on 02/17/2005 12:03:40 AM PST by shibumi ("Out Here We Is Stoned - Immaculate".....J.M.)
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To: radiohead

As it seems to fit well in this thread, here is a back and forth I had in a prior thread on Churchill. I'm the one who retired from UIC:

My question is how did a man who has an M.A., but no Ph.D., a) be hired to a professorship at a major public university, and b) rise to be Department Head? I just retired from UIC (U. of IL at Chicago) and I can assure you, we did not interview nor hire in our Department (as with all the Departments throughout the University) anyone who did not have a Ph.D. to a professorship. It is a prerequisite to having a faculty position on campus. There are other rules for lecturers/instructors (only an M.A or M.S. needed), but for tenure track professors, a Ph.D. was a must have.

Reply by someone else:

"One doesn't always need a PhD to be hired or promoted at universities; a "terminal" degree is necessary. This is often a PhD, but can be other degrees."

Reply by me again:

That sure wasn't hiring policy at UIC, and I was intimately involved in the hiring process as I was the Assistant to the Head in our Dept. Whatever you are talking about (a "terminal" degree) doesn't allow for hiring of TT/T faculty at any of the large public universities that I know about, and I interfaced with many other universities when dealing with promotion matters and hiring of faculty. Our policy was and still is that you must be a Ph.D. to be hired in a tenure track/tenured position. Can think of no exceptions on our University campus. (Now back in the olden days that may have been done upon occasion, and a few leftovers from those days probably still teach at professorship level, but you could probably count them on one hand.) Frankly, I think it's an artificial rule. I think there are those out in industry whose vast experience should allow for them to teach at University level, and be given the title of "Adjunct" professor, or some such thing.

As to your comments about the Head not necessarily being the most credentialed or qualified person in the Department, I totally agree with you. Usually it is someone who is somewhat administratively skilled, such as having been a Director of Grad Studies before, or an acting head, or in someway administratively savvy, as it should be. However, think Ward Churchill now, do you think, with his attitude, phony publishing record, anti-authority mentality, and political advocacy, that he was a good Department Head? And once again, I can't imagine giving a Headship to a person without a Ph.D. It just isn't done. Not in normal universities, but then again U. of Colorado is a totally PC university, so anything can probably happen there. Just wouldn't want to send any children to such a university, unless it was for a degree in the hard sciences or medicine, which are less steeped in political activism.


45 posted on 02/17/2005 12:04:40 AM PST by flaglady47
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I can't imagine giving a Headship to a person without a Ph.D.

I agree. While the dept Chair doesn't have to be the brightest bulb in bunch, I do expect that person to have a PhD.

I am on the west coast and had been looking at schools/nice towns in the west for possible positions. Boulder was on that list, but no more. I can understand the Ethnic Studies dept being PC, but if the whole university is as PC as you say, it's not the place for me. It's hard enough to live with the normal amount of idiotic leftness that you find on most campuses, I don't need to go someplace where people like Churchill are hired, promoted, and revered.

btw - one of my classmates worked at UIC before starting her doctorate. Small world, eh?

46 posted on 02/17/2005 12:18:45 AM PST by radiohead (revote in washington state)
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To: flaglady47

Interesting post, and very well articulated response on your part. Nice to know someone in the education field still has a bit of intelligence, but then again, you said you are retired (sigh).


47 posted on 02/17/2005 12:19:06 AM PST by WindOracle (When they gave us the Statue of Liberty we had to shave her pits.)
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To: FairOpinion
> "Beginning in the late 1970s, Churchill was a teacher and administrator in programs that provided tutoring, counseling and other support for minority students. He later lectured on Indian topics in the ethnic studies program, which later became the ethnic studies department."

> He wasn't even a "real teacher".

He BS'ed and bluffed his way into the job it sounds like. Perhaps the Regents who confirmed him should be questioned.

Perhaps the Governor should replace the Regents that don't call for his dismissal.
48 posted on 02/17/2005 12:22:09 AM PST by Rate_Determining_Step (US Military - Draining the Swamp of Terrorism since 2001!)
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To: FairOpinion

bttt


49 posted on 02/17/2005 12:23:58 AM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons
Hmmm...PHD = Phony "How" Doctor??

Phony Indian, phony intellectual, phony American...

Sitting Bull go ugh...!!!
50 posted on 02/17/2005 12:43:16 AM PST by Duaine (Peace is our profession....)
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