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Donahue gets cheers, boos at N.C. State commencement
The Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2003 | The Associated Press

Posted on 05/17/2003 6:27:48 PM PDT by jern

Saturday, May 17, 2003 5:45PM EDT

Donahue gets cheers, boos at N.C. State commencement

The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Talk show pioneer Phil Donahue got catcalls and cheers Saturday for a politically tinged commencement address at North Carolina State University. A handful of the nearly 4,000 new N.C. State graduates walked out of the ceremony at the RBC Center when Donahue began listing "what liberals believe." Donahue said constitutional rights and privileges have been eroded and he made a backhanded reference to the war in Iraq.

"Only Congress can declare war," he said to some cheers and boos, "and not just one man, the president."

The basic liberties of citizens are being undermined by the war on drugs, Donahue said, and by a "trend toward to the sword rather than a trend toward civility."

What liberals believe, he said, "is that no one in authority should tell you to 'shush;' that executing retarded teenagers is wrong, and that unions give workers a deserved place at the bargaining table."

Donahue, 67, whose most recent talk show on MSNBC was canceled in February after six months, urged the graduates to help renew basic American constitutional values of free speech, separation of church and state, and respect for the rights of minorities.

"Your mission is to challenge your public servants and bring America back to basic constitutional values," he told the students.

He urged political conservatives to be tolerant of those with differing views.

"Take a liberal to lunch," he said. "Take a Dixie Chick to lunch."

Donahue is a nine-time Daytime Emmy winner for his syndicated talk show, which began in 1967 and aired nationally from 1970 to 1996, paving the way for dozens of such shows to follow.

He was invited to speak in part because he and an N.C. State professor both attended the University of Notre Dame. He got loud applause by noting that N.C. State beat Notre Dame in this year's Gator Bowl.

"I came looking for liberals," he said, "and here at N.C. State I found friends."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: commencements; donahue; jackass; ncstate

1 posted on 05/17/2003 6:27:48 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern
Even liberals have to cringe when he opens his mouth.
2 posted on 05/17/2003 6:30:41 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: jern
As a proud fan of the Maryland Terrapins (especially now that we have a Republican governor), I find no inconsistency in NC State inviting this imbecile to be their commencement speaker. Can you spell retarded?
3 posted on 05/17/2003 6:31:42 PM PDT by jackbill
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To: jackbill
Yep

EEEEEEEEEK!!!

4 posted on 05/17/2003 6:36:01 PM PDT by xrp
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To: Hildy
As an ND alumna, I want you to know that any self-respecting Catholic wouldn't claim him. Phil is a pig and proud to support abortion on demand, at any time, for any reason.
5 posted on 05/17/2003 6:37:22 PM PDT by A-teamMom
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To: jern
Our niece was graduating at NC State today and told us about this. She said some faculty left as well and that people yelled out, "We know why you don't have a job!" She said she felt like she was on a "Phil Donahue show" and that he was apparently enjoying the controversy he was creating.
6 posted on 05/17/2003 6:39:09 PM PDT by Boxsford
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To: jern
I can't help but to notice that at no point in this article was Phil Donahue referred to as the "controversial Phil Donahue". Today, Clarence Thomas spoke at the Univ of Georgia Law school grads and the tv station covering it called him "controversial". Go figure!
7 posted on 05/17/2003 6:40:33 PM PDT by anncoulteriscool
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To: jern
I had a few friends there who were graduating. According to them, somewhere around 200 people walked out on him. Yes, my friends did, too.
8 posted on 05/17/2003 6:40:39 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (All generalizations are false.)
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To: Howlin
"I came looking for liberals," he said...

Time to close the borders...

9 posted on 05/17/2003 6:45:16 PM PDT by Libloather (And it STILL isn’t safe enough to vote DemocRAT or Liberteen…)
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To: anncoulteriscool
So true. Phil has a radical social agenda and he is given a free pass. Clarence Thomas is a self-made man, so many in the African American community calls him an "Uncle Tom."
10 posted on 05/17/2003 6:52:02 PM PDT by A-teamMom
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To: jern
Donahue is irrelevant. "Liberalism" is decadence. It has nothing to do with liberalism.
11 posted on 05/17/2003 6:52:36 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Peace is the prerogative of the powerful--not the weak. <Churchill--paraphrased>)
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To: anncoulteriscool
My son was there this morning, at the UGA law school graduation. He said that Justice Thomas got two standing ovations, and that the planned protests were nowhere to be found.

Why are we stuck with media that consider a Supreme Court justice speaking at a law school graduation in his own home state controversial?

Rhetorical question...
12 posted on 05/17/2003 6:53:05 PM PDT by EllaMinnow ("We won't gloat. We don't need to. It's enough just to watch them sulk.")
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To: jern
Clinton encourages students to advance New York agriculture

May 17, 2003, 4:32 PM EDT
The Associated Press

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. -- New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday encouraged graduates of the State University of New York at Morrisville to use their knowledge to advance the state's agricultural industry.

"Technology, entrepreneurship and agricultural technology are needed in central New York to keep up with the global economy," she told about 400 graduates at the school's 92nd commencement ceremony, held on the school's football field.

She also encouraged the development of more windmill "farms."

"Think of what it would feel like in a few years if we didn't have to worry about oil as an energy source thousands of miles away," she said in her half-hour speech.

The Democratic senator twice received a standing ovation from the crowd of students, parents and professors.

At SUNY Cortland earlier Saturday, Clinton focused on the value of teaching. She announced plans to introduce legislation that would provide grants to teachers and schools for programs dealing with students with behavioral and emotional problems.

13 posted on 05/17/2003 6:53:08 PM PDT by Stay the course (Support HR 1305 / S 809 - RollBacktheBeerTax.com)
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To: jern
Peace is the prerogative of the powerful--not the weak. Phil is too blind to see this.
14 posted on 05/17/2003 6:56:42 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("Liberalism" is decadence. It has nothing to do with liberalism.)
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To: jackbill
NC State is a pretty conservative university compared to Md.
15 posted on 05/17/2003 7:00:54 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern


Here is a thread from the NC State Student message board
77 replies (warning for language)
http://www.thewolfweb.com/message_topic.aspx?topic=107190
16 posted on 05/17/2003 7:03:21 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern
"Only Congress can declare war," he said to some cheers and boos, "and not just one man, the president."

If that's true , Phil, just what the #()(% were we doing in the Balkans, you #()(%ing moron!

17 posted on 05/17/2003 7:05:13 PM PDT by Homer1
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To: Homer1

18 posted on 05/17/2003 7:06:02 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern
NC State is a pretty conservative university compared to Md.

And they invite a liberal weeney like Donahue to be their commencement speaker???? Why didn't they get Jerry Springer? Was he already booked?

19 posted on 05/17/2003 7:08:00 PM PDT by jackbill
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To: jackbill

Note the photo above. Really, you are a UMD. grad. A school where the students act like complete jackasses after wins and losses.
20 posted on 05/17/2003 7:11:50 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern
Thank you for the link! I just LOVE this quote from some liberal moron posting on the board! LMFAO!

"If not, this is not what America was founded on, this is just another Baghdad, Afghanistan."
21 posted on 05/17/2003 7:35:04 PM PDT by Teetop (Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.)
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To: Stay the course
I have come to believe that everything the Clinton's do is carefully calculated, planned and staged even though they want any signs of public approval to appear spontaneous and genuine. All it takes is one willing plant to begin a standing ovation.
22 posted on 05/17/2003 7:36:28 PM PDT by Faith
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To: jern
Hey them youngsters are pretty damn smart,guess some parents still know how to raise em!
23 posted on 05/17/2003 7:42:00 PM PDT by linn37 (Have you hugged your Phlebotomist today?)
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To: jern
"I came looking for liberals,"

Phil obviously thought he was in the Peoples Republic of Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina.

24 posted on 05/17/2003 7:51:57 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: jern; jackbill; sauropod
Really, you are a UMD. grad. A school where the students act like complete jackasses after wins and losses.

Oh dear...a certain UMD grad I know is going to be very unhappy when he gets home...

25 posted on 05/17/2003 7:58:10 PM PDT by hellinahandcart (freepmail me if you want ON or OFF my "stop unnecessary excerpting!" ping list)
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To: redlipstick
"My son was there this morning, at the UGA law school graduation. He said that Justice Thomas got two standing ovations, and that the planned protests were nowhere to be found."

Thank the Lord and how sweet it is. If I had been there Justice Thomas would have received TEN standing ovations. What a brave and godly man he is.

26 posted on 05/17/2003 8:16:00 PM PDT by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.)
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To: jern
Quote of the Day by by ladyinred
27 posted on 05/17/2003 8:17:33 PM PDT by RJayneJ
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To: jern
Did he REALLY say this?

"when the world is in the terrible shape its in and the people are running around to and fro in the streets and markets for a measly 16 cent magpie at johnny's deli on 3rd and main and the president is sitting in his oval office a thousand miles away in on capitol hill where they sit and they make the laws that are felt not only nationwide but worldwide causing mass hysteria and (continuous run-on sentence droning.)"

28 posted on 05/17/2003 8:26:21 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Teetop
I loved this one:

That wasnt the place for him to make his own personal opinion on shit known. i wish more people had walked out on him. He had a ********** open mic without any opposition, something **** heads like him live for because its the only place they can make their points.

29 posted on 05/17/2003 8:34:03 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: TC Rider; Constitution Day
I am furious about this.......I can't believe that SOB got an honorary degree from the school where MY daddy played basketball!
30 posted on 05/17/2003 8:35:08 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
The link at #16 is a "Wolf web" message board thread that is worth reading.
31 posted on 05/17/2003 8:52:11 PM PDT by Rebelbase (220, 221 whatever it takes.)
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To: Rebelbase
I just read it.......I just went downstairs and told my mother this: she is FURIOUS that he was there.

There are several great remarks over there that cannot be posted on FR!
32 posted on 05/17/2003 8:53:10 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Those kids posting over there give me hope that some of the youth today have their heads screwed on straight.
33 posted on 05/17/2003 8:55:40 PM PDT by Rebelbase (220, 221 whatever it takes.)
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To: jern
"Only Congress can declare war,and not just one man, the president."

Thanks for Viet Nam, JFK and Lyndon Johnson

unions give workers a deserved place at the bargaining table."

Yeah, like auto workers putting an oil plug in the oil pan all day for $100,000/year need a place "at the bargaining table". Let them take a Dixie Chick to lunch.

34 posted on 05/17/2003 9:06:44 PM PDT by fat city
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To: jern
"Take a liberal to lunch," he said. "Take a Dixie Chick to lunch."

Have a Dixie Chick for lunch.

35 posted on 05/17/2003 9:09:02 PM PDT by jwalburg (Knowledge is power; power corrupts.)
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To: Howlin; Constitution Day
Just saw the news on WNCN, they dumped on him and fully reported the booing and people walking out.
36 posted on 05/17/2003 9:21:07 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Stay the course
Phil should have spoken at a Berkley graduation, he would have gotten spontanious orgasms from the crowd.
37 posted on 05/17/2003 9:24:52 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Constitution Day
You need to see this.
38 posted on 05/17/2003 9:27:28 PM PDT by mykdsmom
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To: jern
no one in authority should tell you to 'shush;' that executing retarded teenagers is wrong, and that unions give workers a deserved place at the bargaining table.

So liberals don't believe is speech codes, executing the unborn, or union violence, right Phil?

39 posted on 05/17/2003 9:29:16 PM PDT by FreedomAvatar
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To: Stay the course
"New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday encouraged graduates of the State University of New York at Morrisville to use their knowledge to advance the state's agricultural industry"

What agricultural industry does NY state have? NY wines come to mind,and maybe some upstate cheese, but that's about it. Anybody know what ag industry hillary is talking about?
40 posted on 05/17/2003 9:31:06 PM PDT by MightyMouseToSaveThe Day
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To: jern
Let's see, N.C. State had Donahue, University of South Carolina had George W. Bush. Hope this trend continues on the gridiron this fall.
41 posted on 05/17/2003 9:32:53 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: jern
[What liberals believe, he said, "is that no one in authority should tell you to 'shush;' ]

I suppose this "liberal" was too busy masturbating while his fellow libs were voting for CFR.

42 posted on 05/17/2003 10:16:28 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: jern
Donahue has a right to speak. Intelligent people are disinclined to listen to him. You must earn the right to be listened to. Uttering tired liberal cliches do not merit an audience.
43 posted on 05/17/2003 11:58:18 PM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: MightyMouseToSaveThe Day
New York produces a few billion dollars worth agricultural products a year, mostly dairy. Not big compared the Midwest or California, but a significant part of the upstate economy, such as it is. NY is the third biggest dairy producing state (after CA and WI), and the second highest recipient of federal aid to dairy farmers (after WI). New York politicians all love to pander to the dairy vote.
44 posted on 05/18/2003 7:40:06 AM PDT by Stay the course (Support HR 1305 / S 809 - RollBacktheBeerTax.com)
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To: MightyMouseToSaveThe Day
"What agricultural industry does NY state have? NY wines come to mind,and maybe some upstate cheese, but that's about it. Anybody know what ag industry hillary is talking about? "

New York State Agricultural production was $3.4 billion in 2001. (and third in US in dairy production)
37,500 farms take 25 percent of the state’s land area, or 7.6 million acres. (Dept of Agriculture, N.Y State).
45 posted on 05/18/2003 8:39:23 AM PDT by edwin hubble
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To: jwalburg
"Take a Dixie Chick to lunch."

If you ask me, Natalie Maines could stand to miss a few lunches.

46 posted on 05/18/2003 10:33:26 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: jern; hellinahandcart
Really, you are a UMD. grad.

No, no, no. I'm not a UMD grad. I went to a real school - The Johns Hopkins University. I just root for the Terps against those other ACC schools.

And, no, I don't riot, whether they win or lose.

47 posted on 05/18/2003 10:52:45 AM PDT by jackbill
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To: jern
What the hell is Donahue doing at State, who invited the nitwit?
48 posted on 05/18/2003 11:52:12 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: mykdsmom
LMAO!!!!
I saw this on WRAL this morning. It has made my whole day.
49 posted on 05/19/2003 10:59:00 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Trolls? "Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet.")
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