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Posts by Brass Lamp

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  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    08/04/2015 10:05:06 PM PDT · 952 of 999
    Brass Lamp to EternalVigilance
    Your post makes no sense. Of course there is a difference between personally leaving the country, which you’re perfectly free to do, and laying claim to a non-existent “right” to arbitrarily take some portion of the national territory away from the people of the United States. You’d have to be a blithering idiot not to recognize the difference.

    You think that property is collectively owned by "the people" but not actual persons. You think "the nation" owns private land. You think that any person who attempts to keep their private property is exercising a "non-existent" right. Of course I recognize the difference...I called you a socialist the first time.

  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    08/04/2015 9:26:07 PM PDT · 949 of 999
    Brass Lamp to Brass Lamp
    And in all foundational documents the term "United States" is grammatically plural, not singular. No, there was not a single sovereign political entity called "the People of the United States". The idea is anachronistic and revisionist. It is an indestructible fact of history that the whole point of the Fourteenth Amendment was to define a type of super-national citizenship which had not previously existed.

    I don't know why the editor clipped and pasted that fragment like that.

  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    08/04/2015 9:23:26 PM PDT · 948 of 999
    Brass Lamp to EternalVigilance
    And here you are.

    The idea that private property ownership entails a “natural right” to secede from the nation in which that private real property is physically located is just pure nonsense. And to suggest that anyone who doesn’t believe that nonsense is a socialist or a communist is just plain nuts.

    In your previous post, you unintentionally conceded that the difference between secession and immigration is the withdrawal of the physical property. I won't let you take the back. I've only proposed that someone who is ideologically defined as a socialist should be nominated as one as well.

    There is a political entity called the sovereign people of the United States.

    It is an indestructible fact of history that the whole point of the Fourteenth Amendment was to define a type of super-national citizenship which had not previously existed.

    Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were executed in their name, and ultimately, by their will and authority.

    And in all foundational documents the term "United States" is grammatically plural, not singular. No, there was not a single sovereign political entity called "the People of the United States". The idea is anachronistic and revisionist. It is an indestructible fact of history that the whole point of the Fourteenth Amendment was to define a type of super-national citizenship which had not previously existed.

  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    08/04/2015 9:10:04 PM PDT · 946 of 999
    Brass Lamp to EternalVigilance
    What a load

    What a well-reasoned reply. I wonder if you'll go walk around your room some, shake your fist, and then come back to attempt a more composed response.

  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    08/04/2015 9:06:23 PM PDT · 945 of 999
    Brass Lamp to Sherman Logan
    It seems fairly obvious the CSA, had its secession succeeded, would have demanded some large portion of the territories, with threat of war if not ceded.

    There's nothing obvious about the history of an alternate time-line, except that, being ALTERNATE to true history, it's obviously fictional.

    Usually, one only turns to hypotheticals after one has exhausted all reference to factuals. But you've started your argument with hypotheticals. So, really, I guess this is a usual sort of argument, after all.

    They also planned to expand south into the Caribbean and elsewhere in Latin America.

    My first honest impulse was to respond 'totally unlike you-know-who', but I then it occurred to me that this was probably some intentionally vague reference to the old Knights of The Golden Circle conspiracy theory, our own version of the Elder Protocols libel. I now have to ask: Illuminati much?

    They didn’t think that out either.

    I graciously accept all your evidence at face value. Too bad you offered none.

    Given the logistics of the time, the only way such expansion could be supported was by sea.

    Is there a bridge to Cuba in our own time that I don't know about?

    The US Navy and Royal Navy would have had something to say about seaborne invasions into Mexico, Cuba or Central America.

    Ok, as someone who has actually read a book, I just have to ask, "what did the British say when the US got involved in Mexico, Cuba, and Central American?" I already know what the US would say: "Stop copying us!" Hypocrite.

    In general, the South didn’t think thru much about what it would do after secession.

    You JUST accused them planning the same campaign of expansion which the US itself would undertake. Now you're saying they didn't plan for afterward? Am I expecting a hypocrite to be consistent? Was that last question rhetorical?

    They firmly believed slavery would die if it didn’t expand, but they had no realistic way for it to expand. Which meant the logical thing to do would have been to negotiate a gradual emancipation.

    Ah, the old cotton-farming-caused-soil-exhaustion-and-required-ever-expanding-cultivation chestnut. I'll leave that one right here next to the first-shot-at-Sumter-started-the-war factoid like two components of logic bomb ready to go off. It will get used later, a sort of argumentative Chekhov's gun.

    But logic was in short supply in the South in 1860/61.

    Says the guy who just attempted to use logically contracdictive claims to accuse the South of wanting to act like the North.

  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    08/04/2015 8:19:45 PM PDT · 942 of 999
    Brass Lamp to EternalVigilance
    Sure they can leave. There's the border right over there. --> But they can't take the territory of the sovereign people of the United States without their consent.

    Firstly, it is the central foundational premise of socialism/communism is that private ownership of property is not a natural right but rather one virtualized within the framework of community law. In expressing that exact sentiment, you've just unintentionally revealed your true ideological self.

    Secondly, there was not a single political entity called "the sovereign people of the United States" prior to the rump passage of the Fourteenth Amendment. Sovereignty had previously been vested the in peoples of the several States. I'll help you out a little: The Fourteenth Amendment was recorded AFTER the war.

    It's that whole "consent of the governed" thing, you know. Right there in the Declaration as well.

    Ah, the Declaration of Independence, my most favorite act of secession (that you secretly hate).

  • A new book, but an old conspiracy theory: Who really wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    07/14/2015 7:03:13 PM PDT · 63 of 69
    Brass Lamp to Mollypitcher1
    Well, I wrote on the same subject about twenty years ago and the then-current science of plagiarism detection, when evaluating the folio of claimed works for word choice and frequency, determined that only Titus possessed aberrant or unique use of language.
  • Pro-Life People: When Debating Abortion, Avoid This Embarrassingly Common Logical Mistake

    07/01/2015 5:34:02 PM PDT · 65 of 70
    Brass Lamp to kathsua
    Reading this Tim's attempt to utilize logical terms is as amusing as watching a child play with his father's power tools. His belief that he is in any position to lecture anyone on methods of argument is laughable. It's clear to anyone with any instruction in classical, rigid, formal logic that he is misusing and misapplying terminology.

    Firstly, the Continuum Fallacy isn't even a formal fallacy of either deduction or induction (which is funny, since much of what is fallacious in deduction is considered correct for induction). It is only listed as an informal fallacy because it fails to perfectly establish the falsehood of a contrary position. Like all informal fallacies, it is actually logically sound and its products argumentatively valid, if unpersuasive. If Tim knew this and knew the difference, he would probably not have written this article (notice how I used the word "probably", that suggests "induction", Tim).

    Secondly, he incorrectly identifies the argument. The pro-lifer who challenges a pro-abortionist to explain and defend an arbitrary moment of transition into being is highlighting the moral uncertainty of abortion. It allows us to dust off philosophy's third-favorite object of thought experiment, the killer box-with-a-big-red-button, and ask one of Baal's neophytes if he or she is willing to MAYBE take a life. Since they are all still operating under the necessity of deception, they will forced to modify their position with feigned concern for innocent life.

    And it is this strategic retreat which draws attention to this writer's third big mistake; he incorrectly identifies the agency of fallacy. The pro-abortion position requires staking out an indefensible position, agrumentively speaking. The pro-abort crowd find themselves having to either claim that a fully developed and clearly living child comes very suddenly into existence at just the moment that a previously unimportant mass passes beyond boundary of the mother's body, or else admit that there is no compelling moral concern about killing a child outright. Both positions are ludicrous and scandalous, but there are also intuitively wrong and, more importantly, they may serve as the premises of further argument aimed at eroding the moral support for their agenda. But according to Tim, pointing out the fallacy of the other side is somehow, itself, a fallacy.

  • Why are Congressmen Signing Non-Disclosure Forms on Obama’s Secret Treaty?

    06/10/2015 4:21:09 AM PDT · 65 of 79
    Brass Lamp to SWAMPSNIPER
    This can’t be constitutional.

    It's not:

    Article I, Section 6:

    "The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place." (emphasis mine)

  • Remaking of Alexander Hamilton

    05/18/2015 2:24:23 PM PDT · 41 of 42
    Brass Lamp to ek_hornbeck
    Hamilton and other Federalists wanted to keep much of the British political system intact, minus the monarch, including the British mercantilist system (central banking, Corn Laws and other tariffs).

    So...they paid their tea-tax? You see, that's a product of a centralized merchantilist government.

    Hamilton's goal in centralization wasn't the creation of a welfare state, it was in turning America into an industrial and military power.

    ...through a type of welfare. I use the word here, consistently, to mean 'forcing those who can and will support themselves to also support they who cannot or will not support themselves'. It does not cease to be a welfare program because you feel differently about the recipient.

    The debates at the time weren't pro or anti-welfare state, which didn't exist.

    Of course not. That's not how Fabian socialism works. They were still debating the principles of government and whether we should proceed from those principles which, as it happens, allow and necessarily develop welfare schemes. Hamilton strongly promoted ideas which are essential and foundational to the modern welfare state without any teleological reference to EBT cards and Section 8 housing.

    It was a debate between agrarians vs. supporters of industrialization.

    Were it as simple as that, there might have been two factions clamoring for the same all-powerful, centralized government to collectivize and distribute all the goodies, the only difference between the two being their intended recipient. Would you have supported the same program of national socialization to support the farm industry?

    Hamilton was an heir to William Pitt, not a precursor to Franklin Roosevelt or LBJ.

    [1]There is nothing about the first clause which supports the second clause. [2]FDR and LBJ couldn't have done it without him.

    A Social Security system or food stamps weren't on anyone's radar screen at the time, and to retroject the Great Society policies onto Hamilton and Washington is beyond absurd.

    Calling the Hamiltonian agenda of the late 18th century "conservative" because it would eventually lead to something you happen to like at a later time is absurd.

  • Remaking of Alexander Hamilton

    05/18/2015 12:39:01 PM PDT · 38 of 42
    Brass Lamp to ek_hornbeck
    The Federalists wanted to use the centralized state to pursue essentially conservative ends,...

    What previously existing thing, exactly, were they conserving?

    ...the Anti-Federalists opposed the centralized state for the purpose of what were (for the time) essentially radical ends.

    Well, the Antis were led by a fellow who knew that "radical" actually meant 'getting back to the root' of something. So, yeah.

  • Remaking of Alexander Hamilton

    05/18/2015 12:29:55 PM PDT · 37 of 42
    Brass Lamp to ek_hornbeck
    I don't think that the word "conservative" means what you think it means.

    Hamilton's legacy has been hijacked by the Left in America. Essentially, Hamilton wished to use the power of the state to help achieve basically conservative ends: using tariffs to protect nascent industries from being undersold by established foreign competitors, investing in infrastructure, urban planning projects, establishing a national bank to help fund emerging industries, etc.

    Conservatism seeks to protect the gains of the past whereas progressives see no value in the past and would sacrifice all previous achievement for any fanciful chance future advancement. Everything you describe here is essentially 'progressive'. True conservatives would let the market naturally decide which industries, in which locations, would prosper without government interference. If industries elsewhere are already established, it's hardly very conservative to use the power of government to promote the supposed progress of industry elsewhere. A true conservative doesn't believe that the public should have to pay for private infrastructure or even nominally public infrastructure which is really only meant to serve a private interest. Progress at the expense of that which could be conserved ain't conservative.

    One may disagree or agree with any one of these policies, but none of them had anything to do with the establishment of a welfare state in any form.

    How is using a system taxation and forced loans to subsidize building and industry which can't profitably support itself NOT welfare?

    Nor was it the goal of the Federalists to use Federal coffers to prop up failing banks and industries in the long-term, as the article mentions.

    So, you think that, when they proceed to communize the economy, they will only seize successful banks and industries? My, how conservative of you!

    Both liberals who claim Hamilton as a precursor to the New Deal and the Great Society, and conservatives who attack him for the same are either misinformed or dishonest.

    I am honest and well-informed, and I can say with some great confidence that Hamilton was a very important early influence in the eventual formation of American economic 'progressivism'. Even your own apologetic description of his agenda sounds like the sales pitch for the New Deal or the Great Society.

  • Physicists Are Philosophers, Too

    05/12/2015 8:11:15 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    Brass Lamp to LibWhacker

    Wow! The authors (going with the byline) of this piece are so non-conversant about the subject matter about which they attempt to write that I can truly find error in every single stupid paragraph. It is stunningly bad.

  • Ron Paul: “Good News” That Secession Is Happening

    02/19/2015 5:32:26 PM PST · 31 of 68
    Brass Lamp to nascarnation
    When they talk about Texas seceding, I always ask “are you gonna deport your 3.2 million Medicare recipients back to the USA?”

    To which I would likely respond: "I dunno. Are you people going to reimburse their payroll deductions."

  • What every Pats fan is thinking about DeflateGate

    01/22/2015 2:51:21 PM PST · 57 of 68
    Brass Lamp to tumblindice
    Assachusettsans pronounce “chowder” as chowdah, but they add ‘r’s to “pizza” and “Cuba”. What’s up with that?

    They're all redistributionists up there.

  • Robert E. Lee, Southern Heritage, Media Bias, and Al Sharpton

    01/19/2015 6:36:38 PM PST · 157 of 342
    Brass Lamp to Sherman Logan
    Up to the point those states declare war on the Constitution, at which point they are no longer under its provisions.

    ...thus invalidating just about every argument you've ever attempted to advance.

  • Mom Accused of Setting Baby Girl on Fire, Killing Her

    01/17/2015 6:45:52 PM PST · 79 of 84
    Brass Lamp to Brass Lamp
    Probably spelt "-Kemberly" within the hyphenated American community. Probably spelt

    Hate when it does that.

  • Mom Accused of Setting Baby Girl on Fire, Killing Her

    01/17/2015 6:39:22 PM PST · 78 of 84
    Brass Lamp to mylife
    Hyphenkemberly?

    Probably spelt "-Kemberly" within the hyphenated American community. Probably spelt

  • Neanderthal Man 'Never Walked In Northern Europe'

    01/14/2015 1:17:36 PM PST · 193 of 195
    Brass Lamp to Verginius Rufus
    Oh, I was agreeing with you about the situation of the valley, I was using a double negative for rhetorical effect. You're right, Neanderthals are essentially Northern Euro.
  • Neanderthal Man 'Never Walked In Northern Europe'

    01/14/2015 11:16:17 AM PST · 191 of 195
    Brass Lamp to Verginius Rufus
    You've just highlighted the problem with all psuedo-intellectual Nominalism (but I repeat myself). By definition, Neanderthals could not have NOT been in Northern Europe, ‘cause, ya’know, that's where the Neander Valley is found.
  • Bachmann: Obama embraced 'agenda of Islamic jihad'

    12/24/2014 7:22:42 PM PST · 24 of 54
    Brass Lamp to Libloather
    ‘Well, Michele, it isn’t that easy. But that’s OK.’ Like patting me on the head, like I didn’t know what I was talking about,” she said.

    This sounds rather more to me like the Barbie doll which said "Math is hard!"

  • Bachmann: Obama embraced 'agenda of Islamic jihad'

    12/24/2014 7:22:35 PM PST · 23 of 54
    Brass Lamp to Libloather
    ‘Well, Michele, it isn’t that easy. But that’s OK.’ Like patting me on the head, like I didn’t know what I was talking about,” she said.

    This sounds rather more to me like the Barbie doll which said "Math is hard!"

  • D.C. has passed sea level rise 'tipping point,' more cities to follow: study (Got Sandbags?)

    12/21/2014 9:03:32 AM PST · 49 of 62
    Brass Lamp to samtheman
    Major U.S. coastal cities, including Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, North Carolina...with the majority of coastal areas in the U.S. expected to see 30 or more days of “nuisance-level flooding”...Nuisance-type flooding is defined as flooding to a height of between 1 to 2 feet above local high-tide levels.

    The article contradicts itself. It claims that the sea-level is rising because there is more flooding, but then defines flooding in terms above sea-level. If the frequency of above sea-level flooding is increasing, it actually suggests that the sea is lower in order to allow that to happen.

  • `Flame and Blame` uncovers Sherman's strategy of war on civilians

    12/17/2014 12:13:22 PM PST · 177 of 204
    Brass Lamp to rockrr
    My real point is that History doesn't consider (or do) anything. It's not a person, but rather a field within which a person may study.

    "History considers" sounds to a historian much like "science says" to a scientist (and much like 'the science is settled').

  • `Flame and Blame` uncovers Sherman's strategy of war on civilians

    12/17/2014 9:53:30 AM PST · 173 of 204
    Brass Lamp to rockrr
    History does not consider Sherman a “war criminal” and those who shout it only look foolish to the rest of us.

    Of course, if one REALLY wants to look foolish to genuine historians, one need only employ "History" as a grammatical subject which "considers" an historical object.

  • Stephen Kessler: Why all Californians are Mexican

    11/19/2014 10:18:58 AM PST · 81 of 87
    Brass Lamp to Regulator

    This one represents the typical level of education enjoyed by the “informing” class. He actually believes that Texas was acquired in the Mexican-American War. Twat!

  • Sukhoi Su-35S: Capabilities Out of This World

    11/07/2014 5:22:53 PM PST · 61 of 61
    Brass Lamp to az_gila
    Oh, wow - look at all of those dome-headed rivets sticking out all over the place!
  • Opec Plots US Shale Oil Takedown

    10/29/2014 9:27:39 AM PDT · 42 of 44
    Brass Lamp to ICCtheWay
    But for you purists -— if one state like WVA or Kentucky would fall into the hands of Liberal Democrats and you are the Majority leader in the House or the Senate or the President...

    The reason we are in this mess is because the taintists insist upon the "winning" strategy of running loser candidates. Besides, the policies of the Obama administration are in no way different from the policies of a potential Romney or McCain administration. We've got Romney's domestic (healthcare) policy and McCain's foreign policy (pro-jihadi) right now.

  • Today In History - Battle of Hastings - 14 October 1066

    10/14/2014 9:58:17 PM PDT · 39 of 43
    Brass Lamp to ZULU
    If Harald had only waited for the rest of his army from Stamford he would have won. Even without it had the shield wall held its position and not been lured out and had he not been shot with the arrow,he might have won anyway

    I will cut the guy some slack. He had just force-marched his army to the north to repel another major invasion (in a victory which ended the "Age of The Vikings"), and then had to immediately turn his forces south again and confront the largest maritime assault ever assembled. Actually, he did this after having just defeated the previous largest-ever-assembled armada.

  • Receding Waters Of Castaic Lake Reveal ATF Badge, Gun

    10/09/2014 7:15:54 PM PDT · 35 of 43
    Brass Lamp to wrench

    Yeah, now they HAVE to believe us!

  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 5:17:53 PM PDT · 161 of 180
    Brass Lamp to Joe Marine 76
    Well, I never declared a major in English, but I think it's:

    Present/Imperative: dive

    Past: dove

    Perfect: dived

    Pluperfect: had dived

    Subjunctive: would/could have dove

  • 10 things Generation X won’t tell you

    07/02/2014 9:35:52 AM PDT · 32 of 87
    Brass Lamp to alexander_busek
    You'll just have to remind me what great world-saving crusade GenX took a pass on. By my reckoning, they've fought in more conflicts with less support than any previous generation. The WWII generation can be congratulated for doing some very obvious hammer-meets-nail work in fighting back against declared enemies who foolishly attacked the one country which could easily outproduce the entire rest of the planet. You claim that GenX is selfish, but the "Greatest" didn't lift a finger to do anything until they were attacked. The post-Soviet world is lucky GenX is actually pretty selfLESS.

    As for the economies of the generations, my feeling is that the voters of the Depression Era really got what they deserved. They elected a blatant communist to the presidency FOUR times. Meanwhile, GenX should never expect to receive ITS Social Security because that program was always meant to be generational swindle.

  • How I Learned to Hate Robert E. Lee (Compares Tea Party to pro-slavery expansion CSA fire-eaters)

    06/22/2014 6:02:50 PM PDT · 82 of 141
    Brass Lamp to CatherineofAragon
    Lee created the Confederacy?

    Forget it. He's rolling.

  • April 21st Battle of San Jacinto

    04/21/2014 5:15:59 AM PDT · 9 of 25
    Brass Lamp to Helotes
    led to annexation and to the Mexican War, resulting in the acquisition by the United States of the states of Texas, New Mexico

    Well, that's a stupid claim. If the annexation of Texas led to the Mexican War, then how could the war have resulted in gaining Texas?

  • The Secrets Behind John Wayne's Many Names

    03/31/2014 9:52:27 AM PDT · 39 of 50
    Brass Lamp to nathanbedford
    There are actors who were real heroes in World War II like Jimmy Stewart or Lee Marvin and, certainly, Audie Murphy. I would include David Niven. But it is Wayne who is held up as the iconic image of the American who won World War II. Wayne himself, not only his screen portrayals, are held up as the ideal American heroic image or at least the two have become so intertwined in the American mind that they are inseparable.

    And this is part of why I don't like Marion. The other part is that he would insist on top billing in any movie featuring actual heroes. Men of real accomplishment are secure enough in their self-image to exercise restraint and express humility. "Wayne" could appear in a war film featuring men who had bravely fought in the very war depicted and he, a career actor, would always get lead credit. He could have, occasionally, taken a step back and allowed better men to have the limelight. It's a credit to Jimmy Steward's character that he would continue to work with The Duke and just that matter slide. Steward could have absolutely humiliated Marion if he had wanted that guy out of the way.

    Besides that, "Wayne" was a lousy actor. "The Conqueror" is example of his prowess.

  • Obama Surgeon General Wants Doctors to Ask Patients About Guns in Home–Part of Obamacare Database

    03/09/2014 12:09:46 AM PST · 48 of 75
    Brass Lamp to lbryce
    The only way to make them understand what its like to have your name added to an enemies list (which is really what this is) is to list their names as well. FR could keep a current thread open detailing these experiences for future consideration.
  • Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore?

    02/23/2014 8:55:56 AM PST · 186 of 187
    Brass Lamp to rey
    Have you ever seen the article diagramming the second ammendment and explaining its meaning grammatically?

    I've had the pleasure of watching Modern Language Association commies choke on their bile while admitting that the dependent "militia" clause was merely explanatory to, and subordinate to, the fully independent "right of the people" clause.

  • Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore?

    02/23/2014 7:22:48 AM PST · 184 of 187
    Brass Lamp to rey
    Shouldn’t it be anylonger?

    You're correct. "Anymore" is a quantitative continuation whereas 'anylonger' is a temporal continuation. The whole excerpt demonstrates poor writing and composition skills.

    Is it just me, or are student competencies like basic writing skills in serious peril today? Granted, I am about a decade in to my teaching career, but even within this fairly short span, I have noticed a startling decline in the quality of written work turned in by my students, regardless of which institution (community college, private, four year school) the papers are coming from.

    Did a professor just end a sentence with a preposition?! I supposed that professing psychology entitles her to correct language. My corrections in bold:

    "Is it just me, or are student competencies[,] such as ('like' suggests a simile, not a part of the matter itself) basic writing skills, lately imperiled? Granted, I am about a decade into (a single preposition, 'in to' requires a transitive verb) my teaching career, but even within this fairly short span, I have noticed a startling decline in the quality of written work turned in by my students, regardless of institutions (colleges public and private, two and four year schools) (because, in listing related items, a writer should introduce the object class common to all items in the list and differentiate in the progression) from which the submissions issue (because the papers are not 'coming from' colleges, as the sentence dictates, but are rather from students in college).

    It’s not just that students aren’t demonstrating critical thinking skills in their writing, basic competencies like proper syntax, spelling, and even proper structure like paragraph indentation and how to cite sources are being done very poorly. Teachers have been reporting anecdotally that even compared to five years ago, many are seeing declines in vocabulary, grammar, writing, and analysis (e.g. Westin, 2013; Bloomberg News, 2012). Moreover, on an international scale, our standards in literacy is similarly on the decline (McGuire, 2014).

    Not only is the first sentence merely a repetition of the introduction of the first paragraph, but it is, itself, introduced by the repetitive use of "it's just". A good writer will vary their sentence structure. This writer likes "like" so much that one like clause is embedded in another. Perhaps that's how they've come to overpopulate the article. The predicate "are being done very poorly" seems to take "proper structure" as its object, in which case they don't match. Since "Teachers have been reporting" that "many are seeing", I have to wonder if the "many" are teachers or whether teacher know of many who who are seeing this. The comma between "years ago" and "many are" would only make sense if there were also a comma between "ancedotely that" and "even compared" thus isolating the complete thought 'teachers are reporting ancedotely that they are seeing declines in...' from "even compare to five years ago". The author complains about student citation, apparently unaware of the great many citation formats which have currency among the various disciplines, and completely unaware that her own citations are improper.

    There are only so many times you can correct a “their” that is meant to denote “there” before wondering, when was the last time this college student’s writing abilities were actually assessed? As a psychology professor, I am starting to feel like an English instructor, because so much of my feedback on these papers is focusing on such basic writing skills, that the coherency or theoretical merit behind the content is getting lost in the shuffle.

    If "wondering" is supposed to introduce an inner monologue, the expressed thought should be contained in quotes. It should read as either:

    "There are only so many times you can correct a 'their' that is meant to denote 'there' before wondering, 'when was the last time this college student’s writing abilities were actually assessed?'"

    Or

    "There are only so many times you can correct a 'their' that is meant to denote 'there' before wondering when was the last time this college student’s writing abilities were actually assessed."

    "As a psychology professor, I am starting to feel like an English instructor" would only make sense if feeling like an English instructor were part of professing psychology. Perhaps she meant to write "Despite being a psychology professor...". She should try responding to a Psychology Today article through a clunky Free Republic html console.

    In considering her question "why can't college students write anymore?", I would think that the proliferation of worthless psychology degrees, and the consequential overabundance of psychology professors, has a great deal to do with it.b

  • Obama's 'big breakthrough' coming by end of year - Leaked: Official declaration of Palestinian state

    02/18/2014 7:04:19 AM PST · 21 of 50
    Brass Lamp to E. Pluribus Unum
    There is already a “Palestinian” state, and its name is Jordan.

    Correct! Jordan really was supposed to be the final carve-out for this completely invented group of people.

  • Hennessey now selling a 707 hp street-legal Corvette

    02/14/2014 12:24:18 PM PST · 60 of 64
    Brass Lamp to nascarnation

    I was referring to the tail lamp array. The traditional four rounds are gone.

  • Hennessey now selling a 707 hp street-legal Corvette

    02/13/2014 6:49:00 PM PST · 22 of 64
    Brass Lamp to smokingfrog
    But can they put an actual Corvette rear end on these ugly things?
  • Holder: New media guidelines in weeks

    01/30/2014 7:02:20 AM PST · 39 of 49
    Brass Lamp to BenLurkin

    Now, if only the media would respond with its own guidelines for monitoring the Justice Department.

  • Ruth: Slavery's reality contradicts Sons of Confederate Veterans, Civil War revisionists

    01/25/2014 1:25:03 PM PST · 130 of 207
    Brass Lamp to Brass Lamp

    I should have also pointed out that, if the axe-grinders were really all that interested in the subject of joint ownership of slaves, they could also look into the very real issue of corporate ownership which was, unlike “family ownership” a genuine legal object of study. They probably won’t like where it leads, though.

  • Ruth: Slavery's reality contradicts Sons of Confederate Veterans, Civil War revisionists

    01/25/2014 1:16:49 PM PST · 129 of 207
    Brass Lamp to BroJoeK
    These numbers are based on average family sizes of only four members = husband (owner), wife and two children -- clearly an overly restricted estimate of Southern families.

    It's a nonsense term, linguistically, which refers to more acts of enslavement (as an grammatical transitive verb issuing from a subject) than incidents of enslavement (as a transitive verb directed toward a grammatical object). It's also a nonsense unit of measure from a method which detaches the performance of the act from the occurrence of the same act and which, mathematically, is not even a function of the number of people being held in slavery, as demonstrated by the fact that it creates varying numbers of slavers while the slaves remain the same in numbers and situation. The "slave-owning family" is a useless gauge of measure which is only being used to conflate the participation rate to some more desirable figure.

    If I really had it out for Washington state residents and wanted to shame them with their depravity, I could cheaply quadruple the frequency of cannibalism by denouncing them in terms of "cannibal bridge clubs".

  • Ruth: Slavery's reality contradicts Sons of Confederate Veterans, Civil War revisionists

    01/24/2014 10:23:32 AM PST · 50 of 207
    Brass Lamp to Sherman Logan
    Not really accurate. Here's a link to the percentage of slaveowning families in southern states per the 1860 census. MS was 49% and SC 46%.

    What you have is a link to a knuggle-dragger's best groping, pawing attempt to seize upon statistical data cloaked behind the impenetrable veil of basic illiteracy. The information is supposedly extracted from census records, but the problems are; one, there is no such thing as familial slave ownership (as evidenced by probate and inheritance records in which slaves are treated in the same fashion as the usual sort of individual property) and no such thing as a "slave-owning family" to be counted; two, it was not the purpose of the census to ascertain who owned whom but rather, for the purpose of proportioning representation, to determine how many whites (counted as a whole person) and blacks (counted as three-fifths a person) resided at an address; three, the census was not conducted on a family-to-family basis, but rather door-to-door.

    According to the author of the cited material, a collection of white tenant farmers, if they happen, according to the arrangement of their landlord, to cohabitate and having been surveyed by census-taker, not only have all been drafted into a family unit, but have all become the joint owners of any blacks their employer may have quartered among them. I would suppose that this misinterpretation of raw data was deliberate, if I were generous enough to credit the writer for having sufficient intelligence to construct a purposeful deception.

    By the way, the UVA database referenced by the cited website actually gives the free population of Mississippi in 1860 as 354,674, and the number of slave-owners as 30,943, which would support a claim that nearly 9% of the free population held slaves. For South Carolina, it's 301,302 to 26,701 for just about 9%, again.

  • GOP to alter rules for presidential nominating process, early-voting states protected

    01/23/2014 10:54:04 AM PST · 33 of 77
    Brass Lamp to Cincinatus' Wife
    Tougher penalties for states violating the GOP's primary plan. States with 30 or more delegates, like Florida, would be allowed to send only nine of those delegates -- and any RNC members in the state -- to the nominating convention. Any state with 29 or fewer delegates would be allowed to send only six delegates plus RNC members. The reduction in convention delegates would seriously reduce the influence those states would otherwise hold in the nominating process.

    That's right. They just continue to punish the very states upon whose patronage they depend. Gotta protect all those precious little irrelevant eggshells in Iowa, you know, because they've been doing such a great job selecting our candidates for us.

  • Robert E. Lee: American Patriot and Southern Hero

    01/20/2014 5:12:21 AM PST · 133 of 166
    Brass Lamp to Brass Lamp
    as claim Arthur

    should be "claiming"

  • Robert E. Lee: American Patriot and Southern Hero

    01/20/2014 5:10:52 AM PST · 132 of 166
    Brass Lamp to oh8eleven
    Claiming that Lee betrayed American because he fought yankees makes about as much sense as claim Arthur betrayed Britain when he fought Saxons.
  • Judge, Citing Extreme Facts, Tosses Arrest of NYC Professor

    01/18/2014 9:57:37 AM PST · 65 of 114
    Brass Lamp to null and void
    If the department’s retirement fund had to pay them, the whole department might be inclined to make sure Officer O’Roidrage worked elsewhere

    I like your idea better.

  • EyeOn College Basketball UNC stops research of academic whistleblower Mary Willingham

    01/18/2014 9:33:14 AM PST · 20 of 24
    Brass Lamp to Uncle Chip
    Can we expect the NCAA to suspend UNC for this cover-up???

    Only if you're expecting integrity from the very corruptive influence that is ruining American education.