JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2007/04/more-magical-thinking-from-academia-and.html (13 comments)

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jsid-1177269687-563075  Dan at Sun, 22 Apr 2007 19:21:27 +0000

Ouch. Double ouch.

Do you know how hard it is to pick a grad school when you know that every major university in America has people this blitheringly stupid in the largest offices? This 'professor of communication and policy studies at UCLA' is as dumb as a bag of rocks.

jsid-1177269769-563076  Dan at Sun, 22 Apr 2007 19:22:49 +0000

Wait a minute... professor of communication and policy studies?

You mean to tell me that they have created a Department of Punditry? That's breathtakingly honest, actually.

jsid-1177284710-563077  Arni at Sun, 22 Apr 2007 23:31:50 +0000

Professor Plate was extremely lucky that the perp wasn't worried about being identified. I don't think he'll ever realize this, however.

jsid-1177285380-563078  tkdkerry at Sun, 22 Apr 2007 23:43:00 +0000

What is it with these morons? Plate himself was a victim of an armed robber, yet he persists with the canard that we don't need guns for 'conflict resolution'. I suppose there's a consistency of sorts there. If a GFW wants to take all our guns, then says that our giving up half of them would be a 'compromise', then perhaps he thinks that giving up his money for his life is a compromise, not a surrender.

jsid-1177290606-563080  DJ at Mon, 23 Apr 2007 01:10:06 +0000

Every time I read such rubbish, I become even more pleased that I finished with formal schooling long ago.

jsid-1177347556-563095  Sarah at Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:59:16 +0000

I can only speak for the sciences, but when academics stick to their areas of expertise, they serve an important purpose. The problem comes when they assume that their hard-earned laurels in a particular subject to which they've singularly devoted themselves for twenty years entitle them to make pronouncements on issues they've studied only through the editorial page of the daily newspaper.

jsid-1177348292-563096  crotalus at Mon, 23 Apr 2007 17:11:32 +0000

"A near-death experience does focus the mind."

And yet, he is more myopic than ever!

What an eeediot!

jsid-1177368598-563104  Phelps at Mon, 23 Apr 2007 22:49:58 +0000

You know, I would bet cash money that this hoplophobe remembers more about the gun than he does they guy who robbed him, which I'm sure was a great help to the police.

"Can you describe the man who robbed you?"

"Yes, he was shiny, about six inches long, boxy, and he had a frickin laser beam on his head."

jsid-1177441883-563138  E.D. at Tue, 24 Apr 2007 19:11:23 +0000

I can understand this kind of idiocy from men, in all honesty, and it has nothing to do with my view on male intelligence.

There isn't a woman in her right mind who, upon getting accosted by a man with a gun, wouldn't immediately assume that he wanted more than her wallet. And even worse things come to mind if you have your children in tow. That's a fact of life that we face on a daily basis. I, for one, would like to be able to level the playing field as much as possible.

With all the talk about guns lately after the VA Tech shooting, I've decided to take advantage of the gun-friendly laws here in Florida: I'm going to buy my first gun this weekend.

Anti-Gunners be damned! They've encouraged, not discouraged, me into owning a firearm. For that I say thank you.

jsid-1177561810-563201  Bilgeman at Thu, 26 Apr 2007 04:30:10 +0000

" Basically the only thing I saw or can remember was the gun, with the red dot, pointed right at my head."

And it will never, ever occur to the Good Professor Plate that it was perhaps BECAUSE his mugger was armed with a gun that no actual physical harm needed to be inflicted.

In the face of the threat of instant and overwhelming lethal force, he utterly capitulated.

Had his mugger been armed with a pipe, club or brick, the Professor likely would have had his coconut broken wide open as the means to enforce his compliance.

It might have sharpened his thinking on the matter of guns,though.


jsid-1177708401-563280  EricWS at Fri, 27 Apr 2007 21:13:21 +0000


Mr. Baker, have you seen the latest spiel of sheer insanity to from a barking leftist on the issue?

Can we at least call Dan Simpson here a fascist, for his plan to gut the Bill of Rights and build a police force that would put the Gestapo to shame?

jsid-1177953482-563345  Sarah at Mon, 30 Apr 2007 17:18:02 +0000

This is the longest I remember you being offline, Kevin.

You still alive? :(

jsid-1177972169-563360  Kevin Baker at Mon, 30 Apr 2007 22:29:29 +0000

Yes. Combination of busy and burnout, though. About a half-dozen times in the last week I started to write something and just didn't.

I'm coming up on my fourth blogiversary. I'll get around to posting something soon.

I think.

Thanks for checking in.

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