Fitting

Oliver North is going to be the NRA president? That Oliver North? This is hilarious. Do these bastards ever go away?

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    1. I’m somewhat surprised Ollie North is still living. He’s a “Nixon relic” already! Just hearing his name takes me back to the mid-70s and my young adulthood.
      “Anachronism city”!

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  1. To remind myself:

    I was alive during the Iran-Contra scandal but only learned about it in college. The professor was explaining how it worked: Congress passed an act specifically forbidding government money to go to the Contras. Reagan’s government sold arms to the Iranians, and used some of that money to arm the Contras. Specifically Oliver North of the NSC took most of the money the government made from selling weapons to the Iranians and gave it to the Contras who used it to buy weapons.

    So I blurted out, “So they laundered money?”
    “If that’s what you want to call it.”

    Take a look at all these indictments, deals and pardons. Look at who never spent a day in jail. Then remember that George H.W. Bush was the former head of the CIA as well as the vice-president during the Reagan administration.

    Also remember, Reagan dogged the hell out of Jimmy Carter for his handling of the Iran hostage crisis to win his first term in office and at that time the US was supporting Iraq(officially) during the Iran-Iraq War.

    You’re right, it is really funny that Oliver North is going to succeed Wayne LaPierre. “I’m really great at selling weapons to both sides!”

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    1. I often teach on Cold War and Latin America (at least once a year). And there are so many really crazy stuff that the US was doing in the region that I have trouble selecting the material to share with students. They seem to suspect that I’m just making it up because it’s so bizarre. I often have students tell me, “You know, I googled that stuff you were telling us about Guatemala / Panama / El Salvador / Nicaragua, etc, and it turned out to be all true what you said!!” And even against that background of complete fucking lunacy, the Iran-Contras story stands out. Every time I teach it, I have to intersperse my lecture with, “I swear to God, it’s true. No, seriously, it did happen. No, I promise I’m not making this up.”

      I will now just take the list of links you graciously provided and hand it out to students during the lecture. Because their surprise is so genuine, I often feel like I am crazy to tell such a crazy story.

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      1. ” I have to intersperse my lecture with, “I swear to God, it’s true. No, seriously, it did happen. No, I promise I’m not making this up.””

        I found myself recently having to explain the rationale of the second Iraq war to people who thought it sounded completely insane, if you remember the logic was roughly:
        -if we invade Iraq they’ll be happy and quickly adopt democracy!
        -then that will inspire the Iranians to overthrow the mullahs and they’ll adopt democracy!
        -then the Saudies will rise up and they’ll adopt democracy!
        -the Palestinians will realize they have to make a deal and then they’ll adopt democracy!
        -this will all happen within a year!
        oh, and the idiot that thought this are still mostly in charge of foreign policy….. IN BOTH PARTIES!!!!!!

        The older I get the more I want the US to adopt a strict isolationist foreign policy because they haven’t done anything that isn’t dangerous and stupid and harmful in…. I lost track.

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        1. I thought the logic was :
          Osama Bin Laden is in Afghanistan and caused 9/11 –>?->Saddam Hussein has “weapons of mass destruction” — —> The UN is wrong—> ?–>Iraq has oil –>Bomb immediately!–>?–>All the Hummers and SUVS, sweet!

          I can’t say it made a lot of sense. I accepted that it made sense to go to war in Afghanistan because vengeance makes sense. But the link between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein never was established.

          I always thought Cheney could’ve made the case that appropriating oil was necessary because peak oil was going to cause mass societal disruption in a country that uses 25% of all oil.

          Afghanistan, of course, is where empires go to die. Whoops, the religious fanatics you funded in this proxy war turned against you.

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          1. I’m happy I don’t have to explain the war in Iraq in class because I’ve had students who served there and I can’t say in their presence that the war didn’t make sense. But I also can’t come up with the explanation of how it did.

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            1. I was going to ask you how old your students are but then there’s this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan_(2001–present)</&gt;

              And this: Iraq conflict (2003–present)
              With this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American-led_intervention_in_Iraq_(2014–present)
              …with sections by month.

              So almost the entirety of my adult life we’ve been in “war” in Iraq and Afghanistan.

              They could literally be in their mid-30s to… early 20s at the youngest. .

              Why the fuck are we even going to eulogize any Bush? [I do have a soft spot for the fact Shrub really got into painting in his retirement, but otherwise?]

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              1. The army pays for them to go to college after they serve out their contracts. And yes, these are mature students with kids, etc. I love my former military students because they are very organized, respectful, and have no trouble following instructions. The skill I miss the most about students is the capacity to follow simple instructions.

                I have to come up to each student individually and say, “Did you remember to give your essay a title? Are you sure you did? Do you need to take a quick look to make sure you did?” If I do this twice, I manage to get the number of essays without a title to 10% or so. And it’s the same procedure for double-spacing, 1-inch margins, the font, etc. In a classroom of 30, doing that individually takes up a shitload of time.

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  2. I love my former military students because they are very organized, respectful, and have no trouble following instructions. The skill I miss the most about students is the capacity to follow simple instructions.

    I would expect that of ex-military.

    I have to come up to each student individually and say, “Did you remember to give your essay a title? Are you sure you did? Do you need to take a quick look to make sure you did?” If I do this twice, I manage to get the number of essays without a title to 10% or so. And it’s the same procedure for double-spacing, 1-inch margins, the font, etc. In a classroom of 30, doing that individually takes up a shitload of time.

    This feels exaggerated. I refuse to believe people are this stupid or I will become That Lady on Yelp. Penalizing people for lack of attention to directions straightens them out real quick.

    I took something like this test, started doing all the instructions, realized I made a mistake and started erasing everything before the teacher called..in 1st or 2nd grade.

    How do they fill out their FAFSA?

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    1. My friend, I wouldn’t believe it either if it didn’t keep happening. 15 weeks of class. 30 class sessions. I repeat in the single one, “so do you notice how in Spanish every word of the title is not in capital letters? Right? Can you see that? It’s not done in Spanish.” In the final essays, all but one student capitalize every word of the title.

      Headdesk.

      It’s not stupidity. It’s just simply not giving a crap.

      The lab is 25% of the final grade. Every week I issue in class reminders. I send personal emails. I come up in person to talk about it.

      Last week of class. Four out of 15 students go, “Oh, I had no idea I was supposed to the lab. What happens now?”

      Good,bright kids. But. . . But, but, but.

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