Archive for August, 2014

Salaita deemed unfit to teach apartheid Zionists by assholes and hypocrites

11/08/2014

 

Ha, No contract for you!

Ha, No contract for you!

 

The radical apartheid Zionists (who are increasingly moving towards favoring genocide over apartheid) are not fond of academics who dare to call out their campaign of terror and ethnic cleansing in Gaza and Palestine. A couple of years ago, during another campaign of terror in Gaza, organized and heavily funded Zionist groups tried to have UCSB sociologist William Robinson fired for daring to liken Gaza to the ghettos of fascist Europe–fortunately, he had tenure and his administration EVENTUALLY did the right thing. This time, it was Steven Salaita, a cultural studies guy who does comparative work on the treatment of indigenous groups and was supposed to have a job next week at the University of Illinois. His situation represents  the lowest of the low of behavior from organized Zionism and corrupt and callow administrators—including the dirtbag hypocrite fake liberal Carey Nelson (once president of the AAUP—I’m not sure why).

Ironically, Salaita was moving to Illinois because a previous public controversy over his work was met with a lukewarm level of support (if you can call it that) from the administration at Virginia Tech. It’s not like anyone who read this guy’s vita, much less his work, would think he was some kind of an ass-kissing moderate. But, he’s a genuine big-timer and very strong mid-career hire for Illinois. That, at least, is what the American Indian Studies program thought. He would have enabled them to branch out and become more global, and he has the cred in both American indigenous and elsewhere….unfortunately including Palestine. If only he had studied Australia! The AIS department—and Salaita—believed that they had scored his hire last October, and Salaita reportedly has a signed contract that had gone all the way up the administration, past the Dean of the College and the Provost of the University—and that all that was needed was the Board of Trustees rubber stamp. Only, somewhere along the line the Chancellor and one of her goons sat on the contract. Starting in November, I’d estimate that the University of Illinois board met at least six times before August 1, when Salaita was told that the horrible Chancellor never put his contract through and he didn’t have a job. So, for nine months she sat on his contract. Like a good scholar and professional, as soon as Salaita had a contract, he told his department chair and tendered his resignation to Virginia Tech. Salaita was essentially fired two weeks before classes start, and he has no job after having moved his family half way across the country to gods forsaken Champaign, Illinois. I hope he has a good lawyer, and I hope he names that hypocrite bastard Carey Nelson in the suit.

Which brings us to my incivility against Mr. Nelson, the fake hippy. He’s what that wonderful young Katie Halper calls a PEP—Progressive Except on Palestine. It’s a common affliction in some quarters. The supposed defender of academic freedom believes that this backhanded firing, designed to maximize damage against Salaita–was justified because Professor Salaita might harm the children and make their feelings hurt if they have to think about the poor people in Gaza instead of only thinking about the Zionists. First, there is no basis for this claim. Professor Salaita has had tenure for a while, he’s taught for a long time, and I’m pretty sure he does just fine and dandy with the “children.” Second, it is a bit funny that after taking opprobrium at comments suggesting that Zionism contributes to anti-Semitism by equating Judaism with Israel (Nathan Glazer said the same thing, only not in a 140 character twat and he didn’t say “fuck”), Nelson and his sidekick Wise claim that “Jewish” students will be uncomfortable with someone like Salaita. Funny, my research shows that Jews are the most critical of Israel among all religious groups—and the good people at J-Street are probably the best and most consistent voice for peace and justice. Unlike that hypocrite Nelson, most younger Jews are sick of this shit, and they’re ready to learn from someone like Salaita about what has really been going on and how they might stop it.

Of course,  let’s just imagine that Nelson’s fantasy is true, and that  U of I is just teaming with young Zionists who didn’t get in to Northwestern or Chicago yearning for their political fantasies to be nurtured. Oh, wait. End of fantasy. The fact is that concern about this small minority is rather overblown. Most young Jewish people don’t want to see Israel bombing schools full of children, and Jews now represent a very small minority of our student population. GSS data since 2006 show that about 1.1% of Americans under 30 are Jewish—about .8% of that same group are Muslim. What about those kids? What about our large and growing Muslim population? Should we only have professors who support Zionism and spew the vile racist “life is cheap for Arabs” shit that our dear neo-conservative professors spew in their classes every day? What about our Presbyterian USA students? Their denomination just said that they support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement because they believe what the Zionists are doing is immoral! That was before the latest round of child-bombing. Basically, they voted as a denomination to say what Salaita said in one of his twats, only in more than 140 characters and without saying “fuck.”

Fuck you Carey Nelson. Fuck you Phylis Wise. I hope you pay dearly for  your immoral actions, you pieces of shit.

“Grooming New Leaders” = Finding Asskissing Yes People.

02/08/2014
I feel the Pulse of the Populace, I can feel it!

I can tell you really like this. You’re going to be a leader of the herd.

One of the latest management fads in higher education is to tout “leadership” as a guiding principle. Basically, this affirms the fact that our corporate administrators don’t want to benefit from the advice and counsel of their experienced, professional faculty. Instead, they want to shove a bunch of crap down our throats, in everything from book buying to online courses to athletic escalation to curriculum and grades. So, in order to try to sell their bullshit bill of goods, these losers have been conducting “leadership development” workshops where they try to identify the worthless loser shithook faculty members who are willing to sell their souls to make $20k more. Of course, if these worthless loser faculty members would have known they were such worthless loser whores when they were 25, they could have gotten MBA’s or JD’s. But, now we get them pulling this shit for their mid-life crisis. Anyone who has ever attended such a workshop should feel ashamed and dirty. I think you are a loser and a worthless piece of shit. If you want to make more money, wait tables in summer. Teach an extra course. Or, better yet, pack your lunch to school and bring some ground coffee for a $10 coffee maker instead of buying Starbucks for $5 a day. Higher education doesn’t need leadership, and certainly not the kind of leadership that has to be cultivated by some corporatist cult.

Changing Faith: The Dynamics and Consequences of Americans’ Shifting Religious Identities

01/08/2014

http://www.amazon.com/Changing-Faith-Consequences-Americans-Identities/dp/0814741274/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406851251&sr=8-1&keywords=sherkat

 

At long last, Changing Faith is out. If you want to know what has been going on in American religion in the last four decades, I think this is the place to look. It also examines how religious factors figure into sexuality, family, and politics. What is unique about my work is that I take ethnicity seriously, and examine American religion not simply through the lens of church going white Christians, but across varied ethnicities Western and Eastern European, African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American. It’s not really a statement book, because I don’t really think of scholarship in this field  as driven by statements. Instead, it is a work of religious demography, and I think that demography is the primary field for understanding the dynamics of religion across all societies. I tip my hat to Jim Kluegel, Mike Hout, and all those who have toiled examining empirical reality, without criticizing it.