May 13, 2006

"Dean Cancels Berkeley Graduation Speech."

But who was supposed to give the speech? If that's the question that headline makes you ask, click on the link so you can laugh like I did.

21 comments:

The Drill SGT said...

I'm a grad (twice) of UC, though not Berserkly. I find it a bit amusing that at flagship university of the Left, union organizers stomp on the message of the democratic party, 2 years in advance of the next contract talks.

Talk about fratricide :)

David said...

Is it not a contradiction in terms to be a millionaire, leftwing, democrat?

I wonder if these rich democrats stuff the money under their mattress or invest it in our thriving economy while they teach the virtues of socialism over capitalism?

Receive money from the government, violate the Solomon ammendment when it suits them (Military Recruiters), then give themselves a bonus for their brilliance.

What a bunch of hypocrites! Talk about gaming the system!

athenius said...

I laughed at the last line.

Ed said...

Let me get this straight: the janitors have two years left on their contract, but they are on strike? Are they under the impression that janitorial workers are highly trained and irreplaceable? It's an illegal strike; fire the lot and hire people who actually want the jobs.

HaloJonesFan said...

GARBAGE MEN DEMAND EQUAL TIME

Meade said...

What I want to know is: how many more years does Howard Dean have on his contract with the Democratic Party?

Troy said...

Who will be around to remove the "Piso Mojado" signs? Lawsuit waiting to happen...

J said...

There's nothing wrong with crossing an informational picket line - different story if it's a strike. But my union operates under the RLA - can any other union readers here comment on how crossing is viewed in this case.

Menlo Bob said...

After four years of mush-filling the new graduates get a real education on diverstiy. The exculsivity that Democratic graduation speakers have is appalling. And how willing they are to be lead around by the lowest common denominator.

Bob said...

Good news for graduates. Who in their bloody mind wants to listen to these speeches anyway? Especially the brutal list at Berkeley.

bearbee said...

A state audit found University of California administrators skirted their own pay rules, giving senior managers millions in bonuses and other perks above their publicly reported salaries.
State audit finds UC execs got millions in extra compensation

Good lesson to the student body on the expendablity of rules and ethics. Well done educators.

Isn't California drowning in debt?

If I were to speak I too would have cancelled..... or perhaps spoken about good governance, rules and ethics.

Bruce Hayden said...

Why the heck are they having a non-attorney, who happens to be chair of one of the two big political parties, speak at a law school graduation?

Talk about being blatently political. This guy isn't even an elected official any more, and when he was one, had probably almost the least impact of any governor in the country. It isn't like the Governator, who handles billions in revenue, deals with diversity, etc.

In short, what did Dean have to offer these graduates that was worth listening to?

Bruce Hayden said...

I find the whole thing absurd. First, you have presumably civil servants illegally striking. Then you have politically correct politicians refusing to cross their picket line.

Of course, CA isn't as bad as some places in Europe these days. The militar in some of the countries there are unionized. Can you imagine them going on strike over working conditions or pay when ordered to war? Or the French backing down on cutting back on security for new hires in order to increase employment?

Sorry to get heated here, but, to me, it is absurd.

The Drill SGT said...

There is some level of incoherence in the behavior of either the author, the union or the pols.

The article says that there is picketing, it doesn't say striking.


why picket 2 years in advance of talks?


why concerns about crossing a picket line that isn't a strike line.

Brendan said...

Don't these assholes ever leave their politics at home?

Dawn said...

I found the funniest part of this story to be that Dennis the Menace had been asked to speak - what would he have spoken about? How he dragged my hometown of Cleveland into default while under his watch, or that he was such a pathetic presidential candidate that he held a 'have breakfast w/Dennis' during his campaign.

Hoo hoo, I got a good laugh out of this one. Thanks Ann!

The Drill SGT said...

Dennis is a Dem, so therefore he is an acceptable speaker.

unacceptable speakers include our Sec of State, and John McCain, both of whom have tremendous life stories and are excellent speakers.

one wonders why :)

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ChrisO said...

So if Dean had decided to cross the picket line, I wouldn't be reading any posts here about what a hypocrite he is to declare himself a friend of the working man, yet refucing to honor a picket line?

And david, I don't know why I'm taking the time to respond to your drivel, but I hardly think being a Democrat means we're disqualified from being rich because it goes against our teachings about the "virtues of socialism." Any more than a Republican shouldn't talk about civil rights because it goes against their techings about the virtues of racism.

And Drill Sgt., on what do you base your assertion that McCain and Rice were deemed "not qualified?" McCain is giving commencement addresses at the New School and Columbia, while Rice is giving the commencement address at Boston College. Exactly how many commencment addresses do you think these two should give? Or for that matter, how many do you think they have time for?

Jeff said...

ChrisO

1. Yes, you would not.
2. "techings about the virtues of racism"? I guess I missed that at my local VRWC meeting. OTOH, "virtues of socialism." is SOP at these schools. How have you missed that.
3.As I am sure you are aware, the "not qualified" is reference to the opposition to these speakers by schools such as those mentioned. Pretty much everyone in the rational world thinks they are more than qualified. But you already knew that.

ChrisO said...

Jeff

Please be specific. David said millionaire, left wing Democrats teach the virtues of socialism over capitalism. Since you seem to in agreement, I'd like to know which left wing millionaires you have in mind, and when they engaged in this teaching. Or is this just another cheap, stupid slur?