Steve actually turned up for this week’s show with three different whiskys in hand (Finlaggan, Lagavulin 8, and Bunnahabhain 12—in other words, Islay All the Way!), along with a sampling of the worst-reviewed whiskys ever, though these reviews pale in comparison to the reviews this episode’s panel gives to Democrats just now.

Historian Richard Samuelson joined Steve and Lucretia for this week’s show—which was recorded on Veterans Day with alive audience on Zoom, a day earlier than normal—to go over an all new, 21st Century Democratic Misery Index, the most outrageous part of the farcical “infrastructure week,” the strange reactions to the news of the founding of the University of Austin, and the new malicious deceptions of the New York Times‘ 1619 Project.

We also range over the strange news that some dunderheads in Britain actually think it is news that John Locke read Thomas Hobbes, the Rittenhouse trial, Kamala in Paris, and at the last, the results of a viewer poll intended to settle the Steve-Lucretia feud about peaty whisky, where Steve’s peat bombs narrowly edged Lucretia’s Highland style by less than 2 percent. But there are allegations of voting irregularities, so there may need to be a recount.

And the next time a liberals says “Critical race theory is not being taught in schools!”, show them this picture and ask why education schools are adopting all of these:

 

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  1. Al Sparks Thatcher
    Al Sparks
    @AlSparks

    I heard comments about Hillsdale College and accreditation, the implication being that they don’t bother with it.

    I had the opportunity to talk with John J Miller who teaches there, and at the time there was talk by the Obama Administration to try and withhold accreditation to those colleges that did not comply with Title IX.  So I asked him why bother with accreditation.  He gave the same answer that was discussed during the podcast about Hillsdale graduates applying for graduate school.

    I just checked, and Hillsdale is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which is one of the regional accreditation organizations, and it does have “recognition” by the Department of Education.

    I am going by memory here, but at one time, Bob Jones University refused to get accredited, and it had graduates that were in demand in the job market.  I remember reading this, perhaps, in the 1970’s, but regardless it was a long time ago.  They are accredited now by the usual mainstream accreditation organizations.

    It’s interesting to me that in my googling around, that Hillsdale’s accreditation organization, and presumably Bob Jones’s accreditation organizations (they have more than one, presumably because they teach STEM as well as liberal arts) have some association with the U.S. Government.

    That should change.  But it sounds like the new University of Austin is going that route or seek to.

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  2. Lucretia Contributor
    Lucretia
    @Lucretia

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    I heard comments about Hillsdale College and accreditation, the implication being that they don’t bother with it.

    I had the opportunity to talk with John J Miller who teaches there, and at the time there was talk by the Obama Administration to try and withhold accreditation to those colleges that did not comply with Title IX. So I asked him why bother with accreditation. He gave the same answer that was discussed during the podcast about Hillsdale graduates applying for graduate school.

    I just checked, and Hillsdale is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which is one of the regional accreditation organizations, and it does have “recognition” by the Department of Education.

    I am going by memory here, but at one time, Bob Jones University refused to get accredited, and it had graduates that were in demand in the job market. I remember reading this, perhaps, in the 1970’s, but regardless it was a long time ago. They are accredited now by the usual mainstream accreditation organizations.

    It’s interesting to me that in my googling around, that Hillsdale’s accreditation organization, and presumably Bob Jones’s accreditation organizations (they have more than one, presumably because they teach STEM as well as liberal arts) have some association with the U.S. Government.

    That should change. But it sounds like the new University of Austin is going that route or seek to.

    I don’t think Steve meant to imply that Hillsdale was not accredited.  I think he was saying just the opposite, in response to my suggestion that the new University of Austin forego accreditation and any of the other trappings of modern universities.  

    Steve was arguing that the fact that Hillsdale is accredited has meant that Hillsdale graduates can get into good graduate/law schools.  From there, Hillsdale graduates have gone on to important careers where they have had a positive impact on the nation.  I was skeptical that there are even enough good graduate schools out there; certainly not enough to justify all the ridiculous hoops one must jump through to be accredited.

     

    My argument

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  3. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    I have always thought that the accreditation racket has never gotten enough attention. 

     

    Renegade University’s Thaddeus Russell on the federal-accreditation racket, why the Ivys are terrified of competition, and how postmodernism is libertarianism’s ally.

     

    The Massive Higher-Ed Scam You’ve Never Heard About: Podcast

     

    https://reason.com/podcast/2017/12/26/thad-russell-education-academia-podcast/

     

    People should be allowed to develop their human capital at a fair price in an institution with classrooms. The current external authority system that decides what is good enough it’s just a scam. It’s just like trade licensing controlling the supply. While the government pumps at full of fiat money

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  4. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    Thank you for complaining about learning outcomes, Lucretia.

    https://ricochet.com/1069136/whats-the-point-of-education-announcing-a-new-publication/

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  5. T.C. Member
    T.C.
    @TCNYMEX

    I like the outro music for this episode. What itS title, who is singing it, and where can I buy a copy?

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  6. Duane Oyen Member
    Duane Oyen
    @DuaneOyen

    I was surprised to hear Steve’s comment about whether the reconciliation bill (BBB- Baloney, B$, and Broke) was funded.  Of course, passing the Bill doesn’t fund anything- the budget bill is just the Authorization element.  Each expenditure of actual money still requires Appropriation.  The budget is just the approval to do something if funds are then appropriated, but you still need the appropriators to write the checks.  The appropriators can’t spend money that has not been authorized, the Authorization by itself can’t spend money.

    Steve knows that, I think, he just suffered a real-time brain freeze.

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  7. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    T.C. (View Comment):

    I like the outro music for this episode. What itS title, who is singing it, and where can I buy a copy?

    Ask me later when I have laptop access. Or check the post for two weeks ago and see if I linked it there.

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