Monday, February 8, 2016

Hey now

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won't win
Can you pay my bills?
Can you pay my telephone bills?
Do you pay my automo' bills?
If you did then maybe we could chill
I don't think you do
So, you and me are through

It doesn't hurt me.
Do you want to feel how it feels?
Do you want to know that it doesn't hurt me?
Do you want to hear about the deal that I'm making?
You, it's you and me.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Immortal Robots Among Us

For full comprehension: read as two voices. One makes a statement that ends with ellipses.
The second responds with a bold declaration. 
An unnamed source claimed that the women's restroom in B-100 has the best graffiti on campus.

We have to agree.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Smash and Grab in A-200

Borron and Sten Office: wood temporarily replacing glass
Serpas and de Roulet Office: wood for glass

Denizens of A-200 arrived to work to find that over the weekend three offices had been burgled.  The thieves gained access by smashing an outside window in one office, then  smashing two interior windows in two other offices.  The haul included two desktop Macs, some pricey Japanese books and one Collected Works of Shakespeare.  

Stay tuned.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

IVC's successful free speech "forum"

Anissa and Brittany: an event was needed
     I was able to attend the first half hour of IVC's free speech forum, a response to last week's unfortunate episode of hate speech in the "free speech" zone in front of the Student Services Building.
     IVC President Glenn Roquemore spoke, offering various murky thoughts (or, at any rate, he made a series of points that yielded little clarity), although he finally offered some helpful remarks at the end of his ten-minute commentary, noting that last Wednesday's hate speakers were in no sense sponsored by the college. The college could not prohibit that speech, but neither was it sponsoring it.

Last Wednesday: hate speechifier
targets Muslims, women, gays, et al.
    Thanks for the clarification, Glenn. Took you long enough to get there.
     Next up was IVC Police Chief Will Glen, who helpfully pointed out that the speech that we encountered last week was BOTH hate speech and protected free speech, a crucial point. (It's not "either/or." See No, there’s no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment.) And so we can't, and we shouldn't, prevent such speech.
     But we can condemn it just the same. There's no contradiction. Last week's crew was obnoxious and offensive, but they plainly were within their rights to express themselves as they did. As a judge in federal court said, in my own 1st Amendment case seventeen years ago, "That's just life under the First Amendment!" Deal with it.
Chief Glen
     Chief Glen set out the bare facts of what happened last Wednesday, noting that the speakers sought to inspire an angry reaction from students (hoping for an opportunity for noisy litigation) and succeeded in doing so. Two students were inspired to take such actions as spit gum or throw water on the speakers. Those students crossed a line. The speakers, however, had been apprised of their legal rights and were careful not to cross any lines.
     Chief Glen wisely recommended ignoring such speakers as we encountered last week.
     Next, people in the audience had an opportunity to speak, and that's when I had to leave to teach.
     More later.
     I'm glad for this event, which was well attended. We need more opportunities for thought and conversation on this campus. Let's have less astounding kiddie inventions and more discussion about issues. IVC is, after all, a college. Glenn.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tonight's board meeting

     I was gonna go to tonight’s board meeting, but then I realized that I’d miss this week's episode of Fast ‘n’ Loud (Aaron’s racing up Pike’s Peak in his Falcon) plus part 2 of the new X-Files, which, I know, will be pretty shitty (at least last night’s episode was dreadful), but I’m kind of a fan.
     So, instead of reporting tonight’s meeting, I thought I’d briefly imagine it instead.
     It will probably start on time. Tim Jemal, the new board Prez, will ask the board Secretary (I forget who that is; it couldn’t possibly matter) to report actions taken during closed session. “I got nothin’," he/she will say.
     Then somebody—maybe Trustee Wright; he loves that shit—will lead the group in prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father,” he'll intone, “we realize that we’re unworthy human filth, but we beseech you and fear you and hope you can lay off of any more disasters and shit. Plus, I wanna put in a good word for our youngsters here at Saddleback College. Amen.”
'63 Falcon
     Then he’ll turn 90 degrees southward and commence pledging to the flag “of our great nation.”
     Natch, it will be downhill from there. Board members will report attending football games. They’ll say chirpy, silly things. Somebody will have to wake Gary for his report. They’ll issue prizes and listen, politely, to lots of jargon and gibberish and bullshit. They’ll approve everything.
     And then they’ll go home.
     A letter opener through the right ear? Mulder solicits sex from a handsome Indian dude? I’ve gotta admit: so far, this X-Files episode really sucks.

Be sure to read Tere's Board Meeting Highlights.

So one of these nights and about twelve o'clock
This old world's going to reel and rock
Saints will tremble and cry for pain
For the Lord's gonna come in his heavenly airplane

Mommy's all right, Daddy's all right

They just seem a little weird
Surrender, surrender
But don't give yourself away