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Dave Sim's blogandmail #142 (January 31th, 2007)

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  • Jeff Tundis
    Dave Sim s Collected Letters Volume 2 will be released in late spring/early summer 2007. Until Dave (who currently has the flu) is feeling better – and to
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 31, 2007

       

      Dave Sim's Collected Letters Volume 2 will be released in late spring/early summer 2007. Until Dave (who currently has the flu) is feeling better – and to whet your appetite for the book! -- The Blog & Mail will run two-page excerpts from the manuscript each day.

       

      Today: Pages 101 & 102:

       

       

      Douglas A. Jeffrey

       

       

      22 June 04

       

      Dear Mr. Jeffrey:

       

      Thank you for your note of earlier this month welcoming me as a subscriber to Imprimis. I have already sent a photocopy of the first issue you sent, the April number, to one of my reader/correspondents and have quoted it to another.  A most extraordinary, thoughtful and clear-thinking publication.  I enclose my contribution and the addresses of two more possible subscribers.

       

      I have to admit that the only thing that dismayed me in reading about your institution was the statistic that you have 51% female enrollment and 49% male enrollment.  This was the only area where I saw you as violating your mandate as a liberal arts college in the original sense of the term.  Female representation is certainly something to be acknowledged and accepted everywhere and by everyone in a free society, but I would maintain that a one-to-one ratio can only be achieved through the skewing and lowering of standards.  After all, even the United Nations is only calling for 30% female representation in the world's legislatures — and is everywhere falling well short of that goal because of the (to me, anyway) self-evident overall lesser aptitudes, interests and inclinations of the female of the species in the required areas of genuine achievement.

       

      I only remark upon this because I noted with great interest and approval that Hillsdale refused to adopt affirmative action in the 1970s, was the only college to publicly refuse to sign the Title IV compliance forms and has chosen to forego all federal funding — even indirectly — in order to maintain this principled stance.

       

      To go through all that and then to have a nearly exact 50-50 gender mix in your study enrollment, strikes me as being about as sensible as going eyeball-to-eyeball with the Soviets in 1962 until they blinked and then spending the next 20 years trying to find ways to appease them.

       

      I enclose one of my more controversial essays, "Tangent" from 2001.  Mr. Seiler is a reader of mine of long standing and I'm sure that he (quite rightly) guessed that — apart from the above-mentioned foundational disagreement between our positions on gender — Hillsdale College and its publication would be exactly my "cup of tea."

       

       

       

      Jeff Seiler

       

       

      22 June 04

       

      Dear Jeff:

       

      Thanks for your note of June 14.  And thanks as well for putting my name in for an Imprimis subscription.  What a gratifying breath of fresh air was the speech by Maurice P. McTigue in the April number, particularly in the middle of a federal election campaign here in the Land of the Pink and the Home of the Quavering.  I'm enclosing my letter to Douglas A. Jeffrey, the Hillsdale College Vice President for External Affairs.  This will be the acid test as to whether they get all huffy and indignant about my not believing in gender interchangeability.  Just have to wait and see.

       

      Also, thanks for the Internet print-out of the text of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's eulogy for President Reagan.  I would be willing to bet that it was Mrs. Reagan's idea.  I suspect she was dropped like a hot potato by most of the people she would've considered friends — which just wouldn't have been in Mr. Mulroney's nature — when the President fell victim to Alzheimer's.  And I think that Mr. Mulroney's staying in touch on a regular basis, justifiably, brought him up to a higher level in her eyes and probably motivated her to give him the signal honour for which any number of Republicans she hadn't heard from in ten years would've traded their eyeteeth. 

       

      Mr. Mulroney is something of a mixed bag, a labour negotiator by background, which is to say a horse trader of the LBJ school.  It can be a valuable quality in government — we wouldn't have gotten the Free Trade deal without him — but it can also verge on the ridiculous.  He was the architect of the failed Meech Lake Accord which was supposed to bring Quebec into the constitutional fold and which largely foundered because it ended up looking like the most over-stuffed and half-baked omnibus pork-barrel bill in North American history — as if the American Constitution was rewritten by getting all 50 senators to write down a wish list of demands.  Yeah, picture that.  He's also a complete and total feminist as can be seen by his references to men and women ("wise men and women") as if they were interchangeable commodities on the world stage.  He really thought that passing the reins of government to Kim Campbell would obviate the disasters of his second term and bring about a Canadian golden age.  In Canada they are (hopefully were) called Red Tories — socialists who are conservatives, for the most part, in name only who believe that Conservatives can only get elected by imitating Liberals and socialists as closely as possible.  The fact that the party was called the Progressive Conservatives for decades is a good clue as to how bad the situation had gotten.  But there is no question that Brian Mulroney was a good and loyal friend to the United States of America which, unfortunately, makes him very much the exception that proves the rule and, fortunately, guarantees him a place in history.

      ___________________________________________________

      This may also be viewed at http://davesim.blogspot.com/

      ___________________________________________________

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    • cwf9
      FYI, since it pertains to the first letter posted here, here is a link to the Hillsdale College/ Imprimis website: http://www.hillsdale.edu/imprimis/ --Claude
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 31, 2007
        FYI, since it pertains to the first letter posted here, here is a link to the Hillsdale College/
        Imprimis website:

        http://www.hillsdale.edu/imprimis/

        --Claude Flowers

        --- In cerebus@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Tundis" <jctundis@...> wrote:
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Dave Sim's Collected Letters Volume 2 will be released in late
        > spring/early summer 2007. Until Dave (who currently has the flu) is
        > feeling better – and to whet your appetite for the book! -- The Blog
        > & Mail will run two-page excerpts from the manuscript each day.
        >
        >
        >
        > Today: Pages 101 & 102:
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Douglas A. Jeffrey
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > 22 June 04
        >
        >
        >
        > Dear Mr. Jeffrey:
        >
        >
        >
        > Thank you for your note of earlier this month welcoming me as a
        > subscriber to Imprimis. I have already sent a photocopy of the first
        > issue you sent, the April number, to one of my reader/correspondents and
        > have quoted it to another. A most extraordinary, thoughtful and
        > clear-thinking publication. I enclose my contribution and the addresses
        > of two more possible subscribers.
        >
        >
        >
        > I have to admit that the only thing that dismayed me in reading about
        > your institution was the statistic that you have 51% female enrollment
        > and 49% male enrollment. This was the only area where I saw you as
        > violating your mandate as a liberal arts college in the original sense
        > of the term. Female representation is certainly something to be
        > acknowledged and accepted everywhere and by everyone in a free society,
        > but I would maintain that a one-to-one ratio can only be achieved
        > through the skewing and lowering of standards. After all, even the
        > United Nations is only calling for 30% female representation in the
        > world's legislatures — and is everywhere falling well short of
        > that goal because of the (to me, anyway) self-evident overall lesser
        > aptitudes, interests and inclinations of the female of the species in
        > the required areas of genuine achievement.
        >
        >
        >
        > I only remark upon this because I noted with great interest and approval
        > that Hillsdale refused to adopt affirmative action in the 1970s, was the
        > only college to publicly refuse to sign the Title IV compliance forms
        > and has chosen to forego all federal funding — even indirectly —
        > in order to maintain this principled stance.
        >
        >
        >
        > To go through all that and then to have a nearly exact 50-50 gender mix
        > in your study enrollment, strikes me as being about as sensible as going
        > eyeball-to-eyeball with the Soviets in 1962 until they blinked and then
        > spending the next 20 years trying to find ways to appease them.
        >
        >
        >
        > I enclose one of my more controversial essays, "Tangent" from
        > 2001. Mr. Seiler is a reader of mine of long standing and I'm sure
        > that he (quite rightly) guessed that — apart from the
        > above-mentioned foundational disagreement between our positions on
        > gender — Hillsdale College and its publication would be exactly my
        > "cup of tea."
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Jeff Seiler
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > 22 June 04
        >
        >
        >
        > Dear Jeff:
        >
        >
        >
        > Thanks for your note of June 14. And thanks as well for putting my name
        > in for an Imprimis subscription. What a gratifying breath of fresh air
        > was the speech by Maurice P. McTigue in the April number, particularly
        > in the middle of a federal election campaign here in the Land of the
        > Pink and the Home of the Quavering. I'm enclosing my letter to
        > Douglas A. Jeffrey, the Hillsdale College Vice President for External
        > Affairs. This will be the acid test as to whether they get all huffy
        > and indignant about my not believing in gender interchangeability. Just
        > have to wait and see.
        >
        >
        >
        > Also, thanks for the Internet print-out of the text of former Prime
        > Minister Brian Mulroney's eulogy for President Reagan. I would be
        > willing to bet that it was Mrs. Reagan's idea. I suspect she was
        > dropped like a hot potato by most of the people she would've
        > considered friends — which just wouldn't have been in Mr.
        > Mulroney's nature — when the President fell victim to
        > Alzheimer's. And I think that Mr. Mulroney's staying in touch
        > on a regular basis, justifiably, brought him up to a higher level in her
        > eyes and probably motivated her to give him the signal honour for which
        > any number of Republicans she hadn't heard from in ten years
        > would've traded their eyeteeth.
        >
        >
        >
        > Mr. Mulroney is something of a mixed bag, a labour negotiator by
        > background, which is to say a horse trader of the LBJ school. It can be
        > a valuable quality in government — we wouldn't have gotten the
        > Free Trade deal without him — but it can also verge on the
        > ridiculous. He was the architect of the failed Meech Lake Accord which
        > was supposed to bring Quebec into the constitutional fold and which
        > largely foundered because it ended up looking like the most over-stuffed
        > and half-baked omnibus pork-barrel bill in North American history —
        > as if the American Constitution was rewritten by getting all 50 senators
        > to write down a wish list of demands. Yeah, picture that. He's
        > also a complete and total feminist as can be seen by his references to
        > men and women ("wise men and women") as if they were
        > interchangeable commodities on the world stage. He really thought that
        > passing the reins of government to Kim Campbell would obviate the
        > disasters of his second term and bring about a Canadian golden age. In
        > Canada they are (hopefully were) called Red Tories — socialists who
        > are conservatives, for the most part, in name only who believe that
        > Conservatives can only get elected by imitating Liberals and socialists
        > as closely as possible. The fact that the party was called the
        > Progressive Conservatives for decades is a good clue as to how bad the
        > situation had gotten. But there is no question that Brian Mulroney was
        > a good and loyal friend to the United States of America which,
        > unfortunately, makes him very much the exception that proves the rule
        > and, fortunately, guarantees him a place in history.
        >
        > ___________________________________________________
        >
        > This may also be viewed at http://davesim.blogspot.com/
        >
        > ___________________________________________________
        >
        > If you wish to contact Dave Sim, you can mail a letter (he does NOT
        > receive emails) to:
        >
        >
        >
        > Aardvark Vanaheim, Inc
        > P.O. Box 1674
        > Station C
        > Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2G 4R2
        >
        > Looking for a place to purchase Cerebus phonebooks? You can do so online
        > through Win-Mill Productions -- producers of Following Cerebus.
        > Convenient payment with PayPal:
        >
        > http://spectrummagazines.bizland.com/cerebusgn.chtml
        >
        > Or, you can check out Mars Import:
        >
        > http://www.marsimport.com/display_series.php?ID=142
        >
        > Or ask your local retailer to order them for you through Diamond Comics
        > distributors. Here are the Diamond Star System codes:
        >
        > Cerebus #1-25 $30.00 STAR00070
        >
        > High Society #26-50 $30.00 STAR00071
        >
        > Church and State I #52-80 $35.00 STAR00271
        >
        > Church and State II #81-111 $35.00 STAR00321
        >
        > Jaka's Story #114-136 $30.00 STAR00359
        >
        > Melmoth #139-150 $20.00 STAR00431
        >
        > Flight #151-162 $20.00 STAR00543
        >
        > Women #163-174 $20.00 STAR00849
        >
        > Reads #175-186 $20.00 STAR01063
        >
        > Minds #187-200 $20.00 STAR01916
        >
        > Guys #201-219 $25.00 STAR06972
        >
        > Rick's Story #220-231 $20.00 STAR08468
        >
        > Going Home I #232-250 $30.00 STAR10981
        >
        > Form and Void #251-265 $30.00 STAR13500
        >
        > Latter Days #266 - 288 $35.00 AUG031920
        >
        > The Last Day #289 - 300 $25.00 APR042189
        >
        > Collected Letters - $30 FEB052434
        >
      • Jeff Seiler
        ... link to the Hillsdale College/ ... new address. May I just say to all and sundry, again, that this is a remarkable publication that nearly always contains
        Message 3 of 4 , Jan 31, 2007
          --- In cerebus@yahoogroups.com, "cwf9" <claude@...> wrote:
          >
          >
          > FYI, since it pertains to the first letter posted here, here is a
          link to the Hillsdale College/
          > Imprimis website:
          >
          > http://www.hillsdale.edu/imprimis/
          >
          > --Claude Flowers

          -----Thanks, Claude. That reminded me to give them an update of my
          new address.

          May I just say to all and sundry, again, that this is a remarkable
          publication that nearly always contains a well-thought out and,
          usually, well-written article about various issues of liberty and
          freedom in America. While generally conservative in its bent, you
          can do far worse in receiving a free publication. And they will
          mail it to you free every month, whether or not you donate to their
          school.

          Slambo (Oh, and check out some of Dave's subsequent correspondence
          with Mr. Jeffrey in the rest of Collected Letters 2. It's a hoot!)
        • Larry
          ... Interesting article. It seems to argue from a perspective that one might even consider liberal . From a certain point of view, anyway.
          Message 4 of 4 , Jan 31, 2007
            --- In cerebus@yahoogroups.com, "cwf9" <claude@...> wrote:
            >
            >
            > FYI, since it pertains to the first letter posted here,
            > here is a link to the Hillsdale College/
            > Imprimis website:
            >
            > http://www.hillsdale.edu/imprimis/
            >

            Interesting article. It seems to argue from a perspective that one
            might even consider "liberal". From a certain point of view, anyway.

            > ...
            > A government can be considered genuinely constitutional
            > only if it operates under the following minimal constraints:
            > (1) The legislature cannot be dismissed by any body or person
            > other than itself.
            > (2) The courts are independent of the legislative and executive
            > branches.
            > (3) The executive branch cannot appoint ministers without the
            > approval of the legislative branch.
            > (4) Only the legislature can pass laws.
            >
            > ...
            >
            > Why is this important? The answer is simple:
            > constitutionalism is the best way, the most efficient way,
            > and in fact the only way, to secure freedom.
            >
            > "Freedom is not a luxury"
            > It is always worth pausing to refresh our memories—as well
            > as the memories of our friends, colleagues, and even our
            > adversaries—concerning the reasons why freedom is better
            > than non-freedom.
            > ...
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