What’s a left-wing academic really want?

[This is a blast from the past – the blog in 2010, when I was about to become President of my Rotary club.  What I think about Rotary still rings true, though, like everything these days, the upper-most echelons of Rotary in the US tinge bluer.  Interestingly enough, the growth of Rotary in Asia and Africa balances that blue tinge somewhat at the highest levels – though applying US labels to India, Taiwan, Kenya, Malaysia is an iffy proposition.

Wonder what Professor Reeves thinks today.  We kinda know what a BLM leader really wants – enough race-based grift to buy a nice house.  In a white neighborhood… Since Professor Reeves appears to still be active on Mercator, I’ll  ping the editor and see if he’ll forward an offer to update, given all that’s changed in the last 11 years.]

Turns out he wants a nice house in the ‘burbs (or, better yet, a golf community).  This according to a post by Professor Thomas Reeves.  The gentleman is, I assume, something of a libertarian, since he’s posting on the Mercator website.

Polls and studies have shown consistently that professors, especially in the humanities and social sciences, side with the Left in political and cultural matters. So do public schoolteachers, whose unions are major contributors to the Democratic Party. This bias contrasts sharply, of course, with the dispassionate search for truth that scholars and teachers claim to revere. There are many reasons, no doubt, for the bent shown by professors in the humanities and social sciences, but the most obvious, it seems to me, is envy. A history professor for 40 years, I have felt this prominent member of the Seven Deadly Sins myself, many times.

At least that’s Professor Reeve’s suggestion on why academics are such lefties.  They’re really just frustrated consumers who want to be… Rotarians.  Heh.

I found this line interesting: “One way to compensate for this bleak and futureless existence is to become involved in left-wing causes. They give us a sense of identity in a world seemingly owned and operated by Rotarians.”

As a Rotarian, I find myself  shaking my head ruefully.

Go to the Rotary International website and look at what Rotary stands for. The goals of Rotary are about as bleeding heart liberal as you can get.

Yet, in our clubs, I find that we are generally a fairly profoundly conservative group of people… who subscribe to the goals of Rotary.  And, we mix with people of other political persuasions in our clubs – because we share many common goals and values – the secret of success to any organization… or polity.

But Rotarians share a very conservative urge – we look to *do* things ourselves, not to compel others to do things we think would be cool.

We invite them to join us as we do local projects and global projects which have local impacts, such as water and literacy and health projects conducted world-wide.

But rather than lobby government to do it, and lobby government to compel others to contribute to it – we write checks, hold fundraisers, roll up our sleeves, find the expertise among ourselves and go out and get started.

Polio is almost gone from this planet. From hundreds of thousands of new cases world-wide in the 70’s, we’re down to currently 55 known cases of polio, mostly in Uttar Pradesh, India, and of them, most are of the less virulent Type 3 form.  From 120 countries with endemic polio to four: Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

Yes, we partnered with government agencies.  WHO, which takes our money and procures the vaccine,  and the CDC, who gives us technical oversight and expertise.  And, of course, Rotary volunteers the world over work with local governments to make things happen.  Amazing what local government is willing to do if you’re providing the money, materiel, and manpower.

We partnered with them all, but we’re paying for it. Ourselves, and, now, as we push to the close, with some big help from the Gates Foundation.

Rotarians, unpaid volunteers all, immunized over 1.2 million children in India in one day last year.

One wonders if Professor Reeves really understands us.  Of course, he’s really mainly using us as a metaphor.

Of course, the image is a long-standing one, that we don’t spend a lot of money trying to reverse.

We let our actions speak.

As someone who will be a Rotary Club President next year – Professor Reeves is welcome to visit and talk with our academics.  He’ll find some published authors who teach – they’ll understand him.

Anyway – if you have the bug to serve, we have a prescription:

 Rotary Prescription
by Jeffry Cadorette, PDG
District 7450
Rotary Club of Media, PAHave you been feeling the urge to serve…do you have an increasing urge to give back to your local and or global community? Do you feel isolated and have an urge to network and be connected to others? Do you have a fellowship deficiency? Do you get frustrated with the situation in the world when you read the morning paper or watch the evening news??Talk to your doctor about a once weekly dose of Rotary.Taken weekly…Rotary can reverse your fellowship deficiency. Within weeks of the initial dose it can help you to feel more networked and connected to your community. While it will not help with ALL of your urges…it will definitely help with your urge to serve others…(your doctor can suggest additional medications for your OTHER urges.)

Caution. Rotary can only be taken by adults. There are milder forms under the brand names of Rotaract, Interact, Early Act and Youth Exchange that can be taken by younger people. Rotary should not be taken by those who are taking Kiwanis, Optimists or Lions but you may want to talk with your physician about switching your prescription to Rotary as it has been shown to be faster acting and better tolerated by those in clinical studies.

Rotary should not be taken while operating machinery or driving a car as it may cause drowsiness……. depending on the speaker. It is recommended Rotary be taken with meals although those meals can cause, heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and allergic reactions.  For optimal effect Rotary must be taken consistently. While weekly dosing is recommended, 2-3 times a month has been shown in clinical trials to be effective.

If you leave home without your Rotary, you will find that people in other communities around the globe will typically be happy to share their Rotary with you so that you don’t miss your weekly dose.

From the time it was discovered over 105 years ago until 1988 it was thought that Rotary was unsafe if taken by women. Since that time women have been taking Rotary in ever increasing numbers and studies have shown that it is very effective now in both men AND women. While no definitive research has been done, anecdotal evidence is that not only is Rotary not unsafe for women….they actually do better on it than men.

Side effects include the tendency to sit in the same seat at the same table every time you take your dose of Rotary. Talk with your physician about ways to overcome this. It may be a sign of deeper issues. Severe cases of this have been known to require aggressive psychiatric treatment.

Do not take Rotary if you feel that more people should be disadvantaged or suffer from hunger, poverty, illiteracy and disease as people taking Rotary tend to want to alleviate these conditions. Tell your physician if you have an aversion to world understanding and peace. There may be other treatments more beneficial for you……like a dose of humanity.

If your urge to serve lasts longer than 4 hours…consult your physician immediately. This condition is common in past club presidents and past district governors. For a free trial of Rotary go to www.rotary.org and find out where it is being dispensed near you. Rotary….helping people for over 100 years with their urge to serve.

Talk to your doctor today.

The Doctor is in.

*The opinions expressed here are mine, an individual Rotarian who happens to like this drug.  I am not speaking as an official representative of Rotary International – though I can put you in contact with them if you want to…

Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 16 April

There are fourteen Medals awarded for actions on this day, one of them posthumous. Eleven from the Civil War, and one each from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The Medals awarded today are, except for two, iconic of their era – the Civil War Medals, save two, are for flag captures, all the modern era awards are for falling on grenades.

Civil War. Three Medals for the Battle of Lees Mills, in 1862, one for Deep Bottom, Va in 1864, and seven Medals awarded for flag captures during the Battle of Columbus, Georgia – which is where Fort Benning, home of the Infantry and Armor is located.  Sergeant Bates has no connection to a certain motel in Fairvale, California.


Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company E, 4th Iowa Cavalry. Place and date: At Columbus, Ga., 16 April 1865. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Vermont. Date of issue: 17 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag and bearer.


Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 4th Iowa Cavalry. Place and date: At Columbus, Ga., 16 April 1865. Entered service at: Henry County, Iowa. Birth: Butler County, Ohio. Date of issue: 17 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag.


Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 3d Iowa Cavalry. Place and date: At Columbus, Ga., 16 April 1865. Entered service at: Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa. Birth: Monroe County, N.Y. Date of issue: 17 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag and bearer.


Rank and organization: Private, Company L, 4th Iowa Cavalry. Place and date: At Columbus, Ga., 16 April 1865. Entered service at: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa. Birth: Dunkirk County, N.Y. Date of issue: 17 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag in a personal encounter with its bearer.


Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 4th Iowa Cavalry. Place and date: At Columbus, Ga., 16 April 1865. Entered service at: Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. Birth: Jefferson County, Ohio. Date of issue: 17 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag and bearer Austin’s Battery (C.S.A.).


Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company I, 6th Vermont Infantry. Place and date: At Lees Mills, Va., 16 April 1862. Entered service at: Williston, Vt. Birth: Westminster, Vt. Date of issue: 9 July 1892. Citation: Rescued the colors of his regiment under heavy fire, the color bearer having been shot down while the troops were in retreat.


Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 85th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Deep Bottom, Va., 16 April 1864. Entered service at: Jacksonville, Pa. Birth: Greene County, Pa. Date of issue: 6 April 1865. Citation: Capture of battle flag.


Rank and organization: Corporal, Company A, 4th Iowa Cavalry. Place and date: At Columbus, Ga., 16 April 1865. Entered service at: Taylor, Freemont County, Iowa. Birth: Dubois County, Ind. Date of issue: 17 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag inside the enemy’s works, contesting for its possession with its bearer.


Rank and organization: Captain, Company F, 3d Vermont Infantry Place and date: Lees Mills, Va., 16 April 1862. Entered service at. Hartford, Vt. Birth: Salisbury, N.H. Date of issue: 17 August 1891. Citation: Gallantly led his company across a wide, deep creek, drove the enemy from the rifle pits, which were within 2 yards of the farther bank, and remained at the head of his men until a second time severely wounded.


Rank and organization: Drummer, Company E, 3d Vermont Infantry. Place and date. At Lees Mills, Va., 16 April 1862. Entered service at. Johnson, Vt. Birth: Johnson, Vt. Date of issue: February 1865. Citation: Crossed the creek under a terrific fire of musketry several times to assist in bringing off the wounded.


Rank and organization: Private, Company I, 3d Iowa Cavalry. Place and date: At Columbus, Ga., 16 April 1865. Entered service at: Appanoose County, Iowa. Birth: Clark County, Ind. Date of issue: 17 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag and bearer, Austin’s Battery (C.S.A.).

World War II. Another Marine who, a resolute warrior, benefitted from the fact that by this stage in the war, Japanese grenades were not up to standard.


Rank and organization: Corporal, U .S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division. Place and date: Mount Yaetake on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945. Entered service at: Kentucky. Born: 23 December 1923, Glasgow, Ky. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a squad leader serving with the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces, during the final assault against Mount Yaetake on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945. Rallying his men forward with indomitable determination, Cpl. Bush boldly defied the slashing fury of concentrated Japanese artillery fire pouring down from the gun-studded mountain fortress to lead his squad up the face of the rocky precipice, sweep over the ridge, and drive the defending troops from their deeply entrenched position. With his unit, the first to break through to the inner defense of Mount Yaetake, he fought relentlessly in the forefront of the action until seriously wounded and evacuated with others under protecting rocks. Although prostrate under medical treatment when a Japanese hand grenade landed in the midst of the group, Cpl. Bush, alert and courageous in extremity as in battle, unhesitatingly pulled the deadly missile to himself and absorbed the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his body, thereby saving his fellow marines from severe injury or death despite the certain peril to his own life. By his valiant leadership and aggressive tactics in the face of savage opposition, Cpl. Bush contributed materially to the success of the sustained drive toward the conquest of this fiercely defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His constant concern for the welfare of his men, his resolute spirit of self-sacrifice, and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout the bitter conflict enhance and sustain the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Korean War


Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Near Panmunjon, Korea, 16 April 1952. Entered service at: Muskegon, Mich. Born: 16 November 1931, Grand Rapids, Mich. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a gunner in a machine gun platoon of Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. When an enemy grenade landed close to his position while he and his assistant gunner were receiving medical attention for their wounds during a fierce night attack by numerically superior hostile forces, Cpl. Dewey, although suffering intense pain, immediately pulled the corpsman to the ground and, shouting a warning to the other marines around him. bravely smothered the deadly missile with his body, personally absorbing the full force of the explosion to save his comrades from possible injury or death. His indomitable courage, outstanding initiative, and valiant efforts in behalf of others in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon Cpl. Dewey and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.



Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Place and date: Near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, 16 April 1967. Entered service at: Los Angeles, Calif. Born: 9 March 1946, Hanford, Calif. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Ingalls, a member of Company A, accompanied his squad on a night ambush mission. Shortly after the ambush was established, an enemy soldier entered the killing zone and was shot when he tried to evade capture. Other enemy soldiers were expected to enter the area, and the ambush was maintained in the same location. Two quiet hours passed without incident, then suddenly a hand grenade was thrown from the nearby dense undergrowth into the center of the squad’s position. The grenade did not explode, but shortly thereafter a second grenade landed directly between Sp4c. Ingalls and a nearby comrade. Although he could have jumped to a safe position, Sp4c. Ingalls, in a spontaneous act of great courage, threw himself on the grenade and absorbed its full blast. The explosion mortally wounded Sp4c. Ingalls, but his heroic action saved the lives of the remaining members of his squad. His gallantry and selfless devotion to his comrades are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon Sp4c. Ingalls, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

*Asterisk indicates posthumous award.

Fighting the good fight

Meet Professor Nicholas Meriwether.

Shawnee State University philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether took the Ohio school’s trustees to federal court over their forcing him to use so-called preferred pronouns and won. (Photo: Alliance Defending Freedom)

Or, as I have known him for six decades, “Cousin Nick.”  I’m not at all surprised he stood his ground.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently in favor of philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether’s First Amendment rights at Shawnee State University—and rightly so.

The appellate court also reversed a lower court’s dismissal of his lawsuit against university officials.

Shawnee officials had punished Meriwether because he refused to accede to a biologically male student’s demand to be referred to as a woman, complete with a female name and feminine pronouns, in accordance with the Portsmouth, Ohio, school’s policy, announced in 2016

When I asked him how he was holding up, he said, “It’s exhausting, yet exhilarating.”

Sound familiar? Nick’s a warrior in his arena. You go, cuz!

I admit I’m a snob about some things.

I may not be *that* bad, because rapid fire on a controlled range is usually pretty annoying and sometimes dangerous.

Otherwise, I’m pretty easy-going.

One reason I don’t use public ranges (Missouri has a very nice one nearby).

Not just the cowboy shooters (attitude-in-general, not the competitors), but pinch-faced Fudds, and knowitall blowhards who know *exactly* what you’re doing wrong, or who won’t leave you alone, wanting to let you know how much they know about guns (especially if you are shooting milsurp). Hint: It’s rare I run into a peer on the topic, but I run into a lotta folks who don’t know squat beyond movies or some fat beardo on Youtube.  (One reason I’m not on YT, being a fat beardo myself)

The last group tends to include honestly earnest folks who mean well, and kids who’s knowledge is video-game deep and almost always AK-IS-GOD biased. I’m polite.

I just wanna shoot, folks. I’m not there to socialize, and if I was, I’d come with a group. Some of ’em are fun to talk to, but enough of them are annoying that we just bought our own range… 😉

Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 15 April

Uncle Sam brooks no interference with getting your taxes filed. There is only one Medal awarded for actions on this day. A posthumous Medal awarded to a 19 year old Marine during World War II.

World War II


Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 28 January 1926, Alameda, Calif. Accredited to: California. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Acting Scout Sergeant with the 4th Battalion, 15th Marines, 6th Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 15 April 1945. Undaunted by the powerfully organized opposition encountered on Motobu Peninsula during the fierce assault waged by his battalion against the Japanese stronghold at Mount Yaetake, Pfc. Gonsalves repeatedly braved the terrific enemy bombardment to aid his forward observation team in directing well-placed artillery fire. When his commanding officer determined to move into the front lines in order to register a more effective bombardment in the enemy’s defensive position, he unhesitatingly advanced uphill with the officer and another Marine despite a slashing barrage of enemy mortar and rifle fire. As they reached the front and a Japanese grenade fell close within the group, instantly Pfc. Gonsalves dived on the deadly missile, absorbing the exploding charge in his own body and thereby protecting the others from serious and perhaps fatal wounds. Stouthearted and indomitable, Pfc. Gonsalves readily yielded his own chances of survival that his fellow marines might carry on the relentless battle against a fanatic enemy and his cool decision, prompt action and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the U.S. Naval Service.

*Asterisk indicates posthumous award.

Good news on the ammo front. As long as Joe allows us peons to buy any, anyway.

Big Green is back and stronger than ever,” Vanderbrink said. “I am sick and tired of not being able to find Remington ammunition on the shelf. We are fixing that. American manufacturing is about to roar, and Remington Ammunition is back.”