Sentences for copywork or the commonplace book

He that avoideth not small faults, by little and little falleth into greater.  Thomas a Kempis

Stand by your conscience, your honor, your faith.  Stand like a hero and battle till death. Wilson

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs

Do noble deeds- not dream them all day long. C. Kingsley

The advantage of living does not consist in length of days, but in the right employment of them. Montaigne

Man is as much made for education as the earth for cultivation. B. Sears

Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquaintance is good books.  C. C. Colton

The true test of civilization is not the census nor the size of the cities- nor the crops, but the kind of men the country turns out. Emerson

Every one is forward to complain of the prejudices that mislead other men and parties, as if he were free and had none of his own. Bacon

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening. Holmes

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We replaced Great Books with Great Victims

The overthrow of the Great Books Programme: The Moral Frame of Victimhood

“The professors act this way because they are suffused with ressentiment. Ressentiment is, of course, Nietzsche’s term for a certain state of mind, or rather, a condition of being. He liked the French word because it signified a deeper psychology than the German (and English) equivalent does. Ressentiment is the attitude of slave morality, Nietzsche wrote, the moral formation of one who feels rage and envy but hasn’t the strength or courage to act upon them. A man of ressentiment knows and resents his own weakness and mediocrity, and he hates the sight of greatness, which only reminds the lesser party of his own inferiority. And so he fashions a new moral system whereby victimhood becomes a high badge, suspicion signifies a sensitive eye for justice, and group denunciation of lone dissenters is the surest path to virtue.

I am sure many readers of Minding the Campus have come across these types often in their academic careers. I’ve met them again and again, and a great error of my early academic career was to try to befriend them, or at least to try to lay out some common ground of collegiality. How naïve was that! You don’t ingratiate yourself with people who set their vindictiveness behind an exterior of sympathy for the disadvantaged and hurt ones among us. It obligated me to a degree of grubbing. The dynamic is never straightforward. They speak the words diversity and tolerance and inclusion, but they don’t mean them. In their mouths, those make-nice sounds are weapons of reproach. When you first encounter these colleagues, they seem tentative and probing, but not out of friendly curiosity about who you are. It’s a fraught examination of where you stand, for such creatures are acutely conscious that everyone takes a side, and they want to figure whether you’re with-us-or-against-us. Harold Bloom called them the School of Resentment long ago, and he was absolutely right. It took me awhile—far too long—to figure out that the chips on their shoulders had nothing to do with me, only with something they fancied I represented.”

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Iran Lied

Israelis smuggle thousands of files related to nuclear program out of Iran, say bottom line is Iran lied about its program;


In Oct. 2017: Longtime IAEA director says:
“I’m not convinced that Iran had, as a state, a nuclear weapons program.”  He was saying this to somehow defend how Obama handled the deal where he slipped billions in cash to Iran on an airplane, and cut investigations into Hezbollah.

What? Yeah, he let Hezbollah off the hook to protect his Iran deal. Remember that Obama enabled Hezbollah and gave a planeload of cash to Iran in a secretive deal bypassing Congress to get his Iran deal.


So anyway- back to this news.  Remember that Trump had Macron, and Markel (France, Germany) visiting just recently and this is one of the things they discussed- the timeline for renewing the Iran deal is coming up, and Europe wants us to stay in.  But I think while Markel was here, and definitely while Macron was here, Trump already knew about this.

Netanyahu briefed Trump on Iran’s “nuclear archive” two months ago, and timed the public announcement with Trump’s deadline in mind, according to a report from Axios.

HE didn’t tweet about it, and it didn’t leak.

(As  sidenote, let me say this is not remarkable at all.  I really dislike most of Trump’s tweets, as I have said before, and I cannot listen to him talk. I didn’t vote for him. (But I might next time).   But from what I have seen his twitter feed is not a train wreck of impetuous stupidity. It’s like a trail of banana peels for the media to beclown itself over, and it does, reliably, predictably, again and again.  All they have to do is not lose their every lovin’ minds, every time, but they can’t.  Trump gets them talking about what he wants them to talk about.  Remember Sweden?  Remember the string of reports about what an idiot he is because Sweden is doing great, and he’s making things up or just confused to say it isn’t? I do.  And guess what? Every time another terrorist incident, another immigrant crime wave, another immigration related problem in Sweden comes up- and they do, regularly, so does the public. They remember Trump saying Sweden’s unchecked immigration caused them problems and the media mocking him over it, and their respect for the press sinks a little further. )

Meanwhile, here’s what Obama traded for an agreement with Iran which we know Iran wasn’t keeping, isn’t keeping, and never intended to keep- loads of cash, spies, terrorists, murderers, and more.

What should Trump do, now? I honestly have no idea.  Obama made this mess, now the whole world can see it was and is a mess, but how to move forward without making a bigger mess is above my paygrade. Unfortunately, it was above Obama’s, too, but this is where we are.

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We Fear…

“We fear the weather spirit of earth, that we must fight against to wrest our food from land & sea. We fear Sila [the airgod]. We fear death and hunger in cold snow huts. We fear Takanakapsaluk, the great woman down at the bottom of the sea, that rules over all the beasts of the sea. We fear the sickness we meet with daily all around us; not death, but the suffering. We fear the evil spirits of life, those of the air, of the sea, and the earth, that can help wicked shamans to harm their fellow man. We fear the souls of dead human beings and of the animals we have killed. Therefore it is that our fathers have inherited from their fathers all the old rules of life which are based on the experience & wisdom of generations. We do not know how, we cannot say why, but we keep those rules in order that we may live life unhindered.” –Aua, Inuit/ Eskimo in the early 1920’s

See also Eternity in Their Hearts and others by the same author.  Many native religions are not ( as westerners fondly imagine in their special version of the noble savage of Rousseau fairy tale) kindly, harmonious with nature, feel good practices. They are placatory, born in fear, seeking to protect themselves from a terrifying array of unseen but powerful malign forces they believe are all around them.

Christianity is deliverance from the kingdom of darkness and entrance to the kingdom of light.

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the mage of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1

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Keith Ranier and Allison Mack arrested on sex trafficking and slavery charges

Allison Mack and Keith Raniere have been arrested on charges of sex trafficking and slavery, amon other things.  These activities took place through Raniere’s organization NXIVM.

NXIVM was founded in 1998 by Keith Raniere. It’s marketed itself as an MLM offering personal and professional development.  Raniere has a previous history of shady business deals combined with friendships and ties to people in high places, both in politics and in entertainment.  When Bill Clinton was governor his then Attorney General charged Ranier with fraud for one of his enterprises.  He left Arkansas, and later founded NXIVM.

According to Wikipedia, “Clients have been alleged to include Rischard Branson and actresses Linda EvansAllison MackKristin Kreuk, and Nicki Clyne.[12] The NXIVM training system is administered through Executive Success Programs, Inc. In 2003 Forbes magazine reported that some 3,700 people had taken part in Nxivm’s “Executive Success Program,” and named Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BETAntonia Novello, former Surgeon General of the United States, Stephen Cooper of Enron, and Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox.”
The Bronfman sisters, heirs to the Seagram fortune, also have close ties to Ranier and numerous news articles credit them with paying for his trips, jetting him around the world, and shutting down critics and whistleblowers through lawsuits.

In October of 2007, The New York Post reported,

“Executives and top associates of the Albany-based NXIVM group – along with their family members – donated $29,900 to Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to federal records.

On March 14 and April 13, records show, more than a dozen contributions poured into Clinton’s coffers from NXIVM, an executive and group-awareness training organization led by Brooklyn-born Keith Raniere, 47.

Most were from first-time political donors, each giving the $2,300 maximum.

NXIVM donated a similar amount that year to Republican politicians in a position to grant them political favors (see the NYP article).
NXIVM leadership had other ties to Clinton as well-

“…group President Nancy Salzman and the Bronfman sisters – are members of Bill’s charitable organization, the Clinton Global Initiative. Membership is by invitation only and requires at least a $15,000 donation per person for one year.” (NYP article linked above.)


Actress Allison Mack (Smallville, among others) has long been one of the top-ranking members of the NXIVM cult, a group accused of engaging in blackmailsex trafficking and forced labor.

In March, Ranier  was arrested and extradited from MExico oncharges of sex trafficking and related crimes, and Mack’s arrest followed in April.

Charges include child sex trafficking, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. The SunOnline claims to have seen Ranier’s arrest report and accusations include the sexual abuse of teenage girls, and one girl just 12 years old (he was 29 at the time).

You can see Mack’s court file here.  Note from the file:

Title 18, United States Code, Sections1591(a)(1), 1591(a)(2), 1591(b)(1), 1594(a),2 and 3551 et. seq. – SEX TRAFFICKINGOF CHILDREN OR BY FORCE, FRAUDOR COERCION (1)Title 18, United States Code, Sections1594(c) and 3551 et seq. – CONSPIRACYTO COMMIT SEX TRAFFICKING OFCHILDREN BY FORCE, FRAUD, OR COERCION

The details are somewhat lurid, and include using a cauterizing pen to brand female ‘slaves’ with the initials of Ranier and Mack, requiring compromising photographs and information for the purposes of blackmail, and various other submission rituals.  Allison Mack also recruited other women to become Ranier’s slaves. The SunOnline reported she had recruited at least 25 women.

According to The Rolling Stone, “Raniere allegedly gets financial help from high places
According to the U.S. Attorney’s detention memo, Clare W. Bronfman, heir to the Seagram’s fortune (and NXIVM’s self-described operations director) financially supports Raniere. (Bronfman has previously denied all accusations of coercion and abuse.) In the memo, prosecutors wrote, “[Bronfman] has financed the defendant repeatedly over the years including providing him with millions of dollars and paying for private air travel costing up to approximately $65,000 a flight. She has also paid for numerous lawyers to bring suits against NXIVM critics. Bronfman also owns a private island in Fiji, which the defendant has visited, and both Bronfman and the defendant have contacts all around the world.”


Raniere Detention memo:

Frank Parlatto’s page. He outlines some reasons for concern about the child sex trafficking charges, which have gotten scant attention from the media:




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