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  1. SADIE says

    Wonder if the parents will want a rebate.

    Jay Leno used to this type of interview ‘on the street style’. I had thought that he just saddled up to who appeared to be the least likely to give the correct answer.

    I now know he was interviewing graduates.

  2. says

    LOL! Go Crowder! Why didn’t they have any Crowders when I was in college (at UCSB, “the party” UC campus where they burned the Bank of America)? Well, slowly the worm turns at last.

    And to Sadie–the parents won’t want a rebate: how do you think the kids get that way? The parents are that way. Or don’t know or care any better.

  3. Danny Lemieux says

    Why did you hate Bezerkely, Book? Weren’t you a Lefty back then? Also, is all of Berkeley Left. I am a UW-Madison graduate and, while UW had a reputation as the “Berkeley of the Midwest”, the radicals were pretty much a minority on campus.

  4. Charles Martel says

    Danny, 40 years ago I was traveling with my wife-to-be and a friend across the country in our trusty VW Bug. We are all flaming liberals at the time (my wife still is), so we made sure to stop at all the mini-Berkeleys along the way in search of a place to crash for the night.

    We arrived in Madison one afternoon and came up to an intersection that had a throng of vexed-looking college longhairs pacing on the sidewalk. We saw that they wanted to cross the street, but couldn’t because cars wouldn’t stop for them. Even if they had ventured out in front of a car to try and make a point, the driver would have been under no legal obligation to stop.

    We were from California where pedestrians were king and where even an oblivious twit could stumble into the street at mid-block and force traffic to a sudden halt.

    I was driving. I stopped the car, rolled down the window, pointed to our license plate, then made a broad gesture to the group to cross the street.

    They were stunned. No car had ever done this. It simply wasn’t done. When they were halfway across, I bellowed kindly, “In California, the streets belong to the people!”

    That was one of my first insights into the intellectual timidity and dreaminess of liberals. You can be certain that most of that group of pedestrians had engaged at one time or another in demonstrations and shaken their fists at the Establishment. But it would have never occurred to them to band together and quietly change a law that would have, indeed, given them a form of control over the streets.

  5. says

    Why did I hate Berkeley? First and foremost, I hated it because it was the most unfriendly, clique-ish place I had ever (or have ever) been. To run with any crowd at all, you had to tow whatever line it was that crowd spouted. I also hated Berkeley because the teaching was appalling. I had two stand-out professors there, but the rest were either old-farts reading from yellowed notes, or graduate students who often spoke only limited English. I hated how dirty the campus and its environs were. I hated the fact that everyone spoke in Marxian cant. I didn’t know it was Marxist, I just knew it was unintelligible and stupid and that, when I politely said that I didn’t understand, I got a lot of grief. Berkeley — bad. I haven’t set foot on the campus since the day I graduated.

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