Some students said they saw several chalkings of “Trump 2016." At least one said he also saw one message declaring: “Accept the Inevitable: Trump 2016.” No confirmed photos of the alleged chalkings have been published, and the school said it is reviewing security footage for its investigation. The students stood outside the administration building, with sophomore Jonathan Peraza shouting, “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” and “It is our duty to fight for our freedom.”Fight for our freedom. Try it again. Fight for our freedom. Nope, still doesn't compute. Poor old Orwell. He never imagined this. Fortunately, good old Compensation will take care of Jonathan Peraza. Jonathan Peraza** has climbed so far up the tree of insanity that there's no way for Jonathan Peraza to climb down. Jonathan Peraza has no talents or skills at all, and Jonathan Peraza has ruined Jonathan Peraza's future reputation. The trunk of politics sways both ways, but it has an elastic limit. These monsters have pulled it so far in one direction that a snap is inevitable. After the snap, these "freedom fighters" will be completely helpless. Thanks, Ralph! = = = = = ** I have to use the name instead of pronouns because ve or she or he or um has not properly specified ves or ums or her or his gender identity and pronouns. When a module has not specified its or sqmo's or 46's or xxqy's pronouns, no pronoun can be used. = = = = = More seriously: These little monsters could use a lesson in basic philosophy. It's a lesson that normal humans don't need, but overly intellectualized college types do need it. S.I. Hayakawa presented it best; I'll try to modernize his message..... Symbols are not things. Symbols written in ink or chalk or pixels are arbitrary representations that are associated with things in various ways by various people. For instance, a vertical line intersecting a horizontal line is not an illegal invasion of your teensy-weensy calvarium by Evil KKKristianity. It's just a vertical line and a horizontal line. In other contexts the same pair of lines represent the operation of addition, which is not illegal even by your standards. A two-dimensional pattern of lines and curves made with chalk is not the same thing as a human being named Donald J. Trump. The pattern is just a little bit of calcium dust in a peculiar arrangement. If you're allergic to calcium and you actually lick the sidewalk, perhaps the dust can hurt you. But the light waves reflecting on the chalk and entering your retinas cannot hurt you. Pointless. If the EXISTENCE OF OPINIONS DIFFERING FROM YOUR OPINION causes you pain and requires you to eliminate those other opinions, you are a dangerous murderous tyrannical bigot. You are a psychopath. You are unsalvageable.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.