Now that is utu

April 14th, 2007 at 9:05 pm by David Farrar

I blogged a few weeks back about how the incredibly petty behaviour of the Florida State University Professors in refusing a honorary degree to former Governor Jeb Bush was so bad, the Student Senate voted unanimously to honour him for his contributions to the university.

I remind people that Jeb Bush, unlike his brother, retired with huge approval ratings for his two terms as Florida Governor. Anyway back to the story …

A committee of the Florida Parliament has amended an education bill to rename the University of Florida’s education school as the “Jeb Bush College of Education.

That is effing hilarious. I can just see some of the Professors near suicidal with grief. The resolution even requires them to erect “suitable markers” noting the college’s new name and include the revised name in all university documents.

In theory I don’t approve of legislators doing stunts like this, but in this particular case it is so delicious that I love it.

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126 Responses to “Now that is utu”

  1. Thomas () says:

    Why does the right always take shots like this at academic institutions? You get a mix of all kinds of people at a university with all kinds of political views.

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  2. Porcupine () says:

    Your a scary person Mainly Politics.

    Yay. Now if Auckland University had the guts to endow Herbert Green and Dennis Bonham chairs in womens health….might just redress a couple of injustices.

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  3. Clint Heine () says:

    Mainly Politics, oh please!

    Unlike HC, Jeb Bush has managed to do his job by bringing both sides together to work for the greater good. He fully deserved the honour and was held back by closed minded left wing ideologues who were so out of touch the students and politicians saw right through them.

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  4. Clint Heine () says:

    Mainly Politics, oh please!

    Unlike HC, Jeb Bush has managed to do his job by bringing both sides together to work for the greater good. He fully deserved the honour and was held back by closed minded left wing ideologues who were so out of touch the students and politicians saw right through them.

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  5. J () says:

    I love the way the Bush party care for everyone but themselves. Case in point from salon.

    I feel nothing but sympathy and concern for Noelle Bush. Her latest stumble on the rocky road to recovery — being caught with crack cocaine at a drug rehab center — shows that she is in desperate need of help. As a parent, I can also easily empathize with the anguish Noelle’s father, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, must be experiencing. And I’m in total agreement with his insistence that his daughter’s substance-abuse problem is “a private issue.”

    But when I think about the heartless stance the governor has taken toward the drug problems of those less fortunate and well connected than his daughter, my empathy turns to outrage.

    While Noelle has been given every break in the book — and then some — her father has made it harder for others in her position to get the help they need by cutting the budgets of drug treatment and drug court programs in his state. He has also actively opposed a proposed ballot initiative that would send an estimated 10,000 nonviolent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail. I guess what’s good for the goose gets the gander locked away.

    Of course, Jeb’s wildly inconsistent attitude on the issue — treatment and privacy for his daughter, incarceration and public humiliation for everyone else — is part and parcel of the galling hypocrisy that infects America’s insane drug war on every level.

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  6. J () says:

    I love the way the Bush party care for everyone but themselves. Case in point from salon.

    “I feel nothing but sympathy and concern for Noelle Bush. Her latest stumble on the rocky road to recovery — being caught with crack cocaine at a drug rehab center — shows that she is in desperate need of help. As a parent, I can also easily empathize with the anguish Noelle’s father, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, must be experiencing. And I’m in total agreement with his insistence that his daughter’s substance-abuse problem is “a private issue.”

    But when I think about the heartless stance the governor has taken toward the drug problems of those less fortunate and well connected than his daughter, my empathy turns to outrage.

    While Noelle has been given every break in the book — and then some — her father has made it harder for others in her position to get the help they need by cutting the budgets of drug treatment and drug court programs in his state. He has also actively opposed a proposed ballot initiative that would send an estimated 10,000 nonviolent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail. I guess what’s good for the goose gets the gander locked away.

    Of course, Jeb’s wildly inconsistent attitude on the issue — treatment and privacy for his daughter, incarceration and public humiliation for everyone else — is part and parcel of the galling hypocrisy that infects America’s insane drug war on every level.”

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  7. chris () says:

    People who think that Jeb was a great governor should read Greg Palast’s “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”. There is oodles of evidence that shows how the governor, along with Florida’s secrectary of state Katherine Harris worked to get tens of thousands of eligible (mainly Black) voters purged from Florida’s rolls, thereby allowing George W. Bush to win Florida and the presidency. Corruption is not pretty, nor should it be rewarded.

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  8. David Farrar () says:

    MP said “So you would be OK with Labour legislating to rename the School of Political Science at Auckland University the Helen Clark School of Political Science? :-)”

    Well some would claim that would be truth in advertising :-)

    If the Auckland Uni Senate made her the only person they had ever declined to grant a honorary degree to, then I’d say yes.

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  9. Redbaiter () says:

    Stole election, rigged votes, Greg Palast, oodles of evidence but no convictions or even charges.. Forget it Clint.. you’re into the Bush derangement syndrome twilight zone.. the hangout of irrational hate driven ideologues whose grasp of reality extends no further than the crippled one dimensional minds of the commmie university professors who have made them like that..

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  10. Clint Heine () says:

    MP,

    Sure others disagree but from what happened there the majority disagree with you and your “hate Bush at all costs” mindset.
    Take off your anti US glasses and see this for what it is.

    Redbaiter.. yep. Looks like Chris and MP are buying too easily into the conspiracy theories. I guess they find it easier to jump on the bandwagon than use a brain cell or two and think about what they are actually saying.

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