Friday, March 09, 2012

Passing Shots Woodstock, New York: Fake Historic Marker

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While taking a walk through the middle of town upstate in Woodstock today I noticed this 'historic marker'--or at least what I thought was a historic marker. I had never heard of Robert Hass before but it turns out that he is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at U.C. Berkeley, and this is one of about a dozen fake historic markers planted around Hudson County pushing a leftist agenda by local artist Norm Magnusson. Robert Hass the above-titled 'American Patriot' who also happens to be Magnusson's brother-in-law, was recently involved in the OWS riot in Berkeley.

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And just for the record, the plaque below is what a REAL U.S. historic marker looks like. I took this picture in West Point, New York in back in 2007.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I particularly like the one that says his daughter goes to bed hungry. What a tool

March 09, 2012 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Little-Known but True History of the Berkeley "Free Speech Movement":
Like all universities, UC Berkeley restricts use of property on campus for student groups. Off-campus groups may not set up tables on campus for recruiting new members, fundraising or other activities.
In 1964, an off-campus radical group known as CORE set up a table on campus and refused to cooperate when asked to leave.
Because CORE was a radical group, Mario Savio got on the band wagon, claiming that UC Berkeley was suppressing free speech, when in fact, they were restricting non-student groups from using university property.
UC Berkeley still has the same policy. All universities have the same policy. Off-campus groups cannot use university space or resources, no matter what their agenda. Your grandma's knitting club would be prohibited from having their meetings on campus.
The Berkeley "Free Speech Movement" had nothing to do with free speech, nor did it change university policies. It only gave radicals more clout on campus.

March 09, 2012 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Bill H said...

How is this legal? Free speech is an argument, but isn't it akin to artistic infringement when the stupid things look State-owned?

March 10, 2012 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just curious about which part of the plaque's quote you find offensive enough to call it "leftist agenda"/ Sound's like pretty basic "Founding Fathers"


March 12, 2012 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Thanks, Miss infidel.
And to Anonymous/Michael,
I think Miss Infidel objects to the "artist" posting a fake historical marker that espouses a hypocritical message. Leftists routinely attempt to vilify and silence those who dissagree with them.

March 12, 2012 10:10 AM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

To Anonymous-
Thanks for your comment. Here's a few reasons why it bears no resemblance to the founding fathers:

Benjamin Franklin: When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers: We are a Republican Government, Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.

John Adams: Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

Thomas Jefferson: A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.

James Madison: Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.

John Quincy Adams: The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.

Thomas Jefferson: The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Benjamin Franklin (maybe): Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

James Madison: Democracy was the right of the people to choose their own tyrant.

John Adams: That the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of the history of the world.

Thomas Jefferson: All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that through the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

John Witherspoon: Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state - it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.

James Madison: We may define a republic to be - a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it: otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.

John Marshall: Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.

Oscar Wilde: Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Winston Churchill: The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

Sydney J Harris: Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.

G. K., Chesterton: Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

George Bernard Shaw: Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

Dr Laurence J Peter: Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

Alan Coren: Democracy consists of choosing your dictators after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.

Karl Marx: Democracy is the road to socialism.

March 12, 2012 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other Anonymous: This is offensive because it equates a Berkeley professor with GREAT historic figures. Haas whined through an article about the Berkeley OWS Riots and how the cops 'threw' his wife to the ground and oh gosh, he almost fell down while reaching to help her up but she jumped right back into the fray. Telling all those White police officers how to behave themselves. His story is dripping with offensive garbage. I find paying six figures to professors who spend their time inciting riots to be pretty offensive. Of course, they left the riot and went home to their nice living spot, wouldn't want to actually camp out.

March 13, 2012 3:37 PM  

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