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A Fourth of July Quotabull

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The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

— from the Declaration of Independence; July 4, 1776.

The executive branch shall construe the provisions of H.R. 3199 that call for furnishing information to entities outside the executive branch, such as sections 106A and 119, in a manner consistent with the President’s constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to withhold information the disclosure of which could impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative processes of the Executive, or the performance of the Executive’s constitutional duties.

— from a March 13, 2006, signing statement by President Bush explaining how he will interpret the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005; despite oversight provisions in the law that directed he inform Congress regarding the FBI’s use of the act’s expanded police powers, President Bush, in effect, told Congress he felt no obligation to do so; emphasis added.
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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

July 3, 2008 at 1:30 pm

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Persevere — the hard work will pay off sooner or later

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Many of the best undergraduate students I’ve taught graduated about six weeks ago. They’re earnestly hunting through the job market these days, with varying degrees of success.

I’ve been talking for the past few weeks with several who haven’t had the success they’d hoped for. That’s understandable; jobs in the communication biz are at a premium these days. These grads are understandably concerned.

But the between-the-lines tone I’m hearing from them suggests they’re demoralized. Failure to find a job has become Failure Broadly Defined. For some of these grads, the first encounter beyond the isolated college bubble-like existence (called the “Bona Bubble” here) has been an uncommonly stressful experience with “reality.” They may have lost faith in themselves — and in their college preparation.

These are not students who did poorly here. These are students who lived on the dean’s list or damn near it, won awards, challenged professors, participated in service and volunteer activities, and applied themselves to college life with diligence. They left here well prepared because they paid attention to detail, used common sense, and approached their work (and their play) with intelligent effort.

I need to remind them of that from time to time. Persevere, kiddies. What you seek will come your way sooner or later. You worked damn hard to get ready for it.

Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

July 1, 2008 at 10:35 am

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