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Sustaining the Academic Tradition of "One Fool at a Time"
Solicitation for Speakers
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or any subsequent Saturday in the coming year
To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
Established Feb. 28, 2009
Weekly Free Speech Forum
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
Statement on Free Speech
Our constitution and laws encourage the freest possible exchange of opinions, ideas, and information. In part, that recognizes our worth and dignity as human beings. To forbid us to speak our minds demeans us and makes us more like slaves or robots than citizens of a free country. But as important as freedom of expression is for us as individuals, it is perhaps more important to society at large.
1. Presentation by Guest Speaker
2. Questions and Answers
3. Remarks and Rebuttals
(5 minutes each / infamous)
All meeting are open to the public. No reservations are required. The college maintains no memberhsip, and is operated on a volunteer basis.
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December 12th Meeting #298
A Christmas Whimsy:
Argument on Stories and Legends of the Season
Paul Benson, Professor of Humanities, Mountain View College, will discuss the creation and evolution of the American Christmas. He will argue that the American Christmas is made of pieces both Christian and pagan, and is also a home-grown phenomenon that has no peer among holidays. Paul will show how an obscure Professor of Oriental Languages from New York City fundamentally changed the nature of our Christmas. He will discuss: "Who was Saint Nicholas and how he, the patron saint of pawnbrokers, become so important to Christmas? From where did Santa’s reindeer appear? What did Mexico add to our holiday celebration? Where did most Christmas carols originate? What Tioga, Texas PGK made a fortune from holiday song he hated? What Tacoma, Washington singing Catholic kid became the rage among German soldiers in WW II?", and "What Christmas opera has become the most performed opera of all-time, but it was not written until 1951?" Professor Benson will challenge our sense of who we are, and help us understand how we are what we are.
December 19th, 26th, and January 2nd
Closed due to Christmas and New Years Holidays
December 5th Meeting #297
Revisiting Common Sense Gun Regulation
George Nolan, President, Dallas, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, former Braniff A&P Mechanic and Supervisor, and an activist with Occupy Dallas, Occupy Congress, and others will discuss Common Sense Gun Regulation. George asks: “When is Enough, Enough?", and raises questions on our readiness to vote for sensible measures -- like expanding background checks for all gun purchases, reducing the size of high-capacity gun magazines, defining and banning assault weapons, and placing new restrictions on gun trafficking. George will argue that we'll be able to convince the Congress that it's more than time to do something about gun violence -- for the good of our nation, our families, and our children.
January 9th Meeting #299
Dealing with Terrorism, the Islamic way
Dr. Mike Ghouse, community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker, and a speaker on Pluralism, Interfaith, Islam, politics, human rights, India, Israel-Palestine and foreign policy. He is deeply committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day; he will discuss how the Bush and Obama methods of handling terrorism have not worked, where the first method created more terrorism and the second one has not mitigated it. Also, as a moderate Muslim, Mike will discuss the Islamic way of handling terrorism, to wit: “Mr. Baghdadi, you have three days to stop killing innocent people and destroying Allah’s creation, life and environment. If you do not heed the warning, we will hunt you down (continued below . . .)
January 16th Meeting #300
Opposing Fluoridation in Dallas
Regina Imburgia, an activist all her life, grew up on the west side of Buffalo, New York, actively supporting homeschooling, alternative medicine, standing up for our constitutional republic, and a strong work ethic. Also, as a grassroots leader for many campaigns, including in 2013 starting the group Activists for Truth and Liberty which created a forum for the discussion of a variety of controversial political and social issues, she will discuss: “Opposing Fluoridation in Dallas”, a campaign Regina took on in December 2013 as a way to get her group involved in City Government while fighting an ineffective unsafe fluoridation program. She will argue that we can make a difference, and will show how we can halt the unsafe and ineffective fluoridation program in Dallas.
and ambush wherever you hide. If not, we will gas you, a few square miles at a time, not to hurt you, but to capture and put you on trial and ask you to give up the false claims you are making about your religion. Soldiers from around the world will be on the front line against you.” He argues that blaming the religion is the dumbest thing to do, because we cannot beat, kick, hack, shoot, hang, kill or bury a religion, it’s an intangible thing! Mike concludes that we can blame the individuals and restore trust and harmony back for the society to function peacefully and cohesively. See also http://thearabdailynews.com/2015/11/19/war-terror-dumbest-idea-ever-floated/
January 23rd Meeting #301
Islam is NOT the Problem
Steven R. Butler, PhD, historian and author, will discuss how since 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more recently since the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, Americans and other Westerners have become increasingly outspoken in their criticism of Islam, the religion embraced by the admitted perpetrators of these outrages. Some Americans, particularly those on the right, have gone so far as to suggest that no member of this faith can be trusted and that consequently, Muslims ought not to be allowed to take up residence nor be given sanctuary in the United States. In this presentation, Professor Butler argues that laying the blame for what’s wrong in the world today on the doorstep of one particular religious group is not only xenophobic but also a classic case of “not seeing the forest for the trees”.