Saturday, July 12, 2008

One last thing this evening

For those who think being forced to put underwear on their heads or led around on a leash is torture, this is torture. Also a brave man who the Iranian government must hate the guts of.

Good work, sir.

I don't think that 'gun-free paradise' thing

is working out too well.
The scourge of knife crime gripping Britain has reached new depths with six murders across the country in less than 24 hours.

Four of the killings were in London in an appalling day of bloodshed.

Meanwhile, another teenager is in hospital in serious condition tonight after being stabbed outside a branch of Blockbuster Video in Bolton.

The outburst of violence has prompted Gordon Brown to pledge he would introduce new measures to tackle the epidemic.

Problem: this is no more 'knife crime' than DC has 'gun crime': they've got crime out of control, period, and need to stop worrying about the objects.
Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, voiced his 'deep regret' at the deaths and said the 'long-term complex root causes of violence' needed to be tackled.
Ok, here's some possibilities:
Stop being nice and sensitive to crooks: put their ass in jail and keep them there.
Stop making people criminals for defending themselves and others.
Stop blaming objects for what people do.
There's three points they could start with, but I have little hope.

Witnesses described two gangs of men armed with golf clubs, baseball bats and knives flying at each other in a vicious street brawl on Thursday evening. Scotland Yard are investigating whether the incident was drugs related.
Wonder why they left out the 'G' word: gang related?

Martin's parents Lorraine and James, who have called on Gordon Brown to tackle Britain's rampant knife culture,.
I feel sorry as hell for these folks; there son was murdered by a two-legged jackal for no damn reason. But going after the 'rampant knife culture' isn't going to work, because the problem is the attitudes and thought patterns of the dirtbags committing the crimes.
Voicing his horror at the stabbings, Mr Brown said that 'carrying a knife is unacceptable in our society'.
People used to commonly carry knives of all kinds, and it was quite common for a gentleman- or lady- to put a revolver in their pocket or bag when going out, and Britain was one of the safest places in the world to live. But laws and attitudes were changed, and this mess is part of the result.
Last week, Scotland Yard announced that tackling knife crime was its number one priority and revealed a 75-strong task force. Thousands of people have been stopped and searched in recent weeks as part of a police drive to deter young people from carrying knives.
No sir, no 4th Amendment problems there! Damn, what a mess.

The Constitution vs. the Declaration

I got this comment in the post on GFW Disorder:
Curious as to your opinion on how this section of the Constitution, Article III, Section 3:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

wouldn't armed resistance be treason according to this definition?

BTW, Article. VI states:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Meaning you can wipe your ass on the declaration of independence. It ain't constitutional.

You should bone up on what you are defending before you go about defending it.

Well, gee, the Declaration as toilet paper. Kind of like so many politicians use the Constitution. Which is what the Declaration is all about. It's a warning to politicians who'd like to be kings, that they can't hide behind the Constitution at the same time they're trying to wipe their ass with it; that if they become tyrants we have the right and duty to do something about it.

Which means, if it came to that extreme, doing something about it to throw out the dirtbags who are wiping their ass with the Constution- and us- is not levying war against the United States; it's fighting for the U.S.

I'm not the best with words, this could well be better said, but that's what I think.

Friday, July 11, 2008

And this, Officer Friendly, is why so many people

have come to distrust you. And dislike you.
Last Thursday, narcotics cops in Troy, New York shot the locks off a door, tossed a flash grenade through a window, and stormed a house as part of an early-morning drug raid. They found only a single mother inside, not the drugs or weapons described in the warrant. The raid seems to have stemmed from a bad tip from a confidential informant. But Troy authorities don’t seem particularly repentant. Here’s District Attorney Richard McNally:

"The checks and balances were in place. We checked and double-checked the information in this case. All the checks and double-checks were done. Unfortunately, it didn’t work as planned."

No kidding? Over at the linked article:
Police are not admitting they made a mistake, but are trying to figure out just what went wrong.

Sitting on the front steps of his First Street home Tuesday, Rob Davis says if there are drugs being pushed on his street, he's never seen it.

"It's pretty quiet here. We never have any problems," Davis said.

But the Troy Police Department is facing a potential problem itself. Troy's emergency response team shot the locks off the door of the house and threw a flash bang into the first floor apartment. Once inside, they cuffed the woman who lives there, searched the apartment, but had to let her go when they found nothing

Jeez, what a mess. Apparently all that 'double-checking' didn't work very well, did it?

And this, Officer Friendly, is why so many people

Uncle has a fine quote from

this, but I've got another:
Knock on the door at 4:00am and you get a naked, angry man with a metal flashlight zestfully searching the ornamental shrubbery so he can shoot your nocturnal butt with an antique Nazi killer.

A couple of things about the Obamessiah,

also known as Barack Hussein-but-don't-say-that-part Obama, that ought to, as an older relative once said, scare the pee-waddlin' out of you:
Forced 'public service':
In his speech on national service Wednesday at the University of Colorado, Obama promised that as president he would "set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year."

He would see that these goals are met by, among other things, attaching strings to federal education dollars. If you don't make the kids report for duty, he's essentially telling schools and college kids, you'll lose money you can't afford to lose. In short, he'll make service compulsory by merely compelling schools to make it compulsory.

That's bad. This is worse:
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
What the HELL is he talking about? We've already got a friggin' alphabet of agencies that dig around in our lives, watch what we do and otherwise screw with our lives, and he proposes this?!? This is frickin' bloody awful. You know exactly what he'll want, a federal agency full of nanny-state socialists(just like himself) who'll want to control what we drive, what and how much we eat("Eating badly is not Progressive!") and you think ATF can be bad about firearms? Just wait till something like this gets going, all in the name of National Security.

More reasons why this clown should not be allowed near the Oval Office.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I have to wonder: when Barack H. Obama

says something like his current "Don't worry about immigrants speaking English, you make sure your kids speak Spanish!" bullcrap, which is true:
A: He really has no idea how much that pisses a LOT of people off, or
B: He doesn't care, because he thinks he'll pull in enough votes from the La Raza bigots and the terminally PC to make up for it?

Walked out to the garden earlier to see if some tomatoes were ripe

to discover that the !*(#(&&&!! bleepin' mockingbirds(they're the worst) had gotten under the netting and pecked holes in a full have of those that were ripe. Picked what was left, then made some stakes to hold the edges of the netting down better. While I was doing that, the thought occurred that the enviroloonies, who think things were so much better before we had all this nasty technology, would have thought it was great: they were 'sharing the bounty of the earth with Mother Gaia's creatures', etc.

You know what our ancestors did in those days? The kids, when not tied up in some other work, were out in the fields running the birds and rabbits and whatever else the hell off: everything they ate was that much less for the family to eat, that much less to preserve for winter, that much less to sell or trade. Too much taken by the critters meant hunger. REAL hunger. A lot of the men who went off to war with a sling over their neck learned to use it protecting the crop and, since many of the vermin could be eaten, putting meat on the table. David didn't have that sling for decoration or fun, you know; he learned to use it keeping predators off the flock. And killing small game for food I don't doubt. Yes, I know under Jewish law hunting is generally discouraged; I much doubt that a shepherd with the chance to put a rabbit or something in the pot would pass it up, at least some times.

Here in the U.S., in the 1800's, there are documented cases of locust swarms 100 miles wide, and more long. Where something like this passed, starvation followed in the days before better transport, communications and food preservation. When, in any first-world country, was the last time- outside war or other severe disruption- famine occurred due to such?* Insecticides made a world of difference in how well we eat.

I know that some of the nutcase-level greenies and watermelons want people to die off, at least mostly(we would be allowed to survive as small villages and hunter-gather groups); I seriously wonder if the others have any real idea what would happen if we couldn't use this tech anymore to keep our food growing?

It seems the Feeb head would be very happy

in Britain, where the government has decided to allow the peasants on the shooting team to practice in-country, instead of going to another land to shoot. Considering the nasty ol' Justices saying the 2nd means exactly what it says seems to put such a wrinkle in his shorts. He'd probably have a stroke from sheer joy if they managed to throw that nasty 4th out: they could do so much better if they didn't have that troublesome 'unreasonable search and seizure' stuff in the way.

Dallas County officially has a full set of morons

running things. Or trying to.
Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud "Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a "white hole."

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy

The only things I can think of:
Price is a standard-issue race-baiting politician, and
the judge is a moron. And possibly a SIRB himself.

A freakin' JUDGE, people. Dallas is screwed.

Actually heard about this yesterday, but couldn't find the article. Until Sondra posted it.

Asking the UN for help when you're in trouble:

The suspected Janjaweed fighters ambushed the convoy of United Nations and African Union troops with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

They had travelled to the ambush in more than 40 vehicles and were described as heavily armed. More than 10 vehicles owned by the peacekeepers were destroyed.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "condemns in the strongest possible terms this unacceptable act of extreme violence against AU-UN peacekeepers in Darfur," Mr Ban's spokesman said.

You'll note the UN has been 'condemning in the strongest terms' the slavery, rape and murder in Darfur for a few years now with zero effect. Other than proving how useless it is to ask them for help, that is. At least if you're not in a position to provide bribe money to enough officials sufficiently high up in the organization; and I doubt you'd get any real help even then. The kicker follows:
The peacekeepers in Darfur are reported to be severely under equipped. And fewer than half the 26,000 troops supposed to be in Darfur have been deployed.
These clowns have conniptions at the very mention of giving arms and training to the people being attacked("That would only continue the Cycle Of Violence!" they cry in horrified tones), when they can't even be bothered to
A: get all the 'peacekeepers' there that they're supposed to and
B: actually give the ones who are there all the equipment they need.
Of course, past history shows that if they were all there and were fully equipped, the moment they tried to actually accomplish something they'd most of them be yanked out and the remainder forbidden to interfere(Rwanda ring a bell?).

I wonder, does anyone anywhere actually expect the UN to accomplish anything? Anything useful, that is?

Forgot to mention a find at the range the other day

Somebody was getting ready for the big stuff:
That shiny case on the right of the .30-06 is .416 Rigby, from Federal. According to their site that means either a Barnes or Trophy-Bonded Bear Claw 400-grain bullet at 2400fps, with 5115 foot-pounds of energy. Damn.

I showed the cases to the range master, he said the guy had come in the week before. Ten rounds was all he could take at one time, and hadn't been back. Whether he'd finished sighting in or just couldn't get back as yet- or just couldn't take it again- is unknown.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

I have read too much Capstick

AOL has a headline up "Mammoth skeleton unveiled: it bears signs of ancient humans." My first thought was "Butcher marks, or between its' toes?"

70% last night, 60% today has resulted in

about 37 drops of rain. I even watered the roses and moss roses out front, and still no rain. The weather weenies are currently saying about .62" by this time tomorrow; I'll believe it when I read my gauge tomorrow.

Let's see, the ObamHusseinmessiah let his kids be interviewed, and now says 'it was a mistake and they won't do it again'. Even for a politician, what kind of moron does it take to put his kids in that position? He wants a view of the Rose Garden so bad it's scary.

Hmmm, a Brit politician says they've become too timid about actually saying there's right and wrong, and he wants to change that. He actually does something about people being arrested for protecting their home and family- and actually putting the little bastards throwing the rocks in jail- I might believe he means it. And if he'll stop a bunch of government minions from calling everybody racist for everything, that'd help too. So would telling the whiners "We don't care if you dislike dogs, we're searching for illegal explosives/drugs/whatever and the dogs help us do it."

San Diego named yesterday 'National Council of Hispanic RacistsLa Raza Day'. Because they're just so American, you know. At least when they aren't planning to take over the western US for Atlan, at least. And trying to help illegal aliens get over the border and try to take over.

Ok, here's an interesting view on President Bush from Britain. Ending with a wonderful thought:
And for those of you who still don’t buy into what I’m saying, look at the Middle East. Bush single-handedly managed to unite the Arabs in their hate for him.

Given how difficult uniting the Arabs is, it takes a special man with special skills to achieve this. He is just the kind of man to bring about peace in that region!

Jeez, now Denmark is playing "Let's be nice to the muzzies and not mention their racism and bigotry; they might get mad." The people of Denmark who used to be feared as warriors everywhere they were known of, must be spinning in their graves like a rotor in a generator.

Huh, just heard some static on the radio... there's thunder... hey, it's actually raining out there! Glad I hit the range yesterday.

I tried Steve's hummus recipe last week; came out pretty good. I threw in a habanero for flavor(that much beans soaked it up and left no heat), and left out the paprika. Place called Zorba's on north May Ave., where I first tried the stuff, sprinkles a little paprika on top just before serving it, so that's what I did. A couple of people told him it had to be eaten fresh, but I think it tasted better the next day, kind of like chili or stew. And it stayed good for the week it took to finish it off. As a side point, looking for a couple of things finally got me to stop at a grocery called Spices of India at 39th & Portland: wow. Lots of stuff, and good prices. If you have a place like this nearby, check it out. Among other things, spices that cost several dollars for an ounce at the grocery store can cost a couple of dollars for several ounces at some of these shops.

Damn, it's flat pouring outside. I guess I should have done the rest of the shopping when I was out earlier. Oh well, the house needs cleaning. Again(still).

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Range day

As I mentioned this morning, this was one of those days. Enough cloud to keep the day comfortable, even when the temp got into the 90's. A bit more wind than I like, but you can't have everything.

Mostly just for fun, though I did want to try the M95 out at 100 yards. It was high at 30 with the cast-bullet loads I put together, and I wondered if it'd be closer to point of aim at 100. Answer:
No. See the bottom target? Thats the one I was aiming at. Which means this thing is hitting a good 9" high at 100. And the ladder sight is no help, with the slider at the bottom it's marked for 600 meters. God knows where a full-power load will hit if the low-velocity stuff is this high*. The one at the bottom of the top target is a called flyer. Group, considering the sights, my eyes and the wind is not disappointing of itself; I guess I either use two targets like this to shoot it, or find a higher front sight(a LOT higher) to bring the POI down.

The other target I kept is this pair, shot with the Martini model 12 at 100. The top target was shot with Eley Sport, which usually gives very good results in this rifle. The shots to the left edge were before I adjusted windage:
The bottom was shot with Eley Match EPS, which did not group this well last time I tried it; I guess this was a good day for it. I was looking at this through the spotting scope when I finished the group and bitching because of the size of it. Not the two high-right, those were my fault, though it's odd that I managed to pull two into the exact same place, the size of the rest of the group. Then I pulled the target and thought "That's not too big, really." Then I stuck a ruler on it when I got home: eight rounds in a shade under 1 5/8". That's not bad at all. Especially for iron sights and me on a windy day.

That Martini is one of my favorite rifles of all time. There's just something I love about the action, it's got marvelous sights and it's very accurate. I'd love to figure out a scope mount that would clamp onto the barrel(I don't want to drill & tap it) to remove some of the human error from aiming. That'd be a win-win: I'd expect to get better groups with the optical help, and if I didn't it'd mean that, with iron sights, I can shoot this rifle as well as it can be shot.

Talk about an ego boost.

*I did remember the chrono and tripod, velocity on this load averaged about 1200fps.

It's probably been posted before, but the definition of

Political Correctness:
The following is the 2007 winning entry from an annual contest at Texas
A&M University calling for the most appropriate definition of a
contemporary term. The term was Political Correctness.
The Winner Wrote:
"Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional,
illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream
media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to
pick up a turd by the clean end."

Two things: first, as my daughter said,

Abbie Hawkins, a hotel receptionist, thought her mobile phone was ringing when she felt vibrations coming from her clothes.

But she later discovered the tiny creature tucked away in the padded pocket of her underwear.
First, I cannot imagine her not noticing that little beast being inside her bra(no comments about the vibrations, please, I'm trying to keep this clean). Second, either there's a hell of a lot of padding in that 'pocket', or- if that bra actually fits her- we need photographic evidence.

The other thing, if I were ever flush enough to buy that H&H .470 double rifle I've mentioned, even if I had that much cash I'd still handload for it with factory ammo going for prices like this. $280! That's $14 a round! For that price it should whack the buffalo and field-dress it for you.

A few things I have to note this morning

In the People's Republic of New Jersey, you can spend 3 years in prison for having a pellet gun and not having a firearms license. In the definition noted in a comment:
It shall also include, without limitation, any firearm which is in the nature of an air gun, spring gun or pistol or other weapon of a similar nature in which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, compressed or other gas, or vapor, air or compressed air, or is ignited by compressed air, and ejecting a bullet or missile smaller than three-eighths of an inch in diameter, with sufficient force to injure a person.
So if you get your kid a BB rifle, and don't have a FIREARMS LICENSE, you go to prison. Just effin' wonderful.

Arrested for DUI with a blood alcohol content of 0. Which there is no damn excuse for.

Nancy Pelosi might be giving aid and comfort to terrorists? At this point, wouldn't surprise me at all. Reports on Rep. Jim McGovern(Commie-Who cares) assisting FARC have come out before, after that bigshot's laptop was grabbed; Pelosi being involved- especially after her actions to crap on Colombia- is no surprise(she's a 'Progressive', after all).

Also on Pelosi, seems her promised 'Democrat plan to cut oil prices' still doesn't amount to squat. It seems to be "Prevent any drilling, blame Bush, and screw with the markets, since the latter worked so well in the 70's.

Saw this at Theo's the other day; it seems that Britain is not just circling the drain, you can hear a gurgle now:
The National Children's Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

This could include a child of as young as three who says "yuk" in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food.

The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.
Warning that failing to pick children up on their racist attitudes could instil prejudice, the NCB adds that if children "reveal negative attitudes, the lack of censure may indicate to the child that there is nothing unacceptable about such attitudes".
Yeah, nothing indicates racism than a little kid looking at an unusual food and saying 'Eeeew'. Friggin' morons.

Once again, self-defense is referred to as 'taking the law into your own hands'. Absolute crap. And no, I don't care that she 'lost' her grandson. Take special note of this line:
When they tried to force John Lovell into the bathroom, he pulled out a gun and shot both men, police said.
Generally speaking, there are two things you never, never do: One is if a robber/kidnapper wants you to get into a vehicle, you don't go. Because the reason he wants to take you away is to have more time to rape/torture/murder you. The second is, in a robbery like this, if someone tries to force you into another room it's not because they want you to use a mirror: it's because they want to do something out of sight of witnesses.

When her grandson decided to pull an armed robbery, he put himself on the wrong side of the law and put his own life at risk, whether from a cop or from one of his victims; when he tried to force the man into the bathroom, the man had reason to think he was about to be murdered and should act accordingly. 'Law into his own hands' my ass.

And last, DC is still trying to weasel around the Constitution and make things as difficult as possible, and keep a ban on the (more)politically-incorrect firearms. Statist morons.

Now, to borrow Kim's line, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the range.

Monday, July 07, 2008

One last thing for the day:

Generally speaking, I tend to look for improvement in things. Possibly a sign of idiocy on my part, but I do(I also expect politicians to tell me the truth, though I’ve gotten a LOT less likely to expect that nowadays). I also expect people to listen to an argument involving facts, and make judgements based on those facts.

Used to, anyway. Expect that a lot less than I used to. I’m thinking of a friend dealing with two subjects: global warmering and guns. I posted on the warming part before: I made the mistake of noting that lots facts point to man-caused global warming to be, at best, a small(very small) part of any warming. I specifically mentioned the amounts of sulphur dioxide emitted by Pinatubo- anywhere from 200 to more than 500 tons per day before the actual bigtime eruption- as demonstrating just how small we are in the scale of things.

In the days to follow, I found that I might as well have walked into her church and peed on the altar. “All REAL scientists agree, the ones who disagree are paid by the oil companies, “, pretty much every moonbat enviroweenie line you can think of. Finally managed to end it: she was convinced I was unwilling to read the ‘real’ truth, I knew she bought into the whole Man-Caused Globular Warmening line and flat refused to even consider it might not be correct.

A couple of years before this, she’d asked me to teach her to shoot. Her ex had left a revolver behind, and due to some trouble in the neighborhood she wanted to learn to use it. So I cleaned and lubed it, showed her how it worked, and then to the range we went. Several times, and she finally got the hang of it. Biggest problem was she psyched herself out: she’d fire, and then flinch dramatically AFTER the shot. Which usually hit right about where she’d aimed. But she got over it.

Then came(for me) a revelation: she bought into the whole ‘you don’t need a semi-auto/high-capacity magazine/machinegun/whatever for self-defense or hunting’ line. And limits on how many guns you could buy, and so on. “You don’t need a semi-auto, because a revolver will take care of it.” What if I want a semi? “You don’t need one, if people aren’t allowed to own one we’ll be safer.” Even if you are allowed a semi-auto, ‘high-capacity’ mags are out. Pointed out that most are not ‘high cap’, they’re the standard capacity for those pistols, well, that’s too many rounds, low capacity is all you ‘need’. And so on.

What really bothers me about this? She’s a teacher. 2nd grade, so at least not in as much of a position to affect the kids’ views(I hope), but still. The flat refusal to even consider something other than the ‘conventional wisdom’ she’d been fed by somebody does not give me hope. Somebody who’d asked to be taught, who saw the need for a means of self-defense that equalizes differences in age, size, health, sex, and still she kept that ‘only what means are acceptable to the socially-accepted experts’ attitude.

It's late, and I'm tired,

so tonight's good stuff is stolen without a blinkborrowed from Rodger and Theo

Sunday, July 06, 2008

On 'elite' education

Stopped by ShrinkWrapped(you should check it out), and ran across this post on the changes happening in universities as many of the 60's nutcase radicals who became professors are retiring. It had a link to this article on the disadvantages of an 'elite' education. You really need to read it. Besides touching on something Kim has written about- colleges becoming virtual technical schools- the attitudes the author notes are just amazing. First paragraph really sums it up quite nicely:
It didn’t dawn on me that there might be a few holes in my education until I was about 35. I’d just bought a house, the pipes needed fixing, and the plumber was standing in my kitchen. There he was, a short, beefy guy with a goatee and a Red Sox cap and a thick Boston accent, and I suddenly learned that I didn’t have the slightest idea what to say to someone like him. So alien was his experience to me, so unguessable his values, so mysterious his very language, that I couldn’t succeed in engaging him in a few minutes of small talk before he got down to work. Fourteen years of higher education and a handful of Ivy League dees, and there I was, stiff and stupid, struck dumb by my own dumbness. “Ivy retardation,” a friend of mine calls this. I could carry on conversations with people from other countries, in other languages, but I couldn’t talk to the man who was standing in my own house.
That is just, for lack of a better phrase, downright amazing. Apparently the idea of saying "How's the day been?", or something like that didn't even occur: he was too busy seeing a savage from the Outer Reaches to do that. At least he realizes that there IS a problem, though; too many of his class don't even see that.

And he does see it:
But it isn’t just a matter of class. My education taught me to believe that people who didn’t go to an Ivy League or equivalent school weren’t worth talking to, regardless of their class. I was given the unmistakable message that such people were beneath me. We were “the best and the brightest,” as these places love to say, and everyone else was, well, something else: less good, less bright. I learned to give that little nod of understanding, that slightly sympathetic “Oh,” when people told me they went to a less prestigious college. (If I’d gone to Harvard, I would have learned to say “in Boston” when I was asked where I went to school—the Cambridge version of noblesse oblige.) I never learned that there are smart people who don’t go to elite colleges, often precisely for reasons of class. I never learned that there are smart people who don’t go to college at all.
He even notes what Kim wrote about:
When elite universities boast that they teach their students how to think, they mean that they teach them the analytic and rhetorical skills necessary for success in law or medicine or science or business. But a humanistic education is supposed to mean something more than that, as universities still dimly feel. So when students get to college, they hear a couple of speeches telling them to ask the big questions, and when they graduate, they hear a couple more speeches telling them to ask the big questions. And in between, they spend four years taking courses that train them to ask the little questions—specialized courses, taught by specialized professors, aimed at specialized students. Although the notion of breadth is implicit in the very idea of a liberal arts education, the admissions process increasingly selects for kids who have already begun to think of themselves in specialized terms—the junior journalist, the budding astronomer, the language prodigy. We are slouching, even at elite schools, toward a glorified form of vocational training.

But even after writing this, the view he has of other than 'elite' schools is right out there in front:
In short, the way students are treated in college trains them for the social position they will occupy once they get out. At schools like Cleveland State, they’re being trained for positions somewhere in the middle of the class system, in the depths of one bureaucracy or another. They’re being conditioned for lives with few second chances, no extensions, little support, narrow opportunity—lives of subordination, supervision, and control, lives of deadlines, not guidelines. At places like Yale, of course, it’s the reverse. The elite like to think of themselves as belonging to a meritocracy, but that’s true only up to a point. Getting through the gate is very difficult, but once you’re in, there’s almost nothing you can do to get kicked out.
It just doesn't seem to occur that going to someplace like Cleveland State, or OU or OSU, can mean getting a damn good education for a lot less money, oh no: you're being trained for your proper 'social position'. Doesn't seem to bounce of his head that if the graduates from there have trouble getting into higher reaches of some fields, it might at times be because the 'elites' from the Ivy-covered-brain League who are already in the higher offices often want someone 'like themselves' under them, not somebody who went to a state college. You hear the voice of Fraser Crane repeatedly dropping "I went to Harvard" and teaching his son disgust with people who are home-schooled, or didn't go to the 'proper' private schools, or went to a (horror!) state college.

The students(and parents of) he writes of are generally also the ones who have disgust at the idea of actually working with their hands(except in a proper social project, of course), and disgust for the people who get their hands dirty. Whether plumber, carpenter, machinist, mechanic, soldier... that's for the lower classes, you know, who can't do better. They're the ones like someone I used to know who bitched at regular intervals how they had a degree and this and that in their background, and yet they're not being paid what they're worth. And they're pissed that the people with dirty hands often get more respect and make better money than they do.

Read it.
Read it. In wonder, at the attitude so many of our future 'leaders' have, and how they're getting them.