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McCrory won't apologize, rejects he demeaned liberal arts

Gov. Pat McCrory bristled Thursday when asked about his recent inflammatory comments regarding liberal arts courses in higher education.

"I never mentioned liberal arts in a negative way," McCrory asserted.

But just two days before, the Republican governor told a conservative radio talk show Tuesday that he is drafting legislation to shift education funding toward career-oriented fields and away from academic pursuits “that have no chance of getting people jobs.”

"If you want to take gender studies that’s fine, go to a private school and take it," McCrory told talk show host Bill Bennett. 'But I don’t want to subsidize that if that’s not going to get someone a job."

A cacophony of students and professors reacted strongly, saying they felt insulted by the governor. The president of the UNC system responded, saying the universities should not be measured by jobs alone.

Asked about the reaction, McCrory refused to apologize and he declined to acknowledge his remarks on the radio. "I believe education is for two purposes. One is to help exercise the brain and get good critical thinking and problem solving skills and understand our past and our future. And the second reason is to teach us skills that will also help us get jobs," McCrory told reporters Thursday. "That's clearly what I said and I stick with it."

In the interview with conservative radio host Bill Bennett, McCrory did say he supports liberal arts, noting his political science and education degree from Catawba College. But his comments about gender studies and the "education elite" that had taken over higher education in North Carolina overshadowed that message.

McCrory declined to elaborate on how he would measure job output from the state's universities and community colleges when approached after an event in Raleigh, and his staff prevented reporters from asking other questions.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

Stand your ground, Pat.

If Dumplin' had stood her ground on the suspension of elections she would still be the governor.

Couldn't get accepted to

Couldn't get accepted to Carolina or apparently even UNC-southwest which is really pathetic so now he's going to take potshots at one of America's top rated universities?

Did John Frank fail his Liberal Arts education?

I just enjoyed listening to Mccrory's entire press conference on
Several observations:
- No mention by John of the potential savings that the governor's team is uncovering in DHHS. The hundreds of millions of dollars must not be important to Frank, even if that money could now go to education.
- I picked up on Frank's assertion in his question to the governor that those in academia were due an apology as they felt insulted. The governor did not bristle (to be angry or offended) but answered with clarity, conviction and calm. If anyone bristled, it was Frank.
- For some reason, Frank intentionally omits whole segments of quotes in his articles without appropriately using an ellipsis (John, even I know that you can get an F on a paper for not letting a reader know that you are leaving out part of the quote). Are you trying to bias the reader to your view? Either way, it raises questions about your ethics, integrity and intelligence, all of which you are supposed to learn from a liberal arts education.

MP3 of the Bennett/McCrory Show here

For all sides to hear and refer to: MP3 of the Bennett/McCrory Show here

Now I See

So the Gov 'bristled' when confronted with his own words and 'declined to elaborate on how he would measure job output from the state's universities and community colleges.' Well at least he didn't shoot his mouth off without first thinking about what he was saying. Oh, wait.

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