Monday, November 10

Creative ways to throw away your career

So a professor from ST. Olaf who stole McCain signs has been fired, and charged with theft. This is funny for many reasons. First because MN never would have gone for McCain, he was just wasting time. Not really worth it to get yourself fired over that. second because my younger brother goes to St. Olaf, i wonder if he ever had any classes with this clown. Third because this is a prof who is supposed to be promoting learning among the nation's youth, and instead is so closed minded that he has to steal and vandalize the signs of people who express opinions other than his own. And foruth because the way he got caught is by confessing on a national blog. I doubt that this will preclude him from working at another university, he may well be able to wear it as a badge of honor at the majority of universities, but this guy is a doofus, and i hope they hit him with the full punishment (90 days in jail) for stupidity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-busse/confessions-of-a-lawn-sig_b_139179.html

http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/1108/Professor_ousted_after_tearing_down_McCain_yard_signs.html

5 Comments:

Blogger Aras said...

"yanking out the signs and running like a scared rabbit back to my idling car was one of the single-most exhilarating and empowering political acts that I have ever done."

how fuckin pathetic is that?! i can't believe anybody would hire such an idiot. sirvydo education must suck.

5:52 AM  
Anonymous ieva said...

i find it interesting that stealing yard signs is a felony and you can be charged 5K for stealing one. you can't touch them or move them, but you can however, place another sign so close in front of a sign that the sign behind the sign you placed can't be read. i did that at obama HQ in Tallahassee

9:59 PM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

I do think it's clear that this guy was some sort of uber dork who never did anything wild or exciting in his life, so stealing yard signs was the thrill of a lifetime. I believe it would probably be wrong however to conclude that his type is isolated to St. Olaf. I'm sure there are equally dorky and liberbal profs at BU and NU, with just as little respect for other people's political beliefs. But most of them are stupid enough to admit to commiting a crime on a nationally read blog.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

I guess you know the law better than i do if you were specifically trained on where to stick McCain signs, but i don't think it could be legal to stick political signs onto someone elses property. On public land where anyone can stick signs yes, but if someone has a sign in their front yard i don't think it is (and certainly shouldn't be) legal for someone to come up and stick another sign in front of it.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Aras said...

Why don't you put that sign up on your own lawn?!
Eh, I'm still undecided.

3:32 AM  

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