Sunday, 04 November 2007
A CUBAN TRAVELOGUE MICHAEL MOORE WON'T BE DISTRIBUTING
Here, from, of all places, the (New York Times owned) Boston Globe, is a
devastating first-hand account of the real Cuba and the real Fidel Castro.
Please read every word.:
My father's 'crime'
IN 2002, I joined my father at a peaceful
gathering in Havana of Cubans eager to see freedom and democracy restored to our
country. Forces of President Fidel Castro's regime were lying in wait, and as
they set upon us, my father urged me to run. Reluctantly, I obeyed, and as I
ran, I saw him and the others being beaten and taken into custody.
As they took my father away, he yelled to the
gathering crowd, "Long live human rights!" So today, when debate rages in the
United States about what should be done about Cuba, the question for me is
deeply personal. My father, Oscar Elias Biscet, is a political dissident who has
been jailed by the Castro regime for many years because of his support for
democracy and human rights in Cuba.
My father is not alone. Many Cubans - both inside
and outside of Cuba - have been resisting the Castro regime for decades, calling
for freedom for all Cubans. But my father's imprisonment serves as a reminder of
what the Cuba debate is really all about - not a debate concerning sanctions or
engagement - but individual human beings yearning to be free.
My father was born and raised in Cuba, and he
trained to be a medical doctor. Working in Castro's hospitals, he saw firsthand
the regime's terrible policy of enforced abortions. He publicly objected to this
practice, and lost his job and his license as a result. He went on to found an
organization, the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights.
For his activism, my father has been punished
severely by the Castro regime. He has spent almost a decade in prison, and is
serving a 25-year sentence. He has been held in inhumane conditions, sometimes
together with violent criminals, and at other times in isolation and total
darkness for extended periods. He has lost more than 40 pounds as well as most
of his teeth. His crime? Calling for respect for the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights in Cuba.
My father has been put on trial several times by
the Castro regime. Each time, the regime painted his nonviolent, freedom-loving
activities as a threat to the security of the state. These illegal proceedings
have been widely criticized by many, including the United Nations, which has
called upon the Castro regime to release my father.
It is not easy to be the child of a prisoner of
conscience. I was a teenager when my father was arrested for the first time. He
has been arrested dozens of occasions since then, often without warning, often
at night, and it is a frightening experience every time. Nonetheless, my father
always met Castro's thugs at the door with dignity, and he has held his head
But more clearly than the arrests, the public
beatings, the times my family was forced to hide, I remember my father telling
me that we all have an obligation to stand up for our freedom. In his letters
from prison, he has remained resolute and unapologetic - repeating that freedom
is worth the sacrifice. I live in the United States now, and I appreciate its
liberties every day. But, like my father, I yearn to live in a free
My father has been inspired by the examples of
others who peacefully and tirelessly have promoted the rights of all people. And
he, in turn, is an inspiration to me and to countless others in Cuba and around
I will be in Washington tomorrow with my sister to
accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of our father. In recognizing
him, President Bush will honor all those who have dedicated their lives to
opposing the current regime and advocating for freedom and democracy in Cuba.
And this honor could not come at a better time, as the Castro regime is on the
cusp of a remarkable transition.
As the debate about what to do next about Cuba
continues in the United States, we must remember my father and all those
oppressed by the current regime. We must rededicate ourselves to seeing this
fight through to the end on their behalf.
Yan Valdes Morejon, a
resident of Miami, is the son of imprisoned dissident Oscar Elias
Don't hold your breath waiting for a rebuttal from michael moore, whose movie
"Sicko" extolled the wonderful health care in Cuba and, more generally, what a
great place it is to live.
Happily, the movie-going public wasn't buying this bilge, as demonstrated by
the fact that "Sicko" did about 15% the box office of moore's last USA bashing
The receipts for this idiot's delight are so bad that, in recent days, they
have been trying to hawk "Sicko" on DVD, as a comedy. That's not a
sarcasm either, they really are.
Maybe fidel and michael should run as a ticket in the next "free"
THE FUNNIEST HEADLINE OF THE YEAR
If this were, say, January 12th, the above title wouldn't mean much.
But it is November 4th, so we've gone through a lot of headlines this year and
this one must be pretty funny.
Thanks to the Associated Press and www.msnbc.com for providing the comic relief,
which I think you'll find in their headline and the first couple of paragraphs
I've excerpted below:.
Israel acknowledges problems with peace talks
Negotiatior's admission comes at outset of U.S.
Secretary of State's visit
1 hour, 1 minute ago
JERUSALEM - At the outset of Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rices latest diplomatic mission to the
region, Israels top negotiator acknowledged on Sunday that there were problems
trying to frame a blueprint for a peace deal with the Palestinians.
sides are at odds over whether the blueprint should spell out ways to resolve
issues that have derailed peace talks in the past namely, final borders
between Israel and a future Palestinian state, sovereignty over disputed
Jerusalem, and a solution for Palestinians who became refugees after Israels
creation in 1948.
and Palestinian teams have been meeting in hopes of reaching the outlines of a
future peace agreement, which they hope to present at a U.S.-hosted Mideast
conference expected later this year. .
The creation of Israel, as a modern, secular state, was
agreed to by the United Nations in 1947 - arguably the last thing this sorry
organization ever did for the country. Israel became a state in 1948.
Since then "palestinians" (a ludicrous term, since
Israelis, Jewish and non-Jewish, are as much palestinians as Arabs in Gaza or
Judea and Samaria, which is known as the west bank), have been at war with
Israel. They do not consider Israel a legitimate state.
Most "palestinians" want Israel to disappear with every Jew gone or dead,
The world - from different perspectives depending on
which parts of it we're talking about, has tried to produce a solution to
this issue for the last 59 years without success. It is 2007 and
Israel still intends to exist while "palestinians" still intend to end Israel
with all Jews either gone or dead, preferably dead. No difference at
"Peace talks" between Israel and "palestinians" have gone
on for 40 years. They have never resulted in anything but Israel making
tangible concessions in return for promises that it would be recognized as
a sovereign state and left alone in peace, then finding it gets neither.
That remains unchanged, because the intent of "palestinians" remains
unchanged. No difference at all.
So what does the headline say? that Israel
"Acknowledges" there are problems with peace talks? Like they didn't think
there was a problem making peace until the last day or two?
And what does the sub-head say? That this is some
kind of "admission", as if the negotiator had been claiming there was a peace
deal all this time and now has to reverse field and change the story?
And what does the lead paragraph say? That
. "Israels top negotiator acknowledged on Sunday that there were problems
trying to frame a blueprint for a peace deal with the Palestinians"? . As
if the negotiator had, until Sunday, told us there was complete accord between
the two parties?
Ok, I admit it is black humor. Very black
humor. But if you can't laugh at the way this article is written - while
shaking your head in amazement at the naivete of the writer and the editor who
allowed it to be published as is - then you have no sense of
MORE GOOD NEWS FROM IRAQ
Have you noticed how, as the news gets better from Iraq, the war in Iraq gets
less and less press coverage?
Here, courtesy of the Associated Press, is a case in point:.
Thousands Return to Safer Iraqi
BAGHDAD (AP) In a dramatic turnaround, more than
3,000 Iraqi families driven out of their Baghdad neighborhoods have returned to
their homes in the past three months as sectarian violence has dropped, the
government said Saturday.
Saad al-Azawi, his wife and four children are
among them. They fled to Syria six months ago, leaving behind what had become
one of the capital's more dangerous districts west Baghdad's largely Sunni
The family had been living inside a vicious and
bloody turf battle between al-Qaida in Iraq and Mahdi Army militiamen. But Azawi
said things began changing, becoming more peaceful, in August when radical
anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army fighters to
stand down nationwide.
About the same time, the Khadra neighborhood
Awakening Council rose up against brutal al-Qaida control the imposition of
its austere interpretation of Islam, along with the murder and torture of those
who would not comply.
The uprising originated in Iraq's west and flowed
into the capital. Earlier this year, the Sunni tribes and clans in the vast
Anbar province began their own revolt and have successfully rid the largely
desert region of al-Qaida control.
At one point the terrorist group virtually
controlled Anbar, often with the complicity of the vast Sunni majority who
welcomed the outsiders in their fight against American forces.
But, U.S. officials say, al-Qaida overplayed its
hand with Iraq's Sunnis, who practice a moderate version of Islam. American
forces were quick to capitalize on the upheaval, welcoming former Sunni enemies
as colleagues in securing what was once the most dangerous region of the
And as 30,000 additional U.S. forces arrived for
the crackdown in Baghdad and central Iraq, the American commander, Gen. David
Petraeus, began stationing many of them in neighborhood outposts. The mission
was not only to take back control but to foster neighborhood groups like the one
in Khadra to shake off al-Qaida's grip.
The 40-year-old al-Azawi, who has gone back to
work managing a car service, said relatives and friends persuaded him to bring
his family home.
"Six months ago, I wouldn't dare be outside, not
even to stand near the garden gate by the street. Killings had become routine. I
stopped going to work, I was so afraid," he said, chatting with friends on a
street in the neighborhood.
When he and his family joined the flood of Iraqi
refugees to Syria the streets were empty by early afternoon, when all shops were
tightly shuttered. Now the stores stay open until 10 p.m. and the U.S. military
working with the neighborhood council is handing out $2,000 grants to shop
owners who had closed their business. The money goes to those who agree to
reopen or first-time businessmen.
Al-Azawi said he's trying to get one of the grants
to open a poultry and egg shop that his brother would run.
"In Khadra, about 15 families have returned from
Syria. I've called friends and family still there and told them it's safe to
come home," he said.
Sattar Nawrous, a spokesman for the Ministry of
Displacement and Migration, said the al-Azawi family was among 3,100 that have
returned to their homes in Baghdad in the past 90 days.
"In the past three months, the ministry did not
register any forced displacement in the whole of Iraq," said Nawrous, who is a
The claim could not be independently verified,
but, if true, it would represent a dramatic end to the sectarian cleansing that
has shredded the fabric of Baghdad's once mixed society.
The head of the ministry is Abdul-Samad Rahman, a
Shiite appointed to his job by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is accused of
promoting the Shiite cause to the detriment of Sunnis. Under Saddam Hussein, the
Sunni minority ruled and heavily oppressed many in the Shiite
Part of the inflow can be attributed to stiffening
of visa and residency procedures for Iraqis by the Syrian government.
Mahmoud al-Zubaidi, who runs the Iraqi Airways
office in Damascus, the Syrian capital, the flow of Iraqis has almost
What were once full flights arriving from Baghdad
now touch down virtually empty, he told Al-Sabah, the government funded Iraqi
daily newspaper. Now the flights are leaving Damascus with more passengers but
the volume of travel is off considerably.
On average, 56 Iraqis civilians and security
forces have died each day so far in this very bloody year. Last month,
however, the toll fell to just under 30 Iraqis killed daily in sectarian
More than four months after U.S. forces completed
a 30,000-strong force buildup, the death toll for both Iraqis and Americans has
fallen dramatically for two months running.
Across Iraq Saturday, 18 people were killed or
found dead in sectarian violence, well below the year's daily average.
Virtually every news organization subscribes to the AP and gets its
dispatches. How many do you figure will use this story? How many do
you figure will make it a lead or near-lead story?
To address this question, note how Iraq has fallen back in the news as the
troop surge has taken effect. That's where you'll find your answer.
Here's the problem: If the troop surge is working, and fewer people are
dying, and more Iraqis are coming back into the country than fleeing it, then
(gasp!!) President Bush did something right and (double gasp!!!!) the Iraq war
may be winnable.
That possibility is so far afield of the political model which mainstream
media have pushed on us all this time, that many news venues will look like
fools if they report it. So I am betting they either won't report it at
all, or will mention it in passing the next time there is a setback in Iraq -
say, a "successful" car bombing in a market or an al qaeda IED hitting a military
Then they can slip it in, amid the bad news, and say "see, we report both
And while we're on the subject, has anyone recently heard from senate malaise
leader harry reid on how the surge is a failure and the war is lost?
Which side are these people rooting for, anyway?
PERCEPTIONS VERSUS REALITY
I think it would be fair to say that www.sweetness-light.com does not like
the Washington Post.
If you had any doubt about their feelings regarding the Post, the following
piece should disabuse you of it.
That said, however, the sweetness-light folks have posted key findings
from the latest ABC/Washington Post poll which was just released, and
have put up a very thought provoking commentary about them. Essentially
they feel the poll is cooked and the people are ignorant.
Here, see for yourself:.
November 4th, 2007
From the DNCs lickspittle minions at the
Poll Finds Americans Pessimistic, Want
War, Economy, Politics Sour Views of Nations
By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
Sunday, November 4,
One year out from the 2008 election, Americans
are deeply pessimistic and eager for a change in direction from the agenda and
priorities of President Bush, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News
Concern about the economy, the war
in Iraq and growing dissatisfaction with the political environment in
Washington all contribute to the lowest public assessment of the direction of
the country in more than a decade. Just 24 percent think the nation
is on the right track, and three-quarters said they want the next president to
chart a course that is different than that pursued by Bush.
Overwhelmingly, Democrats want a new direction,
but so do three-quarters of independents and even half of Republicans.
Sixty percent of all Americans said they feel strongly that such a
change is needed after two terms of the Bush presidency.
Dissatisfaction with the war in
Iraq remains a primary drag on public opinion, and Americans are increasingly
downcast about the state of the economy. More than six in 10
called the war not worth fighting, and nearly two-thirds gave the national
economy negative marks. The outlook going forward is also bleak: About seven
in 10 see a recession as likely over the next year
At this point, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
(N.Y.), the Democratic front-runner, holds the edge in hypothetical match-ups
with four of the top contenders for the Republican nomination
Clinton finds herself atop all
candidates in terms of strong favorability in the poll, 28 percent
said they feel strongly favorable toward her
Overall, the publics sour mood is evident not
only in the desire for a change in direction but also in assessments of those
who control the reins of power in Washington
In follow-up interviews, people were quick to
find fault with what they see in Washington and to express their desire for
something different. I think Bush has been extremely polarizing to
the country, said Amber Welsh, a full-time mother of three young
children who lives in Davis, Calif
Whatever their dissatisfaction
with the Democrats, however, a majority of Americans, 54 percent, said they
want the party to emerge from the 2008 election in control of
The Democratic Party holds
double-digit leads over the GOP as the party most trusted to handle the three
most frequently cited issues for 2008: Iraq, health care and the
economy. The Democratic advantages on immigration and taxes are
narrower, and the parties are at rough parity on terrorism, once a major
Republican strong point.
There are other signs suggesting
that the political landscape has become less favorable to Republicans than it
was at the beginning of Bushs presidency. By 50 percent to 44
percent, Americans said they favor smaller government with fewer services over
bigger government with more services long a key Republican argument.
But support for smaller government is significantly lower than it was
before both the 2000 and 2002 elections.
In the new poll, support for allowing same-sex
civil unions is up significantly from 2004. A majority of respondents,
55 percent, now support giving homosexual couples some of the legal rights of
There is a more even divide on another
hot-button issue: Fifty-one percent would support a program giving
illegal immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here
legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements; 44 percent
would oppose that
Lets see. We have clearly turned a corner in Iraq
and appear by all measures to be winning the peace.
The US economy has now experienced six years of
uninterrupted growth, averaging more than 2.8 percent a year since 2001. The
stock market is higher than ever.
Real after-tax per capita personal income has
risen by 12.7 percent, an average of over $3,800 per person, since Mr. Bush took
Unemployment has been at lower rate than Clinton
claimed possible for years. There has been job growth for fifty months, the
longest period on record.
And yet the respondents to this poll believed we
the Democrats would do a better job handling the war and the economy and of
course health care.
More amazingly still, the Post claims that those
polled are concerned about the negative tone in Washington. But they
nevertheless intend to vote for Democrats (like Pelosi and Reid) and elect the
woman who invented the politics of personal destruction President.
And lo and behold, the poll finds that a majority
just happen to be for bigger government, gay marriage, amnesty for illegals
and every other issue that the Democrats and their media lackeys like the
Washington Post endlessly espouse.
Whats not to believe?
S&Ls Gila Monster has pointed out in a
comment that while the Washington Post failed to reveal the demographics behind
this poll, their partners in crime at ABC did manage to provide a link
And lo and behold, page 7 of the report reveals
that this WP/ABC poll over-sampled both blacks and Democrats.
Out of the 1,131 adults polled,
598 called themselves Democrats or
Democrat-leaning independents and only 436 identified
themselves as Republican or Republican leaning
Gee, what a surprise..
Sometimes I think that the average Joe and Jane in this country are
pulled and pushed and propagandized and polarized to the point that there
is a vast, insurmountable gap between what they perceive and what is
Do the findings of this poll show this to be the case? Well, you
see the data and you see the commentary. Judge for
RUDY GIULIANI TALKS ABOUT HILLARY, AND BILL
I hope you're big on straight talk. Because since I am reporting what Rudy Giuliani said, that
is precisely what you are getting.
Here is Mr. Giuliani's take on Hillary Clinton's waffling disaster during this past
week's debate, along with a short commentary on her co-presiden..er,
husband's performance regarding our military when he was in the oval
Giuliani Impersonates Hillary, Says Bill Clinton
Had Head in the Sand
November 03, 2007 12:13 PM
ABC News' Jan
Simmonds reports: With an Elvis impersonator crooning just two floors
below him, Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y., took aim on Friday at both Hillary Clinton,
D-N.Y., and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Speaking at a town
hall in Berlin, New Hampshire, Giuliani first set his sights on Hillary Clinton
and used humor to answer a question about Clinton's much analyzed debate
response on whether she supported a plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal
aliens in New York state.
"Oh gee I can't
figure out what to think," said Giuliani satirizing Clinton.
"Don't pick on me by
asking that question. That's a gotcha question. Do not pick on me for asking
that question. Now let me see what I think. Let me see First put up your
hands and tell me what you think. Then I'll tell you what I think. Are you
for it or against it? Ok, you're not gonna tell me. So I'm for it,
for it. I am against it. I'm for it and against it. And I
wanna be your president."
After having his fun,
the former New York City Mayor got serious.
"Okay, all kidding
aside, I am against it," he said. "It's a terrible mistake. You don't give
driver's licenses to illegal immigrants."
acknowledge that he at least could respect Barack Obama, D-Ill., who said he
supported the license plan.
"I at least respect
somebody who answers the question and I watched that debate the other night and
Hillary Clinton could not answer the question," Giuliani said. "It was
like double talk. This and this and this."
"If you can't take a
position on driver's licenses, what the heck are you gonna do about war and
peace, and difficult decisions in crisis?" he added returning his attention to
the Democratic frontrunner.
Giuliani was not done
with the Clintons though. Next to draw the former mayor's ire was the
former president, Bill Clinton, whom Giuliani took umbrage with over how he cut
the military and intelligence agencies' budgets while he was in the White
"What Bill Clinton
did to you in the 1990's most Americans don't even know. They don't even
know the worst thing that he did," said Giuliani.
"The worst thing that
he did was not any of the stuff that got all the attention and sometimes
exaggeration and who knows what. The worst thing he did was to cut our
military and intelligence budgets. That is the worst thing he
Noting that Clinton
"slashed" both the agencies' budgets, Giuliani charged that the former president
had his "head in the sand."
"And now as I said, I
don't pretend that he (Clinton) could predict September the 11th. People
are not prophets, even presidents," said Giuliani. "But he did have his
head in the sand. He was cutting those military budgets and intelligence
budgets while Islamic terrorists were killing Americans."
"Over 500 before
September 11th. The first attack on America was not September 11th, it was
1993. And then Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and then Kenya, and then
Tanzania, and then the attack on the USS Cole, to which we didn't even
respond. So let's not go back to that."
Ending his Clinton
focus, Giuliani noted, "Hillary Clinton really wants to take you in reverse to
the 1990's. She thought things were wonderful in the 1990's and there was only
one thing missing in the 1990's and it was the socialized medicine she couldn't
do for us. So now she wants to take us back to the 1990's and give us the
socialized medicine too. Let's not let her do that." .
That's Rudy Giuliani.
Straight talk and common sense; i.e. you know what he said after he's through
speaking and you can clearly understand why he said it.
What a refreshing change from the Clintons THAT is. And
how nice it would be to have it in the White House.
UNVERSANITY RETURNS TO DELAWARE
Several days ago I blogged about the University of Delaware's insane thought
control policy which included, among other things,
instructing White students that they are racists because all
Whites are racist. Every one. No difference from one to the
It is hard to overstate the sick idiocy this requires.
Illustratively it equates Ted Kennedy and David Duke. And, I suppose,
makes them both twice as racist as (half White) Barack Obama. Or
Yeah, it's looney-tunes, and then some.
But with the light of day disinfecting this sickness, it suddenly has
healed. Here, from the invaluable www.thefire.org - which spearheaded the
school's reversion to academic sanity - is what I'm talking
Victory at University of Delaware
University President Ends Mandatory Ideological
November 2, 2007
FIRE Press Release
NEWARK, Del., November 2,
2007After an intense campaign led by the Foundation for Individual
Rights in Education (FIRE), the University of Delaware has dropped an ideological reeducation
program that was referred to in the universitys own materials as a
treatment for students incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The programs stated
goal was for the approximately 7,000 students in Delawares residence halls to
adopt highly specific university-approved views on politics, race, sexuality,
sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism. Following FIREs campaign,
which called the attention of the national media and the blogosphere to the
Orwellian program, university President Patrick Harker terminated the program,
FIRE applauds President Harker for recognizing
the chilling nature of this program and ending it, FIRE President Greg
Lukianoff said. Under the First Amendment, state institutions have no right to
impose mandatory ideological training on their students. We are thrilled that
this unconscionable and invasive program is gone, but we will be keeping an eye
on the University of Delaware to make sure future programs respect the
individual right of conscience of its students.
Under the program, students were required to
attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with
their Resident Assistants (RAs). The university also instructed
RAs to ask intrusive personal questions during one-on-one sessions,
including When did you discover your sexual identity? A student who responded,
That is none of your damn business, was, according to the universitys own
materials, written upalong with the students name and room numberas having
one of the wors[t] one-on-one
The programs materials
stated that the goal of the residence life education program was for
students in the universitys residence halls to achieve certain competencies
that the university decreed its students must develop in order to achieve the
overall educational goal of citizenship. These competencies included:
Students will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,
Students will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression, and
Students will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change
their daily habits and consumer mentality. And in the Office of Residence
Lifes internal materials, the program was described using the harrowing
language of ideological reeducation, including referring
to the program as treatment and defining learning as specific
attitudinal or behavioral changes.
Following FIREs initial press
release, the universitys administration first chose to
defend its invasive and unconstitutional residence life education
program. However, in a statement released late yesterday, President
Harker stated, I have directed that the program be stopped immediately. No
further activities under the current framework will be conducted. Harker also
called for a full and broad-based review of the programs practices and
While FIRE commends Harkers decision, concerns
remain about some aspects of life in the residence halls. For example, FIRE
would like to know if RAs are still required to
immediately report [a]ny instance that is perceived by those involved
as being racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, or otherwise
The assistance of the Delaware Association of
Scholars was critical in the effort to eliminate the program, as was the
willingness of Delaware students and RAs to attest to their experiences under
this treatment program. The case also drew vast attention from the
blogosphere, dramatically increasing the pressure on the university to either
justify or abandon its thought reform program.
Universities often cannot defend in public what
they try to do in private, and the situation at Delaware was no exception,
Lukianoff said. While we are pleased that this program is over, it is stunning
that it ever existed at a public university in the United States. FIRE will
continue to monitor the situation at Delaware and to fight against other
ideological reeducation programs at schools across the nation..
First, let me commend FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in
Education) for its yeoman work here Without them, U of Delaware students
would almost certainly still be subjected to this goebbelsian garbage.
But I do have one quibble with their account of this turnaround.
They give far too much credit to patricia harker, the president of the
University. Wasn't she the one who thought this was just
fine, until FIRE and others embarrassed her into reversing
I will never be a state official, certainly not in Delaware. That's
damn lucky for Ms. Harker. Because if I was, I would make it my life's
work to remove her from her presidency. And I would do everything I could
to insure that she never had influence over students again.