February 28, 2005

Ward Churchill's Dubious "Scholarship"
— Ace

AoSHQ contributor Dianna has penned an essay about Churchill's dishonest studies in non-history over at PirateBallerina. I'm particularly happy to hear he's a serial plagiarist:

.... LaVelle demonstrates for the reader the number of scholars whose work is distorted in Churchill’s work – Patricia Nelson Limerick, Russell Thornton, Janet A. McDonnell and George M. Frederickson, to name only a few – and lays out for side by side comparison a passage written by Churchill and one by Rebecca L. Robbins..... This is clear evidence of plagiarism, particularly since the passage in Churchill is not in quotes, and there is, furthermore, no citation of Robbins.

Go get 'im, Dianna!

Top Ten Quotations from Ward Churchill's "Original Writings"

10. "The tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of tyrants and patriots." -- Ward Churchill p. 13 of From a Native Son

9. "Are we not men? We are Devo." -- Ward Churchill, p. 44 of Since Predator Came

8. "" It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose!" -- Ward Churchill, p. 31, Indians Are Us?

7. "That bitch set me up!" -- Ward Churchill, footnote 23 of Sketches of My Plainsmen Ancestors

6. "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for these meddling kids." -- Ward Churchill, citing Columbus' "secret diary," p. 122, Deconstructing the Columbus Myth

5. "And then we're going to Idaho! And then we're going to Wisconsin! And then we're going to Washington! Yeeeaaaaaiiiigghhh! -- Ward Churchill, p. 44, Struggle for the Land

4. "I'm too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, too sexy it hurts..." -- Ward Churchill, p. 94, The Arapahoe and Chocktaw Tribes: A Comparative Ethnography

3. "I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride, and I'm wanted (want-ed...!) dead or alive..." -- Ward Churchill, p. 88, The European Exterminators

2. "Jules, y'know, honey... this isn't real. You know what it is? It's St. Elmo's Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them... there was no fire. There wasn't even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you're making up all of this. We're all going through this. It's our time at the edge." -- Ward Churchill, p. 72 of A Little Matter of Genocide

...and the Number One Quotation From Ward Chuchill's "Original Writings"...

1. "And when I move, I slice like a fuckin' hammer. That's just. The Fuckin'. Way. It is." -- Ward Churchill, introduction to Noam Chomsky's Corporate Media Deceptions: Don't Make a Fuckin' Maniac Out of Me

Credit: #8 thanks to RCL.

Posted by: Ace at 09:21 PM | Comments (40)
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1 That was a long setup for #1, but it paid off.

Posted by: See-dub at February 28, 2005 11:48 PM (PUZhO)

2 " It put's the lotion on it's skin..."
Ward Cleaver Churcill, Native Son, pg 21

Posted by: rcl at March 01, 2005 12:15 AM (XvSfi)

3 CALLING ALL BLOGGERS: We need to do more than talk about Ward Churchill. PLease email the UC Board of Regents who are currently considering firing Ward Churchill:

2001-2007 1995-2001 At Large R

Dr. Peter Steinhauer (D.D.S.) 7492 Spring Drive Boulder, CO 80303 303-499-1278 (fax 303-543-2351) e-mail Peter.Steinhauer@colorado.edu
2003-2009 District 2 D

Ms. Cindy Carlisle 411 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302 303-444-2606 (fax 303-444-0057) e-mail Regent.Carlisle@colorado.edu
2003-2009 District 7 R Ms.

Patricia Hayes 12575 East Bates Circle Aurora, CO 80014 303-369-0054 (fax 303-740-8409) e-mail Regent.Hayes@colorado.edu
2005-2011 District 1 D

Mr. Michael Carrigan 555 Seventeenth Street, Suite 3200 Denver, CO 80202 (303)-295-8314 (fax 303-975-5489) e-mail Carrigan@colorado.edu
1999-2005 District 4 R

Mr. Tom Lucero P.O. Box 921 Johnstown, CO 80534 970-978-1142 (fax 970-587-0920) e-mail Tommyjclay@aol.com * Please send communications as an attachment to his email when possible
2005-2011 At Large R

Mr. Steve Bosley P.O. Box 270509 Louisville, CO 80027 303-604-2313 (fax 303-604-2313) e-mail Regent.Bosley@colorado.edu
2001-2007 1995-2001 District 5 R

Mr. Jerry G. Rutledge , Chair 2745 Springmede Court Colorado Springs, CO 80906-3716 719-527-8868 (fax 719-632-7694) e-mail Jerryrutledge@adelphia.net

Posted by: 72VIRGINS at March 01, 2005 03:54 AM (dhRpo)

4 Him so fulla' crap that tribe name'um Sitting Bullshit.

Posted by: 72VIRGINS at March 01, 2005 04:05 AM (dhRpo)

5 That's it. As I wrote long ago in my autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Eagle Sings"...

I will fight no more forever.

Posted by: Ward "the Beaver" Churchill at March 01, 2005 04:36 AM (gDQHo)

6 ACE - I just sent Ward Churchill as Scholar to each member of the Board of Regents of the Univ of Colorado, who are presently consdering firing him. This might be the last straw!

Let's all send them our views and help them make up their minds!

Posted by: 72VIRGINS at March 01, 2005 04:40 AM (dhRpo)

7 ACE - Thanks so much for this great article! It reveals just what a low-down scumbag this guy really is. It seems like there are ample reasons to fire him, but this just may be the tipping point.


Posted by: firewardchurchill at March 01, 2005 04:46 AM (dhRpo)

8 #3 made me burst out laughing.

Posted by: lauraw at March 01, 2005 04:55 AM (YWZ64)

9 Agreed, lauraw, #3 was the, umm, tipping point.

Posted by: utron at March 01, 2005 05:00 AM (CgIkY)

10 "But Ward, what about the Gaaaaaay Boooooooys?" -- Ward Churchill, p. 123, The Notorious W.A.R.D.

Posted by: Sobek at March 01, 2005 05:24 AM (XwlU1)

11 "I'm gonna get medieval on your ass!"--Ward "the Beaver" Churchill, email posting to user known as Sobek, AOSHQ, 3/1/2005.

Posted by: Ward "the Beaver" Churchill at March 01, 2005 05:38 AM (gDQHo)

12 "I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'" --Ward Churchill, p. 2, "What Do You Get a Revolutionary (When He Already Has a Comb)?"

Posted by: tachyonshuggy at March 01, 2005 06:10 AM (/Vw/7)

13 "I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs and email this article to the UC Board of Regents, the Colorado State Legislature and Governor, ABC, NBC, and CBS News and tell them you're mad as hell and won't take it anymore." I just emailed them all and it was quick and easy.

Posted by: 72WIVES at March 01, 2005 06:48 AM (dhRpo)

14 Apparently, Brave Running B*llsh*t wouldn't know an academic study or real research if it hit him in the head like a tomahawk from one of his "peaceful" brother native americans. Obviously, he didn't learn it from any academic classes he may or may not have taken as a "student".

With his lack of intellectual insight, I wonder how he ever got through his first year of school.

Oh, yeah. He didn't. He just says he did. Maybe.

Posted by: Carlos at March 01, 2005 07:15 AM (oNVm9)

15 I like Ward the Beaver's use of "I will fight no more forever," since it is appropriate to have WC the fake Indian plagiarizing a real Indian (Chief Joseph)--he has plagiarized real Indian scholars and been caught doing it. But it might be funny to have him plagiarize the already fraudulent a d widely disseminated Chief Seattle speech that laments the loss of the buffalo (when the Seattle tribe subsisted on salmon) since WC is both a fraud and a plagiarist.

Posted by: gail at March 01, 2005 07:29 AM (UonYC)

16 "for we do not understand when the buffalo are slaughtered, the wild horses tamed, the secret corners of the forest heavy with scent of many men, and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires. Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the Eagle? Gone. The end of living and the beginning of survival. " Chief Seattle (not)

Posted by: gail at March 01, 2005 07:35 AM (UonYC)

17 gail,

I must remind you of what I wrote in "Sole on Ice: Preserving Your Catch When the Freezer Breaks"

We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender and even if, which I do not for the moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle until in God's good time the New World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old.

By the way, have you heard of the great new free spyware detector?

Posted by: Ward "the Beaver" Churchill at March 01, 2005 07:45 AM (gDQHo)

18 #11

Nobody puts Baby Indians in a Corner!!-- Ward Churchill-- page 27 of On Why Indians Do the Dirty Rain Dance

Posted by: Birkel at March 01, 2005 07:45 AM (RSvYF)

19 Now the Virgins are plagarizing Ann Coulter!

; )

No, what ward said was ""You don't understand! I could've had class. I could've been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let's face it......It was you, Charley." Ward Churchill, The Iceman Cometh to Rapeth and Pillageth (1985)

Posted by: hobgoblin at March 01, 2005 07:51 AM (2da3S)

20 "Use the Force, Luke." Ward Churchill, Diaries of a Slaughtered Tribe (199

Posted by: hobgoblin at March 01, 2005 07:53 AM (2da3S)

21 "You know, Scott. I've been a frickin' evil doctor for 30 frickin' years, OK? Cut me some 'frickin' slack. You forget Scott. We're in a volcano. We're surrounded by liquid hot magma."

Ward Churchill, p. 47, A Young Brave's Guide to the Universe

Posted by: Dogstar at March 01, 2005 08:10 AM (eKga2)

22 Not trying to hijack your thread here but thought you might be interested in an interview with Jeff Gannon at Lifelike Pundits.

Posted by: Pat Curley at March 01, 2005 08:11 AM (CxBVU)

23 Thanks for the mention, Ace.

Great top ten.

Posted by: Dianna at March 01, 2005 08:26 AM (qrFCz)

24 This thread is cracking me up, I can't stand it.

Posted by: lauraw at March 01, 2005 08:27 AM (YWZ64)

25 None of you trogolodytes are fit to lick Prof. Churchill's cowboy boots!

Posted by: Um Yeah at March 01, 2005 08:41 AM (+VNlz)

26 I thought he wore GAP moccasins.

Posted by: pinky at March 01, 2005 08:44 AM (02Kyh)

27 "None of you trogolodytes are fit to lick Prof. Churchill's cowboy boots!"

We would not presume to arrogate to ourselves those duties that are exclusively the prerogative of his students and admirers.

Posted by: gail at March 01, 2005 08:59 AM (5FNjN)

28 That wasn't the real Dum Yeah. I know this because DY doesn't know any three-syllable words!

Posted by: zetetic at March 01, 2005 09:10 AM (brJb6)

29 gail,

Nice erudite put-down.

Posted by: ace at March 01, 2005 09:10 AM (/E3cY)

30 Pinky,

Liked yours too.

But I'm a pushover for "arrogate."

Posted by: ace at March 01, 2005 09:10 AM (/E3cY)

31 "Rectum? Hell, damn near killed 'em!"

Ward Churchill, p. 86, Fear and Loathing in Kickawannapo

Posted by: Dogstar at March 01, 2005 09:34 AM (eKga2)

32 "Now the Virgins are plagarizing Ann Coulter!" Yeah, and your point is?

Posted by: 72VIRGINS at March 01, 2005 11:27 AM (dhRpo)

33 Even his picture is plagiarism. He is copying the radicals of the 60's. And his essay on Chickens Coming Home to Roost is a copy of the famous statements of Malcolm X about the Kennedy asassination. In his pik posing with the AK-47 he's holding it wrong (it could drop backwards out of his hand and spray him) and his beret and camo jacket look brand new, like he just bought them to pose for this picture. What a Fraud!

Posted by: 72VIRGINS at March 01, 2005 11:42 AM (dhRpo)

34 He not only apparently plagarizes the written word, but now his "original" art is found to be copied from other artists. Or should I say from real artists.

Posted by: rabidfox at March 01, 2005 06:32 PM (2bH1o)

35 Well, it does seem like the, "Chickens are coming home to roost" for Prof. Churchill, although in the world of academia these days anything can happen. But his transparent scholarship, character defects, and "sins" of the past seem to have caught everyone's attention. Churchill is one disturbed individual. I haven't read a similar "stream of consciousness" writing since T. McVey.

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