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Fremdschämen For Towson U.

Posted on | May 20, 2014 | 42 Comments

by Smitty

Fremdschämen is when you watch someone else beclown themselves in a shameful way, yet express no awareness of their own debasement. See also LEO.

College Wins US Debate Championship By Repeating the [bigger digger trigger] Over and Over, Speaking Incomprehensibly

To paraphrase The Sage, a house with its head in a lightless location lodged shall have trouble standing.

The sad thing about these special snowflakes from Towson University, there in the People’s Republic of Maryland, is that they will probably continue to fail upward, and clog some political office over you before too long.

Oh Lord, please help us pass this Progressive kidney stone as soon as possible, so that there can be a return to rationality.

Alternative title to this post

“HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University now offering a degree in Dada, but you have to stay blissfully incognizant of it”


  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    As a matter of policy when you are throwing out German terms of art you really need to provide wursts, pretzels and steins of bier!

  • Colorado Alex

    Don’t forget the girls in dirndls.

  • alanhenderson

    Am I the only one who thought of the Jive-speaking men in “Airplane?”

  • K-Bob

    The sad irony is that a movie was on just a week or so ago about a black debate team back in the 1950s or early 60’s. It was amazing the degree to which they were expected to master the craft of rhetoric, building upon through review of classical literature, philosophy, history, poetry, and of course the basics of geography, arithmetic, and general science.

    They had to beat several teams to get a chance to debate at Harvard. The professor was played by an actor who made him seem to be one of those pompous types who are always (and I mean always) on a podium. Otherwise, it was kind of nice to watch.

    These kids in this debate? Nope.

  • CrustyB

    As soon as the host said “You are the first black women…” I turned it off. That explains it all.

  • cbenoistd

    Cold got to be!

  • Quartermaster

    Especially those!

  • Kirby McCain

    That such profound ignorance is rewarded in higher education is the smoking gun for the failing system.

  • K-Bob

    And music by bands with names like Dokken and Rammstein.

    Sorry. No tubas and accordions.

  • Old rod

    Bitte! Ich verste nicht!

    Wursts? Wurstchen? Wurstwaren?

  • MNHawk

    Just what would these flowers be capable of, outside of government? Will that African American Studies Degree really move these delightful women off the fry machine faster than it other wise would be? Might it actually hurt, in fact.

    LaTrice, please put another batch of fries on.

    The impact is that the that the is the impact term, uh, to the afraid, uh, the, that it is a case term to the affirmative because f*** off, honky, I ain’t frying your fries!

  • MNHawk

    I don’t even know if Mrs. Cleaver could translate these women.

  • Cactus Ed

    Smitty knows German!

    So, he can obviously translate that page, right?

  • Finrod Felagund

    I’d call it a smoking crater, myself.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Based on your description my girlfriend was able to identify the movie as The Great Debaters:

  • Finrod Felagund

    Don’t forget Airplane II:

    “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” “Ain’t no thing!” *lo5s using the Bible*

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Only four months away!

  • TiminAL


  • RKae

    A snippet of the transcript:

    They say the n*****s always already qu***, that’s exactly the point! It means the impact is that the that the is the impact term, uh, to the afraid, uh, the, that it is a case term to the affirmative because, we, uh, we’re saying that qu*** bodies are not able to survive the necessarily means of the body. Uh, uh, the n***** is not able to survive…

    …Uh, man’s sole “jabringing” object disfigure religion trauma and nubs, uh, the, inside the trauma of representation that turns into the black child devouring and identifying with the stories and into the white culture brought up, uh, de de de de de, dink, and add subjectively like a white man, the black man!

    To steal a line from “Blazing Saddles”: “Now who can argue with that?”

  • cmdr358

    Say what?

  • DaveO

    Well, the US Department of Veterans Affairs just found it’s next crop of surgeons and administrators. Way to go Towson U!

  • Bob Belvedere

    What about Wagner?

  • smitty

    I looked at the Google Translate version, but didn’t feel like it added value to the post.

  • John Bradley

    “I think we’re all indebted to the ladies from Towson for clearly stating what needed to be said. Not only was it authentic urban gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.”

  • John Bradley

    On a similar note, see also To Sir, With Love.

  • Taxpayer1234

    The judges were smoking crack, right?

  • alanhenderson

    I don’t think the NSA or even Dan “Da Vinci Code” Brown could translate.

  • Adjoran

    Okay, he can bring his accordion – IF he can play Ride of the Valkyries on it without tapping his toes.

  • Adjoran


  • Bob Belvedere

    I was talking about Robert Wagner.

  • K-Bob

    That looks like the one. Heh. I was off a couple decades. I was actually working while my wife watched it. I kept walking in to see various scenes. I clearly missed clues on which era it was in.

  • K-Bob

    Wagner plays Wagner (in the spirit of Zappa Plays Zappa)

  • Adjoran

    Of course, so was I.