PC Kills Larry Summers

Or, at least PC wounds him terribly.Really, I wish he'd stayed and fought. Larry Summers is a liberal who was actually trying to bring a little intellectual honesty to Harvard, and for that, he gets a nice big kick in the groin.I like Dr. Sanity's take on it:Summers abjectly apologized and fell all over himself backpedaling after making some perfectly harmless remarks which happend to mightily offend (to the point of causing a near-swooning episode) some of his female faculty. And for his … [Read more...]

Fearmongering Hillary jumps to Jihad

I think it was a few weeks ago that some on the left were trying to start up a meme that the GOP stays in power by "playing on our fears."Now, Hillary seems to be doing the same - about school vouchers, no less:Clinton, a longtime voucher foe who earned the backing of the city teachers union in 2000, says government financing of sectarian groups would incite ethnic and religious conflict - and encourage fringe groups to demand government cash to run their schools.[...]“First family that c … [Read more...]

The boy in the skirt

It's a clever headline, Student wins right to skirt rules.I understand the principal's stand in this, and I do agree that there should be some sort of dress code for students, specifically a code prohibiting lewd clothing or short-shorts or bare midriffs or offensive messages. But shorts? The school district has legislated WHEN they may be worn? That seems odd to me.And it should be noted that bringing in the ACLU only accomplished letting a boy wear a skirt. The student still did not … [Read more...]

I’m gonna “home COLLEGE” Buster…

After reading Sigmund's account of a campus forum ostensibly meant to forment understanding well...this is troubling, as Joe Biden would say, very troubling:In any event, the presentations were made and they were followed up by questions. Naturally, the self absorbed undergrads immediately took to the floor and predictably found novel ways to repeat the same thing, that we all need to get along. They ended their profound remarks with misunderstood quotes from Khalil Gibran, Kierkegaard, Andy … [Read more...]

In praise of ferocity and arrogance

Matteo has a great read at Cartago Delenda Est, on the subject of intelligent design, and the superiority of science-unrestricted-by-religion.Basically he reprints parts of an essay In praise of Godless science and then encourages the author to go forward with what Matteo calls an "amazing piece of projection."On Intelligent Design, I say only that there should be room for both theories to be explored in a classroom, and that Darwinism should be taught as unproved theory, not fact. Beyond … [Read more...]

Sacco-Vanzetti guilty after all – updated

So, it seems that Upton Sinclair knew all along that Sacco and Vanzetti were guilty. (H/T For Now)...Sinclair would learn something that filled him with doubt. During his research for "Boston," Sinclair met with Fred Moore, the men's attorney, in a Denver motel room. Moore "sent me into a panic," Sinclair wrote in the typed letter that Hegness found at the auction a decade ago."Alone in a hotel room with Fred, I begged him to tell me the full truth," Sinclair wrote. " … He then told me that t … [Read more...]

Racist Bush?

One of the LA Time's new columnists is staking out her territory as "extreme and confused" very early. Erin Aubry Kaplan writes:Hard-core gangsta rap's popularity has been steadily downshifting and, in the racially oppressive age of George W. Bush, hip-hop figures such as Russell Simmons and P. Diddy are finding their political voices...Got that? That little bit just got slipped in there. Gangasta rap is losing its popularity, and it's probably the fault of the racially oppressive George … [Read more...]

Labias Up! Vagina-gazing season is open!

Or something. (H/T Tongue-tied.) No, REALLY. :-)Calling all women of color.“The Vagina Monologues” wants you.That’s the message students have heard in the past weeks, as the annual show has opted to bring women of color center stage, while planning to leave many white women behind the curtains. ... But many other students who participated in previous shows said women of color have stayed away from the play because they believe the script portrays minorities negatively. ... “We can’t change … [Read more...]

The unstoppable allure, in an ironic age

The New York Times is sounding a little bit like a very domineering and scary father I once knew who would not allow his daughters to go to college because, to his way of thinking, "education is wasted on women; they're just going to have children and stay home."The father was, of course, very foolish. Education is never wasted and women - even if they elect to spend many years raising their children - still find themselves needing to pull down a salary, especially if a divorce or a spousal … [Read more...]

Buster will not be indoctrinated

School started last week, as you know. Buster is now a Junior in High School, preparing for SAT's and thinking about colleges.In the springtime, when Buster had selected his courses for the year, he chose one he thought would be interesting: Social Issues in America. Buster likes current events and critical thinking, and he enjoys debate. He hadn't realized that "Social Issues" usually meant something more than critical thinking.First day of school he came home and shook his head. "I … [Read more...]