I normally don’t like this fellow, but in this post he’s absolutely right: Liberals confirmed every nasty stereotype of themselves in the Kim Davis debacle. And this was written before the disgraceful “Has the Pope met her?” hullabaloo.
This author is not my cup of tea either but this article of his is surprisingly insightful: “In the febrile environment of social media, this cult of sentimental humanitarianism frequently manifests in virtue-signalling and policing and in immense waves of collective emotion. Declaring definitively, yet thoughtlessly, upon issues of labyrinthine complexity, it regularly appears to involve a narcissistic preoccupation with our own caring, not least relative to the supposedly inadequate caring of others. The simplistic vision that would cast fiendishly knotty social and political problems as if they were parable scenes for us to re-enact for our moral self-validation is bankrupt.
What a happy, sheltered reality is that where people can fight over how to name their baby.
“One of my colleagues told me the other day that s/he has switched to multiple choice exams in most of his/her lit courses and has students do only minimal writing, most of which s/he doesn’t respond to or grade.” I will do the same thing. It isn’t teaching, it’s bullshit. But if my health insurance is taken away (which represents an enormous and entirely undeserved pay cut), I will be cutting down the services that I provide.
A refugee riot in Germany. Once again, I have to repeat: refugees are human beings. Not puppies, not dolls. They are people.
My anxiety is way better than your anxiety! Do people even notice how insane an anxiety contest sounds?
“I can even understand some of Carson’s unease about electing Muslims to the Presidency. But then, I’m uneasy whenever a man (or maybe someday a woman) of God is elected to the Presidency, regardless of their faith.” Hear, hear! I prefer politicians to keep their religious beliefs as far out of my life as possible. I don’t get why job interviews for some state jobs prevent the prospective employers from asking about the candidate’s religion why other state jobs allow a candidate to persecute the employers with his or her boring religious convictions.
A young woman is being prosecuted for manslaughter just because. . . she sent some text messages.
Poly, schmoly. In my country, we call it “Wake up, honey, your husband found himself a mistress and doesn’t know how better to kick you to the curb.”
“Americans are Powerful & Safe; So why do they feel Like Victims?” Answer: precisely because they are so safe. It titillates the jaded palates.
And hey, doomsterism and despair are wildly profitable.
A novelist quits a teaching job over a loyalty oath.
“So ironically the Russian Federation and its ex-Communist president is taking a conservative position here, of trying to prop up the status quo, which the US views itself as a radical democratizer a ala Thomas Paine.” I hate it when people use words without ascertaining their meaning. What can possibly be “ironic” about this state of affairs? Is anyone still unaware of the deeply conservative nature of Soviet Communism since the early times of Stalin?
Of all the weird things to do, pumping a 14-year-old full of hormones is one of the more extreme. With a mommy like that, who needs enemies?
I had no idea people still needed persuading that the Rosenbergs were guilty.
Jewish Studies are dying.