In the Ditch with BO

I confess, I enjoy Jon Stewart more when he’s creaming Democrats. And I admire the talent, too: unlike Gary Trudeau of Doonesbury fame, Stewart can lampoon without embedding crypto-compliments (see today’s “He can’t empathize because he’s always thinking” strip.) Wait- I thought BO had retired the “drove the car into the ditch” metaphor after 6,000 times at bat.  I guess I was wrong.  But, since … Continue reading In the Ditch with BO

Lockdown: Not Just on ’24’ Anymore

My campus was locked down, and then closed, this morning when a gunman began firing shots. He entered the library, where all the security is designed to keep things from leaving inappropriately, went to the sixth floor (early reports said the fifth floor), and shot himself. The university’s warning system, instituted after the Virginia Tech shootings, helped to insure that there were no other injuries. … Continue reading Lockdown: Not Just on ’24’ Anymore

Reynolds’ Law

I haven’t been blogging much lately, because I haven’t had many thoughts that haven’t been better expressed elsewhere. But I have to draw attention to a remark of Glenn Reynolds, which seems to me to express an important and little-noticed point: The government decides to try to increase the middle class by subsidizing things that middle class people have: If middle-class people go to college … Continue reading Reynolds’ Law

Texas and the First Amendment

Zombie has completed his analysis of the education wars, and has done a fair-minded job in describing the situation in Texas. Unlike Thomas Frank, I get it. I understand that American patriotism, far from being nothing more than the reactionary buzzword of small-minded bigots (as leftists believe), is based on a deep awareness that the United States of America is the first (and to date only) … Continue reading Texas and the First Amendment