Incredible: Christine Blasey Ford’s Sorry Testimony

I admit it. I was spellbound throughout the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing September 27. I listened to Professor Ford as I was driving, which turns out was a good thing; otherwise, I’d’ve been tempted to turn all of the times she said “I don’t know” or “I didn’t […]

The Vicious Bigots Who Call Themselves Parents: When You’ve Got Nothing to Say, Insult a Childless Person

Most of the time I like Facebook. I get to keep up with people I like, and with whom I share a love of good food, art, books, music and a host of other things. One of the things I don’t share with many of these folks is the same political outlook. But because I […]

Chelsea Manning is NOT a Fellow. I Thought We Had Already Established That.

So Chelsea Manning is no longer a “visiting fellow” at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Manning’s still on the docket to speak and to meet with students eager to learn, presumably how one betrays ones country. While others begin foaming at the mouth that Harvard–well, the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School–is giving convicted felons […]

Listen Up, Tucker Carlson: Put the Blame for Intellectual Genocide Where it Belongs

Note: An earlier version of this essay appeared on the American Thinker website. Recently sixteen faculty members from three of our most distinguished universities—Harvard, Princeton, and Yale—wrote an open letter to the Class of 2021. The letter, short and to the point, advises freshmen to eschew “fashionable opinions” and to think for themselves. Scrupulously devoid […]

Separating Feelings from Facts is Hard to Do–Just Ask Terry Hartle

Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president at the American Council on Education, has an interesting essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Hartle, who at one time worked for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Cape Pogue), is a policy wonk—and I mean that in the nicest possible way. There is no one whose take […]

Not My Choice: Massachusetts’ Failed Health Insurance Fiasco

The sooner the evil Republicans kill Obamacare, the better. And by “kill” I mean obliterate, smash to smithereens, crush the life out of, grind into dust. Do I make my self clear? I’m one of those poor unfortunates who fall into the category the likes of Jonathan Gruber and various “lawmakers” call “there’s not enough […]

Where Credit Is Due: Middlebury Alumni Stand Up for Free Speech

One of my go-to websites is RealClearPolitics; every day its compilation of editorials, op-eds and longer polemics contains a raft of worthy articles. If you’re not checking it out, you should be. Case in point. On May 30 RCP published Richard Cohen’s meditation on the punishments Middlebury meted out to the anti-free speech bullies it […]

Ask a Stupid Question…

For scholars in the fields of race and ethnic studies—including those who work outside the ivory tower—dealing with snide questions, nasty comments, and occasional name-calling is just part of the job description. Over the years, these academics have repeatedly told me that their work is uniquely misunderstood and dismissed by students, fellow faculty, and the […]

A Brief Meditation on Why It’s So Difficult to Respect Professors

Miss is looking anxiously to the skies, waiting for darkness to come at an earlier hour than 8PM, for the dusky firmament will signal a return to the classroom and the wayward ways of the academy. Until then, she’s had to satisfy her urge to erupt in sputtering indignation by reading op-eds from the stray […]