Sunday, March 29, 2015

Behold!: The "Demands" Of the "University of Color"/"Decolonized University"

So very much facepalm, all in one place...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Carolina 72 - Wisconsin 79

Awww....I has teh sad...
Great game! Extremely fun to watch. Heels were out of their mind from 3, especially Marcus Paige, of course...  One a very brief second-half collapse of about a minute and a half...but that was too much against the Badgers. That's a really good team right there. Still, if we could have hit a couple of crucial free throws, things might have turned out differently. A blast to watch, though...
We should get everybody back for next year...and then it's Katie bar the m*********in' DOOR!
Congrats to the Heels and the Badgers on a great game.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


I'm always super-psyched to play those guys. I like Big TenElevenTwelveWhatever hoops, I really like Bo Ryan, and I'm basically a UW groupie. The Onion...Build Me Up Buttercup...Madison...the whole nine yards. I'm in general a groupie of the Public Ivies, but I'm especially a UW groupie. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this game.
The odds are against us, of course...but should be fun.
Go Badgers...but Go Tar Heels...just a little bit more...

Ben Carson: Obama Is A Psychopath

Ben Carson, ladies and gentlemen...
Really, what does one say?
The unhinged right is unhinged...the fever swamps are feverish...sane people look crazy to crazy people...
Hell, I just don't know anymore.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Quassim Cassam: Bad Thinkers: Conspiracy Theories and Intellectual Vice

Not really much new here, but that's not the point: it's clear and (to my mind) largely true. In fact, it's the kind of stuff that prompted me to start up with this blogging crap. The comments, at a glance, are largely a trainwreck...but somebody gets big points for the handle "HP McLovincraft," that's for sure...

Justin McBrayer: Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts

   Forgot to post this back when everybody was talking about it.
   I don't necessarily agree with absolutely every detail in there, but most of it is right, and it's stuff we here at the institute gripe about every other week or so...including the conflation of truth with proof, and the weird fact/opinion distinction that someone is pumping into students everywhere. It's not that there's no difference between a fact and an's rather that the distinction is presented as if it were exhaustive, thus covertly convincing students that there are not true/factual opinions/beliefs. Then, of course, this confusion is followed up by training students to always put moral and other normative beliefs on the "opinion" side...entailing that nothing moral can be true (or, somewhat less accurately, factual).
   What a mess. A lot of this at my own institution seems to originate in the speech communications department...but I'm not sure whether that can be generalized.

Ted Cruz To Run For Prez

Words...they fail me....

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Judith Shulevitz at NYT: In College And Hiding From Scary Ideas

This is great.
   If you think I'm exaggerating the threat posted by SJWs/neo-PCs/the contemporary illiberal left, then this is a column you need to read.
   No time to say anything about it now other than: there's an interesting observation in it about the roots of the current madness on campuses being planted by some legal thought from roughly the era of the first PC wars (the '80's and '90's).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Conservative Assault On UNC

   The NC General Assembly has long disliked UNC. And since the GOP took over, things have really gone to hell.
   Here's a piece at The New Yorker about conservatives in the state legislature directly trying to push Carolina to the right.
   Of course I actually agree with the conservatives about a lot of things at issue. I think that academia has a liberal-to-left-wing political bias, I think that's bad, and I think it should end. I also think that relativism, "social constructionism" and related incoherent quasi-philosophical positions have broadly infected academia to its detriment. And I have an extremely low opinion of the boutique niche programs that are largely driven by left-wing political activism (e.g. "gender studies")...
   However, the idea of intervention by politicians to force the university to conform to their ideological preferences is chilling. And outrageous.
   Damn it. This is not good.

Go Heels / Beat Arkansas!


Robin Morgan: I Hate Myself Because I'm White

Friday, March 20, 2015

Carolina 67 - Harvard 65

Survive: check
Advance: check