Fear of a White Scholar

President Biden had a meeting with some historians. The horrors.

Masking and Endemic COVID

Most Americans are choosing to live a normal life in abnormal times.

David Kay, 1940-2022

A man made famous for discovering Iraq’s WMD program was virtually nonexistent is gone at 82.

David McCullough, 1933-2022

A great American author is gone at 89.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Contractions and Proper Speech

A break from politics.

America’s Gun Problem is Here to Stay

The obstacles to fixing the problem are many.

Princeton Fires Creepy, Lying Professor Who Happened to be Conservative

There’s much more to the story than meets the eye.

Two Years After George Floyd

Very little progress has been made towards racial justice.

NATO Has Been Training Ukrainian Forces for Years

A fascinating report from the WSJ.

Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022

A trailblazing diplomat has died at 84.

Census Undercounted Some Groups, Overcounted Others

Antiquated counting methods lead to misallocation of resources.

Virginia’s Youngkin Already ‘Underwater’

The Commonwealth’s undemocratic political system is, shockingly, unrepresentative of the will of its people.

Dan Patrick’s Attack on Tenure in Texas

His attacks are, in fact, the best case for tenure.

Are the Teachers Quitting?

The plural of anecdote is not data.

[I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!] [I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!]

The Onion is Right Again: Black History Month & CRT-Bans Edition

I’m shocked, shocked, to find that this is happening here.

Clarence Thomas’ Continuing Conflict

Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion. Alas.

[Maus & To Kill a Mocking Bird Books] [Maus & To Kill a Mocking Bird Books]

[Updated 1/31] Both Sides Are NOT the Same: “Banned” Book Edition

People, details do in fact matter!

The Children Must Be Protected!

But from what? Comparing two stories from Tennessee that show our society’s contradictory impulses when it comes to “protecting the children.”

Republicans Take Over Virginia

Elections have consequences: Old Dominion Edition

Beatles ‘Get Back’ Documentary

A long peek at history in the making.

Buttigieg and Critical Road Theory

Mayor Pete is being mocked for telling obvious truths.

Youngkin, GOP Sweep Virginia

It’s usually more effective to run for something rather than against someone.

Evangelical Politics in the Time of Polarization and Covid

A piece in The Atlantic inspires thoughts.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

10 Million Jobs, 8.4 Million Unemployed

A series of mismatches mean would-be workers can’t find employment despite an abundance of openings.

“Why do Liberals Hate Orban?” is not the Right Question

The right questions are: 1) why do some some on the right like him, and 2) should this concern us all?

Who Decides American History?

Legislatures and school boards politicize what our kids are taught.

Is Ben Shapiro NPR in Reverse?

Oh, FFS.

Quick Hits

Tab clearing time.

The Master’s Degree Scam

Most aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

‘Conservatives’ and Critical Race Theory

New York Times columnists are not a representative sample.

Florida’s Campus Speech Law

Ron DeSantis and friends are afraid of higher education.

SCOTUS Says Cheerleader’s Snapchat F-Bomb Protected by 1st Amendment

Another narrowly-crafted but overwhelming opinion from the Supreme Court.

Some CRT Theory/Politics of Race Thoughts

You know, some light weekend thoughts.

Smart Designers Create Imperfect Rules

Even the smartest designers can’t anticipate all the flaws with the rules they write.

The Politicization of Math Class

The least controversial subject in school is suddenly controversial.

President Joe Biden poses with the Biden family dogs Champ and Major Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. President Joe Biden poses with the Biden family dogs Champ and Major Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Biden’s American Families Plan

The President is about to roll out another massive spending plan.

Ultra-Orthodox Schools Teaching Ultra-Orthodoxy

An odd complaint from parents who voluntarily send their kids to religious schools.

G. Gordon Liddy, 1930-2021

The Watergate conspirator, author, and talk show host was 90.

Transphobia, Academic Freedom, and the First Amendment

The 6th Circuit is allowing a professor fired for misgendering a transwoman to sue his state university.

Larry McMurtry, 1936-2021

The author of “Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment,” and so many more great novels is gone at 84.

Yale Fires Prof for Trump Mental Health ‘Diagnoses’

What at first blush appears a case of hypocrisy and cancel culture is a violation of professional ethics.

Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021. Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021.

Incentivizing COVID Vaccination

Israel is taking an aggressive approach to inoculation.

Elite Private Schools, Race, and Fear of the Woke

Also some ironic positions on capitalism.

Eighteen Years of Blogging

Some reflections

1776 Report ‘Plagiarized’?

Large chunks of a hackish report were lifted from previous works of Commission members.

1776 Report Should be 86’d

A parting shot from the Trump administration.