Monthly Archives: April 2011

None Dare Call It Treason — It’s “Labor Studies.”

Signs your field may be political agitation disguised as an academic pursuit: 1) It has the word “Studies” in its name. 2) Classes are led by folks who say stuff like: “Industrial sabotage… certainly does (have its place).” “I can’t … Continue reading

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The Rules of Attraction and Action

I’ve talked before about the fact that our culture has moved away from personal responsibility and towards legalism. Interestingly, I find the people who are likely to cry that we can’t legislate morality are among the first to try. As … Continue reading

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Gained in Translation?

The Spawn received a Bible for Easter — the NIV translation, which I figure will strike a decent balance between clarity and content for my bright 14-year-old, and which is also the one my colleague in the Religion department recommends. … Continue reading

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Fair’s Fair… I Guess.

Because I have a professional interest in rhetoric and a personal interest in conservatism, I’ve read a fair amount of Richard M. Weaver. I think one of his strengths is coming up with terminology to describe concepts that everyone understands … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

The promise of the Resurrection means more to me now than it once did, and I hope the day brings you as much joy as it does me. Rejoice, relax, and return on Monday!

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Wesley Mouch, Call Your Office

In the past, when I’ve expressed concern about what I see as the totalitarian impulse of the bureaucratic Leviathan, I’ve been accused of overreaction. On the other hand, folks like the National Labor Relations Board make me wonder if I’m … Continue reading

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In Which Grading Papers Begins to Take a Toll…

I encountered the following sentence in a paper about Walt Whitman: Doctors later found that Whitman’s lungs had shrunk to an eighth of its normal size due to bronchial pneumonia. My comment? “That should be ‘their normal size.’ Lungs is … Continue reading

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How Twigs Get Bent: Conversion Narratives

Over at Ace’s place, a thread started yesterday on the topic of why/how various readers became conservative. As I said yesterday in the comments on the train thread, I tend to see myself as a libertarian rather than a conservative, … Continue reading

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Train In Vain

As the President goes on with his campaign to Pawn Win the Future, one of his Big Ideas to carry us boldly forward into the 1940s is passenger rail travel. He has stated his goal of giving 80% of Americans … Continue reading

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News From an Alma Mater

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that two patrons of the University of Kentucky’s main library were stabbed in the feet by an unknown assailant: An alert issued Wednesday evening by the university states that UK Police are investigating two incidents that … Continue reading

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