Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ben Sasse…

… gets it right. I now await my inevitable disappointment.

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Saturday Night Potpourri

I’ve been catching up on grading this weekend, but I’ve reduced tomorrow’s workload to a manageable level, so I figured I could post a couple of odds and ends… *** I read Lawrence Block’s new novella, Resume Speed, a few days … Continue reading

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A Postscript

In recent years, I’ve often seen a quote from C.S. Lewis that you may have seen as well: Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better … Continue reading

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A Rebuttal to the Mad Dog

Today on Facebook, the Mad Dog linked to Jon Favreau’s effort to praise Hillary Clinton. The Mad Dog added that his goal for the article was primarily to persuade the Mad Doc, but that he anticipated a snarky response from … Continue reading

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A Drummer Gets His Union Card

Bill Bruford is a legendary rock drummer, best known for his work with Yes, Genesis, U.K., and several incarnations of King Crimson (with whom I was fortunate enough to see him after the release of Thrak in the 90s.) I’m a drummer, … Continue reading

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Clearly I Have Failed as A Parent

Not only does the Spawn write stories, but she has decided to engage in punditry as well. You’ll find her maiden excursion into political journalism here. (And by the way, if lots of folks share the piece via social media, … Continue reading

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Well, It’s Still Standing

In what can only be described as a moment of appalling judgement, I was asked to deliver the message in the campus chapel service this morning. I remain convinced that virtually anyone on or off campus would have been a … Continue reading

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Mondoville 1, Flagship Nil

A few months ago, I mentioned that the U of Chicago had issued a Statement on Free Expression, which the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) adapted into a model statement. In November, I submitted a version of the … Continue reading

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From the End of the Bench

This year, the college’s sports teams have been inviting members of the faculty to serve as honorary “guest coaches” for home games. Last Sunday, I was informed that the men’s and women’s basketball teams had selected me for this weekend’s … Continue reading

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Lenten Devotional — 18 Feb 16

Longtime readers of the blog are aware that for several years, the college where I work has sponsored a series of Advent devotional messages, written by members of the campus community. I usually contribute a couple each year. Well, this … Continue reading

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