Political correctness

Only One Kind of Apple Apparently

Featured image When you go to the produce section of the store, you have your choice of various kinds of apples to select: red delicious, macintosh, green, etc. You might even call it a diversity of apples to choose from. When it comes to the Apple Corporation, however, it seems diversity means uniformity. We reported last month about how Apple’s vice president for diversity and inclusion had transgressed the catechism of political »

Tut-Tutting the Twits

Featured image I didn’t think it was necessary to keep up with the self-destruction of Reed College, where the left doesn’t know how to deal with the far left. (I doubt there is a single faculty member or student at Reed much to the right of Bernie Sanders, so the fact that Reed is tearing itself apart over the usual identity politics flashpoints is just a special bonus for popcorn sales.) But »

Round up the usual reminders

Featured image In Barack Obama’s world, Islamist terrorism was never about terrorism. When Muslims went on jihadi rampages shouting “Allahu akbar,” the motive was always a deep secret to be kept from the American people. In the eyes of Obama and his crew, we couldn’t handle the truth. The Islamic State — not Islamic. The Islamic Republic of Iran — not Islamic. Hamas, Hezbollah and all the rest, well, you know. Can’t »

Democrats to White Males: You’re Not Wanted Here

Featured image The Daily Wire has obtained an internal Democratic National Committee email listing several open IT positions that openly says that it does not want white males. Here’s the email—note the underlined sentence at the end: The sentence reads: “I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, since they’re already in the majority.” So much for being an “equal opportunity employer” I guess. Just curious: what’s »

Remy: Halloween Trigger Warning

Featured image Trying to decide what is the more frightening costume to wear tonight: a conservative white male, or a Hollywood producer? In any case, just in time for Halloween, Remy comes along with “Trigger,” reminding us that one of the ratchets in college craziness came out of Yale a couple years back when someone suggested that maybe, possibly, people might just chill a bit about potentially “offensive” Halloween costumes. There’s some »

How Churches Die

Featured image There’s a saying attributed variously to Robert Conquest or John O’Sullivan that “any institution that is not explicitly right-wing will become left-wing over time.” A good case in point is the Episcopal Church, which was once known as “the Republican Party at prayer,” but which has for the last several decades fallen in line behind every politically correct enthusiasm of the left. We imagine the conversation in the Episcopal clergy »

Disrupt this

Featured image Tim Marshall is the provost of the university known as The New School. A friend forwards Marshall’s email on Curriculum Disruption Week with the assurance that “this is not a parody.” It’s not a parody, but it is almost funny! One might also say the descent to hell is easy. It turns out that we are in the middle of Curriculum Disruption Week. Provost Marshall announces: Leading up to the »

Countering Kersten [updated]

Featured image In 1747 Samuel Johnson announced the plan to write what became his Dictionary of the English Language. Johnson had hoped to get the job done in three years. His friend Richard Adams questioned his ability to complete such a massive undertaking in such a short time. It had taken the 40 members of the French Academy 40 years to compile their Dictionary, Adams reminded him. Boswell reported Johnson’s famous response: »

That which must not be said (2)

Featured image In the spirit of Professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander, I think I’d like to make this a continuing series of thoughts that cannot safely be uttered on campus and increasingly in polite society without the obligatory Two Minutes Hate. Thoughts such as that human nature is not subject to alteration, or that there are natural differences between men and women, or that states in which citizens lack basic freedoms »

That which must not be said

Featured image John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey gave us She Who Must Be Obeyed (i.e., Rumpole’s wife as he privately referred to her). J.K. Rowling gave us He Who Must Not Be Named (i.e., the villain Voldemort). Now higher education gives us daily lessons on That Which Must Not Be Said or, ideally, Thought. Thinking the guilty thoughts puts you at risk of saying them and they must not be said. »

The limits of Trump’s disdain for political incorrectness

Featured image How did Donald Trump pull off his stunning run to the presidency? I didn’t predict it, so I don’t feel qualified to say. Steve Bannon predicted it. Indeed, he told Charlie Rose he was 100 percent certain Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton. Thus, Bannon has standing to opine. Bannon told Rose that the core issue behind Trump’s success was his hard line on illegal immigration. He said that, though he’s »

Chronicles of Sergio Dipp

Featured image Someone at ESPN thought that Sergio Dipp was ready for prime time during the second of its two Monday Night Football contests last night. And who, you might ask even if you saw the game, is Sergio Dipp? The Washington Post called on two reporters to explain: “He’s the young man who made a memorably awkward debut as a Monday Night Football sideline reporter when Mowins threw it to him »

Terry McAuliffe changes his tune on statues

Featured image Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is a slippery customer. In 2015, McAuliffe favored keeping Virginia’s monuments to Confederate leaders, arguing that “these are part of our heritage.” “Leave the statues and those things alone,” he told MSNBC. But just two years later, McAuliffe supports local governments that want to take statues of Robert E. Lee and others down. How does he explain this shift? He did so yesterday by telling Jake »

Hate group hits jackpot

Featured image The ludicrously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center has become a scam operating as a left-wing hate cult. The SPLC specializes in directing something far beyond the Orwellian Two Minutes Hate to the likes of Charles Murray and Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others it designates for opprobrium as “extremists” or a “hate group.” Where once was Emmanuel Goldstein and his followers is now Murray, Ali and a host of others guilty »

Statue of Limitations (3)

Featured image I’ve been away for almost a week now, chasing eclipses and other nonsense largely away from the Internet and TV news. Anything happen while I was away? What’s in the news? I see Trump has said some outlandish things lately. Like this: “I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted. He is showing an ability that is amazing, and seems to be gaining his victories »

And don’t mention Bob Lee

Featured image Paul’s post on ESPN’s decision to pull Robert Lee from calling the University of Virginia/William & Mary football game in Charlottesville sounds like a satirical joke. Were it not for the indomitable Iowahawk, I would have thought that ESPN has outrun satire. My Dearest Annabelle, I am beset by perplexities and distresses, I fear the war is lost<mournful fiddle dirge> pic.twitter.com/TEaFIIeBmh — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 22, 2017 The announcers »

ESPN, the worldwide leader in liberal idiocy

Featured image ESPN likes to promote its “Thirty for Thirty” sports documentaries by saying “what if I told you. . .?” So let me ask, “what if I told you that ESPN decided to pull an Asian-American announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee?” Your answer would probably be, “you’re making it up.” But I’m not. It is reliably reported that Robert Lee was »