Political correctness

Today’s Cuckoo Land Report

Featured image What did Donald Trump say this time? Something offensive to indians native Americans? Yes, he said something about “going off the reservation. . .” Wait, what’s that? Hillary said it? And has offered the usual abject apologies? Check: Hillary Clinton’s staff have apologized for their boss after the presidential hopeful was lambasted by Native American groups for saying Donald Trump had gone ‘off the reservation’ Friday. After being asked about Trump’s offensive »

Why Are Liberals So Insecure and Miserable?

Featured image You may have seen the news yesterday that the faculty senate at George Mason University has voted by a wide margin to oppose naming their well-regarded law school after Antonin Scalia. Among other complaints, according to Inside Higher Ed, is “the reinforcement of the external branding of the university as a conservative institution rather than an unaligned body that is a comfortable home for individuals with a variety of viewpoints.” »

Power Line & Campus Leftism on Patriot Radio

Featured image Patriot radio host Seth Leibsohn in Arizona often has us on his terrific radio show, and yesterday he and his regular Monday guest Chris Buskirk, who curates the DownStreamPolitics website, were on the air discussing my post from over the weekend about Harry Jaffa and how “The Cold War Never Ended.” Seth and Chris were actually present for the lecture that I quoted from, the lucky guys. Before going to »

Trump-Schilling 2016!

Featured image I think I have the winning ticket for Trump. He should immediately name legendary Boston pitcher Curt Schilling as his running mate. Schilling was fired from ESPN yesterday for stating what most Americans of common sense believe about . . . bathrooms. From the New York Times: ESPN Fires Curt Schilling Over an Offensive Social Media Post . . . The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and »

Say It Isn’t So!

In another crummy news week, this has to be the worst story: Victoria’s Secret Turns Its Back on the Catalog By  KHADEEJA SAFDAR   First, Playboy stopped running nude photos. Now, Victoria’s Secret will stop mailing out its famous catalogs of scantily clad models. L Brands Inc., the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, this week unveiled strategic changes that include “evolving how the business connects with customers through more focus on loyalty programs and »

Harry Reid accused of telling candidate to stand down because “a Muslim can’t win”

Featured image The Washington Post reports that a Muslim Democrat running for a U.S. House seat in Nevada says Harry Reid encouraged him to end his campaign because “a Muslim cannot win this race.” Reid reportedly made this statement during a private meeting last year. Reid’s spokeswoman confirms that the meeting took place but denies that her boss made such a comment. She calls the candidate — Jesse Sbaih — “a liar.” »

Trans-Insanity

Featured image My great teacher Harry Jaffa used to say that the heart of post-modernism was the proposition that the subjectivity of one’s convictions matters more than their objective validity. To which he also observed, “Whether you want to belong to the human race is now a matter of personal preference.” This comes to mind with this statement out yesterday from the American College of Pediatricians: Gender Ideology Harms Children March 21, »

Trump’s Philosopher?

Featured image I noted here a month ago about how some French intellectuals have been saying “enough!” to the multiculturalism and other degradations that have caused Europe to embark on collective suicide, but today’s New York Times has a fascinating story about Alain Finkielkraut, a prominent and best-selling philosopher who is giving France the kind of straight talk that would make him the suitable philosopher for Donald Trump. Like most public intellectuals in »

Dartmouth in 2025

Featured image Joe Asch gazes into a crystal ball and, assuming that what’s present is prologue, imagines the news that might well come from Dartmouth in the year 2025. Here are some of the items: * President Hanlon proudly announced that starting next year each and every undergraduate student would have a dedicated Assistant Provost. “We are proud that we lead the nation in student support,” he said. “Whatever issues face our »

Why Are Liberal-Run Institutions Such Hotbeds of Racism and Sexism?

Featured image That’s the question Glenn Reynolds likes to ask periodically over at Instapundit. Today we’ll add some data points to the file, starting with the news that the New York Times has settled a discrimination lawsuit. From The Daily Caller: The New York Times should change its famous motto to “all the blacks and women fit to fire.” It apparently does not value diversity and is waging a war on women. Just »

PC for Dummies

Featured image In the latest installment of instruction from Prager University, George Will provides the short course A Progressive’s Guide to Political Correctness (video below, about six minutes). It’s part PC for Dummies and part satire a la A Modest Proposal. Will proposes renaming a number of cites to conform to the operative requirements of PC doctrine, resulting in a song that would have to go by “I Left My Heart in »

Censorship, United Airlines Style

Featured image It’s not just at college campuses that politically incorrect speech is being censored. The other day I was killing time between connecting plane fights in the United Club at LAX, and I stumbled across a link to Paul Gottfried’s review of Brad Birzer’s fine new biography of Russell Kirk that appeared on the VDARE website. Gottfried is always interesting and highly readable, though usually idiosyncratic. But when I clicked on »

Dogging College PC

Featured image Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog takes on takes on campus political correctness, and this ten minute video, just out yesterday, is worth every second, because even the students who get the joke are clearly uncomfortable. And that’s before the police sketch artist shows up. Strong language and crudity warning! But it’s still really great: Did I mention it has strong language and lots of crudity? Sorry, but wasn’t it worth it? »

And Now for Something Completely Cleesey

Featured image We’re reported here before about how more and more comics such as Jerry Seinfeld won’t appear on college campuses because they’ve become politically correct humor-free zones, so it’s nice to see the estimable John Cleese showing up to join the chorus, admitting that he, too, is reluctant to appear any more on college campuses. Shouldn’t this become an embarrassment to college administrators and trustees at some point? »

Oxford’s Alumni Show the Way

Featured image We wrote here that the sickness afflicting American universities apparently had spread to England, citing among other incidents a group of students at Oxford who, chanting the mantra “Rhodes must fall,” have demanded that the university erase all traces of Cecil Rhodes, one of Oxford’s most generous benefactors. This story has a happy ending, for now, at least, due to a rebellion on behalf of common sense by Oxford’s alumni. »

Hillary’s “White Privilege” Self-Abasement

Featured image Yesterday Hillary Clinton appeared at something called the Black and Brown Forum, which may be good preparation for leaving the country black and blue from the bruises of liberalism. She was asked to reflect on her own “white privilege,” and she didn’t miss the opportunity to abase herself as fully as possible. But what, in her answer, actually connected to the pallor of her skin? Nothing, that I can see. »

Backlash Building on Political Correctness?

Featured image Gradually it is starting to dawn on terrified liberals that Donald Trump’s appeal owes more to his facial challenge to the stifling political correctness of our time than the single issue of immigration. It helps to have a degree in media Kremlinology to spot this, such as this Washington Post headline: Why Trump may be winning the war on ‘political correctness’ Stop right there! When a mainstream media outlet runs »