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Osama and Obama: Dueling Perpetual Grad Students

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Daniel Drezner has an amusing take in the Washington Post on “What we can really learn” from the contents of the library inside the compound where “Osama bin Laden, perpetual impoverished grad student” spent his last days before matriculating into Hell: This is not the collection of an ordinary policy wonk. No, as I perused […]

Gaslighting, Then and Now

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Bill Clinton is the greatest gaslighter in modern American politics,” Jonah Goldberg notes in his latest G-File. Click over for the Wikipedia definition of the term if you’re unfamiliar with it; after which Jonah writes: A truly sociopathic liar (though his sociopathologies hardly end there), Clinton has a gift for making other people feel like […]

Before ‘The Great Relearning,’ First We Need ‘The Great Unswaddling’

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In Tom Wolfe’s famous essay “The Great Relearning,” originally published in the December 1987 issue of the American Spectator and included in his 2000 collection of essays, appropriately titled Hooking Up, Wolfe believed that a leitmotif of the 21st century would feature mankind recovering the rules about art, aesthetics, and human relations that various degrees of […]

Speaking Truth to Sharpton

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

The other day, I mentioned the old cliche of journalism that invariably when a superstar “objective” MSM reporter or anchorman retires from his beat or unclips his lavaliere for the last time, he begins giving speeches and writing op-eds that reveal conclusively what everyone simply assumed from his story selection and tone — that he’s […]

Columbia Allows ‘Mattress Girl’ to Carry Her Bed On Stage for Graduation

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Columbia student brings rape protest mattress to graduation: http://t.co/kaVUbpX5JR pic.twitter.com/eOw32yDE3d — Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) May 19, 2015 “Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who has carried a mattress around campus as part of an art project for the past year, has graduated. And she carried that mattress across the stage during the ceremony — to […]

At the Guggenheim, Starting From Zero Comes Full Circle

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Guggenheim accused of racism after high school kids are booted,” the New York Post reports, complete with the horrible pun, right in the lede that “It’s a Guggen-crime:” The Upper East Side museum banned a Brooklyn high school for life after its students were deemed too rowdy on a recent visit — a move that some […]

Tough Week for Rolling Stone

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Jann Wenner started off the week by getting hit with a $7.5 million lawsuit for publishing a bunch of lies about a gang-rape that never happened,” Jim Treacher writes at the Daily Caller. “Now he’s ending it with the news that his boyfriend Jahar has been sentenced to death.” Treacher offers a “A Long-Distance Dedication” […]

Trigger Warning! College Kids Will Soon Discover ‘The Adult World Is Not One Big, Extra-Cushy Couch’

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Amy Alkon, the “Advice Goddess” spots Jurassic lefty Todd Gitlin correctly reminding his readers that college education will often be “disturbing” by its very nature: At Chronicle, in the wake of all the “trigger warnings” everywhere, Todd Gitlin gets it right on what a college education is supposed to be — disturbing: No one ever […]

U.Va. Dean Sues Rolling Stone Over False Rape Story

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“The University of Virginia dean accused by Rolling Stone of being indifferent toward sexual assault survivors is now suing the magazine,” Ashe Schow writes at the Washington Examiner, who notes that Associate dean of students Nicole Eramo is “seeking nearly $8 million in damages for its portrayal of her:” “Rolling Stone and [writer Sabrina Rubin] […]

Professor Criticized For Calling White College Men A ‘Problem Population’

Monday, May 11th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

As spotted by BuzzFeed, astonishingly enough: Saida Grundy is an incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies at Boston University who identifies as a “feminist sociologist of race and ethnicity,” according to her bio on the school’s website. Her tweets started to go viral after they were noticed by the website SoCawlege.com. Grundy has […]

All ‘Progressive’ Roads Lead To Racism

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Spot on observation by the only man who is legally licensed to carry the selfie-stick, Pat Condell, master of the one-man video monologue: If you aspire to be politically “progressive”, but often find yourself feeling intolerably tolerant or unreasonably reasonable, let me help you out with some basic tips. The number one rule, and the […]

‘Shock the Bourgeoisie!’

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In his latest G-File, Jonah Goldberg writes, “back in the ’80s and ’90s, the whole point of subsidizing art was to pay for stuff that offended, shocked, and stretched the boundaries (and, occasionally, sphincters) of society:” As is almost always the case, what this actually meant was that it must shock the right kinds of […]

Mary Whitehouse Finally Triumphs in England

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

The sexy girl atop this post really is necessary to the plot — honest. But first, some backstory to explain why she’s there. If you’ve ever read a history of Monty Python’s Flying Circus during its years on the BBC (before it entered into near continuous reruns on PBS starting in the mid-1970s), at some […]

Bill Whittle on the Class of 2015: ‘Book Burners Afraid of Matches’ (Video)

Monday, April 27th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Bill’s message will very likely go unheeded by those who need it the most, which is too bad — after four or more years of being coddled in socialist academia, the class of 2015 could certainly use the wake-up call. Of course, if today’s kids really are book burners, it’s because they learned it from […]

When 2+2 = 5

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style: In all of these places, my experience has been that when it suits the ends of power, ideology can be invoked to prove that 2+2 = 5, or 3, or any other number that suits the state, and to demand that all embrace the madness. […]

Scott Walker Doing His Part on Earth Day to Reduce Wisconsin’s Carbon Footprint…

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

…By continuing to reduce the noxious emissions of state government: Ok, Scott. You have my attention. –> Scott Walker celebrates Earth Day by firing 57 environmental agency employees http://t.co/uopOpPZooI — Ben Howe (@BenHowe) April 22, 2015 No seriously — if you’re going to make the environmentalist catch-22 argument as Democrats John Kerry and Claire McCaskill have, […]

Primitive Fringe of Midwest and Mideast Finally Converge

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Shot: In Oberlin talk said that Orwell’s Junior Anti-Sex League had occupied campus feminism.”What the Hell is that?” shouted someone. Look it up. — Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015   Told students that women could narrow wage gap by changing majors from, say, sociology to engineering.Room erupted.Horrified gasps & jeers. — Christina H. […]

Question Asked and Answered

Monday, April 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

● “When did America forget that it’s America?” —Natan Sharansky, the Washington Post, today. ● “Rule America?Liberal elites ruined Britain as a hyperpower. Could America meet the same fate?” —Jonathan Last, the Weekly Standard, October 21st, 2005.

We Came in Peace, for All Humankind

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Everything’s a Problem, the satirical blog written by Sonny Bunch of the Washington Free Beacon, has some fun going into faux-outrage mode over “Calling People ‘Guys,’” and quotes as his “problematic” example, David Gelernter’s March 2008 article in the Weekly Standard on “Feminism and the English Language,” in which Gelernter writes: How can I teach […]

Hillary Clinton Calls Education A ‘Non-Family Enterprise’

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

And praises Common Core, Sean Davis writes at the Federalist: During her first official campaign event in Iowa earlier this week, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised Common Core and referred to children’s education as a “non-family enterprise.” Clinton’s controversial statements about education, which were captured by C-SPAN, came […]