Category Archives: politics

Duke Divinity, the NYT and bad words

When I was at Duke, we had a Divinity School professor named Stanley Hauerwas who was legendary for his iconoclastic theology and his profanity. (He only recently retired.) One day, The Chronicle wrote something about his most recent controversy. I … Continue reading

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On being woke

I need to come up with a new name or new tag for this series. Maybe “grad-school bullshit”? In any case, I coincidentally followed up some reading on the philosophy / transracial / transgender / dogpile-on-someone-not-perceived-as-woke story that has gone … Continue reading

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On gender, bubbles, sociology and prejudice

There’s a fine line between prejudice and sociology. I can’t remember when I first said that, and I can’t remember if someone else said it first. Google can’t help me with that because the thought somehow got in my head … Continue reading

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On race, bias, identity and other grad-school bullshit

Last night, Jonathan Coulton opened for Aimee Mann on the first night of their tour in Washington, and this happened: JC: This is a song about a giant squid who hates himself Crowd: Whooooooooooooo!!! I laughed. Then something hit me. … Continue reading

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Lent’s over. So what do I say now?

No Twitter. No political-ish discussions, more or less. That was what I intended to do during Lent, which I observe as much for the secular self-improvement aspects as the religious meaning. By the letter of the law, I cheated. On … Continue reading

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Real-life high school lesson in why journalism works

The other lesson here: When reporters find someone’s credentials are not what they seem, maybe it’s a good idea to listen. Source: These high school journalists investigated a new principal’s credentials. Days later, she resigned. – The Washington Post

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Andrew Sullivan rips left-wing speech disruption

And it’s hard not to say he has a point: Here’s the latest in the assault on liberal democracy. It happened more than a week ago, but I cannot get it out of my consciousness. A group of conservative students … Continue reading

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