Category: academia

The morning sad

A nice Watergate-style break-in at the IRS might work.

Mother Pence only tithes to God.

What’s with the circuses (Zizek and the alt-right Canuck, Gay and Hoff Sommers)? Just because Twain did it doesn’t make it right.

How much dosh did Zizek make for his performance art sketch?

Bernie is an establishment candidate now (Warren is the insurgent) and Warren has a gender disadvantage.

Warren offers specifics and feasible solutions. Bernie offers utopian critique and egotism.

“Easter worshippers” apparently prefer to be called “Easter fetishists.”

Rudy Giuliani’s incredibly disappearing neck is a thing of wonder.

If Satan had a daughter, she would be Sarah Sanders.

Ballad of lemons

Trump’s former associates should fear Putin’s ire more. Trump retaliates with childish nicknames; Putin uses chemical weapons.

The White House released a picture of a Putin puppet and opioid addict playing golf.

One can’t be a Republican politician without also being a hypocrite. What this lot have added to their list of official positions is “Russian agent.”

Sarah Sanders’ soul is predestined for the hot place for lying like the Devil.

Journalists are not astute thinkers.

They’re limited by very short term thinking (tomorrow’s front page, tomorrow’s A block) and an obsession for the “scoop” as opposed to the truth. Big news events like Russia-Trump collusion are simply beyond their pay grade.

In 50 years, no one will know who Brian Leiter was.

Love in a void

External governmental interference with free intellectual inquiry must be quashed, not accommodated.

MAGAstates are states of hate.

One has to decide which dictator one will back: Maduro or Trump.

Must be deflating for Robert Kraft to have to apologize again. He’s truly sorry he got caught, like all perps.

NY Mets are a failed franchise. Even the penny pinching Rays locked up their ace.

This empirically thin argument makes me miss David Carr.

Fighting talk

Irony is always better than the narcissistic theatrics of armed struggle.

Affect theory is the new EST.

McSally didn’t reprimand Trump for bashing McCain when he supported her failed campaign for the Senate.

Worth remembering that McCain begat Palin, who begat Trump, who hates McCain.

$15K is pocket change. I can’t even believe Felicity Huffman is charged with a crime.

National populism will be short lived because of the low mental capacity of its leading demagogues.

Banya talk between Trump and Putin is covered under executive privilege.

Chichikov prefigured post-Soviet Russian leadership ethics.

Free speech champion Trump says speak your mind, just not under oath before Robert Mueller.

Victim of love

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Americans don’t understand college admissions at all. So much ignorance in the age of Trump.

I have no problem with legacy admits or an admissions office giving extra-weight to non-traditional students (older than 18-22), or quarterbacks, or skilled flute players, or students from rural areas, students from impoverished urban areas, etc.

As the self-proclaimed leader of a revolution, perhaps Bernie will use an executive order to create single-payer and bypass the established legislative procedures.

Such an embarrassing moment for the Bernie supporter, but preserved forever.

Please note the macro-aggression came from a Sanders supporter. To be precise: it’s not the “far left”. It’s about the failure to see a distinction between liberalism and the current conservative/right-wing political formations.

Re MLB three batter rule for relievers: I can’t think of another major sport that specifies how long a player must play once they enter a game.

Putin has his Night Wolves, Trump has his MAGAts. Shock troops of reactionary politicians.

I don’t wanna go

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The presence of Trump in the Oval is the smoking gun.

Putin threatened to nuke the US and Trump said nothing. No response. Paid not to respond.

Will Roberts, Alito, and Kavanaugh be disowned by the Federalist Society when they side with Executive Power?

Many of Trump’s slams are delightfully self-referential.

The need to be first causes media outlets to report things that aren’t true. It just feeds into the “fake news” narrative of right-wingers and other irrationals. Be right, not first.

It’s sad to see news reporters behaving like sports journalists. There’s a reason why sports reporters aren’t front page news reporters.

The teaching of scientific facts and historical facts is an end in itself. Time to stop justifying higher ed in relation to philistine purposes.

Robert Kraft should know from his friendship with Trump that outcall is the way to go.

3x remakes don’t merit Academy Awards.

The Public Advocate position is the soft landing spot for term limited pols.

Voir dire gives one terrifying insight into the reality of a “jury of one’s peers.”

“Progressives” need to avoid becoming caricatures of the conservative imagination.