Don’t Gloat About DeLay; Get Scared

As most of us know, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay is trying to avoid facing his own ethical lapses by attacking others, including the judiciary. This might simply seem humorous (an exterminator with… Continue reading

Monetary Value and Third-World “Development”

Yesterday, I tried to fill out a survey for work, on the economic impact of my employment. I was going along fine—until the survey asked for the number of hours I “volunteer” per… Continue reading

Tempest in a Pie Pan

Anyone familiar with the 1939 Cary Grant film Gunga Din knows that our word “thug” comes from “thuggee,” word for members of a Hindu fundamentalist movement dedicated to sneak attack and murder. Here… Continue reading

Politics and the Classroom: An Attempted Clarification

Though I have long suspected that the clash between the right and (mostly liberal) academia comes from a conflation of issues and expectations, I have not been able to verbalize the problem to… Continue reading

Social Security: Hijacking the Conversation

Recently I’ve been thinking that the right has once again hijacked the conversation without our realizing it. This time, it’s on Social Security. The right assumes a libertarian stance and we don’t argue… Continue reading

Debates with Wingnut Horowitz

David Horowitz and his Front Page Magazine have been taking on left-wing academics in a series of online debates. The first was Michael Berube of Penn State. The third will be with Timothy… Continue reading

Pie-ing Horowitz

Though I’ve never thought that hitting someone in the face with a pie is particularly effective, I must take note of pie victim David Horowitz’s statement that There’s a wave of violence on… Continue reading

Circus at the Press Club

Yesterday, I attended a National Press Club “event” in Washington, DC (if you want to see my story on it for ePM, click here) entitled “Who is a Journalist?” It was a panel… Continue reading

Changing the Mideast; Changing the Media

On March 8, I posted a diary about taking credit for results your actions did not cause. On March 11, Martin Peretz published “The Politics of Churlishness” in The New Republic, making the… Continue reading

That Ain’t the Half of It!

I’ve been thinking about the group called Students For Academic Freedom whose tagline is “You can’t get a good education if they’re only telling you half the story.” It’s a Horowitz organization (probably… Continue reading