As the fall semester starts, I face the somewhat vexing problem of convincing many students that what they have learned is mostly wrong.

Unlike some of my colleagues, I try to keep my political views out of the classroom.

What I do, however, is point the class toward divergent points of view, such as conservative ones that they probably have never heard before.

In my media law class, for example, we talked about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, starting with term, “Borked.” It is somewhat ironic that Anthony Kennedy replaced Robert Bork as a nominee, and Cavanaugh will replace Kennedy.

Fortunately, the sound and the fury the Democrats mustered won’t stop Cavanaugh from getting to the prestigious bench. But I tired to tamp down the nonsense that the Democrats have put forward.

The class will analyze the role of a “free and responsible press”—something I hope they will take with them whether they go into journalism or not.

In my international reporting class, we discussed the role of immigration in American society—a topic the media and the Democrats have managed to muddle badly.

For example, I explained the various paths to temporary and permanent visas and the appropriate way to citizenship.

We analyzed the various immigrants who come to the United States and Philadelphia. I asked what is the largest group of immigrants coming to the city. The answer: China.

This week’s topic is terrorism. Unbeknownst to them will be what many conservatives know: the war on terrorism has been effective. Al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State are unable to mount any significant attacks against U.S. citizens and interests outside of the country.

I hope that the students will get some useful information from my years in the Middle East and China without the defeatist political slant they’ve heard elsewhere.

As always, it will be an interesting ride. It’s time to buckle up!

No matter how “woke” you think you are, you are tolerating things right now that will make you cringe in 25 years. – Bill Maher

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – inigo Montoya, “The Princess Bride”

While I disagree with some of the specific examples Bill Maher cited in the linked video above, I agree with his two main points. The first is that it is silly to judge people or actions out of the context of their time, and the second is that years from now we will be appalled at the things that are being done in our society today. I shudder to think that twenty-five years from now our society could possibly be more “woke” than it is today, mostly because I have to believe that we have reached peak silliness in the perceived intersectional injustices that are supposedly perpetrated by us normal Americans. When Starbucks can be accused of being racist simply because a store manager did not want to allow non-paying non-customers to squat in a store, thus keeping paying customers from using the space, then you know that the Left has truly crossed the Rubicon of Wokeness, and no one is safe.

Of course, the biggest problem is that real damage is being done right now, not only to our society, but to individuals who are caught up in all this intersectionality and wokeness.

When my son was going to college a few years ago, he filled out a survey and his college provided him with several other incoming freshmen to contact to see if they might be suitable roommates. He contacted one individual, but upon learning that this student was militantly homosexual, sexually active and expected his roommate to be OK with this, my son politely declined to room with this individual and selected another roommate. I wonder how long it will be until some student like my son is brought up on charges by the school for being “intolerant” of such a potential roommate – even though my son would have chosen not to room with a sexually active heterosexual as well – and perhaps being forced to live in this situation as a way to “expand his views” or some other such “woke” nonsense.

We are in the process of visiting schools with my daughter, and encountered a surprising trend among several “elite” colleges that we’ve visited. Gone are the days when dorms were segregated by male and female floors, or even wings, and the idea of male and female bathrooms has gone the way of the dodo. At several of these schools, males and females share the bathroom, including shower facilities. Apparently the showers are individual locked stalls, but that still means that my freshman daughter could step out of the shower in her robe, and be faced with a male senior who may only be wrapped in a towel shaving at the sink next to her. Now, given the #MeToo environment we are currently living in, I am fairly confident that any male in such a situation would be scrupulously careful not to give his female neighbors any pretext by which to accuse him of harassment, but that doesn’t really make the situation a good one. And if it were my son in this situation, I would tell him to shower at 2am and make sure there were no women in the bathroom to avoid just such a possibility. How is that possibly a good environment for either sex?

The only possible “solution” to this quandary at any of the non-Catholic schools we visited was the traditionally all-female dorm at one school. Of course, given the times we’re in, this has now been expanded to the all-female-and-gender-non-binary dorm. This means that my daughter could be sharing the bathroom with a man who claims to be a woman. I wonder if such a person would be nearly as scrupulous as the male in the co-ed bathroom about covering himself in the presence of my daughter. After all, if he’s a “woman” what’s the big deal? And I’m sure that my daughter – or your daughter – would be the one brought up on disciplinary charges for complaining about the situation.

It is my sincere hope that, when we look back on these times twenty-five years hence, our society is in a place where “wokeness” is the what-were-you-thinking absurdity. It has to be, because if it’s not, then that means that we’ve gone even further ‘round the bend and I can’t even imagine what that might be like.

There are few people who are as good as Robert Stacy McCain as stating obvious truths that people ignore

Because it is easier to remain silent than to express unpopular truths, we find that liars are increasingly influential in academia — hello, Professor Lisa Wade — and common sense is now quite uncommon on campus.

We are expected to believe that college girls in the 21st century are afflicted with an extraordinary naïveté about how sex happens.

“Why are these boys furnishing me with free alcohol?” we must imagine the college girl asking herself, as she downs her ninth drink. “And why does this boy want me to go back to his dorm room at midnight?”

Gosh, honey, this is all a huge mystery to you, isn’t it? You graduated high school at the top of your class, and your parents are paying $60,000 a year to send you to this elite private liberal arts college, so maybe you could do a little arithmetic, add 2 + 2 and tell us what this is about.

Now think about this for a second.

If this was 1816 or even 1956 it’s just possible that a young lady might be sheltered enough that she may not realize what is going on.

But we have spent the last 25 years informing our children about sex to the point where it is all around them from youth, and that’s not even counting the effect of the internet and online porn so the idea that an 18 year old college girl doesn’t understand that drinking alcohol to excess at a college party might lead to an undesired sexual encounter, that’s just not credible.

Of course to our feminist friends if you suggest to a young lady that getting drunk with a young man at college might not be a good idea, you are some sort of misogynistic cad and given our culture of victimhood it might even be possible that a girl might covet the victim status that comes from later regret.

But for my money an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  I’ll give the last word to Screwtape

The Enemy described a married couple as “one flesh”. He did not lay “a happily married couple” or “a couple who married because they were in love”, but you can make the humans ignore that. You can also make them forget that the man they call Paul did not confine it to married couples. Mere copulation, for him, makes “one flesh”. You can thus get the humans to accept as rhetorical eulogies of “being in love” what were in fact plain descriptions of the real significance of sexual intercourse. The truth is that wherever a man lies with a woman, there, whether they like it or not, a transcendental relation is set up between them which must be eternally enjoyed or eternally endured.

Given that fact I’d suggest avoiding sex without a ring on the finger myself which is why I taught my sons what my father taught me:  If she’s good enough to sleep with she’s good enough to marry.”

Closing thought:  This is another example of God’s rules being for our benefit rather than his.

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Is there a sadder headline than this one at Breitbart?

We’re Winning: Rutgers University President Defends Free Speech Following Milo Yiannopoulos Visit

Now don’t get me wrong I’m delighted to see the President of Rutgers defend free speech which said in part:

While I will not defend the content of every opinion expressed by every member of our academic community, or of speakers who we invite to our campus, I will defend their right to speak freely. That freedom is fundamental to our University, our society, and our nation.

But how far have we fallen as a nation when a University president defending free speech as “fundamental to our University, our society, and our nation.”  is news?

I think that fact says more about how far we’ve fallen as a society than anything else an is an indictment of the educational system.

(Our story begins at The home of Bob & Brenda Bystander near the University of Missouri they hear a loud noise and see the glow of a light outside their door)

Bob Bystander:   What was that?  It sounds like it came from Fred’s house.

Brenda Bystander:  (Runs to a Door and Opens it)  Oh my God!

Bob Bystander:   (runs to the Door sees a group of people in white hoods on horseback lighting a cross with the torches they’re carrying burning a Cross with a rope around their neighbor Fred waist.)  Oh My God!  It’s the Klu Klux Klan!  And their burning a Cross in our neighborhood!

Hooded figure one: [Overhearing Bob , Points at Him]  Trigger warning Trigger warning! (The group of riders turn at look at Bob and Brenda)  That man violated my safe space!

Hooded Leader:  [Rides over between Bob and the first hooded figure who is now in tears]  Now now, what happened?

HF1: [Sobbing]  That man there, he said [sob] we were the Klu Klux Klan!  He triggered me!

Hooded Leader: Calm Down , deep breaths, go into your safe space

Hf1:  [Hyperventilating into his hood]:  My safe space…Bully proof windows , ‘

Hooded figure two:  That was a terrible thing to do

Hooded figure Three:  Yeah, don’t you care about his self esteem?

Bob Bystander:   [Utterly confused]  I’m Sorry What?

HL:  How could you ever say such a thing about an open minded gender studies major?

Bob Bystander:   You mean you aren’t guys aren’t the KKK?

Hooded Leader:  Of course not, We’re the Campus Cares Crew, the CCC.

HF1:  Did he say “Guys?”

HF2:  Don’t you be imposing heteronormative constructs on us!

HF3:  what a sexist

Brenda Bystander:    The Campus Cares Crew?

Hooded Leader:  That right.  [Turning to Bob]  Why one earth would you think we’re the Klu Klux Klan?

Bob Bystander:   Well,  those look like Klan Robes and Hoods.

HL:  Ridiculous

HF1:  [still breathing into a bag] We ARE not

HF2:  Nothing of the sort

HF3:  What an idiot

Hooded Leader [self righteously]:  What we’re wearing are cloaks of equalization.  So many people in society use white privilege in order to oppress people of different colors and gender, we of the CCC wear these robes to symbolize equality, so that everyone no matter what race, sex or gender preference can not be oppressed by anyone using white privilege.

Bob Bystander:   But your cloaks, they  have a cross on them like the KKK

HFO:  That is definitely NOT a cross.

HF1:  Of course not

HF2:  Christofacist

HF3:  He’s violating MY safe space now!

Hooded Leader [even more self righteously]:  We would never use a symbol so intolerant of other faiths and creeds not to mention one so unfriendly to our gay, lesbian, transgender and gender neutral members.  That is a letter “T” for “tolerance”.

Bob Bystander:   It looks like a cross

HL :  Well it’s not!  It’s a lower case “t” symbolizing tolerance.

HF1:  Of course it’s obvious

HF2:  Yeah stop trying to impose your Eurocentric, Christocentric views.

HF3:  Fascist

Bob Bystander:   But why is it on his lawn… and burning?

HL:  Well he left a terrible comment on our blog concerning our manifesto.

HF1:  He contaminated our safe space.

HF2:  I still feel violated!

HF3:  It’s important that people understand that you can’t go around saying things that make people uncomfortable

Bob Bystander:   So you’re burning a  Cross, sorry a lower case “t” on his lawn, because he let a comment on your blog?

Brenda Bystander:     What did he say?

HL:  He said that the entire campus should be a free speech zone!  No matter who it triggers or offends!

HF1:  Can you believe it?

HF2:  You can’t just say intolerant things like that!

HF3:  I’m still triggered by it!

Bob Bystander:   But, burning a (catches himself) lower case “t”?

HL:  Yes it’s coated in vegetable oils

HF1:  Very green friendly, good for the earth, that’s why we have the horses too.

HF2:  Yes by riding horses we’re able to reduce our carbon footprint and avoid fossil fuels.

HF3:  We’re saving the planet one step at a time.

Brenda Bystander:  What about the rope?

HL:  Well of course there’s a rope around him we’re taking him to face the campus counsel

HF1:  He has to answer for what he’s done to all the people he’s been intolerant to

HF2:  And we made the rope ourselves!  It’s our own campus renewable hemp farm

HF3:  That’s where the horse manure goes

Bob Bystander:   But do you have to take him away.

HL:  We can’t take any chances, we have to make sure he understand the true message of tolerance.

HF1:  After all what’s point of having a safe space on campus if people can violate it from the internet?  Or in letters to the editor

HF2:  We need to spread the flame of Tolerance, not just on our campus but on campuses around the nation

Hf3:  It just takes a  little muscle.

Brenda Bystander:  Well, that’s a load off of my mind. We’re sorry to have seemed so judgemental.

Bob Bystander:  I’m so glad to know Fred isn’t being taken away by hooded members of the KKK burning a cross in front of his yard because he’s black and they want to silence him.  He’s being taken away and silenced by unprivileged members of the CCC putting a symbol of tolerance in his yard to protect the student body from harmful biases and teach him tolerance for other people’s views

Fred Freedom:  Well that makes all the difference doesn’t it


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I was looking at this Ashe Snow piece at Instapundit today concerning the Drunken Sex and consent:

Have you ever had sex after consuming alcohol (any amount)? If so, then you’re a rapist – or rape victim, depending on your sex…The poster claims that while Jake and Josie were both drunk, only Josie was unable to consent, making Jake an automatic rapist. “A woman who is intoxicated cannot give her legal consent for sex, so proceeding under these circumstances is a crime,” the poster read.

Now while I, like Stacy McCain I would recommend both against drunken sex at college, it hit me that in Coastal Carolina University effort to pander to the new liberalism of feminists crusaders they have actually stepped into a gay quagmire. To wit:

1.  If the sexual act involves two women, neither can consent therefore both must have been raped, but since there was not a man involved apparent there was no rapist, therefore there could not be a rape.  So both women can be considered both rape victims and not rape victims at the same time.

2.  If this sex act involved two men Since by the base poster the Man is automatically the rapist if he has sex with someone drunk both men can be thought of simultaneously as both rapists and victims.  

But obviously the entire business of ignoring same-sex relationships is discrimination by fiat so they’ve gone one step further in their next campaign.

CCU has since “changed” its stance on whether women can consent while drunk. Now no one can consent after drinking alcohol, only stone-cold sober people can have sex. Everything else is rape. That’s according to the school’s new poster, currently being distributed on campus.

Now in one respect this is much fairer as it doesn’t discriminate concerning either the sex of the people involved or the number of people involved so everyone is equal.

However because of this lack of distinction everybody we have reached peak Schrödinger’s Rape since everyone can be thought of as both rapist and victim at the same time.

You know the more crazy this becomes the more the Catholic Church teachings concerning sex prove to be not only the right this per the commandments of God, but the smart thing


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Illinois BlagoBy John Ruberry

Yes, there is a corruption tax in Illinois. It’s not an official levy, however–in other words, bribes to public officials aren’t taxed. It they were perhaps there would not be a $7 billion backlog of unpaid bills in the Prairie State.

What does the corruption tax cost per person?

The Northwest Times of Indiana has the answer:

Now new research by an Indiana University professor has found residents of the most corrupt states literally pay a steep price for crimes committed by their elected officials due to artificially inflated state spending that’s typically tied to public corruption.

John Mikesell, IU professor of public and environmental affairs, and Cheol Liu, assistant professor of public policy at City University of Hong Kong, determined that the 10 most corrupt U.S. states — which includes Illinois, but not Indiana — would have spent 5.2 percent less between 1997-2008 if they had only an average amount of corruption.

That translates to a corruption tax of $1,308 per person in those states.

That my friends is a lot of money.

Let me explain it differently. Let’s say you are living in a condominium where the landscaping firm, the laundry machine vendors, and the snow removal service company are paying kickbacks to the condo board members. Across the street is another condo that is run honestly. All things being equal, the monthly assessment for the second condo building will be less.

Blogger at Dixon, IL
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Although no one has been charged with a crime, a couple of new corruption stories broke in Illinois last week. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, went on paid-leave after it was revealed that a no-bid $20.5 million principal training contract with her former employer is the subject of a federal probe. West of the city, the College of DuPage, a community college, is under federal investigation over alleged misspending and a $763,000 severance package given to the president of the school.

But there is some good news. Longtime Dixon, Illinois comptroller, Rita Crundwell, embezzled an astounding $54 million from the town of 15,000 that is best known as Ronald Reagan’s hometown. Her crimes are now the centerpiece of two Illinois college courses.

Perhaps Illinois is finally ready to learn from its mistakes.

John Ruberry, a fifth-generation Illinoisan, regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.


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I happen to be channel surfing on sunday and I caught this clip from Media Buzz concerning the underage arrest of Martese Johnson at University of Virginia :

Now I don’t know all the facts and at this time neither does anyone else but there was a moment in this story that jumped out at me. I wonder it you will catch it.

Did you hear the rant from a student named Danaya Hough, from around 2:00? If you didn’t here is the text:

Danaya Hough: I was debating dropping out of school because this is so tough, this is mentally exhausting every single day.

Howard Kurtz (voiceover): That the university was founded by Thomas Jefferson is, for students like Danaya Hough, almost an insult

Danaya Hough:I need you to address that we have a race issue at this university I need you to stop talking about Thomas Jefferson like he’s a deity and realize that he’s a slave owner racist sexist…

Now I can’t speak to young Ms. Hough’s feelings concerning Thomas Jefferson nor the pressure of being a black woman in the 21st century at the University of Virginia but as she is so upset at the prospect of attending college at a place founded by Thomas Jefferson she’s be delighted to hear she has alternatives.

I went to and discovered they list  over 170 colleges in virginia and 4620 colleges nationwide that she could choose to go to rather than attending the University of Virginia at Charlottesville including my own alma mater Fitchburg State University (formerly Fitchburg State College).

Now 120 of those colleges are more expensive than University of Virginia at Charlottesville (FSU will cost an extra 2 grand a year)  and while I don’t know Ms. Hough’s financial situation I took the liberty of doing a search of colleges  by cost. Here is some more info that might be of some use. shows the cost of the University of Virgina at $9622 (in state).  They also show a full 50 colleges in virginia that have a lower tuition than the university of Virginia from The Court Reporting institute of Arlington to the Suffolk Public Schools-Sentara Obici Hospital School of Practical Nursing

Furthermore nationally list 1399 colleges from the Miller-Motte of Fayetteville NC to the Webb Institute in Glenn Cove.

So Ms Hough if you really are having trouble dealing with the mental stress at that slaveholders university you’ll be delighted to know you don’t have to deal with it for one more second.

Closing thought:

I don’t claim to be an expert on the practice of slavery but there are two things I’m pretty sure of:

1.  It ended in Virginia in 1865,

2.   If one took a TARDIS and traveled to Virginia to any time before 1865 and offered every black woman not tied down by children or a husband,  the chance to exchange her situation for Ms. Hough’s they would, risk of mental stress not withstanding, jump at it.

 In fact you don’t need a TARDIS, I’d bet real money the vast majority of woman of color in the world alive today would trade their current situation in the world for Ms. Hough’s.


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This story is not a parody:

The president of prestigious Smith College is red-faced and apologetic Tuesday for telling students on the Northampton, Mass., campus that “all lives matter.”

Kathleen McCartney wrote the phrase in the subject line of an e-mail to students at the school, whose alumni include feminists Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and celebrity chef Julia Child. McCartney was attempting to show support for students protesting racially charged grand jury decisions in which police in Missouri and New York were not charged in the deaths of unarmed black men.

This is what modern liberalism and the Democrat party has become.

Two thoughts:

#1  Why do I have a feeling that if she said the same thing 100 years ago supporters of the Democrat party would still be calling for head?

#2  If I was doing better financially I’d fly down to DC and start asking Democrats on Camera if they believe “All lives matter”? and if not, which lives do not?

I suspect it would be a lot of fun.





She knows how to scream. You could hear it from the rooftops. Normally screaming wouldn’t help not in this neighborhood. Here on the East end a midnight walk constitutes attempted suicide.

Batman Year One (Batman 405) 1987

If there is one constant in our modern society it’s the concept of our consequence free culture.

We eat too much but we don’t want to have to change our diet or exercise more to avoid the consequences, we hurry too much but rather than rest we want energy supplements to keep us going.

The AIDS epidemic was and remains the perfect example, rather than curbing practices that spread AiDS like wildfire (refraining from promiscuous gay sex) the culture and the media pushed for drugs to prolong life because people why SHOULD you have to refrain from risky behavior when you really want to do it?

The basic concept that this type of thinking tosses away is the idea of avoiding trouble before it happens, or as I mentioned in my piece about faith “avoiding the proximate occasions of sin.”   The idea being if the goal is to avoid sin, the best way is to stay away from things that lead to it.  Just like if you want to avoid getting fat, being tired or getting AIDS, one should avoid the behaviors that make these things more likely.

And with that we get to Stacy McCain’s insightful piece: How to get Raped at college.

Stacy notes that while the expensive liberal arts college has seminars for incoming freshmen about rape they don’t seem to have them about drinking and therein lies the rub.

See, there is an unspoken agreement involved: If parents are paying $46,852 a year to send their daughter to college, the college isn’t going to kick the girl out (and forfeit $46,582) just because her idea of fun is chugging rum at the Kappa Sig house. If it weren’t for drunk freshman girls “grinding” on the dance floor, why would the guys at Kappa Sig — all of whom represent $46,852 in annual revenue to the college administration — bother throwing parties? And if the football players can’t take turns banging the drunk girl they picked up at the Kappa Sig house, what’s the point of playing football?These are the implicit assumptions of 21st-century elite college life: Underage drinking and sexual promiscuity, for $46,852 a year.

Now in theory one should be able to tie one on without having a man (or woman) take advantage of you as in Jimmy Stewart & Katherine Hepburn in the Philadelphia Story you were the little better or worse for wine and there are rules about that kind of thing.

But that movie is from a culture that prayed the Our Father in public school and based their values of personal responsibility and honor on Judeo Christian standards of the day.  Today the “right” people reject such beliefs as racist, sexist bigoted and homophobic and have replaced that culture with one that celebrates the hookup.

So to nobody’s surprise the result is that young men, who are already inclined to look for sex whenever possible by simple animal instinct are not likely to show restraint when then minds of both the object of their desires and themselves are clouded by drink.

It’s a small leap from a woman believing it’s the state’s responsibility to pay for birth control if they wish to have sex  to the belief in an inalienable right to get plastered without risk since the men they get plastered with are expected, unlike themselves to be in complete control of their decision-making process while drunk and colleges, afraid of that dreaded word “puritanical”, might find it  inconvenient to suggest to young men and woman: ” Regardless of how you think the world ‘should’ work, one should avoid getting shitfaced at parties if one wishes to maintain control over their mind and body.”

Nevertheless if colleges really want to prevent the scourge of sexual assault on campus that is the best and most effective way to do so, but will they have the courage to explain  to teens who have never been taught self-restraint that their best policy is to avoid drunken hookups but the proximate occasions of drunken hookups, ie:  the parties where they take place?

I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

Update: Cleaned up the penultimate paragraph

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