Entries from December 2010

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Academic Freedom: What It Is, What It Isn’t

Many a kerfuffle among the punditocracy and in the blogosphere about “tenured radicals” corrupting the minds of our young people in college, with tenure as a guarantee of lifelong employment without conditions. Well, since only about a quarter of faculty are tenured or working for tenure (and the rest of us contingent labor), let’s dismiss […]

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

O, bama!

President Obama is a lawyer (Harvard, 1991), but I’m sure glad that he’s not my lawyer, otherwise I could imagine this scene with a DA: “Right from the start let me say that my client is guilty as charged. Are there any other charges that you would like him to plead guilty to? OK, now […]

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Nazis, Good for What Ailes Ya

Roger Ailes, Faux News CEO, recently characterized the executives of National Public Radio as Nazis several times in an interview after NPR fired news analyst Juan Williams for having made an impolitic comment about traditional Islamic garb. According to Ailes: “They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the […]