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Jessie The IBM Rock Star!

According to Business Insider, based on information provided by IBM, daughter Jessie (aka Dr. Jessie) is one of “17 IBM rock star employees that show the company’s new direction.”

Obamacare Hits Campuses Hard

A short piece of mine on the damaging impact of Obamacare on college and university health plans appeared on Minding The Campus this morning. It has just been reprinted (redigitized?) in The Fiscal Times.

Historians Lament Their Lost Audience

Thomas Bender, a thoughtful and accomplished historian at New York University, published an interesting piece recently in the Chronicle of Higher Education attempting to explain why historians  have lost their public audience. I have an essay on Minding The Campus this morning in effect suggesting that his explanation amounts to looking where the light is good rather […]

Obama Hoist On His Own Canard

Obama continues to regard Republicans — and increasingly, the Congress as a whole — as a more ominous threat to all he holds dear (mainly his “legacy”) than the mullahs in Iran. Indeed, his fury at them is so unbounded that if it did not display his characteristic double standard it would have no standards […]

Is America Becoming More Christian, American Secular Jews More Jewish?

Instapundit links a new Rasmussen poll revealing that “America is still a strongly Christian nation” and adds: I wonder if it will become more, rather than less, that way? I was talking the other day to a fellow academic who said that he’s always been a near-agnostic Christmas-and-Easter kind of guy, but that lately, he’s feeling […]

Original Intent, Original Meaning, And Obamacare

I’ve written several times about two contrasting versions of originalism, “original intent” vs. “original meaning,” for the first time here: An overly simple (but I hope not inaccurate) way of illustrating this sometimes elusive distinction is to look at the debate over how to interpret the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. An […]

Blacks Over-Represented On University Of Oklahoma …

… football and basketball teams. At the University of Oklahoma, Inside Higher Ed points out today, “Black men make up 61 percent of Oklahoma’s basketball and football teams, but only 2.7 percent of the university’s student population.” That shocking lack of “diversity” was pointed out in an article, “About Time,” attributing a good part of […]

Our Constitutional Lawyer-In-Chief Speaks Out

President Obama, whom some may recall was the editor of the Harvard Law Review and a professor (or at least lecturer) of constitutional law at the University of Chicago, has applauded the University of Oklahoma’s expelling two students and disbanding their fraternity after fraternity members were captured on a video singing a racist song. Many […]

Don’t Think Of “Elephant”

You’ve all  heard of the thought experiment involving the command, “Don’t let the thought of an elephant cross you mind, however fleetingly.” The point, of course, is to demonstrate that you can’t consciously not think of something without thinking of it. An unwittingly hilarious editorial in the Washington Post this morning brings that experiment, and […]

Two Key Points Re The Israeli Election

From CNN: 1. Israeli voters — especially on the right — have been skeptical that Obama has their best interests at heart. This point was underscored in a recent poll that asked Israelis recently if they believed President Obama would agree to a deal that Israeli officials considered harmful to Israel’s security. Of those that responded, 61% said […]