October 30, 2017
Vol. 23, No. 08
Books & Arts
There’s no good, clean way out of Trump's latest controversy. Amid a days-long discussion about his willingness to call the families of armed service members killed in the line of duty, President Trump called the family of one Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the Green Berets killed earlier this month. Trump allegedly told the family that their hero “knew what he was getting into when he signed up” for the Army. Trump says this is a lie.
The Twidiocracy has changed America, mostly for the worse. We are coarser, louder, more envious, more vain, and all-around more intolerant and intolerable than we were even 10 years ago. And it's not because we know each other less, but because we know each other more. Hell is knowing what other people think.
James O’Keefe’s undercover investigations of various liberal institutions have resulted in everything from congressional action to criminal charges filed against the conservative provocateur. His latest exposé reveals an important truth, but maybe not the one he intended.
Last July, he launched a series called American Pravda focused on CNN that aimed to show just how liberal the American media is, and in particular, how hostile they are to President Trump. He recently turned his hidden cameras toward the New York Times.
The hardest thing about teaching, and teaching middle school especially, is all the stuff you can’t cover with students on the fragile border between childhood and young adulthood. You can’t do it all, and you shouldn’t try. The mark of a good teacher is that she cuts the right amount of difficult detail from a lesson, saving the most appropriate and comprehensible complications—and then leaving just enough unanswered to draw a curious child back from daydreaming.
But as seen in one southern Mississippi school district’s recent decision to spare eighth graders the discomfort of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, cutting too much of the complicated stuff also defeats the purpose of school.
Boise State political science professor Scott Yenor is a conservative. He wrote a piece about the sexual revolution, feminism, and transgenderism. The next thing he knew, the students were protesting him, the faculty senate was investigating him, and the university's diversity enforcer was tying him to the white supremacist murder and mob in Charlottesville.
Why does Congress allow donations to college football programs to be tax deductible? Ryan Brewer, a professor at the wonderfully named Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, showed last month that the Ohio State, Texas, and Oklahoma football programs all are worth at least $1 billion, with Ohio State topping the inventory at a $1.5 billion valuation. Yet donations to these programs are tax deductible, as are most donations to college athletics.
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