Jul 282015
 

I was less intellectually and spiritually sure of myself in college than at any other time in my life. That’s just how it should be. Higher education is about many things, but it must be about questioning everything we think we know.

It should be more difficult to be fat and happy with your beliefs at a university than at just about any other place in the world.

And that is why the proliferation of “safe zones,” the prattling about “microaggression,” and the massive growth of speech codes is one gigantic travesty.

Look, we’re all adults here. Let’s seriously consider the notion that if it takes longer than ten seconds to explain why using this term or that is offensive, then there’s a really good chance the offense is manufactured. Political correctness is obnoxious everywhere, but it’s hugely toxic on college campuses.

For example, I learned today—hat tip, Katherine Timpf—that the word “American” is offensive. Do go spend some time with the University of New Hampshire’s Bias-Free Language Guide.

You see, “American” excludes South America, as well as Canada and Mexico. (Never mind that there is not another country whose official name ends with “America” besides the United States of America. “United Statesian” just rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?)

“Senior citizen” is offensive, too. Use “old person.” (Really?)

“Obese”? “Overweight”? No. “People of size.” (Presumably “lard ass” is verboten as well.)

I’m sick of this crap. You know if someone’s offending or not without reading some stupid “language guide.” Grow up.

 Posted by at 8:49 pm
Jul 172015
 

Please stop now. Walk away.

I know he’s saying some things that need to be said. That is not enough reason to pay him any attention. His unseriousness in such matters is demonstrable and longstanding. Mr. Trump is mostly interested in Mr. Trump.

Did you know he hasn’t filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission?

Did you know he hasn’t hired any campaign staff to speak of?

Donald Trump is a boob. He’s a rich boob, but a boob nonetheless.

Stop acting like he’s really running for president.

 Posted by at 6:35 pm
Jul 152015
 

When the pampas grass around the utility boxes in Ken Mackenzie’s front yard got out of hand, he removed it and replaced it with a different grass: Silver Queen corn. The Hampton Cove Owners Association (HCOA) told Mackenzie to remove it. He reviewed the covenants extensively, and finding no restrictions against planting and growing corn, […]

 Posted by at 1:35 pm
Jun 272015
 

My dear friends Jennifer and Melissa, life partners since 1993, got engaged yesterday. I am so very happy for them and the many other couples who were similarly unencumbered with this ruling. I’m also exhausted. Oh, not that I’ve been some kind of tireless activist. I’m just so weary of this being a thing. This […]

 Posted by at 12:36 am

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