• More UFO Sightings — And Navy Notices

    More UFO Sightings — And Navy Notices

    Uh, what?!:

    A recent uptick in sightings of unidentified flying objects — or as the military calls them, “unexplained aerial phenomena” — prompted the Navy to draft formal procedures for pilots to document encounters, a corrective measure that former officials say is long overdue.

    As first reported by POLITICO, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis since 2014. Recently, unidentified aircraft have entered military-designated airspace as often as multiple times per month, Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

    More:

    In some cases, pilots — many of whom are engineers and academy graduates — claimed to observe small spherical objects flying in formation.

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  • Woke Capitalism Is Our Enemy

    Woke Capitalism Is Our Enemy

    Pro tip: whenever you hear a management type talk about “diversity” and “inclusion,” you may be certain that you are about to hear a rationale for creating a more ideologically uniform and ideologically exclusive community.

    A reader has sent me internal documents from a leading global corporation having to do with its employee program to create a Diverse and Inclusive culture. I am not allowed to quote from the documents, or to identify the company, so I’m going to be delicate here in what I describe, to honor the reader’s request to protect privacy. The reader said

    It confirms what you have been saying all along.

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  • Freddy A Totem Of Totalitarian Tenderness

    Freddy: A Totem Of Totalitarian Tenderness

    Coming a week from today at the Tribeca Film Festival:

    Watch the trailer for Seahorse, a new feature-length documentary produced in association with the Guardian, about one trans man’s pioneering quest to start his own family. The is the story of the dad who gave birth.

    Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society’s fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood and family.

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  • ‘Great Awokening’: A New Religious War

    ‘Great Awokening’: A New Religious War

    Prof. Darel Paul has a powerful essay on “The Great Awokening” on college campuses. Excerpts:

    The preachers of the Great Awokening claim to desire racial equality. Is this true? Or are they more interested in casting sinners into the hands of an angry mob? While it is difficult to discern another person’s ends, it is far easier to know her means. These involve a wholesale transformation of language, the academic curriculum, standards of judgment, disciplinary content and boundaries, academic freedom, even the definition of knowledge itself. This is no passing storm or simple outburst of youthful exuberance. The Great Awokening is a truly revolutionary project.

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  • The Moral Collapse Of Middlebury College

    The Moral Collapse Of Middlebury College

    What’s in this video is what purports to be audio of a meeting between Middlebury College students and faculty over the botched Ryszard Legutko speech this week. There is some profanity in it, so you might not want to listen to it with the audio up. But it has been subtitled by Mike Nayna, who released it:

    The recording begins with an unnamed faculty member apologizing to a group of students for having failed them — the failure being not preventing Legutko, a Polish professor and statesman, from coming to campus to speak.

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  • Notre Dame Fire: A Sign For Our Time

    Notre Dame Fire: A Sign For Our Time

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    There is no way to replace what Paris, what France, what Christendom, and indeed what humanity, has lost today. It is irreplaceable. For example, we literally cannot recreate the windows, which date from the time of Dante. We do not know how to do it. As a friend said to me, “You can rebuild the World Trade Center. You cannot rebuild Notre Dame de Paris.”

    Watch this and weep:

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    Take a look at this short clip from Kenneth Clark’s monologue opening his great 1969 TV series Civilisation (all of which is available on YouTube).

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  • Killing Catholicism: The Drama Of Self-Murder

    Killing Catholicism: The Drama Of Self-Murder

    Here’s news from the world of Catholic higher education. The Office of the Provost of Fordham University sent this out today to the faculty:

    Dear Colleagues,

    We hope that some of you can join us at our Faculty Teach-In on Pronouns and Gender Identity, Friday at 1:30 in Martino 801 (45 Columbus Ave., Lincoln Center Campus). This student-led teach-in is part of our semester-long initiative on Inclusive Pedagogy and Student Engagement. Students will be presenting on four areas of student and academic life: housing, healthcare, curriculum, and policy. They will spend a large portion of the event answering questions about these topics as well as the experiences of trans identifying students at Fordham.

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  • The Great Awokening Preceded The Trumpening

    The Great Awokening Preceded The Trumpening

    Matt Yglesias writes about what he calls The Great Awokening: the rush leftward of the Democratic Party on race issues. Excerpts:

    For all the attention paid to the politics of the far right in the Trump era, the biggest shift in American politics is happening somewhere else entirely.

    In the past five years, white liberals have moved so far to the left on questions of race and racism that they are now, on these issues, to the left of even the typical black voter.

    This change amounts to a “Great Awokening” — comparable in some ways to the enormous religious fomentin the white North in the years before the American Civil War.

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  • Policing Villanova For Crimethink

    Policing Villanova For Crimethink

    Here’s distressing news from Villanova, and I’m not talking about the release of a new paper from America’s Theological Sweetheart™ either. This is a Wall Street Journal column by professors Colleen Sheehan and James Matthew Wilson, who say that the ideological mania for “diversity” is turning their school into a place where it’s very hard to get a liberal arts education. Excerpts:

    Last fall we were notified by the Villanova administration that new “diversity and inclusion” questions would be added to the course and teaching evaluations that students fill out each semester. In addition to the standard questions about the intellectual worth of the course and the quality of instruction, students are now being asked heavily politicized questions such as whether the instructor has demonstrated “cultural awareness” or created an “environment free of bias based on individual differences or social identities.”

    In short, students are being asked to rate professors according to their perceived agreement with progressive political opinion on bias and identity.

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  • Australian Left Doesn’t Waste Massacre

    Australian Left Doesn’t Waste Massacre

    Rachel Withers says all white Australians are to blame for the Christchurch massacre. Excerpt:

    I’m a white Australian. I know that blaming myself and my cohort is illogical, but I can’t escape the feeling that all of white Australia is implicated in the deaths—a white majority that has fomented and let foment hate. Though he may have labeled himself a European, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant was an Aussie through and through, growing up in a country town north of Sydney, steeped in mainstream Australian racism and our particular national brand of Islamophobia. He grew up in the same Murdoch-controlled mass media environment that the rest of us did—one that recently trashed Islam 2,891 times in a single year—and under the same governments, with prime ministers who have repeatedly stoked anti-Muslim sentiment for votes, with one major party making it central to their electoral strategy.

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  • SJW Hissy Fit At Sarah Lawrence

    SJW Hissy Fit At Sarah Lawrence

    All, I’m off to New Orleans in a moment, to have my chakras realigned over lunch with an old pal, and then to head over to UNO for tonight’s wing-ding with the great Melissa Harris-Perry. But first, I have some raw, juicy Dreherbait to throw to the masses.

    You might have heard about the Social Justice Warriors protesting at Sarah Lawrence College, which one fears is headed towards being an advanced day care center for the emotionally fragile daughters of the upwardly mobile. What sparked the protest was a New York Times op-ed written by Samuel Abrams, a conservative professor there, in which he claimed that campus administrators were intolerantly liberal — not only at Sarah Lawrence, but around the nation.

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  • The Bonfire Of Michael Jackson

    The Bonfire Of Michael Jackson

    Alyssa Rosenberg of the Washington Post writes:

    “The flames give a quiet command,” Post pop music critic Chris Richards writes of the bonfire consuming Michael Jackson memorabilia at the end of “Leaving Neverland,” a shattering HBO documentary about the years the superstar allegedly spent abusing choreographer Wade Robson and former child star James Safechuck starting when they were children. “Go gather up whatever you have and throw it in. You certainly have something. He’s Michael Jackson. Now let’s be done with him. And if you give ‘Leaving Neverland’ your full attention, you’ll want to be done with him.” Hank Stuever, The Post’s television critic, concluded that“with Robson and Safechuck’s words and descriptions still rattling around in my head, I can easily envision a world with 95 percent less ‘Smooth Criminal’ in it.

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  • NYT: Yep, There’s A Border Emergency

    NYT: Yep, There’s A Border Emergency

    Yesterday I wrote about the Washington Post’s report on the emergency situation at the US-Mexico border. Lo and behold, tonight The New York Times does the same thing. Excerpts:

    The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly doubling what they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration’s aggressive policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States.

    More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high and a strong sign that stepped-up prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have not reversed what remains a powerful lure for thousands of families fleeing violence and poverty.

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  • Least Tolerant: Educated White Liberals

    Least Tolerant: Educated White Liberals

    Everybody, sorry I’ve been out of touch all day. I had to go out of town unexpectedly today, and have been away from the keys. One of the nice things about this blog is when I don’t post when people think I should, folks start writing to ask if I’m okay. Some good news: in February, this here blog received over one million unique visitors — the twelfth month in a row we’ve done this. Overall, TAC had another great month as well. Thank you!

    Here’s a fascinating story from The Atlantic: a map of American political prejudice. Guess where researchers found that the most politically prejudiced people live, and who they are?

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  • The Indecent-American Community

    The Indecent-American Community

    This is interesting. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren believes that orthodox Christians, Orthodox Jews, orthodox Muslims, and all other Americans who hold traditional views on homosexuality, are indecent people.

    I don’t know what Mike Pence would say, but I doubt he would call gay Americans and their straight allies “indecent” because of their beliefs.… Read More...