• Why Not Close Humanities Departments?


    A reader who identifies himself as a tenured college professor in a STEM field at a state university, who remains closeted as a conservative out of fear, writes to say that he holds humanities degrees, but:

    I’m a long time reader but am writing for the first time to ask a question.  You write:

    “There are some readers, apparently, who believe that I really do advocate closing down the university humanities departments. Honestly, people. Honestly.”

    My question is, why on earth not?

    My own department has many problems, but there are senior faculty on the left defending us against a particularly ideological version of an “anti-discrimination” class taught by one of our own.  I’m sure there are still some noble souls teaching Shakespeare and Chaucer well, but for the most part I think the humanities departments that should be the heart of the university are now almost completely hydra-headed cancers further afflicting an already perhaps fatally weak patient.  Amputation may be the only answer.  Someday we can grow a new heart. READ MORE...

  • Islamic Jihadist Uses Knife to Attack Morning Commuters – 1 Dead, 3 Injured


    Early Tuesday morning as commuters waited at their local train station to head to work, a 27-year old man attacked 4 innocent victims, killing one and wounding three others.

    Early Tuesday morning as commuters waited at their local train station to head to work, a 27-year old man attacked 4 innocent victims, killing one and wounding three others.

    The attack occurred at a train station in a small town about 25-miles east of the German city of Munich. The eye witnesses say that just before beginning his attack the man shouted “Allahu Akbhar,” and “Infidels must die!” However, intelligence services cannot find any connection between the man and any known Muslim terror networks. The police have also not spoken to the idea of the attack being terror-related but they have said that from what they can gather the attack was “political.” The man was taken into custody shortly after the attack. READ MORE...

  • Leah Libresco, Ben Op Den Mother


     

    So I was sitting in my home office late this morning working on the Benedict Option book, when my daughter Nora came up the stairs with a box of cookies that had just come in the mail. They came from Leah Libresco, about whom not enough good things can be said. Her note said she was feeling down and out about politics, and decided to make some cookies — oatmeal espresso walnut chocolate chip cookies, to be precise. She wrote on the card:

    I was in a funk + feeling powerless but God hardly restricts our actions to elections! So, instead, I hope this lifts your spirits + you run into a lot of small, kinda boring ways to accept + offer love. And happy Pascha! READ MORE...

  • A much-needed pre-K primer


    At first glance, the new poll results Gallup released last week on early childhood and higher education seem pretty straightforward. Reported with the headline “Americans Buy Free Pre-K; Split on Tuition-Free College,” the poll found that 59 percent of Americans now support free early childhood programs while less than half (47 percent) support free college tuition.

    Headlines covering Gallup polls on pre-K support can be confusing. / Credit: Twenty20

    But a closer look behind Gallup’s “Free Pre-K” headline reveals something peculiar: The poll didn’t ask about pre-K. It asked about “child care and pre-kindergarten programs,” encompassing a range of programs for children from birth to age 5. So in fact, Gallup has no idea if 59 percent of Americans support public pre-K, because their poll didn’t ask that question. READ MORE...

  • This Unusual Indicator Confirms That The Tech Bubble Has Burst: “The Answer Lies In Ping-Pong”


    If you’re trying to figure out what the economy is doing and where financial markets are headed in the near future you can focus your efforts on a never-ending flow of charts, earnings reports and scores of daily analyses from professionals around the world.

    But as it relates to the technology industry, namely those multi-billion dollar conglomerates and unicorn startups in Silicon Valley, a new report from Silicon Beat says that the answer may lie in Ping-Pong:

    The table tennis game — as ubiquitous among Silicon Valley tech startups as free food and T-shirt attire — can be used to measure the market’s health, according to The Journal’s report. READ MORE...

  • The Iran Hawks’ Campaign of Deception


    Suzanne Maloney drags Samuels and his Ben Rhodes profile over the coals one more time:

    Samuels writes that the underlying intent of the Iran nuclear deal was to “create the space for America to disentangle itself from its established system of alliances with countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey” and “effectively begin the process of a large-scale disengagement from the Middle East.”

    The problem with this assertion is that Rhodes never says any such thing. Nor do any of the other U.S. officials quoted in the story, or anyone else for that matter. And nowhere does the article assemble actual evidence to corroborate this provocative description of the Obama administration’s grand strategy in the Middle East [bold mine-DL]. This proposition was first and most fully articulated by my former colleague Michael Doran, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, in a 2015 article for an obscure internet magazine that went viral. Its thesis clearly animates many of the deal’s opponents. But absent evidence, the premise that Obama harbors a “secret plan” to jettison America’s deep security partnership with Israel and the Gulf states constitutes pure conjecture, not fact. READ MORE...

  • The Iran Hawks’ Campaign of Deception


    Suzanne Maloney drags Samuels and his Ben Rhodes profile over the coals one more time:

    Samuels writes that the underlying intent of the Iran nuclear deal was to “create the space for America to disentangle itself from its established system of alliances with countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey” and “effectively begin the process of a large-scale disengagement from the Middle East.”

    The problem with this assertion is that Rhodes never says any such thing. Nor do any of the other U.S. officials quoted in the story, or anyone else for that matter. And nowhere does the article assemble actual evidence to corroborate this provocative description of the Obama administration’s grand strategy in the Middle East [bold mine-DL]. This proposition was first and most fully articulated by my former colleague Michael Doran, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, in a 2015 article for an obscure internet magazine that went viral. Its thesis clearly animates many of the deal’s opponents. But absent evidence, the premise that Obama harbors a “secret plan” to jettison America’s deep security partnership with Israel and the Gulf states constitutes pure conjecture, not fact. READ MORE...