It’s actually encouraging that the sciences are maintaining their grip on truth, and will likely continue to do so – as long as we keep global warming out of the mix (I’m looking at you NASA.)
Higher education is increasingly a house divided. In the sciences and even the humanities, actual scholars maintain the high standards of their noble calling. But in the humanities, especially, and elsewhere, faux scholars representing specious disciplines exploit academia as a jobs program for otherwise unemployable propagandists hostile to freedom of expression.
Sounds like the French need more gun regulations…
The Interior minister said French authorities have conducted 2,235 searches, made 263 arrests and seized 334 weapons, including 34 military-grade weapons, since last month’s attacks on several bars and restaurants, a concert hall and the national stadium in Paris.
California Gov. Jerry Brown went on the attack Saturday slamming neighboring states’ gun laws. Brown told the Sacramento Bee that Nevada and Arizona are a “gigantic back door through which any terrorist can walk.”
Hey Jerry – the guns were legally purchased by bad guys in your own damn state. Quit trying to shift the focus away from Islamic terrorists and on to law abiding gun owners.
Peggy Noonan observes a new low in public discourse – the mocking of prayer in response to a tragedy:
The background is that Republican presidential contestants responded online to the shootings with the only helpful thing you can say—or do, frankly, from faraway—when a story like this occurs. “Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders,” said Jeb Bush. Mike Huckabee said he was “praying.” John Kasich: “My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted.”
This managed to enrage the progressive left. You can take your prayers and stuff ’em. The answer and the only answer to this tragedy is gun control, and if you’re not for it you’re not allowed to be part of the conversation. “Please shut up and slink away,” tweeted a reporter. Another: “Your thoughts and prayers don’t mean a damn thing.” A reporter at the Huffington Post damned public officials’ “useless thoughts and prayers.” Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos: “How many dead people did those thoughts and prayers bring back to the life?”
She goes on to suggest some common sense about winning people to your side, as opposed to beating them down:
Here’s an odd thing. If you really are for some new gun-control measure, if you are serious about it, you just might wait a while, until the blood has cooled, for instance, and then try to win people over to see it your way. You might offer information, argument, points of persuasion. Successful politics involves pulling people together. You don’t use a tragedy to shame and silence those who don’t see it your way; that only hardens sides. Which has left me wondering if gun-control proponents are even serious about it. Maybe they’re just using their wedge issue at a moment of high stress to hammer people on the other side of the ideological and philosophical divide.
Earlier she references our “responsibility as an adult” as an unspoken guideline for facing tragedy – unfortunately liberals continue to yearn for those golden days of their youth when holding a protest was the cool thing to do.
Nowadays everyone just wants to tell them to grow up.