Is it sexist to address the incoming class as “freshmen?” The manifest clumsiness of “freshperson” might dispose of the question if you gave no thought to the term “co-ed,” which made sense only because higher education was thought to be a male pursuit.
Sit right over there, little lady. Just keep quiet and don’t touch anything. The guy next to you is training to fly the plane and your IQ has gotten you into a target-rich environment for husband-hunting. You will get what you want and so will the guys.
I retired as Associate Professor Emeritus from Indiana University, the…
We among the lucky — or unlucky — few who are allowed to contemplate the end of our lives spend a great deal of that limited time contemplating the beginning, remembering with varying degrees of accuracy, telling stories.
How do I know that? How can I speak for anybody but myself?
That’s a fair objection. In the last couple of years, I’ve sat through nursing home hospice with two elderly relatives as cancer took them away slowly and, forty years or so ago, with two of my generation in home hospice. Likewise, cancer.
That makes a sample of five, me…
Lincoln, the film, was realistic enough to show that a lot of what was done to get it passed was not pretty. Ratification was even worse. The ratification of the 13th Amendment, the 14th Amendment (promising equal protection of the law), and the 15th Amendment (guaranteeing the right to vote) or legislation of equal import was made to be a condition of readmission to the Union.
This demand was extra-constitutional and, from the time Chief Justice Marshall arrogated the power to strike down acts of Congress in Marbury v. Madison, extra-constitutional had been synonymous in the minds of many people…
I rise to dissent from the view that the battle’s over. If our current situation is victory for democracy, I should hope to never taste defeat.
Poor old Karl Marx. His name got attached to so much nonsense. Yet, he is one of those rare thinkers who left his mark on so many disciplines that it’s hard to earn an advanced degree even now without encountering his work — though seldom in the original because his writing was a hard slog. Marx left tracks in political science, economics, sociology, philosophy, literature and most other arts.
He died a stateless person…
A discussion about whether there was law in Oklahoma after it ceased being Indian Territory in 1907?
Considering the facts on the ground, it might be fruitful to examine whether the white supremacists in our times running with the Adolf Hitler fan club is coincidence or just because the neo-Nazis agree on white supremacy but nothing more?
What will the discussion cost us in reputation? Will it cost us money? What could we tell the kiddies after all these years of lying silence?
R word? Racism?
Even scarier. Reparations.
A hundred years makes a lot of distance but I grew…
I have decided that if I’m not going to make money with my writing, I am at least going to enjoy it. Godwin’s law, for those who need a refresher, instructs us as follows:
As an online discussion continues, the probability of a reference or comparison to Hitler or Nazis approaches 1.
Mike Godwin, the law maker, has been forced by current events to recognize the size of Hitler’s fan club and to admit that when people do harm and cite Hitler as the reason, it might be a good idea to call them out in the terms they have…
Taking him at his word would have saved me a lot of grief, but it was the kind of grief that comes with playing pundit. Errors come with the territory. You don’t have to admit your errors, although I do as a matter of commitment to being right as often as possible.
I take little solace in being only one of many who could not believe that such a high-placed player in a two-party system would lead his party off the field when there was so much governing to be done. …
Viruses are not “living” as we understand life, but a virus can still be “killed” in the sense of being rendered unable to do harm to human beings. The purpose of viruses appears to be making copies of themselves. You have heard that viruses have DNA profiles, you say? Well, you can claim they “have DNA” and that would be a true statement, but it’s truer to say they are DNA lurking inside a protective sheath of protein. Stripping away that protection disables or kills.
The important thing for human beings defending against viruses is that some of the awful…
First some thoughts about money, relationships, and why you ought to pay attention to lining up some passive income. That is, an income that continues when you quit working.
You may go forward into the future or you may allow the waves to rake you over razor-sharp reefs and leave you unable to do anything for your family but bleed on them.
If you start your life journey alone, as I did, you will find it easier to bond with another human being if it’s obvious that you are able to take care of yourself. …
John Kerry, testifying for Vietnam Veterans Against the War before a Senate committee, famously answered,
Ships and planes, Senator, ships and planes.
That was a clever remark, but it went the way of Kerry’s later presidential campaign.
In 2004, Kerry was a senator from Massachusetts, running on withdrawal from Afghanistan as being not a question of whether, but of how. We had been there since 2001, when the Taliban government that sheltered Osama bin Laden had been deposed. Bin Laden’s trail had gone cold since a very close call in the caves of Tora Bora.
The caves are located near…
Enrolled Cherokee, 9th grade dropout, retired judge, associate professor emeritus, and (so far) cancer survivor. Memoir: Lighting the Fire (Miniver Press 2020)