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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 15, 2019 it is the FREE LUNCH (Yesss!) edition of the show, number 224 (omgggg) with you charmingly lunchable hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week, we begin with an assessment of the Dems race to the bottom. Who can […]

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The Little Boy Who Doesn’t Belong

 

Baby Girl is wrapping up her third year of teaching Kindergarten. Her job is about a seven-hour drive from us and there’s not a lot that old dad can do for her from this distance save for the occasional Daddy-How-Do-I-Fix-This-Facetime call. But every spring she bundles up all of the pictures and the videos she’s taken over the course of the school year and ships it to me and I do what I’ve spent a lifetime doing: making a little television.

There’s a lovely song called “Just Be You” recorded by Anthem Lights and I make the kids and their parents a video scrapbook of their first school year built around that song. We can’t distribute it because of copyright reasons, but the limited one-time showing in the classroom at the end of the year is made more complicated by the sad state of affairs the Internet has made in some of the lives of our children.

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David French of Radio America and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as Joe Biden enters the 2020 presidential race vowing to return the nation to the Obama-Biden era and they break down the advantages and disadvantages Biden brings to the campaign. They also discuss the measles outbreaks and how they seem to be entirely […]

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In Defense of the Responsible

 

Over on Twitter today, my friend Phil Klein of the Washington Examiner is getting piled on for this piece:

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Has anyone heard about what happened to all the students whose parents paid bribes and test-takers to get them into elite colleges? Why doesn’t someone follow up on all the kids involved, and do a story about what happened to them all, once they were admitted to colleges under false pretenses? If their test scores […]

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On the Modern University

 

At Michigan State University, a student reported his roommate for the unspeakable crime of watching a Ben Shapiro video. (This, apparently, constituted a “bias incident.” How sitting passively can count as “bias” is beyond me, but that’s neither here nor there.) I was at another venerable Wolverine State institution, the University of Michigan, in winter 2017 — only two or three months after the 2016 election — and the students had taken to the bulletin boards to vent:

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This Week in the Academic Jungle

 

I’m knee-deep in bureaucratic, faculty paperwork already today, so the last thing I wanted to see was this email from our university’s Coordinator of the “Women’s and Gender Equity Center”:

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Has the Death of the Great Books Been Greatly Exaggerated?

 

I saw this article in my news feed, lamenting the collapse of interest in The Great Books. Articles much like this one show up often in my news feeds. The collapse of interest in The Great Books, the Classics, traditional curricula, etc., is “common knowledge” amongst conservative intellectuals.

I don’t have sufficient data to disprove that this “collapse” is occurring, but anecdotal evidence makes me skeptical. In the past, there were essentially three ways to be exposed to The Great Books: 1) They were assigned in a classroom. 2) They were assigned by parents who owned a high-quality home library. 3) A reader would stumble upon them in a public library.

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Harvard Caught in Victim Vise

 

Haaah-vahd is caught in a virtuous-victims vise, and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving center of intersectional grievance mongers. For the past year, Harvard has been slowly bled by allegations and then ugly revelations about their administration’s racial problem with Asians. Now, Harvard is being sued for profiting today from the racist Harvard past, specifically by exploiting the image of a slave. The plaintiff claims she is a descendant of the exploited African-American and suffers harm herself in seeing the continued exploitation of her ancestor by Harvard.

So, Harvard University is being sued for discrimination against Asians, in the same way as they once discriminated against Jews, and is being separately sued for the present-day continuation of its 19th-century exploitation of an African-American slave. Perhaps the Harvard shield of arms should be updated, replacing “Veritas,” written across three open books, with a plain black bar sinister.

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Ask any knowledgeable conservative to identify their least-favorite president, and more and more the answer these days will come back: Woodrow Wilson! But this was not always so. For a long time FDR held the crown, but in the last generation a number of closer looks have come to recognize that Wilson, and the broader […]

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I like KNBT for its unabashed but never hokey Americana. I at least respect KISS for its decades-long commitment to bored white teenage boys playing electric guitars in suburban garages on fiercely hot summer afternoons. But both radio stations have limited playlists, and so for my long drives between home and helicopter school I have […]

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Storytime at the library, at least at one library in Houston has been kicked up a notch. The Freed-Montrose library in Houston, Texas offers the Drag Queen Storytime program. Drag queens read books to the children. I’m all in for promoting reading, and exposing children to books, but we might want to consider slowing down a […]

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Looking at this college admissions scandal, it is easy to blame the guy running the scheme, as well as the celebrity faces, for driving up the cost of secondary education. The problem goes much further back than that… Growing up, my parents always said “just go to college, get a degree, and you’ll always have […]

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Some reflections on the college admissions scandal I’m not impressed by someone’s alma mater, you could call it reverse snobbery if you like, I don’t mind. Just remember there’s a billion Chinese that don’t know where you went to college, or university – they don’t care too much either. More

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Was Aunt Becky’s Scam Worth the FBI’s Attention?

 

Okay, I’m not quite being fair. It’s not just Aunt Becky’s scam. But this from today’s FBI news conference on the cheating scandal exposed today struck me a bit… excessive:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are a bit surprised by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff signaling they don’t plan to pursue impeachment of President Trump unless there’s a bipartisan consensus for it. They also look on sadly as New York City’s exorbitant taxes […]

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Rich Folks Get Their Not Qualified Kids Into College, But This Time, Illegally

 
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The Grant That Found Us

 

I’ve written previously about grant-seeking and its challenges for a small school such as my employer. Now comes the rest of the story, as last June, a generous grant offer arrived in my inbox. We almost turned it down.

The offer would fund a new Reading Room for our school, paying $17,500 to help provide an attractive, quiet place for students to read. The brochure showed examples of how other schools had transformed an area of their campus with furniture, decor, and books. The funds specified the project, the square footage required, and the procedure. Besides that, there were some annual reports to submit. We hadn’t thought of a Reading Room project. Nor did we have the space to allocate for it. Or did we? We exchanged e-mails with the coordinator, at first saying we didn’t qualify, and then, responding to encouragement from the organization, agreeing to have the coordinator visit our campus and take a look.

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Congratulate Ricochet Contributor Pat Sajak

 

Starting in May, he will be the new President of the Board of Trustees of Hillsdale College.

We are in California at a Hillsdale National Leadership Seminar, and the announcement was made last night, to rousing applause.

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