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Next month, I will be taking my daughter to a New Student Orientation program at the university she will be attending in the fall. I was looking at the website page that lists the orientation team leaders, who are current students, and I couldn’t help noticing that the pupils’ page proudly perpetrates the peculiar practice of picking preferred […]

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This is just a short fun story from a while back that I found in my drafts, and quickly finished. I was sitting in the dining hall with a good friend and two others, and I brought up the failings of the FDA. (It was relevant enough.) Two of my tablemates launched into, “Well, they’re […]

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As you all know by now because I love to talk about myself, I am a mom. (Want to hear about my childhood? Okay! Want to see 1200 pictures of me? Okay!) Anyway, now that my child is in college, I’ve been looking back on things. Being a mom changes a person. It makes you […]

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Water is heavy. This was a lesson I learned in my freshman year in college, back more years than I care to remember. It was something I learned in class, but the lesson was underscored by my first-ever roommate, Seth. It is not his real name – for reasons obvious as this story progresses.

I was accepted to the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. How far back? Back a few years after the Great Aerospace Bust left engineering graduates unable to find a job more challenging than pumping gasoline upon graduation. Not just baccalaureate degree holders, but rather those with masters and doctorates. In some ways folks looked on engineering grads the same way we view those with worthless studies degrees today.

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Fortunately, I missed blow-by-blow accounts of House Republicans’ self-destruction, though leftist gloating continues to linger in the air like a bad smell, regardless of efforts to squeegee politics out of one’s life for a long weekend. Instead, I traveled to a nearby State in the Midwest to attend several sports events that highlighted my granddaughters’ skills in soccer and swimming. At this point, it is perhaps advisable to disguise true identities here, for their sakes as well as mine. All I’ll say about the State in question is that it consists of a pair of peninsulas, one of which looks like a mitten and hosts one of the most wretched cities in the country, laid waste by several generations of Democrats at the helm, producing wreckage pretty much equivalent to what B-29s did to Tokyo in 1945.

Okay, I exaggerated, so let’s talk about the soccer teams. Let’s call one the Sesame Street Hushpuppies and the other, an Amish team known as the Fighting Pacifists. But don’t let these names mislead you; they certainly know how to play soccer. It’s just the game itself that remains a puzzle to me.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 20, 2016, it’s the Electoral College Edition of the podcast…only it’s not! It is really the Judy Curry podcast where we talk with the noted climatologist and courageous skeptic about the details – we’re talking details here – of the climate alarmist argument.

The HLC podcast is brought to you by Donors Trust, by Patriot Mobile and by our friends at SimpliSafe.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. They also slam Pres. Obama for dismissing the Electoral College as a vestige of an earlier vision of America. And we react to Michelle Obama comparing the American people to toddlers.

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shutterstock_238626832Today my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), released our annual “Spotlight on Speech Codes” report, a rundown of the speech policies at 449 of America’s largest and most prestigious colleges and universities. The report contains both good and bad news about the state of free speech on campus.

As the Wall Street Journal reported:

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They are going to reinforce the walls of that bubble with adamantium. An Asylum of Higher Education in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts has banned the American flag so it can concentrate on its core mission of indoctrinating students in homophilia and Islamophilia. “We will not fly the U.S. flag or any other flags at […]

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss millennials choosing Hillary Clinton by a much smaller margin than Barack Obama enjoyed in previous elections. They also unload on the liberal politicians and columnists screaming for the Electoral College to be abolished. And they slam the media for throwing a fit over Donald Trump going out to dinner without telling the media.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer their predictions for Election Day 2016. Jim and Greg state their final electoral college results and go over each of the key swing states. They also predict the final balance in the U.S. Senate come January and go through each of those key races. And they discuss what the numbers in the U.S House of Representatives will look like.

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…compels me to direct you to this article written by my daughter for the webzine she and some of her high school friends publish. http://www.thelinkpublishing.com/news/2016/10/9/dear-future-college-students-warning Preview Open

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If money was the biggest factor in determining who goes to college and who doesn’t, then it would follow that college attendance would be really high among the children of lottery winners, no? As it turns out, that isn’t the case: Preview Open

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In a college philosophy class, my atheist professor (at a Catholic university) once questioned the significance of the Golden Rule. Is the idea truly particular to Christianity? “Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you” seems to have been understood long before Jesus. At the time, I tried to argue with him […]

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Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.

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At the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), it goes without saying that we’re big fans of the First Amendment and our legal system’s robust guarantees of freedom of expression. Goodness, though, the free speech protections we enjoy in our society can bear awfully little resemblance to the conceptions of free speech (and un-free speech) that have taken root in the speech-code-heavy culture of our colleges today.

This got us wondering: What if the Founding Fathers conceptualized the First Amendment with the same boundaries college administrations so often put in place — what with their policies on “biased” speech, unconstitutional “free speech zone” restrictions, and increasingly intolerant attitudes toward “microaggressions?”

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When I worked as an ACT/SAT tutor, I sometimes got to chat with my students after the lesson finished. Given the opportunity, I’d offer the following advice: 1) In choosing majors, consider both what you enjoy learning about and what someone else will pay you enough to do to make a living, and 2) Understand that these need not be the same thing. People who are particularly diligent, talented, and lucky sometimes get to be paid to follow their passions; most folks don’t and very few who do get to do so straight out of school. Moreover, is there absolutely nothing dishonorable or disappointing in using your remunerative work to finance your actual passions. That’s the point about passions, anyway: You’re interested in them even when you’re not getting paid to pursue them.

In a new Prager U video addressed to graduates, Mike Rowe made not only that point, but took it several excellent steps further:

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Folks, look what Mr. Roger Kimball has published on realclearpolitics. He suggests, people of means are organizing a coup to destroy the most famous great books school in America. Read all about it, but for now I’ve got some remarks. One is to do with the bitterness of inheritance. The man who apparently wants to bring progress–read […]

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I wonder, with the direction things are going in on some campuses today, if parents will be rethinking where they send their kids to school. For what tuition costs families, why pay someone to churn out an angry, closed minded, insulated, safe-space obsessed, ungrateful young adult? There are enough ways they can learn that in today’s […]

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