05 Mar 2013

Is the University of Virginia Really Out of the Woods? New Developments

In a piece posted three days ago I treated a flare-up in the tension between the University of Virginia’s Governing Board and its President, Teresa Sullivan, that had supposedly been resolved with the reversal at the end of last summer of Sullivan’s forced resignation. According to Jenna Johnson’s March 2

03 Mar 2013

The Sequester and the Myth of WaPo’s “5 Myths”

For background on WaPo’s 5 Myths series, see my last post on it. The entry in today’s paper (but online since Thursday) is “5 Myths about the Sequester.” The authors are two frequent talking heads on outlets like the PBS News Hour, Thomas E. Mann of the liberal Brookings Institution,

02 Mar 2013

Is the University of Virginia Really Out of the Woods?

Last summer a scandal at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville jolted U. S. academia, as well as a good chunk of the general populace in the State and in neighboring Washington, DC. The governor-appointed Rector of the school’s “Board of Visitors,” the Tidewater-area businesswoman Helen Dragas, worked behind the

26 Feb 2013

Washington Post Op-Eds: Down’s Syndrome, Arabia’s Lawrence, and Hobson’s Choice

Greetings, all. The menu today includes Compassionate Conservative, Honorary Hasbarist, and Liberal #1. My spleen gets less of a workout this time because the anti-Promethean Fox Guest is taking the day off, to leave room for a guest column on a local matter (transportation legislation in Virginia) that I will

24 Feb 2013

Popes and the Myth of WaPo’s “5 Myths”

I know, I know. We’ve really hammered away at the subject at FDL since Papa Ratzi announced that he will relinquish the shoes of the fisherman at the close of business this coming Thursday. We’ve even had fun with it when Peterr volunteered to take the job. (I’ll support him

22 Feb 2013

Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion: Capitulation or Manipulation?

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision the other day to go along with the Medicaid expansion next year, after he had previously rejected it vehemently, has been widely interpreted as simply the latest event in a series whereby Republican governors are slowly seeing the handwriting on the wall and capitulating to

21 Feb 2013

Washington Post Op-Ed: Prison Break

I wasn’t going to do this. I really wasn’t. In the first of what looks like, in spite of myself, will be some kind of series, I expressed my admiration for Marion in Savannah, who is able to read New York Times Op-Eds every single day. I could not do

19 Feb 2013

Washington Post Op-Eds: Three Yawns and a Sequester

It was nasty outside this morning and I felt a cold coming on, so I thought: It’s not a good day to do something enjoyable like going to the library to pursue research in classical philology. Perfect, though, for unpleasant activity like reading WaPo Op-Eds. First, some background. I long

17 Feb 2013

WaPo Updates 2/17/13

Today’s paper presents a few developments in issues I’ve recently written on. First, as to the football team’s R-word (see here and here), the local affairs columnist Robert McCartney addresses the argument that Native Americans exist who do not care about the issue. He gives the argument fairer treatment than

16 Feb 2013

Asteroids, Dinosaurs, and the History of Physics

There is nothing like a “close encounter of the asteroid kind” to captivate the public. The resulting effect is what yields profit for Hollywood studios that make movies of the sort where brave Americans take a space ship to an interloping rock, and plant explosives to blow the thing up