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December 3rd, 2018 - 6:38 pm § in America, Bill of Rights, Politics, Repugnants

Republicans don’t believe in democracy or respect elections.

It’s bad enough that Republicans enjoy unequal voting power in the Electoral College and U.S. Senate,* and obtain further electoral advantages from gerrymandering and vote suppression. But for them, that’s not enough. If the voters comprising the Not-Republicans majority can get over the[...]

November 10th, 2018 - 5:49 pm § in Bill of Rights, Donald Trump

What Should Acosta Do IF He is Allowed Back?

Trump apologists say that Jim Acosta was impolite even if Trump behaved like a clown.  They also argue that escalating the discussion to Hitler is too easy. PK, Trump is not Hitler.  The American Don is not Hitler anymore than he is Duterte or Mussolini or Franco or Peron.  Trump may be closer to[...]

October 24th, 2018 - 12:00 pm § in America, Bill of Rights, Hypocrisy, Jefferson

An Immigration Plan Based on American Opportunity

The Trumpies have demonized immigrants to the point where comparisons to Nazi Germany are all too real.  That fomenting of hatred obscures the real need for a functional immigration policy that addresses America’s tradition as the land of opportunity, Here is my plan:  1. Felonize illegal em[...]

October 21st, 2018 - 1:00 am § in Bill of Rights, Jefferson

Freedom of speech is not an academic value.

Whether it is a department, a college, a dean, a provost, a learned-journal editor, it is the business of the university to silence voices, not to license them indifferently. Like everyone else these days, I’ve been reading and thinking about what’s happening on campuses when invited speakers ar[...]

October 11th, 2018 - 9:55 am § in Bill of Rights, Foreign Affairs, Hypocrisy, Jefferson

University of Michigan Censors Faculty For Free Speech on Palestine

UM to evaluate faculty duties to students after Israel letter controversy Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News (Photo: University of Michigan) In the wake of controversies that have touched University of Michigan Jewish students, President Mark Schlissel published an open letter to the community on Wedn[...]

September 17th, 2018 - 11:52 am § in America, Bill of Rights, Donald Trump, Hypocrisy, Jefferson

Why Did Vanderbilt Fire Dr. Eugene Gu?

This Vanderbilt surgical resident sued Trump and won. Now he’s out of a job. Based on reports in The Tennessean and MedPage Today.  Eugene Gu was dropped after three years from his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Vanderbilt ended Gu’s residency, the five-ye[...]

September 6th, 2018 - 6:19 pm § in Bill of Rights, Donald Trump

ICE subpoenas N. Carolina voter records

Trump’s immigration police want North Carolina’s voting records. All of them. Not just those of individuals suspected of being non-citizens, but everybody’s. Why? Are we all illegal now? Read story here. Note: If you live in a Republican state, don’t expect your state officia[...]

July 4th, 2018 - 1:47 am § in Bill of Rights, Hypocrisy, Jefferson, Politics, Repugnants, world

Trumpism Under Putin

JULY 4: Russians say Putin, military power & unique spirit make them glorious nation Victory Day celebrations on the Red Square in Moscow © Moskva news agency Almost half of all Russians consider their country a great world power, naming the president, the military forces and the spirit of the [...]

June 28th, 2018 - 11:48 am § in Bill of Rights, Hypocrisy, Jefferson, Schools & Colleges

What if Girls Are Not so Good At Programming?

A UW instructor in comp sci recently got flamed on for raising the possibility that women are less good at math and comp sci.  Stuart Reges’own Chair lashed out saying that such an idea violated the Dept’s commitment to training women. As a scientist and, hopefully as a rational human, [...]