Rubbing noses, sniffing hair, pawing women…. what’s next for Joe Biden, licking faces?   That’s what Speaker Nancy Pelosi might have answered Monday when asked whether two allegations against the former Vice President of inappropriate touching should chill his presidential bid.  Nope! Pelosi instead brushed concerns away: “I don’t think that this disqualifies him from being president. Not at all.” To many, this smacks of hypocrisy, given how gleefully some Democrats have milked the “MeToo" movement for political advantage.   To many, this smacks of hypocrisy, given how gleefully some Democrats have milked the "MeToo" movement for political advantage. But remember, that for Pelosi walls are “immoral”(at least when it comes to border security) -- so maybe boundaries are mere expediencies, whether they exist to protect women (and men) from unwanted touching, or to protect countries from illegal crossings. The first allegation came from Lucy Flores, who said Biden came up behind her, took a deep whiff of her hair, then planted a kiss on the back of her head, prior to their going on stage at a campaign rally back in 2014 during her race for for lieutenant...
HERE’S WHY INDOCTRINATING CHILDREN MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO POSTMODERNISTS. Postmodernism is a sprawling movement centered on the conviction that the modern world’s most distinctive achievements—among them the rise of science, technology, individualism, universal rights, democratic-republicanism, and liberal capitalism—should be treated with suspicion or outright contempt. Most of us encountered old-fashioned indoctrinators in our education. Indoctrinators think this way: There is the One Truth. I am in possession of it. So important is it that students must believe it. Alternative ideas are a waste of time—and a temptation to unformed minds—and should be shunned. So as a teacher I will use my authority and my power to instill only the correct ideas. Our modern ideal of liberal education fought a long battle against that view. Truth matters, yes, but it is often complex, and exposure to contending theories and their leading advocates is the best way for students to sort it out. Students also need to develop their own strength of mind to be able, independently and with confidence, to handle the new, complex issues they will encounter all their lives. John Stuart Mill’s now-classic statement of the liberal-education ideal argued passionately that students must learn not only the best answers but also their contenders, and that a trained mind will know not only the reasons for the best answer but also the strongest criticisms of it. And not only that, they will know the best...
Editor’s Note: An extortionist code-named “Viking” has seized control of a private warfare technology, pitting a U.S. Defense corporation against terrorist conspirators in a bidding war. His leverage: a threat to destroy the luxury liner The Pearl Enchantress and its 3000 passengers. This excerpt begins after the Pearl Enchantress has lost power and been boarded by pirates working for Viking. The passengers have been ordered to stay in their sleeping quarters, and the pirates have vowed to shoot and kill any passenger who disobeys. Defying the order, retired Air Force combat weatherman Jack Rove slips out undetected for a risky deep dive to investigate the extent of the danger. Sabotage is part of The Writers Series, a regular feature in which we excerpt the work of novelists who have been influenced  by Ayn Rand.   Hovering along the hull of the Pearl Enchantress made him feel like he was gliding over a barren seafloor, no carnival of marine life to admire, just a smooth, gray surface and endless stretch of wall. He plunged deeper yet, level with the upper keel, and drifted between two propeller blades. Over eighteen feet in diameter, the propellers had once...
Matt Cook, Ph.D. is an economist, bestselling author, and composer based in Los Angeles. He founded Braveship Media, an entertainment consulting group, and US Common Sense, a government transparency organization whose data have been used by almost every major news source. He currently works in private equity and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Stanford University and earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. MM: Thank you for sharing a bit about your book Sabotage with us, Matt. MC: My pleasure, Marilyn. I wrote it nearly ten years ago, so it’ll be a fun retrospective. MM: Are any aspects of the plot based on real events? MC: At Stanford, there’s a tradition called “The Game.” Teams of students race around the San Francisco Bay Area over twenty-four hours, solving a chain of clues. During my freshman year, we lost terribly and didn’t finish the race. The year after, our team came in first among the undergraduates. That time, our team had drawn from a variety of fields, including chemistry, physics, economics, mechanical engineering, and computer science. The creative synergy was exciting. I wanted to write a story about a team whose different academic backgrounds would enable them to solve a puzzle of international consequence. One of the themes in the story is the idea that outsiders to a field can view problems through a different,...
Police are investigating what motivated three university students to set fire to the Tulane University dorm room door of Peyton Lofton. Lofton, a sophomore at Tulane University in New Orleans, is an officer of the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter on campus, as well as a member of Turning Point USA (TPUSA). There was initial speculation that the arson attempt was politically motivated, although according to Fox News station WVUE in Louisiana, police report that the motive is “not yet clear.” What is clear is that hostility toward students who don’t conform to the liberal majority consensus on college campuses has been on the rise.   One Class recently asked 1500 college students whether the political climate on campus affected them academically and socially. Of the conservative students polled, less than half said they felt welcome on campus. Just over 10% of them have considered transferring schools because of a political encounter. Over 37% of them admitted to feeling unsafe on campus. And a stunning 55.1% said that they hid their political views from friends. While liberal students also reported difficulties on campus, the numbers are significantly lower. The same poll found that, by contrast, 82.3% of  liberal leaning students reported feeling welcome on campus. Less than 5% considered transferring schools because of a political encounter. The...

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