IUPD: now in Psychic!

Since it’s become something of an institution around here to call the IDS out on their bogus reporting on rape, here’s a takedown of the latest installment. Much to their apparent chagrin, reported incidents of rape are way down on campus this year. Only 3 reports so far – as opposed to 9 by this…

Thomas M. Disch – RIP

In all the fuss about Jesse Helms’ death, it seems I’ve missed the other July 4th death – that of Thomas M. Disch, a pioneering science fiction writer who killed himself last Friday after suffering from depression for two years. RIP.

What to say about Senator Helms?

I am from North Carolina. A few days ago, someone asked me what I thought about Jesse Helms. I dodged the question. I always feel like I’m being set up when out-of-staters ask me about Helms. The same way, I guess, that any American feels set up when a European asks him about, say, the…

Crocodile Tears

Mike Gallagher has a column on Townhall today called Jesse Jackson Takes One for the Team”. It makes the probably-not-too-controversial assertion that Jackson’s “accidental” comments about wanting to cut Barack Obama’s nuts off weren’t accidental at all. By now, you’ve probably seen the video or heard the audio that features Jackson, in a creepy whisper,…

Hacksploitation – yer doin it wrong

I’ve seen two iconic “hacksploitation” flicks in as many weeks: Hackers and WarGames. Whether they deserve to be or not, these two somehow managed to end up the representatives of the genre for the 1990s and 1980s, respectively. I will now load my taste module and tell you what I think of them. Alright, I…

Back Where We Started

I consider this some small reason to be hopeful that the libertarian message is getting out. The following graphic is a network analysis of book purchases on Amazon done by Valdis Krebs, whose blog is the newest addition to my daily reading roll. Basically, it works like this. Krebs takes the “people who bought this…

Why Feminism is Going Nowhere

Wasting time this morning I read through the Wikipedia entry on Rod Serling and hit a gem. Serling was also progressive on matters of gender, with many stories featuring quick-thinking, resilient women, although he also wrote stories featuring shrewish, nagging wives. What a great, unintentional encapsulation of what’s wrong with feminism. Specifically, there are two…

There is so too such a thing as judicial activism

We hear a lot about “judicial activism” these days. But it’s always sort of an awkward charge to make – because judges, especially of the Supreme Court variety, aren’t “people like you and me.” While there aren’t any particular training qualifications for being an elected official, to be a high-ranking judge requires years of highly…