The Tea Party Disowns Karl Rove

The Tea Party Disowns Karl Rove

Have you ever heard of Karl Rove?  If you haven’t, allow me to introduce you to him.  He is a very conservative political strategist, consultant and policy advisor.  Rove has been a consistently outspoken voice for conservatives, a position that has resulted in him being labeled one of the most conservative men in America. Now as anyone who knows me will testify that Karl Rove and I would not get along; our politics are diametrically opposed on just about every issue.  However, having said that, I was surprised to find…

If You Give a Student the Internet, Examining the widespread cheating scandal at Harvard

If You Give a Student the Internet, Examining the widespread cheating scandal at Harvard

If you were given a take-home final exam for which you were allowed to use both your notes and the Internet (in case you didn’t quite get that the first time, I said Internet), would your first instinct be to cheat and collaborate with others on answers?  Mine wouldn’t be, and I don’t even go to Harvard. Recently, a number of students – a little less than half of a 279-member class – at Harvard were accused of being a part of a massive cheating scandal on a final exam…

The Citadel: Bastion of Nonsense

The Citadel: Bastion of Nonsense

Would you like to live in a walled community full of several thousand gun owners focused on guns, gun use and their misconceptions about what constitutes freedom and equality?  Well, if that’s something that interests you, then the Citadel may be right for you! The Citadel is a community that may be built in the hills of Idaho later this year. Now, I know what you’re thinking: this is simply too good to be true! The bad news is, it’s real. I took a self-guided tour of the Citadel’s website,…

Gun Control Debate Beyond Realm of Insanity

Gun Control Debate Beyond Realm of Insanity

In another step of what can only be a ruthless quest to destroy what little legitimacy it has left, the National Rifle Association (NRA) disseminated an ad advocating armed security in schools in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook in December. It is their belief that if we had armed security guards at every school in the country, shootings like that wouldn’t happen because there would be “good guys” on site to stop the shooter. The ad explains how President Obama’s kids enjoy constant security every day,…

The Canadian Grinch

The Canadian Grinch

A few weeks ago on November 17 in Kingston, Canada, there was an interesting sight.  During the city’s Santa Claus parade, locals encountered the Grinch.  The Grinch, who turned out to be a twenty-four-year-old man, was shouting at little children that Santa Claus does not exist.  The man, who was not named by police, was arrested and charged with public drunkenness.  Evidently someone drank too much eggnog a little too early. Okay, seriously though, Grinch dude?  You got drunk and that’s what you decided to do?  Of all the irresponsible…

The War on Men?

The War on Men?

On November 26, an article on the Fox News website raised an interesting – and, if I’m being perfectly honest, an unnecessary and nonsensical – question: is there a war on men? Suzanne Venker claims that there is; and, furthermore, that the war was started by women.  Venker goes on to say that men are playing second fiddle in society more and more as women are on the rise. She claims that all the good (otherwise known as “marriageable”) men are being scared away by this new breed of woman…

Voltaire Drops Out of College

Voltaire Drops Out of College

Here’s a hypothetical: Legendary French political philosopher and eccentric personality François-Marie Arouet, or Voltaire, dropped out of college, citing an inability to pay his tuition as the reason. When questioned further about his decision Voltaire immediately proceeded to rant for over an hour about the tuition hike in a nearly unintelligible French accent. One segment of his seemingly nonsensical rant, which touched on topics ranging from the individual’s right to freedom and privacy to the need for democracy in a stable society, was actually understood. “I don’t know why those…