8 Responses to Welcome to the Ranks, Jay Stephens

  • Excellent, but the lesson is expensive. Best bet is that only smart kids should go to college and then study subjects that lead directly to a high paying job. No sense spending all that money for a low paying job like sociology, etc. Personally, I like the idea of apprentice programs where there is no cost of college.

  • I hope that my sons learn to do carpentry or plumbing or become electricians. It is hard work. It requires working outside in all types of weather. It requires working early mornings, late nights and weekends. It also means you can start your own business and won’t have to put up with limp wrested left wing girly men who infest college campii today.
    One thing is certain. Neither of my boys will be accountants. They will have a better chance of playing in the National Hockey League.

    We all know we need more priests. Fr. Z once posted an item about a lousy seminary, to which I replied that if they pulled that crap on one of my sons I would show up with my ax handle and go Buford Pusser on the place.

  • An adult (endangered specie) with 100 or higher IQ, and a modicum of morality would not be a liberal.

  • My oldest child wants to go into the allied health field. He’s got a promising future. But I am NOT happy about one of his minors-philosophy. He says it will make him a better thinker. (Um, so will organic chemistry and reading Russell Kirk/Thomas Sowell.)
    He is now okay with abortion up to about 2 weeks past conception.
    I am very, very tempted to say I will not pay that portion of the tuition bill.

  • But I am NOT happy about one of his minors-philosophy. He says it will make him a better thinker.

    If he takes the right courses and has conscientious teachers. Peter Kreeft learned from Brand Blanshard.

    I’ve had the idea for some years that a modern core curriculum should feature six philosophy courses, three levels of calculus, two courses in statistics and research methods, and 15 credits of historical surveys wherein each unit consisted of about 13 lectures, a test, and a paper. A proper Catholic college could then add Church history, several theology courses, and apologetics.

    Faculties cannot agree on a proper core because the arts-and-sciences faculty are over-run with disciplinary partisans. I once had a conversation with the chaplain at one of the remaining Brethren colleges. He tells me that everyone agrees that there should be a core curriculum but the herd-of-cats faculty cannot seem to assemble and agree on one. So, I ask him, why not have the trustees prescribe one. Well, he tells me, that would damage faculty morale (as if keeping dysfunctional people happy should be the institution’s priority). Therein lies one of the intractable problems of higher education. (And see Thomas Sowell on the effect of tenure on institutional policy: once you have tenure, the whole point of the institution is to please its tenured employees).

  • Art Deco

    Plato regarded geometry as an essential prerequisite to the study of philosophy. ΟΨΔΕΣ ΑΓΕΟΜΕΤΡΕΤΟΣ ΕΙΣΙΤΩ ran the inscription over the door of the Academy.

    An elementary mastery of geometries, including analytical geometry, projective geometry, Non-Euclidian geometries would be a valuable grounding, introducing students to what Hardy called, “a map or picture, the joint product of many hands, a partial and imperfect copy (yet exact so far as it extends) of a section of mathematical reality” along with the realisation that it is emphatically not a map or picture of “the spatio-temporal reality of the physical world,” an error to which too many in our day are prone.

    Add to that, a mastery of the languages in which the great philosophers actually wrote, namely Greek and Latin together with a working knowledge of textual criticism, so that we can judge what they actually wrote. This latter would be of inestimable benefit to students of theology, too.

  • Geometry will help you understand…geometry. It’s not preparatory for much of anything. Perhaps some 300-level and above courses in the mathematics department. As for classical languages, there are trade-offs. It takes a good student 4 or 5 years of study at the secondary level to garner a reading knowledge of French, much less more challenging languages (assuming about 18% of your study time is devoted to foreign language and you’re in school 180 days a year). Time spent studying classical languages is time not spent studying something else.

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Tuition Money at Work

Monday, December 3, AD 2012



Eliana Johnson at National Review Online helps explain why college costs a gazillion dollars:

A construction crew working on the campus of Ohio’s Sinclair Community College was forced to halt work until it removed a “Men Working” sign that was deemed “sexist” by a college administrator. A spokesman for the college told National Review Online that the incident, which occurred on November 21, stemmed from the school’s “deep commitment to diversity,” and that it takes that commitment “very seriously.” 

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We Didn’t Mean Intellectual Diversity!

Monday, October 15, AD 2012


Don’t you see the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the language of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it.

George Orwell, 1984

You know that you are living in topsy-turvy times when the most close-minded institutions are colleges and universities which are purportedly dedicated to free inquiry.  A hilarious example of the type of brain-dead ideological conformity enforced at most laughably described “institutions of higher learning occurred last week:


Angela McCaskill was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a school for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has now worked at Gallaudet for over 20 years, and in January 2011 she was named its chief diversity officer. Last year, she helped open a resource center for sexual minorities on campus. But she has now been placed on leave because of pressure from some students and faculty. Her job is on the line.

McCaskill’s sin? She was one of 200,000 people to sign a petition demanding a referendum on a law recognizing gay marriage, which was signed by Maryland’s Democratic governor, Martin O’Malley, in March. The referendum will be on the ballot next month, and the vote is expected to be close.


McCaskill’s signature became public when the Washington Blade posted a database online “outing” all those who had signed the petition. Even though her signature indicated only that she wanted the decision on gay marriage to be made by the people and not by the legislature and the governor, her critics declared that it demonstrated “bias.”


Gallaudet University’s president, T. Alan Hurwitz, announced that he was putting McCaskill on paid leave because “some feel it is inappropriate for an individual serving as chief diversity officer” to have signed such a petition. “I will use the extended time while she is on administrative leave to determine the appropriate next steps,” said Hurwitz, “taking into consideration the duties of this position at the university.” Just last year, Hurwitz had praised McCaskill as “a longtime devoted advocate of social justice and equity causes.” But she is apparently not allowed to have private political views.

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3 Responses to We Didn’t Mean Intellectual Diversity!

  • Those people make Medieval Inquisitors look like cub scouts.

    It seems they oppose the “consent of the governed.” Some of them call democracy the “dictatorship of the majority.” Thing is they aren’t content with disenfranchising (using the courts to enforce their unpopular agenda) but they those so evil as to disagree with them. Che, Lenin, Stalin, et al murdered them.

    By their actions they demonstrate their world-view that we the people are either too evil or too stupid to govern ourselves.

  • And folks laugh at me when I refuse to do phone surveys….

  • Direct quotes From the Catholic Catechism

    2425 The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with “communism” or “socialism.” She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of “capitalism,” individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor.[206] Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for “there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market.”[207] Reasonable regulation of the marketplace and economic initiatives, in keeping with a just hierarchy of values and a view to the common good, is to be commended.

    2446 St. John Chrysostom vigorously recalls this: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.”[238] “The demands of justice must be satisfied first of all; that which is already due in justice is not to be offered as a gift of charity”:[239]
    When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.[240]

    2408 The seventh commandment forbids theft, that is, usurping another’s property against the reasonable will of the owner. There is no theft if consent can be presumed or if refusal is contrary to reason and the universal destination of goods. This is the case in obvious and urgent necessity when the only way to provide for immediate, essential needs (food, shelter, clothing . . .) is to put at one’s disposal and use the property of others.[190]

Who You Calling She?

Saturday, July 7, AD 2012

22 Responses to Who You Calling She?

  • How long do you think it will be before even some of the faculty at Harvard awaken to the fact that much of the tantrums of the cultural Left are simply con jobs for cash?

    A hypothesis:

    1. Most of them well understand this.
    2. Most of them lack the balls to say this explicitly.
    3. There will come a time when a critical mass of them are able to say this.
    4. This edifice in the dean’s office will collapse.
    5. The process will, from coast to coast, take about eight years.

  • Another possibility.

    6. Most of them believe it.

    Anyway, one of the reasons I stopped giving to my alma mater long ago.

  • My wife suggests however, that we refer to it as “you’ins.”

  • “Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer” I don’t get it. What’s the difference between gay and queer? Its like they decided their acronym needed a Q.

  • Credentialed cretins:

    Education is not intelligence. Intelligence is not common sense.

    When did HU quit the Ivy League and join the skeevy league?

  • PS: To quote an anonymous, teen philosopher, “That is so-o-o gay.”

  • Gender can sometimes throw up complications.

    I well recall the first time I received a letter from a French lawyer that began « Mon cher confrère » What, I wondered, should one call her in response? « Consœur » doesn’t do justice to the « con »

    « confrère » seems to be becoming quite common in English, Why I don’t know, when we have “colleague,” which the French don’t.

    In case anyone is wondering, in France, the profession has settled on « confrère » although some of the sisters do use « Consœur » And female lawyers are most definitely « Maître » ; « Maîtresse » [Mistress] has unfortunate connotations.

  • I meant to say “although some of the sisters do use « Consœur » to each other” – Rather self-consciously, I suspect.

  • “The new staff position emerged from a BGLTQ working group of students, faculty, and staff that met from late October 2010 to March 2011 and collected data about the nature of the BGLTQ student experience at the College.”

    It just strikes me that their should be some administrator or someone who takes responsibility for money spent and over-all effects of decisions made. It seems like we have forgotten that authority and responsibility are good things. Student and faculty collected data about the BLT experience at the school and decided to set up a structure to respond to that data, with money set up for staffing, and I assume, office space and budget. Was the data reviewed? by whom? Who is steering this boat?

  • I should say BGLTQ. I heard Pat Buchanan say something on Catholic radio yesterday about our country being broken down into its component parts.I didn’t get to catch the whole conversation, but… this fracturing has got to stop.

  • We are not only losing the meaning of the WORDS “he” and “she”; people are losing the meaning of their own identity. A woman does not want to be reminded of her femaleness, as she has another identity in mind.
    Gay men think of their “gayness” as their CORE identity. BGLBTQ are Not describing themselves as children of God, not as a Mr. Mrs. or Miss — but mainly as gay or queer. That supercedes everything else in life, even their relationship with parents, siblings, church.
    I wonder if in the study results they talked about “birds of a feather flock together” and while giving a sense of safety and belonging, it can also cause narrowness and can impoverish individual life experiences. Splintering off to little groups who only relate with people in their limited group. NO diversity please, we really don’t want to be in the general mix of society, we are different, so different We don’t even know who we are. there’s no words for it, only unpronoucable acronyms.

    How can there be unity among us in our society, how can we have shared experiences, hopes and joys when our tongues are cut out. we can’t talk to each other-all strangers with self-imposed language barriers.

  • Yes, anzlyne— they enisle themselves in their “splintered little groups” and from there are dedicated to lobbing verbal and legal grenades on the rest of us who see their unnatural behavior as less than precious. Why?

  • Really, it’s indoctrination not education.

    They’ve brainwashed tens of millions of drones with what to think, not how to think.

    That’s the reason it is fruitless to converse with evil, idiot liberals (again I repeat myself twice).

    They can confiscate my substance. They can take my life. They cannot take my faith or my freedom.

  • How long do you think it will be before even some of the faculty at Harvard awaken to the fact that much of the tantrums of the cultural Left are simply con jobs for cash?

    When they have to cut tenrued positions in real subjects.

  • I thought the “Q” in “LGBTQ” was supposed to stand for “questioning,” i.e. persons who were not yet sure of their sexual preference/identity and were exploring various, ahem, possibilities.

  • When you really strip away all the PC nonsense isn’t it just another example of humans (see even i fall into the trap of being overly careful!) thinking they are gods or greater God and can change the rules of nature? Or worse, the rules of nature? It is questionable (i’m being very euphemistic here) enough that someone like Van changed genders but then to climb that he/she has NO gender? In that logic, Van changed to…Nothing!
    This really is nihilism…

  • But we mustn’t get caught up in the humor of it. These people are in pain and need compassion from Christians. We of course know the difference between sinful living and a life ordered by God, and they need someone to share that with them.

  • There have long been a number of theories about (grammatical) gender

    One view is that gender is simply a classification of nous, according to the rules of agreement between nouns and adjectives and nouns and pronouns. In both Greek and Latin, for this purpose, nouns fall into three classes or categories and the ancient grammarians called them masculine, feminine and neuter. There is no logical reason why there should not have been four or half-a-dozen “genders,” in that sense; in which case, they would probably simply have numbered them, like the declensions of nouns or the conjugations of verbs. After all, the gender of the names of inanimate objects appears perfectly arbitrary and the neuter gender has been eliminated in most of the Romance languages, such as French.

    In French, no one feels there is anything in the least odd in saying, « Tom Hanks est ma vedette préférée » [Tom Hanks is my favourite film-star] where the word « vedette » is feminine and the possessive pronoun and the adjective are in the feminine form to agree with it. In other words, gender is a quality of names, not of things and there is no necessary connection between the gender of a noun and the sex (not gender) of the object it refers to.

    Some people have argued that grammatical gender expresses a real duality in nature. Ruskin hinted at this, when he asked, “Who could imagine the moon as anything other than feminine?” – A desperately unfortunate example, for the word for moon is masculine in all the Teutonic languages, including Old English.

    English is quite unusual, in that our adjectives are uninflected and our possessive pronouns agree in gender with the noun they replace, not the object they qualify. In addition, almost all (and only) inanimate objects are neutral (“ship” being an exception) For that reason, English speakers are more inclined than others to conflate gender and sex.

  • The string of letters defining the list of other-than-opposite-sex preferences for one’s carnal pleasures keeps growing.

    How soon until this makes the list, and what happens when the letters have to start repeating?

  • There’s a BLT group at Harvard? Myself I love a good MLT, where the mutton is nice and lean…

  • Fitting, since an MLT is the only thing better than True Love to Miracle Max.