Simple doesn’t mean stupid. Thinking that it does, does.
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.
Husk Corn, Not Minds
Ron Brown, University of Nebraska Assistant Football Coach wants us all to know he’s not going to tone it down:
The scriptures teach that blacks were created by God, that women were created by God, but that homosexuals … that is not what God had in mind at all…. I have simply said that based on the Bible, homosexuality, the lifestyle of homosexuality, is a sin. That has created a flame within itself. But I’ve decided I’m not going to be afraid of people calling me a bigot or a homophobic or narrow-minded out of a simple, gentle, compassionate expression of the truth of God’s word. I’m not going to be bought off by that.
(It’s) the same way that the faculty, those professors in existentialism and philosophy are telling these same players, ‘There is no God. There is no right from wrong.’ When they get to my office at 2:30, I’m just de-programming all that stuff. I’m giving them my version, what I believe is the truth. Are we a university of diversity? A university of tolerance? Tolerate that…. I would not be a man of integrity if I watered down what I believe. … If those professors want to live out their reality and their truth, they have a right to do that, they’re hired to do that, but so am I.
Meanwhile, over in “their reality” is my good friend Ari Kohen, associate professor of Political Science and the Schlesinger Associate Professor Director of the University of Nebraska’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program:
I’m not attempting to teach my students to do what I do or believe what I believe. And when I teach Marx or Nietzsche, I’m not teaching them to believe what those philosophers believed. I’m introducing them to ideas and arguments with which they might be unfamiliar, and I’m asking them to think about and evaluate them…. it’s possible for students to learn something that challenges with their personal beliefs and not abandon those beliefs. And I think it’s sad that [University of Nebraska Assistant Football Coach Ron] Brown apparently doesn’t agree, and that he’s so comfortable dragging professors at his university through the mud in order to justify his own prosletyzing.
Since Ari spelled “proselytizing” wrong, Ron Brown wins this round.
Judgement: The Cornhuskers get to keep bashing the brains of scholar-athletes and political philosophy will be shut down as a subfield for majors at the flagship university attached to the football program.
When I look at your deep dish fucking pizza, I don’t know whether to eat it or throw a coin in it and make a wish and if I made a wish, it would be that I’d wish for some real fucking pizza.
Jon Stewart, on Chicago-style pizza in the “Tower Record" segment on The Daily Show (via DF)
[G]enetics probably can’t explain things like polarization. Polarization is something that has happened, over the course of a few decades. Humans evolve, but not that fast.
[O]nce you start getting answers, you’ll keep asking more questions. And that skeptical mind-set is more valuable than any specific methodology.
Erika Hall, Just Enough Research
I find it hurtful to tell my students that, even in this modern age, vending horse-shit is still an esteemed and lucrative profession.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Richard Cohen In Context”