Time to State the Obvious. Again.

Ted Nugent has behaved abominably. He should offer a direct, sincere, and unqualified apology for his loathsome remarks, and he should offer that apology directly to President Obama. Republicans should forcefully and unequivocally condemn Nugent for his remarks, and should refuse to campaign with him. I don't care how many votes it costs, and I …

The State of Academia and Academic Publishing

It isn't good: The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than …

“Hooey,” Eh?

Today's agitprop piece column by Paul Krugman features the claim that apparently, only "actors" in commercials get notices informing them that their insurance plans have been canceled because of Obamacare (in fact, nearly 93,000 people in Louisiana have lost or are losing their health care plans). It also puts forth the following assertion: . . …

Quote of the Day

According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one experiment, the social psychologists Gabriele Oettingen and Doris Mayer asked eighty-three German students to rate the extent to which they “experienced positive thoughts, images, or fantasies on the subject of transition into work life, graduating from university, looking for and …

Jeffrey Toobin Sinks to Expectations. Again.

No surprise for those of us familiar with his oeuvre. I suppose that the kindest thing that can be said about Toobin's latest is that he has graduated from sliming the dead to smearing the living; the latter does require more courage, after all. But despite the (exceedingly) modest uptick in bravery, Toobin's attack on Justice Clarence Thomas …

Free Newsrooms Should Remain Free

Which is why this is chilling news: The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…" But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the …

Venezuelans Rise Up

I am sure that apologists for Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro will continue to try to ignore the protests against authoritarianism, political repression, and garden variety tyranny in Venezuela, but everyone else is paying very close attention: Protests against President Nicolás Maduro's government escalated Thursday, with thousands of demonstrators burning tires and cars and security forces fighting …

To Win Elections, Republicans Have to Get Smarter

Behold: Republicans who run campaigns gripe they lose races because of candidates and ideology. It's easy to understand why. Nominees who deny they belong to a coven or confuse—in the most offensive way conceivable—the basic biology of sex aren't ideal nominees. The more electable ones, like Mitt Romney, are forced to adopt such a rigid …

Here’s a Crazy Thought

If one runs a weblog that is designed to give readers the lay of the land when it comes to the state of American legal education, one has an obligation to report the facts concerning legal education accurately. When one fails at that self-assigned task--either because of one's incompetence, or because one is dishonest--one should no longer …