December 31, 2015
The same holds true for becoming a parent. Very few people are “ready” to become parents. They become ready . . . once they become parents. In fact, the same holds true for any difficult job. What new lawyer was “ready” to take on his or her first clients? What new teacher, policeman, firefighter is “ready”?
December 27, 2015
Often the “Happy Warrior” columns on the back page of National Review these days (when I can bring myself to try reading them at all) seem to be trying really hard to be funny, which is a poor substitute for actually being funny. (I guess most writers are a poor substitute for Mark Steyn. It’s an unfair position to put them in.) But I thought Heather Wilhelm’s offering in the current issue had a pretty good line:
We have Mr. Trump, of course, a crafty, plotting sort who lurks and waits until the national conversation reaches a tipping point—just this close to veering into a substantive, crucial discussion—before he kicks in the door, bellows something mean about all of our mothers, shoots out the chandelier with a paintball gun, and sucks all the air out of the room.
December 25, 2015
December 22, 2015
During recent oral arguments before the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia mentioned the theory of academic mismatch, that affirmative action hurts its intended beneficiaries by putting each affected student (whatever his individual academic level) in a school where he will be below average and do poorly, rather than a school where he will be on par with his classmates and do well.
December 15, 2015
December 14, 2015
Favorite politics-as-politics line of the day, from Kevin Williamson:
Democrats have sown the wind and could reap the windbag — or a Texas tornado
Kevin Williamson sometimes sounds about as sweet as a boiling bucket of bile, but other times—OK, oftentimes—the man has a way with words. He has other great lines in this piece alone.