Jerry Brown, Chipotle, and Higher Ed

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH One of the basic logical fallacies that composition teachers warn their students to avoid is argument by analogy. No one has ever accused California Governor Jerry Brown of be…

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There Are Very Few Accidental Nazis

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH The results of California’s recent Senate primary have demonstrated that there are 62,830 Californians who are Nazis or very willing to vote for Nazis. In the primary, incumbe…

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Timely Satire beyond SNL and the Late-Night Talk Shows

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH I subscribe to the New Yorker and am very familiar with Andy Borowitz’s satiric pieces. But I did not think to put several of them together as they have been in the following …

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The Strange Case of the Candidate Who, like Bartleby the Scrivener, Apparently Prefers Not to Do Anything

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This short item was published by Gongwer ahead of Ohio’s primary elections in May, and even in a year with more than the usual share of weird election-related stories, this on…

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Quotation of the Day

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH I was doing some research on Trump jokes on late-night talk shows on television, and I happened across this observation in an article published by HuffPost Entertainment in Au…

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Headline of the Day: In the Land of Unrealized Awards

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This headline is from today’s Wonkette newsletter: Michael Cohen’s Tell-All Book Has Been Cancelled. Sorry, Pulitzer Committee! Wonkette is available at: It is in the sa…

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Alternative Facts Are Extremely Selective Facts

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Yesterday’s daily newsletter from TheTeaParty.org featured this headline: “We’re Not Joking: Kerry’s School Lacrosse Captain Was Robert Mueller.” The news item to …

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I Guess It Depends on What You Mean by Influence: Koch Appointments at George Mason

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH What follows are the opening paragraphs of a news report for the Associated Press written by Matthew Barakat: Virginia’s largest public university granted the conservati…

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Becoming More Political, in Very Focused Ways

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In Ohio, the AAUP was historically apolitical. Then, in 2011, Senate Bill 5 was passed, completely eliminating our collective-bargaining rights in the space of just a few week…

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Whimsical Speculation of the Day

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH I wonder if the $43,000 “secure” phone booth that Scott Pruitt had installed in his office looks anything like this: (If the image is more puzzling than amusing, do a Google s…

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