Jonathan Bernstein, writing for BloombergView, is unimpressed by most objections to Donald Trumps upcoming conflict of interest. But he does point out that they are, in fact, illegal and that they will have consequences that the new President does not understand.
A militant far right Christian activist quotes a Supreme Court case from the late 1800s to prove our government was founded on biblical law. tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors is mistrustful enough to read through the actual legal ruling and discovers that it is yet another case of a professed Christian bearing false witness on behalf of the Lord.
A conservative group is disseminating a watchlist of academic professors who “advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” Some folks object to this as a form of McCarthyism. Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives objects to objections, explaining to us how our concerns about the group are a smear that reflects a misunderstanding of freedom of speech.
Wisconsin conservative James Wigderson likes school voucher programs, in part because he has a study indicating higher graduation rates. I dunno, though. The study was authored by conservative activists. And an independent review of the study seems to reveal significant shortcuts and flaws. One that springs to mind right away is selectivity. Will charter schools end up admitting mostly gifted students from wealthy families already in a position to assure higher graduation rates?
Max’s Dad takes a break from his entertaining rants to bring us captivating video of Patti Smith, at the Nobel ceremony, singing Dylan in what Max’s Dad calls a moment of pure honesty. He’s right, of course.