More Kerry

Another satirical news write up from the desk of Scott Ott (Doc Ott, anyone?): Mr. Kerry, who told NBC’s Tim Russert that he’s “keeping his options open” for another failed run for the White House in 2008, denied Republican accusations...

/ February 1, 2005

Literary Criticism and Epistemology

For some time I have been bothered by the phenomenon of 20th C. literary criticism of all varieties: Marxist, feminist, post-colonial and the other smatterings. It just rubs me the wrong way. After remembering Rodrick Chisholm’s insightful article, “The Problem...

/ February 1, 2005

Iraq Voting

You know that the voting in Iraq on Sunday was a success because even NPR was lauding it. Yesterday afternoon on the left-leaning news show “All Things Considered” two interviewees both were excited that the voting was positive. One was...

/ February 1, 2005

Gates and China

Paul Musgrave over at In the Agora offers an interesting critique of Bill Gates’s recent speech at the World Economic Forum. Gates’s heralded Chinas as having a “brand new form of capitalism.” Musgrave, in response, writes: Similarly, Gates’s description of...

/ January 30, 2005

Success

Who knows whether initial estimates of 70% will hold up, but clearly the majority of Iraqis turned out in favor of democracy. John Kerry, on Meet the Press, councils caution in celebrating today as a victory as democracy. President Bush,...

/ January 30, 2005

The problem with “Problem” – Part III

… There is one defense of the modern usage of the word that my housemate and award-winning debater put forth. “OK,” he said, “But ‘problem’ has a certain amount of intimidation value. If I can toss ‘the Problem of Evil’...

/ January 25, 2005

Back to Biola

Biola has published an analysis and response to the NY Times Magazine piece of a few months ago that highlighted Biola. My brother wrote then that the Times write-up was an “accurate reflection of the tension between faith and secularism...

/ January 24, 2005

The problem with “Problem” – Part II

What is common to all of the cases mentioned below? Here is what I notice: They are all questions. (with the exception of the second “problem of evil” which was stated as a thesis) So in response to the question...

/ January 24, 2005

The problem with “Problem” – Part I

Why do we refer to things as “problems”? You may say I’m picky, but I think word choice is the most important thing… Plus the name you give a thing influences how in what way we’ll approach it. If we...

/ January 21, 2005

Why Education Sucks

“How were classes today?” “Fascinating.” I would bet large portions of my monthly income that the above conversation has not taken place between a high schooler and his parent in America for decades. Now I know why. I am writing...

/ January 21, 2005