Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Via the Little Professor, I learned that the winners in the annual Bulwer-Lytton contest have been announced.

I strongly recommend that you finish your coffee before perusing the winners, as you are likely to spew it all over your monitor!

Personally, the winner in the Children's Literature category is my favorite:

Danny, the little Grizzly cub, frolicked in the tall grass on this sunny Spring morning, his mother keeping a watchful eye as she chewed on a piece of a hiker they had encountered the day before.

Dave McKenzie
Federal Way, WA

Thursday, July 05, 2007
Yep, we're back to the old, "If you don't toe the party line, we're gonna axe you!" motif so common in American academia.

Only this time, it's from Christians. Yes, that's right...Christians attempting to limit free speech in an academic setting... Who woulda thunk it?

Here is the post where I discovered the story; here is the text of the article at Conservativenet. (Original article is at the Chronicle of Higher Education, but that requires a subscription).

I generally tend to support the idea that private organizations have the right and freedom to choose who they associate with (e.g., a plumbing company which is privately owned by a Christian is not obligated to hire a gay plumber [insert crass joke here]), but at the same time, the university in question accepted grant funds from the Anthem Foundation. That seems to be a classic case of the university speaking out of both sides of its mouth.