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In Class With Floyd — Judicial Appointments

Tonight in my Judicial Process course we will be discussing, among other things… the politics of judicial appointments… A little of this: And this:

And this:

And this for judicial elections…

In Class With Floyd — Hume, Kant, and the Girl With the Red Dress

Tonight in my Ethics in Disability class we’ll be discussing David Hume and Immanuel Kant. Broadly speaking Hume held to the idea our morality is tied to sentiment or emotion. He was skeptical of Reason (and of Religion). Kant was critical of emotions as a source for morality (or ethical behavior) and wrote extensively [...]

In Class With Floyd — Geography

Ruthenian homelands overlaid with gas pipelines from Russia to Europe. From The Economist, 2009

Four years ago, almost to the day, I posted a story about an obscure (to Americans anyway) ethnic group called the Ruthenians whose homeland, as you can see above is in the region of the Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine, Belarus, et [...]

War. What Is It Good For?

I like Blackadder as much as anyone I guess. The fourth season is always held up as a highlight of the show with it’s poignant last scene of going over the top… Further scrutiny of that season shows a more insidious sentiment. Yes, I’m against monarchy generally, though there are differences. The differences between [...]

His Teams Are Special

This is a great little profile on an Arkansas high school football coach, Kevin Kelley whose teams never punt and always kick onside kicks. His team is 124-22 over the past ten years and has 3 state championships. It’s an interesting watch.

Go$$ip

In today’s culture, the nightmare scenario for any male teacher is a whisper (or shouting for that matter) campaign by a female student(s) and/or her family about sexual misconduct. I had a gaggle of “Mean Girls” in a class once. Fortunately they just kept it to disdainful looks and cold dead-eye responses to questions, etc., [...]

Mister We Could Use a Man Like Albrecht Durer Again

Albrecht Durer… Renaissance man, polymath. He did NOT have a PhD

Here is a great piece from Aeon Magazine by Robert Twigger, British poet, writer and explorer on the virtues — and value — of being a polymath.

I travelled with Bedouin in the Western Desert of Egypt. When we got a puncture, they [...]

My predicition: pain.

Sadly, my second prediction’s far too many millennials will fire up one of their — yeeeeeeah, okay — medical marijuana doobs to ease or numb away the pain. However, for those who decide to heed all, or even some, of Kurt Schlichter’s brilliant tutorial/overdue-spanking, methinks they’ll be far less inclined to vote for Hillary [...]

The Underground Thomist

The above is one of my favorite books to assign to students (when I get the chance — which is not as often as I’d like). If you want a nice breakdown of natural law this is the book for you… easily understandable by undergraduates and for the non-political philosopher who wants to learn [...]

The Unit

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’m leading a faculty reading group over G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man. A lot of good stuff of course. From Ch. 2 “Professors and Prehistoric Men” comes this blast of truth:

We cannot conclude with any certainty about these things, except in their big results in the [...]