Phyllis Schlafly Achieves Yet Another Degree Without Actually Absorbing Any Knowledge!

  • So, like, do you ever read the little box at the beginning of every issue of the Economist where it explains that the magazine was "first published in 1843 to take part in "a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress." I don't know why that came to mind today (it's been awhile since I, uh, tried to take part in that game!) but...
  • Today 300 students at Washington University in St. Louis protested the school's baffling bestowal of an honorary degree on Phyllis Schlafly. [STL Today]
  • About whom the best the local paper can say, "she's no Robert Mugabe." [STL Today]
  • And who once, in words that surely could have inspired our president's insinuations before the Israel Knesset yesterday, said: "The delusion that America can be defended by treaties instead of by weapons is the most persistent and pernicious of all liberal fallacies." [TNR]
  • And also said (just this week): "Feminists, if they get tired of a husband or if they want to fight over child custody, they can make an accusation of marital rape and they want that to be there, available to them." [Feministing]
  • And yeah, uh, Mike Huckabee + National Rifle Association + incomprehensible Barack Obama assassination joke = "audience laughter." [DailyKos]
  • Barack Obama tells David Brooks "there are rarely purely ideological movements out there. We can encourage actors to think in practical and not ideological terms. We can strengthen those elements that are making practical calculations." And David Brooks...rescinds his assertion that Obama is living in Chomskyland! [NYT]
  • "Running as an incumbent, as the inevitable candidate, was probably our biggest mistake, particularly in a time when the country is really hungry for change." That and like 76 other reasons the Clinton campaign was a failure, by the Clinton campaign staff. [TNR]