Friday, October 29, 2004

I prefer to blog about being a conservative English major, and I don't blog much on the election. However, it's obvious I'm voting for Bush.

Anyway, for those few who may not have seen it, guest blogger Megan McArdle over at Instapundit has given the best and most nuanced (I hate that word, but it actually applies here. Oh - and Kerry is NOT nuanced at all) endorsement of Bush. Here are the details. (This is also posted Here at Megan McAdle's own blog).

I don't agree with all of it, but Megan McArdle's post should be required reading of all voters. Unfortunately, it is truly "nuanced" - a term (it seems to me) that most liberals (especially in English departments) have confused with obfuscation.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

This is very odd.

I have spent the last two weeks making sure this is actually happening - and it is. I don't know who is doing it, but they must have a lot of free time.

In our graduate student lounge there are around half a dozen computers for us to use. I surf the net and check my e-mail. I also visit many, many political websites. Some liberal, some conservative. I like to see what all sides of the issues are saying, and with the election, I must admit I am a bit addicted to election news.

However, I started noticing something odd. The conservative (or even semi-conservative) web sites I visit have been disappearing from the computers. Someone is going through and removing them as bookmarks, from the history on the Internet Explorer, AND from the data cache.

The liberal websites I visit are not touched. In other words, I may visit National Review online, Instapundit, Opinion Journal and Power Line in the morning, and if I check on the same computer later in the afternoon - there is no record of me having ever visited those web pages. Yet if I visited the Kerry/Edwards campaign website, or the New Republic at the same time - those web sites still show up in the history.

Someone is deliberately erasing conservative websites from the memory of the computers in the graduate student lounge. Are they afraid some impressionable grad student might accidentally be exposed to conservative viewpoints?

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Interesting exchange the other day on campus:

Me: "That is evil."

Fellow Student: "You mean different."

Me: "No - I mean evil."

Fellow Student: "Evil is such a loaded term. What you mean is that it is different and you don't like it."

Me: "I don't like it and it is still evil."

Fellow Student: "You are incapable of respecting other cultures."

What were we talking about? The recent bombings in Iraq that had killed several children.

We can't even call evil "evil" anymore. Evil is a term I use sparingly - but I can't understand why liberals refuse to use it at all (except when referring to President Bush, of course).

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