Predictor of PolarizationPredictor of Polarization"'I don't want to be friends with someone who is a member of the tea party or is a Newt Gingrich Republican. We are not the same. I equate their political views with thoughtlessness, intolerance and narcissism.'"  So begins today's Townhall column by history professor Brian Birdnow, who quotes from novelist Diana Waldman in the Los Angeles Times.  Read it here.  It's difficult to tell entirely what happened at this little social function (we after all do not get an op-ed by a Tea Party member in the Los Angeles Times!), but apparently an interracial couple involved in the Tea Party is not evidence enough to California liberals that the Tea Party is not racist.

Read more: Two-Minute Hate

Our First PresidentOur First PresidentThe following was published in Townhall on George Washington's real birthday (and coincidentally Ash Wednesday this year), February 22nd, a date we used to celebrate just for him instead of for "presidents."  Dissident Prof was happy to report that the column was picked up by Pew Sitter, an online Catholic News Portal.  Stephen Browne also wrote to say he enjoyed the column and that it reminded him of naming his son George, in Polish Jerzy, when he was born a couple weeks after 9/11.  His name is Jerzy Washington Browne and you can read the account, including about dealing with the Polish bureaucracy that forbids certain names, at his blog, here.

Teaching George Washington When Professors Aim to 'Stop' Santorum

In an age and time when I find most of my college students unfamiliar with the story of Adam and Eve or the origin of the phrase, “judge not lest ye be judged,” I enter discussions about religion with some caution.

Read more: On George Washington's Farewell Address

All aboardAll aboardAfter experiencing government-run travel on Amtrak for 13 hours, with three overnight naps in a sitting position, Dissident Prof arrived at Union Station in Washington, D.C., around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, to experience her first C-PAC.

Read more: Dissident Prof's First C-PAC

Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National ParkNo Hunting or Fishing Allowed...Another offering by Scott Herring, UC-Davis

Last summer, returning from a trip to Greater Yellowstone, I was sitting in a cramped Alaska Airlines puddle jumper, thumbing through the in-flight magazine out of simple boredom.  What I found was so memorable that I stole the magazine, and still have it.  Here was direct evidence of subject I have been thinking about often for some years: how environmentalism has ceased to have anything to do with the environment, and everything to do with making its upmarket leftist supporters feel good about themselves.

Read more: Politically Incorrect Environmentalism

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