Israel education ministry bans high schools from teaching a novel about a Jewish/Palestinian love affair. Why? The ministry says that "(a)dolescent youth tend to romanticize and don't have, in many cases, the systematic point of view that includes considerations about preserving the identity of the nation and the significance of assimilation." Yeah, it sure would be a shame if kids didn't learn to be more "systematic" about such things. The decision shows, at the very least, a lack of confidence in Israeli school teachers' ability to help students understand the book, which is not terribly secure of the ministry.
Creationist asserts that "God put things" in the Bible "that would appear without digging to be contradictions" in order to "weed out" non-believers. With that logic, such as it is, you could write a bad novel with flatly contradictory plot turns and then say you wrote it that way to "weed out" the "non-believers" who noticed them. And while I defended creationism in an equally absurd manner when I was 13, that was a long time ago (never mind how long!), and this guy doesn't look 13, even if he hasn't put away childish things.
Ho hum, Indiana state legislator tries to get attention for himself by introducing a bill forcing transgendered folks to use public restrooms according to their sex at birth, not their sex at present. Would it be too much to ask to get ahead of the inevitable pederasty hysteria this time? Transgendered doesn't equal pederast any more than gay equals pederast, and pretending that such equations exist insults everyone's intelligence.
From the "I Wish I'd Said That" file: Paul Waldman, writing at The American Prospect, says, about right-wingers obsessing about "political correctness," "(t)he truth is that what conservatives (sic) call political correctness is often better described as 'people telling you not to be such a jerk.'" And I've watched political correctness inflict a lot of "friendly fire" in my day, but I've also learned that good folks stop doing that to other good folks as they get older and as they get better at empathy and mercy. But all Trumpcruzcarsonetal do with their rhetoric is enable whiners who take being told to act like civilized human beings as an excuse for a don't-tread-on-me tantrum.
Wealthy California Republican may succeed in getting an initiative on the ballot that would force state legislators to actually wear the logos of their 10 biggest donors on their dresses and suits whenever they get up to speak in the legislature! The biggest problem will be figuring out how to depict individuals in logos, I suppose. But where a William and Mary professor sees "a textbook example of invalid compulsory speech," I see "disclosure."
Finally, Everyone's Favorite Blowhard blames President Obama for having to use a pump instead of an aerosol hair spray. Of course, the EPA, FDA, and CPSC banned chlorofluorocarbons, not aerosols, in 1978, some 30 years before Mr. Obama took office, and non-CFC aerosol hair sprays still exist -- though Mr. Trump may have a reason for not knowing these things, amirite? Possibly worse is his apparent belief that whatever he sprays in his penthouse stays in his penthouse.