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Purple martins dispel COVID blues

I had given up on the purple martins. The sparrows and blackbirds seemed to be having their way with that expensive martin house I purchased. It was a nice one, too, made by the Amish, and on a hand-crank pulley for raising and lowering. Whenever I mowed, I lowered the martin house and cleaned ...

Woke academic gobbledygook makes you rich and famous

This week, a professor went viral during congressional testimony regarding the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overruling Roe v. Wade. During her testimony, professor Khiara Bridges of Berkeley Law School refused to acknowledge any value at all in unborn children, instead stating, “I think ...

What can we do about internet outrages?

While more than 210,000 Iowans were angrily waiting out a massive Mediacom internet outage last week, my home office was in the throes of a three-week outrage with that other provider. You know which one it is, of course, because there are only two choices in most of Des Moines. When ...

‘Women’ shall not be erased

Last time most of us looked, “bodies with vaginas” could be more simply described as women. Same went for “pregnant people” and “birthing people.” But transgender activists are insisting that the word “woman” be replaced with these more complicated descriptions. The politics ...

Most Americans support abortion rights. Do your leaders?

Often when we get bad news, someone on the sidelines will say “look on the bright side” and offer some pablum to make us feel better. But with the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, there ain’t no bright side. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading ...

How millennials became aggressively illiberal, censorious young adults

Time was, conscientious parents fretted about “summer learning loss.” Now, when much of what schools do subtracts from understanding, summer could at least be a time for recuperation from educational malpractice — were summer not just another season of screen addictions for young people ...