Brief meditation on weaponized use of language: “DEI” and “disinformation”

Tools to dangle us with.

I’m not quite sure why the “equity” in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) has suddenly become a hot topic in the conservative punditry.  It seems to have erupted in the last 72 hours.

But the eruption is a nice opportunity to drop a few observations on the use of language entailed in the DEI formulation.  I had occasion to tweet this weekend about the same use of language with the term “disinformation,” as it is deployed by Western cultural planners today, so I’m including that in the discussion.

I commend to you the discussions of others. Continue reading “Brief meditation on weaponized use of language: “DEI” and “disinformation””

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Football Follies 2022-23: Frogs-n-Dogs do LA

Fat lady alert set. We’re about to have us a champeen.

You might think the big story with the CFPuddle-pop championship for the 2022 season is that none of Alabama, Michigan, or Ohio State made it to the game.

But the big story is that SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California isn’t allowing tailgating, which has us here at your TOC Football Commentary Service pondering the advantages of a Color Revolution.

It’s true that the Monday forecast is for rain, Continue reading “Football Follies 2022-23: Frogs-n-Dogs do LA”

Thanksgiving 2022: The brief

Come, thankful people, and give thanks for life and hope.

The best meditation for Thanksgiving 2022 would be, I think, a very short one.

In fact, just four brief points.

One, politics aren’t expected to be widely popular at the Thanksgiving table this year.  This from The Hill, citing a Quinnipiac poll:  “A new Quinnipiac poll found that 65 percent of Americans hope they can avoid talking about politics with family and friends this Thanksgiving.”

The White House communication team has put out talking points about President Biden’s accomplishments, as the White House sees them. Continue reading “Thanksgiving 2022: The brief”

Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 11

Fun rivalries attend another week of FBS eventhood.

Naturally, the immediate result of the CF*P$quirt ranking was a royal upending of it with LSU’s defeat of Alabama.  I’m not convinced that that game, or Clemson’s loss, justified putting TCU at #4, but unless SMOD hits between now and Saturday, when our Inner Circle Frogs take on Texas, we’ll just see, won’t we?

The Thrilla in Toledo was a lot of fun on Tuesday night.  What a finish by the Rockets in a hard-fought game.  The go-ahead TD with 74 seconds left, and a pick afterward to seal the deal.  Nice!  The Rockets are just where they need to be for the MAC title contest.  As mentioned in the comments on the Week 10 post, Toledo and Ball State both had impressive pass defense, especially with the secondary coverage.  Ball State was a bit more prone to attract yellow flags with it.

The MAC has three games in progress as we type (Wednesday night), Continue reading “Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 11”

Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 7; The Rebuilding Continues

The slog sets in.

Last week, we have to say, was a tough week for much of the Inner Circle. We’re grateful that Oklahoma State, Toledo, TCU, and Wyoming bagged us up a few Ws, and of course a game featuring two Inner Circle teams (Tulsa and Navy) can’t be a total loss.  (We just wish it hadn’t been by so dang much.  Tulsa showed a lot better – a lot better – against two ranked teams this season, Ole Miss and Cincinnati.  C’mon, ‘Cane.  You’ve defended the option before.)

At any rate, Baylor is out whupping up on West Virginia, pride of the Big 12, as we speak, and it’s Thursday (at this writing) and in two days it’s Saturday, and it’s time to move on.  We get some juicy Inner Circle action Friday night too, so watch for it below.  (WVU came back in a rousing squeaker to top Baylor 43-40.)

We’re also admitting a new member to the Inner Circle: Continue reading “Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 7; The Rebuilding Continues”