Your blood libel reading for today

The Nation has a very interesting piece today by Madeleine Schwartz called “The Origins of the Blood Libel.” It’s a book review for E.M. Rose’s The Murder of William of Norwich, which I haven’t read so I can’t say whether it’s worth reading or not, but the review at least is definitely worth your time.… Continue reading Your blood libel reading for today

Oh, Joe Biden, what the hell?

I know our VP has a tendency to run at the mouth, but this is too much: Vice President Joe Biden was called out by the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday after he employed a term historically used as a slur to describe Jews as greedy moneylenders. Addressing the Legal Services Corporation at its 40th anniversary… Continue reading Oh, Joe Biden, what the hell?

Today in “don’t do that”

On the one hand, we have the Rialto Unified School District, located just east of Los Angeles. For some reason, some of their eighth grade teachers thought it would be a good idea to give their students a “critical thinking exercise” that asked them to “write an argumentative essay, utilizing cited textual evidence, in which… Continue reading Today in “don’t do that”