blog postsBearing arms against a rabbitJan 28, 2013 6:15 pm3755 views In 2008, the U. S. Supreme Court, affirming an individual right to bear arms, struck down a long-standing ban on possessing handguns in Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia v. Heller [07-290], 2008). It also ruled that bear arms, a phrase once associated with military service, now simply means ‘to carry a gun.’ The Supreme Court can declare laws unconstitutional. But apparently it can strike down definitions as well.Banning laptops in the classroomJan 14, 2013 7:15 pm6414 views The new semester is starting, and a colleague proudly announced on Facebook that he is banning laptops, tablets, and cell phones in his classes because students are using them to go on Facebook. Other colleagues, who seem always to be trumpeting their support for the digital revolution on their own Facebooks, promptly “commented” their own plans to institute classroom bans on these attention-sapping devices. So much for the myth that professors trend left.