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UC-Irvine English Lecturer Kaufman Demonstrates His Psychic Powers

Posted on | April 12, 2013 | 54 Comments

Scott Eric Kaufman lectures at UC-Irvine, 2007

“As the sarcastic title and tone of ‘Homophobic Bigotry Update’ indicates, McCain knows that for him and his audience this is a ‘Dog Bites Man’ story. He’s just not honest enough to admit that he wants to call attention to what he believes to be an epidemic of gay child-rearing perfidy, because he knows that expressing his homophobic beliefs will out him as a homophobe and is just this side of smart-enough not to want that to happen.”
Scott Eric Kaufman, University of California-Irvine, “Robert Stacy McCain, a homophobe, doesn’t even understand what he calls ‘a basic rule of journalism,'” April 11, 2013

Kaufman clearly missed his calling: Given his amazing ability to read minds — his certainty about what other people “know,” “believe” and “want” — Kaufman could make a fortune as a psychic, or at least a carnival sideshow act.

Kaufman the Magnificent: He Sees All! He Knows All!

Kaufman is one of those people who expect to succeed on the basis of having the Officially Approved Opinions, and who are outraged to discover that anyone can succeed on any other basis.

It’s the Hall Monitor Syndrome — Ferris Bueller’s sister.

Nobody ever cared about my opinion on the subject of “gay child-rearing” (perhaps an inconvenient choice of words in this context, but never mind) until I started writing about politics.

In the world of politics, having the Officially Approved Opinions seems to be the entirety of virtue, which explains how Ted Kennedy could be celebrated as a courageous champion of women’s rights, and Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

Well, if I’d written anything about Scott Eric Kaufman before today, I don’t remember it, but others know him well: Three years ago, he appeared as a “moby” false-flag troll at Ann Althouse’s blog.

About the same time, Donald Douglas observed, Kaufman was “apparently teaching courses on ‘Manga’ and the literary origins of films like The Last Airbender.

It’s a busy life for Scott Kaufman, Ph.D.: Blog-trolling, lecturing about cartoons and vigilantly monitoring the Internet to detect homophobia with his clairvoyant mind-radar. Perhaps this explains why Scott Kaufman, Ph.D., has so much difficulty finishing other projects:

He is currently under contract with Fountainhead Press to produce a book on visual rhetoric called, appropriately enough, Seeing Rhetoric. It will be published in 2011 if it kills him.

Hmmm. Checking Fountainhead Press — “a conscientious, eco-friendly publisher that provides innovative yet inexpensive products to the higher education market” — and I don’t see Kaufman’s Seeing Rhetoric there, and if he’s published it anywhere else, I can’t find it.

What else has Scott Kaufman, Ph.D. published? Well, for a while, he had a blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education, where on Sept. 10, 2009, he published a post with this title:

Be nice, now. The English language is not
Ed Morrissey’s strong suit, and he at least
makes a show of reining in the racist comments
he knowingly baits from his audience.

Ed Morrissey’s a racist and I’m a homophobe and Scott Kaufman, Ph.D. is one mightier than either of us, the latchet of whose shoes we are not worthy to stoop down and unloose. Meanwhile, in July 2009, Scott Kaufman, Ph.D., began a blog post with this pompous preamble:

Before I get started, I want to acknowledge that I know Ann Althouse is an attention fiend, and as such revels in any that comes her way. Furthermore, I know that giving her the attention she craves will only embolden her to spout even more outrageous nonsense in the future. However, the white-hotness of her intellectual dishonesty here compels me to consider it a vacuity of historical import.

The subject of this lecture on “intellectual dishonesty”? Whether Obama had looked at Mayara Rodrigues Tavares’s butt.

No, I’m not kidding.

Between his examinations of these lofty academic matters — and being a “moby” and lecturing about cartoons — Scott Kaufman, Ph.D., applies his keen forensic skill to diagnosing those who suffer irrational fear of homosexuals, because he is not just an arrogant know-it-all, but also selflessly devoted to eliminating all haters, everywhere.

 You Don’t Need a Ph.D. in English from UC-Irvine
to Become a Laughable Douchebag — But It Sure Helps!



54 Responses to “UC-Irvine English Lecturer Kaufman Demonstrates His Psychic Powers”

  1. SDN
    April 13th, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    If anything you ever wrote had any substance outside the world of leftard academe, we might address it. Since it doesn’t, pity and contempt is the most you rate.

    Now go away, you silly professorial knigget, or we shall taunt you once again.

  2. Quartermaster
    April 13th, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    I am now the recipient of the coveted Belvedere “THIS” award. You honor me sir!

  3. JimTreacher
    April 14th, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Somebody’s pouty.

  4. reaalistx
    April 17th, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    From Rate My Professors regarding Dr. Kaufman, from last December:

    “He is such a great professor. Took him for 39B and probably will take him for 39C. I had no interest at all in High Fantasy before I took his class but he made it really interesting. His work load is very small, he’s very helpful, and hialrious. He will probably have you laughing all class. You could redo your essays. A great proffesor. I Recommend”

    The Modern American Academy!