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  • Chelsea Clinton's chief of staff whines: 'Just like her mother Chelsea Clinton never gets a break'

    03/24/2017 9:58:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/24/17 | Robert Laurie
    Her whole life is a break Earlier this week, you probably saw a story about Chelsea Clinton receiving a lifetime achievement award. The Hill ran it with some dubious language, and many people missed the fact that it was an award from “Lifetime” the television network. Failing to capitalize the “L” led to a firestorm about privilege, and how a woman who has achieved virtually nothing could be granted and award for her non-existent achievements. Carefull reading spared some of us who are inclined to agree with that sentiment.
  • Four Facts for Human Achievement Day

    07/20/2015 1:10:29 PM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 3 replies
    The Atlas Society ^ | July 20, 2015 | Edward Hudgins
    [OK, I dont like government running these programs, but how about this idea?] Four Facts for Human Achievement Day By Edward Hudgins July 20 is the anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments, the first lunar landing. We should not only give a shout out to the thousands of people who made it possible for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk the surface of another world. We should each celebrate this date as Human Achievement Day, to acknowledge all achievements, especially our own. Here are four facts on which you should reflect. Fact one: Achievements are what human life...
  • Duke University Professor on Leave After Racist Online Comments Spark Outrage [Racist?]

    05/17/2015 11:15:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Slate ^ | May 17, 2015 | Daniel Politi
    A Duke University professor has reportedly been placed on leave after posting racist comments online that included talk of “the blacks” and “the Asians.” Jerry Hough commented on a New York Times editorial titled “How Racism Doomed Baltimore”...The key question,though,according to Hough, “is whether my comments were largely accurate. In writing me, no one has said I was wrong, just racist.”....full comments in the New York Times:This editorial is what is wrong. The Democrats are an alliance of Westchester and Harlem,of Montgomery County and intercity Baltimore. Westchester and Montgomery get a Citigroup asset stimulus policy that triples the market. The...
  • Educational Standards Demanding Hard Work Called Discriminatory[semi-satire]

    05/10/2015 10:27:13 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 May 2015 | John Semmens
    California’s Pacific Educational Group (PEG) denounced educational standards that require students to study and work hard in order to graduate as “discrimination against Black students.” PEG co-chair Kenneth K. Knowlton asserted that “Blacks are less likely to respond to fundamental ideas like working hard to achieve success, or being on time for school or work. The notion that such attitudes ought to be instilled in every student is a racist endeavor that seeks to submerge this vital subculture.” “What’s more, the contention that hard work is a key to success is belied by reality,” Knowlton maintained. “A significant segment of...
  • Rich School, Dumb School?

    07/15/2014 6:59:51 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 14, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    Although the U. S. spends more than half a trillion dollars on public schools, the Left still believes that raising that amount will somehow make students smarter. “Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States amounted to $638 billion in 2009-10, or about $12,743 per public school student,” according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “There must be a way to get enough dollars, public dollars to raise student achievement,” Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at The Center for American Progress (CAP), said at a recent conference at CAP. At that same conference,...
  • Sowell: The War Against Achievement

    11/18/2013 12:37:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 19, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms. It showed him going to work — unlike the record number of people living on government payments for "disabilities" that are far less serious, if not fictitious.</p>
  • The Great Loss of What It Means to Be an American [We're not what Obama sees and thinks of us]

    10/16/2012 12:20:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 16, 2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    .................Obama's buddies in Hollywood are loving the fact that he is finally putting an end to the "embarrassing" flag-waving, proud American, Ronald-Reagan American-exceptionalism crap. Along with standards of morality and character,patriotism gives them the heebie-jeebies. Obama's new lowered American standard also includes making it a crime against society to make money--at least if you are a conservative or Republican. Hardcore liberal singer Barbra Streisand can charge a gazillion dollars for a ticket to her concert. Several Democrats are multimillionaires. The Obamas eat only $150-a-pound Kobe beef. Three of Michelle Obama's vacations cost taxpayers one million dollars. And yet Obama and...
  • Obama's rather impressive list of accomplishments

    05/23/2012 8:20:09 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 10 replies
    Western journalism ^ | 22nd May, 2012 | Tim Powers
    Whoever said that Obama hasn’t acomplished anything in his first term? WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS!…             First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
  • Obama’s Space Shuttle funeral dirge a show for all to see

    04/29/2012 3:18:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 29, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Those lucky enough to still be here to look back at history post Barack Obama will recognize the last sight-piggyback funeral dirge of the once noble Space Shuttle as the Obama Regime’s defining moment. Were an artist to paint a picture of a small boy looking at up at his flying kite as the space shuttle passed over Manhattan yesterday, no portrait of the story of America’s deliberate ruin at the hands of a single politician could ever come closer to the truth. [BIG Snip of text] Few will remember that it was on the fullest moon of the year...
  • Teenager completes round-the-world sail (Hey statists: she did it without you!)

    01/23/2012 6:26:37 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 8 replies
    ITN ^ | 1/22/12
    Laura Dekker arrived at a dock in St Maarten on January 21, apparently making her the youngest person ever to sail alone around the globe. Dozens of people jumped and cheered as Dekker waved, wept and then walked across the dock accompanied by her mother, father, sister and grandparents, who had greeted her at sea earlier. The 16-year-old arrived in St Maarten, in the Caribbean, after struggling against high seas and heavy winds on a final, 41-day leg from Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters

    11/20/2011 9:02:21 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 73 replies
    Sunday NY Times Review ^ | 11-20-11 | DAVID Z. HAMBRICK and ELIZABETH J. MEINZ
    HOW do people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports? This has long been a topic of intense debate in psychology. ...what seems to separate the great from the merely good is hard work, not intellectual ability...Malcolm Gladwell observes that...snip “Once someone has reached an I.Q. of somewhere around 120,” he writes, “having additional I.Q. points doesn’t seem to translate into any measureable real-world advantage.”snip.. But this isn’t quite the story that science tells. Research has shown that intellectual ability matters for success in many fields — and not just up to a point....
  • Start Poor. Work Hard. Do Well. Be Hated Anyway.

    10/12/2010 8:24:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | October 11, 2010 | Anne Applebaum
    In 1958, an English sociologist and Labour politician named Michael Young imagined a future in which the British establishment dissolved itself, abolished all forms of hereditary power, and created instead a meritocracy (a word Young invented) based on IQ. In Young's fable, the academically talented working class happily join the elite. But the less talented resent them even more than they did the old dukes and duchesses. By 2034, this resentment leads to the creation of a violent populist revolution, which sweeps the meritocracy away.To some, this story has always seemed like a warning to the United States. In 1972,...
  • The Real Reason Why Johnny Can’t Read

    10/12/2010 9:20:47 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies · 1+ views
    It is news to no one that our educational system sucks. American students are consistently out-performed by students in other countries year after year. Why? Liberals, progressives, socialists, communists, “compassionate” conservatives (i.e., neocons, RINOs, liberal Republicans) , teacher unions, and other leftist groups would like you to believe that it is some combination of bad schools, teachers, and financing. The solution, as they see it, is to engage in a game of Three Card Monty where students are shuffled from schools that are “failing” them, to schools that will allow them to “succeed” –as though success is a magical elixir...
  • Back to Basics?

    07/23/2010 6:14:29 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 23, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    Back to Basics? Deborah Lambert, July 23, 2010 Are computers making kids smarter? According to some recent studies, the answer is no. But how could this be? After all, years of heavily funded research indicated that children of low income families would benefit from improved computer access that would lessen the “digital divide between the haves and have nots.” But now the facts show just the opposite is true, says Marybeth Hicks of National Review Online. A recent study by professors from the University of Chicago and Columbia University shows that access to home computers by low-income students has a...
  • Education Does Not Guarantee Economic Achievement

    06/14/2010 6:34:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 395+ views
    Forbes ^ | 06/13/2010 | John Tamny
    A chart in last Sunday's New York Post revealed that only 35% of Americans could name even one member of the U.S. Supreme Court, and only 1% could name all nine members. That night Baby Stewie on Fox's The Family Guy admonished viewers who in a mock poll failed to attribute a famous quote to Henry David Thoreau. Though Family Guy is merely a silly, often crude cartoon, Stewie's point about the clueless nature of most Americans, and his view that this speaks to our decline relative to other nations is a popular one, particularly among the political elite. For...
  • Educating For Disaster

    06/11/2010 8:36:38 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 110+ views
    AIA-FL BLog ^ | June 11, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Educating For Disaster Malcolm A. Kline, June 11, 2010 The good news is that our political elites from both parties are highly educated. The bad news is the education that they and their progeny receive. “Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits,” Angelo M. Codevilla writes in the July/August 2010 issue of The American Spectator. “These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against...
  • Thomas Sowell: Resenting Achievement More than Wealth

    05/04/2010 6:48:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 989+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/04/2010 | Thomas Sowell
    Recent stories out of both Philadelphia and San Francisco tell of black students’ beating up Asian-American students. This is especially painful for those who expected that the election of Barack Obama would mark the beginning of a post-racial America. While Obama’s winning majorities in overwhelmingly white states suggests that many Americans are ready to move beyond race, it is painfully clear that others are not. Those who explain racial antagonisms on rational bases will have a hard time demonstrating how Asian Americans have made blacks worse off. Certainly none of the historic wrongs done to blacks was done by the...
  • CARING FOR NICK

    12/12/2009 7:20:19 PM PST · by freedomyes · 15 replies · 548+ views
    jgrantswankjr ^ | Dec 12 09 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    "Nick, I will get to you in a minute. Just have a seat. I have to check out some other matters first," I explained, pointing for him to take his seat. Of course Nick darted toward his chair, only to jump from it in a few seconds. Again, in my face. Nick ruled the world.
  • "Luck"

    09/17/2009 8:26:17 AM PDT · by cpurick · 20 replies · 714+ views
    Who is John Galt ^ | 09/17/2009 | "John Galt"
    Suppose Bill Gates had an identical twin brother, Walter. And suppose that Bill and Walter had identical interests, shared identical experiences. Suppose they were even identically driven. Now suppose that one day many years ago, something split the brothers. Perhaps they were waiting together at a bus stop, and a nearly-full bus pulled up. Only one brother can get on the bus, and the other must wait for the next bus. And let's suppose that this moment of separation had occurred at a key point in time, and that as a result it was Walter, instead of Bill, who went...
  • The truth about grit - Modern science builds the case for an old-fashioned virtue - and...

    08/02/2009 2:43:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 952+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 2, 2009 | Jonah Lehrer
    Modern science builds the case for an old-fashioned virtue - and uncovers new secrets to success It’s the single most famous story of scientific discovery: in 1666, Isaac Newton was walking in his garden outside Cambridge, England - he was avoiding the city because of the plague - when he saw an apple fall from a tree. The fruit fell straight to the earth, as if tugged by an invisible force. (Subsequent versions of the story had the apple hitting Newton on the head.) This mundane observation led Newton to devise the concept of universal gravitation, which explained everything from...