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  • 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...
  • Green Schools, Greener Students

    05/05/2009 12:15:42 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 297+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 5, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Green Schools, Greener Students by: Malcolm A. Kline, May 05, 2009 There’s been a rush to make public schools environmentally friendly lately, so much so that polls show that students are afraid that the earth is going to melt before they make it to the prom. “Green schools reduce toxins while increasing attendance, lowering illness rates and raising test scores,” said Sean Miller, Director of Education at Earth Day Network. “Students fare much better with green schools and so does the planet.” Meanwhile, actual knowledge of how the world works continues to disappear among public school students, so much so...
  • Dropout Grants Subsidize Dropouts

    04/01/2009 11:41:36 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Campus Report ^ | April 1, 2009 | Daniel Allen
    Dropout Grants Subsidize Dropouts by: Daniel Allen, April 01, 2009 The policies of Beverly Perdue, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, were brought into question recently by a report showing that North Carolina’s high school dropout rate is getting worse, despite millions of dollars set aside in the state budget. The dropout grant programs have many supporters, but new research carried out by the John Locke Foundation suggests that evidence does not offer a bright forecast for the program’s future. The author of the report, Terry Stoops, found that “only 14 [out] of 100 North Carolina schools served by state-dropout-prevention-grant...
  • American Degree Mills Exposed

    05/27/2008 12:16:46 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 14 replies · 129+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 27, 2008 | Deborah Lambert
    American Degree Mills Exposed by: Deborah Lambert, May 27, 2008 If someone in your family is heading off to college shortly, here’s something you might want to think about. A new study by the non-profit Delta Cost Project found that although the cost of college tuition outpaces inflation by a country mile, it doesn’t necessarily translate into better results, according to USA Today. For example, this year “the sticker price increases ranged from 4.2% at community colleges to 6.6% at public four-year institutions.” Since a college degree is still the must-have “ticket” for every American student, steady tuition increases are...
  • Students will wear white robes [principal reverses decision about honoring academic achievers]

    04/28/2008 3:00:51 PM PDT · by upchuck · 39 replies · 483+ views
    Durango Herald (Colorado) ^ | April 26, 2008 | Chuck Slothower
    Durango High School will allow its highest-performing students to wear white robes at graduation, reversing an earlier decision to require all students to wear red robes. Principal Diane Lashinsky said she had learned "a great deal" from the controversy over graduation robes. Lashinsky decided several months ago that all students would wear red robes at the May 24 graduation ceremony, ending a tradition where students with grade-point averages of 4.0 or greater wear honorary white robes. Lashinsky said she felt the white gowns "diminish the accomplishment and hard work of other graduates by relative comparison." Her decision caused an uproar...
  • Stuck in the Middle

    04/01/2008 12:14:22 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 7 replies · 123+ views
    Campus Report ^ | April 1, 2008 | Charles Dolci
    Stuck in the Middle by: Charles Dolci, April 01, 2008 I read your article "The Middle of Nowhere" with great interest. However, I wonder if there really is a problem that needs a solution. I am a new High School teacher. After having successfully spent nearly 30 years as a professional in industry, I decided to pursue a career as an educator. One thing I have noticed, in both careers, is that people have different abilities, drives, desires and goals. While your article does not claim that ALL children must “succeed” (whatever that means) it does express great dismay that...
  • Choosing More Than Choice

    01/23/2008 2:06:19 PM PST · by bs9021 · 94+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 23, 2008 | Louisa Tavlas
    Choosing More Than Choice by: Louisa Tavis, January 23, 2008 In opening his City Journal article “School choice isn’t enough”, Sol Stern is careful to assert that he resolutely supports the practice of giving tuition vouchers in order to promote educational independence. Indeed, he states that tuition vouchers’ competition-based ideology would be key in forcing public schools to improve, at the risk of losing their students to, say, urban Catholic schools. Stern muses: “Since competition worked in other areas, wouldn’t it lead to progress in education too?”... Since the first voucher program was established in Milwaukee 15 years ago, the...
  • Mind the (achievement) gap (Achievement gap tunnel vision)

    11/27/2007 9:20:32 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 100+ views
    LA Times ^ | 27 November 2007 | Richard Rothstein
    Given that results for black and Latino students are improving, is the achievement gap something we should be trying to solve at all? Isn't there a danger of doing more harm than good? The "achievement gap" is not the most reliable indicator of shortcomings in the learning of minority and economically disadvantaged students because: The gap is the difference between minority and white achievement. If we could raise minority achievement substantially, this would be very worthwhile, even if white achievement also rose and prevented the gap from narrowing much. How we measure the gap nowadays is technically flawed and politically...
  • A Look at Anglo and Hispanic Test Scores

    10/31/2007 10:19:26 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 2 replies · 72+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | October 29, 2007 | Dr. Matthew Ladner
    An examination of the trends in recent test scores shows the good news is that Arizona forth graders are improving; the bad news is the gains aren't lasting. The chart below presents fourth grade National Assessment of Educational Progress reading trends for two different income groups of Anglo and Hispanic students in Arizona. We see positive trends in all four categories of students. Since 1998, the percentage of low-income Anglos and Hispanics who score at the "basic" level or better-meaning they read at grade level-increased by 21% and 44% respectively. Among higher income Anglos and Hispanics, scores increased by 10%...
  • Seeking Affirmative Action Success

    10/10/2007 1:59:00 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 191+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 9, 2007 | Malcolm Kline
    Seeking Affirmative Action Success by: Malcolm A. Kline, October 09, 2007 A New York University law professor who has analyzed Supreme Court quota cases, like many proponents of affirmative action, is hard put to give an estimate of something diversity offices make a goal of—the increase in enrollment in college of minority students using racial preferences. “I don’t know that it would have any change on the number of people going to college,” Samuel Estreicher said on Constitution Day at the Cato Institute. “It might change the mix of schools attended.” The question of how many blacks have benefited...
  • As a Man Thinketh (Something We Political Junkies Should Consider)

    04/15/2007 5:44:24 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 28 replies · 682+ views
    As a Man Thinketh | James Allen
    THE THOUGHT-FACTOR IN ACHIEVEMENT ALL that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man's weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another man's; they are brought about by himself, and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another. His condition is also his own, and not another man's. His suffering and his happiness are evolved from within. As he thinks,...
  • Sean Connery receives lifetime achievement award - American Film Institute

    06/09/2006 11:46:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 487+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/06 | AP
    Hollywood's elite gathered Thursday night to pay tribute to Sean Connery, who received The American Film Institute's annual lifetime achievement award. Directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and actors Harrison Ford, Andy Garcia and Mike Myers were among the stars who cheered on the legendary actor at the ceremony held at the Kodak Theatre. Myers wore a tuxedo jacket and a kilt to honor the Scottish actor. "Men want to be him, women want him, and in my case I both want to be him and want him," Myers joked. "He's extremely professional, very talented and has an amazingly strong...
  • To serve, to become (Marine first, Now a US Citizen)

    03/13/2006 4:38:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 464+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Matthew O. Holly
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (March 13, 2006) -- A Twenty-nine Palms Marine participated in a United States naturalization ceremony, along with 33 other people from 20 different countries, more than 60 students here in Fort Collins and political representatives from the national, state and local levels. Corporal Artyom N. Dutchak was born in the Ukraine and moved to Sterling, Colo. in 1999 when he was 14 years old along with his sister Alyoha and his mother Nataliya Nickels. Shortly after graduating from Sterling High School, Dutchak took the oath to become a United States Marine. “I have always had the desire...
  • Marine combat videographer awarded for valor

    02/21/2006 3:13:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 701+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 18, 2006 | Sgt. Stephen M. DeBoard
    CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq (Feb. 18, 2006) -- A Marine from Maryville, Tenn., was recognized here today for his life-saving actions during combat operations in Husaybah, Iraq, last November. Cpl. Neill A. Sevelius, a 21-year-old combat videographer with Regimental Combat Team-2, received the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V” for valor for aiding a wounded Marine while under fire. The Combat “V” device is awarded specifically for heroic actions in combat. Sevelius was attached to a Marine infantry company during Operation: Steel Curtain – the Marine and Iraqi Army-led, two-week offensive, in western Al Anbar Province to disrupt insurgent...
  • CA: Missed Opportunities of the Year - Declining student achievement

    12/16/2005 3:48:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 336+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 12/16/05 | Xiaochin Claire Yan
    In 2005 California increased the education budget by $3 billion and poured $50 billion into schools at the rate of more than $10,000 per pupil. Yet there is little to show for these efforts. Student achievement remains low and the dropout rate is high. Teacher quality varies widely from school to school and the state lacks an accurate way to measure student progress. Throughout this past year, California missed crucial opportunities to enhance accountability and boost achievement. Not giving more choice to parents and students trapped at low-performing schools. Federal legislation gives parents whose children are in failing schools the...
  • What is so ‘un-black’ about being intelligent?

    12/03/2005 2:09:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 142 replies · 3,613+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | December 1, 2005 | RICK BADIE
    Mandisa likes Abercrombie & Fitch, not FUBU. She speaks proper English, not Ebonics. She takes honor classes and belongs to the Beta Club and National Arts Honors Society at Parkview High. She plays the violin and has danced and sung in area productions of “The Nutcracker” and “My Fair Lady.” Mandisa Surpris, a 15-year-old sophomore, is all this. And she’s black. Some of the other black students don’t know what to make of her. The way she dresses, the way she talks, the grades she earns. She’s an anomaly. To them, she’s more white than black. They’ve even told her...
  • As the World Turns. Turns. Turns . (Life's lottery)

    07/11/2005 7:04:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 443+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2005 | Stephen Reiss
    It turns out your real estate agent was right. In determining the historic reasons why societies thrived and conquered, while others stayed backward, the answer is: location, location, location. At least that's the persuasive theory advanced by Jared Diamond, a UCLA professor, MacArthur "genius" grant winner and author of the best-selling book "Guns, Germs, and Steel." Now, Diamond's book has been adapted into a three-part television series by National Geographic that begins tonight at 10 on Maryland Public Television (Channel 22) and tomorrow at 9 p.m. on WETA (Channel 26). The shows strive for an epic feel, hopscotching the continents...
  • Parents Fund Kids' Cheating Habits

    05/27/2005 1:38:30 AM PDT · by bd476 · 13 replies · 586+ views
    CBS News.com ^ | May 26, 2005
    When Nicole Kristal couldn't make a living making music in Hollywood, she tried her hand at an older profession. Well, sort of. "I was an academic prostitute," she says. "That's harsh, not really. "I mean, I sold my mind for money." As CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts reports, Kristal's "clients" paid her to cheat. At $40-an-hour, she wrote college admission essays for high school students and term papers for college seniors. One kid, she says, would've failed his class without her help. "He flunked all the tests," says Kristal. And where did these kids get the money to pay her?...
  • Former Times Publisher Wins Newspaper Award

    04/19/2005 7:59:51 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies · 291+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 - Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, chairman emeritus of The New York Times Company, was awarded the Katharine Graham Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday by the Newspaper Association of America at its annual meeting here. The award is named for the late publisher of The Washington Post, to whom it was awarded posthumously in 2002. In presenting the award, Gregg K. Jones, chairman of the association, said Mr. Sulzberger deserved recognition for two main reasons: publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and reinvesting in The Times during the financial crises of the 1960's and 1970's. Mr. Sulzberger, 79,...
  • Iraq's Red Line Democracy

    04/10/2005 4:57:32 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 2 replies · 353+ views
    A new UN report, written by Arab scholars, notes "the acute deficit of freedom and good governance" in the Arab world. But, as one author says, "The Arabs, according to international surveys, have the greatest thirst for freedom and are the most appreciative of democracy out of all people of the world."
  • Fear of the black man

    12/31/2004 9:47:06 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 9 replies · 426+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Dec. 31, 2004 | Thomas Lifson
    It is becoming self-evident that the American left is terrified at the prospect of Clarence Thomas becoming Chief Justice of The United States. Senator Harry Reid launched a vicious and wholly unsupported denunciation of the level of writing of Justice Thomas's opinions, terming them an "embarrassment." Today, The Los Angeles Times resorts to doubletalk almost as contemptible as the Senate Minority Leader's race-tinged slur. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has accepted tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts since joining the high court, including $1,200 worth of tires, valuable historical items and a $5,000 personal check to help pay...
  • Miracle in Afghanistan — sun has risen in the west

    12/10/2004 8:50:46 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 422+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec 10, 2004 | Charles Krauthammer
    ''Miracle begets yawn" has been the American reaction to the inauguration of Hamid Karzai as president of Afghanistan. Before our astonishing success in Afghanistan goes completely down the memory hole, let's recall some very recent history. For almost a decade before 9/11, we did absolutely nothing about Afghanistan. A few cruise missiles hurled into empty tents, followed by expressions of satisfaction about the "message" we had sent. It was, in fact, a message of utter passivity and unseriousness. Then comes our Pearl Harbor and the sleeping giant awakes. Within 100 days, al-Qaida is routed and the Taliban overthrown. Then the...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 728 replies · 30,137+ views
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    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • A turning point?

    11/20/2004 5:52:51 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 10 replies · 569+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2004 | Thomas Lifson
    Perhaps we have finally reached a turning point in which the Gordian Knot tying African Americans to the Democratic Party may finally be severed. The spectacle of white male leftists demeaning Condoleeza Rice as an Aunt Jemima, a black mammy out of Gone With the Wind, and a thick-lipped (!) bird (don't they have beaks?) may be the slap in the face necessary to wake up the majority of black people from their slumber in the tender arms of the left.
  • Signals from SpaceShipOne

    10/06/2004 9:58:50 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 28 replies · 902+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2004 | Edward Hudgins
    Signals from SpaceShipOne By Edward Hudgins On Oct. 4, 2004, the 47th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, humanity again made spaceflight history. SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan and his company, Scaled Composites, and built with money from Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, won the privately funded $10 million Ansari X Prize by becoming the first three-passenger private vehicle to fly into space twice in a two-week period. SpaceShipOne's triumph teaches us four lessons:
  • Toward a new aristocracy: A review of Boortz's column "Asleep at the Wheel" on TownHall.Com

    09/24/2004 10:26:29 PM PDT · by dala · 1 replies · 181+ views
    Townhall.Com ^ | 9/24/2004 | Dexter Ala
    Toward a New Aristocracy by Dexter Ala Neal Boortz's column in Today's (9/24/2004) Townhall here: http://www.townhall.com/columnists/nealboortz/nb20040924.shtml# ...is the product of a mind that gets it. Anyone who watches late night TV and has seen the Leno feature called "Jaywalking" should be able to get it: American elections are largely decided by the clueless. Boortz's column points out some hard truths about democracy in America -- he correctly notes that America is NOT a democracy, though there is democracy here, and perhaps the great hope of the Republic is the reduction of democracy over time. Egalitarianism has long been an ideal...
  • Individual Glory (Lance Armstrong)

    08/02/2004 5:00:23 AM PDT · by jslade · 16 replies · 1,136+ views
    The Daily Standard ^ | August 2, 2004 | Emily Berns
    Individual Glory What the Eurpean reaction towards Lance Armstrong's sixth Tour de France win really means. by Emily Berns 08/02/2004 12:00:00 AM Munich WITNESSING THE REACTION in Old Europe to champion cyclist Lance Armstrong's record-breaking sixth Tour de France win, I was reminded of a telling scene in Chariots of Fire, the Oscar-winning movie about the 1924 British Olympic team. In it, two Cambridge University dons confront Jewish student and runner Harold Abrahams (played by Ben Cross) and accuse him of adopting a professional attitude--of striving for individual success at the expense of esprit de corps. Abrahams's restrained but angry...
  • The interesting story of Ronan Tynan(tenor who sang 'Ave Maria' at the Reagan Funeral)

    06/11/2004 10:26:13 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 55 replies · 2,927+ views
    Barnes and Noble review ^ | earlier | someone named EJ Johnson
    "If there is a more remarkable figure in the music world than Ronan Tynan, would you please stand up? Athlete, doctor, and world-class singer, Tynan, who found international fame as a member of the popular trio, the Irish Tenors, makes his solo debut with My Life Belongs to You. Released along with his autobiography, My Life 'till Now, the album is yet another striking achievement from this truly unstoppable talent. Tynan was born with a lower- limb disability, and his legs were later amputated. Recovering quickly, he became a champion athlete, piling up 18 gold medals and 14 world records...
  • The Problem with Dead White Males

    02/27/2004 6:02:20 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 269+ views
    TCS ^ | 02/27/2004 | ARNOLD KLING
    It would appear that the battle to unseat the "dead white males" from their commanding position in the academy has been a failure. My concern is that while there is a lot of handwringing over the dominance of "white males," the real travesty is that the writers recommended by academic leaders are so long dead. "It's a pretty good zoo,"Said young Gerald McGrew"And the fellow who runs itSeems proud of it, too."-- Dr. Seuss, If I Ran the Zoo University presidents seem pretty proud of their undergraduate colleges. However, their answers to a recent poll suggest an alarming gap in...
  • An Anatomy of Multiculturalism < "Where is the Zulu Tolstoy?" and other silliness>

    02/14/2004 10:20:37 AM PST · by Helms · 30 replies · 300+ views
    Yale Alumni Magazine ^ | April 1994 | Richard H. Brodhead
    Quotes: "we happened to have been born in to meet on the ground of the universally significant." "The educational revolution for which multiculturalism is a shorthand" "Multiculturalism has arisen through the spreading of the idea that the so-called universal was in fact only partial: one side of the story pretending to be the whole story, the interests of some groups passing themselves off as the interests of all." "Tonto! Tonto! We are surrounded by Indians!" the Lone Ranger said in an old joke; and like Tonto, many contemporary readers have come to respond: "What do you mean 'we?'" "there are...
  • The science of bigotry: how only dead white males did it all

    02/06/2004 1:30:19 PM PST · by presidio9 · 209 replies · 498+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 04, 2004 | EMMA TOM
    AMERICAN academic Charles Murray is a real trooper. It doesn't matter how many people call him a racist, Nazi-esque brain-weigher. He keeps churning out books that aren't afraid to call a spade a spade and a nigger a nigger. Oh, I'm sorry. Did I just say nigger? How scientifically incorrect of me. What I meant to say was "biologically inferior". This was the thesis of The Bell Curve, which was co-written by Murray in 1994. In it he scientifically "proved" that African Americans were dumber than whites or Asians for genetic reasons. So what if the IQ testing he used...
  • White or black, cheer the good and boo the bad (Warren Moon agrees with Rush Limbaugh)

    02/02/2004 9:03:59 AM PST · by truthandlife · 29 replies · 395+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/31/04 | Phil Sheridan
    Warren Moon agrees with Rush Limbaugh on this much, at least. The progress of African American quarterbacks in the NFL has been a media-driven issue. "It's a story we didn't necessarily ask for," Moon said Thursday afternoon. "In a thousand interviews, we were asked about being black quarterbacks." The screaming match that followed Limbaugh's ill-conceived September remarks about the Eagles' Donovan McNabb drowned out any more thoughtful discussion about this. Maybe that's possible now that things have calmed down. To Limbaugh, the focus on such an issue is proof of the "liberal media" agenda. Like the question about Black History...
  • Schools banish class honor rolls

    01/30/2004 1:23:06 PM PST · by Moleman · 21 replies · 153+ views
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The school honor roll, a time-honored system for rewarding A students, has become an apparent source of embarrassment for some underachievers.</p> <p>As a result, all Nashville schools have stopped posting honor rolls, and some are also considering a ban on hanging good work in the hallways — all at the advice of school lawyers.</p>