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  • Trump and the Conservative Cause- [PART-I - The Primary Election Process]

    05/31/2016 1:47:35 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies
    The Claremont Institute ^ | May 13, 2016 | Charles Kesler
    A political party that allows 17 candidates to compete for its presidential nomination is not a serious political party. A political party that allows its would-be presidents to debate one another silly—and I mean that in every sense of the term—is failing in its job, too..... Despite the Republican Party’s fatuous and grueling process, however, the voters learned some valuable things. The vast field contained many accomplished politicians, few truly distinguished ones; the senators (Cruz, Graham, Paul, Rubio, Santorum) were young or implausible, the governors (Bush, Christie, Jindal, Gilmore, Huckabee, Kasich, Pataki, Perry, Walker) successful but too numerous, stale, or...
  • LIVE Thread: Donald Trump Speaks in Claremont, NH

    01/05/2016 3:42:40 PM PST · by JoeSeales · 69 replies
    Right Side Broadcasting ^ | 1-5-16 | Donald Trump
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Claremont, NH at Stevens High School beginning at 7:00 PM EST. Can't wait to hear him talk about the big news of today...
  • BREAKING: Mary Spellman Resigns as Dean of Students (Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA)

    11/12/2015 1:30:58 PM PST · by abb · 115 replies
    The Forum ^ | November 12, 2015 | Staff
    At 12:02 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, Mary Spellman resigned as Dean of Students following calls for her resignation after students of color articulated concerns about the Dean of Students office being unsupportive towards students of marginalized identities, and two students yesterday began hunger strikes calling for her resignation. Additional coverage coming later — find Spellman’s email to the CMC community below. Dear CMC Community: Since 2010 I have been privileged to serve as Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College. Today I am submitting my letter of resignation, effective immediately. I do so with sadness beyond words, because these...
  • Atheist: Okay to Disparage Christians, But Islam Off-Limits Because of ‘Fear’

    11/01/2015 7:25:47 PM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    cns ^ | october 30, 2015 | penny starr
    An atheist professor said Tuesday that it's acceptable to criticize Christians but not Muslims, because he does not "fear" retaliation from Christians. "I know what keeps me from critiquing Islam on my blog is just fear," Phil Zuckerman said at a discussion on religious liberty at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "I've got three kids. "So I know I can say anything about Christianity or Mormonism, and I'm not living in fear, which is a testament to Christianity and Mormonism, and that's wonderful. Thank you," said Zuckerman, who is a self-described atheist and professor of secular studies at Pitzer College...
  • New Hampshire Republican Party adds 'personhood' to official platform

    09/22/2014 7:13:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/22/2014 | Rebecca Berg
    The New Hampshire Republican Party amended its platform this weekend with stricter abortion provisions, including support for "personhood," which defines life as beginning at conception.Personhood has become a hot-button issue in Senate races across the country this year, such as Colorado, where Democrats have successfully attacked Rep. Cory Gardner for having supported such a measure in the past.Now, the issue could spread to New Hampshire, following the state party's decision at its convention.The platform now states: "Support the pre-born child's fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections."It added: "Support a...
  • Gay nativity scene vandalized at Claremont church

    12/30/2011 2:34:17 AM PST · by yank in the UK · 60 replies
    LAtimes ^ | 29th Dec, 2011 | Abby Sewell
    An unusual nativity display at a Claremont church that portrayed gay couples was vandalized over the weekend in an incident authorities are investigating as a hate crime.
  • The Chosen One (Who is Obama Really?) - Must Read

    07/13/2011 12:27:41 PM PDT · by mojito · 155 replies · 1+ views
    Claremont Review of Books ^ | July 1, 2011 | Angello M. Codevilla
    ...But there was never anything silly, nor light-hearted, nor casual, about Barack Obama's efforts to keep the public's eyes from the basic facts of his life, from birth to his candidacy for president. On the contrary, this opacity is a deliberate policy. Why? The presumptive answer, absent testimony from those involved, is to ensure that real facts interfere as little as possible with the image and narrative that he and his associates have carefully crafted for him. Distinguishing between reality and that narrative would require above all a skeptical attitude, sure to be characterized by Democrats and the media in...
  • Claremont Scandal Continued: Bassam Frangieh’s Anti-American Views

    01/19/2011 4:16:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    big peace ^ | 1/19/11 | Charles C. Johnson
    Bassam Frangieh, Claremont McKenna College’s resident Hamas, Hezbollah and Saddam Hussein-supporting head of Arabic and Middle East Studies, trains the next generation of Arabic diplomats at one of America’s top colleges. We’ve already exposed his anti-Israel views, but today, we’ll expose his anti-American ones. Bassam Frangieh, Claremont McKenna College’s resident Hamas, Hezbollah and Saddam Hussein-supporting head of Arabic and Middle East Studies, trains the next generation of Arabic diplomats at one of America’s top colleges. We’ve already exposed his anti-Israel views, but today, we’ll expose his anti-American ones.
  • The Roots of Liberal Condescension

    05/17/2010 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 596+ views
    The Clairmont Institute ^ | 09 March 2010 | William Voegeli
    The denunciation of Palin took place 45 years after William F. Buckley, Jr., wrote: "I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University." From Richard Nixon's invoking the "silent majority" to Palin's campaigning as a devout, plain-spoken hockey mom, conservatives have claimed that they share the common sense of the common man. Liberals—from Adlai Stevenson to Barack Obama to innumerable writers, artists, and academics—have often been willing foils in this drama, unable to stop themselves from...
  • How the GOP sells out Conservatism

    04/26/2009 1:20:26 PM PDT · by cowboyusa · 13 replies · 589+ views
    The Clearmont Institute | summer 2005 | Robet Mason
    The Long Detour A review of Richard Nixon and the Quest for a New Majority, by Robert Mason By William A. Rusher Posted July 13, 2005 This article appeared in the Summer 2005 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Click here to send a comment. In 1964 the American conservative movement made its first bid for national political power, by seizing control of the Republican Party and nominating Senator Barry Goldwater as its candidate for president. The attempt failed disastrously: Goldwater carried only six states and won just 38% of the popular vote. But far from disappearing, the conservative...
  • The Crisis of American National Identity

    01/06/2009 11:14:35 AM PST · by Yardstick · 8 replies · 683+ views
    Claremont Institute ^ | January 5, 2009 | Charles Kesler
    About a decade ago, when he was vice president, Al Gore explained that our national motto, e pluribus unum, means "from one, many." This was a sad day for knowledge of Latin among our political elite—and after all those expensive private schools that Gore had been packed off to by his paterfamilias. It was the kind of flagrant mistranslation that, had it been committed by a Republican, say George W. Bush or Dan Quayle, would have been a gaffe heard round the world. But the media didn't play up the slip, perhaps because they had seen Gore's Harvard grades and...
  • Police called over Thanksgiving dispute at Claremont school (Don't celebrate Genocide!)

    11/25/2008 5:06:35 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 26 replies · 921+ views
    LA TImes ^ | 11/25/08 | Seema Mehta
    Protesters descended Tuesday on Condit Elementary School in Claremont, tersely arguing over the construction-paper pilgrim and Native American costumes worn by kindergartners at a decades-old Thanksgiving tradition. Police were called to the school when tensions rose. Officers also were monitoring Claremont Unified Supt. David Cash's home after he received hate mail and told police that he feared for his safety. "It's been wild," said one woman who worked at the school. She declined to give her name because she wasn't authorized to speak on behalf of the school. Cash and Condit Principal Tim Northrop did not return phone calls or...
  • Happy 4th of July from the Claremont Institute (Essay explores equality as America's foundation)

    07/03/2008 8:37:54 PM PDT · by Stoat · 225+ views
    The Claremont Institute (e-mail) | July 3, 2008 | Christopher Flannery
    Anything in these remarks that does not stray from the truth is indebted to the American Founders, who bequeathed these ideas to us, to Abraham Lincoln, who preserved and ennobled them in the country's greatest crisis, to Harry V. Jaffa, who has done more than anyone since Lincoln to recover them, and to the late Tom Silver, the wisest and best of those who founded the Claremont Institute for the sake of these ideas. American children are not born understanding the principles of their country, and most American college students—if reports can be believed—are still largely unfamiliar with them...
  • Rumsfeld Remarks at Churchill Dinner(PATH TO VICTORY: Refashioning Institutions for 21st Century)

    11/23/2007 12:19:36 PM PST · by Stoat · 7 replies · 453+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | November 21, 2007 | Donald Rumsfeld
    Rumsfeld Remarks at Churchill Dinner PATH TO VICTORY Refashioning Institutions for the 21st Century Remarks by Donald H. Rumsfeld at the Claremont Institute's 20th Annual Dinner in Honor of Sir Winston Churchill, November 17, 2007.This past year has certainly provided ample entertainment for those interested in politics. The activities of Congress and the unexpected blessing of an extra year of presidential campaigning fill our newspapers, televisions, and blogs. The problem is that this entertainment tends to focus on the petty and the personal, and seems to avoid a serious discussion of the emerging challenges our country and the next...
  • 'Sleeper cell' had S.D. ties, jury told [San Diego]

    06/11/2007 3:39:58 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 357+ views
    Sign on San Diego ^ | June 11, 2007 | Jeff McDonald
    'Sleeper cell' had S.D. ties, jury told Clairemont resident is on trial in Miami Years before three of the Sept. 11 hijackers set up shop in this corner of the country, a group of Muslim extremists in San Diego was raising money and recruiting fighters for a worldwide holy war, according to federal records and testimony that unfolded last week in a Miami courtroom. Kifah Jayyousi As early as 1993, the FBI was wiretapping at least two San Diego men who agents suspected were members of a “sleeper cell” plotting terror strikes across the globe. The government also was tracking...
  • A Merry Claremont Christmas (Conservative scholars and academics recommend their favorite books)

    12/11/2006 2:15:41 PM PST · by Stoat · 10 replies · 579+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 11, 2006 | Various
    A Merry Claremont Christmas Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays. While you're there, curl up with one of these fine books...   Tom Karako Director of Programs, the Claremont Institute  The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style, by Nicholas Antongiavanni  Few books may be called original. The Suit is a rare exception. Rarer still, because it has the virtue of being read on many levels, providing bona fide instruction for men's dress, a careful commentary on Machiavelli by one who knows him well, and, finally, managing to be extraordinarily funny. This little work allows the...
  • Losing the Enlightenment: Remarks at the Claremont Institute's annual Churchill Dinner (VDH)

    11/23/2006 1:08:22 AM PST · by Stoat · 12 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | November 20, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Losing the Enlightenment Remarks at the Claremont Institute's annual Churchill Dinner By Victor Davis HansonPosted November 20, 2006These remarks were delivered on November 10, 2006 at the Claremont Institute's annual dinner in honor of Sir Winston Churchill. (To applause.) Good evening, and thank you very much for the honor of the Statesmanship Award at this annual Claremont Institute dinner in memory of Sir Winston Churchill—a tribute conceived in the name of a great man, bestowed by a great institute, and honored by great past recipients. Tonight I would like to talk of our current crisis—not yet a catastrophe, but...
  • The Right Stuff: A review of "American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia"

    11/10/2006 4:59:18 PM PST · by Stoat · 11 replies · 494+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | November 9, 2006 | Elihu Grant
    The Right Stuff By Elihu GrantPosted November 9, 2006 A review of American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia edited by Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, and Jeffrey O. NelsonIf you need to find out in a hurry?and who knows when such a need might arise??what year Walter Berns was born (1919) or how many condensed editions of The Road to Serfdom were distributed by the Book-of-the-Month Club at the end of World War II (600,000), you will readily find the answers in this indispensable new collection of data about the American conservative movement, published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and edited by...
  • The Road to Condemning Guantanamo (A longish but worthwhile essay; not related to the movie)

    10/28/2006 3:43:36 PM PDT · by Stoat · 5 replies · 514+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | October 26, 2006 | John Rosenthal
    The Road to Condemning Guantanamo Post-World War II Revisionism and the European Zeal to Shut Down Guantanamo By John RosenthalPosted October 26, 2006 In the face of what is commonly described in the media as "increasing international pressure," the Bush Administration has recently shown a willingness to consider shutting down the American detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On closer inspection, this international pressure turns out to come almost exclusively from Europe. Thus in June, in the most highly publicized "international" initiative to date, Austrian Chancellor and then E.U. Council President Wolfgang Schüssel used the occasion of the U.S.-E.U....
  • Hedging Allegiance (Review:True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism)

    08/08/2006 10:58:43 AM PDT · by Stoat · 1 replies · 430+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | August 7, 2006 | Edward J. Erler
    Hedging Allegiance A review of True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism by Noah Pickus By Edward J. ErlerPosted August 7, 2006This essay appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Click here to send a comment.   Twenty years ago, the immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was hailed by its supporters as the final resolution of the illegal immigration problem. It gave a "one-time only" amnesty to nearly 3 million illegal aliens living in the United States, promised increased border security, and enacted criminal penalties on employers who knowingly hired illegals....
  • Let Sleeping Beauties Lie (Review: Anthology of Children's Literature marks genre's end)

    08/02/2006 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Stoat · 28 replies · 2,190+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | August 2, 2006 | Dorothea Israel Wolfson
    Let Sleeping Beauties Lie By Dorothea Israel WolfsonPosted August 2, 2006This essay appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Click here to send a comment.   A review of The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English edited by Jack Zipes, Lissa Paul, Lynne Vallone, Peter Hunt, and Gillian Avery  Parents have always fretted about what to read to their children, and experts have always been ready with advice. In their educational writings, John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau together mentioned only three books worthy of a child's mind. Locke recommended Aesop's...
  • Forgetting Pearl Harbor

    12/07/2005 12:17:38 PM PST · by Stoat · 35 replies · 1,091+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 7, 2005 | Ken Masugi
    Forgetting Pearl Harbor By Ken MasugiPosted December 7, 2005 Every few months it seems we are presented with yet another poll revealing astounding ignorance of basic American history by especially the young. The tendency is aggravated by the forces of political correctness, i.e., the liberal understanding of America, which emphasize a distortion of that history to favor a leftist contemporary political outcome. This type of knavery has always been around--we can go back to 1913 for the egregious example in Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States . This work set off a whole...
  • The Other American Exceptionalism (comparison between American and European conservatism)

    12/05/2005 10:53:33 PM PST · by NZerFromHK · 37 replies · 1,604+ views
    Claremont Review of Books, Fall 2005 edition ^ | By Gerard Alexander | By Gerard Alexander
    Not so long ago, American conservatives seemed to be converting the world to their ideas. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, country after country abandoned socialism for free markets, embracing such Reaganite themes as incentives, individualism, and responsibility. It looked as though the sun would never set on the friends of American conservatism. Yet today, American conservatives have never felt so alone. This is not a matter of how many people around the world like American conservatives, but of how many are like them. To be sure, many political movements don't have counterparts in other countries. But Europe and...
  • Wilson fires away at Bush - Husband of outed CIA operative shares strong words in Claremont

    10/21/2005 5:44:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,305+ views
    Los Angeles Daily Bulletin ^ | 10/21/05 | Caroline An
    CLAREMONT - While investigations into the leak of his CIA-operative wife's identity continued, Joseph C. Wilson blasted the Bush administration in a speech at Claremont McKenna College on Wednesday night. The former U.S. ambassador to Iraq charged that the administration's actions, including those associated with the war in Iraq, have tarnished the world's perception of the United States. "This is a radical administration and I fear history will judge us for Abu Ghraib," Wilson said, referring to the scandal-ridden, U.S. military prison in Iraq. Speaking to nearly 650 people, Wilson addressed a broad range of issues, including the investigation surrounding...
  • Book Review: Taking Sex Differences Seriously by Steven E. Rhoads

    05/17/2005 12:40:20 AM PDT · by Stoat · 445+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | May 15, 2005 | Christine Rosen
    What (Most) Women Want A review of Taking Sex Differences Seriously by Steven E. Rhoads By Christine RosenPosted May 16, 2005This review appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Click here to send a comment.   That men and women are different is an accepted tenet of popular culture— indeed, the success of everything from reality television shows to self-help books relies on the notion that la difference is a fact that yields happy, challenging, and occasionally comic results in the course of everyday life. The acknowledgment of difference has also provided fuel for...
  • The Constitution an Academic Exercise?

    04/13/2005 7:46:38 PM PDT · by Archon of the East · 2 replies · 150+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 30, 2003 | Thomas Krannawitter
    My friend Ken Masugi disagrees with me and Ben Boychuk not on the principles of free society and constitutional government, but on the prudent defense of those principles today. In an earlier post I had suggested that it would be good if President Bush, given his popularity and the public platform available to him, would remind his fellow citizens, those serving in Congress as well as those not, that in America we have the rule of law -- that the fundamental law, the Constitution, serves as the authority for what government may and may not do. That after all has...
  • Book Review: The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry, by Brad Miner

    03/11/2005 12:12:45 AM PST · by Stoat · 4 replies · 1,440+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | March 10, 2005 | Terrence O. Moore
    Chivalry Now A review of The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry, by Brad Miner By Terrence O. Moore   Edmund Burke's famous pronouncement that "the age of chivalry is gone" was perhaps premature. Sure, ten thousand swords did not leap from the scabbards of the French nobility to defend Marie Antoinette, but such a betrayal did not mean that "the unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise" was forgotten in Britain, or America. More than two centuries later, the spirit of chivalry has not been entirely...
  • Book Review: "Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World",by Wesley J. Smith

    02/24/2005 9:15:11 PM PST · by Stoat · 1 replies · 489+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | February 23, 2005 | Travis D. Smith
    Race to the Finish Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World, by Wesley J. Smith By Travis D. Smith Wesley J. Smith excels at making complicated and controversial biotechnologies easier to understand while exposing the tricks and rationalizations that are oftentimes used to advance them. His latest book offers an inventory of the interested parties in these matters, from ethicists to ideologues and cult leaders, to scientists, celebrities, politicians, and businessmen. But the most essential and durable part of Smith's book is the author's uncompromising yet carefully considered arguments, which will hold, while various procedures, and those devoted to...
  • An Introduction to Citizenship for New Americans

    02/12/2005 10:08:35 PM PST · by Stoat · 9 replies · 1,653+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 8, 2004 | Thomas L. Krannawitter
    An Introduction to Citizenship for New Americans By Tom Krannawitter INTRODUCTIONAmerica has a long and noble tradition of immigration, welcoming millions from around the globe who have come in search of civil and religious liberty and economic prosperity. For many who have lived under despotic governments, the unparalleled liberty and equal protection of the law that America offers are blessings for which they have been willing to make great sacrifices. Those who want to work, live freely, and obey the laws, usually find a good life in America. They are better for coming here. And America is better for...
  • Not Good Enough: A review of The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

    01/26/2005 2:37:56 PM PST · by Stoat · 578+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 25, 2005 | Jeremy Rabkin
    The Lesser Evil is Not Good Enough A review of The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror, by Michael Ignatieff By Jeremy Rabkin Michael Ignatieff is director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and teaches courses on human rights at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is, in other words, a professional human rights advocate. Yet in 2002, Ignatieff broke with almost all human rights organizations when he publicly defended the Bush Administration's decision to go to war in Iraq, based on fears of what Saddam Hussein might do with weapons...
  • Bush's Mandate (William J. Bennett)

    01/20/2005 1:44:03 AM PST · by Stoat · 3 replies · 902+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 20, 2005 | William J. Bennett`
    Bush's Mandate By William J. Bennett Editor's Note:This essay is adapted from a speech sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the Claremont Institute, delivered on November 15 in Washington, DC. * * * What emerged from the 2004 election was a moral consensus, and with it, something we might call a mandate. But it is not the mandate some are talking about. Let's begin with some inescapable facts. George W. Bush is the first president of either party since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 to be reelected while gaining seats in both houses of Congress. President Bush won a majority...
  • What Does a Conservative Do on Martin Luther King Day?

    01/19/2005 12:40:07 AM PST · by Stoat · 113 replies · 2,075+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 17, 2005 | Ken Masugi
      What Does a Conservative Do on Martin Luther King Day?  How should conservatives celebrate Martin Luther King Day? We can honor the high-minded, patriotic side of King, who spoke of the American Dream, of a color-blind society that evaluates people on “the content of their character.” That would truly be an aristocracy of merit, a conservative idea if there ever was one. This King was the one calling us back to the ideals of the American Founding and reminding us that its legacy was not fully enjoyed by all. In this view, the Civil Rights Revolution, for which...
  • Democracy and the Bush Doctrine

    01/19/2005 12:26:34 AM PST · by Stoat · 2 replies · 426+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 17, 2005 | Charles R. Kesler
    Democracy and the Bush Doctrine By Charles R. Kesler George W. Bush's first presidency, devoted to compassionate conservatism and to establishing his own bona fides, lasted less than eight months. On September 11, 2001, he was reborn as a War President. In the upheaval that followed, compassionate conservatism took a back seat to a new, more urgent formulation of the Bush Administration's purpose. The Bush Doctrine called for offensive operations, including preemptive war, against terrorists and their abetters—more specifically, against the regimes that had sponsored, encouraged, or merely tolerated any "terrorist group of global reach." Afghanistan, the headquarters of...
  • The Chief Justice and the Constitution

    01/19/2005 12:17:21 AM PST · by Stoat · 2 replies · 453+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 17, 2005 | Charles R. Kesler
    The Chief Justice and the Constitution By Charles R. Kesler We wish Chief Justice William Rehnquist well in his fight against thyroid cancer, and hope that he will be able to return to the bench soon. Even the New York Times seems to have caught the spirit, editorializing not long ago in support of Rehnquist's "proud record of defending the independence of the federal judiciary against intrusive attacks by politicians." Conservative politicians, that is. The occasion was the Chief Justice's nineteenth—"and potentially final," the Times noted cheerily—annual report on the federal judiciary. In it, he showed "appropriate concern" over...
  • Schwarzenegger on the State of the State (Claremont's Ken Masugi examines Ahnuld's speech)

    01/07/2005 1:36:51 PM PST · by Stoat · 5 replies · 485+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 7, 2004 | Ken Masugi
    Schwarzenegger on the State of the State By Ken Masugi Television allowed us to visualize the fight against "special interests" Governor Schwarzenegger is spoiling for. The tedious build-up he was given at his State of the State speech Wednesday night said almost all. (Sacbee audio here, under the story on the speech.) The silly Assembly Speaker Nunez, the investigated Secretary of State Shelley, the investigated President Pro Tem of the Senate Perata, the boorish, ponderous Lt. Gov. Bustamante (whom the Governor sarcastically congratulated for "his wonderful speech" introducing him), all those officials down to members of the State Board...
  • Killing Them With Kindness (Voegeli on affirmative action)

    01/07/2005 3:22:04 AM PST · by Stoat · 1 replies · 592+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 6, 2005 | William Voegeli
    Killing Them With Kindness By William Voegeli Conservatives have a new reason to voice the four loveliest words in the English language: I told you so. A Stanford Law Review article by Prof. Richard Sander of UCLA concludes, "Blacks are the victims of law school programs of affirmative action, not the beneficiaries." According to Stuart Taylor, Jr.'s summary of Sander's research, preferences do such a thorough job of placing black students in law schools where they are unlikely to succeed, that abolishing affirmative action in admissions would decrease the number of blacks admitted to law schools—but increase the number...
  • Democracy in Washington State, San Diego, and the Ukraine

    01/03/2005 9:11:31 PM PST · by Stoat · 26 replies · 805+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | January 3, 2005 | Ken Masugi
      Democracy in Washington State, San Diego, and the Ukraine  Reading accounts of the Washington election for governor in the national papers makes the Republican request for a recount sound like loser's sour grapes. But there is a deeper issue that makes the episode surprass San Diego, even if doesn't near Ukrainean proportions. The conservative Republican challenger ran narrowly ahead of long-time Democratic pol, Attorney General Christine Gregoire, in the original election (261 votes) and then the first recount (42 votes). But, the second recount, by hand, put her ahead (by 129 votes), with her margin of victory increased...
  • "The Birth of a 'Latino Race'"

    12/29/2004 1:47:38 PM PST · by Stoat · 59 replies · 6,631+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 29, 2004 | Ken Masugi
      "The Birth of a 'Latino Race'"   LAT op-ed by Ian Haney Lopez, who notes the effect of the Census Bureau's adding an "other race" category. "Today, about 6% of Americans, or more than 1 in 20, count themselves as "some other race," and the overwhelming majority of them are Latinos. Like it or not, nearly half of the Latino population considers itself a race." This is clearly a conclusion he wishes to promote. Yet, a simpler conclusion can be derived: race here simply means nationality, as it did until the middle of the twentieth century. Thus the...
  • Tom Wolfe's Struggle With God and the Greeks: A review of I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe

    12/27/2004 12:56:14 AM PST · by Stoat · 956+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 22, 2004 | Ken Masugi
    Tom Wolfe's Struggle With God and the Greeks A review of I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe By Ken Masugi This is an ugly book, but it could have been even uglier, being as it is a book about the life of the mind. And protagonist Charlotte Simmons of Sparta, North Carolina is scarcely an heroic figure. Prized by her protective family and a determined teacher, Charlotte becomes an outstanding student—admitted with full scholarship to Dupont University (a fictitious Ivy League school with a Georgetown or Duke-level basketball team). She is a freshman version of Sherman McCoy of...
  • Fallen Idol: A review of 'Mao: A Reinterpretation' by Lee Feigon

    12/27/2004 12:44:13 AM PST · by Stoat · 7 replies · 1,850+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 26, 2004 | Arthur Waldron
    Fallen Idol A review of Mao: A Reinterpretation by Lee Feigon By Arthur Waldron Mao Zedong was the great hero and icon of much of the "New Left" of forty years ago much as Stalin was for its predecessor, the "Old Left" in the early to middle decades of the last century. Those who fell under the spell of these tyrants in their youth have rarely managed completely to rid themselves of visceral sympathies for them, and a sense that somehow those who pillory their erstwhile heroes don't quite understand. So it is perhaps not surprising that the first...
  • May Christian Teachers Teach the Declaration of Independence?

    12/22/2004 12:13:07 AM PST · by Stoat · 5 replies · 768+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 21, 2004 | William J. Becker Jr., Ken Masugi
      May Christian Teachers Teach the Declaration of Independence?  Bill Becker of Schwartz & Janzen, who has filed a brief with our John Eastman, Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence on the LA County Seal case, discusses religious liberty, in the recent Williams case involving the Cupertino school district. The district had forbidden him to distribute American political documents, including the Declaration of Independence, on the grounds he was using the documents for purposes of religious indoctrination. The article appears in today's Daily Journal, the legal newspaper for Los Angeles.  School District Should Teach Nation's Vaunted Christian Principles...
  • Can Catholics Vote Democratic Anymore? (Book Review)

    12/20/2004 5:32:26 PM PST · by Stoat · 2 replies · 647+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 20, 2004 | Dennis E. Teti
    Can Catholics Vote Democratic Anymore? A review of The American Catholic Voter: 200 Years of Political Impact by George J. Marlin By Dennis E. Teti For the first time in history, a majority of American Catholics voted this year against one of their own for President. President Bush and Senator Kerry both campaigned for the support of Catholics. In the end, 52 percent, including 56 percent of weekly church-goers, supported the Protestant Republican rather than the Catholic Democrat. In 2000, only 45 percent of Catholics supported Bush against a Southern Baptist. If Kerry had won the same Catholic vote...
  • What Did Hate-Crime Hoaxer Dunn Cost the Colleges?

    09/18/2004 12:30:31 AM PDT · by Stoat · 13 replies · 993+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | September 17, 2004 | Ken Masugi
    What Did Hate-Crime Hoaxer Dunn Cost the Colleges?  That's the big question the judge asked at her sentencing, which was postponed to December 15, following a psychiatric evaluation of the hate-crimes hoaxer. Calling Claremont McKenna College professor Dunn a "bald-faced liar," Judge Horan stated: '"Ms. Dunn doesn't have to stand up and say she did it," Judge Charles Horan said during Friday's hearing. "But it sure would help the court in deciding whether prison time is appropriate."' According to a reliable source, an alumnus of the Colleges who attended the hearing: 'The judge was disappointed--his word--that there was no one...
  • DFU SONG: Christmas 2004 - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Kerri Dunn is going to jail)

    12/15/2004 5:56:57 PM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies · 705+ views
    12-2004 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    THE CHRISTMAS SONG JINGLE BELL ROCK IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER LET IT SNOW UP ON THE HOUSETOP GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER I'M GETTIN' NOTHIN' FOR CHRISTMAS I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS WHITE CHRISTMAS =================================================================================== MIDI - SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN You'd better watch'd better not lie Spray paint your car...I'm telling you why Kerri Dunn is going to jail Reporting a crime...and calling it hate May make yourself a ward of the state Kerri Dunn is going to...
  • Judge Says Leftist Professor 'Terrorized' Minorities

    12/16/2004 7:49:20 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 850+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec 16, 2004 | Limbacher
    Juicy new details about that intolerant California professor who got a year in prison for faking a "hate crime" against herself: The judge denounced her for "terrorizing" minority students. Pomona Superior Court Judge Charles Horan further slapped down psychology professor Kerri Dunn because she "turned the rest of the students into suspects, adding that her actions could have sparked major racial violence," NBC Channel 4 reported in Los Angeles. "He likened her actions to calling in a fake bomb threat, saying it had the effect of terrorizing people." Deputy District Attorney Martin Bean agreed. "From what I saw in the...
  • A Very Claremont Christmas 2004 (Conservative scholars recommend their favorite books)

    12/16/2004 8:41:53 PM PST · by Stoat · 69 replies · 3,460+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 15, 2004
    A Very Claremont Christmas 2004 Christmas may come once a year, but a good book can be enjoyed all season long. We've invited some of our friends to recommend a few... John C. Eastman Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence  Bringing Justice to the People: A Story of the Freedom-Based Public Interest Law Movement, edited by Lee Edwards traces this vital movement, which has won key cases on school choice, religious liberty, and racial preferences.   Judging Thomas: The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas, by Ken Foskett is a fair biography...
  • Dunn sentenced to one year for hate crime hoax (trashed her own car, remember?)

    12/16/2004 11:21:56 AM PST · by Smogger · 14 replies · 1,199+ views
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | 12/16/2004 | ROD LEVEQUE, STAFF WRITER
    POMONA - A former visiting Claremont McKenna psychology professor was sentenced to a year in state prison on Wednesday for falsely reporting that her car was damaged in a campus hate crime. A father's plea for mercy and a river of tears didn't win any leniency for Kerri Francis Dunn, who launched the community into tumult in March when she claimed her Honda was sprayed with racial and anti-Semitic slurs while she spoke at an anti-hate forum. Police later concluded she vandalized the car herself. "What she did was at least temporarily terrorize the minority students on campus and make...
  • Former Claremont professor who faked vandalism gets year in jail (phony "hate crime")

    12/15/2004 2:01:29 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 39 replies · 2,897+ views
    A former Claremont McKenna College psychology professor convicted of falsely reporting her car was vandalized and spray-painted with racist and anti-Semitic slurs was sentenced Wednesday to a year in state prison. Kerri Dunn, 40, of Redlands, was convicted Aug. 18 of one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report and two felony counts of attempted insurance fraud stemming from the March 9 incident. She had faced anywhere from probation to three years in prison. She had claimed her car was targeted in what at first appeared to be a hate crime while she was speaking at a campus forum...
  • Professor Gets Year in Prison for Fake 'Hate Crime'

    12/15/2004 12:55:45 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 118 replies · 3,878+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec 15, 2004 | Limbacher
    Remember that left-wing egghead at Claremont McKenna College who vandalized her own car and then cried "hate crime"? Today she got sentenced to a year in the slammer. Kerri Dunn, who is, naturally, a professor of psychology, falsely claimed that her Honda was spray-painted with racist and anti-Semitic slurs. She had faced up to three years in a California prison for filing a false police report and two felony counts of attempted insurance fraud. Get this: Miss Dunn staged the criminal hoax and launched a headline-grabbing spree of "hate crime" hysteria (as opposed to all those "love crimes" being committed...
  • Defending Thomas

    12/13/2004 1:42:35 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 934+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 13, 2004 | Tom Krannawitter
    Defending Thomas By Tom Krannawitter When asked recently what he thought of Justice Clarence Thomas, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told Tim Russert on NBC's "Meet the Press," "I just don't think that he's done a good job as a Supreme Court justice." Reid went so far as to say that Thomas was "an embarrassment to the Supreme Court" and that his opinions were "poorly written." Reid's comments came during speculation over the possible successor to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, should he retire soon. Aside from the fact that Reid was disrespectful, we must ask why a Democrat...