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  • Why can't Florida's students write?

    05/29/2012 7:18:20 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 49 replies ^ | 5/29/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    When the passing rate for students taking the writing FCAT dropped to 30 percent this year, compared to 80 percent last year, the Florida Board of Education addressed the problem with typical aplomb: It changed the grading scale. Like magic, failure turned into success for tens of thousands of students. Of course, they can’t write any better than before, but that’s beside the point. The students passed the FCAT, didn’t they? So their schools’ letter-grade ratings won’t go down, and their self-esteem will remain intact. That’s what’s important, isn’t it? The high initial failure rate was due at least in...
  • Traveling This Summer? Leave the Weaponry Behind(Barf Alert)

    05/29/2012 4:56:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 May, 2012 | Joe Sharkey
    “SUMMER’S almost here!” the Transportation Security Administration’s chatty blog is currently informing us. That means more people at the checkpoints, of course. The blog offers many tips for summer travelers, including, “Please get to the airport early to account for the increased passenger load.” Then there is my personal favorite: “Don’t wear clothing with a high metal content.” Right: do not show up at the checkpoint in that suit of armor, all of you medieval festival re-enactors. Just pack it neatly, along with any sunscreen or lotions in excess of 3.4 ounces, in your luggage. But a useful tip that...
  • By what right do rights trump laws?

    05/28/2012 6:21:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 34 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3-28-12 | Alan Keyes
    The headline read "3 in 4 say religious rights trump law." The article went on to explain that "In the Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll, nearly three in four Americans, 74 percent, said freedom of religion should be protected 'even if it conflicts with other laws.'" The juxtaposition of the headline and the explanation provide a perfect illustration of the way in which rights and freedoms are carelessly conflated these days, in a way that could have very damaging unintended consequences. For example, if religious freedom per se trumps other laws, what about the so-called "honor killing" permitted by Islamic law...
  • It's the soldier

    05/28/2012 5:48:51 PM PDT · by Exton1 · 14 replies
    It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given us Freedom of the Press. It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us Freedom of Speech. It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate. It's the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the Right to a Fair Trial. It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag. ~Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC
  • 'Meaningful Work' (Thomas Sowell)

    05/28/2012 10:22:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 29, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    "Education" is a word that covers a lot of very different things, from vital, life-saving medical skills to frivolous courses to absolutely counterproductive courses that fill people with a sense of grievance and entitlement, without giving them either the skills to earn a living or a realistic understanding of the world required for a citizen in a free society. The lack of realism among many highly educated people has been demonstrated in many ways. When I saw signs in Yellowstone National Park warning visitors not to get too close to a buffalo, I realized that this was a warning...
  • Why You Don’t Believe in Gun Control

    05/28/2012 7:17:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 28 May, 2012 | Bruce W. Krafft
    Tina Dupuy is mighty sure of herself and, oddly enough (since I have never met the woman), awfully sure of me too. She explains in her piece Why you believe in gun control that we bitter clingers are actually in favor of gun control…we’re just too pig-ignorant to realize it. “If you ask the typical hyper-political gun owner (and I have … at Thanksgiving dinner), why it’s important to own a gun, they’ll bark about the Constitution. Yes, the Second Amendment: ‘The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed!’” Tina has a little problem...
  • The Lesson of Alexander Hamilton

    05/28/2012 3:36:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 179 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-28-12 | Jeremy Meister
    How many things are in a person's pocket that they don't even know about? We take money for granted -- most people can't tell us which way George Washington is facing on the quarter. They can tell us that Ben Franklin is on the front of the hundred, but they can't tell us that Independence Hall (where he helped draft the Constitution) is on the back. One might think that as denominations get smaller and more common, the pictures on them would become more famous and well-known. The ten-dollar bill features Alexander Hamilton on the front. Since he was never...
  • Obama Has a Mean Streak and He Turned It on Romney This Week

    05/27/2012 9:50:51 AM PDT · by pabianice · 42 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/27/12 | Grove
    The president, for all his cool, has a mean streak—just ask Hillary Clinton—and this week he turned it on Mitt Romney, writes Lloyd Grove. Never mind “cow pie of distortion”—President Obama’s earthy attack on Mitt Romney that dominated the headlines Thursday night from his barn-burner at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Obama President Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Iowa state fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday (Nati Harnik / AP Photo) The psychological heart of Obama’s campaign speech was “prairie fire of debt,” the phrase that set up his scatological punch line. “I know Gov. Romney came...
  • The Reagan Memo

    05/27/2012 9:14:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-27-12 | unattributed
    Nearby today readers will notice excerpts from a memo written to Ronald Reagan by his economic advisers between his November 1980 election and inauguration. We share the memo because it shines a historical perspective on our own economic dilemmas as the Presidential race hits its Memorial Day turn. The memo was sent to us by George Shultz, who later became the Gipper's Secretary of State but had served previous stints at Treasury, Labor and the White House budget office. The signers include some of the last century's most consequential economic figures, notably the great Milton Friedman, tax-cut evangelist Jack Kemp...
  • Romney Pharma Chief's Fundraiser - Fr. Pavone on Romney (long title, excerpted)

    05/26/2012 6:52:48 AM PDT · by bboop · 48 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | May 26, 2012 | Brian Fraga
    ... On May 16, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, visited the Miami home of Dr. Philip Frost, the chairman of the board of Teva Pharmaceuticals, an Israel-based company that produces many different medicines, including regular contraceptives. Teva is also one of the country's largest producers of generic drugs. ... “At this point, the sentiment of most pro-life leaders and activists I am in contact with is that this election is about avoiding the unmitigated disaster of a second Obama term," said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. "This is not the first...
  • Is Liberalism Dead?

    05/25/2012 10:36:53 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 32 replies ^ | May 25, 2012 | Roger L Simon
    Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard to believe liberals believe in liberalism anymore. With the obvious global meltdown of Keynesian economics, how could anyone remotely intelligent support the continued deficit spending that is driving the Western World into bankruptcy? And yet a large proportion of our population still backs Barack Obama for a second term. Yes, some of this is due to the reactionary identity politics the Democratic Party has practiced for so many years and some to the large number of people working for the government and therefore voting their self-interest. Even so, it’s difficult to...
  • Filings raise more questions on Warren’s ethnic claims

    05/25/2012 6:35:56 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    Boston Fishwrap ^ | 5/25/12 | Carmichael
    Elizabeth Warren has not proven she has a Native American ancestor, instead saying she based her belief on family lore. US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has said she was unaware that Harvard Law School had been promoting her purported Native American heritage until she read about it in a newspaper several weeks ago. But for at least six straight years during Warren’s tenure, Harvard University reported in federally mandated diversity statistics that it had a Native American woman in its senior ranks at the law school. According to both Harvard officials and federal guidelines, those statistics are almost always based...
  • Washington, D.C., becoming a 'Mormon stronghold'

    05/22/2012 8:47:57 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 480 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 16, 2012 | Joseph Walker
    The stunning expansion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington, D.C., area is profiled in a long, interesting and meticulously accurate CNN story that suggests "the nation's capital has become a Mormon stronghold, with Latter-day Saints playing a big and growing role in the Washington establishment."-SNIP-"It's hard to point to federal legislation or a White House initiative that bears distinctly Mormon fingerprints," Gilgoff writes, "while it's easy to do the same for other faiths." He cites as an example a recent White House "compromise" on contraception funding, which he says was "mostly a reaction to...
  • Throw out the cliches

    05/24/2012 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ancientart · 2 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | May 24, 2012 | Art Marmorstein
    Political writing tends to be bad writing, noted George Orwell in his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language.” Too often it's a tool for deception and obfuscation rather than clear communication. Orwell criticizes particularly those who rely on political catch phrases devised by others, throwing their minds open and “letting the ready-made phrases come crowding in.” It's an easy way of avoiding the hard work good writing demands, says Orwell. Catch phrases “will construct your sentences for you - even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent - and at need they will perform the important service...
  • Obama's grand miscalculation with Catholics (loses 14 points with Catholics over Mandate)

    05/24/2012 3:18:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2012 | Maureen Malloy Ferguson,
    The news Monday that 43 different Catholic entities across the country are suing the Obama administration, in response to the Health and Human Services' (HHS) rule mandating employer health care coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization, comes as a blow to the president's strength among Catholics, a demographic that helped carry him to victory in 2008. This news comes on the heels of the the latest CBS News/New York Times poll which finds Mitt Romney now leading President Obama among women, yet another demographic that he previously commanded. If Mr. Obama was hoping to once again rely on Catholics...
  • MUST HEAR: Reporter's Epic Anti-Global Warming Monologue

    05/24/2012 10:39:32 AM PDT · by caseyn · 4 replies
    Canadian reporter Ezra Levant explains how global warming skeptics are demonized by the left and mainstream media even though surveys show regular citizens aren’t so concerned.
  • GunSpec

    05/24/2012 9:05:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gunway ^ | 23 May, 2012 | NA
    I will try to post the cartoon below. If I am not successful, I urge someone with better skills to do so. Thank you.
  • On gay marriage, Obama’s critics and supporters alike think he may shift again (More "evolution")

    05/24/2012 6:38:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/24/2012 | By Sandhya Somashekhar
    Supporters and critics of President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage agree on one thing: He may not be finished evolving on the subject. Despite his comments that he thinks the matter should be left to the states, many gay rights advocates strongly believe that it must be dealt with nationally — and that Obama is quietly on their side. Conservative critics of the president suspect the same, citing this as one way the president might tack left if reelected. And some Obama supporters who are uncomfortable with same-sex marriage fear that in a second term, he would come under enormous...
  • Leo Strauss and the Conservatives

    05/24/2012 3:21:17 AM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 24th, 2012 | Jeff Nyquist
    The illusion of supposed conservatism, for scholars like Strauss and for politicians like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, is that the political spectrum in America has shifted so far to the Left that yesterday’s liberals are today’s conservatives says Author and Speaker Jeff Nyquist... Consider the state of America: marriage is no longer an enforceable contract in most states (i.e., no fault divorce); even more telling, homosexual marriage is increasingly acceptentage of the population attending religious services has been falling steadily for years, along with honesty and our nation’s work ethic.....It would seem that conservatives have nothing left to...
  • American Arabic Human Rights Advocate: We must begin to want peace with Israel

    05/23/2012 10:08:24 AM PDT · by se99tp · 9 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 23rd, 2012 | Nonie Darwish
    Gamal Abd Al-Nasser... Ahmadinejad..., and the Hamas Charter says that they want to annihilate Israel... Israel... left Gaza- and then what happened? They began launching missiles at them from Gaza. I have lived in America for 28 years. I love America and I love freedom. This country has given us a lot of freedom. I get really angry when I hear that some Muslims here curse America.... Do you know what they used to say in the mosques in Egypt? " We want to go to the White House, and turn it into the Islamic House. We want to cancel...