They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun, Kal.
Happy 450th Birthday William Shakespeare!
It would have been nice if we could have forged a compromise with President Vladimir Putin of Russia that would have allowed Ukraine to gradually join the European Union and not threaten him. President Obama tried to find such a win-win formula. But Putin is not into win-win here. He is into win-lose. So he must lose, for the sake of Ukraine and Russia.
Thomas Friedman might be the the NY Times token conservative, but he is not conservative by any stretch of the imagination or hawkish to any real degree…but when even he can that something needs to be done…might be time for Obama and Kerry to grow a pair.
Know your history. Know your enemies of freedom. The Democrats.
All liberals are mentally ill…
Court cases involving religion have a way of stopping big social legislation.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: This decision is perfectly consistent with a contrary decision the court made 11 years ago in Michigan where there was a case to abolish affirmative action in admission to the University of Michigan Law School. The court said that we are not going to strike it down. We’re not going to have nine robes decide that this cannot be implemented. But what it implied was it would allow the people in a democracy to decide that. The people responded exactly as suggested implicitly in that decision when three years later they had a referendum that would abolish affirmative action. 11 years later, with now a case brought by the left and not the right, the left is trying to institutionalize affirmative action to make it impossible for any legislation or any referendum ever to abolish ever in the history of the country. Essentially to say it’s an intrinsic part of the constitution, racial preferences are here forever. An outrageous proposition, and that was rejected by the court. It said we’re not going to rule that it’s intrinsically in the constitution, just as 11 years ago we didn’t want to rule that it’s not allowed. We leave the decision of affirmative action up to the people, which is exactly the way you want to do it in a diverse democracy with a trouble history. Let each region, let each state decide on its own exactly as what was happening with abortion until the court stepped in and prevented the evolution. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who actually was on the dissent in this opinion, said years ago that the Roe decision of abortion prevented a natural evolution of reform on abortion and prevented a stable settlement of the issue. What happened today on affirmative action, is a towering decision that will allow a stable settlement as the country, very complex and diverse, works it out state by state exactly as you want to do it in a democracy.
Gotta love Thomas Sowell
You can thank the Department of Education for that.
Okay let’s go over a few things here. The first is that we should probably not be quoting Sobran on anything as he was fired by William F. Buckley from National Review for writing anti-semetic articles. I trust Buckley’s judgement about people, and as Buckley was a fair judge of character and not one to throw hyperbolic insults around, that should raise some major red flags.
Next let’s deal with the fact that 100 years ago only about 9% of the country finished high school. Now only about 7% have a Master’s Degree, so essentially that 9% was the cream of the crop for the time.
Now it would be foolish assume that all of those children were receiving education in dead languages…quite frankly it would be preposterous to assume that even half were. If you wanted to be accurately find a time when the majority of children were receiving and education in Latin and Greek you would probably have to look at least 200 years into the past (and then the education numbers likely do not reach 1% getting whatever the equivalent of a high school education would be).
Now while numbers are hard to verify, since no one really likes tracking this, but about 10-15% of students take AP/IB/Honors courses. Now from experience a lot of these are high end only in name. So let’s say only about half 5-7.5% are getting a high end education equivalent to the the high end of a 100 years ago (notice how we seem to be educating the same percentage of the populace at the same level).
The difference is that we now attempt to educate 100% of the populace and get about a 75% graduation rate. Can we do better, and teach them more? Of course. But to pretend that we’ve regressed in quality prevents us from correctly diagnosing the real source of the current problems. We’ve always done a decent job of education the top students. What we need to do is get better at educating everything else. Which over the last century we have made moderate improvements.
Currently about 68% of high school graduates go to college in some form. That they need remedial English is a problem that we need to work on, but it is not because we have regressed in the quality of our teaching…it is because we have changed and innovated enough to service the majority of the populace as opposed to only 9% of the population.
It should be remember that universal public education is only a little over a century old. For a field this important, it’s still in it’s infancy. It needs improvement, but it is not a complete failure as the above quote suggests.
LOUISIANA, YOU’RE SCARY STOP IT
We have New Orleans to blame.
Okay while not perfect, there does seem to be a correlation between prison population and the rate of violent crime (i.e. the more people we lock up it seems the less violent crime we have)…
I’m reposting this image from last year, that you might, This earth day, take a moment to consider our impacts on the planet by comparing these two images taken from space, one in 2013 and one in 1863.
If you look closely, conclusions one of does to earth denied foolishly for to do what more like.
Omg so sad what are we doing to our planit?
Liek if u cry everytim
TAGS: #earth, #horse-drawn rocket, #spacefaring stagecoach, #wooden satellite
I’m waiting for some idiot to take this seriously.
We’d be a lot better off.
Shakespeare’s Birthday is today (or there about, we’re not sure of the exact day)…to honor the Bard, if you need to insult someone here is a helpful chart to use.