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[30 Apr 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

The list of Afrocentric “educators” whom Reverend Jeremiah Wright has invoked in his media escapades since this Sunday is a disturbing reminder that academia’s follies can enter the public world in harmful ways. Now the pressing question is whether they have entered presidential candidate Barack Obama’s worldview as well.
Some in Wright’s crew of charlatans have already had their moments in the spotlight; others are less well known. They form part of the tragic academic project of justifying self-defeating underclass behavior as “authentically black.”

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[30 Apr 2008 | One Comment | ]

The Commerce Department reported economic growth of .6% in the US for the last quarter. A growing economy by definition, is not in a recession, yet we read:
The Chicago Tribune hopes one still comes along Slow economy: Not a recession yet
The Balitimore Sun tells us to ignore the facts and cherish the feelings of the media with It still feels like a recession
The London Times is just wrong US growth stalls for second consecutive quarter
The AP is downright defiant of the facts not blinking at their own wrong predictions over …

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[30 Apr 2008 | 5 Comments | ]

When Barack Obama made his Philadelphia speech which many heralded, I was a dissenter because I saw the impossibility of his being able to mediate between the ranting racist raves of Jeremiah Wright and reason. Impossibly, Obama decided to do just that. He announced that he could no more repudiate Wright that he could the black community. That nonsense became a total disaster. For one thing, Obama was implying that the black community was joined at the hip with this demagogue!
I said that the prudent thing for Obama to have …

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[30 Apr 2008 | One Comment | ]

I went to see “Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed” the new Ben Stein Documentary, last Friday.
But this isn’t about the movie, though it is well done. (The purpose of the film is to show how utterly closed the scientific community is to any notion of “Intelligent Design.”)
This is about the fact that I apparently took a big risk in going to the theater to see it with my kids in tow.
Why? The movie was rated “PG” for thematic material, some disturbing images. . . and “brief smoking.”
Brief smoking? …

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[30 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

It was a typical political tease. A proven administrator with boundless energy leaps up to the rostrum and executes an enthusiastic stream-of-consciousness about his goals and objectives. He was greeted with a standing ovation and when he completed his breathless talk, the audience arose to its feet again. Midway in the talk he gave a gentle slip…which was not a slip really but was intended to be such…that if he talked too long he would “lose votes” in the future. Everyone applauded and nodded while he softly declaimed …

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[29 Apr 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

After 20 years of Sen. Obama being a parishoner, receiving baptism, marriage, and the baptism of his children from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Obama is reacting to Rev. Wright’s views expressed over the last week:
CNN Obama ‘outraged’ by Wright’s remarks
LA Times Barack Obama cuts bait with Jeremiah Wright
ABC News Obama Condemns Wright’s Defense
Washington Times Obama on “appalling” Wright: “I mean it”
Bloomberg Obama Calls Wright’s `Ridiculous’ Statements Offensive, Wrong
New York Times Op-Ed Columnist The Pastor Casts a Shadow
Fox News Obama: I Am ‘Outraged’ and ‘Angered’ By Wright’s Comments
Our Chicago Daily Observer …

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[29 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

With a bob and a weave and a joke — and a lot of winking — former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas on Monday made it clear that he is interested in running again for governor of Illinois.
In remarks before and after a luncheon of the City Club, Mr. Vallas, repeatedly insisted that, while he would never say never to a race here, his hands are full with his current job as superintendent of schools in New Orleans.
But such insistence quickly crumbled under persistent questions from reporters and from …

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[29 Apr 2008 | One Comment | ]

Ah, the debate is back about how much preschool we should force every American toddler to have.
“Force” may be an odd way to put it, but what we’re talking about is “universal” pre-school, early childhood “intervention” and a raft of other government “programs” that mostly Democrats “advocate.” And in all this talk, there’s little about “choice,” as in whether parents can decide whether not to send their kids.
Although the debate about universal preschool is hardly new, it will re-emerge with new gusto as the elections approach. It is one of …

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[29 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

When we add up almost all the components of GDP – consumption, business investment, home building, trade, and government – we get a great big goose-egg (0%) for the first quarter of 2008. Consumption, business investment, and trade add to GDP, while weakness in housing and government fully offset these gains.
However, the one component we left out – inventories – looks like it rebounded strongly in Q1, after a large decline in Q4. As a result, we expect the first report on Q1 real GDP to show a …

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[29 Apr 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Damn! Prehistoric people had better dental plans than we do!
— Viewer’s comment on 10,000 B.C.
10,000 B.C.! Savage, nomadic hunters packing hefty bludgeons, beating each other senseless, and hauling choleric females around by their hair; eight-year-old boys itching to exit their caves and kill a few wild animals for lunch: these are the kinds of things I’d expected to remember about director Roland Emmerich’s Stone Age spectacle. I wanted to leave the theater happy—and grateful—to be living in an age of frozen entrées, instant coffee, and daytime television.
Tough …