Michelle Malkin is highlighting the disgraceful Arizona 9/11 memorial here.
Here is her conclusion:
"Five years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, we must remain as
vigilant as ever against those who would exploit jihadi acts of war and
mass murder as opportunities to erect literal Guilt Complexes on
American soil. They tried it at Ground Zero. They tried it at
Shanksville. They succeeded in Arizona."
Jeffrey Kling at Brookings suggests replacing the typical unemployment insurance "temporary earnings replacement accuounts (TERAs)" to help those who lose a job and take one that pays less. The Economist gives a good account of this idea in an issue that is generally critical of economic ideas from the American Left, particularly their romatic notion of unions and other bits of "empty symbolism" over "effective policies."
Markos Moulitsas is profiled by Ana Marie Cox in the current Wired (not online yet). He is trying to replicate the success of Daily Kos with Sports Blogs Nation -- a network of blogs by team fanatics. His next idea will be "a chain of secular megachurches for liberals." Not surprisingly, the best line in the article belongs to Glenn Reynolds:
It [Kos] works because the secret to getting ahead in the 21st century is capitalizing on people doing what they want to do, rather than trying to get them to do what you want to do.
If only the "libertarian Democrat" had been so articulate, I might believe the "libertarian" part of his self description.
As for the denial of full professorship, Adams said in a telephone interview he had not been given a reason for the decision and would not speculate on possible reasons.
"I'm stunned," he said.
Adams read from a memorandum from his department chairman saying that "his record does not merit" promotion at this time.
The chairman of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice referred questions to campus spokeswoman Cindy Lawson. "It is a personnel matter," Lawson said, "and UNCW does not comment on personnel issues."
UNC-Wilmington is not, however, elaborating on that, even to Mike. They are giving every impression that they don't want to say what, exactly, in Adams' record doesn't qualify.
The Boston Globecelebrates today the creation of an innovative new $20 million program of foundation grants to nurture individual American artists. But it can’t help taking a swipe at conservatives for “political disputes over controversial art” and at Congress for “federal spending cuts” at the National Endowment for the Arts. Oddly, the Globe describes the new grants program — funded by the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential, and Rasmuson foundations — as “armed with private money that frees it from congressional budget axes.”
I’m not saying that it’s odd to see private funding for the arts as liberating. That’s always been the best consequentialist argument for eliminating government largesse for artists — that private funding protects them from oversight by politicians. Forcing taxpayers to fund obscenity and stupidity is bad enough, but more common is that government funding distorts the arts by favoring some trends, subjects, and personalities over others. That’s obscene and stupid enough.
What’s odd is that the Globe finally gets this. It predicts that the results of the new initiative could include “a great play or a new building” but “also a sound, unapologetic investment in the nation’s artist soul.” Yes, made privately and voluntarily.
I saw this book on Mike Adams' reading list from his column today:
Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank. Well, I guess I have to plug at least one Democrat before I sign off. Celia Rivenbark is a funny lady. She used to teach Sunday school with my wife. But that’s not the funny part. The funny part is Celia’s writing. There’s a reason she won SEBA Book of the Year with her last book “We’re just like you, only prettier.” This one may win as much acclaim as her last. Celia’s one of the funniest writers in America. Read this book. I’m sure you’ll agree.
An audit of the federal Reading First program revealed that it unlawfully favored some reading programs over others. The audit found that officials favored Direct Instruction (DI), a proven way to increase reading performance. A July, 2006 evaluation of Reading First found that it produced positive results. North Carolina received close to $18 million in Reading First grants last year.
Everyone is talking about an email from the director of the program, Chris Doherty, to a member of his staff, which directs the staff member to criticize a company that Doherty did not endorse.
"They are trying to crash our party and we need to beat the (expletive deleted) out of them in front of all the other would-be party crashers who are standing on the front lawn waiting to see how we welcome these dirtbags."
Doherty has already resigned, and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has announced that she will follow the recommendations of the audit.
What do we learn from this? Reading First was an administrative nightmare but an academic success. And now, Reading First will allow public schools to waste their time with Whole Language and other unproven reading programs.
Voters in Sweden have, as previously discussed here, rejected the Social Democrats that set up and ran the country's welfare state for decades. Heritage's Dan Mitchell explains part of the reason why here:
Sweden is no longer one of the world's 10 richest jurisdictions. It now ranks as the 18th most prosperous nation according to the World Bank, which uses per capita gross national income. Using statistics that more accurately measure living standards, such as per-capita disposable income, Sweden falls even further in the rankings. According to calculations by the OECD, Swedes now have less disposable income than the average resident of Western Europe. Even Spaniards now rank above Swedes in terms of per-capita disposable income.
Americans, meanwhile, have almost twice as much per capita disposable income as Swedes, according to the OECD study. Even if the comparison is made using pre-tax economic output, America remains far ahead. Indeed, a Swedish think tank issued a report noting that if Sweden were part of America, it would be the sixth poorest state
So the next time you get in an argument with someone who praises the Swedish model for day care, welfare, etc., you might respond this way, "Do you mean the Louisiana model?”