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October 27, 2006

They'd rather switch than fight

Posted by Hal Young at 8:54 PM

Paul Belien reports in Brussels Journal that emmigration from Germany and the Netherlands now exceeds emmigration to those countries, and commentators are beginning to advise those who don't want to live in a Muslim Europe to leave now, rather than work to strengthen what remains of Western civilization in post-Christian Europe.

People who are not prepared to resist and are eager to submit, hate others who do not want to submit and are prepared to fight. They hate them because they are afraid that the latter will endanger their lives as well. In their view everyone must submit.

This is why they have come to hate Israel and America so much ... Europeans have to choose between submission (islam*) or death. I fear, like [German author Henryk] Broder, that they have chosen submission – just like in former days when they preferred to be red rather than dead.

RTWTH.

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* The word islam literally translates, "submission".

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Bumper sticker earns woman ticket for parking too near a polling place

Posted by Jon Sanders at 4:59 PM

This seems silly to me, as it doesn't seem that the woman violated the spirit of the law, especially if you're going to have a polling place in a mall. But that isn't the reason I'm posting this story.

My main reason is to enjoy the irony of that particular bumper sticker being placed, as it is, above the car's muffler. I can't tell from this photo whether she hews to the Rule of Three, however.

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Dix Hill as city park?

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 3:21 PM

Raleigh Mayor plans to make that recommendation

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Is it all gloom and doom for GOP in Congress?

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 2:01 PM

AEI's November Political Report (not online) shows the following historical trend in Gallup/USA Today polls. The current 38-53 split is the worst the GOP has faced, but it is neither number is far from the historical average. Some pundits see a Republican rebound. This bounce may continue if more people see stories like this.

If the Election Were Held Today

 

Rep. 

Dem. 

Oct. 20-22, 2006 

 38

 53

 Oct. 2002

 41

 50

 Oct 1998

 44

 47

Oct. 1994 

 45

 49

 Oct. 1990

 45

 55

 Oct. 1986

 35

 44

 Sept. 1986

 40

 54

 Oct. 1982

42 

 52


Note: All samples are registered voters except the October 1986
(national adults) and the October 1982 (likely voters).

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This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:25 PM

Terry Stoops has a number of concerns about Wake County's $1 billion school facilities spending plan. You'll hear many of those concerns this weekend on Carolina Journal Radio.

Joe Coletti will tell us why the state should consider a high-risk health insurance pool, while John Fund of the Wall Street Journal offers his "Visitor's Guide to an Alien Planet: Washington, D.C."

You'll also hear a report about efforts to lower the high school dropout rate in North Carolina, and we'll examine some interesting research from Duke professor Gavan Fitzsimons about the impact of questions on behavior.

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More of the same

Posted by Lindalyn Kakadelis at 1:10 PM

Yesterday’s article in the Observer was revealing, today’s article has more comments from the education establishment.
Charlotte’s math test scores only reveal the tip of the iceberg! State Superintendent June Atkinson and State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee will hold a media briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 1, to discuss K-8 school performance on the 2005-06 ABCs/AYP accountability report. No matter what is said bottom line the testing program is NOT reliable!
The General Assembly must force the State Education Board to adopt a proven nationally known achievement test instead of “joke” tests – End of Grade. EOGs tell how well students learn  the “North Carolina Course of Study,” which has its own critics. Levels I, II, III & IV tell NOTHING!
An achievement test shows parents how well their child performs in light of every other child in the United States. It gets the Department of Public Instruction out of being a TESTING COMPANY. Does anyone think the agency writing, scoring and reporting results of the tool used to keep the same agency accountable is a conflict of interest?  Give me a break. The public is being duped! It would be funny if it did not involve children, their future and our future!
 

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Williams College rethinks "diversity"

Posted by George Leef at 11:52 AM

According to this story, Williams College officials are changing the school's "diversity" requirement.

A history prof is quoted as saying that the old requirement grew out of "nice liberal white guilt" but came to be seen as a joke. The chairman of the Committee on Education Policy said that the school wanted to get away from just learning some facts about another group to learning about other people's ideas and approach to life.

Don't students at Williams already know that people think differently and may have different approaches to life? If they take a course that examines people in, say, the Amazon rainforest, will they really learn that group's thinking? People don't think as a group and you'll probably find lots of different beliefs and views even in the same tribe.

In making such courses a requirement, the Williams administration is saying that they think that they are very important to the students; more important than courses that are optional. But is that true? Not to say that such studies have no benefit at all, but why put them up on a pedestal? I think the answer is still "nice liberal white guilt."

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Nicole Richie seeks medical treatment for thinness

Posted by Jon Sanders at 11:50 AM

Ms. Richie is one of the worst recent victims of what I call "going Hollywood": when an attractive young woman becomes popular, adapts herself to the starvling culture that the vanity magazines so adore, and subsequently appears in public as cavernous-cheeked skeleton bags, with hollow sockets for eyes and feminine curves replaced with visible ribs and jaunty pelvis bones.

CNN reports:


Socialite Nicole Richie, whose rail-thin appearance in recent photos has stoked tabloid speculation of an eating disorder, has checked into a treatment facility to address her inability to gain weight, her publicist said Thursday. ...

Richie, the 25-year-old daughter of singer Lionel Richie, has publicly acknowledged her obvious loss of weight in recent months, telling Vanity Fair magazine: "I know I'm too thin right now. ... I'm not happy with the way I look."

Ms. Richie, instead of wasting all that money, I've got your answer in three delicious syllables:

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Big Labor trying to buy into NC

Posted by George Leef at 11:23 AM

That is the conclusion of this report just released by Civitas.

North Caroliina is already a pretty high tax state. If Big Labor manages to get enough legislators to carry water for it and the state becomes more "union friendly," that will drive investment and entrepreneurship away to other states or countries. This is worth watching.

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How to Ruin "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Posted by Jon Sanders at 10:25 AM

Go listen to academic feminists yammering on and on about her — and missing the point again and again. Buffy was a television hero and weekly savior of the world — but she was also *gasp!* a girl! And the show was popular! In America! I mean, golly, take THAT, American phallocentric hegemony, you!

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was a popular TV show, and it was a very witty one at that. It featured a high-school (and later college) girl gifted with extraordinary powers — and friends — who battled all manner of demonic forces, on their own initiative, because those forces weren't going away with wishing and the civil authorities weren't to be trusted with the assignment. And they did so with panache, wielding irony as deftly as they did wooden stakes and the other weapons appropriate for dispatching their mythical foes.

"Buffy conferences" are popular fare among today's video-fixated feminists. UNC-Greensboro's Women's and Gender Studies Department is hosting a "Why Buffy Matters" screening of Buffy episodes and also a Buffy mini-conference.


Throughout the year, two episodes will be shown each month chronicling two episodes and clips from seasons one through seven. After the screenings, discussion will follow on various concepts, metaphors, meaning and significance on subjects such as feminism, religion, theory, language, politics, etc.

I think I'd rather have a stake through my head than listen to those discussions. I can only imagine their wit-draining power. And then there's the call for papers. Imagine the torpid horror:


We invite proposals from any academic discipline — literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women's studies, gender studies, religion, philosophy, linguistics, rhetoric, and cultural studies — for papers, panels, and lectures on any aspect of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or "Angel" as it relates to BtVS. We are most interested in critiques of the show's cultural impact. We will also accept a limited number of pieces of fan fiction, character analysis, testimonials, or personal stories about the show.

All papers are limited to a maximum reading time of 20 minutes.

I'm not sure a rational person could endure a day's worth of 20-minute homilies and testimonials on "Why Buffy Matters." If Gitmo prisoners were forced to attend, I'm sure Human Rights Watch would object. One would have to smuggle in some Captain Morgan's and take a shot every time he heard "heteronormative," "postcolonial," "hegemony" or any other look-I'm-an-academic buzzword, in the hopes of passing out drunk by the second paper. Buffy may have saved the world for seven seasons, but can she overcome the Blathering Boredom Demons?

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Send this story to every university president

Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 08:51 AM

"Twin Sisters--One Black, One White"

This story on the ABC "World News Tonight" should be sent to every university president and vice-president for diversity.   Since we are 99.9 percent the same, universities should be emphasizing how we are the same not celebrating how we are different.

But in a surprising way, he said, it really doesn't matter very much. The Human Genome Project found that except for gender, people are surprisingly uniform genetically. Even if one person has red hair and another has black, even if one is African-American and another is Asian — they are, on the genetic level, 99.9 percent the same.

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The Hungarian Revolution, October 23, 1956

Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 08:10 AM

Here is a BBC report on the celebrations/demonstrations.  

The uprising started in Budapest on 23 October 1956, with a spontaneous demonstration by a crowd of about 23,000, the reading of a pro-democracy manifesto and the singing of banned national songs.

A giant statue of Stalin was pulled down, leaving only the dictator's boots on the pedestal.

Soviet tanks were forced to withdraw, but returned with devastating force a week later.

Imre Nagy, the reforming prime minister, made a final impassioned plea to the outside world by radio.

He and hundreds of others were arrested and executed, among thousands of Hungarians who died. 

Soviet tanks in the streets
 

This is Peter Schramm's personal account of his family's escape from Hungary and starting a new life in America:  "Born American, but in the Wrong Place."   I recommend it, very moving and meaningful.

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Schofield Almost Gets It

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 07:55 AM

In a recent interview, Rob Schofield of N.C. Policy Watch said,

"People are saying, 'Well, how can I get the best education for my child at the lowest price?' and that's their only concern rather than recognizing we all have to sacrifice occasionally for the greater good."

I am on board with a system that provides the best education for the lowest price. That would really benefit the greater good.

I do not prefer more sacrifices (taxes) that pay for the worst education for the highest price, as we do now. According to the OECD the United States has the second highest per pupil expenditure in the world, but our math scores are tied for 21st with Poland, Hungary, and Spain.

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