Hillary told the House Benghazi hearing that 1) Chris Stevens should have known better than to expect the security he requested, and also that being a diplomat was a dangerous profession; 2) she never saw the Stevens’ urgent security requests – “they didn’t rise to my level”; and 3) as SecState, if she wasn’t aware of it, she was not responsible for what State did or not. So there.
Teacher and author Helaine Smith teaches ‘High-School English Without the Politics’ – what a concept! She teaches critical thinking through the classics with the objective that “what my students are learning is a lesson that is not political but is essential for politics: that one must support assertions with proofs, that one must consider counterarguments, that it’s necessary to listen to what others say and that doing so may allow you to strengthen, or force you to alter, what you think.” In sum, she tells us that “I am reassured that I send forth young adults who, whatever political positions they adopt, will question before they conclude, and will respect others’ rights to question and to conclude otherwise.” I’m not reassured that most of our country’s English teachers have either the intellectual horsepower or motivation to equally grace their students. (more here)
Why not more black scientists? asks professor of law and civil rights commissioner Ms Gail Herlot. She might want to sit in on Ms Smith’s class to improve her own ability to puzzle out such issues. In her 22oct15 WSJ piece she claims that it all has to do with “the perverse impact of university racial preferences” wherein first rate universities fill their racial quotas with Sec 8 blacks who are not ready to compete with their white and Asian counterparts. Even though blacks enter such schools more interested in STEM subjects, they quickly drop out or “transfer to softer majors” when hit with the reality of the competition they encounter in top schools.
She assures us that “this is not because they don’t have the right stuff”, because “many do” and cites that black students entering second rate schools have a much higher graduation rate in STEM subjects when encountering weaker competition. As proof she astounds us with the tautology that half the graduates of ‘historically black colleges and universities’ have “entering credentials in the top half of the class” when they go for advanced degrees. Now I don’t really know how to communicate this to the good professor, but how in hell could half such black students from all black schools NOT graduate in the top half of their class? (more here)
The globalists operate a subtle program of population control in third world countries. While not explicitly making the case, internationally known environmentalist Bjorn Lomberg (director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center) gives ample data that the billions of dollars spent and promised to these backward countries for “climate-related aid” is a big mistake. These countries don’t need additional solar panels, but they do “need help with tuberculosis, malaria, and malnutrition.” Solar and other renewable power generators will not provide the amount of reliable electricity needed in those nations to make a difference in the countries’ economies or delivered healthcare. “Green energy sources may be good to keep on a single light or to charge a cellphone. But they are largely useless for tackling the main power challenges for the world’s poor.”
This, of course, makes no never mind to the world’s progressive elites again meeting in Paris later this year. Putting some of that very corruptible money into mosquito nets alone would save about 300,000 lives a year. And for the gruberized first world masses, that good feeling from fighting 'climate change' is worth every dark skinned life that must be sacrificed – good feelings are not cheap. (more here)
The exodus to red states continues. Our innumerable and innumerate Left denies any such migration, especially if the tally is taken by the likes of the Heritage Foundation (here). But both the Dept of Commerce and the IRS have the numbers which under this administration will not be ushered into the light of day. In California the paradigm is ‘government dependent illegals in, wealth generating middle class workers out’. And I’ll be a sumbich if the population doesn’t keep on increasing.