Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Math and Science teachers should be paid more than other teachers

The news is grim. Will this be the wake up call?

BOSTON --Massachusetts teachers are ill-trained to teach rigorous science and math to students, whose lack of preparation for the high-tech world jeopardizes the state's economy, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report from Mass Insight Education, a Boston nonprofit organization, said that if the United States was 15th in the Olympics, as the nation is currently ranked in mathematical scores, it would be a "national embarrassment bordering on scandal."

"American students lag scandalously far behind their international peers. Massachusetts (and other states dependent on skills-based jobs) is headed for economic disaster if we do not enable our children to compete in an increasingly technological world."

Can we question Ward Churchill's patriotism now?

Ward Churchill still has a job. Can someone tell me why?

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Book Recommendation

I hope to post a fuller review of Christopher Hitchens Thomas Jefferson, Author of America at a later date. However I strongly recommend this brief critical biography.

Doomsday oil scenarios

Dependence on foreign oil is getting riskier by the day. The mind of former CIA chief Robert Gates is filled with ugly disruptions in the oil market. Sixty dollar barrels of oil will be a thing of the past when it will cost $75 to fill up an SUV.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Unfortunately I can't see beyond corruption in Africa! Part II

Could someone please forward this to Bono. I think I misplaced his address.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Kelo: The most disastrous decision

One thing is certain in today's Kelo ruling: the so-called liberal wing of the Supreme Court loves government power, the recent decision on medicinal marijuana gave it away. Today's Kelo decision is a disaster. It is an opportunity for conspiring businessmen to use the willing levers of the state to trample on the property rights of anyone for any cause they deem necessary. I hope a future court disregards stare decis.

More on Kelo at Instapundit and Professor Charles Fried weighs in at Slate reminding us of the redistributionist impulse that's probably guiding Kelo.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Canadian Supreme Court strikes a blow for private health care

Ron Bailey says those supporting nationalized health care in the U.S. ought to be careful for what they wish.

If the United States joins other nations in having more socialized medicine, the current pace of technology improvements might well grind to a halt."

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Exactly what would a Gore administration do?

Christopher Hitchens would like to know.

The administration therefore deserves at least some sympathy in its confrontation with an enemy of a new type. I should very much like to know how a Gore administration would have dealt with the hundreds of foreign sadists taken in arms in Afghanistan. I should also like to know how other Western governments, which are privately relieved that the United States assumed responsibility for the last wave, expect to handle the next wave of fundamentalist violence in their own societies. No word on this as yet.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Oh no what do we do now?

The dialectic of longer life takes its toll. Living long and prospering depends on your perspective.

Condolezza Rice rocks, well sort of...

Condi lends a helping hand, literally.

To Bob and Bono: Unfortunately I can't see beyond the corruption thing when it comes to aid for Africa.

The sanctimonious poets like Bono and Geldof would like to roll Bush when it comes to Africa. Somehow we're not doing enough despite the billions in aid including a sizeable fraction for fighting AIDS. Like the economist/savior Jeffrey Sachs (Bono's mentor) and a very dangerous man, the poets and the musicians want the West to look beyond the corrupt regimes that have exploited aid and pushed their nations into further ruin. It's really a petty hangup they suppose; we skeptics know better. Perry de Havilland at the libertarian Samizidata blog sizes up Geldof abetter than me.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

This is just too rich; commentary forthcoming

I will have much to say on this article "Move over Rambo, you're cramping new man's style" in the coming days as I gather my very macho thoughts.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

What was it that Lenin said about rope?

The Independent of London reports:

Anarchists from around the world are planning to cause chaos at next month's G8 summit in Gleneagles as a row broke out last night between Bob Geldof and DJ Andy Kershaw over the absence of black musicians at events staged to benefit Africans.

But that's only part of the story. The Anarchists want to make big waves at the G-8 summit under the guise of "Making Capitalism History." A lot of people would starve if that ignoble sentiment ever came to pass. Socialism after all kills very effectively. Richard Branson seems to have lost his senses:
Travel to Scotland, however, may be tricky. Ironically, many anti-capitalists may be able to get there thanks only to the generosity of Sir Richard Branson. The Virgin tycoon has agreed to provide free trains and a special Virgin flight to Edinburgh in the week leading up to the march.

This is either ironically delicious or disturbing.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The isolationist right and Revenge of the Sith

Paul Craig Roberts, former free trader and supply-sider, takes a leap into the isolationist right. More misgivings about Bush made unconvincingly.