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  • Column: Call Trumpism what it is: a cult

    01/13/2020 8:41:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 125 replies
    LA Times ^ | anuary 10, 20209 | Virginia Heggernan
    The comparisons have come hard and fast, at least since 2015. Trump is like Silvio Berlusconi, like Adolf Hitler, like Boris Johnson. A 2018 film called “The Trump Prophecy” took the evangelical route, comparing Trump to Cyrus the Great, the 6th century BC Persian monarch chosen by God to free Jewish captives in Babylon. But maybe it’s time to stop searching for the exact analogy for Trump, be he Cyrus or Boris, Adolf or a Silvio. What demands analysis is less the arrogant 73-year-old mediocrity in the Oval Office, but the worshipful attitude so many Americans have toward him. A...
  • Trigonometry Is Racist!

    02/27/2015 5:35:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 158 replies
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2015 | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    Trigonometry Is Racist! KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON February 27, 2015 An African-American scholar says that emphasis on STEM education is bad for blacks. Earlier today on Sirius XM Urban View, an African-American talk station, the guest was Daryl Scott, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The conversation turned to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education, and the origins of the ongoing push to encourage institutions and students to focus on those subjects. Can you guess what happened? In 1983, the guest explained, a commission empaneled by the secretary of education issued...
  • Connecticut governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Panel targets homeschoolers

    09/25/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT · by walford · 42 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | September 25, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    HARTFORD – A 16-member commission of educators, local and state officials and behavioral experts assembled by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre is calling for more oversight of homeschooling. Sandy Hook School SignMalloy “charged the panel with making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies,” according to the New Haven Register. Its chief recommendation is “tighter scrutiny of home-schoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,” the Connecticut Post reports. “Given the individuals involved in the tragedy that...
  • Narcissism and the culture war

    03/10/2012 1:28:50 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3-8-12 | Fred Hutchinson
    The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI-style trench warfare on a long front. In the center of the enemy lines are the forces of moral relativism. These forces oppose the idea that there is a universal moral law. On one flank are the forces of the sexual revolution, including gays, feminists, adulterers, the promiscuous, and the pro-abortion folks. On the other flank are the cultural relativists, and multiculturalists. This camp opposes the ideas of truth, beauty, and intrinsic quality. It seeks to suppress the literary, philosophical, and artistic heritage of...
  • The 'New Normal' for the economy

    09/01/2010 3:14:36 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 01, 2010 | Al Boese
    I must have missed the memo! You know, the memo about the "New Normal" set of economic conditions. All along, I thought we were in a recession, or at least a very uncertain and slow growth set of economic conditions. And, I believed it was the objective to emerge from the malaise in which we have found ourselves. Reading the words of wisdom from the economic guru's, especially those who are left leaning, we are told the miserable economic growth rates of 1.5% and unemployment numbers of 9.5%, are not trouble, but a "New Normal". Nice and tidy, and it...
  • STEYN: The epitome of mediocrity

    06/21/2010 7:19:35 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies · 1+ views
    I believe it was Jean Giraudoux who first said, "Only the mediocre are always at their best." Barack Obama was supposed to be the best, the very best, and yet he is always, reliably, consistently mediocre. His speech on oil was no better or worse than his speech on race. Yet the Obammyboppers who once squealed with delight are weary of last year's boy band. At the end of the big Oval Office address, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSNBC gang jeered the president. For a bewildered President Obama, it must have felt like his Ceausescu...
  • How Simon Cowell helped take us from meritocracy to mediocrity in a decade

    01/04/2010 2:54:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 544+ views
    The Times of London ^ | 01/04/2010 | Rod Liddle
    In its review of the decade broadcast on New Year’s Eve, the BBC cut from footage of those planes smashing into the Twin Towers to a man called Will Young winning the original incarnation of The X Factor — as if these two crimes against humanity were equal in their devastation. They are not, of course, although there are similarities. The mastermind behind each atrocity remains at large, planning new miseries for the rest of us. Both have become so familiar to us through their evil intent that they've made cameo appearances in popular American cartoon programmes — Osama Bin...
  • The REAL Obama - Ron Kessler

    07/15/2008 8:17:30 PM PDT · by wingsof liberty · 43 replies · 238+ views
    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 8:56 AM By: Ronald Kessler A close look at Barack Obama's career reveals it has been even more mediocre than generally recognized. Before being elected to the Illinois state Senate, Obama worked as a community organizer and a lawyer in Chicago. In his memoir, Obama says being a community organizer taught him how to motivate the powerless and work the government to help them. His chief example is an effort to remove asbestos from Altgeld Gardens, an all-black public housing project on Chicago’s South Side. But those who were involved in the effort say Obama played...
  • The Principle of Mediocrity [cosmological speculations of Alexander Vilenkin]

    09/18/2006 9:44:07 PM PDT · by snarks_when_bored · 25 replies · 632+ views
    Edge - The Third Culture ^ | September 15, 2006 | Alexander Vilenkin
    Home About Edge Features Edge Editions Press Edge Search A striking consequence of the new picture of the world is that there should be an infinity of regions with histories absolutely identical to ours. That's right, scores of your duplicates are now reading copies of this article. They live on planets exactly like Earth, with all its mountains, cities, trees, and butterflies. There should also be regions where histories are somewhat different from ours, with all possible variations. For example, some readers will be pleased to know that there are infinitely many O-regions where Al Gore is the President...
  • Historian massages clinton numbers, ego + legacy at revisionist confab

    11/11/2005 12:12:10 AM PST · by Mia T · 47 replies · 2,989+ views
    C-SPAN, Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror, AP | 11.11.05 | Mia T
    Douglas Brinkley massages clinton numbers, ego + legacy at (clinton-was-an-utter-failure-containment-scheme-team) revisionist confab C-SPAN historians find no clinton "greatness" irrespective of moral-authority deficit   by Mia T, 11.10.05 Speaking on the opening day of a three-day conference at Hofstra University examining his presidency, Clinton challenged a statement by noted historian Douglas Brinkley, who opined that Clinton would be deemed a great president were it not for his impeachment. Bill Clinton, at Long Island conference, calls impeachment `egregious abuse' of Constitution FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press Writer clinton's ranking will likely get worse over time. Economic issues fade in importance over time....
  • Pretty Good (Great Poem by Charles Osgood)

    04/21/2005 6:43:02 AM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 4 replies · 3,598+ views
    The Osgood Files | 1986 | Charles Osgood
    There once was a pretty good student Who sat in a pretty good class And was taught by a pretty good teacher Who always let pretty good pass. He wasn’t terrific at reading, He wasn’t a whiz-bang at math, But for him, education was leading Straight down a pretty good path. He didn’t find school too exciting, But he wanted to do pretty well, And he did have some trouble with writing Since nobody taught him to spell. When doing arithmetic problems, Pretty good was regarded as fine. 5+5 needn’t always add up to be 10; A pretty good answer...
  • Seattle Seahawks win the NFC West!

    01/02/2005 4:04:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 236+ views
    1/2/05 | me
    Seattle Seahawks win the NFC West!
  • What is Madge good for?(Madonna tanking badly)

    05/31/2004 9:00:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies · 461+ views
    National Post ^ | 05/31/04 | Aaron Wherry
    What is Madge good for? The only thing Madonna provokes with her latest tour is sadness at how lame she's become Aaron Wherry National Post Monday, May 31, 2004 Madonna and her cast of muscled dancers do Kabbalah-inspired moves at the Re-invention tour launch in Los Angeles. CREDIT: Nam Y. Huh, The Associated Press Those readers under the age of 18 may have to ask their parents about this, but, believe it or not, Madonna used to be quite shocking. Edgy even. Testing with each new album, video or tour the Western world's sexual, religious and political boundaries. Hers was...
  • {Sobran's} Election-Year Forecast

    01/31/2004 9:41:48 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 208+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 01-31-04 | Sobran, Joseph
    Election-Year Forecast January 15, 2004 Secretary of State Colin Powell now admits, or acknowledges, or however you want to put it, that he hasn’t seen a “smoking gun” proving that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or terrorist connections, though he says it was nonetheless “prudent” to suppose so “at the time.” The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has concluded that the Bush administration misrepresented the “threat” from Saddam Hussein. Paul O’Neill, President Bush’s former secretary of the Treasury, says Bush was determined to depose Saddam Hussein as soon as he took office, long before the 9/11 attacks, and...
  • Celebrity Crazy

    12/02/2003 9:35:58 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 311+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 12-03-03 | Reese, Charley
    Celebrity-Crazy If anyone doubts that America's corporate media are celebrity-crazy, just look at the hours and hours that television devoted to the recent arrest of Michael Jackson on child molestation charges. The known facts of the case can be stated in less than three minutes. Three search warrants were executed. Police have not said what, if anything, they found. Multiple charges of child molestation were filed. Jackson posted a $3 million bond. Arraignment is set for Jan. 9. End of story. Whether he's guilty or innocent of these particular charges, his own statements and eccentric behavior have raised suspicions in...