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“Close Achievement Gaps”

Yesterday evening, Obama held a press conference marking his first 100 days as President. But I want to comment on this statement he made yesterday morning at a Town Hall in Arnold, Missouri: We’re going to continue to help our schools meet high standards and close achievement gaps. The notion of ‘closing achievement gaps’ has …

Similarity and Difference

Much has been written, in the past few weeks, on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” Some bloggers, including me, held off on writing about this news immediately because the report is so irrational that it seemed like a spoof …

Happy Shakespeare’s Birthday

Since my favorite Shakespeare sonnet (#29, “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”) is so well known, here instead is my second favorite (#76): Why is my verse so barren of new pride So far from variation or quick change? Why with the time do I not glance aside To new-found methods and to …

Environmentalism vs. Reason

On the occasion of “Earth Day” (April 22), it is instructive to remind ourselves of the ideology underlying environmentalism. This post is from a page that has been on my Web site since September 2007. This is the third from the last paragraph of Al Gore’s book, Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human …

TEA Party Americans

On April 15, I attended a TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already), one of the 300 such TEA Parties nationwide, in El Segundo (South Bay), California. There were many American flags, and many protesters carried signs that showed a far better understanding of American principles than is held by most of America’s politicians. Some of my …

Happy Jefferson’s Birthday

Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson, 1823: We believed that men, enjoying in ease and security the full fruits of their own industry, enlisted by all their interests on the side of law and order, habituated to think for themselves and to follow their reason as their guide, would be more easily and safely governed than …

Thank You, US Navy

Congratulations and thanks to the U.S. Navy and Capt. Richard Phillips for the successful rescue of Capt. Phillips and the killing and capture of the pirates. When dealing with evil, deadly force is the answer. If only our government had the principled, moral courage to unleash our awesome military might to destroy the pirates’ land …

Moral Courage

In a comment on my previous post (America’s Empty Foreign Policy: “What Our Enemies Must Understand is … ”) Burgess Laughlin of Making Progress raised interesting questions regarding “moral courage.” To my pleasant surprise, Wikipedia describes moral courage fairly well: “Physical courage” is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, or threat of death, …

The Fraud of “Interdependence”

In his news conference following the London G20 Summit on April 2, Obama said this: In terms of local politics, look, I’m the President of the United States. I’m not the President of China, I’m not the President of Japan, I’m not the President of the other participants here. And so I have a direct …