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Constitution Day Query For The President

Yesterday, as many of you know, was Constitution Day, and the president issued a proclamation filled all the predictable pieties. With this president, however, more than most, I believe it is reasonable to ask if he really believes them. We are united, he proclaimed, “by our fidelity to a set of tenets” and “we are […]

Millennial Confusion

The Wall Street Journal‘s James Taranto picked up a nice bit of Millennial confusion today (but not before Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity had already emailed me about it). The Red and Black, the University of Georgia student newspaper, wrote a few days ago about a survey of Millennials conducted by MTV: A survey […]

Another Day In Obamaland: Two Old Scandals Erupt

1. From The Daily Caller: Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser Hilda Solis’ Schedule 2. From Sharyl Attkisson: Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review What? Benghazi documents withheld? A State Dept. coverup? Who’d a thought? Next someone will probably come forward with evidence […]

The Dark Side Of UVa’s Bright Racial Data

[NOTE: A small slice of what follows appears (here) on Minding The Campus] A new academic year has begun, and as it does every year the University of Virginia is boasting about how well it does by — in part because of how much it does for — its black students. Some of the boasts […]

Legacy Preferences Are Not Like Race Preferences

Defenders of affirmative action accuse critics of being hypocrites because we are not at least equally critical of the preferences give to legacies (or athletes, or oboe players, or …). They are wrong for several reasons. First, most prominent critics of affirmative action in fact do oppose legacy preferences. (If I were prominent I would […]

Does Higher Education Lower Intelligence?

Evidence — some may regard it as additional evidence — that higher education lowers intelligence can be found on Gallup’s chart of President Obama’s most recent (Aug. 25-31) approval numbers: Some College           35% College Graduate   43% Postgraduate            53%  

Biraq Obama

Obama and friends thought it was a mistake for us to go to war in Iraq (except for the Hillarys etc. who were for it before they were against it). We found no weapons of mass destruction, and, they insisted and continue to insist, we cannot be the world’s policeman (or policeperson), freeing oppressed people […]

Discrimination Against Asian-Americans, Understated

Jennifer Gratz points to a superb recent OpEd in the San Jose Mercury News by Michael Wang, a sophomore at Williams College who has filed a discrimination complaint against Yale, Princeton, and Stanford with the U.S. Department of Education. Read the whole thing, but here’s a brief excerpt: I grew up in a Chinese-American family […]

A Race-Norming “Experiment” Defends Affirmative Action

I have a discussion on Minding The Campus this morning of a new study whose authors, all economists, found that the promise of preferential treatment actually increases “human capital development,” social-science speak for studying and doing homework. The first sentence of my discussion: “There’s nothing wrong with the first sentence of the National Bureau of […]

Has Obama Resigned & Signed On With Nike?

If so, many of us may regard its advice to “Just Do It” as an invitation to switch to Adidas….   http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/us/politics/a-terrorist-horror-then-golf-incongruity-fuels-obama-critics.html   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/stasi-obama-played-golf-james-foley-beheading-handled-article-1.1914888   http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/21/the-story-that-rush-limbaugh-says-wouldnt-have-surprised-the-media-if-they-bothered-to-listen-to-me-in-2008/   http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/22/White-House-Defneds-Obama-Golfing-Sports-Help-Clear-The-Mind   http://www.foxsports.com/buzzer/story/president-barack-obama-criticized-in-new-york-times-article-for-playing-golf-too-slowly-too-often-010314   http://www.eurweb.com/2012/12/president-obamas-golf-buddy-solicited-a-prostitute-in-2011/   http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/08/18/donor-with-bain-ties-invited-on-obama-golf-outing/