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Friday, January 12, 2007

Racial Discrimination 2007

The University of Michigan will do anything to keep those Jews and Asians out.

From James Taranto:

Getting Disparate

"The University of Michigan announced Wednesday that it will comply with a new voter-approved ban on affirmative action and immediately stop considering race and gender in admissions," the Associated Press reports from Detroit. The university--whose undergraduate preferences the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional in 2003, while upholding another such scheme at the law school--will continue to litigate against the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, though. Also:

"The university said that it would use other criteria that are not explicitly race- or gender-based to achieve diversity. Those include geographic diversity, the level of education completed by students' parents, and whether students attended a disadvantaged school."

In the 1971 case of Griggs v. Duke Power Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 "proscribes not only overt discrimination but also practices that are fair in form, but discriminatory in operation. . . . Good intent or absence of discriminatory intent does not redeem employment procedures or testing mechanisms that operate as 'built-in headwinds' for minority groups and are unrelated to measuring job capability."

Griggs involved employment law, not university admissions; and the Supreme Court has held that student-body "diversity" is a "compelling interest" that justifies some degree of outright discrimination. So Michigan would seem to be on solid legal ground--at least with respect to federal law--in using criteria that have disparate impact in order to operate as a "built-in tailwind" for minority groups. But it's interesting to watch them follow the same sort of tactics that were alleged to have been employed to perpetuate old-fashioned discrimination against minorities.

Racial discrimination. Negroes then. Asians and Jews today.

It never ends.

On Democrats And The Little People

It seems there are poor people in need ...

... and there are Democrats who need poor people:
GOP hits Pelosi's 'hypocrisy' on wage bill
By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

House Republicans yesterday declared "something fishy" about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week.

"I am shocked," said Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican and his party's chief deputy whip, noting that Mrs. Pelosi campaigned heavily on promises of honest government. "Now we find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage. This is exactly the hypocrisy and double talk that we have come to expect from the Democrats." (link)
Beyond belief.

On The Way To The Coronation ... II

The Democrats' onslaught, having begun less than a week ago, is quickly disintegrating into chaos:

Rangel Rankled By Fellow Dem Pelosi
By Geoff Earle, New York Post Correspondent

January 12, 2007 -- Washington - Powerhouse New York Rep. Charles Rangel is butting heads with fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi just a week into the new Congress controlled by their party, The Post has learned.

Rangel, who took over the powerful Ways and Means Committee after 36 years in Congress, smacked down the idea Pelosi raised on Sunday of repealing tax cuts for those earning more than $500,000 per year.

"We haven't gotten that far to be talking about tax increases," Rangel told The Post. "She hasn't discussed it with me . . . We haven't gotten into tax policy."

Pelosi had said nixing tax cuts for half-million-dollar earners "might be more important to the American people than ignoring the educational and health needs of America's children."

"Saying it to me in private is far more important than whatever she says nationally," he huffed, referring to her weekend TV appearance. (link)

War has broken out. Bitterness and animus reign.

And they've been in charge for five days.

Pull up a chair. This is going to be fun to watch.

You Put These People In Charge

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is arguably the least intelligent person wandering the halls of Congress in 2007. Yesterday she made the case for her having earned that distinction:

Dems Burn A 'Kidless' Rice
By Geoff Earle, The New York Post

January 12, 2007 -- Washington - Condoleezza Rice came under a shocking Democratic attack yesterday - as a childless woman who can’t understand the sacrifices made by families of U.S. troops in Iraq. In a bitter personal assault on the secretary of state during her appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, anti-war Sen. Barbara Boxer fumed that Rice didn't comprehend the "price" of the war.

"You're not going to pay a particular price, as I under stand it, with an immediate family," Boxer (D- Calif.) ranted.

"I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young . . . So who pays the price? Not me, not you."

Boxer's over-the-top broadside stunned lawmakers and congressional aides.

"We were all just shocked. It was pretty sickening," one GOP staffer said. "I guarantee there were Democrats in there thinking, 'Shut the f- - - up. Just shut up. Stop going overboard.' " (link)

Barbara Boxer is a stupid person. And, as a result of your actions, she, along with her Democrat cohorts, now run your government.

How proud you must be.

Wonder Of Wonders

Paul Krugman, chief economist for the New York Times, a man who has earned a reputation for being wrong on every economic prediction he's ever made, has been visited by his genie:
Golden State Gamble
By Paul Krugman

I’m of two minds about Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan to bring universal health insurance to California. (
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That's two more minds than he had yesterday. Wish granted.

Locked In Hell

The product being turned out by our public school system can only be described as horrid.

It will get no better.

Two headlines in this morning's New York Times give an indication as to why:

Above the entrance door of every public school in America we should inscribe these words: