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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Virginia Tech Offers Up Another Plan

I once worked for a vice president who felt it his sole responsibility to come up with five-year plans. Every year he came up with a new one. Every year. A five-year plan. None was ever implemented, of course. None was ever considered for implementation. The planning was the important thing.

I'm reminded of that odd circumstance by today's news. We learn in this morning's Roanoke Times (in "Invest in diversity at Virginia Tech") that Southwest Virginia's second-most premier school of higher learning* has a new five-year plan that calls for - and is surely to achieve, this time - racial diversity on campus:

For an institution charged with serving the entire commonwealth regardless of race or ethnicity, the status quo is unacceptable. Indeed, the campus experience now is far less rich than it should be.

Tech officials recognize the problem, and recently released a five-year plan to make the campus more welcoming to minority students. They hope someday the university's student body will better reflect the commonwealth.

They propose to have Tech require all students ...
Another plan. Well, toss it on the pile with all the others. Starting with the last five-year plan which apparently proved to be an abject failure. And this plan, seemingly, didn't help. Nor did this one. Ditto.

But the new plan - the latest in a long line of plans - is sure to work. For sure.

Three quick points:

1) Why all the fuss? How does "diversity" aid or enhance a student's (black or white) ability to achieve success in mastering the curriculum laid out by the university?

2) Has anyone suggested to those minority students who failed to meet entrance requirements that they should have tried harder, absorbed more, and gotten better grades in high school? Sure they did. Will anyone tell minority high school students that, in order to beat out all those Asian students who excel in academics that they need to buckle down, study like mad, and achieve success at mastering their particular fields of endeavor if they ever hope to get into Virginia Tech? Sure they will.

3) Do people who drive this whole "diversity" argument really understand the issue? If they do, they wouldn't write goofy shit like this (from the editorial cited above) about the reason for Tech's low minority enrollment:

"Some of the reluctance by minority students is unsurprising. Tech, after all, still has a dormitory named after a member of the Ku Klux Klan."

Yeah, that would keep me from choosing VT too, as opposed to ... say, Harvard.

Oh, wait. Minority students are probably shunning America's premier university too. And for the same reason.

Washington & Lee? Uh, no. There's that small matter of its association with two - not one but two - 19th century slave holders. Washington. And Lee. Minority students will surely be avoiding that one too.

UVa? Don't even go there.

Look carefully into our nation's past and you're left with Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg. and I wouldn't look too closely there either.

Anyway, Virginia Tech has another diversity plan. And those who believe in them think that's a swell development.

Whatever trips your trigger.

* See numero uno here.

Quote of the Day

From James Taranto:
Obama spokesman Bill Burton quickly denounced McCain for proposing to put "the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency." This took a degree of chutzpah, since the Democrats have just spent four days touting Obama's experience as a "community organizer" as a central qualification to put him no heartbeats away. Even after listening to those speeches, we're still not sure what a "community organizer" is.
"Best Of The Web Today," August 30, 2008

Biting Humor

Copyright laws prevent me from posting this Ramirez political cartoon that appears in this morning's New York Post. To quickly describe it, for those who don't wish to click through, it shows a long line of people waiting to get into the convention center in Denver where the Democrats were holding their quadrennial infomercial, with one attendee complaining to another:

"We've been waiting in line forever."

The other replies:

"They are preparing us for national healthcare."

Who was it said that, in order for humor to work, it has to be grounded in truth. Truer humor there never was.


Ever wonder why many of the nation's largest and most prestigious newspapers' circulation numbers are plummeting while the New York Post continues to grow its readership? Certainly, this kind of front page splash has something to do with it:


Get the story.

And For Good Reason

He's about as liberal as they come:
Advisers Say Conservative Ire Pushed McCain Away From Picking Lieberman
By Elisabeth Bumiller and Michael Cooper, The New York Times

For weeks, advisers close to the campaign said, Mr. McCain had wanted to name as his running mate his good friend Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democrat turned independent. But by the end of last weekend, the outrage from Christian conservatives over the possibility that Mr. McCain would fill out the Republican ticket with Mr. Lieberman, a supporter of abortion rights, had become too intense to be ignored. (link)
(* You'll note that the headline refers to conservatives but the article itself then slips in the word "Christian." That's intended for the Times's large Jewish readership. They need to keep that pot stirred, else the Jewish vote - quite conservative in itself - leaves the Democrat plantation.)

As to Lieberman, it should be no secret to anyone who follows America's political wars that he is, with few issue exceptions, a liberal. The only reason certain conservatives Republicans are enamored with him is because he has always been right on the war, steadfastly so, and because he spit in the eye of Democratic Party bigwigs two years ago and became an independent when they tried to force him from office.**

It wasn't always that way. At one time he was for school vouchers. And then he wasn't. At one time he was for school choice. And then he wasn't. He once supported the (partial?) privatization of social security. Then he didn't. When did his positions change? The moment Al Gore chose him as his running mate in 2000.

So now Lieberman is a liberal. Perhaps he always was. By all accounts, he's an effective United States senator. We wish him continued success in that career choice.

** The debate rages on as to whether one can be a good conservative and be "pro-war." War brings on the necessary expansion of government, often in a big way (think of the changes that took place during the Civil War and World War II) and increases government intrusion into our personal lives in the way of "war powers acts." Ask Ron Paul.

Something To Consider

We talked about Governor Kaine's lack of experience - especially as it pertains to foreign policy - yesterday, and about how that didn't seem to bother those who were touting him as a wonderful vice presidential running mate for Obama. Today, let's look - not at a what if, but - at an actual event that played out in 2004. This from Robert Stacy McCain:
Next time some TV talking head brings up Sarah Palin's lack of foreign-policy experience, can somebody please point out that the Democrats in 2004 picked John Edwards as their vice-presidential candidate?

What was Edwards' background in national security? How was Edwards -- who ran third in the Democratic presidential primaries this year -- so much more eminently qualified for the VP slot than Palin? (link)

I'm Trying To Work Through This

I guess it's time we learned to accept this sort of behavior from our vice presidents:

How times have changed ...