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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This Should Be a Hoot

As you may know, I never mention my place of employment on this weblog.  It's a part of my life that I keep completely separate.  Because the folks who pay my paycheck would prefer that I keep it that way.

But I will divulge this bit of news:  I'm scheduled for diversity training.

That's right.  As part of the normal corporate exercise in good management, I'm to attend a course in which I learn how to be more considerate of the backgrounds and opinions of others.  Or some such new age stuff.

In preparation I'm to read this:

If I show up one day here on From On High all touchy-feely and apologetic for wrongs committed long ago by people I'm not related to and never met, committed against people I'm not related to and never met, wrongs I had nothing to do with, wrongs about which I will have become extremely sorry, you'll understand.  I will have been brainwashed to the dark side.

I've started the book, by the way.  I've taken an immediate dislike to the annoying elephant.

Wish me luck.

Just What We Need

Another roadblock on the interstate highway system:

Where once they were called expressways, now they're another (aggravating) source of government revenue. Commerce be damned.

When will these people learn?

Why We Need To Increase The Immigration Quotas

The high schools here in the U.S. are graduating ignoramuses:
Nation has high college remedial education rate
By Christine Armario, Associated Press Writer

Davie, Fla. (AP) -- Professor Derron Bowen teaches high school math to college students, patiently chalking equations on the board on basic arithmetic topics such as the speed of a driver on a a 20-hour trip.

Bowen's class at Broward College in South Florida is for students who didn't score high enough on an entrance test to get into college-level math. In all, about two-thirds of students entering the community college need to take at least one remedial course in math, English or reading.

Nationwide, about a third of first-year students in 2007-08 had taken at least one remedial course, according to the U.S. Department of Education. At public two-year colleges, that number rises to about 42 percent. [link] [emphasis mine]
If we were to eliminate the public school system here, what damage would be done?

I'm of the firm belief that we need to import as many highly educated professionals from India as we can. In doing so, we'll need to be able to service them at our fast-food restaurants and convenience stores with a host of U.S. college-educated citizens. I suppose, for that reason alone, we should keep the system turning out the success stories that it is.

McDonald's beckons.

Connecting Dots

First read "Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record."

Then read "The Welfare State's Death Spiral."

The latter is about Greece.

The former sends a clear message that the latter is soon to be us.

And no one in Washington is lifting a finger to stop it.

For the love of God.

A Not So Subliminal Message

Tiger Woods's real ailment?

A sports reporter has it pegged. Listen carefully:

From overuse, no doubt.

Too funny.

Supreme Court or Social Club

Barack Obama tells us why the mother of his Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, would be proud:

Her daughter is experienced. She's impartial. She has an even temperament and exhibits sound judgment. She's a Constitutional scholar. She's analytical and substantive. She's motivated and motivational. And she has a deep, abiding love of her country, with a profound respect for those with whom she'll be working and those whom she'll be serving.


Oops. Sorry. I dozed off.

Here's the real president addressing Mom Kagan's possible reaction to the news:

"I think she would relish, as do I, the prospect of three women taking their seat on the nation's highest court for the first time in history — a court that would be more inclusive, more representative, more reflective of us as a people than ever before."


Inclusive?  Reflective?  Representative?  

Why not Lady Gaga, for God's sake?  Or Queen Latifah?

Shouldn't there be more to the position of Supreme Court justice than mammary glands and estrogen count?

Guess not.

I have to say, even more frightening than this dolt's assessment of that which qualifies one to sit on the Court is the fact that millions of Americans will agree with his appraisal.

May God have mercy.

There's No There There

I'm not going to get all worked up over Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court (like Hannity did yesterday on his radio show). She's going to be confirmed, so why waste the energy? (Hannity trying to make her out to be some wild-eyed progressive, at this point, is overreaching, to say the least.)

But it is at least interesting to note how little she's accomplished in life to get where she's gotten.

I read earlier this morning that Elena Kagan was supremely qualified to sit on the Court because of her groundbreaking appointments to the office of Solicitor General and Harvard Law dean. But if you think about it, it would have been those who appointed her who "broke ground." All she did was accept the gigs.

So what has this gal done to deserve the position of United States Supreme Court justice?

Experts are still searching ...
Elena Kagan nominated for Supreme Court
Posted by David Hardy, Arms and the Law

And Paul Campos asks whether she is the next Harriet Miers?

It's a very good question. What distinction has she achieved?

As a judge -- zero. Not that I consider that a barrier; the Warren Court boasted some serious intellect, despite only one Justice having sat on a Circuit court (and Justice Black having served a year as a police court judge).

As a lawyer -- virtually none. Two years of being an associate in the big firm. I'd be rather surprised if she has ever tried a case to a jury. She may well have never tried a case, period.

As a legal academic -- Campos points out she got tenure on the basis of a single law review article that was mostly a review of others' research. In twenty or so years since, she published two short articles and two book reviews, that's it.

Heading up Harvard Law, she chiefly distinguished herself by fundraising -- hopefully not a major concern at the Supreme Court level -- and by covering up plagiarism committed by faculty members. [link]
Hannity wants to believe she's a progressive.  I want to believe she's something more than a potted plant.

In truth, neither of us knows.  She is the classic empty suit.

But, as Obama pointed out yesterday in his effort to extol her virtues, she is a woman.  So ...