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Friday, August 20, 2010

Cruising the Web

Noah Pollak is exactly right. It's time for the U.S. to reverse the Obama decision to rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council. It's a joke and really just a screen for some of the world's worst human rights abusers to bash Israel.

States are showing more sense
than our Democratic federal politicians. They're not spending the newest stimulus boost on hiring new teachers for whom the spending won't last more than a year. They're going to spend it on other expenses in their budget and not rehire the teachers they had already let go.

Here's a reform I could endorse. The new president of the NCAA expresses interest in a new rule whereby high school players could go directly into the NBA draft, but if they choose to go to college, they'll have to stay in college a set period of time before they would be eligible to be drafted. Now, if only the NBA would go along with this.

Not only is the administration not fulfilling its promise to close Gitmo, they can't even get agreement in how much it will cost to buy the abandoned prison in Thomson, Illinois. Illinois' asking price for the federal government to buy the facility is $50 million than what Obama asked Congress to budget for both the purchase and upgrade funding.

John Lott explains why, according to the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. is in a worse financial shape than Greece.

Here's a question worth pondering: what does more to help society - massive philanthropy from billionaires or having them plow more money back into building up businesses and employing people?

It is not a good sign
when Illinois voters say they would be negatively influenced if a candidate was endorsed by Obama. If they don't like any more in his home state, how bad must it be in the rest of the country?


Stan said...

The Gerson and Krauthammer pieces today are getting some attention. Krauthammer hit a grand slam. Gerson gets it half right. He says that Obama's fallen so far because he promised so much more. True enough. But he misses when he says that Obama has disappointed because he descended to standard, conventional politics. In reality, Obama has descended to levels far below what we have seen before. He is the MOST partisan president, the LEAST transparent, the most slanderous, the most willing to pay off supporters with corrupt bargains, and the most willing to strong arm people out of their legal rights.

I would argue that while his promises to reach for a higher level may have made his fall seem greater, Obama's descent to the nastiest depths has been a much bigger reason for the gap.

Locomotive Breath said...

I've always maintained that playing college ball should be like the GI bill is for the armed services. Do your hitch and then when you can give it your full attention, come back later and work on your degree. Or not.

Would solve a lot of the problems associated with the "student athlete" myth.

Bachbone said...

The feds are back looking at a shuttered state prison in MI that they once considered for Gitmo terrorists. This time, they allegedly want it for their overflow of federal prisoners. I say "allegedly," because the Obamarama Three Ring Circus can't be trusted outside the spotlights.

Stan said...

I think 18 year old adults should have the same legal right to work as other adults, even if their chosen field of work happens to be one that colleges make huge profits from. But I realize that when our favorite college teams are involved, the rights of the athletes come last.

So Cal Jim said...

"It's time for the U.S. to reverse the Obama decision to rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council. It's a joke and really just a screen for some of the world's worst human rights abusers to bash Israel."

Actually, it's high time for the USA to disengage from the UN entirely.