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Friday, March 04, 2011

Cruising the Web

The New York Times celebrates a terrorist.

Look for some interesting education reform
coming out of Nevada.

Peggy Noonan thinks that unions have lost their aura of being the ones out for the little guy. Now, they're the big guy.
As for unions looking out for the little guy, that's not how it's looking right now. Right now the little guy is the public school pupil whose daily rounds take him from a neglectful family to an indifferent teacher who can't be removed. The little guy is the beleaguered administrator whose attempts at improvement are thwarted by unions. The little guy is the private-sector worker who doesn't have a good health-care plan, who barely has a pension, who lacks job security, and who is paying everyone else's bills.

Ohio is inching towards true structural reform that will help it turns its economy around. The protests are ugly now, but the benefits of such institutional changes will will help Governor Kasich and the Ohio GOP reap the rewards in future years.

As oil prices soar, get ready for the battle over Obama's energy policy. His administration has done everything it possibly could to make life difficult for our country's oil and gas production. That's just not what the country needs now and they'll have to answer for it.

And it doesn't help when the Secretary of the Interior blows smoke about oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Is he ignorant or dishonest?

Awww. Matt Damon is no longer so impressed with Barack Obama. Reality is such a bummer compared to fantasy.

Walter Russell Mead lists the "World's Top Ten Gaddafi Toads."

Harvard is to allow Naval ROTC to return. Though the students will still have to go to MIT for classes.

The Washington Post explains
why LIFO or the policy of "last in, first out" in letting workers go is such a terrible idea, especially in education.
Not only students but teachers, too, are hurt when they are treated, in the parlance of the New Teacher Project, like widgets or interchangeable parts. Why should the many fine men and women - who daily do heroic work often under difficult circumstances - be lumped indiscriminately with teachers who have given up on their students or who, as examples from New York City's case files show, forged doctor's excuses to explain excessive absences, committed corporal punishment against students or engaged in other misconduct? The time for timidity in changing this irrational process is long past.

This has to be one of the worst ideas ever: Atlas Shrugged, the Musical.


John A said...

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar may "just not know." But if so, he is not just ignorant he should not be in charge of my niece's lemonade stand. He knew drilling, and at least some pumping, had been stopped: if he was told that output nonetheless increased, how could he not react with "What? How is that possible? Show me."

Kurt said...

With regard to Matt Damon, what might not be clear from the article, but should be clear from Damon's history as a devotee of Howard Zinn, is that Damon undoubtedly is one of those folks who is disappointed in Obama for not being far left enough. If we ever needed a reminder of why it's not advisable to listen to the political blather of celebrities, this example ought to suffice.

ic said...

Everyone knows Matt Damon is a racist who can't stand a person whose skin has a darker shade than his.

Pat Patterson said...

Who could have guessed a year ago that the union movement would turn into a gaggle of Luddites?

eb said...

Reading Noonan's articles is not as irritating as hearing her express the same.
She reminds me of my mother when I was two years old and how she would sound if I farted and bubbled up the water in the tub.