Monday, March 14, 2011

Cruising the Web

Nancy Gibbs demonstrates how silly our schools have gotten on zero tolerance. The results can be tragic. But schools would rather have settled rules with no opportunity for discretion or common sense.

Karl Rove explains
how the Internet is changing fund-raising and energizing voters. I think he's exactly right that we're experiencing "creative destruction" in how election campaigns are run.

William A. Jacobson has a great analogy for Eric Holder's involvement of the Justice Department in requiring the Dayton Police Department to lower its testing standards for recruits in order to allow more African-Americans to pass the exam.

The situation in Detroit public schools is so bad that their solution is to follow the model of New Orleans and allow up to one-third of their schools to turn charter in order to save money. Yet, in my state of North Carolina, the governor is fighting the efforts by the Republican legislature to raise the cap on charter schools even though the cap has been reached and there is no room in the budget for education.

There looks to be some positive movement
in Pennsylvania for a state-wide voucher plan for the students stuck in the state's poorest schools. Even some Democrats and non-teacher labor leaders are endorsing the idea.

The WSJ has a very nice profile of James Q. Wilson and his efforts to analyze the growth and decline of urban crime.

Bursting the hyperbole about how Japan's nuclear reactors will not lead to another Chernobyl: the situations are totally different.

Chris Christie's PR team sends out a massive correction list to slam
the New York Time's hit piece on him.

Protein Wisdom notes how thug threats are now enough to exercise a veto over Republicans attending their local St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Remember this when you hear people supporting the Palestinians. These are people who pass out candy to celebrate the senseless murder of an Israeli family, a rabbi, his wife, his 11-year old, four-year old, and three month children. Check out the pictures of those children and ponder the character of a people who celebrate their murders.

Doug Ross posts pictures and examples of the violent rhetoric coming from the Democrats' allies in Wisconsin. Notice the President's silence on how his friends there have been calling for the murder of Wisconsin Republicans.

Michael Barone notes what happens when you elect a man famous for voting present. He continues the same pattern on two of the biggest issues facing the administration today: Libya and our budget.

The New York Times ran
a story about how a town in Texas is reacting to the news that a group of eighteen young men and teenagers gang raped an 11-year-old girl. It seems that quite a few people in the town have more sympathy for the rapists and are blaming the victim. Some are criticizing the NYT for their coverage of the story, but the fault lies with the people in the town who are more concerned about the effect on the young men of being charged with a rape and assault that they videotaped than on the victim.