Monday, April 29, 2013

Cruising the Web

For something different, read a bit of what the entering class of Columbia University wrote in their application essays. As most college essays are, some are truly cringe-worthy.

It seems quite likely that Gosnell's clinic was not alone in killing those babies born alive from abortions.

Stewart Baker looks at how privacy laws produce unintended consequences that help the powers that be.

Has "democracy had its day in America" and American universities? Donald Kagan argued that ignorance of the history of Western civilization has created a generation growing up without an appreciation of Western values and culture.

So what differences does it make that Hillary Clinton has been accused of lying to the House of Representative?

Here's a great anecdote about the relationship between George Jones and Clarence Thomas.

Ellen Ratner, not a conservative, writes that George W. Bush's actions fighting AIDS did more to save people's lives than any other president. And here is an insider's account of Bush's leadership in fighting AIDS on a global basis.

Apparently, being a journalist is the worst career choice someone today could make.

This is a striking statistic I recently ran across in preparing to teach the post-war period for my A.P. European History class: there are more people in Britain today working for in Indian restaurants than in the coal, steel, and railroad industries combined. On one hand, that is not so surprising considering the state of those industries in today's Britain. However, in the grand scope of British history, I found that statistic truly startling.

Harry Enten, who is quite perceptive regarding the demographics of the American electorate, explains why immigration reform won't deliver the Latino voter 'bonanza' that such supporters of immigration reform predict.

Matthew Continetti has an eye-opening list of terrorist plots to kill massive numbers of Americans here in the United States and how so often authorities and the media characterized each plot as an isolated incident. Immediately there were attempts to downplay the role of Islamic radicalism and to dismiss any effort to highlight that connection as bigotry and Islamophobia.
The response to Boston on the part of so many intellectuals, inside and outside government, was a sign of perplexity. They had been concussed when mugged by reality. Doing the opposite of what Bush had done did not, in the end, improve the global situation or make America safer. On the contrary, it may have made the situation worse. The plots against America continue. The ideology that motivates them has not died. Indeed, the space in which that ideology’s adherents operate is expanding: From Mali, to Libya, to Sinai, to Somalia, to Yemen, to Syria, to Iraq, to Afghanistan, to Pakistan, those who act in the name of al Qaeda have more room to maneuver. Presidential outreach has not mattered. It has been dismissed. The Muslim world is growing more violent, and it is exporting that violence and conflict overseas....

The tide of war is receding, Obama says. But that is the old narrative, the narrative of the last four years, the narrative of peace and comity, the narrative being pulled apart by events. We know now that you cannot control the tide.
If we cannot identify the problem, we cannot defend ourselves against it.