Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cruising the Web

Roger Clegg explains the results of the Court's decision yesterday to remand the case against the University of Texas's admissions policy back to the appellate Court. Now that the courts will have consider whether the university's admissions practices are narrowly tailored so that its benefits outweigh its costs. Clegg reminds us of what those costs are:
It is personally unfair, passes over better qualified students, and sets a disturbing legal, political, and moral precedent in allowing racial discrimination; it creates resentment; it stigmatizes the so-called beneficiaries in the eyes of their classmates, their teachers, and themselves, as well as future employers, clients, and patients; it mismatches African Americans and Latinos with institutions, setting them up for failure; it fosters a victim mindset, removes the incentive for academic excellence, and encourages separatism; it compromises the academic mission of the university and lowers the overall academic quality of the student body; it creates pressure to discriminate in grading and graduation; it breeds hypocrisy within the school and encourages a scofflaw attitude among college officials; it papers over the real social problem of why so many African Americans and Latinos are academically uncompetitive; and it gets states and schools involved in unsavory activities like deciding which racial and ethnic minorities will be favored and which ones not, and how much blood is needed to establish group membership – an untenable legal regime as America becomes an increasingly multiracial, multiethnic society and as individual Americans are themselves more and more likely to be multiracial and multiethnic (starting with our president).
So whichever way universities decide such cases, it's guaranteed that affirmative action for diversity will find its way back to the Supreme Court.

Fawn Johnson of National Journal predicts that immigration won't pass this year because there is no time between all the vacations Congress gives itself and the time that will be taken up with fights over raising the debt ceiling and the budget. And Reid Wilson explains why the August recess might depress support for immigration reform. Supporters fear another summer of angry townhall meetings.

PJ Media has obtained documents from the Department of Justice and the office of New Hampshire's attorney general to show how they were working together to see if they could bring some undefined criminal charges against James O'Keefe for videos that demonstrated how having no photo-ID requirement for voting could lead to voter fraud. Just another example of how Holder wants to criminalize reporting that he doesn't approve of.

As we wait to see how the Court will rule on same-sex marriage, here is an infographic discussing the possible ways in which the Court could rule.

Politico has decided that the reason Barack Obama seems to be in the doldrums is because he just doesn't inspire enough fear among other politicians. His pulpit is just not bully enough. Either that or he hasn't done enough favors. Why would anyone expect a man with so little experience in government and who spent most of his time in the Senate campaigning to be good at the day-to-day aspects of working with Congress.

Y'all can relax now. Twinkies are coming back.

Some products you might not have realized were made by prisoners.

Take the challenge: See if you can name all the presidents in eight minutes. I'm proud that I and many of my former students are doing it in less than three or even two and a half minutes.

ESPN has a fascinating look at the NBA draft of 2003 and what was going on behind the scenes in a draft that included LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and who can forget, Darko Milicic.