Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina is running for reelection next year, but her Twitter feed doesn't even mention that she is currently serving in the Senate. As James Kotecki writes, her whole approach is to run against the North Carolina General Assembly rather than run on her record in the Senate. And that may well be a wise strategy. When you can't defend your own record, change the subject.
The Los Angeles Times has published a story that proves the whole mismatch hypothesis of how affirmative action leads to minority students being admitted to a college that is too difficult for them and the result is student failure and a devastating loss of confidence that may well bring a student to drop out of a university like Berkeley rather than succeed at a less competitive school. As Heather MacDonald writes,
The Times could not have written a more resounding confirmation of mismatch theory if it had tried. (The paper’s motivations for the story remain mysterious, since the Times is conventionally liberal on race matters.) Mismatch theory, most recently expounded by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, is the most powerful critique of affirmative action yet developed, demonstrating empirically that students admitted to academic environments for which they are ill prepared learn less, and are less likely to pursue rigorous majors, than had they been enrolled in schools where their peers shared their level of academic preparation.Even the Associated Press is noticing that Obama has been a failure in foreign affairs. Even if he launches some missiles into Syria, it is already too late. Perhaps if he had intervened earlier, there might have been some chance that he could have prevented the mass deaths that the civil war there has caused. Instead he's proven his fecklessness by using tough rhetoric that he hasn't backed up with action.
But the Times story conveys a subtler point as well: Racial preferences are not just ill advised, they are positively sadistic. Only the preening self-regard of University of California administrators and faculty is served by such an admissions travesty. Preference practitioners are willing to set their “beneficiaries” up to fail and to subject them to possible emotional distress, simply so that the preference dispensers can look out upon their “diverse” realm and know that they are morally superior to the rest of society.
Here's one way for the Pentagon to save money. They can stop funding the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and Southern Poverty Law Center to provide materials warning of "extremists" who "will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place." Is this really what the Defense Department needs to worry about today?
Ah, typical government. The Veterans Administration can't process disability claims in a timely manner, yet those very same processors who can't do their job are earning bonuses.
The inability of Congress to do away with the Obamaphone giveaway program despite well-documented evidence of fraud illustrates why it will be impossible to defund Obamacare.
Yet another area where the Obama administration is expanding its executive powers into possibly illegal territory, as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is issuing waivers to No Child Left Behind that there is no power in the law for him to issue.