When Did White Trash Become the New Normal? A Southern Lady Asks the Impertinent Question by Charlotte Hays
The degradation of the culture has many causes and Hays touches on most of them. This reviewer would have liked elaboration, but the author set out to expose White Trash Normal and be funny at the same time and she succeeded on both counts, a daunting task well done. It’s a rare writer who can be humorous and trenchant at the same time.
February 19, 2014 1 Comment
The Wire has an interesting story on the far-left organization Organizing for Action, which morphed out of the president’s campaign organization with the same initials. Per Wikipedia:
“Organizing for Action (OFA) is a nonprofit social welfare organization and community organizing project in the United States which advocates for the agenda of U.S. President Barack Obama. The organization is officially non-partisan, but its agenda and policies are strongly allied with the Democratic Party of which Obama is a member. It is the successor of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and of Organizing for America, which itself succeeded Obama’s 2008 campaign.
“Founded after President Obama’s re-election, the group seeks to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama’s legislative priorities. OFA is registered as a 501(c)(4) organization,which may advocate for legislation but is prohibited from specifically supporting political candidates. OFA is organized as a grassroots organization, with local chapters that decide which issues to organize around. “
February 18, 2014 1 Comment
A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future is a report produced by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic. Engagement. The Task force was appointed and funded by the Department of Education, and the White House endorsed the subsequent report. It carries forward Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign vow to “transform” the nation, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s 2013 pledge to do the same to education.
February 17, 2014 1 Comment
Sometimes you just stumble upon things that jump out at you.
This blogger was looking for a reference to the president’s recent interview with Bill O’Reilly in which he said there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS.
The results of this search were surprising.
February 16, 2014 1 Comment
The news of Shirley Temple Black’s death brought back some memories. This blogger was in Eastern Europe in 1990 on a trip sponsored by the National Conference of Editorial Writers. Our itinerary included Prague, Czechoslovakia, and a meeting with American Ambassador Shirley Temple Black.
February 14, 2014 1 Comment
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported that Obamacare is officially a job killer – to the tune of 2.5 million jobs over the next decade. To be fair, these aren’t actually jobs that people will lose. Rather, it will be people choosing to work fewer hours or not to work at all because they can now get insurance through Obamacare, rather than their employer – and it’ll be subsidized.
February 11, 2014 2 Comments
Stephen Budiansky’s Perilous Fight is a detailed exposition of just what the subtitle proclaims: America’s Intrepid War With Britain on the High Seas, 1812-1815. Intrepid, while a bold and colorful adjective, is exactly the right word. In using it, Budiansky is not only describing the early 19th century American fledgling navy, but also the scores of privateers under letters of marque that set out to plunder the British merchant marine. To understand what kind of men these were, you don’t have to go too far into Budiansky’s book.
February 10, 2014 No Comments
Privacy has no place in the so-called Common Core Standards. The Gates Foundation has contributed $100 million to fund the creation of a database to track public school students‘ information and academic records from kindergarten through high school. This is called the Shared Learning Infrastructure (SLI) and it is now being run by an organization called InBloom, specifically created to operate the system.
Best of all,
InBloom has stated that it “cannot guarantee the security of the information stored … or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted.”
January 29, 2014 No Comments
The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is intended to protect the privacy of student education records. Amendments by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008 and 2011 weakened that protection and diminished parents’ control over who has access to the records.
By altering some definitions and inserting others, the Department increased the number of individuals with access to personally identifiable student information, while foreclosing parents’ ability to object.
January 28, 2014 No Comments
Common Core, much like Obama Care, is based on a lie, or more accurately, several lies. Not only are the standards not “world class,” they are not necessarily better than state standards and in many cases, they are not as good.
Stay tuned, as this will be the first of three comprehensive posts this week on this topic.
January 27, 2014 1 Comment