Sunday, December 21, 2014

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$21 million down the education rathole

School officials in West Virginia's state capital opened amid much fanfare a $21 million elementary school on the troubled West Side of Charleston in 2011. The state-of-the-art building with its state-of-the-art equipment, and its super-motivated principal with her hand-picked staff would magically transform the poorest-performing students in the city into a star student body.

I had my doubts.

Fark the police, eh?

The liberal website has some of the best-trained liberal-poodle commenters in the universe. They did not disappoint me today with their reactions to the New York Police officers en masse turning their backs on Mayor De Blasio, who has championed the anti-police protesters, when he arrived for a press conference on the murder of two officers by one of those nati-police protesters.

It is time to reach out to the Police Community

A black militant shot and killed, execution-style, two police officers in New York City on Saturday afternoon. He subsequently committed suicide. His motive was vengeance of the justified homicide of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Eric Garner of New York City, who had a heart attack while resisting arrest. The officers are Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. They are the 45th and 46th officers to die in the line of duty since Ferguson; 19 by gunfire. (My earlier post.)

The Police Community is devastated.

George Warren Fuller, the man who crushed typhoid

My American Vignettes series on exceptional Americans continues with a look at George Warren Fuller, an engineer who helped eliminate typhoid in America by chlorinating our water. Today is the 146th anniversary of his birth.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Who needs reindeer?

Porn may lead to jihadism

American Islamic scholar Hamza Yusuf has an interesting theory on what is driving so many young men into Islamic terrorism: porn. They become addicted to pornography and then to cleanse themselves, they go overboard on the religion.

He walks so she can walk

Look at the face. So happy and childlike, that you just want to pinch those cheeks.

And the little girl is cute, too.

Who needs Cuba?

President Obama this week decided to start lifting the embargo of exports and imports to Cuba, 54 years after President Eisenhower imposed it. Obama's actions appear to violate six laws (the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the Cuba Assets Control Regulations of 1963, the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, and the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000). Liberals call it progress, conservatives call it illegal. I say, why bother?

Harvey Samuel Firestone, the tire man

My American Vignettes series continues with a look at Harvey Samuel Firestone, the inventor, salesman and businessman who helped make Akron the rubber capital of the world, on this the 146th anniversary of his birth.

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Wealth gap shows Democrats favor billionaires

In the 2012 campaign, Forbes magazine counted noses, and found "well over a hundred billionaires who’ve been invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Obama’'s inauguration."

Indeed, President Obama appointed the first billionaire to a presidential Cabinet, Penny Pritzker, whose family bank went belly up but who nevertheless is worth estimated at $2.4 billion.

This explains why "the wealth gap between middle- and upper-income households has widened to the highest level on record," as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Real reason Obama recognized Cuba

Bill O'Reilly: We need “Don’t get pregnant at 14” T-shirts

Muslims stand up to terrorism

Language warning. No F-bombs, however.

Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis of Australia is now the man without a country or a religion. Police killed him after he took 17 hostages at a cafe in Sydney, Australia. Officials cannot find anyone to bury him. None of the Muslim funeral homes will take him, according to the Daily Telegraph.

John Winthrop, America's first astronomer

My American Vignettes series continues with a look at John Winthrop -- the scientist, not the lawyer who helped found Massachusetts -- on the 300th anniversary of his birth. Besides being the nation's first astronomer, he helped found the science of seismology.

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