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Recently Troy issued a post on Rand Paul. In it Troy observed that he could not decipher exactly where Rand Paul stood with respect the use of American power, which I understand Troy to mean both military and non-military power. Here is a fragment from Troy’s post: The reason this matters is because of his […]

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Despite all hysterics to the contrary, even the IPCC is now admitting the previously unthinkable, regarding the species impacts of global whatevering: “But the UN climate body now says it is no longer so certain. The second part of the IPCC’s new assessment report is due to be presented next Monday in Yokohama, Japan. On […]

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No More Teens, Please! — Arthur Herman

 

I have a confession.

When I originally got the assignment of reviewing Glenn Harlan Reynolds’s book, The New School, for National Review, I intended to use it as a platform for talking about my own recent book, The Cave and the Light. I thought it would be an opening to discuss how the best educational reform of all would be to have students learn the classics, especially Plato and Aristotle, etc. Unworthy, but there it is. And when Glenn’s book arrived and I saw how short it was (104 pages of text compared to Cave and Light’s 600 pages) I figured this bait-and-switch would be easy.

Using Common Core Principles, Teacher Computes 32 Minus 12 … in Five Steps

 

In theory, Common Core is a reasonable and non-controversial policy: Sponsored by the National Governors’ Association, it is a set of consistent educations standards intended to be adopted by the states.

However, its implementation somehow involves more than that reasonable goal. It includes new techniques for teaching math, which, at times, are ridiculous and are becoming the butt of jokes.

The Nation’s False and Dishonest Crimea Narrative

 

For those who believe that the recent annexation of Crimea by Russia might actually unite Americans of all ideological stripes in opposition to the thuggishness of the Putin regime, I give you this piece by editors of the Nation. It shows that even now, in the immediate aftermath of the annexation, while historical memories are still fresh, there are those who are willing to rewrite current events in order to advance a narrative filled with desperate attempts to explain away unjustified Russian bellicosity. And of course, it ought to surprise no one that the editors are willing to put forth false attempts at establishing moral equivalence in order to leave readers with the idea that the United States is really at fault in this story.

The urgent issue today is to stop the drift toward hot war. Yes, Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea trespasses on international law, though it is difficult to bear US officials’ invocation of a principle that Washington itself has often violated (see, most recently, Kosovo and Iraq, the latter now marking the eleventh anniversary of an illegal US invasion and occupation). Financial and visa sanctions, while inflicting a cost on Russia, will not deter Moscow. As Putin argued in his March 18 speech before the Russian Federal Assembly, Russia feels “cornered” and has been repeatedly “deceived” by the West—particularly Washington—since the Soviet Union broke apart more than two decades ago, especially in light of the expansion of NATO to its borders.

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On Friday, I heard an ABC radio report which indicated that Obama’s initial meeting with the Saudis went longer than expected and that the King had cancelled the planned dinner.  The tone of the report, if not the exact words, implied that there was a high level of disagreement between Obama and the King.  The […]

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When one works in the visual arts everything is about space. How much do I have? How much do I want filled? How big? How small? In print you know dimensions down to the centimeter. In television at least know the aspect ratio and you can assume an average size (25″ in old analog, 34″ […]

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Beginner’s Guide to the Blues

 

At least a decade ago, someone sent me a list of ways to live the Blues. I read it, loved it, and immediately lost it.

This past weekend, I finally attacked some cartons marked “miscellaneous” that have been sitting in my office since we moved into our new house over a year ago — and there, buried in a huge stack of papers I’ve been schlepping pointlessly from place to place for years, was the Blues instruction manual. I’d apparently had the good sense to print it out before losing it.

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Fifty years after their departure for the wilds of Los Angeles, old men sat on the steps of Brooklyn brownstones and would spit on the ground at the mere mention of the name “Walter O’Malley.” Along the shores of Lake Erie nothing could be more hurtful than the words “Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.” Those […]

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I’m a Ricochet old-timer who looked upon 2.0 with trepidation. My initial assessment of the new Ricochet was quite negative, so negative I wrote a whiny post about it. My problem was that I wasn’t getting all the content.  It looked weird (anorexic columns with words cut off).  I tried to make it work with […]

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Dispatcher; White House 1 are you on the air? White House 1; Affirmative at the corner of the 17th green, approaching the 18th tee. Dispatcher; I have a call for you. White House 1; What kind of call? Dispatcher: Home invasion at the corner of SE Crimea and SE Sevastopol. White House 1; What about […]

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