Kennedy and the Russians

In 1983 Sen. Edward Kennedy reached out to the Russians for help in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election.



I once had a guy work for me who in a previous job had been a Rent-A-Center manager, and the activities described in this article ring pretty true to what he described to me.



Peter Kirsanow rightly wonders if “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” didn’t bother members of congress — including Nancy Pelosi — back in 2002-03, why are they a problem now?


Real Mob

Iain Murray and Roger Abbott on Who is the Real Mob? here.


No Equal Rights

Large protests in Mali (Africa) against a new law which gives women equal rights in marriage.

The law was adopted by the Malian parliament at the beginning of August, and has yet to be signed into force by the president.

One of the most contentious issues in the new legislation is that women are no longer required to obey their husbands.

Hadja Sapiato Dembele of the National Union of Muslim Women’s Associations said the law goes against Islamic principles.


Bad Teachers

The New Yorker has an amazing story about the battle over New York City’s worst teachers.


Federal Pay

Another reason why government isn’t the answer to a problem, it is the problem.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its annual data on compensation levels by industry (Tables 6.2D, 6.3D, and 6.6D here). The data show that the pay advantage enjoyed by federal civilian workers over private-sector workers continues to expand.

The George W. Bush years were very lucrative for federal workers. In 2000, the average compensation (wages and benefits) of federal workers was 66 percent higher than the average compensation in the U.S. private sector. The new data show that average federal compensation is now more than double the average in the private sector.

More here.



Ted Kennedy in 1971.

Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized – the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old.


Real Change

Andy McCarthy on our new counterterrorism approach:

Release the terrorist who planned mass-murder attacks against U.S. cities but investigate the CIA agents who prevented mass-murder attacks against U.S. cities. I suppose that’s what happens when control of the Justice Department shifts from the lawyers who spent the last eight years going after the terrorists to the lawyers who spent the last eight years representing the terrorists. That certainly is Change.


Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeks a trial on global warming.


Freshman Orientation

A freshman at Yale describes his freshman orientation.

So all three speeches to introduce students and parents to the university were devoted to praising diversity, with one zeroing in on our alleged homophobia and supposed contempt for Islam. Many of us got the message right away. Yale is not as interested in intellectual matters as it is in inculcating the reigning prejudices of the academic class: the blase multiculturalism, the hair-trigger sensitivity of protected groups, and the total approval of all of the narratives and all demands of self-styled ‘disempowered groups.’ In short, Yale seemed less interested in actual education than in preaching its preferred attitudes.. They assumed, despite all the praise packed into our acceptance letters, that, as non-academics, straight out of Ordinary America, we must necessarily be bigots in need of reform. This assumption showed tremendous arrogance and a disconcerting detachment from reality on the part of the academic community.

Condemning prejudice is great, but devoting the keynote speech of Yale orientation to a finger-wagging lecture against bigotry, as Professor Yoshino did, was like opening a conference of physicists with a warning on the dangers of astrology. In short, Despite Dean Salovey’s assertion that, “We will help you learn how to think rather than tell you what to think,” it looked more and more that they were going to teach us neither how to think nor what to think, but rather, what to feel.

That evening, things went from mere disappointment to sheer farce. Tedious lectures turned into indoctrination. We were required to attend ‘discussions’ with our freshman counselors about Professor Yoshino’s speech. The freshman counselor set the tone, and then student after student performed a series of variations upon a single theme: white men are bad, Islam is fabulous and judgment is bad. We need to be eternally vigilant and morally courageous in the face of the innumerable male WASP bigots around us. (Why we are allowed to judge white people as bad and Islam as good when judgment is supposedly forbidden is beyond my ken.)


Lack of Civility

I totally agree with this comment on Althouse regarding the passing of Ted Kennedy.

After enduring 8 years of unrelenting nastiness towards George W. Bush, and nearly everybody who worked in that administration, I’m frankly quite surprised that our collective response to the passing of an arch-liberal is as moderate as it is.

Ted Kennedy did as much as anyone else to create and nurture the partisan lack of civility that exists today. Stop it for him? I should think he’d approve of its continuation.


Wireless Carriers

10 things to hate about wireless carriers.


Child Bride

Arab News is reporting the following:

A 10-year-old bride was returned last Sunday to her 80-year-old husband by her father who discovered her at the home of her aunt with whom she has been hiding for around 10 days.

A local newspaper said the husband, who denies he is 80 in spite of claims by the girl’s family, accused the aunt of meddling in his affairs. “My marriage is not against Shariah. It included the elements of acceptance and response by the father of the bride,” he said.