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Re: “In Which I Find Myself Agreeing With (1) John Huppenthal and (2) The Charles Koch Institute

First, I remain amused at the hysteria over the Koch's "incursions" into the universities. The Universities have been dominated by liberals by two generations. If we care about viewpoint diversity in colleges, and we should, we should welcome the Kochs' small projects. They provide much needed balance.

Second, David writes "One of the few nearly undisputed facts in educational research is that no matter where you go, students from lower income families tend to do worse on standardized tests than students from higher income families.". This is likely because High IQ parents tend to have high incomes and they tend to have high IQ children. No school policy is ever going to change this. All children are not equal.

Third, Universities, particularly public universities, should be free and open marketplaces of ideas where all speakers should have a basic right to express themselves. No one is required to listen. But the modern liberal habit of "shouting down" unpopular speakers, or worse, using physical violence (like the attack on a professor associated with Charles Murray at Middlebury) should not be tolerated. Silencing speakers is antithetical to the purpose of universities. Again, if you don't like what a speaker has to say, don't listen, host your own event where you offer counterarguments, or best yet, offer to debate them in a calm and mutually respectful manner.

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 06/15/2018 at 6:35 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: What Rough Beast?

I almost wish the Safier's increasingly unhinged, apocalyptic ramblings were an accurate description of the country, rather than just sad evidence of the author's descent into madness. It would be nice if we were "on a cliff" with the very future of the country at stake. Let's be honest, we are not a common people anymore. We just happen to shop at the same stores and watch the same television shows. The time has long passed for a break-up of this country. Let's hope it's peaceful.

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 06/12/2018 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Families Torn Asunder

If her goal was to live in a safer country, why didn't she go to Panama, Costa Rica or Belize, which are right next door? For that matter, why didn't she go to Mexico, most of which is perfectly safe? Why did she, instead, drag her children on a 2,000 mile journal through Mexico to the U.S.? The answer is, because she's not a bona fide asylum seeker - she's an economic refugee who wants an American lifestyle for herself and her children. She is trying to game our system, and take advantage of our sympathy and generosity. Enough.

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 06/07/2018 at 9:00 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: ProTrumpians Unbound

If you'll recall, Mr. Safier cried wolf about "rising anti-Semitism" before, in these pages, a year ago, in response to a story about the JCC receiving bomb threats and prank phone calls. See…. As it turned out, those bomb threats and prank phone calls were called in by a Jewish teenager living in Israel. Indeed, this one Jewish teenager was responsible for about 10% of the "anti-Semitic" incidents recorded by the ADL in 2017.

We should also be cautious about spurious accusations of anti-Semitism, since they tend to chill reasonable and rational debate about issues of the day. For example, it's high time for a frank and open discussion about Jewish influence over U.S. foreign affairs, particularly in the Middle East. Questioning the Jewish role in our involvement in Syria, Libya and Iraq, or the influence of AIPAC generally, is reasonable and we should not allow people to shut down those debates by slinging slurs like "anti-Semite".

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 06/01/2018 at 4:35 PM
Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 06/01/2018 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Seeing Orange

What compromises would gun control proponents be willing to make in exchange for their preferred policies? For example, in exchange for a ban on private sales, would you be willing to remove short barreled rifles and short barreled shotguns from regulation under the National Firearms Act? Would you be willing to accept nationwide concealed carry reciprocity?

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/31/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

Hi, Francis. Can you provide an example of a curriculum change orchestrated by Ms. Douglas that "insidiously impose[s] her Religious Beliefs on others"?

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/24/2018 at 7:32 PM

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