The U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health have launched a campaign to get a government program created to "identify" children with autism at age two and then subject them to "intensive" early intervention for 25 hours a week or more.
Sometimes quotations in the original say things better and more instructively than rewrites. Herewith, a sampler of comments recently in the news....
The "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise" program, run by the U.S. Department of Transportation and adopted by states and cities across the country, is one of the most atrociously corrupt government endeavors in existence.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away - say 1950 - children were an integral part of a family's economic well-being.
A new book, by an even more obscure Danish academic who tried to debunk Simon, has brought him back to life and is promising to make Simon's enemies all hot and bothered once again.
George W. Bush's Solomonlike decision on stem cells has bought some time, a brief period of reflection before the commercial pressures to turn some human beings into spare parts for other, bigger, stronger, more developed human beings becomes irresistible.
Like an American labor dispute in which the Taft-Hartley Act has been invoked, Northern Ireland has begun a six-week "cooling off" period following the suspension and then reinstatement by the British government of its Catholic-Protestant "unity" assembly.
Bush said cells will be used only ``where the life-and-death decision has already been made.'' This has been widely mischaracterized as a ``middle course.'' Midway between what and what? Actually, it is strict fidelity to his campaign promise that there would be no federal funding for research ``that involves destroying living human embryos.''
At many schools, the classic competitions are dead. Dodge ball is out. Despite the high profile of the National Spelling Bee, classroom spelling bees are much less frequent. At some elementary school basketball games, no one keeps score.
I'm disinclined to empathize with full-grown adults who act badly on account of a lousy childhood, a fashionable syndrome or whatever other excuse du jour comes handy.
--``We're not in the entertainment business,'' said the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, co-chairman of the Knight Foundation's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, ``nor are we a minor league for professional sports.''
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