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Beware of Our Betters

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Nov 25, 2014 9:10 AM
That is true of some, I'm sure. (I am a retired professor.) But there are some, many in the sciences, who know they could make it in industry but prefer academia as a place to pursue research interests. And some, like Gruber, make more money consulting from academia than they could if employed in industry.
Do we break up families when we put a felon in prison? The families often haven't done anything illegal; why should they suffer. Every time someone is fined, doesn't that take money from his or her family? Shouldn't all punishments be pain free for everyone? I find the lack of logic, consistency of thought, and common sense among liberal/progressives quite appalling. I learned on the playground that "following the rules" is a good thing--as is following the rules to change rules we think bad.
"new or returning Republican voters do not give a flip about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, or even the IRS scandals" Really? Republican voters do not give a flip about the law, government malfeasance or things which, had Republicans done, would have the main stream media howling about abuse of power, treason and the like? Republican voters do not give a flip about the government doing things that get our relatives killed? What Republicans do you know, Mr. Davis?
I'm not an engineer but the machines worry me; we have a long history of voter fraud in the USA and the Democrat policies of no ID (they call it voter suppression), same day registration, and mail ballots are all conducive to trickery. Having served several times as a poll worker, I can also say that massive fraud at the polls is possible but very difficult and risky.
The "race" label is a social construct; it has no basis in science. Or, perhaps I should say, there is no genetic basis for defining a race. The way it is defined by the US Census is simplicity itself: one checks a box on a form!
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Local or National Elections?

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 9:43 AM
Nori2, I stopped being an uninformed voter at about the same time. There are many overschooled, undereducated people in the university where I professed/worked and in every other college and university with which I am familiar.
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What the Non-Fox Media Wrought

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Sep 20, 2014 9:57 AM
Wow! Had I known how far left the State Department was, even back in the late 50's I'd not been surprised when the campus CIA recruiter didn't call me back for a second interview. (I was a "classic liberal" back then--which means I was "conservative.")
No worries, progressives! IAll ya gotta do is read some history other than Howard Zinn, a Marxist, and then present history in a balanced fashion. The mainstream media will present all the Marxist propaganda daily, in bold headlines and on TV.
Ms Pavlich's book, Assault and Flattery, provides much information relevant to her column. It is well worth a read for anyone interested in the safety of women.
Georgetwin, I respectfully disagree. I've known many truly stupid people who know they are stupid. I've also known a very large number of intellectually brilliant people: they are the ones most likely to not know they are stupid. (By stupid, I mean "willfully failing to connect the dots, thereby ignoring what would be obvious to an unbiased person." That is close to the definition of "clinical stupidity" as the term is used in psychiatry.)
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Please Stop Helping Us

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Jul 30, 2014 8:55 AM
Sowell, according to a white liberal friend, can be ignored because he just writes what he wants to. The same would apply to Williams; I am grateful that they both want to write ONLY what is true about economics in general and variables affecting economic status of blacks. Riley draws on the research of both Sowell and Williams AND much other work to make his case. The quality of his work is high and merits the consideration that Williams gives it.
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