• The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution


    “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”—Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016)

    When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declares that unborn babies do not have constitutional rights, she’s not just spouting partisan rhetoric in the heated national debate over abortion. She’s providing us with a glimpse into an increasingly troubling mindset among government officials who believe that the government not only has the power to determine who is deserving of constitutional rights in the eyes of the law but also has the authority to deny those rights to an American citizen. READ MORE...

  • The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution


    “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”—Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016)

    When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declares that unborn babies do not have constitutional rights, she’s not just spouting partisan rhetoric in the heated national debate over abortion. She’s providing us with a glimpse into an increasingly troubling mindset among government officials who believe that the government not only has the power to determine who is deserving of constitutional rights in the eyes of the law but also has the authority to deny those rights to an American citizen. READ MORE...

  • Why Is Kasich Still in the Race?


    The Wall Street Journal chides Trump and Cruz for wanting Kasich to drop out:

    Mr. Cruz wants Mr. Kasich out now because he figures the delegates in Cleveland will choose Mr. Cruz if the choice is down to him and Mr. Trump. But if Mr. Kasich is still an option, the delegates might favor him as a better November candidate.

    Kasich is arguably the most competitive general election candidate of the three Republicans, but in practice a contested convention that gave the nomination to Kasich would lead to general election disaster. Nominating Kasich would mean overruling the preferences of 70-80% of the party’s voters. That would all but guarantee that large numbers of both Trump and Cruz supporters would refuse to back the nominee in the fall, and some of them might write off the party all together in the future. In other words, Kasich can’t be a “better November candidate” because a significant bloc of Republican voters would not rally behind a nominee most primary voters didn’t want. That’s also why the Paul Ryan scenario that some Republicans are trying to float makes so little sense. Kasich has at least been a candidate and won some votes in primaries and caucuses, but nominating Ryan and completely dismissing the preferences of the voters would be an act of self-immolation so extraordinary that only Republican strategists would think it was smart. Neither Kasich nor Ryan would recover from obtaining the nomination this way. Such a nominee would be hamstrung by the fact that he was foisted on the party against the wishes of the vast majority of Republicans across the country. That realistically leaves the GOP with Trump or Cruz, which has been the only plausible choice facing Republicans for months. READ MORE...

  • How high K-12 standards are like a crazy hitchhiker talking about 7-Minute Abs


    This has been cross-posted from my EdWeek Rick Hess Straight Up blog.  

    Last week, my friend and colleague Nat Malkus penned a smart piece over at US News pointing out that, compared to other nations, Americans seem to have an exaggerated sense of our skills and knowledge. In discussing possible remedies, he touched on the role of higher academic standards.

    Like Nat, I’ll avoid wading into the whole Common Core imbroglio. I will just say, though, that I’ve never really been able to get on board the high standards train. It’s not that I’m opposed to “high standards.” It’s more that the whole exercise often winds up stifling any serious discussion about what students need to know or why they need to know it. READ MORE...

  • The Exodus Of People Moving Away From California Is Becoming An Avalanche


    Over the past ten years, approximately five million people have moved away from the state of California, and as you will see in this article this mass exodus appears to be accelerating.  So exactly why is this happening?  Once upon a time, it seemed like almost everyone wanted to live in California.  The nearly endless sunshine, the incredible weather, the pristine beaches and a booming economy motivated millions of young Americans to move out there to pursue “the California Dream.”  In fact, in the early nineties I actually explored the idea of moving out there myself.  But now the California Dream has become a nightmare.  Californians are being taxed to death, traffic in the major cities is absolutely horrific, violent crime and gang activity are on the rise, millions of illegal immigrants are putting an incredible strain on social support systems, and the ultra-liberal government in Sacramento seems to have gone completely insane.  In addition, the state faces constant threats from earthquakes, wildfires, droughts and mudslides, so it is quite understandable why so many people feel motivated to leave and never come back. READ MORE...

  • GRAPHIC VIDEO: Savages who HIT AND RUN Muslima were MUSLIMS not “Anti-Muslim, Far Right Protesters”


    When a Muslima was run over during the now daily chaos in Europe, the media was wild with speculation that “anti-Muslim” protesters were responsible.

    Needless to say, the enemedia snakes writhed back into the holes. Nothing to see here folks.

    EXCLUSIVE: “Anti-Islam Far-Right Activists” Who Mowed Down Muslim Pedestrian Were Actually (Surprise!) Muslims From Molenbeek,” by Oakes Spalding, Mahmoud’s Paradise, April 3, 2016:

    Brussels witnessed a number of political demonstrations yesterday. Anti-Islam protesters defied bans on protests while “anti-fascist” (read left-wing fascist) and Muslim counter-demonstrators came out to oppose them. At one point Muslim youths ran through the streets of the heavily Muslim Molenbeek neighborhood, yelling, “let’s kill the Nazis!” READ MORE...

  • Death Of White Working-Class Culture


    A reader sends in this op-ed from a teacher, writing in The Guardian about the death of white working-class culture for British kids. The author, a white man, was raised working class, and focuses on a new think tank report showing that white working-class youth are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to educational achievement. The writer blames Thatcherism for breaking the unions in the 1980s. Excerpts:

    It is simply that a specific part of their [white working class] culture has been destroyed. A culture based on work, rising wages, strict unspoken rules against disorder, obligatory collaboration and mutual aid. It all had to go, and the means of destroying it was the long-term unemployment millions of people had to suffer in the 1980s. READ MORE...