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Friday

News & Views, 12/24/04

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I’ll be taking the weekend off to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Seasons Greetings. Whatever floats your boat...please have it. Be safe...and see ya on Monday!

- Chuck


SEPARATION OF BRAIN & PRINCIPAL

From SeaCoastOnline.com: “A parent of a Hampton Academy Junior High School (Hampton, NH) student says the principal of the school told his son to leave the school’s holiday dance on Friday night because the boy was dressed in a Santa Claus costume, which was politically incorrect. . . . Principal Fred Muscara said he told the boy he couldn’t get into the dance because he was wearing the costume. ‘It was a holiday party,’ said Muscara. ‘It was not a Christmas party. There is a separation of church and state. We have a lot of students that go to Hampton Academy Junior High that have different religions. We have to be sensitive to that.’"

Hmmm. This appears to be a public school. Who’d a thunk it?

You can read the full story at: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/hampton/12212004/news/55149.htm

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Care to contact “sensitive” Principal Scrooge with a special “sensitive” Christmas message? You just know I have it right here for you...

Fred Muscara, Principal
Email: fmuscara@sau21.k12.nh.us
Phone: (603) 926-2000

THE UNFRIENDLY, BUT WELL-DRESSED SKIES

“I've decided to use my bandwidth today to combat a government agency's self-serving--and dangerous--spin campaign,” wrote columnist Michelle Malkin yesterday. “The great thing about the blogosphere is that I can give over as much space as necessary to others who don't have a voice. And nobody at the Transportation Security Administration, at the Federal Air Marshals Service, or in the White House can stop me.”

Malkin was responding to the Federal Air Marshals Service (FAMS) sending out their spin doctor to the media to call Malkin and a host of air marshals liars over their critical reports on the agency’s “shoot-me-first” dress code. Malkin is a talented writer...and FAMS has really gotten her hot under her collar now. Her response to the spin doctor is a good read. Catch it today on our “Issues & Answers” page at www.citizenoutreach.com

And while you’re there, catch Ken Boehm’s “Smokeless & Mirrors” column on the recent decision by the Department of Health & Human Services to not just ban smoking INSIDE its building...but OUTSIDE, as well.

And not just smoking, but the use of ANY tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and snuff...despite study after study showing that the use of smokeless tobacco products is FAR safer (though not safe in and of itself) than smoking cigarettes.

BTW: “An article in the December issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkets & Prevention, a journal published by the American Association for Cancer Research, claims the risk of dying from smokeless tobacco is 90 percent less than the risk associated with smoking,” reported the Associated Press on Thursday.

JACOBY’S DREAM


“The great civil rights cause of the 21st century is the same as it was in the 20th: the struggle for a colorblind society. Part of what sustains the wretched learning gap is the glaring double standard of affirmative action. So long as blacks aren't held to the same criteria as whites in the competition for jobs or admission to college -- so long as racial preferences mask the harm caused by the learning gap -- the demand for reform will never boil over. The truest key to black equality is what it has always been: an insistence on seeing each other first and foremost not as members of racial classes, but as individual human beings.”

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies."

- Groucho Marx

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Thursday

News & Views, 12/23/04


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KEEPING THEIR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT

“Since the attack of 9-11, we've won two wars, liberated millions of people from monstrous regimes, presided over one election in Afghanistan and are about to see elections in Iraq and among the Palestinian people. Focusing like a laser beam on the big picture, liberals are upset that, during this period, the secretary of defense used an autopen.”

- Columnist Ann Coulter

AID AND COMFORT

“House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, blasting congressional and media critics of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, said yesterday that the constant drumbeat of attacks on the Pentagon chief was undermining the war effort. . . . The repeated attacks on Rumsfeld are only emboldening terrorists and their allies, the Texas conservative said. ‘Their only hope for survival, their only hope of winning, is to undermine the will of the American people to finish this war and win this war on terrorism.’"

- NewsMax.com, 12/21/04

NO MORE FREE GROPING

“The federal agency in charge of airline screening yesterday changed its policy on patdowns, in part because of complaints by women passengers about searches of their chests. Starting today, the federal Transportation Security Administration is telling its screeners to keep their hands to the ‘chest perimeters’ of women unless handheld metal detectors beep when waved over their breasts.”

- Boston Globe, 12/23/04

THE E-TAX MAN COMETH

“The NGA (National Governors Association) -- along with its buddies at the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National League of Counties, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors -- desperately wants to tax Internet use. And they're hoping that Internet phone calls, the latest hot Web application, will pave the way…

“State politicians...want the Internet classified as one giant telephone for tax purposes. That's because telecom levies are some of the highest in the country, averaging 17.9%, according to the Council on State Taxation, and producing a cool $20 billion or so every year for state and local coffers.

“In a good call last month, the Federal Communications Commission excluded VOIP -- the new technology that allows consumers to place calls over the Web -- from state regulation. Unfortunately, the agency was silent on the issue of taxes and fees, and states have taken that silence as a cue to go on the offensive. Business Week reports that in the name of simplification and modernization, these state officials want to tax ‘all phone services equally -- no matter what technology delivers them.’"

- Wall Street Journal, 12/22/04

WHY NOT BUY ‘EM A SEVEN-COURSE MEAL, TOO?

“While bone-chilling winter temperatures don't deter illegal aliens from crossing the border, the U.S. is taking measures to provide what some might call a warm welcome for the lawbreakers. Border Patrol agents in Arizona are now being issued blankets and ‘heat packs’ to help those suffering from the effects of cold weather.”

- WorldNetDaily.com, 12/22/04

JUDGE SEES LIGHT, LIFTS BAN

“A federal judge on Wednesday lifted an order barring Proposition 200 from becoming law, clearing the way for state, county and municipal employees to immediately start reporting to immigration authorities suspected undocumented immigrants seeking public benefits.

“U.S. District Judge David Bury's decision allowed Gov. Janet Napolitano to issue an executive order enacting the controversial voter-approved legislation Wednesday afternoon. . . . Attorneys for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the legal advocacy group that sued to stop the government from enforcing the initiative, plan to appeal the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco today or Monday.”

- Arizona Republic, 12/23/04

PARROTING IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

“Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) issued a statement on Tuesday contrasting the government's zeal in preventing parrots from Mexico from illegally entering the country with their efforts to stop illegal immigration in general. Under the headline ‘Apparently There Are No Jobs Available That American Parrots Won't Do,’ Tancredo said he was surprised to learn of the ‘incredible success that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers enjoyed in apprehending smugglers attempting to illegally smuggle 150 Lilac Crowned and Mexican Redhead Amazon Parrots into the United States.’

“The statement points out that ICE, however, has not had the same luck in preventing an estimated 3 million illegal alien human beings from swarming into the U.S. annually unchecked. ‘It's nice to see that ICE has their priorities in order,’ quipped Tancredo, head of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus. ‘Now that we appear able to successfully identify and apprehend parrots attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, perhaps doing the same with people is just around the corner.’"

- Bobby Eberle, Talon News, 12/22/04

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS

“The size, scope and purposes of our government are no longer anchored in and limited by our Constitution. For conservatives who want to restore limited government, their first order of business is to restore the authority of the Constitution's original intent.”

- Tom Krannawitter of the Claremont Institute

CONSERVATIVES LOADED FOR BEAR

“Emboldened conservatives in Congress say they will oppose the White House next year on at least a half-dozen issues where they say President Bush has strayed from Republican values. The points of contention conservatives plan battles over:

• Immigration. Hard-liners oppose Bush's plan to give guest-worker status to illegal immigrants. They prefer to see amnesty laws tightened.

• Abortion. Conservatives such as Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., say they'll oppose Supreme Court nominees friendly to abortion rights. Bush opposes a ‘litmus test’ on nominees.

• Spending. Conservatives will seek deeper cuts in non-defense spending than Bush is expected to request.

• Education. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., says Congress ‘must undo’ Bush's signature No Child Left Behind Act, which sets national standards for education. He says Washington should stay out of schools.

• Political money. Conservatives want to repeal limits on political fundraising that Bush signed into law in 2002.

• Prescription drugs. Fiscal conservatives such as Pence want to limit the new Medicare benefit to poor seniors and those without coverage before the program starts in 2006. Bush opposes such a move.”

- USA Today, 12/19/04

INGLES, POR FAVOR

Rep. Steve King and 108 cosponsors introduced the English Language Unity Act in the last Congress which would require the United States government to conduct official business in English. Specifically, the measure requires that ‘all laws, public proceedings, regulations, publications, orders, actions, programs and policies’ be conducted in the English language. Numerous common sense exceptions are included in the legislation to protect the well-being of all Americans, including public safety, national security, and commerce.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Rep. King intends to re-introduce his bill next year and is recruiting additional co-sponsors. If you happen to run across your congress-critter this CHRISTMAS holiday season, you might want to put a bug in his or her ear about joining this effort. Or you can send him or her an email message to that effect by filling out the webform you’ll find here: http://www.house.gov/writerep

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· Yes
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Tuesday

News & Views, 12/22/04


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DIM BULB PERFECT FIT FOR SEE-BS

“According to Broadcasting and Cable magazine, perky Katie Couric is at the top of the list to replace Dan Rather as the anchor of the CBS Evening news. . . . Personally, I'm afraid I am among those who don't think that Katie Couric is all that bright. That's OK though, 'cause she's perky, and she's a liberal. That's about the extent of the list of needed attributes.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

PRE-PAID CALLING CARDS

I spoke with a representative at Walter Reed hospital yesterday who told me that, contrary to Sgt. Shaft’s column on Monday, they have all the pre-paid calling cards they need for wounded GI’s at their facility at this time. Apparently, good-hearted Americans have been flooding their office with the cards.

Which is all fine and dandy. But for the life of me I cannot understand why the folks at Walter Reed don’t just forward the “extra” cards to troops in the field rather than tell callers they have more than they need and not to send any more. God bless ‘em for the work they’re doing for our wounded soldiers, but doggone it...THINK!

None of which changes the fact that the FCC is still considering a rule change which would raise the cost of pre-paid calling cards for troops in the hospital, troops in the field...and, well...YOU. So if you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to drop the FCC a message urging them NOT to hike the fees by going to a website on this issue set up by some retired Army/Navy guys: http://www.concernedvets.org

HMMM, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT…

“Great idea to provide pre-paid phone cards for wounded GI's at Walter Reed for .03/min...and we've done that. BUT why can't we install nationwide toll free phones in the military hospitals in the US for the patients? I have unlimited local and US long distance service on one line for $40 a month. That is $480 a year. If we taxpayers can be forced to give a million dollars to each of the three thousand 911 families, there has to be a way to at least give our wounded GI's phone service while in the hospital.“


- News & Views reader John Falk of Redding CA

IN & OUT

“Just went through the drive thru of the neighborhood In & Out Burgers. There was a sign explaining that they would be closed on Christmas Day and the message ended with ‘Merry Christmas.’ When I got to the window, I saw that every employee was wearing a button that read ‘Merry Christmas.’ It warmed my heart that the scrooges of the left haven't scared everyone in business away from celebrating Christmas - and calling it by its real name! I was so happy, I bought a bunch of gift certificates for friends. Forget Target, get In & Out!”

- News & Views reader Sean Noble

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING BLAHS

“The latest story making the rounds in the media is that retailers aren't having such a hot Christmas. According to people who keep track, sales are down 3.3 percent over a year ago. This means, as the media implies, that the economy is not doing so well and that George Bush is to blame… Here's an idea. Perhaps people have finally figured out that there may be something wrong with spending yourself into oblivion every Christmas just because that's what you've done all those years before.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

IN DEFENSE OF THE DEFENSE SECRETARY

“Donald Rumsfeld may not be perfect, but neither are any of his critics. He is nonetheless arguably the finest secretary of defense this nation has ever had. His combination of vast expertise, unflagging energy and strategic vision would be desirable under any circumstances. In time of global war, though, they are truly indispensable.”

- Columnist Frank Gaffney

“How many other cabinet secretaries go out and talk to people directly and take on all questions, even the tough ones? Secretary Rumsfeld has held dozens of these town-hall meetings with troops to hear from them and to listen to their opinions unvarnished. He should be commended for that and for his follow-up on the armor issue.”

- Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican

THE RIGHT STUFF

“There is a growing chorus of mostly Republican legislators and pundits calling for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's head. They won't get it, and for two reasons.

“First, their complaints are falling on deaf ears. Rumsfeld has a constituency of one, the president of the United States, and he made it quite clear at Monday's news conference that he is squarely behind Rumsfeld -- and not to give him a shove.

“Second and, as things go in Washington, more importantly, Rumsfeld is made of sterner stuff than his critics. This is, after all, the man who was the chairman of Republican Bob Dole's 1996 presidential run against Bill Clinton, a fool's errand if ever there was one. Rumsfeld handled defeat with grace and did not, as other campaign strategists do, organize post-election analyses favorable to him at the candidate's expense.”

- Peter Roff’s “The Peter Principles”


HOMELAND INSECURITY

“At the same time agents of the budget-strapped Department of Homeland Security worried about being able to afford gas for government cars, top department officials, including outgoing DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, could be found basking in the warm Hawaiian sun for a meeting they said was essential government business.“While officials reported a continuing freeze on hiring new agents and a halt to non-essential spending in chilly Washington, D.C., buffet lines, lavish luaus and a short walk to the beach awaited top officials at a sumptuous resort and spa on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.“It was the setting for the second annual Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit and Exposition (http://hlssummit.hawaii.gov), with most of the cost paid for by corporations seeking government contracts. The rest of the travel expenses for the officials were picked up by the American taxpayers.

“On the first day of the conference, ABC News cameras caught Ridge, along with several aides, relaxing by one of the five pools at the Honolulu resort (Hilton Hawaiian Village). It was listed as ‘office time’ on his official schedule...

“Ironically, the 10 highest-ranking Asian officials Ridge met with all came to Hawaii from Washington, D.C., themselves, where they work in their countries' embassies. In fact, Ridge could have driven a few blocks down the street in Washington to meet them.”

- ABC News, 12/17/04

SOCIAL INSECURITY

“Oh, and by the way, do you know what happens too your Social Security ‘contributions’ when you die? Yep....you guessed it. The government keeps it all. The rat hole closes as soon as your dirt nap commences. But if it is a private 401k, your heirs inherit the money. Social Security is a disaster. Keeping it going doesn't even begin to fix the problem.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

BUSH JUDGE FLIPS AZ VOTERS THE BIRD

“David C. Bury of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the will of the people and enjoined enforcement of Arizona's Proposition 200, which would require Arizonans to provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote and require valid identification when applying for state benefits. . . .

“Bury was appointed by President George W. Bush. That prompts the question: Has a Bush judge already turned into a supremacist judge who ignores the will of the people in favor of his own, or Bush's, policy preferences?”

- Columnist Phyllis Schlaffly

GUMMINT SKOOLS AIN’T BROKE...THEY’RE BROKEN


“By the millennium, according to (estimates established by the “Goals 2000” program), U.S. students would be the first in the world in math and science. Federal spending on education soared. State legislatures across the nation raised sales-tax rates; property taxes went through the roof; lotteries were established with promises to earmark money for schools; state and local income taxes were either instituted or raised...

“One indisputable result from two decades of reform and soaring spending is that American educators have done a wonderful job instilling self esteem into the hearts and minds of American students. . . . Unfortunately, their self esteem far exceeded their grasp of math.

“Among the 29 industrialized nations of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), the math scores of South Korean (542) and Japanese (534) students were the second- and fourth-highest, respectively. Finland's students finished first (544). Against an average of 500, U.S. teens tied for 21st place with a score of 483…”

- Washington Times editorial, 12/21/04


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Chuck Muth
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News & Views, 12/21/04


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PHONE HOME

From Monday’s “Sgt. Shaft” column in the Washington Times…

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The No. 1 request at Walter Reed hospital is phone cards. The government doesn't pay long-distance phone charges, and these wounded soldiers are rationing their calls home. Many will be there throughout the holidays. Really support our troops. Send phone cards of any amount to:


Medical Family Assistance Center

Walter Reed Medical Center
6900 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

They say they need an "endless" supply of these - any amount is greatly appreciated. Many of the discount warehouse stores such as Wal-Mart, Costco, BJ's Wholesale, etc., have good prices on phone cards.

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Also, please note that the FCC is currently considering a regulatory change which would result in HIGHER costs for phone calls made with pre-paid phone cards. A group of veterans have organized to oppose the change. I hope you’ll take a minute to lend their effort some support by signing their online petition to FCC Chairman Michael Powell by going to: http://www.concernedvets.org

HO, HO, HO

“Perhaps lefty celebrities (such as Chevy Chase) should send President Bush a well-deserved Christmas card this season. After all, it is the season of giving, and the commander in chief has rejuvenated many of their failing careers just by being their sole source of inspiration.”

- Washington Times editorial, 12/18/04

PETTY POLITICS

“When U.N. ambassador John Danforth resigned earlier this month after less than six months on the job, we wondered what had happened. Danforth, in his resignation to the president, claimed that he wanted spend more time with his wife and family. Still, the explanation didn't fit.

“A Washington foreign policy insider tells NewsMax that Danforth took the U.N. job on the condition that he be considered as a top candidate to replace Colin Powell if and when Powell stepped down. President Bush nominated Condi Rice to the top diplomatic job last month. Danforth and his supporters felt betrayed. It was the second time Danforth felt let down by Bush. He was also Bush's top choice for the vice presidential slot in the 2000 election, but Bush opted for Dick Cheney instead.”

- NewsMax.com, 12/20/04

CONSERVATIVE MOON RISING

“Emboldened conservatives in Congress say they will oppose the White House next year on at least a half-dozen issues where they say President Bush has strayed from Republican values. . . . Now that Bush has been re-elected, they plan to take a harder line on issues such as federal spending and prescription drug coverage for seniors. ‘This White House will have a more difficult time convincing conservative members to vote for more government,’ says Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the new chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee.”

- USA Today, 12/20/04

SURVEY SAYS!

Should Congress approve another $80 billion in “emergency” aid for Iraq and Afghanistan?

· Yes
· No
· Not sure

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at www.citizenoutreach.com

THE USPS “DEATH SPIRAL” CONTINUES

“The holiday season is a robust time of year for the U.S. Postal Service, but the long-term future for the nation's mail system is not as bright. First-class mail, the financial backbone of the Postal Service, has been steadily declining as Americans turn to the Internet to pay bills and rely on e-mail, cell phones and cheap long-distance calls to keep in touch.

" ‘For the first time in history, in 2005 first-class mail is projected to fall below standard (advertising) mail as the largest volume product,’ Postal Service Chief Financial Officer Richard Strasser Jr. said last week. To put it another way, your mailbox will be jammed with more junk mail. And as the shift away from cards, letters and other first-class mail accelerates, so does the erosion of the revenue base that supports universal service -- the six-days-a-week delivery of mail to every city high-rise, suburban subdivision and remote hamlet in the country.”

- The Star-Ledger (NJ), 12/15/04

INQUIRING MINDS WANNA KNOW

“According to an article appearing in a recent edition of USA Today.com, the U.S. Postal Service is in the midst of re-branding itself to appeal to a younger generation. In an interview with the Associated Press, Postmaster General John Potter was quoted as saying that the Postal Service was innovating and trying to change its business practices to be more competitive. ‘We're embracing the Internet and saying, 'Hey, if that's the way 30-year-olds want to do business, then God bless 'em, we're going to do business where they want to do it and how they want to do it,' he said.


“The question that needs to be answered from a taxpayer perspective is ‘competitive against whom? Or what?’ Or perhaps the obvious – why should any federal agency compete in selling products and services with the private sector? After all, if the private sector can do the work, how does it fit the criteria of being inherently governmental? After years of losing billions in operating costs, is the American public supposed to simply continue funding the fiscal nightmare just because it's the Postal Service?”

- FedSmith.com, 12/20/04

OPEN YOUR EYES AND PRIVATIZE

“USPS enjoys legal privileges unlike those enjoyed by any private firm. Foremost among these is the ban on other companies delivering regular letters for consumers. . . . Congress should allow any company to carry any mail over any distance, and charge any amount it wishes.“At first this idea might sound frightening. Right now we can send a letter across town or across the country for the same 37-cent price. What if rates suddenly soar? But let’s remember that, in recent decades, the government has lifted price controls on airline fares and long-distance phone calls, and the resulting competition has sent prices plunging. There’s no reason to believe the same thing wouldn’t happen with mail delivery.”

- Ed Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation (NOTE: Dr. Feulner’s full column on this subject can be found on the “Issues & Answers” page at www.citizenoutreach.com )

PAPERS, PLEASE

“We are not yet living in a total police state, but it is fast approaching. . . . Terror, fear, and crises like 9-11 are used to achieve complacency and obedience, especially when citizens are deluded into believing they are still a free people. The loss of liberty, we are assured, will be minimal, short-lived, and necessary...

“Washington DC provides a vivid illustration of what our future might look like. Visitors to Capitol Hill encounter police barricades, metal detectors, paramilitary officers carrying fully automatic rifles, police dogs, ID checks, and vehicle stops. The people are totally disarmed; only the police and criminals have guns. Surveillance cameras are everywhere, monitoring street activity, subway travel, parks, and federal buildings. There's not much evidence of an open society in Washington, DC, yet most folks do not complain-- anything goes if it's for government-provided safety and security.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Texas Straight Talk, 12/20/04

GO LEFT, YOUNG MAN

“(California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger) has proposed that the Republican Party move leftward. And that, my friends, done kills him with us right-wingers. Arnie has been two places in his life - Austria and California. Austria is a socialist nation. California is populated and run by loonies. There is a true saying about Californians in general - what ain’t fruits are nuts. Which is why Arnie not only belongs there but is also the governor.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 12/20/04

ONLY IN AMERICA

“Some news organizations have suggested other ethical and moral lapses doomed (Bernie) Kerik's nomination (as Director of Homeland Security), but this does not appear to be so. The Washington Post reports, ‘White House officials said they knew in advance about other disclosures now emerging about Kerik's background, including alleged extramarital affairs and reported ties to a construction company with supposed mob connections, but had concluded that they were not disqualifying.’ So suspicions about mob ties don't doom a nomination but hiring an illegal alien does? Something is very wrong here..”

- Columnist Linda Chavez

THE COLLEGE OF “DUH”

“A recent column discussed the sad and tragic state of affairs in higher education. According to loads of letters received in response to that column, it's worse than I thought. Let me share just a few of them.

“One person wrote that he knows an elementary school teacher and said, ‘She believed, until just this past summer, that the state of Alaska was an island because it is so often shown as an inset on many U.S. maps, appearing somewhat like an island.’

“Another professor said that while he was trying to help a student with a problem, he asked her, ‘What is 20,000 minus 600?’ He went on to say, ‘She literally could not answer without the calculator.’ He rhetorically questioned, ‘Should a person receive a college degree that cannot answer that in their head?’

“An English professor wrote, ‘One of the items that I assigned was a two-page essay that described a favorite vacation or holiday. One student turned in two pictures drawn with crayon depicting the beach. When I gave her a failing grade, she was indignant and said that she put a great deal of work into the pictures. When I told her that she did not do the assignment and that she was supposed to write an essay, she said, 'But I don't know what an essay is.' ’

“Such students are academic cripples and do not belong in college in the first place.”

- Columnist Walter Williams

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