Politics

DOESN’T THIS BAR SEEM LIKE

DOESN’T THIS BAR SEEM LIKE IT’S SET KINDA LOW?….Atrios points to an article that says that when George Bush applied to the Texas National Guard in 1968 he scored only 25% on the pilot aptitude test, “the lowest acceptable grade.” You only have to score 25% on an aptitude test to get trained as a… Read more »

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN THE WHITE

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN THE WHITE HOUSE….Condoleezza Rice says affirmative action is OK: I believe that while race-neutral means are preferable, it is appropriate to use race as one factor among others in achieving a diverse student body. This, of course, is exactly what the University of Michigan does: it considers race as one factor out… Read more »

BLOGO-CONSERVATISM….I’m not sure this is

BLOGO-CONSERVATISM….I’m not sure this is a very original observation, but ever since I started blogging I’ve been struck by the specific set of issues that conservative bloggers fixate on. Out of the entire range of conservative views, these are the ones that seem to get the most attention ? to the point that they are… Read more »

MISSION TO MARS?….The Los Angeles

MISSION TO MARS?….The Los Angeles Times reports today that NASA wants to go to Mars: The space agency is expected to request “significant resources and funding” to design a nuclear-powered propulsion system to triple the speed of space travel, theoretically making it possible for humans to reach Mars in a two-month voyage. This is so… Read more »

AL SHARPTON….Conservative yammering about how

AL SHARPTON….Conservative yammering about how affirmative action is “reverse racism” and “the Democrats are the party of racism now” should be tossed in the idiot bin where it belongs. But sometimes they have a point, and Al Sharpton is the strongest arrow in their quiver. Geitner Simmons sums up Sharpton’s wretched race-baiting history today and… Read more »

WHO IS THE REAL COLIN

WHO IS THE REAL COLIN POWELL?….Daily Kos asks today, “Why is Colin Powell a Republican?” Unfortunately, he doesn’t even have a guess, let alone an answer. I’ve pondered this myself and have never come up with a good reason either. Powell is Exhibit A for all those people who try to claim that the Republican… Read more »

LIES, DAMN LIES, AND HYPERLINKS….My

LIES, DAMN LIES, AND HYPERLINKS….My favorite NRO whipping boy, John Derbyshire, posts this short item in The Corner today: In August 1999, English farmer Tony Martin shot dead a burglar who had broken into the isolated farmhouse where Martin lived. Martin was convicted of murder, later reduced to manslaughter. His bid for parole was just… Read more »

RACE VS. LEGACY….Are race preferences

RACE VS. LEGACY….Are race preferences worse than legacy preferences? Or is the whole comparison specious? Matt Yglesias says: Legacy preferences aren’t just some random departure from meritocracy, they’re a departure from meritocracy that overwhelmingly works to disadvantage blacks and Latinos. With that in mind, the one thing certainly does seem relevant to the other. Consider… Read more »

AS ALWAYS, SETTING THE STANDARD….Atrios

AS ALWAYS, SETTING THE STANDARD….Atrios has an unusually good collection of partisan hackery today: Sullivan on “homosexuals,” the administration on malpractice, the California Republican party on black whinging, Kaus on losing his faith. He’s almost got me back in fighting form after spending yesterday in a funk over the increasingly appalling nature of the Bush… Read more »

CROSSFIRE REDUX….I know I’ve been

CROSSFIRE REDUX….I know I’ve been going on lately about how liberals should market themselves, and I promise not to make a habit of it, but here’s another observation from the last few minutes of Crossfire that I caught today. The subject was affirmative action and Paul Begala started in on legacy admissions: “Why is Bush… Read more »