Fukuyama's "End of History"?'But they also give rise to the further irony that it is ultimately in the name of "history" that history itself is currently in the process of being deleted from our collective memory. The "common core" educational standards subsume it under history/social studies and subsume that under what used to be called English — but only that part of English which involves the critical reading and analysis of "texts."
There is no body of historical knowledge that the common core identifies as mandatory or even useful for secondary school pupils to know.'
-- James Bowman, Negative Side Effects
"I am appalled to find that Fukuyama is a fool." -- John Lukacs, review of "The End of History"
On the Death Penalty“We all deserve to hang, of course, but it can be a serious administrative embarrassment when someone is hanged for the wrong reason.”
-- David Warren, "Against Happiness"
This Worked Out So Well the Last Time We Tried It"Obama to Loosen Lending Standards to Boost Home Ownership. What Could Go Wrong?"
--headline, AEI-Ideas.org, May 14
Hey, Isn't This Called "Stalking"?"Researchers followed 30,000 women for 20 years and found that those who avoided the sunshine were twice as likely to die"
--subheadline, Daily Telegraph (London), May 7
Coincidence? We Think Not1. "HURT: Media Lap Dogs in Hot Pursuit of the Wrong Story"--headline, Washington Times, Sept. 18, 2012
2. "CHP Officers Rescue Scared Chihuahua From Busy Highway"--headline, KNTV website (San Jose, Calif.), May 12, 2014
1. "Missing: Furman White Swan Eggs"--headline, Greenville (S.C.) News, May 8
2. "Eggs Up Grill to Open in Downtown Greenville"--headline, Greenville News, May 9
Asked, and Answered1. "What if College Is Making People Stupid?"--headline, Commentary website, May 13
2. "College Students: No, We Can't Name a Single Hillary Accomplishment, But We'd Vote for Her"--headline, Townhall.com, May 14
So, According to Daily Kos, Hillary....1. "Let None Doubt That Karl Rove Is a Liar"--headline, DailyKos.com, March 23, 2012
2. "Rove on Hillary Clinton: 'Of Course She Doesn't Have Brain Damage' "--headline, Washington Post website, May 13, 2014
He Wouldn't Have Been Had There Been only 2"Gunman Sought in 3 Shootings 'Armed and Extremely Dangerous' "--headline, Seattle Times, May 14
One Wonders What Else Could be Suspected"Arson Suspected After Nine Vehicles, House Torched"--headline, Toronto Star, May 9
Usually the Robbery Doesn't Work if it Isn't"Police Seek Man Who Robbed Bank in Surprise"--headline, Arizona Republic, May 13
D'uh Moment of the Week"At present, the total biomass of mammals raised for food vastly exceeds the biomass of all mammalian wildlife on the planet (it also exceeds that of the human species itself). This was certainly not the case 10,000 or so years ago, at the dawn of the age of pastoralism." [Emph. added]
--Justin E.H. Smith, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 5
Be Careful What You Wish For"Run, Joe, Run: Why Democrats Need a Biden Candidacy'--headline, TheAtlantic.com, May 9
Quote of the Day"Being in love with yourself means never having to say you’re sorry.” -- Spengler
The War on Fat. Fat Won.One consequence is that in cutting back on fats, we are now eating a lot more carbohydrates—at least 25% more since the early 1970s. Consumption of saturated fat, meanwhile, has dropped by 11%, according to the best available government data. Translation: Instead of meat, eggs and cheese, we're eating more pasta, grains, fruit and starchy vegetables such as potatoes. Even seemingly healthy low-fat foods, such as yogurt, are stealth carb-delivery systems, since removing the fat often requires the addition of fillers to make up for lost texture—and these are usually carbohydrate-based.
-- Nina Teicholz, "The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease" WSJ May 6, 2014
Consistency is a Jewel, Valuable Because it is RareIn Nigeria, Islamists think nothing of seizing hundreds of schoolgirls for the crime of aspiring to an education. Here in the United States, the educated class thinks nothing of denying an honorary degree to a fearless Muslim woman who at peril of her life, and in the name of liberal democracy, has insisted on exposing such outrages to the light.
Ruth R. Wisse, "The Closing of the Collegiate Mind" WSJ May 11, 2014