“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
Guess which country is putting the following race-based grade standards into effect.
“The mandate stipulates that by 2018, 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanic students and 74 percent of black students are to be reading at or above grade level. The state also wants 86 percent of white students, 92 percent of Asians, 80 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of blacks to be at or above their math grade level.”
You can read why on his blog, if you’re interested.
“I’m going to try to keep this non-partisan, because I felt the same way back in the days before the Republican Party forgot what it believed. (Oops!)
Anyway, Merriam-Webster defines “debate” thusly, and it’s the definition I recall from my school years:
a contention by words or arguments: as
a : the formal discussion of a motion before a deliberative body according to the rules of parliamentary procedure
b : a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides.
The so-called presidential debates of the past few decades have been neither debates, as far as I’m concerned, nor presidential.”
Oklahoma isn’t the only place feeling the effects of climate change, or whatever you want to call it. More than half the counties in the contiguous 48 states have now been declared disaster areas due to drought. When food prices start rising because food grains are being diverted to feed lots in order to support our ridiculous appetite for meat, and when the conditions are too dire for the cattle to survive anyway, then maybe we’ll begin to see things the way the ranchers in Texas are already seeing them.