The Discomfort of Thought

Sometimes we have to look back to see what is ahead. 

“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.”

Gary Hart: Myth and Its Dangers

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May I have your attention, please! Unfortunately, this is not a joke.

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.”

Florida Adopts Academic Achievement Standards Based On Race, Ethnicity, Echoes Virginia

Did you guess the right country?
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Investigation (Largely Undercover) Explains A Lot

Breaking News: Private conversations with unimpeachable and highly paid information-dealing waitresses at campaign breakfast stops have revealed that when Romney and Ryan have breakfast, they always eat waffles to get primed for the day’s activities. It is still undetermined whether or not they have their eggs flip-flopped over easy.

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Operation Enduring Freedom Strikes Again

“Eight Afghan women — out walking before dawn in the harsh stony landscape east of Kabul, trying to gather some wood for the morning fire to cook a little food for their families — and then, all of a sudden, out of the blue, they are blown up by our fighter bombers. It’s what we call “collateral damage.” And the military says we’ll be there at least another two years….

John Dear: On the Killing of 8 Afghan Women

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My kid brother is sorry he watched the debate…

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.”


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