Behind a contentious exchange on Facebook.
In the January 13, 2015 Washington Post, Valerie Strauss calls attention to an obscure Supreme Court case that she says may have a greater impact on the educational achievement of black children than any other case since the 1954 Brown v. Board decision.
She republishes a lengthy analysis of the situation by Richard Rothstein. She often republishes Richard Rothstein’s articles. As usual, Rothstein has assembled a mountain of data in support of his position; however, unfortunately, a mountain of data matters little if one’s premises are wrong.
First and last, he’s a charlatan.
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The political implications of charity.
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No, not that weed.
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My second audition file. The sound quality isn’t perfect, but I adjudged not bad enough to prevent posting here.
December 2014 saw a splash of anti-Christian pieces in the media.
There is Steve Siebold’s December 24 HuffPost article, entitled, “Don’t Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible.” I may respond to that at a later date.
And then there was Jeffrey Tayler’s December 22 Salon.com piece, entitled, “Let’s Make Bill O’Reilly’s Head Explode: We Desperately Need a War on Christmas Lies;” to which I will respond now.
It’s OK to be white.
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Saturday, I mean to publish a response to a recent Salon.com piece by Jeffrey Tayler disparaging Christmas.
In preparing that, I had to research Saturnalia, the ancient pagan festival that Christmas was meant to replace.
From my reading of the Wikipedia article, there’s a lot to be said for it.
Maybe we should bring it back!
Originally posted 2015-01-14.