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Archive for March 6th, 2006

Liberalism on the Web

Posted by Sal on March 6, 2006

New Jersey may soon dethrone my home state Massachusetts as the most communist state in the nation. The NJ state legislature has introduced a bill that would require users of all internet forums such as this one to identify themselves with their name and address and attempts to limit the thus far unregulated free speech of the internet.

I can think of several constitutional provisions that this flies in the face of. Welcome to the People’s Republic of New Jersey.

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The cooling is part of the warming

Posted by Sal on March 6, 2006

A freak snowstorm recently hit the Sahara desert. Of course, we all know that this happened because of Global Warming. Logic dictates, of course, that warmer weather will cause snow.

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Taliban Studies at Yale

Posted by Mike on March 6, 2006

College admissions standards are growing more competitive every year. Grades and SAT scores are still the most important factors in the equation but many schools will also look beyond the numbers and examine other factors such as extracurricular activities, economic background and skin color. It is important for an applicant to be as well-rounded as possible in order for the admissions office to be impressed with the “whole person.”

Perhaps this is what Yale had in mind when it decided to admit the Taliban’s former deputy foreign secretary, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi. In Yale’s defense, admitting Taliban officials will certainly enhance diversity on campus. After all, Hashemi undoubtedly has a unique perspective on mass executions and religious persecution.

Let’s just hope Hashemi fails to confine his women’s studies scholarship to forced burqa wearing by starting a discussion on the differences between men and women. Maybe then he’ll receive the Larry Summers treatment.

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Victory for Military Recruitment

Posted by Sal on March 6, 2006

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a federal law requiring colleges that accepted federal money to host military recruiters was unanimously ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, and that it wasn’t a violation of the First Amendment rights to free speech and free association.

This is a victory both for the Military and the Constitution. A college can’t have it both ways, receiving federal money AND refusing to allow the recruiter’s on campus. Roberts reminded that they still had the right to protest the recruiter’s being there. This is only common sense. The military requires the recruitment of young people for its survival, and it is a legal, American institution. The college can reject the recruitment by not receiving any federal money, if it so chooses. However, there is nothing wrong with the government attaching strings to its distribution of money. For once, common sense and the Constitution ruled the day.

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Boston — The New York wannabe

Posted by Sal on March 6, 2006

I love Boston. It’s a fun city and has a lot of character. I also have felt, however, that many of the Boston institutions try to imitate New York institutions. The latest example this week is a possibility of an MBTA Transit Strike. The MBTA workers have it so hard. They don’t get many benefits and are far worse off than the rest of us. Just to illustrate, a couple of examples from their current contract:

  • Free medical care for retirees
  • Ability to retire with 23 years of service
  • 53% of salary as pension
  • Average MBTA salaries in 2004 were $54,981 for a full-time bus driver, $56,616 for a subway driver, and $57,608 for a motorperson on the Green Line trolleys (Keep in mind that this is an average), making them the highest-paid transit workers in the country.

To top it all off, they were given such meager wage increases as part of their last contract in 2002:

  • A wage freeze for the first year
  • A 2% raise in 2003
  • A 3% raise in 2004
  • A 4% raise in 2005

So the MBTA wants to cut the benefits a bit. They are losing money, face the retirement of a third of the workforce in 2006, and have had to raise rates for the second time in three years. Look out New York, the Boston transit strike is coming!

Thanks to Mrs. Sal for the link.

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Terrorism in Chapel Hill

Posted by Mike on March 6, 2006

Mohammad Taheri-azar, a Muslim, drives an SUV into a crowd of innocent people in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His reason for doing so is to seek revenge for the mistreatment of Muslims throughout the world. Somehow, University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill police are reluctant to call it terrorism. UNC College Republicans are planning to protest this reluctance. Michelle Malkin has a good round-up of the controversy.

I think we need to be careful not to label crimes, even the most horrendous, as terrorism; however, this situation warrants the label. The was an act designed to kill as many innocent civilians as possible for a political reason. The fact that the act of terrorism was committed by a Muslim is no reason to deny it was terrorism. Political correctness is nothing more than a disguise for truth. Let’s call a spade a spade.

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