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Archive for December 13th, 2006

1,282 Down, 11,998,718 to Go

Posted by Mike on December 13, 2006

According to Michael Chertoff, the feds recently arrested 1,282 illegal immigrants not merely because they were illegal aliens.

“This is not only a case about illegal immigration, which is bad enough,” Chertoff said at a news conference in Washington. “It’s a case about identity theft and violation of the privacy rights and the economic rights of innocent Americans.”

Kudos to Chertoff for tackling identity theft, but by his own admission, illegal immigration isn’t something that should be tolerated either. Although opponents of any border at all continuously squawk that we can’t deport all 12 million illegal immigrants, we should still give it the old college try. This raid could be a good start.

At a minimum, those who illegally enter the country should not be granted amnesty. As Ryan post just below this one illustrates, Mitt Romney understands that. Perhaps Romney should give the White House a call, especially if he wants to live there.

Link via Drudge.

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Good Start, Mitt!

Posted by Ryan on December 13, 2006

Governor Romney’s star is shining!  This time, he OK’d the detainment of illegal aliens that Massachusetts State Troopers encounter during their normal duties.  I hope other elected officials follow suit.

Link via Drudge.

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Poland Commemorates Martial Law Twenty Five Years Later

Posted by Mike on December 13, 2006

Twenty five years ago today, martial law was declared in Communist Poland. As described by Radio Polonia and Radio Free Europe, Poland is commemorating that tragic day with re-enactments, prayer services, lectures, and remembrances of those who were murdered.

Few nations have experienced and stared down the face of evil like Poland. With a history of partition, Nazi occupation and Communist oppression, the Polish people never lost their sense of who they are or what they believe. They never flinched in the face of tyranny. Their determination to be free is heartwarming and instructive for today’s world.  It is clear they are not about to forget where they’ve been and how far they’ve come anytime soon. Two late great leaders must be smiling today.

AP Photo

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Media Finds a Dictator to Criticize

Posted by Mike on December 13, 2006

Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center has a great piece on the media’s coverage of dictators. Following the recent death of Augusto Pinochet, the media ran article after article slamming the former Chilean dictator. Fair enough. The man was responsible for some 3000 deaths. But why the epiphany on dictators and thugs?

As Bozell points out, the MSM typically fawns over Communist leaders. You’ve heard it before. Castro has a great health care system! Deng Xiaoping was a reformer! They can’t get enough of these people. But what did Pinochet do that was worse than Uncle Joe Stalin? He implemented free-market capitalism, hence the outrage.

Force Catholic churches underground in China? No big deal. Imprison dissidents in Cuba? So what, they have free band aids for everybody. Che’s executions? He was giving land to poor people.

The media often looks the other way when a dictator oppresses his people, so long as the dictator believes in the redistribution of wealth. Pinochet oppressed his people as well, albeit to a far lesser extent than the MSM heroes. But he also allowed the people to keep the money they earned. Apparently that’s the atrocity.

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No Honor in Needham

Posted by Sal on December 13, 2006

Michael Graham, talk show host at 96.9 FM Talk over at The Natural Truth blog has been talking about a news story out of the Needham, MA school department.  The Principle of Needham High School, Paul Richards, has decided that the names of Honor Roll students will no longer be published in the local paper because it will make people who didn’t make the honor roll feel bad.  Richards, who claims to be concerned about student’s stress, commented that “The Publishing of an honor roll has been identified as a potential contributor to the focus on grades.” 

I have written several times before regarding problems in the educational system, as well as how the public schools push a secularist world-view, but this story strikes me as a very unfortunate development from an otherwise well-regarded public school district in Needham.  (In the interest of full disclosure, I am close friends with a very dedicated and enthusiastic school librarian who happens to work for the Needham School System, albeit grade school, who is a frequent contributor to this board and is a credit to her profession.)  This decision hurts those who are academically successful and does not teach the real-world lesson of measured success.  It is all well and good to try to make learning the primary objective, but in high school, you need to prepare for college and for a career.  In most professions, results matter.  A sales person who is in the top tier in generating revenue from a company will be rewarded, as will a student with the highest grades applying for a college.  Telling students that grades are unimportant does them a disservice, because measurements matter.  Sure, learning for learning’s sake is a great objective and should be a goal of any educational institution.  However, education has a societal duty to prepare children and young adults for entrance into the American economy and society in general. 

Thinking back to my own high school career, if grades had not been important, I may not have tried as hard.  Learning French or Chemistry were not two things that I found very appealing, and really had no interest in learning those subjects (History, English, Computer Science, and Religion class were another matter; those I thoroughly enjoyed).  What kept me motivated in the classes that I didn’t care for was grades, the possibility of not making the honor roll, and how it would affect my entrance into college.  If I was taught that grades did not matter, I probably would have completely tuned out of those classes.  Even though Richards is not going so far as to say that grades don’t matter, this move is certainly pointing in that direction.   

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