Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Musings

It's Monday. Let's roll.

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Breitbart.com is doing a nice job rolling out Dan Savage, the liberal sex columnist cum activist for the bullied and oppressed. His ignorant, vulgar tirades against Christians had heretofore been largely confined to left-wing outlets, his accomplishments sufficiently granular that the mainstream media and politicians could broadly ignore him. The left could applaud him for saying the stuff

However, with bullying (for no real reason) entering the national discussion, Savage has suddenly taken on a higher-profile. His "It Gets Better" campaign is reaching millions of high school students, and the White House has used him in their effort to combat teen bullying.

Mitt Romney needs to make Obama own this guy. The beauty of doing so is, unlike the Bill Ayers' of the world, Savage won't play the dutiful servant. He already has a thousand megaphones at his disposal, and he will use them. Imagine a disheartened gay community forced to watch Obama deliver another Checkers speech, only this time throwing their political interests under the bus instead of his grandmother.

Make it happen, Mitt.

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A discussion with a friend yesterday about tuition and student loans triggered a thought. If left to their own devices, banks could tether student loan rates to a variety of factors, not least of which the relative demand for a field of study. In particular, it would discourage poorer students from acquiring degrees that saddle them with loans they cannot repay. Students might like the idea of double majoring in Sociology and Theater, but not enough to take a 13% loan to cover it.

Instead, they will be funneled into majors, such as computer science and chemistry, which have a better employment outlook. Not only will this help solve the problem of lacking workers to meet demand, it will improve the upward mobility of poorer (or at least lower middle-class) students.

It will also partially address the problem of loan default. Art History will certainly exist, but it will be affluent students majoring in it. The phenomenon of middling students majoring in the unemployable (the source of the vast majority of defaults) will begin to erode.

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Heather Mac Donald has a salient take on the 20th anniversary of the Rodney King riots. Of course, George Zimmerman case echoes the LAPD trial in many respects, not least of which the media's insistence of infusing a racial narrative and sensationalizing a story by omitting key facts.

In Zimmerman we have yet another defendant the black community has deemed guilty, but who is unlikely to be found so by any jury of his peers. We have outrage stoked by (literally) the same race hustlers who turned South Central into a pressure cooker in the early 1990s.

Only this time, the rioting is less likely to be centralized. Will our cities be prepared for a Zimmerman not-guilty verdict? Are the (primarily) liberal mayors of cities like Minneapolis even considering that such a verdict is a possibility?

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In response to a lawsuit filed by the Food-to-Consumer Legal defense fund on behalf of raw milk producers, the FDA writes:

"There is no generalized right to bodily and physical health."

Some points.

1) This should be the FDA's motto. It is certainly its ethos.
2) It is technically accurate, if absurd, considering the source.
3) It does not follow that government may evoke the interstate commerce clause to impinge upon bodily health. Your right to swing your fist ends at my nose and all that.
4) The FDA's crusade against raw milk is insane.



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Went to 128 Cafe this weekend. The ribs are as good as advertised, crispy and moist at the same time. The space is charming. Portions are generous, so don't feel compelled to go whole hog.


2 Comments:

Blogger brgulker said...

I like that idea about student loan interest rates to an extant but it would arguably hurt those students who are genuinely majoring in theater to make a legit career out of it unfairly.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

It would provide an incentive for them to go to one of the great theater schools, rather than being a big fish in a small liberal arts school pond. Theater really shouldn't require a college degree.

11:51 AM  

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