I’m back from vacation and then a work trip. Expect a flurry of posts over the next couple days (hopefully). Here are some of the quick things you should have read over the last week or two:
You can buy an over-the-counter paternity test. Faster, please!
I blogged a bit about the firing of teachers in DC and the subsequent reinstatement of some of those teachers (with back pay, naturally). The Washington Examiner reports on what got the reinstated teachers fired in the first place:
Another teacher who was reinstated had "excessive absences and latenesses, including 24 tardies and 20 days of absences after returning from two months of sick leave for an injury," her principal wrote. "After the initial sick leave, most of these absences were call-ins on Mondays and Fridays."
Yet another teacher’s lesson plans were "always sketchy or nonexistent," according to his principal. "He has had an excessive failure rate at every marking period and has not provided any interventions for his struggling students."
One principal reported a teacher for "sending mass e-mails rebuking her supervisors to the entire staff."
We’ve replaced the aristocracy of old with an entitled bureaucracy. I suspect the results will not be pretty.
Tunisia invaded Italy while I was gone, and Italy apologized: "It seems that not all that long ago, nations would have gone to war over an event like this – and there can be little doubt that Italy could do Tunisia some serious damage."
I agree with Ferdinand, but I really hope the movie is good. I still have a soft spot for Ayn Rand, even though I haven’t been an Objectivist in a long time.
I am not a believer.
Ilkka points to some teacher blogs. This is one area where my disagreements with libertarians are sharpest. It’s not hard to find a libertarian suggesting that the purpose of the modern public education system is to turn students into obedient workers. However, all evidence indicates that modern public eduction is characterized most distinctly by the total lack of order and obedience.
This article insinuates that it’s racist to assume that middle-easterners don’t have a genetic pre-disposition for democracy. Here is a complete list of successful middle eastern democracies: "". If the cause is not genetic, surely you’d expect that list to contain one country – even if only for a brief period of time?
This comment that Half Sigma dug up really blew my mind:
Whites are lazier in Portland because they can be. It’s one of the few places were living in a city and not being very rich is not an invitation to get beaten, robbed, raped and killed by the indigenous urban population.
Hail to You shows yet again that demography is destiny.
Laura Wood notes the plight of a French reactionary.
Matthew Yglesias states, "that patronage is the practical alternative to bureaucratic civil service rules." This is ridiculous. If the relationship between the Democratic Party and the civil service is not patronage, then nothing is. It’s amazing that one of the most prominent pundits for the Democratic Party doesn’t even understand how the Party obtains votes.
Borepatch on the Iron Law of Bureaucracy.
Heh: "I was shopping at the Trader Joe’s in Towson, Maryland (a 87% white suburb located directly to the north of Baltimore City) today when I began to look around in fear and disbelief as I took in the lily white nature of the employees. Was I at a clandestine KKK meeting?"