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Tuesday, August 25. 2009
The new taxes the Dems are contemplating
Blue Crab: "This is fairly shocking. The New York Times discovers that a lot of people who oppose ObamaCare are not raving lunatics - something the Times has not exactly been reporting before now." Related: Those darn violent right wing nuts.
Related: I thought it odd that we have heard very few ordinary people supporting government medicine. Of course not, since polls say 80% of people are happy with their medical care. Gateway found out who does support government medical care. Not exactly ordinary people.
Via RCP, from a Dem in Forbes:
"Us right-wing nuts sure is scary!" Our hero PJ, Still 'Crazy' - And Proud of It. Conservatives induce a case of the vapors at the Washington Post.
They do not know how to write an English sentence. Stanley Fish on What Should Colleges Teach? I thought that writing, logically developed argument, and coherent essay writing was a job for high school, not college. h/t, Althouse
I am a Neanderthal. OK. That's what I always thought anyway. I eat red meat too. Yummy.
Can medical care be a Constitutional entitlement?
Castro comes out in defence of Obama. That will help a lot. An endorsement only Hollywood could appreciate.
Were the bailouts a good idea? Marginal Rev
Our friend Jonah's final post on his Liberal Fascism blog.
More stimulating stimulus dollars. Why not just give Vouchers for Hookers? Like Cash for Clunkers?
Russia's ongoing romance with Stalin. They like strong (paranoid) men.
Cool phrase: "Informationally subtractive"
From PJ O'Rourke in our link this morning: ...And never mind that his writing is more than uninformative, it is informationally subtractive. Read him and you'll know less than you know now about what the government is going to do to you and your doctor
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Bird Dog, my friend ... The way I 'sees it,' all this talk by the Administration flacks about how much worse the recession is than they ever really realized before, is to establish in the citizenry enough anxiety about their own welfare, and the financial survival of the country, that Obama can save his own ego by retreating gracefully from 'the urgency of now' for the health care bill. He has invested himself so deeply in his "signature" healthcare achievement that he needs a graceful exit if his tracking numbers continue their plotz to the bottom of the well.
If he retreats under these circumstances, he can put on his "savior mantle" again, and be the Messiah.
I'll bet you Deschutes Brewery brew in Bend Oregon is better than your brew.
Let's get together and sample a few. That way whoever loses is still a winner.
Isn't it north of Hadrian's Wall? Trajan's wall is in Romania, and not even built by him.
BD, the link to
Another Grim Milestone: Federal Workers Now Make Twice What Private Workers Earn.
no workee (hey, just occurred, maybe it's some sort of ''the medium is the message'' message, a cunningly subversive validation of the "all powerful except it don't work" State image?).
great set o links --you're pushing ole Satchel Paige NJ --
"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.
Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common.
Airplanes may kill you, but they ain't likely to hurt you.
Avoid running at all times.
Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
I ain't ever had a job, I just always played baseball.
Boo, I ain't ever had a job that had a vacation.
Needless to say, baseball ended at puberty.
But that is a vacation of sorts but still not a job.
"I thought that writing, logically developed argument, and coherent essay writing was a job for high school, not college."
Writing is a skill. You can teach it and teach it, but until one is able to think, the skill is empty. You can lead a young person to an idea, but you can't make him think. Maturity does that.
So, give it thought and stop putting down our education system.
You can name a horse 'Shakespeare', but he still won't be able to write, and you won't even be able to lead him to water, either, because he's 'Shakespeare' and what did you say your name was?
Just remember that old saying:..."you can lead a horse to water....but....you know what a wet horse smells like!"
Meta ... As always, you're right. You'll be amused, I think, by this tale. My husband used to teach a night-school course in feature story writing at the University of Houston. His definition of feature writing was this: First, you tell them what you're going to tell them, then you tell them, then you summarize what you told them. By then, they ought to get it, and so should their readers.
The magic rule of three. Used it myself when I was teaching student orchid judges how to judge orchids: First, research the species or hybrid and take notes on what you find; then read and organize what you learned; then write an essay about it and turn it in to me. By then, the students usually knew what they were talking about.
Whether they remembered it later is another question, and one I couldn't control.
Sounds like a good application of Bloom's Taxonomy. Your example of how to judge an orchid is very cool. You must have been one hell of a teacher to know those steps... and, to make them write it in an essay. Perfect! You could just as easily showed them a few flowers and talked about them, but you did it right. You made them learn and think and then write about what they learned. That's where it sticks. And then to evaluate their findings? Wow. Hats off to you, my friend. :)