Dept. of Education Removes Mao Quote from Website for Kids

I’m sure the Obama administration will see to it that somebody is fired over this — the person who removed the quote, that is:

A U.S. government website geared toward children under the umbrella of the Department of Education yanked a quote from Communist leader Mao Zedong off its page on Friday after it went viral on social media.

“Our attitude towards ourselves should be ‘to be satiable in learning’ and towards others ‘to be tireless in teaching,’” read what appeared to be a somewhat mangled Mao quote on the “Kids’ Zone” webpage of the National Center for Education Statistics.

This is how it appeared:

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Mao also said “to read too many books is harmful.” When will the US Department of Education post that one?

After it was noticed, the quote was removed and the acting press secretary for the Department of Education kinda-sorta blamed Bush:

“The Kids’ Zone website hosted by the National Center of Education Statistics earlier today featured a poorly chosen quote, intended to highlight the importance of teaching and learning, in the ‘Quote of the Day’ feature. This feature, which automatically generates one education-related quote per day from a database of quotes last updated in 2007, has been temporarily suspended pending a review of the database’s contents.”

Just to be safe they’ll probably replace any other Mao quotes with the sage wisdom of Hugo Chavez and Saul Alinsky.

CBS Sunday Morning: ‘Is the Constitution Truly Worthy of Reverence in Which Most Americans Hold It?’ — Georgetown Law Prof: ‘Nah, Let’s Give Up on the Constitution’

Ever notice how these “we can get rid of the Constitution” types are always the same ones who run to the courts to claim First Amendment protections any time somebody tries to put a muzzle on them?

Here’s just one part from the Georgetown Prof’s justification for doing away with much of the Constitution:

For example, most of our greatest Presidents — Jefferson, Lincoln, Wilson, and both Roosevelts — had doubts about the Constitution, and many of them disobeyed it when it got in their way.

Hey, he forgot one. Wait, no he didn’t, because he qualified his statement with the word “greatest.” I stand corrected.

Presidents successfully skirting the Constitution don’t signal a problem with the Constitution — it’s a sign that there’s something wrong with the other two branches that are supposed to keep the president in check and often don’t.

The entire transcript is at Newsbusters.

Higher Education Going to Pot

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If you’re thinking about applying for a license to own and operate a snack bar on this campus, I already beat you to it:

A public university located in one of California’s prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.

The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that one professor is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation.

“If anyone is going to have a marijuana institute, it really should be Humboldt State,” economist Erick Eschker, the institute’s co-chair, told the newspaper. Eschker is studying the connection between marijuana production and employment in the county.

Classes will begin next Monday, starting sometime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ending whenever. Tuition includes books and a class field trip to Tommy Chong’s birth place.

Florida State Board of Education: We Don’t Expect Hispanics and Blacks to Perform Nearly as Well as Asians and Whites

If I were black or Hispanic and my kids were in Florida schools I’d find this just a tad offensive:

The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities, reported the Palm Beach Post.

What are the odds though that if you were to hold a bake sale in Florida similar to this one the Board of Education there would find it terribly offensive?

NYU Prof: Conservatives Don’t Like Obama Because He’s Black

Hey, here’s a new allegation that I haven’t heard before: Conservatives are racist!

Can you imagine listening to this smug, arrogant faux-intellectual nut case ramble for an hour and a half? Even the birth control straw man she constructed walked out of the room:

Always a special treat when a person whose entire argument is race-based accuses somebody else of being anti-intellectual.

I’ve never heard anybody ask these people a simple question: If conservatives didn’t vote for this particular left-lib Democrat because he’s black, would they have voted for the same left-lib Democrat if he were white? I won’t bother though because I could engage in a more intelligent and rational debate with my dog.

Conservatives don’t vote for liberals. Period. No matter what color they are. Whiffle-brained profs like this woman are forced to create alternate universes so their weak theories can take flight on the updraft of prog fantasy, because in the real world it would come crashing to the ground — no survivors. Which is why you’ll find most of them wrapped in the protective cocoon of the university or in politics where their idiocy costs somebody else a lot of money.

Update: The wacko profs are crawling out of the woodwork now.

Cavalier Attitude: University of Virginia Declines Request to Host Obama Campaign Event

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2008 seems a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?

President Barack Obama was forced to find another venue for a Virginia campaign event next week after the University of Virginia declined a request to use the campus.

University officials had said Friday that they had met with the campaign about using one of its outdoor venues on Wednesday.

But school officials determined that holding the event there would cancel or disrupt classes on the semester’s second day and would shut down adjacent buildings for the entire day.

And it sounds like somebody has heard about the Obama campaign’s penchant for stiffing the locals when it comes to paying the security freight:

The other reason the public university declined the president’s request was that they would have been asked to take on the full cost of security and because they enjoy federal and state tax exempt status would have to offer the same opportunity to Mitt Romney to avoid accusations of bias.

And in this economy, who can afford it?

Cass Sunstein abandons sinking ship returns to Harvard

Always love it when these people crawl away from their university rocks long enough to test their theories in the real world, completely trash things, and then slink back to the safety of the classroom chalkboard where they can make that leftist looney-toon idiocy actually work. Cass Sunstein is the latest example:

Cass Sunstein, administrator of the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget, will return later this month to his previous post at Harvard Law School, the White House will announce Friday.

Sunstein, a celebrity academic who met Barack Obama when they were both teaching at University of Chicago Law School was among the world’s most-quoted law professors when he came to Washington in 2009. He was named the new president’s chief regulatory enforcer (often called the “regulatory czar”) as head of OIRA “oh-eye-ruh,” an office that gets little attention but is among an administration’s most potent levers.

Like Obama, Sunstein embraces “behavioral economics” – an emphasis on human behavior, rather than abstract theory, for identifying incentives to promote desired financial and environmental activity by individuals and corporations. The field of study supplied early underpinnings for Obama’s plans for health care and financial regulation.

This part is funny:

Sunstein became a lightning rod for liberal activists who had hoped the administration would be more aggressive with regulatory policy.

Because when you think “tsunami of de-regulation” you think “Obama administration.”

It isn’t difficult to understand why Obama and Sunstein took to each other so long ago — here’s Cass in 1999:

In what sense is the money in our pockets and bank accounts fully ‘ours’? Did we earn it by our own autonomous efforts? Could we have inherited it without the assistance of probate courts? Do we save it without the support of bank regulators? Could we spend it if there were no public officials to coordinate the efforts and pool the resources of the community in which we live.

For a more recent example consult Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech.

Here’s the kind of crackpottery that’s on its way back to Harvard: