Monthly Archives: October 2011

What income inequality?

Not happening in U.S., brothers and sisters.

Drop UNESCO?

Exactly.

Is Laura Washington racist?

She’s dismissing this black contender completely and irrevocably, isn’t she? Well?

Loyola U.-Chicago, home of drag

No, not races. Show.

Catholic children of Protestant queen? England’s future?

This revolution afoot in the British Commonwealth — allowing the monarch to marry a Catholic — prompted probably unintentionally fighting words from NY Sun’s man in Perth:

If Catholics had not been excluded from the throne and James II or his Stuart descendants had ruled, rather than the Hanoverians, then it is hard to see Britain following the path that led to the triumph of Lockean ideas of religious toleration, constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy, and the rule of law, which ultimately made possible the United States constitution. Instead, England might have gone in the direction of France, leading to a second civil war or less than glorious revolution with a French-style terror to follow.

I know households where the writer would be well advised not to go with such talk. However, it’s not a novel idea. We papists may rail at Locke and his liberal, I might say libertarian ilk, but our papacy was not big on democracy in those days and even now seems to relish global controlling mechanisms. And what of the U.S., our city on a hill, which told the world how not to name a king, but a president, the rest of which is history.

We speak here of Stuarts, not Tudors, of the 8th Henry’s denuding the monasteries, the “bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.” Among other depredations.

Harrisburg PA, home of deadbeat government

Been there, using its airport, where I saw a very long line for service and some sort of govt. employee chatting up friends at some length. Otherwise, pleasant enough to come in and out of, if you have your tickets ready for electronic punching.

Deadbeat? Consider this.

Catholic chant taken seriously

It’s in Richmond VA, where a parish is sponsoring a workshop for one and all.

Black parents issues from veteran teacher point of view

Oak Park readers are hard to get something past. Consider this from “Old Teacher,” one of a bunch of commenters on the Wednesday Journal story about black parents complaining:

Having taught at high school and higher education levels in various countries I can tell you that there are a lot of students, and parents, that have unrealistic expectations about how they/their kids should be doing given the relational time and effort spent on work. Some kids grow up in households where “learning” only happens in school, don’t develop good learning/studying habits, and then expect to excel.

Creating eager learners happens at a very young age, and at home,and by the time these students, who have spent most of their lives chilling with friends, watching TV, playing Xbox, get to high school, they/their parents have already sealed their academic fate. It take A LOT of hard work, self motivation and determination to turn around the years of educational neglect that has be ingrained. Parent’s of such students largely do not realize this, and pins their kid’s lack of ability to learn on the teacher, with the belief that it must be the teacher.

Now, I’m not saying that there are no incompetent teachers… there are, but I have witness a trend in the U.S. where some parents and students that believe they are entitled to more than they’re willing to work for. It’s a cultural issue, as some here have alluded to, where everyone here believes that they CAN/SHOULD go to college, and once they get there (be it university or community college), but the reality is, a lot of people can’t function there and should [turn] to other work.

Typos aside, some good comment there.

In student loan matters . . .

. . . it’s the spirit that counts.

[T]he Obama administration . . . is going off on its own to reduce purportedly devastating student loan burdens. Well, thats the message. The reality is that the proposals just tinker around the edges, meaning debtors are getting little relief while the notion that its okay to stick taxpayers with other peoples obligations is advanced.

It does stir the pot, at that.

Notre Dame pro-lifer

One for the Gipper.

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