Monday, August 10, 2009
  Good news that doesn't fit through the filter

Cheerleading and teamism are America's curse. When something good happens, we don't hear about it, because it doesn't fit inside the rules of the talking-point game.

From Idaho:
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna says he will urge lawmakers to lift the cap on charter schools to improve the state's odds of competing for more than $4 billion in federal education grants.

Luna says the state law limiting the number of new charter schools to six annually places Idaho at a disadvantage when applying for grants through the $4.35 billion "Race to the Top Fund." ... Education Secretary Arne Duncan has warned that states that don't have charter schools, or place caps on their growth, are jeopardizing their chances to win grants.

Conservatives have been agitating for more flexibility in education, more charter schools and vouchers. You'd think conservatives would cheer now that it finally happened, wouldn't you? Nope, it was done by the other team, so it goes unnoticed. Leftists and teacher unions are undoubtedly angry about this, but it's done by their guy, so they keep quiet.

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Along the same lines: My old friend Larry called my attention to this item. Obama's newly appointed head of National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, is a genuine scientist and a genuine thinker. His scientific thinking led him inexorably to a strong Christian belief, and he makes a powerful argument for Intelligent Design.

If you followed the logic of the talking point heads on both sides, you'd assume that Bush would have appointed a "raving right-wing fundamentalist Christian" to an important post like this, and Obama would appoint a Mohammedan or a reliable pro-abort. Nope, Sultan Bush appointed Elias Zerhouni in 2002. Zerhouni is a Mohammedan who grew up in Algeria. Since the election he has joined one of Comrade Bill Gates's foundations, which gives you a pretty good sense of his true political affiliation.

And now Obama has appointed a serious Christian. Here is a transcript of a PBS interview with Collins. You won't find a clearer or more rigorous mind anywhere near the halls of power, and I fervently hope he can stay in office. The usual crowd of Scientists, i.e. wild-eyed anti-human genocidal murderous blood-sucking altarboys of Mother Planet Gaia, are lined up against him.


 


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