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The Mythical Missing Mandate

My friend Shaun Mullen has a post this morning (at TMV) titled “Missing in Action: The Democratic Mandate“, in which he writes: Was it really only four months ago that an emergent Democratic majority in Congress prepared to march boldly into the future and deal decisively with all of those vexing problems facing the republic, [...]

Narcissists R Us

Here’s more to ponder regarding how we’re trying to promote self-esteem in our young-uns: NEW YORK (AP) — Today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society. “We need to [...]

Somebody get that man a horse!

Last night, via a hitherto unknown think tank in Tennessee, we all learned that Al Gore’s evidently talking the talk, but not walking the walk: In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home. The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, [...]

600 to 1 odds aren’t nearly enough

Since the research from which Dan Brown’s fertile imagination took flight (Holy Blood, Holy Grail) gave quite a few folks a bad case of indigestion, here’s some comfort. Feb. 25, 2007 — New scientific evidence, including DNA analysis conducted at one of the world’s foremost molecular genetics laboratories, as well as studies by leading scholars, [...]

“Teaching” the unteachable

When I read stories like this, I despair: PHILADELPHIA — A high school teacher was assaulted by two students and hospitalized with broken vertebrae after he took an iPod away from one of them during class, officials said. I’m going to take a wild guess, and suggest that these two students weren’t models of behavior [...]